One of my favorite Nora Roberts’ books, Rising Tides, is on sale as a summer/beach read at various ebook retailers. \o/ But I’m a little afraid to re-read it and find that it is no longer to my taste.
Looking at the “customers who browsed this book also looked at” panel, I see that NR has a new Irish trilogy coming soon, and it has a paranormal twist. I miss NR’s plain contemporary romances. Most of her trilogies or quartets (anymore) have a paranormal bent — ghosts or historic evil — on top of the romance. There’s nothing wrong with that…but I miss series like the Stanislaski family. (Wow, I’m seriously dating myself and my reading history with that reference.)
Something else that’s gone with the wind: Jesse Wave’s post about het romance in m/m disrespecting readers. My taste doesn’t square up with any of JW’s reviewers and I’m not really interested in the industry/craft type posts that go up there occasionally, but for sheer volume in terms of new m/m, I keep the site in my reader for title checks. I read the disrespect post in my reader and it was jaw-dropping. Then I saw many tweets about it, including references to what I assume was a giant comment thread. But when I went to the site today to read both the post and the comments, it was gone. Deleted. My reader still has record of it. The posts before and after it in my reader are on the site, but “On Page Het Sex in M/M Romances: Why are M/M Readers Disrespected by Some Authors?” is gone. The site owner has the right to do with her site as she wishes…but did she really think that post wasn’t going to generate backlash in the reader and author community? Or was that the point? More traffic and the opportunity to flounce off in a huff?