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Romance 'Came Out of Me,' She Said. Now She's Gone

Johanna Lindsey died this year at age 67

(Newser) - One of the world's best-loved romance writers is gone. Johanna Lindsey—whose pirates, aristocrats, and brave heroines sold at least 60 million copies—died earlier this year with stage 4 lung cancer, the New York Times reports. She was only 67. "Since I was old enough to appreciate... More »

Judith Krantz Dies at 91

Steamy romance novelist didn't start writing until she was 50

(Newser) - Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as Scruples and Princess Daisy engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91. Krantz's son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death by natural causes on Sunday afternoon.... More »

#CockyGate Has Romance Authors in a Tizzy

Battle rages over trademark on word 'cocky'

(Newser) - A strange fight is brewing in the world of romance novels over the word "cocky." Faleena Hopkins is the author of a 17-book series about the Cocker brothers, and all of those books have the word "cocky" in the title. Last month, Hopkins managed to trademark use... More »

Skip Right to the Sex With Audible's New Feature

Several new options cater to audiobook service's romance readers

(Newser) - Flipping through dozens of pages of Fifty Shades of Grey to find a sex scene may soon be a thing of the past. Catering to impatient romance readers, audiobook website Audible has introduced a feature allowing visitors to skip to especially romantic scenes—from first kisses to steamy sex romps—... More »

Typo in Romance Novel Is ... Really Unfortunate

Our male lead loses control in a bad way

(Newser) - Sometimes a typo can slip quietly into the ether ... and then there's this one in the new romance novel Baby, I'm Yours: "He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he shitted on the ground." Author Susan Andersen is mortified. "... More »

Romance Publisher Trying to Patent the Kiss

But don't worry, Harlequin won't charge you for smooching if it succeeds

(Newser) - Harlequin Enterprises, publisher of such titillating romance titles as Roughneck Cowboy and The Nanny and the CEO, is trying to patent the kiss. Does that mean you might someday have to pay a licensing fee if you want to lock lips? Nope: "Should this patent be approved and registered... More »

Most Romantic Cities in America

Amazon looks to rom-com, Barry White sales

(Newser) - Seeking a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day? Love is in the air (and perhaps the water supply) in Amazon ’s 20 most romantic cities in America. The firm compiled the list with an eye on key sales data: romance novels, rom-coms, and, of course, Barry White albums. The... More »

Readers Swoon for Amish Romance

Novels depicting the simple life fly off the shelves

(Newser) - Getting tired of True Blood? If sex-soaked entertainment has lost some of its punch, you might look to the pure, simple pleasures of Amish life and love. That's right: Amish romance novels are flying off the shelves as readers find that nothing scintillates like the chaste. "It's a huge,... More »

Romance Novel Publisher Goes All Digital

Dorchester expects e-books to carry its business

(Newser) - With e-book sales constituting a small but growing portion of the publishing industry, one mass-market paperback publisher is ditching its bread and butter and going all digital. Dorchester Publishing puts out 25 to 30 books a month, two-thirds of them romance novels. But the firm saw sales fall by 25%... More »

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