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ContentLinkInc to Close Its E-Doors

Download your books now or be forever sorry! ATTENTION: ContentLink is scheduled to close this month and will not be taking any more orders. Please download and archive all your previously purchased titles. Thank you for shopping at ContentLink. This… more

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Romance Sales Booming in the UK

While Harlequin may be down, its European counterpart is booming. Net units sold by HM&B as a whole increased 170,000 to almost 2.4 million over the first three quarters of this year, while the value of net units sold rose… more

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Best Romance Quotes Evuh?

Fred Shapiro is the editor of The Yale Book of Quotations and he is seeking famous quotes from romance fiction. Let’s help. Dr. Shapiro’s email: fred dot shapiro at yale dot edu

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Harlequin Romance Profits Down

Is it piling on to say that maybe time spent with a focus group on what romance readers really want may reverse this downward trend? Harlequin’s revenues were down $3.2 million in the first quarter excluding the impact of foreign… more

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Avon to launch Inspirational Line

Avon Inspire will launch in May 2007 headed by Elizabeth Bevarly. Okay, just made that last bit up. The launch books include Tracey Bateman’s, Defiant Heart and Linda Windsor’s, Wedding Bell Blues. Harper SanFrancisco editor Cynthia DiTiberio will acquire and… more

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Nicholas Sparks on Love Stories v. Romances

Love stories are basically modern retellings of Greek tragedies. Thatà¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚ ¬Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚ ¢s what a love story is, and so it has these Homeric roots. Romance novels have a much shorter literary history. They have their roots in Grimmà¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚ ¬Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚ ¢s fairytales à¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚ ¬” which is… more