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Wednesday Midday Links Roundup: More Casual Gaming for Romance Authors

Dr. Sarah Frantz (aka Joan here at Dear Author) has an article published in the Jane Austen Society of North America. You can read the entire article here in which Dr. Frantz talks about the legacy of Darcy in the post modern romance novel. It’s all about the hero.


Candace Sams continues her wigging out which apparently causes her to call the FBI because of purported threats.   She reports the FBI complaint but not the threats to the Amazon crowd.   This leads to her getting an entry at  OTF WANK and a retweeting of the link by Neil Gaiman.   Candace Sams will now be internet legend


Shortcovers, an Indigo owned start up ebook retailer, was recently spun off into Kobo Books.   Kobo has partnered with Borders and will launch a Borders branded ebook store later in 2010 (will that be too late?).   Kobo has also partnered with other retailers to create an international presence.   The international scope of ebook selling is one reason why territorial rights really need to be rethought for existing and future sales.     Piracy has no geographic boundaries. It’s vital for authors and publishers to make their works available for sale in every territory that has demand.

Kobo has teamed up with Borders, REDgroup Retail and Instant Fame, which to you and me means that the books are available almost worldwide, in the US, Canada, the EU, the UK, Australia and Asia Pacific.


Marjorie Liu has her own casual gaming platform out from PassionFruit Games called Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box based on Tiger Eye. (yeah, I know, big surprise right?)   This game will go onsale April 2010:

PassionFruit Games will mirror this international scope through two games, the first to take place in China and the second in the U.S. PassionFruit games also plans to involve readers in the release of Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box with the chance for a select few fans to be Beta testers and with fan voting on possible looks for the character, Long Nu.

The graphics look pretty neat.   Go take a look over at Dorchester Editor, Leah Hultenschmidt’s blog.

In other Dorchester news, if you missed out on the 70% off sale, Dorchester is holding another fire sale for its books at $2.99.  


Finally, courtesy of author Dee Tenorio are links to the Harlequin Open House. There will be a ton of prizes given out today. Click here to get to the front page of the party.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Seressia
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 12:10:47

    The links, they do not work (they point to DA). And is there no link for Kimani?

  2. Amy Redwood
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 12:17:21

    I just wasted half an hour reading Ms Sams’ comments on Amazon…just wow. But there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?

  3. Jane
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 12:56:36

    @Seressia Sorry. I just copied and pasted from my email. Apparently there is no Kimani party. Only 6 lines are participating and strangely, none of the Silh lines either.

  4. RStewie
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 13:45:38

    Wow. That trainwreck sucked an hour of my day! WOO!

    That is crazy awesome!

  5. Bernita
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 13:46:06

    Is calling the FBI the equivalent of infamous wiccan curse?

  6. Mireya
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 14:54:32

    There are a couple of things that never cease to amaze me in this age of the internet:

    1) That some people don’t seem to understand the concept of PUBLIC forums/boards/blogs.

    2) That people that go psycho on the internet don’t realize that their idiocy is in black and white for anyone who has access to find it… and that their idiocy is going to be accessible online to potentially millions of net users for DECADES.

    On top of that, everything is saved to a server. NOTHING is private on the internet.

  7. anon1
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 16:02:45

    Though I haven’t read any of Ward’s books, I enjoyed Dr. Frantz’s article. Her insights are quite interesting and now I’m intrigued to seek out more novels from the hero’s perspective, to see how different authors manage the process from emotional containment to tears when they’re giving us access to the male mind.

    In reading, I was wondering how Dr. Frantz’s ideas might apply to m/m romance fiction and whether the Kinsale quote about readers wanting the hero’s point of view to the extent of rejecting “heroine-identification in favor of hero-identification” is part of the reason for m/m’s popularity.

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