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Clearly everyone is cashing in on the 50 Shades success. Oh Berkley and Meljean Brook. Sooo disappointed in you. [Just to be clear, this is a joke.]

Shelly bought a different Lehrer book when it was a Kindle Daily Deal. I think at this point, every retailer would honor a return. Or should.

This is an interesting concept. I’m not sure if JCP intends to extend this beyond just this novelette and into all her works, but it’s a neat idea.

I wouldn’t say the first book on the list “A Discovery of Witches” is a YA/Middle Grade book but it’s an interesting list nonetheless.

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. DS
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 07:32:46

    This statement in the article made me roll my eyes:

    ‘Were there any successful Regency business women?’ my editor asked with scepticism evident in her voice when I first proposed the idea which became His Unsuitable Viscountess. ‘Georgette Heyer never had any businesswomen as heroines. Make sure your ideas are historically accurate, Michelle. Our readers demand it.’

    I totally enjoy and respect Heyer’s books and research BUT Heyer kept herself to a very small part of the Regency social history. I don’t bother with Regencies now because so many of them are regurgitated Heyer (and have been for years). There’s lots of other, interesting, plot ideas out there. Why can’t we have them? Oh, because Heyer didn’t do them.

    I’m going to go away and mutter to myself in a corner now.

  2. SAO
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 08:08:25

    Bankers to the aristocracy needed an entree to that milieu. Did these women serve as bankers as we know the business. They might have been mere figureheads. They might have provided introductions allowing the Coutts and Childs to get the business. Their knowledge of the circle might have allowed them to essentially provide credit ratings.

    Coutts preyed on the Duchess of Devonshire. She owed him the equivalent today of millions, if not tens of millions.

  3. Annemarie
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 08:19:26

    Very excited about “The Graveyard Book” and “The Giver” (Jeff Bridges!) on that YA list. And while not explicitly YA, I’ve also read that Stephen King’s “Eye of the Dragon” is going to be made into a mini-series.

  4. Laura Vivanco
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 08:21:11

    That editor must have missed out on reading Paula Marshall’s Dear Lady Disdain, published by Mills & Boon in 1995. Its heroine, Stacy Blanchard, runs a bank, which she inherited from her father. Interestingly, in her letter to the reader Marshall mentions Heyer and also says that when she did her research into the Regency period

    I discovered that nothing I could invent was more exciting – or outrageous – than what had actually happened! […] Like Georgette Heyer I try to create fiction out of and around fact for the enjoyment and entertainment of myself and my readers. It is often forgotten that the Regency men had equally powerful wives, mothers and sisters – even if they had no public role – so I make my heroines able to match my heroes in their wit and courage.

  5. Lynnd
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 09:45:13

    There have been powerful, independent and influential women in all time periods and we need to hear their stories (both in scholarly work and in fiction). I really do not understand why Heyer is the defining standard for what is historically “accurate” about the Regency period. She told of a particular version of that world, but it was by no means all of it. Can you imagine someone a hundred years from now writing about our time and only basing it on the antics of the Kardasians et al.

  6. Laura Florand
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 10:33:54

    What Lynnd and Laura V. and DS said. (And Michelle.) When you get back into primary sources from historical periods, women’s roles–and women’s and men’s relationships–are NOTHING like what is represented through filter of Victorian and twentieth-century conceptions of them.

  7. Ros
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 11:41:30

    Also, I’m rolling my eyes at the idea that their readers demand accuracy. Hmm.

  8. Isobel Carr
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 13:34:32

    I love Heyer’s books, but the mores in them are not really those of the Regency period. To me, they smack strongly of the late-Victorian and Edwardian period (which is not surprising as those would have been the mores Heyer was raised with). And as for readers demanding accuracy … that’s almost hysterically funny. Some of the most inaccurate books out there are also the best selling and are nominated for award after award.

  9. Maili
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 15:45:07


    ‘Georgette Heyer never had any businesswomen as heroines. Make sure your ideas are historically accurate, Michelle […]’

    Why? WHY? WHYYYY?! *wails* Why Heyer instead of history textbooks? I knew about female Coutts bankers from a school textbook. Honestly, moments like this? I sometimes just want to wave my fist at the sky and throw self off a cliff. Melodramatic, true, but sitting in a dark corner and rock just isn’t enough sometimes. :D

  10. B. Sullivan
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 23:08:40

    “What’s Next: Over 60 Upcoming Young Adult Book-to-Movie Adaptations – ” ”

    I read this and thought “boy I hope there are a few adult roles in there” – by which I mean adults that aren’t villains and are well rounded characters. While I don’t begrudge anyone their YA if it’s what they like – I really haven’t found many YA books that I’ve read much of without thinking that I am still so glad not to be that age anymore (for too many reasons for a short answer!). I think that one of the many reasons I enjoyed the Harry Potter series was for the large range of likable adults in it. But then I spent all my own YA years reading more books about adults than my own age group, and this didn’t bother me.

  11. Vivian Arend
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 15:18:47

    Missed opportunity there, Meljean. That sword should totally be rising instead of falling.

  12. shelly
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 12:28:57

    @Jane: Thanks for your suggestion – I followed your tip and looked into returning How We Decide. Turns out I bought it back in February, and per Amazon’s FAQs, they allow you to return Kindle books within 7 days of purchase. I could have requested special consideration, but I only paid $0.99 for it, so didn’t want to bother. I’m just disappointed with the fact that he committed the fraud. I didn’t know who he was, but one of the reasons I bought the book was his credentials. I assumed those made him trustworthy. It seems so utterly pointless – he was well respected and was doing well. Why on earth make up quotes? He ought to review his own book, How We Decide, and see if he can figure out why he did what he did.

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