Welcome Back Janet Mullany!

Hi Banditas, and big thanks to Christie for inviting me back!

 Today I’m celebrating the release of a nearly-new book, Dedication. It’s actually a rewritten version of my very first book and I sold it to Loose-Id because I thought there was life in the old girl yet (the book; I’m not so sure about myself). Naturally I dithered about this so long that all the possibilities for epubbing emerged when I had negotiated the deal.

 The book was originally a Signet Regency that came out in 2005 and although it was unusual for the line in that it had a lot of sex (I like to describe it as the only Signet Regency with two bondage scenes), Loose-Id is a different sort of publisher, specializing in erotic romance. So is it an erotic romance? By my definitions, absolutely, right from the beginning (and that’s another blog post entirely). But I wanted to rewrite the book to address some structural/logical problems and since I was rewriting for Loose-Id, sex it up. But it’s really interesting seeing how things have changed in the last few years, since 2005 when it was published. Here are some of them:

  1.  I always knew, absolutely, that the heroine, Fabienne, took lovers on a regular basis. Heroines just didn’t do that in 2005 although I hinted at it. Minor characters who did came to a sticky end. So the first love scene is with her and her current lover. Not the hero. And that leads me to my next point …
  2. The heroine can only do it and enjoy it with the hero. Not this girl. We’re into spoiler territory here so I’ll say no more.
  3. You can’t have a hero who’s a grandfather. Even a hot grandfather. Oh yes you can. I wanted to make him a man of real experience—not someone tomcatting around the ton, but someone who’s had fulfilling relationships as well as making very bad mistakes in his past. (He’s 43, by the way.)
  4. And regarding those mistakes … yes, you become anguished and tortured. For years. It ruins all your relationships forever until the magic naughty bits come along attached to the h/h. I’m afraid this one is still with us, but in my books you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again, and get over yourself.
  5. You can’t have your h/h in love with someone else, ever. Well, heck, I don’t want them practicing on each other emotionally.

I’m offering a couple of downloads of Dedication as prizes so I’d like you to tell me the changes you’ve seen in romance over the last seven years or so. What do you like? What are you tired of?

Blurb

Adam and Fabienne came of age and fell wildly in love during a time of revolution but times have changed. Now he’s a respectable country gentleman and she’s a powerful patroness of the arts and they have little in common … or do they? She’s falling in love as she exchanges letters with a reclusive female gothic novelist, and Adam can’t help responding, but surely she knows who he really is, a man writing women’s books under a woman’s name? As their lives become entangled again after two decades apart, dark secrets and betrayals from the past are revealed, threatening them and others they love.

 

Website: www.janetmullany.com

Order link: http://www.loose-id.com/Dedication.aspx

Book trailer link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2758x2zKV1I

Excerpt: http://www.janetmullany.com/dedication-1/?action=excerpt

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Comments

42 thoughts on “Welcome Back Janet Mullany!

  1. 1
    Fedora says:

    Wow, Janet! Those are some interesting “rules” that you’ve disregarded! And Dedication sounds fabulous for it!

    Changes in romance in the last 7 years? I definitely think there’s way more variety in terms of types of characters and relationships. There are far more M/M and other GLBT stories now than I remember there being previously. And thankfully lots more characters of different ethnicities and backgrounds, and more fantasy and scifi romance… Guess there’s just more of everything, which generally makes more readers more happy I think!

    • 1.1
      Helen says:

      Enjoy your day with the GR Fedora

      Have Fun
      Helen

    • 1.2
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Fedora! Enjoy that feathery rascal today!

      I love your summation. You are so right about the delicious variety of ethnicities and locations (though I’d like to see more!). And the variety of heroes and heroines is astonishing too. Well said!

    • 1.3

      Congrats on nabbing the GR, Fedora. It is nice to see that romance has opened up to different subgenres.

  2. 2
    Helen says:

    Hi Janet and welcome back to the lair

    Romance has come a long way I started reading them long long ago when they were called bodice rippers for good reason heroines getting kidnapped and raped and taken everywhere and then falling in love and having a fantastic HEA with their hero who did those things to them but I loved them.

    As Fedora has said already lots of M&M stories and menages things that I never thought would make it into romance books I have enjoyed the menages I have read but not sure if I could read a M&M or even a F&F.

    For me if there is a great story and adventure to a great HEA I am happy to read most of them

    Congrats on the rlease

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 2.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Aren’t the changes fascinating, Helen!? And you are one of the most prolific readers I’ve ever “met” so you would know. :>

    • 2.2
      Cassondra says:

      Helen, you summed up how I feel, although even many years ago, the rape bothered me. Fortunately I started reading romance on the tail end (no pun intended) of that trend, so I can remember only a couple of those books.

      A lot sure is changing, and I think as more writers launch their own brands and put out their own books, we’ll see even more of that.

      Now the one thing I do appreciate is that when I read any line of romance, I know what to expect. There are some things I absolutely do not want to read and wouldn’t enjoy that surprise popping up when I was already invested in the characters. (And after I’d already spent my money.) Hopefully we’ll still find ways to make sure readers know what to expect when they hit “buy” and download, or pick up the book to take home.

    • 2.3

      Helen, I started reading the bodice rippers too. I don’t miss the rape them and love them aspect but I do miss the bigger stories and various locations in historicals.

  3. 3
    Ruth says:

    I have gotten tired of vampires – just too many out there now.

    A lot of genres, ethnicity, and backgrounds are now the norm — I remember when Peyton Place came out in paperback — what a rant there was.

    Things have just gone full circle – books are no more explicit than years ago, although those books were kept underground – for instance, The Pearl.

    I like historicals, true crime, murder mysteries, suspense and non-fiction.

    • 3.1
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Ruth! Great to have you pop in today. I’m with you on teh Vampires. A little goes a long way with me and there’s been a whole glut of them, hasn’t there? Grins.

      You’re in teh right place with what you like to read. We’ve got a plethora of authors from which to choose.

    • 3.2
      Cassondra says:

      I agree, Ruth. There were always sexy books. Now they’re sitting right there on the shelf next to ones which aren’t. That’s a good thing, I think.

    • 3.3

      Ruth, I’m with you on the vampires too. It’s been done to death or would that be undeath? Sorry, long day at work. I found your comment about books not being any more explicit than in the past really interesting. I must go read some older books.

  4. 4

    Good morning, all! Isn’t it fascinating to see how far we’ve come … or haven’t come. Fedora, enjoy your day with the rooster; maybe you can find some nice weeds to peck at together. Ruth, I’m a bit tired of vampires too unless someone can put a new twist on them (which is really difficult to do!).

  5. 5
    Anna Sugden says:

    Hey Janet *waving* great to see you!! Welcome back to the Lair – it’s always a giggle when you visit.

    Raising a glass to a fellow rule-breaker rebel!

    I’ve been saddened to see publishers not giving enough space to contemps (esp romcom) and romantic suspense – my two favourites. I keep hoping that will change again.

    I’ve also noticed a broadening in time periods for historicals – even if the way has been led by Inspirationals. I’ve always wanted to write a WW1 or WW2 romance, so hopefully that will continue.

    • 5.1

      I got to meet a really nice and fun aspiring WWII romance writer in Wisconsin last week. She’s also a WWII re-enactor, which is cool. So hopefully the market will open up for that, and you’ll see more of those stories. Her name is Molly Maka, so when you see her name on a book in the future, you’ll have seen it here first. :)

      • 5.1.1

        I’m thinking very seriously about WW1–the anniversary is coming up in a couple years so that might be timely–or WW2, about the women left at home. Fascinating periods, both.

    • 5.2

      Anna, I do hope the market opens more for WWI and WWII. I would love to read some of that for a change.

  6. 6
    Jeanne Adams says:

    Good morning Janet! Welcome back to the Lair! *waving up the Beltway to my fellow MRW member!*

    I love your description of this book! How cool! And yes, you’re breaking some “rules” but wow, are they waaaaaay outdated, and I mean more than 7 years. Grins. I think it’s outstanding that you’ve taken this book and deconstructed it and made it what YOU want. WTG!!

    It’s lovely, isn’t it, that there’s been a broadening of the genre? I love reading about different time periods (or futures), and about different cultures, ages, imaginary beings, and incredible worlds. It keeps it all fresh. Grins.

    Have a great day in the Lair!

    • 6.1

      Hi Jeanne, my fellow Beltway buddy! I think from the beginning I got away with murder with this book–well, not murder, but writing the sort of book I wanted to read. This was an opportunity to make the book more explicitly what it always was instead of having to hint around.

      • 6.1.1
        Jeanne Adams says:

        That’s so great, Janet. And how wonderful that publishing has evolved to give us all the opportunity to create the way WE want in stead of within certain strictures. :>

        Not that it isn’t good to learn them, and write within them also. It’s a discipline, that. However, at some point, you got to just put those artificial barriers aside and jus WRITE.

        WTG for doing it with Dedication!

  7. 7
    Cassondra says:

    Janet, welcome!

    So good to see that you’re going your own direction with your stories. Congrats on this re-release!

  8. 8
    Susan Sey says:

    Good morning, Janet!

    Can I just say how refreshing it is to see somebody not only point out the invisible “rules” but break them? I love the way epubbing & small presses have opened up the doors to authors who are willing to try new things & take fresh runs at the genre. And I particularly love the idea that women enjoy sex when their partner is skilled, not just when the right man comes along with his magic equipment. :-) I’m a huge fan of love turning sex into something more, but sex all by itself? It’s not magic.

    I would love to read this book. I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for swinging by today!

  9. 9

    Hey, Janet! Nice to have you in the Lair today.

    Wow, what hasn’t changed in romance in the past few years? I’ve been around long enough to see sub-genre cycles come and go, and I agree with Susan that the explosion of the self-pub/indie market has made things very interesting (and in some cases, lucrative) for authors who have good books but which are either niche books or something that NY doesn’t have a spot for. It’s an exciting time.

    • 9.1

      Hi Trish, it’s fun to be here. I live for the day when niche does not equal low sales. Heck, I don’t want to be a niche author any more unless the niche is the size of the Grand Canyon.

  10. 10

    One thing I think–I hope–is changing in romance is how we write about sex. I was fascinated by sex scenes when I first picked up books at the supermarket checkout. They were like alien abductions where suddenly participants stopped talking, and started teeth gritting etc., leading to massive earth moving explosions. I’d certainly never done anything like that and I didn’t think anyone else had either.

  11. 11
    Nancy Northcott says:

    Janet, welcome back! This sounds like a fabulous premise for a book.

    In the last seven years, there’ve been a lot of changes. The explosion of the e-market is a pervasive one. Paranormal is “in,” whereas a few years back, it was “out.” Ditto for historical. Now romantic suspense and contemporary romance are not “hot” areas.

    Regency may, just may, be losing its stranglehold on the historical market, where it seems to have crowded out everything except Scottish medievals and the occasional Georgian or Victorian. Medievals used to be a strong market, and now they’re rare, except for Scottish ones.

    • 11.1

      I think the Regency has become a sort of bizarre Neverneverland that has become so familiar in its depiction and its own peculiar sense of history that eventually readers may want something new. It’s rather difficult finding a historical period where people aren’t religious maniacs and/or treat women like dirt.

    • 11.2

      I think it’s sad that the historical market closed up to pretty much one time period. I really miss reading about different time periods.

  12. 12
    Pat Cochran says:

    Welcome, Ms. Janet! I’ve been reading
    since the the dawn of creation, began
    with Heyer/ Stewart/Holt and have been
    through all the changes since.

    I find I can’t get used to all the vampires,
    same sex and multi partner books. Those
    are changes I’m not comfortable with.
    I just make sure I check all my purchases
    well to make sure there won’t be any un-
    welcome surprises!

    Pat C.

    • 12.1

      Pat, Heyer was a major influence on me. I read her years ago but now mostly I can’t stand her; I find her style too precious and all those exclamation marks! Yes, those ones! I loved Mary Stewart and the gothicky plots of the period. Great fun.

    • 12.2

      Pat, the nice thing is at least there is something for everyone now. There are several types of books I’m just not interested in reading but other people might be. It’s great that they have that option now.

  13. 13
    deelynn says:

    Hi Janet,

    I used to get all my reading material at the library and always went straight to the same aisle every time. That was in my early youth.

    Back in the ’60′s as I blossomed into my teen years, I picked up a book at my grandma’s house because of the cover. I don’t remember what the picture was, but it was a Harlequin so that should give you a general idea:) Back then, all the books my grandma owned had the same message…just different names and locations. Today, the variety is endless and I’m glad to see the changes. But the ages of the characters are always so young. As I grow older, I would like to see more stories containing older adults. You hit it on the head, Janet….hot grandfathers can be very sexy! Hope to see more of those as long as “Granddad” isn’t involved with someone in their twenties or thirties. Seniors want romance, too ;)

    I, too, am not thrilled with the paranormal scene. Give me a suspensful romance any day. And give me a lot of them!

  14. 14
    Beth Andrews says:

    Welcome back, Janet, and congrats on your release! I love a book that pushes boundaries and breaks rules so I’ll definitely be checking out Dedication :-)

  15. 15
    Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I have to confess that I am just a tad tired of the vampires too. Not overly crazy about the re-writing of some books to include zombies, vampires, shifters, etc. Just could not get my brain wrapped around Jane Austen and boogie men at the same time. Don’t really get into the zombies at all.

    I like paranormals, but think we need to lay of the vamps for a while and maybe go with ghosts or phychics or something.

  16. 16
    bn100 says:

    Very interesting post. I think there are a lot more kinds of paranormal books now that feature a lot of different types of supernatural creatures.

  17. 17

    Wow, I go away for 5 hours and look what happens! I agree that we have books about lots of different beings (Dukes included), but do you feel that just for a change you’d like to read about some real people? Maybe that’s the attraction of the contemporaries with small town settings, which in their way are as rarified as Romancelandia’s Regency London! But it’s the idea…

  18. 18
    Jo Robertson says:

    Hi, Janet, welcome back to the Lair and good for you for thinking and writing out of the traditional box. DEDICATION sounds soooo spicey!

  19. 19

    Hi Janet – Sorry I’m so late. Love the sound of this book, you little rule-greaker you :-) Also love that the story is reborn, so to speak. That’s the way of good stories! WIshing you much success -

  20. 20
    Laurie G says:

    Around 15 years ago a lotof my favorite contemporary authors went to romantic suspence: Elizabeth Lowell, Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Joanne Ross, Lisa Jackson…. Then paranormals glutted the market.

    I like contemps, historicals , inspirationals and some suspence. I wish that it would be more evenly distributed. I wish that my old favorites would write a few contemps too.

    I do enjoy sport’s themed romances and cooking themed romances. I like older couples. I too am not a fan of May /December relationships.

    Erotica is slowly catching on. Look at 50 SHADES OF GRAY! Hunger Games recent success will stimulate a run of futuristic novels.