Extra, extra! Read All About It! Roberta Gellis, Juno and more Elizabeth Elliott!

This seems to have been a week for all manner of random bits and snippets of news. So, I thought I’d share a few.

I was VERY excited to get my email newsletter from Roberta Gellis yesterday. I have been working hard to find her books at the UBS for years, but still have far from a complete set. Harlequin got my hopes up when they started reissuing the Roselynde series a few years back, but then quickly dashed them by pulling the plug after the first two books. Now it appears that Gellis’ books are about to be reissued again, and I can’t wait! I don’t have a complete list of the backlist books to be reissued, but Cerridwen Press will be publishing at least some of titles, beginning with The English Heiress on February 12. From what the author says, ebook readers will get first crack at the books, with trade paperbacks to follow.

As many of you may already know, Juno Books is now set to become an imprint of Pocket Books. I find myself somewhat optimistic at this news. I have read almost everything Juno has published, and I have enjoyed a number of their books. I think it would be great to see them get better distribution and marketing opportunities.

I do hope that Pocket retains the original spirit of the line, though. Juno is not primarily a romance line, though Saskia Walker has written some erotic fantasy romances for them and I would consider Roby James’ Beyond the Hedge an intriguing time-travel romance of sorts. Instead, Juno bills itself as a fantasy imprint featuring strong female protagonists. Some books have strong romantic subplots, some don’t, the authors tend to have very individual voices, and the stories cover several different subgenres of fantasy. In short, this line has become what I had hoped Luna would be back when it was launched. I read almost as much fantasy as I do romance, and I hope this line succeeds.

And now back to Elizabeth Elliott. I wrote a little while ago that she is back to writing. She has now redone her website, which you can see here. Her upcoming novel, The Assassin , is now in final edits. Eliott has put up more plot information about the book on her site as well as an excerpt.

And now back to all of my regularly scheduled reading!

-Lynn Spencer

7 thoughts on “Extra, extra! Read All About It! Roberta Gellis, Juno and more Elizabeth Elliott!

  1. I’m so glad to hear about Roberta Gellis books being republished! The last three Roselynde books are the first books I ever got that were sold on the internet. I got the first three second-hand in England twenty years ago, and then went hunting through UBS for TEN years without ever finding one of them. Then I happened to mention this to a friend, who was a pioneer at using the internet. He mentioned this newly-founded site called Amazon.com, where you could get about anything. We discovered GILLIAN, RHIANNON and SYBELLE in print (the Leisure edition from 1995), but I had neither credit card not internet access, so I couldn’t order them right there and then. You may imagine my surprise and delight when my friend gave me the three books for Christmas a few months later!
    Anyway, those books deserve to be read by everyone who loves medieval historicals, they’s that good. I haven’t read any of the HEIRESS books yet (although several can be found on my TBR shelves), but will surely be encouraged to do so once I know I can complete my collection.

  2. Roberta Gellis is one of my all-time favorites! I loved her Roselynde Chronicles (Ian de Vipont is tied with Roarke and John Smythe as my favorite hero ever).

    And her book, A WOMAN’S ESTATE, is a wonderful Regency-era romantic suspense that I re-read about once every couple years.

    I never could find the English Heiress, or the other ones from that series, so I am totally geeked that they’re going to be available!

  3. I have to admit that I was very interested in reading Roberta Gellis’s Roselynde Chronicles after having read Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. She has been recommended by some Dunnett fans. This would have been good news to me since I can’t get hold of those books before. Unfortunately, after being made aware of her rather clueless comments here at AAR about the Lymond Chronicles, somehow, she has managed to turn me off. That’s sounds rather petty and I don’t normally make a practice of this but in this instance I’ll make an exception.

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