I’m very excited to welcome back Avon Romance editor LUCIA MACRO.
Lucia will be out of her office for a few days — she will come back to respond to questions on Monday (or possibly sooner). Don’t forget to check back!
Lately I’ve been wading through the pages and pages of tattooed love boys (yes I stole that phrase—bonus points if you can identify the source!), hard-luck waitresses with drug-addled parents, college dormitories, and backstage passes known as New Adult. It seems the contemporary romance is hotter than ever, leaving our quick-witted earl’s daughters and dangerous dukes in the dust.
But all is never lost in the ever-changing world of romance. Trends change, tastes change, and what’s most important, everyone can take tips from each other along the way. Now, I love a contemporary romance (or New Adult) romance as much as anyone—my background is in contemporary romance. But I also adore the occasional waltz around the ballroom. So, with that in mind, here’s my personal wish list for historical romances…at least for now. (Disclaimer: The opinions here are my own.)
1) Lighten up everyone: by that I don’t mean your romance has to be funny. But I would like to see books that faster-paced, more intensively romantic, more hero-pursues-the-heroine because he has to have her. Lately the submissions I’ve been reading are dense and wordy. Get some air in there!
2) A word about those heroes: lately, contemporary romance heroes have been super-sexy, self-assured, and single minded in their pursuit of the heroine. And while she can give as good as she gets, these men know who they want and they stop at nothing to get her. And readers are responding—in droves. It might be worthwhile to take a page from the contemporaries and give us heroes to swoon over.
3) Let’s bend—but not break—some of those historical “rules.” Readers might not admit it, but I see the numbers: they love certain kinds of stories—marriage plots, governess heroines, matchmakers and heartbreakers. So if you’re determined to have your 40 year old heroine or hero-without-a-title, give yourself some insurance and add something old to the something new.
4) The Rules of Society: I think it’s interesting that so many contemps feature characters who are somewhat outside the rules of society. (Strippers! Rock stars! Bikers!) But these people still act with a definite moral code. I’ve always loved that historical romance characters must also navigate society’s restrictions—and also break those restrictions. Add a bit of danger to the dancecard.
Ok, I’ve gone on long enough for a blog post. I’ll be out of the office for a few days, but I’d love to hear your comments—agree? Disagree? Anything to add?—and will respond when I get on line. If it takes a few days be patient. Because I’m curious to hear everyone’s thoughts.
What Avon Romance books are you waiting for? Don’t miss this one, which is out now:
Three very different sisters beguile society with their beauty and charm, but only one of them must fulfill a prophecy: marry a prince. Who is the mystery Prince Charming, and which sister will be his bride?
On the way to marry a prince in a castle, a lady should never:
1. Bribe an infuriatingly arrogant and undeniably irresistible ship captain,
2. Let him kiss her senseless on a beach,
3. Battle thieves at his side,
4. Exchange wedding vows with him, even under the direst circumstances.
But daring, determined Arabella Caulfield isn’t just any lady. And Luc Westfall is no typical ship captain. He’s the new Duke of Lycombe, and to defeat a plot that could destroy his family he must have an heir. Now he knows just the woman for the job . . . and he’s not above seduction to turn this would-be princess into a duchess.
And this one, which is coming out soon:
New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of Wishmore What happens when a bride says no? He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publicly jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens’ pride isn’t about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar. What happens when the heart says yes? He is promised to one woman, but discovers his soul stirred by . . . the chit’s sister! Lady Aileen Davidson’s reputation was ruined ages ago, which is why she’s buried herself in the country, but her fiery spirit and bold beauty threaten to bring Blake to his knees, making him wonder if he has proposed to the wrong lass. And now he must make a choice: marry for honor . . . or marry for love?
Join us on Friday when ADAM FIRESTONE, RU’s resident weapons expert, discusses Terminal Ballistics.
Lucia Macro is a Vice-President/Executive Editor for Morrow/Avon Books, whose career path began with an English degree and a vague sense that she could type very quickly. An article told this budding CosmoGirl that she could “…work in a publishing house! Meet sexy, smoldering authors who will woo you with wine and words!” She ended up as the assistant to a textbook editor. After a few years she wised up, took a job in the romance department of Berkley, and never looked back.
Lucia has worked at Harlequin, where she was the head of the Desire line, and presently edits many New York Times bestsellers and Rita Award winners. In 2006 she was the honored recipient of the Vivian Stephens Career Achievement Award. In addition, she is part of the team that created both the Morrow Paperback and Avon Impulse imprints and is constantly on the lookout for the next bestseller
- Weekly Lecture Schedule: October 15th to October 19th
- Editor Lucia Macro Presents: Avon Mythbusters
- Editor Lucia Macro Reveals Four Things About Avon Romance You Won’t Want to Miss
- Avon Romance Editor Lucia Macro’s Top Five Pet Peeves
- Weekly Lecture Schedule: March 25 – March 29, 2013