Romantic Times Rewind: March 2016 Ads & Features


In this week’s podcast episode, we’re looking at the ads and features in the March 2016 issue of Romantic Times, aka RT Book Reviews.

Special and massive thanks to Shannon Stacey for sending me this issue!

You can also find all the RTRW content at our category page for Romantic Times Rewind. 

And, most importantly, if you want to listen and follow along with this entry, we have more detail in the audio, but you can click play and listen and read and absorb all the visual goodness:

Cover time!

The cover for March 2016 features Cassandra Clare's Lady Midnight, with the cover art depicting a very thin White woman sinking into some water with her back arched and her hair clouding around her, and there's a sword falling out of her hand

As we’ve mentioned, RT had two basic styles of cover: author headshot, large/small cover art, or a mix of both. This is some great cover art so I’m not surprised it’s the main image.

A tale of two ads on two pages!

A very bland ad for Christine Feehan's Dark Promises, featuring beige trees on a beige background with a beige book cover against a beige sky and text that reads Gary Jansen has been in love with Gabrielle for a very long time. He did the honorable thing and let her go, because she was Carpathian and there were so few females to become lifemates to those who had waited for so long. But he is fully Carpathian, and a Daratrazanoff. Over the years he's honed his fighting skills and has fought beside the warriors of the Carpathian people as well as working on solutions to their problems. Everything has changed. The ritual words are imprinted in him, given to him the ancient, long dead warriors of the Carpathian people. Who is the mysterious male courting Gabrielle? ls she truly his lifemate. his other half?

I thought the text was hard to read, and the overall effect was beige.

Then I saw this ad:

An ad for Vivian Sinclairs Maitland Family Saga. Moon over Laramie has a giant dude's head floating over a mountainous landscape, like his head is the moon, expect the moon is there, just smaller. Below are two covers, christmas in cheyenne where a white cowboy with a beige hat and a thin mustache is growing? out of a christmas tree? And my favorite, lost in Wyoming, where a white cowboy in a straw hat looks like he is GROWING Out of the GRAVEL ROAD.

SO many questions.

Is that guy the moon?

Is that other guy growing out of a tree?

Is that third guy growing out of the gravel?!

A close up of Lost in Wyoming, with this guy's head dissolving into or growing out of the gravel road.

I’ve never been to Wyoming. Does this type of thing happen there? Giant heads growing out of the ground? Like I said, questions: I have them.

Special fun times: if you worked in or around romance publishing, you’ll recognize many of the people in this full page collage of the RT Holiday party:

Tis the season for merriment with the rt holiday celebration including Eloisa James, Jude Deveraux, the PR team from Avon HarperCollins, and the RT staff.

(If you want to zoom in on a larger-sized version of this page, I’ve uploaded a higher-res version.)

Up in the top left below the circle picturing Kathryn Falk, there’s a picture of Jude Deveraux.

Imagine going to a holiday work party and there’s Jude Deveraux. I would expire.

Suzie Weber was very upset that the RT Review Source reviews, which are the section of mostly self-pub books reviewed for a fee, are not easy to find on the RT website.

Question regarding the RT Review Source: How can I look at reviews? I was thinking I can go to the webpage and find an area called RT Review Source and scroll through that - maybe by month, author or genre. I subscribe to BookBub and they got me started on Bella Andre. When I learned you would be reviewing [self-pub-lished books], I knew I wanted to follow. While I don't agree with your reviews 100 the books that bave been reviewed by percent, I am close to 90 percent. Review Source. Thanks for explaining this to me. As we continue to develop this service, Suzie Weber we're also developing how to access it from via email our websile. We are in the process of creat- You raise a very good question, Suzie. Head over to RTBookReviews.com and type in "RT Review Source" in our search bor on the upper rightband corner of the page. This will generate a list of ing a link on our main page banner - - like our Top Picks and RT Awards links. - that will lead you to the Review Source titles We are glad you're finding this to be a helpful guide. Be sure to check back for future developments!

Suzie can’t find the reviews, so the advice is to search “RT Review Source” on the RT site. There’s no menu item, alas. Woe!

This issue had several articles about YA, including an article about DIY YA, or self-pub and the YA market. Jennifer L. Armentrout had smart things to say:

Armentrout believes that once an e-tailer figures out how to allow teens to buy their own books without using their parents' accounts, sales of self-published YA will skyrocket. "Amazon is trying to launch things into space; they will figure out how to bypass the barriers to teens paying for books," she says. "It's going to really change the landscape in the sense that you're going to start seeing more digital sales from teens" once the payment barrier is removed. There's another kid-specific hurdle - a friendly one! - that stands between teens and their self-published YA: librarians. "A vast majority of teen readers get their books from the library," Armentrout explains, "and there's the stigma of self-publishing that holds these educational institutions back from adding self-published titles to their collections. Even though most self-published books are as edited as traditionally published books, the stigma of typos and poor grammar is a concern for educational institutes."

“Armentrout believes that once an e-tailer figures out how to allow teens to buy their own books without using their parents’ accounts, sales of self-published YA will skyrocket. “Amazon is trying to launch things into space; they will figure out how to bypass the barriers to teens paying for books,” she says. “It’s going to really change the landscape in the sense that you’re going to start seeing more digital sales from teens” once the payment barrier is removed.

There’s another kid-specific hurdle – a friendly one! – that stands between teens and their self-published YA: librarians.

“A vast majority of teen readers get their books from the library,” Armentrout explains, “and there’s the stigma of self-publishing that holds these educational institutions back from adding self-published titles to their collections. Even though most self-published books are as edited as traditionally published books, the stigma of typos and poor grammar is a concern for educational institutes.”

And author Mari Mancusi wrote an article about making the move from adult romance to YA.

YA isn't about looking back at being a teen. It's being that teen now. You want it to feel legit. You have to get into their heads. Their thought processes are different. Their world is immediate. Their emotions are raw, and what might seem inconsequential to an adult might feel like the end of the world to a teen. Also, whereas romances tend to draw on a lot of backstory - where something that once happened to the hero and heroine shapes their reactions to current events - in teen fiction, that past is happening now. Those experiences need to be on the page.

 

YA isn’t about looking back at being a teen. It’s being that teen now. You want it to feel legit. You have to get into their heads. Their thought processes are different. Their world is immediate. Their emotions are raw, and what might seem inconsequential to an adult might feel like the end of the world to a teen. Also, whereas romances tend to draw on a lot of backstory – where something that once happened to the hero and heroine shapes their reactions to current events – in teen fiction, that past is happening now. Those experiences need to be on the page.

We’ve talked about this in other episodes, especially when there’s a review that criticizes a heroine in a YA novel who is a teenager for…acting like a teenager.

We both stopped for a bit at this ad – yet again, we’re back in the age where publishers had blogs.

A full page ad for SmittenWord.com - the blog for Bantam Dell Loveswept Flirt showing a collection of covers.

Amanda was intrigued by the cover for Resist where that guy is getting to second base on the cover.

A black and white photograph of a woman in front of a man with her head back and her jawline visible and he's got his hand just straight up on her boob

We also talked about this guy.

You know this guy, right?

A Close up of the cover of Risking it All by Christi Barth - featuring that really muscly dude pulling his shirt partway off so part of his face is covered and he's smirking intensely at the reader

Amanda thinks he looks like the underside of a stingray:

Stingray - underneath ~

She’s…not wrong!

Amanda was transfixed by the bizarre use of title case in this ad:

Spring Forecast: The Mercury Is Rising at Sourcebooks Casablanca, with an ad for The Infamous Heir by Elizabeth Michels, and Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler, which I believe is a SWAT Team shifter book

The Mercury Is Rising!

Also, this guy is On! Fire!

This cover model is wearing a white ruffly shirt with massive sleeves and is RIGHT NEXT to a fireplace that is so full of flames it looks like his leg is on fire. AVAILABLE MARCH 2016 REGENCY ROMANCE THE INFAMOUS HEIR by ELIZABETH MICHELS She's got no tolerance for anything but order and reason... until he shows her that wild and reckless is much more fun.

I maintain that this cover model knows what an iPhone is. Amanda thinks her dress is poorly tailored.

An ad for My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen where the cover model has a very knowing expression on her face, and her gown is way too big A Regency Twist on My Fair Lady of his grandfather, the late earl. But to ensure the welfare of his mother and sister, he joins the ranks of the aristocracy and relents to the tutelage of Lady Ivy Carlisle on proper rules of etiquette. He soon learns that the real challenge is surviving the conspiracies against him Land keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor,

We had a lot to say about this ad, which looked to me like a collection of Clancy-esque books, which is probably the point.

The ad for the Unfinished hero series, which features a sunset over a mountain landscape. The titles are SEBRING, KNIGHT, CREED, RAID, and DEACON .

We had SO many questions based on this one quarter-page ad:

A White woman with dark hair and a resemblance to Angelina Jolie who is wrapped in a sheet embraces a guy in his white shorts, and behind them are two very large photoshopped Passports. DO not schtup on your passport!

First, Tirgearr Publishing is still in business – hell yeah! Most of the time, when we encounter a digital press in this era of RT, they don’t exist any more (neither does the magazine itself).

And they have MERCH. GAME OF TOMES.

I can’t endorse schtupping atop your passport, but everything else is making me very happy.

Check out these PANELS from the RT in 2016:

FANTASY: STRADDLING THE GENRE DIVIDE Writers of science fiction and fantasy with varying degrees of romantic elements can struggle with genre definitions. Where are the lines between genres How do they blend the romance into their stories and is it easier to do in tantasy vs. science fiction or other traditionally "non-romance" genres. MODERATOR: Jeffe Kennedy PANEUSTS: Grace Draven, Darynda Jones, C.L. Wilson THE KICKASS FANTASY HEROINE traditionoliontosy readors and writers sometimos criticizo the remale hero - especially the warrior women - as being a mole hero with tits. Is this a fair criticism? What does a temale character bring to the warrior role that is quintessentially feminine? MODERATOR: Jeffe Kennedy PANEUSTS: Theo Harrison, Dorynda Jones, Tamora Pierce, Groce Draven THE URBAN FANTASY CANON - THEN AND NOW A literary canon is what we call those books considered "sacred to a field, philosophy or genre. In this panel, your favorite UF authors discuss what they consider to be Urban Fantasy's most important works in the past and what they re reading in the present. PANEUSTS: Michele Bardsley, Jeanse C. Stein WHAT LIES BENEATH: THEMES IN URBAN FANTASY Part of what fans love about Urban Fantasy is everything going on beneath the surface. Listen to your favorite UF authors talk about how theme works in their favorite fiction and how they use it in their own work. PANEUSTS: Dang Cameron, Diana Rowland, Leigh Evans PARANORMAL ANTI-HEROES WE LOVE TO HATE Women with swords and dangerous magic, lone men with hard eyes who grow claws at night, and creatures of the night, beauti ful, but deadly. What makes them anti-heroes? Is it their magic their disrogard tor the rulos of human socioly. or their rolonioss drive to win at all costs? Can an anti-hero go too far and what happens when they do? MODERATOR: Mona Andrews PANELISTS: Nalini Singh, Kresley Cole, Grace Draven, Darynda Jones ANATOMY OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE: LOVE, MYTH, AND MAGIC Paranormal romance is the only genre that mixes monsters, heroes, humor and unique mythology, yet lets the love story take center stage. The panel focuses on unique mythology, distinguishing characteristics and tropes o paranormal ro mance. Find out more about this unique genre that threatened to put Scribd out of business. MODERATOR: Ilona Andrews PANELISTS: Nalini Singh, Darynda Jones, Jessica Clare (a Jessica Sims)

This one in particular was indeed excellent:

ANATOMY OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE:
LOVE, MYTH, AND MAGIC
Paranormal romance is the only genre that mixes monsters, heroes, humor and unique mythology, yet lets the love story take center stage. The panel focuses on unique mythology, distinguishing characteristics and tropes o paranormal ro mance. Find out more about this unique genre that threatened to put Scribd out of business.

MODERATOR: Ilona Andrews
PANELISTS: Nalini Singh, Darynda Jones, Jessica Clare (a Jessica Sims)

What a lineup!

There were also a few ads for the RT, which, trigger warning, was at the Rio in Vegas that year.

First, 10:15-11:45 pm? PACIFIC TIME?!!? There is no way I’d be able to do that now.

Amanda went to this party. Apparently handcuffs were involved!

THURSDAY, 10:15 - 11:45PM A NIGHT WITH THE BAD BOY BaD BoYs KNOw how to drive us crazy! They are possessive, domineering and leave no prisoners in the bedroom. Their intense gaze and naughty ways attract you like a magnet to metal. What's better than the sexual push and pull of a bad boy? NOTHING! Join these beloved authors, who write your favorite bad boys, for a fun night of celebrating those delicious men. Prizes, games and giveaways!

And then there’s this late-night event:

An Evening With the Bat Pack or .. Heather Graham's "Anything Goes" Paranormal Party! SATURDAY, 8:45 - 11:45 PM IN AN SYGUSIE ile club. deep in the underworld of Las vegas they come to tind solace and the support of a triendship that only they can truly understand - being of a special, close-knit band. They are The Bat Pack. They are creatures who tound tame and intamy who just can't seem to leave Vegas - alive ... dead ... or undead Join Heather Graham and her Bat Pack for a haunting walk down memory lane as you drink delightful concoctions, dine on deli cious food and remember them as they were at the heignt of their splendor. After dinner, join in the fun and dance the night away. All are invited. Witches, werewolves, vampires, aliens, zombies, strip-pers, mummies, ek., and any and every combination thereot. Formal or elegant monster attire suggested but not required

THE BAT PACK. Heather Graham, hand on my heart, throws the greatest parties. In Pittsburgh, as you’ve heard me say, there was a hangin’ on stage. I miss the Heather Graham parties.

This article from the Review Source, about video platforms. Look at this nostalgic collection!

a collection of video platforms from 2016: YouTube: For occasion-based marketing only. A launch or something significant, like a life event announcement. Make it interesting, personal. Keep it short. 120 sec. max. Also upload directly to FB (algorithms work better that way). youtube.com Skype: I use it for lecturing to universities ground the world. Fretend the audience is in the room with you. Don't get distracted by what is happening onscreen. skype.com Google Hangouts: Great to reach young. er demographic. Flexible, as people can join in and drop off. You get access to a preexisting community. hangouts.google.com Periscope: Like having a direct, personal, instant channel. Try short, 10 - 20 minutes of direct talking. Keep notes handy; acknowl edge those who come on. Instant feedback - hearts and abuse. periscope.tv Blab: like hanging out in your favorite coffee shop and having friends join the conversation. Kim Wells, a fellow author, and I cohost a transatlantic Book Blab every Saturday. We talk spec fic. fion, slipstream, everything geeky. Hang out with us here at

120 seconds max on YouTube, y’all!

And then there were some covers in the Review Source we had some questions about.

a view of a window where two giant people are visible, a white woman laying in a white guys lap, and the color palate is entirely like 2020s interior - beige and grey

The color palate of Blinding Fate is like 2020s interior design – beige and grey. And this is a suspense novel, not an inspirational!

Once in a Lifetime features a very very very small horse, some leaves, a red jewel pendant and two very faint peopel fading away in the background

Is that horse ok? Are those people ok? Are they growing from the same field as the guy in Wyoming!?

And…hang on…

A mostly magenta tinted image of a white woman with red hair embracing what looks like a man with two heads.

Does that guy have two heads?!

And multiple arms?

What is happening?

People growing out of leaves and gravel, two headed magenta folks, and a 120 second limit on YouTube. What a time it was.

Thanks for joining us in March 2016!

A reminder: if you join the Patreon, you’ll get access to the entire issue as a PDF.

See you next month, when we head to April 2006, a time when contemporary and “new reality” (AKA paranormal) were in the same section, and all the romantic suspense author headshots were glaring like they were all mad at me.

 



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