I saw over at the AAR site that Kaki Warner won a RITA at the Romance Writers of America conference just concluded for her ahem, cymbals and trumpets here, Western Romance novel, Pieces of Sky. Congratulations to Ms. Warner. Coincidentally, I saw somewhere and have forgotten the source (but it had to be blog comments or a forum post) that several traditional publishers are now actively seeking Western Romances, both historical and contemporary.
From the look of the Western Romance forum at Amazon, you’d certainly think our favorite Romance subgenre is dead or dying, but maybe even though separate forums for smallish subgenres don’t generate enough steam to keep themselves going, the books do. I’ll have to admit I don’t feel enthusiasm for seeing Westerns overwhelmed and done to death again like Regencies, but it would be great to have a wider selection and more opportunities for both readers and writers who still love cowboys (and Indians — I’ve admitted here already that what I’m working on has a NA hero, haven’t I?).
Right now I believe I’m about halfway through with the next romance. There’s no way to say for sure, of course, until it’s done. Things can kind of deviate from the plan as I go along, but there’s certainly enough it feels like a book at this point.
Happy Fourth everyone. I’m not much for parades and fireworks, but I always manage to read some more interesting and surprising things about the Founding Fathers. They weren’t romantic, but they were incredible.