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Bertrice Small passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. She leaves behind her son Thomas, and four grandchildren.
Most romance readers are familiar with Bertrice's large volume of fiction. You can visit our page on Historical Romance Writers to browse all her book titles. (http://historicalromancewriters.com/Authorinfo.cfm?authorID=27)
Her careers stood the test of time, and she continued to publish books and communicate with her readers.
Personally I had some interaction with Bertrice through the years. She was always humble, always kind, and always wanting to promote and do interesting things for her book. I did not know her well, but I do know after my many years interacting with authors that she was a genuine and kind person. I would often misspell her name in emails, and she would politely remind me it was spelled "Bertrice". :-)
How wonderful is it that she has left such a large book legacy for her readers?
I leave you with the last letter to her readers (from her website http://www.bertricesmall.com/newsletter.shtml)
My dear Readers and Friends:
Well we've made it to the twelfth month of the year. Hoo Ray for all of us. I hope it has been a good year for you. It's been an interesting year for me, but in the end I cannot really complain because I'm still here. LOL! And on the 9th of this month I'll add another year to my total. Can't believe it. I remember when I was younger, and knew someone who was the age I am now I thought they were soooo old. Funny, I don't feel old, and I expect neither did those long ago people. I realize now that while we may add years to our lives, old is a state of mind. I don't expect I'll ever get to that particular place, and I hope none of you will either.
Dyalisis three times a week is taking a toll on my work. I keep promising to get that laptop, but so far I haven't done it. I know I must or you will never get to read Serena's story which actually is almost done. And it's such a good story. Like her sisters, Serena is not an easy girl, but of course she will have her happily ever after. I promise!
The family is well I am happy to report. Cora will be a contestant in the Miss Junior U.S.A. New York pageant. While she says it would be fun to win - and Grammi thinks she would be a great representative for New York - her main interest is in the scholarship money the pageant offers. As a high school junior she is now considering what is to come. Her talent is voice. Her singing is excellent, and that just isn't a proud grandmother's opinion. The pageant is in January, and I'll be reporting the results in my February newsletter. Tom, of course, will be escorting her to the pageant. All those pageant mothers will be quite an eye- opener to him. LOL! I imagine he'll come back with some fun stories. He's a wonderful observer of the human condition. Chandler should be entering the local community college after the new year. He's been taking time off to decide what he wants to do. Miss Sophia is half-way through 6th grade, and next year will be in the Southold school. Little Evan is in 3rd grade in Southold, and all is as it should be.
Thanksgiving was lovely with a traditional dinner at my house. I am planning to move in with Tom on the advice of everyone. I've been avoiding it, but it is what it is to use that current expression. My wonderful assistant, Aneta, will live in my little cottage while she seeks a place of her own, and I wait for a buyer. Well, my dears, I will close now as there is really nothing more to say other than I wish you the happiest of holidays - Christmas, Hannakah, Quanza, whatever you celebrate. And may the new year bring us all much good health and happiness. God bless to you all from your most faithful author,
May God Bless you Bertrice Small. We thank you for all that you have left us.
There is an upcoming new book called Asking for It by Lilah Pace that is getting so buzz. Why? Because it contains a romance reader trigger - non-consensual sex.
Romance Readers - here is the question? Are we interested in this type of romance? Are romance writers pushing the boundaries more and more, to be the next "50 Shades of Grey" success story? Do we need shock and taboo, to up the ante? No judgement here, and I'm sure I will read this book. I don't believe in censorship, I was raised on Flowers in the Attic and other "taboo" fiction books. I love to be shocked sometimes. But, if a book is marketed and is telling us WARNING - what should we think?
What are you feelings on these types of books? Are you a fan? Do you already read these types of books?
Here is the write up on it (an no cover art for this book available yet)
Asking for It by Lilah Pace
June 2, 2015
“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.”
Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.
Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker...
Reader Advisory: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.
As we learn more about this book, we will post!
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I've been listening to the Smart B*tches, Trashy Books podcasts, specifically #118 discussing rape appearing in romance novels. Sarah discusses how it would be great to have a database that was searchable for stories with rape in the story,... or back story. This would be a flag to help readers identify if this was a book that might cause them distress (or not). Eye On Romance has the largest romance novel database (to my knowledge) on the internet with literally hundreds of thousands of books. Starting next week I will be adding a rubric which will add identifiers to books that have rape and/or sexual assault in the story. This will help readers who are browsing our very large database to know what the book may or may not pertain. As it will be an ongoing work in progress it may take some time. If you KNOW of a book already that contains rape and/or sexual assault please email the book title and author to email@example.com as it will be helpful as we go along. And as a sidenote, it won't take a grant or a billionaire to fund this - we have all the tools available on our team to do this easily and swiftly...so stay tuned as we start adding this next week to http://www.eyeonromance.com/ and our community of websites. (If you don't listen to podcasts, you can read the transcript here: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast/118-discussing-rape-trigger-warnings-and-also-what-were-reading/#transcript)