Harlequin has long been known for their steamy covers but now they're getting heat they'd rather not have. In case you haven't heard, the big news in the publishing world is that Harlequin is getting roasted over its decision to start a vanity press. In fact, both RWA
have delisted Harlequin as an approved publisher and MWA
has issued a statement expressing regrets with possible delisting in the future. For an excellent analysis about why Harlequin's move is such a bad idea, visit fellow fantasy author Jackie Kessler
It's a shame, because I know several wonderful authors who make their living writing for Harlequin. Weigh in with your opinions.
As an appetizer for her forthcoming release to be released this Tuesday! Kelly Meding
gives us a taste of her wit and imagination with her story The Hoarder
, now available for free at SUVUDU
We here at Biting-Edge global headquarters earn our street cred by inventing tales of the fantastic. So when people tell us they pay their bills chasing ghosts and talking with the dead, we're all over that news. So float on over to 3042 Mountain Sky
The Literary Review posted its Bad Sex in Fiction Awards
. Check out this passage from from Black Swan Green
by David Mitchell.
"Tom Yew got on her and sort of jiggled there and she gasped like he was giving her a Chinese burn and wrapped her legs round him, froggily. Now he moved up and down, Man-from-Atlantisly. His silver chain jiggled on his neck.
Now her grubby soles met like they were praying.
Now his skin was glazed in roast pork sweat.
Now she made a noise like a tortured Moomintroll.
Now Tom Yew's body jerkjerked judderily jackknifed and a noise like a ripping cable tore out of him. "
jerkjerked judderily jackknifed? Okay, maybe this passage does something for you. Jeanne? Don't let me judge.
Since Biting-Edge is about vampires and though Stephenie Meyer doesn't need a boost from us, we have to report that New Moon set box office records this weekend, knocking Batman off his The Dark Knight bat-perch in opening day receipts. Anyone see New Moon? Fangs up? Down?