Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hello from a new Scarlet editor!

Hi Wilder Roses!

I've been lurking behind the scenes in the garden for a while and thought it was time to introduce myself. I'm Karen, and I'm the newest editor to join the Scarlet Rose line of TWRP. Needless to say, I'm very excited to be here amongst such a great bunch (no pun intended!) of people :)

Ah, I suck at introductions. I'm British and live in the north of England in a tiny quaint village near the medieval city of York. I'm a historian and archaeologist by trade, my favourite coffee is cinnamon latte (yay for the village coffee shop!), I'm trying to grow my own salad veg (my lettuce looks like cress), and I loveloveLOVE to read!

Erotic romance is one of my favourite genres. You wouldn't believe how thrilled I was when the Black Lace imprint started in the UK back in the 1990s. I must have spent a fortune buying those books! Then I discovered e-publishing five years ago and WOW! I was in heaven! Most of the ebooks I read are erotic romances,and chances are I've read something from all of you Wilder Roses ;) I was a fan of TWRP before I became an editor here, and I've got to say my favourite series of any e-pub out there is Destination Pleasure. I've read every single one of those and look forward to many more!

I love reading historical romances and am a big fan of Mills & Boon/Harlequin's historical line. But give me a hot, raunchy historical and I'm even happier. There's so much scope with an historical - and why limit it to the Western world? I'd love to see more erotic romances set in India, or in Asia, or the Middle East or Africa. I'd love to see multicultural and interracial heroes and heroines. I'd adore it if a story set in ancient Egypt or Greece or Rome crossed my desk. I'm looking forward to reading about unusual time periods, too - from the Byzantine period through to the High Middle Ages, the late Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment and beyond.

And what about steampunk? That's a genre that's growing in popularity right now, and delivers a mix of alternate history, fantasy and sci-fi - put it together with a sexy romance and it's perfect!

So that's me and what I like (and hope!) to read. What about you? Do you have any recommendations for historical erotic romances? I'd love to hear them!

- Karen


C. A. Salo said...

Hi Karen!!

Catherine Bybee said...

Welcome to the fold! LOL

Cameo Brown said...

Welcome, Karen! Nice to meet you. :)

Anonymous said...

Great to find another kindred spirit: The Destination Pleasure series was my first Scarlet purchase, before I became an editor here. :-) Let's hear it for sex in exotic locales! No better place for a heroine to take a walk on the wilder side, in my opinion. (grin)
Lori LeBonde

Scarlett Sanderson said...

Welcome, Karen!

I'm a fellow Brit, and although I reside in the West Midlands, I'm in Leeds almost every weekend :) York is a lovely city.

Samantha Gentry said...

Welcome to the wild side of the Garden, Karen. I've been to England several times and would love to make another trip there. I have a Destination Pleasure coming out in 2 days (Friday, July 17), titled FORBIDDEN ISLAND.