HEY THERE FRIENDS, BOY AM I EXCITED TO BRING YOU SOME INFO ON THE NEW SERIES FROM DREAMSPINNER PRESS, DREAMSPUN DESIRES! I HAVE A SERIES OVERVIEW, LINKS FOR PAPERBACK AND EBOOK SUBSCRIPTIONS, AND EVEN INFO AND LINKS TO THE FIRST TWO BOOKS, THE FIRST ONE COMING OUT IN JUST A FEW DAYS! SO LET'S GET STARTED WITH A BIT OF INFO ON THE SERIES AND A INTERVIEW WITH POPPY DENNISON, WHO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THE SERIES!
(P.S. IF THE SERIES COVERS REMIND YOU OF A VERY POPULAR ROMANCE NOVEL LINE, ONE THAT MOST IF NOT ALL OF US READ AS TEENAGERS, THAT IS TOTALLY ON PURPOSE AND FREAKING BRILLIANT IF YOU ASK ME :p)
1. What made you come up with the Dreamspun Desires line?
Harlequin romances were the first romances I read--and I couldn't get enough. I wanted similar stories in the gay romance genre. At the Romantic Times Convention in May 2015, I had a chance to talk to some of Dreamspinner's authors about category romance and so many of them had the same experiences as me: these were their first romances as well. I sweet talked those authors into writing me one, and by the end of that day at the event, I had eighteen authors ready and willing to write their own gay category style romance! Then I had to go to Elizabeth North, the Executive Director of Dreamspinner Press and say "Um, see, there's this thing I did..." Elizabeth loved the idea too, and we decided to honor our romance roots by making the line as close to the category style as we could.
Bec- Well, it is a great idea, and Harlequin Romances were a must for me as a teenager, I think every avid reader has read at least a couple! This is so exciting, and I can't wait to read every single one!
2. How did you pick the authors?
Technically, I didn't pick the authors for Dreamspun--I picked lunch dates! LOL. But honestly, everyone I had lunch with that day at RT wanted to write their own story and by the end of the day word had spread. Everyone was so enthusiastic. After the event, we let all of Dreamspinner's authors know about the new line, and anyone who was interested was invited to submit. The response has been amazing and I can't wait for you all to see some of the titles we have lined up!
Bec- I am so glad it panned out, because it is such a great idea, and the list of authors so far is A-MAZING! This is gonna be one great line of books!
3. I love the covers, which for me are a take on the Harlequin Romances I devoured as a teen. Who came up with the concept, and who designed the covers?
Thank you so much! The cover art was one of the most important parts of the line design. We knew we wanted these to have the look and feel of category romances so we enlisted Paul Richmond to design them for us. Elizabeth and I threw a ton of ideas at him and Paul created the perfect cover for us! I love them so much!
Bec- He did a fantastic job, I first heard about the series from Shira Anthony and that is the first thing I thought when I saw the cover of hers, OMG it's like Gay Harlequin (crossed that off the "I wish" list :P)!!
4. Will this be a yearly series or a one time thing? I love the concept! So fresh and new!
This is going to be a new line for Dreamspinner press, so it'll be around for a long time! We already have submissions into 2017, so Dreamspun Desires is here to stay!
Bec- Well that is amazing news! I can't wait to devour each and every one of them!
5. How many books will be in this series?
We don't have an end date in mind for Dreamspun Desires, but I can tell you that there will be two titles released per month as part of the line. Just like other category romance lines, these will be numbered editions to readers can collect an entire set!
TOLD YOU GUYS IT WAS A GREAT INTERVIEW! THANKS POPPY FOR LETTING US KNOW ABOUT THIS EXCITING NEW LINE OF BOOKS! NEXT I HAVE THE INFO ON THE FIRST TWO BOOKS:
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