A New Year Deserves a New Book …

on January 4, 2017

Some people find a New Year and the resolutions that can come with it a burden, but not me. I love a fresh start. In fact, I welcome any fresh start that I can get:  the new pristine page in a daily desktop calendar, the arrival of a new month, even the change of season…. Read More

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub. A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.

To Choose or Not Choose a Book for the Season …

on December 28, 2016

Any author can attest to the mystery of what they write and when—a little mix of muse, book contract stipulations, market trends, and desire, I presume. But what about how readers choose which of those books to read? Most days of the year, I choose what I read by impulse or nudge. A new book… Read More

The Season Wouldn’t be the Season Without Stories

on December 20, 2016

We all celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanza, but we don’t necessarily celebrate them alike. Our family being Irish Catholic celebrates Christmas, but being a reader, I have my own little traditions that I cherish as well as midnight Mass or putting out the nativity figures in the old family crèche. To me, like so… Read More

It’s Beginning to Read a Lot Like Christmas

on December 6, 2016

It’s the first week of December, and so it should come as no surprise, dear reader, that holiday-inspired tales dominate the new title offerings this month. Whether it is Laura Marie Altom’s The Cowboy SEAL’s Jingle Bell Baby, Book 4 in her Cowboy SEALS Series, now out in mass-market paperback and eBook (the hardcover follows… Read More

Once Upon a Thanksgiving

on November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving has always been my father’s favorite holiday as much for what it isn’t as for what it is. He loves that there are no gifts, no Madison Avenue commercialization (or at least less than for most American holidays), no Mom running up the credit card balances. He believes Thanksgiving comprises all that any holiday… Read More

Make Mine a Musician, Please

on November 15, 2016

For years the conventional wisdom when it came to romance novels was the author might put a musician in a book, but if she did you’d be safe betting the musician — drummer, lead singer, guitarist — would not get the girl. Yet coming off the deaths of the sultry voiced Leonard Cohen and the… Read More

Lords, Ladies and Lost Girls . . .

on November 8, 2016

  Whether your reading tastes run to Scottish lords and ladies or sexy soldiers and lost girls, November has the title you crave. From Valerie Bowman comes The Legendary Lord, Book 6 in her Playful Brides Series. Christian Forester has fled the crowded ballrooms of London for the peace and quiet of his remote Scottish… Read More

It’s Beginning to Look a Little Like the Holidays

on November 1, 2016

With Halloween now over—if only for a few hours, it probably comes as no surprise that the holiday literary offerings have already begun to go under the tree. November opens with two holiday-themed reissues by #1 New York Times bestselling authors Robyn Carr (My Kind of Christmas, Book 20 Virgin River Series) and The 24… Read More