Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy Birthday TWRP from Vintage Rose

I can’t believe it’s been three years already. During that time I’ve had the pleasure of acting as managing editor of the historical division. This past fall, the Vintage Rose line joined our historical family and I couldn’t be more pleased.

I love the genres covered by all the historical lines, but this hour we’re celebrating the Vintage Rose line, which covers the genre from 1910 through the 1990s.

I’d love to see this line really grow to offer a full range of stories for every decade of the 1900s, from WWI right up through the Reagan era and the Gulf war. It’s a line that really is wide open for the authors to come along and make it their own. If you’ve been thinking about writing something different… give Vintage Rose a try!

It's early, so I didn't want to ask the VR team to all get out of bed and celebrate with me, LOL, but I've posted their good wishes below.

From Susan Yates:

Some of the first romance novels I read as a girl were Emilie Loring's wartime romances. I fell in love with an era, an author, and a genre all at the same time. Her novels--which I read over and over--were written in the 20s, 30s and 40s, and are perfect time capsules of the clothes, slang and spirit of those decades. Edith Wharton made me fall in love with turn-of-the-century manners and style; Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything (both the book and the movie) made me love the Technicolor 50s; and, come on, who doesn't love the groovy 60s and the solid 70s? That's what I love about Vintage Rose: we cover the gamut from mannered Edwardian to free-spirited hippie, and I'm eager to read any story that evokes the spirit and style of those eras.

From Vivian Crosby:

Vintage Rose is a great line to write for - and edit! - because of its variety. We're open to stories fitting into a broad time period and those stories range from sweet to spicy. Your imagination is the only limit! I'd love to see more World War II stories, in particular, though I enjoy seeing the creativity of our authors. Try something new or beyond your comfort zone, maybe even beyond the traditional major historical events we typically see featured in Vintage stories. If you're not sure if what you've written will work for Vintage, please query. I love finding new authors who have done their research into the time period and weave it seamlessly into a heart-tugging romance. If that's you, I'm looking forward to your story!

From Nan Swanson:

What I’d like to see more of in the Vintage line:
1. more settings in the 1930s, ‘40s & ‘50s, with stories that are full of the flavor of the time.
2. more romances typical of the time they’re set in –different eras have different ways of exhibiting feelings, of approaching a relationship, of coming in contact with the opposite gender and scenes we now take for granted in modern romance stories are not always appropriate
3. more full length mss.

Why do I like the Vintage Rose line?
I have always enjoyed the period pieces with details that carry me back to an era gone by, stories that help today’s readers see and feel what it was like to live in earlier times. My parents & grands have been great storytellers bout their lives in the first half of the 1900s, and of course I have strong memories of the decades since then.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Nic, Nan & Vivian! Amazing that we're 3 years old today!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Happy birthday to TWRP. Hope the next three years are as good as the first three.

Me :) said...

happy B-day and here's to manymore :)

Future Mrs. Ashley Rose said...

Happy Birthday!! = D

Lynda Lukow said...

Happy Birthday, Wild Rose!

All the best,
Lynda Lukow

Tara said...

Happy birthday, TWRP! Sorry I can't be here for the rest of the day. Vintage, your line rocks! I hope to see more Vintage stories in the future.

Tara West aka Tamra, cover artist

marye.ulrich said...

I love war stories, sounds like you have some great ones.

Tarah Scott said...

Happy Birthday!

Donna B said...

Morning ladies. Happy Birthday to us!

Sarita Leone said...

Happy Birthday! :)

NicDarienzo said...

And the drawing winner for the Vintage Rose hour is....

Marye Ulrich!

Congratulations, Mary!

Hywela Lyn said...

Congratulations Marye,
I see a lot of familiar faces here - hello everyone and Happy Birthday TWRP

danie88 said...


Amber Leigh Williams said...

Writing stories of our grandparents' generation should come naturally as they're always talking about it so vividly. I too would love to see more stories from the Roaring Twenties, WWII, and the time of the women's suffrage movement not just here at TWRP but in romance alltogether. There just aren't enough Vintage Roses!!!



Tanya Hanson said...

Happy birthday TWRP. I am so honored to be part of such a wonderflu publisher.

I love the 30's and 40's. I recently shoveled out my mother's old house and came upon a treasure trove of old family photos starting in the 1880's. The ones from the war years were so evocative.

Here's a cyber-toast to many more successful years.

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Janet Fogg said...

Happy Birthday to everyone at TWRP!! It's been such a pleasure getting to know you. Hope the birthday cake is chocolate with white frosting! Janet Fogg

Silver James said...

So many ideas, so little time... I love the thirties and forties. *puts on creative cap*

Fleeta Cunningham said...

Thanks for making a place for the 20th Century, and Happy Third Birthday. Many, many more. Fleeta Cunningham

Nancy Fraser said...

My goodness you ladies were up early this morning! I wsn't able to get onto the blog until after work ... don't know WHY my employer wouldn't let me participate.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to TWRP and Happy Belated to my Vintage sisters (and brothers). Here's too a less complicated time. Unfortunately, I remember way too much of it!


Christine Clemetson said...

Happy Birthday TWRP! I just got home from work and I'm so excited to be a part of this! Vintage Roses rock!!! Congratulations!