News & Notes – 12/28/2019

December 28, 2019 News & Notes 5

Literary Losses

Johanna Lindsey, the bestselling romance novelist whose career spanned more than four decades and over 50 books, died Oct. 27, 2019, of complications of lung cancer. According to the New York Times, her family was “too devastated” to announcer her death publicly until Monday (Dec. 23.)

Lindsey wrote her first book, Captive Bride, in 1977, at the age of 25. Her most recent book, Temptation’s Darling, was published last July. In between, her sensual, sweeping romances helped make the romance genre the “publishing juggernaut” it remains today. (EW) She spent much of her career with Avon, moving to Simon & Schuster in 2001. The romance world mourned her passing, with many authors citing her influence and fans tweeting remembrances of #MyFirstJohanna.

Obituaries: Entertainment Weekly; Sarah MacLean (Twitter). You may wish to avoid the NYT obituary; I gather a number of romance authors and fans felt it was somewhat dismissive or belittling.

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5 Responses to “News & Notes – 12/28/2019”

  1. Cleo @ Mysteries and Memoirs

    Love that pic of reading under the covers– how wonderful! I am joining a bunch of challenges, slowing making my way through various ones to decide which to join. I have already joined yours and Shelley’s and Tanya Patrice’s so far. Thanks for hosting.

  2. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

    That’s a great quote!

    I’m looking forward to the 2020 Backlist Reader Challenge, and I am always amused by the POPSUGAR Challenges, but that’s where I’m stopping for reading challenges. I know I’ll be adding in a few monthly readathons, and I’m already starting to feel overbooked as it is. 🙂