I feel bad for the authors whose books were contracted but won’t see print, and for the aspiring writers who were this close. We’ve seen lines come and go, but this—from announcement to final release—was wicked fast. Even though the line was plagued with rumors of impending doom practically since inception, it seems abrupt.
I had mixed luck with the Bombshells. I found some of my favorite books there—Urban Legend and Knock Out from Erica Orloff and The Orchid Hunter from Sandra K. Moore. Some of them I couldn’t believe I’d wasted money on. I’m very guilty of picking up a Bombshell, expecting what I always expect from Silhouette: yummy Alpha heroes and a happily ever after.
And I knew going in. Due to my situation at the time, I probably had more inside skinny on the Bombshells than many other readers, and I still brought those expectations into my reading of them. I can’t imagine how readers who had no information on them other than the Silhouette name reacted to some of them. I don’t agree with comments I’ve seen, however, putting forth the way to save Bombshell is to make it its own imprint. Throwing good money after bad? Not usually the most sound of business plans.
I am sad to see them go, though. The ones I liked, I liked a lot.
Here’s hoping Nocturne will fare better on the merry-go-round when it comes out. As a writer, I look at it as ripe with possibilities but I can’t help but wonder if they’re not too late.
And as a reader I wonder…why isn’t Maggie Shayne launching Nocturne?