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Gossip: Pride and Prejudice Modernization, Avon Romance Blog Hop, and Cooking for Cowboy Heroes

Jennifer Love Hewitt is set to produce a modernization of Pride and Prejudice on Lifetime. The show will be called Darcy’s Town and take place in Virginia, but other than that no other details have been released. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, and it brought up a lot of questions. Will Lydia just become a repeat-divorcée? Will Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship take place via text messages? Thanks to Heroes and Heartbreakers for the heads up!

Avon is continuing its “In the Pink” Avon Addict Blog Hop. They’ve already hit up a lot of blogs on its way to visit all of the “addicts” to the site. Coming up this week are Seduced by a Book (12/18), Starry Skies Romance (12/19), Mom on the Edge (12/20), The Book Vixen (12/21), The Romance Reviews (12/22), Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess (12/23), and Blithely Bookish (12/24). Each day they cover a different topic and so there’s always another chance to join in on the discussion.

After years of the same recipes, the family can get a little tired of the same food prepared in the same way. Spice things up a bit with Sherryl Woods’s The Sweet Magnolia Cookbook. Yeah, we know you’re going to buy the whole thing eventually. But in the meantime, Harlequin is releasing excerpts of her recipes, complete with pictures and an introduction from the author. But hurry, the book’s only up until Christmas (and by then hopefully you’ve gotten it as a gift!).


Hot Gossip: GBLTQ Trends, Booty Buying Blitz, Banned Books Week

USA Today’s Happily Ever After kicks off the convo about what’s hot with readers now that traditional publishers wouldn’t touch ten years ago. Insiders from Riptide Publishing, a “hot young start-up selling GBLTQ stories with a focus on romance” weigh in.  Meanwhile, Dear Author gets the scoop on Bookouture, “a new digital publishing imprint” from a former Harlequin Marketing Controller.

The booty buying frenzy isn’t over yet. Another traditional house, this time Harlequin, picks up a successful self-pubbed e-series.  Congratulations, Bella Andre, on your seven-figure sale of The Sullivans series.

The American Library Association (ALA) helps people get their read on and celebrate Banned Books Week with free samples of the most frequently challenged library books. Galley Cat hooks you up with the top ten.