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November 20, 2011

Instead of a Sample Sunday this is more of a Sample Teaser

Filed under: Caesars Through the Fence — marshacanham @ 3:16 pm

I’m sure you’ve all seen me mention the Loopies before, a group of terrific romance authors who came together years ago when we all wrote for Dell. Back then we had the Author’s Mansion, a website built like a big house with everyone assigned a room. We were all midlist at that time, and only the Queen of Historical Romance herself, Virginia Henley, had managed to hit the NYTimes list. But it was like a little bit of all of us made it because we all hooted and hollered and celebrated. Virginia actually climbed up onto the roof of her house and shouted it to the neighborhood, which we applauded but didn’t imitate *snort*.  If one of us had a success, we all shared in it.  If one was down in the dumps, we were all there for support. If someone had no where else to vent, we all listened and invented new swear words.

When Dell imploded, we all went our various ways as far as publishers went, but the Loop Group remained steadfast. There were nine of us…myself, Virginia Henley, Jill Gregory, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Sherri Browning Erwin, Julie Ortolon, Julia London, Connie Brockway, and Kathleen Givens. We lost Kathleen, tragically, and far too early. She had a wonderfully dry wit and was always there with a supportive word, or a funny observation, or a sisterly smack upside the head.  She has been dearly missed.

Unfazed by the Dell implosion most of remained on the USA Today lists and several more went on to climb roofs and shout about making the NYTimes.

About a year ago the eight of us were throfting mail back and forth discussing this brave new world of ebook self-publishing. Jules was the first to dip her toe in and test out the waters, and when she found them warm and welcoming, she dragged me in after her. Most of the other Loopies have followed, with the only straggler being Sherri, who had a huge print deadline to worry about, along with selling a house, buying a house, moving, etc etc. But a funny thing happened while we were discussing the pros and cons of self publishing. One of us…I can’t even remember who…suggested that it would be fun if we all wrote a short story and put them together in an anthology.  Oddly enough, none of us had thought of doing it before, mainly because of the incredible hassles involved in dealing with publishing houses (each wrote for a different publisher, so which one would we approach?)  Add to that the fact we all wrote such different stuff, how could we tie it all together? Virginia, as mentioned, is the Queen and writes big lusty in-your-face romances filled with history, pomp, and ceremony not to mention steamy sex. Jill Gregory writes Western Romances, Jacquie D’Alessandro writes hot Regencies, Sherri Browning Erwin writes dark vampirical mash-ups like Jayne Slayer and Grave Expectations (creepy but cool), Julie Ortolon writes modern contemporary romances, and me…well…I like pirates and knights and sea battles and jousting matches.

Did the diversity stop us? Hell no. We just got a little more creative. We came up with a cool idea of having something travel through the centuries…in this case, a mirror pendant…which would let each of us write in the time period of our choice. Two of the Loopies had to drop out of the project due to time crunches, deadlines, and commitments elsewhere but the six of us diehards have come up with an anthology aptly titled, Masters of Seduction.

You’ll notice no live links to it yet, because it doesn’t go live until December 1st, ergo the the pithy and tantalizing title of todays blog. This is just a teaser. A peek, if you will, at the magnificent cover and…ta dah…digital step back.

We hope everyone  finds this anthology as cool as we did while we were putting it together. We’re already making rumblings about Masters of Temptation…

By the way, this is not just a first for me as far as being part of an anthology…it’s also the very first time I have written a short story, or anything under a hundred thousand words…so be kind *g*



  1. Hey Marsha!

    You’re such a tease!
    I’m there 🙂

    I only read three of the authors from your Loop Group and I would love it and be honored to review this for you for my Blog at

    The concept you all came up with is just mind bogling and too intriguing to pass up 🙂

    Looking forward to it!


    Comment by Bookworm — November 20, 2011 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  2. I was so unhappy about not being able to be part of this but I have red two of the stories and they are FABULOUS!

    Comment by connie brockway — November 20, 2011 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  3. What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to read it. (Reminds me of The Red Violin, one of my favorite movies.) I also enjoyed the backstory of you Dell authors. There was a period at Ballantine with that kind of camradery, but a much smaller group – Bertrice Small, Tom Huff (Jennifer Wilde), and me. In the early 90’s, I did a tour with fellow BB authors Kristin Hannah and Lori Copeland. But those days were pre-internet (yes, we were in caves w/ tablets) so it was harder to bond & stay in touch. I’m sitting here having a flashback to Ciji Ware and me, faxing notes and ms. pages back and forth all day, thinking that was the ultimate.

    It’s awesome that you all have stayed close! I’m really looking forward to Masters of Seduction!

    Comment by Cynthia Wright — November 20, 2011 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

  4. As a longtime reader of romance, this anthology really intrigues me for a couple of reasons. I like regency romance and the old swashbucklers , but this would be a great introduction to new styles I’d normally pass over. It’s also a nice way to check out new authors that I haven’t read before. It’s so overwhelming going to a bookstore and being confronted with a wall of books with no idea what to choose, and browsing for ebooks can be just as bad. I’m looking forward to reading this on my kindle app! ( since I added it to my iPhone, I haven’t bought a single physical book all year. That in itself astonishes me)

    Comment by Denise Ferragamo — November 22, 2011 @ 7:09 am | Reply

  5. […] fun to share the adventure with friends. You can learn more about the history of our friendships at Marsha Canham’s blog. Or follow all of us on Facebook this adventure continues to unfold: Me, Sherri, Jill, Jacquie, […]

    Pingback by Indie Anthologies, the Wave of the Future? | Julie's Journal — November 22, 2011 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  6. Great I am excited! I am long time fan of virginia henley so all the other authors will be new to me. Where can I purchase this at? Amazon does not have it listed.

    Comment by Christy — November 25, 2011 @ 2:22 am | Reply

    • December 1st is the release date. Look for it then *s*

      Comment by marshacanham — November 25, 2011 @ 4:39 am | Reply

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