The State of DellArte

Thursday, February 25, 2010

So, a book has appeared from DellArte (formerly Harlequin Horizons) the Harlequin-associated vanity press. Dargan's Desire is presumeably a sign of things to come. I have a few, um, suggestions to make about the current product description.

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Wren is plans to marrying the man of her dreams, just as soon as she returns from her trip to the Carolinas. -oOn the first night there, alleverything is changed in an instant. Why? Because the hero of my recently completed novel, Dargan's Desire, has mistakenly taken her virginity. (WTF?)

Charming, spirited, full of excitement enthusiasm and exquisitely beautiful, Wren is forced into a loveless marriage when a beast of a man who takes her innocence. (Um, the hero rapes her? Accidentally?) Worldly and influential, Dargan Knight, feels as if he has been trapped by this sprite of a girl into a loveless marriage he will never be able to get out of. Then fate steps in to shake up both their lives when Wren realizes she is with child. (Because having children always fixes up a shakey marraige).

Set in South Carolina in 1826, this fun and sensual, the book contains a taleis woven through with love and deceit. It is about how life teaches Teaching two people the ultimate meaning of honesty, passion, and devotion love.

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Just my 2c, of course. Any of my editors could attest to the fact that all of my work requires quit a bit of assistance before it is ready for prime time. The same is true for most writers. But it seems that DellArte is not going to provide that assistance?

5 comments:

Dana,  7:45 PM  

Wow, I can't imagine the contents of the book if that's the blurb.

The book already has three 5 star reviews. But looking at the reviewers, all three of them have only reviewed this one book. 2 of the reviewers have the same last name. I wonder if this is an example of DellArte's marketing service. Or maybe friends/family. Or a sockpuppet.

Maybe I'm being too cynical. Perhaps these people actually did love the book.

And why is there no cover?

Amanda Young 10:04 PM  

Wow. Just...wow.

Barbara Sheridan 8:20 PM  

@ Dana There is a cover. It looks to me like a woman wearing a couple stray curtain panels but...

http://tinyurl.com/yz6bdp3

Lord knows my blurb writing is not a pretty sight the first go 'round but man, that was...not good.

Anonymous,  9:11 AM  

Emily,
I am puzzled at your willingness to tear someone down without even proofreading your blog post:

"So, a book has appeared from DellArte (formerly Harlequin Horizons) the Harlequin-associated vanity press. Dargan's Desire is presumeably a sign of things to come. I have a few, um, suggestions to make about the current product description."

Even Firefox, my browser of choice picked up a spelling error in the first paragraph you posted. But hey, after all, you are an "official author" that can judge others because you received a $1,000 advance that probably hasn't even earned out.

Emily Veinglory: 9:39 AM  

Hypocracy would seem to be the simplest explanation. But also that blogs, like Dell Arte, are self-published and unedited. Blogs, however, are free.

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