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Roberta Gellis

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Post by Misfit » Sat April 3rd, 2010, 2:41 pm

I just found this cover and had to share

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Post by EC2 » Sat April 3rd, 2010, 2:49 pm

The guy would fit the appearance of Ian de Vipont except it's the wrong book - hero should be pushing 50 with red hair gone to the grey. And Alinor had black hair. Oh my goodness re the pose!
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Post by Madeleine » Sat April 3rd, 2010, 3:47 pm

Did they have hairdryers in those days?
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Post by Misfit » Sat April 3rd, 2010, 5:03 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]Did they have hairdryers in those days?[/quote]

Or permanent waves either :D
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri October 29th, 2010, 8:53 pm

Found this today on Roberta Gellis's website:

It looks as if I will have sixteen books republished over 2011 and 2012. Since very few of these books have electronic manuscripts (a lot of them were written—believe it or not–before home computers were common; yes, I’m that old) they had to be scanned from printed versions. Scanners have improved greatly over the years, but they still produce some very peculiar interpretations (“be” for “he” is a very popular misreading and “lolled” for “killed” is a most puzzling one that appeared repeatedly in one manuscript). Thus, I have been busy proofreading the texts produced. And while I was at it, I corrected some embarrassing errors. (I had a character using a spinning wheel in the 12th century; I know it seems as if spinning wheels have been around forever–I was so convinced of it that I didn’t look it up—but the spinning wheel only became common in the 15th or 16th century.) I also smoothed out some very awkward writing in the earliest books. (Another shock to my self-esteem.)

Anyhow, leaving the subject of my errors and poor writing (with some relief), I am happy to announce that two of the republished books are now available. SING WITCH, SING DEATH and A DELICATE BALANCE have been published by Belgrave House and are available from their website. SING WITCH is also available from Amazon and A DELICATE BALANCE will be available there after a few months. Both books are only available in e-format, as Belgrave House does not do POD, but Belgrave offers a variety of formats for readers and .pdf, which can be printed out.

Baen Books will soon (I hope; since I have finished reading proof) bring out four of my earliest works: BOND OF BLOOD, KNIGHT’S HONOR, THE SWORD AND THE SWAN, and THE DRAGON AND THE ROSE. These books will also be published only in e-format. The first three books are connected historically and describe the three attempts of Henry of Anjou to gain the throne of England. The third attempt was successful and ended the anarchy of Stephen’s reign (note that England has never had another King Stephen) in the ascension to the throne of Henry II.

THE DRAGON AND THE ROSE is independent of the other books and a bit of a departure for me. It is set in the 15th century rather than the medieval period and describes Henry VII’s early life and taking the throne from Richard III. I came to write the book out of a desire to right (in a very small way) an injustice. During my graduate course work I did a paper on social change in England. One of the books I used as reference was Gladys Temperley’s HENRY VII, since much of it was devoted to the development of trade in England during Henry VII’s reign. The book, however, also presented an entirely different view of Henry from that given in Bacon’s great biography. Temperley shows a much more human and even attractive person in contrast to Bacon’s dour, sour, avaricious monarch. The character in Temperley’s biography stuck in my mind, and so ... THE DRAGON AND THE ROSE.

Next (I think) will be Sourcebooks republication of TAPESTRY OF DREAMS, FIRES OF WINTER, ROPE DANCER, and MASQUES OF GOLD. I have the cover for TAPESTRY, which is rather nice, but so far I have not seen proof. Nonetheless, I do have publication dates, May 2011 for TAPESTRY, November 2011 for FIRES, February 2012 for MASQUES. ROPEDANCER has not yet been scheduled, but since it obviously will follow MASQUES I would guess it would be out in the autumn of 2012. And the best news of all about these books is that they will be Trade paperbacks priced at $9.99. Soon after the paperbacks are published, e-books will also be available, but I do not have a price for those.

Last but not least The Roselynde Chronicles will at last be republished by Cerridwen Press. The abortive contract with Harlequin’s short-lived Something-or-Other Select line that was supposed to reprint the Chronicles lapsed some time ago but I didn’t do anything while I gave some consideration to self-publishing the Chronicles. Then I began to think it over: I would have had to pay to have the books scanned; then because I am a computer idiot, I would have had to pay to have the scans converted to Smashwords compatible format and to have that format uploaded to Smashwords and to Amazon; I would have had to pay for a cover (my husband, who is an artist and taught art for years, assures me my artistic taste is in my mouth ... and I agree with him). There are six Roselynde Chronicles so the whole cost would have come to about $3000. I admit, I am spoiled. I expect publication to bring money to me, not to cost me. So ... I just handed the books to Cerridwen Press (a poor sister of Ellora’s Cave) and let them scan, format, cover and pay me when the books start to sell.

The drawback to publication by Cerridwen is that their prices are high. I do not know what they plan to charge for the Chronicles, but the price of my other books in e-format is $7.99. Cerridwen does offer POD publication in Trade format, but they charge $18.99 (which seems to me outrageous). The books will eventually be available (both in Kindle format and as Trade paperbacks) from Amazon—where the e-format is even more expensive ($9.00). I am sorry about the prices, but Cerridwen (or Ellora’s Cave) seems to be very reliable, which cannot be said of every e-publisher and I really did not want my work to be tied up in bankruptcy proceedings for heaven’s knows how long if the publisher failed.

Well, that’s my news. It may not be terribly exciting to you, but I am thrilled to know that my work will be available again and that at least three publishers seemed to think the books would still be of interest.

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Post by Misfit » Fri October 29th, 2010, 9:11 pm

Cool, thanks for posting this. I still have The Dragon and the Rose languishing somewhere on one of the piles.
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Post by EC2 » Fri October 29th, 2010, 9:32 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Found this today on Roberta Gellis's website:
Thus, I have been busy proofreading the texts produced. And while I was at it, I corrected some embarrassing errors. (I had a character using a spinning wheel in the 12th century; I know it seems as if spinning wheels have been around forever–I was so convinced of it that I didn’t look it up—but the spinning wheel only became common in the 15th or 16th century.)
The had spinning wheels earlier than the 15th. There's one in the Luttrell Psalter dating from the 14th. Reconstruction here: http://www.wagscreen.co.uk/site/lp-props.php They had probably been around since at least the 13th.


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aen Books will soon (I hope; since I have finished reading proof) bring out four of my earliest works: BOND OF BLOOD, KNIGHT’S HONOR, THE SWORD AND THE SWAN, and THE DRAGON AND THE ROSE. These books will also be published only in e-format. The first three books are connected historically and describe the three attempts of Henry of Anjou to gain the throne of England. The third attempt was successful and ended the anarchy of Stephen’s reign (note that England has never had another King Stephen) in the ascension to the throne of Henry II.
Wonder if she will correct the massive historical error in KNIGHT'S HONOUR. She has Roger of Hereford the hero, marrying her heroine, Elizabeth, daughter of the Earl of Chester, but in reality Roger of Hereford was married to Sybilla FitzJohn, daughter of Payne FitzJohn lord of Ludlow (half sister to Hawise de Dinan, Fulke FitzWarin's mother).
Last but not least The Roselynde Chronicles will at last be republished by Cerridwen Press.
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That is excellent news. The first four Roselynde's (and especially the first three are absolute classics and deserve to be available. I am very surprised that Sourcebooks have not taken them).
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Post by Michy » Fri October 29th, 2010, 10:03 pm

[quote=""ec2""]The had spinning wheels earlier than the 15th. There's one in the luttrell psalter dating from the 14th. Reconstruction here: http://www.wagscreen.co.uk/site/lp-props.php they had probably been around since at least the 13th.


[/quote] Well, of course, everyone knows that!! After all, in Disney's Sleeping Beauty (which is in the 14th century) the Princess Aurora pricks her finger on a spinning wheel! Sounds like Ms. Gellis needs to brush up on her Disney. :D :p

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Post by Misfit » Wed January 26th, 2011, 12:53 am

Looks like Sourcebooks has picked up at least one Gellis title. Odd choice IMHO, far from her better stuff.

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Post by EC2 » Wed January 26th, 2011, 9:58 am

Oh that's a horrid man in modern opaque panty hose cover that's out of the ark and you are so right about the choice. Then again, the Roselynde stuff might be tied up in other contracts still as regards rights - didn't Harlequin publish the Roselynde material a couple of years ago? I am very surprised too it has to be said.
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Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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