It’s been an exciting summer for romance and, in case you missed it, there’s more awesome romance news on the near horizon! Romance author Sherryl Woods will see her popular Chesapeake Shores series come to life on TV this Sunday night on the Hallmark Channel. Chesapeake Shores debuts as a two-hour movie on Sunday 8/14 9pm EST and 8pm CST, then takes the same time spot with one hour episodes for the following 8 weeks.
As usual, I’m breathlessly busy in August (you’re all following, right?), but I took some time this week to catch up by phone with Sherryl and ask her about this cool milestone.
“Well, for me it’s been about a three-year long process,” Sherryl mused, “from the time we started the conversation until Sunday, when it shows up on Hallmark. I knew about a year and a half ago that they’d be doing the movie, but it was only about nine months ago that they decided to extend it into a full series.”
It almost sounds like a publishing timeline, doesn’t it?
“I learned a long time ago to celebrate the stages and the successes as you go along. There are things you can control, and things you can’t, so if you focus on the things you’re doing well, and getting done, and try let go of the things you can’t do on your own, you’ll feel a lot better about this business—whether it’s TV or publishing. I’m blessed that I’ve had a lot of things to celebrate over the past three years regarding the Chesapeake Shores series, but I tried to remind myself to let the process unfold the way it was supposed to.”
In the end, there was a special sparkle to the way it unfolded. Woods, who was a television critic for years before she became a novelist, was delighted to hear that Hallmark was considering the series during the 2014 Television Critics Association press tour. And, during the same event this past January, they green lighted the full series.
“I’m very familiar with the television industry, of course, but to be on the other side of the curtain, so to speak, has been a fascinating experience. I’m very comfortable with the platform, and I understand the kinds of adjustments that have to be made for a television audience as opposed to a reading audience. So I’ve tried to be very pragmatic about the journey and act as a bridge for the producers, and I think—and I sincerely hope they feel this way!—my expertise has been helpful and I’ve been easy to work with. I would love to see this collaboration continue. It’s such a delightful thrill to see Chesapeake Shores come alive in this new way.”
It’s not just the TV series keeping Sherryl busy, though, since her publisher is also rereleasing the first three Chesapeake Shores titles to coincide with the television series. You still have a few days to check in at The Inn at Eagle Point to get started and revisit Flowers on Main and Harbor Lights. (Aren’t those covers gorgeous?!)
Thanks, Sherryl, for taking some time out of your busy schedule to speak with me, and have fun at your launch party!
So what other romance news has made your heart happy this year or summer?
Some highlights for me are:
The Nielsen Summit at RWA - I wrote about this before but I was so pleased to see this collaboration and hope it continues.
Publishers Marketplace/Publishers Lunch’s first-ever BuzzBooks Romance version. BuzzBooks is a great overview for upcoming titles and to have them turn their spotlight on romance is an exciting development. (Find out more and download the e-book for free at- lots of great recommendations and even a few excerpts)
The great romance coverage on Bustle - read more about theircoverage.
And then of course there are a ton of great books for August.
A few highlights, aside from Sherryl Woods’ re-releases:
As Rich As A Rogue by Jade Lee - I caught up with Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons at RWA and she’s heading into paranormal shapeshifters, so be sure to get this historical enemies-to-lovers title from a great writer. (Jade also participated in Read-A-Romance Month. Read her .)
May the Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly - This author has been on my radar for a while, and I really enjoyed this delightful enemies-to-lovers contemporary. (A good month for this trope, apparently!) If you haven’t read Kelly before, pick her up soon. She has a smart, sexy voice and writes sexual tension as taut as piano wire. (The .)
Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes - I love this author, and though I haven’t had the chance to read this title, it looks delicious. Brigit Palmer is on Santorini for her wedding to a Hollywood heartthrob who’s sold the rights for the ceremony to a tabloid, but when she discovers her ex-husband is the journalist covering the story, and that her fiancé has some unsettling secrets in his closet, Brigit might have to re-evaluate her outlook for a happy future.
Some great books, some awesome news, and a few more weeks of summer reading.
What’s on the top of your TBR pile?