I’ve been gradually collecting Kathleen Gilles Seidel’s category romances. The most recent one I’ve found is 1994's Again, which I enjoyed hugely and read in a single evening. Others seem to have enjoyed it, too, as it won a RITA award in 1995.
I like books with heroes and/or heroines who are artists, actors, or writers, and this one featured an actor hero with a television writer heroine. The setting was also particularly cool: a daytime soap opera. In fact, one of my favorite things about the novel was all the details about how the soap was conceived, written, and produced. My other favorite thing about the novel was how the romance and action plots intertwined in that setting; some of the romance happens, at one remove, in the plot of the soap.
Soap operas seem to be constantly being canceled these days, or relocating to the internet, but in the world of Again, in the mid-1990s, they’re still vibrant. Heroine Jenny Cotton, fan of Georgette Heyer, is the creator and chief writer of a half-hour soap set in the Regency period and titled “My Lady’s Chamber.” There was one detail that really made me laugh:
Jenny did the longterm story outlines; she also wrote the “breakdowns,” detailed scene-by-scene summaries of each show. From those breakdowns her staff of five script writers—former Regency romance novelists, all of whom worked out of their homes—wrote the actual scripts.