It's with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Linda
Houle, one of the co-founders of the small press publisher L&L Dreamspell
Linda had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She died early in the morning of July 12, 2013.
I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to Linda's family
and friends and her Dreamspell partner, Lisa Smith. The L&L, you see,
stands for the two women who ran the company. They did so with awe-inspiring
passion. Unfortunately, Linda's death means the end of L&L Dreamspell.
I first became acquainted with L&L Dreamspell through
author Pauline Baird Jones
published a number of science fiction romances through Dreamspell, starting
with THE KEY. Her Project Universe
series is truly an
epic (and cerebral and quirky!) saga. Pauline Baird Jones is also an intrepid
advocate of science fiction romance and a regular aboard The Galaxy Express. I
can't thank her enough for her ongoing support.
Dreamspell was also the home of L.J. Garland
action-adventure sci-fi romance featuring a kick-butt heroine and android hero.
I think fondly of this title as "the sci-fi romance with Angelina Jolie
on the cover." It's a fun story and I'm glad to have notched my SFR belt
Another Dreamspell title I enjoyed was K.T. Grant
BALLS AND HYSTERIA
, a short story in the DREAMSPELL EROTICA, Vol. 1
anthology. It's a funky erotic steampunk romance short that delivers everything
the title promises!
But that's not all. I had the extreme pleasure of
contracting a steampunk romance short story with L&L Dreamspell. STEAMBOT
RAMPAGE was part of the DREAMSPELL
STEAMPUNK, Vol. 1
anthology. My story appeared with those of authors
Pauline Baird Jones, Chris Samson…and Linda Houle.
Words cannot do justice regarding how much I enjoyed being a part of the
Dreamspell family. Words cannot express how much I appreciate their interest in
acquiring science fiction romance, a genre near and dear to my heart. When
Dreamspell offered me a contract for my story, I was on the moon. Publishing
the story with them was so much fun.
People like Linda Houle and Lisa Smith are among the
soldiers who have helped keep science fiction romance alive and well all these
years. I will always treasure the art they made possible.
Given Pauline Baird Jones' active history with L&L
Dreamspell, I invited her to join me in this memorial post. Here's her message:
Linda Houle was an amazing person. She dreamed a dream and
made it happen with her partner and friend, Lisa Smith. L&L Dreamspell
opened its “doors” in 2006. When I met Linda, back in 2005, she told me that
they wanted to run a company that was author friendly, that did things right.
As one of their authors, I can say, they made it happen.
The day the doors closed on L&L Dreamspell, an Amazon
search on their name pulled up 349 books. Each one of those 349 books is the
realization of an author’s dream to be published—and six years hard work.
If you don’t know much about publishing, if you don’t know
how dang hard it is to run a business—and you triple that hard if it’s a
publishing business—then you won’t know what a miracle L&L Dreamspell was
to all of us privileged to be associated with the company, and with Linda and
Lisa. What tough, determined, amazing women.
My life, both personal and professional, was enriched by
knowing them, by having the honor to be published by them. My grateful thanks
to both L’s.
My deepest sympathy to Lisa, her best friend and business partner,
and to Linda’s family.
Rest in peace, Linda. You will be missed.