One of our sales reps commented recently that a buyer for one of the major chains told her historicals set in France and Italy seem to be doing well. 

Given that last week our foreign rights agent mentioned some international publishers were inquiring about French Revolution-set stories, it made me wonder: a Joanna Bourne and/or Loretta Chase effect perhaps?  It always amazes me how it really only takes one successful book to create a “glom effect” and the next trend is born (or Bourne). 

Now the trick here is not–I repeat, not–to start writing a French Revolution romance now just because you hear they’re selling.