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August 28, 2014 - 1:13pmEach month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. August 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Molly O'Keefe's contemporary romance, Between the Sheets. "I was hesitant to pick up this book because it contains so many elements I typically avoid in romance novels: an ailing elderly mother, a small southern town and a child. But I'm glad I did, because I just discovered a new auto-buy author.
August 28, 2014 - 11:58amBeing a romance reader is pretty awesome, making romance fans some of the coolest people around. But in case you're unsure of your reader status, here are ten ways you know you're a romance reader.1. Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood are household names.Of course they are.source2. You have a soft spot for old school romance covers, especially if they feature Fabio.Ah, Fabio.source3. You fill with rage when someone refers to modern romance novels as “bodice rippers”.Ugh.source4. You recognize the brilliance of the mass market paperback.The perfect travel size.source5. You love a man who wears kilts.*swoon*source6. Your bookshelves are full of shirtless men and ladies in big dresses. And you don’t care.Haters gonna hate.source7.
August 28, 2014 - 10:36amWhat do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.Historical Romance My Wicked Marquess by Gaelen Foley Buy It On Amazon For $1.99 >> Buy It On B&N For $1.99 >> Contemporary Romance Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan Buy It On Amazon For $0.99 >> Young Adult The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima Buy It On Amazon For $0.99 >> Buy It On B&N For $0.99 >> Series Romance Tempting the Bodyguard by J.
August 27, 2014 - 12:45pmWe're back with another exclusive cover reveal and today we're revealing the sizzling cover for Lynn Raye Harris's Hot Ice, the seventh book in her Hostile Operations Team (we see what you did there, Lynn Raye Harris) series. Drum roll, please ...When fire and ice collide, you get steam … Grace Campbell leads a privileged life. The daughter of a United States senator, she moves within the social circles of the rich and famous. But Grace is also a scientist, and when someone learns she possesses the knowledge necessary to create a new super virus capable of destroying entire nations, she becomes a target for terror groups and foreign governments alike.
August 27, 2014 - 11:28amThe moment I saw the cover for The Miniaturist, I knew it would be perfect for our Cover Breakdown series, and as soon as you see it, you'll know why. I'm not usually big on Historical Fiction, but Jessie Burton's novel sounds like a mesmerizing read that may satisfy my need for a book as enchanting as Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus. Let's get started! On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
August 27, 2014 - 10:42amAh, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol The most mediocre hero of literary history has a mediocre plan to stand out in a mediocre world. The novel is unfinished, but our hero would presumably have a mediocre ending.