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July 9, 2014 - 10:58amWe love a great alpha hero, the kind of guy who will do everything and anything to protect his loved ones. But at what point do these heroes become the fighters we all love? Today, bestselling romantic suspense authors Rebecca York, Lindsay McKenna, Lynn Raye Harris, Julie Ann Walker and Melissa Cutler discuss their heroes' turning points.Rebecca York My latest hero, Shane Gallagher, in Betrayed, was an investigator in the military police. He served in Afghanistan, and while he was there, the base where he was stationed was attacked by a group of Afghan police officers who were only pretending to work with the Americans.
July 9, 2014 - 12:18pmRetelling a classic fairy tale can be rather daunting, especially when it's a tale as timeless and beloved as Cinderella. But Tracy Barrett knocked her retelling out of the park with The Stepsister's Tale, an enchanting story that takes a closer look at the stepsisters' side of Cinderella's story. Today, Tracy shares her thoughts on her new book and what she did in order to make her retelling as compelling as possible.Say you know a teenage girl whose widowed father marries a woman with two daughters. The girl and her father move in with the stepfamily.
July 9, 2014 - 10:38amAh, 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.***Post Mortem by Albert Caraco. Caraco's mother taught him to hate women and he has learned so well to hate everything else too.
July 8, 2014 - 12:08pmBreaking free of past crimes and decisions can do a world of good for a person. Sometimes, it can even lead to love, as illustrated by this month's roundup of enchanting historical reads. This month, we're highlighting the latest releases from a few of your favorite authors and their new characters who find themselves embarking on new paths. Let's take a look:In Grace Burrowes’s The Captive, Duke of Mercia, Christian Severn, has one thing on his mind: revenge. It’s the only thing keeping him alive while imprisoned in a French stronghold, and his desire to exact revenge against his captors may come true when he finds himself suddenly free.
July 8, 2014 - 1:39pmMargaret Stohl is no stranger to the YA spotlight. In addition to co-authoring the bestselling Beautiful Creatures series and the new spin-off series, Dangerous Creatures, Margaret has also struck out on her own with her Icons series. The second in the series, Idols, releases today and to celebrate, we have an exclusive Q&A with Margaret. Take a look: Describe Idols in five words.Heart-bruising-pounding-breaking. Aliens. Elephants. Vision-quest. Thailand. What can readers expect to learn in the book?Readers will learn that every love story is also a hate story and vice versa. So I guess to look for the one in the other.
July 8, 2014 - 10:14amHere's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.