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July 30, 2014 - 3:26pmEach 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. July 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to A.R. Torre's sexual thriller, The Girl in 6E. "Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes you go, 'What did I just read?' and then run around telling your friends, 'Oh my God, you have to read this, too!' Welcome to The Girl in 6E, by A.R. Torre.
July 30, 2014 - 10:24amYA authoress Liz Czukas is switching gears and donning a new name for her next literary venture. Writing as Ellie Cahill, she's diving into New Adult territory with her upcoming release, When Joss Met Matt, a refreshing and fun-sounding story that plays with the familiar theme of "friends with benefits". Admittedly, the wait for its February 24, 2015 release date is rather unbearable. Luckily, though, the cover was recently released and to get us even more excited, we're giving it our Cover Breakdown treatment.
July 30, 2014 - 10:15amAh, 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. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Present and past are never divided: the protagonist of this fictional autobiography (a hermaphrodite) knows it well, and speaks a little about him/herself and a lot of those who came before. Plot: A woman is actually a man.
July 30, 2014 - 12:57pmLast night, RT’s Elisa and DJ were invited to a special pre-screening and panel discussion event for Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Diana was in attendance and was joined by the show’s producer, Ronald D. Moore, and the three lead actors Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies.Prior to the screening, they took part in a mini-Red Carpet event, where they interviewed the stars.
July 29, 2014 - 2:42pmI bought a copy of Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon back in June after hearing some good buzz about it, which honestly surprised me since it features a chubby heroine who begins a relationship with her personal trainer. Books about weight loss are typically stories I avoid, because they’re very hard to do without being completely offensive. So I bought it, and then inevitably put it on hold until I had a gap in my reading schedule, which happened to be last night.
July 30, 2014 - 2:43pmYesterday Publishers Weekly announced J.R. Ward's new three-book deal with Penguin's NAL imprint for a contemporary romance series — the Bourbon Kings — about a series of wealthy Kentucky families who made it big in the bourbon industry. The first currently untitled book is set to release in late 2015. While J.R. Ward is renowned for her paranormal romances, writing contemporary romance is nothing new for her.