Inside The Issue: May 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

The May issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon, and here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading ...

Alyson Noel gives readers a glimpse inside her new paranormal series starter, Fated. Molly Harper interviews Sookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris. And Lauren Dane talks about going both ways: publishing traditionally and doing it on her own. Meanwhile, we investigate the boundaries in teen fiction, profile the final Mr. Romance and take a look at which self-published books should be on your TBR list. Aspiring authors can get tips on author branding from Carina Press' Angela James and get some inside information on how to work as part of a collective brand. Then, find out the latest news about 2012 RT Booklovers Convention — and get an update about 2013's convention!

There's all this and more between the pages of the May 2012 issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS. You can also SUBSCRIBE NOW and get access to RT's Bonus Content coming next week. Until then, here's a sneak peek at the May issue's Table of Contents!


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Historical Romance - If you can’t get enough of highlander heroes, be sure to check out the new trilogy coming from Juliette Miller. The author kicks off the series with Clan Mackenzie, and we can’t wait to meet what we’ve dubbed Miller’s brand of “bros with brogues.”

Young Adult - If you loved The Matrix and Napoleon Dynamite, not only do you have very diverse tastes, you're in good company. Author James Marshall is starting his new fantasy series, How to End Human Suffering, with Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies which features a teenage hero who is a little bit Neo and a little bit Napoleon. With the help of his alternative girlfriend and his ninja best friend, the story's protagonist is looking to take down a government of zombie overlords and change the world forever. 

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES


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Weekly Web Wrap Up: 3/9/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week Engaging the Earl

Here’s what you missed on the RT website.

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Want the details on Anna Campbell's upcoming series? Read On >>

SERIES ROMANCE: Can't get enough Harlequin Historicals? See Which Ones Release This Month >>

YOUNG ADULT: Aussie author Jessica Shirvington makes her U.S. debut with Embrace. Win The Book >>


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Keep Your Friends Close: Sidekicks That Live On (Or In) The Body Of The Main Character

BY Janine Johnston, MARCH 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

Pauline Baird Jones recently released the finale to her Project Universe science fiction romance series, Kicking Ashe. Ashe is part of the Time Service, ensuring the safety of time and space. But when she gets sucked into a time tsunami, she is spit out onto an archaic planet where she encounters Vidor Shan, a man from her past who needs her help to escape danger.

Overall, Kicking Ashe is a fun, fast-paced read with plenty of action. And thanks to Ashe’s nanite, Lurch, a spunky companion who exisits inside of Ashe’s body, readers will also get some laugh-out-loud moments when it lets loose with some very strong opinions. But Lurch is more than just a snarky second conscience; he also monitors Ashe’s vitals, lets her know where in time she is and provides much-needed assistance. (How’s that for keeping your best friend close?)

Lurch is so well written that it got me thinking about other fictional companions. Everyone knows that sidekicks can be essential in a good science fiction story, typically adding comedic relief. If you like reading about Lurch, here are a few other tales that include sidekicks that live inside or on the hero's or heroine’s body.


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
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At A Glance: March's Harlequin Historical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month Harlequin treats readers to six tales of historical love that will sweep you back in time. Seduced by the Scoundrel continues Louise Allen's back-to-back series with a high seas adventure. Says RT’s Kathe Robin, “Allen takes a shipwreck spying adventure with lots of sensuality and spins it into a page-turner. The strong characters and sexy relationship will definitely satisfy readers.”

Readers can also enjoy reviews of Joanna Fulford’s The Viking’s Touch, Lady Folbroke’s Delicious Deception by Christine Merrill and Elizabeth Lane’s latest, The Lawman’s Vow. These four books are reviewed in this month’s issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine.


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Jessica Shirvington On The Love Triangle In Her Paranormal YA Embrace — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month Jessica Shirvington’s paranormal YA Embrace captivated our imaginations (and was rated an RT Top Pick!). We were spellbound by the story’s tough heroine, Violet, who has just learned that she is a fallen angel hunter. But two amazing guys are making Violet question her new job. There’s Lincoln, who she’s loved forever and is supposed to be her partner. And then there’s Phoenix, an exiled angel who is defying all of Violet’s expectations. Between two guys and two futures — which will she pick? We certainly couldn’t decide which guy we preferred, so we asked author Jessica to weigh in on Violet’s tough decision. And after her message find out how you can win your own copy of Embrace!


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Ten Places Now Accepting Manuscripts: March Edition

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. 

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Tor.com wants your poetry and speculative fiction short stories. What does that mean exactly? If you’ve written an original (aka never before published) piece that’s 12,000 words or fewer, and is in the science fiction, fantasy, alternate history or horror genres, Tor.com would like to see it. They are particularly looking for new authors, and a story put out by Tor.com, well, what a way to make the jump from aspiring to published author! Get More Information >>


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Caught On The Cover: March 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month several of our favorite celebrities were "caught on cover", their likenesses spotted on some March new releases. Check out who we found:

 

Forget a temptation of angels, this is a clear case of a temptation of Scarlett Johansson's beautiful features!

     

 


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Laura Childs On Her Latest Tea Shop Mystery — With Excerpt!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Laura Childs pens the Tea Shop series, treating readers to delightful, lighthearted mysteries featuring Theodosia Browning. This heorine is the crafty, clever owner of Indigo Tea Shop and in her spare time, she also happens to be an amateur sleuth. In the newest mystery, Agony of the Leaves, Theodosia stumbles onto the body of her ex-boyfriend, drowned in a tank at the local aquarium. The police think this is an accident, but she knows its murder. Today read an excerpt of this new release, and get the author's take on Theodosia's reaction to uncovering this aquatic crime.

From Agony of the Leaves, Chapter 1:

Theodosia clapped a hand to her mouth, horrified but unable to look away. Her rapidly darting eyes took in the entire bizarre scene of a man gently bobbing in the huge aquarium tank, hopelessly entwined in some kind of net. His facial expression was a death grimace. Then, a floating, almost disembodied hand seemed to slowly rise up and scratch tentatively at the glass.

Oh no! Please, no!


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what 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. 

Historical Romance

Courting Claudia by Robyn DeHart

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evie by Marianne Stillings

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Get It For Free >>

         


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