Magazine Extra: More Questions For John Scalzi

BY Regina Small, JULY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Lock In by John ScalziIn our September 2014 issue, I was lucky enough to catch up with celebrated science fiction author John Scalzi, who is a particular favorite of the RT staff. We chatted a bit about his September release Lock In, which centers on a chilling pandemic called Haden's Syndrome — a disease that leaves one percent of the population completely physically paralyzed, but still fully conscious and aware. As nearly 4.5 million people are "locked in" to their own bodies, a global crisis emerges, one that reshapes the world politically, economically and socially. Scalzi came up with some ingenious options for the "locked in" to move about: 1) remote-controlled androids known as Threeps, operated by signals sent by the brain and 2) Integrators — able-bodied folks whose brains allow the Haden's-afflicted to take over their bodies. We were curious to hear a bit more about Scalzi's take on the latter, as well as the background that informed this tense near-future murder mystery.

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On the Shelves: 7/15/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.


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Extended Review: Sharing You By Molly McAdams

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK
The cover of Sharing YouSPOILER ALERT: This review contains significant spoilers, read at your own risk!

When I heard the chatter about Molly McAdams’ latest New Adult, Sharing You, featuring a married hero who cheats on his wife with the heroine, my interest was immediately piqued. You all know how I feel about cheating in romance. I had to at the very least check it out, despite folks saying the wife was painted as a “crazy bitch,” something I can’t get behind. But I had to try it. Maybe this would be a book that pushed the boundaries of traditional monogamy. Just look at the title and the cover, no one is trying to hide what this book is about.


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Inside The Issue: September 2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

The September issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be available digitally and in stores soon! Here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading …

First, Carla Neggers talks Sharpe & Donovan and explains the lure of Ireland in preperation for her upcoming release, Harbor Island. Then, Kim Harrison bids farewell to Rachel Morgan and her beloved Hollows series. And Susan Elizabeth Phillips opens up about what makes a great hero. Plus, John Scalzi gives us the key to his futuristic thriller, Lock In. And Jeaniene Frost switches gears with her debut New Adult, The Beautiful Ashes. For you comics lovers, Chris Duffy explores the voices of WWI. And don't miss all the part photos from the 2014 RT Convention in New Orleans!


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Witches of East End Recap: 2.2 - "The Son Also Rises"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Well! Are we recovered from last week’s tentacle sex? I was a little nervous to watch this week’s episode because my mom is visiting — “What’s a recap?” she asks — but this episode was thankfully free of cephalopod loving, though never fear, there was still lots of beefcake to ogle! Frederick was particularly of interest to some.

Our own intrepid DJ volunteers his services.

Let’s get to it!

Jo’s worried about Ingrid — um, rightly so, mama! They find her passed out on the lawn, all beat up. Ingrid opens her eyes, unable to remember the tentacle sex. She feels totally rested and is starving. I can’t, you guys.

Jo tells the girls about Frederick and how she left him behind in Asgard — though Wendy insists it was Frederick’s choice to stay with grandpa, he who cursed them all. Jo still believes Frederick’s story that he escaped Asgard, with the helpful proof of his curing her poisoning. Ingrid points out that the being Wendy saw in the forest, who had escaped from the portal, was vicious and evil. Jo says they think that it was something other than Frederick, Wendy demurs.

Frederick bonds with his sisters and exposits that he and Freya are twins. Ingrid’s hair looks amazing, must be the tentacle sperm? She’s knocked up, right?!


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Forewords - The Books Before the Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2014 | 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!

DEBUT AUTHOR

Mainsteram - In Jessica Tom’s Bad Taste, an aspiring cookbook author is thrown into the glamorous and, at times, not so glam New York restaurant scene when she’s hired as the ghostwriter and taster for a famous critic who’s lost his sense of taste.

CONTINUING SERIES

Paranormal Romance - Jenn Bennett is back with Grave Phantoms, an upcoming story in her Roaring Twenties series that stars a flapper who falls in love with her bootlegging brother’s right hand man. Their lives take an unexpected turn when a long-lost boat reappears with people who shouldn’t be alive.

Thriller - James Rollins will continue his bestselling Sigma series with four additional installments. Release dates TBA.

NEW SERIES


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Weekly Web Wrap-Up: 7/11/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week craving A Taste of Temptation?

Here's what you missed on the RT site!

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Looking for your next read? Try These! >>

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE: Bestselling authors discuss their heroes. Join the Fight >>

EROTICA: Read this week's Hump Day Excerpt! Emma Chase Turns Up the Heat >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Take a break with an excerpt from Jill Shalvis! Read It Here >>


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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling our favorite Tweets. 

This week we dedicate Tweethearts to everyone who says that authors are "just like us."   


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Friday Giveaway: Outlander TV Prize Packs

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Raise your hand if you're excited for Starz's upcoming adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. *RT staff all raise their hands* You've read the books, you've swooned over Jamie and his kilt, and you've probably watched the show's trailer numerous times. And with only twenty-nine — yes, twenty-nine — days left until the show premieres, we're getting more and more excited.

And to help feed your enthusiasm and make the wait a little more bearable, we have a Jamie-tastic giveaway! Thanks to the lovely people at Starz and Random House, we're giving away five prize packs that include: one TV-tie-in paperback edition of Outlander, one Outlander t-shirt and one "Pocket Jamie"! Here's a photo of the goodies:

Front of t-shirt, Pocket Jamie and TV-tie-in book.

Back of t-shirt.

The shirts are available in either women's medium or men's large (Starz sent us a random assortment) and they are fitted and can run small. They are a cotton-polyester blend. The shirt color is more of a dark purple and text color is lilac.


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Cover Breakdown: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

When Harper Teen first announced Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen, I knew it was a book I had to have. With its exciting fantasy premise involving magic, secrets and rebellion, what's not to love? Am I right? And then a few weeks ago, they revealed the cover and I had a fanboy moment that involved lots of gushing and flailing. So let's take a look!


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