Dear Book Lovers,

It may be the dog days of summer, but we're thinking fall as our October issue of RT Book Reviews hits stores this week. Of course, those of you who have a digital subscription already have the new issue. For those of you that don't, the digital edition is only $19.95 and is an exact copy of the print edition. Print subscribers automatically receive the digital edition FREE as a bonus, so you can have both formats for $29.95.

The October cover is perfect for celebrating the spookiest month of the year! It features Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters, a paranormal thriller series that began in 2011 with PHANTOM EVIL. This summer, fans were treated to three blockbuster Krewe hits: THE BETRAYED in late September, THE HEXED in August — which recently made number eight on the New York Times bestseller list — and THE CURSED, which was released in June. With more than 100 books to her credit, Graham — who began her career in 1982 — continues to thrill fans.

October marks the 40th anniversary of Anne Stuart's illustrious writing career and Features Editor Mala Bhattacharjee has a super interview with her that reveals some interesting little-known facts like which of her 100 plus books is her favorite and advice for boosting your libido. Anne was writing about dark, dangerous heroes long before it was trendy and, in fact, one might say she was way ahead of her time. In October, look for the conclusion to her Scandal at the House of Russell trilogy with NEVER MARRY A VISCOUNT from Montlake.

Our new Associate Editor Sarah McDaniel-Dyer puts Ilona and Gordon Andrews on the hot seat with a bevy of questions about their latest paranormal romance, Burn For Me, which is a November release and will be reviewed in the next issue. When asked what readers can expect in their new Hidden Legacy books, Ilona didn't skip a beat in answering, "Power-spoiled billionaire wizards!" With 15 RT Top Picks, two Top Pick Golds and a slew of 4.5 star ratings under their belts, I think we know this new Andrews series will be another winner!

Popular young adult author Lauren Oliver tries her hand at mainstream adult fiction with ROOMS, a supernatural drama. YA and web editor Elissa Petruzzi asked Oliver, "If you were stuck haunting a house, what house would you choose?" She answered, "a really upscale rental property … it would feel good to mess with wealthy vacationers when they were misbehaving." My kinda gal! She also talks about the TV pilot based on DELIRIUM, her beloved 2011 futuristic YA novel, and her upcoming Vanishing Girls. She's one busy lady!

Science Fiction fans are in for a treat as Regina Small talks to Ann Leckie about her second novel, ANCILLARY SWORD. Ann took the SFF community by storm with her debut space opera, ANCILLARY JUSTICE, which just took home a 2014 Hugo Award and also won an Arthur C. Clarke award and a Nebula. Definitely an author to keep on your radar.

In a Behind-the-Scenes article Beth Ciotta shares the genesis of her new, self-published Impossible Dreams series, which will launch with Beauty and the Biker. Anyone who knows Beth, and her books, knows she is a hopeless romantic so creating heroines, "in pursuit of her heart's desire," is a natural for this very talented author who celebrates small-town contemporary romance. Perfect feel-good books for the holidays!

Maya Rodale gives us 10 Reasons to Love a Wallflower as she talks to some of romance's most popular authors who love writing about these shy heroines and explains what attracted her to pen her Bad Boys & Wallflowers series.

The writing team of Christina Lauren, best known for their steamy erotic novels, releases their first YA novel in October for Simon & Schuster titled SUBLIME. Find out why they made a detour to young adult fiction and why they kept the same name for two opposite genres.

Also this month, popular erotica author Beth Kery treats us to a Pros on Prose article about serial novels, why fans love them and how there is an art to writing them.

On the home front, the convention team visited with all the New York publishers this month to start planning events for RT Dallas 2015, May 12-17. All of them are very excited, and we promise we will do everything in our power to top New Orleans — a monumental task! One thing I can guarantee is that events will involve barbeque, a mechanical bull (or two) and bare-chested cowboys! We are also exploring a wild west steampunk-themed party for one of the evening events and an awards gala that we are moving to Friday night (instead of the afternoon) that will rival the glitz and glamour of the Oscars!

We are aiming for registration to open up by mid-September, so be on the look out. We have a 900-room block at the Hyatt, but this year you will have to register for the convention before you get a link to reserve your room. There will NOT be an overflow hotel so if you are planning on attending I suggest you register early to ensure a room at the convention hotel at the convention rate of $129 for a single.

I also want to mention that we visited the HarperCollins teams at their new offices in downtown Manhattan, and they are spectacular! Beautifully done with design, color and history! The various departments display many of their bestselling authors through the years, with stories and covers to celebrate them. The young adult floor is particularly charming with rooms representing some of their most recognizable kids and teen books. Congrats to our HarperCollins friends on your new digs — just a stone's throw from RT's new office in downtown Brooklyn. In fact, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is all it will take to meet up!

Enjoy the last days of summer, and celebrate the kids going back to school!

Happy reading and have a great and safe Labor Day weekend,

Carol Stacy
Publisher & Internet Director
RT Book Reviews Magazine
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