Dear Book Lovers,

The RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans was, in a word, SPECTACULAR!!

From the opening Tuesday-night party at Toni McGee Causey's home in the French Quarter to Wednesday's multi-sponsor Mardi Gras World Carnivale to the Thursday Pub Crawl to the Saturday Giant Book Fair and everything in between, RT 2014 was a grand affair!

There will be photo spreads in the next issue of RT Book Reviews but, in the meantime, if you want to see some of the fun we had you can peruse the live stream for some of the events here.

The new issue of RT Book Reviews in digital and in print has shipped but, for those of you who do not yet subscribe, I will give you some highlights of the July issue.

Lisa Renee Jones is a rising star of erotic fiction with her Inside Out series topping the bestseller lists. Although book four titled No In Between will be out in August — and reviewed in that month's issue — it is the cover story for our July issue, with fascinating insight into the inspiration behind the series. Those of you who love the popular A&E TV show Storage Wars will especially love this.

Our multi-author feature for July explores how real-life social issues with teens are being incorporated into YA and New Adult fiction novels. Several bestselling authors discuss how they incorporate tough subject matter into their contemporary novels and why characters' trials and tribulations can be cathartic for the teens reading these books. One thing all the authors agree on is that you have to be honest with teens to gain their loyalty as readers.

It’s always entertaining to hear from Tiffany Reisz, and this month we asked her a bevy of questions regarding  her Original Sinners series and her latest, THE SAINT — which received a 4.5 Top Pick GOLD from our reviewer. In this installment, Reisz takes us back in time to how dominatrix Nora Sutherlin became who, and what, she is. The article reveals the challenges she faced going back in time making sure this book was consistent with what had been written about Nora in previous books.

Whether they are Carpathians or just "regular" supernaturals you can count on Christine Feehan delivering a compelling romance with strong heroines and heroes you want to fall in love with. In July, book three of her Sisters of the Heart series, AIR BOUND, hits shelves and it received a 4.5 RT Top Pick. Sisters of the Heart is a spin-off series from her popular Drake Sisters saga set in the Sea Haven world.

Will the real SE Jakes please stand up? This month, the author reveals that she is the alter ego of Stephanie Tyler who is know for her sexy series romance, romantic suspense and new adult as well as paranormal and urban fantasy. In the article Tyler talks about her career with Riptide as SE Jakes for m/m romance and why it took two years for the reveal. Straddling the two personas this month, the author has two books hitting shelves — a m/m titled Running Wild from Riptide as SE Jakes and VIPER'S RUN from Signet Eclipse — a contemporary Romance.

There are 299 new books reviewed in the July issue of RT, in 12 genres of books for women — all in one neat package. If you are not yet a subscriber yet, we hope you will sign up to receive your monthly magazine chock full of upcoming books — always reviewed a month before the books are available in stores so you can create your shopping list ahead of time. Also, in every issue, there is a Parting Gifts column on the last page where you can enter to win all kinds of books and prizes!

We are currently wrapping up the August issue with Katie MacAlister and her latest historical, The Truth About Leo. on the cover. Our featured authors include Karin Slaughter and A.R. Torre, and you'll also learn what Mystery and Thriller authors who attended the RT convention in New Orleans think is the perfect murder. Watch your back! 

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend and a super kick off to the summer season.

Until next time, happy reading,

Carol Stacy
Publisher & Internet Director
RT Book Reviews Magazine
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