July 2007 (Issue 281)

 

COVER STORY

 SOPHIA NASH
This Regency favorite spreads her wings into single-title historicals with a lush romance.

DEAN KOONTZ
Known for his scary tales, this bestselling author talks about his eternal optimism and the power of love.

 

FEATURES

KILLING OFF CHARACTERS
Authors reveal why they sometimes eighty-six their favorites -- and readers explain why they revolt.
JAMES ROLLINS
From veterinarian to top thriller author, Rollins is on a roll with his latest, The Judas Strain, which has a powerful environmental message.
FALL PREVIEW CALENDAR
A sneak peek at what your favorite authors have in store this fall.
JACKIE COLLINS
It's "Lucky" No. 25, as the author marks a publishing milestone and returns to the heroine that made her a household name.

CLUBHOUSE: Author Spotlights  and News

 Shirlee Busbee
The alpha hero of old may be gone, but traces of him live on in her new book.
Behind the Miss Fortunes
Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart and Jennifer Crusie find "fortunes" in collaboration.
Alexis Morgan
A well-traveled author leaves the western frontier for the paranormal universe.
Rhys Bowen
1930s London offers plenty of intrigue for a new mystery series.
Ruth Axtell Morren
Inspirational romances are her true calling.
Cherie Jeffrey
A hip grandma inspires a comedic story.
Sandra Hill
Her Jinx series continues.

FAN FORUM: Reader Columns

Under the Covers
Series Rap Sheet
Book Sleuth
Paperback Roundup
Travel Spot
Contest Winners
Quips and Queries

PROS ON PROSE

BEGINNER MISTAKES
Every story needs conflict, but to hold a reader's attention it has to have layers and depth, says Harlequin editor Leslie Wainger.
WRITING WORKSHOP
Suspense author James Scott Bell explains how a LOCK can bring your story to life.

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