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RT Picks Three (Free) Holiday Themed Sci Fi Short Stories

BY , DECEMBER 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

A big thanks to Bryan Thomas Schmidt for his blog post “16 Holiday Themed Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories” earlier this month. Here at the RT office, we had a great time going through each free story and getting a huge holiday dose of futuristic fun. The web team was especially excited by three stories by some very well known authors. If you are looking for some great Christmas reading, look no further than the following tales.

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If You Like ... You'll Love: Allie Harrison's Hide and Seek

BY , DECEMBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Looking to add a few books to your TBR pile? In our newest column "If You Like ... You'll Love" RT staffers and reviewers will pick one new read and then suggest three other books that hold the same appeal. Today we look at Allie Harrison’s Hide and Seek.

Author Allie Harrison penned her first novel in 1993. The award-winning Dream a Deadly Dream was followed by two more books before the author took a decade long break from publishing. Then, in 2008, Harrison returned with Blood in the Moonlight a story that delved into the world of paranormal romance. The author has since published two more books and collaborated on a third. However, it is with the newly reviewed Hide and Seek that Harrison truly showcases her skills. This tale pairs the talented psychic Tess Fairmont with coroner Dr. Michael Adams. Tess is able to touch the dead (or living) and see their last moments. But will Tess be seeing her own demise when she stumbles into the crosshairs of a serial killer or will the Michael be able to help keep her out of trouble? 

RT reviewer Karen Sweeny-Justice says, “Harrison scores with a tale that combines elements of the paranormal and suspense genres into a good old-fashioned whodunit. The heroine is a fully developed and realized character readers will root for; the widowed hero is a doctor who cares deeply for the bodies entrusted to his morgue; and the contemporary setting and secondary characters flesh out the storytelling. More than Ghost Whisperer meets Quincy, M.E., this compelling narrative makes for a page-turner readers won’t want to put down.”

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Which Contemporary Christmas Novella Is Right For You?

BY Morgan Doremus, DECEMBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Yesterday we dissected a Steampunk-themed holiday e-anthology to help busy readers figure out which of the short stories in the collection perfectly suits their reading tastes. Today we are doing the same with four contemporary tales that make a familiar romance trope fresh again. Are you ready to be stranded in a snow storm or maybe try your hand (and heart) at some long distance love? Read on to find out which of the novellas in Carina Press' newest digital anthology, Holiday Kisses, is the perfect gift to give yourself!


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY , DECEMBER 19, 2011 | 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!

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

Historical Romance - Just what are they teaching ladies at the School for Brides in Cheryl Ann Smith's historical series? Certainly not to go after a dangerous highwayman to offer him a marriage of convenience. However, this is exactly what the heroine decides to do in the author’s third book, which will be on shelves next year. 

Paranormal - What’s harder than saving a doomed marriage? Saving said marriage while also trying to destroy a demon from Hell. The couple from Kristen Callihan’s upcoming novel Winterblaze must to this and more as the author continues her historical Darkest London series. 

NEW SERIES ALERT


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Which Steampunk Christmas Novella Is Right For You?

BY , DECEMBER 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Trees are trimmed, candles have been located, presents are wrapped and meals are planned. (Or if you’re like us, they haven’t yet, but by the time people are expecting holiday cheer, everything will be done.) After all of your hard work it’s time to get yourself a gift and what better than some terrific steampunk holiday stories? The newly released anthology A Clockwork Christmas contains four short stories that will certainly get you in the mood to celebrate. You can buy the e-collection from Carina Press, or purchase any of these tales individually. And because we know you don’t have a whole lot of spare time right now, we’ve broken down each story in the quartet so that at a glance you can see which of these terrific short stories might be right for you. 

 

 

 

 

Title: “Crime Wave In A Corset” 

Author: Stacy Gail

Setting: Boston at the turn of last century


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 12/16/2011 — With Giveaway!

BY , DECEMBER 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week Craving the Forbidden?

Here's what you missed on the RT website.

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Holiday Gift Guides

EROTICA: We've got creative, fun picks for erotica readers. Turn Up The Heat This Holiday >>

PARANORMAL: Still need something for your paranormal fan? Check Out Our Picks >> 

YOUNG ADULT: Ideas for readers of all ages. Get Help With This Fun List >>

See All Of Our Gift Guides Here >>

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SERIES ROMANCE: Old meets new in Decembers' Harlequin Historicals. Read The Reviews >>


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A Quick Paranormal Romance Fix For The Holidays

BY Morgan Doremus, DECEMBER 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

I admit it, I am a total sucker for short stories. I love that the happily ever after between characters can blossom in only a few pages. It is almost an instant gratification that, as readers, we can read a whole love story in under an hour. However, not all short stories are created equal. The condensed format makes them very difficult to write. There is so much to pack into a few pages that a lot of the time readers can feel cheated, like we missed out on fundamental world building or character development. But every once in a while, a short story is so well crafted, so well written that we just can’t forget it. That’s the way I feel about Marjorie M. Liu’s “Six” from the 2007 anthology Holidays Are Hell.

“Six” begins in the back room massage parlor in the heart of Shanghai. Our heroine, Six, is there working undercover for Squad Twelve, an elite secret military force. She’s investigating the murder of the Foreign Minister’s wife. Unfortunately, this puts her in the middle of some seriously intense trouble — something paranormal that her training has not prepared her for.


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If You Like ... You'll Love: Stephen J. Cannell’s Vigilante

BY , DECEMBER 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Looking to add a few books to your TBR pile? In our newest column "If You Like ... You'll Love" RT staffers and reviewers will pick one new read and then suggest three other books that hold the same appeal. Today we look at Stephen J. Cannell’s Vigilante.

When Stephen J. Cannell passed away in September 2010, the world lost an excellent storyteller. Cannell was a television show writer, actor, creator and producer. Among the projects that he worked on are the classic shows Columbo, 21 Jump Street, The A-Team and The Rockford Files. And when he turned his attention to writing novels in 1995, he did so with the same enthusiasm, writing 17 books in those 15 years. As an author Cannell is best known for his 10-book Shane Scully series about an LAPD detective. This month the final Shane Scully story, Vigilantehit shelves. In this tale Scully takes on a murder that brings him face to face with possible police corruption, gang problems and a nosy reality TV star who wants nothing more than to see the detective fail. 

RT’s Jo Peters says, "The late Cannell’s last Scully novel is a fitting ending to the series, reminding us why Cannell was a significant part of our entertainment culture on TV and in print for decades: he was a darn good storyteller. This well-plotted story shouldn’t be missed.”


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

BY , DECEMBER 15, 2011 | 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 our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

Conor's Way by Laura Lee Guhrke

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Mistletoe Mine by Emily March

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Young Adult

The Soulkeepers by G. P. Ching

Get It For Free >>

         


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Violence And Villains In The Thirteen Hallows By Michael Scott And Colette Freedman

BY Janine Johnston, DECEMBER 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Sci fi and fantasy fans are hard to please. In fact, I would dare to say that some of us are filled with a geeky snobbery so strong, that it sometimes cannot be contained in all the forum threads and blog comment boxes the Internet has to offer. It's spilling out into the streets. 

Okay, perhaps I’m being a bit dramatic, but I think I speak for many readers when I say that we are getting tired of the same old fantasy story. A young, brave hero (who is almost always male), usually acting out of some sort of need for revenge and having nothing to lose, goes on some kind of adventure, along the way he acquires a powerful item (of magical or scientific origin) and must destroy the bad guys or else the universe will explode. Don’t get me wrong, this plot is a classic, filled with beloved tropes, but what makes it work in for contemporary readers is not groundbreaking plots, but instead authors’ original details and talented writing … which unfortunately seems harder to come by these days. 


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