RT BOOK REVIEWS Web Editor Morgan Doremus interviews Nancy Bush about the author's new release Blind Spot. The pair chat about the author's inspiration for the romantic suspense, which takes place mainly in a mental institution, and the emotional heartache Bush puts her heroines through.
Who doesn’t love the 1920s? Flirty flappers, sexy speakeasies and fast cars, it’s a time rife with change. With gay parties and bright young things determined to have a good time despite the worries lurking when the parties end, there is inherent conflict in the time. Beyond the parties that the era is best known for, It was an age of social unrest, of turbulent politics and a population determined to find new ways after the old ones had led to war and sadness.
|In Let’s Misbehave, out this month by Rae Summers, Gabrielle and Simon struggle with their identities in 1920s England. Gabrielle has already left behind the past, eschewing her noble heritage to become a modern woman. Simon is caught between his desire to live a life “full of spontaneity and joy” and his obligation to his family’s birthright. Both characters are seeking to fill an emotional emptiness and discover what being a "modern" person really entails. This novella is a quick ride that RT Reviewer Kate Gerard says, “conveys a depth of feeling that is not reached by many novels triple its size.”|
Authors Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe are teaming up for a non-fiction project. Titled, Immortelle, this magazine-style non-fic will focus on comprehensive dating advice for the modern woman. What's the twist? It's written "as if hot, otherworldly men were actually living among us."
The authors, who are best friends, started with the desire to create a "magazine for mortals and immortals alike" and took the project from there ... So, what does a magazine for that niche audience actually look like? Co-author Gena Showalter says, expect Immortelle to be "a mix of Cosmo, Redbook and Oprah." But readers can expect a bit more than advice. Between the pages there will be how-to's, top ten lists, quizzes and even ads.
"If you’re wanting to prepare a romantic meal for your angel or your demon, we’ll tell you what to cook and what to wear. Same with your vampire, werewolf, ghost and other creatures of 'myth.' But no worries, it all applies even if you’re not dating an immortal. Because, really. Everyone’s dated a flesh and blood male and thought, at some point, that the guy shared the same traits as a vamp or a werewolf (or sadly, even a zombie)."
RT's Anne Elizabeth coordinates the graphic novel, manga and comic book coverage in the magazine. Now we are thrilled to cover her on the website with this *Web Exclusive Review* of her debut graphic novel, Pulse of Power.
The graphic novel follws the exploits of teen Tia as she attempts to understand her new magical talents and harness them against the forces of evil.
RT Reviewer Ruth Walters calls Elizabeth's debut "brilliant, hilarious and charming!"
I loved the latest Patricia Rice novel, The Wicked Wyckerly. It got 4 1/2 stars from RT Reviewer Joan Hammond and I absolutely agree that, using "her distinctive voice [Rice] combines a bit of whimsy, mayhem and a lot of love and laughter in this delicious and highly entertaining read."
After finishing the novel, I still wanted to know more about the making of the story (and the series it starts) so, I went straight to its creator for answers. Patricia Rice talked to me about her inspiration for the series and where she drew on her own experiences to create a different type of historical hero.
I was absolutely captivated by the relationship between Fitz and his daughter Penny, which involved alot of creative parenting. I knew that my first question for Patricia Rice would have to be what she loved best about her new release ...
We're gearing up here at the RT offices for the release of Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy ender, out August 24. And we're not the only ones. In response to the huge buzz the series has garnered, Scholastic has just announced a print run of 1.2 million books!
Since there are no teasers available to let us know what the book entails, and as we only got a little taste of the first few pages at the Mockingjay party, we spent some time hypothesizing what we think will happen as the books draw to a close.
If you'd like to join in the fun and get caught up on the series, we have a contest for you! We've got five copies of The Hunger Games' new paperback release to give away, thanks to Scholastic. To enter, e-mail email@example.com by July 13th with your own wildest guess as to how the books will end, or why you can't wait to read this trilogy.
Here's what we think is coming ...
Meet the Mackenzies: Rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. Rumors surround them — of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.
About four years ago, stories about Lords Ian, Mac, and Cameron, and Hart the Duke of Kilmorgan, began forming in my head and wouldn’t let me go. The characters haunted me; I couldn’t stop thinking about them! And so I started writing — long before I had a chance to pitch and sell the books.
Hart, the oldest, becomes duke upon his father’s death. He’s had his heart broken, but he’ll never admit it. He’s ruthless; had a brief, tragic marriage; has dark sexual appetites and the need to control … everything.
Inspirational author Cynthia Ruchti wants to help you figure out if you are a "real "writer. She's here to help you figure it out. "Is your writing a hobby, an obsession, or a calling? If you’ve ever wondered, take the following quiz … with a grain of salt."
Cynthia's "Are You A Real Writer?" Self Quiz
1. Do you fail to get a good night’s sleep because characters tap you on the shoulder at three in the morning to tell you their story? If you write non-fiction, it’ll be chapter titles or three-point plans that wake you.
a. Most nights.
c. That’s what Tylenol PM is for, isn’t it?
d. I sleep like a baby with a full tummy and a silky blanket.
2. You sit at a fast food restaurant with your mind on:
a. The special sauce.
b. Adding more salt to the fries.
c. The fact that the meal cost more than you made on writing last year.
d. Eavesdropping on the fascinating conversation transpiring in the booth behind you.
In honor of July 4th, I polled the office to see what everyone would be reading as they were beachside, barbequing and spending time with family this long weekend. Here's are their suggestions for the best books to pack in your suitcase or beach bag: