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Cover Chat: A Night Like This By Julia Quinn - With Exclusive First Line!

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

We have the RT-exclusive first line of Julia Quinn’s next novel A Night Like This! Ever since learning that the divine Julia will be releasing her next historical romance this summer, I have been (just barely) restraining myself from typing in all caps because I am that excited. So to get the first line of the upcoming novel before anyone else did is a particularly special treat.

To the doubters, the people who think that Ms. J.Q.’s prose simply can’t be worth all this, I say, “Here, take this copy of To Catch an Heiress.” Because if you don’t like that book, I’m pretty sure you have no joy in your heart. And after you’re done reading To Catch an Heiress, you have more amazing reading ahead in the form of the entire Bridgerton series (and Quinn's nineteen other novels) in your TBR pile. While it wouldn’t be over the top to wax poetic about the Bridgertons for an entire blog post, I want to give you the joy of discovering the family — and Lady Whistledown — all on your own. So all I am going to say is that they are without a doubt my very favorite historical family.

By taking a look at the (luscious) cover of A Night Like This, we know that this novel will most likely include the Bridgertons, but it will most definitely include their family friends, the Smythe-Smiths. The Smythe-Smith clan has popped up in several Quinn stories and the family’s most defining feature is that are known throughout the ton for hosting terrible, absolutely painful-to-sit-through musical recitals each year. Thankfully, these loveable, if mostly tone-deaf characters are now getting their due. 2011’s Just Like Heaven marked the first story in the Smythe-Smith quartet and A Night Like This will be the series second.


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Debut Author Spotlight: Jillian Stone

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Name: Jillian Stone

Book: An Affair With Mr. Kennedy

Current Home: Southern California

Job (when you are not writing): Freelance Advertising Creative

Author Icon: Diana Gabaldon

Do you write under a pseudonym?: I write under a quasi-pseudonym. My name is Jill Stone. I added the "ian" to make Jillian.

How many manuscripts do you have hidden under the bed?: 160,000 words of a medieval fantasy trilogy is hiding in a file folder snoozing in the cyber clouds.

How long did it take you to sell your first book?: I began writing fiction in earnest in 2006. (Sitting down at the computer and writing every day.) I started An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (Originally titled The Yard Man) in 2008 and sold in 2010.


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Author Interview: Jeffrey Allen On Stay At Home Dead

BY Morgan Doremus, JANUARY 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Thriller writer Jeff Shelby debuts his cozy author alter-ego, Jeffrey Allen, with the release of this month's Stay at Home Dead. When stay-at-home dad Deuce Winters finds the dead body of a former high school rival in the back of his minivan, his life of folding laundry and caring for his daughter takes a turn as he tries to find the murderer. I asked the author about his own experience as a stay-at-home dad and how it influenced this fun mystery. Plus, Allen also shares his method for writing hilarious stories and tells us what's next for cozy hero Deuce!

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While I assume you don't normally find dead bodies in your minivan or spend a whole lot of time clearing your name for murder, I am wondering if you have anything in common with your character Deuce?

I stayed at home with my daughter until she was seven. It was truly a privilege and the best decision I ever made. I was a Room Mom at her preschool and kindergarten and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had that time with her. I was minimally harassed by PTA moms.


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Meet Three “Legally Hot” Heroes In A New Romantic Suspense Anthology

BY Dawn Crowne, JANUARY 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

I love reading about a man in uniform. Firefighters, cops, soldiers. You really can’t go wrong with a hero that has dedicated his life to serving and protecting. And picking up the anthology Legally Hot I got to meet three especially hot heroes. These short stories include more than just a delicious helping of yummy men, each quick read also has several other key standout aspects. This collection is infused with high-stakes suspense, heroines in peril and some seriously scary bad guys.

Here is a rundown of what’s in store for readers:

“Shelia’s Passion” by Lora Leigh


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Trend Watch: Lumberjack Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

As the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn to one of the most under-appreciated types of heroes out there — lumberjacks. With their plaid shirt-covered brawny arms and luscious beards, it’s no wonder these men are icons of masculinity. Big, strong and willing to get up close and personal with nature, these men are made to sweep us off our feet.


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Cover Chat: Jaci Burton's Upcoming Play-by-Play Novel, Playing To Win

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

We love Jaci Burton’s ultra-hot Play-by-Play series. These sexy pro athletes steam up our fantasies and have been the cause of more than one RT editor developing a sudden interest in watching sports games. The series starter The Perfect Play was February 2011’s RT Seal of Excellence winner and set the tone for the rest of the series: sexy contemporary erotic romances ... with an extra helping of heat. Playing to Win will be released on September 4, 2012 but thankfully, Burton has already given us a peek at what’s ahead.

The next “match up” (see what I did with that sports reference?) in the series will be football bad boy Cole Riley and image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. Savannah has been called in to rehabilitate Cole’s image because all his nights of partying, fighting and causing a ruckus have done some serious damage to his career prospects. Although the job is one of this Southern Belle’s toughest cases ever, Savannah's not afraid to lay down the law about how Cole has to behave — rules that include not touching his new image makeover consultant! As the book’s back cover blurb explains, “If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well.” But judging by the stories that came before this one, Cole and Savannah won’t be able to deny their desire for long!


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 26, 2012 | 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 this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. 

Historical Romance

The Kissing Stars by Geralyn Dawson

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Contemporary Romance

Fresh Powder by Suzanne O'Leary

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Young Adult

Marked by Kim Richardson

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Whitney And Elisa Dish: Marissa Meyer's Cinder

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Marissa Meyer takes on a classic fairytale and puts her own spin for her debut novel, Cinder. Set in the near future, the story follows a young cyborg who is about to get a whole new perspective on life in “re-boot” (pardon our pun) of Cinderella.

Elisa: You always seem to rope me into reading these paranormal YAs.

Whitney: That may be the case, but they’ve been winners so far. Cinder is a great read, and quite different from a lot of the stories coming out in the YA genre. Although the book has some similarities to the fairytale, don’t expect this to be “Cinderella gets transported to the future and now lives in New Beijing with a few screws in her”. This is the Cinderella like you’ve never read it before.

Elisa: You are right, Cinder is unique. And while I’m not a big YA reader, this story has a very futuristic, cyberpunk feel to it, which I love. It’s like if Neal Stephenson wrote a YA with a touch of romance.

Whitney: Right, Cinder is a cyborg, the adopted daughter of a scientist who died shortly thereafter. And now she lives with and works for his family in New Beijing.

Elisa: You know, there were moments where I forgot that the heroine is a teen. She’s very mature.


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Karen Robards On Writing The RT Seal of Excellence Winning Sleepwalker - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month's RT Seal of Excellence winner is Karen Robards' Sleepwalker. This new romantic suspense novel swept the RT editors off their feet, so we asked the author which scene in the story she loved. Find out which scene takes the cake — and then enter to win your own copy of this brilliant book!

One of my favorite scenes from Sleepwalker is this exchange, which makes me smile every time I read it. I love the characters of Mick and Jason, and I feel it showcases their personalities and relationship. Mick the cop and Jason the crook were never even supposed to meet. When circumstances (okay, a botched robbery) threw them together, she wanted to arrest him, and he — well, he thought she was hot, but escape was actually what he had in mind. They were natural enemies who never meant to fall in love — but they did. I had a great time telling their story, and I hope readers enjoy it as well.

- Karen Robards


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Cover Chat: JR Ward's Upcoming Black Dagger Brotherhood Novel, Lover Reborn

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that the Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of the most popular paranormal series out there. J.R. Ward started the series with 2005’s Dark Lover, and it quickly captured the imagination of paranormal romance fans. This spring, readers will be able to get their hands on the tenth installment, Lover Reborn. But so far, the project has been surrounded by secrecy.

We know that this is Tohrment’s story, a member of the brotherhood that has endured unimaginable pain. He lost his mate and is, according to the book’s back cover blurb, “unrecognisable [sic] as the vampire leader he once was.” Now, in order to free his beloved from an icy prison, Tohr must find space in his heart for a new love. After meeting a woman with shrouded origins, his heart may begin to thaw but will this new avenue lead to their salvation — or damnation?

One look at cover shows a man who looks like although he has been dealt some harsh blows by life, it has not broken him. The swirl in the upper left hand corner looks like a brand, or an otherworldly maelstrom. But if it’s the later, does it stand for the woman Tohr lost, the mystery woman he has just met? Or perhaps it symbolizes the struggle the BDB must face as political turmoil, in the form of the lessers and a new breed of vampires, comes to a climax ... No matter what it represents, I can't wait for the book's March 27 release date.


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