We had an office visit on Monday from the lovely and talented author Katia Lief, who's writing under her real name for the first time (her pseudonyms include Katia Spiegelman and Kate Pepper).
Katia just happens to live one block away from the RT offices, so she stopped by with copies of her October and November book covers for her new suspense novels. (Katia also cat-sits our office visiting feline, Dylan, who was featured in our May issue, but that's another story.)
October's book is You Are Next, in which former detective Karin Schaeffer learns the madman who destroyed her family has escaped from prison. November's Next Time You See Me has Karin tracking down her husband, who vanishes after his parents are slain.
Look for a two-fer giveaway from Katia in the October issue of RT: Five packages of Next Time You See Me and You Are Next, autographed by the author! Also, Katia and her video-editor husband have created a trailer for her books. Check it out at www.KatiaLief.com.
Ronie Kendig, author of the new inspirational novel Nightshade, shares how her hero Max was inspired by the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the challenges that are still ahead of these real-life heroes when they return from the front lines of battle. And don't miss the excerpt of Nightshade after the blog post.
“This is who I am, Sydney. You didn’t have a problem with me when we got married.” — Nightshade, pg. 73
That line is Max Jacobs’s best defense. And it’s a lie. But Max will do anything to avoid the truth, to ignore the cage of demons locked in his mind. To acknowledge the truth, he must face what left him haunted—and that’s a mission this former Navy SEAL won’t accept.
Urban Fantasy author Stacia Kane reflects on her inspirations and her writing process after finishing her back-to-back Downside Ghosts trilogy: May's Unholy Ghosts, June's Unholy Magic and July's City of Ghosts. Kane chats about how she sees herself not only in her heroine, Chess Putnam, but also in the entire Downside Ghosts world.
Where Do Books Come From?
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Brenda Novak's new trilogy starter, White Heat, releases today. The novel follows two special operatives working to infiltrate a religious cult deep in the Arizona dessert. It's "page-turning suspense" says RT Reviewer Joyce Morgan, as White Heat demonstrates "how a handful of 'leaders' can manipulate other people to achieve their own ends through a self-made religion." Things are not what they seem in the cult or out. As the story unfolds, readers learn that the two operatives, Rachel and Nate, are partners with a turbulent past.
In a special Author's Message, Novak shares how growing up in Arizona - and the state's "dog days of summer" - inspired her new series. And this excerpt gives fans a feel for that famous burn of White Heat.
And the writing isn't the only thing that's hot about this new series. Tech-savvy Brenda Novak is hosting a party for the series on Twitter on August 4th from 8-10 p.m. (Eastern time). Use the hashtag #bnparty to be part of the conversation!
Yesterday iPad had four erotica novellas listed in its top ten selling books including the number one spot Blonde and Wet, the Complete Story by Carl East. Today the iPad list is curiously free of any erotica literature. Coincidence? Probably not.
If Apple purposefully removed these works from its list, it would not be the first time that the company has attempted to ‘clean up’ its content. Back in February, Steve Jobs made the decision to rid the iPhone App Store of all “overtly sexual content.”
While some may argue that it is up to Apple to decide what types of work they promote, many are crying censorship.
While I normally align myself strongly with the "How dare they?!?" side of these types of debate, I must admit I am torn. Business-wise this move makes good sense to Apple. It is a mainstream company that could have its reputation hurt if it becomes known as a popular purveyor of porn (or what some people consider porn). Also from a financial standpoint, it is in Apple’s best interest to take novellas off their top ten list no matter what the genre considering that many of these titles will sell for under a dollar. Hiding the likes of Big Sis, Six Sexy Stories and other short works makes way for more expensive e-books to be sold.