Bestselling author Brandilyn Collins talks with RT's Morgan about crafting suspense stories with true crossover appeal, tales that resonate with both inspirational and secular readers. The author is best known for her gripping mysteries, but it's her well-drawn characters that keep us coming back time after time. Today, Collins shares a look how she creates these detailed heroes and heroines and gives RT readers a sneak peek her March 2012 novel, Gone to Ground!
One of the best parts about working at RT is when authors come visit us. (One day we’ll tell you about when Sabrina Jeffries demonstrated cover model poses … on our floor.) So we were thrilled last week when romantic suspense superstar Debra Webb stopped by RT headquarters to fill us in on what's happening in her life.
And boy did she have a lot of news! Webb’s one of the latest to get in on the self-publishing craze, to great success. In fact, Webb's husband had just called to inform her that Obsession, the first in her Faces of Evil self-published series, had hit No. 10 on Amazon's bestselling Romantic Suspense list.
It was great news for Webb, who began writing the series after an injury at the RWA national conference in Orlando in 2010. But what most appeals to the author was how self-publishing gives her direct access to her readers.
If you’re like me, an avid romance reader, you no doubt enjoy a good holiday romance during the winter months. There’s just something particularly heartwarming about these tales whether the faith element is overt or not. Inevitably, though, at some point around the holidays a reader will ask, “Ok, I really loved Book X, but where are the Chanukah stories?”
The problem is that while several Chanukah romances have been published over the years, most notably Judith Arnold’s Sweet Light (Harlequin American, 1992), romances set around the Jewish Festival of Lights (or any other Jewish holiday) are few and far between. This was one of the reasons I decided to write my Chanukah novella, “Second Chance Chanukah”. I wanted a story along the lines of those I love to read, which celebrated my Jewish heritage. And while this is a Jewish story, it is accessible to non-Jewish readers as well.
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!
NEW SERIES ALERT
Mystery - Debut author Janet Hubbard will be sending readers to France with Violence in the Vineyards, the first in her Champagne: The Farewell series. These mystery tales will take place all across the country’s famous wine districts giving the audience some great fictional trips to Europe!
Young Adult - Mixing fantasy and reality, author Tom Pollock embarks on The Skyscraper Throne trilogy. The adventure starts when a teen girl who happens to be a talented graffiti artist meets the poor son of a goddess — but will they be able to save the city of London from a demolition order signed by a god? The City’s Son starts the series next fall, and it will be followed by The Glass Republic and then Our Lady of the Streets.
Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission.
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The February issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon and here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading ...
Meet debut author Robin Bridges' teen heroine, a necromancer in 19th-century Russia. Discover why Marjorie M. Liu is "drawn" to mutants. Hear from self-publishing success Amanda Hocking, just before her first Trylle book is published by St. Martin's Press. Take a look at the careers of authors Michael and Daniel Palmer, a father and son, who both write mysteries. Learn which books RT's readers are devouring around the world. Plus, Jennifer Lynn Barnes stops by Teen Scene to talk about her new series!
There's all this and more between the pages of the January 2012 issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS. You can also SUBSCRIBE NOW and get access to RT's Bonus Content coming next week. Until then, here's a sneak peak at the February issue's Table of Contents!
Each month RT Book Reviews’ editors award the RT Seal of Excellence to one book that is not only compelling, but stands out from the more than 250 books reviewed in that issue and on the website.
So which novel won the December 2011 RT Seal of Excellence and what other titles were contenders for the Seal this month?
Here's your hint: This tale of love and paranormal creatures is positively on fire!
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.
My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
Colliding in this week’s Dish are a (seemingly) air headed widow, an American sea captain turned newly-minted British Lord and a political cartoonist who incites riots against the English Crown. Find out what RT’s Morgan and Whitney think of the historical romance Desired by Nicola Cornick.
Morgan: This could be possibly one of the most interesting first encounters in any romance book. In the first chapter, Tess, Lady Darent, literally falls at Viscount Rothbury’s feet ... as she is climbing out of the window of a notorious brothel ... and then her gown slips off.
Whitney: Quite the predicament.
Morgan: Especially because Owen, Lord Rothbury, is working for the government and has been sent to hunt down the radical caricaturist known as Jupiter.
Whitney: And unbeknownst to everyone, Tess is Jupiter.
Morgan: She has a great disguise, keeping her intelligence on the down low:
“Public opinion held that she was as shallow as a puddle, mercenary, amoral, extravagant. She was an arbiter of fashion who had turned spending money into an art form. She simultaneously outraged and fascinated the ton with her profligate marriages and her decadent behavior, and she was generally considered an utter featherbrain.”