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Writing With The Stars To Be Postponed Until 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT and Kensington have agreed to postpone the Writing With the Stars competition until next year. The novella format required for submission has created some confusion for contestants and now it is simply too late for us to follow through with our schedule to be able to announce the winner by the RT convention in April. We thank all of you who did submit and Kensington will be in touch with you shortly to express their regrets and also to offer contracts to those they feel would have made the cut in competition finale. The competition will resume next year with some exciting news from Kensington.

As always, writers looking to hone their craft can head to our Aspiring Authors Page for tips, tricks and resources!


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 25, 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

Photographs and Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape

Get It For Free >>

 

Contemporary Romance

A Family Affair by Mary Campisi

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Young Adult

The Middle Passage by Julia Golding

Get It For Free >>

         


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Kindle Singles To Recruit New Talent For Original Works

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Not every piece of writing is destined to be a full-length novel. With this in mind, the editors at Amazon have devised a way to make it easier for aspiring authors, and previously published ones, to get their short pieces of writing into the hands of readers. The digital masterminds behind the Kindle e-reader have developed an imprint for short story and novella-length original works — Kindle Singles.

Kindle Singles aims to open up publishing to anyone looking to release their abbreviated writing. The line's motto is "Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length" and they cap the length of submissions that they accept at between 5,000 and 30,000 words. The editors are also looking to acquire new writing in any genre of fiction or non-fiction, excluding children’s books, reference, travel guides, how-to manuals and anything in the public domain. Additionally, authors must be open to having list prices between $0.99 and $4.99 per "Single". Submissions must be original, self-contained (not chapters from a longer piece) and must not be digitally published anywhere else in their entirety.


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Behind The Scenes Of Fantasy Author Richard Knaak's Upcoming Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today graphic novel author and RT BOOK REVIEWS columnist Anne Elizabeth sits down with fantasy author Richard A. Knaak. In this author or author interview, Anne Elizabeth gets all the details about Knaak's new series, Knight in Shadow. Dragon Mound will be in stores this October but today you can get a special look at the adventure ahead!

"You never know what you can do unless you try," said bestselling science fiction/fantasy author Richard A. Knaak as he shared news of his upcoming series releasing in October through Sea Lion Books LLC. This is a trilogy and following October's novel, there will be two additional books, Wake of the Wyrm and The Twilight Throne, to complete the series. Though straight fiction is a little off my usual comic-book venue, the opportunity to chat with this innovative author who wrote such acclaimed series as The Age of Conan, The Dragonrealm, and several WarCraft books had to be explored. For RT BOOK REVIEWS readers, he opened up about his newest novel ...


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Video Interview: Tessa Dare On Her New Regency Romance Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Tessa Dare gives readers a behind the scenes look at her new Spindle Cove Regency series starter, A Night to Surrender. In this video interview with RT's Whitney Sullivan, Dare chats about the tiny town that is the backdrop for her new series, how Pride and Prejudice inspired Spindle Cove and what is coming up next!

Tessa Dare on Her Spindle Cove Series >>

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Alice In Wonderland Vs. Gena Showalter's Lord Of The Vampires

BY Morgan Doremus, AUGUST 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month begins the not-to-be-missed Harlequin Nocturne mini-series, Royal House of Shadows. These four books bring together a dream team of paranormal authors, and follow royal siblings who must fight to regain their kingdoms. During the next four months, authors Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen, Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh will each release a Nocturne story that is loosely based on their chosen fairy tale.

Up first is Showalter’s Lord of the Vampires, a dark, sexy take on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, if you are anything like me, you might be wondering just how close the author stuck to her inspiration. So today I've broken it down for you. In the left column we have Alice's Adventures in in Wonderland. Originally published in 1865 by Lewis Carroll, the tale has stood the test of time and has dozens of films and other related projects. And in the right column is Showalter’s Lord of the Vampires publishing today with hopes of hitting bestseller lists everywhere. Let's see how the two tales stack up:


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On The Shelves Tuesday 8/23/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.

Historical Romance

RIPE FOR SCANDAL

"With her witty dialogue and tender romance, Carr draws readers into her marriage-of-convenience plotline..."

GOLD RUSH GROOM

"Kernan does a great job of mixing action, suspense, romance and the exciting details of the Alaskan gold rush."


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 22, 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!

AUTO-BUY AUTHORS

Mystery - Bestselling author Harlan Coben has just signed on to write three more novels. Fans can expect new books from this perennial favorite to come out in hardcover from publisher Dutton. We will let you know as soon as we have more details! 

Mainstream Fiction - Barbara Kingsolver’s latest heroine confronts her family, faith and the entire world when she attempts to reveal a valley in Tennessee that is consumed by silent red fire. We are eagerly anticipating more details about this Fall 2012 release.

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

Paranormal Romance - Laura Wright’s Mark of the Vampire series third plunges readers back into the impending war between Pureblood and Impure Vampires. Fun detail about this deal, it’s for three books and an e-Special story.


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Go Behind The Scenes With Turn It Up Author Inez Kelley

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT's Morgan Doremus got sucked into the drama of Inez Kelley 's new steamy contemporary romance, Turn it Up. She raved, "Readers are sure to love this battle of wills between two very determined people." So, wanting to share the love for this frank and funny new tale, Morgan sat down with the author herself to take readers behind the scenes of Turn it Up

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At the very beginning of the novel, you have your hero confessing his undying love for the heroine — and then you still have over 300 pages left to go in the book. Generally romances are about getting to the big L word, but yours starts there. Bold choice.

Maybe. But it was what came to me. And although Bastian and Charlie platonically loved each other, I wrote the story of their accepting and embracing a romantic love and believing in each other.

Your plot is a friends-to-lovers scenario. What first made Bastian know that he wanted Charlie for his friend and vice versa? 


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Extended Review: A Handful Of Pearls And Other Stories By Beth Bernobich

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

Beth Bernobich's latest fantasy anthology A Handful Of Pearls and Other Stories, received an RT Top Pick! RT reviewer Victoria Frerichs who gave the collection a *Web Exclusive Review* says, "It is the most compelling ever read by this reviewer." Today Frerichs re-visits her review to explain why readers will connect with this brilliant anthology.

Sometimes, as a reviewer, you come across authors who stay with you well after the book is laid on the bedside table and the light is turned down. Some authors explore themes that disturb you, even as their characters touch you with their humanity.


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