Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Looking for news about upcoming books in one convenient place? Our weekly column Forewords has everything you need. We share news about our most anticipated releases across all the genres — just as the projects are announced!
Paranormal - What is a valkyrie to do when monsters from the past reappear to threaten the present? Take matters into her own hands, that’s what. We can’t wait to see this mythical creature defeat evil in Susan Krinard’s Mist which will be published in October 2012.
On Saturday authors Amber Benson and Anton Strout held a book signing at Midtown Comics in New York City. It was a natural pairing as they both write urban fantasy for Ace and are great friends. The two authors had a terrific time at the event, laughing and taking photos of each other and fans. They autographed books, fliers, tee shirts and Amber even got to sign some DVDs, videos and headshots.
Amber, who best known for her role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Tara, happily embraces her previous role and answered a lot of questions about the Buffy cast. Top inquiries included whether or not Seth Green would be on SNL and if it is possible to get Buffy’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) autograph. To this Amber replied, “Maybe not. She’s illusive, like a unicorn.”
Did you spend your whole week trying to figure out how you got Promoted to Wife?
Here’s what you missed on the RT website.
The RT Editors have chosen Jaci Burton's erotic series starter, The Perfect Play, as the eleventh Seal of Excellence recipient. This novel captured our editors' attention with its hot scenes and sweet romance as Burton brings to life the fantasy of capturing the attention of a pro-athlete.
But why was The Perfect Play awarded the RT Seal Of Excellence and which other titles were contenders for the month of February?
The publishing industry lost a brilliant visionary when Walter Zacharius died earlier this week. Zacharius founded Kensington Publishing back in the early 1970s. However, his contributions to the publishing industry do not end there, he was also a driving force behind the first "special-effect" foil stamped book covers bringing holographic, 3D and moving image covers to US readers. Zacharius also created a successful African American imprint, as well as the first line of Spanish-language romances. And just a few years ago he opened a film production company on the West Coast in conjunction with the East Coast-based Kensington Publishing.
The New York native attended New York University on the GI bill and fought for the United States of America in Europe during World War II. In addition to his work at Kensington Publishing, he became involved in philanthropy, generously donating his time and money to many causes such as the United Jewish Appeal, the United Cerebral Palsy of Queens, Harlem RBI and several scholarships for minority students and those interested in publishing. Fulfilling a dream since childhood, Zacharius published his debut novel when he was 81, 2004's Songbird, which was later re-titled The Memories We Keep.
Amanda McIntyre here and I hope everyone is ready for what is going to be one of the best RT Booklovers Conventions ever! So much detail and care has gone into making this year’s premiere readers and writers convention an event to remember. Not only is it being held at the luxurious Westin Bonaventure Hotel, but the lineup of authors and social events is over the top this year. My thanks to RT for featuring a couple of the parties that I am thrilled to be co-hosting this year with some talented, terrific and enthusiastic authors!
Starting out the week is Saucy Sirens Through History! Hosted by a few returning historical authors from last year's wildly successful Midnight Mad Hatter Tea Party, we've this year added some new historical faces to the group and it promises to be even more fun. And when I say--historical--you'll see what I mean when you hear about the fun we have planned.
Black History Month may be over, but we know readers are constantly looking for great multicultural fiction. So this month we are debuting our new multicultural fiction wrap-up. In this column we take a look at some of the multicultural books that have gotten top ratings this month, spotlight recent multicultural fiction news, share some upcoming projects and host a giveaway from the must-read author Brenda Jackson. Take a look!
March Multicultural Picks
Ni-Ni Simone's latest follows twenty-something heroine Seven. This college student's relationship with her long-time boyfriend is cooling as a new man tries to capture her heart. Which man will win Seven for good and what is her boyfriend actually up to? Questions abound in this entertaining read!
Today we interview series romance author Wayne Jordan. Jordan has been praised for his relatable characters and skill at pacing his stories. Now he shares his perspective on what it means to be a man writing romance novels.
What type of romance do you write? I write series/category romance for Harlequin’s African-American line, Kimani Romance.
When did you first get published as a romance author? My first book, Capture the Sunrise, was published in November 2005 as part of the Arabesque line published by BET Books. Ironically, Harlequin purchased BET Book in the December of that year so I automatically became a Harlequin author. Devon Vaughn Archer and I were the first two male authors for that line and the then editor, Demetria Lucas, wanted us to write under our own names. Fortunately, the editorial committee agreed. Our first books, came out in a 2-in-1 volume called Slow Motion.
Long-time readers of this blog may know that I have a secret obsession with the daytime soap General Hospital. One of the many, many characters I love is Molly, a preteen bookworm. Molly often references books on the show but her taste generally runs towards classic love stories like the works of Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters. So I was excited when on yesterday's episode Molly's reading choices featured some more modern literature.
For those who may have missed the show, Molly’s older sister Sam is in the hospital. (As will happen on soap operas, Sam survived a car bomb, but she is now suffering from temporary deafness.) While Sam recuperates, Molly brings three books for her sister to read: the latest Sookie Stackhouse, the first in the Outlander series, and Laura Lippman’s series starter.
While I applaud Molly’s thoughtfulness (and her taste in authors), I wasn't so sure about her choice of 'sick bed' reading material. I have three rules that I like to follow when picking out books for a sick friend:
#1 - No books with a realistic setting and/or premise. Someone dealing with an illness has enough reality to handle. They don’t need more of this — they need an escape.