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Recap: Amber Benson And Anton Strout's Book Signing - With Giveaway!

BY MORGAN, MARCH 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.”


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 3/4/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Veronica Wolff on the true facts that inspired her new book. Learn More >>

MYSTERY: C.S. Harris on the hero of her historical mystery series. Take A Look >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: McLane’s Playing for Keeps returns to Cricket Creek. Read The Excerpt >>

TALKING BOOKS: We dish about Molly Harper's newest paranormal romance. Get Our Take >>


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Announcing RT's February Seal Of Excellence: The Perfect Play By Jaci Burton

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

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? 

Find Out >>

 


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RT Remembers Publishing Visionary Walter Zacharius

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.


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Get Ready For The Saucy Sirens Through History Party At The RT Booklovers Convention!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Amanda McIntyre chats about one of the parties she can't wait to attend at this year's RT Booklovers Convention in LA from April 6th - 10th. 

Hi Booklovers!

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.


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March Multicultural Fiction News and Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

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

Mainstream Fiction

Upgrade U by Ni-Ni Simone

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!

 

 


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Men Writing Romance: An Interview With Series Romance Author Wayne Jordan

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.

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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.


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Books To Help Friends Get Well Soon

BY MORGAN, MARCH 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

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. 


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C.H. Admirand Reveals The Inspiration For Her New Contemporary Romance Tyler

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Romance author C.H. Admirand reveals the inspiration behind her new series that features contemporary cowboys. Discover how the decision to support a fellow author turned into Admirand's new series starter, Tyler.

It all started with a hurricane in a bar in Houston, Texas… My willingness to be supportive is how my real-life experience at LeBare Strip Club in Houston became the plot line behind Tylerpart of my new series The Secret Life of Cowboys. In my story, Tyler Garahan will do anything to save his family ranch, the Circle G, but he never thought that would include taking a job as a stripper at a local ladies’ club. I never imagined I’d end up at a strip club either, but as you know, the most unusual experiences make the best stories.


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf By Molly Harper

BY MORGAN, MARCH 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Whitney and I sit down to dish about the recent release How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper. But first, the set up:

Mo Wenstein is the newest member of Grundy, Alaska, Mo moved from Mississippi and her ditzy parents in order to have an adventure - and she gets one! In Alaska she stumbles onto her soul "mate", who just happens to be a werewolf.

Cooper keeps his distance from others with a surly attitude, but he finds it impossible to stay away from sassy Mo. When she figures out he is a werewolf, Cooper is sure she will run, but this doesn't stop the southern gal from digging in for the duration. He just hopes the rash of violent wolf attacks that point to him won't scare her off... 

Now for the Dish:

Morgan: Okay, Whitney. You choose How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf for our inaugural "Dish" post. Care to share why this one got the go?

Whitney: For a city girl the chance to visit the serene peace of Alaska - even if only on a fictional vacation - is not something to be passed up! I was more than ready to spend some time in the cold for Molly Harper's new paranormal romance. 


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