Jeri Westerson's novel The Demon's Parchment got an enthusiastic Top Pick review, but the RT editors were scratching our heads on what to call the excellent tale. Certainly it has mystery and suspense, and it is historically set, but there is a lot more to the story. Thankfully, the author came to our rescue when she told us that she has labeled the new type of books that she created - Westerson calls it "Medieval Noir." Read on to learn more from the author about the evolution of this new subgenre.
As promised, here are some more photos from New York Comic Con. These are a sampling of our favorite costumes from the convention:
This weekend New York Comic Con is in full swing and the RT editors are on the scene. Here's what we are seeing:
Hundreds Of Comic Book Fans Crowding Into The Javits Center In NYC
There have been many Jane Austen adaptations over the years - traditional retellings, contemporary spins (including my favorite, Clueless) and even the inclusion of a monster or two. This month readers can enjoy a whole new take on Jane Austen's beloved stories when four historical romance authors use Ms. Austen's characters as inspiration for their new paranormal anthology Bespelling Jane Austen. So how does one go about picking an Austen story to adapt? Find out here.
Susan Krinard writes "Blood & Prejudice"
Pride & Prejudice is my favorite Austen story. I like it most because Darcy is the kind of hero I really enjoy: standoffish, apparently arrogant, but also deeply compassionate underneath. He's a strong man who is also responsible, and it doesn't hurt that he's tall, dark and handsome! Lizzy, too, is my favorite kind of heroine: "spunky," acerbic, and a match for any man. How could I not love this story? (Plus, Darcy makes a fantastic vampire!)
A beautiful, albeit uptight, woman is forced to raise an orphaned baby with a messy bachelor. Sounds like a great contemporary romance or Life As We Know It. The much anticipated Rom Com stars opposites Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel opens today. So I sat down with Ms. Heigl to ask her about her life, family and career.
In the movie, you and Josh's character go on a blind date that turns out awful. Do you have any real life experiences going on blind dates?
I've never had a blind date, but I had a really, really bad first date. I went out with my trainer from the gym. I was super excited because I didn't know anyone in L.A. and he was a good looking guy. He shaved his legs, but - I don't know - maybe it was a trainer thing. Anyway, he took me out to Sizzler, which was cool because I was totally down for a steak, but before the apps were there, he handed me a head shot and asked if I could give it to my agent...awkward.
Kaylana Price kicks off her new urban fantasy series with this month's release, Grave Witch. The series heroine, Alex, has the ability to see into the world of spirits and this witch's powers are attracting the attention of an unusual admirer. Get an inside look at the world of a heroine who is not afraid to flirt with Death!
My vision narrowed, leaving the world faded behind a patina of gray. Flakes of rust covered the stainless steel gurney, and the threadbare, tattered linen sheet covering the body rippled in the breeze blowing through me. The linoleum floor under my boots had worn away, and the cement beneath it crumbled. Outside the circle, John’s wrinkled jacket was pocked with holes, but he was filled with light, his soul a dazzling shimmer of pale yellow.
For my weekly column Scooped!, I scour the Internet, contact authors and pick my fellow RT editor's brains to make sure no reader question goes unanswered. This week, I share insider information about Nalini Singh's new novels, suggest some good contemporary romance reads and reveal who I am looking forward to seeing at Comic Con. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
Question: I am really excited for Nalini Singh's next Psy/Changeling book, but I have to admit that I am really, really ready for Hawke's book. Will we ever get to read his happily-ever-after?!? - S.K.
Author Laura Childs turns what could be traditional "cozies" into "thrillzies" by setting her Scrapbook Mysteries series in New Orleans. In Childs' newest release, Fiber & Brimstone, amateur sleuth Carmela Bertrand follows a killer into the haunted Halloween parties of the Big Easy and beyond. Read on to learn how the author captures the true spirit of the city from the Rue Bourbon to the Mississippi River.
Author Megan Hart's third Order of Solace novel, Selfish Is the Heart, was released this week. Now the author goes behind the scenes of her series in this interview with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus. Hart shares the inspiration for her handmaidens, her definition of solace and the difference between romance and erotica.