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Blythe Gifford on Encountering the Unexpected With a Historical Hero

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 07, 2010 | PERMALINK

Romance author Blythe Gifford’s medieval heroes are all “born on the wrong side of the royal blanket” but that is just the tip of the iceberg for these heroes who defy readers’ expectations! Now Gifford chats about the comfort that romance fans find in these historical stories and shares how she works to create heroes who a reader would follow anywhere.

Laura Kinsale famously observed that in romance, “it’s the hero who carries the book.”

This, I suggest, is a major challenge facing those who write historicals set in times and places unfamiliar to the audience.

The reader does not know what kind of hero to expect. 

When a reader picks up a book set in Regency England or the Scottish Highlands, the two most popular historical settings, they are getting more than a return to a familiar time and place. They are returning to a particular type of hero.

Regency England means a rakish duke who will be tamed by the heroine, of course, to achieve a “happy ever after” ending.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance
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Take A Sneak Peek At The Lost Saint - Read the Prologue!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 07, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Bree Despain shares a special look at her highly anticipated new YA novel, The Lost Saint. This series second will delight readers craving a kick-butt heroine and fast-paced action. Just a few weeks ago the author chatted about the personal story that inspired this series. Now she reveals how she found the perfect way to begin her series second and gives readers a sneak peek — the prologue of The Lost Saint!

Dear RT BOOK REVIEWS Readers,


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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The Wait is Over: Richelle Mead's Last Sacrifice Arrives Tomorrow -- Win it here!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

Richelle Mead's final novel in the popular Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice, has been anxiously anticipated by fans, and tomorrow the wait is over. The series conclusion will hit bookshelves on Tuesday, but in the meantime readers can check out the *Web Exclusive Review* of the story that RT Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith calls, "A fitting end to an amazing series!" And don't miss your chance to enter to win a copy of this entire series. 

Read the *Web Exclusive Review* >>


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Lynda Simmons on Mothers and Daughters - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

Mother-daughter relationships are rarely as easy as we wish they were. However, they inevitably become much more complicated when a debilitating disease, such as Alzheimer's, is added to the equation. Now author Lynda Simmons reflects on her own relationship with her mother and give readers a special look at the challenges facing the mother and daughters in her new mainstream novel, Island Girl. And don't miss the giveaway at the end of the post!

My mother died fifteen years ago this Christmas and in many ways I’m still not over it, which is surprising when you consider the fact that we did not always get along. Truth is, we fought bitterly on a regular basis because no one could push my buttons the way my mother could, and that’s probably why I still miss her; why I wish I could call and tell her how well the kids are doing, or what my next project will be because not only could she infuriate me like no one else, she could also make the little girl inside me beam like no one else.  


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Beth Kery on Amnesia, Sex and the Alpha Male - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

With a hunky ex-navy hero, steamy love scenes and a whole lot of suspense, Beth Kery's new erotic romance, Explosive, is just what the doctor ordered to clear away the winter doldrums. Now the author talks about the influence of her favorite soap opera on the creation of Explosive and goes behind the scenes to share the spin she put on her classic alpha hero. And don't miss your chance to win a copy of the new novel at the end of the post!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Erotica
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Pushing Boundaries With Unusual Historical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

There are only so many times a historical romance fan can read about a handsome duke who is secretly a spy, a crusty cowboy soon to be tamed by a saloon girl with a heart of gold or a beautiful Scottish lass abducted by the laird of a warring clan. After a certain point, it all gets, pardon the pun, old. So what’s a historical romance fan to do? Visit the group blog Unusual Historicals, of course! Created by author Carrie Lofty, the site is a gathering place for authors and readers who are seeking stories that are off the beaten path. Now Lofty talks about pushing the boundaries of historical romance – literally by setting her novels in Austria, South Africa and medieval Spain - and she shares what readers can expect as the website marks its fourth anniversary celebrating these reads!


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WEEKLY WEB WRAP UP 12/3/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 03, 2010 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week trying to reason with the Man With the Muscle?

Here's what you missed on the RT Website.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Cathy Maxwell talks about cover art. Which Covers Does She Love? >>

MYSTERY: Libby Fischer Hellmann reflects on her 1960s-inspired thriller. Get the Details >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Lisa Plumley on holiday traditions and her new romance. Check It Out >>

INSPIRATIONAL: Nancy Mehl shares how a mystery became a romantic suspense series. Learn More >>


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Author Interview With Kasey Michaels

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 03, 2010 | PERMALINK

Kasey Michaels has wowed readers who enjoy contemporary romance, romantic suspense and even mystery fans, but she is best known for her tales of Regency romance. This month the author concludes her latest series with How to Wed a Baron, which she calls "a sort of salvation story." This in-depth interview takes readers behind the scenes of Michaels' new release and gives fans a sneak peek at what they can expect next from the delightful pen of this bestselling author!


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The Ever-Innovative Jayne Ann Krentz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 02, 2010 | PERMALINK

Jayne Ann Krentz’s readers know that this bestselling author can always be counted on to do the unexpected. For example, in her always-evolving Arcane series, the author writes in the past present and future of the same series under her three different author names.

Now Krentz is turning a modern technology on its head as she “double-tweets” a short story. What does this mean for fans? We get to enjoy this Krentz short story told from both her perspective and that of Fallon Jones, the hero of her January romantic suspense, In Too Deep!

The story, which began on November 1st with a tweet from the author announcing that she was headed to Scargill Cove to interview Fallon James, has the pair of criss-crossing and commenting on the other's activities in a highly enjoyable fashion. Our eyes are peeled to see where this tale is headed next!

Check it out now >>


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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An Amazing E-Vent With Marjorie Liu and C.L. Wilson - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 01, 2010 | PERMALINK

Authors Marjorie Liu and C.L. Wilson are adding a special touch of magic to their new novels, In the Dark of Dreams and Crown of Crystal Flame, which release this week. These authors are not only hosting a joint book signing at Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, they are streaming the event live so that fans around the globe can participate!

We love Liu for her quirky characters, fast paced action and memorable romances. Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith has nominated In the Dark of Dreams for a 2010 Reviewers' Choice Award. She calls the latest Dirk & Steele adventure, "A terrific concoction filled with choice amounts of danger, passion and betrayal!"

Wilson, a fan favorite, is known for her richly detailed worlds full of adventure and fantasy. Her latest novel concludes the Tairen Song series. Not only did Crown of Crystal Flame receive an RT Top Pick! it was also nominated for RT's November Seal of Excellence.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
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