Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
In his newest RT Top Pick! rated release Almost Heaven, inspirational author Chris Fabry uses his real life experiences as a radio host to enhance his story. Now the author discusses what it is like to use personal anecdotes in his fiction and what readers can expect in his next book.
RT BOOK REVIEWS: Almost Heaven is told in alternating viewpoints, that of Billy and the angel Malachai. What is a something you used when writing from Malachai's point of view to reinforce the angel's heavenly voice?
Chris Fabry: Angels have always been difficult to get right as far as voice. They either come off sounding too Elizabethan or too hokey. I tried hard to keep a somewhat distant voice, separate in a way, but still inquisitive and full of wonder. I can’t wait to see if I was anywhere close.
The paranormal YA The Lost Saint by Bree Despain will hit shelves next Tuesday. She has already told us about the incident that inspired the series, shared an insider look at the challenge she faced when starting this novel and revealed what finally helped her break through her writer's block. Now Bree stops by with one final message and excerpt of her novel before readers (okay, us) can get their (our) hands on The Lost Saint on the 28th!
Dear RT Book Reviews Readers,
We love the science fiction romance website The Galaxy Express, run by Heather Massey. So we were thrilled to learn that this year the site is currently hosting its second annual giant book giveaway for the holidays! Here's Heather with all the details:
Starting December 20, The Galaxy Express is hosting the second annual SFR Holiday Blitz. This event features a huge giveaway of over 50 science fiction romance books. Thirty three authors and fifteen bloggers have joined forces to give the gift of intergalactic adventure and romance to readers around the globe.
Mainstream author Barbara O'Neal dishes up another heartwarming tale of love and baking in this month's How to Bake a Perfect Life. When Ramona is thrust into the role of guardian of her teenage granddaughter, she is at a loss about what to do next. Now the author shares the personal story that helped her connect with Ramona's situation and explains the role of "mother dough" in her new novel!
I remember a night when I was eight months pregnant with my first child. It was the thin, dark part of the night, and I sat on the side of the bathtub in the harsh yellow light, rocking back and forth in terror: what have I done? How could I raise a child? I had no idea what I was doing! My husband slept in the other room, oblivious, while I locked myself in the bathroom. Alone with my giant belly and a baby moving soft fists on the other side of my skin, I wept for all the ways I would ruin his/her life.
There's an app for everything these days, and as our readers know we work hard to help you read smarter! So we are looking into how to best provide our readers with easy access to all of the content on our website. That's over 40,000 book reviews, as well as blog posts, magazine articles and much more!
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We want to know what you'd like to see in an app that gives you access to RT's online content. Would you prefer to use a more streamlined free app or have access to an app that is more of a resource so that you can access all of RT's online content on your smart phone, iPad or tablet while you are on the go? Fill out this survey to share your thoughts about what you would like to see in an RT BOOK REVIEWS app.
To help you beat the winter chill, we've cooked up a little scavenger hunt for you within the pages of the new issue.
Somewhere inside our February magazine we've hidden a picture of the December 2010 magazine cover. One lucky reader who finds our hidden image will win a prize pack from RT.
To enter email here with the location of the hidden December cover and your US mailing address. One entry per person please. The winner will be announced here on January 18th!
BLOG UPDATE 1/18/11: And the winner is Arlene S.
Did you spend your week trying to figure out if your cute new co-worker was Forbidden or For Bedding?
Here's what you missed on the RT website.
MYSTERY: The Haunted Home Restoration series is full of references to the author's life. Learn More >>
Are you caught in a last minute gift-buying bind? Our favorite place to pick up gifts is, of course, the bookstore. Here are our holiday gift suggestions of 2010 books to fit everyone on your list!
For the Mom who wants ...
a sweet romance
a thought-provoking read
an Amelia Peabody-style adventure!
Suspense lovers will want to check out the January release Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan. This is the first book in the Lucy Kincaid series. As a teenager, Lucy was abducted and nearly killed as her family rushed to save her in the 2007 release, Fear No Evil. Now an adult and waiting to join the FBI, Lucy may be on her way to finding love, but first comes some major crime fighting.
To get you ready for the new series we thought it would be fun to revisit her past and the Kincaid family, many of whom have already gotten their own happily ever afters. Take the quiz below and see how much you know about the Kincaids. Several readers who answer all the questions correctly will win books from the author:
1.How many children are in the Kincaid family?
2. Who is Carina Kincaid’s partner?
a) Jim Gage
b) Will Hooper
c) Hans Vigo