Dust City, the new paranormal YA tale by author Robert Paul Weston, brings a fractured fairytale world to life. Now the author goes behind the scenes of his newest tale in this revealing interview. And don't miss the *Web Exclusive Review* of Dust City at the end of this post!
In the December issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, in addition to our feature on Jessica Trapp, here are some of the exciting stories you can look forward to:
LISA KLEYPAS EXCLUSIVE: Find out what inspired her new contemporary series and read an exclusive excerpt from the launch Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor.
HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY: The late TV vet and mystery author Stephen J. Cannell answers our questions days before his death.
SERIES REWIND: For the 10th anniversary of Julie Miller’s Taylor Clan/Precinct series, we look back at where it all started.
E-READER MUST-HAVES: Whether you are giving or receiving an e-reader for the holidays, add some pizzazz with great accessories.
Historical romance authors Julia Quinn, Connie Brockway and Eloisa James are officially at the top of our wish list for The Ladies Most Likely To Co-Write A Historical Romance. And these three authors are fulfilling our reading dreams with this January's release, The Lady Most Likely … A Novel Written In Three Parts. But what does "A Novel Writen in Three Parts" mean? We went to the authors to find out exactly how they collaborated to create a cohesive novel and what readers can expect from The Lady Most Likely ...
Julia Quinn: We wanted to do something beyond the traditional anthology. So we came up with the idea of a woman wanting to get her brother married off. He's not terribly interested in the process of courtship, though, so she gives him a list and invites all the young ladies to a country house party. He starts at the top and works his way down.
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Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Sexuality is a hot (no pun intended) topic in the world of YA and if sexual or suggestive content appears in your YA novel it will be a point of discussion and possibly controversy. How sexy is too sexy for YA, do the rules change if the book is a "crossover" novel? Where is the line? Should there be a line at all when it comes to sex in young adult literature?
Author Belva Plain died last week, she was 95. Plain, who wrote for many years, first became a published novelist in 1976 with the release of her beloved saga Evergreen. The book hit The New York Times bestseller list, where it remained for almost a full year. People were so taken with the story of the Jewish-American immigrant girl from Poland at the turn-of-the-20th century and her family, that Plain wrote several sequels and NBC turned the book into a miniseries in the 1980s.
But that was by no means her only book. Plain got started writing short stories for magazines, but then turned her attention to raising her family. When her children grew older, she began writing novel-length fiction. She wrote more than 20 novels, including bestsellers Tapestry, Harvest and Random Winds. Some 30 million copies of her books are in print worldwide, according to her publisher Random House.
Plain lived in Short Hills, N.J. Her husband, Irving Plain, died more than 25 years ago. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The January issue of RT will include an interview with Susan Elizabeth Phillips and she's taking your questions! What have you always wanted to know about this contemporary romance writing powerhouse and her books? What do you want to know about Teddy's book, Call Me Irresistible? What do you want to know about her writing style?
Post your questions below and we'll get them answered in the upcoming issue of RT!