YA author Marlene Perez stops by to chat about the origins of her fascination with the paranormal and the evolution of her Dead Is series. The newest novel, Dead Is Just A Rumor, will hit shelves today and now you can read the *Web Exclusive* reviews of the entire series. Learn what role Perez's large family played in her writing career and don't miss heroine Daisy Giordano's Top Five Rules for Getting Along With Sisters at the bottom of the post.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Debut author Kate Racculia is the recipient of RT's July Seal of Excellence for her novel, This Must Be The Place. Now the author sits down with RT's Whitney Sullivan to discuss the novel that begins as a tale about a grieving widower but becomes something entirely more complex. The pair chat about Racculia's background in art, the parent-child relationship she found most challenging to write, what we can expect next from this bright new talent and much more!
This past week Forbes took a look at the authors who are still making money, despite the changes that the publishing industry is undergoing. And while you might not trust the way they figured these figures, it is astonishing to see which writers make this Top Ten list (and where):
James Patterson ($70 million)
Stephenie Meyer ($40 million)
Stephen King ($34 million)
Danielle Steel ($32 million)
Ken Follett ($20 million)
Dean Koontz ($18 million)
Janet Evanovich ($16 million)
John Grisham ($15 million)
Nicholas Sparks ($14 million)
J.K. Rowling ($10 million)
So we asked ourselves, do these Forbes findings make sense?
Author Anne Marsh kicks off her blog tour for Bond With Me by sharing her favorite fallen angels and how she knew that Bond With Me would have to be set in Moscow. The author will be by all day to answer any comments left on this blog entry and don't miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!
For Bond With Me, my September 2010 Dorchester e-book release, I chose to make my hero a fallen angel. I set my book in Moscow of the near-future because that Russian city has always been for me a dark, exotic and slightly otherworldly place—and because the Slavic take on the Fall is equally dark and compelling.
This is the last of the three giveaways of the signed novels that RT Executive Editor Faygie Levy brought back from this year's national RWA conference. Today you have a chance to win a pair of signed romance novels. If you are the lucky winner, you will be receiving a signed copy of the contemporary romance How To Knit A Love Song by Rachael Herron and a signed copy of Sophie Jordan's historical novel, Sins Of A Wicked Duke. In honor of this giveaway, RT's Whitney Sullivan chatted with Rachael Herron and Sophie Jordan to get a behind the scenes look at their novels and find out what they are working on now!
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RACHAEL HERRON ABOUT HER CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVELS
Sandra Hill stops by to discuss the way that honey plays a part in her latest novel, The Viking Takes A Knight. The author chats about the two very different ways her characters use honey and shares some facts about the history of honey use throughout the years. And don't miss the steamy EXCERPT of The Viking Takes A Knight at the end of this blog post.
Although I have used medieval beekeeping in previous historicals, along with the use of honey for sweetening, mead, and candles, even as a little something extra in lovemaking, I have never gone as far as I do in my September release, The Viking Takes A Knight.
Today’s Scooped! is a guest post from me, Whitney Sullivan. Here are some of the answers I “scooped” up for you, by doing research on the Internet and contacting publishers, authors and the RT editors. Get some suggestions for teen vampire reads, find out what Meg Cabot has been up to and when you can get your hands on the next Castle novel. And of course, keep your questions and comments coming!
Question: I have never read an urban fantasy novel that I liked. The plots all seem to be exactly the same. But, maybe I‘ve just picked the “bad apples” of the genre? – Peeved But Persistent