The entire RT office was waiting with bated breath for the release of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy ender, Mockingjay. We got ready for Mockingjay's August 24 release date with giveaways (of the series starter and series schwag) and reports back from the official pre-release party. We were so excited about Mockingjay that four of the six RT editors already had their copies in hand by 10:00 on the morning of the book's release.
And the RT editors aren't the only ones who rushed out to get their copies ...
With her flowing skirt, hair in braids and quirky grin, Drew Barrymore is the quintessential free spirit Hollywood actress. I was able to spend Tuesday morning with Ms. Barrymore while she was promoting her new film Going the Distance which is about a couple that is trying to make a long distance relationship work. Drew says this movie is a bit of a departure from her usual Rom Com fare because this is a "dude film." With an R rating, crass language and cast of comedians, Drew says you can expect big laughs, but it may be a bit light on the romance for some. However, this did not stop Drew from expounding on what she finds romantic.
"You have to have joy and spontaneity in a relationship," Drew says. "Also, make plans. Even if it is just about when you will call or go on a date that is enough. It's just too hard to function in a relationship if you can't make a plan."
We are seriously digging the old school Public Service Announcement-themed videos the author is running for the book's September 7th release. You can check them out below:
Author Jenna Petersen discusses why she considers sex such an important part of the romance novels that she writes. And don't miss the excerpt of her new release, The Unclaimed Duchess, at the end of this post!
Thanks so much to RT for asking me to write a few words on a topic that is quite near and dear to my heart. See, I’ve always liked a sexy romance. Give me the “good stuff”. And that’s always what I’ve written, whether under my Jenna Petersen name or my erotic romance name, Jess Michaels. But for some reason sometimes people seem to discount a sexy romance and somehow less valid or emotional because there is… horror of horrors… sex in it. Like somehow that cheapens the relationship, especially if sex comes before love.
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 provide a Shannon K. Butcher spoiler, check in with Jessica Bird aka J.R. Ward and hunt down the latest from Candice Hern. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
We spotlighted author Erin Kellison in the beginning of summer, when she was a debut author with her first novel Shadow Bound. At that time, she shared her journey to publication (read it here). Barely three months later, her second novel, Shadow Fall, is on shelves and she's hard at work on her newest tale. So we caught up with Kellison to find out what life as a new author is really like.
You can learn more about this music video and several other novels that are incorporating a musical element in the article "Music of the Heart" in the October issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS.