I loved the latest Patricia Rice novel, The Wicked Wyckerly. It got 4 1/2 stars from RT Reviewer Joan Hammond and I absolutely agree that, using "her distinctive voice [Rice] combines a bit of whimsy, mayhem and a lot of love and laughter in this delicious and highly entertaining read."
After finishing the novel, I still wanted to know more about the making of the story (and the series it starts) so, I went straight to its creator for answers. Patricia Rice talked to me about her inspiration for the series and where she drew on her own experiences to create a different type of historical hero.
I was absolutely captivated by the relationship between Fitz and his daughter Penny, which involved alot of creative parenting. I knew that my first question for Patricia Rice would have to be what she loved best about her new release ...
We're gearing up here at the RT offices for the release of Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy ender, out August 24. And we're not the only ones. In response to the huge buzz the series has garnered, Scholastic has just announced a print run of 1.2 million books!
Since there are no teasers available to let us know what the book entails, and as we only got a little taste of the first few pages at the Mockingjay party, we spent some time hypothesizing what we think will happen as the books draw to a close.
If you'd like to join in the fun and get caught up on the series, we have a contest for you! We've got five copies of The Hunger Games' new paperback release to give away, thanks to Scholastic. To enter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by July 13th with your own wildest guess as to how the books will end, or why you can't wait to read this trilogy.
Here's what we think is coming ...
Meet the Mackenzies: Rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. Rumors surround them — of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.
About four years ago, stories about Lords Ian, Mac, and Cameron, and Hart the Duke of Kilmorgan, began forming in my head and wouldn’t let me go. The characters haunted me; I couldn’t stop thinking about them! And so I started writing — long before I had a chance to pitch and sell the books.
Hart, the oldest, becomes duke upon his father’s death. He’s had his heart broken, but he’ll never admit it. He’s ruthless; had a brief, tragic marriage; has dark sexual appetites and the need to control … everything.
Inspirational author Cynthia Ruchti wants to help you figure out if you are a "real "writer. She's here to help you figure it out. "Is your writing a hobby, an obsession, or a calling? If you’ve ever wondered, take the following quiz … with a grain of salt."
Cynthia's "Are You A Real Writer?" Self Quiz
1. Do you fail to get a good night’s sleep because characters tap you on the shoulder at three in the morning to tell you their story? If you write non-fiction, it’ll be chapter titles or three-point plans that wake you.
a. Most nights.
c. That’s what Tylenol PM is for, isn’t it?
d. I sleep like a baby with a full tummy and a silky blanket.
2. You sit at a fast food restaurant with your mind on:
a. The special sauce.
b. Adding more salt to the fries.
c. The fact that the meal cost more than you made on writing last year.
d. Eavesdropping on the fascinating conversation transpiring in the booth behind you.
In honor of July 4th, I polled the office to see what everyone would be reading as they were beachside, barbequing and spending time with family this long weekend. Here's are their suggestions for the best books to pack in your suitcase or beach bag:
|Author Liz Fichera delves deeply into the cultures of native american tribes for her historical romance Captive Spirit. Now she shares how she brings the mystery of the Hohokam people to life in her new release. And don't miss the *Web Exclusive* review of Captive Spirit.|
Trivia likes to lodge itself in my brain and never leave. I can remember the most obscure facts and anecdotes. Whenever my friends and family play Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy I’m suddenly popular, but if you’re ever stranded in Phoenix, Arizona, and happen to ask me for simple directions to a grocery store or gas station, I will most assuredly disappoint you with a blank stare.
I forget where I was when I learned about the Hohokam Indians but I most definitely remembered the history behind Phoenix’s original inhabitants. It stuck in my brain like a seed. And it’s also what inspired my historical romance novel, Captive Spirit.
RT BOOK REVIEWS Web Editor Morgan Doremus interviews author Hope Tarr. The pair chat about the changes in Tarr's writing over the last few years, why she writes historicals and contemporaries and the best city in the world.
Author Tricia Rayburn's paranormal YA Siren, out July 13, has a premise that RT's Reviewer Kelly Brennan calls "creepy and unique." To show her love for RT, Tricia Rayburn and her publisher Egmont have teamed up for a special two-week blog blast.
Be sure to check out the EXCERPT and the GIVEAWAY after Rayburn's message! And don't forget to check back next Friday, when we'll have a peek at chapter two and another great giveaway.