For RT BOOK REVIEWS second Seal of Excellence recipient, the editors choose Moonshine by Alaya Johnson. This tale set in 1920s New York is a seamless blend of historical romance and urban fantasy. If you are only going to read one book this month, our staff agrees you should take a chance on Johnson.
RT BOOK REVIEWS and Kensington’s Brava division are proud to bring you "Writing With the Stars" a writing competition that will offer one lucky Aspiring Author a publishing deal!
Ten contestants will compete through five rounds of judging. The contestants will be mentored by a Brava author who will help the contestants’ manuscripts become the best they can be. Each of the rounds will include comments from celebrity judges from the romance blogsphere. Those picked to compete will get their own webpage on the Brava Authors blog and the RT website. And the winner of Writing With the Stars will get a publishing contract with Brava.
Each prospective contestant must have completed 80,000 - 90,000 word manuscript in any romance genre (contemporary, historical, romantic suspense and paranormal) with a sensuality tone that matches the Brava line.
Entries will be accepted from July 1st to July 15, 2010 and only the first 500 participants will be considered.
To enter, e-mail a Word document attachment of your complete manuscript, a two-to-seven page synopsis and a cover letter to: Marketing@Kensingtonbooks.com. The subject line of your email must be “Brava Contest.”
To celebrate the release of the "benefit anthology" The Gift of Love, authors that contributed to the book will be answering reader's questions on the RT Daily Blog today. Do you want to know more about The Gift of Love? Or maybe you can't wait for the next Lori Foster book and have to ask for spoilers. Is Heidi Betts your favorite author and you always wanted to find out her literary inspirations? Just leave your questions in the comments below, and the authors will be online answering you all day! Other authors contributing include: Jules Bennett, Ann Christopher, Lisa Cooke, Paige Cuccaro, Gia Dawn and HelenKay Dimon.
Now more about The Gift of Love.
Sure lots of adults (like us!) are reading YA, but are the stakes different when teens start reading adult books? And what about when their favorite authors write for both age groups?
We had lots of questions, which is why it's a good thing that we participated in the BEA panel, YA Authors Crossing Over, on the Midtown Stage at the Javits Center this Wednesday.
Authors Melissa Marr, Stephanie Kuehnert, Michele Jaffe, Jennifer Donnelly, Jeri Smith-Ready and RT Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi
On Thursday at the Book Expo of America, graphic novel experts gathred for the panel "Big Name Authors with Graphic Novels: How Will This Change the Market?" Read on for part of their discussion.
Top Row: Rich Johnson, Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald Bottom Row: Michael Martens, Carol Fitzgerald and Judy Hanson
Suzanne Collins is kind of a tease.
There! We said it. We feel a little better now.
The diabolical (and diabolically talented) author read the first few pages from her upcoming Hunger Games trilogy ender, Mockingjay, Wednesday night at a Scholastic party in her honor.
The first few pages of Mockingjay. And they are good. We can't reveal much more, mostly because we promised not to, but also because we were so entranced all we really recall for sure was looking at each other and mouthing the word "AWESOME" as she finished reading.
The rest of the BEA crowd, who'd traveled downtown to the Scholastic rooftop in Soho, seemed to feel the same way, as excited whispers broke out through the crowd when Collins slyly pulled a few manuscript pages out from her copy of Catching Fire.
"Why, what's this?" she teased before delving into the Mockingjay opener.
Today RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus and RT Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan caught up with four fan-favorite authors at the Book Expo of America: Debbie Macomber, Carla Neggers, Rochelle Alers and Beth Kephart. Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of the blog post!
Author Debbie Macomber was signing copies of her latest release Hannah's List. Even after Macomber ran out of books, fans were still lining up to meet her. The widespread appeal of Macomber's fiction is undeniable. One fan even exclaimed, "You can't personalize it - I have to share your books!"
After the signing was over, Macomber had a few minutes to answer questions with Whitney.
WS: What was something that was new, or different, while you wrote Hannah's List?
DM: There are portions of the story which are written in male first person point of view, which I've never done before.
In a world overwhelmed by environmental disasters, terrorism, and corrupt government regimes, it is interesting that readers would turn to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction for their escape. However, more and more readers are doing just this. On Wednesday morning at BEA, four authors took on the topic of dystopian fiction and how they write about the breakdown of society.
Authors Allyson Condie, Sigrid Nunez, Lesley Hauge, and Adam Dunn
They spoke about the influence of their audience on their writing:
Slaughter said that she satisfies herself first, "I write what I want to be writing, not what I think fans want."
Cronin thought of himself as a reader while he was writing The Passage. "I was feeling nostalgic for the great big fat stories ... plot driven stories" that he loves reading, so he took that mindset to his writing.
In order to control the quality of his work, Child writes every story "as if it is my first book and my last book."
They also discussed the nature of expanding a series:
Child cautioned, "with a series the huge danger is getting lazy ... or falling in love with a character" as these two sins ineviably kill a series.
Cronin knew he needed three books to tell this story, but it was "just an idea - this wonderful toy I could play with and see what happened."