Author John Scalzi is as well known for his Internet presence as he is for his intelligent and accessible science fiction. He has been actively blogging at Whatever for over ten years, creating content that is ranges from the serious to the lighthearted. Now Scalzi goes behind the scenes of his blog in this interview with RT's Senior Editor and Reviews Coordinator Stephanie Klose. He chats about his blogging practices, the book that some of his posts have been turned into, Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, and a few of the popular features that keep readers coming back day after day.
Popular romance author Teresa Medieros has put a whole new spin on the “contemporary” in her newest contemporary romance, Goodnight Tweetheart. This novel is written entirely in the 140 character twitter posts that are known as tweets. Now the author has created a special excerpt of her latest love story, exclusively for the RT Daily Blog!
In this scene, Abby Donovan tweets the news about the new man in her life to her best friend Margo.
@Abby_Donovan: I met a man online. I know that probably sounds pathetic.
@MargoInTribeca: Unless you're into those guys who deliver Chinese food, where else would you meet a man?
@Abby_Donovan: Hey, I get out! I met you at the gym here today, didn't I?
@MargoInTribeca: You're only a few take-out orders away from becoming some crazy cat lady who bakes poisoned cookies for the children in her building.
@Abby_Donovan: You have to have more than two cats to qualify as a crazy cat lady. Forty-two is optimal…
Voting is now open for the third round of the Kensington/RT BOOK REVIEWS Writing With the Stars contest!
You've already had a chance to meet the 10 contestants and their mentors and also vote on the best first paragraph and last line of their novel. During the last round of the competition you got to read about each contestant's hero and heroine. And now you get to vote on which contestant has the best back cover blurb for their story!
You will also get to read comments from each contestant's mentor as well as the in-depth commentary of this round's judge, agent Kristin Nelson who established the Nelson Literary Agency.
You can vote one time between now and January 2nd, and comment on the blurbs as many times as you'd like. And then get ready to decide which of the remaining contestants has the best secondary character in round four of Writing With the Stars!
Have you spent your week daydreaming about being romanced by a Cowboy Deputy?
Here's what you missed on the RT website:
Contemporary Romance fans will delight in devouring the newest treat from bestselling author Susan Mallery. (And this is a holiday goodie that won't pack on the pounds!) The author has created a special digital magazine titled "Fool's Gold Holiday Wishes" based on her popular new contemporary series.
The author's Fool's Gold series began in May 2010 with Chasing Perfect, which was quickly followed by two more installments all set in the fictional California town of Fool's Gold. All three books have received RT ratings of 4 stars or above and have left readers anxiously awaiting the next Fool's Gold-set stories.
Between the books Mallery helps fans stay in the know about everything going on in the town with the website www.foolsgoldCA.com. There you can explore the city, read the most recent Fool's Gold news, send a Fool's Gold postcard and check out some of the town's leading citizens. There's a wealth of entertainment at this quirky site that is sure to enchant both old fans and readers new to the series.
However, Mallery is turning our heads again with her newest addition to the experience of the Fool's Gold that goes well beyond the books. She has created a holiday magazine that features exclusive articles about Fool's Gold, a list of the 6 best things to do in town during the month of December, holiday recipes and more. We particularly enjoyed the clever advertisements that even had one of the RT editors thinking that this was a real magazine!
Be sure to check out the magazine here and mark your calendars for Mallery's next two books, which will both be available in April 2011.
As part of our weeklong look at historical romances set in unusual times and places, today we've put together a sort of primer on the best of this exotic corner of the genre. Several of the authors who contribute to the popular blog Unusual Historicals have volunteered their absolute must-reads. Perhaps one of these romances will be your invitation to a much wider world!
"I've chosen Zoe Archer's paranormal-tinged romance, Warrior, the first of her Blades of the Rose series. Come on, Mongolia! The hero is a brawny English soldier, the heroine is a not-at-all-proper Victorian miss, and their passion is playfully sexy. And did I mention adventure? Like Indiana Jones but with all the good mushy stuff I want in a romance."
- Lorelie Brown, the author of Jazz Baby.
In the Harlequin Presents line of series romances, problems are frequently solved with the hero's fortune. However, Kate Hewitt's new novel, Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon, breaks this mold. Her hero is going blind and no amount of money can fix his sight. This unusual series romance has been nominated for a 2010 RT Reviewers' Choice award and today the author is here to share what inspired her to write about this imperfect, perfect hero that faces an uncertain future.
If you’ve ever picked up a Harlequin Presents, you know what to expect: a fantastic, glamorous setting, a gorgeous, billionaire alpha hero who has it all, and an emotionally intense conflict--all of it whisking you away on a ride, according to the writing guidelines, ‘in the fast lane of romance!’
Yet what if that billionaire alpha hero doesn’t have it all? What if inside he is struggling, doubting himself and everything he’s believed in? What if money can’t buy what he wants, and I don’t just mean love?
Author Sherry James is known for her contemporary tales of love and passion, but with her new release, The Cowboy and the Hellcat, the author embarks on her first historical series. Now get an insider look at this tale that whisks readers to Christmastime in Nebraska during 1876 for a whirlwind romance between two people who never thought that love would be in their future. And don't miss the *Web Exclusive Review* of this holiday western novella after this interview!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: In The Cowboy and the Hellcat Adam has recently suffered the loss of his father and Ellie is soon to lose hers as well. What inspired you to write a holiday romance laced with such sadness?
All week long we have been talking about "unusual historicals" on The RT Daily Blog. And we knew our coverage would not be complete without addressing the changes a story can undergo when being marketed to readers around the world. So today, author Michelle Styles chats about her own “accidentally global” writing career and discusses some of the ways that historical romance readers' tastes vary from country to country.