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YA author Cate Tiernan has just kicked off her new series with Immortal Beloved. Now the author stops by to answer our first-ever "Quick Takes" quiz. And don't miss the author message and excerpt at the bottom of this post!
1) What was your favorite book when you were growing up?
I don't know if I had an all-time favorite, but I read voraciously. My mother worked in a bookshop for a while and I think I read their entire juvenile stock. The one that comes to mind most often is The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was long and not dumbed-down and very satisfying.
2) What is your favorite book now?
Author Robyn Grady's latest series romance is Fired Waitress, Hired Mistress. Learn about the author's inspiration for her heroine's unfulfilling job as a waitress. And find out which eclectic jobs four other Harlequin Presents authors held before becoming writers!
I’ve been lucky on the vocation front. For sixteen years I was employed behind the scenes in television - great fun! Then, four years ago, I landed my absolute dream job…writing fulltime for Mills & Boon and Silhouette, creating new ways for two strong-minded deserving people - who can’t possibly make it together – reach their happily-ever-afters. Some days I could pull out my hair wondering where the story should go next. Many more nights, however, I keep my laptop company into the early hours because the characters have taken over the plot. Needless to say, every minute I write romance, I’m living in my own private heaven.
YA author Melissa de la Cruz delivers a report from the Pasadena, CA stop on the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. Get all the details about the night's activities, check out photos and find out where you can find these authors next!
The Smart Chicks caravan – a rollicking Sea World-like carnival of girl-powered, writer-powered, shoe-powered fun landed in Pasadena last night to a roaring crowd of 300 people at Vroman's bookstore. I knew the tour was going to be amazing from the first email inviting me to be part of it from insanely fabulous, YA lit advocates and enthusiasts/organizers Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong, but I had no idea how much giddy fun it would be. Stick nine paranormal YA authors in front of a crowd and you get—mayhem! Lightning Round! Marry, Shag, Cliff! Prizes! Trivia! It's a true author-as-rockstar experience that puts all other tours to shame. (No more lonely room service dinners alone, that's for sure!)
Here are the chicks. Don't we look smart?
Author Meg Gardiner is known for her fast-paced mystery series and now you have the chance to become part of the action!
For the release of this summer's The Liar's Lullaby, the author stopped by to chat about mystery-solving forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett. Now Gardiner is offering fans another way to go behind the scenes of the series. Meg Gardiner will name a character in her new novel, The Nightmare Thief, after one lucky reader!
YA author Alyson Noël takes us behind the scenes of the Phoenix/Scottsdale AZ stops on the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. Learn how Noël got involved with the tour, take a look at photos from the night and find out where you can catch these authors next!
They were at a restaurant, I was at home, sitting at my desk with the phone clutched to my ear, feeling more than a little star struck to be talking to two authors whose work I admire so much.
Of course, the answer came easy—an enthusiastic, yes! And after months of their diligent planning and organizing and scheduling and last minute finagling, it’s been a blast to see their vision come to life.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
In this month's The Vengeful Bridegroom, author Kit Donner traps her latest historical heroine, Madelene, in a marriage of convenience — her brother's convenience! Madeline must wed a stranger to save her brother, but the arrangement is only supposed to be for one month ... Get Madelene's take on her unfortunate situation and then learn what the author would do when faced with a similiar dilemma today. And don't miss the EXCERPT at the end of the post!
Author Jeannie Lin caught RT's attention with her debut novel, Butterfly Swords. This author's October release takes place in medieval Asia. Now the author answers RT's questions about what inspired her to set her novel in a locale that may be new to historical romance fans. Can't wait to check it out? You can get a taste of the world in The Taming of Mei Lin, the author's e-book novella which is available now.
RT: For Butterfly Swords, which came first, the story or the setting?
Good news for paranormal fans - five authors have joined forces to create what Random House is calling the "first fan-driven, multi-author, chain story e-book" to come out of one of the major publishing houses.
The story, A Glimpse of Darkness, will be co-written by Lara Adrian, Kelly Meding, Stacia Kane, Lucy A. Snyder and Harry Connolly. The authors will each be responsible for a segment of the tale that follows a djinn's daughter who is attempting to save her father's life.
Even better news? With A Glimpse of Darkness, you will have the opportunity to vote on the direction that the story takes at Suvudu.com.
The best news? The short story begins today!