The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling out favorite Tweets. Here are some of the standouts of the week:
Actress, writer, mother — Isabel Gillies seemingly does it all! With a succesful run on Law and Order: SVU and two memoirs under her belt, Isabel now makes her fiction and YA debut with Starry Night, a novel of young love, New York City and growing up. We had the chance to speak with the multi-talented writer over the phone and asked her about her creative process, writing Starry Night and, of course, about love. See what she had to say:
Starry Night is your first novel for teens, though you’ve written two non-fiction titles. How did your writing process change for Starry Night? How did it remain the same?
Well, it remained the same because of one overriding reason: I wrote it everyday. I worked on it every day, and when I wrote my first book, I had read Stephen King’s On Writing and he says if you’re going to write, write every day. So I wrote every day while I was writing this. Though, not every, every day, because I have children and I don’t write on weekends.
If there’s anything booklovers love more than books it’s author events and book signings. Meeting your favorite author and other readers is great. But while we here at RT are pros at attending events, some of you may be getting ready to go to your first event and aren’t sure what to do. So, to help you out, here are our tips on what to do (and what not to do) at an author event.
1. Be excited — You’re about to meet your favorite author! This is definitely something to be excited about and it’s okay to let your inner fangirl/fanboy make an appearance or two.
2. Make new friends — Like most booklovers, us included, you’re probably a bit of an introvert, so talking to strangers while waiting for the event to start may seem daunting. But at a book event, you will always have two things in common with the stranger next to you: a love for the author you’re seeing and books. So don’t be afraid to reach out and make some new friends!
Nalini Singh is no stranger over here at RT and her paranormal romances have hooked us again and again, earning her several Top Pick ratings and RT Award nominations and wings. But before she was a queen of paranormal, Nalini penned contemporary romances and now with Rock Addiction, the first in the Rock Kiss series, she's returning to her roots. Today, Nalini answers our burning questions about the new book and series. Take a look:
Rock Addiction marks your return to Contemporary Romance. What about this story inspired you to go back to your roots?
I've actually had Rock Addiction partially written for a long time. I knew I wanted to tell this story, but while I had the start, I didn't feel as if I knew the characters deeply enough, didn't yet have an insight into what drove them. Then one day, everything clicked and I wrote it compulsively — I think often a story needs time to grow and develop in my mind, until it gets to a point where all the pieces are in place for it to be told.
What do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.
With Monday being a holiday, Wednesday seems to have arrived quickly this week, much to our delight because that means it's time for another sizzling Hump Day Excerpt! Today's excerpt comes courtesy of Jen Frederick and Taking Control, the second book in her Kerr Chronicles. In the book, Ian and Victoria are settling into their relationship, but with a dangerous stepfather and greedy business rivals eager to take them both down, they'll face even more obstacles for a chance at a happy ending. So let's hand things over to Ian so we can spice things up — and stay tuned to the end for a giveaway!
I practically throw her onto the sofa cushions. Before she can make another move, I'm on top of her, devouring her. I yank down on her tank top until her unfettered breasts are exposed to my hungry mouth. One nipple is sucked in between my lips and the other is tortured with my left thumb. My right hand is busy shoving down her shorts and lacy panties.
Romance author Erika Kelly, rocker Eddie Van Halen and British group The Kinks appear to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, but have one thing in common. Can you guess? Kelly’s Rock Star Romance series begins in January 2015 with the novel, You Really Got Me — a song by The Kinks, covered by Van Halen — and just one of many books titled after popular songs. Thanks to this fusion of the music and publishing industries, we’ve come up not only with a TBR list of recent and upcoming titles, but also a playlist of pop, classic rock, oldies tunes and more. Happy reading … and listening!
With her Glamourist Histories series, Mary Robinette Kowal has enthralled us again and again with her unique take on magic in the Regency era. Mary has quickly become not only a favorite amongst readers, but also with us here at RT. Back in May, during the RT Convention, Mary discussed the importance of diversity in literature and the Fantasy genre, and mentioned she was working hard to ensure her books included a wide range of characters. So when the cover for Of Noble Family, the fifth and final book in the series, was revealed, starring a woman of color, we were more than excited. Let's take a look:
Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decides to go.
Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.
Monkey by Wu Cheng'en
The funniest, scariest book ever written; it's like Dragonball, if Gocku would have beaten Buddha and Lao Tzu instead of Majin Buu and Frieza.
Plot: A monkey gets enlightened beating deities and demons.
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Beauty is a gift that is in itself the worst curse: it doesn't last long. Dorian Grey (and Oscar Wilde) try to preserve it through Art, but even art dies.
Plot: A handsome guy doesn't want to grow old.
The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra
Last week: Claire came to the aid of a "possessed" boy who was actually suffering from poison, securing her place as a healer and earning the enmity of the local priest. Also, she and Jamie played footsie under a table like weird horny teenagers.
Jamie Shirtless Watch 2014: First shirtless appearance at 34 minutes.
On to the recap:
Two Scottish soldiers train their rifles on a running woman — and it's Claire. But it soon becomes clear that Claire is running happily from a group of children. She tumbles down onto her back with a laugh, but the revelry is cut short when one of her guards stands over her prone body, giving her an up-kilt view. Claire's not impressed.
As Claire gets to her feet, Colum's young son notices that Claire's fichu and her hair ribbon are missing, but Claire brushes this off. The guards, Angus and Rupert, are grumbling about missing the festivities (i.e., drinking to excess) so she tells the children to hurry off and they'll play another day. As she merrily tells the guards they'd best head to the party inside Castle Leoch, Claire VOs that her adventures with the kids are actually excuses to reconnoiter the grounds and leave "bread crumbs" — the missing hair ribbon and fichu — to find her way to possible escape routes later. More Mata Hari than Mary Poppins, our Claire.