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The Books That Changed Our World

BY admin, JUNE 18, 2010 | PERMALINK

The RT BOOK REVIEWS staff (@RTReadSmarter) has been watching the latest trend to sweep the Twitter-verse. And even if you aren't on Twitter, you'll want to check this out. It's a new hash tag, (Twitter's name for a group of tweets about the same subject) #booksthatchangedmyworld. For all the readers who don't speak Twitter, that's "Books That Changed My World."


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Janet Evanovich Is Going Graphic!

BY admin, JUNE 18, 2010 | PERMALINK

You may have seen the USA Today article yesterday morning on bestselling mystery author Janet Evanovich and her daughter, Alex, who are working on two graphic novels based on Evanovich's Alex Barnaby/Sam Hooker books.

RT BOOK REVIEWS readers got a sneak peek at this series back in February, but just in case you missed it, you can read all about it here.

You can also read a classic interview with Janet about heroine Alex Barnaby, Aka Barney, from 2004 when the book series debuted here.

And look for a review of the graphic novel in our September issue!


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Tags: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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Video Interview with Author Maria V. Snyder

BY admin, JUNE 17, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT BOOK REVIEWS interviews author Maria V. Snyder about her outstanding new YA science fiction novel Inside Out.

Maria V. Snyder Video Interview Part I

Maria V. Snyder Video Interview Part II


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Tags: Young Adult, Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Behind the Scenes With Robyn DeHart

BY admin, JUNE 17, 2010 | PERMALINK

Do you every wonder what inspires your favorite authors? We asked historical romance author Robyn DeHart that very question and she answered by giving us an inside look into her Legend Hunters series. Read on to learn more about the legend behind Robyn's newest release Desire Me available now.

Ever since I was a little girl I loved the idea of archaeology – old tombs, ancient relics, and hidden treasures. Of course, the thought of actually digging around in an underground crypt or bug-infested room cured me of that fantasy very quickly. But the romanticized fantasy still captures my imagination, and that is where the idea for my Legend Hunters series came from.

Last year, my novel Seduce Me introduced you to Solomon’s, an exclusive gentleman’s club whose members dig for ancient relics and priceless antiquities. These men are obsessed with myth and seduced by treasure. In Desire Me, my latest release, we’ll go on a hunt for the legendary lost continent of Atlantis.


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The Gift of Art By J. Wachowski

BY admin, JUNE 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

Debut Romantic Suspense author J. Wachowski writes about her art.

A long time ago, I read that a finished piece of art (book, painting, or song) is the beautiful corpse of a time of creation. Sounds a little creepy but that idea resonated in my head. A writer gives a book energy and passion to bring it to life. After the story’s complete, it exists separate from you.

“The End” always brings a mix of relief, accomplishment, and sadness. I celebrate with a present. I find a piece of art to represent the story--a print, painting or photo—something to hang in my office, maybe? Sometimes, I find the perfect thing at a craft fair. Sometimes, they come from friends or family.
Sometimes, there’s magic involved.

After I wrote my first mystery, In Plain View, I happened to wander into a store up the road from my house. There was a poster on display. A panorama photograph of a farm house surrounded by weather worn fences and bare limbed trees.

My story is set in the deep Midwest, where hundred year-old oaks rise from oceans of grass. These trees embody survival. Shaped by fire, lightning, drought and snow, they rarely have perfect forms. They’ve seen too much for that.


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Finding Free (Or Nearly Free) E-book Deals

BY admin, JUNE 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

Dear Jane: I'm see all these promotions for free e-books (or cheap ebooks) but I don't own an e-book reader and I don't want to buy one just yet (I'm waiting for that perfect device). But I still want to read some of these books for free. Is there anyway I can do that?

~Lynn

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Dear Lynn: Yes, for almost all free ebooks or cheap e-book promotions, you can take advantage of these deals by using just your laptop or desktop. The truth is nearly half of people who read e-books do so using some type of personal computer. The only disadvantage is that you might have to download more than one software program to your desktop to take advantage of these promotions.


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Eva Marie Everson Asks The Question - When Are Historicals, Historical?

BY admin, JUNE 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Eva Marie Everson reflects on the 1960s and why she set her newest release, This Fine Life, in the tumultuous decade.


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Trend Watch: Historical Heroes Who Work

BY Whitney Sullivan, JUNE 15, 2010 | PERMALINK

When you pick up a romance set in England during the 1800s, you're probably expecting pretty dresses, lots of rules and ton intrigue and sometimes a spy or two. But in several of this summer's historical romances the heroes have jobs, real jobs.


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Lilly Cain Makes A Change Of Pace

BY admin, JUNE 15, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Lilly Cain moves her focus from vampires to outer space in her new novel, Alien Revealed, from Carina Press. The author discusses why she made the change and what was unexpected about her newest work. And don't miss the RT BOOK REVIEWS *Web Exclusive Review* of Alien Revealed.

I loved writing the dark side of erotic paranormal romance. Darkness, blood, possible death; the shadows are a potent place for the fiery life or death romance of a vampire on the run. This was the setting of my first foray into erotic romance – Dark Harmony, the first book of the Dark Seduction series. And I loved it. Reveled in the gritty fantasies of a female vampire who’d been forced into a sexually submissive role by her sadistic maker, and those of the human dom that could be her salvation. Even their fight for freedom was filled with frightening images and physical action.


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Pauline Baird Jones And Her Hero-Sized Headache

BY admin, JUNE 15, 2010 | PERMALINK

Fantasy author Pauline Baird Jones gives us a behind-the-scenes peek at the hero of her latest novel, Girl Gone Nova.

 

There is a rumor going around that writing Girl Gone Nova almost made my head explode.


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