Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Spring is truly on it's way! We've just wrapped up the April issue and it will be in stores next week.
Here are some of the stories you can look forward to:
Bestselling author Melissa Marr on wrapping up her Wicked Lovely series, her newest project and what's in store for her during the 2011 RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION's first-ever Teen Day!
For the release of Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later we catch up with author Francine Pascal.
Take a trip through time with this in-depth look at the top eras in historical romance!
Kristin Hannah talks about the mark she's made on mainstream fiction and how she keeps her stories fresh.
Erotic romance author Lauren Dane shares what we can expect from her futuristic series second.
We wrap up the final round of the Kensington/RT Writing With the Stars contest with a look at who has the best love scene.
Convention News: Find out what you can expect at the Book Fairs and which beloved authors will be participating in Author Chats this year!
The time has come, folks, we are on our last round of the RT/Kensington contest, Writing With the Stars and we need your help to decide who should be the winner!
Take a look at each contestant's love scene and decide whose manuscript has you rushing outside for a bit of a cool-off.
Maeve Greyson's Taggart and Hannah turn up the heat with a bath scene. Diana Quincy's Cam and Charlotte's quickie is anything but wham-bam-thank-you-m'am. And Meredith Simmons takes a roll in the hay to a whole new level with Cassy and Anders' love play. But if you have a hard time deciding whose scene really takes the cake, do not fear - we've also provided the critique from this round's judge, RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin, as well as comments from the author mentors who have been helping Maeve, Diana and Meredith through this process.
Voting for round five is open until February 27th. You can only vote once but you can comment on the entries as many times as you'd like.
YA author Melissa de la Cruz has just released her latest installment of her popular Blue Bloods series, Bloody Valentine. RT’s Kate Girard says, “This anthology is an excellent addition to a series that’s like Gossip Girl meets Twilight with a twist!” Today the author sits down to chat about what fans can expect from Bloody Valentine, her new adult series and what’s next for these fan-faves. And don’t miss your own chance to win Bloody Valentine at the end of the interview!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: The newest addition to your popular Blue Bloods series is the short story collection Bloody Valentine that looks at love and relationships in three short stories. What are you most excited about adding to your universe with these tales?
With our new column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!
MOVING TO PRINT
Paranormal - Popular self-published author H.P. Mallory has just signed a three-book deal with Bantam Dell. The author says this will continue her Jolie Wilkins series.
Young Adult - Ally Carter fans rejoice - we will soon be getting another Heist Society book as well as the next installment of the Gallagher Girls series.
Erotica - Harlequin Spice Briefs will be publishing another of Crystal Jordan's novellas about shape-shifters gathering during the Wild time to mate.
EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR
Mainstream Fiction - Historian Lois Leveen has penned The Winds Of Freedom based on the true story of ex-slave Mary Bowser who infiltrated the Confederate White House to spy for the North. Publication set for February 2012.
Get hot hot hot for Valentine's Day with the new erotica novella from Cindy Spencer Pape. On this day for romance, chocolate and big gestures, treat yourself — or someone you love — to this steamy new tale.
Valentine's Heart features strangers Val and Cora, who are reluctantly brought together by a dating service that neither of them signs up for. But their unlikely beginning doesn't slow down this pair that is indeed perfectly matched. Val and Cora create sparks when they do meet and they quickly head off to an exotic, erotic vacation full of sensual pleasures.
This novella is sure to get you in the mood for love. Readers will enjoy the kink-quotient which includes sexy toys and more!
For Valentine’s Day we are celebrating with three very special “first kiss” memories from Inspirational authors Vannetta Chapman, Camy Tang and Carrie Turansky. Read these three sweet stories and then share a first kiss that you remember fondly!
Vannetta Chapman, author of A Simple Amish Christmas, didn’t believe in love. Oh, it’d be nice to find a knight in shining armor ready to pluck her from her dreary, exhausted, single-parent living. But heroes didn’t exist. All the princes she knew turned salamander by the second date. Best she could hope for was a friendly dinner or two in between her monotonous Mondays. Then she met sweet, handsome Bob and knew he was perfect…for her sister. And she intended to tell him so, as soon as she got a chance.
But between his helping her hang her curtains, fixing her car and assisting in her cat’s birthing process; the timing never quite seemed right. What could she say? “Hey, thanks for helping with the kittens. Wanna date my sister?” And yet, it had to be done, before things got sticky.
Happy Valentine's Day! We hope everyone will enjoy the day - or at the very least some delicious chocolate. If you are one of the many people who are tired of doing the same old thing on your dates, we've got help for you. For a suggestion of how to celebrate this special day, we went to one of the most romantic guys we know, RT's Mr. Romance 2010, Jamie Ungaro. This Midwestern guy reveals his idea of a great date:
"My perfect date would be going out to a nice restaurant and having a good meal with my wife, go to the local park and walk around. Then go do a little bit of shopping so she's happy, LOL and go home and watch a movie together."
Doesn't that sound divine? It's a date that's low-key and full of romance, just like Mr. Romance 2010 himself. We can't wait to see Jamie again at this year's RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION in Los Angeles. Jamie will be on hand to pass the title on to this year's Mr. Romance on Saturday, April 9th.
This week we were sad to learn of the passing of long-time friend of RT, author Becky Lee Weyrich. She was beloved for her paranormal romances, such as 1986's Gypsy Moon and 1996's Sands of Destiny. Fellow author Sue-Ellen Welfonder says it best, "She'll be greatly missed by her family and friends and the readers who loved her amazing time travels and ghost romances." Our thoughts and prayers are with Becky Lee Weyrich's family and friends this week.
Mystery: This heroine stumbles upon a murder beneath her mom's house. Take A Peek Into The Tale >>
In the February Issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine we investigated the geometry of love triangles with the article "You, Me and Him". The RT editors shared which hero they are rooting for in several series that feature a heroine who is caught between a hunk and a dream boat. Now two of the Avon authors are getting into the team action with their paranormal series.
"Team Bones" celebrates Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress novels. The latest tale, This Side of the Grave, is a March RT Top Pick! It has Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith saying, "While this series follows the course of Cat’s evolution and destiny, what makes these books so unforgettable is the sizzling and complex relationship between Cat and Bones."
But maybe you are on "Team Kouga" and can't get enough of Pamela Palmer's Feral Warriors novels! This month sees the release of her new novel, Hunger Untamed. RT Reviewer Lauren Becker praises this series installment for its emotional depth. "Palmer skillfuly shows readers how it isn’t always easy to love your soul mate."
With heroes this hot (and heroines this cool) we won't blame you for being part of both camps!