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Fanning the Spark: Debut Inspirational Author Emily T. Wierenga on Marriage and Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Marriage is great, certainly, but it doesn't always resemble a romance novel. After years together, sometimes the spark dims as your time is taken over by kids, chores and work. (Don't get us started on the never ending trips to the grocery store.) But there's hope! Today we have debut inspirational novelist Emily T. Wierenga, who's here to ruminate on her marriage, when she first met her husband (college sweethearts!) how it all contributed to her romance, A Promise in Pieces.

The cover of A Promise in Pieces

He had one break dance move, and he used it that afternoon, in the townhouse packed with college students, him in the middle of the rough textile carpet, dancing.

I had a soda in my hand and the air smelled of musk and potato chips. It was the first time I’d seen him—the long-legged, muscular farm boy with the shy smile and the large hazel eyes. We spent the rest of the night in the kitchen, him sitting on the counter and me standing close enough to see the freckle on his right cheek. And he told me about life growing up in a Dutch hamlet.

I didn’t know then that one day we’d make a life in that hamlet, too, with two little boys and a large triangular garden, all I knew was that his one break-dance move had made this preacher’s daughter feel sinful.


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Mystery/Thriller Genre Tracks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

The 2014 RT Convention logo

Everybody enjoys a good thrill now and then, a spine-chilling mystery to get their hearts racing and their minds obsessing over clues. At this year’s RT Convention, some of today’s hottest voices from the mystery and thriller world will gather for exciting panels, lively conversations and valuable insights into today’s market. Let’s take a look, shall we?

First up, we have “The Violence Factor: Why Are So Many People Fascinated With Violence?” thriller panel on Wednesday, May 14. Join authors Tess Gerritsen, Anderson Harp, David Morrell, L.J. Sellers and F. Paul Wilson as they discuss violence in thrillers and how it can drive a story. They’ll also discuss where the line should be drawn, and what makes violence so fascinating.


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Gena Showalter’s Favorite Dark Paranormal Heroes - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Paranormal romance heroes are all sorts of special. They brood with a capital B, often have superhuman strength and, somehow, because of their magical supernatural-ness, are infinitely more attractive than any measly ol' man. Plus, they're ferociously loyal and will defend their women 'til death. We caught up with Gena Showalter, who has written a delicious paranormal hero or 50, and asked her which paranormal heroes make her swoon. And don't forget to scroll down, because we've got an opportunity for U.S. readers to win a signed, personalized copy of Showalter's next Angels of the Dark book, Burning Dawn.

The cover of Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter

Over the years, I’ve collected a delicious stable of book boyfriends. I love the dark and tortured best. There’s something so shiver-worthy about a pitiless warrior finally ceding control of his heart to that one special woman.

In my mind, that woman is always me. Probably why I’m so possessive of my males.

Here are some of my favorites:


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Very Short Reviews Of Difficult Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

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.

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Tao Te Ching by Laozi

The Tao (道, literally the Way or the Path ) is actually a road that leads nowhere, because you are already there and you just have to notice. One of the wisest religions, with the best logo ever.

Plot: "The name that can be defined is not the unchanging name."

Rating: 99.9 out of 100

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

I read Hesse's novels when I was young and never really liked them. Hesse simplifies depth: that’s the reason why you read him, why he never satisfies you and why his greatest simplification (Siddhartha) is his most famous work.


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Laila Blake On How Writers Can Move Away From Sexually Objectifying Women In Fiction

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

What we consume in popular culture can affect how we see the world and each other. Even our beloved romance novels can change how we look at other people, and ourselves. Today Laila Blake is with us to talk about how fiction writers can avoid sexually objectifying women in their stories.

Growing up in Germany, there was one magazine every teenager read, whether they admitted to it or not.

On the surface, it was pretty much what you'd expect: news about celebrities, new CD releases or movies, a centerfold of the latest boy band. But there was one column that gave the whole magazine an air of exciting taboo. Every week, it would show a teenage boy and a teenage girl, each on one page by themselves, naked except for the little remote in their hand, posed in front of a neutral background.

One week, they would be tall and skinny, the next there would be someone chubby, or someone with freckles all over their chest, someone with small breasts and someone with larger ones. They varied in race, stature and personal style.

The cover of After Life Lessons by Laila Blake and L.C. Spoering


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Cover Trend: Hair-y YA Heroines

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did your grandmother always tell you to "get your hair out of your face"? Well these YA heroines, starring on recent covers, are obviously not listening to their grams! Someone get these ladies (and one gentleman) a barrette! Check out the latest cover trend in YA we've spotted: Heroines with outta control hair.


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Same Book, Different Reaction: Eleanor Moran Talks Rebecca

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

We love re-reading our favorite books as much as the next bookworm. But there's no denying that a book can lose its charm over time and when we return to it years later, our interpretations of the text can be skewed thanks to our life experiences. Don't even talk to us about watching Reality Bites once you're past your angsty twenties. Eleanor Moran, author of The Last Time I Saw You, knows this sad phenomenon to be true. Today, she talks about one of her favorite classics, Rebecca, and how her initial impressions of the book have shifted over the years. Take it away, Eleanor!

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again ...

The cover of The Last TIme I Saw You

I cannot think of a single opening line that is more memorable and evocative than those first few words from Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. I was fourteen when I first read it — longing for first love, and far too spotty and geeky to find it (a typical writer in waiting, really). Also, perhaps most crucially, I’d grown up with a very distant father whom I adored, though I only saw him intermittently. To me, the imperious and unknowable Maxim de Winter seemed like the perfect romantic hero.


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On the Shelves: 4/22/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.

Historical Romance

OTHERWISE ENGAGED

"Whether writing as Amanda Quick or Jayne Ann Krentz, this is one author who always delivers novels that draw readers into the story, and Otherwise Engaged is no different..."


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The Ultimate Convention Survival Guide For Bloggers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

2014 RT Convention logo

Are you as excited as we are about RT 2014 in NOLA? Because we are really, really excited. And we want you to make the most of your time with us, so today we've got book blogger and reviewer Jennifer Morris from Books Make Me Happy with some great tips on how bloggers can maximize their RT time. These tips are not only great for RT, but for any book-related conference bloggers may find themselves at.

Take it away, Jennifer!

Getting ready for literary convention season can be a three ring circus of Barnum & Bailey proportions. Juggling day jobs, family obligations and deadlines is a tough act for authors, especially, but bloggers and other fans, as well. I'm usually pretty good at putting together a plan and making lists, but things inevitably get forgotten. I usually go to conventions in full-on fangirl mode, but as a first-time RT Convention attendee, I'm hoping to do a bit more networking for my blog. Which brings me to the following list of “blogger survival tips” for RT14.


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A Suspenseful Journey - Danger And Intrigue In April's Inspirational Fiction

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

In the mood for some high stakes danger, but with a message? In this month’s Inspirational Overview, we take a look at four noteworthy books that have a bit of suspense thrown in for good measure. These are perfect for readers looking for a little danger and intrigue mixed in with inspirational goodness. Take a look:

Nancy Mehl starts off our overview with Gathering Shadows. In this romantic suspense read, TV reporter Wynter Evans is desperately looking for a major story to cover to not only please her boss, but also keep her job safe. When she stumbles across a photo of a boy who resembles her brother, who disappeared nine years ago, she sets out to uncover the truth. She winds up in the town of Sanctuary, where she befriends the Mayor, who warns her of the secretive nature of Sanctuary’s residents. Will Wynter be able to find the answers she seeks?


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