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Weekly Web Wrap-Up: 8/1/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week Dating a Single Dad?

Here's what you missed on the RT site!

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Giveaway for audiobooks from the 90s! Enter Now >>

EROTICA: Read Elisa's extended review of Kissed By the Wave. Read It Here >>

SCIENCE FICTION: Love Lifetime's The Lottery? Try these books! Read Alikes >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: JR Ward and Nalini Singh announce new series! Get the Scoop >>


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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

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 our favorite Tweets. 


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Waiting for the Next Episode of The Lottery? Try These Read-Alikes!

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Two weeks ago, The Lottery premiered on Lifetime, captivating viewers like myself with its grim premise. In the show, the year is 2025 and women are no longer able to get pregnant and give birth. When a medical team succeeds in fertilizing 100 embryos, the government announces a lottery to select the surrogates. With intriguing characters who have secret agendas and plenty of suspense, The Lottery is off to a promising start. And if you’re like me and are already hooked and wanting more, here’s a list of books you should check out to make the wait for new episodes a bit more bearable.


The Jewel by Amy Ewing

What It’s About: Part dystopian, part fantasy tale, Ewing’s debut stars Violet, a teenage girl trained to become a surrogate for the royalty who can no longer get pregnant and who want perfect children with unique abilities. When Violet is sold to the Duchess of the Lake, her life takes a dark turn and she must fight to reclaim the freedom that was stolen from her.


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Throwback Thursday Giveaway: Romance Audiobooks Of The 1990s

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

We're in the process of moving our offices here at RT, which means we've been finding all sorts of classic gems that have accumulated on our shelves over the past few decades. Including these three audiobook cassettes from 1995:

3 Audiobooks - Viking by Fabio, Forever in My Heart by Jo Goodman and Almost Eden by Dorothy Garlock

Why yes, that is a cassette of Fabio's Viking, and no, there is nothing more 90s than that. Romance Alive Audio Books was an audiobook company at its pique in 1995, publishing romances on cassette like the ones above. Back in the day we would sell audiobooks out of the office, and the $1.00 price tag indicates these were marked down for quick sale. (Don't tell Fabio.) We unfortunately don't have a cassette player, otherwise we'd be blasting Viking right now.

For you romance relic collectors out there, we're giving away two audiobook cassette copies of Fabio's Viking. You can shelve it next to your collection of classic Harlequins. This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only and ends next Thursday, August 7. Good luck!

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Cover Reveal: Prophecy By Julie Anne Lindsey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Today we're pleased to reveal the cover of Julie Anne Lindsey's upcoming paranormal YA, Prophecy. The book kicks off her Calypso series and tells the story of a high school girl who gets caught up in the Norse apocalypse (as you do) thanks to her handsome new neighbor.

But before we get to the cover, the book's back cover blurb:

On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend—who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, Callie discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.

Ready for the cover? Check it out:


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

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.

Historical Romance

Wallflower Gone Wild

A Promise of More by Bronwen Evans

Buy It On Amazon For $0.99 >>

Buy It On B&N For $2.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

When We Met

When We Met by Susan Mallery

4.5 stars

Buy It On Amazon For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

The Luxe

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Buy It On Amazon For $1.99 >>

Buy It On B&N For $1.99 >>

         


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July Seal of Excellence

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. July 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to A.R. Torre's sexual thriller, The Girl in 6E.


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Cover Breakdown: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

YA authoress Liz Czukas is switching gears and donning a new name for her next literary venture. Writing as Ellie Cahill, she's diving into New Adult territory with her upcoming release, When Joss Met Matt, a refreshing and fun-sounding story that plays with the familiar theme of "friends with benefits". Admittedly, the wait for its February 24, 2015 release date is rather unbearable. Luckily, though, the cover was recently released and to get us even more excited, we're giving it our Cover Breakdown treatment. Here we go!

Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.


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Very Short Reviews Of Difficult Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 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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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Present and past are never divided: the protagonist of this fictional autobiography (a hermaphrodite) knows it well, and speaks a little about him/herself and a lot of those who came before. 

Plot: A woman is actually a man.

Rating: ●●●○○

Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler

Are we responsible for our dreams? Maybe not, but we are responsible of their interpretations. 

Plot: A couple dreams of betraying themselves. 

Rating: ●●●●○ 

Caligula by Albert Camus


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The Outlander NYC Premiere: Interviews With The Cast And What Fans Can Expect

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last night, RT’s Elisa and DJ were invited to a special pre-screening and panel discussion event for Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Diana was in attendance and was joined by the show’s producer, Ronald D. Moore, and the three lead actors Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies.

Prior to the screening, they took part in a mini-Red Carpet event, where they interviewed the stars. Watch the interviews below:

Afterwards, attendees, which included excited fans who bought tickets to the event and members of the press, were treated to an advance screening of the first episode of the show, which was very impressive.


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