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Daily Goals of Bestselling Authors Revealed - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

It’s okay, you can admit that writing is hard, especially when you see authors are churning out book after book, when you’ve barely written a chapter. Have no fear, because everybody has their own way of doing things! Bestselling authors Leigh Evans, Angie Fox, Charlaine Harris, Darynda Jones, Suzanne McLeod and Chloe Neill shared their creative processes with RT Convention attendees and shared that speed isn’t the be and end all.

The panelists!

The authors all agreed that what’s on the page is more important than the amount of words — it's quality over quantity, folks!

“I can figure out how many days it would take [to write a book], but it never works out,” Charlaine Harris told us, and she wrote the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, so she knows.

Moderator Leigh Evans added, “Just write the story. Don’t try and create the world [first].”


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Very Short Reviews Of Difficult Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 21, 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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In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

I’ve read only two volumes (for the time being) of these wonderful books full of perfect descriptions, deep analysis of every emotional shade and mines of aphorisms. But I’ve got to admit, the main characters are so irksome that the text begins to bore me a little.

Plot: Proust remembers things.
Rating: 100 out of 100

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter


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Teen Day Extravaganza - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Teen Day is one of the most highly anticipated events at the RT Convention and this year's YA extravaganza was no exception! With a host of exciting events like Author Speed Reading, Stump the Author and, of course, the megafun Teen Day Party, we had tons of fun from morning til night! The day began with the Giant Book Fair, which featured YA Alley — basically a YA booklover's dream. Authors like Kelley Armstrong, Kiera Cass and Gayle Forman signed book after book and met with their most devoted fans. This year, we added New Adult Lane, which bridged the YA and adult sections of the book fair.

Following the book fair, YA authors took off for their various panels. This year, we hosted Author Speed Reading, where authors read short excerpts from their books. There were even official time keepers to ensure they didn't go over the time limit! There was also the Interactive YA Writing Panel, where authors shared their writing processes and divulged their secret writing tips! The Stump the Author event was also a fun event where audience members tried to stump the panel of authors with questions about their own books.


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You Know You Wanna Know: Menage in the Real World - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Sure, it's fun to read about menages, those supersexy, polyamorous relationships that can make pages smoke. But in real life? We're pretty sure our partners might wither at the thought of having to deal with more than one of us. But as there are many different kinds of marriages, so too do polyamorous relationships happen in real life! At the RT Convention last week in NOLA, Reggie and Kasi Alexander, who also write as Cassidy Browning, brought along their partners Treena Wiles and Eva Alexander for a frank discussion of this loving lifestyle! Here are a few of the highlights. 

Reggie and Kasi Alexander (aka writing duo Cassidy Browning) at the RT book fair


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Siren in the City: A Dangerous Creatures New York Style Guide

BY Tricia Carr, MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Today authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are giving pompous Siren Ridley Duchannes, from the awesome YA series Beautiful Creatures, her own spinoff series with co-star Link, her on-again-off-again hybrid Incubus boyfriend. Ridley may not play well with others, but she knows fashion, and she takes dressing provocatively to a whole new level. We’d expect nothing less from the Caster who drops every man’s jaw in Gatlin, S.C. 


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You're the Yin to My Yang: Critique Partner Success

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Writing can be a lonely slog sometimes, sitting at your laptop, writing, editing, proofing, submitting. Which is why critique partners are so great. Company, support, encouragement … and in the case of Mary Billiter and Dana Volney, publishing contracts! Mary and Dana are quite the success story: last summer they read and edited and each other’s work — and then they both got contracts by fall’s end! We love a happy ending, and had to know more.


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On the Shelves: 5/20/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

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


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Thrills and Chills with Lee Child and Charlaine Harris - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Throw Sookie Stackhouse and Jack Reacher into a room together for an hour, who do you think would come out alive? Well at the RT Convention we got to spend an hour with Lee Child and Charlaine Harris and it was magical — and no blood was shed! The masters of suspense and paranormal talked about how they got their start, how they react to negative reader feedback and charmed the entire room. We laughed, we learned. Some of the highlights: 

Lee Child and Charlaine Harris

The conversation started on a humorous (or incredibly dark, depending on who you are) note with both authors being asked how they would cover up the perfect murder. Lee started by saying, "It's all about no evidence, you can't leave any evidence behind." He used the example of sinking a body in the middle of a deep lake as a crime that wouldn't leave a trace. Charlaine brought up a great point, reminding us that "you'd have to kill someone you have no connection to" so that you wouldn't be a suspect.


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Friday Fiestas: Avon's Krewe and Heather Graham's Mardi Gras Mayhem

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ready for another party post, full of epic costumes and food porn? Then we, as always, are here for you. You'd think by Friday we might be slowing down the pace here in New Orleans at the RT Convention, but you would be mistaken! (Thank goodness for caffeine.) Friday's fiestas including the always awesome Avon party, where attendees mingled with their favorite Avon authors, nibbled on snacks — and scored tons of free books. Then it was time for Heather Graham's always epic dinner theater and costume competition. For a true understanding of the awesomeness, eyeball these pictures we snapped! 

 

With free books, drinks and sweets, the Avon/HarperCollins reader party was a hit!

 

Heather Graham made quite the entrance arriving to her party on a float!

 

It's not a Heather Graham party without singing, skits and shenanigans.

 


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Weekly Web Wrap-Up: 5/16/14

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week being Swept Away by the Tycoon

Here's what you missed on the RT site — and at our convention in New Orleans!

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YOUNG ADULT: In New Orleans, Veronica Roth and Melissa Marr talked Divergent. It Was Awesome>> 

PARANORMAL: Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews and more talked shop. Read All About It >> 


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