Earlier this summer, Random House re-started its iconic romances line Loveswept as a digital-only imprint, releasing e-book versions of previously published titles from the '80s and '90s. The publisher was proud to announce, “we haven’t changed a word of the original text or updated them in any way.” Good idea or bad idea? We wanted to know, so the web team each picked out a re-released book (priced right between $2.99 and $4.99) and got to reading. Here’s our Dish on what we thought about how well three Loveswept favorites stood the test of time. (Warning, there are spoilers ahead!)
Get a special look at The Goddess of Vengeance the newest novel about Lucky Santangelo, the long-time heroine of iconic author Jackie Collins. Discover how a story in the news inspired Lucky's newest adversary, Armand, what the title of this story means, and find out what all-new genres Lucky will be conquering next. There's all this and more when RT's Morgan Doremus chats with Jackie!
One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But 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 our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.
Love gives medical professionals the strength to overcome emotional challenges in this month's Harlequin Medical Romances. Readers will meet four couples who are stronger together than they ever could be apart — if only they can trust each other enough to take that leap of faith.
In the October issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS RT's Stephanie Klose profiled a few of our favorite new cozy mystery series. We adore these fun stories that feature small-town amateur sleuths, so we are keeping the fun going! Today we asked award-winning author Peggy Webb why she loves the subgenre and to get us up to speed on her series just before Elvis and the Tropical Double Trouble hits stores next month.
Who is your sleuth?
One of my sleuths is the basset hound Elvis, who thinks he's the King of Rock 'n' Roll reincarnated. I believe a sleuth with four legs instead of two definitely qualifies as different! He is also one of the two major narrators.
How does the music theme play into the stories?
In keeping with last week’s update about Morgan’s five most-anticipated upcoming film adaptations, we are back to let you know which of our favorite novels have been optioned for TV series and why you will love them:
Most Anticipated New Cast
Based on Craig Johnson’s the Walt Longmire Mystery series, A&E has ordered a 10-episode arc of Longmire, a contemporary crime thriller, to be aired next year. The TV show will follow the life of a widowed sheriff in rural Wyoming as he uses a good-old-boy attitude to hide his pain as he goes after the bad guys. The titular character will be played by Australian actor Robert Taylor, who is best known for his work in The Matrix as Agent Jones. But we are even more excited about the return of Katee Sackhoff (aka Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica) who will be playing Victoria Moretti, Longmire’s deputy.
Most Nostalgia-Inducing Series
Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the writing world. Today, Shiloh gives writers a lesson on blog tours.
Blog tours are an easy way to get the word out about your book. They can be time-consuming, but if you’re tight on funds and you need to push your latest release, a blog tour might work for you.
A blog tour doesn’t have to cost you any money, although if you want to throw a few contests in, it’s a good way to get readers interacting on the various blogs.
Not sure how to set up a blog tour?
Figure out what kind of bloggers you want to visit…and make sure it’s a match.
If you’re writing erotic romance, you may want to keep that in mind…and not contact a blogger who is most comfortable reviewing inspirational romances. And vice versa.
Bestselling author Carla Neggers is kicking off her new series with Saint's Gate. Get an insider's look at heroine Emma Stone, a nun turned FBI agent, and then discover how the author's family inspired the focus on art in this novel. There's all this and more when RT's Morgan Doremus interviews Carla Neggers — including how the next book in this series will be unlike anything the author has ever written!
As rumors start circulating that Amazon may soon host an e-book library function, I am positively giddy. This new un-named service would allow subscribers access to an e-library of books for a monthly fee.
Now skeptics are saying that companies have tried this before and no one has been able to conquer the book rental market the way that Netflix has done with the video market. And the detractors are pointing out that not too long ago Amazon launched their own instant video-streaming service, which has not yet surpassed the popularity of Netflix. However, I laugh in the face of their cynicism. The new Amazon e-library feature has the potential to be a real gamechanger.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.