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Christmas Comes Early With Sherryl Woods - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 | PERMALINK

Romance readers know it’s the start of the holiday season when the weather turns crisp and the Christmas-themed love stories start appearing in bookstores. This year, contemporary romance maven Sherryl Woods is at the top of our TBR list with A Chesapeake Shores Christmas. In this exclusive interview we talk to the author about some of her favorite holiday memories and why she decided to return to her Chesapeake series. And don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post!

RT: What is your favorite part of getting ready for the winter holidays?


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Harlan Coben Plays Dead

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Harlan Coben’s debut novel, Play Dead, has been out of print for over 15 years, but tomorrow it is being re-released! Get the author's take on his first novel and find out what's in store for readers in his next novel, Live Wire.

RT: You originally wrote Play Dead over 20 years ago. What do you remember about crafting this novel? Any standout moments?

Harlan Coben: Writing a novel is a bit like having a baby – you block the pain so you can do it again. Like several of my later books, including Tell No One, my goal here was to write the ultimate love story and then blend in stay-up-all-night suspense. You can decide if it worked or not.

RT: How do you feel it stood the test of time? What part of the book are you most proud of? In hindsight is there anything about Play Dead you look back on and want to change?


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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The Smart Chicks Kick It Tour In Naperville

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Carrie Ryan shares insider details from the Napperville, IL stop on the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. Check out all the action as Ryan reports on the latest news from her fellow authors, some of their best trivia answers and other highlights of the event.

When I got an email from Melissa Marr about the Smart Chicks Kick it Tour, I was a little star struck at the list of authors included. These are authors whose books are on my best bookcase, who I’ve looked up and I had a pretty fangirl moment of excitement that I’d now have the chance to meet and hang out with them. And let me tell you -- these are some Smart Chicks who are pretty awesome! 

Authors Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong posing with a fan


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Kate Elliott's Alternate Earth

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT loves Kate Elliott's newest release, Cold Magic. This unusual science fiction read has RT Senior Reviewer Natalie Luhrs raving,"Of all the alternate history fantasies published in the last few years, this one may just be this reviewer's favorite." Now hear from Elliott about why she wrote an alternate history novel and what makes her story so different.

You may wonder why I wrote an alternate history fantasy when I don’t really read alternate history very much. I wondered, too.

When I think of the phrase “alternate history” I tend to think of novels about “what if,” usually on the theme “what if the Nazis had won World War II” or “what if the South had won the Civil War.” These are not stories that I’m particularly interested in reading. They tend to focus on a pivotal point in history when, say, a battle was lost instead of won or some future Great Man looked the wrong way when crossing the street and got hit by a car, and then the story unfolds from there to see how history would have been different. 


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WEEKLY WEB WRAP UP 9/24/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 | PERMALINK

Spend your whole week selecting your Made To Order Family?

Here's what you missed on the RT website.


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Reports from Authors After Dark 2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 | PERMALINK

As the editors at RT, we spend most of our time at our desks, typing away and answering phones. So when a conference asks us to come hang out — we're there. We love getting out, seeing readers and authors and getting the scoop so that we can report back to you! And that's why we were more than delighted to head to the Authors After Dark conference, hosted by Jacquelyn Frank, and held in Secaucus, New Jersey last week. 

Savvy readers, who knew the answers to Jacquelyn Frank's tough trivia questions, won books.

There were lots of giveaways!


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Caroline Linden's Lady Spy Tells Her Story

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Caroline Linden's latest heroine, Angelique Martand, was born a French heiress so how did she become an English spy? Now, in her own words, Angelique shares her story. And after this special message, don't miss the excerpt from Linden's You Only Love Once.

I never meant to be a spy.

It is, after all, a brutal and disreputable profession for a woman, and it would horrify my parents to know what I have become. They did everything in their power to have me smuggled out of France as an infant, just days before they lost their heads to the guillotine in the dark days of the Terror. I do not remember either of them, but I have never forgotten that they were killed for no reason other than the demands of an angry mob. If they would not be proud of me, I hope nonetheless that they would understand why I chose this path.


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Mary Robinette Kowal's Favorite Scene From Shades of Milk and Honey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | PERMALINK

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey, was awarded RT’s fifth Seal of Excellence. From Kowal’s realistic Regency England -- with the subtle addition of magic -- to her pitch-perfect Jane Austen-esq voice, the author’s dedication to world building shines through the story. Now Kowal shares her favorite scene from the novel.

To set up this scene a bit, Mr. Vincent, a professional glamourist, and Jane have met on three other occasions prior to this scene and have not gotten along. In the preceding chapter, they have been pressed to create a tableaux vivant as a way of entertaining the various guests at a strawberry picking party.

In the Regency there were various parlour games to provide amusement to a fairly board aristocracy. One of them involved dressing up in costume and standing in a tableaux which the other guests could admire as a sort of living painting. One did not act or speak, just posed. I took that idea and adapted it for glamour.


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Scooped! Featuring Genre Trends

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | PERMALINK

For my weekly column Scooped!, I scour the Internet, contact authors and pick my fellow RT editor's brains to make sure no reader question goes unanswered. This week, I did something a bit different. One reader's question really stood out, so I am using the entire column today to answer K. from Kentucky. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.

Question: My favorite book genres are paranormal, mystery and historical romances. What themes are you seeing in these types of books? - K


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"Zombies Vs. Unicorns"-Themed Haikus

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | PERMALINK

Yesterday, when RT editors Stephanie and Elissa took a trip to CVS during lunch, they were assaulted (well, visually assaulted, anyway) by Halloween decorations, candy and costumes. It was, in a word, awesome. Because these ladies love Halloween. They also love unicorns and zombies, respectively, and our readers, who were so gracious as to play along in our Zombies vs. Unicorns haiku contest, which ran in the September issue of RT.

To get into the holiday spirit yourself, why not check out Zombies vs. Unicorns, the anthology edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, out this week from Simon Pulse? Our winners will be getting their own copies in the mail soon! 

Read on for the winning haikus (you guys are hilarious), and thanks to everyone who entered!

Shiny and white coat;
Beautiful and dangerous;
Why only virgins?
—  Sheree Tieh


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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