It is time for round three of the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaway, your chance to win a tote bag full of seven new and upcoming paranormal YA novels. The winner of this week's giveaway will receive the newest novels from Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, Kim Harrison and four new talents in the genre: Veronica Roth, Amy Plum, Josephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.
We are really enjoying the new trend of controversial historical figures being featured on TV, such as Showtime's The Tudors and The Borgias. But we aren't just seeing this on screen, writers have also been delving into the lives of the rich and privileged. This month author Sarah Bower caught our attention with her latest historical fiction which was rated an RT Top Pick. Today we interview the author about her novel, Sins of the House of Borgia. And make sure to enter our giveaway to win Bower's book at the end of the interview!
Sins of the House of Borgia follows La Violante, who begins her life as Esther, a Jewish girl who becomes entangled in the Borgia court politics at her father’s insistence. Which of Esther’s character traits does her the most good in her new life, and which ends up being the most harmful?
This month in RT BOOK REVIEWS you can learn all about Regency romance author Grace Burrowes in the article “A Dream Come True.” Burrowes has just released her second Regency romance The Soldier, the sequel to her December 2010 debut, The Heir. And today you can win your own set of these two books by leaving a comment on the bottom of this blog about your favorite part of Regency life!
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Find out which May release the RT Editors have chosen to receive the thirteenth Seal of Excellence, our pick for the best book of the month. So which novel was awarded the RT Seal of Excellence and which eight other titles were contenders for the month of May?
Here's your hint: This series starter captured our attention with its unique paranormal world, gutsy heroine and extremely unusual hero.
Author Sandra Dallas is known for her beautiful tales of historical fiction. In Dallas' latest novel, this month's The Bride's House, she follows the story of three generations of woman who live and love in their family home in Georgetown, Colorado between the 1880s and modern times. Get an insider look at these three determined women as the author chats about what makes her historical heroines so special in this guest blog post.
There is this temptation among some writers of historical fiction to dress today’s women in long skirts and call them authentic. Although their book may be set in the mid-19th century, their characters are lawyers and doctors and newspaper owners. The women confront men, defend minorities, work to save the environment, and in general, are terrific role models. Only they’re not very accurate. It’s what I call the Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman Syndrome.
I believe that characters have to be products of their own times, or at least, those in my books do. My characters are shaped by their circumstances.
Thriller author Andrew Peterson is no stranger to dangerous and daring escapades. But how does this author come up with these scenes of mayhem? This daredevil author combines his own experiences of target shooting, scuba diving and helicopter flying, with a little bit imagination. But when he's in doubt he turns to trusted sources, such as government agents, for more information. Today the author describes his experiences meeting ATF agents at the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention and what he has scheduled for next year.
Four commitment-shy doctors take the plunge when the right woman is able to help them heal their emotional wounds in these May tales from the Harlequin Medical Romance imprint.
In Alison Roberts' The Unsung Hero Doctor Rick Wilson learns that he not only has a son named Josh, but also the little boy is dying of leukemia. While at Josh's bedside, Rick falls in love with Josh's guardian and must convince her that his bad boy days are behind him. RT's Dawn Crowne says of the couple in this 4 star read, "
Today we chat with Roxanne St. Claire about her new romantic suspense series, The Guardian Angelinos. Get an up front seat to all of the action and chemistry that surges beneath these stories and find out what you can expect next from this fabulous writer!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: Your newest series, The Guardian Angelinos, debuted with last year's Edge of Sight and continues this spring with Shiver of Fear and Face of Danger. If you had to sum up each story in one 140-character tweet, what would they be?
What is it about a really good cozy mystery series that brings readers back book after book? My thought is that it has to be the great amateur sleuths who take on the crimes around them and don’t stop until they get the bad guy. But it can be hard to keep a series fresh several stories into it. So what is an author to do? Send their sleuth on a trip, of course. Just in time for toting your book to the beach, or somewhere air conditioned, here is a guide to a few cozies series that feature amateur detectives solving crime not-so-close to home.
After being cursed by a customer, L.A. salesgirl (and purse-aholic) Haley Randolph absolutely needs an escape. So she is off to Las Vegas. But when her rival shows up dead, Haley is the prime suspect and must work her stilettos off to find the real killer.
Morgan: OK, I know everyone has been talking about the Hunger Games series forever, but more than any other book I remember reading, Divergent really has themes and characters that remind me of a Suzanne Collins book.
Whitney: You know, while I think it will appeal to some of the same readers who enjoyed the Hunger Games series, I definitely didn’t read Divergent thinking “This is the Hunger Games, revisited.”