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Dorchester Publishing Opts For E-Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

Dorchester Publishing, a staple in the romance genre and the house that launched the careers of authors such as Christine Feehan, Marjorie M. Liu and C.L. Wilson, is moving into the digital sphere with all future titles to be exclusively released as e-books, starting with their September releases. That means the books will no longer be printed in paperback and will not be available in local stores.

"These are like pioneer times in publishing. We felt like we needed to take some chances and make a bold move," Dorchester President John Prebich told Publisher's Weekly. In keeping with that sentiment, the company announced today that it will no longer be publishing mass-market novels, and although it will continue to offer print copies for its book club business, they will now use a print-on-demand service for select titles.

According the PW report, Prebich cited falling retail sales as the primary concern for Dorchester. In 2009, print book sales were down by 25% with even greater losses this year. However, at the same time their e-book business has shown "remarkable growth" according to the article.


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Alexandra Hawkins And The Unexpected Inspiration For Her Latest Heroine

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

Alexandra Hawkins shares how a family emergency inspired her newest historical heroine and what it is that makes Lady Sophia Northam so attractive to the Earl of Rainecourt.

In my new book, Till Dawn With the Devil, readers will be introduced to Lady Sophia Northam, a visually impaired woman who refuses spend the rest of her life as a coddled invalid, much to the chagrin of her wastrel brothers.

When Gabriel “Reign” Housely, the fifth Earl of Rainecourt first encounters Lady Sophia at a ball, he quietly asks her to describe what she sees. Her reply:

“Think of a bottle filled with oil, water, and warm pitch that shifts and churns as I go about my day,” she said, her eyelids narrowing as she concentrated on the light. “The pitch is black and impenetrable, the oil distorts and blurs, while the water is what anchors me and permits a certain amount of independence.”


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The World According To Cassandra Chan's Phillip and Jack

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Cassandra Chan offers readers an exclusive look at her procedural mystery, A Spider On The Stairs, when she lets her heroes, Phillip Bethancourt and Jack Gibbons do the talking. 

Phillip Bethancourt lounged comfortably on the sofa in the living room of his Chelsea flat. “She’s writing about us again, you know,” he said.

His friend, Detective Sergeant Jack Gibbons, raised an eyebrow.

“We did just solve a case,” he pointed out. “She always writes about us when that happens. I don’t think,” he added, “she can help herself.”

But Bethancourt shook his head. He sipped at his scotch and then said, “No, this is different.”

“Oh Lord,” said Gibbons. “She’s not obsessed with our sex lives or something, is she?”

“If she is, you needn’t worry,” retorted Bethancourt. “I’m the only one of us with a sex life, but I haven’t been unfaithful to Marla lately, so I don’t think it’s that.”

Gibbons looked startled. “Lately?” he demanded. “You don’t do that on a regular basis, do you? I thought it was just that once…”

“No, I do not regularly cheat on my girlfriend,” said Bethancourt indignantly. “What a question to ask a man.”


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Seth Grahame-Smith To Join The Dark Shadows Team

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2010 | PERMALINK

Mash-up author Seth Grahame-Smith has just signed on to one of the most exciting paranormal movie projects in Hollywood, the big screen adaptation of the television show Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows was originally a daytime drama that ran on ABC during the late 60s. But while there have been many soap operas over the years, this was the first with a supernatural focus. Dark Shadows spawned a legacy of fans hungry for vampire heroes. And as many people noted about the mass popularity of the Twilight saga, Dark Shadows did it first.

The film adaptation has been in the works for several years, but recently got an update when movie juggernauts Tim Burton and Johnny Depp became attached to the project. Burton and Depp have worked together in such films as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, Edward Scissorhands and the 2005 re-make of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. So fans can expect the big screen version of Dark Shadows to share a similar the tone as some of the artists’ other collaborations.


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Jeaniene Frost Wows The Crowd At Her Third Stop On Tour

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2010 | PERMALINK

Paranormal author Jeaniene Frost shares updates from her third day of touring the South by train. Hear all about last night's signing and find out where you can catch this author tonight!

Jeaniene Frost was thrilled by the crowd waiting for her last night at the Borders bookstore on Six Fords Road in Raleigh, NC. It was a full house at the signing, which included many of her friends from online. The signing was a three-part program. First Frost did a reading from her novella in the anthology Death’s Excellent Vacation, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. Afterwards, Frost also hosted a Q&A session about Night Huntress novels and the world they are set in. 


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Kage Baker Remembered

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 04, 2010 | PERMALINK

In honor of Kage Baker's posthumous release, The Bird Of The River, the author is remembered through the eyes of her younger sister, Kathleen Bartholomew.

The lovely RT Web Editor, Morgan Doremus, asked me if I would be interested in recounting some remembrances of Kage Baker's early writing career, and her evolution as a writer. I was stumped at first - an outside view of a writer's internal process is never as enlightening as what the writer says herself; probably, her stories are the best story of all. But I was there through all of it. It took most of Kage's life to become what she was, and since she was a year older than me, it took all of mine, too.

My sister, Kage Baker, was a natural storyteller from her childhood. Our games were all orchestrated with plots from the books she loved best. She told us younger kids stories constantly and with great authority - I remember her sitting on a wet lawn one summer morning around age 8, captivating her audience with descriptions of the worlds revolving in all the drops of dew around us.


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Video Interview: Simone Elkeles

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 04, 2010 | PERMALINK
Author Simone Elkeles is interviewed by RT's Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi. The author, who just won a RITA award for Best Young Adult Romance at the 2010 RWA conference, is accompanied by the hunky hero from the book trailer for Rules Of Attraction. Elkeles chats about what fans can expect from her next novel and shares a line of the rap music she's become known for.

Simone Elkeles On Her Next Project >>

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It's Day Two On The Road For Jeaniene Frost

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 04, 2010 | PERMALINK

It’s Jeaniene Frost’s second day of her book tour by train. She brings us an update from her stop in Charleston, S.C. and lets readers know where they can find her next!

Yesterday I was at the Waldenbooks at Charleston, S.C. It was such a neat area, with horse and buggy tour rides going up and down the streets, tons of shops, and enough pamphlets for ghost tours of reportedly haunted locales that it was all I could do not to take a late one after the signing. But, I knew I had an early train to catch, so I was a Good Little Author and went back to my hotel room instead of prowling the Charleston streets in an evening tour group.


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Robin Wells Reflects On The Many Vices Of Writers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 04, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Robin Wells stops by the RT site to share with readers what exactly goes into writing a romance novel.

I crunched the numbers on my new book Still the One (I love that phrase, “crunched the numbers;” it satisfies my inner nerd and sounds like I ate math equations for breakfast) and here’s what it took to write it:  

 


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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 8/3/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 03, 2010 | PERMALINK

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

Historical Romance

  Ruthless by Anne Stuart

"Intelligent characters swirl around a beautifully rendered, complex plot."
    Till Dawn With the Devil by Alexandra Hawkins

"Filled with mystery and desire, Gothic overtones and grand passions, here is a tale Victoria Holt would have loved to have written."
             

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