Known for her unrivaled knack for writing dark, edgy and surprising novels, bestselling author Ann Aguirre returns to the YA scene with Mortal Danger, the first in her new Immortal Game series. And today we have an exclusive first look at the cover! But before we take a peek, let's see what Mortal Danger is all about:
Kim Harrison’s 12th Hollows novel featuring witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan is out this week, and if you think The Undead Pool is full of dangerous waters, you don’t know the half of it — because this book sees Rachel and elven leader Trent Kalamack jumping into the deep end of romance!
So many self-published titles are released each and every day, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time — and your cash? As always, your RT Web Team is here for you, to help make sense of it all. We've scoured several online book retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and more, as well as bestseller lists, to put together the bestselling fiction titles of the month that caught our eye. Get your TBR list ready!
The Private Club: Three Days by JS Cooper and Helen Cooper
Genre: Contemporary Short Story
Release date: February 2014
The story: You may recognize JS and Helen from last month’s self-pub bestseller list, for their über-popular Ex Games series. The Private Club is a three-part erotic serial, a spin-off of sorts, starring Meg, an unemployed lawyer looking for work. She meets the ubiquitous hero of this genre, the ‘handsome and elusive’ Greyson at her interview at The Club. Thinking she’s applying for a bartending job, Meg learns she’s in for so much more. As her connection with Greyson grows, as do her questions about the true nature of the club. At a short 67 pages, don’t expect to get too many answers, but never fear, those savvy Coopers have already released the second entry, The Private Club: Two Days.
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 this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.
There's nothing like a cover reveal to brighten up a Wednesday! Today we bring you the cover of Night's Honor, Thea Harrison's next Elder Races novel, releasing in September. It's no secret we're a big fan of Harrison's Elder Races series, which had featured some truly interesting shapeshifters and smoking hot romance. Her upcoming tale focuses on the Nightkind region of the Elder Races, which means vampire romance fans will be in for a treat!
Cora Carmack burst onto the New Adult scene with her sexy, angsty Losing It. After several books in that universe, she's heading back to college with May's All Lined Up, the first in her Rusk University series. It's the story of football-hating Dallas, who's at college with her football star ex and coach dad, and Carson, who's trying to get off the second string. Will these opposites attract, especially once they find out who the other really is? We couldn't wait to find out, so we cajoled (begged?) and got an exclusive excerpt to tide us over until May! Happy reading!
Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide of some sort to help us through the precious 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.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The world's epic spirit can be found anywhere: Melville illustrates this by making whaling into a mythical saga. You'll be tempted to skip the explanatory bits on how to grease a harpoon, but then you'd risk missing out on some allegory, so you have to read the whole thing.
Plot: A crippled captain wants revenge, he fails and (almost) everyone dies.
Rating: 99 out of 100.
The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
Alright, RT Convention attendees, it’s time to kick your writing into gear and whip your manuscripts into shape because when we hit New Orleans in May we’ll be hosting the American “Idol” Writing Competition! The prize? One lucky writer will win a one-year contract/mentorship with two of the industry’s top literary agents. How’s that for a grand prize? Let’s take a look at the finer details, shall we? Ready, set, write!
What: American “Idol” Writing Competition
When: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:30 - 3:45 PM
Details: To enter the competition, writers must submit up to the first three chapters of their manuscript for review by April 15, 2014. Finalists will be chosen prior to the convention.
Aspiring and published writers of all genres are encouraged to enter, but the main categories are: Fiction (Romance, Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, New Adult, etc…), YA (all Young Adult and/or children’s literature) and Erotic Romance.
What’s your name again? Amnesia is a tried-and-true romance trope that can give heroes and heroines an awful lot to deal with. Vivian Arend’s latest, Baby, Be Mine, stars Katy and Gage, who give into their long-simmering passion before Gage leaves on a six-month work stint. Only when Gage returns, Katy’s been in a memory-impairing car accident and she doesn’t remember their night together — or where she got pregnant. Today Vivian’s with us to share her favorite amnesia plot lines, that she can remember, anyway.
There’s something about an amnesia plot that pleases me, partly because there are so many directions an author can take with the idea.
I remember one of the earliest books I read with this device was an Anne McCaffrey—in her Crystal Singer series, the more the characters worked gathering and cutting the valuable crystal, the more memories they lost. The emotional impact of that loss, with both positive and negative results, fascinated me. Could it possible to use something as traumatic as memory loss to improve your life?
Romance is such a great genre because there’s so much that can happen to our erstwhile hero and heroine on their way to that HEA. They could be caught in an epic clan battle. Or dealing with their newly discovered shapeshifting abilities. Or busy fighting fires. But which subgenre is best? Today friends Monica McCarty, whose historical RT Top Pick! The Raider, is out today, and Bella Andre, whose bestselling self-published contemporary series The Sullivans is being released in print — RT Top Pick! Come a Little Bit Closer is also out today — are here to do battle. May the best genre win! (We really love them all. Don’t make us pick!)