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Weekly Web Wrap Up 2/17/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

In celebration of Valentine's Day, we're hosting a weeklong giveaway where readers can win dozens of books that on our Recommended Reads pages. Additionally, four winners were chosen every day this week to win a $10 Samhain Publishing gift card! There's still time to enter the giveaway, so enter now!

Here's what else you may have missed on the RT website:

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HISTORICAL ROMANCEMeredith Duran spoils readers with a look at her next novel. Take a Taste >>

SERIES ROMANCE: Get a glimpse of this month's Harlequin Historical Romances. Go Back In Time >>

YOUNG ADULT: We look at an up and coming YA trend. Teens In Space >>


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Samhain To Take Out Jumbotron Ad In Times Square

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

You can soon see Samhain Publishing at the crossroad of the world — and by that we mean, the independent publishing company’s ad will soon be playing in Times Square. Nearly half a million people pass through the area every twenty-four hours. (We’d say each day, but as you know, New York is the city that never sleeps and Times Square is no exception, it’s a hopping area at any hour.) So the company knows that that’s a lot of eyes that will see this announcement about their e-books and print books.

The ad will soon be on the CBS Jumbotron display at Times Square in New York City. It is scheduled to start mid-February and is set to feature several books that were recently published by Samhain’s romance and horror imprints.

The publisher, which launched in 2005, has never undertaken any sort of jumbotron advertising before but we promise to bring you a shot of the ad in all of its Times Square Glory when it does go up! For now, you can view the ad below:

See The Ad Here >>


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Cover Chat: Laurell K. Hamilton's Upcoming Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Kiss The Dead

BY Kate Girard, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the grand dames of supernatural stories. Her long-running Anita Blake series has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers since Anita was first introduced in 1993’s Guilty Pleasures. With her series, Hamilton straddles the genre boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy and erotica, and her no-nonsense heroine — and Anita’s friends and partners — have made the heroine’s name one of the most recognizable in fiction today. And now, almost two decades later, she’s still going strong. Kiss the Dead, which releases on June 5th, will be Blake’s twenty-first adventure.

Here's an exclusive first look at the book's back cover blurb:

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…


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Trend Watch: Teens In Space

BY Elissa Petruzzi, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

Make no mistake, when I think of the latest out-of-this-world YA trend, I hear the phrase TEENS IN SPACE in my head, a la the Muppet's Pigs in Space sketch when Miss Piggy heads for the outer reaches of the universe (along with Dr. Strangepork). I surely can't be the only one. 

I think one of the best things about YA fiction today is that there are no boundaries. Authors have a great freedom to write almost any kind of book. The young adult fiction scene doesn't have the same strict parameters that authors often bemoan in other genres, like romance, where sometimes it's harder to get a publisher to take a chance on something new. In YA anything goes. In part I think this is because all the YA books are shelved in the same place in the bookstore, and online. So if you write a book that's a little off-the-wall, it doesn't get shelved or tagged somewhere random where readers might never happen upon it. 

Case and point: the latest trend I've noticed in YA: Teens in Sppppppace! (I can't stop.) 

We first happened upon some teens in space last January, with Beth Revis' most excellent Across the Universe trilogy starter. As cryogenically frozen Amy awakens upon a ship — instead of at the promised planet she and her parents were supposed to help populate — she uncovers a murder mystery with the help of Elder, who is beginning to suspect that their journey isn't exactly going as planned. 


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

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 this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. 

Historical Romance

Love is in the Heir by Kathryn Caskie

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Awakening by Karice Bolton

Get It For Free >>

         


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Video Interview: Catherine McKenzie on Spin

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Catherine McKenzie has just made her US-debut with the mainstream novel Spin. When the tale's journalist heroine is forced to check into rehab, posing as a patient in order to get the scoop on a hot celebrity who has also just checked in, she may learn some valuable lessons about life, friendship and the distance she's willing to go to get a story. "If Bridget Jones’s Diary and High Fidelity had a literary baby, the result would be Spin." Says RT's Mandy. Now the author takes us behind the scenes of the story, in this video interview with RT's Morgan.


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Inside The Issue: April 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

The April issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon, and here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading ...

Elisabeth Naughton shares a look at the myths and legends of her Eternal Guardians series, J.R. Ward talks about her 10th Black Dagger Brotherhood book and we remember Penny Jordan with a tribute from her friends and colleagues. Aspiring authors get some advice from Lori Foster, and we investigate how some authors are successfully straddling traditional and self-publishing. In Teen Scene, we introduce you to a Medieval assassin nun (that's right!). And, then, take a look at some of the authors who will be at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention!

There's all this and more between the pages of the April 2012 issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS. You can also SUBSCRIBE NOW and get access to RT's Bonus Content coming next week. Until then, here's a sneak peek at the April issue's Table of Contents!


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Cover Trend: Hair Styles Times Of Crisis

BY Morgan Doremus, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

If I were fighting for the fate of human kind, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to make it to the hair salon as frequently as these Urban Fantasy heroines must for the elaborate dos they sport on the covers of several recent and upcoming releases. Most of these colors aren’t found in nature, and I don’t know about you but I have enough problems keeping my mane under control on a daily basis, so I’m pretty sure that if I learned I was humanity’s last hope, I would be giving myself some sort of bob or pixie and calling it a day!


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Meet Shannon K. Butcher's Newest Alpha Hero

BY Dawn Crowne, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

Alpha men may make some of the best romance heroes, but let’s face it, these characters can be jerks. A lot of the time, alphas heroes are written as dominate, overbearing and bossy. Sure their protectiveness and bad boy qualities are great in the fantasy world of a book, but in real life this kind of attention could drive a girl nuts.

However, in the new paranormal e-novella, “Bound By Vengeance” by Shannon K. Butcher, the author’s alpha hero is pitch perfect. Liam Lann is a true warrior, a Sentinel who has been fighting for hundreds of years against the Synestryn. But Liam’s time is almost up. He can no longer contain the magic that courses through his body, which makes him dangerous. Without a mate, Sentinels eventually become so ravaged by pain of their magic that they seek their own death.


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RT Stops By Lady Jane's Salon

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

No group deserves the title “romance community” more than those who frequent Lady Jane’s Salon, NYC’s only romance reading series. For the past three years, Lady Jane’s founders Maya Rodale, Hope Tarr, Leanna Renee Hieber and Ron Hogan have welcomed romance authors and readers for a monthly get together to celebrate the genre. And while visitors may see new faces in the crowd, or may be a new face themselves, everyone is surrounded by friends, connected through of the shared love of romance. There is never a lack of conversation, never an awkward moment, because there is always something to talk about — books!

Last Monday’s anniversary event was kicked off by historical romance author Lauren Willig. Lauren is no stranger to Lady Jane’s; in fact the salon’s audience has heard the award-winning author read from several different books in her Pink Carnation series. This time the audience was wowed as Lauren launched into an excerpt from her brand new release The Garden Intrigue.


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