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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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Spoiled: Meredith Duran On Her Upcoming Release At Your Pleasure

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Meredith Duran is one of the freshest new voices in historical romance. With several RT Top Pick! ratings and RT award nominations already under her belt, fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Duran's sixth book, At Your Pleasure, next month. Today the author shares with us some details about the revenge-seeking hero, Adrian, his hostage, heroine Lady Lenora, and how these two enemies become lovers.

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Adrian Ferrers is a man seeking revenge. What can you tell us about his situation? 

I was in a dramatic frame of mind when I began writing At Your Pleasure. I wanted to tell the story of a truly epic love — and a star-crossed couple who, in the world’s eyes, absolutely could not be together. My aim was to capture that dreadful, wonderful, intoxicating feeling that comes of yearning desperately for someone whom you know in your bones you were meant for — but who is destined to never be yours. As a result, Nora and Adrian’s story is dark, intense, and (I think) the most romantic book I’ve written.


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Paranormal Fiction - Dracula fans delight, Linda Mercury is embarking on a new series which will feature a female Dracula that has a bi-sexual fallen angel for a lover. Dracula's Secret certainly sounds like the type of story that Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton fans will want to sink their fangs into!

Fantasy - With his next project, Brian McClellan will whisk readers back to the world of 18th-century Europe. Readers can expect all the trappings of the time — including angry peasants and an active guillotine. The books’ hero is a man who must rely on a group of mages, and the son who hates him, to keep his head in this dangerous climate. The first book, Promise of Blood will be on shelves in Summer 2013.


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 2/10/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend the whole week eating Just Desserts?

Here's what you missed on the RT website:

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Jo Beverley on one of her favorite time periods. Discover The Georgian Era >>

YOUNG ADULT: Jennifer Lynn Barnes talks paranormal YA trends. What Does She Think? >>

PARANORMAL: Find out why you'll fall for Joey W. Hill's new hero. Get The Details >>


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Spoiled: Philippa Gregory On Her Debut YA Novel

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Award winning author Philippa Gregory is best known for her entrancing historical fiction novels that take readers from the Tudor period in England through the 17th century, and beyond. This year, Gregory has the fourth in the Cousins' War releasing, however, fans will be thrilled to learn that the author is also embarking on a new adventure by publishing her debut Young Adult novel in May. Gregory's upcoming novel is a medieval-set story of adventure and romance. Today the author gives RT BOOK REVIEWS an exclusive look inside the story, introduces us to a few of the key characters and shares what it was like to write her first novel for a younger audience. 

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So the obvious first question is, when will your Young Adult series be set?

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What made this story a good fit for the YA market (as opposed to adult historical fiction/fiction)?


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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Anna Randol's A Secret in Her Kiss

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

This week Morgan and Whitney are Dishing about author Anna Randol’s debut romance novel A Secret In Her Kiss. The story sweeps readers to exotic Turkey in 1815, where academic heroine Mari Sinclair finds herself living in the middle of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Working with her father’s people, the British, and her mother’s people, the Greeks, Mari does a delicate balancing act as she secretly helps fight for Greek Independence by acting as a spy for the British. Her skilled artwork hides plans about the Ottoman encampments, but someone knows Mari’s secret and will do whatever it takes to quiet her for good. Enter, Major Bennett Prestwood, a dedicated soldier who has been forced to take on one last mission before returning home to England: protect Mari whatever the cost.

Morgan: I think what got my attention most about A Secret In Her Kiss is the fact that the book gives readers a very traditional romance in a very different way.


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 09, 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

Intentions of the Earl by Rose Gordon

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Project Daddy by Kate Perry

Buy For $2.51 >>

 

Young Adult

Sleepers by Megg Jensen

Buy For $.99 >>

         


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Video Interview: Marie Force

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Marie Force has created a following with her Fatal series, these e-books are one part mystery, one part romantic suspense and a whole lot of fun. Today the author shares an in-depth look at the series' continuing hero and heroine, Senator Nick and Lt. Sam, respectively. Readers have followed them throughout their high-profile relationship and into marriage over the course of the series. In the fourth Force novel, we get to see what happens after the couple says "I do." But before you download your own copy of Fatal Flaw, get the author's take on what types of things keep a relationship between a crime-solving senator and a police lieutenant fresh — and what's ahead for Sam and Nick — when the author chats with RT's Morgan in this week's video interview.


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There Is Something About Derek Stormwind From Something About Witches

BY Dawn Crowne, FEBRUARY 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

This week Joey W. Hill releases the first book in her new series Arcane Shot. The paranormal tale Something About Witches is generating a lot of buzz because of the flawed, yet empathetic characters as well as the unique world the author creates. This first book introduces Ruby Night Divine, a powerful witch with a tortured past and an uncertain future. Three years ago Ruby used the dark arts in order to send her lover Derek away. Now Derek Stormwind has returned and he is ready to take on anyone and anything to get Ruby back. But Ruby has crossed the line into black magic and there may be no getting free. So who is this man who hopes to rescue her? Here are ten facts about the hunky Derek that will help you see why he will be your next fictional crush.

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10. Derek is a Guardian sorcerer, which means he is kind of like a cop for the supernatural world. However, instead of using guns and handcuffs to take down the bad guys, he uses lightening from his fingertips (along with his killer right hook).


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