Bestselling author Anne Rice shares a look inside of her paranormal world in this RT-exclusive video interview. Rice chats with RT's Morgan, about vampire mythology and the author's most famous male characters - including Lestat. Then, go deep inside Rice's newest novel, The Wolf Gift, to discover what "called" to her about these paranormal creatures and the sequel she never thought she'd write. (Plus, the author reveals a look at the upcoming film adaptation of The Tale of the Body Thief — and who she'd tap to star!)
The paperback edition of Gabrielle Zevin’s latest YA tale, All These Things I’ve Done, hits stores today and I couldn't be more excited. The series starter was released last September as an RT Top Pick! and took home an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee.
Not only is this story now at a more affordable paperback price but it's now got a leaner, meaner paperback cover. The hardcover art was cute but looked a lot like a contemporary read rather than a story set in futuristic NYC. With this (slightly) more colorful and dare I say ”digital-looking" art on the front of the book, I feel like you really get a better sense of what's between these covers.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
"Jones allows each woman to tell her story in first-person narratives that move back and forth from one to the other, creating a colorful portrait of their lives and an insight into history."
Unflinching bravery in the face of great odds is one of the characteristics that normally distinguishes a hero (or heroine) from the crowd. And in historical romances, often this bravery is related to a sacrifice that the main character is willing to make for their lover. But there’s a new trend brewing in May’s historicals: family matters! This month is all about characters who must answer the question: What wouldn’t you do for a sibling?
If your first thought was “oh, brother!” then you are absolutely correct. Several of May’s new romances sport a male sibling in peril. (Thankfully, in a romance novel a bad case of the “brother-related blues” often means that you are on the path to meeting your one true love!)
The Bro-mergency: A brother’s gambling habit is threatening the family’s fiscal security.
This month several of our favorite celebrities were "caught on cover", their likenesses spotted on some May new releases. Check out who we found:
People we would not like to become rivals with? Anyone who looks like a brunette (or blond) Angelina Jolie!
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
Contemporary Romance - Julia London’s next collection of modern-day romances follow three sisters (who never knew that the others existed) as they each inherit a third of a run-down estate in the Homecoming Ranch series. Our fingers are crossed for some sexy cowboy heroes and moments of Southern sisterly bonding that will warm our hearts! Release dates: TBA
Fantasy - It’s all about the underdogs for The Thousand Names by Django Wexler. This will be book one of a series that will take readers into the center of an epic military fantasy. Two soldiers, and their far-sighted commander, have put their hearts and souls into the war, but can they combat superior forces (and the opposite side’s dark magic)? You’ll have to wait and see!
Did you spend the whole week Taming the Lost Prince?
Here's what you missed on the RT website:
TEEN DAY 2012 COVERAGE
The RT Convention bookfair was filled with YA authors this year. See Who Was There >>
The Speed Dating and Speed Reading events were a blast. Get An Inside Look >>
Authors talk about writing and their favorite books during panels. What Did They Reveal? >>
Discover what four authors thought of this year's Teen Day. Check Out Their Takes >>
RT's Whitney interviews Franny Billingsley about the author's upcoming projects. Find Out More >>
Author Franny Billingsley got a chance to talk with RT's Whitney at the second annual RT Teen Day during the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention. The pair go in-depth on Billingsley's latest novel, Chime, a supernatural historical story about a girl who believes that she may be pure evil. Discover the inspiration that this author drew on for the unusual world, how her heroine Briony's struggles resonate with the author — and readers — and then get a sneak peek at the next two stories in the series, which Billingsley says were "percolating" as she worked on Chime.
A quick-witted psychic heroine. Check. A heroic private investigator that uses his supernatural abilities to solve crimes. Check. An eerie gothic setting featuring a dark and terrifying supernatural garden. Check! Amanda Quick creates one of the most exciting paranormal historical romances we’ve read all year when she combines all of these elements, and throws in a murder or two, in her newest release, Crystal Gardens. Learn more about the story during RT’s Morgan and Whitney’s Dish.
Morgan: Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle, no matter which name or subgenre you read from this author, you can count on a few key elements. One: The story will open with a bang. Two: There will be a great paranormal element woven into a plot that centers around a mystery. Three: A fascinating hero and intriguing heroine will find that they are perfectly matched — despite the fact that they don’t fit into the rest of society.
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.
Wildblossom by Cynthia Wright
Private Pleasures by Jami Alden