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Get The Look: Jeannie Lin's The Dragon And The Pearl

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Jeannie Lin is one of those rare authors who is able to transport her readers into another time. I just finished her most recent series romance, The Dragon and the Pearl, and was utterly captivated by the tale's unusual setting, ancient China. This is a beautiful story about two people involved in the political upheavals of warring emperors and governors. When Suyin, a former royal courtesan, is caught in the middle of the fighting, she is captured/rescued by powerful warlord Li Tao. The two engage in an intricate dance between lies and truth, never fully trusting each other.

Lin's plot and characters are unique to their time, as are the cultural references made throughout the story. After readers "visit" the Tang Dynasty in The Dragon and the Pearl, I thought that they might want to bring some of the Asian influence into their own lives. So I have picked out a few modern pieces to share, my selections inspired from quotes from the text.

 


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Reunion Romances: Find Out Why We Love To Read Them And Authors Love To Write Them

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

We’ve been celebrating reunited lovers all week long on the RT Daily Blog, sharing some of our favorite books and investigating some of this month’s new releases that feature reunion romances. But what actually makes these stories so near to our hearts? Today we’ll share our views and get the scoop from five authors whose tales of love lost and found have us swooning!

RT’s Morgan loves reading this type of story because, “there is an instant back story created when characters reunite. If a hero and heroine are meeting for the first time, the pacing in some stories can stretch a readers’ belief that they will rush into a relationship. But if the hero and heroine have a past together, the story moves along at a much more natural pace.”

RT’s Whitney is always happy to pick up a tale of reunited lovers because, “It’s like the ultimate happy ending. Even when it seems like a relationship is over, done, dead in the ground, love conquers all and brings the couple back together. And frequently, the relationship is better for everyone the second time around, characters are older, wiser and often more careful with their loved one’s heart!”


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | 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 our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady by Gayle Callen

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Baby, I'm Yours by Susan Andersen

Buy For $2.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Buy For $1.99 >>

         


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Free E-read: Margaret Ronald's "Salvage"

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

The online magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies has just released a free short story from author Margaret Ronald. “Salvage” is a steampunk fantasy that delves deeply into the collision between man and machine. 

“Salvage” takes place in the hostile territory of Parch where automations roam unchecked, protecting their inhospitable lands. Captain Dieterich braves this danger in order to rescue the survivors of an aborted salvage mission. Three weeks ago, a group of students went looking for the wreckage of Chiaro, a Titanic-like airship that had been lost. At the start of the story, Dieterich and his valet, Charles, have landed in Parch hoping to bring these students home. 

The story is told from Charles' viewpoint. He offers a unique perspective because while Charles is not friendly with the automations of Parch, he is at least familiar with the way they act, as Charles is kept alive with metal parts. 


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Once And Again By Lauren Dane

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

We are featuring reunited lovers on the RT Daily Blog all week long. So for the Dish we picked Lauren Dane’s newly released e-book of love lost and found, Once And Again. Find out why this novel hit the New York Times bestseller list as we take an in-depth look at this contemporary romance.

Morgan: Okay, so I know we have to be careful not to confuse writers with their characters, but in this case I think I am totally justified to say that Lauren Dane is very much like her heroine Lily Travis in Once And Again.

Whitney: In the pictures I’ve seen of the author, she does wear some awesomely vintage clothes from the ‘50s. She certainly has Lily’s “classic pin-up” era style going for her. 

Morgan: There is definitely this, but Lauren also shares Lily’s no-nonsense attitude. Both of these ladies are strong and self-sufficient. 


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Video Interview: Sylvia Day On The Reunited Lovers In Her New Historical Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week as we feature "reunion romances" on the RT Daily Blog, bestselling author Sylvia Day stops by to chat about her latest pair of reunited lovers, historical couple that is hoping to find their happily ever after the second time around in this month's Seven Years to Sin. For the first time in years, Sylvia Day has returned to her historical romance roots, creating a tale of passion and adventure set in the 1800s. Discover what tore this pair of young lovers apart and why this book is the longest that Day has ever written when the author sits down with RT's Morgan Doremus.

Sylvia Day Chats Reunited Lovers >>

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On The Shelves Tuesday 9/20/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

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

Historical Romance

UNCLAIMED

"With more sensuality than outright sexuality, [Milan] draws readers into a beautiful love story that shows true love is kind and forgiving."

SNOWFLAKES AND STETSONS

"The authors have captured the spirit of the holiday and given it to readers as a heartfelt gift."


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Spotlight On Reunion Romances - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Who can resist heartwarming stories of sweethearts torn apart, only to meet again and rekindle their romance? We've got reunion romances on our mind, and all week long we will be featuring tales of love lost and found again. Today find out about five of our favorite reunion reads, then tell us which reunion tale you love to win a special prize pack!


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RT Exclusive: Dark Days Fall Tour Giveaway - With Book Trailers!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Paranormal YA fans, do you crave adventure? Then this fall’s Dark Days books may be just what you are looking for. Whether you swoon for an angelic love triangle, want to be swept back in time or get immersed in an action packed adventure, these five new releases are sure to please. So we're giving away three chances to win all five books!

We know you are dying to find out how to score the newest novels from the YA authors Claudia GrayKiersten WhiteAnna Carey, Jocelyn Davis and Amy Garvey. The answer is simple; just tell us which of these five books you absolutely can’t wait to read. (Hint: You can check out the Dark Days Facebook Page or watch the book trailers below to help make your decision.)


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 | 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!

AUTO-BUY AUTHOR

Urban Fantasy – Author Yasmine Galenorn will be a very busy woman over the next few months. She's adding new installments to her Otherworld series and her Indigo Court series. Fans can expect five new books from the author, but there’s no word yet on when these novels will be hitting shelves. 


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