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A Heroine Named Hero

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

When it comes to historical romances, normally my favorite heroines are the women who break all the rules. Adjectives like quirky, spunky and feisty come to mind to describe them. So I was surprised when just a few pages into this month's RT Top Pick! Notorious Pleasures, I couldn't get enough of Elizabeth Hoyt's new heroine, Lady Hero. She's well-behaved, graceful and seems pretty much flawless, which makes the love triangle between the heroine and two brothers that much more scandalous. Now Elizabeth Hoyt gives us an inside look at the making of manner-minding Lady Hero who has made me love a new kind of heroine.  


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Seriously Un-Cinderella Or Eight Essential Steps For Performing A Successful Make-Under

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

What is a woman to do when she wants to focus on her career, but she is thrown into the path of a handsome prince? Perform a make-under, of course. Just like Tamsin, the heroine in Annie West’s latest Harlequin Presents Extra, Protected by the Prince. Learn the author's eight essential steps for performing a make-under like Tamsin’s just in case you need to disguise yourself from your own playboy prince. 

We all like to know we look good. Makeovers are a treat and they do wonders for our mood, our confidence and attitude to life. 

So why bother with a make-under? Maybe if you’re incognito, in hiding, or trying to avoid someone. My recent heroine, Tamsin, wanted to be invisible, left alone to focus on the one thing that had never let her down: work. She’d been burned badly by an unscrupulous man who used her feelings for him and her naivety against her. So when she takes up a new position, overseeing the royal archives for a gorgeous, debonair prince with a reputation as a ladies’ man, the last thing she wants is to attract attention. 


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Tara Janzen On Her Fast-Paced Steele Street Series - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Tara Janzen reflects on the evolution of her extremely popular romantic suspense series that features the men and women of Steele Street. These romantic adventures are packed with government intrigue, lethal warriors and high-speed chases. Learn how the Steele Street gang has kept taking us (and their author) by surprise and then enter to win your own copy of this month’s Loose Ends at the end of the post!

Loose Ends, my new Steele Street book, is the culmination of a wild ride that has lasted over the course of eleven novels. I had no idea back when I wrote Crazy Hot and Crazy Cool that the story was going to come full circle, with all the bad guys having been working for one powerful, manipulative man, the ultimate traitor to our country and the soldiers who serve. The threads that tie all the books together, and the one woman from J.T.’s past who can save him, are revealed in Loose Ends.

I started writing the Crazy books with one clear goal in mind – to make the stories move as fast as the cars the guys were driving, all those gorgeous, roaring, muscle-machines Detroit was putting out back in the 60’s and early 70’s. I was in love with the cars and the guys and the rocket-speed of the books. When my publisher asked if I had ideas for two more books, I was thrilled – because, boy, did I have more ideas. I’d met Creed and Kid in the first two books, and I really wanted to write their stories, Crazy Wild and Crazy Kisses. Then my editor asked for two more stories, and I could feel a series coming on. Also, by Crazy Wild, after being with Creed and realizing how badly everyone on Special Defense Force, SDF, was struggling with the loss of J.T., I knew there was a whole lot more to these stories than the plots and the romances of each individual book. From the very beginning, J.T. echoed through the pages. He was always there, and the more books I wrote, the more obvious it became that he was the driving force of a bigger story.


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Author Cynthia Eden Looks Into A Killer's Mind - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Go behind the scenes of author Cynthia Eden writing process and learn how she comes up with her chilling romantic suspenses. Her latest tale, this month's Deadly Heat got an RT Top Pick! and at the end of this message you can check out an excerpt and enter to win a copy of this novel that RT Reviewer Annette Elton calls "seriously hot!"

When people ask me what I do for a living, I usually smile and say, “I write about monsters.” It’s true. I do. I spend my days deep in the minds of monsters—whether they are supernatural monsters in my paranormal books or human killers in my romantic suspense tales. My life is all about monsters.

When I first started writing my Deadly romantic suspense series for Grand Central, I knew that I’d have to go deep into the minds of killers. After all, my Deadly series focuses on killers. The agents in my fictional Serial Services Division spend their days and nights tracking and apprehending serials—killers, rapists, kidnappers. Not some fun, Hallmark Card-type job. Scary. Intense.

Fun to write (not so much fun to actually live).


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Meet Nico Rosso A Rising Star In Science Fiction Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

We love to discover new authors, and were thrilled when RT Reviewer Dawn Crowne reported that she'd found a winner in the debut author Nico Rosso. Dawn praised Rosso's action packed novella and promises that sci-fi and romance fans will not want to miss "Taken To The Limit." Want to learn more about Nico Rosso and his writing? Look no further than this author interview with RT's Morgan Doremus.

Morgan Doremus: You have said that the great thing about sci-fi romance is the possibilities. “We can be the rescuer and the rescued, the fighter and the philosopher.” Do you consider yourself any of these things? All of them? 

Nico Rosso: I do think that there are all of these elements in me. Writing each of these archetypes makes me search them out inside, then use what I know to try to make them real on the page.

MD: Can you tell us a bit about your new novella "Taken To The Limit". What was the evolution of the story's plot?


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Enter To Win Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award And A Publishing Contract From Penguin!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Submit your entry into Amazon's fourth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition!

Amazon has partnered with Penguin Group and CreateSpace to host this year's competition for the chance to be the author of "the world's next most popular novel". The competition is now open. Any author with an unpublished or previously self-published work is eligible to submit their manuscript.

Two grand prize winners will be named at the end of the competition, one for their submission in the best general fiction category and the other for the young adult category. The winners will recieve a publishing contract with Penguin and an advance of $15,000. Additionally, everyone who enters the competition will receive an e-coupon from CreateSpace for a free proof copy of their manuscript.

The competition is open from now until midnight on February 6th, 2011.

For more complete details click here >>


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Generate a Sales-producing Buzz Using Social Networking Sites

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Authors, learn how to use today's arsenal of social networking sites to your advantage. Marketing agent Jennifer Slattery, who works at the popular literary website Clash of the Titles, shares her tips on how to get recognized online by making the most of things that you’re already doing!

Today’s market is in upheaval. As the market changes, so does the writer’s role in it. Long gone are the days of high-paid publicists devoted to you and your book. Successful authors must generate their own sales, and social networking sites make it easier than ever.

Facebook is by far the best marketing tool available. According to recent statistics, Facebook has over 500 million active users who spend over 700 billion minutes per month on the site. Authors should begin building their friends list well before their first contract, actively increasing it each day. The first step is to create a personal username. This generates a convenient URL that can be used to link to your Facebook page. For example, mine is http://facebook.com/JenSlatte. When creating your email signature, include an invitation to connect on Facebook, then use your personal Facebook URL to link your invitation to your Facebook page. Do the same in the “About Me” page of your blog or website.


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The Many Mysteries Of February

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

February is full of chills — at least in our neck of the woods — so we're bringing you five new mysteries that will encourage you to cuddle up with a warm blanket and lose yourself in the drama of other people's lives. 

 

Seeking a Cozy With a Serious Message? Check out G.A. McKevett (aka contemporary romance author Sonja Massie)'s new novel A Decadent Way to Die. This mystery has Savannah Reid racing to discover who is trying to kill off the wealthy elderly owner of a doll company. Greedy family members abound however, RT Reviewer Page Traynor also noted that the story had a more serious note, in includes a "moving, well done subplot of abuse against women." 

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Download the February RT BOOK REVIEWS Ratings PDF!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

The complete list of the RT book ratings for the month of February is now available on our site.

That's right, now you have access to the ratings for two hundred and fifty six new books that we reviewed in February. Discover which authors impressed us with their latest tales, and whose new novels left us less than satisfied!

You can download these ratings, print them out or upload the pdf to your smart phone so that they are handy when you head to the bookstore. 

Just check out the sidebar on RT's home page to download the February list or click here >>


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A Very Special Silent Auction In Support Of The Australian Flood Relief Fund

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

When disaster strikes, the romance reader community always rises to the occasion. The most recent offer to help those in need has been taken up by the Australian Romance Readers Association. The ARRA is hosting a very special silent auction to help raise money for the relief fund for those affected by the massive flooding in Queensland, Australia.

In the beginning of January, floodwaters ripped through 75% of Queensland destroying an area twice the size of the state of Texas. The rushing waters killed several and affected thousands more, leaving people without homes or possessions. 


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