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Cast Your Vote in Round Three of Writing With the Stars!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

Voting is now open for the third round of the Kensington/RT BOOK REVIEWS Writing With the Stars contest!

You've already had a chance to meet the 10 contestants and their mentors and also vote on the best first paragraph and last line of their novel. During the last round of the competition you got to read about each contestant's hero and heroine. And now you get to vote on which contestant has the best back cover blurb for their story!

You will also get to read comments from each contestant's mentor as well as the in-depth commentary of this round's judge, agent Kristin Nelson who established the Nelson Literary Agency. 

You can vote one time between now and January 2nd, and comment on the blurbs as many times as you'd like. And then get ready to decide which of the remaining contestants has the best secondary character in round four of Writing With the Stars! 


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WEEKLY WEB WRAP UP 12/10/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 10, 2010 | PERMALINK

Have you spent your week daydreaming about being romanced by a Cowboy Deputy?

Here's what you missed on the RT website:

UNUSUAL HISTORICALS

Carrie Lofty shares her inspiration for creating the blog Unusual Historicals. Learn What It Was >>

Blythe Gifford on readers' willingness to follow a historical hero "off the beaten path." Get The Details >>

Elizabeth Lane talks about the moment when historical romances become too modern. Learn More >>

Michelle Styles discusses some of the ways that historicals vary around the world. Read On >>


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Susan Mallery's Holiday Treat

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 10, 2010 | PERMALINK
 
 

 

Contemporary Romance fans will delight in devouring the newest treat from bestselling author Susan Mallery. (And this is a holiday goodie that won't pack on the pounds!) The author has created a special digital magazine titled "Fool's Gold Holiday Wishes" based on her popular new contemporary series.

The author's Fool's Gold series began in May 2010 with Chasing Perfect, which was quickly followed by two more installments all set in the fictional California town of Fool's Gold. All three books have received RT ratings of 4 stars or above and have left readers anxiously awaiting the next Fool's Gold-set stories. 

Between the books Mallery helps fans stay in the know about everything going on in the town with the website www.foolsgoldCA.com. There you can explore the city, read the most recent Fool's Gold news, send a Fool's Gold postcard and check out some of the town's leading citizens. There's a wealth of entertainment at this quirky site that is sure to enchant both old fans and readers new to the series.

However, Mallery is turning our heads again with her newest addition to the experience of the Fool's Gold that goes well beyond the books. She has created a holiday magazine that features exclusive articles about Fool's Gold, a list of the 6 best things to do in town during the month of December, holiday recipes and more. We particularly enjoyed the clever advertisements that even had one of the RT editors thinking that this was a real magazine!

Be sure to check out the magazine here and mark your calendars for Mallery's next two books, which will both be available in April 2011.

View the Fool's Gold Magazine >>

 

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A Primer of Unusual Historical Romance Reads

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 10, 2010 | PERMALINK

As part of our weeklong look at historical romances set in unusual times and places, today we've put together a sort of primer on the best of this exotic corner of the genre. Several of the authors who contribute to the popular blog Unusual Historicals have volunteered their absolute must-reads. Perhaps one of these romances will be your invitation to a much wider world!

 

"I've chosen Zoe Archer's paranormal-tinged romance, Warrior, the first of her Blades of the Rose series. Come on, Mongolia! The hero is a brawny English soldier, the heroine is a not-at-all-proper Victorian miss, and their passion is playfully sexy. And did I mention adventure? Like Indiana Jones but with all the good mushy stuff I want in a romance."

- Lorelie Brown, the author of Jazz Baby. 


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Series Author Kate Hewitt on What Cannot be Bought

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

In the Harlequin Presents line of series romances, problems are frequently solved with the hero's fortune. However, Kate Hewitt's new novel, Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon, breaks this mold. Her hero is going blind and no amount of money can fix his sight. This unusual series romance has been nominated for a 2010 RT Reviewers' Choice award and today the author is here to share what inspired her to write about this imperfect, perfect hero that faces an uncertain future.

If you’ve ever picked up a Harlequin Presents, you know what to expect: a fantastic, glamorous setting, a gorgeous, billionaire alpha hero who has it all, and an emotionally intense conflict--all of it whisking you away on a ride, according to the writing guidelines, ‘in the fast lane of romance!’

Yet what if that billionaire alpha hero doesn’t have it all? What if inside he is struggling, doubting himself and everything he’s believed in? What if money can’t buy what he wants, and I don’t just mean love?


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Footnotes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 09, 2010 | PERMALINK


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Behind the Scenes of Sherry James' The Cowboy and the Hellcat

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Sherry James is known for her contemporary tales of love and passion, but with her new release, The Cowboy and the Hellcat, the author embarks on her first historical series. Now get an insider look at this tale that whisks readers to Christmastime in Nebraska during 1876 for a whirlwind romance between two people who never thought that love would be in their future. And don't miss the *Web Exclusive Review* of this holiday western novella after this interview!

RT BOOK REVIEWS: In The Cowboy and the Hellcat Adam has recently suffered the loss of his father and Ellie is soon to lose hers as well. What inspired you to write a holiday romance laced with such sadness? 


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Michelle Styles on Speaking Your Words in Foreign Tongues

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

All week long we have been talking about "unusual historicals" on The RT Daily Blog. And we knew our coverage would not be complete without addressing the changes a story can undergo when being marketed to readers around the world. So today, author Michelle Styles chats about her own “accidentally global” writing career and discusses some of the ways that historical romance readers' tastes vary from country to country.


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Meet the guys (and girl!) from Kelly Group International (KGI)

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 08, 2010 | PERMALINK

Romantic suspense is a genre full of hunky heroes and can-do heroines, and we love every action-packed moment of these adventures. So when Maya Banks introduced her private security firm Kelly Group International, we knew that we needed an in-depth look at these heroes (and heroine) that are making us swoon!

KGI is a private firm run by Sam Kelly and his two younger brothers, Garrett and Donovan. They are three of six Kelly brothers, all of whom served in different branches of the U.S. military.

Right now they have two teams, but they plan to build at least one more as they expand their base and operations.

Here’s a run down of the brothers and the two KGI teams:

Sam is the oldest at 36. He tends to be an anal hardass, though the title of “uptight son of a bitch” goes to Garrett Kelly, who is second oldest at 34. Garrett has a weakness for…caramel. Yes, caramel! His caramel hoarding very nearly gets him into trouble in Hidden Away (his book, which releases in March 2011).

Donovan Kelly…Ah Van, as his family calls him. He’s the super sexy geek. Lover of all things techy. His computer is named “Hoss” and he gets cranky when other people touch it. (I just love sexy, smart men!)


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True Blood Comic News!

BY Faygie Levy, DECEMBER 08, 2010 | PERMALINK

Comic book publisher IDW and the HBO cable network announced today that they will be publishing a second series of comic books based on the hit TV series True Blood, beginning in February 2011. The move comes after record-breaking sales this year for the initial six-book comic series. The comics and the TV show further the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of a bestselling book series by author Charlaine Harris.

The second series of comics will be co-written by comic book writer Marc Andreyko and actor Michael McMillian, who plays Steve Newlin on the True Blood TV series. According to the press release, in this new comic tale, Jessica is exposed to contaminated Tru Blood drink and goes crazy. Sookie, Bill and others must ban together to figure out what is going on and who is responsible.

If you missed the first True Blood comic series, you'll still be able to read them. IDW will release a compilation of the comics called True Blood, All Together Now in graphic novel format in early February, just before the new comic book series launches.

 

The compilation cover and the cover of the first issue of the new series.


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