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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 23, 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!

AUTO-BUY AUTHOR

Mainstream - John Grisham's upcoming novel, Calico Joe, has just been announced (much to the excitement of the author's fans). This newest tale is set in 1973 and takes place in the world of major league baseball with a focus on fathers, sons and sports idols. The novel will be in stores on April 10, 2012.

NEW SERIES ALERT


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 1/20/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend the whole week with the Master of the Outback?

Here's what you missed on the RT website:

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Whitney looks at what makes a story timeless. Find Out >>

HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Books set in the Middle East and Africa. Bon Voyage! >>

YOUNG ADULT: RT's Elissa attends Twilight The Musical. It's A Real Thing, We Swear >>

URBAN FANTASY: Go in-depth with Diana Rowland. We Interview The Author >>

INSPIRATIONAL: Wanda E. Brunstetter answers our questions. Learn What's Next For Her >>


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George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards Series To Become Movie

BY Janine Johnston, JANUARY 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Fans of George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, and the TV series it spawned, HBO's Game of Thrones, will be thrilled to learn that another one of Martin’s series, Wild Cards, will soon be heading to the big screen. Producers of the movie are SyFy Films and Universal Pictures, and Martin himself will have a hand in the film as executive producer, which leaves me feeling that the film will stay true to the phenomenal books.

Wild Cards is a series of anthologies edited by Martin and includes several stories by the author. The series was started in the ‘80s and has recently been revived by Tor. Each book is an anthology of collected stories, and the entire series is tied together by an over arcing plot. The series spans decades and follows a community of mutant characters as they fight over control of the city, encounter aliens and endure a slew of adventures that span the entire series.


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Author Interview: Linda Howard

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Linda Howard is a legend in the romance industry. Since 1982 she has penned hundreds of stories and has won numerous industry awards. On a trip during 2011, RT's Morgan had the privilege of speaking with the author about her work. Get ready to laugh when you watch this video because just as Howard's novels are laugh-out-loud funny, so too is this author as she explains her writing process and how her characters speak to her. During the interview, Howard also shares a bit about her life both as a writer and as a Southern lady and she gives away a few tidbits about her upcoming novel, a traditional western tale that she is co-authoring with Linda Winstead Jones!


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Mysteries In Translation: A Nordic And Scandanavian Author Invasion!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, which as most people know was imported from Sweden, has become an American phenomenon. So it’s no surprise that readers are anxious to get their hands on more novels from authors overseas.

To feed this demand, Grand Central Publishing is teaming up with Little, Brown Book Group U.K. for a new joint-publishing venture. Together, they plan to acquire and publish six mysteries in the crime, suspense and thriller subgenres which will be translated for American readers. The new project will be headed up by a director from each country.

Dan Mallory, the U.K. program director from Little, Brown said, “In recent years, fiction in translation, especially genre fiction, has enjoyed increased market pull in the English-speaking world. Now, in tandem with Grand Central, we're pleased to offer an utterly unique opportunity within English-language publishing: the chance for foreign writers to be published throughout the English-speaking world by a single company. In an increasingly globalized market, an author's international profile is more valuable than ever, and our new venture will enable us to coordinate our efforts and expertise in order to build those profiles and power those authors to brand status around the world.”


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 19, 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

To Love a Thief by Julie Anne Long

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

The Bachelor by Carly Phillips

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

The Way Life Was Forever by Carey Corp

Get It For Free >>

         


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Morgan And Whitney Dish: The Demon Lover By Juliet Dark

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

When Callie interviews for a professor position open at the secluded Fairwick College in rural upstate New York, she doesn’t think she’s going to take the job. But one look at the house of her dreams has her leaving behind city life. However, all too soon it seems the dreams the house inspires might really be nightmares. Get a taste of Juliet Dark’s The Demon Lover in today’s Dish!

Morgan: The first thing that struck me about The Demon Lover is the gorgeous cover. The haunting woods, the lone woman with a beautiful royal blue dress, the dark birds of portent. Love it!

Whitney: The cover art definitely lets the reader know that they are going to delve into the paranormal, but what was unexpected, at least for me, was how contemporary this book felt.

Morgan: I agree! I think that was mainly due to the fact that Callie, our heroine, is so young. Recently out of graduate school, she is still in her twenties and looking for a career. And while she doesn’t use slang or anything (which I know is a pet peeve of yours), her voice has energy to it.


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Cover Trend: For The Birds

BY Morgan Doremus, JANUARY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

Please, somebody tell me they are noticing all of the birds on the covers on recent and upcoming releases. Young Adult and Urban Fantasy covers seem to be the biggest contributors but really, winged creatures are turning up all over the place. I'm seriously having Hitchcock-inspired nightmares! 


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The Internet Goes On Strike: SOPA And What It Means For Readers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

No, the Internet isn’t broken and your connection is fine, but it is true that a number of popular websites are not working today. And yes, this is deliberate. As of this morning, several sites, including Wikipedia, Wordpress, reddit, and TwitPic, are taking part in a strike to mark their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (or SOPA). The strike will last until tonight.

SOPA is a bill that is currently moving through Congress. It’s an anti-piracy measure that will extend the U.S. Government’s law into cyberspace, allowing the government to block certain sites that they believe violate or infringe upon intellectual property rights. SOPA and its corresponding bill in the Senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), are intended to help preserve the copyright of intellectual property. 

SOPA has both its supporters and its naysayers. It’s a difficult subject because this legislation will have to walk the line between protecting people — such as writers, musicians and actors whose works are being pirated — and respecting Freedom of Speech which is protected by the First Amendment.

The Issue: Protecting Intellectual Property Online 


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Historical Romances Set In The Middle East And Africa

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that despite the large span of time and places that the term “historical” covers, historical romance novels are typically set in a few locations. The most popular tales generally take place in Europe during the Medieval, Victorian and Regency eras, and America, either on the Wild West frontier or in the Southern ballrooms of the Civil War era. However, we’ve recently been spotting books with more exotic locales, from the deserts of the Middle East to the wilds of Africa.  

Here’s a list of recent releases that really got our attention, some from popular authors that have long been on our historical romance radar and others from new talents that are just making their mark. 


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