Author Joyce Lamb writes heart-stopping romantic suspense stories — including her True trilogy — filled with plenty of heat and action. Her experiences as an author, as well as an editor for USA Today, led Lamb to spearhead the newspaper's online blog Happy Ever After which brings romance novels into the mainstream. At this year's RT Booklovers Convention, RT's Morgan got a chance to chat with the author about what's new for Happy Ever After, including a sleek app available for Apple devices. Plus, the author chats about her upcoming self-published book that readers can expect soon and shares why her new hero is one of her all-time favorites!
If you’ve been following our coverage of Dorchester’s demise, then you know that the publishing giant recently sold off their magazines, True Romance and True Love, which according to a recent Publishers Weekly report had, “published more than 12,000 stories, photos and illustrations from the 1920s to 2011.” That’s a lot of content to be at risk of disappearing, so we know that readers will be thrilled to learn that they can find some of these images, stories and more at TruLOVEstories.com.
This online destination for romance readers has recently been launched by BroadLit, as a spot to spend time reading e-books, accessing online games and more. So, what can you do at TruLovestories.com? Today we take a look at some of the interesting features the site offer for romance lovers.
1) Take a tour of romance throughout the decades
From the 1920s through the 2000s, TLS offers readers a short look at what was going on during the era, and some free e-reads that really whisk you back to days gone by. For each decade you can read two short stories online!
2) Cook Up Some Passion
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.
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
Leopard Moon by Jeanette Battista
On the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Four-Letter words: J.R. Ward and Jessica Andersen Let Loose at ConventionBY Audrey Goodson Kingo, APRIL 25, 2012 | PERMALINK
As the newest staff member at RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, this was my first time attending our convention — and boy was it a doozy! From meeting my favorite romance authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Loretta Chase to catching glimpses of fiction idols like Anne Rice and Sue Grafton, every minute of convention seemed to be packed with excitement. But my favorite moment, by far, was sitting in on the panel "No Holds Barred With J.R. Ward and Jessica Andersen." I'm not exaggerating when I say I've never encountered a more fanatic reader following than the people who were at this reader event. In fact, the crowd's obvious enthusiasm inspired me to pick up the Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and just a week after convention, I'm already on book four. I can't wait until I get to the point that I understand all of the spoilers Ward divulged at the chat. Want to find out what they were? In Ward and Andersen's own words, "Keep reading!"
In paranormal romances, supernatural is oftentimes synonymous with superpowerful. Near immortal vampires, commanding witches, warrior angels — the list for otherworldly creatures with amazing abilities goes on and on. But what happens when a supernatural has a personal problem? Something that renders them vulnerable? And no, I am not talking about kryptonite, but rather anxiety that has gone out of control.
This situation is exactly what readers will find in Shawntelle Madison’s newly released tale, Coveted, which features Natalya Stravinsky, a werewolf shifter with a debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.
There's no denying that a good cover has a special effect on a reader's heart — but in the upcoming months the bookshelves will be full of covers that literally have special effects! From mystical environments to supernatural heroes and heroines, these covers will make it clear that these adventures you'll find between their pages may have you saying, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."
Some covers have can't-be-missed mystical mist ...
And in others, the skies are ablaze ...
It's a year of changes for romantic suspense heavy-hitter author Roxanne St. Claire, who sits down with RT's Morgan to talk about her new contemporary Barefoot Bay series. In this interview, St. Claire gives readers a sneak peek of all four titles and also addresses the challenges of switching subgenres. The author opens up about writing the first book in the series, Barefoot in the Sand. In this newly released story, the heroine finds optimism in the rubble of a natural disaster and also meets her match with a sexy hero who just happens to be a younger man. But this isn't the only project on this author's plate. St. Claire also gives insider details about why she is opting to write YA, and how a conversation with her daughter (and a real-life situation) inspired her upcoming July novel for teens, Don't You Wish.
Today author Gabi Stevens finishes up her Time of Transition paranormal trilogy with Wishful Thinking. The tale concludes the author’s light Urban Fantasy series about a woman who discovers that she is the next in line to become a Fairy Godmother. In this story Gabi finds herself at Black’s Beach in San Diego, famous for something it doesn’t have a lot of — clothed bathers. But why did Stevens decide to send her heroine to a nude beach and what type of research did she do in order to incorporate this unusual setting into her latest novel? Find out in this special guest post.
You might imagine that the undergrads of the University of California at San Diego spend much of their (limited — believe it or not, UCSD is actually a studious school) spare time at the beach. You’d be right. When I went to school there, UCSD even offered PE classes in surfing, sailing, and sand volleyball. But if a student wanted to head to the beach nearest to campus, it required a hike down a cliff (fastest way) or following a long winding road (not so fast). Either way, you’d end up at Black’s Beach.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
"Quick creates an extraordinary paranormal world where readers will gladly suspend their disbelief to enter her magical realm and be swept away."
"With its fast pace and tightly written plot ... this third offering in the Warrior Kings series will not be easily forgotten."
"A consummate storyteller, Maxwell creates living, breathing characters who fight for love, freedom and independence with a passion modern readers can understand."
" ... MacLean lifts readers’ hearts with the clever twist in the switched identity plot, with enough originality to please her fans and earn her loyal readers."
The term "BDSM" might be new to you, perhaps you are just hearing about it in the wake of all the buzz around E.L. James’ enormously popular Fifty Shades books. There's no denying that the recent surge in popularity of erotic writing featuring BDSM has been pronounced, however, this also means that misconceptions about BDSM are flying faster than ever. Today author Eden Bradley (aka Eve Berlin), whose RT Top Pick! rated tale, The Dark Garden, has just been digitally released, is our guide to the BDSM as she plays "mythbuster" and gets to some essential truths about this type of bedroom play.
Let’s begin with a definition of BDSM: The acronym "BDSM" stands for Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadism and Masochism. This includes a long and varied list of sexual and sensual practices with widely varying degrees of extremity.
MYTH: People who are into BDSM are scary perverts — run!