The day we've been waiting for is finally here — today Bree Despain's The Lost Saint hits shelves! All month long you've had a chance to read about some of the behind-the-scenes moments from the making of The Lost Saint. You also got a sneak peek at the prologue, first and second chapters of the story. Now, to celebrate the release of The Lost Saint we have one final message from the author and a special GIVEAWAY: five copies of The Lost Saint and matching nail polish. Be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!
The holiday celebration came a little early as the RT staff gathered at a local Italian restaurant for our annual Christmas lunch — which was amazing. The food was plentiful and the conversation flowed as we all chatted about anything but work over delicious pasta and Italian wine.
Now we’re all off in different directions getting on planes, buses and trains on our way to visit family and will be off for the long holiday weekend. We’ll be back on Monday with more great content on the blog and throughout the website. In the meantime, feel free to respond to blog entries, enter contests, vote for the best back cover blurb in our Writing with the Stars competition and, of course, write a review and share your opinion of books you’ve recently read.
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe holiday!
- Carol Stacy, Publisher
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Are you looking for some great holiday e-books? Well, you are in luck because Carina Press is currently offering eight great Christmas novellas in two separate anthologies. In Naughty and Nice authors Jaci Burton, Megan Hart, Shannon Stacey and Lauren Dane write both contemporary and erotic tales. While authors Josh Lanyon, L.B. Gregg, Harper Fox and Z.A. Maxfield offer up short stories in His For The Holidays that feature four M/M romances to keep the holidays hot!
Readers can buy the complete anthologies on the Carina site, or they can pick-and-choose stories to buy individually. In an effort to save you time, we asked the reviewers which is their favorite story from each anthology. Here is what they said:
Author Karen Whiddon treats readers to a sexy spin on the Christmas grinch with her newest series romance hero, Damien Colton. Now get an insider’s look at this man who was desperately in need of a holiday miracle.
In my December Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Colton's Christmas Baby, we have Damien Colton, a man who is trying to find his way after spending fifteen years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Not only is he understandably angry and bitter, but as his large family gathers to celebrate the holiday, he feels left out and more alone than he believes he should. On top of that, he's learned his inheritance has gone missing. He was counting on that money in order to make a new life for himself.
With all of this going on, the holiday spirit has completely passed him by. In fact, he feels like everyone in town is whispering and judging him.
The RT Editors have chosen Susanna Kearsley's latest historical fiction, The Winter Sea, as the ninth Seal of Excellence recipient. The novel captured our editors' attention with its gothic tones and compelling mystery.
But why was The Winter Sea awarded the RT Seal Of Excellence and which other titles were contenders for the month of December?
Historical romance maven Eloisa James is thrilling fans with the announcement of her new e-exclusive novella, Storming the Castle. I can't wait to watch James' trademark antics ensue.
Readers will remember Storming the Castle's hero, Wick, from James' summer release, A Kiss at Midnight. But will this wily gentleman be able to persuade one miss Phillipa Damson that he's the man for her?
The novella is on sale today! In addition to the story, fans also get bonus content from A Kiss at Midnight and this winter's release, When Beauty Tamed the Beast. And never fear my e-reading friends, Avon is offering the story through all of the major e-retailers, to ensure that you don't get left out in the cold this holiday season.
In Mechele Armstrong’s new novel Geek Love, much of the action is woven through a science fiction convention and the story is full of geek culture references. Now find out what makes this “a great time to get your geek on” and find out the author’s top five things you should know about science fiction conventions. And don’t miss the *Web Exclusive Review* and the excerpt of Geek Love at the end of this post!
I’m a geek.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
In his newest RT Top Pick! rated release Almost Heaven, inspirational author Chris Fabry uses his real life experiences as a radio host to enhance his story. Now the author discusses what it is like to use personal anecdotes in his fiction and what readers can expect in his next book.
RT BOOK REVIEWS: Almost Heaven is told in alternating viewpoints, that of Billy and the angel Malachai. What is a something you used when writing from Malachai's point of view to reinforce the angel's heavenly voice?
Chris Fabry: Angels have always been difficult to get right as far as voice. They either come off sounding too Elizabethan or too hokey. I tried hard to keep a somewhat distant voice, separate in a way, but still inquisitive and full of wonder. I can’t wait to see if I was anywhere close.