The handsome hero riding to my rescue, slaying a dragon, or untying me from train tracks ... it may not be realistic but it's certainly a nice fantasy. While I've got faith that I could eventually rescue myself from any of these situations — given some time and hopefully access to some power tools — occasionally it's nice to kick back and imagine a hero who wants to do the hard work for me. This month's Harlequin Historical romances bring this fantasy to life from the ballrooms of Regency England to the Wild Wild West, these are six tales of damsels in distress and the handsome men who come to their rescue — whether or not they need it!
by Melissa Marr
“The uber-talented Marr takes her mesmerizing storytelling talents into the adult arena...Outstanding!”
by China Mieville
“Mieville’s latest is a densely written, thought-provoking and challenging story about language and communication.”
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by Noriko Ogiwara
“Ogiwara’s prose and characters elevate what could have been a mere collect-the-plot-tokens quest.”
We are more than a little bit obsessed with Criminal Minds, CSI and Bones, so we were excited to learn about Stefanie Pintoff's new release Secret of the White Rose. The story features a turn-of-the-century sleuth Simon Ziele who uses the era's budding practice of criminology to solve a judge's murder. So we knew we had to ask the author, "what are the CSI techniques of the early 1900s?"
My historical mystery series revolving around Detective Simon Ziele and early criminal scientist Alistair Sinclair is set in early 1900s New York. It’s a time period I was attracted to largely because of the zeitgeist of this era, which was characterized by a tremendous faith in possibility. People – especially scientists – believed that the next big discovery was just around the corner, certain to change society for the better. Their innovations were revolutionizing all fields and areas of life – criminology among them.
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!
NEW SERIES ALERT
Romantic Suspense - Elle Kennedy will be launching her new series, Midnight Forces, with the upcoming Midnight Rescue. The story will feature two mercenary assassins — one male, one female.
Young Adult - When 2 fifteen-year-old Southern teens move in together — one wealthy, one poor — they discover a secret that will change both of their lives forever. Belles, the first in Jen Calonita’s four-book series, will release next spring.
EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS
Mystery - When Tokyo’s only female detective gets possession of the most dangerous sword ever made will she be able to utilize its power, or will the sword end up using her? Find out in Steve Bein’s debut novel The Sword Scholar.
It is time for round three of the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaway, your chance to win a tote bag full of seven new and upcoming paranormal YA novels. The winner of this week's giveaway will receive the newest novels from Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, Kim Harrison and four new talents in the genre: Veronica Roth, Amy Plum, Josephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.
We are really enjoying the new trend of controversial historical figures being featured on TV, such as Showtime's The Tudors and The Borgias. But we aren't just seeing this on screen, writers have also been delving into the lives of the rich and privileged. This month author Sarah Bower caught our attention with her latest historical fiction which was rated an RT Top Pick. Today we interview the author about her novel, Sins of the House of Borgia. And make sure to enter our giveaway to win Bower's book at the end of the interview!
Sins of the House of Borgia follows La Violante, who begins her life as Esther, a Jewish girl who becomes entangled in the Borgia court politics at her father’s insistence. Which of Esther’s character traits does her the most good in her new life, and which ends up being the most harmful?
This month in RT BOOK REVIEWS you can learn all about Regency romance author Grace Burrowes in the article “A Dream Come True.” Burrowes has just released her second Regency romance The Soldier, the sequel to her December 2010 debut, The Heir. And today you can win your own set of these two books by leaving a comment on the bottom of this blog about your favorite part of Regency life!
MYSTERY: Find out which cozy series are sending their sleuths on the road. Get The Details >>
Find out which May release the RT Editors have chosen to receive the thirteenth Seal of Excellence, our pick for the best book of the month. So which novel was awarded the RT Seal of Excellence and which eight other titles were contenders for the month of May?
Here's your hint: This series starter captured our attention with its unique paranormal world, gutsy heroine and extremely unusual hero.
Author Sandra Dallas is known for her beautiful tales of historical fiction. In Dallas' latest novel, this month's The Bride's House, she follows the story of three generations of woman who live and love in their family home in Georgetown, Colorado between the 1880s and modern times. Get an insider look at these three determined women as the author chats about what makes her historical heroines so special in this guest blog post.
There is this temptation among some writers of historical fiction to dress today’s women in long skirts and call them authentic. Although their book may be set in the mid-19th century, their characters are lawyers and doctors and newspaper owners. The women confront men, defend minorities, work to save the environment, and in general, are terrific role models. Only they’re not very accurate. It’s what I call the Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman Syndrome.
I believe that characters have to be products of their own times, or at least, those in my books do. My characters are shaped by their circumstances.
Thriller author Andrew Peterson is no stranger to dangerous and daring escapades. But how does this author come up with these scenes of mayhem? This daredevil author combines his own experiences of target shooting, scuba diving and helicopter flying, with a little bit imagination. But when he's in doubt he turns to trusted sources, such as government agents, for more information. Today the author describes his experiences meeting ATF agents at the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention and what he has scheduled for next year.