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Ruta Sepetys On Between Shades Of Gray

BY , MARCH 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

YA author Ruta Sepetys takes us behind the scenes of her new novel, Shades of Gray, which is based on the true story of the Baltic refugees that survived the ethnic cleansing that was carried out on Stalin’s orders. Learn about the genocide that inspired this story, discover why this atrocity is rarely spoken of in the US and find out about the moments that came together for this tale both heartbreaking and hopeful.

“I will tell you what happened to me, but only if you promise not to use my name.”

That is what I heard while conducting research for my novel, Between Shades of Gray.

Fifty years had passed, yet their hands still shook when they spoke of their experience. Fifty years had passed, but the tears and grief were still raw. Secrets are painful and through my research I learned that secrecy can swallow the voice of an entire generation.


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Announcing RT's March Seal Of Excellence: Aftertime By Sophie Littlefield

BY , MARCH 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

The RT Editors have chosen Sophie Littlefield's Urban Fantasy, Aftertime, as the twelfth Seal of Excellence recipient. This novel captured our editors' attention with the terrifying obstacles in the path of a mother trying to find her daughter in a post-apocalyptic world.

But why was Aftertime awarded the RT Seal Of Excellence and which other titles were contenders for the month of March? 

Find Out >>


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Forewords - Books Before The Buzz

BY , MARCH 21, 2011 | 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 AUTHORS

Mainstream Fiction - Looking for an exotic tale? Award-winning author Isabel Allende never disappoints. Her newest offering, Maya's Notebook, will be published in October of next year. It is set in Berkeley and Chile and follows a young woman whose life is falling apart and her subsequent move to an isolated island off the coast of South America. 

Romantic Suspense - Sharon Sala has just signed a multi-book deal with Mira for several romantic suspense stories. We can’t wait! 

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES 

Paranormal - Kristina Douglas, aka Anne Stuart, will release the third and fourth books in her series The Fallen. In The Fallen universe, angels no longer allowed in heaven fight demons that are loose on earth. 

NEW SERIES ALERT 


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 3/18/2011

BY , MARCH 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week wishing you had a copy of Girls’ Guide To Flirting With Danger?

Here’s what you missed on the RT website.

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MYSTERY: Russel D. McLean on how his new novel is “a love song to the PI Genre”. Learn More >>

PARANORMAL ROMANCE: Get a look at Ann Aguirre’s upcoming novel. Read The Extended Excerpt >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Learn more about Lisa Dale’s coffee-slinging heroine. Read On >>

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE: Take a closer look at the two love stories in The Edge of Night. Get The Details >>


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Sneak Peek: Lauren Dane's Mesmerized

BY , MARCH 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT brings you an exclusive first look at Lauren Dane's new novel, Mesmerized. We go beyond the back cover blurb for a special look at this futuristic erotica, which will hit bookstores early April.

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Mesmerized is book two in my Phantom Corps miniseries, which is part of the Federation Chronicles series of futuristic erotic romances. This one has a little bit of a hat tip to Firefly (loved that show!). 

Mesmerized tells the story of Andrei Solace, one of the elite Phantom Corps team. A man of few words, who does not let too many people in past his silent façade, he’s been a bit of a mystery in the series. 

War has begun to break out and the enemy of The Federated Universes is using ‘Verses on the frontier with Imperialist territory to smuggle. Just what and why is a mystery they’re beginning to solve. So Phantom Corps teams are sent to get answers. 


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Karen Harper And Erin Quinn On Writing Irish Characters - With Giveaway!

BY , MARCH 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We celebrating the holiday with a very special interview. Karen Harper and Erin Quinn two of our favorite authors who bring the Emerald Isle to life in fiction with their Ireland-set tales! And don’t miss your chance to win Karen Harper’s The Irish Princess and an ADVANCED READER COPY of Erin Quinn’s Haunting Desire at the end of this interview

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Both of you are obviously attracted to Ireland as a setting for your historicals. What drew you to use Ireland, other, perhaps, than Irish descent?


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Video Interview: Artist Trevor Goring

BY , MARCH 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

Artist Trevor Goring has been illustrating comic books and graphic novels since he was in college. After graduating, he worked on the landmark comic 2000 AD before getting into storyboarding and creating concept art for movies and television. He has worked on such popular projects as Independence Day, X-Men 2 and the Twilight franchise. Today Trevor Goring chats with RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus about his previous projects and what fans can expect next.

Interview with artist/author Trevor Goring >>

More From The RT BOOK REVIEWS Video Channel >>


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Five Minutes With Actor Bradley Cooper

BY MORGAN, MARCH 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bradley Cooper’s new movie Limitless hits theatres this weekend. The film is based on the 2001 novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn. Bradley plays the story's protagonist Eddie Morra, a down-and-out writer who is given the opportunity to achieve great things by just taking a pill. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Bradley to chat with him about this film and his next project, The Hangover Part II

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When Limitless begins, Eddie is in pretty bad shape. Do you relate to him at all at this stage of his life?


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: What I Did For A Duke By Julie Anne Long

BY MORGAN, MARCH 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week, Whitney and I Dish about Julie Anne Long's historical romance What I Did For A Duke.

Whitney: As many of you know I am a fiend for historical romances. I have a few stock authors who I always keep my eyes open for when I head to the bookstore and Julie Anne Long is absolutely on that list. But time — and my reading allowance — being what it is, I’ve only read one of her previous five Pennyroyal Green stories. (As many might remember, I raved for months about Violet, the heroine of Long’s July novel, I Kissed An Earl.)

Morgan: And while Whitney has definitely mentioned Julie Anne Long before, What I Did For A Duke is my first time reading the author. And I don’t know why historical romance authors always do this to me, but I can't help but compare them to other authors. I would say that my first foray into a Long book made me immediately think of all the usual suspects: Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Liz Carlyle, Sophie Jordan ...


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Cozy Corner: Sarah Graves On Knockdown The Upcoming Story In The Home Repair Is Homicide Series

BY , MARCH 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

In this week’s Cozy Corner we chat with Sarah Graves of the popular Home Repair is Homicide series. Learn how the author started building her series from the ground up, while she was repairing her own house and find out what you can expect from her upcoming novel, Knockdown.

When I first came to Eastport, Maine and started writing the Home Repair is Homicide series starring home-repair enthusiast Jake Tiptree, like her I also started fixing up an old house.

Now, more than a dozen years later, the series still isn’t finished and the house isn’t, either. I guess you just never know what you’re getting yourself into when you fix that first leak, paint that first wall, scrape the first acre of wallpaper...

Or when you plot that first murder. The next thing you know, you’re wearing your own carpenter’s apron, swinging your own hammer...and researching just how far a 12-gauge shotgun’s range really is, anyway, and whether or not you can put a silencer on one (hint: don’t try this at home).


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