We're not going to lie, ever since we were 8 years old, doodling on our Trapper Keepers, we have loved horses. They're so majestic yet gentle. Plus, they sometimes come with a hot cowboy nearby! This month we noticed an awful lot of equestrian action on these book covers …
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!
Fantasy - Fantasy lovers are sure to devour Michael F. Haspil’s Graveyard Shift, an exciting new novel starring two cops with supernatural abilities. Look for this in 2015!
Mystery - With a 15-pound cat as her sidekick, an amateur sleuth winds up in heaps of intrigue in Say Yes to the Death and To Helen Back by bestselling author Susan McBride. Readers eager for a new cozy mysteries to get wrapped up in will want to keep their eyes peeled for this new series. Release dates: TBA.
Did you spend the whole week waiting for The Forest Ranger's Return?
Here's what you missed on the RT website:
It's true that all good things must come to an end, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. Alas, we're here to celebrate the end of Jennifer Estep's awesome paranormal series, Mythos Academy, with a Friday Free for All! We've got five copies of Jennifer's finale, Killer Frost, to give away. Read along as Gwen fights her final battle with Vic and Logan by her side. And! One lucky winner will get the entire six-book series. So while we're sad to bid Gwen adieu, at least she's going out on a high note. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Enter by filling out the widget below. Good luck!
The grad prize winner is Lydia P.! The runners up are Abby M., Karin P., Lammie, Whitney M. and Janet S.
The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling out favorite Tweets. Here are some of the standouts of the week:
Inspired by Kelly Jensen's time line of black history in YA fiction, we wondered: has anyone done this for adult romance? We were disheartened to learn that finding a comprehensive history of African American romance isn't so easy. So we reached out to numerous authors, readers, publicists and editors to compile memorable milestones in the genre. The results? A list of how (and when) the genre developed into what romance readers know and love today.
Susan Vaught knows a thing or two about making readers shiver in fear and sleep with the lights on — and her latest release, Insanity, pulls out all the stops! With such a knack for writing an eerie and surprising horror story, Susan is the perfect author to share tips with us on how to write a creeptastic tale. So grab your pens and take notes! Take it away, Susan!
Self-publishing! It’s been the buzz word in the publishing world for quite some time, as authors, editors, agents and more debate just where the future of publishing is heading. To help us all figure it all out, we'll be spotlighting various self-publishing heavy hitters — including authors, editors and industry professionals — here on the RT blog each month with our new Self-Pub Like a Pro column.
So what’s really going on behind the curtain? Author Beverley Kendall recently conducted a comprehensive survey to find out just that, and the results were surprising and illuminating. We got in touch with Beverley to find out more.
What are the top three most important takeaway points from your survey?
My first takeaway from the results of the survey is that self-publishing definitely isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme. It requires hard work and being successful in it takes time.
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. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.
A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers
Who doesn’t love a funny, sexy contemporary romance? We’re certainly big fans of those modern-day love stories, which means we are big Jill Shalvis fans! To celebrate her latest release, RT Top Pick! Once in a Lifetime, we got her to go Into the archives with us and tell us her three favorite novels from her very own backlist. Prepare your TBR piles!