Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
This month you can enjoy five new historical tales of love from Harlequin. These stories will whisk you around the world and through several different time periods. And although we know some of you are still suffering with snow, by the time you are done reading these novels, May flowers may have even started sprouting!
Cassie Ryan gives readers a behind the scenes peek at the Nevada brothel where her heroine works in this month's paranormal romance The Demon and the Succubus. Find out which popular tv show inspired the story’s setting and what readers can expect between the pages of this series second!
Wow! What an honor it was to be asked to blog for RT BOOK REVIEWS, which has been one of my favorite companies...and conventions since I first started writing. I was asked to talk a little bit about the setting for my newest release, book 2 in the Sisters of Darkness series, The Demon and the Succubus. The book begins in a legalized Nevada brothel.
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!
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Mystery - Eighty-one years after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s death, his Sherlock Holmes series is returning with Anthony Horowitz penning The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel. Horowitz has been endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate, and promises "a first rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original". The House of Silk will be released November 1st.
Urban Fantasy - Rob Thurman's fans will be happy to know that there are two more Cal Leandros books releasing as well as another Trickster novel in the works.
Contemporary Romance - The next three books in Carolyn Brown's cowboy themed Spikes and Spurs series will be released from Sourcebooks. And if they are anything like the other stories in the series, they promise to be a boot stomping good time!
NEW SERIES ALERT
Today author Jade Lee shares a sneak peek at the art of her new Dragonborn comic/graphic novel with RT readers. Comic book issues will be released this summer from Sea Lion Books and the complete graphic novel is scheduled to hit shelves this fall — but you don't have to wait that long to get a look at some of the ways that artist Wilson Junior is bringing Lee's beloved characters to life!
Saturday evening the romance section of Posman Books in New York City was jam-packed with fans all wanting science fiction romance author Gini Koch’s autograph. Earlier this month Gini released the third in her Alien Collective series Alien in the Family. Gini’s books sold out fast, but that didn’t stop readers from grabbing up the author’s post cards and magnates. Gini mingled with the crowd who she greeted like friends — one thing you notice right away when meeting Ms. Koch, she's a hugger.
Traditionally sci fi romance has been a bit of a hard sell, but Gini is more than happy with her chosen genre — it gives her room to talk to the crowd about a wide range of topics. Everything from Galaxy Quest to love triangles was discussed during the signing with many references to music. (Aerosmith is the author’s favorite, but she says to really get into her series, try Smash Mouth’s album Get the Picture).
Well into the evening, I decided to ask the crowd what they loved so much about Gini’s books and the answer was unanimous: one and all are in love with the characters (especially the dreamy Jeff) and they also couldn’t get enough of the series’ realism. “It’s just so believable,” claimed one fan. “Like it could really happen.”
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We love witches in our paranormal novels and we aren’t the only ones! Today author Kelley Armstrong chats about what makes witches so intriguing. Then we highlight some of the long-running series, newly started sagas and a few extra witches in this theme spotlight.
In my Otherworld series, most supernatural types get a single narrator. Only one breaks that rule—in eleven books, I’ve had three witch heroines. Why? Because I’ve discovered that witches are the most versatile character type. They have the best range of abilities limited only by skill and willpower. In short, they make great heroines.
Give a woman the power to cast spells, and she can be many things. She can be a kick-ass dark witch, like Eve Levine (Haunted, 2005). Or she can be a brainy ethical crusader, like Paige Winterbourne (Stolen, 2003). Like Paige, she can be constantly striving to develop her powers. Or like Savannah Levine, she can be genetically blessed with so much that she must struggle to control it. Every scenario leads to a different path for the witch…and for the woman.
In our March issue, we ran an interview and contest with the legendary Francine Pascal, Sweet Valley High creator. We asked readers to share your favorite memories of the series in our Sweet Valley Contest and were thrilled at the entries which brought back sweet memories for us. Winners have been chosen and will each receive a copy of Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later, which is in stores now.
M. says: My favorite memory is when my family was living in California, and we went to the library at least twice a week if not more and as soon as that car stopped, my sister and I would be out of the car so fast that you couldn't see us for the dust. My mom would holler at us and tell us to "walk" into the library. Needless to say, we "walked" at a very very rapid pace, each of us elbowing the other in order to be the first to reach the newest Sweet Valley High books.
Mystery author Rosemary Harris continues her Dirty Business series with this month's Slugfest. This new mystery got 4 1/2 stars from RT and today the author chats with RT's Managing Editor Liz French about writing what she calls "suburban noir" mysteries, her heroine Paula and the role that Harris' experience as a master gardener plays in these books.