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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Starting The Morning Right With The Welcome Mixer!

BY , APRIL 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today the wait is finally over — we've kicked off the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention! This morning the fun began bright and early with the Welcome Mixer. Readers, authors, booksellers and industry insiders turned out for the first party of the convention. 

After we all got some morning treats, RT Founder Kathryn Falk greeted convention goers and shared a preview of what was to come in the days ahead. We also heard a lovely tribute to Walter Zacharius, the head of Kensington Publishing who recently passed on. And of course, Kate Ryan, RT's Bookstores That Care Network Coordinator, announced RT's Bookseller of the year, Darlene Krogol of Another Look Books. This Michigan-based bookseller wrote a song that celebrated RT's commitment to supporting Independent bookstores and, to the tune of a classic by Gladys Knight & the Pips, RT's Mr. Romance 1996, Mark Johnson serenaded the crowd!


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We're Headed To LA For The 2011 RT Booklovers Convention!

BY , APRIL 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

We're off to LA to meet up with our fellow genre fiction fans at the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention. Goodbye rainy New York, sunny L.A. here we come! All week long you can follow the convention action on the RT Daily Blog. You will get insider info from authors attending panels and leading workshops. You can also get our take on this year's annual awards ceremony and check out photos from the morning mixers and nightly parties.

Over the next five days we are looking forward to attending some of the 125 workshops for readers, writers and booksellers and librarians. From hands-on craft workshops to discussions about the industry and spotlights on each of the genres, our upcoming hours will be filled with sessions that promise to be memorable. This year's workshops will be recorded and offered as mp3 audio files by www.ConferenceRecording.com for everyone who can't attend or can't read their handwriting after jotting down notes during the panels. And for everyone who can't make it to the full five-day convention but is interested in coming for some of the events, take a look at the day pass options available.


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Video Interview With Allie Pleiter

BY , APRIL 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Allie Pleiter is known for her inspirational romances. This month her Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical romance, Yukon Wedding releases. Today the author chats with her editor Krista Stroever and RT's Morgan Doremus about her new novel and what fans can expect next.

Allie Pleiter On Yukon Wedding And Other Projects In The Works >>

Allie Pleiter Talks About Writing Series Romance For Harlequin >>

More From The RT BOOK REVIEWS Video Channel >>


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More Than Words: A Moving Romance Anthology

BY , APRIL 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

It is always wonderful to hear about women making positive changes in their communities. Mix this charity work with sweet romance and you get this month's Harlequin anthology More Than Words Volume 7. For this book, contemporary romance authors Carly Phillips, Donna Hill and Jill Shalvis teamed up to write love stories inspired by real life heroines who work to better others' lives. We were so enamored with this great collection of stories that we asked the authors to tell us a little bit more about their characters and the work they do.

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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 4/5/2010

BY , APRIL 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.


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Forewords - Books Before The Buzz

BY , APRIL 04, 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!

AUTOBUY AUTHORS

Mainstream Fiction - HarperCollins will publish Amy Tan’s next novel The Valley of Amazement. Tan describes the book as “a story about 1890-1940 San Francisco, Shanghai and the valley in-between…. A painting called the 'Valley of Amazement' is passed along through three generations of women of the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers.” No word yet on a release date for the novel.


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Sneak Peek: Jenna Black's Dark Descendant

BY , APRIL 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT brings you an exclusive first look at Jenna Black's upcoming April novel, Dark Descendant. Black leaves behind her vampires and fae to start a new series about the children of mythic gods. Today we go beyond the back cover blurb to talk about how the author is leaving her own special mark on these gifted offspring.

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The Joys of Cannibalism

My dream of being a published author took me a long time to achieve. Sixteen years, to be exact. During those sixteen years of collecting rejection letters, I wrote eighteen full novels and one incomplete one. It was the eighteenth novel that finally sold and launched my career as a published author.

When I tell people this story, they invariably ask me if I’ve subsequently sold any of my first seventeen books. The answer is no, because my writing has evolved too much since then for me to be happy with those older books. However, when it came time for me to start a new urban fantasy series, I decided to go back and cannibalize that one incomplete novel that was sitting in a drawer. (Figuratively—it was actually sitting on a hard drive, but let’s not get technical.)


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Debut Author Spotlight: Cheryl Ann Smith

BY , APRIL 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Name: Cheryl Ann Smith 

Book: The School for Brides 

Age: 40-ish 

Current Home: SE Michigan 

Author Icon: My favorite book is Shanna, so Kathleen Woodiwiss. 

Number of manuscripts hidden under the bed: 8-10 full manuscripts and many, many partials.

Time it took to sell first book: This book took only a couple of months to sell once my agent read the finished manuscript and submitted it to editors. But I’ve been writing for about 16 years.  


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 4/1/2011

BY , APRIL 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week getting ready for the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention?

Here’s what you missed on the RT website.

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Katharine Ashe shares a day in the life of a pirate. Check It Out >>

PARANORMAL/URBAN FANTASY: Get up to speed on 4 long-running series. Learn More >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Go between the covers of Jill Shalvis’ new novel. Read The Excerpt >>

FANTASY: Jim C. Hines’ e-book anthology gets a *Web Exclusive Review*. Get The Details >>

SERIES ROMANCE: Carole Mortimer brings her historical family to the present. Learn Why >>


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Interview With Erotica Author Sunny And Giveaway!

BY , APRIL 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today RT’s Web Editor Morgan Doremus chats with paranormal erotic romance author Sunny about her popular Mona Lisa and Lucinda series, how she transitioned into her career as an erotica author and what fans can expect next!

Morgan: I would love to start out by discussing your most well known books, the Mona Lisa series which features the Monères race. While these characters are technically aliens since they originated on the moon, your stories are generally labeled 'paranormal' rather than 'science fiction' — why do you think this is?


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