This week Morgan and Elisa crack open the steamy debut novel from Katie Porter — writing duo Carrie Lofty and Lorelei Brown — Double Down. The story kicks off their Vegas Topguns series, which will feature sexy military characters with special kinks in each book. Double Down treats us to the story of an Air Force pilot with a fetish for roleplaying that he just can’t seem to wrap his head around and a sultry young woman who is all too eager to satisfy his every desire.
Name: Kira Brady
Book: Hearts of Darkness
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Current Home: Seattle, WA
Job (when not writing): I play zoo tour guide, craft diva, and storybook queen for my two year old heroine-in-training.
Author Icons: Meljean Brook and Ilona Andrews. I love their world building, action-adventure plots, and delicious love stories.
What was it like writing Hearts of Darkness? What was the easiest part? The most difficult?
When I wrote Hearts of Darkness, I had neither child nor day job. I spent most of my time frolicking, reading every book I could get my hands on, and traveling the world with my globetrotting husband. Discipline was the hardest part! I also hadn't figured out that I'm a plotter, not a pantser. I threw out a lot of extra scenes that didn't fit into the final book. I have less time now, but I'm a lot more efficient about how I work.
One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But 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.
Holiday in Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller
Become by Ali Cross
Authors today have many outlets for their creativity. If a story doesn't fit with a traditional publisher, the work is no longer relegated to the back of a file cabinet, a box under the bed or the depths of a computer hard drive. These days, books have a chance to reach interested readers via the popular avenue of self-publishing, which is great news for historical fans. With unique reads available online, we get to venture out and explore new worlds — much like the exploring that was done by the heroines of old! Unsure where will you head next? Then take our quiz to find out which recent self-published historical romance is right for you!
1. Every girl has to have a signature song. Which tune fits your attitude best?
A) "No More Drama" by Mary J. Blige. There’s more than enough of that in your life as it is.
B) "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police, because you’ve got it going on.
C) “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. You’re still waiting for your Romeo.
D) "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" by Sophie B. Hawkins, because you would rock him 'til the daylight comes.
2. So many online dating profiles, so little time to sort through them all. Going on usernames alone, who would you wink at first?
This year at 2012 RWA Annual Conference we took on the daunting task of gathering autographed copies from some of the most beloved romance authors — all for you! That's right, we're giving away the following 26 signed books to one very lucky reader. With titles from Lorraine Heath, Tessa Dare, Robyn Carr and more, this is one giveaway that's not to be missed. To enter, leave a comment below telling us which book you are most excited to read the why. Pretty simple, right? We're waiting to hear from you, but make sure to respond by August 15 when we will be announcing the winner! (U.S. mailing addresses only, please.)
BLOG UPDATE 8/15/12: The winner is dg_molly.
In romance novels, carriages are more than just a mode of transport. These rockin’ conveyances move the story along. Whether they provide the means for a gentleman to woo his lady on a scenic ride to the park or they serve as the meeting place for late-night trysts after the opera, they are always versatile. In Juliana Gray’s Top Pick! debut novel, A Lady Never Lies, which won our August Seal of Excellence award, the invention of the horseless carriage is a major plot point and bone of contention between the hero and heroine. It got us thinking: If we were alive in ye olden days, what sweet ride would we want to see pull up to the curb?
We can't deny it, a luxury ride does get a lot of attention. True today as it was in the Regency. Who’d want to be courted a by a man driving a busted buggy when she could have someone who pulled out all the stops — like Lionel Walter, Baron Rothschild? Now there was a man with presence. He trained a team of zebras to lead his carriage, and, as we all know, animal print never goes out of style.
Whatever chariot sets your soul a’fire, our modern historical heroes (mostly) had the means to choose the pick of the litter. Here’s an overview of their choices and what they would signify to a discerning lady.
I originally found out about author Jim C. Hines after coming across a few of his blog posts where he recreated cover model poses from fantasy and romance covers (which you can see here and here). After laughing uncontrollably, I figured someone with this much imagination must write some great stories. I got my chance to read Jim's books with Libriomancer, a fantasy tale that follows Isaac Vainio, a Libriomancer with the power to conjure fictional items from books, bringing them to life. The book was an absolute delight and stuck with me for days, but left me with a few questions that Jim has kindly agreed to answer. And to help spread my love of this story, readers can enter to win their own hardcover copy of Libriomancer at the end of this post!
Book: Innocent Darkness
Current Home: Los Angeles
Author Icon: Kim Harrison
Number of manuscripts hidden under the bed: Nine. It took me awhile to realize that books needed plots.
What was it like writing Innocent Darkness? What was the easiest part? The most difficult?
I wrote Innocent Darkness in two chunks - the first part was during one of Candace Haven's fast draft classes, the second part during NaNoWriMo of 2009. Writing large amounts of words each day - especially with a job and a family - can be really stressful. I remember having an 8k goal on Thanksgiving, as I desperately tried to finish the book during NaNoWriMo so I could enter it in the Golden Heart awards. Not getting distracted by research was also hard, giving that it's set in a quasi-Victorian alternate version of 1901 Los Angeles and San Francisco and the realm of faerie, I had to do a ton of research as I wrote. The characters were the easy part, Noli, V, and even Kevighn, just sort of leapt onto the page from my imagination.
Carina Press is the digital-first arm of Harlequin, but in November readers will also be treated to a print anthology of Carina's most popular erotica novellas. Authors Delphine Dryden, Christine d’Abo and Jodie Griffin each contribute a sensual BDSM story to Carina’s print debut, The Theory of Attraction. Today we have the pleasure of revealing the anthology’s cover! But that’s not all. We also spotlight each of the stories and include thoughts from the authors about how the print anthology's cover with its dark background, royal colored ribbon and scrolling text reflects their spicy stories.
Click on the cover to see the full-size version
Bestselling author Karen Robards, and recent winner of the RT Seal of Excellence in January for Sleepwalker, is back with her latest book, a heart-pounding romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, The Last Victim. And she is blogging here today to give hopeful authors the breakdown on what it takes to be a successful romance writer.