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Morgan And Shawna Dish: Delilah Marvelle's Forever A Lady

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Delilah Marvelle’s Forever a Lady takes readers on a realistic journey from the gritty slums of 1820s New York to tonnish London as she sets the scene for a “wrong side of the tracks” romance. Lady Bernadette Marie Burton is a wealthy widow and she’s looking to enjoy her well-earned freedom. Having no need of a husband, Bernadette’s on the lookout for a lover. When a darkly handsome Irish-American man saves her from an attacker, she believes she’s met her match. Matthew Joseph Milton wants to be everything that Lady Bernadette needs. But after falling into some hard times in New York, the journalist’s once pleasant life has taken a dark turn — forcing him into the slums that he would eventually come to protect as a gang leader. Can this couple ever bridge such wildly different backgrounds to find the love they both crave? Read on as RT’s Shawna does her first-ever Dish with Morgan for this week’s in-depth look at a read that has just hit shelves …

Morgan: When the story begins, hero Matthew Joseph Milton and his father are having a pretty bad day.


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Beauty And The Book: A Look At Medieval Lingerie

BY Whitney Sullivan, JULY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Do you dream of being a medieval maiden? Are your favorite romances set in the Middle Ages? Well, you certainly aren’t alone. More than a few of our beloved romance novels are set in this era of chivalrous knights, courtly love and drafty castles. But whether or not this time period is your particular chalice of tea, I think you’ll be intrigued by this breaking piece of medieval news. It turns out that, contrary to what historians have always thought, the women of the Middle Ages did not go commando. That’s right, our historical sisters’ “girls” may have had some very modern-looking support.

In a recent post on Historyextra.com, the BBC History Magazine’s website, historian Beatrix Nutz announced a new discovery in women’s wear. During the 2008 reconstruction of the longstanding Lengberg Castle in Austria, a room filled with 15th-century waste was uncovered. Among the refuse was not one, but four fragments of well-preserved linen in the shape of nearly-modern bras! 

One of the just-discovered bras


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: July 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. 

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Video Interview: Coreene Callahan

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Coreene Callahan has thrilled readers with her debut Dragonfury series, which follows the half-human, half-dragon shifters of the Nightfury clan. The muscle-bound hunks who tower over six feet have won a legion of fans. With the third book, the eagerly anticipated Fury of Seduction, set to hit shelves on November 13, 2012, RT's Morgan was on hand at BEA to get the scoop from Callahan. They discuss the author's inclusion of strong, independent human women who find themselves thrown into the foreign, and oftentimes dangerous, world of dragon shifters. And the woman who falls in love with the hero of Fury of Seduction is going to need this strength, because her dragon is hot — in more ways than one. Coreene Callahan reveals the identity of the seductive shifter and more in the video below. 


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The Sweet Life On The Big Screen: What's Next For Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley Saga

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

For a generation of women, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield were it. Their blonde hair, their size-six frames, their high jinks — we loved everything about them. Which is why the twins’ recent resurgence, thanks to creator Francine Pascal’s 2011 sequel Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later, as well as her current e-serial, The Sweet Life, has been greeted with such excitement.

Seeing Jessica, Elizabeth and the gang navigate their 20s has been tons of fun, but if you’d prefer a throwback to the old days, look no further than Diablo Cody’s upcoming film adaptation of our favorite twins, which Pascal told us all about at the recent RT Convention in Chicago.

“Diablo has been a fan for years,” Pascal said. “When we first met she was so nervous. I just loved her. She’s got humor, wit and heart.”

Cody’s adaptation focuses on the plot of one of the best Sweet Valley Highs (if we do say so ourselves), No. 7, Dear Sister — where Elizabeth, after a motorcycle accident, awakens from a coma behaving like her erstwhile twin Jessica. “She becomes more Jessica than Jessica!” Pascal laughed.


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On The Shelves Tuesday 7/24/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

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

Historical Romance

FOREVER A LADY

"Marvelle continues to push the boundaries of the genre with an emotionally unconventional love story."

AN UNSUITABLE BRIDE

"Readers will be entranced as Feather infuses her protagonists with intelligence, wit and maturity — along with a dose of sensuality and a small fascination with antiquarian books."


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Romance Rodeo: Choose Your Cowboy Cutie

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month, three is the magic number when it comes to cowboy heroes. The July 2012 releases feature three stories from different settings so that you’ll wind up with the cowboy of your dreams. You can let your eyes do the picking with a look at these excellent covers but if you’re anything like us, the sight of not one but three cowboy hat-clad yummy heroes might leave you even more indecisive. So today we’re breaking these books down, telling you where (and when) you’ll find these dudes who are home, home on the range and have lassoed our hearts. And remember, no one said you have to choose just one ...

 

 

 

Cowboy Contender One: Brody Armstrong

Where You’ll Find Him: In the historical romance Brody by Emma Lang

When You’ll Find Him: Texas, 1836

Why You’ll Love Him: This Texas Ranger fearlessly hunts for a young man who was stolen by ranchers — a job that would be a lot easier if the boy’s sultry older sister Liv weren’t along to help. But as the pair of strangers turn into partners (in more way than one in this steamy story) you’ll love every second of their adventure that takes you through the lone star state and into 1800s Mexico!

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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2012 | 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!

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES

Contemporary Romance - We can’t wait to return to the New England resort community of Elisabeth Barrett’s Star Harbor series. The author will open the proverbial gates to the small town three more times in upcoming novels. Readers will get remaining Grayson brothers' stories in Blaze of WinterLong Simmering Spring and Slow Summer Burn. Publication dates TBA.

Paranormal Romance - What does a warrior angel do when he’s forced to pick between his winged-brothers and the half-demon who just might be his mate? We’ll find out when Tes Hilaire’s Deliver Me From Death hits the shelves. This is the third book in the author's Paladin series, which means the time to get caught up on this series is now!

NEW SERIES ALERT


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Series Saturday: Piper's Popularity

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

Recently, we have been seeing a lot of Pipers, Pias and Pippas in series romances. Could it be that a year ago, when these books were most likely being written, that one “P” name was dominating the headlines? Maybe we have Pippa Middleton, sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, to thank for some of the feisty heroines gracing our recent reads. In order to get to know these fictional heroines a bit better, we are spotlighting three "Pipers" that may have you seeing the newly fashionable name in a different light.

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No Holds Barred by Cara Summers

Meet this Piper: Piper MacPherson 

Her Best Feature: Piper is a defense attorney who knows how to get her man - both in and out of the courtroom. When she becomes the target of a killer, her bodyguard turns out to be the one man who has been at the top of her fantasy list for years. 


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 7/20/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week Wooing the Schoolmarm?

Here's what you missed on the RT site:

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: July's historicals transport readers around the world! Take A Trip >>

SERIES ROMANCE: We interview author Sarah M. Anderson. Meet A Man of Privilege >>

SCIENCE FICTION: Ian Tregillis discusses his alternate history tale. Discover The Coldest War >>


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