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Love (and Bombs) Are In the Air ...

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 | PERMALINK

Series author Karen Foley shares what inspired her to set her new novel, Hot-Blooded, in war-torn Afghanistan. Learn how the author brings together her surly hero and spunky heroine in her new desert romance. And don't miss this excerpt at the end of the post!

One of the best things about being a writer is that I get to live vicariously through my characters and do all the things that I’d never dare do in real life. For example, I work full-time for the Department of Defense and one of my agency’s top priorities is to support our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by soliciting volunteers to perform six month deployments. While I’m not brave enough to leave my home and family for six or more months, I’ve watched many of my co-workers volunteer to support our troops in the Middle East. They operate in an administrative capacity, but they endure the same austere living conditions and day-to-day hardships that the military do. 


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The August Seal of Excellence: Shades of Milk and Honey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 | PERMALINK

The RT Editors have chosen Mary Robinette Kowal's historical fantasy novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, as the fifth Seal of Excellence recipient. The author captured our attention with her Austen-esq style and her powerful world building. 

But why was Shades of Milk and Honey awarded the RT Seal Of Excellence and which other titles were contenders for the month of August? 

Find Out >>

And don't miss RT's exclusive interview with author Mary Robinette Kowal later this week!


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What's On The Web: The Contemps - Author Interviews

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 | PERMALINK

Yesterday RT spotlighted a newly launched YA website, The Contemps, which is run by a group of twenty-one authors who love contemporary YA fiction. (Learn more here.) Today we go in-depth with some of these authors to get their take on what’s going on in the YA sub-genre that they love so much. Authors April Henry, Denise Jordan, Mindi Scott, Courtney Summers, Melissa Walker and Sara Bennett Wealer share why they write YA novels, which titles introduced them to the genre (ahem, Judy Blume, ahem) and they list their favorite recent contemporary YA reads!

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Why are contemporary YA stories so important? What do they offer that readers may not get from other genres?


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Susan Gee Heino's Damsel In Disguise

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Susan Gee Heino stops by to discuss her latest historical heroine, Julia St. Clement from September's Damsel In Disguise. Learn about the realities of being an actress in Regency-era England and don't miss the excerpt at the end of the post!

I’m really excited to talk about Damsel In Disguise and my fun, disguise-wearing heroine. She’s a spunky, out-of-the-box gal so I was able to explore some humorous plot twists and quirky costumes for her. 

Julia St. Clement is an actress in Regency England; 1816 to be precise. And she’s on the run. Three years ago a not-very-nice man named Fitzgelder ruined her life when he destroyed her relationship with Lord Rastmoor, a respectable nobleman. Fitzgelder also ruined her career. Since that time, Julia and her father have lived in hiding, going by assumed names and avoiding London at all costs.


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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 9/14/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 | PERMALINK

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

Series Romance


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Where To Catch Up With The RT Editors

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 | PERMALINK

It's time for the fall conference season to begin and RT editors will be attending several different fiction-related workshops this year. If you're at one of these programs be sure to say hi!

Managing Editor Liz French will be attending the American Christian Fiction Writers' Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19. Learn more about the conference here.

Senior Editor Elissa Petruzzi and Executive Editor Faygie Levy will be at the Authors After Dark, Romance Unlimited conference in Secaucus, N.J. On Friday, Sept. 17. Learn more about the conference here.


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Video Interview: Michele Lang

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 | PERMALINK
Author Michele Lang is interviewed by RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus. The author's newest release, Lady Lazarus, is an historical Urban Fantasy set on the cusp of World War II, and follows the story a young witch who must find an angelic text that will help her stop the war. Now Lang goes behind the scenes of Lady Lazarus to share details about her infusion of the supernatural into the action of WWII, which true historical facts inspired her new series and much more!

Michele Lang Discusses Her Series Starter Lady Lazarus >>

Michele Lang On The Characters Of Her New Series >>

Read The *Web Exclusive Review* of Lady Lazarus >>


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Trish J. MacGregor Finds Inspiration in Ecuador

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Trish J. MacGregor shares her impressions of Ecuador, where her new fantasy novel, Esperanza, is set. Learn how this country's contrasts captured the author's heart and get a glimpse of some of the moments that inspired her novel.

Ecuador is a country of stunning contrasts. From its Andean peaks and volcanoes to the seaside towns that smell of salt and fish to the mysterious jungles that are home to indigenous tribes, it’s a writer’s dream. Pick an area, any area, and you’ll find unique cultures, customs, and mythologies. 


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Romance At the Brooklyn Book Festival

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

Against a backdrop of lightly sprinkling rain, hundreds of authors and readers met in Brooklyn yesterday for the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. With guest authors including John Ashbery, Sara Shepard, Jessica Hagedorn, Salman Rushdie and more, Borough Hall Plaza was the place for New Yorkers to be.

Amidst the political discussion courtesy of Paul Krugman, sports talk with Venus Williams, comedy sketches featuring Sarah Silverman and a suspenseful conversation with Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane, there was also a panel on one of my favorite topics - the romance novel. Titled "Romancing the Novel" and featuring authors Donna Hill and Sarah MacLean, this panel delved into the some of the big questions in romance.


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What's On The Web: The Contemps

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT loves The Contemps, a new website that brings authors and readers together to discuss what’s going on in contemporary YA fiction. The site launched on August 17th and already has 21 authors who have gathered together to "celebrate books that feature true-to-life settings, characters and situations." These authors are are blogging, tweeting and sharing their experiences as teens. The Contemps is more than just a gathering place for contemporary YA fans, it also shows publishers that readers are interested in a reading about a wide range of YA tales. So be sure to join in the discussion at The Contemps — you can expect these authors' reflections to be honest and their passion for contemporary YA fiction to be contagious!

The Website Breakdown


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