Join us in the debate of whether the mythology of the traditional, Dracula-like vampires are best or if the technology driven stories of today's vamps get your attention. Pick your side before this week's release of the holiday anthology The Bite Before Christmas. Bestselling authors Jeaniene Frost and Lynsay Sands each write a story about their vampires — one uses old school techniques, the other embraces new mythos. Want to learn more about each author's series? Check out our quick guide below. And after reading about the stories, make sure to comment in order to enter into our HUGE GIVEAWAY.
Bestselling author Kim Harrison is best known for her urban fantasy series about the bounty hunting witch Rachel Morgan, and her supernatural friends and foes. Tomorrow readers can take a peek behind the scenes of Rachel's story with The Hollows Insider. But at Comic Con 2011, RT's Morgan got a chance to chat with the author about why it was the right time to write this series guide — and took an early look at the next novel in Rachel's story, A Perfect Blood, before its February release date. And don't miss your chance to win your own copy of The Hollows Insider at the end of this interview!
GIVEAWAY ALERT: One lucky reader will win a copy of The Hollows Insider series guide. To enter leave a comment below telling us one thing that you would like to know about the series! The winner will be announced on November 1.
BLOG UPDATE 11/1/2011: And the winner is ... Christopher Kaylor
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Just in time for Halloween, two of the top names in vampire romance are releasing an anthology. The Bite Before Christmas features stories from Jeaniene Frost and her Night Huntress characters Cat and Bones and Lynsay Sands is back with her Argeneau vampires. If you need to get caught up with both series, make sure to meet us on the RT Daily Blog on Monday at 2:00 when we will be giving away both authors’ Avon book backlists along with a $50 gift card. While you wait, we decided to give you a taste of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world with this interview between RT's Morgan and the author that took place during last week’s Comic Con.
Morgan Doremus: You are best known for your Night Huntress series featuring Cat and Bones. Readers who have been following this couple's story were surprised (and thrilled) to learn that you will be expanding the series from seven to nine books, not to mention the story that we see in next week’s The Bite Before Christmas. Why the expansion?
My favorite scene from a Disney movie is at the end of Beauty and the Beast when the curse is lifted and the beast is transformed back to his true self. Belle takes one look at the handsome prince, doesn’t recognize him and she starts to turn away. But then their gazes meet and Belle knows she is indeed looking into the eyes of her one true love.
Honestly, I’ve always been amazed that such a romantic scene takes place in a film that also stars a singing teapot and dancing candlestick.
Although it is only a cartoon, Beauty and the Beast captures one of the most enduring of all human needs — to be loved for your inner beauty rather than outward appearance. It can be difficult enough to try to recognize the person you are suppose to be with, adding a disfigurement on top of that just makes finding true love that much more challenging.
Zombies, futuristic inventions and kidnappings, oh my! This month's paranormal YA novel Dearly, Departed, by debut author Lia Habel, is full of all this and more. Get a look at Habel's captivating world, and her unsusual heroine, in today's special guest Dish!
Whitney: I’ll be the first to say it, this is a big book. I refused to put this book down as I was reading it — I even walked through the streets of Brooklyn with my nose between its pages! Although the story clocks in at 471 pages, it feels like you are involved in the story for much longer.
Elisa: It’s not a pick-up, put-down type of reading situation, Habel discusses heavy issues like race and segregation, conspiracies, fringe science and what makes someone human.
Whitney: And she skilfully weaves all of it into a really compelling story about zombies and the human race’s fight for survival. Habel just throws you into her world and and says, “Sink or swim!” Luckily, her worldbuilding is so good you’ll be swimming in no time, even if this is your first steampunk-esque story.
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 our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.
Pleasure With Purpose by Lisa Renee Jones
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
There's nothing quite like sitting down with a Sandra Brown novel. You know that you are in for a fast-paced, intriguing ride. Today we sit down for a "coffee break" with the author for a special look at her latest romantic suspense, Lethal, her Loveswept reissues and what fans can expect next!
Lethal seems more romantic suspense-y than your recent thrillers, is there a reason you’ve gone more romantic in this outing?
The situation in this story lent itself to more sexual tension, and I was glad, because that’s my favorite thing to read as well as to write. It was the perfect “storm” of two people being co-dependent but unhappy about it. They’re also forced by circumstances to stay in each other’s company within close quarters. Add to that the mutual attraction, the forbidden aspect of the union, and it’s a classic set up for combustion.
Looking back on your illustrious career, what book from your past do your fans clamor for a return to?
New York Comic Con 2011 may be over, but the deals we are hearing about are heating up. In addition to our NYCC coverage, we absolutely could not wait to pass along the news about three upcoming graphic novel projects coming from some of the biggest authors of the year.
The Millennium Trilogy is going graphic! Stieg Larsson’s runaway bestselling series — which started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — will be adapted by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo. In traditional format, these books have sold over 60 million copies worldwide and spawned two film adaptations so we were particularly interested to hear that the series will now be adapted into graphic novels. Although Vertigo has not yet announced an artist or adaptation team that has been signed to work on the series, we expect those details to come down the line shortly.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
"A skillful blending of historically accurate events and finely wrought, believable characters gives the story tremendous emotional impact."
"Complex characters and plot, a parallel storyline, a quest, two star-crossed lovers and fast pacing make this a most delightful read."