Sometimes when the going gets tough you just need a friend to help you see the silver lining. Although authors Bella Andre, Monica McCarty and Jami Alden each write in different genres, they credit their friendship for their individual success. Today the author trio chats with RT's Morgan about the care and keeping of their special friendship — and why every author should have friends like these!
Author Kristina Riggle’s new mainstream novel, Things We Didn’t Say, is an RT Top Pick! The story follows Casey as she makes some big decisions in her life — mainly breaking up with her fiancé. But then the unthinkable happens — one of her ex-fiancés children goes missing and soon the entire extended family is involved in the search. Casey must re-evaluate her feelings about her relationship. Today we asked the author to share what inspired her to craft such a tangled family dynamic for her novel.
Is there any more intense crucible of personalities than a family?
See, we choose our friends. If our priorities change, if we grow apart or frankly get sick of each other, we can break up, or drift away. Our friends are a shifting pool of old and new connections, changing as we grow and circumstances change.
But we cannot escape those family ties.
Even those who move away, and cut off contact, are still bound by blood and history. It’s a rare person indeed who is never confronted with her own heritage and descendants.
Families are intricate. Each person has a personality, but each relationship has a personality of its own as well. Each marriage, each sibling relationship, the collective sibling relationship, in-law connections, they all have their own dynamics which are further altered by the presence of the others.
As a person, I sometimes find this complexity exhausting. As a writer, I find it delicious.
It’s not only delicious, but it’s as important and vital a literary subject as any other.
Our greatest pain is caused by the ones we love, either through their actions, or witnessing their suffering. The stakes never feel so high as within a family. Are you doing the right thing in raising the children? Are you holding together your marriage well enough? Are you taking care of your aging parents with enough love and diligence?
These are weighty, universal matters and worthy of literary attention.
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.
The Reiver by Jackie Barbosa
Sheltering Hearts by Robyn Carr
Tuesday was Romance Writers of America's annual "Readers For Life" Literacy Autographing. With almost 500 authors signing and lines that wrapped around a New York City block, a tremendous amount of money was raised for important literacy programs. RT BOOK REVIEWS was there to chat with some of the authors in attendance. Here's a look at what we learned from a handful of the many fan favorite authors at the signing.
Susan Andersen was signing her newest contemporary novel Burning Up. We asked the author what was something about her writing that would surprise readers and Susan said that she likes writing about the family and friends in her books as much as writing the romance. So which was her favorite family member in Burning Up? "Definitely Auntie Lenore."
Mainstream author Elin Hilderbrand is a fan favorites for her Nantucket-set tales, which always make great beach reads. But with this month's Silvergirl Hilderbrand creates a tale that is based in reality but ripe with opportunities of love and self-discovery the way that only a mainstream novel can be. Get a special look at this compelling new novel as we go behind the scenes with the author!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: The beginning of Silver Girl sounds ripped from the headlines as a love struck wife gets what our reviewer calls “the rug pulled out from under her” when the cops take her husband away for fraud. Did the timing of, or developments in the Maddoff story affect this tale?
Bestselling author Janet Evanovich has made her screwball amateur PI (and professional bail bondsman) Stephanie Plum a household name. Stephanie's latest numerically titled adventure, Smokin' Seventeen, sold over 218,000 books across the digital, audio and traditional formats — in the first day! Today Janet Evanovich sits down with RT's Morgan Doremus to chat about Ranger and Morelli, the two men in Stephanie's life, and the third one that her mother picked out for her special. And then don't miss your chance to win a copy of Smokin' Seventeen after the interview.
GIVEAWAY ALERT: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Smokin' Seventeen. To enter just tell us why you'd love to be an amateur sleuth. Or email your comment here with your name, US mailing address and the subject line "Janet Evanovich's Smokin' Seventeen Giveaway!" The winner will be announced on July 12.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Eve Edwards' historical YA series starter The Other Countess is an RT Top Pick! Reviewer Raven Heller says of the story, "I stayed up way too late to finish this one — but it was so worth it!" Last week readers got a look at the first few chapters of the story and the author gave away advance reader copies of The Other Countess. Congratulations to last week's winners and we are thrilled to announce that this week one more reader will win an ARC of the story and everyone will get a chance to read the second chapter of the story!
Will watched her go with regret. His attraction to the dark-haired lady with her execrable embroidery had taken him by surprise. She’d been laughing at his brothers—that was what had done it. Her eyes had sparkled with humor, her smiling lips just begging for a kiss.
Will sighed. He was here on serious business and could not afford to be distracted.
James scratched his chest and yawned. “Who was she, Will?”
This week authors flock to New York City for the 2011 Romance Writers of America Annual Conference. Published authors and those looking to sell their stories meet up for workshops on the craft and business of writing. This year big name authors Madeline Hunter, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Diana Gabaldon, among others, will attend and share their experiences in the industry with other convention attendees. And tomorrow night the RWA conference opens their doors to readers as well as authors, when the organization hosts their annual Readers for Life giant book fair. The event raises funds for illiteracy programs and brings together nearly 500 authors — including Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nalini Singh and Julia Quinn. Get all the details about the conference and the fundraising book signing in this video interview with author Dorien Kelley, the President of Romance Writers of America.
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!
EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS
Historical Romance – Debut author Victoria Roberts kicks off her new series about Scottish rogues, Bad Boys of the Highlands, with a hero who is plagued by demanding relatives, a king’s decree and a defiant heroine. Although no publication date has been announced yet, we do know that this is the first of three in Robert’s new series.
Young Adult – In The Incarcerado Trilogy series starter, two teens at the Pulaski Country Juvenile Detention Center for Boys learn that they have superpowers. But that’s not the only revelation; it quickly becomes clear that the head of the Extranatural Agency has a devious agenda for these two boys in The Twelve Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs. Publication date TBA.
Science Fiction – Years after all of the adults have been abducted by aliens, two teens meet a girl whose supernatural powers may be able to stop the alien agenda in Conquered Earth by J. Barton Mitchell. The first in this trilogy is slated for publication in Fall 2012.