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.
Did you spend your whole week Taming the Last St. Claire?
Here’s what you missed on the RT website.
In Jami Alden's new romantic suspense Beg for Mercy, heroine Megan Flynn is racing against the ticking clock of her imprisoned brother’s execution date. Will she be able to convince Detective Cole Williams to reopen the case of a man he believes is guilty of a heinous crime?
Whitney: This is my favorite romantic suspense to come along in a while. The romantic relationship is so tortured, the killer is so evil, this was literally a story I did not want to put down.
Morgan: Agreed. Right now I am riding high on the whole resurgence great romantic suspense out there (waving at Maya Banks, Marie Force and Jayne Ann Krentz). And this has got to be, hands down, the best I’ve read in a long time. It was intensely thrilling, but the romance was still there — lurking behind every piece of dialogue, every action.
Whitney: Beg for Mercy really did read like a return to the early days of romantic suspense. Fans of classic Kay Hooper, Linda Howard and Catherine Coulter novels will devour this tale.
This month's RT Seal of Excellence was awarded to Beauty Queens by the phenomenal Libba Bray. This satirical YA novel follows a group of teen beauty queens fighting for survival on a dessert island and won such praise from the RT editors as, "One of the most creative books I've ever read." Today RT's Senior Editor Stephanie Klose sits down with the author to get the insider details about the making of Beauty Queens. (It is so behind the scenes, you'll get to see the author singing at the end of the video.) And then don't miss your chance to win this novel after the interview!
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.
In recognition of Gay Pride Month, today we are chatting with YA author Lauren McLaughlin who is best known for her non traditional series, Cycler and (Re) Cycler. In these books the heroine, Jill, lives for four days every month as a boy named Jack. Says RT’s Kate Girard of the series first, Cycler, “There is nothing about this story that is ordinary, and yet this tale about struggling through life as a teen will feel as familiar to readers as if it is their own while simultaneously inspiring deep reflection on what it is to be ‘normal’.” Today the author talks about her tales of love and identity, and offers three good resources for teens (and families) that want to learn more about transgender issues.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
by Anne Stuart
“In The House of Rohan series, no innocent is safe and readers are rendered breathless with chills of delight.”
|Seduction And Scandal |
by Charlotte Featherstone
“Secrets, passions and conflicts abound as readers are led through a labyrinth of plot twists, séances … and love scenes that take their breath away and leave them panting for more.”
|A Wedding Wager |
by Jane Feather
“This compelling read delivers an unforgettable cast of characters and places them in an irresistible story of a second chance at love …”
|The Darkest Heart |
by Thea Devine
“[Devine] builds a vampiric world that is dark, sinister and sensual.”