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Kicking Off The Dark Days Of Supernatural Giveaways!

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

This summer YA fans can celebrate their passion for everything paranormal with HarperCollins' The Dark Days of Supernatural tour. From May through the first week of July the publisher is releasing seven very different paranormal stories from authors Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, Kim Harrison and four fantastic debut authors: Veronica Roth, Amy Plum, Josephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.

You can get in on the action all this month by entering to win your very own Dark Days of Supernatural tote bag full of all these great stories here on the RT website. We will also be giving readers an insider look at these books with messages from the authors and excerpts from their new novels.


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Robert Masello Talks About Genre Crossing With His New Novel The Medusa Amulet

BY , MAY 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Robert Masello's fast-paced thriller takes Scholar David Franco on a quest for a Renaissance mirror that may carry the secret of eternal life. The story combines elements of mystery, magic and history to stunning effect. Today the author chats with us about what inspired him to create this story that crosses genres with such panache.

This morning, I got the e-mail I have always been waiting for. It came from Morgan Doremus, the editor of this website, and it invited me to contribute to this blog.

I feel like a man dying of thirst who’s suddenly been offered a tall, frosty beer.

For years, I have been writing books like The Medusa Amulet, which has just come out, and begged my publisher to reach out to the romance reading audience. My books have traditionally been billed as thrillers, or paranormal adventures, and because they do have plenty of action and scares, they are often marketed to a male audience. And trust me, I’m happy to have any audience at all.


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How Caddyshack Inspired Jen Lancaster To Write A Mainstream Novel

BY , MAY 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month memoir author Jen Lancaster moves into mainstream fiction with If You Were Here. Today the author shares why she proudly proclaims, "I blame Carl Spackler" for her first work of fiction.

Have you ever witnessed something so meaningful or momentous that the memory of it stays with you the rest of your life? There are those among us who’ll never forget the footage of Kennedy being shot or the Challenger exploding. Some people have seen miracles unfold, like Captain Sullivan’s heroic Hudson River landing or the Chilean mine rescue. Others will always remember observing tiny but nonetheless profound acts of kindness.

For me, that moment involved watching the movie Caddyshack.

I had no idea that one silly film from thirty years ago had the potential to impact my adult life. And yet because of Caddyshack, I almost ended up making the most expensive mistake of my life when buying my first home.


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 4/29/2011

BY , APRIL 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week on vacation enjoying Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger

Here’s what you missed on the RT website.

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Read the excerpt of Madeline Hunter’s latest tale. Go Between The Covers >>

URBAN FANTASY: Mark Del Franco on the hero of Uncertain Allies. Learn More >>

EROTIC ROMANCE: Kimberly Dean gets ghostly. Check It Out >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Emily March on re-kindling love in her new novel. Get The Details >>


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Behind The Scenes With Eloisa James And Sarah MacLean

BY MORGAN, APRIL 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

Considering the similarities in their novels — both the humor and the heart — it is almost inevitable that veteran romance novelist Eloisa James and up-and-coming star Sarah MacLean have a lot in common. But even I was surprised by just how alike the two authors were when I got a chance to watch them in front of the camera as they filmed a feature for Avon's Romance Live on Livestream earlier this week.

As the authors answered questions from fans, their similarities emerged almost immediately. First, I learned that both authors take cues from real life as they write their historical tales. Eloisa shared that in her Potent Pleasures, her hero, Alexander, mirrors her real life husband Alessandro. She explained that both men have fiery tempers and the same salt and pepper hair. Although Eloisa did admit to indulging in a bit of artistic license, Alexander's marriage was annulled due to impotence (a fact that real-life Alessandro was none too happy about).

For Sarah, she revealed one of the ways that she wove true life into her newest novel, Eleven Scandals To Start To Win A Duke's Heart. The novel's heroine, Juliana, is very much like Sarah's father while hero Simon is close in temperament to Sarah's mother. Additionally, both of Sarah's parents were born outside of the US and use idiomatic language and speech quirks that crack her up and that she often incorporates into her dialogue.


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Royal Wedding Related Must-Reads!

BY , APRIL 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

A handsome prince, a beautiful commoner and a love that couldn’t be denied — this is the stuff of dreams (and some of our favorite books). Today we are thrilled to join the enthusiastic celebration of the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton. But when the ceremony is over, fashion experts on both sides of the pond have dissected her dress and the last of the celebration champagne is going flat, what’s left to do? Cuddle up with a good book for your own dose of royal romance, of course! For your reading pleasure we’ve put together a list of Royal Wedding-themed recent releases so you can keep celebrating late into the night.

 

The Royal Wedding: The Director’s Cut

A Modern Fairy Tale: William, Kate, and Three Generations of Royal Love
By Jane Green


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Christie Ridgway's Royal Wedding Drinking Game (With A Non-Alcoholic Option)!

BY , APRIL 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Just in time for the much-anticipated Royal Wedding that will take place tomorrow, we bring you a special way to celebrate from romance author Christie Ridgway!

The Royal Wedding brings up dreams of frothy wedding dresses, deliciously silly hats, men in uniform and…a drinking game!

Those of us in the U.S. will have to set our alarms clocks or never go to sleep to be part of the festivities, so I’ve devised a way to enhance your viewing experience. You can either play the “Celebrate!” version with mimosas or bloody marys or play it safe with “Stay Awake!” substituting the caffeinated beverage of your choice. Don’t blame me if you can’t snooze until May 15th or if you pass out before the balcony-waving.

CELEBRATE!/STAY AWAKE!


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: After The Golden Age By Carrie Vaughn

BY , APRIL 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week we devoured After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn. This urban fantasy tale takes readers to Commerce City, where being the "normal" daughter of the band of superheroes that protects the citizens has put a giant target on Celia West's back.

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Morgan: So I’m not proud of this but I admit it, I choose this book for its cover. That and because it is written by the amazing Carrie Vaughn. It was just icing on the cake when I read the back-cover copy and saw that this was about superheroes. I’ve loved these types of stories ever since I saw The Incredibles

Whitney: I, on the other hand, probably wouldn’t have picked this one off the shelf. It was the first Carrie Vaughn book I’ve read, but now I can’t wait to read more by her. 


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YA Author Susane Colasanti Shares 15 Tips For Visiting NYC - With Giveaway!

BY , APRIL 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we chat with Susane Colasanti whose new New York City-centric YA novel has just hit shelves. As So Much Closer revolves around New Jersey-transplant Brooke who has just moved to New York City to be closer to her crush Scott Abrams, we asked the author for fifteen things she thinks you should know before heading to the big apple. And don't miss your chance to win a copy of So Much Closer  at the end of this post!

Planning a trip to NYC? New York welcomes you! There are so many incredibly fun things to do. I’ve lived here for 15 years and haven’t even come close to doing them all. But this should get you started…

5 Places You Cannot Miss In New York City


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Joanna Trollope Chats About Daughters-In-Law And More In Today's Author Interview

BY , APRIL 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mainstream author Joanna Trollope is known for her emotionally gripping novels about family. Her most recent release is this month's Daughters-in-Law, which focuses on the changing family dynamics as the Brinkley's last un-married son ties the knot. 

RT BOOK REVIEWS: In this month's Daughters-in-Law you focus on the relationships parents have with their married children and their spouses. What intrigued you about this dynamic?

Joanna Trollope: It’s universality. Even if you aren’t actually married, anyone living in any kind of a relationship has to deal, somehow, with their partner’s parents and family. I am keenly interested in all the relationship situations that are common to all of us, rather than focusing on the esoteric ones that will affect very few.

Read the complete interview >>


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