Author Robert Barclay talks about equine therapy and the role that it plays in If Wishes Were Horses. The author chats with RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus about the tragedies that his characters must each overcome to find love again. Get an in-depth look at these characters that will touch your heart in many different ways in this special author interview.
Starting in the March issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS, readers will start to notice reviews of Japanese science fiction and fantasy novels in the magazine. They're all from Haikasoru, a relatively new publishing imprint which specializes in these translated books.
With the boom in both anime and manga in the United States, parent company VIZ Media thought it would be a great time to branch out—and science fiction and fantasy is a natural extension of their market (they publish several manga magazines and collections, as well as DVD sets). They translate books from a variety of Japanese publishers in a wide variety of genres.
Senior Reviewer Natalie A. Luhrs got in touch with Tradebooks Editor Nick Mamatas and asked him a few questions about Haikasoru and got some recommendations. At the end of the interview are links to two web-exclusive reviews of Haikasoru titles—Rocket Girls by Housuke Nojiri and The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa.
Natalie A. Luhrs: What sorts of readers have been picking up Haikasoru books--any surprises there?
We go inside Cara Elliott’s historical romance series, Circle of Sin, for a special look at the series ender, To Tempt a Rake. Learn which beloved rake inspired the hero of this new romance, what true historical elements Elliott wove into the story and find out the three facts you must know about the hero of Elliott’s next series!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: In To Tempt a Rake, the final installment of your Circle of Sin trilogy, the heroine Kate Woodbridge is a fiery botanist. What is Kate’s favorite part of studying botany?
Cara Elliott: Kate loves seeing buds unfurl and bloom into glorious shapes and colors. She’s had a tough, nomadic life up until now, and has felt rootless, so botany has been a balm for her troubled spirits. But now that she’s come to London, new relationships with friends and family are also beginning to blossom.
Bestselling author Melissa Marr wraps up her Wicked Lovely series with Darkest Mercy, a March RT Top Pick! Now take a peek between the covers of Darkest Mercy with this excerpt and then find out how you can win your own ADVANCED READER COPY of the paranormal YA that has RT’s Kelly Brennan saying, “Fans will not want to miss this shocking, heart-stoping finale!”
Aislinn couldn’t keep her eyes open. She might not love Keenan, but there was no denying the way her body responded to him. She slid her hand from his side onto his bare stomach and felt the muscles under his skin tense.
He had his arm around her lower back and started to pull her onto his lap.
With more effort than she wished it took, she stopped him. “Keenan.”
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Spring is truly on it's way! We've just wrapped up the April issue and it will be in stores next week.
Here are some of the stories you can look forward to:
Bestselling author Melissa Marr on wrapping up her Wicked Lovely series, her newest project and what's in store for her during the 2011 RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION's first-ever Teen Day!
For the release of Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later we catch up with author Francine Pascal.
Take a trip through time with this in-depth look at the top eras in historical romance!
Kristin Hannah talks about the mark she's made on mainstream fiction and how she keeps her stories fresh.
Erotic romance author Lauren Dane shares what we can expect from her futuristic series second.
We wrap up the final round of the Kensington/RT Writing With the Stars contest with a look at who has the best love scene.
Convention News: Find out what you can expect at the Book Fairs and which beloved authors will be participating in Author Chats this year!
The time has come, folks, we are on our last round of the RT/Kensington contest, Writing With the Stars and we need your help to decide who should be the winner!
Take a look at each contestant's love scene and decide whose manuscript has you rushing outside for a bit of a cool-off.
Maeve Greyson's Taggart and Hannah turn up the heat with a bath scene. Diana Quincy's Cam and Charlotte's quickie is anything but wham-bam-thank-you-m'am. And Meredith Simmons takes a roll in the hay to a whole new level with Cassy and Anders' love play. But if you have a hard time deciding whose scene really takes the cake, do not fear - we've also provided the critique from this round's judge, RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin, as well as comments from the author mentors who have been helping Maeve, Diana and Meredith through this process.
Voting for round five is open until February 27th. You can only vote once but you can comment on the entries as many times as you'd like.
YA author Melissa de la Cruz has just released her latest installment of her popular Blue Bloods series, Bloody Valentine. RT’s Kate Girard says, “This anthology is an excellent addition to a series that’s like Gossip Girl meets Twilight with a twist!” Today the author sits down to chat about what fans can expect from Bloody Valentine, her new adult series and what’s next for these fan-faves. And don’t miss your own chance to win Bloody Valentine at the end of the interview!
RT BOOK REVIEWS: The newest addition to your popular Blue Bloods series is the short story collection Bloody Valentine that looks at love and relationships in three short stories. What are you most excited about adding to your universe with these tales?
With our new 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!
MOVING TO PRINT
Paranormal - Popular self-published author H.P. Mallory has just signed a three-book deal with Bantam Dell. The author says this will continue her Jolie Wilkins series.
Young Adult - Ally Carter fans rejoice - we will soon be getting another Heist Society book as well as the next installment of the Gallagher Girls series.
Erotica - Harlequin Spice Briefs will be publishing another of Crystal Jordan's novellas about shape-shifters gathering during the Wild time to mate.
EXCITING DEBUT AUTHOR
Mainstream Fiction - Historian Lois Leveen has penned The Winds Of Freedom based on the true story of ex-slave Mary Bowser who infiltrated the Confederate White House to spy for the North. Publication set for February 2012.
Get hot hot hot for Valentine's Day with the new erotica novella from Cindy Spencer Pape. On this day for romance, chocolate and big gestures, treat yourself — or someone you love — to this steamy new tale.
Valentine's Heart features strangers Val and Cora, who are reluctantly brought together by a dating service that neither of them signs up for. But their unlikely beginning doesn't slow down this pair that is indeed perfectly matched. Val and Cora create sparks when they do meet and they quickly head off to an exotic, erotic vacation full of sensual pleasures.
This novella is sure to get you in the mood for love. Readers will enjoy the kink-quotient which includes sexy toys and more!