Gearing up for the holiday season can take a lot out of a person. Sometimes your own life is complicated enough and you just want to curl up with a good book about characters you already know from an author you know you enjoy. Here are four of our paranormal picks for series continuing this month, with a special message from each author about what fans can expect in this installment of their series!
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Romance author Blythe Gifford’s medieval heroes are all “born on the wrong side of the royal blanket” but that is just the tip of the iceberg for these heroes who defy readers’ expectations! Now Gifford chats about the comfort that romance fans find in these historical stories and shares how she works to create heroes who a reader would follow anywhere.
Laura Kinsale famously observed that in romance, “it’s the hero who carries the book.”
This, I suggest, is a major challenge facing those who write historicals set in times and places unfamiliar to the audience.
The reader does not know what kind of hero to expect.
When a reader picks up a book set in Regency England or the Scottish Highlands, the two most popular historical settings, they are getting more than a return to a familiar time and place. They are returning to a particular type of hero.
Regency England means a rakish duke who will be tamed by the heroine, of course, to achieve a “happy ever after” ending.
Author Bree Despain shares a special look at her highly anticipated new YA novel, The Lost Saint. This series second will delight readers craving a kick-butt heroine and fast-paced action. Just a few weeks ago the author chatted about the personal story that inspired this series. Now she reveals how she found the perfect way to begin her series second and gives readers a sneak peek — the prologue of The Lost Saint!
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Richelle Mead's final novel in the popular Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice, has been anxiously anticipated by fans, and tomorrow the wait is over. The series conclusion will hit bookshelves on Tuesday, but in the meantime readers can check out the *Web Exclusive Review* of the story that RT Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith calls, "
Mother-daughter relationships are rarely as easy as we wish they were. However, they inevitably become much more complicated when a debilitating disease, such as Alzheimer's, is added to the equation. Now author Lynda Simmons reflects on her own relationship with her mother and give readers a special look at the challenges facing the mother and daughters in her new mainstream novel, Island Girl. And don't miss the giveaway at the end of the post!
My mother died fifteen years ago this Christmas and in many ways I’m still not over it, which is surprising when you consider the fact that we did not always get along. Truth is, we fought bitterly on a regular basis because no one could push my buttons the way my mother could, and that’s probably why I still miss her; why I wish I could call and tell her how well the kids are doing, or what my next project will be because not only could she infuriate me like no one else, she could also make the little girl inside me beam like no one else.
With a hunky ex-navy hero, steamy love scenes and a whole lot of suspense, Beth Kery's new erotic romance, Explosive, is just what the doctor ordered to clear away the winter doldrums. Now the author talks about the influence of her favorite soap opera on the creation of Explosive and goes behind the scenes to share the spin she put on her classic alpha hero. And don't miss your chance to win a copy of the new novel at the end of the post!
There are only so many times a historical romance fan can read about a handsome duke who is secretly a spy, a crusty cowboy soon to be tamed by a saloon girl with a heart of gold or a beautiful Scottish lass abducted by the laird of a warring clan. After a certain point, it all gets, pardon the pun, old. So what’s a historical romance fan to do? Visit the group blog Unusual Historicals, of course! Created by author Carrie Lofty, the site is a gathering place for authors and readers who are seeking stories that are off the beaten path. Now Lofty talks about pushing the boundaries of historical romance – literally by setting her novels in Austria, South Africa and medieval Spain - and she shares what readers can expect as the website marks its fourth anniversary celebrating these reads!
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Kasey Michaels has wowed readers who enjoy contemporary romance, romantic suspense and even mystery fans, but she is best known for her tales of Regency romance. This month the author concludes her latest series with How to Wed a Baron, which she calls "a sort of salvation story." This in-depth interview takes readers behind the scenes of Michaels' new release and gives fans a sneak peek at what they can expect next from the delightful pen of this bestselling author!