We told you we are psyched to celebrate YA all month long. And now the seventeen authors taking part in September's Smart Chicks Kick It book tour have given us another reason to cheer. This month some of the most popular YA authors will participate in a two-week book tour that's not just cross-country but cross continent! And the authors headlining the tour have put together an AWESOME giveaway for RT readers at the end of the post.
BLOG UPDATE: For ongoing coverage of the YA genre, please check the links at the bottom of this page.
For many of us, September means “back to school.” And whether you are headed into the classroom as a student or a teacher, or just remembering the sensation of being in class, what better time for a month-long celebration of young adult novels?
This hot genre is bursting with great books for fall. In our September issue, for the first time ever, we had six YA Top Picks! These six reads are a great cross-section of what is going on in the genre, and are hitting shelves this month. We can't wait!
During the past few months, aspiring authors from all over the United States have been sending in writing samples in hopes of being chosen to participate in the contest that will end with one lucky winner awarded a book contract. Today we are happy to announce the 10 finalists in the Writing With the Stars contest sponsored by RT BOOK REVIEWS and Kensington’s Brava imprint.
Congratulations to the following finalists:
For more information about the contest, make sure to check back on the RT website in late September and pick up a copy of the November issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS, on newsstands later this month.
In the mystery genre there are famous cat burglers and cat sleuths, but amateur mystery solver Dixie Hemingway is the only cat sitting sleuth that we know of. Over the next year, author Blaize Clement will be continuing her Dixie Hemingway series with books six and seven. The busy author put her pen on pause to talk to us about what she and Dixie have learned over the last five mysteries. In addition Clement spills details from Dixie's latest adventure, Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons. (Including the fact that she borrowed Dixie's latest title from an Agatha Christie tale!)
The second hero in author Eve Silver's Otherkin series is Alastor Krayl, a soul reaper on a mission. But even the best laid plans for revenge can be waylaid the need for romance. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of how Silver's Alastor treats his ladylove in this evening on the town ...
Today, to celebrate the release of Sins Of The Soul, Alastor Krayl—the suit-clad, über-controlled, incredibly sexy hero of the story—is taking Naphré Kurata—the kick butt heroine—to dinner. He makes a reservation at what is reputed to be the oldest restaurant in London: Rules in Maiden Lane. Which is interesting on a few levels.
Mega-star author Debbie Macomber reflects on her tenth Cedar Cove novel, 1022 Evergreen Place. Learn which true-life love story inspired the mystery that characters Mack and Mary Jo stumble upon. And find out more about the town that inspired the series, including a map of Cedar Cove aka Port Orchard, Washington at the end of this post!
It doesn't seem possible that my first Cedar Cove book (16 Lighthouse Road) was published ten years ago. Even more incredible is that 1022 Evergreen Place is the tenth book in this ongoing series. How long will the series last? Until all the stories are told!
We love to see people taking their love of books to new heights. And today the folks over at the Penguin publishing house are doing just that. The Penguin Group publishers are launching a monthly radio show called The Literary Life. The show is hosted by the executive editor of Riverhead books, Jake Morrissey and the entire operation is put together by Penguin employees.
Each month The Literary Life will feature author interviews, a publisher’s take on the industry, musical pieces performed by authors who are also musicians and more. This month’s show features the talent behind the best-selling Composed memoir, Rosanne Cash as well as authors Doug Dorst, Maile Meloy and Sloane Crosley. You can listen to the radio show, be sure to check out the show’s Facebook fanpage and learn more over at Penguin's Radio Room!
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Historical author Paula Quinn talks about her Arthurian inspiration for the Scottish hero of Seduced By a Highlander. Learn how this hero's struggle for honor touched the author's heart. And don't miss the excerpt and the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!
People ask me all the time where my heroes come from. Tristan MacGregor, the hero from my newest book Seduced By a Highlander, was inspired by my favorite knight in shining armor, Tristan de Lyones from the legend of Tristan and Iseult.