Morgan and I both adore Halloween — you can't go wrong with costumes and candy. And whether you start planning your costume early, are a last minute costume maven or just enjoy seeing everyone else take part, it's hard to ignore the festivities that kick off the winter holiday season. So this Halloween we are celebrating with a special contest. Share your favorite costume below for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Why the contest? Because we believe that readers have a special advantage over everyone else when it comes time to plan costumes. All of the hours that we spend reading gives us experience with many different cultures, time periods and characters to fuel our imaginations. And whether you are putting together the perfect vampire ensemble, rocking out a superhero style, or are taking your cues from pop culture, Halloween encourages us to be whatever our hearts' desire — or at least dress like it for an evening.
Thanks so much for helping make our second theme month a success on the RT Daily Blog. We've celebrated paranormal novels all October with exclusive content and videos. (You can check out all of this month's paranormal action here.)
But we wouldn't dream of wrapping up our paranormal coverage without giving you a peek ahead at all the fun still to come in the genre. Here are six titles we are dying to get our hands on. Let us know which books you can't wait for in the comments below!
December's Dirk and Steele novel returns Liu's diverse cast of supernatural beings to the ocean.
We've seen mind reading and manipulation of memories used for nefarious ends in this series before, but in this new release, we are happy to see that walking through other's dreams can be used for good instead of evil.
Author Rachel Caine's latest novel, Ghost Town, was released this week. Ghost Town, continues Caine's popular Young Adult Urban Vampire series, The Morganville Vampires. Now the author goes behind the scenes of her writing career and popular series in this interview with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus. Caine catches readers up with her Morganville heroine, Claire, and discusses her latest adventure.
For my weekly column Scooped!, I scour the Internet, contact authors and pick my fellow RT editor's brains to make sure no reader question goes unanswered. This week, I track down details about the upcoming Erin McCarthy Fast Track novels, get a reader message to Stephanie Dolgoff and report on what four YA authors are working on! Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
Question: Erin McCarthy's Fast Track series are the best contemporary books ever! Hunky guys that race fast cars, what's not to love? I just read Hot Finishand cannot wait to get my hands on the next book - so when will it be out and is there anything you can tell me about the story? - L.Z.
Morgan: Online I was able to find out that the next in Erin McCarthy's series is called The Chase, and it releases April 2011. But L.Z., I knew that that would not be enough to satisfy you. So I went directly to the author for some insider details:
Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-monthly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.
Full disclaimer, guys.
I hate Facebook. It’s not so bad when I can do my updates through an outside client like tweetdeck, which is generally what I do, and if I can email my responses when somebody writes on my wall—that sort of thing? I’m good with.
But when I actually have to log in? I hate it.
Now some of this is just my laziness—clearing out the friend requests, deleting the event invites that I never mess with, all the applications I have to delete...and of course, checking to see what new and unusual ways Facebook has come up with to invade my privacy—I really liked the one where people could tag my exact geographical location at any given time! (Um, not…I mean, seriously, what in the world????)
"Never Been To Meis by turns gut wrenching and heart warming”, says RT Reviewer Kate Girard. This latest contemporary romance from author GiGi Gunn follows heroine Persi as she transitions from “the other woman” to someone’s only woman. It's unusual to write about cheaters as the heroes and heroines of a romance novel, so we went right to the author to learn why she took on this challenge and get the heroine's take on the five signs a man is wrong (or right) for you. And don’t miss the excerpt and *Web Exclusive Review* of Never Been To Me at the end of this post.
The RT Editors have chosen Meljean Brook's steampunk series starter, The Iron Duke, as the seventh Seal of Excellence recipient. The novel captured our editors' attention with its intricate plot and accessible steampunk version of London.
But why was The Iron Duke awarded the RT Seal Of Excellence and which other titles were contenders for the month of October?
Yvonne Navarro's newest release, Highborn, is an RT paranormal Top Pick! that stands out in large part due to her heroine’s unique experience. Brynna, also known as the fallen angel Astarte, has seen everything the universe has to offer, literally. She lived in heaven and hell and has now come to Earth. Now Navarro explores her heroine's "tri-memory" of her three homes. And be sure to catch the excerpt of Brynna’s first experiences on Earth at the end of this post.
Richard Paul Evans is well known for his engaging holiday tales. In his newest release, Promise Me, the author confronts timeless challenges that every family would hate to face, no matter the season. In this revealing interview the author shares a behind-the-scenes look at Promise Me.
Your novels frequently include the magic of the winter holidays. What is your favorite part of the season? I love everything about the season, but, most of all, the generosity of spirit. As Dickens wrote, “It’s the one time of the year that we view each other as we truly are: fellow passengers to the grave…” or something like that.