SCOOPED! Featuring Foster, Collins, Westerfeld and Cover Snark

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 share what I know about Lori Foster's upcoming series, write up some cover snark and delve into Young Adult fiction. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.    

Question: I love Lori Foster's SBC Fighter series. When will we be getting another one? – N.M.

Morgan: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like the SBC Fighter series is officially over. I just spoke with the author and she says that Back in Black was the last one. But not to fear because Lori Foster told me all about her newest project.

“I started a brand new series with ultra-alpha guys that’ll be released May, June and July of 2011. When You Dare, Trace of Fever and Savor the Danger – in that order. The series will be introduced by related characters in a novella in the March, The Guy Next Door anthology. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that readers enjoy this series as much as they did my fighters.”

I don’t think Lori needs to be too worried; it’s hard to go wrong with more “ultra-alpha” heroes! Need a visual? Check out her steamy cover.

Question: I just finished Mockingjay and am ‘hungry’ for more. Is there anything out there that can take its place? – Denise M.

Morgan: Despite the unfortunate pun, I am impressed Denise. The newest Suzanne Collins only came out on Tuesday - that must have been some all-night reading session. So here is the bad news; as you already know, it's not every day that a series like the Hunger Games comes along. And while this trilogy will be talked about for years to come, the good news is that there is some great Young Adult fiction releasing soon. My recommendations are all September Top Picks! and include Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel, Sophie Jordan’s Firelight and Rebecca Maizel’s Infinite Days.

Question: A few weeks ago you mentioned several Steampunk books that you liked, but I have tried reading these types of books and I just can’t get through them. – Cyce

Morgan: While I understand that no genre is for everyone, I do think you might to give Steampunk another go. The problem could be that Steampunk works better as a visual medium (it can be difficult to explain the gadgets on the page), however, I have a solution - the YA steampunk-inspired Leviathan series. For these books, author Scott Westerfeld teamed up with artist Keith Thompson to create gorgeous illustrations to go along with the text. The first book, Leviathan was released last year with the second in the series, Behemoth, releasing in October. You can check out some of the artwork here.

Question: How do they decide on what will be on a Harlequin cover? Some are okay, but most are really bad and sometimes they don’t even match the story! – Nic

Morgan: I have spoken with several series authors about this very topic. They say that the publisher has them fill out a form for the cover artists once the book is complete. The authors check off the physical characteristics of their characters along with a short character description and a scene or two from the story and this is used to create the book cover. Sometimes the cover artists get it right, sometimes they get it very wrong. Here are a few of my dubious “favorites” for the upcoming month. 

Does anyone else find his awkward head angle and overly beefy forearms odd? And don't even get me started on the handwritten "Fatherhood" across his side arm and his man junk.


Quick, call the paparazzi. That guy from Alias and Paris Hilton are hooking up on a surfboard.


They've been slimed!


Why is that guy staring at me and why is the women he's with dressed like she belongs in an Old West bordello?


That's all for this week. Remember, if you have a question about anything that's going on with your favorite authors and books, send me an email at and I promise to give you the inside scoop on the publishing world!