Scooped! Featuring James, Lehane, Upcoming Inspirationals and More!

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 supply an Eloisa James spoiler, highlight three new Inspirational novels, answer a Castle question and chat about the new Dennis Lehane novel. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.

Question: Eloisa James is my favorite author (it's her heroines - I love her heroines!) I was wondering what I have to look forward to from the author? - G.T.

Morgan: Eloisa James is a favorite around RT offices as well. I am happy to announce that her next novel is releasing just after Christmas. It is a collaboration with Julia Quinn and Connie Brockway titled The Lady Most Likely, and features a man who is half-heartedly looking for a wife with the help of his sister. Check back on the RT blog next week when I interview all three women about co-writing a story together.

I also got the chance to speak with James about her next solo project, When Beauty Tamed the Beast. Here's what the author had to say about the inspiration for her latest fractured fairy tale:

I'm a House junkie, so I turned Dr. House into an 18th century doctor and laughed my way through the novel. I have never ever had a novel write itself like that ... ever! I can't wait to see what people think of it.

We can't wait to get our hands on When Beauty Tamed the Beast, and have already marked our calendars for its release in February 2011.

Question: I've read that the RT editors are big Castle fans. I was wondering what you guys thought about the steampunk episode they did? - K.D.

Morgan: I happen to know that RT's Whitney has a serious crush on Nathan Fillion, so I'll let her take this one away, "It's true, I originally fell in love with Castle because of my future husband, Nathan Fillion. And even though I now adore all of the characters, it was a special treat to see him surrounded with the trappings of the steampunk world. Any Firefly resemblance the Castle writers manage to work in always has me cracking up!" 

Question: You never write about Inspirational books in your column. I love Inspie novels that tackle realistic problems. Are there any good books like this coming up? - Inspie Lover

Morgan: Inspie Lover, this column is reader run, so if you want info on a particular genre, readers just have to let me know. And I've got some great news for you about new Inspirational reads with a focus on contemporary issues. There are three highly anticipated Inspies coming out over the next month that all deal with some very serious topics. The first is Karen Kingsbury's Unlocked. It will be released next week and follows the story of an autistic teen. And then at the end of October, readers will be able to pick up Shelley Shepard Gray's novel Grace, that deals with rape in an Amish community. Finally, in November, Vanessa Miller's Long Time Coming heroine is unable to have children and fears that her marriage will disintegrate unless her prayers for a baby are answered.

Question: I am looking forward to Dennis Lehane's sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone, is it equally good and why did he wait so long between books? -Tom 

Morgan: I have to admit that I haven't gotten a chance to read Lehane's upcoming Moonlight Mile yet, but I can report that RT reviewer Jo Peters gave this "gritty, yet soulful work" a Top Pick. As for the long wait, during an interview that Lehane did with RT's Stephanie Klose, the author admits that he didn't write about the Gone, Baby, Gone protagonists for a decade because Patrick and Angie had "stopped talking to me. The reason I revisited them was because they piped up again. Actually, they got downright blabby." For more of the interview, pick up the November issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS in stores now.     

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! 

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