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 talk with Karen Marie Moning about her next release, discuss paranormal creatures and scout out some of the best firefighter stories around. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
Question: I am a huge fan of Karen Marie Moning's MacKayla Lane stories. I just checked on Amazon and the next release Shadowfever won't be out until January, which seems like a really, really long time! Can you tell me anything about the book? Any little tidbit would be welcome. - G.H.
Morgan: I can do much better than a little tidbit. If you go to Karen Marie Moning's website and sign up for the author's newsletter you can find six teasers for Shadowfever in the newsletter archives. Also, fans like yourself are all over the forums on the author's site dissecting the teasers with a fine-tooth comb. And just for you, G.H., I contacted the author to see what Ms. Moning had to say about the long wait for her upcoming release.
"Shadowfever took a little longer to be released because the manuscript came in at over 750 pages! It was a lot to wrap up but I'm thrilled with how it turned out and think readers will be, too. For those who've been asking--yes, most of your questions get answered. Shadowfever finishes the five-book series with a bang!" - Karen Marie Moning
Question: With so many different paranormal creatures out there, can you tell me what is the most popular around the RT offices? - Just Curious
Morgan: Well, Just Curious, I can tell you that there is absolutely no consensus on this one. Zombies, ghosts, fairies, vampires and selkies are all welcome around here. I can tell you my personal favorite - the psychics because I've always wanted to be one and also because this would get me one step closer to having Judd from Nalini Singh's Caressed by Ice be mine.
Question: One of my friends recommended that I read Kerrelyn Sparks' Love At Stake series. I think she is on book 7 or 8 now and I don't really want to start at the beginning. Can I just read the one that is out now? - Heather
Morgan: These books are standalones, which means you can pick up any of Sparks' novels to give them a go. In fact, the next in the series, book #9 is titled Eat Prey Love and will be released later this month. I've read this new one and if you like a bit of laughter in your paranormal tale then this is a story for you. There are lots of mix ups (like the heroine realizing that instead of a vampire, the hero is a were-panther), lots of misunderstandings (like the secondary characters thinking the hero is gay) and lots of will-they, won't-they moments.
Question: 9/11 has me thinking about firefighters. Any good books about these heroes? - Kay
Morgan: I am so glad you asked because Harlequin just re-released some Superromances as e-books that were originally published in the late 1990s that feature my favorite firefighters. They are part of the America's Bravest series from Kathryn Shay and include Feel the Heat, The Man Who Loved Christmas, Code of Honor and The Fire Within. This set of books will absolutely grab your heart and not let you go (I read them over 10 years ago and am still talking about them). I dare any reader to get through these without some major waterworks - they are beautifully moving stories that dig deep into the issues that firefighters face in the line of duty. Recommended as a Blogger Bundle from one of my favorite bloggers Wendy the Super Librarian, the e-books can be purchased here on the eHarlequin site.
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 MorgansScoop@gmail.com and I promise to give you the inside scoop on the publishing world!