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 insider information about Nalini Singh's new novels, suggest some good contemporary romance reads and reveal who I am looking forward to seeing at Comic Con. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
Question: I am really excited for Nalini Singh's next Psy/Changeling book, but I have to admit that I am really, really ready for Hawke's book. Will we ever get to read his happily-ever-after?!? - S.K.
Morgan: I've probably said it a million times on this blog, but I will say it once more: Nalini Singh is one of my all time favorite authors and her Psy/Changeling books are unmatched. And as excited as we all are about Hawke's upcoming story, try not to let that bring you down from Play of Passion that will be releasing the beginning of November. This is a fantastic story about the relationship between two wolves - Drew and Indigo.
Come on, just one tiny thing about Hawke and Sienna?
Morgan: Okay, S.K. You wore me down. The last time I was at the Berkley offices, I spoke with Singh's publicist and I was told that Hawke's book is next up (it is being written as we speak) but will not be released until 2011. One spoiler that I was able to pry out of the publicist was that this book will be significantly longer than any of her other stories. Which is good because with the triangle between Sienna, Kit and Hawke, there are a lot of issues to work through.
Question: I am a huge fan of contemporary romances. Several authors, including Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Suzanne Brockmann, are autobuys for me. But I rarely read outside of the 'big name' authors. Do you have any suggestions that will get me out of this rut? - Bree
Morgan: Ah, the commitment of buying a book by a new author. It is not just the 8 or 9 bucks that you spend on the paperback, but it is also the hours of time that you can waste if the story isn't good. I get that. But don't let the fear of the unknown stop you from trying someone new. Some great contemporary authors that I would recommend are Beth Ciotta, Jodi Thomas and Laura Moore. And one of the editors just told me that she is currently enjoying Jill Shalvis' October release, Simply Irresistible.
Question: Are you going to the New York Comic Con? And if so who are you hoping to see there? - WP
Morgan: I wouldn't miss Comic Con for anything - the costumes, the celebrities, the signings! Topping my list of people to see are three excellent authors, Diana Gabaldon, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Marjorie M. Liu. And I know that Whitney is a fan of the TV show Burn Notice, so I anticipate having to humor her on her quest to see Bruce Campbell. But really, the best part of Comic Con is getting to be with so many people who are just as excited as we are. I promise to bring back exclusive insider information, panel coverage and tons of photos for everyone who can't make it to the event.
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!