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Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters - Meet The Cast!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

Last week, we interviewed author Richelle Mead and she answered our questions about the movie adaptation for her YA Vampire Academy series. Excited to see her fictional world come to life, Mead said that every actor cast in the film absolutely captures her VA characters. But just who will be bringing this paranormal saga to life? Today we give you a run down of the actors you will see on the big screen Valentine's Day 2014, when Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters releases in theaters everywhere.


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Coreene Callahan's Fury Of Desire

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

Romance readers who take on a series — whether it be contemporary, historical, paranormal or beyond — always have that one secondary character that they're just dying to see get their happily ever after. For many of Coreene Callahan's Dragonfury readers, that character is Wick — a wounded fighter whose much deserved HEA is coming in book four, Fury of Desire.

Callahan's Nightfury dragon shifters — a half-human, half-dragon race committed to protecting mankind — have been feuding with another faction of dragons hell bent on wiping out humans, so with tension building across three books, Wick certainly has his work cut out for him. Today we're happy to unveil the cover of Fury of Desire, which depicts a hunky Wick among a burning yellow color scheme, inspired by his piercing amber eyes.

Writing an entire series is a serious commitment for an author. We asked Callahan about what she's learned over the course of her series and how the first three Dragonfury books influence the fourth:


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Video Interview: Richelle Mead

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 04, 2013 | PERMALINK

At this year's RT Convention, RT's Morgan had the pleasure of sitting down with author Richelle Mead. Known for writing fantastic paranormal romances, Mead is releasing Gameboard of the Gods today. In this interview, the author talks about her new novel — the start of a futuristic series featuring a military heroine who teams up with a government agent who is living in exile. Mead calls the story a slow burning romance, with much more to come. Plus, the author discusses news about the upcoming Vampire Academy movie!


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How Friends And Family Influence Author Molly Harper's Characters (Watch Out Uncle Roy!)

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 30, 2013 | PERMALINK
Molly Harper's amazing paranormal romances are filled with witches, werewolves and vampires. But instead of inspiring fear, these creatures are guaranteed to make readers laugh. Crazy high jinx and fun flirting are the hallmarks of Harper's books and this month she has a new release A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses. This Top Pick!-rated novel features witch Nola Leary as she sets off on a quest assigned to her by her grandmother. And just like Nola must deal with some crazy family drama, so does Molly Harper. In fact, the author often uses her own experiences in her novels. Today Molly explains just how she incorporates her friends and family in her storytelling. 

After publication, almost every author has an awkward experience in which she’s sitting at a family dinner, getting that look from a family member — the look that says, “The annoying, meddlesome aunt character? Yeah, I know that was me.”


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How NYC's High Line Inspired Alyssa Day's Latest Series

BY Alyssa Day, MAY 27, 2013 | PERMALINK

When I came up with the idea of Bordertown as the setting for my new paranormal romance series, The League of the Black Swan, I knew that it would be a frontier town situated between the human, Fae, and demon realms and located beneath, between, and behind the streets of Manhattan. But I didn’t know where to put it! So, I turned to two wonderful friends for help. 

Sarah Wendell, owner of the romance blog site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, pointed me to the High Line Park, an amazing community park and garden space that was created out of an abandoned railroad track that runs right through the lower west side of Manhattan. Another friend, RT’s own Morgan Doremus, also loves the High Line Park and was kind enough to take a series of amazing pictures that I posted on my bulletin board for inspiration. 


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Video Interview: Meljean Brook

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

At the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention, Meljean Brook took home the award for Best Novel of the Year for her steampunk story Riveted. In our video interview with the author, she reveals that she writes strong heroines for her young daughter, who will presumably read her books when she gets older. Filled with diverse, multifaceted characters, as well as plenty of adventure and mystery, Brook discusses why she chooses to tackle social issues in her Iron Seas series. She also shares what it was like writing an alternate history and her experience writing such an unconventional hero. Plus, the author tells us her favorite book of 2012 and what's next for the Iron Seas characters.


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Nalini Singh On The Psy-Changeling World And Heart Of Obsidian (Spoiler Free)

BY Morgan Doremus, MAY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK
***SPOILER-FREE ZONE***

Like many, many, many other romance readers out there, I have been obsessed with trying to figure out the Ghost's identity from Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. For almost a dozen books, the author has seeded hints into her stories about the infamously powerful Psy defector. Working from inside the PsyNet, an intricately woven mental pathway that the Psy race needs to survive, the Ghost has teamed with Changeling shifters and humans alike in order to free the minds of his fellow Psy from the destructive Silence that does not allow emotion.

Singh, well known for her airtight plotting, has stated that she has always known who the Ghost is, however, this has been the series most tightly guarded secrets. (I have tried on multiple occasions to get Nalini to let down her guard and give me the name of the Ghost — to no avail.) But the wait will finally be over on June 4 when Heart of Obsidian releases. 


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Seal of Excellence Winning Book Wicked As She Wants Excerpt And Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 20, 2013 | PERMALINK

This month the RT editors choose Delilah S. Dawson's paranormal romance Wicked As She Wants as the best book released in May. A unique alternative world where vampire-like Bludmen feed off of humans, sets the scene for some truly amazing interactions between musician Casper and Crown Princess Ahna. Last week Dawson answered our questions about the series, and today we are bringing readers an exclusive excerpt from this SOE winning story and giving three readers the chance to win both books in the Blud series Wicked As They Come and Wicked As She Wants

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“Do we have more wine?” I asked, trying to cover my confusion.

“One more bottle.” He rolled over to rummage in his bag. “That’s all I have to hold me until Minks. But you can have another sip if you need it. Considering the current circumstances.”


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Jennifer Estep's The Spider

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

Over the past few years, we’ve watched badass “retired” elemental assassin Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, solve crimes, take down ferocious elementals and battle some scary paranormal creatures — all with her lover Owen and detective sister Bria by her side. Now readers will learn how Gin became one of the most dangerous assassins in the South with Jennifer Estep’s tenth novel in the series, The Spider. Today we’re pleased to reveal the book's cover, which shows a younger Gin wielding some heavy ice magic in the form of two pointed sais.

There’s no doubt we’re loving this cover, especially because it departs from the typical scantily clad Urban Fantasy heroine (although we bet Jim C. Hines would still enjoy recreating the 'don't mess with me' pose). While this may be because this version of Gin is younger, it’s always nice to see a refreshing change when it comes to cover art. (And don't even get us started on the enhanced magical elements on this cover — what a fantastic touch!)

Of course, we’re not the only ones enjoying the look of The Spider, the author is also a big fan of the cover art:


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Q&A With Seal Of Excellence Winner Delilah S. Dawson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 14, 2013 | PERMALINK

This month Delilah S. Dawson's fun paranormal romance Wicked As She Wants stole our hears, and the win for our May Seal of Excellence Award! Set in an alternate world where Bludmen — a vampire-like species that feeds off of blood — rule the land of Freesia, a lost Blud princess and a disheveled human musician meet in London and must travel to reclaim the princess' rightful throne. Today we asked the author about her story, her Blud series and what upcoming stories she has in store for readers. 

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Your Blud series focuses on a special vampire-like breed of creatures living in an alternate world. Reinventing a classic paranormal monster is no easy task. What specific aspects of vampire lore influenced your creation of Bludmen?


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