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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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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Lynn Viehl's Disenchanted & Co.

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 13, 2013 | PERMALINK

Lynn Viehl's 50th novel, Disenchanted & Co., releases later this year as a two-part installment and today we're happy to reveal the gorgeous covers of both parts, Her Ladyship's Curse and His Lordship Possessed. Steampunk meets Urban Fantasy in these stories which take place in a parallel 19th-century London and follows Kit Kittredge, a woman who investigates mysteries laced with magic. Today the author shares her thoughts on the covers and tells us a little bit more about Kit and her adventures. 

Pocket Star did a fabulous job with the covers for Her Ladyship's Curse and His Lordship Possessed, the two-part e-book releases for my novel Disenchanted & Co. In this series my protagonist Charmian (Kit) Kittredge, a Victorian American lady private detective, is a resourceful, independent woman who relies on her wits as well as her talent for exposing crimes of magic. I think the cover model projects Kit's strength and personality while remaining faithful to the dress and styling of her time. 


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RT Booklovers Convention 2013: Beyond Giggles and Screams

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 01, 2013 | PERMALINK

The paranormal genre has come a long way, baby! Gone are the days of easily recognizable monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and Mr. Hyde. The dark creatures of the night have morphed into sexy, dark creatures capable of love. And some authors have even dared to replace the fear factor with humor. In today’s panel at the RT Booklovers Convention, “Beyond Giggles and Screams”, five bestselling authors discussed where their work falls into the paranormal spectrum and how aspiring authors can infuse their stories wtih thrills, chills or laughter — or maybe all three! 

(left to right) Authors Pamela Palmer, Karina Cooper, Angie Fox, Kerrelyn Sparks and Alyssa Day

MAKE ‘EM LAUGH

First up are the giggle-inducing authors — we’re talkin’ the comedy of Angie Fox and Kerrelyn Sparks, two ladies who strike the perfect balance between freaky happenings and humor. 


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Jocelynn Drake Dollar Days E-Book Sale

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2013 | PERMALINK

Looking for a great Urban Fantasy author? Now is the perfect time to try out Jocelynn Drake because her entire backlist is currently on e-sale for only 99 cents per book! Read on for more information about Drake's unique worlds.

Dark Days Series 

Starting with the Top Pick! rated Nightwalker (Amazon; Barnes & Noble) the Dark Days series follows Mira, an unspeakably strong vampire heroine who acts as an enforcer maintaining the balance between the paranormal and human worlds. Headed to America after a particularly painful assignment, Mira's break is cut short when the nasty naturi attempt to overtake earth. An unexpected truce with vampire slayer Danaus and her own quick thinking are all Mira has in her fight with true evil. 


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RT Booklovers Convention 2013: Calling All Paranormal Romance Fans

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 01, 2013 | PERMALINK

The 2013 RT Booklovers Convention is officially one month away! Taking place in Kansas City, MO from May 1 - 5, this year we are celebrating 30 years of great RT conventions. With a huge list of panels, parties and other great happenings, this week on the RT Daily Blog we are going genre-by-genre to spotlight authors you will want to meet and events you won’t want to miss. 

First up is the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy program. But remember, this is just a taste, a complete list of events can be found at the full convention schedule.  

And if you are interested in what you see, registration is still open! Go here for the FULL CONVENTION REGISTRATION, which gives you access to events taking place Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5. Also available on the registration page are DAY PASSES and WEEKEND PASSES, to fit any schedule and budget. 

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THE GIANT BOOK FAIR


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Qhuinn Is Blay’s Lover At Last! Who’s Next For J.R. Ward? (Spoiler Alert!) - Updated!

BY Audrey Goodson Kingo, APRIL 01, 2013 | PERMALINK

In her interview in the April issue of RT, J.R. Ward revealed that she would divulge the stars of her next Black Dagger Brotherhood book at her signing in Cincinnati tomorrow. We can’t wait! She provides some tantalizing hints (and possible red herrings) about her future pairings in Lover at Last, which hit shelves March 26. Now that Qhuay fans have finally had the chance to see their favorite Caldwell couple find love, who will be next? Unless a new one is inducted, Ward is all out of Brothers, so her hero will have to be someone outside the ranks of the BDB. Will it be a member of the Band of Bastards? One of the sexy Shadows? A lesser? (Just kidding!)

Based on clues gathered from Lover at Last, we have three guesses as to who the next Caldwell couple will be. If you haven’t read Lover at Last, proceed with caution: Lots of spoilers ahead!

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Xcor and Layla


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Thea Harrison’s Kinked

BY Morgan Doremus, MARCH 27, 2013 | PERMALINK
I absolutely, positively love Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. In case anyone didn’t hear me I LOVE THE ELDER RACES! Ever since Dragon Bound, which won the 2011 RT Editors’ pick for Best Book of the Year, I have been obsessed. So today I am especially excited to reveal the cover of Harrison's November release Kinked.

But first, we should start at the beginning of my obsession with my love for Dragos Cuelebre, a wyr dragon shifter that rules NYC with an iron — or should I say clawed — fist. He’s old, like crack-of-dawn-of-the-universe old and so he has had time to gather up a group of ultra loyal Sentinels as his enforcers. ‘Cuz let’s face it, anyone with the wealth and power of Dragos is going to be under attack. However, it turns out the dragon’s weak spot doesn’t come in the form of dark vampires or evil elves. Instead the big guy is taken down by a woman — a young, beautiful shifter named Pia Giovanni who captures him body, mind and spirit.


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