What would you do if all the conveniences of modern life were suddenly removed? No phones, computers or electricity. When Jamie, the heroine of Gina Lamm's debut novel The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, finds herself transported to the 1800s, the lack of technology is only the first of her worries. Jamie materializes in the bedchamber of Micah Axelby, Duke of Dunnington, a man who is certainly not looking for a relationship. Navigating the rakish Duke is one thing, but fitting in as a Regency woman is quite another. Today the author explains how her nerdy, gadget loving heroine copes with her unexpected trip to the past. And at the end of the post, check out a way to transport yourself to the Regency with The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl giveaway!
Debbie Viguié's latest Urban Fantasy, The Last Grave, tells the story of witch hunter turned homicide detective Samantha Ryan, who moves to San Francisco looking to forget her past. But her secret life soon catches up to her when the murder of a local historian brings Samantha deep into the mountains of Santa Cruz, a place filled with dark magic and sorcery. It can't be easy to fight supernatural forces, so we asked Samantha for some expert advice on facing the darkness.
SAMANTHA RYAN'S 10 STEP PROGRAM FOR BANISHING BLACK MAGIC
Step 1 - Accept that while black magic exists in the world, I am powerless to rid the world of it and to keep myself from succumbing to it if I continue to practice magic. I am not a superhero. Nor do I want to be. Not even if I get to wear a cape.
Today author Karina Cooper releases her first male/male romance, “Wicked Lies,” a digital-first novella set in her Dark Mission universe between book 4, Sacrifice the Wicked, and the final book in the series, One for the Wicked. “Wicked Lies” is also big news for her publisher, Avon. Not only is this Cooper’s first M/M title, but it’s also the publisher’s. And it’s a move well worth making. Although the novella is a quick 100 pages, RT reviewer Jaime Geraldi calls the tale, which earned a Top Pick! rating, “exciting, passionate and extremely well-written” and “an unforgettable addition to the series.”
Fans of MaryJanice Davidson are already familiar with the author's assortment of paranormal characters. From Betsy the Vampire Queen, in the author's Undead series, to Fred the mystery-solving mermaid — and let's not forget those Wyndham Werewolves — Davidson's paranormal romances are filled with lighthearted, humorous fun and plenty of supernatural creatures. Davidson's latest, Undead and Underwater, features three all-new novellas featuring the author's signature characters — including Betsy and Fred's first-ever meeting! Today the author stops by the RT site to tell us about her new collection and to dish on a very important topic — shoes!
You are a pretty prolific writer. To start with, what’s one of your favorite characters that you’ve written?
Nalini Singh’s anthology Wild Invitation hits shelves today. The four stories in the collection each take place in the author’s Psy-Changeling world which includes three types of people — the uber intellectual, yet emotionally distant Psy, the strong, wild Changeling shifters and humans who act as a buffer between the different groups. Fans of Singh will be delighted to play catch up with some old friends, while those looking to be initiated into this complex series will find a smooth transition with these short stories.
In her series, Singh uses intricate worldbuilding to create a fully realized universe, but the thing that keeps the stories grounded are the connections readers make to Singh's amazing characters. Are you wondering what you can possibly have in common with shifters and psychics living in an alternate future? We have devised a quiz to show you are more alike than you ever imagined. Answer the following questions to find out which heroine from Nalini Singh’s Wild Invitation you are most like.
What’s sweeter than sweet? A delicious romance! In celebration of Lynsay Sands’ latest leading couple, Avon romance is sponsoring one of our most delicious giveaways yet! To promote Sands’ Immortal Ever After, we're offering 4 pints of “Valender’s Special” — an eCreamery specialty flavor of ice cream created by Lynsay herself in honor of her new book.
What exactly is “Valender’s Special,” you ask? A combination of heroine Valerie and hero Anders, of course. The author describes the flavor:
"Anders and Valerie are a sweet couple together. Both of them are strong, brave, tenacious and a little nuts as they have no thought to their own safety while fighting rogues. And the vanilla bean/chocolate chip base is the perfect combination of simple yet decadent, which is symbolic of their relationship."
While I haven’t read everything that Gena Showalter has written, I will admit to being a straight up fanatic for her Lords of the Underworld series. (In this video you can see me giving the author a complete rundown of all of her heroines, like she doesn’t know who everyone is.)
These paranormal books are addictive bonbons of joy. They feature dark, brooding heroes who are punished for their sins by being cursed with literal demons, a big bad who will kill every last one of the Lords, even if it means destroying humanity, and some kick ass heroines of the human/harpy/angel/goddess varieties.
There is always a lot going on in a LotU story, and after reading all nine books, I have noticed some distinct components that make up each title. Here is a handy pie chart breaking down what you will find in a Lords of the Underworld book:
What girl wouldn't want to have special powers? Flying, shooting fire, going invisible. Sign us up! However, traditionally in books and movies, it has been males that have been the superheroes. But no more! Today Laurie Boyle Crompton, author of the comic book inspired story Blaze, discusses her favorite super-heroines.
The term ‘Superhero’ tends to conjure the image of some muscular dude decked out in a cape and unitard. It’s easy enough to picture him standing there; hand on hip, looking off into the middle distance with the woman he just rescued slung over one shoulder. Women in comics tend to play the roles of victims or love interests or sometimes the objects of ridiculously complicated revenge plots. But the comics I like best allow the girls to join in the bad-guy-skull-busting fun. Sometimes female superheroes even get to stand in triumph staring into the middle distance themselves. Thank you for this chance to go a little fangirl over these women who seriously kick ass, oftentimes while wearing stiletto boots.
Recently Kresley Cole has ventured into the Young Adult genre with Poison Princess, but this doesn't mean the author is giving up her adult romance roots. In fact, Cole is getting ready to release the fourteenth book in her Immortals After Dark series.
Named one of RT’s most anticipated paranormal reads of 2013, MacRieve will be on shelves July 2. And to make this wait even more interminable, today we are teasing you with the cover of this upcoming release.
But first, let’s do a bit of a catch up on the IAD series. Cole’s books presume that mythical creatures of all kinds exist. Vampires, check. Furies, check. Fey, those too. In fact, not only do these darker-than-night supernaturals walk among humans, but they are immortal and will outlive us all. If you are ready to face a reality with shifters, valkyries and other fearsome creatures, then we can’t recommend this series enough. But be warned, these stories are not for the faint of heart. RT reviewer Jill M. Smith described these books as having “bloodshed, passion and death-defying thrills”.
While there might not be a whole lot to do in a small town, usually even the tiniest burg has a watering hole, somewhere locals go for a drink. But what happens when the hangout is a gathering place for all sorts of supernaturals? Let's just say that "norms" aren't welcome — including you! But just because you aren't allowed through the door doesn't mean you can't get a gander at ghouls and ghosts. Today author Lexi George takes us Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar.
I grew up in a small LA (Lower Alabama) town on the Florida border, 35 minutes from Pensacola and an hour from Mobile. Right as you crossed the line from Alabama into Florida, were several dive bars. One of them even had a drive-thru window. For two dollars, you could hand the guy at the window an empty gallon plastic pickle jar or mayonnaise container (clean, preferably), and drive off with a gallon of draft beer. And they weren’t too particular about checking IDs, either. Does this give you any insight into my misspent youth?