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Marlene Perez And Amanda Carlson On Why Minneapolis Is The New Urban Fantasy Hot Spot

BY , MARCH 19, 2013 | PERMALINK

Chicago is grand, New York is nice and L.A. is, well ... L.A., but could Minneapolis be the next popular setting for Urban Fantasy? Authors Amanda Carlson and Marlene Perez think so! Both Carlson's Hot Blooded, second in her Jessica McClain series, and Marlene Perez's Strange Fates take place in the chilly Midwestern city, and both authors agree Minneapolis is the perfect place for paranormal mischief. So why Minneapolis? The authors interviewed each other and chatted about what drew them to the City of Lakes for their latest releases.

Marlene Perez: What is your main character's favorite place/hang-out, real or imagined, in Minneapolis?


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Cover Trend - Glowing Eyes

BY , MARCH 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then you might want to look away because the characters on these book covers are revealing some serious inner turmoil. However, if you are ready to face evil, then you definitely want these heroes and heroines on your side because their glowing eyes are good for one thing — seeing through the darkness.



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Cover Chat: Karen Marie Moning's Burned

BY , MARCH 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

Karen Marie Moning has just revealed the cover of her next Deckle Edge book, Burned. A quick poll around the RT office shows that most of the magazine editors think that this book will feature Dani O’Malley, the young teen who stood by MacKayla Lane’s side during the Fever books. Dani is a deadly sidhe-seer who has super-strength and speed, and is certainly not a lady to mess with. There’s no word on what trouble Dani will find (or what trouble will find her) in Burned, but we do know whatever it is will have us mesmerized.

The author wrote on her Facebook page that there might be about 14 months between her books, which, according to our top-notch math skills, means Burned will hit shelves in January 2014. It also means you’ll have a chance to catch up by reading the most recent book in Moning’s Fever universe, Iced.


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Ilona Andrews To Begin A New Paranormal Romance Series

BY , MARCH 13, 2013 | PERMALINK
Last month writing duo Ilona Andrews (made up of husband and wife Ilona and Gordon Andrews) announced that they would be extending their Urban Fantasy "Magic" series featuring sword-wielding mercenary heroine Kate Daniels. (Readers can learn more about the authors' plans here.) And this week there is more great news from the Andrews' camp. Ilona revealed in a blog post that now their Edge series has come to an end, they are ready to start a new series. According to agent Nancy Yost in a Publishers Weekly report, the currently untitled series " ... will be set in a world controlled by 'modern Medici-like dynasties with paranormally enhanced abilities.'" Ilona commented that the new series is inspired by elements of both their Silver Shark universe and their short story "Of Swine and Roses". 


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Gina Lamm Shares How Her Modern Geek Girl Adjusts To Regency Life - With Giveaway!

BY , MARCH 13, 2013 | PERMALINK

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!


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Debbie Viguie's Heroine Shares Her 10 Step Program For Banishing Black Magic

BY , MARCH 07, 2013 | PERMALINK

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. 

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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.


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Karina Cooper's "Wicked Lies" And More M/M Romances We Recommend

BY , MARCH 05, 2013 | PERMALINK

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.”


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MaryJanice Davidson Talks Undead And Underwater - And Vampires!

BY , MARCH 05, 2013 | PERMALINK

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!

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You are a pretty prolific writer. To start with, what’s one of your favorite characters that you’ve written?


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Which Nalini Singh Heroine Are You Most Like? Take Our Quiz To Find Out!

BY , MARCH 05, 2013 | PERMALINK

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.

 

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A Sweet Giveaway In Honor Of Lynsay Sands' Immortal Ever After

BY , FEBRUARY 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

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."


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