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Urban fantasy authors Christina Henry and Chloe Neill will run the Hot Chocolate 5K in Chicago, on November 4, 2012, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charity. Chloe and Christina will run for both a good cause — and for chocolate, as the post-race party features tons of goodies sponsored by Ghirardelli. Today the authors share their stories behind what motivated them to run — and what running has to do with how they write their novels.
Cartoon covers were big in the early 2000s, but have since gone out of vogue. However, these hand drawn creations hold a special place in our heart and we are excited to see so many new and upcoming releases featuring delicious eye-catching cartoons. From winsome witches to adorable animals and beyond, you know that a book wrapped in such a cute package probably contains some fantastically funny scenes. Color us pleased with the prospect!
Morgan: Before we get started, I have to apologize because this Dish is going to be a lot less comment-y and whole lot quote-y — but I swear it’s not my fault! The author has amazing passages on just about every page of this book.
Elisa: So true! The language in The Taken is nothing short of stunning. Vicki Pettersson delivers a noir-inspired paranormal romance filled with mystery and intrigue that all adds up to an incredibly fun read!
Morgan: The story opens in Las Vegas, but not the showy floors of the billion dollar casinos or the high-end shops of the strip. Instead we are at a seedy, charge-by-the-hour hotel on the outskirts of the town — where prostitution is the regular.
Sophomore slump, what's that? It's certainly not in the vocabularly of several of our favorite supernatural scribes! This month authors Lauren Dane, Rachel Vincent, Tami Dane and Nancy Gideon all give readers the second installment of their new series. But just because these are "book two" in a series, doesn't mean they are second in our hearts. Each author has crafted a follow up tale that sizzles, snaps and stuns. Take a look at what stories are on shelves now — and what the authors think you should know before you pick up their new releases!
Book conventions aren't just for readers. For a writer, these events can be a unique, fun-filled experience — especially when a convention takes you overseas! Today we follow author Larissa Ione as she attends the first ever LoveLetter Convention in Berlin. Hosted by the German LoveLetter magazine, Ione shares with us what it was like attending, as well as some photos and tips for those who may want to go next year!
This year I had the awesome opportunity to attend the first Annual LoveLetter Convention in Berlin, Germany, and now that it’s over, I’m already looking forward to the next one.
The fact that I’m looking ahead to another LoveLetter convention says something about the event, because conferences tend to bring out the terrified wallflower in me. But early on the first day, when one reader told me that she and some friends had come all the way from Italy just to see me, I was so grateful and overwhelmed that my nervousness faded away. In fact, they were more nervous than I was – one lady said that her friend was near tears and shaking too hard to even come in the room to meet me. I wish I’d had a nice glass of wine for the poor friend, but we settled for hugs, and a few minutes later, I had new friends who I’ve shared emails with since. It was a wonderful way to soothe the nerves and start a conference!
Author Molly Harper is known for her lighthearted, fun paranormal tales about sexy supernatural men and the women who love them. But stories of vampires and werewolves aren't the only ones Harper pens. She debuted her first contemporary romance back in 2010, and recently broke the news that she will be returning to the side of romance that has fewer fangs and less fur with a brand new series! We're anxious for the first in Harper's yet-to-be-titled digital-first series, releasing this December, and asked the author to share a little bit about what readers can expect.
It was just announced that you have a new contemporary romance series coming from Pocket. Can you give readers a short summary of what they can expect from these books?
This morning author J.R. Ward released both the cover and the title of the eleventh book in her fervor-creating Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Readers meet (or we should say re-meet) Qhuinn, on the cover of his very own romance novel, Lover at Last. And in case you’ve been living under a rock, this installment of the beloved BDB series is causing waves not just because it’s the next from the talented Ward but because the author is headed off the beaten path: it’s a male/male romance. Qhuinn will be taking center stage joined by, that’s right, his Lover at Last, Blaylock!
At the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, during the Author Chat with J.R. Ward and Jessica Andersen, Ward told us that the romance between vampires Blay and Qhuinn was a long time coming. The author shared her view on the men’s relationship when she told the audience, “To me, it’s a love story … I was not expecting to be writing them as a full-blown book.” However, after many discussions with her editor, it seemed clear, Ward said, “I think we both got to this point where [we realized], ‘This is a story that needs to be told.’”
Anne Hope’s Soul Bound is the last in our month long e-book Dishes, so we are ending with a paranormal tale that will have readers up all night. Hero and heroine Jace Cutler and Lia Benson seem mismatched — his unusual supernatural heritage inspires those around him to sink into a deep and self-destructive depression, while she is a doctor devoted to helping others. Now, we all know what they say about opposites attracting, but with a pack of rogue part-angels on their heels, will Jace and Lia even get a chance to explore their feelings (and the passion that connects them)? Read on to find out ...
Whitney: The RT reviewer was right on when she said that Soul Bound will appeal to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s fans. I also think followers of Shannon K. Butcher will have a new favorite with Anne Hope.
Morgan: I agree! Butcher, Kenyon and Hope have lots of great things in common, especially their delicious dark and dangerous heroes. In the case of this book, Soul Bound, readers are introduced to Jace Cutler.
Every year at the RT Booklovers Convention's Giant Book Fair, there is a breakout author. Amidst the sea of writers autographing, one author will have a line so long that it will wrap around the entire event. This year, the one to watch was Larissa Ione. A writer of the paranormal romance variety, Ione is known for creating great characters, complex plots and steamy, steamy reads and her newest series, Lords of Deliverance, is incredibly popular. Featuring the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, these books have readers' hearts racing, desperate for more end of the world action! This month, Ione is feeding our need with the next novel in her series, Lethal Rider and "Apocalypse," an e-only compendium about the series. Included in "Apocalypse" is a behind the scenes look at the author's sexy heroes, daring heroines and smashing series. This 99-cent buy also sports a terrific short story that will have readers wanting more. Whether you are already a fan or are just getting your first taste of Ione's Lords, enjoy this RT-exclusive excerpt from the new e-short "Apocalypse".