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Elisa And Regina Dish: Gilded By Karina Cooper

BY , JANUARY 24, 2013 | PERMALINK

Karina Cooper recently released her second St. Croix chronicles book, Gilded, and you better believe RT editors Elisa and Regina were excited! After Dishing about book one, Tarnished, they were both eager to pick up the second. Set in Cooper's seamless steampunk Victorian London, the series follows Cherry St. Croix — a woman leading two lives, one spent as a proper lady high above the fog drift that separates the city, and as a collector, aka bounty hunter, in the grimy London Below. Book two follows Cherry as she searches for a murderer in the Below and a husband Above, and both Elisa and Regina were anxious to see what the future holds for the conflicted heroine.

Elisa: In Gilded, Karina Cooper does a great job of setting up her steampunk Victorian world for those who may have missed Tarnished, the first Cherry St. Croix book. 

Regina: Right, although people really should read Tarnished.

Elisa: Absolutely.

Regina: For their own health and well-being.


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Three Authors Modernize Their Supernatural Historical Worlds

BY , JANUARY 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Part of the fun authors have with making stuff up for a living is that they get to recreate the past and alter historical time periods to fit their narrative, as many paranormal and Urban Fantasy authors do. We asked three authors to describe the settings of their their most recent releases — all of which take place in alternate histories — and tell us what they think their reimagined city would be like if it existed today.


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Cover Trend: Weapon Of Choice

BY , JANUARY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

Is it just us, or are the heroines of paranormal and urban fantasy fiction getting more and more tough? From facing down demonic enemies to saving the world from vampires, goblins and more, these kick-butt ladies couldn't do what they do without packing some serious heat. Which begs the question: Do you have a favorite weapon of choice for your heroine? Maybe you like a lady who knows how to handle some steel, or perhaps you are into more supernatural skills because, let's face it, controlling fire is cool. Traditionalists will undoubtedly vote for swords, while more eccentric readers probably prefer menacing wolfhounds. However, no matter what your preference, we are delighted to know that these women come equipped with their own arsenals. Check out the following covers for recent and upcoming reads that show heroines handling their weapons of choice and sleep tight tonight knowing that the bad guys don't stand a chance against these ladies. 

 


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Lucky 13: Our Most Anticipated Paranormal And Urban Fantasy Books Coming in 2013

BY , JANUARY 07, 2013 | PERMALINK

With a new year comes resolutions, new beginnings and best of all ... new books! This month we'll be sharing thirteen titles across the genres we're looking forward to in 2013, continuing with paranormal and urban fantasy releases! So just in case your TBR list wasn't already a mile long, here are a dozen (plus one!) paranormal and urban fantasy titles we're anticipating in 2013:


 

Ever After by Kim Harrison

Releases January 2013

We know something you don’t know ... which is how awesome the new Hollows book is! Witch detective Rachel Morgan once again finds herself in deep, this time trying to stop the Ever-after from being destroyed (and in the process saving the kidnapped Ceri and Lucy). But just like previous novels in this long running series, all doesn’t end well. Caution, tragedy ahead!

 



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Jeaniene Frost Announces Her New Realmwalker Series

BY , DECEMBER 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Great news for fans of Jeaniene Frost! The author announced yesterday on her blog that she will be starting a new paranormal romance series with Realmwalker, which has a tentative release date of the series starter Fall 2014 and will be published by Harlequin's HQN line.

There's currently not much information available about what readers can expect, but we do know that the series will follow a young woman who discovers she's part of an ancient group of people with an unwanted destiny. A dark, obscure young man is seemingly her only ally, but when she learns that he's destined to betray her, she must fight to prevent her doomed future from causing the world's demise.

And in a signature Frost move, we can expect the love story that in the series to be an ongoing battle of wills. She admits to readers that we will be getting our HEA eventually, but not at the end of the first book. 


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Video Interview: Larissa Ione

BY , DECEMBER 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

With the so-called Mayan apocalypse only a few weeks away, we thought it would be a perfect time to sit down with an author who knows a thing or two about the end of the world: Larissa Ione. The author's Lords of Deliverance series features The Four Horsemen (one of which is a woman!) of the Apocalypse, who are tasked with saving the world from impending doom. We asked the author to tell us what inspired her to put a spin on the traditional Four Horsemen lore while giving us a peek inside her latest release, Rogue Rider. Plus, Larissa shares special details about her upcoming series, set in a unique vampire-filled universe. 


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Three Questions For Author Mira Grant

BY Elisa Verna, DECEMBER 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

Mira Grant, the pseudonym for Urban Fantasy author Seanan McGuire, released the final book in her Newsflesh trilogy, Blackout, this year, which earned a 2012 RT Readers' Choice Awards nomination. The trilogy follows two young blogger journalists as they dig to uncover the conspiracy that caused a zombie-like plague twenty years prior. We we're curious to hear the author's thoughts on the series now that it's come to a close and what readers can expect next. 

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Your June release, Blackout, was nominated for a 2012 RT Readers' Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, congrats! Now that your Newsflesh trilogy has ended, which book was the most fun to write?


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A Galactic Holiday: Celebrate The Season With Three Out Of This World Adventures

BY , NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author and blogger Heather Massey is a science fiction romance aficionado who finds and spotlights the best otherworldly tales being published today. So we knew we had a winner on our hands when Massey brought to our attention the upcoming Carina Press' e-anthology A Galactic Holiday. Intrigued by the idea of a holiday-themed sci fi romance collection, Massey spoke with the authors and made her own deductions about the stories:

A Galactic Holiday (December 2012) is a science fiction romance anthology collection from Carina Press. Featuring three novella-length stories from authors Stacy Gail, Sasha Summers, and Anna Hackett, readers can escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays with these otherworldly adventures. I have lots to share with you about this anthology, but first, here’s an overview, courtesy of Carina Press:

Do androids dream of electric sugar plums?


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Video Interview: Kristen Callihan

BY , NOVEMBER 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Kristen Callihan is gearing up to release the third book in her Darkest London series, Winterblaze, which is set to hit shelves February 2013. We're big fans of the author's paranormal historical tales, and are anxious to get our hands on the third Ellis sister's story. In this video interview, the author catches new readers up on the series so far and she shares some details about the third book, which is a reunion story of a couple we've already seen happy together. Callihan calls Winterblaze "Mr. and Mrs. Smith with zombies," which certainly sounds intriguing! Plus, the author reveals what's in store for the fourth book in the series now that the three sisters have gotten their stories. 


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Cover Trend: Animals Over Your Shoulder

BY , NOVEMBER 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

We’ve all heard of backseat drivers, but the authors of recent and upcoming paranormal releases are taking it to the extreme by introducing some wild animals into the mix. Peeking over the shoulders of romance characters are tigers and lions and bears. But that’s not all. On these covers we also found a bat, owl and even a dog. And for more exotic fare, it seems like dragons, unicorns and vampire bats are all the rage. While these animals do generally bring some danger to their story, most of the beasts pictured are either the shifter form of a hero or heroine or a helpful guardian. So breathe easy as you scroll through this newest cover trend.


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