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Friday Fiestas: Avon's Krewe and Heather Graham's Mardi Gras Mayhem

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ready for another party post, full of epic costumes and food porn? Then we, as always, are here for you. You'd think by Friday we might be slowing down the pace here in New Orleans at the RT Convention, but you would be mistaken! (Thank goodness for caffeine.) Friday's fiestas including the always awesome Avon party, where attendees mingled with their favorite Avon authors, nibbled on snacks — and scored tons of free books. Then it was time for Heather Graham's always epic dinner theater and costume competition. For a true understanding of the awesomeness, eyeball these pictures we snapped! 

 

With free books, drinks and sweets, the Avon/HarperCollins reader party was a hit!

 

Heather Graham made quite the entrance arriving to her party on a float!

 

It's not a Heather Graham party without singing, skits and shenanigans.

 


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Crafting Paranormal Creatures: Charlaine Harris, Marjorie M. Liu, Ilona Andrews & Jeaniene Frost - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Listen, when we hear that Charlaine Harris, Marjorie M. Liu, writing duo Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost are all going to be in the same room together, you'd best bet that we'll be front and center. Honestly, they could be talking about the intricacies of dry cleaning, and we'd be super into it. But today in New Orleans these masters gathered together to talk characterization, and how to create a cast who match their fantasical worlds in awesomeness. We learned, we laughed! We ogled. (Only a little.)

A photo of the panelists 

From L to R: Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Charlaine Harris, Marjorie M. Liu and Jeaniene Frost


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Convention Report: HEA: The Paranormal Way

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Relationships are hard work, but throw in some fangs, dirigibles, wings and magic, and things can quickly go from complicated to hot mess. But everyone deserves a happy ending, including our favorite otherworldly characters. Bestselling author Jeaniene Frost moderated the HEA: The Paranormal Way panel at this year’s convention where she was joined by Meljean Brook, Kresley Cole and Nalini Singh to discuss the challenges and victories in writing happy endings for the paranormal.

The panelists posing for a photo

Jeaniene Frost, Kresley Cole and Nalini Singh posing for photos

The room was packed full of eager readers who let out more than a few squeals of excitement over hearing their favorite paranormal romance authors discuss their books. While Jeaniene kept discussion focused on what it's like writing happy endings for paranormal characters, she also asked the authors to comment on the various challenges of writing a paranormal creature and keeping them relatable despite their extraordinary backgrounds.


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Exclusive Advanced Excerpt: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 07, 2014 | PERMALINK

Twenty-six. That's how many days fans of Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series have to wait until the paranormal romance master's next book, Shield of Winter, which tells TK-V Vasic's story, hits shelves. Ugh, 26 whole days! We don't know about you, but we're terrible at waiting, which is why we're bringing you an exclusive, advanced excerpt from Shield of Winter! We know it's only a brief distraction from the wait, but hopefully it will help tide you over until June 3. Enjoy!

“You’re early,” she whispered to the man who’d appeared in front of the cabin.

“I’m not here for your decision.” Winter gray eyes scanned the area.


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Excerpt Break: Sparrow Hill Road By Seanan McGuire

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 05, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ready for an excerpt break? It's Monday, so you might need one (we don't judge, only sympathize). Today we've got a sample from Seanan McGuire's latest, Sparrow Hill Road, which kicks off the author's new Ghost Stories series. It's the tale of ghost Rose Marshall, the girl from the countless spooky stories of women being murdered, who helps guide lost souls. Intrigued? Read on..


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HP Mallory's Top Five Places To Visit In New Orleans

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 05, 2014 | PERMALINK

The annual RT Booklovers Convention is one short week away, and you're probably scrambling to pack, tweak your schedule and make sure you have everything you want to see you do in New Orleans figured out (or maybe that's just us?). Author HP Mallory, whose release this month — Ghouls Rush In, takes place in the Big Easy — is here to help with a comprehensive list of things convention attendees must see and do during their stay in NOLA!

As an author and lover of all things that go bump in the night, it’s probably fitting that New Orleans would cement itself firmly in my heart as one of my most favorite places. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Big Easy more than four times, including my most recent trip to do research on my upcoming release, Ghouls Rush In.

So, if you’re wondering what to do during your stay, I’ve made it easy for you by listing my top five must-see attractions and destinations in New Orleans:

A photo of HP Mallory taking photos in a cemetery

HP snapping photos in a cemetery

1. GHOST TOURS


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Behind The Scenes: The Epic Cover Shoot For Kristen Callihan's Soulbound

BY Elisa Verna, APRIL 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the cover shoot of Kristen Callihan’s sixth Darkest London novel, Soulbound, releasing next year from Forever. Walking into my first cover shoot, I had a lot of questions. Would the hero and heroine be photographed together, as we’ve seen  on her more recent book covers? Would it just be the heroine solo, like on the covers of Firelight and Moonglow? Or perhaps we’d see the first solo hero cover in the series? And if there was a hero, would he be without a shirt? Who mists these shirtless heroes? Or are they oiled? All very important questions, of course.

The shoot took place in a very nondescript building that Chris Rock and his bodyguards were casually standing in front of (I didn’t see him, but Kristen’s editor Alex Logan had a slightly awkward encounter. Apparently he was also having photos taken.). Because of course he was, this is New York.

Kristen knew just as much about the cover shoot as I did (this was her first, too!), and told me authors typically have little to no involvement in their cover designs, and she’s lucky to even be consulted before the covers are finalized. She told me that a general rule of thumb for authors is “If you want to complain about your cover, you have to approach it from a marketing standpoint,” and to always remember that a cover design is somebody’s work, and they spent hours creating it. For this Soulbound cover, she jokingly requested David Gandy, whom she envisioned at the book’s hero. Although they couldn’t get Gandy, the model they did hire definitely shared his dark features.


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Gena Showalter’s Favorite Dark Paranormal Heroes - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Paranormal romance heroes are all sorts of special. They brood with a capital B, often have superhuman strength and, somehow, because of their magical supernatural-ness, are infinitely more attractive than any measly ol' man. Plus, they're ferociously loyal and will defend their women 'til death. We caught up with Gena Showalter, who has written a delicious paranormal hero or 50, and asked her which paranormal heroes make her swoon. And don't forget to scroll down, because we've got an opportunity for U.S. readers to win a signed, personalized copy of Showalter's next Angels of the Dark book, Burning Dawn.

The cover of Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter

Over the years, I’ve collected a delicious stable of book boyfriends. I love the dark and tortured best. There’s something so shiver-worthy about a pitiless warrior finally ceding control of his heart to that one special woman.

In my mind, that woman is always me. Probably why I’m so possessive of my males.

Here are some of my favorites:


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Friday Free for All: Charlaine Harris and Mo Hayder Mysteries

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

It's Friday! We made it! <Internet high five> Want to start your weekend off right? Why not enter to win one of two spooky mysteries, sure to keep you up late into the night? First up is RT Top Pick! GOLD awardee, Mo Hayder's Wolf, a tale of interwoven plotlines involving a family taken hostage, a cold case and an injured dog discovered with the message "help us" tucked in his collar. Spooked already? We're right there with you, RT editor Tricia was definitely scared when reading this thriller.

Or if you're in Sookie withdrawal, why not consider giving Charlaine Harris's new series a try, starting with Midnight Crossroad? You can discover the spooky small town of Midnight, Texas, along with its newest resident, Internet psychic webmaster Manfred Bernardo. 

Enter below to win a copy of both of these hardcover mysteries. (U.S. residents only, please.) And have the best of weekends, we hope you had fun hanging out with us this week, we sure appreciate you stopping by! Much love, Your RT Web Team.

 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Exclusive, Super Advanced Excerpt — and Giveaway!: Keri Arthur's Fireborn

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

In our minds, the only thing that's better than an excerpt is a super advanced excerpt of a book we're dying to read! So today we're excited to share with you a lengthy snippet from Keri Arthur's upcoming series starter, Fireborn, which won't be hitting stores until July

Fireborn is the story of Emberley, a phoenix who can take human form — and foresee death. In this action-packed excerpt Emberley is once again trying to cheat death, but there are always consquences. Ready to read? Let's get to it! Just be sure to check out the bottom of the post for our awesome giveaway.

The cover of Fireborn by Keri Arthur

All of us dream.

Some of us even have pleasant dreams.

My dreams might have been few and far between, but they were never, ever pleasant. But worse than that, they always came true.


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