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Daily Goals of Bestselling Authors Revealed - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

It’s okay, you can admit that writing is hard, especially when you see authors are churning out book after book, when you’ve barely written a chapter. Have no fear, because everybody has their own way of doing things! Bestselling authors Leigh Evans, Angie Fox, Charlaine Harris, Darynda Jones, Suzanne McLeod and Chloe Neill shared their creative processes with RT Convention attendees and shared that speed isn’t the be and end all.

The panelists!

The authors all agreed that what’s on the page is more important than the amount of words — it's quality over quantity, folks!

“I can figure out how many days it would take [to write a book], but it never works out,” Charlaine Harris told us, and she wrote the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, so she knows.

Moderator Leigh Evans added, “Just write the story. Don’t try and create the world [first].”


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Thrills and Chills with Lee Child and Charlaine Harris - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Throw Sookie Stackhouse and Jack Reacher into a room together for an hour, who do you think would come out alive? Well at the RT Convention we got to spend an hour with Lee Child and Charlaine Harris and it was magical — and no blood was shed! The masters of suspense and paranormal talked about how they got their start, how they react to negative reader feedback and charmed the entire room. We laughed, we learned. Some of the highlights: 

Lee Child and Charlaine Harris

The conversation started on a humorous (or incredibly dark, depending on who you are) note with both authors being asked how they would cover up the perfect murder. Lee started by saying, "It's all about no evidence, you can't leave any evidence behind." He used the example of sinking a body in the middle of a deep lake as a crime that wouldn't leave a trace. Charlaine brought up a great point, reminding us that "you'd have to kill someone you have no connection to" so that you wouldn't be a suspect.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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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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