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Four Kim Harrison Ebooks For Less Than $4 Each

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

It can be so hard waiting for the next book in a favorite author's series to come out. But there is one good aspect of all that waiting. Their backlist usually goes on e-sale! Check it: although Kim Harrison's twelfth Hollows book, The Undead Pool, doesn't release until February 25, right now readers can get digital versions of four of Kim's novels — for less than $4 each. So if you've been meaning to stock up your ereader, now's your chance! All prices listed are accurate at the time of this posting. Happy reading!

       

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (Hollows #1)


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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.2 - "Prodigal"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, JANUARY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Welcome to “Bitten” episode two, “Prodigal,” where the previouslies recap the entire first episode in case you didn’t read mine.

Returned to Stonehaven (very stone, not so haven), Elena has a chilly reunion with Clay. We flash back to four years ago, when they walked through the same gates. Elena was adorably, neurotically, excited to “meet the family.” “Darlin’, I got you,” a marginally less creeper Clay promised. In the now, Elena and Clay circle and snark. Unresolved sexual tension? Nah, just tension. “I’m here because a wolf needs to be tracked,” she insists. “I’m not here for us.” (Famous last words. This is a naked show.) Clay can’t help but be annoyingly overprotective. How can you tell Elena’s not havin’ it? She ignores his offer of food! She’s much happier to see Pack Alpha Jeremy. (There are hugs!) They discuss the threat from the murderous mutt wreaking havoc in Bear Valley, and Jeremy wants to send Elena and Clay out tracking. “I’d rather go with the local psychopath,” she says. “You forget, darlin’, I AM the local psychopath,” drawls Clay. (Local to where? Hipster Williamsburg?)

Elena and the local psychopath

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Bitter Spirits, Indeed: A Speakeasy Tour with Jenn Bennett

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

We’ll be honest. Living in New York, we’ve boozed in a few establishments you needed a password and a willingness to walk through a basement or a dark alley to get to. But what’s fun and games now was deadly serious during Prohibition. To school us on how San Francisco revelers got their moonshine access in the 20s, today we’ve got Jenn Bennett, author of the RT Top Pick!, Prohibition-set Bitter Spirits, to give us the scoop. Take it away, Jenn!

The Prohibition-era speakeasy has enjoyed a resurgence over the last few years, with bars remodeled after the iconic underground 1920s watering holes popping up in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Most of these nighttime hot spots require a not-so-secret password to get in (uncovered by a quick online search). Some, like the reservation-only Bourbon and Branch bar in San Francisco, maintain hidden entrances — its only identification being an “Anti-Saloon League” sign hanging from the side of the building.

Bitter Spirits, the first book in my new Roaring Twenties series takes place in 1927 San Francisco. And because my hero is a bootlegger and my heroine works in a speakeasy, I did some poking into the original speakeasy scene in the Bay Area.

A flapper's garter flask


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1001 Dark Nights with Shayla Black — Plus Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

It’s a new year, the perfect time for an exciting new publishing project! How about one based on The Arabian Nights: 1001 Nights, helmed by Liz Berry and MJ Rose? You’ll remember that in those 1001 tales, Scheherazade desperately attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with new tales so he will postpone her execution.

1001 Dark Nights is a collection of sexy erotic or paranormal novellas, written by 12 bestselling authors, including Heather Graham, Larissa Ione and Lorelei James, who will entertain readers long into the night. The stories will be released one per month throughout 2014. Shayla Black, the first author to be featured in this new undertaking, has an excerpt of her story to peek at today. Read on for more — and a giveaway!

Shayla tells us:


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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.1 - "Summons"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, JANUARY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Hey, werewolf lovers and genre TV aficionados! Bitten is based on the bestselling first book in RT favorite Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. It's simultaneously airing in Canada and the U.S. You know what means? Grab your toque and your Timbits and settle in for some sexy skin!

We open on an apartment, clothing scattered in a trail to a bedroom, as our very naked heroine, Elena Michaels, takes a guy for a spin. But then it gets weird. Elena (Laura Vandervoort, when book Elena is a bit more Laura Dern-with-muscles) makes excuses to her guy Philip and bolts. Cramps? Nausea? Too many tacos? No, she’s shifting! She quickly finds an alley, strips down, and turns into a wolf! Elsewhere, a cute young guy questions a girl at a bar about the mysterious Danvers family who live out in the country — and calls her a slut for her troubles. (Screw you, too, buddy.) The girl walks through the woods as Elena prowls for prey…and pounces! But, psych, wolf Elena actually dove for a rabbit. That means someone else kills the girl…

Elena and Philip, being all normal

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Jaye Wells' Left-Handed Path To Dirty Magic

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

It's always interesting to see how urban fantasy authors seamlessly blend the familiar and the supernatural. It makes us wonder what's really going on in the cities we live in. Is the hustle and bustle just a convenient ruse for underground paranormal doings? What's our next-door neighbor really having delivered in all those boxes? Today we've got author Jaye Wells here to tells us what being left-handed — a seemingly innocent characteristic — has to do with her new Prospero's War series, which starts with RT Top Pick! Dirty Magic, out next week.

I don’t know what it is, but I am always drawn to writing about characters who are outliers in some way. For example, in my Sabina Kane series, I used the fact that many cultures view redheads with suspicion and used it to create an entire race of redheaded vampires. I’ve also written about drag queens, changelings, mixed-bloods, people with rare blood types and a whole host of edge-dwellers in my fiction. So I guess it was really no surprise that I would choose to based the entire magical world of my new series on people who are left-handed.


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Author Q&A: Christine Feehan Talks Dark Wolf — Plus A Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Christine Feehan fans — and we know there are a lot of 'em — have been waiting with bated breath for Skyler’s story. And it’s finally here, with the RT Top Pick! rated Dark Wolf. In this exclsuive interview, Christine talks Skyler, what it’s like writing the 25th book in a series and more. And we’re also giving away 3 hardcover copies of the book! Read through for details.

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Your fans have been waiting for Skyler to be old enough to have her own story. Why do you think readers have grown so attached to her and what does it mean to you to be able to tell her story?

I think the readers are attached to Skyler because she was introduced as a child and had such a terrible childhood; they wanted a happy ending for her. I was very excited to tell her story because I honestly didn’t think I would be able to. It has been 10 years in the making. The anticipation and build up was so huge it was rather daunting. I was glad the 1st book in the trilogy came to me.


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The Story So Far … Molly Harper's Naked Werewolves

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Series are the name of the game in the paranormal genre, it seems. But how to catch up? Where to start? We at RT are here for you, as always. Today we’ve got Molly Harper, author of the bestselling Naked Werewolf series, to catch us up, because her third, RT Top Pick! rated, How to Run with a Naked Werewolf, is out today. Because how could you not want to know about Naked Werewolves?! Wait, aren’t all werewolves naked? See, we’ve got questions already. Take it away, Molly!


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Book Hankerings: Our Most Anticipated Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Coming In 2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 07, 2014 | PERMALINK

Happy New Year, readers! The best thing about the new year, in our humble opinions anyway, is all the new books to look forward to! We don’t know about you, but there are an awful lot of books we’re hankering for in 2014. In the hopes that you’ll join us in obsessing, over the next week we’ll be listing our most anticipated books of 2014, by genre. Today, we continue with paranormal and urban fantasy!


 

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Releases March 2014

Bishop's Written in Red made many best of 2013 lists, including RT editor Regina Small's, so we're very hopeful about the next book in the series, Murder of Crows. Now that the world of the Courtyard and the terra indigene has been fully established, it'll be interesting to see how Meg continues to dodge those who want to kidnap her to exploit her blood prophet talents. And let's be real, we'd definitely like to see more of Simon Wolfgard.

 


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Cat Devon on Life Imitating Art — Her Life!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 26, 2013 | PERMALINK

Truth is stranger than fiction, or so the saying goes. But what happens when truth and fiction collide, like in Cat Devon’s latest, Love Your Entity? Today the author is here to tell us about how she couldn’t resist having a little fun with her publishing team …

I swear, I’ve never used a real person in a book of mine before.  But the fact that my heroine, Sierra Brennan, in Love Your Entity is an author opened the door for me to use people on my publishing team in my book … with their permission, of course! 

I know some authors who have offered to use a real person’s name in a book as an item in a charity auction. Others have even used social media for help in deciding what name to give a character. 

I haven’t done either of those things yet.


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