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New York Comic Con 2011: Marjorie Liu Q&A About Her Upcoming Dirk & Steele Book

BY Morgan Doremus, OCTOBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today at New York Comic Con 2011 I got a chance to chat with the fantastic Marjorie M. Liu about the latest novel in her bestselling Dirk & Steele series, December's release Within the Flames. If you are new to the series, don't worry, Liu does a fantastic job of crafting a romance that anyone can fall head first into. However, for all of you longstanding Dirk & Steele addicts out there (like me!), you will be excited to see Eddie (finally) get his happily ever after. But it’s not a smooth road for the man whose supernatural talents mean that when he loses control, he can accidentally burn things to the ground. But perhaps this is exactly what makes him perfect for his heroine, Lyssa who is an honest to goodness dragon!

Morgan: Readers who have been following the Dirk and Steele series have known Eddie for a long time. But they might be surprised to learn that he is the hero of his own book since he is so much younger than the rest of your characters. 

Marjorie: He is young in years, but he has lots of life experience. Eddie lost his dad when he was young and this left him in an abusive living situation. Eddie ended up growing up on the streets.


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

A dying vampire queen and a happy-go-lucky gryphon will risk the fate of the world for their love in Thea Harrison’s paranormal series third Serpent’s Kiss.

Morgan: I have been loving Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series since book one, Dragon Bound, hit shelves earlier this year. Now we are on book three and I have to say that I never get tired of visiting the author’s world of strange, mythical creatures. 

Whitney: Harrison has become an auto-buy author for me, too. Although, I felt this particular book took a while to get off the ground because Harrison has to explain all the different types of creatures in play, the political factions that are maneuvering and also reacquaint us with the hero and heroine who have been, up until now, supporting characters. 


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Pick Up A Paranormal Series Starter On Sale From Pocket!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

We are not the only ones getting into the spirit of Halloween. Publisher Pocket is currently running a sale on some of their paranormal tales to help get readers in a more spooky frame of mind. You can start several of our favorite series which are available on the Pocket website for just $3.99 each between now and November 1st. Not sure where to start? Here are some of our picks.

RT’s Morgan Recommends … 

The deliciously dark Raziel by Kristina Douglas, aka the uber-talented Anne Stuart, is my first suggestion. But readers be warned, these are not your typical angels. They are more likely to kill you, than protect you. But hey, you could do worse than a sexy, brooding, alpha angel! 

If you were hoping for a more light-hearted read than I vote you pick up How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf This series starter from Molly Harper is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. (RT’s Whitney and I go in-depth on the book here.)


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Paranormal Month: Bring Your Favorite Fictional Character To Life — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

There's no denying it, Halloween is right around the corner — and costume planning is heavily underway here are RT. So as gear up for one of the web team's favorite holidays, here is a peek at the costumes we are planning that were inspired by some of our favorite fictional characters. 

RT's Whitney says, "I'm looking forward to creating my own mash-up this season, vampire Scarlet O'Hara. Hello hoop skirt, hello obligatory parasol, hello vampire fangs. I can't wait to take this year's costume out onto the streets of New York City!"

RT's Elisa also plans to be kicking it old school but in a very different way. "I am going to be dressing up as Cthulu, the mythical being that's like a cross between a dragon, Godzilla and an octopus. I think the best explanation for him is that he's basically the scariest creature around. He's got wings, killer talons and some seriously crazy face-tentacles. To bring this monster to life, I'm dying a mop head green and wearing it around my face. Add to that some all green clothes and giant rubber wings and I'm set. People will know who I am ... in the right circles." 


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Inside Erin Quinn's Final Mists Of Ireland Story: This Month's Haunting Embrace — With Excerpt!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

As part of our Paranormal Month coverage we are going behind the scenes with author Erin Quinn to learn how with her new novel, Haunting Embrace, the author perfected the art of what she calls “writing through chaos”. Don’t miss your chance for a backstage pass to the story — and an excerpt of what you’ll find in the latest installment in the author’s Mists of Ireland series about Druid warriors and the cursed Book of Fenmore.

For most authors, writing isn’t just a job—it’s a calling. And like anything we’re called to—or compelled to do—it comes with its highs and lows. Highs—hearing from readers who love your books. Lows—sitting in front of a keyboard and pulling word by painful word out of an over-taxed brain. 


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Free E-Read: Carrie Vaughn's The Nymph's Child

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Readers searching for a compelling short fantasy story with a touch of romance should look no further than Carrie Vaughn's short story "The Nymph's Child." This e-read is currently hosted for free at Fantasy Magazine.

Vaughn has made a name for herself with her long-running urban fantasy series about heroine Kitty Norville — most recently featured in the anthology Kitty's Greatest Hits. However, "The Nymph's Child" reads much more like the author's April release, After the Golden Age. While there aren't superheroes in this story, "The Nymph's Child" certainly has several unexpected heroes. 


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Spoiled: An Exclusive First Look At Alexis Morgan's Newest Series River of the Damned

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

We were so excited to learn that fan favorite Alexis Morgan has a new series releasing next year that we immediately contacted the author. RT wanted to be the first to bring readers information about the fantasy/romance series River of the Damned along with a peek at the series starter, My Lady Mage, set to hit shelves next summer.

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First, we've got to ask, is this a Paladin series spin-off or are you embarking on an all-new adventure?

This is a whole new adventure for me, one I’m really excited about. River of the Damned will be my first fantasy romance series, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. The first story in the series, My Lady Mage, will be released by Signet Eclipse in July 2012.  

My Lady Mage features a woman who can wake the damned, that's a pretty crazy power. Can you share a hint about how she controls it?

Lady Merewen’s family lands are under attack. Desperate to save her people and the horses that she loves, she invokes an ancient spell. At the edge of the river, she calls on the gods for help, asking that they send the Damned, five ancient warriors, to defend her people. 


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Author Interview: Katie MacAlister Talks Dark Ones, Much Ado About Vampires And More — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

It's the second day of our month-long spotlight on Paranormal reads. And it seemed fitting that we bring you an insider's look at one of the genre's most popular series. Today Katie MacAlister chats with RT's Whitney about her ever-evolving Dark Ones series, the upcoming ninth novel set in that world, Much Ado About Vampires, and her career over the last decade. Don't miss your chance to go behind the scenes of Katie MacAlister's work with one of her biggest fans — and find out what you can expect from the author next!

WHITNEY SULLIVAN: In Much Ado About Vampires your heroine Corazon discovers that not only is she a reincarnated soul — but in her last life she was a vampire’s mate. Oh, and she’s seen him kill someone. This is not an easy (or baggage-free) way to start a relationship — so how did you know that Cora and this sexy bloodsucker were meant for each other?


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Paranormal Authors Collaborate For Breast Cancer Research

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Check out eleven creepy crawl-y evil creatures and support the fight against breast cancer while you read — here's how: download your own copy of Entangled, the paranormal e-anthology that hit stores this morning. Entangled is a collaboration by Authors4thecure, eleven authors including two New York Times bestsellers and two breast cancer survivors, who are all dedicated to helping end this disease. Proceeds from Entangled will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

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Why was it important to you to contribute to this anthology?

Liz Kreger: As a breast cancer survivor, I have a personal stake in a cure being found ... whether it’s a cure for breast cancer, or any other cancer. With grants being continuously cut, it’s important that research into finding a cure continue. Science has made so many breakthroughs in the past few years that an actual cure could be just around the corner. I felt this was an opportunity to give something back using my own unique talents. 


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