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Video Interview: Carrie Vaughn Talks About Her Kitty Series And Beyond!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Urban Fantasy author Carrie Vaughn is best known for her popular Kitty series. The latest series installment is book nine, Kitty's Big Trouble, an RT Top Pick that hit stores last week. Today get a behind the scenes look at the Kitty series, find out what to expect from August's Kitty's Greatest Hits, and learn about Vaughn's other project that is making waves, After the Golden Age, when RT's Morgan Doremus interviews Carrie Vaughn.

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Online Auction to Help Raise Money for L.A. Banks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

As many of you may know, beloved author Leslie (L.A.) Banks is gravely ill and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for late-stage adrenal cancer and her prognosis is not good. To add to this tragic situation she does not have health insurance. Ironically in March 2010 she pleaded her case at a healthcare reform rally in Glenside, Penn., where she was selected to introduce President Obama but not before telling her story as a single mom with a daughter in college who was faced with the dilemma of choosing between insuring her daughter or herself. Her prophetic words are haunting. (See her speech here.)


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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Carolyn Jewel Asks "Immortal Means Forever, Right?"

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

Paranormal author Carolyn Jewel's detailed supernatural worlds and sizzling romances have made her a fan favorite. This month she is thrilling readers with My Dangerous Pleasurethe latest installment that follows the war between Magekind and the Fiends in her My Immortals series. Today the author stops by to tell us what she loves about paranormal romance. 

In the My Immortals series I write for Grand Central's Forever line, I’ve built a world with more than one type of immortal and paranormal creature. Some of them are fiends, a species of demon whose very nature is magical. They are not human and, unless someone happens to know or discover a vulnerability, they don’t die. 

Humans, on the other hand, can be “vanilla” (unable to use magic) or one of the magekind. A mage is a human who can do magic. Some of them have even learned how to prolong their lives through the ritual murder of a fiend. It’s not quite immortality, but it’s as close as they can get to it.  

I chose this framework because it gave me a world where enemies would naturally distrust and fear each other, but where neither side is entirely right or wrong. That’s a lot like the real world. Anything else, I felt, risked making events in the stories seem shallow or trite. A bad guy is far scarier and much more interesting if he’s more than just evil. His actions should make sense.  

In fiction, immortal beings are rarely just un-dying. (Sing Happy Birthday to Grandpa, he's 10,981 today! Louder, kids, he can't hear you!) These beings also tend to possess extraordinary abilities. And, typically, they are immortal at peak physical condition, too. They don't look like your grandmother might at 11,000. In paranormal romance, the male creatures tend to look like Adrian Paul in “The Highlander”. 


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Go Behind The Scenes of Black Heart Loa With Adrian Phoenix

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we get an insider's look at Adrian Phoenix's Black Heart Loa with this mini-interview about the author's urban fantasy series. And then be sure to check out the first posting in Adrian Phoenix's Chapter Hunt to get an exclusive look at the first chapter of Black Heart Loa as it is released in four segments over the course of this week!

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Black Heart Loa is a sequel to Black Dust Mambo. For readers new to the series, can you give us a three sentence wrap-up of "the story so far"?

You bet! In Black Dust Mambo, After unraveling the mystery behind her family history, a mystery that had drawn the deadly attention of the infamous Doctor Heron and nearly cost Kallie her life and her soul, she ended the root doctor's life with the help of sexy nomad (and winner of the carnival's wet boxers contest) Layne Valin, Kallie believed her family was safe at last. But before Kallie could catch a breath or even spend a little time in Layne's arms, she discovered that her bayou pirate cousin and his dog were missing and realized that Doctor Heron's dark revenge hadn't died with him. Now, there is nothing Kallie won't do to find her cousin and bring him home again.


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Sneak Peek: Seduce Me In Flames By Jacquelyn Frank

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT brings you an exclusive first lookSeduce Me In Flames, the second in Jacquelyn Frank's futuristic series. Read on to get a behind the scenes look at the Extreme Tactics Force and their mission directly from the author. 

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Seduce Me in Flames brings us back to the adventures of the Interplanetary Militia in the Three Worlds universe. The Three worlds have seen some pretty interesting things, mostly centering around the vast political and cultural differences that tend to occur from one inhabited planet to the next. The IM polices these aliens, making sure they all play nice in the name of keeping the peace and seeing that everyone leads a reasonably happy existence. But where there are rules there are those who get very good at getting away with breaking them.


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The Librarian's Quest with Robyn Bachar

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Robyn Bachar invites readers behind the scenes for an up-close look at the paranormal world of her two most recent e-books.

When I began building the supernatural world of The Importance of Being Emily and Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, there were a few must-have details that I wanted. First, it was important to me to not have any “accidental” vampires. If a magician wants to live forever, she’s going to have to study her butt off, put in years of training, and run the risk of the transformation not working at all. Second, I wanted to include a wide variety of paranormal creatures and magic users. Witches, shapeshifters, faeries, sorcerers, seers, librarians—

Yes, librarians. Magic librarians. Even vampire librarians.


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Video Interview: Sophie Littlefield

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Sophie Littlefield hit the scene in 2009 with her mystery, A Bad Day for Sorry, which won that year's RT Reviewers' Choice Award for best first mystery. Since that time Littlefield has made a name for herself with her mystery, young adult and paranormal series. Earlier this year, the author's post-apocalyptic novel Aftertime captured March's Seal of Excellence award. Today the author gives readers an insider look at her writing process, continuing series and more in this video interview with RT's Senior Editor and RT Reviews Coordinator Stephanie Klose.

Sophie Littlefield shares an insider's look at her writing and series! >>

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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Lend Your Support To Gravely Ill Author L.A. Banks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Leslie Esdaile is best known for her books written as L.A. Banks. However no matter which pen name she writes under, readers love her stories! Unfortunately we have just learned that Leslie is fighting against a very serious illness. 

As she battles this sickness, her friends and family ask that you keep her in your prayers. Although she is unable to accept visitors, answer emails or receive flowers, you can donate to a fund established to assist her with her ever-increasing medical bills. 

You can send your donations to the address below: 

Leslie Esdaile Fund
Account #81538801
Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
Operations Center
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2404
215-931-0300 

Additionally, if you are a Philadelphia resident, you can deliver your donation to any branch of the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union branch. (Please make sure you include the account number  #81538801.) Alternatively, you can send your donation to any of the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union Branch Locations, including the main branch:

Police and Fire Federal Credit Union Branch:
Main Branch:
901 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 

Or you can use this P.O. Box, or to send your good wishes and cards to the author, at this address:

Leslie Esdaile
c/o Tina Ryan Wise
P.O. Box 37189
Philadlphia, PA 19148


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Video Interview With The Survivors Author Amanda Havard!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Debut author Amanda Havard will thrill readers with her paranormal story, The Survivors, an RT Top pick! Today the author chats with RT's Whitney Sullivan about her supernatural saga, and goes behind the scenes to give readers a special look at what they can expect from the tale — and what's coming next!


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Nightfall By Ellen Connor

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Ellen Connor is actually the writing team of Ann Aguirre, who began in sci fi romance and now writes across the genres, and historical romance author Carrie Lofty. Now they have incorporated their talents to  thrill — and chill — readers with the new dystopian series Dark Age Dawning that starts with this month’s Nightfall.

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Whitney: Morgan, I think it’s only fair that we tell readers that we’ve been excited for Nightfall since we first found out that Aguirre and Lofty were co-writing a series. 

Morgan: But it wasn’t just the authors that brought us to the story. It was the plot itself. I mean we’ve got civilization ending, our hero Mason kidnapping our heroine Jenna to save her (not that she would believe that) and hellhounds chasing them as prey. 


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