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Three Ladies Who Love A Good Steam

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

Reading romance is all about getting a glimpse into exciting times and new worlds and there is nothing more adventurous than the re-imagined Victorian-era tales of Steampunk fiction. To keep up with the new sub-genre, RT's Morgan interviewed Mari Fee, Sahara Kelly and Tilda Booth, authors who have Steampunk e-novellas from Samahin Publishing's Silk, Steel and Steam series. 

Morgan Doremus: Steampunk is still a relatively new sub-genre in the paranormal/fantasy category. Can each of you define what you see Steampunk as and how your story fits into the genre?


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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From Crude Dragon To A Sizzling Hero - With Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Janet Chapman shares a look at the evolution of a very special hero: William Killkenny. This month William creates sparks with Madeline Kimble in Dragon Warrior. But William first appeared in Chapman's world long before he was ever hero material ...

Every so often a secondary character shows up in one of my stories and catches me by complete surprise with his sheer … loudness. But when two captivating secondary characters appear on the same page—well, that’s why it’s called magic.


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Backstage With A Bad Boy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Jaime Rush gives us an insider's look at the man that RT Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith calls a “bad boy extraordinaire”. We couldn’t help but fall just a little bit in love Eric Aruda, the hero from February's Top Pick novel Burning Darkness, even though we understand why Fonda Raine wants him dead. Discover why we were desperate for Eric’s story in this special interview and then enter to win your own copy of his adventure!

Fonda Raine lives for one thing: killing Eric Aruda for slaying her lover. But she'll have to be careful--Eric can set fires with his mind. Seconds from plunging a knife into his heart, an assassin tries to take them both out. Now, she must choose: join forces with the man who's burning through her defenses or go down in flames.


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Tags: Romantic Suspense, RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Meet Alix Rickloff's Earl Of Darkness

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Alix Rickloff combines two of our favorite genre in this month’s Earl of Darkness, a January RT Top Pick! This novel's inventive paranormal and historical elements has RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin praising the story as “a tangled tale of good and evil, magic and mystery, passion and desire — one that won’t be easily forgotten.” Check out a behind the scenes look at Rickloff’s inspiration and don’t miss the excerpt of Earl of Darkness at the end of the post.

“Where do you get your ideas?”

Every writer has been asked this, and, if they’re like me, they dread answering. I’d love to say, “Oh, I send $19.99 and receive a huge box of ideas in the mail. Any idea I’m not completely satisfied with, I can send back guaranteed.” 

If only it were that simple. 

But asking a writer how they come up with their stories is like asking a runner how they run so fast. Call it a gift or a talent or simply good luck, it just happens—without explanation.


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Keeping In The Holiday Spirit: A Midwinter Fantasy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

With blizzards hitting all over the country, it is nice to escape from the cold curled up with a good book. This season, we recommend the paranormal anthology A Midwinter Fantasy to transport yourself to wonderful faraway lands. RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus shares an in-depth author interview with the anthology's authors, Leanna Renee Hieber, L.J. McDonald and Helen Scott Taylor about what you can expect inside their three new novellas!

Morgan Doremus: Can each of you describe the paranormal creatures/characters in each of your stories and make the argument for why your paranormal characters are superior? 


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Kim Murphy And The Cunning Folk

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

During a time when people believed that witchcraft was behind their misfortunes, Kim Murphy found inspiration for her latest historical fiction. Look back into the 1600 and 1700s when witch-hunts ran rampant throughout society and learn about the role that “cunning folk” play in Murphy’s new novel, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist.

Imagine a beautiful woman being searched for minor body imperfections that would prove she was a witch. This scene was played out all across Europe. In North America, most people think of Salem, but in truth the first witch trial held on the continent took place in Virginia. As a Virginia resident, I was intrigued to learn more, and the premise became the basis for my paranormal/historical novel, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist.


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Stephanie Rowe Talks Guilty Pleasures - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Stephanie Rowe talks guilty pleasures and gives readers a special look at the unusual weakness of Trinity Harpswell, the heroine of this month’s paranormal release Kiss at Your Own Risk. And don’t miss your chance to win the novel at the end of the post!

HE NEEDED A KILLER WOMAN.
Blaine Underhill was one lucky man. Having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch, he's determined to save his still-enslaved friend. But in order to do so, he'll need the help of one of the world's most lethal women.

SHE WAS DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, LITERALLY.
Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she's one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever. When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder! 


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Nancy Holzner and the Epic Battle of Wills in Hellforged - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

In Nancy Holzner’s latest Deadtown tale, Hellforged, the author pits her heroine Vicky against a book with amazing powers. Now get a sneak peek at the Book of Utter Darkness and a taste of the battle of wills to come. And don't miss the giveaway at the end of the post!

Most avid readers can think of a book they consider life-changing. But imagine reading a book that could change your destiny. In Hellforged, the second novel in my Deadtown urban fantasy series, such a book falls into the hands of shapeshifter Victory Vaughn. Vicky must look deep into the past to battle a present danger. And the only tool she has for doing so is an ancient book written in a language she doesn’t understand—the language of Hell.


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The Women of Urban Fantasy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2010 | PERMALINK

There’s nothing quite like an Urban Fantasy heroine. She’s a butt-kicking, attitude-filled force to be reckoned with. One who usually has the weight of the world on her shoulders and a snarky attitude to boot. But there are a few heroines out there who are breaking the mold and keeping the genre fresh. Katherine Katt and Jacinda Valcheck are two of these characters who are leaving their unique mark on readers. Now the authors behind these leading ladies share a special look at their unusual heroines!

 

Katherine “Kitty” Katt, of The Alien series by Gini Koch

The Alien series follows Katherine “Kitty” Katt, the world’s best accidental badass, as she discovers first that the Roswell rumors are true -- with a twist -- and then not only learns that there are both good and bad aliens and lots of life on other planets, but gets involved in the fight to protect this planet. As the series goes on, there's more than just parasitic aliens to deal with, as well as more secrets and conspiracies to discover and disrupt.


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Mark Henry on Making the Switch

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

Urban Fantasy author Mark Henry talks about a writer’s best weapon again the threat of unemployment: the ability to diversify. Today marks the release of his first erotic tale, Stocking Full of Coal, writing under the name Amanda Feral. Get all the details about how this new novel came to be and don’t miss the *Web Exclusive Review* of the story at the end of this post! 

Writers get a lot of questions. What font do you use? Where do you get your ideas? Do you ever bathe? But one that’s been popping up a lot recently is: can you really make a living as a lower midlist author with very little other marketable skills?

The answer is an unequivocal maybe, often accompanied by a shrug.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Erotica, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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