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Joss Ware On Selena Of Night Betrayed - The Newest Heroine Of The Envy Chronicles

BY , FEBRUARY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Joss Ware's Selena is no ordinary leading lady. In the post-apocalyptic world of Ware's the Envy Chronicles, Selena serves as a hospice worker, guiding people to their final rest. But when the nearly dead Theo survives the death rattle that Selena knows so well, she realizes that she may have finally met the man who is her match. Now the author brings us up to speed on everything we need to know before venturing into the zombie-infested world of Selena, Theo and what remains of society in Night Betrayed.

About a year ago, I found a book written by a hospice doctor that was a collection of his experiences with death and the dying. The stories and incidents were fascinating, and only added to stories I’d heard from other people—another hospice doctor whom I know personally, along with others who’ve worked or volunteered, or otherwise been present in situations when someone is dying.


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Claim Your Team and Win ARCs from Jeaniene Frost and Pamela Palmer!

BY , FEBRUARY 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

In the February Issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine we investigated the geometry of love triangles with the article "You, Me and Him". The RT editors shared which hero they are rooting for in several series that feature a heroine who is caught between a hunk and a dream boat. Now two of the Avon authors are getting into the team action with their paranormal series. 

"Team Bones" celebrates Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress novels. The latest tale, This Side of the Grave, is a March RT Top Pick! It has Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith saying, "While this series follows the course of Cat’s evolution and destiny, what makes these books so unforgettable is the sizzling and complex relationship between Cat and Bones." 

But maybe you are on "Team Kouga" and can't get enough of Pamela Palmer's Feral Warriors novels! This month sees the release of her new novel, Hunger Untamed. RT Reviewer Lauren Becker praises this series installment for its emotional depth. "Palmer skillfuly shows readers how it isn’t always easy to love your soul mate."

With heroes this hot (and heroines this cool) we won't blame you for being part of both camps!


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Felix Gomez Comes To Comics!

BY , FEBRUARY 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mario Acevedo's popular vampire hero, Felix Gomez, is wowing fans in a whole new way as the star of a new graphic novel series. So we sat down with Mario Acevedo to find out what fans could expect from Felix's newest adventures which begins with Mario Acevedo's Felix Gomez: Killing the Cobra Chinatown Trollop.

RT BOOK REVIEWS: This is not the first time that you have written about Felix. How does the graphic novel Chinatown Trollop fit into your Felix Gomez series?

Mario Acevedo: This is the prequel to Felix Gomez’s adventures in my first novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats. Chris Ryall, the publisher at IDW, found the mention where Felix refers to a previous assignment against the Han Cobra Chinese heroin smugglers and suggested the graphic novel revolve around that episode.


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A Tale Of Two Genres With Maureen Child (aka Regan Hastings)

BY , FEBRUARY 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

It's "Inside the author's studio" with Maureen Child who also writes paranormal romances under the pen name Regan Hastings. Today this talented author shares what it's like to write across genres and what she does to sweep fans off their feet, no matter which genre of books they read.

As Maureen Child, I’ve written a lot of books for Silhouette Desire (soon to be Harlequin Desire). As Regan Hastings, I launched my brand new Awakening series of dark paranormal romances last week with the release of Visions of Magic. In both the category novels and the single titles, I created a fantasy experience for the reader, but of a very different sort.

For example, with January’s Have Baby, Need Billionaire, I created billionaire Simon Bradley. Tula’s love for him will have nothing to do with his money, of course, but the reader will know that she’ll never have to worry about how to pay her utility bill. She’ll have a life with the man she loves and who loves her, plus she’ll live in comfort and security forever. Desire readers tell me all the time that they love imagining themselves living in the heroine’s shoes.

The fantasy world I created in Visions of Magic, on the other hand, is not a place you’d want to live. It’s a dark and dangerous world where women who are suspected of witchcraft are imprisoned without trial. Fear is ubiquitous and has been for ten years, since society learned that magic is real. And the fear is founded in eye witness accounts of witches doing terrible things like setting people on fire.


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The New Fallen Angels

BY , FEBRUARY 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month bestselling author Anne Stuart takes on a new pseudonym to conquer the paranormal romance genre. Stuart, writing as Kristina Douglas, has created a series full of fallen angels, dead girls and an evil that just won't quit. Go behind the scenes of Raziel in this exclusive interview with the author.

RT BOOK REVIEWS: What do you find most intriguing about fallen angels?

Kristina Douglas: I love the paradox of perfect beauty and the cruelties of life. Of golden creatures brought low by human needs and struggling to make peace with their sacred and profane desires.

RT: How many times did you need to read the Bible in order to work out the events in your story?


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Beat Back The Mid-Day Blues With Diana Pharaoh Francis

BY , JANUARY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Earlier today we gave you a chance to share a coffee break with Caris Roane. Now it’s mid-afternoon and we hope that this check-in on Diana Pharaoh Francis' Horngate Witches will energize you to power through the rest of the mid-day doldrums!

Hi everyone! I hope your holidays have been wonderful and I want to wish you an extraordinary and healthy New Year. 
 
I’ve been thinking about the holidays at Horngate. Because it is a place of witches, the solstice would be the day of celebration. At the same time, many people who live there are non-magical and come from a variety of religious backgrounds. Add in the Shadowblades and Sunspears who are equally diverse, and you have an extravaganza of religious cultures. But I imagine that everything in the end would revolve around who they are now and what they’ve become—members of a covenstead and a sprawling, frequently dysfunctional family. 
 
On the solstice eve they would gather together in the Great Hall, as outside the wind howls and snow fills the air in a dense whirl of white chaos. Inside, the anneau floor is lit and the ceiling and walls is decorated with flowers, garlands, holly, herbs, witchlights, strands of silver, gold and copper. Overhead iron chandeliers full of beeswax candles shower down gold beams of light. The scents of rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, cedar and sage permeate the air. 


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Take A Coffee Break With Caris Roane

BY , JANUARY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Spend a few moments talking vampires with this paranormal author ...

Hi, Everyone! Caris Roane here!

I must confess this is absolutely one of my favorite things—talking about paranormal romance and my love of vampires. First, I have to thank the writers-who-have-gone-before for inspiring me to write my own vamp series: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, Lara Adrian and J.R. Ward to name a few. Kresley Cole has also written one of my fav vamps in Sebastian! Also, Laurell K. Hamilton has done a brilliant job with her vampires and if you’ve caught any of my other blogs you know I’m a serious Jean-Claude fan!


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Three Ladies Who Love A Good Steam

BY , 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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From Crude Dragon To A Sizzling Hero - With Giveaway

BY , 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 , 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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