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"Zombies Vs. Unicorns"-Themed Haikus

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | PERMALINK

Yesterday, when RT editors Stephanie and Elissa took a trip to CVS during lunch, they were assaulted (well, visually assaulted, anyway) by Halloween decorations, candy and costumes. It was, in a word, awesome. Because these ladies love Halloween. They also love unicorns and zombies, respectively, and our readers, who were so gracious as to play along in our Zombies vs. Unicorns haiku contest, which ran in the September issue of RT.

To get into the holiday spirit yourself, why not check out Zombies vs. Unicorns, the anthology edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, out this week from Simon Pulse? Our winners will be getting their own copies in the mail soon! 

Read on for the winning haikus (you guys are hilarious), and thanks to everyone who entered!

Shiny and white coat;
Beautiful and dangerous;
Why only virgins?
—  Sheree Tieh


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Paranormal Fans - Start Your Voting!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 | PERMALINK

Good news for paranormal fans - five authors have joined forces to create what Random House is calling the "first fan-driven, multi-author, chain story e-book" to come out of one of the major publishing houses. 

The story, A Glimpse of Darkness, will be co-written by Lara Adrian, Kelly Meding, Stacia Kane, Lucy A. Snyder and Harry Connolly. The authors will each be responsible for a segment of the tale that follows a djinn's daughter who is attempting to save her father's life.

Even better news? With A Glimpse of Darkness, you will have the opportunity to vote on the direction that the story takes at Suvudu.com

The best news? The short story begins today! 


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So a Vampire, a Werewolf and a Human Walk Into a Bar …

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 | PERMALINK

Paranormal author Michele Bardsley brings humor to an often angst-filled genre — the vampire tale.

Vampires, being creatures of the night, tend to be crabby. Lack of sun, you know. Have you ever known anyone who has a great tan to be anything less than cheerful?

Of course, being pale, dead, and on a diet that makes the Fat Flush appetizing would make anyone cantankerous. Maybe being immortal, gorgeous, powerful, and mysterious is just too hard on a soul filled with regrets and the longing to just feel human once more.

Hah. Are you freaking kidding me?

I don’t buy the angst. Unless master vampires are roaming the earth looking for whiners (I’m looking at you, Lorcan O’Halloran, oh guilt-filled one), then it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Granted, humans can be whiners, too, but filling up an eternity with regret is soooo not appealing. After the first century or two, wouldn’t a vampire just get the hell over himself? And who would date a guy (or girl) like that anyway?


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Virginia Kantra On Teens, Moms, And Unexpected Abilities - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 07, 2010 | PERMALINK

In the latest Children of the Sea novel, Immortal Seaparanormal author Virginia Kantra's heroine, Elizabeth Rodriguez, is raising two teenagers and her son, Zack has some unique abilities. He is half fin folk!


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Joan Frances Turner Is Bringing Zombies To LIfe (In More Than One Way) - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 03, 2010 | PERMALINK
Author Joan Frances Turner 's debut novel, Dust, is a September RT Top Pick! The urban fantasy novel takes a new look at zombies as though they shared many qualities with humans: such as life cycles, a system of beliefs and vulnerabilities to man-made viruses.

We are seriously digging the old school Public Service Announcement-themed videos the author is running for the book's September 7th release. You can check them out below:

Parents Who Eat Brains Have Children Who Eat Brains >>

This Is Your Brain For Breakfast >>

Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Friends >>


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Erin Kellison On The Perks (And Pitfalls) Of Being A New Author

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 02, 2010 | PERMALINK

We spotlighted author Erin Kellison in the beginning of summer, when she was a debut author with her first novel Shadow Bound. At that time, she shared her journey to publication (read it here). Barely three months later, her second novel, Shadow Fall, is on shelves and she's hard at work on her newest tale. So we caught up with Kellison to find out what life as a new author is really like.


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Sneak Peek: The Music Video for Alyssa Day's book Atlantis Rising

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 02, 2010 | PERMALINK

As promised, RT readers get first look at the music video "Atlantis Alive" which is based on Alyssa Day's Warriors of Poseidon series starter, the 2007 paranormal romance novel, Atlantis Rising.

Atlantis Alive from Radiator Music on Vimeo.

You can learn more about this music video and several other novels that are incorporating a musical element in the article "Music of the Heart" in the October issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS.


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A Supernatural Soiree

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 02, 2010 | PERMALINK

Last night, authors Lucienne Diver and Michele Lang hosted a book release party for their newest stories. 

Diver's newest release Revamped, the second in her Young Adult Vamped series was released yesterday, while earlier this week Lang's Historical Urban Fantasy Lady Lazarus hit bookstores.


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Eve Silver And A Dinner With Alastor

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 01, 2010 | PERMALINK

The second hero in author Eve Silver's Otherkin series is Alastor Krayl, a soul reaper on a mission. But even the best laid plans for revenge can be waylaid the need for romance. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of how Silver's Alastor treats his ladylove in this evening on the town ... 

Last month, I talked about dinner with Dagan, the dark and dangerous hero of Sins Of The Heart.

Today, to celebrate the release of Sins Of The Soul, Alastor Krayl—the suit-clad, über-controlled, incredibly sexy hero of the story—is taking Naphré Kurata—the kick butt heroine—to dinner. He makes a reservation at what is reputed to be the oldest restaurant in London: Rules in Maiden Lane. Which is interesting on a few levels. 


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Rachel Caine Is Going To Harvard

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

THIS JUST IN: Paranormal author Rachel Caine's Glass Houses, from the Morganville Vampire series, is now a must-read at Harvard University. The first book in Caine's Young Adult series has just been added to the university's course "The Vampire in Literature and Film."  We tracked down Rachel Caine to see what she had to say about this collegiate turn of events.

RT BOOK REVIEWS:  Any words on your first reaction when you heard that you were required reading at Harvard?

Rachel Caine: I believe I summed it all up in a very proper, authorial way when I blurted "No way!" Followed by fainting.

RT: Where did you go to college? Does it feel good to make it into the classroom of the most distinguished University in America?


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