For RT BOOK REVIEWS second Seal of Excellence recipient, the editors choose Moonshine by Alaya Johnson. This tale set in 1920s New York is a seamless blend of historical romance and urban fantasy. If you are only going to read one book this month, our staff agrees you should take a chance on Johnson.
We here at the RT offices are riffing on a Cat Fancy vibe this sunny Friday afternoon, as we selected winners of our White Cat contest, which ran in our May issue.
Winners will get a copy of Holly Black's new series starter, White Cat, out now from Margaret K. McElderry, and one grand prize winner will receive a signed advanced review copy from Black herself. And since Black adopted a -- you guessed it -- white cat while writing the book, and also because we are totally cat crazy, we got readers to send in pictures of their cats as contest entries. The only problem? It was basically impossible to pick our favorite cats as winners! We love all your cats! They're all adorable and cat-astic. Thanks for participating, everyone.
Runner up #4 Pursey
(Pursey looks just like a baby version of our office cat, Dylan!)
Runner up #3 Matilda
Author Jaime Rush plots murder and mayhem where ever the mood strikes her!
Ever hear a murder plot in progress?
Been enjoying your latte or pasta primavera and overheard someone plotting murder? If you have, it was probably a writer. (At least I hope so!) You'd think that writers, being solitary souls holed away in their cave of ideas, would do their brainstorming in private. And I'm sure many do, even me. But sometimes murder and mayhem is the topic of at lunch or dinner out in public.
I often brainstorm with my mom or my husband. A few weeks ago I was trying to figure out some plot points in book five of my Offspring series. Precisely, how my heroine becomes the target of an assassin not assigned to kill her. We sat at the bar sipping margaritas while waiting for our table. I confess that while immersed in story and plot issues I am not thinking about who is around me. I'm sure the bartender got an earful!
One of the funniest incidences was what we now call "The Red Lobster story." My mom and I were plotting, trying to figure out how my villain, a serial killer, would get rid of the bodies of the young women he's killed without leaving trace evidence. We went into the restroom on the way out. You know how you walk into a restroom and it just feels like no one in there? Yeah, that's how it felt.
We went into our stalls, and my mom said, "What if you burned the bodies?"
Author Lori Handeland ponders "what's in a name?" and talks about the cinematic inspiration for her titles. And make sure to check out the GIVEAWAY after the blog for a chance to win a signed copy of Chaos Bites!
One of the things I'm often asked about my urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles, is how I come up with the titles.