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RWA Announces the 2014 RITA Award Winners

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 28, 2014 | PERMALINK

This past weekend, Romance Writers of America announced the 2014 RITA Award winners at their annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. And while there could only be one winner for each category, this year's finalists all are worthy of praise and more. So, without further ado, we’re pleased to bring you a colorful visual of all the 2014 RITA Award winners.

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Nominated for Best First Book:


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Forewords - The Books Before the Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 28, 2014 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

DEBUT AUTHORS

Mainstream - Emily Cogburn is ready to make her debut with Louisiana Saves the Library. In this book, a divorced and out-of-work library science professor winds up working at an underfunded library in Alligator Bayou. With her best friend by her side, she must fight to keep the library open.

New Adult - In Heartsick, Caitlin Sinead’s debut, a mysterious epidemic plagues an elite liberal arts college. Those infected develop the ability to self-heal, which sends the townspeople into a frenzy. Look for this early next year.

Historical Fiction - Sally Christie’s The Sisters of Versailles takes readers into the 18th Century court of France where Louis XV reigns. The book follows the four real-life sisters who became his mistresses. Louis XV’s later years will be explored in The Rivals of Versailles and The Enemies of Versailles, both also told through his mistresses’ perspectives.


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From Page to Screen - Upcoming Film and TV Adaptations

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Page to Screen logo of a film reel

Summer is a great time to catch a movie at the theatre or to get comfy on the couch for some good old TV watching. And while we can’t beat the summer heat with these exciting book-to-screen adaptations yet, our enthusiasm and excitement is unwavering. This month, there were a ton of YA deals announced. Let’s take a look:

Nora Roberts Makes the Move to Screen

In late June, Nora Roberts announced the film rights for her In Death mystery series, which she writes as JD Robb, were optioned by Amber Entertainment. The option is for a feature film, which is in the early stages of development. Learn more about what this means on Nora’s site here.

I’ll Give You the Sun to Light Up Theaters Everywhere


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Forewords - The Books Before the Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

DEBUT AUTHORS

Mainstream - In Bob Prohel’s debut, Unstable Molecules, the former bookseller tells the story of four people whose lives cross paths in an alternate universe of comic-cons. Readers will meet former sci-fi TV star in the midst of a mysterious cross-country road trip. Coming soon in 2016.

Historical Fiction - In Alyssa Palombo’s The Violinist of Venice, passion and music come together as composer and priest Antonio Vivaldi and his secret mistress let their love continue to grow. Set in Venice, this heartwrenching tale is sure to leave readers breathless.

NEW SERIES

New Adult - Surrender, the first in Violetta Rand’s Devil’s Den series, stars a sexy MIT graduate who returns to his Texas hometown and meets an alluring college student who works as an exotic dancer.


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Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

In its continued attempts to win the Iron Throne of Booklandia, Amazon has formally announced their ebook and audiobook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited. Rumors of the service had been swirling for the past couple of weeks, and the service officially launched this morning.

For $9.99 a month, Kindle users can access 600,000 Kindle ebooks and over 2,000 audiobooks from Amazon’s Audible service. Kindle Unlimited subscribers will be able to access up to 10 books at a time. Titles offered include The Hunger Games series, Tolkein’s classic The Lord of the Rings trilogy and other contemporary bestsellers. However, titles from the "Big Five" (Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan and Hachette) are not included, not a big surprise given the current dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

While the service is currently only available to U.S. residents, those eligible will have the option of signing up for a free 30-day trial and a free 90-day audiobook trial. Additionally, readers do not need a Kindle device to use the service. Readers can continue using devices that support Kindle's free reading apps, including tablets and mobile phones.


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Samhain Publishing Announces Major Changes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

Samhain Publishing has long been a driving force in the romance world thanks to their extensive list of authors, unique books and savviness in the digital market. Today, the company announced a few major changes that mark a new chapter in the publisher’s life.

In an effort to develop stronger industry relationships and stay ahead of the game, Samhain has announced owner Christina Brashear has returned as Publisher, resulting in changes in the editorial staff. Current Publisher Lindsey Faber will now serve as a consultant while Editorial Director Heather Osborn will now act as a freelance editor.

Brashear hopes this reorganization will bring Samhain back to “its roots of finding and publishing best-selling romance writers.” She also pledges to “continue to nurture and support our current authors while looking to find that next generation of best-selling writers…”


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Harlequin To Be Sold To News Corp/HarperCollins

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

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Torstar, Harlequin's parent company, announced today that they will be selling the publishing powerhouse to News Corp., where it will become a division of HarperCollins. Harlequin sold for $455 million (Canadian) and the transaction, which will need clearance under competition law, is scheduled to close by the end of September. Craig Swinwood, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin, is optimistic about the deal: "This transaction will allow Harlequin to continue to operate as a distinct and successful brand within a larger publishing company. We're excited to be able to take full advantage of HarperCollins' robust resources, scale and capabilities to expand the reach of our books and grow our business." Harlequin's headquarters will remain in Canada.


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New Publisher Alert: ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray's Brown Girls Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

The business of publishing is always fascinating, especially in this digital age we find ourselves living in. A new development we’re excited about is the creation of Brown Girls Publishing, run by bestselling authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray. We wanted to know more about this new venture, and the ladies were kind enough to oblige.

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The cover of Open Door Marriage

Why did you decide to start Brown Girls Publishing?

Our motivation for creating Brown Girls Publishing was the fact that there are so many talented authors who for various reasons, don’t have a publishing deal, or aren’t able to write in genres that are near and dear to them. We also saw an opportunity to introduce some fresh voices in a market where so many genres have become formulaic and repetitive.

Tell us about some of your recent and upcoming releases, and why you decided to publish them?


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Self-Pub Like A Pro: Beverley Kendall Details Her Comprehensive Survey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Self-publishing! It’s been the buzz word in the publishing world for quite some time, as authors, editors, agents and more debate just where the future of publishing is heading. To help us all figure it all out, we'll be spotlighting various self-publishing heavy hitters — including authors, editors and industry professionals — here on the RT blog each month with our new Self-Pub Like a Pro column.

So what’s really going on behind the curtain? Author Beverley Kendall recently conducted a comprehensive survey to find out just that, and the results were surprising and illuminating. We got in touch with Beverley to find out more.

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What are the top three most important takeaway points from your survey?

My first takeaway from the results of the survey is that self-publishing definitely isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme. It requires hard work and being successful in it takes time.


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(More) Thoughts on the 50 Shades Of Grey Casting

BY Elisa Verna, SEPTEMBER 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

A lot of people, myself included, have lots of things to say about the recent Fifty Shades of Grey casting announcement, which was unveiled yesterday and confirmed by E.L. James via Twitter. Dakota Johnson will be playing the oh-so-innocent Anastasia Steele, while Charlie Hunnam is taking on the icy role of Christian Grey. Whether or not you enjoyed the books, there's definitely something to be said about the casting for the film adaptation of what is probably one of the most influential novels of the decade.

First, Dakota Johnson as Anastasia "Ana" Steele. I have to be honest, I'd barely heard of Dakota Johnson before yesterday. She's had some roles in a few recent comedies, like the 21 Jump Street film adaptation and The Five-Year Engagement. She also played Kate on the short-lived Fox TV show Ben and Kate and is the daughter of actors Don johnson and Melanie Griffith. The fact that she isn't an established star is good, because it means we won't have to live with Alexis Bledel, who will forever be Rory Gilmore, playing the controversial character. Still, it's a bit hard to see Johnson playing a virginal college student.


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