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Up Close And Personal With Three Of Our Favorite Paranormal Writers: Frost, Harris and Singh

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

Today RT convention attendees got a bit of insight on the process that authors Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris and Nalini Singh go through as they write some of the most popular paranormal series on the market. In the Paranormal Chat this afternoon these genre headliners let us inside of their worlds (both the fictional and real ones) and, of course, talked about what readers can expect next!

The discussion started off quickly, as the authors spoke about their favorite character transformation over the course of their series. Frost said she has been very pleased at the changes in her “Wicked Witch-y” character Justina. While for Harris, it is Sookie who has changed the most as she has really come into her own despite the enormous paranormal responsibilities piled onto her young shoulders. And Singh said it was Nikita, Sascha’s mother, who has the most interesting character development because we still don’t know Nikita's motivations for rejecting her daughter.  

No chat between these three ladies would be complete without discussing those fanged heroes and heroines we all love so much. The authors all talked a bit about why they chose to write series about relationships with younger women and not just older men, but much, much, much older men.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Up Close And Personal With Some Of Our Favorite Historical Romance Writers: Blake, Chase And MacLean

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

How does an author tune out the modern world and channel bygone eras? Historical romance authors are able to not just take themselves back to days past, they re-create worlds and transport readers, too. Today RT convention attendees got a chance to get some inside information about how authors Lorraine Heath, Jennifer Blake, Loretta Chase, and Sarah MacLean craft their historical romances. These big names in the genre shared a look at the characters that they love, how they create the stories we love — and of course what readers can expect next!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Romance
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Smashwords Founder Mark Coker Shares Secrets of Self-publishing Success

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

When it comes to making it big in self-publishing, we all know it takes sales to make your e-book climb up bestseller lists. But how do you know what you should price your self-published story, whether your long and complicated epic is actually a trilogy disguised as one book and if authors who change the prices of their books frequently earn more or less for their troubles? Yesterday Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords.com, an online publishing platform for authors and publishers, gave RT convention attendees a look at how to make “Money, Money, Money” at the panel by that name.

During this RT-exclusive workshop the founder of the self-publishing platform talked about the factors that impact sales, all based on the statistical data mined from the site. As of this week, Coker told us that he was drawing on the data of over one hundred ten thousand e-book authors' sales. Here is a taste of some of the data that he shared about the analysis of Smashword’s figures — and what it says about how you can have financial success with your self-published books!

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Do authors who offer free e-books earn more money?


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book
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Part(y)ing Thoughts: Ellora’s Cave Chi-Town Hip Hop Stomp & Step Bash!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

Tonight Ellora’s Cave helped us kick off the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention with a dance party that got us all movin', groovin’ and shakin’ our tail feathers! The publisher brought in a Hip Hop dance troupe to perform and teach us some moves including — but not limited to — the step, stomp and slap. And convention attendees got into the rhythm of things, dancing until the clock struck midnight!

Ellora's Cave authors were presented to the crowd

Hip-hop gear was mandatory


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book, Erotica
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RT Booklovers Convention 2012: A Day Of Sci Fi Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

Today was out of this world for Science Fiction & Fantasy romance lovers! Conventioneers enjoyed a day full of mixing and mingling with some of the best names in the genre. Hosted by Linnea Sinclair, the Intergalactic Bar & Grille party returned this year and SFF romance readers enjoyed an hour of food, goodies and the company of some fabulous authors including Catherine Asaro, Marcella Burnard, Robin Hobb, Stacey Kade, Isabo Kelly, Liddy Midnight and Janet Miller (aka Cricket Starr).


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Science Fiction
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What It Is Like To Write For Adult And Teen Audiences ...

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that the YA genre is exploding, and teenage heroes and heroines make up more than a handful of the characters that readers are looking forward to spending time with. So it’s no surprise that many established authors are double dipping, crafting both adult and teen tales are a few of our favorite names in fiction. On Wednesday at the RT Booklovers Convention, authors Ann Aguirre, Jenna Black, Sophie Jordan, Jeri Smith-Ready and Rachel Vincent’s conversation was moderated by Kelley Armstrong during the afternoon’s “The Kids are ‘Alright’ Adult to YA Fiction” panel. The topic was what it takes to transition back and forth across the line and these authors certainly  provided an insiders’ look at  some of the perks — and pitfalls — of “going both ways.”

The authors all agreed that when it comes to “genre-jumping” and moving to writing YA, that’s a little bit misleading.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, Young Adult
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Get Up Close And Personal With Three Men Of Mystery: Hurwitz, O’Brien and Rollins

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK


Panel moderator and RT Editor Stephanie Klose with authors Gregg Hurwitz, Kevin O'Brien and James Rollins

Have you ever wondered what it was like to crawl inside the dark and twisted mind of a mystery and thriller author? These authors craft terrifying stories complete with grisly murders, horrific kidnappings and a slew of truly desperate characters. Today RT convention attendees got a chance to find out exactly what it’s like to be Gregg Hurwitz, Kevin O’Brien and James Rollins. These authors chatted about one of their all-time favorite scary authors, how they were inspired to write, and of course — what’s coming next!

Some of our favorite moments of the event  took place as the authors were chatting together and bonding over their shared love of Hitchcock. (And it’s no surprise that the conversation moved at a fast and furious pace, considering the quick minds of all three authors.) 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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RT Booklovers Convention 2012: Welcome Party

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

We’ve been waiting for this day for months, the morning when we begin the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention. The festivities begin with our annual Welcome Party. There was coffee and treats for us to nibble on as we settled in. Then RT Founder Kathryn Falk, president Kenneth Rubin and publisher Carol Stacy greeted attendees and shared a look at what will be taking place in the week ahead of us.


RT Book Reviews founder Kathryn Falk welcoming guests


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Surviving The 2012 RT BOOKLOVERS Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 29, 2012 | PERMALINK

T-minus 13 days until the 26th annual RT Booklovers Convention. Which means it’s time for us to share our top 10 tips for making the most out of the upcoming five day extravaganza of fun!

1. Smart Shoes Are Key

We’ve all got that pair of shoes (or pairs of shoes) that make us feel great. They may be strappy sandals, kicky heels or a killer pair of boots. However, no matter what they look like, they may make other women swoon in envy but they also make us swoon in pain by the end of the day. Our advice — sport your tennis shoes or ballet flats during the day and save the fancy footwear for the evening parties!

2. It’s Okay, Shipping is Available!


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VIZ Media Partners Up To Launch A Yaoi Imprint

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you like "Yaoi" or boys’ love fiction, stories that features male/male romances, you’ll be pleased to learn that VIZ Media, LLC is teaming up with Libre Publishing and Japan’s Animate, Ltd. to launch SuBLime, a new imprint of Yaoi manga.

This recently launched line of stories ready for English-speaking readers will include works from Naono Bohra, Tarako Kotobuki and Haruka Minami and many others These stories will be available digitally, and with select editions in print, online at SuBLimeManga.com. You can see a complete list of the new works available from SuBLime here.


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Tags: Convention, Erotica
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