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Fiona Lowe Shares How Her Businessman Hero Fell For A Quirky Country Girl

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

We always love when opposites attract, and the hero and heroine in Fiona Lowe's Saved by the Bride do just that. When businessman Finn Callahan heads to his family's second home in Wisconsin, he's prepared to make it a fast trip. He certainly doesn't expect country girl Annika to steal his heart. What does a high-powered professional see in a laid-back small-town woman? We asked the author, and she gave us quite a long list of reasons.

Perennial bachelor, Finn Callahan’s visit to his father’s vacation home in rural Wisconsin should have been a quick, unmemorable trip. After all, Finn has a paper empire to run and a personal life to get back to. So imagine his surprise when he can’t keep his thoughts off of Annika, the rural girl with a heart of gold and a wardrobe full of hoodies. What makes this woman so special?  

Let Finn count the ways... 

Her Legs. Finn had always been more of a breast man right up to the moment he met Annika’s legs climbing inexpertly into his library.


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The Numbers Are In: 2012 Was A Good Year In Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 17, 2013 | PERMALINK
The Association of American Publishers has just released the final numbers for last year’s book sales and it is official that 2012 was a profitable year for publishers. Despite a disappointing holiday season — sales were down by 13% when compared to December 2011 — overall book sales climbed.

According to a recent report from Publishers Marketplace, trade sales rose by $451 million in 2012 to end the year at a hefty $6.5 billion in total sales. The 7.4% increase from 2011 was attributed to two blockbuster series — Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

To show just how much James’ popular books contributed to the industry’s total earnings, PM did an “extrapolation from Random House’s reported sales” to find that the erotic romance trilogy earned an estimated $263 million in 2012 which made up over 5% of adult trade sales for the entire year! And even though it was first published between 2008 and 2010, Hunger Games has proven that it has staying power. This YA series accounted for roughly 9.5% of all children’s book sales in 2012.   


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Tags: Publishing Industry News, E-Book
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Kaylea Cross On Writing What She Loves

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 17, 2013 | PERMALINK
Even more important than writing what they know, authors must write what they love. And this is especially true for romantic suspense writer Kaylea Cross. A woman of eceletic tastes, Cross made sure to include things she loves — from chocolate to sports — in her newest novel Tactical Strike. Today the author visits the RT Daily Blog to explain how she incorporated her favorite things into the story.

Aside from writing military romantic suspense, there are a few other important loves in my life. Here they are in no particular order, along with how USAF Captain Candace “Ace” Bradford and USAF Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth, the main characters of Tactical Strike figure into each.

Love #1: Military alpha male heroes

Hell. Yes.


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April 2013: Which Self-Published Story Is Right For You? Take The Quiz!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

It seems everyone is self-pubbing these days, which is great for us — more delectable male characters to choose from! But with all these hot heroes on hand, which one should we take home? (Champagne problems, right ladies?) Our solution? An RT self-pub quiz! Read on and make your selections to find the man who’ll make your month!

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1. It’s your birthday, and your man with a plan has come up with the perfect gift! It’s a getaway to:

A) New Orleans for a night of smooth jazz and cuddling in dark alcoves of the French Quarter.

B) The Catskills for some dirty … dancing - and hiking, if you’re into that.

C) A beach bungalow with lots of privacy.

D) Miami where it’s hotter than Hades, but you love the club scene!

E) Who says guys are the only sport fiends? He’s taking you to opening day for your fav team.

 

2. He’s also arranged for a cake, and because he knows your taste, you’re ready to devour:

A) One he’s baked himself. You don’t know what the heck it is, but you love a good mystery and his effort.

B) An assortment of cupcakes decorated with the cutest animal faces ever.

C) A decadent dessert from the fanciest restaurant in town — to go, because really a treat like this should be served alone ... and possibly naked.

D) A sinfully rich chocolate lava cake. Watch out for the center, it’s hot!


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. 

Historical Romance

Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

New Adult

Unbroken by Melody Grace

Buy For $2.99 >>

         


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2013 RT Convention Guide: The E-Book, Indie Published and Graphic Novel Expo

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 10, 2013 | PERMALINK

Budgeting time during the RT Booklovers Convention can be a challenging task. With so many events packed into only a few short days, time is precious and some sacrifices must be made. But no matter which events end up making your cut, both the Friday and Saturday bookfairs are must-attend events.

Friday's E-book, Indie Published and Graphic Novel Expo gives you the chance to meet hundreds of digital first authors — including Meg Benjamin, Mari Carr, Delphine Dryden, HP Mallory, Katie Porter (Carrie Lofty & Lorelie Brown), Laura Kaye, Raine Miller and Andrew Shaffer — in one place and have the opportunity to buy the authors' latest work, get autographs and grab promo materials and goodies.  

But with a giant room filled with authors, where to begin? Today we bring you our guide for navigating the Friday Expo, whether you're joining us in Kansas City or participating from home!

Authors and fans at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention E-Expo


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Jocelynn Drake Dollar Days E-Book Sale

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2013 | PERMALINK

Looking for a great Urban Fantasy author? Now is the perfect time to try out Jocelynn Drake because her entire backlist is currently on e-sale for only 99 cents per book! Read on for more information about Drake's unique worlds.

Dark Days Series 

Starting with the Top Pick! rated Nightwalker (Amazon; Barnes & Noble) the Dark Days series follows Mira, an unspeakably strong vampire heroine who acts as an enforcer maintaining the balance between the paranormal and human worlds. Headed to America after a particularly painful assignment, Mira's break is cut short when the nasty naturi attempt to overtake earth. An unexpected truce with vampire slayer Danaus and her own quick thinking are all Mira has in her fight with true evil. 


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Tags: E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 04, 2013 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. 

Historical Romance

The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie

Buy For $2.51 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Get It For Free >>

         


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We Dare You To Win This Awesome Katie McGarry Giveaway

BY Elissa Petruzzi, APRIL 01, 2013 | PERMALINK

We at RT are HUGE fans of Katie McGarry (if you've read her drama-filled, angsty, dark YA, you'll know why the all caps was necessary). And not to rub it in, but one of the (biggest and best) perks of working at RT is that we get to read books early — books like McGarry's upcoming Dare You To, out May 28 from Harlequin Teen. Oh boy, is it so good and steamy and ... well, you'll have to wait and see. 

Well, all but one of you. One lucky reader will get an advanced copy of Dare You To, so we can all tweet about how amazing it is way before May 28th. Find out how to enter at the end of this post!

For all you other McGarry fans, there's still good news. McGarry wrote a novella, "Crossing the Line," set in her same universe, filled with swoon-worthy, troubled, romantic characters, and it's out today! "Crossing the Line" tells the story of Lincoln and Lila, who only met once — at a funeral — but who forged an amazing connection despite their difficult lives. 


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 28, 2013 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. 

Historical Romance

Once Upon A Winter's Eve by Tessa Dare

Buy For 87 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

When You Wish by Lori Handeland

Buy For $2.99 >>

 

New Adult

The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

Buy For 99 Cents >>

         


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