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5 Questions About Evanovich's One For The Money Movie Poster Featuring Katherine Heigl

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

I have several questions about the newly released movie poster for the film adaptation of Janet Evanovich's book One For the Money starring Katherine Heigl, but before I pick your brains, let's get a good look at the artwork:  

Nice, right? A pretty girl, colorful background and handcuffs. The poster does an admirable job of reeling us in. But there are some niggling thoughts that I hope die-hard Evanovich fans can help me with. 

1) Does anyone else think that Katherine Heigl is perhaps a tad too young to be playing Stephanie Plum? I always imagined Stephanie a bit older and a bit more ... life weary. It doesn't look like Heigl has spent anytime at all in Plum's stomping grounds of New Jersey. But the leather jacket and the tall boots — those are Stephanie all the way!

2) Did everyone catch the insider-y joke the tag line makes? "She's looking for a few not-so-good men." Okay, I know that in the story Stephanie becomes a bail bondswoman and the line can refer to that. But I still think this is a subtle reminder of the love triangle between her, Morelli and Ranger. 


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Baldacci's King & Maxwell Mystery Series To Become CBS TV Show!

BY , AUGUST 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author David Baldacci's long-running King & Maxwell series is slated to be produced by Shane Brennan's CBS TV Studios-based production company. Brennan, who has worked with CBS for several years, is taking a hands-on approach to the adaptation of the P.I.s Sean King and Michelle Maxwell.

Readers first met King and Maxwell in 2003's Split Second, when the ex-Secret Service agents opened up shop as Private Investigators and has a reputation for cutting straight to the heart of cases that are too sensitive for standard law enforcement agents. Next came Hour Game and Simple Genius in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

Back in 2009 the team was called in to help unravel a murder and kidnapping case that involves the daughter of President of United States in First Family. The novel received 4 1/2 stars from RT reviewer Sandra Garcia-Myers who raved, "Baldacci's latest intense and action-packed thriller has an intricate plot that pulls readers right in and keeps them guessing. But the real pleasure here are Sean and Michelle, who pull no punches in carrying out their investigation ..." 


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Podcast Interview: Andrew Gulli On No Rest For The Dead

BY , AUGUST 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

Editor and author Andrew Gulli and his sister Lamia J. Gulli are the editors of No Rest for the Dead, an amazing new serial mystery that was co-penned by twenty six authors over a span of four years. Today Andrew Gulli chats with RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus about curating this tale and how a serial novel different from an anthology. (Here's a quick way to tell the two apart, unlike an anthology in a serial novel more than one author writes the story, but each tells a different part of a single tale.) Gulli also gives us an insider's look at the characters of No Rest for the Dead, and shares the inspiration behind this extremely intriguing mystery!

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Brad Pitt To Star In Film Adaptation of Mark Greaney's The Gray Man

BY , AUGUST 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Brad Pitt will star in the film adaptation of Mark Greaney's The Gray Man. This 2009 thriller novel introduced readers to covert operative Court Gentry, who is known in spy circles as "The Gray Man". Gentry gained his reputation for his skill at completing seemingly impossible assignments in utter stealth. But when The Gray Man becomes an international target he must do his best to stay alive.

The script was adapted by Adam Cozad but we can't wait to see how Brad Pitt really makes Court Gentry his own. This will be the first time that Pitt has played a spy since 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. We are looking forward to Pitt bringing to life the stealthy and deadly Court Gentry in comparison to his role as the much more affable Mr. Smith. 

(Fun fact: Mark Greaney's The Gray Man novel was followed by On Target in 2010. So, if the movie does well fans are that much closer to getting a Gray Man sequel!)

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Talking Marilyn Monroe: Max Allan Collins Takes Readers Inside Of Bye Bye, Baby

BY , AUGUST 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

For the new RT Top Pick! Bye Bye, Baby, author Max Allan Collins (who is known for writng with his wife under her name, Barbara Allan, for their ”Trash ‘n’ Treasures” mystery series) delves deep into the conspiracy theories that surround the death of Marilyn Monroe. Learn how the author re-creates this famous starlet, with his wife's editorial aid,, for a tale that plunges PI Nate Heller into the center of the action when the icon's dead body is discovered.

I have watched with fascination, interest and bemusement over much of my lifetime as that iconic sex symbol Marilyn Monroe just refuses to bid us goodbye. While many similarly iconic actors and actresses have faded into TCM-salute obscurity, Marilyn continues to amuse and titillate, to inspire and sadden. Who might have guessed that superstars like Gary Cooper, Betty Grable, Tyrone Power, and Lana Turner would be left in the dust of time by Norma Jeane Baker?


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Lee Child Releases E-Original Jack Reacher Novella For $1.99

BY , AUGUST 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Fans of Lee Child's popular hero Jack Reacher should be sure to check out the author's first e-original novella "Second Son", which is available today. "Second Son" is on sale now for $1.99 and features an adventure from Jack Reacher's younger years.

Reacher, who is now an ex-military drifter, was first introduced in 1997 in Child's Killing Floor. The tough hero has been the main character of fifteen subsequent tales that follow him across America and around the world. These days legions of Reacher fans are eagerly awaiting a new full-length Reacher novel, The Affair, this September. 

However, "Second Son" is a perfect starting point for readers who are new to the series, as the short novella delves far into Reacher's past. Lee Child says the novella focuses on a time "... when [Reacher] was just a kid (right before he became a really BIG kid) and centers on a incident involving both his father, Stan, and his brother Joe, after his family moves to a new base on Okinawa." The story showcases the way that young Reacher was already protecting his family, and the hardships that he faced as they relocated whenever their father was stationed at a new military base.


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Weathering the Storm in H.W. "Buzz" Bernard's Eyewall

BY , AUGUST 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

In light of some major natural disasters over the past few years, such as Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti and most recently, the tremor that rocked Japan earlier this year, people are becoming increasingly leery of Mother Nature's unforgiving weather patterns. Former meteorologist H.W. "Buzz" Bernard’s debut weather thriller, Eyewall, taps into this fear with a villainous hurricane that endangers the lives of his characters. Today Bernard shares his feelings about the rise of disaster fiction and how weather has been transformed into something sinister for many contemporary movies and books.

It doesn’t seem much of a stretch these days to make weather or nature the villain in literature and movies.


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We Announce RT's Seal of Excellence Award-Winning Book For The Month Of August!

BY , AUGUST 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Each month RT Book Reviews’ editors select one book that is not only compelling but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction and stands out from the more than 250 books reviewed in its latest issue and online. 

“Because of the sheer number of books we review each month in RT Book Reviews we have a unique perspective on which one is destined for the keeper shelf and therefore deserves our Seal of Excellence,” says Carol Stacy, Publisher and Internet Director. “It is our intention to share this gem with readers and draw attention to a fantastic book they might not otherwise pick up.“


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PJ Parrish Is Talking Evil Villains And The Killing Song

BY , AUGUST 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

We are starting Monday off with a bang! Today the award-winning writing team PJ Parrish invites readers behind the scenes of their newest mystery novel, The Killing Songto talk about evil villains and all the forms they come in. Find out which killers give these authors the chills and what makes creating a convincing bad guy such a challenge ...

You think it’s hard to find a good man? Ha! Try finding a really bad one.

We’ve been looking for bad men for more than twelve years now. I’d say my sister and I are somewhat of experts on the subject of men with, ah...issues. We write thrillers and over the course of our eleven-novel career, we’ve encountered every kind of twisted, tortured, miserable example of the male species you can imagine.

But they’re our villains and we...well, I won’t say we love them but we do lavish a lot of attention on them. And we need to confess something right now –- it is getting harder and harder to make bad guys good.


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Rosetta Books Introduces Crimescape A Digital Imprint Featuring True Crime Short Stories

BY , AUGUST 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Digital publisher Rosetta Books has just launched a new imprint called Crimescape. This is a line of true crime short stories penned by previously published authors. The line has debuted with six titles and the company has plans to release two more in each of the following months. 

These Crimescape titles will all run between 10,000 and 20,000 words and be Kindle exclusives during the first year. Even more exciting? These new non-fiction e-reads are all priced below $3.00. We predict that readers will enjoy knowing that they can always expect a Crimescape story to be both a fast read and easy on the wallet.

In order to guide the imprint, Rosetta Books has brought on Marilyn Bardsley, who is known in the industry for founding the popular site CrimeLibrary.com. Bardsley will be both working with authors she knows from her previous projects as well reviewing submissions from prospective new authors.


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