We're enablers here at RT, and we're more than happy to keep your book-buying addiction going strong by bringing you as many deals and discount codes as we can find. This month romance ebook publisher Loose Id is making things easier by offering RT readers a special discount code. Valid from July 1 through July 31, readers can get 20% off their total purchase by using the coupon RTUNLEASHED. The coupon is good for two uses per person. Their titles are already reasonably priced (most of them are less than $8, with many in the $4-5 range), so 20% off is just the cherry on your massive ebook-hoarding sundae. Happy reading!
Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. June 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Jeffe Kennedy's fantasy romance, The Mark of the Tala.
Breaking up is hard to do, especially if it's with your favorite series. But every series has to end, and sometimes it's better to say goodbye than for a series to continue and get watered down. This week Yasmine Galenorn's Indigo Court series concludes with Night's End, and today she tells us how she dealt with parting with her characters and wrapping up an epic adventure.
“And they lived happily ever after…”
While a lot of faerie tales end this way, for the characters inhabiting my Indigo Court world there will always be an after. But I promise, Night's End, the fifth and final book in my dark gothic faerie tale world, ends on a good note for the majority of my characters. For a few, however, the war takes its toll, whether it be with the result of a spell to summon an army of the dead, or simply, the destiny of one’s birth playing out. Even so, I think most of my readers will be content with the way I end the series.
Things got a little witchy last year when Lifetime's Witches of East End premiered. Based on Melissa de la Cruz's adult series of the same name, the show immediately drew in new and old fans alike. We certainly were hooked and are eagerly counting down the days until the July 6 premiere of the second season. And for those of you who need to catch up, we have you covered with today's giveaway!
We have not one, not two, but three sets of the first season DVD to give away and we think you should win them. For a chance to win one of these spellbinding DVD sets, fill out the form below! This is open to US residents only and will conclude on Monday, so the winners have time to binge-watch before season two starts. (You can cast a good luck spell to improve your chances, but we can't guarantee it's effectiveness.)
For even more magical giveaways, visit our Everything Paranormal page and stay tuned for Witches of East End season two coverage! Catch the season premiere on Lifetime on July 6 at 9/8c!
There's no one right way to publish a story. For many authors, there are multiple routes to explore. Thea Harrison's Elder Race series is a great example of an author who has chosen to publish traditionally, with a small press and independently across the same universe. Today she's here to talk about her publishing journey and why she felt different stories were suited for different publishing methods.
Being a hybrid author is an interesting and challenging experience, and my path to becoming one took a few years. I returned to fiction writing by going the traditional publishing route. I’ve had nine books in my Elder Races series contracted by Berkley Publishing. Six of those have been published, and the seventh, Night's Honor, releases September 2.
While unquestionably I love those bigger, full-length novels and storylines, there were other aspects to the Elder Races universe that intrigued me — world-building that I wanted to do, along with side characters who were in my head, and who wouldn’t necessarily warrant a full-length book but who were begging me to tell their stories.
One of the best things about RT Con is all the photos and videos that pop up after convention is over. It feels like we're doing it all over again — kind of. It actually just makes us want to fast-forward to next year, to be honest. Below are some videos posted on Lee Child's official YouTube account of Lee Child and Charlaine Harris' fantastic author chat from convention. If you watch these while sipping a hurricane it almost feels like you're back in NOLA. Enjoy!
Kim Harrison, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole and P.C. Cast
Three out of four authors at the 2014 RT Convention paranormal romance and urban fantasy author chat are wrapping up a beloved series this year, but fans in attendance didn’t let it dampen the festive atmosphere—especially since the authors provided exciting hints about their upcoming projects. Kim Harrison, P.C. Cast, Larissa Ione and Kresley Cole — four of the biggest names in the paranormal and romance and urban fantasy arenas—regaled the crowd with tales about their favorite characters and scenes, with plenty of jokes about cannibals, zombies and mutilation. In other words, it was just another day at the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention.
Last week at the RT Book Lovers Convention in New Orleans, paranormal romance fans were treated to panels, socials and nighttime parties featuring creatures that go bump in the night. And one of the favorite monsters of the moment? Why, shapeshifters, of course! To create a memorable shifter, authors must convincingly combine human habits with the character's 'animal' side, which takes a lot of research and attention to detail. Yet despite the time that goes into crafting these hybrid characters, authors rarely stick to writing about just one animal. We went to the masters of shapeshifting, Thea Harrison, Terry Spear, Sara Humphreys and Nalini Singh — with bonus Jeaniene Frost cameo! — for the scoop.
It’s okay, you can admit that writing is hard, especially when you see authors are churning out book after book, when you’ve barely written a chapter. Have no fear, because everybody has their own way of doing things! Bestselling authors Leigh Evans, Angie Fox, Charlaine Harris, Darynda Jones, Suzanne McLeod and Chloe Neill shared their creative processes with RT Convention attendees and shared that speed isn’t the be and end all.
The authors all agreed that what’s on the page is more important than the amount of words — it's quality over quantity, folks!
“I can figure out how many days it would take [to write a book], but it never works out,” Charlaine Harris told us, and she wrote the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, so she knows.
Moderator Leigh Evans added, “Just write the story. Don’t try and create the world [first].”
Throw Sookie Stackhouse and Jack Reacher into a room together for an hour, who do you think would come out alive? Well at the RT Convention we got to spend an hour with Lee Child and Charlaine Harris and it was magical — and no blood was shed! The masters of suspense and paranormal talked about how they got their start, how they react to negative reader feedback and charmed the entire room. We laughed, we learned. Some of the highlights:
Lee Child and Charlaine Harris
The conversation started on a humorous (or incredibly dark, depending on who you are) note with both authors being asked how they would cover up the perfect murder. Lee started by saying, "It's all about no evidence, you can't leave any evidence behind." He used the example of sinking a body in the middle of a deep lake as a crime that wouldn't leave a trace. Charlaine brought up a great point, reminding us that "you'd have to kill someone you have no connection to" so that you wouldn't be a suspect.