While we're busy planning the 2014 RT Convention in New Orleans, we can't help but think of how the The South has long been a backdrop paranormal readers love to visit. Is it the sweltering heat — literally and metaphorically — that readers love, or the otherworldliness of the natural surroundings? To get to the bottom of this deep fascination for the Deep South, we asked paranormal fantasy authors Suzanne Johnson, Faith Hunter and A.J. Larrieu why they chose to set their books in the South, and how this setting affects their stories.
Rising star Chloe Neill is ready to raise the stakes — literally and figuratively — with Biting Bad, the eighth installment in her Chicagoland Vampires series. In the book, an anti-vampire group called "Clean Chicago" begins targeting the vampire population and holding them accountable for the city's problems, placing Merit, Ethan and their fellow vampires directly in the line of fire. But there are always two sides to an issue, and today we have an exclusive report from the book's fictional newspaper, The Chicago World Weekly, featuring a discussion between Mayor Kowalcyzk, who supports the "Clean Chicago" efforts, and vampire representative Ethan Sullivan. Unsure of where you stand on the great vampire debate? Then keep reading to decide!
"Vampires In Chicago: A Special Report By The Chicago World Weekly"
By Jamie Breckenridge
The city of Chicago continues to struggle with supernatural relations.
Despite the ever-changing shifts in reading trends, vampires have a seemingly immortal ability to enthrall readers forevermore. Sara Humphreys, author of the Amoveo series, is ready to put her unique spin on vampires with Tall, Dark, and Vampire, the first in a new series featuring an all-female vampire coven. In this RT Top Pick!, the Coven finds itself at the center of a murder investigation as Olivia, the coven leader, comes face to face with her former love — a man whose murder she witnessed years ago. Sara is here today to discuss the new book, the members of the coven, and how each member deals with their ever-increasing problems. Let’s take a look!
When I pitched my New York City vampire series to my agent I told her it was Sex in the City meets True Blood. I love vampires but I wanted to build a series around a coven of vampire chicks because I’m a firm believer in girl power. Each woman in the coven will have her own book and find her Happily Ever After with her one true love. However, no man can ever take the place of a real girlfriend and through thick and thin, this coven of vampire chicks will stick together.
We loved last year’s Edge of Oblivion, the third book in J.T. Geissinger’s Night Prowler series, a paranormal series full of ancient forces, danger and hot, hot romance. So imagine our excitement for the fourth installment, Edge of Darkness, releasing in December from Montlake Romance. But how can we stand the wait, you ask? Well, we have an exclusive look at the cover and official blurb, which is more than enough to help tide us over until December! Ready to take a look? We'll get to the cover, but first, let's learn what this story is all about ...
Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.
If you wanna talk about being out of place, Leigh Evans' latest Urban Fantasy heroine, Peacock, might know a thing or two about what that feels like. Half-Were, half-fae, Hedi Peacock has found herself the new pack leader of a group unsure of her abilities — all because of a guy, of course! Today the author shares a scene readers won't find in her latest release, The Thing About Weres, where Fate, Destiny and Promise come together to discuss Hedi and her future.
Destiny, a war-hardened brunette, eased herself into the chair facing the door. “I’ll have a Johnny Walker Black, no ice,” she told the waitress.
“I’d like a chocolate martini,” Promise murmured.
“Water,” said Fate, the red-head. “I’m driving.” Her glance—ever restless—landed on a cocky dude leaning against the wall. For a speculative moment her eyes narrowed on him, then she threw a file down on the table. “You’ve both read it?”
In celebration of Ilona Andrews' sixth Kate Daniels book, Magic Rises, releasing tomorrow, we're giving away a copy of this RT Top Pick! rated title to a lucky fan. And, for those who are new to the series (or for fans whose copy is falling apart from multiple reads), we're also including the series starter, Magic Bites! And trust us, you want to win these books. Kate is a mercenary living in Atlanta — a city torn between technology and magic. Kate's job is to clean up magical accidents, which leads her deeper into the South's magical society, where she meets lion shifter Curran. Now, we're going to pause here because if there's one reason you should read the Katie Daniels series, it's Curran. This drool-worthy shifter's relationship with Kate, while it's filled with ups and downs, is something you'll definitely want to watch unfold.
Curious about this series? Or are you already a Kate Daniels aficionado? Either way, to enter to win both titles, simply comment on this post telling us which type of animal shifter you'd choose as a mate (or consort, if you're like Kate and "mate" isn't your thing). You can also e-mail your answer here, along with your mailing address. U.S. addresses only, please. The giveaway ends Friday, August 2, when the winner will be announced here.
UPDATE: The winner is mymosk
Karina Cooper revealed the cover for the third novel in her awesome St. Croix Chronicles series, Corroded, yesterday, and I have to say with the series' transition from Avon to Carina, I was a little worried about what would happen to the gorgeous Cherry covers. All my worries about the cover art floated away when I saw it, because look at it! I actually think I like this cover slightly more than the previous covers. Cherry looks her age — a young 20-something, but not naive, lady — and the dark London alley behind her is exactly how I imagine London Below would look. This may be my favorite Cherry cover yet!
Paranormal and Urban Fantasy lovers all have their favorite supernatural creature, whether it's werewolves, vampires, elves or something a little more exotic, readers can't deny the appeal of the unusual. For Liliana Hart, that creature is dragons. Today she shares how her love of the winged beasts inspired her latest love story, Breath of Fire.
Who isn’t fascinated by dragons? They’re mysterious creatures of lore — selfish and greedy, beautiful in their ferocity. And best of all, they’re dangerous.
Ever since the 50 Shades trilogy, everyone has been hopping on the "50 Shades" train (there's even a cookbook called 50 Shades of Kale, we kid you not). And although Urban Fantasy author Nicole Peeler has yet to cash in on the billionaire Dom erotica craze, she's thought up what a BDSM contract would look like if it were set in an Urban Fantasy universe — that's right, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures gettin' their kink on, with an injection of humor and probably some sort of evil to destroy or mystery to solve, of course!
Whenever a book makes it huge, all of publishing starts scheming how to capitalize on its success. I am not immune to this temptation, although I’ve made it more into a favorite game rather than a serious endeavor.
As an Urban Fantasy writer (I wrote the Jane True series for Orbit Books), I’m at an advantage. After all, Urban Fantasy is such a genre-mélange that it’s easy to insert a few supernatural creatures and/or some magic, and let things play out in my mind.
Therefore, in honor of That Book, here’s what a BDSM contract might look, if negotiated between a vampire and a werewolf. Enjoy!
There is no one quite like the prolific and talented Lynsay Sands, author of the bestselling Argeneau vampire series and RT favorite. But while her vampires enthrall readers and leave them wanting more, Lynsay has also swept readers away with her historical romances. Many of these luxurious and passionate stories have been RT Top Picks and in 2010, Taming the Highland Bride was an RT Reviewers Choice winner!
Readers are sure to be enchanted by the author's latest historical tale, An English Bride in Scotland. Here at RT, we can’t wait for the rest of you to get your hands on this book, which features Lynsay’s signature humor and sensuality.
With such a broad range of work, Lynsay must really love her job — and she does! She even shared with us some of her favorite things about being an author:
Meeting my readers
The writing itself