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Win Copies Of Ilona Andrews' Magic Bites And Magic Rises

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2013 | PERMALINK

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


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Cover Chat: Corroded By Karina Cooper

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 26, 2013 | PERMALINK

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!


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Liliana Hart Confesses Her Love For Dragons

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

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.


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Nicole Peeler Reveals What A BDSM Relationship Might Look Like In An Urban Fantasy Setting

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

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!

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Eternal Love: The Ever-Changing Lynsay Sands

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

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

  • My agent


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Author Reveal: Find Out Who Lindsey Piper Really Is

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, JULY 12, 2013 | PERMALINK

If you read our August issue Q&A with paranormal romance “newbie” Lindsey Piper, then you know that she’s crafting quite the delicious monarchy with her new Dragon Kings series — and that she’s someone fans are already familiar with. So, who is the mysterious dragon lady? You know her as historical romance author Carrie Lofty and one-half of the writing team behind scandalous siren Katie Porter! Grab a throne and take a seat, as we ask Carrie all about ruling her new kingdom … and what territory she’s taking over next.

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You've written as Carrie Lofty, Ellen Connor and Katie Porter. How did Lindsey Piper come to be?


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Video Interview: Ilona Andrews

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2013 | PERMALINK

Urban Fantasy fans are in for a treat with today’s interview with the bestselling husband-wife writing team, Ilona Andrews. Ilona and Gordon Andrews have taken the Urban Fantasy world by storm with their thrilling Kate Daniels and The Edge series, which combine elements of magic, romance and action to create engaging and exciting stories that are frequent RT favorites and award winners. But what is it like to work with a spouse? Do they ever fight over which way the plot should turn or how a character should react? And who wins the argument? Our very own Morgan sat down with this popular team to discuss how they divide the work and their writing goals. Then the interview ends with a hilarious and insightful trivia game to see how well this powerhouse couple know each other as writers!


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Darynda Jones On Provoking The Devil, And Other Mistakes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2013 | PERMALINK

Charley Davidson, the heroine of Darynda Jones' humorous paranormal romance series knows a thing or two about getting in trouble. After all, as a grim reaper/private eye, she has the occasional run-in with Satan himself. So how does Charley deal with the lord of the underworld, and more importantly, get out of these sticky situations? Today the author joins us to share some of Charley's most memorable moments, and the lessons she's learned.

As the caffeine addicted grim reaper, a gig that comes with a modicum of supernatural abilities, Charley Davidson tends to take what others might consider an abundance of unnecessary risks. For example, taunting the son of Satan when he’s angry might not be the healthiest outlet for one’s sarcastic nature. And yet, that is exactly what Charley would do when faced with the alternative: Let angry dogs sulk. Alone. And unprovoked. But provoking seems to be one of Charley’s favorite pastimes.

Here are a few other examples of Charley biting off more than she can chew.


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White Trash Zombie Fun: A Glance At Diana Rowland’s Hit Series

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

When one thinks of zombies, they usually don’t think of endearing, romantic or humorous. But bestselling author Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series has won over readers with those exact qualities — and here at RT Book Reviews, we just can’t get enough of this series, which won our 2012 Urban Fantasy Protagonist Award! But the fun certainly doesn’t stop with the book’s interior content — Rowland’s covers for the series are just as quirky and engaging!

Each of the books’ covers are full of energy and attitude, and the illustrations of the heroine, Angel, help convey these qualities. The covers are definitely attention-grabbing and you can’t help but want to grab all three books and read them back to back. Author Diana Rowland loves the covers, too, and says, “...There’s a scene in the movie Despicable Me where one of the little girls finally wins a giant stuffed unicorn, and she screeches, ‘IT’S SO FLUFFY!’. That’s pretty much my reaction to every single one of my White Trash Zombie covers, along with some joyful flailing and high-pitched shrieking.”


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Spoiled: Larissa Ione Answers Our Questions About Reaver

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 26, 2013 | PERMALINK

The dark, dangerous and addictive Demonica series has propelled paranormal romance author Larissa Ione onto bestseller lists and into readers' hearts. Continuing in this world with the spin off Lords of Deliverance series, these books feature cursed demons, deadly assassins and harbingers of death — and these are the good guys. So you can only imagine the evil our heroes and heroines are up against! Larissa continues her intense storytelling with the December release of Reaver. Fans have been begging for this rogue angel's story and the author delivers in a big way by teaming Reaver up with Harvester, a 'Fallen' heroine who is in the process of infiltrating Satan's lair. Needless to say, there is a lot happening in this upcoming release, so we just had to ask the author what we can expect from Reaver.  

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Reaver may be an angel, but his attitude is anything but angelic. What from his attitude caused him so much pain that he has adopted his bad boy persona? 


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