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Nalini Singh Reveals The Cover For Psy/Changeling Book 12 - Heart of Obsidian

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 31, 2013 | PERMALINK

***This post contains very specific information about the Psy/Changeling world, which may be confusing to readers that aren’t up-to-date with the books.***

The 12th book in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling book is so series-altering that the publisher would not show the book cover or even tell fans the title of the June 4th release … until today!

It is official — Heart of Obsidian is the next Psy/Changeling book! And while we are loving the gorgeous book cover, we are reliev-trated (that is both relieved and frustrated) that it really doesn’t give us more clues in our ongoing quest to discover the identity of the Ghost.

First, our frustration: Who is that man dressed in all black walking towards the futuristic city? Is he the Ghost? Is he someone who knows the Ghost? Maybe he is the Ghost’s tailor? (After all, that is a pretty great jacket he has on.)

Then, our relief: We are totally having a blast with predictions, theories and debates flowing freely through our office and would miss it if the cat was out of the bag.

Over the past month or so, our discussions have led the RT editors to one conclusion: Kaleb Krychek is the Ghost. He’s got to be the Ghost, right?!?


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Yasmine Galenorn On Writing Otherworldly Sex Scenes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 29, 2013 | PERMALINK

Last week paranormal romance author Boone Brux told us about the not-so-glamorous process of writing a sex scene, and today Yasmine Galenorn, author of the popular Otherworlds series, adds to the conversation by sharing how she crafts the perfect love scene for her supernatural stories. Plus, the author shares a steamy excerpt from her latest Otherworlds novel, Haunted Moon at the end of this post!

When I first began writing the Otherworld books, the hardest part was writing the sex scenes. It wasn’t that I was embarrassed—after all, I wrote a nonfiction book on sex magick that laid things out without any pussyfooting around. And I detest euphemisms and clinical terms, so I had no problems with using explicit language and writing blow-by-blow come-on-baby-do-me scenes.

No, my first main concern was making sure that I accurately conveyed the connections between the characters involved. You see, in my worlds (both real and the imaginary ones), sex is a passionate connection between two—or more—people.

Now, for me, sex doesn’t have to involve love—I personally believe that sex and love can be separated—but there does need to be an intense connection for mind-blowing sex to happen. And unless you’re writing a comic scene, sex on the page better be pretty mind-blowing so the reader doesn’t get bored.

That intense connection can be fleeting, brought on by fear or a shared bond, meant to last only for the moment. Or it can involve a long-term passionate involvement. Whatever the case, when I write my sex scenes, I project myself into my main character’s mind, into her heart, into her body, and flesh out the reactions she’s having to the person/people she’s with. Since I write first person, I have to rely on her feelings alone, with only the verbal, energetic, and physical cues given by her partner(s).


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Elisa And Regina Dish: Gilded By Karina Cooper

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 24, 2013 | PERMALINK

Karina Cooper recently released her second St. Croix chronicles book, Gilded, and you better believe RT editors Elisa and Regina were excited! After Dishing about book one, Tarnished, they were both eager to pick up the second. Set in Cooper's seamless steampunk Victorian London, the series follows Cherry St. Croix — a woman leading two lives, one spent as a proper lady high above the fog drift that separates the city, and as a collector, aka bounty hunter, in the grimy London Below. Book two follows Cherry as she searches for a murderer in the Below and a husband Above, and both Elisa and Regina were anxious to see what the future holds for the conflicted heroine.

Elisa: In Gilded, Karina Cooper does a great job of setting up her steampunk Victorian world for those who may have missed Tarnished, the first Cherry St. Croix book. 

Regina: Right, although people really should read Tarnished.

Elisa: Absolutely.

Regina: For their own health and well-being.


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Three Authors Modernize Their Supernatural Historical Worlds

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Part of the fun authors have with making stuff up for a living is that they get to recreate the past and alter historical time periods to fit their narrative, as many paranormal and Urban Fantasy authors do. We asked three authors to describe the settings of their their most recent releases — all of which take place in alternate histories — and tell us what they think their reimagined city would be like if it existed today.


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Cover Trend: Weapon Of Choice

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

Is it just us, or are the heroines of paranormal and urban fantasy fiction getting more and more tough? From facing down demonic enemies to saving the world from vampires, goblins and more, these kick-butt ladies couldn't do what they do without packing some serious heat. Which begs the question: Do you have a favorite weapon of choice for your heroine? Maybe you like a lady who knows how to handle some steel, or perhaps you are into more supernatural skills because, let's face it, controlling fire is cool. Traditionalists will undoubtedly vote for swords, while more eccentric readers probably prefer menacing wolfhounds. However, no matter what your preference, we are delighted to know that these women come equipped with their own arsenals. Check out the following covers for recent and upcoming reads that show heroines handling their weapons of choice and sleep tight tonight knowing that the bad guys don't stand a chance against these ladies. 

 


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Lucky 13: Our Most Anticipated Paranormal And Urban Fantasy Books Coming in 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 07, 2013 | PERMALINK

With a new year comes resolutions, new beginnings and best of all ... new books! This month we'll be sharing thirteen titles across the genres we're looking forward to in 2013, continuing with paranormal and urban fantasy releases! So just in case your TBR list wasn't already a mile long, here are a dozen (plus one!) paranormal and urban fantasy titles we're anticipating in 2013:


 

Ever After by Kim Harrison

Releases January 2013

We know something you don’t know ... which is how awesome the new Hollows book is! Witch detective Rachel Morgan once again finds herself in deep, this time trying to stop the Ever-after from being destroyed (and in the process saving the kidnapped Ceri and Lucy). But just like previous novels in this long running series, all doesn’t end well. Caution, tragedy ahead!

 



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Jeaniene Frost Announces Her New Realmwalker Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Great news for fans of Jeaniene Frost! The author announced yesterday on her blog that she will be starting a new paranormal romance series with Realmwalker, which has a tentative release date of the series starter Fall 2014 and will be published by Harlequin's HQN line.

There's currently not much information available about what readers can expect, but we do know that the series will follow a young woman who discovers she's part of an ancient group of people with an unwanted destiny. A dark, obscure young man is seemingly her only ally, but when she learns that he's destined to betray her, she must fight to prevent her doomed future from causing the world's demise.

And in a signature Frost move, we can expect the love story that in the series to be an ongoing battle of wills. She admits to readers that we will be getting our HEA eventually, but not at the end of the first book. 


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Video Interview: Larissa Ione

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

With the so-called Mayan apocalypse only a few weeks away, we thought it would be a perfect time to sit down with an author who knows a thing or two about the end of the world: Larissa Ione. The author's Lords of Deliverance series features The Four Horsemen (one of which is a woman!) of the Apocalypse, who are tasked with saving the world from impending doom. We asked the author to tell us what inspired her to put a spin on the traditional Four Horsemen lore while giving us a peek inside her latest release, Rogue Rider. Plus, Larissa shares special details about her upcoming series, set in a unique vampire-filled universe. 


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Three Questions For Author Mira Grant

BY Elisa Verna, DECEMBER 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

Mira Grant, the pseudonym for Urban Fantasy author Seanan McGuire, released the final book in her Newsflesh trilogy, Blackout, this year, which earned a 2012 RT Readers' Choice Awards nomination. The trilogy follows two young blogger journalists as they dig to uncover the conspiracy that caused a zombie-like plague twenty years prior. We we're curious to hear the author's thoughts on the series now that it's come to a close and what readers can expect next. 

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Your June release, Blackout, was nominated for a 2012 RT Readers' Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, congrats! Now that your Newsflesh trilogy has ended, which book was the most fun to write?


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A Galactic Holiday: Celebrate The Season With Three Out Of This World Adventures

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author and blogger Heather Massey is a science fiction romance aficionado who finds and spotlights the best otherworldly tales being published today. So we knew we had a winner on our hands when Massey brought to our attention the upcoming Carina Press' e-anthology A Galactic Holiday. Intrigued by the idea of a holiday-themed sci fi romance collection, Massey spoke with the authors and made her own deductions about the stories:

A Galactic Holiday (December 2012) is a science fiction romance anthology collection from Carina Press. Featuring three novella-length stories from authors Stacy Gail, Sasha Summers, and Anna Hackett, readers can escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays with these otherworldly adventures. I have lots to share with you about this anthology, but first, here’s an overview, courtesy of Carina Press:

Do androids dream of electric sugar plums?


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