At this year's RT Convention, RT's Morgan had the pleasure of sitting down with author Richelle Mead. Known for writing fantastic paranormal romances, Mead is releasing Gameboard of the Gods today. In this interview, the author talks about her new novel — the start of a futuristic series featuring a military heroine who teams up with a government agent who is living in exile. Mead calls the story a slow burning romance, with much more to come. Plus, the author discusses news about the upcoming Vampire Academy movie!
After publication, almost every author has an awkward experience in which she’s sitting at a family dinner, getting that look from a family member — the look that says, “The annoying, meddlesome aunt character? Yeah, I know that was me.”
When I came up with the idea of Bordertown as the setting for my new paranormal romance series, The League of the Black Swan, I knew that it would be a frontier town situated between the human, Fae, and demon realms and located beneath, between, and behind the streets of Manhattan. But I didn’t know where to put it! So, I turned to two wonderful friends for help.
Sarah Wendell, owner of the romance blog site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, pointed me to the High Line Park, an amazing community park and garden space that was created out of an abandoned railroad track that runs right through the lower west side of Manhattan. Another friend, RT’s own Morgan Doremus, also loves the High Line Park and was kind enough to take a series of amazing pictures that I posted on my bulletin board for inspiration.
At the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention, Meljean Brook took home the award for Best Novel of the Year for her steampunk story Riveted. In our video interview with the author, she reveals that she writes strong heroines for her young daughter, who will presumably read her books when she gets older. Filled with diverse, multifaceted characters, as well as plenty of adventure and mystery, Brook discusses why she chooses to tackle social issues in her Iron Seas series. She also shares what it was like writing an alternate history and her experience writing such an unconventional hero. Plus, the author tells us her favorite book of 2012 and what's next for the Iron Seas characters.
Like many, many, many other romance readers out there, I have been obsessed with trying to figure out the Ghost's identity from Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. For almost a dozen books, the author has seeded hints into her stories about the infamously powerful Psy defector. Working from inside the PsyNet, an intricately woven mental pathway that the Psy race needs to survive, the Ghost has teamed with Changeling shifters and humans alike in order to free the minds of his fellow Psy from the destructive Silence that does not allow emotion.
Singh, well known for her airtight plotting, has stated that she has always known who the Ghost is, however, this has been the series most tightly guarded secrets. (I have tried on multiple occasions to get Nalini to let down her guard and give me the name of the Ghost — to no avail.) But the wait will finally be over on June 4 when Heart of Obsidian releases.
This month the RT editors choose Delilah S. Dawson's paranormal romance Wicked As She Wants as the best book released in May. A unique alternative world where vampire-like Bludmen feed off of humans, sets the scene for some truly amazing interactions between musician Casper and Crown Princess Ahna. Last week Dawson answered our questions about the series, and today we are bringing readers an exclusive excerpt from this SOE winning story and giving three readers the chance to win both books in the Blud series Wicked As They Come and Wicked As She Wants.
“Do we have more wine?” I asked, trying to cover my confusion.
“One more bottle.” He rolled over to rummage in his bag. “That’s all I have to hold me until Minks. But you can have another sip if you need it. Considering the current circumstances.”
Over the past few years, we’ve watched badass “retired” elemental assassin Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, solve crimes, take down ferocious elementals and battle some scary paranormal creatures — all with her lover Owen and detective sister Bria by her side. Now readers will learn how Gin became one of the most dangerous assassins in the South with Jennifer Estep’s tenth novel in the series, The Spider. Today we’re pleased to reveal the book's cover, which shows a younger Gin wielding some heavy ice magic in the form of two pointed sais.
There’s no doubt we’re loving this cover, especially because it departs from the typical scantily clad Urban Fantasy heroine (although we bet Jim C. Hines would still enjoy recreating the 'don't mess with me' pose). While this may be because this version of Gin is younger, it’s always nice to see a refreshing change when it comes to cover art. (And don't even get us started on the enhanced magical elements on this cover — what a fantastic touch!)
Of course, we’re not the only ones enjoying the look of The Spider, the author is also a big fan of the cover art:
This month Delilah S. Dawson's fun paranormal romance Wicked As She Wants stole our hears, and the win for our May Seal of Excellence Award! Set in an alternate world where Bludmen — a vampire-like species that feeds off of blood — rule the land of Freesia, a lost Blud princess and a disheveled human musician meet in London and must travel to reclaim the princess' rightful throne. Today we asked the author about her story, her Blud series and what upcoming stories she has in store for readers.
Your Blud series focuses on a special vampire-like breed of creatures living in an alternate world. Reinventing a classic paranormal monster is no easy task. What specific aspects of vampire lore influenced your creation of Bludmen?
Lynn Viehl's 50th novel, Disenchanted & Co., releases later this year as a two-part installment and today we're happy to reveal the gorgeous covers of both parts, Her Ladyship's Curse and His Lordship Possessed. Steampunk meets Urban Fantasy in these stories which take place in a parallel 19th-century London and follows Kit Kittredge, a woman who investigates mysteries laced with magic. Today the author shares her thoughts on the covers and tells us a little bit more about Kit and her adventures.
Pocket Star did a fabulous job with the covers for Her Ladyship's Curse and His Lordship Possessed, the two-part e-book releases for my novel Disenchanted & Co. In this series my protagonist Charmian (Kit) Kittredge, a Victorian American lady private detective, is a resourceful, independent woman who relies on her wits as well as her talent for exposing crimes of magic. I think the cover model projects Kit's strength and personality while remaining faithful to the dress and styling of her time.
The paranormal genre has come a long way, baby! Gone are the days of easily recognizable monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and Mr. Hyde. The dark creatures of the night have morphed into sexy, dark creatures capable of love. And some authors have even dared to replace the fear factor with humor. In today’s panel at the RT Booklovers Convention, “Beyond Giggles and Screams”, five bestselling authors discussed where their work falls into the paranormal spectrum and how aspiring authors can infuse their stories wtih thrills, chills or laughter — or maybe all three!
(left to right) Authors Pamela Palmer, Karina Cooper, Angie Fox, Kerrelyn Sparks and Alyssa Day
MAKE ‘EM LAUGH
First up are the giggle-inducing authors — we’re talkin’ the comedy of Angie Fox and Kerrelyn Sparks, two ladies who strike the perfect balance between freaky happenings and humor.