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Saying Goodbye To Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax

BY Shawna Rice, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

With copies of Endgame in hand, we fans of Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series have to face the facts: this is the last ride we’ll ever hitch with our heroine into Grimspace. And what a turbulent ride it has been! Sirantha snagged our attention right from the get-go, and we never considered that our adventures with her would come to an end. While letting go is never easy, the stages of grief have hit us pretty hard. From denial to acceptance, we worked our way through our sense of loss one step at a time as we prepared to say goodbye to Sirantha Jax.

Step #1 - Denial


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Vivian Arend On Writing Wolf Shifter Romance And Silver Mine

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

Vivian Arend has won over paranormal romance fans with her sexy tales of wolf shifters and the obstacles they must face in order to secure their happily ever afters. Her latest release, Silver Mine, is the second in her Takhini Wolves series and tells the story of veterinarian Shelley and crossbreed shifter Chase. When Chase comes in to Shelley's clinic after being brutally attacked, Shelley offers to help mend his wounds and track down his attacker — risking both her life and her heart. Today, the author shares some details about this new release and why she loves writing shifter romance.

One of my favorite tropes in paranormal romance is fated-mates. There’s something about two people getting gobsmacked out of the blue that makes me go awww.


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Henchman Heroes For All! Why Mari Fee's Latest Is A Must-Read

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

When I came across "How to Date a Henchman" by Mari Fee, you can bet your e-reader I was clicking “Buy” right quick. Here are my top three reasons why you should try this quickie, out now from Carina, too.

1. Short length.

Let’s hear it for the novella. You know what, I feel like outside of erotica and über-haugthy literary fiction, short stories get a bad rap. That’s changing with the advent of the e-reader, and I think it’s a great thing. "How to Date a Henchman" is an adorable, fun read, in part because of its length. Fee’s prose zips along, drawing you quickly into her world and delivering the goods you want, ASAP.

2. Surprising depth.


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Elisa And Janine Dish: Death Warmed Over By Kevin J. Anderson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

Kevin J. Anderson kicks off his new Urban Fantasy series with Death Warmed OverFeaturing Dan Chambeaux (aka “Shamble"), this private investigator, who returned from the grave as a zombie, takes on the cases of other recently turned paranormal creatures. From a witch looking to sue a publishing company for a spell gone wrong to a vampire being threatened by a dangerous anti-paranormal gang, Anderson’s hilarious, lighthearted tale blends paranormal fiction with hardboiled detective stories to give a unique look at some of the issues that might occur should supernatural creatures populate our world. Today RT’s Elisa and Janine crack open this new tale and discuss why Death Warmed Over is a must-read.

Janine: Honestly, I was a little skeptical when I read the description of Death Warmed Over. Another paranormal investigator story? I wasn’t so sure I wanted to go down this road again ...

Elisa: Oh, yes you did. Of course you did. Because if I know you, you just cannot say no to this author.

Janine: Yes, yes ok, it’s Kevin J. Anderson, so you bet your butt I was going to give this book a shot.


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Meljean Brook On Steampunk Romance And The Secret History Of Iceland

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series has us so enthralled that the author not only won a Seal of Excellence Award for the series starter The Iron Duke, but earned a second SOE win for the most recent Iron Seas book, Riveted. This story brings hero and heroine David and Annika to frigid Iceland order to solve the mystery of Annika's missing sister and David's own existence. Today, the author tells us why she loves writing steampunk romance and why (and how) she rewrote Iceland's intriguing history for this truly remarkable tale. 

One of the reasons I love writing a steampunk romance series like the Iron Seas is that I can create an alternate history that affects the entire world. The steampunk that we’re most familiar with features a version of Victorian England or the wild, wild American West — two settings that I personally adore — but the genre definitely isn’t limited to those locations.

When I built the world of the Iron Seas, one thing that I kept in mind was the idea of making the world bigger. At the heart of steampunk lies a spirit of adventure, exploration, and invention — and I wanted to create a world that allowed me to give readers something new to discover with every story. I wanted to create a world in which characters could have those incredible adventures while they explore new territories (and, of course, fall in love.)


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Cover Chat: Kim Harrison's Ever After

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

With an expected publication date of January 2013, Ever After, the eleventh title in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, is already being earmarked by many impatient fans as an “auto-buy”. The series, which is seen through the eyes —and narrated by — former-witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan (now, isn’t that a mouthful?), has everyone clamoring for more.

The popular series is set in an alternate Cincinnati where witches, elves, demons and vampires roam free. As for humans, they’re fewer on the ground since the time of The Turn — when genetically modified tomatoes unleashed a virus that wiped out a quarter of their population, allowing the supernatural to seize control. In the first book of the series, 2004’s Dead Witch Walking, readers were introduced to detective-witch Rachel Morgan, a character that RT reviewer Exum likened to a cross between Stephanie Plum and Buffy Summers. She is, wrote Exum, “a wannabe badass with a sweetly vulnerable side and a rich backstory.” The premise of Dead Witch Walking rested on the massive mistakes made by the bounty hunting witch — mistakes that left her with a price on her own head.


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Get The Look: Nalini Singh's Archangel's Storm

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

At one point or another, I have probably given every person I know a Nalini Singh story. Her Psy-Changeling books are one of my favorite series, yet I was very reluctant to start Singh's second paranormal series, the Guild Hunter books. How could she possibly create another set of characters that I care as much about? But I should have had more faith in my favorite author. These books have everything — intricate settings, the fast paced action and the complex characterization.

A world ruled by archangels, the Guild Hunter novels are populated by near immortal beings that care little for humanity that they rule. This month, Singh releases Archangel's Storm the fifth book in the series and turns her attention to Jason, an angel spymaster. Jason lives in the dark, in shadows and has a preternatural knowledge of other's deceit and is therefore conditioned to see betrayal all around him. Called to Archangel Neha's demesne to solve a murder and hopefully keep the peace, Jason is unprepared to meet the ruler's niece Mahiya. The beautiful angel is a pawn in the deadly court games between powerful beings. Seen as a "court trinket", Mahiya has cultivated this facade, which keeps her alive. But Jason sees through her act and is immediately intrigued by the woman. But Mahiya is skittish to become involved and is hesitant to believe that anyone can love her for herself. 

I absolutely fell in love with this couple. Jason, living a solitary life, is just as vulnerable as Mahiya, which makes their love story all the more special. Another reason to love the story is the setting. As the Archangel of India, Neha's court is filled not only with intrigue, but also beautiful clothing, gems and architecture. After "visiting" this amazing place in Archangel's Storm, readers will not want to leave, so I have picked out a few pieces to share that are inspired by quotes from the text.


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Cover Chat: Forbidden By Jacquelyn Frank

BY Kate Girard, AUGUST 30, 2012 | PERMALINK
Jacquelyn Frank won the hearts and minds of readers with her fantastic Nightwalkers series which introduced us to some unforgettable heroes and heroines. And with her just-announced spin-off series, the Bodywalkers, the author promises readers a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with. So far she has announced that there will be two books in this series, which be set in the world of the Nightwalkers: Forbidden and Forever. And although book one, Forbidden, doesn’t hit shelves until the end of October, Frank just released a few more details about the story — and the book cover. So what can readers expect?


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Cover Chat: Gilded By Karina Cooper

BY Elisa Verna, AUGUST 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Generally, I hate winter. But this December cannot come soon enough because the second installment in Karina Cooper’s new St. Croix Chronicles series hits shelves and it already feels like I’ve spent centuries waiting to get my hands on Gilded. I read Tarnished (and Dished about it with RT's Regina), the series debut, last month and was completely blown away by Cooper’s highly satisfying steampunk tale. The story didn’t exactly end with a cliffhanger, but it did leave a few unfinished plot lines that I’m hoping will continue with Gilded. Luckily for me Christmas has come early with Gilded’s recent cover reveal, which will hopefully tide me over for the next few months.

Tarnished introduced readers to Cherry St. Croix, a young woman living in an alternate Victorian London, which is separated into two parts: gritty, crime-filled London below and London above, which was home to Society’s elite. While with her chaperone in London above, Cherry is a well-behaved miss (okay, maybe 75% of the time), but when she dons her goggles and tool belt and travels to London below, she’s known as a bounty hunter who never fails to collect and deliver. When Cherry agrees to help hunt down a murderer responsible for offing prostitutes, she becomes mixed up in a harrowing scheme involving a mad scientist, reanimated bodies and an assortment of London below’s vagabonds and delinquents. And of course, she must keep all of this from her chaperone, guardian and friends up above.


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Morgan And Elisa Dish: Jacqueline M. Battisti’s The Guardian of Bastet

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

In Jacqueline M. Battisti’s new digital release, The Guardian of Bastet, cat shifter Trinity Morrigan-Caine is anything but your perfect paranormal. Other than transforming into a house cat, often at inconvenient times, Trinity thinks she’s practically useless as a supernatural being. But when someone in her small town summons a demon, Trinity finds herself in way over her head after she discovers that only she can help bring peace to her community. Battisti’s debut earned a Top Pick! in our September issue and since both Morgan and Elisa can’t resist a great urban fantasy tale, they had to check it out for themselves.

Morgan: After getting to know Trinity at the beginning of the story, I felt very sympathetic toward her. She has tremendous feelings of inadequacy and thinks of herself as un-spectacular.

Elisa: Yeah, I don’t think that that is actually a word.

Morgan: Well, I can’t use the term “unremarkable” because that just doesn’t fit. There is a whole bunch of remarkable things about Trinity, like the fact that her mom is a powerful spell-casting witch and her father is a puma shifter. And, oh yeah, Trinity herself can communicate with animals.

Elisa: Communicate! She can turn into an animal!


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