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5 Habits of Highly Successful Sci Fi Romance Couples

BY , OCTOBER 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

Fighting aliens, conquering new planets, commanding ships and flying through the galaxy are all in a hard day's work for many sci fi romance heroes and heroines. But how do the men and women of sci fi romance find time for relationships amidst all the space trekking and futuristic adventure? Author and genre blogger Heather Massey is here today to share 5 ways sci fi romance couples make it work:

Nurturing a romance can be tough even during the best of times. But what about when aliens are attacking Earth to steal all of our natural resources? How can a couple even begin to plan a date? Or imagine the challenges of executing a simple “getting to know you” conversation when an evil galactic empire is bent on the destruction and domination of one’s whole entire world!

Evil mega corporations don’t make it any easier with their Big Brother control issues and life-threatening products. Those types of workaholic villains can put a serious dent in a couple’s ability to carve out some “we time.”

Yet science fiction romance couples always achieve a Happily Ever After or Happily For Now no matter what the obstacles. How do they accomplish such a nigh impossible goal? What’s their secret?


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Urban Fantasy Authors Share Their Favorite Kick Butt Heroines

BY , OCTOBER 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month’s Urban Fantasy releases feature a slew of new series starters, complete with kick butt female characters we can’t wait to fall in love with. Whether it’s Trixie the elf from Jocelynn Drake’s Angel’s Ink, Daisy the half human, half demon who acts as a link between her town’s police force and the goddess Hel and stars in Jacqueline Carey’s Dark Currents, or Anton Strout’s new leading lady of Alchemystic, Lexi, who comes with her fair share of family secrets, there’s sure to be a new awesome heroine to suit everyone’s fancy. And after reading these new releases if you are still hungering for take charge heroines, then you are in luck because we asked each of these authors their top 3 Urban Fantasy leading ladies from books, TV and movies. Here’s what they had to say:

 

Jocelynn Drake


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Paranormal Playground: Werewolf in Denver

BY Shawna Rice, OCTOBER 08, 2012 | PERMALINK
All the world’s a playground for paranormals, and we’re shedding some light on the settings that the otherworldly call home. At first glance, Denver seems like your normal, everyday American city. But there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes in Denver. In fact, this month this city will be hosting WERECON2012.  

With us today is blogger/werewolf/activist and Colorado native Kate Stillman from Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Werewolf in Denver. She’s designed a pre-conference event that attendees of WERECON2012 are sure to enjoy — or if you’re just visiting Denver on your own, she’s highlighted some landmarks that will scare up some hauntingly good times. Care to find out where the werewolves get their howl on in the Mile-High City? Read on as we turn this blog post over to Kate and she reveals all the jumping paranormal hotspots:

THE RIGHT TO HOWL: The Official Blog of H.O.W.L.* founder Kate Stillman


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Six Degrees of Separation: Angie Fox

BY , SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Gracing the September RT BOOK REVIEWS cover is author Angie Fox. Best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer books, Fox writes quirky, funny paranormal romances. This month she started a new series with Immortally Yours. Taking inspiration from the TV show M*A*S*H, Fox's story features Dr. Petra Robichaud as she fixes up soldiers so they can continue their fight between the gods.

Angie's lighthearted stories have made her a fan favorite. A frequent guest at the RT Booklovers Convention, many readers have already gotten to know the author. But for those who have yet to have the pleasure, we've decided to make up this handy guide to explore the author's place in paranormal romance. The genre may feel vast, but actually seems small when you break it down. So sit back and see how Six Degrees is all that is needed to connect Fox with other great authors.

 


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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 , 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 , 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 , 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 , 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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