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Spoiled: Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

Dubbed "The New J.K. Rowling," author Samantha Shannon created a buzz when it was announced that UK publisher Bloomsbury had bought the first three books in her seven book series in a very generous deal. Shannon's first novel, The Bone Season, is a dystopian paranormal adventure that follows heroine Paige Mahoney, a clairvoyant working in London's gritty underbelly, until she's kidnapped and brought to Oxford, where her life changes forever. Intrigued by this new series, we asked the author to share some details about her September debut.  

Oxford is a familiar name. You might know it as the place where people read books, engage in strange traditions and pore zealously over illegible fragments of Old English; or you might just know it as the place where the dictionary comes from. In The Bone Season, however, it’s a place where people go to die.


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Cover Chat: Steel's Edge By Ilona Andrews

BY Kate Girard, JULY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Ilona Andrews, the pen name for a husband and wife writing team, is a master in the dual worlds of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Andrews made headlines with “her” Kate Daniels series, one of the early Urban Fantasy series, which included not one but two books that received coveted RT Gold ratings. However, it was Andrews’ Edge series that helped her claim the paranormal romance throne.

The Edge series started with 2009’s On the Edge, which won the year’s RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Contemporary Paranormal Romance. Each year since then Andrews has added one full-length story to the Edge adventure. And the author has just released the first look at the cover of the fourth book: Steel’s Edge, which will hit stores on November 27, 2012.

I was convinced that I had to read the series based on the author’s explanation of the setting:


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Hanna Martine's New Magic-Slinging Character Shares Intraoffice Memos

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK
With her debut novel Liquid Lies, Hanna Martine is poised to make a huge splash with her hot, steamy tale of a water elemental who craves the one thing she shouldn’t—a human man. Not only does Gwen Carraway possess the skill of turning her body into water, but she has the ability to pick up languages in an instant—a skill that makes her indispensable to the family business now that Mendacia has gone global. But considering that their business involves selling a bit of magic to the primaries, a.k.a. humans, some dealings are more dangerous than others. And although Gwen would prefer to handle matters on her own, without her father or the help of the man he wants her to marry, she’s aware that their product may attract the most unsavory of men. Today, Gwen has started an email chain to discuss their next deal. Little does she know that she's about to find herself in hot water—and she's about to meet the one man who'll show her what it really means to melt into a puddle.

 

 


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Cover Chat: Haunted Moon By Yasmine Galenorn

BY Whitney Sullivan, JULY 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

Yasmine Galenorn is set to continue her Otherworld series — which is also known as The Sisters of the Moon series — with the upcoming Haunted Moon. And although the new novel doesn't hit shelves until January 2013, the author has just revealed the new book's look. And I have to say, this art is "conjuring" up the Eagles' "Witchy Woman" — which will now probably be stuck in my head all day. 

But let's get down to business, the Otherworld adventure started with 2006’s Witchling, which was an RT Top Pick! and was also nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice award that year. And the author has been keeping busy with the series ever since. Haunted Moon marks the sixteenth installment — and the 13th full-length novel. (If you haven’t read any of these books yet I urge you to check out Galenorn’s website for a comprehensive series overview and a slew of other series-related goodies!)


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Elisa And Regina Dish: Karina Cooper's Tarnished

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Karina Cooper kicks off with her new steampunk series, The St. Croix Chronicles, with this month’s release, Tarnished. Cherry St. Croix is a well-to-do miss who masquerades as a bounty hunter, and is stuck navigating between the worlds of high society of Victorian London above and the mysterious, magical streets of a dangerous London below. Her night job delivering bounty leads her down some dark roads, including capturing a killer and uncovering the secrets of a mad scientist. Read on to hear what RT's Elisa and Regina have to say about this unusual tale. 

Elisa: Let me preface this Dish by saying that my love for alternative history tales is far-reaching and I adore a good steampunk. But lately, I’d kind of been feeling a bit … uninspired ...

Regina: I feel ya’. Which is why I’m happy I got you to pick up Karina Cooper’s new series starter Tarnished.


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Read This Book! Christine Feehan's Samurai Game

BY Morgan Doremus, JULY 03, 2012 | PERMALINK
I absolutely love Christine Feehan’s action adventure GhostWalker series. I started reading the series in 2003 when book one, Shadow Game, was first published. This story introduced readers to the band of genetically enhanced soldiers that undertake dangerous, covert government operations. These men volunteered to be experimented on in order to become faster, stronger and more deadly. However, most of them didn’t realize that they were also getting psychic enhancements along with the physical abilities. Using their new skills, including psychic ones that range from mind reading to fire throwing to communicating with animals, Captain Ryland Miller and those under his command became a force of justice and no mission is too dangerous for them — they'll get the bad guys under any circumstances.

But these are the benefits.


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Authors Christina Henry And Chloe Neil Run For Charity - And Chocolate!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 29, 2012 | PERMALINK

Urban fantasy authors Christina Henry and Chloe Neill will run the Hot Chocolate 5K in Chicago, on November 4, 2012, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charity. Chloe and Christina will run for both a good cause — and for chocolate, as the post-race party features tons of goodies sponsored by Ghirardelli. Today the authors share their stories behind what motivated them to run — and what running has to do with how they write their novels. 

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Are Cartoon Covers Making A Comeback?

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Cartoon covers were big in the early 2000s, but have since gone out of vogue. However, these hand drawn creations hold a special place in our heart and we are excited to see so many new and upcoming releases featuring delicious eye-catching cartoons. From winsome witches to adorable animals and beyond, you know that a book wrapped in such a cute package probably contains some fantastically funny scenes. Color us pleased with the prospect!

Cat in a White Tie and Tails by Carole Nelson Douglas

 

The Witch is Back by H.P. Mallory

 


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Morgan And Elisa Dish: The Taken By VIcki Pettersson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

What do you get when you cross a rockabilly chick with a not-quite-angel and a major mystery? Vicki Petterson’s new paranormal romance novel, The Taken.

Morgan: Before we get started, I have to apologize because this Dish is going to be a lot less comment-y and whole lot quote-y — but I swear it’s not my fault! The author has amazing passages on just about every page of this book.

Elisa: So true! The language in The Taken is nothing short of stunning. Vicki Pettersson delivers a noir-inspired paranormal romance filled with mystery and intrigue that all adds up to an incredibly fun read!

Morgan: The story opens in Las Vegas, but not the showy floors of the billion dollar casinos or the high-end shops of the strip. Instead we are at a seedy, charge-by-the-hour hotel on the outskirts of the town — where prostitution is the regular.


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Lauren Dane, Rachel Vincent, Tami Dane and Nancy Gideon On Their Series Seconds

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Sophomore slump, what's that? It's certainly not in the vocabularly of several of our favorite supernatural scribes! This month authors Lauren Dane, Rachel Vincent, Tami Dane and Nancy Gideon all give readers the second installment of their new series. But just because these are "book two" in a series, doesn't mean they are second in our hearts. Each author has crafted a follow up tale that sizzles, snaps and stuns. Take a look at what stories are on shelves now — and what the authors think you should know before you pick up their new releases!

 

 

Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane

The Series: Bound by Magic

The Book In A Look: Lark and Simon may be skilled at kicking supernatural butt, however will they — and their fledgling love — be strong enough to survive the coming war between all the paranormal factions?

Lauren Dane On What You Need To Know:


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