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Get Ready For Some Amazing Sci Fi And Fantasy Projects From The Syfy Network

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s not secret that the television airwaves have recently been flooded with some outstanding science fiction and fantasy programming. And the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones and AMC’s Walking Dead have proven that sci fi and fantasy novels are worthy of being considered for TV series adaptations. So we weren’t surprised to learn that there are several more fantastic projects coming down the pipeline - this time from the Syfy Network.

This cable channel is hopping on the book-to-TV bandwagon with six new literary-related projects all expected to air in 2013. According to Syfy’s press release, viewers can expect to see a book series, short story, two stand-alone novels and two comic series transformed into TV shows. With more than a few talented producers and writers on board, we suspect longtime sci fi fans and genre newbies will be enjoying these promising programs and here’s why ...

In a similar vein as George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Stephen King’s medieval fantasy The Eyes of the Dragon is currently being scripted for a show by the same name. The novel follows a wicked magician as he attempts to overthrow the kingdom’s current king to steal the throne. With plenty of bloodshed and treachery, a writer from the TV-adaptation of King’s The Dead Zone and the producer of the mini-series adaptation of King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes short story collection, we have a feeling the televised version of The Eyes of the Dragon will stay true to King’s work and satisfy fans of Game of Thrones.


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
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Morgan And Whitney Dish: The Seduction Of Phaeton Black By Jillian Stone

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

This week Morgan and Whitney take a bite out of The Seduction of Phaeton Black, a steampunk story from author Jillian Stone. In this tale of love, lust and paranormal adventure, a detective on the hunt for a mysterious supernatural killer and an orphaned woman seeking justice for her recently deceased father will join forces, but will this unusual couple be able to find the right balance between work and pleasure?

Morgan: Before we start discussing this book, I feel like we need to get on the same page about character Phaeton Black. Hero or anti-hero?

Whitney: Hero. Sure he is a little … unusual, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t still able to make the heroine’s heart flutter.

Morgan: Her heart and the “hearts” of many other ladies (and I’m using that term loosely). I say this rogue is a total anti-hero.

Whitney: Make your case.

Morgan: Point one: He sees specters and not the nice ones. His connection to the paranormal makes it nearly impossible to even be in normal society.


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On the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Four-Letter words: J.R. Ward and Jessica Andersen Let Loose at Convention

BY Audrey Goodson Kingo, APRIL 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

As the newest staff member at RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, this was my first time attending our convention — and boy was it a doozy! From meeting my favorite romance authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Loretta Chase to catching glimpses of fiction idols like Anne Rice and Sue Grafton, every minute of convention seemed to be packed with excitement. But my favorite moment, by far, was sitting in on the panel "No Holds Barred With J.R. Ward and Jessica Andersen." I'm not exaggerating when I say I've never encountered a more fanatic reader following than the people who were at this reader event. In fact, the crowd's obvious enthusiasm inspired me to pick up the Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and just a week after convention, I'm already on book four. I can't wait until I get to the point that I understand all of the spoilers Ward divulged at the chat. Want to find out what they were? In Ward and Andersen's own words, "Keep reading!"


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Even Supernaturals Get The Blues

BY Morgan Doremus, APRIL 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

In paranormal romances, supernatural is oftentimes synonymous with superpowerful. Near immortal vampires, commanding witches, warrior angels — the list for otherworldly creatures with amazing abilities goes on and on. But what happens when a supernatural has a personal problem? Something that renders them vulnerable? And no, I am not talking about kryptonite, but rather anxiety that has gone out of control.

This situation is exactly what readers will find in Shawntelle Madison’s newly released tale, Coveted, which features Natalya Stravinsky, a werewolf shifter with a debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.


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Gabi Stevens On Her Time Of Transition FInale Wishful Thinking

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Today author Gabi Stevens finishes up her Time of Transition paranormal trilogy with Wishful Thinking. The tale concludes the author’s light Urban Fantasy series about a woman who discovers that she is the next in line to become a Fairy Godmother. In this story Gabi finds herself at Black’s Beach in San Diego, famous for something it doesn’t have a lot of — clothed bathers. But why did Stevens decide to send her heroine to a nude beach and what type of research did she do in order to incorporate this unusual setting into her latest novel? Find out in this special guest post.

You might imagine that the undergrads of the University of California at San Diego spend much of their (limited — believe it or not, UCSD is actually a studious school) spare time at the beach. You’d be right. When I went to school there, UCSD even offered PE classes in surfing, sailing, and sand volleyball. But if a student wanted to head to the beach nearest to campus, it required a hike down a cliff (fastest way) or following a long winding road (not so fast). Either way, you’d end up at Black’s Beach.


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Between The Covers Of Into The Dreaming By Karen Marie Moning

BY Whitney Sullivan, APRIL 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Everyone who follows this site knows that I’m a huge Karen Marie Moning fan. (It wasn’t too long ago that I chatted about the cover of her new graphic novel, Fever Moon, and the next traditional book in her Fever world, the spin off Iced.) But, I don’t think that I mentioned that Moning's Highlander series might just be one of my all time favorite series in romance! The hunky Highlanders are certainly a hard act to follow, and I can’t help but feel a kinship for her romance-loving heroines. When I found out that not only would the author be re-releasing her novella “Into the Dreaming” with 100 pages of bonus material, but that it was being previewed on Moning's Facebook page? I could barely contain my excitement!


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Part(y)ing Thoughts: Twenties-style Talent!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

At tonight's nighttime convention party, the Gangster Cafe Talent Quest, we did it up Prohibition style! Feathers, crystals and pearls adorned the necks of guests, but it wouldn’t be a party hosted by author Heather Graham if there wasn’t a paranormal twist. Flappers, flyboys, tycoons (and even some teetotalers) with a supernatural spin were all in attendance so there was a great mix of fangs and fur along with fringe and glitz. 

Host Heather Graham and cohorts entertained the crowd with a musical play inspired by the Jazz Age


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Up Close And Personal With Three Of Our Favorite Paranormal Writers: Frost, Harris and Singh

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

Today RT convention attendees got a bit of insight on the process that authors Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris and Nalini Singh go through as they write some of the most popular paranormal series on the market. In the Paranormal Chat this afternoon these genre headliners let us inside of their worlds (both the fictional and real ones) and, of course, talked about what readers can expect next!

The discussion started off quickly, as the authors spoke about their favorite character transformation over the course of their series. Frost said she has been very pleased at the changes in her “Wicked Witch-y” character Justina. While for Harris, it is Sookie who has changed the most as she has really come into her own despite the enormous paranormal responsibilities piled onto her young shoulders. And Singh said it was Nikita, Sascha’s mother, who has the most interesting character development because we still don’t know Nikita's motivations for rejecting her daughter.  

No chat between these three ladies would be complete without discussing those fanged heroes and heroines we all love so much. The authors all talked a bit about why they chose to write series about relationships with younger women and not just older men, but much, much, much older men.


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Married Authors Zoe Archer And Nico Rosso Talk Co-Writing — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

Married authors Zoë Archer and Nico Rosso both write tales of adventure and romance — but until now, they’ve never written together. However, their latest stories take place in a new Steampunk series of their joint creation, the Ether Chronicles. The first book, Archer's Skies of Fire, hits stores this week and today the authors stop by to interview each other about co-habitating, co-writing and of course, co-creating their newest fictional world. Plus don't miss your chance to win a copy of the series starter at the end of this exclusive interview!

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If someone was sitting at the table next to us at breakfast while we were working on the Ether Chronicles, what are some of the things they might overhear?


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Cover Chat: Karen Marie Moning's Upcoming Series Starter Iced

BY Whitney Sullivan, APRIL 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that Karen Marie Moning has been a busy, busy author. Not only did she just release the cover for her first graphic novel, a Dark Fever continuation, but also she’s been teasing readers with excerpts from Iced, her upcoming novel that will start her new Dani O'Malley series.

Moning’s popular MacKayla Lane books (aka the Dark Fever series) may have come to a close, but the author is not changing zip codes for her next novel. The first in the Deckle Edge books, Iced, will be set in the same world. And just a glance at the cover makes it clear that this is a transition novel. Moning fans will remember that Shadowfever, the Dark Fever series finale, had a predominantly red cover and a design around the edges that spotted the woman’s figure in the middle. Now we’ve got a cover that has some similar design principles, the border around the edge, the red — holla, ode to original Dark Fever covers — and a woman standing. But I think it’s worth noting that unlike the Shadowfever cover, in this artwork the heroine is far away. And I really like that we get a more removed look at this woman and her world because, hey, she's not MacKayla, who we knew for six books. Instead, this gal is more of a mystery; we aren’t all up close and personal with her yet.


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