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TV Thoughts: Reasons Romance Readers Should Watch The Vampire Diaries

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

The recent EW cover series for The Vampire Diaries really got me thinking. The magazine covers look like they could have been lifted from romance novels. And while considering just how much I adore this television series, it occurred to me that these fantastic shots of Elena, Stefan and Damon aren’t the only thing that this television show has in common with a good romance novel. So, today I am going to break down exactly why all romance fans should check out The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

Okay, first let me set the stage. It’s the Civil War-era in Mystic Falls, VA, and Stefan and Damon — aka the two next-to-naked men on the EW cover — are brothers who have just been turned into vampires by the beautiful, duplicitous vamp named Katherine (think Scarlet O’Hara, but with less remorse). Fast forward to present day Mystic Falls, where Stefan has returned to get to know orphaned high school student Elena, who just happens to look exactly like Katherine. They promptly fall in lurv and everything looks like smooth sailing, except for the fact that Stefan is, you know, a vampire. And he’s not telling Elena that she could basically be Katherine’s twin sister. However, those aren’t the only things rocking the S.S. Stefan & Elena 4 Eva. Stefan's big brother, Damon, who is incredibly bad news, has also come back Mystic Falls. He believes can free Katherine from a tomb where she was imprisoned after a complicated chain of events back in the (Civil War-era) day. And if that is not enough drama, the situation gets even more complicated because it's not long before Damon also develops feelings for Elena. Oh, and Elena’s best friend, Bonnie, has just discovered she’s a witch and she hates all vampires. And that's just the set-up that's revealed in the first few episodes.


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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Lucy March's A Little Night Magic

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 | PERMALINK

Lani Diane Rich debuts her paranormal pseudonym, Lucy March, with this month’s A Little Night Magic. And with the author’s signature wit — expect to smile as you read this story — she turns a waitress heroine into a woman who might just be the deciding factor in a war between good and evil. But when the story opens, our Olivia doesn’t even know that she has magic powers ...

Whitney: Before we get into the whole Olivia-is-magic thing, we have to point out that she stopped believing in that kind of stuff a long time ago.

Morgan: Well, not so long ago.

Whitney: Right, for a long time she imagined that a sparkly blue linoleum square at Crazy Cousin Betty’s Waffle House could grant wishes.

Morgan: She tried to use this throughout her childhood to make her dreams come true, with varying results.

Whitney: But when Olivia was twenty-two she stood on the square and wished her mother wouldn’t have cancer anymore.

Morgan: And when the wish didn’t come true ...


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Cover Chat: Laurell K. Hamilton's Upcoming Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Kiss The Dead

BY Kate Girard, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the grand dames of supernatural stories. Her long-running Anita Blake series has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers since Anita was first introduced in 1993’s Guilty Pleasures. With her series, Hamilton straddles the genre boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy and erotica, and her no-nonsense heroine — and Anita’s friends and partners — have made the heroine’s name one of the most recognizable in fiction today. And now, almost two decades later, she’s still going strong. Kiss the Dead, which releases on June 5th, will be Blake’s twenty-first adventure.

Here's an exclusive first look at the book's back cover blurb:

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…


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Cover Trend: Hair Styles Times Of Crisis

BY Morgan Doremus, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

If I were fighting for the fate of human kind, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to make it to the hair salon as frequently as these Urban Fantasy heroines must for the elaborate dos they sport on the covers of several recent and upcoming releases. Most of these colors aren’t found in nature, and I don’t know about you but I have enough problems keeping my mane under control on a daily basis, so I’m pretty sure that if I learned I was humanity’s last hope, I would be giving myself some sort of bob or pixie and calling it a day!


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Meet Shannon K. Butcher's Newest Alpha Hero

BY Dawn Crowne, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

Alpha men may make some of the best romance heroes, but let’s face it, these characters can be jerks. A lot of the time, alphas heroes are written as dominate, overbearing and bossy. Sure their protectiveness and bad boy qualities are great in the fantasy world of a book, but in real life this kind of attention could drive a girl nuts.

However, in the new paranormal e-novella, “Bound By Vengeance” by Shannon K. Butcher, the author’s alpha hero is pitch perfect. Liam Lann is a true warrior, a Sentinel who has been fighting for hundreds of years against the Synestryn. But Liam’s time is almost up. He can no longer contain the magic that courses through his body, which makes him dangerous. Without a mate, Sentinels eventually become so ravaged by pain of their magic that they seek their own death.


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Officially Become An Avon Addict And Win Big!

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

“Hi, my name is Whitney and I am an Avon Addict.” It's the truth, I eagerly await each month’s new batch of Avon romances. My particular vice is their historicals, but you’ll never see me pass up an Avon paranormal or contemporary either. I daydream of Quinn’s Bridgerton family and Phillips’ Chicago Stars football players.

And I know I’m not alone. Do you anxiously comb through your issues of RT BOOK REVIEWS for the Avon titles? Can you spot an Avon cover at fifty paces? (It's okay, this is a safe space to admit your addiction, and hey, the rest of us do it, too.)

For true Avon Fans, there’s help on the way — and by help, I mean, Avon is choosing 25 readers to participate in a special program designed for die-hard romantics like you and me. That's right, you can get your monthly dose of Avon and extras with the publisher's newest initiative.

These offical "Avon Addicts" will be treated to a monthly package of reading-related bliss: new book swag, author goodies and most importantly advance copies of upcoming releases! If you are selected as one of the lucky 25, you’ll get an early look at the Avon, Avon Impulse and Avon Red books and get to share your thoughts about these upcoming reads on the Avon blog.


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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There Is Something About Derek Stormwind From Something About Witches

BY Dawn Crowne, FEBRUARY 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

This week Joey W. Hill releases the first book in her new series Arcane Shot. The paranormal tale Something About Witches is generating a lot of buzz because of the flawed, yet empathetic characters as well as the unique world the author creates. This first book introduces Ruby Night Divine, a powerful witch with a tortured past and an uncertain future. Three years ago Ruby used the dark arts in order to send her lover Derek away. Now Derek Stormwind has returned and he is ready to take on anyone and anything to get Ruby back. But Ruby has crossed the line into black magic and there may be no getting free. So who is this man who hopes to rescue her? Here are ten facts about the hunky Derek that will help you see why he will be your next fictional crush.

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10. Derek is a Guardian sorcerer, which means he is kind of like a cop for the supernatural world. However, instead of using guns and handcuffs to take down the bad guys, he uses lightening from his fingertips (along with his killer right hook).


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Hot Historical Romances With Paranormal Twists

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

Last week we announced that February’s RT Seal of Excellence Award went to debut author Kristen Callihan’s Firelight, a genre-bending paranormal historical. However, this is not the only recent release that blends elements of the supernatural into a story set in the past. There are three other novels published in 2012 that fall into this category which all received RT Top Picks!

 

Warrior's Redemption

by Melissa Mayhue

Supernatural Element: Time Travel

The Story At A Glance: Laird Malcolm MacDowylt is haunted by the deaths caused by his magical half-brother’s rampage that resulted in their sister’s captivity and the death Malcolm’s wife. However, when the powers bring Malcolm’s wife back to him, she’s a young woman from the future, a Texan named Dani. Can this couple re-kindle their love and will having his wife back help Malcolm realize that he is not to blame for his brother’s actions?

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Five Questions For Paranormal Author Cynthia Garner About Kiss Of The Vampire

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

Paranormal romance author Sherrill Quinn dons the penname Cynthia Garner for her new series, Warriors of the Rift. For the first book, this month's Kiss of the Vampire, Garner puts a great spin on paranormal tales by adding a science fiction-like element to the story in the form of noncorporeal beings that come to earth. As the tension between races rise, and the story introduces readers to an unusual half-demon, crime-fighting heroine, we went straight to the author for insider details about her latest release.

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Kiss of the Vampire is the book that launches your Warriors of the Rift series. This paranormal series has all of the usual suspects — vampires, demons and ... aliens. Can you tell us a bit about adding this science fiction element into the stories?


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It’s The End Of The World As We Know It: Postapocalyptic Romance Novels

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 31, 2012 | PERMALINK
Russian artist Andrew Tarusov's apocalyptic pin-up calendar

There’s an elephant in the room, or shall we say, an apocalypse. We’ve managed not mention the (possible) impending doom for the past month, but we just can’t hold off any longer. Whether you believe that the end is coming, compliments of one pesky Mayan calendar prediction, or that we’ll safely skate past this potential catastrophe the same way we did 2011’s two purported doomsday events, there’s no denying that “the end” is a popular topic of conversation these days.

The apocalypse isn’t just something we’re talking about — it’s what we’re reading about. Now we could come up with some deep, quasi-philosophical hypothesis about how we read these stories as a way of rationalizing our fears and looking for hope in an uncertain world. But the truth is, we just love stories about the hero and heroines who triumph in a world gone haywire! So today we are serving up some of our favorite books and series that feature postapocalyptic settings.

 

 

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