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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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Nominees Announced For Vampire Novel Of The Century

BY Janine Johnston, JANUARY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

The Horror Writers Association has announced their nominees for the Bram Stoker Vampire Novel of the Century Award, to be presented at the World Horror Convention in March. (Fun Fact: Sherrilyn Kenyon will be this year’s Author Guest of Honor at the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City.) Many groundbreaking vampire novels of the 20th century are being considered for the award.

The award is in honor of Bram Stoker's classic tale Dracula, which was originally published 100 years ago. Horror Writer Association’s President Rocky Wood said in a recent announcement, “HWA is proud to present our iconic Award on the centenary of Bram Stoker’s passing and pleased to be doing so in conjunction with the Bram Stoker Family Estate. While Stoker’s novel is undoubtedly the most influential of all vampire fiction, we look forward to recognizing the vampire novel that has had the greatest impact since publication of Dracula.”

The nominees include:

The Soft Whisper of the Dead by Charles L. Grant (1983)

Salem's Lot by Stephen King (1975)

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (1992)

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (1991)


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Cover Chat: JR Ward's Upcoming Black Dagger Brotherhood Novel, Lover Reborn

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that the Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of the most popular paranormal series out there. J.R. Ward started the series with 2005’s Dark Lover, and it quickly captured the imagination of paranormal romance fans. This spring, readers will be able to get their hands on the tenth installment, Lover Reborn. But so far, the project has been surrounded by secrecy.

We know that this is Tohrment’s story, a member of the brotherhood that has endured unimaginable pain. He lost his mate and is, according to the book’s back cover blurb, “unrecognisable [sic] as the vampire leader he once was.” Now, in order to free his beloved from an icy prison, Tohr must find space in his heart for a new love. After meeting a woman with shrouded origins, his heart may begin to thaw but will this new avenue lead to their salvation — or damnation?

One look at cover shows a man who looks like although he has been dealt some harsh blows by life, it has not broken him. The swirl in the upper left hand corner looks like a brand, or an otherworldly maelstrom. But if it’s the later, does it stand for the woman Tohr lost, the mystery woman he has just met? Or perhaps it symbolizes the struggle the BDB must face as political turmoil, in the form of the lessers and a new breed of vampires, comes to a climax ... No matter what it represents, I can't wait for the book's March 27 release date.


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How Stephanie Draven Spins Greek Myth Into Paranormal Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

Stephanie Draven recently released the latest in her Mythica series, "The Fever and the Fury", which puts a contemporary paranormal spin on two elements of classic mythology. In honor of the sixth Mythica story's release, we decided to take a look a look back at all the different creatures of Greek myth that the author has featured in this series ... and how she has made them her own!

Book One: “Midnight Medusa”

Greek Myth Element: Medusa. In classic Greek myth, after Medusa is caught with her lover, Poseidon, in Athena’s temple, she is punished by having her hair transformed into snakes. Now a hideous monster, anyone who looks at Medusa is turned to stone. Medusa eventually meets her end when Hercules beheads her. 

Draven’s Take: “Midnight Medusa” heroine Renata is an artist who sculpts prisoners of war. Like those who see Medusa, the prisoners whose likenesses Renata sculpts all die soon afterwards. However, unlike Medusa, Renata’s powers do not lead to her unfortunate demise. Instead, she is kidnapped by a mysterious immortal with his own great powers. The two must reconcile their abilities while simultaneously figuring out their feelings for one another in this series starter.


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Morgan And Whitney Dish: The Demon Lover By Juliet Dark

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

When Callie interviews for a professor position open at the secluded Fairwick College in rural upstate New York, she doesn’t think she’s going to take the job. But one look at the house of her dreams has her leaving behind city life. However, all too soon it seems the dreams the house inspires might really be nightmares. Get a taste of Juliet Dark’s The Demon Lover in today’s Dish!

Morgan: The first thing that struck me about The Demon Lover is the gorgeous cover. The haunting woods, the lone woman with a beautiful royal blue dress, the dark birds of portent. Love it!

Whitney: The cover art definitely lets the reader know that they are going to delve into the paranormal, but what was unexpected, at least for me, was how contemporary this book felt.

Morgan: I agree! I think that was mainly due to the fact that Callie, our heroine, is so young. Recently out of graduate school, she is still in her twenties and looking for a career. And while she doesn’t use slang or anything (which I know is a pet peeve of yours), her voice has energy to it.


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