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Keeping In The Holiday Spirit: A Midwinter Fantasy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

With blizzards hitting all over the country, it is nice to escape from the cold curled up with a good book. This season, we recommend the paranormal anthology A Midwinter Fantasy to transport yourself to wonderful faraway lands. RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus shares an in-depth author interview with the anthology's authors, Leanna Renee Hieber, L.J. McDonald and Helen Scott Taylor about what you can expect inside their three new novellas!

Morgan Doremus: Can each of you describe the paranormal creatures/characters in each of your stories and make the argument for why your paranormal characters are superior? 


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Kim Murphy And The Cunning Folk

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

During a time when people believed that witchcraft was behind their misfortunes, Kim Murphy found inspiration for her latest historical fiction. Look back into the 1600 and 1700s when witch-hunts ran rampant throughout society and learn about the role that “cunning folk” play in Murphy’s new novel, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist.

Imagine a beautiful woman being searched for minor body imperfections that would prove she was a witch. This scene was played out all across Europe. In North America, most people think of Salem, but in truth the first witch trial held on the continent took place in Virginia. As a Virginia resident, I was intrigued to learn more, and the premise became the basis for my paranormal/historical novel, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist.


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Stephanie Rowe Talks Guilty Pleasures - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Stephanie Rowe talks guilty pleasures and gives readers a special look at the unusual weakness of Trinity Harpswell, the heroine of this month’s paranormal release Kiss at Your Own Risk. And don’t miss your chance to win the novel at the end of the post!

HE NEEDED A KILLER WOMAN.
Blaine Underhill was one lucky man. Having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch, he's determined to save his still-enslaved friend. But in order to do so, he'll need the help of one of the world's most lethal women.

SHE WAS DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, LITERALLY.
Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she's one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever. When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder! 


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Nancy Holzner and the Epic Battle of Wills in Hellforged - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

In Nancy Holzner’s latest Deadtown tale, Hellforged, the author pits her heroine Vicky against a book with amazing powers. Now get a sneak peek at the Book of Utter Darkness and a taste of the battle of wills to come. And don't miss the giveaway at the end of the post!

Most avid readers can think of a book they consider life-changing. But imagine reading a book that could change your destiny. In Hellforged, the second novel in my Deadtown urban fantasy series, such a book falls into the hands of shapeshifter Victory Vaughn. Vicky must look deep into the past to battle a present danger. And the only tool she has for doing so is an ancient book written in a language she doesn’t understand—the language of Hell.


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The Women of Urban Fantasy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2010 | PERMALINK

There’s nothing quite like an Urban Fantasy heroine. She’s a butt-kicking, attitude-filled force to be reckoned with. One who usually has the weight of the world on her shoulders and a snarky attitude to boot. But there are a few heroines out there who are breaking the mold and keeping the genre fresh. Katherine Katt and Jacinda Valcheck are two of these characters who are leaving their unique mark on readers. Now the authors behind these leading ladies share a special look at their unusual heroines!

 

Katherine “Kitty” Katt, of The Alien series by Gini Koch

The Alien series follows Katherine “Kitty” Katt, the world’s best accidental badass, as she discovers first that the Roswell rumors are true -- with a twist -- and then not only learns that there are both good and bad aliens and lots of life on other planets, but gets involved in the fight to protect this planet. As the series goes on, there's more than just parasitic aliens to deal with, as well as more secrets and conspiracies to discover and disrupt.


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Mark Henry on Making the Switch

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

Urban Fantasy author Mark Henry talks about a writer’s best weapon again the threat of unemployment: the ability to diversify. Today marks the release of his first erotic tale, Stocking Full of Coal, writing under the name Amanda Feral. Get all the details about how this new novel came to be and don’t miss the *Web Exclusive Review* of the story at the end of this post! 

Writers get a lot of questions. What font do you use? Where do you get your ideas? Do you ever bathe? But one that’s been popping up a lot recently is: can you really make a living as a lower midlist author with very little other marketable skills?

The answer is an unequivocal maybe, often accompanied by a shrug.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Erotica, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Continuing Paranormal Series to Curl Up With in December

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 07, 2010 | PERMALINK

Gearing up for the holiday season can take a lot out of a person. Sometimes your own life is complicated enough and you just want to curl up with a good book about characters you already know from an author you know you enjoy. Here are four of our paranormal picks for series continuing this month, with a special message from each author about what fans can expect in this installment of their series!


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The Wait is Over: Richelle Mead's Last Sacrifice Arrives Tomorrow -- Win it here!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

Richelle Mead's final novel in the popular Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice, has been anxiously anticipated by fans, and tomorrow the wait is over. The series conclusion will hit bookshelves on Tuesday, but in the meantime readers can check out the *Web Exclusive Review* of the story that RT Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith calls, "A fitting end to an amazing series!" And don't miss your chance to enter to win a copy of this entire series. 

Read the *Web Exclusive Review* >>


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The Ever-Innovative Jayne Ann Krentz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 02, 2010 | PERMALINK

Jayne Ann Krentz’s readers know that this bestselling author can always be counted on to do the unexpected. For example, in her always-evolving Arcane series, the author writes in the past present and future of the same series under her three different author names.

Now Krentz is turning a modern technology on its head as she “double-tweets” a short story. What does this mean for fans? We get to enjoy this Krentz short story told from both her perspective and that of Fallon Jones, the hero of her January romantic suspense, In Too Deep!

The story, which began on November 1st with a tweet from the author announcing that she was headed to Scargill Cove to interview Fallon James, has the pair of criss-crossing and commenting on the other's activities in a highly enjoyable fashion. Our eyes are peeled to see where this tale is headed next!

Check it out now >>


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An Amazing E-Vent With Marjorie Liu and C.L. Wilson - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 01, 2010 | PERMALINK

Authors Marjorie Liu and C.L. Wilson are adding a special touch of magic to their new novels, In the Dark of Dreams and Crown of Crystal Flame, which release this week. These authors are not only hosting a joint book signing at Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, they are streaming the event live so that fans around the globe can participate!

We love Liu for her quirky characters, fast paced action and memorable romances. Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith has nominated In the Dark of Dreams for a 2010 Reviewers' Choice Award. She calls the latest Dirk & Steele adventure, "A terrific concoction filled with choice amounts of danger, passion and betrayal!"

Wilson, a fan favorite, is known for her richly detailed worlds full of adventure and fantasy. Her latest novel concludes the Tairen Song series. Not only did Crown of Crystal Flame receive an RT Top Pick! it was also nominated for RT's November Seal of Excellence.


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