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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.3 - "Trespass"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, JANUARY 28, 2014 | PERMALINK

This week on episode 1.3 of the Real Werewolves of New York, “Trespass,” Elena and Clay hunt the murderous mutt. Here puppy, puppy…

As the Pack members crouch around the mutt’s newest victim, hunters and their dogs approach. Jeremy warns Clay and Nick against trying to cover it up. “We had nothing to do with this,” he assures the humans. Tempers start to rise. Elena plays visual chicken with a hunting dog and Clay knocks a guy in the face with his own gun. Fortunately, Jeremy’s good sense prevails (he buys it in bulk from Costco), and he calls the sheriff. Inside at Stonehaven, Clay gets all huffy about Elena challenging the dog. “You act like I’ve never been bitten before,” she snarks. The wolves return to figuring out the mutt’s motives and Elena promises to stay until they find him. “I want him alive,” Jeremy reminds her and Clay. They need to discover who turned him! Meanwhile, Nick, Logan and Pete are put on the task of tracking down Karl Marsten, a mutt with his paw on the pulse of non-Pack society.


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A DELightful Interview: Delilah S. Dawson And Delphine Dryden Talk Steampunk, Chihuahuas And Limericks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 28, 2014 | PERMALINK

Authors Delilah S. Dawson and Delphine Dryden have a lot in common. They both write romance in multiple genres, their first and last names start with D and they both have new steampunk novels releasing soon — this week Delilah S. Dawson's Wicked After Midnight hits shelves and next week is Delphine Dryden's Scarlet Devices. We secretly think they might be the Borg and we're all slowly going to assimilate and become part of their Del cult, but we're okay with that. To get everyone acquainted with their new steampunk-writing overlords, we asked the authors to interview each other. You have been warned.

Delphine: I hear you may be a chihuahua in a sweater coat. Is this true Y/N?


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Four Kim Harrison Ebooks For Less Than $4 Each

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

It can be so hard waiting for the next book in a favorite author's series to come out. But there is one good aspect of all that waiting. Their backlist usually goes on e-sale! Check it: although Kim Harrison's twelfth Hollows book, The Undead Pool, doesn't release until February 25, right now readers can get digital versions of four of Kim's novels — for less than $4 each. So if you've been meaning to stock up your ereader, now's your chance! All prices listed are accurate at the time of this posting. Happy reading!

       

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (Hollows #1)


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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.2 - "Prodigal"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, JANUARY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Welcome to “Bitten” episode two, “Prodigal,” where the previouslies recap the entire first episode in case you didn’t read mine.

Returned to Stonehaven (very stone, not so haven), Elena has a chilly reunion with Clay. We flash back to four years ago, when they walked through the same gates. Elena was adorably, neurotically, excited to “meet the family.” “Darlin’, I got you,” a marginally less creeper Clay promised. In the now, Elena and Clay circle and snark. Unresolved sexual tension? Nah, just tension. “I’m here because a wolf needs to be tracked,” she insists. “I’m not here for us.” (Famous last words. This is a naked show.) Clay can’t help but be annoyingly overprotective. How can you tell Elena’s not havin’ it? She ignores his offer of food! She’s much happier to see Pack Alpha Jeremy. (There are hugs!) They discuss the threat from the murderous mutt wreaking havoc in Bear Valley, and Jeremy wants to send Elena and Clay out tracking. “I’d rather go with the local psychopath,” she says. “You forget, darlin’, I AM the local psychopath,” drawls Clay. (Local to where? Hipster Williamsburg?)

Elena and the local psychopath

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Bitter Spirits, Indeed: A Speakeasy Tour with Jenn Bennett

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

We’ll be honest. Living in New York, we’ve boozed in a few establishments you needed a password and a willingness to walk through a basement or a dark alley to get to. But what’s fun and games now was deadly serious during Prohibition. To school us on how San Francisco revelers got their moonshine access in the 20s, today we’ve got Jenn Bennett, author of the RT Top Pick!, Prohibition-set Bitter Spirits, to give us the scoop. Take it away, Jenn!

The Prohibition-era speakeasy has enjoyed a resurgence over the last few years, with bars remodeled after the iconic underground 1920s watering holes popping up in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Most of these nighttime hot spots require a not-so-secret password to get in (uncovered by a quick online search). Some, like the reservation-only Bourbon and Branch bar in San Francisco, maintain hidden entrances — its only identification being an “Anti-Saloon League” sign hanging from the side of the building.

Bitter Spirits, the first book in my new Roaring Twenties series takes place in 1927 San Francisco. And because my hero is a bootlegger and my heroine works in a speakeasy, I did some poking into the original speakeasy scene in the Bay Area.

A flapper's garter flask


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1001 Dark Nights with Shayla Black — Plus Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

It’s a new year, the perfect time for an exciting new publishing project! How about one based on The Arabian Nights: 1001 Nights, helmed by Liz Berry and MJ Rose? You’ll remember that in those 1001 tales, Scheherazade desperately attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with new tales so he will postpone her execution.

1001 Dark Nights is a collection of sexy erotic or paranormal novellas, written by 12 bestselling authors, including Heather Graham, Larissa Ione and Lorelei James, who will entertain readers long into the night. The stories will be released one per month throughout 2014. Shayla Black, the first author to be featured in this new undertaking, has an excerpt of her story to peek at today. Read on for more — and a giveaway!

Shayla tells us:


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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.1 - "Summons"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, JANUARY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Hey, werewolf lovers and genre TV aficionados! Bitten is based on the bestselling first book in RT favorite Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. It's simultaneously airing in Canada and the U.S. You know what means? Grab your toque and your Timbits and settle in for some sexy skin!

We open on an apartment, clothing scattered in a trail to a bedroom, as our very naked heroine, Elena Michaels, takes a guy for a spin. But then it gets weird. Elena (Laura Vandervoort, when book Elena is a bit more Laura Dern-with-muscles) makes excuses to her guy Philip and bolts. Cramps? Nausea? Too many tacos? No, she’s shifting! She quickly finds an alley, strips down, and turns into a wolf! Elsewhere, a cute young guy questions a girl at a bar about the mysterious Danvers family who live out in the country — and calls her a slut for her troubles. (Screw you, too, buddy.) The girl walks through the woods as Elena prowls for prey…and pounces! But, psych, wolf Elena actually dove for a rabbit. That means someone else kills the girl…

Elena and Philip, being all normal

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Jaye Wells' Left-Handed Path To Dirty Magic

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

It's always interesting to see how urban fantasy authors seamlessly blend the familiar and the supernatural. It makes us wonder what's really going on in the cities we live in. Is the hustle and bustle just a convenient ruse for underground paranormal doings? What's our next-door neighbor really having delivered in all those boxes? Today we've got author Jaye Wells here to tells us what being left-handed — a seemingly innocent characteristic — has to do with her new Prospero's War series, which starts with RT Top Pick! Dirty Magic, out next week.

I don’t know what it is, but I am always drawn to writing about characters who are outliers in some way. For example, in my Sabina Kane series, I used the fact that many cultures view redheads with suspicion and used it to create an entire race of redheaded vampires. I’ve also written about drag queens, changelings, mixed-bloods, people with rare blood types and a whole host of edge-dwellers in my fiction. So I guess it was really no surprise that I would choose to based the entire magical world of my new series on people who are left-handed.


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Author Q&A: Christine Feehan Talks Dark Wolf — Plus A Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Christine Feehan fans — and we know there are a lot of 'em — have been waiting with bated breath for Skyler’s story. And it’s finally here, with the RT Top Pick! rated Dark Wolf. In this exclsuive interview, Christine talks Skyler, what it’s like writing the 25th book in a series and more. And we’re also giving away 3 hardcover copies of the book! Read through for details.

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Your fans have been waiting for Skyler to be old enough to have her own story. Why do you think readers have grown so attached to her and what does it mean to you to be able to tell her story?

I think the readers are attached to Skyler because she was introduced as a child and had such a terrible childhood; they wanted a happy ending for her. I was very excited to tell her story because I honestly didn’t think I would be able to. It has been 10 years in the making. The anticipation and build up was so huge it was rather daunting. I was glad the 1st book in the trilogy came to me.


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The Story So Far … Molly Harper's Naked Werewolves

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Series are the name of the game in the paranormal genre, it seems. But how to catch up? Where to start? We at RT are here for you, as always. Today we’ve got Molly Harper, author of the bestselling Naked Werewolf series, to catch us up, because her third, RT Top Pick! rated, How to Run with a Naked Werewolf, is out today. Because how could you not want to know about Naked Werewolves?! Wait, aren’t all werewolves naked? See, we’ve got questions already. Take it away, Molly!


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