When faced with difficult situations, we often look to the past for answers. In this month’s historical romance recommendations, we’re taking a look at four exhilarating reads that feature the main characters setting out to obtain important artifacts from the past that may help them achieve their happy endings. Take a look!
If you were living under a rock (or perhaps on a fabulous vacation) for the month of August, you may have missed Read-A-Romance Month, a project started by romance lover Bobbi Dumas, who sought out some of romance's biggest stars to post daily on why they fell in love with the genre. Read-A-Romance Month was a big success, and many of the authors' posts were inspiring, uplifting and even downright hilarious. We had to know more about what motivated the project and what Bobbi has planned for next year. Here's what she had to say ...
Read-A-Romance Month was inspired by your NPR article "In Defense of Romance." What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about romance?
Kristen Ashley has quickly gone from newbie author to bona fide romance superstar. With roots in self-publishing, Kristen has masterfully navigated the publishing waters, and is now a blockbuster voice in the genre. Her Chaos Motorcycle Club combines sexy heroes on bikes with heady, emotional twists and turns. At this year’s RWA conference, Morgan Doremus sat down with Kristen to discuss her hit series, contrasting characters and what readers can look forward to from their new favorite author!
Most authors will tell you, the publishing world is changing at a lightening-fast pace — especially for an industry notoriously slow to shift. And authors are embracing a multi-platform, “hybrid” approach to publishing — utilizing various combinations of digital-first, self-publishing and traditional publishing to get their words out to readers more effectively.
Today we’re talking with Avon Editorial Director Erika Tsang and author Sophie Barnes, who’s moving from Avon’s digital-first imprint, Avon Impulse, to Avon’s print and digital line with September’s The Trouble With Being a Duke. The duo stopped by to tell us more.
Erika: I’m delighted to introduce everyone to Sophie Barnes, one of Avon’s rising stars. How does it feel, Sophie, to be a multi-platform author?
The RT office is abuzz about Tamara Morgan's second in her Getting Physical series, The Derby Girl, out now from Carina. But who are these derby girls, we wondered — out loud, Carrie Bradshaw style — are they like us? Surely not! Well, we talked to Tamara herself, and she set us straight, derby girl style.
The first time I saw a derby girl in real life was at my city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Wedged between the cement truck carrying the mayor and a group of Girl Scouts throwing candy were about a dozen fierce-looking women on roller skates. They skated around the crowd, handing out flyers in ripped fishnet tights, clunky knee pads, and short skirts — the whole derby package — despite the fact that it was about five degrees outside at the time.
That should have been my first clue that roller derby girls weren’t your average sort of athlete.
When I started writing a new series for Berkley, I wanted to showcase a part of the world that I love—the Canadian Rockies. But simply having a group of friends living in the area wasn’t enough. I wanted to throw them into the action. Literally throw them off cliffs at times.
As the first story, High Risk, progressed it became clear that I had a lovely setting and great group of characters. But what type of book had I written? It had more action in it than a typical contemporary romance, but there was no evil villain or exploding bombs like in a romantic suspense.
While talking to others we figured it out—this was romantic adventure. The kind of book that straddles a fine line between probable and possible.
Are you a royal watcher? We were glued to the screen during Will and Kate's wedding, and the whole RT office was on red alert as we awaited baby George's arrival. (We won't comment on the abundance of cooing when lil George made his international debut.) Caridad Piñeiro, author of this month's To Catch a Princess, shares our fascination, and today she's with us to tell us all about her favorite princesses.
There are those who say that we're no longer the colonies, that we should get over our fascination with the Royals. That it's crazy to be so fascinated with a group of people who possess power just because of who their ancestors were. To them I say:
Dare to imagine. Seriously.
Imagine what it's like to live such a fantasy life. To be born into a world of great wealth, but also great responsibility. Imagine what it's like to be both loved and hated for just being what you are and not who you are.
Are you a foodie, who ventures into the kitchen on weekends to stir up some culinary adventures? Do you believe that the way to a man's heart really is through his stomach? Then our new feature, Food Friday, is for you! Today we've got authors Rachel Harris and Jenna Rutland, two ladies who know a thing or two about the passion that food can inspire, sharing two exclusive recipes for you to try at home. So break out your aprons, and let's get cookin'!
Do you love Cajun-inspired food? Then Rachel Harris’ Crabmeat Pizza, an easy-to-make appetizer, is one for your recipe box. Inspired by her Cajun chef romance, Taste the Heat, this is one recipe her chef heroine would approve of. Harris says, “It's an appetizer, so it's super easy to make, but it tastes delicious. I've had this at many parties around New Orleans.” Take a look:
1 block of cream cheese, softened
1 jar Heinz seafood cocktail sauce
We at RT love a great contemporary romance — especially if there are a few laughs thrown in with all that angst. So our interest was piqued by Lauren Layne, whose funny, sexy Stiletto series debuts next week with After the Kiss. Set in NYC at glamorous Stiletto magazine, the series follows three heroines who write for the periodical's Love & Romance section, though their own romantic lives are disasters. (Let it be known that most of us working at the glamorous, Brooklyn-based RT are quite happily paired off, and we're happy to give you advice on your love life anytime, no problemo.)
Curious to hear more about Julie Greene, Stiletto editor, who's about to take on far more than she can handle in one Mitchell Forbes? Then check out this exclusive excerpt we cajoled Loveswept to let us post here, just for you, all about the perfect first kiss!
Julie had written the book on first kisses.
Well okay, technically not a book. But she definitely had no fewer than four different articles in her portfolio that outlined the nuances and categories of the first kiss.
In the bad category:
Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson, whose book A Man of Privilege was an RT Top Pick! and 2012 RT Reviewers' Choice Award Winner, has quickly become an RT favorite. Her characters are unique and refreshing, and at this year's RT Booklovers Convention, Morgan Doremus sat down with Sarah for a rousing chat about her career thus far. In our exclusive interview, Anderson dishes on her latest release, Masked Cowboy, the intricacies of her characters' cultural backgrounds, and her books' Native American charms and influences.