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Rewriting Societal Rules With The Heroine From The Captive by Grace Burrowes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

Who doesn't love a historical heroine who's not afraid to bend the rules of courtship? In Grace Burrowes's The Captive, hero Christian, Duke of Mercia, is a traditional fellow, while heroine Gilly, the Countess of Greendale, thinks he could use a few pointers. Today the author tells us how Gilly sets Christian straight.

Christian, Duke of Mercia, was raised as the heir to any great title would be, with a firm grasp of the rules of courting. He’s been married, so he knows those rules lead to a proper conclusion at a proper altar with a pretty, smitten lady wearing a pretty, expensive ring of his choosing. He relies on the tried and true procedure when pursuing his second duchess, Gilly, the widowed Countess of Greendale, but the results suggest his rules need revising.

Rule No. 1: Propose on bended knee.


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World Cup Fever: Six Soccer Romances to Heat Up Your TBR Pile

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

There’s no denying things have been heating up thanks to the World Cup. People are excited, Twitter’s all abuzz and there are hot soccer players on our screens left and right. (And if you’ve been living under a rock these past few weeks, trust us, they’re super hot.) And if the World Cup isn’t enough, here’s a rundown of soccer romances that deserve a spot on your ereaders. All books are available as ebooks only unless otherwise noted.


Striker by Michelle Betham - Local TV Sports reporter and daughter to an ex-professional soccer player, Amber Sullivan knows better than to get involved with a player. But when she snags an exclusive story on Ryan Fisher, one of the hottest and most talented players, she finds her resolve wavering.

Buy it now: Amazon | Kobo


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Video Interview: Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann Take On YA

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

Back in May, while we partied it up at the 2014 RT Booklovers Convention, we sat down with bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter, Melanie Brockmann, for an interview in which the Brockmann's discussed their upcoming YA novel, Night Sky. This series opener is set in the same futuristic world as Suzanne's Born to Darkness. Watch the video below to hear Suzanne and Melanie talk about what it's like writing together, their creative processes and what readers can expect to see in the new series. Take a look:


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Carly Phillips's Dare to Surrender Trailer Reveal and Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

Let's be honest - trailers are the best part about seeing a movie in the theater. So it's only natural that our trailer love carries over to our one true love: books. Today, we have an exclusive reveal for the trailer for Carly Phillips's Dare to Surrender, which is part of the collaborative Invitation to Eden series and the third book in her own Dare to Love series.

Let's start with seeing what this book's all about:

After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible. 

Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good. 


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Genre Fiction Power Couples

BY Elisa Verna, JUNE 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Many readers know the power couples of literary fiction — Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss (who, technically, aren’t anymore after they recently revealed their split), Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman — but what about genre fiction? There’s plenty of romance in romance … and urban fantasy, science fiction and YA! Below are some genre fiction power couples who just ooze mushy love.

Ilona and Gordon Andrews

A photo of Ilona and Gordon Andrews

The first genre fiction power couple that comes to mind is, of course, Ilona Andrews — the writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews. Ilona immigrated to the U.S. from Russia and met Gordon (whose real name is Andrew Gordon, fun fact), and together they wrote Magic Bites. Their Kate Daniels series is extraordinarily popular and the two have such a fun, playful dynamic in person. I’ve seen them on several panels at RT Con, and they’re absolutely delightful.

Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs


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I've Got Something Under My Hood That Needs Fixin': Mechanic Heroes

BY Elisa Verna, JUNE 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Mechanics in contemporary romance are nothing new. Crazy For You by Jennifer Crusie, anyone? Nick, the man who woos Quinn after she ends her relationship with drab “nice guy” Bill (who takes her new dog to the pound, which is pure evil if you ask me), might be one of the most notable examples of a mechanic hero. But lately, rugged grease monkeys have been popping up more frequently in romance.

The current mechanic trend is undoubtedly influenced by the popularity of motorcycle club (MC) romances, but isn’t exclusive to them. Tack from Kristen Ashley’s Motorcycle Man is a motorcycle club president who also owns a custom car and bike shop. Ashley’s Lady Luck, however, is not an MC romance but still features a mechanic hero — Ty Walker. Regardless, MC romances have definitely played a part in reintroducing readers to the deliciousness of mechanic heroes.

The covers of One Sexy Ride by Vivian Arend and Hope Burns by Jaci Burton


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Excerpt Break: Up To Me By Christi Barth

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Up to Me by Christi BarthNext week Christi Barth kicks off her new Shore Secrets series with the release of Up to Me, a contemporary romance about small town girl Ella who falls for sexy out-of-towner Gray who, unbeknownst to her, has been assigned the job of acquiring her family's hotel. But Gray's heart and the town's meddling residents have other plans. Enjoy this exclusive excerpt!

Gray took a deep breath. “Let’s start again. Why are you up now?”

They weren’t flirting again yet, but they were off the topic of the hotel and her dead parents, so things were looking up. “The same reason as you.”

“Really? There was a girl fight in the pub and I missed it? Cause I’m gonna need to see the film at eleven on that.”

The weirdness of the past few minutes was gone. Funny, charming Gray was back. Much easier for her to handle. “Not the fight part. I couldn’t sleep. So I figured I’d nab a glass of wine.”

“You don’t have my headache or bruises. What kept you up? Stress? Bad dreams?”


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Samhain Publishing Announces Major Changes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

Samhain Publishing has long been a driving force in the romance world thanks to their extensive list of authors, unique books and savviness in the digital market. Today, the company announced a few major changes that mark a new chapter in the publisher’s life.

In an effort to develop stronger industry relationships and stay ahead of the game, Samhain has announced owner Christina Brashear has returned as Publisher, resulting in changes in the editorial staff. Current Publisher Lindsey Faber will now serve as a consultant while Editorial Director Heather Osborn will now act as a freelance editor.

Brashear hopes this reorganization will bring Samhain back to “its roots of finding and publishing best-selling romance writers.” She also pledges to “continue to nurture and support our current authors while looking to find that next generation of best-selling writers…”


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Amazon's Banned Book Covers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

After cover artist Erin Dameron-Hill posted these tips for how to prevent a cover from being flagged on Amazon, we had to ask: which covers has she seen flagged on Amazon and how does she, as a cover artist, work within Amazon's vague content guidelines to edit "racy" covers? Erin is here today to give us the rundown. (Note: Parts of this post appear in Erin's original post on her blog. She has expanded on it for RT readers.)

"What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.” - Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Content Guidelines

For someone like me, that rule from Amazon’s KDP program is a little vague as to what makes a cover offensive. As an Award-Winning Cover Artist at EDHGraphics, Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, and Blushing Books Publishing with a focus on Romance and Erotica genres, I find there is little that offends me. How am I supposed to know what is appropriate for Amazon?


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Cover Breakdown: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Everybody loves a gorgeous book cover, especially when it plays with stereotypes. Sarah MacLean's cover for Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover, the fourth and final Rule of Scoundrels book, was recently released and we've been drooling over it ever since. Readers will finally get the story of Chase, the heroine who is a Lady by day and masquerades as a male gambling hall owner by night. Let's take a look:


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