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Contemporary Romance Steals: E-Books For Under Two Dollars

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Cheaper by the Dozen, our weekly column that rounds up inexpensive e-book deals, will be available tomorrow. But today we've found nine tales of contemporary love — from some of the top authors in the genre — that will surely steal your heart and are easy on the wallet. Each is available digitally for less than $2. Check out the following reads and get ready to download your way to a happily ever after!

 

It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson

Buy For 89 Cents >>

 

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Buy For $1.84 >>

         


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Romance Tropes And Themes: Marriages Of Convenience

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

Today guest blogger Wendy Crutcher, aka Wendy the Super Librarian, discusses one of the romance genre's most popular tropes: marriages of convenience. Love isn't the only reason a young lady says "I Do," and these heroines prove that there's more to marriage than hearts and flowers. 

While trends come and go some themes within the romance genre have stood the test of time. One of these is the marriage of convenience plot, an oxymoron if ever there was one. While two characters may think that marriage will solve all their problems, that joining forces will be “convenient” for both of them, it inevitably sends them through the emotional wringer. Getting married was supposed to fix everything, not create a bunch of turmoil, which it naturally always does because both characters do the one thing that both of them swore they would never do: They fall in love with their spouse.


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Three Author Friends Create Holiday Miracles

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

Shirley Jump, Donna Alward and Fiona Harper don't just write fantastic stories of love and happily ever afters, they're also friends who are collaborating on a holiday series from Harlequin Romance! How did this come about? Donna Alward shares how the idea was born and all three authors give their take on how their plan became a reality.  

Three Romance writers, good friends, generally only get to see each other at the Romance Writers of America convention. How does that all play out? Well, we show off shoe purchases, swap writing stories and in general, laugh a whole lot. The three of us — Shirley Jump, Donna Alward and Fiona Harper — sat at an outdoor café in Washington DC in 2009, sharing some Thai food and a few glasses of wine when an idea was launched.

Shirley: Hey, I have an idea. Or maybe it’s the wine talking.

Donna and Fiona laugh. “Share,” Donna says.


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From Lit To Lights: Classics Get Modern Makeovers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

Fall is officially here which means school is back in session. We know from experience that some of the most time consuming homework can come from English class when hundreds of pages of classic literature are assigned. To make things easier for students, we decided to compile a list of movie adaptations to help you get through some of the more difficult plays and novels you might face in high school. So if you are back in class or just feeling nostalgic for “pencils, books and teachers’ dirty looks” we hope that this list puts a smile on your face and several movies in your Netflix queue.

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Literature: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Movie Adaptation: Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes

The Story: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl watch as their two families kill each other in a deadly feud. Boy and girl die for love.

The Twist: Fireworks — literally. Get ready for some shiny costumes, disco balls and over-the-top religious iconography that blends together to make a totally modern (or is that post-modern?) setting for this couple’s tragic tale.


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Cover Chat: Monsoon Wedding Fever By Shoma Narayanan

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, OCTOBER 02, 2012 | PERMALINK


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Spoiled: Dakota Cassidy's Upcoming Contemporary Romance, Talk Dirty To Me

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 | PERMALINK

Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today romance author Dakota Cassidy gives RT readers a peek inside her just-announced contemporary tale Talk Dirty to Me. Discover what inspired Cassidy to create her former "mean girl" heroine, the sexy competition the hero and heroine must compete in order to win a hefty sum, how this author feels about genre-hopping, plus when you can get your hands on this upcoming release!

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Congrats on your book contract for Talk Dirty To Me! We are very excited to get to know your newest heroine, Dixie Davis. We hear that she is a reformed "mean girl". Did you base her on anyone you know in real life?

Thank you, Morgan! I'm so excited to be a part of the HQ/Mira family!


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Baltimore Is For Book Lovers This Weekend

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Calling all book lovers! If you’re anywhere near Baltimore this weekend, you’re going to want to come on down to the Baltimore Book Festival.

“It’s a huge, three-day, major event each year that brings together a wide array of authors,” says paranormal author Laura Kaye, who organized the romance section of the festival with the Maryland Romance Writers. “There really is something for everyone. There’s nonfiction, a huge cooking stage — everything from children’s to erotica.”

Maryland Romance Writers had a blast at the 2011 Baltimore Book Festival


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Pleasure For Sale: Nine Historical Tales for Under $2

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

Cheaper by the Dozen, our weekly column that rounds up inexpensive e-book deals, will be available tomorrow. But today we've rounded up nine tales of historical pleasure that will surely steal your heart and are a steal ... each is e-available for only $1.99. Check out the following reads that will surely have you lusting for more! 

 

Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke 

Readers will love this award-winning tale that channels My Fair Lady. Anthony Courtland is determined to transform his employee Daphne Wade and in the process, perhaps they will find love.

Buy From Amazon >>
Buy From Barnes & Noble >>

 

To Pleasure a Duke by Sara Bennett

Eugenie Belmont tells a teeny-tiny white lie about a fake fiancée. But when Sinclair, Duke of Somerton takes on the role for real, sparks really start to fly! 

Buy From Amazon >>
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The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Ann Long

Madeline Greenway may have saved Colin Eversea from a hangman’s noose, but her motives are not pure. She needs his protection and his love.

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Author Anna Campbell Gambles With Her Character's Life

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Described as being similar to Beauty and the Beast, but with a sexy twist, Anna Campbell's latest historical romp Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed is a Regency tale about Sidonie Forsyth, a young woman who risks it all and must spend seven nights in the bed of a cursed "monster" in order to save her sister. What got her into this mess? A gambling debt, which was quite common during the time period. Today the author shares a little bit about what she learned about gambling during the Regency era and how she weaves it into her latest story.


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Barbara Delinsky On Her New Reissue, Her Favorite Reads And What's Next

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Writing heartwarming stories since the 1980s, Barbara Delinsky is an auto-buy author for many romance readers. This bestselling author has become well known for her mainstream fiction reads, but she is reissuing two of her classic romances, A Special Something and Heat Wave as a new book, Warm Hearts, which hits shelves today. We're eager to re-visit some of our favorite classic love stories, so today the author shares some details about the upcoming book and reveals some personal ties to the heroes and heroines of both stories. Plus, we get a special look at the author's current reading list as well as a sneak peek at what's to come!

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We are thrilled that you’re re-releasing 1987’s Heat Wave and 1984’s A Special Something as the new book Warm Hearts. Did you re-read the books before you agreed to re-publish them and were the stories the way you remembered writing them? 


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