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Interview With Cover Model Brock Gloor - With Giveaway!

BY , NOVEMBER 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

You might recognize Brock Gloor's irresistible All-American charm from the slew of TV and print ads he's done, that episode of Gossip Girl he made an appearance on, or perhaps the romance novel covers he has graced, the most recent being Katie Lane's Hunk for the Holidays (which we Dished about here). We had an opportunity to ask this handsome midwesterner a few questions, plus, we're giving away a Brock-themed box of holiday treats to one lucky reader! Read on to learn how you can win:

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Let’s just come right out and ask the question on every woman’s mind after seeing the book cover. Are you single?

No, I am not single. I am married to the love of my life.

How did you propose?

We met at the fountain in Bryant Park, NYC. I proposed to her at that fountain five years later.

Do you have any brothers? (We ask hopefully.)

No, sorry.


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Lady Jane’s Salon Book Tour de Force Stop #1: Naperville, IL

BY , NOVEMBER 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

Romance author and Lady Jane's Salon co-founder Hope Tarr recently embarked on a tour the country to meet authors and booklovers from other Lady Jane's chapters around the nation and celebrate the release of her new book Operation Cinderella. The first stop on the tour was Naperville, IL, just outside of Chicago, where Hope met fellow romance fans and got to take in the sights of the city — and of course, eat deep dish pizza. Today the author shares her experiences from the road:

As one of the co-founders of Lady Jane’s Salon™, New York City’s first and still only monthly romance reading series, I can tell you that we started out with a broad brush vision: to create a forum, a community, for sharing aloud the romance fiction we love. Beyond that, we were a little…fuzzy on how that would roll out. Meet monthly on the first Monday night from 7 to 9PM—because that’s when we could get the venue space for free. Hope to muster a dozen attendees—although we’d secretly settle for fewer. Invite published authors as guest readers—although our very first “ask” turned us down. Collect books and bucks for a local NYC women’s charity—assuming we had anything left after covering our barebones operating costs.


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Royally Yours: Everything's Coming Up Princess

BY Shawna Rice, NOVEMBER 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Recently, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer sauntered down to everyone’s favorite street – Sesame Street – to hang out with the pinktastic princess-loving monster, Abby Cadabby. What message did Justice Sotomayer have to share with today’s young’uns? Well, it all boils down to the difference between having an actual career vs. nurturing the fantasy of one day becoming a bona fide princess.

“Pretending to be a princess is fun,” said Sotomayer, “but it is definitely not a career.”

For a great majority of us, this is true. Let’s face it—we’ll never be actual, legitimate princesses no matter how many frogs we kiss. And we’re okay with that. You know why? Because heavy is the head that holds the crown. Being a princess is totes hard work! It’s not all sparkles, pink frosted cupcakes and glass slippers.

So today we’re raising a toast to some of our favorite real-life princesses, and we’re also sharing some recent titles that feature the role that’s sparked the stuff of little girls’ dreams since forever. 


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Video Interview: Shannon McKenna

BY , NOVEMBER 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Shannon McKenna's extremely sexy romantic suspense stories are ones that aren't easily forgotten, as the author focuses on the physical aspects of her characters in addition to their emotional side, and ties the two together beautifully. Her latest McCloud Family book, One Wrong Move, tells the story of familiar family friend Alex Aaro. A reluctant hero on the run from his Ukrainian mob family, Alex is hesitant when a friend asks him to help Nina Christie, a vulnerable heroine trying to escape the same mobsters Alex calls kin. Together the two must piece together strange clues and stay one step ahead of the mind-reading criminals chasing them. In this video interview, McKenna discusses her latest release, shares how she writes and reveals her author influences. Plus, we get a special look at Shannon's upcoming 2013 book, Fatal Strike, in which a longtime character in her series finally gets his Happily Ever After!


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In Defense of the Novella

BY Audrey Goodson Kingo, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

With e-books beginning to dominate the publishing world, the rise of the novella was likely inevitable. Priced just right and the perfect length to read on a short flight, or as a break between chores, it makes sense that publishers are encouraging authors to build their brand with these quick and easy reads.

Of course, next comes the inevitable backlash — and we’ve heard from plenty of readers who are tired of the number of novellas proliferating the market. Of course, character and story development will always be better in full-length novels, where authors have the page count to truly explore their themes. But I’ve been really happy lately with several of the novellas I’ve read. They’ve made for a fun, uncomplicated treat — a perfect pick-me-up at the end of a long day.


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Magazine Extras: Victoria Holt Feature From The Second Issue Of Romantic Times

BY , NOVEMBER 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

In our newest column in RT Book Reviews magazine, "Once Upon A Romantic Times," we take a look back at early issues of RT and dig deep into our archives to bring you classic stories about some of romance's early pioneers. In our January issue, we honored the late Victoria Holt by taking a look at the historical romance author's legacy. Today, we bring you a rare treat. A full feature article from the second issue of Romantic Times, published in 1981 and written by Marion Harris and staff of Romantic Times, “Hail Victoria! Long May She Reign."

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In September, Fawcett Crest will publish The Mask of the Enchantress by Victoria Holt, marking a milestone for the acknowledged mistress of romantic suspense: the twentieth anniversary of the start of what must be considered an extraordinary career as an author. One of the world’s most popular novelists, Miss Holt has nearly a score of international bestsellers to her credit.

As Victoria Holt she is considered one of the supreme writers of the ‘gothic’ romance, a compelling storyteller whose gripping novels of the darker face of love have thrilled millions.

As Jean Plaidy she has won the accolade ‘One of England’s foremost historical novelists.’


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Bridget Jones Is Returning But Chick Lit Never Left

BY , NOVEMBER 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Helen Fielding has just announced that she will be releasing her third novel featuring iconic character Bridget Jones. The first two books in Fielding’s series, Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason, were both international bestsellers and went on to be adapted into films starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

It was Bridget Jones that helped to solidify the rise of chick lit in the late nineties, however, the frothy, flirty, often cartoon covered books in this sub genre fell out of favor in the early 2000s. ‘Chick lit’ became a derogatory term to describe a novel featuring a female protagonist who searches for success in both her career and love life. And it was during this time that Bridget and the nearly hundreds of early-twenty-something characters inspired by Fielding’s creation disappeared from bookshelves.


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Video Interview: Jill Shalvis

BY , NOVEMBER 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

Jill Shalvis pens delightful contemporary romances set in small towns. Her memorable love stories are studded with humor, especially in places where readers won't always expect it. Recently the author sat down with RT contributor Shawna Rice to discuss the newest release in her Animal Magnetism series (the second installment, Animal Attraction, won a RT Seal of Excellence Award). This month's Rescue My Heart is heartwarming tale of how a soldier comes back home to work at his family's animal shelter, only to find a woman whose heart he broke years ago. Plus, Shalvis reveals her inspirations for writing small town romance, what's next for the author and more in this video interview.


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Rewind: Loretta Chase's Early Romances Are On E-Sale

BY , NOVEMBER 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

In 1987 Loretta Lynda Chekani, better known as Loretta Chase, published her first historical romance novel, Isabella. Twenty-five years later, the author is still creating unforgettable stories filled with love and laughter. With countless awards and over a dozen books on bestseller lists, Chase is romance royalty. However, until recently, some of her earlier works have been difficult to find. That is until the author started re-releasing her backlist in digital format. Currently, readers can purchase six of Loretta's earliest works each for under $3. Today we are comparing these earlier works to the author's more recent releases to find which story you might want to begin your Great Loretta Chase Re-Read!

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Do you love the mature heroine from Chase's 2004 novel Miss Wonderful? Then we suggest you begin at the beginning and pick up Loretta's debut novel Isabella. Marriage doesn't seem to be in the cards for 26-year-old Isabella Latham, but this is before she travels to London and has her pick of suitors ... some of whom seem more interested in Isabella's bank account than they are the woman who owns it.


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Which Historical Romance Couple Do You Want To See Reunited?

BY Shawna Rice, NOVEMBER 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you are a sucker for tales of long-lost loves reunited, then November is the month for you! Fans of historicals have a plethora of star-crossed lovers to cheer for, and we’re curious: Which couple captures your fancy?

Not all reunited love stories are the same. It’s the small stuff, the nuances, between the couples that really grabs our attention and has us racing to the story's end. So, with this in mind, we present the details below of three couples who are Meant to Be™. We’re asking you to let us know which relationship you’d personally cheer to the finish line. There are no right or wrong answers here, just personal preferences. And the best part? Like an Oprah giveaway, all participants walk away as winners since a happily ever after for all is guaranteed!

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Couple A comes to us from Margaret Mallory’s The Warrior


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