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The First Wave Of RT's 2012 Award Nominees Is Here With Historical Romances

BY , NOVEMBER 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

Award season is upon us, and the reviewers at RT BOOK REVIEWS have been busy compiling lists of their favorite books of the year. With over 3,000 books reviewed in the magazine and online this year, a lot of consideration went into this year's nominations for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. We will be listing our picks for best books of 2012 all week long on the RT Daily Blog.

We are starting our awards list with the Historical Romance nominees. Later today we will be announcing the Young Adult and Science Fiction/Fantasy nominees, tomorrow comes the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Mystery and Erotica nominations. Then on Wednesday, we wrap up our awards list with Series Romance, Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense, Inspirational and Mainstream and Multicultural nominations. Also on Wednesday, readers will get to learn who is nominated for RT's Career Achievement Awards.

Read below for one of our largest (and most popular) categories — historical romances. Find out our picks for best historical romance novel of the year, first historical romance, innovative historical romance and more! Readers can click on the book covers below to learn more about the book including the RT review, summary and rating.

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Nominated for Historical Romance of the Year


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Samantha Young Talks Switching Genres, On Dublin Street And More

BY , OCTOBER 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Samantha Young has made her mark writing several paranormal YA tales, but she's switching gears with her latest release. On Dublin Street is the author's first adult tale, and you won't find a trace of magic in this contemporary romance! Heroine Jocelyn Butler relocates from the U.S. to Scotland in an attempt to hide from her past. Although she's hesitant to begin a new relationship with anyone, Braden Carmichael is determined to change her mind. Interested to learn more about the story, we asked the author to tell us about her change in genres and what readers can expect from this fresh read.

 

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You are a very well known young adult author. What made you decide to transition into contemporary romance written for adults? 

I always intended to transition into adult fiction at some point but contemporary fiction was something I considered doing in a few years’ time. Alas, the characters of On Dublin Street were persistent and decided they were too impatient to wait for me, so at the beginning of this year I started to tell their story, going back to it whenever I could, until during the summer when I realized it was ready to be heard.


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How To Throw A Raging Regency House Party

BY Shawna Rice, OCTOBER 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

While there may be more than one way to skin a cat — and just who came up with that disgusting idiom anyway? — there’s definitely one guaranteed way to catch a rake: At a house party! If Regency romances have taught us anything, it’s that a house party is the natural habitat of the rake. And if you have had your eye on a sinfully delicious man for a while, but weren’t sure how to set the trap … have no fear, the RT Book Reviews Team is here! We’re bringing you tips that will make your party the cream of the crop, the talk of the season, the top of the ton!

Okay, maybe not the ton. But Facebook will most certainly be all abuzz over your smashing success. Ladies and gents, we are pleased to bring you:

Rolling with the Homies — The Top Three Tips To Throwing A Modern-Day, Regency-Style House Party They’ll Never Forget

We were going to think up a shorter, catchier title, but we decided to stay true to the Regency era and give our web-pamphlet a rather long-winded one. You can thank us later (and you totally will!).

Let’s dive right in:

Tip 1: Nooks and Crannies


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Katharine Ashe Chats With Her Hero From How A Lady Weds A Rogue

BY , OCTOBER 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Katharine Ashe continues her Falcon Club series with How A Lady Weds A Rogue. Wyn Yale is an agent for the top-secret Falcon Club, certainly doesn't seem like a hero. But when he rescues adventurous young lady Diantha Lucas he finds himself wrapped up in her quest to find her missing mother. We're always on the lookout for fantastic regency heroes and we're certainly taken by Wyn, so we asked Katharine if she could share details about some of Wyn's earlier adventures: 

Thank you to my lovely hosts for inviting me to the blog today! I’m so happy to be here.


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Morgan And Dawn Dish: Hunk For The Holidays By Katie Lane

BY , OCTOBER 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

In Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane, business rivals Cassie McPherson and James Sutton meet and sparks fly, but not for the reasons you would think. A case of mistaken identity brings the two together. Can their sizzling attraction make the romance worth the trouble when tomboy Cassie and loner James’ secrets are revealed? Read on to find out more about this fun, flirty contemporary romp.

Morgan: This book’s title is very on the nose. Cassie, the heroine, literally orders up a “hunk for the holidays” from Elite Escorts.

Dawn: And before anyone can ask — no, it is not that kind of an escort service. While Cassie has used Elite before, she doesn’t buy sex, just dates so she doesn’t have to go alone to family and business functions.

Morgan: With a huge family, including a bear of a father and four overprotective brothers, it's not such a bad idea that Cassie goes this route.

Dawn: However, this time is different. Cassie has always seemed to get the young, pipsqueaks from the agency, so imagine her surprise when a handsome, well-dressed man walks into her office just as she is leaving for the annual holiday party.


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Debut Author Spotlight: Melissa Cutler - With Giveaway!

BY , OCTOBER 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

Name: Melissa Cutler

Book: The Trouble with Cowboys

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Current Home: San Diego, CA

Job (when not writing): I write full time and love every minute of it.

Author Icons: Susan Mallory, David Sedaris

What were some of the easy parts of writing The Trouble with Cowboys and what was more difficult?


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Cover Chat: One Book, Five Looks for Stephanie Laurens’ Next Cynster Book

BY , OCTOBER 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

Readers have been in love with Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster family since the series starter, Devil’s Bride, was released in 1998. Over a decade and many, many books later, we are still clamoring for more exploits from this scandalous family.

From governesses finding their happily ever afters to arranged marriages, so far each character from the Cynster clan has found their perfect mate. However, in Laurens’ next outing, heroine Henrietta Cynster is not looking for a man. In fact, she has earned the nickname “The Matchbreaker” by stopping ill-fated weddings before they can happen. So what happens when this lady, who is dedicated to splitting up unions, decides to help put a couple together? Nothing good, especially when Henrietta finds herself falling for the prospective groom.

Fans eager to get their hands on Henrietta’s story, And Then She Fell, will have to wait until March 26, 2013 to pick up a copy of the book. But the author has put together a treat for fans. Stephanie is giving readers the chance to pick out Henrietta’s book cover! Here are the five choices: 

So what do you think? Does one cover stand out as what you were thinking for this spirited heroine? Let’s take a look at the choices one-by-one.


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Cover Trend: The Backs Have It

BY , OCTOBER 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

In a recent article titled "An Incomplete History of Body Trends", NY Mag reports that the current hot body part is a pair of "smooth & coltish" legs (think Angelina Jolie). This trend overcomes gap teeth and bushy eyebrows, which are so two months ago. However, despite this declaration that sexy gams are all the rage, in recent and upcoming romance book covers it looks like backs are back. Below you will find just a few examples of some ladies' backs that grace some of our favorite books. What do you think — do the backs have it? Let us know in the comments!


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Seal of Excellence Winner Sherry Thomas On Crafting A Heroine - WIth Giveaway!

BY , OCTOBER 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Sherry Thomas' latest historical romance, Tempting the Bride, won our October Seal of Excellence Award — and the hearts of RT editors! The novel's heroine, Helena, is described by RT editor Regina Small as "fiery and whip-smart". However, for all of her great qualities, Helena also has some weaknesses, including being entangled in an affair with a married man. But despite her scandalous actions, the heroine is still extremely likeable. We went to the author to see how she created such a multifaceted leading lady that readers could cheer for. Plus, at the end of the post get a chance to win the first two books in the author's Fitzhugh trilogy below!


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Contemporary Romance Steals: E-Books For Under Two Dollars

BY , 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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