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Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write Conference/Contest Returns This September

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

Do you have what it takes to be Harlequin’s next top author? Then mark your calendar, because Harlequin’s popular conference and contest, So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW), returns this September from the 17th to the 21st. This week-long conference is free, available online and culminates in a contest where the winner walks away with the prize of a Harlequin publishing contract.

What Is It Exactly? SYTYCW is a free virtual romance-writing “boot camp” that is open to everyone who wants to write a novel that will get noticed. And for the first time this year, the conference and contest is available to writers all around the world. SYTYCW offers aspiring romance authors the chance to get tips from over 50 Harlequin editors from their offices in New York, Toronto and London. Have a burning question about a specific line you’ve been dying to pitch? Now’s the time to get answers! Using social media, editors will be available via live chats, Twitter and in community discussions. They will also be sharing their industry know-how through podcasts, videos, webinars and blogs. Plus all this work will help you get ready to submit your manuscript into the So You Think You Can Write contest!


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Morgan And Mala Dish: Starlight By Carrie Lofty

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

Carrie Lofty continues her nearly Flawless Christies series with this month’s shining Starlight. Book two finds scientist, a widowed father to a young son, Alex Christie pulling his head out of the clouds and putting his mind firmly on task of making the Glasgow cotton mill profitable. Alex is desperately in need of the funds the mill can bring in, in order to fulfill the terms of his father's will and to keep his family intact. But this man of science is a world away from everything he knows — and he’ll need someone, not just constellations, to show him the way. Enter Polly, the daughter of a union leader, who will help Alex, but has an agenda of her own ... Check out why this book has RT’s Morgan and Mala seeing stars.

Morgan: I love a historical romance that takes me a lot of interesting places, and this one does just that. From a mansion in New York City to the slums of Glasgow, readers are in for some very interesting settings.


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Molly O'Keefe Shares Her Recipe For Creating The Perfect Bad Girl

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

Readers on the hunt for an intriguing multidimensional heroine will be thrilled to meet Molly O'Keefe's Tara Jean Sweet. This contemporary romance leading lady starts out this month's Can't Buy Me Love as the hated gold-digging fiancée of hockey player Luc's elderly father. TJS even earns the not-so-loving nick name "Bimbo Barbie" from Luc, her sexy son-in-law to-be. But will Luc be able to see past her gold digger mask, and realize that she truly has a heart of gold? Today, the author stops by to give us a look at Tara Jean's life of hard knocks and talks about exactly what this heroine goes through to turn herself into "Bimbo Barbie" in the hope of escaping her past and finally finding some stability. (Little does TJS know that it may just be pro athlete Luc and not his rancher father who will be changing her life forever, in the very best of ways.)


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Meet Debut Author Elisabeth Barrett's Sexy Chef

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

What do you get when you mix an audacious chef with a fiery baker, add a splash of desire and turn up the heat? Elisabeth Barrett's debut novel Deep Autumn Heat. When New York City chef Sebastian Grayson meets small town baker Lexie Meyers, he ends up craving more than just her delicious sweets! Today this new author reveals more about Lexie and Sebastian's chemistry and shares why she thinks chefs make the perfect lovers.

In my debut novel, Deep Autumn Heat, two impassioned chefs with very different personalities meet and fall in love — after lots of sparks fly, of course! When Sebastian Grayson, chef-owner of New York hotspot Helena, returns to his Cape Cod hometown of Star Harbor to recharge, the last thing he expects is to find professional inspiration. But when he steps foot into the Lexie Meyers' Kitchen and takes one bite of Lexie’s delectable coconut cake, he immediately gets hooked — on her. 


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Seduction For Sale: Nine Historical Tales For Under $2

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Cheaper by the Dozen, our weekly column that rounds up inexpensive e-book deals, will be available later this week. But today we've rounded up nine tales of historical seduction that will surely steal your heart and are a steal ... each is e-available for only $1.99. Check out all the mischief that these lovers get into — and see if they can get their well deserved happily-ever-afters!

Seduction of a Proper Gentleman by Victoria Alexander

Oliver, Earl of Norcroft, finds an injured woman on his country estate and starts to fall for her fast. However, just what Oliver and the woman he calls “Kate” will find when she regains her memory is anyone’s guess.

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An Accidental Seduction by Lois Greiman

Regency actress Savaana Hearnes is about to star in the role of her life - impersonating a lady and entering high society. But what will Savaana do when she starts to fall for her “mark” who has secrets of his own?

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An Invitation to Seduction by Lorraine Heath

American heiress Kitty Robertson is all set to marry the fun loving Marquess of Farthingham, then she meets the charming Duke of Weddington and suddenly Kitty is not so sure what her future will hold.

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Video Interview: Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the undisputed queens of contemporary romance. Few romance fanatics are without at least one Phillips title on their keeper shelves. During the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, RT's Morgan got a chance to sit down with the beloved author to talk about the Phillips' novel that releases today, The Great Escape. Go behind the scenes to see how heroine Lucy has evolved during the course of the author's career — and find out why Phillips loves to write road trip novels. Plus, the author reveals a few of her favorite Chicago hotspots. (And although you'll have to watch the interview to find out exactly what Morgan and "SEP" say about them — there's also some Chicago Stars football team talk!)


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Series Saturday: July 2012 Harlequin Historical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s all about weddings in July’s Harlequin Historical releases, from impromptu ceremonies to traditional "I dos." If you are eager to meet brides and grooms from different time periods, then this publisher certainly has a story for you.

First up, readers can travel to the American West with Carol Arens' Renegade Most Wanted to attend the nuptials of the desperate Emma Parker. She has vowed to wed anyone (and we mean anyone) who will help her keep her home. The first viable candidate doesn’t so much meet Emma, as much as he runs into her — literally — while he flees after robbing a bank. But Matthew “Singing Trigger” Suede is not a criminal. (Well, he is but in a very Robin Hood way, taking care of the poor at the expense of the rich.) For the price of an alibi he willingly marries Emma, but neither realize just how binding this temporary tie will be.


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Four Great Revolutionary Romances For The Fourth Of July

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

Happy Fourth of July! Here at RT we are celebrating the holiday with barbecues, beach time and several boatloads of fireworks. And to get all of our readers into the spirit to celebrate the nation’s birthday, today we have four suggestions that will help you get into the Revolutionary state of mind! If you’re hunting beyond The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (which historical sticklers may point out actually takes place 13 years after the war ends) we’ve got some more classic reads that are sure to satisfy every taste. These historicals will whisk you back to a time when tea was taxed, the West hadn’t yet been won and war was brewing just beneath the surface of our civilized veneer. Without further ado, here are our top four reads for the Fourth of July!


 

The Raider by Jude Deveraux

Originally Published April 1991


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Series Saturday: So You Want To Try A Series Romance ...

BY Whitney Sullivan, JUNE 30, 2012 | PERMALINK

You’re a contemporary romance reader and you think you are ready to try reading a series romance. Maybe you are thinking that they are just the right length to fit into your busy schedule. Or maybe you’re craving a read that will restore your faith in your fellow man. But where do you start? With so many lines and so many books coming out each month — how do you know which book is best for your first steps into the wild world of series?

Don’t worry my friend, I’ve got your back. There’s no need to move hesitantly, instead head to the section of your local bookstore (or the Harlequin website) that proudly says Harlequin American Romance. This line is all about stories that center on family and always come complete with a cast of wacky and wild secondary characters. There are sassy grandmothers, nosey aunts, know-it-all neighbors and of course, a romance that is heartwarming (sometimes even sizzling) to take center stage. The books transport you to places that you certainly want to visit time and time again.


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Meet Choc Lit Publishing And Learn How You Can Be Part Of Their "Tasting Panel" Of Romance Readers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 29, 2012 | PERMALINK

What's better than chocolate? Choc Lit, a UK-based romance publisher that recently began offering their books in North America! We recently reported on their contest to find the next American romance star, and we are now taking an opportunity to get to know this romance publisher from across the pond better by interviewing Choc Lit's Marketing Consultant Luke Roberts. 

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Can you tell readers a little about Choc Lit publishing? (i.e. When did it start? What is the focus of the company? What kind of books can readers expect?)

I’ll do my best. These are some good questions and I could waffle on for hours over a pint of beer or two in a nice London pub. But I will try to stick to the point, as you are no doubt busy people with lots of interesting things to do. 


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