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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

A quick-witted psychic heroine. Check. A heroic private investigator that uses his supernatural abilities to solve crimes. Check. An eerie gothic setting featuring a dark and terrifying supernatural garden. Check! Amanda Quick creates one of the most exciting paranormal historical romances we’ve read all year when she combines all of these elements, and throws in a murder or two, in her newest release, Crystal Gardens. Learn more about the story during RT’s Morgan and Whitney’s Dish.

Morgan: Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle, no matter which name or subgenre you read from this author, you can count on a few key elements. One: The story will open with a bang. Two: There will be a great paranormal element woven into a plot that centers around a mystery. Three: A fascinating hero and intriguing heroine will find that they are perfectly matched — despite the fact that they don’t fit into the rest of society. 


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Cover Chat: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

Beloved historical romance author Shana Abe debuted in 1998 and received immediate attention for her lush voice. But she certainly didn’t rest on her “published author” laurels for long, after just a few books Abe began adding fantasy elements to her tales, like shapeshifters and time travel. Her Drakon series kicked off with The Smoke Thief, which won an RT Reviewers’ Choice award in 2005 and introduced readers to dragon shapeshifters that would capture our imagination — and our hearts. So we were thrilled to learn that the author will once again be breaking new ground with a new paranormal historical series.

Book one, The Sweetest Dark, will hit shelves on August 21st and features the paranormal and historical elements that are this author’s signature style. When TSD picks up, we’re in England during 1915 — that’s smack dab in the second year of WWI for those of you who don’t normally head historical for your reading — and mysterious circumstances bring seventeen-year-old orphan Lora Jones to the elite (but oh so gothic) boarding school, Iverson. Lora has always been connected to an otherness, and according to the book’s official synopsis, literally, “hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.”


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Crazy For The New E-Novella Crazy On You By Rachel Gibson

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

Crazy On You” is a story for every woman out there who hasn’t lived life on the straight and narrow. Maybe you’ve spent a little bit too much time in bars, maybe you don’t know the names of everyone you’ve ever kissed or punched (depending on the kind of gal you are), maybe you attended the school of hard knocks and have fought for every single thing you’ve got, and maybe you’ve got a bit — or a whole luggage collection’s worth — of a checkered past. And despite how it may feel when you pick up novel after novel with seemingly perfect heroine, you are not alone.

For every woman who has ever thought that maybe (or even probably) she doesn’t deserve a happy ending, that she isn’t worthy of true love, well, Rachel Gibson has something to tell you, as long as you want it, the possibility of love is there, and heck if you’re lucky it may even be living next door.


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Theme: Contemporary Cowboys

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

We are loving this month’s cowboy heroes, who have us dreaming of making a home, home on the range. There’s something both exciting and comforting about a man who is able to care for animals (be they cattle, sheep or horses), run a ranch and still make time for a very special woman. And when it comes to who is heating up the bookshelves, there are three cowboys in new releases that have caught our eye and captured our hearts.

 

 

Catch Me a Cowboy

By Katie Lane

Meet The Cowboy: Billy “Bubba” Wilkes

For the Deep in the Heart of Texas series second, heroine Shirlene Dalton doesn’t want to have anything to do with her new neighbor, Billy “Bubba” Wilkes. But it turns out that he may be just the helping hand she needs. However, this not-so-redneck hero is hiding secrets of his own, ones that may just put their town in peril ...

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Video Interview: Joyce Lamb

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Joyce Lamb writes heart-stopping romantic suspense stories — including her True trilogy — filled with plenty of heat and action. Her experiences as an author, as well as an editor for USA Today, led Lamb to spearhead the newspaper's online blog Happy Ever After which brings romance novels into the mainstream. At this year's RT Booklovers Convention, RT's Morgan got a chance to chat with the author about what's new for Happy Ever After, including a sleek app available for Apple devices. Plus, the author chats about her upcoming self-published book that readers can expect soon and shares why her new hero is one of her all-time favorites!


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The Romance Magazines From Dorchester Get A New Home!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you’ve been following our coverage of Dorchester’s demise, then you know that the publishing giant recently sold off their magazines, True Romance and True Love, which according to a recent Publishers Weekly report had, “published more than 12,000 stories, photos and illustrations from the 1920s to 2011.” That’s a lot of content to be at risk of disappearing, so we know that readers will be thrilled to learn that they can find some of these images, stories and more at TruLOVEstories.com.

This online destination for romance readers has recently been launched by BroadLit, as a spot to spend time reading e-books, accessing online games and more. So, what can you do at TruLovestories.com? Today we take a look at some of the interesting features the site offer for romance lovers.

1) Take a tour of romance throughout the decades  

From the 1920s through the 2000s, TLS offers readers a short look at what was going on during the era, and some free e-reads that really whisk you back to days gone by. For each decade you can read two short stories online!

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2) Cook Up Some Passion


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Video Interview: Roxanne St. Claire

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

It's a year of changes for romantic suspense heavy-hitter author Roxanne St. Claire, who sits down with RT's Morgan to talk about her new contemporary Barefoot Bay series. In this interview, St. Claire gives readers a sneak peek of all four titles and also addresses the challenges of switching subgenres. The author opens up about writing the first book in the series, Barefoot in the Sand. In this newly released story, the heroine finds optimism in the rubble of a natural disaster and also meets her match with a sexy hero who just happens to be a younger man. But this isn't the only project on this author's plate. St. Claire also gives insider details about why she is opting to write YA, and how a conversation with her daughter (and a real-life situation) inspired her upcoming July novel for teens, Don't You Wish


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Johanna Lindsey's Giant Digital Sale

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

There’s no denying that Johanna Lindsey is Romance royalty. But if you’ve fallen behind on reading her novels — or simply haven’t been in a situation where you can add her books to your romance collection, then we have good news for you. A substantial amount of Lindsey's backlist has just been converted into digital reads and each e-book is on sale now for just under $4.00. So buy one, buy a dozen, you know you won’t be breaking the bank. But if this impressive list of titles may seem overwhelming (where to start could give even the most devoted fan a pause) we're here to help. Today, we've got an easy map to finding the Lindsey love story that will make your heart soar!

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Are You A Regency Romantic?

Lindsey is perhaps best known for her outstanding Malory novels, this fictional family is a precursor of Quinn’s Bridgertons. If you like to read about an entire clan that follows their hearts to happily ever afters, well the first six of the Malory books are currently on sale. There are court scandals, chaos, and of course, more than a few sexy heroes and spirited heroines who tame them. (If you can only buy one RT’s Morgan suggests that you pick up Gentle Rogue.)


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At A Glance: The Harlequin Historical Romances Of April

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month, Harlequin takes readers back to the past for six tales of timeless love. Married to a Stranger by Louise Allen's doesn't just sport a steamy cover, it has a marriage of convenience filled with passion that will warm readers' hearts. Says RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin, "The gentle, yet powerful emotions of a grieving brother are sure to touch readers, as will the budding romance between him and a shy but emotionally strong woman. Allen reaches into readers’ hearts."


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Part(y)ing Thoughts: Harelequin’s Star-Filled Dance Party

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

Fans got a chance to mix and mingle with the stars of romance during tonight’s Harlequin Dance Party. Readers and authors filled the dance floor and let loose after a day of exciting events. It was all about the glitz, glam and bling. And at tonight’s party there were dance moves like you wouldn’t believe as fans took the opportunity to get their party on for our last evening of dancing and fun.

Readers and authors talked at tables with rose centerpieces while nibbling delicious finger foods

iPads, Nooks and Harlequin books were given away


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