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RT Stops By Lady Jane's Salon

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

No group deserves the title “romance community” more than those who frequent Lady Jane’s Salon, NYC’s only romance reading series. For the past three years, Lady Jane’s founders Maya Rodale, Hope Tarr, Leanna Renee Hieber and Ron Hogan have welcomed romance authors and readers for a monthly get together to celebrate the genre. And while visitors may see new faces in the crowd, or may be a new face themselves, everyone is surrounded by friends, connected through of the shared love of romance. There is never a lack of conversation, never an awkward moment, because there is always something to talk about — books!

Last Monday’s anniversary event was kicked off by historical romance author Lauren Willig. Lauren is no stranger to Lady Jane’s; in fact the salon’s audience has heard the award-winning author read from several different books in her Pink Carnation series. This time the audience was wowed as Lauren launched into an excerpt from her brand new release The Garden Intrigue.


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Win Them Over With These Literary Pickup Lines

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Need ideas for Valentine’s Day? Twitter is here to help you get that special book-loving girl our guy with some great #litpickuplines. So whether you are trying to find a new love (perhaps you’ve locked eyes while hunting in a bookstore or while sitting in a cafe, over the edge of your hardcover or e-reader) or are enjoying a romance with fellow booklover, the Twitterverse has some clever turns of phrase to put a smile on that special face.


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Tags: Romance
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Spoiled: Meredith Duran On Her Upcoming Release At Your Pleasure

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Meredith Duran is one of the freshest new voices in historical romance. With several RT Top Pick! ratings and RT award nominations already under her belt, fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Duran's sixth book, At Your Pleasure, next month. Today the author shares with us some details about the revenge-seeking hero, Adrian, his hostage, heroine Lady Lenora, and how these two enemies become lovers.

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Adrian Ferrers is a man seeking revenge. What can you tell us about his situation? 

I was in a dramatic frame of mind when I began writing At Your Pleasure. I wanted to tell the story of a truly epic love — and a star-crossed couple who, in the world’s eyes, absolutely could not be together. My aim was to capture that dreadful, wonderful, intoxicating feeling that comes of yearning desperately for someone whom you know in your bones you were meant for — but who is destined to never be yours. As a result, Nora and Adrian’s story is dark, intense, and (I think) the most romantic book I’ve written.


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At A Glance: February's Harlequin Medical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you love your romance mixed with a dose of medical drama, you should check out these four new titles from Harlequin’s Medical Romance imprint.

This month don’t be surprised if you find yourself Falling for the Playboy Millionaire like heroine Charlotte does for cardiac surgeon James Alexander in the newest Penhally Bay novel by Kate Hardy. Or you might find yourself wondering Heart Surgeon, Hero … Husband? Heroine Hannah Quinn is distraught when she learns her tiny son needs a heart transplant, and that her ex, Scott McIntryre, is the only one who is able to do the procedure. But will Hannah’s resolve to stay far away from Scott be a thing of the past once he saves her baby and reveals that she still owns his heart? To find out you’ll have to pick up your own copy of Susan Carlisle’s latest.


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Tags: Romance
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Spend An Hour Talking About Jane Austen!

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you love Jane Austen, Regency life and hanging out with a few of YA’s hottest authors, then be sure to log onto Figment.com for next Monday evening’s live chat at 8 pm! Authors Shannon Hale, Elizabeth Euler and E. Lockhart will all be on hand for “After Austen,” an hour of chatting with readers about the Austen influences in their own books and why the talented writer remains one of literature’s most beloved ladies.

Shannon Hale has written many fantastic tales for teens from her popular Princess Academy series to the bestselling Austenland that is currently in the process of being adapted as a movie, which will star Kerri Russell. And the author has just released the story’s companion novel Midnight in Austenland.


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Tags: Romance, Young Adult
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Spoiled: Philippa Gregory On Her Debut YA Novel

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Award winning author Philippa Gregory is best known for her entrancing historical fiction novels that take readers from the Tudor period in England through the 17th century, and beyond. This year, Gregory has the fourth in the Cousins' War releasing, however, fans will be thrilled to learn that the author is also embarking on a new adventure by publishing her debut Young Adult novel in May. Gregory's upcoming novel is a medieval-set story of adventure and romance. Today the author gives RT BOOK REVIEWS an exclusive look inside the story, introduces us to a few of the key characters and shares what it was like to write her first novel for a younger audience. 

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So the obvious first question is, when will your Young Adult series be set?

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What made this story a good fit for the YA market (as opposed to adult historical fiction/fiction)?


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Romance, Young Adult
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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Anna Randol's A Secret in Her Kiss

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

This week Morgan and Whitney are Dishing about author Anna Randol’s debut romance novel A Secret In Her Kiss. The story sweeps readers to exotic Turkey in 1815, where academic heroine Mari Sinclair finds herself living in the middle of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Working with her father’s people, the British, and her mother’s people, the Greeks, Mari does a delicate balancing act as she secretly helps fight for Greek Independence by acting as a spy for the British. Her skilled artwork hides plans about the Ottoman encampments, but someone knows Mari’s secret and will do whatever it takes to quiet her for good. Enter, Major Bennett Prestwood, a dedicated soldier who has been forced to take on one last mission before returning home to England: protect Mari whatever the cost.

Morgan: I think what got my attention most about A Secret In Her Kiss is the fact that the book gives readers a very traditional romance in a very different way.


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Video Interview: Marie Force

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Marie Force has created a following with her Fatal series, these e-books are one part mystery, one part romantic suspense and a whole lot of fun. Today the author shares an in-depth look at the series' continuing hero and heroine, Senator Nick and Lt. Sam, respectively. Readers have followed them throughout their high-profile relationship and into marriage over the course of the series. In the fourth Force novel, we get to see what happens after the couple says "I do." But before you download your own copy of Fatal Flaw, get the author's take on what types of things keep a relationship between a crime-solving senator and a police lieutenant fresh — and what's ahead for Sam and Nick — when the author chats with RT's Morgan in this week's video interview.


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Tags: Romantic Suspense, RT Daily Blog, Romance
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Officially Become An Avon Addict And Win Big!

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

“Hi, my name is Whitney and I am an Avon Addict.” It's the truth, I eagerly await each month’s new batch of Avon romances. My particular vice is their historicals, but you’ll never see me pass up an Avon paranormal or contemporary either. I daydream of Quinn’s Bridgerton family and Phillips’ Chicago Stars football players.

And I know I’m not alone. Do you anxiously comb through your issues of RT BOOK REVIEWS for the Avon titles? Can you spot an Avon cover at fifty paces? (It's okay, this is a safe space to admit your addiction, and hey, the rest of us do it, too.)

For true Avon Fans, there’s help on the way — and by help, I mean, Avon is choosing 25 readers to participate in a special program designed for die-hard romantics like you and me. That's right, you can get your monthly dose of Avon and extras with the publisher's newest initiative.

These offical "Avon Addicts" will be treated to a monthly package of reading-related bliss: new book swag, author goodies and most importantly advance copies of upcoming releases! If you are selected as one of the lucky 25, you’ll get an early look at the Avon, Avon Impulse and Avon Red books and get to share your thoughts about these upcoming reads on the Avon blog.


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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RT Exclusive: Sabrina Jeffries On How The Hellions Figure Into Her Next Series!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Sabrina Jeffries has just wrapped up her popular Hellions of Halstead Hall series with the RT Top Pick! novel A Lady Never Surrenders. In this RT-exclusive interview, the author goes in-depth about the series finale and shares the very first look at how these beloved siblings will be showing up in her next series. 

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You have recently released A Lady Never Surrenders, the last in your Hellions of Halstead Hall series, and many fans consider you saving the best for last. Lady Celia, the youngest of the Sharpe siblings, is a very interesting character. What made you decide to give her the finale book?


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