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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Katie MacAlister's It’s All Greek To Me

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

What do you get when you cross a Greek playboy, an opinionated author-turned-band manager named Eglantine and a secluded island paradise? It’s All Greek To Me by Katie MacAlister.

Morgan: You know those stories that are super realistic? With characters that you recognize from your everyday life? This is not one of those books.

Whitney: Yeah, the folks in It’s All Greek To Me are living the good life. 

Morgan: Hero Iakovos Papaioannou (and isn’t that a mouthful?) is a captain of industry. He’s making business deals with all of the most important people in the world, he’s so handsome he could be a model and, oh yeah, he is the world’s fifth most eligible bachelor. 

Whitney: And let’s not forget that he is, in the words of heroine Eglantine, “a gazzilionare”.

Morgan: The heroine, who goes by “Harry” (which is understandable because, really, who wants to be known as Eglantine), has it pretty cozy as well. She’s a bestselling author and because she can work from anywhere, an impromptu trip to Greece in order to act as a manager for a teen band is all in a day’s work for her.


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The Wandering Eye: Romance Characters Who Commit Adultery

BY Dawn Crowne, DECEMBER 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

The first romance I ever remember reading with a cheating heroine/hero was Jane Eyre. While plain, oh-so-shy Jane was falling in love with Rochester, he was hiding a deep, dark secret in the attic. His wife. Many readers are able to overlook the fact that Rochester was a cheater, and almost bigamist, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about how unfair this situation was to his wife. After all, we only know his side of it. Rochester said she was crazy, but perhaps she was just mad because she was imprisoned while her husband went after a younger woman. And in the end, Jane and Rochester get their happily ever after and Bertha gets killed in a fire.

When I later transitioned to reading modern romance novels, I realized that a cheating hero was pretty much par for the course, especially for books set in the Regency when many men kept mistresses. Readers see it again and again in books like Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, The Marriage Bed by Laura Lee Guhrke, Your Wicked Ways by Eloisa James, Prince of Dreams by Lisa Kleypas, and many, many others. 


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Critiquing The Newly Released Harlequin Selection App - Updated 12/28

BY Morgan Doremus, DECEMBER 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Do you have a difficult time keeping up with Harlequin’s newest releases? Can’t remember if this month it’s The Tycoon’s Troublesome Mistress or The Secretary’s Secret Babies that you were dying to read? Now there’s an app for that. ReadBooks, the online e-book retailer, has just created the Harlequin Selection App. Specially designed for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, readers can download this free app for instant answers to their Harlequin new release questions. Today I am critiquing all of the application’s functions, using the iPad version of the app, to reveal what's great — and what’s not — about this handy new tool from ReadBooks.

 

THE FEATURES

New Releases Section


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Hot Heroes With Great Hands: Carla Cassidy On Tool Belt Defender — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Women certainly love men who are good with their hands. At least this is true of the heroine in Carla Cassidy's latest Lawmen of Black Rock novel, Tool Belt Defender. Brittany Grayson didn't know she'd be getting more than a carpenter when she hired hunky Alex Crawford, but she's certainly not complaining about it. Today, the author shares an insider's look at her new suspense-filled series romance and chats about her inspiration for this story — her own handyman husband. And don't miss your chance to win your own copy of Tool Belt Defender at the end of this post!

Every heroine wants a hot, handsome hero in her bed and there’s nothing wrong with that, but how capable is that hero when he crawls out from under the sheets? 

When I started writing Tool Belt Defender, I knew I didn’t want my hero to be a cop or a military man. I wanted more of an ordinary man. Oh, he definitely had to be hot and a man with great hands…hands that could accomplish things besides caress the heroine with sweet seduction. My hero, Alex Crawford is handsome, sexy and a carpenter. 


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Which Contemporary Christmas Novella Is Right For You?

BY Morgan Doremus, DECEMBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Yesterday we dissected a Steampunk-themed holiday e-anthology to help busy readers figure out which of the short stories in the collection perfectly suits their reading tastes. Today we are doing the same with four contemporary tales that make a familiar romance trope fresh again. Are you ready to be stranded in a snow storm or maybe try your hand (and heart) at some long distance love? Read on to find out which of the novellas in Carina Press' newest digital anthology, Holiday Kisses, is the perfect gift to give yourself!


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Aspiring Authors & Fans Wanted for TV Show

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Have you ever thought that you were the perfect candidate for a lively TV show? If so there’s a new project bubbling in Hollywood that might be your ticket to fame. If you like writing — or reading — romance novels, TV producer Linda Chiu wants to hear from you. Just send a short profile of yourself, answering the questions below in a short email (or video) to the email address at the end of this post.

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Attention budding Romance Writers and Romance Fans! Are you comfortable in front of a TV camera? The producers of TV show are looking for you! Here is the opportunity you've been waiting for!

Writers: 

What got you started?  How long have you been writing?

When/where do you write?

What do you do for a living?

What makes you the best candidate for a publishing contract?

Fans:

What makes you the biggest Romance novel fan?

When did you start reading Romance novels?

Who is your favorite Romance author?

How many Romance novels do you read in a month/a week/a day?

Tell us your story in 250 words or less. Please attach a photo and/or please send footage of your response. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Peggy Webb Re-Releases Her Bantam Loveswept Romances — With Free E-Book!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Beloved author Peggy Webb has been penning tales of love and laughter since the mid 1980s, when she began her writing career with romantic comedies The Taming of Maggie and Birds of a Feather. Since that time she’s published almost seventy tales. And now the author is re-releasing the Bantam Loveswept stories that made her a household name.

These days, her new stories feature mystery and mayhem — with her Southern Cousin mystery series. (The series started in 2008 and she just published book number four Elvis and the Tropical Trouble.) However, one could never accuse Webb of resting on her laurels; earlier this year she adopted the pen name Anna Michaels to publish this May’s mainstream novel The Tender Mercy of Roses. And now, thanks to the rise of e-books (and the incredible ease of self-publishing) the author is also able to re-release the Loveswepts of the 1980s and 90s as e-reads.


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Spoiled: Victoria Dahl On Her Upcoming Contemporary Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Victoria Dahl is beloved for both her historical and contemporary romances. (In fact, RT's Morgan and Whitney enjoyed the author's latest contemporary series, featuring the Donovan Brothers Brewery, so much that they Dished about all three books!) Today, the popular author gives RT readers the first look at her next contemporary series. Meet the first book's cowboy hero, find out about the story's tough-but-tiny heroine and discover what ties this new series together in this edition of Spoiled!

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Where are these modern day romances set?

The new series is set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an amazingly beautiful place that I'm thrilled to visit any chance I get.

How are the books connected? (Are we looking at another "sibling series" like the Donovans?)


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Debra Webb Stops By The RT BOOK REVIEWS Office

BY Elissa Petruzzi, DECEMBER 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of the best parts about working at RT is when authors come visit us. (One day we’ll tell you about when Sabrina Jeffries demonstrated cover model poses … on our floor.) So we were thrilled last week when romantic suspense superstar Debra Webb stopped by RT headquarters to fill us in on what's happening in her life.

And boy did she have a lot of news! Webb’s one of the latest to get in on the self-publishing craze, to great success. In fact, Webb's husband had just called to inform her that Obsession, the first in her Faces of Evil self-published series, had hit No. 10 on Amazon's bestselling Romantic Suspense list. 

It was great news for Webb, who began writing the series after an injury at the RWA national conference in Orlando in 2010. But what most appeals to the author was how self-publishing gives her direct access to her readers.


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Get In The Holiday Spirit With Debut Author Fay Alter!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today debut author Fay Alter stops by to share her inspiration for her holiday novella “Second Chance Chanukah” — and gives RT readers a peek at the new release!

If you’re like me, an avid romance reader, you no doubt enjoy a good holiday romance during the winter months. There’s just something particularly heartwarming about these tales whether the faith element is overt or not. Inevitably, though, at some point around the holidays a reader will ask, “Ok, I really loved Book X, but where are the Chanukah stories?”

The problem is that while several Chanukah romances have been published over the years, most notably Judith Arnold’s Sweet Light (Harlequin American, 1992), romances set around the Jewish Festival of Lights (or any other Jewish holiday) are few and far between. This was one of the reasons I decided to write my Chanukah novella, “Second Chance Chanukah”. I wanted a story along the lines of those I love to read, which celebrated my Jewish heritage. And while this is a Jewish story, it is accessible to non-Jewish readers as well.


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