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Genre Fiction Power Couples

BY Elisa Verna, JUNE 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Many readers know the power couples of literary fiction — Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss (who, technically, aren’t anymore after they recently revealed their split), Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman — but what about genre fiction? There’s plenty of romance in romance … and urban fantasy, science fiction and YA! Below are some genre fiction power couples who just ooze mushy love.

Ilona and Gordon Andrews

A photo of Ilona and Gordon Andrews

The first genre fiction power couple that comes to mind is, of course, Ilona Andrews — the writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews. Ilona immigrated to the U.S. from Russia and met Gordon (whose real name is Andrew Gordon, fun fact), and together they wrote Magic Bites. Their Kate Daniels series is extraordinarily popular and the two have such a fun, playful dynamic in person. I’ve seen them on several panels at RT Con, and they’re absolutely delightful.

Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs


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I've Got Something Under My Hood That Needs Fixin': Mechanic Heroes

BY Elisa Verna, JUNE 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Mechanics in contemporary romance are nothing new. Crazy For You by Jennifer Crusie, anyone? Nick, the man who woos Quinn after she ends her relationship with drab “nice guy” Bill (who takes her new dog to the pound, which is pure evil if you ask me), might be one of the most notable examples of a mechanic hero. But lately, rugged grease monkeys have been popping up more frequently in romance.

The current mechanic trend is undoubtedly influenced by the popularity of motorcycle club (MC) romances, but isn’t exclusive to them. Tack from Kristen Ashley’s Motorcycle Man is a motorcycle club president who also owns a custom car and bike shop. Ashley’s Lady Luck, however, is not an MC romance but still features a mechanic hero — Ty Walker. Regardless, MC romances have definitely played a part in reintroducing readers to the deliciousness of mechanic heroes.

The covers of One Sexy Ride by Vivian Arend and Hope Burns by Jaci Burton


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Excerpt Break: Up To Me By Christi Barth

BY , JUNE 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Up to Me by Christi BarthNext week Christi Barth kicks off her new Shore Secrets series with the release of Up to Me, a contemporary romance about small town girl Ella who falls for sexy out-of-towner Gray who, unbeknownst to her, has been assigned the job of acquiring her family's hotel. But Gray's heart and the town's meddling residents have other plans. Enjoy this exclusive excerpt!

Gray took a deep breath. “Let’s start again. Why are you up now?”

They weren’t flirting again yet, but they were off the topic of the hotel and her dead parents, so things were looking up. “The same reason as you.”

“Really? There was a girl fight in the pub and I missed it? Cause I’m gonna need to see the film at eleven on that.”

The weirdness of the past few minutes was gone. Funny, charming Gray was back. Much easier for her to handle. “Not the fight part. I couldn’t sleep. So I figured I’d nab a glass of wine.”

“You don’t have my headache or bruises. What kept you up? Stress? Bad dreams?”


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Samhain Publishing Announces Major Changes

BY , JUNE 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

Samhain Publishing has long been a driving force in the romance world thanks to their extensive list of authors, unique books and savviness in the digital market. Today, the company announced a few major changes that mark a new chapter in the publisher’s life.

In an effort to develop stronger industry relationships and stay ahead of the game, Samhain has announced owner Christina Brashear has returned as Publisher, resulting in changes in the editorial staff. Current Publisher Lindsey Faber will now serve as a consultant while Editorial Director Heather Osborn will now act as a freelance editor.

Brashear hopes this reorganization will bring Samhain back to “its roots of finding and publishing best-selling romance writers.” She also pledges to “continue to nurture and support our current authors while looking to find that next generation of best-selling writers…”


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Amazon's Banned Book Covers

BY , JUNE 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

After cover artist Erin Dameron-Hill posted these tips for how to prevent a cover from being flagged on Amazon, we had to ask: which covers has she seen flagged on Amazon and how does she, as a cover artist, work within Amazon's vague content guidelines to edit "racy" covers? Erin is here today to give us the rundown. (Note: Parts of this post appear in Erin's original post on her blog. She has expanded on it for RT readers.)

"What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.” - Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Content Guidelines

For someone like me, that rule from Amazon’s KDP program is a little vague as to what makes a cover offensive. As an Award-Winning Cover Artist at EDHGraphics, Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, and Blushing Books Publishing with a focus on Romance and Erotica genres, I find there is little that offends me. How am I supposed to know what is appropriate for Amazon?


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Cover Breakdown: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

BY , JUNE 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Everybody loves a gorgeous book cover, especially when it plays with stereotypes. Sarah MacLean's cover for Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover, the fourth and final Rule of Scoundrels book, was recently released and we've been drooling over it ever since. Readers will finally get the story of Chase, the heroine who is a Lady by day and masquerades as a male gambling hall owner by night. Let's take a look:


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Drawing The Lines Of Consent In Romance

BY , JUNE 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week romance author Jeffe Kennedy taught an online RWA workshop on how to distinguish between various lines of consent. We were intrigued by what the author had to say on the subject, so today she's giving a run-down on consent in romance and how readers distinguish between what's consensual and what isn't.


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Excerpt Break: The Troublemaker Next Door By Marie Harte

BY , JUNE 12, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ready for an excerpt break? Today we have a scene from Marie Harte's latest steamy contemp, The Troublemaker Next Door. The story earned our rare Gold rating, with reviewer B. Nakia Garner claiming the book has an "amazing storyline filled with strong-willed characters and a reluctant love affair." Heroine Maddie is set on keeping her fling with neighbor Flynn casual, and her hesitance to get serious might cool off their steamy affair before it even has the chance to turn serious. In this scene, Maddie gets to know Flynn's family. Enjoy!

"We’re not momma’s boys, but we love her. We have a tight family. It helped a lot when Lea passed. Mike’s wife,” he explained in a low voice. “When a tragedy like that hits, it hurts everyone. But we stepped in and took care of Colin and Mike, made sure they had time to grieve. And us too. We loved her; she was family. But you know, the cooking, cleaning, all that stuff. My mom and dad were really there for Mike and Colin, you know?”


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Lori Wilde's Small Town Romance Ebook Sale

BY , JUNE 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Not only are Kristen Ashley's books on sale this week, so are many of Lori Wilde's! Avon has put several of the author's small town romances on e-sale for $1.99 each. Don't miss out! We've linked to which retailers have which titles on sale, it's not the same across the board. Happy reading!


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Kristen Ashley's The 'Burg Series Is On Sale - $0.99 Per Ebook!

BY , JUNE 09, 2014 | PERMALINK

We hope you've been saving your pennies because Kristen Ashley's The 'Burg series is on sale — each book is only $0.99 for a limited time on Amazon, Kobo and iTunes! Fans claim this series is a bit grittier than Ashley's other series, and there are plenty of twists and turns and an intense romance at the center of each book to keep readers hooked. If you're already an Ashley fan, you know this. But if you've always been meaning to try the author and just haven't gotten around to it, now is your chance. 4 books for less than $4 is a steal!


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