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This Week Is Harlequin’s Online Writing Conference So You Think You Can Write

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Harlequin’s online conference, So You Think You Can Write, officially launched today. All this week, Harlequin editors will be checking in on the SYTYCW site to give tips and critiques on how to write a series length book for Harlequin. That’s five days of expert advice from the acquiring editors at one of the biggest publishers in romance. In addition to enlightening blog posts, podcasts, live chats, and Tweets, Harlequin will also be offering one aspiring writer a contract to be published

Excited about the opportunity, but don’t know how to get started? Here is what we recommend to make sense of it all. 

Step One: Learn About Harlequin

If you are unsure about the differences between Harlequin’s imprints, we suggest you head over here to listen to podcasts where editors give simple descriptions about eight of the different Harlequin lines. 

Step Two: Meet the Editors


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Author Interview: Toni Blake On Her Latest Destiny Novel

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today RT's Morgan talks with contemporary romance author Toni Blake. The interview covers everything from Toni's early writing career and which author prompted her to take the plunge into writing romance, all the way through to Toni's newest release Holly Lane. They also discuss what's next for the author (hint: fans of the Destiny Series get ready because your favorite couple is finally going to get their happily ever after!).

Toni Blake On Her Latest Contemporary Romance >>

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Sharon Page On When The Heroine Is Right — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today, historical romance author Sharon Page gets readers ready for her new novel, Engaged in Sin. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the author connected with her newest leading couple, and then don't miss your chance to enter to win a copy of the new novel!

I have so many things I love about writing romance, and I got to experience each one while I was writing Engaged in Sin. First, I got to create a sexy, tortured but noble hero in Devon Audley, the Duke of March. Then, I got to live through my feisty survivor of a heroine, Anne Beddington, who has escaped from a London brothel. Since Anne desperately needs a powerful man’s protection, she works very hard to seduce Devon. When Devon reveals to Anne the reasons why he has nightmares of the battlefield, I was wiping the tears from my cheeks while typing. And of course, I got to savor the happy ending.


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The November 2011 RT Seal Of Excellence Winner Is ...

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Each month RT Book Reviews’ editors award the RT Seal of Excellence to one book that is not only compelling, but stands out from the more than 250 books reviewed in its latest issue and online.

So which novel won the November 2011 RT Seal of Excellence and what other titles were contenders for the Seal this month?

Here's your hint: This "charming" pirate hero will capture readers' hearts!

Find Out Now >>


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Christina Skye Shares Two Pre-Holiday Treats!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Christina Skye’s contemporary romance novel, A Home by the Sea, has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. The book is also the featured on the cover of the special romance Issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS available in stores now.

In A Home by the Sea readers will meet the well-traveled journalist Grace Lindstrom. She's living in Washington, D.C. and believes that she has everything she could want, until she meets hero Noah McKay. The pair begins a relationship after they bond over a litter of abandoned kittens and Grace quickly is welcomed into Noah's extended family. But when trouble threatens Grace's loved ones, will Noah follow her back to her hometown in Oregon? RT's Bunny Callahan says of the novel, "The writing is lyrical, the problems of the characters very present day, and the depictions of family loyalty and love a welcome reminder that there are many good people in the world."


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Romance Author Janelle Taylor Takes On A New Genre!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Janelle Taylor, the award winning romance author of over fifty novels, has just released her first book for children — How The Zebra Got Its Stripes. 

Romance fans have been reading Taylor’s works since the early 1980s. In the last three decades she has written in many romance subgenre including romantic suspense and contemporary romance. However the author is best known for her historical romance books. (Her 2003 novel, Lakota Flower, won that year's RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Western.) 

The author’s newest venture is something entirely different: her first novel for young readers. The story of How The Zebra Got Its Stripes features the wild animals children (and adults) love, and an unexpected Christmas gift they get from Santa. The book is illustrated by Judy Avrett published in traditional and e-book formats by Blue Willow Press.


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Classic Elements In The November Harlequin Historical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

November's Harlequin Historicals contain a bevy of our favorite tropes! There's everything a reader could want, from ghostly visitors to misbehaving children in need of a little tough love. We're sure that this month's offerings will satisfy your craving for a classic story. But if you are looking for a snoozefest, pass these books by — there are no tired tropes here; these talented authors each put their own special twist on these timeless tales.

 

The Lone Rancher
By Carol Finch

Classic trope: The heads of two neighboring ranches fight their mutual attraction.

Quinn Cahill took over his family's ranch after his parents' mysterious deaths. However, he quickly runs into trouble with his neighbor, the feisty Adrianna McKnight. Can these two ranchers overcome their dislike for each other in the face of a common enemy?

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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Victoria Dahl's Real Men Will

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

In the final installment of Victoria Dahl’s new contemporary romance series, readers finally get to see Eric Donovan’s relationship. This month’s Real Men Will pairs the too-in control oldest brother of the Donovan clan with the sexy Beth Cantrell. But will they be able to make this mismatched romance work?

Morgan: Things do not start off well between Eric and Beth.

Whitney: Or maybe you should say that they start off way too well. Because this couple begins with a bang, literally. (Pardon the pun, I couldn’t resist!) I mean, their relationship starts with a one night stand. 

Morgan: Although they both live in a small community and are bound to run into each other again, these two don’t think of this when they meet up at an out-of-town business event. In fact, Eric isn’t thinking about much when he tells Beth he’s Jamie Donovan, using his bad boy brother’s reputation to engage in some distinctively un-Eric behavior, a no strings attached night of passion. 

Whitney: Real Men Will picks up six months later when Beth discovers that her wild night with a Donovan brother didn’t take place with Jamie, but instead she actually slept with Eric. 


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Spoiled: YA's Jennifer Echols Moves To Contemporary Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

Young Adult author Jennifer Echols will be releasing her first adult contemporary romance, currently untitled, in 2013. In today's interview with the author we spoil you with a behind-the-scenes look at how the author made this genre switch and what inspired her upcoming story.

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What made your upcoming adult story a good fit for contemporary romance rather than YA? Are you considering that this may become a series?

Both the books I’ve sold to Pocket will be contemporary romantic comedies about a public relations firm that specializes in dragging stars out of PR disasters and protecting or repairing their careers. I’m really excited about writing lots of adult content that will be completely inappropriate for younger readers. 

What inspired the books?


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Author Interview: Jami Alden Chats About Her Hard-Hitting Romantic Suspense Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Romantic suspense author Jami Alden captured our attention with her series starter, Beg For Mercy. (You can find out why RT's Morgan and Whitney both loved the story here.) Now the author is treating readers to Sean Flynn's story, in this month's Hide From Evil. Today, discover why Sean and Krista face an unusually rocky romance, what's next for Alden's cast of characters and where the author turns for the inspiration for her gritty romantic suspense stories!

RT BOOK REVIEWS: You really took on an almost insurmountable task with Hide From Evil. To say your hero and heroine have a problematic relationship is a HUGE understatement. So tell us, how does one go about forgiving the person who unjustly put them on death row?


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