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The September 2011 RT Seal Of Excellence Is Awarded To ...

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

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

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

Here's your hint: It's "The Terminator meets My Fair Lady" in this unsusal historical romance that will leave readers breathless!

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Morgan & Whitney Dish: No Proper Lady By Isabel Cooper

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

Sent from the future to save her time, Joan from Isabel Cooper's debut novel No Proper Lady is a very unusual heroine. Closer to what readers would expect from an urban fantasy character, Joan is used to fighting off monsters and dodging deranged demons. However, once in Victorian England she has to give up her advanced weapons and warrior techniques and instead learn the mores of her new historical setting in order to complete her mission. Good thing she finds gentleman Simon Grenville to assist in her transformation into a lady.

Morgan: I can confidently say that readers who open this book looking for a classic historical romance are going to be totally shocked — in a really great way.

Whitney: Definitely. Just take the first scene where Joan is preparing to be transported back in time to the Victorian era. I think this really sets the tone for this unusual story. 


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Adventure Abounds In This Month's Harlequin Historical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month Harlequin Historicals brings readers stories full of adventure, from secrets in Brussels to assassination attempts in England. The bonds of these six historical couples are tested by mystery and misunderstandings as everyone wonders if they will get their happiliy ever after ...

 

The Secret Life of a Scandalous Debutante
By Bronwyn Scott

Miss Lilya Stefanov is the protector of an ancient pink diamond that is thought to bring wealth and power to whoever owns it. But when Lilya and her diamond become the target of a dangerous secret society, will Beldon Stratton be able to protect his childhood friend?

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Help Fight Ovarian Cancer With Avon Books' "K.I.S.S. and Teal"

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and Avon Books wants to be sure that romance readers “K.I.S.S. and Teal” to help conquer this disease. That is “K.I.S.S.”, or “Know the Important Signs and Symptoms” and teal — the color of the ovarian cancer support movement. We were surprised to learn that ovarian cancer is not only the fifth most deadly cancer for women, but that the survival rate is much lower for those diagnosed with this cancer as opposed to others. So we’re thrilled that Avon Books is taking a stand against the disease — and helping readers get involved.

To kick off “K.I.S.S. and Teal” Avon Books made a $25,000 donation to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. And their commitment to helping raise funds (and national awareness) doesn’t stop there, Avon has created an easy way for readers to get involved in the fight against this deadly disease.


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Good Girls Don't By Victoria Dahl

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 31, 2011 | PERMALINK


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Authors Chat: The Myths And Misconceptions About The Romance Genre

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 31, 2011 | PERMALINK

Paranormal romance author Alexandra Ivy, who also writes Regency romances as Deborah Raleigh, has a bone to pick with readers who diss the genre without giving it a chance. Today the author is proudly, in her own words,  “Addressing Myths & Misperceptions of the Romance Genre.” Want to hear what more authors think about the issue? Be sure to check out the video below that features a few of our favorite authors, such as Kathy Love, Susan Lyons, Kaitlin O'Riley and more, chatting about the topic at Kensington's RWA party.

Who hasn’t heard the familiar clichés? The heaving bosoms, the throbbing loins, the wistful sighs. For some reason romance books have always been an easy target. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re so popular among the masses, or simply because they’re primarily read by women, but those who dismiss the genre as those sort of books—that are read by hysterical women—are flat out of touch.


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Video Interview: Cherry Adair Chats About The Treasure-Hunting Cutter Brothers

BY Morgan Doremus, AUGUST 30, 2011 | PERMALINK

I can say without a doubt that Cherry Adair is one of the most fantastically outrageously fun authors I have ever met. Which is exactly what I want in a romance writer — especially one who writes thrilling romantic suspense books that have us rooting for the good guy to get the girl and the bad guy to get caught. During the RWA National Conference this summer, I sat down with the author (she was in her signature coral color) to discuss her new Cutter Cay series. Watch the video we made — and giggle alongside me — when the Cherry chats about her latest band of heroes, their not-so-average lives and why she always leaves the adventures to her characters!

Cherry Adair Chats About The Cutter Cay Series >>

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Behind The Scenes: We Interview The Authors Of The Ballroom Blog

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 30, 2011 | PERMALINK

Regency romance readers, have we got a treat for you! Today we have a behind the scenes look at one of the newest (and most fun) sites for genre fans, The Ballroom Blog. The six talented authors who contribute to the blog, Gaelen FoleyKatharine AsheMiranda NevilleSabrina DarbySarah MacLean and Tessa Dare, are each incredibly skilled at bringing the bygone era to life in their writing. In homage to the period that inspires them, and a nod to Almacks (where all the best members of the ton could be found), these authors recently launched The Ballroom Blog with hostess Lady Heliotrope Beaufetheringstone (pictured on the left with her pet parrot, Albert). Today all seven ladies, and the bird, visit RT.

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Booklovers Mourn The Passing Of Series Romance Author Sandra Hyatt

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

The reading community mourns the loss of romance author Sandra Hyatt who passed away earlier this week. Over the course of her career Hyatt penned several titles for the Harlequin Desire series romance imprint when the line was known as Silhouette Desire. Hyatt was also an active member of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. Tragically, Hyatt took ill suddenly during the RWNZ annual conference and passed away the next day. 

Hyatt leaves behind her husband, and two teenage children. Her family is hosting a memorial service for the author tomorrow afternoon at 1pm in Clevedon, NZ at the following address:

Clevedon Presbyterian Church
3 Papakura-Clevedon Road
Celvedon
(In the roundabout in the middle of Celvedon)

Those interested in sending cards or their condolences to the family can address their messages to:

191 McNicol Road
Clevedon
RD5
Papakura 2585

RWNZ is putting together an album of photos of Sandra for her family. RWNZ President Abby Gains urges that fans and fellow authors who want to take part in the project reach out to her at abby@abbygaines.com for more information. 


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Video Interview: Tessa Dare On Her New Regency Romance Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Tessa Dare gives readers a behind the scenes look at her new Spindle Cove Regency series starter, A Night to Surrender. In this video interview with RT's Whitney Sullivan, Dare chats about the tiny town that is the backdrop for her new series, how Pride and Prejudice inspired Spindle Cove and what is coming up next!

Tessa Dare on Her Spindle Cove Series >>

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