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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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Nicholas Sparks Teams Up With Figment.Com For Writing Contest & Book Club

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Wanna-be writers, sharpen your pencils, stretch out your typing fingers and get to work on your short story for Figment's writing contest that will be judged by Nicholas Sparks himself! In honor of the fifteenth aniversary of the author's bestselling romance The Notebook the author has teamed up with Figment to judge a writing contest. And for those of you who prefer to read your romances, today RT reviewer Ellen shares how Nicholas Sparks fans can take part in an online book club at Figment.com!

It’s a big month for Nicholas Sparks. His new book The Best of Me has just premiered and, if the number of tissues we’ve used reading it are any indication, it’ll be another phenomenal hit. And Sparks’ first-ever novel, The Notebook, is having its 15th anniversary. 


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Nalini Singh's Lord Of The Abyss - A True Beauty And The Beast Tale

BY Morgan Doremus, OCTOBER 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

My favorite scene from a Disney movie is at the end of Beauty and the Beast when the curse is lifted and the beast is transformed back to his true self. Belle takes one look at the handsome prince, doesn’t recognize him and she starts to turn away. But then their gazes meet and Belle knows she is indeed looking into the eyes of her one true love. 

Honestly, I’ve always been amazed that such a romantic scene takes place in a film that also stars a singing teapot and dancing candlestick.

Although it is only a cartoon, Beauty and the Beast captures one of the most enduring of all human needs — to be loved for your inner beauty rather than outward appearance. It can be difficult enough to try to recognize the person you are suppose to be with, adding a disfigurement on top of that just makes finding true love that much more challenging.


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Take A Coffee Break With Sandra Brown

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

There's nothing quite like sitting down with a Sandra Brown novel. You know that you are in for a fast-paced, intriguing ride. Today we sit down for a "coffee break" with the author for a special look at her latest romantic suspense, Lethal, her Loveswept reissues and what fans can expect next!

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Lethal seems more romantic suspense-y than your recent thrillers, is there a reason you’ve gone more romantic in this outing?

The situation in this story lent itself to more sexual tension, and I was glad, because that’s my favorite thing to read as well as to write. It was the perfect “storm” of two people being co-dependent but unhappy about it. They’re also forced by circumstances to stay in each other’s company within close quarters. Add to that the mutual attraction, the forbidden aspect of the union, and it’s a classic set up for combustion.

Looking back on your illustrious career, what book from your past do your fans clamor for a return to? 


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Magazine Extras: How To Make Author Amanda Usen's Sweet And Sour Peanut Sauce

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2011 | PERMALINK
In the latest issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, RT's Faygie Levy and Stephanie Klose investigate some of the recipes featured in recent romance novels in the feature "Cook The Books". In that article, you can check out the sweet and savory recipes from love stories by authors Toni Blake, Louisa Edwards, Robin Kaye and more. And as an extra special treat, today we are bringing you the Sweet and Sour Peanut sauce recipe that goes along with Usen's "Scrumptious Thai Pot Stickers" that make an appearance in the author's debut novel Scrumptious, before the book hits shelves in January!

Sweet and Sour Peanut Sauce

1 cup rice wine vinegar

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Sriracha or hot chili sauce, to taste


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