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Spotlight On Time Travel Tales

BY Morgan Doremus, AUGUST 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Whitney and I both love tales of time travel. So when better than the dog days of summer to feature stories about people coming and going across time? All this week we will be taking readers behind the scenes with some of our favorite time travel author aficionados and then we will share a look at what’s ahead for fans to anticipate! But we also wanted to do a bit of time traveling ourselves, so we decided to rewind to a few weeks ago to give you an insider's look at the conversation we had that prompted our spotlight on time travel romances ...

(Out the blue) Morgan: You know what book I love — Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining ArmorIt is one of those stories that every romance fan should read at least once. 

Whitney: Time travel romance is hard to pull off, but Deveraux is a master. Another one of hers that really stands out for me is her reincarnation story Remembrance

Morgan: Let's spotlight time travel on the site! And we can choose our favorites to share.

Whitney: I call Remembrance! 


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We Catch Up With Rachael Herron About A Life In Stitches

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

We adore the fresh voice of author Rachael Herron. (More than one RT Editor can't get over Rachael's contemporary western romances How to Knit a Love Song and How To Knit A Heart Back Home.) So we were thrilled to hear that she has just published a non-fiction read, A Life in Stitches. The memoir will give readers a look inside of Rachael's life as an author, 911 dispatcher and the creator of the popular blog Yarnagogo.

You can get a taste of the memoir with an excerpt in the September issue of Ladies' Home Journal, which is in stores now.


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How Do You Turn A Spy Into A Diplomat? Donna MacMeans' Redeeming the Rogue Heroine Has The Answers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Donna MacMeans' new historical novel Redeeming the Rogue is an August RT Top Pick. The novel follows English Lady Arianne Chambers who undertakes an unusual mission for her government, transforming spy Michael Rafferty into a man who could convince the world that he is a proper diplomat! We knew we needed to get the inside story on how Lady Arianne Chambers worked her magic. But we never expected the answer we got ... 

Good Morning. While it’s not considered proper to introduce oneself, I suppose under the circumstances it is necessary. Sometimes we all must sacrifice propriety when faced with the prospect of not otherwise achieving our goals. I know I did.

My name is Lady Arianne Chambers, sister to the Duke of Bedford. I’ve recently been commissioned by Lord Henderson to teach the finer points of international etiquette and in effect, mold, if you will, an Irish guttersnipe of a rogue named Michael Rafferty, so that he might catch the murderer of my good friend the British minister in Washington D.C.


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Debut Author Spotlight: Michelle Diener

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Name: Michelle Diener

Book: In a Treacherous Court

Current Home: Western Australia.

Favorite Word: Prolific. :)

Author Icons: I think I have too many to choose. No one author stands out as being my inspiration. I've read and absorbed so many books through my life, it would be impossible. Authors that stand out to me? Salman Rushdie, Iain M. Banks, A.S. Byatt, Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Pratchett, Dick Francis, Mary Stewart. But if I thought about it even a few minutes more, I'd come up with another ten.

Inspiration for writing: I can't really say whether I just always was a storyteller, or my early and deep love of reading started me off. All I know is, I wanted to write from the moment I actually COULD write at age 5 or so.

Writing Trick: If I'm stuck, I'll change the room I'm working in. Sometimes I'll work outside on the patio, or move from my study to the lounge. And I switch off the Internet. That seems to help my productivity a lot. :)


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We Mourn the Loss of Bestselling Author Leslie Esdaile aka L.A. Banks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

We regret to announce that beloved author L.A. Banks (aka Leslie Esdaile) lost her battle with late-stage adrenal cancer on August 2.

Over the last few months the book community banned together raising money to help the author with mounting medical bills. (Ironically in March 2010 she spoke at a healthcare reform rally in Glenside, Penn., where she was selected to introduce President Obama but not before telling her story as a single mom with a daughter in college who was faced with the dilemma of choosing between insuring her daughter or herself. See her speech here.)


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Video Interview: Susan Mallery Talks Fool's Gold

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month readers can return to the small town of Fool's Gold, California, where author Susan Mallery is kicking off her second series trilogy with Only Mine. Today the author shares a behind the scenes look at this beautiful California town with RT's Morgan Doremus and introduces the Hendrix triplets who find love in a town that is running short on good men!

Susan Mallery Talks Fool's Gold >>

More From The RT BOOK REVIEWS Video Channel >>


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The Heroine's Bookshelf Is Hosting A Gone With The Wind Readalong

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

All readers know that a good book never goes out of style. And even though Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone With the Wind is turning 75 this year, the sweeping Southern epic is just as powerful today as it was when it was first penned. 

To honor the novel's "Diamond" anniversary, the blog The Heroine's Bookshelf is celebrating with a Great Gone With the Wind Readalong. For the next three months, author Erin Blakemore will be hosting giveaways, posting about the novel and asking for readers' comments. Since the novel is heavy — both in topic and in actual number of pages — the discussions will be broken down into five parts. It starts today when Chapters 1 through 7 are investigated. To join the conversation, click here. We hope to see you there, but if not then just remember that you can chime in any time over the next three months. To quote one of our favorite heroines, "Tomorrow is another day ..."


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Diane Escalera Shares An Insider's Look At Dangerous Desire

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Diane Escalera's newest release, Dangerous Desire will thrill contemporary romance and romantic suspense readers alike. RT's Dawn Crowne praises the story saying, "Escalera gives her hero and heroine great personalities — both have eclectic interests and unique backgrounds that bring the story to life. " So we went to the author to find out what inspired these compelling characters.

Ideas are funny little things. They can come from anywhere — the news, something I read, an overheard (eavesdropping) conversation. I have a curious (nosy) mind and tune into details that most people don’t pay much attention to. The simplest thing could spark an idea, but then, I have a pretty wild imagination.

When I set out to write Dangerous Desire, I wanted to do something different, a little more edgy than my previous books. I chose to make the hero a pet detective (No. He’s nothing like Ace Ventura!) because frankly, I hadn’t seen many tough guys with this profession. A love for animals softened his hard exterior. I found it attractive, and thought my heroine would too.


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Victoria Dahl Talks Love Scenes In Her Contemporary And Historical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

Victoria Dahl goes both ways — we mean, she writes both sizzling romance novels set in both the past and present. Dahl has just released her latest historical romance, It’s Always Been You, an RT Top Pick for the month of August. And her next contemporary romance, Good Girls Don’t, will be in stores at the end of the month. So we asked the author to tell us about the differences between writing a contemporary love scene versus one a reader would find in a historical romance. 

Anyone who’s read my books probably knows this, but I’ll go ahead and say it anyway: I adore writing love scenes. In fact, if I couldn’t write love scenes, I’m not sure I would write at all. For me, it’s the reward for all the tension and stress and torture I put the characters through. A reward for the characters, but also for me! (And, I like to hope, for the reader.) But how that reward plays out depends on what type of book I’m writing. 


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: The Bride Wore Scarlet By Liz Carlyle

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week we devoured Liz Carlyle's historical romance series second, The Bride Wore Scarlet. During the Victorian era, a young woman attempts to prove that she’s worthy of joining a secret supernatural society by taking part in a dangerous mission to save a little girl in Brussels, Belgium.

Morgan: I picked this week’s Dish because I read the first book in the series and loved the paranormal elements the author put into her Victorian world. 

Whitney: Based on what you told me about the series starter, One Touch of Scandal, I was expecting something a bit different. 

Morgan: There does seem to be quite a shift in tone between the two. While the first one was a little more traditionally "romance-y," this one has a lot more action-adventure and paranormal elements. The “gifts” that both the hero and heroine possess are mysterious and difficult to define. Then there is the travel — *waves to Belgium* — and the bad guy with minions. 


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