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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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Magazine Extras: Cowboy Comments!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

In May, we ran a feature on contemporary cowboys and asked readers to tell us what they love about modern-day cowpokes. The incentive? A pack of western love stories by series and single-title authors! Now that the hunk-filled movie, Cowboys and Aliens, is coming to theaters this weekend, we want to share the comments from our contest winners (and a few runners-up).

WINNING REMARKS:

What I love about contemporary cowboys is that they bring back a feeling of foundation, strength, something that in my day-to-day life feels so rushed and washed out. Reading about contemporary cowboys reminds me to slow down, choose my battles and to be strong in the face of adversity. Most of all, it reminds me that at the end of the day, love and honor are what I want to sleep with.

- Dulcie B.

I love modern-day cowboys because they are the last real men in America and our last link to our adventurous past.

- Riccarla R.

I love modern-day cowboys because they still follow a code of honor.

- Laura P.


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Win A Kindle Or $100 Worth Of E-Books!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

No matter how much cash there is in our wallets, there’s never enough money in the budget for all of the books we want to buy. So we were over the moon to hear about the giveaway over at PrizesforReaders.com. A group of authors who write Harlequin Intrigues, as well as independently published stories have come together to offer readers a chance to win $100 worth of e-books or a Kindle. That’s right, they are giving away a Kindle.

The authors involved include RT’s December 2010 Seal of Excellence winning author B.J. Daniels, the talented Julie Miller, HelenKay Dimon and many more and signing up for your chance to win is as easy as entering your email and selecting which prize you’d rather win.

But remember the last day to enter the contest is July 31 — so head on over and enter today!


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Video Interview: Nicole Peeler And Rachael Herron Talk Urban Fantasy And Contemporary Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

Urban fantasy and contemporary romance seem to be on the opposite ends of the genre spectrum. But today authors Nicole Peeler, whose latest urban fantasy, Eye of the Tempest, hits stores this week, and Rachael Herron, who is currently working on her third contemporary romance, chat about how the hidden similarities in their work. Don't miss this intriguing discussion about the way that the themes of female empowerment and sexual exploration resonate through these very different tales!

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Unmatchmaking in Nicola Cornick's Notorious

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Nicola Cornick introduces readers to a very unusual heroine in this month's Notorious. Most Regency misses are hoping to find their perfect match, but Susanna Burney has made a reputation for her self as an un-matchmaker. Today the author stops by to chat about her heroine and reveals which famous historical couples Susanna would like to break up!

Susanna, the heroine of my August Regency historical, Notorious, has a very unusual profession. She is a match breaker rather than a matchmaker! She is paid by wealthy parents to break up unsuitable couples, to save an heiress from a fortune hunter perhaps, or to distract an impressionable young man from marrying an adventuress.


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Insecure Heroes And Heroines Risk Their Hearts In This Month's Harlequin Historical Romances!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month Harlequin introduces readers to four historical characters who must overcome insecurities. From the desserts of Arabia and the wilds of the Scottish highlands to glittering Regency ballrooms, can these troubled men and women overcome their fears to find their happily ever afters?

 

The Governess and the Sheikh
By Marguerite Kaye

Regency lady Cassandra Armstrong was burned by love when her fiance deserted her at the alter. Determined to never fall pray to the foolish emotion again, she travels to Arabia to accept a position as a governess. But when sparks begin to fly with her charge's father, Prince Jamil al-Nazarri, can this widower convince Cassandra that he truly loves her?

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Love Heals In July's Harlequin Medical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Dark and troubled pasts haunt the characters of all four of this month’s Harlequin Medical Romances. These men and women have lost people they’ve loved, suffered from abuse and endured traumas that have soured them on romance. But this month these medical professionals will only get their happily ever afters if they are able to overcome their pasts!

 

When One Night Isn't Enough 
By Wendy S. Marcus

Nurse Allison was a troubled teen who looked for love in all the wrong places. Although she is all grown up, her promiscuous past behavior has her convinced that she can never be in a healthy relationship. Will Doctor Jared be able to change her mind?


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