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Theme Spotlight: Highlanders

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are few characters more intriguing than the kilted warriors and fiery lassies of the Highlands. From Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander hero, Jamie, to the sparkling couples of Julie Garwood’s classic Scottish adventures, it’s no surprise that many of the spots on our keeper shelves are filled with these tales of love and brogue. But we count ourselves lucky that many of the authors who set their tales in the Highlands also can’t get enough of the area, and the age of Scottish Highlanders is not over! Today author Monica McCarty chats about why she loves the Highlands. Then we highlight some of the new crop of highlanders in current series, sagas that have just begun and a few extra credit Highlanders in this theme spotlight.

All it takes is a quick browse down the aisle (or virtual aisle) of your favorite romance store to see the number of covers with plaid to realize that Highlanders are hot (the books not just the men). With their sexy, usually-strapping, usually-alpha heroes, haunting castles, dramatic seascapes, windswept moors, and turbulent history, Scottish historicals have always been a popular sub-genre. But today, authors are putting fresh twists on the ever-expanding genre, giving a little something for everyone.

Readers can still find a good Romeo & Juliet style clan-feud or Outlander type time travel, but what if you want werewolves? Got it. Vampires? You bet. If you like Navy SEALS or Special Ops romance, I’ve got you covered. My new Highland Guard series—or what I call “Special Ops in Kilts”—is a genre-mixing blend of Scottish and military romance (think Suzanne Brockmann meets Braveheart). Whether you like a “wee” bit of history, a lot of history, medieval, Tudor or regency, family sagas, humor, drama, or mystery, you can find it between the pages of a Scottish romance.

- Monica McCarty

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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Falling For The Nanny By Jacqueline Diamond

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

In author Jacqueline Diamond's latest novel, Falling for the Nanny, high school sweethearts Patty and Alec are reunited when this single father hires P.I. Patty to keep his daughter safe, not realizing that he will be putting his heart on the line!

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Whitney: This story really is the perfect illustration of what you can expect when you pick up a Harlequin American Romance story, from the small-town setting that realistically lends itself to everyone being in each other’s business to the sweet nature of this romance between re-connected high school sweethearts.

Morgan: It was interesting for me because usually I don’t read the Harlequin Americans. I’m not really sure why not. But this one was right up my alley. There is something really comforting about a sweet read where the hero and heroine genuinely like each other. No artifice, no games. Just a real-life friendship that turns into more.


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The Librarian's Quest with Robyn Bachar

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Robyn Bachar invites readers behind the scenes for an up-close look at the paranormal world of her two most recent e-books.

When I began building the supernatural world of The Importance of Being Emily and Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, there were a few must-have details that I wanted. First, it was important to me to not have any “accidental” vampires. If a magician wants to live forever, she’s going to have to study her butt off, put in years of training, and run the risk of the transformation not working at all. Second, I wanted to include a wide variety of paranormal creatures and magic users. Witches, shapeshifters, faeries, sorcerers, seers, librarians—

Yes, librarians. Magic librarians. Even vampire librarians.


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Lend Your Support To Gravely Ill Author L.A. Banks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Leslie Esdaile is best known for her books written as L.A. Banks. However no matter which pen name she writes under, readers love her stories! Unfortunately we have just learned that Leslie is fighting against a very serious illness. 

As she battles this sickness, her friends and family ask that you keep her in your prayers. Although she is unable to accept visitors, answer emails or receive flowers, you can donate to a fund established to assist her with her ever-increasing medical bills. 

You can send your donations to the address below: 

Leslie Esdaile Fund
Account #81538801
Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
Operations Center
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2404
215-931-0300 

Additionally, if you are a Philadelphia resident, you can deliver your donation to any branch of the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union branch. (Please make sure you include the account number  #81538801.) Alternatively, you can send your donation to any of the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union Branch Locations, including the main branch:

Police and Fire Federal Credit Union Branch:
Main Branch:
901 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 

Or you can use this P.O. Box, or to send your good wishes and cards to the author, at this address:

Leslie Esdaile
c/o Tina Ryan Wise
P.O. Box 37189
Philadlphia, PA 19148


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Four Damsels In Disguise From Harlequin Historical

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month Harlequin introduces readers to four historical heroines who find themselves in situations where they must pretend to be something they are not. From Regency ballrooms to the Wyoming frontier, find out how these women end up in these situations – with sometimes hilarious outcomes!

 

Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess
By Christine Merrill

To investigate her cousin’s suspicious death, heroine Daphne Collingham poses as the governess to the widowed Lord Colton’s youngsters— despite lacking any knowledge about how to raise children. Will Daphne be able to juggle her feisty charges, the feelings that she develops for their father and solve the mystery?


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RT's Linda McMaken Reports From Lori Foster's Reader & Author Get Together

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

This past weekend bestselling author Lori Foster hosted her annual Reader & Author Get Together in Ohio. Over 400 readers, authors and industry personalities gathered for a fun-filled event. Today Linda McMaken, who pens RT’s Beyond the Books column for librarians, shares a look back at the weekend!

This was the seventh year for Lori's gathering and the fifth year I have attended and it gets better each year. Packed with authors, readers, editors, agents, raffle baskets and great food, this conference is a must for readers. The event draws authors from the bestseller lists to newbies attending their first book signing. If you've dreamed of having lunch with a favorite author or two or three, this is the place to make that happen. The authors chat, share news of upcoming books, their characters' lives, and their own. 


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 6/3/2011 - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

What would you do if you found out the cute guy you liked was actually a Regency gentleman who had spent 200 years trapped as a statue? This is the dilemma facing Eva in The Kiss by Emma Shortt. Tell us what your response would be in the comments below and be entered to win a copy of this new e-book!

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Author Debra Mullins on the secret identity in her new novel. Read More >>

MYSTERY: Get a look at PI Claire DeWitt. Read The Excerpt >>

EROTICA: Crystal Jordan gives readers an inside look at her new story. Learn More >>

MAINSTREAM: Elizabeth Joy Arnold talks about When We Were Friends. Watch The Video >>


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Four Harlequin Medical Romances Full Of Family Drama

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

As any fan of ER, Grey’s Anatomy and Nurse Jackie knows, sometimes the drama of doctors’ lives doesn’t end when they leave the hospital. From troubled teens to unexpectedly caring for a pair of young children and beyond, the June Harlequin Medical series romances each explore how new relationships can be affected by family drama.

Maverick in the ER 
By Jessica Matthews

Doctor Sierra relocated after her husband’s death but is unsure if she will still be able to save lives in the ER. It takes the encouragement of Trey, a sexy fellow doctor, to help her feel confident again. But when Trey’s preteen niece is diagnosed with a serious illness, Trey retreats inside of himself. Will this pair of doctors ever be able to find a way back to the love that had just started to bloom?

Read the *Web Exclusive Review* >>

 


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Eleven Scandals To Start To Win A Duke's Heart By Sarah MacLean

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Feisty Italian miss Juliana Fiori has little interest in fitting into the upper echelons of the English ton, but she has promised to try for her half-brothers' sakes. However, all of her good intentions go out the window when she decides to teach the extremely proper Simon, Duke of Leighton, a lesson. One illicit wager later, Juliana is in the middle of her most outlandish adventure yet as she embarks on Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart in Sarah MacLean's new historical romance. 

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Morgan: One word, three syllables: delightful!

Whitney: One word, three syllables: perfection!

Morgan: Everything about this story simply shines. From the scandalous heroine to the overly uptight hero. The sparkling dialogue, the look back at favorite characters. One of the best historical romances I have read in a super long time!

Whitney: You know what this feels like? Classic Julia Quinn but with Sarah’s distinctive spin. That’s not to say you would ever confuse the two authors but that Sarah’s books consistently evoke the same reaction from me that Julia’s do, an “I can’t believe how amazing this book is” reading stupor.

Morgan: Most of that amazing feeling, for me, came from the irrepressible Juliana. I love that she is from Italy and foreign with a capital "F". Because English customs are so different from those in her homeland, the reader gets a look at the Regency from an outsider’s perspective.


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BEA 2011: Giant Book Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

We spent the past week at BEA meeting authors, publishers and fellow book enthusiasts. And each day we braved the long lines in the Autographing Area in order to give readers a chance to win signed books from fan favorite authors. 

Today is the day you've all been waiting for, because we are giving away not one, not two, but five bags full of signed books and ARCs from across genres! And with much thanks to all of the authors who contributed and publicists who made this giveaway possible, you can check out the lists below to see which books are in each bag.

To enter to win one or any of the bags, simply leave a comment below telling us what new book you can't wait to read and which bags you are hoping to win:

 

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller:

Inside by Brenda Novak — Signed and pubs in July!


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