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Meet Alix Rickloff's Earl Of Darkness

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Alix Rickloff combines two of our favorite genre in this month’s Earl of Darkness, a January RT Top Pick! This novel's inventive paranormal and historical elements has RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin praising the story as “a tangled tale of good and evil, magic and mystery, passion and desire — one that won’t be easily forgotten.” Check out a behind the scenes look at Rickloff’s inspiration and don’t miss the excerpt of Earl of Darkness at the end of the post.

“Where do you get your ideas?”

Every writer has been asked this, and, if they’re like me, they dread answering. I’d love to say, “Oh, I send $19.99 and receive a huge box of ideas in the mail. Any idea I’m not completely satisfied with, I can send back guaranteed.” 

If only it were that simple. 

But asking a writer how they come up with their stories is like asking a runner how they run so fast. Call it a gift or a talent or simply good luck, it just happens—without explanation.


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Unique Jobs That Are Catching Our Eye In Series Romance!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

In the early days of series romances (just a few decades ago) heroines who were employed tended to work as secretaries, nurses and teachers. Today women hold jobs in all different sectors of the workforce and series romances certainly reflect this diversity. They work all around the globe and in a variety of fascinating careers. Get a special look at three of the January heroines whose unique occupations have us considering a job change!

 

Jane Harper, life coach in Because of Jane
by Lenora Worth


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All I Know About Being a Romance Heroine I Learned from Powder Puff Football

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

In Then He Kissed Me, by Christie Ridgway, heroine Stephania (Stevie) Baci is the middle of three sisters and the tomboy of the family. On New Year’s Eve Stevie discovers it’s up to her to usher through the nuptials of her ex-boyfriend and his fiancée, scheduled to take place at her family’s winery at the end of the month. Below check out the author's special message about how Stevie copes with her problematic ex and how she puts her tomboy skills to good use when a new man enters into her life.

Stevie knows about powder puff football and poker games, not veils and wedding vows! And her ex kinda sorta broke her heart, not that she wants anyone to know about that. So she can’t refuse, nor can she get away from the bride’s older brother, a half-American, half-European playboy prince who can say “you’re beautiful” in five languages—and seduce her in two seconds flat. Stevie will have to rely on her experience on the playing field to figure out how to make it through her story… Below are Stevie’s Rules for surviving the man intent on winning her love.


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Author Interview with Jennifer Greene

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

Jennifer Greene has been writing tales of romance since the early 1980s. In the past twenty years she has published over 80 novels under three different names, and is still going strong today! Not only is she nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award this year, Carina Press is re-releasing her early as e-books. Now RT’s Whitney Sullivan catches up with the author to get a unique perspective on the many ways the genre has evolved and get a special look at some of the re-releases from Carina Press that have received *Web Exclusive Reviews* on the RT site this season.  

Whitney Sullivan: Carina Press is re-releasing several of your best-selling stories from the eighties; which tale are you most excited to see back in reader’s hands? 


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A Timely Trip Off The Beaten Path With Harlequin's Newest Regencies

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Just after New Year's, Harlequin has us thinking about trips off the beaten path with two newly released Regency romances. Readers can visit Northumberland in Michelle Styles' Impoverished Miss, Convenient Wife or head to Bershire, England for MIss Winbolt and the Fortune Hunter by Sylvia Andrew

Reviewer Dawn Crowne was particularly taken by two aspects of Styles' Regency romp. She says of the tale,"Heroine Phoebe is a wonderfully strong character and the Northumberland setting unique." And who doesn't love a story of redeeming love just as we start failing at our New Year's resolutions? 


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Jude Deveraux On The Scent of Jasmine and Her Upcoming Projects!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

Jude Deveraux is beloved for her sweeping tales of love and romance. From the early days of the romance genre Deveraux has invited readers to fall in love with people and places all around the world and through out time. Now this bestselling author chats with RT’s Morgan Doremus about what fans can expect from her latest historical novel, The Scent of Jasmine, and gives us a sneak peek at what’s coming next!

Morgan Doremus: After reading dozens of your books, I have tried to find a common theme that links your stories. I think for me, a defining characteristic would be your intricate plots that keep your hero and heroine apart. When you sit down to write a novel, how difficult is it to create this sense of drama?  


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Author Podcast: Allison Brennan Interview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 28, 2010 | PERMALINK

In this podcast, author Allison Brennan talks to RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus about the heroine of her newest romantic suspense tale, Lucy Kincaid. Fans may remember Lucy as the kidnapped teen in Brennan's 2007 novel, Fear No Evil. Today, Lucy is all grown up and is training to become an FBI agent in Love Me to Deaththe first novel in Brennan's new series all about Lucy.

Check out this in-depth author interview to get a special look at Lucy Kincaid, get a sneak peek at some of the adventures she and (fellow returning character) security expert, Sean Rogan, will face in the books ahead and then be sure to test your Allison Brennan IQ with this quiz and giveaway!


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Jayne Ann Krentz's Conspiracy Theories

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 28, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Jayne Ann Krentz talks conspiracy theories and the part they play in her new novel, In Too Deep!


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A Holiday Miracle for Karen Whiddon's Latest Hero

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 23, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Karen Whiddon treats readers to a sexy spin on the Christmas grinch with her newest series romance hero, Damien Colton. Now get an insider’s look at this man who was desperately in need of a holiday miracle.

In my December Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Colton's Christmas Baby, we have Damien Colton, a man who is trying to find his way after spending fifteen years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Not only is he understandably angry and bitter, but as his large family gathers to celebrate the holiday, he feels left out and more alone than he believes he should. On top of that, he's learned his inheritance has gone missing. He was counting on that money in order to make a new life for himself.

With all of this going on, the holiday spirit has completely passed him by. In fact, he feels like everyone in town is whispering and judging him.


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Announcing RT's December Seal of Excellence Winner: Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 22, 2010 | PERMALINK

The RT Editors have chosen Susanna Kearsley's latest historical fiction, The Winter Sea, as the ninth Seal of Excellence recipient. The novel captured our editors' attention with its gothic tones and compelling mystery. 

But why was The Winter Sea awarded the RT Seal Of Excellence and which other titles were contenders for the month of December? 

Find Out >>


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