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Tall, Dark and Dangerous: Olivia Drake Discusses The Historical Romance Hero

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

Olivia Drake, aka RITA-award winning author Barbara Dawson Smith, has had some time to think about historical romance heroes over her last 26 novels. In honor of her August release, Never Trust a Rogue, the author shares her wisdom about the five kinds of historical heroes and what readers (and heroines) can expect from each type of man.

Man of action, man of steel, master of his own destiny. All these descriptions fit the historical hero, a hard-edged, dominant male who is willing to take enormous risks to protect his property, his loved ones, and his beliefs. Besides being fierce and formidable, he is intelligent, loyal, and quick-witted. Readers can admire his boldness and bravery while living the fantasy of conquering the heart of a warrior prince. 


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Susan Elizabeth Phillips Invites Readers To A Wedding

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

Look what we got in the mail:

That's right. We are all invited to Teddy and Lucy's wedding! Thank you Susan Elizabeth Phillips for reuniting us with some of our favorite friends from Lady Be Good, First Lady, Fancy Pants, What I Did for Love and Glitter Baby. Who wouldn't have a great time! That is...

So mark your calendars, the festivities begin on January 18th, 2011 with the release of Mr. Irresistible.



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Teresa Medeiros On First Impressions

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 25, 2010 | PERMALINK

Historical author Teresa Medeiros believes in the power of first impressions. The author shares where she found the inspiration for the daring moment in her latest novel, The Devil Wears Plaid, when hero Jamie sweeps Emma off her feet. And don't miss the excerpt at the end of the post!

I've often heard it said you'll never have a second chance to make a great first impression. That's why I wanted to give Jamie Sinclair, my Highlander hero from The Devil Wears Plaid, a very special entrance into Emmaline Marlowe's life. (And into your life, Dear Reader!) So Jamie ends up being the kilted version of the ultimate wedding crasher, riding his big, black horse through the doors of an ancient abbey just as Emmaline is about to marry the man of her nightmares and literally sweeping her off of her feet.


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WIN A Pair Of Romance Novels!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 20, 2010 | PERMALINK

This is the last of the three giveaways of the signed novels that RT Executive Editor Faygie Levy brought back from this year's national RWA conference. Today you have a chance to win a pair of signed romance novels. If you are the lucky winner, you will be receiving a signed copy of the contemporary romance How To Knit A Love Song by Rachael Herron and a signed copy of Sophie Jordan's historical novel, Sins Of A Wicked DukeIn honor of this giveaway, RT's Whitney Sullivan chatted with Rachael Herron and Sophie Jordan to get a behind the scenes look at their novels and find out what they are working on now!

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RACHAEL HERRON ABOUT HER CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVELS


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Sandra Hill On The Heat (And History) Of Honey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 20, 2010 | PERMALINK

Sandra Hill stops by to discuss the way that honey plays a part in her latest novel, The Viking Takes A Knight. The author chats about the two very different ways her characters use honey and shares some facts about the history of honey use throughout the years. And don't miss the steamy EXCERPT of The Viking Takes A Knight at the end of this blog post.

Although I have used medieval beekeeping in previous historicals, along with the use of honey for sweetening, mead, and candles, even as a little something extra in lovemaking, I have never gone as far as I do in my September release, The Viking Takes A Knight.


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Author Interview With Sheri WhiteFeather

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 19, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Sheri WhiteFeather chats with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus about the women who inspired her to write Private DancerThe pair also discuss reincarnation, Native American culture and what fans can expect next.


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Video Interview: Elizabeth Hoyt

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 16, 2010 | PERMALINK
Author Elizabeth Hoyt stops by to chat with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus. The author, who is best known for her historical romances set in the Georgian period, has just released her latest novel, Wicked Intentions. Learn all about Hoyt's preferred ways of researching and some of her favorite historical facts!

Elizabeth Hoyt On Doing Research >>


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Karen Ranney And The Troubled Heart Of A Man Of Science

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 11, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Karen Ranney gives readers a peek into the heart and mind of her newest hero, Ian McNair. Learn why this man of science is torn when it comes to choosing A Highland Duchess ... and don't miss the excerpt after the message!

I’ve always been fascinated by the scientific discoveries made in the Victorian era, and the men who were laughed at or looked on with disfavor because they dared to postulate another answer to the questions fascinating mankind. 

One of those men was Ian McNair in A Highland Duchess, whose prized possession was a microscope, and whose best friend was a physician who put aside his practice to help Ian prove that disease was caused by organisms that couldn't be seen. 


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Seal Of Excellence Winner Author Sarah MacLean Announces What Fans Can Expect Next!

BY Whitney Sullivan, AUGUST 10, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Sarah MacLean won RT’s first Seal Of Excellence for her debut historical romance, Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake. Now RT’s Whitney Sullivan gets all the insider info about MacLean’s upcoming release and the deal she just signed for four more historicals. 

Whitney Sullivan: So Sarah, before anything else, I have to know: Will you be continuing your current series with these four new novels? How about your numbered titles?

Sarah MacLean: I’ve got two more books in what I refer to as the Ralston siblings series — Nick’s book, Ten Ways To Be Adored When Landing a Lord, will be out this October. It will be followed by Juliana’s story, Eleven Scandals To Start To Win A Duke’s Heart in July 2011!


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Alexandra Hawkins And The Unexpected Inspiration For Her Latest Heroine

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 06, 2010 | PERMALINK

Alexandra Hawkins shares how a family emergency inspired her newest historical heroine and what it is that makes Lady Sophia Northam so attractive to the Earl of Rainecourt.

In my new book, Till Dawn With the Devil, readers will be introduced to Lady Sophia Northam, a visually impaired woman who refuses spend the rest of her life as a coddled invalid, much to the chagrin of her wastrel brothers.

When Gabriel “Reign” Housely, the fifth Earl of Rainecourt first encounters Lady Sophia at a ball, he quietly asks her to describe what she sees. Her reply:

“Think of a bottle filled with oil, water, and warm pitch that shifts and churns as I go about my day,” she said, her eyelids narrowing as she concentrated on the light. “The pitch is black and impenetrable, the oil distorts and blurs, while the water is what anchors me and permits a certain amount of independence.”


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