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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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Robin Wells Reflects On The Many Vices Of Writers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 04, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Robin Wells stops by the RT site to share with readers what exactly goes into writing a romance novel.

I crunched the numbers on my new book Still the One (I love that phrase, “crunched the numbers;” it satisfies my inner nerd and sounds like I ate math equations for breakfast) and here’s what it took to write it:  

 


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Lady Olivia's Scandalous Letter

BY Morgan Doremus, JULY 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

Last week I received a letter from Olivia Wingate-Carsington, the heroine from Loretta Chase's newest release Last Night's Scandal. Intrigued by Lady Olivia's view of the author and story itself, I have decided to share this piece of correspondence with the RT Readers. Enjoy!


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Joan Johnston Returns To The Wild Wild West

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 26, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Joan Johnston is returning to the west with her new series, Unexpected Brides. So we caught up with the author to get all the details about her new book deal and find out what readers can expect from the series.
 
RT: Who are these "Unexpected Brides"?
 
Joan Johnston: My "brides" are all sisters orphaned by the great Chicago fire of 1871. The eldest is being forced out of the orphanage where they've been living the past four years because she's eighteen. She answers a newspaper advertisement for a mail-order bride — from Jesse Creed, a forebear of the Creeds in my New York Times bestselling Bitter Creek series — and brings along her two little brothers! As you might suspect, the western men who end up with these brides discover a woman who's nothing like the bride they expected to marry.
 
RT: Where in the west are the stories set?
 
JJ: I think the titles give it away! [They are Texas Bride, Blackthorne’s Bride, Wyoming Bride and Montana Bride.] The first and fourth books are set in Texas. Book two is set in Wyoming and book three is set in Montana.
 


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Monday Morning Movie Find!

BY Morgan Doremus, JULY 26, 2010 | PERMALINK
Surfing the Net this weekend, I ran into this video that combines the awesomeness of Fight Club with the refinement of Jane Austen. Believe it or not, this clip perfectly encapsulates my college experience where Brad Pitt and Edward Norton's epic film was on constant replay in my roommate's DVD player and my English professors were obsessed with Austen and her contemporaries. As a rule I'm not into mash-ups, but for this video I'll make an exception.

Jane Austen's Fight Club >>


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