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Outlander Recap: Episode 1.2 — "Castle Leoch"

BY Regina Small, AUGUST 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

Previously on Outlander: In 1946, Claire didn't buy a vase and fell through a time rift, landing in 18th century Scotland. She's married to one dude, Frank, but has just met warrior Jamie. Hope this doesn't cause any horrible, roiling internal conflict!

Credits!

Claire and the merry band of Scotsmen arrive at Castle Leoch, where Claire is still trying to process her unexpected trip across centuries — and figure out how to get home. Amid playful banter among the group, a jolly older lady greets the returning men. But she stops short upon seeing Claire, who looks muddy and bedraggled and close to naked in her light shift dress. Claire certainly knows how to make a first impression, I'll give her that.

Jamie helpfully introduces Claire to the woman, Mistress Fitzgibbons — Mrs. Fitz, if you're nasty — who ushers Claire inside for some food and more appropriate clothing. Because even when men are fighting and dying and you're under occupation from ruthless British military, the number one threat to peace is still modestly covered breasts.


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Witches of East End Recap: 2.6 — "When a Mandragora Loves a Woman"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

All right, all right, WOEE fans! This episode has lots of resolution as we deal with Tentacle Man, kill off a favorite character (of mine) and ogle some accessories. Let’s get to it!

Hudson, Ingrid’s co-worker and Buffy alum (Andrew!), is at the library, shelving books during the off hours. He finds Ingrid all blissed out on the floor. She tells him he’s been chosen, which he quickly determines is not a good thing as Tentacle Man — who shall now be known as the mandragora — wiggles his blue tentacles and thrusts them into Hudson’s brain. Not good.

Wendy, Jo and Alex are mixing up a (bug-filled) potion to stop the mandragora and bring Ingrid out of her trance. To up the difficulty factor, the potion needs to be inserted directly into her brain. They still need to sever the connection between Ingrid and the mandragora, and they need the spellbook at Fairhaven to do it. Freya volunteers.


Is that three roaches, or four?

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Killian’s tending bar and reading minds, which, all we all know from that Buffy episode is not as cool as it sounds.


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Inside The Issue: October 2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

The October issue of RT Book Reviews will be available digitally and in stores soon! Here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading …

First, Heather Graham brings her Krewe of Hunters to Sleepy Hollow in The Betrayed. Then, Maya Rodale tells us why wallflowers make the best heroines. And Beth Ciotta takes us behind the scenes of her new self-pubbed series. Plus, YA superstar Lauren Oliver gives us the details on her debut adult novel, Rooms. And Ilona Andrews spills about their upcoming release, Burn For Me. And don't miss more fantastic photos from the 2014 RT Convention in New Orleans!

There's all this and more between the pages of the October 2014 issue of RT. You can also SUBSCRIBE NOW to our print and digital versions to access to RT's Bonus Content. Below is a closer look at the October issue's Table of Contents.

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Forewords - The Books Before the Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

DEBUT AUTHORS

Contemporary Romance - Donna Schneider will step into the spotlight in 2015 with Taking Chances, which tells the story of a woman in mourning who decides to step out of her shell and ends up in the limelight when she ends up in the arms of one of Hollywood’s sexiest actors.

Young Adult - In Fifteen Ways to Brave, E. Katherine Kottara’s debut, a girl makes a bucket list of things to try following the death of her mother. Skinny-dipping and asking out the boy she likes are only the tip of the iceberg.

Contemporary Romance - Amy Reichert’s The Coincidence of Coconut Cake takes food, love and second chances to dish up a charming tale. Look for this in Summer 2015.

NEW SERIES

Contemporary Romance - Mackenzie Crowne’s A Game of Keeps features a superstar tight end who gets in over his head when he becomes embroiled in an unexpected custody battle against an irresistible blonde.


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Weekly Web Wrap-Up: 8/15/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week finding Her Stolen Past?

Here's what you missed on the RT site!

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EROTICA: Read this sizzling excerpt from Katie Porter's Own. Read More >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Check out Sudney Halston's sizzling cover! It's Hot! >>

YOUNG ADULT: Sarah Fine talks diversity, ghosts and her new novel. Read On >>

COVER BREAKDOWN: DJ breaks down Kate Meader's cover for Flirting With Fire. It's Hot >>


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Friday Giveaway: Heroes Are My Weakness

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

A little bit of horror, a dash of humor and a handful of puppets add up to a heartfelt and mesmerizing read from Susan Elizabeth Phillips and her new novel, Heroes Are My Weakness. In the novel, Annie Hewitt is pretty much broke and has to head to her mom's cottage on the coast of Maine. She's reunited with Theo, a horror writer who betrayed her when they were kids. As the winter season traps them together, Annie may discover sometimes people can change.

Sounds intriguing, no? Well, to satisfy your reading hunger, we have one hardcover copy of the book to give away! The book doesn't release until August 26th, so here's your chance to read it early! To enter, simply fill out the widget below. This is open to U.S. readers only and a random winner will be selected next Friday, August 22nd. Good luck and happy reading!

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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling out favorite Tweets. Here are some of the standouts of the week:


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Open Casting: Adele Griffin on Addison Stone

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

The lives of young artists are always ripe with intrigue and drama, the kind that pulls you in and makes you want to know everything about them. One artist you should know is Addison Stone, though, you may have never heard of her — probably because she's fictional. But thanks to Adele Griffin's gripping faux biography, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, curious readers are given an in-depth look at the trials and victories of Addison's tragic life. Today, Adele discusses what went into writing the novel and where she drew inspiration from. Take it away, Adele!

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone is a documentary-style novel about a troubled, brilliant young New York artist, now deceased. Inspired by Edie: An American Girl, the memoir of the gorgeous Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, I told Addison as an oral history, fully illustrated with full-page art, plus photos, magazine and newspaper clippings, sketches and candid snaps of Addison’s brief, turbulent life.


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Page to Screen: Upcoming Film and TV Adaptations

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Page to Screen logo of a film reel Hollywood shows no sign of slowing down on their book-to-film adaptations. And this month, there are a host of exciting announcements that are sure to make any and all readers squeal and flail in excitement. Whether you enjoy zombies with an Austen twist, creepy YA or classic vampires, there's plenty here for you to whet your movie appetite. Take a look!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Lives Again

Just when fans thought the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was dead, a recent announcement has breathed new life into the potential film. With Cross Creek Pictures taking over US distribution, principal photography is set to begin in September. Lily James and Sam Riley are now set to star. Read more over at Deadline.

A Wrinkle in Time Heads to Disney


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

What do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.

Historical Romance

The Truth About Lord Stoneville

The Truth About Lord Stoneville by Sabrina Jeffries

4.5 stars Top Pick

Buy It On Amazon For $1.99 >>

Buy It On B&N For $1.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

When We Met

Tall, Dark, and Cajun by Sandra Hill

4 stars

Buy It On Amazon For $1.99 >>

Buy It On B&N For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

The Luxe

The Selection by Kiera Cass

3 stars

Buy It On Amazon For $2.99 >>

Buy It On B&N For $2.99 >>

         


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