With all these mega alpha heroes on the romance scene as of late, is it any wonder that heroes with chest hair have begun popping up on covers? We for one love the follicular diversity! (And we never could picture some hot, hot Navy SEAL having time to save the world, sex up the girl and wax his chest. So it just makes good sense.) We're not the only ones who've noticed, last month author Sarah M. Anderson was waxing on (or ... off?) about manscaping. So what do you think? Do you like your cover candy bare or more … natural?
Every month your RT Web Team examines the books releasing. We plot and plan how best to cover them for you. Sometimes the process becomes almost … meditative, as we ogle the book covers and back cover copy. So it makes sense (in our minds, anyway) that we've come up with a new feature: Haiku 4 U. In it, we'll cover a genre trend in that beloved 5-7-5 syllable format, and then wax on about why these titles are the ones for you. Join us in the mindful exercise, or just check out the reads we recommend!
This month’s best mysteries feature blasts from the past!
The past, it lingers
We must learn from our mistakes
Only if we can
PAST MURDERS …
Bitten 1x9, “Vengeance,” is all about ch-ch-changes. So, crank up the Bowie!
We open on Nick and Jeremy sparring on the Stonehaven grounds (because Bitten loves me), as Big J advises Nick on the value of self control. Jeremy hopes story time will underscore his lessons. Flash back to 1984, with a very young Antonio and a wee baby Nick (because Bitten loves me A LOT). Jimmy Koenig, who looked like Mick Jagger and Benicio del Toro’s love child, was sent to bring them home to Stonehaven after Antonio left Nick’s mother. With wee baby Nick in a car seat nearby, Koenig made Tony choke a mutt to death. Not because it was the Alpha’s price for returning but “just for the sport of it,” says Jeremy. “Don’t lose your focus.”
Koenig can’t get no satisfaction.
Oooooo! Who doesn't love a spooky ghost story? We certainly do! Today, YA author Amy Talkington takes us behind the scenes of her latest release, Liv, Forever and shares her favorite ghost stories she read in preparation for writing her own. So keep the lights on as she reveals which ghosties she loves most!
My five favorite ghost stories are the ones that I read (or reread) while preparing to write Liv, Forever. I read these books to get in the “ghosty” headspace but also I wanted to look closely at how other writers handled their ghosts and their ghost “rules.” Of course I’d read ghosty books over the years, but I’d never stopped and thought seriously about the rules of the ghosts. Like: Does the ghost interact with the real world? If so, how? What can the ghost do? What can the ghost feel? I knew I needed to create very clear rules in Liv, Forever so I read these five titles to get inspired and study how ghosts have been drawn in recent books.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
"This is a mystery rolled into a love story that is both exciting and tender. The culprit is unexpected and well- concealed. One standout is Freddie with his orderly existence and obsession with pigeons."
Inspiration can strike at the most unexpected moments from the most unexpected sources. Writers know this all too well. And with a book about a teenage girl whose father is a mob boss and the hot cop who pulls her over, we couldn't help but wonder where Deborah Blumenthal got the idea for her latest YA, Mafia Girl. We bet you're curious, too, so without further ado, take it away, Deborah!
How did you get the idea for the book?
Authors are asked that question all the time.
Well, it's Monday again. In case you're in the doldrums about this news, we've got a cover reveal to cheer you up! Up today is Tamara Morgan, a rising contemporary star who won the RT editors' hearts with The Derby Girl. Her upcoming If I Stay, the first in Tamara's Montgomery Manor series, which hits stores May 12, is a contemporary-set, upstairs-downstairs tale. This sounds like such a fun twist for our Downton obsession that we can't wait to get our hands on it. Here's the back cover copy:
Small-town romance is a big part of the contemporary genre these days, and its ubiquitous awesomeness is thanks in part to Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, which was so popular our family members were calling in all sorts of favors to get their hands on the titles ASAP. (We felt used.) This month, Robyn’s got a mainstream title coming out, Four Friends. But for such an awesome author who’s been writing for so long, where to begin? We asked Robyn to pick her top five favorites, and she obliged. And so we go … Into the Archives with Robyn Carr.
1. The House on Olive Street, which began my nice run in women's fiction at MIRA, is a fun and touching ensemble cast of women, but believe me they've got teeth. This was my first "girlfriend" book and I fell in love with that genre, if it is a genre. Give me a bunch of women with very individual wants and needs but a common dilemma and mountains can be moved. The joy I felt writing this book inspired me to write Four Friends.
Listen, we’re more in the camp of people who hang up a “Bless this Mess” sign over the dishes in our kitchen sink and then call it day. But the recent trendlet we’ve discovered of men taking over those pesky household chores has us reconsidering our process! Who wouldn’t want a sexy man taking out the trash? (And that’s not a euphemism. He actually cleans and takes out the trash.) Now that’s a fantasy we can get behind! Here are a few recent titles that have caught our fanciful attention:
Maid to Fit by Rebecca M. Avery
This contemporary romance sounds like Who’s the Boss, starring a sexy Sergeant! What could be better? (Sorry, Tony Danza.) As Ronnie adjusts to civilian life and helps single mom Kayla get her life on track, we’ll just be over here wishing we had a Ronnie of our own …. (coming May 2014)
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!
Historical Fiction - In The Moon In the Palace, debut author Weina Randel borrows from history to weave an enchanting story about the famous Empress Wu, China's first and only female emperor. With roots as a court concubine, Empress Wu navigated the dangerous waters of the palace and rose to power in the seventh century, all of which serves as backdrop for this not-to-be-missed novel. Release date: TBA.