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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY , NOVEMBER 05, 2012 | 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!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Young Adult - Imagine Stieg Larsson added a paranormal element to his mystery series and focused on a teen audience. This is the closest comparison we can find to the newly announced The Engelsfors Trilogy from Swedish authors Sara Elfgren and Mats Strandberg. Starting in May 2013 with The Circle, this series follows six teenage classmates who discover they are all witches. With a showdown with ancient evil on the horizon, two more books, Fire and The Key, will continue the fascinating journey that this group makes as they ready for the beginning of the end. 

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES


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Weekly Web Wrap Up: 11/2/2012

BY , NOVEMBER 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week staying out of the storm?

Here's what you missed on the RT site:

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EROTICA: The heroes (yes, that is plural!) from this novel won us over. Read The Web Exclusive Review >>

PARANORMAL ROMANCE: Are you a sucker for vampire heroes? Author Kristen Painter Knows Why >> 

YOUNG ADULT: Debut author Lea Nolan conjures up some hoodoo spells. Make Some Magic >>


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NaNoWriMo: A Dozen Tips

BY , NOVEMBER 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

November is here and with it comes National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. The annual writing event asks authors and aspiring authors to write a 50,000 word novel is just thirty days. Are you going to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people that participates in this web-based event? If so, then we have a dozen tips you should know before entering NaNoLand:

#1 - Progress not perfection

While this first bit of advice is probably the opposite of what your parents taught you, during NaNoWriMo put quantity above quality. Your motto needs to be: Write. Write. Write. Then write some more.

#2 - Party like its 1969 — pre Internet, that is

Unplug as much as you can for as long as you can. Ignore your email's inbox, let your Google Reader fill up and cut back on social networking.

#3 - Forget about facts

Take a tip from journalists and utilize the abbreviation ‘TK’. TK stands for ‘to come’ and can take the place of a fact that needs to be researched. If knowing the exact height of the Eiffel Tower, for example, is not integral to your plot, then just leave it out and come back to it later.

#4 - Change it up


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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY , NOVEMBER 02, 2012 | 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:


When science and romance writing collide.

 

See, Mom! Told you that my English degree would come in handy one day!

 

While we still remain divided on whether or not to take marketing advice from the people at Fake AP Stylebook, we do know that this is Tweet is post-o-riffic.

 

Foodgasms are alive and well, folks.


From these Tweets, we get the feeling that the romance community just didn't put that much effort into Halloween this year. 


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What's The Best Book Cover Of The Month? Take The Poll!

BY , NOVEMBER 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

We had fun culling through all the covers of this month's new releases to pick our ten favorites. But which cover will you vote as the very best? Last month you chose Katharine Ashe's How A Lady Weds a Rogue. Will another historical romance tale win this month or has one of our other choices caught your fancy? Take a look at our top ten covers of November 2012 and then cast your vote in the poll at the end of the post!



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

BY , NOVEMBER 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But 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. 

Historical Romance

The Tattooed Duke by Maya Rodale

    

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Burning Up by Susan Andersen

   

Buy for $1.42 >>

 

Young Adult

Wanderlove by Belle Malory

Buy For 99 Cents >>

         


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Author Kristen Painter On The Lure Of The Vampire Hero

BY , OCTOBER 31, 2012 | PERMALINK

Are vampires the ultimate bad boys? Today Kristen Painter, author of the popular House of Comarré series, weighs in on the debate. 

Much has been written about vampires and their enduring appeal, so no one’s questioning that they’re an enormously popular genre. In fact, as a culture, we’re no different in our love of the creatures than the generations before us. Well, maybe we love them a little more? Whether they be Bram Stoker’s dark count, Anne Rice’s rock stars or Kresley Cole’s sexy immortals, vampires in literature have survived – and thrived – through the ages as befitting their immortal status.

But why are females readers so drawn to them? Here are my own theories about these undead bad boys: I think much of the vampire hero’s allure lies in his excusable darkness. A bad boy without a great reason to be bad is just a jerk. A vampire, on the other hand, has a built-in reason to be dark, moody and dangerous. Depending on what series you’re reading, he might have been born bad, cursed into being bad, turned bad by a bite or infected with badness via some kind of parasite/host.

Regardless, it’s not his fault. And that makes him easier for us to love and forgive.


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Cover Chat: Paranormal Edition With Hamilton, Armstrong And Singh

BY , OCTOBER 31, 2012 | PERMALINK

Usually on the RT Daily Blog we chat about just one book cover at a time, but in honor of Halloween (and because we are especially excited for these upcoming titles), today RT's Dawn is discussing three newly revealed covers from paranormal powerhouses Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong and Nalini Singh.

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Those smirking ruby red lips and piercing blue eyes can only mean one thing — Anita Blake is back! On June 4, 2013 the incomparable Laurell K. Hamilton will release the twenty-second story in her Vampire Hunter series.

Readers hungering for more of Anita's edgy, sexy style will no doubt get their fix with Affliction, however, fans will have to wait a bit longer before finding out what adventure is next for this menacing heroine since the cover blurb has not yet been released. But have no fear because I have scoured the Internet for some clues about this upcoming title. And what I have found is that there promises to be some major drama regarding Anita and one of her partners, Micah. The author has written to readers on her blog and Twitter account: "Anita & Micah have to have a serious, sad talk." Hamilton also describes a scene from the story where the two characters visit Micah's family for some "hard emotional work".

While I have no doubt that mining some deep personal issues is on the agenda, I am also betting that some seriously sexy time is also coming our way. After all, Affliction's cover has Anita staring quite intently at a male figure and I for one am excited to read what she plans to do with this man lurking in the shadows.


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October's Paranormal Heroes Face Off

BY , OCTOBER 31, 2012 | PERMALINK

The paranormal heroes of October swept us off our feet. Their good looks, intriguing backstories and myriad of “super” skills have sparked a heated debate the merits of dating a gargoyle, shapeshifter and beyond. Today we are letting these gentlemen face off, so you can decide who you’d want to share your happily ever after with.


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Video Interview: Thea Harrison

BY , OCTOBER 30, 2012 | PERMALINK

Last year, author Thea Harrison's Gold! rated Dragon Bound won RT Editors' Pick for Best Book of the Year. Since the series starter, four more Elder Races novels as well as several novellas have been released, each garnering rave reviews. With so much happening in the fast moving, paranormal series, we were very excited to discuss the works with the author at a recent conference. RT's Morgan sat down with Thea to talk dragons, medusas, vampires and more. Get ready for some inside tidbits about these books as well as why she returned to her characters Pia and Dragos for her newest release Lord's Fall. Also, learn about Harrison's next series, a romance duology featuring reincarnation.

Learn all about Thea Harrison's Elder Races series >>

More From The RT BOOK REVIEWS Video Channel >>


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