We had fun culling through all the covers of this month's new releases to pick our favorites. But which cover will you vote as the very best? Last month you chose Jeaniene Frost's Once Burned. Will another paranormal tale win this month or has one of our other choices caught your fancy? Take a look at our top eight covers of July 2012 and then cast your vote in the poll at the end of the post!
You’re a contemporary romance reader and you think you are ready to try reading a series romance. Maybe you are thinking that they are just the right length to fit into your busy schedule. Or maybe you’re craving a read that will restore your faith in your fellow man. But where do you start? With so many lines and so many books coming out each month — how do you know which book is best for your first steps into the wild world of series?
Don’t worry my friend, I’ve got your back. There’s no need to move hesitantly, instead head to the section of your local bookstore (or the Harlequin website) that proudly says Harlequin American Romance. This line is all about stories that center on family and always come complete with a cast of wacky and wild secondary characters. There are sassy grandmothers, nosey aunts, know-it-all neighbors and of course, a romance that is heartwarming (sometimes even sizzling) to take center stage. The books transport you to places that you certainly want to visit time and time again.
Did you spend your whole week learning the Navy Rules?
Here's what you missed on the RT site:
Urban fantasy authors Christina Henry and Chloe Neill will run the Hot Chocolate 5K in Chicago, on November 4, 2012, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charity. Chloe and Christina will run for both a good cause — and for chocolate, as the post-race party features tons of goodies sponsored by Ghirardelli. Today the authors share their stories behind what motivated them to run — and what running has to do with how they write their novels.
Fantasy fans know that a well-built world is crucial for an irresistible story. And author N.K. Jemisin always immerses readers into new and interesting worlds. The author's recent Dreamblood books tell the tale of Gujaareh, a nation torn apart by war in which the Gatherers, priests of the dream-goddess, are responsible for ensuring peace. Reviewer Natalie Luhrs boasts that "Jemisin excels at worldbuilding and the inclusion of a diverse mix of characters makes her settings feel even more real and vivid," and part of her excellent worldbuilding is her intricately crafter religion. Today the author reveals her "recipe" for whipping up a religion fit for a fantasy universe.
The folks at RT asked me to describe how I came up with the Egyptian-flavored religion in the Dreamblood books. The straightforward answer is, simply: I made it up. There's some Jungian dream theory in there, a little Egyptian religion, and a whole lotta "Yeah, this sounds cool, let's try that." But that's not much of an explanation, and since I was making dinner while writing this, I thought I'd try a different tack to explain what was involved in the "making it up" process.
What's better than chocolate? Choc Lit, a UK-based romance publisher that recently began offering their books in North America! We recently reported on their contest to find the next American romance star, and we are now taking an opportunity to get to know this romance publisher from across the pond better by interviewing Choc Lit's Marketing Consultant Luke Roberts.
Can you tell readers a little about Choc Lit publishing? (i.e. When did it start? What is the focus of the company? What kind of books can readers expect?)
I’ll do my best. These are some good questions and I could waffle on for hours over a pint of beer or two in a nice London pub. But I will try to stick to the point, as you are no doubt busy people with lots of interesting things to do.
Were you the high school prom queen? Neither was author Hope Ramsay, and we certainly weren't!
High school may not have been our best four years but we’ve come a long way since then. However, we haven't forgotten our special night of too much hairspray, sequined dresses, spiked punch and a date with two left feet.
Now that we can look back at our youth and laugh (or, at the very least, cringe minimally), we want to see your prom photos: the good, the bad and the ugly in all their glory!
Post your high school prom photo as a comment on Hope Ramsay's blog here and Hope will choose two lucky readers to receive a $25 Sephora gift card — because it's never too late to make up for that bad neon blue eye shadow decision — the winners will also each receive and a copy of her latest small town contemporary romance, Last Chance Beauty Queen.
Thief of Shadows, the new Maiden Lane historical romance from Elizabeth Hoyt, brings together a worldly widow and a virtuous schoolmaster as they attempt to save a foundling house for orphans in one of London’s most notorious slums. But, as sparks fly between this unlikely pair, all is not as it seems. The proper teacher, Winter, hides a dark secret — he moonlights as the Ghost of St. Giles, a legendary crime fighter who is intent on putting an end to the evil that is preying on young girls in his neighborhood. But with his work at the charity, and his mission at night, is there any time left for falling in love?
Morgan: Welcome everyone to Elizabeth Hoyt’s Thief of Shadows where we meet at the Ladies’ Syndicate for the Benefit of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children.
Whitney: Let’s just pause for a moment, that is quite a mouthful! But the HFUIFAC —
YA author Veronica Roth stole our hearts with last year's Divergent series starter. The book, by the same name, won the 2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Award for best Young Adult protagonist. Roth recently released book two, Insurgent and so we're pleased to bring you this RT-exclusive interview with the author to give you a special insider's look at the series. Roth sat down with RT's Elissa during the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention to go in-depth about this popular series. The author talks about the factions (and the factionless) and delivering the same kind of emotional high stakes in book two, or a situation that will put Tris in the middle of what Roth calls, "a big, exploding kablooie of awful." Plus, the author chats about why she'd make a horrible Dauntless faction member and shares which question fans ask her the most. (Hint: It has to do with one very intriguing character we all love!)
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.
Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey
Clockwise by Elle Strauss