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Cover Chat: Without A Summer By Mary Robinette Kowal

BY Whitney Sullivan, JUNE 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

BAM! The cover for Mary Robinette Kowal’s upcoming release Without A Summer is absolutely eye-catching. It makes an impression — something I’d think even if it weren’t the art on the front of the third book in one of my favorite new series. But it is!

This just-revealed cover graces book three in the Glamourist Histories, the continuing adventures of artists Jane and Vincent. These main characters were first introduced in the author’s debut, Shades of Milk and Honey, which won her the August 2010 RT Seal of Excellence. The story's concept was “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with magic.” The premise which sounds tired and overdone, instead launched a series that is simply put, a joy to read.

These books are Regency England-set tales with an emphasis on the conventions of the era. The only addition that Kowal makes to the Regency world is that certain skilled people are able to “weave glamours.” Glamourists, including hero and heroine Vincent and Jane, can paint pictures with light — a fascinating skill which Kowal is somewhat familiar as, in addition to writing, the author is also a puppeteer who uses stage lights in order to create artistic scenes during her shows. Thus it fits perfectly that in Kowal's fiction her characters are able to create light shows by simply manipulating the element with their thoughts. Kowal incorporates the glamour working into her stories so seamlessly that at points you will forget that there wasn’t truly magic in the time period. Clearly, I devoured book one and two and am eagerly awaiting this novel’s release on April 2, 2013.


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Are Cartoon Covers Making A Comeback?

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Cartoon covers were big in the early 2000s, but have since gone out of vogue. However, these hand drawn creations hold a special place in our heart and we are excited to see so many new and upcoming releases featuring delicious eye-catching cartoons. From winsome witches to adorable animals and beyond, you know that a book wrapped in such a cute package probably contains some fantastically funny scenes. Color us pleased with the prospect!

Cat in a White Tie and Tails by Carole Nelson Douglas

 

The Witch is Back by H.P. Mallory

 


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 25, 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

Erotica - Alison Kent will be thrilling readers with her Dalton Gang series with not one, not two, but three sexy cowboys! Dax, Boone and Casper raised hell as teens but now that they co-own a ranch, can they reform their images and find love that is as hot as the Texas sun? Today, the author shares an RT-exclusive look at her upcoming heroes:

Dax, Boone, and Casper, the heroes of my Dalton Gang series are, according to my good friend author Anne Calhoun, "Cowboys done right." What I didn't consciously start out to do, however, and only realized halfway through the second book, is write about three men who are as close as any brothers could be, yet came from incredibly disparate backgrounds.

Dax Campbell (Undeniable, 10/12) is the black sheep of one of the most prominent families in Crow Hill, Texas, a family of attorneys going back five generations. He was the first one to say no and go his own way, and he did so under the threat of being disinherited.


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Series Saturday: Harlequin Cover Reveal

BY Whitney Sullivan, JUNE 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

I admit it, I love to judge a book by its cover! And I know I’m not the only one. So each week when Harlequin reveals the first look at the art of upcoming series romances on Facebook, well, you can bet that I’m there. This week Harlequin posted some of the upcoming August 2012 books that readers can soon get their hands on. Take a look at my top three picks as I snapshot of the new series romances that are now in my TBR pile!


 

Puppy Love In Thunder Canyon by Christyne Butler

Imprint: Harlequin Special Edition

The Book In A Blurb: Pet therapist Annabel Cates and the sexy orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas North may seem like they’ve got nothing in common but from the amount of time they’ve been spending together, we bet this Thunder Canyon couple isn’t just bonding over the cute dogs on the cover.


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 6/22/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 22, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week with An Officer, a Baby and a Bride?

Here's what you missed on the RT site:

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Donna MacMeans' latest was inspired by genuine Victorian artifacts. See The Personal Ads >> 

SERIES ROMANCE: Be swept away by Harlequin's June historical romances. Discover Your Favorite >> 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Get revved up for Erin McCarthy's latest Fast Track novel. Read The Q&A >>


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Video Interview: Kristina Wright

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 22, 2012 | PERMALINK

Erotica author and anthology editor Kristina Wright met up with RT's Morgan at BEA 2012 to chat about the genre she loves and particularly the power of word-of-mouth recommendations — something that has certainly been on our minds as we watch E.L. James' Fifty Shades series continue to make headlines. But that's not the only thing that this talented author chats about. You'll also find out about her two upcoming projects. The first is a November release that celebrates the troops. To be published by Cleis Press, the Duty and Desire collection is close to Wright's heart. She is from a military family and is excited to turn the (fictional) focus onto America's brave men and women. But that's not the only thing in the works from Wright. She is also working on Seduce Me Tonight for Harper Collins' Mischief line, a digital-first project about couples in varying stages in their relationships. To get an insider's look at all that and more, check out this RT-exclusive interview!


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Morgan And Elisa Dish: The Taken By VIcki Pettersson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

What do you get when you cross a rockabilly chick with a not-quite-angel and a major mystery? Vicki Petterson’s new paranormal romance novel, The Taken.

Morgan: Before we get started, I have to apologize because this Dish is going to be a lot less comment-y and whole lot quote-y — but I swear it’s not my fault! The author has amazing passages on just about every page of this book.

Elisa: So true! The language in The Taken is nothing short of stunning. Vicki Pettersson delivers a noir-inspired paranormal romance filled with mystery and intrigue that all adds up to an incredibly fun read!

Morgan: The story opens in Las Vegas, but not the showy floors of the billion dollar casinos or the high-end shops of the strip. Instead we are at a seedy, charge-by-the-hour hotel on the outskirts of the town — where prostitution is the regular.


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Spotlight On The Traditional Amish Wedding

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

June marks the beginning of the wedding season, but that word doesn't mean white silk, bouquets and veils for everyone. In today's multicultural world, people celebrate marriage festivities with very different components. Always interested in learning more about cultures and religion, we've asked three authors discuss the wedding traditions of an insular group of people — the Amish. Read on to get insight from Suzanne Woods Fisher, Tricia Goyer and and Beth Wiseman on how the Amish herald a new union.

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WHAT DOES A GARDEN SAY ABOUT LOVE? WITH SUZANNE WOODS FISHER

Courtships among the Old Order Amish are very hush-hush. When a couple is “published” (code for when an engagement is announced in church), it often comes as a surprise to others. But for nosey types, like you and me, all we need to do is to keep an eye on a family’s vegetable garden. If you happen to notice celery—a lot of celery! Four hundred stalks or more—chances are that love is in the air for the young lady in the household. 


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The Casanova Code By Donna MacMeans Was Inspired By Victorian-Era Personal Ads

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Donna MacMeans is known for writing sultry Victorian romances. In her latest release, The Casanova Code, heroine Edwina Hargrove finds the rakish Ashton Trewelyn through a personal ad he places in a local newspaper. We were surprised to find that personal ads were a common way for men and women to meet during the era. The author told us that she was actually inspired by some Victorian personal ads that she found on Advertising for Love, a blog that is run by Pam Epstein. Today, the author shares some actual Victorian personals with us, as well as how the courtship worked.


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 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

A Kiss At Midnight by Eloisa James

   

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Love Me by Bella Andre

Get It For Free >>

 

Young Adult

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

    

Buy For $2.99 >>

         


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