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July Mystery Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

July's heating up to be an exciting month for mystery readers. First up, there’s a new historical adventure from RT Seal of Excellence winner Carol McCleary, which brings back heroine Nellie Bly. But she’s not the only fan favorite character to return. Catherine Coulter’s Savich and Sherlock are also getting a new installment — and we reveal why this team’s adventures are on our summer must-read list. Plus, we take an in-depth look at a fictional woman that caused RT reviewer Jeff to proclaim Caitlin Strong "the best female thriller protagonist in the entire genre right now.” Find all this and more in July's mystery genre wrap-up!


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Morgan And Mala Dish: Starlight By Carrie Lofty

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

Carrie Lofty continues her nearly Flawless Christies series with this month’s shining Starlight. Book two finds scientist, a widowed father to a young son, Alex Christie pulling his head out of the clouds and putting his mind firmly on task of making the Glasgow cotton mill profitable. Alex is desperately in need of the funds the mill can bring in, in order to fulfill the terms of his father's will and to keep his family intact. But this man of science is a world away from everything he knows — and he’ll need someone, not just constellations, to show him the way. Enter Polly, the daughter of a union leader, who will help Alex, but has an agenda of her own ... Check out why this book has RT’s Morgan and Mala seeing stars.

Morgan: I love a historical romance that takes me a lot of interesting places, and this one does just that. From a mansion in New York City to the slums of Glasgow, readers are in for some very interesting settings.


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Beauty & The Book: Jane Austen's Ring

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK
It’s a truth universally acknowledged by Jane Austen fans that, no matter how much we might wish it were so, Mr. Darcy’s ring will never grace our fingers. But yesterday, Sotheby’s, the world famous auction house, offered us the next best thing: a chance to own a ring that once belonged to Jane herself.

Although estimated to sell for 20,000-30,000 GBP, the gold ring set with a cabochon, turquoise stone was quickly snatched up for a whopping 152,450 GBP — that’s about $236,250 for those of us in the States. A family heirloom, the ring comes with an enclosed note signed by Eleanor Austen to her niece, Caroline Austen, which reads: “My dear Caroline. The enclosed Ring once belonged to your Aunt Jane. It was given to me by your Aunt Cassandra as soon as she knew that I was engaged to your Uncle. I bequeath it to you. God bless you!”

Now that it’s in the possession of one very lucky fan, the rest of us will just have to stick to our dreams. And for us, those dreams include one very delectable Colin Firth. Can’t put a price on that!


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Molly O'Keefe Shares Her Recipe For Creating The Perfect Bad Girl

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

Readers on the hunt for an intriguing multidimensional heroine will be thrilled to meet Molly O'Keefe's Tara Jean Sweet. This contemporary romance leading lady starts out this month's Can't Buy Me Love as the hated gold-digging fiancée of hockey player Luc's elderly father. TJS even earns the not-so-loving nick name "Bimbo Barbie" from Luc, her sexy son-in-law to-be. But will Luc be able to see past her gold digger mask, and realize that she truly has a heart of gold? Today, the author stops by to give us a look at Tara Jean's life of hard knocks and talks about exactly what this heroine goes through to turn herself into "Bimbo Barbie" in the hope of escaping her past and finally finding some stability. (Little does TJS know that it may just be pro athlete Luc and not his rancher father who will be changing her life forever, in the very best of ways.)


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Meet Debut Author Elisabeth Barrett's Sexy Chef

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

What do you get when you mix an audacious chef with a fiery baker, add a splash of desire and turn up the heat? Elisabeth Barrett's debut novel Deep Autumn Heat. When New York City chef Sebastian Grayson meets small town baker Lexie Meyers, he ends up craving more than just her delicious sweets! Today this new author reveals more about Lexie and Sebastian's chemistry and shares why she thinks chefs make the perfect lovers.

In my debut novel, Deep Autumn Heat, two impassioned chefs with very different personalities meet and fall in love — after lots of sparks fly, of course! When Sebastian Grayson, chef-owner of New York hotspot Helena, returns to his Cape Cod hometown of Star Harbor to recharge, the last thing he expects is to find professional inspiration. But when he steps foot into the Lexie Meyers' Kitchen and takes one bite of Lexie’s delectable coconut cake, he immediately gets hooked — on her. 


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Hanna Martine's New Magic-Slinging Character Shares Intraoffice Memos

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK
With her debut novel Liquid Lies, Hanna Martine is poised to make a huge splash with her hot, steamy tale of a water elemental who craves the one thing she shouldn’t—a human man. Not only does Gwen Carraway possess the skill of turning her body into water, but she has the ability to pick up languages in an instant—a skill that makes her indispensable to the family business now that Mendacia has gone global. But considering that their business involves selling a bit of magic to the primaries, a.k.a. humans, some dealings are more dangerous than others. And although Gwen would prefer to handle matters on her own, without her father or the help of the man he wants her to marry, she’s aware that their product may attract the most unsavory of men. Today, Gwen has started an email chain to discuss their next deal. Little does she know that she's about to find herself in hot water—and she's about to meet the one man who'll show her what it really means to melt into a puddle.

 

 


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Seduction For Sale: Nine Historical Tales For Under $2

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Cheaper by the Dozen, our weekly column that rounds up inexpensive e-book deals, will be available later this week. But today we've rounded up nine tales of historical seduction that will surely steal your heart and are a steal ... each is e-available for only $1.99. Check out all the mischief that these lovers get into — and see if they can get their well deserved happily-ever-afters!

Seduction of a Proper Gentleman by Victoria Alexander

Oliver, Earl of Norcroft, finds an injured woman on his country estate and starts to fall for her fast. However, just what Oliver and the woman he calls “Kate” will find when she regains her memory is anyone’s guess.

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An Accidental Seduction by Lois Greiman

Regency actress Savaana Hearnes is about to star in the role of her life - impersonating a lady and entering high society. But what will Savaana do when she starts to fall for her “mark” who has secrets of his own?

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An Invitation to Seduction by Lorraine Heath

American heiress Kitty Robertson is all set to marry the fun loving Marquess of Farthingham, then she meets the charming Duke of Weddington and suddenly Kitty is not so sure what her future will hold.

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On The Shelves Tuesday 7/10/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.

Historical Romance

THE ENGLISH HEIRESS
by Patricia Rice

Regency Period


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" ... Rice entices readers into this delicious romantic adventure that will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone."


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July Mainstream Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

In mainstream fiction this month several of the stories we are featuring contain an element of mystery. And whether you’re reading books on the beach or just trying to fit some you-time into a busy day, we think all readers will agree that sometimes a little bit of “whodunnit?” (or in some cases “whathappened?”) makes a story that much more difficult to put down. But if mysteries aren’t your style, never fear. We also have on tap a new read with some magical elements. Plus don’t miss the news about several newly-announced projects, including one from the incomparable Jodi Picoult!


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Video Interview: Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the undisputed queens of contemporary romance. Few romance fanatics are without at least one Phillips title on their keeper shelves. During the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, RT's Morgan got a chance to sit down with the beloved author to talk about the Phillips' novel that releases today, The Great Escape. Go behind the scenes to see how heroine Lucy has evolved during the course of the author's career — and find out why Phillips loves to write road trip novels. Plus, the author reveals a few of her favorite Chicago hotspots. (And although you'll have to watch the interview to find out exactly what Morgan and "SEP" say about them — there's also some Chicago Stars football team talk!)


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