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Cover Chat: Gilded By Karina Cooper

BY Elisa Verna, AUGUST 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Generally, I hate winter. But this December cannot come soon enough because the second installment in Karina Cooper’s new St. Croix Chronicles series hits shelves and it already feels like I’ve spent centuries waiting to get my hands on Gilded. I read Tarnished (and Dished about it with RT's Regina), the series debut, last month and was completely blown away by Cooper’s highly satisfying steampunk tale. The story didn’t exactly end with a cliffhanger, but it did leave a few unfinished plot lines that I’m hoping will continue with Gilded. Luckily for me Christmas has come early with Gilded’s recent cover reveal, which will hopefully tide me over for the next few months.

Tarnished introduced readers to Cherry St. Croix, a young woman living in an alternate Victorian London, which is separated into two parts: gritty, crime-filled London below and London above, which was home to Society’s elite. While with her chaperone in London above, Cherry is a well-behaved miss (okay, maybe 75% of the time), but when she dons her goggles and tool belt and travels to London below, she’s known as a bounty hunter who never fails to collect and deliver. When Cherry agrees to help hunt down a murderer responsible for offing prostitutes, she becomes mixed up in a harrowing scheme involving a mad scientist, reanimated bodies and an assortment of London below’s vagabonds and delinquents. And of course, she must keep all of this from her chaperone, guardian and friends up above.


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Hey, Girl. These Internet Stories Will Get Your Attention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Hey, girl. Do you want some alone time with Ryan Gosling? How about a chance to spread paint all over his body? Now you can with a new coloring book from artist Mel Simone Elliott. Get ready for pages and pages of drool-worthy scenes from the actor's best movies. This coloring book ships from England, but with (drawn) pics of Ryan’s pecs, we think it is more than worth the extra fees to get this hunk delivered to your door!

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Boudoir photography is so ‘90s. The newest trend is “morning after” photos so that couples can immortalize a night of passion. And the good news just keeps on coming because we have learned that Groupon and Living Social often feature photographers that specialize in capturing post-coital bliss, so watch out for these deals … or not.

Photo by Melissa Squires via NY Daily News

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A Bounty Of Pirate-Themed Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Ever since falling in love with the not-so-Dreadful Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride, who turned out to be the ever-faithful “as you wish” Wesley, swashbuckling heroes have shivered our timbers. Always eager for more tales of derring-do and romance on the high seas, we’ve mapped out a treasure trove of RT’s must-read pirate romances.

But why do these paragons of pillage continue to steal our hearts? Well, the RT team came up with the Top Five Reasons to Love a Pirate:

#5 If you’re lucky they’ll let you climb their mast — hey, you can get a great perspective from up there!

#4 Their parrot Polly isn’t the only thing they’ll pet ....

#3 These bad boys are no strangers to danger or virgin territory, so they won’t mind when you steer them into “the relationship talk.”

#2 When it’s time to batten down the hatches, a pirate’s the kind of man you’ll want by your side.

And the number one reason to love a pirate is....

#1 They’ll take all the time they need to find your hidden treasure … and they won’t be shy about asking for directions!


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Forewords: The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 27, 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

Historical Romance - What historical fan hasn’t dreamed about Compromising the Marquess? Well, the heroine in the first book of Wendy Soliman’s new series, which features four siblings, will do just that. This enterprising young miss is a journalist who sets out to get her story and her man, and we’ll be able to read all about it in Winter 2012.

Mystery - The Vanderbilt name opens doors in ritzy Newport, and this out-of-funds descendent puts it to good use when writing a society column. Murder at the Breakers, the first book in Alyssa Maxwell’s new historical mystery series, brings the sensational and scandalous goings-on of Newport to light.

Fantasy - In Awakening, the first book of Shawna Thomas’ new fantasy series, a family legacy of magic and power is passed down to an unsuspecting girl in the form of a pendant. So begins an adventure in Winter 2013. 


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 8/24/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week wondering if he will be Forever A Stallion?

Here's what you missed on the RT site:

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SERIES ROMANCE: Nine Harlequin series romances are on e-sale! Get Them While They're Free >>

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE: Who doesn't love a bad boy rock star? Get Dangerously Close To This Hero >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: A wedding planner heroine busts some wedding day myths. Read On >>


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Royalty Gone Wild: We Pair Real Life Scandals With Our Favorite Historical Reads

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Pics or it didn’t happen? That’s the one thing Prince Harry won’t have to worry about now that he’s slunk back home in disgrace to Buckingham Palace. He’ll have no trouble proving his wild night of excess in Vegas since leaked photos of his naked (and royal!) derriere already grace the ‘net. But there’s one person in the palace who most definitely won’t be amused by Harry’s latest hi-jinx — his grandmother, the Queen Mum.

Still, Prince Harry isn’t the first royal to go buck wild. Over many a year — actually, over many a century — the supposedly illustrious nobles have provided enough fodder to keep scandal sheets in business. And we love every bit of it! Because when they make a cake of themselves, they have the means to really go over the top.

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Here’s a list of our favorite real-life Royals going wild, and our picks for stories reminiscent of the scandal:


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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 24, 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:


Clearly the best form of exercise.


But what if it's a sparkly animated unicorn GIF (like this, or this)?


The two Jennifers have us thinking of Timecop more than Inception. If they are ever in the same place, we hope the space-time continuum stays intact.


And next time, we want better quality photos!


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Morgan And Elisa Dish: Jacqueline M. Battisti’s The Guardian of Bastet

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

In Jacqueline M. Battisti’s new digital release, The Guardian of Bastet, cat shifter Trinity Morrigan-Caine is anything but your perfect paranormal. Other than transforming into a house cat, often at inconvenient times, Trinity thinks she’s practically useless as a supernatural being. But when someone in her small town summons a demon, Trinity finds herself in way over her head after she discovers that only she can help bring peace to her community. Battisti’s debut earned a Top Pick! in our September issue and since both Morgan and Elisa can’t resist a great urban fantasy tale, they had to check it out for themselves.

Morgan: After getting to know Trinity at the beginning of the story, I felt very sympathetic toward her. She has tremendous feelings of inadequacy and thinks of herself as un-spectacular.

Elisa: Yeah, I don’t think that that is actually a word.

Morgan: Well, I can’t use the term “unremarkable” because that just doesn’t fit. There is a whole bunch of remarkable things about Trinity, like the fact that her mom is a powerful spell-casting witch and her father is a puma shifter. And, oh yeah, Trinity herself can communicate with animals.

Elisa: Communicate! She can turn into an animal!


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: August 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 23, 2012 | PERMALINK
Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of eight places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. 

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Kensington: New York’s largest privately owned publishing house, Kensington, is currently searching for new talent! Editors are accepting queries via e-mail for fiction and non-fiction submissions. To learn more about Kensington’s editors and what they’re looking for, as well as to learn how to submit a query, visit their website here.


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Author Robin Covington And Her Husband Talk Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

Romance author Robin Covington had an interesting conversation with her husband (aka "The Main Man") about where she gets her ideas and inspiration for her books, including her most recent release A Night of Southern Comfort. We're glad she shared it with us — and you — because while this author is making a name for herself in romantic suspense, she also knows how to make us laugh!

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So ... it isn’t easy being with a woman who writes romance novels. The Main Man and I have been married for 18 years (we married when I was 5-years-old) and he is immensely proud of my writing but we both work as attorneys in a conservative environment where many people are a little surprised/shocked when they discover that I write “those kinds of books”. And while they hesitate to ask me about where I get my ideas and my inspiration, they don’t bat an eye at asking him.

So, when he returned recently from a night at our local pub, we had the following conversation:

The Main Man: So, the guys were talking about your book tonight.

Me: Really? How did that come up?

The Main Man: Well, actually they started reading the first scene with an app on someone’s phone. You know the one with the bar pick-up and sexy, explicit one-night-stand?

Me: Yeah, I wrote it. I vaguely remember that scene.

The Main Man: Well, they asked me where you get your inspiration.

Me: You told them it was you, right?

The Main Man: They didn’t believe me.

Me: Morons. You should have set them straight on that fact.

The Main Man: I didn’t want them to be intimidated.

Me: Good call.

The Main Man: So, I need something to tell them. People ask me all the time. They want to know where you get your inspiration.

Me: Well, I usually start with photos. I’m a visual person so I find photos and put them on my inspiration wall in my office.

The Main Man: The one with the half naked guys all over it?

Me: That’s the one! So, I find a guy who evokes my hero and I’m off and running. For Jackson Cantrell, I used Joe Manganiello – you know Alcide on True Blood. He’s in my top five.

The Main Man: Yeah, yeah. You know if he shows on the doorstep looking for you, it’s done, right? That guy is huge. I’ll just wave goodbye and keep my teeth.


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