Judging a book by its cover. We all do it. However, what we may not think about is how our cultural bias affects which covers we are attracted to. For example, while trolling the Internet (something I do way too much of) I came across the German covers for the Fifty Shades trilogy. Featuring close ups of some very feminine looking flowers, these covers are a far cry from the dark, stark U.S. versions.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Readers who also love to go to the movies or curl up in front of the TV have several reasons to cheer. Recently there has been a surplus of news about upcoming projects that will adapt favorite reads into movies and TV shows — and in some cases, the process will go in the opposite direction. Find out which of these adaptations are making our TBS (To Be Seen) List!
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 - To scare away the good-looking man who has won her house in a game of chance, the heroine of Emily Greenwood’s A Little Night Mischief plays the part of a ghost in the first book of the Mischief series. We won’t be saying “boo!” to this read! Release date: TBA.
Romantic Suspense - In the first of Katie Reus’ new series about NSA agents, a woman finds herself Targeted after she stumbles upon a deadly plot concerning terrorists and a lethal virus. Paired with an agent, they rush to stop the would-be mass murderers before it’s too late. It must be contagious, because we’ve already caught the fever for this hot book.
PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY
It will have been two years since the last Mercy Thompson title hit the shelves when the seventh in the series, Frost Burned, is released in March 2013. Fans are rabid for news of the New York Times bestselling series and its fierce coyote-shifting heroine, Mercy. Since its inception in 2006 with Moon Called, author Patricia Briggs’ creation has thrilled readers and made its way up book lists.
With an enthralling character like Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson it’s easy to understand the appeal of the series. She’s the ultimate Ms. Fix-it: By day she’s a Volkswagen mechanic, but at night she’s usually taking care of whatever danger has crossed her path. Mercy’s a Native American who has the power to shift, at will, into the form of a coyote. In the series she’s taken on a number of otherworldly creatures, and her latest venture found her — finally! — married to her mate, handsome werewolf Adam.
But, as usual, things aren’t smooth sailing in Mercy’s little corner of Washington. Straight from the author’s website, we found this telling little tidbit:
You can find whatever you're looking for in the world of series romance. Want a story that's short and sweet? Head to a Harlequin American. On the hunt for a hero with paranormal prowess? Nocturne's new releases are sure to please. Serious about seeking a sheik? It's Harlequin Presents or bust. But what do you do when you are in the mood for a story that seems like it could happen to you, but with some extra spice thrown in? That is definitely a Blaze moment! And you're in luck because this month there are not one, but three fantastic tales heroines who are average, in all ways but two: first, they have a fantastically unusual day jobs and second … they are about to find themselves in an extra steamy love story! Read on to see which women with interesting occupations are headed toward Happily Ever After ...
How She Spends Her Day: She’s a goat farmer
Did you spend your whole week searching for A Better Man?
Here's what you missed on the RT site:
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:
We're not entirely sure we want to!
Here at RT, we could not agree more.
All together now: "Awwwww!"
We r totally on the same pg as u, Michelle.
This week Morgan and Elisa crack open the steamy debut novel from Katie Porter — writing duo Carrie Lofty and Lorelei Brown — Double Down. The story kicks off their Vegas Topguns series, which will feature sexy military characters with special kinks in each book. Double Down treats us to the story of an Air Force pilot with a fetish for roleplaying that he just can’t seem to wrap his head around and a sultry young woman who is all too eager to satisfy his every desire.
Name: Kira Brady
Book: Hearts of Darkness
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Current Home: Seattle, WA
Job (when not writing): I play zoo tour guide, craft diva, and storybook queen for my two year old heroine-in-training.
Author Icons: Meljean Brook and Ilona Andrews. I love their world building, action-adventure plots, and delicious love stories.
What was it like writing Hearts of Darkness? What was the easiest part? The most difficult?
When I wrote Hearts of Darkness, I had neither child nor day job. I spent most of my time frolicking, reading every book I could get my hands on, and traveling the world with my globetrotting husband. Discipline was the hardest part! I also hadn't figured out that I'm a plotter, not a pantser. I threw out a lot of extra scenes that didn't fit into the final book. I have less time now, but I'm a lot more efficient about how I work.