YA fans are no strangers to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's co-written Beautiful Creatures series. The harrowing Southern Gothic tale filled with magic and intrigue has captured readers hearts and has climbed in popularity, so much so that it's currently being transformed for the big screen! We interviewed Kami Garcia about the Beautiful Creatures film back in August, but since we're so anxious for what's next in the Caster Chronicles, we caught up with the authors at this year's Teen Day at the RT Booklovers Convention! RT's Whitney got the details on what fans can expect from the upcoming film adaptation and what's ahead for each of the authors.
The August issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon, and here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading ...
Lisa Jackson tells us about the inspiration behind her upcoming novel, You Don't Want to Know. We spotlight Scandinavian thrillers and bring you must-read suggestions from some of your favorite authors on this side of the pond. Andrea Kane talks about her series second — and the lengths that a mother will go to in order to protect her child. Then hear from Kelley Armstrong about the stunning conclusion to her Otherworld series. In Pros on Prose, Carina Press' Angela James talks "the dos and don'ts" of branding your author website. And in Teen Scene author Dan Krokos talks about planting False Memory.
There's all this and more between the pages of the August 2012 issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS. You can also SUBSCRIBE NOW and get access to RT's Bonus Content coming next week. Until then, here's a sneak peek at the August issue's Table of Contents!
Any relationship expert will tell you that one of the most important elements in a relationship is communication. However, often in romance novels this is sorely missing between the heroine and hero. Thankfully this is not the case in new author Ruthie Knox’s exciting tales of contemporary love. In her digital-first debut, Ride With Me, Knox wowed readers with amazing dialogue between opposites Alex and Tom. Now Knox’s outstanding way with witty back-and-forths is on full display in her second e-book, About Last Night. So how does Knox go about writing these deliciously romantic scenes of good old-fashioned conversation between her characters? The author reveals her secrets in today’s guest post.
When I was in middle school, I read a lot of teen magazines, and I decided I would never flirt. “Ten Top Tips for Flirting,” “Seven Ways To Catch His Eye” — the whole notion offended me. Why should I slick on lipstick and bat my eyelashes to make some boy like me? It was trickery!
Versatile author Victoria Dahl writes amazingly detailed historical tales as well as bright, contemporary romances. Last December, RT broke details about Dahl's next project, a contemporary series, in an exclusive Q&A with the author. Dahl shared a profile of the characters that the stories would feature. I am thrilled to say that today, we're finally getting a look at the series starter's cover ... and I'm not ashamed to say it, I'm in love!
But let's rewind for a moment. Here's what we knew before we saw the beautiful cover art:
Close Enough to Touch is the story of Jackson Hole, Wyoming's handsome cowboy Cole Rawlings and the city girl whose heart he steals: Grace Barrett. The pair become next door neighbors when makeup artist Grace takes a hiatus from Hollywood and decides to visit her aunt to get "back to basics." But with this sexy all-American man just outside her door, well it's not surprising that, like the back cover blurb says, "it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting..." But is this relationship enough to convince Grace that she should give up the life she's worked for and make her vacation in Jackson Hole a permanent move? I guess we'll have to read the book to find out!
During her Q&A with RT, the author shared that the first time that Cole and Grace meet, he refers to her as "darlin'" and this city girl isn't having any of his country charm. Dahl told us, "Of course, she immediately snaps, 'I'm not your darlin'.'" Fellow readers, can't you just feel their opposites attract heat sizzling and snapping off the page?
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
Contemporary Romance - If you love fairytale romances, then you’ll be thrilled with this just-made deal. Author Hope Tarr will be treating readers to not one but three Happily Ever Afters with her Suddenly Cinderella series. These three tales will twine old-fashioned themes with new fangled heroines as unlikely women find their Prince Charmings with the help of some very chic “fairy god friends” and red stilettos. The first story, Operation Cinderella, matches a Goth editor with a conservative radio talk show host. It sounds to us like a clear case of opposites attracting — and getting a little push from their friends — in this Fall 2012 novel.
This month several of our favorite celebrities were "caught on cover," their likenesses spotted on some June new releases. Check out who we found:
This Emma Stone lookalike will steal your heart as the thief heroine in this YA read.
This month Harlequin heads to Hollywood to treat readers to four stories that sizzle. If you enjoy reading about star-crossed lovers who are actually stars, acting gigs that turn into real life love stories and tales of celebrity crushes that become boyfriends, then we suggest you check out these new books. And if you do so with a bag of popcorn by your side, well you won’t be the only one enjoying the mix of movies, television and reading in June’s series romances!
Janice Maynard’s actress heroine will find it Impossible to Resist the feelings that blossom between her and Dr. Jacob Wolfe. Yes, Ariel hired the sexy doctor to pretend to be her boyfriend so that her movie crew wouldn’t know that she’s seriously ill. But, they say you can’t buy love, so what sizzles between this pair must be real — however, will it be enough to last a lifetime? RT Reviewer Pat says of this RT Top Pick!-rated read, “Maynard’s return to the Wolfe family opens another window into the heart of what it means to be family, and she once again nails it perfectly.”
Did you spend your whole week wondering how to outmaneuver the Soldier's Pregnancy Protocol?
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COVERAGE OF BOOKEXPO AMERICA'S 2012 PUBLISHING CONFERENCE
This year running concurrently with BookExpo America was the BlogWorld & New Media Expo. This conference sported panels and workshops covering a large variety of topics. And while they were directed at bloggers, there we found some very interesting tips for authors as well.
Writing Coach and author Ali Luke