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Thrillerfest 2012: Chatting With Lee Child

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

The one name on the lips of most attendees at ThrillerFest was that of Jack Reacher, the beloved noble loner of Lee Child’s creation. The series, which is soon to see its 17th installment, is also on track to premiere its first movie adaptation, entitled Jack Reacher, this December. During a packed event at ThrillerFest spotlighting Lee Child, the British author was on hand to talk about the compelling character he’s created and the most recent controversy concerning the casting of Tom Cruise as everyone’s favorite antihero. 

On Creating the Character

According to Child, Jack Reacher is reminiscent of the classic Western hero. Child started writing about the big, brawny American — who clocks in at 6’5” and 250 pounds — after a corporate restructuring in 1995 forced him from his career in British television. Focusing on a character who wandered the wide open spaces of America helped to get Child “out of Britain mentally.” Reacher is the character who comes to the rescue just in the nick of time, and then rides off into the sunset.

On the Impact of Jack Reacher


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On The Shelves Tuesday 7/17/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

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


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July 2012: Which Self-Published Story Is Right For You? Take The Quiz!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

With self-published books making big waves in the world of publishing, a reader can feel lost, adrift on a sea of potentially fantastic (but possibly terrible) tales. Never fear, the S.S. RT BOOK REVIEWS is here to guide you reading happiness. Each month in the magazine we investigate some of the new self-published books and authors that will delight readers in the “Self-pub Hub” column and the reviews sections. So take a look at our top titles of the month and let us guide you to a reading safe harbor by answering a few simple questions about the direction you’d like to set sail. 

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1. If you’re on a first date with a guy who shows off one of these skills, which will win him a second date?

A) Juggling — He’s always happy to clown around

B) Knowing if your burger is cooked to perfection — He’ll keep you safe from (just about any) blood-born disease ...

C) Ordering the perfect meal — This man knows what you want before you do

D) Sweet talks the maitre d’ into giving you the best table — Baby will not be put into a corner with this man

E) Performing CPR — Even on your worst days, you’ll look good to this doctor hero

 

2. You love to read about a heroine who ...

A) Is curious like a cat

B) Rolls with the punches

C) Challenges the status quo

D) Isn’t afraid to start over

E) Has a healing heart

 


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 16, 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 - When London’s most straight-laced lady meets a fun-loving earl who tempts her to forget convention and join him in an adventure, sparks are sure to fly! We can’t wait to read A Little Bit Wicked, Robyn DeHart’s upcoming novel, which kicks off a series about forbidden relationships.

Series Romance - Who doesn’t love a good mystery chock-full of family secrets and intrigue? We certainly do! That’s why we’re excited about Jana DeLeon’s upcoming three-book series. It follows a group of sisters return to their hometown of Mystere Parish, Louisiana, and encounter a past that’s returned to haunt their futures. The first book will be in stores in 2013.

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY


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Series Saturday: A Man of Privilege Meets A Woman With A Past

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2012 | PERMALINK
This month author Sarah M. Anderson released the Harlequin Desire title A Man of Privilege. This page-turning tale was rated a Top Pick! and also nominated for the Editor's July Seal of Excellence. This series story like none other had RT's Morgan raving, "The author takes the tropes of the genre and turns them upside down and backwards." A Man of Privilege features heroine Maggie Eagle Heart, a woman with a traumatic past and her hero, the titular "privileged" hero James Carlson. When James enters Maggie's life, he forces her to confront her abusive past. Overcoming issues such as alcoholism, drugs and prostitution, Maggie is an unbelievably strong heroine that will amaze readers. With such an incredible backstory, we just had to find out more about Maggie and her past. So today Sarah M. Anderson joins us to answer our questions about her fascinating heroine.

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Weekly Web Wrap Up 7/12/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week writing a Texas Love Song?

Here's what you missed on the RT site:

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Katharine Ashe wants you to guess her new heroine's identity! Get The Clues >>

SERIES ROMANCE: Harlequin's historicals are taking readers on whirlwind adventures. Book A Trip >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Molly O'Keefe shares her recipe for writing a bad girl. Read On >>


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Magazine Extras: Lisa Jackson Takes Us Inside You Don't Want To Know

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Do you love to go behind the scenes of a good book? Well, you aren't alone. And today with these exclusive photos and excerpts that we couldn’t fit into the August issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, Lisa Jackson continues her tour of the Pacific Northwest, the setting for her new thriller, You Don’t Want to Know. Jackson shares photos that inspired her story, as well as excerpts paired with each photo, showing how her inspiration translated onto the page ... 

This Victorian mansion in Oregon was behind the vision for Neptune’s Gate, the house in You Don't Want to Know. However, the house in Lisa Jackson’s book is much darker than the one pictured here (with Lisa herself standing on its porch). “The house and grounds [in the photo] are well-tended,” says Jackson, “they don’t have the sinister feel and look of Neptune’s Gate, but this is exactly the architecture that served as inspiration.”


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July Inspirational Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you are on the hunt for a fantastic inspirational read, this month it’s all about standout books from the various subgenres. From stories of suspense to love set in the past, this month fans will find a wide variety of stories about people wrestling with faith and real-world choices. The selection of July’s inspy new releases are sure to delight a reader of any age!


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Guess The Heroine Of Katharine Ashe's How A Lady Weds A Rogue And WIn Big!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Katharine Ashe has us head over heels for the handsome heroes of the Falcon Club. This summer's How to be a Proper Lady has just hit shelves and fans who have already read the book don't have long to wait for the next series installment: September's How a Lady Weds a Rogue. We know that this novel will match one of the Falcon Club men with a country miss, but the heroine's identity has been a tightly wrapped secret — until now! All this week the author is giving readers a chance to guess the heroine's identity with a giveaway. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. But don't worry; you won't be guessing blindly, each day Ashe will reveal a new clue to help you discover the heroine's identity. Now we're handing this post over to Katharine Ashe, so she can share how to enter and who is eligible to participate ... and of course, the very first hint of the contest!


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July Science Fiction And Fantasy Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month’s science fiction and fantasy releases are out of this world! So today we're playing tour guide and pointing out some of the hot spots of the genre. First up, Beth Bernobich gives us an insider's look at the sequel to her RT Award winning 2010 release Passion Play, this July’s Queen’s Hunt. Next, we spotlight some of the interesting supernatural creatures you can find in the month's new releases. Then Philippa Ballantine shares a behind the secenes look at the universe of her new fantasy series starter, Hunter and Fox. After that, we share our favorite space-y songs inspired by Rob Reid’s Year Zero. And finally, we bring you up to speed on the genre-related industry news that you need to know!


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