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Inside The Issue: November 2012

BY , SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

The November issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon, and here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading ...

Brenda Novak takes readers back to Whiskey Creek with her latest contemporary romance, When Snow Falls. Plus, take a trip to the "Cozy Town Mall" and discover what the amateur sleuths of some of our favorite cozy mysteries have to offer! We also dust off the RT archives and spotlight some of our most memorable reviews and articles from the 1980s. Then, we chat with Karen Marie Moning about what's next for heroine Dani O'Malley in the author's exciting new trilogy. And finally, we give and overview of what to expect at the 2013 RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas City!

There's all this and more between the pages of the November 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 November issue's Table of Contents!


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Cover Chat: One Good Earl Deserves A Lover By Sarah MacLean

BY Whitney Sullivan, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

I am an absolute fiend for Sarah MacLean’s historical romances — and by that I mean, this she can not write quickly enough to satisfy me. MacLean has been crafting winning stories since her 2010 debut, complete with witty heroines, sizzling heroes and brilliant repartee. So getting the first look at MacLean’s next novel, Winter 2012’s Rules of Scoundrels book two, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, has me over the moon.

For those who haven’t tried a MacLean yet (I say, because if you read romance, you will try them) it should come as no surprise that these novels are “Gateway Romances,” in the words of RT’s Elissa. Also, “Hi, my name is Whitney and I am a pusher.” I have been known to say oh-so-innocently to absolute strangers, “Have you ever tried a Sarah MacLean?” As though I don’t know that they will be compelled by the gods of romance to read not one but all of this new author’s works. (If Sarah MacLean’s books were junk food, they’d be Pringles, “once you pop, you just can’t stop.”)


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On The Shelves Tuesday 9/11/2012

BY , SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

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


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Elisabeth Barrett On Her Newest "Blazing" Romance

BY , SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

Say good-bye to summer and hello to cooler weather with Elisabeth Barrett's newly released contemporary romance Blaze of Winter. Featuring a sexy former bad-boy and the big-hearted redhead who immediately gets his attention, RT reviewer Dawn calls this story "absolutely adorable." Today Dawn asks the author about her latest book and what else readers can expect from the Grayson brothers.  

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Theo Grayson, the hero in Blaze of Winter, is an author. But at the story's beginning he is struggling with his next book. As a writer yourself, do you ever have this same problem?

Great question! As a writer, I have not yet had a bout of “writer’s block.” I’m going to chalk this up to my former life as a patent attorney, where strict deadlines were the norm. You had a brief to write, and you simply wrote it, end of story. I try to bring that same approach to my fiction writing. 


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Forewords: The Books Before The Buzz

BY , SEPTEMBER 10, 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!

RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES 

Steampunk Romance - Set in an America torn apart by civil war, Seleste DeLaney’s Clockwork Mafia features Henrietta Mason, a woman who wants to shed her remembrances of the past. She almost succeeds, but then meets a U.S. Marshal who stirs up more than just dead memories. This sequel to DeLaney's Badlands will publish Spring 2013.

Mystery - Readers eagerly awaiting the next book in Jean Harrington’s Murder by Design series will have to wait until next spring to pick up a copy of Killer Kitchens. And here we thought the most dangerous room in a house was the bathroom!

PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY


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Caught On The Cover: September 2012

BY , SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month several of our favorite celebrities were "caught on the cover", their likenesses spotted on some September new releases. Check out who we found:

You can ask the California court system, but these days it’s probably easier to capture a countess than it is to pin down Lindsay Lohan. Yet here’s her likeness on the cover of Karen Hawkins' latest!

     

 


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 9/7/2012

BY , SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week concocting a Formula for Passion?

Here's what you missed on the RT site:

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Jo Goodman's new hero learns a few lessons from Dime Novels. Read On >>

PARANORMAL: We find items inspired by Nalini Singh's latest, Archangel's Storm. Get The Look >>

SCIENCE FICTION: The Hugo Awards honored some of the genre's biggest talents. Learn More >>

MAINSTREAM: In search of a great new mainstream read? Check Out What's Hot This Month >>


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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY , SEPTEMBER 07, 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:


We're voting for "Jaci's Concubine."


A quick office poll has us divided on the topic of candy corn, but this description of the confection definitely made us smile!


The times they are a-changin'.


The outrage that ensues when an author "bribes" a reviewer with an ARC.



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Cover Chat: Kim Harrison's Ever After

BY , SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

With an expected publication date of January 2013, Ever After, the eleventh title in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, is already being earmarked by many impatient fans as an “auto-buy”. The series, which is seen through the eyes —and narrated by — former-witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan (now, isn’t that a mouthful?), has everyone clamoring for more.

The popular series is set in an alternate Cincinnati where witches, elves, demons and vampires roam free. As for humans, they’re fewer on the ground since the time of The Turn — when genetically modified tomatoes unleashed a virus that wiped out a quarter of their population, allowing the supernatural to seize control. In the first book of the series, 2004’s Dead Witch Walking, readers were introduced to detective-witch Rachel Morgan, a character that RT reviewer Exum likened to a cross between Stephanie Plum and Buffy Summers. She is, wrote Exum, “a wannabe badass with a sweetly vulnerable side and a rich backstory.” The premise of Dead Witch Walking rested on the massive mistakes made by the bounty hunting witch — mistakes that left her with a price on her own head.


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Author Jaci Burton On Her Irresistible Sports Heroes

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

Fans know Jaci Burton’s erotic romance Play-By-Play series for two main reasons: #1 the sexy sports heroes and #2 the even sexier covers. However, when I met up with the author at the RWA Conference for an interview, Jaci said that she can’t take credit for either one.

“I give [author] Maya Banks 100% credit for the sports setting of the series,” says the author. “I was brainstorming some new book ideas and Maya said I should do a sports series, and here we are!” As for the covers. “At my first cover conference with the editor, I told her to give me a hot guy that looks like an athlete. When I first saw the cover for The Perfect Play, I just stared at it for an hour saying ‘Oh, my God!’. I was giddy like a kid.”

What can this author take credit for? Her sinfully, sexy writing of course. However, even though her stories are extra steamy, Burton is also very careful to create complex characters that readers will love. “My primary focus is always the characters,” Jaci says. “In a relationship, intimacy is both emotional as well as physical.”


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