Wendy Corsi Staub is not only a bestselling author, but she is also a women's health advocate. RT's Morgan interviewed the author and registered nurse Robin Cohen for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and how Wendy's publisher, Avon, is helping educate women though their K.I.S.S. and Teal campaign. Watch the interview below to learn about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and hear how Wendy and other authors are helping spread awareness.
Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series has us so enthralled that the author not only won a Seal of Excellence Award for the series starter The Iron Duke, but earned a second SOE win for the most recent Iron Seas book, Riveted. This story brings hero and heroine David and Annika to frigid Iceland order to solve the mystery of Annika's missing sister and David's own existence. Today, the author tells us why she loves writing steampunk romance and why (and how) she rewrote Iceland's intriguing history for this truly remarkable tale.
One of the reasons I love writing a steampunk romance series like the Iron Seas is that I can create an alternate history that affects the entire world. The steampunk that we’re most familiar with features a version of Victorian England or the wild, wild American West — two settings that I personally adore — but the genre definitely isn’t limited to those locations.
When I built the world of the Iron Seas, one thing that I kept in mind was the idea of making the world bigger. At the heart of steampunk lies a spirit of adventure, exploration, and invention — and I wanted to create a world that allowed me to give readers something new to discover with every story. I wanted to create a world in which characters could have those incredible adventures while they explore new territories (and, of course, fall in love.)
As a fan of the much-missed Gilmore Girls, I must have been among the target audience for ABC Family’s Bunheads. Stars Hollow reconfigured as the West Coast town of Paradise? A chance to hear some witty dialogue and see familiar faces, including the matriarch of GG, Kelly Bishop, playing the matriarch of Bunheads? It was like coming home.
Except for one thing. One major, jarring omission. One that had me scanning all ten episodes hopefully, like a sailor looking for sight of land after many weeks at sea. As much as it pains me to say it, there was no “Luke” in this so-called Paradise.
Sutton Foster, the actress who now plays the role-once-known-as Lorelai (minus the Rory), is Luke-less. And where’s the fun in that? I tuned in year after year, not only to take in the fabulous mother-and-daughter duo of Gilmore Girls, but to finally see the guy get the girl. It’s what I do. In fandom, I’m what they call a ‘shipper.’
If anyone deserves to find their own happily-ever-afters, it is the heroes who brave fires and put their lives on the line for others. We don’t even have to come up with reasons why firefighters are awesome. They just are. And every year around this time in September we take a moment to remember all the sacrifices they’ve made, and will make, to be our heroes.
And since we love to see heroes succeed at life and especially at love, we’ve rounded up some tales that show these amazing firefighters getting all that they deserve. Want to read some? Look no further than these great stories:
ONE ALARM FIRE: A TOUCH OF FLAME
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!
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.”)
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
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.
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.
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
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!