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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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Morgan and Dawn Dish: Courting Carolina By Janet Chapman

BY , SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

Sparks fly in Janet Chapman’s latest Spellbound Falls novel, Courting Carolina, when a time traveling princess meets a modern Scottish warrior. On the run from her dictatorial father, Carolina Oceanus becomes “Jane Smith” and convinces Alec MacKeage to let her hide in his mountain camp. But when Carolina’s father, Titus, aka the King of Atlantis, realizes that his daughter is in danger from his enemies, he swoops in to get her married off as soon as possible. What Titus is not counting on is that Carolina has already found her perfect match … with Alec. Today RT’s Morgan and Dawn discuss just how one goes about wooing a princess.

Morgan: Who’s ready for some magic?

Dawn: I am! I am! Especially when that magic is wrapped around a hunky mountain man in Janet Chapman’s Courting Carolina.

Morgan: The opening scene of the book is pretty great when Alec charges in to save an unknown woman who is being kidnapped.

Dawn: What a hero!

Morgan: After making quick work of the attackers, Alec takes the woman, who is at this point passed out, back to his place …


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September Mainstream Overview

BY , SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

With kids returning to school and cold weather on its way, it is a good thing that there are so many great mainstream fiction novels releasing this month. One of September’s mainstream romances takes readers to the beach as a debut author earns a coveted Top Pick! review. To celebrate, newcomer Grace Greene shares to favorite seaside memories. Then we learn that sometimes good things come in threes, as a number of new releases focus on the their storylines on groups of women. Next we turn our attention to a pair of authors whose collaboration had us on the edge of our seats. And finally we round-up novels that send their heroines on a journey to smaller towns for some much needed soul-searching. Needing a great read? Look no further than these mainstream picks. 


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY , SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. 

Historical Romance

Stolen Love by Carolyn Jewel 

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

  

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Mesmerized by Julia Crane and Talia Jager

Get It For Free >>

     


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Video Interview: Carrie Lofty

BY , SEPTEMBER 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

Dynamic author Carrie Lofty has written in almost every romance subgenre taking on everything from historicals to paranormal and even erotica. However, it is the author's historical Christies series that has readers talking. Series second, Starlight, is a Top Pick! rated story that was also nominated for RT's Seal of Excellence Award. While at the RWA National Conference, RT's Morgan sat down with Carrie so they could discuss the author's amazing success and also what it is about Starlight's characters that have readers entranced. Watch the video below for some interesting tidbits about Starlight and the Scottish setting as well as a look at the next Christie novel, Diva

Behind The Scenes With Carrie Lofty >>

More From The RT BOOK REVIEWS Video Channel >>


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Get The Look: Nalini Singh's Archangel's Storm

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

At one point or another, I have probably given every person I know a Nalini Singh story. Her Psy-Changeling books are one of my favorite series, yet I was very reluctant to start Singh's second paranormal series, the Guild Hunter books. How could she possibly create another set of characters that I care as much about? But I should have had more faith in my favorite author. These books have everything — intricate settings, the fast paced action and the complex characterization.

A world ruled by archangels, the Guild Hunter novels are populated by near immortal beings that care little for humanity that they rule. This month, Singh releases Archangel's Storm the fifth book in the series and turns her attention to Jason, an angel spymaster. Jason lives in the dark, in shadows and has a preternatural knowledge of other's deceit and is therefore conditioned to see betrayal all around him. Called to Archangel Neha's demesne to solve a murder and hopefully keep the peace, Jason is unprepared to meet the ruler's niece Mahiya. The beautiful angel is a pawn in the deadly court games between powerful beings. Seen as a "court trinket", Mahiya has cultivated this facade, which keeps her alive. But Jason sees through her act and is immediately intrigued by the woman. But Mahiya is skittish to become involved and is hesitant to believe that anyone can love her for herself. 

I absolutely fell in love with this couple. Jason, living a solitary life, is just as vulnerable as Mahiya, which makes their love story all the more special. Another reason to love the story is the setting. As the Archangel of India, Neha's court is filled not only with intrigue, but also beautiful clothing, gems and architecture. After "visiting" this amazing place in Archangel's Storm, readers will not want to leave, so I have picked out a few pieces to share that are inspired by quotes from the text.


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What's The Best Book Cover Of The Month? Take The Poll!

BY , SEPTEMBER 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

We had fun culling through all the covers of this month's new releases to pick our ten favorites. But which cover will you vote as the very best? Last month you chose Lorelei James' One Night Rodeo. Will another contemporary romance tale win this month or has one of our other choices caught your fancy? Take a look at our top ten covers of September 2012 and then cast your vote in the poll at the end of the post!



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Jo Goodman Talks Dime Novels And The History Behind The Last Renegade

BY , SEPTEMBER 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

Early American popular fiction was dominated by inexpensive "dime novels" which were characterized by larger-than-life characters, fast paced action and plenty of romance. These Western-set stories were some of the best entertainment around, not unlike romance novels of today. Author Jo Goodman used these books as inspiration for her newest story The Last Renegade and shares what her hero Kellen Coltrane — and readers — can learn from each of the dime novel titles in the Nat Church series mentioned in Goodman's latest release.

Dime novels enjoyed many years of popularity with readers of all ages — and not just because of the price. Those serials with a Western theme were particularly successful in the late 1800s as the railroad opened up mountains, prairies, and plains. The larger than life heroes portrayed between lurid covers put readers in the midst of amazing (and improbable) adventures. Nat Church, the hero of more than twenty-two novels by Max McCartney, was widely believed to live outside the fictional confines of the books in which he was featured. It’s little wonder that Kellen Coltrane — The Last Renegade — learned a thing or two (or ten) from those dime novels.


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