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RWA 2012: Literacy Author Signing

BY , JULY 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

There’s no denying that authors are, first and foremost, readers. This year hundreds of readers-turned-authors met with fellow readers to raise money for literacy at the Romance Writers of America’s annual “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing. The annual fundraiser, which was open to the public for free, took place on Wednesday evening during this year’s national RWA conference in Anaheim. With so many book lovers in attendance, we asked authors to weigh in on which novels that started them reading. Check out what they had to say, and which of these authors’ books we think are best for romance beginners!

Author Linda Howard is known for her stunning stories of romantic suspense. She says she can trace her love of reading back to when her mother would read her the comics on Sunday morning. "I got so frustrated that I couldn't read them myself, that I worked and worked and worked and when I was 4 years old, I taught myself to read the Sunday paper." Howard said that by the age of 9 she had already written her first book. "It was about twins finding a hidden treasure. And I had no idea what a chapter or margins were. I just wrote all over the page!"

Authors Sarah MacLean and Linda Howard


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Video Interview: Daniel Silva

BY , JULY 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

Some of our favorite thriller novels feature the sleuthing of fictional hero Gabriel Allon, an ex-Israeli assassin-turned-art-restorer. Created by New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva, Allon has a very loyal fan base. To the delight of those fans, the 12th book in the series, The Fallen Angel, just hit shelves this month. So what's ahead for Allon's loyal legions? Well, as Silva explains to RT’s Morgan in a recent phone interview, they can expect “intrigue and intelligence” and, as always, a strong art component. The author shares an insider's look at Allon’s investigation of the death of woman at the Vatican while he’s restoring a Carravagio. But Silva goes on to also talk about the popularity of the Allon series, its continuance and the possibility of a series starring a new protagonist. Curious about what the future holds in store for fans of Daniel Silva’s captivating thrillers? Watch the video below.


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

BY , JULY 26, 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

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

   

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Truths and Roses by Inglath Cooper

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Young Adult

Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh

Buy For 2.99 >>

     


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Morgan And Shawna Dish: Delilah Marvelle's Forever A Lady

BY , JULY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Delilah Marvelle’s Forever a Lady takes readers on a realistic journey from the gritty slums of 1820s New York to tonnish London as she sets the scene for a “wrong side of the tracks” romance. Lady Bernadette Marie Burton is a wealthy widow and she’s looking to enjoy her well-earned freedom. Having no need of a husband, Bernadette’s on the lookout for a lover. When a darkly handsome Irish-American man saves her from an attacker, she believes she’s met her match. Matthew Joseph Milton wants to be everything that Lady Bernadette needs. But after falling into some hard times in New York, the journalist’s once pleasant life has taken a dark turn — forcing him into the slums that he would eventually come to protect as a gang leader. Can this couple ever bridge such wildly different backgrounds to find the love they both crave? Read on as RT’s Shawna does her first-ever Dish with Morgan for this week’s in-depth look at a read that has just hit shelves …

Morgan: When the story begins, hero Matthew Joseph Milton and his father are having a pretty bad day.


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Neil Gaiman To Pen Five Books For Kids

BY , JULY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Neil Gaiman has made a name for himself with several adult series, standalones and graphic novels. He also has produced works for young readers, such as his acclaimed story Coraline, which was recently adapted into a popular movie, and the award-winning 2010, The Graveyard Book. So we were thrilled to hear the news that this best selling author will be turning his full attention to children's books. Gaiman has just signed a five-book deal with HarperCollins Children's Books division. It includes two picture books and three novels for ‘tween readers, otherwise known as middle-grade books.


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Beauty And The Book: A Look At Medieval Lingerie

BY Whitney Sullivan, JULY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Do you dream of being a medieval maiden? Are your favorite romances set in the Middle Ages? Well, you certainly aren’t alone. More than a few of our beloved romance novels are set in this era of chivalrous knights, courtly love and drafty castles. But whether or not this time period is your particular chalice of tea, I think you’ll be intrigued by this breaking piece of medieval news. It turns out that, contrary to what historians have always thought, the women of the Middle Ages did not go commando. That’s right, our historical sisters’ “girls” may have had some very modern-looking support.

In a recent post on Historyextra.com, the BBC History Magazine’s website, historian Beatrix Nutz announced a new discovery in women’s wear. During the 2008 reconstruction of the longstanding Lengberg Castle in Austria, a room filled with 15th-century waste was uncovered. Among the refuse was not one, but four fragments of well-preserved linen in the shape of nearly-modern bras! 

One of the just-discovered bras


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: July 2012

BY , JULY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. 

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Video Interview: Coreene Callahan

BY , JULY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Coreene Callahan has thrilled readers with her debut Dragonfury series, which follows the half-human, half-dragon shifters of the Nightfury clan. The muscle-bound hunks who tower over six feet have won a legion of fans. With the third book, the eagerly anticipated Fury of Seduction, set to hit shelves on November 13, 2012, RT's Morgan was on hand at BEA to get the scoop from Callahan. They discuss the author's inclusion of strong, independent human women who find themselves thrown into the foreign, and oftentimes dangerous, world of dragon shifters. And the woman who falls in love with the hero of Fury of Seduction is going to need this strength, because her dragon is hot — in more ways than one. Coreene Callahan reveals the identity of the seductive shifter and more in the video below. 


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The Sweet Life On The Big Screen: What's Next For Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley Saga

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

For a generation of women, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield were it. Their blonde hair, their size-six frames, their high jinks — we loved everything about them. Which is why the twins’ recent resurgence, thanks to creator Francine Pascal’s 2011 sequel Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later, as well as her current e-serial, The Sweet Life, has been greeted with such excitement.

Seeing Jessica, Elizabeth and the gang navigate their 20s has been tons of fun, but if you’d prefer a throwback to the old days, look no further than Diablo Cody’s upcoming film adaptation of our favorite twins, which Pascal told us all about at the recent RT Convention in Chicago.

“Diablo has been a fan for years,” Pascal said. “When we first met she was so nervous. I just loved her. She’s got humor, wit and heart.”

Cody’s adaptation focuses on the plot of one of the best Sweet Valley Highs (if we do say so ourselves), No. 7, Dear Sister — where Elizabeth, after a motorcycle accident, awakens from a coma behaving like her erstwhile twin Jessica. “She becomes more Jessica than Jessica!” Pascal laughed.


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Inside The Issue: September 2012

BY , JULY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

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

Angie Fox takes readers inside her new paranormal trilogy, starting with Immortally Yours. Plus, we discuss why fairy tale romances still capture our hearts after all these years. M/M romance is hotter than ever, and we share why readers can't get enough. Meanwhile, historical romance author Nicola Cornick gives us a "shoe" tour of Regency-era footwear. Then, Melissa Marr tells us about her dark new YA tale, Carnival of Souls. And finally, we wrap up our 2012 RT Convention coverage with lots of fabulous photos!

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


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