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Weekly Web Wrap Up 7/20/2012

BY , JULY 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week Wooing the Schoolmarm?

Here's what you missed on the RT site:

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: July's historicals transport readers around the world! Take A Trip >>

SERIES ROMANCE: We interview author Sarah M. Anderson. Meet A Man of Privilege >>

SCIENCE FICTION: Ian Tregillis discusses his alternate history tale. Discover The Coldest War >>


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Thrillerfest 2012: Is The Apocalypse Imminent?

BY , JULY 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

A panel on the apocalypse in the year 2012? That sounds about right. What better time to discuss the world’s foretold demise than in the very year that Mayan prophecy predicts the end of civilization? That may have been the intention of this year’s Thrillerfest organizers when they scheduled a talk between top thriller writers about the explosive subject. For readers looking for more than just a mystery, these authors ratchet up the suspense by adding not just a few murders or missing persons, but destruction of the entire population. That’s right, we are talking the apocalypse and authors that write about the most terrifying disasters that can befall humanity.

Panelists Robert Gleason, Joshua Graham, Michael Koryta, Daniel Levin and Dustin Thomason

Led by Panel Master Daniel Palmer, five authors discussed the use of the apocalypse — in its many forms — in their fiction. So is the apocalypse imminent? Well, for this panel it depended on how you defined the word. But they all agreed it’s unavoidable. RT was there to record their interesting takes on a theme that has us all just a bit worried … and fascinated:


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Industry Innovation: The Cassandra Clare Cover Reveal Leaves Fans Buzzing

BY , JULY 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Once again, the Young Adult genre is innovating the publishing industry. For the cover reveal for Cassandra Clare’s new Infernal Devices book, Clockwork Princess, publisher Simon and Schuster hosted a new type of release, one that certainly garnered a lot of interest.

Clare’s Mortal Instruments books are one of the young adult genre’s most popular long-running series, and the Infernal Devices books are the prequel stories to this series. However, books one and two have been equally popular. (Infernal Devices book one, Clockwork Angel got an RT Top Pick! review and a nomination for a 2010 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award.) So we are not surprised that the artwork for Clockwork Princess, which will hit stores in early March 2013, has fans buzzing. However, we certainly didn’t expect to be treated to such an exciting cover release.


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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Jill Shalvis' Forever And A Day

BY , JULY 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

Jill Shalvis Forever And A Day will sweep readers off of their feet and back to the author’s fictional small town of Lucky Harbor. When a sunny but directionless heroine, Grace, accepts a job walking the handsome Dr. Josh’s dog, it’s not long before she’s also babysitting Josh’s young son and living in his guesthouse. But as feelings grow between these two adults, will they be able to realize that they are perfect for each other before it’s too late?

Morgan: This story is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! Absolutely adorable (and I’m not just talking about the young boy and puppy who play important roles).

Whitney: I completely agree. This whole story is a delicious treat from start to finish!

Morgan: It all begins with Grace — a heroine who you really want to spend time with. And it continues with the totally hot doctor hero Josh. He’s to die for.

Whitney: But as attractive as Josh is — and I’d walk Dr. McHottie’s dog any day of the week — unfortunately, his life isn’t in such a good shape.


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

BY , JULY 19, 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

By Royal Command by Laura Navarre

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Where The Heart Lies by Michelle Garren Flye

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Young Adult

A Job from Hell by Jayde Scott

Buy For 99 Cents >>

     


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Cover Trend: Blue and Pink - Fashion Faux Pas?

BY Morgan Doremus, JULY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

No white shoes after Labor Day.

Redheads can’t wear pink.

Don’t match your shoes with your belt.

I can’t remember if I heard these rules from a friend or family member or read them in a magazine. But I know these are some basic rules of being fashionable. They are simple things that every woman needs to know so she doesn’t become the subject of ridicule. And while fashion's rules are constantly changing, a few hard and fast tenets seem to stick through the ages. One that I was taught at an early age — don’t mix blue and pink. If the colors are too bright they will clash and if they are too light it will look like you belong in a nursery. But on recent and upcoming book covers, it is becoming more and more common to see blues and pinks together. So today I ask you: is this good cover sense or a fashion faux pas?


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Around The World With July's Historical Romance

BY , JULY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you are jonesing to lose yourself in a book that will help you travel back in time to somewhere a bit further afield than Regency-era or medieval Europe. If America’s Southern Belles and carpet baggers hold no charm for you, then this month you’ll love the three new releases that take you to locales that are off the beaten path. Today these authors who are venturing into little explored territory this month are reporting back from the front with the three most unusual (and totally true) facts that they discovered about the time period!

The Where And When: Norway, 1000s

You are unlikely to find too many novels set in 11th century Norway. But we couldn’t imagine any other backdrop to the sweeping drama of Lord of Fire and Ice, the co-written novel from Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe. As we were intrigued by the world that forged the sexy hero Brandr Ulfson we asked Mia Marlowe to tell us about some elements of his world that she couldn’t believe were true.

  • The Vikings had their own sense of fashion, but it wasn’t all horned helmets. There is archeological evidence for one silly season when lace hats were the “done thing.” For the guys! Whether it was filing their teeth to sharp points or staining them blue, they were very particular about their appearance. In fact, one chronicler complained that those Norse invaders were trying to “overcome the chastity of our English women through their foreign wiles.” What were those wily Vikings up to? Combing their hair and wearing clean underclothes. I’m a sucker for a guy in clean drawers, aren’t you?

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Video Interview: Francine Pascal

BY , JULY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author and creator of the ever-popular Sweet Valley series Francine Pascal is back with six e-book novellas that follow the Wakefield twins and friends into their dirty 30s. Picking up three years after the ending of Sweet Valley Confidential, the new series takes our favorite characters and puts them through the wringer of the Sweet Life. With the first e-book releasing on June 26th, and each subsequent installment following every two weeks, this is going to be one sweet summer! Pascal reveals that each novella will be a complete story, but they'll all end with incredible cliffhangers.

RT's Elissa was thrilled to sit down with Francine Pascal at this year's RT Convention to get the scoop about what's ahead. The author revealed that she had a great time revisiting the now grown-up characters for fans that spent just as much time in SVH as they did their own schools. But Pascal teases at some big changes for our favorite blonde twins, including that one character will face the biggest obstacle of all. Interested in finding out all the insider gossip? Then check out the video below.


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Cover Chat: Elizabeth Hoyt's Lord Of Darkness

BY Whitney Sullivan, JULY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

I’ve been following Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series with a devotion that borders on obsession. So when I learned that the cover of book five, February 2013’s Lord of Darkness, had just been released, well, there’s no way I was going to pass up the chance to chat about the upcoming novel. As I tend to — I have some pretty serious thoughts about the book ahead of us.

Frankly, I love these Georgian-era historical romances. The almost-Gothic feeling of the books offer a stark contrast to the lighter Regency romances that are much more common in the genre. And if the unusual overtones weren’t enough to get me hooked on the series (which I have to admit — they were), Hoyt’s witty way with words, clever character banter and steamy sex scenes are more than enough to make me flip the pages with gusto.


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Ian Tregillis Talks History, Warlocks And The Coldest War

BY , JULY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

History as a tool for storytelling can not only provide authors with a frame of reference for their tales, but can give them something to rewrite entirely. Ian Tregillis' Milkweed Triptych is more than just a reimagining of times past, it's an adventure that throws readers into the middle of the Cold War populated by demons and warlocks. In the series second, The Coldest War, warlocks maintain peace between Britain and the USSR, but when they start dying, Milkweed agents must discover who — or what — is to blame. With such a dark, captivating setting, we asked the author to share why he thought the Cold War was the perfect environment for his supernatural story.

The Coldest War is a ghoul. Outwardly, it wears the bloody skin of a trilogy's middle book; underneath, however, it's something else, nourished by devouring the bones of a former standalone novel.


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