Many beloved authors get their start writing the shorter format series romances. Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich and Jennifer Crusie are just a few of the writers that first left their mark on readers’ hearts in bite-sized stories. But for some of these storytellers, even after they’ve found success writing longer, stand-alone books (which are also sometimes known as single title works) they keep coming back to their series romance roots. And who can blame them? These novels are quick, fun romps at affordable prices. Today we’re taking a look at a few of the authors who are writing in both format and often going above and beyond to create stories of both lengths that deserve to be on your keeper shelf!
Minerva. So, the name might not sound like it belongs to a woman who is fearless in the pursuit of her happily ever after (aka the kind of heroine that readers want to meet), but recently there’s been a sharp spike in the number of Minerva-named heroines in romance. And last year alone, 2011 treated readers to not one but two fantastic leading ladies who made this old fashioned name new again. And with two more newly minted Minerva’s about to hit shelves in the next month, we round up the Minervas of historical romance, including two honorary Minervas, for a look at the heroines who have been blessed with this name that is rapidly growing in popularity.
THE MINERVAS OF APRIL:
Thea Harrison exploded onto the paranormal romance scene in 2011 with her Elder Races series. And during the last several months the author has consistently treated readers to novels that go above and beyond the Vampire/Werewolf stereotype with her universe full of Wyr shifters. Since series starter Dragon Bound, Harrison has released three additional full-length novels and one novella — all featuring different unexpected creatures. Today we take a metaphorical ride through the Wyrlife Preserve that is Harrison’s body of work thus far, just in time for the release of the fourth novel in the Elder Races series, Oracle’s Moon. So please keep your hands and legs inside the moving blog post, and do not feed the animals!
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
There’s something incredibly satisfying about coming to the end of a trilogy; sad, but deliciously satisfying. This is why I’m glad that Ally Condie doesn’t plan to take her fantastic YA series beyond the final book that will hit shelves next November. Readers will get definitive answers to the numerous problems that the books’ main character, Cassia, faces.
Cassia is in the rare class of heroines that follow in the fearless footsteps of Katnis Everdeen (Hunger Games series, holla!), like Divergent’s Beatrice Prior and Across the Universe’s Amy. Similarly, Cassia is someone who you do not want working against you — as the government of her dystopian society soon discovers ...
Cassia’s tale started in December 2010 with Matched. In her society, the government decides everything about citizens’ lives, including marriages. But when two faces flash on Cassia’s matching screen — her best friend, Xander, and the class loner, Ky — what unfolds is an adventure the likes of which readers will not soon forget. In the series second, 2011’s November novel Crossed, Cassia and Ky have both been exiled to the outer provinces, but they can’t fight the tide of revolution that is sweeping them (and their repressive society) toward an unexpected discovery. Add this to some surprising revelations about Xander, and Cassia is really in a confusing place. Which is why readers, myself included, cannot wait for the trilogy’s final tale, the upcoming novel Reached.
The May issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon, and here are some of the stories you can look forward to reading ...
Alyson Noel gives readers a glimpse inside her new paranormal series starter, Fated. Molly Harper interviews Sookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris. And Lauren Dane talks about going both ways: publishing traditionally and doing it on her own. Meanwhile, we investigate the boundaries in teen fiction, profile the final Mr. Romance and take a look at which self-published books should be on your TBR list. Aspiring authors can get tips on author branding from Carina Press' Angela James and get some inside information on how to work as part of a collective brand. Then, find out the latest news about 2012 RT Booklovers Convention — and get an update about 2013's convention!
There's all this and more between the pages of the May 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 May issue's Table of Contents!
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!
NEW SERIES ALERT
Historical Romance - If you can’t get enough of highlander heroes, be sure to check out the new trilogy coming from Juliette Miller. The author kicks off the series with Clan Mackenzie, and we can’t wait to meet what we’ve dubbed Miller’s brand of “bros with brogues.”
Young Adult - If you loved The Matrix and Napoleon Dynamite, not only do you have very diverse tastes, you're in good company. Author James Marshall is starting his new fantasy series, How to End Human Suffering, with Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies which features a teenage hero who is a little bit Neo and a little bit Napoleon. With the help of his alternative girlfriend and his ninja best friend, the story's protagonist is looking to take down a government of zombie overlords and change the world forever.
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Did you spend your whole week Engaging the Earl?
Here’s what you missed on the RT website.
This month several of our favorite celebrities were "caught on cover", their likenesses spotted on some March new releases. Check out who we found:
Forget a temptation of angels, this is a clear case of a temptation of Scarlett Johansson's beautiful features!
Author Laura Childs pens the Tea Shop series, treating readers to delightful, lighthearted mysteries featuring Theodosia Browning. This heorine is the crafty, clever owner of Indigo Tea Shop and in her spare time, she also happens to be an amateur sleuth. In the newest mystery, Agony of the Leaves, Theodosia stumbles onto the body of her ex-boyfriend, drowned in a tank at the local aquarium. The police think this is an accident, but she knows its murder. Today read an excerpt of this new release, and get the author's take on Theodosia's reaction to uncovering this aquatic crime.
From Agony of the Leaves, Chapter 1:
Theodosia clapped a hand to her mouth, horrified but unable to look away. Her rapidly darting eyes took in the entire bizarre scene of a man gently bobbing in the huge aquarium tank, hopelessly entwined in some kind of net. His facial expression was a death grimace. Then, a floating, almost disembodied hand seemed to slowly rise up and scratch tentatively at the glass.
Oh no! Please, no!