We love Georgian era tales, like Brenda Joyce's new series starter, Seduction, Jane Feather's A Wedding Wager and Isobel Carr's Ripe series. And our list of delicious recent releases set in this glittering historical time period could not be complete without a mention of the Malloren series by Jo Beverley. The latest in her emotion-filled series, this month's RT Top Pick, A Scandalous Countess, will have readers forgetting all about modern conveniences in favor of the romance of this bygone era. Today Beverley gives us a look at how the Georgian period influenced this story's plot and shares one of her favorite "unexpected truths" of life during the era!
We are very excited that beloved romantic suspense author Suzanne Brockmann will be kicking off a brand new paranormal series, Fighting Destiny! Today we take a look at what readers can expect from series starter, Born to Darkness, with an exclusive quote from the author on what prompted her newest project which will be releasing in March.
Born to Darkness begins Brockmann's Fighting Destiny series with a story about an ex-Navy SEAL who agrees to be a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute. However, soldier Shane soon realizes that this job is very different from his expectations. Amidst a group of extraordinary humans, he must fight to stop the spread of a designer drug with amazing powers during the hostile climate of America’s second great depression. Further complications arise when Shane and Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie have a one night stand that threatens their working relationship as well as their piece of mind.
While fans of Brockmann will certainly recognize Navy SEAL characters, the paranormal aspects are certainly something new to the author. We had to ask her why the new subgenre, and here is what she had to say:
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
Paranormal Romance - Do you like your supernatural stories with a helping of vampires? If so, you will want to check out Cindy Gregory’s next series. Writing under the pen name Ashlyn Chase, the author will be bringing readers light paranormal books beginning with Flirting With Fangs. During the series, different groups of supernatural creatures will all come together at a Boston bar — and mix with the mortals who also frequent the establishment. Get ready for several happily ever afters that will last longer than the average human lifespan.
Mystery - Angela Burt-Murray embarks on a new series of thrillers. Her Diva mysteries will be based in part on the time that the author spent working at Essence, as the entertainment journalist heroine attempts to find professional success and unmask a criminal or two along the way.
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Did you spend the whole week taking care of The Detective's Accidental Baby?
Here's what you missed on the RT website:
I hate starting in the middle of a series. In fact, I almost never do it — so when I found out Highland Storms was a sequel to Christina Courtenay’s acclaimed novel Trade Winds (confession: I hadn’t read it before taking on Highland Storms), I was floored.
My reaction comes from Highland Storm’s strength. This killer Scottish romance is seeped in fascinating history, with plenty of chemistry and action to go around. Brice Kinross and Marsaili Buchanan are a devoted couple with passion that simmers into a slow, satisfying boil.
Looking to add a few books to your TBR pile? In our column "If You Like ... You'll Love" RT staffers and reviewers will pick one new read and then suggest three other books that hold the same appeal. Today we look at this newest historical romance from Lorraine Heath.
Romance author Lorraine Heath has been crafting stories that sweep readers off their feet since the early 1990s. Since then she has written more than thirty romances set during the contemporary and historical time periods. However, the author is undoubtly best known for her historical tales of love and laughter. With an impressive nineteen RT Top Picks, 10 RT Reviewers' Choice award nominations (and two wins) under her belt, it's no surprise that she has been nominated for seven RT Career Achievement awards and won the award for the Americana Historical Romance category in 1996. It's a rare romance reader who doesn't have at least one Heath novel on their "keeper" shelf.
Readers who also love to go to the movies or curl up in front of the TV have several reasons to cheer. This winter has been overflowing with news about upcoming projects that will adapt favorite reads into movies and TV shows — and in one case, the process will go in the opposite direction. Find out which of these adaptations are making our TBS (To Be Seen) List and find out which rumored deal has us anxious for more news!
This mainstream novel hit stores in the summer of 2010 and immediately became one of the season’s hottest accessories. The tale of a widow who wishes to be twenty-nine again for one day — and gets her wish — was rated an RT Top Pick! and it was nominated for that month’s RT Seal of Excellence. 29 remains one of RT’s Morgan’s favorite mainstream tales because of how it starts with a fun premise but then delves into some emotionally intense territory about relationships and aging. She suggests that you pick up a copy before you head to see the film that is set to be adapted by the same team that came up with the smash hit Legally Blonde!
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.
The Wary Widow by Jerrica Knight-Cataniar
A Previous Engagement by Stephanie Haddad
Chosen by Sarah Swan
This week Morgan and Whitney are Dishing about contemporary romance novel Secrets of the Lost Summer, which earned Carla Neggers a Top Pick! review. The story is about Olivia Frost a graphic designer who has come to a crossroads in her life. Tired of the big city life in Boston, she returns to her hometown of Knights Bridge where she hopes to open a Bed and Breakfast. But when a short note to an absentee home owner brings ex-hockey star Dylan McCaffrey to Olivia’s doorstep, she is not sure if she can juggle her growing feelings for him as well as the stresses of starting her life over.
Morgan: As soon as I found out this book was set near Boston, I got excited because while I haven’t visited the area a lot, I know that this is near where you grew up.
Whitney: I was raised not too far from Boston and have to say, this novel certainly captured the essence of the city and Massachusetts’ rural areas, too.
Paranormal romance author Sherrill Quinn dons the penname Cynthia Garner for her new series, Warriors of the Rift. For the first book, this month's Kiss of the Vampire, Garner puts a great spin on paranormal tales by adding a science fiction-like element to the story in the form of noncorporeal beings that come to earth. As the tension between races rise, and the story introduces readers to an unusual half-demon, crime-fighting heroine, we went straight to the author for insider details about her latest release.
Kiss of the Vampire is the book that launches your Warriors of the Rift series. This paranormal series has all of the usual suspects — vampires, demons and ... aliens. Can you tell us a bit about adding this science fiction element into the stories?