If I were fighting for the fate of human kind, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to make it to the hair salon as frequently as these Urban Fantasy heroines must for the elaborate dos they sport on the covers of several recent and upcoming releases. Most of these colors aren’t found in nature, and I don’t know about you but I have enough problems keeping my mane under control on a daily basis, so I’m pretty sure that if I learned I was humanity’s last hope, I would be giving myself some sort of bob or pixie and calling it a day!
Alpha men may make some of the best romance heroes, but let’s face it, these characters can be jerks. A lot of the time, alphas heroes are written as dominate, overbearing and bossy. Sure their protectiveness and bad boy qualities are great in the fantasy world of a book, but in real life this kind of attention could drive a girl nuts.
However, in the new paranormal e-novella, “Bound By Vengeance” by Shannon K. Butcher, the author’s alpha hero is pitch perfect. Liam Lann is a true warrior, a Sentinel who has been fighting for hundreds of years against the Synestryn. But Liam’s time is almost up. He can no longer contain the magic that courses through his body, which makes him dangerous. Without a mate, Sentinels eventually become so ravaged by pain of their magic that they seek their own death.
No group deserves the title “romance community” more than those who frequent Lady Jane’s Salon, NYC’s only romance reading series. For the past three years, Lady Jane’s founders Maya Rodale, Hope Tarr, Leanna Renee Hieber and Ron Hogan have welcomed romance authors and readers for a monthly get together to celebrate the genre. And while visitors may see new faces in the crowd, or may be a new face themselves, everyone is surrounded by friends, connected through of the shared love of romance. There is never a lack of conversation, never an awkward moment, because there is always something to talk about — books!
Last Monday’s anniversary event was kicked off by historical romance author Lauren Willig. Lauren is no stranger to Lady Jane’s; in fact the salon’s audience has heard the award-winning author read from several different books in her Pink Carnation series. This time the audience was wowed as Lauren launched into an excerpt from her brand new release The Garden Intrigue.
Meredith Duran is one of the freshest new voices in historical romance. With several RT Top Pick! ratings and RT award nominations already under her belt, fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Duran's sixth book, At Your Pleasure, next month. Today the author shares with us some details about the revenge-seeking hero, Adrian, his hostage, heroine Lady Lenora, and how these two enemies become lovers.
Adrian Ferrers is a man seeking revenge. What can you tell us about his situation?
I was in a dramatic frame of mind when I began writing At Your Pleasure. I wanted to tell the story of a truly epic love — and a star-crossed couple who, in the world’s eyes, absolutely could not be together. My aim was to capture that dreadful, wonderful, intoxicating feeling that comes of yearning desperately for someone whom you know in your bones you were meant for — but who is destined to never be yours. As a result, Nora and Adrian’s story is dark, intense, and (I think) the most romantic book I’ve written.
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 Fiction - Dracula fans delight, Linda Mercury is embarking on a new series which will feature a female Dracula that has a bi-sexual fallen angel for a lover. Dracula's Secret certainly sounds like the type of story that Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton fans will want to sink their fangs into!
Fantasy - With his next project, Brian McClellan will whisk readers back to the world of 18th-century Europe. Readers can expect all the trappings of the time — including angry peasants and an active guillotine. The books’ hero is a man who must rely on a group of mages, and the son who hates him, to keep his head in this dangerous climate. The first book, Promise of Blood will be on shelves in Summer 2013.
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Award winning author Philippa Gregory is best known for her entrancing historical fiction novels that take readers from the Tudor period in England through the 17th century, and beyond. This year, Gregory has the fourth in the Cousins' War releasing, however, fans will be thrilled to learn that the author is also embarking on a new adventure by publishing her debut Young Adult novel in May. Gregory's upcoming novel is a medieval-set story of adventure and romance. Today the author gives RT BOOK REVIEWS an exclusive look inside the story, introduces us to a few of the key characters and shares what it was like to write her first novel for a younger audience.
So the obvious first question is, when will your Young Adult series be set?
What made this story a good fit for the YA market (as opposed to adult historical fiction/fiction)?
This week Morgan and Whitney are Dishing about author Anna Randol’s debut romance novel A Secret In Her Kiss. The story sweeps readers to exotic Turkey in 1815, where academic heroine Mari Sinclair finds herself living in the middle of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Working with her father’s people, the British, and her mother’s people, the Greeks, Mari does a delicate balancing act as she secretly helps fight for Greek Independence by acting as a spy for the British. Her skilled artwork hides plans about the Ottoman encampments, but someone knows Mari’s secret and will do whatever it takes to quiet her for good. Enter, Major Bennett Prestwood, a dedicated soldier who has been forced to take on one last mission before returning home to England: protect Mari whatever the cost.
Morgan: I think what got my attention most about A Secret In Her Kiss is the fact that the book gives readers a very traditional romance in a very different way.
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.
Intentions of the Earl by Rose Gordon
Sleepers by Megg Jensen
Author Marie Force has created a following with her Fatal series, these e-books are one part mystery, one part romantic suspense and a whole lot of fun. Today the author shares an in-depth look at the series' continuing hero and heroine, Senator Nick and Lt. Sam, respectively. Readers have followed them throughout their high-profile relationship and into marriage over the course of the series. In the fourth Force novel, we get to see what happens after the couple says "I do." But before you download your own copy of Fatal Flaw, get the author's take on what types of things keep a relationship between a crime-solving senator and a police lieutenant fresh — and what's ahead for Sam and Nick — when the author chats with RT's Morgan in this week's video interview.