We really enjoyed the feature in Salon this past weekend that focused on “the continuators”, a fancy-sounding name for the authors who help keep famous characters (and stories) going on after the original author retires or dies. In Salon they profiled some of our favorite characters that benefited from new authors stepping in to continue their stories such as Sherlock Holmes, Jason Bourne and James Bond. (Authors Anthony Horowitz, Eric Van Lustbader and Jeffrey Deaver continue those series respectively.)
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 our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.
Almost a Spinster by Jenna Petersen
Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa
We are focusing on time travel romances all week long on the RT site and we knew that our spotlight would not be complete without author Lynn Kurland. She has been writing these stories in different incarnations for the past fifteen years, and has moved from historical romance to the fantasy genre and back with her tales of characters that transcend both space and time. So today we caught up with Lynn Kurland to pick her brain about what it really means to write time travel tales!
Why a time travel romance? What is it about your characters being out of time and place that appeals to you?
For me, time travels are the ultimate fish-out-of-water stories. I think having characters completely out of their comfort zone forces them to confront things they might not otherwise, which hopefully makes for a good story.
Author JD Tyler (the pen name for Jo Davis who also writes contemporary romances and eroticas) will keep fans on their toes with this all-new paranormal series starter. Fast-paced and suspenseful, Primal Law, the first in the Alpha Pack series will appeal to J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon fans. But don’t be surprised if these sexy shifters leave you howling for more ...
Whitney: One thing I can say is for those readers looking for a leisurely, sweet read, Primal Law is not for you because this author doesn’t know the meaning of the word slow. The story has deadly fighting, sweaty sex and paranormal creatures literally coming out of the woodwork!
Morgan: And that is just in the first couple of chapters.
Whitney: In the prologue, we meet hero Jaxon Law as he and his of team Navy SEAL shapeshifters are caught in an ambush. In the course of a few pages Jax loses his best friends in the fighting and learns that his lover, Beryl, is the one responsible for their deaths.
The Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group have teamed up to release BookStats, a comprehensive set of statistics that reflect the state of the modern publishing industry. BookStats is an easy way to understand some of the key changes, and the ongoing trends, that the publishing industry has experienced over the last several years.
BookStats comes after several years when the industry has not had any definitive statistics to measure changes. And amidst all of the dark talk about the future of the book industry, BookStats provides numbers that are a beacon of hope.
One such figure is that US publishing revenues is growing, and net sales revenue in 2010 was $27.94 billion dollars, this is an estimated gain of 3% from the previous year’s numbers.
Now there’s no doubt that the e-revolution has had a profound effect on the publishing industry. But we were surprised to see just how big a piece of the revenue pie it is responsible for. The BookStats report estimates that 6.7% of all trade sales in 2010 were trade e-book sales. This is an estimated total of $838 million dollars worth of sold e-books. And that figure only reflects the e-books sold by traditional publishers, and doesn’t even account for the sales of self-published e-books.
We are spotlighting time travel all week long and as you learned yesterday one of the web team's favorite time travel authors is Jude Deveraux. Although Whitney and Morgan can't decide which is a their number one travel tale, A Knight in Shining Armor and Remembrance top both of their lists for the must-read that they always suggest to readers looking to test the time travel waters. So it only makes sense to start our round of author interviews with the talent who got us hooked on this type of novel. Today we host an author interview with the incomparable Jude Deveraux!
A Knight in Shining Armor was first published in 1990 and has been in print ever since. What do you think it is about this story that continues to capture readers' imaginations?
Name: Brian O'Reilly
Book: Angelina's Bachelors
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction
Current Home: We live in the Greater Delaware Valley. It’s a great place to live (and my lifelong home, excepting short spurts in California and just outside NYC), within striking distance of great cities, museums, parks, and mountains, even an ocean. And home is where the kitchen is.
Career (in addition to writing): I’ve been a producer for about 25 years, and most recently, I was the creator and an executive producer of Dinner: Impossible on Food Network. I do some writing for political campaigns across the country and I’m currently developing a number of TV projects while working on a second “Novel with Food.”
Favorite Word: Beer. I think it’s one of the richest, most varied, friendliest words in the language, especially when paired with the interrogatory punctuation mark: “Beer?” I also love the word “slake,” as in “Come and slake your thirst, my friend.”
Each month RT Book Reviews’ editors select one book that is not only compelling but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction and stands out from the more than 250 books reviewed in its latest issue and online.
“Because of the sheer number of books we review each month in RT Book Reviews we have a unique perspective on which one is destined for the keeper shelf and therefore deserves our Seal of Excellence,” says Carol Stacy, Publisher and Internet Director. “It is our intention to share this gem with readers and draw attention to a fantastic book they might not otherwise pick up.“
Whitney and I both love tales of time travel. So when better than the dog days of summer to feature stories about people coming and going across time? All this week we will be taking readers behind the scenes with some of our favorite time travel author aficionados and then we will share a look at what’s ahead for fans to anticipate! But we also wanted to do a bit of time traveling ourselves, so we decided to rewind to a few weeks ago to give you an insider's look at the conversation we had that prompted our spotlight on time travel romances ...
Whitney: Time travel romance is hard to pull off, but Deveraux is a master. Another one of hers that really stands out for me is her reincarnation story Remembrance.
Morgan: Let's spotlight time travel on the site! And we can choose our favorites to share.
Whitney: I call Remembrance!
Debut author Cayla Kluver's YA fantasy Legacy was published before she even graduated from high school. And Cayla’s beta reader — the first person who reads the story after the author has finished writing portions of it — is her mother. Working together the duo self-published the novel before it was picked up by Harlequin Teen! Needless to say, I knew I needed to get the inside story, so here are five question interviews with the author, her beta reader and her literary agent Kevan Lyons, for a special look at how Legacy came to be.