When I read that there was going to be a graphic novel adaptation of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, my eyes rolled so hard I thought they were going to fall out of my head. No more, I thought. The Dragon Tattoo wave has crashed, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Stieg Larsson is turning in his grave, wishing that he were able to enjoy the financial benefits of his internationally successful Millennium trilogy.
We are very excited to share that we’ve added two new staff members to the RT BOOK REVIEWS family. You’ll be seeing their names in the magazine masthead, but today we are giving you a chance to “Meet the Editors” with a special guest blog post from our new Features Editor Mala and our new Associate Editor Audrey.
Hi, RT readers! I'm Mala, the new Features Editor, and I come to you from Soap Opera Weekly, Soap Opera Digest and Pixie. I spent seven years working as an entertainment writer and editor, and I've been a pop culture junkie my whole life. An avid reader in general, I started with romance in middle school — and never stopped! I'll read just about any genre, though I have a soft spot for historicals thanks to my early years reading Valerie Sherwood, Amanda Quick and Johanna Lindsey. I also love Indian movies (I speak Bengali and Hindi, as well as a little Spanish) and comic book films (I cannot wait for The Avengers to come out).
Seanan McGuire introduces readers to the feisty Verity Price in the clever new series starter Discount Armageddon. As this cryptozoologist and competitive ballroom dancer tries to juggle her family legacy and passion, she stumbles onto a mystery that is bigger than she ever could have imagined — and Verity has a BIG imagination. Will the new man in her life, Dominic de Luca, be an ally in unraveling this mystery or is his interference going to undo all of the good that Verity has done during her stay in New York City?
Morgan: This book has so many great one-liners that I could literally fill up this entire Dish with just quirky sayings that are used.
Whitney: You know Morgan, I was just thinking that author Seanan McGuire is certainly a clever, clever lady!
Morgan: And she does a great job giving her heroine Verity the gift of gab, too.
Whitney: Which is just one of the reasons that I am going to say, whether you are a long time Urban Fantasy fan, have never tried one before or don’t normally read books in this genre, you have to try Discount Armageddon.
RT Managing Editor Liz French (left) with author Alison Gaylin
Allow me to gloat just a little bit here. I love living in New York! Well, at least this week I do. I went to see March Seal of Excellence winner Alison Gaylin sign and read from her bestselling suspense novel, And She Was, Tuesday at NYC’s Mysterious Bookshop, and fell in love with the author's new heroine all over again.
Brenna Spector has some weird neurological condition, which Alison actually pronounced several times last night but I can’t wrap my mind around. I’m going to call it thingamajig syndrome. Here’s the gist: Brenna Spector remembers EVERYTHING, all five senses engaged, every damn detail. Of every day in her life since her sister disappeared one day when Brenna was 11. Yeah. Heavy! The good memories, the bad memories ... why her marriage broke up, the pain of childbirth, what kind of tie her therapist was wearing in 1985 ... so, perfect syndrome for a PI to have, right?
We all know that when it comes to writing mysteries, it’s all about the details. And sometimes, there is simply no substitution for research that's done by asking a professional. Today, thriller author Andrew Peterson shares a look into the hearts and minds of ATF agents — and talks about what it was like to be attacked by one of their dogs (don’t worry, he volunteered for it!) during the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention. Then, find out how you can get your questions answered by — and an up close look at — these fearless agents.
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.
Once Upon A Wicked Night by Jennifer Haymore
Cheyenne by Lisa Wiedmeier
Looking for some laughs along with a fun mystery? Then you will definitely want to check out Deborah Coonts' Lucky O'Toole series. Today the author sits down with RT's Morgan to talk about her sleuthing heroine. Get an insider's look at Lucky's unusual upbringing and find out how it made her into a problem solver extraordinaire. Plus find out about Lucky's unusual love interest and what makes Las Vegas this author's favorite city, all before you enter for a chance to win her latest mystery, So Damn Lucky.
Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today Young Adult author Maggie Stiefvater gives RT readers a peek inside her new Raven Cycle series before the first book, The Raven Boys, releases in September. Find out how heroine, Blue, evolved and what role the dire prophesy, “if she kisses her true love, he will die” plays in her life!
As someone who has spent the last five years painstakingly building a reputation of writing love stories, it seems a little insane that my new series revolves around a girl who can’t kiss her true love — or anyone else, really. But in The Raven Boys, the first book in the four-book Raven Cycle, that’s what Blue Sargent has grown up knowing about herself. As the daughter of a small-town psychic, she has grown up surrounded by clairvoyants. In several different ways — tarot cards, palm reading, scrying — they’ve read her fortune, and all have come to the same conclusion: if Blue kisses her true love, he’ll die.
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: