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:
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!