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Video Interview: Catherine Coulter Talks Suspense, Romance And Her New Novel!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author Catherine Coulter's latest tale of suspense, Split Second, hits shelves today. Now you can go behind the scenes of her newest story with this video interview. The author chats with RT's Morgan Doremus about transitioning from writing historical romance to suspense — a choice she made on a whim — and why she enjoys crafting these mysteries. And her romance fans will be thrilled to learn that she will also be returning to her roots this November with her upcoming novel, The Prince of Ravenscar.

Catherine Coulter On Writing Stories Of Romance And Suspense >>

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On the Shelves Tuesday 7/19/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.

Historical Romance

CODE OF THE WOLF

"[Krinard’s] latest is a powerhouse with all the grit and harshness of a traditional western with the added tension of beasts on the rampage.”

PRACTICAL WIDOW TO PASSIONATE MISTRESS

“With the first in her new trilogy, Allen hooks readers with her charming and well-portrayed characters, especially the secondary cast.”


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Inside the Issue: September 2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

The September issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon. Here are some of the stories you can look forward to:

Christy Reece gives us a sneak peek inside the latest trilogy in her Last Chance Rescue romantic suspense series.

Romance author Cathy Maxwell chats about her popular historical romances with fellow author Renee Bernard.

We turn the spotlight on the industry trend of embargoing books and investigate why some publishers are refusing to provide review copies before the universal release date and how this practice affects readers.

Authors are getting high-tech and digitizing their out-of-print books, making them available for a new generation of fans.

Fans of ABC's hit show Castle will be thrilled to learn that the show's fictional hero, Derrick Storm, is making his graphic novel debut. We've got all the details!

Discover how authors are using fictional circuses and freak shows to entice readers.


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

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!

AUTO-BUY AUTHORS

Young Adult - Calling all Neil Gaiman fans! The creative genius is preparing to unleash a story, illustrated by Adam Rex, about a baby panda whose tremendous sneeze causes mayhem. Chu's Day is set for release next Fall.

NEW SERIES ALERT

Paranormal Romance - Marjorie Liu is getting ready to start a new series that follows the plight of the creatures of the night — vampires, werewolves and beyond — who are hunted down and enslaved by a group of magic-wielding humans who control a zombie army to enforce their rule across their apocalyptic world. No word yet on a publication date for the series first, but we are looking forward to another batch of winning reads from the talented writer. 


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 7/14/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week Caught in the Billionaire’s Embrace?

Here’s what you missed on the RT Website.

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MYSTERY MONTH

Five authors share their favorite ways to kill off characters. How Do They Do It? >>

We feature some of the new and upcoming inspirational reads with mystery elements. See Which Titles We Picked >>

Morgan and Whitney Dish about Andrea Kane’s new suspense tale. Take A Taste >>

Author James Rollins stops by to tell give us insider’s details about his new Sigma Force novel. Watch It Now >>


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Mystery Month: How Thrillerfest Authors Are Inspired To Write Paranormal Tales

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Ask any author and they will tell you one of the most frequent questions they hear is, “Where do you get your ideas?” This was certainly the case for the authors at this year's Thrillerfest convention who took part in the panel Do You Suck Blood? How to Get Inside the Supernatural Head run by Heather Graham. Graham asked the popular question to the authors and got some very interesting answers that we thought we would share. 

Author Jeannie Holmes said that she feels comfortable writing about the "other side" since she has actually lived in several haunted houses. The smells she has encountered — including smoke and perfume — while cohabiting with spirits definitely give her ideas for her own urban fantasy tales. 

But you don’t have to have person experiences with the supernatural to read — or write — scary stories. Author Jonathan Maberry admitted to being a skeptic. He said while he may be “superstitious as hell” he was also taught that evil is a human concept. So, in order to become inspired for his horror stories, he oftentimes looks to old wives’ tales and other stories passed down through the generations. 


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Cheaper By The Dozen: This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.

Historical Romance

The Winter Ballad by Barbara Samuel

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Daddy in Training by Michele Bardsley

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Remedial Magic by Jenna Black

Get It For Free >>

         


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Video Interview: Mystery Author James Rollins Takes Us Inside Of His Sigma Force Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

All this July we are celebrating Mystery Month, paying tribute to those tales of murder and mayhem, conspiracy and cover-ups, that get our blood pumping. Among those authors whose series we love is James Rollins and his popular Sigma Force books. Today the author, who has just released his newest novel in the series, The Devil Colony, stops by to chat with RT's Morgan Doremus about some of the exciting revelations in this tale — and what fans can expect next.

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Love Heals In July's Harlequin Medical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Dark and troubled pasts haunt the characters of all four of this month’s Harlequin Medical Romances. These men and women have lost people they’ve loved, suffered from abuse and endured traumas that have soured them on romance. But this month these medical professionals will only get their happily ever afters if they are able to overcome their pasts!

 

When One Night Isn't Enough 
By Wendy S. Marcus

Nurse Allison was a troubled teen who looked for love in all the wrong places. Although she is all grown up, her promiscuous past behavior has her convinced that she can never be in a healthy relationship. Will Doctor Jared be able to change her mind?


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

We are celebrating Mystery Month on the RT Daily blog, so we thought it would be fitting to check out the first book in Andrea Kane’s new series starter The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, which introduces the Forensic Instincts team, a crime-fighting trio that works just outside of the law to bring criminals to justice. Their latest case is a race against time as Casey and her crew investigates the kidnapping of young Krissy, the only daughter of a powerful judge and lawyer.

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Morgan: Okay, so the story starts off with a parent’s worst nightmare. A young girl named Krissy is kidnapped in broad daylight. No ransom is demanded and false leads just keep piling up. And since Krissy’s high-profile parents are both well-off and well-known, the police, FBI and others are sent in to find the girl.

Whitney: Among those that join the search for Krissy is the private investigative team Forensic Instincts.

Morgan: And while they have a very unfortunate name, you can’t disagree that the Forensic Instincts team gets results. 


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