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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 27, 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!

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS

Historical Romance – Debut author Victoria Roberts kicks off her new series about Scottish rogues, Bad Boys of the Highlands, with a hero who is plagued by demanding relatives, a king’s decree and a defiant heroine. Although no publication date has been announced yet, we do know that this is the first of three in Robert’s new series. 

Young Adult – In The Incarcerado Trilogy series starter, two teens at the Pulaski Country Juvenile Detention Center for Boys learn that they have superpowers. But that’s not the only revelation; it quickly becomes clear that the head of the Extranatural Agency has a devious agenda for these two boys in The Twelve Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs. Publication date TBA.

Science Fiction – Years after all of the adults have been abducted by aliens, two teens meet a girl whose supernatural powers may be able to stop the alien agenda in Conquered Earth by J. Barton Mitchell. The first in this trilogy is slated for publication in Fall 2012. 


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 6/24/2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week Taming the Last St. Claire?

Here’s what you missed on the RT website.

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PARANORMAL: The reading community bands together to help raise money for ailing LA Banks. Find Out How To Get Involved >>

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Adrianne Byrd’s sizzling King brothers heat up the genre. Meet The Hero Of King’s Promise >>

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE: Find out what's going on with Morgan’s Mercenaries. Lindsay McKenna Shares A Peek >>

EROTICA: Moira Rogers latest is part paranormal and part fantasy. Read The Excerpt >>

SCIENCE FICTION: We wrap up some of our favorite genre news. What’s On The Horizon? >>

YOUNG ADULT: Get a taste of what’s next for Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls. Read On >>

INSPIRATIONAL: Venture into a ballroom for the first time with Miss Charlotte Beck for this new historical tale. Read The Excerpt >>


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Beg For Mercy By Jami Alden

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

In Jami Alden's new romantic suspense Beg for Mercy, heroine Megan Flynn is racing against the ticking clock of her imprisoned brother’s execution date. Will she be able to convince Detective Cole Williams to reopen the case of a man he believes is guilty of a heinous crime?

Whitney: This is my favorite romantic suspense to come along in a while. The romantic relationship is so tortured, the killer is so evil, this was literally a story I did not want to put down.

Morgan: Agreed. Right now I am riding high on the whole resurgence great romantic suspense out there (waving at Maya Banks, Marie Force and Jayne Ann Krentz). And this has got to be, hands down, the best I’ve read in a long time. It was intensely thrilling, but the romance was still there — lurking behind every piece of dialogue, every action. 

Whitney: Beg for Mercy really did read like a return to the early days of romantic suspense. Fans of classic Kay Hooper, Linda Howard and Catherine Coulter novels will devour this tale. 


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Video Interview: Libba Bray On Beauty Queens The June RT Seal Of Excellence Winner

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month's RT Seal of Excellence was awarded to Beauty Queens by the phenomenal Libba Bray. This satirical YA novel follows a group of teen beauty queens fighting for survival on a dessert island and won such praise from the RT editors as, "One of the most creative books I've ever read." Today RT's Senior Editor Stephanie Klose sits down with the author to get the insider details about the making of Beauty Queens. (It is so behind the scenes, you'll get to see the author singing at the end of the video.) And then don't miss your chance to win this novel after the interview!

Libba Bray shares a look behind the scenes of Beauty Queens >>

Enter to win your own copy of Beauty Queens >>

 


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 23, 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.


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Lauren McLaughlin Talks Identity, Gender And Acceptance In Cycler and (Re)Cycler

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

In recognition of Gay Pride Month, today we are chatting with YA author Lauren McLaughlin who is best known for her non traditional series,  Cycler and (Re) Cycler. In these books the heroine, Jill, lives for four days every month as a boy named Jack. Says RT’s Kate Girard of the series first, Cycler, “There is nothing about this story that is ordinary, and yet this tale about struggling through life as a teen will feel as familiar to readers as if it is their own while simultaneously inspiring deep reflection on what it is to be ‘normal’.” Today the author talks about her tales of love and identity, and offers three good resources for teens (and families) that want to learn more about transgender issues.


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On The Shelves Tuesday 6/21/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

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

Historical Romance
  
 Shameless
by Anne Stuart

“In The House of Rohan series, no innocent is safe and readers are rendered breathless with chills of delight.”
  Seduction And Scandal
by Charlotte Featherstone

“Secrets, passions and conflicts abound as readers are led through a labyrinth of plot twists, séances … and love scenes that take their breath away and leave them panting for more.”
       
  A Wedding Wager
by Jane Feather

“This compelling read delivers an unforgettable cast of characters and places them in an irresistible story of a second chance at love …”
    The Darkest Heart
by Thea Devine

“[Devine] builds a vampiric world that is dark, sinister and sensual.”
             

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Meet Eve Edwards And Sneak A Peek At The Other Countess — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Eve Edwards takes YA readers back to the past with her new series, The Lacey Chronicles. The series first, The Other Countess, is a July Top Pick! RT’s Raven revealed, “I stayed up way too late to finish this one — but it was so worth it! Edwards has created a richly detailed historical world with lively characters.” Today the author offers a special peek inside the series, gives you access to the entire prologue and first chapter and hosts a giveaway so you can enter to win your own Advance Reader Copy of The Other Countess!

A warm “hello” from Oxford, England, to all of you in the USA interested in the first of the Lacey Chronicles, The Other Countess. If you like your heroes handsome but troubled and your heroines disadvantaged but witty under pressure, then I think there will be much in the book for you. There are jousts and feasts, gossip and girlfriends, alchemy and arrests for treason, so I promise you are unlikely to get bored!


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 20, 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!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Romantic Suspense - Get ready for Project Alpha, the newest series from Shayla Black. The series will follow genetically engineered soldiers as they fight to keep the world — and the women they love — safe. 

Paranormal Romance - Bestselling author Alyssa Day is launching the League of the Black Swan series. No word yet on the titles of the first three books, however, we do know that the stories will feature the Knights Templar and other supernatural vigilantes who are working to keep the world safe from the Dark Wizard of Bordertown. 


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Go Behind The Scenes of Black Heart Loa With Adrian Phoenix

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we get an insider's look at Adrian Phoenix's Black Heart Loa with this mini-interview about the author's urban fantasy series. And then be sure to check out the first posting in Adrian Phoenix's Chapter Hunt to get an exclusive look at the first chapter of Black Heart Loa as it is released in four segments over the course of this week!

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Black Heart Loa is a sequel to Black Dust Mambo. For readers new to the series, can you give us a three sentence wrap-up of "the story so far"?

You bet! In Black Dust Mambo, After unraveling the mystery behind her family history, a mystery that had drawn the deadly attention of the infamous Doctor Heron and nearly cost Kallie her life and her soul, she ended the root doctor's life with the help of sexy nomad (and winner of the carnival's wet boxers contest) Layne Valin, Kallie believed her family was safe at last. But before Kallie could catch a breath or even spend a little time in Layne's arms, she discovered that her bayou pirate cousin and his dog were missing and realized that Doctor Heron's dark revenge hadn't died with him. Now, there is nothing Kallie won't do to find her cousin and bring him home again.


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