The American Library Association has named the 2011 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. On the top of that list is The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane. The Zabime Sisters follows the adventures of three sisters who live on the island of Guadalupe as they begin their summer vacation. Originally written and published in France during the 1990s, this award-winning tale was only recently translated into English by Matt Madden.
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Alix Rickloff combines two of our favorite genre in this month’s Earl of Darkness, a January RT Top Pick! This novel's inventive paranormal and historical elements has RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin praising the story as “a tangled tale of good and evil, magic and mystery, passion and desire — one that won’t be easily forgotten.” Check out a behind the scenes look at Rickloff’s inspiration and don’t miss the excerpt of Earl of Darkness at the end of the post.
“Where do you get your ideas?”
Every writer has been asked this, and, if they’re like me, they dread answering. I’d love to say, “Oh, I send $19.99 and receive a huge box of ideas in the mail. Any idea I’m not completely satisfied with, I can send back guaranteed.”
If only it were that simple.
But asking a writer how they come up with their stories is like asking a runner how they run so fast. Call it a gift or a talent or simply good luck, it just happens—without explanation.
In the YA adventure The House of Dead Maids, author Clare B. Dunkle bring Heathcliff and Seldom House to life before Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights takes place. Learn why Dunkle fell in love with the classics and some of the alternate beginnings, middles and endings that she would weave into four other classic tales.
Lots of readers come to the classics through well-meaning but boring school assignments, and there’s nothing like making a thing mandatory to suck all the thrill out of it. But I didn’t have to go to school to find the classics. My mother was an English professor, so our house had a room stuffed with the greatest books ever written, and she was always ready to help me find more interesting layers in those books.
In the early days of series romances (just a few decades ago) heroines who were employed tended to work as secretaries, nurses and teachers. Today women hold jobs in all different sectors of the workforce and series romances certainly reflect this diversity. They work all around the globe and in a variety of fascinating careers. Get a special look at three of the January heroines whose unique occupations have us considering a job change!
For my weekly column Scooped!, I scour the Internet, contact authors and pick my fellow RT editor's brains to make sure no reader question goes unanswered. This week, I reveal the blogs I am addicted to reading, list my favorite recent mainstream books, answer a question about men writing romance and more! Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
Question: I’m looking for some great contemporary novels. I'm not into romance, so maybe you could recommend some books about important friendships. - Sarah
Mainstream: Jonathan Franzen throws “The World’s Most Literary Rent Party Ever" - Jacket Copy
Graphic Novel: The American Library Association announces the top ten graphic novels for Young Adults - ALA.org
Aspiring Authors: Indy book publisher Author Solutions has a first-look deal with film production company - Deadline.com
With blizzards hitting all over the country, it is nice to escape from the cold curled up with a good book. This season, we recommend the paranormal anthology A Midwinter Fantasy to transport yourself to wonderful faraway lands. RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus shares an in-depth author interview with the anthology's authors, Leanna Renee Hieber, L.J. McDonald and Helen Scott Taylor about what you can expect inside their three new novellas!
Morgan Doremus: Can each of you describe the paranormal creatures/characters in each of your stories and make the argument for why your paranormal characters are superior?
Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.
There are certain words that are almost a guarantee to turn other authors off your work. Now, not all authors, mind you. There may be some that don’t care. But there are some that do. Because these words are annoying…especially when they come right after you’ve been a compliment.
It’s also usually something a new author tends to do a lot. It’s okay…because it’s a mistake a lot of authors make and unless you do it repeatedly, it’s not going to kill interest forever.
But these words can really put a damper on the conversation. Wanna know what they are?
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During a time when people believed that witchcraft was behind their misfortunes, Kim Murphy found inspiration for her latest historical fiction. Look back into the 1600 and 1700s when witch-hunts ran rampant throughout society and learn about the role that “cunning folk” play in Murphy’s new novel, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist.
Imagine a beautiful woman being searched for minor body imperfections that would prove she was a witch. This scene was played out all across Europe. In North America, most people think of Salem, but in truth the first witch trial held on the continent took place in Virginia. As a Virginia resident, I was intrigued to learn more, and the premise became the basis for my paranormal/historical novel, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist.