Author Michael Barson has just released Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics, a collection of romance comics that were popular in the 1940s and '50s. With titles like "Flame of Jealousy" and "Was I a Wicked Wife?" as well as quizzes, reader letters and articles on romance, this is a collection that is sure to please die-hard romantics, comic enthusiasts, art lovers and history buffs. Today Barson chats with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus about what "Love Comics" are and why these tales are relevant to contemporary readers even though stories like these are no longer published.
Cable television channel TNT is lining up “The TNT Tuesday Night Mystery” feature. This programing will include contemporary crime dramas as well as made-for-TV movies that will be shown each week. And even more exciting, many of the proposed projects are adaptations of works from fan-favorite mystery authors.
Beginning in November, TNT will premier movies that are based on popular novels like Scott Turow’s Innocent, Sandra Brown’s Ricochet, Lisa Gardner’s Hide, as well as other works by Richard North Patterson, April Smith and Mary and Carol Higgins Clark.
RT brings you an exclusive first look at Stephanie Julian's upcoming series Forgotten Goddesses which begins in July with What a Goddess Wants. We go beyond the back cover blurb with the author who shares how this erotic paranormal romance puts a new spin on little known Etruscan goddesses.
What a Goddess Wants is the first in the Forgotten Goddesses erotic romance series from Sourcebooks Casablanca. The book features a beautiful goddess, a handsome hero, a nasty blue demon and a magical community that’s coexisted with ours in secret for several millennia.
Tessa is the Etruscan Goddess of the Sun, formerly adored by millions (well, that might be pushing it a little), but who’s now living in relative obscurity in Reading, Pennsylvania, where much of the Etruscan population has been settled for two hundred years.
The course of true love does not run smoothly in Rachel Gibson's newest novel, Any Man of Mine. Pro hockey player Sam LeClaire broke Autumn Haven’s heart when he left abruptly the morning after their quickie Vegas wedding. But their resulting child, Conner, is not an obligation that Sam is willing to walk away from, despite the fact that Autumn wants nothing to do with Sam. Will five years of growing up help these divorced parents bridge the difference between “I don’t” and “I do”?
Whitney: I am notorious around here for my love of Rachel Gibson. She is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, up there with Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie and Susan Andersen. So when I saw this was releasing, I pretty much demanded we read it!
Morgan: And while I have never read a Gibson before, I couldn’t wait to dive in as soon as I heard this was a sports-themed romance. Ever since SEP’s Chicago Stars series, I have loved these kinds of books. And I thought Gibson did a fantastic job with the scenes on the ice. The guys talking smack, the fights, the pure male testosterone. Good times.
Due to the increasing number of e-books being published and the growing availability of digital reading devices, readers have been bombarded with stories heralding the death of the printed book. However, according to a recent industry report, the number of traditionally published print books is on the rise.
Bowker’s Annual Book Production Report cites preliminary findings indicate that print titles have increased by 5% over the past year. This means that in 2010 alone there were over 316,000 new books released. And that’s not even counting the explosion of public-domain reprints and self-published works.
The one area where the numbers are unclear is in e-books. Because of difficulty with defining and identifying e-titles, it is difficult to get an exact count on these releases. However, Publisher’s Weekly projects that this number is in the six-figure range.
So no matter how you get your books, if the trend continues, there will be more titles than ever to choose from in the future!
For additional information, see more of Bowker’s findings here.
Today two YA authors chat about their paranormal YA novels and give you a special look at the making of their debut paranornal tales, Die for Me by Amy Plum and Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed. (And then don’t miss your chance to win these new novels and more in the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaways all month long!)
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The July issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon. Here are some of the stories you can look forward to:
This month we get a special look at Diana Palmer’s Merciless.
Find out what your favorite authors are reading this month.
Check out an interview with the incomparable Catherine Coulter.
We investigate the new trend of novels featuring Cleopatra.
George R.R. Martin chats about his A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the HBO television series that is based on it, Game of Thrones, in a special author interview.
Get the details about Kim Harrison’s Hollows series spin-off: a graphic novel prequel!
Brenda Novak heads to "the big house" for some in-depth research for her new novel.
And author Sarah Mlynowski stops by Teen Scene and more!
Context can be key when reading novels written in previous centuries, and whether it's knowing the customs of the times or understanding how people reacted to the story when it was published, these details can help contemporary readers connect to classic novels. With this in mind, Penguin Classics has announced that it will be publishing “amplified” e-book editions of some of these beloved novels.
Starting this week with John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men: Amplified, the publisher will be releasing digital copies of classic novels with supplementary content. For $10.99, when readers purchase the Kindle amplified edition of Of Mice And Men, they will also receive an audio interview with actor James Earl Jones who performed in the play on Broadway, photo stills from the film adaptation, Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech and more.
Penguin claims that with the additional content they hope to “provide a deeper, richer insight into an author’s work.”
Readers can look forward to more classics being amplified by Penguin including the summer release of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road.
For more information, visit PenguinClassics.com.
The handsome hero riding to my rescue, slaying a dragon, or untying me from train tracks ... it may not be realistic but it's certainly a nice fantasy. While I've got faith that I could eventually rescue myself from any of these situations — given some time and hopefully access to some power tools — occasionally it's nice to kick back and imagine a hero who wants to do the hard work for me. This month's Harlequin Historical romances bring this fantasy to life from the ballrooms of Regency England to the Wild Wild West, these are six tales of damsels in distress and the handsome men who come to their rescue — whether or not they need it!
by Melissa Marr
“The uber-talented Marr takes her mesmerizing storytelling talents into the adult arena...Outstanding!”
by China Mieville
“Mieville’s latest is a densely written, thought-provoking and challenging story about language and communication.”
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by Noriko Ogiwara
“Ogiwara’s prose and characters elevate what could have been a mere collect-the-plot-tokens quest.”