Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
This month Meg Maguire impressed us with her Harlequin Blaze debut, Caught on Camera. The tale overflows with witty banter between the heroine and hero, who take a chance on their chemistry to turn a work relationship into something much more. Today Maguire, best known for the erotic romances she writes as Cara McKenna, gives us an inside look at her series romance and reveals the challenges of writing across genres.
Thanks so much for having me today!
For those who haven’t heard of me—which is nearly everyone—I actively write contemporary romance, as well as erotica (under the name Cara McKenna). When I was invited to post, I was asked to talk about the differences I encounter, writing in my two genres. My romances are rather steamy and explicit, so on the surface the differences may not seem so great, aside from the obvious—the numbers of bodies rolling around and the particular bedroom shenanigans they get up to. But the differences run quite a bit deeper than that. The main genre rift for me is all about the external conflict, or lack thereof.
YA author Ruta Sepetys takes us behind the scenes of her new novel, Shades of Gray, which is based on the true story of the Baltic refugees that survived the ethnic cleansing that was carried out on Stalin’s orders. Learn about the genocide that inspired this story, discover why this atrocity is rarely spoken of in the US and find out about the moments that came together for this tale both heartbreaking and hopeful.
“I will tell you what happened to me, but only if you promise not to use my name.”
That is what I heard while conducting research for my novel, Between Shades of Gray.
Fifty years had passed, yet their hands still shook when they spoke of their experience. Fifty years had passed, but the tears and grief were still raw. Secrets are painful and through my research I learned that secrecy can swallow the voice of an entire generation.
The RT Editors have chosen Sophie Littlefield's Urban Fantasy, Aftertime, as the twelfth Seal of Excellence recipient. This novel captured our editors' attention with the terrifying obstacles in the path of a mother trying to find her daughter in a post-apocalyptic world.
But why was Aftertime awarded the RT Seal Of Excellence and which other titles were contenders for the month of March?
Could you walk away from a $500,000 contract? That is exactly what thriller author Barry Eisler has just done. Eisler recently announced that his lucrative deal with St. Martin's Press to publish the next two book in his John Rain series is off!
The original deal was the result of an auction that Eisler's agent, Dan Conaway, held last fall. However, Eisler has decided to instead go the self-publishing route. He made the announcement public by posting a discussion with fellow author J.A. Konrath this weekend online.
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
Mainstream Fiction - Looking for an exotic tale? Award-winning author Isabel Allende never disappoints. Her newest offering, Maya's Notebook, will be published in October of next year. It is set in Berkeley and Chile and follows a young woman whose life is falling apart and her subsequent move to an isolated island off the coast of South America.
Romantic Suspense - Sharon Sala has just signed a multi-book deal with Mira for several romantic suspense stories. We can’t wait!
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Paranormal - Kristina Douglas, aka Anne Stuart, will release the third and fourth books in her series The Fallen. In The Fallen universe, angels no longer allowed in heaven fight demons that are loose on earth.
NEW SERIES ALERT
Did you spend your whole week wishing you had a copy of Girls’ Guide To Flirting With Danger?
Here’s what you missed on the RT website.
RT brings you an exclusive first look at Lauren Dane's new novel, Mesmerized. We go beyond the back cover blurb for a special look at this futuristic erotica, which will hit bookstores early April.
Mesmerized is book two in my Phantom Corps miniseries, which is part of the Federation Chronicles series of futuristic erotic romances. This one has a little bit of a hat tip to Firefly (loved that show!).
Mesmerized tells the story of Andrei Solace, one of the elite Phantom Corps team. A man of few words, who does not let too many people in past his silent façade, he’s been a bit of a mystery in the series.
War has begun to break out and the enemy of The Federated Universes is using ‘Verses on the frontier with Imperialist territory to smuggle. Just what and why is a mystery they’re beginning to solve. So Phantom Corps teams are sent to get answers.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We celebrating the holiday with a very special interview. Karen Harper and Erin Quinn two of our favorite authors who bring the Emerald Isle to life in fiction with their Ireland-set tales! And don’t miss your chance to win Karen Harper’s The Irish Princess and an ADVANCED READER COPY of Erin Quinn’s Haunting Desire at the end of this interview.
Both of you are obviously attracted to Ireland as a setting for your historicals. What drew you to use Ireland, other, perhaps, than Irish descent?
Artist Trevor Goring has been illustrating comic books and graphic novels since he was in college. After graduating, he worked on the landmark comic 2000 AD before getting into storyboarding and creating concept art for movies and television. He has worked on such popular projects as Independence Day, X-Men 2 and the Twilight franchise. Today Trevor Goring chats with RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus about his previous projects and what fans can expect next.