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Happy Birthday Penguin Books! - With Giveaway

BY Morgan Doremus, JULY 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

The publishing house Penguin Books turns 75 years old this year (that’s a lot of candles) and I want to wish them a good one.

If you are lucky enough to be with your "special someone" for seventy five years, tradition states that diamonds are the proper anniversary gift. To celebrate their seventy fifth anniversary, Penguin Books is giving away their diamonds — well, metaphorical diamonds. They're throwing book parties, supporting charities and hosting a giveaway for RT readers. You can find all of that information below, but first let me tell a bit about the publishing house we can thank for hours of reading pleasure.

A few little know facts about Penguin:

• Penguin Books was launched in 1935 in the middle of the Great Depression. Allen Lane, the founder, wanted to offer cheap, quality books to the masses.  

• The first home of the publisher was in the Holy Trinity Church crypt. 

• The first books Penguin published were all reprints, including works by Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway and Dorothy L. Sayers. 


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Science Fiction Author Terry DeHart On The Politics Of Dystopia

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

Science Fiction author Terry DeHart considers "the politics of dystopia" as he writes from many different characters' perspectives in his new novel, The Unit.

Which group is more likely to survive an apocalypse—liberals or conservatives?

It’s a simplistic question duct-taped to a complex problem, but when an American writer sets out to tell a post-apocalyptic story in these days of media-fired partisan rancor, readers look for the question on every page of the work. The writer’s choice, it seems at first, is to choose a side and go with it—which is to say, choose to write off roughly half of the population. (Bye-bye! Nice knowing you!) The passionately partisan writer can paint the question in black and white and be done with it. And the book might find its niche, a readership of like-minded people, and what’s wrong with that?


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Adena Halpern On Taking The "Wrong" Path

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

Adena Halpern shares how a doomed relationship, the movie Sliding Doors and underwear from Target all contributed to her new mainstream novel, 29.  And don't miss the author's list of "The Top Ten Mistakes Every Woman Should Make Once" at the end of the post!

When I was 21 years old, I moved to Los Angeles from New York City, 3,000 miles away from my family for a guy I was madly in love with. My parents tried to change my mind. “Are you sure you want to leave your life where everyone knows and loves you for him? Wasn’t it your dream to live in New York City and become a famous novelist?” I told them they didn’t understand true love. 


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Why Ice Cold Was Awarded The June RT Seal Of Excellence

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2010 | PERMALINK

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It's A New Name For Author Katia Lief!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2010 | PERMALINK

We had an office visit on Monday from the lovely and talented author Katia Lief, who's writing under her real name for the first time (her pseudonyms include Katia Spiegelman and Kate Pepper).

Katia just happens to live one block away from the RT offices, so she stopped by with copies of her October and November book covers for her new suspense novels. (Katia also cat-sits our office visiting feline, Dylan, who was featured in our May issue, but that's another story.)

October's book is You Are Next, in which former detective Karin Schaeffer learns the madman who destroyed her family has escaped from prison. November's Next Time You See Me has Karin tracking down her husband, who vanishes after his parents are slain.

Look for a two-fer giveaway from Katia in the October issue of RT: Five packages of Next Time You See Me and You Are Next, autographed by the author! Also, Katia and her video-editor husband have created a trailer for her books. Check it out at www.KatiaLief.com.


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What Is Inspiring Inspirational Author Ronie Kendig

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 29, 2010 | PERMALINK

Ronie Kendig, author of the new inspirational novel Nightshade, shares how her hero Max was inspired by the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the challenges that are still ahead of these real-life heroes when they return from the front lines of battle. And don't miss the excerpt of Nightshade after the blog post. 

This is who I am, Sydney. You didn’t have a problem with me when we got married.” — Nightshade, pg. 73

That line is Max Jacobs’s best defense. And it’s a lie. But Max will do anything to avoid the truth, to ignore the cage of demons locked in his mind. To acknowledge the truth, he must face what left him haunted—and that’s a mission this former Navy SEAL won’t accept. 


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Stacia Kane Gets (Control) Freaky

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 28, 2010 | PERMALINK

Urban Fantasy author Stacia Kane reflects on her inspirations and her writing process after finishing her back-to-back Downside Ghosts trilogy: May's Unholy Ghosts, June's Unholy Magic and July's City of Ghosts. Kane chats about how she sees herself not only in her heroine, Chess Putnam, but also in the entire Downside Ghosts world.

Where Do Books Come From?


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John Wayne Inspires a 'Bonnet Ripper' Erotic Male/Male Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 28, 2010 | PERMALINK

How John Wayne and a classic bonnet ripper inspired author Jacqueline Barbary to write her first m/m romance Savage Sanctuary.


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Lady Olivia's Scandalous Letter

BY Morgan Doremus, JULY 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

Last week I received a letter from Olivia Wingate-Carsington, the heroine from Loretta Chase's newest release Last Night's Scandal. Intrigued by Lady Olivia's view of the author and story itself, I have decided to share this piece of correspondence with the RT Readers. Enjoy!


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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 7/27/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

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


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