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Destination: Hawaii

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 12, 2010 | PERMALINK

Novels allow readers to travel around the world even if they can't drop everything and head to somewhere like Russia, Singapore or Indonesia. When writing about a foreign country, authors use the locale's culture, language and particular destinations to bring their stories to life. Now the RT Web Team is going in-depth to find out how authors are inspired by these countries and what details they use to transport readers around the world.

Today, join us for a look at Hawaii when RT interviews inspirational author Robin Jones Gunn of this month's Under The Maui Moon ...

RT: Why did you choose Hawaii as your setting for Under The Maui Moon?


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Siren Strikes Again - WITH GIVEAWAY!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

It's time for our second installment of Tricia Rayburn's Siren, in stores July 13th. This week RT readers get an exclusive look at the second chapter of Siren and one more chance to win the Super Stuffed Summer Beach Bag Giveaway, which includes some great signed books and a gift card to Sephora! Read on for more …

 

Dear RT BOOK REVIEWS Readers,


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Weekly Web Wrap Up 7/9/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

Were you too busy to get online because you were issuing an SOS: Convenient Husband Required?

Here's what you missed this week on the RT website.

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Patricia Rice chats about her new type of hero. What Makes Them Special? >>


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Tips Of The Trade From ThrillerFest Today

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

Four thriller writers at today's ThrillerFest panel "What's The Worst Advice You Ever Got? The Best?" entertained the audience with tales of the real life hints, tips and advice that they have used to launch and sustain successful writing careers. The panel was moderated by Matt Ritchel and included authors Daniel Palmer, Lisa Gardner, Alex Dryden and Alex Kava.


Their Favorite Tips:

Lisa Gardner got this advice at a conference years ago – and now swears by it. “When you are writing, light a scented candle. If you do this for two weeks you will get a Pavlovian response to the scent which will actually keep you inspired.” Gardner shared that after she had a child and life became exponentially more helpful, all the writing she does these days she credits to The Scented Candle Technique.

Daniel Palmer credits his dad with the best advice he ever got. “It doesn't have to be probable – just possible. If it happens once, it's still the best benchmark for writing.” His example of improbable but possible? A cockroach climbing out of the mouth of a corpse. Gory but it could (and may) happen!


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog
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Learning How To Profile At ThrillerFest

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

The FBI estimates that there are between 40 and 50 active serial killers in the United States at any given time. But Mark Safarik, the FBI profiler speaking at a panel today at ThrillerFest, says he places the number closer to 25.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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ThrillerFest Forecast: Authors Share What To Expect From Them Next

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

At ThrillerFest this afternoon we got a chance to check in with some of our favorite authors about the projects they are currently working on (and what readers can look forward to seeing in stores next year). They shared their current projects and exclusive details for RT Readers.

 Alex Kava is continuing her Maggie O’Dell series with Damaged, which will be released on Tuesday, and next summer readers can follow Maggie to western Nebraska in Hot Wire. Kava says, “Expect barbed wire fences and sand hills.”

John Lescroart, who was sitting right next to Kava, chimed in, “Your title Damaged is extremely close to the title of my next release, Damage, which comes out in January.”

 Erica Spindler’s Watch Me Die will be out in May 2011. The story is set in New Orleans when “the ghost of Hurricane Katrina” revisits the city.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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RT Reports From ThrillerFest

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 09, 2010 | PERMALINK

Mystery writers gather together each year for ThrillerFest, a four-day conference hosted by the organization of International Thriller Writers. We were psyched to attend their fifth annual conference, which was held at the Grand Hyatt hotel, above the famed Grand Central Station in New York City.

Writers attend panels about the craft of writing, such as “How To Make Your Pulse Race,” as well as discussions about the business of writing, like the Friday-morning panel “How Do you Excite Your Editor and Get More Out of Your Publisher?” There were also workshops for fans of the genre like “Who’s Your Hero? In Fiction and in Real Life” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”


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Video Interview With Nancy Bush

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 08, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT BOOK REVIEWS Web Editor Morgan Doremus interviews Nancy Bush about the author's new release Blind Spot. The pair chat about the author's inspiration for the romantic suspense, which takes place mainly in a mental institution, and the emotional heartache Bush puts her heroines through.

Nancy Bush On Blind Spot >>

Nancy Bush Discusses The Colony Series >>


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Tags: Romantic Suspense, RT Daily Blog
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Tales Of The Twenties

BY Whitney Sullivan, JULY 08, 2010 | PERMALINK

Who doesn’t love the 1920s? Flirty flappers, sexy speakeasies and fast cars, it’s a time rife with change. With gay parties and bright young things determined to have a good time despite the worries lurking when the parties end, there is inherent conflict in the time. Beyond the parties that the era is best known for, It was an age of social unrest, of turbulent politics and a population determined to find new ways after the old ones had led to war and sadness.


In Let’s Misbehave, out this month by Rae Summers, Gabrielle and Simon struggle with their identities in 1920s England. Gabrielle has already left behind the past, eschewing her noble heritage to become a modern woman. Simon is caught between his desire to live a life “full of spontaneity and joy” and his obligation to his family’s birthright. Both characters are seeking to fill an emotional emptiness and discover what being a "modern" person really entails. This novella is a quick ride that RT Reviewer Kate Gerard says, “conveys a depth of feeling that is not reached by many novels triple its size.”

 


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Authors Gena Showalter And Jill Monroe Team Up For A Non-Fic Project

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 07, 2010 | PERMALINK

Authors Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe are teaming up for a non-fiction project. Titled, Immortelle, this magazine-style non-fic will focus on comprehensive dating advice for the modern woman. What's the twist? It's written "as if hot, otherworldly men were actually living among us."

The authors, who are best friends, started with the desire to create a "magazine for mortals and immortals alike" and took the project from there ... So, what does a magazine for that niche audience actually look like? Co-author Gena Showalter says, expect Immortelle to be "a mix of Cosmo, Redbook and Oprah." But readers can expect a bit more than advice. Between the pages there will be how-to's, top ten lists, quizzes and even ads.

"If you’re wanting to prepare a romantic meal for your angel or your demon, we’ll tell you what to cook and what to wear. Same with your vampire, werewolf, ghost and other creatures of 'myth.' But no worries, it all applies even if you’re not dating an immortal. Because, really. Everyone’s dated a flesh and blood male and thought, at some point, that the guy shared the same traits as a vamp or a werewolf (or sadly, even a zombie)."


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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