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Check out the Giant Science Fiction Romance Giveaway at The Galaxy Express!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 21, 2010 | PERMALINK

We love the science fiction romance website The Galaxy Express, run by Heather Massey. So we were thrilled to learn that this year the site is currently hosting its second annual giant book giveaway for the holidays! Here's Heather with all the details:

Starting December 20, The Galaxy Express is hosting the second annual SFR Holiday Blitz. This event features a huge giveaway of over 50 science fiction romance books. Thirty three authors and fifteen bloggers have joined forces to give the gift of intergalactic adventure and romance to readers around the globe.

Sample prizes include books by Linnea Sinclair, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Pauline B. Jones, Nalini Singh, Ella Drake, Anitra Lynn McLeod, and Susan Grant.


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Video Interview: John Scalzi

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author John Scalzi is as well known for his Internet presence as he is for his intelligent and accessible science fiction. He has been actively blogging at Whatever for over ten years, creating content that is ranges from the serious to the lighthearted. Now Scalzi goes behind the scenes of his blog in this interview with RT's Senior Editor and Reviews Coordinator Stephanie Klose. He chats about his blogging practices, the book that some of his posts have been turned into, Your Hate Mail Will Be Gradedand a few of the popular features that keep readers coming back day after day.

John Scalzi Will Grade Your Hate Mail >>


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An Amazing E-Vent With Marjorie Liu and C.L. Wilson - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 01, 2010 | PERMALINK

Authors Marjorie Liu and C.L. Wilson are adding a special touch of magic to their new novels, In the Dark of Dreams and Crown of Crystal Flame, which release this week. These authors are not only hosting a joint book signing at Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, they are streaming the event live so that fans around the globe can participate!

We love Liu for her quirky characters, fast paced action and memorable romances. Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith has nominated In the Dark of Dreams for a 2010 Reviewers' Choice Award. She calls the latest Dirk & Steele adventure, "A terrific concoction filled with choice amounts of danger, passion and betrayal!"

Wilson, a fan favorite, is known for her richly detailed worlds full of adventure and fantasy. Her latest novel concludes the Tairen Song series. Not only did Crown of Crystal Flame receive an RT Top Pick! it was also nominated for RT's November Seal of Excellence.


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3,2,1 ... Free Download

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 | PERMALINK

While we are not all sporting jet-packs and have robotic maids to do our bidding, Starbucks and sci-fi author Greg Bear are working together to make our world a little bit more futuristic. The coffeehouse giant has teamed up with the author to provide fans with a free e-copy of Bear's new novel, Hull Zero Three

Hull Zero Three marks the author's return to his deep space roots and the tale finds both the futuristic hero, Sanjay, and his ship in grave danger.


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Author Interview With Beth Bernobich

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2010 | PERMALINK

Debut author Beth Bernobich talks about her fantasy series starter, Passion Play. The story follows teenage heroine Ilse, as she flees home and discovers that the world is a wild and dangerous place. Learn about Bernobich's inspiration for Ilse's strength, how the novel's hero evolved from a minor character and take a peek at the upcoming novels set in this magic-infused world.


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Get Ready For Three Sci Fi Space Operas

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 13, 2010 | PERMALINK

Authors Nathalie Gray, Robert Appleton and J.C. Hay each wrote an e-book science fiction novella for the Space Opera project Impulse Power. Now the authors sit down to answer RT’s questions about the project, their individual novels and their science fiction inspirations. And don’t miss the *Web Exclusive Reviews* of Gray’s Metal Reign, Appleton’s The Mythmakers and Hay’s Hearts and Minds!

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Other than all being science fiction romances set in outer space, what ties the Impulse Power stories together?


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Kate Elliott's Alternate Earth

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT loves Kate Elliott's newest release, Cold Magic. This unusual science fiction read has RT Senior Reviewer Natalie Luhrs raving,"Of all the alternate history fantasies published in the last few years, this one may just be this reviewer's favorite." Now hear from Elliott about why she wrote an alternate history novel and what makes her story so different.

You may wonder why I wrote an alternate history fantasy when I don’t really read alternate history very much. I wondered, too.

When I think of the phrase “alternate history” I tend to think of novels about “what if,” usually on the theme “what if the Nazis had won World War II” or “what if the South had won the Civil War.” These are not stories that I’m particularly interested in reading. They tend to focus on a pivotal point in history when, say, a battle was lost instead of won or some future Great Man looked the wrong way when crossing the street and got hit by a car, and then the story unfolds from there to see how history would have been different. 


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Mary Robinette Kowal's Favorite Scene From Shades of Milk and Honey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | PERMALINK

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey, was awarded RT’s fifth Seal of Excellence. From Kowal’s realistic Regency England -- with the subtle addition of magic -- to her pitch-perfect Jane Austen-esq voice, the author’s dedication to world building shines through the story. Now Kowal shares her favorite scene from the novel.

To set up this scene a bit, Mr. Vincent, a professional glamourist, and Jane have met on three other occasions prior to this scene and have not gotten along. In the preceding chapter, they have been pressed to create a tableaux vivant as a way of entertaining the various guests at a strawberry picking party.

In the Regency there were various parlour games to provide amusement to a fairly board aristocracy. One of them involved dressing up in costume and standing in a tableaux which the other guests could admire as a sort of living painting. One did not act or speak, just posed. I took that idea and adapted it for glamour.


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Go In-Depth With August's Seal Of Excellence Winner: Mary Robinette Kowal

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 | PERMALINK

Mary Robinette Kowal's debut novel has been awarded RT's fifth Seal of Excellence. Kowal, a highly respected puppeteer and vocal actor, wowed RT editors with Shades of Milk and Honey, a Regency England-set fantasy. The book seamlessly blends historical fiction with fantasy to create a novel in the same vein as Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott with one small addition - magic. In this interview, RT goes behind the scenes of Shades of Milk and Honey to learn how Kowal got into the "Jane Austen frame of mind." And don't miss the exclusive hidden extra that Kowal shares from Shades of Milk and Honey and the author's look ahead at the story's sequel, Glamour In Glass.


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Video Interview: Michele Lang

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 | PERMALINK
Author Michele Lang is interviewed by RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus. The author's newest release, Lady Lazarus, is an historical Urban Fantasy set on the cusp of World War II, and follows the story a young witch who must find an angelic text that will help her stop the war. Now Lang goes behind the scenes of Lady Lazarus to share details about her infusion of the supernatural into the action of WWII, which true historical facts inspired her new series and much more!

Michele Lang Discusses Her Series Starter Lady Lazarus >>

Michele Lang On The Characters Of Her New Series >>

Read The *Web Exclusive Review* of Lady Lazarus >>


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