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Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books

BY DJ DeSmyter, OCTOBER 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

To understand Franz Biberkopf (proletarian and petty criminal in Berlin circa 1920) you must be Franz Biberkopf. Thanks to Alfred Döblin, you can be him for a good number of pages.

Plot: A one-armed man robs, beats, drinks and lives with prostitutes.
Rating:
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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

The relationship between (good) science fiction and history is always creepy, but I would have preferred to see the part where teenagers become classical music fans.

Plot: Bad kids do bad things.
Rating:
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Our Favorite Lady Cosplayers From New York Comic Con 2014

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last weekend was the biggest, and surprisingly most organized, New York Comic Con I've ever attended. One of the most enjoyable parts of any comic con is cosplaying, both participating in and appreciating all of the excellent outfits people put together. I noticed more female cosplayers this year than ever before, and below are some of my favorites.


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Who Will You Choose?: Jennifer L. Armentrout and Margo Lipschultz Dish on The Dark Elements Contest

BY DJ DeSmyter, OCTOBER 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

When Harlequin Teen and Jennifer L. Armentrout announced readers will get to vote on which guy Layla ends up with — Zayne or Roth — in the last Dark Elements book, Every Last Breath, fans eagerly began counting down the days until they could put their passion to good use. Starting on Tuesday, October 21, which is when the second book, Stone Cold Touch, releases, fans can begin voting on the official Dark Elements site. We wanted to know more about this unique opportunity and who better to ask than Jennifer herself and her editor, Margo Lipschultz? Let’s get started!

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How did you both decide to let readers vote on the romantic outcome of the series?


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Cover Reveal: The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Cover Reveal season is still going strong and today we're unveiling the super romantic cover for Lauren Layne's upcoming release, The Trouble With Love, the next installment in her Sexy, Love & Stiletto series. And let us tell you, the cover is snappy! With bright colors and — wait, we don't want to spoil it for you, so let's get to it.

As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.

As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons — namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.


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Exclusive Excerpt: Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

It's a gloomy Monday here at RT HQ, we've got a steaming hot mug of tea just waiting to be sipped — seems like a perfect time for an excerpt! How about Elizabeth Hoyt's new historical romance, RT Top Pick!, Darling Beast? It's the story of once renowned, but now down-on-her-luck actress and playwright Lily, who comes across a "monster" when she and her son move into an abandoned theater. Only, you guessed it, because you may have read a historical before, the monster is actually escaped prisoner (and Viscount!) Apollo Greaves. Enjoy!

“Indio!”

Lily paused and glanced around the blackened garden an hour later. She hated to keep Indio locked inside the old theater, but she was going to have to if he insisted ondisappearing like this. The sun would soon be setting. The garden held all manner of dangers for a little boy—and that was without the interest the duke had shown her son yesterday afternoon. Lily hadn’t liked that comment Montgomery had made about Indio’s eyes.

Not at all.


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On the Shelves: 10/14/2014

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

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

Historical Romance

DARLING BEAST

"Fans will relish Apollo’s tale, savor being reunited with favorite characters and cherish the wonderful new ones — especially Lily’s son. Darling Beast is wondrous, magical and joyous — a read to remember."


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Forewords — The Books Before the Buzz

BY DJ DeSmyter, OCTOBER 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of publishing's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

DEBUT AUTHORS

Mainstream - In Libby Cudmore’s “quirky” debut, No Awkward Goodbyes, a young woman receives a mix tape by mistake and sets out to uncover the truth behind her neighbor’s death using the mix tape. Along the way, this Brooklynite grows to accept her new journey into adulthood.

Young Adult - In Beyond the Red, Ava Jae’s debut novel, readers will be taken on a sci-fi adventure. A feud rages on a planet rich with nanite technology, threatening the reign of a young queen. She must turn to her rebel half-blood bodyguard for help in order to stop her vicious twin brother. Coming in 2016.

Historical Fiction - When three women answer Louis XIV’s call for mail-order brides, they journey to the newly established colony in Quebec, Canada. Once there, they suffer more loss than expected. Aimie Runyan’s Ice Flowers is sure to be a mesmerizing read.


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Weekly Web Wrap-Up: 10/10/2014

BY DJ DeSmyter, OCTOBER 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week with The Guy Next Door?

Here's what you missed on the RT site!

Get in the Halloween spirit with our Polyvore Romance Trope Costumes!

Shapeshifting Heroine

Virgin Secretary

YA Heroine Who Discovers She's a Witch

Innocent BDSM Heroine

Wallflower Who's Finally Just Going for Sexy

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EROTICA: We revealed Stacey Kennedy's new cover for Tamed! See It Now >>


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Tropeoween: Halloween Costumes For Your Favorite Romance Trope - The Historical Wallflower Who's Just Going For Sexy

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

All week long we’re celebrating Tropeoween here on the RT blog. What is Tropeoween, you ask? Why it’s a celebration of trope-y romance Halloween costumes, of course! Here's what we've covered so far:

The Newbie Shapeshifting Wolf Heroine (Who Also Might Be A Paranormal Investigator).

The Virgin Secretary to the Billionaire CEO (Who is About to Not be a Virgin At All)

The Awkward YA Heroine Who Just Discovered She's A Witch

The Naive BDSM Heroine

And our final costume is: The Wallflower Who’s Finally Just Going for Sexy.

Look, the season's almost over, you're almost on the shelf. You're tired of getting trod on as you watch the more popular and moneyed girls get snapped up. Well, you’re going to show the ton after all. Maybe you’ll be compromised by a handsome rake and live happily ever after! (Hey, it already happened to your sister. And your cousin. Makes sense that you would be next.)


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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling our favorite Tweets. 

 


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