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Historical Trends: Scandalous Siblings

BY , MAY 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

Unflinching bravery in the face of great odds is one of the characteristics that normally distinguishes a hero (or heroine) from the crowd. And in historical romances, often this bravery is related to a sacrifice that the main character is willing to make for their lover. But there’s a new trend brewing in May’s historicals: family matters! This month is all about characters who must answer the question: What wouldn’t you do for a sibling?

If your first thought was “oh, brother!” then you are absolutely correct. Several of May’s new romances sport a male sibling in peril. (Thankfully, in a romance novel a bad case of the “brother-related blues” often means that you are on the path to meeting your one true love!)

 

Too Tempting To Resist

Cara Elliott

The Bro-mergency: A brother’s gambling habit is threatening the family’s fiscal security.


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Caught On The Cover: May 2012

BY , MAY 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month several of our favorite celebrities were "caught on cover", their likenesses spotted on some May new releases. Check out who we found:

 

People we would not like to become rivals with? Anyone who looks like a brunette (or blond) Angelina Jolie!

     

 


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY , MAY 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

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!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Contemporary Romance - Julia London’s next collection of modern-day romances follow three sisters (who never knew that the others existed) as they each inherit a third of a run-down estate in the Homecoming Ranch series. Our fingers are crossed for some sexy cowboy heroes and moments of Southern sisterly bonding that will warm our hearts! Release dates: TBA

Fantasy - It’s all about the underdogs for The Thousand Names by Django Wexler. This will be book one of a series that will take readers into the center of an epic military fantasy. Two soldiers, and their far-sighted commander, have put their hearts and souls into the war, but can they combat superior forces (and the opposite side’s dark magic)? You’ll have to wait and see!


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 3/4/2012

BY , MAY 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend the whole week Taming the Lost Prince?

Here's what you missed on the RT website:

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TEEN DAY 2012 COVERAGE

The RT Convention bookfair was filled with YA authors this year. See Who Was There >>

The Speed Dating and Speed Reading events were a blast. Get An Inside Look >>

Authors talk about writing and their favorite books during panels. What Did They Reveal? >>

Discover what four authors thought of this year's Teen Day. Check Out Their Takes >>

RT's Whitney interviews Franny Billingsley about the author's upcoming projects. Find Out More >>

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Video Interview: Franny Billingsley

BY , MAY 04, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Franny Billingsley got a chance to talk with RT's Whitney at the second annual RT Teen Day during the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention. The pair go in-depth on Billingsley's latest novel, Chime, a supernatural historical story about a girl who believes that she may be pure evil. Discover the inspiration that this author drew on for the unusual world, how her heroine Briony's struggles resonate with the author — and readers — and then get a sneak peek at the next two stories in the series, which Billingsley says were "percolating" as she worked on Chime.


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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick

BY , MAY 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

A quick-witted psychic heroine. Check. A heroic private investigator that uses his supernatural abilities to solve crimes. Check. An eerie gothic setting featuring a dark and terrifying supernatural garden. Check! Amanda Quick creates one of the most exciting paranormal historical romances we’ve read all year when she combines all of these elements, and throws in a murder or two, in her newest release, Crystal Gardens. Learn more about the story during RT’s Morgan and Whitney’s Dish.

Morgan: Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jayne Castle, no matter which name or subgenre you read from this author, you can count on a few key elements. One: The story will open with a bang. Two: There will be a great paranormal element woven into a plot that centers around a mystery. Three: A fascinating hero and intriguing heroine will find that they are perfectly matched — despite the fact that they don’t fit into the rest of society. 


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY , MAY 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. 

Historical Romance

Wildblossom by Cynthia Wright

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Private Pleasures by Jami Alden

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Young Adult

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Buy For 99 Cents >>

         


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From Page To Screen: Upcoming Film And TV Adaptations

BY , MAY 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

Readers who also love to go to the movies or curl up in front of the TV have several reasons to cheer. Recently there has been a surplus of news about upcoming projects that will adapt favorite reads into movies and TV shows — and in some cases, the process will go in the opposite direction. Find out which of these adaptations are making our TBS (To Be Seen) List and find out which upcoming memoirs-turned-movies have us anxious for more news!

STUNNING SEQUELS

Young Adult

It’s no surprise that the second movie installment of the Hunger Games series is being fast-tracked for production. However, a new director will be helming the movie adaptation of Catching Fire. Director Francis Lawrence will be replacing Gary Ross in order to get the project filmed in an abbreviated time span. (Deadline.com reported that Ross didn’t think he’d be able to work with the window of time that Lionsgate studio had allotted.) The film is in a time-crunch as Jennifer Lawrence, who stars as Katniss, is needed to film the second movie in her other action franchise, X-Men: First Class.

And what can fans expect to see with this new director leading Catching Fire? While Lawrence has not said anything specific about the project, a quick look at his resume gives us some ideas about what he may be bringing to the series. He started his career with flashy music videos for JLo, Britney and Green Day before moving on to the visually impressive Constantine, the spooky I Am Legend and the decidedly low-key Water For Elephants. We know we aren’t the only ones who will be eager to see Lawrence's ideas about the fantastical Capitol — and the slowly suffering outer districts. This may just be a match made in cinematic heaven!

Graphic Novel

The Francis Lawrence-directed Hunger Games series second is not the only sequel that has us counting the days until we can pre-purchase our movie tickets. Graphic novel fans are in for a treat, as Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are teaming up to create Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The original 2005 movie, Sin City, was filmed by Rodriguez with a camera shot for each panel from Miller's graphic novel, and the movie remains one of the most celebrated adaptations of the last decade. The new chapter in the series was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, and boasts a screenplay co-written by Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan, who worked on The Departed.

In a press release about the project, Sin City creator, screenwriter and co-director Frank Miller said, “The first Sin City knocked out audiences who had never seen anything like it before. Robert Rodriguez and I are going to shake things up and deliver a ferocious film experience that is going to go even further than the first.“

The release goes on to say that when it comes to favorite characters, you may just be in luck as “many of the original cast [are] expected to return.” (Which means our fingers are crossed for Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Alexis Bledel among others.) Thankfully, we won’t have long to wait for more casting news as the film is expected to begin production early this summer. 


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Video Interview: Charlaine Harris

BY , MAY 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

Paranormal superstar Charlaine Harris continues to dazzles readers with her Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, including this month's Deadlocked, the second to last in the series. During the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention in April, RT's Morgan got a chance to sit down with the author to find out what's next after Sookie's story ends, Harris' thoughts on the HBO adaptation of the series, True Blood, and what readers can expect from the author's new project. Plus, Harris sheds some light on the newly-announced upcoming TV adaptation of her Harper Connelly series that has just been optioned by Syfy (you can read more about the project here).


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Crazy For The New E-Novella Crazy On You By Rachel Gibson

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

Crazy On You” is a story for every woman out there who hasn’t lived life on the straight and narrow. Maybe you’ve spent a little bit too much time in bars, maybe you don’t know the names of everyone you’ve ever kissed or punched (depending on the kind of gal you are), maybe you attended the school of hard knocks and have fought for every single thing you’ve got, and maybe you’ve got a bit — or a whole luggage collection’s worth — of a checkered past. And despite how it may feel when you pick up novel after novel with seemingly perfect heroine, you are not alone.

For every woman who has ever thought that maybe (or even probably) she doesn’t deserve a happy ending, that she isn’t worthy of true love, well, Rachel Gibson has something to tell you, as long as you want it, the possibility of love is there, and heck if you’re lucky it may even be living next door.


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