RT Seal of Excellence award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal will be releasing her next novel, Glamour in Glass on April 10. The series first, Shades of Milk and Honey, won the August 2010 RT Seal of Excellence, and had RT Senior Reviewer Natalie saying, "If Jane Austen had written a fantasy novel, Shades of Milk and Honey would have been the result. Written with painstaking attention to detail, Kowal’s prose is serenely evocative of the time period, and the fantastic elements are a seamless fit." The story won favor with lovers of the fantasy, historical romance and paranormal romance genres, Austen fans or not. In today's interview with RT's Morgan, the talented Kowal gives us a peek between the covers of her upcoming second novel, in which newlyweds Jane and Vincent embark on a new adventure, and shares how her career as a professional puppeteer influences her writing. Plus get a look at some of her unique handmade puppets that she used to re-create the "glamour" show that appeared in Shades of Milk and Honey. And after watching the interview be sure to check out an excerpt of the upcoming story here.
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.
Forever Mine by Delilah Marvelle
Where The Heart Is by Jenny Gardiner
Bound by Kira Saito
Debut author Kristen Callihan’s Firelight won this month’s RT Seal of Excellence in a blaze of glory. Today, because we've promised not to tell any of her other characters, Kristen Callihan reveals why her masked and mysteriously disfigured hero is her very favorite character. Plus, find out how to win your own copy of this new novel!
If pressed to make a choice, I would have to admit that my hero Archer is my favorite character in Firelight, and as his maker, I sure do love him.
However, Archer and I got off to a bit of a rocky start. I had planned to write Firelight entirely in my heroine Miranda’s point of view. (No, I don’t know what I was thinking.) After struggling to write a scene in Miranda’s point of view and failing because a certain man would not keep quiet inside my head, I gave in and let Archer have his way. What came out was pain. Loneliness and isolation had beaten him down.
Lani Diane Rich debuts her paranormal pseudonym, Lucy March, with this month’s A Little Night Magic. And with the author’s signature wit — expect to smile as you read this story — she turns a waitress heroine into a woman who might just be the deciding factor in a war between good and evil. But when the story opens, our Olivia doesn’t even know that she has magic powers ...
Whitney: Before we get into the whole Olivia-is-magic thing, we have to point out that she stopped believing in that kind of stuff a long time ago.
Morgan: Well, not so long ago.
Whitney: Right, for a long time she imagined that a sparkly blue linoleum square at Crazy Cousin Betty’s Waffle House could grant wishes.
Morgan: She tried to use this throughout her childhood to make her dreams come true, with varying results.
Whitney: But when Olivia was twenty-two she stood on the square and wished her mother wouldn’t have cancer anymore.
Morgan: And when the wish didn’t come true ...
Spoiled shares a look at the books you can't wait to read, long before they hit stores. Today author Tera Lynn Childs gives RT readers a peek inside the third novel in her popular Fins series before the book hits stores in July. Get her take on what it's been like to watch heroine Lily grow up — and what readers can expect from Just For Fins!
I first met Lily Sanderson (aka Princess Waterlily of the mer kingdom of Thalassinia) on a beach in Naples, Florida, back in the summer of 2006. She was born of the idea that mermaids have the ability to bestow magical powers with a single kiss and wondering what would happen if a particular mermaid accidentally bestowed her magical first kiss on the wrong boy. Enter biker bad boy Quince Fletcher.
Right from the start, Lily and Quince had chemistry. Mostly because Lily was single-mindedly focus on her All Encompassing One True Love, Brody (who, coincidentally, barely knew she existed) and Quince loved to tease her about her crush … and just about any other topic he could. Of course we all know that he secretly had feelings for her, but couldn’t seem to get her attention away from Brody any other way.
We've been spotting several less-than-dressed hotties on the fronts of recent releases. It seems that when the weather gets cold, our heroes and heroines strip down to their tank tops for cover appearances. We certainly don't fault these good looking men and women for ultilizing the right to bare arms, and showing off what their mama (and clearly, many hours at the gym) gave them. With inspiration in mind like this iconic shot of Battlestar Galactica's Apollo and Starbuck, we aren't surprised to be seeing so many tank topped characters.
Author Carly Phillips is known for her hot contemporary romances featuring strong male characters, especially the hunky heroes of her current Serendipity series. At the last RWA conference in New York City, the author sat down with RT's Morgan to talk about the unexpected places she gets her inspiration (like soap operas). Phillps also shared several tips for aspiring authors, including how to develop a strong support system. There's all this and more in this RT-exclusive video interview.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
"The strong plot and well-crafted characters envelop readers as the beauty of the romance sweeps them away."
"Allen takes a shipwreck spying adventure with lots of sensuality and spins it into a page-turner."
Looking to add a few books to your TBR pile? In our column "If You Like ... You'll Love" RT staffers and reviewers will pick one new read and then suggest three other books that hold the same appeal. Today we look at this month’s new release Tempted Again by Cathie Linz.
Author Cathie Linz has penned 57 novels since she began writing in 1982. She is best known for her series novels and, of course, her popular contemporary romance series, Girls Do (and Don’t). In her latest novel, Tempted Again, librarian Marissa Bennet has just returned to her small hometown of Hopeful, Ohio, only to discover that her old flame, Conner Doyle, has also come back. He’s now the town’s sheriff and he doesn’t even recognize Marissa … at first. Will working together on a community-building project help this couple find true love the second time around? The story, which received an RT rating of four stars, has RT’s Debbie saying, “This delightful contemporary romance will warm up a cold winter’s day. The characters that fill these pages are all memorable, the romance is touching and realistic and the love scenes are hot enough to melt snow — and your heart.”
Matching The Cop Hero ...
My Hero by Marianna Jameson is a terrific contemporary romance novel. And because the heroine is a romance author, we’ll be using some special terminology for this explanation. You’ll fall HoH (that’s head over heels) for Chas Casey, the sexy detective from Stamford, who is reluctantly letting romance author Miranda Lane do a tag-along. However, when Miranda’s research jeopardizes Chas’ career, it’s clear that what seemed like fun and games is actually incredibly serious. Will Miranda be able to write the HEA (that’s Happily Ever After) that she wants with Chas into their future? You’ll have to pick up your own copy of 2005’s My Hero to find out!
Today is the final day to win our Valentine’s Week giveaway. For the last week we’ve updated our recommended reads section with one year per day, starting with 2005. Now, we’re up to 2010! We’ve highlighting the greatest books and authors across all the genres to help you make sure that you got a chance to read all the highlights. And we also grew our giant Valentine’s Giveaway, a special prize-pack of books by selected authors from our Recommended Reads lists.
For the last day of our giveaway, we look back on 2010 which was a year of big changes. Several authors made big deals including million plus projects from Janet Evanovich, Debbie Macomber and James Patterson. Meanwhile other fan-favorite authors such as Allison Brennan, Anne Stuart and Meljean Brook started new series. And readers met several new talents who would quickly become beloved voices, including Sarah MacLean, Courtney Milan and Mary Robinette Kowal.