Historical romance author Courtney Milan first made waves with her debut novel, Proof by Seduction in January 2010. The author has since published two more books, including this month's RT Top Pick! Unveiled, and is nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award. Now get to know the author better as Milan chats with Dear Author blogger Jane Litte in this RT-exclusive video. Learn what Milan thinks it takes to be a good writer, why she will never attempt a contemporary romance and which books are on her list of favorite reads.
This month Margo Maguire’s new historical romance, Seducing the Governess, got an RT Top Pick! Today Maguire reveals her inspiration for this steamy new tale in an author message. You can also enjoy an RT exclusive excerpt of this new novel.
If you missed Margo Maguire’s previous novel, The Rogue Prince, then today is your lucky day! Three RT readers will win a copy of this May 2010 novel that RT Senior Reviewer Kate Robin called, “a love story that reaches the heart with its inherent tenderness and pure romance.” And if that doesn't sounds like a delicious way to beat back the winter blues, we don't know what is.
Author Julianne MacLean is best known for her historical romances. Recently, writing under the pen name E.V. Mitchell, MacLean moved in a different direction with her mainstream novel, The Color of Heaven. The story follows heroine Sophie who is struggling to stay positive during her daughter’s battle with leukemia. But when old secrets surface after a serious car accident, Sophie's world may never be the same. Now check out this author interview with Julianne MacLean about the process of creating her first novel as E.V. Mitchell.
The main character in The Color of Heaven, Sophie, is a writer. How much of your own experiences as an author went into creating Sophie’s character?
Name: Sara J. Henry
First novel: Learning to Swim
Current home: On a dirt road in a small southern Vermont town
Author icon: Don’t really have one, but one of my favorite books has always been Brat Farrar, by Josephine Tey.
Number of manuscripts hidden under the bed: None, unless you count the one begun in pencil in a composition book when I was 12.
Time it took to sell first book: Six weeks – or ten years, depending on how you look at it (ten years of occasionally looking at the manuscript but having no idea how to rewrite, and six weeks after I finally revised the manuscript and sent it out).
Romance author Catherine Anderson shares why she doesn't shy away from serious subjects in her stories of love. Discover the topics she tackles in this month's Here to Stay and find out why she thinks readers relate to her heavier tales of contemporary love.
It is said by many that I tackle difficult subjects as a writer, including but not limited to rape, weight issues, child and spousal abuse, racism, and physical disabilities. Morgan Doremus, RT BOOK REVIEWS' web editor, feels that, despite the “not-very-uplifting” core themes in my work, readers look forward to the emotion they find in my books, and she has asked that I address this for RT readers.
That’s quite an assignment. I’ve often wondered, myself, what readers find in my work that has inspired such a huge and loyal following.
The latest dystopian tale to leave me awestruck was this month's Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This RT Top Pick! takes place in a society where love is considered a disease; one which teens must have an operation done to protect them from. Even after I finished Delirium, I was unable to forget Oliver's unusual look at teen love.
So, I was intrigued to hear about another new dystopian novel dealing with teen love in an unexpected way. While Oliver puts a spin on the emotional side of love, this May Megan McCafferty's Bumped revolves around the physical side of love. In Bumped teens are encouraged to be sexually active in hopes of getting pregnant.
In the January issue of RT we ran a mega-book giveaway, offering 14 different titles from bestselling authors to some lucky readers. Hundreds of you entered to win one of the many, many books seen here! Check your emails in the coming days as winners are about to be notified. As for the grand-prize winner, that distinction belongs to Pam in Georgia, who is already waiting for her books to arrive.
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Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Heather Webber brings back her popular heroine Lucy Valentine in this month's Absolutely, Positively. For a taste of the type of paranormal investigative work that Lucy does at Valentine, Inc, we've brought you an RT-exclusive look at some of Lucy's recent correspondence.
I have a big, big problem, and I hope you can help me. I “borrowed” one of my mother’s cocktail rings for a recent night on the town (it matched my outfit perfectly). I woke up the next morning after one too many mojitos and realized the ring was missing! I have no idea where I lost it—and I don’t really want to be cut out of the will. Can you help me?
-Comm Ave. Socialite
It was a particularly busy week in the publishing world with lots of new projects announced. Check out our column Forewords where we bring you the latest book news about some of the web team's most anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Young Adult - Jeri Smith-Ready has just sold the concluding book to her Shade trilogy. Readers will also be getting a new, currently untitled, novel from the author.
Series Romance - There will be three more books in Loreth Anne White’s romantic suspense Sahara Kings series.
Paranormal Romance - HQN will be publishing books 3 and 4 in Laurie London's Sweetblood series.
Fantasy - Love Keri Arthur’s Guardian universe? We’ve got good news - the spin-off series Dark Angel will set three new books in this fantastical world.