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RT BOOK REVIEWS Managing Editor Liz French interviews author Julie Kramer. French and Kramer discuss the author's latest Riley Spartz mystery, Silencing Sam, that hits shelves today. Kramer gives RT a behind-the-scenes look at how Silencing Sam is affected by the intersection between news and gossip.
Gail Carriger, author of the Alexia Tarabotti series, is interviewed by RT BOOK REVIEWS Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan about her supernatural steampunk heroine and where the series is headed ...
Whitney Sullivan: Your heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, has no soul (and her partner is a werewolf) - what does she find most inconvenient about these unusual circumstances?
Gail Carriger: She will turn supernatural creatures mortal when she touches them. This can be terribly embarrassing, not to say fatal, for said creatures. It also means that on several occasions certain baser elements of society are actively trying to kill her, without proper introduction – so rude. One side effect of her soulless state is that Alexia is very practical in her approach to coping with most problems (including said werewolf partner). She either bashes them over the head with her parasol, or talks at them, with equally disastrous results.
British author Steven J. Watson's debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep is set to be published stateside by HarperCollins. Not much is known about this psychological suspense novel except that the story follows the life of an amnesiac woman who wakes up each morning with no memory of the last twenty years of her life. She reads her journals in an attempt to discover the truth about her life.
HarperCollins is rumored to have paid a million dollars for Watson's novel, but I am skeptical that it will be worth it. I just don't think it is a good sign when the first thing that comes to mind when reading a book's synopsis is a thinly disguised plot for a Drew Barrymore Rom-Com or even worse, a 1994 "comedy" staring Dana Carvey.
But perhaps it wasn't such a bad buy after all. If nothing else, the hefty price tag on a previously unknown author will have me keeping a close eye on this book which is slated to release in early 2011.
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The RT BOOK REVIEWS staff (@RTReadSmarter) has been watching the latest trend to sweep the Twitter-verse. And even if you aren't on Twitter, you'll want to check this out. It's a new hash tag, (Twitter's name for a group of tweets about the same subject) #booksthatchangedmyworld. For all the readers who don't speak Twitter, that's "Books That Changed My World."
You may have seen the USA Today article yesterday morning on bestselling mystery author Janet Evanovich and her daughter, Alex, who are working on two graphic novels based on Evanovich's Alex Barnaby/Sam Hooker books.
RT BOOK REVIEWS readers got a sneak peek at this series back in February, but just in case you missed it, you can read all about it here.
You can also read a classic interview with Janet about heroine Alex Barnaby, Aka Barney, from 2004 when the book series debuted here.
And look for a review of the graphic novel in our September issue!
Do you every wonder what inspires your favorite authors? We asked historical romance author Robyn DeHart that very question and she answered by giving us an inside look into her Legend Hunters series. Read on to learn more about the legend behind Robyn's newest release Desire Me available now.
Ever since I was a little girl I loved the idea of archaeology – old tombs, ancient relics, and hidden treasures. Of course, the thought of actually digging around in an underground crypt or bug-infested room cured me of that fantasy very quickly. But the romanticized fantasy still captures my imagination, and that is where the idea for my Legend Hunters series came from.
Last year, my novel Seduce Me introduced you to Solomon’s, an exclusive gentleman’s club whose members dig for ancient relics and priceless antiquities. These men are obsessed with myth and seduced by treasure. In Desire Me, my latest release, we’ll go on a hunt for the legendary lost continent of Atlantis.