Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
"Three unlikely couples find their HEA as Lerner weaves an enchanting tale. The repartee between Nick and Phoebe is the icing."
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Listen, we're not that great at sticking to New Year's resolutions. It's March, so we've long stopped counting calories. But hey, hey, look at us! We've already stuck to our reading resolution — to read outside our comfort zones — with Tiffany Reisz’s The Siren. Check out part one here.
And this month, DJ, our resident YA paranormal/fantasy romance fanboy, takes the reins. While Elisa and Elissa are always up for a great YA read, their reading tastes don’t tend to veer into the supernatural, so they'll be reading outside their comfort zone with Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone!
Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear readers! Are you celebrating with green beer? Some corned beef and cabbage? As always, our festivities mostly involve books, books and more books. So once you make it out of that crush of people at the bar, or finish up kissing the blarney stone, take a gander at our list of lucky reads to grant you good will all the way until next St. Patrick's Day.
Blind Luck Bride: This 2005 Harlequin American title from Laura Marie Altom tells the story of drunk, jilted Finn Riley, who bets that he'll be married within a week. So it's a good thing he soon runs into wedding dress-bedecked Lilly, who thinks Finn is her Marriage of Convenience groom. As luck would have it, wackiness ensues as they make their way to an HEA, ensuring a truly memorable read.
Ready for an excerpt break? We know we are! Today we've got a treat for you, Virna DePaul's Turned, a intriguing vampire romance. It's the story of FBI Agent and vampire Ty, who's trying to recruit ex-gang member Ana to join Belladonna, a secret agency that monitors vampires. RT reviewer Melanie promises a crisp narrative and stellar pacing. Want to take a peek? Read on, vampire fans!
Ty strode out of Ana’s coffee shop and kept walking despite the strong urge to go back to her. To kiss her again. To do far more to her soft lips, her slick tongue, and her warm, fragrant body.
Lust the likes of which he’d never felt before, even during the first two months of his transition, was riding him hard, making him nearly dizzy. When he’d first been turned, his lust had been for sex, regardless of who it was with. Now, his lust seemed reserved for Ana alone.
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!
Mainstream - National Magazine Award-winning journalist Karma Brown is making her fiction debut with From the Ashes, which is being called a hybrid of Eat, Pray, Love and P.S., I Love You. It’s the tale of a woman learning the valuable lesson that even when life gets difficult, there’s nothing you can’t overcome. Look for it come fall 2015!
New Adult - Ann Aguirre is expanding her writing repertoire with I Want it That Way, which will kick off her New Adult trilogy about a college student who falls for a young single dad. Get your hands on it this fall!
Don’t you just love hanging out with other booklovers and unleashing your inner fangirl and fanboy over your favorite authors? We sure do, which is why we’re pretty stoked about tomorrow’s Authors in the City event here in New York City at the New York Marriott Downtown! Organized and hosted by Stephanie from Stephanie’s Book Reports, this all day event is not to be missed.
But what exactly is Authors in the City? Well, it’s an all day event aimed at bringing readers and authors together for one giant book party. There are over 80 romance authors attending, including Jay Crownover, Shayla Black and Emma Chase. The main event is the four hour book signing from 1 to 6 PM, which will provide ample time for the close to 400 attendees to geek out and meet their literary idols. Following the signing, there’ll be a meet and greet, including food and an awards ceremony.
But that’s not all! A few of the authors are bringing their hunky cover models! Don’t worry, we’ll be taking lots of photos for those who can’t make it.
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.
This week we dedicate Tweethearts to everyone who says that authors are 'just like everyone else'.
Self-publishing is a brave new world, and we're here to help you navigate it with our monthly column, Self-Pub Like a Pro. This month we're tackling the ever-important cover design. Covers are such a big deal we're bringing you the insight of not one, but two, accomplished cover artists. Today with us is Frauke Spanuth, owner and creative director for Croco Designs. We hope you enjoy all Frauke has to say, and come back next week for part two!
What should a self-published author keep in mind when working with a cover artist?
As a self-published author you are also in charge of all tasks a publisher usually takes care of. You have to keep a publication schedule as well as a budget in mind, so availability and pricing may be most important for you. But please keep in mind that if a cover is poorly executed, people may also think your book is of poor quality. It’s said that one should not judge a book by its cover, but very often people still do.