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What Editors Loved At Pitch-A-Palooza - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last year was the first time the RT Convention hosted Pitch-A-Palooza and it was a stellar success! So, naturally, we brought it back when we hit New Orleans for the 2014 convention. The room was buzzing with excitement and positive energy, making for a welcoming environment for the aspiring authors pitching to the participating editors and agents on a one-on-one basis. It was great to see so many aspiring authors gathered in one place and watch them take charge of their future careers as published authors.

Aspiring authors anxiously wait to pitch their novels!

And what did some of the editors participating in the Palooza think of the event? Annie Stone, an Associate Editor at HarlequinTEEN said, “...I was very impressed with the quality of the pitches I received. Everyone I met had done their research and knew that I was only looking for Young Adult fiction.” Stone also loved that many of the aspiring writers conversed with her rather than reciting their pitch word for word. “I ended up requesting partial [manuscripts] from nearly everyone I saw because for me, the voice is often the most important piece of the puzzle.”


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What's The Best Book Cover Of The Month? Take The Poll!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

We had fun culling through the book covers from all the books releasing this month. But which cover will you vote as the very best? Last month you chose Never Entice an Earl by Lily Dalton. Will another historical romance cover catch your eye, or will another genre prevail? Take a look at our top ten covers of June 2014 and cast your vote in the poll at the end of the post!


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Forewords - The Books Before the Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 02, 2014 | 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!

DEBUT AUTHOR

Contemporary Romance - In Lisa Nicholas’s The Farther I Fall, a British army veteran secures a job as a tour manager for a rock star recently released from rehab. She’s quickly thrown into a life more electrifying and dangerous than she could ever have expected. Coming soon in January 2015.

Young Adult - As a TV writers’ assistant for ABC Family’s Twisted, Lindsey Klingele knows a thing or two about teens and crafting an addicting story. Now, with The Marked Girl, Klingele is set to make her debut as an author. In the book, a group of royal teens are thrown out of their medieval world and land in modern day L.A. There, they meet a girl who must decide how far she’s willing to go to help them return home. And if that isn’t enough to deal with, she falls in love with the teens’ leader  - the alluring prince.


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Weekly Web Wrap-Up: 5/30/2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week unraveling The Truth About De Campo?

Here's what you missed on the RT site!

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: What was Jane Austen's career like? Jayne Fresina Tells Us >>

EROTICA: Read an excerpt from Lauren Gallagher's The Princess and the Porn Star! Sizzle >>

PARANORMAL: PC Cast, Kresley Cole, Kim Harrison and Larissa Ione talk shop at RT Con! Read On >>


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Once Upon a Time: DJ's Favorite Fairy Tale Adaptations

BY DJ DeSmyter, MAY 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

Albert Einstein once said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” I guess parents got the hint because it’s safe to say most of us are familiar with the timeless tales of mermaids, big bad wolves and glass slippers. Today, fairy tales still live on through exciting and inventive new retellings. And with Disney’s Maleficent hitting the big screen today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fairy tale adaptations. Take a look:

My absolute favorite fairy tale is “The Little Mermaid”, sad ending and all. Yes, I love Disney’s animated film; yes, I love Splash; and yes, I love Donna Jo Napoli’s Sirena. Though not a strict fairy tale retelling — it’s more of a play on Greek mythology — it’s such a gorgeously written and romantic book that has the same sense of longing and loss that Hans Christian Andersen’s famous tale possesses.


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Tweethearts: Tweets We Loved This Week

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

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 is BEA, which means book lovers are flocking to the Javits Center in NYC for four days of all things books. Here are some of our favorite Tweets from the event.


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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.11 - "The Calm"

BY DJ DeSmyter, MAY 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

We open to Clarke and Bellamy ruminating about the lack of Grounder activity. They both know their angsty foes are just lying in wait. As if that’s not enough to worry about, she’s still grieving the loss of her mother, the fact that the Ark is failing and that no one is coming to save them.

Clarke and Bellamy have a chat.

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On the Ark, as sunlight pours in, Kane awakens and seems, for the most part, fine. And alone. Spooky!

Octavia and Murphy are on meat duty, and are harassed by a fellow delinquent who coins the awful term “Grounder Pounder”. Yeah, it’s probably as much of a compliment as “mudblood”. Later, thanks to this moron, who built too big of a fire, the meat hut burns to the ground, taking the majority of the camp’s food supply with it. Bellamy and Clarke agree to form hunting parties, and Clarke agrees to go with goofy Myles and Finn.

Raven sees this and it looks like she’s not taking the break-up as well as she’s been letting on. She wants to leave and go solo, but Bellamy persuades her to stay and not “be an idiot”. As they chat it up, Raven comes up with a plan to make walkie-talkies for everyone so they can coordinate their efforts in fending off the Grounders.


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Bestselling Self-Published Books: May 2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

So many self-published titles are released each and every day, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time — and your cash. As always, your RT Web Team is here for you, to help make sense of it all. We've scoured the bestseller lists, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords to put together our picks of the bestselling self-published romances of the month. Get your TBR list ready!


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Jane Austen, Contemporary Author? Jayne Fresina Schools Us

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

Authors surely wish for a career with as much longevity as Jane Austen’s — a master who still captures our attention today! But what was it like for Jane back in the day? Jayne Fresina is here today to tell us. Jayne’s Regency romance Once Upon a Kiss, stars a heroine after our own hearts, she’s a member of the Book Club Belles, who are reading Austen in real time! We had to know more. Take it away, Jayne!

During the Regency period in England, several authors were making names for themselves with popular novels. Among them, of course, was Jane Austen — although she did not put her name on her work and was known simply as "A Lady.” When her first books were published, rumors abounded as to the actual identity of the author. One reader (a man, obviously) even refused to believe Pride and Prejudice was written by a woman as it was "much too clever"!

What a surprise it would be to Miss Austen if she knew her books were still enjoyed today, and were constantly re-imagined in various film and TV versions.


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

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. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.

Historical Romance

Come the Night by Christina Skye

Buy It On Amazon For $0.99 >>

Buy It On B&N For $0.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

The Passion of Patrick MacNeill by Virginia Kantra

Get It On Amazon For Free >>

 

New Adult

Masquerade by Nyrae Dawn

Buy It On Amazon For $2.99 >>

         


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