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We Asked and Sylvia Day Answered - 2014 RT Convention

BY Tricia Carr, MAY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

The audience of the Up Close With Sylvia Day chat at the 2014 RT Convention was a rapt one. As attendees waited for the event to begin, all eyes were on the empty red chair at the front of the room.

 

Photo credit: Ian Spanier Photography 2014

The energy skyrocketed when Sylvia Day entered with a loud hoot and a question for her fans: "How is everyone doing?"

Immediately everyone started shouting out their questions. One of the first topics that came up was the TV adaptation of the Crossfire erotic romance series from Lionsgate.

“It’s quiet on that front,” Day told the audience. The last update she heard was in January when she learned that the first season of the show will follow the plot of Bared to You.


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A Candid Conversation With Lisa Kleypas - 2014 RT Convention

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, MAY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

“I’m an inner 13-year-old at an ‘N Sync concert!” confessed Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’ Sarah Wendell as she settled in for a chat with beloved historical and contemporary romance author Lisa Kleypas at the RT Convention in NOLA. And she wasn’t the only one squeeing over Kleypas: Those attending on that bright and busy Thursday morning were just as excited to hear from their favorite scribe!

Sarah squeeing as Lisa laughs

Lisa told us that the first romance she read was The Flame and the Flower, and the thrill of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s dark hero Brandon was not so much his meanness but how he grew to love his heroine, Heather.

“Here’s this mean guy doing nice things for her — that’s hot!” she said. Unsurprisingly, the first novel she wrote, at the age of 21, was “very imitative of Kathleen Woodiwiss.” But, to many — including romance pioneer Jude Deveraux — it’s Kleypas who’s worth imitating. Her handling of love scenes is legendary across Romancelandia.

So what’s her secret?


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Tags: Historical Romance, RT Daily Blog, Convention, Romance
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Shifters Galore! - 2014 RT Convention

BY Morgan Doremus, MAY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week at the RT Book Lovers Convention in New Orleans, paranormal romance fans were treated to panels, socials and nighttime parties featuring creatures that go bump in the night. And one of the favorite monsters of the moment? Why, shapeshifters, of course! To create a memorable shifter, authors must convincingly combine human habits with the character's 'animal' side, which takes a lot of research and attention to detail. Yet despite the time that goes into crafting these hybrid characters, authors rarely stick to writing about just one animal. We went to the masters of shapeshifting, Thea Harrison, Terry SpearSara Humphreys and Nalini Singh — with bonus Jeaniene Frost cameo! — for the scoop.

 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 22, 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 are accurate at the time of this posting.

Historical Romance

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

Buy It On Amazon For $2.51 >>

Buy It On B&N For $2.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Just the Way You Are by Barbara Freethy

Get It On Amazon for Free >>

Buy It On B&N For $1.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Rush by Eve Silver

Buy It On Amazon For $1.99 >>

Buy It On B&N For $1.99 >>

         


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Self-Pub Like A Pro: Kristen Ashley Tells All - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Self-publishing is a brave new world, which can at times seem difficult to navigate. We're here to help you get your bearings with our monthly column, Self-Pub Like a Pro. Last week at the RT Convention in NOLA, self-publishing powerhouse Kristen Ashley sat down for a frank discussion with Smashwords founder Mark Coker to discuss the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, from formatting to pricing and more. Here are just a few of the tidbits RT editor Tricia Carr picked up. 

Mark Coker and Kristen Ashley

If you’re a romance reader, you know the name Kristen Ashley. But that wasn’t always the case. Her journey from selling nearly no copies to seeing her books on The New York Times bestseller list wasn’t easy. When Coker asked Ashley what gave her the confidence to quit her job and self-publish, she quickly assured him that she generally does not recommend doing so — and then admitted to ignoring these rational thoughts.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book, Romance
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Sex, Thugs & Rock 'n' Roll: A Writing Playlist - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

We love reading high-stakes action scenes — as well as smoking hot sexy ones. But how to conjure up that creative atmosphere, as an author, to write a scene that really takes us there? Why, music, of course! Last week at the RT Convention in New Orleans, Jackie Kessler, Mark Henry, Nicole Peeler, Diana Rowland, Jeanne C. Stein and Jaye Wells shared their blood-thirsty playlists: one for sexytimes and one for when it's time to kick some butt! So fire up your Spotify and get writing! (Some of these are explicit, so use discretion/head phones when necessary!)

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Blood-Pumping Scenes: Smexy!

 


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Contemporary Author Superstars Chat - 2014 RT Convention

BY Danielle Valente, MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Wouldn't you love to go on a date with your book boyfriend? We don't blame you, and neither do the creators of your favorite fictional heartthrobs. During Thursday's Contemporary Author Chat, RT reviewer Audrey Goodson Kingo sat down with Susan Mallery, Kristen Ashley and Rachel Gibson and talked romance and writing.

Audrey Kingo, far right, leads contemporary authors in a discussion

Naturally, authors and panel attendees alike were eager to discuss all things romance, be it a steamy scene oozing with passion, or even an off day when the authors can't exactly figure out how the hero and heroine's lips should meet. The workshop dug into the minds of these successful women, whose careers focus on love and passion, exposing fans to the layers of their creative processes.

For Kristen Ashley, her writing took off when she penned letters to loved ones in lieu of buying Christmas presents during her post-college years, when she was "living on beer and tortilla chips."


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Daily Goals of Bestselling Authors Revealed - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

It’s okay, you can admit that writing is hard, especially when you see authors are churning out book after book, when you’ve barely written a chapter. Have no fear, because everybody has their own way of doing things! Bestselling authors Leigh Evans, Angie Fox, Charlaine Harris, Darynda Jones, Suzanne McLeod and Chloe Neill shared their creative processes with RT Convention attendees and shared that speed isn’t the be and end all.

The panelists!

The authors all agreed that what’s on the page is more important than the amount of words — it's quality over quantity, folks!

“I can figure out how many days it would take [to write a book], but it never works out,” Charlaine Harris told us, and she wrote the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, so she knows.

Moderator Leigh Evans added, “Just write the story. Don’t try and create the world [first].”


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Convention, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Very Short Reviews Of Difficult Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.

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In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

I’ve read only two volumes (for the time being) of these wonderful books full of perfect descriptions, deep analysis of every emotional shade and mines of aphorisms. But I’ve got to admit, the main characters are so irksome that the text begins to bore me a little.

Plot: Proust remembers things.
Rating: 100 out of 100

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter


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Teen Day Extravaganza - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Teen Day is one of the most highly anticipated events at the RT Convention and this year's YA extravaganza was no exception! With a host of exciting events like Author Speed Reading, Stump the Author and, of course, the megafun Teen Day Party, we had tons of fun from morning til night! The day began with the Giant Book Fair, which featured YA Alley — basically a YA booklover's dream. Authors like Kelley Armstrong, Kiera Cass and Gayle Forman signed book after book and met with their most devoted fans. This year, we added New Adult Lane, which bridged the YA and adult sections of the book fair.

Following the book fair, YA authors took off for their various panels. This year, we hosted Author Speed Reading, where authors read short excerpts from their books. There were even official time keepers to ensure they didn't go over the time limit! There was also the Interactive YA Writing Panel, where authors shared their writing processes and divulged their secret writing tips! The Stump the Author event was also a fun event where audience members tried to stump the panel of authors with questions about their own books.


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