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

BY , JUNE 21, 2012 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But 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. 

Historical Romance

A Kiss At Midnight by Eloisa James

   

Buy For 99 Cents >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Love Me by Bella Andre

Get It For Free >>

 

Young Adult

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

    

Buy For $2.99 >>

         


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Lauren Dane, Rachel Vincent, Tami Dane and Nancy Gideon On Their Series Seconds

BY , JUNE 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Sophomore slump, what's that? It's certainly not in the vocabularly of several of our favorite supernatural scribes! This month authors Lauren Dane, Rachel Vincent, Tami Dane and Nancy Gideon all give readers the second installment of their new series. But just because these are "book two" in a series, doesn't mean they are second in our hearts. Each author has crafted a follow up tale that sizzles, snaps and stuns. Take a look at what stories are on shelves now — and what the authors think you should know before you pick up their new releases!

 

 

Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane

The Series: Bound by Magic

The Book In A Look: Lark and Simon may be skilled at kicking supernatural butt, however will they — and their fledgling love — be strong enough to survive the coming war between all the paranormal factions?

Lauren Dane On What You Need To Know:


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Video Interview: Smashwords Founder And CEO Mark Coker

BY , JUNE 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Smashwords.com is one of the top platforms for authors looking to take the self-publishing route. At this year's RT Booklovers Convention, Smashwords CEO and founder Mark Coker was on-hand to chat with aspiring and published authors about the world of self-publishing. In this video interview, Coker chats with RT's Morgan about how he started Smashwords and built it into a highly successful online self-publishing platform.

Discover some of the amazing opportunities out there for authors to directly reach readers. Then find out what analyzing Smashwords' e-book sales over the last year has revealed in terms of the best-selling price points, story lengths and genres for your self-published writing. (Coker does advise that authors approach self-publishing with a cautious optimism, because not everyone will be instant bestsellers.) Discover what Coker knows about the new frontier that is self-publishing with this RT-exclusive interview. And if you want more self-publishing tips from Mark Coker after watching the video, check out the blog post about his RT Convention panel for even more tips on the best self-publishing practices.


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Microsoft's Mobile Tablet Finally Surfaces

BY , JUNE 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

At an invitation-only event in Los Angeles yesterday, Microsoft’s Chief Executive Steve Ballmer unveiled its new family of Surface tablets. Shoppers can soon expect two versions of the Surface, the “RT” targeted at the casual consumer and the “Pro” for content creators.

After years of Apple dominating the mobile-friendly tablet market, Microsoft is finally getting into the race by using their best asset - software. Running on the yet-to-be-released Windows 8 operating system, these tablets will come preloaded with Office software. And with an included detachable keyboard, it looks like the Surface is not only gunning for the iPad, but is also looking to make laptops obsolete as well.

However, during the press conference, Steven Sinofsky, President of Windows, made it quite clear how he expects consumers to use the product. When describing the device he said, “It’s solid. It feels great in your hand like a book. It just fits there.”

So how will the new Surface products compare to other tablets and e-reading devices? Here is a handy chart to show the differences:


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On The Shelves Tuesday 6/19/2012

BY , JUNE 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.

Historical Romance

TEMPTATION AND TWILIGHT

"Readers who have savored Anne Stuart’s series are treated to a fast-paced sizzling romance that engages their emotions while titillating and teasing."

THE LAIRD'S FORBIDDEN LADY

"For fast-paced, pulse-pounding action and adventure merged with a highly passionate romance, Lethbridge’s latest is hard to beat."


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June 2012: Which Self-Published Story Is Right For You? Take The Quiz!

BY , JUNE 19, 2012 | PERMALINK

There’s no denying it, self-publishing is booming and the result is an enormous amounts of great books ready for readers. Each month in the RT magazine we take a look at some of the authors and titles in our new “Self-pub Hub” column and in our review sections. But with so many books, how do you choose which one to try first? Well, now you can take our simple quiz and we’ll help you figure out which new self-published book from this month’s issue is your next read!

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1. Which type of romance do you prefer?

A) One that involves chivalry and a knight in shining armor

B) A modern-day relationship

C) The kind that seems a little bit magical

D) One where you put your heart — and maybe your life — on the line

E) Love that comes with a double helping of heat

 

2. Your perfect hero...

A) Is dark, broody and good with a broadsword

B) Has superstar talent

C) Can tap into an ancient heritage

D) Will go the extra mile to “protect and serve”

E) Is not afraid to make a grand gesture — like moving across the country unasked

 

3. A good book best read with which of these at your side ...

A) A purring cat

B) A can of soda or glass of wine to drink

C) A dictionary to look up words you don’t know

D) The keys to your front door, just so you know you’ve locked it


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY , JUNE 18, 2012 | 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!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Contemporary Romance - Readers absolutely cannot get enough of Jaci Burton’s books (especially her steamy Play-By-Play eroticas). And for those that are looking for new heroes and heroine to fall in love with, get ready because coming soon is a new series from Burton, this time a contemporary romance series set in Hope, Oklahoma. Today the author stops by to share an RT-exclusive early look at the new series:

"There will be an introductory novella that introduces the Hope series coming up next summer in an anthology with Carly Phillips. I'm very excited about that. Then the series will debut in the fall.


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Cover Trend: Historicals Wrapped In Brocade

BY , JUNE 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite things about reading historical romances is imagining the opulent settings (and beautiful ball gowns) that are par for the course in this genre. And frankly, who among us hasn’t dreamed of being draped in silk and outfitted in pearls? So it is perfectly fitting that a trend on the covers of recent and upcoming releases mirrors our desire to be swept away to another time and place: brocade. Keep reading to see which new books are swathed in this luxe look!


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Series Saturday: June 2012 Harlequin Historical Romances

BY , JUNE 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you love romances set in the past, this month's Harlequin Historicals offer you a bevy of intriguing destinations.

One look at the cover of Jeannie Lin's My Fair Concubine and you know that this story will take you beyond Regency England. The book is set in ancient China and will definitely appeal to fans of My Fair Lady since the hero of this tale attempts to transform a teahouse servant into a suitable bride for a rival leader.

This month RT readers can also find out why the Wild West-set Weddings Under a Western Skythe new anthology from Lisa Plumley, Elizabeth Lane and Kate Welsh was rated 4 stars. You can also get a taste of two Regency era romances, Deb Marlowe's Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick, an unusual Cinderella story and Marriage of Mercy by Carla Kelly which focuses on the Americans fighting in the War of 1812. Readers can find the full reviews of these four books in the June issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine.


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Weekly Web Wrap Up 6/15/2012

BY , JUNE 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week counting The Nanny's Twin Blessings?

Here's what you missed on the RT site:

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Ruthie Knox on her flirty new characters. Find out About Last Night >> 

SERIES ROMANCE: June's Harlequin series romances are filled with Hollywood glam. Get The Overview >> 

EROTICA: Futuristic erotic romances are out of this world! See Which Ones Make Us Blast Off >>


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