This month, Harlequin takes readers back to the past for six tales of timeless love. Married to a Stranger by Louise Allen's doesn't just sport a steamy cover, it has a marriage of convenience filled with passion that will warm readers' hearts. Says RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin, "The gentle, yet powerful emotions of a grieving brother are sure to touch readers, as will the budding romance between him and a shy but emotionally strong woman. Allen reaches into readers’ hearts."
Newbie author Elisabeth Staab is proud to say that during this year’s RT Booklovers Convention, “I was an RT Con Virgin.” In this guest post, the author hopes to help others by breaking down the things that she thinks every author should know before they attend RT for the first time.
Looking back on my week at RT Booklovers Convention 2012, it’s astonishing to think that I wasn’t even planning to go this year. My debut vampire novel, King of Darkness, had only released in February. Nobody would know who I was, right? RT was hardly on my radar screen. But veteran vampire romance author Laura Kaye asked if I’d be interested in joining her for a really fun-sounding reader panel called Name that Vampire! I couldn’t say no. Still, RT was such a huge con, and I didn’t know what to expect. I can’t tell you how blown away I am, even still, now that I’m finally home and de-virginized.
So today I bring you a little of what I’ve taken away from my very first RT experience. The good, the bad, and the holy $&#!:
During this week and next, contemporary YA authors Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman and Nina LaCour will be touring through California and beyond to spend time with readers on the YA or Bust! Tour. Today, the authors stop by to chat about the tour, some of the burning questions that they frequently answer from fans and give us a hint about what’s coming next!
Gayle, Nina and Stephanie
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.
How to Distract a Duchess by Mia Marlowe
The Rock Star's Daughter by Caitlyn Duffy
There was good food, awesome music and amazing giveaways at the second annual Teen Day party. All over the room teens were trading the new reads that were tucked in their goody bags, snagging authors to sign books and of course, making new friends. At the party in addition to the giveaway bags that were stuffed to overflowing, there were also several scavenger hunts, a makeup station and, of course, authors. If you weren’t able to join us at the event, here’s a snapshot of what went on!
Everywhere you looked fans were chatting about the books we all love. Teens came from miles away to celebrate our second annual teen day. One young reader and her mother took an 11-hour train trip to join us in Chicago. And locals were out in full force too.
The room was high-energy as readers and authors mixed. YA fan Chelsea summed up the mood in the room perfectly when she said that her favorite part of the event was getting to talk to authors because, as she said it, “They are like rockstars!”
And what did some lucky readers learn about the books that they love (and what’s ahead for some of their favorite authors)? Well, there’s no predicting what a YA author will say next, that’s for sure!
We hosted our first-ever FAN-tastic Day, on Saturday during the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention. The program, which included workshops and panels culminated in a reader party that featured several of the biggest names in fiction. At the evening event readers had a chance to connect with authors on a one-on-one basis. If you couldn’t make it out, here’s a taste of the party — and what you might have learned if you were in the room!
Some of our favorite moments were things “overheard” at the party as authors were chatting with readers. We bet that you didn’t know that futuristic romance author Marcella Burnard lives (and writes) on a boat with her cats. What a life, right?
And Sharon Page revealed seeing pictures from a recent photo shoot of Len Gunn aka Mr. Romance 2011, inspired her to write a steamy scene readers may come across in one of her upcoming novels … is it just us or is it getting hot in here?
As we partied with the authors, several of whom reduced us to near squees, we got a chance to find out about a few of their fangirl (and guy) moments!
Readers who also love to go to the movies or curl up in front of the TV have several reasons to cheer. Recently there has been a surplus of news about upcoming projects that will adapt favorite reads into movies and TV shows — and in some cases, the process will go in the opposite direction. Find out which of these adaptations are making our TBS (To Be Seen) List and find out which upcoming television series re-boots have us anxious for more news!
Nicholas Sparks’ adaptations just keep on coming, this April the adaptation of The Lucky One comes to theaters starring the positively delectable (if slightly young) Zac Efron. And we know that Safe Haven is currently in the works. However, Sparks' 2011 novel The Best of Me has also been purchased by Warner Brothers. (And talk about being an early bird, this company bought the rights before the book has even been written!) The story starts in 1984 when a pair of high school sweethearts, from opposite sides of the tracks, are torn apart by circumstances outside of their control. But now, back in town for a funeral, will this couple rekindle the fire they used to have? According to Deadline.com J. Mills Goodloe, who worked on 2007’s Pride and 2002’s A Gentlemen’s Game is set to adapt the project.
The second book to movie adaptation from a man is by an unknown author, Stephen Kiernan’s debut tale The Curiosity, has been acquired by 20th Century Fox. His novel is one part romance and one part scientific thriller. It follows a man who was cryogenically frozen 100 years ago, and “thaws” to life in modern America where he quickly becomes a curiosity. As he tries to navigate his new life in the media spotlight and the controversy he’s caused with the religious conservatives, that’s not the only thing filling up this man’s free time. He also begins a relationship with a beautiful young scientist who is from this century.
This year’s convention was record breaking. We had the most walk-ins, hosted our first ever FAN-tastic Day, our second annual Teen Day was double the size of the 2011 program and of course, our week was full of interesting workshops, amazing events and evening parties that will live on in our memories. It won't be long before we dive into planning next year’s convention, (you can already submit a workshop proposal for RT 2013). But first, enjoy this look back at some of the highlights of this year’s event!
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!
Romance - Jude Deveraux fans delight, the talented author will soon publish new trilogy called The Nantucket Brides. The series will include To Sea Forever, Field of Roses and Prince Charming, news that has us at RT positively buzzing!
NEW SERIES ALERT
Mystery - Rosie Genova (aka Rosemary DiBattista) introduces readers to a big Italian-American family and their Jersey Shore restaurant in Murder Marinara. Our fingers are crossed that this cozy-sounding story of murder and mayhem will come complete with some killer recipes.
PIQUING OUR CURIOSITY
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.