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Theme Spotlight: Spies

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

It doesn’t take a master sleuth to discover that we love to read about spies in our historical romances. The intrigue, danger and tension adds highstakes adventure to stories. Today, we are featuring some of our favorite spies from the last year. And what a year it has been for historical heroes (and heroines) who are determined to protect their country but along the journey end up losing their hearts — in the very best way, of course. If you like action-packed books, then make sure to check out these fantastic reads. And as a special bonus at the end of this list we also look at a few of our favorite historical spies that are part of must-read series!

RECOMMENDED READS

Book: My Wicked Little Lies (February 2012)
Author: Victoria Alexander
Meet The Spy: Now that heroine Evelyn Hadley-Attwater aka “Eve” is a married woman will she have to give up her secret work — and flirting with her boss, the mysterious “Sir” in this Top Pick! rated story?

Book: The Price of Temptation (January 2012)
Author: Lecia Cornwall
Meet The Spy: Captain Sinjon Rutherford aka “Sam” is forced to pose as a footman in Lady Evelyn’s home to catch a traitor, however, it soon becomes clear that the situation is murkier that it first appeared.

Book: The Black Hawk (November 2011)
Author: Joanna Bourne
Meet The Spies: Justine De Cabrillac aka “Owl” and Adrian Hawkhurst, were child spies in France and have had a rocky past, but when they reunite can these two suspicious characters create a future together? This novel is a Top Pick! and nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice 2011 Historical Romance of the Year.


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From Page To Screen: Upcoming Film And TV Adaptations

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

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!

FILM ADAPTATIONS

Plans are moving forward for the upcoming film that is based on Erin Morgenstern’s novel The Night Circus. The debut author captured readers’ imagination with her fantasy tale about two magicians, Celia and Marco. They are fated to face off in an epic battle, but can’t help the feelings that grow between them. The entire story takes place at the magical Le Cirque des Reves, where visitors are treated to delights that are almost beyond imagination. Moira Buffini is set to adapt the novel for the screen, her previous projects include Jane Eyre, Tamara Drewe and the forthcoming Byzantium. Fans of the movie Big Fish and author Sarah Addison Allen’s work should be sure to investigate this flick when it comes out.

Richard Matheson’s classic postapocalyptic novel I Am Legend tells the tale of a man trapped on Manhattan, fighting mutated zombies. A film version of this tale was released in 2007 starring Will Smith. Now Warner Brothers is looking to recapture magic with a second film, but we’re wondering how they will do this. Our fingers are crossed that the studio opt to make a prequel rather than go the much more dangerous rout of a sequel as — SPOILER ALERT — Smith’s character does not make it out alive in the 2007 movie.


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 05, 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

Historical Romance - Author Jennifer Haymore is embarking on a new historical series which will introduce a duke and his improper family, who are all working together to uncover the truth about what happened to their mother — but may be surprised as they each find their own happily ever afters along the way! No word yet on when the first book in the series will hit shelves.

Erotic Romance - Readers can expect at least two steamy stories in Rhyannon Byrd’s Dangerous Tides series, which will follow a group of lawmen that will do whatever it takes to protect the women they love. Taking It kicks off the series and we can’t to meet the first of these hunky heroes with badges! Release date: TBA.


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Weekly Web Wrap Up: 3/2/2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

Did you spend your whole week indulging in Cupcakes and Killer Heels

Here’s what you missed on the RT website.

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE: What makes Hope Tarr's Tempting "so very special"? Find Out >>

SERIES ROMANCE: Morgan & Whitney Dish about Lynn Raye Harris' sheik romance. Try A Taste >>

YOUNG ADULT: Caitlin Kittredge on her Iron Codex series heroine. Meet Aiofe And Win The Book >>

PARANORMAL: Will Paris overcome his demon? Join Our Discussion On Gena Showalter's The Darkest Seduction >>


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A "Bad Girl's" Thoughts On The Good Girl's Guide To Great Sex

BY Janine Johnston, MARCH 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

First and foremost, I am probably a “bad girl.” I mean, my last two blog posts were about horror and erotica, so draw your own conclusions. But when I stumbled upon Sheila Wray Gregorie’s recent nonfic book, The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex, I was very intrigued by both the subject matter and the sleek cover. I never thought there could be such a thing as a Christian sex guide, and before this book, I figured such a guide would only contain one sentence: Don’t have sex until you’re married. But this guide goes beyond that to explore the complex dynamics behind a healthy, happy (and yes, married, heterosexual) sex life. From intimacy issues to the importance of communication and even the not-so-dirty deed itself, this book covers all the bases when it comes to Christian marriage, love and sex. I was so pleasantly surprised by The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex that I’ve decided to share 10 topics this book covers that I wasn’t expecting.

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL CONTAINS AN EXPLICIT, FRANK DISCUSSION OF SEX AND SEXUAL ACTS.




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March Mainstream Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

In mainstream fiction this month, many of the stories focus on transition. Whether the characters were trying to deal with death in the family or becoming the person they always thought they could be, change is celebrated in all of its different forms across the genre. But when it comes to everyday changes, few are as daunting as making new friends out of strangers, the subject of Four of a Kind by Valerie Frankel, so we asked the author by to chat about the four heroines in her new release. We also round up a series trend and suggest an unusual new read and much more in this month's roundup!


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 01, 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

Love Remembered by Ellen Fisher

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Perfect Partners by Carly Phillips

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Young Adult

The Queen Bee of Bridgeton by Leslie DuBois

Get It For Free >>

         


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

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

We had fun culling through all the covers of this month's new releases to pick our ten favorites. But which cover will you vote as the very best? Last month you chose Melissa Marr's Faery Tales and Nightmares. Will another paranormal tale win this month or has one of our other choices caught your fancy? Take a look at our top ten covers of March 2012 and then cast your vote in the poll at the end of the post!



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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Strangers In The Desert By Lynn Raye Harris

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 | PERMALINK

In Lynn Raye Harris’ new Harlequin Presents book, Strangers in the Desert, widowed Prince Adan ibn Najib Al Dhakir is weeks away from remarrying so he can officially take his throne when he gets a report that his first wife, who is presumed dead, is actually alive. Adan immediately goes to collect Isabella only to find that she has amnesia. He doesn’t believe her claims, however, Isabella’s surprise at hearing she has a husband seems real, as is her shock at learning that she has a young son.

Whitney: Poor Isabella, Lynn Raye Harris doesn’t pull any punches when setting up this scenario.

Morgan: Actually, I think Isabella has a great life. She lives in Hawaii working as a singer that has got to be pretty comfortable.

Whitney: But then Sheik Adan bursts into her life and tells her that not only is he her husband, but she has a two-year-old son that she abandoned.

Morgan: Over a year ago, it seems, Isabella wandered into the Jahfaran desert and into a sand storm. Nobody thought she survived.

Whitney: The only question was whether or not she chose “death by desert” or if it was an accident.


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RT Investigates: Samhain's New Horror Line

BY Janine Johnston, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 | PERMALINK

The e-book publisher Samhain, which is best known for releasing romance novels, launched a new imprint, Samhain Horror, in late 2011. It might seem odd that a romance publisher would launch a horror line, since the two genres seem to be on the opposite ends of the fiction spectrum. It’s happily ever afters versus unhappily, even, bloody, terrifying ever afters. However, both genres have very distinct, dedicated communities. Samhain Horror editor Don D’Auria, who previously spearheaded Dorchester’s horror line, shared on the line’s website, “[fan] response exceeded our expectations, and we have big plans for continuing to build readership and generate excitement in 2012.” Being an avid horror fan, I decided to take a look at three recent releases from Samhain Horror, to see if they meet my (admittedly high) expectations for stories in a genre, which, like romance, is full of familiar tropes and sometimes predictable plot lines.

 

B-Movie Reels by Alan Spencer

When recent film school grad Andy’s uncle dies, the young man inherits an old, ramshackle house in his uncle’s small town. He promptly moves there and lands a job working on the sets of B-horror movies. But when the creatures in Andy’s movies start coming to life and terrorize the town, Andy realizes that there was more to his uncle than he ever thought ... With plenty of gore and an abundance of monsters, B-Movie Reels was written by someone who clearly knows and loves the genre. Unfortunately this book reads like a mash-up of every horror film Spencer has probably ever seen, which lends the tale an air of predictability. But that is not all together a bad thing, as this easy read was also entertaining, much like the B-movies it’s named for.

Buy It Now >>


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