Graphic novel author Laura Lee Gulledge gives readers an insider look at her debut work Page by Paige. This story which got 4 1/2 stars from RT's Dawn Crowne, follows a young teen trying to find a place for herself in New York City. In this video interview with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus the author shares her thoughts about the way that art can help people push through many different types of emotional issues, including the lonliness that heroine Page faces in Page by Paige.
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!
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Mystery - Brad Parks’ next two books following fictional investigative journalist Carter Ross have just been purchased by Minotaur.
NEW SERIES ALERT
Paranormal - Beginning in 2012, debut author Rachel Graves will hit the scene with her Dead trilogy. The three stories are titled Waking up Dead, Hollywood Dead and Deadly Revelations. Graves’ heroine is a war veteran, who must deal with otherworldly creatures including witches and vampires.
Young Adult - Sarah Rees Brennan is releasing a gothic romance trilogy that starts with Listen for a Whisper. The story revolves around a young journalist who starts to investigate her small hometown and uncovers a multitude of secrets, including murder. Release date TBA.
This summer YA fans can celebrate their passion for everything paranormal with HarperCollins' The Dark Days of Supernatural tour. From May through the first week of July the publisher is releasing seven very different paranormal stories from authors Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, Kim Harrison and four fantastic debut authors: Veronica Roth, Amy Plum, Josephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.
You can get in on the action all this month by entering to win your very own Dark Days of Supernatural tote bag full of all these great stories here on the RT website. We will also be giving readers an insider look at these books with messages from the authors and excerpts from their new novels.
Author Robert Masello's fast-paced thriller takes Scholar David Franco on a quest for a Renaissance mirror that may carry the secret of eternal life. The story combines elements of mystery, magic and history to stunning effect. Today the author chats with us about what inspired him to create this story that crosses genres with such panache.
This morning, I got the e-mail I have always been waiting for. It came from Morgan Doremus, the editor of this website, and it invited me to contribute to this blog.
I feel like a man dying of thirst who’s suddenly been offered a tall, frosty beer.
For years, I have been writing books like The Medusa Amulet, which has just come out, and begged my publisher to reach out to the romance reading audience. My books have traditionally been billed as thrillers, or paranormal adventures, and because they do have plenty of action and scares, they are often marketed to a male audience. And trust me, I’m happy to have any audience at all.
Have you ever witnessed something so meaningful or momentous that the memory of it stays with you the rest of your life? There are those among us who’ll never forget the footage of Kennedy being shot or the Challenger exploding. Some people have seen miracles unfold, like Captain Sullivan’s heroic Hudson River landing or the Chilean mine rescue. Others will always remember observing tiny but nonetheless profound acts of kindness.
For me, that moment involved watching the movie Caddyshack.
I had no idea that one silly film from thirty years ago had the potential to impact my adult life. And yet because of Caddyshack, I almost ended up making the most expensive mistake of my life when buying my first home.
Did you spend your whole week on vacation enjoying Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger?
Here’s what you missed on the RT website.
Considering the similarities in their novels — both the humor and the heart — it is almost inevitable that veteran romance novelist Eloisa James and up-and-coming star Sarah MacLean have a lot in common. But even I was surprised by just how alike the two authors were when I got a chance to watch them in front of the camera as they filmed a feature for Avon's Romance Live on Livestream earlier this week.
As the authors answered questions from fans, their similarities emerged almost immediately. First, I learned that both authors take cues from real life as they write their historical tales. Eloisa shared that in her Potent Pleasures, her hero, Alexander, mirrors her real life husband Alessandro. She explained that both men have fiery tempers and the same salt and pepper hair. Although Eloisa did admit to indulging in a bit of artistic license, Alexander's marriage was annulled due to impotence (a fact that real-life Alessandro was none too happy about).
For Sarah, she revealed one of the ways that she wove true life into her newest novel, Eleven Scandals To Start To Win A Duke's Heart. The novel's heroine, Juliana, is very much like Sarah's father while hero Simon is close in temperament to Sarah's mother. Additionally, both of Sarah's parents were born outside of the US and use idiomatic language and speech quirks that crack her up and that she often incorporates into her dialogue.
A handsome prince, a beautiful commoner and a love that couldn’t be denied — this is the stuff of dreams (and some of our favorite books). Today we are thrilled to join the enthusiastic celebration of the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton. But when the ceremony is over, fashion experts on both sides of the pond have dissected her dress and the last of the celebration champagne is going flat, what’s left to do? Cuddle up with a good book for your own dose of royal romance, of course! For your reading pleasure we’ve put together a list of Royal Wedding-themed recent releases so you can keep celebrating late into the night.
The Royal Wedding: The Director’s Cut
Just in time for the much-anticipated Royal Wedding that will take place tomorrow, we bring you a special way to celebrate from romance author Christie Ridgway!
The Royal Wedding brings up dreams of frothy wedding dresses, deliciously silly hats, men in uniform and…a drinking game!
Those of us in the U.S. will have to set our alarms clocks or never go to sleep to be part of the festivities, so I’ve devised a way to enhance your viewing experience. You can either play the “Celebrate!” version with mimosas or bloody marys or play it safe with “Stay Awake!” substituting the caffeinated beverage of your choice. Don’t blame me if you can’t snooze until May 15th or if you pass out before the balcony-waving.
This week we devoured After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn. This urban fantasy tale takes readers to Commerce City, where being the "normal" daughter of the band of superheroes that protects the citizens has put a giant target on Celia West's back.
Morgan: So I’m not proud of this but I admit it, I choose this book for its cover. That and because it is written by the amazing Carrie Vaughn. It was just icing on the cake when I read the back-cover copy and saw that this was about superheroes. I’ve loved these types of stories ever since I saw The Incredibles.
Whitney: I, on the other hand, probably wouldn’t have picked this one off the shelf. It was the first Carrie Vaughn book I’ve read, but now I can’t wait to read more by her.