We read about heroes all of the time in romance novels, but how often are we confronted with true heroism in real life? Today we talk with war hero Bryan Anderson, whose memoir No Turning Back: One Man's Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope releases this month. A veteran with two tours of duty, Bryan was severely injured in an explosion in Iraq and now he is a triple amputee. However, instead of focusing on what he has lost, Bryan has continued to live life to the fullest and is a speaker, spokesperson and now actor. He is also an avid athlete and enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing and rafting. After watching RT's interview with the author, make sure to pick up his memoir which will inspire readers to overcome any obstacle.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
Are you thinking about picking up Claim of Innocence, the latest Izzy McNeil novel by Laura Caldwell, but aren't up to date with the characters in the series? No worries — the author has written up a "cheat sheet" on Izzy and her crew along with some never before revealed secrets about the characters. Also, Caldwell's agent, Amy Moore-Benson, weighs in on what she loves about the series. And after meeting the characters, don't miss your chance to win a copy of Claim of Innocence.
IZZY McNEIL - Izzy is a sexy, smart, redheaded Chicago lawyer who moonlights as a private detective after her fiancé disappears and her client is killed. She adores her family members, has a penchant for old Chicago dive bars and is constantly trying to stop swearing ("I think it sounds crass when other people swear. The problem is I think it sounds great when I do it.")
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!
Thriller – For suspense that will keep you glued to the page, readers know to look for books by Erica Spindler. The next project in the works from the New York Times bestselling author is Don’t Look Back and while no information has been released about the story, our fingers are crossed that it will include more members of the Malone family.
Romantic Suspense – We just got word that the talented Cherry Adair will be continuing her Cutter Cay series. There will be at least three more installments to the series that Adair started earlier this year. If you like fast boats, good-looking men and wild rides, you have got to check out this series!
RETURNING FAVORITE SERIES
Harlequin’s online conference, So You Think You Can Write, officially launched today. All this week, Harlequin editors will be checking in on the SYTYCW site to give tips and critiques on how to write a series length book for Harlequin. That’s five days of expert advice from the acquiring editors at one of the biggest publishers in romance. In addition to enlightening blog posts, podcasts, live chats, and Tweets, Harlequin will also be offering one aspiring writer a contract to be published!
Excited about the opportunity, but don’t know how to get started? Here is what we recommend to make sense of it all.
Step One: Learn About Harlequin
If you are unsure about the differences between Harlequin’s imprints, we suggest you head over here to listen to podcasts where editors give simple descriptions about eight of the different Harlequin lines.
Step Two: Meet the Editors
Today RT's Morgan talks with contemporary romance author Toni Blake. The interview covers everything from Toni's early writing career and which author prompted her to take the plunge into writing romance, all the way through to Toni's newest release Holly Lane. They also discuss what's next for the author (hint: fans of the Destiny Series get ready because your favorite couple is finally going to get their happily ever after!).
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Today, historical romance author Sharon Page gets readers ready for her new novel, Engaged in Sin. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the author connected with her newest leading couple, and then don't miss your chance to enter to win a copy of the new novel!
I have so many things I love about writing romance, and I got to experience each one while I was writing Engaged in Sin. First, I got to create a sexy, tortured but noble hero in Devon Audley, the Duke of March. Then, I got to live through my feisty survivor of a heroine, Anne Beddington, who has escaped from a London brothel. Since Anne desperately needs a powerful man’s protection, she works very hard to seduce Devon. When Devon reveals to Anne the reasons why he has nightmares of the battlefield, I was wiping the tears from my cheeks while typing. And of course, I got to savor the happy ending.
Each month RT Book Reviews’ editors award the RT Seal of Excellence to one book that is not only compelling, but stands out from the more than 250 books reviewed in its latest issue and online.
So which novel won the November 2011 RT Seal of Excellence and what other titles were contenders for the Seal this month?
Here's your hint: This "charming" pirate hero will capture readers' hearts!
Janelle Taylor, the award winning romance author of over fifty novels, has just released her first book for children — How The Zebra Got Its Stripes.
Romance fans have been reading Taylor’s works since the early 1980s. In the last three decades she has written in many romance subgenre including romantic suspense and contemporary romance. However the author is best known for her historical romance books. (Her 2003 novel, Lakota Flower, won that year's RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Western.)
The author’s newest venture is something entirely different: her first novel for young readers. The story of How The Zebra Got Its Stripes features the wild animals children (and adults) love, and an unexpected Christmas gift they get from Santa. The book is illustrated by Judy Avrett published in traditional and e-book formats by Blue Willow Press.