This month's Harlequin Medical Romances feature couples struggling with issues concerning babies, pregnancy and parenthood. From fertility troubles to unexpected pregnancies, the heroes and heroines in November's Harlequin Medical Romances face difficult situations and wrestle with heartbreaking questions. But at the end of these emotional challenges, will these couples be able to create the families they've always wanted?
Convinced to take up writing by her famous husband Jim Butcher, Shannon K. Butcher has found her own success with her wildly popular Sentinel Wars paranormal romance series. Shannon has also recently launched an extremely spicy romantic suspense series called the Edge. Today, Whitney and Morgan take on Razor’s Edge, the third outing of the covert ops from the Edge security agency.
Morgan: I love that Razor’s Edge opens with a girl-fight. In the first few pages, security expert Roxanne Haught, aka Razor, faces down an angry woman who is determined to steal corporate secrets from an important client. This is no polite disagreement, but an all out knife fight.
Whitney: I give the author props, this is a really well written fight. And the incident is not just fun to read; it also shows that Razor is seriously able to take care of anything.
Morgan: Except her ex-boyfriend who is hassling her.
Whitney: Who wouldn’t be upset if they were trailed by goons sent by a jealous ex?
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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