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Theme Spotlight: Witches

BY , APRIL 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

We love witches in our paranormal novels and we aren’t the only ones! Today author Kelley Armstrong chats about what makes witches so intriguing. Then we highlight some of the long-running series, newly started sagas and a few extra witches in this theme spotlight.

In my Otherworld series, most supernatural types get a single narrator. Only one breaks that rule—in eleven books, I’ve had three witch heroines. Why? Because I’ve discovered that witches are the most versatile character type. They have the best range of abilities limited only by skill and willpower. In short, they make great heroines.

Give a woman the power to cast spells, and she can be many things. She can be a kick-ass dark witch, like Eve Levine (Haunted, 2005). Or she can be a brainy ethical crusader, like Paige Winterbourne (Stolen, 2003). Like Paige, she can be constantly striving to develop her powers. Or like Savannah Levine, she can be genetically blessed with so much that she must struggle to control it. Every scenario leads to a different path for the witch…and for the woman.


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Announcing The Winners Of The Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later Contest

BY , APRIL 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

In our March issue, we ran an interview and contest with the legendary Francine Pascal, Sweet Valley High creator. We asked readers to share your favorite memories of the series in our Sweet Valley Contest and were thrilled at the entries which brought back sweet memories for us. Winners have been chosen and will each receive a copy of Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later, which is in stores now.

M. says: My favorite memory is when my family was living in California, and we went to the library at least twice a week if not more and as soon as that car stopped, my sister and I would be out of the car so fast that you couldn't see us for the dust. My mom would holler at us and tell us to "walk" into the library. Needless to say, we "walked" at a very very rapid pace, each of us elbowing the other in order to be the first to reach the newest Sweet Valley High books.


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Author Interview: Rosemary Harris

BY , APRIL 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mystery author Rosemary Harris continues her Dirty Business series with this month's Slugfest. This new mystery got 4 1/2 stars from RT and today the author chats with RT's Managing Editor Liz French about writing what she calls "suburban noir" mysteries, her heroine Paula and the role that Harris' experience as a master gardener plays in these books.

Rosemary Harris On Her Mysteries >>

More From The RT BOOK REVIEWS Video Channel >>


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Inside The Issue: June 2011

BY , APRIL 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

The June issue will be in stores soon. Here are some of the stories you can look forward to:

Grace Burrowes shares a look at her journey to becoming a published author.

Industry insiders remember Kensington founder, Walter Zacharius.

Nalini Singh gives details about her highly-anticipated upcoming novel.

Get a special look at the new comic book series coming from Shrek producer Aron Warner.

Find out which eight authors you need to be reading this season.

Also, we talk mind tricks with mystery author Marcus Sakey, Go Fug Yourself blogger Jessica Morgan gives us the details about the her new YA novel Spoiled and we've got news about our 2012 Chicago convention!

It's all between the pages of the June 2011 issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS. You can also SUBSCRIBE NOW and get access to RT's Bonus Content coming next week!


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First Look: Jennifer Estep's Touch Of Frost

BY , APRIL 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

The new YA series by Jennifer Estep follows teenage gypsy Gwen whose unusual psychic powers have resulted in her being, in Jennifer Estep’s own words, “shipped off to Mythos Academy” where she is surrounded by the offspring of ancient warriors. However, when a fellow student is killed and an ancient artifact disappears, Gwen can’t help but get involved. The first novel in the Mythos Academy series, Touch of Frost, doesn't hit stores for another three months but you can get a taste of it today!

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I was almost clear of Valhalla Hall when a window on the second floor opened and a backpack sailed outside and plummeted to the ground in front of me. Somehow, I stifled the surprised scream in my throat. Especially since the backpack was followed a second later by a guy who landed in a low, perfect crouch. He got to his feet with ease, like the twenty-foot fall was nothing to him, and I saw who he was.

Logan freaking Quinn.


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Celebrating Royal Babies In Aprils Series Romances

BY , APRIL 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

As we get excited for the upcoming royal nuptials we are putting the carriage before the horse and taking a look at the pregnant royals in this month’s series romances!

The Accidental Birthright
By Maisey Yates

Alison Whitman is a career woman. A driven “planner” who likes to have control over every aspect of her life, and when she chooses to have a baby, she thinks she's thought of every eventuality. Until she finds out that, thanks to an IVF clinic mix-up, her baby's father is a prince. Nothing about that follows a plan.


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Debut Author Spotlight: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

BY , APRIL 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

Name: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Book: Secret Daughter

Current Home: San Diego, CA

Number of manuscripts hidden under the bed: None (yet).

Time it took to sell first book: Two years from the time I started writing.

Writing Secret Daughter: I began writing chronologically, from the beginning of the story as it unfolds. I had a strong sense of the beginning and of how I wanted it to end. Much of the rest of the story took shape as I was writing. I found it easier to stay in one character’s voice, so I first wrote Kavita’s (the biological mother) story all the way through, then Somer’s (the adoptive mother) and finally Asha’s (the daughter). I wove those stories together and that became my first draft. Then I began editing, a lot.

Inspiration for writing: I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I began to really write seriously in 2006. It was an idea I’d held in the back of my mind for many years while I was a very avid reader. A combination of life changes — a geographic move, a professional change, a second child — created the space in my life to try something new.


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Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker Talks About Amazon's Author Central

BY Shiloh Walker, APRIL 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.

Author Central on Amazon … What is it?

Basically it’s just another platform to use to get the word out there. Previously I didn’t think it was that big a deal, and I’m still not overly convinced it is, but I do see the potential for it to get bigger in the future as e-books become a larger part of the market share.

For me, the two main things with the Author Central program are the ability to set up an author page where you have all of your books together (along with your bio) and the ability to import your blog.


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Melissa Marr On Ending Her Wicked Lovely Series

BY , APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

YA author Melissa Marr shares her thoughts on concluding her Wicked Lovely series with Darkest Mercy, and what Marr thinks may play out next on what the author calls “The Stage in My Head.”

The release of Darkest Mercy has lead to a lot of people asking “How does it feel to be done with the series?” I suppose it’s the inevitable question: Darkest Mercy is the fifth novel in the series that also has three volumes of manga and a few short stories. The answer is a little more complicated than I’d like. The books have been well received. Every novel was greeted with kind accolades and has been a New York Times bestseller. The story I was telling is over though, so writing more books in the series isn’t logical. Unfortunately, we are not merely logical. It feels good to have the sense of completion, but not-so-good to realize that I’ll miss my characters.


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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 4/12/2010

BY , APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.


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