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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 1/4/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

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


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E-Reader Refresher

BY Dear Jane, JANUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Welcome to Dear Jane, a weekly column based upon reader mailbag questions on anything relating to e-books. No question is too simple or too mundane. We are all learning together. Send your questions Jane@DearAuthor.com with "Dear Jane" in the subject matter.

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I spent the last week fielding questions from my family members about how to use their new devices. I thought that there might be several people out there who previously were uninterested in ereading posts that might need a refresher course. The instructions below are for Mac users, however, Kindles and nooks are also PC-compatible.


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Ruth Pennebaker on Mothers, Daughters and the Things We Don't Know About Those We Love the Most

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mainstream author Ruth Pennebaker on the extremely challenging but, often extremely rewarding, relationships that fuel her latest tale. 

My new novel, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough, centers on what I think is the richest, most complicated relationship around – the mother-daughter relationship.

I wrote the novel for all kinds of reasons – the way any author writes a book, I guess. But one of the most compelling reasons is that I had a very troubled relationship with my own mother, who died 13 years ago, but I’m hopeful my relationship with my grown daughter will be far better. Anyway, I’m familiar with mother-daughter conflict and mother-daughter love.


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Three Tasty Mysteries - With Recipes!

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of my very favorite trends in the mystery genre is the tales of deception and death that involve cooking and baking escapades. I love figuring out the identity of a murder, thief or other evil-doer, and then introducing a new recipe into my kitchen repertoire from the story I just devoured. So we went to Sheila Connolly, Jenn McKinlay and Julie Hyzy, who are each continuing their sleuths' adventures this month. The three authors share the food aspect in these yummy mysteries — and a recipe from their tasty series!

 

A Killer Crop
by Sheila Connolly


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

With our new 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!

AUTO-BUY AUTHORS

Romance - Kat Martin fans rejoice, the bestselling author’s very first novel, Magnificent Passage, will be republished in July 2011 from Vanguard Press. Originally published in 1988, readers can expect the usual ‘80s tropes including a reluctant and sexually inexperienced heroine and a hero torn between his Indian heritage and white society. 

Romance - Sandra Brown is returning to Grand Central Publishing to write three novels for publication beginning in 2011. The author wrote over a dozen books for this publisher prior to 2002 that included the romantic suspense tales Charade, Envy and The Crush.


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Scrapbooking With Series Author Carolyne Aarsen - Plus Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

Inspirational series romance author Carolyne Aarsen shares how her love of scrapbooking helped her craft her latest multi-dimensional heroine, Beth. Learn how Beth uses crafting in this month's The Baby Promise and enter to win your own copy of this new Steeple Hill romance!

Every time I work on a book one of the struggles I have is rounding out my characters, especially my heroine. Who is she? What does she want? Why does she want it? With my book coming out in January I had a heroine who didn’t trust words. She needed to find another way to express herself.


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RT Website Year In Review

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

We had an awesome 2010 on the RT BOOK REVIEWS website. We spent months developing the new site to revolutionize the ways that RT is helping you Read Smarter! After our re-launch in April we began to deliver more specialized genre content, author messages and exclusive excerpts, genre news and interviews than ever before. Here's a look back at the site's "Mosts" for this year!

Most popular genre page:
Everything Romance which includes Historical, Contemporary, Series and Romantic Suspense. The second most popular genre page: Everything Erotica.

Most RT website visitors hail from:
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India and Germany.

Most sought after book news:
Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series will be made into a movie. 

Most exciting spoiler: 
Myron Bolitar from Harlan Coben’s popular series is engaged!


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Jude Deveraux On The Scent of Jasmine and Her Upcoming Projects!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

Jude Deveraux is beloved for her sweeping tales of love and romance. From the early days of the romance genre Deveraux has invited readers to fall in love with people and places all around the world and through out time. Now this bestselling author chats with RT’s Morgan Doremus about what fans can expect from her latest historical novel, The Scent of Jasmine, and gives us a sneak peek at what’s coming next!

Morgan Doremus: After reading dozens of your books, I have tried to find a common theme that links your stories. I think for me, a defining characteristic would be your intricate plots that keep your hero and heroine apart. When you sit down to write a novel, how difficult is it to create this sense of drama?  


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BONUS CONTENT: More from the Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Magazine Article - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

In the February issue of RT Book Reviews, RT’s Liz French interviewed thriller co-authors Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston about their new series starring a new hero, Gideon Crew. We didn’t have quite enough room to include all the Q&As, but we thought you’d like to hear about Douglas Preston’s adventures in Italy and his involvement in the Amanda Knox case (Knox, an American living in Italy, was recently convicted of murdering her roommate). Additionally, we asked both authors which classic books they simply couldn’t get through and Child especially was very candid. And don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this bonus content from the February issue!

Liz French: Mr. Preston, Tom Cruise’s production company has optioned Monster of Florence. Care to comment? Would you also like to comment about your involvement in the Amanda Knox case and your entanglements with Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini? Is it true that you were one of the many persons of interest in the Monster of Florence case?


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Nancy Holzner and the Epic Battle of Wills in Hellforged - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

In Nancy Holzner’s latest Deadtown tale, Hellforged, the author pits her heroine Vicky against a book with amazing powers. Now get a sneak peek at the Book of Utter Darkness and a taste of the battle of wills to come. And don't miss the giveaway at the end of the post!

Most avid readers can think of a book they consider life-changing. But imagine reading a book that could change your destiny. In Hellforged, the second novel in my Deadtown urban fantasy series, such a book falls into the hands of shapeshifter Victory Vaughn. Vicky must look deep into the past to battle a present danger. And the only tool she has for doing so is an ancient book written in a language she doesn’t understand—the language of Hell.


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