There are only so many times a historical romance fan can read about a handsome duke who is secretly a spy, a crusty cowboy soon to be tamed by a saloon girl with a heart of gold or a beautiful Scottish lass abducted by the laird of a warring clan. After a certain point, it all gets, pardon the pun, old. So what’s a historical romance fan to do? Visit the group blog Unusual Historicals, of course! Created by author Carrie Lofty, the site is a gathering place for authors and readers who are seeking stories that are off the beaten path. Now Lofty talks about pushing the boundaries of historical romance – literally by setting her novels in Austria, South Africa and medieval Spain - and she shares what readers can expect as the website marks its fourth anniversary celebrating these reads!
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Kasey Michaels has wowed readers who enjoy contemporary romance, romantic suspense and even mystery fans, but she is best known for her tales of Regency romance. This month the author concludes her latest series with How to Wed a Baron, which she calls "a sort of salvation story." This in-depth interview takes readers behind the scenes of Michaels' new release and gives fans a sneak peek at what they can expect next from the delightful pen of this bestselling author!
Jayne Ann Krentz’s readers know that this bestselling author can always be counted on to do the unexpected. For example, in her always-evolving Arcane series, the author writes in the past present and future of the same series under her three different author names.
Now Krentz is turning a modern technology on its head as she “double-tweets” a short story. What does this mean for fans? We get to enjoy this Krentz short story told from both her perspective and that of Fallon Jones, the hero of her January romantic suspense, In Too Deep!
The story, which began on November 1st with a tweet from the author announcing that she was headed to Scargill Cove to interview Fallon James, has the pair of criss-crossing and commenting on the other's activities in a highly enjoyable fashion. Our eyes are peeled to see where this tale is headed next!
Authors Marjorie Liu and C.L. Wilson are adding a special touch of magic to their new novels, In the Dark of Dreams and Crown of Crystal Flame, which release this week. These authors are not only hosting a joint book signing at Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, they are streaming the event live so that fans around the globe can participate!
We love Liu for her quirky characters, fast paced action and memorable romances. Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith has nominated In the Dark of Dreams for a 2010 Reviewers' Choice Award. She calls the latest Dirk & Steele adventure, "
Bestselling romantic suspense author Laura Griffin shares the moment that inspired her latest novel in her Tracer series, Unforgivable. Although Griffin's heroine may be solving a cold case murder, the pace is fast and furious as Mia, a forensic expert, works to keep her family safe. And don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post!
Thank you so much for inviting me to drop by RT! People often ask me where my story ideas come from, so today I thought I’d talk about that wonderful (and sometimes elusive) thing every writer needs: Inspiration.
For me, the most important source of inspiration is people. I write crime fiction, and because I don’t personally carry a badge or a semi-automatic pistol, I have a long list of experts I turn to when I need help with the details of a story.
Author Lisa Plumley is ringing in the holiday season this year with not one but two very different new romance novels! The first is the Christmas-themed contemporary, A Holiday Affair, and the second is a trip back to the American Frontier in Mail-Order Groom. But this Christmas-loving author took some time out of her busy schedule to share a very meaningful holiday memory with us.
Some families take down their Christmas tree on Boxing Day, immediately after Christmas. Others haul their tinsel-sprinkled, crunchy-needled evergreen to the curb for recycling a week or so later. Either way, by New Year’s Day, most families have moved on.
CJ Lyons concludes her popular Angels of Mercy series with Critical Condition, the fast paced thriller that is released today! Lyons, who is an ER doctor turned author, talks about readers can expect from the fourth novel in her popular medical thriller series. In Critical Condition all four of the series' heroines are trapped in the hospital with a serial killer on the loose, so this is sure to be another action-filled visit to the hospital. Lyons also shares what her fans can expect next — the author's upcoming series is co-written with Erin Brockovich. And don't miss your chance to win Critical Condition at the end of the interview!
We all know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover — but that doesn’t mean that we don’t! And over the past twenty years romance novels have certainly undergone some very distinctive trends. (They don’t call the romance genre “bodice-rippers” for nothing!) Now best-selling romance author Cathy Maxwell chats about the the covers have inspired her, the trends she loves and the art she covets!
When I visited Dame Barbara Cartland at her country estate (Yes, I did that and, yes, it was totally cool. The trip was organized by RT.), I was impressed by the four hundred plus book covers she had framed and hanging in her main hallway. The Cartland covers had a single, distinctive look.
I asked her if the same artist had worked with her throughout her career.
She said in her lovely English drawl that the covers were the work of four different artists. “They keep dying on me and I must take on another.” (At the time of our meeting, I believe she was 98 and still writing 5,000 words a day. What a great career she had.)
And I loved her covers.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.