Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
With the growing love and popularity for hit shows and books like Charmed, Harry Potter and Witches of East End, witches have proven they're here to stay. And with so many cult classics, new takes and exciting magic, we love that witches continue to enthrall audiences left and right. And now, thanks to Jennifer Murgia, we can throw another witch into the mix — Rune, the heroine in Jennifer's latest, Forest of Whispers, a historical fantasy set in the 17th century. The book is out today and to celebrate, Jennifer's here to share which witches she loves most. Take it away, Jennifer!
Topping the YA trend chart these days is a bewitching character. Call her what you will: spellcaster, charmer, mystic ... witches are garnering quite a bit of attention lately! Aside from my very favorite witch at the moment — my heroine, Rune, from my 17th century Bavarian thriller, Forest of Whispers — are a number of toad-turning, power-wielding women who are equally enchanting and hold a special place in my heart.
My all-time favorite witches: Goth girl, Nancy Downs (Fairuza Balk) and Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) from the movie, The Craft.
Previously: After a failed escape attempt, Claire tended to a dying man on the Gathering's hunt and earned herself a place on Dougal's traveling band of rent collectors. Jamie got knocked on the head with a sword and — YUP — took his shirt off.
Jamie Shirtless Watch 2014: Technically? 22 minutes in, but it's under less than ideal circumstances.
To the recap!
Turned toward the mountains, Claire — who's rocking an amazing fur-collared coat — recites aloud the first part of John Donne's "Present in Absence." That initial stanza is about how the only thing that can fix the pain of someone's absence is time, which has an obvious double meaning for Claire.
Claire's halfway through when she's joined by a slight, bespectacled fellow who joins in her recitation. They bond over a mutual love of Donne as Dougal's men engage in some mildly drunken roughhousing and lively swearing in Gaelic.
Turns out Claire's fellow Donne enthusiast is Ned Gowan, a lawyer who's come to help Dougal with the records and receipts. Ned's also the only one Dougal trusts with the collected rent, which he keeps in a leather pouch on his horse. Amid a coughing fit, Ned explains that, besides money, they also accept grain, cabbage, trussed fowl and goats — but NO live pigs, not this year. Man, landlords today really don't know how easy they have it.
To the episode! We’ll call it: The One Where (Almost) Everyone Has Sex. Ready?
Hoo boy! We open on Spike coaching Freddy through slicing up a dude in the forest. They’re still looking for a host for Bad Grandad. Freddy would like to stop killing randoms. I would like for you to do that too, Freddy! Spike agrees … they need to kill someone they know!
It’s Freya’s birthday! To celebrate, she’s walking around the house in purple lingerie! (It was recently my birthday. I kept to my usual yoga pants, to the delight of my neighbors, I’m sure.) Jo’s cooked some chocolate chip pancakes for the occasion, and there’s a big shindig later to celebrate Freya turning 30 for the first time ever. Yay, Freya! Freya’s depressed about Killian, though.
Ingrid’s at Dash’s, she’s been avoiding him and is there to apologize. Except there’s a PYT there, clearly post coital. Ingrid storms out, as is her right as a soap character.
Killian and Ava’s sexcapades have ended, as her grandma is visiting. He’s off to bartend Freya’s party, giving Abuela time to scold Ava. Ava’s been increasing the potion’s strength but Killian’s feelings for Freya keep shining through — and she’s still not pregnant.
Tommy comes over to surprise Wendy, just in time to see her shift from a cat to a woman! He’s understandably freaked. Wendy just tells him: she’s a witch. He runs away, as is his right as a Muggle.
We love debut authors here at RT and we love introducing them to our readers. Today, we're shining the Debut Author Spotlight on Claudia Connor, the author behind Worth the Fall, which our reviewer says is "a beautiful story" that "reminds readers that your life is never too complicated for love." Read on to learn more about Claudia and the book!
Name: Claudia Connor
Book: Worth the Fall
Genre: Contemporary romance
Current Home: Germantown, TN
Author Icon/Favorite Author: Oh, boy, it’s impossible to choose one favorite, but if I could spend a day picking someone’s brain it would probably be Nora Roberts. I think she’s a genius. I mean hello? Roarke.
Favorite Word: "Haboob" — I recently learned this word because I have a friend who lives in AZ. And more importantly, my husband didn’t know it. First time that’s EVER happened. I was so excited I did a happy in-your-face dance. As he wins at absolutely everything, he didn’t care.
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!
Contemporary Romance - Sydney Landon continues her Danvers series with two new installments. Readers can look forward to even higher stakes and more passion.
Mystery - With Sacrifice, Philip Freeman continues his series of mysteries set in medieval Ireland, which star a nun who must work amongst Christians and druids to catch a killer. Coming in Fall 2015.
Contemporary Romance - Mary Sullivan continues her Accord, Colorado series for Harlequin’s Superromance line with at least one more book. Release date TBA.
Erotic Romance - Sylvia Day's fourth Crossfire book, Captivated by You, finally has a release date! The book will be releasing digitally and in print November 18. Gideon lovers rejoice!
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The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling out favorite Tweets. Here are some of the standouts of the week:
Actress, writer, mother — Isabel Gillies seemingly does it all! With a succesful run on Law and Order: SVU and two memoirs under her belt, Isabel now makes her fiction and YA debut with Starry Night, a novel of young love, New York City and growing up. We had the chance to speak with the multi-talented writer over the phone and asked her about her creative process, writing Starry Night and, of course, about love. See what she had to say:
Starry Night is your first novel for teens, though you’ve written two non-fiction titles. How did your writing process change for Starry Night? How did it remain the same?
Well, it remained the same because of one overriding reason: I wrote it everyday. I worked on it every day, and when I wrote my first book, I had read Stephen King’s On Writing and he says if you’re going to write, write every day. So I wrote every day while I was writing this. Though, not every, every day, because I have children and I don’t write on weekends.
If there’s anything booklovers love more than books it’s author events and book signings. Meeting your favorite author and other readers is great. But while we here at RT are pros at attending events, some of you may be getting ready to go to your first event and aren’t sure what to do. So, to help you out, here are our tips on what to do (and what not to do) at an author event.
1. Be excited — You’re about to meet your favorite author! This is definitely something to be excited about and it’s okay to let your inner fangirl/fanboy make an appearance or two.
2. Make new friends — Like most booklovers, us included, you’re probably a bit of an introvert, so talking to strangers while waiting for the event to start may seem daunting. But at a book event, you will always have two things in common with the stranger next to you: a love for the author you’re seeing and books. So don’t be afraid to reach out and make some new friends!