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Tera Lynn Childs Is Taking A Stand Against Censorship - And You Can Too!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 18, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Tera Lynn Childs has withdrawn from 2011 Teen Lit Fest in Humble, Texas. The author shares her views on the censorship that prompted her decision and how readers can get involved.

When I was asked to participate in the 2011 Humble ISD Teen Lit Fest in Humble, Texas, I was thrilled. Not only would I get to meet lots of enthusiastic teen readers, but I would get to present with authors Melissa de la Cruz, Matt de la Pena, Pete Hautman and Ellen Hopkins. Writing is a solitary pursuit, so it’s always a treat to meet others of my kind.

Fast forward to earlier this month. I received a disturbing email from Ellen. She had been “uninvited” from the festival by Superintendent Guy Sconzo after “several” parents and one librarian voiced concern about the objectionable content of her books. A tireless activist against censorship of any kind, Ellen further explained that she was organizing a reader protest and boycott of the event.


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WIN A Pair Of Inspirational Novels!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 18, 2010 | PERMALINK

In the second of three pairs of novel giveaways, today you have a chance to win a pair inspirational novels. These are two signed books that RT Executive Editor Faygie Levy brought back from this year's national RWA conference. If you are the lucky winner, you will be receiving two Love Inspired novels, Running Scared by Shirlee McCoy and Loving Bella by Renee Ryan.

In honor of this giveaway, RT's Whitney Sullivan chatted with Renee Ryan about some of the hidden details of Loving Bella and what the author is working on next.

Whitney Sullivan: What's something you love about the process of writing inspirational romances?


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A Report Back From SlushPile Hell

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 18, 2010 | PERMALINK

For all of the aspiring authors out there who see so many books published and think “why not me?” it can help to know that others are also stumbling on the road to publication. That’s where the blog SlushPile Hell comes in. The anonymous literary agent who writes the blog responds to the query letter craziness that they encounter on the job. Each blog post includes an excerpt of an original query letter’s ridiculous dialogue and the agent's response to it. You know, the type of response we all wish we had, but think of ten minutes too late or simply can’t say in the situation.

And yes, there may be a certain amount of Schadenfreude (that’s the German word for laughing at other’s mistakes, which just sounds so much nicer in German, don’t you think?) involved in SlushPile Hell. But whether you stop by to laugh, learn, or both, the blog is sure to meet your needs.


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Lisa Samson On The Power Of Fear

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 18, 2010 | PERMALINK

With her new novel, Resurrection In May, author Lisa Samson challenges readers to face their fears. Samson explains why she chose to write about an American female missionary's experiences living through the genocide in Rwanda during 1994 and shares the story of the single real-life American missionary who did the same.

Improbable? Maybe. Impossible? Definitely not. In Resurrection In May, May Seymour, living at a mission in Rwanda, hears the invective on the radio against the Tutsi. And still she loves. She hears the gunshots coming closer. And still she loves. She realizes the monstrous forces bent on destruction are just outside the door. And still she loves? Really? Is it likely an American would have stayed in Rwanda during the genocide that took almost a million lives in 1994?


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Karen White Comes By To Answer RT's Questions

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 17, 2010 | PERMALINK

Karen White, the author of this summer's mainstream novel hit, On Folly Beach, caught our attention with her vibrant characters, detailed settings and "clear, sweet voice." So the author kindly agreed to by and answer our questions about her research process, the evolution of her writing and what a "Karen White" heroine is. 

RT: On Folly Beach follows a multi-decade story. What techniques did you use to make history come alive?


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Author Interview: Stephanie Dolgoff

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 17, 2010 | PERMALINK
Blogger, magazine editor and non-fiction author Stephanie Dolgoff shares her hilarious take on being "just the other side of young" in her new novel, My Formerly Hot Life. Dolgoff has stopped by to chat with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus about how being "formerly hot" is a state of mind about all of life's transitions.

Do you feel so strongly about a cleaning implement that you have recommended it to your friends? have you been ma'amed on several occasions when you were not in the Deep South? Do you inquire about the availability of parking at your destination before you agree to go? If you answered yes to any of these things then you might be formerly hot.

Stephanie Dolgoff Chats About Being Formerly Hot >>

Stephanie Dolgoff On The Benefits Of Being Formerly Hot >>


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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 8/17/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 17, 2010 | PERMALINK

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

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Why This Must Be The Place Was Awarded The July RT Seal Of Excellence

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

The RT Editors have chosen Kate Racculia's debut novel, This Must Be The Place, as the fourth Seal of Excellence recipient. This mainstream novel captivated our editors with its quirky characters and profound message.

 


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Win Two Signed Series Romances!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 16, 2010 | PERMALINK

RT Executive Editor Faygie Levy had a great time at this year's national RWA conference. While she was there she collected several signed novels so, even if you weren't able to attend, you could still get in on some of the conference goodies. The first pair of novels you have a chance to win is two series titles: The Longest Night by Cindy Dees and Hidden Pleasures by Brenda Jackson

To celebrate this giveaway, we caught up with Brenda Jackson for a series-sized peek inside the author’s head. See what she has to say about Hidden Pleasures and what series romance fans can expect from the author next!

RT: What's something you love about the process of writing for series (or category) romances?


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Video Interview: Elizabeth Hoyt

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 16, 2010 | PERMALINK
Author Elizabeth Hoyt stops by to chat with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus. The author, who is best known for her historical romances set in the Georgian period, has just released her latest novel, Wicked Intentions. Learn all about Hoyt's preferred ways of researching and some of her favorite historical facts!

Elizabeth Hoyt On Doing Research >>


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