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Sandra Hill On The Heat (And History) Of Honey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 20, 2010 | PERMALINK

Sandra Hill stops by to discuss the way that honey plays a part in her latest novel, The Viking Takes A Knight. The author chats about the two very different ways her characters use honey and shares some facts about the history of honey use throughout the years. And don't miss the steamy EXCERPT of The Viking Takes A Knight at the end of this blog post.

Although I have used medieval beekeeping in previous historicals, along with the use of honey for sweetening, mead, and candles, even as a little something extra in lovemaking, I have never gone as far as I do in my September release, The Viking Takes A Knight.


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SCOOPED! Featuring Cabot, Castle and Teen Vampire Reads

BY Whitney Sullivan, AUGUST 19, 2010 | PERMALINK

Today’s Scooped! is a guest post from me, Whitney Sullivan. Here are some of the answers I “scooped” up for you, by doing research on the Internet and contacting publishers, authors and the RT editors. Get some suggestions for teen vampire reads, find out what Meg Cabot has been up to and when you can get your hands on the next Castle novel. And of course, keep your questions and comments coming!

Question: I have never read an urban fantasy novel that I liked. The plots all seem to be exactly the same. But, maybe I‘ve just picked the “bad apples” of the genre? – Peeved But Persistent


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Top 10 Reasons We're Excited for the Sweet Valley High Sequel — With Giveaway!

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 19, 2010 | PERMALINK

Top 10 Reasons We're Excited for Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later:

10. These T-shirts we have as giveaway prizes are really cute. (E-mail Elissa@RTBookReviews.com to enter!)

9.  We've always wanted a 1Bruce1 license plate, and now we're actually old enough to drive. 

8.  We're still scarred by Regina's untimely death, and we're hoping for some closure.

7.  Would it be too much to ask to see a twentysomething Lila working as a beleaguered, much put upon personal assistant? 

6.  We want to see Elizabeth with someone other than stick-in-the-mud Todd. (Sorry, Todd!)

5.  A nice Bruce Patman? This we gotta see.

4.  We must know: did the Droids ever make it big?

3.  A grown up Steven? Color us interested.

2.  We call high potential for a Winston and Enid wedding. Think of the nerdtastic babies they would make!

1.  The first chapter is really quite good! (Get it here.)


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Author Interview With Sheri WhiteFeather

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 19, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Sheri WhiteFeather chats with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus about the women who inspired her to write Private DancerThe pair also discuss reincarnation, Native American culture and what fans can expect next.


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Casting News About I Am Number Four

BY Whitney Sullivan, AUGUST 19, 2010 | PERMALINK

For all that I love reading historical romance novels, when it comes to my movies, I look to outer space for distraction. So of course, I was excited to hear about the movie adaptation of the paranormal YA, I Am Number Four. We had fun talking about the title and our alien obsession in the August issue of RT Book Reviews. And now there is even more info out about what we can expect from the upcoming movie adaptation of I Am Number Four.


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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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