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Thursday, 30 August 2012 12:46

Author Interview: Suzanne Selfors

Written by Jennifer Porter

suzanneselfors"The Sweetest Spell" is Suzanne Selfors latest young adult release. RNN is pleased to have Suzanne Selfors stop by and answer some questions about herself and her book.

 
Summary:
Welcome to Anglund, a fairy-tale kingdom where chocolate is only a legend.

 
Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter has escaped death twice - on the night she was born and on the day her village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability - she can churn cream into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

 
Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund is desired by all.

 

Monday, 20 August 2012 14:00

Guest Author Post: Katharine Ashe

Written by Jennifer Porter

katharine_asheKatharine Ashe, who recently revealed her identity as Katharine Brophy Dubois, a professor at Duke University, agreed to stopy by and discuss the merits of romance fiction. Ashe's latest book, "How a Lady Weds a Rogue" will be out on September 25, 2012. In honor of Ashe's visit, RNN is giving away a copy of Ashe's "Captured by a Rogue Lord." Read on to find out how to enter.

 

From Katharine Ashe:
The literary merit of romance fiction has lately been a hot topic in the popular media. Are romance novels worthy of serious consideration by serious readers, or are they “trash”? When a romance novel breaks out into the broader reading public, what does it mean that strangers to the genre consider it an example of all romances? Is there such a thing as the quintessential romance novel by which all romance fiction can be judged?

 

KillerWolfsClothingcoverAuthor Kelli A. Wilkins stops by RNN for a visit with a guest blog post about writing in different romance subgenres. See what she has to say about writing menages, m/m stories and more traditional romances.

 

Hi everyone! My name is Kelli A. Wilkins and I write romances - hot, steamy, erotic romances and milder, more traditional romances. Sometimes I write about male/female relationships, sometimes I write ménage and group encounters, and sometimes I write gay romance. I’m always asked, “How can you write in different genres? and “How can a straight woman write gay romance?”

 

The answer to both questions is the same: I let the plot and the characters dictate what goes on in the book.

 

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 20:57

Author Interview: Beth Kery

Written by Jennifer Porter

BecauseYouAreMineIIRNN is pleased to host Beth Kery for a Q&A. "Part II: Because I Could Not Resist" of Beth Kery's serial romance "Because You Are Mine" released yesterday. Interested? Read on to learn more about this serial romance. Read to the end to find out how to win a copy of Kery's "Wicked Burn" which recently re-released in mass market paperback and is one of RNN's tops picks for erotic romance of 2012.

 

Q: Your next Berkley release is BECAUSE YOU ARE MINE, a serial romance that will be released in 8 weekly installments. Can you give our readers some background about this story?

A: Because You Are Mine is a love story that begins as a sexual obsession between a billionaire entrepreneur and an artist/graduate student. He commissions her to do the centerpiece painting for his new headquarters, but there are threads that connect this couple even farther back in history than before their first meeting. Because of those threads—what I would call ‘soul threads’—what seems to be a sexual obsession in reality, from the very beginning, is just the beginning of a relationship between a couple that was destined to be together. Although, there’s no real evidence for that at first, as personal histories and insecurities are hurdled and finally shared.

 

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:19

Author Interview: Juliana Gray

Written by Jennifer Porter

ALadyNeverLiesRNN interviews author Juliana Gray whose debut historical romance, "A Lady Never Lies," is out today. Jennifer highly recommends this book. It is a fantastic read with a beta hero and an unforgettable heroine. To help spread the word, RNN is giving away two copies of "A Lady Never Lies."

 

Q: A Lady Never Lies is the first book in a trilogy set in the 1890s.  Much of the plot revolves around the hero's quest to build (and race) a horseless carriage. What type of research did you do to support this part of the story?

 

A: I've always been interested in antique automobiles. When I was growing up, I adored K.M. Peyton's Flambards series, which takes place in the years around the First World War and contrasts the technological development of the twentieth century with the traditional English country habits and traditions; I also watched The Great Racea wonderful screwball comedy about a New York-to-Paris car race in 1910—over and over again with my sister. As a result of these obsessions, I had picked up a lot of information on the subject throughout my life, and when I decided to set this trilogy at the dawn of the automobile era, I couldn't resist drawing my characters into this fascinating world. I had a few books on the subject already, which I re-read, and when I needed specific information I turned to the internet. I tried not to delve much into technical details, however; I wanted to keep the focus very much on the plot and the love story between Finn and Alexandra.

 

alexia_banksRNN welcomes author Alexia Banks who as Diane Jacques is a veteran film and television professional. She produced Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17 for ABC Network, in addition to writing, producing and directing two dark comedies and the critically acclaimed feature documentary Rock and a Hard Place: Another Night at the Agora.  Currently, she is developing a television reality series for a major cable network. Her debut paranormal romance novel Forgotten Dreams is being released on August 6, 2012, through Adams Media’s new imprint Crimson Romance, and is the first in her Swan Creek series.

 

Alexia graciously offered to write a guest post about the process of making books into movies.

 

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 19:59

Author Interview: Elizabeth Hoyt

Written by Jennifer Porter

ElizabethHoytRNN is excited to host Elizabeth Hoyt, author of historical romance, on the site today. Hoyt graciously agreed to answer some questions about her Maiden Lane series and its latest entry, “Thief of Shadows” which was out in late June.

 

Q: Romance Novel News highly recommends every book in your Maiden Lane series. They are examples of historical romance at its finest. How would you describe the series? And more specifically "Thief of Shadows?"

A: My Maiden Lane series takes place in Georgian London and sort of revolves around an orphanage in St. Giles and the people—from dukes and baronesses to guttersnipes and thieves—that come in contact with the orphanage.

 

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 07:18

Guest Author Post: Jill Shalvis

Written by Jennifer Porter

JillShalvisRNN welcomes author Jill Shalvis who is talking about the latest two books in her Lucky Harbor series, "At Last" and "Forever and a Day" - which released yesterday. We, at RNN, are huge fans of this funny, emotional, touching and very sexy series. So far, all of the books in the series have been Recommended Reads for us. RNN is giving away a copy of both of these books to one commenter.

 

Hello, Everyone!  And thanks to Romance Novel News for inviting me to stop by today.

 

It’s been a Lucky Harbor summer for me so far, and I love it.  Three books being published back-to-back-to-back has meant so much engagement with readers, booksellers, and librarians that it’s been a blast.  Of course, most of the fun comes from reader response to the stories and characters.

 

Friday, 13 July 2012 12:07

Guest Author Post: Carrie Lofty

Written by Jennifer Porter

StarlightAuthor Carrie Lofty, whose latest release is STARLIGHT, stops by Romance Novel News today to talk about Scotland. She is also giving away one copy of STARLIGHT.

 

Scotland is Beautiful…

By Carrie Lofty

 

I loved writing STARLIGHT. I’d like you to buy STARLIGHT. There! Sales pitch over!

 

Now, let’s bask in the beauty of Scotland.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 19:23

Guest Author Post: Sarah M. Anderson

Written by Jennifer Porter

SarahMAndersonhiresSarah M. Anderson stops by RNN today to talk about reading outside of one's genre. Sarah's latest book "A Man of Privilege" is out this month from Harlequin Desire.

 

Reading Outside Your Genre

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I write westerns. I love my modern-day cowboys and Indians—basically, give me a hot man on a horse, and I’m happy. I spend my days thinking about ranchers, medicine men, and the women who love them.

But after I’ve put in a full day of Authoring and it’s Miller time, you know what kind of book I tend to grab off the shelf?

I’ll give you a hint. It tends to involve billowing ball gowns, Chinese swordsmen, and stoic European princes. In other words, a western is not what I go for.

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