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The Long and Short of e-books...

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Today I'm presenting an observation: Have you noticed the trend of very short e-book stories? A few years ago, there were indeed a few novella length e-books, but check just about any electronic publisher today and you will find several e-books that are well under fifty pages in length. I once read one for review that was all of three pages! Why the trend? Do they want to tap the new reader market? Or, are readers not willing to sit down and invest the time in a longer length story? Go to just about any electronic publisher’s page and check out their submissions. Many are looking for short stories with particular themes – Halloween, Christmas, etc and are actively seeking new authors to submit. Even many of the bestselling authors crank out these short stories. Do these sell well? (If there are any publishers lurking out there, I’d love an answer to that) Do readers really snap up these short stories enough so that it is profitable for publishers? (Readers, have you purchased

Spotlight Review...Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks

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BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART - Kerrelyn Sparks Love At Stake , Book 3 Avon ISBN: 978-0-06-111844-9 April 2007 Paranormal Romance New York and London, England - Present Day CIA agent and member of the Stake-Out team run by Sean Whelan, psychic Emma Wallace does a little slaying on the side. She has good reasons for doing this without the knowledge of her fellow team members or her boss. They might try to stop her, and that she won't allow. The evil vampires killed her parents, and Emma vows to avenge them. One night while she is patrolling Central Park, Emma runs into a very handsome Scotsman named Angus MacKay. He's very appealing and yet there's something about him that Emma can't quite put her finger on. Is he a vampire? Why is he here telling her no more slaying? How did he know? So many questions that Emma needs answered. She sets a trap to catch Angus and learns much more than she wanted to know. If what Angus says is true, then there are two types of vampires:

Ask Five with....Marly Mathews!!!

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Today I have an author that I'm sure many readers haven't heard of, but one who you certainly will in the very near future. Marly Mathews! How can you not like stories filled with fantasy, paranormal, set in Scotland, vampires, faerie princess. I think Marly put everything but the kitchen sink in Twilight's Kiss. :) Plus, she writes historicals. Sit back and meet...Marly Mathews! 1.What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about? The title of my latest release is Twilight’s Kiss. It’s a fantasy paranormal romance set in Scotland, present day. The hero is a cursed vampire and the heroine is a faerie princess, who moonlights as a Huntress of Hell. Her alter ego is a romance writer…so it was pretty fun to write. The hero is a Scottish lord. He’s over three hundred years old, so he’s been around for a while. LOL It’s available in ebook format from The Wild Rose Press and it’s also available in trade size paperback. It’s listed on both Amazon.com and Barne

The SUGAR DADDY giveaway winner is........

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..........Jackietoo!!!!! Congrats, Jackie! Email Patti at fisc40pa@aol.com with your full name and address where I can mail your book to. ********* If you like Lisa Kleypas, then you might enjoy Jill Shalvis. Here's what Amy has to say about SMART AND SEXY: SMART AND SEXY – Jill Shalvis Sky High Air Series, Book 1 Brava ISBN-10: 0-7582-1445-6 ISBN-13: 978-0-7582-1445-4 April 2007 Contemporary Romance Mammoth Mountain, Utah; Cabo and Baja, Mexico – Present Day If Bailey Sinclair’s husband Alan hadn’t already been killed, she’d murder him herself for getting her into this mess. Forced to hijack Noah Fisher’s private plane so she can get to Mammoth Mountain to search one of her dead husband’s posh resorts for money he’d stolen from his investors, Bailey can only groan at the hell she’s landed in now. If she doesn’t find that money, she’s good as dead; and if she talks or goes to the police with this problem, she’s just as dead. So now, scared and alone, Bailey holds Noah

The Reader's Corner

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Name: STACY A. What are you currently reading? "THE SECRET' BY RHONDA BYRNE & "HUNTERS: HEART & SOUL" BY SHILOH WALKER What is your favorite romance genre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc) to read? I LIKE TO SHIFT, BUT PRIMARILY I GO FOR HISTORICALS Do you have a "to be read" pile and if so, how many book are approximately on it? MY TBR PILE IS EMBARRASSINGLY LARGE - 50-100 WOULD BE A GOOD GUESS If you could sit down and have lunch with five authors, dead or alive, which five would you like to be sitting there with you? STEPHEN KING, JUDITH MCNAUGHT, SUZANNE BROCKMANN, JANET EVANOVICH, NORA ROBERTS AS JD ROBB Name a book (and its author) that you’ve read recently that went on your keeper shelf. MEGAN HART'S "DIRTY" Note: Don't forget to post and enter for a shot at SUGAR DADDY. See below for more details.

A Perfect Ten...IF YOU DESIRE

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IF YOU DESIRE – Kresley Cole The McKerrick Brothers Trilogy, Book 2 A Perfect 10 Pocket Books ISBN: 978-1416503606 April 2007 Historical Romance London, England and Scotland - 1856 Jane is in grave danger. It’s the only line the message contained and the only words that could make Hugh MacCarrick rush to London. He’s loved Jane Weyland since his youth and even though they shared a special bond at one time, he always knew she was too beautiful, too vibrant, and way too good for a lowly Scotsman lacking wealth and social status. What’s more, he and his two brothers are under a curse, making it impossible for them to wed and have families. So instead, Hugh began working for Jane’s father and in the ten years since he last saw Jane, he has become wealthy and one of England’s deadliest assassins. Jane’s father has now ensured that Hugh will come to London. Weyland knows that Hugh will give his life to protect Jane from Davis Gray, an English agent turned rogue who is bent on revenge.

Your Favorite Vacation and a Giveaway!!!!!!!!!

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Yes, I am back from vacation! Went to the coast and had tons of fun. Took pictures (the one above is one I took) and played around a lot. LOL, I did manage to read 1 1/2 books on vacation. LOL Vacations are nice and when the view is even better...ROMANTIC...well, it makes it even better. I love going to the coast, with the beautiful views and the fresh air. I wish I could live there, but alas, I'm tied to where I'm living at currently. On this thought, what is your favorite vacation? Post your thoughts and you're entered into a very special contest.... You will win a copy of the hardcover book by Lisa Kleypas called SUGAR DADDY! You can read an excerpt at Lisa's site by clicking here I will draw the winner on Wednesday night (25th) at 11pm eastern time!

Live chat with Karen Kelley on Saturday night!

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From our own RRT hostess Minx: Join us tomorrow night as we talk with Karen Kelley and discuss her latest book, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND. Chat will be held at Romance Reviews Today on April 21, at 9:00pm (EST) Karen has offered to give away two copies of her book too so mark yours calendars! You can access the chat by clicking this link ---> chat link (PS, don't forget we did an interview with Karen Kelley the end of March. Click here to read more about Karen and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND.)

The Reader's Corner with the RRT Reviewers!

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Name: Isabelle Spencer What are you currently reading? Review books. Specifially, Artifactual by Alessa Brio and Rose and Thorn by Kate Hill. What is your favorite romance genre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc) to read? Erotic romances, paranormal, fantasy and especially male/male romances. Do you have a "to be read" pile and if so, how many book are approximately on it? Yes about 75 in print and 50 in eform. If you could sit down and have lunch with five authors, dead or alive, which five would you like to be sitting there with you? Sean Michael, Angela Knight, Kate Steele, Willa Okati & Barbara Cartland because I want to see her reaction to everyone else. Name a book (and its author) that you've read recently that went on your keeper shelf. Dragon's Quest by Lena Austin, Natural Disaster by Chris Owen & Antonia's Bargain by Kate Pearce.

The Reader's Corner with the RRT Reviewers!

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Name: Carol Carter What are you currently reading? SAFE HARBOR by Christine Feehan --- WOW!!!! Another PERFECT TEN!!! What is your favorite romance genre? Historical (Medieval and Regency, then any period) Do you have a “to be read” pile and if so, how many book are approximately on it? Yes, I do -- and I have HUNDREDS in it. Everytime I get to a bookstore I buy my favorite authors. Pretty soon I'll be buying the whole historical section ... If you could sit down and have lunch with five authors, dead or alive, which five would you like to be sitting there with you? Celeste DeBlasis(deceased) Loved her Swann Saga, Christine Feehan - super lady, Lauren Royal, Sarah McKerrigan - (formerly Glynnis Campbell), Geralyn Dawson, Lorraine Heath -- Six, but since one is not possible, I added another ... Name a book (and its author) that you’ve read recently that went on your keeper shelf. SAFE HARBOR by Christine Feehan -(A June 2007 re

The Reader's Corner with the RRT Reviewers!

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Name: Lisa Baca What are you currently reading? For review: THE MOVING WATER, For myself: American Gospel What is your favorite romance genre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc) to read? Paranormal, scifi, then contemporary. Do you have a "to be read" pile and if so, how many book are approximately on it? Literally? Hundreds, maybe a thousand! If you could sit down and have lunch with five authors, dead or alive, which five would you like to be sitting there with you? Rosemary Laurey, Jo Beverly, Austin Tappan Wright, Jane Austen, Laura Esquivel, Marion Zimmer Bradley Name a book (and its author) that you've read recently that went on your keeper shelf. WITCHLING by Yasmine Galenorn

The Reader's Corner with the RRT Reviewers!

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Name: Jane Bowers What are you currently reading? I just finished reading an advance copy of DON'T SCREAM by Wendy Corsi Staub, who also writes as Wendy Markham. DON'T SCREAM is not a romance; it's a scary novel about four sorority sisters whose inaction comes back to haunt them ten years later. Check out Diana's review of it in RRT's May issue. Also, I'm almost done with a lovely Regency romance I'm reading for review. It's called A COUSINLY CONNEXION by Sheila Simonson. I hope to get my review in for the April 10 update. What is your favorite romance genre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc) to read? That's both an easy and a hard question to answer. Traditional Regencies are my comfort reads. That was easy. :) However, I also love other historicals, both European (especially set in the UK) and American frontier. I'm pickier about contemporary romances. Do you have a “to be read” pile and if so, how many book are approximate

The Reader's Corner with the RRT Reviewers!

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This week, the blog mistress is on vacation, so the blog is going to be filled with The Reader's Corner featuring the reviewers of Romance Reviews Today. Read about what the reviewers are reading! Name: Anthonette What are you currently reading? Shadow Touch by Marjorie Liu What is your favorite romance genre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc) to read? Paranormal romance is my favorite genre. There is just something about vampires that I am obsessed with! I never knew blood-suckers could be so sexy! Do you have a “to be read” pile and if so, how many book are approximately on it? No, I don't keep a 'to be read' pile. I love the excitement of finding new books when I have time to read them right away. I get a kick out of researching and finding out what others thought of the book and then reading it immediately... If you could sit down and have lunch with five authors, dead or alive, which five would you like to be sitting there with

Ask Five with...Kim Amburn!!!

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I just love hearing about – and reading – new authors. For my interview this time, I have a brand new author for all of us to get to know. After this interview, I bet we’ll all be rushing to buy her book! PS…the release date is April 15th and you can buy it at Triskelion . Come and get to know…Kim Amburn! 1. What is the title of your release and what’s it about? Dreams is a romantic suspense ebook offered by Triskelion Publishing in April 2007. As a child, Cassie Lane dreamed of the future but, after her father's death, her mother insisted she stop. After years of ignoring the dreams, they finally stopped and Cassie worked hard to earn her mother's love. She majored in her mother's choice of career, bought a house close to her mother's and dated a man her mother picked out. Her only rebellions were to work at a bank instead of her mother's accounting firm and to make friends with the new, shy loan officer, Alice, at the bank - a woman her mother looked down o

Spotlight Review on...COMING UNDONE

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Note: This coming Friday night we will be having a chat with Stephanie Tyler in the RRT Chatroom. Click here to access the chat. It begins at 9:30pm Eastern Time. COMING UNDONE – Stephanie Tyler Harlequin Blaze #315 ISBN-13: 978-0-373-79319-8 ISBN-10: 0-373-79319-7 April 2007 Contemporary Series Romance Daytona Beach, Florida – Present Day Helping a friend to revive her love life, former professional surfer Carly Winters wrote up a list of sexual fantasies that could be played out between couples. She later learns she accidentally faxed the list to the wrong place when a handsome hunk lands on her doorstep and wants to know why she’s sending pornographic letters to a navy SEAL top-secret fax machine. Carly is embarrassed, to say the least, but when her visiting parents “catch” her talking to the stranger, it suddenly presents a solution to one of her problems. Or, maybe adds to it. Jonathon “Hunt” Huntington is curious about the woman who sent the naughty fax and even more intrig

The Reader's Corner

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Name: Kim H What are you currently reading? Naked Truth by Amy Fetzer What is your favorite romance genre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc) to read? Contemporary Do you have a to be read pile and if so, how many book are approximately on it? 50 If you could sit down and have lunch with five authors, dead or alive, which five would you like to be sitting there with you? Vicki Lewis Thompson, Leslie Kelly, Alison Kent, William Shakesphere, Stephen King Name a book (and its author) that you’ve read recently that went on your keeper shelf. The Heartbreaker by Carly Phillips ******* Also, be sure join me in the chat room this coming Friday (Yes, Friday the 13th!) at 9:30PM EST (6:30PM PST) when we chat with Stephanie Tyler, the new Blaze author. Her new book is Coming Undone and is out NOW. Bookmark the chat room: RRT Chatroom

New Reviews up at RRT Erotic!

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RRTErotic - Issue 7, Volume 1 - April 6, 2007 www.rrterotic.com RRT Erotic announces Best Erotic Books of 2006 * Best Erotic Novel - LOVING LIES - Lora Leigh - Samhain * Best Erotic Contemporary - LOVING LIES - Lora Leigh - Samhain * Best Erotic Romantic Suspense - BLUE VELVET - Christy Poff - Whiskey Creek Press - Torrid * Best Erotic Paranormal Romance - LOUP GAROU - Mandy M.Roth - Samhain * Best Erotic Science Fiction Romance - SHEREM - Lil Gibson - Venus Press * Best Erotic Fantasy Romance - ALMOST HUMAN - Cat Marsters - Ellora's Cave * Best Gay/Lesbian Romance - THE HIGHWAYMAN - Emily Veinglory - Cobblestone Press * Best Erotic Short Story/Novella - NEVER LEAVE ME - Cat Marsters - Changeling Press * In this issue we've got 44 new reviews for your enjoyment. (Quick List of new reviews) * Congratulations to the March Contest Winners: Linda H., Cynthia P., Debbie E. & Cathy M. * Enter this month's drawing for a chance to win books! Thanks for visiting R

Spotlight Review on... Ellora's Cavemen: Seasons of Seduction, Vol 1

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ELLORA’S CAVEMEN: SEASONS OF SEDUCTION, VOLUME 1 – D. Devlin, L. Feisty, A. James, S. Quinn, D. Rossetti, J. Strong Ellora's Cave ISBN: 978-1-41991-015-9 April 2007 Erotic Anthology with historical, contemporary and paranormal tales - M/M and ménage Rated E-rotic Her Lance-Alot - Delilah Devlin England - 1154 AD Lady Margaret du Bary has just been wed by decree of the king. If he thinks that she’s going to suffer the attentions of the loutish, ill-mannered brute that he picked for her, he’s sadly mistaken. It doesn’t matter how pleasing to the eye Lord Roland becomes after a good scrubbing, the marriage will never work! Oh my, well, I’ll just have to say that it’s fortuitous that in this instance Lady Margaret is wrong. This marriage is indeed headed towards a very happily-ever-after. Dance of the Plain Jane - Lillian Feisty San Diego, California - Present Day Jane Holliday is shy and demure, not at all the kind of woman to go after what she wants. Unless of course

Ask Five with...CLAIRE CROSS!!!

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This time, we have the fabulous Claire Cross (aka Claire Delacroix ) as our blog guest. Claire is witty, smart and a very nice person to chat with. She has a book out in April that looks very good. (I love the dog on the cover! LOL) She was gracious enough to agree to an interview. Meet Claire! 1. What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about? My April release is the fourth and final book in the Coxwell series, called ALL OR NOTHING (by Claire Cross). It's the book of bad boy Zach Coxwell, the youngest of the siblings and the most prone to trouble. I not only wanted to write Zach's story but I wanted to give him an HEA, something that required his growing up a bit. I decided to give him a challenge he couldn't resist - a woman who apparently could resist his charm and one he couldn't make smile. Jen has a lot of reasons to be serious, but the two of them manage to find a middle ground that works for both of them. I had a lot of fun writing this bo

Contests at RRT and RRTE!

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Do you like contests? Don't forget to check them out at Romance Reviews Today and RRTErotic! Romance Reviews Today Contest page RRT Erotic Contest page (Terrie is in the process of updating the page for the April contests) I promise a contest will be coming shortly here on the blog! Stay tuned!

The Reader's Corner!

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Name: Debora Hosey What are you currently reading? Tess Gerritsen/THE SINNER What is your favorite romance genre (contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc) to read? Oh, my, I have to choose?! I love everything romance...but probably Regency historicals, category romance, and paranormals are my favorite...but no, don't limit me...tomorrow I'll be into romance suspense or contemporaries! Do you have a “to be read” pile and if so, how many book are approximately on it? Oh, Lordy, do I have a TBR pile?! Yes! I have hundreds of every type of romance novel...you never know when you might be snowed in! Not that we get all that much snow in Delaware... If you could sit down and have lunch with five authors, dead or alive,which five would you like to be sitting there with you? It goes without saying that I'd LOVE to have a chat with Jane Austen, but I'm not including her in my list because I have so many living favorite authors! 1. Jo Beverley 2. Sandra Marton 3.

Spotlight Review...Take Me Tonight by Roxanne St. Claire

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TAKE ME TONIGHT - Roxanne St. Claire Bullet Catchers, Book 3 Pocket Star ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-2186-0 ISBN-10: 1-4165-2186-0 April 2007 Romantic Suspense Boston, Massachusetts - Present Day As a member of the Bullet Catchers, an elite security firm headed by Lucy Sharpe, Johnny Christiano owes his life to Lucy. He is trustworthy, loyal and never questions her authority. Now he is going to face his toughest assignment, guarding Lucy's niece, Sage Valentine, as she tries to find out if her roommate, Keisha Kingston, really committed suicide. Guarding Sage won't be the problem, but Johnny doesn't know the relationship between Sage and Lucy, and is sure this assignment will be a quick in and out job. Sage is an investigative reporter, and after her Aunt Lucy refuses to help her, this merely slows her down a little bit. The supposed suicide of Keisha seems to start with www.takemetonight.com, a web site for women who want a pretend kidnapping and to pick their o

Romance Reviews Today's Best Books of 2006!

ROMANCE REVIEWS TODAY ANNOUNCES THE BEST BOOKS OF 2006 (Voted on by the reviewers) *** Best Overall Book of 2006 - LOVER AWAKENED - J.R. Ward *** * Best Contemporary Romance 2006 - TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS - Christina Dodd * Best Fantasy 2006 - THE DREAM THIEF - Shana Abe * Best Fantasy Romance 2006 - SWORD OF DARKNESS - Kinley MacGregor * Best Contemporary Fiction 2006 - FLIRTING WITH FORTY - Jane Porter * Best Non - Fiction 2006 - A YEAR IN THE WORLD - Frances Mayes * Best Historical Romance 2006 - DEVIL IN WINTER - Lisa Kleypas * Best Mystery - Suspense 2006 - FINAL TRUTH - Mariah Stewart * Best Paranormal Romance 2006 - LOVER AWAKENED - J.R. Ward * Best Romantic Comedy 2006 - REALITY CHECK - Elisa Adams * Best Romantic Mystery - Suspense 2006 - INTO THE STORM - Suzanne Brockman * Best Series Romance 2006 - ENEMY HUSBAND - Nina Bruhns * Best Young Adult 2006 - I AM SO JINXED - Naomi Nash * Best Short Story/Novella - THE MICHAELANGLO BLUES - J.Morgan Have you read any of them? H