Rachel Gibson's hockey series began with her first novel in 1998, Simply Irresistible, and immediately put her on the map as a NYT and USA Today best-seller.
Any Man of Mine is the final installment in the hockey series, and it tells the story of a Vegas vacation gone awry. Autumn and Sam were just in for a night of fun, but their tryst leaves Autumn hurt, pregnant and alone. Years later, Sam means to pick up where they left off and reforge the bonds created on that fateful night.
Here's a quick excerpt (you can read more here):
"There you are Cinderella."
She slapped her Cosmo closed and raised the brim of her straw hat. She looked way up into a pair of black Oakley's covering eyes she knew were a beautiful blue. He was even bigger and better looking in the sunlight. Today he wore a pair of gray Quicksilver board shorts and a white tank with large armholes around his massive shoulders.
"What are you reading?"
"Make-up tips." She tried to act cool as she shoved her Cosmo into her bag. Like she wasn't reading about penises and like outrageously good-looking men talked to her every day. "Have you been following me?" she asked the man she'd danced with at Pure.
He chuckled and sat on the chaise next to her. "Keeping my eyes open for you."
He dug in his back pocket then handed her the pink bead bracelet she'd worn the night before. "You lost this."
This was Vegas. Nothing was real in Vegas. Certainly not good looking men tracking her down to return a cheap bracelet. She opened her palm and he dropped it in her hand, the beads still warm from his body. "Thank you."
Any Man of Mine is already on shelves! Are you going to read this character-driven romance?
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Karina Cooper is the author of the Dark Mission trilogy, and the first two books are tough and super-steamy. As she says on her website, they're "Wild Turkey with a bullet in the bottom of the glass."
The first in the series, Blood of the Wicked, came out in May and was quickly followed by Lure of the Wicked in June. The third, All Things Wicked, is scheduled for January 2012.
The Dark Mission series is considered paranormal romance, but as Trisha says during the interview below, it's more like "post-apocalyptic romance." The books are set in a rebuilt city, 50 years after a worldwide disaster, in a society where witches are hunted and killed.
Find out more about the series in our interview with Cooper:
Are you excited about this new romance sub-genre?
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Our reviewer practically dares you to read one of this year's Newbery Honor winners: "What’s the title? It’s Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus, but seriously, you wouldn’t like it. I mean, why would you want to read about a kid thrust into a situation that would scare the pants off of most people, when you won’t even try peas?"
It's a true story based on the life of Manjiro, a Japanese fishing boy, and we loved talking with Preus at ALA 2011 about why she chose this true story to become her first YA book:
What is your favorite novel based on a true story?
Heart of a Samurai came out a year ago, but it's still one of our favorite middle grade novels. Have you read it? Will you?
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Karen Rose, romantic suspense extraordinaire, gratefully chatted with us at RWA 2011 about her research process and journey to become a writer. She also talked about Silent Scream, winner of the 2011 RITA for Best Romantic Suspense, and introduced her 12th and newest novel, You Belong to Me.
Congratulations, Karen! Who knew that a fear of flying could inspire such a successful writing career:
You Belong to Me came out in June -- have you picked up a copy?
Who's your favorite author of romantic suspense?
Sisters Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush are each best-sellers in their own right, but as an author duo (and as double interviewees), they really know how to pop. They chatted with us at RWA on penning a book together, their favorite childhood authors, and Wicked Lies, their newest book after Wicked Game.
They have that great rapport that only close sisters have, which surely makes for tight writing . . . and a fun interview:
Here's what our reviewer had to say about Wicked Lies: "Wicked Lies is a riveting, can’t-put-it-down, heart-pounding good read. If you love suspense with enough twists and turns to tie you into knots, this one’s for you."
Both Wicked Lies and Wicked Game are out now -- will you be checking them out?
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to interview Alexandra Adornetto about Halo, her New York Times best-selling book that's the start of a new trilogy. It's always exciting to meet authors, but it was a special treat to chat with Ally—she's only 18, after all.
Halo is Ally's fourth novel, although it's her first to be published in the United States. The story is about three angels who come down from heaven to battle the Dark Forces present on earth. Two of the angels are experienced, but one—Bethany—is just a teenager. Besides coping with her divine responsibility, she's also got to deal with prom, high school drama and Xavier Woods—a sweet and sexy mortal boy. You'll have to read the book yourself to find out if Bethany and Xavier can be together, but in the meantime, watch Part I of our interview with Ally. (You can watch Part II on BookPage's YouTube channel.)
Judging from the raves on Ally's Facebook page, it's clear that the Halo trilogy will be a huge success—teens love the book and enjoy talking to Ally. I even heard a rumor that at her recent signing at Nashville's Davis-Kidd Booksellers, fans were lobbying for the young author to come to Vanderbilt for college!
Enter to win a SIGNED copy of Halo by leaving the answer to this question: What kind of music does Ally like? (Hint: the answer is in Part II and on Ally's Facebook.) The contest will run through October 15.
*Note: This contest is open to everybody (all ages, non-U.S. residents, etc.).