Tuesday, November 19, 2013

RT Reviewers Choice

from Mia Marlowe...

This week the romance world has been abuzz about the announcement of the nominations for RTBOOKReviews Reviewers' Choice award. It's sort of the Emmy's for Romance, with nominations in different categories. I'm thrilled to report that Sourcebooks authors are very well represented on this list. Here they all are:

RT Book of the Year: CJ Lyons, Broken

Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, Scarlet has come to terms with the fact that she’s going to die. Literally of a broken heart. It could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. But the clock is ticking…

All Scarlet asks is for a chance to attend high school—even if just for a week-a chance to be just like everyone else. But Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with each slammed locker and vicious taunt. Is this normal? Really? Yet there’s more going on than she knows. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does…


First Historical Romance: Susanna Ives, Wicked Little Secrets

Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family's approval by getting engaged to the wealthy John Vandergrift. She is determined to uphold her fiance's rigid Victorian ideal of womanhood. 

But when her beloved aunt gets enmeshed in a vicious blackmail scheme, she can only turn to her childhood hero, the notorious rake and adventurer Viscount Dashiell. Soon the two become pawns in a wicked game of art theft and revenge, forcing them to acknowledge their most secret and precious dream—a life together.

Innovative Historical Romance: Tracey Devlyn, A Lady's Secret Weapon

Seduction is His Duty to King and Country

Ethan deBeau has charmed his way into the beds of countless women, enticing them to whisper their husbands’ and lovers’ state secrets in his ear. But his latest assignment is completely different: find a missing young boy. It’s practically child’s play for a master spy such as Ethan. Until Miss Sydney Hunt threatens to unravel all his carefully laid plans. Who is the world is this woman?

But Tempting Her is All for Pleasure

Sydney has worked hard to maintain a facade of respectability—all while keeping a network of contacts among London’s underground world. When she hears of strange activities at a local home for orphans, she’s determined to find out what’s really going on. Until she runs headlong into a notorious rake eager to expose every inch of her…

Historical Fantasy/Paranormal: 

Tammy Falkner, The Magic of "I Do"

With the temporary prohibition on magic on the land of the Fae, Claire Thorne might as well go back to the Regency world. The haut ton has just as many annoying rules as her world, but at least they have parties and dances. Plus, the roguish Lord Phineas "Finn" Trimble is there...
When the feisty faerie tumbles into his room through a magical portal, Finn can't believe how completely unpredictable she is. Even before the two stumble into a dangerous intrigue that threatens both their worlds, Finn discovers that his hitherto carefree life is about to go up in smoke...

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Isabel Cooper, Legend of the Highland Dragon

In Victorian England, gossip is often as precious as gold. But the Highlanders are a more mysterious bunch. And if anyone found out that Stephen MacAlasdair really was, he’d be hunted down, murdered, his clan wiped out. As he’s called to London on business, he’ll have to be extra vigilant — especially between sunset and the appearance of the first evening star.

Mina just wanted to find out more about the arrogant man who showed up in her employer’s office. Some might say it was part of her job. She never thought the stranger would turn into a dragon right in front of her. Or that he’d then offer her an outrageous sum of money to serve as his personal secretary. Working together night and day to track a dangerous enemy, Mina comes to see a man in love is more powerful and determined than any dragon.

Best Medieval Romance: Victoria Roberts, X Marks the Scot

He was a Highland rogue—wicked with a bow and just as wicked with the ladies.

Declan MacGregor hadn’t a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and willing woman…until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can’t just abandon her to that vipers’ nest without protection.

She never asked for a bodyguard…

Liadain wasn’t thrilled to be left in the care of her clan’s archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows ever sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust…

Best Regency Romance: Jade Lee, What the Bride Wore 

Jade Lee’s hot Bridal Favors series is set in a daring, high-energy Regency world where deep longings, secret scandals, and the competition for social stature are all set against the glittering weddings of the season.

Grant Benton, Earl of Crowle finally has the funds he always pretended to have and what he wants now is a woman. That woman is Lady Irene Knopp, who spends her days helping debutantes plan their weddings. A recent widow, Irene longs for love again, but she’s afraid to risk her heart, especially to the notorious Grant Benton.

Best Scottish Romance: 

Grace Burrowes, Once Upon a Tartan

Hester MacDaniel is recovering from an engagement gone awry by summering at her brother’s holding in the Highlands, and looking after her brother’s young step-daughter, Fiona. Tiberius Flynn, heir to the English Marquis of Quinworth, appears on Hester’s doorstep claiming he’s Fee’s paternal uncle, and he’s been sent by her English relations to make the girl’s acquaintance. Tye believes his brother’s dying wishes compel him to take Fee south with him, but he doesn’t plan on Hester capturing his heart, even as she fights him tooth and nail for custody of Fiona.


Mia Marlowe, Plaid Tidings (Yep, that's me! )

Christmas in the Highlands...

Not any dashing English lord’s idea of a good time. But now that Lord Alexander Mallory has won a Scottish estate in a hand of cards, he is the unlikely laird of the wild, snowy Bonniebroch. Worse yet, the ancient pile of stones comes with a betrothal. To a fiery red-headed virgin. And a curse.

Alex will have his hands full honoring the first, seducing the second and breaking the third … all by Twelfth Night.


Historical Romantic Adventure: Shana Galen, If You Give a Rake a Ruby

Her Mysterious Past is the Best Revenge . . .

Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She's adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.

Only He Can Offer Her a Dazzling Future . . .

Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he's putting his life on the line . To Warrick's shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she's keeping are exactly what make her his heart's desire . . .


Historical Fiction: Susanna Kearsley, The Firebird

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images; glimpses of those who have owned it before. It’s never been a gift she wants, and she keeps it a secret from most people, including her practical boss Sebastian, one of London’s premier dealers in Russian art.

But when a woman offers Sebastian a small wooden carving for sale, claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof. Sebastian believes that the plain carving—known as “The Firebird”—is worthless. But Nicola’s held it, and she knows the woman is telling the truth, and is in desperate need of the money the sale of the heirloom could bring.

Steampunk: Bec McMaster, Heart of Iron

Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.

Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwolfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.


Vampire Romance: Tess Hilaire, Prince of Shadows

It's Forbidden for a Warrior of the Light to Love a Creature of the Dark...

Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.

But Maybe He Was Never All That Light to Begin With...

When Valin meets the vampire Gabriella, she awakens within him something he thought long buried. But as he watched Gabriella's need for vengeance to drag her down into the same dark hell that he's living, he knows his only chance at redemption is bringing her out of the dark...


Congrats to all my Sourcebooks sisters on your nomination. As you can see, there's something for everyone on this list. Hope you enjoy visiting the websites and checking out your favorites. 

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  1. Thanks, Terry! Love your USA Bestselling shifters!

  2. Big, huge congratulations to all the Sourcebooks Authors. That's quite an impressive showing! Good Luck!

  3. I am so excited to see so many Sourcebooks authors on the list! I'm cheering us all on.

  4. Thanks for putting that list together. It's nice to have it all in one spot.

  5. I am SO excited for my Sourcebooks sisters!!!! Big congrats, ladies. I'll be at RT cheering you on. MUWAH!

  6. Thanks, Mia, for creating this post! I'm over-the-moon thrilled to be on this list with so many wonderful authors.

  7. Congratulations to everyone - lots of good reading there and I'm especially thrilled with the historicals although I do read a variety of genres.

  8. This is so exciting! Congratulations to you all...you are all amazing and your beautiful work deserves every honor RT can hand out :)

  9. Congrats to all of you wonderful authors!

  10. I love historical romance and Grace's books are among my favorites. Congrats to all you talented authors.