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February 10, 2016
New-to-You Books from Vi Keeland, Meghan Quinn, and More!
Jessica Moro
February 10, 2016
Fantasy Casting Christina Lauren's Wild Seasons Series
Jennifer Proffitt
February 10, 2016
Mary Balogh’s Husbands with Mistresses
Janet Webb
February 9, 2016
Planning Your Perfect Valentine’s Day
Elizabeth Michels
February 8, 2016
Can You Go Home Again in Marilyn Pappano's A Chance of a Lifetime?
Janet Webb
Feb 10 2016 4:30pm

Body Diversity: Plus-Size Women in Romance

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Do curvier women make better romance heroines? Some people would say yes, some would say no, others, like myself, want to champion for body diversity in romance while at the same time taking a look at plus-size or definitely curvy leading ladies who help make the genre great. This isn’t a post about defining what a real woman is or isn’t, instead it’s taking a look of some of the busty, curvier heroines in romance.

Minvera Dobbs, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

I’ve mentioned this book before in conversations and probably other posts, but I have to give credit where credit is due, Jennifer Cruise taught be what the word zaftig means because it’s used a couple of times in the text and I had to look it up. Minerva is a fun, Elvis-loving woman who’s looking for ways to eat delicious food and healthy as well. If anything the prevalence of chicken marsala in this book (a dish I happen to love) shows the joys of delicious food and the humor that permeates the book along with a keen sense of self makes Minerva a top contender not only for a favorite romance heroine, but a leading heroine in contemporary romance and romantic comedy books.

[Curvy women with more umph' to offer ...]

Feb 10 2016 3:58pm

Romance News: Emma Holly’s Billionaire Bad Boy for Sale!

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Deal Alerts

The Billionaire Bad Boys Club by Emma HollyEmma Holly's erotic contemporary The Billionaire Bad Boys Club is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* How steamy are we talking here? Put it this way: Tiffany Tyer included The Billionaire Bad Boys Club in her article on extreme sex in romance!

Sara Gruen's Depression Era novel Water for Elephants is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* While not a romance novel, Water for Elephants does have romantic elements, writes Charli Mac in her 2011 post Water for Elephants: Can the Movie Top the Book?”

[+Celeb crushes, Daryl Dixon & Lauren Dane cover...]

Feb 10 2016 2:00pm

Indie Spotlight: New-to-You Books from Vi Keeland, Meghan Quinn, and More!

Abruption by Riley Mackenzie

We're celebrating independent women (and men..and publishers)! On a seasonal basis, our bloggers will be offering up a list of their favorite books coming from independent and self-publishers outlets. Tune in every three months for another look at the indie books that got our hearts racing.

Abruption by Riley Mackenzie is a new-to-me author. These two touched my heart with their story about Guy, Finny, Maxie and Jules. Jules is the new nurse manager on the floor and encounters Guy during her first week at the hospital. Guy is a single parent to two small children, Maxie and Finn. Guy also works at the hospital but even on his off hours is constantly there, as Finn gets sick often. OMG, Finn and Maxie are the cutest! Their interactions with Guy and Jules pull at your heartstrings and have you rooting for a HEA for them. Jules finds herself quickly enamored with this family despite a tragic past. As Guy and Jules’ love grows, so does Finn’s mysterious illness. This whirlwind romance will make you laugh, cry and speed read to find out all the answers.  

[Indie books that have our hearts racing ...]

Feb 10 2016 12:00pm

Dark Alpha’s Embrace: Exclusive Excerpt

Dark Alpha's Embrace by Donna Grant

There's no escaping a Reaper. I'm an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I'm coming for you...

I'm a warrior. My unbreakable determination, my backbone of steel define me. As a Reaper who does Death's bidding, weakness is a word I don't understand. Until a stunning librarian stirs emotions deep within me I've never felt before. Her soft curves blunt the sharp edges of my soul, crushing my defenses - yet make me stronger. But underneath those wide eyes and fierce femininity, she has a weapon, one she won't hesitate to use. And when the Dark begin their deadly descent, we'll need each other's love and protection...or risk fracturing apart.

Get a sneak peek at Donna Grant's Dark Alpha's Embrace (available February 16, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Edinburgh, Scotland

New Year’s Eve

Kyran stared curiously at the large gray structure of Edinburgh’s Central Library. What was it about such places that called to some mortals? Even the half-Fae Jordyn found it one of the most amazing places in the city.

He didn’t get it.

“Just a building full of books,” Kyran mumbled.

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Feb 10 2016 11:00am

Fantasy Casting Christina Lauren’s Wild Seasons Series—You Be the Casting Director!

Author's Note: This post may contain some light spoilers for anyone who is not familiar with the series.

I love Christina Lauren with a passion, and have loved their Wild Seasons series, especially—it has all of my catnip: “oops I married you in Vegas,” friends-to-lovers, opposites attract, and all the naughtiness a girl can handle! Like most readers, I envision each couple as I'm reading, but trying to find their real-life counterpart? Not very easy! So today, I'm crowdsourcing my opinions and giving you the top three actors and actresses I imagine for each main couple, and then letting you decide! Cast your vote for who you imagine would be the perfect actor to play each character–and if you're not happy with any of my decisions? Mix and match down in the comments!

[Let the casting begin...]

Feb 10 2016 9:30am

Mary Balogh’s Husbands with Mistresses: I Now Pronounce You Man and Mistress

A Masked Deception by Mary Balogh

What could be more anathema in a Regency romance than a husband with a mistress? Is it even worth asking “can this marriage be saved?” Boiling in oil is probably too good for these dastardly spouses. But yet, in the hands of immensely talented writers like Mary Balogh and Edith Layton, these couples can be nuanced and redeemed, eventually reaching the promised land of a believable happily ever after. In order to take a good look at these miscreants and their mistresses and wives, naturally, there will be spoilers galore, so be warned.

A Masked Deception, Balogh’s first book, introduces us to Richard Adair’s serene wife Margaret, who seduces her husband, the befuddled Earl of Brampton, wearing a sexy French coquette costume (and he is none the wiser). Richard doesn’t do much except grouse and grizzle (which does not take away from the fact I LOVE all these books!). Admittedly, he’s torn to pieces between his love for his saucy will o’ the wisp French mistress and his gentle wife. He breaks it off with his French angel and retreats to his country estate.

He had arrived at the Brampton Court desperate with unhappiness over the loss of his angel and almost cursing his fate that had held her from him until it was it was too late for them to let their love grow openly. He had found it difficult to accept his wife’s quiet, uncomplaining presence in his life. He had kept his distance from her, in an effort not to inflict his own unhappiness and ill-humor on her...Only in his saner moments did he admit that what had happened was inevitable. There was no other alternative.

But when his mother strings him a line about his Margaret being off *cough cough* with his friend, it finally wakes him up to how he feels.

[Strained marriages and the husband's other woman ...]

Feb 10 2016 8:25am

Reader Seeks Werebear Next Door

Source: amaryllisturman.com

A comment by user Bunny29 recently resurfaced on Natasha Carty's “Show Me the Funny: Humorous Paranormal Romance” post, and she's looking for a funny paranormal with some interesting tropes (that leave us wanting this series in our lives as well):

I'm trying to remember a comedy/paranormal/romance book but I can't remember the name. Maybe if I tell about them. First book is about a woman who accidently gets turned into a bear by her sexy next door neighbor and she's not happy. She ends up pregnant. Second book is about the human woman who is a friend to the woman in the first. Anyway she ends up being mated to a vampire and I think a wolf. They're very funny and I liked them but I can't remember the names of them. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

Do you recognize these books? Help a reader find her bear next door and chime in down in the comments if this series sounds familiar to you!

Feb 9 2016 4:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Terry Spear and Chanel Cleeton

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from Terry Spear and Chanel Cleeton. Spear's Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing introduces readers to a hot werewolf shifter who saves the life of a sexy she-wolf with a child, but she must learn how to trust him. Into the Blue by Cleeton has readers asking if a heated Vegas romance can mature into a healthy long distance relationship between hot fighter pilot Noah and boutique owner Jordan? We'll all have to wait and find out. 

[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers ...]

Feb 9 2016 3:50pm

Romance News: Delightfully Scandalous Deals from Caroline Linden, M.Q. Barber, and More

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Deal Alerts

It Takes a Scandal by Caroline LindenCaroline Linden's It Takes a Scandal is currently on sale for $1.99 (regularly $4.99) in e-book at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc.* In her First Look at It Takes a Scandal, Cheryl Sneed writes that hero “Sebastian's struggle from darkness to light, from fear to courage, from loneliness to wholeness is one of the highlights” of the book.

M.Q. Barber's erotic BDSM romance Becoming His Master is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc. Get the scoop on the Neighborly Affection series with a First in the Series feature that includes an introduction from Barber, a list of the books in reading order, and a special excerpt from Book 1, Playing the Game.

Jeannie Lin's Gunpowder Chronicles steampunk fairy tale “The Warlord and the Nightingale,” first published as part of the Once Upon a Fairy Tale anthology, is now available as a standalone short story for $.99 at Amazon. Speaking of the Gunpowder Chronicles, Wendy the Super Librarian chose the second book in the series, Clockwork Samurai, as one of her best bets of December 2015.

[+Katy Evans deal & Fuller House trailer...]

Feb 9 2016 1:00pm

From Book to Real Life: Planning Your Perfect Valentine’s Day

The Infamous Heir by Elizabeth Michels

Today we're thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Michels to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Elizabeth's first book in her Spare Heir series, The Infamous Heir, comes out on March 1. Romance readers and writers love love, and Valentine's Day is a big holiday in Romancelandia. After all, who doesn't love a holiday dedicated to love! Elizabeth is here today to offer some Valentine's Day inspiration from your favorite romance novels. If you're still scrounging for a date idea, Elizabeth has you covered. Thanks, Elizabeth!

Have you ever wanted to live a day within the pages of your favorite romance novel?  Why not try it this Valentine’s Day?  You could experience the excitement of being swept off your feet and find yourself in a passionate embrace beyond the pages of a book.  Love and a beautiful setting are key ingredients to any romance novel, but this is also true of any successful Valentine’s Day date.  If you want some inspiration for your plans this February 14, try combining these two icons of love together.

From the pages of Lisa Kleypas Secrets of a Summer Night, what about enjoying a sporting event with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? 

[Find the perfect Valentine's day date ...]

Feb 9 2016 11:55am

“My Son Is Named William, Too”: The X-Files 10x04 Mulder/Scully Heart-to-Heart

Mulder and Scully's conversation on the log in The X-Files 10x04, Home AgainEight years after The X-Files: I Want to Believe hit theaters and THIRTEEN years after the series finale aired on television, FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back for a six-episode Season 10 of The X-Files. Suffice to say, I am a WRECK. Won't you join me, fellow Mulder/Scully shippers—you, who coined the phrase “shipping” in the first place—in breaking down each new slice of canon we are gifted? Today—in the wake of “My Struggle: Part I,” “Founder's Mutation,” and “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”—we wipe our eyes, lift our chins, assure everyone we're “fine,” and analyze the hell out of a tremendous Season 10, episode 4, “Home Again.”

Maggie Scully has seen Scully and Mulder through some of their darkest moments, including Dana's abduction and coma in Season 2, her cancer in Season 5, and Mulder's funeral in Season 8. In “Home Again,” Maggie's daughter and (for all intents and purposes) son-in-law return the favor, seeing her through her final hours. After suffering a heart attack and requesting no extraordinary measures be taken to keep her alive, Scully's mom passes away, but not before giving Mulder one last message: His son, her grandson, will always be a part of him and Scully, and they must acknowledge that.

Mulder and Scully's breakup or their daydreams about raising William were heart-wrenching, but as it turns out, those were nothing compared to witnessing Scully and Mulder say good-bye to Margaret Scully. Scully's tears and pleas for her mom to stay with her and her brothers and even William will stick with me for a long, long time, not least because it is so damn real. Who hasn't experienced that helplessness and pain at the death of a loved one? Who hasn't wondered, afterward, if they really knew all there was to know? The X-Files is ever at its most powerful when exploring the human heart's endless mysteries, and “Home Again” proves that once more.

[Have your tissues handy...]

Feb 9 2016 11:00am

“If Anything Happens to Her...”: Supergirl 1x13 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x13 We Need You Supergirl 470

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 13, “For the Girl Who Has Everything”
Ship: Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x13 Kara and James Captain's Log

As I suspected might be the case based on the previews at the end of last week’s episode, this week’s show did not spend much time developing any of Kara’s romantic entanglements. Instead, the episode focused on family and what family means to Kara and who she considers her family. Her two possible romantic leads, James and Winn, both were part of the episode and it was firmly established that she thinks of them as family and vice versa but there wasn’t any development on the romantic side.  That said, it was an emotionally packed episode, especially for Kara and Alex.

The ending shot of last week’s episode showed Kara being attacked by some kind of plant. We found out this week it was the Black Mercy, a plant that attaches itself to someone and then keeps them in a coma of sorts, by allowing them to experience their ideal life.  There is no way to externally remove the Black Mercy without killing the host, until the host realizes they are in a dream world and breaks free. Kara found herself on Krypton, with her parents still alive, her aunt still a loving part of her life and her cousin Kal-El (Superman) still a child.

[A freaky Supergirl and sisterly bond that can't be broken ...]

Feb 9 2016 9:30am

First Look: Menna Van Praag’s Witches of Cambridge (February 9, 2016)

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag

Menna Van Praag
The Witches of Cambridge 
Random House / February 9, 2016 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

For fans of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Adriana Trigiani, The Witches of Cambridge reveals an astonishing world where the heart’s deepest secrets give way to the magic of life-changing love.

Be careful what you wish for. If you’re a witch, you might just get it.

Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It’s a secret she can share only with her friends—all professors, all witches—when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa’s power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up. Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost.

Noa’s not the only witch who’s in over her head. Mathematics professor Kat has a serious case of unrequited love but refuses to cast spells to win anyone’s heart. Kat’s sister, Cosima, is not above using magic to get what she wants, sprinkling pastries in her bakery with equal parts sugar and enchantment. But when Cosima sets her sights on Kat’s crush, she conjures up a dangerous love triangle.

As romance and longing swirl through every picturesque side street, the witches of Cambridge find their lives unexpectedly upended and changed in ways sometimes extraordinary, sometimes heartbreaking, but always enchanting.

Enchanting is the perfect word to describe the cornucopias of delights waiting readers in the latest release by Menna Van Praag. Part women’s fiction, part romance—wrapped in a magical world of witches blessed or cursed with paranormal powers.

[Magic spells, magic powers, magic potions, oh my!]

Feb 9 2016 8:17am

What’s Your Favorite Head Canon?

Source: www.thecomicfangirl.com

Sometimes a show or book doesn't go the way you want it to, and you just have to pretend like what you just saw or read didn't happen. Do you create headcanon for these situations? Sometimes it can be a little fact that you like to believe, but that has never expressly been said in the universe. 

For example:

-Steve Rogers of Avengers always gets asked to endorse a candidate during election season, but he always says no.  (hat tip to this lovely article at thecomicfangirl.com)

-Draco was so changed by the events of the Battle of Hogwarts that he went onto finish school and become the best healer in the wizarding world, doing almost all of his work pro-bono (courtesy of headcanonsforpotterheads.

-The Doctor Who theme song is actually the TARDIS singing to The Doctor—a lament for her Doctor. (courtesy of Pinterest)

Do you have any head canon of your own? What has been a favorite head canon that you've heard (and promptly accepted)? Is this the first time you've heard of head canon?

Let us know in the comments!

Feb 8 2016 5:00pm

Can You Go Home Again in Marilyn Pappano’s A Chance of a Lifetime?

A Chance Of A Lifetime by Marilyn Pappano

A Chance of a Lifetime is firmly embedded in the soil and soul of Oklahoma. Calvin Street grew up there, surrounded by family and friends, particularly his best buddy J’Myel and their childhood friend Benita. Broken, bleeding, beset by the demons of war, Calvin is sent to Fort Murphy to recover from his mental wounds.

Just past the guard shack stood a statue of the post’s namesake, Audie Murphy, the embodiment of two things Oklahomans valued greatly: cowboys and war heroes. Despite being scrawny black kids and not knowing a damn thing about horses, he and J’Myel had wanted to be Audie when they grew up.

At least they’d managed the war hero part, according to the awards they’d been given.

They say you can’t go home again. What about memories, recollections, pivotal days? Calvin’s concerned, caring family persuades him to leave Fort Murphy briefly and come home for a family dinner. Calvin is stricken with grief when he looks at the portraits and candid shots covering the walls, especially one picture.

[It's a throwback...]

Feb 8 2016 4:02pm

Romance News: Make Friends with Deals from Robyn Carr, Chantal Fernando, and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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Deal Alerts

Four Friends by Robyn CarrRobyn Carr's women's fiction novel Four Friends is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at the moment in e-book for Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* Scarlettleigh dishes on Four Friends in her First Look review.

Chantal Fernando's Wind Dragons MC novella Dirty Ride, which was released just this morning, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc.* If you haven't pledged yourself to the club yet, this could be a good way to get to know the players. In her First Look at Arrow's Hell, Sahara Hoshi describes the Winds Dragon MC as “more intense than the Kristen Ashley Chaos series but on the lighter side of the kind of events we see in Joanna Wylde's Reapers series.”

Kate McMurray's Jazz Age-set Such a Dance is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Willaful named Such a Dance one of her best bets in male romance for October 2015, adding that fans of unusual historicals won't want to miss it.

[+a Jackie Ashenden deal & Beyoncé!...]

Feb 8 2016 2:00pm

High Society in Kennedy Ryan’s Until I’m Yours

Until I'm Yours by Kennedy Ryan

Billionaires, bombshells, and models have started to dwindle a bit in contemporary romance, yet Kennedy Ryan’s latest book makes a compelling argument for their return. Until I’m Yours is the fourth book in Ryan’s Bennett series. Ryan explores the ins and outs of high society with characters that challenge the status quo. Until I’m Yours follows a heroine that’s hardened and challenging, one that will be very familiar for fans of the previous books in the series. Ryan’s exploration of wealth, healing, and romance is exactly what you need if you like heroines with an edge.

Sofie Baston has made a career out of modeling. She’s outlasted the competition and made her status as a model over the age of thirty something to savor, especially in an industry that emphasizes youth as beauty. Her career has furthered the rift with her father, a high-powered man who wanted her to get a prestigious education and follow in his footsteps in the bourgeois elite. Instead, Sofie is proud of her body and the art it can contribute to.

Business man and entrepreneur Trevor Bishop has worked his ass off to get to where he is today. While his story of business success involves a classic dropout-from-Princeton style plot, Trevor is serious as hell about his work. His success has come from creating sustainable business models in other countries that encourage their individual agency and methods. Trevor Bishop is a good man who’s made it big—and when he sees Sofie Baston modeled on a billboard, he’s a man with a new mission in mind.

[And so are we...]

Feb 8 2016 11:45am

“It Suits You”: Embrace the Foe (Finn/Poe) in Star Wars

Foe Star Wars Finn and Poe plus Rey

Star Wars: The Force Awakens burst into theaters in December to near-universal acclaim. After the pretty but somewhat lackluster prequel trilogy, fans celebrated the return of iconic characters such as Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Chewbacca; the introduction of an unusually complex and layered villain in the brooding (and hair-tossing) Kylo Ren (Adam Driver); and the emergence of a strong, brave, and altogether compelling heroine in Daisy Ridley’s scrappy Rey.

Of course, by the end of the first screening, enough fanfiction to wallpaper the inside of Starkiller Base had already been produced, much of it involving—naturally—Rey and her mysterious origins. Other stories paired Rey with various men in the Star Wars universe, including both Kylo Ren and her likely eventual love interest, soulful ex-Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega). But another potential pairing has sparked many imaginations: that of Finn and cocky, magnetic Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

[Finn and Poe plus Rey ...]

Feb 8 2016 9:30am

Knight Protector: Exclusive Excerpt

Rue Allyn

Knight Protector by Rue Allyn

Blackmailed into marrying her family’s enemy, then swiftly widowed by illness, Lady Sorcha Marr must take charge of a clan she hates as much as they hate her. But fate intervenes in the form of her husband’s twin—the man who betrayed her and led to her downfall.

Sir Colin Marr fled his Highland home in disgrace, believing he would never again see the woman he loved. Returning a decade later to root out Scottish traitors who have infiltrated his family stronghold, he must persuade Sorcha to set aside her hostility and treat him as her husband in his brother’s place. He needs the cover not only to save Scotland but her inheritance his resentful clan would gladly confiscate.

Has fate set them up to even an old score, or is it giving them a new shot at learning to trust … and love?

Get a sneak peek at Rue Allyn's Knight Protector (available February  15, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Sir Colin Marr swallowed, then wiped sweaty palms on his breeches and approached the stone bench where sat the only woman who could tie his tongue in knots. He had long imagined finding Lady Sorcha alone within the walled herb garden of his home – her smile beaming, her Mackai gray eyes dancing with mischief and delight at his presence.

But that was a fantasy. In reality, a quiet smile played on her lips, and her eyes were closed. She daydreamed he knew, nae of him but of his twin brother, Brice, while his father and her parents finished negotiating the betrothal pact for her marriage to his older twin.

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Feb 8 2016 8:22am

Good Grammar Could Save Your Date?

Talk Dirty to Me by Dakota CassidyAccording to a recent Elite Daily article, good grammar won't guarantee your date goes well, but bad grammar—or use of words like girls instead of women—might certainly derail it. 

What do you think? Since we're all readers, does grammar affect any of our romantic decisions, do you think? 

And in romancelandia, do you like an articulate hero who knows how to use a semicolon, or do you prefer a man of few words?

Let us know in the comments!