<i>Born of Betrayal</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Born of Betrayal: Exclusive Excerpt Sherrilyn Kenyon "Fain closed his eyes as he savored the feel and taste of his precious Galene." <i>Some Like It Scot</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Some Like It Scot: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Enoch "If I want a wife, I’ll find one fer myself." Now Win <i>This!</i>: Jill Shalvis' <i>All I Want</i> Sweepstakes Now Win This!: Jill Shalvis' All I Want Sweepstakes Team H & H Enter for a chance to win Jill Shalvis' All I Want. <i>A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas</i>: Excerpt A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas: Excerpt Kim Redford "She leaned in close to him and quickly licked the corner of his mouth."
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Oct 7 2015 12:00pm

Born of Betrayal: Exclusive Excerpt

Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved: His military career. His planet. His fiancée. Even his name.

Now decades later, everything has changed. He’s built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he’s vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones again.

But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he’s caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancée back into his world and she has her own agenda that includes taking his head for what he did to her years ago, more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe and that of his brothers-in-arms hangs in the balance. Winner take all.

It’s killed or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce...

Or more fun.

Get a sneak peek at Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Betrayal (available November 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Galene brushed her hand through his dark and bleached braids, straightening them over his chest. “I want to claw out your eyes and stab you until you’re dead at my feet.”

He turned his head away.

She caught his chin and forced him to look at her. “I have always loved you, Fain Hauk. From the first moment I met you and you offered me a drink of your malt. You were the only thing in this life that I’ve ever wanted. Why did you never once come find me?”

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Oct 7 2015 9:30am

Two Writing as One: Co-Authors on Writing Duos

The Shepherd and The Solicitor by Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee

Today we're thrilled to welcome two authors—writing as one—to Heroes and Heartbreakers: Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee. Summer and Bonnie's latest release, The Shepherd and the Solicitor, came out on September 29, and these ladies have had quite a career together! Bonnie and Summer are here today to talk about other Co-Authors and writing duos they love...and can you tell the difference between who is writing what? The answer will be down at the bottom of the post. Thanks, Summer and Bonnie!

Full Disclosure: Summer Devon is the author of the Heroes and Heartbreakers' Original Story, “The Gentleman and the Lamplighter.” Thanks for stopping by, Summer!

Quiz: what do these things have in common? 1. Siegfried and Roy. 2. Toast and Butter. 3. Andrew and Ilona Gordon

They’re all teams that worked well together. Some of them are breakfast food, and some are entertainers. Put them together and they create a good show.

[Toast to perfect duo writing pairs ...]

Oct 7 2015 8:18am

What Romance Would You Like to See Gender Bent?

Yesterday, the Twilight fandom was rocked—in a good way! Stephenie Meyer released a special edition of Twilight to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its initial publication. It's been a hectic 10 years, no? Four books, 5 films, and thousands of fan fiction spin-offs—both now published and unpublished. 

Along with the special edition, Meyer also offered a gender-swapped version of Twilight (forget from Edward's POV, I'm on board with Edythe). It's a move straight out of fan fiction. Tons of fans make fan fiction (in various mediums) for movies, books, television shows, and probably tons of other things we're unaware of. Gender-bent fan fiction and fan art is pretty common in fandom, but will probably seem new to more traditional readers.

What do you think of authors gender-bending their own work? What romances would you like to see gender bent? 

Oct 6 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Katie Ashley’s Redemption Road (October 6, 2015)

Redemption Road by Katie Ashley

Katie Ashley
Redemption Road (Vicious Cycle #2)
Signet / October 6, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

The New York Times bestselling author of Vicious Cycle plunges readers into a world of danger and desire in her newest in the Vicious Cycle motorcycle club romance series. 

Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, gives in to an attraction to a sexy biker she meets one night. But she finds herself living a nightmare when she’s kidnapped and transported into a hell on earth she never could have imagined.

Born and bred into the Hells Raiders MC, Nathaniel “Reverend” Malloy lives and dies for his brothers. But when he becomes the unexpected savior of a rival club’s captive, Rev makes it his personal mission to nurse Annabel back to health—and to shelter her from the nightmares that torment her.

Once Annabel heals, she’s stunned to realize she is falling for the seductive man who saved her. Faced with their impossible attraction, can she accept the life he leads, or will Rev walk away from the only life he’s ever known for the woman he was never supposed to love?


“The worst of circumstances had brought us together, but some of the greatest loves in the world were born of tragedy.”

Katie Ashley returns to the dark world of Hell Raiders MC with Nathanial ”Reverend” Malloy, the president of the MC. Rev was first introduced in Vicious Cycle however, this book can be read as a standalone. Katie Ashley once again hits it out of the park by bringing on the dark and gritty view of the MC. She is taking us down the twisting road of trying to turn the MC into a club that sit on the legal side of things. However, before they can move towards that, Rev takes on a mission that could decidedly throw all of their work away.

[An alpha man with a soft spot ...]

Oct 6 2015 3:22pm

Romance News Roundup: Toast to Miss Fisher, Kresley Cole Deal, 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.

—Christina Dodd needs your help to pick a character name. Weigh in on her Twitter between names like Suzanne, Pamela, and more!

Phryne Fisher in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

—Deal Alert #1: Kresley Cole's Sweet Ruin is still a few months out, however, Dark Skye, the latest book in the Immortals After Dark series is marked down to $1.99 at e-tailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Need to discuss all things Kresley between now and the December release of Sweet Ruin? Never fear, I'm always here to talk about Nix's Perfect Match, dissect Dark Skye in our Spoiler Thread (and see Lucy Dosch's thoughts in her First Look of Dark Skye), or offer recommendations of authors to read if you like Kresley Cole.

—We've loved Phryne Fisher for a while (especially when we're talking Phryne and Jack). However, The Toast writer, Mallory Ortberg is apparently new to the 1920s kickass female sleuth, and wrote up this delightful piece on the things she yelled at her TV while watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries for the first time. For more Phryne, check out Willaful's Shipping Sunday on Phryne Fisher and Detective Jack—they will get together some day, gosh darn it!

—Deal Alert #2: It's never too late... well it might be if you don't snatch up Amara Royce' Never Too Late, currently marked down to $0.99 at e-tailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* See what Brittany Melson had to say in her First Look of Never Too Late.

—ICYMI: Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the publication of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. For many, Twilight was the book that got them into reading, or into reading again, and sparked a revolution in the world of Young Adult, and later adult romance, books. We tip your hat to you, Stephenie, and thank you for this gender-bent version of Twilight, Life and Death. Will there be more to come? We don't know. Do we want there to be? Also, still on the fence. See all the other Twilight content at Heroes and Heartbreakers, and check out Molly McAdams post on 5 authors she wanted more from—which had included Meyer!—or Rachel Hyland's defense of Twilight's underlying message of faith. 

*We don't know how long these deals will last, so get them before they're gone!

Oct 6 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from D.D. Ayres, Valerie Bowman, and Shiloh Walker

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from Valerie Bowman, D.D. Ayres, and Shiloh Walker. Valerie Bowman's The Untamed Earl introduces us to Lady Hobbs who is waiting for the right moment to steal away Lord Owen's affections. Rival Forces is the fourth book in the K-9 series and with Yardley Summers having two men grasping at her guarded heart, we're sure it'll be a great read like the others. In The Trouble with Temptation by Shiloh Walker, Hannah awakes to not only missing memories, but the consquences if she ever recovers.

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

Oct 6 2015 1:15pm

Noir Heroes: Dry, Shaken, Stirred

Dark Secrets by Rachel Caine, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, Suzanne Johnson, Jeffe Kennedy, and Mina Khan

Today we are thrilled to be joined by Suzanne Johnson on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Suzanne has blogged for H&H in the past but today she's here with her author hat on—and she's brought some friends! Suzanne is part of a Paranormal Noir anthology called Dark Secrets that came out on September 29. Rachel Caine, Jeffe Kennedy, Cynthia Eden, Megan Hart, and Mina Khan also contributed to the anthology. While the noir hero isn't the typical romance hero (and sometimes “hero” is a loose term), he still draws us in just as much. Today, Suzanne is here (along with her fellow writers) to explain what they love about the noir hero and how they define him—with help from Bogie and company too. Thanks, Suzanne!

Bogart. Cagney. Widmark. Bacall. Dietrich.

Film noir made megastars of tough women and antiheroes, created a new level of acceptable sexual banter, and established world-weary cynicism as an art form. Philip Marlowe, Mike Hammer, and Sam Spade are the best known of a breed of classic noir hero that sprang from the post-Depression-era pens of hardboiled-crime writers such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Mickey Spillane.

[Noir heroes and their appeal ...]

Oct 6 2015 12:30pm

Some Like It Scot: Exclusive Excerpt

Suzanne Enoch

Some Like It Scot by Suzanne Enoch

When a mad lass in trousers shoots at him, Munro “Bear” MacLawry isn't sure what impresses him more-the girl's sure aim or her irresistibly tempting curves. Catriona MacColl has fled to the Highlands with her half-sister to escape an unwanted wedding, and wants no part of him, nor any man. But he can't abandon the flame-haired, sharp-tongued wildcat now that he's discovered her-not when she fits so perfectly in his arms...

Munro has more than earned his nickname-he's a well-muscled, well-favored mountain of a man with an engaging bad-boy grin and a string of well-satisfied lasses behind him. Bringing Catriona food, blankets, candles, everything she needs to survive a winter in an abandoned abbey, Munro is an unexpected gift in her reckless bid for freedom-and an unexpected complication. Clan MacDonald has plans for her, and they don't include her falling for a MacLawry. But this man makes her feel like a woman-and he may be her one chance to live a life about which she's only dared dream...

Get a sneak peek at Suzanne Enoch's Some Like It Scot (available October 6, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Lord Munro MacLawry crept forward and down, his bare knees digging into the soft, mossy ground beneath him. The chill breeze lifted the black hair off his brow; he’d hiked halfway around the valley to keep the wind in his face. The black and white and red plaid of his kilt had been worn and muted even before he’d taken to crawling through the mud and brambles, because he wasn’t fool enough to wear his dress kilt on a hunt.

Of course he might’ve worn trousers and had something covering his knees, but he wasn’t a damned Englishman. He wasn’t hunting for sport, and he wasn’t trying to show off for any damned Sassanach lords and ladies who thought working up a sweat was gauche. He wanted some bloody venison for dinner, and with the current chaos at Glengask Castle, the simplest way to get it would be to bring it to the table himself.

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Oct 6 2015 11:00am

Lost Girl 5x13 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Succubus Picture Day

Lost Girl 5x13 It's time to figure everything out.

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including for Season 5, Episode 13, “Family Portrait," which aired Sunday on Showcase in Canada. We'll re-share this Bo/Dyson-centric recap when the episode airs on SyFy in the U.S. in early 2016!

Home at Hilton Hovel with Tamsin, Bo is frustrated that her super forged-by-the-gods-just-for-her weapon is a horseshoe. Tamsin attempts to come up with a few alternative uses for it, but only succeeds in breaking the glass in the vending machine, which is not a total loss given how hungry she’s been since taking down Freyja. She points out that Trick did say the horseshoe would protect Bo from “Jack in a glass box.” I’m more than a little ashamed I didn’t cotton onto that Jack-in-a-box pun sooner. Pun-fu fail.

[Family is becoming very important ...]

Oct 6 2015 11:30am

Meet Beau and Edythe: Stephenie Meyer Writes Gender-Bent Twilight, Life and Death

On this day in book history, Twilight was released! 10 years, 5 movies, 4 books, 1 reimagined BDSM fan-fic (plus countless others), and millions (if not billions) of fans, and Bella and Edward have ensorcelled the world with their forbidden Vampire-Human love. 

As you do, Twilight was re-released today in a special 10th Anniversary Edition, but as a bonus, so was a gender-bent version, Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.

A few months ago, fans were told Meyer would be releasing special content alongside release. For many, that “special content” was hoped to be Midnight Sun, the long-awaited (and apparently “ain't never gonna happen”) story of Twilight from Edward's perspective. However, Meyer went a totally unconventional route and released a gender-bent Twilight. Yes, ladies and gents, the author of Twilight wrote Twilight fan fiction. 

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

For those of you not familiar with fan fiction, gender bending is quite common and is exactly what it sounds like. Swapping the gender and sex roles of the two lead characters—in this case, Bella Swan becomes Beaufort and Edward Cullen becomes Edythe. 

As one reviewer remarked in their short-but-sweet Amazon review

All the characters are gender swapped and is similar to the original Twilight but still great!

For Twilight fans, this is a pretty remarkable prize—the beauty that was Twilight, but totally reimagined, by the author herself, no less!

What do you think of the Twilight news? Will you be buying this new edition? If you read the story, let us know what you think!

Learn more about or order a copy of the special edition of Twilight, which includes Life and Death, available now:

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Oct 6 2015 9:30am

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Claimed (October 6, 2015)

Claimed by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy
Claimed (Outlaws #1)
Signet / October 6, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The bestselling author of the Killer Instincts novels “knows how to write scorching sexual tension”*. Now she really sets it on fire in a new series about men and women living on the edge of violence, sex, and life and death.

After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.

As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.

*USA Today

One of the best parts of reading romance is the escape of fantasy. We get to sneak off to a world where happily ever afters are a requirement. While the journey getting to that bit of “everything will be wonderful” usually has some rough emotional moments, we get that glorious escape every time.

[Connor is like Rick in The Walking Dead ...]

Oct 6 2015 8:25am

Do You Have a Minimum Length Requirement?

As readers, we typically don't have a maximum length requirement (although the double entendre of that just popped into my head). However, since we're, many of us, book buyers too, we may have a length requirement at the other end. Even timewise, length might be a factor—even if a book is free, do we want to “waste” a purchase on 35 pages?

What's worth it to you? Does it depend on authors? Especially with the season of the holiday novella fully in swing, shorter lengths are more of what's out there.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Oct 5 2015 5:30pm

First Look: Jasinda Wilder’s Madame X (October 6, 2015)

Madame X by Jasinda Wilder

Jasinda Wilder 
Madame X
Penguin / October 6, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Madame X invites you to test the limits of desire in this provocative new novel from New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder.
My name is Madame X.
I’m the best at what I do...
Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X wields culture and wit like a knife. But behind her sophisticated facade X is a woman adrift, trapped between a dangerous past she can’t remember and the protection of a seductive man who claims her body—and her soul.
Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for the safety of her tower penthouse, she also yearns to escape. But X has never known anything or anyone else—until he came along…

There is nothing typical about Madame X by Jasinda Wilder. The story itself is certainly different than what “old” Jasinda Wilder fans like myself have read in the fun and bubbly Big Girls Do It series, but reflects the direction her most recent offerings like her Alpha series have been heading. I find this hugely exciting as a fan of dark erotica and gritty storytelling. It could be a challenge to be unique in the dark erotica landscape, but Jasinda Wilder has done it, and done it well, in Madame X.

[A dark erotic for your pleasure ...]

Oct 5 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s Irresistibly Yours (October 6, 2015)

Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
Irresistibly Yours (Oxford #1) 
Loveswept / October 6, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.
Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.
Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.

Ok, all you ladies who have perpetually been just “one of the guys” both emotionally and physically. You know who you are and this is the HEA for you. This angle also happens to be what I love most about Irresistibly Yours. Amidst all of the New Adult and post-50 Shades stories, it’s rare to find a book that showcases a female who is really short and without curves. I’m talking 5 ft. 1, 32A. And what’s even more fabulous? It’s that a woman who is vertically challenged and flat chested doesn’t necessarily have to be forever pigeon-holed as the “cute” one. Not to say that cute is bad. It’s not. But can we get an amen for small, flat chested women rocking the sex-appeal and winning the hot guy just as much as the 5’9 voluptuous woman with never-ending legs?  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms. Lauren Layne!

[Get ready to be hypnotized by Cole Sharpe ...]

Oct 5 2015 4:10pm

Romance News Roundup: Kristen Ashley & Skye Warren Deal, Gilmore Girls Anniversary, 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.

—Deal Alert #1: We can very much thank Kristen Ashley for Motorcycle Club Romances as we see them today. Get into the Chaos series with Fire Inside (be warned: not book 1 in the series, but a good starting point, in my opinion, even if we have met the hero in a previous book), while it's marked down to just $0.99 at Amazon.* Before you buy, see what our blogger had to say about it in Janet Webb's First Look of Fire Inside!

—Fifteen years ago today, The Gilmore Girls premiered...and the world was changed forever. Okay, that's a bit of an exxagerations, however, I fell in love with the Gilmores—Emily and Richard, and, of course, Lorelai and Rory. However, were you ever aware of the great guest stars on that show? Not only was it the show that launched Melissa McCarthy's career, but it also gave us guest spots from Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, and more stars...before they were famous! Check out this great list from Entertainment Weekly. If you're looking for more Gilmore Girls content to get all nostalgic over, see A.J. Pine's guest post on The Top 10 Reasons Gilmore Girls Will Always Be Fabulous, and then come discuss the beauty that was Luke and Lorelai with me!

[Plus, accessories for book lovers and more deals!]

Oct 5 2015 2:00pm

Now Win This!: Jill Shalvis’ All I Want Sweepstakes

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We love Jill Shalvis! If you're a lover of small towns and animals, then Jill's delightful Animal Magnetism series is a must-read! Get to know the residents in Sunshine, Idaho before diving into her latest release, All I Want, which comes out tomorrow!

Learn about the book: 

All I Want by Jill Shalvis 

From the “awesomely, incredibly talented”* New York Times bestselling author of Still the One, comes a sexy new Animal Magnetism novel set in Sunshine, Idaho, where the sky is the limit when it comes to love.

Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.

Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…

*New York Times bestselling author, Jaci Burton

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Oct 5 2015 1:00pm

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s Mine (October 6, 2015)

Mine by HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon
Mine (Holton Woods #3)
Berkley / October 6, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely.

Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive.

Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has.

Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has…

I loved this book. Loved. It. I was in New York over the summer, and everyone asked me what the best book I'd read lately was. Had I read Mine before my trip, I would have told them this. This bookJust thinking about it makes me smile. Mine is one of the best books I've read this year, and honestly might be the best book. 

[Everyone must read this ...]

Oct 5 2015 12:00pm

A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas: Exclusive Excerpt

Kim Redford

A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas by Kim Redford

He's hotter than a wildfire

Trey Duval is a rancher, proud as can be of his Wildcat Ranch. He's also the top volunteer firefighter of Wildcat Bluff, Texas, the town that pulls out all the stops for its Christmas festivities.

City girl Misty Reynolds comes to Wildcat Bluff just in time to help Trey put out a suspicious fire, leading him to dub her his “Christmas angel.” Unfortunately, Misty's past has left her with terrible memories of fire, and of Christmastime.

As the two are thrown together again and again, Trey finds himself wanting Misty more and more, and Misty feels stronger and braver when Trey is around. Though their trust grows slowly, their passion for each other is burning hot...

Get a sneak peek at Kim Redford's A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas (available October 6, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Trey stepped out of the pool, his jeans dripping, and held out his hand. Misty hesitated before clasp­ing his fingers and allowing him to help her out of the warm water. Her slight hesitation alerted him that she didn’t quite trust him. Not too surprising since she hadn’t known him long, but he wanted to change that fact. He wanted her to completely trust him.

She tried to shake out her capris, but they clung to her like a second skin. She glanced up at him. “Now that you’ve landed me, you aren’t going to toss me back as too scrawny, are you?”

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Oct 5 2015 11:00am

Downton Abbey 6x03 Recap: Wedding Bells at the Abbey (or Not)

Downton Abbey 6x03 Carson/Hughes Wedding Bells

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 6, Episode 3. Enjoy!

This was a fantastic episode! I mean, really, truly fantastic. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a smile on my face the entire length of the episode. We finally got to see the Carson/Hughes wedding, and I have to tell you, both the lead-up and actual ceremony were well worth the wait. Plus, there was a really great surprise at the end, which I’ll get to. Okay, so in order to do this properly, I’m going to change things up a bit again. I’m going to give you the minor plots & storylines first and then get to the good stuff.

[Is the bride coming or not? ...]

Oct 5 2015 10:00am

H&H Quickie #13: Delilah S. Dawson — Prompt Me!

Wicked Ever After by Delilah S. Dawson

If you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Susan AndersenRebecca ZanettiKerrigan ByrneLora LeighValerie Bowman, and more (see all the Quickies, here), we are pleased to announce today that Delilah S. Dawson will be the Thirteenth author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Delilah S. Dawson with a paranormal romance angle. Once the prompting period is over next week, Delilah will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Delilah used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

[Join the spooky paranormal fun ...]