<i>Hard to Fight</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Hard to Fight: Exclusive Excerpt Bella Jewel “This man has demons, all men with faces like his do.” <i>Smoke on the Water</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Smoke on the Water: Exclusive Excerpt Lori Handeland "He stilled, gaze on mine, but he didn’t stop me from touching him." <i>Lady Emily's Exotic Journey</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Lady Emily's Exotic Journey: Exclusive Excerpt Lillian Marek “I begin to think that this will be a most interesting voyage." <i>That Night with the CEO</i>: Exclusive Excerpt That Night with the CEO: Exclusive Excerpt Karen Booth “Hey, you’re the one suggesting showers. Not me.”
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August 1, 2015
H&H ICYMI: RITA and Golden Heart Winners, The Bourbon Kings, Age of (Digital) Discoverability, and more!
Team H & H
July 31, 2015
Friday Beefcake: Tom Hiddleston vs. Sam Heughan
Team H & H
July 31, 2015
Popular LGBTQ Ships in Pop Culture
Megan Erickson
July 31, 2015
10 Things You Should Know About Eve Langlais
Heather Massey
July 30, 2015
How Do You Find New-to-You Romance Authors?
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Mon
Aug 3 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Hard to Fight: Exclusive Excerpt

Bella Jewel

Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel

Grace is a bounty hunter who wants to be taken seriously, but her boss refuses to believe that a woman can bring down a dangerous criminal. She finally gets a chance to prove herself when she's given the case of a lifetime: capture Raide Knox and bring him to justice.

Raide is a dangerous fugitive on the run...and the sexiest man Grace has ever met. Catching Raide won't be easy. He's not the kind of man to go down without a fight. Raide is more intense and frustrating than any man she's ever had to deal with, and the instantaneous attraction that sparks between them is undeniable. One thing is for sure...it's going to be a case they will never forget.

Get a sneak peek at Bella Jewel's Hard to Fight (available August 11, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

“It’s not funny,” I say, throwing my bag down onto my desk.

My colleague and fellow Bounty Hunter, Vance, laughs. He crosses his large arms over his chest and tilts his head to the side, studying me with a smirk. I glare at him, flopping onto my seat and throwing my booted feet onto the desk. Then I proceed to cross my arms, making sure my body language clearly states how pissed off I am.

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Mon
Aug 3 2015 11:00am

Exclusive Cover Reveal for Jessica Fellowes’ Downton Abbey A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons!

Today we are thrilled to reveal the cover for Jessica Fellowes' Downton Abbey - A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons with a forward by creator Julian Fellowes. We're sad to see the final season air this year (in the UK), but we suppose this companion guide will be good way to soothe our wounds. 

[Learn more about the book and check out the amazing cover...]

Mon
Aug 3 2015 9:30am

First Look: Ilona Andrews’s Magic Shifts (August 4, 2015)

Ilona Andrews
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels Series #8)
Ace / August 4, 2015 / $25.95 print, $12.99 digital

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

The dynamic writing duo of Ilona Andrews continues to prove that they are indeed the reigning king and queen of Urban Fantasy with the newest installment of their explosive and outstanding Kate Daniels series. Faithful fans will see this book as the beginning of a new chapter for Kate and her fiance, Curran, while also preparing for the end of the series. With only one book left after this one, the Andrews are tightening up the arc, wrapping up seemingly random story threads, and identifying all Kate’s allies and enemies for what is sure to be a climatic finale.

[New adventures for Kate Daniels...]

Mon
Aug 3 2015 8:05am

What Do You Want to See Next?

Source: epicreads.tumblr.com

We often talk about trends in the genre at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sometimes that trend is one we see throughout: like billionaires, bikers, stepbrothers, vampires, and more. We also talk about the trends we want to see: more diversity (both in the worlds of race, sexuality, and everything in between), more females in typically dominated roles, more non-vampire paranormals...the list goes on!

What is on your list? What do you want to read? Also, what is something that you think the genre needs—even if it's not something that you're craving, but rather what you're hoping to see freshen up romance?

Let us know in the comments, and as always, share your recommendations!

Sun
Aug 2 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Smoke on the Water: Exclusive Excerpt

Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland

Reunited after four hundred years, three sisters join together to vanquish the power that tore them apart...and embrace the sorcery that is their birthright.

Abandoned as an infant, Willow Black spent her childhood in foster care, the object of whispers and pity...and rumors about being certifiably crazy. Telling your young friends that you can foresee the future-and summon the rain-is a surefire way to end up in the psychiatric ward. But when Dr. Sebastian Frasier arrives at the facility, Willow's whole life takes a turn. Sebastian is the handsomest man she's ever actually laid eyes on-even though he has been in Willow's visions for years. But not even she could have predicted the storm of passion that engulfs them both. With Sebastian by her side, Willow is emboldened to embrace her history, and the sisters she never knew. Soon, the true power in her blood awakes-and the battle she was born to fight begins. While the temp est rages, Willow must depend on the friends and family she's found-and the man she has loved forever…

Get a sneak peek at Lori Handeland's Smoke on the Water (available August 4, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

“Do I know you?”

I glanced up from the book I wasn’t reading to find one of the inmates—I mean patients—of the Northern Wisconsin Mental Health Facility hovering at the edge of my personal space. In a place like this, people learn quickly not to get too close to anyone without warning them first. Bad things happen, and they happen quickly.

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Sat
Aug 1 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Megan Crane’s Make You Burn (August 4, 2015)

Megan Crane
Make You Burn (Deacons of Bourbon Street #1)
Loveswept / August 4, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Meet the Deacons of Bourbon Street, bad boy bikers who are hell on wheels—and heaven between the sheets. Megan Crane revs up an irresistible new series co-written with Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.

Sean “Ajax” Harding’s oaths are inked into his skin. Once second-in-command of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, he left New Orleans to protect the brotherhood, and only the death of his beloved mentor, Priest Lombard, could lure him back. Walking into the old hangout gives him a familiar thrill—especially when he gets an eyeful of the bar’s delectable new owner. A wild ride with her is just the welcome Ajax needs. Then he realizes that she’s Priest’s daughter, all grown up and totally off limits.

Sophie Lombard loved her father, not his lifestyle. She’s done with bikers . . . until Ajax roars into town—arrogant, tough, and sexy as ever. And although he treats her like the Catholic schoolgirl he once knew, Sophie’s daydreams tend to revolve around sin. With the very real possibility of heartbreak looming, Sophie knows better than to get too close to an outlaw. But every touch from Ajax is steamier than the Louisiana bayou—and heat like this may just be worth getting burned.

Sophie Lombard knows what the motorcycle club life means for women. As the “princess” to the once thriving Deacons of Bourbon Street MC in New Orleans, LA, her father ran the club with an iron fist and raised her as a single dad with respect for MC culture. However, he did at least try to protect her from the ugly side of the MC life, and made sure she had a great education, including sending her to college. Ten years ago, something went down with the Deacons, and Sophie’s father sent away his four officers, including his Vice President, Ajax.

In Megan Crane’s erotic MC story Make You Burn, Sophie and Sean “Ajax” Harding bite the forbidden fruit and enter into a whirlwind, torrid affair that would make her father burn...in anger.

[Get gritty with these characters...]

Sat
Aug 1 2015 12:00pm
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Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey: Exclusive Excerpt

Lillian Marek

Lady Emily's Exotic Journey by Lillian Marek

From sensible, sheltered girl

Safe in the embrace of her loving family, Lady Emily Tremaine longs to feel more intensely alive. Surely the magic and mystery of Assyria and the fabled ruins of Nineveh will bring about the transformation she seeks.

To the woman his heart desires

Scarred by his past and estranged from his noble grandfather, French adventurer Lucien Chambertin desires neither a home nor the chains of emotional attachment. He seeks only to explore the far reaches of the world. But he did not know the world contained the likes of Lady Emily-whose curiosity and sense of wonder match his own.

Get a sneak peek at Lillian Marek's Lady Emily's Exotic Journey (available August 4, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 “Perhaps while your papa goes to look at the railway route, Sir Henry can find you a guide who will show you and your friend a bit of Constantinople. You should really see the Topkapi—the old palace—and the bazaar.”

“Oh, but we aren’t going to be staying here. Julia and I are going with my parents.”

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Fri
Jul 31 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Would You Rather—Tom Hiddleston and Sam Heughan

It's a truth universally acknowledged that, for the most part, we all have a type. For some of us that's blond beefcake (Thor, anyone?), for other's it's the classic Tall, Dark, and Handsome, (David Gandy for the win!), still for others, they'll take a fiery fella any day (We all wish Ron Weasley was real, right?). However, it's a rare male creature that can appeal to all these preferences with just some hair dye or a wig. However, today, we're going to make our case for Sam Heughan and Tom Hiddleston—two universally loved celebrity boyfriends who can rock just about any hair color AND share quite a bit in common (a propensity for period clothing, hailing from the UK, general hotness...)!

Share your favorite pictures in the comments and cast your vote for which celebrity wins in your book!

[All the pretty colors...and men!]

Fri
Jul 31 2015 3:24pm

Romance News Roundup: Behind the Scenes of Insurgent, New Christi Caldwell, 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.

—Love Veronica Roth's Divergent series? Then you'll be keeping an eye on the calendar for when you can get the DVD of Insurgent on August 4. In the meantime, here's a behind-the-scenes featurette with Veronica Roth and the writers and produces of the film, discussing what any good readers care about—the adaptation of a book into a movie!

—Deal Alert #1: Shopping for a Billionaire's Fiancée by Julia Kent gives us the point of view of near (yes, only “near!”)-billionaire Declan McCormick. Pick it up for only $.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore. Check out more about Julia Kent on Heroes and Heartbreakers.* 

—Deal Alert #2: Grab a copy of Lorraine Heath's A Duke of Her Own for only $1.99 at e-tailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore!*

—Christi Caldwell fans should be excited for the next installment in her Lords of Honor series as it gives us the story of Christian, the Marquess of St. Cyr. If you want to learn more, head to Caldwell's Facebook page—but beware of potential spoilers! 

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

 

 

Fri
Jul 31 2015 2:00pm

Slash Through the Heart: Popular LGBTQ Ships in Pop Culture

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Megan Erickson to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Megan's latest release, Focus on Me, came out on July 21 and is a male/male romance. Male/male romance has started to edge its way away from the fringe and into the mainstream. That means we can now openly appreciate many of our favorite relationships, even if they weren't part of the original story—yes, we're talking about slash fiction (ships in fandom that squee all over the interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex). Megan is here today to talk about those popular pairings—complete with gifs and fan art! Thanks, Megan!

Fandoms. They love their non-canon ships just about as much as they love their fan fiction. And some of the most popular ships romantically link characters in LGBTQ relationships. Dudes with dudes. Women with women. Non-binary with non-binary. It’s pretty awesome, in my opinion, that we don’t limit our imaginations to only what’s written on the page. And I think it speaks to authors and show creators who create so many amazing characters that we all want them to kiss!

[Pop culture couples we ship...]

Fri
Jul 31 2015 1:00pm

10 Things You Should Know About Eve Langlais

When an Alpha Purrs by Eve Langlais

When a romance author delivers lusty romantic adventures time and time again, they're bound to get noticed in a big way. Eve Langlais is one such author.

This New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author writes hot paranormal and sci-fi romances. As in, wowzers-that-stove-burner-is-hot hot. So if you enjoy easygoing, sometimes quirky, maximum power Alpha hero PNR and SFR romances, you'll want to keep a book of hers within easy reach (but maybe keep it away from your hot stove).

You may have heard about her buzz-generating When An Alpha Purrs, which recently hit #16 on the NYT Bestseller list. Why are so many readers gobbling up her books? The romances of Eve Langlais cut straight to the heart of what many crave: the ultimate surrender. She writes about heroes who surrender their hearts, and heroines who surrender to their deepest sexual desires.

The author has a light, breezy style, with dollops of humor thrown in for good measure. Her books are like a best kept secret that's begging to be spilled. In light of her ability to deliver such addictive romance comfort food with a side of over-the-top flair, here are ten things you should know about author Eve Langlais.

[It only takes one book to become a fan...]

Fri
Jul 31 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

That Night with the CEO: Exclusive Excerpt

Karen Booth

That Night with the CEO by Karen Booth

It was a one-night stand—until her next project has them working side by side!

Entrepreneur Adam Langford always gets what he wants. And he wants the blonde who shared his bed a year ago—then vanished. Now a tabloid scandal whisks Melanie Costello back into his life—as his new PR guru! But the real headline would be if their red-hot secret got out.

Transforming the rebellious image of the soon-to-be CEO will take Melanie's best makeover skills. But how do they hide their sizzling chemistry? Her PR firm is on the line. Will she risk everything for the one man she can't resist?

Get a sneak peek at Karen Booth's That Night with the CEO (available August 4, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Melanie sat up in bed, half-awake, tugging the butter-soft duvet to her chest. Last night hadn’t gone according to plan, but in many ways, it was a relief to have the whole, stupid, ridiculously hot thing out in the open.

It’d taken hours to fall asleep. Adam’s reminder that she’d seen him naked had only set her on the course of determining which side was indeed his best. After revisiting their night together...kissing in the limo, unzipping her dress in his living room, peeling the paint off the walls in the shower...she’d decided the front. Definitely the front. Too bad she couldnever see him like thatagain.

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Fri
Jul 31 2015 11:00am

To Hell (and Scotland) with You: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for July 2015

Earth Bound by Christine Feehan

Hello lovely paranormal romance lovers! July has been an exciting month with lots of challenges for our brave protagonists—trips to hell, open cat shifter war in Scotland, escaping cults and unwanted pregnancies! There is surely something here to scare everyone!

Elementals!
Earth Bound by Christine Feehan

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Air Bound returns to the mysterious coastal town of Sea Haven where six sisters of the heart are bound by the elements, and one is stalked by an inescapable past…

After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body—it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.

Lexi was discovered and threatened—only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them?

As a child, Lexi was kidnaped from her bed and forced to endure considerable abuse in a cult, where she was married to one of the leaders. Escaping to a farm with her five “sisters”, all elementals with magical abilities who have been traumatized by violence in her past.  The Parkenskii brothers also have magic, and like in previous books each seems to fall in love with a sister. This time it’s Gavriil’s turn, whose many scars and old injuries point to a difficult past.  This is a story of magic—both literal and metaphoric journeys through to healing.

[Get dangerous with these paranormals...]

Fri
Jul 31 2015 9:30am

First Look: Lauren Willig’s The Lure of the Moonflower (August 4, 2015)

The Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig
The Lure of the Moonflower (Pink Carnation #12)
NAL / August 4, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

In the final Pink Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, teams up with a rogue agent to protect the escaped Queen of Portugal.

Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact. He does not expect to be paired with a woman—especially not the legendary Pink Carnation.

All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon. Only the English government knows that mad seventy-three-year-old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance. But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it’s only a matter of time before she’s found and taken.

It’s up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety. But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language. Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower. Operating alone has taught her to respect her own limitations. But she knows better than to show weakness around the Moonflower—an agent with a reputation for brilliance, a tendency toward insubordination, and a history of going rogue.

Lauren Willig concludes her highly popular Pink Carnation Series with Lure of the Moonflower, the love story of Jane Woolistan and Jack Reid. Or as they are better known to the public, the Pink Carnation and the Moonflower.

[A charming love story...]

Fri
Jul 31 2015 8:26am

What’s the Big Deal?

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

We think August is going to be a great month for romance. With Read a Romance Month kicking off tomorrow, and the publication of NPR's Top 100 Romances—as voted on by readers and commented on by romance experts Bobbi Dumas, Sarah Wendell, Sherry Thomas, and Michelle Monkou—not to mention all the great releases coming out, we have a good feeling!

However, as is always the case with romance, when the “outside world” gets to look beyond the curtain of the romance world—after the comments about porn, Fabio, and 50 Shades subside—the overwhelming tone of the questions is: What's the Big Deal?

What is the biggest deal about romance? What makes you the most excited about it? If you could only say one thing about the genre to a nay-sayer, what would you say?

 

Thu
Jul 30 2015 4:30pm

First Come, First Served: New-to-You Romance Authors and the Age of (Digital) Discoverability

Run To You by Clara Kensie

Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference has just ended and the winners’ books are getting a lot of buzz – which it is as it should be. These authors’ books have given us hours of reading pleasure. There are numerous winners in different categories—best book in a series, best historical, best romantic suspense, but one of my favorites is best first book.

We have all read the stories of how difficult it is to get published. Only one to two percent of manuscripts submitted to literary agencies make it to publication. And once an author does get published, only fifty percent of books find an audience. Plus even if their book does find an audience, that doesn’t mean they can quit their day job. Most authors work during the day and write in the early morning or late at night. They are literally working two jobs. And many of them do this for years.

I can only imagine the excitement of the nominees in this category—Authors Sonali Dev (A Bollywood Affair), Natalie Meg Evans (The Dress Thief), Beck Nicholas (Fake), Kate Breslin (For Such a Time), AE Jones (Mind Sweeper), Elia Winters (Purely Professional), Clara Kensie (Run to You), Alyssa Alexander (The Smuggler Wore Silk), and Patience Griffin (To Scotland with Love). They have to be walking on air. While there is only one winner, Clara Kensie for Run to You, these authors are all winners in the long run. What a publicity bonanza for them all.

[New writers tell some of the best stories...]

Thu
Jul 30 2015 3:16pm

Romance News Roundup: “Gritty” Little Women and a Walking Dead Butt-Grab!

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.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott—Television network The CW has announced that a “gritty” adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women is being developed for TV. If the project moves forward (far from guaranteed), we will find the March sisters “band[ing] together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia.” Horrified? Join the club.

—Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) get handsy in a new Entertainment Weekly cover shoot with Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) for The Walking Dead. I repeat, ANDREW LINCOLN AND NORMAN REEDUS GET HANDSY. Do not miss this amazing butt-grab picture.

—I'll be on vacation next week, so look for news roundups by my esteemed colleague Jenn Proffitt!

Thu
Jul 30 2015 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Christine Warren and Amelia Grey!

Today Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to reveal covers for Christine Warren and Amelia Grey. First up is the next book in Christine Warren's Gargoyle series that proves a good man is hard to find in Rocked by Love. Then, we love a good wedding! So let's crash this one in Amelia Grey's Wedding Night with the Earl. 

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

Thu
Jul 30 2015 12:00pm

Top 10 Quotes from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Series!

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

August 4 sees the release of the nineteenth book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series, Dragonbane. To ring in the next installment, we're celebrating with some of our favorite Dark-Hunter quotes. You know, the ones that make our hearts sing, that make us sigh, laugh, and pant for the next book in the series. These quotes were some of the top-rated lines from Goodreads and definitely earned our vote on the site. By no means do we think this is a complete list of the best quotes, so read what we chose and then share your own favorite Dark-Hunter lines—as well as why they're so memorable for you—in the comments! And then stay tuned for the top quotes from Dragonbane, coming soon!

  • “Life isn't finding shelter in the storm. It's about learning to dance in the rain.”
    ― Acheron
  • “She didn't understand that. “How can anyone be afraid of love?”
    “How can they not?” His face was completely aghast. “When you love someone... truly love them, friend or lover, you lay your heart open to them. You give them a part of yourself that you give to no one else, and you let them inside a part of you that only they can hurt—you literally hand them the razor with a map of where to cut deepest and most painfully on your heart and soul. And when they do strike, it's crippling—like having your heart carved out. It leaves you naked and exposed, wondering what you did to make them want to hurt you so badly when all you did was love them. What is so wrong with you that no one can keep faith with you? That no one can love you? To have it happen once is bad enough... but to have it repeated? Who in their right mind would not be terrified of that?”
    ― Devil May Cry

[These lines are memorable...]