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Oct 8 2015 5:00pm

First Look: Amelia Grey’s The Duke and Miss Christmas (October 13, 2015)

The Duke and Miss Christmas by Amelia Grey

Amelia Grey
The Duke and Miss Christmas (The Heirs’ Club #2.5)
St Martin’s / October 13, 2015 / $1.99 digital

Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn't handle—until he's hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her—and she can hold her own—Crispin knows he has finally met his match.

Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she's near him. She's never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn't this delightful Regency gem, The Duke and Miss Christmas by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey

The Duke and Miss Christmas felt like a nostalgic throwback to the old Traditional Regency Christmas Anthologies that I loved so dearly - until our hero and heroine get very busy while gathering the greens, that is (not quite so Trad-y). But there are those lovely elements of a Christmas house party, decorating, a Christmas Ball and children. While the romance between Crispin and Gwen was sweet, I really appreciated the relationship between Crispin and Gwen’s young sister, Sybil. It can be very hard not to make children annoying in a romance, but Amelia Grey manages it.

[Just what the holidays ordered ...]

Oct 8 2015 4:19pm

Romance News Roundup: Kylie Scott & Lisa Renee Jones Covers Plus a Felicity Reunion

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.

Dirty by Kylie ScottKylie Scott's Dirty cover sure is a tall drink of water—or, more accurately, a perfect martini. (Anyone else thirsty? It's five o'clock somewhere, yeah?) Dirty, the first book in Scott's Dive Bar series, will be out on April 5, 2016. Here's the lowdown:

When Vaughn returned to his childhood home, the last thing he expected was to find a brokenhearted bride in his shower. Or the complete drama and chaos that came with her.

Lydia doesn't know what to do. Finding out the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man, is another all together. Trying to escape it all, she runs...and finds herself in the arms of a handsome ex-musician turned bartender. But can a broke musician with a dubious future really be the Mr Perfect Lydia was looking for?

Deal Alert: Christina Lee's male/male romance The Darkest Flame is $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* For more, visit our Christina Lee tag.

Pacific Northwest readers, this one's for you! The Emerald City Writers' Conference is hosting a free reader appreciation event, Passport to Romance, in Bellevue, Washington, on Saturday, October 17, from 6-8 p.m. Head to the event's Facebook page to RSVP and learn more. Here's what the organizers say you can expect: “Meet, mingle and have your picture taken with 40+ of your favorite—and soon to be favorite—authors, and male cover models. Plus win awesome prizes in the raffle, vote in the book cover contest, and much, much more. The first 100 people also get a special goodie bag.” (Want to follow along on social media? The event hashtags are #passport2romance and #ECWC2015)

[+Lisa Renee Jones cover & Felicity reunion!...]

Oct 8 2015 2:00pm

The Sound of Kindness: Kindness Counts in Romancelandia, Especially Towards Children

Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music

Earlier this month Julie Andrews celebrated her eightieth birthday. And of course you can’t think of Julie Andrews without thinking of The Sound of Music, and Mary Poppins. What a wonderful governess she made. Not only did she dance and sing her way into their lives, she changed them for the better.

There is something so innately humanitarian about altering or impacting another person’s life, especially when it is unexpected. But then again, there is something truly touching about reading about kindness in all forms.

[For the love of the little ones ...]

Oct 8 2015 12:30pm

HEAs for BBW in YA: A Dictionary of Romance Acronyms

Acronyms Meme

Amazon is filled with acronyms—sometimes, it feels like reading a credit card application when you don’t understand the terms and there isn’t a glossary.

I have this working theory about acronyms—they’re not actually designed to make our lives easier.  For example, LOL.  How many stories do we know about people using these three letters as lots of love rather than laughing out loud?  Sure, the urban legends are hilarious – Heard you had to put your dog down, LOL – but would it be that much harder to type that’s funny, or even haha?

I believe acronyms are culturally a way of being connected.  Teens use them to communicate with each other and irritate their parents.  Corporate types use them to sound important, as if they don’t possibly have the time to speak sentences in full and if you can’t understand what’s being said, you don’t deserve to be in the conversation. 

Meanwhile, for romance readers, we like to get a feel for a book immediately, and a few letters on a book profile can give you gist of things in a single glance – without our SO (significant other) necessarily knowing what we’re browsing.  It also make conversations in public with your fellow readers way less awks.  “So, I was reading this amazing ménage the other day about a marriage of convenience between a step-brother and his big, beautiful woman and their inter-racial bestie.  Oh, hello, waiter…”

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[The Romance acronym guide ...]

Oct 8 2015 10:30am

Arrow 4x01 Olicity Heart-to-Heart: You Have Failed This Omelet

TV Recap: Arrow 4x1 Olicity in bed

Show/Episode: Arrow Season 4, Episode 1, “Green Arrow”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

TV Recap: Arrow 4x01 Captain's Log Olicity

It’s a rare and special thing to have a fan ‘ship go canon. It happened on Arrow, though. Felicity and Oliver’s chemistry was so off-the-charts that the writers decided to give in. At the end of Season 3, Ollie and Felicity rode off into the sunset together. Literally. Having handled the Ra’s al Ghul issue, they snuck away, out of Starling City.

The Season 4 premiere opens with another juicy bit of Olicity candy. This time with Ollie and Felicity living together in a suburb. We see framed photos of the two together and Felicity is attempting to make breakfast—and failing “this omelet”—and then getting all smoochy in bed. Ollie has had his back shoulder tattoo removed because he “no longer needs it.” She’s still working to get control of Ray’s company and jokingly offers it to Oliver as an early Christmas present.

[HEA feels so good ...]

Oct 8 2015 9:30am

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s Everything I Left Unsaid (October 13, 2015)

Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O'Keefe

M. O’Keefe
Everything I Left Unsaid 
Bantam / October 13, 2015 / $15.00 print & $7.99 digital

Fans of Jodi Ellen Malpas, K. Bromberg, and Joanna Wylde will be unable to resist this sexy, deeply intimate tale of a woman running from her past, and the darkly mysterious man who sets her free.

I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.

And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.

His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

I have yet to meet a romance reader who, upon reading a really good book, doesn’t then want to run out and press that book into the hands of other readers.  Librarians do a slight variation of this practice in our professional lives, which we call reader’s advisory.  That practice of matching up the right books with the right readers. Molly O’Keefe’s latest endeavor as M.O’Keefe is the stuff reader’s advisory interviews are made of. It’s a crossover book. It’s an amalgam of romance, women’s fiction and suspense. It’s the kind of book I want to buy a million copies of and give it to every reader who claims they don’t like romance. Buckle your seatbelts kids and prepare to have your mind blown, because you’ll like this one.

[Everyone has a past, but sometimes you can't hide it ...]

Oct 8 2015 8:09am

Throwback Thursday: What Was the First Book That Truly Shocked You?


There are some books that truly shock you. Either they have not-safe-for...anyone...content that surprised you when you first encountered it, or they gave you such a good twist that you simply had to walk away and take a break for a moment because it was that intense—or it's somplace in between!

What was the first book you remember that truly shocked you, and what was the latest?

Let me know in the comments!

Oct 7 2015 5:00pm

First Look: Alexandra Brown’s The Great Christmas Knit-Off (October 13, 2015)

The Great Christmas Knit-Off  by Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown
The Great Christmas Knit-Off (Tindendale #1)
William Morrow / October 13, 2015 / $14.99 print, $9.99 digital

In the tradition of Trisha Ashley and Jenny Colgan, this first book in a new series by Alexandra Brown—author of the popular Cupcakes at Carrington’s series—tells the hilarious, heartwarming story of a jilted bride who anticipates a lonely Christmas but instead finds herself in the tiny village of Tindledale, where the residents share her obsession with knitting.

When life unravels, it’s time to knit…

Sybil has always taken comfort in her passion for knitting, creating beautiful knits stitch by stitch. But her world suddenly unravels when her fiancé ditches her for her identical twin sister at her Star Wars-themed wedding, leaving her sporting a Princess Leia do. Then things go from bad to worse when an incident at work jeopardizes her job.

Hoping to escape her woes and forget that she’ll be alone for Christmas this year, she visits her friend in Tindledale—a winter wonderland of quaint shops and snowy rooftops. When she arrives in the idyllic town, she can’t help feeling like she’s in a Hallmark greeting card. She’s embraced by welcoming—if eccentric—locals wearing handmade knits that remind Sybil of her own creations as well as her unrealized ambitions of selling them. So when the vintage boutique asks her to make an assortment of knits for their display window, she’s thrilled. The hot town doctor has even taken an interest in Sybil, hoping to heal her broken heart.

But just when Sybil thinks she’s going to have her fairytale Christmas after all, an unexpected turn of events threatens to unspool her happily ever after.

Long ago, O. Henry’s Gift of the Magi raised the bar on my expectations of what is truly a wonderful Christmas story. Of course I don’t expect the same scenario to be repeated over and over, but I do want to read about the good will of men and women. People who help others get their own little miracle. Alexandra Brown's The Great Christmas Knit-Off  illustrates this in a charming way.

[Knitting can help you find romance ...]

Oct 7 2015 3:39pm

Romance News Roundup: Kristen Proby & H.M. Ward Deals, 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.

Easy Love by Kristen Proby—Deal Alert #1: Kristen Proby's contemporary romance Easy Love is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via BookBub).* For a taste of Proby's other work, read TanyaLK's First Look a her Under the Big Sky novel Falling for Jillian.

—Day 1 in this post-Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined world finds us pondering other YA books we'd like to see genderbent, not to mention romance novels that might be cool to see flipped, and also finds us listening to Meyer's interview with NPR on the twist as well as (re?)reading a 2010 article about how the original Twilight cover's hand model has tried to cash in on her apple-holding hands' fame. (Missed the news yesterday? In honor of the 10th anniversary of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer released a gender-swapped version called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, in which Bella is the human male Beau and Edward is the female vampire Edythe.)

—Deal Alert #2: H.M. Ward's contemporary romance Scandalous is $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble (via ReadCheaply).*

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Oct 7 2015 2:30pm

Going Goth: 5 Signs You Might Be a Gothic Romance Heroine

My first experiences of romance novels were the terrific tales of Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart and Phyllis A. Whitney. I was disappointed when I realized that the delicious men who made me shiver in the most delightful way while reading these ladies books were not likely to play any part in my real life. Then again, I lacked all the most crucial traits of a gothic heroine. If I see a dark alley I tend to keep walking rather than run towards it. Brooders make me want to shake them and yell “Spit it out already!” My parents are happily retired and living in a cheerful suburban home. And I love the sun.

Still, I love to get caught up in a story where I can pretend to be another kind of woman entirely. One with a dark past and a mysterious present.  The kind of girl who finds herself looking at her beloved not just with desire but trepidation. Read on to find out what else it takes to be a lady of the (dark & stormy) night.

You might be a gothic heroine if:

You’re in Dire Straits

Any kind of gothic heroine worth her salt finds herself in a bad situation. Such is the case for Sybil Ingram from Amanda DeWees’s Nocturne for a Widow. As an aging actress Sybill knows her days are numbered but she is still taken by surprise when her theater troupe manager tells her she is facing unemployment:

“I could not think of a way to tell you without wounding you. And my dear nymph, I could never bear to cause you pain.” Unfortunately, this was just what his words were doing. How long had he been planning to replace me?

[Gothic heroines do this ...]

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. 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 to explain what she loves about the noir hero and how she define him—with help from Bher fellow anthology contributors. 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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