<i>Baron</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Baron: Exclusive Excerpt Joanna Shupe "He’d needed one kiss, a small taste, to get her off his mind for good..." <i>Interborough</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Interborough: Exclusive Excerpt Santino Hassell "The whole thing got me so tight that I glared at them for the rest of the class." <i>Keepsake</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Keepsake: Exclusive Excerpt Sarina Bowen "He made a soft, bitten-off sound, and I felt it in the center of my chest." <i>Change of Address</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Change of Address: Exclusive Excerpt Jordan S. Brock "Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can't trust themselves..."
From The Blog
October 21, 2016
Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Jane the Virgin's Justin Baldoni & Brett Dier
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October 20, 2016
Cover Thursday: Exclusive reveals from Bowman, Langlais, Douglas, and Arthur
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October 20, 2016
Lauren Blakely's The Sexy One is Actually Adorable
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October 19, 2016
3 Things to Love About Susanna Kearsley
October 19, 2016
Madame TBR's Recommendations Roundup!
Team H & H
Oct 20 2016 8:11am

How Organized Is Your TBR Pile?

Recently, H&H reader Mary told us about her very impressive TBR pile. To be honest, ours is just a stack on scattered by our bed and a mental list. She's organized hers extensively:

(I have written in the book everything) I want but can get from library, books I want to buy from used bookstores, and ebooks I want to buy.

Is your TBR list as organized as this one? Do you organize yours at all?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Photo courtesy of Mary the Reader. 

Oct 19 2016 4:05pm

Books in a League of Their Own: Romance News and Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon

—Sherrilyn Kenyon is in a league of her own! Start reading an excerpt for Born of Vengeance and find out why Ember is so bent out of shape before the book hits shelves February 7, 2017. 

—What authors would you want to sit down and talk to? If Rainbow Rowell and Stephenie Meyer are on your list and you're in the Phoenix area on November 18, you'll want to take note! Changing Hands Bookstore in Arizona will host a conversation between Stephenie Meyer and author Rainbow Rowell on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7PM MT. The event will be held at the Mesa Arts Center in Phoenix. Sharpen your fangs and get your inner fangirl under control!

—H&H's own Chelsea Mueller has a book coming out April 4,2017, Borrowed Souls where a young woman, Callie, would do anything for her family—unfortunately her no-good brother knows it! See the cover and learn more about the book. 

—“You just need to find a woman who is as pathetic as you.” Words of wisdom from Drax the Destroyer in the first official sneak peek  at Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2. And if that's not enough, ogle the motley crew in the first poster. 

Top Off Your TBR Pile

—Deal Alert: Get ready to dust off your gilding kits because Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age New York City set book Magnate is $1.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Ready to go onto the next? Anna Bowling takes a first look at Baron, out at the end of this month. 

Deal Alert: Susanna Ives' friends-to-lovers Wicked Little Secrets  is just $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Try before you buy with an excerpt from the book!

Deal Alert: Megan Crane's Project Virgin is a steamy read when Scottie decides to divest herself of her virginity, too bad her boss is the only one she wants to lose it to. Get it for yourself for $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.*  Would you like to make yours a virgin 

Today on H&H

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

Have a tip about hot romance news? Drop Heather, Jenn & Jen a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com!

Oct 19 2016 3:00pm

3 Things to Love About Susanna Kearsley

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Ever read a book and wanted to scream from a mountaintop that everyone should read it? Yeah, me too. My favorite feeling is when I can give someone else that experience, which leads me to recommend books. My most frequently recommended book? The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. Then The Shadowy Horses and Mariana and The Rose Garden and… You get the idea.

History has all but forgotten...

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her...

While the blurb hooked me with the Outlander overtones, Kearsley’s writing is much different and the story has only surface similarities. The Winter Sea is the perfect showcase for Kearsley’s particular brand: a novel that defies categorization and incorporates aspects of time travel, romance, historical fiction, adventure, and just enough magic. I was mom to a 1 year old and working full time when I read this book. I stayed up until 2 am reading it. Let me tell you, almost nothing kept me from sleep those days. So what hooked me? What makes me recommend The Winter Sea and her other books? Let me count the ways…

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Oct 19 2016 1:00pm

Madame TBR’s Romance Novel Recommendations Roundup!

Madame TBR fulfilled so many of your romance novel requests to help you find your next, best future read, so Team H&H decided to round up all her recommendations into one place to help you continue to fulfill your book desires. 

We've broken them down by subgenre to make it easier for you to continue to seek exactly what you're looking for!


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Oct 19 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Joanna Shupe’s Baron (October 25, 2016)

Baron by Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe
Baron (The Knickerbocker Club #2)
Zebra / October 25, 2016 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Will Sloane, railroad baron and aspiring politician (how’s that for a hero with a timely occupation, US readers?) knows where he’s going…or so he thinks. Charter members of Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series already know the way Will thinks. In Magnate, Will had a few lessons to learn. Though Will didn’t believe a woman could run a successful business, his sister, Lizzie, proved him wrong. Will also learned of some shady doings within his own company, and has hitched his wagon to an up and coming politician, his sights on the state capitol and making a better life for those who depend on him.

 Ava Jones, aka Madame Zolikoff, fake clairvoyant and real survivor, knows she’s not speaking to the other side. There is no other side; all of the signs from the spirits are her own trickery, but it’s for a good cause. Actually two of them. Sure, Ava wants to give her clients some hope in the wake of the losses in their lives, and she does that to the best of her ability, but she is also the main support for her younger siblings. Nobody gets out of New York City’s underbelly without a fight. Ava has dreams of taking them away from long days of hard labor in factories, or hawking newspapers on the streets, to an idyllic farm in upstate New York, whether they want to go or not.

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Oct 19 2016 11:00am

Scarlett Cole’s Second Circle Epilogue: Cujo and Drea’s “Full Circle”

Scarlett Cole

Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos, The Complete Series

Today we're thrilled to give you a taste of a very special epilogue. For the complete series bundle of Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos series, Scarlett has given a hint at our favorite inked couples and their HEAs with a special epilogue written for this bundle. We get a taste of the epilogue with Cujo and Drea's “Full Circle.”

The tattoo artist with a heart of gold.

The playboy with his own hidden scars.

The international rockstar who longs for a home.

The mechanic with a dark past.

These are the heroes of Second Circle Tattoos. Trent, Cujo, Dred, Reid. And now all four books are together for the first time in a fabulous, low priced eBook box set featuring an exclusive epilogue. Why pick one book boyfriend when you can have all four?

Start reading “Full Circle,” the special epilogue featuring Cujo and Drea from Scarlett Cole's The Fractured Heart. The epilogue will feature other beloved characters in Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos series, will be featured in the Second Circle Tattoos, The Complete Series (available January 3, 2016). Happy reading!

“Full Circle” by Scarlett Cole


“So, I don't want you to get mad, Shortcake, but I have a surprise for you,” Cujo said. Nervously, he ran his hand through his blond hair as the opulent elevator of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas took him and his unsuspecting soon-to-be fiancée up to their room. He studied Drea's hazel eyes. Eyes that lit up when she smiled, that became red and blotchy when she cried, and went wide when she came apart in his arms like she had in bed that morning. Right now they looked at him suspiciously.

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Oct 19 2016 9:30am

Books You Love, But...: An Appropriately Love/Hate Relationship with The Hating Game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game is an enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract story about two coworkers who have worked side by side, in mutual disdain, for a year. Their days are spent in strange battles with unwritten rules: The Mirror Game. The Staring Game. The (especially ugly) HR Game.

“I should mention that the ultimate aim of all our games is to make the other smile, or cry. It's something like that. I'll know when I win.

I made a mistake when I first met Joshua: I smiled at him. My best sunny smile with all my teeth, my eyes sparkling with stupid optimism that the business merger wasn't the worst thing to ever happen to me. His eyes scanned me from the top of my head to the soles of my shoes. I'm only five feet tall, so it didn't take long. Then he looked away out the window. He did not smile back, and somehow I feel like he's been carrying my smile around in his breast pocket ever since. He's one up.”

This debut novel by Sally Thorne came out to enormous acclaim. A starred review from Kirkus. Praise from The Washington Post and Library Journal. In Romancelandia, Twitter has been kvelling, “All About Romance” listed it as a Desert Island Keeper, and Smart Bitches gave it a B+.

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Oct 19 2016 8:12am

What Will Make You Return to an Author?

Lovers reunited

It happens to everyone. You love an author and their books... but you've grown apart. You're just... different people now. But then one day, you think you'll pick up their book just one. last. time. Et voila! You love them again!

What will make you return to a favorite author? What is important for your favorite authors to have at the “core” of each of their books? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

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Oct 18 2016 4:41pm

Heart’s Desires with Tawny Weber & Lenora Bell: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

A SEAL's Desire by Tawny WeberDeal Alert: Tawny Weber's Uniformly Hot category romance A SEAL's Desire is on sale in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* What makes for a standout moment in a romance novel? Weber dishes on her love for a special scene in Nora Roberts' Blood Magick.

Deal Alert: Donna Hill, Zuri Day, and Cheris Hodges' holiday contemporary anthology The One That I Want is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Ready to start dipping into holiday reads? You can start with 25 Romances of Christmas recommendations and/or a Naughty and Nice sampler of romances coming soon. Pssst: Harlequin has a big sale going on for more than 18,000 e-books!

Deal Alert: Meredith Wild's contemporary second-chance romance On My Knees, first in the Bridge series, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* And if you enjoy this book, you're going to want to stick around for “the taming of the ultimate player—Darren Bridge,” writes TanyaLK in her First Look at Into the Fire, book 2 in the Bridge series.

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Oct 18 2016 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Skye Warren and Debbie Mason!

Team H&H is pleased to present two exclusive cover reveals from authors Skye Warren and Debbie Mason! First up, in Skye Warren's The Pawn, Gabriel Miller is a man used to getting what he wants, ruthless and cunning, he makes an offer that can't be refused. And in Debbie Mason's Primrose Lane, a hunky doctor has to battle off a hoard of single women, while trying desperately to get the one he wants for their happily ever after.

The Pawn by Skye Warren

The Pawn by Skye Warren

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden desire…

I’m determined to face the auction with dignity, but Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

One month. One million dollars.

Except he's playing a deeper game than I knew. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel about revenge and seduction in the game of love. The next book in the series, THE KNIGHT, comes out in January 2017.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Pawn by Skye Warren available December 6, 2016:

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Oct 18 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s To Love and to Cherish (October 18, 2016)

To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles, #3)
Pocket Books / October 18, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

There’s nothing quite more tailored to the world of romance than weddings. So, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that a go-to contemporary romance theme is often that of wedding planners. Lauren Layne’s Wedding Belles series explores those connections between weddings and romance narratives. To Love and to Cherish is the final book in the trilogy, and it deftly explores how planning and executing other people’s dreams can make us ignore our own.

Eight years ago, Alexis Morgan was ordering a drink at an NYC bar, wondering if her goose was well and truly cooked. Her brilliant idea for an upscale wedding planning business was without a single investor. Her move to the city to follow the dream of owning a business—the dream she’s worked for through years of college and hard work—seemed like a failure. Just as she felt like giving up, the universe gave her hope.

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Oct 18 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Susannah Sandlin’s Black Diamond (October 18, 2016)

Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin

Susannah Sandlin
Black Diamond (Wilds of the Bayou #2)
Montlake / October 18, 2016 / $12.95 print, $3.99 digital

For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else.

The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.

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Oct 18 2016 11:00am

Ross Poldark, Problematic Fave: We Love Him Even When We Want to Kick Him

Ross Poldark is a good man. And he's also not a good man. He's caring and passionate. He's also stubborn and willful. He's a fully rounded and explored character, and in the Poldark TV series, Ross Poldark is nothing short of a study in contradictions. He's compelling, and there are few characters on television right now that make me want to both wring their necks and protect them from harm. Ross straddles that line flawlessly.

Ross eschews the social order, yet benefits from coming from a distinct lineage in the face of self-made men, e.g. George Warleggan. Ross deeply loves and cares for Demelza, but still holds a significant longing for first love Elizabeth—a fact that's bound to get him into significant trouble.

He has financial problems, but he's too stubborn to ask for assistance.

He could have a relatively easy life, but chooses to make some really dumb decisions and make things as difficult as possible for himself and his family.

But, we love him anyway. He's an undeniably flawed hero, but that makes him even more enticing to watch and root for, and sometimes root against.

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Oct 18 2016 9:30am

All Hallows Eve: October 2016 Not-Your-Usual Historical Romance Best Bets

October is a month filled with a mountain of miniature chocolate wonders and my secret guilty pleasure – candy corn! (Don’t judge–especially if you willingly eat Peeps ::shudder::).  It’s also a month that is chock full of historical romance.  This small list is but the tip of the iceberg – or in the case of October, the tip of the witch’s hat.  What not-your-usual historicals are you looking forward to this month?


A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society.  But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

A couple years ago Thomas was speaking to a group of librarians at an RWA conference.  When asked about what she was working on she teased us with “What if Sherlock Holmes was a woman?” and all our collective ears perked up.  The first in her Lady Sherlock series is finally out this month, the start of a historical mystery series that promises romance as well.

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Oct 18 2016 8:14am

What’s the Book You’ve Gotten the Most People to Read?

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

As readers, we love to recommend our favorite books to anyone who will listen. There comes a certain pride in getting someone hooked on your keepers. 

What book do you know you've gotten the most people hooked on? What is it and how have you made so many people read it?

Tell me about it in the comments. 

Oct 17 2016 4:36pm

Secretly Married Westmorelands & Feversong Clues: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Bane by Brenda JacksonDeal Alert: Brenda Jackson's contemporary western Bane, a secretly-married AND second-chance-at-love Westmoreland novel, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Can't get enough of those cowboys? Read an excerpt from The Rancher Returns, the latest release in the Wesmoreland Legacy series.

Deal Alert: Melanie Dickerson's Fairy Tale Romance Collection—featuring The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, and The Princess Spy—is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Swooning over fairy tales is one of our favorite hobbies.

Deal Alert: Deirdre Martin's classic hockey romance Body Check is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Martin and Rachel Gibson are often credited with making hockey the sport of choice in romance.

Deal Alert: Sharon Cullen's historical Sebastian's Lady Spy is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Never let it be said that we turned down an opportunity to break down our love of spies in romance.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Anxiously awaiting Karen Marie Moning's Feversong? Maybe the official description will offer some clues and ease some of your jitters?

[+Feversong description, sexy adult Harry Potter & more...]

Oct 17 2016 2:00pm

More Weird Protagonists Please: Penny Reid’s Beard Science

Beard Science by Penny Reid

Sometimes I wish that I could read a book again for the first time because it’s so good, I want to experience all the feelings it made me feel the first time around.

That is precisely how I feel about Penny Reid’s Beard Science.  When I first read the description for this book, I thought—“how on earth am I going to read about Cletus? He’s SO odd!”

But, that’s why this book is so perfect. Honestly, this novel will definitely go on my ‘Best Reads of 2016’ list for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is that both Cletus and the heroine Jennifer are weird.

Really weird, and I love that. Romantic comedies need more weird protagonists. It’s such a refreshing departure from the protagonists who have it all together and they’re just trying to battle some wayward thing that’s come to disrupt their lives. Beard Science does have external conflict that propels the story along, but the best part is watching these two characters fall for one another, almost without realizing it.

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Oct 17 2016 12:00pm

Naughty and Nice: 2016 Holiday Romance Novel Sampler

Team H & H

We’re serving up a bit of naughty and nice this holiday season with eleven excerpts from titles that are sure to make your season bright! These romances will make you want to get cozy, grab a mug of hot cocoa, and start getting out those decorations. Get into the spirit with a sampling of these holiday romances:

In Opal Carew’s Big Package—a missed connection, plus a former high school football star, plus a blizzard equals a raging inferno!

A bad boy looking to reform his ways meets a woman who needs his help in Laura Trentham's Candy Cane Christmas.

Emily March’s Christmas in Eternity Springs will lift your spirits with a story of healing past hurts, finding a second chance at love, and embracing Christmas cheer. 

A woman who’s all work and no play finds herself home for holidays to help out her family, and gets more than she bargained for in Nancy Naigle’s Christmas Joy.

An old high school crush, a wayward disaster, and a chance to fix past wrongs are in store in Melissa Cutler's If Santa Were A Cowboy, a story that’s more naughty than nice.

Slip into a little holiday magic with Amelia Grey's Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis, with an historical best-friend's-little-sister romance as the Marquis of Wythebury is bowled over by a woman he believes is off limits.

Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, and Margaret Brownley are giving us three magnificent stories from the Second Chance at Star Inn Series about loss, love, redemption, and finding home for the holidays. 

Tara Wyatt's When Snowflakes Fall and Like Fresh Fallen Snow take us from Christmas to New Year's Eve and put us in the mood for the wonder of the holidays!

Start reading by clicking the titles below:

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Oct 17 2016 11:00am

What is Your Small Town Romance?

Candy Cane Christmas by Laura Trentham

Today we're thrilled to welcome to Laura Trentham (Candy Cane Christmas) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Laura writes some of our favorite small town romances—whether we're spending the day in Falcon, Alabama with her Falcon Football series or heading to Cottonbloom where “the other side of the tracks” (or river, in this case) looks pretty appealing. Today she's here to help you “write” one of your own. Below, simply find your first initial, favorite color and birth month to craft your own small town romance. Thanks, Laura!

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Oct 17 2016 9:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s Rendezvous with Yesterday (October 17, 2016)

Rendezvous with Yesterday by Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
Rendezvous with Yesterday (The Gifted Ones #2)
Dianne Duvall / October 17, 2016 / $12.99 print, $4.99 digital

In Rendezvous with Yesterday, Dianne Duvall paints a brilliant picture of the differences of modern life and medieval England by blending her Gifted Ones series with her Immortal Guardians series and to do so, she only needed a splash of time travel dabbed with a little immortality.

Bethany Bennett is a modern woman who has a normal obsession with her cell phone and a not so normal one for guns. But the guns are important to her work in the family business as a bounty hunter. In a day that will change how Bethany views the world (and history), Bethany goes with her brother on what should be a long-shot tip to apprehend two wanted killers.  From the moment they step into the forest, everything goes wrong and Bethany is left fighting for her life.  She is losing a great deal of blood and as she loses consciousness, she isn’t sure if this is the end.  What she doesn’t realize is that when she wakes up she is no longer in modern day Texas, but in the forest of England in the year 1203.   

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