<i>Sweet Little Lies</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Sweet Little Lies: Exclusive Excerpt Jill Shalvis "The way her name rolled off his tongue had her knees wobbling." <i>Body Rocks</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Body Rocks: Exclusive Excerpt A. M. Arthur “You can sit beside me when the world comes down.” <i>No Master</i>: Exclusive Excerpt No Master: Exclusive Excerpt Christine d'Abo "With his free hand, he caressed the side of Zain’s throat." <i>Bad Bitch</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Bad Bitch: Exclusive Excerpt Christina Saunders "I pulled him toward me, guiding him to my center."
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Boone and Sierra Get Their HEA in Lorelei James' Unbreak My Heart
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June 21, 2016
Romance Reading Virgin: Let’s Travel Through Space Together
Teddy Pierson
June 19, 2016
Love's Second Generation: Historical Father/Son Heroes
Janet Webb
Fri
Jun 24 2016 9:30am

June 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets: When the Tough Get Going, These Girls Get Dirty

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston

This month brings New Adult titles that illustrate strength in tough situations. These heroines face these situations head on and when they find a partner that can help lift them up, nothing will stop them.

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston is the last in the Worth the Fight series. Ending the series is Travis “Cowboy” with unlikely heroine, Penny. Penny is a single mom on the run from her past. She carries many secrets and at times the burden is too much to bear. Travis is more than strong enough to support her but, Penny is hesitant to dive into a relationship. This isn’t insta-love and as they grow, so does their trust. Each has baggage and they find that together, the load is more than easy to carry. Cameo’s from all the other characters round out the series.

Interference by Sophia Henry is a standalone novel also featuring a young, single mom and a new-to-town cop. At their first meeting, Linden lets Jason have it as he benched her little brother. Thus setting the start of a romance that challenges but also brings a sweetness to Linden’s life that she desperately needed. Linden is everyone’s protector, especially her young son but, Jason is making it his job to look out for her.

[Strong ladies ahead...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 8:30am

Do You Still Want the First Generation Story, After the Second Generation?

2017 will be a great year if you like seeing the second generation of favorite heroes. Yesterday, Lisa Kleypas revealed the cover for Devil in Spring, the latest book in her Ravenels series, with the bonus that it would connect to her beloved Wallflower book Devil in Winter. For Stephanie Laurens fans, the Cynster's will return with Devil Cynster's son, Sebastian. 

However, especially in the realm of historical romance, getting the second generation's story can be problematic as, in order for the son's to “succeed” and get the title, their father's would have had to die. 

This is a concept that Laurens' dealt with when she gave us Sebastian Cynster's (Devil's father) story after giving us Devil's story. It's one of the many reasons Julia Quinn has always said readers will not get the story of Edmund and Violet Bridgerton, because the Bridgerton series all started on the basis that Edmund had been long dead. 

What do you think of getting the first generation story after the second generation? Do you still want it? Do you like getting the second generation story? 

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:15pm

Son of a Wallflower! Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring Cover Is Here

Back in May, Lisa Kleypas revealed the hero for her next Ravenel book, Devil in Spring, would connect to her Wallflower books. And not just any of the Wallflowers, but what is arguably the most beloved of the series—Devil in Winter. Today, we get the cover!

The hero of Devil in Spring, Gabriel, is the son of Evie and St. Vincent. Viscount St. Vincent is one of the most beloved (and polarizing) rakes in the genre—Jennifer Myers named St. Vincent one of the best “villains to heroes” in the genre, while Lisa Kleypas herself talked about the man (the myth, the villain) in her post on writing contemporary and historical heroes. 

For our Father's Day post on historical romances that revisit fathers and sons, Janet Webb touched on what bringing a second generation of wallflowers could mean, and we couldn't be more excited.

Find out more about the book as Bustle sits down with Lisa Kleypas to discuss revisiting these beloved characters with a second generation. 

For more, check out our reviews for the first two books in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne, to get caught up on the series before Devil in Spring hits shelves on February 21, 2017.  

Learn more about or pre-order a copy today of Devil in Spring, available February 21, 2017:

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Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:06pm

Get Screwed for $.99: Romance News

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

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**Breaking News: Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Spring, whose hero is the son of a Wallflower, now has a gorgeous cover! See the cover here...**

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Screwed by Kendall Ryan—Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's Screwed is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Ryan talks the power of an un-put-down-able book in her H&H guest post, writing: “I want to lose myself so completely in the pages that the characters, their choices, decisions and actions feel so real they have the power to turn my stomach into a ball of nerves and glue me to the pages despite my obligations. My family wants dinner? Too bad. We're ordering pizza tonight because I. CANNOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN.”

—Deal Alert: Molly McClain's single-dad-helps-stranded-driver-heroine Can't Get Enough is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Look, there are few things in this world as sexy as hot men who also happen to be terrific fathers. For that reason, I'm 100% game for romances featuring children.

Deal Alert: Annabeth Albert's opposites-attract male/male contemporary Status Update, Book 1 in the #gaymers series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Book 2 in the series, Beta Test, earned a spot in Lucy_Hargrave's male/male best bets just last month!

[+Romance BuzzBooks & The Devil Wears Prada is 10?!...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 4:30pm

5 Reasons Mindy Project Fans Should Give Jody a Chance

KC

Now that Mindy and Jody have officially locked lips on The Mindy Project, I say it’s finally time to give Jody a chance.

Look, I know what you’re thinking: Who is this girl thinking that she can walk in here and trounce on the epic love that is Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano? And I really doknow what you’re thinking, because I adore them too!

When I fell in love with The Mindy Project, a huge part of that was falling in love with its main couple: Mindy and Danny. Even though they seemed to be polar opposites at times, Mindy and Danny were totally made for each other… until the day when they weren’t anymore. It happens. It’s real. I applaud the show for that. I know many of our readers may not feel the same way. It’s too soon, too raw. But if you will indulge me for just a little while, I hope that I can bring you around to the idea that maybe, just maybe, Mindy and Jody could be something kind of, sort of… well… great!

I won’t pretend that a relationship between them could ever rival Mindy and Danny in most eyes, but in my eyes, it’s definitely working its way there. Here’s a list of reasons why, you too, should give Jody a chance!

[Just a little chance?]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Christine Warren, Tracy Brown, Casey Griffin, & Abbie Roads!

We know what you're saying: “it's not Tuesday!” We know, but we simply couldn't resist bringing you these four fantastic exclusive cover reveals from a few of our favorite authors—Christine Warren, Tracy Brown, Casey Griffin, and Abbie Roads! A man of stone meets his match in the only female gargolye in Christine Warren's Hard to Handle. Empire, Scandal, and Romeo & Juliet meet for an edgy twist in Tracy Brown's Boss. Then, we have a doggone RomCom, Beauty and the Wiener from Casey Griffin that is sure to delight. And finally, the romantic suspense, paranormal thriller Hunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads that'll give you goosebumps! 

Hard to Handle by Christine Warren

Hard to Handle by Christine Warren

A SEDUCTION STRONGER THAN STONE

The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women’s strength and formidable will. His Dublin pub, the Skin & Bones, is his refuge, a reassuringly masculine retreat. Until a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil…and an explosive dose of desire.

The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces. But her arrival on Earth is more confusing than she expected: her bone-deep instinct to do battle is matched only by her untamed attraction to stubborn, stalwart Drum. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they turn the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time?  

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Hard to Handle by Christine Warren, available February 7, 2017:

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[More titles ahead...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Bad Bitch: Exclusive Excerpt

Christina Saunders

Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders

They call me the Bad Bitch. A lesser woman might get her panties in a twist over it, but me? I'm the one who does the twisting. Whether it's in the courtroom or in the bedroom, I've never let anyone - much less a man - get the upper hand.

Except for that jerk attorney Lincoln Granade. He's dark, mysterious, smoking hot and sexy as hell. He's nothing but a bad, bad boy playing the part of an up and coming premiere attorney. I'm not worried about losing in a head to head battle with this guy. But he gets me all hot and bothered in a way no man has ever done before. I don't like a person being under my skin this much. It makes me want to let go of all control, makes me want to give in. This dangerous man makes me want to submit to him completely, again, and again, and again...

Get a sneak peek at Christina Saunders's Bad Bitch (available July 5, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

EVAN

“You’re fired.”

I savored the words as they rolled off my tongue. The simple phrase always brought a slight buzz of power. This time was no different.

The offending associate rose and glanced around the room. No help there. My other dozen or so associates studied their legal pads as if they contained a detailed listing of everyone’s competitive raises and bonuses for the past two years.

“You can’t do this.” He was definitely trying on his “I’m an adult!” tone.

I laughed. This was becoming the highlight of my day, and it was only eight thirty in the morning.

[Read the full Bad Bitch excerpt...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 9:30am

Grant Us a Boone: The Long-Awaited Couple of Lorelei James’ Unbreak My Heart

Unbreak My Heart by Lorelei James

Lorelei James has a knack for creating anticipation in her readers. Thanks to her, Sierra and Boone—two teenagers on the sideline of one of her popular Rough Riders entries, Gone Country — exploded into one of the most in-demand couples of the decade in romantic fiction. Their story, four years in the making, is here at last, and for romance readers, having the journey come full circle, watching two young characters we fell for grow up, seeing star-crossed loves seize this as their time, is oh so sweet.

And it’s clear that it was a labor of love for James herself. Unbreak My Heart is a celebration of the story we’ve waited for. From the moment they met on the bus in Sundance, Wyoming, there was just something about Boone and Sierra. He from the wrong side of the tracks, she a daddy’s princess, new to town but part of the catch-all McKays. They were each other’s tether, forming a friendship that became the deepest bond for them both. But it came to a crashing halt — and put on hold for readers everywhere — when Boone decides to head out for the Army, leaving Sierra and all those possibilities behind. Finally, he’s back and ready for them to get the chance they lost, for them to stake their claim.

[It's finally their turn...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 8:10am

Can You Name Romance Novels that “Start” After the Marriage?

First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh

We love Outlander—we love the show, the books, and especially Jamie and Claire. However, it is no secret that while Diana Gabaldon has created one of the greatest couple in the history of fiction—we're not just saying that, you voted them the best couple—she has a deep disdain for the romance genre. While she's right—these books (past book 1) are not romances in the genre sense of the word—the way that she dismisses love stories and the genre is... frustrating to so many readers that have become her die-hard fans. In a recent interview for Vulture, Gabaldon once again made her opinion known:

“A romance is a courtship story. In the 19th century, the definition of the romance genre was an escape from daily life that included adventure and love and battle. But in the 20th century, that term changed, and now it’s deemed only a love story, specifically a courtship story.”

Many romances are a courtship story. Many romances are not. Gabaldon's voice reaches a wide audience, and as a scholar (which she is), you'd think she would value accuracy. As Jessica Tripler pointed out in her rebuttal over at Book Riot, this opinion is not only outdated, but it's outright incorrect. Many romance novels—including many that were published at least a decade (and further back, obviously) before Outlander—feature a beloved trope in the genre: The marriage of convenience. A quick scan of Goodreads showed nearly 4,000 books featuring this trope.

So in the spirit of good-naturedly proving Diana Gabaldon wrong: Can you name romance novels that “start” with a marriage, or don't “end” once the courtship is done?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Jun 22 2016 4:30pm

Into The Long Dark Night...Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2016

Smut by Karina Halle

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palette and your credit card.

Love is a fickle emotion that can lift you up to the heavens or leave you lying broken in the street. The couples below all experience the ups and downs of love and learn that the world is theirs for the taking as long as they have the passion, desire, and courage to seize it.

Smut by Karina Halle

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad's ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career. What Blake and Amanda don't want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that's exactly what they both get when they're forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is, until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that's neither here nor there. When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it's not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality.

Halle writes a smart, fun, and oh so kinky story that marries fiction and fact as she examines the art of writing erotic romance, the ins and outs of self-publishing, and the stereotypes that are often associated with it. Your laughter rings true as we watch our protagonists, Blake and Amanda, who are paired together in a creative writing class, leave the classroom and end up in the bedroom as they strive to make their dreams come true in ways they never imagined.

[Smart, sexy, fun...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 3:44pm

Meet Sarina Bowen’s Hard Hitter and Outlander’s Grown-Up Brianna & Roger: Romance News

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

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is gracing us with a lot of hotness this summer—hot farmers with Bittersweet, and now more hot hockey players with the cover for Hard Hitter, the second book in her Brooklyn Bruisers series. But we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves: Look for more about the series, including a First Look review of Book 1, Rookie Move, before it hits shelves this September!

Season 2 of Outlander is almost over (nooooo), but as the finale nears, so too does the first appearance of an adult Brianna, <highlight for spoilers>Jamie and Claire's daughter</spoilers> and Roger. Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the handsome pair in all their finery! You can be sure we'll be analyzing their story in our Outlander heart-to-heart recaps.

—Vote Sam Seaborn for President! Until that can actually happen, we'll settle for a West Wing reunion at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. Aaron Sorkin said The West Wing made “a different kind of character sexy on television.” We couldn't agree more as we make heart-eyes at Bradley Whitford and bask forever in our love for Josh/Donna.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

—Deal Alert: Rory Wilde's animal shelter–set male/male romance, Forever Home, is FREE in e-book at Amazon.* Lucy_Hargrave named Forever Home one of her male/male romance best bets of May, saying “Just be careful you don’t end up adopting a four-legged friend by the end of it!”

[+Paula Byrne & Susan Elizabeth Phillips deals...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 1:30pm

Swoonies 2016: TV Edition

Welcome to H&H's Swoonies 2016: TV Edition! We're pitting some of our favorite ships head-to-head to see who wins the award for H&H's Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016! 

We've got eight of our favorite TV couples for the 2015-2016 TV season battling it out in this first round, so let your fandom love show and vote for your favorite couple! 

The round one match ups are: WestAllen vs. Clexa, Olicity vs. KarOlsen, Jessica x Luke vs. Bellarke, and Rachel x Quinn vs. Jamie x Claire.


Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: June 22-24 at 12 p.m. (EST)
  • Round 2: June 25-29 at 12 p.m. 
  • Round 3: June 29-July 1 at 2 p.m. 
  • Winners Announced: July 1 at 3 p.m. 

Get the newsletter buttonThe fight for love has just begun! Cast your vote for the Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016, and then sign up for the H&H newsletter for weekly or daily updates on how your favorite Swoonies couples are doing in the polls and when the next round starts, plus hot romance news, deals, sneak peeks, exclusive author spotlights, and more!

[Let's get this Swoonies TV battle started!]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Addicted: Exclusive Excerpt

Elle Kennedy

Addicted (The Outlaws Series) by Elle Kennedy

Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie’s band of Outlaws. Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he’s always believed he’s the man for her—and won’t let her go without a fight.

Even though Jamie is well aware that Lennox is one hot specimen of a man, she refuses to let sex ruin the most important relationship in her life. But when the object of her interest spurns her, she indulges in a little pleasure-filled revenge with her very magnetic, very willing best friend. One thrilling night with Lennox is enough to awaken Jamie’s unexpected desires for him. And now that she’s had a taste, she’s not sure she can ever give him up...

Get a sneak peek at Elle Kennedy's Addicted (available June 28, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As the other man left to hunt down some ice, Lennox went over to the cistern to wash his hands. Once again, his gaze sought out Jamie, whose blond head was turned as she spoke to one of the women in her group.

He’d known this would happen. He’d shown her a glimpse of the lust he felt for her, and it had scared her away. She’d been locked up in her room every night since then, and he’d been too chickenshit to knock on her door.

[Read the full Addicted excerpt...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 11:00am

First Look: Abbi Glines’ Up in Flames (June 28, 2016)

Up in Flames by Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines
Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #13)
Atria / June 28, 2016 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital 

The Rosemary Beach series continues with Nan’s story in Up in Flames. Finally, we get to see her humanity and vulnerability. Yes, she’s been a difficult sort in previous books and maybe not so endearing based on her actions, which appeared selfish and cruel. But behind every bully or mean girl is someone who has been emotionally injured. Nan is no exception. There’s an interesting triangle here, and I love how Abbi Glines weaves it into the story. It’s not your typical—girl has two guys who both want her and she loves both for different reasons—story. Rather, her two male interests don’t initially love her, nor does she realize they even know each other. Nan is a job for them and Major and Cope’s interactions with Nan are meant to elicit information about a criminal she once dated. Once the information is gained, they are off the case and out of Nan’s life.

But in the meantime, Cope does surveillance and Major woos Nan.

[Into the fire...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 9:30am

Lessons from Darynda Jones’ Charley and Reyes—Til Death Never Do Us Part

The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

As the release date for The Curse of Tenth Grave draws closer, we thought you would enjoy a walk down memory lane with a few Charley/Reyes scenes to put a smile on your face. Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper, and Reyes Alexander Farrow, Son of Satan, have taught us many things over the last few years. 

1. We need to remember family.

“You didn’t remember who you were when you were born?”

His grip on my wrists eased, but just barely.  “No.  But I’d done my research well.  I should have grown up happy, gone to the same schools as you, the same college.  I knew I would have no control over my own destiny once I became human, but it was a chance I was willing to take.”

“But, you’re his son,” I said, trying really hard to hate him.  “You’re the son of Satan. Literally.”

“And you are the stepdaughter of Denise Davidson.”

Wow.  That was a bit harsh.

-  First Grave on the Right

[A hell of a time...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 8:30am

What Will Stop You From Suspending Disbelief?

When we read, it's important for us to suspend disbelief. In fact, the practice is so important for readers, that it's part of the definition:

temporarily allow oneself to believe something that isn't true, especially in order to enjoy a work of fiction.
-Dictionary.com

However, even our most favorite authors can sometimes rip us out of the fantasy and have us hurtling towards reality.

When was the last time you just couldn't suspend disbelief any longer? What is most likely to make reality seep in? An HEA that came about to quickly and cleanly? A fantastical element that was just too fantastical? 

Let us know in the comments!

 

Tue
Jun 21 2016 5:00pm

Romance Reading Virgin: Let’s Travel Through Space Together

Can the second reading of a romance novel be better than the first?

Dark Horse by Michelle DienerI'm back! Hi. How are you? Some of you might remember that I was H&H’s romance virgin who popped his cherry last September when I read my very first romance novel, Irresistible Force by the lovely and talented D.D. Ayres. It was an affair that I will never forget—an experience that will always hold a special place in my heart. No other novel can be my first! I heart you.

That being said, I have met a new romance novel. A novel that might understand me a bit more… well, deeply. A novel that is as nerdy as I am—one with space exploration, battleships, intergalactic adventure and even an AI (artificial intelligence) character. It was love at first chapter and her name is Dark Horse by Michelle Diener. I am sorry, Irresistible Force, it's not you—it's me. I hope we can still be friends and hang out from time to time.

Dark Horse wrapped itself around me like a warm carbonite blanket

Now that I have been ‘experienced,’ I was pretty excited to delve into some cosmic romance. I’ll humbly admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the crossover into sci-fi; now you might be thinking… wait, he has worked at H&H for years,  read countless experts, participated in many discussions, been privy to every trope, etc. How did he not know how deep the romance rabbit hole goes? The answer is: I had been taking the blue pill, I guess!

[We have liftoff...]

Tue
Jun 21 2016 4:13pm

4 Irresistible Deals & Dwayne Wade Eye Candy: Romance News

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

No Place to Hide by Shannon StaceyDeal Alert: Shannon Stacey's No Place To Hide is on sale for only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* What makes for a larger-than-life action-adventure hero? Stacey muses about this very topic in a special H&H guest post, writing: “There's just something about a man who tells you he'd die for you and means it. Literally.”

Deal Alert: Eve Silver's gothic romance Dark Desires is FREE in e-book at AmazoniBooksBarnes & Noble, etc.* Silver's book Body of Sin is o ne of a handful of romances Chelsea Mueller credits with “reinvigorating [her] love of reading and remind[ing her] why genre fiction is so damn fun.”

Deal Alert: Maya Banks' Safe at Last is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* “Safe At Last is the final installment of the thrilling Slow Burn series and it’s a well-executed tale of characters finding a second chance at love,” says Jane Kriel in her First Look at the book.

Deal Alert: Barbara O'Neal's The Lost Recipe for Happiness is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* In “Barbara O'Neal Makes Me Hungry,” Myretta Robens writes that the book “is apt to make [her] fat” and shares an irresistible recipe for “Hearty Berry Streusel Muffins” from the book, which is about “mothers and daughters, about love, about nurturing, [while] the bread and baked goods recipes in this book are full of the yeasty aroma of home.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwayne Wade (a.k.a. Mr. Gabrielle Union) is the 2016 cover model for ESPN Magazine's annual Body Issue. Enjoy the view—it is spectacular. Oh, and here's another shot. You're welcome. Look for the issue on stands July 6.

[+Who wore the ugliest bridesmaid's dress of all?...]

Tue
Jun 21 2016 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Lora Leigh, Lily Everett, K.M. Jackson & Amanda Forester!

 

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from some of our favorite authors in the genre—Lora Leigh, Lily Everett, K.M. Jackson, and Amanda Forester! You may not to wake a real sleeping tiger, but we're happy to poke the one on the cover for Lora Leigh's Wake a Sleeping Tiger. Take a summer break to Sanctuary Island with the covers for Close to Home and Home at Last. Then, it's wedding season with K.M. Jackson's Insert Groom Here, and don't forget to embrace Amanda Forester's Highland Rebel. 

Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

Wake a Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

When readers of dark romance and unbridled desire want to be satisfied,they turn to #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and her “highly charged and carnal” (Fresh Fiction) Breed novels. Now, a Breed hides in the world of man—until a woman arouses the amused and highly carnal animal within... 

Once, he was Judd—Bengal Breed and brother to the notorious fugitive Gideon. After Gideon disappeared, Judd was experimented on until his tortured body knew nothing but agony.  Now, he is Cullen Maverick, serving as the commander of the Covert Law Enforcement Agency in the small community of Window Rock, Arizona. Despite his genetics, Judd is able to pass as human because his Bengal traits are recessed. But he is unable to smell the emotions, bonds and fears that other Breeds take for granted. He remains tormented that he wasn’t able to mate the woman he'd loved—at the cost of her life. 

He’s just a man. The genetics of the animal he was created to possess are forever silent, leaving no hint of the Breed he should have been. Or so he thought. His tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his—Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same...

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh, available March 21, 2017:

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[On to more goodness...]

Tue
Jun 21 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Curse of Tenth Grave: Exclusive Excerpt

The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson Series #10) by Darynda Jones

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murdering the daughter of a degenerate gambler, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

Get a sneak peek at Darynda Jones's The Curse of Tenth Grave (available June 28, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

1

Charley Davidson:

Maybe she’s born with it.

Maybe it’s caffeine.

Ignoring the dead girl standing next to me, I crossed my bare feet on the cool windowsill, took a sip of piping-hot coffee, and watched the emerging sunrise from my third-story apartment window. A soft yellow scaled the horizon and stretched across it like tendrils of food coloring suspended in water. Ribbons of pinks and oranges and purples quickly followed, the symphony a slow, exquisite seduction of the senses. Or it could have been if there weren’t a dead girl standing next to me.

She jutted out a tiny hip, anchored a fist onto it, and let loose a lengthy sigh of annoyance for my benefit. I continued to ignore her. There were few things in life more irritating than other people’s children. Hell, perhaps. Been there, done that. But for the moment, the only thing complicating an otherwise serene morning was a tiny blond-haired, blue-eyed beast in Strawberry Shortcake pajamas.

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