<i>Can't Hide From Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Can't Hide From Me: Exclusive Excerpt Cordelia Kingsbridge "He should have left when Ángel asked him to, but he hadn’t..." <i>The White Spell</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The White Spell: Exclusive Excerpt Lynn Kurland "The unavoidable truth was, he was stunning. " <i>Hero in the Highlands</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Hero in the Highlands: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Enoch "Unexpectedly she rose up onto her tiptoes and kissed him on the cheek." <i>So For Real</i>: Exclusive Excerpt So For Real: Exclusive Excerpt Rebekah Weatherspoon "I leaned up on my toes and kissed him some more."
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September 30, 2016
For the Love of Books: Comments That Made Our Week
Team H & H
September 30, 2016
Friday Beefcake: Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Jen Wattley
September 29, 2016
Mathematician Heroines in Romance
September 28, 2016
Video Games that Are Essentially Romance Novels, Part 3
Alexis Hall
September 28, 2016
A Lady's Guide to Historical Dress
Julia Kelly
Sep 30 2016 4:30pm

For the Love of Books: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

lizzie18 has stipulations for book bans

lizzie1i in Is It Ever Okay to Ban a Book?

Yes, in extreme cases, a book should be banned. (though with all that can be found on the internet, is 'banning' at all possible?). A quick list:

A pedophile writing a 'how to' book on how to lure kids.
A convicted murderer/rapist/serial killer writing is memoirs and thus profiting from his crimes.
A book promoting hate and bigotry, openly encouraging violence.
A book on how to make bombs.
A book on encouraging drug use or drug sale, giving info on how to 'get in the business'.
You see what I'm getting at ?

All that being said, I just now checked out on the internet the Ten Most Challenged Titles on Banned Books Week. I was very surprised. I found nothing there that even comes close to what I would deem offensive. Not every book is for everyone, so just don't read it. And I saw some 'unsuitable for age group' reasons in there, so it could be at the parents' discretion what they would, for now, allow their kids to read.

But then again, with the internet…

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Sep 30 2016 3:34pm

Fall for Movie Stars, Rogues, and Chefs: Romance News & Deals

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Thrown by Colette AuclairDeal Alert: Colette Auclair's Aspen Valley contemporary romance Thrown, in which horse trainer Amanda is hired to teach a widowed movie star's two daughters to rideis only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “Thrown is a sweet romance that illustrates the simple, but powerful changes that happen when love is given a chance to grow,” writes blogger Scarlettleigh in her First Look at the book.

Deal Alert: Katharine Ashe's Devil's Duke historical The Rogue is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Don't you appreciate a hero who's an expert in his chosen field? In an H&H guest post, Katharine Ashe spills about her competence kink.

Deal Alert: Penny Watson's foodie romance A Taste of Heaven, in which 47-year-old widow Sophia enters a cooking competition only to butt heads with Scottish chef Elliott, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazon | etc.* “Watson packs a lot of punch into this short novel—I don’t think I’ve ever cared about a character as quickly as I did Sophia,” says blogger PhoebeChase in her First Look at A Taste of Heaven.

[+We're already dying to see these two movies...]

Sep 30 2016 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to the Evolution of Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark Paul Gosselaar

Dear Mark-Paul Gosselaar,

You've been in our lives for so long as a number of beloved (and not so beloved) characters, but I think your latest turn on Pitch may be my favorite point in your evolution as an actor yet. We're only a couple of episodes into the show, but I'm already enjoying your character.

Also, it took me a about thirty minutes into the pilot to figure out who you were, so, well done...

Yes, we'll always think of you as our Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell, and he'll always hold a very special place in our hearts. You were definitely a memorable TV boyfriend as Zack. You couldn't stay at Bayside forever, and while that makes us sad, we're truly pleased with the trajectory of your career. Starting with your work in NYPD Blue, you shed your adolescent image (and sometimes your clothes), giving us the opportunity to ogle your...talent, and also to watch you grow beyond “Preppy.”

Zack Morris owned our hearts

Raising the Bar and Franklin & Bash weren't my favorite lawyer dramas, but Franklin & Bash was a lot of fun and gave us other ogle-worthy moments. More than that, you continued to prove that you are an actor that has range, as Franklin & Bash covered both comedy and drama and gave us brilliant moments like the one below.

(Click here to skip a NSFW photo)

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Sep 30 2016 1:00pm

September 2016 Women’s Fiction Best Bets—Dance in the Rain

What women's fiction got your heart singing this September?

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain.

The thing about storms is that they always different, as are the challenges facing our heroines from this month’s women’s fiction selection. It seems like I say this every month, doesn't it? Nevertheless, this month selection is bursting with interesting, complex women. Some are highly successful professional women; some are working for minimum wage but no matter what their socio-economic status they all discover the importance of love, friendship and family!

The Real Liddy James by Anne-Marie Casey

The Real Liddy James by Anne-Marie Casey

A witty and captivating novel about a modern-day superwoman who leans in so far she falls over

Forty-four, fit, and fabulous, Liddy James is one of New York’s top divorce attorneys, a bestselling author, and a mother of two. Armed with a ruthless reputation and a capsule wardrobe, she glides through the courtrooms and salons of the Manhattan elite with ease. What’s her secret? Liddy will tell you: “I don’t do guilt!”

This is the last thing literature professor Peter James wants to hear. Devastated by his divorce from Liddy six years earlier, the two have a tangled history his new partner, Rose, is only just sorting out. But Rose is a patient woman with faith in a well-timed miracle and she’s determined to be sympathetic to Peter’s plight. Together, Liddy, Peter, and Rose have formed a modern family to raise Liddy and Peter’s truculent teen and Liddy’s darling, if fatherless, six-year-old.

But when Rose announces she’s pregnant, Liddy’s nanny takes flight, the bill for a roof repair looms, and a high-profile divorce case becomes too personal, Liddy realizes her days as a guilt-free woman might be over. Following a catastrophic prime-time TV interview, she carts her sons back to Ireland to retrace their family’s history. But marooned in the Celtic countryside things are still far from simple, and Liddy will have to come to terms with much more than a stormy neighbor and an unorthodox wedding if she ever hopes to rediscover the real Liddy James.

Fun, fearless, and full of heart, The Real Liddy James takes a fresh look at the balancing act every family performs. With the deft characterization and sharp wit that made her first novel an international bestseller, Anne-Marie Casey invites us into the ambitions, passions, and misadventures of this extraordinary heroine.

Strengths: Multi-faceted characters; present day dilemmas; Unorthodox modern day family; Uplifting ending
Measure of Love:  More than Dash
Mood: Poignant and Upbeat
Thoughts: I loved Liddy James –flaws and all! Her compelling need to be perfect will strike a chord. Witty and Insightful—this book is a definite page turner!

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Sep 30 2016 12:00pm

Can’t Hide From Me: Exclusive Excerpt

Cordelia Kingsbridge

Can't Hide from Me by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Charles Hunter's team is on a mission to extract an unidentified ATF agent from an undercover job gone wrong. All they've got to go on is the rendezvous location—until Charles recognizes the ex he hasn't seen in years. Their “simple rescue mission” is about to get a lot more complicated.

For Ángel Medina, adjusting to life after his cartel nightmare is hard enough without confronting memories of a failed relationship. All he wants is a fresh start. But when a violent stalker lashes out from the shadows, Ángel realizes his nightmare is far from over.

As the stalker's obsession escalates and bodies start dropping, Charles and Ángel are thrown together in a desperate search for the culprit. Tempers flare and old passions reignite, drawing them back into the same turbulent relationship that once ended in disaster.

But the stalker isn't letting go—and the next strike might hit straight through the heart.

Get a sneak peek at Cordelia Kingsbridge’s Can’t Hide From Me (available October 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Ángel’s room was the corner unit on the second floor. Charles rapped his knuckles against the door; a few moments later, the curtains over the window fluttered subtly, and Ángel swung the door open wide.

He was soaking wet, having clearly just gotten out of the shower, wearing only a threadbare motel towel low on his hips. Charles’s brain short-circuited.

Ángel smirked.

[Read the full Can’t Hide From Me excerpt...]

Sep 30 2016 9:30am

First Look: J. Kenner’s Sweetest Taboo (October 4, 2016)

Sweetest Taboo by J.Kenner

J. Kenner
Sweetest Taboo (SIN #3)
Bantam / October 4, 2016 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Ack, squee, ack! Sweetest Taboo wraps up the S.I.N. trilogy by the fabulous J. Kenner. The intensity pulses, the sex sizzles, and the finale is well worth the wait. And while my suspicions are confirmed regarding the villainous woman, I am still highly entertained. That said, I’m both elated and saddened the series is over. Elated that Dallas and Jane finally get their HEA. Saddened that my crack for the night is consumed. However, knowing Ms. Kenner, she has something else up her sleeves for us.

With their relationship now public, Dallas and Jane are plastered over the tabloids. It guts me to see how the public and media are so quick to judge their relationship. It’s because they don’t understand Dallas and Jane's love nor their extenuating circumstances. But we, dear readers, do—thanks to Kenner’s gifted storytelling. And if I could, I’d be their biggest cheerleader, fighting the paps for them. But Jane and Dallas have overcome adversity before. This should be a walk in the park in comparison to their time in captivity, and their time separated from each other.

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Sep 30 2016 8:15am

Do You Have a Favorite Iconic Duo?

Earlier this week, one fan tweeted she though Kendall and Kylie Jenner were the most iconic duo ever—try to find a more iconic duo, she dared (the tweet has since been deleted). Of course, the internet glommed onto the statement, offering more iconic duos, like Lindsay Lohan and... Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap—sorry Kendall and Kylie, you're just not there yet. 

What iconic duos would you add? Do you have a favorite pair? Can you think of any from romance novels? Couples are obviously the place where the brain goes when thinking of duos, but can you think of any non-couple duos in romance? 

Tell me all about it in the comments!

Sep 29 2016 4:00pm

First Look: Suzanne Enoch’s Hero in the Highlands (October 4, 2016)

Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch
Hero in the Highlands (No Ordinary Hero #1)
St. Martin's Press / October 4, 2016 / $7.99 print and digital

Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English?and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances?or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

The hero of Suzanne Enoch’s Hero in the Highlands, Major Gabriel Forrester, is a professional soldier. He is both equally feared and revered for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, earning the moniker of “The Beast of Bussaco.” He is not at all pleased to learn that he has unexpectedly inherited a Dukedom from an unknown relative, and even less pleased that he must travel to the Highlands to deal with some suspicious doings on his Scottish estate. But he tackles the problem the only way he knows how—as a soldier.

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Sep 29 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti Deadly Silence (October 4, 2016)

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Deadly Silence (Blood Brothers #1)
Forever / October 4, 2016 / $10.99 print, $5.99 digital

If it were the 1960s and Rebecca Zanetti was taking the stage with The Beatles for the Ed Sullivan Show, I would be the loudest, screaming-est fangirl in the middle of the front row. That’s how excited I was to start reading Deadly Silence, first in the new Blood Brothers series by my girl, Zanetti.

I’ve enjoyed her foray into more paranormal storylines, and I loved the first two installations of her post-apocalyptic Scorpius Syndrome series … but this? Deadly Silence harkens back to her super-successful Sin Brothers saga about the Dean Brothers, with secretive psychotherapy and military testing, supersoldiers, and intuitive lifestyles that scream “stay the fuck away from me.”

We are introduced to twelve-year-old Ryker Jones, struggling to keep his sanity and safety in another horrendous foster home situation, and its owner, Ned Cobb. It’s hard enough to look out for number one, but between his protective streak his yearning for some semblance of family, he finds himself bound to two of his foster brothers: Heath and Denver.

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Sep 29 2016 1:04pm

Jamie Fraser Smolders for Entertainment Weekly and More: 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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Fresh Outta the Oven

Jamie Heughan covers Entertainment Weekly in October 2016“Great Scot!” is right. Sam Heughan's fierce, defiant Jamie Fraser is the cover star of the October 7 issue of Entertainment Weekly, which claims the “First Look at the New Season of Outlander and scoop on creator Diana Gabaldon's ninth book in series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone. We're always up for speculating about what's next for Jamie and Claire over in our Outlander recaps.

Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition, out today only at the iBooks store, looks to deepen the experience of reading George R.R. Martin's first Song of Ice and Fire book. Unsurprisingly, enhanced editions of the rest of the epic fantasy series are on the way. According to Publishers Weekly, the special e-books feature: “new cover art for the multi-volume work, annotations, character journeys and timelines and interactive character maps. The titles also include family trees, extensive illustrations, audio clips and a glossary.” Does this news change your answer to the question “Do you own multiple copies/editions of the same book?”?!

[+Amish & West End theatre romance e-deals...]

Sep 29 2016 12:00pm

The White Spell: Exclusive Excerpt

Lynn Kurland

The White Spell by Lynn Kurland

Acair of Ceangail, youngest bastard son of the worst black mage in history, has followed in his father’s footsteps, wreaking havoc throughout the world and leaving powerful enemies in his wake. After a year of reparation, he owes a final bit of penance: twelve months spent working in a barn without using his magic.

Léirsinn of Sàraichte understands horses, stable work, and how to judge men’s hearts. When she starts seeing shadows where there should only be light, she knows there is evil afoot. Unfortunately, it's something she can’t fight on her own.

Acair’s attempts to aid Léirsinn only draw the notice of dangerous mages against whom he is currently defenseless. With only each other to rely on, Acair and Léirsinn find themselves suddenly in a race to save the world before it’s consumed by darkness...

Get a sneak peek at Lynn Kurland's The White Spell (available October 4, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

She started forward, fully intending to strip a layer of hide from the man for thinking he could come into her stables and pretend to know what he was doing whilst throwing the whole place into disarray, then found herself coming to another ungainly halt. It took her a moment or two before she realized what was so odd about the scene in front of her.

The best stallion in the barn was standing there in an open stall, regarding the man as if he might find him interesting enough not to stomp into oblivion. That was a first. Falaire was without a doubt the most majestic horse she had ever seen. He had in his short ten years covered a dozen mares who had produced exceptionally valuable foals, but none to equal him. If she had believed in things she couldn’t see—which she most assuredly did not—she would have suspected he had something magical running through his veins. Perhaps there was Angesand blood somewhere in his line, or something unusual from some stable in the East where horses were more valuable than men, or . . .

[Read the full The White Spell excerpt...]

Sep 29 2016 11:00am

New Adult Romance Best Best for September 2016— All This Drama Brings Twists to the Yard

The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole

This month brings on twists and turns in complex stories that are leave you hanging on to the edge of your seat. The adrenaline is pumping and the characters pull no punches. From all over the world, these stories will keep you guessing!

The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole brings the mysterious Reid and Lia together. I’ve devoured the Second Circle Tattoo series and was so excited to see Reid get a story. He was mentioned in the first book but each can be read as a standalone. Lia and Reid meet on the side of the road, he helps her just like her very own white knight. They have an instant connection and choose to explore it in scintillating ways. But, they don’t know how deep their connection goes and when Reid’s past and future collide it may destroy everything.

Skeletons of Us by Anne Malcom is the second book of the Unquiet Mind series. The first book should be read as it continues from where it ends. This is a thrill ride into the dark side of fame. Lexie never thought she would see Killian again, in fact, she took great pains to make sure of it. But, circumstances have changed now that she’s a famous rock star and some people won’t take no for answer. Now, that her life has been threatened, Killian will move mountains to make sure she’s safe. But, Lexie might be the biggest hurdle he’ll have to face.

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Sep 29 2016 9:30am

Mathematician Heroines in Romance—Equations of the Heart

School Ties by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker (School Ties) asked Twitter to help her find some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) characters in romance. The response was overwhelming, so this post, covering mathematician heroines, will be the first in a series! Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime get your calculators out and do the math on these heroine mathematicians! Thanks, Tamsen!

When I set out to write School Ties, my student-teacher romance (sort of), I knew I wanted Erin, my heroine, to be a math or science teacher. Not because I didn’t have fabulous history, English, and French teachers—I absolutely did—but I liked the image of a woman standing up in front of a classroom full of guys not all that much younger than herself and quite literally schooling them in calculus. And statistics. And…well, you get the point.

When Shep, her hero, returns to teach at the boarding school where they first fell for each other, they’re in the same department and have a lot of respect for each other’s intellect and ability to teach, which don’t always correlate. Their professional regard for each other is part of what makes their romance work, because despite the other see-saws of power in their relationship, once they’re both at the front of their classrooms, they’re equals.

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Sep 29 2016 8:08am

How Taboo Are You Willing to Go?

Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane

Over the last few years, like in other media, romance novels have been pushing boundaries. What was taboo just a few years ago is now de rigueur. However, there are some things that are just too taboo, even for us daring romance readers. What works for one person, does not always work for all. What is your current boundary? What did you think you couldn't read before and now really love? 

Tell us all about it in the comments!



Sep 28 2016 4:18pm

From the Highlands to the London Underground: Romance News & Deals

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Princess Wore Plaid by Karen HawkinsDeal Alert: Karen Hawkins's The Princess Wore Plaid is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “The Princes of Oxenburg series lends a fun twist to those who love Scottish historical romance because our heroes are none other than Russian princes,” writes blogger TanyaLK in her First Look at another book in the series, Mad for the Plaid.

Deal Alert: Susan Wiggs's Lakeshore Chronicles holiday contemporary The Winter Lodge is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Avalon, New York, where The Winter Lodge is set, made H&H blogger Janga's list of the top 3 small towns at Christmas.

Deal Alert: Maggie McGinnis's Once Upon a Cowboy is $.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Addicted to cowboy romances? Author Jennifer Ryan invites you to join her support group for fellow rancher-hero lovers.

[+Eva Leigh cover & Viola Davis in a heist movie...]

Sep 28 2016 4:00pm

Game of Love: Video Games that Are Essentially Romance Novels, Part 3

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Love, Gamified, Part 1 | Love, Gamified, Part 2

Welcome to the final part of my perhaps unnecessarily long series of articles on video games that might be interesting to people who like romance. In part one, I talked about games that involved virtually no explicit gameplay elements and which would run on more or less any device you can read this article on. In part two, I talked about some slightly gamier games which don’t take that long to get used to but which do require some amount of resource management, puzzle solving or other non-story-related gameplay. Today I’m going to talk about games that are aimed squarely at a mainstream market. While I think they’re interesting to people who are interested in romance, they all also require you to be interested in, well, gameplay, often of the killing monsters and taking their things variety.

This is a slightly controversial point in gaming circles, but I very much feel that when videogames work well as a storytelling medium, they work because of their gameplay not in spite of it. Which is to say you kind of have to be interested in both, otherwise the gameplay becomes busywork or the storytelling becomes a distraction. To put it another way, gameplay is kind of like prose style in a novel. It doesn’t matter how interested you are in the story or how much you like the characters, if you can’t get on with the way a book is written, it’s going to be a struggle to finish and you probably won’t re-read it.

So what I’m saying is, please investigate these games because they’re cool, but only invest your time and money in them if you think you’re likely to enjoy actually playing the sort of game that they are.

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Sep 28 2016 3:00pm

Erotic Romance Best Bets for September 2016... Love Me Harder

What erotic romances heated you up in September?

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 literary palate and your credit card.

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

A change in weather isn’t the only changes September brings. Courage takes on new meaning as the couples below all find themselves being offered their deepest fantasies if they are willing to submit fully to their innermost desires.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend in these posts are always the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family's remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the “available men” department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman!

Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did her brother's best friend turn into a hard-bodied pile of blond-bearded hotness? He's the perfect Halloween treat—and a surprisingly dirty rebound guy. For a couple of weeks, anyway. Except that Chris has other ideas…like proving to Joey that this blast from the past is a whole lot more than a naughty Halloween hookup.

The first in Tiffany Reisz’s holiday trifecta from Harlequin Blaze will leave you laughing and loving this adorable couple’s second chance romance. This sexy, funny, and deliciously naughty erotic Halloween based romance takes trick or treat to a new level when a woman tricked and on the rebound from a broken heart gets some decadent adult treats from an old friend.

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Sep 28 2016 1:30pm

October 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in October.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
October 1-9October 10-16October 17-23October 24-31

Week of October 1 through October 9

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Sep 28 2016 12:00pm

Hero in the Highlands: Exclusive Excerpt

Suzanne Enoch

Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

Get a sneak peek at Suzanne Enoch's Hero in the Highlands (available October 4 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


Battle. Hot, bloody, dirty battle. Major Gabriel Forrester loved it. Strategy, bluffs, feints, maneuvers—fancy words, but it all came down to who hit harder, and who flinched first. And he’d never flinched.

Kicking Union Jack in the ribs, he sent the bay careening down the slope. Like everywhere else he’d been in Spain, the land around Salamanca offered little but shrubbery and dust and crumbling, steep-walled gullies. Except for the area directly in front of him, that was. Wellington and Marmont had found the one pleasant valley for ten miles around in which to slaughter each other.

[Read the full Hero in the Highlands excerpt...]

Sep 28 2016 9:30am

A Lady’s Guide to Historical Dress: What Went into Getting Ready for a Ball

The Governess was Wicked by Julia Kelly

Julia Kelly (The Governess Was Wicked) has put a lot of research into historical dress and is here today to share a little of her knowledge with us—and give you some insight into how those ladies ever sat down with so much padding! Thanks, Julia!

The clothes make the heroine.

Whether she’s meeting a dashing duke for the first time or slipping away to a dark balcony for a forbidden assignation, a historical romance heroine would have given a lot of thought to what she wore to the all-important balls on her calendar—and so would the author of her story.

I love historical fashion and made sure to write myself a few scenes where I could really show off the clothes in my Governess series, including a saucy scene in the first book, The Governess Was Wicked, that has the hero slowly undressing the heroine piece by piece. And trust me, when a book is set in London during 1856 there are a lot of pieces.

Today I’m going to show you all the layers of clothing that went into a heroine dressed for a ball.

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