<i>The Highland Dragon's Lady</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Highland Dragon's Lady: Exclusive Excerpt Isabel Cooper "His lean body snapped to attention and his eyes blazed with silver fire." <i>Rocked by the Billionaire</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Rocked by the Billionaire: Exclusive Excerpt Mandy Baxter "He (looked) so self-possessed, so goddamned gorgeous after so many years..." Now Win <i>This</i>: Kylie Scott’s <i>Lead</i>! Now Win This: Kylie Scott’s Lead! Team H & H Enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Kylie Scott's Lead! <i>The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior</i>: Excerpt The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior: Excerpt Megan Frampton "She was very far from reputable at this moment, she had to admit..."
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Wed
Nov 19 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Rocked by the Billionaire: Exclusive Excerpt

Mandy Baxter

Rocked by the Billionaire by Mandy Baxter

Bad-boy Luke “Lucifer” Blackwell is living the life. Being the lead singer for the rock group Riot 59 has brought him everything he could ever want—billions of dollars, endless parties, and enough groupies to last a lifetime. But when Luke’s wild life starts to wear him down, he returns home to Texas—and ends up in the arms of the one woman who’s always made his heart beat faster than a pounding drum…

Kayleigh Taylor likes being a small-town girl, so she’s always been wary of Luke Blackwell’s fast-paced life—and of Luke himself. Fully expecting never to see the sexy singer who broke her heart years before, Kayleigh is completely shocked to find him back home, avoiding the spotlight and pursuing her instead. Kayleigh knows this can’t be right—his heart was always devoted to his music. But as they spend more and more time together, Luke is awfully convincing that his heart belongs to someone else…

Get a sneak peek of Mandy Baxter's Rocked by the Billionaire (available December 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

The tires of Luke Blackwell’s rental screeched on the pavement. He brought the car to an abrupt stop outside of what was once Joe’s, the coffee shop and bakery where he’d spent most of his formative years playing guitar and singing for extra cash. Now a trendy wine bar and bistro, only the brick façade was left to remind him of his past as he tracked the woman darting across the street toward the building. His gut clenched at the sight of her, his mind flooded with memories of bare skin, panting breaths, and endless hours of teenage lust that had fueled more than a few of his Top 40 hits. God damn. Just thinking about Kayleigh Taylor got his blood up. Seeing her in the flesh was enough to cause his cock to perk up like a hound after a rabbit even eight long years later. He guessed she’d kept to her word and stayed close to home. And here he thought returning to his old stomping grounds to lay low for a while would be boring.

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Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:23am

The First Cinderella Trailer Is Here!

The trailer for Disney's first live-action Cinderella movie is finally upon us! Downton Abbey star Lily James will take on the leading role of young orphaned princess Ella, who's living with her mean step-mother and two evil step-sisters (one of whom you'll discover is The Borgias's Lucrezia, Holliday Grainger). Oh, and Richard Madden, famous for his role of Rob Stark in Game of Thrones, will play the dashing Prince Charming.

Watch the magical trailer and let us know what you think in the comments! Will you be seeing this one in theaters?

Cinderella will arrive on March 13, 2015.

Wed
Nov 19 2014 10:45am

December 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in December. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

This month we have a few new features we'd like to introduce. We are giving you two new sections—one that is exclusive for this month, and the other which will be a new monthly staple. Due to popular demand, for those of you looking for strictly Romantic Suspense, we've added a whole subgenre category for the shopping list that you can use to see what Romantic Suspense titles are coming out each month. And if you're in a holiday mood and looking for Holiday Reprints we've been stockpiling them for you, too, just for this month!

Heroes and Heartbreakers December 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 8:16am

Sexiest Hero in a 2014 Romance Novel?

Charlie HunnamBy now, People will have revealed its choice for 2014's Sexiest Man Alive, and of course everyone will have an opinion about the guy who's been chosen.

But since we're Heroes and Heartbreakers, and we're all about romance novels, we want to ask—

Who is your choice for Sexiest Hero in a 2014 Romance Novel? 

Some names to get you started:

  • Picnic from Joanna Wylde's Reaper's Stand?
  • Cadegan from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Son of No One?
  • Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day's Crossfire series? 
  • Thronos from Kresley Cole's Dark Skye?
  • Jimmy from Kylie Scott's Lead?

Or someone else?

Tue
Nov 18 2014 5:23pm

“You’re My 1 in 5 Billion”: 18 Times The X-Files’s Mulder/Scully Ruined Us for All Other TV Romances

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X-FilesNo matter how many days, months, or even years it’s been since I last watched an episode of The X-Files, as soon as I queue one up and hit “Play,” I’m sucked right back into an all-consuming maelstrom of Mulder/Scully feels that remind me why they’re one of my all-time favorite OTPs (one true pairings).

In fact, I would probably go so far as to say they’ve ruined me for all other TV romances. After all, the iconic duo have been together in some form or another (even they probably couldn’t tell you when they made the subtle switch from partners to partners in every sense of the word) for more than 21 years at this point, and I’m still just as invested in the status of their relationship as I was when it began, if not more so. (The X-Files 3, where are you? I need a fix!) What other television romance has played out as perfectly and been allowed to flourish as beautifully?

The series hints that Scully will never die, but I have to say I firmly believe it’s the Mulder/Scully relationship—with its unwavering trust, unbreakable bond, and unconditional love—that is actually immortal. There’s no Scully without Mulder, and vice versa, and if there’s one thing I don’t doubt, it’s that those two wouldn’t have it any other way.

And so I present to you, this, my MSR (Mulder/Scully Romance) Magnum Opus: 18 Times Mulder/Scully Ruined Me Us for All Other TV Romances:

18. Cuddling in Season 7's “Requiem”: Season 7 finale “Requiem” was originally intended to be a series finale (long story), so naturally featured some big Mulder and Scully moments. My favorite is probably the way Scully goes to Mulder’s hotel room (WHY are they still keeping separate rooms?) for comfort when she’s feeling sick. He immediately welcomes her in and tucks her into bed, spooning himself around her. Scully seems caught off-guard by his open display of affection at first, but quickly settles in, and for his part, Mulder seems 100% at home, finally.

[+17 more soul-destroying-in-the-best-way moments...]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Sophie Jordan’s Wild (November 18, 2014)

Wild by Sophie JordanSophie Jordan
Wild (Ivy Chronicles)
Avon / November 18, 2014 / $13.99 print / $2.99 digital

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

There's nothing better or more fun than a good girl gone bad. With Wild, Sophie Jordan wraps up her sexy New Adult trilogy, the Ivy Chronicles, with the long-awaited story of too-perfect Georgia and bad boy Logan. And if the first book in the series was all about foreplay, this one is all sexual tension. The good girl and bad boy is a common theme in New Adult, but the two best things about watching it unfold here: Georgia's fall from good girl status, and that Logan's the one to take her there.

[He's got Georgia on his mind, huh?]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 2:45pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Donna Grant, Shannon Richard, Juliette Cross, and Darcy Burke!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers from Donna Grant, Shannon Richard, Juliette Cross, and Darcy Burke!

For Donna Grant's Dark Kings fans, Soul Scorched offers you the story of Warrick, a Dragon King, and the woman he'll risk everything to protect. Lorian, a dragon shifter, is torn between his human desire to protect the woman he loves from a stalker, and his beast side wanting to tame her—can he find the balance? But dragons aren't the only thing heating things up. In Shannon Richard's Unforgettable and Undressed, both heroines meet heroes who turn their world upside down and where one night might turn into every night. Meanwhile, the hero of Only in My Dreams by Darcy Burke reconnects with his high school crush and she might have him breaking his own one-night-only policy.

[See the hot covers below and learn more about the books!]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 1:00pm

Sylvia Day’s Captivated by You SPOILER Thread!

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayGideon and Eva continue their tumultuous relationship in the fourth book in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, out today. 

Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…

If you got it today and have already started it (or finished it!), let us know what you think—did you love it? Are you excited to see what will happen in the final book in the series? What surprised you the most about it?

SEE ALSO: Fantasy Casting Sylvia Day's Crossfire Series

Tue
Nov 18 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Fallen Angels: Sarah MacLean on the Rules of Scoundrels Series

Sarah MacLean

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Today we're thrilled to be joined by Sarah MacLean, author of the Rules of Scoundrels series. While many of her readers can pick a favorite character from any of her books, Sarah herself has a deep love for backdrop of those characters—The Fallen Angel, the gaming hell featured in the Rules of Scoundrels series. With the release of Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover only a week today, Sarah is here today to introduce you to the series, and The Fallen Angel!

I haven't read the beginning of A Rogue By Any Other Name since I read final typeset pages of A Rogue By Any Other Name. I don't read my books once they're printed—the horse is out of the barn at that point, and I can't tinker with the language, so it's best for my own sanity and the sanity of those around me if I avoid the whole thing.

That said, I just reread the first 1000 words of Chapter 1 of Rogue (below), and I am so happy to say that they really set the stage not only for the book, but for the entire Rules of Scoundrels series.

Here, readers meet the most important character in the series—The Fallen Angel. London's most notorious and legendary gaming hell, one run by four fallen aristocrats, each having lost favor with the ton by chance or by choice. The Angel is my Hogwarts—filled with nooks and crannies and rooms of requirements and mystery and sin and, when love is in attendance, salvation.

Here, readers see the draw of that wicked, wonderful place...of the card tables, the roulette wheels, the dice games. They begin to see the way The Fallen Angel takes hold of those inside her, owning them in every way she can, something that Bourne—the hero of Rogue—knows firsthand, as he lost everything important to him a decade earlier with a single turn of a card.

[That's a rough start...]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 10:45am

Sleepy Hollow 2x09 Heart-to-Heart: Rooting for the Mills Sisters

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 9, “Mama”
Ships: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie), Crane/Katrina/Abraham, Katrina/Abraham (Katless), Hawley/Abbie/Jenny

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's, “Mama.”**

Captain's Log Hawley/Abbie Sleepy Hollow 2x09I never miss Sleepy Hollow. Tom Mison manages to pull off sexy with cranky (Ichabod Crane is older than a roomful of grandpas), and Nicole Beharie as his Co-Witness to Save the World is smart, vulnerable, and has the good humor to teach Ichabod how to live in the 21st century. In a perfect world, Crane and Abbie would take their partnership to the next level, but for now he’s relatively happy with Katrina while Abbie and Hawley take two steps forward for every one painful step back. Only time will tell if Katrina is honest and true, or if she should be knocking boots with Abraham, with or without heads.

Sorry, Ichabbie shippers:

Those who shipped “Ichabbie” during season one were doused with cold water after Katrina left Purgatory. Ever since, she’s repeatedly escaped Abraham, the now headful (headified? re-headed?) Headless Horseman, AKA the Horseman of Death. Which means she and Crane are like other married couples who bicker over The Bachelor. Although she might stay with her husband, Katrina determines to return to Abraham’s home to spy on her former fiancé and Henry, her son with Crane—who is AKA The Horseman of War—and to discover what plans exist for bringing Moloch into the corporeal world. While Crane says he’s over his suspicion over her secrets motives, which cropped up more than once this season, who knows what other secrets she’s keeping, let alone how far she’ll believe a mother’s love knows no bounds. All of which sets up a potential triangle between Crane, Katrina, and Abraham, who looks better shirtless than he ever did headless. It also leaves room for the eventual return of Ichabbie.

[We'll keep our fingers crossed then...]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 9:30am

Now Win This: Kylie Scott’s Lead!

Lead by Kylie ScottClick here to enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Kylie Scott's Lead*

In honor of the recent paperback release of Kylie Scott's rocker romance, Lead, we're giving away five copies! See what's up for Stage Dive next:

Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

Can rock n’ roll’s most notorious bad boy be tamed by love?

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it—now he’s caught up in a life of hard partying and fast women. When a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant hired to keep him out of trouble.

Lena's not willing to take any crap from her sexy boss and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far, he just might lose the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Can he convince his stubborn assistant to risk it all and let her heart take the lead?

Click here to enter for a chance to win Lead!*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/leadpapersweeps beginning at 9:30 am Eastern Time (ET) on November 18, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 9:29 am ET on November 25, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Tue
Nov 18 2014 8:16am

Reader Challenge: What Happens in Vegas...

Daniel Craig in Casino RoyaleDo you recognize this book? 

Series set in a Ssouthwest city. I remember the ladies have girls' night at a particular nightclub, it is owned by one of the men in the series. He is an international club owner based in Vegas, he comes to the city in the second or third book and meets one of the ladies. There is a big deal about shoes and how fabulous they look on the guys' shoulder. The guys have conversation about letting the girls go out cause they enjoy how frisky they are when they come home. I laughed a lot, the dialogue in the books is great!

So if you know of a series that features a girls' night out, some inappropriately placed shoes, and lots of fun dialogue, let us know!

Mon
Nov 17 2014 4:30pm

The Walking Dead 5x06 Carol/Daryl (Caryl) Heart-to-Heart: Consumed by Chemistry

Carol and Daryl in The Walking Dead Season 7x06Show/Episode: The Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 6, “Consumed.”
Ships: Carol/Daryl (Caryl)

**Note: This post contains spoilers on all aired episodes of The Walking Dead. Read on only if you're caught up!**

Okay, Walking Dead, how do you do it? This episode has no kissing, no romantic or sexual touching, and yet…and yet… this ship is in full sail. I know, I know,  no kissy stuff, but the thing is, it didn’t need it. The sheer chemistry we saw in “Consumed” says it all without showing it all, and that, my friends, is the sign of a ship that is unstoppable. Well, okay, nothing is ever guaranteed in the world of The Walking Dead, but let’s take a look at what went down.

When we last saw Carol, she was being wheeled through the halls of Beth’s creeptastic hospital on a stretcher, and this episode tells us how she got there.  Hang on, because it’s a bumpy ride.  We see Carol’s journey in bits and pieces, both solo and with Daryl, and that’s where the chemistry leaps off the screen, into our living rooms and sticks us right in the heart like a crossbow in a walker’s skull.

[Ah, l'amore!...]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 3:15pm

Bountiful Harvest: Not-Your-Usual Historicals for November 2014

As winter not-so-slowly begins creeping up on many of us, this is typically the time of year that the publishing industry slows down a bit. Most, if not all, the holiday reads were dumped on the shelves in October and we’re all looking ahead to the New Year and the bounty that spring releases always promise. And yet here we are in November with a very intriguing, and diverse, crop of unusual historicals.

1920s!
The Fire of Home by Alexis Harrington

A scandalous homecoming

When Amy Layton’s family learned she planned to steal her sister’s fiancé, Amy left home in disgrace. But in 1922, she returns to Powell Springs to escape the violent man she married. Despite the town’s gossip, Amy is determined to rebuild her shattered life with the boardinghouse she inherited…and little else.

A terrible secret

Deputy sheriff Baxter Duncan senses there’s more to Amy, his new landlady, than the rumors claim. Yet Bax respects her privacy. After all, a painful secret haunts him, too. And now that he’s found a future in Powell Springs, he refuses to let his dark and wretched past destroy everything he’s built.

A redemptive journey

As Amy struggles to make amends with her family, she finds a kindred spirit in Bax. But just as they begin to trust each other, a new visitor arrives in town—and this person knows enough to ruin them both. After so much pain, can Amy and Bax still fight for their dreams…and win?

A fan favorite among many Americana and western readers, Harrington had a bit of a publishing drought in the mid-2000s until Amazon Montlake had the good sense to snap her up with 2010’s Home By Morning. The Fire of Home is the third book in her Powell Springs series.

[We'll get caught up!]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 2:30pm

“I Like You Better Sober”: Shipping Haymitch/Effie (Hayffie) in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 Clip

Earlier today, Yahoo shared a clip from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 in which Haymitch asked the group for a time Katniss Everdeen genuinely moved them. Effie, in a much more reserved look than we're used to seeing her, immediately offered the first time she met Katniss—when she volunteered to take her sister's place in The Games. While the clip gave us a chance to touch on the moments when Katniss moved us too—when she sang to Rue would make it to my list as well—the main thing that caught my attention was the flirtation going on between Effie and Haymitch.

I've always thought Effie and Haymitch would be perfect together—she needs to be loosened up a little, and Haymitch...well, he needs a complete overhaul, but who can blame him? The two have always had great chemistry and a spark—whether it's the approach they have toward Peeta and Katniss, or the coming rebellion, they can find something to argue about. But let's face it, that's all just foreplay, right?

Elizabeth Banks, who playes Effie, also agrees! In a 2012 interview, Banks said Haymitch and Effie had some serious sexual tension and would be “fun in the sack” together. Now, in Mockingjay: Part 1 these two will be on the same side...and maybe they'll find the time to get to know one another in between fights—both their own and in the rebellion.

So, have you always liked them together like me, did this clip sell you on their relationship, or are you still thinking they're just good foils for one another and that should be it? Let us know in the comments!

Mon
Nov 17 2014 12:30pm
Excerpt

The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior: Exclusive Excerpt

Megan Frampton

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior. 

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything…

Get a sneak peek of Megan Frampton's The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (available November 25, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

(Full Disclosure: Megan Frampton is the Community Manager for Heroes and Heartbreakers.)

The bell on the door jangled, letting Lily know that someone had entered the anteroom outside of the small office where she’d been working on the ledgers. She stood, feeling her back complain about her having sat for the past few hours. Each of the three proprietors of the Quality Employment Agency took turns at organizing the invoices, and this was her week.      

The agency had done well since its inception just a few months ago, providing work (and the occasional falsified reference) for women with unfortunate pasts. They’d placed no fewer than six young women, all of whom whose reputations had been sullied for one reason or another. Lily and her partners were well-aware of what an unfortunate past could do to a person’s livelihood, since each of them had unfortunate pasts themselves.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior...]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 11:42am

Lost Boys and Girls in Lost Girl Season 5 Trailer!

What's lost can be found again, especially if there is lots of sexytimes, knife-wielding, shuriken-throwing, and fierce supernatural creatures around.

Here's the trailer for Lost Girl's fifth—and final (sob!)—season. Are you psyched? What are your predictions for where the story'll go this year?

Lost Girl returns to Showcase Canada on December 7, 2014, and to SyFy in 2015. Stay tuned to H&H's Lost Girl Collection for Bo/Dyson-focused recaps when the new season premieres.

Mon
Nov 17 2014 10:45am

Not at Home (To You): Helpful Restrictions in the Victorian Era

Today we are thrilled to welcome author Tasha Alexander to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Tasha has just released the ninth book in her Lady Emily mystery series, titled The Counterfeit Heiress. Lady Emily and her husband Colin get entangled in discovering who killed a woman passing herself off as an heiress—and where the real heiress might actually be. Tasha's series is set in the late Victorian era, and Tasha is here to discuss that time period today, and how all of its restrictions might have actually helped the people of that time. Thanks, Tasha!

When thinking about the past, people often have the tendency to focus on the bits that strike them as unacceptably inconvenient, and as a longtime student of Victorian culture, I can assure you that there are few eras in history more rife with the restrictive rules, both social and legal. We can congratulate ourselves on living in the twenty-first century, when women aren’t forced to squeeze themselves into corsets, can own property separately from their husbands, and (gasp!) are allowed to vote. We have antibiotics and modern dentistry and no need to worry about a yellow fog descending upon our hometowns, bringing with it illness and death. And while no one would argue that all of these things make contemporary society enormously appealing, it is important not to judge the Victorians and their mores without a full understanding of the context of the time.

[We're ready to be given context...]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 9:30am

H&H Quickies #6: Alexandra Ivy—Prompt Me!

Blood Assassin by Alexandra IvyIf you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Manda Collins, Kristina Matthews, Lora Leigh, Valerie Bowman, and Desiree Holt we are pleased to announce today that Alexandra Ivy will be the sixth author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Alexandra Ivy with a paranormal theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Alexandra will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Alexandra used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Monday, November 24, 2014, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (curse), a setting (limbo), a situation (slaying a demon), a description (Alpha hero)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be paranormal-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on December 8 for an original scene from Alexandra Ivy based on your suggestions!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at  info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

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Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Mon
Nov 17 2014 8:20am

Head Female in Charge: Queen Elizabeth

Cli e Owen and Cate Blanchett in ElizabethQueen Elizabeth I—the Virgin Queen—succeeded to her throne on this day back in 1558, ushering in close to fifty years of a woman ruling over one of the most influential countries of the time. Her story of navigating the court and marriage and sexual politics amid a shifting European political landscape is fascinating, and her era brought us Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and and John Donne.

There have been many films featuring Elizabeth as well, from Bette Davis, Glenda Jackson, Judi Dench, and Cate Blanchett, among others. Romance novels set during Elizabeth's era include books written by Jude Deveraux, Amanda McCabe, Susan Wiggs, and Suzanne Robinson.

Have you read any books set during Elizabeth's era?