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Oct 20 2016 4:38pm

Stay on Your Toes with HelenKay Dimon and Spike vs. Angel: 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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Under the Wire by HelenKay Dimon—Deal Alert: HelenKay Dimon's Bad Boys Undercover romantic suspense Under the Wire is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* New to the Bad Boys series? Dimon deftly shifts between romantic and spycraft chapters in Book 1, says Dolly Sickles in her First Look at Playing Dirty.

Deal Alert: Sheila Roberts' sweet holiday romance Christmas on Candy Cane Lane is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* How do romance authors decorate for the holidays? Roberts interviews fellow authors Susan Mallery, Nancy Herkness, Carla Neggers, and Wanda Brunstetter.

Deal Alert: Deeanne Gist's historical A Bride in the Bargain is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Gist does more with sexual tension in a 'just kisses' historical romance than some erotic romance authors do with an encyclopedia of fetishes and a chest full of sex toys,” writes Wendy the Super Librarian in “Let's Talk About Sex, or Not: Sexual Tension for the Win!”

[+Introducing the divine Lucian...]

Oct 20 2016 3:00pm

Out of This World: October 2016 Science Fiction Romance Best Bets

Through Uncharted Space by Anna Hackett

I’m excited and honored to be here at Heroes & Heartbreakers, talking about science fiction romance! I’ll bring you a sampling of new SFR releases every month, from cyborgs to blue barbarians to space marines—lots of beloved scifi tropes and heat levels to choose from in our genre.

Let’s start with USA Today Best Seller Anna Hackett and Through Uncharted Space. This series contains action and adventure, and usually involves ancient artifacts or treasures, giving the books something of an “Interstellar Indiana Jones” feel at times, which is fun. There are rival astro-archaeologists and treasure hunters searching the galaxy for fabled items, with different aims of course—conservation and research versus profit. The extended Phoenix family is at the central core of the series, running deep space convoys (think wagon trains venturing through the deep space wilderness to reach colonized worlds). In this novel there’s a stolen map, a scam artist and a long lost treasure to be found.  Dare “I’m in charge of everything” Phoenix is the commander of the ship leading the convoy. Dakota “Do what has to be done” Jones is putting him and his ship at risk as she travels in disguise, seeking a fabulous Terran treasure. The deadly and fanatical Golden Nova order is after her and the booty. There were some elements of this book that reminded me of the movie “Treasure Planet,” especially the cool star map. Of course Dare and Dakota work against each other and with each other, and the tension—sexual and otherwise—is palpable from the early pages to the HEA ending.

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Oct 20 2016 1:30pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive reveals from Valerie Bowman, Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur

Team H&H is thrilled to present two covers for upcoming titles from authors Valerie Bowman, and a compilation from Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur! In Never Trust a Pirate, the next book in Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides series, a case of mistaken identity, leads a renegade pirate and penniless orphan into a romance that's more than they expect. And Hunger brings together three authors with three delicious tales of Alphas, damsels in distress, and finding a mate.

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he’s actually a viscount, Cade’s renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different…

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman, available May 2, 2017:

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Oct 20 2016 12:00pm

Jordan S. Brock Excerpt: Change of Address

Jordan S. Brock

Change of Address by Jordan S. Brock

Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family's political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father's demand to join him on the campaign trail-where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset-and instead return to the family's summer home on Hartsbridge Island.

There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe's recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh's father doesn't share his ambition for the restaurant's future.

Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael's heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after-lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can't trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that's exactly what they'll need to do.

Get a sneak peek at Jordan S. Brock's Change of Address (available October 24, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He’d just lifted the steaming mug to his lips when the bell over the door rang. Biting back a groan, Josh turned—

This is becoming a trend, he thought when he spotted Hot Tourist Guy, and he had to tell himself not to grin like an idiot. Or not like a complete idiot. He was pretty sure he’d hit levels of mild idiocy yesterday or the day before—ever since the guy first walked into Bagel End, in fact.

[Read the full Change of Address excerpt...]

Oct 20 2016 11:00am

Do You Trust Me?: Arrow 5x03 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Arrow, Season 5, Episode 3, “A Matter of Trust”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Arrow 5x03 Captain's Log


Trust is the name of the game in this latest episode Arrow. Does Oliver trust the team? Do they trust him? It’s clear who does trust one another and that is Oliver and Felicity. Their partner dynamic was in full force, so much so that at one point I was wondering “and why aren’t they together right now?” But then I remembered the boyfriend and Felicity’s hiding from her issues and Oliver probably not wanting to push things and I remembered the real world.

It’s okay. I can wait. Olicity is going to come back, my fellow shippers. We have to endure some bumps along the way but they’ll get there.

Oliver and Felicity are training the team on what makes hero-work work. Namely: getting information. The recruits watch on security camera footage down in the old HIVE lair while Oliver interrogates a dealer for a new drug called Stardust, wanting the name of his supplier. (Yeah, the inside jokes this episode are wild and rampant and I admit to laughing my fool head off at every single one of them because I’m an easy target.) Felicity guides the new team members through what Oliver is doing and why and what the next step is. The way she so accurate depicts what Oliver will have her do upon his return was utterly delightful. They are so married, I can’t hardly stand it.

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Oct 20 2016 9:30am

Lauren Blakely’s The Sexy One is Actually Adorable

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move...

1. She works with me every single day.

Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?

2. She works in my home.

Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means...

3. She's the nanny.

And that makes her completely off-limits...But it doesn't stop me from wanting her. All of her.


The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around. 

I can't risk my job for a chance at something more...can I? But I don't know how to resist him much longer either...

The Sexy One is a really fun, feel good read. The book can be read as a stand alone, but it exists in the same world as Big RockMister O, and Well Hung. You meet Simon and Abby and they're just kind of ... adorable. What I liked about this book is how very sweet it is. Sure, it's sexy, and there is crazy chemistry—but the focus is the relationship. It's two really good people developing a romantic relationship. They've gotten to know each other because—as it says, Abby is Simon's employee. She's the nanny for his five year old daughter Hayden. While the relationship could be extremely problematic, what helps is that the book starts seven months after the business relationship began. 

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Oct 20 2016 8:11am

How Organized Is Your TBR Pile?

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

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

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

Tell me about it in the comments!

Photo courtesy of Mary the Reader. 

Oct 19 2016 4:05pm

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

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

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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

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

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

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

Top Off Your TBR Pile

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

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

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

Today on H&H

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

Oct 19 2016 3:00pm

3 Things to Love About Susanna Kearsley

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

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

History has all but forgotten...

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

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

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

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

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Oct 19 2016 1:00pm

Madame TBR’s Romance Novel Recommendations Roundup!

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

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


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Oct 19 2016 12:00pm

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

Baron by Joanna Shupe

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

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

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

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Oct 19 2016 11:00am

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

Scarlett Cole

Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos, The Complete Series

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

The tattoo artist with a heart of gold.

The playboy with his own hidden scars.

The international rockstar who longs for a home.

The mechanic with a dark past.

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

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

“Full Circle” by Scarlett Cole


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

[Continue reading “Full Circle”...]

Oct 19 2016 9:30am

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

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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

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

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

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

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Oct 19 2016 8:12am

What Will Make You Return to an Author?

Lovers reunited

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

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

Tell me about it in the comments!

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Oct 18 2016 4:41pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 18 2016 2:00pm

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

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

The Pawn by Skye Warren

The Pawn by Skye Warren

The price of survival…

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

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

My virginity.

A forbidden desire…

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

One month. One million dollars.

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

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

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

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Oct 18 2016 3:00pm

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

To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

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

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

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

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Oct 18 2016 1:00pm

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

Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin

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

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

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

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Oct 18 2016 11:00am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 18 2016 9:30am

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

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


A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

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

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

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

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