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Oct 29 2014 1:45pm

Something For Everyone: Male/Male Romance for October 2014

Foundation of Trust by A.M. ArthurOctober has been designated Queer Romance Month, so it seemed like a perfect time to start a monthly m/m round-up. The slogan of Queer Romance Month is “because love is not a subgenre,” and looking at just some of this month's offerings, we see that m/m relationships aren't an isolated category, but can be found in virtually every type of story. If you're never explored a novel featuring a same sex couple, why not pick your favorite subgenre or trope and have a go?

Small town contemporary
Cost of Repairs Series by A.M. Arthur

Not everyone gets a second chance with their first love.

David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet.

Four years later, he’s still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership occupies his days, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. Then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life.

Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way he was forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever loved.

An incendiary encounter in a club proves that time hasn’t weakened their physical connection, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. And if David can’t first forgive, Owen doesn’t have a second chance in hell.  

Arthur's website is titled “Small Towns, Big Love” and this series has a strong emphasis on family, work, and friendship, in addition to plenty of angst and kinky sex, especially in the latest book Foundation of Trust.

Short stories
Another Place in Time by Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, K.J. Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksndr Voinov

Welcome to another place in time...where one can be swept away into lands and eras long forgotten.

A self-published anthology for charity featuring six excellent authors, this takes us to five intriguing historical locales and one parallel universe. Along with the more familiar Regency and Medieval settings, check out m/m romances set just after World War I and during World War II.

[We're ready to be drafted for this anthology!]

Oct 29 2014 12:30pm

His Wicked Seduction: Exclusive Excerpt

Lauren Smith

His Wicked Seduction by Lauren Smith

Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.

Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.

That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.

But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.

Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it.

Get a sneak peek of Lauren Smith's His Wicked Seduction (available November 11, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Horatia still hadn’t changed into her nightclothes. Restlessness had her up well past midnight. Knowing Lucien was somewhere in the house was unsettling, and she worried about that blasted cat. Muff should have been curled up on the extra pillow in her bed, but he was conspicuously absent. There was a chance a passing footman or maid had closed the grates around the fireplace and he hadn’t been able to get back down.

Unwilling to let him stay in the cold chimney all night, Horatia abandoned her room and went in search of the cat. She tried to think of all of the other places he could be, and not the one place she wished she could be at that moment. In Lucien’s arms.

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Oct 29 2014 11:56am

Cover Alert: J.R. Ward Reveals Cover for The Bourbon Kings!

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward returns in summer 2015 with The Bourbon Kings, a contemporary story about several wealthy Kentucky families who have made their money from bourbon. Entertainment Weekly has just revealed the cover, as well as the news that “The Bourbon Kings has already been optioned for television by Endemol, the same production company behind Big Brother and Deal or No Deal, among others.”

The Bourbon Kings will be released July 28, 2015.

Stick with H&H for more J.R. Ward and Bourbon Kings series news as we get it!

Oct 29 2014 9:30am

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Action (November 4, 2014)

Midnight Action by Elle KennedyElle Kennedy Midnight Action
Signet / November 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

Ex–army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man’s daughter—a ruthless act that cost him the love of his life and turned her into a mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....

Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together.

If you ever wondered just where the line between love and hate is, you need only pick up a copy of Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Action, the most recent novel in the Killer Instincts series.

[It's a thin line!]

Oct 29 2014 8:16am

We Need Diverse Books—Yes or Hell Yes?

The We Need Diverse Books campaign was focused, initially, on diversity in Young Adult literature, but the movement has grown to include books of all genres, and we are definitely behind diversity in romance novels as well as other genres.

Author John Green did a short clip in support of the campaign, and says, “We need to reflect the reality of our communities...but it's also really important to see The Other; one of the magical things about reading [...] is that it helps me to imagine the life outside of myself...when you don't see the lives of others in stories, it's difficult to imagine them complexly.”

Romance readers read about “The Other” in several of its subgenres already, including historical (unless you're a duchess), paranormals (unless you're a vampire), and romantic suspense (unless you're a special ops soldier).  

What's the last book that exposed you to a “life outside of [your]self?”

Oct 28 2014 4:30pm

Raising Them Right: The Best Parents in Romance Novels from Quinn, Dane, Kleypas, Banks, and Moning!

The Bridgertons Happily Ever After by Julia QuinnParents/guardians play important roles in everyone’s lives and especially those of fictional characters. Though with the rise of New Adult, parental involvement in romance novels seems to be going the way of Disney films, with little to no parental involvement at all. Based on some crowdsourcing via Twitter and HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, here’s the parents who readers said are the best and why:

Violet Bridgerton from Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series:

This was one of the overwhelming favorites from readers. Violet Bridgerton is apparently a saint. After all, she has eight kids to look after and their assorted cousins, in-laws and a corgi (corgi!), too. Some have requested she get her own HEA and after doing a little research, Violet gets a story in “Violet in Bloom” part of Quinn’s The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After explaining how she met the love of her life, Edmund.

Edward and Polly Chase from Lauren Dane’s Chase brothers series:

Another overwhelming response came for this pair. The four Chase brothers certainly seem like a handful: one’s a sheriff, one falls in love with a down-on-her luck woman and two have to convince their respective heroines that they love them. Tie this is in with the standard hot sex and a little suspense for which Dane is known and you’re off to the races. Raising four boys plus guiding them in the trials and tribulations of love isn’t easy, but Polly and Edward provide a stable home and great guidance making this parenting pair a reader favorite.

[Great parents=Great Kids...]

Oct 28 2014 3:28pm

Marvel Announces Captain Marvel Movie, Super-Sized Avengers 3, and More!

Captain Marvel #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez, and Lee LoughridgeBIG news out of Marvel's fan event today, including the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU's) first female-led film, Captain Marvel, is in the works! While it's not the Black Widow (with or without Hawkeye) movie this fan had hoped to see (sigh), this is wonderful news for those of us who've been clamoring for a woman to finally get her own standalone story.

Other major announcements from Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige:

  • Black Panther will hit the big screen on November 3, 2017; even bigger news, it already has a star—Chadwick Boseman, clearly our newest superhero crush
  • Avengers 3: Infinity War will be released in TWO parts, a year apart: Part 1 will be out on May 4, 2018, and Part 2 following (relatively) shortly after, on May 3, 2019 (WOW that all feels far away for more of our beloved Avengers)
  • Captain America 3's subtitle is “Civil War,” confirming all the rumors we've been hearing about what a beast of a film that'll be (Robert Downey Jr. will return as Iron Man for this one); it'll be in our eyeballs May 6, 2016 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier was SO good that we have high high hopes for this one)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released May 5, 2017, earlier than expected
  • Doctor Strange (which may or may not star Benedict Cumberbatch, as the Hollywood trades are reporting) will bow May 6, 2016
  • Thor: Ragnarok will see the return of both Thor AND Loki on July 28, 2018 for a third Thor standalone
  • Inhumans was perhaps the biggest Phase 3 surprise (at least, I hadn't heard any rumblings about this one) and will be released on November 2, 2018

Anybody else suffering from sensory overload? How are we feeling? Who wants to join me in clamoring for Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff (so terrific as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace)  as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel?

ETA 10/28/14 4:46pm: Fiege had this to say to Entertainment Weekly in response to questions about a potential Black Widow standalone film:

Black Widow couldn’t be more important as an Avenger herself. Her part in Avengers: Age of Ultron is very, very big and further develops and further enhances her character. The plans we have for her throughout the rest of the Avengers saga is very, very big. A lynchpin, in fact, to those films. So instead of taking her out, instead of doing a prequel, which we haven’t done yet, we’re continuing the forward momentum and continuity of the cinematic universe of which Widow is a key, key part.

So it looks like that's a no on the standalone, at least for now, but that Marvel's aware she's beloved and will continue to play a big role in future films, which...hey, maybe a character as enigmatic as she is just works better this way. I admit I love what we've seen of her so far and that it's been great seeing her show up as often as she has.

Oct 28 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Donna Alward’s Treasure on Lilac Lane (October 28, 2014)

Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna AlwardDonna Alward
Treasure on Lilac Lane (Jewell Cove #2)
St. Martin's Press / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store...

Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss. 

But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?

One of the most important aspects of a romance novel is the trek the characters take to their happy ever after. We each have different preferences on what that journey should look like, from difficult and tortuous, to light and funny and somewhere in between. For me, the “in between” is the perfect sweet spot. In these type of stories, the hero and heroine are in a troubling place, but neither one needs to save the other. Each gathers up the necessary courage to move forward and as they move forward, new opportunities open. Of course one of those opportunities is a new love interest. In Treasure on Lilac Lane, Donna Alward hits that perfect spot, writing a convincing story of growth and change filled with warmth and genuineness. Treasure on Lilac Lane is a feel good story that just reaffirms our belief that dark days can be left behind, and better days are ahead.

[That's a treasure at the end of a book rainbow!]

Oct 28 2014 12:30pm

Loving the Unlovable: Real-Life Rats and Creepy Villains

The Buried by Shelley CoriellToday we're joined by author Shelley Coriell, whose book The Buried is out today! The Buried is the second book in her Apostles series, and in this book, a young woman has been buried alive somewhere, and the clock is ticking to get her out. What kind of monster would bury a woman alive? Those are the kind of monsters Shelley is here to talk about. Thanks, Shelley!

When my three daughters were young they had a set of fancy-hooded Norwegian pet rats: Choco, Chip, and Cookie. After the beady-eyed, long-tailed creatures entered our home, I refused to use the “R” word. I called them “small friendly rodents that were particularly good with children.”

I was not alone. When my mother, an Iowa farm girl who’d seen her fair share of barn rats, saw our new pets, she shivered. “It’s the tails, Shelley. They’re just too creepy. Can the vet cut them off?”

Two months into pet ownership, I began to see some interesting occurrences in the newly-expanded Coriell household. When DD#2 called her rat by name, Chip scampered across the room and into my daughter’s arms. Cookie, the cuddle-bunny of the group, loved to curl up in DD#3’s lap while my daughter did her homework. And armed with Life Cereal dotted with peanut butter, DD#1 taught fearless, indefatigable Choco to turn off a light switch and to dive from her head and onto the bed. Clearly, these small friendly rodents were smart, social, and most importantly, loved by my daughters.

[Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...]

Oct 28 2014 11:00am

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal from Lori Handeland!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for a brand new series of books by Lori Handeland in which three sisters, separated by time, magic, and a dangerous past, find one another again—just in time to track down a killer!

[Learn more about the series and meet one of the three sisters...]

Oct 28 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sonali Dev’s A Bollywood Affair (October 28, 2014)

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali DevSonali Dev
A Bollywood Affair
Kensington / October 28, 2014 / $15.00 print, $13.50 digital

Mili Rathod has been bound by marriage since she was four years old. But when her husband shows no sign of claiming her after twenty years of waiting, Mili grabs the chance to leave India and come to America on a scholarship.

Playboy filmmaker Samir ''Sam'' Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the ''wife'' who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes. And though Mili fancies herself in love with his big brother, the husband she has never met, Sam is hoping for a very different ending.

In Sonali Dev's A Bollywood Affair, Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

[An affair of the smart!]

Oct 28 2014 8:20am

When Do You Start Reading Holiday Romances?

As you can tell, holiday romances are being released now in advance of the holiday buying (and reading!) season. Many people won't even think about the holidays until after Halloween, and some people even go so far as to refuse to do anything Christmas-oriented until after Thanksgiving.

But meanwhile, the books with their snowy covers and people in sweaters are on the shelves now.

Do you read holiday romances in general? If so, when do you start?

Oct 27 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Valerie Bowman’s The Accidental Countess (October 28, 2014)

The Accidental Countess by Valerie BowmanValerie Bowman
The Accidental Countess
St. Martin's Press / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.

After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian  discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true.

There is nothing quite like a Regency romp. The silliness and witty banter and house parties and the absolute certainty that, no matter how bad things are looking, they really, truly will work out in the end. Valerie Bowman's The Accidental Countess is a gender-swap take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, with all the love and faux rivals. There is even an imaginary Bunbury.

[We're Wilde about this story!]

Oct 27 2014 2:00pm

The Billion Dollar Player: Exclusive Excerpt

Mandy Baxter

The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter

In The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter, Jase Blackwell, starting tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, is a pro when it comes to football—and to women. Never one to shy away from a challenge, “Billion Dollar Blackwell” is finally able to get the cute waitress he’s had his eye on out for a little fun. But when their steamy encounters inspire Jase to play better than he ever has before, he has to wonder if this exciting woman is more than just a good luck charm…

Avery Lockhart doesn’t understand why a pro football player would want to go out with her. Incredibly wealthy and undeniably sexy, Jase Blackwell is everything she thinks she’s not. Getting a little closer to this enigmatic billionaire, however, proves too much for Avery to resist. But as their passion heats up, so does Jase’s game play, and soon, the rumors start to fly. Is Avery only being kept around to ease Jace’s pre-game superstitions? Or, like she believes, does their connection run deeper…?

Get a sneak peek of Mandy Baxter's The Billion Dollar Player (available November 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

“How’s the groin, Jason? You gonna be one hundred percent for Sunday, son?”

Steve McNealy, the offensive coordinator, always talked to Jase like he was still in Pee-Wee football instead of a twenty-seven-year-old man with a college career and four years of pro ball under his belt. Though, in relation to the years with the NFL that Steve could claim, Jase guessed he was sort of a pup.

“I’m good to go, Coach. I’ll be tearin’ it up next week.”

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Oct 27 2014 11:26am

Death Comes to Pemberley Episode 1 Recap: Death and the Darcys

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth in Death Comes to PemberleyPBS's new two-part British miniseries, Death Comes to Pemberley, is based on P.D. James's book of the same name and first aired in three parts on BBC One in the UK last December. The story begins six years after Pride and Prejudice's iconic couple Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet (now Mrs. Darcy!!!) have gotten married, as there's been a murder on the night before the annual Pemberley ball. The miniseries stars Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House, South Riding) as Elizabeth Darcy, Matthew Rhys (The Americans) as Mr. Darcy, Matthew Goode (The Good Wife) as Wickham, and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Whoas Lydia. Check in next Monday for a recap of the second and final episode!

NOTE: This post contains spoilers for the first half of the PBS (and BBC One) miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley. Enjoy!

Before I start the recap, I want to admit something: I’m a Janeite, through and through. I’m not just a fan, I’m an uber fan. A fanatic. I’ve read all of Austen’s books numerous times (even the Juvenalia), am a proud, card-carrying member of JASNA, have taken classes and written papers about her work, have watched every movie/TV show iteration of her books, and have devoured multiple fanfics repeatedly. Pride and Prejudice is my second favorite Austen novel, and I’m absolutely delighted to share this recap with you! For those of you who haven’t read my recaps before, I tend to write them as I watch, so they are written rather loosely, and edited only enough to make the transitions between scenes easier to navigate.

The story is set six years after the events of Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth is now clearly comfortable in her position as Mrs. Darcy, and is running the household with a sure hand. We first meet her as she’s overseeing the preparations for a ball at Pemberley. We get a small glimpse of her son, Fitzwilliam, as he runs through the house, dodging servants and his nanny, and we see a grown-up, elegant Georgiana, clearly at ease with her sister-in-law. Amidst the chaos, Mr. Darcy comes out of his study roaring about the noise, only to pass a sweet note to Elizabeth and offer to get out of her hair for a few of hours (she can’t bear his being away for longer than that). It’s an idyllic picture of a comfortable marriage and loving family.

[So naturally that can't last...]

Oct 27 2014 10:55am

Downton Abbey Series 5 (Season 5), Episode 6: Revelations and Complications

Cora and Robert in Downton Abbey 5x06Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 5 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 5 on January 4, 2015. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 5, Episode 4. Enjoy!

This week, the episode started with the arrival of a telegram for Edith. Her London editor is planning on visiting the house in the afternoon with some news about Gregson. Robert, who is still clearly upset with his wife and hasn’t moved back into their bedroom, tells Cora that they should expect the worst.

Meanwhile, Mary promises Anna to not make fun of Edith’s predicament, and tells her about a point-to-point (thoroughbred) county to county race with both Charles Blake and Tony Gillingham participating! Apparently, the men are planning to stop by the Abbey after meeting and Canningford, and Mary tells Anna that she might join the race, too, now that they’ve allowed women to participate. Anna wonders how Tony could think of stopping by at the house after being rejected and Mary tells her that it’s because he doesn’t believe that she “knows her own mind.” Oh oh. Is it just me, or do you see this turning into a fiasco? Eep!

[Yeah...we're sensing that too...]

Oct 27 2014 9:30am

First Look: Elizabeth Boyce’s Honor Among Thieves (October 27, 2014)

Honor Among Thieves by Elizabeth BoyceElizabeth Boyce
Honor Among Thieves
Crimson / October 27, 2014 / $4.99 digital

Grave robbing ain't no job for a lady . . .

To pay off her recently deceased brother’s debts, however, Lorna Robbins must take drastic measures. When she happens upon a resurrectionist gang stealing his corpse, she does the unthinkable and joins the criminal outfit to save her family estate and her younger sibling. For the first time in her lonely, duty-driven life, Lorna finds herself leading a treacherous and exciting double existence. By day, she becomes a popular lady of the ton, relying on society gossip to help her body-snatching gang. By night, she becomes the grave robber known only as the Blackbird. 

Surgeon and anatomy teacher Brandon Dewhurst relies on resurrectionists to bring him the specimens he needs to further his research on pregnancy. When his usual suppliers become unreliable, and then downright sinister, he’s reluctantly drawn further into the black market. As Lorna and Brandon both target the same body—a pregnant woman who is still very much alive—they find themselves powerfully drawn together time and again while trying to maintain their own respectable facades. But this daring duo is courting danger, and romance is a complication neither can afford.

Hallowe’en is the time when readers yearn for the macabre and the other-worldly. Is there a romance that might satisfy that need? Look no further than Elizabeth Boyce's Honor Among Thieves, where impoverished gentlewoman Lorna Robbins and surgeon/medical researcher Brandon Dewhurst meet repeatedly, in the back alleys of London’s East End and also in the sophisticated drawing rooms of the Ton.

[Dishonorable antics ahoy?]

Oct 27 2014 8:20am

What’s Your Most Recent Paranormal Romance Read?

Our blogger Sahara Hoshi recently did an under-the-radar paranormal romance post, proving that while paranormal romance isn't as hot as it used to be (getting colder, like a long-dead vampire), it is still a favorite genre for many.

In celebration of Halloween week, tell us—what's the most recent paranormal romance you read? 

Oct 26 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Karen Swan’s Christmas at Tiffany’s (October 28, 2014)

Karen Swan
Christmas at Tiffany's
William Morrow / October 28, 2014 / $15.99 print, $10.99 digital

What do you do when the man you pledged your life to breaks your heart and shatters your dreams? You pack your bags and travel the big, wide world to find your destiny—and your true love . . .

Ten years ago, a young and naïve Cassie married her first serious boyfriend, believing he would be with her forever. Now her marriage is in tatters and Cassie has no career or home of her own. Though she feels betrayed and confused, Cassie isn't giving up. She's going to take control of her life. But first she has to find out where she belongs . . . and who she wants to be.

Over the course of one year, Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with her best friends living in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris, and London. Exchanging comfort food and mousy hair for a low-carb diet and a gorgeous new look, Cassie tries each city on for size as she searches for the life she's meant to have . . . and the man she's meant to love.

There is no denying that when things go wrong with our love lives, one of the first things women typically do is change their looks. It might be as simple as getting a new hair cut or new color, or as difficult as putting time in at the gym and foregoing life luscious pleasures, like chocolate and cheese cake. The reasoning for all this could be as simple as wanting more confidence, or insidious as believing that the reason the love affair ended was because of our own lack of attractiveness.

[It's not me, it's you?]

Oct 26 2014 12:00pm

The Accidental Countess: Exclusive Excerpt

The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman


For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.


After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?

Get a sneak peek of Valerie Bowman's The Accidental Countess (available October 28, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1
London, early October 1815

“How can one attend the country house party of a person who does not exist?” Cassandra Monroe sat in her cousin Penelope’s drawing room, sipping tea and staring at the slightly older woman who had clearly lost her mind. Cass set her teacup aside and rubbed her temples as she spoke. The headache that had begun minutes ago was slowly turning into a full-blown megrim.

Lucy Hunt, the newly married Duchess of Claringdon and Cass’s best friend, sat next to her, also eagerly awaiting Penelope’s answer. The entire story made absolutely no sense. Neither of them was having much luck getting Pen to answer their questions about her elusive friend Patience.

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