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Meredith Duran and the Romance of Uncertain Loyalties
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January 21, 2015
Love, Loss, Sisterhood, and Motherhood in Kristin Hannah’s Novels
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January 19, 2015
Plans Go Awry in Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan A Wedding for a Royal Spy
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Thu
Jan 22 2015 4:30pm

Meredith Duran and the Romance of Uncertain Loyalties

The Duke of Shadows by Meredith DuranWhere does loyalty lie? To the past, family, tradition, a profession, mission, aspiration, country? Romance fiction often pits loyalties against love. Will the romantic suspense hero mitigate danger and distance to be with the heroine? The HEA says so. Will the duke forego class distinction to marry the spinster-governess? The HEA proves it. The greater the loyalty stakes, the greater the sacrifice for love, the greater the promise for a world where “impediments to true love” see no admittance.

No one portrays the agony of divided loyalties and the grace of their reconciliation than Meredith Duran. Hero and heroine, caught in history’s tides, are bound by class, status, national, or religious identity, or economic circumstance. Tension permeates scenes between hero and heroine as they struggle to resolve newfound feelings, the fidelity they exact, and demands on their loyalty by the groups, or creeds to which they belong. The HEA promises: in the heroine and hero’s union, a new world, a better, more hopeful, more just, more joyful one.

Duran broke into the romance scene with her 2008 début, Duke of Shadows, the novel that introduced her love-tales of divided loyalties. The hero, Julian Sinclair, embodies two worlds in his Anglo-Indian origins. Julian exhibits the sang-froid of the man who adroitly steers two conflicting claims on his identity. Deliciously, the only one who shakes his self-possession is English heroine, Emmaline Parker. It is a great moment when she challenges him as they flee a Delhi attack, “And your loyalties … are they uncertain as well?”

[Ours aren't to Meredith Duran!]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 3:14pm

Romance News Roundup: Jennifer Ryan Deal, Cumberbatch, and More!

Romance News Roundup bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

The Return of Brody McBride by Jennifer Ryan—Deal Alert: Jennifer Ryan's contemporary romance The Return of Brody McBride (The McBrides #1) is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. (Read a guest post from Ryan on why we love soap opera tropes here.)

—Avenger Chris Evans and Guardian of the Galaxy Chris Pratt made an adorable SuperBowl bet. The stakes? If the Seahawks win, Evans will visit the Seattle Children's Hospital in his Captain America costume, and if the Patriots win, Pratt will fly to Christopher's Haven wearing a Tom Brady jersey. What do you think the odds are they'll both make good, whatever the outcome? (Find out why we love sports and especially sports romance.)

[More news, including a Cumberbatch sighting!...]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Violetta Rand’s Surrender (January 27, 2015)

Surrender by Violetta Rand Violetta Rand
Surrender (Devil's Den)
Loveswept / January 27, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.

The club’s new head of security, Garrick had walked away from a career as a mechanical engineer to return to his roots in Corpus Christi. He hadn’t planned on getting to know someone like Robyn, with her sinfully sweet combination of vulnerability and strength, at the Devil’s Den. She acts tough, but only because she’s been hurt. Soon Garrick knows he will do anything to win Robyn’s trust. And if that means surrendering to the red-hot chemistry between them, all the better.

In Violetta Rand’s Surrender, we see if Robyn Gonzalez can overcome her secret past to have a healthy relationship with Garrick Dempsey. Robyn is only twenty years old, but she has seen a lot of life, lived a lot of life, and has been surviving on her own since her affluent (but alcoholic) mother kicked her out on her fifteenth birthday. She is currently one of the most popular dancers at The Devil’s Den and is doing well in college. She has an exit strategy for this crazy life, but when she witnesses an acquaintance of hers getting shaken down by a cartel criminal named Carlos, things start getting dangerous. 

[Surrender yourself!]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 1:01pm

The 100 2x09 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart: “Love Is Weakness”

Clarke and Abby in The 100 Season 2, episode 9, Remember MeShow/Episode: The 100 Season 2, episode 9, “Remember Me“ (SPOILERS for all aired episodes)

Ship(s): Clarke/Bellamy (Bellarke), mentions of Clarke/Finn

Bellamy/Clarke Captain's Log for The 100 2x09The 100 continued its streak of awesomeness with last night's midseason premiere, “Remember Me,” which depicts the immediate aftermath of Finn's death by Clarke's own hand.

PTSD sets in pretty quickly for Clarke, who sees Finn basically everywhere she looks and ends up getting into a terrible fight with her mom, Abby, and also making a brutal decision regarding Bellamy in reaction. But more about the latter in a sec.

The Grounder-Sky People alliance hits a speed bump almost as soon as its made, as at their very first group meal a Grounder keels over from poisoned moonshine.

[Guess who's dying at dinner...]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 12:00pm

Trope of the Month: Held Captive!

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

When the team initially discussed this trope, we soon realized it was not one that we saw in modern romance as much. The notable recommendations published in recent years were usually on the darker side or paranormal, with a few exceptions.

Many of the books listed below are beloved in the genre, but also polarizing, especially when seen through the gaze of the modern reader. A hero or a heroine held captive and then falling in love with their captor can leave a lot of room for something to go wrong—if the author doesn't tell it in the right way, etc. We have loved the enemies to lovers trope and villains to heroes, but one member of the team suggested that if she went back into some of the iconic “held captive” romances that she might not see them with the same glow she had upon the original read. Do you feel the same? Do you think it's a trope that you would like to read now, or should it stay in the past as a trope of yore? Do you think any one subgenre is more equipped to handle this trope? Have you read any of the books listed below?

  • Beware the Scot's Revenge by Sabrina Jeffries
  • Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
  • The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss
  • The Conquerer by Brenda Joyce
  • Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey
  • Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts
  • Prisoner by Annika Martin and Skye Warren
  • Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde
  • Heat  by R. Lee Smith
  • Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
  • The Bride and the Beast by Teresa Medeiros
  • Cold as Ice by Anne Stuart

What iconic held captive romances did we miss? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Jan 22 2015 10:45am

Arrow 3x10 Heart-to-Heart: Olicity Left Behind?

Show/Episode: Arrow 3x10, “Left Behind.”
Ship(s): Olicity (Oliver/Felcity)

Olicity Captain's LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night's winter premiere Season 3, Episode 10, “Left Behind.”

Laurel expressing confidence that Oliver is still alive seemed more to reassure Felicity than it did to reassure herself. Though there might have been some of that too. The point is, Laurel’s eyes were sympathetic on Felicity and I think she knows or at least suspects more about the other woman’s relationship with Oliver than we think.

Merlyn is back at the foundry lair and this time, he has the sword that killed Oliver. He explains to the team why they will eventually believe what he is telling them: that Oliver Queen is dead. We got a bit of shippiness when he apologized for bearing the bad news, as he could see that Felicity loved Oliver very much.

[We have a few select words for you, Merlyn...]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 9:30am

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Viper Game (January 27, 2015)

Viper Game by Christine FeehanChristine Feehan
Viper Game (Ghostwalker)
Jove / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead—or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined—where desire is the deadliest poison of all.

Christine Feehan is back with a new and more daring book in her successful Ghostwalker series. Many of the original characters have found their happily ever after, and now it is time for a new group of players to be introduced—new characters with bigger and better abilities, but they still face the same enemy who simply won’t go away.

[But who likes to play the game?]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 8:15am

Throwback Thursday: Who Was Your First Byronic Hero?

Lord Byron

George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, was born on this day in 1788, and his personality, looks, and legacy have left us with the “Byronic hero,” found in books, movies, and television shows. TVTropes says,

"Byronic Heroes are charismatic characters with strong passions and beliefs who may act in ways which are contrary to mainstream society. They tend to be fearless and volatile in their emotions and behavior. He (and it is almost always a male) is on his own side, and has his own philosophy which he will not change for anyone.

His internal conflicts are heavily romanticized. He is a very cerebral character; he broods over his struggles and beliefs. Some are portrayed with a suggestion of dark crimes or tragedies in their past.

Examples of the Byronic hero include Dracula, Dr. House from House, Sherlock Holmes as portrayed on-screen, James Bond, and Heathcliff.

Byronic heroes are littered throughout romance novels, and can be the anti-hero, hero, or villain; which Byronic hero was your first? 

Wed
Jan 21 2015 4:30pm

A Damn Fine Show: Revisiting Twin Peaks

Agent Dale Cooper in Twin PeaksYou might have already heard that there’s a limited-run Twin Peaks TV series (nine episodes) coming out in 2016, with a book in late 2015, to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. But even if you haven’t heard that news, you’ve probably heard of the original Twin Peaks—David Lynch’s creepy-paranormal small-town-set megahit series from the early ‘90s that starred Kyle MacLachlan. My mom used to watch this show religiously. I was not allowed to see it because I was eleven. Besides, it came on past my bedtime. But after the announcement of the limited run in 2016, I glommed all thirty original episodes one weekend in a poorly-thought-out marathon of 'omg what is this fascinatingly horrifying thing but wait it’s also awesome except please make it stop but not really.'

Warning: There are spoilers in this post, so if you want to watch the original series without knowing in advance what happens, don’t read any further!

[You've been warned!]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 3:21pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander DVD/Blu-ray Release Date, Fifty Shades of Grey Leaving Out That Scene

Welcome to H&H's brand-new daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

—News straight from Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe! Starz will be showing the first scene from the second half of Outlander Season 1 just prior to the start of Black Sails this Saturday. 

—In other Outlander news: Dates have been announced for the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Outlander: Season 1, Volume 1. In addition to the series' eight episodes, the Blu-Ray release will also include deleted scenes and commentary with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore and two featurettes. The first, titled Outlander: An Epic Adaptation,” has Outlander author Diana Gabaldon sharing her thoughts on first writing the book to seeing it on screen. The second featurette has the producers and costume designers going behind-the-scenes and sharing what it takes to dress the characters in the show. The release is set for March 3. 

Pre-order copies of the DVD/BluRay at Amazon | Barnes & Noble.
Pre-order copies of the Collector's Edition at Amazon | Barnes & Noble.

—Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie, won't include the infamous tampon scene, Variety reports. Likely, if you read the books, you wondered if that scene (where Christian removes Ana's tampon) would make it to the film. Nope; “It was never even discussed," the film's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, told Variety

Wed
Jan 21 2015 2:00pm

“Do You Hear Me, Rafe? You’re Mine:” Tessa Dare’s Say Yes to the Marquess

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

I have loved Tessa Dare ever since her debut The Goddess of the Hunt—it remains on my Best Ever List. Since that first book, Dare’s skill at writing complex, fantastical, but realistic, characters with emotional and heartfelt stories has only increased, and her latest release, Say Yes to the Marquess, might be her best book yet.

Rafe, our hero, is complicated, endearing, romantic, and caring all while remaining alpha and ultra-masculine. Clio, our heroine, is independent, protective, smart, and unusual. Together, they make for a perfectly balanced, realistic, and heartwarming couple.

There are many great lines and scenes within Say Yes to the Marquess—anyone remember when Rafe carried our self-conscious heroine up the stairs to “prove a point” or when Clio told her sister, Daphne, that she was mistress of her own castle and “today she was feeling a bit medieval” or when Piers said he knew how to kill a man with a letter opener and make it look like an accident? However, the most poignant and swoonworthiest scene belongs to Clio.

[It's ladies' night at Twill Castle...]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 1:00pm

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s Playing Dirty (January 27, 2015)

Playing Dirty by HelenKay DimonHelenKay Dimon
Playing Dirty (Bad Boys Undercover)
Avon / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

As an elite Alliance agent—the joint undercover operation of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA—Ford Decker lives for the adrenaline. But when he befriends sexy property manager Shay Alexander in hopes of finding her cousin, a known national security threat, Ford crosses the line, getting to know her better . . . in bed.

After being burned by her last relationship, Shay wants to take things slow. Yet she can't keep her hands off the drop-dead gorgeous hottie who's moved into her apartment building. So when Ford's identity as an undercover agent is exposed, his betrayal cuts deep. Shay never wants to see him again, but Ford can't let her go, not when her life is still in danger. He will sacrifice everything to protect her, then be prepared to walk away from the only woman he's ever loved, even if it breaks him.

My mother retired from General Motors after 31 years, and when I started working in the marketing department of an international telecommunications company, she was constantly floored with the flexibility I had. During the heyday of telecom, before the dot-com bust around 2000, my Canada-based company spent millions of dollars on product demos and rollouts without blinking. I had to be available 80% of the time, which meant I worked about five hours to cover eastern to pacific time zones, and then a couple more hours in the middle of the night to pick up project teams in Europe and Asia Pacific. It took me YEARS to break the habit of being hyper-productive in the middle of the night. My mother couldn’t even fathom how I considered it a “traditional” workday (because her workday looked like the administrative staff in Mad Men).

[Work hard, play hard—and play dirty!]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 12:00pm
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Rough Justice by Sarah Castille

From bestselling author Sarah Castille comes a scorching new series featuring red-hot, hard-riding bikers and the women who can’t help but love them…

IT TAKES A GOOD, STRONG WOMAN

Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough, beautiful Arianne Hunter has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father’s domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang’s clubhouse—at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.

TO TAME A MAN WHO’S HELL ON WHEELS.

The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner’s Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. But somewhere inside this hard tattooed outlaw, Arianne senses a kindred spirit—and she can’t ignore their tempestuous attraction. Can she beat him at his own game in a revved-up blaze of glory? Or will their passion spark a war that’s the end of the road for them both?

Get a sneak peek at Sarah Castille's Rough Justice (available February 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

The name of the club shall be the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club.

Christ.

Jagger skidded his sleek Harley chopper to a stop as incandescent chunks of steel arced across the night sky. Clouds of black smoke engulfed the flaming skeleton of what had once been his clubhouse, now a crumbling beacon at the edge of town.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Rough Justice...]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 10:45am

First Look: Jessica Lemmon’s Bringing Home the Bad Boy (January 27, 2015)

Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica LemmonJessica Lemmon
Bringing Home The Bad Boy (Second Chance)
Forever / January 27, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital

Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.

Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .

Jessica Lemmon's Bringing Home The Bad Boy contains a number of tropes; small town romance, friends to lovers, second chance romance and there’s a moppet. What it doesn’t really contain is a bad boy.

[Bringing home the good boy doesn't have the same ring]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 9:30am

Love, Loss, Sisterhood, and Motherhood in Kristin Hannah’s Novels

Home Front by Kristin HannahStephen King once said, “Life turns on a dime. Sometimes towards us, but more often it spins away, flirting and flashing as it goes: so long, honey, it was good while it lasted, wasn’t it?” Kristin Hannah seems to have placed this philosophy at the heart of her novels, showing us how love and loss are often two sides of the same coin. In her intense, emotional tales she focuses on strong women facing multiple challenges and realizing that the only way through their travails is to move forward and embrace love.

Such is the case for Jolene Zarkades of Hannah’s Home Front. Jolene grew up fast and hard. The daughter of two alcoholics, she was surprised at how sad it made her when a drunk driving accident took them both from her forever. She is proud that she has been able to provide a far different life for her girls than the one she had. Her husband, Michael, an attorney is a kind, if sometimes absentee, father.

She is a pilot for the National Guard, a job she is able to share with her best friend, Tami. Tami was the sister Jolene had never had. They’d been teenagers when they met—a pair of eighteen-year-old girls who had joined the army because they didn’t know what else to do with their lives. Both had qualified for the high-school-to-flight-school helicopter-pilot training program.

[Not too shabby, ladies...]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 8:32am

What Course Corrections Would You Suggest?

 
 

Pencils have erasers for a reason. Everyone makes mistakes; everyone makes bad decisions. (N.B. there’s a big difference between the two—mistakes and bad decisions).

To err is human. Therefore one of the most important skills we can develop is course correction. It’s direly important to understand when a mistake is a mistake, to learn from our indiscretions, to change course and move forward a better person.—The Minimalists

In the comments for yesterday's Sleepy Hollow recap, Heather Waters mentioned that the show's network is advising a course correction before it gets renewed for Season 3.

And yesterday also saw the publication of Karen Marie Moning's Burned, a marked return to the Mac/Barrons-driven Fever series rather than the Dani O'Malley tangent begun in Iced

If you are a fan of a series, whether television or book, chances are you have an opinion abou where a series should go and how it went wrong or could go right. Let us know your thoughts! What course corrections would you advise? 

Gifs courtesy of singlittledove

Tue
Jan 20 2015 5:15pm

First Look: Jeanette Grey’s Through the Static (January 20, 2015)

Through the Static by Jeanette GreyJeanette Grey
Through the Static
Samhain / January 20, 2015 / $14.00 print, $4.49 digital

The only way to save him is to let him into her mind…and her heart.

When cybernetics researcher Aurelia Locke is attacked, she instantly recognizes her assailants as a Three—a mercenary unit made up of a trio of soldiers whose minds have been cybernetically linked, their pasts erased, their wills subsumed.

By the skin of her wits, she escapes to an abandoned house, where she hacks its security system in her desperation to find refuge.

Jinx is already on high alert when his Three notices something isn’t right with their safe house. But he never expected to find a woman wounded and bleeding out in his own bed, or that his visceral reaction to her would begin to awaken his lost past from a years-long haze of violence.

In a mad gamble to escape, Aurelia frees Jinx from his Three by severing his neural connection to them and tying his mind to hers. The power of their link shocks them both, manifesting not only in shared thoughts, but in an intensely passionate physical connection.

But dangerous forces pursue them, intent on reclaiming Jinx and silencing Aurelia’s knowledge. Her only chance of saving him is to risk everything—her research, her heart, and her life.

Cyberpunk with mentally-linked sex scenes? Through the Static hit hot buttons I didn’t know I had, and there’s always a level of giddy excitement that comes with being introduced to tropes and world types that you never knew existed before. Jeanette Grey’s latest novella, a sexy exploration of cyberpunk romance that thrives on its accessibility for readers new to the subgenre, plays with a cybernetic future where the world is dangerous and the secrets cybernetic. 

[Static shock!]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Sara Jane Stone’s Hero by Night (January 20, 2015)

Hero by Night by Sara Jane StoneSara Jane Stone
Hero by Night (Independence Falls #3)
Avon Impulse / January 20, 2015 / $2.99 digital

He was nobody's hero until he landed in the wrong bed …

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed …

Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can't touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.

But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he's the hero Lena needs night and day … forever.

The best thing about books, especially romance books, is that authors are only limited by their imagination. In Hero by Night, Sara Jane Stone takes readers on a creative ride as two lost souls find a very physical fix to their pain.

[Let's get physical!]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 3:23pm

Romance News Roundup: Nalini Singh, “Romance to the Rescue,” and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

—Nalini Singh has released via Facebook the official description for her next Guild Hunter novel, Archangel's Enigma, out September 1, 2015:

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…

Find out why we dig the Guild Hunter series here.

—HBO is set to release a “Day in the Life” documentary about the filming of Game of Thrones Season 5 in February:

—Deal Alert #1: Kristin Harmel's women's fiction novel The Sweetness of Forgetting is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers including iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.*

—Deal Alert #2: Kristi Charish's urban fantasy book The Owl and the Japanese Circus is currently marked down to $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.*

Outlander stars and writers will sit on a panel at PaleyFest Los Angeles on March 12. The panels usually streamed online for those at home; we'll let you know if/when we hear more!

—The newly released “Romance to the Rescue” box set from authors Bella Andre, Marie Force, Julianne MacLean, JoAnne Ross, Glynnis Campbell, Shelly Thacker, Lauren Royal, Kathryn Shay, Debra Holland, and Eliza Knight features 10 full-length novels starring loveable pets. The best part? Proceeds will benefit the Tails of Joy Animal Rescue!

*Daily reminder: We don't know how long these deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Tue
Jan 20 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Laura Trentham, Stacey Kennedy, and Maggie McGinnis!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for books from Laura Trentham, Stacey Kennedy, and Maggie McGinnis. The heroine of Laura Trentham's Caught Up in the Touch needs to stay in control, stay calm, and stay professional, but all of that gets thrown out the window when she meets a sexy restraunteur. Speaking of control, the hero of Commanded by Stacey Kennedy certainly likes it, but he might be willing to give it all up for the private investigator who catches his eye—and his heart. Meanwhile, Maggie McGinnis has us saying “Make Mine a Cowboy,” in Once Upon a Cowboy, but the heroine might not agree with us.

Learn about these hot reads and see the covers while they're hot off the presses!

[Sneak a peek...]