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Thu
May 1 2014 1:00pm
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Meet the Earl at Midnight: Exclusive Excerpt

Gina Conkle

Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle

Lord Greenwich is notoriously elusive. His tendency to hide his face in public and refusal to appear in London Society have even earned him some choice monikers, including “the Phantom of London.” Is he disfigured? Mad? Hiding something? With a reputation like that, no woman wants to get near the dark earl.

And no one is more surprised than Miss Lydia Montgomery when she is betrothed to the earl in order to save her family from penury. But if Lydia wants a chance at happiness, she’ll have to set aside her fear of Lord Greenwich and discover the man hiding behind the beastly reputation…

Get a sneak peek of Gina Conkle's Meet the Earl at Midnight (available May 6, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“I can’t be sure if you’re happy to have wed me or to get a child on me?” Breathing heavily, she pulled away from Edward’s voracious kisses

“Both.” He pressed her back against the hallway wall, and his lips worked their way along her hairline down to her earlobes bare of jewelry.

 He worshipped those plump bits of flesh, spreading goose bumps all over her with soft bites and attention; that was the first part of her he undressed when they were alone in the vermillion hallway. Ear bobs glittered somewhere in the sea of red. 

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Fri
Mar 14 2014 2:00pm
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Belle Gone Bad: Exclusive Excerpt

Sabine Starr

A Little Scandal. . .

Belle Thompson will do just about anything to bring the murderer of her father and fiancé to justice. Even partner up with Mercy Huntingdon, a notorious artist known more for his scandalous sculptures than his skill with a six-shooter. But Belle and Mercy may have a common enemy, and if posing as his muse-a sensuous lady of the evening-will get Belle her man, the Texas beauty is up to the challenge. . .

Might Do A Girl Good. . .

Mercy Huntingdon needs Belle Thompson. Not only in his big, brass bed, but by his side as he tracks a kidnapper. Yet once he crosses into outlaw country with the gorgeous bounty hunter, all of his protective instincts go into overdrive-as well as a passion more powerful than the revenge that drives them both. . ..

Get a sneak peek of Sabine Starr's Belle Gone Bad (available March 20, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

A Message from Sabine Starr about Belle Gone Bad
I love the Old West. Naughty. Nice. And everything in-between. For naughty, I set Mercy, a sculptor of sensuous nudes, on a collision course with nice, a straight-shooting bounty hunter named Texas Belle. They’ve both loved and lost. They’re gun-shy. But they’re determined, particularly in the heady excitement of outlaws, gunfights, rowdy saloons and sizzlin’ love scenes.


1884, Delaware Bend, Texas

“Hey, Mercy, come see this!” Big Jim McMahon called from the batwing doors of the Red River Saloon.

Theodore Lafayette Huntingdon Jr. glanced up. Mercy. Lots of folks out West used a “summer name” instead of a birth name. But he hadn’t come up with an alias quick enough, so he’d been given one and it’d stuck.

“Now that’d sure make a fine painting.” Big Jim crossed muscular arms across his broad chest as he stared outside over the top of the doors.

Mercy sat at a round table by a front window where he could take advantage of the early morning light. He’d been sketching across white paper as he laid out the design for an oil painting that Big Jim had commissioned to hang over the Red River’s legendary bar.

“Get over here or you’ll be cussing and damning for days ’cause you missed her entrance.” Big Jim pointed outside.

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Sat
Jan 11 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Annie Burrows’s Portrait of a Scandal (January 21, 2014)

Annie Burrows
Portrait of a Scandal
Harlequin Historical / January 21, 2014 / $6.50 print, $5.99 digital

Her heart and hope long since shattered, Amethyst Dalby is content with her life as an independent woman. With wealth of her own, and no one to answer to, she is free to live as she pleases. 

Until a trip to Paris throws her into contact with the one man who still has a hold over her - the bitter but still devastatingly sensual Nathan Harcourt! Living as an artist, this highborn gentleman has been brought low by scandal - and he is determined to show Amethyst that life is much more fun if you walk on the dark side…. 

Sometimes the setting for a novel becomes as important a player as the protagonists, and so it is with the city of Paris in Annie Burrows's Portrait of a Scandal. The English are flocking to Paris now that the war is over and Amethyst Dalby is one of them. She is there, ostensibly, to find new markets for the business her aunt has left her.

[Ah, the city of love...]

Mon
Dec 2 2013 3:30pm

First Look: Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Redemption (December 3, 2013)

Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain ReynardSylvain Reynard
Gabriel's Redemption
Berkley / December 3, 2013 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel’s Redemption is sheer romance at its best:

“Have you ever made love in an orchard before?”

Her eyes widened and she shook her head.

“Then I’m glad I’m your first.”

She tightened her grip on his hand. “You’re my last, Gabriel. My only.”

[Happy sigh...]

Thu
Oct 17 2013 12:00pm
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Gabriel’s Redemption: Exclusive Outtake

Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to host this exclusive outtake from Sylvain Reynard's Gabriel's Redemption (available December 3, 2013), the final book in Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy.

“Body Painting”

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

“I think you missed a spot.”  Gabriel’s blue eyes twinkled as he gestured to a patch of wall near the doorframe.

He’d just entered the bedroom and was staring at Julianne, who had splotches of white paint on her faded, old jeans and black t-shirt.  Her dark hair was tucked under one of his University of Toronto baseball caps.  She looked adorable.

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Mon
Sep 9 2013 12:00pm
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Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait: Exclusive Excerpt

Grace Burrowes

Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes

What Lady Jenny wants for Christmas...

For Christmas, soft-spoken Lady Jenny Windham craves the freedom to pursue her artistic ambitions, though it will mean scandalizing her ducal parents and abandoning all hope of a family of her own. She confides her plans to successful artist Elijah Harrison when he's commissioned to paint a portrait of her small nephews, because assisting Elijah will bring Jenny that much closer to her heart's desire—won't it?

...Will break both their hearts

Elijah Harrison finds in his unlikely assistant not only an inspiring muse and unappreciated talent, but also a lovely and passionate woman. If Elijah supports Jenny's career, his own professional interests will suffer, but more significantly, he will lose Jenny forever. Both Jenny and Elijah must choose between true love and a lifelong dream.

Get a sneak peek of Grace Burrowes's Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait (available September 24, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Jenny Windham’s siblings have conspired to ask her and portrait artist Elijah Harrison to retrieve a forgotten gift from an empty manor house. Elijah and Jenny have had lapses before, despite the fact that they’re headed in separate directions… All Jenny wants for Christmas is one more moment with Elijah…

“Will you make love with me, Elijah? You’re leaving tomorrow, I know that, and I shouldn’t ask it. I shouldn’t want it, but I do. I want you, so much. Please?”

Not touching Elijah Harrison over the past days had been the hardest thing Jenny had asked of herself, ever. Harder even, than watching her siblings find true love, one by one.

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Sat
Jun 15 2013 12:00pm
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The Secrets of Mia Danvers: Exclusive Excerpt

Robyn DeHart

The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart

Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.

Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.

Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…

Get a sneak peek of Robyn DeHart's The Secrets of Mia Danvers (available June 18, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Lord Carrington, why are you here?”

“There was another killing,” he said abruptly.

Mia’s blood turned to ice. Though the weather was not as cold today as it had been in previous days, a chill chased up and down her extremities, making her wool dress feel like nothing more than a flimsy night rail. One moment they’d been discussing the benign and now another poor girl was dead. Mia’s hands fisted and she realized how badly they’d been shaking, though not from the cold. She was instantly quite thankful she’d already set down her sculpture and tools so that she did not break anything. She wrapped her arms around herself. “Another? Here, at Danbridge?”

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Sat
May 18 2013 12:00pm
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Seduction’s Canvas: Excerpt

K.M. Jackson

Seduction's Canvas by K.M. Jackson

“I want to paint you” Artist Samara Leighton had wanted to say those words to the sexy motorcycle rider who lived in the building ever since she first laid eyes on him nearly a year ago. But now that the words were out she couldn’t stop her heart from beating wildly in her chest.

“Honey, you don’t have enough paint to cover me.” Security specialist Mark Thorn didn’t mean to come off as a hard ass. As a matter of fact, he wanted nothing more than to let the tempting artist from across the hall do whatever she wanted to him and then some. But her haughty demeanor left the normally cool rider off his game.

Samara knew this was her only chance to live out her long-standing fantasy and she wasn’t going to let it slip through her fingers. She had very little time before her show was done and the pressure of her family legacy meant she would finally go through with living out her life under the umbrella of the Leighton name and its responsibilities. There would be no more downtown jaunts, lazy museum afternoons, and evenings spent lost in the magic of color and her canvases. And definitely no time spent holding tight to the muscular form of her dark rider while the horrors of her past and her cares drifted further away with each mile of road they covered.

Get a sneak peek of K.M. Jackson's Seduction's Canvas (available May 27, 2013)  with an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 2. K.M. Jackson is also known as the Heroes and Heartbreakers blogger, Kwana Minatee-Jackson.

I want to paint you. Did she really just say that? Out loud?

“Excuse me?” Sam heard the confusion in his gravelly voice — or was that amusement? Her mouth opened to a wide “O” as she felt her cheeks heat in embarrassment. After brunch with the parents could this day get any worse?

She shifted; her spine stiffening as she forced her well worn mask back into place though inwardly she shook. There was no way in hell she was addressing her earlier painting comment. Her first time speaking with her silent rider and that was what she said? Just perfect. “Sorry, I was just, um, talking to myself and, well, adjusting.”

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