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Mon
Oct 6 2014 12:00pm
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To Love a King: A Special Deleted Scene

Shona Husk

Do you love a good fairy tale romance? What about a fae romance? Shona Husk is here today to offer a special deleted scene that sets up the romance in her latest book in her Court of Annwyn series, To Love a King (available October 7). Learn about Felan and Jacqui before you get their whole story tomorrow with a sneak peek of the deleted prologue.

HE'S TRYING TO RECLAIM THE PAST

To keep the balance between good and evil at the court of Annwyn, Prince Felan ap Gwyn has two weeks to marry and take the crown. But he wants more than just power-he wants love; a love he once had but was too stubborn to hold on to.

SHE'S STRUGGLING TO FACE THE FUTURE

It took years for Jacqueline Ara to put her life back together after Felan abandoned her. She's moved on, even if her heart still burns for him. But with war in Annwyn looming and death bleeding into the mortal world, Felan and Jacquie will need to heal old wounds and rekindle the passion that once welled between them...or face losing everything.

A Note from Shona Husk:

I wrote this prologue so I knew what had happened between Felan and Jacqui seven years ago. I wanted to know what their romance had been like the first time around so I could learn what it would be like when they got their second chance. There is always a lot at stake in a second chance romance because of the past, but it makes for a sweeter ending. I think it’s the contrast between devastation and elation. But as with most prologues, it wasn’t necessary for the reader as all of the information is unfolded in the story. So it got cut.

I still love the prologue though as it shows Jacqui much younger and less sure about what she wants—she has to go through hell to grow up and be the queen Felan needs. It takes the loss of Jacqui for Felan to realize what is truly important to him and Annwyn. Seven years ago neither of them was ready for what is coming in To Love a King.

While their romance ended in tragedy the first time, they have a love that was meant to be and that is strong enough to save two worlds.

Seven Years Ago…

Jacqui smoothed one hand over her bare stomach, turning sideways and checking her reflection in the bathroom mirror. Still flat. No one could tell—yet. But she knew it would only be a matter of weeks until her belly popped out and her parents realized she was pregnant. She closed her eyes and swallowed down the panic that blossomed in her chest. She had no idea what to tell them. They already hated her boyfriend. This would be unforgivable in their eyes.

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Sat
Aug 16 2014 2:00pm
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Ever After: Exclusive Excerpt

Kate SeRine

Ever After by Kate SeRine

To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood—the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

Get a sneak peek of Kate SeRine's Ever After (available August 21, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As I slipped out of the rift, I made a grab, my hand closing around her arm before she even realized I was there. I spun her around, snatching the hood from her head in the same movement.

And then I forgot to breathe.

In my shock, I released her, staggering back with a choked cry, stumbling over my own feet and ass-planting in the fallen leaves. For a long moment, I could only stare up at the woman before me, unable to accept what my eyes were seeing.

You,” I finally managed to croak, tears of disbelief blurring my vision. “It’s you.

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Tue
Jul 15 2014 4:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal for Leigh Evans’s The Danger of Destiny!

Today at Heroes and Heartbreakers we're thrilled to reveal the cover for Leigh Evans's The Danger of Destiny, the latest adventure in Evans's Mystwalker series. Hedi Peacock is half Were, half Fae—and all heart, when it comes to rescuing someone very dear to her. See below to get under the cover with The Danger of Destiny!

[Your destiny is behind the curtain...or at least the cover is...]

Sat
Mar 29 2014 12:00pm
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Immortal Hunter: Exclusive Excerpt

Kait Ballenger

Immortal Hunter by Kait BallengerHunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground, and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.

Get a sneak peek of Kait Ballenger's Immortal Hunter (available April 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“What exactly were you expecting to do when you got here? Single-handedly take down a demon with no weapons and protected by nothing but a hospital gown?” David asked.

He loosened his hold enough for her to wiggle free. As soon as Allsún left his arms, he missed the feel of her body pressed against him. He grabbed her hand to keep her from leaving, but she wrenched away from him.

“I hadn’t thought that far through it, okay? Get off my case. What does it matter to you, anyway?”

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Tue
Jan 21 2014 2:49pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: Succubus Awakened

Bo in Lost Girl 4x02We're delighted to once again bring you recaps of Lost Girl, now airing its fourth season in the United States. Don't forget to check into all our Lost Girl coverage, but be warned there are discussion posts for later episodes (we've been talking about the show as it airs in Canada) that contain SPOILERS. Thanks, and please weigh in with your comments!

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night’s 4x02, “Sleeping Beauty School."

Trick crouches above an open grate in the floor of Tolkien’s Lair and gazes down at the snapshot of Bo from (Dis)Members that he’s presumably obtained from the now-absent Aoife. Where did Aoife go again? Is she beneath that grate, maybe down with the UnderFae who didn’t survive its YDawning who Trick keeps beneath the Dal? Perhaps she’s sharing a room with Trick’s troll? Memory restored, Trick speaks to the photo as he wipes something from the photo with a rag. “We remember you, Bo. And we need you back. So please, my darling granddaughter, just tell us: Where are you?” Does he expect the photo to talk back? That would be a neat trick. Heh. Sometimes the puns write themselves. The camera zeroes in to show the blood smears on the photo. Aoife’s blood? Must be.

[Where oh where is Bo?...]

Mon
Jan 20 2014 11:28am

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 10 Discussion: Destiny Awaits

Bo in Lost Girl 4.10, WavesDid you catch last night's episode of Lost Girl on Showcase in Canada? Let's discuss!

Here's the official description for Season 4, Episode 10, “Waves”:

With the gang still reeling from Bo's shocking announcement, Kenzi signs them up for an undercover mission at a mysterious corporation. Meanwhile, Bo retraces the steps that may lead to her destiny.

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode in the comments.

Want more Lost Girl? Check out Kiersten Hallie Krum's weekly Season 4 recaps the day after the episode airs on SyFy in the U.S. Read her rundown of 4.01 now, and look out for 4.02 tomorrow.

Tue
Jan 14 2014 2:57pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 1 Recap: Succubus Forgotten

Kenzi, Dyson, and Hale in Lost Girl 4x01We're delighted to again be recapping Lost Girl, now airing its fourth season in the United States. Don't forget to check into all our Lost Girl coverage, but be warned there are discussion posts for later episodes (we've been talking about the show as it airs in Canada) that contain SPOILERS. Thanks, and please weigh in with your comments!

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night’s 4x01, “In Memoriam."

A jalopy truck with a flatbed pulls into a warehouse in the middle of the night. As the disembodied driver—as in, “we only see his feet,” not as in “his body is missing.” I know; it’s Lost Girl. Could go either way. Anyway, as the disembodied driver walks away, Kenzi drops down from her hiding spot in the jalopy’s undercarriage, a lovely callback to how she got into the glass factory in S1E1, and hurries over in her stiletto boots to hide behind a front loader. “Oh boo ya!” she cheers. “Now let’s see what all the fuss is about.” Kenzi Cop Detective!

[What is going on here?...]

Mon
Jan 13 2014 11:06am

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 9 Discussion: Sweet Child O’ Mine

Tamsin and the king in Lost Girl 4x09 Destiny's ChildLast night's Lost Girl introduced a new character who may or may not be someone important to Bo. Here's the synopsis of Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 9, “Destiny's Child”:

Bo resolves to go to hell and back to get the answers she’s been searching for, with or without her friends' support. Meanwhile, Kenzi's determined to uncover what Trick's hiding.

So who do you think the new guy really is? What's his importance to Bo?

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode in the comments.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back TOMORROW, following its Season 4 debut on SyFy tonight!

Tue
Jan 7 2014 3:15pm

Top 5 SyFy Man-Candy Morsels for 2014: Lost Girl, Bitten, Being Human, and Helix

Greyston Holt as Clay on BittenJanuary means new beginnings, resolutions and the end of re-runs on television. Specifically, it’s the month SyFy starts bringing back many of our favorite shows. The network has found its niche of giving us edgy supernatural shows with depth, and we can’t get enough. Better yet, they’re bringing two new shows to the small screen this month that look stellar.

And while, of course, we love the strong character arcs and the clever plots on shows like Lost Girl and Being Human… well, we like the—ahem—visual stimulation, too.

We’re about to get supernaturally prurient on you. It’s time to delve into the Top 5 SyFy Man-Candy Morsels for 2014.

1. Greyston Holt as Clay on Bitten

We might be biased when it comes to Bitten. If you’re not familiar, the new SyFy show is based on the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. (Well, the first novel, also called Bitten.) The adaptation of this ass-kicking, werewolf series looks stellar from what we’ve seen.

[More sexy werewolves always wanted...]

Mon
Dec 30 2013 6:11pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 8 Discussion: Deck the Halls

Lost Girl Season 4, episode 8, Groundhog FaeLast night's Lost Girl Season 4 episode 8, “Groundhog Fae,” brought the humor with a storyline inspired by Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. Here's the episode's official description:

Bo's friends are too busy celebrating Yule to notice she’s missing. But when the night starts repeating itself, Bo makes it her mission to stop it.

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back in 2014 when Lost Girlbegins airing on SyFy in the U.S.!

Mon
Dec 23 2013 10:30am

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 7 Discussion: Free Dyson!

Dyson in Lost Girl 4.07, La Fae EpoqueIn last night's Lost Girl Season 4 episode, “La Fae Époque,” Bo and Lauren team up to help exonerate Dyson for murder. Here's the (very brief) synopsis:

Bo and Lauren delve into Dyson's memory when he's on trial for murder.

What did you think?

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back in 2014 when Lost Girlbegins airing on SyFy in the U.S.!

Mon
Dec 16 2013 1:45pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 6 Discussion: Hugs and Kisses!

Bo and Kenzi in Lost Girl 4x06Last night's Lost Girl episode 4x06, “Of All the Gin Joints,” had some interesting relationship developments. Here's the synopsis:

Bo fights for the freedom of a talented opera singer, whose voice could be the key to unlocking the answers she seeks. Meanwhile, Kenzi is threatened by someone from Hale's past.

So much smooching this episode! _____ kissed ______ , and ______ kissed _____ !

What did you think?

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back in 2014 when Lost Girlbegins airing on SyFy in the U.S.!

Mon
Dec 9 2013 12:42pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 5 Discussion: Dancing in the Dark

Tamsin and Kenzi in Lost Girl 4x05, Let the Dark Times RollHere's the episode description for Lost Girl Season 4, episode 5, “Let the Dark Times Roll”:

Bo's quest for answers leads the gang to a Dark Fae party, with a dangerous guest list. Meanwhile, Trick is summoned to appear before the Una Mens.

So—did you like the dance-off? Miss Dyson? Enjoy Tamsin and Kenzi's interaction? What do you think of Vex's backstory? And how do you think the Lauren storyline will play out? Let the discussion begin...

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will of course be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back in 2014 when Lost Girlbegins airing on SyFy in the U.S.!

Mon
Dec 2 2013 1:52pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 4 Discussion: And It Stoned Me

Bo and Kenzi in Lost Girl 4x04, Turn to StoneLast night's Lost Girl had some surprises—what were your favorite parts? Were you happy to see Tamsin's return? How about all the stuff going on with Bo? Here's the brief blurb of Lost Girl's episode 4x04, “Turn to Stone”:

When the Clubhouse is robbed, Kenzi's forced to make a confession that could threaten her friendship with Bo. Meanwhile, an angry and frustrated Bo does the unthinkable - she confronts a dangerous foe and makes a shocking discovery.

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode, natch.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back in 2014 when Lost Girlbegins airing on SyFy in the U.S.!

Mon
Nov 25 2013 12:16pm

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 3 Discussion: Together Again

Last night, Lost Girl Season 4 continued on Showcase in Canada with episode 4x03, “Lovers. Apart.” Here's the teaser description:

Bo jeopardizes her life to save a haunted family. Meanwhile, Dyson races to be by Bo’s side and Lauren’s past catches up with her.

So—Bo and Dyson in the same space? And Lauren maybe moving on? What did you think of the episode?

Note: This is an episode discussion post, so there will be MAJOR SPOILERS for the episode.

Want more Lost Girl? Our weekly recaps will be back in 2014 when Lost Girl begins airing on SyFy in the U.S.!

Mon
Nov 18 2013 11:23am

Lost Girl Season 4, Episode 2 Discussion: Looking for Loves

Hale in Lost Girl Season 4, episode 2, Sleeping Beauty SchoolLast night's official synopsis of Lost Girl 4x02, “Sleeping Beauty School”:

Dyson seeks out an elemental Fae to rescue someone he loves. Meanwhile, Kenzi’s stuck on babysitting duty—but her unlikely charge might be the key to cracking the case.

*****SPOILERS*****

As Season 4 continues, everyone is still looking for Bo, and help arrives from unusual places—Dyson meets Tamsin as a young girl, who mentions Bo's father, and with the aid of a compass stolen by Kenzi (go, Kenzi!), he discovers Bo is not on this plane. Vex and Lauren make appearances as well, and we get to see Bo, although we're not sure quite where she is.

And Hale and Kenzi kiss! OMG!

Full recaps return when Lost Girl Season 4 begins airing in the U.S. on SyFy in 2014, but meanwhile, what did you think of last night's episode?

Mon
Nov 11 2013 12:57pm

Lost Girl Season 4 Premiere Thoughts: The Fae Are Back in Town!

Dyson in Season 4 of Lost GirlAfter a much-to-long hiatus, Lost Girl is back! In Canada, at least. Kiersten Hallie Krum will be recapping weekly for H&H beginning in January as the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy. Until then, however, Jackie Lester will bring us word of major developments as the show airs on Showtime in Canada, beginning with her thoughts on the highly anticipated Season 4 finale, 4.01, “In Memoriam.” (Beware of MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven't yet watched.)

When last we left our Fae friends, Dyson and Tamsin had driven off a cliff, Bo had been abducted by the wanderer, Kenzi went in search of Massimo in hopes of becoming Fae herself. True to the formula of previous Lost Girl episodes, we don’t start at the moment the last season ended.

Instead, we see a set of gates open ominously and an old car (circa 1930s-ish) drives through. From the looks of it, it could be a scene from an Indiana Jones movie, but as the car comes to a stop, someone rolls out from under it. From the sound of the breathing and the clip-clip of heels, it's easy to tell it's a girl. Kenzi! She offers up a “Boo-ya!” for making it this far.

A couple of robed men are moving a heavy boxes and Kenzi confirms my earlier statement with her excited “This is so Raiders! Let's hope this ark contains less melty face Nazi goodness.”

[What's everyone been up to lately?...]

Wed
Nov 6 2013 3:00pm

Lost Girl’s Kenzi: One Human to Rule Them All

Ksenia Solo as Kenzi in Lost Girl Season 4 promoGrifter. Thief. Survivor. Smart-ass. Human.

Kenzi on Lost Girl is all of the above. And even that barely scratches the surface.

From the moment her stilettos clicked across the screen, Kenzi thrust herself into the Fae world of this urban fantasy show with zero inhibition and plenty of chutzpah. When series lead Bo saves her from being roofied and raped in the first episode, Kenzi winds up being just the dose of emo-free, perspective-reset of which the succubus is in dire need. “Learn to enjoy your shit already!” Kenzi demands. “You can frickin’ control people by touch and not in a creepy hand-job way! That is awesome!”

As a character, she imbues the sidekick stereotype with a welcomed infusion of originality. A former street-kid with a flexible concept of “ownership,” Kenzi will often wield an excited stream of wild Russian in order to get her point across. Fashion knows no bounds with Kenzi—she may squat with her bestie in a hovel, but dayam will her threads, and heels, be fine. Wigs are interchangeable accessories to fit her every-changing mood; to Kenzi, overdramatic just means she’s doing it right.

[Everything's coming up Kenzi...]

Mon
Oct 14 2013 11:39am

Don’t Dis the Kicks: Lost Girl Season 3.5 Webisodes

“What of it, exposition girl?”

Prior to its Season 4 debut on Canada's Showcase network on November 10, Lost Girl is releasing four webisodes, the first of which was released yesterday and showcases (!) Kenzi's delicious wit.

What are you most looking forward to in Season 4?

ETA: Looks like this video is no longer available; we'll keep our eyes peeled and update the post when it's available again.

Wed
Aug 28 2013 1:30pm

Better than Ever: Urban Fantasy’s Finest in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye Series

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuireIt is a rare series that doesn’t feel like it’s losing some of its shiny newness by the time Book 7 comes along. Hell, the Urban Fantasy landscape is littered with clever ideas that pale by Book 2, or tumultuous courtships that are totally played by Book 3, or witty banter that is already being recycled by Book 4. So many of these series feel like they have no well-plotted direction, and no over-arching theme driving them forward; plus, by Book 7 you’re pretty much guaranteed to have seen at least one “filler” novel, heavy on the exposition but light on the action, moving our protagonists infinitesimally closer to their next major trauma. Let’s face it: by this stage, the bloom is usually, if not off the rose entirely, at least considerably faded. Enough that one may even be considering breaking up with the series altogether.

An enchanting exception to this rule is the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, which feels just as fresh and compelling in its seventh instalment (Chimes at Midnight, DAW, released September 3) as it did in its first, 2009’s Rosemary and Rue. McGuire’s world-building is second to none, her impeccable research evident in even her most off-hand of remarks, and her first person protagonist, the eponymous Sir October “Toby” Day, is, if anything, even more captivating now than she was when first we met her.

Although, admittedly, when we first met Toby, she was perfectly, almost idyllically, happy; luckily, that only lasted for the Prologue, because really, what kind of Urban Fantasy heroine would she have made for us if she’d stayed that way?

[Well adjusted?]