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Wed
Dec 17 2014 3:48pm

Romance News Roundup: Sylvia Day Deals, Jamie Dornan, and Game of Thrones Peek!

Afternoon Tea 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.

Sylvia Day has TWO books on sale for e-book today, including Captivated by You for $2.50 at Amazon (as of posting, other e-tailers still had it up at its regular price, but check back to see if there's price-matching). The second book in Day's Dream Guardians series, Heat of the Night, is discounted to $1.99 at Amazon (again, no other e-tailers have it at this price, but check back!)

—Jamie Dornan is the cover star for Elle UK's February issue, and in the interview, he talks about visiting a sex dungeon to prepare for his role in Fifty Shades of Grey:

“I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives...I was like, 'Come on guys I know I'm not paying for this but I am expecting a show.' It was an interesting evening. Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards... I had a long shower before touching either of them.”

—The first book in Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampires series, The Rest Falls Away, is free at iTunes, and is .99 at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

—Game of Thrones has released a very short (very short) peek at Season 5, coming in Spring 2015. 

*Please note that we have no idea how long downpricing or sales will last, so grab these deals while you can.

Tue
Dec 16 2014 3:42pm

Romance News Roundup: Jane Austen, Dane and Hoyt Deals, and More!

It's Tea Time Afternoon Tea 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.

—Happy birthday, Jane Austen! The Huffington Post ranks the best Austen modernizations, while the Jane Austen Centre declares today is—what else?—Jane Austen Day. (We're on board, of course. We have an all-things-Austen collection and everything.)

—Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna made a fake sci-fi romance movie trailer for the real movie Annie, and it's pretty hilarious. Would you go see it?

Lauren Dane's first Hurley Brothers book, The Best Kind of Trouble, is on sale in e-book for $1.99 at what looks to be various retailers today, including iBookstoreBarnes and Noble, and Amazon.

Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane #1, Wicked Intentions, is marked down to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at sites such as AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iBookstore; same goes for Lisa Kleypas's Bow Street book Someone to Watch Over Me (Amazon, iBookstore, and Barnes and Noble, and probably others).

[+ more news this way...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Macomber and MacLean Deal Alerts, Outlander Jewelry, and More

It's Tea Time Afternoon Tea 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.

—Searching for your next holiday read? Heads-up that it looks like Debbie Macomber's The Christmas Basket is currently marked down to $1.99 at e-tailers such as iBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google.* (Find out why blogger Janga loves Macomber's books here.)

—And in more deal news, Julianne MacLean's Pembroke Palace #4, Married by Midnight, is currently free at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. (Get the scoop on Julianne MacLean, including guest posts from the author herself (!!) here at H&H.)

Outlander fans looking for a piece of the show to take home may be interested to learn that the series' official store is selling a replica of Claire's wedding ring, among other goodies. (For more Outlander content at H&H, including episode recaps and book discussions, visit our Outlander Collection.)

—The Insurgent (sequel to Divergent) movie trailer is here and previews some Four/Tris sexytimes:

—Chloe Neill's Lucky Break, a Chicagoland Vampire series novella, is $1.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble (looks like this is the normal price, as it's a novella, but we figure it's of interest to Chicagoland fans.)

[More romance news this way...]

Mon
Dec 8 2014 3:18pm

Romance News Roundup: Free Historical Read, William/Kate, and More!

It's Tea Time Afternoon Tea 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.

—Cecilia Grant has released A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong, a novella in her Blackshear series, and it is free right now at Amazon.  (We have no idea how long it will be free, so grab it while you can.)

—Fans of Stephanie Tyler's Section 8 romantic suspense series will be happy to hear a deal has been announced for two more books in the series (so books 4 and 5) for a 2016 estimated release.

—And in yet more exciting book news, two more books in Jackie Ashenden's Nine Circles contemporary romance series are also in the works for 2016.

—In case you missed it in October, here's a link to Entertainment Weekly's (largely positive) article on the romance genre, “A Billion-Dollar Affair.”

—See the first trailer for Anna Kendrick's big-screen musical The Last Five Years (warning: no HEA)

—President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's loving relationship seems to be the stuff of romance novels, so it only makes sense that a movie about their courtship is reportedly in the works. Two tickets, please!

—Speaking of fairy-tale romances, our favorite British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Prince William and Kate Middleton), are currently in New York City. Can it be 3 years since we liveblogged their wedding?! See Duchess Kate meet NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray:

[click to see the very short clip...]

Fri
Dec 5 2014 3:24pm

Romance News Roundup: Jessica Jones, Mark Ruffalo, and More!

It's Tea Time afternoon tea 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.

Marvel may have found its superheroine Jessica Jones: multiple sources are reporting that Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, Breaking Bad, Veronica Mars) has won the lead role in the Netflix series Jessica Jones.

—Speaking of Marvel heroes, watch baby!Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk) in a 1989 Clearasil commercial.

Arrow fans, sneak a peek at the gorgeous Emily Bett Rickards (Miss Felicity Smoak) on the cover of Runway magazine.

—Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser in Outlander) has been voted “Anglo Fan Favorites Man of 2014” by BBCAmerica.com users because obviously.

ETA: Pottermore will be the home, this holiday season, to 12 days of new Harry Potter content! Starting December 12 and until Christmas Eve, fans will get a new writing every day from J.K. Rowling, including a piece about Potter's enemy, Draco Malfoy!

—Handy H&H Links:
December New Releases Shopping List
Winter Can't-Miss List
Latest New Release Roundups: ParanormalEroticHistoricalWomen's Fiction, and New Adult

Mon
Dec 1 2014 3:00pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander Teaser, Laura Kinsale, and More!

Afternoon Tea 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.

—Starz has just released a 20-second teaser of Outlander Season 1.5!

—As shared on H&H's Facebook page, looks like several Laura Kinsale e-books (including Seize the Fire, Shadowheart, and The Prince of Midnight) are only $.99 today at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBookstore. Go get 'em!

—The first teaser trailer for Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens doesn't give anything away about the state of affairs between beloved couple Han/Leia years after Episode VI; where/how are you hoping we find them in the film? Are you excited about this first peek anyway?

—Team H&H hasn't had a chance to watch yet, but looks like will-they/won't-they pair Jake and Amy had a few more delicious Moments in last night's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Have you watched? Read HitFlix's episode review here and find out why we ship Peralta/Santiago here.

Girl Scout cookies will soon be sold online. You're welcome.

What news has caught your eye around the web today? Have you found other great deals on romance books? Drop us a line in the comments!

Wed
Nov 26 2014 11:00am

5 Reasons You Need to See Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights movie posterI usually save my movie watching for Sunday mornings; fewer people, slightly cheaper movie tickets, and I like to pretend that popcorn, soda, and mozzarella sticks make up a perfectly reasonable brunch menu. But I couldn’t make it around to Sunday to see Beyond the Lights.

I had to see it IMMEDIATELY so dragged my butt to the theater, mid-week, and boy-howdy am I glad I did. I’m probably going to see it again in theaters this week. Here are 5 reasons I think YOU should go see Beyond The Lights too:

1. Pure, concentrated romance.

There is no way to stress this enough, Beyond the Lights is a one hundred percent, by the book romance. All the beats are there; the meet-cute, which happens to be a wee on the traumatic side, the magical first kiss followed by the pretty righteous first sex. You’ve got your troubled heroine looking for a way out.

[Intense romance, you say? We are in...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 2:45pm

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayThis time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine, if that's what you're into, but what if your tastes are a bit more—to quote Mr. Grey—singular? So we've got a holiday gift list that is perfect for the romance fan, depending on your...singular tastes.

You Want a Real-Life Christian Grey:

Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Why? Because Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell are just as dangerously addictive and sexy as Christian Grey and Ana Steele.

J. Kenner’s Stark series. Why? Because the hero and heroine in this series are more than just their effed-up personae; Kenner delves into some real issues behind the trauma.

[Need some help putting together a holiday wish list? Let us help...]

Sat
Nov 22 2014 10:30am

3 Things the Fifty Shades of Grey Film MUST Get Right

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and AnaLove it or hate it, E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey is a cultural phenomenon. It's a polarizing work inside and out of romance circles, but its bestseller status many times over and overwhelming penchant as watercooler talk made a transition to the big screen basically inevitable. The thing is, its popularity means that just about everyone has an opinion on the idea of a BDSM romance novel translating to theaters. It's really the first exposure of the genre to blockbuster feature film status. And regardless of the final product, Fifty Shades of Grey struck a chord with people across the globe for a reason, and above all, the film version has to respect that. The Fifty Shades film should make us love it for the same reasons the book resonated with so many. It must reflect the story we've come to know and in order to do that, it has to nail three things: the extreme sex, the proper articulation and balance of the romance, and Christian Grey.

As a film, Fifty Shades of Grey has one objective to accomplish: Walking the tightrope of honoring what fans and readers love about the addictive quality of the work while doing justice to our overactive imaginations as we've devoured the story and know it well. It needs to take itself seriously but not too seriously.

The intensity that should have come across in the first official trailer released this summer at times unfortunately just feels slow, boring, and even cold. So often BDSM is portrayed poorly and inaccurately, and with the visual component of the props and the Red Room of Pain, it cannot be a bunch of cheap thrills. It can't be stereotype and it can't just be an extreme version of Twilight. Execution of the BDSM lifestyle here is a concern, and it's one of the main hit-or-miss elements upon which the film's success hinders, and there will be plenty of fact-checkers in the audience.

[What else will fans be expecting?...]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 8:12am

“I Could Be the Ham in That Man Sandwich”: 3 Reasons We Already Love Pitch Perfect 2

  • All the Fat Amy We Can Handle—She's the naughty Australian best friend we always wanted, and says all the things we're thinking!
  • Great Music—Raise your hand if you tried to learn the “Cups (When I'm Gone)” song after seeing the first Pitch Perfect! We imagine it'll be more of the same in the sequel.
  • To Sing Love Songs We Need Love First, Right?—Fat Amy and Bumper Alan, Fat Amy and The Green Bay Packers (aka the Man Sandwich), Becca and Jesse. We're sure there will be plenty of other ships for us to set sail on!

What are your three reasons?

Romance Addict Confession: I've already watched the trailer five times, as of posting. How about you guys?

Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:23am

The First Cinderella Trailer Is Here!

The trailer for Disney's first live-action Cinderella movie is finally upon us! Downton Abbey star Lily James will take on the leading role of young orphaned princess Ella, who's living with her mean step-mother and two evil step-sisters (one of whom you'll discover is The Borgias's Lucrezia, Holliday Grainger). Oh, and Richard Madden, famous for his role of Rob Stark in Game of Thrones, will play the dashing Prince Charming.

Watch the magical trailer and let us know what you think in the comments! Will you be seeing this one in theaters?

Cinderella will arrive on March 13, 2015.

Fri
Nov 14 2014 3:00pm

H&H Debriefing #20: Fifty Shades of Adaptations

It's that time again! In a new edition of the H&H Debriefing, Team H&H's Megan, Jenn, and Heather discuss the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer and open up the floor to a wider discussion on the best/our favorite book-to-screen adaptations. We talk Pride and Prejudice, Outlander, Nora Roberts, and a whole lot more! What is your favorite adaptation? Do you like them at all, or do you stay as far away from them as possible?

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Nov 13 2014 10:22pm

“It’s You That’s Changing Me”: Extended Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Arrives

As promised earlier today, an extended Fifty Shades of Grey trailer premiered during tonight's Scandal (check back in the morning for a Heart-to-Heart recap!). If you missed it, watch it here and now!

The first trailer left a lot to the imagination—what do you make of this one, which delves deeper into the tension between and issues facing Christian Grey and the woman he can feel changing him? Are you buying Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the roles, or are you reserving judgment? Ready to fall for Christian and Ana all over again? Sound off in the comments!

Revisit all of H&H's Fifty Shades trilogy coverage here, and check back regularly for more news as we get it! As a member of the Official Fifty group, we'll be hosting sweepstakes for some pretty cool swag in the near future, and you won't want to miss that!

Thu
Nov 13 2014 1:00pm

Mr. Grey Will See You Tonight: New Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Debuts During Scandal

We'll be recapping Scandal tomorrow, but there will be a scandalous treat in tonight's episode for those watching—the newest Fifty Shades of Grey trailer! Don't worry if you can't catch it, as part of the #OfficialFifty we'll be sharing it with you as soon as we can!

Thu
Nov 13 2014 12:09pm

New The Mockingjay, Part 1 Clip Forces Katniss to Choose: Gale or Peeta


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We all know how this story ends, but seeing the Katniss/Gale/Peeta love triangle come to life on the big screen has been a big part of The Hunger Games movie experience. And in the latest clip from The Mockingjay, Part 1—released today as part of a Good Morning America segment with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson—we see Katniss edging closer to having to make some hard choices (think life-or-death) that'll impact her very different relationships with would-be suitors Gale and Peeta.

Mockingjay, Part 1, opens in theaters soon—November 21, 2014.

Tue
Oct 28 2014 2:28pm

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.

Fri
Oct 24 2014 1:45pm

All Hallow’s Eve-ning at the Movies: Best Paranormal Romance Date Movies

 Today we're joined by author Elizabeth Hunter, whose Desert Bound, the second book in the Cambio Springs series, has just been released. Elizabeth writes paranormal romance with a healthy dollop of suspense, so she is well-suited to advise us on the best movies to head to for some paranormal romance—perfect for a Halloween date, right? Thanks, Elizabeth! 

Movie theaters are flooded with magical or paranormal romances, but does your date share your enthusiasm for teen romance in the fantasy vein? If you’re having a hard time dragging his warm body to Warm Bodies, stay in and check out some of these favorites he might not have seen.

Practical Magic

There’s a reason this movie is a girls’-night-in classic, but it can also be a fun movie for a date. Practical Magic is wickedly funny, features lots of creepy-crawly horror themes, and a great paranormal mystery. Two sisters who deal with their magic in very different ways fight off a haunting from the world’s worst ex-boyfriend. Good guy cop, Aiden Quinn, tops off this Halloween favorite.

Date bonus: MIDNIGHT MARGARITAS!

[You get the salt, we'll get the tequila!]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 10:54am

“Nothing Lasts Forever”: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is out, and things don't seem to be going well for our favorite superpowered crew. Here's the official synopsis:

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters May 1, 2015.

First impressions? Looks really dark and intense, huh? Exciting!

Except...are we the only ones disappointed there wasn't more Black Widow/Hawkeye? (Think we spotted them together in only one quick shot, which is a shame because we have hopes and dreams for that relationship in Avengers 2...)

Fri
Oct 17 2014 4:00pm

Friday Beefcake: Magic Mike XXL Cast

Can you believe it's already been two years since Channing Tatum made Magic Mike aka “that male stripper movie.” It blew most people's expectations out of the water, and now the wait is almost over as the sequel Magic Mike XXL is set to come out in July 2015. For those rabid fans who happen to live in or near to Georgia, you have a chance to be cast as an extra in the movie. For those who are eagerly anticipating, but will miss the opportunity to be an extra, H&H always has your back with a look at the eye candy that's been cast in the sequel.

What actors are you looking forward to stripping down. Will you be seeing the sequel?

[Get ready for the full monty...]

Wed
Oct 1 2014 9:55am

Twilight Returns, Sort Of!

Bella and Edward in New MoonIt's not truly nighttime yet!

The film company that produced Twilight has announced that it is teaming with Facebook to produce five short films based on Twilight characters. According to Entertainment Weekly, “A group of female panelists will choose from five aspiring female directors to direct the films, titled The Storytellers—New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga...The panel includes Kristen Stewart; The Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer; Kate Winslet; Octavia Spencer; Julie Bowen; Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke; producer Cathy Schulman; and Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee.” The films will appear exclusively on Facebook, and will not feature any of the original cast.

Whose stories do you want to see? Will you watch movies on Facebook?