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Popular LGBTQ Ships in Pop Culture
Megan Erickson
Mon
Aug 3 2015 3:37pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander Bundle Deal, Gena Showalter Cover Shoot, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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.

—Earlier this year, the first shots of Eddie Redmayne as pioneer transgender artist, Lili Elbe, were released. And now the first posters of The Danish Girl are out for public consumption, too. Here's the official description for the film (via IMDB):

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Will you be seeing The Danish Girl when it comes to theaters? We suspect Oscar buzz, already. 

—Deal Alert #1: Have you ejoyed Outlander (the show) but never read Outlander (the book series)? Well... since Outlander (the show) doesn't return until 2016, you'll have plenty of time to catch up on the books. And there's no better time than now because you can snatch up the entire series as a 7-book bundle for...wait for it... $1.99!!* You can find it at e-tailers such as Amazon. Yeah, we'll wait here... For more Outlander goodies, check out our Relationship in Gifs: Jamie and Claire, and follow all our other Outlander coverage in our Diana Gabaldon's Outlander collection. 

[Plus, Diana Gabaldon on writing, Bella Jewel cover, and more...]

Fri
Jul 31 2015 2:00pm

Slash Through the Heart: Popular LGBTQ Ships in Pop Culture

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Megan Erickson to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Megan's latest release, Focus on Me, came out on July 21 and is a male/male romance. Male/male romance has started to edge its way away from the fringe and into the mainstream. That means we can now openly appreciate many of our favorite relationships, even if they weren't part of the original story—yes, we're talking about slash fiction (ships in fandom that squee all over the interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex). Megan is here today to talk about those popular pairings—complete with gifs and fan art! Thanks, Megan!

Fandoms. They love their non-canon ships just about as much as they love their fan fiction. And some of the most popular ships romantically link characters in LGBTQ relationships. Dudes with dudes. Women with women. Non-binary with non-binary. It’s pretty awesome, in my opinion, that we don’t limit our imaginations to only what’s written on the page. And I think it speaks to authors and show creators who create so many amazing characters that we all want them to kiss!

[Pop culture couples we ship...]

Fri
Jul 24 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Men Who Played Writers on Screen

Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Love

Don't know if I can say that writers are the best lovers, but these characters made us believe in their words, books, and ablities to create a New York Times' Bestseller. Taye Diggs evoked every emotion from betrayl to sympathy as Harper Stewart in The Best Man. Ethan Hawke had us wondering about the one that got away as he played Jesse in Before Sunset.

Not all actors have played love-struck writers. Sean Connery was a writer/mentor in Finding Forrester and Jack Nicholson still scares me as Jack Torrance in The Shining. A round of applause because being a writer isn't easy.

So, in honor of the Romance Writers of America Conference (#RWA) we have rounded up a few of the most desirable actors who have played writers in movies. 

Also, please comment below your favorite actor who has played a writer or your favorite male romance writer in the comments below! 

[Mad, funny, or just plain sexy hot writers...]

Tue
Jul 21 2015 3:13pm

Romance News Roundup: Psy-Changeling Reunion, Tina Leonard Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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.

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh—Old favorites are set to return for a Psy-Changeling reunion in the as-yet-untitled next book in the series, Nalini Singh told fans last night at a Shards of Hope signing/live chat with Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books in New Jersey. Characters you can expect to see in future include Falcon Changelings, BlackSea, RainFire, and...pupcubs! (Want more? The Berkley Romance live-tweeted the event.) We will of course bring you news about Singh's 2016 release as we get it, and until then we offer up all our Nalini Singh coverage.

—Deal Alert: Tina Leonard's The Rebel Cowboy's Quadruplets is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Check out the covers for more books by Leonard, including her forthcoming rodeo romance Last of the Red-Hot Heroes, due out September 15, 2015.

[+Watch Chris Evans in a new rom-com trailer...]

Tue
Jul 21 2015 11:00am

Ladies Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sci-Fi Romance

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

As an avid lover of sci-fi romance, with its endless possibilities for exploring love in a technology-based setting, many kinds of romances appeal to me. One of those is the lesbian kind. In fact, I love lesbian SFR to pieces! I’m a cis heterosexual woman, so some of you might be wondering, “How does that work, exactly?”

For one thing, it has a lot to do with the kinds of stories I crave in sci-fi romance. A lesbian romance in a science fictional setting allows me to visit progressive futures where, for women, the playing field is level (or at least more level than it is now). There are worlds where marriage equality is the norm and lesbian couples find love while living free from the discrimination and violence they face in real life (for example, Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi). Alternately, lesbian sci-fi romances have used their speculative powers to explore how a same-sex couple finds love while navigating an oppressive society (Lise MacTague's Depths of Blue is a great example of this scenario). These are the types of themes I'm keen to explore and reflect upon over and over again.

I'm also a heroine gal, so the concept of reading about two intriguing, smart, equal, confident, and talented women is lesbian SFR's main attraction for me. Heroines in these stories accomplish feats like battling aliens, overthrowing evil corporations (as in Cathy Pegau's Deep Deception), and embarking on perilous journeys through space. There's a whole different set of romance gender dynamics at work and they're told using the most excellent female gaze.

[Women lovers who kick alien butt...]

Sun
Jul 19 2015 2:00pm

Fifty Shades of Clay: A Movie Night with Old Fashioned

Clay and Amber in Old Fashioned

On Valentine’s Day 2015, as Fifty Shades of Grey was raking in bushels of cash at theaters around the country, a quiet revolution was brewing at a couple hundred theaters, mostly in the Midwest. A gentle little film–which, coincidentally, also featured a hero with a penchant for control in his romantic life–began to catch the attention of faith-based audiences and others who didn’t feel that watching Jamie Dornan whack a college student with a riding crop would be their precise cup of tea. The movie was called Old Fashioned, and it broke the record for ticket sales for a film opening at under 300 theaters and has continued to pick up steam now that it’s available on DVD. In fact, at one point the movie, which was filmed on a shoestring budget featuring a cast of largely unknown actors, occupied the #1 spot on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases: Romance” list–above, it’s worth noting, Fifty Shades. So what’s the deal with this odd little phenomenon?

The debut feature film of writer/director/leading man Rik Swartzwelder, Old Fashioned is earnest, charming, and occasionally deeply insightful. Swartzwelder plays Clay, a furniture restorer/antique dealer who underwent a religious conversion as a young man and has spent the subsequent decade atoning for his debauched youth, including production of a series of cheap DVDs in the “Girls Gone Wild” vein. He's basically an honorable guy, but his faith is an airless, joyless thing, mostly concerned with rules and list-making. He won’t even go to church, being disgusted with what he sees as the “hypocrisy” among the churchgoers.

[So he's a tad bit grumpy about his faith...]

Wed
Jul 15 2015 3:23pm

Romance News Roundup: Allison Brennan Offer, Molly O’Keefe Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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.

Best Laid Plans by Allison Brennan—Minotaur Books (part of Macmillan, which also owns H&H) is hosting a special pre-order offer for Allison Brennan's next Lucy Kincaid novel, Best Laid Plans (out August 4). Learn more about the pre-order offer here and how you can apply to receive a copy of the first novel in Brennan's Max Revere series, Notorious, when you pre-order Best Laid Plans. Catch up on Allison Brennan on H&H here.

—Deal Alert #1: Melanie Shawn's contemporary romance Tempting Love (Crossroads #5) is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.*

—Deal Alert #2: Molly O'Keefe's Between the Sheets is $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore.* Read Myretta Robens's First Look at Between the Sheets for more.

Emily March's Eternity Springs re-read is now starting on book 3, Heartache Falls, over at GoodReads if you want to drop by to catch up and/or join in on the conversation. All caught up on the series and eager for the next book? Here's our reveal of the cover and description of Heartsong Cottage, out November 3, 2015.

[+Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters trailer!...]

Tue
Jul 14 2015 3:53pm

Romance News Roundup: Sarah MacLean Cover, Kristen Ashley Teaser, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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 Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean's The Rogue Not Taken has a cover and description! Here's the official blurb for Book 1 in the Scandal and Scoundrel series, due out December 29, 2015:

Lady Sophie’s Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

—For those who have already blasted through Kristen Ashley's latest Chaos book, it's time to sink your teeth into her next series! On her Facebook page last night, Ashley teased fans of her self-published series, The 'Burg, with an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Hold On, which will be available September 1, 2015. Find all of our Kristen Ashley coverage here.

—Deal Alert #1: Marian Keyes's This Charming Man is $1.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Keyes got some very nice shoutouts from readers in comments on the post “Romantic Literature for Chicks,” if you're in the mood for more women's fiction suggestions.

[+Barack/Michelle Obama movie & another deal alert...]

Fri
Jun 19 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Jurassic Men

Chris Pratt plays Owen in Jurassic World

Jurassic World hit theaters last week and fans were left quite entertained—how could one not gush over Chris Pratt or freak out over those huge dinosaurs?

In 1993's Jurassic Park, all eyes were on Jeff Goldblum (and of course the T-Rex). That movie truly changed our minds about what heroic men looked like and how sexy a hero could look without a gun or two.

On the other hand, this year's Jurassic World has given us a tight-shirt-wearing hero, weapons, and one giant genetically engineered dinosaur.

What I'm saying is this: It may be time to talk the men of Jurassic Park vs. the men of Jurassic World. H&H would love to hear your thoughts on Jurassic World and the gorgeous men in both films, so leave your comments below!

[The men of Jurassic just got hotter...]

Fri
Jul 10 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Motorcycle Gangs in Movies with Marlon Brando, Derek Luke, Martin Henderson, and Jack Nicholson

It's something about a man dressed in leather with jeans and a helmet that drives one's curiosity. Is he dangerous, adventurous, gritty, or able to hold a conversation that doesn't relate to a Harley? Throughout the years there have been more and more books written about gangs. Oh! I mean biker gangs or motorcycle clubs. There has also been a small section of movies dedicated to bikers in the past 20 years. Eagerly I'm hoping a new biker wave will emerge. 

There's power between those two handles. The driver shows he has guts and instantly there's attraction. His eyes say, “I'm dangerous, but you are safe here on my bike” and the heart begins to pound.

One may be cautious with some outlaw biker gangs in town or across the country, but the ones below aren't restricted.

Let us know what's your favorite motorcycle gang book or movie in the comments below.

[Are you into bikers?]

Fri
Jul 10 2015 3:20pm

Romance News Roundup: Laura Kaye Wedding Contest, Kristen Callihan Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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.

—Which Hard Ink series couple should get married in the novella Hard Ever After this January? That is completely up to you! Laura Kaye is asking for readers' help in deciding which deserving pair will get to walk down the aisle: Nick/Becca, Shane/Sara, Easy/Jenna, Derek/Emilie, Jeremy/Charlie, or Beckett/Kat. Vote for your choice here and then let us know which couple you picked and why! And then make sure you're all caught up on H&H's Hard Ink posts...

—The first trailer for Saoirse Ronan's movie Brooklyn (which also co-stars Arrow favorite Emily Bett Rickards!) is here to win you over. The fish-out-of-water movie follows a young Irish woman attending school—and falling in love—in 1950s New York. Give the trailer a watch:

—Deal Alert #1: Kristen Callihan's Evernight is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* For a more in-depth look at the book, read our First Look at Evernight!

—Deal Alert #2: Jane Graves's Baby, It's You is $1.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* By the bye, Graves has written one of the 10 Types of Heroes You'll Want Between Your Covers.

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

Thu
Jul 2 2015 3:14pm

Romance News Roundup: Jenny’s Wedding & Independence Day Recs!

Welcome to H&H's 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 Independence Day weekend to my fellow Americans! Team H&H will be taking a long holiday weekend, so the Romance News Roundup will be taking a brief hiatus, back on Monday.

—Katherine Heigl's Jenny is looking forward to marrying Alexis Bledel's Kitty in the film Jenny's Wedding, which looks lovely:

—BookBub offers up book recommendations for your Fourth of July weekend whether you're in the mood for Revolutionary War/Independence Day reads or lighter fare for sunbathing at the beach.

—Deal Alert #1: Nothing says summer lovin' like a road trip, seduction, and Miami, and that's exactly what you'll find in Rachel Gibson's Run to You. It's currently on sale in e-only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Get a taste of the action in our First Look of Run to You. *

*We don't know how long these deals will last so get them before they're gone!

Fri
Jun 26 2015 2:00pm

Magic Mike XXL is Bigger, Better, Bawdier, and Bomerier

Magic Mike XXL

Note: This post is made up of SPOILERS for the movie Magic Mike XXL.

With 110 percent more self-awareness, silliness, and skin, Magic Mike XXL casts the spell that 2012's Magic Mike couldn't quite muster. It's going to be a common observation: This is exactly what people wanted from the moody, artsy, and oftentimes slow first film. There's a scene early on in which Channing Tatum's affable Mike shows up in a stiff suit and is immediately tossed into a pool by a naked Joe Manganiello. “Okay, we get it, this is a movie about a bunch of male exotic dancers,” the movie is saying to viewers. “We're diving right in!” Stripped of pretension and clothes, the cast gets to have a blast, and so does everyone watching. I don't think our screening audience at New York's Loews Village 7 theater stopped laughing and cheering once. The script is as hilarious as the actors are naked.   

***Again, this post contains spoilers.***

[Hotter abs, biceps, and more erotic dance moves for fans...]

Tue
Jun 16 2015 4:45pm

Romance News Roundup: Tillie Cole’s Scarred Souls, Jackie Ashenden Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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.

Talking Dirty with the CEO by Jackie Ashenden—Deal Alert: Jackie Ashenden's Talking Dirty with the CEO is currently free in e-book at Barnes & NobleiBookstore, and Amazon.* Get a feel for Ashenden's writing with excerpts from four of her romances here.

—If you've ever wanted a pocket-size Jamie Fraser for your very own, here's your chance! In October, toy company Original Funko will be releasing a line of Outlander figures, but today you can see the “glam shots” for Claire, Jamie, Dougal, Frank, and Black Jack. Will one or more of these guys be gracing your desk come the fall? For all things Outlander, head over here.

Tillie Cole has announced a 4-book deal for the Scarred Souls series, including the previously released (and formerly standalone) novel Raze, meaning we'll see much more of the Russian Bratva and of Raze/Kisa's love story. Check out our Tille Cole posts here and watch this space for more info as we get it about the Scarred Souls 'verse.

Cosmopolitan says Jamie Dornan is reportedly being offered a $1.5 million bonus plus creative control of the scene(s) to go full frontal as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker. Not sure what to think about that—you?

Pitch Perfect 3 is officially a go with both Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson set to return. So I guess I know where I'll be on July 21, 2017.

—Over at The Mary Sue, author Maya Rodale is doing the genre proud, talking “Smart Tropes in Sexy Books: Positive Characterization and Good Romance Novels.”

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

Fri
Jun 12 2015 12:00pm

What the Heart Wants: Summer 2015’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

Summer Romance 2015 calendar

June | July | August | Printable Version

Even the most avid romance fan has trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. We’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for June 2015 through August 2015.

What are your most anticipated romance of the season?

June


Unreal (television)
“Bad people make good TV.” With a tagline like that, we’re already in! This drama centered on a team of cutthroat producers for a dating competition show (think The Bachelor) features Shiri Appleby (Roswell) as overworked freelancer Rachel.
       

[See what's up this summer...]

Fri
Jun 12 2015 8:05am

Will You See Jurassic World?

Some people believe you should leave the classics alone, no questions asked. For many, both the original Jurassic Park movie and book by Michael Crichton of the same name, are one of those classics that shouldn't be messed with.

However, because we live in a world where the classics are messed with, rebooted, reimagined, and more—and because Chris Pratt is looking pretty darn sexy—we want to know if you'll be seeing Jurassic World this weekend...or have you already for those who went to a midnight showing? 

Why are you seeing it? What are you hoping for and what did you actually get out of it? Let us know!

Tue
Jun 9 2015 4:05pm

Romance News Roundup: Mockingjay Trailer & Erin Knightley Deal!

Welcome to H&H's 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 first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 is here! What do you think? Have you been keeping up with the films? Will you see the conclusion to the story? Here's all our Hunger Games coverage (books and movies) in one place.

—Deal Alert #1: Jane Porter's contemporary The Tycoon's Kiss is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* Visit our Jane Porter tag for more.

—Deal Alert #2: Erin Knightley's historical romance Flirting with Fortune is $1.99 in e-book right now from iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other e-tailers.* Read up on Erin Knightley's other books here.

ETA: The first image of David Duchovny on the set of The X-Files has emerged! He looks damn fine, if I may say so. Come celebrate the return of The X-Files with me here.

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

Fri
May 22 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Mad Max: Fury Road Crew

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is not the typical movie we cover on Heroes and Heartbreakers...but when hot guys and adrenaline-pumping situations are involved, you can bet we're going to make an appearance. These men (and women) make dirty look sexy! Tom Hardy as Mad Max himself would be enough enticement, but underneath all that makeup is another cinematic hottie—Nicholas Hoult as Nux! 

(With a special cameo appearance from Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, just ’cause she looks pretty badass too.)

Are you going to see Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend? What did you think of it? 

[The Mad Max crew is furiously hot...]

Fri
May 22 2015 3:41pm

Romance News Roundup: Laura Florand and Carolyn Brown Deals!

Welcome to H&H's 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 Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand—Deal Alert #1: Laura Florand's contemporary The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat, Book 4) is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* The Chocolate Touch was one of several books explored in Kate Rothwell's “How Sweet It Is!: Chocolate in Romance Novels,” just in case you're not already craving a sweet treat...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, billed as a “bigger, fatter wedding,” is really actually happening and now even has a release date: March 25, 2016.

—Deal Alert #2: Carolyn Brown's contemporary Western Honky Tonk Angel is currently $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* For more, read excerpts from four other Carolyn Brown romances here.

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

Tue
May 19 2015 5:00pm

Top 7 Ballsy Women in Movies, TV, and Novels (and Why We Need More!)

Atonement by Winter Austin

Today we're thrilled to have Winter Austin on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Winter writes ballsy women—Nic, the heroine of her upcoming book, Atonement, which came out yesterday, is a former marine sniper suffering from PTSD. Nic doesn't want to accept anyone's help and is reluctant to do so when a string of suspicious suicides strike her small town. Winter is here today to talk about other ballsy women in fiction and why we need more of them! Thanks, Winter!

In Hollywood and in fiction, the “Strong Female Character” is finally having her heyday and it’s about time. The world of movies, television shows, and novels are now rife with women who take center stage and take care of business after years of only being sidelined as the love interest or the damsel in distress.

But when executed poorly, this kind of characterization can result in women who are written to behave like men. It’s still somewhat rare to find a great story that offers us a fully realized, complex kickass lady who isn’t emotionless or one-dimensional.

So here are seven favorite strong-willed, independent-minded and tough-as-nails fictional ladies who aren’t afraid to get in touch with their feminine side open up and be vulnerable and caring when it counts. They might have balls but they also have heart, and that’s something we definitely need more of in our movies, TV and books.

[Meet the Ballsy Women of Movies, TV, and Novels...]