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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
Jun 11 2014 11:00am
Excerpt

Have Mercy: Exclusive Excerpt

Shelley Ann Clark

Have Mercy by Shelley Ann Clark

Rock diva Emme Hayes already broke up one band after sleeping with the lead singer, and she swears she won’t let sex screw things up again. The problem is, her new bass player—a lean, muscular, tattooed mystery man who makes her want to demand his absolute attention—has her so worked up she can hardly carry a tune. Emme promises he’s off-limits. She just doesn’t know how she’ll be able to confine the heat to her love songs.

The moment Tom McKinney lays eyes on Emme strutting around the stage of his blues bar—all curves, eye liner, and teased blond hair—he knows she’s one of a kind. So when she offers him a two-month paid gig to tour with her band, Tom can’t say no, despite family troubles and the bar’s precarious finances. Onstage and off, the music they make thrums in his soul, but Tom has too much going on to get involved—even if he burns to let Emme play his body like a fine-tuned instrument.

Get a sneak peek of Shelley Ann Clark's Have Mercy (available July 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

The first time Tom heard Emme’s voice, he dropped a bottle of gin.

Having heard and played with a lot of bands over the years, he’d never seen anything quite as entrancing as Emme. She looked like she’d walked out of a 1960s wet dream, all teased blonde hair and dark eyeliner and curves. The bass groove of her first song had Tom ignoring his customers even before she opened her mouth.

Her voice damn near melted his spine. It was big and dark, full of longing so fierce it brought tears to his eyes. Her phrasing was meticulous. He heard desire in her voice, and he longed to give her whatever she wanted. By the time the first song was over, he ached to play in her band. More than that, he halfway wanted to crawl inside her songs and live there.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Have Mercy...]

Fri
May 30 2014 8:30am

Sing Us a Song: Music to Make Love (and Words!) By

Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder Today we welcome author Suleikha Snyder to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Suleikha's latest release, Opening Act, is about two friends, a musician hero and a reporter heroine, who eventually discover that they are in rhythm with one another. Suleikha's here to talk about how music informs Opening Act, and her characters' progression. Thanks, Suleikha!

I’m not one of those authors that has a book playlist. In fact, I can’t even listen to music when I write, because I’ll get so occupied singing along to the tracks that I won’t get a lick of work done! Writer fail. I know. However, that doesn’t mean music isn’t a huge part of my stories—especially my latest, Opening Act, about two friends from college who’ve graduated to a whole new relationship. Music is what keeps them tied together—she’s an arts reporter for a small online newspaper, and he plays bass in a grunge band—and it’s also a reflection of who they are as individuals.

When it comes to characterization, music really is the food of love.

My hero and heroine are twentysomethings, working Millenials still figuring themselves out. So songs become shorthand for where they came from and who they want to be. John Cougar Mellencamp is the soundtrack for Adam Harper’s blue-collar childhood. Saroj came to the United States as a kid, fell in love with Nirvana, but keeps the dance beat of Punjabi bhangra on her mp3 player. Even if they don’t know themselves—even if a reader doesn’t know them fully—what they’re listening to gives you an idea of their potential.

Music can be a really valuable tool on multiple levels—not just for character backstory and depth.

[We're all in the mood for a melody...]

Thu
May 22 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Suleikha Snyder’s Opening Act (May 27, 2014)

Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder

Suleikha Snyder
Opening Act
Entangled Edge / May 27, 2014 / $.99 digital

Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he's just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can't take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a long time and Saroj is ready to move on. Adam will have to hit the right note if he wants to prove to Saroj he was worth the wait.

Seven years is a long time to suffer from unrequited love. In the friends-to-lovers novella Opening Act, Saroj Shah has been the one carrying the torch for one of her best friends, musician Adam Harper. Opening Act probably has the most stubborn hero I have read in a long time; he’s also probably the sweetest. The world that Snyder created for her lovers is filled with laugh out loud humor and poignant emotional connections.

Saroj has had it with pining after Adam Harper. After seven years and many mates between them, it’s obvious that Adam is never going to take her blatant feelings for him seriously. Adam's deliberately obtuse view of his relationship with Saroj is first shaken and then broken when mutual friend and band member Johnny Ray makes out with her one night. JR is a notorious playboy that I actually wouldn’t mind reading more about; he’s bisexual, naughty, funny, and sensitive enough that we can tell he is damaged.

[That checks a lot of OUR boxes, what about you? But he's not our hero, yet...]

Fri
May 16 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Country Singers from Bryan, McGraw, Chesney, and More!

Tim McGrawSummer is just a breath away, and for a lot of people country music is associated with that. So to welcome summer, we're sharing some boys men of summer.

Do you have a hunky country singer that you love? Share pics in the comments!

[+6 more sexy singers...]

Mon
Mar 24 2014 12:30pm

First Look: L.H. Cosway’s Still Life with Strings (March 24, 2014)

L.H. Cosway
Still Life with Strings
L.H. Cosway / March 24, 2014 / $3.99 digital

My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?

Wrong.

Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.

L.H. Cosway's Still Life With Strings is a beautifully written love story, with a very fresh and enjoyable voice. It's told in first person, not my favorite way of telling a story, but here it just works so well and there's such warmth in Jade, the heroine.

You're sucked in from the first page, right there with Jade, in her life, but more, feeling, seeing, and experiencing what she does. And the incredible memorable opening to the book. It's hot, and fun, and really works. Ms. Cosway knows how to tempt and tease, both the reader and the characters.

[Don't tease us!...]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Dudes with Dreads from Sherman, Larsen, Kravitz, and More!

The polarizing, but foxy, Richard Sherman of the Seattle SeahawksThe Super Bowl is this weekend, and while we know some of you are sports fans—and we are, too—we took a few moments to look at the very hunky rosters. One name that has caught many an eye this season is the polarizing Seahawks' Richard Sherman. We thought we'd kick off Super Bowl weekend with him, and throw in some of his other dreaded companions. To join the ranks we have Lenny Kravitz and Glee's Samuel Larsen—both before they dropped the dreads—actor Ryan Gentles, and Gary Dourdan.

Are there any other dreaded hotties that have caught your eye?

[+4 more pics that won't make you dread the dreads!]

Sat
Nov 2 2013 10:30am

Dancing on the Edge: Love in Black and White

Dancing on the Edge posterIn the BBC/Starz period drama, Dancing on the Edge, screenwriter and director Stephen Poliakoff chronicles the rapid ascent of a black jazz band in early 1930s British society, and the thorny issues of race and class. Romance and passion play a prominent part in this exploration, of course, and as each episode progresses, we watch how it breaks down barriers—and keeps them intact.

The Outsiders

Louis Lester, leader of the Louis Lester Band, is immediately marked as “different” by circle of aristocrats and jazz fans who boost the Louis Lester Band—he is the only British citizen in his band (thereby exempt from needing to file with the immigration offices each week). Yet, his blackness separates him from his countrymen and women. Sarah, a society photographer who is friend/companion to the aristocratic Pamela Luscombe, is also an outsider—though this is less apparent on first meeting. She is the daughter of a Russian Jewish immigrant who escaped the pogroms and is determined not to rock the boat in his new country.

[Will they find a sense of belonging in each other?...]

Mon
Sep 9 2013 3:30pm

Fall into Bed: September 2013’s Best Erotic Romance

Aftermath by Cara DeeIn need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate—and your credit card....

Love is in the air this month as we watch the slow sensual dance of love and loss in the following erotic offerings.

Aftermath by Cara Dee

Austin Huntley and Cameron Nash are like night and day. One is a family man, works in a nice office, drives an expensive car, and is content to be content. The other one is an antisocial car mechanic with a short fuse.

Some things don’t change. Others definitely do.

After surviving a five-months long kidnapping together, they struggle to return to normalcy, all while realizing that they're more drawn to each other than they ever could've imagined.

“I know I'm not normal, but I'm not fucking stupid.”

“Define normal,” Austin countered quietly, meeting Cam in the doorway. “And for not being normal, you're the only person in the world who makes sense right now. What does that say about me?”

Warning: This story contains violence and scenes of an explicit, erotic nature between two men and is intended for adults, 18+.

Aftermath is a emotional and romantic M/M story of survival between two men who were kidnapped and tortured for five months. We witness the aftermath of their rescue and the journey the men go through to let go of the guilt and pain of their ordeal.

[More hot books to Fall for...]

Tue
Aug 13 2013 8:30am

Visiting Nebraska with Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellWe’re reading our way across America…one romance at a time.

Nebraska: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

When you think about it, Omaha is just about the last place you’d expect someone to set the heartbreaking story of a skinny sixteen-year-old half-Korean proto-New-Waver and the prickly, large-boned, wild-haired social outcast he comes to adore. I mean, Omaha. Mutual of Omaha! Corn! Football! The legendary Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack, and the River City Rodeo! These kids, they belong in New York or San Francisco. Chicago, maybe. Not in the heart of the Cornhusker State.

This is, of course, part of the point.

Set in 1986, Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park is a novel that captures the ups and downs of first love in all its intensity as experienced by two of the more offbeat characters you’ll encounter in literature. Sad it surely is, but also charming and optimistic. It’s a YA novel that adults can enjoy, and I definitely recommend it.

[There's something for everyone...]

Sun
Jul 7 2013 9:30am

First Look: Jennifer Echols’s Dirty Little Secret (July 16, 2013)

Dirty Little Secrets by Jennifer EcholsJennifer Echols
Dirty Little Secret
MTV Books / July 16, 2013 / $16.99 print, $8.89 digital

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again.

Jennifer Echols writes for both adults and young adults, and has recently begun to publish in the new subgenre of New Adult. Her newest novel, Dirty Little Secret, is listed as a young adult book, but the ages of the protagonists, the mild sexual content, and discussion of sex might make it fit into New Adult as well. Regardless, the novel will likely appeal to all of those audiences. Fans of the television show Nashville might be especially intrigued:  it’s set amid the music clubs along Nashville’s Broadway, and both hero and heroine are talented musicians who haven’t yet had their big break.

[Sing it out...]

Sat
May 18 2013 9:00am

Art is Love: On Books and Music

Woman with headphones image by Daniele Zedda via FlickrEntertainment—whether it's books, music, TV, movies, or art—is a way for people to connect to those around them, escape from those around them, find an emotional touchstone, or simply entertain themselves. And since it's all entertainment, it's natural that the subgenres would blend into each other (it's not an accident that we cover TV and movies at Heroes and Heartbreakers as well as books—romantic fiction is spread across genres!).

It makes sense, then, that authors would get inspired by music, and vice versa. Many authors create playlists for the books they're writing, using the songs as a sort of Pavlov's dog to get them into the creative process. For example, in a post she wrote about the tracklist she did for Chaos Burning, Lauren Dane (whose twitter feed is filled with what she's listening to at the time) said,

Music is one of the things I use to keep my head in the story despite constant interruptions from kids, other books to deal with (copy edits, final pass pages, promotion, all that jazz).

[We got the beat...]

Wed
May 15 2013 3:15pm

Move over, Lestat: Clips from Only Lovers Left Alive

Everyone here at Heroes and Heartbreakers has at least experienced the vampire sensation that is Lestat. You might even say that some of us are some pretty major fans. So when we saw this news break that Tom Hiddleston would be playing a love lorn, muscian vampire in the upcomming Cannes film Only Lovers Left Alive we were a bit exicted.

From the looks of these two clips it looks like we may be finally getting more of what we love. Of course we are all also excited for any excuse to have more Tom Hiddleston in our lives, at least until Thor: The Dark World comes out. What do you think?