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Sat
Jun 28 2014 12:00pm
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Kiss of Deception: Exclusive Excerpt

Mary E. Pearson

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course.

Get an exclusive sneak peek of Mary E. Pearson's Kiss of Deception (available July 8, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.

The wind knew. It was the first of June, but cold gusts bit at the hilltop citadelle as fiercely as deepest winter, shaking the windows with curses and winding through drafty halls with warning whispers. There was no escaping what was to come.

For good or bad, the hours were closing in. I closed my eyes against the thought, knowing that soon the day would cleave in two, forever creating the before and after of my life, and it would happen in one swift act that I could no more alter than the color of my eyes.

[Continue on to read the full excerpt...]

Wed
May 28 2014 2:00pm

Disney’s Frozen: Is It a Fairytale Romance?

Frozen PosterJudging by outward appearance, Frozen might seem to be another Disney princess movie, with its traditional princess and the requisite happily ever after.

But, luckily for those of us who like a little darkness in our HEAs, there’s more to this frothy mixture than meets the eye. For starters, it is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen. Our Danish friend was not exactly known for light and fluffy—remember that story about the Little Match Girl? Or even The Ugly Duckling? His stories have always contained a dark pathos, and the Snow Queen is no different.

In the Hans Christian Anderson version, we are given no explanation as to why the Snow Queen is the way she is, or why she kidnaps the young boy Kai, who then has to be rescued by his friend Gerda. The female director of Frozen, though, brings Queen Elsa—our story’s version of the Snow Queen—to life, imbuing her with enough angst to make any modern day teen proud.

[Exactly as it should be...?]

Tue
Apr 29 2014 2:40pm

10 Tropes That Make Historical Romance Awesome

Today we're thrilled to have not one but three authors—Gayle Callen, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Caroline Linden—weigh in on one of our favorite genres, historical romance. Gayle's latest release, Redemption of the Duke, is out today, and its hero is a duke (of course!) with secrets who needs redeeming. Laura Lee Guhrke's How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days pairs an American heiress with a duke, and is also out today, while Caroline Linden's It Takes a Scandal offers a love triangle between a wealthy heiress and two very scandalous gentlemen. The ladies are here to discuss what makes historical romance so awesome. Thanks, Gayle, Laura Lee, and Caroline!

1) Dukes. Now come on, when you see the word “Duke” in a title, doesn’t your heart speed up? There’s just something about powerful men at the top of the aristocracy, brought to their knees by love, that just makes us all swoon. That’s probably why I’ve used “Duke” in the title 3 times in my 21 historical romances, including my most recent, Redemption of the Duke. –Gayle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:

Source: runningoffthereeses.com

[+9 more historical tropes we'll love forever and always...]

Mon
Mar 24 2014 10:05am

Reckless Royal Rogues: Real-Life Royals Behaving Badly

Recklessly Royal by Nichole ChaseToday H&H is pleased to welcome author Nichole Chase. Nichole's latest book, Recklessly Royal, is the second in her Royal Series, and pairs a perfect princess with a man who is perfect—for her. Nichole knows, however, that many royals are far from perfect—and offers a few examples of some reckless and royal types. Thanks, Nichole!

“Off with his…er…pants!”

Royal families have been around for a long, long time. And from the first of the royals, there have been royals behaving badly. Some of them were downright frightening, others were silly, and the rest just tried to ignore the crazy cousins.

If you’re going to talk about royals behaving badly, you have to start with one of the most well-known. Henry VIII is by far one of the most infamous and naughty of the royals. When he wanted something, no one, not even the Pope was going to stand in his way. He created his own church just so he could divorce a woman and marry another—and later had the new wife beheaded! Oh, and the next wife lost her head as well. And the wife he divorced so he could marry Anne Boleyn? He divorced her because she was ugly. Yep. That was his honest reason. Thank goodness she escaped before he turned so bloodthirsty!

That guy divorced someone because he thought she was ugly. Too bad he didn’t look like the actor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) that portrayed him in The Tudors.

(Jonathan sure does add a certain amount of man-candy to the historic show!)

[He really does, doesn't he?...]

Fri
Mar 14 2014 4:45pm

Mid-Season Television: What Are You Watching...and Who Are You Shipping?

Star Trek Shipping Gif

I don’t love the term “shipping,” but honestly, has the internet ever come up with a better shorthand for that fugue state which many of us fans of romance will suddenly find ourselves in, while watching a relationship play out in a TV show or film? You know how it goes: you fall for a couple so hard, ultimately it doesn’t matter anymore if the show’s creators want them together or not. Your heart and your head fill in the gaps. Now and then you get lucky—and your hopes for a pairing dovetail nicely with the actual show’s intentions. Every once in a while.

Yes. I’m sure all you H&H readers have been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. So often.

Once again, it is midseason TV time—a bucketful of shows are returning post-holidays and post-Olympics, and the networks are bringing us more new shows to sample as well. Here’s a rundown of some preferred lovers, love triangles, and some of the more addictive ships I plan to revel in this spring.

[Let's board this 'ship, shall we?]

Tue
Mar 4 2014 1:00pm

Exclusive Reveal: The Endpapers from J.R. Ward’s The King

This sweepstakes has ended!

Today Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to reveal the endpapers from J.R. Ward's The King. Part of the thrill with having a physical book is the opportunity to see the intricate artwork that goes into the endpapers—the images you find right when you open a book. And these are pretty intricate! After all, what's a king without his throne? Get a closer look by clicking on the image. Here's the official description:

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle—with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything—and everyone—at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response—or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?

The King by J.R. Ward will be available April 1, 2014. Click here to see see a larger version of the king's throne!

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Tue
Jan 7 2014 10:30am

19th-Century Jersey Shore: The Royals

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa KellyToday we're joined by author Vanessa Kelly, whose Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is out this week. The book launches the Renegade Royals series,  which tells the exploits of the royal princes' illegitimate sons. Vanessa is here to talk about the real-life shenanigans of the British Royals, from Harry back to George. Thanks, Vanessa!

Outrageous parties, gambling and drinking, scandalous affairs, and lots of bad publicity—sounds like one of Prince Harry’s wild weekends in Las Vegas, doesn’t it?  The poor lad has largely redeemed himself since those nude pictures hit the tabloids a few years ago, but he’s had to walk the straight and narrow to get there.

Not that Harry is the only Windsor to engage in famously bad behavior.  After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that Prince Charles and his brothers were kicking over the traces and giving the poor Queen more than a few gray hairs.  Remember all those salacious phone calls between Charles and Camilla when Charles was still married to Diana? For those of us who do remember, we’ll never look at tampons the same way again.

Queen Elizabeth’s children and grandchildren (with a few exceptions) displayed a knack for creating scandal in their younger years, although most have finally settled down (age will do that to you).  In fact, compared to some of their royal ancestors they seem quite staid—particularly when put side by side with the notorious sons and daughters of King George III. The historical lifestyle of that particular set of royals reads like a Regency version of The Jersey Shore, but with better clothing, parties, and accents (and no tans).

[First up, the Prince Regent...]

Wed
Oct 23 2013 11:15am

November 2013 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in November. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to—from BDSM getaways and New Adult sequels to friends-to-lovers and Hot Scots. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Heroes and Heartbreakers November 2013 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Fri
Oct 18 2013 10:26am

Queen of Hearts: Reign’s Series Premiere Recap

Sebastian (Bash), Mary, and Francis in ReignWhere many heroines on teenage dramas dream of being prom queen, Mary, heroine of the new fantasy historical drama, Reign, already is queen. Of Scotland, to be exact, and, if she plays her cards right, of France as well. Think you know the story from the history books already? Well, maybe, and maybe not.

With strapless gowns, ladies in waiting named Lola and Aylee, spooky doings in the woods and a mysterious voice warning young Mary not to drink a fateful cup of wine, Reign makes it clear from the get-go that historical accuracy is not the star of the show. Yes, the real life Mary was betrothed to and did marry the Dauphin Francis, later King Francis II of France, but politics aren’t the star of the show here, either. Well, sometimes, according to Francis, but that’s for later.

[Now back to the romance...]

Sat
Sep 14 2013 3:00pm

Poll: Alexander Skarsgard vs. Prince Harry?

We'll help you warm up once you're done, Alex!The epic battle can now commence in a very official way. Earlier this week, Alexander Skarsgard announced that he would be joining the race to hike Antarctica to the South Pole...against Prince Harry. Yes, the pair are joining competing teams in the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge which is an expedition that will raise money for wounded vets. Both Prince Harry and ASkars are vets themselves so it makes sense they would raise money for this particular charity. While Prince Harry trains by sitting in an igloo to acclimate to the cold temperatures, do you think Alexander will be reading in the snow like his True Blood counterpart? Of course this leads us to this week's poll who would win in a fight race...Prince Harry or Alexander Skarsgard? And of course, we're thinking whoever wins will deserve a congratulatory kiss to help warm them up!

Alexander Skarsgard or Prince Harry?
  
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Tue
Jul 23 2013 9:30am

It’s a Boy!: A Royal Baby Roundup

Prince William and Kate MiddletonWe kind of had a thing for The Royal Wedding. Kate and William's romance swept the world—and swept everyone along with them. When the pair got married in April 2011, all eyes turned to the Cinderella dress, similar to Grace Kelly's, worn by Kate, and the dashing uniform, similar to what Cinderella's own Prince Charming wore, worn by Prince William. Now the couple will be adding a third to their marriage (and not like in erotica!) with a bouncing baby boy, born yesterday July 22 at 4:24 p.m. The child will have the title of Prince of Cambridge and his name will be announced in the coming days once Kate Middleton and baby are released from the hospital.

In honor of a new member to the Royal Family, we've gathered up all our royalty, parenthood, and pregnancy posts! We have posts on Real-life Royals, Fictional Royalty (God Save the Queen!), posts on babies, parents, and families. Read to your hearts content, and coo and sigh while the royal rattle shakes on!

A Real Royal Obsession:

The Royal Wedding Recap

Royal Wedding Fashion (or, where the White Wedding Dress came from)

Royal Weddings...and Knitting Patterns?

Testicles, Aphrodisiacs, and the Royal Couple

Murder at the Royal Wedding, or Capitalizing on the Hype

Discussion of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's, Wedding Dress

Author Elizabeth Essex on Her Secret Royal Obsession (with links to blogs she loves!)

[And there's more, so much more!...]

Wed
Jul 10 2013 9:30am

Author Elizabeth Essex on Her Secret Royal Obsession

Scandal in the Night by Elizabeth EssexToday we welcome author Elizabeth Essex—and her secret obsession!— to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Elizabeth's Scandal in the Night, a historical romance, is out this month, and features a bold, adventurous woman in disguise as a meek governess—only to be recognized by the spy who stole a night with her while on a dangerous mission. Elizabeth shares her own secret, her love of all the Royals—not jsut the British ones—in a guest post with us today. Thanks, Elizabeth!

We all have them, our secret little obsessions—our penchant for sparkly shoes, our addiction to vintage handbags, our love of dark chocolate, and that music we have to have when we write. All the strange and wonderful things that make us who we are, and give our voices as authors that little extra bit of something—something unique, and hopefully, magical.

My secret obsession is something I use to motivate myself every day, in ways both practical and more esoteric: when I have achieved my writing goals for the day, I reward myself by watching the Royals.

[We hate to break it to you but your secret is out!...]

Tue
Jul 9 2013 9:30am

Royalty in Space: Science Fiction Princes and Princesses

Leia Organa, the Original Space PrincessSo y'all remember Science Fiction Saiyuki Starzinger, right? The anime show that aired in Japan from 1978-79? It featured a princess who joined forces with three cyborg warriors to restore balance to the universe. Ring a bell? Half a bell? No?

Well, Starzinger, which aired under the name Spacekeeters (ha ha, get it?) in the U.S., was my first introduction to a character of royalty in a space opera setting, namely, Princess Aurora. I'm a longtime fan of anime like Starzinger and Voltron, both of which feature princess characters. Decades later, I'm still very curious about the choice, and even more so the way similar characters make appearances in science fiction romance.

Space opera characters of royal descent are an interesting co-op of fantasy tropes. As a fan of both SF and fantasy, I sometimes experience doublethink regarding such characters. On the one hand, I totally understand the appeal, because I've been swept away by the characters myself (Starzinger seemed positively obsessed with Princess Aurora taming Jesse Dart, a wild warrior Alpha male. Highly entertaining!).

On the other hand, I feel ambivalent about sci-fi princes and princesses because their association with fantasy/fairy tale settings is super glue strong. Sometimes, when reading a book or watching a film/TV show, I get the feeling a sci-fi prince or princess has been displaced, or actually belongs in a fantasy romance. The occurrence isn't always easy to reconcile.

Why are princes and princesses so prevalent in sci-fi romance? Is it an attempt by authors to create stories with cross-over appeal, or are there other reasons?

[Once upon a time, in galaxy far, far away...]

Sun
Jun 23 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Outcast Prince: Exclusive Excerpt

Shona Husk

Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife’s infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.

While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she’s the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn—a mirror hidden somewhere in the house.

To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.

Get a sneak peek of Shona Husk's The Outcast Prince (available July 2, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.
 

 “Are you sure you don’t mind coming over after work?”

“Not at all.” He gave her a rare smile. “You don’t mind me being here?”

Lydia shook her head. No, she couldn’t imagine any woman kicking him out. Yet one had cast him off. What was his flaw? Was he messy? Refused to do housework? Watched sports all weekend? Her gaze skimmed over his body—it had felt pretty good when she’d kissed him. Maybe he played golf all weekend. “More of the same tomorrow?”

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