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Wed
Feb 19 2014 5:30pm
Excerpt
Shana Galen

Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend by Shana Galen

She Wants Him...
She Wants Him Not...

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington—the duke's son.

Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily's attention. When he uncovers Lily's mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart...

Get a sneak peek of Shana Galen's Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend (available March 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

In this scene Lily is drawn to Andrew and gives in their attraction, against her better judgment.

She was in his arms, and no matter how many times her mind screamed that this was a mistake, she could not seem to step away. His mouth covered hers hungrily, and she devoured him just as eagerly. When she touched him, everything inside her came alive. Every sensation was heightened—she felt the fine weave of his linen shirt, the hard muscles of his chest, the stubble on his jaw as his mouth met hers. The lamps flickered weakly; his face had been in shadow from the moment she entered his room. She touched it now with one hand, learning its planes and ridges, its slopes and edges. Her fingers raked through his thick, dark hair. It was soft and naturally curly.

She moved to kiss his neck and nip at his ear catching his scent—a mixture of brandy and leather. She flicked out her tongue, teasing him just below the ear, and he inhaled sharply. Lily couldn’t have said why she did such a thing. She had wanted to taste him, to lick his skin and see if it tasted as delicious as he looked.

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Mon
Feb 10 2014 1:30pm
Excerpt
Gina Robinson

Love Another Day by Gina Robinson

LOVE IS A DANGEROUS GAME

CIA agent Tate Cox works alone. Everyone knows that. And when the object of his mission is to seduce a pretty RIOT agent for valuable technology, bringing his ex-wife Malene along seems like an especially disastrous idea. But no one bucks Agency orders, not even capable, confident Tate. Flirting with the enemy is in the job description—but falling for his sexy, sassy ex all over again is an unexpected complication...  

EVERYONE PLAYS TO WIN

After working for years on cover stories and logistics, Mal has longed for the chance to try her skills at fieldwork. But posing as “Professor” Tate Cox's graduate student girlfriend at the Cheltenham Festival of Science? Hardly a dream assignment. Yet when gorgeous Tate turns on the charm, Mal can't help wondering if she let the real thing go much too soon...

Get a sneak peek of Gina Robinson's Love Another Day (available February 25, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt from Chapters 2-4.

In this fifth book in Robinson's Agent Ex series, Malene Cox is the brains behind creating the “cover” part of undercover work. However, helping her ex-husband, Tate, seduce an enemy operative while out on her first assignment in the field, might be too much to ask, even for her.

Chapter 2

 Tate sat in Dulles International Airport, outside the security check, waiting for his ex-wife, Mal, to arrive. They were traveling together to Cheltenham, England, as mathematics professor Tate Stevens, Ph.D., and his trusty graduate student and research assistant sidekick, Mallie Green.

What the hell had Emmett been thinking assigning her as his cover-life artist for this mission? And insisting she go into the field with him—lunacy. First of all, Tate worked alone. He certainly didn’t need Mal, or any woman, for that matter, tagging along to scare Sophia off. It was going to be dicey enough convincing her he was falling in love with her so he could bring her in. He didn’t want to give her any reason to bolt.

Second, he and Mal got along now about as well as the Agency got along with RIOT—they generally wanted to kill each other. He blamed himself and Mal’s jealous nature. He’d thought when he married her that she understood that sometimes sleeping with other women was simply part of the job.

Third, while Mal was an excellent cover-life artist, she wasn’t a trained agent. Oh, she could shoot with the best of them, but a gun wasn’t her most efficient weapon. No, she wielded words like a pro, cutting as efficiently as if using a stiletto. He knew—he’d been the recipient of her knife’s edge too many times. He didn’t want her sharp tongue anywhere near Sophia.

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Sun
Jan 26 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt
Donna June Cooper

More than Magic by Donna June CooperDEA agent Nick McKenzie is sure magic exists—a dangerous drug called Smoky Mountain Magic that’s wreaking havoc on the streets of Atlanta. He’s also sure that locating and eliminating the source could mean his death.

When he arrives undercover on Woodruff Mountain, the beautiful owner’s anxious attempts to scare him off tell him something’s afoot, and it’s not her secret patch of a rare, ancient species of ginseng.

As her dream of seeking medicinal plants in the Amazon fades into the distance, Grace Woodruff struggles to come to terms with an inherited magical gift she didn’t want, and searches desperately for the meaning behind her late grandfather’s final, cryptic message.

The last thing she needs underfoot is a handsome, enigmatic writer recovering from a recent illness. Until an accidental touch unleashes a stunning mystical force and Grace senses the wrath of a malicious blight at the heart of the mountain. Now she must choose between her need to hide her gift from the world…and her desire to save Nick’s life.

Warning: This book contains a fiery redhead whose magic cannot be contained and a handsome DEA agent whose final case might give him a second chance at life.

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Pooka’s deep warning bark outside the lab door first alerted Grace, then the gate alarm bleated twice, bringing a muttered protest from the chicken house. She glanced at the clock. Good grief. Who on earth would be coming in this late? And using the gate code?

She yanked off her lab coat and hair cover, and grabbed her jacket from the rack. Had she forgotten something? Or someone? It was possible, given her state of mind of late. But just in case, she decided to head for the house to get her shotgun.

Perhaps it was a late delivery, or pickup. She hoped it wasn’t Eddie giving up early on his long-delayed fishing trip. Or Ouida deciding she really couldn’t get along with her younger sister for two weeks. Or a guest for the cabins. Please let it not be that.

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Thu
Dec 12 2013 1:00am
Original Story
Zoë Archer

Winter's Heat by Zoe Archer

 

As part of H&H's Hot for the Holidays program, we're thrilled to share a limited-time peek at 12 special holiday stories! All 12 e-novellas are on sale now (you may have seen us talk about this H&H-St. Martin's Press program before), but we're offering H&H members the exclusive chance to read the whole story for free—it's our gift to you. But here's the thing: Stories will be available for ONE DAY ONLY over the next two weeks, so grab a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and get reading before they disappear with a wink and a smile!

An auxiliary Nemesis agent and a former client go undercover as servants at a country estate during the Christmas season to expose corruption among London society’s powerful elite. Michael and Ada never thought they would again be working side by side in the pursuit of justice. Now that they’re on a case together, the attraction they had once shared flares to life, making a dangerous assignment even more unpredictable. Can they take the heat? 

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Mon
Nov 11 2013 1:00pm
Excerpt
Zoë Archer

Dangerous Seduction by Zoe Archer

In Zoë Archer's Dangerous Seduction, Alyce Carr has no time for the strange man in her little Cornwall village, no matter how breathtakingly handsome he is. Life in Trewyn doesn’t allow for much fun—the managers of the copper mine barely provide the miners and their families with enough food. Outsiders are suspect and flirts are unimaginable, but Simon Sharpe is as keen as his name…and Alyce can’t ignore him for long.

As the founder of Nemesis, Unlimited, Simon Addison-Shawe is well accustomed to disguise and deceit. Yet he’s not prepared for Alyce’s dogged defense of her people and the injustices the copper mine has dealt them. With Alyce’s help he can change the fate of an entire town, and convincing her to join him is only part of the thrill. Together, they ignite a desire in each other much too powerful to deny. But at what cost?

Get a sneak peek of Zoë Archer's Dangerous Seduction (available November 26, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt from Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1
Trewyn, Cornwall
Wheal Prosperity Copper Mine
1886

The granite room shook. Hissing and grinding filled the chamber. The huge machine crouching within it might crush a man into a paste of flesh and a powder of bone if it spun out of control.

Three men stared across the large pump engine at Simon Addison-Shawe, their arms folded across their chests. The men’s eyes were hard, mouths fixed in thin, severe lines.

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Tue
Aug 27 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt

True Spies by Shana Galen

He's Getting Tired of Deception...

Baron Winslow Keating is honor-bound to finish one last mission as an elite spy for the Barbican group even though he just wants to go home and be with his family. But after years of secrecy and absence, his daughters hardly know him and his wife has given up on him...

She Wants to Try a Little Intrigue...

Lady Elinor has had enough of domestic boredom. She contemplates an affair with a rakish spy, only to discover a world of intrigue and treachery that she never knew existed. Even more shocking, her neglectful husband is suddenly very attentive—quite the jealous type—and apparently there is much more to him than she ever knew...

Get a sneak peek of Shana Galen's True Spies (available September 3, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Baron Winslow Keating, the spy known simply as Baron, has kept his secret identity from his wife for fourteen years. Now she’s discovered his deception—and she’s not pleased. But after all the years of putting his service to the Crown first, Winn finds that now he has other priorities. His mission is to persuade his wife to fall in love with him again—and it may be his most difficult yet.

His town house was dark and quiet when he arrived home several hours later. It was early for Elinor to have retired, but he remembered the girls were at his mother’s house. Without their company, she had probably taken dinner in her room and stayed there. No doubt she wanted to avoid him. He was not going to allow that.

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Mon
Aug 19 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt
Gina Robinson

License to Love by Gina Robinson

Rock Powers is one of the most successful magicians in Vegas for a reason—he creates illusions too spectacular to believe. But his former assistant, gorgeous Lani Silkwater, pulled off the greatest trick of all: disappearing into thin air the day after they were married. Two years later, Rock can’t resist a clue to Lani’s whereabouts—or the outlandish plan Lani and her mysterious boss propose, if it means a chance to win her back for good...  

Working as a magician’s assistant was one of Lani’s strangest undercover assignments, but she never imagined it would be so dangerous—to her heart. Leaving Rock was the right thing for both of them, but with a terrorist group closing in on Vegas, Rock’s talent with sleight of hand is imperative. To save them both, Lani must reveal secrets she’s kept for years, and one of them is how much she loves the sexy magician who stole her heart…

Get a sneak peek of Gina Robinson's License to Love (available August 27, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of the Prologue and Chapters 1 & 2.

Prologue
A luxury hotel on the strip
Las Vegas, Nevada

Disappearing on her husband in the middle of an expensive Vegas magic act would be considered rude. By almost everyone. Especially given that undercover CIA agent Lani Silkwater was performing on stage with her husband of less than a day, premier illusionist Rock Powers. As his exceptionally able-bodied assistant.

She’d shown him just how able-bodied too many times to count, on stage and off. But particularly last night, on their wedding night, when she’d played contortionist just for him. The memory should have made her blush, if she’d been prone to blushing.

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Wed
Jul 31 2013 1:07pm

Love Another Day by Gina RobinsonToday we're happy to reveal the cover for Gina Robinson's fifth Agent Ex novel, Love Another Day. Sex with the Ex is one of our favorite romance tropes, and when you mix that with sexpionage espionage? WE ARE SO THERE.

Here's the official description:

Secrets, suspense, seduction—they're all part of the spy game, and nobody does it better than Gina Robinson. Follow her to England for a foreign affair of the sexiest kind ...

LOVE IS A DANGEROUS GAME

CIA agent Tate Cox works alone. Everyone knows that. And when the object of his mission is to seduce a pretty RIOT agent for valuable technology, bringing his ex-wife Malene along seems like an especially disastrous idea. But no one bucks Agency orders, not even capable, confident Tate. Flirting with the enemy is in the job description—but falling for his sexy, sassy ex all over again is an unexpected complication...  

EVERYONE PLAYS TO WIN

After working for years on cover stories and logistics, Mal has longed for the chance to try her skills at fieldwork. But posing as “Professor” Tate Cox's graduate student girlfriend at the Cheltenham Festival of Science? Hardly a dream assignment. Yet when gorgeous Tate turns on the charm, Mal can't help wondering if she let the real thing go much too soon ...

Love Another Day will be out on February 25, 2014. But first, be on the lookout for an H&H excerpt of Agent Ex #4, License to Love (August 27), coming soon! And don't miss Gina Robinson's guest posts on spies and sexpionage and femme fatales as heroines, or H&H's excerpts of Agent Ex novels The Spy Who Left MeDiamonds Are Truly Forever, and Live and Let Love.

Mon
Jul 8 2013 1:00pm

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The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W. Gortner

England, 1553: Harsh winter encroaches upon the realm. Mary Tudor has become queen to popular acclaim and her enemies are imprisoned in the Tower. But when she’s betrothed to Philip, Catholic prince of Spain, putting her Protestant subjects in peril, rumors of a plot to depose her swirl around the one person whom many consider to be England’s heir and only hope—the queen’s half-sister, Princess Elizabeth.

Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott lives far from the intrigues of court. But his time of refuge comes to an end when his foe and mentor, the spymaster Cecil, brings him disquieting news that sends him on a dangerous mission. Elizabeth is held captive at court, the target of the Spanish ambassador, who seeks her demise. Obliged to return to the palace where he almost lost his life, Brendan finds himself working as a double-agent for Queen Mary herself, who orders Brendan to secure proof that will be his cherished Elizabeth’s undoing.

Plunged into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a mysterious opponent who hides a terrifying secret, Brendan races against time to retrieve a cache of the princess’s private letters, even as he begins to realize that in this dark world of betrayal and deceit, where power is supreme and sister can turn against sister, nothing—and no one—is what it seems.

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Mon
Jul 8 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt
C.W. Gortner

Tudor Conspiracy by C.W. Gortner

Hunted by a shadowy foe in Bloody Mary’s court, Brendan Prescott plunges into London’s treacherous underworld to unravel a dark conspiracy that could make Elizabeth queen—or send her to her death in C.W. Gortner's The Tudor Conspiracy

England, 1553: Harsh winter encroaches upon the realm. Mary Tudor has become queen to popular acclaim and her enemies are imprisoned in the Tower. But when she’s betrothed to Philip, Catholic prince of Spain, putting her Protestant subjects in peril, rumors of a plot to depose her swirl around the one person whom many consider to be England’s heir and only hope—the queen’s half-sister, Princess Elizabeth.

Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott lives far from the intrigues of court. But his time of refuge comes to an end when his foe and mentor, the spymaster Cecil, brings him disquieting news that sends him on a dangerous mission. Elizabeth is held captive at court, the target of the Spanish ambassador, who seeks her demise. Obliged to return to the palace where he almost lost his life, Brendan finds himself working as a double-agent for Queen Mary herself, who orders Brendan to secure proof that will be his cherished Elizabeth’s undoing.

Plunged into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a mysterious opponent who hides a terrifying secret, Brendan races against time to retrieve a cache of the princess’s private letters, even as he begins to realize that in this dark world of betrayal and deceit, where power is supreme and sister can turn against sister, nothing—and no one—is what it seems.

Get a sneak peek of the second book in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles by C.W. Gortner, The Tudor Conspiracy (available July 16, 2013) with an excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2. Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book, too!

Chapter One
Hatfield

“Cut and thrust! To the left! No, to your left!”

Kate’s shout resounded within Hatfield’s vaulted gallery, punctuated by a metallic hiss as she lunged toward me on soft-shod feet, brandishing her sword.

Ignoring the sweat dripping down my brow, my shoulder-length hair escaping its tie and plastered to my nape, I gauged my position. I had the advantage of my weight and height, but Kate had years of training. Indeed, her experience had come as a complete surprise to me. Kate and I had only met five months before in the palace of Whitehall, during the time of peril when I served as a squire to Lord Robert Dudley, son of the powerful Duke of Northumberland, and she acted as an informant for our mistress, Princess Elizabeth Tudor. During our time at court, Kate had displayed rather unusual skills for a woman, but when she first offered to instruct me it never occurred to me that she’d be so adept with a blade. I’d thought to call her bluff, thinking at best all she could manage was a few thrusts and parries. She soon proved how wrong I was.

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Tue
Jun 11 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt
Elizabeth Essex

Scandal in the Night by Elizabeth EssexAssuming a false identity as a prim and proper governess, the bold and beautiful Cat Rowan thinks she has finally escaped the wild misadventures of her past—and the wickedly handsome spy who seduced her in India. Imagine her surprise when her employer introduces his brother: the very same cad who destroyed her heart!

The Honorable Thomas Jellicoe cannot believe his eyes when he sees his beloved Cat—the Scottish beauty who nearly jeopardized his mission in India. Disguised as a horse trader from the bazaars of the Punjab, the British spy risked his life for one night of passion in her arms. But here and now—breaking all rules of decorum—one heated kiss ignites a flurry of gunfire. For their enemies have followed them home. And love is the greatest danger of all…

Get a sneak peek of Elizabeth Essex's Scandal in the Night (available July 2, 2013) with an excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1
Wimbourne Chase, Hampshire
Early summer, 1830

In India, there was an ancient proverb: Pilgrims seldom come home saints.

Thomas Jellicoe stood as the proof. He had been a pilgrim in the wide, wicked world for so many years he had long ago lost his faith—misplaced on some dusty, less-traveled roadside—and he had all but forgotten how to find his wandering way home.

He could only stand before the ancient lodge gate like a supplicant, and hope he had finally come to the place where—no matter how long he had been gone, or what he had done—they would finally let him in.

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Wed
May 29 2013 11:00am

Longmire Season 2Summertime is here again, and that can only mean one thing: TV! ABC kicked off the off-season early with the series premiere of comedy Family Toolson May 1 (nope), and then came Canadian procedural Motive (chilling, but yep). Last week, NBC brought us Save Me (Michael Landes deserves so much better), and Fox delivered up The Goodwin Games (infuriating, but pretty funny). But this week brings us the summer season in earnest, and with it some new shows as well as many a returning favorite. First up, and all premiering in just the next fortnight:

Longmire
A&E
Season 2 Premiere: Monday, May 27

Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) of Absaroka County, Wyoming, is running for re-election against a young punk from his own office (Bailey Chase), while also using his signature blend of gravelly-voiced monosyllables and stoic wisdom to solve a worrisome amount of suspicious death for such a sparsely populated area.

[What about the love?]

Thu
May 2 2013 9:30am

Phil and Elizabeth in The Americans 1.13, The ColonelThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Americans, including last night's Season 1 finale, episode 1.13, “The Colonel.”

Your regular recapper for The Americans, Heather Waters@redline_, is in Kansas City this week at the Romantic Times convention. I’m filling in during her absence to recap the show’s finale.

Last night the finale for season one of The Americans aired. It was intricate, exhilarating, and exhausting, all at the same time. Nothing went according to plan, one marriage further disintegrated while another got off life support, Grannie got revenge for Viktor Zhukov, and an epic car chase (alright, it didn’t quite rival The French Connection, but...) ensued. Let’s count down the Top Five and celebrate the weirdness of hoping the bad guys get off.

5. “The kind of man who did what was done to you, Nina, is weaker and more vulnerable than he seems.” So says Arkady to Nina when he tells her she has two choices: 1) Return to the U.S.S.R. to face charges of treason (but not execution) or 2) Continue to spy on Stan Beeman, perhaps plant a bug on him, and eventually turn him...into a Soviet asset. She decides to turn double agent and spy on Stan, the man so willing to move heaven and earth to protect her from the KGB that he tells John-Boy Gaad, “the Rezidentura is going to go ape-shit [when we catch the illegals]. We need to do right by our source.”

[Wait till you see No. 1...]

Thu
Apr 25 2013 12:18pm

Martha and Clark in The Americans Season 1, episode 12This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Americans, including last night's Season 1, episode 12, “The Oath.”

Last night was the penultimate episode of The Americans season 1, and I don't know about you, but they got me good. How did I miss the signs?! It's so obvious, looking back, how the episode was going to end, where the show wanted to be at the start of next week's season finale, but I was too absorbed to notice.

It was hard to narrow down my Top 5 this week, but there was no choice at all when it came to my #1 favorite scene—how about you?

5. Viola's confession to the FBI. We already knew Viola felt incredibly guilty about her part in Elizabeth and Phil's scheme earlier in the season to bug her employer's house, despite the fact that she was as much a victim as her son in the situation, so I didn't feel it was really necessary to set up her trip to FBI headquarters like they did. That said, the fact that Gaad and Stan now have a new source of intel in the bugged clock Viola planted for Phil and Elizabeth will lead to good drama in the future, I'm sure. And given how the episode ended...well, at least the FBI has something going for them?

[Let's count it down...]