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Wed
Apr 16 2014 10:30am

Mine to Claim by A.C. ArthurH&H is pleased to welcome A.C. Arthur, whose paranormal New Adult e-book trilogy Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts kicked off with Mine to Claim last week. A.C. writes sexy shapeshifter romances because she's a fan of them herself, and today she joins us to talk the irresistible pull of alpha shifters as well as to share some of her favorite series. Thanks, A.C.!

From the moment a romance novel is opened, a reader is searching for one thing: that belly-dropping, spine-tingling, whirlwind thrill of falling in love. Oftentimes that thrill is found in a contemporary setting with a very sexy alpha male and a feisty, independent female. On other occasions, the fall into love will take a scandalous duke by storm, or entice the proper lady to let go of her inbred reservations and give in to passion. And then there are the times when a reader simply wants to shift the scene entirely.

Hot, sexy, alpha males combined with the DNA of deadly animals. It’s not a new combination of hero, and yet the depths of the current shapeshifters are pushing the envelope of desire and passion and oh-my-I-need-a-fan-while-I-read elements in paranormal romance.

[Just us or is it getting hot in here?...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 12:30pm
Excerpt
Donna Grant

HER BEAUTY IS A WEAPON.

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up—as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny—and a desire—that could destroy them both…

HIS PASSION IS A CURSE…

It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans—and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all.

Get a sneak peek of Donna Grant's Darkest Flame (part 1, out now; full book available April 29, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1
Dreagan Land
April 20th

The night was dark and tranquil as Denae slid against an oak and waited for her partner, Matt, to catch up. They had jumped from a slow-moving van under the cover of darkness two nights earlier

While she had only her knife—and two more no one knew about—Matt had been given a Glock. He had tried to keep it hidden, but Denae had seen it just the same.

An owl hooted nearby and crickets sang loudly in the stillness. Wind rustled the leaves as it swept through the branches of the trees. The moon played peekaboo with dense clouds that moved like dark giants swiftly across the sky.

A perfect night for spying.

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Wed
Mar 19 2014 9:30am

Bite Me by Shelly LaurenstonShelly Laurenston
Bite Me
Kensington / March 25, 2014 / $15.00 print, $12.99 digital

Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

I adore Shelly Laurenston and her delightfully sexy unpredictable shifters. One of the better humor based paranormal romances on the market, Laureston has created a world that balances a well plotted storyline with some of the most dynamic and volatile characters in fiction. They are wild, crazy, humorous, and snarky. Dangerous with a capital D, these shifters and humans are true alphas yet aren’t bogged down by the emotional tragedies that require massive amounts of angst, pity, and turmoil. They go after who they want though the journey to true love is often filled with uncontrollable laughter, sarcasm, and some high-handed shenanigans. What I truly enjoy about the series is the hero and heroine treat each other with respect. Even when one half of the equation is human, they are never treated as a lessor addition to the whole.

[R-E-S-P-E-C-T, got it?...]

Sat
Mar 15 2014 2:00pm

Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica SimsBears are the next werewolves and werecats. Skeptical? Hear me out: Many writers have featured bears in a number of their books. Early adopters of the werebear protagonists and prominent figures in the paranormal romance community include Sherrilyn Kenyon, whose Bad Moon Rising and No Mercy feature members of the beloved Peltier clan, which has been a fixture in the Dark Hunter universe for quiet a while, but have more recently been in books within the overall Dark Hunter canon.

Jessica Sims’s Midnight Liaisons series features a bear hero in Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter and the same hero’s jilted fiancée from an arranged marriage in Bear Naked, a Midnight Liaisons novella. The bear hero, Ramsey, and the novella heroine, Nikolina, come from a pretty conservative bear clan.

The use of the bear clan or pack or whatever as a conservative society can be found in other novels such as D’Elan McClain’s Fang Chronicles: Mandy’s Story. Mandy falls in love with a bear and the two are mates, but werewolf Mandy has to get used to the male-dominated as well as conservative bear clan.

The idea of bear clans having a strict set of codes and morals isn’t limited to romance fiction. Just look at Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass; the armored bear, Iorek Bryninson, lives in a society determined by a number of codes, including those of honor.

[Bears always command respect...]

Thu
Mar 13 2014 12:15pm

Walk on the Striped Side by Jessie LaneToday we welcome author Jessie Lane to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Jessie's new release, Walk on the Wild Side, is the latest in her Big Bad Bite series, so of course she's here to talk about her favorite bad-boy heroes—shifters! And whenever there's a shifter, she says, there's bound to be a love bite. Thanks for being here, Jessie!

Any which way you read it, there’s always a strong alpha male in paranormal romance. Perhaps he’s a werewolf, perhaps he’s a tiger shifter such as Gage Ivanov from my book Walk on the Striped Side. No matter what type of were-creature he is, you know he’s dominant, virile, protective and oh-so-sexy. You want him to sweep you off your feet, rip your clothes off, claim you as his and then sink those humongous fangs of his in the area between your neck and shoulder.

Hold up. You want him to pierce your flesh and not in the carnal oh-yeah-baby-that’s-the-spot sense? Say what? If you’re a reader who likes your book boyfriends to turn furry and four legged, well yeah, you want that bite. It’s possessive. It’s erotic. It’s the “mate bite.” In paranormal romance stories that revolve around shape shifters, that bite is the physical equivalent of “She’s MINE—hands off!” That bite tells every person who sees it and knows it for what it is that she’s loved, protected, and thoroughly off the singles market.

[Mmm, gotta love a little possessiveness...]

Fri
Mar 7 2014 10:30am

Patricia Briggs
Night Broken
Ace Hardcover / March 11, 2014 / $26.95 print / $12.99 digital

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Patricia Briggs does a one-two-POW in the eighth installment in her deliciously action packed and wickedly dark Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series. From book one, Mercy (Mercedes) Thompson, a skinwalker, has struggled to survive in a world that is prejudiced against her kind. Raised by the Marrok himself, (king of the werewolves), Mercy has always maintained a foot in the supernatural and human community, usually despised and distrusted by both.

Mercy has come a long way since meeting her now-husband, Adam Hauptman, and his pack. Her sense of justice and unwavering loyalty towards her friends and family has placed her in some very difficult and often deadly situations. She has survived the Fae, the vampires, river otters, and Adam’s own pack. But in Night Broken, Mercy is tested to the limit by her greatest enemy of all: Adam’s ex wife, Christy.

[Your mate hanging around with his ex would make anyone batty...]

Thu
Feb 13 2014 5:30pm

Burn for Me by Cynthia EdenCynthia Eden launches a brand new series with Burn for Me, and trust me, it’s on fire—perfectly setting the tone for the rest of this racy, fun, and sexy series.

Starting from the very first line, Eden slaps us in the face with the new world she plunges us into.

The first time Eve Bradley saw Subject Thirteen, he was in chains.

She froze in front of the glass wall that separated her from him—a wall that, to Subject Thirteen, would look just like a mirror. The two-way mirror let the doctors and observers watch his every move. Not that the guy could do much moving when he was chained to the wall.

This series promises to have a similar setup—and heat level—to Lora Leigh’s Breeds series. But unlike the Breeds, the creatures in this series aren’t genetically altered, they’re born with their supernatural abilities and are “out” to humans. However, it has started to have a negative impact as hundreds of them are being rounded up and experimented on—most without their consent. This setup is just the beginning of the many twists and turns that Eden throws at us through the course of this book, but of course it all has to start with the romance, and man, does she pack it in tight with the sparks that fly between Eve and Subject Thirteen (Cain).

[Tell me more about these sparks...]

Fri
Feb 7 2014 12:40pm

Carnal Secrets by Suzanne WrightSuzanne Wright
Carnal Secrets
Montlake / February 11, 2014 / $12.95 print, $9.99 digital

Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.

Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.

Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.

The third book in Suzanne Wright’s Phoenix Pack series tells the story of Shaya running from the mate claim of brooding alpha, Nick Axton. Shayla is the best friend of the heroine from Feral Sins. In Wright’s world, wolves’ true mates can be determined by something as simple as a first look and such is the case between Nick and Shaya. Once Nick rejects the claim, however, Shaya puts herself out of sight, but not out of mind for Nick.

[Go get her back, Nick...]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 10:30am

Avenger's Heat by Katie ReusKatie Reus
Avenger's Heat
Signet / February 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past.

When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long?

In the fourth book of Katie Reus’s Moon Shifter series, Erin Flynn had been found by Noah Campbell and his pack severely beaten and left for dead behind a dumpster like trash. It has taken her months to heal from her injuries and even longer to learn to trust again. Erin is now part of Noah’s pack and has been working with Jayce Kazen to become an Enforcer for the North American Counsel of Lupine Shifters.

[Where will her work take her?...]

Wed
Jan 22 2014 11:50am

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in February. 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. 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 February 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

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Sun
Dec 29 2013 1:00pm
Excerpt
Cat Devon

Love Your Entity by Cat DevonSOMETIMES LOVE IS A MATTER

Sierra Brennan can inherit her great-uncle’s historic Chicago townhouse under one condition: She must live there for thirty consecutive days. What could possibly go wrong? As a writer and a ghost whisperer, Sierra has a vast imagination and a brave spirit. But not even she is prepared for the gorgeous—and naked—vampire who greets her at the door.

OF LIFE AND UN-DEATH

Ronan McCoy has spent the past century waiting to come home…to this house. The presence of the beautiful, brazen Sierra is one complication he doesn’t expect. The other is Hal, a dangerous ghost and original member of Al Capone’s gang who’s dead-set on revenge. What is a formerly indentured vampire supposed to do to get a moment’s peace? All he knows for sure is that he must protect Sierra from Hal. But once he has her in his arms, can he ever let her go? Life—and love—is becoming stranger than fiction for Sierra…and more delicious than she and Ronan could have ever imagined... in Love Your Entity.

Get a sneak peek of Cat Devon's Love Your Entity (available December 31, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

When Sierra Brennan opened the door to her new house in Chicago, she didn’t expect to find a naked man standing inside. A very hot, sexy, well-built, and well-hung man who looked like he was hungover. He made no attempt to cover up while she made every effort to keep her eyes on his face and not his privates.

“Thank God you’re here,” a woman wearing a corset and little else said from right beside Sexy Naked Guy. Sexy Naked Trespassing Guy. “What took you so long?”

“What do you mean what took me so long?” Sierra said.

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Fri
Dec 27 2013 1:00pm
Excerpt

Heart of Stone by Christine WarrenA young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?

HEART OF STONE

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.

Get a sneak peek of Christine Warren's Heart of Stone (available December 31, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Ella Harrow fully supported the notion that people with excessive amounts of money should donate large sums of it to worthy causes, and she counted her employer—the Vancouver Museum of Art and History—as among the worthiest. She just wished the donors would hand over the cash without wanting to talk to her first.

Five minutes after the last guest of the Friday evening fund-raising gala had exited the front doors of Georgia House, the historic building that housed the main museum gallery, Ella gave in to the pressure she’d felt building all through the evening. She rolled her eyes, blew a raspberry, and thumbed her nose simultaneously. It was childish of her, but satisfying.

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Sat
Dec 21 2013 1:00pm
Excerpt

Deadshifted by Cassie AlexanderAs Nurse Edie Spence embarks on her latest supernatural adventure from Cassie Alexander, the perils of the deep threaten to pull her under…

Edie Spence is in desperate need of a vacation—some R&R away from the craziness that shadows her as a nurse dealing with paranormal patients. But as she and her shapeshifter boyfriend, Asher, set sail on a cruise for Hawaii, they’ll realize that seasickness isn’t the only thing threatening their romantic getaway….

DEADSHIFTED

While on board, Asher comes face-to-face with Nathaniel, an old nemesis from his dark past. Asher is convinced he’s up to no good…especially when passengers start to come down with a mysterious illness unlike anything Edie and Asher have ever encountered. Soon Edie finds herself fighting for the life of the one person who means the most to her—Asher. As chaos explodes, will Edie be able to save their future together…or will this close encounter with the paranormal side be her last?

Get a sneak peek of Cassie Alexander's Deadshifted (available December 31, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

I wake up with a start, gasping for air. I have to tell Asher something.

Everything’s bright and orange, and I can only see through one eye. The other eye’s swollen shut; it burns when I try to open it. Water slaps rubber, over and over, in endless slow applause. I remember the sound from childhood, floating down a lazy river in an inner tube, drunk from beer my older brother had snuck me when I was sixteen.

“Edie? Are you okay?” Asher’s leaning over me. His voice is hoarse.

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Wed
Dec 11 2013 1:00pm
Excerpt
Christine Feehan

Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming.…

No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

Get a sneak peek of Christine Feehan's Dark Wolf (available January 7, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Josef emerged out of thin air directly in front of Gustoff. The leader stabbed at him, but Josef caught his wrist in a deadly grip and spun him around, so that his arm was locked around Gustoff’s throat. He was enormously strong, his grip unbreakable. He bent his head to Gustoff’s pounding pulse.

“I haven’t eaten in a while,” he whispered. “And I need blood to survive. Too bad you came along and didn’t heed my warning.”

He sank his teeth deep into that drumming beat, allowing Gustoff to feel burning pain. Fear laced his blood with adrenaline, helping to wipe out the bitter, disgusting taste of alcohol. Gustoff screamed and screamed, horrified at the vampire draining him of his life’s force.

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Tue
Dec 10 2013 1:00pm

Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan
Shadowdance
Forever / December 17, 2013 / $8.00 print / $7.59 digital

Once a heart is lost in shadow . . .

Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case-and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years.
He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights-even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past . . . or risk losing Mary forever.

With a series title like Darkest London, there’s a promise that, along with a deeply emotional romance, there will be supernatural derring-do, exquisite worldbuilding and layers upon layers of intrigue. In Shadowdance, Kristen Callihan most definitely delivers. Longtime fans of the series finally get to see the enigmatic Jack Talent take his turn as hero, and Mary Chase, bless her clockwork heart, is more than up for the job of heroine. When two people are absolutely perfect for each other, it makes for a romance like no other. The course of true love, especially the supernatural variety, never does run smooth, so while the happily ever after is guaranteed, the way Jack and Mary get there is full of surprises.

[And who doesn't like a nice surprise?]

Tue
Nov 26 2013 3:00pm
Excerpt
Isabel Cooper

Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel CooperHe Guards a Ferocious Secret

In Victorian England, gossip is often as precious as gold. But the Highlanders are a more mysterious bunch. And if anyone found out that Stephen MacAlasdair really was, he'd be hunted down, murdered, his clan wiped out. As he's called to London on business, he'll have to be extra vigilant—especially between sunset and the appearance of the first evening star.

Mina just wanted to find out more about the arrogant man who showed up in her employer's office. Some might say it was part of her job. She never thought the stranger would turn into a dragon right in front of her. Or that he'd then offer her an outrageous sum of money to serve as his personal secretary. Working together night and day to track a dangerous enemy, Mina comes to see a man in love is more powerful and determined than any dragon.

Get a sneak peek of Isabel Cooper's Legend of the Highland Dragon (available December 3, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

After the transformation had passed, Stephen’s human form felt new and foreign. Before he’d owned the crown, it had never done so—one shape had been as natural as the other. Now every night was an adjustment, and when he didn’t have the pressure of manes and strange women in his house, relearning himself went, or seemed to go, much more slowly.

At home, he’d walked in the woods, secure that he could handle any threat there. The London streets weren’t nearly as safe, though, and Stephen didn’t wish to accidentally break a pickpocket’s arm, so he wandered through the halls of his house—trying, he’d thought sometimes, to make it feel his as he made his body do the same.

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Mon
Nov 18 2013 2:00pm

Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne KennedyKathryne Kennedy
Everlasting Enchantment
Sourcebooks Casablanca / December 3, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital

Sir Gareth Solimere, knight of King Arthur's Round Table, has been trapped inside Merlin's relic for centuries, cursed until he finds his one true love. When he finally finds her in the unexpected form of a beautiful were-panther named Millicent Pantere, he has to use all of his charms to try to make her love him in return. But if he manages this feat, will he finally be free to live a normal life?

Fourth in the Relics of Merlin series, Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy explores the initially reluctant attraction that were-panther Millicent Pantere feels for Sir Gareth Solimere, a medieval knight trapped within a magical bracelet. If you’re new to the series, as I was, there’s enough background given to follow the story, though I was a bit confused as to how historical it was meant to be; the English aristocracy in this world holds a very different place due to their magical abilities, and seems to keep itself much more separate from the non-magical classes than in our world. For instance, there’s an Underworld that is restricted to magic users. Given the existence there of a historical Merlin, and Sir Gareth’s chivalric behavior, it was clear the series takes place in a secondary world rather than our own, with the King Arthur of literature rather than a historically-based version.

[The legend's always better than the reality...]

Thu
Sep 26 2013 12:30pm

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in October. 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 vampires in chains and small-town Christmases to gypsy lords and the best friend's little sister. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Update: Oops! You may have noticed some of your most anticipated titles were missing. We had a technical issue, but now it's all fixed. Scroll down to see the updated Contemporary, Erotica, and Romantic Suspense, Women's Fiction, and Inspirational sections!

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

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Tue
Aug 27 2013 11:00am

The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn SparksToday H&H is joined by author Kerrelyn Sparks, whose The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo has just been released. It's the fourteenth book in the Love at Stake series, and alternates humor with smoking hot men (and sex scenes!). Kerrelyn is here to talk about just what species should not be were-d:

Many of us romance readers love paranormal romance because of the supernatural heroes who leap off the pages and burrow their way straight into our hearts. These guys are powerful, strong, and sexy in an extreme way. The variety of paranormal heroes is also extreme. Vampires, wizards, elves, fae, angels, demons—we love them all. And then, there are the shifters. Werewolves have traditionally been the most popular, but romance authors actually have the entire animal kingdom to choose from. Does that mean any animal can become a romantic hero? Will a reader swoon in delight over a gorgeous man who shifts into a…baboon?

I think not. Some animals are simply better suited for heroic status. To decide what not to were, we should make a list of qualities we want our romantic hero to possess. Then we can match those qualities to an appropriate animal for the best fit.

[But heroes aren't going to be all cute and cuddly right?...]

Fri
Aug 16 2013 9:30am

Quick Fix by Linda GrimesLinda Grimes
Quick Fix
Tor / August 20, 2013 / $15.99 print, $8.89 digital

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them—as them—is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches—adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?

Looking for something fast-paced, quirky, and unpredictable? Love the potential of a friend-to-lover scenario? Intrigued when a heroine has to pick between two hunky men? If so, then there is plenty that you will enjoy in Quick Fix, the second book in Linda Grimes's In A Fix series featuring Ciel Halligan.

[You have my attention...]