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Tue
Apr 15 2014 2:00pm

Today we welcome not one, not two, but six authors to talk about why they love athletes. This week, Carina Press published six new sports romances, each featuring a different sport: football, tennis, baseball, hockey, mixed martial arts, and rugby, and we're happy to welcome Rebecca Crowley, Rhonda Shaw, Kate Willoughby, Michele Mannon, Allison Parr, and Kat Latham to discuss why they love athletes.

Commitment, passion, tenacity…athletes have a slew of traits that we romance readers adore.  We are here today sharing just a few of the reasons we love athletes—in 18 charming gifs.

They’re great dancers.

Duchene handshake gif courtesy of nhlgifs.tumblr.com

[It really IS about the motion on the...ice rink...]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 10:30am

PROMPTING IS NOW CLOSED.

Thanks for all the awesome prompts. Check back at H&H on April 29 for an original scene from Kristina Mathews based on two or more of these prompts!

Better Than Perfect by Kristina MathewsIf you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on Manda Collins' fantastic H&H Quickies debut, and Lora Leigh's exciting call for prompts, we are pleased to announce today that Kristina Mathews will be the third author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Kristina Mathews with a contemporary theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Kristina will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Kristina used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (chocolate), a setting (a crowded bar), a situation (waiting for a friend), a description (sassy heroine)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be contemporary-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on April 29 for an original scene from Kristina Mathews based on your suggestions!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

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Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Fri
Apr 4 2014 1:30pm

Risky Business by Melissa CutlerYou can drop this kind of bomb on us anytime! Today we're excited to reveal the covers for the first three books in Melissa Cutler's Bomb Squad series, with gorgeous hockey players who can even make ice hot!

Here's the official description for Book 1, Risky Business:

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head withhis new boss…

Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…

Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.

Risky Business will be available on August 19, 2014, followed by Undefeated on November 28 and Game Changer in April 2015. Stay tuned for more details as we get them!

P.S. Visit Melissa Cutler's website to learn more about the charm bracelet sweepstakes she's hosting to celebrate her new series.

*Note: Final covers always subject to change

Undefeated and Game Changer by Melissa Cutler

[+Get the scoop on Undefeated!...]

Thu
Feb 13 2014 3:00pm

Golden Dreams by Darlene FranklinThe athletes currently participating in the 22nd Winter Olympics possess many of the qualities that romance readers are looking for in their favorite fictional heroes and heroines. They're strong, both physically and emotionally. They're loyal, dedicated, and hard-working. They're ambitious, with a drive to be the best. And they're passionate. They're almost too good to be true. And in some cases, they've inspired romance authors to write some heartwarming and sexy stories to entertain readers once the Olympics are over and all the athletes head home.

Golden Dreams by Darlene Franklin is a historical romance set in Maple Notch, Vermont, in 1931. Frank Sawtelle, a former figure skating champion, returns home an injured, but still beloved, town hero. Winnie Tuttle, who's also a talented figure skater, has always had a crush on Frank. When he begins coaching her, the crush grows into something deeper, but a romantic relationship could jeopardize Winnie's athletic future.

In Ice Games by Jessica Clare (a.k.a. Jill Myles), Zara Pritchard is a former Olympic figure skater who takes a fall from grace and ends up working in an ice rink at a mall. Ty Randall is an MMA Fighter with a violent reputation looking to improve his image. When Zara is invited to be on a reality television show called Ice Dancing with the Stars, she sees it at a chance to restore her career, but skating with Ty may end up being a more difficult challenge than she ever could have anticipated—particularly when her heart gets involved.

[Olympic sports ftw!...]

Fri
Feb 7 2014 6:45pm

Blake SkjellerupEven though the 2014 Olympics might be for cold-weather sports, the athletes are certainly heating things up. While the Winter Olympics don't have the men baring it all like the Summer Olympics, we still found something to appreciate—afterall Spandex can be a beautiful thing. We recently stumbled upon this picture of Olympic-hopeful Blake Skjellerup (sadly, he didn't make it), but we were sure glad to see these photos of him. Joining the podium (we hope, literally by the end of the games!) are Jeremy Abbot, Florent Amadio, Scott Moir, Bodie Miller, Eddy Alvarez, and Joji Kato.

Will you be watching the Olympics and who are you rooting for? Share your favorite sport and Olympians in the comments!

[+All the Olympic Beefcake you could want!...]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 5:30pm

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!]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 2:11pm

The Devil in Denim by Melanie ScottToday we're so excited to reveal the cover for Melanie Scott's The Devil in Denim,
and while our hero might be a little devilish, there's something heavenly going on with those jeans!

Here's the official description:

LIFE JUST THREW HER A CURVEBALL.
As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

WILL LOVE BE A HOME RUN?
Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…

The Devil in Denim will be available on August 26, 2014.

Fri
Jan 3 2014 5:30pm

Mark Sanchez

With the Rose Bowl just barely finished (and Michigan State the winner) we've had football on our brain for a few days. It got us thinking about some of our favorite (and hottest!) professional football players. So to celebrate the great American pasttime, we're making these hot football players our beefcake this week!

Share your favorite football players in the comments!

[+4 Foxie Footballers!...]

Mon
Nov 4 2013 1:00pm
Excerpt
Katy Evans

Mine by Katy Evans

“I will do anything to make her MINE.” —Remington Tate

In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Remy” Tate as vital as the air he breathes . . . and now he can’t live without her.

Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, Brooke is torn away from the ringside. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.

Get a sneak peek of Katy Evans's Mine (available November 5, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

When I reach our hotel suite, I am fuming.

“You let him punch you on purpose.”

He plops down on the bench at the foot of the bed and looks at me, tossing an empty Gatorade bottle aside. “I’m all fucked up, come fix me.”

“You are fucked up, all right, but it’s not the bicep that needs some tender loving care!”

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

Sat
Oct 19 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt
Elley Arden, Alicia Hunter Pace, Leslie Garcia and Bea Moon

Take Me Out by Elley Arden, Alicia Hunter Pace, Leslie Garcia, Bea Moon

The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd… Four Crimson Romance authors celebrate the love of the game with these sweet and seductive baseball romances.

Trade Off: 
Traded and jaded, catcher Ben Border is considering stepping out from behind the plate. Then he runs into former flame Scarlett Dare. Turns out the sexy marketing executive still sends him into a fever pitch. But is she willing to trade Fortune 500 success for a happily ever after?

Slugger Gone South: 
When New York Yankee Marc MacNeal comes to Merritt, Alabama, for a charity golf tournament, he’s shocked to be reunited with his ex-fiancée Bailey Watkins. It could be the perfect chance to get some long-awaited closure—or the start of a whole new ball game…

Safe at Home: 
Amanda Warner hates baseball, but knows it’ll take a swing for the fences to save her dad’s hardware store. Hoping his star power will bring the crowds in, she sets her sights on Scorpions’ All-Star Josh “Hotstuff” Arrevalos brings unexpected surprises. But is her heart ready to play ball again?

That Ol’ Team Spirit: 
Someone’s haunting the Sharks’ stadium and creating some major league mischief. So psychic Peg Noonan and her granddaughter Trish are determined to discover who’s menacing their concessions stand. With the help of Trish’s high school love, sportswriter Rob Hanks, they just might have a ghost of a (second) chance.

Get a sneak peek of the upcoming baseball romance anthology Take Me Out (available October 28, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt from each of the book's four stories: “Trade Off” by Elley Arden, “Slugger Gone South” by Alicia Hunter Pace, “That Ol’ Team Spirit” by Bea Moon, and “Safe at Home” by Leslie P. García!

Read the excerpt and then enter for a chance to win a bundle of Crimson Romance titles!


“Trade Off” by Elley Arden:

Bolstered by too many indecent thoughts of Ben and two dirty martinis, Scarlett closed the gap between them once the elevator doors slid shut. She leaned in just enough for the tips of her breasts to brush his shirt. “Your room or mine?”

He answered her verbal come-on with a physical one, slipping an arm around her waist and pulling her the rest of the way to him. Hot and hard. “Whichever one is closer.”

“Mine,” she said.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Take Me Out...]

Mon
Sep 9 2013 10:00am

Letters to Nowhere by Julie CrossToday H&H welcomes author Julie Cross. Julie's Letters to Nowhere is the story of a budding gymnast who moves in with her coach for training—and her coach's extremely attractive son. Jule talks today about blending sorts and romance in a perfect combination. Thanks, Julie!

First off, I have to say that I love, love, LOVE when romance and sports come together in that chocolate and peanut butter kind of way. I love it in movies like For the Love of the Game with Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston, and don’t even get me started on The Cutting Edge—my ultimate guilty pleasure movie—and I love sports-infused romance in YA, NA, and adult fiction novels. Because of my love for this romance + sports hook-up, I tend to read any sports-themed YA or NA that I can get my hands on, therefore, for the sake of this post and establishing audience credibility, I’m going to call myself a “scientific” expert on the subject. That’s right, I graduated with a degree in the statistical analysis of bats, rackets, and balls (pun intended) and their appearance in romantic fiction.

I’ve collected stats and analyzed data from the past few publishing seasons where NA and mature YA novels are dominating the playing field, and the conclusion is that there are two main paths authors often take in writing a sports-themed love story.

[Go for the gold!...]

Fri
Sep 6 2013 4:50pm

Cam Newton~I will fully and freely admit to knowing next to nothing about football. In fact, when I recently went home, my six-year-old nephew schooled me in some of the rules while we played in my parent's backyard. However, fall is finally in the air and along with the pumpkin lattes and changing leaves, that means football in America.

With a little help from the Twitterverse, I was able to compile a list of some of the hottest football players in the NFL. I give no testament to their skill level, just the yumminess of the beefcake. We have a little bit for everyone with Tim Tebow, Brooks Reed, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Matt Leinart, and Colin Kaepernick.

Looking for more? Check out last season's beefcake for NFL's MVB (Most Valuable Bodies). Share your favorite football players at their yummiest in the comments!

[+6 more players with tightends we wouldn't mind tackling...]

Thu
Aug 15 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt
Sarah Castille

Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille

He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an elite mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.

The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…

Get a sneak peek of Sarah Castille's Against the Ropes (available September 3, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Max and Makayla are dancing at a medical-themed bar after having an altercation. Redemption is the MMA club where Max trains.

“Don’t you usually go to Redemption on Thursdays?”

Max presses a soft kiss to my forehead. “I wanted to see you.”

“How did you find me?” I press my nose against his shirt. The stale, musty smell of airplane cannot overpower the fresh, clean scent of his cologne or the raw essence of Max.

“Secret.”

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Against the Ropes...]

Fri
Jul 26 2013 9:30am

Pitch Perfect by Sierra DeanSierra Dean
Pitch Perfect
Samhain / August 6, 2013 / $5.50 digital

She’d be the perfect catch if he could take his eye off the ball.

Emmy Kasper knows exactly how lucky she is. In a sport with few opportunities for women at the pro level, she’s just landed her dream job as head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Felons baseball team. Screwing up is not an option.

She’s lost in thought as she pedals to the spring training facility, her mind abuzz with excitement as she rounds a corner—and plows head-on into two runners. The end of her career dances before her eyes when she realizes she’s almost run over the star pitcher.

As Tucker Lloyd watches the flustered Emmy escape with his bandana tied around her skinned knee, the view is a pleasant change from worrying about his flagging fastball. At thirty-six, the tail end of his career is glimmering on the horizon. If he can’t pull something extraordinary out of his ball cap, the new crop of rookies could make this season his last.

The last thing either of them needs is a distraction.

The last thing either of them expects is love.

Tucker and Emmy start their relationship with a bang when Emmy almost runs the star pitcher over. Yes, she is only on her bike, but that is not the way she would have liked to introduce herself to the man with whom she would be working very closely. All running him over accomplished was letting Emmy know, in no uncertain terms, that Tucker Lloyd is one fine man and she is going to have trouble working with him and not seeing him in a sexual light.

[Professionalism is important...]

Tue
Jul 2 2013 6:00pm

It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsSports-themed romances are making a comeback—and I for one am thrilled. But in order for a sports romance to work, it needs a healthy balance of romance and plot, and not just a card-carrying alpha male. Humor is a bonus.

My first foray into this realm of sweat and testosterone was with Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her Chicago Stars series centers around football; we learn the ins and outs of the game, from owner to players, in each fast-paced romance. Filled with SEP’s trademark eccentric characters and eye boggling, jaw dropping situations, you’ll chuckle your way from beginning to end. There are seven books total in the series, and the first book is It Had to Be You.

 The Windy City isn't  quite ready for Phoebe Somerville—the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars' head coach Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track  mind. Calebow is everything Phoebe abhors. And the sexy new boss is everything Dan despises—a meddling bimbo who doesn't know a pigskin from a pitcher's mound.

So why is he drawn to  the shameless sexpot like a heat-seeking missile? And why does the coach's good ol' boy charm leave cosmopolitan Phoebe feeling awkward, tongue-tied...and ready to fight?

[These books'll score a home run with you...]

Mon
May 27 2013 2:30pm

Freefall by Jill SorensonToday we're pleased to welcome author Jill Sorenson here to talk about the Great Outdoors, especially great when you're out there getting dirty. Jill's upcoming release, Freefall, has a park ranger heroine who goes on a search and rescue mission with a man she's got a past with—so you know there's some outdoors action going on. Thanks for being here, Jill!

Get out!

Outdoors, that is! Summer is almost here. That means fresh air and sunshine, earthy gardening and sweaty exercise. Warm weather is a perfect excuse to take off some clothes. It’s time to swim in a lake and hike up a mountain. I’m ready for campfires, cookouts and hot men running shirtless! God bless America.

The only thing better than the great outdoors is sex in the great outdoors. Am I right or am I right? Throw me a romance novel to read while I lounge in the backyard, topless. I’m a sucker for skinny-dipping, swashbuckling and extreme sports. I’ll read any story about being stranded on an island or lost in the wilderness. Caves, waterfalls, remote getaways. Rock climbers, surfers, intrepid explorers. Forget the billionaires—give me a rugged outdoorsman.

[Outdoorsmen ftw!...]

Wed
May 22 2013 9:30am

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in June. 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 steampunk vampires and Dommes to e-serials and a very special motorcycle club. Don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

**With newly added books from Entangled Publishing!**

Heroes and Heartbreakers June 2013 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR
Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander, Midnight's Captive by Donna Grant, Sleeping with the Entity by Cat Devon, Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley, Witch Bound by Eleri Stone, His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta, Seducing the Demon Huntress by Victoria Davies

[Check out the complete list!...]

Fri
May 17 2013 2:30pm

Today we've got not one but TWO new covers to show you, the next two books in Jami Davenport's Seattle Lumberjacks series. The first is Backfield in Motion, out in August. Here's the blurb:

All you'll ever be is a pretty face...

Star running back Bruce “Bruiser” Mackey has heard those words his entire life, especially after his twin brother’s tragic accident. He might use his surfer-boy good looks to land lucrative endorsements for his secret charity, but he hates books being judged by their covers. Which is why it’s wrong that his friend MacKenzie Hernandez is intent on giving herself a makeover.

Sure, Mac and her father have been reeling financially since her brother disappeared three years ago, and Lumberjacks management gives an annual scholarship that might get her life back on track, but he can’t imagine anyone smarter, sexier, or more beautiful than Mac already is. He can’t keep his hands off her—and the more they spend time together, the less he wants to. She’s perfect as is. One way or another, he’ll make sure the team’s tomboy greenskeeper gets a full ride. And between the two of them, they can learn to accept what’s behind them and look downfield to a future full of win.

And the second in the series, out in December 2013, is Time of Possession:

[+ another hot cover...]