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Apr 3 2014 9:30am

Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre

Cheating—is it ever excusable?

Many romance readers have reading dealbreakers, and one of the most mentioned dealbreaker is cheating in romance novels.

But (and you knew there was a “but”!), sometimes cheating is accepted by the reader because of its context. We had a post on adultery in romance, specifically historical romance, and we've also covered cheating heroes in contemporary romance.

Many of those close-to-acceptable situations have extenuating circumstances (in the historicals, the heroines are trying to have children, for example), but what if there is nothing close to a noble circumstance? Is it still possible to root for the cheaters?

[Maybe? Or not?...]

Jan 24 2014 3:30pm

Anyone But You by Kim Askew and Amy HelmesToday we're joined by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes, authors of the Twisted Lit series of Shakespeare-inspired YA novels. Their latest release, Anyone But You, is a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet. They're here to demonstrate why Shakespeare remains oh so relevant today. Thanks, Kim and Amy!

As authors of the Twisted Lit series of Shakespeare-inspired YA novels, it’s easy for us to find Shakespeare in unexpected places. Pay attention, and you’ll start to see that his timeless works are front-and-center in some of today's most popular books, films, and TV series, including a few of our favorites, below.

Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park

“Parting is such sweet sorrow…”

Read Rainbow Rowell’s YA bestseller and you’ll get a dose of Romeo and Juliet. Not only do the title characters read the play in class—(Eleanor had some cynical remarks about the star-crossed lovers)—but their own bittersweet (and in many ways, forbidden) romance has strong parallels to Shakespeare’s teen tragedy.

[Shakespeare really is all around...]

Aug 15 2013 5:10pm

Josh and Donna in The West WingI read romance novels for a lot of different reasons. Escapism. A chance to live vicariously in dream-like situations. Just plain fun. They introduce me to new characters, new people to invest in and see the whole arc of their love story. But sometimes, instead of picking up a romance novel, I’ll go online and find a favorite fan fiction (fic). Not because I don’t love romances—I most certainly do—but because I want something different.

For those of you less obsessive about your TV, movies, or books, fan fiction is exactly what it sounds like—fiction written by fans about characters or settings already established in another media. It’s usually romance (because isn’t that what we’d prefer to read about our favorite characters?) and often very erotic; on ArchiveOfOurOwn, one of the biggest fan fiction sites, the tag “Porn with Plot” gives 16,094 hits, and “Porn without Plot” only gets 2,000 less. Some of it is as well written as published novels. Most of it, like many things on the Internet, isn’t.

[Come on in, the water's fine!...]

Jul 18 2013 8:08am

San Diego Comic Con 2013Brace yourselves—San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2013 is now under way, and the entertainment news will be coming fast and furious, with panels and signings and events announced for popular H&H topics like Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Orphan Black, Neil Gaiman, Divergent, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: Winter Solider, Bones, Veronica Mars, How I Met Your MotherTrue Blood, Lost Girl, and lots (seriously: LOTS) more.

The Hollywood Reporter has an incredibly helpful and comprehensive guide to all the TV panels (including pilot episode screenings) as well as the complete film lineup, not to mention a list of the parties. And don't forget, NerdHQ will be going on in San Diego as well, with panels (the proceeds from which go to charity) planned for Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Zachary Levi, and more.

Whether you'll be attending in person or trying to catch as many live-streaming panels as possible, this year's SDCC is sure to be a blast. Team H&H is at RWA in Atlanta, but we'll also be covering as much of the news out of San Diego as possible via the site or Twitter/Facebook—so let us know if there's anything you want to be sure we keep an eye on. And sound off if you'll be there so that we can live vicariously through you!

Jul 1 2013 4:30pm

The cast of Girls~In the new novel Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess, twenty-two year old Pia Keller says, “I hate romance. And love doesn’t last!”

In the HBO show Girls, Hannah Horvath finally gets the guy, then decides she doesn’t want the guy. Guy responds: “Is this the game? You chase me like I'm in the f**king Beatles for six months, and then when I finally get comfortable with things you wanna shrug?”

Welcome to the world of New Adulthood.

There’s been some debate about what distinguishes a novel “new adult” versus simply romance or commercial fiction featuring a heroine in her early twenties.

[Let's discuss...]

Jun 7 2013 9:30am

Love Story 2050 film posterThere are two general modes of travel in time travel romances: magic/paranormal (e.g., magic amulet; portal) and scientific devices (e.g., time machine). As a fan of science fiction romance, I gravitate toward the latter. The ability to manipulate the sands of time using mechanical devices is a fun concept. And placing that kind of technology in the context of a romance doubles the entertainment. Tech-based time traveling devices can provide a romance with all kinds of interesting challenges.

I'm always on the lookout for new (or new-to-me) titles in this category. While perusing the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror links at SF Signal recently, one post about Time Travel Romances by author C.E. Murphy caught my eye. I became excited and hoped I'd learn about some new titles.

Here are the titles she mentions:

  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Doctor Who (the show)
  • The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  • The Walker Papers series by C.E. Murphy (begins with 2005's Urban Shaman)

Umm…wahh! I'd expected quite a few more books. Perhaps C.E. Murphy and I have different definitions of a post involving “time travel romances.”

[What would you choose?...]

May 18 2013 10:00am

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

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

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

[We got the beat...]

May 7 2013 9:30am

Dyson in Lost GirlLost Girl’s Dyson has had his fair share of ups and downs over the duration of the last three seasons. Now, with his love for Bo returned and Lauren seemingly out of the way, it looks like our favorite wolf is headed for an upswing. Sadly, we all know that things are never that simple, leaving Dyson’s future as anything but certain, especially when it comes to Bo.

Though hints have been made about Dyson’s age and events he’s lived through, we still don’t know much about his particular brand of Fae. Does he have a pack? It hasn’t really looked that way, but viewers definitely need more information before drawing this conclusion. What we do know is that he can growl with the best of them and posture in an alpha way about his relationships and their potential longevity.

It is also with some confidence that I can say there are as many fans of the Bo/Dyson combination as there are of the Doccubus union (especially around these parts). So, if you’re firmly planted on Team Wolf Man, rather than spending your time whittling wooden poppets to ensure the emancipation of Bo’s heart from Lauren’s medically certified grasp, here are some suggestions to help pass the time.

What to Read

Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series. Mercy herself can transform into a coyote, but it is the wolves around her, particularly Adam, that demand the attention here. It seems that Mercy can find her way into all sorts of trouble, but with a werewolf and its pack being so close at hand, help is never far behind.

[Moar werewolves, if you please...]

May 2 2013 4:30pm

Book image by merra muchut via Flickr Creative CommonsNo matter how many books you own or the size of your to be read pile, most of you continue to look for new books to read. Before online publishing and retail, chances are you browsed bookstore shelves at least once a month, if not more, to find your next great read. If you found an author you liked, maybe you did research on the author’s backlist or read excerpts in the back of books in order to supplement your to be bought list. Next, maybe you went to the author’s website to find out even more and to learn of future books.

But the book discovery process has been complicated by the changing landscape of the book market. The reduction of brick and mortar stores, shrinking inventories, advent of digital-first publishers, explosion in the sales of ebooks, dominance by online etailers, and the rise of self-publishing have all radically impacted the way that we discover new titles.

[How do you find new books?...]