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Fri
Jan 20 2017 4:34pm

A Few Good Rogues: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Rules for a Rogue by Christy CarlyleDeal Alert: Christy Carlyle's' historical romance Rules for a Rogue, a Romancing the Rules book, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble  | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* You'd probably find a few of your favorite rakish heroes in our roundup of the 10 Regency Romances You Should Read.

Deal Alert: Lindsay McKenna's contemporary western Wind River Wrangler is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* What's the appeal of western romances? Wendy the Super Librarian invites you to saddle up!

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's small-town romance 311 Pelican Court is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Cedar Cove may well be the sweetest town in America, and you can see the romance play out on the page AND the screen thanks to the Cedar Cove television series starring Andie MacDowell.

[+Today on H&H...]

Thu
Jan 19 2017 4:34pm

Reap(er) the Rewards: Romance News & Deals from Darynda Jones and More

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The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda JonesDeal Alert: Darynda Jones' entire Charley Davidson paranormal mystery series is on sale today in e-book. Meet grim reaper/P.I. Charley in Book 1, First Grave on the Right, for $1.99, and then grab her adventures in Books 2–10 (Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave, and The Curse of Tenth Grave) for $2.99 each at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Stay tuned to H&H for the perfect cap to your binge read: An excerpt and more for Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, which hits shelves on January 24.

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's MMA romance Jude's Law, Book 1 in the Law series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If MMA fighters are your type, H&H contributer Mandi Schreiner has a few more recommendations for you in her piece “Straight to the Heart: Fighter Heroes Pack a Punch.”

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' American historical The Taming of Jessi Rose is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Do you know the title of Jenkins' very first historical romance? Challenge your memory in our romance trivia game!

[+California Readin', books 'n' cocktails, and more...]

Wed
Jan 18 2017 4:25pm

Ivan, Will & Grace: Romance News & Deals from Kit Rocha and More

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Ivan by Kit RochaHellooooo, Ivan! Kit Rocha (a.k.a. writing team Bree Bridges and Donna Herren) have revealed the gorgeous cover for their third Gideon's Rider novel, Ivan. The Beyond spin-off series hasn't even started yet—Ashwin will be first—and we're chomping at the bit for more of these “holy warrior bikers who police the sectors, protect the weak, crush the bullies, and kill so others don't have to.” (Hot damn!)

—Karen, Jack, Will & Grace will be back on our TV screens soon! NBC has ordered a 10-episode revival of the hit 90s show, set to pick up where we left off at the end of the series. Get your juice boxes ready!

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Deal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance Sweetest Regret is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If you only know five things about Meredith Duran, let it be these five from Janga, including that “Her prose is textured, various, and beautiful.”

[Plus a $1.99 Sarah Addison Allen deal and more...]

Tue
Jan 17 2017 4:30pm

Kick Up Your Heels for Romance News & Deals from Christie Craig and More

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Only in Texas by Christie CraigDeal Alert: Christie Craig's contemporary romance Only in Texas is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Our beoved genre has so much to offer—don't miss Craig's “5 Lessons Readers Can Learn from Romance.”

Deal Alert: Nana Malone's down-on-her-luck-event-planner-meets-carefree-playboy contemporary romance Sexy in Stilettos is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Try as we might, we can never resist the appeal of “the ultimate dangerous men,” as author Jodi Ellen Malpas puts it.

Deal Alert: Colleen Hoover's new adult romance Hopeless is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* “Hopeless walks the razor’s edge between being a YA and new adult book telling a beautiful tale of first love amidst the dark, ugly secret of abuse that can lurk behind closed doors of a place that is supposed to be a safe haven, but all too often is not, a place called home,” writes H&H contributer Tina Allen in her 2013 post about the best new adult books.

Deal Alert: Liora Blake's new adult/rock star romance True Devotion, second in the True series, is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Between a cowboy, soldier, and rock star, what's your romance novel hero “type”?

[+ An Ocean's Eight hottie...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 4:39pm

Try These on for Size: Romance News & Deals from Alison Bliss and Living Single

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Size Matters by Alison BlissDeal Alert: Alison Bliss's contemporary romance Size Matters, featuring a plus-size heroine, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* In her First Look at the book, H&H blogger Jessica Moro writes: “Size Matters tackles sensitive subjects like weight, low self-esteem and overbearing families with funny lines and relatable characters.” Are you especially drawn to plus-sized heroines? Then you'll probably have strong feelings about author Amy Andrews' “7 Pet Peeves Ever Reader Has When Reading a Plus-Sized Heroine.”

Deal Alert: Susan Wiggs's contemporary Summer At Willow Lake, Book 1 in the Lakeshore Chronicles, is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Wiggs is one of the masters of poignant, non-romantic scenes in romance novels, says H&H blogger Janga.

Deal Alert: Heidi McLaughlin's baseball romance Third Base is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* This may be a book to check out if you've already exhausted our list of what to read if you're obsessed with Pitch's Ginny and Mike.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Queen Latifah says they're “not there yet,” but anticipates a Living Single revival complete with original cast members Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, and Kim Fields reprising their original roles. Can't wait to get an update on Synclaire and Overton as well as well as the tempestuous, but always fun to watch Max and Kyle.

What were the most-read books of 2016? According to the USA Today best-seller list, the top 100 books of the year included releases by J.K. Rowling (shocker!), Jojo Moyes, Nora Roberts, and Sylvia Day.

[+Today on H&H...]

Thu
Jan 12 2017 4:37pm

Swept Away by Romance News & Deals!

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle KennedyDeal Alert: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy's male/male hockey romance Him is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* The sequel, Us, is also on sale for $.99 and gives readers the chance to reunite with heroes Wes and Jamie as they “juggle fame, careers, a nosy neighbor and a hidden relationship,” as Lucy_Hargrave describes it in her March 2016 edition of the Male/Male Romance Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Sawyer Bennett's Legal Affairs contemporary romance Friction is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Bennett's recently released Cold Fury novel Max made it into Jessica Moro's December edition of our New Adult Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's women's fiction novel Swept Away is $2.99 in e-book today at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Carr is a regular fixture of our monthly Women's Fiction Best Bets list, so if you're a fan of hers, you'll find a lot of authors to love in that roundup of recommendations.

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels's romantic suspense category romance Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch is $1.99 in e-book today at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Are you a category romance newbie ready to dip a toe into the water? Here's your chance...

[+Billionaires soiree and book display tips...]

Wed
Jan 11 2017 4:53pm

Hook Up with a Scarlett Cole E-Deal & Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack News!

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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The Purest Hook by Scarlett ColeDeal Alert: Scarlett Cole's third Second Circles Tattoos novel, Purest Hook, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Already read all of Cole's books and looking for more about her next release? You're in luck—today we all get to set our sights on her romantic suspense Love Over Duty series, which will kick off with Under Fire in August.

Deal Alert: Deeanne Gist's historical Maid to Match is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If you, like H&H contributer Wendy the Super Librarian, are sure you cannot live on Dukes alone, you'll be happy to learn that Maid to Match is “the romance of a lady's maid and a wannabe footman” working for the Vanderbilt family.

Deal Alert: Skye Jordan's first Renegades new adult romance, Reckless, is FREE in e-book at Amazon | etc.* A scene from Jordan's novel Ricochet earned a “Delicious Despair” post from Jessica Moro—see the moment that made her tear up on an airplane surrounded by strangers.

Deal Alert: Mercedes Lackey's YA fantasy novel Hunter is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon |  Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Lackey's sci-fi/fantasy books are considered a gateway drug to romance novels.

Tue
Jan 10 2017 4:39pm

Major-League Deals & News from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and More

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Born of Night by Sherrilyn KenyonDeal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's first League novel, Born of Night, is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Newcomer to the series? Learn everything you need to get started with our League primer, including an introduction, a list of the books in reading order, and an excerpt from Born of Night.

Deal Alert: Hannah Howell's Scottish historical Highland Chieftain, twenty-first in the Murrays series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The Murrays get a shout-out in H&H blogger Anna Bowling's spotlight on family sagas in romance novels.

Deal Alert: Christine Feehan's first Sea Haven paranormal romance, Water Bound, is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* In her First Look at the fourth book in the series, Earth Bound, H&H blogger PhoebeChase notes that the larger them of the series is “reclaiming life through bonds with people who understand what you have been through.”

[+YA fantasy deal and pretty covers...]

Mon
Jan 9 2017 5:07pm

Dream of Summer with Romance Deals & News from Julie James and Jo Goodman!

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Suddenly One Summer by Julie JamesDeal Alert: Julie James's contemporary Suddenly One Summer is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* (Psst: Her novel It Happened One Wedding is also $1.99 today.) As H&H blogger Scarlettleigh writes in her First Look at the book: “James is taking a break from her FBI/U.S. Attorney series with Suddenly One Summer, but don’t worry, all her trademark characterization is still very much in evidence—competent, professional heroine who knows how to stand her ground, dealing with failure-is-not-an-option sexy hero. Plus her previous characters do make some cameos.”

Deal Alert: Jo Goodman's American historical More Than You Know, Book 1 in the Hamilton Family series, is $.99 in e-book at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Goodman's novel The Devil You Know made our bloggers' list of the 26 Romances of 2016 You Don't Want to Miss.

Deal Alert: Rachel Lacey's first full-length Risking It All series contemporary, Run to You, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* In her First Look at Run to You, H&H blogger Scarlettleigh writes: “Readers who are looking for a delightful love story with wonderful, genuine characters, won’t want to miss this one!”

[+Outlander teaser & more...]

Fri
Jan 6 2017 4:35pm

Unleash the Beast: Romance Deals & News from Lecia Cornwall, Jojo Moyes and Jill Shalvis

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Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia CornwallDeal Alert: Lecia Cornwall's first Highland Fairy Tale historical, Beauty and the Highland Beast, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* In her First Look review of the Beauty and the Beast retelling, H&H blogger TanyaLK writes: “Lecia Cornwall is a new author for me and I’m so thankful I found her. Beauty and the Highland Beast is a five-star historical romance for me.”

Deal Alert: Kristan Higgins' women's fiction novel If You Only Knew—described as “a funny, frank and bittersweet look at marriage, forgiveness and moving on—is $1.99 at Amazon.* In her First Look at the book, Scarlettleigh writes: “Higgins at the very heart of her stories—this one too—illustrates a woman’s journey to finally realizing that she matters.”

Deal Alert: Jojo Moyes' women's fiction novel Silver Bay is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Looking for recommendations? Don't miss Scarlettleigh's picks for the 5 best women's fiction novels of 2016.

Deal Alert: Bella Andre's contemporary Seattle Sullivans romance The Way You Look Tonight is FREE in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* Get to know the branch of the Sullivan family that started it all in our article ”Band of Brothers (and Sisters!): Bella Andre Introduces the Sullivans."

[+Eloisa James excerpt & Jill Shalvis movie script!...]

Thu
Jan 5 2017 4:34pm

Dreamy Romance Deal from Linda Howard and Charmed Prequel News!

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Lake of Dreams by Linda HowardDeal Alert: Linda Howard's romantic suspense/paranormal novella Lake of Dreams (first published in the Strangers in the Night anthology) is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Have a hankering for more classic Howard? Join Kelly Faircloth as she revisits time-travel romance Son of Morning, in which an academic chick gets streetwise—and a hot Medieval guy.

Deal Alert: Laura Florand's modern Goldilocks retelling Once Upon a Rose is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* See why Willaful calls the first La Vie en Roses novel a “a sweet, funny story about falling in love and seeing new opportunities in life” in her spotlight on Once Upon a Rose.

Deal Alert: Kat Latham's rugby romance Knowing the Score, Book 1 in the London Legends series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Curious about the series? Read Nicole Leapheart's First Look at Book 4, Taming the Legend.

Deal Alert: Joanna Shupe's Knickerbocker Club novel Baron is $.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* In her First Look at Baron, Anna Bowling writes: “While the rich boy, poor girl pairing is a reader favorite, for many reasons, what Joanna Shupe does better than anyone else is ground us in both worlds, set them side by side, and show us how they are both a world apart and not that different after all.”

[+A new Charmed series is in the works...]

Wed
Jan 4 2017 4:37pm

Take a Reading Day: Moning and Quinn Deals & Romance News!

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia QuinnDeal Alert: Julia Quinn's first Bridgertons prequel novel, Because of Miss Bridgerton, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book today at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* In her First Look at the book, H&H blogger AubreyGross writes: “One thing that’s always a given with a Julia Quinn novel is humor; I have yet to read one of her novels that hasn’t made me laugh out loud at least once or twice. Because of Miss Bridgerton had me laughing way more than that.”

Deal Alert: Karen Marie Moning's first Fever novel, Darkfever, is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Now's the perfect time to start binge-reading the series, because the final book, Feversong, will be out on January 17. If you are caught up, come see our theories on what will happen in the Fever series finale.

Deal Alert: Tiffany Reisz's The Bourbon Thief is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Want to try a sip first? Read a special excerpt of a selected scene from The Bourbon Thief, about “a family with bourbon in its blood and blood on its hands.”

[+Patricia Briggs excerpt & Stephanie Perkins book announcement...]

Tue
Jan 3 2017 4:37pm

Rockin’ Romance Deals from A.M. Arthur, Lynsay Sands & More

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Steady Stroke by A.M. ArthurDeal Alert: A.M. Arthur's rock-star romance Steady Stroke, second in the Off Beat series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* See the moment guitarist Linc first claps eyes on Emmett, the gorgeous new guy working at his local bar, with an excerpt of Chapter 1 from Steady Stroke.

Deal Alert: Lynsay Sands' paranormal Argeneau novel Immortal Nights is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* In her First Look at the 24th Argeneau book, H&H blogger Scandal writes: “Immortal Nights is a fun read for series veterans, with several old characters making appearances and hints thrown out for future characters I know we will love…pay attention to Jet!”

Deal Alert: Laura Griffin's first romantic suspense Tracers novel, Untraceable, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* In a guest post, “Gimme Some Action: The Alpha Hero,” Griffin reflects on her experiences researching and interviewing Navy SEALs, SWAT team members, and others in “macho” careers, noting: “I've  I’ve been interested to discover that often the people behind these TV stereotypes are even more impressive in person than they are on the screen.”

[+Jessica Linden e-deal and more...]

Mon
Jan 2 2017 4:37pm

Start Fresh: Romance News & Deals from Alison Kent and Sophie Jordan

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The Second Chance Cafe by Alison KentDeal Alert: Alison Kent's small-town romance The Second Chance Café, Book 1 in the Hope Springs series and a 2014 RITA finalist, is only $.99 in e-book right now at Amazon.* In fact, you can grab all five books in the series for $.99 each. “I have an abiding affection for second-chance stories, and so I found the title of Alison Kent’s inaugural book for her Hope Springs series irresistible,” says blogger Janga in her First Look at The Second Chance Café, continuing: “What I found within the book’s pages was more than even my second-chance-loving heart anticipated.”

Deal Alert: Liz Talley's second Morning Glory women's fiction novel, Perfectly Charming, is $1.99 at e-tailers like Amazon.* New to the series? Get up to speed with Janga's First Look at Charmingly Yours, Book 1, “substantive exploration of the will to risk that is required to break free from familial tethers that makes this novel more than just another sweet, small-town romance.”

Deal Alert: Sophie Jordan's YA fairytale romance Reign of Shadows, inspired by “Rapunzel,” is on sale for $1.99 at KoboiBooks | Amazon | etc.* Looking for more fantasy romances to sink your teeth into? Let Maggie Boyd lead you to 12 Fantasy Romances to Take You Away.

[+Today on H&H...]

Tue
Dec 20 2016 4:38pm

Wish-Fulfilling Romance News & Deals from Nora Roberts, Kristin Hannah, and More

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Today is our last Afternoon Tea of 2016 (sniffle, sniffle), but we'll be back and recharged on Monday, January 2. During the break, we'll share news and deals we find on social media, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. See you in the New Year!

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Holiday Wishes by Nora RobertsDeal Alert: Nora RobertsHoliday Wishes anthology—a collection of the stories “Home for Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas”—is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Has your holiday reading kicked into high gear? Stock up with help from our annual holiday romance novel shopping list. And if you're running out of movies to (re)watch, our #12RomComsofXMas holiday binge-watch guide may offer you more suggestions.

Deal Alert: Kristin Hannah's women's fiction novel Distant Shores is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooksAmazon | etc.* You can count on Hannah's books to shine a spotlight on love, loss, sisterhood, and motherhood.

Deal Alert: Mira Lyn Kelly's contemporary Truth or Dare is $.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Earlier this year, we took you on a behind-the-scenes tour of how Kelly's The Best Man series covers came to be photographed and designed.

Deal Alert: Jacqueline Carey's fantasy novel Kushiel's Dart is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Kushiel's Dart is one of those sci-fi/fantasy books we see as a gateway drug to romance novels!

Deal Alert: Lisa Renee Jones' first Dirty Money novel, Hard Rules, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Take a First Look at the story of Hard Rules and then read an excerpt from the book here at H&H.

[+Megan Frampton cover & what we got wrong about Passengers...]

Mon
Dec 19 2016 4:27pm

Turn Back Time: Romance News & Deals from Teresa Medeiros, Courtney Milan, and More!

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The Afternoon Tea will be on hiatus for the holidays from Wednesday, December 21, until Monday, January 2. During the break, we'll share news and deals we find on social media, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. See you in the New Year!

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Touch of Enchantment by Teresa MedeirosDeal Alert: Teresa Medeiros's time-travel historical Touch of Enchantment is a steal at $.99 in e-book at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Fun fact: Touch of Enchantment heroine Tabitha is the daughter of Breath of Magic couple Arian and Tristan, an example of second-generation heroes and heroines in historical romance.

Deal Alert: Courtney Milan's historical romance The Heiress Effect is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* H&H blogger Rae Alley tries to put her finger on just what it is that always brings her back to Courtney Milan's books and inspires her to keep them permanently on her e-reader.

Deal Alert: Zoë Archer's paranormal/historical/fantasy series The Blades of the Rose is on sale as a 4-book box set for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble.* Warrior, Scoundrel, Rebel, and Stranger are all included in the e-bundle. See what happened when historical reader and H&H blogger Myretta Robens stepped out of her English Regency comfort zone and gave Archer's Warrior a try as part of a genre experiment.

[+Nancy Herkness & Sarah Castille covers...]

Fri
Dec 16 2016 4:33pm

Hey, Baby: Romance News & Deals from Maureen Child, Sense8, and More!

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The Baby Inheritance by Maureen ChildDeal Alert: Maureen Child's Billionaires and Babies category romance The Baby Inheritance is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* How do you feel about children and babies in romance?

Deal Alert: Lisa Kleypas's holiday contemporary Christmas with Holly (a.k.a. Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor) is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.*

Deal Alert: Anna del Mar's first Wounded Warrior romantic suspense novel, The Asset, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* True or False: When it comes to romantic suspense, spies, hitmen, and SEALS do it best?

Fresh Outta the Oven

Happy F*cking New Year. And it will be. After more than a year of no new Sense8, we're getting... a Christmas Special! A new trailer for the holiday episode shows all our favorite couples (Will and Riley...Nomi and Amanita...Lito and Hernando... Wolfie and Kala?!?!) and of course gives us a peek at how Will suffering now that Whispers has an all-access pass to his brain.

[+Jennifer Blackwood's cover & more...]

Thu
Dec 15 2016 4:30pm

Star-Bright Romance News & Deals from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Donna Grant, and More!

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Deal Alert: Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars sports romance First Star I See Tonight is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* First Star I See Tonight is a “wonderful, hilarious, entertaining skirmish and parley between two thoroughly engaging people as they fall in love,” writes blogger Scarlettleigh in her First Look at the novel.

Deal Alert: Avery Flynn's second Sweet Salvation Brewery book, Hollywood on Tap, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon |  etc.* Early this year, Jenn Proffitt predicted we'd see a good deal of romances set in and around bars... What trends do you think 2017 holds?

Deal Alert: Amy Andrews' friends-to-lovers contemporary Some Girls Lie, Book 4 in the Outback Heat series, is FREE in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble.* Andrews' Playing It Cool (rugby-player heroine, plus-size heroine, fake dating...) is one of Team H&H's favorite books of 2016.

[+Donna Grant's new series...]

Tue
Dec 13 2016 4:37pm

Lisa Kleypas to Tell Garrett’s Story Next?!: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas—Call a doctor! Lisa Kleypas was on Facebook Live at 3 p.m. EST today and we got a little hint at what's to come for fans of her Ravenels series. While we're still waiting on Devil in Spring, it may be time to reread Marrying Winterborne to get to know Garrett Gibson, the female doctor who won our hearts, and the next heroine of the untitled Ravenels book! 

Commander in Chief is reporting for duty! If Katy Evans' Mr. President left you wanting more, I have some very good news: The second book in the White House series is less than a month away, and our first hints at what's ahead for Matt and Charlotte can be found in the newly unveiled official description for Commander in Chief, which publishes January 11, 2017, with the tagline “Power has never been sexier.”

Could Christina Lauren's next book be their sexiest yet? Bustle investigates—and reveals the cover of Dating You / Hating You, out June 6, 2017.

Ready to go into hibernation with a great series? BookRiot offers up “10 Complete Romance Series to Binge-Read.”

[+E-deals on Chanel Cleeton, Loretta Chase & more...]

Fri
Dec 9 2016 4:35pm

Friendly Neighborhood News & Deals from Meredith Russo, Spider-Man Trailer & More!

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith RussoDeal Alert: Meredith Russo's LGBTQ YA romance If I Was Your Girl—in which new-girl-in-school Amanda finds herself falling for sweet-and-easygoing Grant, but worries what'll happen if she tells her crush she used to be Andrew—is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* H&H blogger JohnJacobson's Brief Guide to Transgender Terminology in Romance offers words to use and avoid when reviewing, writing, and discussing romance with transgender characters.

Deal Alert: Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, et al.'s historical holiday anthology The Last Chance Christmas Ball—also featuring stories from fellow Word Wenches Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, and Susan King—is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Go ahead, give in to the lure of the holiday novel.

Deal Alert: Olivia Dade's Lovestruck Librarians novel Ready to Fall is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Who are some of your favorite librarians in romance?

Fresh Outta the Oven

Paris, je t'aime: Head to the City of Light in the striking newly released cover for Victoria Alexander's The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentleman, the first book in a new series due out on May 30, 2017.

[+The Spider-Man trailer & a Pitch interview...]