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Sep 19 2014 12:00pm

Gentlemen Prefer Curves: Exclusive Excerpt

Sugar Jamison

Gentlemen Prefer Curves by Sugar Jamison


Belinda Gordon thought she had it all—a great job, wonderful friends, a home of her own. She’s even come to love her voluptuous body. But she still can’t shake the feeling that something is missing. And then Carter Lancaster, aka Her Biggest Mistake, shows up in town, as irresistible as ever, and shakes up her entire world.


Carter never expected to find Belinda in town, looking as delicious as the day he married her five years ago—before she walked out on him after six weeks and a painful misunderstanding that included his baby daughter, Ruby. A quick divorce is the sensible option—but Carter can’t let Belinda go now, not when he can see the family they could be. Love may be a curveball, but this time he’s going to prove to Belinda that he can hit it out of the park… Gentlemen Prefer Curves is the third book in the Perfect Fit series

Get a sneak peek of Sugar Jamison's Gentlemen Prefer Curves (available September 30, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Parents just don’t understand …

Parents. Can’t live with them. Can’t toss them off the roof.

Belinda Gordon walked up her parents’ driveway. She had moved out of their home practically on her eighteenth birthday but in the last five years she had probably spent more hours in her parents’ home than her own. Her mother had called half an hour ago, for the third time that day, this time begging her to come over.

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Sep 19 2014 9:30am

Strung Out and Written Down: Addicted Authors and Characters

Today we're joined by author Ciar Cullen, whose heroine, Lillian Holmes is an heiress-turned-detective-turned-vampire, and is also an addict. Ciar's latest release, The Devil and Lillian Holmes, finds Lillian embroiled in yet another adventure, one where she has to find the devils surrounding—and within—herself. Ciar is talking about the addictive nature of both author and character today. Thanks, Ciar! 

Most of us read romance fiction to escape. Whether it’s the big, sweeping epic, the cozy tale of a small-town couple reuniting years after high school graduation, or perhaps the recorded antics of a business tycoon and his wicked, wicked ways, our favorite stories help us put daily stresses behind us, a chapter at a time. Thus most romance heroes and heroines are, by modern standards, pretty together people. You’d be hard-pressed to find a hero who staggers home drunk every evening, or a heroine who downs prescription painkillers. That is the stuff we see in our communities, on our grittier TV series, and on the evening news. Hardly the stuff of standard romance fiction.

We are too familiar with the statistics: addictions kill in alarming numbers, drug crime has decimated whole neighborhoods. Substance abuse and depression are close siblings—although the jury is still out on genetic vs. environmental factors that lead to addiction—and depression affects a staggering percentage of the population. Not even the “rich and famous” are immune, and their struggles tend to be in the spotlight. The tragic recent suicide of Robin Williams touched so many. How, why? we ask. Love or hate actor Russell Brand, his 2013 interview in The Guardian is raw and gut-wrenching. “Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution.” It’s terribly painful stuff, and that kind of painful stuff generally doesn’t make it into romances.

[Not usually...]

Sep 19 2014 8:23am

Who’s Your Favorite Pirate?

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day! And in honor of the day, we want to know if your favorite pirate is Captain Kidd, Captain Morgan, Dread Pirate Roberts, Blackbeard, Captain Jack Sparrow, or someone else? 

Are you talking like a pirate today? 

Sep 18 2014 4:30pm

A Stranger in a Strange Land: Fish-Out-of-Water Romances from SEP, Morsi and More!

The Lovesick Cure by Pamela MorsiWhat do you think of when someone describes a novel as having a “fish out of water” trope? Do you immediately think of social inequities, or class differences like in Georgette Heyer’s hilarious An Unknown Ajax? Maybe your thoughts jump to stories illustrating cultural differences, such as Nalini Singh’s Desert Warrior. In western romance novels, you’ll often see greenhorn heroes or heroines as they struggle against the hard life, as Englishwoman Jessica Thornton does in Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner. More than a few of you might think of a dramatic saga like Diana Gabaldon’s time travel series, Outlander, or even maybe Linda Howard’s suspenseful Son of Morning. Or did your first thought go to more comedic books, like Maryjanice Davidson’s Undead series.

All of the above examples are in some way or form part of this trope. According to the definition from wiseGeek: “In fiction, a fish out of water theme is a story paradigm that places the main character in a world totally foreign to the world he or she is accustomed. Commonly a vehicle for comedy, it can also be used in other genres including drama, romance, action and science fiction.”

The books listed below are all in the contemporary and comedy genres (with a post focusing on historical and fantasy books later).

[We'll live in the now, for now...]

Sep 18 2014 2:00pm

Exclusive: Donna Alward and Jackie Ashenden Covers Revealed!

Cover reveals for Donna Alward's Summer on Lovers' Island and Jackie Ashenden's Make You Mine and Billionaire's Club booksToday we're pleased to reveal covers for exciting upcoming releases featuring doctors, dangerous pasts, and past mistakes, and chances for redemption through the power of love, of course. Click through to see the cover for Jackie Ashenden's Make You Mine (scruff!), Donna Alward's Summer on Lovers' Island (sunset hug!), and Ashenden's Billionaire's Club Box Set (clinch!)

[All will be revealed...]

Sep 18 2014 12:00pm

Night Sky: Exclusive Excerpt

She's the ultimate weapon in fighting destiny...

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann have written a pulse-pounding novel of paranormal suspense set in a near future both fantastic and frightening.

Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she's been having about Sasha are real-and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in their blood makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on.

Dana and Milo, her dangerously hot, yet oh-so-forbidden, partner in crime, want Sky to join them in their mission—to mold Sky into the ultimate weapon. She can sense there's something about her abilities they're not telling her. But the only way to save Sasha and stop other girls from being taken is to embrace the weird...and fight Destiny.

Get a sneak peek of Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann's Night Sky (available October 7, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

My knee stung, so I pressed the washcloth against it as I looked at Milo and then at Dana. And I shook my head. “I don’t know what goes on. I just know that I’ve never been able to hear anyone’s thoughts before, but I can hear Milo’s.”

“And he can hear yours too?” Dana said. She looked pissed that Milo had waited to tell her about it—and equally amazed that it was even possible to pull off what we had done. “That’s freaking… Wow. I mean, that’s something.”

[Continue on to read the full excerpt of Night Sky...]

Sep 18 2014 10:50am

Seven Steamy Steampunk Couples from Priest, Carriger, Connolly and More!

Today we're pleased to welcome author Beth Cato to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Beth's Clockwork Dagger has just been released this week, and is a steampunk fantasy, incorporating airships, magic, a kick-ass heroine, and of course, romance. Beth's heroine, Octavia Leander, is a healer, but she's not just content to wait for those who need healing to come to her—she goes out and finds them, determined to do some good in the world during an ongoing war. Beth is here to talk about her favorite steamy steampunk couples—seven of them—and just why they make the list. Thanks, Beth!

Steampunk literature is rollicking fun with its fresh takes on Victorian and Edwardian-era adventure, plus a healthy dash of magic and/or clever steam-based technology. Then there's the clothing—men in tailored suits, suave hats, and those luscious knee-high boots, and women in corsets that defy gravity and bustles that give a whole new meaning to “Baby Got Back.” Laced-up stays look extraordinary, but it's oh-so-nice to have them loosened on a warm day, especially by another person's skilled hands.

Those are big reasons why I love reading steampunk—and writing it, too. My own novel, The Clockwork Dagger, is Edwardian-inspired steampunk with an action-packed romance between my two leads, Octavia and Alonzo. They ride an airship, dodge assassins, and still manage to work in a kiss or two. That's all in a day's work in a steampunk world, and well in the legacy of steamy genre authors like Gail Carriger and the six other authors listed below.

[Let's get this automaton going...]

Sep 18 2014 9:30am

Inspiring! Top 10 Inspirational Romances

A Girl to Come Home To by Grace Livingston HillI’ve been reading romance novels since my middle school years, but it has only been in the last five years that I’ve really become a fan of the Inspirational market. Part of that was due to changes in the market itself; the books that are coming out now in the genre have a fresher, friendlier approach that encourages entertainment along with edification. The ten books listed below are not all my personal favorites (some are) but they are all books that have had an impact on the genre.

10. Grace Livingston Hill, A Girl to Come Home To

Why? Hill has great name recognition when it comes to Inspirational romance. During her life time (1865-1947) she wrote over a hundred books, many of which are still in print. If the modern Inspirational romance novel has a starting point it is probably one of Hill’s books. I choose this particular novel because it is a personal favorite.

[We like those...]

Sep 18 2014 8:15am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Erotic Romance?

Awaken, My Love by Robin SchoneIt might not have been the smuttiest thing you ever read—but it was your first. The first time you read all the details of what happened behind the bedroom door. The first time you glanced around to make sure no-one was reading over your shoulder, since what you were reading was some seriously dirty stuff. The first time you thought, “Wow, somebody wrote all this!”

What was your first erotic romance?

Sep 17 2014 4:30pm

Hearts Flutter as Benedict Cumberbatch Recreates Wet Darcy Scene for Charity!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceHe's doing this for good, people! Benedict Cumberbatch recently recreated the stepping out of the water scene from the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth.

The charity, Give Up Clothes For Good, encourages people to donate their used clothing that will go to help children with cancer. And just because, here's the original scene:

Sep 17 2014 3:00pm

Starting Forever in Roni Loren’s Forever Starts Tonight

Forever Starts Tonight by Roni Loren

Roni Loren's novella Forever Starts Tonight is another amazing addition to the Loving on the Edge series. Forever Starts Tonight follows our two swoony heroes and kickass heroine from the second book, Melt Into You, which details when the three fell in love. This novella deals with what happens after the happy trio falls in love and their relationship is put to the test. 

Most romance novels focus on the falling in love aspect, and we rarely get to see much detail about what happens after the fact. Jace, Andre, and Evan learn just how hard they have to work in order to keep their relationship afloat, while figuring out what they truly want out of their current arrangement.

He thought they’d had it all figured out when they’d told each other I love you.

That everything would naturally fall into place. But there was so much more to happily-ever-after than declaring commitment to each other. That was only the beginning.

They were still peeling back layers of each other, laying down bricks of trust, and learning how to show rather than say what love really meant for them.

[Starting tonight!]

Sep 17 2014 1:30pm

October 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

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. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Look for all your favorite Holiday Reprints in our December shopping list!

Heroes and Heartbreakers October 2014 Shopping List!
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Sep 17 2014 1:00pm

Pirates Are the New Black: Black Sails

A Scandal to Remember by Elizabeth EssexAuthor Elizabeth Essex, whose latest book is A Scandal to Remember, loves the high seas and piratical adventures. A Scandal to Remember takes place on board a ship, with a scientist heroine and a lieutenant hero, neither of whom are prepared for where the ship—and their passionate romance—will take them.

Elizabeth is here to talk about another one of her passions, the historical pirate series Black Sails, currently airing on Starz (Season 2 begins again in 2015). Thanks, Elizabeth! 

I have another confession. I am addicted to the costumed, historical crack that is Black Sails. From the first moment that my daughter showed me the trailer to the last moment of the last shot of episode 8 in Season 1, I have been a slave to the chaotic ambitions of the pirates of New Providence Island.

[Who doesn't love a good pirate story?!...]

Sep 17 2014 12:00pm

Sweeter Than Sin: Exclusive Excerpt

Shiloh Walker

Sweeter Than Sin by Shiloh Walker


It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn’t make it any easier—especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed.


Nothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam’s ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can’t ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer’s quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body—until he realizes he’ll risk anything if she’ll give him her heart…in Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker.

Get a sneak peek of Shiloh Walker's Sweeter Than Sin (available September 30, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

It could be said that Adam Brascum loved women.

It could be said.

But it would be off-target. Adam didn’t love women—he didn’t hate them, but he didn’t love them, either. He needed them.

The soft curves, the scent of their skin, the husky voices as they whispered to him in the night. If he worked it right, he could spend the night with any number of them and he wouldn’t have to be alone unless he wanted.

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Sep 17 2014 9:57am

Diamond Dan Dances on The Mindy Project Season 3 Premiere

Gifs by jackdonaghy.tumblr.com  (see the whole glorious gif set here)

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s Season 3 premiere, “We're a Couple Now, Haters!“ If you haven't watched yet, look away!

Last night's The Mindy Project revealed many things, but perhaps foremost is that Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina) paid for medical school by stripping under the name “Diamond Dan.” Yes, you read that right.

We were also reminded that Mindy and Danny have so much in common:

Danny: I would never let my woman plan a charity event with some guy. I would never do it.

Mindy: And I would never want to plan a charity event.

But perhaps the most ”aww!"-inspiring moment was when Danny told Mindy “It's real.” And then busted a move for her after. We say again: Aww!

Sep 17 2014 9:30am

First Look: Kristen Ashley’s Deacon (September 23, 2014)

Deacon by Kristen AshleyKristen Ashley
Deacon (Unfinished Hero #4)
Kristen Ashley / September 23, 2014 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

 Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

What’s an “unfinished hero”? Perhaps it’s a hero whose life is missing an essential element—a woman to love, who loves him back. Kristen Ashley’s unfinished heroes are quintessentially American, as well as handsome, taciturn, and mysterious. But her heroines aren’t sitting around waiting for a strong, silent man to make them whole; they have their own lives to live and their own dreams to fulfill. 

[You complete me!...]

Sep 17 2014 8:16am

What Are the Biggest Issues Facing Couples in Couplehood?

The Mindy Project returned last night, and the first episode, titled “We're a Couple Now, Haters!,” makes it clear that the show won't be pulling all that will they/won't they stuff, at least not initially. While the H&H staff is very excited to see Mindy and Danny as an actual couple, sometimes once a relationship is settled, it's less interesting.

Except when it isn't. We're guessing Mindy and Danny are going to still disagree (as in the clip above), even as they work through their being in a relationship. Watching that should be delightful, and we're excited to see how these two navigate being together.

So we want to know—what are the biggest issues facing a successful couple in fiction, and whose are the most fun to watch? 

Sep 16 2014 4:30pm

Concluding the Kerr Chronicles in Jen Frederick’s Taking Control

Jen Frederick’s Hitman and Woodland are sweetly complicated romances that deal with serious subjects matters, using dialogue and dynamic characterization to build rich character based stories that engage the reader to the end. Though dramatic at times with alpha heroes whose need to protect their heroines often causes them to cross some boundaries, Frederick’s keeps her checks in balance, never allowing the hero to go so far as to alienate the heroine nor the reader. A faint new adult tone permeates the stories, giving us that “first love” attraction feeling without the over the top emotional reactions that are common in this genre.

Taking Control is the second book in Jen Frederick’s Kerr Chronicles, an erotic romance series that began with Losing Control, which introduced us to our protagonists and was told from the heroine’s point of view and wraps up the main storyline in book two from the viewpoint of the hero. Though a common enough trope—rich emotionally stunted billionaire finds true love in an economically stymied virgin with a dubious past—Frederick’s twists and tweaks her characters in order to elevate some of the preconceived notions that often accompany said trope.

[Let's put that trope on its head...]

Sep 16 2014 3:00pm

5 Classic Secondary Couples from SEP, Kleypas, Brockmann, and More!

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsSecondary couples are often an opportunity for authors to take interesting risks; consequently, they're sometimes more memorable than the primary couple. Here are five secondary couples that have stood out from the crowd.

5) Dexter/Victoria —  Secondary romances are one of Susan Elizabeth Phillips's trademarks and it's hard to choose just one. But years before geeks were an in thing, she created Dexter O'Connor in Lady Be Good, “a rather disheveled man in his early thirties wearing chinos, a rumpled blue oxford cloth shirt, and wire-rimmed glasses,” who is also described as “the biggest nerd in Wynette, Texas.” Victoria Traveler is resisting her father's efforts to force her to marry Dexter, but she gradually discovers his careful, precise attitude has its benefits:

As the minutes ticked by, she discovered new things about Dex. He liked to inspect everything. Thoroughly. To evaluate, measure, and caress. And his curiosity seemed just about insatiable.

There's a bit of a dominance/submission edge to the pairing of contrary, defiant Tori with the firm and straitlaced Dex—there's even an old skool spanking scene!—which plays a little oddly today, when such relationships are much more openly drawn in romance. But Dexter remains delightful.

And he’s—I mean, for all his faults, any fool can see that he’ll be a good father. Except when it comes to sports, but I figure between you and me, we can make up for his shortcomings in that department. And then there’s . . . there’s just something about him.” She gave an uncomfortable shrug, clearly wanting to put an end to the conversation. “Something sweet and . . . Oh, I don’t know.”

“Your sister’s fallen in love with me,” Dex said, in case Kenny had missed the point.

[+ 4 more scene-stealing secondary couples...]

Sep 16 2014 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Jaci Burton and Suzanne Rock!

Today's Cover Tuesday offers two authors and eight covers (you do the math—we're busy gawking!). Both of today's spotlighted reveals have worlds colliding, as hotel magnates hook up with housekeeping managers and motorcycle dudes run into sexy socialites. Check out the covers for Suzanne Rock's At His Service serial, parts 1-4, and the brand-new covers for Jaci Burton's soon-to-be-reissued Wild Riders series.

[See all EIGHT (!!!) sexy new covers...]