<i>Kiss Marry Kill</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Kiss Marry Kill: Exclusive Excerpt Sidney Halston "This man is seductive, hard, guarded..." <i>Strays</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Strays: Exclusive Excerpt Garrett Leigh "For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking..." <i>The Black Lily</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Black Lily: Exclusive Excerpt Juliette Cross "What he uncovers could change the course of his life forever..." <i>Sin for Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Sin for Me: Exclusive Excerpt Jackie Ashenden "He may have to let her go in order to save them both..."
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Mon
Mar 27 2017 2:30pm

Kylie Scott Comes Clean on Dirty

Twist by Kylie Scott

Our Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club is off to a great start—worthy of more than a few toasts and cheers to the Dive Bar crew! It's been more than a week and we're all caught up on Kylie Scott's Dirty, and now it's time for the grilling to start! We asked Kylie some of the burning questions we had after finishing Dirty, and now she's here to come clean! 

Beware: there be spoilers below! Not ready to be spoiled? Look over our spoiler-free discussion we had with Kylie Scott last week, or chime in with your picks on who to fantasy cast in the Dive Bar series!

 

Heroes and Heartbreakers: The banter in your books is out of this world. What scene was the most fun for you to write in Dirty and why?

Kylie Scott: I liked it when Lydia confronted her ex-fiancé and his parents near the start. All of that righteous anger bubbling over along with a healthy dose of sarcasm.

H&H: Lydia, understandably, wants to take things slow with Vaughan after everything that happened with Paul, which makes for more of a “Happily for Now” than a “Happily Ever After” ending for Dirty. Can you talk a little about why you chose to end their story there...for now?

KS: Like you said, Lydia had just been dragged through the mud by her disastrous ex so jumping straight into something super serious didn’t make sense to me. Plus, I knew I could update people as to how they were doing in the next book in the series.

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Mon
Mar 27 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Jamie Pope’s Hope Blooms (March 28, 2017)

Hope Blooms by Jamie Pope

Jamie Pope
Hope Blooms
Dafina Books / March 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Is past prologue? For childhood friends and once long-ago lovers Cassandra Miller and Wylie Everett, perhaps so.

It takes a massive tragedy to bring Wylie back to Cassandra’s side. The angry, embittered father of one of Cassandra’s students shoots Cassandra and her husband Terrance in the hallway outside Cassandra’s classroom. Terrance dies; Cassandra loses her unborn child, and, her mother Miss Cora fears, her sanity. So Cora tells Cassandra, “speaking” for Terrance.

 “He wouldn’t want you to be like this.”

“He would want to be alive if he had a choice.” She rolled over, away from her mother’s touch, her worried eyes. Suddenly the exhaustion returned again. It was the only thing she felt anymore. Tired and heavy.

“You can’t go on like this. You haven’t left the house in weeks. You haven’t smiled since it happened. You didn’t die that day. Your life is meant to be lived.”

Miss Cora pleads with Wylie Everett to come back to Harmony Falls, Connecticut, for the sake of the friendship—and more—he once had with Terrance and Cassandra. In high school they were an unbreakable trio. But it has been ten years since Wylie has been home. Even though Cora is ageless, so much has changed.

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Mon
Mar 27 2017 11:00am

Sham-Rock the New Adult Best Bets for March 2017

March rocked the New Adult reads! Just like the weather, this month’s reads are all over the place. From hockey rinks to the blue waters of the ocean, discover s how these reads are shaking up NA norms.

Delayed Call by Toni Aleo

Delayed Call by Toni Aleo (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo) is the next in the Assassins series but, can be read as a standalone. Vaughn Johansson is a star player on the Assassins team but, off the ice can be pretty a-holeish. Brie Soledad is the staff reporter for the team and is constantly butting heads with Vaughn. Their relationship starts off rocky, constantly arguing and it even spills to on to live air time. But, as they say there’s a thin line between love and hate. Vaughn and Brie have both been badly burned before and this spark between them may explode into something more. With lots of hockey antics, loveable characters and witty one-liners, Delayed Call establishes itself as a turning point for the Assassins.

Unwritten by Jen Frederick (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo) brings the Woodlands bunch back! Finally! In the fifth standalone of the Woodlands series, Adam gets his story. The musician of the bunch, he’s ready to go off and explore new cities with his band. The lead singer of the band drags along his sister after she finds herself in a rough situation. Landry is completely off limits yet, Adam still finds himself drawn to her. This forbidden romance, takes Landry to new heights. As a “computer nerd”, she doesn’t know how she’ll compare to Adam’s previous trysts but their connection is too strong to ignore. Traveling together with the band will test their budding romance and Landry’s inhibitions but Adam is more than willing to drum them out.

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Mon
Mar 27 2017 9:30am
Excerpt

Sidney Halston Excerpt: Kiss Marry Kill

Sidney Halston

 Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston

He's been chasing a memory . . .

It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn't the man he used to be... but Megan isn't the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she's in trouble.

...but now they're on the run.

Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he'll do anything to protect what's his.

Get a sneak peek at Sidney Halston's Kiss Marry Kill (available March 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

“Promise me, you’ll be happy,” he sang from the other side of the door. “Promise me, you’ll always sing. Promise me you’ll never settle. . . .” He jiggled the door handle. “Meggy? Where are you, my little mouse?” he said in a singsong voice, sounding nice enough. Soft enough. Safe enough. But Megan Cruz knew better. The man trying to lure her out of her enormous walk-in closet was deranged.

Megan huddled in a corner behind all of her cocktail dresses, her knees pushed up and a butcher knife in one of her trembling hands. Just waiting. Waiting for the cops to show up, or for Ryan to finally find her. If she could stop breathing, she would. Trying to stay perfectly still and utterly quiet was an impossible feat with her hands shaking so violently. Surely he could hear her fear from where he stood on the other side of the door. If he walked deep enough into the closet, the dresses that served as a barrier between them would not be sufficient to shield her. And the fact that he’d broken into her house in the middle of the night was a good indication that he did want to hurt her.

[Read the full Kiss Marry Kill excerpt...]

Mon
Mar 27 2017 8:04am

Do You Read Lesbian Romance?

Over the last few years, male/male romance has proven to be popular amongst romance readers, finding more and more mainstream success and leading several publishers to sprout forward that focus on LGBT books solely. The growing mainstream success of male/male romances has yet to translate to female/female romance, however. 

Do you read lesbian (a.k.a. female/female) romance? What do you love about it? What do you think would help it find similar success to male/male romance?

Let us know down in the comments.

 

Sun
Mar 26 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Garrett Leigh Excerpt: Strays

Garrett Leigh

Strays by Garrett Leigh

Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

Get a sneak peek at Garrett Leigh's Strays (available March 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Midnight found them knocking the air out of huge bowls of spelt dough and rolling it into small, pizza-sized balls.

Lenny groaned as he covered the trays with damp tea towels. “You’re such a tease. Do we really have to leave them another twenty-four hours?”

“Yup. That tray over there is gonna go forty-eight. We’re fermenting it, remember?”

[Read the full Strays excerpt...]

Sun
Mar 26 2017 11:00am

First Look: Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes (March 28, 2017)

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi
A Crown of Wishes
St. Martin’s Griffin / March 28, 2017 / $18.99 print, $9.99 digital

You don't need to have read Roshani Chokshi's lyrical debut, The Star-Touched Queen, to read its sequel, A Crown of Wishes, but you'll probably kick yourself if you don't—because it's a beautiful introduction to the world that continues to grow in this, her second fantasy release.

Steeped and rooted in Hindu mythology, A Crown of Wishes follows warrior princess Gauri and tactician prince Vikramaditya as they struggle to prove themselves and take back their respective kingdoms—by competing in a tournament where the grand prize is a wish granted. 

The first few chapters of A Crown of Wishes might be a little rocky and confusing for some readers, but it doesn’t take Chokshi long to hit her stride, infusing her prose with beautiful world-building and snarky banter as her characters set upon their journey. Though the premise may sound Hunger Games-y, it’s actually a lot more philosophical and fantastical with a good dose of political machinations thrown in. Vikram and Gauri face mythological creatures, moral quandaries and their own fears in pursuit of the winners’ wish—and, oh, a mutual attraction, too! ‘Cause what’s a good quest without romance, right?  

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Sat
Mar 25 2017 1:00pm

Science Fiction Romance Best Bets for March 2017—Love, Intergalactic Style

Barbarian's Lady by Ruby Dixon

Barbarian’s Lady, the fourteenth and newest entry in Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians series (Amazon), is on the lighter side of life on Not-Hoth. The heroine, Kate, is tall for a human woman, and muscular, and feels awkward and unsure of herself. Add in the fact that she was the object of teasing and bullying on Earth, and the usual cruel stunts in high school where a hunky athlete would pretend interest in her only so he could laugh at her later with his buddies, and the reader can see why she’s suspicious and touchy when anyone shows interest in her. Herrec, the blue barbarian in question, delights in teasing her and sparring with her and unfortunately in the early going makes remarks he thinks are funny but which hit Kate in the most sensitive parts of her wounded self. Comparing her to a mountain may not have been his smoothest opening line, you know?

Well-meaning friends try to explain to Herrec that he’s pushing too hard. “People two galaxies over can tell you’re interested,” as Mah-dee says. She attempts to suggest he back off a bit and give Kate room to breathe. He takes it that he needs to provide Kate with a challenge, instead of trying to make her laugh and appreciate him. Uh oh, anyone else see disaster looming ahead? Herrec is also endearingly clumsy, which isn’t good when you’re a seven foot tall warrior out for a walk on a glacier with the object of your affections.

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Sat
Mar 25 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Juliette Cross Excerpt: The Black Lily

Juliette Cross

The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before...

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.

Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever...

Get a sneak peek at Juliette Cross's The Black Lily (available March 27, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

ARABELLE:

“So tell me, Prince Marius, what happens to the blood concubines when they are too old for you to keep?”

“Please, call me Marius.”

He took her hand in his, sliding his thumb gently across the top, and removed her mask with the other. It wouldn’t matter if he saw her face, for he would be dead soon. He paused after removing the mask, examining every line and curve. She let him.

“We provide all retired concubines a mansion of their own wherever they want to live in the Varis Empire, with sovereigns enough to spend their lifetime in luxury.”

[Read the full The Black Lily excerpt...]

Fri
Mar 24 2017 4:30pm

My Heart’s Attached: Romance News & Deals from Rainbow Rowell, Ella James, and More

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Deal Alert: Rainbow Rowell's romantic comedy Attachments is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lincoln's been tasked with reading emails per company policy, and falls for Beth, a woman whose email exchanges with her bff have left him utterly enchanted. There's just one problem—how can he introduce himself now? Love in the digital age sure can be tricky. 

Deal Alert: Nicola Rendell's sports romance Hail Mary is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* An accidental meeting between Mary and footballer Jimmy sparks a relationship that's almost too hot to handle! Can't get enough of sports romances? Neither can we!

Deal Alert: Ella James' contemporary royals romance Crown Jewels is $.99 at Amazon | etc.* H&H staffer Jenn Proffitt enjoyed the way James “handles tough issues with a light-hearted voice that makes this an easy, fun, yet provocative read.” James' other titles are also currently on sale for $.99.*

[+Today on H&H]

Fri
Mar 24 2017 3:00pm

Romance for Every Single Day: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Romance gets carmenlire through the not-so-great days

carmenlire in When Do You Need Romance Most?

I read romance regularly, but recently I was reminded of why I love it so much. On Friday I had started rereading Vision in White by Nora Roberts at work (I'd finished my book during the morning and stopped by the romance section during my lunch hour—I work at a library) and during dinner I got into an argument with my parents and generally felt like crap after that. I only had about 80 pages of the book left before dinner but thought about not finishing the book because I wouldn't enjoy it as much and would be distracted.

But I knew I wouldn't get a chance to read for a week or two because my schedule is so hectic, so I decided, by golly I'm gonna finish this book tonight! Within a couple of pages I was laughing and totally absorbed with it. When I finished it I just had that feeling, you know the one you get, when you finish a really good book and spent a couple of hours doing something really enjoyable. I just felt lighter and less down in the dumps.

This isn't a one-time thing for me. Used to, when I had more time to read, I knew that a book would distract me from whatever was going on at the time— a bad grade, a large assignment looming, just generally feeling bleh. It was so nice to be reminded of that feeling! I love this genre so much, and as cheesy as it sounds I know I can depend on it in some weird way to always be there for me!

(And as an aside, I loved rereading Vision in White so much that, despite having 2 huge papers due Sunday night I spent the weekend rereading Bed of Roses and Savor the Moment (I submitted one of those papers at 11:58 with a midnight deadline!)—and reread Happy Ever After yesterday! I love the Bride Quartet and Nora Roberts so much that I just had to reread them all lol—good thing I own them!)

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Fri
Mar 24 2017 1:00pm

5 Iconic Phoebe and Cole Moments from Charmed

Charmed's Phoebe x Cole

Now that you’ve had some time to stop dancing about in anticipation of the Charmed reboot, it’s time for a rewatch. Or a first watch, if you missed out on all the campy, soapy, witchy fun back in the late 90s/early 00s. Charmed is primarily about the relationship between the sisters, BUT the ‘ships added a lot of drama to the show. Everyone has their favorite pairing and I happen to have a controversial fave: Phoebe and Cole.

Phoebe and Cole meet in the beginning of Season 3, when he’s posing as an Assistant District Attorney to steal the sisters’ Book of Shadows. The Book of Shadows is their magical tome in which all family spells are recorded. Eventually, we discover that Cole is actually the demon Belthazor, and he’s a real bad dude. In his human form, he’s really hot and charming though. He falls in love with Phoebe and their relationship is dark and difficult and pretty much what made me a paranormal romance reader. So bear with me as I list my top 5 episodes featuring the Phoebe/Cole ‘ship.

The Meet-Cute

The Honeymoon’s Over
Season 3, Episode 1: 

This episode is mostly about Piper and Leo getting in trouble with the Powers That Be for their taboo relationship. The Freak of the Week situation involves a court that’s populated by a demonic judge, public defender, bailiff… etc. The audience both meets Cole and discovers his demonic nature in this episode, but Phoebe doesn’t know that part yet. Mostly they just engage in flirty banter and an awkward calf-grab.

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Fri
Mar 24 2017 12:03pm
Excerpt

Jackie Ashenden Excerpt: Sin for Me

Jackie Ashenden

Sin for Me (Motor City Royals Series #3) by Jackie Ashenden

It was anything but easy, but Gideon Black has finally managed to create a safe haven for himself on the gritty streets of Detroit. He worked hard to get on the straight and narrow, pulling himself up from an underground crime syndicate before it consumed him completely. But the past isn’t staying put, and now that it’s come calling, it’s not after him, but the woman he considers the closest thing he has to family . . .

Zoe James has always loved Gideon more than anything in the world. She knows he only wants to keep her safe, but his overprotectiveness has taken over her life and it’s got to stop. She’s sick of him treating her like a little girl, but is she woman enough to handle the truth when it finally comes out? As old enemies close in, a complicated but undeniable passion is growing between them. Gideon tries to hold on to Zoe and keep her safe, but he may have to let her go in order to save them both . . .

Get a sneak peek at Jackie Ashenden's Sin for Me (available March 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

God, could she be any dumber?

Now here he was, standing in front of her, and she was caged against the wall by six foot four of solid, male muscle. He was a virtual wall all by himself, what with his height and the width of his powerful shoulders and broad chest. A mechanic with the body of a gladiator. A body she wanted to touch with every breath in her.

She stared up at him, trying to mask her reaction to his physical closeness. It should have gotten easier over the years, but it hadn’t. She still blushed like a fool whenever he was around and her heartbeat still raced whenever he got close.

[Read the full Sin for Me excerpt...]

Fri
Mar 24 2017 9:30am

It’s Been A Hard Day’s Night with These Erotic Romance Best Bets for March 2017

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your literary palate and your credit card.

Note: Not every story I recommend are the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

March comes roaring in like a lion, giving lovers both old and new a chance to clear the air and work towards bettering their relationship or walking away before any more damage is caused. The couples below all want to take advantage of what is being offered but some will require some help from others in letting go of the past in order to take hold of their future.

The Hard Way by Annika Martin

The Hard Way by Annika Martin

(Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo)

Three hot bank robbers all to herself: check

A fabulous Italian holiday: check

Enemies long gone: check

Amazing food, clothes, and sex: check, check, and f&*king check!

The gang is in full vacation mode, and Isis has never been happier…until tragedy strikes the farm she had to leave behind.

People are dying. The farm is in trouble. Her sister might be sent to prison for something she didn’t do.

Isis is desperate to help, but how can she? It’s too dangerous for her sisters to find out she’s still alive, too dangerous for the gang to return to the scene of that crime. At least that’s what Thor and Zeus think. But Odin’s nightmares are back. And he has other ideas…and those ideas might be more dangerous than anything.

Annika Martin puts the K.I.N.K in kinky with her erotic menage romantic comedy series that follows three alpha bank robbers and the woman who loves them all. The Hard Way is the fifth installment and offers readers the same delicious sexual escapades and laugh out loud moments with a deeper emotional storyline as our heroine Isis and one of her sexy men, Odin, each haveto deal with some serious and complicated issues from their individual pasts. Luckily for them, they have the rest of the God Pack to help them through this. A small mystery on the side only adds to the overall excitement and energy of this story.

[More erotic best bets ahead!]

Fri
Mar 24 2017 8:07am

What Authors Led You to Self-Published Books?

In this day and age, it's not as rare to find self-published gems. However, you always remember your first—or close to your first. For some, it was the first book that made you start reading self-published books. For others, it was a traditionally published author that self-published a novella or part of their of their backlist. 

What book/author brought you to self-published books? What has been your favorite?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
Mar 23 2017 4:30pm

Ready or Not: Romance News & Deals from Melissa Foster, Stacey Jay, and More

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

Deal Alert: Melissa Foster's contemporary romance Tru Blue is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Truman Grit spent years behind bars for a crime he didn't committ in order to help out his family, and now he has to step up to the task once more in order to raise his baby brother. He refuses the help he desperately needs, but lucky for Tru, the beautiful and persistent Gemma won't to take no for an answer. Try a scene of this delicious and heartwarming story. 

Deal Alert: Stacey Jay's dystopian tale Of Beast and Beauty is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If you love Beauty and the Beast re-tellings, Jay's unique take on the classic fairy tale will have you questioning who's truly the beast in this scenario. 

Deal Alert: PM Kavanaugh's romantic suspense novel Ready or Dead is $.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* This thrilling spy caper follows new recruit Anika on her first undercover—at a black-tie event with the devilishly handsome Gianni. She gets to be decked out with ultra-cool gear, including a pair of hollowed-out heels to hide a key filled with state secrets. What super cool spy gear do you covet?

[+The trailer for The Handmaid's Tale...]

Thu
Mar 23 2017 2:00pm

Pot O’ Gold: Unusual Historical Best Bets for March 2017

What sort of “not-your-usual historical” are you looking for this month? 

For historical romance fans March is a veritable meadow filled with four-leaf clovers.  Not exactly thick on the ground for the past several years, this month brings not one, but two romances set during the American Civil War.  There’s also a western endorsed by a beloved author, a Viking adventure and two long-running series take their final bow. Let’s dive on in, shall we?

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

The Civil War!

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

(Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo)

Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.

Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.

Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy's favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other . . .

In an inspiring First Look, CeresTheories writes “Elle and Malcolm face larger obstacles than most couples, and it’s their incredible strength of will and love of country and each other that pulls them through. It’s a rare book that can make you believe in love and the United States at the same time.”  USA! USA! USA!

[More unusual historicals ahead!]

Thu
Mar 23 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Sloane Howell’s Bossed (March 28, 2017)

Bossed by Sloane Howell

Sloan Howell
Bossed
LoveSwept / March 28, 2017 / $4.99 digital

One thing I can always count on when I read a LoveSwept book? The story will be fast-paced, the characters will have something to overcome, and the chemistry will be smoldering. Bossed by Sloane Howell is no exception. I whipped through this puppy like it was chocolate during that time of the month. Also like our favorite time of the month, my emotions were all over the place. I laughed, I cried, I felt my heart squeeze, and literally said, “Awwww,” out loud. And I almost threw my Nook because I was so frustrated with the leads in love.

Now, onto the meat of the story. It’s an employer-employee trope revolving around sports. We’ve got Ethan Mason, in his late twenties, and owner of the sports agency Mason and Associates. Jenny Jackson is a whiz with numbers. Thanks to being raised by her single dad, she grew up surrounded by sports and could recall every baseball player’s batting average. It’s like she’s Rain Man with sports stats. Only, she doesn’t have autism, and she’ female, oh, and she’s young and beautiful. She lands an interview for the staff accounting position at Mason and Associates. And if she gets this position, it’d be a pay increase to help with her dad’s growing medical bills as he fights cancer.

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Thu
Mar 23 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Sawyer Bennett Excerpt: The Hard Truth About Sunshine

Sawyer Bennett

The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett

An angry, bitter amputee.
An optimist losing her eyesight.
A dying kid.
A suicidal thief.
Four people with nothing in common but their destination.

Despite having narrowly escaped death's clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It's only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life. What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again... can he learn to love again?

He's about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can't decide whether she wants to live or die.

Get a sneak peek at Sawyer Bennett's The Hard Truth About Sunshine (available March 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I peruse the candy selection offered in this convenience store while my SUV is gassing up. I’m looking for my favorites, because junk food is always essential on a road trip. I’ll admit… it dredges up some bitter memories because the only road trips I ever really took were with Maria, but I’m not going to let my love of sour gummy worms, corn nuts and white cheddar popcorn be marred by the memory of what we were to each other but are no longer.

“Corn nuts?” I hear Jillian say from behind me as I grab a bag.

[Read the full The Hard Truth About Sunshine excerpt...]