<i>Her Lone Wolf</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Her Lone Wolf: Exclusive Excerpt Paige Tyler "It was all he could do not to bury his nose in the curve of her neck..." <i>His Wicked Seduction</i>: Exclusive Excerpt His Wicked Seduction: Exclusive Excerpt Lauren Smith "Lucien slid his hand down over her bottom, catching her in his grasp..." <i>The Billion Dollar Player</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Billion Dollar Player: Exclusive Excerpt Mandy Baxter "Ultimately, she was doing them both a favor by turning him down..." <i>The Accidental Countess</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Accidental Countess: Exclusive Excerpt Valerie Bowman "(She'd) wish him and Pen well on their nuptials and try her best not to think of him again..."
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Tue
Oct 28 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Donna Alward’s Treasure on Lilac Lane (October 28, 2014)

Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna AlwardDonna Alward
Treasure on Lilac Lane (Jewell Cove #2)
St. Martin's Press / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store...

Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss. 

But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?

One of the most important aspects of a romance novel is the trek the characters take to their happy ever after. We each have different preferences on what that journey should look like, from difficult and tortuous, to light and funny and somewhere in between. For me, the “in between” is the perfect sweet spot. In these type of stories, the hero and heroine are in a troubling place, but neither one needs to save the other. Each gathers up the necessary courage to move forward and as they move forward, new opportunities open. Of course one of those opportunities is a new love interest. In Treasure on Lilac Lane, Donna Alward hits that perfect spot, writing a convincing story of growth and change filled with warmth and genuineness. Treasure on Lilac Lane is a feel good story that just reaffirms our belief that dark days can be left behind, and better days are ahead.

[That's a treasure at the end of a book rainbow!]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 12:30pm

Loving the Unlovable: Real-Life Rats and Creepy Villains

The Buried by Shelley CoriellToday we're joined by author Shelley Coriell, whose book The Buried is out today! The Buried is the second book in her Apostles series, and in this book, a young woman has been buried alive somewhere, and the clock is ticking to get her out. What kind of monster would bury a woman alive? Those are the kind of monsters Shelley is here to talk about. Thanks, Shelley!

When my three daughters were young they had a set of fancy-hooded Norwegian pet rats: Choco, Chip, and Cookie. After the beady-eyed, long-tailed creatures entered our home, I refused to use the “R” word. I called them “small friendly rodents that were particularly good with children.”

I was not alone. When my mother, an Iowa farm girl who’d seen her fair share of barn rats, saw our new pets, she shivered. “It’s the tails, Shelley. They’re just too creepy. Can the vet cut them off?”

Two months into pet ownership, I began to see some interesting occurrences in the newly-expanded Coriell household. When DD#2 called her rat by name, Chip scampered across the room and into my daughter’s arms. Cookie, the cuddle-bunny of the group, loved to curl up in DD#3’s lap while my daughter did her homework. And armed with Life Cereal dotted with peanut butter, DD#1 taught fearless, indefatigable Choco to turn off a light switch and to dive from her head and onto the bed. Clearly, these small friendly rodents were smart, social, and most importantly, loved by my daughters.

[Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 11:00am

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal from Lori Handeland!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for a brand new series of books by Lori Handeland in which three sisters, separated by time, magic, and a dangerous past, find one another again—just in time to track down a killer!

[Learn more about the series and meet one of the three sisters...]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sonali Dev’s A Bollywood Affair (October 28, 2014)

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali DevSonali Dev
A Bollywood Affair
Kensington / October 28, 2014 / $15.00 print, $13.50 digital

Mili Rathod has been bound by marriage since she was four years old. But when her husband shows no sign of claiming her after twenty years of waiting, Mili grabs the chance to leave India and come to America on a scholarship.

Playboy filmmaker Samir ''Sam'' Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the ''wife'' who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes. And though Mili fancies herself in love with his big brother, the husband she has never met, Sam is hoping for a very different ending.

In Sonali Dev's A Bollywood Affair, Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

[An affair of the smart!]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 8:20am

When Do You Start Reading Holiday Romances?

As you can tell, holiday romances are being released now in advance of the holiday buying (and reading!) season. Many people won't even think about the holidays until after Halloween, and some people even go so far as to refuse to do anything Christmas-oriented until after Thanksgiving.

But meanwhile, the books with their snowy covers and people in sweaters are on the shelves now.

Do you read holiday romances in general? If so, when do you start?

Mon
Oct 27 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Valerie Bowman’s The Accidental Countess (October 28, 2014)

The Accidental Countess by Valerie BowmanValerie Bowman
The Accidental Countess
St. Martin's Press / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.

After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian  discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true.

There is nothing quite like a Regency romp. The silliness and witty banter and house parties and the absolute certainty that, no matter how bad things are looking, they really, truly will work out in the end. Valerie Bowman's The Accidental Countess is a gender-swap take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, with all the love and faux rivals. There is even an imaginary Bunbury.

[We're Wilde about this story!]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

The Billion Dollar Player: Exclusive Excerpt

Mandy Baxter

The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter

In The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter, Jase Blackwell, starting tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, is a pro when it comes to football—and to women. Never one to shy away from a challenge, “Billion Dollar Blackwell” is finally able to get the cute waitress he’s had his eye on out for a little fun. But when their steamy encounters inspire Jase to play better than he ever has before, he has to wonder if this exciting woman is more than just a good luck charm…

Avery Lockhart doesn’t understand why a pro football player would want to go out with her. Incredibly wealthy and undeniably sexy, Jase Blackwell is everything she thinks she’s not. Getting a little closer to this enigmatic billionaire, however, proves too much for Avery to resist. But as their passion heats up, so does Jase’s game play, and soon, the rumors start to fly. Is Avery only being kept around to ease Jace’s pre-game superstitions? Or, like she believes, does their connection run deeper…?

Get a sneak peek of Mandy Baxter's The Billion Dollar Player (available November 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

“How’s the groin, Jason? You gonna be one hundred percent for Sunday, son?”

Steve McNealy, the offensive coordinator, always talked to Jase like he was still in Pee-Wee football instead of a twenty-seven-year-old man with a college career and four years of pro ball under his belt. Though, in relation to the years with the NFL that Steve could claim, Jase guessed he was sort of a pup.

“I’m good to go, Coach. I’ll be tearin’ it up next week.”

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 11:26am

Death Comes to Pemberley Episode 1 Recap: Death and the Darcys

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth in Death Comes to PemberleyPBS's new two-part British miniseries, Death Comes to Pemberley, is based on P.D. James's book of the same name and first aired in three parts on BBC One in the UK last December. The story begins six years after Pride and Prejudice's iconic couple Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet (now Mrs. Darcy!!!) have gotten married, as there's been a murder on the night before the annual Pemberley ball. The miniseries stars Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House, South Riding) as Elizabeth Darcy, Matthew Rhys (The Americans) as Mr. Darcy, Matthew Goode (The Good Wife) as Wickham, and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Whoas Lydia. Check in next Monday for a recap of the second and final episode!

NOTE: This post contains spoilers for the first half of the PBS (and BBC One) miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley. Enjoy!

Before I start the recap, I want to admit something: I’m a Janeite, through and through. I’m not just a fan, I’m an uber fan. A fanatic. I’ve read all of Austen’s books numerous times (even the Juvenalia), am a proud, card-carrying member of JASNA, have taken classes and written papers about her work, have watched every movie/TV show iteration of her books, and have devoured multiple fanfics repeatedly. Pride and Prejudice is my second favorite Austen novel, and I’m absolutely delighted to share this recap with you! For those of you who haven’t read my recaps before, I tend to write them as I watch, so they are written rather loosely, and edited only enough to make the transitions between scenes easier to navigate.

The story is set six years after the events of Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth is now clearly comfortable in her position as Mrs. Darcy, and is running the household with a sure hand. We first meet her as she’s overseeing the preparations for a ball at Pemberley. We get a small glimpse of her son, Fitzwilliam, as he runs through the house, dodging servants and his nanny, and we see a grown-up, elegant Georgiana, clearly at ease with her sister-in-law. Amidst the chaos, Mr. Darcy comes out of his study roaring about the noise, only to pass a sweet note to Elizabeth and offer to get out of her hair for a few of hours (she can’t bear his being away for longer than that). It’s an idyllic picture of a comfortable marriage and loving family.

[So naturally that can't last...]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 10:55am

Downton Abbey Series 5 (Season 5), Episode 6: Revelations and Complications

Cora and Robert in Downton Abbey 5x06Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 5 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 5 on January 4, 2015. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 5, Episode 4. Enjoy!

This week, the episode started with the arrival of a telegram for Edith. Her London editor is planning on visiting the house in the afternoon with some news about Gregson. Robert, who is still clearly upset with his wife and hasn’t moved back into their bedroom, tells Cora that they should expect the worst.

Meanwhile, Mary promises Anna to not make fun of Edith’s predicament, and tells her about a point-to-point (thoroughbred) county to county race with both Charles Blake and Tony Gillingham participating! Apparently, the men are planning to stop by the Abbey after meeting and Canningford, and Mary tells Anna that she might join the race, too, now that they’ve allowed women to participate. Anna wonders how Tony could think of stopping by at the house after being rejected and Mary tells her that it’s because he doesn’t believe that she “knows her own mind.” Oh oh. Is it just me, or do you see this turning into a fiasco? Eep!

[Yeah...we're sensing that too...]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 9:30am

First Look: Elizabeth Boyce’s Honor Among Thieves (October 27, 2014)

Honor Among Thieves by Elizabeth BoyceElizabeth Boyce
Honor Among Thieves
Crimson / October 27, 2014 / $4.99 digital

Grave robbing ain't no job for a lady . . .

To pay off her recently deceased brother’s debts, however, Lorna Robbins must take drastic measures. When she happens upon a resurrectionist gang stealing his corpse, she does the unthinkable and joins the criminal outfit to save her family estate and her younger sibling. For the first time in her lonely, duty-driven life, Lorna finds herself leading a treacherous and exciting double existence. By day, she becomes a popular lady of the ton, relying on society gossip to help her body-snatching gang. By night, she becomes the grave robber known only as the Blackbird. 

Surgeon and anatomy teacher Brandon Dewhurst relies on resurrectionists to bring him the specimens he needs to further his research on pregnancy. When his usual suppliers become unreliable, and then downright sinister, he’s reluctantly drawn further into the black market. As Lorna and Brandon both target the same body—a pregnant woman who is still very much alive—they find themselves powerfully drawn together time and again while trying to maintain their own respectable facades. But this daring duo is courting danger, and romance is a complication neither can afford.

Hallowe’en is the time when readers yearn for the macabre and the other-worldly. Is there a romance that might satisfy that need? Look no further than Elizabeth Boyce's Honor Among Thieves, where impoverished gentlewoman Lorna Robbins and surgeon/medical researcher Brandon Dewhurst meet repeatedly, in the back alleys of London’s East End and also in the sophisticated drawing rooms of the Ton.

[Dishonorable antics ahoy?]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 8:20am

What’s Your Most Recent Paranormal Romance Read?

Our blogger Sahara Hoshi recently did an under-the-radar paranormal romance post, proving that while paranormal romance isn't as hot as it used to be (getting colder, like a long-dead vampire), it is still a favorite genre for many.

In celebration of Halloween week, tell us—what's the most recent paranormal romance you read? 

Sun
Oct 26 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Karen Swan’s Christmas at Tiffany’s (October 28, 2014)

Karen Swan
Christmas at Tiffany's
William Morrow / October 28, 2014 / $15.99 print, $10.99 digital

What do you do when the man you pledged your life to breaks your heart and shatters your dreams? You pack your bags and travel the big, wide world to find your destiny—and your true love . . .

Ten years ago, a young and naïve Cassie married her first serious boyfriend, believing he would be with her forever. Now her marriage is in tatters and Cassie has no career or home of her own. Though she feels betrayed and confused, Cassie isn't giving up. She's going to take control of her life. But first she has to find out where she belongs . . . and who she wants to be.

Over the course of one year, Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with her best friends living in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris, and London. Exchanging comfort food and mousy hair for a low-carb diet and a gorgeous new look, Cassie tries each city on for size as she searches for the life she's meant to have . . . and the man she's meant to love.

There is no denying that when things go wrong with our love lives, one of the first things women typically do is change their looks. It might be as simple as getting a new hair cut or new color, or as difficult as putting time in at the gym and foregoing life luscious pleasures, like chocolate and cheese cake. The reasoning for all this could be as simple as wanting more confidence, or insidious as believing that the reason the love affair ended was because of our own lack of attractiveness.

[It's not me, it's you?]

Sun
Oct 26 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Accidental Countess: Exclusive Excerpt

The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman

CAN A SCANDALOUS CHARADE

For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.

LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?

After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?

Get a sneak peek of Valerie Bowman's The Accidental Countess (available October 28, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1
London, early October 1815

“How can one attend the country house party of a person who does not exist?” Cassandra Monroe sat in her cousin Penelope’s drawing room, sipping tea and staring at the slightly older woman who had clearly lost her mind. Cass set her teacup aside and rubbed her temples as she spoke. The headache that had begun minutes ago was slowly turning into a full-blown megrim.

Lucy Hunt, the newly married Duchess of Claringdon and Cass’s best friend, sat next to her, also eagerly awaiting Penelope’s answer. The entire story made absolutely no sense. Neither of them was having much luck getting Pen to answer their questions about her elusive friend Patience.

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Sun
Oct 26 2014 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: Sleepy Hollow’s Katrina Crane and Abraham Van Brunt (Headless Horseman)

**Note: This particular Shipping Sunday contains some spoilers about Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow**

About a month ago Sleepy Hollow returned for its second season, and yes, I was concerned about poor Ichie stuck in a pine box, that his son was the Horseman of War, and that Abbie was stuck in Purgatory. For a millisecond I was concerned about Katrina in the clutches of the Headless Horseman aka her former-fiancé Abraham Van Brunt...but then I saw him shirtless. And she saw him shirtless, and it was all kind of a gamechanger!

Okay, so maybe he's an agent of Satan, maybe he is a jealous of Katrina's love for Ichabod—and rightfully so, if you really think about how much of a dick you have to be to steal someone's fiancée! This season, Katrina and Abraham's relationship has been why I tune into Sleepy Hollow. Are you loving them as much as me? Did you ship Abraham/Katrina before or after he illusioned his head back...because I need some validation that it wasn't weird that I had a thing for him when he was headless! Chime in with your favorite moments, and how do you think they're ship will work out!?

[Let's chat...]

Sat
Oct 25 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Alexis Hall’s Prosperity (October 27, 2014)

Prosperity by Alexis HallAlexis Hall
Prosperity
Riptide / October 27, 2014 / $16.99 print, $6.99 digital

A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!

Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life . . . and his heart. Thrill! As our hero battles dreadful kraken above Prosperity. Gasp! As the miracles of clockwork engineering allow a dead man to wreak his vengeance upon the living. Marvel! At the aerial escapades of the aethership, Shadowless.

Beware! The licentious and unchristian example set by the opium-addled navigatress, Miss Grey. Disapprove Strongly! Of the utter moral iniquity of the dastardly crime prince, Milord. Swoon! At the dashing skycaptain, Byron Kae. Swoon Again! At the tormented clergyman, Ruben Crowe. This volume (available in print, and for the first time on mechanical book-reading devices) contains the complete original text of Piccadilly’s memoirs as first serialised in All the Year Round. Some passages may prove unsettling to unmarried gentlemen of a sensitive disposition.

The above book description, which I will forever deeply regret not being the one to have written, gives you a pretty good idea what to expect from Alexis Hall’s wildly entertaining new novel Prosperity. When the marketing team behind Prosperity’s promotional activities informs us that “some passages may prove unsettling to [whatever] of a sensitive disposition,” well, you can consider that fair warning. Part heart-pounding adventure story, part coming-of-age tale, and part unconventional romance, Prosperity is what the loquacious narrator, Piccadilly (aka Dil), might call a “ripping good yarn.” In other words, you really need to read this.

[Tell us more!]

Sat
Oct 25 2014 10:00am

First Look: Sarah Morgan’s Maybe This Christmas (October 28, 2014)

Maybe This Christmas by Sarah MorganSarah Morgan
Maybe This Christmas
Harlequin HQN / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture… How can she concentrate on being his friend when he's sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she's always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?

Change—we long for it, but we’re also afraid of it. Because it jeopardizes the status quo. We imagine the worst and so we settle for less, for a half a loaf, rather than believing that we deserve the whole.

At least that is what the heroine of Sarah Morgan's Maybe This Christmas Brenna has done; she been in love with Tyler almost all her life. Her friendship with him and her relationship with the O’Neil family is what sustained her during the difficult times at home and school. That is not to say that she didn’t want more, but she recognized early that she would never be Tyler’s type. She watched hopelessly as a classmate had Tyler’s baby, and then cruelly restricted his time with his child. She watched him leave to travel the ski circuit and the more famous he became, the more championships he won, the more women in his hot tub and in his bed, at least per media reports. But Tyler has never let another woman in his life for long.

Brenna tried to move on too, but she can’t get Tyler out of her heart, so she tells herself that even if she’ll never have his love, she’ll have his friendship, a friendship that has outlasted all his previous relationships, combined.

[It's already proven staying power...]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Basketball Picks!

Go sports! Okay, just kidding. Some of us at Heroes and Heartbreakers do like sports, and not just for the eye candy. This week we're casting a spotlight on those hotties of the NBA! Who are your picks? What team do you follow? Let us know in the comments, and as always, share your pictures so we can all enjoy!

[Let's get this ball rolling...]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 2:45pm

All Hallow’s Eve-ning at the Movies: Best Paranormal Romance Date Movies

 Today we're joined by author Elizabeth Hunter, whose Desert Bound, the second book in the Cambio Springs series, has just been released. Elizabeth writes paranormal romance with a healthy dollop of suspense, so she is well-suited to advise us on the best movies to head to for some paranormal romance—perfect for a Halloween date, right? Thanks, Elizabeth! 

Movie theaters are flooded with magical or paranormal romances, but does your date share your enthusiasm for teen romance in the fantasy vein? If you’re having a hard time dragging his warm body to Warm Bodies, stay in and check out some of these favorites he might not have seen.

Practical Magic

There’s a reason this movie is a girls’-night-in classic, but it can also be a fun movie for a date. Practical Magic is wickedly funny, features lots of creepy-crawly horror themes, and a great paranormal mystery. Two sisters who deal with their magic in very different ways fight off a haunting from the world’s worst ex-boyfriend. Good guy cop, Aiden Quinn, tops off this Halloween favorite.

Date bonus: MIDNIGHT MARGARITAS!

[You get the salt, we'll get the tequila!]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain: Exclusive Excerpt

Kelly Long

Like most Mountain Amish girls, Mary King has always dreamed of her wedding day. But she never imagined that a sudden, irresistible kiss would result in marriage to the handsome Englischer professor studying her unique community. Or that doing the truly honorable thing means keeping their relationship chaste so both she and Dr. Jude Lyons can someday go their separate ways.

But when Mary accompanies her husband-in-name-only to Atlanta to meet his wealthy, overbearing family, she's tempted more than ever by Jude's kindness, humor—and vulnerability. And when a wrenching misunderstanding causes her to return heartbroken to her remote Appalachian home, she's certain she's lost the real love they have found...and the shared future she's come to want so much. But a crisis of more than faith will work surprising miracles—and show Mary that love is strong enough to make the impossible come true.

Get a sneak peek of Kelly Long's The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain (available November 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Mary sat on the couch, keeping quiet and still, glad that her fater and bruders had gone to bed and no light shone from beneath their doors. Normally, the first time an Amisch man would come to court, he’d already have identified the girl’s bedroom window and would throw pebbles at the glass to let the girl know he was outside. Then she would decide to let him in or not. Mary smiled at the thought of teasing Jude and not letting him in but knew that she didn’t have the heart to do it to him. And as it was, she was having trouble controlling her own excitement at the prospect of maybe a few kisses or a caress from her handsome husband.

She closed her eyes, daydreaming as she rubbed Bear’s fur, then was startled back to the moment by a light knock at the front door. She gave a quieting pat to Bear’s head and skimmed across the floor to open the door. Her eyes drank their fill of Jude in the black Amisch coat and hat, and he already had a subtle shadow of beard growth on his fine face, making him look faintly piratical and all the more appealing.

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 11:15am

Scandal Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: Mixed Messages

Olivia and Papa Pope on Scandal 4x05

Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 5, “The Key.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Last week left our jaws open and this week is going to punch them closed. Let’s get started!

When Scandal opens, Liv is visiting her old friend Katherine in jail (remember her? The one who was sleeping with her teenage daughter’s boyfriend and said daughter ended up murdered?) Olivia is trying to tie the man they have on surveillance attacking Katelyn with their family. Turns out his name is Kubiak and he is a dirty ex-cop with plenty of friends on the force. He also happens to do freelance work for Katherine’s husband’s firm. Quinn and Olivia(?!) set up a stakeout to keep an eye on Kubiak when they witness him murdering Katelyn’s best friend. Yep, that was before the first credit roll!

[It's gonna be a good episode *rubs hands together*...]