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Thu
May 18 2017 9:30am

Horror’s Best Romances—Yes, You Read that Correctly

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Something author Tiffany Reisz once said has always stuck with me — that, to her, the closest genre to BDSM romance is horror. Presumably because they both involve facing and conquering fear. As a horror movie junkie, I totally acknowledge that if there’s a shippable pair thrown together against the threat—or maybe it’s the protagonist and the threat—I am all for it. Because there’s nothing like the combination of passion and terror. Everything is heightened. The stakes are astronomical. It’s not just hearts on the line—it’s lives, too.   

Horror also tackles so many fascinating tropes—taboo relationships, us-against-the-world, lovers-on-the-run. But, unlike most mainstream romances, horror happily exposes the creepy underbelly of those plots. Just look at 2013’s Stoker, written by Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller and gorgeously directed by Park Chan-wook. Mia Wasikowska stars as India Stoker, a young woman who develops an intense attachment to her charismatic uncle, Charlie (Matthew Goode). The incestuous elements are the least troubling bits of the film — and I could not look away! I don’t know what this says about Mia’s career choices, but she’s also in two other films I’d recommend to romance readers: 2015’s Crimson Peak and 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive. (Both co-star Tom Hiddleston, which is a huge selling point for me). Guillermo del Toro and Jim Jarmusch’s respective aesthetics are gorgeous. Just like a good romance zeroes in on the protagonists, so does horror—to an almost claustrophobic extent. These are both films about being stuck—and, honestly, I’m never going to complain about being trapped with Tom Hiddleston, whether he’s an incestuous gold-digger or an emo vampire.

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Thu
May 18 2017 8:09am

What Sort of Relationship Dynamic Do You Find Most Compelling?

Couple Kisses in Bed

Dominant; slow-burn; sweet; fun. These are just a few ways in which the relationship dynamic can manifest itself in a romance. When it comes to your own preferences, what sort of dynamic do you prefer to see between characters? What do you love about that?

Tell me about it in the comments! 

Wed
May 17 2017 4:30pm

This Signal Won’t Fade: Romance News & Deals from Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell, Nora Roberts, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Deal Alert: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell's contemporary male/male romance Strong Signal is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* In the first book of the duo's Cyberlove series, gamers Kai and Garrett get off to a rough start when their online personalities clash in a serious way. Their first meeting may be unconventional, but it does lead them to a deep and powerful connection. 

Deal Alert: Jenny Colgan's women's fiction novel The Bookshop on the Corner is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Librarian Nina possesses the gift for finding the perfect book for her readers while also trying to find her own HEA. This lighthearted read is sure to please.

Deal Alert: Nora Roberts' contemporary romance Hidden Star is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Cade Parris comes to Bailey James' rescue—even though she can't remember who she is and she's armed with a satchel full of cash. Need help deciding what Nora to read next? You're in luck, 'cause all roads lead to Nora.

[+Cover for Lauren Blakely's next romance...]

Wed
May 17 2017 3:00pm

What’s the Line Between Forbidden and Too Forbidden?

All the Lies We Tell by Megan Hart

Today we're thrilled to welcome Megan Hart (All The Lies We Tell) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The line of what's taboo is constantly moving—what was forbidden 20 years ago, is mainstream today, and what is forbidden today... well, only time will tell! Megan is here today to talk about the moving line and what makes a relationship forbidden. Thanks, Megan!

Forbidden love. Why does it feel so delicious to want what’s wrong? There seems to be something inherently arousing about desiring what we know we shouldn’t. Sometimes it’s a chocolate sundae. Sometimes, it’s your super hot billionaire stepbrother, am I right?

It’s clear there’s no question that there’s an enormous difference between what’s truly wrong—non-consensual power play, the use of position to bully someone into providing sex, abuse of power—and what’s “wrong but so right.” The line might be razor sharp, but it’s there…and sometimes, it changes! Reader’s tastes shift, along with societal viewpoints. What used to be common in romances (bodice ripping, for example) falls out of favor, while subjects and plot points that would have been taboo cycle into popularity.

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Wed
May 17 2017 1:30pm

The Song is Sung: What is the Future of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series?

So, chances are if you're reading this post you've probably finished Feversong, but just in case: SPOILERS! DEAD AHEAD!

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

Still with me Fever Fans?

It’s been a wild ride since release day! Feversong roared onto bookshelves everywhere and I for one was knocked clean off my feet.

The newest arrival in the Fever Universe, Feversong artfully wrapped up the series’ bigger storylines. Not only those that began with the arrival of the Hoar Frost King in Iced but even those that began further back with the original five books, such as Cruce being locked in his cell below the abbey, and the mirror image of the Sinsar Dubh buried deep inside Mac’s mind.

But as fans of the series might be aware, though the actual “Fever Series” ended with Feversong, KMM has apparently signed for two more books (!!!) set in the greater Fever Universe. Which is awesome because there’s still so much in this expansive universe left to explore! Including a number of loose ends that KMM didn’t clean up in Feversong.

ONE of the two future books is already spoken for, so to speak. KMM has announced that the next book, High Voltage, will be a Dani book! According to a very mysterious facebook post, High Voltage won’t pick up where we left off at the end of Feversong. Instead KMM has promised us a book that starts at a “different time”... *flail of frustration and anticipation*

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Wed
May 17 2017 12:01pm
Excerpt

Christina Lauren Excerpt: Dating You / Hating You

Christina Lauren

Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

Everyone knows that all’s fair in love and war. But these two will learn that sabotage is a dish best served naked.
Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.
But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?
Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending, or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, hilarious story of romance in the modern world.

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Dating You / Hating You (available June 6, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Get caught up and read Chapter 1, here!

Chapter Two
Carter

Michael Christopher finds me Saturday morning, paper open on the table, coffeemaker sputtering quietly in the background.

“Glad you didn’t try to drive home.” His voice is broken-glass scratchy, and when I look up, I grin at the sight of him in a blue velvet bathrobe hanging haphazardly open over a faded T-shirt and a pair of striped boxers. Atop his head, his hair reaches a campfire peak.

“Morning, Mr. Hefner.”

He swears roundly when his foot locates a handful of Legos buried in the fluffy kitchen rug.

[Read the full Dating You / Hating You excerpt...]

Wed
May 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Buns (May 23, 2017)

Buns by Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton
Buns (Hudson Valley Series #3)
Gallery Books / May 23, 2017 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Clara Morgan’s ability to turn mud into miracles has kept her in high demand. Hired to help rejuvenate the Bryant Mountain Resort, Clara is excited to work with a historical family owned resort as it appeals to her curiosity of family traditions and their longevity. Having grown up in the foster care system, Clara has spent her life constantly on the move, never stopping long enough to form a deep connection to anything or anyone besides her two best friends, Natalie and Roxie.

Archie Bryant is on board with upgrading his family’s resort, he just doesn't appreciate outside help being brought in. He wants to do it himself at his own pace.  Clara and Archie’s very antagonistic beginning slowly begins to smooth itself out as Archie comes to realize that Clara doesn’t want to erase his family's history from the resort,  she just wants to bring the resort into this current century.  

The more time Clara spends with Archie and the entire Bryant family and staff, the more she begins to see that family isn’t always a bond determined by blood and love often strikes when you least expect it. When Clara is faced with a choice of the heart, she will have to decide if she has the courage to take a leap of faith or will her fear keep her feet and heart firmly on the ground.

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Wed
May 17 2017 8:20am

Can You Read Right Before Bed?

Couple falling asleep in bed while reading

Reading can be a double edged sword when it comes to a nightly routine. FOr some, it can send them right to the Sandman and they'll be sleeping in no time, while for others, it will keep them up late into the night—either because they keep reading (booksomnia should totally be a thing!) or because they were too excited about what they read and they can't fall asleep. 

What's the case for you? Is reading a necesscary nightly ritual or does it keep you up at night and so you stay away from books before bedtime? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tue
May 16 2017 4:30pm

Hero For Hire: Romance News & Deals from Donna Grant, Linda Howard, 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

The Hero by Donna Grant

Deal Alert: Donna Grant's romantic suspense novel The Hero is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Navy SEAL Owen returns to his hometown in Texas and walks right into a conspiracy involving his former high school sweetheart, Natalie. Owen vows to protect her, the one woman he's never been able to get over. You can get a taste of Grant's The Hero with a look at the first 6 chapters on H&H.

Deal Alert: Vivienne Lorret's historical romance This Earl Is on Fire is $.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* The rakish Earl of Wolford winds up battered and bloody on the doorstep of country girl Adeline Pimm. She doesn't have any idea who he is, but as she nurses him back to health, they can't help but slowly fall for one another. Meet (not-so) cutes are so irresistible. 

Deal Alert: Linda Howard's contemporary romance After The Night is $1.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* The reckless and charming Gray sets his sights on Faith, a woman from his childhood, who has come into her own and isn't likely to give into him too easily. In need of more Linda Howard reads? Check out these recommendations.

[+Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell cover reveal and Pitch gets a finale?]

Tue
May 16 2017 3:00pm

Of Course Philippa Gregory Writes Romance: Thoughts on The White Princess

The White Princess on Starz

Note: This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of The White Princess, and for The White Queen.

Watching the Starz adaptation of The White Princess felt like a betrayal. Not of the source material—Philippa Gregory’s novel of the same name—nor of the historical hijinks on which the novel itself is (loosely, if we’re honest) based, but of its predecessor, The White Queen, a show I watched avidly and even recapped exhaustively in these very pages back in 2013.

The White Queen ended its 10-episode run having jumbled together the events and protagonists of three Gregory retellings – The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter joined the eponymous tome – and while “hatewatch” wasn’t really a thing we all said yet (how quickly the vernacular can change), I hatewatched the hell out of it. My relationship to the series was akin to our heroine Elizabeth’s love of her philandering, impetuous husband, King Edward: I loved it so, but boy did it do me wrong.

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Tue
May 16 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Emily March, Laura Trentham, Cathy Yardley, and Liv Rancourt

We've got five exclusive cover reveals for you today from authors Emily March, Laura Trentham, Cathy Yardley, and Liv Rancourt! From Eternity Springs, to Cottonbloom, to the inner workings of fandom life, to a trip back to post World War II America, these upcoming releases are sure to take up a slot on your TBR pile!

The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

When Josh Tarkington gets stuck on a gondola with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake, he thinks his consistently bad luck might have changed.

After their blossoming romance is interrupted, Caitlin realizes that her encounter with Josh was a sign that she needed to make a major life change. So she packs up her things and moves to Eternity Springs, opens a day care, and sets her cap for the town’s mechanic—Josh.

But Josh is hiding a well of secrets that would ruin him, and his relationship with everyone in Eternity Springs—especially Caitlin. When tragedy strikes, Josh and Caitlin find themselves, and their relationship, tested beyond imagining. Will they be able to find their way back to each other?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March, available February 28, 2018:

Buy at Amazon

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Tue
May 16 2017 12:14pm
Excerpt

Victoria Alexander Excerpt: The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen

Victoria Alexander

The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander

Really, it's too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders's favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what's a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he's escorting the world's most maddening woman to the world's most romantic city to find her missing relative.

While India Prendergast only suspects his organization defrauds gullible travelers, she's certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she struggles not to be distracted by his wicked smile and the allure of Paris, instead of finding a lost lady traveler, India just may lose her head, her luggage and her heart.

Get a sneak peek at Victoria Alexander's The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen (available May 23, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

But the more he enjoyed her company, the more he wanted to be with her, the more his conscience nagged at him. He hadn’t been honest with her, and he couldn’t ignore a growing sense of unease. Guilt probably. Cer­tainly all he was really hiding was his uncle’s involve­ment in searching for Lady Heloise. Of course, Derek had sent her luggage astray in an effort to lengthen their stay in Paris, which probably was unforgivable. As much as his conscience might bother him, he vowed never to let her know about that. As for the rest, Aunt Guinevere was family and as such was his responsi­bility. Until India’s cousin was found safely, his great-aunt’s future was at stake. Keeping India in Paris—and away from the authorities—was still an excellent idea. Besides, when one really considered everything, he was doing nothing more than extending a lady’s stay in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Pity the one woman in the world who wouldn’t appreciate that was the one he needed to keep here.

Even as he dressed for dinner, he couldn’t get his mind off this new India. Would she be wearing the purple dress again or did Estelle have something else in mind for her? He rather hoped so. He did like sur­prises. Good ones anyway.

[Read the full The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen excerpt...]

Tue
May 16 2017 9:30am

What Happens When You Binge Read The Wallflowers

A Crown of Wished by Roshani Chokshi

Today we're pleased to welcome Roshani Chokshi (A Crown of Wishes) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Earlier this spring, Roshani is new to romance genre and was game to let the H&H community—that means you guys!!—pick the next romance novel she would read. Like any good romance, that led to a binge-read of the entire series once Roshani started reading Lisa Kleypas' It Happened One Autumn. Without further ado, Roshani is here today to go over all her thoughts as she binge-read the Wallflowers. Thanks, Roshani!

I’m still pretty new to the romance genre, but I ADORE IT TO PIECES. The very first romance I read was The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (thanks to Heroes and Heartbreakers, actually!). I was *really* wary about it. I was expecting a bare-chested, glistening dude on the cover (now I’m sad that there wasn’t) and scenes that would make me cringe rather than swoon. . .

I was so wrong.

Y’all. I was *in tears* while reading and thinking: this is so beautiful, no one touch Anthony, my smol bean of a hooman. And thus launched my unrequited love of romance. When I got the chance to sign up for this H&H experiment, I hadn’t read any Lisa Kleypas. I know, I know. How can I call myself a fan of regency without reading one of the great queens out there...

Well, I set out to right my wrong. 

At first, Lisa Kleypas and I got off on the wrong foot. This is more my fault than hers. You see, I sent my kindle order to the wrong kindle.

I sent it to my dad’s kindle.

Cue the most awkward 24 hours where neither of us said anything and then I loudly exclaimed: “LISTEN, FATHER, THIS IS MY JOB—"

and that was that. 

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Tue
May 16 2017 8:15am

What’s the Most “Fun” Book You’ve Read?

Recently, an H&H commenter mentioned how fun a book sounded. It's a phrase we toss around a lot—“what a fun read.” However, what constitutes a fun read? What was the last book that inspired you to just say it was “fun”?

Give us your recommendations down in the comments!

Hat tip to commenter Kareni, who inspired this question. 

Mon
May 15 2017 4:30pm

Pull at My Heartstrings: Romance News & Deals from Gena Showalter, Carly Phillips, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter

Deal Alert: Gena Showalter's paranormal romance Heart of the Dragon is $.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Dragon-shifter Darius is charged with protecting the gates of Atlantis and killing all travelers who stray too near it. Darius takes his vow very seriously...until Grace comes along. Try some shapeshifters that break out of the (wolf) pack!

Deal Alert: Carly Phillips' contemporary romance Dare to Touch is FREE at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Business mixes with pleasure as Miami Thunder travel director Dylan sets his sights on the Thunder's executive director, Olivia Dare. Don't miss out on more sexy office romances.

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels' romantic suspense novel Renegade's Pride is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* An unsolved murder brings cowboy Trask back to Gilt Edge, Montana, and back into the the path of Lillian, the one woman he could never forget. Giddy on up for sexy cowboys!

Deal Alert: Lauren Layne's contemporary romance Someone Like You is $.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Lincoln Mathis just might end up being your next book boyfriend even though he's a major player unable to committ until he meets Daisy. Both of them have their demons to contend with—and do so in a realistic way—before they reach their HEA. 

[+Will & Grace and Prison Break info...]

Mon
May 15 2017 3:30pm

First Look: Penny Reid’s Dating-ish (May 16, 2017)

Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Penny Reid
Dating-ish (Knitting in the City #6)
Penny Reid / May 16, 2017 / $5.99 digital 

Penny Reid’s Dating-ish is the latest in her Knitting in the City series. The story focuses on Marie, a journalist and character who’s kind of been in the background for most of the series. The book focuses on Marie’s dating life and quest for love, with a twist. Turns out the date she goes on is actually a test for a study to develop AI that can provide companionship. Enter Matt, a robotics researcher who typecasts Marie in a group of women that are “all the same.”

The meet-cute is more like a meet-fail, there’s no sexual tension or sexy hatred going on here. Matt comes across as a jerk. He’s also Marie’s friend, Fiona’s neighbor. If your friends are warning you about a guy you’ve got to stay away. The relationship develops more as a tenuous friendship that evolves into a romantic relationship. Marie’s recovering from her last breakup and Matt isn’t the most touchy-feely guy. Marie is writing an article regarding the idea of romance/robotics and Matt is working on his project, so they quid pro quo each other into helping each other. Probably the best part of this book is seeing how the friendship evolves into a relationship.

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Mon
May 15 2017 2:30pm

Romance Isn’t the Reason for Singledom

Dusk Until Dawn by Andie J Christopher

Today we're thrilled to welcome Andie J. Christopher (Dusk Until Dawn) to Heroes and Hearbreakers. When you openly read or write romance, sometimes many of our peers make assumptions about how that impacts other aspects of you life—like dating. Andie is here to talk about some of those frustrating instances and why romance actually has nothing to do with it. Thanks, Andie!

I write romance novels, and I have been on exactly one date in the past year. When I showed up at the dive bar—in his neighborhood across town—my date had clearly been drinking all day. Over two cheap domestic beers, he tried to entice me into returning to his “sick” condo. A condo, which he later revealed that he shared with another woman who was “practically never there.”

This is not how a romance novel starts—not unless Chris Evans shows up as I'm waiting outside the bar for my Lyft, punches a Nazi, and takes me out for a proper drink.

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Mon
May 15 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Rachel Harris Excerpt: The Nanny Arrangement

Rachel Harris

The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris

Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…

With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.    

Get a sneak peek at Rachel Harris's The Nanny Arrangement (available May 22, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Good Lord. Cherry was trying to kill him.

Right there, in his best friend’s childhood bedroom, Deacon was having a heart attack. Gripping his chest, he swallowed thickly and tried to force his gaze away from the scrap of silk and lace held high between Hannah’s fingers—but his eyes refused to budge.

Visuals fired in his mind, enticing images that he had zero business picturing. Visions of Hannah sauntering toward him, her sea-green eyes filled with heat as her long red hair bounced around her creamy shoulders. Her slender body draped in that wisp of high-cut silk. Lace playing peek-a-boo with what lay underneath.

[Read the full The Nanny Arrangement excerpt...]

Mon
May 15 2017 11:02am

Lecia Cornwall’s Beauty and the Highland Beast Book Club Discussion Thread

Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall

If you're a fan of fairytales or just love every iteration of the Beauty and the Beast trope, then you're going to love this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club selection, Lecia Cornwall's Beauty and the Highland Beast!

Once you've finished swooning over Fia and Dair's romance, come join us to talk about tropes, magic, and beastly heroes. (If you're not ready just yet, take a look at the non-spoiler-y First Look for Beauty and the Highland Beast.)

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s also a non-spoiler-y Q&A with Lecia Cornwall, the author, if you're not yet ready to dive into talking about Beauty and the Highland Beast.)

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished Beauty and the Highland BeastThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

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Mon
May 15 2017 11:00am

Lecia Cornwall Dishes on Beauty and the Highland Beast

Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall

Nothing says “Happily Ever After” quite like a fairy tale romance—especially when it comes with a Highland twist! This month's E-Book of the Month Club pick brings us a little bit of both with Lecia Cornwall's Beauty and the Highland Beast. We were lucky enough to sit down with Lecia to discuss her Highland Fairy Tale series and what it was like to take the Beauty and the Beast tale to the Highlands. 

Need more from Lecia? If you're ready to swoon over Fia and Dair, come join us to talk about tropes, magic, and beastly heroes in our discussion thread of Beauty and the Highland Beast. (If you're not ready just yet, take a look at the non-spoilery First Look for Beauty and the Highland Beast.)

Left saying “Great Scot!?” There’s a whole post related to our favorite Highlanders!

Without further ado, Lecia Cornwall dishes on Beauty and the Highland Beast:

Superstition, witchcraft and folklore play a big part in Beauty and the Highland Beast. What’s the favorite bit of lore you included?

This story was originally planned (many years ago) as a medieval story with Joan of Arc and a Scottish knight. Like Dair, that hero was intended to return home to Scotland broken in body and mind after witnessing Joan’s death. A healer speaks the prophecy the story is based on—that a virgin was the cause of the hero’s ills, and only a virgin can heal him again.

I re-worked the story to move it forward in history, and to set it within the Beauty and The Beast framework. In fact, all the books in the series are a blending of several myths and legends with a bit of history. In Beauty and the Highland Beast, Dair’s young cousin Jeannie replaces Joan of Arc, and Fia is the virgin recruited to save Dair’s life and sanity after other healers have failed. There’s also a taste of Scottish history in the early 1700s to set the story in a real place and time.

[Get the full scoop from Lecia Cornwall...]