<i>All the Little Liars</i>: Exclusive Excerpt All the Little Liars: Exclusive Excerpt Charlaine Harris "He put his big hands on my shoulders and looked down at me intently." <i>The Rancher Returns</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Rancher Returns: Exclusive Excerpt Brenda Jackson "His mouth watered just thinking about the cookies..." <i>Shadow Silence</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Shadow Silence: Exclusive Excerpt Yasmine Galenorn "I gave Peggin a big smile, feeling in a suddenly festive mood." <i>The Goal</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Goal: Exclusive Excerpt Elle Kennedy "I run a thumb over my lip, remembering how good it felt when he kissed me."
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September 24, 2016
ICYMI: Demons in Romance, Blood Red Kiss Interview, Cover Reveals, and more!
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September 23, 2016
Your Romance Novel Soulmate Based on Your Zodiac
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September 23, 2016
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Fri
Sep 23 2016 11:00am

A League of Her Own: Pitch Season 1, Episode 1 Ginny/Mike Heart-to-Heart

Pitch on Fox

Show/Episode:Pitch Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Ship(s): Ginny/Mike

Captain's Log, Pitch Episode 1

A true story on the verge of happening. So the marketing hype surrounding Pitch would have us believe, that a woman may be close to playing in baseball’s Major League. While this may or may not be true, the show makes you feel like it is, as it gives us Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), a twenty-three-year-old called up from the minors as starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres, a move that instantly turns her into a symbol, a statement, and the cynosure of all eyes.

There is a lot to love about Pitch, a sports movie in multiple parts from co-creator Dan Fogelman (who also has This is Us to his credit this season). We all know the basic sports movie formula, so it will surprise no one to learn just how abysmally Ginny’s first go on the mound turns out. But it is in the small details that Pitch is set apart from its often similar (but ever-awesome) brethren—and yes, most of them are indeed brethren. Here’s what makes Pitch’s pilot so great:

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Fri
Sep 23 2016 9:30am
Excerpt

Shadow Silence: Exclusive Excerpt

Yasmine Galenorn

Shadow Silence by Yasmine Galenorn

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Lake Crescent in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I'm Kerris Fellwater, and I'm a spirit shaman. It's my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don't always stay buried.

My best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake, and the Unliving are determined to drag her back to the hungry waters. As Bryan—my guardian and mate—and I work to break the hex, we uncover a dark and violent mystery from the past. One the Hounds of Cú Chulainn will do anything to guard—even if they must summon a legion of the dead to destroy Whisper Hollow.

Get a sneak peek at Yasmine Galenorn's Shadow Silence (available September 27, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

By then Peggin had managed to get two mugs of soup down me, and we were playing a game of backgammon over peppermint mochas. I glanced at the clock. It was almost six, and Bryan said he would drop by at seven to pick me up. I knew that we were having dinner at the Mossy Rock Steakhouse, but he didn’t know that I knew. I dressed in new black jeans, a soft blue sweater, and a silver belt.

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Fri
Sep 23 2016 8:13am

Can You Re-Read Beloved Holiday Books Any Time?

Sure, Christmas in July is a thing, but do we ever really love it when Christmas comes that early? In Romancelandia, the holidays are already starting with many holiday-themed romances hitting shelves next week. As much as we may not like reading holiday romances in September, we do sometimes find much beloved characters and couples from these books. However, because of the holiday setting, do you find that, even when you're really craving a walk down memory lane with a certain book that you just can't force yourself to read a Christmas novel in April? Or do you soldier on and read the book anyway? 

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Sep 22 2016 4:27pm

Go Off-World with Sherrilyn Kenyon & More: Romance News & Deals

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In Other Worlds by Sherrilyn Kenyon—Deal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's paranormal short-story anthology In Other Worlds—which contains “Fire and Ice,” “Knightly Dreams,” and “Dragonswan”—is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If we were teaching Paranormal Romance 101, Kenyon's influential works would be quiz material.

—Deal Alert: Tia Louise's contemporary The Prince and the Player, Book 1 in the Dirty Players Duet, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, the story continues,” as the tagline goes, in our excerpt from Book 2, A Player for a Princess.

Deal Alert: Lorraine Heath's Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James historical Once More, My Darling Rogue is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Emotionally resonant, Once More My Darling Rogue is not a light romance, but hits all the right notes,” writes blogger Erin Moore in her First Look at the novel.

[+Bachelorette cast members turn cover models...]

Thu
Sep 22 2016 3:30pm

Best Friends Forever... Or Not

Just Friends by Monica Murphy

Maintaining childhood friendships into adulthood is a hard task, one that Monica Murphy (Just Friends) is familiar with—aren't we all? She's here today to discuss those troublesome friendships, what goes wrong, and most importantly—was it worth it? Thanks, Monica!

Ah, friendships. They come and go throughout your life, but none seem so important, so fraught with drama, so all encompassing and wonderful and awful all at the same time, as teenage friendships. Those people you bond with in high school. The ones you spend all of your waking hours with, in class, during lunch, after school, on the weekends. Sometimes it even feels like you couldn’t live without these people surrounding you.

By the end of my senior year, I had a lot of friends. I truly believed they were major, lasting relationships that would never die. Boy was I wrong. Once we all went our separate ways (and a lot of us scattered to the wind, leaving my hometown and never coming back, including myself), it was hard to stay in contact. And after a while, those friendships eventually withered up and…yep, you guessed it.

They died.

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Thu
Sep 22 2016 2:30pm

One Hell of a Lover: Demons in Romance Novels from Kenyon, Brook, Langlais, Cole, and More!

One Silent Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

“O what a black, dark hill is yon,

”That looks so dark to me?“

”O it is the hill of hell,“ he said,

”Where you and I shall be.”

—From The Daemon Lover, a Scottish ballad.

Ballads, poetry and fiction are rich with demon lovers, and even Fox Television is getting in on the act with Lucifer, a series which Geek Speak Magazine delightfully describes as full of ‘implied orgies’. But the orgies are important, folks, because the thing about demons is that their grace, danger and beauty enthralls whether they’re good, bad or a bit of both. Yes, the truly compelling demon lover ensures that the biggest burning (yes, I went there) question on a reader’s mind is when the demon sexy times are going to show.

Luckily, readers are blessed when it comes to infernal dalliance as there are more demons in romance than you can poke a pitchfork at, and when not frolicking around Hell, they can generally be found booty grazing or roasting the broomstick.

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Thu
Sep 22 2016 12:30pm

You Want a To-Go Plate? Empire Season 3, Episode 1 Cookie/Lucious Heart-to-Heart

Empire Season 3, Episode 1 "Kill or Be Killed"

Show/Episode: Empire Season 3, Episode 1, “Light in Darkness”
Ship(s): Cookie/Lucious

Captain's Log, Empire 3x01

When we left the Lyons at the Season 2 finale, pregnant Kitty Boo Boo, a.k.a. Anika, and Rhonda were fighting on the balcony at the venue of the very impromptu nuptials of Anika and Lucious. When Season 3 opens, we find out the fate of the women involved...and Anika managed to push Rhonda over the edge right in front of Andre; her body fell on top of the car that was meant for Grandma Leah. Andre had murder on his mind and started choking Anika, but her water broke and his protective instincts for the baby overrode his revenge for Rhonda. That was before the opening credits.

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Thu
Sep 22 2016 11:00am

Kristen Ashley Cover Reveal: The Farthest Edge (Honey #2)!

The anticipation continues to build for Kristen Ashley's Honey Series! We're thrilled to bring you the cover for her second novel in the series—The Farthest Edge. This installment, which will hit shelves in June 2017, will follow hot on the heels of the release of Book 1, The Deep End, which releases on March 7, 2017. Prepare to get drawn into the mysterious world of the Honey Club...

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

A man without a past. A woman who lost her future. Together they'll push each other to the farthest edge and ignite a passion that's harder and deeper than they ever imagined. But is it strong enough to turn into something real and lasting? In the second highly anticipated book in the Honey series, New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley once again delivers a smoldering hot story that is achingly romantic and populated with intensely raw characters that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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Thu
Sep 22 2016 9:30am

First Look: Helen Hardt’s Possession (September 27, 2016)

Possession by Helen Hardt

Helen Hardt
Possession (The Steel Brothers Saga #3)
Waterhouse Press / September 27, 2016 / $15.99 print, $6.99 digital

Oh, Helen Hardt…I love and hate you. With Possession, the third installment of the Steel Brothers Saga, we get some resolution between Talon and Jade. Yay, for love, right? And then Ms. Hardt has to go and crush my happy glow by dropping major reveals at the conclusion of the book, ending with mega-fat cliff-hangers. Romance-reading friends, you have no idea how bummed I was when my kindle revealed “zero minutes left in book.” Add the realization I would need to wait—who knows how long—before the mystery behind Talon’s childhood captivity comes to resolution? Yep, I cursed my kindle. Yet this is the telltale sign of excellent storytelling.

One thing is for certain, Hardt is the queen of pacing. There is never a moment where the story drags. Not one. With so many twists and turns, I’m gobbling up the pages like it’s a Thanksgiving feast. And within each page, our hero and heroine come to life. I weep alongside Talon when he tackles his pain and fear. I ache for Jade when she wishes Talon would let go of his fears and fully trust. I fan my face, pat my cheeks, and look over my shoulder when Talon and Jade are intimate, and I celebrate when they both take steps toward growth and love.

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Thu
Sep 22 2016 8:20am

Do You Read More “New” Authors or More “Known” Authors?

There are so many books coming out in romance every month. Many of them are by non-debut authors that still may be new to you! When you look back at your reading for a given week or month, do you think you most commonly read mostly new-to-you authors or mostly authors that you already know and trust? When you do pick up a new-to-you author, what will make you do so?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Sep 21 2016 4:46pm

Cool Romance News & Deals from J.D. Robb, Georgette Heyer & Paul Marron

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

Playing It Cool by Amy Andrews—Deal Alert: Amy Andrews' fake-relationship contemporary Playing It Cool, Book 2 in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Andrews' book features a Rubenesque heroine and she wrote a guest post for H&H on her pet peeves when reading about plus-sized heroines. What drives you nuts?

—Deal Alert: Christine S. Feldman's brother's-best-friend contemporary Coming Home is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* On the hunt for more best friend/little sister matchups? Try Samantha Young, Toni Blake, and Alison Kent.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Want more scoop on Kristen Ashley's The Honey series? Visit H&H tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET! Book 1, The Deep End, doesn't hit stores until March 7, 2017, but happily Book 2, The Farthest Edge, will be released only three months later, in June 2017, and we'll have your exclusive first look at the cover!

[J.D. Robb sweepstakes, shirtless Paul Marron & more...]

Wed
Sep 21 2016 3:30pm

Game the System: Video Games that Are Essentially Romance Novels, Part 2

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In my last article, I made some recommendations for videogames that I thought might appeal to a romance reading audience. The first batch of games I discussed were the ones I categorised as More Like Books, that is you require essentially no gaming experience or technology to experience them. In my next article, I’ll be looking at the games that are More Like Games, that is the ones with strong, conventional videogame tropes and mechanics that might be less accessible to a non-gaming audience. This article is about the ones in the middle. You won’t have to circle strafe anything or worry about optimal gearing but there’s enough “game” in these games that you might not necessarily get the ending you want.

Visual Novels With Resource Management

In the last article, I recommended a bunch of visual novels as an easy introduction to what you might call digital storytelling. The next, well, I hesitate to use the phrase step up because that implies a progression but the next step gamier from straight VNs is what I’m loosely describing as VNs with resource management. Like traditional visual novels, these games are primarily told through text and images with gameplay restricted to selecting options from lists or menus. The big difference is that there’s usually a more abstract level to keep track of as well the purely narrative choices like “do I kiss the butler or the duke.” You might find that your character has numerical stats to manage that go up or down depending on what you do. You might even have control of a small stable of other characters who can achieve things on your behalf to greater or lesser degrees of success. There might even be fighting in it.

Here are a few of this sort of game that I’ve enjoyed recently:

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 1:30pm

Cover Wednesday: Exclusive Reveals from Suzanne Enoch and Anna Bennett!

Today Team H&H is pleased to bring you covers for two upcoming historical romances from authors Suzanne Enoch and Anna Bennett! My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch takes us to the rugged highlands where Graeme must battle the English, his kin, and the unexpected, stubborn beauty he can't seem to let go. In I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett, the ornery, dastardly Duke of Blackshire may meet his match in his grandmother's companion—Beth—who isn't the meek wallflower he assumes her to be. 

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Scotland, 1812 – Rugged Highlander Graeme, Lord Maxton’s loyalty to his clan means that their enemies are his own—even when that includes his neighbor, the Duke of Lattimer. It’s a fight he doesn’t relish, but when Graeme’s reckless younger brothers foolishly kidnap Lattimer’s younger sister, all bets are off…

Lady Marjorie Forrester may be aligned with the enemy, but capturing her puts Graeme squarely in the middle of a war. If he turns Marjorie over to his clan chief, she could be killed. If he lets her go, his brothers could face prison. In addition, the woman can’t stop trying to civilize the lot of them! What’s a Highlander to do, then, but keep the stubborn lass close…and explore the unexpected passion that develops between them? But how can Graeme protect both Marjorie and his brothers when both Lattimer and his own clan are on the warpath—and will do whatever it takes to tear these two star-crossed lovers apart?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch, available April 4, 2017:

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 12:00pm
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The Goal: Exclusive Excerpt

Elle Kennedy

The Goal (Off-Campus, #4) by Elle Kennedy

She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

Get a sneak peek at Elle Kennedy's The Goal (available September 26, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I allow myself a few selfish moments to catch my breath, luxuriating against the big chest beneath me. Tremors give way to contentment. A part of me wants to stretch this moment out endlessly, curled up in this guy’s lap while his hand runs soothingly up and down my spine.

“You sure you don’t want to crash at my place?” he asks.

For a second, I nearly say yes. Yes, to going back to his place. Yes, to another round of sex. Yes, to breakfast in the morning, skipping work, and spending the entire day in bed with him. The need surprises and scares me.

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 11:00am

Happy Birthday! This Is Us Season 1, Episode 1 Heart-to-Heart

This Is Us, Kate/Toby

Show/Episode: This Is Us Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Ship(s): Kate/Toby, Jack/Rebecca

Captain's Log This Is Us 1x01

This Is Us introduces three ships in the pilot episode, each with their own dynamic, all connected at an intimate level we don’t learn until the end of the episode, though some savvy viewers may figure it out earlier than that. What we do know is that four of these people share the same birthday, and each character with that birthday will find their lives change forever on birthday number thirty-six.

Jack

Our first birthday boy is Jack, whom we first meet in his birthday suit, as his wife, Rebecca, carries out their birthday tradition, of a sultry, lingerie-clad dance. She suspects it doesn’t have quite the same effect this year, as she is nine months pregnant with triplets, and, in fact, goes into labor during said celebration, but Jack can’t think of anything better. The camera stays tight on the expectant parents as they rush to the hospital and find themselves in the care of the kindly but mysterious Dr. K, a substitute for their regular doctor. Jack refuses to believe there will be any other outcome than taking three healthy babies and one healthy wife home, despite Dr. K’s repeated warnings that the delivery is high risk.

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 9:30am

First Look: RaeAnne Thayne’s Snowfall on Haven Point (September 27, 2016)

Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne
Snowfall on Haven Point (A Haven Point Novel)
HQN Books/ September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

It’s been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie’s friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who’s recovering from a hit-and-run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother.

Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie’s gentle nature is a salve, and her kids’ excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want—each other—their Christmas wishes might come true after all.

This time of year, most people are thinking about falling leaves, football, and pumpkin-spice everything. But one specific group of people seems to leap directly from the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer to the ho-ho-holidays. These people are popularly known as “publishers,” and they typically flood the market with Christmas fare beginning in mid-September. This practice has brought us more than one highly enjoyable novel, most recently RaeAnne Thayne’s charming Snowfall on Haven Point.

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 8:05am

What Do You Think of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Passengers?

Yesterday, we reported the premiere of the long-awaited Passengers trailer, a movie that really does seem to strike the balance between sci-fi action film and romance! Plus, it has Hollywood's favorite leading man and woman of late, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence—don't tell them, but it was android bartender Michael Sheen that caught my interest. 

Considering this looks like the romantic version of Star Trek, what do you think? Will you be seeing it? What do you think of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence?

Let us know in the comments!

 

Tue
Sep 20 2016 4:30pm

Riding Dirty with Jamie Dornan & Passengers: Romance News & Deals

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

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Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson—Deal Alert: Jill Sorenson's motorcycle club romance Riding Dirty is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. (Psst: Shooting Dirty is also on sale.) Can't get enough of men on bikes? Here are 10 more MC heroes you gotta meet.

—Deal Alert: Eloisa James's historical romance debut, Potent Pleasures, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If you've read every James you can get your hands on, you've probably also read Jane Austen and Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase, so try wildcard picks Gail Carriger and Lois McMaster Bujold.

Deal Alert: Jodi Thomas's historical western Beneath the Texas Sky is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Weary of Regency ballrooms? Allow us to recommend that you read any or all of these Top 10 American Historicals.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Jamie Dornan: Man in Tights?! The Fifty Shades of Grey star is reportedly considering joining the film Robin Hood: Origins as Robin's half-brother Will Scarlett. Are you more or less enthused about this than you are about the recently released Fifty Shades Darker trailer?

[+Watch the trailer for Passengers a.k.a. Star Trek plus romance...]

Tue
Sep 20 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Tamsen Parker’s School Ties (September 20, 2016)

School Ties by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
School Ties
InterMix/ September 20, 2016/ $2.99 digital

Much like Tamsen Parker's Craving Flight, School Ties  reads more like literary fiction tied with romance.  Parker works well with the affluent boarding school setting, Hawthorn Hill as well as the trope of a young student in love with a teacher. What's interesting is that the first half of the novel is really a build of sexual tension between Zach Shepard and Erin Brewster. Erin's not too much older than Zach, but there is the boundary that she is the teacher and Zach's the student. Individuals would argue that there is a great emotional gap between a teacher who is 24 and a student who is 18. However, Zach has to take on more than his share of adult issues including working to help support himself and his family. The maturity is what attracts Erin to Zach although to be honest, Zach's attractiveness doesn't hurt either.

Tamsen Parker fans will be familiar with the kink that runs through the latter half of the book. However, compared to Personal Geography or Craving Flight, the kink is toned down in terms of how much Erin and Zach go into the kink aspect. It's more of a submissive's trust Erin places in Zach and Zach takes care of Erin in the way a dominant might. However, there's not much in terms of toys or the utilization of objects such as rope, paddles, etc. Instead, there is more of a physical dominance at play including spanking and more of Zach dominating Erin through intensity and physical presence. 

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Tue
Sep 20 2016 2:00pm

7 Questions with Blood Red Kiss Authors Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter

Blood Red Kiss by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter

We're big fans of romance, obviously, at Heroes and Heartbreakers, but nothing gets our blood pumping quite like a expertly crafted paranormal romance. Today marks the publication of not one, but three, favorite authors—all in one book!—with Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter's Blood Red Kiss. We got the chance to ask them a few questions about their writing, their world, and most importantly, what's up next. 

Heroes and Heartbreakers: You have all played with the idea of fate and fated mates in some way or another. What do you like about the concept of fate—and especially characters that push against it? 

Kresley Cole: Sometimes the fated-mates trope gets a bad rap as an easy-out shortcut for authors who don’t take the time to craft a plausible love story. When I first started writing the Immortals After Dark, I wanted to make the fated-mate concept just the opposite: an innate conflict that the protagonists have to work around in order to fall in love. Most characters in the IAD are stunned by fate’s choice for them. I love to show the strongest, smartest beings in the universe realize a stronger, smarter force exists. They fight fate, but in the end, they’re eternally grateful that fate wins.

Larissa Ione: Oh, sure, start off with the hard questions. Eek! Okay, well, this might sound weird, but I’m always so conflicted about fate. My stubborn, independent streak hates the concept, but at the same time, the idea that fate might play a role in life kind of takes some pressure off. And fate ties into many reincarnation beliefs, especially the ones in which we ourselves plan out our lives before we’re even born. So while I sometimes would rather avoid fate plots and fated mates, the worlds I create often demand them in order to stay true to the story and characters.

Gena Showalter: I enjoy pairing a sexy alpha male with a woman he would not have chosen for himself—well, not at first, anyway.  I love watching his resistance begin to crumble, his desire for her becoming a force beyond his control.  

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