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Oct 18 2016 9:30am

All Hallows Eve: October 2016 Not-Your-Usual Historical Romance Best Bets

October is a month filled with a mountain of miniature chocolate wonders and my secret guilty pleasure – candy corn! (Don’t judge–especially if you willingly eat Peeps ::shudder::).  It’s also a month that is chock full of historical romance.  This small list is but the tip of the iceberg – or in the case of October, the tip of the witch’s hat.  What not-your-usual historicals are you looking forward to this month?


A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society.  But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

A couple years ago Thomas was speaking to a group of librarians at an RWA conference.  When asked about what she was working on she teased us with “What if Sherlock Holmes was a woman?” and all our collective ears perked up.  The first in her Lady Sherlock series is finally out this month, the start of a historical mystery series that promises romance as well.

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Oct 18 2016 8:14am

What’s the Book You’ve Gotten the Most People to Read?

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

As readers, we love to recommend our favorite books to anyone who will listen. There comes a certain pride in getting someone hooked on your keepers. 

What book do you know you've gotten the most people hooked on? What is it and how have you made so many people read it?

Tell me about it in the comments. 

Oct 17 2016 4:36pm

Secretly Married Westmorelands & Feversong Clues: Romance News & Deals

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Bane by Brenda JacksonDeal Alert: Brenda Jackson's contemporary western Bane, a secretly-married AND second-chance-at-love Westmoreland novel, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Can't get enough of those cowboys? Read an excerpt from The Rancher Returns, the latest release in the Wesmoreland Legacy series.

Deal Alert: Melanie Dickerson's Fairy Tale Romance Collection—featuring The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, and The Princess Spy—is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Swooning over fairy tales is one of our favorite hobbies.

Deal Alert: Deirdre Martin's classic hockey romance Body Check is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Martin and Rachel Gibson are often credited with making hockey the sport of choice in romance.

Deal Alert: Sharon Cullen's historical Sebastian's Lady Spy is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Never let it be said that we turned down an opportunity to break down our love of spies in romance.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Anxiously awaiting Karen Marie Moning's Feversong? Maybe the official description will offer some clues and ease some of your jitters?

[+Feversong description, sexy adult Harry Potter & more...]

Oct 17 2016 2:00pm

More Weird Protagonists Please: Penny Reid’s Beard Science

Beard Science by Penny Reid

Sometimes I wish that I could read a book again for the first time because it’s so good, I want to experience all the feelings it made me feel the first time around.

That is precisely how I feel about Penny Reid’s Beard Science.  When I first read the description for this book, I thought—“how on earth am I going to read about Cletus? He’s SO odd!”

But, that’s why this book is so perfect. Honestly, this novel will definitely go on my ‘Best Reads of 2016’ list for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is that both Cletus and the heroine Jennifer are weird.

Really weird, and I love that. Romantic comedies need more weird protagonists. It’s such a refreshing departure from the protagonists who have it all together and they’re just trying to battle some wayward thing that’s come to disrupt their lives. Beard Science does have external conflict that propels the story along, but the best part is watching these two characters fall for one another, almost without realizing it.

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Oct 17 2016 12:00pm

Naughty and Nice: 2016 Holiday Romance Novel Sampler

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We’re serving up a bit of naughty and nice this holiday season with eleven excerpts from titles that are sure to make your season bright! These romances will make you want to get cozy, grab a mug of hot cocoa, and start getting out those decorations. Get into the spirit with a sampling of these holiday romances:

In Opal Carew’s Big Package—a missed connection, plus a former high school football star, plus a blizzard equals a raging inferno!

A bad boy looking to reform his ways meets a woman who needs his help in Laura Trentham's Candy Cane Christmas.

Emily March’s Christmas in Eternity Springs will lift your spirits with a story of healing past hurts, finding a second chance at love, and embracing Christmas cheer. 

A woman who’s all work and no play finds herself home for holidays to help out her family, and gets more than she bargained for in Nancy Naigle’s Christmas Joy.

An old high school crush, a wayward disaster, and a chance to fix past wrongs are in store in Melissa Cutler's If Santa Were A Cowboy, a story that’s more naughty than nice.

Slip into a little holiday magic with Amelia Grey's Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis, with an historical best-friend's-little-sister romance as the Marquis of Wythebury is bowled over by a woman he believes is off limits.

Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, and Margaret Brownley are giving us three magnificent stories from the Second Chance at Star Inn Series about loss, love, redemption, and finding home for the holidays. 

Tara Wyatt's When Snowflakes Fall and Like Fresh Fallen Snow take us from Christmas to New Year's Eve and put us in the mood for the wonder of the holidays!

Start reading by clicking the titles below:

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Oct 17 2016 11:00am

What is Your Small Town Romance?

Candy Cane Christmas by Laura Trentham

Today we're thrilled to welcome to Laura Trentham (Candy Cane Christmas) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Laura writes some of our favorite small town romances—whether we're spending the day in Falcon, Alabama with her Falcon Football series or heading to Cottonbloom where “the other side of the tracks” (or river, in this case) looks pretty appealing. Today she's here to help you “write” one of your own. Below, simply find your first initial, favorite color and birth month to craft your own small town romance. Thanks, Laura!

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Oct 17 2016 9:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s Rendezvous with Yesterday (October 17, 2016)

Rendezvous with Yesterday by Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
Rendezvous with Yesterday (The Gifted Ones #2)
Dianne Duvall / October 17, 2016 / $12.99 print, $4.99 digital

In Rendezvous with Yesterday, Dianne Duvall paints a brilliant picture of the differences of modern life and medieval England by blending her Gifted Ones series with her Immortal Guardians series and to do so, she only needed a splash of time travel dabbed with a little immortality.

Bethany Bennett is a modern woman who has a normal obsession with her cell phone and a not so normal one for guns. But the guns are important to her work in the family business as a bounty hunter. In a day that will change how Bethany views the world (and history), Bethany goes with her brother on what should be a long-shot tip to apprehend two wanted killers.  From the moment they step into the forest, everything goes wrong and Bethany is left fighting for her life.  She is losing a great deal of blood and as she loses consciousness, she isn’t sure if this is the end.  What she doesn’t realize is that when she wakes up she is no longer in modern day Texas, but in the forest of England in the year 1203.   

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Oct 17 2016 8:05am

What Book Introduced You to Your Favorite Trope?

Underfoot by Leanne Banks

We all have our favorite tropes that we gravitate towards, and while many of us can like the same trope, it's rare that the same book would have been the one to introduce you to it. 

What is your favorite trope and what book made you love it? Is there a trope that you don't love but you love how a book treated it? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 16 2016 12:00pm

J.A. Rock Excerpt: Slave Hunt

J.A. Rock

Slave Hunt (Subs Club, #5) by J.A. Rock

Thirty people. Two hours. Only the strong will survive.

When Riddle decides to put on a slave hunt, the Subs Club is on board. Tops hunting bottoms in the woods with paintball guns? Yes. Captives strung up on whipping posts, at the mercy of their captors? Hell yes. But on the morning of the hunt, nothing’s going according to plan. Miles and Drix are at odds over Miles’s reluctance to move in together. Dave is determined to show up D, who thinks Dave won’t last two minutes in the woods. Gould finds himself torn between obeying his master’s orders and living out a longtime fantasy. And Kamen inadvertently becomes a double agent when he aligns himself with two different parties.

By the end of the hunt, alliances will be forged and broken, loyalties will be tested, relationships will be strengthened…and someone will barrel roll. Narrated by ten different characters, Slave Hunt tells the story of two hours in the woods that will change everyone forever. Or at least, remind them that love is the greatest victory of all.

Get a sneak peek at J.A. Rock's Slave Hunt (available October 17, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Twelve guns?” Kel tapped her clipboard with her pen.

I did a quick recount of the paintball guns. “Yes, Ma’am.”

“Thirty-five pairs of goggles?”

I tried to recount, but got distracted by the collapsible dog run Greg was setting up near the snack table, and by my embarrassing desire to be in there. “Yes, Ma’am.”

[Read the full Slave Hunt excerpt...]

Oct 16 2016 11:00am

Season’s Greetings from Hope Ramsay’s A Christmas Bride

A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay

Amidst the cheerful “making a list and checking it twice” crowd that prevail at Christmas are always people whose circumstances make them reluctant participants in the pervasive jolliness. David Lyndon is a recent widower. He has a young daughter, he is running for Congress, and if Christmas would just go away, that would be fine with him.

Willow Peterson retreats to Shenandoah Falls, the town where she grew up, after a fruitless attempt to do the right thing—she blew the whistle on corporate malfeasance and the only thing blown out of town is her. She’s a failed 34 year-old whistleblower living under her mother’s roof.

A charming aspect of A Christmas Bride is the “it takes a village” cast of characters—be it Willow’s counter-culture mother and laid-back sister or David’s uptight, controlling mother and his adorable, anxious daughter Natalie—but we never lose our focus on the evolving relationship between Willow and David. Willow was a close friend of David’s deceased wife and she mourns her friend. Her place in David’s past somewhat muddles the possibility that they might become more than friends in the future.

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Oct 15 2016 11:00am

She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy: Farmers Are the New Alpha

Nuts by Alice Clayton

Rural romance, agrismut, agriculture erotica, lumbersexual, “50 Bales of Hay”… All new terms popping up in the romance community. Did we ever think we’d be talking about farmer heroes as the new alphas? But that’s what makes romantic fiction so great. I’ll admit, Alice Clayton’s Hudson Valley series, starting with Nuts, had me researching local CSAs and falling in love with sexy farmers. And that’s just the beginning.

In Nuts, organic farmer Leo is doing it all; son of a prominent New York City family who’s gotten back to his true roots, he’s all about pastured chickens, rotating crops for sustainability, and working off the land for everything he needs. Then there’s the beard and the “proximity to flannel and Mumford,” the green eyes and passion for the work he does, and it’s enough for perennial vagabond Ruby to stay put and see a good thing when she’s got it, which is all that glorious attention from long-single Leo. Everything he does is sexy, from his laser focus on her to his love of the land and imparting that love to others, locals and families and student groups alike.

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Oct 14 2016 4:30pm

Your Weekend Fix: Romance News & Deals

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Fix You by Beck AndersonBeck Anderson's Cinderella-esque contemporary romance Fix You is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Not sure if this is the one for you? What do you know, H&H blogger Sabienna is psychic and wrote up the 5 reasons you have to read Beck Anderson's Fix You.

Christi Caldwell's historical For Love of the Duke, Book 1 in the Heart of a Duke series, is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* H&H blogger Bizjaust invites you to spend your Season with Christi Caldwell's historicals, in which you'll read about tea, waltzing, and the gowns of the ton.

[+Today on H&H...]

Oct 14 2016 3:00pm

Words, Words!: 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!

Suze in CO needs a word for this trope...

Suze in CO in Three Favorite Romance Tropes—It's Tropalicious!

I'm not sure what the exact name of my all-time favorite trope is. It's when one character (usually the hero, but not always) is pretending to be someone he's not, usually for some sort of somewhat nefarious purpose, and the other character (again, usually the heroine) is either targeted by the charade or just happens to get wrapped up in it. They fall in love and then the first person is left scrambling to do what he came to do while still managing to keep the other person from hating his guts after she figures out the deception. In a well-written version of this trope, the lies always come to light, so there's usually a good grovel scene in there somewhere.

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Oct 14 2016 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Diego Luna

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Dear Diego Luna,

With Rogue One on the horizon, we can't help but look back over the oeuvre of your filmography. You first captured a number of our hearts (and our attention) in the incredibly sexy Y Tu Mamá También, but Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is where so many of us fell head-over-heels.

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Oct 14 2016 1:25pm

3 Ginny/Mike Moments That Nearly Killed Us in Pitch 1x04

Ginny and Mike watch from the dugout in Pitch 1x04
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Pitch, Fox's new primetime show about the first female pitcher in the MLB, is amazing. Honestly, if you're not watching, you're missing out on a prime opportunity to fangirl (or fanboy) about this fun, entertaining new show. And last night's episode confirmed my belief that Bawson (a.k.a. Ginny Baker/Mike Lawson) really is the ship of dreams and if you weren't sailing on it before, after last night's episode, you're definitely going to want to come aboard. (How's that for a shipping metaphor?)

We absolutely need to talk about these three moments from episode 4, “The Break” (SPOILERS for the episode, natch):

1. Mike offers to go to dinner with Ginny and her mother.

“Moms love me,” Mike quips as he offers himself up as a buffer between Ginny and her mother. The relationship between Ginny and her mother is tenous at best, and contentious at its worst. The dinner is painfully awkward, with Mike trying his best to mitigate the situation, while still somehow being really oblivious to situation (like offering up his tickets to the All-Star game when Ginny says she could only get one). No one prompted him to offer to go to dinner, but the fact that he does it anyway is not only telling, but utterly charming. All the points to you, Mike.

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Oct 14 2016 12:00pm

Cari Z Excerpt: Friendly Fire

Cari Z

Friendly Fire by Cari Z

Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped.

Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.

But Elliot is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.

Get a sneak peek at Cari Z's Friendly Fire (available October 17, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Good afternoon.” He extended his hand. “I’m Elliot McKenzie. Thank you for meeting me on such short notice.”

“Lennox West.” He had a low, easy voice with a touch of a Southern drawl to it—Georgia, perhaps? “And I should probably be thanking you for making the time, since I know this wasn’t your idea.”

[Read the full Friendly Fire excerpt...]

Oct 14 2016 9:30am

31 Years Later and We Still Love LadyHawke



  • gas cost $1.09, movie tickets $2.75,
  • New Coke would be introduced,
  •  The Unabomber kill his first victim.
  • The Food and Drug Administration would approve a test for AIDS, and insurance companies start screening for the disease.
  • Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder, record the song “We Are The World” as USA for Africa. to raise money for famine relief.
  • Michael Jackson Buys ATV Music and every Beatles Song for $47 million dollars.
  • TWA Flight 847 is hijacked by Hezbollahon on June 14 
  • Back to the Future with $210,609,762 domestic gross is the most popular film of the year.
  • Stephen King dominated the best seller list. But readers were also reading Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Sidney Shelton

Many romance fans feel that Ever After may be the best fairy tale adaptationwith Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, and Anjelica Houston.  It is cute and sweet. Drew Barrymore is a darling. But is it truly a larger than life romance?

As a counterpoint to this modern take on Cinderella, I would like to offer up a movie that is truly a majestic story of love and overcoming obstacles to happily-ever-after—LadyHawke with the hilarious Matthew Broderick, the gorgeous Rutger Hauer, and absolutely stunning Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Oct 14 2016 8:30am

Do You Love or Hate Ship Names?

Jonsa... Olicity... Bawson... If you're into a TV show and talking about it on social media, it's kind of hard to get away from your favorite couple's “ship name.” Do you wish that the internet would just refer to the couple by their name or do you like ship names? What's your favorite one? What's your least favorite one? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 13 2016 4:01pm

Go Rogue with Star Wars, Sophie Jordan, and More: Romance News & Deals

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All Chained Up by Sophie JordanDeal Alert: Sophie Jordan's inmate-falls-for-volunteer-nurse contemporary All Chained Up is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* “Turn your back for a moment and the pot is boiling over with tension and chemistry,” writes TanyaK of Knox and Briar's first meeting in All Chained Up.

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' American historical Forbidden is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “Rhine and Eddy are two people made for each other, who complement each other in every way, and this book is a splendid story of their journey of falling in love with one another,” writes Miss_D in her First Look at Forbidden.

Deal Alert: Charlotte Hubbard's Amish romance The Christmas Cradle is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Hubbard's novel A Simple Vow landed on Maggie Boyd's list of summer inspirationals you should try, if you're looking for more sweet love stories.

Fresh Outta the Oven

“You're all rebels, aren't you?” The final Rogue One trailer sent a shockwave through the internet this morning, but while many are (understandably) enthralled by the snippets of Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso and Darth Vader walking through smoke, a smaller but no less excited group of fans are soaking up any new moments between Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso and Diego Luna's Cassian Andor. Yes: Jyn/Cassian shipping is already under way. Can you blame us?

[+Watch the Rogue One trailer, scope out a Tessa Bailey cover, and more...]