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Thu
Sep 18 2014 9:30am

Inspiring! Top 10 Inspirational Romances

A Girl to Come Home To by Grace Livingston HillI’ve been reading romance novels since my middle school years, but it has only been in the last five years that I’ve really become a fan of the Inspirational market. Part of that was due to changes in the market itself; the books that are coming out now in the genre have a fresher, friendlier approach that encourages entertainment along with edification. The ten books listed below are not all my personal favorites (some are) but they are all books that have had an impact on the genre.

10. Grace Livingston Hill, A Girl to Come Home To

Why? Hill has great name recognition when it comes to Inspirational romance. During her life time (1865-1947) she wrote over a hundred books, many of which are still in print. If the modern Inspirational romance novel has a starting point it is probably one of Hill’s books. I choose this particular novel because it is a personal favorite.

[We like those...]

Thu
Sep 18 2014 8:15am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Erotic Romance?

Awaken, My Love by Robin SchoneIt might not have been the smuttiest thing you ever read—but it was your first. The first time you read all the details of what happened behind the bedroom door. The first time you glanced around to make sure no-one was reading over your shoulder, since what you were reading was some seriously dirty stuff. The first time you thought, “Wow, somebody wrote all this!”

What was your first erotic romance?

Wed
Sep 17 2014 4:30pm

Hearts Flutter as Benedict Cumberbatch Recreates Wet Darcy Scene for Charity!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceHe's doing this for good, people! Benedict Cumberbatch recently recreated the stepping out of the water scene from the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth.

The charity, Give Up Clothes For Good, encourages people to donate their used clothing that will go to help children with cancer. And just because, here's the original scene:

Wed
Sep 17 2014 3:00pm

Starting Forever in Roni Loren’s Forever Starts Tonight

Forever Starts Tonight by Roni Loren

Roni Loren's novella Forever Starts Tonight is another amazing addition to the Loving on the Edge series. Forever Starts Tonight follows our two swoony heroes and kickass heroine from the second book, Melt Into You, which details when the three fell in love. This novella deals with what happens after the happy trio falls in love and their relationship is put to the test. 

Most romance novels focus on the falling in love aspect, and we rarely get to see much detail about what happens after the fact. Jace, Andre, and Evan learn just how hard they have to work in order to keep their relationship afloat, while figuring out what they truly want out of their current arrangement.

He thought they’d had it all figured out when they’d told each other I love you.

That everything would naturally fall into place. But there was so much more to happily-ever-after than declaring commitment to each other. That was only the beginning.

They were still peeling back layers of each other, laying down bricks of trust, and learning how to show rather than say what love really meant for them.

[Starting tonight!]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 1:30pm

October 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in October. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Look for all your favorite Holiday Reprints in our December shopping list!

Heroes and Heartbreakers October 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 1:00pm

Pirates Are the New Black: Black Sails

A Scandal to Remember by Elizabeth EssexAuthor Elizabeth Essex, whose latest book is A Scandal to Remember, loves the high seas and piratical adventures. A Scandal to Remember takes place on board a ship, with a scientist heroine and a lieutenant hero, neither of whom are prepared for where the ship—and their passionate romance—will take them.

Elizabeth is here to talk about another one of her passions, the historical pirate series Black Sails, currently airing on Starz (Season 2 begins again in 2015). Thanks, Elizabeth! 

I have another confession. I am addicted to the costumed, historical crack that is Black Sails. From the first moment that my daughter showed me the trailer to the last moment of the last shot of episode 8 in Season 1, I have been a slave to the chaotic ambitions of the pirates of New Providence Island.

[Who doesn't love a good pirate story?!...]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Sweeter Than Sin: Exclusive Excerpt

Shiloh Walker

Sweeter Than Sin by Shiloh Walker

CAN’T FORGET THE PAIN

It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn’t make it any easier—especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed.

WON’T RESIST THE PLEASURE

Nothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam’s ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can’t ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer’s quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body—until he realizes he’ll risk anything if she’ll give him her heart…in Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker.

Get a sneak peek of Shiloh Walker's Sweeter Than Sin (available September 30, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

It could be said that Adam Brascum loved women.

It could be said.

But it would be off-target. Adam didn’t love women—he didn’t hate them, but he didn’t love them, either. He needed them.

The soft curves, the scent of their skin, the husky voices as they whispered to him in the night. If he worked it right, he could spend the night with any number of them and he wouldn’t have to be alone unless he wanted.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Sweeter than Sin...]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 9:57am

Diamond Dan Dances on The Mindy Project Season 3 Premiere

Gifs by jackdonaghy.tumblr.com  (see the whole glorious gif set here)

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s Season 3 premiere, “We're a Couple Now, Haters!“ If you haven't watched yet, look away!

Last night's The Mindy Project revealed many things, but perhaps foremost is that Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina) paid for medical school by stripping under the name “Diamond Dan.” Yes, you read that right.

We were also reminded that Mindy and Danny have so much in common:

Danny: I would never let my woman plan a charity event with some guy. I would never do it.

Mindy: And I would never want to plan a charity event.

But perhaps the most ”aww!"-inspiring moment was when Danny told Mindy “It's real.” And then busted a move for her after. We say again: Aww!

Wed
Sep 17 2014 9:30am

First Look: Kristen Ashley’s Deacon (September 23, 2014)

Deacon by Kristen AshleyKristen Ashley
Deacon (Unfinished Hero #4)
Kristen Ashley / September 23, 2014 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

 Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

What’s an “unfinished hero”? Perhaps it’s a hero whose life is missing an essential element—a woman to love, who loves him back. Kristen Ashley’s unfinished heroes are quintessentially American, as well as handsome, taciturn, and mysterious. But her heroines aren’t sitting around waiting for a strong, silent man to make them whole; they have their own lives to live and their own dreams to fulfill. 

[You complete me!...]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 8:16am

What Are the Biggest Issues Facing Couples in Couplehood?

The Mindy Project returned last night, and the first episode, titled “We're a Couple Now, Haters!,” makes it clear that the show won't be pulling all that will they/won't they stuff, at least not initially. While the H&H staff is very excited to see Mindy and Danny as an actual couple, sometimes once a relationship is settled, it's less interesting.

Except when it isn't. We're guessing Mindy and Danny are going to still disagree (as in the clip above), even as they work through their being in a relationship. Watching that should be delightful, and we're excited to see how these two navigate being together.

So we want to know—what are the biggest issues facing a successful couple in fiction, and whose are the most fun to watch? 

Tue
Sep 16 2014 4:30pm

Concluding the Kerr Chronicles in Jen Frederick’s Taking Control

Jen Frederick’s Hitman and Woodland are sweetly complicated romances that deal with serious subjects matters, using dialogue and dynamic characterization to build rich character based stories that engage the reader to the end. Though dramatic at times with alpha heroes whose need to protect their heroines often causes them to cross some boundaries, Frederick’s keeps her checks in balance, never allowing the hero to go so far as to alienate the heroine nor the reader. A faint new adult tone permeates the stories, giving us that “first love” attraction feeling without the over the top emotional reactions that are common in this genre.

Taking Control is the second book in Jen Frederick’s Kerr Chronicles, an erotic romance series that began with Losing Control, which introduced us to our protagonists and was told from the heroine’s point of view and wraps up the main storyline in book two from the viewpoint of the hero. Though a common enough trope—rich emotionally stunted billionaire finds true love in an economically stymied virgin with a dubious past—Frederick’s twists and tweaks her characters in order to elevate some of the preconceived notions that often accompany said trope.

[Let's put that trope on its head...]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:00pm

5 Classic Secondary Couples from SEP, Kleypas, Brockmann, and More!

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsSecondary couples are often an opportunity for authors to take interesting risks; consequently, they're sometimes more memorable than the primary couple. Here are five secondary couples that have stood out from the crowd.

5) Dexter/Victoria —  Secondary romances are one of Susan Elizabeth Phillips's trademarks and it's hard to choose just one. But years before geeks were an in thing, she created Dexter O'Connor in Lady Be Good, “a rather disheveled man in his early thirties wearing chinos, a rumpled blue oxford cloth shirt, and wire-rimmed glasses,” who is also described as “the biggest nerd in Wynette, Texas.” Victoria Traveler is resisting her father's efforts to force her to marry Dexter, but she gradually discovers his careful, precise attitude has its benefits:

As the minutes ticked by, she discovered new things about Dex. He liked to inspect everything. Thoroughly. To evaluate, measure, and caress. And his curiosity seemed just about insatiable.

There's a bit of a dominance/submission edge to the pairing of contrary, defiant Tori with the firm and straitlaced Dex—there's even an old skool spanking scene!—which plays a little oddly today, when such relationships are much more openly drawn in romance. But Dexter remains delightful.

And he’s—I mean, for all his faults, any fool can see that he’ll be a good father. Except when it comes to sports, but I figure between you and me, we can make up for his shortcomings in that department. And then there’s . . . there’s just something about him.” She gave an uncomfortable shrug, clearly wanting to put an end to the conversation. “Something sweet and . . . Oh, I don’t know.”

“Your sister’s fallen in love with me,” Dex said, in case Kenny had missed the point.

[+ 4 more scene-stealing secondary couples...]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Jaci Burton and Suzanne Rock!

Today's Cover Tuesday offers two authors and eight covers (you do the math—we're busy gawking!). Both of today's spotlighted reveals have worlds colliding, as hotel magnates hook up with housekeeping managers and motorcycle dudes run into sexy socialites. Check out the covers for Suzanne Rock's At His Service serial, parts 1-4, and the brand-new covers for Jaci Burton's soon-to-be-reissued Wild Riders series.

[See all EIGHT (!!!) sexy new covers...]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Ruptured: Exclusive Excerpt

Maggie Mae Gallagher

Ruptured by Maggie Mae Gallagher

It has been eighty-three years since the walls between Earth and Infernus fell, and now our world stands upon the razor’s edge of extinction. Demon platoons are marching upon us. My home, one of humanity’s last bastions of existence, is under siege.

My name is Alana Devereaux. I am the resident demon detector of Cantati Forces and Platoon Commander. My job is to hunt down the vermin unleashed upon my world, and I love it. I live for the day I can kick every last demon’s ass out of this world. Except as enemy forces reign down terror upon us, the Densare Council sentences me to a fate worse than death.

Get a sneak peek of Maggie Mae Gallagher's Ruptured (available September 25, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Clank, clank, clank.

My hand rapped against metal, and the invisible chains around me tightened. The door swung inward. Cade stood there, in all his six-foot-four glory, the white army-issue T-shirt stretched across a mountain of muscles. An inky black tribal tattoo started at his left elbow and disappeared under the strained confines of his shirt. His face had been carved from stone, all sharp angles and planes, his head shaved clean of hair save for the stubble of the goatee lining his angular jaw. His nose was no longer straight from a couple of breaks and sat slightly crooked on his otherwise handsome face. His eyes were liquid pools of darkness as they assessed me.

“Come in, Alana.” He said my name like a benediction. It’s not like men had a ton of opportunities for sex, not with the limited numbers of available females. Would he want to start right away or would he give me time? Not that it mattered—the Council had just presented me to Cade like an offering to a god.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Ruptured...]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 10:30am

The Write Stuff: Authors as Romance Heroines

Today we're joined by author Regina Kyle, whose Triple Threat is out today! Triple Threat's heroine, Holly, is a playwright, and she's finally gotten her chance to write a play that will show on Broadway. Regina is here to talk about authors as romance heroines, and what makes these ladies have all the Write Stuff. Thanks, Regina!

We talk a lot about hero professions. Millionaire vs. cowboy. Firefighter or movie star. Sports hero or military man. But what about the heroines? I mean, they gotta do something other than stand around looking pretty, right?
In Triple Threat, my heroine, Holly, is a writer, a playwright, to be specific. Why did I choose a playwright as a heroine? Well, because I’m a writer, duh. It’s easy (or at least easier) for me to get in the mind of someone with the same profession. And I’m a theater geek, so making her a playwright as opposed to, say, a writer of dystopian steampunk novels seemed natural for me.

But over and above the obvious reasons why I chose to write about a writer, there’s something about author heroines that makes them appealing. They’re smart. And quick-witted. And oh, so imaginative. They can be mousy and reclusive, hiding behind their laptops like Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone, or take-charge and confident.

Romance writers are popular as heroines. Take Piper in Robin Covington’s Playing the Part. She’s hired to help Mick Blackwell, the hero in the film adaptation of her latest novel, nail the emotionally charged love scenes. She’s lost her writing mojo since her famous fiancé cheated on her, leading to a very public meltdown. It’s an interesting take on writer’s block, seeing Piper get her groove back by working with Mick, both on and off screen.

[Write here, write now...]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 8:37am

Quick-to-Calm Wives = Happier Marriages?

Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale

Confirming a wife's role as caretaker in a marriage, a study discussed in HealthDay says that a marriage's success depends on the wife's ability to calm down after an argument—whereas it doesn't seem to matter at if the husband is able to calm down (how unfair is that?)

“Emotions such as anger and contempt can seem very threatening for couples,[one of the study's authors says]...But our study suggests that if spouses — especially wives — are able to calm themselves, their marriages can continue to thrive.”

The study spoke to approximately eighty heterosexual couples recovering from recent conflict. 

Are you the calmer one in your marriage? 

Mon
Sep 15 2014 4:30pm

Beta Heroes: Ten Contemporary Romance Heroes Who Show Us That Good = Hot.

**Spoilers! This post may cause a minor to severe reaction to spoilers from books featuring the top contemporary beta heroes—but don't worry, these guys will nurse you back to health.**

I can’t help it. I swoon for the good guy, the guy who even though he’s the right choice for me—ahem, I mean for the heroine, of course—he still makes mistakes along the way that keep us from getting our happily ever after too early in the book. Good does not equal perfect. Perfect is boring. But give me a flawed good guy, the one who has the right stuff but stumbles along with the heroine to get the place where my heart swells and I can’t stop smiling, and I’m a goner.

There are so many good guys in romance, and there’s no way I can cover them all. That’s why I’m going to narrow the focus to the mostly the youngins, the YA and NA nice guy heroes (with a couple of full-fledged grown-ups sprinkled in), because despite not being a YA or NA myself, these are some of my favorite books to read. It’s all about firsts in YA, first love with the guy you wish existed when you went to high school. And in NA, it’s that emerging adult first. Sure some high school relationships last until “I do,” but it’s really in the NA years that we start to really consider the idea of forever. So, who are some of my favorite wish-they-were-my-first-love betas? Read on to find out with the fine print being, DON’T READ ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN’T READ IN CASEOF SPOILERS. Okay, maybe that print is not so fine, but you get the gist.

[Who are we getting introduced to first?]

Mon
Sep 15 2014 3:59pm

Karen Marie Moning Shares Cover Copy for Burned!

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Today on her Facebook page, Karen Marie Moning shared the cover copy for Burned, the seventh book set in the Fever series. Moning says that both Dani and Mac are protagonists in Burned. Here's the blurb:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Learn more or pre-order a copy of Burned by Karen Marie Moning, out January 20, 2015:

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 3:39pm

Sylvia Day Releases New Excerpt from Captivated by You (Crossfire #4)!

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayGetting ready for the November 18th release, Sylvia Day has just posted a new excerpt from Captivated by You, the fourth book in the Crossfire series.

Gideon hadn’t called. Hadn’t sent me a text after the flirtatious one promising me a steamy night. Hadn’t come to me, even if only to sleep next door. Gideon didn’t like being away from me.

Except when he was hurting. And ashamed.

The elevator doors slid open and pounding, screaming heavy metal music poured in. I cringed and covered my ears, the volume of the ceiling-mounted speakers so loud it hurt to hear them.

Pain. Fury. The raging violence of the music crashed over me. I ached deep in my chest. I knew. I understood. The song was an audible manifestation of what Gideon felt inside himself and couldn’t let out.

He was too controlled. Contained. His emotions so tightly leashed, along with his memories.

Read the rest at Sylvia Day's website.

Learn more or pre-order a copy of Captivated by You, out November 18, 2014:

Buy at AmazonBuy at Barnes & Noble

 

Mon
Sep 15 2014 2:00pm

Beyond Darkness and Angst: The “New” New Adult

Make It Count by Megan EricksonNew Adult bestseller lists seem to be crowded with books that deal with everything angst.  There are the books about death, the books about assault, the books about broken pasts and broken presents.  There are books about looming, clouded secrets that prevent people from ever having good relationships until “that person” comes along.

But New Adult is so much more than the traumatic past and the dark alpha-male hero.  New Adult can be fun and comedic, too.

Fun New Adult exists, and it’s a story style that is growing in popularity as New Adult books are picked up by different publishers.  It’s also a story style that provides a relief for those that are tired of all of the emotion brought on by dark “realistic” stories that rely heavily on trauma to create character narratives.  These light New Adult books still tackle important character arcs, but they’ll leave you laughing instead of crying, which makes all the difference. 

Make it Count by Megan Erikson

I chose this book as my Best-Of for June here on Heroes and Heartbreakers.  Erikson’s debut New Adult novel is the first in a series about Bowler University.  It features a serious (and nerdy) hero and a determined (but playful) heroine.  The book deals with some heavier issues such as the struggle of living with a learning disability that goes unnoticed in the public school system, but it deals with them in an atmosphere that is humorous rather than sad. 

[Got to laugh to keep from crying!]