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Feb 10 2016 8:25am

Reader Seeks Werebear Next Door

Source: amaryllisturman.com

A comment by user Bunny29 recently resurfaced on Natasha Carty's “Show Me the Funny: Humorous Paranormal Romance” post, and she's looking for a funny paranormal with some interesting tropes (that leave us wanting this series in our lives as well):

I'm trying to remember a comedy/paranormal/romance book but I can't remember the name. Maybe if I tell about them. First book is about a woman who accidently gets turned into a bear by her sexy next door neighbor and she's not happy. She ends up pregnant. Second book is about the human woman who is a friend to the woman in the first. Anyway she ends up being mated to a vampire and I think a wolf. They're very funny and I liked them but I can't remember the names of them. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

Do you recognize these books? Help a reader find her bear next door and chime in down in the comments if this series sounds familiar to you!

Feb 9 2016 4:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Terry Spear and Chanel Cleeton

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from Terry Spear and Chanel Cleeton. Spear's Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing introduces readers to a hot werewolf shifter who saves the life of a sexy she-wolf with a child, but she must learn how to trust him. Into the Blue by Cleeton has readers asking if a heated Vegas romance can mature into a healthy long distance relationship between hot fighter pilot Noah and boutique owner Jordan? We'll all have to wait and find out. 

[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers ...]

Feb 9 2016 3:50pm

Romance News: Delightfully Scandalous Deals from Caroline Linden, M.Q. Barber, and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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Deal Alerts

It Takes a Scandal by Caroline LindenCaroline Linden's It Takes a Scandal is currently on sale for $1.99 (regularly $4.99) in e-book at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc.* In her First Look at It Takes a Scandal, Cheryl Sneed writes that hero “Sebastian's struggle from darkness to light, from fear to courage, from loneliness to wholeness is one of the highlights” of the book.

M.Q. Barber's erotic BDSM romance Becoming His Master is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc. Get the scoop on the Neighborly Affection series with a First in the Series feature that includes an introduction from Barber, a list of the books in reading order, and a special excerpt from Book 1, Playing the Game.

Jeannie Lin's Gunpowder Chronicles steampunk fairy tale “The Warlord and the Nightingale,” first published as part of the Once Upon a Fairy Tale anthology, is now available as a standalone short story for $.99 at Amazon. Speaking of the Gunpowder Chronicles, Wendy the Super Librarian chose the second book in the series, Clockwork Samurai, as one of her best bets of December 2015.

[+Katy Evans deal & Fuller House trailer...]

Feb 9 2016 1:00pm

From Book to Real Life: Planning Your Perfect Valentine’s Day

The Infamous Heir by Elizabeth Michels

Today we're thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Michels to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Elizabeth's first book in her Spare Heir series, The Infamous Heir, comes out on March 1. Romance readers and writers love love, and Valentine's Day is a big holiday in Romancelandia. After all, who doesn't love a holiday dedicated to love! Elizabeth is here today to offer some Valentine's Day inspiration from your favorite romance novels. If you're still scrounging for a date idea, Elizabeth has you covered. Thanks, Elizabeth!

Have you ever wanted to live a day within the pages of your favorite romance novel?  Why not try it this Valentine’s Day?  You could experience the excitement of being swept off your feet and find yourself in a passionate embrace beyond the pages of a book.  Love and a beautiful setting are key ingredients to any romance novel, but this is also true of any successful Valentine’s Day date.  If you want some inspiration for your plans this February 14, try combining these two icons of love together.

From the pages of Lisa Kleypas Secrets of a Summer Night, what about enjoying a sporting event with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? 

[Find the perfect Valentine's day date ...]

Feb 9 2016 11:55am

“My Son Is Named William, Too”: The X-Files 10x04 Mulder/Scully Heart-to-Heart

Mulder and Scully's conversation on the log in The X-Files 10x04, Home AgainEight years after The X-Files: I Want to Believe hit theaters and THIRTEEN years after the series finale aired on television, FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back for a six-episode Season 10 of The X-Files. Suffice to say, I am a WRECK. Won't you join me, fellow Mulder/Scully shippers—you, who coined the phrase “shipping” in the first place—in breaking down each new slice of canon we are gifted? Today—in the wake of “My Struggle: Part I,” “Founder's Mutation,” and “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”—we wipe our eyes, lift our chins, assure everyone we're “fine,” and analyze the hell out of a tremendous Season 10, episode 4, “Home Again.”

Maggie Scully has seen Scully and Mulder through some of their darkest moments, including Dana's abduction and coma in Season 2, her cancer in Season 5, and Mulder's funeral in Season 8. In “Home Again,” Maggie's daughter and (for all intents and purposes) son-in-law return the favor, seeing her through her final hours. After suffering a heart attack and requesting no extraordinary measures be taken to keep her alive, Scully's mom passes away, but not before giving Mulder one last message: His son, her grandson, will always be a part of him and Scully, and they must acknowledge that.

Mulder and Scully's breakup or their daydreams about raising William were heart-wrenching, but as it turns out, those were nothing compared to witnessing Scully and Mulder say good-bye to Margaret Scully. Scully's tears and pleas for her mom to stay with her and her brothers and even William will stick with me for a long, long time, not least because it is so damn real. Who hasn't experienced that helplessness and pain at the death of a loved one? Who hasn't wondered, afterward, if they really knew all there was to know? The X-Files is ever at its most powerful when exploring the human heart's endless mysteries, and “Home Again” proves that once more.

[Have your tissues handy...]

Feb 9 2016 11:00am

“If Anything Happens to Her...”: Supergirl 1x13 Karolsen Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x13 We Need You Supergirl 470

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 1, Episode 13, “For the Girl Who Has Everything”
Ship: Kara/James (Karolsen)

TV Recap: Supergirl 1x13 Kara and James Captain's Log

As I suspected might be the case based on the previews at the end of last week’s episode, this week’s show did not spend much time developing any of Kara’s romantic entanglements. Instead, the episode focused on family and what family means to Kara and who she considers her family. Her two possible romantic leads, James and Winn, both were part of the episode and it was firmly established that she thinks of them as family and vice versa but there wasn’t any development on the romantic side.  That said, it was an emotionally packed episode, especially for Kara and Alex.

The ending shot of last week’s episode showed Kara being attacked by some kind of plant. We found out this week it was the Black Mercy, a plant that attaches itself to someone and then keeps them in a coma of sorts, by allowing them to experience their ideal life.  There is no way to externally remove the Black Mercy without killing the host, until the host realizes they are in a dream world and breaks free. Kara found herself on Krypton, with her parents still alive, her aunt still a loving part of her life and her cousin Kal-El (Superman) still a child.

[A freaky Supergirl and sisterly bond that can't be broken ...]

Feb 9 2016 9:30am

First Look: Menna Van Praag’s Witches of Cambridge (February 9, 2016)

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag

Menna Van Praag
The Witches of Cambridge 
Random House / February 9, 2016 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

For fans of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Adriana Trigiani, The Witches of Cambridge reveals an astonishing world where the heart’s deepest secrets give way to the magic of life-changing love.

Be careful what you wish for. If you’re a witch, you might just get it.

Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It’s a secret she can share only with her friends—all professors, all witches—when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa’s power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up. Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost.

Noa’s not the only witch who’s in over her head. Mathematics professor Kat has a serious case of unrequited love but refuses to cast spells to win anyone’s heart. Kat’s sister, Cosima, is not above using magic to get what she wants, sprinkling pastries in her bakery with equal parts sugar and enchantment. But when Cosima sets her sights on Kat’s crush, she conjures up a dangerous love triangle.

As romance and longing swirl through every picturesque side street, the witches of Cambridge find their lives unexpectedly upended and changed in ways sometimes extraordinary, sometimes heartbreaking, but always enchanting.

Enchanting is the perfect word to describe the cornucopias of delights waiting readers in the latest release by Menna Van Praag. Part women’s fiction, part romance—wrapped in a magical world of witches blessed or cursed with paranormal powers.

[Magic spells, magic powers, magic potions, oh my!]

Feb 9 2016 8:17am

What’s Your Favorite Head Canon?

Source: www.thecomicfangirl.com

Sometimes a show or book doesn't go the way you want it to, and you just have to pretend like what you just saw or read didn't happen. Do you create headcanon for these situations? Sometimes it can be a little fact that you like to believe, but that has never expressly been said in the universe. 

For example:

-Steve Rogers of Avengers always gets asked to endorse a candidate during election season, but he always says no.  (hat tip to this lovely article at thecomicfangirl.com)

-Draco was so changed by the events of the Battle of Hogwarts that he went onto finish school and become the best healer in the wizarding world, doing almost all of his work pro-bono (courtesy of headcanonsforpotterheads.

-The Doctor Who theme song is actually the TARDIS singing to The Doctor—a lament for her Doctor. (courtesy of Pinterest)

Do you have any head canon of your own? What has been a favorite head canon that you've heard (and promptly accepted)? Is this the first time you've heard of head canon?

Let us know in the comments!

Feb 8 2016 5:00pm

Can You Go Home Again in Marilyn Pappano’s A Chance of a Lifetime?

A Chance Of A Lifetime by Marilyn Pappano

A Chance of a Lifetime is firmly embedded in the soil and soul of Oklahoma. Calvin Street grew up there, surrounded by family and friends, particularly his best buddy J’Myel and their childhood friend Benita. Broken, bleeding, beset by the demons of war, Calvin is sent to Fort Murphy to recover from his mental wounds.

Just past the guard shack stood a statue of the post’s namesake, Audie Murphy, the embodiment of two things Oklahomans valued greatly: cowboys and war heroes. Despite being scrawny black kids and not knowing a damn thing about horses, he and J’Myel had wanted to be Audie when they grew up.

At least they’d managed the war hero part, according to the awards they’d been given.

They say you can’t go home again. What about memories, recollections, pivotal days? Calvin’s concerned, caring family persuades him to leave Fort Murphy briefly and come home for a family dinner. Calvin is stricken with grief when he looks at the portraits and candid shots covering the walls, especially one picture.

[It's a throwback...]

Feb 8 2016 4:02pm

Romance News: Make Friends with Deals from Robyn Carr, Chantal Fernando, and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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Deal Alerts

Four Friends by Robyn CarrRobyn Carr's women's fiction novel Four Friends is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at the moment in e-book for Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* Scarlettleigh dishes on Four Friends in her First Look review.

Chantal Fernando's Wind Dragons MC novella Dirty Ride, which was released just this morning, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc.* If you haven't pledged yourself to the club yet, this could be a good way to get to know the players. In her First Look at Arrow's Hell, Sahara Hoshi describes the Winds Dragon MC as “more intense than the Kristen Ashley Chaos series but on the lighter side of the kind of events we see in Joanna Wylde's Reapers series.”

Kate McMurray's Jazz Age-set Such a Dance is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Willaful named Such a Dance one of her best bets in male romance for October 2015, adding that fans of unusual historicals won't want to miss it.

[+a Jackie Ashenden deal & Beyoncé!...]

Feb 8 2016 2:00pm

High Society in Kennedy Ryan’s Until I’m Yours

Until I'm Yours by Kennedy Ryan

Billionaires, bombshells, and models have started to dwindle a bit in contemporary romance, yet Kennedy Ryan’s latest book makes a compelling argument for their return. Until I’m Yours is the fourth book in Ryan’s Bennett series. Ryan explores the ins and outs of high society with characters that challenge the status quo. Until I’m Yours follows a heroine that’s hardened and challenging, one that will be very familiar for fans of the previous books in the series. Ryan’s exploration of wealth, healing, and romance is exactly what you need if you like heroines with an edge.

Sofie Baston has made a career out of modeling. She’s outlasted the competition and made her status as a model over the age of thirty something to savor, especially in an industry that emphasizes youth as beauty. Her career has furthered the rift with her father, a high-powered man who wanted her to get a prestigious education and follow in his footsteps in the bourgeois elite. Instead, Sofie is proud of her body and the art it can contribute to.

Business man and entrepreneur Trevor Bishop has worked his ass off to get to where he is today. While his story of business success involves a classic dropout-from-Princeton style plot, Trevor is serious as hell about his work. His success has come from creating sustainable business models in other countries that encourage their individual agency and methods. Trevor Bishop is a good man who’s made it big—and when he sees Sofie Baston modeled on a billboard, he’s a man with a new mission in mind.

[And so are we...]

Feb 8 2016 11:45am

“It Suits You”: Embrace the Foe (Finn/Poe) in Star Wars

Foe Star Wars Finn and Poe plus Rey

Star Wars: The Force Awakens burst into theaters in December to near-universal acclaim. After the pretty but somewhat lackluster prequel trilogy, fans celebrated the return of iconic characters such as Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Chewbacca; the introduction of an unusually complex and layered villain in the brooding (and hair-tossing) Kylo Ren (Adam Driver); and the emergence of a strong, brave, and altogether compelling heroine in Daisy Ridley’s scrappy Rey.

Of course, by the end of the first screening, enough fanfiction to wallpaper the inside of Starkiller Base had already been produced, much of it involving—naturally—Rey and her mysterious origins. Other stories paired Rey with various men in the Star Wars universe, including both Kylo Ren and her likely eventual love interest, soulful ex-Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega). But another potential pairing has sparked many imaginations: that of Finn and cocky, magnetic Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

[Finn and Poe plus Rey ...]

Feb 8 2016 9:30am

Knight Protector: Exclusive Excerpt

Rue Allyn

Knight Protector by Rue Allyn

Blackmailed into marrying her family’s enemy, then swiftly widowed by illness, Lady Sorcha Marr must take charge of a clan she hates as much as they hate her. But fate intervenes in the form of her husband’s twin—the man who betrayed her and led to her downfall.

Sir Colin Marr fled his Highland home in disgrace, believing he would never again see the woman he loved. Returning a decade later to root out Scottish traitors who have infiltrated his family stronghold, he must persuade Sorcha to set aside her hostility and treat him as her husband in his brother’s place. He needs the cover not only to save Scotland but her inheritance his resentful clan would gladly confiscate.

Has fate set them up to even an old score, or is it giving them a new shot at learning to trust … and love?

Get a sneak peek at Rue Allyn's Knight Protector (available February  15, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Sir Colin Marr swallowed, then wiped sweaty palms on his breeches and approached the stone bench where sat the only woman who could tie his tongue in knots. He had long imagined finding Lady Sorcha alone within the walled herb garden of his home – her smile beaming, her Mackai gray eyes dancing with mischief and delight at his presence.

But that was a fantasy. In reality, a quiet smile played on her lips, and her eyes were closed. She daydreamed he knew, nae of him but of his twin brother, Brice, while his father and her parents finished negotiating the betrothal pact for her marriage to his older twin.

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Feb 8 2016 8:22am

Good Grammar Could Save Your Date?

Talk Dirty to Me by Dakota CassidyAccording to a recent Elite Daily article, good grammar won't guarantee your date goes well, but bad grammar—or use of words like girls instead of women—might certainly derail it. 

What do you think? Since we're all readers, does grammar affect any of our romantic decisions, do you think? 

And in romancelandia, do you like an articulate hero who knows how to use a semicolon, or do you prefer a man of few words?

Let us know in the comments!



Oct 26 2015 10:15am

Downton Abbey 6x06 Recap: A Kiss to Build Our Dreams On

Editor's Note (1/31/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x06, airing tonight on PBS in the U.S.

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 6, Episode 6. Enjoy!

This was a relatively “actionpacked” episode, so I’m going to get right to it.

The episode opens with Molesley passing out flyers in the village inviting everyone to visit the Abbey in support of the “Hospital Trust.” Back at the house, a very wan-looking Robert is adamantly against the whole scheme, but Cora reminds him that Mary and Tom have made the decision to do this, and that’s that! Downstairs, Mr. Carson is also (predictably) against the idea of having strangers traipse through the house. He’s worried about one of them “slipping the odd first edition into their back pocket!” Mr. Bates is also baffled by why people would pay money to come see the house. When Anna asks him whether or not he’d pay six pence to see the private quarters of the king and queen, he replies that it wouldn’t really tell him anything other than the fact that the royal couple sleeps in a bed and eats at a table. Thomas, on the other hand, says that he’d be curious to see the lives of those who are “having a better time” than he is. This is when Mr. Carson chimes in:

[Let us guess, not in favor of opening the house?]

Feb 7 2016 10:00am

First Look: Molly McAdams’ To the Stars (February 9, 2016)

To the Stars by Molly McAdams

Molly McAdams
To the Stars (Thatch #2)
William Morrow / February 9, 2016 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

In the second standalone book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together.

He promised to wait for her.
She told him he was wasting his time.
Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life.

When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else.

Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?

After reading To the Stars by Molly McAdams, I laid in bed with my eyes open trying to process everything that just happened. So bear with me folks, as I muddle through this review. Not because the book was bad or that I didn’t like it–quite the contrary. But I need to be honest–as important of an issue domestic violence is, it’s still a hard read.  

[Real issues and an unforgettable love triangle ...]

Feb 6 2016 4:00pm

Love Has No Rules in Jill Sorenson’s Against the Wall

Against The Wall by Jill Sorenson

The eternal allure of the bad boy, especially a bad boy trying his damnedest to make good, is a trope that never falls out of fashion. Eric Hernandez is coldly analytical about the restrictions imposed on his life after being released from prison. He’s not exactly “free” because of the rules and regulations that govern his choices every day. Where he lives, what he does, with whom he associates … it’s all codified. What isn’t controllable is the feeling he has for the one person that is imbedded in his heart, Meghan Young. When his sister April and her husband Noah throw a welcome-home party after his release, Meghan is on Eric’s mind.

Meghan won’t be happy to see me. The last time I saw her, when she’d visited the jail where I was processed, I said a lot of nasty things to her. I said she was an easy lay, that I’d had better, that I didn’t care for her.


Noah doesn’t seem mad at me for disrespecting his little sister, so I’m assuming she didn’t share the details of our breakup.

Life moved on during the three years Eric was in prison. Meghan has a new boyfriend, rich, handsome, athletic, but he’s also a guy who’s used to having his girlfriends “fall in line,” especially if they’re live-ins.

Our relationship hit the skids as soon as I moved in with him. Then he stopped pursuing me and started trying to control me. It’s almost as if he considers me his property now that I live in his apartment. He seems to want a maid, a cook, and blowjobs on demand. I wouldn’t mind taking care of his needs if he returned the favor.

[Love has no rules and sometimes you need a do-over ...]

Feb 6 2016 2:06pm

Man Seeking Better Half: Sleepy Hollow 3x09 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

Ichabod, Jenny, and Joe in Sleepy Hollow Season 3, episode 9Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 9, “One Life”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie), Joe/Jenny (Joenny)

Ichabod and Abbie aka Ichabbie relationship tracker graphic for Sleepy Hollow 3x09For a show as dependent on the chemistry of the leads as Sleepy Hollow, coming back from a mid-season break with an episode featuring only one half of the pair can be a gamble. It’s been a month since Abbie disappeared, and Crane is desperate enough to steal the jug Orpheus used to get back Eurydice from the underworld. Sure, the spell is best used immediately after the disappearance, but this is Crane we’re talking about. Think he's going to let a little thing like that stop him from going after his Lieutenant? Not a chance. Jenny insists she and Joe are in on this, too. If Crane burns out, he's no good to them, or to Abbie. Let them carry the ball for a while.

Once Joe and Jenny depart, Crane gives the jug spell a shot, and...nothing. His stifled sob of disappointment soon gives way to something else—he'd like to know why Sophie is following him. To her credit, she does have a good answer. Crane is a person of interest in Abbie's disappearance. Is he being charged? No? Then kindly leave him alone, thanks.

[Crane without Abbie makes no sense...]

Feb 6 2016 12:00pm

Out of Nowhere: Exclusive Excerpt

Roan Parrish

Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

Get a sneak peek at Roan Parrish's Out of Nowhere (available February  29, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I’ve been remembering things lately. There was this kid I knew in middle school. Charlie Lancaster. He was kind of strange, always talking about morbid stuff like death and skeletons and plagues. But after Mom died, all the things he was talking about kind of made sense to me.

His parents had been killed in a car crash when he was ten, and he managed to sit with me and talk and not spout a bunch of shit about how sorry he was for me. Useless comments that made me want to scream and punch people right in their weepy, sympathetic mouths. Instead, Charlie and I talked about what it meant for someone to suddenly cease to exist. About the space someone can leave behind.

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