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Fri
Apr 17 2015 3:09pm

Romance News Roundup: HelenKay Dimon & Kat Latham Deals!

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.

Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon—Deal Alert #1: HelenKay Dimon's Playing Dirty (Bad Boys Undercover) is currently $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* FYI, Wendy the Super Librarian's a big fan of Dimon's Intrigue titles, and Dolly Sickle's First Look at Playing Dirty is here.

—Deal Alert #2: Kat Latham's Knowing the Score, first in the London Legends series, is currently $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* You can read a preview of another Latham story, Mine Under the Mistletoe, here at H&H.

Thu
Apr 16 2015 4:15pm

Romance News Roundup: Jo Goodman Deal & Han Solo in New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser!

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.

My Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman—Deal Alert #1: Jo Goodman's My Steadfast Heart is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.* Goodman's A Place Called Home earned a spot in our Delicious Despair collection, if that helps.

—Deal Alert #2: Jennifer Estep's Touch of Frost and various other books Mythos Academy series are on sale in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & NobleAmazon, and iBookstore.* Here's our First Look review on Touch of Frost.

—We know you know it, Han Solo, but we still love you! A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser is here to wreck our productivity:

[+David Duchovny & Ryan Gosling news...]

Wed
Apr 15 2015 3:35pm

Romance News Roundup: Jay Crownover Deals & Sexy Avengers 2?

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.

Rowdy by Jay Crownover—Deal Alert: A few of Jay Crownover's Marked Men novels—including Rome, Rowdy, and Nash—are currently marked down in e-book to between $.99 and $1.99 at e-tailers such as AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Look for a First in the Series post this Sunday to introduce you to the Marked Men series if you're new to the books! Until then, you can find all our Jay Crownover coverage here.

H&H blogger Kwana Minatee-Jackson (writing as K.M. Jackson) has announced a new book to be published with Kensington imprint Dafina called Insert Groom Here, about a “Manhattanite dumped on-air [who] attempts to salvage her public persona by participating in the network's new show to find a replacement groom for her original wedding date.”

Orange Is the New Black has been renewed for Season 4 by Netflix!

—Apologies to Black Widow/Halkeye fans, but Attention, Black Widow...Hulk shippers? Joss Whedon obviously doesn't know how a shipper's brain works if, only after the scene was rendered, did he realized how sexy the Hulk/Black Widow scene could be construed in a new Avengers 2: Age of Ultron clip. Now H&H's Heather is in fits over this potential new couple, but Whedon says he can see the appeal of both the instinct-driven Hulk and the intellectual Bruce Banner to the team's femme fatale. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is just a bait-and-switch for the real couple of Avengers 2, or do think this is Whedon's OTP? See Joss Whedon's full “instant commentary” of the scene that certainly got us talking.

Wed
Apr 15 2015 8:32am

Tax Day Poll: How Do You Reward Yourself?

Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses by Diane KellyToday, April 15, is Tax Day here in the U.S., the due date for filing individual tax returns with the government, which is never fun and oftentimes very stressful.

Obviously, we all deserve to reward ourselves for making it through another tax day. So, how will you treat yourself?

Is there a book you've been dying to buy or start reading? Are you going to make any home improvements with your tax return? Go out to a nice dinner?

At the very least, be sure to pat yourself on the back and enjoy the rest of your day!

Tue
Apr 14 2015 3:22pm

Romance News Roundup: The Avengers Family Feud, RT Reviewers’ Choice Award Winners, 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.

—Romantic Times Book Reviews has announced its 2014 Reviewers' Choice and Career Achievement Winners! Honorees include Brenda Novak, Cecilia Tan, Candace Camp, Patricia Briggs, Lorraine Heath, Elizabeth Boyle, Eloisa James, Elizabeth Hoyt, Diana Gabaldon, Courtney Milan, Jill Shalvis, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Ilona Andrews, Christina Dodd, Cara McKenna, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Ginger Jamison, and more! See the entire list of winners here. Congratulations to all and thank you for such terrific reading!

—The Avengers played “Family Feud” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and it was pretty adorable.

[Plus, deals and Gillian Anderson's book...]

Mon
Apr 13 2015 3:31pm

Romance News Roundup: Captive Prince Cover & Cora Carmack and Lara Adrian Deals!

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.

Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat—Deal Alert #1: Cora Carmack's All Broke Down for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Catch up on all things Cora Carmack here!

—C.S. Pacat (previously known as S.U. Pacat) has revealed the title and cover for the final book in the Captive Prince trilogy, Volume 3: Kings Rising (see the cover here on the right!). Find out why you simply must try the series from fan Mandi Schreiner, and then, once you've finished Volume 2, speculate about what might happen in Volume 3 with Victoria Janssen.

—Deal Alert #2: Lara Adrian's Marked by Midnights (a Midnight Breeds Novella) is just $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* If you're new to the series, this Midnight Breeds spotlight is just for you.

—BuzzFeed has a list of “21 Types of Romance Novels You Have to See to Believe.” Thoughts? Any you'd add to the list?

—On Friday, Yasmine Galenorn shared the cover for her October 27, 2015 release of Autumn Thorns, the first book in her Whisper Hollows Series. Can't get enough? She also offered up a snippet from her July 7, 2015 release, Flight from Death, as part of her Monday Snippet. Get a taste here! For more Yasmine Galenorn, check out our spotlight on her Bewitching Otherworld Series!

*Remember, we don't know how long deals will last, so grab 'em while you can!

Fri
Apr 10 2015 3:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Jenn Bennett Deal & Cookie Lyon Insults!

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.

—Deal Alert: Jenn Bennett's Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBookstore. Visit our Jenn Bennett tag for more on her books.

—Readers and writers alike will enjoy this New York Times profile of John Green's editor and publisher of Dutton Children's Books, Julie Strauss-Gabel, who's famous for her “stinging critiques” that nevertheless have led to some of our favorite books, including The Fault in Our Stars. Read our review of TFiOS here.

—Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly) has revealed the cover for her YA fantasy novel Truthwitch, which according to the description will feature not one but two fierce heroines, and we're seeing comparisons to books by the likes of Megan Whalen Turner and Jacqueline Carey. Might there be some romance too? Fingers crossed!

[+Everyone loves Cookie—except Taraji P. Henson?!?!...]

Wed
Apr 8 2015 3:19pm

Romance News Roundup: Lisa Kleypas and Julia London Deals!

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.

Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas—Deal Alert #1: Lisa Kleypas's Wallflowers novel Again the Magic is currently $2.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Head over to our Lisa Kleypas collection for all things Wallflowers and more.

—Deal Alert #2: Julia London's The Trouble with Honor (Cabot Sisters #1) is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.* Read an H&H guest post from Julia here.

—BookBub presents 6 Questions for Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon, including “If Claire didn't have Jamie (or Frank), what other leading man from literature would she fall for?” Then remind yourself of why, really, there's no one quite like Jamie with our post on Jamie Fraser's Jamie-isms.

—Terry Pratchett's last novel, The Shepherd's Crown, will be published in September (at least in the U.K.), according to Metro.co.uk, and may include romance between protagonist Tiffany and a castle guard, Preston. Will you be reading?

*We don't know how long these deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Tue
Apr 7 2015 3:47pm

Romance News Roundup: Molly McAdams Deal and Vampire Diaries Shocker!

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.

Letting Go by Molly McAdams—Deal Alert: Letting Go by Molly McAdams is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore.* For New Adult romance recommendations, visit our Coming of Age collection.

—Meredith Wild's self-published Hacker erotic romance series has been acquired by traditional publisher Hachette Book Group; the final book in the series, Hard Love, is due out this September. Find out why TanyaKaanta recommended a book in the series in her Best of 2014 list.

—Brace yourselves, Damon/Elena and Stefan/Elena fans—The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev has announced that Season 6 will be her last on the series, meaning we'll be saying good-bye to Elena Gilbert in some way come May. Reminisce about the good old days with our Vampire Diaries post collection.

*Reminder that we don't know how long these deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Mon
Apr 6 2015 4:07pm

Romance News Roundup: Jasinda Wilder Series & Mary Jo Putney Deal!

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.

Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder—Jasinda Wilder (Falling Into You) has announced a new series—her first with a traditional publisher (Berkeley)—called Madame X, described as “a modern-day fairy tale about a mysterious woman drawn to two very different men.” USA Today has a Q&A with Wilder. For more on her books, visit our Jasinda Wilder tag.

—Deal Alert: Mary Jo Putney's Never Less Than a Lady is currently $1.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore. Putney has also written some H&H guest posts well worth a read for longtime fans and new readers alike.

—Young adult romance community/imprint SwoonReads.com (another Macmillan community and a Heroes and Heartbreakers sister site) has announced 5 new manuscripts chosen from community submissions for publication in 2016: “Love, Lies and Spies” by Cindy Anstey, “The Way to Game the Walk of Shame” by Jenn P. Nguyen, “All the Feels” by Danika Stone, “The Black Angel Chronicles” by Kristen Orlando, and “Just Friends” by Tiffany Pitcock.

Tara Sue Me (The Enticement) will be featured in an exclusive Author Spotlight in this Wednesday's newsletter! Make sure you're in the know—join the H&H community and check “yes” to receive the newsletter!

Sesame Street does...Game of Thrones?!

Fri
Apr 3 2015 3:37pm

Romance News Roundup: Sophie Jordan Deal & Game of Thrones Rap!

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.

Wicked in Your Arms by Sophie Jordan—Deal Alert: Sophie Jordan's Wicked in Your Arms (Forgotten Princesses #2) is currently $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Find out Jordan's top 10 tips to toppling from the top of the ton here.

—Alyssa Cole has revealed the cover for her second Off the Grid novel, Signal Boost. See the cover and read the description here. And for more of Cole, read her H&H guest post on the top 3 unconventional Brooklyn love stories.

Bustle has 7 very good reasons The Mindy Project needs to be renewed, and as Mindy/Danny (Dandy!) shippers here at H&H, we couldn't agree more.

[Brush up on your Game of Thrones knowledge...]

Thu
Apr 2 2015 4:37pm

Romance News Roundup: Jamie/Claire Friction & Shannon Stacey Deal!

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.

Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey—Deal Alert #1: Shannon Stacey's Yours to Keep (Kowalskis #3) is currently $.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* For more Stacey, be sure to try a taste of the first book in her new Boys of Fall series, Under the Lights!

—In anticipation of the midseason premiere this Saturday (!!!), a new Outlander clip has been released that previews an intense scene that foreshadows some serious friction between new spouses Jamie and Claire. Don't forget, we'll be recapping the series each week!

—Deal Alert #2: C.J. Carmichael's Good Together is currently free at e-tailers such as iBookstore and Amazon.*

—Hot off the presses: News JUST broke that Netflix is in talks to bring back the beloved '90s family series Full House for a 13-episode reunion run set to follow a grownup D.J. Tanner and her best friend, Kimmy. Other key members of the past may return as guest stars (I would hope so!). Thoughts? Did you watch the show when it aired? Will you watch a revival?

—Are you a member of the H&H newsletter list? Sign up here to join the community and check “Yes” to receive the newsletter for exclusive author spotlights, early access to new stories and special features, and much more!

*Reminder that we don't know how long these deals will last; get 'em while you can!

Wed
Apr 1 2015 8:09am

Fated Mates: Love Them or Hate Them?

Mate's Bite by Milly TaidenWe romance readers love nothing so much as a satisfying HEA. But of course, there are all sorts of paths to true love, both in real life and in our beloved genre. Which raises the question: Fated mates—love 'em or hate 'em?

Do you enjoy reading about destiny bringing two people together, or do you prefer to steer clear of fated love stories? Who are your favorite examples of fated mates?

Tue
Mar 31 2015 3:51pm

Romance News Roundup: Julianne MacLean Deal and New Girl!

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.

Seduced at Sunset by Julianne MacLean—Deal Alert: Julianne MacLean's Seduced at Sunset is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. For more MacLean, read excerpts from her books as well as her H&H guest posts.

New Girl Season 5 is a go at FOX, and The Americans was just renewed for Season 4 by FX. More of Nick/Jess, Schmidt/Cece, and Elizabeth/Philip ahead? All right!

Mon
Mar 30 2015 3:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dakota Cassidy Deal Alerts, 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.

Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon—Deal Alert #1: Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Ice, Book 3 in the League series, is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore.* Want more on the League? Visit our Sherrilyn Kenyon collection!

—Can't wait another moment for new Outlander? Starz has graced us with a clip of the first three minutes of the midseason premiere, which features loads of Jamie time! Watch a scene from “The Reckoning” here. Remember, H&H's Chelsea Mueller will be recapping the rest of the season from a romance-reader perspective, so check back weekly for your Claire/Jamie discussion fix, and until then, come hang out in our Outlander collection!

—Deal Alert #2: Fern Michaels's sixth Godmothers book, Classified, is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.*

—The Mortal Instruments series is heading to television! While the books were first adapted as a movie, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the TV series adaptation of Cassandra Clare's YA fantasty series—which is being called Shadowhunters—looks to be a fresh take on the world and characters. Find out why Robin Bradford says these books are not your typical YA series and why Willaful digs the love between mortals and immortals.

—Deal Alert #3: Dakota Cassidy's Talk Dirty to Me is currently $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* For a taste of Cassidy's writing, check out our First Look at her novel The Accidental Dragon.

[+Stage Dive, Laurelin Paige, and Donna Grant news!...]

Fri
Mar 27 2015 3:32pm

Romance News Roundup: H&H at BookCon & Julia Kent Deal!

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.

Shopping for a Billionaire by Julia KentHeroes and Heartbreakers will be hosting a one-hour reader panel at BookCon in New York City the weekend of May 30, 2015! More details to come in the next few weeks, but if you'll be attending, we hope to see you there! (If not there, maybe Dallas for the Romantic Times national convention or NYC for the Romance Writers of America national convention? It's gonna be a wild summer!)

—Deal Alert: Julia Kent's Shopping for a Billionaire, Parts 1-5, is currently $.99 as an e-bundle from e-tailers such as iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.*

*Remember we don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Thu
Mar 26 2015 5:34pm

Romance News Roundup: RWA Announces 2015 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists!

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.

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali DevToday is a big one in the romance novel world—the Romance Writers of America* has announced its finalists for the 2015 RITA and Golden Heart awards. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

*Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association for romance writers. Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.

The 2015 RITA and Golden Heart awards ceremony will be held in New York City on July 25 at the RWA national conference. Check back that night for a complete list of the winners!

(Want to learn more about the authors/books nominated? As you browse the list of finalists, click on links for past H&H coverage.)

2015 RITA Finalists

Best First Book

A Bollywood Affair
by Sonali Dev
Kensington Publishing
Martin Biro, editor

Mind Sweeper
by AE Jones
Self-published
Faith Freewoman, editor

Purely Professional
by Elia Winters
Harlequin, Carina Press
Kerri Buckley, editor

The Smuggler Wore Silk
by Alyssa Alexander
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Julie Mianecki, editor

[See the rest of the RITA and Golden Heart finalists...]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 3:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Sarina Bowen Deal and Romance Comics!

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.

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen—Sarina Bowen's The Year We Fell Down is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.*

Vulture has a neat profile on comics editor Janelle Asselin, who has launched a Kickstarter to help fund an R-rated romance-comic anthology series called Fresh Romance, whose debut issue includes “sundry stories ranging from a clandestine, queer high school love affair to an impeccably researched and illustrated Regency-era romance.” Issues will also include advice columns, behind-the-scenes content, and (now this sounds particularly cool) a fashion report. Are you a comics reader? Would you read a romance comic?

*We don't know how long deals will last, so grab 'em while you can!

Wed
Mar 25 2015 8:35am

What Other Romance Revivals Would You Want to See?

Mulder and Scully in The X-FilesYesterday came the news that many X-Files fans and especially Mulder/Scully shippers had been longing to hear: The series, which ran for 9 seasons and spawned two feature films, will be returning to television for a 6-episode event series starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny as FBI-partners-turned-lovers Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. With a new season comes new glimpses into the pair's relationship all these years later, as we can only assume their love affair continues.

What other romances—whether in books, movies, TV series, or other media—would you like to check back in on after a long hiatus? Or do you prefer that the end of the original story be the last, to let your imagination fill in the rest? Do tell!

Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:02pm

10 Wishes for Mulder/Scully in the X-Files Revival

IT'S ALL HAPPENING! Just minutes ago, believers everywhere were rewarded—FOX has officially OFICIALLY confirmed the long-rumored return of The X-Files to television for a limited new season (!!!) starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as iconic Truth-seekers and former FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Yes, you read that right: The X-Files and Mulder/Scully are back, baby!

Need a sec to process? Go ahead. I'll wait.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, are you back? Then let's get right down to it: While details are still emerging about the 6-episode “event series” in the works (set to go into production this summer), X-Philes have had a very long time—7 years, to be precise—to ponder what they'd like to see in an X-Files Revival. Here's what this fan would like to see for her beloved OTP (one true pairing), Mulder and Scully:

1. A Mulder/Scully Sex Scene  We've spent 22 years, 9 seasons, and 2 movies with these guys, yet casual fans still debate whether Mulder and Scully are, in fact, an item. (To be fair, series creator Chris Carter said for years there was nothing between them and then made a complete hash of the William storyline, among other things, but more on that later!) My suggestion: Let's put this question to rest forever with a sex scene! We deserve it.

[The truth is (still) out there...]