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Tue
Aug 30 2016 4:55pm

Here Be Dragon Shifters...and Highlanders!: News & Deals

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Some Like It Scot by Suzanne EnochDeal Alert: Suzanne Enoch's Highlander historical Some Like It Scot is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Love the book so much you want to marry it? Well, here, have a post on Scottish wedding traditions in the Highlands.

Deal Alert: Shana Abé's first paranormal-historical Drakon novel, The Smoke Thief, is only $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Lyrically written,” writes Maggie Boyd, “these Regency romances are about a group of aristrocrats who can change from human to dragon in the blink of an eye.” The books snagged a spot in our list of Fantasy Romances You Should Be Reading.

Deal Alert: Tessa Bailey's road-trippin' contemporary Too Hot to Handle, Book 1 in the Romancing the Clarksons series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Road-trip romances present a unique set of challanges, but when done well, the trope can be captivating.

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Subway riders, your commute just got more bookish. To celebrate Wi-Fi service in more of New York City's underground tunnels, Penguin Random House is for the next several weeks offering offering free “Subway Reads”—novel excerpts and short stories you can download to read while you ride. (If you have to drive to work and want to throw something at those of us who get to read on our way into the office...that's valid.)

[+Romance tumblrs to follow and today on H&H...]

Mon
Aug 29 2016 4:30pm

Outlander’s Lord John Grey Joins the Fray: Romance News & Deals

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David Berry as Alastair in Miss Fisher's Murder MysteriesOutlander's Lord John Grey has walked right out of our imaginations and into real life thanks to news that Aussie thesp and Hollywood newcomer David Berry has been cast in the role for season 3 of the show! (If you're sure you've seen his face before, you're probably a Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries fan, as Berry portrayed Alastair in the episode “Murder on the Ballarat Train.”) Grey and the Frasers, especially Jamie Fraser, have a complex relationship in Diana Gabaldon's books, and we expect no less than a fascinating dynamic on screen. You know we'll be chatting about it either way in our episode recaps.

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Deal Alert: Amanda Quick's Beauty-and-the-Beast Regency Ravished is only $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Quick's books have been credited with bringing at least one reader back into the romance fold—did she do the same for you?

—Deal Alert: Former H&H community manager Megan Frampton's governess-tutors-duke historical The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior, Book 1 in the Dukes Behaving Badly series, is on sale fo $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* You are most welcome to sit in on Lily's interview with the duke in an excerpt from the book.

[+Jade Lee & Samanthe Beck deals...]

Fri
Aug 26 2016 2:00pm

Set Sail for Summer Island: Deals & News

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Summer Island by Kristin HannahDeal Alert: Kristin Hannah's women's fiction novel Summer Island is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* “In her intense, emotional tales, [Hannah] focuses on strong women facing multiple challenges and realizing that the only way through their travails is to move forward and embrace love.”

Deal Alert: Diana Palmer's contemporary western Untamed is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If your hero hero is a grouch and “specifically has a *mat* of chest hair,” you're probably the heroine of a Diana Palmer novel!

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—Power couple Merit and Ethan are in fighting shape in the newly revealed cover for Chloe Neill's Blade Bound, the next and last (gasp!) Chicagoland Vampires novel. And something tells us you'll like the look of the accompanying excerpt almost as much as Ethan appreciates his view. In case you need a refresher, here's why you need to read the Chicagoland series.

“One weekend changes everything,” promises the sensual cover for H&H blogger and author Jennifer Blackwood's Landing the Marshal. Start prepping now for the first Snowpocalypse novel and a long weekend in.

[+Today on H&H...]

Thu
Aug 25 2016 4:45pm

Wicked Nights with a Caged Warrior: Deals & News

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Wicked Nights by Gena ShowalterDeal Alert: Gena Showalter's Wicked Nights, the first Angels of the Dark book, is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* A weakness for one woman and courage are two of the top 5 qualities of alpha book boyfriends, says Showalter—and her heroes display them all.

Deal Alert: Lindsey Piper's demonic-gladiators paranormal Caged Warrior, first in the Dragon Kings series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Fans of urban fantasy and dystopian worlds will likely appreciate this series as well as those who are looking for a new type of paranormal romance,” says Victoria Janssen in her First Look at Caged Warrior.

Deal Alert: Sally MacKenzie's historical What to Do with a Duke makes us ready to join the Sisterhood of Spinsterhood. If you're ready to sign up for the sisterhood too, pick up the first Spinster House book for $1.99 at Barnes & NobleAmazon | iBooks | etc.* Not ready to commit? Read an excerpt from What to Do with a Duke first.

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I have loved Dev Patel ever since he was a geeky virgin on UK's Skins. I loved him more when he was the enthusiastic entrepeneur in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (yeah, yeah, Slumdog Millionaire was good, too). However, I think my love for him has shot to new heights (you could say, climaxed) with his turn in Lion. The movie isn't even out yet, but holy hotness, Batman—with slightly longer hair and some shaggy scruff, I'm head over heels for Dev Patel. You'll be joining the club once you see the first trailer for Lion at Entertainment Weekly.

[Today at H&H...]

Wed
Aug 24 2016 4:22pm

Jo Beverley & Manaconda Deals: Romance News

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An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley—Deal Alert: Jo Beverley's RITA-winning historical An Unwilling Bride, second in the Company of Rogues series, is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | and more.* If this book made Jo Beverley your be-all and end-all for historical romance, join Janet Webb in an appreciation of the classic author.

—Deal Alert: Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott's eyebrow-raising contemporary Manaconda is FREE at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If you like your heroes who have rightfully earned similar nicknames, then head over to discuss well-endowed (and we mean well-endowed) heroes with Jennifer Porter.

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Catch up with Shannon Stacey's Kowalskis! What It Takes, due out February 28 of next year, will tell the story of Kowalski friends Ben Rivers and Laney Caswell, offering us the chance to reunite with the whole beloved family. See the What It Takes cover and official description over at USA Today's HEA blog. Brie Clementine considers Stacey one of the best current contemporary romance authors out there; what do you think?

[+Jennifer L. Armentrout cover & Thor cast cuteness...]

Mon
Aug 22 2016 5:32pm

Sweet Deals from Susan Donovan & Jennifer Crusie: Romance News

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I Want Candy by Susan DonovanDeal Alert: Susan Donovan's charming real-estate-agent-meets-widower-sheriff contemporary I Want Candy is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.*

Deal Alert: Jennifer Crusie's rom-com contemporary Trust Me on This is only $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.*

Deal Alert: Alexadra Ivy's paranormal Born in Blood, Book 1 in the Sentinels series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.*

Deal Alert: Violet Duke's friends-to-lovers contemporary Jackson's Trust is marked down to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazon | etc.*

Deal Alert: Amanda Weaver's arranged-marriage historical A Duchess in Name is just $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.*

[Anne of Green Gables miniseries & Karen Marie Moning tease...]

Fri
Aug 19 2016 3:00pm

Seductive Sylvia Day & Courtney Milan Deals: Romance News

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One with You by Sylvia Day—Deal Alert: Sylvia Day's Crossfire series finale, One with You, is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Only once you've turned the final page in the story can you pop into our One with You spoiler-filled discussion thread or share your personal top Eva/Gideon moment...

Deal Alert: Courtney Milan's fortune-teller-meets-skeptical-marquess historical Proof by Seduction, first in the Carhart series, is just $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Is Milan's writing your “flavor of book addiction,” too?!

—Deal Alert: Margaret Mallory's Scottish historical Captured by a Laird, Book 1 in the Douglas Legacy series, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Why are Scottish men so appealing as heroes? Actually, we've given this some thought!

[+Today on H&H...]

Thu
Aug 18 2016 5:00pm

Vivienne Lorret & Kerrelyn Sparks E-Deals Yours to Claim: Romance News

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The Debutante Is Mine by Vivienne LorretDeal Alert: Vivienne Lorret's The Debutante Is Mine is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lorret is an expert at depicting both the sisterhood of spinsterhood and heroes who bet on bachelorhood.

Deal Alert: Kerrelyn SparksLess Than a Gentleman is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Did you know the author of the Love at Stake series started out writing historical romance? True story.

Deal Alert: Mercedes Lackey's Hunger Games-ish YA novel Hunter, the first in a series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Lackey's books can be an effective gateway drug to romance novels, fyi.

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—Beverly Jenkins makes us catch our breath with her Old West series...so get an oxygen tank before the January release of Breathless, because this cover looks amazing, and what's inside is going to be even better!

If you love raunchy rock stars, you already know to look no further than Olivia Cunning. Once you've wrapped your tour with the Sinners, prepare to become a groupie for Exodus End. Come check out the cover for Outsiders, the first book in this new series. 

[Thor without Jane?...]

Wed
Aug 17 2016 5:20pm

Score with Sexy Geeks & Olympic Swimmers: Romance News

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Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay—Deal Alert: Tracey Livesay's publicist-must-rebrand-sexy-geek contemporary Love on My Mind is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* We're firmly on the record as being pro–geek hero and all for computer prodigy protags, so if they light your fire too, you know what to do.

—Deal Alert: Samantha Chase's first Shaughnessy Brothers contemporary, Made for Us, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon and $2.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Enjoy following one family throughout a series? You should be sure you've read all of these historical family saga romances too.

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—Did you say swimmer hero? Meghan Quinn is helping fuel our obsession with hot Olympic swimmers with her cover reveal for Stroked Long! A hot guy with a dark past? We're ready to jump in. 

—New shifter series alert! Milly Taiden revealed the cover for her new Shifters Undercover Series book, Bearly in Control. It promises alphas, and animal whisperers, and secrets....oh, my!

Representation in romance matters. Author and RITA finalist Sonali Dev takes a look at the RITAs and representation in romance, plus gives great book recommendations in what will be a weekly NPR feature. Her book A Bollywood Affair is a Team H&H Top 30 pick of 2015.

[The Obamas' sweet romance & cute kittens...]

Wed
Aug 10 2016 5:19pm

J.R. Ward Excerpt & $1.99 Outlander Novel: Romance News

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The Chosen by J.R. WardRun, don't walk, over to discuss J.R. Ward's The Chosen cover revealand a Xcor/Layla excerpt! While we still have a wait ahead of us for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood book (April 4 is the day!), this sneak peek is something to hold close. What do you make what you've seen so far?

Alexis Hall's Pansies bright, flower-y cover will cheer you right up! Breathe in the cover and take a peek at the description for the next book in the Spires series, out on October 10.

Is there any such thing as too much Poldark? If you answered “nevaaaar!” then go “Inside Poldark” with a guided 90-minute special on PBS before the premiere of Season 2 on Masterpiece. Check your local PBS station for the airdate.

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Deal Alert: Sidney Halston's MMA contemporary romance Fighting Dirty is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Need convincing about the merits of MMA fighters? Hot bods, sexy tattoos, and camaraderie are only a few of the reasons Halston is drawn to these heroes as a reader and writer.

[+Diana Gabaldon's Outlander for $1.99 and more...]

Tue
Aug 9 2016 4:46pm

Lost Lords & Regency Spies E-Deals and a Luke Cage Trailer: Romance News

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BREAKING: Will Kresley Cole's next book be a male/male Dacians book?! A certain GoodReads post has us speculating like mad!

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Loving a Lost Lord by Mary Jo PutneyDeal Alert: Mary Jo Putney's historical Loving a Lost Lord, Book 1 in the Lost Lords series, is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Longtime readers and newcomers to Putney's work alike will enjoy Janga's delightful profile of the RITA-winning author's books.

Deal Alert: Jenny Holiday's historical spy romance The Miss Mirren Mission, first in the Regency Reformers series, is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Holiday's books have snagged her a spot in our monthly Not-Your-Usual Historical Best Bets roundup.

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Happy National Book Lover's Day! If you “frequently make up excuses to get out of plans so you can stay home to finish a book” or if “your idea of treating yourself is bying a book and not caring whether or not it was on sale,” today is definitely for you! See the Harlequin book blog's other 9 signs you're a book lover...

[+Cherry Adair cover & Luke Cage trailer...]

Mon
Aug 8 2016 5:15pm

Ride Out with Sydney Croft & Lorelei James E-Deals: Romance News

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Riding the Storm by Sydney CroftDeal Alert: Sydney Croft's paranormal/erotic romance Riding the Storm, Book 1 in the ACRO series, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Don't be surprised if you end up falling for Annika and Creed even more than you do for Riding the Storm's main couple, says Tiffany Tyer, who says they take the cake in “Memorable Secondary Relationships in Romance Novels.” Luckily, they get their own book later in the series.

Deal Alert: Lorelei James' second Blacktop Cowboys novel, Saddled and Spurred, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | etc.* An erotic romance star, James has two series featured in our Most Educational (if we say so ourselves) post 15 Must-Read Romance Novels for All Readers.

Deal Alert: Christine Bell's first Skin in the Game book, Score, is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Sports romance could be the perfect break from your Olympic livestreams... Though you could be forgiven for losing all sense of time and place when hotties like these are onscreen this summer.

[+Gena Showalter & Jeaniene Frost bundle and Roni Loren news...]

Fri
Aug 5 2016 3:12pm

Debbie Macomber E-Deal & Kresley Cole Cover Hot Off the Press

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Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

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Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's women's fiction novel Changing Habits is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Looking for the newest Macomber release? We've got you covered with a First Look at Sweet Tomorrows.

Deal Alert: Joan Wolf's Regency romance The American Earl is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Connoisseurs of traditional Regency romances have long adored the spare, unforgettable stories of Joan Wolf,” writes Janet Webb in her piece “Joan Wolf Returns to Form with The American Earl.

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Caution: Kresley Cole's new Wicked Abyss cover is most definitely HOT. In a Heroes and Heartbreakers exclusive, see king-of-hell hero Sian in all his glory here and then go read an interview with Cole on what to expect from the 17th Immortals After Dark book!

[+Today on H&H...]

Thu
Aug 4 2016 5:32pm

Heavenly Historical Covers from K.J. Charles & Eloisa James: Romance News

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An Unseen Attraction by KJ CharlesK.J. Charles fans have received an embarrassment of riches this week as the author has revealed a second dapper cover, this time for An Unseen Attraction, Book 1 in her Victorian trilogy Sins of the Cities. If you missed the cover for Wanted, A Gentleman, among others, go check it out!

Our advance look at Eloisa James' Seven Minutes in Heaven is here! Say hello to bejeweled heroine Eugenia Snowe on the cover and get the scoop on what will set her and brilliant inventor Edward Reeve down a very rocky (would we have it any other way?) road to love as only Eloisa James can write it.

If Masters and Mercenaries are your jam, then we imagine you've read Lexi Blake's erotic romantic suspense series! The cover for Submission Is Not Enough just went up and, you guys...this is a book we didn't even know we'd been waiting for as it features thought-to-be-dead-until-very-recently Theo Taggert! Find out more and get your read on; we know we will!

[+E-deals for Lauren Dane, Tessa Dare, and more...]

Wed
Aug 3 2016 5:05pm

Karen Marie Moning Teaser & Lenora Bell E-Deal: Romance News

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How the Duke Was Won by Lenora BellDeal Alert: Lenora Bell's Disgraceful Dukes historical How the Duke Was Won is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Walking the line between historical accuracy and modernly lovable heroes is a tricky one, but as Bell writes in an H&H guest post, when authors get that balance right of “a strong-yet-sensitive hero and a powerful heroine,” readers will follow them anywhere.

Deal Alert: Lisa Jackson's thriller Whispers is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Speaking of thrillers, let's all take a moment to appreciate some of the best thriller movie heroes in the business, like Die Hard's John McClane and Indiana Jones' Indy!

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Karen Marie Moning is such a tease! Today on her website she teased the chapter headings for Feversong, the final book in the Fever series. One little hitch... they're out of order and she didn't include nine of them. Way to keep us on our toes, KMM!

[+A scratch-off book chart & Monica Murphy covers...]

Tue
Aug 2 2016 4:34pm

Lovely Libraries & Delightful Deals: Romance News

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Bound to Be a Groom by Megan MulryDeal Alert: H&H blogger Megan Mulry's erotic historical Bound to Be a Groom, first in the Regency Reimagined series, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “It’s not every author who can make nearly every page sizzle with sexual tension when we’re talking about two characters, let alone four, but Megan Mulry more than pulls it off in her historical romance Bound to be a Groom,” says Rachel Kramer Bussel in a spotlight on the book.

Deal Alert: Linda Lael Miller's contemporary western Once a Rancher, a Carsons of Mustang Creek novel, is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Miller's McKetrick Cowboys series would make a good television show, says Rachel Hyland in her fantasy pilot pitch post “Spreading the TV Love: Romance Novel Series as Television Series.”

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Is your library the most beautiful in your state? Find out if your happy place made TechInsider's list “The most beautiful library in each US state.” (Sarasota, Florida, knows its libraries, I can vouch for that!)

[+a Richelle Mead cover...]

Mon
Aug 1 2016 5:35pm

Kit Rocha and Tiffany Reisz Covers Plus a Lora Leigh E-Deal: Romance News

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Beyond Surrender by Kit RochaKit Rocha's Beyond Surrender cover already has us waving a white flag! Hero Ryder—“the enigmatic, dangerous, and increasingly powerful new leader of Sector Five”—threatens our productivity forevermore with a leather jacket, a handgun, and those abs. Mercy! While Beyond Surrender is the final Beyond book (yes, the final Beyond book!), the authors warn us NOT to freak out—the sectors are vast.

Tiffany Reisz's Her Naughty Holiday cover is Thanksgiving beefcake come early! Not only is single-dad-and-contractor hero Erick Fields clearly one fine specimen, but he'll apparently be rescuing heroine Clover from her judgmental family by posing as her fake boyfriend. Swoon!

The line forms behind us to admire KJ Charles' Wanted, A Gentleman cover! Come January 9, we'll all be devouring the romance of Mr. Martin St. Vincent and Mr. Theodore Swann, yay!

The Rocketeer and Splash are both getting the movie remake treatment! While The Rocketeer will be a sequel introducing a new fighter-pilot heroine inspired by Cliff's adventures with the jet pack, Splash will gender-swap the lead roles—and Channing Tatum will play a merman! Yes, really.

Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires spinoff series is official! As reported by PublishersWeekly, Neill's new series will be set in the Chicagoland world starring a new heroine, and “the first book follows what happens when a brutal murder threatens the peace between humans and supernatural creatures.”

[+Lora Leigh & Rebecca Zanetti deals!...]

Sat
Jul 30 2016 3:03pm

Breaking News: J.R. Ward’s The Devil’s Cut Is Next in The Bourbon Kings Series

The Angels' Share by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward's Next Bourbon Kings Novel Is...

What better way to celebrate the release of a new Bourbon Kings novel than with scoop on the future of the series from author J.R. Ward? At an Angels' Share release party this afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky, The Warden announced, among other juicy news, the title of the next book in the Bradford clan's story: The Devil's Cut!

What Do We Know About The Devil's Cut So Far?

Thanks to live tweets from the event by publisher Berkley, we already know that there will be “much more Edward and Max” in the book. Ward also shared that the Bourbon Kings series was inspired by her own personal experiences living in Louisville and that many of her ideas for the story come to her while running, which is workout inspiration if we've ever heard it.

[+Black Dagger Brotherhood news...]

Fri
Jul 29 2016 2:20pm

Wolf Shifters & Playboys for Sale by Owners: Romance News

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Spiral of Need by Suzanne WrightDeal Alert: Suzanne Wright's wolf shifter paranormal romance Spiral of Need, Mercury Pack #1, currently costs less than a cup of coffee at $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Speaking of werewolves, Wright's Phoenix Pack series comes recommended by Sahara Hoshi.

Deal Alert: Jodi Ellen Malpas' This Man, first in the This Man trilogy, is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* In an H&H guest post, Malpas offers insight into our collective fascination with playboys, those dangerous men who “ooze confidence and determination, and most certainly immobilise you with lust.”

Deal Alert: Megan Hart's erotic romance Naked is on sale for $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Hart knows what she's about, with appearances on several must-read lists to prove it, so if you're the least tempted, you owe it to yourself to check her stuff out.

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The Chicago Stars will rise again in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' First Star I See Tonight, a return to the sports romance series that helped launch a subgenre. You don't have to wait until August 23 to dip into Graham and Piper's story, though: See their unconventional meeting in an excerpt from First Star I See Tonight now.

[+La Belle et Le Bete trailer...]

Thu
Jul 28 2016 5:03pm

Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower E-Deal & Jodi Ellen Malpas Video Excerpt: Romance News

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Devil in Winter by Lisa KleypasDeal Alert: Lisa Kleypas' third Wallflowers historical, Devil in Winter, is a steal at $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Evie and St. Vincent's son's book is in the works! Get scoop on Devil in Spring, coming February 21, 2017.

Deal Alert: Eva Leigh's Wicked Quills of London historical romance Forever Your Earl is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* In her First Look at the book, PhoebeChase writes: “Witty. Smart. Subversive. Charming. These are all terms that define the hero and heroine of Forever Your Earl, but can also be ascribed to the book overall.

Deal Alert: S.C. Stephens' rock-star contemporary romance Thoughtful is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Stephens' novel Thoughtless, set in the same universe, is one of two New Adult romances on our list of the ”27 Best Romance Novels—Your Ultimate TBR Pile" from TanyaLK and Lucy Hargrave.

Deal Alert: Carla Neggers' second Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense novel, Heron's Cove, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* What happened when our former Romance Virgin read his first romantic suspense, Linda Howard's treasure of a book Mr. Perfect? Well, he revisited his issues with the classic movie Speed, for one...

[+Jodi Ellen Malpas' video excerpt & Arrow Season 5 trailer...]