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Mon
Sep 26 2016 4:27pm

Burn with G.A. Aiken and Theresa Romain: Romance News & Deals

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Feel the Burn by G.A. AikenDeal Alert: G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin paranormal Feel the Burn is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Want to see what you're getting into first? Read an excerpt from Feel the Burn now.

Deal Alert: Theresa Romain's historical Fortune Favors the Wicked is Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “A military man and a courtesan on a treasure hunt for stolen gold coins. I one-clicked this so fast I broke a nail,” reports Wendy the Super Librarian in her best bets for not-your-usual best bets for March.

Deal Alert: Bella Andre's supermodel-bookworm-meets-baseball-star New Adult contemporary romance Kiss Me Like This is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Andre “defies expectation in the first book in her New Adult series while still maintaining all the things we love from her adult fiction,” writes Jenn Proffitt in her First Look at Kiss Me Like This.

Deal Alert: Joanna Shupe's New York–set American historical Magnate is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* As Wendy the Super Librarian puts it in her unusual-historicals roundup for April: “A self-made man born in Five Points and a Gilded Age era New York City setting? Someone catch me, I’m swooning.”

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Mark your calendars! Readers in the Ohio and New York areas will have the chance to meet some of their favorite authors next month at two Avon events: KissCon Cleveland and the Avon 75th Anniversary Event at Book Culture in Manhattan

[+Sonali Dev excerpt and more...]

Fri
Sep 23 2016 4:49pm

Sinful, Sudsy Romance News & Deals with Rebecca Zanetti and Jackie Collins

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Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti—Deal Alert: Rebecca Zanetti's romantic suspense Forgotten Sins is on sale for $1.99 in e-book Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Why do we love wounded heroes like Supernatural's Dean Winchester and J.D. Robb's In Death series' Roarke? Rebecca Zanetti has Some Thoughts.

—Deal Alert: Jackie Collins' soapy family saga The Santangelos is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.,* as is fellow Lucky Santangelo book Goddess of Vengeance (read an excerpt from the book here at H&H) and Poor Little Bitch Girl, which features Lucky's son Bobby.

Deal Alert: Lavinia Kent's historical Angel in Scarlet is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* New to Treat yourself to a romantic original scene from Lavinia Kent—read “The Angel Discovers a Rake” here on H&H right now.

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You'll want to make Alexa Riley's His Alone yours alone when you see the newly released cover. Riley first got our attention with her breeding romances such as Coach. Are you looking forward to her next release?

Class is (almost) in session! The long-awaited yound adult spin-off of Doctor Who, entitled Class, is set to premiere in spring 2017, according to Entertainment Weekly. We can't get enough of the heart-wrenching and hilarious love in Doctor Who.

[+Today on H&H...]

Thu
Sep 22 2016 4:27pm

Go Off-World with Sherrilyn Kenyon & More: Romance News & Deals

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In Other Worlds by Sherrilyn Kenyon—Deal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's paranormal short-story anthology In Other Worlds—which contains “Fire and Ice,” “Knightly Dreams,” and “Dragonswan”—is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If we were teaching Paranormal Romance 101, Kenyon's influential works would be quiz material.

—Deal Alert: Tia Louise's contemporary The Prince and the Player, Book 1 in the Dirty Players Duet, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, the story continues,” as the tagline goes, in our excerpt from Book 2, A Player for a Princess.

Deal Alert: Lorraine Heath's Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James historical Once More, My Darling Rogue is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Emotionally resonant, Once More My Darling Rogue is not a light romance, but hits all the right notes,” writes blogger Erin Moore in her First Look at the novel.

[+Bachelorette cast members turn cover models...]

Tue
Sep 20 2016 4:30pm

Riding Dirty with Jamie Dornan & Passengers: Romance News & Deals

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Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson—Deal Alert: Jill Sorenson's motorcycle club romance Riding Dirty is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. (Psst: Shooting Dirty is also on sale.) Can't get enough of men on bikes? Here are 10 more MC heroes you gotta meet.

—Deal Alert: Eloisa James's historical romance debut, Potent Pleasures, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If you've read every James you can get your hands on, you've probably also read Jane Austen and Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase, so try wildcard picks Gail Carriger and Lois McMaster Bujold.

Deal Alert: Jodi Thomas's historical western Beneath the Texas Sky is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Weary of Regency ballrooms? Allow us to recommend that you read any or all of these Top 10 American Historicals.

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—Jamie Dornan: Man in Tights?! The Fifty Shades of Grey star is reportedly considering joining the film Robin Hood: Origins as Robin's half-brother Will Scarlett. Are you more or less enthused about this than you are about the recently released Fifty Shades Darker trailer?

[+Watch the trailer for Passengers a.k.a. Star Trek plus romance...]

Mon
Sep 19 2016 4:39pm

Skye’s the Limit: Romance News & Deals

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His Diamond Queen by Lena HartDeal Alert: Lena Hart's romantic suspense His Diamond Queen, in which a former MMA fighter is hired to protect a crime boss's daughter, is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Get a taste of Hart's writing with an excerpt from her novel The Devil's Bedpost.

Deal Alert: Bertrice Small's historical Skye O'Malley, Book 1 in the O'Malley saga, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Skye tops the list of the Top 10 Most Memorable Bertrice Small Heroines for good reason.

Deal Alert: Sandra Hill's first Deadly Angels paranormal Kiss of Pride, in which a Viking vampire angel Vikar is determined to seduce reporter Alexandra, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If you have a thing for Vikings, or vampires, or angels, here's your chance to try all three at once!

[+Supergirl trailer & more...]

Fri
Sep 16 2016 5:24pm

Don’t Forget to Visit Heartsong Cottage: Romance News & Deals

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Heartsong Cottage by Emily MarchDeal Alert: Emily March's sweet Eternity Springs romance Heartsong Cottage is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Before one-clicking, read an excerpt of Heartsong Cottage, or see why this cover gave Teddy P the warm and fuzzies when he named it one of his favorite covers of 2015. 

—Deal Alert: Jayne Rylon's Divemasters romantic suspense Going Down is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* When author Sidney Bristol talked about “switches” in BDSM erotic romance, Rylon's Mistress's Master was one of her recommendations. 

—Deal Alert: Elisabeth Naughton's reunited lovers/amnesia contemporary romance Wait for Me is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Wait for Me's Kate starts to dig into a past she doesn't remember when a tragic accident wipes her memory. Amnesia is a beloved trope in the genre, and we made it the “trope of the month,” and if you're a heroine or hero suffering from memory loss, Dr. Lovinkind has the diagnosis and support group for you.

[A new Arrow trailer is here!...]

Thu
Sep 15 2016 4:27pm

Lose Yourself in The Masquerade: Romance News & Deals

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The Masquerade by Brenda JoyceDeal Alert: Brenda Joyce's secret-baby-with-a-twist historical The Masquerade, the fifth de Warenne Dynasty book, is on sale in e-book for $1.99 at Amazon and $2.24 at Barnes & Noble.* If you're in the mood for a throwback read, this may do the trick, though Joyce's characters can sometimes be hard to sympathize with.

—Deal Alert: Sara Ramsey's historical Heiress without a Cause, first in the Muses of Mayfair series, is FREE in e-book at Barnes & Noble and iBooks, and $.99 at Amazon.* Author Valerie Bowman named the book one of the Great Historical Romance Debuts in 2012.

—Deal Alert: Skye Warren's romantic suspense Antihero is just $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Warren's books are known for being dark and gritty, if that catches your fancy.

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—Actress Kristen Bell skewers the treatment of women in the workforce in a new short film called “Pinksourcing.” This, you gotta watch.

[+Today on H&H...]

Wed
Sep 14 2016 4:53pm

Sex on Fire: (Erotic) Romance Deals & News

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Educating Elizabeth by Kate PearceDeal Alert: Kate Pearce's erotic historical Educating Elizabeth, Book 1 in the Diable Delamere series, is $.99 at Amazon and FREE at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* You can count on Pearce and her fellow authors Charlotte Stein, Lora Leigh, and more to push the boundaries of forbidden romance.

—Deal Alert: Selena Kitt's erotic mythological BDSM romance The Surrender of Persephone, the first Myths Behaving Badly novel, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Readers have suggested Kitt's books for those looking for a Fifty Shades of Grey chaser.

—Deal Alert: Kate Canterbary's erotic contemporary Underneath It All, Book 1 in the Walsh series, is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Looking for more? These are the 10 erotic romance novels you should read.

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—Michelle Obama, Ellen, and Lynsay Sands all in the same place!? Tune into this clip at the 6:19 mark to see Michelle Obama start to read Lynsay Sands' Lady Pirate. With an endorsement of sorts from The Ellen Show, we may be seeing pirates come back sooner than we thought!

[No, really, you want to watch this...]

Mon
Sep 12 2016 5:03pm

Georgette Heyer, The TV Series?!: Romance News & Deals

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The Grand Sophy by Georgette HeyerRumor Patrol: Georgette Heyer TV series in the works? We heard back in April that a movie adaptation of The Grand Sophy has been in development at Sony (thanks/sorry, Sony hack), but now the blog Jane to Georgette has spotted an interesting entry on IMDb, for a television show titled simply Georgette Heyer. Could this be a case of misinformation on an IMDb user's part? Is this a (very early) sign that more Heyer book-to-screen adaptations are being considered, perhaps as an anthology series? Is there actually a show about the Heyer's life percolating? We can only speculate for now, but you can bet we're all over this. In the meantime, we can always go reread The Great Roxhythe together.

What's the most romantic quote of all time? The ProFlowers blog offers up 52 options in a fun interactive graphic that allows you to sort by source (movie, person, song, etc.) or mood (simple, sweet, inspirational). The lack of romance novel quotes is glaring, however—what lines would you have added?

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Deal Alert: Shelly Laurenston's paranormal romance Wolf with Benefits, Book 8 in the Pride series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “With a crazy cast of characters and outrageous dialogue, Wolf with Benefits is laugh-out-loud funny—and that’s what makes this series so enjoyable,” writes Marquetta Whitmore in her First Look at the book.

[+Elle Kennedy, Lisa Renee Jones & Maya Banks deals...]

Fri
Sep 9 2016 4:30pm

Will Queen of Shadows Grace TV Screens?: Romance Deals & News

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Burned Deep by Calista FoxDeal Alert: Calista Fox's erotic romance suspense Burned Deep, book 1 in the Burned Deep trilogy, is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Want a taste of Dane and Ari's story? Read an excerpt from Burned Deep now.

Deal Alert: Sabrina Jeffries' historical The Art of Sinning is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* “
Sabrina Jeffries has been dubbed the 'Queen of the Sexy Regency Romance,' and for good reason,” writes blogger Carrie Netzer Wajda in the article “Deliciously Charming: The Allure of Sabrina Jeffries.”

Deal Alert: J. Kenner's erotic romance Dirtiest Secret is just $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon.* “The book more than lives up to its tantalizing title, offering a tale of taboo love and a dark past,” according to Marilyn Porter's First Look at Dirtiest Secret.

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—Sarah J. Maas's YA fantasy series Throne of Glass may come to TV! Hulu has ordered a pilot episode of Queen of Shadows, as the show would be called. The 100 writer Kira Snyder will write the episode, which—like the books—will follow lady assassin Celaena Sardothien as she navigates a dangerous world. Fingers crossed we'll one day get to watch her story unfold onscreen, but until then, there's plenty of time to catch up with the Throne of Glass series and Maas's Beauty and the Beast–inspired A Court of Thorns and Roses.

[Weekend reads & more...]

Thu
Sep 8 2016 4:33pm

Nalini Singh’s Silver Silence Launches Psy-Changeling Trinity: Romance Deals & News

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Dream Man by Linda HowardDeal Alert: Linda Howard's psychic-falls-for-cop Dream Man, a romantic suspense with paranormal elements, is discounted to $4.99 (normally $7.99) in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Linda Howard is one of the best romantic suspense authors around,” writes blogger Jennifer Myers in her piece on the “Top 10 Romantic Suspense Novels You Should Read.”

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's contemporary romance Dakota Born is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Macomber has written more than 150 “kisses-only” sweet romance novels—how many have you read?

Deal Alert: Mary Burton's romantic suspense I'll Never Let You Go, Morgans of Nashville book 3, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Burton knows the value of unforgettable law enforcement heroines in romance.

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And the title of Nalini Singh's next Psy-Changeling novel is... Silver Silence! Meaning, of course, that Silver is the heroine—but who will be her hero? Let the speculation begin... That's not all: Books in the series going forward will be known as Psy-Changeling Trinity novels. If you have more questions, Singh has more answers over at her announcement post and Q&A on Facebook. Not up to date on the Psy-Changeling? The most recent book, Allegiance of Honor, is a great way to catch up with your favorite characters.

[+Emma Chase cover & movie news!...]

Wed
Sep 7 2016 4:36pm

Bloody Jamie Fraser? Yes, Please: Romance Deals & News

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Sweet Disorder by Rose LernerDeal Alerts: Rose Lerner's separated-by-class-differences historical Sweet Disorder, Book 1 in the Lively St. Lemeston series, is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “There's lots of fascinating political maneuvering and intrigue going on in Rose Lerner's Sweet Disorder, but what kept me riveted was Nick and Phoebe's relationship,” writes Cheryl Sneed in her First Look.

Deal Alerts: Jude Deveraux's seventh Montgomery/Taggert Family contemporary romance Wishes is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Deveraux's novels are considered some of the best romances of the 1980s and beyond. Have you read Wishes?

Deal Alerts: Simona Ahrnstedt's Swedish sensation All In, Book 1 in the High Stakes series, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “Reminiscent of the sweeping sagas of the past, but wholly contemporary and modern, All In is a tale of risking it all for love,” writes Maggie Boyd in her review of the book.

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Hungry for even one scrap of Outlander Season 3 news? Starz has provided quite the sweet treat: A behind-the-scenes production photo of Sam Heughan in costume as Jamie Fraser getting bloodied touched up by a makeup artist on a break from filming. Even his fingers are bloodstained! This should be good. At least until we have more episodes to obsess over.

[+Tom Hiddleston's dance moves & shiny new covers...]

Tue
Sep 6 2016 4:55pm

Next Stops Lotus Palace, Hope’s Crossing & Stars Hollow: Romance Deals & News

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The Jade Temptress by Jeannie LinDeal Alert: Jeannie Lin's second Lotus Palace historical romance, The Jade Temptress, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* “A delicious blend of mystery, history and romance, this latest installment of the Pingkang Li mysteries is a delight for loyal readers and newcomers alike, whetting the appetite for more,” writes Anna Bowling her First Look at The Jade Temptress.

Deal Alert: RaeAnne Thayne's small-town contemporary Wild Iris Ridge, Book 7 in the Hope's Crossing series, is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Pick your passion: Sweet or spicy small-town romance?

Deal Alert: Janet Dailey's Montana-set This Calder Sky (Calder Family #3) is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* If you find you're suddenly in the mood for more contemporary western romance, Jennifer Ryan's delightful Quickie scene “A Cowboy Country Wedding” awaits.

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Luke and Lorelai shippers, you've gotta see this. A new Gilmore Girls photo has surfaced over at TVLine that'll take you back to the good ol' days of the original series and its charming, oddball Stars Hollow gatherings. Of course, like any proper promotional image, the picture's a teensy bit spoiler-y but mostly just leads to more questions. Is it November 25 yet?

[+Fall TV and a sci-fi romance movie poster...]

Fri
Sep 2 2016 12:58pm

All Hail Mary Balogh & Beverly Jenkins: Romance News & Deals

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The Afternoon Tea will be back on Tuesday. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and happy Labor Day, fellow Americans!

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A Masked Deception by Mary BaloghDeal Alert: Mary Balogh's debut novel, the Traditional Regency romance A Masked Deception, is not only back in print as an e-book but also on sale this holiday weekend for $1.99 at Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Pssst: The Double Wager is also $1.99 right now, ahead of the digital reissue of A Chance Encounter on September 27. Balogh has been dubbed one of the top 3 Traditional Regency authors.

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins's historical romance Indigo is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Indigo made a huge impact on readers when it was published in 1996, a time when Jenkins wasn't aware of any other romance novels with dark-skinned heroines, as Nicola R. White notes in her article “Edutainment: A Beverly Jenkins Spotlight.”

Deal Alert: Shannon Stacey's first Boston Fire novel, Fully Ignited, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* As if you need 'em, here's 5 reasons to love firefighters in romance.

[+Julie Garwood e-deal, Lauren Dane cover & more...]

Thu
Sep 1 2016 5:11pm

A Bundle of Joy from Jennifer Hayward, M. O’Keefe, Alexa Riley & More: Romance News & Deals

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Carrying the King's Pride by Jennifer HaywardDeal Alert: Jennifer Hayward's category romance Carrying the King's Pride is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* PSA: Category romances are more than cute little books with dreadful titles, and Wendy the Super Librarian is here to tell you why.

Deal Alert: Alexis Anne, Audra North, Julia Kelly, and Alexandra Hughton's One Week in Wyoming anthology, which promises “Four couples, seven hot winter nights,” is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.*

Deal Alert: Dear Author blog founder and author Jen Frederick's romantic suspense Revealed to Him is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* When life gets crazy, romantic suspense is always there to save the day, says Dolly Sickles, who recommends 6 romantic suspense reads you shouldn't miss this year (so far).

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You don't have to Wait for It todaysee the cover for M. O'Keefe's fourth Everything I Left Unsaid book, Tiffany and Blake's story, now. Wait for It will be released in February. Plus, wondering how Molly O'Keefe's Between the Sheets ended up in Harley Quinn's hands at the end of the Suicide Squad movie? In a piece for Bustle, the author dishes on when she found out the book would make an appearance and what Harley's choice in books reveals about her character.

[+Alexa Riley excerpt, the comfort of rereading, and more...]

Wed
Aug 31 2016 4:26pm

On the Scene with L.A. Witt, Fierce Reporters & The Protector: Romance News & Deals

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Cover Me by L.A. WittDeal Alert: L.A. Witt's paramedic-falls-for-detective male/male romantic suspense story Cover Me is FREE in e-book at Amazon.* Witt's books are regularly recommended for readers new to male/male romance looking to discover new authors.

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes's Lonely Lords historical Hadrian: Lord of Hope is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Burrowes knows a thing or two about historically well-dressed men, and we expect Hadrian cuts a fine figure as well.

Deal Alert: Victoria Alexander's widow-inherits-scandalous-memoir historical The Perfect Mistress, first in the Sinful Family Secrets series, is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If widowed heroines discovering their passionate side appeals, have we got recommendations for you.

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“I've never felt a connection so intense I can physically feel it,” realizes Jake Sharp in a sizzling new excerpt from Jodi Ellen Malpas's bodyguard romance The Protector over at RT Book Reviews. Maybe don't read this one at work.

[+Deleted Captain America scene & fierce fictional female journalists...]

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.

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Aug 26 2016 2:00pm

Set Sail for Summer Island: Deals & News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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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!

Fresh Outta the Oven

—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.

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