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Tue
May 24 2016 5:09pm

Remembering Jo Beverley and More: Romance News

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Editors' Note: We are heartbroken to say that romance giant Jo Beverley has passed away. Her fellow Word Wenches, including Mary Jo Putney and Anne Gracie, as well as Jo's many readers, have been sharing memories here at the Word Wenches blog.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Fever by Joan SwanDeal Alert: Joan Swan's first Phoenix Rising book, Fever, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* “This is an exciting adventure with a unique paranormal twist,” says Lucy Dosch in her first look at Fever.

—Deal Alert: Erica Monroe's Beauty and the Rake (Rookery Rogues #3) is a steal for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Funnily enough, Jenn Proffitt at this moment is mulling over the question “Why do we love Beauty and the Beast tales so much?” and would love to get your take.

Deal Alert: Lisa Renee Jones' Denial, Book 1 in the Careless Whispers series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* You met Ella in the Inside Out series—now get her full story...

[+UnREAL season 2 scoop & a Me Before You sweepstakes...]

Mon
May 23 2016 4:45pm

Kristen Ashley’s The Honey, Beauty and the Beast Trailer & Free Shotgun-Wedding Novella: Romance News

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Summer Chaparral by Genevieve TurnerDeal Alert: Genevieve Turner's shotgun-wedding novella Summer Chaparral, Book 2 in the Las Morenas series, is FREE in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazon, etc.* The story was first published as part of the One Love anthology from Roxie Rivera, Farrah Rochon, and more.

—Deal Alert: Mandy Baxter's U.S. Marshals novel One Touch More is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Sneak a peek at the romance brewing between hotel manager Tabitha and “Damien Evans”—who is actually Parker Evans, an undercover U.S. Marshal—in a preview of One Touch More.

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Essex's Mad About the Marquess is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Psst, Elizabeth Essex has a (not-so) secret obsession with royals! But, hey, don't we all?

Fresh Outta the Oven

We're already stuck on Kristen Ashley's new erotic series, The Honey, which she announced today on her Facebook page will launch with The Deep End (out March 7, 2017) and be followed soon after by book 2, The Farthest Edge (out June 6). Here's what we know about The Deep End so far:

[+Read all about the first book in The Honey series...]

Fri
May 20 2016 5:30pm

Eloisa James Companion & Kristen Ashley’s Midnight Soul Cover: Romance News

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Breaking a Legend by Sarah Robinson—Deal Alert: Sarah Robinson's Kavanagh Legends/MMA romance Breaking a Legend is $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* We may be a tad biased about this one; we revealed the cover!

Deal Alert: Vicki Lewis Thompson's contemporary cowboy romance Midnight Thunder is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Why ARE cowboy heroes so gosh darn irresistible?

Fresh Outta the Oven

Two hunky cowboys are better than one! Take a look at the brand-new cover for Sarah M. Anderson's contemporary western male/male novella Crushing on the Cowboy, which hits stores June 27.

[+Eloisa James companion & Shakespeare's “wild 20s”...]

Fri
May 20 2016 2:00pm

“I Love You”: The 100 3x16 Bellarke & Clexa Heart-to-Heart

Clarke enters the city of light in The 100 season 3 finaleThe 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, especially Bellarke and Clexa. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

Show/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 16, “Perverse Instantiation: Part 2” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Clarke/Lexa (Clexa), Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

The 100 Season 3 finale relationship tracker for ClexaClexa Cabal

The beauty of genre TV is that death doesn't have to be final. While repeated resurrections can cheapen death (I'm looking at you, Arrow), a well-timed temporary resurrection thanks to extremely advanced tech can be a welcome way to bring back a beloved character for a proper goodbye.

Losing Lexa earlier this season was just one decision that led to an overall uneven season of character development, though unlike some of the others this one was primarily driven by forces from outside the show. It wasn't just tragic for a fan base that had become attached to a wonderful character, but became emblematic of issues of LGBT representation on TV and the way creators interact with fans online.

But, because The 100 is a sci-fi show, because Lexa was connected to an incredibly complex AI, the finale was our chance to see our beloved Commander again. And for her and Clarke to share a few last intimate moments!

[Lexaaaaaaaa...]

Thu
May 19 2016 4:55pm

Sweet Steampunk Deal & Elizabeth Hoyt Teaser: Romance News

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Prudence by Gail CarrigerDeal Alert: Gail Carriger's steampunk romance Prudence, Book 1 in the Custard Protocol series, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Carriger's Alexia and Conall—from her Parasol Protectorate series—are one of the top 5 steampunk couples from book, screen, and comics, says Pip Ballantine.

—Deal Alert: Sara Jane Stone's best-friend's-little-sister/fling-to-thing contemporary Serving Trouble is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* What makes for standout moments in romance novels? Sara Jane Stone shares her take in a 2015 guest post.

Deal Alert: Tracey Garvis Graves' contemporary Heart-Shaped Hacker is on sale for $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Gravis' On the Island got a callout in our “Best First Kisses” post by TanyaLK last year.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Riptide Publishing has launched Triton Books, a new YA LGBTQ imprint that aims to “give voice to those too often voiceless, to make YA literature for everyone.” Learn more at tritonya.com and get ready for the line's first books: J.K. Pendragon's Junior Hero Blues, Daisy Harris' Investigating Julius Drake, and Erica Cameron's Assassins: Discord.

[Elizabeth Hoyt excerpt & what to expect in The 100 finale...]

Wed
May 18 2016 4:39pm

Barbara Samuel Deal & Alyssa Cole’s Extraordinary Cover: Romance News

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Night of Fire by Barbara Samuel—Deal Alert: Barbara Samuel's Night of Fire is a steal at $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* As fate would have it, Cheryl Sneed has written an ode to the delicious despair of a certain “memory of her hair” scene in Night of Fire, so, yeah: Consider this a heartfelt recommendation! (We eat up the angst around here.)

—Deal Alert: Maya Rodale's Lady Bridget's Diary is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Not only can you peruse Jessica Moro's First Look at Lady Bridget's Diary but you can also read a juicy sample from the book.

—Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's Thunder Point contemporary The Wanderer is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* One of Carr's books has led Scarlettleigh to wonder whether our favorite heroines can encourage us to seek out happier lives!

[+Alyssa Cole cover & discussions of the day!...]

Tue
May 17 2016 4:52pm

Pitch and 4 Other Hot Shows to Watch This Fall: Romance News

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Make You Burn by Megan Crane—Deal Alert: Megan Crane's Make You Burn is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* We're celebrating Megan Crane's super hot cover for Edge of Control at our Coverpalooza today!

—Deal Alert: Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Beautiful Disaster landed at the top of Brittany Melson's list of 10 New Adult Romances you should read—see what else got named! Plus, author Chelsea Fine named Travis Maddox as one of the 5 heroes she wouldn't mind being handcuffed to (of course we made that a list). 

—Deal Alert: Laura Kaye's Hard As It Gets is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* I unleashed my inner fangirl all over book 2 in the Hard Ink series, Hard As You Can, and labeled Kaye as a must-read for me—which she still remains!

Deal Alert: Tina Leonard's Last of the Red-Hot Cowboys is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Dip your toe into Tina's writing with an excerpt from Hotter Than Texas.

[Trailers for fall TV, Harley Quinn movie, and more...]

Mon
May 16 2016 4:56pm

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dragonsworn Hero and Heroine Are...: Romance News

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First Touch by Laurelin Paige—Deal Alert: Laurelin Paige's romantic suspense First Touch is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* You can go ahead and start reading Chapter 1 of First Touch now, but don't blame me if one taste of the apple isn't enough!

Deal Alert: Rainbow Rowell's YA romance Eleanor & Park is only $1.99 at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Feelin' nostalgic for the '80s and/or appreciate sweet romances? I dare you not to be head over heels for Eleanor & Park after reading this sample.

Deal Alert: Megan Frampton's Dukes Behaving Badly historical One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild is a bargain at $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Come ogle the Duke of Lasham right along with heroine Margaret in this tasty excerpt from One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild.

Deal Alert: May McGoldrick's Tess and the Highlander is FREE in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Shakespeare is a big influence for McGoldrick, who has a theory on why the Bard's work is eternal.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Sherrilyn Kenyon has revealed the hero and heroine of Dragonsworn: Falcyn and...Apollo's granddaughter Medea, princess of the Spathi world! Read the official description for the second book in the Dark-Hunter: Dragons Rising trilogy. What do you think of the match? We have a feeling there will be lots of fireworks!

[+Jenny Han's next book & new Game of Thrones 'ship?...]

Fri
May 13 2016 4:45pm

Jeannie Lin Cover & Castle Canceled: Romance News

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Silk, Swords and Surrender by Jeannie Lin

Jeannie Lin's Silk, Swords, and Surrender cover has us fanning ourselves—who said historical can't get hot?! Stay tuned to Jeannie's Twitter page for more information—we can't wait!

Charlaine Harris' Midnight, Texas books will be coming to a screen near you this fall. The show based on her series has been picked up by NBC! Will it be as addictive as True Blood?

Did your favorite TV show get renewed—or canceled? I'll get the bad news out of the way first: Castle, Nashville, Agent Carter, The Grinder, Galavant, Grandfathered, and more have gotten the axe. Now, for some good news: On-the-bubble shows coming back include Supergirl (it's moving to the CW, but I'll take it—yay!), Sleepy Hollow (this one's a head-scratcher), The Catch, The Real O'Neals, and American Crime. See the full list of pickups and renewals.

[+New shows we want to watch, Kristen Callihan cover & more...]

Fri
May 13 2016 1:54pm

“I Trust You”: The 100 3x15 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart

Roan, Clarke, and Bellamy in The 100 Season 3, episode 15The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, today with a focus on Bellarke. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

Show/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 15, “Perverse Instantiation: Part 1” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

Blending nail-biting suspense with fantastic character beats, the penultimate episode of The 100 Season 3 gets two thumbs up from this fangirl. The ALIE threat has divided the team as effectively as any Avengers: Civil War storyline, and I'm sure I'm not the only one stressed beyond belief wondering who will make it out alive when ALIE is inevitably defeated by Raven, Clarke, Monty, Bellamy & co. in next week's finale.

What I'm not worried about after “Perverse Instantiation: Part 1” is my favorite relationship between Clarke and Bellamy, because they sure do seem on the verge of...something...that seems destined to be explored in Season 4. I submit into evidence a few of the 'shippy Bellarke moments still making my heart sing:

1. Bellamy shows up .02 seconds after Roan saves Clarke in the forest. His Clarke-senses must've been tingling! “Okay?” he asks as he skids to a stop and takes in the scene, to which Clarke just calmly replies, “Yeah,” like she already takes it for granted that he'll be there to back her up in any situation.

[It's Friday, they're in love...]

Thu
May 12 2016 4:52pm

Lisa Kleypas’ Next Hero Connects to the Wallflowers!!!: Romance News

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Breaking News: Lisa Kleypas has revealed that the hero of her next book is...[highlight for spoilers] Sebastian and Evie's son, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent[/spoilers]!!! He'll fall in love with Lady Pandora Ravenel in their book Devil in Spring, the third Ravenels book (following Marrying Winterbourne), coming in March 2017. Watch Kleypas tease the news in a special videosneak a peek at their story with a sample here, and then take the opportunity to re-read Gabriel's parents' book!

—Writing duo Alexa Riley's next book (their first with Carina Press), Everything for Her, “features an older man so taken with a younger woman, he will do everything in his power to possess her. Preoccupied with her from the first moment he lays eyes on her, he becomes determined to care for her, protect her and give her the life he believes she deserves…if she lets him.” Read the full press release and look for Everything for Her on shelves in January 2017.

Emma Chase has announced a new series, Royal Scoundrels, as well as the titles of the first three books: Royally Screwed, Royally Matched, and Royally Endowed. And while Royally Screwed won't be out until January 2017, you don't have to wait another minute to get your first peek at hero Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crown Prince of Wessco, over at USA Today's HEA blog.

[Harry Potter bars, Sarah J. Maas cover, and 4 tempting deals...]

Wed
May 11 2016 4:09pm

Daily Deals on Tattoo Artists, Chicago Stars & Ice Skaters: Romance News

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The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole—Deal Alert: Scarlett Cole's first Second Circle Tattoos novel, The Strongest Steel, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* The Strongest Steel is nominated for a RITA in the Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense categories. Read Rhyll Biest's First Look at the book and find out what had her saying: “Does the thought of a sexy but gentle tattoo artist helping a heroine to overcome her scars double-click your mouse? If so, this romantic suspense novel is for you.”

Deal Alert: Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars sports romance It Had to Be You is a steal at $1.99 in e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* The Stars are among the most famous (fictional) sports teams in Romancelandia, and what better way to find out why than by reading the book where it all began?

—Deal Alert: Karen Booth's high-school-crush-turned-relationship-with-rock-star Bring Me Back is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* If you like this one, you won't want to miss the sequel, Back Forever, which Julia Broadbooks declares “a love letter to fans of Chris and Claire.”

[+Ice-skating romance deal & Gena Showalter teaser...]

Tue
May 10 2016 3:31pm

Cowgirl Up: Romance News

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Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnisDeal Alert: Maggie McGinnis' contemporary Accidental Cowgirl, Whisper Creek #1, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* In a First Look review, Janet Webb calls the love story in McGinnis' Heart Like Mine “unpredictable and sweet, with a core of honesty and shimmering lust.”

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels' romantic suspense/contemporary western Unforgiven is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, etc.* Sample Daniels' works with excerpts from Wedding at Cardwell Ranch and Rescue at Cardwell Ranch.

—Deal Alert: Delilah Marvelle's courtesan's-granddaughter-meets-duke historical Mistress of Pleasure, School of Gallantry #1, is FREE in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* We're fans of ladies who don't give a fig what society thinks; if you are too, here's 5 heroines who don't care about scandals.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Silently judging people for what they're reading, canceling plans so you can wander a bookstore alone, packing more books than clothes for vacation... We're all guilty of at least a few of BuzzFeed Books' “16 Things Every Book Lover Has Secretly Done”...right?!

[+Today on H&H...]

Mon
May 9 2016 3:42pm

Once Upon a Time There Was a Wallflower: Romance News

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How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee GuhrkeDeal Alert: Laura Lee Guhrke's How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* “[W]atching Stuart and Edie fall in love is lovely and sweet and exactly what I'm looking for when I read romance,” writes Cheryl Sneed in her First Look at How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days.

—Deal Alert: Nana Malone's London Calling is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Amazon.* Method acting takes on a whole new meaning when this aspiring actress with the role of a lifetime sitting in front of her uses a photographer to get the experience she needs—by faking a relationship with him! Jade Lee deconstructed the three ways you may find yourself fake engaged.

—Deal Alert: Meara Platt's My Fair Lily is FREE in e-book at iBooks and Amazon.* The wallflower heroine of My Fair Lily has to stand up to the duke blackmailing her into helping him reconnect with his nephew, and the nephew who has no interest in this bluestocking, but oh, when the wallflower comes out of her shell? It's a sight to behold! Maya Rodale takes a look at the wallflowers she has loved, with examples from Julia Quinn and more!

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Once Upon a Time shippers are the latest victims of May sweeps, as last night fans lost not only a beloved character but a favorite relationship. [Highlight for spoilers] Robin Hood, one half of the popular Outlaw Queen relationship, died protecting his lady love, Regina Mills, a.k.a the Evil Queen. [/spoilers] Did you watch? How are you feeling? From one shipper to another: I'm so sorry, guys!

Today on H&H

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


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Fri
May 6 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: 5 Men to Take Home to Mama (+3 You Want Anyway)

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Mom, meet dream man; dream man, meet mom! 

Good guy + brunch + mom = The Perfect Mother's Day... 

Bringing a boy home does have its complications... Brunch, fueled by mimosas, may have mom making comments like “When you two have children...” and “When are you two going to settle down?” and “I was in labor for 36 hours and back then they didn't give you the good drugs...” Luckily some of the dream men we're falling for may stop that uncomfortable conversation from happening! They're dirty, filthy, sexy... irresistible... what were we saying?... boys in need of cleaning up, and mom would not want you to be the one to do the dirty work! Though mom would probably be won over by the charm of “Mike... Magic Mike” and many of the other bad boys who hold our hearts!

But our tastes don't run only to men who are bad to the bone—we certainly crush on guys who are more appropriate and we definitely, definitely wouldn't mind bringing home to mom! What do the kids say these days: A Gentleman in the Streets, but a Bad Boy in the Sheets? So in honor of Mother's Day, we'll introduce YOU to the five fictional men we'd love to bring home to mom... and three we're tempted by anyway! 

Which handsome fictional characters would we feel comfortable bringing home to meet Mama? And which bad boys would we risk censure to bring home anyway?

[Kid Tested, Mother Approved...]

Fri
May 6 2016 3:15pm

Go Home to a Firefighter, Rock Star, AND MMA Fighter: Romance News

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Cries in the Night by Kathy ClarkDeal Alert: Kathy Clark's firefighter-hero romantic suspense Cries in the Night, Book 2 in the Denver Heroes series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* We're suckers for men in uniform.

Deal Alert: Emma Hart's rock-star contemporary Dirty Past is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Who are your favorite real-life rock stars? 

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's MMA fighter-hero contemporary Holding Strong is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Tattoos, trash talk, camaraderie, and seriously hot men are only a few of the 10 reasons to love MMA, per author Sidney Halston.

[+Free TV episodes & Kit Harrington photo shoot...]

Fri
May 6 2016 11:54am

All for One and One for All: The 100 3x14 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart

Clarke, Bellamy, Octavia and Jasper in The 100 Season 3, episode 14

The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, today with a focus on Bellarke. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

Bellamy and Clarke relationship tracker graphic for The 100 3.14Show/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 14, “Red Sky at Morning” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

The Clarke-Bellamy-Octavia-Jasper road trip is side-tracked in “Red Sky at Morning,” an episode that brings us a greater understanding of nightblood Luna's resistance to becoming the next commander but that mostly spins its wheels, plot-wise, before the two-part finale that begins next week. After the last few episodes, however, and given that Clarke and Bellamy till managed to touch and look at each other constantly despite their tense, plot-driven circumstances, I can't complain too much.

[Hey, guys? Guys, gazing at each other won't save the world...]

Thu
May 5 2016 3:15pm

$.99 Shelly Laurenston & Mary Balogh’s Westcott Family Series: Romance News

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The Unleashing by Shelly LaurenstonDeal Alert: Shelly Laurenston's The Unleashing, Call of Crows #1, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* How much do H&H bloggers love Laurenston? Let's just say there's been talk of building altars and preparing sacrifices.

Deal Alert: Bella Jewel's Criminals of the Ocean e-books Enslaved by the Ocean and Where Darkness Lies are $.99 each (or $1.78 for both) at Amazon.* Enslaved by the Ocean earned a place in Brittany Melson's December 2013 New Adult roundup.

Deal Alert: Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Stiefvater hero Sam Roth, from her Wolves of Mercy Falls series, is one of Chelsea Mueller's top 5 YA Alpha heroes.

Deal Alert: Susanna Sandlin's paranormal romance series Penton Legacy is on sale  today. All four e-books—Redemption, Absolution, Omega, and Allegiance—are $1.99 each (or $7.96 for the bundle of four) at Amazon. You may know Sandlin better as Suzanne Johnson, an urban fantasy author and H&H contributor who has tackled “Urban Fantasy's Grand Passion,” among many juicy other topics.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Mary Balogh's next series will follow the Westcott family and is “based on the premise of an earl dying without a will.” The title of the first book in the 8-part Westcott series will be Someone to Love. Learn more about new heroine Anna Snow, a.k.a. Lady Anastasia Wescott, over at Balogh's BookPage interview. Reminder, as if you need it: Mary Balogh's books are genius.

[Anna Dressed in Blood movie & Captain America: Civil War review...]

Wed
May 4 2016 3:43pm

Boss/Assistant Deal & Luke/Yoda Like You’ve Never Seen Them: Romance News

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The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Deal Alert: Kristen Callihan's The Game Plan is $.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon, iBooks, and more!* The Game Plan landed on Sahara Hoshi's Best of 2015 reads, as well as on mine! It also left our reviewer Lime Cello asking for a moment of silence: “I don't normally do this but ... let's all take a moment and admire that cover, shall we?” There's just so much to love about Kristen Callihan!

Deal Alert: Mary Ann Rivers's Live is on sale for $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and more!* Back in 2014, Julia Broadbooks said Rivers's full-length debut “will make you curl up with your box of tissues and cry until you’re not even sure whether they count as happy or sad tears,” while Sahara Hoshi called this woodcarver hero one that you'll fall in love with in her roundup of beloved lumberjacks! Once you one-click and dry your eyes there's even more to explore from Mary Ann Rivers.

Deal Alert: Noelle Adams' boss/assistant AND fake-fiancée romance Engaging the Boss is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Is boss-assistant your trope of choice? Find more recommendations this-a way.

[+Kendall Ryan snippet & a Luke/Yoda vine to make you LOL...]