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Tue
Jun 28 2016 5:27pm

Jennifer Ashley’s Lord Ian Mackenzie Is Yours for $1.99: Romance News

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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer AshleyDeal Alert: Jennifer Ashley's historical The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Book 1 in the Mackenzies series, is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* The tale features an oft-recommended hurt/comfort scene, says Scarlettleigh in her piece “In Sickness and in Health: Illness and Hurt/Comfort in Romance Novels.”

—Deal Alert: Kate Meader's erotic romance Taking the Score is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* Speaking of red-hot romance... What's the filthiest book you've ever read? Let's discuss!

Deal Alert: Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster sequel, Walking Disaster, is a bargain in e-book at $1.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble.* “Walking Disaster offers that rare glimpse by giving Travis Maddox’s side of the story,” writes Jackie Lester in her First Look at the book.

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Release day is the best day! Did one of your auto-buy authors publish a book today? Double-check with our June New Releases Shopping List and then come back tomorrow for our July list.

[+ Fall TV dates for your favorite ABC shows...]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 4:55pm

Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Heart Cover & 5 Deals: Romance News

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Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

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Elena's armed to the teeth on the cover of Nalini Singh's Archangel's Heart! The next Guild Hunter book will be out on November 1, 2016—stay tuned for more scoop as we get closer... Haven't joined the Guild Hunter fold yet? Here's what you need to know.

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Deal Alert: Sarah MacLean's first Scandal & Scoundrel novel, The Rogue Not Taken, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* [MacLean's] stories are like crack,“ says TanyaLK in her First Look at The Rogue Not Taken, ”where I feel so emotionally attached to the characters and can’t seem to pull myself away in order to do basic necessities like sleeping, eating…you get the drift.“

Deal Alert: Janet Chapman's time-traveling-highlander romance The Highlander Next Door is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Want more time-travel romances? We've got you covered.

—Deal Alert: Sonali Dev's The Bollywood Bride is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The Bollywood Bride is one of 27 books on our Ultimate TBR Pile.

[+Julie Garwood and Karen Robards steals!...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 12:54pm

Free Eve Langlais Book to Kick Off the Weekend: Romance News

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A Demon and His Witch by Eve LanglaisDeal Alert: Eve Langlais' paranormal romance A Demon and His Witch, the first Welcome to Hell novel, is FREE at e-tailers including iBooks and Amazon.* But before you dive in, here are 10 things you should know about Eve Langlais...

—Deal Alert: Janet Evanovich's mystery One for the Money, the book that kicked off the beloved Stephanie Plum series, not to mention the Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger triangle, is on sale for only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks, etc.* Never met Stephanie & co.? You are missing out! Start reading One for the Money with an excerpt of Chapters 1-3 here at H&H. Plus, join the debate: Are you Team Morelli or Team Ranger?

Deal Alert: Tessa Bailey's romantic suspense Up in Smoke is just $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* “[The hero's] dirty talk helps to bring the hero and heroine together in Bailey’s second Crossing The Line novel,” Chelsea Mueller writes in her First Look at Up in Smoke. How can you resist learning more about that?!

—Deal Alert: Jenny Han's contemporary YA romance, P.S. I Still Love You, the sequel to To All The Boys I've Loved Before, is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* While I'm #TeamPeter all the way, I enjoy the way the first two books keep the focus on Lara Jean's journey, with boys and without.

[+What's hot at H&H...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:06pm

Get Screwed for $.99: Romance News

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**Breaking News: Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Spring, whose hero is the son of a Wallflower, now has a gorgeous cover! See the cover here...**

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Screwed by Kendall Ryan—Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's Screwed is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Ryan talks the power of an un-put-down-able book in her H&H guest post, writing: “I want to lose myself so completely in the pages that the characters, their choices, decisions and actions feel so real they have the power to turn my stomach into a ball of nerves and glue me to the pages despite my obligations. My family wants dinner? Too bad. We're ordering pizza tonight because I. CANNOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN.”

—Deal Alert: Molly McClain's single-dad-helps-stranded-driver-heroine Can't Get Enough is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Look, there are few things in this world as sexy as hot men who also happen to be terrific fathers. For that reason, I'm 100% game for romances featuring children.

Deal Alert: Annabeth Albert's opposites-attract male/male contemporary Status Update, Book 1 in the #gaymers series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Book 2 in the series, Beta Test, earned a spot in Lucy_Hargrave's male/male best bets just last month!

[+Romance BuzzBooks & The Devil Wears Prada is 10?!...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 3:44pm

Meet Sarina Bowen’s Hard Hitter and Outlander’s Grown-Up Brianna & Roger: Romance News

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Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is gracing us with a lot of hotness this summer—hot farmers with Bittersweet, and now more hot hockey players with the cover for Hard Hitter, the second book in her Brooklyn Bruisers series. But we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves: Look for more about the series, including a First Look review of Book 1, Rookie Move, before it hits shelves this September!

Season 2 of Outlander is almost over (nooooo), but as the finale nears, so too does the first appearance of an adult Brianna, <highlight for spoilers>Jamie and Claire's daughter</spoilers> and Roger. Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the handsome pair in all their finery! You can be sure we'll be analyzing their story in our Outlander heart-to-heart recaps.

—Vote Sam Seaborn for President! Until that can actually happen, we'll settle for a West Wing reunion at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. Aaron Sorkin said The West Wing made “a different kind of character sexy on television.” We couldn't agree more as we make heart-eyes at Bradley Whitford and bask forever in our love for Josh/Donna.

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—Deal Alert: Rory Wilde's animal shelter–set male/male romance, Forever Home, is FREE in e-book at Amazon.* Lucy_Hargrave named Forever Home one of her male/male romance best bets of May, saying “Just be careful you don’t end up adopting a four-legged friend by the end of it!”

[+Paula Byrne & Susan Elizabeth Phillips deals...]

Tue
Jun 21 2016 4:13pm

4 Irresistible Deals & Dwayne Wade Eye Candy: Romance News

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No Place to Hide by Shannon StaceyDeal Alert: Shannon Stacey's No Place To Hide is on sale for only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* What makes for a larger-than-life action-adventure hero? Stacey muses about this very topic in a special H&H guest post, writing: “There's just something about a man who tells you he'd die for you and means it. Literally.”

Deal Alert: Eve Silver's gothic romance Dark Desires is FREE in e-book at AmazoniBooksBarnes & Noble, etc.* Silver's book Body of Sin is o ne of a handful of romances Chelsea Mueller credits with “reinvigorating [her] love of reading and remind[ing her] why genre fiction is so damn fun.”

Deal Alert: Maya Banks' Safe at Last is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* “Safe At Last is the final installment of the thrilling Slow Burn series and it’s a well-executed tale of characters finding a second chance at love,” says Jane Kriel in her First Look at the book.

Deal Alert: Barbara O'Neal's The Lost Recipe for Happiness is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* In “Barbara O'Neal Makes Me Hungry,” Myretta Robens writes that the book “is apt to make [her] fat” and shares an irresistible recipe for “Hearty Berry Streusel Muffins” from the book, which is about “mothers and daughters, about love, about nurturing, [while] the bread and baked goods recipes in this book are full of the yeasty aroma of home.”

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Miami Heat shooting guard Dwayne Wade (a.k.a. Mr. Gabrielle Union) is the 2016 cover model for ESPN Magazine's annual Body Issue. Enjoy the view—it is spectacular. Oh, and here's another shot. You're welcome. Look for the issue on stands July 6.

[+Who wore the ugliest bridesmaid's dress of all?...]

Mon
Jun 20 2016 6:00pm

Love Between the Lines Coloring Book and More: Romance News

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Love Between the Lines: An Adult Coloring Book by Christina CollieDeal Alert: Moira Rogers' first Southern Arcana book Crux is FREE in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Moira Rogers is an alternate pen name for writing duo Bree and Donna, who are also behind Kit Rocha. The more you know, right? Anyway, Crux hero Jackson made it onto the list of “10 romance heroes you'll want between your covers” by Rhyll Biest.

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes' Tremaine's True Love is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Get a good first look at Tremaine's True Love with Janet Webb's review of the book.

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A romance novel–themed coloring book? Yes, please! Check out the newly unveiled cover for Christina Collie's Love Between the Lines adult coloring book (above), which promises “45 hand-drawn illustrations inspired by romance novels from bestselling writers," including Leisa Rayven, Colleen Hoover, Karina Halle, Anna Todd, and Katy Evans. 

Penny Dreadful's Vanessa/Ethan romance took a tragic turn in what turned out to be the gothic tale's series finale last night. Did you watch?

[+ Today on H&H...]

Fri
Jun 17 2016 12:48pm

J.R. Ward’s Threesome Poll & Weekend Deals: Romance News

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Taking Aim at the Sheriff by Delores FossenDeal Alert: Delores Fossen's Intrigue romance Taking Aim at the Sheriff is a $.99 bargain in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Category romance is “all of the romance, with none of the BS,” if you ask Wendy the Super Librarian in her post “Category Romance: More Than Cute Little Books with Dreadful Titles.”

Deal Alert: Nicole Jordan's historical The Seduction is on sale for just $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* What are the 10 tropes that make historical romance awesome? Authors Gale Callen, Caroline Linden, and Laura Lee Guhrke talk dukes, scandals, marriage of convenience, and more delicious topics.

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—J.R. Ward wants to know... How do you feel about threesomes in romance novels? Specifically her novels.

Orphan Black's Season 5 will be its last. While we'll be said to see the end of the show, we'll always be part of Clone Club, and it's always best to let a show leave on its own terms and give what will hopefully be a satisfying ending to the fans and the cast. See what the creators and producers have to say at Entertainment Weekly, and don't forget to go back to the beginning with our Orphan Black hiatus rewatch, courtesy of Kiersten Krum. 

[+Today on H&H...]

Wed
Jun 15 2016 4:55pm

Off the Grid Deals & 2 More His Fair Assassin Books: Romance News

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Radio Silence by Alyssa ColeDeal Alert: Alyssa Cole's Off the Grid trilogy (Radio Silence, Signal Boost, and Mixed Signals) is $2.97, or $.99 each, in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.* Get a feel for Book 3, Mixed Signals, with a First Look at the post-apocalyptic romance.

Deal Alert: Leslie Wells' women's fiction novel Come Dancing is marked down to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Check out Scarlettleigh's latest Best Bets in Women's Fiction column for a curated selection of reads.

Deal Alert: Jessica Scott's man-in-uniform contemporary Because of You is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Who are the top 10 military heroes in romance? Allow Jessica Scott to fill you in.

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—“This is all I'm going to see of my wife for the next 12 or so hours,” a resigned husband tweets to Nalini Singh. Good man.

[+new His Fair Assassin books & a Sherrilyn Kenyon exclusive...]

Mon
Jun 13 2016 3:30pm

Run Off with Jojo Moyes & Megan Crane Deals: Romance News

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Windfallen by Jojo MoyesDeal Alert: Jojo Moyes' Windfallen is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* We're still talking about the Me Before You movie and the book's sequel, After You.

Deal Alert: Megan Crane's Edge of Obsession, Book 1 in The Edge series, is a steal at $1.99 in e-book right now at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Curious? Start reading a sample from Edge of Obsession now...

Deal Alert: M.L. Buchman's romantic suspense Delta Force novel Target Engaged is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Meet heroine Carla Anderson, the Army's first Delta Force operator, in an excerpt from Target Engaged.

Deal Alert: Linnea Sinclair's sci-fi romance Finders Keepers is only $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* If you've already tapped Sinclair's backlist and are looking for more reading recommendations, our resident sci-fi romance expert Heather Massey has your back.

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Molly McAdams' sweet Show Me How cover is up at USA Today's HEA blog. The third Thatch novel tells the story of love-wary Charlie Easton and playboy Deacon Carver and will be out on Apri 23, 2016.

[+What's new at H&H...]

Thu
Jun 9 2016 4:24pm

Deals, Gideon’s Riders, and The Worst Romance Covers of All Time: Romance News

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Note: Afternoon Tea will return Monday, June 13! Gotta enjoy Friday afternoons reading in the sun while we can...

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A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella BradfordDeal Alert: Isabella Bradford's first Breconridge Brothers novel, A Wicked Pursuit, is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, etc.* “Harry Fitzroy, eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, spends most of Isabella Bradford's A Wicked Pursuit in bed, in the company of an unexpectedly enticing young woman, but not in the way one might originally suspect,” writes Anna Bowling in her First Look at the book. How can you not want to know more after that opening?!

Deal Alert: Dawn Ryder's Rock Band #1, Rock Me Two Times, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Ryder spills about her favorite real-life rock stars (including Pat Benatar and Tim McGraw) in an H&H guest post. Can't get enough of rock-star romance heroes? Tori Benson has your back with a recommendations post featuring novels by Nora Roberts, Lauren Dane, Samantha Towle, and more.

[+Kit Rocha news & the best WORST romance novel covers...]

Wed
Jun 8 2016 3:46pm

Scoop Up Jay Crownover & Charlotte Stein Deals: Romance News

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Built by Jay CrownoverDeal Alert: Jay Crownover's first Saints of Denver book, Built, is marked down to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Heads-up, Marked Men devotees; several of your favorites show up in this new series! Dig into AubreyGross's first impressions of Built for more.

Deal Alert: Charlotte Stein's Under the Skin novel Intrusion is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Stein's a master of the slow burn, Sahara Hoshi says in her First Look review of Intrusion. 

Deal Alert: Pamela Morsi's Small Town Swains historical romance Garters is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Morsi knows her way around small towns in the genre, as Janga points out in a shoutout to her popular Marrying Stone series in the post “Uniquely Yours: Five Fictional Small Towns with a Difference.”

[+Mia Sheridan news & Mary Balogh ARC sweepstakes...]

Tue
Jun 7 2016 4:03pm

Claim Your Very Own Dirty-Talkin’ Alpha Hero Today: Romance News

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Risking It All by Tessa BaileyDeal Alert: Tessa Bailey's Risking It All is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* “Tessa Bailey has outdone herself,” writes Chelsea Mueller in her First Look review of the book, adding: “Risking It All brings together the strongest elements from her earlier works—alpha hotness, bad boys, cops, strong heroines, dirty talking and mind-blowing sex scenes—and merges them in a refreshing, consuming take on tropes we love.”

Deal Alert: Jamie McGuire's Maddox Brothers novel Beautiful Oblivion, often listed as one to read after tearing through Fifty Shades of Grey, is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book right now at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, etc.*

Deal Alert: Colleen Hoover's contemporary New Adult novel Slammed is marked down to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Are you addicted to reading? In an H&H guest post, Colleen Hoover herself offers 11 signs you're hooked on books, including: “You bring more books with you on vacation than clothes” and “You get angry at your husband because your book boyfriend is being a jackass.” I mean, come on. We've all been there.

[+Snag a tattooed Scottish rebel for a song...]

Sun
Jun 5 2016 4:41pm

J.D. Robb’s Apprentice in Death and Echoes in Death Covers Revealed: Romance News

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Echoes in Death by J.D. RobbJ.D. Robb's In Death series is still keepin' us in suspense! Feast your eyes on covers for not one but two forthcoming installments of Lt. Eve Dallas and Roarke's story: Apprentice in Death (coming September 6, 2016) and Echoes in Death (February 7, 2017). And because Robb knows we're ever greedy for more, there's also an Apprentice in Death excerpt and an Echoes in Death teaser trailer to gobble up. What do you make of these two new cases so far?

It's a bird! it's a plane! It's...Superman in Supergirl! News broke today that the Man of Steel, a.k.a. Clark Kent, will finally appear in the flesh this fall in Supergirl's second season, a big relief to anyone who'd grown tired of Clark merely phoning it in (sometimes literally) when his cousin Kara needed him in Season 1. Much as I respect the show's commitment to keeping the focus on Kara, she and Clark are family, so it only makes sense that he'd pop in from time to time. In any case, casting and spinoff speculation is already off to a running start. Who would you like to see play Superman/Clark, and would you be game for a new Superman show now that Smallville's been off the air for a few years?

In other superhero news, Brie Larson is reportedly in talks to play Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still a rumor for now, so we'll let you know how things shake out. Could you see Larson as Carol Danvers?

[Outlander finale news, 3 must-have deals, and more...]

Fri
May 27 2016 4:33pm

Jamie Fraser Novella Deal & Samantha Young’s YA Debut: Romance News:

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Note: The Afternoon Tea will be taking a short hiatus next week as the H&H crew head out on summer vacation trips (ah, the reading we will do!), but we'll be back and raring to go on June 6.

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Virgins by Diana Gabaldon—Deal Alert: Diana Gabaldon's Outlander prequel novella Virgins—where “a young Jamie Fraser learns what it really means to become a man”is discounted to $1.99 (normally $2.99) in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If you love the Outlander TV show and Jamie Fraser, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

Deal Alert: Jenny Hale's “feel-good summer romance” Summer by the Sea is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Hello, beach read material! (Oh, you want more? Charli Mac has a few recommendations over here.)

Deal Alert: Cynthia Wright's Western Rebels historical The Duke and the Cowgirl is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Wright got a shoutout for her classic style that still holds up today in Anna Bowling's piece “Old-School Romance for the New Millenium.”

[+Samantha Young news & today on H&H...]

Thu
May 26 2016 5:06pm

Firefighters, Rough Riders, and...Hitmen with Babies?!: Romance News

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Note: The Afternoon Tea will be taking a short hiatus next week as the H&H crew head out on summer vacation trips (ah, the reading we will do!), but we'll be back and raring to go on June 6.

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Reckless by Kimberly Kincaid—Deal Alert: Kimberly Kincaid's Rescue Squad novel Reckless is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book for the moment at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Here's 5 reasons to love firefighters, though, honestly, I could go on all day...

Deal Alert: Lorelei James' erotic contemporary western Cowgirl Up and Ride (Rough Riders #3) is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazon | iBooks | etc.* A Rough Riders book appears on Jennifer Porter's list of the 10 erotic romance novels you should read.

Deal Alert: McKenzie Lewis' Hitman's Secret Baby is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Hitman PLUS secret baby? Have mercy!

Fresh Outta the Oven

Lisa Kleypas knows her way around a Victorian department store thanks to researching her business tycoon hero Rhys of Marrying Winterborne, so you won't want to miss her piece for RT Book Reviews on the fascinating evolution of British department stores. See you at Harrod's!

[And ICYMI today...]

Wed
May 25 2016 4:52pm

It’s Raining Tropes—Plus-Size Heroine Deal & Roommates-to-Lovers Cover: Romance News:

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Big Girls Do It Better by Jasinda Wilder—Deal Alert: Jasinda Wilder's Big Girls Do It: Volumes 1-4 e-book bundle is FREE for the moment in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* We are 100% here for plus-size heroines, always. (And heroes, too!)

Deal Alert: Julie Garwood's first Claybourne Brides novel, One Pink Rose, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Do you remember your first Julie Garwood? 

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Kresley Cole's Arcana Rising cover hints at a tempestuous adventure ahead, though we'd expect no less from the Arcana Chronicles. Go check out the cover and look for the book, which Cole suggests may be “the most spine-tingling and sensual AC story yet,” on August 15. If you haven't taken the plunge yet, I'll just say the series is one of those that puts the “adult” in Young Adult.

Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee's Screwmates sure is an attention-getter! See the cover and get an idea of the story behind the bold title over at GoodReads. The roommates-to-lovers/sex-lessons contemporary will be out October 24. You may have read these two before as Laurelin McGee.

[+Alpha Showdown voting, more book news & Sarah MacLean video...]

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.

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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

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

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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”...]