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May 6 2015 8:11am

Gender Swap: Where Are the Lady Billionaires?


Okay, some of us are sick of billionaires—there are officially way more billionaires in romance than there are in the real world. However, would you be more interested in billionaires—and other male-centric “jobs” in romance—if they were portrayed by women? We love the alpha female, so we think it's time we see her in the role of billionairesses too!

Have you read books with lady billionaires? What other male dominated jobs would you want to see more heroines in?

May 5 2015 8:24am

There When You Need It: What Romance Novels Were There for You When You Needed Them?

Nash by Jay CrownoverSometimes a book or series is just the exact right book to read at the exact right time. Sometimes they are the books there to cheer you up when you're feeling down. Sometimes they're the books that fill a void or shape your reading in a way that was totally unexpected. Other times, they offer us a cathartic experience when when the characters are going through a similar experience as we are.

What books have been there when you need them?

May 4 2015 8:21am

What Would You Ask Your Favorite Author?

H&H recently kicked off a special author spotlight exclusively for our newsletter subscribers (Not on the list? Sign up here!). It's a chance for us to sit down with all our favorite authors and ask them the fan-questions we're all dying to know the answer to—like what was their first romance novel, what TV couples do they ship, and what song best represents their newest couple!

If you could sit down with your favorite author and ask them anything, what would you want to know?

May 3 2015 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: iZombie’s Liv/Lowell (Livwell) or Liv/Ravi (Ravioli)?

I'm not into zombies. At. All. However, CW's new show, iZombie has totally caught my eye. Especially with zombie Liv having so many options for her love life. That being said, my heart has been torn the last few episodes with the introduction of a new love interest, Lowell, while we still have the ever-charming Ravi.

In the first few episodes, viewers were given the choice between Major, Liv's former fiance, and Ravi, her boss at the medical examiner's office. Major is great for eye candy, but that's about it, so for me he doesn't even register on the potential shipping scale.

[But two people do...]

May 1 2015 8:04am

And They’re Off: What Are Your Derby Reads?

Thrown by Colette AuclairTomorrow is the 2015 Kentucky Derby, and while many people are putting on their jauntiest and most outlandish hats, we at Team H&H will be picking up romance novels featuring the most talented riders.

Cowboys, rodeo riders, and ranch owners are all pretty common fare in romance. Who are the most accomplished riders in romance? Can you think of talented riders in romance? Who are your favorites? Have you ever read a romance novel that features the Kentucky Derby or any other well-known races?

Apr 30 2015 8:14am

Throwback Thursday: Have You Read Mercedes Lackey?

From a High Tower by Mercedes LackeyMany readers credit Mercedes Lackey with their interest in romance and fantasy romance (this blogger, included). Just this week many fans were excited to add From a High Tower (available June 2, 2015) to their TBR lists, which continues Lackey's Elemental Masters series that reimagines classic fairy tales—this one featuring Rapunzel!

Have you read Mercedes Lackey? What was your first?

Apr 29 2015 8:40am

Overheard in Romance: Name Those Conversations That Can Only Happen in Romance!

Elizabeth Banks in Pitch Perfect
Source: www.thehollywoodgossip.com

Only in romance can subjects such as BDSM, fate, friends-to-lovers, and spurting all be part of the same conversation. There's a social media account called Overheard in the Newsroom, in which journalists and editors share the wacky conversations that can come up in the newsroom. However, we think the ladies and gentlemen of romance could probably top those conversations! 

In the comments, let us know the wackiest conversations you've overheard in romance—either conversations you've had yourself in person when talking with a friend, or on social media! If you're on social media, use the hashtag, #overheardinromance to follow along with the conversation!

Apr 28 2015 8:02am

What Was Your Most Compelling Elevator Pitch?

Vanessa Bayer spoofs the Fifty Shades of Grey Elevator sceneLast week, we talked about the keywords that will get you to auto-buy a book based on the cover copy. This week, we are talking about the books that are recommended to us by the fellow readers in our lives. Sometimes, it's a tweet we see that makes us ask “What are you reading!?” because it sounds just right up our alley. Other times, someone will recommend a book and they'll use the buzzwords that get us running to a bookstore right away!

What's the most compelling “pitch” you've gotten that resulted in your adding one (or several) books to your TBR pile?

Apr 27 2015 3:51pm

Romance News Roundup: Lili St. Germain Deal, Magic Mike XXL, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Magic Mike XXL PosterMagic Mike is making Mondays a little more tolerable with their #MagicMondays. This week, they've released the poster for the latest XXL actor to take it off—Joe Manganiello! You're welcome.

—Last week, we were teased about Fifty Shades Darker with the first image of Jamie Dornan. Now, we present some more teasing—this time, a fan video compiling all of the jokes and funny moments in Fifty Shades of Grey (and there were a lot)! Since Dakota Johnson comes from a comedy background, we're reminded of that sense of humor in this video!

—Deal Alert: Lili St. Germain's Cartel comes out in paperback on May 12, 2015, but for those who can't wait, the e-book can be yours now—and for only $0.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

—This weekend, the Daytime Emmy winners were announced and awards went to soap opera fan favorites such as Days of Our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful, among others!

*We don't know how long these deals will last so get it while it's hot!

Apr 27 2015 8:16am

We’ve Got a Problem

Michael Vartan as Mr Coulson in Never Been Kissed Never Been Kissed's Mr. Coulson is a beloved hero in the land of Romantic Comedies, especially when paired with the lovably awkward Josie. However, upon closer examination, it can present a bit of an “ick” factor. After all, Mr. Coulson was Josie's teacher, and while as audience member's experience the story through Josie's perspective...he didn't know Josie was a 25-year-old undercover reporter.

That being said, we all still love Mr. Coulson and love their story, but if we think about it too hard, the “ick” emerges. What favorites do you have that can be problematic if you think about them too much, or examine them too closely?

Apr 24 2015 8:16am

Would You Read a Romance About Online Dating?

In the digital age, the way we meet our prospective partners is changing. Online dating, which was once-upon-a-time only a mode for the desperate, divorced, and/or doddering, but now people are just as likely to meet their significant others online, as they are at work or school.

Have you read any romances where the couple meets online? If you haven't, would you ever pick one up?

Apr 23 2015 8:04am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Office Romance Novel?

In Bed with Her Boss by Brenda JacksonMany couples meet in the work place‚ after all, it's where we spend a lot of our adult life. Office romances—particularly of the boss-secretary variety—are very popular in romance novels. Do you remember your very first office romance trope? What was it? Is it your favorite trope? What about office romances do you love the best?

Let us know in the comments!

Apr 22 2015 8:02am

What Are You Doing for Earth Day?

Jesse Metcalfe in Desperate HousewivesEarth Day is a great reminder that we only have one world and we need to take care of it! Will you only be reading e-books today (saving trees!), perhaps you'll unplug your e-reader altogether and save the electricity, or maybe, you'll spend the day in the great outdoors, volunteering!

How are you spending Earth Day?

Apr 21 2015 8:35am

Trigger Happy: What Words Make Something an Auto-Buy?

Fall with Me by Jennifer L. ArmentroutWe all love tropes that make a book an auto-buy for us. Last week, Team H&H was passing around J. Lynn (aka Jennifer Armentrout)'s Fall with Me, and thanks to some keywords in the cover copy, it got Heather Waters interested!

I got 3 sentences into copy: friends + one night + he didn't love me back

What keywords can get you to automatically pick up a book, based on the cover copy? How carefully do you read copy? What hooks you about cover copy? How important is good/catchy cover copy in determining whether you will read a book?

Apr 20 2015 8:05am

So Meta: When Characters Ship Within Their Own Show

When stumbling through Tumblr, we saw this lovely quote about Mama Smoak on her love of the Olicity Ship:

“Donna Smoak vice president of the Olicity ship”

A lot of times, characters within a show that we're watching or a book that we're reading will point out that a couple is meant to be...before the couple in question even acknowledges their own feelings. Can you think of characters who pointed out to their clueless friends that they just might already be with The One? What are the biggest steps OTHER characters have taken to get a couple together?

Image via sparksfly-olicity.tumblr.com.

Apr 17 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Classical Musicians from Stewart, Lyon, and More!

Noah StewartThere's just something about musicians. We love them in romance! Maybe it's the idea that they're tortured souls or that they're good with their hands. Today, our focus isn't so much on the rock star or lead guitarist, but on the classical musicians—from operatic tenors to concert violinists, and lots of goodness in between!

What musicians do you like?

[Moonlight serenade, anyone?]

Apr 17 2015 8:17am

What Color Are You Drawn To?

The Color of Love by Julianne MacLeanA study recently concluded that blue was the most prevalent color in the last 100 years of art. Data has also shown in the past that among books gold and red books sell the best. We shouldn't ever judge a book by its cover, but it seems on a subconscious level that we do!

What cover colors are you drawn to the most? Do you find you have one color that is more prevalent in your collection than most? Do you think certain subgenres favor certain colors?

Apr 16 2015 8:16am

Throwback Thursday: Which Jane Austen Character Are You?

Emma Thompson in Sense and SensibilityOn this day in H&H History, Myretta Robens discussed which Jane Austen character are you? Sure you've taken the quizzes, but this post came with handy-dandy modern recommendations. Are you a fan of Sense and Sensibility's Elinor Dashwood, then believe it or not, you might find some similarities to Jessica from Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels.

What Jane Austen character do you relate to the most? What was your first Austen book?

Apr 15 2015 3:35pm

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

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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

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

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

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

Apr 14 2015 8:07am

What Fictional Servant Would You Want on Your Staff?

You're queen for a day! Romances (historical romances, in particular) are littered with memorable servants—from side characters like Celeste Bradley's Button, who was more confidante and friend, to leading ladies like Maggie Robinson's Harriet Benson, who, of course, ends up as the heroine of The Unsuitable Secretary. What fictional servants would you want on your staff? What ones have stood out?

Hat tip to blogger Janet Webb for the idea!