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Fri
Jul 29 2016 8:04am

What is the Best Book You’ve Read this Month?

Die for You by Michele Mills

Later today, you'll be finding out the answer to this question from our bloggers, however, right now we're giving you the opportunity to answer the question for yourself! What is the best book you've read this month? We'll give you the same guideline we give our bloggers: 

—It doesn't have to have been published this month, it just has to be something you've read this month and loved!

—It doesn't even have to be romance! Though that's what we love the most, we'll never turn down a recommendation!

Why was it your favorite read? Share the love down in the comments!

Thu
Jul 28 2016 8:10am

Are You Still Looking for the Story of a Tertiary Character?

Enchanted by Elizabeth Lowell

Earlier this week, we received an email from Reader Brenda. Brenda, like many of us, has been looking for the story of a tertiary character—a story she fears will never be written. If any of you have read Elizabeth Lowell's medieval series, then you may be experiencing a similar desire for the story of Erik. As Brenda said, when she Googles it (and we verified when we did our own research), “Erik” pops up as one of the suggested search terms. 

Has an author left you pining for a character's story? Did or could you do anything about it? Did you try to get more information out of the author? 

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Jul 27 2016 8:25am

How Often Do You Get in a Reading Slump?

Woman slumped over reading

We've asked you about reading slumps in the past: how do you get out of one, is your keeper pile the solution to your slump, are you currently in a reading slump, and so on and so forth. However, since reading slumps can be a chronic issue (really there should be some sort of organization to help us cope), I thought I'd ask how often a slump happens for you. Does it typically happen after you read a really great book and are suffering the effects of a book hangover, do you find yourself reading more “meh” books and not loving them?

Let us know in the comments!

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Tue
Jul 26 2016 8:11am

Can a Trope Be Your Favorite and Least Favorite at the Same Time?

Tropes can walk a fine line. We love them here in Romancelandia—though they're considered cliche out in the “real world.” Many of us have tropes we gravitate towards—friends to lovers, marriage of convenience, reunited lovers, to name a few. However, some tropes are more polarizing, and what can work in one book, can fail collosally in another. In a recent discussion, I mentioned that enemies to lovers is both one of my favorite and least favorite tropes. My feelings towards it reminded me very much of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, “There was a little girl,” in which readers were reminded that when the little girl was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad... she was horrid. 

When certain tropes are done well, for me, it's very good, but when it's bad... it's horrid. Do you have any tropes that work really well for you when they're done well, and become your least favorite when they're done poorly? As they say, it's all in the execution! 

Let us know in the comments!

Mon
Jul 25 2016 5:10pm

New J.D. Robb & Anne Rice Sneak Peeks Ahoy!: Romance News

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Curves 'Em Right by Milly TaidenDeal Alert: Milly Taiden's menage paranormal Curves 'Em Right, the fourth standalone book in the Paranormal Dating Agency series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Taiden excels at writing relatable curvy heroines that remind us of ourselves, says Lauren Smith in her post on body image and romance novels.

Deal Alert: Christine Hughes' rom-com Operation One Night Stand is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble.* We're wondering... Would you like to see the return of the rom-com?

Deal Alert: Dana Marton's romantic suspense Flash Fire, which won the 2016 RITA for Romantic Suspense, is just $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* If you like action movies, you should give Marton's books a chance, writes Nichole Severn in her article “Boom Goes the Dynamite: Romance Novels for the Action Movie Fan.”

Deal Alert: M. O'Keefe's erotic contemporary Everything I Left Unsaid is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Everything I Left Unsaid is “the kind of book I want to buy a million copies of and give it to every reader who claims they don’t like romance,” writes Wendy the Librarian in her First Look review.

Fresh Outta the Oven

J.D. Robb reminds us we're less than two months away from Apprentice in Death hitting the shelves. She's offering an excerpt of Chapter 1 for those who just can't wait!

[+Anne Rice excerpt, movie trailers galore & more...]

Mon
Jul 25 2016 8:15am

Are Labels Helpful or Harmful?

Woman walking down the beach

What's in a label? We've discussed this many times with our reader friends—both on the site and in person—many of whom are against labeling books, whether those labels be for calling out LGBT+ romances or African American romance, or something else entirely. Recently, we even had this conversation with calling out Plus-Sized or BBW (the preferred term is still up for debate) heroines. For many, labels such as these marginalize a book or an author, for others labeling helps spotlight authors and readers are able to find books that represent them.

How do you feel about labels? Do you think they're helpful or harmful?  

Fri
Jul 22 2016 8:02am

What’s the Most Unique Meet-Cute You’ve Read?

Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland

The meet-cute. It's the fantastic opportunity for a writer to introduce not only their two characters to each other, but for those two characters to make a lasting impression on the reader. As it's so perfectly described in the movie, The Holiday, two people go into a department to buy pajamas they've forgotten on a trip—the man says, I just need a bottom, the woman just needs a top. Et voila! The meet-cute is born. Recently while reading Over the Fence by Melanie Moreland, I “met” two characters who only know each other through the fence bordering their properties—think Norm Abrams from Home Improvement. The characters haven't even met yet face-to-face, and I'm already in love with them. What's the most unique meet-cute you've read?

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Jul 21 2016 8:17am

Where Is Your Favorite Place to Get Books?

In New York City, there's a great bookstore called The Strand. It has thousands (okay, I'm spitballing here) of books within its walls—though a very tiny romance section. In California, The Ripped Bodice was kickstarted by many of those in the romance community as the first romance-only bookstore. Libraries, church book sales, your mom's closet... the possibilities are endless to get your fix for physical books. 

 

Do you have a go-to place to get books? Why do you like it?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Jul 20 2016 8:11am

Book Nerds: A Love Story

In just about the sweetest story to happen on the internet, two readers fell in love over Twitter. When Victoria, a London resident, developed a wee bit of a crush on the voice behind the Waterstone's bookstore Twitter handle, she surely never expected that crush to respond... or to marry him four years later. 

This is the stuff fictional meet-cutes are made of, and it's so sweet to see it play out in the real world too. 

Tue
Jul 19 2016 8:15am

Do You Think You Were Too Young When You First Read Romance?

Young Reader

Team H&H is recently back from the Romance Writers of America Conference in San Diego, and one of the most-asked questions—for obvious reasons—is what is your first romance romance. It seems almost inevitable that if anyone started reading romance when they were a child that the phrase “I was too young to be reading it, but it was great” usually comes into the conversation. 

Do you think you were too young to start reading romance? If you could go back, would you have waited (if you knew what you know now)? 

Let us know in the comments!

Mon
Jul 18 2016 8:05am

What’s the Book that Took You “Too Long” to Read?

The Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts

We all have it! The book or author that has been sitting on your to-be-read pile, languishing while you read other books. Finally, you make time for it... And it's the Best. Book. Ever. And you're left wondering how you managed to go through life without reading that book or author for so long. 

What's the book or author that took you “too long” to get around to reading? How long were people telling you to read that book or author before you finally read it? 

Let us know in the comments!

Fri
Jul 15 2016 8:21am

Where Do You Talk to Fellow Readers the Most Often?

Book ClubHeather Waters and I are in lovely San Diego for the Romance Writers of America Conference. One of the best things about going to conference is finding people who are fellow readers and writers—who think the same way and read many of the same things. It's also great to meet up with people who are only known by their online presences, and we get to see them in person. 

Where do you get to talk to fellow readers the most? Is your community online?  On Twitter or Facebook? On H&H? ;) Do you have a book club or group of friends you chat with?

Let us know in the comments!

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Thu
Jul 14 2016 8:20am

What’s the Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

 

 

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Scraps of paper, old receipts, cards, envelopes... these are all items I've used as a bookmark when my memory can no longer recall my page number and an actual bookmark is not at hand. I've seen other readers use e-readers to mark their place in a book, and other strange objects. 

What's the most desperate for a bookmark you've gotten? What did you use?

 

Wed
Jul 13 2016 8:04am

The Still Star-Crossed Trailer Is Amazing

Raise your hand if you've always wanted to know what happened to the Montagues and the Capulets—and poor Rosalyn!—after the end Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? Then you'll want to take a peek at Still Star-Crossed. Yesterday, Jen Wattley shared her excitement over this new show coming out of Shondaland—yes, you heard that right, a period drama, emphasis on drama from Shonda Rhimes herself. 

What do you think of the two-minute trailer above? Are you as hooked as we are? Let us know in the comments!

Tue
Jul 12 2016 8:22am

Have You Experienced a Bait-and-Switch?

You've bought a book based on the cover copy—as one does—and you're innocently reading along when BAM, you've realized the cover copy has lied to you and the book isn't what you expected. 

Similar things happen to movies all the time—trailers are cut to pull out an element of the movie that will hook viewers and... the movie doesn't quite live up to it! For example, Suicide Squad went back into production so its film would live up to its trailer. We'll just have to wait and see for when the movie comes out whether that fix worked!

Have you ever experienced a bait and switch? Did you continue on with whatever had “tricked” you, or was it an automatic DNF? 

Let us know in the comments!

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Mon
Jul 11 2016 8:22am

What Trope Would You Want to Be in Real Life?

Hitched by Kendall Ryan

There are many tropes that translate to “real life” quite easily—friends-to-lovers is quite common among actual married couples, and has the bonus of being a favorite in the genre too. 

What trope would you want to play out in real-life? Is it also your favorite trope to read? Let me know in the comments!

Fri
Jul 8 2016 8:29am

Can a New Book Boyfriend Steal Your Heart from Another?

When a new book boyfriend comes along it can be hard to not have him turn your head from a previous one. Do you tend to keep all your book boyfriends, or do you replace one book boyfriend after another? Have you ever had a book boyfriend from one book, and suddenly a new character walks in and steal your heart? What was the book boyfriend that stole your heart?

Let us know in the comments!

 

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Thu
Jul 7 2016 5:09pm

Free Kit Rocha & Cathy Yardley Books, Plus BuzzBook Excerpts: Romance News

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

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Note: The Afternoon Tea will be on hiatus next week while half of Team H&H is at the Romance Writers of America conference. (Expect lots of goodies while we're there and when we get back!) Look for the news roundup again on Monday, July 18!

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Beyond Shame by Kit RochaDeal Alert: Kit Rocha's very first Beyond book, Beyond Shame, is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Let's just say that the Beyond series is in our list of 15 must-read erotic romance novels for good reason...

Deal Alert: Tessa Dare's fourth Spindle Cove historical, Any Duchess Will Do, is only $1.99 in e-book right now at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “...Tessa Dare gives readers an anti-fairy tale romance in which hard work and self-respect are the route to happiness, and love is the only magic anyone needs,” writes Janga in her First Look at Any Duchess Will Do.

Deal Alert: Cathy Yardley's video-game-professionals-discover-love contemporary romance Level Up is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “[Tessa and Adam's] relationship jumps from friends to smooching buddies almost by accident,” Rebekah Weatherspoon writes in her review of the book, and if that isn't our kind of romance, what is?! P.S. If you like fan fiction and/or video games, Suzanne says you definitely want to give this one a shot.

[+Christine Feehan interview, BuzzBooks sampler, and more...]

Thu
Jul 7 2016 8:20am

Three Cheers for STEM Girls!

This week saw one small leap for readers, one giant leap for geek-girl kind as Iron Man was not only made a woman... but a woman of color. It was pretty fantastic news for women in science everywhere and women of color in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field. 

For the romance reader looking for such a heroine, they can look no further than Elia Winters' Even Odds, which came out on Monday and features a Cuban-American heroine working in gaming, and dealing with all the trials and tribulations that comes with being in a gender-biased industry such as tech. 

In the fictional world, these women are practically golden unicorns they're so rare, so it's great to see a juggernaut such as Marvel saying it's not only okay for women to be in STEM...it's heroic. 

Wed
Jul 6 2016 3:50pm

Lynsay Sands E-Book Deal and True Blood...The Musical?: Romance News

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

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Runaway Vampire by Lynsay SandsDeal Alert: Lynsay Sands' twenty-third Argeneau novel Runaway Vampire is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* In an ode to heroine Mary Winslow, Scandal writes: “Mary is a grown-ass woman, she’s self-sufficient, strong, and capable of taking care of herself. When something is amiss, she is mature enough to call it out, immediately. No running, no games, no being coy. She knows her body, and she trusts her mind. That’s a comfortable level of self-esteem hard-fought and won over the years. Mary is my hero.”

Deal Alert: Lauren Blakely's Hollywood-set romance Stars in Their Eyes is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Rival celebrity photographers forced to work together is exactly the type of enemies-to-lovers romance we crave—you?

[+Melissa Foster & Julia London deals and...a True Blood musical?!]