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Sat
Aug 29 2015 6:30pm

Time to Say Goodbye: Downton Abbey Season 6 (Series 6) U.K. Premiere Date and First Trailer!

It's time to say goodbye and this first (it's our final first!) trailer for Downton Abbey's Season (Series) 6 pulls at the heart strings in a big way—and we get a premiere date too! Every character that we have come to love and hate gets a little bit of screen time in this trailer all set to a melancholy—well, more melancholy—cover of “Time to Say Goodbye.”

What characters do you want to make sure to say goodbye to? The trailer features Lady Mary quite heavily, will she finally get a happily-ever-after? And what about poor Anna, she looked quite distraught! Let us know in the comments. And stay tuned for our own speculation, coming soon from Naz Keynejad!

Start saying goodbye to Downton Abbey on September 20, when it premieres on ITV. We'll be covering the show as it airs in the U.K.

Fri
Aug 28 2015 8:11am

Help Find Their First!

Blanca Flores in Orange is the New Black
Source: giphy.com

Yesterday, we asked you to reveal what you remembered about your first romance novel. The question yielded some pretty amazing memories! However, one Twitter follower could remember quite a lot from their first romance...except the title and author! Can you help a reader reunite with her first? Do you recognize this book:

Thu
Aug 27 2015 8:09am

Throwback Thursday: How Much Do You Remember From Your First Romance Novel?

Stuck on You by Patti Berg

You never forget your first...but you might forget a lot of the details. Whether it was a year ago or many years ago, a lot of romance readers remember their first official romance—the title, author, etc.—but the inside, which obviously left an impression, may seem a little fuzzier for readers!

Do you remember your first romance? What subgenre was it? How much of the plot do you remember? What were the main characters' names? What was the conflict? See what you can remember and let me know in the comments! 

Wed
Aug 26 2015 2:00pm

Expectations vs. Reality: The Struggles of Being Friends with Non-Romance Readers

Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey

We've all been there and dealt with it. If we're at all “out” about being a romance reader, then we've heard it all before—especially when we're the only romance reader in our friend group or family! Most non-romance readers have similar complaints: the covers (it's all Fabio), the sex scenes (we've all heard it called smut, right?), that the readers must be old maids because they can't get action anywhere else (we're all crazy cat ladies, am I right?), and the books are all poorly written and the characters are under-developed (or not!).

As the readers, we know these misconceptions are exactly that—pure myth! Yes, of course there are examples that prove these myths to be true and there was a time when Fabio was on a lot of covers (although not as many as people think), but that's not the case anymore! That hasn't stopped some people from still “not getting” what romance is all about, and when there's no one else around to back you up about what romance is really like, it can be hard to hop off the struggle bus and confidently deal with these misconceptions. Do they sound familiar...

1. No one understands that the covers are not all Fabio and heaving bosoms...

[They don't understand...but you do!]

Wed
Aug 26 2015 8:20am

Who Are Your Favorite Dogs of Romance?

Today is National Dog Day! Dogs are man's best friend but the ladies love 'em too! Heroes and Heroines alike have a very special bond with their animals and some authors really know how to integrate dogs and other pets into their stories! Sometimes a dog is what brings the pair together, sometimes it's a point of contention, and other times the dog is a character all on its own!

What dogs have you enjoyed in romance? What authors do you think integrate animals the best?

Let me know in the comments!

Tue
Aug 25 2015 5:35pm

Have You Seen Brianna? Outlander Casting Jamie and Claire’s Daughter

Spoiler Alert: This Outlander news contains spoilers for all-aired episodes of Outlander, but may also come as a surprise for those who have not already read the books. Read with caution!

According to E! News, Outlander is seeking its Brianna. For those who have read the books you'll recognize this as the name of Jamie and Claire's daughter! According to the post, it appears the show will indeed be looking to follow closely to the books...sort of! 

The show described Brianna as:

 ...a young 20-something American who's “strong-minded, intelligent beyond her years with an effortless charm and sparkling sense of humor (traits inherited from both her mother and father). She also has a scholastic mindset, with a healthy dose of American strength, having been born and bred in Boston under the watchful eye of professor and historian Frank Randall.” 

For more on the physical type, the call is looking for a tall, red-head with high cheekbones and blue eyes—sound like anyone we know? Like father, like daughter! Once Claire returns to 1940s England, however, it'll be Frank who takes on the father duties...and young Brianna who takes on Frank's name! For those who have read the books, this comes as no surprise...what may come as a surprise is the timeline shifts the show will be making, in that Brianna will be following Claire back to (1700s) Scotland during Season 2—an event which does not happen until book 4. What do you think of this shift in the story?

Back in 2011, Rachel Hyland fantasy cast Outlander, and while none of her picks were in the final cast, we do have to say, one of the picks could still be in the running—Karen Gillan as Brianna, anyone?  Who would you like to see in the role? What do you think of the show continuing on with the 20-year time hop?

Update 8/27/15: Sam Heughan doesn't seem opposed to the idea of Karen Gillan joining Outlander as Brianna. Okay, that might be a stretch, but if he has her on his radar, then maybe so will the casting directors! Check out this tweet from this morning:

Tue
Aug 25 2015 8:18am

One Book, One Celebrity...

Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn

In a twist on the “what celebrities (alive or dead) would you invite to a dinner party,” I want to know what celebrity (living or dead) would you lend a book to...and what book would you lend. This book is likely your favorite of all time, or your gateway book, but it could also just be a book that you think they would enjoy, based on what you know about said celebrity. For example, maybe you would give the Shakespeare-loving Tom Hiddleston Eloisa James's Shakespeare influenced Once Upon a Tower

So, who's your celebrity and what's your book?

Mon
Aug 24 2015 8:04am

How Deep Are You Willing To Go?

Okay, the question is much dirtier than my intent, so let me explain...

Sometimes, we are very late to the boat on a given series. We finally decide we want to try Christine Feehan, for example...but she's on book 27 in her series! That's a lot of reading, and if we're book buyers instead of book borrowers, that means a lot of money, too. How deep is too deep for you to dive into a series? Is there a point where you say “well, I guess I missed that series...”? Or is this when you're willing to read out of order to get started and will backtrack from the later books? 

Let me know in the comments!

Sun
Aug 23 2015 12:00pm

Shipping Sunday: Call the Midwife’s Doctor Turner/Sister Bernadette (Turnadette)

Doctor Turner and Sister Bernadette in Promotional ImageMy name is Jenn and I shipped a nun with a widowed single father. But I wasn't alone! Sister Bernadette was a young nun living in Poplar (a poor neighborhood located in East London) and working with the nursing order of nuns in Call the Midwife. While working with the sisters of Nonnatus House, she met Dr. Patrick Turner, who assisted with the more difficult deliveries. Turner and Bernadette had an amiable relationship, but with her vows nothing could or would ever happen...until Sister Bernadette started to question those vows.

[Questioning...]

Fri
Aug 21 2015 8:24am

Channing Tatum Adopted a Horse...and Now He Owns Our Souls

Channing Tatum and his adopted horse, Smoke

via Channing Tatum's Instagram

Could Channing have embedded himself in our hearts any more firmly? Of course Channing adopted a horse, because his hold on our souls wasn't strong enough. So, he can dance...he can act... he's a caring father and compassionate animal rescuer... What more can we ask for!? For all those who say real men aren't like romance novel heroes...may we present Channing Tatum.

Thu
Aug 20 2015 8:18am

Throwback Thursday: Name This Romance...

Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club

In today's Throwback Thursday, we want you to identify this retro romance quote. What book did this quote come from? Try not to cheat ;)

“The groom always smiles proudly because he's convinced he's accomplished something quite wonderful. The bride smiles because she's been able to convince him of it.”

Once you've figured it out...have you read it? What do you remember about it? Did you have to google this quote, or did you recognize it right away?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Aug 19 2015 8:06am

Where Do You Get Your Books?

Bill Bailey in Black BooksBookstores, online, or the library, the options of where and how we get our books these days is as endless as the number of books at our fingertips. When you are looking to pick up a book, where do you go—your desktop, the nearest bookstore, or your local library? If you're a physical book reader still, what do you like about that? If you still get books loaned to you from the library, what makes you return for that experience (outside of the obvious cost effectiveness)? And e-readers, what makes you keep e-reading?

Let me know in the comments!

Tue
Aug 18 2015 8:24am

What is Your Favorite May-December Romance?

We're ready to have the seasons change here and give us some cooler weather. With the seasons in mind, let's talk May-December romances. Once upon a time, they used to be fairly common—especially in the historical romance genre. While you don't see them quite so often—or the age gap isn't quite so severe—you do still seem them, and in contemporary romances, there's almost a shaming aspect to a large age gap (because obviously a heroine isn't there for his looks and virility?).

What are some of your favorite May-December romances? Do you have an age gap in mind that you consider as your limit—for example a 20 year age gap is definitely May-December, but 10 years is not? What do you like about them? What do you dislike about the trope? Let me know in the comments!

Mon
Aug 17 2015 8:20am

What Couple Would You Like to See Onscreen Next?

Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as Hank Williams and his first wife, Audrey Mae Sheppard, are the latest in a long line of celebrities to take on the lives of famous couples. What couples (either historical/real-life or fictional) would you like to see take to the screen next?

Sun
Aug 16 2015 2:00pm

Shipping Sunday: Miranda’s Miranda/Gary

I've been going through a British television binge, and one show that speaks to my soul is Miranda, starring the perfect Miranda Hart.

First off, Miranda Hart is the voice of every derpy, chubby, socially and romantically awkward woman that has ever existed. Lena Dunham may get that label most of the time, but sorry, Miranda Hart beat you to it! Miranda serves as the voice for every woman, who has ever had a hot friend that they want to do inappropriate things with. 

[Yay for being inappropriate!]

Fri
Aug 14 2015 8:26am

What is the First Thing You Do with a New Book?

John Green sniffs A Fault in our Stars
Source: http://why-am-i-on-fire.tumblr.com

It's Friday and you have the whole weekend ahead of you! What does that mean? Endless reading time!! Or at least the opportunity for endless reading time! Fridays, for a lot of people, mean heading to the nearest bookstore and seeing what's new to shelves—forget going out, pffft. What do you do when you get a new book in your hands? What new books will you be getting acquainted with today?

Thu
Aug 13 2015 8:04am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Young Adult Novel?

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesYoung Adult, isn't for everyone. For some it's not sexy enough, for some it's too close to the age of their own children. For others, they've just grown out of it. But there are novels that transcend their target age demographic and have become classics and keepers.

Do you read Young Adult? How long have you been reading it? What was your first Young Adult novel and what did you love about it?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Aug 12 2015 8:15am

What’s Your Most Anticipated Book of the Fall?

Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa KleypasSummer is almost over and fall is almost here—many of you might already be mentally preparing your children to go back to school. There're still two major release dates left in August, but with September almost here, we're wanting to know what you're excited about.

What book are you the most excited about for this fall? Why are you excited? Have you pre-ordered them already or are you keeping a tally some other way?

Let us know in the comments!

Tue
Aug 11 2015 8:17am

What’s the Biggest Barrier to a Happily-Ever-After?

Heroes and heroines are supposed to have a few hiccups along the way to happily ever after, otherwise we'd all be bored to tears. Sometimes it's just the stresses of every day life or an ex-lover and others it's a vicious warlord...or the fact that he/she is married to your best friend (like with Love Actually).

Whatever the case may be, what do you think the biggest barrier for happily ever after has been? How did the couple overcome it?

Mon
Aug 10 2015 8:10am

99 Problems: Bad Habits in Romance Novels?

Last week on Twitter, Rhonda Helms posed the question of what people thought of smoking in romance. This week we're stealing the question to see what you think. In the age of the motorcycle romance, the anti-hero, and the experimental New Adult college hero, smoking, drug use, and other “bad habits” are pretty common place in romance.

Do you notice it when a character partakes? How do you feel about it?