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Dec 1 2015 8:08am

What Would Be Your First Family Romance Conversion Kit?

On Saturday, the First Family—or rather the First Daughters, and Barack Obama—were spotted out and about for Small Business Saturday. And, like any good reading family, they stopped at a local bookstore. While the girls were exiting the shop, the checked out a sign featuring none other than historical romance favorite Tessa Dare. 

The sign and photo sparked a conversation on Twitter about what to include in a romance conversion kit for the First Daughters—after all, they picked up books ranging from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Young Adult books by Cynthia Voight. Don't you think there's some room for romance in there too? 

What would you include in a romance conversion kit for Michelle, Malia, and Sasha? After all, the girls are older than many of us were when we started reading romance, what should we recommend?

Hat tip to Megan Frampton for the heads up!

Nov 30 2015 8:09am

What Is Your Favorite New Name in Romance?

Asa by Jay Crownover

Back in July, Nicole Leapheart shared some name trends she had noticed in romance. Like many trends—in the book world and beyond—names can come in phases and what was old is new again, and what is new quickly becomes old. 

What are some of your favorite new names, or a name you've discovered and liked because of the genre? Do names for heroes like Asa or Jax inspire you?

Let us know your favorite new (or new-to-you) names in romance—both for heroes and heroines!

Nov 29 2015 3:00pm

Shipping Sunday: The Librarians’ Jake/Cassandra (Jassandra)

Jake and Cassandra in The Librarians

“Shut up. I'm doing math,” might be my favorite line from this show. My second favorite line is “She writes a lot in this little notebook, and I pay attention.” That pretty much sums up Cassandra and Jake's relationship in The Librarians—they're a study in contradictions but both of them pay attention to one another, despite never allowing things to go beyond casual observation and yearning expressions.

For those not familiar with The Librarians, here's a quick recap: Noah Wiley plays Flynn, not just a librarian, but The Librarian—a fantastical adventurer who finds magical artifacts, ones many of us book lovers would be familiar with. The series started as a pair of made-for-TV movies and launched as a television show last year, and introduced us to other librarians, most notably, for our shipping purposes, Cassandra and Jake. 

[A ship can sail on looks alone, right?]

Nov 25 2015 8:15am

What Fictional Characters Would You Invite to Orphan Thanksgiving?

Winn in Supergirl
Source: karazorelgifs.tumblr.com

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States and for many people that means spending time with family. However, for many others, timing and distance are too tight and too far, respectively. Thus, Orphan Thanksgiving (a.k.a. Friendsgiving) was born for those who could not—or, you know, didn't want to—be with their families. 

What fictional characters—from TV, movies, or books (we'll be genre agnostic today)—would you invite to your Orphan Thanksgiving?

Note: Team H&H will be taking a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll be back with Morning Coffees on Monday. You'll find us on social media still, but we hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Nov 24 2015 8:17am

What Book Are You Thankful For?

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

'Tis the season to remind ourselves, and our loved ones, of what we've had to be thankful for this year. There are many books that shape our reading as adults—especially the books we read as children—however, even into adulthood, and being “set in our ways,” we can find a book that changes our perspective on the genre, opens us up to a brand-new author or topic, and many other happy occasions.

What book or author has impacted you this year? What book are you thankful for? 

Let us know in the comments!

Nov 23 2015 8:18am

What Sort of Hero Are You Looking for Right Now?

I Need a Hero by Codi GaryWe all go through phases of what we want in a romance hero as the genre changes and as our own reading habits change. Perhaps with the influx of billionaire heroes and biker bosses, you're looking for a regular down-home mechanic or the like. Or maybe you're looking for the reverse.

Let us know down in the comment what sort of hero you're looking for!

Nov 20 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: 14 Instances of Eyebanging with Mehcad Brooks

You know how some people have a...less than nice “resting face”? Well, my working theory is that Mehcad Brooks has a resting eyebanging face. He has to work hard NOT to look like he's banging you with his eyes. 

In honor of all the eyebanging the internet has to behold from Mehcad (yes, I'm on a first name basis. Ok, fine, no I'm not really), here are some of my favorite instances of eyebanging from Mehcad Brooks. 

The “I don't even need a gif to eyebang you” eyebang (above)

[Plus so many more instances of eye-banging...]

Nov 20 2015 8:05am

Who Is Your Sexiest Man Alive for 2015?

David Beckham may have nabbed the titled this year, but there are plenty of sexy men out there. Do you agree with People's choice for Sexiest Man Alive? Who would you have picked in his place, if you weren't on Becks side?

Let us know in the comments (share a pic or two), and come back later today for some more eye-candy with our Friday Beefcake. 

Nov 19 2015 4:03pm

Romance News: Never-Before-Published Edith Layton & Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Deals

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.

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Peaches and the Queen by Edith Layton

Edith Layton was a historical romance powerhouse. Sadly, she passed away in 2009, and many of her works went unpublished. Edith's daughter, Susie Felber, has been working to get some of those unpublished treats into fans' hands, and today we're happy to share the cover and synopsis for Edith Layton's never-before-published Peaches and the Queen, a holiday novella featuring a much-loved cat and, of course, Queen Victoria:

Presenting a never-before-published, holiday short story from Regency author Edith Layton! 

Christmas is coming to Victorian London. A poor boy living with his milliner sister in a marginal part of town discovers his cat is missing. His old dog can’t live without the cat, so he searches—and hears that the Queen has kidnapped his cat! Queen Victoria’s favorite moggie strayed, and her minions scooped up the wrong cat—or so the boy and his sister think. 

This Christmas novella tells how an earnest young Beefeater, his world-weary superior, and one of the wiliest criminals in London each try to find the right cat without disturbing the old queen, win the boy’s cat back—and woo the pretty sister—before the Queen leaves London for her Christmas holiday. 

From the servants at the palace and the Queen’s own chambers, to Billingsgate and the mudlarks’ favorite taverns, the adventures are many among the high- and low-life of Victorian London.

Pre-order Peaches and the Queen today at Amazon before its November 30 release.

[+Sweet, sweet deals...]

Nov 19 2015 8:14am

Throwback Thursday: Do You Miss the Stepback?

When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James

Let me preface this Morning Coffee by saying yes, I know stepbacks are still around. I have several sitting on my desk here and I love them. So I know they're still out there! However, as covers get more explicit, and as readers spend more time at online bookstores than physical bookstores, the step back has faded away outside of some Historical Romance. 

Once upon a time, the step back was part of almost every romance reader experience. At the bookstore or library, we would pick up a romance from the shelf look at the safe cover of a rose lying on a pillow and peal it back to the next page—the stepback—to see a couple in the classic clinche pose, or lounging on a bed or couch. 

Do you miss the stepback? What stepbacks were memorable to you? Are you glad covers are steamier now or did you prefer the more demure covers with the steamy stepback of years gone by?

Nov 18 2015 3:56pm

Romance News: Report for Duty with Agent Carter Season 2 Trailer & 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.

Agent Carter Season 2 posterAgent Carter is back! Well...almost. And she'll be headed to Hollywood. In the sneak peek below, see how Peggy Carter's love life (and spy life) shape up in this brand-new city. Agent Carter returns to our screens on Monday, January 5, 2016. In the meantime, see our speculation on Peggy's future husband—there are definitely new possibilities in this new trailer!

Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's erotic romance Screwed is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* Looking for indie romances you may not have heard about yet but should totally be reading? Check out our brand-new Indie Spotlight feature.

Downton Abbey faithful, this one's for you: St. Martin's Press is sponsoring a sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of Downton-themed tea tins as well as copies of the books The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey and Downton Abbey: A Celebration. Learn more about the sweepstakes and rules. Honestly, what more perfect topic for an Afternoon Tea post?! You could sip while reading this, or one of Naz Keynejad's Downton Abbey recaps... I mean, isn't that the life right there?

[The Huntsman trailer, KCole sweeps, ICYMI...]

Nov 18 2015 8:14am

Why Do You Read Romance?

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner (yes, not a romance)The obvious answer should be “because I like it.” We love the sighs, the declarations of love... the love scenes! However, as Monday's Morning Coffee showed, it's not the only the love scenes that get our heart racing, but rather all of the other elements of falling in love that make us Romance Readers.

We all have our own reasons for reading romance, why do you read it?

Let us know in the comments!

Nov 17 2015 8:02am

What Are You Currently Bingeing?

With Netflix constantly adding new shows (upcoming Jessica Jones, anyone?), and authors publishing books in long-running series, there's lots to love and binge on TV and from the bookstore. 

What are you currently bingeing? What are you looking forward to bingeing?

Nov 16 2015 8:16am

Melt Your Heart or Melt Your Panties?

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie EvanovichMany sites these days focus in on the heat levels of their reads, and that's a valid concern for readers. Some readers like their reads to be “the hotter the better” but others prefer a sweeter read. While we all like a little of both, there are these preferences.

What do you prefer, a read that will melt your heart or one that will melt your panties? Let me know in the comments!

Nov 13 2015 8:18am

What Are Your Perfect Reading Conditions?

Perfect reading conditions: it makes it sound like we're about to go on a trip and we're worried the weather might slow us down.

However, those conditions are very important! Whether it's a blanket draped over your lap and a cup of coffee, or just having the kiddos down for a nap. Perhaps you need a bookmark and a well-lit room, or maybe it's your favorite pillow on your lap and your favorite animal by your side. We want to know!

Let us know what you're reading today and what are your perfect reading conditions. Share in the comments!

Picture via georgiagibooks.tumblr.com



Nov 12 2015 4:49pm

Romance News: Get Under the Hood with Alexa Riley’s Mechanic 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.

Breaking Afternoon Tea news! If you've been enjoying your daily cuppa news and deals, you'll be happy to know we're taking it up a notch: You can now sign up to have Afternoon Tea delivered straight to your inbox every weekday afternoon so that you never miss a thing!

Deal Alert #1: Alexa Riley's self-described “over-the-top, insta-love...hot and dirty” romance Mechanic is downpriced to $.99 in e-book for the moment at Amazon and more (via Romance EBook Deals). In the mood for blue-collar heroes? Don't miss these romances starring blue-collar guys as curated by Scarlettleigh.

Deal Alert #2: Marissa Meyer's YA fantasy novel Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles, is currently on sale for $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* As you may have heard, the series is wrapping up with the just-released Winter.

Skye Warren has revealed the cover and synopsis for Deep, the first book in her Chicago Underground series, at the Sub Club Books blog. Earlier this week, Nicole Leapheart talked about dark romance, concluding it's a “know it when you see it” concept. Well, one author we know we can always count on for a dark dose of goodness is Skye Warren. I (Jenn here!) have been addicted to her dark romance novels like Wanderlust and Prisoner, and Deep looks like it will be no exception.

[+extra deals and news!...]

Nov 12 2015 8:14am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Family?

Yesterday, we shared the news that H&H would be trekking it to the RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas, and be moderating a panel there with authors of some of our favorite families—Julia Quinn's Bridgertons and Bella Andre's Sullivans! 

November also starts the holiday season (whether that holiday is Thanksgiving or any of the many holidays to fall throughout winter) when a lot of people are spending a lot of time with their families. So with holiday family time on the brain, who was your first family? Why did you love them? Do you still have family reunions (aka rereads)?

Nov 11 2015 8:09am

Game Time: What’s the 11th Sentence?

Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

-Dirty English

Give us your one-liners! Since today is 11/11 and that's just a fun date, we want you to open up your current read. On the page you last left off (because we're nice and don't want you to spoil yourself by skipping ahead to, say, the 11th sentence in chapter 11, or the 11th word on the 11th page), what is the 11th sentence on that page?

Share it below in the comments and let the “out of context” hilarity ensue!

Nov 10 2015 5:30pm

Love at First “Hey”: The 6 Most Gif-able Kara/James Moments in Supergirl (So Far)

James eye bangs Kara in Supergirl

We're only three episodes in and I'm already shipping the crap out of James and Kara—more fondly known in fandom as Karolsen. However, I'm not going to lie. I have not watched a single episode of Supergirl yet. But—BUT! before you throw rotten tomatoes at me—because of the gifs I'm about to share with you, you better believe I'll be running home to catch up! When the internet starts shipping a couple based on an extended trailer, you know you need to be watching this show. Of course, there's lots of eye-banging from James Olsen to love, and Kara is feminist as hell, so really, why aren't you watching Supergirl already—oh wait, that's only me!

[Just brace yourself for all the feels after you see these gifs—I was not prepared!]

Nov 10 2015 8:09am

Does Your Relationship Status Affect Your Reading Habits?

The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly HarperSingle, married, never been in a relationship, serial monogamist—the relationship statuses of romance readers are as varied as an OKCupid Profile.

Especially if you've been reading romance for awhile, your relationship status could have changed as you read. How does your status effect the romances you read? Do you look for perpetually single people to reflect your own dating life, or newlyweds when you were newly wed? Perhaps a widow if that's your own story? Or do you look for the opposite?

Have you ever thought about it? Let me know in the comments!