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Oct 24 2016 8:31am

What Do You Want to Talk About?

Something to Talk About by Dakota Cassidy

We love talking with our readers and many times our conversations with you via email or on social media spawn my Morning Coffee questions. So today, I kick the morning Q out to you—what do you want to talk about? What do you want to get other readers opinions on? What's something you've been thinking about that you'd like to get other readers' perspective on? 

Tell me about it in the comments or drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com and you may see your questions as future Morning Coffees! 

Oct 21 2016 8:04am

Is the Sequel Ever Better?

The Empire Strikes Back

In the book world, sequels often are better—the author has had a chance to expand their world, they have to explain less. As one of our bloggers pointed out, many times, first books in a series have a more approachable and accessible hero or heroine, until the reader is “ready” for a more hardcore couple. 

However in the movie realm, sequels are often... not as good as the original. With rare exceptions! So, today we want to talk about those exceptions: when is the sequel better than the original? Is there ever a case? *cough* The Empire Strikes Back *cough* What exceptions can you think of, particularly of a great romantic movie sequel? Can you think of one?

Oct 20 2016 4:38pm

Stay on Your Toes with HelenKay Dimon and Spike vs. Angel: Romance News & Deals

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

Under the Wire by HelenKay Dimon—Deal Alert: HelenKay Dimon's Bad Boys Undercover romantic suspense Under the Wire is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* New to the Bad Boys series? Dimon deftly shifts between romantic and spycraft chapters in Book 1, says Dolly Sickles in her First Look at Playing Dirty.

Deal Alert: Sheila Roberts' sweet holiday romance Christmas on Candy Cane Lane is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* How do romance authors decorate for the holidays? Roberts interviews fellow authors Susan Mallery, Nancy Herkness, Carla Neggers, and Wanda Brunstetter.

Deal Alert: Deeanne Gist's historical A Bride in the Bargain is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Gist does more with sexual tension in a 'just kisses' historical romance than some erotic romance authors do with an encyclopedia of fetishes and a chest full of sex toys,” writes Wendy the Super Librarian in “Let's Talk About Sex, or Not: Sexual Tension for the Win!”

[+Introducing the divine Lucian...]

Oct 20 2016 8:11am

How Organized Is Your TBR Pile?

Recently, H&H reader Mary told us about her very impressive TBR pile. To be honest, ours is just a stack on scattered by our bed and a mental list. She's organized hers extensively:

(I have written in the book everything) I want but can get from library, books I want to buy from used bookstores, and ebooks I want to buy.

Is your TBR list as organized as this one? Do you organize yours at all?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Photo courtesy of Mary the Reader. 

Oct 19 2016 4:05pm

Books in a League of Their Own: Romance News and Deals

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

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon

—Sherrilyn Kenyon is in a league of her own! Start reading an excerpt for Born of Vengeance and find out why Ember is so bent out of shape before the book hits shelves February 7, 2017. 

—What authors would you want to sit down and talk to? If Rainbow Rowell and Stephenie Meyer are on your list and you're in the Phoenix area on November 18, you'll want to take note! Changing Hands Bookstore in Arizona will host a conversation between Stephenie Meyer and author Rainbow Rowell on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7PM MT. The event will be held at the Mesa Arts Center in Phoenix. Sharpen your fangs and get your inner fangirl under control!

—H&H's own Chelsea Mueller has a book coming out April 4,2017, Borrowed Souls where a young woman, Callie, would do anything for her family—unfortunately her no-good brother knows it! See the cover and learn more about the book. 

—“You just need to find a woman who is as pathetic as you.” Words of wisdom from Drax the Destroyer in the first official sneak peek  at Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2. And if that's not enough, ogle the motley crew in the first poster. 

Top Off Your TBR Pile

—Deal Alert: Get ready to dust off your gilding kits because Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age New York City set book Magnate is $1.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Ready to go onto the next? Anna Bowling takes a first look at Baron, out at the end of this month. 

Deal Alert: Susanna Ives' friends-to-lovers Wicked Little Secrets  is just $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Try before you buy with an excerpt from the book!

Deal Alert: Megan Crane's Project Virgin is a steamy read when Scottie decides to divest herself of her virginity, too bad her boss is the only one she wants to lose it to. Get it for yourself for $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.*  Would you like to make yours a virgin 

Today on H&H

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Have a tip about hot romance news? Drop Heather, Jenn & Jen a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com!

Oct 19 2016 8:12am

What Will Make You Return to an Author?

Lovers reunited

It happens to everyone. You love an author and their books... but you've grown apart. You're just... different people now. But then one day, you think you'll pick up their book just one. last. time. Et voila! You love them again!

What will make you return to a favorite author? What is important for your favorite authors to have at the “core” of each of their books? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

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Oct 18 2016 8:14am

What’s the Book You’ve Gotten the Most People to Read?

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

As readers, we love to recommend our favorite books to anyone who will listen. There comes a certain pride in getting someone hooked on your keepers. 

What book do you know you've gotten the most people hooked on? What is it and how have you made so many people read it?

Tell me about it in the comments. 

Oct 17 2016 8:05am

What Book Introduced You to Your Favorite Trope?

Underfoot by Leanne Banks

We all have our favorite tropes that we gravitate towards, and while many of us can like the same trope, it's rare that the same book would have been the one to introduce you to it. 

What is your favorite trope and what book made you love it? Is there a trope that you don't love but you love how a book treated it? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 14 2016 8:30am

Do You Love or Hate Ship Names?

Jonsa... Olicity... Bawson... If you're into a TV show and talking about it on social media, it's kind of hard to get away from your favorite couple's “ship name.” Do you wish that the internet would just refer to the couple by their name or do you like ship names? What's your favorite one? What's your least favorite one? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 13 2016 4:01pm

Go Rogue with Star Wars, Sophie Jordan, and More: Romance News & Deals

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

All Chained Up by Sophie JordanDeal Alert: Sophie Jordan's inmate-falls-for-volunteer-nurse contemporary All Chained Up is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* “Turn your back for a moment and the pot is boiling over with tension and chemistry,” writes TanyaK of Knox and Briar's first meeting in All Chained Up.

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' American historical Forbidden is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “Rhine and Eddy are two people made for each other, who complement each other in every way, and this book is a splendid story of their journey of falling in love with one another,” writes Miss_D in her First Look at Forbidden.

Deal Alert: Charlotte Hubbard's Amish romance The Christmas Cradle is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Hubbard's novel A Simple Vow landed on Maggie Boyd's list of summer inspirationals you should try, if you're looking for more sweet love stories.

Fresh Outta the Oven

“You're all rebels, aren't you?” The final Rogue One trailer sent a shockwave through the internet this morning, but while many are (understandably) enthralled by the snippets of Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso and Darth Vader walking through smoke, a smaller but no less excited group of fans are soaking up any new moments between Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso and Diego Luna's Cassian Andor. Yes: Jyn/Cassian shipping is already under way. Can you blame us?

[+Watch the Rogue One trailer, scope out a Tessa Bailey cover, and more...]

Oct 13 2016 8:06am

How Do You Decide Your Next Read When You Have Too Many Good Books?

Too many books... that's not a thing, right?! It can be when you're trying to make a reading decision! What's your step-by-step way of choosing your next book? How hard is it? Altertnatively, do you feel like you never have this problem?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 12 2016 4:44pm

Dirty Farmers, Please Apply: Romance News & Deals

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

Bittersweet by Sarina BowenSarina Bowen's Bittersweet proves that farmers know how to get dirty. If you think this grumpy farmer's tractor is just your speed, nab it for just $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc. Looking for more reasons to buy this book? Stacey Agdern says “Sarina Bowen has managed to demonstrate, once again, why she’s a master” at dual first person. 

—H&H blogger and author A.J. Pine brings the office rivalry in her romance Six-Month Rule, which is now $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc. Get to know another side of A.J. with her (not-so) secret love of Once Upon a Time's Captain Swan.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—“Game of Thrones... if it were set in the Ottoman empire” made our ears perk up this past summer and pulled us into Kiersten White's And I Darken. Now Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the cover and an excerpt of the sequel, Now I Rise. Get reading!

[+Jason Momoa in Aquaman...]

Oct 12 2016 8:09am

What Romancelandia Term Do You Think We Need?


Abigail Breslin's precocious character in Definitely, Maybe hit the nail on the head—there are just some words that haven't been invented yet for what we need to describe (manwhore has since been invented, thankfully). 

Do you have a definition that is just prime for a word? For example, yesterday, someone asked “is there a word in romance when the hero and heroine break up towards the end but then get back together?” Luckily, we had “black moment” to describe this very section of the book. 

Have you ever had to ask a reader friend “what's the word for...”? Did you find “the word”? Are you still looking for “the word”? Perhaps we can help you! Let us know your “definitions” down in the comments!

Oct 11 2016 4:23pm

Vikings, Stepbrothers, and Cowboys Step Up: Romance News & Deals

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

A Viking for the Viscountess by Michelle WillinghamDeal Alert: Michelle Willingham's historical romance A Viking for the Viscountess, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If you love Vikings in your romance as much as we do, you may love these other romance novels set in ancient times.

Deal Alert: Penelope Ward's Stepbrother Dearest is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Not for nothing, but Stepbrother Dearest has been named as one of 3 books to make you fall in love with the stepbrother trend.

Deal Alert: Nicole Helm's Big Sky Cowboys contemporary western Rebel Cowboy is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Get a taste of Rebel Cowboy with an excerpt of a selected scene.

[+Love Between the Covers on Netflix and...pets in space?!]

Oct 11 2016 8:16am

Would You Want to Live in This Cover?

Last week, a Team H&H-er was looking at the cover for Grave Mercy by Robin LaFever and mumbled “I want to live in this cover.”

What are your thoughts? Are you joining us to set up a colony in the cover of Grave Mercy or are you fine where you are? Would you live in this cover? Why or why not? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 10 2016 8:22am

Do You Prefer an Author’s Less Known Series?

Beyond the Highland Mists by Karen Marie MoningMany popular authors have multiple series, however, it's one in particular that makes fans glom onto the author. For some, however, this well-known series isn't the one that first nabbed their hearts, but a less-known series. Do you have an author that, while the majority like their very popular series, you prefer (or know more of) the lesser-known titles? 

Tell me about it in the comments!


Oct 6 2016 8:16am

Do Your Reading Tastes Change with the Season?

Fall is fully in swing now and while we're switching out our wardrobe and maybe even our music in favor of more fall appropriate items, we have to wonder, does that apply to our reading too?

Do you find you look for the Pumpkin Spice equivalent in your reading, or do your tastes stay the same?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 5 2016 8:20am

What’s Your Criteria When It’s Time to *Gasp* Get Rid of a Book?

Back in August, H&H cleared out its shelves—for charity!—but it certainly was a hard task. We had to ask ourselves many questions as we went through our books. When it's time to clear out your shelves, what questions do you ask yourself? How do you decide what books to keep and what books to give away? 

Let us know in the comments!

Oct 4 2016 8:35am

Will Time Travel Ever Take Hold in Romance?

Currently there are lots of time travel elements in television media. Outlander is more popular than ever before, and while it's perceived as historical fiction (both on the shelves and screen), let's not forget how Claire got to and from 1700s Scotland. Then, of course, there's the perennial Doctor Who, which may get some additional notice now that Who-alum Jenna Coleman is on the smash hit TV show, Victoria. Fall TV in America will also offer a time travel element with the show Timeless

With these television references available for authors to glom and be inspired by, do you think we'll start to see more time travel books in the romance realm? We've seen the effect of TV on romance with the recent interest in Fantasy romance (due to Game of Thrones) and the wave of motorcycle club romances that swept through the genre a few years ago (thanks, Sons of Anarchy). Do you think time travel will ever have this same hold? 

Tell me your theories in the comments!

Oct 3 2016 8:09am

Have You Ever Suffered from “Book Goggles”?

Book Goggles: (noun; informal)
used to refer to the supposed influence of endorphins on one's mental perception, whereby one loves a book until the effects of said endorphins have worn off and you are able to properly analyze the book.

Synonyms: Book Crack

It's happened to all of us. We're so wrapped up with a book that we're not aware, until the effects have worn off, that the book just... wasn't as good as we thought. That doesn't means it's not totally enjoyable or that you wouldn't read it again, just that maybe you wouldn't recommend it unless you know the person is also looking for (and willing to suspend belief) long enough to partake of this cracktastic book. 

Have you ever felt this way about a book? Tell me about it in comments!