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Mon
Jun 13 2016 2:00pm

At the End of the Road: The Romance of... A Broken Down Car?

Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long

Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome Julie Anne Long (Hot in Hellcat Canyon) to the site! Julie's latest release starts with a break up... and a break down (of the car variety)! So many fantastic novels have started with a little roadside assistance, and Julie is here to talk about them here today. Thanks, Julie Anne! 

What could be more romantic than an unreliable car?

Snort if you will (and you did, didn't you?) but if anything is symbolic of a journey, it's a car, and just as we begin journeys by climbing in and buckling up, the road to romance often begins that way for heroes and heroines. But we wouldn't have a story worth reading if the journey was uneventful or the car well-behaved. The beauty of breakdowns is that they can lead to breakthroughs by virtue of ejecting our heroes and heroines from their comfort zones and beaten paths, testing their mettle and tempers, and throwing into stark relief what they value by throwing them into unfamiliar circumstances—or into the arms of delicious strangers.

[So delicious...]

Thu
Sep 24 2015 12:00pm
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The Legend of Lyon Redmond: Exclusive Excerpt

Julie Anne Long

The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long

Bound by centuries of bad blood, England's two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility... until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.

An Enduring Legend

Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond's heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount's proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade... and wagers on the return of an heir.

An Eternal Love

It was instant and irresistible, forbidden . . . and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it's time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families apart... or the stuff of which legends are made.

Get a sneak peek at Julie Anne Long's The Legend of Lyon Redmond (available September 29, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Olivia had never been quite this close to Lyon Redmond, and it was so exotic she felt as though she’d been given an actual lion to dance with. Everseas and Redmonds did not dance with each other. If humanly possible, they did not speak to each other, or about each other, or do business with each other. For as long as she could remember, it was understood that the word “Redmond” would be treated in their house rather as though someone had silently broken wind in company. Its occurrence was distasteful but occasionally unavoidable, and while it could be politely ignored, it was certainly not encouraged or enjoyed.

No, the ghost of that young woman wasn’t tracking every move he made. A ghost hadn’t been tracking him for the past three months, either.

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Wed
Apr 1 2015 1:00pm

Falling for You: Fallen Women in Romance Novels from Chase, Burrowes, and More!

It Started with a Scandal by Julie Anne Long Today we're thrilled to welcome Julie Anne Long, whose latest release, It Started with a Scandal, came out yesterday. The heroine of It Started with a Scandal has a, well...scandalous...past and becomes shunned by society and her family. Julie Anne is here today to talk about scandalous, fallen women and the heroes who love them. Thanks, Julie Anne!

Raise your hand if you woke up this morning feeling absolutely flawless: You've never made a mistake, life has never handled you a little roughly, leaving you with a few metaphorical chips and cracks, you've never harbored any doubts over whether you're lovable.

I suspect your hands are still hovering somewhere around your keyboard, or firmly gripping your coffee cup. (Or wine glass. Or, in my case, square of dark chocolate.)

To be human is to be vulnerable, to doubt. Taking risks in spite of the doubts is what builds character; it's how we discover what we're truly made of. And one of the great satisfactions of being a romance author is being able to apply both experience and imagination to rock a heroine's world on its foundation, sending her toppling either through her own impulses or through the caprices of life... and then lead our fallen heroine to that place we all want to be: loved not in spite of her mistakes or the vulnerabilities she prefers to hide, but almost because of them. Because they are, in fact, what make her perfect for the hero, and what makes him perfect for her.

[Imperfection can sometimes be perfect...]

Tue
Apr 1 2014 3:00pm

Rhett Butler, Colonel Brandon, and More: The Allure of the Older Hero in Romance Novels

Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne LongToday we're joined by author Julie Anne Long, whose Between the Devil and Ian Eversea has just been released. Julie Anne has written many heroes, including the titular Ian Eversea, but was inspired by older heroes when she wrote the Duke of Falconridge in What I Did For a Duke. Julie Anne is here to discuss the appeal of older heroes. Thanks, Julie Anne!

The other day I was talking with a friend about historical romance epics—those sweeping, deliciously fat tomes that in all likelihood influenced, if only tangentially, the writing of a generation of romance authors, myself included. Books like Gone with the Wind, The Thorn Birds, and specifically in my case, Through a Glass Darkly (one of those immensely satisfying dynastic romances brought to us by the '80s, and one of the books responsible for my career, in that I was captivated by it). They had in common richly realized historical settings, casts of dozens, generations' worth of passion and drama. Rich, rich veins of angst ran through all of them.

And interestingly, the ones we remembered off the top of our heads all feature older heroes and younger heroines.

Much older heroes and much younger heroines.

Does a historical saga require a May/December romance to be considered sweeping and epic and unforgettable? Probably not. Still, it was an intriguing realization.

[We do love our May/December trope...]