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Fri
Dec 19 2014 8:10am

What Very Fictitious Person Do You Have the Most Feelings About?

It's a darn good question. Thanks, Darynda Jones!

Who do you have the most feelings about? 

Thu
Dec 18 2014 8:28am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Holiday Romance?

We love holiday romances! 

 

You might've read a traditional Regency romance holiday story, a paranormal holiday novella, an erotic tale, or a sweet contemporary—as long as there's mistletoe and smooching, it's perfect for this time of year.

So we want to know—what's the first holiday romance you recall?

Wed
Dec 17 2014 8:14am

NSFW: Thug Notes Explains A Christmas Carol

Thug Notes takes on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, just in time for the holidays.

“Aight, aight, I get it son, I'll change my ways!”

The analysis, starting at 2:45, is smart and incisive, focusing in on the key points Charles Dickens was trying to make.

Christmas all about finding the time of the year when we can put the hustle aside, keep them switches lit, and show each other love!"

Tue
Dec 16 2014 8:40am

Favorite Unexpected Christmas Movie?

There are the obvious choices for best Christmas movies: Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, all the iterations of A Christmas Carol, etc.

And then there are films that happen to take place around Christmas that people cite as Christmas films, like Die Hard, The Thin Man, and Metropolitan

What are your favorite unexpected Christmas movies? 

Mon
Dec 15 2014 8:10am

What Do You Do When You Just Don’t Feel Like Reading?

Clark Gable reading Gone With the WindYou probably just read the headline and thought, “there's never a time I don't feel like reading!” And maybe not, but every once in a while, you just don't feel like it, for no particular reason. It's not a reading slump, or that you're sick or too stressed; it's just—you're not in the mood for reading at that moment.

What do you do when you just don't feel like reading? 

(Added fun tidbit: Gone with the Wind debuted on this day in 1939).

Fri
Dec 12 2014 8:30am

“I Feel It In My Fingers": Happy Birthday, Bill Nighy (NSFW for Language)

Today is Bill Nighy's birthday, and since the holidays are soon approaching, we thought we'd share this clip from Love Actually, a movie many romance readers love (actually!). Because any excuse to show Nighy as Billy Mack works for us.

Happy Birthday, Bill!

Thu
Dec 11 2014 8:04am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Sheik Romance?

The Sheik starring Rudolph ValentinoEarlier this week, Megan Mulry referenced a Maisey Yates book titled To Defy a Sheikh, and that reminded us that sheik/sheikh romances have been thick on the ground from 1919, when Edith Maude Hull published The Sheik, later made into a film of the same name starring Rudolph Valentino.

Have you ever read a sheikh romance? And if so, what was your first, and what do you remember about it? 

Wed
Dec 10 2014 8:29am

Revealing Character Through Sex Scenes

The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda NevilleSome readers say they skip the sex scenes in romance novels, but often authors reveal the most about their characters while they are having sex so it adds to the experience of the entire book to read those scenes along with the other times when the hero and heroine are clothed.

For example, here's a snippet from Miranda Neville's The Duke of Dark Desires:

“Why did you stop, Julian?” she moaned. “Don't stop.”

“I'm collecting myself,” he said tightly. “I don't want to finish before you.”

“Don't worry about me.”

Julian added the words selfish oaf to the list of epthiets attached to her ravisher. “I most certainly will.”

That tiny snippet reveals how Julian feels about his heroine, even though he's been the titularly-named Duke of Dark Desires throughout the book. He's changing, even though he doesn't realize it himself.

What other authors reveal truths about their characters during sex scenes? 

Tue
Dec 9 2014 8:23am

Are You Choosy About Free Books?

If you have an e-reader, chances are good you have one-clicked a free book at some point. Authors are using free as a way to get their writing noticed by readers, and it can be an effective marketing tool (because FREE).

But if you're on a constant quest to climb to the top of Mount TBR, maybe you haven't one-clicked, even though you were mildly interested in the book.

Are you choosy about free books? 

Photo courtesy of Mariana Gonzalez's Flickr.

Mon
Dec 8 2014 8:10am

Which Heroines Would You Invite to Dinner?

All About Romance's Dabney Grinnam suggests seven heroines she'd like to have over for a dinner party, including characters written by Eloisa James, Meljean Brook, and Lisa Kleypas.

It's a great question, so we're stealing Dabney's idea and asking you who you'd pick to have over for dinner keeping in mind, as the post says, that “you can’t just pick cool people. You have to pick interesting people who can share a meal, offer scintillating conversation, stay reasonably sober, and not get into raging arguments.”

Fri
Dec 5 2014 8:23am

When is a Non-Romance Book Really a Romance?

Although she has since toned down her romance rhetoric, Diana Gabaldon had this to say in 2001 when asked if she wrote romance:

The romance genre has very specific expectations, and this leads to a great deal of predictability. It's very rare to find a good romance writer who can work within that form and still produce a good novel. That's why I try not to let people refer to my own books as romances. 

Gabaldon's Written in My Own Heart's Blood, the eighth book in her Outlander series, recently got voted into the top spot in Goodreads' Best Romance of 2014. While it's tempting to throw Gabaldon's own words back at her, sometimes an author truly doesn't realize what he or she has written, and it should be left to the readers to decide what they think of it. 

Can you think of other examples of books where the authors thought they were one type of book and general concensus made them out to be really another? 

Thu
Dec 4 2014 8:11am

Throwback Thursday: What’s On Your Old School Christmas List?

Longing by Mary BaloghAs digital publishing becomes easier for both the author and the consumer, many authors are republishing their backlist in e-book. Remember when you used to look longingly at books for sale online, only to be dissuaded from purchasing because of the very high prices? Not anymore (hopefully!).

So what books and what authors from back in the day are you most anxious to see available digitally?

Wed
Dec 3 2014 8:30am

What is Your Favorite Word?

The Huffington Post spotlights a campaign that resulted in a delightful Tumblr comprised of people's favorite words, including crepuscular, syzygy, schizothemia, and higgledy-piggledy.

What is your favorite word? 

Photo from lattadea's flickr.

Tue
Dec 2 2014 8:15am

Putting the “S” in BDSM: The Marquis de Sade

“Sex without pain is like food without taste.”

Giving his name to a sexual predilection, the Marquis de Sade died on this day two hundred years ago in a French asylum. We wouldn't know him except for his writings, including Justine and 120 Days of Sodom, and he was a prolific author, writing novels, short stories, plays, political tracts and more. He is well-known for his erotic writings, but he also had a sharp philosophy that suggested people live under extreme freedom, without being bound by religion, law, or morality.

“If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it is bound to be.”

And his writings make for a great soundbite! Many romances include elements of BDSM, although the Marquis might not recognize what he was interested in if he read them. 

Mon
Dec 1 2014 8:10am

What Was Your 2014 Reading Challenge?

Many readers like to challenge themselves to read a certain amount of books in the course of a year. And now that it's December 1, it's time to examine what you've completed so far—and how many more books you have to go to meet your challenge.

If you did a 2014 Reading Challenge, how many books did you challenge yourself to read? How many more do you have to go before 2014 closes out?

Wed
Nov 26 2014 8:36am

Happy Thanksgiving from H&H!

As Americans gear up for the Thanksgiving holiday, Downton Abbey is here to show us all how we should be entertaining (hint: a gong and white tie are apparently crucial).

H&H wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving, and asks you, what are you grateful for?

Tue
Nov 25 2014 8:03am

What’s the First Book You’re Diving Into Today?

Books from Evan Bench's FlickrToday is a huge release day, and includes some very big authors—Jennifer Estep, Sarah MacLean, Laura Kaye, Gena Showalter, Tiffany Reisz—and if you're an avid reader (and we know you are!), chances are you've got at least one, if not more, books headed your way today.

What November 25 release are you reading first? How did you make your decision? 

Photo courtesy of Evan Bench's Flickr.

Mon
Nov 24 2014 8:00am

Best Family Romance Novels?

A Small Town Thanksgiving by Marie FerrarellaThis week, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, which is a time to return to family and reconnect with friends. It can be awesome (pumpkin pie! post-turkey naptime! seeing people you haven't seen in years!) or difficult (creamed onions! having to help wash up! seeing people you haven't seen in years!), and it's a natural time for some romances to begin—seeing that person you never quite got over at a high school reunion, or while picking up some cranberries at the grocery store.

Since it there is such a focus on family during this time, we wanted to ask you what your favorite family-based romance novels are. What warms you up during this time of year?

Thu
Nov 20 2014 8:28am

Throwback Thursday: What Book Boyfriend Have You Broken Up With?

Harry Hamlin Yesterday's post on Sexiest Romance Hero 2014, along with some pics from People's past pics of Sexiest Man Alive, reminds us that just because we find someone totally hot right now doesn't mean that's always true.

Perhaps there is a boyfriend—a book boyfriend—you had in the past that you know your current self just wouldn't date. 

So what book boyfriend have you broken up with? 

Wed
Nov 19 2014 8:16am

Sexiest Hero in a 2014 Romance Novel?

Charlie HunnamBy now, People will have revealed its choice for 2014's Sexiest Man Alive, and of course everyone will have an opinion about the guy who's been chosen.

But since we're Heroes and Heartbreakers, and we're all about romance novels, we want to ask—

Who is your choice for Sexiest Hero in a 2014 Romance Novel? 

Some names to get you started:

  • Picnic from Joanna Wylde's Reaper's Stand?
  • Cadegan from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Son of No One?
  • Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day's Crossfire series? 
  • Thronos from Kresley Cole's Dark Skye?
  • Jimmy from Kylie Scott's Lead?

Or someone else?