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Thu
Jul 9 2015 4:30pm

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful: Heroines and Their Beauty in Romance Novels from Chase, Hoyt, and More!

Put Up Your Duke by Megan Frampton

Today we're thrilled to have Megan Frampton (back) on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Megan is our former community manager, but also a talented historical romance author. Her latest release in her Dukes Behaving Badly series, Put Up Your Duke, came out on June 30. The heroine is stunningly beautiful, but struggles with her beauty and the expectations that come with the perception that beauty equals perfection. Megan is here today to talk about how beautiful heroine interact and react to their beauty. Thanks, Megan!

In the first days of historical romance—yes, back when the books could properly be termed “bodice rippers”—all heroines were perfect. They had silver-blonde hair, limpid blue eyes, and figures that defied gravity and undergarments. Or raven-black hair, verdant-green eyes, and figures that defied gravity and undergarments. You get the picture.

Even before then, however, heroines whose beauty defined them were popular with readers (and this reader in particular). I read, and reread, and reread, Katherine by Anya Seton, the fictionalized account of Katherine Swynford, the woman who became John of Gaunt’s mistress (and later wife). Their children together—born when they weren’t married—were later legitimized, but that little historical discrepancy resulted in the Wars of the Roses and then the Tudor succession to the throne (yes, I know most of my history from historical fiction and historical romances). The difference between Katherine and the two-dimensional heroines from the era of bodice-rippers is that Katherine had a well-developed personality, with fears and foibles, making her appealing beyond her stunning good looks.

[Author Megan Frampton enjoys beautiful heroines...]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 9:16am

Megan Says Good-Bye

It's not often that I break the fourth (virtual) wall here at H&H, but I wanted to let the H&H Community know that today is my last day here. It's a tough decision to leave a place that is so wonderful, and welcoming, and where I get to discuss my favorite reading genre.

Thanks for making my four+ years at Heroes and Heartbreakers so great. I look forward to visiting and leaving comments, whether it's about a new trend in romance, an especially eye-catching Friday Beefcake, or affirming my love for #TeamRochester.

Megan

Thu
Feb 19 2015 9:10am

Throwback Thursday: First Unusual Historical?

By Possession by Madeline HunterEach month, Wendy the Super Librarian shares her Best Bets for Unusual Historicals. Now that the third season of Vikings returns tonight, it seems like today's Throwback Thursday is a good time to ask what the first non-Regency historical you ever read was—what was the title, the author, and what time period was it from? 

Wed
Feb 18 2015 9:30am

Chinese New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Goat with Reading!

Captive Bride by Bonnie DeeTomorrow marks the start of Chinese New Year, and this year it is the Year of the Goat. Chinese New Year celebrations include handing out red envelopes with money inside, fireworks, a New Year's dinner, a complete cleaning of the house, and decorating.

As romance readers, let's add another Chinese New Year's tradition—picking up a romance set in China or featuring Chinese heroes or heroines. What books have you read that fit these guidelines? What books are on your TBR? 

Happy New Year! 

Tue
Feb 17 2015 9:10am

“When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies”: John Hughes Movies Mashup

John Hughes's The Breakfast Club is thirty years old this year, and the restored movie will be shown in theaters in March. For a long time, Hughes's movies defined the teenage experience, and everyone has (likely) seen at least one John Hughes film.

Which one is your favorite? 

Fri
Feb 13 2015 3:01pm

Romance News Roundup: Shana Galen Deal and The Breakfast Club

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend by Shana Galen—Tomorrow, Valentine's Day, is H&H's fourth birthday! To celebrate, we have some very cool posts to watch out for, including The Swoonies couples battle, Charlotte Stein's wonderful H&H Quickie scene, a Sylvia Day video, and a helping of birthday beefcake. Stay tuned!

—Deal Alert: Shana Galen's Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon. You can read an excerpt from the book here for a taste of the story.

—John Hughes's The Breakfast Club turns thirty years old this year, and a fully restored version of the movie will be screened in theaters on March 26 and 31, with a special featurette to run prior to screenings. 

—If you've been holding out for Outlander swag, you'll be happy to hear that collectibles are coming! Factory Entertainment has announced plans to release Outlander-themed pillows, stationery, jewelry replicas, costume accessory replicas, and more.

Fri
Feb 13 2015 9:15am

Throwing Fifty Shade: What to Say When People Dismiss Romance

Any discussion in mainstream media about the movie release of Fifty Shades of Grey will mention that it is, at its core, a romance.

(Let's put aside any discussion about Fifty Shades of Grey itself for the purpose of this post).

On hearing the word “romance,” some people have something dismissive to say about it—it's “porn for women,” or “not literature,” or “formulaic.”

What do you say when someoen throws shade at the romance genre? Share your wittiest comebacks! 

Thu
Feb 12 2015 9:16am

Throwback Thursday: What Nora Roberts Book Would You Recommend First?

One Summer by Nora RobertsEarlier this week we asked, “What Author are Fellow Readers Surprised to Hear You Haven't Read?” and one of the most-cited authors was Nora Roberts, both in comments and on Twitter.

So if you are a Nora reader, and were to recommend a Roberts book for a new-to-Nora reader to try, what one would it be?

What Nora Roberts book would you recommend first? 

Wed
Feb 11 2015 4:45pm

Romance News Roundup: Johnny Cash’s Love Letter, Deals and Singh’s Shards of Hope

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Nalini Singh is sharing a sneak peek at Shards of Hope, the next book in her Psy-Changeling series, at her website:

(As the scene begins, Aden is seated on a metal chair in the center of a cold cell, while Zaira is on the floor with a bullet wound to her side).

“Low and hard. He isn’t strong enough to kill with his mind.”

—Deal Alert #1: Patricia Ryan's Silken Threads, a RITA winning medieval romance, is free at Amazon right now. Silken Threads is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's movie Rear Window

—Deal Alert #2: Sara Jane Stone's Hero by Night is discounted to $.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

—What if bookstores really judged books by their covers—and filed them that way? ObviousPlant shares this graphic of Dudes Who Lost Their Shirts.

—A new poll finds that a letter Johnny Cash wrote to his wife June Carter Cash on her 65th birthday has been voted the greatest love letter of all time. Here's a snippet from it:

We got old and got used to each other. We think alike. We read each others [sic] minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes we take each other for granted.
'But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.

Wed
Feb 11 2015 9:04am

Love Between the Covers Documentary and Event

We covered the Popular Romance Project's Kickstarter fund to make Love Between the Covers, a documentary on romance novels, two years ago, and now the documentary itself has been made! 

Boston Magazine says:

“To nonreaders of the genre, romance novels are often disparaged as “bodice-rippers”— historical novels featuring vulnerable heroines in complicated garments. But the genre is actually widely inclusive, as Kahn notes, with authors specializing in African-American, lesbian, paranormal, and even Evangelical romance, not to mention the hardcore erotica of BDSM (bondage and discipline-sadomasochism).”

The documentary is screening as part of a two-day event on romance novels titled “What is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age” happening at the Library of Congress (H&H's Heather Waters is in attendance) yesterday and today. 

Yay for romance, and for more people discussing it! Hopefully we'll all get a chance to see the documentary for ourselves.

Tue
Feb 10 2015 5:08pm

Romance News Roundup: Jamie Dornan Accents, Lisa Kleypas Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—When you think Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian Grey, you don't think “adorable” but in the below clip we can't help but say “awww” as the adorable Jamie Dornan tries on a few accents with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show:

—In other Fifty Shades “news,” there was always a ton of debate about Charlie Hunnam vs. Jamie Dornan—who would have made the better Grey: Jamie, who got the role, or the original Christian, Charlie? Well, while everyone is still having that debate, I think we can all assume that Steve Buscemi was not on the short list to be the billionaire of our dreams. However, if you are interested in what Fifty Shades of Grey would have been like if Steve had gotten the role, check out this recut video of the trailer...Mr. Buscemi is ready to see you now?

—Christina Dodd is asking readers to weigh in on what the cover of the next book in her Virtue Falls book, Obsession Falls, should look like. Click through to Christina's Facebook page to take the survey! 

[+Orphan Black and Deal Alerts...]

Tue
Feb 10 2015 1:38pm

J.R. Ward Announces Blood Kiss, First Book in the Black Dagger Legacy Series

The Shadows by J.R. Ward

Moments ago, on a Goodreads question thread, J.R. Ward announced she is returning the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, embarking on a the Black Dagger Legacy series,

“where the BDB training center is reopened to a new cast of recruits, and THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS teach these FNUGs wassup. In the process of the new recruits falling in love and getting into a sh*t ton of trouble, THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS could be shown with their shellans, their Brothers, their people in the mansion, in a more prominent way than I'm able to do in the BDB books...The book will have a lot of the Brothers in them, but the Legacy books will feature a main romance between a couple, and the Brothers will help that along.”

Blood Kiss is the first title in the series, and Ward promises the cover will be revealed soon. 

Tue
Feb 10 2015 9:12am

What Author are Fellow Romance Readers Most Surprised to Hear You Haven’t Read?

The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton by Miranda NevilleYou're a romance reader, so you've read a ton of authors. But there is probably at least one iconic author whom you've never read—and whom people are surprised to hear is a gap in your romance education.

So what author are fellow romance readers surprised to hear you've never read? Why have you never read that one author? And do you have plans to read any books by her?

Mon
Feb 9 2015 5:15pm

Romance News Roundup: The Bourbon Kings, Deal Alerts, and More Fifty Shades Movies

Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Deal Alert #1: Kresley Cole's The Professional is currently listed for $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Read our First Look of The Professional (Game Maker #1) here.

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward—J.R. Ward has taken to Goodreads to discuss her trepidation about the release of The Bourbon Kings, her first in a new contemporary series, and admits to mistakes she's made in the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series.

—Deal Alert #2: The first book in KJ Charles's Charm of Magpies series, The Magpie Lord, is discounted to $.99 at Amazon

—Deal Alert #3: Shiloh Walker's Deeper Than Need is discounted to $2.99 at Amazon

Fifty Shades of Grey hasn't even opened yet, but two more movies in the series, based on Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, have already been greenlit by the studio

[Plus, Nalini Singh and Courtney Milan news...]

Mon
Feb 9 2015 9:14am

What Are Your Thoughts on Valentine’s Day?

We know you can look at a calendar same as everybody else, so you're aware that Valentine's Day is coming up. But are you anticipating the day with joy, or trepidation? Opinions on the holiday tend to be extreme, from awesome to loathsome.

What do you think about Valentine's Day? How will you be celebrating (or not) on Saturday? 

Fri
Feb 6 2015 4:12pm

Romance News Roundup: Elizabeth Hoyt Cover, Lily Everett Deal, and More!

Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

Sanctuary Island by Lily Everett—Deal Alert: Lily Everett's Sanctuary Island (first in the Sanctuary Island series) is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Read our First Look review of Sanctuary Island here.

—The cover for Elizabeth Hoyt's next Maiden Lane novel, Dearest Rogue (out May 26, 2015), has been revealed, along with some behind-the-scenes footage of the cover shoot. Here's the description:

He can guard her …

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

From every danger …

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

But passion itself …

—Next Wednesday, H&H's Author Spotlight will be on Sabrina Jeffries, exclusively in our weekly newsletter, so make sure you're on the list! To sign up, register to become an H&H community member and check “YES” to receive the newsletter. Want more? Visit our Sabrina Jeffries tag for all our coverage.

[+Fifty Shades sequel films & Chris Pratt...]

Fri
Feb 6 2015 1:25pm

Are You Curious?: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Screening Thoughts (SPOILERS!)

**We were so happy to be able to see the Fifty Shades of Grey movie a WEEK early, BUT for those who want to go into movie with a completely open mind, don't read ahead. We DO discuss SPOILERS. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. You've been warned... you don't want to get punished, do you?**

Today, two members of Team H&H were privileged to attend the Today Show premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey. The event began at 4:45am, when we rolled out of bed and hustled onto the subway to get to the Ziegfeld Theater, which was hosting the screening. It was ten degrees out, and dark, and we arrived to find an enormous line snaking around the corner. Thankfully, Team H&H had early access, so we only had to wait outside for a few minutes before getting our IDs and tickets checked and going into the theater. On the way in, there were probably thirty waiters holding beverages on trays—all clad in gray, of course—and we were encouraged to snap our pix in front of one of the huge Fifty Shades of Grey posters.

Once inside the theater, we were greeted with heat (yay!), as well as more waiters holding tiny hors d'oeuvres. It was a ticketed event, so we found our seats and waited.

There were many fans, as might be expected, and the shrieks when the cast, director, and E.L. James arrived were huge. Then the movie began.

Master's ChecklistMegan's Thoughts:

Movie Grade: Three Hearts!
Post-Movie Reaction: I'm on-board to see what happens next.

Overall Reaction: Fifty Shades of Grey was both more and less than I had expected. I am an unabashed fan of the first Fifty Shades of Grey book. I devoured it in probably a day, I loved the inner goddess, the emails between Christian and Ana, the fifty shades of fucked up—just everything. Even while I was reading it, however, I was aware of its shortcomings, but the story itself was so compelling I didn’t care. I approached the movie with trepidation, given how all of the book is told through Ana’s eyes and we don’t have that same benefit on the big screen. I was very pleasantly surprised to find I liked the movie way more than I thought I would—the relationship between the two was balanced, the film was gorgeous, and perhaps the most surprising part was Dakota Johnson’s on-point portrayal of Anastasia Steele.

[And now let's get to our Turn Ons and Turn Offs...]

Thu
Feb 5 2015 9:09am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First On-Screen Sex Scene?

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey

As Fifty Shades of Grey nears its release date, and discussion about how much or how little of the book's sexual content will be shown in the movie, it seems like a good time to ask about your first time—your first time seeing sexual content in a movie, that is.

What was your first on-screen sex scene? How old were you, and what did you think? 

Wed
Feb 4 2015 11:27am

“You’re Welcome”: Magic Mike XXL Trailer

Just released, the first teaser trailer for Magic Mike XXL, where Channing Tatum reveals his rogueish charm (and other things), along with many other fine specimens. The heroine from the first film is gone, and Mike and pals have taken their show on the road.

Here's the blurb:

Magic Mike XXL finds the remaining Kings of Tampa ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

The trailer makes the movie seem entirely and totally fun, without the Soderbergh-angst of the first film. Does that make you more or less interested in seeing it? 

Magic Mike XXL will be released July 1, 2015.

Tue
Feb 3 2015 9:15am

“Why Is The Most Talented One Australian?:” Pitch Perfect Trailer

Acca-scuse me, who else is so excited to see Pitch Perfect 2