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January 29, 2015
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Mon
Jan 12 2015 8:10am

Maybe Brooding IS Good for You

Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa PatrickTell your BFF she has to listen to you for awhile longer: a new study finds that thinking about a breakup might help a person's emotional recovery more than just trying to forget about it and move on.

The emotional recovery is called “self-concept reorganization,” which is how you redefine yourself as a single person, not as part of a couple. 

How long did it take for you to get over your worst breakup? 

Sun
Jan 11 2015 4:08pm

“I Don’t Do Romance:” New Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

A new trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey has just been released, showing how transfixed Christian Grey is by his Ana. The film comes out February 13, 2015 and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Do you have plans to go? If so, who's going with you?

Fri
Jan 9 2015 8:15am

The Sun King and the Gardener: A Little Chaos Trailer

Doesn't this look delicious? A Little Chaos has got Kate Winslet being all gorgeous and uncomfortable, Stanley Tucci being outrageous and very comfortable, Alan Rickman's haughty mien (and directed by him, too), and the sneakily attractive Matthias Scheonaerts. Here's the blurb:

A female landscape-gardener is awarded the esteemed assignment to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV.

A Little Chaos will be in U.S. theaters on March 27th.

Thu
Jan 8 2015 8:38am

Throwback Thursday: Who Was Your First Imperfect Hero?

Dreaming of You by Lisa KleypasLisa Kleypas's Dreaming of You introduced the now iconic romance hero Derek Craven, about whom his heroine Sara Fielding thinks:

He was so far from the gallant knights in her romantic fantasies ... He was tarnished, scarred, imperfect.

Deliberately he had destroyed any illusions she might have had about him, exposing his mysterious past for the ugly horror that it was. His purpose had been to drive her away. But instead she felt closer to him, as if the truth had bonded them in a new intimacy.

Who was the first imperfect hero you fell in love with?

Wed
Jan 7 2015 8:18am

Fictional Location, Real Tour

Claire and Jamie in Outlander

The Guardian UK ran an article detailing how tourism is up in Scotland because of Outlander (even though Jamie Fraser isn't there).

There are tours based on the Harry Potter series, locations used in filming Pride and Prejudice (both recent versions), and many other fictional-based tours heading to real places.

Have you ever done such a tour? What fictional place would you most like to see in real life? 

Tue
Jan 6 2015 8:20am

What Are You Most Looking Forward to This Year?

Clive Standen in VikingsYesterday we talked Reading Resolutions for 2015—today let's talk about what you're most excited about for the coming year.

Maybe it's seeing Jamie and Claire return in Outlander, the start of J.R. Ward's Bourbon Kings series, seeing Fifty Shades of Grey on the big screen, the return of Vikings to the small screen (see the pic for one massive reason why!), or maybe you'll be getting a chance to attend a convention where you can meet a favorite author or actor—whatever you're psyched for, we want to know!

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

Mon
Jan 5 2015 8:12am

What Are Your Reading Resolutions?

Lose weight, eat more vegetables, call your prickly aunt more than once a year—sure, they're great resolutions, but they don't get books read.

Do you make reading resolutions? If so, what are they? Share! 

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Mon
Dec 22 2014 8:39am

Falling for a Cold: Have You? What’s Your Remedy?

Falling for Dr. December by Susanne Hampton

The holidays—cozy nights by the fire, wearing fuzzy sweaters—and getting a really bad cold.

The Heroes and Heartbreakers staff has experienced the latter throughout this month, and so we want to know a couple of things today.

Have you already gotten your first bad cold of the season?
What's you're best cold remedy?

h/t tissues to Heather, Megan and Jenn.

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?