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Jul 29 2014 3:45pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals for Nicole Michaels, Ellie Cahill, and Laura Marie Altom!

Cover reveals for Nicole Michaels, Laura Marie Altom, and Ellie CahillToday we're thrilled to reveal not one, not two, but three amazing contemporary titles by some great authors! Read on to learn more about these great titles and see the beautiful (and sexy) covers for Start Me Up by Nicole Michaels, When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill, and Possess by Laura Marie Altom!

[Get the first glimpse at 3 hot new covers!...]

Jul 29 2014 2:45pm

Nalini Singh Announces Rock Addiction, a Contemporary Romance!

Wide Awake by Nalini SinghNalini Singh, renowned as a paranormal author, has just announced she will be releasing Rock Addiction, a contemporary romance! Like J.R. Ward, who also has a contemporary series coming soon, Singh has previously written contemporary romance for Harlequin. Rock Addiction will be out in September, and Nalini promises her contemporary romance path won't change her Psy-Changeling or Guild-Hunter release schedule. There's no cover yet, but here is the description:

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

We'll keep you posted with more Rock Addiction news when we have it!

Jul 27 2014 12:52am

RWA Announces 2014 RITA and Golden Heart Winners

Tonight, the RWA capped off its 2014 conference with the annual RITA  and Golden Hearts awards ceremony. Relive the event through our Twitter feed or read on for a complete list of this year's uber-talented winners!

(Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association for romance writers. Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.)

And the 2014 RITAs went to (drumroll, please!):

Best First Book

The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake (Grand Central/Forever)

Paranormal Romance

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks/Landmark)

Erotic Romance

Claim Me by J. Kenner (Random House/Bantam)

Contemporary Romance

Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe (Random House/Ballantine Bantam Dell)

Inspirational Romance

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano (David C. Cook)

[Read the complete list here...]

Jul 25 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Hero Inspiration from Gandy, Armitage, and More!

Many authors look to real-life celebrities for inspiration when they start writing their books. Some authors even have Tumblrs and Pinterest Boards devoted to their inspiration. Since so many authors have gathered in San Antonio for the Annual Romance Writers of America convention, we've decided to do a little hero worship of our own with some of the celebrities and models we've heard inspired authors through the years.

[There's more where that came from...]

Jul 25 2014 12:30pm

Trope of the Month: Time Travel Romances

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie MoningAcademically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

You will meet a mysterious stranger...from another time! Whether it's Outlander sending Claire back in time to Jamie, or throwing a Medieval knight into modern times, time travel books combine old-world romance with new world intricacies! Many people ponder the question of ”If you could visit any time period, what would it be?" Books give us the opportunity to do that—and time travel romances afford us the option of seeing how a character survives that very question!

Here are a few recommendations for this trope off the top of our heads:

What books would you suggest for fellow readers with a need to travel back in time?

Jul 25 2014 11:30am

Downton Abbey Cast Teases Season (Series) 5—Plus Premiere Date!

Cora Crawley in Downton Abbey**SPOILER Alert: If you haven't caught up to all four seasons of Downton Abbey look away—fetch a cup of tea!**

American viewers have to wait until January 2015 for the fifth season of Downton Abbey, but UK watchers will be able to see series five in just a few short months. In a press conference earlier this week, Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), and executive producer Gareth Neame spilled some tid bits about the upcoming season.

The obvious plot point that needs to be dealt with is Anna and Bates. After Anna was raped last season, her sense of self (and safety) were severely rocked—as was her relationship with Bates. But now, the cast hints, Bates might have found a way of healing Anna...by killing her rapist!? Maybe, maybe not! That apparently will be a major plot point in the Bates/Anna realm, and Frogatt said even Anna will be struggling with Bates's innocence:

In her heart of hearts, she has this doubt, it just doesn’t leave her. It’s something that sort of haunts her in season five, it’s this niggle, that there are so many coincidences.

Do you think Bates is going to go back for another round in prison? How do you feel if that happened? Were you among those who was tired of the Anna arc by the end of Season 4?

The other major news surrounds Lady Mary, who had a shocking end to her marriage to Matthew when former co-star Dan Stevens elected to not renew his contract—and therefore was killed off! She now has a few love interests on the horizon, and might finally be getting her groove back!

Downton Abbey Season (Series) 5 will be premiering in the U.S. on PBS on January 4, 2015. Can't wait? We'll be recapping it here starting in late September as it premieres in the U.K.

For all Downton Abbey news and recaps, head to our collection page, or subscribe to our newsletter to be among the first readers to get all the romance news!

Jul 24 2014 10:15am

First Trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey!: Does it Satisfy?

This morning the first ever trailer for the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, was released. Set to a dark remix of Beyonce's Crazy in Love, the trailer gives us a little hint of everything—including the Red Room of Pain!  The trailer seemed focused far more on the romance between Christian and Ana than on the sex, but based on the trailer, we think there will be plenty of both! Now we can all see it, and weigh in with our thoughts.

So—what do you think the movie will be like, based on this trailer? Are you pleased or disappointed? (Also, Lost Girl fans, did you spot Tamsin?)

Mr. Grey will see you on February 13, 2015—just in time to be your Valentine's Day date!

Jul 24 2014 9:30am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of July 2014

Always to Remember by Lorraine HeathEach month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for July 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Wendy the Super Librarian

Despite being published in 1996 and winning a RITA in 1997, I just got around to reading Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath.  It knocked the wind right out of me.  A hero labelled a coward for refusing to fight is the target of retribution by the heroine, who lost a beloved husband and three brothers in the Civil War.  Setting her plan in motion means spending time with the hero, and eventually she realizes how wrong she and the rest of the town are about him.  Turns out they might not know much of anything about true bravery and courage.  It has since been reissued digitally and I cannot stress enough how amazing this story is.  A true classic not just for historical westerns fans, but all romance aficionados.

Leigh Davis

This month I am feeling the love for quirky characters. From the description One Plus One by JoJo Moyes didn’t appear to be sad so I made the plunge —and I loved it. Unique characters- from the admirable, but not perfect heroine to the quirky kids to the flawed hero. Then there is the appealing romance.  This was my introduction to her works, and after reading this one, I bought another one. Then in the middle of the month I discovered A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman. Talk about a curmudgeon—Think Swedish Ebenezer Scrooge!  But his inflexible, and stern demeanor hides a man of principles and integrity. I have to tell a somewhat funny story about the book. I bought the audio version and I was listening to it at the dentist's office.  It was during a pause in the procedure that I reached a very poignant scene. Tears just seeped out of my eyes, and rolled down my face.  My dentist was flummox because he wasn’t doing anything.  I had to explain  that I was crying because of the audio book. Funny, Poignant, this is a story of how a man’s life changes once a rambunctious family moves in next door. There is a bit of a love story with flashbacks, but it is not a romance. But it is a wonderful story of interpersonal relationships.

[We think we want to get personal with this book, too...]

Jul 23 2014 11:00am

August 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in August. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Heroes and Heartbreakers August 2014 Shopping List!
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Jul 22 2014 3:20pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals for Jeannie Moon, Bronwen Evans, and Sarah Title!

Behind the curtain--covers for books by Jeannie Moon, Sarah Title, and Bronwen EvansOn the eve of the annual Romance Writers of America national conference, H&H is delighted to celebrate the genre with some exclusive news about three exciting upcoming releases.

Read on for a special first look at the covers for The Second Chance Hero by Jeannie Moon, A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans, and Snowed In by Sarah Title. Enjoy!

[Pull the curtain back...]

Jul 18 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Tim Howard

Tim Howard made headlines for some of us here in America, not because of his outstanding performance in The World Cup, but because of his subsequent appearance on the July 14 issue of AdWeek where every woman perked up and took notice of what his mama (and career as an athlete) gave him!

After extensive research—our jobs are so hard—we discovered that Tim took a lot of opportunities to pose shirtless. Most particularly when he appeared as part of PETA's “Ink Not Mink” campaign.

If Howard is part of the next World Cup, do you think you'll be tuning in a bit more closely? What other sexy soccer players did you spot?

[Ink Not Mink (or Clothes)  is a slogan we can get behind...]

Jul 15 2014 4:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal for Leigh Evans’s The Danger of Destiny!

Today at Heroes and Heartbreakers we're thrilled to reveal the cover for Leigh Evans's The Danger of Destiny, the latest adventure in Evans's Mystwalker series. Hedi Peacock is half Were, half Fae—and all heart, when it comes to rescuing someone very dear to her. See below to get under the cover with The Danger of Destiny!

[Your destiny is behind the curtain...or at least the cover is...]

Jul 14 2014 3:00pm

What is a “Weekend"?: Sherrilyn Kenyon and Starz Share Some News!

Son of No One by Sherrilyn KenyonOver the weekend, while many were relaxing at barbecues and fireworks festivities, our favorite authors and entertainment providers were busy making announcements to ensure the rest of 2014 is a wonderful one.

First, after Sherrilyn Kenyon posted the first chapter of her forthcoming Dark-Hunter book, Son of No-One, at her website, she revealed that the next book after Son of No One (available September 2, 2014) will be Dragonsworn, which has a tentative date of August 4, 2015.

ETA 7/16/14: In a Facebook update, Kenyon's team announced that the book's title has changed to Dragonbane. Learn more about the book here.

Here's the book's description:

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

Then, Starz announced that its upcoming Outlander series—based on the Diana Gabaldon books—will be split into two eight-episode series, with the first premiering on the channel on August 9. If you're a little sad to hear there'll be a break in the middle of the season, this might help cheer you up: the premium cable network also announced that Starz subscribers can get an early look at the premiere on August 2!

What is on top of what you're looking forward to this summer? We've got a round-up of what's on our Can't-Miss Romances (and TV/Film) list! 

Jul 12 2014 1:00pm

What the Heart Wants: Summer 2014’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

Team H&H eats, breathes, and sleeps romance, but even we have trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. To make life a little easier for all of us, we’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for July and August. Let us know what you think, whether it’s showering us with praise or educating us about what we’ve missed (or both)!

Ray Donovan (television)
While it looks like the Terry/Frances relationship that H&H’s Wendy the Super Librarian was rooting for is over (poor Frances!), Liev Schreiber alone is enough to tune in to the Season 2 premiere of Ray Donovan. (Premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime)
  Masters of Sex (television)
Thanks to history and human sexuality classes, we always knew where William Masters and Virginia Johnson’s relationship was going. And sure enough, in Masters of Sex Season 2, their research isn’t all that’s going to new heights. (Premieres at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime)

[Check out the complete list!...]

Jul 11 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Claire’s Choice—Jamie Fraser and Frank Randall

Claire cleans Jamie's back in OutlanderBetween the Top 10 Scottish Historicals list and the Outlander featurette that were posted this week, men in kilts seem to be doing a merry jig in our heads! In celebration of Outlander's release just a few weeks away, we're whetting our apetites with a look at Claire's two men: Jamie Fraser and Frank Randall.

[Outlandishly yummy pics ahead...]

Jul 9 2014 5:42pm

Sherrilyn Kenyon Shares Son of No One Chapter 1!

Son of No One by Sherrilyn KenyonToday Sherrilyn Kenyon shared the first excerpt of Son of No One, Book 18 in the Dark-Hunter seriesSon of No One will focus on Jo, a financially desperate photographer who signs on to be the camerawoman for a paranormal investigation team, and Cadegan, a man who was abandoned as a boy and doomed to walk the earth alone.

Read a snippet from Chapter 1 to see how their story begins:

Chapter 1
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 18, 2014

“You know, Selena, there’s a fine line between important to me, and dead to me. And you’re currently stomping all over it.”

Standing in the hallway, next to a stack of boxes, Selena Laurens laughed at her cousin’s surly tone. “That’s all right, Jo-Jo. Just remember with our Cajun-Romani blood, even if I’m dead to you, in either realm, you’ll still be able to hear me. I will haunt you forever.”

Josette Landry cringed at a childhood nickname that had always made her feel like a yappy Pomeranian. Normally, she’d correct Selena’s usage, but at this point, she was too tired and soul- sick to bother. “Look, the only thing I want to summon right now is a trip to Baskin- Robbins. So unless you’ve got a quart of creamy goodness in your purse, stop talking and start driving.” Jo gently tugged Selena toward the door and ignored the bells that jingled from the hem of Selena’s silver and purple broomstick skirt. A self-proclaimed fortune-teller, her cousin bought into the weirdness of their gypsy heritage lock, stock, and both flaming barrels.

Read the full excerpt of Chapter 1 at Sherrilyn Kenyon's website!

And for more Dark-Hunters at Heroes and Heartbreakers, visit H&H's collection for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters, featuring exclusive sneak-peek excerpts, news, and more.

Learn more about or order a copy of Son of No One, available September 2, 2014:

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Jul 9 2014 5:04pm

“We Have Men in Kilts”: Outlander’s Journey from Book to Screen Revealed!

Author Diana Gabaldon and showrunner Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica 2003) discuss the origin of Outlander as a television show (Hollywood was first keen to adapt the epic book series as a feature film) in a newly released behind-the-scenes video from Starz.

I think it's fair to say all of us book fans are waiting with bated breath to see whether the show can capture the books' magic, especially in the Jamie/Claire department. Are all these trailers and features relieving any of your concerns about a faithful adaptation?

[+more Outlander news...]

Jul 4 2014 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: Fourth of July Edition

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It's a holiday weekend at H&H, so we're going to just leave this picture of a panting Chris Evans here for you to oggle—after all, what's more American than Captain America! Share your favorite All-American beefcake in the comments, and let us know where you're celebrating the Fourth!

Jul 4 2014 11:00am

Cover Alert: J.R. Ward’s The Shadows!

The Shadows by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward loves the Fourth of July, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a cover reveal! As we found out back in April, The Shadows will feature brothers iAm and Trez, along with the return of Murhder. However, the cover copy for the  book reveals that at least one of the brothers will be finding happiness. Or maybe not...

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late.

Visit J.R. Ward's Facebook page for the full book description, and let us know your theories and speculation about The Shadows (available April 7, 2015).