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Fri
Dec 19 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Silver Bells Foxes from Dane, Slattery, and More!

Olympic swimmer turned model, Mark FosterWinter means the world (at least in the Northern hemisphere) is starting to take hold and frost the world. But really, when it comes to frost, we much prefer it on hair (and we're not talking frosted tips, a la Backstreet Boys in 1999). With Jack Frost on our minds, we're bringing to you those foxy guys that make us so glad that aging can be graceful, and these guys in particular are only getting better and better with age.

Who are some of your favorite silver foxes? Let us know in the comments...

[On the hunt for some silver foxes...]

Fri
Dec 19 2014 3:05pm

Romance News Roundup: Tom Hiddleston Singing, Outlander Clip, Kleypas and Milan Deals, 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.

Do you remember the Internet buzzing when a Canadian man, who had broken up with his girlfriend, posted on Reddit that he wanted to give away the plane tickets he had bought for an expensive trip with now-ex-girlfriend? There was one caveat, his fellow traveler's name had to be Elizabeth Gallagher! It sounded like the premise of a rom-com, didn't it? Well, an Elizabeth Gallagher has stepped forward and will be taking advantage of the ticket. Only time will tell if it actually leads to an HEA worthy of the silver screen.

“These are dangerous times, mo nighean donn.” Starz has released a brand-new Outlander clip, teasing us even more for April 4. 

—The first book in Lisa Kleypas's Bow Street Runners series, Someone To Watch Over Me, is discounted to $1.99 for the ebook version at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.*

Courtney Milan's Proof by Seduction is discounted to $.99 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.*

—Author (and H&H blogger) K.M. Jackson's Bounce is discounted to $.99 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well.*

—Looking for even more deals? Harper Collins Christian Publishing is offering discounted inspirational books from Robin Lee Hatcher, Colleen Coble, and so many more from now until January 5.

—If you weren't in the Christmas spirit already, Tom Hiddleston singing “We Wish You a Merry” with a puppy on his lap might just do it for you. Thanks to Jezebel, and H&H blogger Sahara Hoshi, for sharing!

*Please note that we have no idea how long downpricing or sales will last, so grab these deals while you can.

**Special Note: Afternoon Tea's Romance News Roundup will be going on hiatus until January 5. We hope you enjoy the holidays and that you'll join us again for daily doses of romance tidbits in 2015!

Thu
Dec 18 2014 3:42pm

Romance News Roundup: Reader Problems, The Americans, 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.

—A reader's life is tough! Or so this BuzzFeed video “Problems Every Book Lover Will Understand” says, anyway. Can you relate? (For more fun, don't miss author Sugar Jamison's “You Know You're a Reader When...” at H&H)

—Here's our first sneak peek at Orphan Black Season 3:

—Twitter Challenge! Will you accept? On Twitter, Megan asks, what are the lines that have made you swoon in romance novels this year? Share your favorite quote with us, and make sure to use #BestRomBksLines2014 so that we can spot it!

—This poster for The Americans Season 3 is top-notch! (Find out why we adore  Cold War-set TV drama The Americans and especially the messed-up yet totally solid Philip/Elizabeth marriage here.)

[Read on for the poster and an editor's note...]

Wed
Dec 17 2014 3:48pm

Romance News Roundup: Sylvia Day Deals, Jamie Dornan, and Game of Thrones Peek!

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.

Sylvia Day has TWO books on sale for e-book today, including Captivated by You for $2.50 at Amazon (as of posting, other e-tailers still had it up at its regular price, but check back to see if there's price-matching). The second book in Day's Dream Guardians series, Heat of the Night, is discounted to $1.99 at Amazon (again, no other e-tailers have it at this price, but check back!)

—Jamie Dornan is the cover star for Elle UK's February issue, and in the interview, he talks about visiting a sex dungeon to prepare for his role in Fifty Shades of Grey:

“I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives...I was like, 'Come on guys I know I'm not paying for this but I am expecting a show.' It was an interesting evening. Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards... I had a long shower before touching either of them.”

—The first book in Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampires series, The Rest Falls Away, is free at iTunes, and is .99 at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

—Game of Thrones has released a very short (very short) peek at Season 5, coming in Spring 2015. 

*Please note that we have no idea how long downpricing or sales will last, so grab these deals while you can.

Wed
Dec 17 2014 1:00pm

Now Win This!: “Mr. Grey Will See You Now” Fifty Shades Poster

Fifty Shades of Grey Teaser PosterWe've been waiting for our appointment with Mr. Grey For. Ever! This poster gives us all sorts of Fifty Shades of Grey-feels, and now you have a chance to hang it in your own home!

Want more Fifty Shades of Grey news? Check out our series page, and follow our posts under the hastag #OfficialFifty to see more news and exclusives!

Click here to enter for a chance to win the Fifty Shades of Grey Teaser Poster Sweepstakes!*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/50shadespostersweeps beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on December 17, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 12:59 pm ET on December 22, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Wed
Dec 17 2014 9:30am

Quiz: Who Is Your Ideal Romance Hero?

It's the holiday season and while hot cocoa and eggnog go a long way to warm us up, nothing beats a hero! Heroes and Heartbreakers has put together a special quiz, just for you, so you can find out what type of hero is your ideal match! Let us know your result in the comments!

[Take the quiz now!]

Tue
Dec 16 2014 3:42pm

Romance News Roundup: Jane Austen, Dane and Hoyt Deals, and More!

It's Tea Time 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.

—Happy birthday, Jane Austen! The Huffington Post ranks the best Austen modernizations, while the Jane Austen Centre declares today is—what else?—Jane Austen Day. (We're on board, of course. We have an all-things-Austen collection and everything.)

—Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna made a fake sci-fi romance movie trailer for the real movie Annie, and it's pretty hilarious. Would you go see it?

Lauren Dane's first Hurley Brothers book, The Best Kind of Trouble, is on sale in e-book for $1.99 at what looks to be various retailers today, including iBookstoreBarnes and Noble, and Amazon.

Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane #1, Wicked Intentions, is marked down to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at sites such as AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iBookstore; same goes for Lisa Kleypas's Bow Street book Someone to Watch Over Me (Amazon, iBookstore, and Barnes and Noble, and probably others).

[+ more news this way...]

Tue
Dec 16 2014 1:15pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Rosanne Bittner and Michele Dunaway!

Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner and Burning for You by Michele DunawayToday we're thrilled to reveal the covers for Rosanne Bittner and Michele Dunaway. We have not one, but two covers from Rosanne. Her much-loved Outlaw Hearts has a brand new cover—and for good reason because the sequel to Outlaw Hearts, Do Not Forsake Me, will be in our hands in 2015.Until then we have the cover for both books to feast our eyes on. Then, things are heating up in Michele Dunaway's Burning for You when a sexy firefighter asks for the help of a relationship-shy photographer.

[See the covers and learn about the books!]

Mon
Dec 15 2014 3:12pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander, Bailey, and Stacey Deal Alerts; Gone with the Wind; 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.

—Deal Alerts*: Tessa Bailey's His Risk to Take is discounted (read: free) today at Amazon. Looking for a little holiday flavor? The Season for Love Boxed Set is only $0.99 at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and features three holiday novellas by Shannon Stacey. (See what Sarah Morgan had to say about one of the novellas, Snowbound with the CEO, in her post about romances that feature snowbound heroes and heroines).

—Missing Outlander? There's a chance to catchup with the books while the show is on hiatus (April can't come soon enough!). The entire series is discounted anywhere from just $0.99 to $4.99. Start with book 1, Outlander for only $2.99 on Amazon, and get book 2, Dragonfly in Amber at Amazon for $0.99.* (Spoilers: Kiersten Hallie Krum weighs in on how the show writers should handle the 20-year gap in the series). As you open presents on Christmas morning, you can pretend Jamie Fraser is curled up next to you as original Outlander scores play over a 90-minute video of the clan's Yule Log burning in the fireplace.

Entertainment Weekly reminded us of some of the many reasons why Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara was the first 'ship for many of us. Gone with the Wind reached 1 million people when it debuted in Atlanta on this day in 1939. Happy 75th Birthday! 

—This Friday, you'll have the opportunity to not only see Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens on-screen again, but as a famous heartthrob, Lancelot! He'll be joining Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and others in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. And Dan is over at Vulture talking about the movie, working with Williams, and what it was like to be a knight in shining armor.

—You might have picked up on the fact that we're big shippers here at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Entertainment Weekly reminds us of some of the Sweetest Shipper Moments of 2014. Agree or Disagree? Let us know!

*Please note that we have no idea how long downpricing or sales will last, so grab these deals while you can.

Fri
Dec 12 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Unusual Historical Heroes from Vikings, Outlander, Marco Polo, and More!

Clive Standen in VikingsYou guys know we love a good unusual historical—we could have a duke any day, but a viking? Or a Highlander? What about a late-Victorian era detective, or a few gangsters from post-WWI England? Yeah, that's the stuff of dreams! While we offer you monthly books set in unusual venues with our Not-Your-Usual Historicals Shopping List, we decided to take it to the screen and present our favorite beefcake who portray men from all sorts of times and places—even if they aren't always hero material.

[It's like time travel without a TARDIS...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Macomber and MacLean Deal Alerts, Outlander Jewelry, and More

It's Tea Time 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.

—Searching for your next holiday read? Heads-up that it looks like Debbie Macomber's The Christmas Basket is currently marked down to $1.99 at e-tailers such as iBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google.* (Find out why blogger Janga loves Macomber's books here.)

—And in more deal news, Julianne MacLean's Pembroke Palace #4, Married by Midnight, is currently free at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. (Get the scoop on Julianne MacLean, including guest posts from the author herself (!!) here at H&H.)

Outlander fans looking for a piece of the show to take home may be interested to learn that the series' official store is selling a replica of Claire's wedding ring, among other goodies. (For more Outlander content at H&H, including episode recaps and book discussions, visit our Outlander Collection.)

—The Insurgent (sequel to Divergent) movie trailer is here and previews some Four/Tris sexytimes:

—Chloe Neill's Lucky Break, a Chicagoland Vampire series novella, is $1.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble (looks like this is the normal price, as it's a novella, but we figure it's of interest to Chicagoland fans.)

[More romance news this way...]

Thu
Dec 11 2014 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Golden Globes and Kisses

It's Tea Time 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.

—Golden Globe nominations were announced today. Among the surprise nods? Jane the Virgin for Best Comedy, and JtV star Gina Rodriguez for Best Actress in a Comedy! We're not saying, we're just saying...if you're not watching this show, you're missing out.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Miles Teller for "Kisses" by The New York Times MagazineThe New York Times Magazine has produced 9 videos featuring “this year's best actors pair[ed] up in a series of intimate encounters.” Basically, they're inviting us to be voyeurs and watch 9 hot kisses. Obviously, we are in! Which one's your favorite? (This lady's is the Gugu Mbatha-Raw/Miles Teller matchup.)

Thu
Dec 11 2014 2:45pm

Team H&H Ask Us (Almost) Anything: The Last Hour of Gann Recommendations

The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee SmithWe're opening up a brand-new feature where we give you the opportunity to ask us (almost) anything. Can't think of “that one book”? Looking for recommendations? Want to hear our thoughts on the latest OMG moment of a TV show? Whatever your question, we're here for you!

To submit a question, drop us a line here in the comments or via e-mail. We will publish your question along with our answer on the site, so if you're sending an e-mail ask, please let us know if it's OK to use your username or if you'd like to remain anonymous.

You asked...

Late last week, we had a commenter ask us for reading suggestions after reading a book that had everyone buzzing in 2013: R. Lee Smith's The Last Hour of Gann. They were looking for something with intricate worldbuilding coupled with a compelling love story.

H&H sez...

Since that book was published, we've seen some interesting trends in paranormal romance—mostly the resurfacing of fantasy romance and science fiction with romantic elements. With that in mind, here are our reading recommendations:

Add to Your TBR:

Posts About Sci-Fi and Fantasy Romance:

Agree or disagree with our picks? What books would you recommend to someone looking for something similar to Last Hour of Gann? Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Dec 10 2014 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Jennifer McQuiston, Mindy Project, and More!

It's Tea Time 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.

TIME has awarded its Person of the Year to Ebola fighters, including romance author Jennifer McQuiston, who took her dayjob experience of working at the CDC to Sierra Leone, where she worked on distributing information on how to prevent the disease.

Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano in The Mindy Project Season 3, episode 10The Mindy Project's annual Christmas episode, naturally titled “Christmas,” gifted fans with adorable Mindy/Danny moments AND some pretty great character growth, if not a major, er, question we'd halfway expected. Creator and showrunner Mindy Kaling discusses the episode with Vulture here.

—This week marks the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and there's a new book out called When Books Went to War, which details how publishers produced pocket-sized books (“the size of a smartphone”) that soldiers could carry with them. Especially popular were romance novels such as Lillian Smith's Strange Fruit, because “this book has sex scenes and a lot of them.”

—Popsugar offers the “23 Examples of Outlander's Sam Heughan Looking Very, Very Sexy.”

—Peggy Carter's a cool noir lady in a new poster for Marvel's Agent Carter, which premieres January 6.

Wed
Dec 10 2014 1:00pm

Now Win This!: Holiday Romance Sweepstakes

While you may be rushing around to complete all of your holiday shopping and get gifts for everyone else on your list, take a break to enter our merry sweepstakes for a chance to win books on your own wish list. We're giving you the chance to settle in for the season with not one, not two, but EIGHT great holiday romances from authors like Suzanne Enoch, Grace Burrowes, Lori Wilde and so many more!

Sorry, this sweepstakes has ended!

Click here to enter for a chance to win the Holiday Romance Sweepstakes!*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/holidayromancesweepstakes beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on December 10, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 12:59 pm ET on December 17, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

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Tue
Dec 9 2014 11:30pm

Sons of Anarchy Series Finale (!!!) Discussion Thread

Sons of Anarchy Season 7 banner**Spoiler Alert: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Sons of Anarchy, including the second episode in the two-part SERIES FINALE, “Papa's Goods.”

So—it's over. We've seen the last of Jax and his SOA. Jax is gone, as are so many others (sob!), and while we knew Sons of Anarchy was based on Hamlet, we weren't sure it was going to be quite as bloody (plus Hamlet didn't exactly kill Gertrude himself, so there you go).

Were you surprised by how the show went out? 

Did everyone get what they deserved?

Finally, for more places to chat Sons of Anarchy at H&H, visit posts on our series finale speculation and predictions and a Season 7 retrospective.

Tue
Dec 9 2014 3:31pm

Romance News Roundup: Jeannie Lin Deal Alert, Donna Grant Spotlight, and More!

It's Tea Time 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.

—Historical romance author Liliana Lee, a.k.a. Jeannie Lin, is offering the first book of her new historical erotic series, Princess Shanyin: The Complete Obsession Saga, for free right now at multiple e-tailers. Visit her site for more information. (As always, keep in mind we have no idea how long a deal will last, so get your complimentary copy while you can.)

—Donna Grant is in our Author Spotlight in tomorrow's H&H weekly newsletter! To make sure you get all the latest romance scoop delivered right to your inbox, become an H&H community member and check “yes” for the newsletter!

Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman in The DUFF—We're here for the uber-charming Mae Whitman (Parenthood) and Robbie Amell (The Flash, Stephen Amell's cousin), if nothing else. But we gotta confess, this new trailer for The DUFF is pretty cute, not least 'cause it features Whitman's “monster voice.”

The Flash's tragic Caitlin/Ronnie is going to get...complicated tonight, if this interview with Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin) is any indication (beware of possible spoilers for the midseason finale). Might we have Oliver/Felicity-level angst to look forward to on The Flash someday?

—The Sons of Anarchy series finale is TONIGHT! Wow. Read up on our finale predictions here, peruse a Season 7 retrospective, and then weigh in with your reactions in the spoiler thread going up this evening.

——Handy H&H Links:
December New Releases Shopping List
Winter Can't-Miss List
Latest New Release Roundups: ParanormalEroticHistoricalWomen's Fiction, and New Adult