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Thu
Aug 27 2015 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: J.A. Rock’s The Subs Club Series

Today we're thrilled to reveal The Subs Club series by J.A. Rock with four great covers for The Subs Club, Pain Slut, Manties in a Twist, and 24/7. The series kicks off in December with The Subs Club, learn more about each book, and the series, below.

The Subs Club series: 

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

[Learn more about the series and check out the amazing covers...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 11:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of August 2015

Covert Evidence by Rachel Grant

Each 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 August 2015 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Dolly Sickles:

Covert Evidence by Rachel GrantRachel Grant is my new measuring stick for romantic suspense. Her heroes and heroines are incredibly well-matched in intelligence, honor, quirkiness, vulnerabilities, and character. It’s so refreshing to have that level playing field. Her training as a scientist (archaeologist) is evident throughout her plots, and the scientific details peppered throughout makes the stories so smart. Covert Evidence is the fifth book in her Evidence series, but (thankfully) the characters from past Evidence books aren’t woven throughout this newest installation. We’re big travelers at my house, so I enjoyed living vicariously through Cressida and Ian’s adventure through Eastern Turkey.

[Add these August picks to your TBR list...]

Thu
Aug 20 2015 2:00pm

Announcing the Heroes and Heartbreakers Redesign!

H&H under constructionWe have a very exciting announcement—Heroes and Heartbreakers is getting a makeover! We here at H&H HQ have been proud to be a part of the romance community since 2011, and we're not going anywhere. After almost five years, however, we think it's high time the site was treated to some TLC in the form of an updated look and feel, plus better features for YOU, our users! We hope you'll agree.

Why redesign the site?
As much as we love the site the way it is now, we're planning to make it even easier for you to find exactly what you're looking for (like quick access to the latest shopping list!), discuss your favorite topics with fellow readers, and generally get your daily romance fix, whether you're on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. 

When will the new site launch?
This announcement is very early days, as the new site won't launch until late this year or spring 2016, but we wanted to let you know what's in the works!

Will old blog posts and comments disappear?
No. We will be migrating all our content over to the new site, including blog posts, user profiles, and comments. All of H&H’s existing content will be searchable and available on the new site.

What’s next? 
Our main priority today is to let you know a redesign is on the horizon. We will be keeping you updated about timing and changes throughout this process, so expect more information in the coming days, weeks, and months as we get it. Your feedback is ALWAYS welcome, so feel free to chime in.

If you have specific questions, Team H&H is happy to answer as best as we can; send your questions, concerns, and/or hopes for the future to info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

XOXO,
Heather, Jenn, Teddy, and Jarondakie
Team H&H

Thu
Aug 20 2015 12:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Marie Sexton, Helenkay Dimon, and Christine D’Abo

Today we are thrilled to reveal the covers for Love for the Holidays: A Charity Bundle Benefiting the GLBT National Help Center by Marie Sexton, HelenKay Dimon, and Christine D'Abo. We have four covers from Riptide Publishing and we're absolutely thrilled to boost the signal of these holiday romances—especially when 20% of proceeds will be going to a charity. Get in holiday spirits and learn more about Rebound Remedy by Christine D'Abo, Stranded by HelenKay Dimon, and Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton. 

A Note from Riptide:
Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of all proceeds from this year's collection will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

[Learn more about the book and check out the amazing covers...]

Wed
Aug 19 2015 12:00pm

September 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

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

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
September 1-7 | September 8-14 | September 15-21 | September 22-30

Heroes and Heartbreakers September 2015 Shopping List!
 
Week of September 1 through September 7

[Check out the complete list!...]

Thu
Aug 13 2015 2:50pm

Cover Alert + Excerpt: Christina Lauren’s Wicked Sexy Liar

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren really have the market cornered on hot guys in suits on their covers, and this one is no different! We've been obsessed with their Wild Seasons series and Beautiful series, and the crossover magic continues in their next Wild Season book, Wicked Sexy Liar.

According to the cover reveal on Hypable.com:

Wicked Sexy Liar is the story of surfer-girl London who falls for the charms of an on-again, off-again player Luke. The twist is, London later discovers that he’s the ex of one of the girls in her circle.

Luke, as Christina Lauren fans may remember, is the guy that broke Mia’s heart. And London lives with Mia’s best friend, Lola. So we’re eager to see how a romance between London and Luke could ever work out!

Our TBR piles are already tipping over with Christina Lauren goodness (Dark Wild Night is so close to being in our hands!). Get a taste of Wicked Sexy Liar at Hypable with an excerpt from the book, here.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren, available February 2, 2015:

Buy at Amazon

Buy at B&N

Buy at iTunes

Buy at IndieBound

 

 


 

Wed
Aug 12 2015 1:00pm

Now Win This!: A Thrill for the Ears Sweepstakes

If you love to read romantic suspense that sends your heart pounding with plot twists and bursting with romantic interludes, then these four books are for you. The writers are serving up determined heroes who would do anything to see that no harm comes to their leading ladies—but even protectors need protecting, sometimes. 

Summer is heating up and it's time to put down the paperback and give your fingers and eyes a break. 

This sweepstakes has ended
Check out our Sweepstakes page for more chances to win!

Click here to enter for a chance to win these four audiobooks: Fatal Mistake by Marie Force, Consumed by Fire by Anne Stuart, Chasing Claire by Paula Marinaro, and Kade's Turn by Tiffany Snow.

 

*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 http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/athrillfortheearssweeps beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on August 12, 2015. Sweepstakes ends at 12:59 pm ET on August 26, 2015. 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.

[Learn more about the audiobooks here...]

Wed
Aug 12 2015 9:30am

H&H Quickies #11: Rebecca Zanetti—Prompt Me!

Prompts are now closed! Please check back soon for the Quickie scene YOU inspired!

Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti

If you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Kerrigan ByrneLora LeighValerie BowmanCharlotte Stein, and more (see all the Quickies, here), we are pleased to announce today that Rebecca Zanetti will be the eleventh author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Rebecca Zanetti with a romantic suspense or paranormal romance angle. Once the prompting period is over next week, Rebecca will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Rebecca used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until August 21 at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (helmet), a setting (Dublin!), a situation (a clubhouse party!), a description (tall, dark, and handsome!)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be romantic suspense or paranormal romance theme. 

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on September 4 for an original scene from Rebecca Zanetti based on your suggestions!

Psst... if you're a newsletter subscriber, you'll get to see the full scene a few days early! Not on the list? Here are three more reasons to join in on the fun. To sign up, register to become an H&H community member here and check “YES” to receive the newsletter. Or, if you're already an H&H member and want to start getting the newlsetter, go into into your profile, click on the red button with the heart that says “Click here to subscribe for the H&H Newsletter,” and voilà! If you have any trouble signing up, always feel free to contact us for troubleshooting.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

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Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Tue
Aug 11 2015 3:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Audra North, Maggie McGinnis, and Donna Alward

Today we are thrilled to reveal the covers from Audra North, Donna Alward, and Maggie McGinnis. Christmas comes early in Romancelandia and today is no different with two cover reveals. Head to Echo Lake for the holidays in Snowflake Wishes by Maggie McGinnis, then stay for Christmas at Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward. Then join Hart Racing Team in Audra North's Shifting Gears.

[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers...]

Thu
Aug 6 2015 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Mandy Baxter, Jackie Ashenden, and Kimberly Raye

Today we are thrilled to reveal the covers from Mandy Baxter, Jackie Ashenden, and Kimberly Raye. First up, Jackie Ashenden brings her signature heat to a taboo love story in Kidnapped by the Billionaire. Then grab your spurs because we have two Texan romances for you to devour. If you loved Mandy Baxter's Billionaire's Club: Texas novellas in e-book, get ready to get them all in paper with the bind-up of three great Texan billionaire romances (plus a new bonus story) in Tall, Dark, Billionaire Texan. Then chill out from the Texas heat with Kimberly Raye's Red-Hot Texas Nights!

[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers...]

Thu
Aug 6 2015 12:00pm

Now Win This!: RWA 2015 Prize Pack

This sweepstakes has ended! 
Check out our Sweepstakes page for more chances to win!

Enter for a chance to win the RWA 2015 Prize Pack!*

 

This past RWA was a momentous one as it celebrated the organizations 35th Anniversary. Team H&H was thrilled to be there for all the panels, shenanigans, parties, and award ceremonies, but we know not everyone could there, too. For those who couldn't be there we're offering up some of the goodies we picked up—including TWELVE amazing books from award-winners, bestsellers, and must-read authors. One lucky winner will have a book a month to read—just enough to bide your time between conference, yes?

This sweepstakes has ended! 
Check out our Sweepstakes page for more chances to win!

Click here to enter for a chance to win the RWA15 Prize Pack.*

 

*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 http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com /rwaprizepacksweepstakes beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on August 6, 2015. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 am ET on August 20, 2015. 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.

[Learn more about the books up for offer....]

Tue
Aug 4 2015 5:30pm

Kit Rocha’s Super Secret Project: Introducing Joelle Knox’s Anything But Broken + Cover Reveal!

Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox

In a special announcement to their newsletter subscribers, Kit Rocha fans learned that their super secret project was no longer super secret and it had a name: Joelle Knox!

The writing team behind Kit Rocha (and Moira Rogers, as a fun fact), Donna Herron and Bree Bridges are known for their hot sex scenes, dirty talk, orgies, and kick-ass action sequences. We're all O'Kanes for life, but this new series has already separated itself from the pack...or the gang, if you will. Here's what they had to say:

It's contemporary. It's still sexy, but it's not quite O'Kane level dirty...and the conflict is a lot more rip-your-heart-out internal.  Writing it was a joy and we are so excited to share it with you.

Here's more about the book from Joelle Knox's site:

Anything but Broken is the first in a trilogy of new adult romances featuring the hottest young race car drivers in Hurricane Creek, Georgia. Their personal lives may skid out of control from time to time, but when they climb behind the wheel, they always get it done.

Pre-orders will be available a week before release! If you’d like an email when Anything but Broken becomes available, sign up for the release day announcement list.

This news has us as excited as the first time we picked up Beyond Shame, and seeing Rocha as Knox take on the high impact world of race car driving has our hearts racing as fast as Dale Earnheardt Jr. in the Indy 500!

Anything but Broken will be available August 25, 2015.

See all three covers for the other two planned books in the series at Joelle Knox's website, coming in 2016.

Tue
Aug 4 2015 3:00pm

The Dark-Hunter Series Welcomes Dragonbane!

Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonbane is out today, and we'd like to welcome the newest member of the group to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Collection. Dragonbane is the nineteenth title in Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. Here to introduce the book is Monique Patterson, Sherrilyn's editor. Thanks, Monique!

You, dear reader are in for a treat. Dragonbane is here and I couldn’t be more excited for you. I’m thrilled every time a new Dark-Hunter novel hits my desk, but Sherrilyn always finds a way to knock me off my seat in a whole new way every single time. She did it once again with Dragonbane. You’ll get no spoilers here—just the promise of one of the most thrilling and satisfying rides you’ve experienced yet.

Learn more about Dragonbane

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.

An antisocial dragon confronted by a suddenly-returned wife? Count us in!

[We welcome Dragonbane...]

Tue
Aug 4 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals for Nicole Michaels, L.A. Witt, Jane Ashford, and Fall of Poppies Antholgy

Today we are thrilled to reveal the covers from Jane AshfordNicole Michaels, Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, Marci Jefferson, and L.A. Witt. First up, an arranged marriage could become a love match in Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford. Then second chances are the order of the day. Career goals got in the way of a happily-ever-after for these sweethearts, but now they're ready to make love the priority in Draw Me Close by Nicole Michaels. A rocker walked away from his bandmates 18 months ago, but he now has a second chance with the band, with one condition: no hooking up. We have a feeling that rule will get broken pretty quickly in L.A. Witt's Running with Scissors. A collection of short stories tell the tales of love and The Great War in Fall of Poppies by Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, and Marci Jefferson.

[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers...]

Tue
Aug 4 2015 11:42am

Downton Abbey Season (Series) 6 Gets U.S. Premiere Date!

Matthew Goode and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey

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

We've known Season (Series) 6 of Downton Abbey would be the last (**sob**), but now we have a date to add to our countdown to the final season. January 3, 2016 will see the U.S. premiere of Downton Abbey on PBS—a pretty great way to kick off the new year, yes?

In the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend, PBS announced the date for the final season. Hugh Bonneville (a.k.a. Lord Grantham) revealed the cast had originally thought the show would end after Season 5, but that writer Julian Fellowes said he felt that things hadn't “landed” appropriately at the finale and another nine episodes were needed to finish out the story. We'll never say no to more Downton, so we're happy that was the decision made!

[Plus, what the cast will miss most...]

Mon
Aug 3 2015 11:00am

Exclusive Cover Reveal for Jessica Fellowes’ Downton Abbey A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons!

Today we are thrilled to reveal the cover for Jessica Fellowes' Downton Abbey - A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons with a forward by creator Julian Fellowes. We're sad to see the final season air this year (in the UK), but we suppose this companion guide will be good way to soothe our wounds. 

[Learn more about the book and check out the amazing cover...]