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February 11 2016

Who is the Most Prolific Romance Author You Have Ever Read?

A recent discussion at the H&H headquarters brought up prolific authors. Nora Roberts churns out at least two books a year in a career that has spanned 35 years—and even that rough estimate...
February 8 2016

Good Grammar Could Save Your Date?

According to a recent Elite Daily article, good grammar won't guarantee your date goes well, but bad grammar—or use of words like girls instead of women—might certainly derail it.  What...
January 26 2016

Too Soon?

With the snow literally still on the ground and some people not even fully dug out, it seems a little soon to be writing a romance based around Winter Storm Jonas. However, as one fellow reader...
January 14 2016

Genre-lizations: What Your Favorite Subgenre Says About You!

Everybody loves generalizations. Lol. But seriously, how much fun is it to judge someone based on just a sprinkling of information?  And sometimes it only take a single factoid to completely...
January 11 2016

What Do You Read When You’re Not Reading Romance?

Team H&H reads almost exclusively romance across the board, however, even the most die-hard romantic reads a different genre when they find themselves in a reading rut.  What do you read...
January 7 2016

Throwback Thursday: How Many Retro Romances Would You Read Today?

Avon is celebrating 75 years of romance. Yes, that's right, we've been reading Avon since 1940! However, a lot has changed in those 75 years in the lives of women and in society, at large....
January 5 2016

Do You Feel Cheated If There’s Not a Sex Scene?

Source: Source: Okay, no, we don't read romance for the sex. In fact, the sex is just one...
January 4 2016

What Ships Will You Give Up?

Source: Think of the above gif as you are Pam from The Office and your once-favorite ship is Jim. Sometimes we just have to say goodbye and...
January 2 2016

Close to Home: Can Relatable Characters Lead to a Better Life?

Our lives are filled with little voices inside our head telling us what to do—carpe diem; no, play it safe— a bird in hand is worth two in the bush; no, follow your dreams, etc. Humans are...
December 28 2015

Your Future Reads: 7 Romance Trends You’ll See in 2016

In 2016 there will be a lot of new books for you to feast your eyes on—hundreds! One of the great things about romance is seeing all the new trends and tropes and twists that pop up in the genre....
December 21 2015

Would You Like to See the Return of the Rom-Com?

The romantic comedy is our staple here at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Whether it's on screen or on the page, nothing really beats a good laugh paired with a good romance. However, recently, the...
December 18 2015

Who’s the Most Relatable Character?

Whether the heroine likes all the same things you do, or it's a secondary character that says all the same things we do, it's great to have a character we can relate to! In fact, if romances—which...
November 5 2015

Throwback Thursday: How Long Have You Been Reading Romance?

This week marks the 80th Anniversary of the Regency Romance. Since Historicals were the first romances many of us read, let's take a moment to shout out how long we've been reading romance!...
November 2 2015

What’s the Weirdest Thing You’ve Ever Looked Up?

For many people, they have an unofficial pact with their friends that should they die suddenly, said friend will clean out their house of anything they wouldn't want their family's to find...
October 28 2015

Romance News: Read 5 Chapters from Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin!

Welcome to H&H's 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. —Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark...
October 26 2015

The Whole She-Bang: Words for the Vagina in Romance

After the Dick-tionary’s explosive success—pun always intended—I’ve been asked to follow-up with a post regarding lady-parts terminology when it comes to romance writing. In...
October 26 2015

We’re Ready for a Full-Figured Superheroine!

No more, are we ready for a full-figured superheroine, we are ready! And we have one! Have you met Faith? The geek girl in all of us who joins a league of superheroes to help stop the bad
October 23 2015

To Smut or Not to Smut?

Yesterday on Twitter, we may have eavesdropped on a few conversations discussing the term “smut.” It's a term that has come back into the romance vernacular in the last few weeks...
October 21 2015

When is a Twist Too Late?

Source: Imagine this scenario: You're reading along with a book. It's a good book, it's a fine book. Then BAM there's a twist...
September 24 2015

Only Cream We Want Is for Coffee: Squick Me Out(Loud) Romance Words vs. Real-Life Usage

There are a ton of words that romance writers can get away with in print that the everyday person wouldn’t be ballsy enough to say out loud. In a normal sexual situation, I don’t think...
September 23 2015

Romance News Roundup: Small-Town Mystery Deal, Sophie Jordan Cover, and More

Welcome to H&H's 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: Nancy Naigle's small-town...
September 18 2015

Romance News Roundup: Barbara Delinsky, Shapeshifter Romance Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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. —Barbara Delinsky's novel Commitments...
September 14 2015

How Picky Are You About Genre Classification?

Recently in a post of Paranormal recommendations, Jane Kriel said “Does a romance set in a post-apocalyptic zombie world count as paranormal? Whatever. I’m not too concerned about genre...
August 17 2015

Romance News Roundup: Sherrilyn Kenyon Cover, Kristan Higgins in PW, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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. —Sherrilyn Kenyon has shared the cover...
August 11 2015

What’s the Biggest Barrier to a Happily-Ever-After?

Heroes and heroines are supposed to have a few hiccups along the way to happily ever after, otherwise we'd all be bored to tears. Sometimes it's just the stresses of every day life or an...
August 10 2015

99 Problems: Bad Habits in Romance Novels?

Last week on Twitter, Rhonda Helms posed the question of what people thought of smoking in romance. This week we're stealing the question to see what you think. In the age of the motorcycle romance,...
August 3 2015

What Do You Want to See Next?

Source: We often talk about trends in the genre at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sometimes that trend is one we see throughout: like billionaires, bikers, stepbrothers, vampires,...
July 31 2015

What’s the Big Deal?

We think August is going to be a great month for romance. With Read a Romance Month kicking off tomorrow, and the publication of NPR's Top 100 Romances—as voted on by readers and commented...
July 29 2015

What Subgenre Are You Currently Reading the Most?

Over the years, we've learned and observed that people read all over the genre. Very few people are strictly one subgenre category or another. However, we have noticed that many people go through...
July 17 2015

HEA, TSTL: What Romance Terms Do You Have to Explain?

Source: Recently we were reminded that some romance terms are just too inside baseball for the average reader. Sure, in context HEA can be figured...