<i>Stone Cold Fox</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Stone Cold Fox: Exclusive Excerpt Evangeline Anderson 'Reese will use all of his strength to protect the woman he loves…" <i>Devil's Cut</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Devil's Cut: Exclusive Excerpt J.R. Ward "Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder." There Be Dragons Here! There Be Dragons Here! Isabel Cooper, Ashlyn Chase and Sara Humphreys Excerpts from Isabel Cooper, Ashlyn Chase & Sara Humphreys <i>One True Pairing</i>: Exclusive Excerpt One True Pairing: Exclusive Excerpt Cathy Yardley "The two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality."
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July 28, 2017
Penny Reid & The Quirky Romantic Comedy
Jen Wattley
July 27, 2017
2017 RITA & Golden Heart Award Winners!
Team H & H
July 27, 2017
The Language of Praise and How We Talk About the Books We Love
Jeffe Kennedy
July 27, 2017
The Important Role Romance Plays in Our Lives
July 26, 2017
Aladdin’s Casting Isn’t One Jump Ahead—It’s Steps Behind
Mala Bhattacharjee
Jul 28 2017 9:30am

Penny Reid & The Quirky Romantic Comedy

Beard Science by Penny Reid

The romance genre contains multitudes. Truthfully, if you're in a mood or you have an idea of an idea in mind, nine times out of ten, you'll be able to find something that speaks directly to what you're looking for. Lately, I've noticed more and more romantic comedies entering the romance stage and I'm thrilled to see them carving out a particular niche for themselves. 

One author in particular I've been captivated by recently is Penny Reid. I first came to read her because of her Winston Brothers series. It's well-documented that I'm a pretty big fan of beards, so when it came to light that there were romance novels centered around bearded brothers with punny titles, I caved immediately and consumed all the books voraciously. 

There's a certain quality that Reid's work possess—I can't always name it, but it has the ability to make me cringe, make me smile, and make me laugh in equal measure. There's a charm to her rom-coms that make them wholly consumable and utterly enchanting. 

Her characters tend to be a little messy—in the best of ways. They're so real and relatable, even when they sometimes do cringeworthy things. They don't have it all together even if they think they might, and it's refreshing to see that as part of their personalities rather than situations to overcome because often times they don't. 

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Jul 28 2017 8:05am

Do You Prefer High Drama Intensity or Light and Fun Fluff?

The beautiful thin about books is that there is literally something for everyone out there. For many of us, reading is a form of escape, but what form that takes can be very different! So, when you're looking at your own reading, do you prefer high intensity reads with lots of drama and action and angst, or lighter fair that takes you away on a little cottonball of fluffy goodness? 

Tell me your preferences down in the comments!

Jul 27 2017 11:48pm

2017 RITA, Golden Heart, and Lifetime Acheivement Award Winners Announced by RWA!

Once and for All by Cheryl EtchisonRoll the Academy Awards and the Emmys into one and you have an idea of how big the RITA Awards are in the romance novel world. Every year at their national conference (this year being held in Orlando, Florida), the Romance Writers of America* recognizes excellence in romance across a variety of categories, including historical, paranormal, and contemporary. Tonight, we and our fellow RWA attendees watched with hearts in our eyes as each winner of this prestigious award was announced and gave an acceptance speech, and we know you'll be just as excited to see who was honored.

In March, we brought you a list of the nominees. Now, read on for a complete list of the 2017 RITA and Golden Heart winners, as well as the recipient of this year's Nora Roberts Lifetime Acheivement Award!

*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.

2017 RITA Winners

Best First Book

Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison (Amazon | B&N | Kobo)
Avon, Impulse
Priyanka Krishnan and Rebecca Lucash, editors

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Jul 27 2017 4:30pm

The Second Time is Sweeter: Romance News & Deals Robyn Carr, B.J. Daniels, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's contemporary romance The Newcomer is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Longtime friends and single parents Mac and Gina finally take the plunge and give in to the attraction between them. But when Mac's estranged ex comes back into town, will Gina and Mac's love be strong enough to withstand the pressure? Like single dads in romance? Check out a few more!

Deal Alert: Penny Reid's romantic comedy Beauty and the Mustache is FREE at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Having six brothers is the least of Ashley's problems when she heads back home to Tennessee and has to contend with the soulful, steadfast, and handsome local hero Drew Runous. Reid's Winston Brothers series is rom-com gold.

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels' romantic suspense novel The Cowgirl in Question is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Rourke McCall comes back home on a mission to track down a killer he tangled with in the past, but when he's reunited with Cassidy Miller, the woman he could never forget, his emerging desire makes his mission a little bit sweeter. Is love better the second time around?

Deal Alert: Jessica Linden's contemporary romance Fight For Me is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* MMA fighter Knox has to flee the city in order to save his life and runs into Natalie, a woman with the same intent. The worlds they're trying to leave behind couldn't be farther apart, but Knox and Natalie know they're stronger together. Read chapter one of this heart-racing story. 

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Jul 27 2017 2:00pm

The Language of Praise and How We Talk About the Books We Love

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We all love to gush over the books we love, right?

We have our squeeing, our fangirl meltdowns, our all-caps commentary, fights over book boyfriends, and all of that love to express.

But actual reviews are hard to write, yes? I know I have a really hard time explaining why I loved a book. I have mad respect for reviewers and book bloggers who find ways to express exactly what about a book made them stay up until the wee hours reading, or what exactly gave them the pleasure/pain of a solid book hangover.

Praising something we love takes a great deal of skill and concerted effort. I was thinking about this recently, after seeing a panel at a convention.

This panel was the brainchild of some passionate readers who wanted to talk about long-term relationships in fantasy series. I went because, hello! This is one of my favorite things. The slow-building romance and exploration of a relationship that deepens over time is totally my crack. An author who does it well gives me a series I can look forward to, along with a love story that doesn’t end with the “I love you” moment. I want my HEA as much as any romance reader, but I want to be a part of the ongoing relationship, to find out what’s out there beyond that sunset they ride off into.

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Jul 27 2017 1:00pm

The 5 Science Fiction Romance Best Bets for July 2017

Brilliant Starlight by Anna Carven

Anna Carven’s Dark Planet Warriors (book one in the series of the same name) is one of my favorite novels in scifi romance. The story of how Kordolian General Tarak meets and falls in love with Earth scientist Abbey is so well done it’s one of my frequent feelgood re-reads. Carven has just released Brilliant Starlight (Amazon), which puts Tarak and Abbey front and center again, to the great delight of this reader.

Of course any time a character says “what could possibly go wrong?”, you know a whole lot of bad stuff is about to happen. But while events conspire to send Tarak on a desperate journey to Xar, the world where he and the other First Division soldiers were created, the bond between Abbey and himself remains as unbreakable as callidum, the special material of the Kordolian weapons. I appreciated that.  I’m not a big fan of the trope where a formerly terrific relationship is broken to make a sequel possible, and then put back together. I enjoyed this lovely story of a man, a woman and their child, fighting steep odds, united against a backdrop of interstellar war and politics. Nothing can shatter the bond between Tarak and Abbey, which is as it should be. The book is smoothly and engrossingly well done.  There’s a satisfying amount of action, some steamy moments, plus a lot of angst and suspense over the dire problem afflicting Abbey. A few other loose ends from earlier in the series are tied up neatly.

Tarak, or the Big Bad as Abbey affectionately thinks of him, is an “impossible, infuriating, sweet, mystifying man” to Abbey, as well as being off the charts sexy.  He’s willing to literally destroy the entire galaxy and rebuild it if that’s what it takes to keep Abbey and their daughter Ami safe. Abbey’s the only one who can moderate his behavior with her advice and her love.

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Jul 27 2017 12:07pm

Evangeline Anderson Excerpt: Stone Cold Fox

Evangeline Anderson

Stone Cold Fox by Evangeline Anderson

Cougarville's mechanic, and resident Alpha fox, shelters a mysterious woman who ignites his protective animal instincts when evil forces try to tear them apart.

Jo Ferrell has been cast out of her home for reasons she doesn’t understand. The grey streak in her hair is gone, her body is younger, and there’s an ominous shadow chasing her. With nowhere else to go, Jo finds shelter in a shed whose owner she wants nothing to do with—but he’s too much to resist.

Reese Cooper has never felt a pull towards a woman like he does towards Jo and his Fox is desperate to claim her as their mate. After offering her a place to stay, Reese finds it difficult to resist his beautiful new roommate. But when dark magic threatens their happiness, Reese will use all of his strength to protect the woman he loves…if he’s not too late.

Get a sneak peek at Evangeline Anderson's Stone Cold Fox (available August 1, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Reese Cooper heard the soft sound of sobbing long before he got to the entrance of the ramshackle shed in his backyard. It was a low, broken sound that tugged at his heart and froze him in his tracks.

Damn . . . He clutched the brown paper bag filled with the bacon cheeseburger and fries he’d ordered from the Cougar’s Den, his friend Liam Keller’s bar, and shifted uncertainly from foot to foot. He’d wanted to eat the food there with his friends. Keller and his new mate, Samantha, and her sister Sadie and her mate Mathis had all been eating lunch. But then Fiona ShadowTree, the town’s resident pharmacist-slash-wise woman, had informed him that he had to take the food to go because there was someone crying in his back garden shed.

[Read the full Stone Cold Fox excerpt...]

Jul 27 2017 9:30am

Romance as Resistance: The Important Role Romance Plays in Our Lives

Rogue Desires Romance Anthology

Today we're thrilled to have Tamsen Parker (Rogue Desire) on Heroes and Heartbreakers in her role as an author. In an eight-book anthology, Tamsen and her fellow authors tackle politics in the way we prefer—with a side of romance. However, sometimes we all need a break, and romance is here for that too. Romance plays an important role for us all—it's how we escape, how we educate, and how we bond with fellow readers. Tamsen is here today to talk a little bit about the ways romance is here when we need it most. Thanks, Tamsen!

In the current political climate, there is a lot of distress. A lot of unhappiness, worry, anger, fear. That kind of atmosphere doesn’t sound particularly conducive to romance. But here’s the thing—there’s hope everywhere. There is love in all circumstances. Just as romantic suspense capitalizes on the heightened emotions and endorphins of being in peril, so too does political romance take advantage of people’s shared (or not shared) beliefs, common goals, and—though it’s less immediate but could be just as deadly—danger. Emotions and tempers are running high, and that is always an opportunity for romance—and romance writers.

Which is where Rogue Desire comes in. What started as a joke on Twitter became a project we were all quite passionate about and has become a fully formed reality. Eight stories of romance in uncertain times. Given the title, you can guess the political bent of the stories in the anthology—we have completely ignored the advice to keep politics out of our work. But if you follow us on social media, you likely already know we’re not subtle.

We are also unapologetic about the power and potential of romance.

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Jul 27 2017 8:09am

Do You Like Your Reading to be Edutaining?

Author Beverly Jenkins has long discussed how she wants her books to be edutaining—educational entertainment. We can learn a lot from romance—not just how to love and form relationships, but also that a reticule is a type of purse, a gambling hell isn't something out of Dante's Inferno, and a whole host of other facts that expose us to new worlds, people, and experiences. 

Do you like your reading to be edutaining? What have you learned from romance?

Tell me about it in the comments!




Jul 26 2017 4:30pm

Mind the Fangs!: Romance News & Deals from Sara Humphreys, MaryJanice Davidson, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys

Deal Alert: Sara Humphreys' paranormal romance Vampires Never Cry Wolf is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Vampire Sadie Pemberton believes werewolves have no place in New York's supernatural politics. The last thing werewolf Killian Bane wants is to end up on a mission in New York playing nice with vampires, but when he meets Sadie he can't help but turn on his wolfish charm.

Deal Alert: Tiffany Allee's paranormal romance Don't Bite the Bridesmaid is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Alice needs a date for her sister's wedding in order to make her ex-fiancé jealous, so she decides to recruit her sexy neighbor Noah as her fake date. Alice is in for quite the surprise once it comes to light that Noah is vampire. Take a bite out of this funny paranormal romance!

Deal Alert: Laurell K. Hamilton, Rebecca York, MaryJanice Davidson, and Eileen Wilks' paranormal romance anthology Cravings is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Enjoy four short stories about the mystical and the undead including “Blood Upon My Lips” from Hamilton's Anita Blake series, and “Dead Girls Don't Dance” from Davidson's Queen Betsy series.

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Jul 26 2017 2:30pm

Aladdin’s Casting Isn’t One Jump Ahead—It’s Steps Behind

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Earlier this month, Disney announced the cast of their upcoming live-action Aladdin: Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, with previously announced Will Smith as Genie. We need a lamp and a genie of our own to wish this travesty away.  

When I was a kid, the only Barbies I had were the Hawaiian one and the random Asian one that came wearing leopard print and had some sort of sidekick animal. Because those were the Barbies that looked the most like me. Keychains with my name on it...? Forget about it. As for movies...? Well, my parents took me to Octopussy and Gandhi because they took place in India. Yes, reader, that was the option available to me. Enter 1992’s Aladdin. Enter 1998’s Mulan. Two films with strong women, strong people of color and strong love stories. Made exclusively for kids! Sure, they weren’t Indian stories—and both are stacked to the gills with painful racial and religious stereotypes—but for me at the time they were close enough. 

It was revelatory. Sure, you could argue that we had the Jungle Book, but one brown kid and a bunch of talking animals does not necessarily make for an optimal “I see myself” experience. Especially if, like me, you’re allergic to cats. (Keep that paw away from me, Bagheera.) So, seeing Aladdin and Jasmine and Mulan up there...dancing and singing just like any other Disney heroes and heroines...for many, many, young people of color, it was a life-changing, life-affirming experience. We get adventures. We get kickass soundtracks. We get love stories.

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Jul 26 2017 1:30pm

August 2017 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 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!

Authors: Have we missed your release before? Drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com with your title, full name, release date, and series name (if you have one) for your upcoming September 2017 release!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:

August 1-7 |  August 8-14 August 15-21August 22-28  | August 29-31

Week of August 1 through August 7

[August new releases ahead!]

Jul 26 2017 12:04pm

J. R. Ward Excerpt: Devil’s Cut

J.R. Ward

Devil's Cut by J. R. Ward

At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.

Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder.

Get a sneak peek at J. R. Ward's Devil's Cut (available August 1, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Washington County Jail, Downtown Charlemont

Moonlight entered the jail cell through a barred window, the shaft of creamy light getting sliced into five sections before it tripped on the lip of a stainless—steel sink and fell in a sprawl to the concrete floor. Outside, the night was humid, which accounted for the murky quality of the illumination. Inside the cell, it was no—season—whatsoever, the walls and floor and heavy solid door painted in shades of incarceration gray, the air stale and smelling of metal and disinfectant.

Edward Bradford Baldwine sat all the way back on the bunk, the more mangled of his two legs cocked at the strange angle that provided a modicum of relief, the thin mattress offering little to no padding under the bones of his withered lower body.

[Read the full Devil's Cut excerpt...]

Jul 26 2017 9:30am

7 New Adult Romance Best Bets for July 2017

July’s New Adult Reads push the frontiers of romance. Get ready to fill up your e-reader with stories that challenge your normal reads. 

Because of Lila by Abbi Glines (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) continues her spin off series that brings you back to her southern charmed filled romances. Lila Kate Carter is the daughter of Harper and Grant and by all appearances is a proper, ice-cold pretentious Rosemary Beach dweller. However, Cruz Kerrington and Eli Hardy are about to rock and shake up her world. She’s ready to change it all, but with who?

Trust by Kylie Scott (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is a standalone novel that is compelling and realistic with a plot line that will leave you breathless. Kylie Scott has created dimensional characters that are witty and hilarious banter. Don’t believe, check out her incredible trailer!

Give Me Hell by Kate McCarthy (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is a friends-to-lovers to sometimes frenemies story, that will have you loling. Set in Australia, you’re back with Mac and the crew as they navigate their new-found stardom. No worries this is a stand-alone and gives new insights to the crew. However, the push and pull between Mac and Jake is front and center. This takes you back to their beginning and sets the stage for an epic rocker romance.

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Jul 26 2017 8:02am

Can You Read Outside?

Girl reading outside

Whether it's hot or cold where you are, sometimes the great outdoors calls to us... to read outside! However, that sometimes can lead to a few complications—if you're on the beach, there's all that sand; if you're in the park, there are a lot of people and distractions to contend with; and if you're just on your porch, sometimes there's the struggle to get the right amount of light on your page. 

With all that being said, reading outside can be just the treat!

Can you read outside? Do you like to? What's your favorite outdoor spot to read?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Jul 25 2017 4:30pm

Dream a Little Dream: Romance News & Deals from Alyssa Cole, Sylvain Reynard, and More

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole

Deal Alert: Alyssa Cole's American historical novella Let Us Dream is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Originally published in the Daughters of a Nation anthology, this novella is set in a Harlem cabaret in 1917. With women's voting rights on the ballot for the upcoming election, Bertha decides to use her considerable skills to push the men of New York City towards voting yes. Amir Chowdhury comes to New York looking for the American Dream, only to find it's not all he hoped—though his boss Bertha is appealing in a way he can't ignore. 

Deal Alert: Sylvain Reynard's paranormal romance Gabriel's Inferno is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Dedicated scholar and uninhibited playboy are all rolled into one package with Professor Gabriel Emerson. Grad student Julia can't resist him even though she should, because Gabriel may be a little too broken to love...

Deal Alert: Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully's contemporary romance Breathless in Love is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* The first book in the Maverick Billionaires series introduces Will Franconi, a self-made man from the wrong side of town who keeps his heart well and truly guarded until a simple letter throws him into the path of Harper Newman. There's something tantalizing about billionaire heroes.

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Jul 25 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Tara Thomas, Madhuri Pavamani, and Alexis Daria

Team H&H has three great covers for you today from authors Tara Thomas, Madhuri Pavamani, and Alexis Daria. Read what's to come in the second novel of Thomas' Sons of Broad series, Pavamani's final book of her Keepers series, and the first book in a duology from Golden Heart nominee Alexis Daria. 

Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas

Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas

In this next novel in the stunning romantic suspense Sons of Broad series from Tara Thomas comes a novel of deadly games and uninhibited passion. In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a ruthless serial killer is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…

Exclusive bonus material ONLY available in print edition!

Knox Benedict is known as the Saint. He’s the upstanding son of the Benedict family, the moral backbone, the one who sets his entire life by the world of rules and constraints he’s created for himself. But Knox Benedict has a secret. A secret that has unleashed the intense passion, the fierce hunger that lives deep within him. A secret he’d live and die for. But a deadly enemy of the Benedict’s is about to take Knox’s hidden life and fling it out into the open…and in the process, begin a dangerous game.

Bea was never supposed to be Knox Benedict’s wife. They were rivals, locked in a dead heat on opposite sides of a negotiation table, supposed to fight tooth and nail. Instead, she took one look at those smoldering Benedict eyes and knew there would be no loving anyone else. But when Bea’s investigation into Benedict industries leads to an attack that leaves her for dead, Bea knows she has to follow through with what she’s started – just as Knox knows he must keep his secret wife safe, even if it means sacrificing everything he knows.

As an enemy strikes closer and closer to Bea with every waking day, Bea and Knox must race to uncover the truth, before it’s too late.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas, available March 27, 2018:

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Jul 25 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Cathy Yardley’s One True Pairing (July 25, 2017)

One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley

Cathy Yardley
One True Pairing (Fandom Hearts #2)
Swerve / July 25, 2017 / $3.99 digital

One True Pairing is set at the beginning of a fan convention. Our hero, Jake, is one of the stars of the show, although he doesn't get as much hype as his costars. Our heroine, Hailey, is a girl who is tough as nails, a pocket rocket who is doing her best to not get bowled over by the movie star, and holding her own.In fact she knocks him on his ass, really. She's described as a “gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista” - and she's also a casino dealer, so we've got a lot going on. They decide to stage a fake relationship in a symbiotic deal, and of course nothing goes as planned.

I really liked that Jake was a super star who was not only happy with, but wanted “just enough.” He wasn't a “more more more” grasping type. He's doing quite well in his field, and refuses to let work consume him. It was unexpectedly refreshing, and just really nice. He's your normal—not normal—but really normal hero. Basically, he's abnormal because he's well adjusted, and it's delightful. 

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Jul 25 2017 12:05pm

Sample These Dragon Hearts from Isabel Cooper, Ashlyn Chase & Sara Humphreys

Isabel Cooper, Ashlyn Chase and Sara Humphreys

We love paranormal romance, and if you need more dragons in your life, then these books are for you! Isabel Cooper's Cathal needs the help of a powerful alchemist to save his clan in Highland Dragon Warrior, but the sparks between them aren't just of the magical variety. Jump back to the present with a firefighting phoenix shifter Jayce as he helps his fellow firefighter—and dragon shifter—Kristine out of a heated situation in Ashlyn Chase's Never Dare a Dragon. Then Sara Humphreys gives us a cursed dragon in Undiscovered, and his salvation may just come in the form of a tempting private investigator. 

Read the first chapter below from each of these dragon romances, and if that isn't enough, continue reading even more because in addition to the first chapter on Heroes and Heartbreakers, there's a link to an extended sample from each of the books, so you'll be able to dive in even further to these delicious reads. 

[Read the excerpts...]

Jul 25 2017 11:00am

Ilona Andrews on Writing Together, Kate and Curran’s Finale, and Hidden Legacy!

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is well known as a “master of fantasy” and with the recent conclusion of their Hidden Legacy series, they've proved it once more. However for this husband and wife team—made up of Ilona and Gordon Andrews—writing together is never a dull moment. We were lucky to sit down with both of them and talk about the joys and challenges of co-writing, what inspired Nevada and Rogan of the Hidden Legacy series, power couple Kate and Curran, and so much more. 

What is your favorite part of co-writing?

We get to hang out together all day, doing what we like and we make a decent living from it.  Our commute is short and the dress code is ridiculously lax. Occasionally, we get travel and dress up like grown adults.

What is the most challenging aspect of co-writing?

Compromise, admitting that the other person’s idea or plot point is better for the book than yours. We’ve only ever had one serious disagreement about something in the books, it was the death of a prominent character.  It was hard but it needed to be done to move the story forward. Also, having to get dressed up and leave the house.

Is there anything about your process that might surprise readers?

Maybe that we plot in the car on long trips or while drinking beer in the pool? We can, if we really need to, write a complete book in less than ninety days.  Normally we have more time but we’ve done it before and we’re doing it right now. 

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