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Fri
Jun 23 2017 1:00pm

5 Reasons You Should Listen to Audiobooks

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Audiobooks aren’t new, and certainly with the popularity of apps like Overdrive and Audible, there is more accessibility than ever. Recently I have become obsessed with audiobooks, in no small part because my workload leaves my brain nothing but sludge at the end of the day. If you haven’t listened to a book in a while, this summer is the perfect time to get into the habit. You won’t regret it! Make no mistake however; a terrible narrator or terrible source material can turn you off, but it’s worth the risk and here’s why:

1. It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your favorite reads.

Many moons ago when I discovered The Black Dagger Brotherhood book series, I also discovered Jim Frangione’s voice in the audiobooks, and the same goes for Kimberly Alexis, who has been the voice for most of the Anita Blake series audiobooks. The perfect synergy of voice and source material can take your imagination to another level, just when you think you know the story by heart.

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Wed
Jun 14 2017 2:30pm

16 Audiobook Narrators You’ll Have a Crush on by the End of this Post

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I have such a crush on…your voice.

I was brand new to audiobooks in 2012. At the time I was a high school English teacher driving an hour back and forth to grad school one night a week, and I wanted something more than the radio. A colleague had just finished listening to Maggie Stiefvater’s Scorpio Races and said it was one of the best audiobooks he’d ever listened to, so I gave it a shot.

The narrators are Fiona Hardingham as Puck and Steve West as Sean. The story itself is fantastic, but read by these two performers it was utterly magical. Also, something interesting happened. I kind of fell hard for Steve West—‘s voice. I even blogged about it on my short-lived YA blog, ending my review with the wish that I could have Steve West narrate my inner monologue. And he responded to my blog post. And yes I’m still squeeing about years later because yes I still crush on his voice and his audio performances. In fact, I’m currently listening to Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer, narrated by—of course—Steve West.

It wasn't until Steve West commented on my Facebook that I learned audiobooks are more than just having books read to you. Beyond earning some bragging rights, I learned it’s a full-on performance. Single actors can sometimes taking on various roles with such distinguishably different voices that it often astounds me it’s the same person the whole way through. And when you click with the right narrator, it is a transformative experience.

For those of you still on the fence about whether or not to try an audiobook, I’m going to share a list of my narrator crushes with you and the books they performed (with audio samples!) that hooked me. Because now I seek out my favorite narrators as much as I do my favorite authors. For any of you who already adore audiobooks as much as I do, please share your voice crushes in the comments so we can bring more readers over to the audio side. Also, it’s important to note there are so many different ways to listen to audiobooks: CDs, audiobook subscriptions, your public library’s digital collection, etc.

And now for the list! While I read both YA and adult, all books I’m sharing are chock full of what we come to Heroes and Heartbreakers for—ROMANCE!

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Thu
Jun 8 2017 3:30pm

Travel the World with J.P. Monninger’s The Map That Leads to You Interactive Audiobook!

The Map that Leads to You by J.P. Monninger

June is Audiobook Month and if you #loveaudiobooks, we've got a special interactive audibook treat for you from author J.P. Monninger's The Map That Leads to You.

Through the power of interactive listening, you'll get to take the journey along with the characters—through love and loss and what happens to best-laid plans. 

Don't forget to check out the full desktop version of the map as well!

Learn more about The Map That Leads to You

Heather Mulgrew’s world is already mapped out: she is going to travel abroad with her friends after college, come back to a great career in September, and head into a life where not much is left to chance. But that was before an encounter on an overnight train introduces her to Jack, a passionate adventurer who changes the course of her journey and her life.

Throwing Heather's careful itinerary to the wind, they follow Jack's grandfather's journal through post-World War II era Europe: Vienna, Budapest, Turkey—exotic places that serve only to heighten their feelings. As September looms, Jack urges Heather to stay with him, to keep traveling, to give in to the romance of their experience; Heather convinces him to return to the United States.

Jack has a secret that could change everything. And Heather’s world is about to be shaken to the core.

[On to the map!]

Mon
Jun 5 2017 4:30pm

Wrangled for Romance: Romance News & Deals from Delores Fossen, Julie Ann Walker, 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

Those Texas Nights by Delores Fossen

Deal Alert: Delores Fossen's contemporary romance Those Texas Nights is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Sophie has had a streak of bad luck, losing her business and getting left at the altar all in one day. Desperate for a win, Sophie tries to tempt Wrangler Creek's smoking-hot police chief, Clay, into a fake relationship, but he won't budge...until Sophie's former fiancé shows up in town married to Clay's kid sister. There's something undeniable about a cowboy romance...

Deal Alert: Julie Ann Walker's romantic suspense novel Wild Ride is $1.99 at iBooks |  Amazon | etc.* Investigative reporter Samantha is tasked with uncovering all the secrets of the MC Black Knight Inc, while Ozzie is tasked with making sure she doesn't get herself or BKI in too deep. “How Samantha follows her journalistic instincts, how Ozzie protects her and BKI, is a fast-paced, fascinating story.”

Deal Alert: Elise Marion's historical romance Chained is FREE at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Two houses once embroiled in a bloody feud find themselves at war once again after 30 years of peace when Sir Caden Maignar is captured, wrongfully accused of kidnapping, and chained in the bedroom of Lady Gwendolyn Toustain. Caden is infuriated by Gwendolyn, but more than that, everything about her drives him to distraction. Caden and Gwendolyn take enemies-to-lovers to a whole new level.

[+Audie winners...]

Tue
May 9 2017 2:30pm

Sharing is Caring—Especially in a Group-Listen of Christina Lauren’s Wicked Sexy Liar

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren’s Wicked Sexy Liar took my audiobook virginity in a crazy threesome last year and my reading life has never been the same . . .

Before my audiobook threesome, I’d been completely against audiobooks. I’d sworn that listening to a book instead of reading was dishonest and downright cheating. I never believed that I’d be completely spent after one weekend with a new book boyfriend, even after I’d shared him with two other women who’d swooned right along with me.  

My friends and I had been on the road for two hours already, and we’d exhausted all the car games we knew, listened (and sung at the top of our lungs) to as much old school music we’d been able to tolerate and we’d still had at least three hours before we’d reached our destination – the Spring Fling writer’s conference. Chicago North Romance Writers hosted the conference and Cristina and Lauren were one of the keynote speakers. After some debate, we’d agreed to listen to Wicked Sexy Liar using the car stereo. 

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Thu
Apr 6 2017 12:00pm

An Audiobook Virgin Listens to Her First Audiobook—May McGoldrick’s Scottish Relic Series!

Much Ado About Highlanders May McGoldrick

I am an audiobook virgin. It’s not that I don’t like audiobooks—I’ve just never tried one. I know, I know, where have you been for the last decade. Happily devouring books with my eyes, that’s where. But I really wanted to dig into this story, and a few of my friends are fanatical audio book converts, so I decided to give it a shot and picked up May McGoldrick’s Scottish Relic trilogy.Historical, highlander pirate brothers, and a touch of magic? It’s like they wrote it just for me. 

Like any virgin experience, it wasn’t all candlelight and roses. The first hurdle I bumped into was that I kept getting visually distracted. Because I wasn’t focused on a page in front of my face, blocking out my view, I had to replay the first chapter a couple times to get into it. It helped that the first book in this series throws you straight into the action. Once I reprogrammed myself to see with my ears, I got sucked in. Before I knew it, I was in chapter six.

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Wed
Jun 29 2016 4:33pm

Iconic Connie Brockway Deal & Darynda Jones Interview: Romance News

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

As You Desire by Connie Brockway

Deal Alert: Connie Brockway's iconic As You Desire is $.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Cheryl Sneed broke down the unforgettable “You Are My Egypt” scene—it'll make you soon all over again. 

 —Deal Alert: Kira Ward and Aubrey Sage's Fury had us at “Secret Baby Romance meets Fast and the Furious.” If that grabs you just as much, you can pick it up at online stores like Amazon for $.99!* Brittany Melson talked about her love of the secret baby trope, while Willaful talked about the presence (or lack thereof) of birth control, and what that could mean for a couple's story. 

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Nothing excites us more than to have Darynda Jones's latest Charley Davidson novel on our TBR pile. If audiobooks are your particular poison, then you'll have to look forward to a special treat as Darynda sits down with her narrator, Lorelei King, and talk about Charley and crew. We have the first five minutes for you here below, and you can hear the full interview in the audiobook version of the book. 

If you thought Popular went off the air too soon, or are currently a fan of Arrow, then your worlds are about to collide. Carly Pope (the Popular alum) joins the cast of Arrow as a Star City reporter who we imagine is going to stir up trouble. 

—San Diego Comic Con is coming up in just a few weeks, and some of our favorite shows are getting panel time. Even if we can't go, we know lots of news comes out of those panels. So we'll look forward to Fall TV updates from Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, Arrow, The 100, and more!

Today on H&H

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!


Have a tip about hot romance news? Drop Heather & Jenn a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com!


Wed
Apr 27 2016 4:39pm

Disgraced Lord & Amish Romance Deals, Plus a Jim/Pam Reunion: Romance News

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

A Promise of More by Bronwen EvansDeal Alert #1: Bronwen Evans' Disgraced Lords historical, A Promise of More, is on sale in e-book for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Read a sample from A Promise of More.

—Deal Alert #2: Sarah Price's contemporary Amish romance Plain Fame, Book 1 in the Plain Fame series, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Looking for more Amish romance recommendations? Maggie Boyd shares her 10 favorite Amish romance authors and books so far.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Listen up, audiobook devotees! You can sample a clip from Alica Hunter Pace's newly released Sweet Gone South audiobook, narrated by Amy Rubinate, in the Flash player below. Two lost souls finding each other and falling in love above a candy shop? Sweet! (You can learn more or order a copy of the Sweet Gone South audiobook at Amazon.)

[Listen to a clip + Jim/Pam reunion!...]

Wed
Jul 8 2015 2:00pm

Easy Listening: The Pros of Male and Female Audiobook Narrators

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

If you don’t have time to actually read a book, many e-readers and tablets allow you to have an electronic voice read the story to you.  Although I know several people who will use this option, I can’t imagine it brings anything to the enjoyment of the story.

To really bring a book to life by audio, you need a truly talented narrator.  While there are a few authors who will use more than one narrator to tell their audiobook story, the ones I love the most present a whole cast of characters all by themselves.  Some narrators are so talented, after I finish an audiobook I find myself not just searching for my favorite authors, but my favorite narrators as well.

Among the ladies, some of the stand outs that I have enjoyed include:

Susan Ericksen who narrates for J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Tess Garritsen, Lorraine Heath and Sara Paretsky.

Lorelei King who narrates for Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, Janet Evanovich, and Debbie Macomber.

Amanda Ronconi who narrates for Molly Harper, Tate Hallaway, Donna Kaufman and E.J. Copperman.

Kirsten Potter who narrates for Dianne Duvall, Jude Deveraux, Maya Banks and Lisa Gardiner

[Husky, smoky, soft describes the narrator's voice...]

Thu
Jul 2 2015 1:30pm

Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening to Tessa Bailey’s Officer Off Limits

Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

What happens when a reader who doesn’t like audiobooks puts Audible to the test with one of her favorite authors? An eye ear-opening experience, that’s what.

Since I began blogging for H&H late last year, I’ve challenged some of my long-held beliefs about reading. I used to think re-reading was a waste of time. No longer. I will now read a series out of order. (But only if I don’t have time to read the backlist. And only if I don’t miss a lot of world-building. And... Okay, so I’m still working on that one. ) I figured it was time to give audio books another try.

I have a dear friend who raves about listening to novels and how much more reading she gets done because of the convenience of audio books. I sit in traffic for up to two hours each workday commuting to and from the office. I listen to talk radio. Audio books should be in my wheelhouse, right? Alas, the previous times I tried listening to books I found myself getting easily distracted and losing my place. So, I thought I should try an author I knew would hold my attention, particularly with her steamy sex scenes. Would hearing someone else read graphic sex scenes in an audio book make me uncomfortable? (I’m from New England and have weirdly held onto some ancient prudish beliefs from the Pilgrims, I think.) Time to find out. Enter Tessa Bailey.

[Listen to Tessa Bailey's Officer Off Limits audiobook...]

Tue
Jun 30 2015 11:00am

10 Women’s Fiction Audiobooks You Should Listen To

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

Have you heard? June is Audiobook month so let’s send off the month by celebrating their wonder.

If you are only listening to books on long trips in the car or on the plane then you are doing yourself a disservice. They make even the unpalatable chore palatable.

In the 1990’s I took on the responsibility of ordering my grandmother’s books on tape from National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicap. I thought they were wonderful for her, but really didn’t see the benefit to me. I had much rather read than have someone read to me.

But after a couple long distance trip filled with static and radio silence I became a believer. And for years that was the only time I listened to audiobooks. I would make sure on my trips to find the local Cracker Barrel restaurant and exchange my old book for a new one as I traveled on.

I’m not sure when I discover the beauty of books and chores. Marketers for audiobooks call it multi-tasking, but for me it is called relief. Relief from the drudgery of unwelcome tasks that take me away from my favorite pastime—reading. My mother’s life would have been so much easier if audiobooks had been around when I was a sulky teenager. Her interruptions into my reading time put me in bad temper –martyrdom in fact. I think it is possible that I might have been half way pleasant if I could have washed windows and listened to a favorite book.

[More Women's Fiction audio books below...]

Wed
Dec 10 2014 5:45pm

Listening to History: Historical Romance Audiobooks to Try

The holiday season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but for me that means a lot of travelling, shopping, present wrapping and cooking. Initially this would not seem the ideal time for reading, but the secret weapon for romance reading during the Christmas period is audiobooks. I have loved audiobooks since I was a child and first listened to The Secret Garden on tape. Throughout the years I have listened to a fair few books, both romance and non-romance. To help you feed your romance reading addiction through the holiday season I invite you on a trip through the ages.

Late Medieval:

By Right of Arms by Robyn Carr

This is by far my favourite medieval romance on audiobook, partly due to Nicola Barber’s fantastic narration. Set during Prince Edward’s reign of England, it focuses on a French castle that has just been taken over by the English knight Hyatt. All that stands his is way is the young and newly widowed Aurelie who pledges to honor her late husband, although she is now being forced to marry the conquering knight. One of the reasons I loved this audiobook is the strength of Auriele’s character despite being born in a time when women were often seen as second-class citizens, regardless of rank.

I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the marriage of convenience trop and relishes watching a strong alpha fall to an equally strong heroine.

[We love a good trope...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 3:45pm

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayThis time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine, if that's what you're into, but what if your tastes are a bit more—to quote Mr. Grey—singular? So we've got a holiday gift list that is perfect for the romance fan, depending on your...singular tastes.

You Want a Real-Life Christian Grey:

Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Why? Because Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell are just as dangerously addictive and sexy as Christian Grey and Ana Steele.

J. Kenner’s Stark series. Why? Because the hero and heroine in this series are more than just their effed-up personae; Kenner delves into some real issues behind the trauma.

[Need some help putting together a holiday wish list? Let us help...]

Fri
Feb 14 2014 12:00pm

Now Win This: The H&H Birthday Bash!

We love our birthday, but we're not getting the gifts this year, we're passing them on to you! Today is our third birthday, and we're celebrating with a prize pack to ring in the occassion. See below to see all the swag we'll be giving out...

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**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C. to enter. Promotion begins February 14, 2014, at 11 am ET, and ends February 21, 2014, 10:59 am ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

[See all the swag...]

Wed
Jan 29 2014 7:15pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of January 2014

Wild Ones by Kristine WyllysEach 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 January 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):

Sahara Hoshi

My pick is going to be Kristine Wyllys's Wild Ones. I love that Bri is an uncompromising heroine and Luke is a fantastic alpha male. In addition, the world readers are introduced to is raw, gritty, and uncompromising. I look forward to future installments in the series, hopefully one featuring Bri's bff, Jax.

[The rest of the best...]

Tue
Aug 27 2013 3:00pm

Hear Me Out: The Best Audiobooks

Audiobooks? Sounds like a good idea.Perhaps this sounds familiar: As of right now, my to-be-read list is 762 books.

So how is it possible to get through more books? After thinking on it, I realized I spend a lot of time in my life doing mundane actions, like driving to work, doing the dishes, mowing the yard, folding laundry, running…and I thought why not try audio books?

Audio books turned out to be a huge win for me. Now those tasks are accompanied by an audiobook. The ironic thing, however, is that instead of whittling down that to-be-read list I have found myself picking up some of my favorite series and listening to them. No matter how many times I read a book, when someone else reads it to me…why, it is like reading it for the first time all over again!

[You could say that it feels like the very first time...]

Sat
Aug 10 2013 3:30pm

Poll: Which Hero Has the Sexiest Voice?

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa KleypasLast week Megan Frampton asked in her Morning Coffee: Which Hero Has the Sexiest Voice? You guys gave some pretty awesome answers and so we want to make it official in this week's poll: Which Hero Has the Sexiest Voice?

Share your pick in the comments and weigh in on who you think would have the sexiest voice! Do you imagine a hero's voice when you read a romance?

Do you have a favorite accent you like a character to have? Does a character having a certain accent up their appeal like it does for some men in real life?

Wed
Jul 3 2013 9:30am
Excerpt

Fifth Grave Past the Light: Exclusive Excerpt

Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high.

—T-shirt

Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper.  She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire.  However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case.  Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.  When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma, is the serial killer’s next target Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’ help.  Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

Get a sneak peek of Darynda Jones's Fifth Grave Past the Light (available July 9, 2013) with an exclusive excerpts of Chapters 1 & 2, and we know that's never enough so we have an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 3 in audio! For more Darynda Jones content, head to our collection.

And don't forget to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win an audiobook copy of Fifth Grave Past the Light!

Chapter 1

Ask me about life after death.

T-SHIRT OFTEN SEEN ON CHARLEY DAVIDSON, A GRIM REAPER OF QUESTIONABLE MORALS

The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink. Which figured. No one else was even taking a second look and I’d dressed to the nines. Or, at the very least, the eight-and-a-halves. But the truly disturbing part of my evening was the fact that my mark, one Mr. Marvin Tidwell, blond real estate broker and suspected adulterer, actually turned down the drink I’d tried to buy him.

Turned it down!

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Thu
Jun 13 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger: Exclusive Excerpt

Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation of fulfilling her guests’ expectations—providing a wedding—and running for her life.

She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke’s brother, Frank.

That relationship didn’t work either. How could it, when Quinn had been engaged to, in love with, Frank’s brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family’s Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop, Talk of the Gown, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.

But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old anger, hurt, and passion resurface. Just because you’ve traded the good guy for the bad guy for no guy doesn’t mean you have to stay away from love for the rest of your life, does it? Told with Beth Harbison's flair for humor and heart, Chose the Wrong Guy will keep you guessing and make you believe in the possibilities of love.

Get a sneak peek of Beth Harbison's Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger (available July 9, 2013) with an exclusive audio excerpt of Chapter 1!

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