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Dec 8 2015 3:57pm

Romance News: The Dirty Dancing Remake You Never Asked For

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.

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Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Deal Alerts

Karen Marie Moning's Fever novel Iced is on sale in e-book for $1.99 at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more for the momentfe (via Facebook).* Earlier this year, following the release of Burned, Moning joined H&H for a chat about Mac, Barrons, the Fever series, and...spirit animals?! You could say we're looking forward to the release of Feverborn in January.

Christine Feehan's second book in the Ghostwalker Series, Mind Game, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via BookBub).* See which one of Feehan's paranormal romances made it onto Chelsea Mueller's list of Top 10 Paranormal Romances. 

Santino Hassell's friends-to-lovers contemporary male/male romance Sutphin Boulevard is currently only $.99 in e-book at Amazon (via author).* Read a scene from Sutphin Boulevard now and keep an eye out for the next Five Bouroughs story, Sunset Park, out later this week, December 11.

[+Dirty Dancing remake & Samantha Young's new series...]

Dec 4 2015 3:30pm

Downton Abbey’s Final Christmas, Free Colleen Hoover, and More Romance News

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.

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Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn FisherDeal Alert #1: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher's Never Never: Part 1 is free in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via Riffle). Heads-up: This is a three-part serial, so expect a cliffhanger! For what it's worth, Hoover's novel Confess recently won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance.

Deal Alert #2: Ruthie Knox's contemporary romance About Last Night is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc. (via Riffle). In her First Look review of About Last Night, Donna Cummings wrote that the story reminded her of nothing so much as a “modern-day Regency story, with a rich, aristocratic hero falling for a spirited woman possessed of a much-too-colorful family history.”

—Deal Alert #3: Tamsen Parker's Personal Geography, the first book in her BDSM series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and others (via Twitter). Jennifer Porter and Tori Benson both label Personal Geography a must-read for erotic romance fans as they have listed Parker in Jennifer's Top 10 BDSM romance, and in Tori's Erotic Starter Kit for readers of all levels. 

Downton Abbey's final episode ever will air in the U.K. on Christmas day (but rather later in the U.S.: March 6, 2016—hold on, American fans, we'll be repromoting all these posts when the show returns in January!), and I'm not saying, I'm just saying: This teaser trailer's bound to put a lump in your throat as the downstairs residents “Auld Lang Syne” and Lord Grantham muses, “We never know what's coming, of course, who does? But I'd say...we have a good chance.” Recover by rereading Naz Keynejad's soothing series recaps.

[Watch the trailer and see a Fifty Shades-inspired dance...]

Nov 2 2015 3:59pm

Romance News: Remember Georgette Heyer & Read a Regency

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.

Regency Buck by Georgette HeyerDeal Alert #1: To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Regency romance (or, more specifically, the anniversary of the publication in 1935 of Georgette Heyer's Regency Buck, widely considered the first Regency romance as we know it), publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca is discounting 80 of its Regency novels for 80 hours (h/t @ReadingRomances). Regency Buck itself, Book 3 in the Alastair-Audley series, is on sale in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* Suddenly in the mood to revisit Heyer? Scan our Georgette Heyer tag, reread The Great Roxythe with commentary from Rachel Hyland, or reflect with Janga on Heyer's Mark I heroes.

Reading Rainbow star LeVar Burton details “Problems Only Book Lovers Understand.” The video says it all, no?

Deal Alert #2: Sienna Mynx's romantic suspense/adventure novel The Heist (Lee's Girls #1) is currently free in e-book at Amazon (a tip of the hat to @bonobochick).* And if you like The Heist, be sure to see what Miss_D has to say about Mynx's Battaglia Mafia series.

[+Brockmann and Shalvis deals, Flesh and Bone...]

Oct 27 2015 4:11pm

Romance News: Sherrilyn Kenyon Unleashes the Next Dark-Hunter Cover: Dragonmark!

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.

Dragonmark by Sherrilyn KenyonDark-Hunter and The League readers have reason to celebrate—Sherrilyn Kenyon revealed covers for forthcoming novels Dragonmark and Born of Legend on her Facebook page. Can't imagine anyone else loving the Dark-Hunters as much as you do? Find fellow Menyons with Natasha Carty's “10 Signs You're Addicted to Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter Series.”

Deal Alert #1: Alessandra Torre's erotic romance Black Lies is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore (via ReadCheaply).* If you'd like a personal reference, Tori Benson selected Torre's novel Tight as an erotic romance best bet and Sahara Hoshi chose her book Hollywood Dirt as one of her best reads last month.

Deal Alert #2: Sophie Barnes's historical Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires is discounted to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble (via BookPerk).* For a sample of her writing, check out Sophie Barnes' H&H guest post on fairy tales and real-life expectations.

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum will go head-to-head in Season 2 of Lip Sync Battle. We hope the couple indulges in some Step Up-level dancing, too, because obviously. (If you're feeling nostalgic now, sorry not sorry! Clearly it's a sign you should relive the magic of Step Up and then fall off the dance movie wagon completely with recommendations from Theodora Guliadis's post “Dance Movies That Give Romance a Good Whirl.”)

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

Apr 30 2015 3:26pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander Deal, Fifty Shades Darker Teaser Clip, 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.

Sascha Radetsky and more in Center Stage—Deal Alert #1: Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore and Amazon.* If you're loving the show and want to give the books a go, stop by our beginner's guide to the series.

—If you, like me, crushed hard on Sascha Radetsky in Center Stage (he played Charlie in the 2000 film) and/or if you enjoy ballet, this trailer for the upcoming Starz drama Flesh and Bone may be relevant to your interests (though, word of warning, Radetsky's only in it for a sec—here's hoping he plays a bigger role in the show itself):

Who else is outraged Center Stage didn't make it into Theodora Guliadis's best dance movie romances list, by the way? Not that I can fault the ones she did include...it just needed to be a longer list, clearly!

[+Fifty Shades Darker teaser trailer & Lisa Renee Jones deal...]

Jan 14 2015 12:00pm

Today’s Hardly Plain Jane: Thoroughly Modern Austen

The Muse by Jessica EvansToday we're joined by author Jessica Evans, who has been inspired by Jane Austen's iconic Pride and Prejudice, and written The Muse, updating the characters of Elizabeth and Darcy to modern times, and making her the newest corps de ballet member and him the bad boy dance legend who's battling a case of artist's block—which sparring with Lizzie might help unblock. Jessica is here to talk about modernizing Austen. Thanks, Jessica! 

If there’s one truth that’s universally acknowledged, it’s that Jane Austen’s stories are timeless. Romance readers today still devour Austen’s original novels and their modernized version like Bridget Jones’s Diary and Austenland for the strong, complex heroines, the honorable heroes, the laugh-out-loud wit, and, of course, the love stories.

However, timeless though Austen’s stories are, some essential elements of her novels have become (dare I say it?) irrelevant today. There are challenges to modernizing two-hundred-year-old stories, but many writers of Austenesque figure out clever ways to bring Jane into the 21st century.

[Let's go back to the future, then, shall we?]