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May 15 2017 9:30am

First Look: Ilona Andrews’ White Hot (May 30, 2017)

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2)
Avon / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

When I heard that the release date for this book had been pushed back until May 2017, I was sure I was going to die from lust for this book.

But I didn’t.

And now it’s here!

I love the husband and wife writing duo that is Ilona Andrews. Their books always work for me. They have this combination of fresh world building, kick-ass heroines and touching relationships—not only the romances—that hook me and suck me in.

The Hidden Legacy trilogy, of which White Hot is the second installment, is no exception. The world is a blend of modern American culture and an almost feudal social hierarchy and full of fun twists and surprises. In an alternate version of Houston, a family’s magic is as important as their wealth—more even—in determining their power and influence.

[Read more...]

Jul 18 2016 1:30pm

The Top 10 Nora Roberts Novels as Decided Upon By A Very Biased Party

Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts’s novels were amongst some of the first I picked up in the romance genre and I consumed them voraciously. I love the way she draws her characters, I love the way her stories fit so well together, I love the visuals she paints so vividly.

So when I got asked to make a list of my top ten Nora Roberts novels, I said, “heck yeah! Let’s do this!” Then I realized that’s really hard to do. Seriously. I’ve rewritten this list no fewer than ten times and started this ‘Top 10’ post about the amount of times.

I think I’ve finally decided on some things. I think. Maybe. Let’s see how this goes.

[On to the list!]

May 20 2015 11:00am

Turning the Tables on Paranormal Romance: Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties Series

Grave Phantoms by Jenn Bennett

When you hear the term “paranormal romance” what are the first words that pop into your mind? For the most part I think it’s safe to say that vampires and werewolves would be at the top of almost everyone’s lists. Vampires have become so prevalent that this writer’s block soap “smells like regurgitated ideas and probably a vampire.” Ouch. For the record, I still very much enjoy vampires. Throw in demons, witches, shapeshifters, Valkyries, and Olympians and you’ve covered a healthy portion of the genre. (See H&H’s posts on all-things supernatural creatures here and here.)

The last thing that comes to mind for me is the human element.  Most paranormal series are built around a common supernatural creature or mythology. Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series breaks that mold. The three-book series centers around a family. A human family. And each book has a different paranormal element.

A member of the Magnusson family is featured in each of the books. Winter is the head of the family and the family business of bootlegging. The series is set in Prohibition-era San Francisco, so bootlegging is a lucrative business and the Magnussons have the biggest house in the best neighborhood to prove it. Lowe Magnusson is an archaeologist and con man, but mostly rakish con man. And Astrid is the kid sister who’s heading off to college soon. The Magnusson name opens doors in San Francisco but they’re begrudgingly accepted into San Francisco’s high society— new money and wealth gained from illegal activity gets the occasional raised eyebrow or nose in the air. Those hang-ups tend to disappear for San Francisco’s finest when it’s time to throw a party.

[Socialites, black magic, and spirits make the Magnusson family unique...]

Apr 14 2015 4:45pm

Spooked: Ghosts, Poltergeists, and the Afterlife from Movies, TV...and Real Life?

Today we're thrilled to welcome Maggie Mae Gallagher to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Maggie Mae's Remember Me, book 1 in her Mystic Series, just came out on April 7, and features a psychic who is working with the police to find a missing child. Maggie Mae is here today to talk about all things supernatural, and especially ghosts! It may not be Halloween, but get prepared for things to get spooky! Thanks, Maggie Mae!

As a paranormal author, I write about many different types of supernatural events. One of the first things I do is research. I love research, getting the chance to head down the proverbial rabbit hole and seeing how deep into the subject matter I can venture into the various mediums that are at play in a novel or that I am wanting to include. Some of my research has led me down some interesting pathways.

Since I was exploring different beliefs about the soul, I wanted to share with you some of the interesting factoids I discovered. There is a large percentage of the world’s population who believe in an afterlife, that is, that the life of the soul continues in some form after the physical body has died. This ideology is found in most of the major religions, and even some science has begun waffling on their staunch anti-afterlife position.

[So speaking to the dead could just be a matter of a really long distance phone call?]

Oct 21 2014 3:45pm

Boo! Here’s Your Match!: Spooktacular Matchmakers in Romance

Gorgeous by Paul RudnickThe times, they are a-changin’. But in one crucial way they are still the same—in order to reach your HEA you have to first meet your Mister or Ms. Right. In real life the most popular ways to do this are to find him/her at work or school, be introduced by mutual friends or most recently, meeting online via a dating website. Of course the romance universe works a bit differently. There are the meet cutes such as the ones Leigh Davis introduced us to in her column Meet-Cute (and Not So Cute): First Encounters in Romance from Roberts, James, and More!, the arranged marriages, purchased at auction, or even  ghostly match-makers. That’s right, sometimes it takes a ghost to lead you to your true love.

But just what leads a ghost to play matchmaker? In Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick it is to fulfill a promise. Designer Tom Kelly had fallen in love with one of his models. Tom is devastated when he finds circumstances he can’t control pulling them apart. She asks him for just one thing from him before they are separated—to help her daughter:

“You have to help her in any way you can, to make sure that she’s not like me. I don’t want her to be afraid of anything. I want her to know that she can take on the world. But most of all, I want her to fall in love, with someone wonderful, and I want that person to love her right back, no matter what she looks like. You have to guarantee that baby, once she grows up; you have to make sure that she falls in love for all the right reasons.”

[No pressure or anything...]

Jun 17 2014 9:30am

First Look: Molly Harper’s Better Homes and Hauntings (June 24, 2014)

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly HarperMolly Harper
Better Homes and Hauntings
Pocket / June 24, 2014 / $7.99 print / $7.99 digital

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

In Better Homes and Hauntings, Molly Harper gives us our own grown-up episode of a Scooby Doo mystery. Deacon Whitney, billionaire and creator of the social-networking website, EyeDee, has just inherited the mansion known as The Crane’s Nest located on Whitney Island off the coast of Rhode Island. It is better known for the murder of Catherine Whitney by her husband Gerald just after it was completed a hundred years ago. They say that Catherine was having an affair with the architect and that Gerald killed her in a jealous rage.

[Quick! To the Mystery Machine!]

Jan 3 2014 4:40pm

First Look: Karen White’s Return to Tradd Street (January 7, 2014)

Return to Tradd Street by Karen WhiteKaren White
Return to Tradd Street
NAL / January 7, 2014 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her. But history has a tendency of catching up with Melanie, whether she likes it or not.…

As the hauntings on Tradd Street slowly become more violent, Melanie decides to find out what caused the baby’s untimely death, uncovering the love, loss, and betrayal that color the house’s history—and threaten her claim of ownership. But can she seek Jack’s help without risking her heart? For in revealing the secrets of the past, Melanie also awakens the malevolent presence that has tried to keep the truth hidden for decades.…

There are several elements of Return to Tradd Street, the fourth and final book in Karen White's Tradd Street series, that make the book an enjoyable read. The first thing that comes to mind is the Southern setting. White wasn’t raised in the South—her biography states she grew up in London—but she captures the best of the South’s characteristics—the strength of the women, the charm of the men, the deep devotion to family, and the almost subliminal consciousness of the past.

[There's something about the south...]

Dec 29 2013 1:00pm

Love Your Entity: Exclusive Excerpt

Cat Devon

Love Your Entity by Cat DevonSOMETIMES LOVE IS A MATTER

Sierra Brennan can inherit her great-uncle’s historic Chicago townhouse under one condition: She must live there for thirty consecutive days. What could possibly go wrong? As a writer and a ghost whisperer, Sierra has a vast imagination and a brave spirit. But not even she is prepared for the gorgeous—and naked—vampire who greets her at the door.


Ronan McCoy has spent the past century waiting to come home…to this house. The presence of the beautiful, brazen Sierra is one complication he doesn’t expect. The other is Hal, a dangerous ghost and original member of Al Capone’s gang who’s dead-set on revenge. What is a formerly indentured vampire supposed to do to get a moment’s peace? All he knows for sure is that he must protect Sierra from Hal. But once he has her in his arms, can he ever let her go? Life—and love—is becoming stranger than fiction for Sierra…and more delicious than she and Ronan could have ever imagined... in Love Your Entity.

Get a sneak peek of Cat Devon's Love Your Entity (available December 31, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

When Sierra Brennan opened the door to her new house in Chicago, she didn’t expect to find a naked man standing inside. A very hot, sexy, well-built, and well-hung man who looked like he was hungover. He made no attempt to cover up while she made every effort to keep her eyes on his face and not his privates.

“Thank God you’re here,” a woman wearing a corset and little else said from right beside Sexy Naked Guy. Sexy Naked Trespassing Guy. “What took you so long?”

“What do you mean what took me so long?” Sierra said.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Love Your Entity...]

Oct 29 2013 9:30am

Ghost Writing: Favorite Fictional Ghosts

Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy AthertonI wrote a post a couple of years ago about my favorite ghostly romances, but there are other ghosts who have delighted this reader’s heart who are either not protagonists or not characters in romance fiction. Since I’m a wimpy reader, I like my ghosts benevolent, so there are no scary ghosts on my list.

1. Aunt Dimity’s Death (1992), Nancy Atherton

Nancy Atherton published the eighteenth book in her Aunt Dimity mystery series this year, but Aunt Dimity’s Death (1992) is the first and best (and one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association). American Lori Shepherd believes Aunt Dimity is a fictional character who lives only in the stories Lori’s mother told her. Lori is shocked when she receives a substantial inheritance from Dimity Westwood, but not nearly as shocked as she is when she arrives at Dimity’s English cottage to discover Dimity herself is still very much a presence there. She communicates with Lori by writing in a diary, an appropriate mode since Lori is charged with writing the Aunt Dimity stories her mother told her. As much love story as mystery, Lori finds her own soul mate and reunites Dimity with her lost love. Lori says of the stories she wrote, “I wrote of how vital it was to believe in the love offered by an honest heart, no matter how impractical or absurd or fearful the circumstances.”

[Enter the spirit world...]

Jun 27 2013 5:35pm

First Look: Jude Deveraux’s True Love (July 2, 2013)

True Love by Jude DeverauxJude Deveraux
True Love
Random House / July 9, 2013 / $27.00 print, $12.99 digital

Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming nineteenth-century Nantucket house. The elderly woman’s relationship to the Madsen family is a mystery to the spirited Alix—fresh from a romantic breakup—but for reasons of her own Alix accepts the quirky bequest, in part because it gives her time to plan her best friend’s storybook wedding.

But unseen forces move behind the scenes, creaking Kingsley House’s ancient floorboards. It seems that Adelaide Kingsley had a rather specific task for Alix: to solve the strange disappearance of one of the Kingsley women, Valentina, more than two hundred years ago. If that wasn’t troubling enough, Alix must deal with the arrogant (and extremely good-looking) architect Jared Montgomery, who is living in the property’s guesthouse.

Unbeknown to Alix, Jared has been charged with looking after her while she lives on the island—an easy task for him, considering the undeniable chemistry between the two. But Jared harbors secrets of his own, which, if revealed, may drive a wedge between the pair.

With a glorious Nantucket wedding on the horizon, sparks fly, and the ghosts of the past begin to reveal themselves—some of them literally. Finding their lives inextricably entwined with the turbulent fortunes of their ancestors, Alix and Jared discover that only by righting the wrongs of the past can they hope to be together.

Veteran author Jude Deveraux returns with True Love, first in the Nantucket Brides Trilogy. Fans of Deveraux should note the novel contains a new generation of characters from the Montgomery-Taggert family, a staple of nearly two dozen of her books, beginning with her 1980 medieval romance The Black Lyon and continuing today.

[The Montgomery-Taggerts are back!...]