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Jun 1 2016 11:00am

A Primer on “Star-Crossed Lovers”

Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome Paige Tyler to the site today! Paige, author of To Love a Wolf, is here today to give you primer on star-crossed lover—a trope we love and one that's been around since the days of Shakespeare. Thanks, Paige!

Originating with Shakespeare,the term star-crossed lovers” refers to couples whose relationship is supposedly doomed to fail (i.e., frustrated by the stars). This goes back to the astrological idea that the stars control our destiny. Romeo and Juliet are typically held up as the perfect example of “star-crossed lovers”, because, well they were really hot for each other and then really bad crap happened.

However, in more modern times, especially in the world of romance books, you can also see the term “star-crossed lover” used in a less fatalistic manner, where the fates—or the stars—just seem to be working really hard to keep lovers apart. This slight change in usage is understandable since romance by its very nature requires the H/H to actually end up together at some point. If not, the story is sort of a downer.

[Just a bit...]

May 16 2016 4:15pm

You Know Your Love Life is Complicated When...8 Signs You Might Be Dating a Paranormal Creature

All Fixed Up by Linda Grimes

You might be dating a supernatural natural creature if... Linda Grimes (author of All Fixed Up) is at H&H this week discussing paranormal creatures, love triangles, and superpowered love—our favorites! Thanks, Linda!

Devoted romance readers understand that complications in matters of l'amour are the pulsing heartbeat of a great story, as well as a normal part of the give and take between would-be lovers. What could be more satisfying than accompanying characters on their obstacle-filled journey to finding true love with their one and only? 

Of course, some journeys are bumpier than others. Which is okay, because as someone who's ridden down an unpaved road or two in a car with lousy suspension, I can tell you the occasional unexpected thrill makes up for a lot of discomfort. And nothing can add ruts to the road like a hefty dose of the paranormal, am I right? Or maybe some sci-fi or superheroes. They're like the cherries on top of a great big delicious complication sundae! Made with Rocky Road ice cream, naturally. Because the rockier the road, the happier you are when you finally reach the end of the journey. 

So, how do your love life complications compare to the following?

[A little simpler methinks...]

Apr 20 2016 9:00am

First, Find a Hot Vampire: 5 Easy Ways to Save Paranormal Romance

As shown in this awesome infographic from author Kiersten Fay, paranormal romance has been around for a long time—at least since the 1700s! Since then, horror and romance have been blended to create some truly iconic characters (think Dracula, Frankenstein, and Anne Rice’s Interview with A Vampire), but it wasn’t until the 1990s that paranormal romance really came into its own.

In the mid-2000s, smell presses and e-publishers like Samhain Publishing helped paranormal romances that were a bit outside the norm find a home. Larger publishers took notice of the trend and in 2005, the Silhouette Nocturne imprint was created (now Harlequin Nocturne).

But by the 2010s, authors began to report that paranormal romance had become a tough sell with agents and publishers, the consequence of a glutted market. Romance bloggers across the vast reaches of the Internet began to wonder if paranormal romance was as dead as its protagonists, and fans started to bemoan a perceived lack of fresh plots and characters in the genre.

[The only moaning we want is on the page...]

Nov 10 2015 5:18pm

Good-Night, Twilight: Stephenie Meyer Producing TV Series The Rook

The Rook by Daniel O'MalleyTwilight author Stephenie Meyer has picked her next project: Executive producing a television adaptation of Daniel O'Malley's novel The Rook, a book former H&H community manager Megan Frampton described as “a paranormal MI-5 when she chose it as one of her best reads in 2014. Vulture reported the news mere minutes ago (thanks to Miss_D for the heads-up!).

While it may not be a new Twilight project, Meyer DID just present the world with Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, and anyway, something tells us fans will find plenty to like about The Rook if the show does in fact get a full-season order at Hulu. After all, “supernatural threats” must include vampires and werewolves...right? And who knows? Heroine Myfanwy Thomas could end up becoming as world-famous and beloved as Bella Swan...

In the meantime, if you want to find out what the fuss over The Rook is all about, head over to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other favorite e-tailer to investigate the book.

Oct 7 2015 2:39pm

Romance News Roundup: Kristen Proby & H.M. Ward Deals, 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.

Easy Love by Kristen Proby—Deal Alert #1: Kristen Proby's contemporary romance Easy Love is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via BookBub).* For a taste of Proby's other work, read TanyaLK's First Look a her Under the Big Sky novel Falling for Jillian.

—Day 1 in this post-Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined world finds us pondering other YA books we'd like to see genderbent, not to mention romance novels that might be cool to see flipped, and also finds us listening to Meyer's interview with NPR on the twist as well as (re?)reading a 2010 article about how the original Twilight cover's hand model has tried to cash in on her apple-holding hands' fame. (Missed the news yesterday? In honor of the 10th anniversary of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer released a gender-swapped version called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, in which Bella is the human male Beau and Edward is the female vampire Edythe.)

—Deal Alert #2: H.M. Ward's contemporary romance Scandalous is $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble (via ReadCheaply).*

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

Oct 6 2015 2:22pm

Romance News Roundup: Toast to Miss Fisher, Kresley Cole 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.

—Christina Dodd needs your help to pick a character name. Weigh in on her Twitter between names like Suzanne, Pamela, and more!

Phryne Fisher in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

—Deal Alert #1: Kresley Cole's Sweet Ruin is still a few months out, however, Dark Skye, the latest book in the Immortals After Dark series is marked down to $1.99 at e-tailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Need to discuss all things Kresley between now and the December release of Sweet Ruin? Never fear, I'm always here to talk about Nix's Perfect Match, dissect Dark Skye in our Spoiler Thread (and see Lucy Dosch's thoughts in her First Look of Dark Skye), or offer recommendations of authors to read if you like Kresley Cole.

—We've loved Phryne Fisher for a while (especially when we're talking Phryne and Jack). However, The Toast writer, Mallory Ortberg is apparently new to the 1920s kickass female sleuth, and wrote up this delightful piece on the things she yelled at her TV while watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries for the first time. For more Phryne, check out Willaful's Shipping Sunday on Phryne Fisher and Detective Jack—they will get together some day, gosh darn it!

—Deal Alert #2: It's never too late... well it might be if you don't snatch up Amara Royce' Never Too Late, currently marked down to $0.99 at e-tailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* See what Brittany Melson had to say in her First Look of Never Too Late.

—ICYMI: Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the publication of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. For many, Twilight was the book that got them into reading, or into reading again, and sparked a revolution in the world of Young Adult, and later adult romance, books. We tip your hat to you, Stephenie, and thank you for this gender-bent version of Twilight, Life and Death. Will there be more to come? We don't know. Do we want there to be? Also, still on the fence. See all the other Twilight content at Heroes and Heartbreakers, and check out Molly McAdams post on 5 authors she wanted more from—which had included Meyer!—or Rachel Hyland's defense of Twilight's underlying message of faith. 

*We don't know how long these deals will last, so get them before they're gone!

Oct 6 2015 10:30am

Meet Beau and Edythe: Stephenie Meyer Writes Gender-Bent Twilight, Life and Death

On this day in book history, Twilight was released! 10 years, 5 movies, 4 books, 1 reimagined BDSM fan-fic (plus countless others), and millions (if not billions) of fans, and Bella and Edward have ensorcelled the world with their forbidden Vampire-Human love. 

As you do, Twilight was re-released today in a special 10th Anniversary Edition, but as a bonus, so was a gender-bent version, Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.

A few months ago, fans were told Meyer would be releasing special content alongside release. For many, that “special content” was hoped to be Midnight Sun, the long-awaited (and apparently “ain't never gonna happen”) story of Twilight from Edward's perspective. However, Meyer went a totally unconventional route and released a gender-bent Twilight. Yes, ladies and gents, the author of Twilight wrote Twilight fan fiction. 

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

For those of you not familiar with fan fiction, gender bending is quite common and is exactly what it sounds like. Swapping the gender and sex roles of the two lead characters—in this case, Bella Swan becomes Beaufort and Edward Cullen becomes Edythe. 

As one reviewer remarked in their short-but-sweet Amazon review

All the characters are gender swapped and is similar to the original Twilight but still great!

For Twilight fans, this is a pretty remarkable prize—the beauty that was Twilight, but totally reimagined, by the author herself, no less!

What do you think of the Twilight news? Will you be buying this new edition? If you read the story, let us know what you think!

Learn more about or order a copy of the special edition of Twilight, which includes Life and Death, available now:

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Jun 9 2015 12:00pm

Wish List: 5 Authors We Need to Have More From

Trusting Liam by Molly McAdams

Today we're thrilled to be joined by Molly McAdams on Heroes and Heartbreakers! Molly's latest book, Trusting Liam, which came out today, is the product of two HEAs from Molly's other books, Taking Chances and Forgiving Lies. As romance readers, we can all relate to wanting just one more book in a favorite series or from a favorite author, and Molly is no different! Today Molly is here to talk about those authors that she wishes would write just. One. More. Book! Thanks, Molly!

There are always those books or series that we become so invested in that we want to live in that world, be friends with the characters, and read the stories over and over just so we can hold on a little longer. And then when it’s time to put that particular series away—until the next re-read anyway—you wish there was just one more book so you wouldn’t have to put it away yet.

Now, what many people don’t know about me is that I didn’t get into reading for pleasure until I was twenty-one years old; and I’m twenty-six now. And while I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan, Young Adult Paranormal was what got me into reading, and is what I still love most. So don’t be surprised when that’s the majority of what you see on this little list of minewhen it comes to series that I wish I could continue:

[We've all been there...]

May 1 2015 8:30am

Creature Feature: Beginner’s Guide to Shifters and Demons from Showalter, Ione, and More!

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

I was always a straight historical romance girl.  I wanted balls, belles, and alpha male characters.  The thing about pigeon holing yourself as a reader is that you tend to read what is out in your genre and you are left waiting for the next book…sometimes months or a year! 

Last fall, I decided I’d try a new type of romance after looking at a daily deal through Amazon.  I guess it wasn’t my first foray into paranormal, I did read the Twilight series.  The cool thing about adult paranormal romance is that it goes places that Bella and Edward couldn’t- being YA.  I picked up my first Kresley Cole book in about October.  Since then, I have bought into all of her series.  Then, I read them all.  Instead of twiddling my thumbs, I looked into some other paranormal romances.  I am now hooked like a junkie.  I want Valkyries, werewolves, shapeshifters, zombies, and any other fairytale creature you can come up with!  Here is my round up of some creatures that I have fallen for hook, fang, and claw! 

If you want to just dip your toe into one of these types of books, I recommend Gretchen Rily’s novella, Grave Shifter.  I haven’t read a ton of shape shifter books, but this one was different for me.  First of all, the character takes on forms from graves and shifts in and out of form via that way. She needs actual bones to bring herself out of a grave.  It was a fresh idea to me, and the sex scenes were hot.  In fact, there is a certain pool scene that is stamped in my memory. The storyline was easy to get into with an angry female protagonist and sexy male.  Again, this is a shorter piece, so feel free to try this first. 

[But if you want demons, then...]

Oct 1 2014 9:55am

Twilight Returns, Sort Of!

Bella and Edward in New MoonIt's not truly nighttime yet!

The film company that produced Twilight has announced that it is teaming with Facebook to produce five short films based on Twilight characters. According to Entertainment Weekly, “A group of female panelists will choose from five aspiring female directors to direct the films, titled The Storytellers—New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga...The panel includes Kristen Stewart; The Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer; Kate Winslet; Octavia Spencer; Julie Bowen; Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke; producer Cathy Schulman; and Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee.” The films will appear exclusively on Facebook, and will not feature any of the original cast.

Whose stories do you want to see? Will you watch movies on Facebook?

Sep 26 2014 8:30am

We Laugh Because We Love: Top 10 Romance Parodies

Photo courtesy of 50 Shades, The Musical! websiteObviously, we all love Romance as a genre. None of us would be here if we didn’t. (Here, as in at this site obviously, not here as in alive and in the world.) But loving something does not mean we cannot mock it, or enjoy it when others do so for us. In fact, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then parody must surely be the sincerest form of affection; to spoof anything really well you must know it inside and out, and such thorough acquaintance with the minutia of anything can only either lead to—or, more likely, be born out of— a deep and profound fondness.

Here then, the Top 10 romance parodies that are funniest when you know enough—and love enough—to really get the joke…

10. 50 Shades! The Musical (2013)
Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

This stage parody promising live BDSM (“Best Damn Songs and Music”) was a hit in Chicago before making its way to Manhattan, the New York Post reporting that “the opening scene centers on a middle-aged ladies’ book group, then plunges, like a cougar’s neckline, into sketches making fun of the erotic, best-selling novel.” Conceived by musical improv comedy troupe Baby Wants Candy, the show features songs like “Red Room” with lyrics such as “How much can you take/How much can you handle?/Clamps upon your nipples?/Hot wax with a burning candle?” Rarely, if ever, has soft-core erotica been so jaunty.

[We like a little laughter with our bondage...]

Jun 12 2014 11:00am

Awkward! Top Cringe-Worthy Dad Moments in Romance Novels

Simply Irresistible by Rachel GibsonFather’s Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate it than by counting down with awkwardly funny dad moments?

While dads usually have to enforce the rules, they are oftentimes turned to putty in their children's hands. These are some cringe-worthy moments that turned into laughs and great fatherhood memories for these men.

Pet Shop Meltdown:

In Rachel Gibson’s Simply Irresistible, John discovers he has a six-year-old daughter. He attempts various ways to try to form a relationship with her.

While on a father-daughter date, the two pass a pet store, where John unknowingly allows his daughter to “window shop.“

The dog’s little pink tongue darted out and licked Lexie’s chin. “He likes me, “ she laughed.

John looked at his watch, anxious to have Lexie and the dog part company. “The movie is going to start. We have to go now.”

“I’ve already seen it three times,” she said without taking her eyes from the dog. “You’re precious darlin’," she drawled, sounding amazingly like her mother. “Give me some sugar.”

“No.” John shook his head, suddenly feeling like a pilot trying to land an airplane on one engine. “Don’t exchange sugar.”

His plan for a quick stop turns into an epic meltdown. John scrambles to assuage his daughter’s tears, leading to a hilarious moment in the book. This full-blown meltdown is complete with puppy eyes, promises, love declarations, jubilation, and fear for John’s safety when Georgie (Lexie's mother) finds out.

[Oooh, someone's gonna be in trouble!...]