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Jul 13 2017 1:00pm

20 Signs You’re Secretly Attracted to the Person You Say You Hate

Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish

We're thrilled to welcome Roan Parrish and Avon Gale to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Their book Heart of the Steal just came out last month and features a delicious enemies to lovers/reluctant allies story. Avon and Roan are here today to discuss the ways that you might show you're secretly attracted to someone even though you say you hate them. Thanks, Avon and Roan!

1. Their contact info is in your phone because you need to know when they're contacting you. So you don’t answer. Right.

2. You intend to say their name as a hiss but it comes out as a sigh.

3. You mutter about how badly their suit fits in such detail that you must know their measurements by heart.

4. You check your reflection before you see them to make sure you look good because you will be goddamned if they see you when you look like a scrub and feel superior to you.

5. The way they always wrinkle their nose when they answer a question is so ridiculous that you ask them question after question so you can watch it. Because it's ridiculous.

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Jul 6 2017 12:00pm

Avon Gale, Roan Parrish Excerpt: Heart of the Steal

Roan Parrish and Avon Gale

Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale, Roan Parrish

Responsible, disciplined William Fox channeled his love for art and his faith in the rules into being an FBI Art Crimes agent. Right and wrong, justice and injustice—the differences are clear, and Will has spent his career drawing a line between them. Maybe his convictions have cost him relationships, but he’s not willing to compromise what he knows is right. Until the night he meets Amory Vaughn.

As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. And when he meets endearingly grumpy and slightly awkward William Fox, he wants him more than he’s wanted anything. Vaughn is used to being desired for his name and his money, but Will doesn’t care about either.

When Vaughn falls back on old habits and attempts to impress Will by stealing a painting Will admires, their nascent bond blows up in his face. But Vaughn isn’t willing to give up on the glimpse of passion he saw the night he took Will apart. Before Will knows it, he’s falling for the man he should have arrested, and Vaughn has to realize that some things can’t be bought or stolen. Love has to be given freely. But can a man who lives by the rules, and a man who thinks the rules don’t apply to him, ever see eye to eye?

Get a sneak peek at Avon Gale, Roan Parrish's Heart of the Steal (available July 11, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He shook his head, looking at his plate. “This is exactly the kind of food I like. And I love hiking. Being outside. I…”

I took the plate from his hand and laid it on the blanket, then I tipped his chin up with a finger, forcing him to look at me. “It’s almost like I pay attention to you, William. Almost like I notice your responses to things and modify my behavior accordingly. Almost like I care about your preferences.” I kept my tone mild, but looked right at him.

His smile was just a quirk of the corner of his mouth, but I saw it.

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Jun 23 2017 12:05pm

Avon Gale Excerpt: Coach’s Challenge

Avon Gale

It's been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he's built a successful career behind the bench. When he's offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he's convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression. And it only gets worse when Shane's rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a member of his team, even if Shane's set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane's career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he's an aging goon and with a team that doesn't trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team... and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything.

Get a sneak peek at Avon Gale's Coach's Challenge (available June 26, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

They were both silent as the bartender returned with two drinks—Shane’s Coke had two cherries that time—and took Callahan’s bill with an air kiss when Callahan told him gruffly to keep the change.

“So this at least answers my question.”

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Dec 6 2016 4:00pm

9 Signs Your Romance Is About to Become a Horror Story

All in Fear by Steve Berman, KJ Charles, Avon Gale, Roan Parrish, Kris Ripper, and J.A. Rock

You might be writing a horror romance if...

Today we're thrilled to welcome the authors of the All in Fear anthology to Heroes and Heartbreakers: Steve Berman, KJ Charles, Avon Gale, Roan Parrish, Kris Ripper, and J.A. Rock! These authors know a thing or two about shiver-inducing scenes and they're here today to offer up a few signs your romance... is about to become a horror story. Thanks!

Steve Berman:

...For me, the clue I like to offer readers is often body horror-related; after all, romance is often very tied to appearances, and sex is a matter of the body landscape. So some mention of an unhealthy physical attribute, something amiss, is terrific way to begin the horror. In “His Mouth Will Taste of Chernobyl” one of the characters has a fondness for a horrible tasting alcoholic beverage and it seems to turn the inside of his mouth into a wasteland.

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