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Jun 16 2014 10:00am

In the Mood for Love: Exclusive Excerpt

Beth Ciotta

In the Mood for Love by Beth Ciotta


Sugar Creek, Vermont, is a world away from Los Angeles for high-powered, media-obsessed Harper Day. When she took the job doing publicity for the Cupcake Lovers, she never expected to be won over by the town’s old-fashioned charms. But that was before she moved into the Victorian vacation home of her dreams and fell in with a man whose good looks and irresistible ways are anything but small-town…


Sam McCloud is a widowed father of two. He and bossy, big-city Harper appear to have nothing in common… though the attraction they feel toward one another cannot be denied. But will their romance last longer than the day’s headlines? There’s more to Harper than meets the eye, and as it turns out, she needs to get married—fast. Little does Harper know that family-man Sam will do whatever it takes to keep her in Sugar Creek—even if that means taking matters into his own hands. And never letting her go…in the fourth novel in the Cupcake Lovers series, In the Mood For Love.

Get a sneak peek of Beth Ciotta's In the Mood For Love (available July 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Marriage is a dinner that begins with dessert.


The Kelly twins.

Double your pleasure, double your fun.

The lyrics of a gum commercial ran through Sam McCloud’s head alongside several racy thoughts.

Two women at once.

Every man’s dream.

Sam could live out that fantasy. All he had to do was take Krissy up on the offer she’d whispered in his ear. Or was it Katie? He’d never been able to tell them apart. They were in their mid-twenties. Blond, spray-tanned Barbies who dressed alike, talked alike, and even wore their hair and makeup exactly the same. Which struck Sam as odd. Just one of the reasons he’d declined their tempting offer. They also giggled too much and were intellectual pinheads. Not that that had bothered Sam’s cousin Nash Bentley—who walked up to the bar just as Sam sent the girls away.

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Dec 11 2013 1:00am
Original Story

“Some Kind of Wonderful”: A Holiday Story

Beth Ciotta

Some Kind of Wonderful by Beth CiottaAs part of H&H's Hot for the Holidays program, we're thrilled to share a limited-time peek at 12 special holiday stories! All 12 e-novellas are on sale now (you may have seen us talk about this H&H-St. Martin's Press program before), but we're offering H&H members the exclusive chance to read the whole story for free—it's our gift to you. But here's the thing: Stories will be available for ONE DAY ONLY over the next two weeks, so grab a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and get reading before they disappear with a wink and a smile!

Have yourself a scrumptious, small-town Christmas with this special Cupcake Lovers holiday novella, Some Kind of Wonderful!

Growing up in Sugar Creek, Maya Templeton and Zachary Cole were best friends. After high school, each went out into the world in search of adventure. Maya moved to Florida to explore her passion for baking and pastry-making, eventually establishing her own business: Cupcakes & Dreamscapes. Zach joined the military and became a Marine Scout Sniper. Now, after years apart, they’re both going home for the holidays. They don’t seem to have much in common anymore. In fact, Zach seems to have the hots for Maya’s business partner. But when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine their connection. Are Maya and Zach better off “just friends”—just as they were when they were young? Or could it be that true love was there all along?

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Oct 1 2013 11:00am

Author Beth Ciotta on Perfectly Imperfect Heroes

Anything But Love by Beth CiottaToday we're happy to welcome author Beth Ciotta to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Beth's Cupcake Lovers series has two upcoming releases—Anything But Love and the holiday novella Some Kind of Wonderful—both featuring heroes who are imperfect in some way. She's here to talk about some of her favorite imperfect movie heroes, and asks for your favorites as well. Thanks for joining us, Beth!

Family or love or romance, whatever it is, is not restricted to perfect people. If it were, it wouldn't exist.” —Sara Zarr, award-winning author

Perfection. I don’t know about you, but I’m sometimes troubled by the constant message I receive via the media that equates desirability with perfection. How many images of actors and models are manipulated via photo shop? How many of those actors and models have altered their looks via injections and surgery? How many everyday men and women drink the Kool-aid, believing they are unworthy of appreciation and love if they are not physically, and yes, emotionally and intellectually, perfect? Hey, I’ll admit to being influenced, although I try not to succumb. It ain’t easy, folks. We all want to be the best we can be. But sometimes fate and circumstances work against us. Is less than perfect, less than attractive? I don’t think so. I’m thrilled to say I’m not alone in my thinking. Let’s turn to the arts for proof.

I write romantic fiction and I confess I am enchanted by all things romantic. I’m a huge fan of  rom-coms or dramatic films that feature a romantic subplot and I’m ever so pleased that there are screenplays that focus on the physically or emotionally imperfect hero or heroine. Here are three examples of films that branded my heart with their tenderness, charm, and emotional complexities. 

[I think I'm in love...]

Sep 25 2013 11:00am

Anything But Love: Exclusive Excerpt

Anything But Love by Beth Ciotta

For Reagan Deveraux, Sugar Creek, Vermont, and the Cupcake Lovers are a dream come true: A cozy little town where family and friends come before everything else. She’s never experienced anything like it—especially not growing up with her mother, a fickle, fame-hungry heiress. But Rae’s plan to hide out in anonymity for a year until she can claim her inheritance—and her independence—changes with one kiss from gorgeous pub owner Luke Monroe.

Luke’s charm is legendary, but he’s never been a one-woman man. Until Rae captures his attention, that is, and then disappears. With a little help from a friend, Luke tracks her down—and unearths secrets almost too wild to be true, as well as the fact that Rae lied to him, and to all of Sugar Creek. Luke’s not sure if he can forgive her, but he definitely can’t forget her, and when she returns to save the Cupcake Lovers from disaster, he knows it’s his chance to get the truth—and get the girl, this time for good…

Get a sneak peek of Beth Ciotta's Anything But Love (available October 1, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt.

Chapter 1
Forget love—I’d rather fall in chocolate!
—Sandra J. Dykes

Sugar Creek, Vermont
December 23

Luke Monroe was no Scrooge. He was all about family and giving and good times with friends. He co-owned and ran the Sugar Shack, a local pub and restaurant devoted to camaraderie via top-notch food and drinks, and a cozy atmosphere. Like every other year, this year he’d decked the Shack’s halls with boughs of holly on December 1st—fa-la-la-la-la. He’d helped decorate two other family businesses, too. J. T. Monroe’s Department Store—owned and operated by his dad and Luke’s older brother, Devlin. And Moose-a-lotta—a kitschy café owned and operated by his grandma, Daisy Monroe, and Dev’s lady love, Chloe Madison. Lots of red and green and a good dose of silvery white due to the latest snowstorm. Overall the entire town of Sugar Creek looked like Santa’s Vermont Village. Normally, Luke felt like a giddy kid for most of the month of December. This holiday season, for reasons that alluded him, Luke was bluer than blue. Fa-la-freaking-la.

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Mar 8 2013 1:00pm

The Trouble with Love: New Excerpt

Rocky Monroe’s bad luck is legendary. So it stands to reason that during a quick trip to New York on behalf of the Cupcake Lovers’ forthcoming book, she winds up in the arms of the one man she never wants to see again. So what if he’s also the man she can’t stop dreaming about? Mouth-watering Jayce Bello has always been Rocky’s biggest mistake, and she’s not going to let history repeat itself...unless she gets a new taste of his delicious kisses.

When Jayce Bello left Sugar Creek ten years ago, it was the right thing to do—for him and for Rocky, his best friend’s little sister. But one passionate night with gorgeous, reckless Rocky is enough to prove that she’s the missing ingredient in his happiness. Now, with scandalous secrets souring the sweetness of the Cupcake Lovers’ club, Jayce needs to convince Rocky that their love is something to savor...

Get a sneak peek of Beth Ciotta's The Trouble with Love (available March 26, 2013) with an excerpt with Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.

—Erma Bombeck


“To die for.”

“Had me at the crystallized ginger.”

Rocky Monroe glanced around her grandma’s diningroom table, smiling as everyone sampled her cupcakes with a blissful moan, pumping a mental fist as every member of Cupcake Lovers—at least the ones in attendance—concurred. Her proposed contribution for the club’s Creepy Cupcake booth at the upcoming Spookytown Spectacular was a hit. She’d always had faith in her cooking skills, but when it came to baking there was nothing like a thumbs-up from the four senior members, Judy Betts, Helen Cole, Ethel Larsen, and Rocky’s grandma, Daisy Monroe, who’d been baking for charitable causes since before the Vietnam War.

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Aug 27 2012 1:30pm

Author Beth Ciotta on Sexy Sweets—The Cupcake Effect

Fool for Love by Beth Ciotta

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers welcomes Beth Ciotta—not to mention her sweet treats—to the site. Beth's Fool for Love pits a chef-in-training with a sassy attitude against an all-business guy, and the crumbs fly! Thanks for joining us, Beth!

Knowing I’m presently obsessed with all things “cupcake,” a friend emailed me a statistic attached to an invitation to enroll in a cupcake-making class.

“Cupcakes are so popular in America that the top three Internet searches are cupcakes, hunky firemen, and hunky firemen kissing cupcakes.”

I don’t know if that “search” holds true to this day, but you have to love that hook! Cupcakes just naturally goes along with romance and hot men, don't you think?  Sweets in general are (or can be) deliciously sexy. Think of all the romantic and/or sexy scenes you’ve read in books or seen in movies involving melted chocolate or whip cream or honey or . . . you get the picture. But did you also know that certain sweets are aphrodisiacs?

[Really? Sweet!...]

Aug 13 2012 1:30pm

Fool for Love: New Excerpt

Fool For Love by Beth Ciotta

Call her a fool, but chef-in-training Chloe Madison wants to have her cake and eat it too. So when her boyfriend dumps her for some French tart, she decides to start over from scratch—with a new life and job in Sugar Creek, Vermont. What could be sweeter than cooking for an eccentric lady who’s crazy for desserts? What could be more tempting than joining a club called the Cupcake Lovers? Just one thing: local business-hunk Devlin Monroe…

Although he’s  the grandson of Chloe’s fun-loving boss, Devlin Monroe is all work and no play. Micro-managing the family business, he doesn’t have time to indulge in life’s  sweetest pleasures—until he meets Chloe. How can he resist such a vibrant, beautiful woman who brings so much passion to the table? But when old grudges and secrets threaten to destroy the Cupcake Lovers, Devlin must decide if his feelings for Chloe are a recipe for disaster—or a sinfully delicious ever-after…

Get a sneak peek of Beth Ciotta’s Fool for Love (available August 28, 2012) with an excerpt of Chapters 1-3.

Chapter 1
Manhattan, New York Upper East Side

“How many years do you think I’d get for death by Cuisin­ art?”


“I’m serious, Monica. I want to kill him.”

“With a hand mixer?”

“I don’t want it to be quick.”

“Or easy. How exactly would that work?”

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