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Mar 16 2017 9:30am

Trail Mix: How to Cook Up a Smoking-Hot Cowboy

Lickety Split by Damon Suede

Today we're thrilled to welcome Damon Suede (Lickety Split) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Damon's latest book is an erotic cowboy romance so you could say knows a thing or two about cowboys! Today, Damon is here to help us pin down what exactly it is about these strong, silent, often charming heroes that makes us love them so much. Thanks, Damon!

Hey y’all! Today I wanted to take a minute to talk about what makes a cowboy hot…or not.

One of the worst things you can say about a cowboy in Texas is that he's “All hat, no cattle…” That is to say, a flimflammer, a faux-hunk, someone who is all sizzle no steak. Plenty of fellows wear a Stetson and Luccheses to the office in Houston, Dallas, or Austin, but most of those guys have never bucked hay or ridden a fence. They play the part without ever getting barbwire scars or breaking a rib.

For best results, a hot cowboy draws on a set of timeless qualities that show up in every Western romance hero, contemporary or historical. What's astonishing is that although the adjectives stay constant, they apply to a whole range of variable ingredients which produce cowboys of every stripe. It’s practically a spice rack with recommended fixings:

  • Battered: hat, heart, hopes
  • Strong: ties, opinions, arms
  • Thick: calluses, skull, charm
  • Fierce: eyes, loyalty, appetites
  • Slow: walk, anger, smile
  • Rough: manners, hands, language
  • Square: jaw, tastes, values
  • Devoted: friends, habits, animals
  • Solid: roots, seat, reputation
  • Faded: Wranglers, tattoos, prejudices
  • Rugged: build, skills, home
  • Frank: needs, talk, urges
  • Tough: job, skin, problems

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Dec 14 2015 2:30pm

Male/Male Romance Authors Love NYC: The 26 Best New York-Set Movies and Romance Novels

Carey Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Holiday

Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome not one, but three authors to the site today. Writing is a collaborative effort and so we're so happy to have Santino Hassell (Sunset Park), Karen Stivali (Moment of Silence), and Damon Suede (Pent Up) here to collaborate on a guest post. All three authors have recently written New York-based male/male romances and are here today to talk about some of their favorite New York-set movies and books. Thanks, Santino, Karen, and Damon!

As writers who also identify as New Yorkers, there's no hiding that NYC is close to our hearts. From the glitzy to the gritty, there are endless ways to find love in the five boroughs, which is why we can't stop talking about the city as a setting for romance.

We asked readers to recommend their favorite books or movies set in the Big Apple, and threw in our favorites. If you need a last minute gift idea, or simply want to stock up for your own holiday binge watching, take a look at these recs!

[Let's get rec'ing...]

Oct 14 2013 3:15pm

Romantic Attractions: The Thrills and Spills of the Reader’s Theme Park

Today we're delighted to have two authors joining us to talk about great romantic fiction. Heidi Cullinan writes primarily m/m romance, and her latest release, Love Lessons, tells the story of a shy freshman and his Casanova roommate. Damon Suede also writes m/m romance, and his upcoming title, Bad Idea, is about a reclusive comic book artist who meets an FX makeup artist.

Damon and Heidi have teamed up to share how they believe reading romance is like riding a great amusement park ride. Buckle up! And thanks, Heidi and Damon!

“Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone.” - Walt Disney

Like an amusement park ride, great romantic fiction must be both safe and exciting, balancing risk and reward for maximum enjoyment. Climbing aboard promises two certainties: a central loving relationship and a positive outcome. We don’t know how the love will happen, but we expect a moving experience that’s surprising and satisfying. Just as we know a well-designed rollercoaster won’t stall or jump the tracks, we know a romance always looks towards a happy future, possibly with marriage, babies, and multiple orgasms. It’s why we keep coming back. We want the the thrills without the spills.

[Safety first!...]