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Fri
Jun 9 2017 1:00pm

6 Enemies-to-Lovers Stories for Every Mood

Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Today we're thrilled to welcome Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (Mature Content) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Megan and Santino have explored a lot of tropes we love, but today they're here to talk about one of our favorites—enemies to lovers! They've come to discuss the different types of enemies-to-lovers stories that are out there—and trust us when we say, there's one for every mood! Thanks, Megan and Santino!

While writing the Cyberlove series, we've explored themes ranging from social anxiety to age gaps to barriers due to chaotic families, but Mature Content is our first joint venture into enemies-to-lovers. Writing it was intense, and the buildup of sexual tension led to chemistry that was pretty explosive. It also led to several conversations about how this volatile relationship could develop into something long-lasting with a believable happily ever after.

It also got us thinking about other masters of this trope, and we decided to share a list of our favorite enemies-to-lovers novels!

Work Place Enemies-to-Lovers

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Whip-smart banter and sexy as hell, this book is a must-read for fans of push-pull romance. Once you read the first, you’ll want to read the whole series, so dig in!

[Read more...]

Wed
Jan 11 2017 1:10pm
Excerpt

Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell Excerpt + Cover Reveal: Hard Wired

Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Hard Wired by Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell

My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There's a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.

But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I've known online for years. And he'd known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.

Now we're back online, and he's acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don't plan to let him forget.

Get a sneak peek at Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell's Hard Wired (available February 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Finish your other drink. I want to show you something.”

Jesse did as commanded, tilting his head back and wincing, but he swallowed it in one gulp. I leaned in closer, pressing my body to his broader more muscular one, and tangled my fingers with his. He was so warm, and he smelled so good, that I wanted to keep him close.

He dropped the glass to the table with a comical grimace. Jesse wasn't much of a drinker, but he was still sharp. Even so, I leaned in and whispered, “Are you sober?”

[Read the full Hard Wired excerpt...]

Tue
Feb 16 2016 12:30pm

Well, This Is Awkward: Unconventional First Meetings in Romance

Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Today we're thrilled to welcome Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Their recent release of Strong Signal, features two gamers who meet in a video game, but fall in love in the real world. Today, Megan and Santino are here to talk about other unconventional meet-cutes in romance. Thanks, Megan and Santino!

Our recent release, Strong Signal, features two gamers (or gaymers as Kai calls himself) who meet in a video game. It's definitely not love at first sight when their avatars meet, but what happens in the game definitely does not stay in the game. Kai and Garrett end up investigating each other's real selves, revealing a famous streamer and an isolated soldier, and end up conecting in a very real way.

Unconventional meetings in romance novels are fun, unexpected, and sometimes humorous. Here's a list of some of our favorites:

Upside Down by Lia Riley

The first time Talia spies the hero, he’s dressed up in a koala costume and in a fist fight. It’s an amazing way to show how passionate the hero is. The scene is simultaneously awkward and funny, and endeared me to the characters and Riley’s writing immediately.

[There's more ...]

Thu
Oct 1 2015 2:00pm

Queer Romance Month: Top Queer Romance from Top Queer Romance Authors

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Today we're thrilled to have not one, not two, but SIX great queer romance authors! KJ Charles, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson, Alexis Hall, Santino Hassell, and Audra North have spent a lot of time organizing Queer Romance Month, and now they're hear to spread the word! Looking for a great LGBTQ+ book to read? The organizers of Queer Romance Month are here today with some recommendations. Thanks, all!

K.J. Charles

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

A lovely NA 'opposite sides of the tracks' lesbian romance, with two students, one from a wealthy family disappointed in her, and one stripping her way through college. It's sweet, hot, funny and heartwarming. All my favourite things in romance. 

Business Makes Strange Bedfellows by E.E. Ottoman

Lovecraftian horror meets lesbian vampire romance, with a reanimator scientist and a vampire private detective in a wonderfully Gothic setting.

[Queer Romance month is kicking off ...]

Fri
Jul 31 2015 2:00pm

Slash Through the Heart: Popular LGBTQ Ships in Pop Culture

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Megan Erickson to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Megan's latest release, Focus on Me, came out on July 21 and is a male/male romance. Male/male romance has started to edge its way away from the fringe and into the mainstream. That means we can now openly appreciate many of our favorite relationships, even if they weren't part of the original story—yes, we're talking about slash fiction (ships in fandom that squee all over the interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex). Megan is here today to talk about those popular pairings—complete with gifs and fan art! Thanks, Megan!

Fandoms. They love their non-canon ships just about as much as they love their fan fiction. And some of the most popular ships romantically link characters in LGBTQ relationships. Dudes with dudes. Women with women. Non-binary with non-binary. It’s pretty awesome, in my opinion, that we don’t limit our imaginations to only what’s written on the page. And I think it speaks to authors and show creators who create so many amazing characters that we all want them to kiss!

[Pop culture couples we ship...]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 9:30am
Excerpt

Trust the Focus: Megan Erickson Shares Exclusive Alternate POV Scene

Megan Erickson

Trust the Focus by Megan EricksonToday we're thrilled to have Megan Erickson here today to introduce a special scene from her book, Trust the Focus, which was released this past Tuesday. Sometimes characters' voices are too loud to be ignored. Megan is here today introduce and share the alternate POV scene from Trust the Focus! Thanks, Megan!

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his father’s ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one he’d rather share the experience with more than Landry.

But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.

Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.

Trust the Focus is told from Justin Akron’s POV—a twenty-two-year-old college graduate on a road trip with his best friend, Landry. When I was drafting this book, there was a pivotal scene that was giving me fits. I talked it over with my critique partner, Natalie Blitt, and she suggested, as an exercise, to write the scene from Landry’s POV. That way, the scene would ring true for Justin as well as Landry. It was a really great exercise, and I think this scene works better because of it.

Since the book is told from Justin’s POV, this scene wasn’t used in the final version. But thanks to Heroes and Heartbreakers, you have a chance to read it. Thanks H&H!

Without further ado, get a taste of Megan Erickson's Trust the Focus with an exclusive alternate point of view scene!

I leaned against the RV, my whole body vibrating with anger. I wanted to hop on a bus, get the fuck out of here and away from my best friend hurling that word at me.

The word. The one he knew better than to say. The word Justin had punched a guy for when he’d used it toward me.

[Continue on to read the full scene...]

Wed
Aug 27 2014 2:45pm

Sweatpants Are the New Wranglers: Hot Heroes in Cotton

Make It Right by Megan EricksonToday we've asked author Megan Erickson to come talk about a very serious topic: Men wearing sweatpants. Megan's upcoming release, Make it Right, is a companion book to Make it Count. Both books are part of the Bowler University series, and Make it Right's hero, Max Payton, teaches a self-defense class, so of course he has to don casual, comfortable clothing to do so. Making the heroine (and us!) very happy indeed. Thanks, Megan!

Sweatpants.

On hot guys.

Are hot.

And I’m going to tell you why you need to join me over on the 100% cotton Dark Side. I know what you’re saying. “Ew, Megan. Sweatpants? I like worn jeans on my guy or nothing at all.”

I KNOW. But hear me out? Or actually, let me start with some visual inspiration:

[We're ready to be inspired...]