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Thu
Jul 13 2017 12:00pm

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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Thu
Jul 6 2017 11:00am
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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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Fri
May 26 2017 11:02am
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Roan Parrish Excerpt: Small Change

Roan Parrish

Ginger Holtzman has fought for everything she’s ever had—the success of her tattoo shop, respect in the industry, her upcoming art show. Tough and independent, she has taking-no-crap down to an art form. Good thing too, since keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which … is for the best, because then she doesn’t notice how lonely she is. She’ll get through it all on her own, just like she always does.

Christopher Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly because he wanted to be part of a community after years of running from place to place, searching for something he could never quite name. Now, he relishes the familiarity of knowing what his customers want, and giving it to them. But what he really wants now is love.

When they meet, Christopher is smitten, but Ginger … isn’t quite so sure. Christopher’s gorgeous, and kind, and their opposites-attract chemistry is off the charts. But hot sex is one thing—truly falling for someone? Terrifying. When her world starts to crumble around her, Ginger has to face the fact that this fight can only be won by being vulnerable—this fight, she can’t win on her own.

Get a sneak peek at Roan Parrish's Small Change (available June 1, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He ran a palm up my spine to my neck and I bit my lip, glad he couldn’t see my face. It was an intimate gesture, appreciative and possessive, and it made me imagine how he’d touch me if the thin fabric of my dress weren’t between us.

Would he trace the lines of my body—follow the shapes of muscle, bone, and flesh—or would he follow the lines of my ink instead?

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Tue
Dec 6 2016 3:00pm

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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Mon
Oct 10 2016 11:30am

Top 10 Hottest Scientists Ranked in Descending Order of Scientific Accuracy

Where We Left Off by Roan Parrish

... Because It’s Been Scientifically Proven That Accuracy Makes Hotties Even Hotter

Today we welcome Roan Parrish (Where We Left Off) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Leo Ware is a physics major and so is very brainy! But Roan has an appreciation for other scientists—so she's here to round up her list of the sexiest scientists... in order of accuracy, of course. Thanks, Roan!

Leo Ware may be a wide-eyed romantic hopelessly in love with beautiful, snarky Will Highland. But he’s also a physics major, obsessed with the laws that govern the universe. Yeah, sure he tries to figure out how he could measure love to … inconclusive results. But really he just believes that romance is intrinsic to science!

So, In Leo’s honor, here are some other freaking hot science babes, in descending order of scientific accuracy. (In the interest of full disclosure I have to tell you that I am incredibly good at science. No, I am. Seriously. You’ll see.)

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Wed
Mar 2 2016 1:00pm

What is Hurt/Comfort and Why Do We Love It?

Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

Today we're thrilled to welcome Roan Parrish to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Roan's second book in her In the Middle of Somewhere series, Out of Nowhere, came out on Monday and features Colin—the brother of our hero from In the Middle of Somewhere. In the Middle of Somewhere brought the angst, and with Colin, who was maybe not the most likeable character in book 1, getting his own book, the concept of angst and “hurt/comfort” came up. Roan is here today to talk about angst, hurt/comfort, and tackling difficult issues while still offering a happily-ever-after. Thanks, Roan!

Romantic relationships tend to act as magnifying glasses for our emotions, so it’s no wonder that we have a whole cocktail menu of terms to describe how we like our romance novels (bonus points to the first person who can rec me the best romance equivalent to a whiskey ginger …). Sweet, reluctant, passionate, awkward, perverse, hard-won, aggressive—you name the adjective and there’s probably a Goodreads list of romances designated by it.

And “angsty” is one of the most popular categories of romance, with books marked by their level of angst the way we order spicy takeout by number of chili peppers. After all, one of the reasons many of us love romance novels is because of the chance to see characters overcome obstacles and find love. The logic seems at times to run: if it’s satisfying to see characters triumph over obstacles to find love then it will be even more satisfying if those obstacles are even bigger/worse/more dramatic. These are stories where romance blossoms in the ruins—stories of the “we found love in a hopeless place” variety. Sometimes it isn’t the place that feels hopeless, but an element of the character’s story—a past trauma, struggle, or loss—and the love isn’t so much an outgrowth of it, but a salve for it.

[Whiskey ginger and comfort levels ...]

Sat
Feb 6 2016 12:00pm
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Out of Nowhere: Exclusive Excerpt

Roan Parrish

Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

Get a sneak peek at Roan Parrish's Out of Nowhere (available February  29, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I’ve been remembering things lately. There was this kid I knew in middle school. Charlie Lancaster. He was kind of strange, always talking about morbid stuff like death and skeletons and plagues. But after Mom died, all the things he was talking about kind of made sense to me.

His parents had been killed in a car crash when he was ten, and he managed to sit with me and talk and not spout a bunch of shit about how sorry he was for me. Useless comments that made me want to scream and punch people right in their weepy, sympathetic mouths. Instead, Charlie and I talked about what it meant for someone to suddenly cease to exist. About the space someone can leave behind.

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Thu
Feb 4 2016 12:00pm
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Follow Me Into Darkness: Excerpt

Santino Hassell, Roan Parrish, J.R. Gray, J.C. Lillis and Kris Ripper

Follow Me Into Darkness by Santino Hassell, J.C. Lillis, J.R. Gray, Kris Ripper, and Roan Parrish

Carnivale is a time for decadence, for revelry, and for mischief. A time when we shed the figurative masks we wear in everyday life in favor of new ones… ones that allow us to be a little bolder, a little more adventurous, and perhaps a little truer to ourselves. Follow Me Into Darkness is a compilation of original tales of queer romance by five of the premier authors of contemporary romance.

Hurricane by Santino Hassell

Interesting things never happened to Zay. He was the wallflower everyone forgot about as soon as the booze began to flow, and Mardi Gras had never been an exception. But after a chance encounter with a devil-may-care grifter, this year's celebration brings adventure and whirlwind romance.

If We Be Friends by J.C. Lillis

Seventeen-year-old Ven should be flying high—he's playing the title role in a new TV drama about Hamlet's teen years, and tonight they're having a Mardi Gras cast party in a possibly-haunted castle. But Ven's lost all his mirth since his boyfriend suggested they “take a break,” so he plans to skip the bash and brood in his trailer all night. Then the exasperating guy who plays Horatio challenges him to a Shakespearean soliloquy-off, and Ven knows his actorly honor is at stake. He says yes to the duel, trudges off to the the party to meet his fate—and finds that more awaits him onstage than a battle of wits and words.

Masked by J.R. Gray

Blistering heat and half-naked masked men as far as the eye can see, but Heath runs into the one face it’s taken him fifteen years to forget. Javier is plagued with a life of regret, but when a second chance confronts him, can he let go of his hang-ups and seize the moment?

The Queen’s Reflection by Kris Ripper

Isah plays the role everyone expects: malleable and cautious, a true queen. But what others see as a queen’s appropriate modesty is really just a disguise for what Isah has never told anyone, the thing no one can ever know.

This body, dressed in the queen’s gowns, is a lie.

Once a year, at carnival, Isah dons someone else’s clothes and becomes them for a night. A young cook in stained whites, or a stableboy in worn breeches. As long as no one gets too close the pretense holds.

Until two strangers look past all the characters and Isah finally exposes the person behind the mask.

Touched by Roan Parrish

Sometimes when he touches people Philippe Rondeau sees their future. It’s erratic and inconvenient, but mostly he’s learned to deal with it. Sure he hasn’t found true love yet, but he has friends and lovers, and is kept busy running his family’s jazz club in Prohibition-era New Orleans. But now it’s Mardi Gras and all bets are off. In the space of one night, Philippe falls under the spell of jazz musician Claude and learns a terrible secret about his powers. If Philippe is certain of anything it’s that the future can be tricky, but the chance at love makes it all seem worthwhile.

Get a sneak peek at Santino Hassell, J.R. Gray, J.C. Lillis, Roan Parrish, and Kris Ripper's Follow Me Into Darkness (available February 4, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Hurricane by Santino Hassell

“C'mon. I haven't steered you wrong yet.”

Yet.

“Just one wish, and then we go. What will it hurt?”

Nothing. Unless he robbed me. But his hands were gentle on my shoulders and his voice was a siren song in my ear, and at the moment I couldn't believe he would hurt me. He'd have done it already. That was what I told myself even as the other parts of my brain, the parts that often kept me isolated and withdrawn, screamed at me to stop trusting him and leave.

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