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Tue
Jul 25 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Tara Thomas, Madhuri Pavamani, and Alexis Daria

Team H&H has three great covers for you today from authors Tara Thomas, Madhuri Pavamani, and Alexis Daria. Read what's to come in the second novel of Thomas' Sons of Broad series, Pavamani's final book of her Keepers series, and the first book in a duology from Golden Heart nominee Alexis Daria. 

Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas

Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas

In this next novel in the stunning romantic suspense Sons of Broad series from Tara Thomas comes a novel of deadly games and uninhibited passion. In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a ruthless serial killer is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…

Exclusive bonus material ONLY available in print edition!

Knox Benedict is known as the Saint. He’s the upstanding son of the Benedict family, the moral backbone, the one who sets his entire life by the world of rules and constraints he’s created for himself. But Knox Benedict has a secret. A secret that has unleashed the intense passion, the fierce hunger that lives deep within him. A secret he’d live and die for. But a deadly enemy of the Benedict’s is about to take Knox’s hidden life and fling it out into the open…and in the process, begin a dangerous game.

Bea was never supposed to be Knox Benedict’s wife. They were rivals, locked in a dead heat on opposite sides of a negotiation table, supposed to fight tooth and nail. Instead, she took one look at those smoldering Benedict eyes and knew there would be no loving anyone else. But when Bea’s investigation into Benedict industries leads to an attack that leaves her for dead, Bea knows she has to follow through with what she’s started – just as Knox knows he must keep his secret wife safe, even if it means sacrificing everything he knows.

As an enemy strikes closer and closer to Bea with every waking day, Bea and Knox must race to uncover the truth, before it’s too late.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Deadly Secret by Tara Thomas, available March 27, 2018:

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Tue
Jul 25 2017 11:00am

Ilona Andrews on Writing Together, Kate and Curran’s Finale, and Hidden Legacy!

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is well known as a “master of fantasy” and with the recent conclusion of their Hidden Legacy series, they've proved it once more. However for this husband and wife team—made up of Ilona and Gordon Andrews—writing together is never a dull moment. We were lucky to sit down with both of them and talk about the joys and challenges of co-writing, what inspired Nevada and Rogan of the Hidden Legacy series, power couple Kate and Curran, and so much more. 

What is your favorite part of co-writing?

We get to hang out together all day, doing what we like and we make a decent living from it.  Our commute is short and the dress code is ridiculously lax. Occasionally, we get travel and dress up like grown adults.

What is the most challenging aspect of co-writing?

Compromise, admitting that the other person’s idea or plot point is better for the book than yours. We’ve only ever had one serious disagreement about something in the books, it was the death of a prominent character.  It was hard but it needed to be done to move the story forward. Also, having to get dressed up and leave the house.

Is there anything about your process that might surprise readers?

Maybe that we plot in the car on long trips or while drinking beer in the pool? We can, if we really need to, write a complete book in less than ninety days.  Normally we have more time but we’ve done it before and we’re doing it right now. 

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Fri
Jul 21 2017 2:00pm

“It has so many quirky situations”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Applecookie loves the quirk

Applecookie in Her Fake Engagement: A Heroes and Heartbreakers Original Novella

I loved this story. It has so many quirky situations. The faux bachelorette parties are great. Besides that, the story is written so that you just want to know more, it makes you cheer them on or groan when they do something “stupid”. Great story with a little bit of everything, angst, comedy, and of course romance.

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Mon
Jul 17 2017 11:00am

July’s Book Club Pick Is Lora Leigh’s Wild Card—Download a Free Copy Now!

Our book club gives “summer of love” a whole new meaning. Each month through August, Heroes and Heartbreakers will spotlight a new romance to read and then invite readers to gather together to discuss the book in various ways, including discussion threads, author interviews, fantasy casting, and more.

That's not all: Readers in the U.S. and Canada will also have a limited-time chance to download a copy of each month's e-book—for FREE!* 

Wild Card by Lora LeighOur Book Club selection for July is...Lora Leigh's Wild Card!

Nothing gets our hearts pounding more than a good romantic suspense novel—especially when they bring the heat like in Lora Leigh's Wild Card, the start of her Elite Ops series. Wild Card follows the story of reunited husband and wife, Nathan and Bella... only their reunion is under unusual circumstances! We know they'll find their way to a happy ending, and we can't wait to see how you enjoy their journey. 

Join the H&H E-Book of the Month Club now! 

Here's the deal:

  • By signing up to get your free e-book, you will also receive the weekly Heroes and Heartbreakers newsletter and  an alert every month when a new e-book is available for download!
  • Book club members will need to confirm the details of their membership in order to get the next month’s free e-book.**
  • Each book will be offered for 14 days and you MUST download your copy before the offer ends.
  • This offer is only available in the U.S. and Canada due to complex international laws; we sincerely apologize for the geographic restriction.

So sign up for the H&H E-Book of the Month Club here and then be sure to join us in all our Wild Card discussion thread, an in-depth Q&A with Lora Leigh, and more! In fact, just go ahead and Bookmark the link to our Book Club collection to keep up with all of the fun we have planned...

Happy reading!

*Offer to download Lora Leigh's Wild Card ends July 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

**Book club program runs until September 4, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. We reserve the right to end this promotion at any time.

Mon
Jul 17 2017 11:00am

Lora Leigh’s Wild Card Book Club Discussion Thread

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Our adrenaline is pumping hard over this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book of the Month Club pick, because it's one of our all time favorite authors: Lora Leigh! Whether you've already read—and fallen in love with—her Elite Ops series, which starts with the book Wild Card, or you're just getting your first taste, we know you'll need to spill, so join our discussion below!

Need more from Lora? Test your knowledge on all things Lora Leigh and see how you stack up in our trivia game—if you need a refresher, we've got your six, check out our Binge Guide to Lora Leigh's Elite Ops series. Ready to spill on Wild Card? Join our discussion thread of Wild Card or come chat with Lora Leigh in our exclusive interview!

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s also a non-spoiler-y Q&A with Lora Leigh, the author, if you're not yet ready to dive into talking about Wild Card.)

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

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Mon
Jul 17 2017 11:00am

Lora Leigh on Navy SEALs, Wild Card, and Rory Malone

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to squee with us over this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book of the Month Club pick, because it's one of our all time favorite authors: Lora Leigh! We sat down with Lora this month to discuss the mysterious Nathan, his deep love for his wife, Bella, and how they were able to find their way back to one another. If that's not enough to sigh over, we also got the scoop from Lora on Rory Malone and all things Elite Ops. 

Need more from Lora? Test your knowledge on all things Lora Leigh and see how you stack up in our trivia game—if you need a refresher, we've got your six, check out our Binge Guide to Lora Leigh's Elite Ops series. Ready to spill on Wild Card? Join our discussion thread of Wild Card

Now, without further ado, come chat with Lora Leigh!

What drew you to writing Navy SEAL heroes and why do you think they have such an enduring appeal?

The heroism, ideals, honor, loyalty, as well as the scars their hearts and soul carry, is what I believe draws readers to them. They are the ultimate hero.  We want to love them, heal them and be the recipient of all that brooding dark fire we sense must surely be waiting there under the surface. They protect and defend with a strength and determination that makes a romance reader breathless. They’re the perfect specimen of pure male strength and all we want to do is touch.

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Fri
Jul 14 2017 2:00pm

“I will admit that I am a binge reader”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Laura001 is a confirmed binge reader

Laura001 in What’s the Longest Binge-Reading Streak You’ve Been On?

I will admit that I am a binge reader. If I find a series that I like I will read the whole series start to finish and preorder any future releases. If I really like an author I will track down everything they have ever published and read it too, including website short stories and freebies. I think the longest binge read of any series I have read was the Argeneau Vampire series by Lynsay Sands because it was already 19 books long when I discovered it. Coming in a close second was the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon because not only was it a long series on its own but i discovered that it was also intertwined with the Dream Hunter series and the Chronicles of Nick.

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Tue
Jul 11 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Victoria De La O, Anna Zabo, and Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Team H&H has three great covers from upcoming romances by authors Victoria De La O, Anna Zabo, and Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn. Check out the titles and what to expect to add to your reading list.

Tell Me That You’re Mine by Victoria De La O

Tell Me That You’re Mine by Victoria De La O

Ryan McCallister is ready to come home and put the heartbreak of his first love behind him. But when he returns after teaching abroad, the home he once knew isn’t quite ready for him. The woman Ryan once loved is living with his brother; his friends have moved on; and his new landlady, Eva Romero, seems determined not to like him.

But Ryan likes Eva. A lot.

It doesn’t matter that Eva has a six-year-old son and a troubled ex-husband; when Ryan’s with her, everything makes sense. Eva isn’t convinced she’s ready to take another chance on love, but Ryan’s determined to show her he’s worth the risk.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Tell Me That You’re Mine by Victoria De La O, available August 29, 2017:

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Fri
Jul 7 2017 2:00pm

“Books are meat and medicine”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Janga has a collects reading quotes

Janga in What Quote Sums Up Your Love of Reading and Books?

I have a whole collection of reading quotes that I love, but two of my favorites are a verse from a Gwendolyn Brooks poem that I used in my first-day-of-class Great Books lecture and a passage from Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird that I used on my blog (now defunct).

“Books are meat and medicine
and flame and flight and flower
steel, stitch, cloud and clout,
and drumbeats on the air.“ —Gwendolyn Brooks

“Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”—Anne Lamott

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Thu
Jul 6 2017 4:45pm

Beau Winston Gets His Story in Penny Reid’s Beard in Mind

Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

We love getting weird with beards—especially when they're being offered up by Penny Reid. Earlier this year, you voted Cletus and Jennifer of Beard Science as one of your Swoonworthiest Couples, and now it's time for another Winstron Brother story: Beau's. That's right, the devilish twin of Truth or Beard's Duane has been positively desperate for a story—and now he's getting one!

Earlier today, iBooks named Beard in Mind—Beau and Shelly Sullivan's story—one of their most anticipated books of the summer, and we have to say we are in total agreement. 

Not acquainted with Beard in Mind, yet? Learn more about the book, here: 

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Thu
Jul 6 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Tamsen Parker, Jamie Wesley, and Lily Danes

Team H&H is excited to bring you three more covers from the Camp Firefly Falls series from authors Tamsen Parker, Jamie Wesley, and Lily Danes! Don't forget to check out all the great covers we've revealed and the Camp Firefly Falls website for more info about the series. 

In Her Court by Tamsen Parker

In Her Court by Tamsen Parker

Newly minted professor Evangeline “Van” Thompson’s academic dreams have turned into nightmares. She can’t wait to escape the pressure cooker of the university to spend the summer at Camp Firefly Falls with her bestie, Nate.

Unfortunately, Nate breaks his leg halfway through the season, and his little sister Willa fills in for him as resident tennis instructor. Van has fond memories of the blonde moppet, but when Willa shows up at camp, she’s not so little anymore. She’s grown into a bombshell and a menace on the tennis court—why do those skirts have to be so short, anyway?

Willa Carter has had a crush on Van Thompson since the third grade but Van’s always been more interested in hanging out with Willa’s older brother. Not much seems to have changed—Van’s managing the camp’s web presence while Willa rocks her tennis whites.

Camp will be closing in a few weeks, and Van’s barely spoken to Willa despite sharing a cabin. But when the two get thrown together to plan the last session of camp, s’mores might not be the only thing getting sticky and sweet before the season’s out…

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of In Her Court by Tamsen Parker, available September 29, 2017:

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Thu
Jul 6 2017 11:45am

Read Chapter 1 of J.D. Robb’s Secrets in Death

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

September 5 is headed our way fast, and we can't wait because we'll be able to read the rest of J.D. Robb's Secrets in Death! The entire first chapter of Secrets in Death is available to read at Robb's website. 

And catch up on the H&H coverage of Robb's In Death series, including the most recent release—Echoes in Death. 

H&H Editor Picks:

In Death, In Depth: Fun Facts About J.D. Robb’s In Death Series

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Echoes in Death

Swoonies 2017: Your Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year Is …Apprentice in Death’s Eve and Roarke!

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Apprentice in Death

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb, available September 5, 2017:

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Wed
Jul 5 2017 11:15am

Sylvia Day Casting News: Afterburn/Aftershock Gets Its Gia and Jax

Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day

If you're unfamiliar with the soon-to-come streaming service Passionflix, you're going to want to get on board for the adaptation of Sylvia Days' Afterburn/Aftershock.  Day posted about the project on her Facebook and gave us some photos of the Gia and Jax over at her website. 

We're so excited about the upcoming film, here's a summary from Passionflix: 

“Businesswoman Gia Rossi is determined to be successful in her new job, but when her ex lover Jax Rutledge waltzes back into her life, their passionate connection ignites not only in the boardroom, but the bedroom.”

The film is set to be out in November 2017. We'll update you with an exact date once we know more!

Learn more about or order a copy of Afterburn & Aftershock by Sylvia Day, available now: 

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Fri
Jun 30 2017 2:00pm

“I love to watch this movie, but...I wonder why I turned it on”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Jennie93 makes valid points about You’ve Got Mail

Jennie93 in You’ve Got Mail is a Problematic Fave—But Not for the Reason You’d Think

I have a love/hate relationship with You've Got Mail. On the one hand, I resonate with Kathleen (she loves Pride & Prejudice, NYC in the fall, and owning my own bookstore would be amazing), and I love the secret pen pal/enemies to lovers tropes at play. Yet whenever I watch it, I'm frustrated by the male characters (particularly Tom Hanks) and how they treat Kathleen, and also how she looks to them for everything. Don't even get me started on the ending…

Nora Ephron is one of my favorite screenwriters of all time (When Harry Met Sally will always be in my top favorites), but I wish she'd given Kathleen more agency in this movie. Sally has plenty of opinions/is able to stand on her own, but Kathleen...it doesn't feel like she has an original, proactive thought the entire movie.

The first example I have (that you talked about in the article) is that Kathleen doesn't decide to protest Fox books until both Tom Hanks and Greg Kinnear's characters tell her to “go to the mattresses.” So her huge, main motivation in the movie is driven by what the two men in her life told her to do.

So, yeah, I love to watch this movie, but once I have it on, there are points when I wonder why I turned it on.

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Fri
Jun 30 2017 11:00am

13 Books H&H Reviewers Couldn’t Put Down in June 2017

Our reviewers give us the scoop every day on the books they're loving and share their opinions here on Heroes and Heartbreakers. However, each month, we ask them to make a tough decision and recommend the best thing they've read over the last month! It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for June 2017 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Darlene Marshall:

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is my pick. I've read a lot of Beauty and the Beast stories over the years, and I'd put this one in the top five. Yelena, nicknamed “Beauty”, is a hunter like her beloved father. When the family suffers a reversal of fortune the father and daughter depend on their hunting skills to keep the family alive.

This Beauty is bookish, yes, but also an athletic outdoorswoman, skilled with her bow. It's a refreshing change from the usual B&B fare. We also have two sisters who, rather than being greedy and hating Beauty, love and support her, another refreshing change.

The Beast is...the Beast. We know he's got a prince inside of him, but he is sufficiently beastly to Beauty to help us buy into the entire tale.

Finally, using Russian folklore and setting for the tale helps give it a fresh twist, and works well with the narrative.

I'm almost sorry it's shelved as a YA novel. Had I not read such glowing reviews from fellow authors, I might have missed this altogether, and that would have been a shame. I highly recommend it to readers of any age. It's excellent.

Victoria Janssen:

My favorite read of June 2017 was We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Amazon | B&N | Kobo), about families and how we think about families, and also about animals and how humans relate to them, and what that says about us both. I suspect I'm going to get a lot more out of this book as it percolates slowly through my brain in days to come.

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Wed
Jun 28 2017 11:00am

July 2017 Romance Novels New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in July.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Authors: Have we missed your release before? Drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com with your title, full name, release date, and series name (if you have one) for your upcoming August 2017 release!

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Week of July 1 through July 4

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