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Fri
Sep 22 2017 2:00pm

“I am an angstbunny par excellence”: 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!


AnnaBowling is a self-proclaimed angst bunny

AnnaBowling in Moving On Sucks: Outlander 3x02 Heart-to-Heart

Possibly unpopular opinion. but I was okay with this episode. Not a favorite, but didn't hate it. Full disclosure, I am an angstbunny par excellence, provided I get my happy ending (though full disclosure on the full disclosure, I have not made it this far in the books) so as long as Claire and Jamie do find their way back to each other, I can get through this. Not that I like them sleeping with other people, but Claire has a husband in her “now,” and what is Jamie supposed to do, if he believes Claire is really truly dead? Go live by himself in a cave?

Oh wait, that is exactly what he did, and his angst came through beautifully, which fit with the entire extremely bleak episode. We have missing limbs/extremeties, Jamie is basically walking around without a heart, but with enough to take care of Jenny by setting her up to betray him, which is kind of him betraying her; Frank and Claire try to make some headway in their marriage, but while Frank is with Claire, Claire's mind is with Jamie...for an angstbunny, this is a salad bar.

Still want my HEA, though, but for now, this will do. Most certainly agree abotu Claire's unflattering clothing in 1949, because I also like fashion. She has to suffer that, too?

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Wed
Sep 20 2017 3:00pm

Julie Ann Walker Black Knights Inc. to End with Built to Last

Built to Last by Julie Ann Walker

Today we're thrilled to not only announce that Julie Ann Walker's Black Knight Inc. series would be ending (sob!) with Built to Last, but we also get to share the cover! While we're sad to see the series go, we got a chance to sit down with Julie and learn everything we could about the last book, and thrills we have to look forward to in the finale of the series! 

Without further ado, learn more about what's to come in Built to Last:

Masterful, mysterious, and completely ruthless, Jamin “Angel” Agassi joined the Black Knights Inc. after a mission-gone-wrong forced him to undergo extensive plastic surgery and change his name. He's going to bring down the world's worst crime syndicate, and hopefully keep Sonya Butler, a love from his past, from discovering who he really is...

When a dark-eyed stranger gets caught up in Sonya’s latest mission, she starts to question all her hard-won instincts. Something about Angel tells her he's more than he seems, and sometimes, when she least expects it, he reminds her of a man she used to know. As the bullets fly, she realizes that in love and war nothing is ever what it seems...

And now get the scoop straight from the source herself:

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Wed
Sep 20 2017 11:00am

Sarina Bowen on Bittersweet, Zara’s Hero, and More True North Goodness!

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

After a wonderful spring and summer, H&H’s E-Book of the Month Club program is going on a short break. We hope you enjoyed the free e-books and will let you know as soon when the next free e-book is available for download.

In the meantime, we’re happy to say that Book Club continues! We invite you to join us for monthly discussions, author Q&As, and more about books we’re loving, like Sarina Bowen's Bittersweet!

We can't help but talk about books all day, every day, and we always take the opportunity to celebrate our favorites. This month, we've decided to continue the book love—and the book club—with our spotlight on Sarina Bowen's Bittersweet. When it comes to farmer heroes, we definitely think his tractor is sexy—especially when that tractor is being ridden by one of Sarina Bowen's heroes! When Bittersweet, the first book in Bowen's True North series, came out, we immediately had a major crush on the cover, and our infatuation only got fiercer when we started reading! Today we sit down with Sarina to discuss everything we love about the True North series, what ciders inspired the Shipley Farm's brand, and, of course, what makes Griff and Audrey such standout characters.

Heroes and Heartbreakers: At 27, Griffin is very young to have to run his family’s orchard and worry about his siblings’ college funds; what appeals to you about responsible heroes like Griff?

Sarina Bowen: The thing about Griff is that he doesn’t have to run the orchard or pay the college tuition. But he thinks he has to. I was drawn to the idea that his greatest strength (responsibility) is also his greatest flaw. He sees himself as Mr. Unavailable until Audrey shows him otherwise.

H&H: Audrey is a bit of a lost lamb in the beginning of the book but flourishes under the attention of the Shipleys. What did you hope readers would take away from her arc?

SB: We don’t all get it right on the first try. Audrey is proof of that. But she’s sunny instead of bitter. She really is Griff’s opposite in this way.

H&H: What would you say is your favorite Griff and Audrey scene in the book and why?

SB: Definitely the pig butchery! Another woman would be scared off, but not our Audrey.

[Read on for cider recommendations, Zara scoop, and more...]

Wed
Sep 20 2017 11:00am

Sarina Bowen’s Bittersweet Book Club Discussion Thread

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

After a wonderful spring and summer, H&H’s E-Book of the Month Club program is going on a short break. We hope you enjoyed the free e-books and will let you know as soon when the next free e-book is available for download.

In the meantime, we’re happy to say that Book Club continues! We invite you to join us for monthly discussions, author Q&As, and more about books we’re loving.

And now, for September, we’re thrilled to announce our Book Club pick is Sarina Bowen's Bittersweet!

Bittersweet is one of those books we just couldn't shut up about here at Heroes and Heartbreakers HQ because What?? Farmers are hot now? Despite the evidence of Alice Clayton's Nuts and our own trend watch for “men who work with their hands” in December 2015, we still couldn't believe how into lumbersexuals we all were when this first True North book was released in the summer of 2016.

And now? Well, now we can't wait to discuss this book with all of you and to learn whether you liked it as much as we did.

Want more? Read our Q&A with author Sarina Bowen about Bittersweet and the True North series!

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.

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

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Tue
Sep 19 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Kimberly Kincaid, Sidney Halston, Stefanie London, and Layla Reyne

Team H&H has four covers for you today from upcoming romances by authors Kimberly Kincaid, Sidney Halston, Stefanie London, and Layla Reyne. Take a look at these hot, sexy, and suspenseful romances headed your way soon!

In Too Deep by Kimberly Kincaid

In Too Deep by Kimberly Kincaid

As Station Seventeen’s rookie, Luke Slater knows his fire and EMS training will be both rigorous and risky, but he never imagined having to partner up with the one woman he wants to keep at arm’s length most of all. Quinn Copeland is as wide-open as Luke is reserved. He has no interest in letting the sweet and sexy paramedic rock his hard-earned control. But the need for composure becomes the need to survive when they find themselves in the crosshairs of a brutal gang leader on their first shift together.

Paramedic Quinn Copeland’s station mates aren’t just her friends. They’re her family. She’d do anything to keep them safe—including reluctantly trusting her impossible-to- read, impossibly gorgeous new partner with the one thing she holds close. As the passion between Luke and Quinn goes from a slow burn to a sizzle, their steps grow more and more dangerous, both in the fire house and out. Can they outwit a cold-blooded killer and face the fears that could cost them everything? Or are they in too deep?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of In Too Deep by Kimberly Kincaid, available October 17, 2017:

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[+3 more covers ahead]

Mon
Sep 18 2017 2:30pm

Christina Lauren Spill on Autoboyography with Narrator Deacon Lee

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Last week, dynamic co-authors Christina Lauren published their Young Adult male/male novel, Autoboyography, about a young man in Utah who begins what he thinks is, at first, the simple task of writing a book in four months for a Seminar in his senior year of high school. Then a distraction in the form of Sebastian Brother,  the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class, makes Tanner realize that while he's learning how to write a book in Seminar, he may learn something else too—like how to fall in love.

The two authors sat down with Deacon Lee, the man who brought to life other Christina Lauren heroes such as Carter from Dating You/Hating You, Luke from Wicked Sexy Liar, and now Tanner in Autoboyography. They're talking about romance, sexuality, and the Mormon faith.  

But first, an introduction from the authors themselves:

Before they begin production on one of our audiobooks, Simon & Schuster Audio checks in to see whether we have a certain narrator in mind. For our latest novel, Autoboyography, we specifically requested Deacon Lee.

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Fri
Sep 15 2017 2:00pm

“I love romance novels and I work in a comic book store”: 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!


Bitsy19 found some new books!

Bitsy19 in How to Turn Your Comic-Reading Friends into Romance Readers

Love this post! I love romance novels and I work in a comic book store so all these books super align with my tastes :) Also, just wanted to rec Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna. It came out this week and it's a gorgeous graphic novel that sets Jane Eyre in modern times!

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Wed
Sep 13 2017 11:00am

Romance’s Most Likely 2017 Winners

We asked you to vote for your favorite fictional characters for awards like “Best First Kiss,” “Best Ensembles,” “Characters Who Most Need to Make Out Already,” and you delivered! Team H&H is thrilled to bring you the winners of our Romance's Most Likely for 2017. Did your favorites make it to the top of the class? Take a look!

Best First Kiss (couple)

[And the winners are...]

Wed
Sep 13 2017 10:03am

Lisa Kleypas’ Hello Stranger Cover Sparkles!

Welcome to the Hello, Stranger master post where you'll find everything we know (so far) about Lisa Kleypas's next historical romance novel, Hello, Stranger, which is the fourth book in the Ravenels series and promises a happily ever after for heroine Dr. Garrett Gibson when it is published in February 2018. Read on for more details about the book, keeping in mind that the most recent news is at the top of the page.

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Update: Lisa Kleypas's reveals the cover for Hello Stranger and dishes on Dr. Garrett Gibson's book! The cover was revealed exclusively by Entertainment Weekly just this morning (September 13, 2017).

Keep reading to learn more about the book...

From June 6, 2012:

Lisa Kleypas left us completely floored with her latest Ravenels book, Devil in Spring, which—you guessed it—gave us the story of Devil in Winter's Sebastian and Evie's son, Gabriel. Now we're waiting with bated breath for the next book in the series, Hello Stranger. 

Last December, Kleypas let it slip during a Facebook Live broadcast that Dr. Garrett Gibson's story would be next, but it's only now that we officially know who her hero will be:

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist her

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule 

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.

In April, Kleypas teased us more in an interview with Cosmopolitan where she divulged that Garrett and Ethan's meet-cute... isn't so cute. Garrett has shown that she can take care of herself, but it's always good to have a bit of extra muscle for backup—and that's exactly what Ethan Ransom provides. We're sensing that this pair is about to be our new power couple! 

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Sun
Sep 10 2017 10:14pm

Ana’s Wedding Dress Steals First Fifty Shades Freed Trailer

Save the date! Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) will tie the knot in Fifty Shades Freed—the third and final movie adaptation of E.L. James's book trilogy—on Valentine's Day 2018, and we're all invited in the newly released first teaser trailer. Watch here:

Not only do we get a good look at Ana's stunning white gown, but we're also treated to snapshots from a wet 'n' wild honeymoon (we'd expect no less) and hints of life-threatening danger facing the couple in the last installment of a series that's had a huge impact on the romance genre over the last few years.

RSVP in the comments: Will you be attending the Steele/Grey wedding or sending your regrets?

As always, stay tuned to H&H for updates on all things Fifty Shades. We will add details to this master post as we get them. Be on the lookout for the full trailer in November! Until then, catch up on our review of the Fifty Shades Darker film from February.

Fri
Sep 8 2017 2:00pm

“Will I be Flowers in the Attic or Ewww”: 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!


PhoebeChase is holding off judgement…for now

PhoebeChase in Will Game of Thrones Season 8 Sink Jon and Daenerys’s Ship?

I'm in the “meh” category. I'm not bothered by the familial relationship at all since they didn't know. How things go down in the new season will determine what side of the fence I eventually land on. Will I be Flowers in the Attic or Ewww...only time will tell.

Great post, Mala!

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Thu
Sep 7 2017 4:00pm

32 Authors Share The Words That Squick Them Out!

It's a truth universally acknowledged that some words should just not be used in a romance novel—we're looking at you, “moist.” What squicks out one person is perfectly benign to another. At RWA, we had the chance to talk with authors about the words that made them cringe—some of whom even confessed to using the word that squicked them out! Do you see any of your cringe-worthy words on this list?

Sylvia Day 
author of One with You (Amazon | B&N)

Nubbin

[Get ready to cringe more...]

Wed
Sep 6 2017 1:30pm

Now Win This!: The Her Fake Engagement Sweepstakes!

Her Fake Engagement by Gigi Garrett

This summer, Heroes & Heartbreakers presented our latest addition to our H&H short story program, Gigi Garrett's Her Fake Engagement—a delightful contemporary romance set in New York City. 

Lottie thinks she has everything figured out and has a plan in mind—then her friend convinces her to play the role of bride-to-be, and life gets a little more complicated.

No artists, no smokers, no men with beards… Manhattan real estate broker Lottie Langerman feels confident that if she follows her long list of dating rules, she’ll meet The One and her life will unfold exactly as planned. Everything changes when her best friend decides to throw a fake bachelorette party—just to see what all the fuss is about—and Lottie reluctantly agrees to play the role of bride-to-be for a night.

Faking an engagement turns out to be more fun—and trouble—than Lottie could have imagined. Not only does her dream man think she’s taken, but Lottie keeps running into bearded Brooklyn jewelry designer Tyler, who breaks every single one of her rules...yet manages to get under her skin like no one else. Soon, Lottie finds herself at a crossroads where she must decide: Play it safe—or ditch the rules and follow her heart?

And what's a pretend bride-to-be without the swag to go along with it? Team H&H is giving you the opportunity to enter for a chance to win some Bachelorette swag as well as a copy of Her Fake Engagement

This sweepstake is now closed. Check out our Sweepstakes page for more chances to win.

Click here to enter for a chance to win the Her Fake Engagement Sweepstakes!*

What will this bride-to-be prize pack include? 

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Tue
Sep 5 2017 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Scarlett Cole, L.A. Witt, and Christine d’Abo

Team H&H has three great covers for soon-to-come romances from Scarlett Cole's Preload series, L.A. Witt's Anchor Point series, and Christine d'Abo's Ringside Romance series. Take a look! 

Nikan Rebuilt by Scarlett Cole

Nikan Rebuilt by Scarlett Cole

What happens when fate pushes a rockstar and the only girl he's ever loved back into each other's lives?

Nikan plays his seven-string and sings back-up the way he lives life. Fast, easy and hot as hell.

Jenny lives her life helping give kids a safe place to call home. Their lives are about as far apart as can be, the millionaire and the coupon cutter, but if they can trust their hearts, they might have a second chance at the type of love to last a lifetime.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Nikan Rebuilt by Scarlett Cole, available January 2, 2018:

Buy at Amazon

Buy at B&N

Buy at iTunes

Buy at Kobo

 

 

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Tue
Sep 5 2017 1:30pm

Who Are the Writers Behind the Sight Unseen Anthology?

Sight Unseen by Emma Barry, Meredith Duran, J.A. Rock, Erin Satie, and Sherry Thomas

Sight Unseen is a compilation of novellas written by five of the top voices in romance. They were asked to write something that scared them—a subgenre they’d never written in before, characters that were too over the top, tropes that were underused or overplayed, something that someone somewhere had told them would not sell—and they were given the freedom to take it wherever inspiration might lead. The result is five gorgeous stories that span high fantasy, mystery, and contemporary romance.

The twist? While readers will know who contributed to the collection, they will not know who wrote what. With their favorite writers all doing something completely outside their norm, will readers be able to guess who wrote what?

With this tease of a blurb, Emma Barry, Meredith Duran, J.A. Rock, Erin Satie, and Sherry Thomas gave us Sight Unseen, a collection of anonymously written novellas. They each crafted something they had been scared to write - a story that was unlike anything they’d written before, something bold, some novel, something that someone, somewhere told them was too out of character and probably wouldn’t sell. Freed from all expectations, they created new worlds full of magic, mystery, and romance, leaving readers guessing who wrote what.

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is helping with the big reveal of Sight Unseen with a Q&A with the author of the second story, A Clear View of You.

Check out HEA USA Today for the reveal of the first story, Lost That Feeling! And don't miss the other reveals at All About Romance and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. 

About A Clear View of You, a story the author describes as:

A fake psychic discovers real magic with a handsome stranger.

As a child, Kate had one dream: to escape her mother’s deluded hippie commune and live in the real world, where mature adults know that magic isn’t real. But the real world also has its downsides—like rent, student loans, and a cutthroat job market.

Happily, Kate is uniquely qualified for one in-demand position: psychic. Of course, she’s as fake as the rest of them, but nobody plays a fortune-teller as convincingly as a girl raised by a would-be witch. If only Kate’s newest client weren’t so perceptive . . . and attractive. If only crystal balls didn’t have the habit of lighting up in his presence.

Magic isn’t real, right? Kate is about to find out otherwise . . . 

[Can you guess the author???]

Fri
Sep 1 2017 2:00pm

“I like book thongs best of all:” 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!

KarenH likes the bling-y bookmarks

KarenH in How Many Bookmarks Do You Own?

I like book thongs best of all. The more bling, the better! In fact, I just bought 2 new ones from a seller on Amazon. She's in NC and makes them herself. Very nice lady. I don't dog ear my books. That's a sacrilege IMO. I don't usually read more than one book at a time, so I don't really have need of tons of bookmarks. The freebie swag I get from authors, I give to the library located in my apartment building just in case someone needs one, it's always handy!

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