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October 17 2016

Secretly Married Westmorelands & Feversong Clues: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance. {Did you know you can sign up to receive Afternoon Tea as an e-mail? Sign up to have your daily cuppa delivered...
January 7 2015

Proud to be an American—With a Hyphen: Heroes and Heroines Torn Between Two Cultures from Martin, Sorenson, and More!

Ami Bera once said, “Our nation is built upon a history of immigration, dating back to our first pioneers, the Pilgrims. For more than three centuries, we have welcomed generations of immigrants...
July 2 2013

Playing for Love: Sports in Romance Novels

Sports-themed romances are making a comeback—and I for one am thrilled. But in order for a sports romance to work, it needs a healthy balance of romance and plot, and not just a card-carrying...
February 2 2013

Poll: What’s Your Favorite Type of Sport in Romance?

We've had sports on the brain all this week as we prepare for Super Bowl XLVII. Not only is there an opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry with friends and family, but it's also an excuse...
December 4 2012

Play Ball!: Celebrating the Home Runs in Sports Romance

Sports romances are a sure bet for romance readers, and it's easy to see why. Sports players are part of our collective fantasies, both in and out of fiction, so they work well as romance heroes....
September 20 2012

Surviving the Hockey Lockout with Romantic Hockey Heroes

A hockey lockout is awful. As every other sports fandom gets revved up, hockey fans are in for a long haul of…nothing. Hoping that there will be progress in the talks that there hadn’t...
May 29 2012

Fit, Hot, and Rich: Why Athlete Heroes Score with Romance Readers

I enjoy a good romance featuring a athlete hero, and I also enjoy sports. But the thing is, a lot of women who are indifferent to sports, or even dislike them, love sports romances. It’s not...
March 17 2012

Éirinn go Brách: More St. Patrick’s Day Romance Recs

St. Patrick’s Day got you in the mood to read a good Irish romance? In a follow-up to Laurel McKee’s Kiss Me, I’m Irish: St. Patrick’s Day Recs, we’ve gathered more recommendations, including...
December 6 2011

The Eight Characters of Chanukah, from Lora Leigh, Jeaniene Frost, Megan Hart, and More!

I’d like to take the opportunity of this wonderful Chanukah holiday to honor those authors who have written about Jewish Characters in leading roles. Because despite pressure, market or otherwise,...