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July 28 2017

2017 RITA, Golden Heart, and Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Announced by RWA!

Roll the Academy Awards and the Emmys into one and you have an idea of how big the RITA Awards are in the romance novel world. Every year at their national conference (this year being held in Orlando,...
March 21 2017

RWA Announces 2017 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists!

Find out the 2017 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists!  Every year in March we wait with bated breath as many of our favorite authors get the call that they have been nominated for a RITA—the...
August 14 2016

U.S. Authors and Their World Counterparts: “Read If You Like...” International Edition

Imagine that you live in a city with a bakery that makes one of  Best Cheese Cakes in America.  That cheesecake is wonderfully decadent, and it is your weekly treat for all the hours...
February 1 2016

First Look: Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Dreaming (February 2, 2016)

Virginia Kantra Carolina Dreaming (Dare Island #5) Berkley / February 2, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital After escaping a disastrous marriage, bakery owner Jane Clark has convinced...
January 27 2016

February 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in June. We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases....
December 25 2015

Happy Food Year!: Mix and Match Favorite Characters and Recipes

“Foodie” romance novels are not new. The trend has been around for a while and it still going strong. There is an association between food, love, celebrations, and romance. For...
July 8 2015

First Loves and First Dances: Ask Me Why Anthology

We are on the go so much in the summer.  Travel, vacation, children’s sport events—making anthologies the perfect book to choose. Ask Me Why features novellas by authors Marie...
November 25 2014

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

This time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine,...
October 7 2014

First Look: Virgina Kantra’s Carolina Blue (October 7, 2014)

Virginia Kantra  Carolina Blues (Dare Island) Berkley / October 7, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital Jack Rossi is Dare Island’s new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community...
September 8 2014

What the Heart Wants: Fall 2014’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

September | October | November | Printable Version Team H&H eats, breathes, and sleeps romance, but even we have trouble keeping track of all the amazing content...
September 5 2014

H&H Debriefing: Best Summer Reads!

Another day, another way to follow H&H—we're now on YouTube! Subscribe to the HeroesnHearts channel to catch weekly Debriefings in which Team H&H's Heather, Megan,...
August 6 2014

Dog Daze: Working Dogs in Romance Novels from Ayres, Kantra, and More!

I am no stranger to perusing books because of dogs on the cover, or because canines are mentioned in the blurb. I discussed it in an H&H post, Must Love Dogs (and Cats): Animals in Romance...
May 22 2014

Melting, Branding, Toe-Curling: The Top 10 Kisses in Contemporary Romance Novels

Kisses—kisses that make your toes curl, and your body hum. They can turn your bones turn to water, and make your heart rejoice. Sometimes they are the appetizer and sometimes they are the dessert....
May 12 2014

Not Rarer Than Hen’s Teeth: Happy Families in Romance Novels

Q: What do a bunch of Disney movies and a slew of romances have in common? A: Dozens of main characters who are orphans or who experienced unhappy childhoods. Cold mothers and/or absent fathers...
March 26 2014

Binding, Broken, or Unraveling: Family Ties in Romance Novels

Family: any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins. For better or worse, we all have families. And this unit influences us for most...
March 3 2014

First Look: Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Man (March 4, 2014)

Virginia Kantra Carolina Man (A Dare Island Novel) Berkley / March 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital Carolina Man Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to...
December 25 2013

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 4

May old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation,...
October 17 2013

Up to the Challenge: Romance Heroines with Moxie

I have never understood the appeal of wallflower heroines. Not that I don’t understand the fantasy of a hero who recognizes the innate goodness of the quiet heroine; who doesn’t want to...
July 25 2013

Kinder Doesn’t Mean Less Sexy: Best Beta Heroes in Romance

Do you think that everyone falls in love with Alpha heroes? I know that when I first starting reading romance, I had a compulsive need for stories featuring heroes who just oozed machismo and dominance....
June 4 2013

First Look: Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Girl (June 4, 2013)

Virginia Kantra Carolina Girl Berkley / June 4, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island: ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back; steady Matt, the son who...
May 22 2013

June 2013 Upcoming Romance Novel Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in June. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very...
May 3 2013

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Small Town Romance

Until some friends commented on my book choices, I didn't realize I could be seen as an expert on “small town romances.” Up to this point I had never thought of the books I read as so...
December 21 2012

The Mainstreaming of Female Geek Culture in 2012

It started with the release of Lauren Willig’s Garden Intrigue, an amazing book that switched back and forth between historical and contemporary—perhaps the very last place to find a Star...
December 19 2012

Now Win This!: The Fully Stocked Holiday Stocking

Click here to log in or register to enter for a chance to win a fully stocked holiday stocking from Heroes and Heartbreakers! Have we got a stuffed stocking for you! Heroes and Heartbreakers has...
July 3 2012

First Look: Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Home (July 3, 2012)

Virginia Kantra Carolina Home Berkley / July 3, 2012 / $7.99 print & digital Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and...
June 29 2012

Carolina Home: New Excerpt

Meet the Fletchers of Dare Island: steady Matt, the son who stayed; ambitious Meg, the daughter who never looked back; and rebel Luke, the Marine who thought he’d never return. Home to the Fletcher...
June 29 2012

Read & Win: Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Home

Get a sneak peek of Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Home (available July 3, 2012) with a special excerpt of Chapters 1-2. Plus, enter for a chance to win a copy of the book!* Click here...
November 27 2011

Have a Bloody Good Christmas with These Vampire Holiday Tales

The chaos often coupled with holidays can get a little overwhelming. I love being around family; it’s my favorite part of the holidays, but even so, ten people cooped in a house together for an entire...
May 24 2011

The Bookstore Beat: June 2011

June’s new releases see the return of old favorites mixed with some exciting debuts. Historical in June means the release of the first book in Julia Quinn’s long anticipated Smythe-Smith...