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  • Romance Wanderlust: The Inn at Christmas Place
    by Carrie S on December 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

    A surprising number of romances are set at some sort of Christmas-themed hotel or resort. If you crave an extravagantly decorated Christmas with all of the ambience and events and none of the stress, and you like the option of celebrating it all year, The Inn at Christmas Place is here for you. As ever, this is neither a review nor an endorsement – it’s just what happens when I Google […]

  • Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey
    by Carrie S on December 15, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Carols and Chaos is a slow-paced, gentle romance set in 1817 during Yuletide. Kate Darby is a lady’s maid at Shackleford Park. Matt Harlow is the valet of Kate’s employer’s fiancée. When Matt’s employer comes to Shackleford Park for Christmas, Matt and Kate meet and begin a cautious flirtation. Their relationship is complicated by their different career goals and by […]

  • Book Beat: Bisexual Heroines, Haka, & More
    by Amanda on December 15, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Welcome to Book Beat! Think of Book Beat as Hide Your Wallet, Part Two! In Hide Your Wallet, we talk about books coming out in a particular month that we really want to read. But there’s more to good books than just new releases! Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a […]

  • Podcast 329, Your Transcript is Ready!
    by SB Sarah on December 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm

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  • 329. “Catching My Breath” – A Look Back and a Glimpse Forward With Beverly Jenkins
    by SB Sarah on December 14, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Sarah chats with Beverly Jenkins, known in the romance community as Ms. Bev, one day after she finished and turned in her latest book. So of course we talk about that! We also talk about her new film, adapted, directed and produced for screen by Iris Bolling, which premieres on Amazon on December 15 – and of course we have links where you can watch it. We talk about the process of bringing […]



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  • From Team H&H, With Love
    by Team H & H on November 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Dear Readers,Today is our last day at Heroes and Heartbreakers before we hand things off to the lovely Romance team at Macmillan/St. Martin's Press. We wanted to let you all know what a joy you have been to trade comments with since H&H launched in 2011. These last few years have been filled with conversations on everything from the Year's Swoonworthiest Couples to book-borrowing etiquette to […]

  • How to Advocate for Happily Ever Afters
    by FrannieC on November 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    How did a librarian like me fall in love with advocating for all the Happily Ever Afters in Romancelandia?Building excellent, relevant collections for (y)our community, providing access, community engagement, collaboration, innovation, protecting the right to read and protecting the right of *what* to read is at the forefront of all library advocacy.Advocacy is also about influencing others to […]

  • An Ongoing Love Affair With Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series
    by Robin Lovett on November 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Gideon.Just his name.Gideon.I’ll give you a moment to sigh. (Or sweat…)Intense. That’s the best word for him. Also, obsessive and possessive (a side-effect of his personal struggle). Oh, and sex-crazed, through most of the five books in the Crossfire series—for his heroine, of course.Eva. Stunningly erratic, and yet patiently steadfast. She gets through to Gideon. The way […]

  • 5 Women’s Fiction Best Bets for November 2017
    by Scarlettleigh on November 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Life is about making an impact, not making an income—Kevin KruseMost of us will never be rich and famous but that doesn’t diminish our worth. We’re all had people in our lives that made a positive impact. And that is one of the heartwarming themes in this month’s selection of women’s fiction books. One of the most genuine gifts you can give is your time and your […]

  • Jenny Holiday Excerpt: Infamous
    by Jenny Holiday on November 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend—and also isn’t a girl—he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, […]