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oday Kate McMurray shares an excerpt from her new release WHEN THE PLANETS ALIGN: Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time. Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.

Writers We Loved: 2014 Breakouts & Bestsellers

2014 cast a huge spotlight on books as a true force in entertainment. And the romance genre hoarded a lot of that bright light. From Fifty Shades of Grey titillating us with on-set shots and Beyonce-crooned trailers, to Outlander storming the airwaves and transporting the television audience to way-back Scotland, (Shout out to the wedding episode!), the books that captivated so many of us left their mark on popular culture in a way you couldn’t miss. With all that said, we wanted to tip our hats to a few breakouts and bestsellers from 2014 that maybe you did miss, but cannot be ignored!

ANGEL IN ARMANI by Melanie Scott

Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.
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BAD ROMEO by Leisa Rayven

"I want to live inside this book. I want to peel back the pages, climb inside and snuggle in its angsty goodness. This book is my Kryptonite. It has everything I love: Shakespeare, angst, humor, a slow build up, explosive chemistry, and the ending, oh lord, the ending! That ending was pure perfection."

#HunkDay: Bromances

Happy #HunkDay! When I say Bromance, you all know what I'm talking about, right? Bro-mance aka Bro Romance, aka a BFFship between two dudes. The name came into use a few years ago and today we've rounded up some of the hottest pairs of friends we could find, starting with the most famous Bromance: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Sit back and gaze upon some of the best friendships (and abs) we have to offer.

BOLD TRICKS (The Artist’s Trilogy #3) By Karina Halle

With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption.

Talking to Laurelin Paige: FIXED and FREE ME

You might be surprised that this married mom of three girls -- ages twelve, nine, and five -- is a former music director and choir leader for a Catholic church. While her books may not be a topic for church chat, Laurelin Paige’s writing has clearly been a true blessing for her family. Happily, we have her new book Free Me, to look forward to. Out December 10, it brings to life the love story of one of the characters from the Fixed series and brings us yet another hunky hero in a suit to fall in love with. We sat down to talk with Laurelin about Hudson, Fixed, her new book and all the great things going on in her life.

How a Rake Celebrates Christmas

he holiday season is full of traditions and even rakes get in on enjoying them! Join notable rakes Damian Beaumaris, Duke of Cirencester (The Rake’s Bargain by Lucy Ashford), “Lucky” Luke Wainwright (Sinfully Ever After by Jayne Fresina), Benedict DeBreed (Craving the Rake’s Touch by Bronwyn Scott) Ross Thornbury (The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr), Alex Knight (Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer), and Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley (A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe), as they tell us about their favorite holiday traditions...

Cover Reveal Monday

We've got a holiday treat for you today: not one, but three new covers! Something historical from Bronwen Evans, something sexy from Shelley Ann Clark and something a little bit dangerous from Cecy Robson.

REVENANT by Larissa Ione

Oh, how I love Larissa Ione. Her books are a thrill ride and her unlikely heroes always leave a lasting impression. Revenant is no different. As the final book in the Lords of Deliverance/Demonica series, I think the author definitely saved the best for last, because Revenant is mad and he wants everyone to know it.
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BRANDED by Colette Auclair

Thanks to Colette Auclair’s BRANDED, the third book in her Aspen Valley series, I now have a new Alpha hero to add to my Book Boyfriend list. Jack Cormier is a former pro baseball player from New Orleans with a Cajun accent as smooth as bourbon who sings Engelbert Humperdinck in the shower. The opening chapter when he meets the heroine, Cordelia “Cordy” Sims, has got to be the best “meet cute” situation I’ve read in a long time involving a ski lift and a martini shaker. Still reeling from a broken relationship, Cordy is hired by an Aspen ad agency as a freelance consultant to help a local resort rework its image. After they meet, Cordy and Jack decide to spend the weekend together to explore their mutual attraction for one another with no… Continue

Books to Buy: December 15

While you’re shopping for everyone else this week, don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself; These hot new releases are a great place to start. We have the much-anticipated new Lords of Deliverance from Larissa Ione, some irresistibly erotic stories in collections from Rachel Kramer Bussel and Kristina Wright, the start of a new historical series by Kelly Bowen, and more.

In Case You Missed Them: Best of November

Hey, its Sara @HarlequinJunkie, stopping by to share with you some of our favorite reads from this past month. This books are the perfect escape from holiday crunch time, or stocking stuffers for your best romance-loving friends and family!


Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion—her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed façade and igniting her deepest desires.

Extra scene: SINFULLY EVER AFTER by Jayne Fresina

We’re pleased to share an extra scene from Jayne Fresina’s new release, Sinfully Ever After, the second novel in her Book Club Belles Society series. The following is an exclusive peek into a meeting of the Book Club Belles that does not appear in the book.
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Love Among the Ruins

Gina Danna explores why Ancient Rome is the perfect setting for a sexy story.

Tried-and-True Holiday Romances

I’ve created a list of tried-and-true holiday romances. Just sit back with one of these holiday books and forget about the fifty Christmas cards you need to mail in the morning.

THE MINDY PROJECT, Season 3 Episode 11

Okay people, settle in. You’re going to need to soak up all the Danny/Mindy goodness that you can because this is the last Mindy Project for a while. Mindy will return January 6th after a holiday break. After you find the perfect man you begin to wonder when he’s going to put a ring on it. Mindy begins looking for signs that Danny is going to ask her to marry him. She carries his picture around town going to different jewelers to see if they remember him purchasing an engagement ring. When she doesn’t have luck there she goes through his shredded bank statements. When she finds a purchase for $20,000 Mindy thinks she’s found the evidence Danny is going to propose. At the hospital, Dr. Fishman calls Mindy into her office. She’s so impressed… Continue


Rule #174: Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour. This week opens with the main character, Abby, watching a replay of her live interview at a book signing that ended last week’s episode. Everyone thinks she is losing her mind for saying, in her interview that sometimes she just wishes he would die because it would be easier. After a phone call from her girlfriend Lyla convinces her to stop reading online comments about herself, he goes downstairs to face the day. Waking her husband who is sleeping on the couch she reminds him he said he would take the kids to school, she yells for the kids and then is off to her meeting with her editor. Upon getting to her editors office she is greeted with the news that her editor Kat… Continue
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#HunkDay: L.L. Bean Boyfriend

It's December, so it's now solidly peak L.L. Bean Boyfriend Season. They're always dressed for adventure and ready to lend you a sweater, but also understand your relationship with blankets and Netflix and why you need to be brought hot chocolate in bed.

SONS OF ANARCHY, Series Finale

Last night’s episode, “Papa’s Goods,” was the series finale. We’ve seen the good, bad, and ugly of SAMCRO. Now it all comes down to the final ride and the epic conclusion to these characters’ stories. Jax wakes up in bed with Wendy and gets up puts his SOA rings on. He is then seen checking on Abel and holding Thomas. We see him throwing away his bloody sneakers and looking through old pictures in his garage as well as JT’s manuscript. He takes the manuscript and burns it. Jax is looking at the old burned down clubhouse and going through the files in the office. He then takes out a covered up motorcycle to Opie’s grave. He kisses a headstone and leaves a ring. We are shown a black bag on the ground what appears… Continue

Indie Book Stores: Showing Some Love

Recently, I was invited to do a signing at Main Street Books in historic downtown St. Charles, Missouri. Since independent book stores are so important to authors and the future of books, I took some time to chat with the owner, Emily Hall about Main Street Books and book selling and the romance novels she is most looking forward to reading.
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Wendy S. Marcus and Serena Bell Talk Military Romance

I’m Serena Bell, and I’m so pleased to be here today to celebrate the release of Wendy S. Marcus’s Loving You Is Easy, the story of a wounded soldier, a sweet pen-pal relationship, a heart-warming homecoming, and how one slipup with some sexy pictures could ruin the best thing to happen to two really wonderful people. I really enjoyed Wendy’s book, and I got a kick out of the parallels between her book and my June 2014 Loveswept, Hold on Tight, and I think my readers will too! Wendy very kindly agreed to “sit down” with me for a chat about our books.
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B&N Bookseller Picks: December

Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of December...

Why I Write in the Medieval Era

People often ask me why I write and why in the medieval era. Before I was a writer, I was an avid reader. As a teenager, I remember reading two books a day, and becoming totally engrossed in each story. For me the stories offered an escape to where the good guys lost and life had happy endings.

KALEIDOSCOPE by Kristen Ashley

I read my first Kristen Ashley book earlier this year. It was a strange reading experience. I’m not normally one for the big, brawny alpha heroes, but something about her writing is really compelling, and I kept turning those pages, unable to put the book down. I joked that there was actual crack-cocaine woven into the pages and I had to keep going back to get my fix. So when this book was up for review, I jumped at it.