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STEALING ROSE (The Fowler Sisters #2) by Monica Murphy

STEALING ROSE is the second installment in Monica Murphy’s New Adult, contemporary The Fowler Sisters erotic romance series focusing on the three sisters Violet, Rose and Lily Fowler -- heirs to the Fleur Cosmetics Company. This is the story of younger Fowler Sister, Rose.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About: Ellen Meister

I first met Ellen Meister at her book reading for Farewell, Dorothy Parker at the fabulous club Wit’s End. That night got me hooked on her magical way of bringing readers back to a different era, and bringing legendary women to life. With the release of her latest novel, DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE, it seemed the perfect time to introduce her to new readers, and to share a bit of trivia with her fans.

THE AMERICANS: Season 3, Episode 5

Scandal is here with her weekly recap of THE AMERICANS. This week, it seems spy life is finally catching up with Philip. "As much as I love how strong Elizabeth is, I think Philip and his seemingly insurmountable struggles, is my favorite character. That poor man breaks my heart."

Farewell to a Romance Giant

Today we lost legendary novelist Bertice Small, who passed away at the age of 77. Her novels include THE KADIN and the beloved series "The O'Malley Saga" and "Skye's Legacy". A New York Times bestselling author, she has also appeared on other best-seller lists including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and the L.A. Times. In 2004 Bertrice Small was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews magazine for her contributions to the Historical Romance genre.

#HunkDay: Brad Pitt Through the Years

It's February here in New York and we're sick and tired of the cold. So it's time for us to pull out our secret charm: Brad Pitt. That's right. A foolproof way to make your day better is to treat yourself to a little Brad Pitt. We've collected some of the hottest Pitt pics from his early 90s Legends of the Fall charms all the way through today's red carpet goateed Brad. Enjoy ;)
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AGENT CARTER, Season Finale

Elizabeth K. Mahon is here with her recap of the AGENT CARTER season finale: "It was a great season. It started off a little slow but it picked up steam as it went along. TV needs more women like Peggy Carter, smart and independent, capable of taking care of themselves. Oh, and Jarvis, we definitely need more Jarvis..."

THE MINDY PROJECT, Season 3, Episode 17

Danny has started to resemble a helicopter mom and is hovering over Mindy telling her not to stand too close to the microwave or drink coffee. He also wants Mindy to start eating healthy. But Mindy finally has a reason to eat for two and she’s not going to let it go to waste...


I have to admit, I loved this book. I stayed up overnight to finish it in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Yes, it is syrupy sweet, but there was just something about this second chance romance that resonated with me. The characters were real, down to earth, and so completely relatable that I fell in love.

HIS TO TAKE (Wicked Lovers #9) by Shayla Black

Told from alternating third person points of view, HIS TO TAKE focuses on the search for a missing woman who disappeared twenty years earlier and is presumed dead at the hands of a terrorist cell searching for information into DNA manipulation.

SLEEPY HOLLOW, Season Finale

The show opens with a nice war montage: shots being prepared, guns being loaded. An epic Revolutionary War fight scene plays out, with Ichabod being a bad ass and busting Redcoats in the face as he searches for the Hessian with a mark on his hand. This is somewhat familiar, as it’s a throwback to the shows first episode. A lot of this final episode of the season (and perhaps of the series?) goes back to the original well, both as a love letter to the fans and as a way of starting from scratch...

The Marriage of Music and Storytelling

Although I try to be disciplined with my writing, the process that gets me from the first page to the last page is sometimes unorthodox. To the dismay of many I don’t necessarily plot in the traditional sense. Usually the characters take control and guide my hand, making me the conduit for the story they want to tell. But what is always consistent with everything I write is the music...

DOWNTON ABBEY: Season 5, Episode 8

Rose and Atticus are getting married! Yes, those two crazy kids, who hardly know each and who only got engaged last episode, are tying the knot. The bride’s mother and the bridegroom’s father don’t approve of the marriage, the bride’s parents are broke and getting a divorce, the servants are running amok, there’s an awkward dinner party, the word shiksa is bandied about, and someone gets arrested. Why it’s just an average, everyday wedding but with posh people...

When Enemies Become Lovers

It’s a fine line between love and hate – and as romance readers, we love that! But from a writer’s perspective, getting stubborn characters to make the leap can be hard work. Today, authors Bec McMaster, Susanna Ives, Kristen Callihan, and Sara Humphreys as give us an inside look at writing the enemies-to- lovers trope.

VANILLA by Megan Hart

Nothing says good times like a woman who likes to be on top! Elise is a domme in the bedroom but not your expected whips and chains kind. After the heartbreaking demise of her one year relationship to the mysterious George (not his real name) four years ago, Elise strives to control the sexual aspects of her life. With the walls and boundaries firmly in place, Elise won’t let love happen again.

Books to Buy: New Releases February 23

February is going out with a bang! Lots of juicy reading this week, including a sultry trip South with Deborah Fletcher Mello, a heartwarming “friend with benefits” story from Ellie Cahill, a HEARTBREAKER by Diana Palmer, and more.

Paranormals: My Favorite Escape

When it’s cold outside and the days are short, it’s the time of year I like to escape into other worlds and mystical beings. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by anything paranormal. I first discovered paranormal romances as a teenager as a way to escape. So today, I’m sharing some of my all-time favorites.
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This Month in Multi-Cultural Romance

When people say “multicultural romance” they often mean “romance featuring one or more non-white protagonists,” and non-white often equates to African-American, Hispanic, or mixed race. Asian/Asian-American heroes and heroines, on the other hand, have not had a very strong presence in romance novels -- not even as the sassy best friends or spicy seductresses trying to lure the hero away. Thankfully, that seems to be changing. In just the last few months, the industry has been gifted with several awesome releases featuring characters that were generally given short shrift before. Here are a few of them...

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Season 1, Episode 13

This week’s episode was filled with so many OMG moments, including a master class in acting from Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson. From the moment that Cicely Tyson walked into the offices of Keating and Associates with her pink, knitted hat, telling Frank and Bonnie “Don’t you recognize a VIP when you see one?” you knew that you were in for one hell of a ride...

SCANDAL, Season 4, Episode13

And the winner of the Olivia Pope auction is…Iran. All sorts of people who care about Liv go to their dark place when this goes down, but at the drop-off Liv saves herself. Of course she can speak Farsi. I’ve taken to referring to her captors as Dumb & Dumber because these dudes are way out of their depth with this stunt. Back to the dark net so the bidding can resume...

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Beverly Barton

A tale of a woman torn between two brothers. . . Mary Beth Caine has always been the good girl in her small Mississippi town. But when a big, protective, shamelessly sexy stranger offers to console her on the night of her disastrous engagement party, Mary Beth lets him--only to discover that Parr Weston also happens to be the older brother of her fiancé, Bobby Joe.

ONE KISS MORE (U.S. Marshals #2) by Mandy Baxter

Emma Ruiz knows her father is innocent. But that doesn’t help her convince the law—not even smoking hot U.S. Marshal Landon McCabe. When McCabe bangs on her door demanding information about how her cancer-stricken father escaped from federal prison, she’ll have to distract him somehow—it may as well be with a stolen kiss.

Love is Sweeter the Second Time Around

I’m a die-hard fan of Diana Palmer; whatever she writes, I will read. I even went on a book hunt for her older books that are no longer in print. At this point, I know some of you may ask; what is it about this author that would give me this sort of reaction? The answer is very easy; her books are about rekindling the fire of a past relationship.

THE AMERICANS: Season 3, Episode 4

Last night’s episode was titled “Dimebag,” thought a more apt title would have been “Young Recruits.” Elizabeth and Philip are closing in on the CIA leader’s daughter, the babysitter with a penchant for older men, from the last episode. Her name is Kimberly -- Kimmie if she likes you. She is a young college freshman with a hankering for cheap pot and fake IDs -- two things Jim…I mean Philip, can definitely provide for her...

RUNNING BLIND (One-Eyed Jack #3) by Cindy Gerard

Revenge. The One-Eyed Jacks have to watch their six while a sniper takes aim at three of them and nearly sends Eva to an early grave. While the team scrambles to find the sniper, another more lethal plan is in motion. A military research and development facility under siege. The only thing standing between the Russians and world domination are a black ops operative and a bombshell computer geek. They never meant to fall in love. However, intense situations tend to reveal courage and put life into perspective.