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For the Love of the Game: Baseball Romances

"I once went on a forum for romance readers and asked, “So, sports romances?” and got crickets, aside from a couple of NASCAR romances. More power to readers who like those, but I don’t even own a car, so NASCAR’s not really my thing. I read a couple of ex-NFL player romances, but these were mostly heroes with the bodies of linebackers who had retired to become teachers or coaches or whatever, not active players. Nice, but it didn’t really scratch the itch..."
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Passion from the Past

There are many theories regarding the soul and soulmates. The concept of a soulmate originates as far back as Ancient Greek writings. A soulmate was said to be the other half of an androgynous being who had been split in two by a wrathful god and only by reuniting with the other half of their soul would that being experience nirvana. Throughout the ages, its meaning has changed into today’s romantic notions of two souls traveling a number of lives, and in each subsequent lifetime they search, even unintentionally, for the other until they meet once again. In crafting Remember Me, I explored the notion of what if soulmates truly do exist?
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Covered with Ink

Tattoo artist Sia O’Donnell from FULL CONTACT, the third book in the Redemption series of standalone erotic fighter romance novels, shares her top five romance book covers featuring tattooed heroes, and a few juicy tidbits about her own experiences with the love of her life, underground fighter, Ray.
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Cinderella: The New “It” Girl

There’s something about a rags-to-riches heroine who stays kind-hearted. This has to be the core appeal, but Disney recently gave the Cinderella romance an update…a really good update. Have you seen the new movie? I love Kenneth Branagh’s stylish take. The vivid colors. The set textures. Secondary characters with depth. And thank you, Mr. Branagh for giving us a prince with some dimension.
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Q&A with Alan Smale: CLASH OF EAGLES

Today we welcome astronomer, musician, and author Alan Smale to talk about his debut novel CLASH OF EAGLES (The Last of the Mohicans meets HBO’s Rome!) — and the unique love story at its heart.
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Fact to Fiction: Starting Over

Author A.J. Walters joins us to talk about how real life inspired her older, definitely non-virginal, plus-sized heroine...
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MAD MEN: A Season 7 primer

Few shows become a true cultural phenomenon, but MAD MEN has been one of them. This Sunday night marks the beginning the final season. To get you ready to bid farewell to Don Draper, we have a recap of where things left off last year.
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Love Conquers All

"My core story is a simple one: Love Conquers All. I still believe that’s essentially what I’m trying to convey, but I often use redemption themes in order to do it. I love flawed characters, those who are challenged by more than just forces beyond their control, because they are far more real to me. I don’t know anyone who has lived a perfect life; regret is something we all face, which is why characters that are pitted against themselves are often the most complex and interesting..."
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THE DEAD PLAY ON by Heather Graham

"THE DEAD PLAY ON is a rich, vibrant story full of love for New Orleans and for music that kept me reading to see what would happen next."
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On Meeting “The One”

"If I was writing in my own Memory Book, like the one that Claire keeps in THE DAY WE MET, I’d remember the first time I fell in love, which feels as if it were yesterday, although it’s more than thirty years ago now..."
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SCANDAL: Season 4, Episode 17

"Put A Ring On It" kicks off with Cyrus’ boy-toy Michael getting busted by the paparazzi steppin’ out on the relationship. Liv steps in to change the conversation and strongly encourages Cyrus to marry Michael. And by marry I mean, Big, Gay, Republican White House wedding hosted by Mellie, no less. Love is love, no?
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The Romance of Sports

Laura Trentham stops by today to talk about the perfect marriage of sports stories and romance, and her favorite films that have elements of both.
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LADY VICE by Wendy LaCapra

"This debut novel by author Wendy LaCapra is a stunning presentation. Lady Vice entices and intrigues with an outstanding story and fascinating characters."
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Destiny or Design?

In my latest release, NEED ME, my characters first meet in college. Caroline knows exactly what her destiny involves—she’s focused on becoming a journalist. Roger, like me, hasn’t a clue about what he wants, but life has other plans for him...
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In Case You Missed: Best of February

Hey, its Sara @HarlequinJunkie, stopping by to share with you some of our favorite reads from this past month including books by Kresley Cole, Kristin Hannah, Samantha Young and a few more not to be missed.
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Cover Reveal: HOW TO PUNISH YOUR PLAYBOY by Mina Vaughn

It's cover reveal day for Mina Vaughn's latest HOW TO PUNISH YOUR PLAYBOY BOSS: A saucy and funny domination romance in which pin-up model Veronika Kane meets sexy, arrogant Aston Delano and decides to teach this playboy a lesson he’ll never forget...
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Setting the Scene For Romance

I’ve been asked many times: how do you chose the setting of your stories? And why? I’ll be completely honest: I like to choose settings where I’ve actually been. So that means Texas! The reason is that I know what the cities look and feel like. Knowing where I am makes it easier to actually visualize the story taking place.
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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...
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Romance vs. Reality

Every romance writer dreads hearing is that her books are fine and all, but they’re just not realistic. That they set up unfair expectations for love. That they’re setting women up for disappointment when they date a Mr. Darcy who turns out to be a Wickham, or a Jamie Fraser who turns out to be…not Jamie Fraser. (And really, are there any men who are Jamie Fraser? Diana Gabaldon, you’ve ruined my love life!)
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What Makes a Hero an Anti-Hero?

Scandal here with a quick word about Tessa Bailey: I’ve been reading her books as long as Tessa Bailey has been publishing books. I love a good dirty-talking hero and I am of the opinion that Ms. Bailey writes dirty talkers better than most. Tessa Bailey never ceases to amaze me so I was not surprised when she dipped her toe in the anti-hero waters.
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Searching for the Ultimate Hero

Ladies and gents, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it: Kensington is calling on readers to help them in a quest to find the one, the ultimate example of modern, male sex appeal…
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Authors Who Inspired My Small Town Love Affair

I’m going to tell you a secret (looks over my shoulder warily): I loathe small towns. I’m a big city girl, through and through. Give me sushi and the symphony and traffic. Even driving through a small town gives me hives. Why should you care? Oh, because my small-town romance ALL FOR YOU released this week.
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When Paranormal Meets Suspense

Authors Terry Spear and Paige Tyler join us today to share how – and why — they combine the three elements of romance, paranormal, and suspense.   Terry Spear: I love suspense, love mystery, and the paranormal. And a HEA — the happy ever after — is a must. But mostly, I like the conflict that lends itself to suspense stories, and even better if they’re romantic suspense, and even better if they have some kind of other world—either paranormal or like in my Highland historicals. It just gives the story more…meat. More to enjoy. At least for me, and since I’m writing them, they make it more fun for me. Now, the key is really staying true to three different elements: Romance, suspense, and the paranormal. This is because as the story develops, the… Continue
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UNDERNEATH THE GARGOYLE: New Release

Today our “Some Like it Hot” columnist Christina Harding shares the cover of her own new release, part two of her Underneath the Gargoyle paranormal erotic series: What happens to Trisha in the catacombs? The story picks up right where we left off, with naughty Catholic schoolgirl Trisha carried off into the catacombs. Her boyfriend Kyle and best friend Olivia are searching for her, though it’s not clear she even wants to be rescued: A new series of stone creatures is keeping her very busy. What will they find when they finally locate her?   Also in the Series
*Underneath the Gargoyle: A Prologue
*Underneath the Gargoyle: Part One About Christina Harding Christina Harding is a pseudonym. She is the author of Underneath the Gargoyle, a paranormal erotic series. She… Continue
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Character Interview: HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART’s Sam Ward

The hero in my book HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART is Sam Ward. He was in the previous two books of my Ward Brothers trilogy. In this book, Sam finds his match, but I wondered what it would be like for Sam to have gone on a date prior to his own story. So I went to eHarmony and found a post on 10 First Date Questions You Probably Haven’t Thought Of. Bear with me as this is my first and probably only character interview. (BTW I can’t guarantee much, Sam’s a hard nut to crack.)
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Five Weeks of Fifty: First Impressions of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

One month from today, the movie we have all been waiting for hits theaters! In anticipation, we will countdown with Five weeks of Fifty, celebrating the phenomenon that is FIFTY SHADES OF GREY with weekly posts about how our love affair with the book began, what we’re most excited about with the movie, thoughts from writers on how it affected their careers, and more.
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What Makes a Great Small Town Romance Novel?

Growing up military, I always envied those people who lived in the same town all of their lives. I craved the continuity of knowing my neighbors and classmates from cradle to grave; or knowing every creak of the stairs and groan of the radiator in our home.