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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...
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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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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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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#HunkDay: Oscar Hunks

On Sunday evening, grab your girlfriends and a bowl of popcorn because it's the 87th Academy Awards! This Hunk Day we're celebrating the hotties who wowed us by their acting chops--from emotionally wrenching films like Selma and American Sniper to the fun Wes Anderson romp, Grand Budapest Hotel--by featuring them as today's hunks. Sit back and enjoy this short preview of sexy actors ;)
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AGENT CARTER, Episode 7

Elizabeth K. Mahon is here with your AGENT CARTER recap. Only one episode left! This week, the show opens on a Russian battlefield three years ago, where our good buddy Dr. Ivchenko is summoned to help hypnotize a soldier who needs his leg amputated. It seems that they’ve run out of anesthetic and vodka...
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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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DOWNTON ABBEY: Season 5, Episode 7

Cora has really had it tough this season: she found out her maid was a convicted thief, she had to fight off the unwanted attentions of Simon Bricker, had to deal with Robert’s bruised ego, and now she’s just learned that she has a secret grandchild. It’s a wonder that she didn’t start throwing things or get out one of Robert’s shotguns. But before she finds out the truth, it’s yet another dinner party at Downton Abbey...
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A TOUCH OF STARDUST by Kate Alcott

A novel that takes you behind the scenes of the filming of Gone with the Wind, while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.
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SLEEPY HOLLOW: Season 2, Episode 17

Alyssa Cole is here with a recap of last night's episode: "In the wake of destroying Jefferson’s fenestella, which housed all the information they would ever need as Witnesses, Abbie and Ichabod go to a local book store to search for some of the tomes they saw there. Ichabod is looking through books about time travelers, i.e., men out of time. When they leave, they once again reaffirm that nothing is more important than their bond...."
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CINDERELLA AND THE GHOST (The Cursed Princes #4) by Marina Myles

I tried ignoring this book. A French ghost and time travel? Not my normal read. But something kept pulling me back. No it wasn’t something I would usually be drawn to, but a retelling of Cinderella with a side of science fiction was too good to pass up...
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THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery

Best-selling author Susan Mallery understands that the small details of everyday life count, and no more so when fleshing out the three main characters of her new novel, set in the fictional town of Mischief Bay, California...
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THE MASTER (The Game Maker #2) by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is an insta-purchase for me, her Immortals After Dark series is my go-to recommendation when someone wants to read paranormal. Her step into contemporary romance with The Game Maker series is shaping up to be exceptional. I loved the first book, The Professional, but it is safe to say, Cole outdid herself with THE MASTER...