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Guest Post: 5 Great Romantic Movies from Mia Hopkins

Cowboy Cocktail Mia Hopkins

Thank you so much for having me on EverAfter!

Today I’d like to share my top five favorite romantic movies. The list is pretty eclectic, but all of these movies have elements that remind me of Clark and Melody, the sexy friends-to-lovers from my latest release, Cowboy Player.

Like the heroines of Moonstruck and Amélie, Melody resists falling in love—she’s a busy woman, and she’s long given up on romance. Like the characters in It Happened One Night, Clark and Melody share lots of banter. Like City Lights and Eat Drink Man Woman, Clark and Melody’s story has a big reveal at the end.

City Lights (1931)

This silent movie from 1931 is one of my favorites. Without any spoken dialogue, Charlie Chaplain tells the sweet story of a tramp and the blind flower vendor he loves. The visual gags are amazing, but the final scene between the two main characters is full of genuine emotion—I was in tears the first time I saw it. (And by “in tears” I mean full-on crying!)

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Demon of Vengeance Brenda Huber

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What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements? 

Wow, let’s see…  Off the top of my head, I’d say Dracula Untold, Safe Haven, Sweet Home Alabama, Robin Hood (the Kevin Costner version), and The Princess Bride.  ( I also love The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Sabrina with Harrison Ford.)


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well). 

I liked the whole movie, but I particularly love the final scene in Dracula Untold where Vlad finds Mina and recites the poem.  The whole scene speaks to me.  How he’s held her in his heart all those centuries.  The way he looks at her.  As if he’s in awe, as if he’s suddenly found his soul.  And as they walk off, the moment is filled with possibility and danger.  Like their story is only just beginning.

In Safe Haven, I like the scene where they get a ride home in the police car, and Alex pushes Katie up against the tree and kisses the daylights out of her.  You can see she’s finally really letting go of her past and actually beginning to look toward the future with hope.  Besides, come on!  Josh Duhamel is sexy as all get out in that scene!

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Q&A: Flo Fitzpatrick of SCARECROW’S DREAM

Scarecrow's Dream Flo Fitzpatrick

This has been such a serious pick-me-up to an otherwise bleary-eyed how-much-caffeine-is-too much Hump Day. Check out this amazing Q&A with Flo Fitzpatrick, author of the amazing paranormal romance, Scarecrow’s Dream, out now!


What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

August Rush (Jonathan Rhys Myers, Kerri Russell, Freddie Highmore)

Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour)

A Good Year (Russell Crowe/ Marion Cotillard)

The Lake House (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)

and The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes/ Robin al!)


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

August Rush: Favorite romantic scene happens when Jonathan and Kerri meet for the first time on a rooftop overlooking the arch in Washington Square Park and he sings a few lines from “It’s a Marvelous Night for a Moondance.” (I melt during this scene.) But the scene between Jonathan and his “son” Freddie Highmore playing guitar with each other without knowing the relationship is brilliant and immediately makes me cry. 🙂

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Exclusive Excerpt: FIRE DANGER by Claire Davon

Fire Danger Claire Davon

Paranormal fans, we’ve got a gift for you, and it’s full of mythological hotties.  Claire Devon has given us a sneak peek at Fire Danger that is absolutely irresistible. And lucky us, it’s out right now!

A figure appeared in the doorway.

“Come,” Phoenix said to her. “Come meet Griffin.”

He went to the person. The men embraced like long-time friends, but still men—arms and upper body only.

“Good to see you.” Phoenix pounded the as-yet-unseen man on the back. All Rachel saw were a pair of tanned hands covered in blond hair and the outline of a sneaker.

Then Phoenix pulled back, beckoning Rachel in. She hurried through the door, wanting the protection of the hilly residence. It was only when all three of them were safely inside that she turned to the second man.

She was facing another Elemental. This one was as stunning if not even better looking than Phoenix. He was tall but not as tall as Phoenix. At a height she estimated at six foot two, he was two inches shorter than the other man. Straight dark-golden-blond hair hung past his shoulders. One long, thin braid snaked down his back. Wings poked around the sides of his body, their butter-yellow feathers appearing as soft as Phoenix’s. Classically handsome features spoke of a Northern Italian or European heritage. Wearing a black cloak, he reminded her of the characters in the TV series Highlander. All he needed was a sword.

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Exclusive Excerpt: THE BILLIONAIRE BACHELOR by Jessica Lemmon

The Billionaire Bachelor Jessica Lemmon

We are so excited to share this tense sneak peek of Jessica Lemmon‘s The Billionaire Bachelor, you guys! Power suits, high stakes business decisions, incredibly expensive lingerie! It has it all and it’s out right now!

“I have an idea,” Reese announced. Something that had been knocking around in his head since a soaking wet Merina Van Heusen had marched into his office and plunked a doorknob onto his desk.

At the mention of an idea, Alex waited. Tag’s brow creased.

Tag should know better. Of course Reese would come up with a plan before he gave up on being named CEO. It may be an impromptu, mostly old-fashioned plan, but it was a plan.

“Merina Van Heusen came by my office this morning to speak with me about my plans to remodel the Van Heusen.”

Alex’s brow went up.

“She left incensed,” Reese continued. “Stormed out of my office fifteen minutes later but not before insulting me in front of Phil Lightman.”

“You’re remodeling the Van Heusen? That place is a landmark,” Tag said.

“All aboard the ball-busting train.” Reese gave Tag a dry look.

His brother grinned in response. “Well, it is.”

“Shit,” Alex said with a raspy chuckle. His father was in a sleek gray suit and whimsical checkered tie and wore a full white mustache/goatee combo that complemented his thick white hair. He was former military, brawny, had brains and power, and enough balls to say what he meant.

“Shit is right.” Tag winced. “I’ve met Merina Van Heusen. She loves that hotel. I bet she freaked.”

Reese frowned. He’d never met her before this morning. “Where did you meet Merina Van Heusen?”

“Hotel supply conference.” Tag shrugged.

Reese shook his head. If there was a party, Tag was there. It’s one reason he was damn good at what he did for Crane. No one schmoozed like Tag.

“I spoke to her and her parents about the VH. It was obvious she loved that building for more than its bottom-line potential,” Tag said.

“Bad business,” Alex put in.

“Merina is more than just a numbers girl,” Reese stated, agreeing with both his brother and his father. Her passion for her hotel was a tick in the plus column for Reese, because he had something she wanted. That he’d bet she’d do anything to get back.

“I have a perception problem,” Reese said.

Alex grunted his agreement.

“The board sees me as a rich, spoiled prince about to inherit the kingdom. They don’t trust me. I’m unsettled. A loner.” A playboy, the tabloids said. He didn’t care for the insulting title, but it wasn’t untrue. He enjoyed the company of a number of women, consensually, of course, and he wasn’t about to apologize for it.

“A man-whore?” Tag offered.

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The Reaper's Sacrifice Abigail Baker

So, what’s the drawback of being the site curator? Sometimes we spend more time reading the posts than getting them ready to go live. I know. Poor us. At least we know for sure this Q&A from The Reaper’s Sacrifice author, Abigail Baker is incredibly worth the wait! And unlike our Q&A, The Reaper’s Sacrifice is available everywhere, no wait needed!


What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  • The Breakfast Club because the tension between Bender and Claire is a hair’s breadth between a first kiss and a slap to the face!
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman. The film oozes gothic sex appeal. And those costumes? I hate clingy clothes, but, you know, I would squeeze into one of those dresses to hear a man tell me, “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”
  • Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Knightley is the perfect Lizzie. What? You think Jennifer Ehle was better? Don’t think I won’t cut you. I just want to hold Macfayden close and tell him his hands are cold.
  • The Crow. I realize this one isn’t a romance, but the idea that Eric returns from the dead to avenge his and his beloved’s murders is, to me, beautiful. I mean, if that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Besides, Brandon Lee? Swoons. RIP, sweet man.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Ok. I know it was cheesy and Costner gave up on his British accent ten minutes into the movie, but I was an impressionable teenager when it came out. I can sing the Bryan Adam’s song if you’d like… “Look into my eyes…you will see… Oh, everything I do…I do it for you…” No singing? Awkward? Ok, I’ll stop.


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

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Guest Post: “Writing a Series With a Large Cast” by Lisa Kessler

Blue Moon Lisa Kessler

Thanks for having me visit again! Blue Moon is the 6th book in my Moon Series which centers on a werewolf pack in Reno, Nevada. I do my best to make each novel stand alone, but they all feature recurring characters from the Pack as well.

The challenge is of course is to be sure each of the members of the Pack are unique, different, and memorable. As the series expands, I also have the new mates joining the Pack, plus children.

Yikes right?

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Exclusive Excerpt: NO ONE BUT YOU by Leigh Greenwood

No One But You Leigh Greenwood

Hard times call for desperate measures in this absolutely engrossing excerpt from No One But You by Leigh Greenwood, out July 5th, 2016!

“Mrs. Winborne is looking for someone to help her on her ranch,” Rose explained. “I told her you were the perfect man for the job.”

“Why me?” Salty asked, turning to George. “Are you dissatisfied with my work?”

“Of course not,” George said. “I’d hate to see you leave, but I wouldn’t want to do anything that would stand in your way.”

“Stand in the way of what?”

“Mrs. Winborne’s offer is a little out of the ordinary,” Rose said. “I’ll let her explain it. George, why don’t you take Jared into the kitchen? I made gingerbread which he might like. Then you can round up Zac and Tyler to help me with dinner.”

Salty would have been happy to look for George’s two youngest brothers himself, but it looked like there was no way out of this interview. He didn’t know whether it would be kinder to tell Mrs. Winborne right away that he wasn’t interested in leaving the Circle Seven, or allow her to explain her offer and then turn her down.

“I can tell you’re uncomfortable with being put on the spot,” Sarah said.

“A little,” Salty agreed.

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Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Heroes: West from IGNITE & Lane from SMOLDER by Karen Erickson


Over the weekend, I read the first book in the Wildwood series, Ignite, and was lucky enough to get an ARC of Smolder from the amazing Karen Erickson, so I dived into that on Sunday, and you know what? cover 1 (1)cover 2 (1) They were freaking awesome! hells yeah

Especially the heroes of the books, West and Lane. West is the younger Gallagher brother, a firefighter, and a former trouble maker. teaser While he dated Delilah in high school, he secretly wanted sweet Harper. The night before he left town, he kissed Harper, and then ditched her, leaving her feeling betrayed.

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Deal Alert: Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix

It’s super (not-so-secret) mid-week Deal Alert time! Why? Because we love books. Especially when we can afford them. Don’t miss these steals from Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix!

To Catch a Spinster by Megan Bryce

Come back to a time when manners are everything and rules are made to never be broken. Come back to a time when men are in charge and women do what they are told…

Yeah, that never happened.

Welcome to Megan Bryce’s Regencyland, where ladies with backbone get what they want. Where a woman can thumb her nose at rules and care little for convention, and yet somehow, unexpectedly and most reluctantly, find love.

Olivia Blakesley, self-proclaimed spinster extraordinaire, is quite happy with her life. She has her studies and her duties, what need does she have of a husband? With five sisters married she knows the reality does not live up to the promise, and does not need to personally experiment with the state to know she would be ill-suited to it. However, she finds herself envious of at least one aspect of marriage. But to experience the physical side of marriage, one doesn’t need a husband, all one needs is the right man…

Nathaniel Jenkins knows his duty. Marry a young girl from a respectable family and father an heir, no matter how cold the endless parade of suitable girls leaves him. But a shocking proposal from a scholarly spinster leaves him wondering if unsuitable is just what he’s looking for. Can he convince his spinster that marriage is the greatest experiment of all?

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