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Heather McCorkle’s Favorite Couples

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Love is a powerful and curious thing, and it is powerful and curious couples that draw me to literature. As a reader, forget traditional and predictable formulas, I want unique and wild. The more depth and interest, the more hooked I am. I love writers that push the genre to new places—and no, I don’t mean 50 shades of new places—and take risks with their love story. Here are my top four favorite couples, and why (they might surprise you, you have been forewarned).


Harley and Joker | Marvel’s Batman Series

Yes, oh yes, really. Talk about a quirky, messed up couple. But they also have a devotion so deep that they would do anything for each other. Whether it’s a crime spree, taking on Batman, or trying to take over the city, they stand united in it all. The other’s happiness is paramount to them both and that is a unique thing among couples, especially darker couples.

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Romance – Is there an app for that? by Kalli Lanford

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Dating has sure changed since the last time I was on the market. As a happily married, forty-something with a son in college, I shake my head at the idea of swiping right or left to find love, but at the same time, I find this slightly disturbing convenience delightfully intriguing and one to vicariously explore.

The prude in me takes a back seat when I listen to one of my younger, single friends give juicy highlights of her last date and then pulls Tinder up on her phone to weed through the next batch of guys who she decides are worthy of messaging.

And my friend’s juicy highlights? Yes, they do include sex. Sex on the first date? Not that I hadn’t had a one-night stand when I was in my early twenties, but I didn’t set out to have sex on the nights it had happened. It just happened.

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The Tricky Pros & Cons of Dating Your Best Friend

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The Tricky Pros and Cons of Dating Your Best Friend . . .  as told by Dean Conrad Morello.

I’ve found someone I can trust. Coriander is my human diary, and there’s some attraction there, too. But what now?

It is important to proceed with care and take a moment to consider the pros and cons of taking our relationship to the next level.  

Cons:

Are you willing to make the sacrifice? It’s always the number one concern when anyone considers dating a friend

What if it doesn’t last? If we break up, we might have to accept that our friendship might be lost forever.

Pros:

But then again, I’ve known her all of my life. We have a history, been through a lot together.

Our connection is strong. Nothing can go wrong, right?

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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Falling For The Billionaire Wolf and His Baby by Sasha Summers

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Hello, my name is Sasha Summers and I am a romance novel addict.

Seriously. I totally am.

I fell in love with some viscount or duke or lord when I was eleven-ish, thanks to Barbara Cartland. He was beautiful and crabby but I adored him anyway. And when he whisked in to save the heroine, which I totally know he would, I swooned. (Actually, I didn’t. I have never swooned in my life – does this make me less of a lady?)

I could not wait for my first kiss. The earth would stand still. The heavens would part. My heart would pound in my ears and my lungs would ache with the need to breathe. And it would be perfection.

It wasn’t.

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Zara Cox’s Top 5 TV Couples

1. Derek & Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy) because they were never perfect. Their flaws made them human and relatable.

  1. Denny & Izzie (Grey’s Anatomy) because even though it was doomed, their love was strong and heartbreakingly beautiful.

  2. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal) because they’re totally unsuitable for each other and yet end up falling in love.

  3. Claire and Jamie (Outlander). They’re the definition of star-crossed lovers and yet continue to defy the odds. What more can I say?

  4. Carrie and Mr. Big (Sex In The City). Because…Mr. Big!


Zara Cox has been writing since she was thirteen years old, but it wasn’t until seven years ago that she decided to share her love of writing sexy, gritty stories with anyone besides her close family (the over 18s anyway!). Her best-selling Indigo Lounge Series is Zara’s first step in her erotic romance-writing journey. In 2017, she hopes to bring her readers even more sizzling-hot stories featuring panty-melting alpha heroes and the women who rock their world. Visit her on Twitter, Facebook, or her website.

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Top 5 People Who Should NOT Read My Books by Lisa Wells

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For every author, excitement abounds on book release day and during release week. We want EVERYONE to read our books. I mean – right! Of course, I’m right. Buy our books. Read our books. Love our books. We repeat these phrases in our sleep as we dream about ways to get even more readers to buy our baby. Unless…

For every author, they have a list of individuals they don’t want reading their book. Their reasons will vary, but their list exists. If you don’t believe me, ask an author. Here is my list of the top five individuals I don’t want reading my books.


The Top 5 People Who Should Not Read The Attraction of Adeline

  1. My 80-year-old mother-in-law. Bless her heart. She insists on buying all of my books and reading all of my books even though I know the shock from each sex scene she has read is why she no longer has to go to her beautician to get her hair permed. It’s gone from naturally straight to down-right curly.

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Clare James’ Favorite Happily Ever Afters

It is, by far, the best part of a romance novel or movie, isn’t it? The HEA. Okay, maybe it comes in a close second after the sexy bits 😉

It’s funny because I’ve come to learn that readers really want a big HEA, not just a happily ever after for now, which is what I’ve done in some of my books—I like to leave that door open a little bit, sometimes. But for my new book, Never Be Tamed, it wraps up in a big, red swoon-y bow, I promise!


Some of my favorite Happily Ever Afters include:

Harry Potter—Yeah, I know this is controversial but I like Harry and Ginny together.Harry_&_Ginny_kissTwilight—doesn’t get much better than this.tumblr_mpzclhI8DJ1rkt0n6o1_500

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I’ve Been A Romance Reader Since I Was THREE! A True Story From Amanda Adams

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I’ve Been A Romance Reader Since I was THREE! (A true story.)

I’m a romance author. Which means, I’m a romance reader. Since I was about three years old. Too young, you say? I beg to differ. I distinctly remember sitting on my mother’s lap as she read stories to me, stories that made me believe in Happily-Ever-After and the power of true love to conquer evil.

Three. Years. Old. I read other things later. High Fantasy with dragons and knights and sorcerers. Thrillers, with spies and detectives and murder. I read how-to’s and self-help and biographies of famous people I admired. I read history books and literary fiction because I had to. I read a few classics just to see what all the fuss was about – and must admit I hated most of them. I read Mark Twain and Shakespeare (who I actually rather enjoy, once I get used to the way his words work.) But nothing held my attention, not for long. Nothing but romance.

I keep coming back. Different genres. Different time periods. Sweet stories. Sexy stories. Any kind of story as long as I got my Happily-Ever-After at the end of the journey. Why? Was it because they were the first stories I heard? Did they somehow shape my psyche for the rest of my life?

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Guest Post: Movies That Made Vanessa Vale a Romance Fan

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  1. A Room With A View– LOVE this movie. It’s set pre-WWI England and getting kissed is serious business. So a stolen kiss is life changing. And the ending… God, I want to go to Florence and have a room with a view with the hero.
  1. Romancing The Stone– Cheesy 80’s, but the plot is quintessential romance novel. It follows the W plot outline and is perfect to use as a guide to write from.
  1. Sixteen Candles– Yes, I’m of the age where Jake Ryan was the BOMB. The hair, the plaid shirt, the Porsche. Again, the ending? I was 13 at the time and I dreamed of a guy doing that for me for my 16th birthday. I still am!!
  1. Dirty Dancing– Again, I’m showing my age, but in high school, this was hot stuff. I related to Baby because I couldn’t dance to save my life (I still can’t), but she won Patrick Swayze. Oh yeah.

I’m seeing my trend is all set in the 80’s. Yikes! But they’re classics and as I watched them as a teenager, set my path toward romance. What are your favorite romance movies?


Vanessa Vale is the USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books, sexy romance novels, including her popular Bridgewater historical romance series and hot contemporary romances featuring unapologetic bad boys who don’t just fall in love, they fall hard. When she’s not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. While she’s not as skilled at social media as her kids, she loves to interact with readers.

Vanessa Vale can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and VanessaValeAuthor.com.

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Guest Post: Grace Goodwin’s Top 5 Happily Ever Afters!

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So, like me, you’re a romance fan? It’s my one undeniable weakness. Show me a sappy movie, a heart-melting book or let me hear an emotional song about love and I’m a goner. Sold. Sign me UP.

Which means, over the last…ummm…few years, I’ve read, watched, seen and heard a LOT of stories about love, falling in love, losing love, finding love, making love. Love is in the air, isn’t it? Isn’t it always?

Now, I combine my two favorite loves, science fiction and romance, in the Interstellar Brides series. In Mating Fever, our sassy, smart, little-bit-crazy heroine gets a bit more than she bargained for when her assigned mate is a Beast suffering from Mating Fever. Beauty and the Beast? Yep, you guessed it, one of my favorites.

But make Beast a hot, protective, sexy-as-hell alpha male in outer space? Yes. I DID do that. Sorry. (Not Sorry!)

But I digress. Top 5 BEST HEA’s ever? Here’s my personal list. What’s on yours?

1 – Beauty and the Beast (Yes, I saw the new movie. LOVED it.)

2 – Blay and Qhuinn in Lover At Last by JR Ward – I cried for an hour… (*warning – it’s a gay vampire romance, and one of the best love stories I’ve ever read…especially if you know their history in the previous books. Explicit scenes – including a M/M/M/M/F scene may be a bit much for some readers.)

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