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Guest Post + Excerpt: Lindsey Frydman’s Top 5 and THE HEARTBREAK HYPOTHESIS

The Heartbeat Hypothesis Lindsey Frydman

It feels unfair to pick only 5 books when I love SO many, but…I did it. (And it was hard!)

  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
  • I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent Series) by Barry Lyga
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

 


An excerpt from my debut novel, The Heartbeat Hypothesis

He picked up his camera again, still wearing a half grin.

My heart thumped in my ears when he aimed it at me. “Can I be honest? I’m not really a fan of pictures. Not of me, anyway. So this is…a lot harder than I thought it’d be.”

“What girl isn’t interested in photos of herself?” The large round lens still pointed directly at my face, but since he never buried his head behind the camera, I couldn’t tell when he was actually taking a picture.

“This one,” I said, pointing at myself for emphasis. “This girl is not a selfie fan.” My face always looked too round, too pale.

Jake’s gaze trailed down toward my chest, but his lips pressed together in a way that made me think his focus wasn’t on my scar. “You may as well be. You’re beautiful.”

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
Q&A

Q&A: A Snappy Chat with Brooklyn Skye

A Moment of Madness Brooklyn Skye

YES, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies counts.

We’ve got a fantastic treat for everyone today! Bask in the glow of this short and sweet Q&A with the brilliant Brooklyn Skye, author of A Moment of Madness!


Darcy or Wentworth?

Definitely Darcy.

(bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)

Does Pride and Prejudice and Zombies count? If so, I loved Sam Riley in that movie.

 

Christian or Gideon?

Gideon

 

Rochester or Heathcliff?

Heathcliff

 

Spock or Kirk?

Spock

 

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunrise. I watch it every morning as I’m writing, so maybe that’s why I’m partial to it.

 

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COVER REVEAL: ON THE LINE by Stina Lindenblatt

I’ve got to be honest, we’re a little thrilled about revealing this one. We love Stina Lindenblatt, and do you know what we love almost as much as her? A good belly button. Welcome to Ice Hockey Romance, the belly button capitol of the Romance cover world. And this particular cover might be our favorite. Fill your eyes with this beauty below and don’t miss On The Line, out November 7th, 2017!


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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
Q&A

Q&A: Cathryn Fox of PRIVATE RESERVE

Private Reserve Cathryn Fox

Rough news week? (When is it not?) Ease back into the small mercies of the world with the wonderful Cathryn Fox, author of Private Reserve!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

I have two favourite romance movies, Addicted to Love, and When Fools Rush in.

In Addicted to Love, I love when Meg Ryan is talking about what love is. It’s crude but funny.

In When Fools Rush in, I love the moment when Matthew Perry asks Salma Hayek to marry him, and says, “You are everything I never knew I always wanted.” Sigh…..

Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release? No, not really. But I think it’s the moment when the other person realizes what love is, and that they are in love and those are my favourite scenes to write.


FIVE BOOKS

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Q&A

Q&A: Debbie Mason of STARLIGHT BRIDGE

Starlight Bridge Debbie Mason

You ever just have a moment where your whole day is saved? Well, Debbie Mason just saved ours! We’re basking in the glow of this incredibly fun Q&A, and now you can too! Don’t miss our interview or her latest book, Starlight Bridge, out now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

Love Actually, The Notebook, Sleepless in Seattle, Gone with the Wind, and Serendipity.

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

David and Natalie had the perfect meet-cute scene in Love Actually.

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Exclusive Excerpt: SWEET VICTORY by Gina L. Maxwell

Sweet Victory Gina L. Maxwell

Ease on back into the daily work grind with this fantastic excerpt of Gina L. Maxwell’s Sweet Victory. (Seriously, we’re blushing vicariously with this one.


Xan’s body had tensed more with every minute he listened. Then Caldwell insulted Sophie, making Xander’s blood boil and his fists curl tight. The only thing she could do to stop the sale was get married, and the snide bastard flat out told her he didn’t believe for a second it would ever happen, now or ever.

What a bunch of bullshit. Xan would bet Sophie had men panting after her on the regular, and if her relationships didn’t last, it was probably because they couldn’t hold a candle to her raging fire.

That wouldn’t be the case if they ever got together, at least not in the bedroom. He would match her flame for flame until they incinerated everything around them. He’d been on the verge of letting those torrid images get the best of him again when the cruel words of her uncle smacked him back to the present.

“…the only way to acquire the trust is through a legitimate marriage. Considering your track record with men, I think we both know what the likelihood of that is.”

Fucking hell! To hear him speak so callously to a woman—his own niece—brought back painful memories of growing up hearing his father berate and belittle Xander’s mother. It’s why he often got involved in situations that were none of his business. He couldn’t stomach witnessing a woman being bullied.

Xan was going to make the tosser choke on his own words.

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Q&A

Q&A: Nina Croft of FALLING FOR THE BAD GIRL

Falling For The Bad Girl Nina Croft

“Humorous angst” is possibly the best mashup we’ve ever gotten for one of our tricky “yes” or “no” questions, and you know who gave us that answer? Nina Croft, the legend. She’s back for a Q&A and with a new book we love: Falling For The Bad Girl!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements? Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

Notting Hill – I love the scene at the end, at the press conference, where he begs her to reconsider.

 

Dirty Dancing – when they dance to I’ve Had the Time of My Life… I’ve watched that scene so many times.

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Q&A

Character Interview: Jude Soren of FINDING MR. WRONG

Finding Mr. Wrong A.M. Madden Joanne Schwehm

Like a man who’s funny, charming, and a little irreverent? You found him. Don’t miss this interview with the leading man of A.M. Madden and Joanne Schwehm’s Finding Mr. Wrong!


Interviewers: Chip & Barbi from Flame Relationship Services

 

Chip:  We know you’re getting ready to head off to paradise, but we had a few questions for you.

Jude: Okay, shoot.

 

Barbi: You’re a good looking guy…

Jude: Thank you.

Barbi: Why would someone like you need to sign-up for our social experiment?

Jude: My friends think I need to be challenged.

 

Chip: How excited were you to be selected?

Jude: I couldn’t be more thrilled if I was running through the streets of Manhattan naked.

Barbi: Oh, is that something you do?

Jude: No.

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Guest Post

Guest Post: Heather Van Fleet’s Top 5 Obsessions

Reckless Hearts Heather Van Fleet

Just what we needed: A list of really tempting things to distract us all weekend from a Romance author we love.

We’re sharing the wealth with these obsessions from Heather Van Fleet.


5. Pretty Little Liars

I was late to the game when it came to this show. My oldest daughter, who loves it to pieces, kept pushing it on me, wanting to talk end games and ships and what not. So, toward the beginning of last year, I believe it was during spring break, I sat down and watched every single season and episode of this series just to make her happy. In the end, my eyes were bleeding from all the twists and coupling off, but…color me addicted. I’ve not read any of the books in the series (shame on me, I know) but I’d say this is good enough for a middle-aged Mama like myself.

4. Outlander
Not sure if I’m more obsessed with the show, or with Jamie, but hey…I’m on this bandwagon for life. These books and the TV show have turned into a pop culture phenomenon and I, personally, can’t get enough of it. Every Saturday night, I sneak out of my house and drive the ten minutes to get to my parents’ house just so I can watch the show with my equally as obsessed Mom. We curl up, eat some popcorn, and turn off all the lights just to get the theatre ambiance whenever we’re watching. Every week is a surreal experience that I keeps me coming back for more, though I know what’s about to happen. Most of all, it gives my mom and me time to just hang.

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Guest Post: The Dream Cast of HARD WIRED

Hard Wired Megan Erickson Santino Hassell

Thanks for having us here at Ever After! We hope you enjoy this dream cast from the Cyberlove series. We focused on the main characters, some supporting characters who may get their own story one day, and Kai and Garrett from Strong Signal who have several cameos!

This series has been really visual for us because so much of it takes place online with people who have to share pictures or Skype because they don’t see each other in person. Also, Strong Signal and Hard Wired are very rooted in the idea of fandom culture. To celebrate that, we created Tumblr pages for both Kai and Ian (and his alter ego Cerise), but here are inspiration pictures of the entire cast!


 

The stars of Hard Wired:

Ian played by Miles McMillan

Miles McMillan

 

Jesse played by Alex Pettyfer

Alex Pettyfer

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