Posts in the Contemporary genre

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Top 5 Reasons to Read a Romance from Harper St. George, Amanda Heger, and Tara Wyatt

In celebration of Read a Romance month, we couldn’t pass up the chance to talk about our favorite genre. From the sexy heroes to the fierce attraction that can leap off the page when the hero and heroine first meet, there are so many reasons to love reading romance. We’ve pulled together our top five reasons to read a romance this summer (or all year!)

1. Attraction – That intense chemistry when the main characters first meet is a trademark of romance. Whether it’s love at first sight or the hero and heroine hate each other from the start, that flame builds to an all-consuming wildfire by the end of the story. Each couple will have their own unique brand of chemistry.

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2. Sexy heroes – We already mentioned this one, but the heroes in romance are so sexy it’s a subject worth delving into. Whether they’re billionaires, Navy SEALS, small town sheriffs, or Wild West outlaws, the heroes in romance are strong, capable, and know how to get things done. No hero represents these qualities better than the blue collar hero. Rachel, the heroine from Revved in our anthology, gets a taste of that when she first meets the hero.

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Guest Post:”Scar-crossed” by JC Harroway

Recovery JC Harroway

What is it about celebrities that appeals to us?

The romance of glimpsing, just for a second, the life of the rich, famous or truly inspirational? The slap of excitement when we spot someone, whose face we recognize perhaps better than our own? The thrill of knowing the object of our fascination is, in fact, just a person?

For many, that chance encounter, opportunity to meet an icon or snatch a selfie would send us spinning off into a fangirl tailspin. But what if ‘celebrity’ was something you avoided at all cost?

This was a theme I toyed with in my debut contemporary romance novel, Recovery. And when I say toyed with, I mean turned upside down and poked at with a stick.

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“Bleed It Out” by Amy Lane

Rampant Amy Lane
Teague was driving. He came up to me as we were loading up, holding up his iPod, which was loaded just like mine.

“Bleed it Out?” he asked hopefully, and I grinned. I don’t know what I looked like, but his grin back was ferocious and bloodthirsty, and nobody had better fuck with us because we were bad fucking business.

“Bleed it out!” I answered back. We bashed closed fists together and got ready to roll.

I don’t know when we had started the tradition of listening to head-banging music on the way to our ass-kicking runs—I think I just started co-opting the stereo and playing stuff that got me pumped. It didn’t matter, because when Teague joined us in November, the tradition became locked in stone. Now we even had a couple of playlists culled from iPods full of every metal, rock, or alternative CD produced in the last twenty years.

Without a doubt, the vampires’ favorite was Adrian’s favorite—Linkin Park—and their hands-down, love-it-forever, rhythm-pumped-in-their-veins favorite kickass song was “Bleed It Out.” We’d built a four-hour playlist around that song, and on nights like this, it felt good to thunder that shit through our veins.

 —from Rampant, Part II, out in November


About ten years ago I was standing outside of my classroom, welcoming my fifth period in, and wishing I was dead.

Or in hell.

Or anywhere but in front of that classroom.

Because my administrator hated me—this is not an exaggeration. He designed this class to make my life miserable so I’d quit.  It was a class of thirty-two juniors at the beginning of the year. Fourteen of the thirty-two students were bound for continuation school.  Twelve of those continuation school students were male.

When I say, “bound for continuation school” this doesn’t mean I was meanly assessing their future. It means they were in their third year of high school and had passed fewer than three classes in two and a half years. They were going to continuation school—they’d been looking forward to it, and at the end of the first semester, they could get the hell out of regular school and go to a place where they could work on packets undisturbed. If they didn’t just drop out completely.

These kids had nothing to lose, they hated authority, hated school, hated female teachers, and I got them after lunch.

As they stomped up the walkway, swearing loudly, I waved them inside, humming Get Set Go’s “I Hate Everyone”. 

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Samantha Chase, Susan C. Daffron, and Victoria H. Smith

Happy Humpday! Worst greeting ever? Worst greeting ever. Here are some amazing steals to make up for it! Get these great books by Samantha Chase, Susan C. Daffron, and Victoria H. Smith while they’re on sale!

Friday Night Brides by Samantha Chase

Four women.
Twenty years.
Five hundred bridal fashion shows.

They’ve been friends since they were five, and modeling for Enchanted Bridal has been as much of a part of their lives as their friendship has. And this season has them seeing more than new wedding trends.

Hailey’s family owns Enchanted Bridal and she knows there’s a possibility that someday it will be hers. She’s not sure that’s the path she wants to take, but she does know that she’s been hopelessly crushing on the perfect man and bridal show model Logan Baxter III. While failing to gain Logan’s attention, she can’t seem to get rid of the less-than-perfect man – and model – Jackson Carr. He’s big and bold and tattooed – pretty much everything Hailey despises. And yet…there’s something about him that has Hailey questioning her definition of perfect.

Becca’s got a knack for dating the wrong kind of guys. When her current boyfriend publicly dumps and humiliates her, she’s devastated. Wanting to run and hide, she’s mortified that the stranger who had witnessed the entire scene is now part of the Enchanted Bridal family. But when Max Abrams offers her comfort and tells her that he thinks she’s beautiful, she has to wonder if maybe getting dumped by Mr. Wrong has finally led her to her very own Mr. Right.

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Q&A: Tessa Bailey of WORKED UP

Worked Up by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey, author of some of our favorite Contemporary Romance novels, is here with some amazing answers to our little Q&A! (Seriously, it’s like we’re in the room nerding out over movies with her). Check out our interview below and don’t miss her latest book, Worked Up, out now!


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

Safety Not Guaranteed

The Princess Bride

Say Anything

Jerry Maguire

Silver Lining’s Playbook


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

The ending of Safety Not Guaranteed is the most magical, original thing ever and I won’t ruin in. Suffice it to say, I cried and cheered in my living room. The scene in Jerry Maguire where Tom Cruise says, “You complete me,” has been parodied so many times, it has lost its magic. But if you go back with a fresh perspective and watch that scene again, I guarantee you will sob. It’s one of the best grovels on film—ever. EVER. Oh God, the scene between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Silver Lining’s Playbook after the dance contest—honest and beautiful. I can’t even type about it without tearing up.


Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

No, I wouldn’t say I ever have a movie’s ending in mind, but the theme of hero (or heroine) winning back the love of their life with a well-worded speech is definitely there!

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Exclusive Excerpt: Kari Lynn Dell’s RECKLESS IN TEXAS

Reckless In Texas Kari Lynn Dell

Got the Monday fatigue? We’ve got just what you need (Nice. Didn’t even need to try rhyming!). Here’s a heart-pumping exclusive excerpt of Kari Lynn Dell‘s Reckless in Texas, out now!

Joe signed his name in savage, illegible slashes, passed the program back to the girl, then stepped down the fence into the shade of the bucking chutes to watch the last couple of bareback riders. A skinny guy from Waxahachie settled onto the back of a buckskin they’d named Thumper, for good reason. The stocky gelding pounded the ground like it had insulted his mama. That kid better be stronger than he looked, or this wasn’t going to end well.

The cowboy cocked his arm back and nodded. He spurred the hell out of Thumper clear to the end of the chute gate, then the horse jammed his front feet in the dirt and jacked the kid up onto the rigging. The next lunge whipped his shoulders back and his head slammed off Thumper’s butt. He went limp, knocked out cold. Joe sprang away from the chute, racing toward the middle of the arena as Violet and Cole spurred into action.

The cowboy’s body flopped off the side of the horse, his weight pinning his gloved hand in the rigging. Thumper dragged him by one arm, boneless, defenseless, the horse’s rear hooves crashing down around his legs. Violet rode hard to the horse’s left side while Cole came up on the right to flip the catch on the flank strap so the buckskin would stop kicking. They thundered around the end of the arena, three abreast. Violet made a lunging grab and got hold of the back strap of the cowboy’s chaps, hauling up hard to lift his body out of harm’s way. Thank God he was a scrawny little shit, Joe thought as he sprinted to meet them.

Cole bailed onto Thumper’s neck the way a steer wrestler would jump a steer. He buried his feet in the dirt, his arm locked around the buckskin’s nose, his mass and strength too much for even the stout gelding.

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Q&A: Cathryn Fox of BODY CONTACT

Body Contact Cathryn Fox

Cathryn Fox isn’t just a great writer. She’s a great writer with a Book Boyfriend list we’re actually envious of. Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss her latest book, Body Contact, out August 15th!



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

I love The Proposal and While You Were Sleeping, both staring Sandra Bullock. I also love Addicted to Love, Fools Rush in and Dirty Dancing.


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

In The Proposal, I love when Ryan Reynolds doesn’t help Sandra Bullock down the steps to the boat. It’s hilarious.

In While You Were Sleeping, my favourite scene was when Sandra Bullock was given a Christmas present and just held it to her chest and smiled, feeling like a part of the family.

In Addicted to Love, I love the scene where Meg Ryan is talking about her father’s love of his dog, and Matthew Broderick tells her she’s not so tough.

In Fools Rush In, I love when Salma Hayek forces Matthew Perry to follow her into the bathroom while she sits on the toilet. So funny.

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Guest Post + GIVEAWAY: “Road Tripping With Romance” by Sara Humphreys

Trouble Walks In Sarah Humphreys

I’ve been a published author since 2010 and the market has become increasingly competitive. Writers are always looking for new and different ways to connect with readers and thanks to the Internet and social media, it has become easier to reach a large audience. However, since everyone is online the question then becomes; How do you rise above the noise?

Face to face events at book stores can be a fantastic way to connect with readers on a more personal level. But book signings can be hit or miss. Sometimes you sell out and have a huge crowd of people and other times, you’re lucky if your mom shows up. Unless you’re JR Ward, Nora Roberts, JK Rowling or insert-big-name-author-here, there probably isn’t a throng of fans waiting.

It’s always fun, and usually memorable, to connect with readers face to face and in many cases, hand-selling books can result in a devoted life-long reader. However, tackling these live events isn’t always easy.  Sitting at a table in a bookstore, waiting and hoping that customers will want to chat with you about your books can be a challenging, pride-swallowing situation.  I’ve found that sitting quietly and playing the waiting game is not the most effective way to have a successful signing. Most people won’t come up and ask a perfect stranger what they’re doing at the table. Perhaps they find it intimidating or they don’t realize that the person sitting there is selling and signing books that they wrote.

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Seducing The Boss Mari Carr

“Both. Ménage-style.” is officially one of my favorite answers to any either-or question I’ve ever encountered in my life, all thanks to Mari Carr! Don’t miss our Q&A with Mari below and check out her book, Seducing The Boss, out now!


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

I’m a HUGE fan of romantic comedies, so whenever I find myself sitting down to watch a movie at home, that’s where I go. My go-to, escape, don’t have to think for two hours, sigh contentedly at the end movies are Overboard (all-time favorite—don’t judge—lol), You’ve Got Mail, Love Actually, Forrest Gump, and then…just to throw in a ringer…I do Harry Potter marathons obsessively and more often than I should probably admit.


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

You’ve Got Mail

Love Actually – The opening makes me cry every time!

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Q&A: Mira Lyn Kelly of MAY THE BEST MAN WIN

May The Best Man Win Mira Lyn Kelly

We are positively jazzed to have Mira Lyn Kelly on the blog today answering a few of our oddball questions (spoiler: she makes the wisest choices when it comes to being stranded on a desert island)! Her book, May The Best Man Win is out right now, so don’t miss it!

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

So here are my top picks with a few favorite clips included…

Mr. And Mrs. Smith: Favorite movie ever…loved the snark and banter and come on—two married assassins who don’t know they are living with another killer?? So great. I love the fight scene where they destroy their whole perfect suburban house trying to kill each other but then ultimately give in to the hot sizzle!

Friends with Benefits: For making me laugh while getting the sexy on…

Killers: For the skin, awkward and cute meet that left me grinning:

The Notebook: Yeah, because of that kiss. THAT KISS!!!

Crazy Stupid Love: Okay, okay, the kisses get me every time! I love how Emma just storms in and Ryan is so stunned, and then with the tightening grip. Sigh. Good stuff!

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