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Q&A: Katee Robert of FOOL ME ONCE

Fool Me Once Katee Robert

We’re so thrilled to be wrapping up the first day of Read a Romance month with the ever-awesome Katee Robert! Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss Fool Me Once, out today!


SNAPPY CHAT

Darcy or Wentworth?

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

Darcy, though I’m not a huge Darcy fan overall. And, naturally, it’s Colin Firth. Always.

 

Christian or Gideon?

Christian. I don’t want to play in his red room, but poking at him would be fun.

 

Rochester or Heathcliff?

Rochester. Always.

 

Spock or Kirk?

Spock. I think he’s an animal in the sheets.

 

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunrise. Full of possibilities.

 

Angst or humor?

Both. Sorry, I can’t choose both. Humor, though I adore angst.

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Q&A: Rebecca Grace Allen of THE THEORY OF DEVIANCE

Theory of Deviance Rebecca Grace Allen

We’re thrilled to have this Q&A with the queen of sexy and soul-searching, Rebecca Grace Allen! Her latest book, The Theory of Deviance, is out tomorrow!


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

It’s so hard to choose, but if I had to narrow it down, it would be Enchanted, French Kiss, The Notebook, 27 Dresses, and Stardust.

 

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

Enchanted has so many amazing scenes. A dancing musical scene set in Central Park? How can you not love it? But overall favorite is during the ball, when Robert sings while they’re dancing, despite telling Giselle he didn’t sing or dance.

 

French Kiss is one of my all-time favorite movies. I can recite full scenes from memory. And my favorite is when Kate is making fun of Luc, mimicking his accent and grumbly attitude, and the look he gives her afterward. It’s the moment they go from enemies to friends, right before the switch to lovers.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Nacho Figueras Presents: RIDE FREE by Jessica Whitman

Ride Free Nacho Figueras

Do I even need to introduce this book when Nacho Figueras’ face is benevolently smoldering right on the cover? We’ve got a deliciously tantalizing excerpt of Nacho Figueras Presents: Ride Free by Jessica Whitman right here! And if you love polo playing Lotharios, you’re in luck! Ride Free is out today!


When Sunny started crow-hopping, Enzo Rivas didn’t worry. The big mare had always been hot, and it wasn’t out of character for her to occasionally get a little bored and try to test her rider.

But when Sunny started to buck, Enzo knew something was seriously wrong.

The pony threw her head down, kicked out her legs, and whinnied fearfully, almost sending Enzo out of the saddle. He pressed his knees against the saddle, grabbed the reins, and battled to pull her head back up. She fought him, flinging her head down again and heaving her back legs into the air.

For a moment, he thought he was going to be thrown, and his body automatically tensed, preparing to hit the ground, hard.

It wouldn’t have been the first time Enzo lost his seat to an unruly horse. It was part of his job, after all. Nobody trained horses and didn’t occasionally get thrown. But that didn’t mean he wouldn’t fight it.

Sunny came back down onto all four legs again, and Enzo, sensing a split second of opportunity, yanked the reins sharply to the right, forcing the pony’s head so far over that her nose touched his knee. She screamed in outrage and spun in a circle, but she was powerless to kick her hind legs from this position.

Enzo kept her in that stance, letting her spin as many times as she wanted, speaking to her softly in Spanish, until he could feel her temper start to ebb and her muscles soften, one by one, under him.

He relaxed the reins and let the pony’s head back up. As they cantered forward, he noticed a large, bald-faced hornet floating away from them.

“Ah. Poor girl,” he said, “you got stung.”

Sunny snorted complacently as if in agreement, then reared up, threw Enzo backward into the grass, and bolted, riderless, down the pitch.

Enzo lay there for a moment, the breath knocked out of him, staring at the cloudless Florida sky. It had not been a bad fall, as falls went, and he knew that once he could breathe again, he’d be fine. But he was also pissed, and he knew it would be better to get his temper under control before he chased down the errant horse. It never helped to be mad when dealing with ponies.

“Rivas?” came a distant voice that made him close his eyes and smile ruefully. Of course she would find him like this.

“Enzo, are you okay?”

She was closer.

He struggled to a sitting position, still a little winded but determined not to be on his back when she reached him.

“I’m fine,” he said, and then almost fell over again, he was so dizzy. Damn that horse. He bent his head to his knees and closed his eyes.

“You don’t look fine. You look like you got knocked on your ass.”

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Kendra C. Highley’s Top Ten Reason The Princess Bride Is the Best Date Movie Ever

Defying Gravity by Kendra C. Highley

As one astute reader already pointed out, I have a couple of pretty significant Princess Bride references in Defying Gravity. The movie came out when I was in high school, and I’ve loved it ever since. To explain a little more, here are my top ten reasons why I think it’s the best date movie ever:

 

  1. It’s a love story, through and through. Wesley and Buttercup have “true love” and it’s there in everything he does for her.
  2. “As you wish” is practically akin to “I love you.” And seriously, who wouldn’t love to hear that from the guy/girl of your dreams?
  3. The. Giant. He’s a sweetheart who proves you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Besides, “Anybody Want a Peanut” gets laughs no matter how many times I watch it. But when you watch the movie next time, watch how often Fezzik chooses the path of friendship and love, even though everyone sees him as a brute.
  4. “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife! And after what you just said, I’m not sure I want to be that anymore!” The best talking down ever to a cynical, unromantic realist, by a wife who still believes in true love.
  5. The Dread Pirate Roberts—who doesn’t love a man in black? (As an aside, for my fellow Once Upon a Time fans…Killian Jones. Am I right?)
  6. But it’s more than the sexy pirate thing—it’s what Wesley goes through to rescue his true love from kidnappers: a climb up the “cliffs of insanity,” a sword fight, a wrestling match with a giant, a battle of wits (and poison) with a genius, a fall down a very long hill, a trip through a deadly forest, ROUSes, the pit of despair, and finally a rescue from an evil prince. I’m tired just thinking about it.
  7. How about the silly games you can play while you watch? Anyone else try to hold their breath as long as Buttercup during her descent into the lightning quicksand? Or seeing who can quote along with the movie for the longest? Yep, me, too.
  8. It’s funny. Dates don’t always have to be about wine and candles—sometimes a good laugh, while snuggled with your sweetheart under a blanket, can be just want you need.
  9. Four white horses—like any good romance, there’s an HEA. Our heroes ride off into the sunset on four gorgeous white horses (courtesy of Fezzik) and Wesley and Buttercup finally share their…
  10. “This is a kissing book?” The grandson’s change of heart about the kissing scenes in the story by the time his grandpa gets to the end of the book is one of the sweetest ways to end it—along with Peter Falk’s twinkle-eyed, “As you wish.”

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Q&A: Crystal Jordan of GATLINBURG GETAWAY

Gatlinburg Getaway Crystal Jordan

Guess who has a Romance blog, several cups of tea, and a Q&A with the amazing Crystal Jordan? Us! We’re excited for so many reasons. Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss out on Gatlinburg Getaway, out right now!


FAVORITE MOVIES

 

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

The Fifth Element

Sweet Home Alabama

The Princess Bride

Pride and Prejudice (2005 film)

Four Weddings and a Funeral

 

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

The Fifth Element: Diva Song/fight scene:

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Q&A: Robin Lovett of RACING TO YOU

Racing to You Robin Lovett

You know what’s better than gushing about Romance? Reading other people gush about Romance—especially when it’s an author that really knows her stuff! Check out our Q&A with the brilliant Robin Lovett, author of Racing To You! You’re not just in for a treat of excellent taste, Racing To You is out right now!


FAVORITE MOVIES

 

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

Roman Holiday is an all-time favorite. Audrey Hepburn is wonderful, and I love spending a day touring Rome with her and Gregory Peck on a Vespa. I first saw it as a teenager when I was home sick from school—best sick day ever!

 

Shakespeare in Love makes me laugh and cry every time. Notting Hill for the adorable, hopeless romantic in Hugh Grant, and Bridget Jone’s Diary because she’s so awkward yet gets her man anyway. And I enjoy a good sports romance with sexy humor, so I have to add Wimbledon.

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Guest Post: Roxy Mews on Tiny Houses and Romance

Love Shack Roxy Mews

Itty bitty super small teeny tiny houses. The “Tiny House” phenomenon hit my radar a couple years ago when I was looking for ways utilize every square inch of the house I currently live in.

My family is bursting at the seams of my home, and I was looking for ways to carve out an office space for myself. It all started with a search for a fold away desk.

Then I fell down the Pinterest pit. (If you want to see how far down the rabbit hole I fell, check out my “Tiny” boards.) Then I went to YouTube and didn’t emerge for days. I scared the crap out of my husband. He’s seen me fall down research holes before, but this one was different. I couldn’t stop.

Funny thing was, I wasn’t looking to write a book about it, I was just fascinated. So like every other writer I know, when something overwhelms my brain, I had to put the knowledge to use. I grabbed a paper and pen and started jotting down ideas.

My Tiny Houses, Big Hearts series erupted from my brain and landed on a pad of paper from one of my favorite authors. Then I put it aside. For all of ten minutes before I opened up a new document and started writing.

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Q&A: J.L. Merrow of BLOW DOWN

Blow Down J.L. Merrow

You know what’s a great sign that we’ll love a book? When an author has great taste in pretty much everything even vaguely Romance related.

Okay, so we’re biased. But we second every single favorite of the brilliant J.L. Merrow, author of Blow Down.

Even Deadpool? Especially Deadpool.


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

Now, this is a tough one as I’m more of a sci-fi/action movie gal. But here goes:

  1. Deadpool. The romance between ‘Pool and Vanessa is so touching: a real meeting of souls. His crazy matches her crazy. Morena Baccarin is drop-dead gorgeous, which never hurts—and get this: she is (unbelievably) 37 to Ryan Reynolds’ 39. How often do you see a leading man pushing forty paired with a lady only 2 years younger?
  2. The X-Men What do you mean, there’s no actual Professor X/Magneto romance?
  3. The Hobbit: the love story between Aidan Turner’s Kili and Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel is so sweet and fraught with external conflict and tragedy. Poor loves. And great to see a height difference that goes against society’s norm when the guy is not insanely rich/powerful.
  4. Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes The subtext is very rapidly becoming the text!
  5. Hellboy. He’s a demon from the fires of damnation: she’s a pyrokinetic out of control. It’s a match made in Hell.

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Guest Post: “My Sister, Bro? Don’t Even Think About It!” by Kate Meader

One Week to Score Kate Meader

Ah, the best friend’s sister Romance trope—it’s a favorite of Romance readers everywhere. It’s taboo. It’s bromance-threatening. It’s sexy as hell. We love it because the relationship is riddled with tension from the get-go. But I have to admit I was reluctant to delve into the troperific waters on this one for my latest book One Week to Score. Because as awesome as this set up is to kick start a story, relying on the brother-finding-out as the primary conflict feels like a cop out. Any hero who won’t stand up to his best bud and claim the woman he loves isn’t much of a hero. So a best-friend’s-sister romance done well should use this as the surface conflict but will peel it back to reveal so much more.

With Flynn and Olivia in One Week to Score, I knew I’d have to add a few more bumps to their road to true love. How about an old friendship that was blossoming into something else before it mysteriously upended? Or an acute case of hate-lust that can only be sated with a beach resort fling … on what should have been the heroine’s honeymoon? Add in a disastrous wedding day that imploded with a little help from our hero, and it looks like Flynn’s breach of the bro code is the least of his problems.

I always like a little gray in my heroes, guys who don’t always do the right thing but usually do it for the right reasons. That’s Flynn, whose heart (and another important part of his anatomy!) is so big that it rules his brain, leading to some pretty sketchy decisions. Sometimes things have to go a lot wrong before they can go a little right–and when it’s as sexily wrong as One Week to Score, that little bit of right can probably wait through a few sizzling bouts in the sack!

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Q&A: Amy Andrews of PLAYING BY HER RULES

Playing By Her Rules Amy Andrews

Amy Andrews, author of Playing by Her Rules (out today!), gives us so much to swoon about in this Q&A! Seriously, our weekend is already packed with movies and books we got nostalgic about just reading this. Join us as we pick her brain!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

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

  1. Notting Hill
  2. Love Actually
  3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  4. Saving Helen
  5. Bridget Jones’s Diary

 

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

Notting Hill – my absolutely favourite scene is the finale at the press conference with the big kahuna. I’ve seen that movie at least 20 times and I swear, when She starts playing and they’re smiling at each other across the room I swoon every single time.

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