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Steals & Deals

Farewell, Read a Romance Month! Hello, $.99 Sale!

We’ve had such a blast this last month. There’s nothing quite like great people coming together to celebrate something they’re passionate about. That’s the premise of this blog: Fans and authors alike sharing what they love about Romance, the little things that keep them coming back for more, and the little things that infuriate us—

We even hate things well together.

But EverAfter is overwhelmingly a community of love. So, to mourn the passing of an entire month of fun, we’ve partnered with our big brother, Diversion Books, to offer a small token of our gratitude: A huge sale. We’ve collaborated and gathered some of our favorite titles and, for today, they’ll all be $.99!

So get them while they last and thank you, from the bottom of our snarky hearts, for being a part of this blog and the amazing celebration that was Read aRomance Month.

Love,

EverAfter

 

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Guest Post: “My Love for YA Romance” by Monica Murphy

Daring The Bad Boy Monica Murphy

The love started when I was a young adult (once upon a time). I’m going to totally age myself with the following: I remember going to the mall and visiting the B. Dalton bookstore (RIP). They had an end cap featuring various young adult romances, including those published by Silhouette. I started in on those books and fell head over heels, eventually devouring a TON of them. They set my young teen heart aflutter.

What’s funny is I read a bunch of them, but could never remember their titles, the authors, etc. Except for one. My absolute favorite book from that line was Love at First Sight by Elaine Harper. Oh, MAN I loved that book. It was so swoony and sweet and full of teen angst and featured the most popular boy in school. I eventually lost my original copy but a couple of years ago I found it on Amazon. I one clicked that sucker (I think I got it for around a dollar) and will cherish it forever. The cover is faded and it’s been abused but it reminds me of the one I owned, so it’s perfect.

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“Romance and You” by Amy Lane

Tart and Sweet Amy Lane

The thing is, no teacher ever bothered to connect the dots for us.

“And today,” the teacher would say, “we are going to learn about the romances of King Arthur!”

“So,” we would reply, “like my mother’s romances in the cupboard—hooray! We’re going to learn about sex and happiness!”

“No!” The teacher was always scandalized at this point. “You are going to learn how sex makes people deeply unhappy and all of the life choices made under the guise of true love will ruin your existence forever.”

“Well shit,” we’d think. “King Arthur was a weenie who spoiled it for everybody.”  And then we’d get a big salacious thrill out of watching Arthur, Gwenevere, Lancelot, Tristan, and Gawain completely screw up their lives.

But we didn’t see how it was romance.

But there was still hope somebody would teach us later.

“And today,” the teacher would say, “we are going to learn about the American Romantics!”

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Guest Post: Sarah Ballance’s 5 Favorite Mystery Books

Dangerous Illusions Sarah Ballance
  1. My favorite gets top billing for one reason alone: it introduced me to romantic suspense. I’d just gotten a new computer with a built-in e-reader (new stuff to me back then) and one of the free books offered was Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels. I read it and absolutely fell in love with the genre, which played a huge part in getting me where I am today.
  2. Speaking of where I am today, I have to give some serious props to Jane Beckenham’s To Love a Thief and Eve Devon’s Heart of Steel. Yes, they are books one and two in the Steel Hawk series, but they’re also really incredible stories with fantastic writing. Both of these authors blow me away, time and time again.
  3. Another book that stands out for me is Jenna Ryan’s A Voice in the Dark. The author’s voice is amazing and the book is just so fun to read, but it also has another level. The hero, Noah, has kept himself hidden, and the moment he reveals himself to the heroine absolutely melted me into a puddle of goo.
  4. I can’t make this list without mentioning the Nancy Drew Case Files. There was just the barest hint of romance between Nancy and Ned, but the chapter endings were what got me. I was probably twelve-ish and staying up all night because I couldn’t put the book down at the hook. I remember that now as an author when I close my chapters, and to this day I read suspense in one sitting.
  5. The book that holds the honor of most amazing moment I’ve ever read is…unknown. I forgot the title. It’s a romantic suspense from Harlequin Intrigue, and the hero kidnaps/rescues the heroine from her house in the nick of time, as heroes are prone to do. They end up on the run, their enemies ruthless, and there’s a lot of biting dialogue exchanged. The hero is tough as nails, and he refuses to tell the heroine his name for much of the book. The moment he finally trusts her with that piece of information is one of the most amazing I’ve ever read. I think of it often and needless to say it drives me absolutely crazy that I’ve lost track of which book it is, so if anyone out there knows, I’m on my knees. Tell me, please!

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Sailor Moon as a Romance Primer

Dear EA Readers,

It’s me, site editor. Did I startle you? Good.

I’ve had the honor of reading some incredibly funny, thoughtful, and intimate writing on Romance the world might ever see, thanks to our (not so) little community of readers and writers alike. EA’s been home to brilliant genre talk, out of this world storytelling, and some of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. It is my privilege and pleasure.

It’s also pretty greedy. Here I am, hungrily downing your stories of love, loss, passion, and hot dudes you would totally steal straight off of their book jackets—and I’ve put up none of my own.

It’s Read a Romance Month, and for us, that means celebrating Romance in every way we know how.

So here’s a story for the pile.

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Picture, if you will: You failed another math test today. Your allowance, which was dwindling a few weeks ago, has been unceremoniously cut off. Whipped cream on top? This dork on the street made fun of your hair.

Oh, and the world’s kind of in peril and you’re kind of, sort of, a superhero. Like, a cat told you? And your powers bite. The only one you’re actually aware of is activated by your crying.

You’re not even sure if that’s a power.

So this fight against a monster you’re currently in? Not going well.

You’re about to try the crying thing again (and by “try” I mean “this is going to happen either way, so might as well pretend it’s on purpose”), when suddenly, you hear music swell.

A man in a tuxedo so handsome that reality gets its own Instagram filter for a moment appears at the window, holding a rose. “How did he get up there and why didn’t he use a door,” you start to ask, but there’s no time. Fast as lightning, he chucks it at the monster’s face.

He chucks a rose at a monster’s face.

And it works.

Defying all logic, this rose stops the monster in its tracks. It hits it like a migraine laced with holy water. You’d question this, but see, the monster also has knife hands? So this? Refreshing distraction.

But the fight’s not over, for you or the magic stranger in a cape. He turns to you, glint in his eye, and says:

“I believe in you, Sailor Moon.”

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“I Once Thought Writing a Paranormal Romance Would Be Easy…” by Tina Donahue

Disciplining the Beast Tina Donahue

After penning dozens of contemporary and historical romances, I wanted to switch gears and explore the paranormal genre. At the time, I was well aware of complications in writing any romance. The author has to keep the lovers apart in a logical manner, bring them together in a way that makes sense, and then tear them apart again with the turmoil occurring seamlessly within the plot. No easy feat. Add to that problems in communication during historical times—after all, they didn’t have cell phones or the internet in order to get in touch quickly—and authors face innumerable obstacles they must overcome.

As I hadn’t written any paranormals up to that point, I reasoned the genre had to be easier. The heroine or hero or both have superpowers. They don’t need no stinking iPhones, they can communicate telepathically or beam in and out of each other’s lives like Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock did on Star Trek. Talk about freaking easy.

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Happy Read a Romance Month!

Happy Read a Romance Month, one and all! Which is basically every day for us, but who cares?! Let us know how you all plan on celebrating!

Us?

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I think we’ve got it covered.

(Get it, “covered”? We’re hilarious. Also, a camera cannot capture some of that pure 90s holographic lettering magic and we’re devastated. )