Posts Tagged ‘romantic comedy’

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Guest Post: “The World’s Gone Crazy and Here are the Tropes I Want to See in 2017” by Patricia Eimer

His Fake Alien Fiancee Patricia Eimer

No matter what side of the aisle you sit on politically – and I really really don’t care FYI—I think we can all agree that 2016 was a bloody dumpster fire of a year. David Bowie set the tone by dying and leaving us with the album Dark Star (that he recorded knowing it was his final love letter to the world) at the beginning of the year; Carrie Fisher died and left us with a final image of her in Rogue One at the end of the year; and in between, a whole raft of talented people left the world a darker place with their passing. The election seemed like it was never going to end. The weather was crazy. People were shot in churches and nightclubs and medical facilities and schools. A politician was stabbed on the street in England. A child was killed by an alligator at Disney World. The papers were filled with pictures of Syria. Freaky clowns kept appearing in playgrounds because we aren’t all scarred enough by clowns already. 2016 was literally a highlight reel of tragedy porn.

But I’m lucky, because I had people that I could go to who looked at the dumpster fire that was 2016 and could make me laugh about it. My girlfriends and I have a tradition, we always try to get together in January. Some years we all fly to the same place and spend a long weekend together. Sometimes we do a large conference call kvetch. This year we were all feeling pretty battered and bruised so we actually decided that it was worth it to spend the money and get together in person—away from our families. And every one of us made the comment that we didn’t go out New Year’s Eve. Partly because we’ve gotten old enough that being drunk young people puking on our feet just isn’t fun anymore, but the other part was that we were all essentially hunkered down, waiting for the dumpster fire that was 2016 to finally end. We didn’t want to risk setting foot outside until it was over.

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Giveaway + First Look: THE BACHELOR AUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Auction Rachel Van Dyken

Guys, we relish every opportunity to feel like Oprah, but this is truly a special occasion! We’ve got a quick look at The Bachelor Auction by the amazing Rachel Van Dyken AND a giveaway! Enter for a chance to win below!


Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and…yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

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Exclusive Excerpt: HOOKED ON TROUBLE by Kelly Siskind

Hooked on Trouble by Kelly Siskind

We devoured this excerpt in record speed. Hooked On Trouble by Kelly Siskind has the pacing of a really great soap opera! And here’s your taste:


His large hand presses against my knee under the table. “Can we talk?”

Jesus, his touch. It’s the first time I’ve felt the weight of his palm on me since Aspen. It’s heavy. Huge. Callused. Instinctually I shift forward, my body no longer mine to command. He doesn’t move his hand. Just his thumb. It presses harder, dragging downward. I grip my armrests to keep from sliding to the floor. He stares at me, waiting for my answer.

Yes. No. Maybe. I choose silence.

The way our lives are entrenched with our friends, I’ll have to spend time with him, and I can’t keep pretending I can block him out. Moving here was about starting fresh, which means letting go of this grudge. But talking about Aspen could stir up more feelings, the same way the experience spurred my need to find Rose. If we talk about our time in the hot tub, it could unhinge me further.

Our waiter arrives to take our order, and Nico’s thumb moves again, a tiny brush, his skin against mine, sending a pulse hooked-on-trouble-quote-graphicbetween my thighs. My sanity plummets. I shout, “Chicken,” like a lunatic as I push away from the table.

Nico’s hand slides from my knee, but his eyes don’t waver. I feel his gaze on my back as I hurry to the bathroom. The second I get inside, I close the door and lean against it, thankful it’s not a public room with several stalls. I take a few deep breaths.

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Q&A

Q&A: Diane Alberts of HIS BEST MISTAKE

His Best Mistake Diane Alberts

Not only do we have an amazing author on deck for this Q&A, we’ve also got a romance movie pro! (Seriously, not a bad one on the list) Join us as we grill the lovely Diane Alberts, author of His Best Mistake!


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

Oh, gosh, I love so many romantic movies!! I guess, if I have to pick… Notting Hill, Nine Months, Friends with Benefits, The Holiday, and Silver Linings Playbook.

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

Notting Hill: I’m just a girl, standing in front of a guy…

Nine Months: Definitely this one:

Friends with Benefits: For some reason, I love this!

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Q&A

Q&A: Rebecca Brooks of MAKE ME STAY

Make Me Stay Rebecca Brooks

Is it possible for a Q&A to make you fall in love? Or want a new bestie? Because Rebecca Brooks isn’t just an amazing author who is a delight to interview. She also has the best opinions. She is the cool friend. You know what’s even better about this cool friend? She’s got a sexy, heartfelt, completely engrossing book just as great as her called Make Me Stay out right now!


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

I love a mix of funny and heartwrenching, with heroines who take charge of their sexuality and get what they want. There are so many I could think of, but When Harry Met Sally, Dirty Dancing, Jerry Maguire, The English Patient, and Obvious Child are definitely top of that list.

 

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

Obviously the fake orgasm scene at the deli in When Harry Met Sally and “You complete me” from Jerry Maguire! And oh God, when Katharine whispers “I’ve always loved you” as Almásy carries her from a plane crash—GUTTED. I’ll leave two Youtube clips of fun, flirty dance scenes from Dirty Dancing and Obvious Child. I love the Dirty Dancing one because it’s proof that sexy and explicit aren’t always the same thing. And in Obvious Child, it’s a nice reminder that sex and dating are allowed to be fun!

 

 

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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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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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“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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Q&A

Q&A: Patricia Eimer of OUT OF THIS WORLD

Out of This World Patricia Eimer

We’re here with the brilliant Patricia Eimer, author of Out of This World, out now! We’re not just geeking out over such a great sci-fi Romance author, we’re mentally high-fiving because we discovered Romance the exact. Same. Way. (And it took us nearly as long to come back to it).

Curious? Check out the Q&A below and don’t miss Out of This World!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

 Just so you know I do completely realize what a cliché I am with these.

  • Pride and Prejudice (and if you’re watching at my house there is just 1 version and that is the Colin Firth version ‘kay? We take our Darcy seriously here.)
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Love, Actually (Are you sensing I have a thing for Colin Firth? Because I have a serious thing for Colin Firth).
  • North and South (it’s television but Richard Armitage in a cravat is worth letting the medium slide because this man could seriously unseat my Colin Firth Darcy love with the way he smolders in a cravat).

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Leslie Wells, Nicola Italia, and Michaela Greene

We are so close to Friday we can taste it, so how about a celebratory Deal Alert? Don’t miss these amazing titles from Leslie Wells, Nicola Italia, and Michaela Greene!


Come Dancing by Leslie Wells

It’s 1981. Albums play on turntables, people read print books, and no one has to stop what they’re doing to answer a cell phone. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in enticing but edgy Manhattan, where rent is cheap and being young and gifted is enough to get ahead. Witty, hard-working and intelligent, Julia strives at her job as a publisher’s assistant. As she learns to navigate the big city, she is also determined to make her mark. She dreams of being an editor with her own stable of authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the competitive book biz. Her greatest fear is not making it and having to return, tail between her legs, to her small hometown where her mother is waiting to say “I told you so”.

Julia likes to blow off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a renowned and dissipated British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack seems to pursue Julia—but she isn’t interested in a one-night-stand with an arrogant rock star. Intrigued by her resistance, Jack persists, and a tentative friendship forms based on their mutual love of the blues. When the two finally do come together, the built-up heat is sizzling.

Jack exposes Julia to the trappings of fame and fortune, from mind-bending recording sessions to mind-wasting backstage parties; from gritty SoHo punk-rock clubs, to luxurious hotel rooms barraged by screaming fans. Yet Julia is afraid to lose her heart to someone with such a decadent past. As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s tempestuous relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never dreamed of.

Sensual and captivating, Come Dancing recalls the vibrant fashion and music milieu in a time of leather skirts, rubber bracelets, punk Mohawks, and funky street earrings. With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is hilarious, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.


The Sheik's Son Nicola Italia
The Sheik’s Son by Nicola Italia

Mysterious Sebastian Fairfax lives a life of ease as secretary to the British Ambassador in France. Living in Paris before the revolution, the handsome foreigner cuts a dashing figure and is respected by men, admired by women.

One evening, he becomes intrigued with an intelligent young woman named Sophie Gauvreau, whom he meets at a celebrated salonist’s home. Though the auburn-haired beauty attracts his attention, she is not what she seems. Educated and privileged Sophie has secretly started writing revolutionary pamphlets under a pseudonym as France teeters on the brink of disaster.

When Sebastian discovers her true identity, he tries to warn Sophie of the danger she has embarked on, as an Inspector has been dispatched to discover the writer’s true identity. Sebastian agrees to marry the reckless beauty to keep her safe from harm.

Though Sebastian desires the redhead in his bed, the saucy Sophie accepts his help but places one condition on their marriage…it will be one of convenience.

As the two intelligent and strong willed people come to terms with their feelings for each other, France slides into a revolution. As the firstborn son of a great Arabian Sheik, Sebastian will do what he must to keep his wife safe and in his arms.


Love For Scale by Michaela Greene
Love For Scale by Michaela Greene

Twenty-seven-year-old Rachel Stern is in a rut. Despite her mother’s best efforts, she is still single. At two-hundred and forty-two pounds, she still lives at home, the victim of a constantly-cooking Jewish mother whose force-feeding techniques have become legendary.

As if that isn’t bad enough, Rachel’s Friday and Saturday evenings are spent with her parents and her Saturday mornings consist of wedding gown shopping with her also single best friend. She is clearly going nowhere. But at least she’s not alone. Until her best friend snags a boyfriend.

Finally, unable to stand herself and her weight problem anymore, Rachel signs up for Weight Watchers.

Finnegan Schwartz, a young man who has already been successful at the Weight Watchers program, having lost a hundred pounds, champions Rachel and becomes her impromptu weight loss coach and newest friend. Rachel soon learns there’s so much more to this funny and shy guy who she’d overlooked before.

Amid her mother’s overzealous attempts to fix her up, bizarre family dinners and crises that threaten to unravel the entire Stern family, will Rachel be able to find something she’s never thought was hers for the taking: self-acceptance?