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EXCERPT: Home Run by Heidi McLaughlin

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LOVE ISN’T A GAME . . . 

I’ve given up everything for the chance to play major league baseball. Everything. Now I’m so close I can practically hear the crowd chanting my name. There’s nothing that could take my dream away from me . . . 

Unless I lose focus. And Ainsley Burke is the most beautiful, distracting woman I’ve ever met. When I’m with her, I can’t think of anything else.

But no matter how much I want Ainsley, there’s no room for love in my game plan. I can give her a quick tour of the bases, but that’s it. Then I have to let her go. If she wants to think I’m a love ’em and leave ’em player, fine. 

All dreams require sacrifice. I just wish this one didn’t mean tearing out my own heart.

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Q&A

Q&A: Alessandra Torre of MOONSHOT

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Today we’ve got a Q&A with a Romance author that needs no introduction. Alessandra Torre, known for being one of the few authors in the world to make their characters (and readers) scream with delight and terror. Between steamy romantic scenes and sheer suspense, we’re never on the edge of our seats with an Alessandra Torre book. We’re that embarrassing girl in the cafe who’s accidentally slid off her seat. So when we heard Moonshot would combine suspense, romance, and a lot of our favorite sport, we were all over it. Check out an awesome Q&A below and pick up Moonshot, out today!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

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

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Proposal
  • Ghost
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Singing Dracula musical songs in that Hawaiian dive bar.

The Princess Bride: When Buttercup realizes who Wesley is!

The Proposal: When Margaret and Andrew are in the plane flying to Sitka.

Ghost: When Molly finally believes.

10 Things I Hate About You: “But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.”

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Guest Post: “My Love Affair with Romance Audiobooks” by Cate Cameron

Playing Defense by Cate Cameron

I first tried audiobooks about ten years ago, with an ambitious plan of listening to them while I worked out. I can’t remember which I abandoned first, first, the books or the exercise, but I do know neither lasted long. I couldn’t get into the stories, and I definitely couldn’t get into working out.

But a few years later I changed jobs, moved, and ended up with a long commute. Lonely highway driving, and I have a tendency to fall asleep in moving vehicles. I needed something beyond caffeine to help me stay conscious, so I tried the audiobooks again. This time, instead of diving into the heavy literature I’d tried in my first experiments, I chose fluffier non-fiction. Celebrity autobiographies read by the celebrities themselves. Jon Ronson with his baffling accent. Dave Sedaris’s soft voice and sharp words. Yes, these were my gateway drugs, and they led me to deeper addiction.

Because once I trained myself to “read” through my ears, I became unstoppable. I still don’t like anything really literary, because I generally want to be able to stop and re-read chunks of books like that, but genre books? I’m all over them.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Sam Sykes, Sally MacKenzie, Shannon Stacey, and Christine d’Abo

Today’s second deal alert offers great books by Sam Sykes, Sally MacKenzie, Shannon Stacey, and Cynthia d’Abo! Grab these deals before they’re gone!


The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

STEP UP TO THE GATES
After years in the wilds, Lenk and his companions have come to the city that serves as the world’s beating heart.
The great charnel house where men die surer than any wilderness.
They’ve come to claim payment for creatures slain, blood spilled at the behest of a powerful holy man.
 And Lenk has come to lay down his sword for good.
But this is no place to escape demons.

 

 

 

What To Do With a Duke by Sally MacKenzie

 Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosingor fall unexpectedly, madly in love…Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…

With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…


A Fighting Chance by Shannon Stacey

All work and no play makes Adeline Kendrick a dull girl, so when she heads to a casino resort for a friend’s bachelorette weekend, she’s ready to have a good time. Until she runs into Brendan Quinn, professional fighter and the one who got away—the one her family drove away—and things take a turn for the interesting.

Running into his ex won’t shake Brendan. Even if it brings up the old pain of loving her when she was only slumming. Even if she looks really good. In fact, what better way to get over the past than to take advantage of the still-sizzling chemistry running hot between them? He’s there to win an MMA fight, but he won’t say no to a little physical relief of a different kind.

But when the weekend is over, Adeline isn’t ready to give up her second chance that easily. Brendan is still the one for her, no matter what her family thinks. Now, if only she can convince him of that…


30 Days by Christine d’Abo

For years, Alyssa has been going to bed with a memory. Is she ready to wake up with a fantasy?

Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mate, but not Alyssa Barrow. She met Rob at nineteen, and they were set to live happily ever after—until he became ill. In his final days, Rob urged his beautiful, young wife not to abandon happiness—or pleasure. He even left her a special gift, a sexy game plan to help her move on: Thirty cards with instructions for thirty days of passion. You’ll know when the time is right, he’d said. Now it’s two years later, and when Alyssa meets her hot new neighbor, Harrison Kemp, she begins to think the right time is right now…

From his sculpted thighs to his devilish grin, Harrison is the kind of man women want. Before she can lose her nerve, Alyssa tells Harrison about her long-ignored cards…and asks him to help her fulfill them. It’s a favor he’s more than happy to, um, perform. With his skillful touch, and the hot press of his lips against her skin, Alyssa finds herself re-awakening to life—and a host of other sensations. But what began as not-so-innocent fun soon grows into true intimacy, and Alyssa realizes she’s opening herself up not just to sex…but to love. When it comes to a future with Harrison, what’s really in the cards?

Saucy, heartwarming, and insightful, 30 Days explores the agony—and the ecstasy—of starting over, and how a little encouragement, and a little courage, can go a long way…

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