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Glorious Fall is Here…

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by Gina Fotopoulos, Assistant Manager, Email Marketing

The excitement of children going back to school. Old knit sweaters. The smell of wood burning smoke in the air. Drives to the golden countryside for apple picking. Freshly baked apple pie with hints of cinnamon. Pumpkin patches. The smell of roasted corn on the cob. Comfort food. Heartier wines to take the chill out of the evening air. Halloween. Pumpkin spiced lattes. Brisk walks to take in the breathtaking scenery from the leaves changing color. Curling up on the couch with a blanket and popcorn to catch up on all your returning favorite shows. The end of daylight savings time so you get an extra hour of sleep.

What’s not to love about this changing season that allows us time to rest our weary souls after the busy summer months? Autumn is a time for renewal…to turn inwards and do a little quiet reflection. It’s a time to press the reset button and go back to the basics. To do the things you love and enjoy most. Our fall lineup of books are the perfect way to welcome the changing season. Discover something new from one of our bestselling authors or lose yourself in our beloved miniseries that are always filled with sizzling passion. Silence your phones and turn in early… grab your favorite cup of tea and get out those to-be-read lists!

What do you love most about fall? Is it the sights, the sounds?  What do you do to unplug and rejuvenate?

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What’s New on Harlequin.com for September

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Summer may be wrapping up, but we want you to look forward to September just as much as we are. This month is all about looking forward to all the new and exciting things the changing season will bring, including a preview of our upcoming Fall books… and plenty of sexy men to heat things up, even as the temperature outside starts to cool!

Fall Preview

September is just starting, and you know what that means… Fall is just around the corner! Get an exciting sneak peek of what you can expect this season, including new releases from Robyn Carr, Sherryl Woods, Jason Mott and more!

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Sexy Athletes

Do you have a favorite sport? After meeting some of our sexy athletes, you just might! Pick the athletic activity of your choice and find out why the guys associated with it will be the perfect hero for you.

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Fill up your to read list without putting a dent in your wallet! Our books on a budget page features great romantic reads, all under $2.99—no coupon code required. Make sure you take advantage of this deal while it lasts!

We Love A Man in Uniform

Here at Harlequin, we definitely love a man in uniform. These guys are here to save the day and look after the women they love. Click here to discover which of these sexy heroes are perfect for your bookshelf.

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First Taste of Christmas

It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit. Get a head start on your celebrations with the first taste of Christmas, and remember to subscribe to our Christmas ebooks to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

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 Exciting New Releases

We have something new for fans of every genre, including the latest from Robyn Carr’s Thunderpoint series, The Homecoming. We also have Madam Picasso by Anne Girard, a book art lovers will love to dive into. Finally, fans of the paranormal won’t want to miss Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto and The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost. You can find all of our new releases by clicking here.

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Well, are you in the mood for September yet? Head on over to Harlequin.com to find updates on your favorite authors, new releases and more!

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Robyn Carr Returns to Thunder Point in The Homecoming

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr returns to the town of Thunder Point, Oregon, in The Homecoming, on sale now from MIRA Books. Visit a place where newcomers are welcomed and experience friendship, laughter and who knows…maybe even find love along the way. It’s a trip you won’t forget! Whether you’re new to the series or a long-time Robyn Carr fan, here’s a look back at the first five books in the Thunder Point series and what you can look forward to in The Homecoming.

Book 1: The Wanderer

Robyn Carr welcomes readers to Thunder Point through the eyes of newcomer Hank Cooper. Thunder Point is nestled on the Oregon coast, with rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land’s unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When Cooper learns he’s been left an old friend’s entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community’s destiny in his hands. Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop, but he finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities.

Book 2: The Newcomer

Robyn Carr explores letting go of the past—and finding something worth building a future on in The Newcomer.  Single dad and Thunder Point’s deputy sheriff “Mac” McCain has worked hard to keep his town safe and his daughter happy. Now he’s found his own happiness with Gina James. When an unexpected romance grows between these longtime friends, they feel like teenagers again and can’t get enough of one another. But just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac’s long-lost ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning.

Book 3: The Hero

In Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it…and sometimes, you find a hero. In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. An unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need. Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship as the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy. He’s not looking for anything else….but he’s just the kind of man who could heal Devon’s wounded heart.

Take a look back at the beginning of Thunder Point in this trailer for the first three books!

Book 4: The Chance

Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Laine hopes she’ll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe, and maybe even learn to open her heart to others. Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Though he’s a man with a dark past, he’s determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep…unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.

Book 5: The Promise

Robyn Carr returns to Thunder Point with an uplifting story about overcoming loss and finding unexpected love. Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in town, and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two. Scott knows it’s time to move on from his loss but the dating pool is limited — until a stunning physician’s assistant applies for a job at his clinic.
Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She’s already been burned by a man with kids, and she’s come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.

Book 6: The Homecoming

In a small town, reputation is everything. In this newest Thunder Point novel, Robyn Carr explores the burden placed on a young man returning home to face his mistakes—the first step in claiming the life he was meant to live. At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point but lost it all in a terrible accident. Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he’s been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he’s become a better, humbler version of his former self. And Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart.

Read a  message from Robyn Carr and check out some photos that helped inspire Thunder Point here.

Have you discovered the Thunder Point series? If so, which novel is your favorite so far and why? Are you looking forward to reading The Homecoming?

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Excerpt Saturday: The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff

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Stories of first love are absolutely timeless, and Pam Jenoff’s The Winter Guest is certainly no exception. Against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Poland, Helena takes in a stranded American paratrooper, risking the safety of the family she is trying to protect. Keep reading to find out more about The Winter Guest!

About The Winter Guest:

thewinterguestA stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear sisters apart, from the celebrated author of The Kommandant’s Girl

Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn’t be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day.

Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam—a Jew—but Helena’s concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all—and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.

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Poland, 1940

The low rumbling did not rouse Helena from her sleep. She had been dreaming of makowiec, the poppy seed rolls Mama used to make, thick and warm with a dusting of sugar. So when the noise grew louder, intruding on her dream and causing her hands to tremble, she clung tighter to the bread, drawing it hurriedly to her mouth. But before she could take a bite, a crash rattled the house and a dish in the kitchen fell and shattered.

She sat bolt upright, trying to see through the darkness. “Ruth!” Helena shook her sister. Ruth, who was curled up in a warm ball with her arms wrapped around the three slumbering children between them, had always slept more soundly. “Bombs!” Immediately awake, Ruth leaped up and grabbed one of their younger sisters under each arm. Helena followed, tugging a groggy Michal by the hand, and they raced toward the cellar as they had rehearsed dozens of times, not bothering to stop for the shoes lined up at the foot of the bed.
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Some Love a Good Bromance

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by Heather Long, author Some Like it Deadly (Carina Press)

A best friend is the first person you think of when you’re making plans and the first one you reach out to when you need to talk. You can call them to chat about nothing or the most important things. When you’re sad, they will cheer you up. When you need encouragement, they will gladly boot you in the ass. The best of friends will take a bullet for you and don’t care if you hate them as long as you’re safe.

From the moment we met Richard Prentiss in Some Like It Royal, I knew there was so much more to the man. He’d approached Alyx for her cousin, the Grand Duke Armand, bridging the gap between the two royals. In Some Like it Scandalous, we found out Richard and Armand have been best friends since they were assigned as roommates their first year at university. Richard’s a regular guy, an attorney, and his best friend is a prince.

It’s not easy to be a prince’s best friend. One scene in Some Like It Scandalous stood out for me from the moment I wrote it…Armand, alone in the hospital, waiting for word on whether or not his best friend would survive a car wreck. The idea of losing Richard devastated him. Richard is his voice of reason, the one man who doesn’t take his crap. Similarly, Armand is the guy Richard hangs out with. They laugh, they talk, they do business—you can’t have one without the other.

Their friendship is one of my favorite parts of the Going Royal series. In Some Like it Deadly, we see just how far Armand will go to keep his friend safe.

Other Great Bromances:

  1. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (Robert Redford and Paul Newman)
  2. Riggs and Murtaugh (Lethal Weapon films)
  3. James T. Kirk and Spock (Star Trek, all incarnations)
  4. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli (Lord of the Rings)
  5. Red Reddington and Donald Ressler (Blacklist)
  6. Gibbs and Fornell (NCIS)
  7. Sam and Callan (NCIS: LA)
  8. Oliver and Diggle (Arrow)
  9. Steve and Danny (Hawaii 5-0)
  10. Sherlock and Watson (All incarnations)

Honestly, sometimes I enjoy a good bromance even more than a romance. Do you have a favorite bromance?

About Some Like it Deadly:

somelikeitdeadlyBeing the best friend to a prince isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. As attorney and spokesperson for the royal Andraste family, Richard Prentiss lives under a microscope. Fair or not, he’s not able to date like a regular person. So when his personal assistant retires, Richard knows her pretty replacement, Kate, is strictly off-limits.

Kate Braddock’s resume includes special forces training and enough profiling work to pick a threat out of a crowd. None of that prepares her to resist the charming, down-to-earth attorney she’s assigned to protect. Determined to treat him like any other body to guard, she struggles to maintain her distance. It’s her job to step in front of the bullet with Richard’s name on it, nothing more.

When threats against the royal family take a deadly turn and his new assistant foils two attempts on his life, Richard’s grateful–and more than a little intrigued. There’s more to Kate than meets the eye, but what is she hiding? He’ll have to trust her with his life when the danger proves to be closer than either realized…

Book three of Going Royal

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MMA meets Romance via Sexy Alpha Males

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by Lori Foster, author of No Limits

My husband, three sons and I are longtime MMA fans. It fascinates me how much time and devotion athletes give to training, traveling around the world and engaging in competitions. From the UFC’s fighter biographies, I learned that the married guys are often terrific family men. It’s fun to see big, buff fighters rolling around on a mat with a toddler—or cooking in the kitchen with a wife. Just as entertaining are the single guys who appear to enjoy partying as hard as they pursue their sport. There’s an amazing balance to maintaining the necessary diet and exercise regimen while also taking part in numerous after-parties that follow competitions.

Because I’ve been to many live fights (and a few after-parties) I’ve seen firsthand the number of young, attractive women hoping to “hook up.” Any guy could get cocky—but what I see most is a dedication to their fans, an outstanding work ethic, good sportsmanship and loads of confidence. Mix that with shredded bodies and undeniable ability and you have the perfect alpha male.

Naturally my muse insisted that I incorporate my love of the sport and my respect for the fighters with my passion for writing character-driven, fast-paced romantic stories that center around alpha heroes who are strong, capable and, of course, sexy. And thus my Ultimate books, beginning with No Limits, were born. Research isn’t a hardship; I’ve been to several live events, and nearly every month I attend a local-level MMA competition.

My books aren’t about MMA. They’re about these supreme athletes falling in love and fitting a committed relationship into their busy schedules. And if there’s some suspense along the way, well, who would be better at defending the woman he loves than a fighter?

About No Limits:

nolimitsA surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it….

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5 Things to do in Boston

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as recommended by Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan novels, including HARBOR ISLAND

Do you have a city you think of as “your” city? For me, that’s Boston. I first arrived in Boston as a starry-eyed music student and ardent Red Sox fan. Although I grew up about 100 miles to the east, my small hometown was a world away. No matter. Boston became “my” city. It’s no wonder that I based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan’s elite unit there.

If you’re planning a visit or doing a little armchair traveling, here are five things that I recommend to friends and family visiting Boston for the first time…or the hundredth:

1. Visit the Boston Harbor Islands.

Thirty-four islands and peninsulas along the Boston shoreline comprise the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, a true treasure. You can explore old forts, sand dunes and tide pools; hike, camp and have a picnic; or just enjoy a salt-tinged breeze and the gorgeous views.

2. Walk the Freedom Trail.

Put on your walking shoes and do the 2.5 miles of Boston’s Freedom Trail! It’s easy to follow and takes you to more than a dozen historic sites, from Boston Common to Paul Revere House and Old North Church and finally out to the USS Constitution. For breaks, there are many shops and restaurants on the way, including bustling Faneuil Hall Marketplace. (You can picture Emma’s waterfront apartment and the discreet building where she and Colin work!)

3. Shop on Newbury Street.

Indulge yourself with a trip down Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. I love its mix of stores and prices. It’s fun to window shop. Whether you’re getting ideas or in the mood to buy, there are deals to be had even on so “posh” a street, and I’ve found the shopkeepers wonderfully welcoming and helpful. Lots of great restaurants are to be found here, too.

 4. Have tea at the Taj Hotel.

When Emma and Colin find themselves at the Taj in HARBOR ISLAND, Colin rightly suspects that Emma has been to tea there. It opened as the Ritz-Carlton and its iconic 1927 building overlooks the beautiful Boston Public Garden. My mother, sister, daughter and two little grandchildren enjoyed tea there last Christmas. My four-year-old grandson cracked up the waiter when he announced he’s allergic to horses as well as to nuts. Nohorses on the tea menu! Tea at the Taj is an experience not to be missed.

5. Explore the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Whether it’s raining, snowing, sleeting or sunny, a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts makes for a fun day. It has everything you’d expect in a sprawling, modern museum, and then some. I’m particularly fond of the Impressionist and Dutch and Flemish collections, but there’s so much to see. Enjoy lunch at the New American Café, recently named by Food & Wine as one of the best museum restaurants.

I’m including a few photos. I hope they help you envision Emma and Colin’s Boston. Enjoy, and let me know what your favorite city is.

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About Harbor Island:

harbourislandEmma Sharpe, former nun and granddaughter of world-renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a handpicked member of a small Boston-based FBI team. For the past decade Emma and her grandfather have been trailing an elusive serial art thief. The first heist was in Ireland, where an ancient Celtic cross was stolen. Now the Sharpes receive a replica of the cross after every new theft—reminding them of their continued failure to capture their prey.

When Emma receives a message that leads her to the body of a woman on a frozen island in Boston Harbor, she finds the victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone—one she recognizes all too well. Emma’s fiancé, FBI deep-cover agent Colin Donovan, is troubled that she’s gone off to the island alone, especially given the deadly turn the thief has taken. But as they dig deeper they are certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye. 

As the danger escalates, Emma and Colin must also face do-or-die questions about their relationship. While there’s no doubt they are in love, can they give their hearts and souls to their work and have anything left for each other? There’s one thing Emma and Colin definitely agree on: before they can focus on their future, they must outwit one of the smartest, most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered.

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September New Releases

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Are you all set for September? We have plenty of exciting new releases across all genres, including Lori Foster’s alpha male MMA hero, style advice from Nicky Hilton, and more!

The Homecoming by Robyn Carr

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At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything, but he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. Now he’s been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he’s become a humbler version of his former self.

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No Limits by Lori Foster

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Cannon Colter rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, Cannon realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town.

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Harbor Island by Carla Neggers

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Emma and her grandfather have been trailing an elusive serial art thief. When Emma receives a message that leads her to the body of a woman, she finds the victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone—one she recognizes all too well. Emma’s fiancé, FBI agent Colin Donovan, is troubled that she’s gone alone, especially given the deadly turn the thief has taken. But as they dig deeper they are certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye.

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Madame Picasso by Anne Girard

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When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

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The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

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Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

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A SEAL’s Fantasy by Tawny Weber

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Lara Banks has no interest in being protected by a military man, especially an acquaintance of her estranged brother. So why is she doing her best to drive him crazy with pure temptation? Lara insists on having her naughty way with him—over and over—but is fulfilling their fantasies worth the price?

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For You I Will by Donna Hill

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After ten years of service as chief of the E.R. at a New York City hospital, Dr. Kai Randall decided to trade her scrubs for a calmer existence in Sag Harbor Village. The only thing that has interrupted her serenity in months is the photo she snapped of a handsome, solitary stranger. The image haunts her. But that’s nothing compared to how she feels when she comes face-to-face with the man from her dreams.

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Course of Action: The Rescue by Lindsay McKenna and Merline Lovelace

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Two edge-of-your-seat, passionate military stories from bestselling authors Lindsay McKenna and Merline Lovelace…

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Beyond the Moon by Michele Hauf

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Like most witches, Verity Van Velde knows how to look after herself—and she knows better than to trust any man. But then, a vampire steals her precious talisman. Before long, Verity is swept up in a terrifying intrigue—and into the strong arms of a devastatingly sexy vampire hunter.

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Maverick for Hire by Leanne Banks

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Nick Pritchett, that hunky blond carpenter from Thunder Canyon, has been doing his share to put the town back together after the Great Flood. He’s great with a hammer and popular with the ladies. Maybe a bit too popular, if you ask his best bud, Cecelia Clifton!

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Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

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After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets Alexander Reade, who is 157 years dead and has a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before.

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365 Style by Nicky Hilton

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From red carpets and runways to front row at Fashion Week, designer and muse Nicky Hilton has earned her reputation as a style icon. Exposed to the top tier of the fashion industry from childhood, in this style guide Hilton reveals tips and tricks of the trade she has learned along the way.

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Shattered Bonds by Lynda Aicher

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When the lives and friendships of The Den owners are thrown into chaos, Noah Bakker steps in to deal with the fallout. He hasn’t had a sub or participated in a Scene since tragedy changed his life four years ago. But as an investor in the exclusive BDSM club, he can’t walk away from the lifestyle completely. As he works to keep the club running, he finds himself drawn to Liv Delcour, the seemingly naïve sister of one of the other owners.

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Love on the Boardwalk by Christ Barth

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Trina Trimble, private eye in training, is thrilled to be reunited with the hottie she almost hooked up with last summer. She’s undercover on her first solo case, but there’s always time to lock lips with a sexy cop. Besides, a fun fling with Brad doesn’t have to last beyond his week in town.

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Excerpt Saturday: Shattered Bonds by Lynda Aicher

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Lynda Aicher’s Wicked Play series is a must-read for any erotic romance fan, and the final book is certainly no exception. Shattered Bonds returns readers to the Den, the most exclusive BDSM club in town, for what could be their greatest scandal yet. Shattered Bonds is on sale September 15, however you can find more information about the book and where to pre-order your copy by visiting Carina Press or by visiting the author’s website.

About Shattered Bonds:

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When the lives and friendships of The Den owners are thrown into chaos, Noah Bakker steps in to deal with the fallout. He hasn’t had a sub or participated in a Scene since tragedy changed his life four years ago. But as an investor in the exclusive BDSM club, he can’t walk away from the lifestyle completely. As he works to keep the club running, he finds himself drawn to Liv Delcour, the seemingly naïve sister of one of the other owners.

Liv didn’t know about the naughty things her friends were up to behind closed doors, but when their secrets become headline news, she’s more curious than shocked. As she works with Noah to keep the media at bay, she finds that his dominant strength is more than a little arousing. Soon they’re exploring their mutual desires in the most wicked ways.

Liv isn’t sure if she can completely submit to Noah the way she thinks he wants her to–and Noah isn’t sure he can withstand the pain of falling in love…

New to the Den? Start at the beginning with Bonds of Trust.

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“Over here!”

“Back up. Let ’em through!”

“Hurry!”

The piercing ring of a siren squealed through the air to join the ongoing choir, and cut off the frantic calls before it faded into the distance. An abundance of blue and red lights peppered the cold night with their universal signal for trouble under the blinding spotlights erected around the crash site.

“This way!”

“I need the clamps!”

Chaos surged around Noah as he crouched next to a semiconscious Deklan, who was laid out on a backboard on the edge of the scene. The stench of blood, gas and coolant clouded the area and rode tandem with shouts from the firemen and the medical-filled jargon of the paramedics.

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Who Is Your Favorite (Fictional) Four-Legged Friend?

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by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin.com Team

Pets have a special place in our hearts — and in books! In fact, we have a whole sale on books with dogs on the covers this month at Harlequin.com! But you can find many more four-legged friends in the pages of novels. Here are a few of my favorite animal characters in books…

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1) Buttercup in Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

Buttercup in Kristan Higgins’s Just One of the Guys is the perfect complement to heroine Chastity O’Neill — she’s 5’11″ tall, atheletic, with four alpha-male older brothers…so a poodle or purse-dog just won’t do. Here’s how Kristan introduces Buttercup:

Part bloodhound, part Great Dane and part bull mastiff,her coat is red, her ears are long, her tail like razor wire. Bony head, awkward body, massive paws, drooping jowls, doleful yellow eyes… Well, she won’t be winning any doggy beauty pageants, but I love her, even if her only tricks thus far are sleeping, drooling and eating.

Buttercup’s not the daintiest dog in town, but she’s full of heart — just like Chastity.

 2) Familiar in Caroline Burnes’s Fear Familiar Miniseries

I confess, I’m more of a cat person than a dog person. So a feline character that helps people fall in love and solve mysteries? Well, that’s just right up my alley, and so is Familiar, the cat character who stars in Caroline Burnes’s Fear Familiar miniseries. There are over 20 tales in this Harlequin Intrigue miniseries, starting with the titular first book Fear Familiar published in 1990. If you’ve never read this series, you can find several titles available in ebook.

3) Grimalkin from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series

Move over Grumpy Cat — Grimalkin is the sassy feline that I love most. Well, this one may be a bit of stretch, because while Grimalkin appears in cat form he’s way more than just an ordinary cat, despite his catch phrase “I am a cat” to explain his extraordinary abilities. Here’s a snippet of Grimalkin’s first appearance in The Iron King:

“Where are you?” I gasped. “Show yourself.”

“I am not hiding, little girl.” The voice sounded amused. “Perhaps…if you open your eyes a bit wider. Like this.”

Directly in front of me, not f ive feet away, a pair of saucer-like eyes opened up out of nowhere, and I stared into the face of an enormous gray cat.

“There,” it purred, regarding me with a lazy yellow gaze. Its fur was long and wispy, blending perfectly into the tree and the entire landscape. “See me now?”

“You’re a cat,” I blurted stupidly, and I swore it arched a brow at me.

“In the crudest sense of the word, I suppose you could call me that.” The feline rose, arching its back, before sitting and curling its plumed tail around its legs. Now that my shock was fading, I realized the cat was a he, not an it. “Others have called me Cait Sith, Grimalkin, and Devil’s Cat, but since they all mean the same, I suppose you would be correct.”

What are your favorite animal characters? I’d love to hear them in the comments! Plus, share more of your favorite dog stories and pictures in the Harlequin Community.

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