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Says Lauren Blakely: In Romance Genre, All You Need Is Love

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It’s no shock that romance has always been stigmatized. Too often, the genre is viewed as frivolous, fluff literature strictly for women. But romance is valuable in ways that often get overlooked. With Romance Awareness Month having just come to an end, I spoke about the topic in detail on a recent episode of the One True Pairing podcast. Here are some of the critical points. I think it’s crazy that the romance genre gets bashed. Ultimately, I feel like it’s what every person is striving for. Everyone wants to fall in love – we want to be happy, we want to be linked with another person. That’s one of the most basic elements of being human. If we want…

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AuthorBuzz: A Father’s Love and an Assignment to Find a Stud

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When I was five or six, my father told me a story about an uncle of his, who had fought in the Danish resistance during World War II. Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award, Bronze Winner of the Foreword Indies, Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival, The Second Winter conjures this mythical figure from my childhood. It is not a war novel, however, but ultimately the story of the want and transcendence of a father’s love. I’m giving away 10 copies to mark the paperback release January 16. Contact me to win at  http://www.craiglarsen.net/contact/. As a broker of happily ever afters, Evie Milligan’s job is to serve as a “stud finder,” pairing wildly successful women with men who won’t fleece them and will adore them. Her next assignment ought to be an easy one…

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10 Steamy Reads for Those Hot Summer Nights

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It’s the heart of summer, and we’re settling in for the humid weather and steadily rising temperatures. While those sunny days are perfect for relaxing on the beach or by the pool, it’s the nights that give us trouble, leading to stifling rooms and tossing and turning until dawn. If the heat is keeping you up anyway, then why not spend those steamy evenings diving into some equally steamy reads? We’ve rounded up 10 of the hottest new books, complete with sexy heroes and even sexier bedroom scenes. You won’t even care about the heat outside when you’re buried in a story this unforgettable. Just know that it might lead to a cold shower or two (and not just because…

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February’s Author Crush: Lauren Blakely Will Put a BIG Smile on Your Face

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A while ago I picked up a Lauren Blakely book right before bed. Big mistake. Huge! Four hours later and, bleary-eyed, I finally had to admit that I wasn’t going to be getting any sleep that night. At that point it didn’t even matter: I just couldn’t stop reading. And as any good reader knows, sometimes you have to sacrifice sleep for a great book. And O.M.G. was it a great book. Called Big Rock, it’s funny, smart, and scandalous enough to make me blush (more on it below!). After that, I knew I would forever be hooked on Lauren Blakely — which is why before the month was up, I decided I had to make her my official Author Crush for…

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Video: Missed It? After Dark with Lauren Blakely and Sinful Love

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Intense. Devoted. Protective. Michael Sloan is all of the above, with a hard tough edge to boot. He’s not the guy he used to be. Years ago, before all the s&%t went down, he was laidback, carefree, and even happy-go-lucky. Life changed him. Hardened him. There’s one woman though who can break down his walls. Someone who knew him then. Who can reach inside to that heart he protects fiercely…because she’s the only one he ever gave it to. When they collide, it’s tender and savage, gentle and rough, and makes them both hungry for more of this electric, once-in-a-blue moon kind of sexual chemistry. But it’s a battle of wills between Michael and the woman he loves, with words…

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