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Elizabeth Hoyt on contemporary romance

To celebrate publication of Elizabeth Hoyt’s three modern romances, HotFor the Love of Pete and Once and Always, we asked her to tell us why she went back to contemporary romance after so many years spent in Maiden Lane . . .

You know how some actors get typecast—they play a pointy-eared alien on a very popular 1960s science fiction TV show and thereafter they can only get acting jobs involving space? Well, I think the same thing sometimes applies to writers. Take me, for instance. I’ve written a rather popular (if I do say so myself) historical romance series (Maiden Lane) set in Georgian London and for some reason that makes readers surprised when they find out that I write contemporary romance set in Midwestern America as well.

Dude. It’s not like I grew up in the eighteenth century.

I love writing my historical romances, but I also love writing contemporary romances. It’s a bit like using a different muscle group. If you spend a lot of time lifting weights, it feels good to get out and go for a brisk walk. Writing a contemporary romance feels fresh and fun after writing several historical romances—I use different vocabulary, different pacing, and different character life stories. And after writing a contemporary romance, my historical writing feels lush and sensuous. I think writing both subgenres makes me a better all around writer.

But! Several years ago the American book market swerved and we writers were told that the contemporary romance was DEAD. Dead, I tell you! Fortunately I already had my historical romance career. I simply continued writing about Maiden Lane and decided—sadly!—that writing contemporary romances just wasn’t meant to be.

And then, of course, the book market swerved again.

Suddenly readers were interested in contemporary romances, which was very nice for me as I’d never be able to work dog sledding and ice fishing, not to mention the Russian mob, into a Georgian historical.

So I’m thrilled that my third contemporary romance will (finally) be coming out and I do hope that I’ll continue to be able to write both lush historicals and fast, slightly silly, contemporary romances, because life is better with a little variety.

At least in my opinion.

Do you prefer Historical or Modern settings? Why? Comment below for the chance to win a free copy of Once and Always!

Fifty Shades of Grey – review

Our new Junior Editor, Dom (no pun intended), shares his thoughts on the most eagerly anticipated film of the year . . . 

It seems like only yesterday that Fifty Shades of Grey was taking the world by storm, the trilogy by E.L. James responsible for bringing BDSM to the masses and making it socially acceptable to read erotica on public transport. That the film adaptation would be a sure-fire hit is a given, but would it satisfy the millions of fans worldwide who have their own ideas about Christian and Ana?

Thankfully, yes. Both director Sam Taylor-Johnson and star Dakota Johnson achieve the impossible – they’ve turned Ana into a real person, with a convincing interior life (no inner goddess in sight!) and a sassy streak. In a star-making turn, Johnson shows Ana to be more than just Christian’s plaything, and suggests that he isn’t the only dominant in this relationship . . .

Ah Christian. How could any actor measure up to fans’ expectations of the hottest romantic hero in recent memory? Unsurprisingly, Jamie Dornan is perfectly cast as Mr. Grey – he’s both strong and vulnerable and, obviously, outrageously good-looking. With a performance that recalls his sexy serial killer (an underused epithet) in The Fall, unfortunately sans accent and beard, Dornan fleshes out Christian and gives texture to the handsome billionaire with an interesting playroom.

The reason Fifty Shades works so well on film is that it remains faithful to the essence of the books but heightens the intensity of the main relationship (though the sex scenes could do with less sultry glances and more naked Dornan, at least according to the gals sitting behind me!), while at the same time softening the rough edges in James’s writing and allowing her characters to breathe.

Yes, there are some silly moments involving helicopter montages straight out of The Apprentice, monogrammed stationery and hilariously inappropriate use of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love’, but overall I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun in a cinema.

My inner goddess breathily anticipates the next installment . . .

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you may have noticed that we at Piatkus Entice have been getting very excited for Valentine’s Day! As our authors and bloggers have all been sharing their Book Boyfriends with you, we thought we’d join in the fun and so asked our Little, Brown colleagues who their favourite literary loves are . . .

Zsadist, one of J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brothers. He starts off as the the most damaged of the Brothers, virtually monosyllabic and lacking in self-esteem after years of being used as a blood slave. His transformation by the love of a good vampire is incredibly moving, and has me in tears every time I read it, which is often’

My ultimate book girlfriend has to be Clara del Valle in The House of the Spirits’

Mine are Luther Fox from Dirt Music or Bucky Wunderlick from Great Jones Street

‘I’ve always secretly liked the idea of Mr Rochester – why keep this a secret?

Jamie from Outlander because he is gentle, loyal, funny and totally capable of killing anything that ever threatened him. Got to love a Highlander, especially for their good taste in whiskey’

Becky Sharp. And if she’s busy, Emma Bovary. Both indomitable women who know their own minds’

The Empress of Blandings has my heart’ – if you don’t know who this is, we suggest you Google immediately!

We hope you have a great Valentine’s Day and that you find some time to spend with your Book Boyfriend, because as we all know . . .

Lots of love from all at Piatkus Entice x

J. A. Redmerski Joins Piatkus!

We’re delighted to announce the acquisition of J. A. Redmerski’s stand-alone romance, THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO. Set in Hawaii, this is a sexy, delightful whirlwind of a romance that’s absolutely perfect to escape with this summer. J. A. Redmerski is the bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER, and we’re so happy to welcome her to Piatkus!

J.A. has also picked out her very own book boyfriend, being as it’s so close to Valentine’s Day:

As far as my ‘book boyfriend’, I’d have to say that: “My number one book boyfriend is (and no one has yet to beat him for the spot) Alexander Barrington, more intimately known as ‘Shura’ from THE BRONZE HORSEMAN trilogy. Talk about swoon! Not only is Alexander a military man, but he’s super protective of the girl he loves and will fight to the ends of the Earth for her. He’s got that bad-boy vibe, but without being bad. He’s kind and compassionate, yet mouthy and sometimes infuriating! And did I mention he’s panty-melting sexy?”

K. Bromberg & Chicks That Read choose their Valentines Book Boyfriend

Another day, another #valentinesbookboyfriend! Today we’ve got author of Slow Burn K. Bromberg, plus Tay from Chicks That Read . . . Make sure to join us on Twitter and Facebook where we’re chatting about OUR favourite book boyfriends for Valentine’s Day.

K. Bromberg and Tay from Chicks That Read

K. Bromberg:

This is a hard question…Who my fave book boyfriend is….So besides Colton and Becks (obviously… lol), I’m going to have to say Christian Grey. My reason may be a little different than some but Christian got me reading again when I hadn’t in a while due to day to day life and kids and lack of time. But I picked up Fifty Shades of Grey (after a phone call from my mother) and devoured all three books. Then I read more books. And more books. Then one day I thought, “I can do this. I can write a book,” and so I started outlining Driven. So to me Christian is my favorite book boyfriend not only for the character he is between the pages, but also for the unexpected career he led me to.

Tay:

My ultimate book boyfriend is Jared Trent, from Penelope Douglas Fall Away series. This was a hard decision for me as I have an irrational love for all of Douglas’ leading men, from the self-assured Madoc to the complex Jax, but I had to pick Jared for a number of reasons. Firstly he is a bad boy and what woman doesn’t like to make that bad boy go good, specially when said bad boy is a delicious tattooed god who drives not only a fantastic car but a motorcycle too! *swoon* Jared is so much more than a pretty face though, he oozed emotion for me, with a heavy heart, he faces personal and heartbreaking trials that just made me love him even more. I can say with complete confidence that Jared Trent is the perfect book boyfriend, Penelope Douglas is a master at creating characters that capture you and I am captured, hook line and sinker!

Ask Becks Anything – exclusive Q&A with the hero of Slow Burn by K. Bromberg

 

Fans of Driven, there are 12 days to go before Becks and Haddie’s story is finally available! I know, it’s too long and we can’t wait either. So we spoke to K. Bromberg and she, lovely author that she is, has agreed to give us exclusive access to the one and only hero of Slow Burn, the smoking-hot Becks!

Up until publication you have the chance to send us in any questions you have for Becks and he promises to answer them as honestly as he can (unless it’s very rude . . .).

And to make this even better, if you’re a UK fan sending in a question you will be in with a chance of winning a SIGNED  COPY of Slow Burn.

Just email your question to piatkus.entice@littlebrown.co.uk – he’s waiting!

Terri Nixon & Samie Sands choose their ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend

Day 4 of our quest for the ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend! Today historical romance author Terri Nixon and book blogger Sammie from The Lockdown choose theirs. Can you think of someone better? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook

Terri:

Thanks to Anna for inviting me to talk about my book-boyfriend. So many books, so many men… so little resistance! Being a long-time Diana Gabaldon fan, it’s a given that Jamie Fraser, from the Outlander series, will rank very high on my list. However, for me it all took a bit of a swerve a few books in, and now it’s all about Roger Mac. I’ve always been a sucker for green eyes and dark hair, and, let’s face it, Roger is basically a green-eyed, dark-haired, Jamie! I don’t think he’s been cast in the TV series yet, but in my head he very definitely has a Henry Cavill look about him. Throw in a beautiful singing voice, a guitar and a bodhran, and it’s a big dollop of “yes please!” from this end!

Samie:

I would pick Kellan Kyle from the Thoughtless series for my book boyfriend. Not only is he a sexy, mysterious musician, he’s a romantic, caring soul who gives absolutely everything when he falls in love. What more could a girl want?!

Stephanie Wahlstrom & Miss Bookworm choose their book boyfriend for Valentine’s Day

Day three of our quest for the ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend and today we’re joined by Stephanie Wahlstrom, author of The Accidental Socialite and The Accidental New Yorker, and book blogger Abbey from Miss Bookworm. The conversation continues on Twitter and Facebook so join us and share your Valentine’s Day book boyfriend of choice! 

Stephanie:

My ultimate book boyfriend has always been Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’ Diary. I was sixteen when I first read the book and strangely identified with the thirty-something Bridget, as if I knew I would become her someday (despite not being British nor living in a big city). What drew me to Mark Darcy was the famous scene where he tells her he likes her just the way she is.  It blew my mind. Imperfect Bridget found someone who liked her just as she was? Really and truly? Shortly after I read the book, I was told I needed some dental work and spent my last year of high school missing my right front tooth. Boys weren’t exactly fighting over me and I didn’t have a date to prom, but it didn’t really bother me. In the back of my mind I knew one day I would find my Mark Darcy, who would love me just the way I am, with or without my teeth.

Abbey:

My Book Boyfriend has to be sexy and handsome Braden Carmichael from the On Dublin Street series by Samantha young. As soon as i first read On Dublin Street and read about Braden and Jocelyn, I knew I was going to want to have him as my book boyfriend. He comes across as scary and bit mean but deep down he is a softy and true romantic.

Elizabeth Hoyt and Alba in Bookland choose their book boyfriend

For day 2 of our search for the perfect Valentine’s Day book boyfriend, bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt and Alba from the blog AlbaInBookland make some brilliant choices. But do you agree? Tell us your ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend on Facebook or Twitter now! 

Elizabeth:

My book boyfriend is Wolf MacKenzie from Linda Howard’s classic, MacKenzie’s Mountain. Wolf is strong, gentle, protective, and, of course, heart-meltingly sexy!

Alba: 

You know what they say… Boys. They are better in books. I think I have so many book boyfriends that I could fill a whole notebook listing them. Yes, I am a book slut. But can I do, I fall in love easily and thanks to my books I have met the most perfect, gorgeous and charming men.

If I had to choose only one I think I would pick Alex Reid, from the I Heart Series by Lindsey Kelk. What can I say… I have a soft spot for musicians and Alex is the leading singer of his own rock band. With a wild past, he is ready to settle down and with that long fringe falling on his green eyes, who would be able to tell him no? Imagine going to a concert with thousands of people and knowing that he is singing the songs he has composed for you directly at you, because you are the only that matters to him. Dream come true. But he is much more than a musician, always easygoing but ready for a grand gesture when you less expect it. Perfect book boyfriend material.

Also, if I had to choose a Piatkus book boyfriend in between all the gorgeous men they publish, I’d pick without a doubt Luc, from Breaking Love by M.J. Summers. Luc is sexy as hell and the most romantic guy ever and he is French. Who can resist a French accent? I would totally escape to Paris with him for a weekend, or… eh… forever!

Hot by Elizabeth Hoyt is available to download now.