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The best things about being a romantic

The season of romance is upon us as the 14th February looms ever closer. Hearts, flowers, chocolates and cherubs. What’s not to love?!being a romantic

Over the years I’ve realised a few things about being a romantic and why it can be so great! Here’s my top 5 favourite things.

Optimism – never giving up on love

I forever believe that love is out there for me! The idea that love will be a constant in life is the best feeling. After a bad date I pick myself up and tell myself there is something better out there for not only me but everyone! My optimism can sometimes splay into OVERLY optimistic, which, truth be told can be a rather large downside, with friends thinking I’m absurd. But hey, life is too brilliant to not find someone to share it with, right?

Treating others

When you’re a romantic you love planning special things for those you care most about. Whether it be making their favourite meal or planning a surprise trip, we romantics LOVE this stuff. The best part though is how happy it makes others too. Knowing someone’s done something special for you is a great feeling and everyone deserves to feel like this. So romantics out there, continue to spread that pink, glitter coated love.

Feeling like you’re in a Disney film

Now this one may not be universal, but for me when romance is swirling around my head, I like to think of myself in a Disney film, birds singing and mice helping me design a dress for a ball (ok that last one might be a step too far). However, what I do love in Disney is that it all works out and everyone lives happily ever after, which is a lovely turn out for the books. Really, this is idealistic view is at the core of every romantic and that is AWESOME!

Always having great stories to tell

Whether your romantic ideas play out well or not, you’ll always have a great story to tell. Like that time I cooked a lovely meal for an old boyfriend and as I went to serve it, dropped it all over the floor and his lap. Embarrassment levels were high at the time, but the story went down very well with friends. He wasn’t so impressed with a scorching lap of pasta though.

Being the one people come to for romantic advice

I love sharing my romantic advice with friends and even strangers (if I can make them listen!) But what I love most is when friends come to me for advice and I can help them create an amazing surprise for someone. It’s great to turn non-romantics to the side of love and help someone make the best surprise.

 

All in all, I think we can agree being a romantic is pretty great. We’d love to hear about your favourite romantic stories, so share away on our Piatkus Entice Twitter and Facebook pages!

Love, Aimee

 

Win The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts

9780349404523The House in Quill Court is the stunning new novel from multi-award winning author Charlotte Betts, set in Regency London.

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A. The Apothecary’s Daughter
B. The Painter’s Apprentice
C. The Sorcerer’s Stone

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Our favourite Christmas movie romances

It’s a week to go until Christmas Eve, and we couldn’t be more excited to slob around in our pyjamas for a fortnight, eating everything in sight and trying not to argue with our siblings. Obviously we’re hoping for some gorgeous books under our tree, but this is also the time for re-watching favourite holiday movies, and we’ve picked out a selection box of some of the most romantic ones just for you . . .

When Harry Met Sally

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This technically isn’t a Christmas film, but it always reminds us of this time of year – lots of festive knitwear, stolen NYE kisses and a scene that captures the horror/joy of getting the tree.

Love Actually

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Depending on your opinion on Keira Knightley, this is either a crime against cinema or a modern Christmas classic – we’re very much in the latter camp. Too many swoon-worthy/heartbreaking moments to count, but our fave is Laura Linney finally going home with the stud from her office.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Maybe more appropriate for Halloween (we like to watch it then and a couple more times before Christmas), this is the timeless love story of Jack and Sally, with some absolutely killer songs.

The Holiday

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Whether this is a good film remains debatable, but it’s made its way onto our holiday viewing roster through ITV2’s sheer persistence showing it ALL THE TIME over Christmas.

Bridget Jones’s Diary

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Colin Firth in a reindeer jumper. Need we say more?

It’s a Wonderful Life

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Yes, it’s shamelessly sentimental and you’ve probably seen it more times than you care to admit, but we honestly can’t think of a more romantic film that embodies the spirit of Christmas. If this isn’t a part of your holiday traditions, now is the time to make it so.

Eyes Wide Shut

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Maybe a slightly rogue choice, but this is a serious Christmas film, with (then) real-life couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise baring their souls and a whole lot more besides . . . Come for the star-gazing, stay for the erotic masked ball.

Fire up your Netflix and get viewing! What are your favourite Christmas movies?

Jared, Tate and Madoc do Christmas . . . EXCLUSIVE CONTENT from Penelope Douglas

 

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It’s Christmas morning, and Madoc and family have come over to Jared and Tate’s. But they’re still sleeping.

Madoc: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Tate: *groans* *still asleep*

Madoc: GET UP!!

Jared: *lifts head off pillow* I’m going to fuck him up. What time is it?

Tate: *moans, reaches over and cuddles* Ignore him. Come back here.

Jared: *lays back down

Madoc: Seriously!! I can’t believe you two are in bed when your 10 year old daughter is outside the house unsupervised!!

Jared: *pops head up again* What?!

Madoc: I’M GUESSING RIGHT ABOUT NOW YOU’RE NOTICING A STRANGE SOUND, RIGHT?!

Jared: *listening

Tate: *listening

Jared: Oh, shit! *scrambles, throws on jeans and races out of room

Jared: What the hell is she doing?

Madoc: I’m guessing she found her Christmas present early.

Jared: *swings open front door, sees Dylan and Hawke racing down snow-covered Fall Away Lane on their four-wheelers.

Madoc: You realize it was kind of stupid for you and Jax to get them the same thing, right?

Jared: Dylan!! Get off that thing now!

Dylan: *carries on racing as the snow falls

Madoc: *snorts* It’s okay. Mine hear white noise when I start yelling, too.

Jared: *throws on sweatshirt, shoes, and runs to the street

Jared: Dylan, now!

Dylan and Hawke pull up to curb. Hunter and Kade watching. Fallon and Tate come outside…

Dylan: I love it! It’s so much fun!

Jared: Yeah, you don’t have a helmet on. You haven’t been trained on it, and you’re on a city street. Get off now.

Dylan: Did you wear a helmet when you raced?

Jared: I didn’t race four-wheelers.

Dylan: Were you trained how to race? I thought you told Hawke that a little danger is good for you.

Jared: Hawke’s not my child.

Dylan: Is it because I’m a girl?

Jared: Jesus…

Dylan: And Mom told me that you and she raced all the way to Main—IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY! IN CARS!

Jared: *cocks eyebrow at Tate*

Tate: *hides smile

Dylan: I’ll learn how to use it on my own. I don’t need help.

Jared: No, I…

Dylan: You can’t just take it away now that I’ve gotten a chance to ride it. If I have to come inside, I’m just going to stare at it through the window all day being unhappy.

Jared: Dylan, I–

Dylan: And I don’t want to be unhappy on Christmas. Come on, please? It’s so much fun. It’s going to ruin the whole day if you make me wait to ride it.

Jared: Don’t be dramatic. I—

Dylan: I’m not being dramatic! Do you call the boys dramatic?

Jared: I…I…

Tate: *laughing

Madoc: *making whipping sound

Dylan: Just twenty more minutes.

Hawke: An hour.

Dylan: Yeah, an hour. Then we’ll come inside!

Hunter: Hey, Dyl. Let me ride with you.

Dylan: Don’t call me Dyl, Dork.

Hunter: Fine. Let me ride with you. *walks to four-wheeler

Kade: *grabs him and pulls him away* You go be Hawke’s sissy. I’ll ride with Dylan.

Kade: *looks at Dylan* Scoot back. I’m driving.

Dylan: Fat chance. You want to ride with me, climb on behind. I’m driving.

Kade: *smirks, climbs on behind and then leans forward into Dylan’s back, placing his hands on the handlebars and pushing hers out of the way.

Dylan: Hey!

Kade: I always win. You know that by now. *speeds off, followed by Hawke and Hunter

Madoc: That’s my boy. You can’t learn skill like that.

Jared: *scowls and glares at Madoc

Madoc: Oh, come on. Things are going to get real interesting in a few years. She doesn’t stand a chance. You know that.

Jared: Shut up.

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Win three Christmas reads by Sheila Roberts

Just one look at these gorgeous festive reads from Sheila Roberts and we’re ready to crack open the champagne and scoff some mince pies.

On Strike for Christmas, Nine Lives of Christmas and The Snow Globe are all available in ebook but we think the packaging is far too pretty not to have display copies on your coffee table as well.

Which is why we’re giving away the complete set in paperback.

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Win The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

Reissued Bride Quartet 2015
Nora Roberts’ gorgeously romantic Bride Quartet has been reissued with stunning new covers. From the first appearance of Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmaline in Vision in White through to the finale of Happy Ever After, the Bride Quartet is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, whether you’re a bride to be, dreaming of or reminiscing about your big day.

We’ve got a set of all four books to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with the chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

What is the colour traditionally worn for weddings in the UK and US?

A. White
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Dark romance

UntitledSometimes we all want to take a walk on the wild side, and dive into a book not for the faint-hearted. In honour of Hard Beat, the smoking-hot new instalment of K. Bromberg’s Driven series, and Tillie Cole’s Reap, the stunning follow-up to her bestselling Raze (both out now), we’re taking a look at some of our favourite dark romances – join us if you dare!

The Scarred Souls series – Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole takes us on a powerful and addictive journey into the Brooklyn underworld, where Russian mobsters rule and the muscled hunks of The Dungeon fight not just for survival, but for their women too . . .

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The Driven series – K. Bromberg

Pulse-pounding and completely unputdownable, K. Bromberg’s Driven books redefine the boundaries of what romance can be, with relationships so complex and screwed-up that you can’t help but be drawn in.

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Read Hard Beat here: http://bit.ly/1NqNFyW

Struck by Lightning series – Cecilia Tan

From the moment Katrina meets James, she knows he is different. Daring. Dominating. Over the course of Celia Tan’s smouldering series, the author takes us into the heart of a man with a dark past and even darker desires . . .

Read Slow Surrender here: http://bit.ly/1Q57PAb

Read Slow Seduction here: http://bit.ly/1Q57FIZ

Read Slow Satisfaction here: http://bit.ly/1NqPcVw

Hard Time – Cara McKenna

From the bestselling author of After Hours and Unbound, this is a dark romance like you’ve never seen before – utterly intense and unforgettable; a book to turn your world upside down.

Read Hard Time here: http://bit.ly/1MH4Jln

Let us know what your favourite dark romances are in the comments – and whether there can ever be such a thing as ‘too dark’…

Win the League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Betrayal Born of Betrayal is the eighth installment of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s brilliant League series. If you’ve not yet discovered these delicious futuristic space romances, we’re giving you the chance to get stuck in with the complete set of books from one to eight.

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What is the name of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s bestselling paranormal romance series?

A. Dark Hunter
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How to write a love triangle: Get the inside scoop from Joya Ryan, Tiffany Snow & us

Love triangles are like romance crack to me – put a good one in any story and I’m immediately, helplessly hooked. I’ll swallow any other problems in the story without complaint, buy into any world and hope desperately for the redemption of characters who I know I really should have given up on. At Piatkus, we’re lucky enough to this October publish two authors who excel at creating love triangles – Joya Ryan and Tiffany Snow – and even luckier that they’ve agreed to share their trade secrets on writing love triangles.


Power PlayLove triangle rules à la Tiffany Snow – author of the Risky Business trilogy

  1. Decide how far the love triangle will go. There are various degrees of “love triangle” and in my opinion, a TRUE love triangle is one where the heroine falls in love with BOTH heroes. For instance, did anyone really think Jacob ever had a chance with Bella? Or that Ashley and Scarlett were ever going to get together? But having a heroine fall in love with two different men is a tough scenario to create believably. And then comes the next question: will she have sex with both men? And, if so, how to do that without turning women readers against her? (Women readers are very tough on heroines, especially when it comes to the heroes they adore.) But a love triangle doesn’t have to go that far, as we’ve seen many times in fiction. Just know and have a plan for how and why and how much the heroine will be emotionally involved with each hero.
  2.  Don’t go for the easy way out. Locked in a love triangle and don’t know what to do? Death starts looking pretty darn good — for one of your heroes, that is. Kill one off and voilà! The heroine’s choice is made for her. Or, Option B, have one of the heroes do something so reprehensible, the readers (and the heroine) are left with no choice but the alternative. Stay true to your characters and dig deeper for that reason why one love story is going to work out and the other one won’t.
  3. Be Prepared for the Fallout. Unless the love triangle is erotica, someone’s going to lose in the end. Romance readers get emotionally invested in characters — that’s one of the many reasons they’re the best! And with that investment comes disappointment and sometimes anger when a love triangle doesn’t end to their satisfaction. I think every romance writer of a love triangle has had the hate messages and angry emails at the end of a series (or during) when their preferred hero doesn’t get the girl. The old saying is true: you can’t make everyone happy. Be sure to stick to YOUR vision for the story and give readers a reason to follow your emotional logic. Don’t pull a rabbit out of the hat at the end and expect readers who’ve faithfully followed (oftentimes for many books) to be pleased. End the love triangle in a way that justifies the work put in to creating it.

 

Yours TonightLove triangle rules à la Joya Ryan – author of the Reign series

  1.  Friendly Competition: There’s nothing wrong with a bit of friendly fire when it comes to getting the girl. Keeping dude one and dude two in check with each other keeps the heat revved up and the scenes spicy. Going for the girl can be a tricky match, so each guy has to bring his A game.
  2.  Earn it: One of the best parts of writing a love triangle is pitting two strong men, not against each other, but against themselves. They want the girl? They have to earn her. Why are they the best man? How can they prove that to her and the reader? That key element of breaking down the hero and showing what he’s really made of and why the heroine should be with him is what keeps the story constantly spiraling forward.
  3.  Mr. Man Must Be Unique: Each hero in the story has to have his own flare. He possess something the other hero doesn’t and it’s that something that the heroine needs. Each man has different skills, strengths and taps into a special side of the heroine. It’s the men’s uniqueness from each other and from other men that keep the reader going back and forth on who to cheer for. Because they’re both awesome in their own way!

 

And finally, here are three points from an editorial point of view, as I had a think about what really makes them work for me as an editor:

  1. Make the choice difficult. Too often, I see love triangles made up of the ‘right on paper’ choice and the maverick choice that you just know is the only one who’s capable of making the heroine truly happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love that too (I’m basically a sucker for anything involving three characters and a choice for the heroine to make) but where this doesn’t work is if much of the excitement in the story is meant to flow from who the heroine ends up with. If both men aren’t deeply appealing in their individual ways, it can make for a very frustrating read. It becomes harder to sympathise with a heroine going back-and-forth over this kind of choice, which automatically distances your readers from the story.
  2. Explore the difference. I find the most compelling triangles occur when each hero brings out a different aspect of the heroine – the more you can tie her choice in with the heroine’s character arc, with the kind of person she wants to be, the more powerful the story is likely to become – the stakes will be higher if we believe that her ultimate choice will also impact her overall character.
  3. Give the heroine agency. It can be very easy for a heroine in this situation to become somewhat passive – someone who keeps being rescued, who is helplessly overcome every time one of the heroes makes a move. Though initially compelling (everyone can understand how she might feel!), without a heroine who has the gumption to make her own choice and fight against her feelings, as well as rebel against the situation as a whole, may begin to lose reader sympathy – make sure she’s got her own story and develops as a character in her own right. What, apart from each of the men, does your heroine want?

 

Want more love triangles? Of course you do, because THEY ARE AWESOME. We love this list of 26 unforgettable TV triangles, in order of time sustained . . .

 

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