New Romance Books to Read | August 20

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors W. Winters, Dianne Duvall, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Lauren Landish, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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Interview with Dianne Duvall, author of Death of Darkness

What can you tell us about your new release, Death of Darkness?

Death of Darkness is the latest book in my Immortal Guardians series, which features powerful preternatural heroes, strong heroines, action scenes that will keep you flipping pages well past your bedtime, and romance that is alternately steamy, sweet, and laced with humor. (If you’re new to the series, don’t worry. Each novel and novella can be read as a stand-alone story. You’ll just know more about the secondary characters if you read them in order.)

Death of Darkness is also by far the most requested book of the series thus far because it revolves around Seth, the immensely powerful leader of the Immortal Guardians. Seth has led the immortals for thousands of years, guiding them, protecting them, and doing everything he can to help them find happiness in what can otherwise be a pretty dark existence. Together they have protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, and even defended military bases under attack. But spearheading all of this has kept Seth too busy to consider pursuing his own happiness.

Then he meets Leah… and everything changes. Leah sees Seth in a way no one else in the world does. She wants to erase the darkness that haunts him and replace it with love and laughter. Even when an enemy who is determined to watch the world burn threatens everything, Leah is determined to remain by Seth’s side and help him triumph over his nemesis and find long-deserved happiness.

I had a LOT of fun with these characters… as well as with the Immortal Guardians’ reactions to their austere, illustrious leader falling in love. There are moments that will make readers laugh out loud, and others that will make their jaws drop. I hope everyone who picks up a copy will enjoy the ride.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always been a voracious reader. In fact, one of my earliest memories from elementary school is of waiting eagerly for the Book Bus to visit. It came twice a month, first to deliver a brochure filled with the book covers and an order form, then to deliver cellophane wrapped stacks of lovely books I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. Each story I eagerly devoured fired my imagination and sparked an intense desire to create my own. I started writing stories when I was around twelve or thirteen years old and have loved it ever since.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

1—Stephen King’s ON WRITING. I am a huge admirer of Stephen King. I learn something new every time I read one of his books. And his fiction novels always fire my imagination and make me want to sit down and write for hours. So it didn’t surprise me at all when I loved ON WRITING, too.
2—Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST NIGHT. Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. This one really stood out. I loved the characters and the storytelling. It was a great introduction to an entertaining series.
3—Laurann Dohner’s FURY. This totally hooked me on Laurann’s New Species series. I’ve devoured every book in it since.
4—Karen Marie Moning’s THE IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER. The books in the Highlander series were among the first time travel romances I ever read. And I really enjoyed them. This one, The Immortal Highlander, was my favorite and one I return to often.
5—Stephen King’ THE STAND (Uncut). What can I say? Stephen King is a phenomenal writer. I think this was the first horror novel I ever read, and I absolutely loved it. In my opinion, it’s one of his best. I could read it again and again.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My online friends will not be at all surprised by my answer to this one: My first guest would be Stephen King. I would love to sit down with him and ask his opinion on some of the massive changes that have taken place in the publishing industry over the last decade.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is watching the stories that ramble around in my head unfold in their entirety. I’m what is known in the writing world as a pantser, not a plotter. In other words, I fly by the seat of my pants instead of outlining the plot in detail before I begin each book. I may have a general idea of where I’d like the story to begin and end, but the road in between is unpaved and simply unfolds as I write. I love the surprises that result.

Also, because I write series with ensemble casts, I like that I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters I create as soon as I finish their book. Those characters can go on to play crucial roles in future books in the series, so they continue to grow and expand and entertain me.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day will find me working on my current manuscript, promoting my latest release, and going over edits, copyedits, and proofs for my next release. Working on my current manuscript is my favorite of the three. I really do love to write. I also enjoy spending time in my Books Group on Facebook. It’s such a fun, positive place to “kick back and relax.” And I like to keep up with reader and author friends online.

What scene in Death of Darkness was your favorite to write?

There were so many favorite scenes in this one that it’s hard to choose. But I think the one that tops them all is the first time my Immortal Guardians crew meet Leah face to face. Their reactions to her and her responses to them made me laugh out loud.

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The Story Behind I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

By Ilsa Madden-Mills

Okay, I admit it…hate/love romances rock my world, and my newest release I Hate You delivers it deliciously. Smart enemies-to-lovers? Check. Second chance, sports romance with all the feels? Double check.

We have Blaze, star football hottie, who fights for the love of the brainy, slightly bad girl he dumped—at her own party in front of her friends. In his defense, he thought he was doing the right thing, but he has growing to do, yet isn’t that the best part, when a character grows and changes? It’s steamy and full of flirty banter, but underneath it’s an emotional, layered story about overcoming our pasts to get the love we all deserve.

Did I mention there’s a highly intelligent, foul-mouthed parrot named Vampire Bill—after True Blood, of course. “Get your a*s up and get me a cigarette,” might be his favorite saying. I snorted every time he offered up advice on Charisma’s love life—and her clothing selections.

The hero and heroine have original names, my favorite! Blaze is the charming, wide receiver from Mississippi and Charisma is the high-heel wearing, chess-playing New Yorker. Total opposites—but when they share a kiss—a white-hot inferno ignites and doesn’t let go.

I adored writing these deeply flawed characters. Blaze might be the hottest guy on campus, but because of his childhood, he doesn’t know what love really is. He’s a bad boy who’s broken, and these heroes always tug at my heart, seeing how they overcome their insecurities and get their HEA. Charisma, on the other hand, knows exactly what love is, but has rules when it comes to protecting her heart. Through it all, she hangs on to her badassery and never gives Blaze one inch. Dang, don’t you love a strong heroine?

Ma, Charisma’s meddling, Italian-American mother, is another favorite side character. I giggled in every scene she popped up, her advice to Charisma about “being a good Catholic girl” and “don’t end up with one of those Mississippi hillbillies” are priceless. And when she finally meets Blaze, the guy who never had a family, holy cow, have your tissues ready.

I Hate You is my 6th sports romance book, including my hockey romance Boyfriend Bargain. It’s easy to write about football when you have a true passion for it. I live in the South where football is life—from Friday night high school games to tailgating on Saturdays with your favorite college team. Go UT!

If you love angst, bad boys with heart, relatable, real heroines, and smart banter, check out I Hate You! It’s a complete standalone and will be live August 19 and available in Kindle Unlimited.

Ilsa Madden-Mills is the author of the new book I Hate You.

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The Story Behind Hard to Love by Willow Winters

By Willow Winters

There are some moments in stories where there is a turn in the way you feel about a couple. In a very – feel it deep down in your soul – type of way. It typically happens right after an event that essentially rips your heart out and forces you to hold on to hope. That hope comes when the characters choose love.

I wrote this scene for Hard to Love as one of the first in this manuscript because I needed to feel it from the very beginning knowing how intense this story was going to be. Here’s a little sneak peek at it, so you can know exactly what I’m talking about:

“Hey come here,” his voice is gentle. He’s always soft with me. This strong man with rough edges and a past that would frighten most… his tone caresses me. I can’t help it. I’m drawn to him like a moth to a flame.
I crawl over to him, settling down in his lap. He’s so tall and his shoulders so much wider that it feels perfect here. He’s warm, and when I lay my cheek against his shoulder, peeking up at him and wondering, why me? Why did he pick me? He kisses me. Stopping my questioning, stopping the pain. It’s an immediate spike of heat. An immediate desire.
Does he feel it too? How it soothes every inch of me. How that lust turns to wildfire in my blood and nothing stands a chance in its path. With his fingers at my chin, he keeps me still while he breaks the kiss. When I open my eyes, feeling the forgotten beads of moisture in my lashes, he’s there, staring at me. His light blue eyes shine with devotion. It’s real. I know it’s real.
His cadence is rough when he tells me, “Let me make you feel better.”

Willow Winters is the author of the new book Hard to Love.

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New Romance Books to Read | August 13

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Gianna Gabriela, J.R. Ward, Kendall Ryan, Tessa Dare, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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Interview with Gianna Gabriela, Author of Then There Was You

What can you tell us about your new release, Then There Was You?

Then There Was You is a collection of Single Parent stories. It features single moms and single dads who undergo struggles and ultimately find love. The collection has novels and novellas and the proceeds will be going to a non-profit that fights against family homelessness.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My inspiration for becoming an author arose from my inability to find myself in the characters I read. I’m a Latina with a first name, middle, and two last names, I have dark skin and curly hair and didn’t grow up reading characters that reminded me of me.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The best books I’ve ever read are all the ones Sarah Dessen has written. She’s my unicorn author. Aside from her, Tijan’s Antistepbrother and Natasha Preston’s Silence are my favorites.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My first guest would be Tijan and I’d ask if we’re getting more Caden Banks! He’s my forever book boyfriend.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is that I get to escape. I get to write the happily ever afters we constantly wait for in real life.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a full-time law student and when I’m not in school, during the summer, I’m a summer associate at a law firm. The days are pretty much researching, reading, and answering legal questions. Then, I get home and Netflix comes on. I write whenever I feel the desire to.

What scene in Then There Was You was your favorite to write?

I actually wrote a novella for Then There Was You and my favorite scene is the final one. Jointly though, the authors take us in a journey of emotions!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I have a motto but it’s unrelated to books. It’s about food. If I can’t eat what I want then what’s the point.

Gianna Gabriella is the author of the new book Then There Was You.

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THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by KATHERINE CENTER

What a fabulous story!!

"Love is not weak, it's the opposite. Choosing to love - despite all the ways that people let you down, and disappear, and break your heart. Knowing everything we know about how hard life is and choosing to love anyway…That's not weakness. That's courage."

Katherine Center is a 'new to us' author and what a first reading experience! The writing, the characters, the emotion and the adrenaline rush of the setting as we saw life through the eyes of Cassie Hanwell, a twenty six year old firefighter, kept us completely riveted from start to finish. We absolutely loved Things You Save in a Fire and can't wait to read more from this author.

Things You Save in a Fire is a beautifully inspiring story about courage, love and forgiveness, and one that was written with sweetness, swoon, emotion and heart-stopping suspense, plus a little mystery is thrown into the mix. Everything about this story was thought-provoking and engaging.

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Books To Read If You Like Christa Wick

Books To Read If You Like Christa Wick

Christa Wick is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance novels. Some of her most popular work includes the His to Claim, Untouchable Curves, and Irresistible Curves series. If you’ve been searching for some amazing new love stories, we think you’ll adore these new books to read if you like Christa Wick!


Then There Was You

by Gianna Gabriela, Anna Brooks, Alex Grayson, Evan Grace and 10 more authors

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Then There Was You is a new romance collection from 14 bestselling authors. All of the stories include single parents that weren’t looking for love and didn’t need anyone. But then that perfect someone came along. Romance readers will love these books by Alex Grayson, Angel Devlin, Anna Brooks, Dani Rene, Esther E. Schmidt, Evan grace, Freya Barker, Gianna Gabriela, Heather Lynn, HL Nighbor, Kally Ash, Kathy Coopmans, L.A. Cotton, and Lauren Dawes.

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No Good Doctor

by Nicole Snow

Release Date: July 29, 2019

My new boss is dashing, jacked, and bad-tempered. I can’t believe I am working for Dr. Gray Caldwell. He is the hottest bachelor in town and puts the animal back in veterinarian. It turns out that he hates three things: small town drama, pets in distress and anybody poking around his past. That last one happens to be me. It’s just too hard to resist. But I wish I did because it turns out I am playing a dangerous game.

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Sonata

by Skye Warren

Release Date: August 6, 2019

There is a battle being waged in the heart of Samantha Brooks’ heart. Liam North is determined to win it. He will use everything to achieve this. His body and his heart. But now the spotlight had put her in the crosshairs of dangerous men. Sonato is the thrilling finale in this exciting trilogy by Skye Warren.

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Can You Hear it

by Casey Diam

Release Date: August 1, 2019

I lost the love of my life. My best friend and lover. Everyone said I should move on as I have the rest of my life ahead of me. But James Lawrence was my everything. That was until Ashton. He came with a secret. A reason that I should stay away from him… I should have listened. And now it is too late. I’d already fallen. I was already ruined.

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Highball Rush

by Claire Kingsley & Lucy Score

Release Date: July 24, 2019

Gibson Bodine takes his lone wolf image seriously. He is a bad boy, a tough guy. He works alone and lives alone. When a video of him playing guitar and singing goes viral, he hates the attention. He doesn’t have time for fame or for love. But then he meets her.

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Billionaire Unattainable

by J.S. Soctt

Release Date: August 6, 2019

The 14th book in The Billionaire’s Obsession series by J.S. Scott… I am a successful plus size model, a new business, financial security, and wonderful friends. Everything in my life is perfect. So I should feel content. Right? Unfortunately, I do not. I want to have a child and my biological clock is ticking. Now billionaire Mason Lawson has an offer that’s hard to pass up.

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MOTI ON THE WATER by LEYLAH ATTAR

‘Alex had a dream. He had talent and drive and ambition. Every night, under the light of the moon, he cast his net toward the heavens to catch the stars.’

Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar was just hilarious, sweet and so rich with lessons in love, life and different cultures. It really read like those romantic comedies we love to watch and this book is a prime candidate to be made into a movie. Leylah Attar grabbed us from the get-go with a quirky family dynamic, an adorable heroine, a passionate hero and an engaging storyline which, whilst quite predictable, had us furiously turning the pages with a huge smile on our faces. What a wonderful summer read on the beach or by the pool! Just make sure, if like Moti you can’t swim, that you wear a swim vest as you’ll be swept away in the pages.

Leylah Attar writes with such beauty and poise. Her words flawlessly transport you into her world, where the scenery and food serve as their own rightful and stunning characters. Its peace and tranquillity forming the landscape for the utter chaos of family relationships. 

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New Romance Books to Read | August 6

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Casey Diam, Skye Warren, Nicole Snow, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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