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  • Amanda Diehl 4:00 pm on 2017/10/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , an extraordinary union, are you listening hollywood?, buns, elizabeth harmon, highland dragon warrior, , , , pairing off, ,   

    5 Romances Just Begging for a Film Adaptation 

    Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like there’s been a lack of amazing romantic comedies and other romance-centric movies out this last summer, and even this year! Where are the While You Were Sleepings and the She’s All Thats of this decade? Luckily for moviemakers, there’s an entire genre in which romance is the focus. Plus, while my knowledge of the moviemaking industry is limited, it seems easier to adapt an already existing work than to write one from the ground up. For any directors, producers, and the like out there, here are a few great romances that are sure to be a box office success!

    An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole
    War, spies, and a forbidden romance make An Extraordinary Union perfect for the cinematic treatment. With its blend of action and subterfuge, this romance has some great crossover potential for moviegoers who like a historical, wartime element. Elle Burns is a former slave and now a spy for the Union Army. She also has an impressive eidetic memory. Elle is partnered with Pinkerton’s Secret Service detective Malcolm McCall when they uncover a dangerous plot. Bring this one to the big screen and take my money already!

    Highland Dragon Warrior, by Isabel Cooper
    Given that “dragon” is in the title, any adaption of Highland Dragon Warrior will need a dose of CGI, but trust me, it would be so worth it! The heroine, Sophia, is a Jewish alchemist in need of a dragon scale and the hero, Cathal, is a weary dragon shifter whose best friend is suffering from a mysterious and magical illness. It’s easy to picture the gorgeous cinematography as Sophia conducts her alchemy. And of course, the book is set in a lovely castle in the Scottish highlands. Beautiful landscapes? Check. Magic? Check. A surprisingly sweet romance? Check. It’s a blockbuster in the making.

    Buns, by Alice Clayton
    Some of the best rom-coms have an enemies-to-lovers romance and Buns has that antagonistic relationship between the hero and heroine, but with the added luxury of ooey, gooey, hot cross buns. Who doesn’t love a man with skills in the kitchen? The Bryant Mountain House has been in Archie Bryan’t family for five generations, but even he’d have to admit the business is failing. When rebranding expert Clara Morgan shows up on his doorstep, he isn’t exactly thrilled with the direction she wants to take his family’s legacy. Expect lots of verbal sparring fraught with delicious sexual tension!

    The Magpie Lord, by K.J. Charles
    A gay historical romance with a tattooed earl and an angry magician would be thrilling to see in theaters given that it strays from typical rom-com territory, but still maintains a great love story. There’s a Gothic-esque castle, dry British wit, and a smattering of grit and horror. It’s passionate and just a touch creepy and Guillermo Del Toro, given his work with movies like Crimson Peak and Pan’s Labyrinth, could really capture the dark, mystical drama in The Magpie Lord. Throwing in Tom Hiddleston again wouldn’t hurt either.

    Pairing Off, by Elizabeth Harmon
    The Cutting Edge is a romantic comedy staple. If you haven’t seen it, you’re going to want to indulge in this class differences, ice skating movie. Pairing Off isn’t exactly The Cutting Edge reimagined, but it has the same wonderful tension that comes with the spirit of competition. The hero is described as “Russia’s sexiest male skater” and he happens to be the heroine’s first love. When they two join forces to compete as a pair instead of single skaters, things get a lot more awkward. Besides, nothing makes two people fall in love faster than the forced proximity of grueling skating practices.

    Which romances would you love to see adapted to the big screen?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 6:27 pm on 2017/07/12 Permalink
    Tags: an extraordinary union, how to bang a billionaire, mature content, off base, p.s. your cat is dead, real love: the art of mindful connection, , , , suzanne brockman, , the ship beyond time, under rose-tainted skies   

    The Joy of Diversity! A Summer Reading List from Some Kind of Hero Author Suzanne Brockman 

    Characters in modern romance novels come in all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, creeds, abilities, and orientations! Reading stories about people who don’t look, act, and think exactly as we do allows us to step into a different (or perhaps not so different) life, and experience both challenges and joys we otherwise might’ve missed—widening our world-view even while keeping us wildly entertained.

    Here’s my summer reading list of diverse—and wildly entertaining—books:

    How to Bang a Billionaire, by Alexis Hall.
    Confession: I find nothing appealing about billionaires these days, so it’s nice to see that the first person hero of this romance—a funny, charming, adorable undergrad at Oxford—is well outside of his comfort zone, too, as he collides with his billionaire love interest. Still, I’ll gladly go anywhere Hall leads me. If he writes it, I’ll love it—he’s just that good. (Also…? Gotta love that title!)

    Trust Me, by Farrah Rochon
    The latest romance in Rochon’s popular, Louisiana-set Holmes Brothers series has a kickass heroine who’s running for mayor and a freelance journalist (and Holmes Brother) hero! I’m already in love!

    Mature Content, by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
    I’m a huge fan of Erickson and Hassell’s funny, edgy Cyberlove series of romances, and this is long-awaited book number four. All set in the same fast-paced (mostly on-line) world, these searingly h-h-hot and heart-wrenchingly emotional books can be devoured in any order.

    The Ship Beyond Time, by Heidi Heilig
    The sequel to The Girl From Everywhere, which I loved madly, merges time travel and fantasy with history and adventure. I’m so glad I’ll have a chance to spend more time with Nix, the book’s brilliant YA heroine who, like Heilig herself, hails from Hawaii.

    Under Rose-Tainted Skies, by Louise Gornall
    Yet another intriguing YA romance—with a heroine who has agoraphobia and OCD, yet manages to connect with the super-cute boy-next-door. According to a review from Library Journal, Gornall “(draws) from her own experiences” to tell this story. But it’s this line from the book’s blurb that made me click the buy-now link: “Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in?I can’t wait to take this complicated journey with her!

    An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole
    I recently read and loved Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union, set during the Civil War, and immediately went to see when her next book (a sequel, called A Hope Divided) comes out. It’s not until November, but that’s okay, because Cole’s backlist of historical romances is deliciously diverse. I’m eager to read both Be Not Afraid for its Revolutionary War time-period (and that awesome cover), and Let it Shine, set during the Civil Rights era in 1961.

    P.S. Your Cat is Dead, by James Kirkwood
    Originally published in the early 1970s, I was sixteen when I first plucked this book from the paperback rack at the grocery checkout—on the day that my best friend’s cat was killed by a car in front of her house! That fateful encounter was the start of my lifelong love of Jim Kirkwood—who went on to co-write the book for A Chorus Line before AIDS stole his genius from the world. I can’t wait to do a reread of this life-changing story, and hope that all of Kirkwood’s novels comes back into print soon.

    Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection, by Sharon Salzberg
    Yes, it’s non-fiction, but Salzberg’s classic Loving Kindness is a go-to book for me in these troubling, turbulent times. I’m looking forward to this new release from a mindfulness expert whose easy-to-read voice is that of a loving, compassionate friend.

    Off Base, by Annabeth Albert
    I’ve heard great things about Albert’s military romances, and decided to start with this romance featuring a closeted (even to himself) Navy SEAL, and his journey towards love, light, and truth. That’s the kind of HEA I simply can’t resist.

    The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
    Lyrically poetic, heart-breaking, sharply funny, and breathtakingly tragic, this YA novel about a girl who witnesses the violent death of a friend in a police shooting is the must read of 2017. (And probably 2018, 2019, and 2020, too.) I read it earlier this year when it first dropped into my e-reader, but I’ll definitely be reading it again this summer.

    Suzanne Brockmann’s latest book, Some Kind of Hero, is available on B&N bookshelves now! 

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