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Molly E. Lee | Top Five Friends-to-Lovers Couples in Movies
Author Guest / November 25, 2017

Who are the top five couples in movies that started off as friends? This legit is one of my FAVORITE questions 🙂 If you’ve done any light stalking on me, you’ll likely know that my husband and I were friends for years before we woke up and realized we were soulmates 😉 So, naturally, one of my favorite tropes in books or movies is friends to lovers. Picking a top five was hard, but I seriously loved revisiting my favorite friendly couples! Below are my top five and the reasons why they make me swoon! Hermione and Ron from HARRY POTTER This is my number one friends-to-lovers couple because, well, I’m a total Harry Potter nerd! *Ravenclaw in the house!*There was something so beautiful about watching the progression of Ron and Hermione’s relationship throughout the books and movies. Their friendship was rocky at first and then grew into this solid foundation on which they shaped their lives. Then, once that spark was lit between them, and they gave into the chemistry between them it was like…BOOM! Now they have that great friendship dynamic plus the amazing connection when taking it a step further. It really sets them up for a…

Mary Lindsey | The Influence of Place
Author Guest / November 25, 2017

The earthy, gritty, dangerous atmosphere for HAVEN was inspired, in large part, by where it takes place. Once I’d decided it should be set in the Texas Hill Country due to the large amount of German immigrants who settled there in the 1800’s (the magic is steeped in German witch and shifter lore), I visited the area for a while. One of my excursions was to The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Not only did my visit add some dimension to the characters, it added texture to the story—prickly, spikey texture. What struck me on my visit to Enchanted Rock was that the terrain seemed out to get me. Everything had sharp edges or thorns which influenced several scenes, including the one below, in which Rain remembers Freddie had no shoes the last time he’d seen her, which wouldn’t be remarkable unless you were walking through this: Excerpt from HAVEN God. She wanted to talk again. He wasn’t sure he could form words, much less walk after she touched him like that. He climbed the fence, trying to get his shit together before he answered. “Well, Gerald acted weird.” “He always does.” She moved up the trail as if she…

Lydia Kang | Love in the Unlikeliest of Places—A Deserted Island
Author Guest / November 25, 2017

Can you imagine falling in love on a deserted island? Maybe there’s a golden, sandy beach, peach-colored sunsets, margaritas, not a single grain up your bikini bottom, and a shrimp cocktail waiting for you somewhere… Wait. This isn’t really realistic, is it? How did you get there? How will you get off? Did you bring sunscreen? What will you do when you get third degree burns, or run out of fresh water, or get hungry after all the shrimp is gone? Who’s going to kill that coconut crab that’s bigger than your head and wants to eat you too? Aren’t there sharks out there somewhere??? These are the things I think of when considering to write about falling in love on a deserted island. I actually did this—and the book is entitled The November Girl (Entangled Teen, out November 7th). But it wasn’t on a beautiful Caribbean island, or in Bali, for that matter. I chose a less inviting island. Isle Royale, on Lake Superior. Okay, it sounds pretty sweet. But Isle Royale is a beast. It’s hard to get to (you need to take a 2-6 hour ferry ride just to get there). There are no roads, or cars,…