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Editor's Note by Tina Smith

Ah, June. It’s hard to believe it will be nearly summer when this lovely issue arrives in reader’s mailboxes and is downloaded onto their ereaders. As I write this, it’s raining and cold and windy, but I so look forward to the warmth kissing my skin like the heroes we read in our romances. Speaking of kisses, we have a deliciously sinful regency romance, “Five Wicked Kisses” by Anthea Lawson, USA Today bestseller and RITA® finalist.

Lezli and I worked hard to show you more delicious facets of this wonderful genre. Back by popular demand, we have another recipe from the kitchen of New York Times bestselling writer, Brenda Novak. Along with more non-fiction and the latest installment of You Read That?, in which Julie Pitzel takes on Action or Romance: Why Not Both? She reviews a recent survey which explains that romance is on the decline, calling foul since romance is woven into most major movies and entertainment and is part of what makes it successful. Julie also used the interrobang (a punctuation that combines the question mark and the exclamation point) in her article. Romance grammar geeks will love the break from traditional punctuation—and if there’s anything we love at Heart’s Kiss it’s delivering the familiar with a new flare and twist.

We took care to pick scrumptious shorts that are every bit as sinful as an extra S’mores sneaked from the campfire. We absolutely loved the romantic suspense in “Hidden Treasure” by Sophie Mouette, the fairy tale retelling delights in “Goldilocks and Her Three Sisters” by Kay McSpadden, and the smart, determined heroines of Petronella Glover’s near future astronaut series. We also have a bite sized flash fiction meet-cute, “A Fiery Reception” by Alia Mahmud. Lezli will also get cozy and chat with Beverly Jenkins, multiple award winning and USA Today bestselling author who has been a much-needed voice shaping multicultural awareness in the romance genre. If it’s even more fiction you’re after, then take a peek at the latest Recommended Reads from our review columnist C.S. DeAvilla.

However, it’s not all fun and games when summer begins. We also have to say goodbye to good friends, if only a goodbye-for-now. Anna J. Stewart’s last installment of her Warden series is in this very issue, “Warden of Fate”. Like everyone else, I’ve been on pins and needles wondering what would happen to the last sister after the cliffhanger ending in “Warden of Sight”.

So, grab a spot on the tree log in front of our campfire and wrap a warm wool blanket around you as we cater to your romantic fantasies. From paranormal, to historical, to contemporary of every heat level—we hope you find these stories as engaging and entertaining as Lezli and I have. Next time we meet, it will be nearly the end of summer and you will have to tell us about what adventures these months have taken you, dear reader. We are always available on Facebook and Twitter—we love it when readers tweet us photos of where they’re reading our magazine. Thank you for being on this journey with us.