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BookTok sensation Ali Hazelwood on “Bride,” her new paranormal romance


Feb 28, 2024

She’s a doctor of neuroscience and a romance author—two occupations you don’t often see together in the same sentence. But Ali Hazelwood delightfully mixes her passions, bringing us nerdy STEM romances that are skyrocketing on the bestseller lists. Hazelwood’s ingeniously carved out her own niche called “STEMinist” on BookTok with titles like The Love Hypothesis (her first), Love, Theoretically and Check & Mate (her YA debut).

This month, readers are swooning over a new experiment—a paranormal romance between vampire Misery Lark and werewolf Lowe Moreland in her latest, Bride. Officially released on Feb. 6, everyone’s sinking their teeth into this spicy new era that’s proved (as it surges on The New York Times bestseller list) that Hazelwood’s a multi-faceted romance writer with more where that came from.

Listen as Emma from the Professional Book Nerds podcast chats with the bestselling author about fated mates, the writing process, Ali’s next book release and what’s been on her TikTok FYP lately.

More on Bride

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Bride#1 Indie Next Pick!

A Hall of Fame LibraryReads pick!

Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast—again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: She has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchange—again...

Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was….Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she's ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory…alone with the wolf.

More books by Ali Hazelwood

Not in LoveNot in Love (out June 11, 2024)

A forbidden, secret affair proves that all’s fair in love and science.

Check and MateCheck & Mate (2023)

In this clever and swoonworthy YA debut, life’s moving pieces bring rival chess players together in a match for the heart.

Love, TheoreticallyLove, Theoretically (2023)

Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans in this delightfully STEMinist rom-com.

Loathe to Love YouLoathe to Love You (2023)

A collection of steamy, STEMinist novellas featuring a trio of engineers and their loves in loathing—with a special bonus chapter!

Love on the BrainLove on the Brain (2022)

A scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive results.

The Love HypothesisThe Love Hypothesis (2021)

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman's carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

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About the Author

Annie Suhy has been working in the book industry since 2006. When she’s not working, practicing yoga, or petting cats, she’s doing paint-by-numbers and buying more plants. An avid poetry fan, her favorite collection is "The Splinter Factory" by Jeffrey McDaniel.


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