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- 03/20/17--01:00: _Audiobook Review: S...
- 03/20/17--08:30: _An Awesome Tee, Plu...
- 03/20/17--22:00: _HaBO: Heroine & Dau...
- 03/21/17--08:30: _Scots, Drunk Kitche...
- 03/21/17--08:50: _It’s the RITA Nomin...
- 03/21/17--10:00: _HaBO: High Society ...
- 03/22/17--00:00: _Looking Inside by B...
- 03/22/17--08:30: _Historical Romances...
- 03/22/17--11:00: _Links: Free Reads, ...
- 03/23/17--00:00: _The Rec League: Neu...
- 03/23/17--01:00: _Guest Review: Roman...
- 03/20/17--01:00: Audiobook Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
- 03/20/17--08:30: An Awesome Tee, Plus Contemporary Romances!
- 03/20/17--22:00: HaBO: Heroine & Daughter Live Above a Shop
- 03/21/17--08:30: Scots, Drunk Kitchens, & More!
- 03/21/17--08:50: It’s the RITA Nominations Call Day!
- 03/21/17--10:00: HaBO: High Society Heroine Marries, Moves to Country, Gets Sick
- 03/22/17--00:00: Looking Inside by Beth Kery
- 03/22/17--08:30: Historical Romances with Princesses, Earls, & More!
- 03/22/17--11:00: Links: Free Reads, Indiegogo, and Sailor Moon
- 03/23/17--00:00: The Rec League: Neurodivergent Romance
- 03/23/17--01:00: Guest Review: Romance’s Rivals by Talia Schaffer
Everyone, I think…I think I’m an audiobook convert. Last summer, Elyse wrote a Lightning Review of Sleeping Giants, a scifi novel with a scientist heroine, an interesting cast of characters, and epistolary elements. Definitely check out her review! Just as Elyse did in her review, my plot points will be minimal because the book has a lot of twists and turns. Instead, I’m going to focus on how Sleeping Giants functions as an audiobook and … Continue reading Audiobook Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
TeeFury has a Doctor Who-themed bookish t-shirt on sale today! It’s $10 off, dropping the price to $12.
This HaBO comes from Sabrina, who is trying to help a fellow book club member track down a book. Trigger warning for rape: My name’s Sabrina and I’m a member of an awesome book club on Facebook called the Old School Romance Book Club, started by Sarah MacLean. On Christmas Day, a member called Jean posted about a book she would like to reread but cannot remember what it is called. I think this post got … Continue reading HaBO: Heroine & Daughter Live Above a Shop
Wake of Vultures
RECOMMENDED: Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and is being price-matched! Carrie really liked this book and gave it an A-:
This book succeeds because Nettie is such a compelling character. Nettie is incredibly vibrant, prickly, compelling, flawed, exciting, and interesting. She feels like a real person, with a real personality and hopes and dreams and confused feelings and agendas. She’s incredibly interesting not only because of her unusual racial situation (which, in the Old West, wasn’t actually very unique but has been under-represented in fiction) nor in her genderqueer status, nor in her ability to hunt monsters. She’s compelling because all her experiences and aspects of her personality and her sharp mind come together to create a complex person who you just have to root for.
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.
Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She’s a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don’t call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.
And just like that, Nettie can see.
But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn’t understand what’s under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding — at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin… if the monsters along the way don’t kill her first.
My Drunk Kitchen
My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart is $1.99! Hart is a YouTube sensation and started with her My Drunk Kitchen videos, where she would try to cook something while getting tipsy on wine. Several readers recommend being familiar with Hart’s videos before buying, as some didn’t really find the humor to match theirs.
One day, sad cubicle dweller and otherwise bored New York transplant Hannah Hart decided, as a joke, to make a fake cooking show for her friend back in California. She turned on the camera, pulled out some bread and cheese, and then, as one does, started drinking. (Doesn’t everyone cook with a spoon in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other?) The video went viral and an online sensation was born.
My Drunk Kitchen includes recipes, stories, full color photos, and drawings to inspire your own culinary adventures in tipsy cooking. It is also a showcase for Hannah Hart’s great comedic voice. Hannah offers key drink recommendations, cooking tips (like, remember to turn the oven off when you go to bed) and shares never-before-seen recipes such as:
The Hartwich (Knowledge is ingenuity! Learn from the past!) Can Bake (Inventing things is hard! You don’t have to start from scratch!) Latke Shotkas (Plan ahead to avoid a night of dread!) Tiny Sandwiches (Size doesn’t matter! Aim to satisfy.) Saltine Nachos (It’s not about resources! It’s about being resourceful.)
This is a book for anyone who believes they have what it takes to make a soufflé for the holiday party and show up the person who apparently has nothing better to do than bake things from scratch. It also recommends the drink you’ll need to accompany any endeavor of this magnitude. In the end, My Drunk Kitchen may not be your go-to guide for your next dinner party . . . but it will make you laugh and drink . . . I mean think . . . about life.
Wild Wicked Scot
Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London is 99c! This is the first book in the Highland Grooms series, which came out late last year. The hero and heroine are already married through a marriage of convenience, and many loved the hero. However, some found some inconsistency issues in the romance. Have you read this one?
Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish Highlands.
Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn’t belong in a Scottish chieftain’s devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn’t looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie’s passionate embrace. But as their respective countries’ fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.
Red-haired, green-eyed Margot was Arran’s beautiful bride. Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained. As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. But even as their secrets tangle together, there’s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger.
All of You
All of You by Christina Lee is $1.99! This is the first book in the Between Breaths series and features a tattooed, virgin hero. Catnip, anyone? Readers really loved the writing, but others found it rather boring. People seem to be pretty divided on this book (either one star or five stars on Goodreads), and it has a 3.9-star rating.
Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He’s irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.
Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she’s perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother’s bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.
When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won’t accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.
Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.
So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in.
Today is the day! Authors everywhere are trying not to look at their phones while they wait for a call to tell them they’ve been nominated for a RITA® or a Golden Heart. For those of you who are new to the site, the RITA® awards are kind of like the Oscars®, but for romance writers. The award is given out by the Romance Writers of America for books in different genre categories published in … Continue reading It’s the RITA Nominations Call Day!
This HaBO request is from Jill, who wants to find this historical romance: This is a historical romance I read years ago, and I have never forgotten it. Heroine has been a “society bitch” and ruined various marriages. She gets caught in a compromising situation and has to marry and live in country. Of course, she hates it all. She then gets very sick, her head is shaved as part of her treatment, and takes a long time … Continue reading HaBO: High Society Heroine Marries, Moves to Country, Gets Sick
Looking Inside is one of the best erotic contemporaries I’ve read in a really long time. It’s not a perfect book, but it worked for me on every level. I devoured it. Basically if I had to take a shot for every one of the Elyse-catnip elements that shows up in this book, I’d be on the floor singing “Red Solo Cup.” If you put this book under a box being held up by a stick, it … Continue reading Looking Inside by Beth Kery
TeeFury is just killing it with great shirts lately. Today’s shirt features Hermione from Harry Potter and her love of books!
Welcome to Wednesday Links! This is where we share some pretty neat things that we’ve found floating around the internet. We hope these provide a nice moment of distraction! … Sarah backed this project on Indiegogo and wants to share it with all of you! Bookseller Noëlle Santos wants to bring a bookstore to the Bronx! Shockingly, the borough doesn’t have any. It’s been fully funded so far, but it can always use more support. … Continue reading Links: Free Reads, Indiegogo, and Sailor Moon
This Rec League request was spawned by a comment from Dread Pirate Rachel. Here’s the request: Is there a Rec League for romances with neurodivergent heroines? There aren’t many that I can think of. A Desperate Fortune, by Susanna Kearsley, comes to mind, as the contemporary storyline features a heroine with Asperger’s. It was nice to see the representation, but unfortunately I felt like all the conflict and tension of her plot was due to … Continue reading The Rec League: Neurodivergent Romance
NB: We have another guest review that will be right up the Bitchery’s alley, as it combines romance and historical research. Aw, yeah! This review is from Katherine M. Katherine M. is a postdoctoral researcher of Victorian literature. She researches plots about awkward adolescents and their friend groups (some of which lends itself to interesting romance). … Do you love the sexy stranger…or the boy next door? Thalia Schaffer’s Romance’s Rivals: Familiar Marriage in Victorian … Continue reading Guest Review: Romance’s Rivals by Talia Schaffer