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Articles / May 31, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 353. Setting Boundaries and Getting Help: A Candid Conversation with Dr. Kelly J. Baker has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

353. Setting Boundaries and Getting Help: A Candid Conversation with Dr. Kelly J. Baker
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Articles / May 31, 2019

Today I’m chatting with Dr. Kelly J. Baker, who was also part of my episode with Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom last year. In this conversation, Kelly and I talk about her academic work studying white supremacy and the klan, and how history is never only in the past. But the core of this episode is talking about setting boundaries. Kelly and I have been having an ongoing casual email conversation about setting boundaries, especially within specific organizations and settings. We talk about the expectations placed upon women in terms of Email replies Social media interactions Demands up on your time External expectations of time and expertise Organizations like the PTA We are going to dish on PTA a LOT. I bet you have PTA stories. Bring it. Tell me about them. We talk at length about the ways groups of people keep one another in line with damaging expectations, and how much shame and shaming play a role in that exercise. And without being explicit, we are also talking about emotional labor, and how, when people, often women, refuse to tolerate unpaid emotional labor, and say no, usually someone else who is vulnerable pays the price. It’s a whole thing….

Teach Me by Olivia Dade
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Articles / May 31, 2019

A Teach Me by Olivia Dade May 30, 2019 · Hussies & Harpies Press Contemporary RomanceRomance This guest review is from Aarya Marsden. Aarya Marsden is a pseudonym for an Indian-American college student and long-time romance reader. Her favorite authors include Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Lucy Parker, Kresley Cole, Alisha Rai, Lisa Kleypas, Alyssa Cole, Tessa Dare, Meredith Duran, Mina V. Esguerra, Kate Clayborn, and many more. You can follow @Aarya_Marsden on Twitter, where she gushes about romance novels and is a firm advocate for a happily-ever-after. … Here’s my elevator pitch for Teach Me: divorced high school history teachers in their forties, fat Ice Queen heroine who has very good reasons to guard her emotions, single dad hero who is the poster child for the opposite of toxic masculinity, meddling ex-parents-in-law and high school-aged daughter who ship the couple, and Evil School Administrator who gets defeated in the end. I picked up this book for several reasons: 1) I don’t often read about 40+ year old divorced protagonists and I wanted to expand my reading selection 2) all of my friends were raving about this book 3) I just graduated college, and I thought a school-related book would be…

The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent
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Articles / May 30, 2019

B The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent April 9, 2019 · Thomas & Mercer Mystery/Thriller I love creepy shit–the creepier the better. The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent promised to deliver some of that creep, but as far as psychological thrillers go, it wasn’t that dark. This book was a little too tame for me, but I think it would be an excellent novel for readers who want to dip their toe into the psychological thriller genre without getting too scared. There is no on-page violence and… click for spoilers the main characters wind up happy and safe at the end. The Stillwater Girls is told from two points-of-view. Wren, a young woman struggling to survive in the woods, and Nicolette, an independently wealthy suburbanite who is beginning to suspect her husband has betrayed her. When the book opens nineteen-year-old Wren is very afraid. She lives in a cabin in the woods with her sisters Sage and Evie, and their mother. They have no running water, no electricity, and survive by raising goats, chickens and growing their own vegetables. Occasionally their mother trades handmade soaps with a man that the girls have never met. Wren’s mother tells them that the…

The Rec League: Heroine Pursues Hero
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Articles / May 30, 2019

Welcome back to Rec League! This is where we give book recommendations based on suggestion from all of you! Ujjawala sent this one in and is looking for romances where the heroine is the seductress/wooer and not the hero: Any books you could recommend where the heroine pursues the hero? Especially where the hero initially doesn’t reciprocate those feelings, but of course eventually gets there. Any genres would be great! Amanda: The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) has a heroine who seduces the hero. A | BN | K | AB I’d also suggest The Bride Test by Helen Hoang ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). I think there are more that I’ve read recently, but my brain is foggy with allergies. Elyse: Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder Sarah: The Tycoon’s Rebel Bride by Maya Banks – older Silhouette, but she is not here for the arranged marriage plans. Amanda: Didn’t that one get renamed? I think it’s The Bride ( A | K | G…

Elyse Watches The Bachelorette–S15: E03: It’s a Lot
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Articles / May 30, 2019

Happy Bachelorette Thursday everyone! I know I said I’d be keeping these recaps shorter, but episode three of this season was…well it’s a lot. Crazysauce ahoy. We open with a group date, which Cam is invited to. The other guys are salty because Cam crashed a date last week and they feel like he isn’t playing by the rules. In a truly epic turn of events, Hannah takes the dudes to class about female anatomy and childbirth. The fact that the class is taught by Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen is a little weird, but kudos to Hannah for making sure these idiots know what a clitoris is. It is truly, truly horrifying what these men do not know about basic reproduction. Cam thinks human gestation is 2 weeks. The men have to wear pregnancy bellies and wear clothespins on their nipples to simulate breast feeding pain. Then they get hooked up to a machine that simulates labor pain. The men do not handle contractions well. Of all of them, John Paul Jones takes it the worst, screaming  and looking like he might pass out. THIS IS THE BEST TV EVER. I WOULD WATCH ALL THE HOURS OF THIS. Me RN…

Links: Wine, WaPo, & More
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Articles / May 29, 2019

It’s Wednesday! My allergies are here in full force, making their presence known. I also think I may have food poisoning, so that’s fun. I’ll be in New York for Book Expo, learning about all the cool new books coming out. I’m sure I’ll give you all the deetz when I get back. … Author Jennifer Weiner is at Publishers Weekly talking about the phrase, “I wrote a thing.” I’m guilty of this and have been working hard to break this habit: I suspect that it’s gendered, and I wrote a thing is born of women being told, overtly and implicitly, that our stories do not matter—not the stories we write, which are still not reviewed as frequently or taken as seriously as men’s books, and not the stories we tell, which are still too often met with skepticism and shrugs. Even as a feminist, a mother trying to raise self-confident girls, and an author who’s spent years speaking out about these issues; even after publishing 12 novels and umpteen essays; even after noticing, and cringing, whenever I see I wrote a thing, I find it hard not to use the phrase myself. Judging from the number of women I see using…

Romantic Suspense, Lisa Kleypas, & More
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Articles / May 29, 2019

Romancing the Duke RECOMMENDED: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare is $2.99! This is the first book in the Castles Ever After historical romance series. Sarah reviewed it and gave it a B+: I think this is a truly unique historical that will appeal to readers who aren’t often historical fans. This story captures both a distant time period, and the present day, reflecting it in the characters – with a story and a parallel set of references beside it that grow together until the meaning of both is intertwined and layered into something I haven’t read before. This is a romance that is also a little bit about the community around romance, and all the many, many people who believe in it and have their fondness for it in common. In the first in Tessa Dare’s captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . . As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one. Ugly…

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
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Articles / May 29, 2019

B+ I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn May 28, 2019 · Scholastic Press Young Adult I Love You So Mochi is an adorable YA with a romance in it, although it’s more of a coming of age story than a romance novel. In this book, Kimi, a Japanese-American high school senior, visits Japan to Find Herself. In the process she connects with her Japanese grandparents, meets A BOY, sees cool stuff, makes things, and eats fantastic food. Kimi is a likeable and engaging heroine, everything is gorgeous, and now I’m hungry and want to go to Japan. If this was the book’s goal, it has succeeded. The set up is that Kimi’s mom was born in Japan, and Kimi’s father is a fourth-generation Japanese American. Kimi knows her father’s family and has heard their stories about internment during WWII and other challenges they faced. However, Kimi’s mother defied her own parents when she married someone who was born in America as opposed to someone born in Japan. Consequently, Kimi has never met her maternal grandparents. Kimi’s mom is a painter who sacrificed for years before she was finally able to turn her full attention to painting. She expects Kimi…

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Articles / May 28, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 352. Live From BookLovers Con: Cards Against Romance Tropes, and Other Appropriate Topics has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →