Links: Dune, Emails, & More
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Articles / June 12, 2019

Settle in for some Wednesday Links! I feel like it’s a been a slow “cool things on the Internet” week, or maybe I’ve just been traveling too much to keep up. It could also been both! Both is a very real possibility. Thankfully, I get a break from traveling until the end of July for RWA. … Harlequin has established Harlequin Studios, which aims to adapt their titles for TV and film. Because Harlequin has its headquarters based in Canada, they already have a deal with CTV. Not sure what this means for content coming to the U.S. … Warner Bros. will be launching its own streaming service and one of the productions on their list is Dune: The Sisterhood and will focus on the Bene Gesserit. Director Denis Villeneuve who did Arrival will be directing the pilot. He’s also the director for the upcoming Dune adaptation. … The 2020 Olympics are being held in Japan and a lovely group of artists have personified world flags in anticipation. There’s also a hashtag on Twitter for more people to contribute fanart. … I found these email tips to be incredibly helpful! It has some great alternatives for commonly used email phrases like “just wanted to check in” and…

Cowboys, Romantic Suspense, & More
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Articles / June 12, 2019

The Ones Who Got Away RECOMMENDED: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren is $1.99! This romance came out last year and I really enjoyed it and its portrayal of people living with trauma. I gave it a B+, but as it deals with victims of gun violence, I completely understand why readers may want to avoid it. If the subject matter doesn’t scare you off and your catnip is friends to lovers, slow burn-y goodness, The Ones Who Got Away is highly worth the read. It’s been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away. Liv Arias thought she’d never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs… Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       The Untouchable Earl The Untouchable Earl by Amy Sandas is $1.99! This is a historical romance…

Guest Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
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Articles / June 12, 2019

A- The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary May 28, 2019 · Flatiron Contemporary RomanceRomance This guest review is from Lisa the Librarian: “Yes, I’m a librarian, and yes, being surrounded by books all day long is great. But it’s not “I-can-just-read-all-day” great as many people seem to assume. Oh, how I wish that were a thing! I would spend my days reading Regencies, funny contemporaries, cowboy romances, and all the other beautiful books I see every day. My favorite authors include Loretta Chase, Tessa Dare, Kristan Higgins, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julia Quinn, Jill Shalvis, and Maisey Yates.” … I’ve been wanting to read this book because I’ve been seeing good things about it everywhere. Kudos to O’Leary’s marketing team for that, especially since this is a debut. Also kudos on the tagline/premise: “Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.” Londoner Leon Twome is a palliative care nurse who needs money to help pay for legal help for his brother, Richie, who has been wrongly imprisoned for armed robbery. Leon is working night shifts because they pay more and therefore his flat is free during the evenings and nights. He stays with his…

The Chai Factor by Farah Heron
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Articles / June 12, 2019

A- The Chai Factor by Farah Heron June 11, 2019 · HarperCollins Publisher Contemporary RomanceRomance I started reading The Chai Factor with the expectation of a frothy, funny, and light-hearted rom-com. The blurb promised a barbershop quartet, after all! By the time I finished, I knew that I was both right and wrong. It’s a rom-com in every sense of the word: disastrous meet-cute (or a meet-disaster), comic and endearing secondary characters, witty and laughter-inducing dialogue, swoonworthy moments, and a well-earned happily after. TW/CW: It also deals with serious topics such as Islamophobia (actions and words, the latter directed toward a child), homophobia within Amira’s Ismaili community, street harassment, racism/sexism in the workplace, and eating disorders. The Chai Factor is simultaneously endearing and heart-wrenching, and I wholeheartedly recommend Farah Heron’s debut. Amira Khan does not have time for distractions: she’s almost done with her grad-school thesis in engineering and has come home so that she can escape the noisy and busy campus. Yes, she’s just had an irritating and antagonistic encounter with a red-headed, bearded, and sexy flannel-wearing lumberjack on the train home. But that’s in past: all she wants is a quiet few weeks in her grandmother’s basement in…