Links: Alanis Morissette, Debut Novels, & More
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Articles / July 3, 2019

Hello there, Wednesday! Not sure if it’s because there’s a holiday tomorrow, but my sense of days has been really off. In the States, tomorrow is the Fourth of July. If you’re like me, you’re going to want to stay inside, blast some A/C, and watch the new season of Stranger Things. However, if you’re more like my boyfriend, you already have a tank top and shorts on, and you’re guarding the grill. … The RWA conference is at the end of this month and Sarah is running an event at The Strand bookstore during that time! There is an admission cost, but you get it back as a gift card to spend on books. … As if we need more books in our life, I’ve been obsessed with the 2020Debuts Twitter account and hashtags. It’s a great way to see which debut books are coming out next year and to get to know the authors. Congrats to all the 2020s! … One of my favorite people on the internet, Nicole Cliffe, profiled one of my favorite people in music, Alanis Morissette. Please be warned that the profile deals with childbirth and postpartum depression: There’s also the added layer of being…

Honey Badgers, Earls, & More
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Articles / July 3, 2019

Polaris Rising RECOMMENDED: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik is $1.99! This is a sci-fi romance that released earlier this year and I absolutely loved it. You can read my A- here: I am so incredibly happy that this book is in the world, especially after feeling like I’ve exhausted all my sci-fi romance options. Polaris Rising is exciting. It’s funny. It’s fan-fucking-tastic. My quibbles are minor in comparison to the joyful Good Book Noises I made while reading this. As the seventh of nine children, Ada von Hasenberg knows that her only value to House von Hasenberg is as a political pawn in an arranged marriage. But after watching two of her older sisters get auctioned off to horrible men, Ada refuses to play her part. She flees off-planet and disappears for two years. Ada’s father, fed up with her rebellion, offers a bounty for her safe return. The universe is a big place, but mercs are everywhere, and Ada is caught. With the merc ship full, she’s forced to share a cell with Marcus Loch, the Devil of Fornax Zero. Rumor has it he murdered every commanding officer who issued orders during the Fornax Rebellion. All anyone knows for sure…

Steampunk Darcy by Monica Fairview
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Articles / July 3, 2019

C- Steampunk Darcy by Monica Fairview January 11, 2014 · White Soup Press RomanceSteampunk Steampunk Darcy is a lot of fun and also kind of a mess. It never fully resolves the conflict between the two main characters. It has a weird ethical problem in terms of an automaton. It ends on a cliffhanger with no planned sequel. But it also has a poignant story about familial loss and responsibility, great sexual tension, clever use of Pride and Prejudice motifs, plausible conflicts, cool world building, and lots and lots of airships for steampunk fans to enjoy. The book takes place in the future, after extreme levels of environmental degradation have forced major changes in technology and society. At some point there was a regime called, without subtlety, The Repression. Seraphene’s family participated in a rebellion called The Uprising and as a result her father is dead, and her brother is missing. Her mother, who was arrested and then released, has dementia as a result of the drugs used on her during her imprisonment. The Uprising was successful but Seraphene prides herself on continuing to live on the edge of the law in an impoverished district. She works as an aviator…