Links: Dragons, Retirement Plans, & More
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Articles / July 10, 2019

Welcome back to Wednesday Links! This is where we share awesome things we’ve seen on the internet. It’s also a nice reminder to take a moment during your day for yourself. But hey, I’m not your dad. You can spend your afternoon break however you like. Just make good choices, as I say to my brother. WHO IS IN THAILAND RIGHT NOW LIVING HIS BEST LIFE. (not that I’m bitter.) … Shark Week is cool and everything, but did you know Tor is hosting a Dragon Week?! … Were you glued to the Women’s World Cup like I was? While all of the athletes played their hearts out, there are still several issues with how women’s soccer is positioned in the larger world of sports: It’s a tragedy that FIFA, the pompous and corrupt governing body of the sport, had to be pushed, kicking and screaming, into ever actually holding a World Cup for the women. The first official FIFA Women’s World Cup wasn’t held until 1991. Today, FIFA still offers the men’s World Cup $410 million more in prize money than it awards the Women’s World Cup — a gap that actually widened just last year. Perhaps I’m optimistic and this year’s exposure…

Historical Romance, Mythology, & More
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Articles / July 10, 2019

Next Year in Havana Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton is $1.99! This was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick and I’m so happy Reese is showing some attention to romance and romance-adjacent titles. This book has dual timelines: 2017 Miami and 1958 Havana. Have you read this one? After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution… Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest–until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary… Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own,…

Withings Coupon for SBTB Community!
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Articles / July 10, 2019

Last week we hosted a giveaway for three Withings tracker watches, which I adore in so many ways. And as promised, now that the winners have been announced, we have a special coupon just for you all! If you use coupon code SBTB20 at the Withings.com store, you’ll receive: 20% off your choice of the Steel, Steel HR , Steel HR Sport, and Pulse HR (Limited Editions, Sapphire Collection, and additional wristbands are not included) This coupon is only available to 100 people and will expire on 31 August 2019. The coupon is valid for North America, UK, and EU folks. FREE SHIPPING is included as well — woot! Thank you to Susie Felber and the crew at Withings. As I’ve said during our giveaways, I have a Steel HR, and I really, really like it, for a massive host of reasons. So if you’ve been thinking of getting one, this is a great opportunity!  

Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock
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Articles / July 10, 2019

C- Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock July 9, 2019 · MIRA Contemporary Romance I went into Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock expecting a celebrity romance with RPF (Real Person Fiction) overtones. I love celebrity romance and I could even overlook the fact that the hero’s name is Caspian Twiddleswich and that he looks a lot like a certain Sherlock star. This book is light on the romance, though, and reads a lot more like the novels I devoured in the early aughts that were frequently labeled “chick lit.” Crashing the A-List wasn’t what I was expecting, and as much as I liked the heroine and the parts of the story that focused on her relationship with her best friend, I was bummed at how weak the romance plot was. The book is told entirely from the POV of Clara Montgomery. Clara is having a little bit of a life crisis: she’s lost her job in publishing due to a buy-out and has burned through her savings. As a result she’s sleeping on her brother’s couch and having no luck finding a new job in her industry. To make a little extra cash, Clara takes a part time job…