Tuesday, July 16th, 8pm ET: I’ll be Live on Vokl’s Behind the Podcast!
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Articles / July 11, 2019

Tuesday, July 16th at 8pm ET, I’ll be interviewed on GetVokl’s Behind the Podcast, answering questions about podcasting and, well, whatever else they ask me. I’m in the first half hour, and then host Adamo Barbieri will be interviewing Zibby Owens from the “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books” podcast. Then there’s a live Q&A, so if you’ve got questions, you can ask! This is video, too, so you can get a peek at the cover art on my office walls, while I ponder which lipstick and which primer to go with prior to airtime. Thanks to Amanda, I have a fairly robust collection of matte lipsticks that I love a whole lot. I hope you’ll tune in! You can watch live at 8pm ET on July 16th at GetVokl.com. See you then!

Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, & More
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Articles / July 11, 2019

Whiskey Beach RECOMMENDED: Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts is $1.99! This is a standalone romantic suspense. I know Elyse frequently turns to Roberts’ books for comfort or to help get out of a slump. However, some found this book rather boring and wouldn’t recommend the audio version. Have you read this one? For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore – and its secrets. To summer tourists, it’s the crown jewel of the town’s stunning scenery. To the residents of Whiskey Beach, it’s landmark and legend. To Eli Landon, it’s home… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigation after being accused of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife. And though there was never enough evidence to have him arrested, his reputation is in tatters as well as his soul. He need sanctuary. He needs Bluff House. While Eli’s beloved grandmother is in Boston, recuperating from a nasty fall, Abra Walsh has cared for Bluff House, among her other jobs as yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist. She is a woman with an open heart and a wide embrace, and no one is safe from her special, some…

Elyse Watches The Bachelorette–S15 E09: Awkward Family Dinners
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Articles / July 11, 2019

This week is Hometowns, the episode where Hannah travels to the hometowns of Luke, Tyler C, Jed, and Peter in order to meet their families. This is always the worst episode of the season for me because the contestants drag their families into this nonsense and it’s always awkward as hell. We start off in Westlake Village, CA, which is Peter’s hometown. Peter picks her up in his car, which is refers to as his “baby.” As they drive Hannah immediately starts going through his center console and pulls out a condom. Peter looks embarrassed. Then they pull into an airport and he takes her flying. After they go to Peter’s parents’ house and have dinner. Privately, Peter tells his mom that he’s in love with Hannah, but hasn’t told her yet. Both Peter’s parents cry because they’re so happy he’s in love. Before she leaves, Peter tells Hannah he’s in love with her. Next up we go to Tyler’s hometown of Jupiter, FL. They go out on a boat ride and spend some time making out in the water. Tyler  shows her the house he grew up in and tells her that his family lost it in the Recession,…

The Rec League: Short Hair, Don’t Care
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Articles / July 11, 2019

We have a Rec League from Ruby! Ruby wants more heroines with short hair or “alternative hairstyles.” Kia ora, ladies of SBTB! I would love to see a rec league post on books that feature heroines with short or ‘alternative’ hairstyles. I’m a wahine who has had various permutations of short hair since I first cut it off at age 11 and currently sport a magnificent undercut. I rarely see heroines who look like me or my friends in romance novels. I would really appreciate any recs for books that feature ladies who rock literally anything other than long hair – short, shaved, pixie cuts, undercuts, weird short choppy bobs, a mullet they cut in their own bathroom, anything! (excluding long hair that is dyed an unnatural colour.) A | BN | K | AB Amanda: There are the heroines on the covers of 99 Perfect Mine by Sally Thorne and Small Change by Roan Parrish. Sarah: You’ll never guess: I can recall the cover art but not the title. I think the heroine of Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas ( A | K | G | AB | Au ) has short hair. Amanda – wasn’t there a…