HaBO: Heroine Has Met Florence Nightingale
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Articles / August 6, 2019

This HaBO request comes from Ashley, who is searching for this historical romance: The book (I think set in England, not modern but do not remember the exact time) begins with a midwife showing up to a manor where a woman named Anne is giving birth. Anne ends up dying; Anne’s husband is there. While the midwife is leaving she meets the husband’s brother (who owns the manor I think) and faints. She ends up marrying him at some point. She also advocates (ahead of her time) that women should not wear corsets and I want to say she mentions meeting with Florence Nightingale at the end. I don’t remember much after that except there is some mystery thing happening and the lord of the manor is very moody. The lord of the manor is always moody.

Tonight at 8pm ET: Sarah Live on Vokl
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Articles / August 6, 2019

Tonight! August 6! At 8pm ET, I’ll be interviewed on GetVokl’s Behind the Podcast, answering questions about podcasting and whatever else they ask me. I’m in the first half hour, and then host Adamo Barbieri will be interviewing Melody from Heaving Bosoms! This is going to be fun. Then there’s a live Q&A, so if you’ve got questions, you can ask! Now, last time, I did all the professional makeup I could handle, and it was rescheduled at the very last minute. Let’s see if I can manage a decent job again, eh? Fingers and makeup brushes crossed for luck! You can watch live tonight at 8pm ET at GetVokl.com. See you then!

Survival Romance, a Fake Relationship, & More
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Articles / August 6, 2019

Three Dark Crowns RECOMMENDED: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is $1.99! Elyse reviewed this one, giving it an A: There are a couple of romances in the novel–one a love triangle but not an obnoxious one, and one that made my jaw literally drop. There’s sex too, but it happens off stage. The romances are secondary and serve to drive the plot, and aren’t the main focus of it. Three Dark Crowns is fun. It’s dark and twisted, it’s all about lady-power, and it’s got a heroine who wears a poisonous snake for a bracelet.  Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game…

HaBO: A Billionaire, a Secret Baby, and a Baker
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Articles / August 6, 2019

This HaBO is from Katie, who was inspired to find this book after our Category Romance Rec League: The category romance rec league reminded me of a sample I read a long time ago, and I can’t remember the title or author. Google was not helpful, especially since I didn’t actually read the book. Now it’s driving me crazy. I’m kind of curious about trying category romance, but even if I never read this, it will bother me if I don’t remember it. I don’t think it’s that old, probably within the last 10 years, because I think I was out of college when I ran across it. The hero is a rich guy (not sure if he’s a billionaire) who slept with the heroine and then stayed away from her because he didn’t want a serious relationship, and he really liked her and was worried it would get serious. I think she’s some sort of baker, possibly of cupcakes, or maybe a caterer. There is a secret baby. The impression I got from the sample was she tried to get in touch with him by phone and email to meet, but he never answered her (see above re: fear…