Doggust, Lizzo, & More
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Articles / August 7, 2019

Hey there! Welcome to Wednesday Links! It’s pretty self-explanatory: we link some things and it’s Wednesday. Sometimes the things are informative. Sometimes they’re silly. Or maybe even just plain weird. I think it’s a reminder to take some time for yourself this afternoon. If you’re like me, there are times when you need a little nudge to take a break. … A Circe adaptation may be coming to HBO! It looks like the series will be on HBO Max, which I have no idea what that is. Please don’t tell me it’s yet another streaming package. … Olivia Waite, writing for The Seattle Review of Books, knocks it out of the park with the geographic gatekeeping of publishing. She also recommends romances with a geographic theme. If you aren’t following her column, you’re missing out! … Love dogs and art? Welcome to the Doggust hashtag! Each day of the month, artists are encouraged to draw a specific breed of dog. #Doggust starts now! A monthlong party where we celebrate the goodest of doggos in all the land! I love doggos. It’s my life long dream to have one. I’m sad I couldn’t include all of them in the list but there…

Dragons, Grizzlies, & More
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Articles / August 7, 2019

Year One Year One by Nora Roberts is $2.99! Though the book is by Nora dang Roberts, this is more scifi/fantasy than a romance, at least in this one. The beginning is mysterious and hooked me in, but I quickly grew bored. However, Elyse loves this series, so your mileage may vary. It began on New Year’s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on…

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Articles / August 7, 2019

It’s the start of a new ad cycle and the final weeks of summer, so if you have a new book, a boxed set, a new business, a discount, or a fabulous opportunity to work with you, and you’d like to promote it, I hope you’ll consider enquiring about our advertisement availability. Basically, if you want to promote the heck out of something, we can help you out. The site survives in part because of advertisements from and for this community, so thank you in advance for your support! What’s open? Glad you asked! What’s available? Newsletters! A new space at the top of our Smart Bitches Daily newsletter! More newsletters! Placement in the Books on Sale newsletter and roundup page. Desktop and mobile advertisement for week-long and month-long bookings starting at $80. For-every-budget spots that start at $50. Email me with your budget target and I can craft you a proposal.  What are the most popular options? One of the most popular options is the $50 space. If you’re looking for advertisement options and promotional opportunities on a budget, the $50 For Every Budget Space might be an ideal fit for you. The For Every Budget Ads display on long pages, such as: The main page…

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow
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Articles / August 7, 2019

B+ A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow 1992 · Berkley Mystery/Thriller TW/CW for series: murder, abuse, domestic violence, animal abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse. Reading Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone was the spark to my powder keg. The inferno it produced could only be fed with books that featured that same kind of enigmatic female protagonists. As an ardent fan of Killing Eve, I thought it was the protagonist’s psychopathy in Stone’s book which made Jane so compelling, but reading Maestra by L. S. Hilton showed me how wrong I was on that count. Then began a – largely disastrous – deep dive into Amazon, seeking out women who were first and foremost independent agents: they make choices based on their own internal moral compass and are not swayed by external pressures. Yet, they can be soft and flawed and deeply human. In Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak, I found someone confident, unapologetic and unashamed. Kate Shugak is an Aleut woman in her early thirties living on an inherited homestead in Alaska on the outskirts of Niniltna, which is itself on the edge of “The Park” – a massive tract of land with nary a tourist to be…