Links: Wildlife, an Update, & More
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Articles / October 16, 2019

It’s that time again, where we cobble together some weird, wonderful, and interesting links from around the internet. I’m kind of excited about this week’s post because it has lots of great animal photos, which I need right now. We also have an update from a link posted last week. Oh and of course, there are book recs. … If you enjoy speculative fiction, here are five Indigenous/First Nations authors you should try! The list was put together by Rebecca Roanhorse, whose urban fantasy books I love. … Kate Clayborn wrote a thoughtful essay on “natural” beauty and cosmetic surgery in romance. If you’re looking for romances with positive portrayals of characters who have chosen cosmetic surgery, you may find some in this Rec League. … Sarah: Rothy’s must be determined to charm me each quarter because after releasing a bootie version of their woven shoe, this month they’ve released a whole line of shoes made of merino wool – which I *love.* I have merino wool travel clothing I adore because it washes so well (including in a hotel sink). I’m sort of helpless in the face of the new shoe collection. Whoo, they are not cheap, but wow,…

Enemies to Lovers, Horror, & More
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Articles / October 16, 2019

Moon Called RECOMMENDED: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs is $1.99! This is the first book in the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series and I really loved this book. Admittedly, I’m not caught up in the series and have only read the first three or four books, so maybe someone can add some thoughts on how the series unfolds, whether good or bad. Many people love the heroine because she’s a bit of a badass. However, some people feel like the first book is a little slow. Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water… Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       Love…

What Should I Ask Christina Lauren?
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Articles / October 16, 2019

[book aside slug=”twice-in-a-blue-moon”] I’ll be in conversation with Christina Lauren discussing their new book, Twice in a Blue Moon, on October 23 at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA!    I’ve been making notes and drafting questions (mmm, trigonometry) but I love hearing what you’d like to know, too. So if you have a suggestion or a question you’d like me to ask Christina Lauren next week, please drop it in the form below? You can fill in ideas as many times as you wish. And if you’re planning to attend, YAY! See you next week! Got questions? Drop them here! I welcome your ideas! To what name should I credit this question? Screen names are fine, of course! Phone Submit

Out of the Ashes by MJ James
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Articles / October 16, 2019

D Out of the Ashes by M.J. James September 23, 2019 · NineStar Press Contemporary RomanceLGBTQIAMystery/ThrillerRomantic SuspenseRomance Caution warnings: Show Spoiler abusive family members, references to infidelity and attempted suicide, drugging, kidnapping, poor depiction of mental health issues. In MJ James’ debut Out of the Ashes, Alex Porter loses everything when the bookshop that he rebelled against his wealthy family to build goes up in flames. His overbearing mother insists that a fire marshall be called for, so Matt Fields has to drop everything and devote himself to the case, and Alex. I wanted to like Out of the Ashes. Queer mysteries are my wheelhouse, and I’m always looking for new authors! The initial introduction of characters and problems hung together well, and the story was fast-paced enough that I burned through it in a day. Unfortunately, I still had several problems with it. Most of my problems are with the writing and editing, with the caveat that I read an ARC sent to me by NineStar Press so some of these problems may have been fixed. There are many errors, like references to conversations that never happened, an arson charge that disappears, or the core belief of one character…

Stuff We Like October: Seasonal Cross Stitching!
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Articles / October 16, 2019

It’s time for another edition of Stuff We Like! This month, I’m sharing the cross stitch and embroidery patterns I’m coveting that are all about the changing fall season. Want to see?Just click that image above or click right here, and come shop with us! And if you’d like to browse some more, we have a complete Stuff We Like archive, including past Gift Guides and other posts of our favorite items.