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Articles / October 23, 2019

Hi, there! It’s Wednesday afternoon; do you know where your links are? (Hint: they’re right here.) There is only one more spooky week in October (the spookiest week!) and I refuse to believe it. I’m not ready for turkey comas and for the slow chill of winter to creep into my bones. However, I have no qualms about breaking out the down comforter a little early. … Illustrated covers are a divisive topic in romance right now (I love them! Many don’t.), but I enjoyed Goodreads’ write up on the design process for some recent titles. … Did you see the news?!  We’re now part of the Frolic Podcast Network, along with a dozen other shows. Nothing should change on the site end. You’ll still be able to find the podcast here every Friday. If you want to see what else the new network has to offer, you can find the roster here. … Are you a romance reader in the Baltimore area? Come Celebrate at The Tell-Tale Hearts Romance Book Swap and meet members of our new Romance Book Club this Friday, October 25 at 7pm at Charm City Books in Baltimore! Come hither all of you romance readers!…

Reminder! Event with Christina Lauren in Arlington Tonight!
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Articles / October 23, 2019

A | BN | K | AB Friendly, giddy reminder! I’ll be in conversation with Christina Lauren discussing their new book, Twice in a Blue Moon, tonight, October 23, at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA! Details and directions are on the Events page, and fun and shenanigans start at 7pm – and yes, I’ll be recording the event for future podcasting. Woo hoo! I hope to see you there!

Paranormal Romance, a Geeky Mystery, & More
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Articles / October 23, 2019

Wolf’s Mate Wolf’s Mate by Celia Kyle is $1.99! This paranormal romance is the first book in the Shifter Rogues series. I’m very curious about this one because both the hero and heroine are shifters AND the heroine has a day job as an accountant. Have you read this one? Danger shouldn’t be this sexy… Cougar shifter Abby Carter always plays it safe. That’s why she’s an accountant–no excitement, no danger, and no cocky alpha males. She loves her quiet life, but fate has other plans. When Abby uncovers the shady dealings of an anti-shifter organization, she’ll have to trust the too-sexy-for-her-peace-of-mind werewolf Declan Reed… or end up six feet under. Declan Reed is starting over. After two years with Shifter Operations Command, it’s time to put his past behind him. Now Declan is the only thing standing between the gorgeous Abby and an early grave, and if he’s going to have any chance of keeping her alive, he’ll have to embrace the darkness he’s fought to keep at bay. But first he has to convince Abby that there’s no safer place in the world than the arms of a big bad werewolf. Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find…

Hard Chrome by Vanessa North
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Articles / October 23, 2019

DNF Hard Chrome by Vanessa North October 21, 2019 · Carina Press Contemporary RomanceRomance Hard Chrome is a contemporary romance where a woman returns home after the death of her dad to take over his auto body shop. The shop also specializes in classic car restoration and repairs. Unfortunately, I realized early on this was going to be a perfect storm of “No thanks” due to rude and judgmental behavior from the protagonists that was offensive and reminded me too much of people I try to stay away from. That, plus the plot was similar to a romance that I had just finished in which heroine and her sisters are left to run their father’s business in a male-dominated industry. So yeah, I DNF-ed it pretty quickly and I don’t feel the least bad about it because my reading time is precious. Tanner Ellis is back in town to head up her father’s car shop, American Heavy Metal. She left her humble beginnings behind years ago, but is willing to help her father’s legacy get out of the red and back to its former glory. She has a sister who stuck around and who is totally on board with Tanner’s…

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon
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Articles / October 23, 2019

B+ Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon October 4, 2019 Romance Xeni was such a treat to read. When I heard this contemporary romance had a chubby Scot and an African-American witch, in a marriage arranged by a dead relative, I was all in. These characters felt realistic and like they could have been my friends, albeit the kind of friends who keep sneaking away to bone in the bathroom. Their romance was both completely absorbing and drama-free. It was like drinking an automatically re-filling glass of champagne; it’s super bubbly, enjoyable, and you never have to pause for a sadly empty glass. CW/TW for book miscarriage briefly mentioned in backstory Xeni is a Los Angeles kindergarten teacher, and practicing witch, from a vibrant family of opinionated women. She’s bisexual but hasn’t had much luck finding a lover who appreciates her. That doesn’t keep Xeni from recognizing how gorgeous, talented and goofy she is. When her favorite aunt, Sable, dies, Xeni heads to upstate New York to pack up her house alone. Aunt Sable’s relationship with her sisters was tumultuous; her solo career ended their Motown-esque band together and launched a multi-decade conflict. Everyone expects Xeni to inherit her house as the…