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Articles / October 30, 2019

Too Hard to Forget Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey is $1.99! This is the third book in the Romancing the Clarksons series, but it can be read on its own. I’m a Bailey fan, but this series wasn’t my favorite. There’s a forbidden relationship element that some people weren’t sold on, though many readers said the hero does an amaaaaazing grovel. It has 3.9-star rating on Goodreads. This time, she’s calling the shots. Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he’s been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy’s determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she’ll finally be able to move on. In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist. Add to Goodreads…

Links: Just Spooky Stuff
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Articles / October 30, 2019

Today is October 30th and the closet we can get to Halloween without Links actually being on Halloween. I have a shift at the bookstore today and tomorrow and we have Halloween events for both. If you’re curious about my costumes, today is a Hargas cult/commune member from the movie Midsommar (highly recommend!) and tomorrow is a Crystal Lake camp counselor. I’m still waiting on my flower crown to arrive for the former, but I have a backup Velma from Scooby Doo outfit from a couple years ago. … Authors are listing their favorite Halloween candies and favorite supernatural beings over at Frolic! What are yours? I think Reese’s and the fae might be my choices. … One of my favorite things about the spooky season is Jezebel‘s scary story contest. Seriously, I’ve read some truly frightening things from this feature. … Kate Racculia (who writes some great, fun mysteries including the latest Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, which has some major Clue and The Westing Game vibes!) has a lovely tribute to the rage and power of teen witches in media. Man, those characters were so formative for me as a young Amanda. … Sarah: I’ve been mentioning in links posts my attempts to purchase sustainable or…

2019 SBTB Gift Guide: Wine, Books, and S’mores!
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Articles / October 30, 2019

It’s time for the 2019 Smart Bitches Gift Guide! I’m sharing the first collection of holiday gift ideas and wishlist items of 2019! Basically I go shopping with all of you in mind. 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.

A Snowy Little Christmas by Fern Michaels, Tara Sheets, and Kate Clayborn
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Articles / October 30, 2019

C A Snowy Little Christmas by Fern Michaels October 29, 2019 · Zebra Books Contemporary RomanceNovellaRomance I adore Christmas, which might seem odd considering my family doesn’t celebrate the holiday. I have no connection to the religious aspect, but the reason I love Christmas so much is because I felt isolated and miserable when I first moved to the United States as a child. Seattle seemed gloomy, dark, and wet compared to Singapore, and I hated everything about the city. Until December, when the city suddenly transformed into a magical place with pretty lights, irresistible music, and mouthwatering treats (I love peppermint and gingerbread. I don’t know why everyone gets so excited about pumpkin spice lattes when the Starbucks holiday drinks menu is clearly superior). The holiday, despite how commercialized it is, still inspires fuzzy and nostalgic feelings about being the first thing that I loved about the U.S. It comes as no surprise, then, that I start reading Christmas novellas in July. The holiday is a terrific setting in romance: It can summon grief or happiness (depending on who is or isn’t around to celebrate) It brings out the worst (and best!) in family (meddling relatives are a balm…