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Articles / November 30, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 379. Dystopian Futures, Burnout, and More with Alyssa Cole has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
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Articles / November 30, 2019

A- The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle September 25, 2012 · HMH Books for Young Readers Horror The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle is a YA horror novel set in the Amish community, and it’s one of the most genuinely frightening books I’ve read in a long time. It’s far more scary than some adult horror novels I’ve read, and it doesn’t rely on themes like sexual violence or violence against children to be frightening. It’s also incredibly well-executed and uses the choice of setting (a small Amish community) to amplify the terror in a way that’s both unique and effective. I want to warn readers that this book is the first book in a duology, and while it doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, you will need to read the second book to get resolution. I’ve got it downloaded and ready to go, but haven’t started it yet. The novel follows Katie, a young Amish woman who has reached the age when she can go on Rumspringa, a period of time when young Amish adults can go and live in the “outside” world and determine if they want to leave the community or become baptized into the church. Katie…

379. Dystopian Futures, Burnout, and More with Alyssa Cole
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Articles / November 29, 2019

This week’s theme is: “This is fiction and it’s not far from reality.” If you’re queuing up podcasts for travel journeys, I hope you’ll add this one, as it’s immediately one of my favorites. Alyssa Cole and I start off talking about her Audible Original, The AI Who Loved Me, which releases December 3, 2019, and the many things she put in her imaginary near future that are now coming true. We also talk a lot about burnout, the costs of working too much, gentrification, her upcoming action-thriller-romantic-comedy, and overcoming hesitation to promote your own work. There are some thoughtful, weighty topics in this episode, but we also laugh so much, and I hope this conversation is as uplifting and inspiring for you as it was for me. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com You can subscribe to Smart Podcast, Trashy Books at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you catch your favorite shows! Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: You can find Alyssa Cole on her website, on Twitter, and on Instagram. During the episode, she also mentioned Yin Yoga, and here are two of her favorite channels: The Yoga Ranger Studio…

Highlanders, Shifters, & More
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Articles / November 28, 2019

The Proposal The Proposal by Mary Balogh is $2.99! This is the first book in her Survivor’s Club series, which is a favorite amongst the Bitchery. Readers loved the hero, Hugo, but I will admit I’ve never read a Balogh that I wasn’t “meh” about. Balogh fans, what do you love about her books? In Mary Balogh’s engaging and seductive new novel of drama and romance, a woman comfortable in her solitude allows temptation to free her heart, when a daring war hero shows her how truly extraordinary she is. THE PROPOSAL Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy, especially since a freak accident took her husband much too soon. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her. Hugo never intends to kiss Lady Muir, and frankly, he judges her to be a spoiled, frivolous–if beautiful–aristocrat. He is a gentleman in name only: a soldier whose bravery earned him a title; a merchant’s son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but…

The Rec League: Books in Our Holiday Stress Kit
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Articles / November 28, 2019

This idea came from one of our new reviewers, Lara! We thought it was so great that it deserved a Rec League! Lara: What about a mash-up of a book first aid kit and the holidays. For example, if you don’t enjoy holidays and would like a December romance that has nothing to do with family, then read: X. What’s in your “book first aid kit” (no more than 1 or 2 books per person) for upcoming holiday stress? Sarah: I love this question. For a holiday novella, Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey, ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) and for a novel, not a holiday one, I can re-read Act Like It by Lucy Parker any time, any place. And I’m embarrassed to say, my own writing works on me, and I’ve re-read my own novella a few times ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) when I needed something soothing. But then, I wrote my own catnip on purpose so I’m glad it worked! SORRY THAT WAS THREE so feel free to leave off my own recommendation of myself! A | BN | K | AB Amanda: I HATE…

Links: Hamsters, Costume Pr0n, & More
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Articles / November 27, 2019

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s tomorrow. What?! How did that happen? SBTB hopes you’re able to celebrate with people who love and appreciate you, whether it’s family, friends, and/or your adorable pet. Enjoy your food comas! … Just in time for tomorrow, Frolic Media has a trio of romance novellas set during Thanksgiving. Why should Christmas get all the love? … If you’re a big ol’ nerd like I am and you were obsessed with Cardcaptor Sakura, you need this Guardian of the Clow bottle opener in your life. The Kickstarter has a little more than 3 days left to go! … Elyse showed us this hilarious missing hamster mystery last night on the SBTB Slack. It’s so cute and, don’t worry, it has a happy ending! my dad took over my hamster once i went back to college and ended up getting really attached and today he escaped and this goes to prove how truly pure my father is pic.twitter.com/JmTJl6jFBI — Steph Veerman (@stephyj725) November 25, 2019 … No, you’re not imagining it. The Trader Joe’s parking lot really is trying to kill you. … If you love to look at gorgeous costumes, check out this Instagram for designer…

$2.99 Books on Sale
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Articles / November 27, 2019

Wrecked Wrecked by Shiloh Walker is $2.99! This is a contemporary romance about two former child stars. Sarah reviewed this book and gave it a B-: I was rooting for their relationship to change, and I was rooting for them both. Wrecked is a sweet and sexy story that, despite some repetitive flaws, was charming and fun to read. In the nineties, Abigale Applegate and Zach Barnes were the most beloved sitcom child stars in the world. Then they grew up and left Hollywood behind… Whatever happened to Abigale Applegate? She’s been wondering the same thing. With her Hollywood dreams long gone, Abigale now has a nice, neat, uncomplicated life—until the day her perfect fiancé needs to talk. Dumped, a little more than shattered, and totally confused, Abigale turns to Zach, her best friend since forever, to help her pick up the pieces. He does it with a gift—a copy of Wreck This Journal. She can vent her frustrations, and sketch out a new plan. Zach just hopes he’s part of it. Because he’s been in love with Abigale his entire life. When the journal falls into Zach’s hands, he discovers Abigale wants a new man. And fast. Nothing more than a hot distraction….

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
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Articles / November 27, 2019

B Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters December 3, 2019 · G.P. Putnam’s Sons Chick LitContemporary Romance I was raised on classic rom-coms like One Fine Day and While You Were Sleeping (which I will never rewatch as I fear they’ve not aged well) and for each new outing of a tried and true trope, I continue to be there, first in line. So my appreciation for the trope is as much nature as it is nurture. As a result, I am delighted to report that this book has SO MANY OF THE TROPES, but its specialty is my personal favourite: the meet-cute. Evie Summers – both star and narrator – is the assistant to Monty – sole agent at the eponymous William Jonathan Montgomery & Sons Agency for Screenwriters (a name as poncy as its owner). She’s been there for seven long years and has yet to be promoted to ‘agent’. Evie’s dream had been to be a screenwriter, but when her Dad died, she lost all confidence. Her friends, known by the delightful acronym JEMS (Jeremy, Evie, Maria and Sarah), know Evie is destined for more than fetching Monty’s dry-cleaning but they also know that she is…

HaBO: Time Traveling Heroine Believed to Be a Spy for Napoleon
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Articles / November 26, 2019

This HaBO request is from Maria, who is looking for this time travel romance: The hero is a man who lost his memory and was adopted by a nobleman. He never recovered his memory and now works for the English Crown, catching French spies during the Napoleonic Wars. The heroine was founded almost drowned on the beach of the same nobleman who adopted the hero, and the nobleman helps her. The hero suspects the heroine could be a spy for Napoleon. At the end, the hero discovered that he has travelled in time like heroine. The hero gives his name as James Bond, because it’s the only thing he remembers from his time. Who knows this one? I feel like we had a “James Bond” HaBO previously.

Jane Eyre, Meg Cabot, & More
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Articles / November 26, 2019

Wilde in Love Wilde in Love by Eloisa James is $1.99! This is the first book in The Wildes of Lindow Castle. Some readers DNF-ed this on Goodreads citing lack of chemistry between the characters or boredom. However, other fans of James  were excited about this new series. Which camp are you in? Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche. Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper. Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle. But a spirited woman like Willa…