Jennifer Crusie, Historical Romance, & More
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Articles / November 10, 2019

The Five The Five by Hallie Rubenhold is $2.99 at Amazon! This may be a leftover KDD from the week that’s going to expire soon. Elyse was incredibly excited about this one and mentioned is a few times on the site podcast. I swore she wrote a review, but I think I’m confusing this one with another book about Jack the Ripper. Miscast in the media for nearly 130 years, the victims of Jack the Ripper finally get their full stories told in this eye-opening and chilling reminder that life for middle-class women in Victorian London could be full of social pitfalls and peril. The “canonical five” women murdered by Jack the Ripper have always been dismissed as society’s waste, their stories passed down to us wrapped in a package of Victorian assumptions and prejudice. But social historian Hallie Rubenhold sets the record straight in The Five. In reality, only two of the victims were prostitutes, and Rubenhold has uncovered entirely new research about them all–in some cases, material no one has ever seen before. The Five tells for the first time the true stories of these fascinating women. It delves into the Victorian experience of poverty, homelessness, and alcoholism, but also motherhood, childbirth,…

Podcast 376, Your Transcript is Ready!
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Articles / November 10, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 376. A Conspiracy of Deadline Cakes: Live at Loyalty Books with Sherry Thomas! has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Elyse’s Knitting: Advent Knitting
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Articles / November 10, 2019

Last Christmas, I saw a meme that said “It’s the time of year when I put away my regular anxiety and take out my fancy holiday anxiety,” and, man, do I feel that. The holidays are always a challenging time of year for me (and a lot of other people). The season can come with a lot of obligations (family, social, work, school) and it’s easy to get burned out. For the past few years I’ve treated myself to a holiday advent calendar as a way to make sure I take some time each day to take care of myself. A knitting advent calendar, and there are many, sometimes contains all the items necessary to make a project one day at a time or might contain items or tools that are useful to a specific craft. They can be twelve or twenty-four days long depending on what you buy. One of the most popular advent calendars, and the one I get every year, is by Jimmy Beans Wool. They offer a knit version and a crochet version. Each calendar is 24 days long and contains all the items needed to create a shawl or wrap. There’s a photo of the…

Ad Interaction Survey
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Articles / November 10, 2019

It’s time to begin the bookings for 2020 advertisement here at the Pink Palace, and to make the entire site function most optimally for everyone, I wanted to ask for a few moments of your time as a visitor and member of the Bitchery. Below is a short Ad Interaction Survey, and if you’d take a moment to tell us about your experiences as a reader and book shopper with the ads here at SBTB, I’d very much appreciate your input and your opinion. The site survives as an independent outlet for romance review and discussion in part because of the support of advertisers in our sidebar, and when someone books an ad, they deal with me directly, as I run the server itself and oversee all input and output. Over the years, many of you have taught one another how to whitelist the ads,  and have contacted me privately to ask about books you’d seen advertised, or to tell me that a banner was particularly effective. That information is so very helpful. If you have a few moments to tell me about your experience with the ads here, it would help me tremendously. Thank you for being here, and…