Links: American Girl Dolls, Dancing, & More
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Articles / November 20, 2019

Happy Wednesday! In New England, we’ve already had snow. I’ve lived here seven years and this is the earliest I’ve seen it, and I am definitely not ready. Who else is dealing unpleasant winter temps already? … Check out this cool event happening at Love’s Sweet Arrow on December 7th! There will be an author chat, a cookie swap, and romance bingo. … Christine Blasey Ford received the ACLU Courage Award recently. Jezebel has a good write up of the event and a video of Blasey Ford’s speech. … Enjoy these photos of men with their lovely cats! I believe the photographer has produced a coffee table book with the photos, and may make a great gift for someone for holidays. … As an avid podcast listen, I was surprised to learn there’s a podcast, hosted by two historians, that examines the American Girl dolls and books. Well, sign me up! … I saw this yesterday and I cannot stop watching it. It’s literally the sweetest thing. I have been introduced to #FlirtyDancing—a blind date show where two people learn a dance separately and then must perform it upon meeting each other—and now I’m RUINED. pic.twitter.com/UnLDX7IpRK — Justin Kirkland (@justinkirkland4)…

Second Chance Romance, Annabeth Albert, & More
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Articles / November 20, 2019

Deadly Strain Deadly Strain by Julie Rowe is $1.99! This book was recommended on two podcasts: one with Sassy Outwater and one with Reader Meka. It’s romantic suspense with a bioterrorism angle and while readers loved the non-stop action, some wished there was more focus on the romance. It has a 3.9-star rating on Goodreads. Major Grace Samuels, a trauma surgeon deployed to Afghanistan, spends her life helping her fellow soldiers overcome disease and combat injuries. But her own wounds are harder to heal. Wracked with guilt over the death of a fellow soldier, she finds comfort in her only friend and appointed bodyguard, weapons sergeant Jacob “Sharp” Foster. Sharp feels more for Grace than a soldier should, more than he wants to admit. When the team discovers a new, quick-to-kill strain of Anthrax, he tries to focus on the mission to find its source. He knows he can help Grace defeat her demons, but first they must defeat the deadly outbreak. Sharp is Grace’s most loyal ally, but in close quarters, he starts to feel like more. She can’t watch someone else she cares about die—but she might not have a choice. The closer they get to finding the source of the strain,…

2019 SBTB Gift Guide: Amanda’s Wishlist of Wild Weirdness
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Articles / November 20, 2019

It’s time for the newest edition of the 2019 Smart Bitches Gift Guide! This week? I’m in charge! We love doing our annual gift guides, especially this latest edition. Want to see the wild wishlist? 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.

The Princess Plan by Julia London
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Articles / November 20, 2019

B- The Princess Plan by Julia London November 19, 2019 · HQN Books Historical: EuropeanRomance I am but a simple woman. Give me even the slightest whiff of antagonism between characters and I am there with all the bells on my person. The Princess Plan delivers on snarky banter as a form of foreplay between two main characters that I really enjoyed. However, there are a few things that kept me from feeling satisfied in the romance department. The two princes of the fictional kingdom of Alucia are in England to 1) negotiate a trade deal and 2) find a wife for crown prince, Sebastian, for the purpose of popping out heirs. When Sebatian’s right hand man and BFF of the last seventeen years is found murdered after a fancy masquerade ball, it sends all sorts of political relationships into turmoil. To make matters worse, Sebastian is disheartened by the lack of progress by the authorities and is growing increasingly irritated by a well-known gazette printing potentially harmful rumors. I’m sure you can imagine his haughty princely surprise when he realizes the person in charge of supplying rumors to the gazette is Miss Eliza Tricklebank: a mouthy, clock-repairing spinster and…