Sarah’s in the Washington Post with a 2019 Best of Romance!
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Articles / November 21, 2019

I was asked to write up a Best of 2019 Romance list for The Washington Post books section, and it’s live! Eeee! Picking six was difficult – initially the total requested number was lower but I had to include a  book for as many different types of readers and fans as I could. Have a peek at the article to see the list! But wait, this is the most exciting part:   HOLY SMOKES! Would you check out that embroidery art for the image?! I’m running out of font styles to convey my excitement. Look how gorgeous it is! As per the caption, the embroidered illustration was created by artist Sarah K. Benning, and you can follow her on Instagram and buy her work online, and order kits to make your own, too! Thank you to Stephanie Merry at The Washington Post for as-always fabulous editing, and for asking me to be part of the end of year round up. Yay for more romance for everyone!  

Archaeologists, Contemporary Romance, & More
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Articles / November 21, 2019

Shades of Wicked Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost is $1.99! This is the first book in the Night Rebel series, which is a spin-off of Frost’s Night Huntress series. I read this one and I found it to be a lot of fun. The opening scene is quite…memorable. However, as someone who never got into the Night Huntress series, I’ll admit there’s a learning curve with understanding the world-building. I also made a cocktail for this one! In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match! The Rule Breaker Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long. The Law Maker Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they…

Hex Wives by Ben Blacker & Mirka Andolfo
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Articles / November 21, 2019

B Hex Wives by Ben Blacker October 29, 2019 · Vertigo Graphic Novel Damn, y’all, Hex Wives is not here to play. This is a graphic novel (a collection of Hex Wives #1-6) about some seriously angry women and I am HERE for it. Only problem is, it ends just as things are really getting good. Our story begins in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 as a coven of witches (all women, and led by lovers Nadiya and Isadora) battles a group of men known as The Architects. As the battles continue from place to place and year to year through 2005, we learn that these witches are bonded through time. Their magic is powered by blood, so the more they kill and the more they are wounded (up to a point) the more powerful they become. They can be killed, but when they die they are born again, reunite with each other as teens or adults, and go right back to the fight. Because they reincarnate, the women are essentially immortal, and the more time they spend around each other, the stronger they are. As one of the Architects bitterly states, “They are stronger together.” At last one of the…

Fire & Ice by Rachel Spangler
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Articles / November 21, 2019

B Fire & Ice by Rachel Spangler October 15, 2019 · Bywater Books Contemporary RomanceLGBTQIARomance CW Cheating I mentioned in my review of Edge of Glory that I love sports romances, despite having zero interest in any sport in real life. Even so, I was a little skeptical when I saw that Rachel Spangler’s latest takes place in the world of curling because, well, it’s curling… (Yes, I know, I’m a bad Canadian. Please don’t take my citizenship away.) I was pleasantly surprised by Fire & Ice, though, and I’m glad I read it, even if I had a hard time sympathizing with one of the leads. It wasn’t too long ago that Max Lauren was at the top of the sports reporting game, but after being at the center of a scandal (more on that below), she’s lucky to get assigned to curling coverage. Max doesn’t know the first thing about curling and doesn’t bother to remedy that before showing up with a chip on her shoulder and acting like a horse’s ass in front of the team she’s been sent to cover. When Callie Mulligan, the team’s skip (captain), tries to explain the basics, Max is flat-out rude…