The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
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Articles / November 4, 2019

B- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern November 5, 2019 · Doubleday Science Fiction/Fantasy Is Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea the most anticipated sophomore novel of 2019? Based on the exhilarated book noises on my Twitter feed, the answer is yes. I was a high school freshman when The Night Circus came out and picked it up because it was on my library’s “new and exciting” shelf (thank you, awesome school librarians). I adored it — it was magical storytelling from start to finish. At the time, I made a mental note to purchase Morgenstern’s next work in a year’s time. Unfortunately for me, it would be eight years before the next book. After what seemed like eternity, I wondered if The Starless Sea could possibly live up to eight years of bubbling yet excruciating anticipation. Graduate student Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a mysterious and mishelved book in his university library collection. Bursting with interwoven tales of guardians, acolytes, and keepers by the starless sea, the book also contains an anecdote from Zachary’s childhood. As a young boy, he came across a magical door that called to him; wavering between the urges to tip over into the unknown or cling…

Books by Sarah J. Maas, Ella Quinn, & More
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Articles / November 3, 2019

Fortune Favors the Wicked RECOMMENDED: Fortune Favors the Wicked by Theresa Romain is $1.99! There’s a treasure hunt, a blind hero, and a former courtesan heroine. Talk about catnip! Redheadedgirl gave this an A grade in a Lightning Review. INDECENTLY LUCKY As a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Benedict Frost had the respect of every man on board—and the adoration of the women in every port. When injury ends his naval career, the silver-tongued libertine can hardly stomach the boredom. Not after everything—and everyone—he’s experienced. Good thing a new adventure has just fallen into his lap… When courtesan Charlotte Perry learns the Royal Mint is offering a reward for finding a cache of stolen gold coins, she seizes the chance to build a new life for herself. As the treasure hunt begins, she realizes her tenacity is matched only by Benedict’s—and that sometimes adversaries can make the best allies. But when the search for treasure becomes a discovery of pleasure, they’ll be forced to decide if they can sacrifice the lives they’ve always dreamed of for a love they’ve never known… Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       A Court of Thorns and Roses…

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
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Articles / November 3, 2019

A Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert November 5, 2019 · Avon Contemporary Romance TW/CW Inside TW/CW: This book includes the process of healing from an abusive relationship I knew I wanted to review this book pretty much the moment I became a Smart Bitches reviewer. Which means I’ve been looking forward to it for a little more than a hot second, my excitement building as I waited until closer to the release date to read it, letting it gather metaphorical dust on my Kindle app because I didn’t want to read it too early. That’s a lot of expectations for a book to try and meet. But it did. Get a Life, Chloe Brown saw my expectations’ proffered hand and kissed it gently, and then proceeded to charm their pants off. In a tent. With s’mores. (Not with s’mores, because s’mores apparently are not a thing in the UK.) This metaphor got away from me, but you get the idea. This book is outstanding. To begin: Chloe Brown almost died. But then she didn’t. After her near-death encounter with a drunk driver, Chloe Brown decided to get a life. You see, a close examination of the one…

Guest Squee: The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
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Articles / November 2, 2019

Squee The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite June 25, 2019 · Avon Impulse Historical: EuropeanRomance This guest review comes from Lisa! A longtime romance aficionado and frequent commenter to SBTB, Lisa is a queer Latine critic with a sharp tongue and lots of opinions. She frequently reviews at All About Romance and Women Write About Comics, where she’s on staff, and you can catch her at @thatbouviergirl on Twitter. There, she shares good reviews, bracing industry opinions and thoughtful commentary when she’s not on her grind looking for the next good freelance job. … When I was a little pansexual girl growing up and devouring romance novel after romance novel, my heart yearned. Sure, I could find plenty of stories about heroes rescuing heroines, but where were the books about women falling in breathless love with one another? I went through life half-satisfied in my romance reading. Even as I grew up, outlets for lesbian romances were limited. You had a lot of mainstream novels being published in the 90s and 00s, but you weren’t guaranteed a happy ending for the couples in them, or even in the limited movies I saw (Thank you, But I’m a…

The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
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Articles / November 2, 2019

F The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen October 1, 2019 · Ballantine Books Mystery/Thriller The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen is a ridiculous book. I had hoped that it would transcend into glorious F+ territory, but sadly, despite all of its WTFery, it doesn’t. I also thought it might be romantic suspense, but it’s not. The Shape of Night is a thriller with erotic and paranormal elements (BDSM ghost sex, for real) but it fails to stick the landing on the thriller portion, it isn’t particularly erotic, and the paranormal world building doesn’t make sense. It was supremely disappointing. Ava Collette is a cookbook author from Boston who is renting a seaside home in Maine for the summer. It’s pretty clear from the beginning that Ava is running from something back home–she avoids her sister’s calls, ruminates on a tragedy that occurred on New Year’s Eve, and drinks heavily to numb herself. Her cookbook, a collection of traditional New England recipes, is also overdue. I will say that this book contains some serious food pr0n, so if you’re going to read it, don’t do so while hungry. Ava researches recipes and then tests them, and the descriptions of…

Podcast 375, Your Transcript is Here!
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Articles / November 1, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 375. Beautiful Friendships: Live at One More Page Books with Christina Lauren has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

November Advertisement Opportunities are Available!
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Articles / November 1, 2019

We’re getting into heckin’ shopping season now that it’s November! If you’ve got a new book, a boxed set, a discounted title, or some backlist releases you’d like to promote, an Etsy store, a new editorial venture, or some really wild ideas about keeping warm in the winter,  we have advertisement options for you! The site survives in part because of advertisements from and for this community, so thank you in advance for your support! What’s open? Glad you asked! What’s available? Newsletters! A new space at the top of our Smart Bitches Daily newsletter! Desktop and mobile advertisement for week-long and month-long bookings starting at $80. For-every-budget spots that start at $50. Email me with your budget target and I can craft you a proposal.  What are the most popular options? One of the most popular options is the $50 space. If you’re looking for advertisement options and promotional opportunities on a budget, the $50 For Every Budget Space might be an ideal fit for you. The For Every Budget Ads display on long pages, such as: The main page of the site, which is the most popular page, btw Longer length posts Longer length reviews Individual podcast entries And archive pages such…

November’s New Releases
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Articles / November 1, 2019

We have a whole new batch of new releases to discuss. And by “batch,” I mean over forty! We also have two books with the same title released this month, which I thought was kind of neat. I think we’ve name-checked all the big releases; I couldn’t think of anything we left off. If we did, please chime in below. What November books are on your to-read list? Stocking Stuffers Author: Erin McLellan Released: November 1, 2019 by Erin McLellan Genre: Contemporary Romance, Novella, Romance Series: So Over the Holidays #1 Sasha Holiday is so over the holidays after getting left at the altar last Christmas Eve. But as the marketing maven for Lady Robin’s Intimate Implements, she’s stuck not-so-merrily pitching naughty toys at a romance book club’s Christmas party. Her loathing of the yuletide only intensifies as a snowstorm rolls in and traps her at the Winterberry Inn. Stranded with her is Perry Winters—a hot bearded book club member trimmed in flannel and tattoos. Perry’s a romantic with an unerring belief in the magic of the season, and he recognizes a Christmas miracle when he sees it. Brave, smart, and confident—Sasha Holiday is a gift. And the gifts keep…

375. Beautiful Friendships: Live at One More Page Books with Christina Lauren
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Articles / November 1, 2019

A | BN | K | AB From the DC stop on their book tour to promote Twice in a Blue Moon, I’m in conversation with Christina Lauren at One More Page Books in Alexandria, VA! I recorded this on 23 October in front of a live and most excellent audience, and I had questions both from my brain and from the community on SBTB, too. We talk about their newest book, the themes therein (no spoilers, I promise!) and about writing, productivity, travel hacks, caring for their creative selves, and their professional and personal friendship. My favorite part: 20:00-20:30 – Why is texting at night so dangerous? Thanks to Kristin Dwyer of LeoPR, and Amber, Patricia, Rebecca and Anna from One More Page Books. And thanks to Margaret, Hannah, Elle, Soni Wolf, Nicolette, Nan de Plume, Zoe and Kareni for the questions! 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 Christina Lauren on their website, ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, and on Twitter and Instagram @ChristinaLauren. And you can find One…