Anne Bishop, Recommended Fantasy, & More
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Articles / December 30, 2019

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie RECOMMENDED: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley is $1.99! I loved this book and give it five stars on Goodreads. It’s easily one of my favorite historical romance and it recently showed up in the comments of our Rec League: Unassuming, Underestimated Heroes post. However, some readers didn’t feel any love necessarily between the hero and heroine. For those who have read this, what did you think? The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family–rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn’t be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them–of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz. The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He’s also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women. Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama–an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old…

Cover Snark: Best of 2019
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Articles / December 30, 2019

NB: This week, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite and our most popular pieces of writing this year. We’ve got a week of best-of posts to share, with reviews, cover snark, sales, and more. We hope you enjoy revisiting our archives, and most of all, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a happy new year – with all the very best of reading. … These are the top five Cover Snark posts of 2019! I’m not sure if it was this year or really last year, but we upped the Cover Snarkage. Instead of once a month, we started doing it twice a month. There is never a shortage of covers to snark and these collections in particular were quite popular. Let’s see which Snarks reign supreme. 5. Cover Snark Bingo (June 10) One cover in particular really nails all the usual suspects we’ve come to expect in a good Cover Snark. Bad photoshop. Several distracting font choices. A lake of fire? Best reader comment is from PamG: Alpha’s Concubine is not actually a romance but rather a YA dystopian novel about the consequences of rampant, outta control fracking.        …