Fae, Dukes, & More
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Articles / January 19, 2020

The Good Luck Charm The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting is $2.99! If you’re looking for a sweet, second chance romance, readers on Goodreads recommend this one. But others wished the heroine had more of a backbone when dealing with things. Is it love, or is she just his good luck charm? New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting brilliantly captures the hilarity and heartache of first love and second chances in her sexy new romantic comedy. Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again. Ethan wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that. Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let Ethan in, though, she finds out their reunion might have nothing to do with love and everything to do with improving his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it…

Upcoming Romance Book Clubs, Events, and More
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Articles / January 19, 2020

Each week I keep hearing about new romance book clubs in bookstores and libraries, and about live events focused on romance – which is awesome! And since it is nearly February, month of “Let’s do something with romance novels” events planning, I expect there to be more. But even beyond The Power of February, I thought a post collecting all the book clubs and events I know of would be helpful each month, should you like to meet up with fellow romance fans near you. If you have a romance book club or upcoming romance event, please email me and let me know? There’s a form at the bottom of this post, and I’ll be making this a semi-regular feature. I want to help romance fans connect with one another in as many places as possible!  These are in alphabetical order by state, and here’s a menu to jump down in the post: Arizona | California | Colorado | Illinois | Massachusetts | Maryland | Bookmans Midtown, Tucson: Romance Book Club Hosted by Jess Pryde from BookRiot, and will meet the last Tuesday of every month at 6pm. This was just announced on Jess’s Instagram, and isn’t on the Bookmans…

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
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Articles / January 19, 2020

C+ These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling May 28, 2019 · Razorbill Teen FictionLGBTQIAYoung Adult I love modern-day witches. I love queer romance. I love mysteries. I’m not typically a huge YA reader, but I like the first three things enough to give queer YA witch romance mystery These Witches Don’t Burn a try. While this book was not without its flaws, there was something quite fresh-feeling about These Witches Don’t Burn that I appreciated. It took a lot of common YA tropes, such as “I’m trying to be a normal teenager but I have Powers I must hide” and “I’m emotionally torn between my first love and the new person in town,” and queered them, which did give this book some extra life even when it went down some well-trodden paths. The book follows Hannah, a young Elemental witch living in Salem, Massachusetts. In the beginning of the book she is navigating her relationship with her ex-girlfriend and fellow Elemental witch Veronica after a recent publicly messy breakup. They are both concerned that a Blood Witch, a witch who can manipulate bodies using blood, that they got mixed up with after a recent trip to New York might…

Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico
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Articles / January 18, 2020

After posting some links on how to help Australia with their devastating bushfires, we received some suggestions to do a similar post for Puerto Rico. Two and a half years ago, Puerto Rico was hit by two hurricanes in rapid succession. We posted some ways to help in September 2017. They have yet to fully recover from those hurricanes. Recently, they experienced several serious earthquakes with aftershocks still being felt. The links we previously posted may still be active and taking donations, but if not, here are some other options to help: Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen: Provides fresh meals and emergency food relief. Hispanic Federation: Provides emergency relief, trauma therapy, and mental health services. All Hearts and Hands – Smart Response: Repair work and a partnership with World Central Kitchen. Romance for PR: A silent auction put together by Lucy Eden and Romancelandia to raise money. If you have additional suggestions of how to give aid to Puerto Rico, please leave them in the comments!

Soggy Bottoms: It Takes Two Ciabattas to Tumble
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Articles / January 18, 2020

I couldn’t remember my last Soggy Bottoms experiment, so I had to look through the archives to give myself a refresher. Turns out, my last bake was the creme caramel fail that turned into vanilla scrambled eggs. I think my mind decided to repress that memory. Typically, I alternate sweet and savory recipes, which means we’re back to bread. Baking bread in a technical challenge fashion has always been tough for me. It’s cold right now in Boston and I have yet to find a hack to proof bread in a quicker fashion. But I really wanted to finally make bread that looked and tasted the way it was supposed to. So I said fuck it. I’m going to bake this damn bread the way I want to. Bake: Ciabatta Episode: Series 5, Episode 4 Whose challenge: Paul Hollywood Time limit (on the show): Three hours Resources: I followed this recipe from Paul Hollywood! Process: For those of you who don’t know, I picked up some part time work at a local bookstore. I also went on a mini vacation to the Keys in Florida recently. My free time at the moment as I settle into the new year is…

Book Beat: Librarians, Molly O’Keefe, & More
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Articles / January 18, 2020

Welcome to Book Beat! Think of Book Beat as Hide Your Wallet, Part Two! In Hide Your Wallet, we talk about books coming out in a particular month that we really want to read. But there’s more to good books than just new releases! Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster. A Day in the Death of Walter Zawislak Author: Molly O’Keefe Released: December 9, 2019 Genre: Literary Fiction If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick? Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and quiet. But Peter, the…

Podcast 386, Your Transcript is Ready!
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Articles / January 17, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 386. High Fives and Forget ‘Should:’ Talking Goals and Resolutions with Scarlett Cole has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Other Powers by Barbara Goldsmith
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Articles / January 17, 2020

B+ Other Powers by Barbara Goldsmith August 17, 2011 · Knopf Nonfiction I’ve been reading a lot about women’s suffrage lately. Some books are dry. Some are gripping. Other Powers is the “Women’s Suffrage: All the Dirt” version. This book describes the complicated career of Victoria Woodhull, and the high-profile adultery trial of Henry Ward Beecher in which she was involved. By the end of the book, fortunes have been made and lost and made again, the women’s suffrage movement has been set back by decades, and everyone’s secrets have been splashed all over the papers, proving that the Victorians were no more proper than anyone else. Victoria Woodhull was a suffragist who ran for President in 1872. She was also a spiritualist and a businesswoman. She grew up in a poor and tumultuous family and members of the family lived with her (and off of her income) intermittently for most of her life. She and her sister Tennesee Claflin formed the first brokerage firm on Wall Street that was owned and run by women. Her belief in free love made her notorious and her relationship with other suffragists fluctuated depending on how scandalous her life was at any given…

386. High Fives and Forget ‘Should:’ Talking Goals and Resolutions with Scarlett Cole
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Articles / January 17, 2020

Scarlett Cole and I talk every month or so, when it’s coffee time for me, and tea or G&T time for her, and this time, we recorded one of our conversations about looking back over the past 10 years, and looking ahead to the next ten. So in this episode, we’re talking about setting goals for the new year, the new decade, and “figuring out the cadence that works for you.” Where do you want to be, and who do you want to be in ten years? Basically, we want to invite you into one of our mutually encouraging conversations to talk about what’s next for all of us. TW/CW: discussion of mental health and depression intermittently and specifically at 21:30 … Questions we ask: What has worked for me? What is missing in my life? What do I want to become? Where do I want to be in ten years? What are you willing to do? What are you willing to release? Questions for you! What’d you do that you’re proud of in the past 10 years? What do you want to do in the next decade? Tell me! I wanna know! How do you celebrate success? …  Music:…

Romantic Suspense, a Recommended Thriller, & More
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Articles / January 16, 2020

Something About You RECOMMENDED: Something About You by Julie James is $1.99! This is the very first James book I read and it’s the first in the FBI/US Attorney series. James does competence porn really well and this ranks high on my enemies to lovers catnip. There’s something about the New York Times bestselling Julie James… FATE HAS THROWN TWO SWORN ENEMIES… Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career… …INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother…