Earls, Contemporary Romance, & More
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Articles / January 5, 2020

The Beautiful Ashes The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost is $1.99! This is the first book in her Broken Destiny series, which is a New Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I like the new cover design, despite the model looking like he’s mid Thanos snap. Sometimes, falling in love really is the end of the world… don’t miss this fan-favorite tale from New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost. Ivy has always seen things that she cannot explain. Strange things. Otherworldly things. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse–her hallucinations are real, and her sister is imprisoned in a realm beyond Ivy’s reach. The one person who can help her is the dangerously attractive rebel who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. The fate Adrian has fought to escape is here – but he never expected the burning need he feels for Ivy. With destiny on one side and desire on the other, Adrian must help Ivy search for the powerful relic that can save her sister. Yet he knows what Ivy doesn’t: the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could destroy the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on…

Bitches Assemble in a New Sacramento Book Club!
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Articles / January 5, 2020

A | BN | K | AB Sacramento Area Bitches, Assemble! The Sacramento Public Library (California) is sponsoring a new romance novel book club, with Smart Bitch CarrieS and Librarian Brendle Wells co-facilitating. Our meetings will be at 1PM on the second Saturday of every month. Our first meeting will be on January 11, 2020, discussing The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn, at Ella K. McClatchy Library, 2112 22nd St., Sacramento, California 95818. Future titles will be a mix of historical and contemporary, with diverse authors and characters, such as: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory: February 8, Belle Cooledge Library The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite: March 14, Arden Dimick Library The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren: April 11, Pocket-Greenhaven Library Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins: May 9, McKinley Library For more information or to be added to the mailing list, contact CarrieS at sessarego1@gmail.com. Yes, there will be snacks!

Movie Review: The Aeronauts
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Articles / January 5, 2020

The Aeronauts by Tom Harper & Jack Thorne Amazon Studios B- Not a Book The Aeronauts may not be a very good movie, but it sure is a captivating one. I was cranky going into to the movie (for reasons I’ll explain later) and cranky after the fact. During the movie, however, I was charmed. There are few flaws that can’t be masked by beautiful photography and by the combined charisma of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, both of whom looked like they needed a hug at all times. The Aeronauts, set in England in 1862, is about the efforts of James Glaisher, played by Eddie Redmayne, to break previous hot air balloon height records in order to study the skies. Glaisher was a real scientist, but this movie works best if you approach the character as entirely fictional (more on that below under “Historical Rant”). James believes that by studying the skies, scientists can learn to predict the weather, which would save lives. He’s nice to his parents, he’s a good friend, and he respects strong, intelligent women. Readers who follow my reviews will already have guessed that this character is so much my type that he might as…