Alyssa Cole, Romantic Suspense, & More
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Articles / January 6, 2020

A Fashionable Indulgence A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles is $1.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal. This is a m/m historical romance about class differences. Readers loved the start to a new series, though some felt the romance took a backseat to setting up the next books. It has a 3.9-star rating. Charles fans, what’d you think of this one? In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation. When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips. After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut…

Bushfire Relief & How to Help
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Articles / January 6, 2020

The bushfires currently devastating Australia show no signs of letting up and when we received an email about an “author auction,” we thought it’d be beneficial to share it all with you, along with some other resources on where to donate and what you can do. But first, I asked Catherine to share a few words. Catherine is one of our wonderful new reviewers and lives in Australia. Catherine: Amanda asked me to write something about the bushfires, but I hardly know what to say. I live in Melbourne, Victoria, a large city in one of the coolest and wettest parts of Australia, and right now the air is full of smoke. I can smell it even inside the house – when I go outside, it’s strong enough to make my breath catch and my eyes sting. There are no fires near me – the closest they have ever come was the one in Bundoora last week, which scared the hell out of us because Bundoora is a suburb, and not even in the outskirts. So I don’t know where the smoke is coming from today. It probably isn’t the fires in East Gippsland, around 300 kilometres away – the…

Cover Awe: Abs, Millennial Pink, & More
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Articles / January 6, 2020

It’s Cover Awe time! For those who are new to the site, this is where we look at covers we think are intriguing, pretty, or just really dang neat! Cover design by Melissa Williams Design Sarah: All the Holmberg covers have been so visually striking. I love the papercut design. Amanda: Yes! I love a good theme that carries over to all of an author’s books. Don’t get me started on when a series changes cover styles halfway through. Sneezy: *Happy sigh* The colours, plus the defined edges, plus the soft fairy dust… CarrieS: The composition, with the birds at the top, lifts the whole thing and imparts a note of joy. Maya: I love the way all the different blues are used to create depth and to guide the eye around the cover. Catherine: I love the colours, and the slightly old-fashioned, silhouette feel. Shana: This is such a relaxing cover. You can almost feel the breeze in the air, and I love the stylized wheat. I live in a gluten-free household—beautiful wheat is a guaranteed way to make me want to read your book. Lara: I just started watching the new Dracula series on Netflix, so my first…

Track Your 2020 Reading With This Nifty Spreadsheet!
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Articles / January 6, 2020

We’ve shared a version of this reading tracking spreadsheet for two years now, and I’ve received so many email messages and requests for more options from readers who absolutely adore it. Poorva C. wrote to me: “I just wanted to say thanks for creating the Reading Tracking spreadsheet – it’s been a godsend, both so that the books I read don’t slip through my sieve of a memory, and for making sure I read diversely. I looked at a bunch of other trackers, and SBTB’s was easily the best balance of detail and user-friendliness, and modifying the columns to better reflect what I read (I adore romance, but I will admit to a fondness for othe genres as well) was easy even for an Excel noob like me. Please pass on my sincerest thanks to Amanda (I think it’s Amanda?) (SW: Andrea, but close!)  for all the hard work she put in to ensure we get the pretty pie charts and stats bars. Seeing how many (or how few) marginalised authors I read has been a HUGE motivator and I hope there are plans for a tracking spreadsheet in 2020!” Aw, heck yeah, there are plans for a 2020 tracking…