RWA One Month Later: A Special Podcast Series
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Articles / January 29, 2020

This week’s podcast episode will be the first of a four-episode series on RWA: One Month Later. It’s been just over a month since Romance Writers of America informed Courtney Milan on 23 December 2019 that due to an ethics complaint, she was barred from leadership for her lifetime, and was suspended for a year. That decision was then rescinded, and, well, a lot has happened in a month. I wanted to create an audio record of sorts to capture where we are now, and most importantly, featured the voices and perspectives of some of those who were involved.   Because of the timeliness of these episodes, I’m doing a special miniseries and releasing all four back to back. On January 31: a  conversation with C Chilove, Laurel Cremant, and Diana Neal, the officers of CIMRWA, the Cultural, Interracial, Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America On February 1: an interview with RWA past president HelenKay Dimon  On February 2: a conversation with Jessie Edwards, Marketing and PR Manager at RWA   On February 3: an interview with Courtney Milan  You can listen to each episode here at the site in our Podcasts section, or you can subscribe to…

Links: Fundraisers, Video Games, & More
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Articles / January 29, 2020

Welcome back to Wednesday Links! I am currently in a state of delirium after going out with some fellow booksellers and then having to be back at the bookstore bright and early for an inventory count. I am a master at making good decisions! … SBTB HQ is very interested in this new video game. You might be interested too if you enjoyed our latest Stuff We Like! … Several romances authors are releasing an anthology to raise money for Australia. It contains over thirty romances that haven’t been published previously … The Romance for PR auction is still going on! Bid while you can! … Here is a definitive ranking of snacking crackers. I have very strong opinions about this list and I would die for a buttery Ritz. … Enjoy this bizarre comedy of errors via online shopping! 2 wks ago i realized i had never received a vase i ordered from @Anthropologie. they refunded my order & i ordered a new one, per their instructions. today i received NINE BOXES. of varying shapes and sizes. all from anthropologie. (i texted my friend: "are they all my vase???") pic.twitter.com/4MDnQnkb3u — Leah Rachel von Essen (@reading_while) January 23, 2020 ……

Fake Boyfriends, Billionaires, & More
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Articles / January 29, 2020

The Invisible Library RECOMMENDED: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman is 99c! This is a fantasy novel that Carrie really enjoyed. She graded it a B+: While I genuinely loved the characters and concepts of the book, it’s played strictly for fun adventure. It’s basically just an excuse to have smart people fight cyborg alligators in a ballroom and werewolves in a museum. It’s smart, well-written fluff and I ate it up with a spoon. Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.   One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction… Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural…

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S24 E4: We’re Makin’ Biscuits
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Articles / January 29, 2020

Happy Bachelor day, Bitchery! Last week after a ton of back and forth bickering, Alayah went home after being dubbed “fake.” That was basically the entire episode. That’s the entire intro. Pour yourself a stiff drink. Let’s get this party started. The episode opens with Chris Harrison telling the contestants, “Good morning! C’mon in! We’re making biscuits!” They all assemble in the living room where there are no biscuits. Is that some sort of slang term I’m unaware of? Does Chris Harrison know that you cannot promise a delicious, fluffy biscuit and then not deliver it? Does “biscuit” mean “a contrived event put together by the producers to cause as much emotional distress as possible?” I am full of questions. Ed. note: to make up for absence of biscuits Chris Harrison tells the ladies it’s time to start traveling. They are headed for Cleveland, OH. There’s noticeable silence when he says “Cleveland.” Saint Tropez comes later in the season, ladies. Cleveland? The first one-on-one date belongs to Victoria F. At first Victoria thinks they’re going skydiving and she freaks out because she’s afraid of heights. Fortunately they’re just going to …a roller coaster park. She spends most of the date screaming….

My Best Friend’s Royal Wedding by Romy Sommer
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Articles / January 29, 2020

B- My Best Friend’s Royal Wedding by Romy Sommer January 29, 2020 · One More Chapter Contemporary RomanceRomance In My Best Friend’s Royal Wedding, Khara agrees, with some reluctance, to be the bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding to the Archduke of Westerwald, a tiny principality somewhere in Middle Europe. A cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, Khara finds herself daunted by the unspoken rules of etiquette that surround her, but the best man, Adam, is more than happy to be her tutor…and, if possible, to get into her pants. Trouble is, while Adam doesn’t recognise Khara, Khara remembers Adam very well – as the playboy customer who tried to proposition her at her workplace a year ago, without even bothering to learn her name first. This is not, at first glance, a setup that is going to appeal to me. Adam is, absolutely, unquestionably, an entitled douche (the douche part is his phrasing, the entitled is mine – he’s nowhere near self-aware enough for that to occur to him). This is not to say that he is cruel or even unkind; he just has a lot of money and a lot of entitlement and absolutely no interest in doing anything…