Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
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Articles / February 29, 2020

B+ Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey February 4, 2020 · Tor.com LGBTQIAScience Fiction/Fantasy Upright Women Wanted (which my brain keeps reading as Uppity Women Wanted), is short but packs a powerful punch.This book about librarians leading the resistance in a war-torn dystopic American southwest may not be for everyone, but if the line, “Are you a coward, or are you a Librarian?” makes your heart sing then you should definitely check this out. Esther lives in Arizona, during a time similar to the Old West but with a fascist governmental system. Librarians work for the government, riding horseback from town to town distributing reading materials. People are only allowed to read materials on the Approved List, and all resources are devoted to The War: The country was at war, seemed always to have been at war, and there wasn’t a soul in Valor who hadn’t lost a loved one, who hadn’t gone hungry on reduced rations so the troops could eat. There wasn’t a soul in the entire country, as far as Esther could figure, who hadn’t at some point eaten an onion for dinner when the meat ran out. Who hadn’t fed their babies watery formula, who hadn’t…

Podcast 394, Your Transcript Awaits!
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Articles / February 28, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 394. All Things Audiobook and Mountain Climbing with Nita Basu from Hachette Audio has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

394. All Things Audiobook and Mountain Climbing with Nita Basu from Hachette Audio
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Articles / February 28, 2020

My guest today is Nita Basu, Marketing and Publicity Manager at Hachette Audio. I love behind the scenes conversations, and today’s is partly about her work promoting audiobooks across genres and how audio can be adapted when the text is unique and very visual. Who listens to audiobooks, and where do they listen? What are people doing when they listen? Should you listen to murder books on the side of a mountain? Where do you listen to audiobooks? What are your favorites? Music: https://www.purple-planet.com Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: You can follow Nita Basu on Twitter @NitaBasu, and on Instagram @NitaBasu. You can try audiobooks at Libro.fm, Audiobooks.com, and Audible. If you like the podcast, you can subscribe to our feed, or find us at iTunes. You can also find us on Stitcher, and Spotify, too. We also have a cool page for the podcast on iTunes. Thanks to our sponsors: Podcast → More ways to sponsor: Sponsor us through Patreon! (What is Patreon?) What did you think of today’s episode? Got ideas? Suggestions? You can talk to us on the blog entries for the podcast or…

Bikers, a Boxed Set, & More
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Articles / February 27, 2020

Unmask Me If You Can Unmask Me If You Can by Shana Galen is $2.99 at Amazon! I’m unsure if this is an expiring deal or one that will eventually be price-matched. This is part of the Survivors series; we featured another book in this series on sale a few weeks ago. Maybe you all will be able to amass the whole set eventually. This masked lord… Lord Jasper, younger son of a duke, suffered horrible burns fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. He wears a mask to hide his face from the stares and screams and finds comfort in the shadows. Jasper is an exceptional bounty hunter, so when a woman summons him to her deathbed and asks him to find her runaway daughter before she passes away, he doesn’t refuse. Jasper is close to his quarry when he’s knifed by an assailant. Imagine his surprise when he regains consciousness in the arms of the woman he seeks. Except she’s not at all what he expected. Is not the only one with scars. On a remote cliff on the sea, Olivia Carlisle calls her five-year-old son in from an approaching storm. But the little boy is more interested in the man…

Ready, Set, Go! Best Friends to Lovers Romance?
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Articles / February 27, 2020

Time for the most evil recommendation feature we have: READY, SET, GO! Here are the rules: We pick a specific sub-genre, trope, or type of romance, and we have to make ONE recommendation for that type. ONE. ONLY ONE. And no more than two sentences as to why. Yes, just one.  Which one book do you pick to fill that rec? What do you think is the best FRIENDS TO LOVERS ROMANCE you’d recommend? Any genre, but just one rec. Ready, set, GO! EllenM: My rec is definitely A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian ( A | BN | K | G | AB )! Mutual pining, found family, competence porn in hero and heroine, very queer social justice historical—what’s not to love? Sarah: (I love pining.) Shana: Seconding that. A | BN | K | AB But not really because I also want to recommend The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan. An unrecognized scientist and her bad-boy beta hero best friend! Aarya: This feature is going to give me grey hairs as I attempt to narrow down to one book! Okay, my rec is You, Me, U.S. by Brigitte Bautista ( A ) (I wrote a B+ lightning…

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
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Articles / February 27, 2020

B- The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso February 18, 2020 · Orbit Science Fiction/Fantasy The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso presents a strong entry in the annals of badass fantasy heroines in the form of Queen Talyien of Jin-Sayeng. She is the first queen of her small martial country. During the book’s first sentence we learn that she is known as the “bitch queen” and the “She-wolf” because she murdered a man on the eve of her coronation and (purportedly) exiled the husband who was supposed to be crowned with her. She is known within her nation as ruthless, aggressive, and ferocious, and she tries not to show any sign of weakness. However, she also misses her husband and loves the son they have together. Most of the action in the book takes place five years after the aforementioned murder, when Talyien receives a message from her estranged husband Rayyel requesting a meeting in Anzhao City. Anzhao City is in the nearby, much larger and more powerful Zarojo empire, where Jinseins (people from Talyien’s country of Jin-Sayeng) are looked down upon and Jinsein immigrants are reviled and abused. Inevitably, the journey and meeting do not go exactly as…

Links: Strong Female Leads, Telenovelas, & More
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Articles / February 26, 2020

Happy Wednesday! It is Wednesday, right? February is almost at an end and with that hopefully some nicer weather. Or you know, we could get a snowstorm in March. I think I’ve broken my reading slump with Joanna Shupe. Thank god! Hope you all have been doing some great reading in the meantime. … Sarah was interviewed over at Frolic. Catch up with her over there! (As if you don’t see enough of her here, lol.) … Sorry in advance that this opinion piece on Strong Female Leads may be behind a paywall. I was able to give it a read yesterday and loved it. There’s a line in there that when men say they want “strong female leads,” what they mean is that they want a woman who can do what a man does, but they still want to have sex with them. … Will anyone else be participating in Sourcebooks’ Trope Madness? I’m torn because I know what my personal bracket would be, but it certainly wouldn’t be close to the winning bracket picks! We are so excited to launch #TropeMadness, a showdown of the genre's most beloved tropes. We'll be asking YOU to vote for your favorite tropes…

Romances by Lexi Blake, Anna Campbell, & More
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Articles / February 26, 2020

The Seafarer’s Kiss RECOMMENDED: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember is $2.99! This is a lesbian romance between a mermaid and a Viking shield maiden. Elyse read this one and gave it a B+: It works really amazingly as a feminist retelling of a beloved fairytale, and it’s rich in detail about what mermaid life would be like, but purely as a romance, the heroines spend too much time apart to be satisfying. Having long wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the merfolk’s fortress. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: Say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king. Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from the divine Loki. But such deals are never straightforward, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies. Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can…

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S24 E9: The Ultimatum
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Articles / February 26, 2020

Last week Peter selected his final three: Victoria F, Hannah Ann and Madison. As they exited the weird fucking airplane hangar they were filming in, Madison asked to speak to Peter, presumably to tell him she’s saving herself for marriage. Remember, this is Fantasy Suite week where–I shit you not–Chris Harrison gives them a handwritten card at the end of their dates inviting them to share a hotel room for the night. We open up right where we left off. Peter escorts Madison over to a bench where they sit down. “I want to be honest about who I am and how I feel. And if like next week if you were to sleep with anyone else, it would be really hard for me to um… to really move forward in this. And I just feel like I owe it to you to be upfront and honest about that,” she says. Peter asks, “So what are you like saying? Like, if I were to…to spend the night with someone else, that’s not something you can do?” “That would be really hard for me if that was the case. I just…” “So that’s a no?” asks Peter who is clearly looking…

Stuff We Like: Little Gifts for Ourselves!
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Articles / February 26, 2020

It’s time for another edition of Stuff We Like! This month, we’re talking about little gifts we give ourselves that create a boost – from pens to tattoos to patterns and hand cream. Want to see?Just click that image above or click right here, and come shop with us! And if you’d like to browse some more, we have a complete Stuff We Like archive, including past Gift Guides and other posts of our favorite items.