Links: Ice Cream, Roaches, & More
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Articles / February 5, 2020

Buckle up! It’s Links time! After what felt like eighty-four years, January has ended. I thought it would never happen. Now it’s February, which means we all have to gird our loins for the onslaught of romance thinkpieces being published in time for Valentine’s Day. Stay vigilant out there, friends! … Enjoy romances where a character thinks they’ll never get another chance at love? Well, you’ll love these recommendations from Sil over at Frolic! … We were passing this link around our Slack earlier last week. It’s a list of sci-fi and fantasy that don’t feature the death of queer characters. … Did you know that Outlander has it’s own Jeni’s Ice Cream flavor?   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (@jenisicecreams) on Feb 1, 2020 at 3:00pm PST … One knitter is using her yarn to track daily temperatures as a way to display the effects climate change. I decided that this year, every day, I would knit a row on a scarf to mark the corresponding daily temperature/weather of my town. It felt like a good way to engage with the changing climate and with the changing year. A way to…

Fantasy, Mythology, & More
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Articles / February 5, 2020

Trashed Trashed by Mia Hopkins is $2.99! This is part of Hopkins’ Eastside Brewery series. Though I haven’t read any of Hopkins’ titles, I will say they get routinely recommended at my romance book club and I know Aarya has good things to say about them. But FYI, I believe this book is told through the hero’s POV. He burns for her. Lucky for him, she likes to play with fire. . . My name is Eddie Rosas, but everyone calls me Trouble. Since I got out of prison six months ago, I’ve had one goal: find my father, whatever the cost. My older brother says I need to move on. He also wants me to leave our gang, East Side Hollenbeck, and go straight, but I can’t–not until I uncover the truth about our family and its missing piece. One problem? I’m distracted. My distraction’s name is Carmen Centeno. Smart, passionate, and tough as hell, Carmen is a woman from the neighborhood who’s built her career as one of the city’s top chefs. She’s a master of creating pleasure both in and out of bed. But when our connection deepens, how can I show her I’m not the trash everyone…

Podcast 391, Your Transcript Awaits!
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Articles / February 5, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 391. RWA One Month Later, Part IV: A Conversation with Courtney Milan has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S24 E5: Golf Cart Injuries
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Articles / February 5, 2020

According to ABC, there is SO MUCH Bachelor drama this week that we need two episodes! The one tonight is three hours long! I may need to have my liver enzymes checked after this week… I mean… When we left off last week all the women hated Peter, and he looked like he was ready to run away, fake his own death, and create a new life for himself. Instead Peter pulls Alayah aside and tells her she has “an amazing heart,” but that it’s time for her to go. He walks her out and then tells the other women he’s imperfect and makes bad choices sometimes. He acknowledges that bringing Alayah back and sending her home could be seen as “wishy-washy.” So then the dramatic music starts because it’s time for The Dreaded Rose Ceremony. Deandra, Savannah and Kiarra go home. Everyone goes to Costa Rica. Fun fact, one time Amanda and Sarah had to recap an episode because I was in Costa Rica. They did not like it. (Ed. note: No. No, I did not. It still haunts me.) Kelley, keeping it real, says she loves to travel, has been to 26 countries, and while she’s interested in Peter,…

Her Scandalous Pursuit by Candace Camp
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Articles / February 5, 2020

C Her Scandalous Pursuit by Candace Camp January 28, 2020 · HQN Books Paranormal This is a historical romance adventure with a mystery to solve and a touch of the paranormal, and while there are parts of the book that drove me scatty (more on that soon), I really did love the lead characters (In short, they’re ADORABLE!). Desmond Harrison, the son of a criminal banished to a penal colony, has ‘made good.’ The vicar in his Dorset village tutored him and introduced him to his mentor, Professor Gordon. As the book opens, we see Desmond in London attending as many scientific lectures as he can while keeping up with his work on optical lenses for Professor Gordon and his work at the optical shop. It is at one of these lectures that he meets Thisbe Moreland. She is a scientist herself, but her feelings towards Desmond are more ~lusty~ and from the beginning they share an adoring and equitable relationship. He never talks down to her because she’s a woman and she never talks down to him because he is working class. This familiar hurdle in historical romance presented by their different stations in life is soon eclipsed by…