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Articles / March 4, 2020

Yesterday was Super Tuesday. If one of your states participated, we hope you were able to go out and vote. The coverage was a bit exhausting and admittedly, I’m kind of glad it’s over for me. But I do feel bad for people who did early voting for candidates who dropped out and those who may vote later in the primaries but are disappointed by their candidates showing so far. … If you love it when your love of romance novels and Food Network TV collide, check out these food competition romance recs! … Carole Bell, who previously wrote a couple guest reviews for us, is over at Shondaland discussing the importance of Black romance novels. … If you want to support more women filmmakers this year and next, check out this list from IndieWire. I, of course, wish there were more, as most of them were already on my radar. … Since RWA is a smoldering pile of ash at the moment, this also means their literacy signing probably won’t have the turnout it’s had in the past. Authors Tessa Dare and Beverly Jenkins have put together their own fundraiser to counteract this deficit, with more authors joining and…

Elyse Watches The Bachelor –S24 E10: The Women Tell All
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Articles / March 4, 2020

Tonight’s Bachelor is the Women Tell All special which is mostly a clip show and a lot of yelling, but before we get to that, we open with The Dreaded Rose Ceremony. Victoria F and Hannah Ann stand on a platform waiting for Peter. They notice Madison isn’t there. Peter does a lot pacing and tells Chris Harrison he’s in love with all three women. After some suspenseful music Madison gets out of a limo, hugs Chris Harrison, and joins the other women. Peter tearfully tells the women that they all have a piece of his heart and knowing that he’s about to end one of the relationships is “destroying” him. The first rose goes to Hannah Ann. The second rose goes to Madison. When Peter asks her if she’ll accept the rose she responds with a lackluster, “Yeah.” Peter asks, incredulously, “Are you sure?” “Yeah,” she says again. She looks annoyed. Yeah that’s a great sign their relationship will work out. Meanwhile Victoria F looks like she wants to stab someone. Peter sits down with her and tells her that his relationships with the other two women were further along. “I just like feel stupid…” she mumbles. “You really put…

A Historical Mystery, Time Travel, & More
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Articles / March 4, 2020

Iron and Magic Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews is 99c at Amazon! It’s a Kindle Daily Deal and isn’t being price-matched. We featured this on sale two months ago, so if you missed out then, grab it now! This is the first book in a new series by Andrews and features a hero who was a bit of a villain in the Kate Daniels series. No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work. Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. Elara Harper is a creature…

Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas
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Articles / March 4, 2020

B- Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas March 3, 2020 · Blink Young Adult Salty, Bitter Sweet is more of a coming-of-age story than a romance, although romance plays a large part. This story involves a self-absorbed and privileged narrator and is told in first-person-present-tense. It also involves food, women learning to support each other in a male-dominated field, and a multicultural group of characters. Also a dog. So . . . kind of a mixed bag. Our story revolves around Isabella Fields, an American seventeen-year old who has recently moved to France. She is obsessed with becoming a Michelin Star chef. I say “obsessed,” because for most of the book, Isabelle isn’t just driven to be a chef, or a good chef, or someone who makes great food. She sees the star as her only source of validation and is fixated on winning that star and eventually having a restaurant with three stars. Isabella’s parents recently divorced and she moved to Paris, where her Cuban-American father and his very new, very pregnant French wife now live, so that she could participate in a summer cooking course that might lead to an apprenticeship under a three-star chef. She is grieving…