HaBO: Sepoy Mutiny
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Articles / March 17, 2020

This HaBO comes from Renee, who is looking for this historical romance: I took this book out of our public library in the mid-to-late 1970s – I think it was recently published at that time but, surprisingly, isn’t part of the collection anymore. It is historical romance set during the Indian Mutiny of 1857 (the book referred to it as the Sepoy Mutiny). The heroine is a late-teens to early 20s American missionary daughter who is trapped in Lucknow (I think) at the beginning of that siege. She escapes with the help of the hero, an American engineer (was he putting up telegraph wires?) who was planning on heading back to the western US. They save some English children and their mother, and maybe some of the Indian employees of the English family, and I think they travel in a cart trying to make it to . . . somewhere safe. The romantic conflict was that the heroine wanted to marry a dashing British officer who looked good in uniform, but during the escape/road trip our heroine falls in love with the engineer. Perhaps there are rose petals/rose oil mentioned in the book? It wasn’t a bodice-ripper – only chaste…

Erotic Romance, a Historical Mystery, & More
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Articles / March 17, 2020

How Long til Black Future Month? RECOMMENDED: How Long ’til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin is $3.99! For some reason, the ebook isn’t on Barnes & Noble, or at least I couldn’t find it. Carrie gave this an A grade in a Lightning Review. You really can’t go wrong with Jemisin. Hugo award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N. K. Jemisin sharply examines modern society in her first short story collection. N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid…

HaBO: Trapeze School Date
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Articles / March 17, 2020

This HaBO is from Daniela, who is trying to find this contemporary romance: The heroine and hero are radio personalities. She talks about finding love and he used to do the same but since his heartbreak (cheating wife?), he’s mostly been teaching guys to be players. The producers gives him an ultimatum involving teaming up with the heroine and giving listeners first date ideas to fall in love. The only thing I can remember distinctly is that they go to Trapeze School New York for their date and he learns how to catch her. I take trapeze and all you learn on your first date is how to do a knee hang where someone catches you. Learning to catch is something you do after you’re advanced. this inconsistency was the reason I stopped reading the book but my instructors at TSNY are curious about it since I’ve been complaining since I first read it. I love reading about career inconsistencies in romance novels. Don’t get me started in the publishing industry’s portrayal in Fifty Shades.

Caption That Cover: Pick a Pumpkin
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Articles / March 17, 2020

We’re back with another cover caption contest, especially because a lot of you may be in need of some books right now. Big thanks to Jenny for sending this cover in! From Jenny: I just can’t get past the photoshopped pumpkin cap on the baby. The poor thing. Sarah: For once, I think the dude and the baby were in the same photo, but that cap was very likely not. Tara: I want to see the hat the baby was actually wearing. Either way, I’m not sure the baby is into it. Sarah: “THIS IS ITCHY. NO THANKS.” Tara: This photo was taken about 10 seconds before that baby ripped a different ugly hat off its head. Here are the rules for captioning that cover: Comment below with your caption! Caption that cover however you wish! You can come up with a new title or tagline. What do you think the originally baby was really wearing? What do you name a pumpkin patch baby? Do pumpkin patches have a dress code? A winner will be randomly selected at the end of the contest! The best captioner will receive a $10 bookstore credit to a book retailer of their choosing. Standard disclaimers apply:…