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Articles / April 22, 2020

I think we’ve all collectively reached the stage where time doesn’t truly exist anymore. Saturday was my birthday and that was strange. No ritual birthday pizza from my favorite hole-in-the-wall pizza place. But I did get a birthday cake, courtesy of Sarah. It was delicious, and I think there is one slice left, which will most likely be gone by the end of the day. How are you all holding up? … Love dogs and looking for a new craft project? Thanks to Julie C. for sending this our way! … A new take on the Hero’s Journey: My friends at @ahml sent me this 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Qf7EuObPO0 — Zoraida Córdova (@zlikeinzorro) April 16, 2020 … If you’re a reader who really can’t seem to get into reading right now, you’re not alone! (I can’t either.) … At the end of the month, Tom Hardy will be reading us all bedtime stories. Sometimes god works in mysterious ways. Here’s hoping it’s not geo-restricted. You asked. He stepped up! 💪 Tom Hardy's back! 🙌 NEW Bedtime Stories every night from 27th April – 1st May ❤️#BedtimeStory pic.twitter.com/tZs0EHvpN0 — CBeebies Grown-Ups 🎉 (@CBeebiesHQ) April 15, 2020 … Epicurious has a “Cook-With-What-You’ve-Got” recipe finder….

Contemporary Romance, Nonfiction, & More
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Articles / April 22, 2020

True Pretenses True Pretenses by Rose Lerner is $1.99! This historical romance was previously featured on Cover Awe with its previous cover. The hero is Jewish and Lerner mentioned in a previous podcast that the book was inspired by the movie, The Brothers Bloom. Have you read this one? Never steal a heart unless you can afford to lose your own. Through sheer force of will, Ash Cohen raised himself and his younger brother from the London slums to become the best of confidence men. He’s heartbroken to learn Rafe wants out of the life, but determined to grant his brother his wish. It seems simple: find a lonely, wealthy woman. If he can get her to fall in love with Rafe, his brother will be set. There’s just one problem—Ash can’t take his eyes off her. Heiress Lydia Reeve is immediately drawn to the kind, unassuming stranger who asks to tour her family’s portrait gallery. And if she married, she could use the money from her dowry for her philanthropic schemes. The attraction seems mutual and oh so serendipitous—until she realizes Ash is determined to matchmake for his younger brother. When Lydia’s passionate kiss puts Rafe’s future at risk, Ash is forced…

Pursuing Pandora by Maggie Brown
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Articles / April 22, 2020

C+ Pursuing Pandora by Maggie Brown April 21, 2020 · Bella Books Contemporary/OtherLGBTQIAMystery/Thriller When I read the blurb for Pursuing Pandora I was overcome with a burst of excitement. I immediately messaged Shana, with the comment “this book sounds so bananas that I’m tempted to check it out” and she agreed that I must. Check this out: Corporate lawyer Winter Carlyle is the first to admit that she’s become jaded with romance after a very messy public breakup. When her bossy aunt asks her to visit a high-end nightclub to check on her young cousin, Winter reluctantly agrees. Poking her nose into her cousin’s love life is the last thing she wants to do. So what if he has a giant crush on Pandora, a lounge singer thirteen years his senior? The cougar just might teach him a thing or two. For Pandora, the sultry siren with the slinky low-cut gown façade is all an act. It’s showbiz. She dislikes the adulation and the numerous advances, especially from the Russian gangster and the aging playboy. Besides, she has an ulterior motive for being at the club, and romance is definitely off the agenda. But uptight, reserved Winter is a complication…

99c Manga Sale, with Witches, Fandom, Cooking, & More
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Articles / April 22, 2020

Kodansha is running a massive sale right now across Bookwalker, Comixology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook, and izneo, where you can pick up the first volume in over 270 series for 99p or 99c each! If the idea of choosing from that many series is overwhelming, don’t worry: we’re here to help narrow it down for you. If you’d like to check out the first chapters of any of these series to see if they’re for you, there are free previews on the Kodansha website. A | BN | K Yui Sakuma’s Complex Age is about a diehard cosplayer trying to balance her hobby and fandom life with her adult responsibilities. It’s great at capturing the joy and friendship of fandom, while also being realistic about the ways that sometimes fandom doesn’t love you back. I love its depictions of adult fans, and the way it models different paths the characters could take to stay in fandom, although its depiction of toxic parts of fandom were a little too real for comfort. Caution warnings: Agism, harassment; the series as a whole carries warnings for online abuse, sexual harassment, non-consensual photography, ageism, fatphobia. A | BN | K | AB For something…