Mostly Contemporaries
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Articles / April 26, 2020

Fury Rising Fury Rising by Yasmine Galenorn is 99c! This urban fantasy is the first book in Fury Unbound series and has some obvious Greek mythology elements. Readers really loved the premise for those one, but felt it faltered. Have you read this one? “My name is Kaeleen Donovan. I’m a Theosian-a minor goddess. They call me Fury.” By day, I run the Crossroads Cleaning Company, and I also read fortunes and cast hexes at Dream Wardens, a magical consulting shop. But by night, I’m oath-bound to Hecate, goddess of the Crossroads. Hecate charged me from birth with the task of hunting down Abominations who come in off the World Tree and sending them back to Pandoriam. When the Thunderstrike-an ancient artifact from the time of the Weather Wars-is stolen by the Order of the Black Mist, Hecate orders me to find the magical device. The chaos magicians are out to upset the balance that Gaia instilled during the World Shift. But I soon discover that the leader of the Black Mist is out to do more than stir up trouble-he’s looking to set up a new world order with himself on the throne. Caught between two rival forces, will my friends and…

First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn
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Articles / April 26, 2020

B First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn April 21, 2020 · Avon Historical: EuropeanRomance Before reading Julia Quinn’s latest release, First Comes Scandal, I hadn’t read anything in about two months. Strange, because like most romance readers I am ALWAYS reading something and because (like most romance readers) I always have books waiting for me. But as the time since my last read led into our current moment, the idea of picking up a book to read felt even further away. I didn’t have a lot of expectations coming into First Comes Scandal. It had been a little while since I had read the most recent books in the Rokesby series and my memories of Georgiana Bridgerton, the heroine of this book, were mostly of her as a periphery character in the series’ first book, Because of Miss Bridgerton. But like with all my reading slumps, I had a feeling that reading an author that was incredibly familiar to me might help shake something loose. One of the delights of this book was that I felt like I knew it. As Sarah mentioned in our conversation on Episode 399 of the podcast, if you’ve read Quinn, you know the world….

Reader Question:When Life Changes Your Reading Tastes
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Articles / April 26, 2020

Recently I received an email query from Judit, and with Judit’s permission, I brought this very thoughtful question to the crew at Smart Bitches HQ (and also did some fun browsing among the stock images): As a connector of romance readers, I have a question for you about life stages and reading changes! I recently (two weeks ago!) had my first child and noticed something interesting happen to my reading. I am an avid reader of romance, mainly paranormal and contemporary, but all romance. But for the first 3 months I was pregnant, reading actually made me morning sick. Then for the rest of my pregnancy I could not bring myself to read a drop of romance – fantasy, scifi, thriller and horror became my reading material. Now having given birth, I once again am interested in reading romance – but slightly different genres such as historicals are now more interesting to me. My question: I’m curious whether you or others in the Bitchery have experienced something like this – has anyone else’s reading choices changed due to a change in life circumstance or event? Perhaps after the birth or death of a loved one, family change, menopause, big move…