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Articles / April 29, 2020

I don’t even know what to title these things anymore. There is no theme to this collection of stuff. It’s just…stuff. Tarot cards, fun videos, virtual book events. If you’re curious how I’ll be spending my afternoon, I somehow have all the ingredients for this. … It’s okay to treat yourself and, right now, I’m ogling this gorgeous botanical-themed tarot deck on Kickstarter. It’s already reached its goal, so you’re guaranteed to get your reward! It’s also reached a stretch goal to have the illustrations compiled into a book. Hell yeah. … There are a few of these types of videos going around, but this one is my favorite so far! Quarantined stuntmen, bruh… pic.twitter.com/nYSOqzAzBs — Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) April 22, 2020 … Romance authors are contributing items for the LIFT 4 Autism auction. I believe bidding opened up on Monday and ends Friday. … Speaking of Friday, don’t miss this awesome virtual event happening with Alyssa Cole, Beverly Jenkins, Mia Sosa, and Rebekah Weatherspoon! View this post on Instagram Next Friday, May 1st, kicks off Date Night @loyaltybooks ! Every two weeks, we’ll be chatting with a panel of your romance faves about their latest books and more! đź’•…

Nailini Singh, a Thriller, & More
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Articles / April 29, 2020

Love Lettering RECOMMENDED: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn is $2.99 at select vendors! I think this deal started on Friday, so it could end very soon. Aarya gave this one an A: Love Lettering is a special book that I’ll hold close to my heart for a long time. It’s a quiet romance with quiet protagonists, but sometimes it’s the quiet moments that echo the loudest. In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts a woman’s business—and her heart—in jeopardy . . .   Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his polished fiancĂ©e was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid.   A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline…

Lucas by Elna Holst
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Articles / April 29, 2020

C+ Lucas by Elna Holst April 13, 2020 · NineStar Press LGBTQIARomance Tara was kind enough to alert me to the existence of a book about Charlotte Lucas, who is Elizabeth Bennet’s friend in Pride and Prejudice. We had so many feelings about this very strange book, which involves Gothic emotion and SO MUCH SEX, plus at least two flights across the moors, which I can only assume were dutifully wuthering. But before we get started, here’s a bunch of content warnings Stillbirth Miscarriage Discussion of previous rape experiences On-page suicide Homophobia For those who are rusty on their Austen, here’s the background: Charlotte Lucas agrees to marry the odious Mr. Collins, to Elizabeth Bennet’s horror, in Pride and Prejudice. Austen did not write Gothic novels, with the sort-of-exception of Northanger Abbey, which has a protagonist who desperately wants to be in one but is stymied by ordinary events at every turn. While Lucas  features an Austen character, it does not imitate Austen’s style. Lucas begins after Charlotte has been married for several years. It is in the form of letters that Charlotte writes to Elizabeth even though she knows she can’t send them (too lurid!). It tells the tale…