Fantasy, Cowboys, & More
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Articles / April 27, 2020

Wicked Saints RECOMMENDED: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan is $2.99! The sequel also just came out this month! I really enjoyed this book and gave it a B+: Wicked Saints is a young adult fantasy debut and it’s a goth kid’s dream. Seriously, if you have a thing for anti-heroes, dark magic, and things that are simply metal as fuck, this book is for you. A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy. Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       The Kiss of Deception The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is $2.99! This is a YA fantasy with romantic elements and sounds pretty…

Cover Snark: Alien Baby Names
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Articles / April 27, 2020

Gooooood morning! How is everyone doing? I know there is never a time when you don’t want some Cover Snark, but I also think we all need it now more than ever. The first cover is one I saw in the wild! Amanda: Some choices were made Aarya: It’s like a Rorschach test. When you look at the image, do you see a pen with ink drops leaving the tip? Or do you see… you know. Maya: penis, I see penis Amanda: Lots of ink splatters inside Sarah: That’s a lot of…centering penis imagery EllenM: yeah not sure if the pen really is mightier than the penis on this cover. Catherine: I didn’t even see the pen at all and had to hastily close my browser before my colleague saw it! AJ: “What should we put on the cover of this book of feminist quotations?” “Well, I was thinking a big spurting dick and the word PENIS in big letters a couple of times.” Catherine: I do feel like the cover somewhat misses the point of the entire book… AJ: It’s driving me a little crazy, because penis ownership and feminism aren’t even opposites! Lots of women have penises! But I just…

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…

Steampunk, an Anthology, & More
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Articles / April 25, 2020

How to Cross a Marquess How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford is $1.99! This one is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals, so get it while you can. This seems to have a lot of catnip: enemies to lovers, meddling family, childhood history, neighbors. However, the book description is rather sparse and I wish there were more explanation on the central conflict. The Marquess of Chatton and his neighbor Fenella Fairclough have known each other all their lives. They refused to marry each other years ago when their parents demanded it, and they won’t concede now―even if circumstances have brought these former enemies much closer than they ever could have anticipated… Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       Kiss the Bride Kiss the Bride is $1.99 at Amazon! This is an anthology featuring three contemporary romance novellas from Laura Florand, Deirdre Martin, and Christie Ridgway. Readers say that the first story might be the weakest of the three, but that the other two really knock it out of the park. Some men have only one thing on their minds–and for three unsuspecting women, it appears to be marriage! Looks…

The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham
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Articles / April 25, 2020

A- The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham April 28, 2020 · Avon Romance TW: Dead birds, alcoholism, death of infants at birth, spousal abuse I came here looking for an amazing story and Bitches, I was not disappointed. Even during a time when I have an attention span of about five seconds, this book kept me reading. It up-ended tropes, subverted expectations, and, thanks to the Author’s Note, gave me a seriously happy historical fix. The romance itself combines some actual realities with a big dose of crumbling seaside cliffs and amazing dresses, which I am so here for, and found family is a huge part of the story. The plot is as follows. Seraphina Arden refuses to be called a fallen woman. She is a Rakess, and through her writing, her speeches, and her efforts to start an institute “for the advancement and education of the female sex,” she seeks to promote rights for women throughout England. Seraphina holes up in her family’s abandoned house in Cornwall so she can finish writing her memoirs, but the memories are so painful that she finds it hard to progress. Meanwhile, widower Adam Anderson, Scottish father of two, is an architect who is…

Whatcha Reading? April 2020 Edition, Part Two
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Articles / April 25, 2020

It’s our second and last Whatcha Reading of the month! We hope you all have been staying safe and trying to fill the time as best you can, in whatever ways you can. Maybe it’s not with reading and that’s okay! Here’s what we’ve managed to pick up in the last two weeks: Carrie: Catching up on my TBR pile at last with The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. 64 pages in, I love the prose and the characters. Shana: I’m reading Just One More by Jodie Slaughter. ( A ) The book started with some gross bodily functions humor that was rough, but I persevered! So far it’s a fluffy Valentine’s Day novella that has me wanting to eat pink cupcakes. To be fair, I want cupcakes pretty much every day. A | BN | K | AB Claudia: Talking about persevering…I am on the last few chapters of the last book in the Bec MacMaster’s London Steampunk series. Feels like a minor miracle because I am still too scattered to read for long stretches. Big payoff with this one, though, and I’m glad I read them all and in order. Of Silk and Steam is…

Podcast 402, Your Transcript is Here!
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Articles / April 24, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 402. Girl Indeed Gone Viral, with Alisha Rai has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Kindle Daily Deals, Urban Fantasy, & More
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Articles / April 24, 2020

Provenance Provenance by Ann Leckie is $2.99! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals and is a sci-fi novel. Leckie is an autobuy author for a lot of sci-fi fans and while this book is set in the same world as her previous trilogy, I wonder if you need to read those to understand this one. If you know, please leave your thoughts in the comments! Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with a thrilling new story of power, theft, privilege and birthright. A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artefacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to their home world to find their planet in political turmoil at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family and her world, before they are lost to her for good. Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.      …