Paranormal Romance, a Cookbook, & More
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Articles / April 2, 2020

Bellewether Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley is $1.99! We did a Cover Reveal for this one, since it was such an interesting departure from Kearsley’s usual covers. Some readers felt this one was slow to start, while others loved Kearlsey’s beautiful writing. It has a 3.9-star rating on Goodreads “The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren’t such easy things to keep.” It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story. Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna…

The Rec League: Imposter Syndrome
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Articles / April 2, 2020

Our latest Rec League comes from Frini. Thanks for sending it in! I’m looking for book recommendations that have a heroine struggling with something like impostor syndrome. Like, she needs validation about her life/work/looks. It can be a second chance romance, enemies to lovers…it’s all good Anything on that front? Susan: Oh no, this is the character trait that most reduces me to gross sobbing. A | BN | K | AB If you’ll excuse the fifteen volume manga: Library Wars: Love and War by Kiiro Yumi is set five minutes into the future, where the Japanese government has brought in new, aggressive censorship laws and libraries have militarised to protect access for the public. The protagonist, Iku Kasahara, is the first female combatant in the Library Defence Force, and I love her. She’s earnest and enthusiastic about her work but struggles to see how to be good at it, and seeing her friends and love interest help her build up her skills and confidence over the course of the series gets me where I live. … I’m not saying that this series got my through my librarianship degree, but I am saying that I reread it a lot while…

Links: Just Good Things
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Articles / April 1, 2020

We are in the midst of week 3 of COVID-19 social distancing. How is everyone doing? Bored yet? In previous editions of Links, we’ve listed ways to keep active and busy and some things that are free to watch, read, and listen to. This one is more focused on boosting those serotonin levels with funny or uplifting things we’ve found around the internet! … I am having a blast reading the backstories people have given these gorgeous birds on Reddit. … Cowboy Tim is so wholesome and I enjoyed watching his journey as he gets the hang of social media. … Don’t miss the launch of “Goodnight with Dolly” tomorrow! … Listen, we’ve all been to a place emotionally where we just need a playlist of Disney power ballads. My favorite Disney song: “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan. A close second is “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. What are your favorites? … Do you ever just confuse terms in your head and say the wrong thing? You aren’t alone; there’s a whole thread of these mixups! I just told my family that I was thinking about trying Madison Reed (the home-hair-dye) but I got confused and said…

Historical Mysteries, Historical Romance, & More
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Articles / April 1, 2020

Act Like It RECOMMENDED: Act Like It by Lucy Parker is $1.99! If you haven’t read this yet, it was one of Sarah’s favorite reads in the past couple years. She says, “I mean, I could squee at you some MORE beyond my review but I think you’ve heard me already. I loved this book. You should read it. It’s delightful.” This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre’s Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard’s antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city. Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man? Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance. Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all? Add to Goodreads…

April’s New Releases, Part One
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Articles / April 1, 2020

If you’re new to Hide Your Wallet, this is where we list new releases we’re pretty excited for in the coming month. Each reviewer has a book maximum (five per person), but we’ve separated HYW into two parts. The first HYW of the month will cover books that release from the 1st to the 14th. The second HYW will cover books released from the 15th to the end of the month. We also think this will help us feature books from smaller publishers who don’t have buy links up as quickly as the big five. As always, if we missed any books that you’re particularly looking forward to, tell us all about them in the comments. The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper Author: A.J. Fitzwater Released: April 6, 2020 by Queen of Swords Press Genre: LGBTQIA, Novella, Science Fiction/Fantasy Dapper. Lesbian. Capybara. Pirate. Cinrak the Dapper is a keeper of secrets, a righter of wrongs, the saltiest capybara on the sea and a rider of both falling stars and a great glass whale. Join her, her beloveds, the rat Queen Orvilia and the marmot diva Loquolchi, lead soprano of the Theatre Rat-oyal, her loyal cabin kit, Benj the chinchilla, and…

April Fool’s 2020: We Want to Help You Feel Better
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Articles / April 1, 2020

It’s time for the annual tradition of April Fool’s Day gags here at SBTB. I know so many people dislike April Fool’s Day, and heaven knows there is not a lot to joke about right now. But this year, I thought, why not distill the timeless goodest-ness of our favorite reading material into physical blanket form? Only instead of weighted blankets, we have…Smart Bitches Weightless Blankets. Yup, we want to take some of that stress off your shoulders for a bit. We’ve worked with our team of furry helpers to create these, too. Who better to assist with creating soothing accessories, right? Our team of furry experts took the essential properties of reading and snoozing and embedded those properties into blankets that will allow you floating moments of peace and tranquility. And you deserve rest, tranquility, and another nap. Amanda’s cat, Linus, was in charge of product testing and quality control, and can attest that the Smart Bitches Weightless Blankets are extremely suitable for extended napping. Elyse’s cat, Fisher, recommends a Weightless Blanket printed with cats, for the extra-meta experience. We hope this gave you a bit of a smile today. Want to look back at some of our past…