SBTB is Now on BookShop!
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Articles / May 7, 2020

As the title states, we’re now on BookShop! What does this mean? Great question, audience member! This means you can support the site and support independent bookstores. BookShop does a great breakdown of how this works on their about page, but simply put, we get an affiliate commission while part of your purchase goes into an earnings pool that is distributed to indies every six months. There are some bookstores that have their own BookShop pages, if you’d rather support them directly. There are limitations right now in what the site carries. I don’t think they foresaw this pandemic and having to launch so quickly and suddenly. We also know that the cost of physical books can be prohibitive, which is why our Books on Sale posts are so dang popular. Please do not feel obligated to purchase through BookShop; it’s just another way to support the site, and your favorite indie bookstore! However, there are some pretty cool things I like about it, namely the ability to create a curated storefront. We can compile most of the titles we feature in Hide Your Wallet for a month or list all the books that we’ve reviewed favorably the month before. We can…

Books by Sophie Kinsella, Kristen Ashley, & More
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Articles / May 7, 2020

The English Wife The English Wife by Lauren Willig is $1.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and is being price-matched. This is historical fiction with a mystery element, and I love this cover. Some readers found the plot a bit hard to follow. However, others love the dialogue and layers to story. Have you read this one? From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder. Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to…

Butterfly Bayou by Lexi Blake
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Articles / May 7, 2020

C+ Butterfly Bayou by Lexi Blake May 5, 2020 · Berkley Contemporary RomanceRomance I took a chance on this book because it has a dog in it, and for the most part the chance paid off. It took a lot to make me laugh during the first days of Sacramento’s stay-at-home Covid-19 prevention policy, and while this book did the trick despite discussing a hefty amount of trauma, I need to stress some TW/CW for public hostage situations, death by gun, ableism, and domestic violence. Our story begins as Dallas Emergency Room nurse practitioner Lila moves to the small town of Papillion, Louisiana. She is taking over the local medical clinic and seeking a new start after a horrible and violent event in her ER left her best friend dead and herself traumatized. The very first thing that Lila encounters in Papillion is an alligator, and because she speeds away from the alligator she gets a traffic ticket from the local Hot Sheriff, Armie. Armie is a single dad with a sixteen-year-old daughter, Noelle. Her mom (his ex-wife) was killed in a car accident that injured Noelle, who now uses a wheelchair. It is, of course, a done deal that…

Soggy Bottoms: Recipes That Worked for Us
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Articles / May 7, 2020

We’re taking a slight detour with this month’s Soggy Bottoms. Instead of one recipe, we’re sharing the ones that have worked well for us recently! Sarah: I’ve been trying to include one new recipe a week in our menu plans, along with extremely delicious family favorites, so let me share an old favorite, a new favorite, and a dessert. Cashew Chicken, from The Bitten Word via Martha Stewart Everyday I make this once a month, though once the chicken and sauce are done, I add a handful of snow peas or sugar snap peas at the very end to warm them a little. It’s easy and delicious every time. Last week we made this: Yotam Ottolenghi’s Polenta with Tomatoes It made a LOT, and it was fiddly and delicious. But that’s meals, and Soggy Bottoms is about baking. Can’t neglect the baking! Last weekend we made Stella Parks’ Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie. A few notes: first, I didn’t have malt powder, but I substituted buttermilk powder and it was just fine. We also used a mix of dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and chopped up milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, because that’s what we had. It worked great because the…