Women’s Fiction, Lauren Layne, & More
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Articles / March 30, 2020

Torn Torn by Rowenna Miller is $2.99 and a Kindle Daily Deal! This is a fantasy novel with a seamstress main character. Not sure if this is YA though. Carrie read this one and gave it a C+. The pacing was too slow for her, but it’s possible future books may pick up in momentum: This book is the first in a new series. It has a lot of potential – good technical writing, multiple female characters, discussion of class and class mobility, clothes porn, and more. If other books pick up the pace, it could be great, but this first book was too slow to keep me invested. TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling. Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms for luck, love, and protection secures her a commission from the royal family itself — and the commission…

An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale
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Articles / March 30, 2020

B An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale March 31, 2020 · Avon Historical: American I’ll be honest, I probably wouldn’t have picked up An Heiress to Remember had I not liked the other books in the series (and Maya Rodale’s writing in general). It’s got that “dude seeks revenge on the woman who didn’t choose him” plotline, something I find tiresome and rarely resolved to my satisfaction. I’m so glad I gave it a chance though because this book, while not perfect, was absolutely a ton of fun to read. It also sent me down a research rabbit-hole that kept me up all night Googling the history of department stores. Beatrice Goodwin is a Manhattan heiress at the turn of the century. Her father owns Goodwins, Manhattan’s premiere department store. When the book opens, Beatrice’s family has arranged for her to marry a duke in desperate need of her inheritance. The issue is that Beatrice is in love with Wes Dalton, an Irish immigrant and a clerk in her father’s store. Her family has firmly deemed him Not Acceptable, and 20-year-old Beatrice does what she’s supposed to and marries the duke. Wes walks away broken-hearted, having been paid $3000…

Cover Snark: Mer-Bikers & Hot Dogs
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Articles / March 30, 2020

May we offer you some Cover Snark in this trying time? Amanda: Wow those are some proportions. CarrieS: I looked at this without my glasses and thought, “You know, we don’t see many Mercyclists these days.” I would read The Mer-Bikers of Texas. Catherine: I was more thinking bike-taur… so kind of the same. Sneezy: I like both your versions more. Charlotte B: I’m sorry I can’t get past how dirty his hair looks. Like you’d touch it and it would feel sort of crunchy and sticky at the same time. Sarah: I looked at this on my phone and also thought “merman on a cycle? How does that work? Does he ride side saddle?” Sneezy: And is the bike waterproof? How would it operate under water? Ellen: There’s a lot going on here and I hate all of it. Sarah: I’ve never seen a cannellini bean shifter romance before. Susan: I finally got Slack working on my laptop again and that was the first thing that popped up. Sneezy: An auspicious start!!!! Tara: It’s like an alien wearing a human suit and the dudebro who loves it. Maya: She’s giving me Gumby realness and mostly I just miss Gumby….

Fantasy, YA Romance, & More
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Articles / March 29, 2020

Written in Red RECOMMENDED BY MANY: Written in Red by Anne Bishop is $2.99! This is the first book in The Others series. I love this series and many readers of the site do too. However, there was a great discussion last time this was on sale about the erasure of indigenous peoples. A content warning for the book, as it does feature self-harm. I will also note that I found Meg, the heroine, to be a little Mary Sue-ish at first, but she really comes into her own. As a “cassandra sangue,” or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut–a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard–a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and…

Thornfruit by Felicia Davin
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Articles / March 29, 2020

B+ Thornfruit by Felicia Davin February 27, 2018 LGBTQIAScience Fiction/Fantasy All I needed to know about Thornfruit was that it was an F/F secondary-world fantasy novel with lots of mutual pining before I one-clicked the hell out it. I am happy to report that, having finished the book, I really enjoyed it! Thornfruit is the story of two young women living on a tidally locked planet in the perpetually-sunlit city of Arishdenan. One girl, Alizhan, is a neuroatypical, face-blind, powerful mind-reader who works as a spy for the beautiful and powerful Iriyat ha-Varensi. Her mind-reading magic makes it so she cannot touch other people without incapacitating them or herself. The other, Ev, is a biracial martial artist and “unfeminine” farm girl who longs for adventure. They meet as children and spark up a kind of nonverbal friendship in which Alizhan steals thornfruit from Ev’s family’s market stall every market day. This friendly non-speaking acquaintance lasts for a decade, until Alizhan approaches Ev for help escaping from Iriyat. Ev agrees because she is a) a good person and b) thinks Alizhan is cute. They are thereafter both embroiled in a magic-related conspiracy that involves the entire city. There’s also a B-plot…

Knights, Mythology, & More
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Articles / March 28, 2020

The Blacksmith Queen RECOMMENDED: The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken is $2.99! What a coincidence, as this was my one pick for hilarious reading in our latest Ready Set Go. I also gave this an A-. Seriously, it’s so much fun: The Blacksmith Queen is a bloody, feminist romp that exudes girl power in all forms, and I’m envious of its fantasy girl squad. When a prophesy brings war to the Land of the Black Hills, Keeley Smythe must join forces with a clan of mountain warriors who are really centaurs in a thrilling new fantasy romance series from New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken.  The Old King Is Dead   With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals. Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing…

Movie Review: Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears
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Articles / March 28, 2020

Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears by Deb Cox F Not a Book Many of The Bitches were ardent fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, an Australian show which ran from 2012 – 2015. We loved it for the clothes, the characters, the clever writing, and the chemistry. Maya, Aarya, and I (CarrieS) waited for the movie Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears with great excitement, only to find that it was simply awful. The clothes, the characters, the chemistry, the humor – all vanished. Seldom has there been such a sad, sad waste of a beloved show as this empty, nonsensical and, worst of all, boring movie. We gave this movie an F, and not a “So bad it’s good” F, or a “it’s so bonkers you can’t look away” F. There’s nothing fun about this F. It’s just bad. It lacks everything we love about the original and is moderately offensive as well as being boring. We shared our notes as we went along and added further commentary once the madness had set in. Maya: Soooo, some of the Phryne Fisher episodes did not handle interacting with other cultures well–I’m thinking, for example, that one time…

Whatcha Reading? March 2020 Edition, Part Two
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Articles / March 28, 2020

We’re wrapping up March with our second Whatcha Reading post and I have a feeling people have either read ALL THE THINGS or are in the midst of slump, like myself. If you missed it, I’ll be doing Books on Sale posts every single day for the duration of the pandemic, to keep everyone well-stocked on ebooks. Please keep take care of yourselves! We’re all in this together. Carrie: I just started The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath. I had reservations but I’m loving this book and fervently hoping that the heroine, who runs a bookstore, never stops running a bookstore. I am much more heavily invested in her bookstore than in the romance itself although the actual romance is quite good. A | BN | K | AB Shana: I’m reading the Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller, which is just as good as everyone said it was. Occasionally the plot stresses me out. So, I’ve been using The Duchess War by Courtney Milan as a chaser. Catherine: Ooh, I’m reading the Widow of Rose House, too! I wanted a nice comfort reread. And I just finished reading Goddess of the Spring by P.C. Cast, (…

Podcast 398, Your Transcript is Ready!
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Articles / March 27, 2020

The transcript for Podcast 398. Bitches Assemble: Recommendations for Comfort with Sneezy, Ellen, Tara, Maya and Aarya has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Manga, a Boxed Set, & More
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Articles / March 27, 2020

No, you aren’t imagining things! There is a Books on Sale today!  In light of recent events, we figured you all might want to stock up on reading material. For the duration of this pandemic, we’ll be doing BoS posts every day. Thanks so much for sticking with us and helping us all stay connected in this very strange time! Dumplin’ RECOMMENDED: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy is 99c! I highly recommend this book, especially if you love Dolly Parton. It’s funny and emotional, and the struggles Willowdean faces as a “self-proclaimed fat girl” will relate to many who suffered from those awkward teen years. Seriously, get this book. And the Netflix adaptation is fantastic, if you need something to watch right now. Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find…