Other Powers by Barbara Goldsmith
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Articles / January 17, 2020

B+ Other Powers by Barbara Goldsmith August 17, 2011 · Knopf Nonfiction I’ve been reading a lot about women’s suffrage lately. Some books are dry. Some are gripping. Other Powers is the “Women’s Suffrage: All the Dirt” version. This book describes the complicated career of Victoria Woodhull, and the high-profile adultery trial of Henry Ward Beecher in which she was involved. By the end of the book, fortunes have been made and lost and made again, the women’s suffrage movement has been set back by decades, and everyone’s secrets have been splashed all over the papers, proving that the Victorians were no more proper than anyone else. Victoria Woodhull was a suffragist who ran for President in 1872. She was also a spiritualist and a businesswoman. She grew up in a poor and tumultuous family and members of the family lived with her (and off of her income) intermittently for most of her life. She and her sister Tennesee Claflin formed the first brokerage firm on Wall Street that was owned and run by women. Her belief in free love made her notorious and her relationship with other suffragists fluctuated depending on how scandalous her life was at any given…

386. High Fives and Forget ‘Should:’ Talking Goals and Resolutions with Scarlett Cole
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Articles / January 17, 2020

Scarlett Cole and I talk every month or so, when it’s coffee time for me, and tea or G&T time for her, and this time, we recorded one of our conversations about looking back over the past 10 years, and looking ahead to the next ten. So in this episode, we’re talking about setting goals for the new year, the new decade, and “figuring out the cadence that works for you.” Where do you want to be, and who do you want to be in ten years? Basically, we want to invite you into one of our mutually encouraging conversations to talk about what’s next for all of us. TW/CW: discussion of mental health and depression intermittently and specifically at 21:30 … Questions we ask: What has worked for me? What is missing in my life? What do I want to become? Where do I want to be in ten years? What are you willing to do? What are you willing to release? Questions for you! What’d you do that you’re proud of in the past 10 years? What do you want to do in the next decade? Tell me! I wanna know! How do you celebrate success? …  Music:…

Romantic Suspense, a Recommended Thriller, & More
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Articles / January 16, 2020

Something About You RECOMMENDED: Something About You by Julie James is $1.99! This is the very first James book I read and it’s the first in the FBI/US Attorney series. James does competence porn really well and this ranks high on my enemies to lovers catnip. There’s something about the New York Times bestselling Julie James… FATE HAS THROWN TWO SWORN ENEMIES… Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career… …INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother…

The Rec League: Cross-Cultural Romances
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Articles / January 16, 2020

This request was sent in by Maggie. Thanks, Maggie! Hey ladies, I’ve looked through past reader recs but haven’t seen this topic so I thought I’d ask for it. Do you have any recs for books where couples from different countries/cultures meet? I recently read The Mother-in-Law Cure by Katherine Wilson (a memoir, not a novel) about how she met her Italian husband while studying in Naples and now I’m on the look out for more cross-cultural romances. Catherine: Trade Me by Courtney Milan, has a Chinese American heroine and a white American hero, and there is a lot he doesn’t get. (He does learn, though, and it is funny and sweet and delightful). A | BN | K | AB Also, The Chai Factor, which I just finished reading last night and is marvellous! Heroine is Muslim and first generation Indian-Canadian, hero is white. It’s from the heroine’s viewpoint, and very embedded in her community. (Note, there are characters who are having to put up with a lot of homophobia, there is also racism and islamophobia. It is dealt with in the book, but might be triggery for some.) And, I mean, all of the Amour et Chocolat books…

Sheroes, Baby Yoda, & More
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Articles / January 15, 2020

We are back with your regularly scheduled programming this afternoon! Is anyone else just tired? We’re barely two weeks into the new year and I’m so ready to nap forever. Between RWA, the news from Australia and Puerto Rico, and just trying to make it through the latest US election cycle, I am exhausted! I’d prefer to spend the next couple weeks in a blanket fort, eating macaroni and cheese. … Carina Press is launching a LGBTQ+ romance line. I hope this means other LGBTQ+ romance readers will be getting romances in the future, as I feel like the representation is always heavily skewed toward m/m. … Love virgin heroes? Frolic has a love letter to some great virgin heroes in romance. … It’s about time we had some Baby Yoda content on SBTB! I’m obsessed with this hashtag of #BabyYodaProblems. … So what if it’s 2020. I still want to share Syfy’s list of 2019 sheroes. The list really hits all the highlights, but are there any you feel are missing? … I recently found this Instagram account that blends fashion, photography, and animals. They’re also great for writing prompt inspiration! View this post on Instagram Съёмки с животными: во…

Historical Romances and a Kindle Daily Deal
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Articles / January 15, 2020

Getting Hot with the Scot Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and is being price-matched. Sarah had Melonie on the podcast and they have a lovely discussion about the book’s inception. Have you read this one? IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . . Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love? Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       The Duchess in His Bed The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath is $1.99! Heath…

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S24 E2: The Champagne Crisis
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Articles / January 15, 2020

I’ve set aside my usual drink tonight for a glass of bubbly after I saw Twitter’s reaction to this week’s episode of The Bachelor. More on that later. Last we left with Peter asking Hannah B to come back on the show after they admitted they still had feelings for each other. That would mean Hannah B would have gone from The Bachelor to The Bachelorette to Dancing with the Stars (which she won) back to The Bachelor. That’s a hell cycle of reality TV that no one deserves. So does Peter quit the show for her? Does she move into the McMansion? Do they run off together and adopt Nick Viall as their child? Let’s see… Click for Nick Viall pretending to be a dinosaur We open with Peter and Hannah B still having a tear-filled conversation. Hannah says, “I don’t know if I made the right decision with you. This is hard. I let go of somebody who didn’t hurt my heart. And now he asks me to stay, and I don’t, like, know what to do now.” Peter tells Hannah he doesn’t know what to do, and they hug. Hannah jokes that they should “go catch a flight.” After a tense…

January’s New Releases, Part Two
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Articles / January 15, 2020

In case you missed it: I know last Hide Your Wallet we instituted some changes. Well now we have more, thanks to the comment left by Katie C. A lot of you expressed wanting to keep the wide breadth of new releases and Katie’s suggestion was pretty great. We’re still keeping our book maximums (five per person), but have added an extra HYW post per month, allowing another five books per person. 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. Hope you like the new, new changes! And thanks again to this community for the feedback! Headliners Author: Lucy Parker Released: January 20, 2020 by Carina Press Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romance Series: London Celebrities #5 Sparks fly when two feuding TV presenters are thrown together to host a live morning show in Lucy Parker’s latest enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance. He might be the sexiest man in London, according to his fan site (which he…

HaBO: Hero Walks in on Heroine Doing an Autopsy
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Articles / January 14, 2020

This HaBO request comes from Katie, who is searching for this historical romance: The heroine is the daughter of a physician who has since died. She is very interested in medicine. The hero is, I believe, a titled Englishman with either a son or ward. The hero and heroine marry. She continues to pursue her interest in medicine even as hero forbids her to do so. At one point, while the hero is away, the heroine stays with an old doctor she knows to learn more. Hero finds her as she and the old doctor are doing an autopsy and is livid. Late in the book, the heroine saves a boy while he is choking (?) after the hero begs her to do something. Heroine winds up leaving and leaves note for the hero that apologizes for her scandalous behavior. She has nothing to apologize for!

Weddings, Kristen Ashley, & More
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Articles / January 14, 2020

A Princess in Theory A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole is $1.99! This is the first book in her Reluctant Royals series and this seems to be a series that just keeps getting better with its books. Many readers loved how Alyssa writes consent, agency, and all sorts of other awesome and empowering things. However, some warn that this book takes several chapters to get into the swing of things. From acclaimed author Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . .  Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise. Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his…