Podcast Episode Recommendations, February 28, 2019
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Articles / November 10, 2018

It’s podcast recommendation time! While it’s easy to recommend an entire podcast, sometimes recommending a specific episode is much easier to manage as a new listener. But, if you’re looking for more romance-focused podcasts to try, I have a page collecting them at RomancePodcasts.com, and I just updated it with new options. Let’s get to it. Here are a few episodes that rocked my brain recently. You’re Wrong About Podcast Amanda recommended this show to me and whooooa is it interesting and smart and fun and fascinating. From the description: “Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event, person or phenomenon that’s been miscast in the public imagination.” So if I think I remember what a specific event was about, chances are I’m wrong (this is not a surprise). But you know how sometimes you back to re-read an older novel you loved, and with age and perspective and learning-of-things, you see it entirely differently? It’s like that, only with major news events and pop culture scandals, some of which happened when I was barely aware of the larger world. Sarah and Mike research a specific thing, then contrast the public perception of…

Cristiane Serruya: Alleged Plagiarist
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Articles / October 21, 2018

Cristiane Serruya: Alleged Plagiarist At some point one might blink in un-surprise to yet another discovery of rampant holy shit plagiarism, but today is not that day (and frankly, I hope it doesn’t arrive). Per Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, and many, many other people doing the terrible work of unearthing and checking  books page by page, it seems writer Cristiane Serruya has lifted…sheesh, at this point, half the internet into her books? As always, a fan found it and let Courtney Milan know: If you know me, you know I do not make accusations lightly–especially accusations about plagiarism and copyright infringement. Earlier today, a fan sent me an email claiming that portions of my book that had been copied by another author. After investigation, I have concluded that Christiane Serruya has copied, word-for-word, multiple passages from my book The Duchess War. There are more passages copied than what I list below, and history suggests that if you delve deeper into this book, and other books, there will be even more plagiarism. Oh, indeed. Sad Plagiarism Bingo square: it’s never just one book. Once folks began looking, there were plenty of additional examples. Which of course means buying copies of a book…

Smart Podcast Book Club Pick: Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake
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Articles / October 5, 2018

We have a book for our first quarter Smart Podcast Book Club! As I said back in January, I asked the Patreon community to suggest titles, and this one smacked me right between the eyes. This recommendation is pretty tough to resist. I mean, read this: “Sci-fi romance recommendations are often being requested across the Bitchery and this is my absolute favourite series in that genre by one of my all time favourite authors (Lindsay Buroker writing as Ruby Lionsdrake). It has a brilliant heroine heading up a team of accomplished women who are starting up a new business in alien poop (yes, poop) and group of rag tag mercenaries lead by a big, broody Captain who actually uses his brain before listening to his peen! It’s hot, action packed and funny which is the holy trio of romance for me. I hope you enjoy it!” ALIEN POOP, SCIENCE, and BROODING. This is going to be fun, especially because sci-fi romance is not a genre I read a lot of, and I’m very excited to try it. Here are ALL the details: A | BN Skulking around in the ruins on a planet swarming with treasure hunters, slavers, and bounty hunters…

HaBO: Family Drama with Three Sisters
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Articles / September 16, 2018

HaBO: Family Drama with Three Sisters This HaBO request is from M.B. and they’re looking for a family-centric contemporary romance: It’s a contemporary romance with family drama involving I believe 3 sisters. The heroine is the middle child, who has been estranged from her family because of something that happened when she was a teen ( sexual abuse?), and her family didn’t believe her (NOT ELISE ALDEN’S BOOK). She still talks to her younger sister and they get along fine, but her parents and her older sister are mean and judgmental towards her. When she gets back into town, she see her ex-boyfriend and hooks up with him but they do not stay together. She finds out she is pregnant by the ex who was and is in a relationship that he didn’t tell her about. She moves into an apartment/house and the next door neighbor is the hero of story. I’ve been looking for this book since last year hopefully some one recognizes the plot. Sound familiar to anyone? Source: smart bitche

HaBO: Indiana Jones Contemporary Romance
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Articles / September 15, 2018

HaBO: Indiana Jones Contemporary Romance This HaBO is from Ren, who is either looking for a contemporary romance or a book with strong romantic elements: I’m looking for a contemporary romance about archaeologists that I read in 2000-2003. Full disclaimer, I’m only 90% sure that it was a romance. Someone donated the book to my middle school library and I checked it out thinking it was an adventure story, only to be disappointed because most of the book was about two people making eyes at each other and there was hardly any adventuring at all. So it’s either a romance or a novel with strong romantic elements. Things I’m sure about: – It was a contemporary and set in the US and then Egypt (or possibly the Middle East). Published late 1990s or early 2000s. – It starts with a flashback about ancient times. At the end of the first chapter someone is killed and the narration switches to the present. – They’re searching for a city buried in the sand. – Some shady group (government or military) is also searching for the city and the protagonists go on the run from them. – At one point there is a…

Links: Fanfic Recs, a Kickstarter, & More
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Articles / September 4, 2018

Links: Fanfic Recs, a Kickstarter, & More It’s still February. It’s the shortest month, but yet it feels like the longest. Maybe that’s because in New England, winter is still happening and we’re all just over it. Meanwhile, my boyfriend is going on a trip to the dang Bahamas next week! How unfair is that! … For Goodreads’ Romance Week, they interviewed several romance authors about what they do when they aren’t writing. They talked with Courtney Milan, Eloisa James, Penny Reid, and HelenKay Dimon. … Want to help out some romance authors? Donate to RWA’s Perseverance Fund, which covers the annual dues for authors with financial need. It’s almost Valentine’s Day! And this year we don’t want chocolate or flowers. Instead, we’re asking our members to #ShareTheLoveStory by donating to RWA’s Perseverance Fund, which covers RWA annual dues for writers in financial need. (thread) https://t.co/me64yaJ64U — RWA (@romancewriters) February 11, 2019 … There’s a Kickstarter for a romance bookstore! A mother and daughter are hoping to bring more romance love to the Chicago area. Even if you can’t donate to their Kickstarter, sharing always helps. … After our discussion of fanfic, I think you all need more recommendations. My…

March’s New Releases
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Articles / August 15, 2018

February has seemed to last forever and I’ve been dying to get to March books! Below are SBTB’s staff picks for releases we really want to add to our collection. However, here are a couple more titles that may be on your buy lists: Internment by Samira Ahmed ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) is out! You may recognize it from a previous Cover Awe. Get back into The Others series with Wild Country by Anne Bishop ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). And as always, tell us which books you’re pumped about this month! American Dreamer Author: Adriana Herrera Released: March 4, 2019 by Carina Press Genre: GLBT, Romance, Contemporary Romance No one ever said big dreams come easy For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction. Jude Fuller is proud of the…

HaBO: Major Cliffhanger
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Articles / June 27, 2018

This HaBO request is from Happy Shiny Starlet. Spoilers for the description ahead: I hope you can help me with this puzzle! This book has been on the back of my mind for a while now. This was published in the last 3 or 4 years and it ended in a cliffhanger. I don’t like waiting for a resolution, so I set it aside (mentally) until the next book, but I cannot remember if that was ever published…and I cannot check because I don’t remember the title not the author! I do remember the start and the end. The heroine is stuck in an elevator with a stranger. They talk for hours. She opens up to him and a relationship develops over the following months. I suspect the plot revolves around about her and a big business (inheritance?) and some family secret. In the last pages of the book, they are getting married. After the ceremony, she overhears something that reveals to her that he has lied throughout their relationship. The man she has just married has used a false name. He had secretly targeted her from the start, pretending to being a stranger but already knowing all about her….

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S23 E8: Just the Cringiest
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Articles / June 18, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! It’s time for me to watch The Bachelor so you don’t have to. Pour yourself a stiff drink or just drink it straight out of the bottle. There’s no judgement on this “journey.” Before we start I’d like to address the rumor going around that Khloe Kardashian might be the next Bachelorette. I…I don’t know if I’m strong enough for that. As SB Sarah said, “Don’t cross the streams!” So anyway, back to our current shitshow. Last week Colton cried repeatedly while saying his biggest fear was that he’d find himself at the end of this season with a “winner” who wasn’t ready to be engaged. He then sent home one woman who said she was ready to be engaged  (Hannah B) while keeping two who he was told, by multiple sources, were just there to be the next Bachelorette. Good choices! This week is “Hometowns,” which is Bachelor lingo for when they fill Chris Harrison’s coffin with dirt from beneath the McMansion, then travel around the country meeting the remaining contestant’s families.  Also there were like no photos of the episode so…sorry. We open up with, I am not even kidding, Colton taking another shower. This is like…

Whatcha Reading? February 2019 Edition
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Articles / May 13, 2018

Are you ready for Whatcha Reading? I bet you are! A lot of you have been waiting patiently all month for this post and we can’t wait for you to share your reading list with us. February is nearly over and we hope you all have been getting some great reading done! Carrie: I just finished Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) and I liked it although it was slow. Frankly, I did a lot of skimming. I’m about to start Treason of Hawks by Lila Bowen ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). It’s the last book in the Shadow series, and I like the series so much that I’ve put off reading the conclusion for ages because I hate to see it end! Amanda: I just finished Bad Blood by John Carreyrou ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) and WHEW BUDDY. It’s such a “truth is stranger than fiction” book. A | BN | K | AB I really want to read more fantasy stuff, but I keep striking out with those holding my interest….