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….

March Advertisement Opportunities are Here!
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Articles / May 6, 2018

March Advertisement Opportunities are Here! March is here, and a new cycle of advertisement opportunities, too! So I want to post a reminder that, as always, if you want to promote your book, your backlist, your fine crafting patterns, or all the messages formed by the shape of your pets’ tails while they sleep (mine are usually a variation of ‘moar fud pls’), we have options to help you out. The site survives in part because of advertisements from and for this community, so thank you in advance for your support! Among the options we have for March: Desktop and mobile advertisement for week-long and month-long bookings starting at $50 Placement in the Books on Sale newsletter and roundup page Podcast transcript sponsorships with multiple pricing tiers For-Every-Budget advertisement One of the most popular options is the $50 space. If you’re looking for advertisement options and promotional opportunities on a budget, the $50 For Every Budget Space might be an ideal fit for you. The For Every Budget Ads display on long pages, such as: The main page of the site, which is the most popular page, btw Longer length posts Longer length reviews Individual podcast entries And archive pages such as our Reviews By…

Podcast 339, Your Transcript is Ready!
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Articles / May 2, 2018

The transcript for Podcast 339. Gathering in Person With Actual Humans: Amanda and Sarah on Book Clubs, Self Care, and Organizing the TBR has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

HaBO: Indiana Jones Contemporary Romance
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Articles / April 7, 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…

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
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Articles / April 6, 2018

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding B+ The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding April 3, 2018 · Sky Pony Press GLBTRomanceYoung Adult The Summer of Jodi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) is a body-positive f/f contemporary romance/rom-com set in L.A. This book is a light, fast read with plenty of humor, and with an angst level that is appropriate but never too heavy or whiny. The story is narrated by Abby Ives, who is seventeen. Abby is gay, which is an issue for absolutely no one except her mother, who seems to hope Abby will “grow out of it.” Abby, whose best friend Maliah just got a boyfriend, is convinced that she will never find a girlfriend. Abby is “the best friend”: The thread binding rom-coms together? It’s the sassy best friend. The sassy best friend gets to have witty one-liners, a killer wardrobe, and usually a pretty great job. But it is the best friend’s goal to help our heroine fall in love; it is not the best friend’s job to fall in love herself. Other than her lack of a love life, Abby’s summer looks…

Links: Golden Girls, A Star is Born, & More
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Articles / February 8, 2018

Hey there! Welcome to Links! This is a weekly dose of fun stuff around the internet, and I hope it serves as a reminder to take a break for yourself during the day. Has spring sprung for you yet? Not for me! And I’m doing my best to reduce the amount of times I have to leave the house this week. … Amy Poehler is slated to direct the Netflix adaptation of Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. I’m very excited to see what Poehler is going to do with the project! … If you need a feel-good story this week, I loved this one about a 103-year-old woman was recently sworn in as a junior ranger for Grand Canyon National Park. Congratulations to Rose Torphy! … Frolic and perhaps my favorite writing duo, Christina Lauren, have teamed up to produce a 9-part writing course! Titled “The Know How: Creative Writing with Christina Lauren,” it’s available for $29.99. Not bad! If you try it out, do let me know how it goes. … Love The Golden Girls? I do. I watched it a lot growing up and Blanche is, by far, my favorite. Well, if you’re a fellow Golden Girls fan, a themed cruise will be…

Guest Review: Forsaking All Other by Catherine Meyrick
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Articles / January 23, 2018

A- Forsaking All Other by Catherine Meyrick March 16, 2018 · Courante Publishing RomanceHistorical: European We have a guest review for you all! This review comes from Claudia. Thanks, Claudia! At sixteen, Claudia found her older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! Claudia loves history, so she mostly reads historical romance. Favorite authors include Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Miranda Neville, Elizabeth Kingston, and Rose Lerner. … Elizabeth (Bess) Stoughton is a widow and a lady-in-waiting to Lady Allingbourne. She is recently called to her childhood home, where she finds out that her father is plotting to marry her to a much older, repulsive neighbor in order to regain a plot of land he had sold to that man under duress. Bess’s husband’s family cheated her out of her widow portion so she’s in a very precarious situation and lucky to be part of Lady’s Allingbourne’s retinue (where she served before her marriage). In addition to being old enough to be her grandfather, her intended is also a perv: he has his eyes on Bess’ much younger half sister and mentions the girl is “welcome” to…