Historical Romances and an Urban Fantasy
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Articles / March 4, 2019

Tempest RECOMMENDED: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins is $1.99! This is the third book in the Old West series, but it can be read out of order. Elyse read this one and gave it an A-: If you want a lot of emotional angst in your romance, then Tempest is not for you. If you’re looking for an amazing heroine, a great backdrop and a lot of action, then definitely pick this up. From USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins comes a new novel in a mesmerizing series set in the Old West, where an arranged marriage becomes a grand passion . . . What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses. Shooting Dr. Colton Lee in the shoulder is an honest error, but soon Regan wonders if her entire plan to marry a man she’s never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart along with his first wife, insists he only wants someone to care for his daughter. Yet Regan is drawn to the unmistakable desire in his gaze. Regan’s far from the docile bride Colton was expecting. Still, few women would brave…

My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris
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Articles / March 4, 2019

Squee My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon April 18, 2018 · Oni Press Graphic Novel My Boyfriend is a Bear is a graphic novel about a woman whose boyfriend is a bear. Not a shifter, but rather an actual, non-metaphorical bear. They meet when the narrator, Nora, goes on a camping trip with a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend who berates her for bringing fashion magazines with her (he thinks she should read “London or Kerouac”). Nora marches off to the woods and buries her magazines. She goes home to LA, dumps the boyfriend, and has a fun night drinking with friends. When she gets home from the night of drinking, she finds Bear, who saw her burying the magazines and who thoughtfully dug them back up and followed her home to return them. Being drunk means Nora is pretty chill about finding a 500 pound American Black Bear on her porch and from that moment on they are an item. The comic does not address how or if Nora and Bear have sex, but it does quickly establish that Bear is an excellent cuddler. Bear and Nora’s cat, Nutso, have some adjustment issues, but they become friends and Bear constructs a…

Cover Snark: U Pick Jonas Orchards
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Articles / March 4, 2019

Buckle up for some Cover Snark, everyone! From NCK: Why are his edges showing? It looks like his hair was pasted on. Sarah: I remain hesitant to go near his hair. Perhaps it’s the light or the yellow shading, but I fear it may be radioactive. Amanda: Is that a Jonas brother? Sarah: I thought the same thing! Amanda: Maybe that field is where they grow ’em. Like little cabbage patch babies. Sarah: The Jonas Patch? Amanda: Sounds about right. Pick your own personal Jonas in our state of the art Jonas Patch! Sarah: Now I’m picturing a Boy Band Orchard. Free gallon of cider with each bushel? CarrieS: You know, other than the hair, I like this one. Yellow isn’t my fav color, but at least it’s different, and I like the flowers. If only he didn’t have sort of a vacant expression, like he’s trying to see if maybe there’s some weed in those weeds. From Annette: OMG, it certainly looks like he got hit in the kneecap…or the nuts. Either way I’m pretty sure seduction isn’t on his mind. Amanda: Should grizzlies be plural here? Methinks not? Sarah: I’m doing a lot of existential pondering in how…

Wonder Woman, Paris, & More
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Articles / March 3, 2019

A Duke Changes Everything A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle is $1.99! This is a historical romance that earned a B grade from Redheadedgirl late last year: I think that readers of Megan Frampton and Caroline Linden will like this book and this author. There’s angst, but, like, as a seasoning. The real star of the dish is the well-plotted tension. In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . . Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne. When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change…

Reading and Snacking! What’s your Favorite Reading Snack?
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Articles / March 3, 2019

We had a strange but exhilarating tour of what stock photo composition means for reading and eating, and now I’m feeling nosy: What’s your favorite snack to eat while reading? (Please note: my fingers defaulted to typing “snark” instead of “snack” which I think is hilarious. What’s my favorite snark while reading? Well, that’s a difficult question.) Sarah: Typically I don’t eat while reading because it makes the screen of my Kindle all gross, and if I’m reading paper, it’s a library book and therefore sacrosanct. Beverages are easy: I always have a water bottle with me, or maybe I’m drinking tea. And if I’m absolutely not driving anywhere, maybe wine or a cocktail. But you know those questions like, “You can only have one thing to snack on forever, so will it be salty or sweet?” For me: salty. SALT. I love salt. So my preferred snack would be corn chips or, if I’m feeling now that I want to feel terrible later, Doritos. Love them, but they turn me into a foggy, slow-motion bloat-monster afterward. Sometimes it’s worth it. Not often. This person and I would get along well, I think, if I brought my own bag of Doritos…

Adventures in BigStock: What Do We Eat While Reading?
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Articles / March 2, 2019

BigStock reached out to us about featuring their portfolio in our entries, and we had so much fun exploring, we wanted to share some of our favorite images. There are some seriously talented photographers at work in stock imagery. There’s also a lot of gold to be mined when it comes to stock photos. Every month, we’ll share with you some great, beautiful, or downright silly things we’ve come across on BigStock. Beware of plot bunnies! I’m taking over for this month’s theme because I was looking for an image to use for an upcoming (tomorrow!) discussion post. So I wondered (in the search bar, not out loud) What do people in Stock Image Land eat while they’re reading?  Well. I am GLAD I ASKED because there is some fascinating culinary choices and some outright tomfoolery happening. Breakfast? That’s quite a breakfast! We’ve got rolls, an open faced fried egg sandwich, almonds, juice, and fruit…but absolutely zero utensils. Massive amount of food, and no tools with which to eat it. I hope that’s not a library book because it’ll likely be returned with some evidence of that meal. But hey, those are some excellent choices. Hope the book is as good as…

Podcast 340, Your Transcript Awaits
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Articles / March 1, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 340. Lesbian Relevant Sexuality in History: An Interview with Heather Rose Jones has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

340. Lesbian Relevant Sexuality in History: An Interview with Heather Rose Jones
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Articles / February 28, 2019

Nerd Diving Alert! Wanna take a very deep, very nerdy dive into lesbian-relevant sexuality in history? Grab your pressure-resistant diving pod and some snacks, because here were go! Heather Rose Jones is an author of historical fiction and fantasy, a massive history geek, a blogger and podcaster, and an individual deeply interested in researching lesbian relevant sexuality in history. She’s got a PhD in linguistics and medieval Welsh prepositions, and she loves spreadsheets and databases. GAME ON. Her blog, The Lesbian Historic Motif Project, focuses on historical research on gender and sexuality: as she put it, it “consists of summaries of historical research both on gender and sexuality topics, and on themes and tropes popular in lesbian historical fiction.” Her podcast, The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast,“rotates between historical essays, author interviews, book-squee discussions, roundups of new f/f historical fiction or thematic lists of past publications, and as of this year a series of original fiction in audio format.” Don’t worry – there will be links! Heather began her blog by wanting to create a lesbian character in the middle ages for SCA, and her research just kept on going. Looking at sexuality in history is a complicated enterprise, and Heather’s…

A Bookshop, Contemporary Romances, & More
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Articles / February 6, 2019

Crystal Singer Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey is 99c! This is one of the books Sassy Outwater mentioned on episode 200 of our podcast where we talked about what books made us romance readers. Some people feel that the book is a bit dated from when they first read it, while many loved the creativity McCaffrey has when building fantasy settings. Her name was Killashandra Ree. And after ten grueling years of musical training, she was still without prospects. Until she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild who could provide careers, security, and wealth beyond imagining. The problem was, few people who landed on Ballybran ever left. But to Killashandra the risks were acceptable… Add to Goodreads To-Read List → This book is on sale at:       The Knocked Up Plan The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely is 99c! It seems that (based on the description) the hero doesn’t know the heroine wants a baby? Or maybe he does? Because for me, that detail hinges on whether or not I’ll pick this one up. If you read this one, let us know your thoughts! There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I…

A Boxed Set, Ballet, and More
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Articles / February 2, 2019

Karen Memory Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear is $2.99! This is a steampunk novel with some alternate history and I totally love the cover. What do you think? Readers really loved the heroine and I can’t really blame them. She sounds (and looks) like a badass. However, some thought there were too many different elements going on. It has a 3.7-star rating on Goodreads. “You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I’m gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I’m one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It’s French, so Beatrice tells me.” Hugo-Award winning author Elizabeth Bear offers something new in Karen Memory, an absolutely entrancing steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century—an era when the town was called Rapid City, when the parts we now call Seattle Underground were the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront. Karen is a…