The Librarians Episode 4: “And Santa’s Midnight Run”

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Carrie: Welcome to Episode 4 of The Librarians:  “And Santa’s Midnight Run.”  We open with a guy trying  to steal the cash donations from a soup kitchen.  He is talked down by, wait for it…Bruce Campbell, who is playing, I shit you not, Santa.  Bruce talks to the guy about inner goodness while the fake Santa in the back eats chili, which I personally found hilarious. Then, oh no, Bruce Campbell is hit with a tranquilizing…

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Other Media Review

Top Five

Top Five

Top Five is a romantic comedy that succeeds more as a comedy (with a lot of drama) than as a romance. Viewers should know that this is a very, very “R” rated comedy that tackles subjects of race, sexuality, addiction, and creative identity in powerful and profane ways. They should also know that the movie is freaking hysterical. Top Five has a “one crazy night” structure (actually it’s one crazy night and one crazy day).  …

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Podcast

121. Talking Historicals with Rose Lerner

This week, I sit down with Rose Lerner. Now, I had the flu, and I was stuffy, so I sound terrible, and I apologize for that. Rose Lerner, however, sounds great. We talk about Dorchester, where Lerner began her writing career, the most Heyer way to take a compliment, and the best Heyer way to recommend a book. We also talk about her upcoming release, her current 99c romance, and the short story that just went…

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Books On Sale

Bestsellers on Sale: Susanna Kearsley, Eleanor & Park, and 70% off at Kobo

Books on Sale: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley & More

RECOMMENDED: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is $2.99 as a Kindle Daily Deal today, and that price is being matched at some vendors – yay! If there had to be a Christmas Day deal, this is a great one. Kearsley’s books are a mix of contemporary and paranormal and historical, with time slip stories across parallel storylines and incredible atmosphere. Need an escape? Grab one of these and start reading!

This book was a Sizzling Book Club Pick, and when it was on sale last year, I wrote, “It’s absorbing, beautiful, and made me tear up at the end. It’s amazing – buy it for yourself or for someone who likes historical romance, mystery, or really, really powerful writing.”

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Other Media Review

Annie (2014)

I loved the trailer for the Annie remake, and I was poised to love the movie itself, but I found myself with a huge case of what TV Tropes calls “They Changed It, Now It Sucks.” I loved Quvenzhané Wallis.  I think she should be in everything from now on, as long as it doesn’t interfere with her physical and emotional health.  If there is a film with a role for a child, cast her….

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Our Holiday Wishes To You

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Happy holidays, if you’re celebrating today, or just finished, or have been celebrating since the Christmas trees appeared in the stores sometime back in September. We wanted to share our holiday wishes to you, and invite you to share yours. If we could give one gift (or more than one thing because who are we to stop at one?) to the Bitchery community here at SBTB, we’d offer: Sarah:  I’d give the unerring ability to find the…

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Books On Sale

Contemporaries with Holiday Spirit, Cowboys, & More

Books on Sale: In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins & More

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins is $1.99! This is a wintry contemporary romance and I have to say that I just love this cover. It’s cute and cozy and I want that dog. This is the fourth book in the Blue Heron series and has the heroine taking the hero as her date to her ex-fiance’s wedding. Fans of the series love this latest installment, saying that the books just keep getting better. For some readers, the book felt too short, as did the romance. It has a 4-star rating on GR.

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Book Review

A Line in the Ice by Jamie Craig

A Line in the Ice

A Line in the Ice had a great concept that paid off well conceptually but not at all in terms of character. I ended up not caring about the romance because by the end of the book I disliked the two major characters. There were things about the book that I loved (the concept, the setting, the character of Lysander for the first half of the book) and things I didn’t. I’m giving the book…

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HaBO: Hugged Her Brother, Was Compromised (Yes Way)

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This HaBO is from Francesca, who is looking for a historical she read long ago – back in the EIGHTIES. I KNOW. (I’m kidding- everyone knows the 80s were, like, last week. Right? Don’t lie. I saw pleated stonewashed jeans on three people in Times Square recently). Anyway, here’s Francesca’s description: I’m looking for a book I read back in the late eighties to early nineties. The cover art was by Robert McGinnis and had…

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HaBO: Historical with a Shoe Cover

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This HaBO comes from Marie L, who is looking for a historical romance: I WORK in a library and I can’t find the title or author of this book anywhere. Thought in might be in Sabrina Jeffries series The Duke’s Men but I can’t find a matching description in NoveList. Help! Published at least five years ago, the cover had a slipper against a red velvet background. The heroine and her friend go to a…

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Reading, The Red Tent and What We Pass On

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My professional life is currently in flux–the sort of uncertainty that could lead to something really good, really bad or just very different. I’ve been waiting for The Call, not sleeping, picking at my cuticles obsessively and trying to soothe my stressed-out brain. I’ve been teaching myself to crochet, a Knit Picks box filled with wool sitting next to my feet like a box of comfort. I’ve been reading mysteries where Bad Things Happen but everything…

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New For-Every-Budget Ads at SBTB

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We have a new advertising option I’d like to tell you about! On the longer pages, such as the main blog page, the review-by-grade archive pages, or the podcast page, the ad column is shorter than the content. In other words, there is more content than there are ads, leaving space in the ad column. In order to invite more people to advertise, we’ve created For-Every-Budget ads that will use that available space. The process is very…

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Books On Sale

The Handmaid’s Tale, Recommended New Adult, and Rodeo Romance

Books on Sale: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood & More

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is one of the two Kindle Daily Deals today at $1.99. This month they’ve been featuring classics and editor’s picks. This is a much-loved and very-much-still-relevant dystopian fantasy in which the US has been replaced by the Republic of Gilead, and a handmaid whose job it is to become pregnant remembers her life before, when she had a husband, a daughter, and was permitted to read. This book was published over 30 years ago, but the story is still frighteningly prescient where women’s rights are concerned.

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Su Sanniang: The Bandit Turned Rebel General

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A Note from SB Sarah: In 2015, Carrie will be writing a series for the site called Kickass Women in History, where she’ll profile different forgotten badasses from various periods of time, all of whom kicked ass in various ways. This is the unofficial first post in that series. Enjoy!  In Gunpowder Alchemy, our heroine meets a woman who leads a band of rebels. Her name is Lady Su. I assumed that this was a fictional character…

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Book Review

Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

Gunpowder Alchemy

Gunpowder Alchemy is the first book in a steampunk series set in China during the Opium Wars. It’s a fun, fresh setting, with interesting, complex characters and a great balance of plot, romance, and steampunk geeky goodness. You should know that it’s an adventure series with a lot of romance, not a romance novel with a lot of adventure. Also, it ends on a cliffhanger (WHY GOD WHY). The plot involves Jin Soling, the daughter…

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