Smart Bitches DC Gathering: February 10 at Sona!

sona wine bar and creamery

I’m hosting a Smart Bitches Gathering on February 10, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Sona Wine Bar & Creamery! Sona is located at 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. There will be wine and cheese and fun and mayhem. We’ll gather, drink, eat – please bring your knitting or stitchery if you wish! The Bitchery always welcomes stitchery. Then, if you’re going to the sneak preview of the Love Between the Covers documentary at … Continue reading Smart Bitches DC Gathering: February 10 at Sona!

10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 3

John DeSalvo in a hot pink toga grasping a woman with huge breasts - above it says Ten Years of Smart Bitches

We’re one day closer to our 10th anniversary on January 31st. Ready for more fun? The other giveaways are still open, but here are two more! Today we have some special things, including a Kate Spade bag, and a rather rare collectible. I haven’t seen any of these on eBay or anywhere in awhile. Oh – and some books! And treats! And an ARC of an April book, and a hardcover that isn’t out for 2 more weeks. This … Continue reading 10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 3

Books On Sale

Poison Studies, Fairy Tales, Regency Buffy, and Mercy Thompson on Sale

Books on Sale: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder & More

RECOMMENDED: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is $3.99 at Amazon and Google Play (seriously, are those price matching fairies in a battle until the end of time?). Amanda recommends this book vigorously, saying she loved it so much she’s bummed it’s not matched at more vendors.

This book has a 4+ star average, and is the first book in the Poison series. It’s a mix of fantasy, adventure and mystery, and readers who loved it connected instantly with the heroine, Yelena.

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Book Review

Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva

Drowning Mermaids

So apparently, in addition to being the Knitter in Residence here at SBTB, I am also the the aquatic romance reviewer. When Amanda sent me a book about a mermaid stripper, you know I had to read that, right? It’s as crazy-sauce as I could have hoped. The book is about Aazuria, a mermaid princess  who lived in an undersea ice palace and who is now destitute after her murdering her dad. To be fair, her … Continue reading Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva

10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 2

John DeSalvo in a hot pink toga grasping a woman with huge breasts - above it says Ten Years of Smart Bitches

The party continues today as we move closer to our 10th anniversary. Snow? What snow? We have MAYHEM! We’ve been counting down each month looking back at some of the most popular pages in the site’s archives over the past year. And now – more fun! Ready for more giveaway mayhem? Givea-hem? May-away? Whatever? It’s time for more! Mr. DeSalvo and his pink gladiator style are ready on the right, so let’s get to the next … Continue reading 10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 2

Books On Sale

Two Kinsale Audiobooks, $6.95 and a Laurens for $1.99

Books on Sale: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale & More

RECOMMENDED: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale is part of the $6.95 Audible sale this week. This unabridged audiobook is performed by Nicholas Boulton. You may have heard his voice when he recorded personal greetings for the winners of different Kinsale audiobook giveaways.

Every one I know who has listened to this book as narrated by Boulton, and I’m not exaggerating here, has raved about it. Sometimes they didn’t even use consonants- just a long stream of vowels and gasping. It’s that good.

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Book Review

Tender is the Storm by Johanna Lindsey

Tender is the Storm

So I started reading this because someone who shall remain nameless but who’s name rhymes with D-Ellie posted the original cover art, which involves titty-fucking basically and I had to read it. What better way to get back into the Old School Groove than to read me some crazysauce Lindsey? Spoiler: there’s no actual titty-fucking in this book. So we start with the introduction of Slade Holt, who’s been living with the Apache since his … Continue reading Tender is the Storm by Johanna Lindsey

10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 1

John DeSalvo in a hot pink toga grasping a woman with huge breasts - above it says Ten Years of Smart Bitches

This Saturday, January 31, 2015, Smart Bitches will be ten years old. Yay! We’ve been counting down each month looking back at some of the most popular pages in the site’s archives over the past year. Now it’s time to party! So all this week, we’re celebrating with two giveaways each day – ten in all (see my elite math skills there? I double checked them, too) – until Saturday. Over on the right, we … Continue reading 10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 1

The Librarians Episode 10: And the Loom of Fate

The Librarians Poster

There’s a very strange opening in which Eve wakes up smiling at a bloody hand – this will presumably make sense later.  She snaps to full consciousness and finds herself fighting a bunch of mummies, along with The Scoobies.  They are all working well as a team and hey – here’s Flynn, who told everyone to meet him at the pyramid but failed to mention mummies or the medallions which they wear (remove the medallions and … Continue reading The Librarians Episode 10: And the Loom of Fate

The Librarians Episode 9: And the City of Light

The Librarians Poster

In the teaser, an adorable ufologist (I love that word) named Victor is killed, creepily, by townspeople (or is he?).  At the Annex, Jenkins says that UFOs do not exist.  The Scoobies point out that Santa, fairy tales, and haunted houses are real, so why not UFOs?  But Jenkins is adamant about this.  The Librarians are off to the town to investigate.  The immediately split up. Jesus, splitting up again?  I know it’s efficient, but … Continue reading The Librarians Episode 9: And the City of Light

Whatcha Reading: January ’15 Edition

Book with a field and a road on the pages against a blue cloudy sky

Time to talk about what we’re reading, and to begin buying more books than we could ever hope to read, right? Right! Currently I’m reading a book that was a recent Kindle Daily Deal. I think I bought it at about 6 in the morning, before I had my glasses on and before I’d ingested caffeine. My impulse control is weak first thing in the morning. It’s called The Paper Magician, and it’s the first of what … Continue reading Whatcha Reading: January ’15 Edition

Links: Scoundrel Anniversary, Romance and Fanfic, and More

Links: Scoundrel Anniversary, Romance and Fanfic, and More

I like hotlinks, and I cannot lie! I mentioned this in the Books on Sale post today, but it’s worth mentioning again: today is the 20th anniversary celebration of Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. The book is on sale for $1.99 and Avon is encouraging people to share their memories of the first time they read it, or what they love about it, using hashtag #LoSLove on Twitter. They’re giving away signed copies of the book randomly … Continue reading Links: Scoundrel Anniversary, Romance and Fanfic, and More

Books On Sale

$6.95 Audible Sale, Plus Lord of Scoundrels for $1.99 and More

Books on Sale: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase & More

RECOMMENDED: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase is $1.99 for the 20th anniversary of its publication. Just in time for weekend reading, this is a classic and much-loved historical romance. It has a 4+ star average, and is one of the most frequently recommended historical romances, especially for those new to the romance genre. If you haven’t tried it, treat yourself.

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Podcast

125. An Interview with RedHeadedGirl and Courtney Milan

This week, RedHeadedGirl and Sarah sit down with Courtney Milan to talk about her brand-new New Adult Contemporary Trade Me, which was released this past Tuesday. We discuss reader reactions, the development of the characters and Milan’s take on the billionaire trope. Plus, Courtney’s dog also makes a guest appearance. If you’re worried about spoilers, this is pretty spoiler-free. We talk about characters and their backstories, but don’t give away too much of the plot, … Continue reading 125. An Interview with RedHeadedGirl and Courtney Milan

Books On Sale

Paranormal Romance & Fantasy with Grim Reapers, Mysterious Islands, & More

Books on Sale: The Language of Spells by Sarah Pointer & More

The Language of Spells by Sarah Pointer is 99c! If I had to label this book, I’d say it’s fantasy with threads of women’s fiction and romance thrown in for good measure. A heroine with magical abilities returns to a town that essentially shunned her for being a witch. Many readers thought the story was beautiful and balanced, while some thought the story was a bit outlandish even with the magic aspect. Anyone interested?

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RT Book Blogger Conference: Registration Now Open

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Registration for the 2015 RT Book Blogger Conference on 12 May 2015 in Dallas, Texas, one day prior to the start of Romantic Times BookLovers Convention, is now open! You can head over to the RTBookBloggerCon site to register. This is a one-day conference for book bloggers, and it’s the third annual gathering of us bookish webby types. I expect 22% more bawdy humor, but that’s purely an estimate. If you’d like to see the schedule … Continue reading RT Book Blogger Conference: Registration Now Open

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