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
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.
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
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
The transcript for Podcast 125. An Interview with RedHeadedGirl and Courtney Milan has been posted!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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?
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
I was really excited when I heard about Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight on Twitter because it’s a medieval novella featuring a heroine of color. I enjoyed the book, but it was just too short and I needed more to the story. Agnes Moor (or Agnes Black) is one of the “exotics” at King James IV and Margaret Tudor’s court. As a black woman, Agnes obviously stands out and is treated as an outsider. When the … Continue reading Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole