Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels: Pre-Order Information

Book CoverGood morning! This post is all about the book I wrote that is coming out 4 October, and where you can pre-order a copy, should you be so inclined.

Why Should I Preorder This Book?

Well, if you’re at all curious and are on the fence, let me tell you something about EIKAL. I am so proud of this book. I know every author is proud of her books (at least, I hope so) but I am so very, very proud of this one, and I will tell you why. This book is much more than just me talking about romance novels.

Romance readers and authors shared stories and lessons and reasons why romance is important to them, and each one is amazing. This book helps represent the romance community at its best: describing how positive, powerful, and amazing romances really are.

ETA: you can still enter to win an ARC Jennifer Estep’s blog. WOO!

Ahoy! Here be preorder information:

If you’re in the US of A:

You can order it from a whole mess of different places:

Amazon: Print

Amazon: Kindle 


Books-a-Million, known in my home as BAMM! ZOOM!

You can use IndieBound to search your local independent bookseller.

But there are a few independent booksellers who are wonderfully romance-friendly, and if you’d like to order from them, here are some handy-pants links:

WORD Brooklyn | Posman Books | Anderson’s Bookshop |

(Is there a romance-friendly independent that you love and would like me to link to? Please email me at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom.)

And finally, if you’d like to borrow it from the library, and you’re not sure if your local branch has a copy, you can use WorldCat to look it up and see which copy is nearest to you. Inter Library Loan is some hot sexy business, isn’t it?

Note: not all libraries are part of WorldCat, but many are.

Have a look where copies are near you, and then you can ask your librarian to ILL a copy if you’d like.


If you’re in Canada, well, you know I have a raging girlcrush on Canada, right? So if you have me over to dinner, I’ll tell you how awesome you are. Oh, and you can order from:



Elsewhere AROUND the WORLD:

This book should be released worldwide on 4 October, so copies will be available digitally and in print wherever you happen to be. No guarantees if you’re on the space station, though. I sure there’s extra DRM involved if you’re orbiting the earth.

There is nothing more sexy than Book Depository’s free worldwide shipping.

All About EIKAL

Early reviews have been very positive, which gives me giddypants like holy hell.

Billie at the Book Goat reviewed EIKAL and wrote: “It’s a small book, and not very long, but if you read it through and still come away in any doubt as to how amazing both Romance Novels and the people of the Romance Community truly are, then I do believe your heart and soul and possibly brain may be made of stone.

The Library Journal reviewed EIKAL and wrote: “Wendell has convinced this reviewer: romance novels are not mere frivolities designed to convey guilty pleasure to their devoted readers…. Readers of romance novels will especially enjoy this engaging book; general readers will appreciate its reflective nature; and it may even cause those who have dismissed romance novels as worthless pabulum to think again.

AWESOME use of the word “pabulum!”

Linda Banche reviewed the book and said in part, “Written in her witty, upbeat style, Ms. Wendell, with numerous comments and excerpts from romance novelists, dissects the attraction that has made romance the best selling, as well as the most vilified, fiction genre. Romances give us permission to value ourselves and show us the types of men to slaver over and the ones to avoid. In these novels, we can solve our relationship problems, learn how to ask for what we want, and even (gasp!) find out about sex—what we like, what we don’t and what we didn’t even know existed.

Ms. Wendell’s most important point is that in a romance, the woman counts. I came to romance for that very reason.

And Holly’s Goodreads review made me happydance in my jammies: “I sent a friend a text message that said “this book is validating my entire existence.” And then I tweeted the same sentiment to both Sarah and every one of my Twitter followers. This is it, I thought, this is the information and explanation I needed for those teenage douchecanoes all those years ago. She knows all the ways that being a romance fiend has made me a better person, a better friend, and quite a catch, frankly. Yes, it was probably dramatic of me, but there was a great deal of truth to it. Wendell is offering something fantastic to romance readers in EIKAL.

I’m being self-indulgent here, but I also loved Alina’s Goodreads review.

EIKAL also has its own Facebook page where I am posting information about the authors and readers featured in the book. And you can always find me on Twitter if you want to suggest a book store to link to, or to tell me you pre-ordered so I can send you awesome textual thanks and accolades.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled man-titty.


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  1. 1
    Kim in Hawaii says:

    Aloha, Sarah!  I haven’t posted my review yet.  But when I received the Sourcebooks package, I ripped it open, squealed in delight, and read it front to back.  I ignored the children, forgot dinner, and starved the cats.  It is a fun book!

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    EbonyMcKenna says:

    ooooh, just in time for the bedside table for when the preacher, his wife and 3 kids come to stay :-D They’ll have a choice now, the Bosoms and the Love!

  3. 3
    jayhjay says:

    Yeah Sarah, you rock! What amazing reviews.  Congratulations!

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    hechicera says:

    Done, and done! Can’t wait!

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    SB Sarah says:

    YAY! @Jay Thank you for the congrats! @Kim, I am SO pleased you enjoyed it.

    And @Ebony, the fact that I hang out in your guest room is just awesome.

    @hechicera – you are awesome. Thank you!

  6. 6
    Erica says:

    Sarah! Just pre-ordered my kindle version. I can’t wait to read it!  Congratulations on the stellar reviews!!

  7. 7
    Stephanie says:

    Already pre-ordered it. Been waiting with baited breath!

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    Jennifer R says:

    Yay, there’s a kindle version! I really want to read this book but I am so very broke. Will have to see if I can scrounge up the money. Electricity isn’t really essential, right?

  9. 9
    CarrieS says:

    ordered it!  yay!

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    Sarah Morgan says:

    Actually this is one book I’m not ordering on Kindle because I got to touch an ARC and it is the cutest book ever. And handbag sized (reasonable handbag, not lipsick only clutch bag) so you can whip it out if you happen to pass a misbehaving man who needs some help to understand why romance is a Good Thing.

    @Jennifer R you won’t need electricity because it will warm you from the inside out :-D

    Happy Almost Launch Sarah.

  11. 11
    Alexa says:

    Pre-ordered my copy! Woohoo!

  12. 12
    Ros says:

    Yay – it’s listed on UK Amazon for Kindle and paperback too!

  13. 13
    Jen H says:

    Heh, mine’s already preordered AND paid for (traded in some textbooks to Amazon.com), lol. Can’t wait to read it, Sarah!

    maybe16: yeah, that ship done sailed, y’all

  14. 14
    Amber says:

    You know i’d have you over for dinner any day. We don’t have a dinner table, exactly, but we have the world’s cutest cat and i’m a pretty decent cook.

    That said, i’ll pick up the book once I get paid. :)

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    Tez Miller says:

    Hopefully your publicist will send a copy to Alan Brough of ABC Radio in Australia ;-)

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    Sam says:

    I can’t wait to read it! A note about ILL however- in my neck of the woods the book has to have been out for at least a year.

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    Kathleen O says:

    Next time I am in Chapter/Indigo I will be looking this book up for sure..

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    Aurora says:

    Wow, congratulations :) October 4th? LOL my 26th birthday is October 5th. Odd coincidence.

    C-word: working68. Wish I was working…

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    Rosie says:

    Just checked when I pre-ordered it – that would be May this year, ages ago!  Looking forward to reading it.  Glad I preordered a print copy rather than Kindle one, so I can lend it to/share it with friends.

    All the best!

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