Books On Sale

Carbs & Historicals: The First Pennyroyal Green, Memoirs of a Geisha, and A Bread Cookbook

Books on Sale: The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long & More

RECOMMENDED: The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long is $2.99 right now at most vendors. This is the first Pennyroyal Green book, which is a much-loved bestselling historical series. It’s a mix of small town romance set in the Regency but outside of London, and the two rival families and the setting make for some terrific reading. This book has a 3.7 star average on GR, and the series gets better and better with each book.

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Other Media Review

Movie review: Wild

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Wild is, hands down, for me, the best movie of 2014. It’s profound, filled with complex, interesting female characters, and two incredible performances that got well-deserved Academy Award nominations. Everyone knows that its true that I have no heart and no soul, and I was crying so much at the end of the movie I didn’t really want to leave the theater until I had more control over myself. (Reaction to that news from Ppyajunebug … Continue reading Movie review: Wild

10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 5

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One last day of fun and frivolity! Tomorrow is our official 10th anniversary, but today, we have more mayhem and merriment! We have two more giveaways, and you know the drill by now, right? Of course! Each giveaway will be open until 31 January 2015, and each prize pack is open to international residents where applicable by law. Must be over 18 and somewhat ready to read all the things to win. Void where prohibited. … Continue reading 10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 5

Books On Sale

Contemporaries by Shalvis, Ashley, & More

Books on Sale: Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley & More

Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley is 99c! That’s right, less than a dollar! This is a contemporary romance and the second book in the Colorado Mountain series. The heroine moves to a small Colorado town for a fresh start after her husband is caught cheating. Readers adored the hero, Tate, and his transition from grizzled ex-cop to considerate protector. A few reviews on GoodReads also mentioned that Ashley’s writing style took some time to get used it. Sweet Dreams has a 4.4-star rating on GoodReads.

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10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 4

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Time for another set of giveaways to celebrate our 10th anniversary on January 31st. Ready? The others giveaways are still open, but we have two each day so, by the power of mathematics, here are two more! Each giveaway will be open until 31 January 2015, and each prize pack is open to international residents where applicable by law. Must be over 18 and somewhat fond of yarny things to win.  Void where prohibited. This prize pack comes from … Continue reading 10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 4

This American Life on Trolls

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Trigger warning for rape, rape jokes, trolls, rape joking trolls, and general asshattery. The most recent episode of This American Life, a Chicago Public Radio program, has blown my mind so much, I think my brain is six sizes larger for having listened to it. Episode 545. If you don’t have anything nice to say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS is worth listening to, I think, though again, trigger warnings like whoa. First, writer Lindy … Continue reading This American Life on Trolls

Books On Sale

Romance with Suspenseful Elements – and a Terrific Avon Coupon

Books on Sale: Next of Kin by Sharon Sala & More

Next of Kin by Sharon Sala is $2.99! This romantic suspense is book one in the Rebel Ridge series. The heroine is in the witness protection program, but after being discovered by the people from which she’s supposed to be hiding, she heads home to backwoods of Kentucky for safety. Many readers caution that it’s heavy on the suspense and a little lighter on the romance, but others loved the fact that the hero & heroine were childhood sweethearts, which I’m sure is catnip for some. It has a 3.9-star rating on GoodReads.

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Smart Bitches DC Gathering: February 10 at Sona!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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