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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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

Book Review

Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole

Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight

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

Books On Sale

Contemporary Romances with Billionaires, Sports, & Army Rangers

Books on Sale: The Wedding Vow by Cara Connelly & More

The Wedding Vow by Cara Connelly is $1.99! This is a contemporary romance and is the second book in her Save the Date series. For those with a hankering for billionaire heroes, this book’s got ‘em. This is also an enemies-to-lovers story. Readers loved the back and forth between the characters and the fact the book can be read as a standalone installment. However, the hero has a bit of a secret that not all readers liked. It has a 4.1-star rating on GR.

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Book Review

A Gronking to Remember by Lacey Noonan

A Gronking to Remember

I love contemporary sports romances. I may not be fully invested in contemporaries as a whole, but put a muscled up man in a snug-fitting uniform and I’m there. But this…this was not what I had in mind. Moving to New England has certainly instilled in me a love of the Patriots, and I am no stranger to the nice butts filling out the roster (Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and of course, Rob Gronkowski). The … Continue reading A Gronking to Remember by Lacey Noonan

Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: She Gets Revenge by Singing

HaBO: She Gets Revenge by Singing

This HaBO comes from Tiwaah, who is looking for what sounds like a Harlequin Presents:  Hello, there’s Harlequin Presents novel… I forgot the name and author’s name, but the story is about a female who was known for her singing…she sang at her crush’s birthday in their childhood,but got involved in something embarrassing and her nickname from then on was a sheep or a lamb. But as a few years passed she and her best … Continue reading HaBO: She Gets Revenge by Singing

Book Review

Trade Me by Courtney Milan

Trade Me

Courtney Milan is well-known (and, on this site, much adored) for her Victorian romances.  Trade Me is Milan’s first contemporary and once the Bitches finished knocking each other over on the way to an ARC, we commenced to raving about the book on email and now we are raving publicly because this book is pretty darn sublime. The basic sum up of the plot is this – Blake and Tina are two college students.  Blake … Continue reading Trade Me by Courtney Milan

Books On Sale

Two from Lisa Kleypas, One from Lorraine Heath

Books on Sale: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas & More

RECOMMENDED: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas is $2.99 at Amazon, $5.69 at Google Play, and $5.99 at BN and elsewhere. The price matching fairies must be dizzy at this point.

This book has a four-star average and is the first in the Wallflowers quartet, one of the best series Kleypas has written. It focuses on four friends who for various reasons are very low on marriage prospects. The first book features Annabelle, who is trying to save her family by marrying a nobleman, and Simon who is in trade, and is among the most wealthy men in London.

I really liked this book because Annabelle and Simon both have to realize their own prejudices and snobbery (more on Annabelle’s side with that issue), and both deal with social expectations, too.

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