Book Review

Liar’s Game by Kait Gamble

Liar’s Game

The best thing I can say about Liar’s Game is that it was fun. It entertained me while I read it on my phone in the checkout line. The worst thing I can say about it is that when I sat down to write reviews and was trying to remember what I had read this month, I had a devil of a time remembering the book’s existence even though I had finished it on the…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Paranormal Romances & Scifi Titles

Books on Sale: The Bees by Laline Paull & More

RECOMMENDEDThe Bees by Laline Paull is $1.99! I LOVED this book. Margaret Atwood, whom I worship like a saint, tweeted about the book, calling it a mix between a Cinderella story and an Arthurian tale. I knew I had to read it. On GoodReads, I gave it a 4-star rating and a mini review:

This book was unlike anything I’ve read before, and I found it both unique and mesmerizing. However, the last fifty pages seemed to lack the care and craft of the ones before it. The ending was over in a rush and I felt Flora’s story should have continued on with more detail. Regardless, I was impressed with Paull’s storytelling and her ability to make bee life interesting.

Also, it’s legitimately about bees. Like bees that think and talk and exist in their strange bee society. It so weird, but so good. That’s all I can say.

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2014 Gift Guide, Part V

Wine Glass that holds an entire bottle of wine

Christmas is almost here, and Hanukkah has already begun, so it’s last-minute time for a lot of shoppers. No worries! I have a bunch of ideas to help. First, Knock Knock has a coupon for you! Knock Knock is fine purveyors of paper goods, including the shopping list I use every week. You can use code SMART20 for 20% off an order at knockknockstuff.com. It’s a one-time use coupon code. Better yet: it expires 1/15/15, so if you need…

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Books On Sale

Board Games, Banshees, and More

Books on Sale: Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent & More

Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent is $3.99 at Amazon, and $4.20 at some vendors. This set includes the prequel novella in the Soul Screamers series, plus books 1 and 2, My Soul to Take and My Soul to Save.

This series is teen fiction about a young girl who learns she’s a banshee, and in moments much like panic attacks, she will scream to signal the imminent death of someone close. This boxed set has a 4+ star average on GoodReads, and might make a good gift for the paranormal-loving teen reader you know.

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Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Heroine Hid Behind a Fake Hunchback

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This HaBO request is from Cat, who is looking for a historical romance that was taken away from her before she could finish it: I have been looking for this book for over 10 years! I only read about a third of it before my mother found it and took it away ( I was 12 and VERY curious). It was probably from the 90s. The cover was green I think with a circular cutout…

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Lighting the Flames: A Hanukkah Story

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As I mentioned in Podcast 119, I have a rule that if I complain about something twice, I either have to do something about it, or shut up already. And as you’ve probably noticed, every year, I get irritated with the lack of holiday romances that are about a holiday other than Christmas. I wanted to read more Hanukkah romances. So, I wrote one. And since tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, here it…

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Book Review

Book Rant: Breathless by Anne Stuart Made Marian Angry

Breathless

Marian sent me an email that began: One thing I love about the new site design is that I discovered all the rants. That reminded me I’d written something similar, so I’ve attached my rant. The book was one of those you’d like to throw to the floor and jump up and down on, except for it being library property. So all you can do is write about it, and maybe share with someone who’ll…

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Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Recent Rock Star Romance With A Domme

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This HaBO request is from Andrea, who is looking for a recent contemporary. Please, please Obi-wan! You’re my only hope! I’m looking for a shortish story I read fairly recently. Like within the last 6 months. But I cannot remember the title or the author. I think it is a part of a series, maybe about rockstars? It is a bdsm erotica that was medium-light on the actual sexy-times, heavier on the relationship. It is…

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Books On Sale

A 99c Jill Shalvis and a Recap of This Month’s Deals

Books on Sale: Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis & More

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis is 99c at Google:Play and at Amazon right now. I picture the Google Play fairy and the Amazon fairy having some kind of epic showdown this month. Probably with a dance-off.

Anyway, Forever and a Day is part of the Lucky Harbor series, and is book 6 – or the end of the second trilogy. The hero is an over-extended local doctor who is trying to raise his teenage sister and his young son, and the heroine agrees to be his nanny at the last minute. This book has a 4+ star average on GR, and is very popular with Shalvis fans, and with fans of the series. Have you read it?

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Book Review

Blamed by Edie Harris

Blamed

This book was an amazingly pleasant surprise and I lost track of the number of good book noises I made while reading it. I’m still getting my feet wet when it comes to romantic suspense, but I picked a good book to try out. It opens with the heroine post-torture. So I’d definitely issue a trigger warning for violence. Later on, there are some semi-graphic descriptions of said torture. Admittedly, dropping me into the middle of…

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Book Review

Come Home For Christmas, Cowboy by Megan Crane

Come Home for Christmas Cowboy

I don’t typically read Christmas books. I’ve spent enough years in retail and shipping to stamp out most of the joy of the holiday season. When I hear “Santa Baby” come on the radio my eye starts twitching and I’m treated to flashbacks of working Black Friday. I liked the idea of Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy, though, because it features a married couple trying to navigate a difficult patch in their relationship. I’ve always…

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The Librarians Premiere: Recap and Review

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The Librarian is a made for TV movie franchise about a badass librarian(played by Noah Wyle) who searches for magical objects .  Now that it’s a series (The Librarians, because now there’s more than one), the Bitches are not going to sit idly by while people quote shit from books while sword-fighting and flirting.  We’re not made of stone, here. The pilot was a two-parter, so brace yourself for a long recap – or just…

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Podcast

119. Listener Mail: Novellas, Clergy and Religion in Romance and More

This week, Sarah dives into the mailbag, or the inbox that she imagines looks like a mailbag, to answer listener email on topics ranging from novellas, clergy in romance, library behind the scenes information, and more. Here are the podcast recommendations mentioned in this episode: The History of Rome Revolutions Hardcore History History of English BBC Podcasts on WWI Inquiring Minds BookRiot Read it and Weep Bookrageous CraftLit

Knitting Pattern: Smart Bitches Think Pink Cowl

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In case you can’t tell, I really like cowls (they keep my boobies warm!). Here’s a pattern for a mohair cowl I knit back when I was recovering from surgery. That’s right, I knit this puppy on Percocet. Go me and my functional narcotic use! We’ll be using 3 colors of mohair yarn to make a 6 color ombré cowl. Things you will need: size 7 circular needles – I recommend lace needles like Addi Turbo…

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