Links: Brown Girl Dreaming, Duke’s Wagers, and More

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Yesterday morning, folks on Twitter and elsewhere were discussing Daniel Handler’s racist jokes while hosting the National Book Awards following Jacqueline Woodson’s win in the YA category for Brown Girl Dreaming.  David Perry posted a transcript and linked to the video clip from the awards ceremony, if you’d like to see it. Handler (who wrote the Series…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: A Mix of Perfect Weekend Reading

Books on Sale: The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Sarah Morgan & More

RECOMMENDED: The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Sarah Morgan is .99c right now. I gave it a B+ when I reviewed it, and I really, really like this book, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s Jan, who emailed me about it:

Speaking of magic, I don’t know if it was SBTB or Dear Author that featured Sarah Morgan’s book on the daily book deals. I’m thinking it was Jane Litte because I remember that they quoted you as saying this was a fantastic book.  OMG, I cried at the end!  I never cry…. Anyway, Sarah Morgan is now one of my fave authors. I did read her Christmas book last year, Sleigh Bells in the Snow. I enjoyed it but not like this one. Wow, how wonderful! Anyway, it’s nice to know you thought that 12 Days was fantastic too.  Just had to write and tell you I cried-I NEVER CRY!

 

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Friday Videos Like Pythagoras Switch

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Anna Richland forwarded me a link to a long video of Rube Goldberg machines built for a Japanese children’s show called Pythagoras Switch. I didn’t want to embed an 18 minute video – that’s like asking you to get caught at work not working, right? But they are SO COOL. So here’s a short one:…

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Podcast

116. Sarah, Elyse & Sarah MacLean: Historical Romance, Regency Pools and NPR

In this episode, Elyse and Sarah interview Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. We talk about Billionaire Dinosaurs, but more about her upcoming book, Never Judge a Lady by her Cover, which comes out Tuesday, 25 November. We cover identity, the need for Regency pool boys, and the strange ways MacLean’s book has appeared as…

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The Rec League: Thanksgiving Romances

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I received an email from Abby, who wrote: With the holidays coming up, I was hoping to find a Thanksgiving romance. I know Thanksgiving isn’t as “sexy” as some of the other holidays (full stomachs and such), but it’s my favorite, and I was curious if you knew of any or had any to recommend. I…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Recommended Fantasy & Baking Books

Books on Sale: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen & More

RECOMMENDED: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is $1.99! This author became an auto-buy for me after I read this book as a part of a GoodReads reading challenge. I would liken this book to women’s fiction with a magical realism slant. It’s heartwarming and beautiful and has a 4-star rating on GR. The biggest complaint seems to be the book is a little predictable, but we all need an easy read now and again. It’s the first book in the Waverley Family series.

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Sweet Contemporaries with Some Holiday Cheer

Books on Sale: The Kent Brother Trilogy by Jaci Burton & More

The Kent Brothers Trilogy by Jaci Burton is 99c! It’s that time of year again when holiday romances come out of the wood works. The trilogy features all three of the Kent Brothers novellas. The stories feature a second chance romance, a single mom heroine, and a divorced hero. Something for everyone! Though the bundle lacks actual reviews on GR, it has a rating of 4.3 stars.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Part I

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Time to round up all the neat and clever and oh-so-tempting items for your holiday shopping and wish-listing needs. I’ve been collecting ideas for a few weeks now — and really, this is so fun, like I’m shopping for all of you. Each Wednesday, I’ll be posting collections of gifts and ideas for gifting and…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: A Freethy Boxed Set, Duchess Wars, and More

Books on Sale: The Wish Series Boxed Set by Barbara Freethy & More

The Wish Series Boxed Set by Barbara Freethy is $1.99 right now. This is a set of two novels and a novella, and is exclusively at Amazon. The Wish series features three women making a birthday wish, and while the novella has a 3.7 star average, the two books are 4+ stars on GR. There’s a mystery/suspense element to each story as well, according to readers who enjoyed it. Have you read these?

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Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: A Moment in the Kindle Storefront

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Vicki is looking for a book she caught a glimpse of recently – and is hopeful one of you will know which book it was: On Columbus Day, I was in a waiting room browsing the Kindle Storefront. I had just happened on a book that looked promising and I was called back for my appointment. I…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Historicals

Books on Sale: Elusive Passion by Kathryn Smith & More

Elusive Passion by Kathryn Smith is .99c at most vendors. This is the first book in the Ryland Brothers series, and features a courtesan who kidnaps a marquess (as you do) and accuses him of murder (of course). Their relationship then progresses from hate to love (naturally). Those who enjoyed this book adored the heroine, who is resourceful, smart, brave, and takes no crap from anyone. This book has a 3.9-star average.

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