RedHeadedGirl and Amanda are hosting a Boston Area meetup on Saturday, December 6th! We will be at the Bestseller’s Cafe in Historic Medford Square, 24 High Street, Medford, MA 02155, from 3-5pm, and we hope to see the New England contingent of the Bitchery there! If you don’t own a car, like many of us in the Boston metro area, the cafe is accessible by the 94, 95, 96, 101, and 134 bus lines. Bestseller’s … Continue reading Boston Meetup
I received a most excellent email from a librarian named Amy at the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Library in Iowa. It seems they have a Chair-ity fundraiser, and one of this year's entries was completely awesome: My library is holding a chair-ity fundraiser and enlisted one of my co-workers to create a chair for the auction. The final result is a chair I think the Bitchery would enjoy. A…what? I had to ask – what is a chair-ity … Continue reading Romance Chairs. Literally, Romance Chairs.
The holiday season is tough for me because I work in logistics, which means from October 1st to December 22nd, my life is a blur of chaos and two a.m. phone calls to make sure Wal-Mart gets their goddamned Dora the Explorer sheets on-time. If you get a Christmas present from me it’s either purchased in September or it's an Amazon gift card. And it doesn’t matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice … Continue reading Knitting Pattern: Smart Bitches Last Minute Neck Warmer
So the bad news is you have to wait until April 4th for a new episode of Outlander. The good news is, you don’t have to wait any longer for another Smart Bitches Outlandish knitting pattern! This time we’re doing arm warmers inspired by the awesome ones Claire and Mrs. Fitz wear. This pattern is knit flat and is exceptionally easy because if I’m about one thing, it’s being easy… Wait, no. Just in … Continue reading Knitting Pattern: Smart Bitches Outlandish Arm Warmers
Time for another illustration from Vicky Scott, a fine, fine artist, about book and reading terms that are familiar to us all. First, we did “Abibliophobia:” And then, “Comfort Reading” And now: Have you ever had New Book Flu, and taken a day off to read a new book you were so excited about? Which book? (We won't tell anyone! Promise!)
The recent flood of articles about romance that can best be described as “dubious” means there is even MORE opportunity for working out. Here are MORE exercises based on those elements so frequently found in sketchy examinations of romance. Extra points if you do each exercise while holding one eyebrow up, AND giving the side-eye. Like the previous workouts, you can do all these exercises with a mat and your own bodyweight. No additional weights are … Continue reading Romance Novel Reader Workout XVII
There's been a veritible cornucopia of articles about romance that raise a stunning amount of eyebrows, induce side eye, and create a wave of eyerolling. But look, eyerolling does not burn enough calories. We can do better. And though the writers of these articles don't seem to be working too hard to reach accuracy, or anything in the same metro area as accuracy, that doesn't mean we get to take it easy. We can take … Continue reading Romance Novel Reader Workout XVI
Howdy! Are you sad that Bitchster isn't a real thing? I sort of am, yes. I wish I had the programming skillz to make it happen! This is our tenth year of April Foolery, and it gets more fun every year. Here's a look back at the horrible splash pages we've inflicted upon you, going back in time, and also increasing in offensiveness the farther back you go. Ah, time and maturity. I have more … Continue reading Happy April Fools, 2014!
Ready for this week's heaving, throbbing workout? Grab your purplest of purple prose, because it's time for Romance Novel Reader Workout #15! Purple prose is most often found in older historical romances with fuchsia and teal on the covers, and possibly a foil hologram at the top. Or some mullets – those, too. Like the previous workouts, can do all these exercises with a mat and your own bodyweight. No additional weights are needed unless … Continue reading Romance Novel Reader Workout XV
The best thing to do with purple prose, aside from laughing and rolling one's eyes, is to employ it for a crushing workout. A quivering workout, even. Possibly a throbbing workout! Time for Romance Novel Reader Workout #14! Like the previous workouts, can do all these exercises with a mat and your own bodyweight. No handweights are needed unless you want to use some. For this one, you'll need to grab a romance with as … Continue reading Romance Novel Reader Workout XIV
Hey! It's Valentine's Day! That means the chocolate is on sale tomorrow (woo!), there's lot of people wearing red today (which, woo, because I like red), and there's glancing coverage of romance. I said this earlier in the collection of links on Wednesday, and had it made into graphic form just for fun: Happy Valentine's Day to us! AND ON THAT NOTE. It's time for Conversation Hearts of Awesome II: The Desolation of Smaug! Theresa Romain … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day: Conversation Hearts of Awesome II and Other Fun Stuff
If you made a fitness resolution for 2014, we here at the Hot Pink Palace are here for you. Remember last year's romance reader workouts? We are BACK. With MORE WORKOUTS. You ready? Because it's time to get booky and sweaty! Like the previous workouts, can do all these exercises with a mat and your own body. No handweights are needed unless you want to use some. Grab your latest romance and prepare to work! … Continue reading Romance Novel Reader Workout XIII
Avon contacted me and asked if I'd like to host a giveaway to celebrate the release of Elizabeth Boyle's new book, If Wishes Were Earls, and to celebrate Ms. Boyle's birthday, which is today! Happy birthday, ma'am!. I like birthdays (CAKE) and I like celebrations (CAKE) and I like giveaways (NO CAKE — SORRY. SHIPPING CAKE WOULD BE GROSS) so I agreed. Ready for some fun? Have a look-see at the cover below: Help complete … Continue reading Giveaway: If Wishes Were Earls…One Might Win an iPad!
It's been a rather eventful morning of Hey Look More Plagiarism as discovered by Excellent Sharp-Eyed Readers. Reader Ari discovered similarities between Shey Stahl's For the Summer and fanfics, including Dusty by YellowBella. The comments at GoodReads follow a similar and, dare I say, familiar path: Stahl denied it, her fans defended her, then down went her Facebook page, and her books are no longer for sale at Amazon and BN. As Jane pointed out in her news … Continue reading Time Out For the Plagiarism Workout
Time for another romance reader workout! You ready? Because it's weres weres everywheres! If you like shapeshifter heroes, it's time to get your workout in. If you were worrying about the post-RWA weight gain, there are now 12 complete workouts to try, so have fun! Like the last few workouts, can do all these exercises with a mat and your own body. No handweights are needed unless you want to use some. Grab your latest … Continue reading Romance Novel Reader Workout XII
A few weeks ago, I was drinking a martini and playing on Amazon within arm's reach of Twitter, and the idea of having a mustache-themed party at RWA was born. Why mustaches? Well, why not? Really, mustaches or not, I'd love to throw a party after the RWA Literacy Signing ( 5:30-7:30 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis — you are going, right?!) so the readers who come on down to all the Peachtree Streets in Atlanta … Continue reading Smart Bitches Reader Party 2013: Mustache Mayhem!
In 2003, Mattel released Jude Deveraux, The Raider – Barbie® and Ken® Doll Giftset. I don't know why the earth didn't move and alert me to this amazing opportunity, but it is only ten years later that I have been able to see this amazing majesty for myself. You guys, I seriously think this doll set answers SO MANY QUESTIONS that I've had about classic romance novel poses. Let's examine each element close up, shall we? … Continue reading Barbie, The Raider, The Washboard, and Me
RWA is arriving soon, and with it, a great deal of attention to shoes. Alas, I have learned of The Most Awesome Shoes in the Universe, and there is only one pair. Please meet Rudi, a graduate student studying romance novels, who sent me an email with the subject line, “I made something cool and I wanted to share.” I've spent the past couple of weeks working on a visual art piece that celebrates my … Continue reading The Most Awesome Shoes in the Universe