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
Penguin has released a set of classic books in newly-designed Christmas-themed covers, and they’re adorable. They’re also small and perfect for gifting, individually or as a set. Would you like to win a set? I have one to give away! Here are the books in the collection: The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol; Christmas at Thompson Hall and Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope; and A Merry Christmas … Continue reading Giveaway: Penguin Christmas Classics Collection
Anne Calhoun knit a pair of Elyse’s Outlandish Arm Warmers, and asked if she could give them away to one of the lovely members of the Bitchery, along with some of her books. So, arm warmers, plus really hot erotic romance. OH THE POSSIBILITIES. Stay warm while reading the hot stuff! Warm your mind AND your arms (and possibly other parts)! Warm arms, hot books! No matter what we call this one (and I’m sure … Continue reading Giveaway: Arm Warmers and Erotic Romance from Anne Calhoun
Sarah Morgan's Maybe This Christmas comes out next week, and to celebrate the final book in the O'Neil brothers trilogy, we have a giveaway. Yay! We have five print copies, and five digital copies to award, and this contest is indeed open to international residents (where permitted by law). Curious about this book? If you like contemporary romance with a lot of humor and wonderful characters, you should like this series a LOT. The first one, Sleigh … Continue reading Giveaway: Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
Maybe you heard Carrie talk about His Road Home on a recent podcast, or maybe you read her review in which she goes into all the reasons why she loved this novella, but the short answer is, she loved it a lot, and Anna Richland has offered us 10 copies to give away. These are from Carina Press, so they're DRM-free and minty-fresh. Sound good? Excellent! You can enter to win here: a Rafflecopter giveaway And … Continue reading Giveaway: His Road Home by Anna Richland
Updated 10 October: We have a winner! The lucky recipient of a pair of Lantern Moon needles and a copy of Outlander is: Jennifer in GA, who said that, “Outlander has pushed me to sign up for a knitting class so I can learn to knit ALL THE THINGS, but especially the fingerless glove/arm warmer thingies.” Congratulations, Jennifer, and thank you to everyone who entered! Next week, we'll have another knitting pattern from Elyse, who … Continue reading An Outlander and Knitting Giveaway!
I had to delay the announcement of our winner for the recent Blue Beats and Audiobooks giveaway because… well, the grand prize winner has some audio deliciousness to enjoy. The winner of of the contest was Katie, who said she'd be running nowhere on her treadmill while listening to audiobooks if she won. Katie, Nick Boulton has a message for you: Congrats, Katie! The runners up are: Jikie Natalie H. Melissa Maya S. You've … Continue reading Blue Beats and Laura Kinsale Audiobooks - The Winners!
To celebrate the audiobook release of Lessons in French, Laura Kinsale has offered up a set of really terrific prizes – ready to have some fun this week? We have a Grand Prize! One pair of Drenched in Blue Beats by Dre headphones, and five download codes for any five Kinsale Audiobooks from Audible! And we have runners up prizes, too: Four sets of five download codes, also valid for any five Kinsale Audiobooks from Audible! We … Continue reading Giveaway: Blue Beats, and Laura Kinsale Audiobooks
Would you like an ARC? That's an advanced reader copy, aka, this book's not out yet, but we have review copies, aka, wait, this paper feels kinda weird. Jill Shalvis and her publisher have offered up 10 digital review copies via NetGalley, and 10 print review copies via The Post Office, should you wish to win. Do you wish to win? Sure, why not, right? Here's some info about the book: It's a romance! (I … Continue reading Giveaway: Win a digital or print ARC of Jill Shalvis’ It’s In His Kiss
On Saturday, Susanna Kearsley's The Firebird ( A | BN | K | ARe ) won the RITA® for Best Paranormal at the 2014 RWA convention. While I had no idea that was going to happen, I'm a little extra excited, because I'd been working on a Q&A with the Sourcebooks art and productions departments about the making of her covers, and had planned to post it today. Yay for timing! Season of Storms is … Continue reading The Making of a Susanna Kearsley Cover - Plus Giveaway
Courtney Milan is releasing enhanced ebooks of her backlist, and wanted to host a giveaway to celebrate. Heck yeah! But of course, I have questions. Sarah: What's an enhanced ebook? Courtney: Enhanced ebooks are books that have an additional, non-book component to them–things like audio, video, pictures, author commentary. They're the director's cut of a book, except there are no directors. Here are two other romance authors who have self-published enhanced ebooks. Christina Dodd has put … Continue reading Giveaway: Win an iPad Mini, and Courtney Milan’s New Enhanced Ebooks!
Yay! Another anniversary giveaway of fun and silliness has gone by. Thank you for all the kind comments, the cheers and the book recommendations. I love reading what y'all are carrying or planning to carry in your bags. And thank you most of all for being here. It wouldn't be the same without you. It's time to pick the winners! I have three bags, each with its own $50 bookstore gift card, to award to … Continue reading Happy 9th Anniversary: The Winners!
Today is the 9th Anniversary of Smart Bitches! We were founded 31 January 2005, and what a long, funky nine years it's been! Thank you for being here to talk about romance and all the other things we love and enjoy and don our ragepants about. I'm so glad you're here. To celebrate, I usually do a silly giveaway that's tied to the traditional or modern gifts for that year's anniversary. Last year, the traditional … Continue reading Happy 9th Anniversary, Smart Bitches!
Time to announce the winners of the giveaway from Inez Kelley! Thank you for sharing what home means for you, and where – or what – your home is. That was a lovely thread to read. By the power of random integers (or Greyskull, whichever) the winner is: #23: Susan, who says that the South Shore of Long Island is her “home.” Congrats, Susan! The two second place winners, who will each receive digital … Continue reading Country Roads, Take Me Home, And Maple Syrup: The Winners!
Inez Kelley contacted me about doing a giveaway for her new series that's set in West Virginia. I reviewed Take Me Home in December, and am looking forward to the next few books, in part because of the setting, which is unique – and a place with which I'm pretty familiar. After my review, a few other folks tried the book, including Tessa Dare, who said, “Never has maple syrup sex more honestly earned … Continue reading Country Roads, Take Me Home, And Maple Syrup: A Giveaway
Let's have some fun! Today, a Which One First? request, with a giveaway! As part of our continued reader recommendation feature, Classic Romances: Which One First?, I wanted to ask your recommendation for which Jill Mansell novel a reader unfamiliar with her backlist should try first. Mansell's backlist isn't as far-reaching into the past as some other authors we've built recommendation lists for, but she has a lot of books published in her career. I … Continue reading Classic Romances: Which One First? Jill Mansell Edition - with Giveaway!
Y'all are funny. Did you know that? I am sure you did. It's time to pick the winner for the If Wishes Were Earls… giveaway. While using a widget is easier, reading everyone's answers is part of the fun, so I hope you enjoyed the old-style giveaway. There were many most excellent entries, but it's time to pick the winner. Many of you would wish on earls for more reading time, which, yeah, I would … Continue reading If Wishes Were Earls, Someone Will Win an iPad - Announcing The Winner!
For the past few years, Carrie has been writing up her impressions of various movie interpretations, including miniature reviews of all the Prides & Prejudices, a righteous smackdown in Jane Eyre vs. Wuthering Heights, and a round up of all the Jane Eyres. Or Janes Eyres? Anyway. Carrie has been looking for awhile at the intersection of popular culture and classic literature, especially in terms of adaptations, and now, y'll, have a look at THIS … Continue reading Pride, Prejudice and Popcorn: Announcing Carrie’s First Book!