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Guest Review: Pride

Guest Review: Pride

I received a truly squee-ful email from Lucylegs, who saw Pride, a movie that’s been in limited release in many countries. She wanted to encourage more people to see it, and so here is her guest review. Welcome, Lucylegs! YOU MUST GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!! I AM FLAILY AND HAVE ALL OF THE FEELS!!!! That was pretty much what I emailed to Sarah, and she, no doubt stroking her bald cat, said ‘how interesting, care to write…

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Hide Your Wallet: November’s New Releases

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It looks like it’s going to be a front-heavy book-buying month, Bitchery! Budget accordingly! Blamed Author: Edie Harris Released: 11/3 by Carina Press Genre: Romantic Suspense Series: #1 in Blood Money series Summary: Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager. That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The…

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Cover Snark: Winter Weather Inappropriate

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I received an ARC of this book in the mail, and the cover made me do a double take:  Sarah: She's thinking, “No, sir, I will not accept your call. You don't dress appropriately for snow. I certainly don't trust you with my future.” This cover seriously baffles me. She's got a coat and gloves AND a fur muff, and he's all, “Cold doesn't bother me. I traipse about the English countryside with my shirt…

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Book Review

The Professional by Kresley Cole

The Professional by Kresley Cole

I don’t even know where to start. You guys, this one is going to be tough. First, let me just state that I love Kresley Cole. I’ve read all the books in her Immortals After Dark series. I own Poison Princess. I’ve even dipped into her historicals. I would probably bid on Ebay for a lock of her hair. So of course, I was curious when she announced her plans to do something more contemporary….

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Giveaway: Win a digital or print ARC of Jill Shalvis’ It’s In His Kiss

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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…

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Podcast Transcript 99. Recommendations for Young Readers - Part I

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Here is a text transcript of Podcast 99. Recommendations for Young Readers – Part I. You can listen to the mp3 here, or you can read on!  This podcast transcript was painstakingly crafted from locally sourced, free-range alphabet letters by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks.  Here are the books we discuss: [music] Sarah Wendell: Hello, and welcome to another DBSA podcast. I’m Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and with me is Jane Litte and…

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RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

RITA Reader Challenge: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Nerdalisque. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Historical Romance category. The summary: Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season–or any season–but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the…

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Podcast Transcript 91: Jane Recommends a Baseball Romance, Plus a Listener Question

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Here is a text transcript of DBSA 91. Jane Recommends a Baseball Romance, Plus a Listener Question About Being a Reviewer. You can listen to the mp3 here, or you can read on!  This podcast transcript was handmade in old world style by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks.  Here are the books we discuss:   [music] Sarah Wendell: Hello, and welcome to another DBSA podcast. I’m Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and with me…

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Podcast Transcript 83: An Interview with RedHeadedGirl

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Here is a text transcript of DBSA 83: An Interview with RedHeadedGirl. You can listen to the mp3 here, or you can read on!  This podcast transcript was personally made by Garlic Knitter, purveyor of fine handcrafted transcripts. Many thanks.  Here are the books we discuss:   [music] Sarah Wendell: Hello, and welcome to another DBSA podcast! I’m Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and today it’s me and RedHeadedGirl. We talk about the…

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Covers and Muscles: Time for Our Anatomy Lesson

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Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, RedHeadedGirl and I are here to help you learn about muscles. Specifically male muscles. The degree to which low body fat ratio and muscular definition have become omnipresent on romance covers means that we can all learn together about the intricacies of the human muscular system. It's getting to the point where I think I could pass an advanced anatomy exam about upper body male muscular structure just from all the flexing…

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Book Review

Review: Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences by Judith Durant

Review: Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences by Judith Durant

A little while ago Sarah posted a link to Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences for the low-low price of $2.51 and I was all “Gimme dis.” Then I asked Sarah if she wanted a review of the book, and since she more or less feeds me Pixie Stix and sets me loose to create mayhem, she said sure. This is a review for knitters and non-knitters alike because there is shit you should know about…

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Podcast Transcript

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Here is a text transcript of DBSA 81. An Interview with Kati D from DearAuthor. You can listen to the mp3 here, or you can read on!  This podcast transcript was digitally sourced and crafted by hand by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks.  Here are the books we discuss: [music] Sarah Wendell:  Hello, and welcome to another DBSA podcast!  I’m Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and with me is Jane Litte from Dear Author…

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Book Review

Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Suddenly Royal  by Nichole Chase is a New Adult fairytale romance. I had mixed feelings about the book, primarily because it read very much like a YA novel to me with the exception of the sex scenes. I felt like it was a book 15-year-old Elyse would have loved, but 30-year-old Elyse was lukewarm on. A word of warning, this book is written in first person POV, so if you hate that, you can stop…

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Other Media Review

Movie Review: Her

Movie Review: Her

Her is a new film written and directed by Spike Jonze.  It’s bittersweet, funny, sad, strange story about a man and an artificial intelligence that fall in love. Her is about a lonely man, Theodore, who finds it almost impossible to communicate with people but who makes his living by writing letters on behalf of other people.  For instance, if you have trouble voicing your emotions, you might hire Theodore to write a letter for…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Historicals in Scotland and on the Titanic, Plus Kindle Fires $30 Off!

Books on Sale: Historicals in Scotland and on the Titanic, Plus Kindle Fires $30 Off!

Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty is $1.99, and this book has all the good reviews – including a 4+ star average on GR. Readers really enjoyed the medieval Scottish setting, with feuding families and forbidden kisses and kittens in trees. Have you read this? Do you recommend it? The ruthless enforcer of Scotland's most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell will use any means necessary to vanquish lawlessness and unrest among the feuding Highland clans. Seduction is…

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