Romantic Times Rewind: May 1994 Ads & Features

It's 1994. The cover art is glorious, Fabio wants to croon to you, and abridged audiobooks are 90 minutes. Get in here, it's wild!

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Book Beat: Cookbooks, a Mystery, & More

Welcome to Book Beat! Book Beat aims to highlight other books that we may hear about through friends, social media, or other sources. We could see a gorgeous ad! Or find a new-to-us author on a list of underrated romances! Think of Book Beat as Teen Beat or Tiger Beat, but for books. And no staples to open to get the fold-out poster.


615. RT Rewind: May 1994 Ads & Features

Amanda and I are traveling back in time to May 1994 and taking a look at the ads and features inside Romantic Times Magazine – oh, it’s a time. We have questions – and answers! Are Eric Braeden and Victor Newman the same guy?  Is Kathryn Falk writing celebrity gossip and outing people?  Are there Lorena Bobbit jokes?  Were Glamour Shots™ very well represented among author headshots?  We had a great time looking at the … Continue reading 615. RT Rewind: May 1994 Ads & Features

Romantic Times Rewind: May 1994 Ads & Features

Smart Podcast Trashy Books Romantic Times Rewind

In this week’s podcast episode, we’re looking at the incredible ads and features for the May 1994 issue of RT Magazine. Thank you to Amy M. for this issue! You can also find all the RTRW content at our category page for Romantic Times Rewind.  And, most importantly, if you want to listen and follow along with this entry, we have more detail in the audio, but you can click play and listen and read … Continue reading Romantic Times Rewind: May 1994 Ads & Features

The Rec League: Rivals to Lovers

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old book

This Rec League is from Christy! I’ve been in a reading slump of several “enemies to lovers” and I have DNF’ed the past 4 books in a row. I have found this trope can be weighed down by too much bickering, immaturity (especially in a professional context!), conflict that could be resolved with a conversation, or a main character lying or omitting the truth. I find all of these to be tedious, and I jump … Continue reading The Rec League: Rivals to Lovers

Book Review

To Cage a God by Elizabeth May

To Cage a God

To Cage a God is a fantasy novel with romantic elements that I think will work well for a lot of readers. It’s got similar vibes to the Grisha/ Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, has a sapphic romance, has a morality chain romance, and has disability rep. All of that is topped off by a unique magic system and some really fun world-building. The world in To Cage a God is reminiscent of … Continue reading To Cage a God by Elizabeth May

Links: Wonderful Community Submissions

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.

Hello, everyone! It’s Wednesday Links time and this edition is brought to you by readers like you! Seriously, most of today’s links came in by submission from the community. Keep ’em coming! It’s mid-May and my allergies have made an appearance. So far, they aren’t as bas as previous years, but dry eyes are a new symptom and while my meds are working, I hate that stuffy head feeling. … Ellen sent this one – … Continue reading Links: Wonderful Community Submissions

Books On Sale

Baking, Non-Fiction, & More

Books on Sale: A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall & More

HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDA Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall is $1.99! Shana reviewed this one and gave it a Squee grade:

Many of the book’s themes are around friendship–loving a friend but hiding parts of yourself, learning to connect with other women, and the perils of competitive friendships. I loved A Lady for a Duke, it’s a must-read for historical romance fans looking for a new take on Regency friends-to-lovers.

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