Links: Upcoming Romance, Darcy, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Also, happy Pride! As a bi/pan woman, giving support and hugs (if you want them) to all my fellow queer folk this month especially. It’s been a rough 2022 for LGBTQ+ people and I hope this Pride can be as restorative and healing as it can be celebratory. Please know that you are valued, loved, and treasured.

It also wouldn’t be a Links post if I didn’t complain about the New England weather. It was 91 on Monday and yesterday it was in the mid-60s and windy. I’ve been here almost a decade and I can’t keep up.

The new 2022 Romance Book Buzz sampler is out! Lots of anticipated book excerpt in this one. It looks like it’s available at most, if not all, ebook retailers.

Colin Firth and Matthew Macfayden compare Darcy notes for Vanity Fair. Honestly, I could take or leave Pride & Prejudice, but I found the two of them talking about the role to be really adorable.

If you’re in New England, I’m hosting a free romance madlibs event Thursday, June 9th at 7pm! There are also a couple other romance happenings that night, I believe. I’m super nervous about it, mainly because I feel so out of practice for in-person events.

Tenebrous Press has published a horror anthology with “over thirty creators from the Trans/Gender Nonconforming communities.” A portion of the proceeds will go to Equality Texas.

I may have posted this one already, but oh well! For my Chicago Bitchery, enjoy this Malort Mixology series on Tiktok.

@unemployedwineguy This was supposed to be a spit-free episode, but alas, the Malörtini took me back to my roots! 🍸🥴 #sommelier #winetok #malort #martini #drinkreviews ♬ original sound – Unemployed Wine Guy

Don’t forget to share what cool or interesting things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. Escapeologist says:

    Happy Pride!

    Have some magical rainbows from one of my favorite Webtoons: https://www.webtoons.com/en/comedy//can-we-learn-a-rainbow-spell/viewer?title_no=222096&episode_no=30

  2. Darlynne says:

    Malort? No possible way to redeem it, even one sip is too many. But it’s almost a rite of passage, a dare even, in Chicago among a young, hip group. I would rank it with annoying a caged tiger, spitting into the wind, and licking a frozen doorknob: Why? The bad outcome is guaranteed.

  3. Qualisign says:

    THE ADDRESS BOOK by Deirdre Mask recommended recently on SBTB. It was the discussion of finding places without addresses in the final chapter that had me exploring the website, what3words, that gives three words for locations everywhere. Check out http://www.what3words/about and then explore the words for your own spaces. The book was also wonderful.

  4. AtasB says:

    It’s hard to feel happy (about Pride or anything) when I’m seeing people who’ve always been so cool and kind online cheering about the verdict in the Depp/Heard mess. It’s just…awful. I don’t understand how people can be taken in by this, be so gullible–even if they believe Depp’s side to some degree, going so far as even thinking this will somehow result in helping WOMEN whose abusers try to manipulate the system? It’s utter lunacy, foolishness.

    This Rolling Stone article about sums up what I’ve been feeling, even as I tried to avoid this whole spectacle:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/amber-heard-johnny-depp-verdict-metoo-trial-1361356/

  5. Susan says:

    For anyone wanting an update on the middle-aged lesbians and the Vitamix cats, you can follow their ongoing adventures here: https://m.facebook.com/100067665232130/

    PS Hope that link works.
    PPS Vitamix even sent them a cat tree and toys.

  6. Kris Bock says:

    That Malory video let me to look up what it is, which led me to this article full of hysterical descriptions, such as;

    “It’s like if shame and regret were left to ferment before being distilled through an old, sweaty shoe,” one reader said.

    https://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/may-2018/no-one-can-agree-on-what-malrt-tastes-like-but-the-descriptions-are-always-amazing/

  7. RebeccaD says:

    Is anyone else watching the M/M mafia romance out of Thailand called KinnPorsche? It’s streaming through https://www.iq.com/?lang=en_us and it’s great. It’s on the darker side so expect dubcon and there is also a psychopath, so not for everyone. That said, it is not unremittingly dark at all – there is lots of comedy and silly hijinks to offset the more serious elements. The two MLs have chemistry through the roof all the way up to the stars.

  8. denise says:

    Have you seen the Muppets & Dirty Dancing mashup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9v6esjlZhA

  9. Jill Q. says:

    @denise, Oh my god. Thank you for that. As a huge fan of both The Muppets and Dirty Dancing, that was an enormous treat. I laughed till I cried. More than once. That is going to go on my “I’m bummed and need some quick laughs” saved list for sure.

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