March 2023 New Releases, Part Two

What's on your shopping list as the seasons change?

Cover Snark: A Crime Against Umlauts

Squawk of the Were-Chicken by Richard J. Kendrick. Both the title and author font have a lot of decorative dots, making every other letter look like it has an umlaut. The silhouette of a rooster with red eyes is cast against the moon. A woman with curly hair brandishes a giant wrench in the foreground.

Welcome back to Cover Snark! From Julie: This is a suggestion for cover snark because I cannot stop laughing at it. What’s up with that wrench? And that’s one giant cock. Sarah: You know all of those gifs of people looking baffled and confused? I’m all of those gifs at once. Elyse: The font made me think we were using lots of umlauts. Sarah: Aw yeah Cövër Snärk! Kiki: In the darkness of the night…beware … Continue reading Cover Snark: A Crime Against Umlauts

Spring Advertisement Opportunities

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I saw snowdrops on my walk and the lack of winter has brought out the daffodils rather early this year, so it looks like spring is arriving early? If the change of season brings you a new book, a boxed set, a discounted title, or some re-releases to promote, hello! We have advertisement options for you! The site survives as a free resource for readers in part because of advertisements from and for this community, … Continue reading Spring Advertisement Opportunities

Whatcha Reading? Feb 2023, Part Two

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It’s that time everyone! Gather ’round and tell us what you’ve been reading lately! Elyse: I just started King of Wrath by Ana Huang. Shana: I just finished Even Though I Knew the End by CL Polk. It’s a hardboiled period mystery set in an alternate Chicago, with a lesbian love story. I am totally in love with the heroine, a detective with sexy noir-ish vibes who’s trying to catch a magical serial killer and … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? Feb 2023, Part Two


551. Season of Love, with Helena Greer and Sam Brody

I connected with author Helena Greer, who wrote Season of Love, which you might have heard me talk about, because I liked it a LOT. And I also connected with Sam Brody, the acquiring editor at Hachette who worked on the book with Helena! So we talk about behind the scenes details of writing and editing, and how this book came to be. There are a few audio skips or what I think of as … Continue reading 551. Season of Love, with Helena Greer and Sam Brody

Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S27 E5: London Tears

Elyse Watches The Bachelor with Kraken Rum and Coke

After a night of snow and wind followed by freezing rain, Pudding and I are ready to snuggle down under our favorite blankets and watch The Bachelor. Pudding may have had hit the nip a little hard. Pudding: Wake me up when this is over. Tonight everyone is in London and, apparently, crying. As you read the recap, it’s worth remembering that they allegedly keep the cast super sleep deprived to accommodate the filming schedule and also, … Continue reading Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S27 E5: London Tears

The Rec League: Vaginismus

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

This Rec League comes from Frances. Thanks, Frances! I am wondering if anyone can recommend romances or not-depressing books where a main character has vaginismus? I’ve been working through vaginismus with my ob-gyn and a physical therapist (and very thoughtful and supportive partner) with the goal of penetration. While it doesn’t bother me to read books where penetration is easy and straightforward and there are a lot of non-penetrative sex scenes out there, I do … Continue reading The Rec League: Vaginismus

Links: Yarn, Research, & More!

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Hi all! I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! In exciting, personal news, my partner and I are moving in together. Our lease was supposed to start April 1st but things happened and now we’re moving March 1st. The next Links post will be compiled from our new place! Definitely equal parts excited and stressed. It’s also supposed to get icy in New England. I wish I could say I’m surprised, but late February and early … Continue reading Links: Yarn, Research, & More!

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