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Paladin’s Strength by T. Kingfisher

Paladin’s Strength

Content warning: there is a fair bit of violence, some of it quite gory, because the adventure part of the plot involves killer zombie-golems, were-beasts, gladiatorial arenas, kidnappers and more. Quite a few minor characters die. There is, however, absolutely no sexual violence in this book, despite certain aspects of the premise that might suggest it. If someone asked me if I wanted to read a romance that was sweet and comforting and funny and … Continue reading Paladin’s Strength by T. Kingfisher

Links: Romance, Pies, & Cows

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Good afternoon! It’s almost turkey time and I can’t wait to eat my weight in carbs. December is upon us and the site has many exciting things lined up! As usual, our holiday gift guide as started and we’ll be doing Hanukkah giveaways. I’m also starting to compile our Best Of content, if you’re at all curious what the Bitchery has loved this year. We’re also doing our Best Books of 2020! (Which I think … Continue reading Links: Romance, Pies, & Cows

Links: Dragons, Cats, & Wine

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Happy Wednesday! RWA18 is about to kick off in Denver. Safe travels to those who are attending! Sarah will be there, so be sure to say hi. I will be moving apartments soon and have nearly packed up all of my books. I unfortunately made the mistake of packing up my TBR pile though. Rookie mistake! … This August, the United States Postal Service is coming out with dragon stamps! Yeah, you read that right: … Continue reading Links: Dragons, Cats, & Wine

We Are Not Here For Boner Led Heroes

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Elyse: I recently DNF’d a slew of books due to totally repulsive behavior on the hero’s part, so of course I ranted at Sarah about it. Sarah: And I’m always here for ranting about books. Squeeing, too, but also ranting. Elyse: I’m so tired of the sex-entitled hero who sees every person to whom he might be attracted as a potential location for his peen. You know the guy I’m talking about, right? Sarah: Yup. … Continue reading We Are Not Here For Boner Led Heroes

Links: Reading Recs and All Things Romance

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Helloooooo! Happy Wednesday! It’s my birthday and I’ve officially started the last year of my twenties. I’m celebrating by eating at my favorite pizza place and seeing A Quiet Place. The links below are all book related, so RIP to your TBR! … We announced the launch of Frolic Media in a previous Links post and so far, I’m really into the things they’ve been posting. Sil of The Book Voyagers is killing it lately, especially … Continue reading Links: Reading Recs and All Things Romance

Romance Podcasts: A Romance-Focused Podcast Roundup

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Ready for a round up of all the podcasts that focus on romance fiction, so you can fill your ears with discussion and goodness? Since my last podcast episode roundup in January when I mentioned the Wicked Wallflowers and Heaving Bosoms podcasts, I’ve found a few more. It seemed like a good idea to put all the romance podcasts that I can find in once place. And – special fun bonus! – if you want … Continue reading Romance Podcasts: A Romance-Focused Podcast Roundup

Links: GBBO, Gal Gadot, & More

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Hello there, Wednesday! How is everyone doing? Made it through the holiday, I hope! I had a great Thanksgiving and then promptly caught a stomach bug, effectively negating the food baby I so carefully made on Turkey Day. … I want to start with something serious first and then get to some more lighthearted things. Bust has been keeping an updated list of famous men accused of sexual harassment and assault SINCE the news regarding … Continue reading Links: GBBO, Gal Gadot, & More

Links: Bags, Excerpts, & New Music

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Hi there! It’s time for some links! Are you ready? We hope these things give you a nice lift to your Hump Day mid-day slump and get you excited for the weekend! … Love theater? Then you’re going to want to check out these Scenery Bags: S C E N E R Y bags are made from retired theatre backdrops. Each bag donates a portion of its profits to take kids to see theatre. Every … Continue reading Links: Bags, Excerpts, & New Music

Being Thankful for What We’ve Learned from Romance

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If you’re celebrating in the US, Happy Thanksgiving to you! As always, and especially this year, I’m deeply thankful to you for being here, and being part of Smart Bitches. It has not been an easy year for many of us, and I’m continually inspired and awed by the community here. Thank you for being part of it. We’ve talked in the past about romances that featured dinners  from hell, romances that came into our lives at … Continue reading Being Thankful for What We’ve Learned from Romance

Links: Double Dare, Chuck Tingle, and a Survey

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For me, this year is one of the most stressful times, and I’m sure there are others out there who agree with me. Hopefully, these links will give you a few moments of peace in an otherwise crazy time. And for our US readers, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! … Double Dare gives me huge waves of childhood nostalgia, but it anyone was wondering what being on set with that frightening obstacle course was … Continue reading Links: Double Dare, Chuck Tingle, and a Survey

Links: Support Ducks, Surveys, & Recommendations

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It’s Wednesday! The last Wednesday in October to be exact. How are we nearly eleven months into 2016? … We’re going to start off with something adorable and that would be a support duck. Yeah, you heard that right: Mark Essig was settling into his puddle-jumper flight from Charlotte to Asheville, N.C., on Monday when he noticed an unusual passenger boarding the plane. It was a duck. Making his way down the aisle. Wearing red … Continue reading Links: Support Ducks, Surveys, & Recommendations

Links: Ghostbusters, Reading Challenges, & Archives

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Happy Wednesday! This week is just flying by and I hope it feels that way for you too! Just a reminder that Redheadedgirl and I are off to Stockholm. We start our travel tomorrow! We’ll be doing a round up post of our adventures once we’re back stateside, but if you want to follow our shenanigans on social media (mainly Instagram and probably Twitter), we’ll be using the #SmartBitchesinSweden hashtag. … By reader request, we’re posting … Continue reading Links: Ghostbusters, Reading Challenges, & Archives