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    The Prickly Heroines of 2018

    Wow. It’s been ten months since I crowdsourced A Home for “Difficult” Heroines.” And it’s been a great year for some stunning, strong women in romance fiction. Women with agency and boundaries.  Women who, inexplicably to me, frequently get the label of “bitch.” So, I’ve asked Twitter to give me their recommendations for this year’s best bitches. Listed below with the Twitter handles of the recommenders. Contemporary Alyssa Cole, A DUKE BY DEFAULT – “I loved Portia because she knew herself.” (Per @damselspodcast) Jenny Holiday, the entire Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series (shhh, I know THREE LITTLE WORDS doesn’t pub until…

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    Happy Holidays from Buck House

    …hee. Yeah. Chez Buck is not exactly Buckingham Palace. And this year’s holidays have been marred by some pretty serious health issues (mostly mine, though some have been Mr. B’s. Spines are the very devil, I’m convinced of it. Specifically, the sciatic nerve is a design flaw and I would like to speak to a manager right this instant.) So, despite having a yearly ritual to go to the local tree nursery and get a fresh tree, we conceded to the fact that neither my nor Mr. B’s back is up to wrangling one this year and finally decided to…

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    Stuff I love – Svaha

    I’m the type of person who, when i find something I love, I tend to do two things: Buy multiples of the beloved thing. Shout the infatuation from the rooftops. So here’s my shout from the rooftops, wearing the second beloved thing.  Dresses from Svaha. These aren’t just cute, funky cotton dresses. They’re cute, funky cotton dresses with pockets. Cute, funky cotton dresses with pockets big enough to carry a Kindle.  Go forth and peruse, loves. You won’t be disappointed.

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    Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime Series

    I’ve been lucky enough to get to be an early reader of all Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime books in ARC (advance reader’s copy) form. And if someone were to ask me which of them was my favorite, I couldn’t begin to tell you. They’re all so good. All so individual, while still retaining that Kate Clayborn-ness. Why don’t you ask me which one of my cats are my favorite while you’re at it, you monster? The basic premise is that best friends Kit, Zoe, and Greer collectively purchase a lottery ticket and actually win. They split the money (life-changing…

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    Get to Know Jane Doe

    People who know me know that I love Victoria Dahl. Several of her contemporary romances occupy prominent spaces on my favorites shelf. Over the last couple of years, she’s taken a left turn away from romance and, under the name Victoria Helen Stone, delved into psychological thrillers. Evelyn, After was her first and I still think about the audacious way she decided to structure it (chapters alternate between events that happened before the event that changed Evelyn’s life and after. It is tense and gripping and I REALLY recommend it). I was given an ARC of Jane Doe, her latest…

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    Short-haired heroines

    To celebrate Kate Clayborn’s cover reveal for BEST OF LUCK (which you can also pre-order!), let’s do a list of short-haired heroines! As always, all recommendation lists can be found on a single page. Listen, let me tell you something important: Greer Hawthorne is a (very) short-haired romance novel heroine and I’m so glad that’s reflected on this cover for BEST OF LUCK! 🍀💙🍀 https://t.co/tJgEfggax2 — Kate Clayborn (@kateclayborn) July 27, 2018 Mary Balogh, SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS – A historical (Regency)! (Per @AWeaverWrites) Suzanne Brockmann, BREAKING POINT – Gina Vitigliano has short hair in this Troubleshooters book (Per me) Lorelie Brown,…

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    Firefighters and Paramedics – a few of KT’s favorite things…

    Yesterday, Twitter friend KT asked me: @_AdeleBuck I’ve got a real need for firemen 🚒 and firewomen romances, also paramedics. Do you know of any lists? Or would you put out a call for action for me, please? — KT Gilbert (@ktgilbert76) July 6, 2018 Firefighters and paramedics, hmmm…what sprang to mind right away was Kate Clayborn’s lovely LUCK OF THE DRAW. Aiden is a paramedic, it’s almost immediately plot-relevant, and he’s also reticent and more than a bit grumpy (lots of folks’ catnip for sure). Shannon Stacey’s BOSTON FIRE series has both male and female firefighters (and she notes…

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    Travel meet-cutes

    NB: this post has been edited. The woman in question has apparently been hounded off social media, while the man is getting a more positive 15 minutes of fame. Great. After a thread went viral about a couple meeting on a plane, a lot of writers joked about “writing that book.” Others wanted to read it. But there are already tons of great romances that start with an in-transit meet-cute, right? Let’s have them! (And if you want to browse my other lists of recommendations, they’re all rounded up on one page.) Alisha makes an excellent point: please don’t photograph…

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    Comfort reads…blanket forts made of words

    There’s a lot of scary stuff out there these days. A lot of my friends (and I) are turning to books for comfort and recharging our depleted batteries. My good friend Kate said it much better than I could yesterday: I am not running away from anything or hiding from anything. Everything awful in this world is still knocking around in my head. But for that time I give myself, I’m running TOWARD the emotions and ideas that fill me up. — Kate Clayborn (@kateclayborn) June 21, 2018 Love, hope, kindness, human decency: these are fuel. These things make it…

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    New audiobook that I am VERY excited about!!

    Beth Kingston is a great writer and friend. And her medieval and Regency stories are narrated by the inimitable Nicholas Boulton. Seriously, this man’s voice. Le swoon. Her latest, House of Cads is OUT ON AUDIO. I’ve promised myself that I’ll get through my current audiobook before listening to this, but it is REALLY, REALLY HARD, PEOPLE. If you need your next great read-for-your-ears, I can recommend this without even trying it first. (If you want to peruse all of my recommendation lists, please do!) ETA: I scrapped the other audiobook I was listening to at about 70% and started Cads this…