547. The HarperCollins Strike with Olga Brudastova, President of UAW 2110
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by SB Sarah
8h ago
This episode was recorded on Monday 23 January 2023. On Thursday, 26 January, the HarperCollins Union announced that HarperCollins has agreed to enter mediation. In this interview, I speak with UAW2110 President Olga Brudastova, and we go over the breakdown in negotiations that led to the HarperCollins Union strike, along with the demands of the union. Thank you to Barb, Bransler, Clay, Agnes, and Susan for the questions and to the Patreon community for the enthusiastic support and encouragement for this interview. Music: Purple-planet.com Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are ..read more
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Witches, Urban Fantasy, & More
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by Amanda
19h ago
A Lady Awakened RECOMMENDED: A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant is $2.99! This book is often recommended in terms a sex-positive heroine. However, other readers found the heroine’s view of sex to be rather unromantic. I feel like this is one of the more divisive romances; people either seem to love it or hate it. In Cecilia Grant’s emotionally rich and deeply passionate Regency romance debut, a deal with a rumored rogue turns a proper young woman into . . . A Lady Awakened. Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Rus ..read more
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The Rec League: M/M Medieval Romance
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by Amanda
1d ago
This Rec League comes from Noel. Thanks, Noel! I’ve been really into m/m romances lately of all shapes and genres and suddenly wondered if there were any in medieval settings? Knights and all that. Shana: My favorite medieval m/m is The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton ( A ). I also liked In Shining Armor by E.L. Phillips ( A | BN | K ). It’s set in Wales and has an Asian-American hero who conveniently travels back in time to hook up with a very hot Welshman. EllenM: I have not personally read it but I think The Scottish Boy by Alex de Campi ( A | BN | K ) fits this! Who else has suggestions ..read more
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Time Travel, Jane Eyre, & More
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by Amanda
2d ago
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery Hex Life is $1.99! This is anthology with a witchy theme and some recognizable names. It looks like there are eighteen different stories. Brand-new stories of witches and witchcraft written by popular female fantasy authors, including Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon writing in their own bestselling universes! These are tales of wickedness… stories of evil and cunning, written by today’s women you should fear. Includes tales from Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon, writing in their own bestselling universes. Hex L ..read more
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Elyse Watches The Bachelor–S27 E1: Pudding is Back, Bitches
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by Elyse
2d ago
After a bit of a rest, it’s time for season 27 of The Bachelor. Pudding, my 17-year-old (yes 17) Siamese cat has been enjoying a life of leisure, napping in her heated bed and eating Churus (on a plate, she will not lick it out of the package because she’s not a peasant). This was her expression when I told her what was on the docket for tonight. That is a face that says MURDER. Forty-five seconds in and we get our first reference to a “journey.” This season’s Bachelor is someone named Zach Shallcross from last season’s Bachelorette. I’ve already forgotten everything about that ..read more
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The Reunion by Kayla Olson
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by Elyse
2d ago
C- The Reunion by Kayla Olson January 17, 2023 · Atria Books Contemporary Romance I love, love celebrity romance, so it was an extra bummer that The Reunion fell so flat to me. I would go so far as to say it doesn’t even really qualify as a romance. It’s more of a book about the heroine’s journey to navigate her second act in Hollywood with some strong romantic elements. Even then, the emphasis on physical details and not emotional ones, plus a stereotypical “villain” made for a tough read. Liv Latimer was once the teen star of Girl on the Verge, a wildly successful show. Twenty years later ..read more
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Historical Romance & Historical Fiction
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by Amanda
3d ago
Never Fall for Your Fiancee Never Fall for Your Fiancee by Virginia Heath is $2.99! This is book one in the Merriwell Sisters series. I don’t mind an illustrated cover, but I’m not loving this one. Have any of you read this? The first in a new historical rom-com series, a handsome earl hires a fake fiancée to keep his matchmaking mother at bay, but hilarity ensues when love threatens to complicate everything. The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, ever wants is a wife. Unfortunately for him, his mother is determined to find him one, even from across the other side of th ..read more
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HaBO: Writes Wishes on Pink Paper
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by Amanda
3d ago
This HaBO comes from Elizabeth, who wants to find this romance. Content warning for abuse in the description below: A woman and her small daughter are living in a tiny shack in a small town after running away from her abusive husband. They are very poor. She writes down wishes on pink pieces of paper. She releases them outside where they find their way onto the hero’s farm, where he has chickens and a very large dog. The heroine has proof of abuse on a flash drive. Her roof collapses after a huge snow/ice storm. They move in with the hero, who helps her become her own person again. Sound famil ..read more
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Non-Fiction, Historical Romance, & More
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by Amanda
4d ago
Booked on a Feeling Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee is $1.99! This is book three in the A Sweet Mess series, though I think all work fine as a standalone. This one has a friends to lovers romance. Jayci Lee’s romcom Booked on a Feeling features an overachieving lawyer. A failing bookstore. A childhood friend. And the chance of a lifetime… Lizzy “Overachiever” Chung, Esq. has her life mapped out neatly: * Become a lawyer. Check. * Join a prestigious law firm. Check. * Make partner. In progress. If all goes to plan, she will check off that last box in a couple years, make her pa ..read more
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Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
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by Guest Reviewer
4d ago
Squee Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett January 10, 2023 · Del Rey Fantasy/Fairy Tale RomanceRomance This Guest Review is from Brigid F. Brigid is a Queer fantasy and romance reader who believes fantasy and romance make the perfect book cocktail. She reviews at Grimdark Magazine and loves writing fantasy and romance recs for blogs and media sites. They love curses, faeries, cozy witches, and wicked characters. … Here’s the thing. I will read anything with faeries in it. I will take sexy Dungeons & Dragons style fae, but deep down, the little folkloric monstrositie ..read more
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