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Ladies don’t tell

I have an odd para-social relationship with Alexis Hall’s books.  On one hand, I love the sarcastic, self-deprecating mess that is Luc O’Donnell and his uptight, organized partner Oliver Blackwood from both Boyfriend Material and Husband Material.  The books have such a gay Bridget Jones vibe that I adore them to pieces.  However, I was … Continue reading Ladies don’t tell

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Memoirs, biographies and non-fiction, oh my.

Autobiographies, biographies, unauthorized biographies, memoirs.  There’s nothing more the public likes that to read about other’s secrets.  Especially if the others in question are rich and famous.   I’m old enough to remember when then Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s son wrote a “tell-all” book about his life and his parents. Which was shocking.  What was even … Continue reading Memoirs, biographies and non-fiction, oh my.

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The Deconstruction of the Author

In the summer of 2022, a book was released by St. Martin’s Press. Corinne was written by an unknown author by the name of Rebecca Morrow.  While it’s not unusual for new authors to get contracts with major publishing companies and be promoted, it was the way this book came onto the scene.  The front jacket … Continue reading The Deconstruction of the Author

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2023: Looking back and looking forward

Happy New Year friends and welcome (belatedly) to 2023. Wow, seven days in and it's already been a roller coaster ride, hasn't it? The end of 2022 was just a free fall into crashing and burning. I won't bore you will the particulars but I'm back for a new year, new ideas, new books and … Continue reading 2023: Looking back and looking forward

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Holiday shopping & readings

We are now officially into the holiday shopping season. Christmas, Hannukah, Yule, Kwanzaa to name a few. No matter what holiday you're shopping for, (does Festivus need shopping days?) there's plenty of options that will appeal to the book lover in your life. Or as a well done to you after holiday shopping. Credit to … Continue reading Holiday shopping & readings

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I need more books like this!

In a good majority of romance novels and Hallmark movies, there’s the woman who lives in the Big City and is forced to go to the Country/Small Town for whatever reason.  Seduced by the small town. First, let me preface this by saying, this was a book I didn’t know I needed until I began … Continue reading I need more books like this!

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All Good things…

I know I discuss books and book related things here but today we're going to talk about the potential end of Twitter. I'm not getting into the do's and don'ts or any of the 'political' ramifications or reasons on the potential end of Twitter. I just want to talk about what the site meant to … Continue reading All Good things…

Be Our Guest

Tale as old as time…  No really, that’s the name of the publishing company in By the Book by Jasmine Guillory. A publishing company in New York that Isabelle Marlow joins after college.  The assistant to Marta Wallace one of the top editors, and one of the few black women who work in the publishing business, … Continue reading Be Our Guest

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Do literary tastes change?

I'm assuming so. After all, there are books I read when I was much younger that don't impress me now. But there are books I read when I was younger that still captivate or, in certain cases, terrify me. Tastes change. Clothing styles, music, movies, food. A person's tastes change as they get older or … Continue reading Do literary tastes change?

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Romances and unusual children by the sea.

A while back, maybe last year, there was a bit of discussion regarding the popularity of m/m books being written by women and the men writing these books being frozen out, so to speak.  Going in search of a male writer for a m/m romance, I stumbled upon TJ Klune and his novel The House … Continue reading Romances and unusual children by the sea.