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text 2018-03-22 10:40
Tea's TBR Thursday - March 22, 2018 (Part I)
Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London Book 1) - Lana Williams
Better Off Wed - Laura Durham
Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles Book 1) - Julia Brannan
A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House): A Novella - Kristi Ann Hunter
Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain, Book 1) - Vikki Kestell
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
The Three Fates - Kate Quinn
Daughters of Darkness - The Anthology (4 Paranornal Romance Novels) - Chrissy Peebles,Kristen Middleton,W.J. May,C.J. Pinard,Book Cover by Design
Girl's Guide to Witchcraft - Mindy Klasky
Wonderful - Jill Barnett

*Bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader


Last week I went through Prime Reading and NOOK's free books sections looking for new material for my e-readers. My spreadsheet now stands at almost 220 books. I had to break up the list of new additions so as not to screw up my followers' eyes.


*HR = historical romance  *CR = contemporary romance  *PRN = paranormal romance

*CL = chick lit     *CM = cozy mystery



Added to NOOK:

1. Loving the Hawke (The Seven Curses of London #1) by Lana Williams (HR) 

2. Death Down Under (Ruby Bay Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (CM/CL)

3. Poison in Paddington (Cassie Coburn Mystery #1) by Samantha Silver (CMCL)

4. The Locked Room Murder (Bluebell Knopps #1) by Nancy McGovern (CM/CL)

5. Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer #1) by Laura Durham (CM/CL)

6. Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristen Painter (PRN/CM)

7. The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1) by Kristen Painter (PRN)

8. Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles #1) by Julia Brannan (HR)

9. Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley by Various Authors (anthology) (CM)

10. Mail Order Bride Amelia (Silver River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey (HR)

11. A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House #0.5) by Kristi Ann Hunter (HR)

12. Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope #0.5) by Jody Hedlund (HR)

13. First Impressions by Elizabeth Johns (HR)

14. Tabitha (Girls from the Mountain #1) by Vikki Kestell (HR)

15. A Rose Blooms Twice (Prairie Heritage #1) by Vikki Kestell (HR)


*Takes a Breath*


16. Appalachian Serenade (Appalachian Blessing #0.5) by Sarah Loudin Thomas (CR)

17. At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano (HR)

18. Waiting for Dawn (Team Hope #0.5) by Susan May Warren (CR/SUSPENSE)

19. Alejandro's Sorceress (The Cardinal Witches #1) by Alyssa Day (PRN)

20. Mad for Love (Highland Brides #1) by Elizabeth Essex (CR)

21. The Three Fates (The Empress of Rome #3.5) by Kate Quinn (HR)

22. Millie Marries a Marshal (Brides of Grit #2) by Linda K. Hubalek (HR)

23. Secrets to Reveal (Highland Wolves #1) by Tilly Wallace (HR/PRN)

24. Sorceress Awakening (Gargoyle and Sorceress #1) by Lisa Blackwood (PRN)

25. Daughters of Darkness by Various Authors (anthology) (PRN)

26. Girl's Guide to Witchcraft (Jane Madison #1) by Mindy Klasky (PRN/CL)

27. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings (HR)

28. Wonderful (Medieval Trilogy #1) by Jill Barnett (HR)

29. The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn Mystery #1) by Felicia Rogers (CM/HR)

30. The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #1) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

31. The Captivating Lady Charlotte (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #2) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale

32. The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace #3) by Carolyn Miller (HR) - Not free but on sale






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review 2018-03-21 13:03
One of the best of 2018
The Broken Girls - Simone St. James

From the very first chapter I was hooked.     Sometimes when a book bounces between era’s it gets hard to follow.   With the Broken Girls it was so easy to tell who was telling the story, where they were, and what was happening.  The past to present alternating chapters were perfect.   


Broken Girls has a ghost story aspect with a mystery to solve.    Who is Mary Hand?   I was thrilled with each hint, each clue, and each step that Fiona took towards solving the mystery of what happen at Idlewood Hall.    There were many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming yet thrilled me to learn about.    I knew that Fiona would find the truth but I had no clue how she would manage to do it.  


This book is amazing.    It will definitely make my favorites of 2018 list.    If you are a Gothic mystery fan this is the book for you.    

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review 2018-03-20 17:10
DNF at 30% mark.
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin

I think I should have just read a biography of either or both of these women, because they led extremely interesting lives which the book managed to make fairly dull. I wanted way more about actually making movies, and less angsting about boys, and a lot of the writing felt overwrought and melodramatic. It kept skipping over actually making the movies and what that was like into other issues.


The author backed herself into this weird smarm corner of saying the main character was completely fine with gay people, and then immediately insisting that she didn't get lesbians at all because who doesn't like cock, amirite? By the way, the character really likes cock, and isn't gay at all. Look, I don't mind stories about two women having a friendship rather than a romance, but the notgaynotgaynotgay(but not homophobic!) dance got old a long time ago. I felt like I'd fallen into Xena gen fic from the '90s. At the same time, the author had the same characters not blinking at the racism in the industry in general and Birth of a Nation in particular. So I'm not sure why period-typical racism was okay, but period-typical homophobia was not?


I did like some of the discussion about being a woman in a male-dominated field, which mostly managed to stick to period language and not sounding like it was cut from modern day. But so much of it was telling not showing, as we very rarely see the dynamics on set, or the sets at all, just hear about them after the fact. I looked at some reviews to see if it picked up, but apparently the middle is even more draggy and about boys, so I bailed.

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text 2018-03-19 23:52
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 448 pages.
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin

Long section about how much both characters love and admire D.W. Griffith's Klansmen, or Birth of a Nation, which is mostly about its technical breakthroughs, and it's true, but I just got a lot about how awesome frigging Birth of a Nation is without mentioning you know, the whole thing. Which I guess is fair, because I'm pretty sure my main characters wouldn't have cared that it was really, really immensely racist due to being white women in 1915. And yet, I'm still not over it being Birth of a Nation!


Also way too much worrying about guys. I want to hear about making movies!

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text 2018-03-17 23:07
But totally not one of those lesbians!
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin

I have this on audiobook, so not bothering with the exact quote, but MC is at a party in 1914, and there's some dudes making out in the shadows, and she goes out of her way to say she's 100% A-OK with that, and with ladies making out, don't mind those lesbians, not at all, but she personally really misses her ex husband in her bed.


In a book about close bonds between women in the film industry, in a period notorious for its permissiveness, this feels like it's laying on the no homo a little thick.

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