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text 2018-05-02 01:33
Women Writers Bingo Progress

  

A - Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

B - Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C - Busted - Gina Ciocca  

D - Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E - Buried Heart - Kate Elliott  

F - A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age - Emmy J. Favilla  

G - Just Dreaming - Kerstin Gier  

H - The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - Lizzie - Dawn Ius  

J - Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K - He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly  

L - The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

M - Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N - That Wolf-Boy is Mine! 1 - Yoko Nogiri  

O - The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

P - The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q - Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn  

R - Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S - Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  

T - The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

U - Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V - Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan  

W - Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  

X - 

Y - The Fragile Ordinary - Samantha Young  

Z - American Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free Space - Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson

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text 2018-03-02 02:00
Women Writers Bingo Progress

 

I'm still hitting a lot of repeat letters, but I managed to get a few new ones this past month.

 

A - Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

B - Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C - 

D - Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E - 

F - A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age - Emmy J. Favilla  

G - Just Dreaming - Kerstin Gier  

H - The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

J - Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K - He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly  

L - The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

M - Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N - 

O - The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

P - The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q - Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn  

R - Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S - Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  

T - The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

U - Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V - 

W - Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  

X - 

Y - 

Z - American Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free Space - Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson 

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text 2018-01-28 20:26
Women Writers Bingo Progress

 

I'm hitting a lot of repeat letters now, but I managed to get a few new ones this past week.

 

A - Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

B - Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C - 

D - Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E - 

F - 

G - 

H - The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

J - Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K - 

L - The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

M - Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N - 

O - The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

P - The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q - 

R - Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S - Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  

T - The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

U - Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V - 

W - Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  

X - 

Y - 

Z - American Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free Space - Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson 

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text 2018-01-21 18:55
Women Writers Bingo Progress

I typically read a lot of books by women, but I like playing bingo, so I decided to join in on the fun. I'll just keep reading like I normally would and see how long it takes me to hit an author for every letter of the alphabet. I'm guessing Q and X might take me a while.

 

A big thank you to Themis-Athena for making the card.

 

 

 

 

 

AFlame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

BJackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C

DPride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E

F

G

HThe Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

JOf Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K

LThe Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

MSecret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N

OThe Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

PThe Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q

RAlmost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S

TThe Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

UKissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V

W

X

Y

ZAmerican Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free SpaceMorrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson  

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review 2018-01-16 03:43
Light on romance, heavy on mystery
The Red Carnelian - Phyllis A. Whitney

I'm going to use this one for the "W" square in the Women Writer's Bingo Project. Originally published in 1969, this is a fairly early effort in Whitney's transition away from juvenile fiction into adult gothic style romance. It's set in a Chicago Department Store during the glory days of the window display industry. One of my favorite aspects of the book was this deep dive into the narrow historical moment during which window displays in department stores were a place for copywriters and artists to get paying work that got a lot of attention.

 

The main character, Linell, is a copywriter at Cunningham's, a Chicago Department Store. I pictured the old fashioned, multi-story department store, like Macy's, that took up a whole city block. Linell's former fiance, Michael Montgomery, who goes by Monty, is returning from a honeymoon with a different woman, after basically dumping Linell and running away. The book opens to the heroine trying to figure out how best to deal with the fact that the two of them, and his new wife, are all going to be working at Cunningham's.

 

It quickly becomes clear that there is trouble in paradise between Monty and his new bride, and by about page 35, someone has taken a golf club to Monty's head. I certainly can't say that he didn't deserve it, because he was clearly a total d-bag. 

 

This is really a closed circle mystery. It's well plotted, and there is a romantic sub-plot involving Linell and another young male employee at Cunningham's that isn't particularly convincing. There is one pretty solid suspenseful scene that occurs when Linnel is wandering around the mannequin storage area. 

 

At this point, I think that Open Road has reissued most, if not all, of her adult gothics. I found this one fairly enjoyable, but I think I'd like to dip my toe in one of her historicals next - I'm thinking Skye Cameron or Thunder Heights.

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