Getting Lit Ep10: The Amish Midwife

By Mindy Starns Clark. Highlights: "You guys are knee deep in amniotic fluid, and you get his whole CV!" "He has negative personality. He is a black hole of personality." "Tell me your deepest,...

Books I Read, Vol 42

    Space romance: laser guns of loooooveeee! A marquess with nightmares. Book deal alert! Scarred yet adorably, cheerfully arrogant duke from Tessa Dare. And a nonfiction academic look at...

Books I Read, Vol 42

    Space romance: laser guns of loooooveeee! A marquess with nightmares. Book deal alert! Scarred yet adorably, cheerfully arrogant duke from Tessa Dare. And a nonfiction academic look at our society's beef with obesity.          ...

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“Have you tried losing weight?”

I'd like to take a break from romance novels and podcasts to talk a little bit about a recent experience. It has been sticking in my mind for the past few weeks, and I haven't been able to get over it. I am being tested for sleep apnea. I've been told I snore off and...

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Books I Read, Vol 41

Two Stephanie Laurens with far too much importance, a not-amish not-midwife by Marie Starns Clark, and a friend-zoned stick-in-the-mud from Sabrina Jeffries.         Podcast Book: Amish Midwife Author: Mindy Starns Clark Series: Lancaster County #1...

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Getting Lit Ep10: The Amish Midwife

By Mindy Starns Clark. Highlights: "You guys are knee deep in amniotic fluid, and you get his whole CV!" "He has negative personality. He is a black hole of personality." "Tell me your deepest, darkest secret: I have kind eyes." "The 'Could Have Been Much More Sexist'...

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Books I Read: Vol 40, Nov 12

  Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurnes | The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Ghurke       Devil's Bride Author: Stephanie Laurens Series: Cynster #1 Tags: historical romance, Dukes!, accidental ruination, hiding from the storm, murder mystery...

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Books I Read: Vol 39, Nov 5

Keystone, Dannika Dark | Sins of a Wicked Duke, Sophie Jordan | Wildfire, Ilona Andrews I've been having trouble meeting my weekly deadlines as of late, so I decided to change the blog name to simply Books I Read. I'm going to change my posting days to the second and...

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BIRTW: Vol 38, Oct 22

Twist by Dannika Dark | Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler | How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks   Twist (+ 1/2 of Impulse) Author: Dannika Dark Series: Mageri #2 (#3) Tags: paranormal romance, ragtag team, scrappy newcomer, secret...

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BIRTW: Vol 37, Oct 14

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin | The Beauty and The Blacksmith by Tessa Dare | The Trouble with Harry by Katie MacAlister   Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives Author: Gretchen Rubin Series: N/A Tags: nonfiction, self help, habit...

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BIRTW: Vol 36, Sept 30

Born of Shadows | Sherrilyn Kenyon Born of Shadows Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon Series: The League #4 Tags:  Space romance! Space smugglers! Warrior Princess! Spartan type society. Surprise royalty! Disguise! Running from the law. Have to spend the night in a hovel...

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Getting Lit Ep08: Immortal Cowboy

By Alexis Morgan. Highlights: "What are kids these days doing with dry ice?" "...Spookifying EVERYTHING." "I like to think of this as a suspense novel about a very troubled young woman." "LAZARUS VAGINA!" Ilana's Drink: Ghost Cowboy...

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BIRTW: Vol 35, Sept 16

It feels like foreevvveeeerrr since I've written in my blog. I am sad to say that I broke my streak of posting once a week for the first time since I started Books I Read This Week in January. BUT! I bring you consolation prize. A fancy schmancy new website! Ya know,...

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Books I read this week: Vol 33, Aug 26

Born of Fire Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon Series: The League #2 Tags: Space romance!, tortured past, convict, criminal, wealthy merchant, hacker, bounty hunter, kickass heroine, sorry I'm secretly betraying you, treasure hunt against time, someone needs a hug, secret...

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Getting Lit Ep 07: Tender Wings of Desire

By Harland Sanders. Special guest star: Matt, Ilana's husband!   Highlights: "Aw, you guys are like The Notebook for nerds." "You go from dating guys named Glen to dating in glens." "Never say 'fleshy tubules' again." Ilana's Drink Getting Lit time! In honor of...

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Books I read this week Vol 32, Aug 19

Tender Wings of Desire Goodreads Author: Harland Sanders Series: N/A Tags: Historical romance, regency romance, tavern, secret identity, sailor, glasses, chicken restaurant empire Format: e-book Rating: meh. Podcast book! Betcha can't wait till the latest episode of...

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Books I read this week: Vol 31, Aug 12

White Hot Author: Ilona Andrews Series: Hidden Legacy #2 Tags: Urban fantasy, paranormal romance, superpowers, elementals, psychics, telekinetic, kick ass heroine, The Dangerous One, private investigator Format: audiobook Rating: SUPER YAY!   *Discreetly jumps up...

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Getting Lit Ep 06: Clean Sweep

By Ilona Andrews. SOUND MUCH IMPROVED! Oh man, I'm so excited about that.   Highlights of this episode: "I'll just single fist for now, thanks." "Should I make a threesome joke? The answer is always yes." "Fairies and elves can go fuck themselves." "Please quote...

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Books I read this week: Vol 30, Aug 5

Buns Goodreads Author: Alice Clayton Series: Hudson Valley #3 Tags: small town, city girl, orphan, foster care, hotel management, stick-in-the-mud, widower, nice dead wife, coworkers, foodie Format: audiobook Rating: meh.   I was so excited for this book! I...

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Book I read this week: Vol 29, July 29

The Duke Author: Kerrigan Byrne Series: Victorian Rebels #4 Tags: historical romance, Victorian romance, dukes!, painter, barmaid, nurse, prostitute, widow, nice old dead husband, military man, spy, nursed back to health, mistaken identity, serial killer, rapey,...

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Full On Squee: Ilona Andrews

Have I told you lately that I love Ilona Andrews? There's so much to love. So much. I can't even...   Okay, so I'm going to nip this in the bud and have one entire post dedicated to Ilona Andrews. Then I can just refer everyone to that and move on.   NEW:...

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Books I read this week: Vol. 28, June 22

How to Capture a Countess Author: Karen Hawkins Series: The Duchess Diaries Tags: historical romance, regency romance, earl, girlhood crush, previously ruined, bet, revenge Format: audiobook Rating: yay!   Aw, cute. Light, airy, mildly funny.   Young...

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Books I read this week: Vol 27, July 15

RR: Potent Pleasures Author: Eloisa James Series: Pleasures #1 Tags: Historical Romance, regency romance, ruined woman, artist, twin, white hair, Earl, divorced, masquerade, mistaken identity, impotence Format: audiobook Rating: yay!   *Snort.* POTENT pleasures....

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Books I read this week: Vol 26, July 8

Heavens to Betsy! Only TWO books! Several possible reasons for that. A) Work has been crazy, and I've needed my whole brain for most projects. B) I'm starting not one but TWO 30 day challenges! I am committed to doing yoga every day, and writing every day. What am I...

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Books I read this week: Vol 25, July 1

Born of Night Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon Series: The League #1 Tags: SciFi Romance, space opera, assassins, princess, dancer, secret identity, tortured past, ragtag team Format: audiobook Rating: yay!   OoOoOoOoOo! Space Romance!!!   It's surprising that out...

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Books I read this week: Vol 24, June 24

Novella: Winning Lord West Author: Anna Campbell Series: The Dashing Widows #3 Tags: Historical romance, Regency Romance, Earl, FWB arrangement, childhood sweethearts, widow, prickly female, mysterious disease Format: ebook Rating: Yay! A novella. Aw! This one was...

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Getting Lit Ep 05: Amish Vampires in Space

By Kerry Nietz. Special guest host: Justin Roberts from the podcast All Out of Ideas! Bonus rant is Vampires vs Werewolves! Which would you choose?   What Ilana's drinking... The Scraddlebox 2 shots gin 1 shot lemon juice 1/2 cup Calypso Ocean Blue Lemonade 1/4...

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Books I read this week Vol 23, June 17

Magic Slays Author: Ilona Andrews Series: Kate Daniels #5 Tags: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, magic, shape shifters, vampires, necromancers Format: audiobook Rating: Yay!   Magic Slays? More like Magic #Slay!   Lol.   In this episode, Kate and...

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Books I read this week: Vol 22, June 10

Devil in Spring Author: Lisa Kleypas Series: The Ravenels #3 Tags: Historical Romance, Victorian, eccentric, woman in business, tinnitus, vertigo, shotgun marriage Format: audiobook Rating: yay! I have been waiting for this audiobook to become available...

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PODCAST: Getting Lit, Ep 04: The Iron Duke

In this episode, Wendy and Ilana meet IRL in St. Louis, Mo. to talk about the Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, realize they have the perfect professions for romance novel protagonists, and define VILF. The drink this time is 3 Buck Chuck (a bottle each) because we are out...

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Books I read this week Vol 21, June 3

RR: Fool Me Twice Author: Meredith Duran Series: Rules for the Reckless #2 Tags: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Dukes!, housekeeper, bluestocking, politician, smart, forthright female, recluse, secret identity, VILF Format: ebook Rating: SUPER YAY!   This...

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Books I read this week: Vol 20, May 27

Eternal Rider Author: Larissa Ione Series: Demonica #6, Lords of Deliverance #1 Tags: Paranormal Romance, demons, vampires, angels, hell hounds!, apocalypse, prophecy Format: audiobook Rating: meh Meh. What can I say? This is the 6th Larissa Ione book I've read in a...

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Books I read this week: Vol 19, May 20

Ecstasy Unveiled Author: Larissa Ione Series: Demonica #4 Tags: Paranormal Romance, urban fantasy, demons, vampires, werewolves, angels (ugh) Format: audiobook Rating: yay!   LOLZ to these titles. Sexy Euphemism + Un + Concealed Pseudonym Me and Thesaurus.com...

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Podcast! Getting Lit, Episode 3: Elf Hate

SPECIAL GUEST HOST: my mom! Lol. Most people call her Marilyn.   In this episode, we talk about the book The Flame and the Arrow, a categorically awful romance fantasy by Emigh Cannaday.     Also I made album art for the podcast! This is in...

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Books I Read This Week: Vol 18, May 13

Murder of Crows GoodreadsAuthor: Anne Bishop Series: The Others #2 Tags: Alternate History, Urban Fantasy, werewolves, vampires, crow shifters, coyote shifters, elementals Format: audiobook Rating: Yay!   I love this series.   And no, I'm not going to...

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Books I read this week: Vol 17, May 6th

The Flame and the Arrow Author: Emigh Cannaday Series: Annika Brisby #1 Tags: Fantasy, other world, romance, elves, fairies, pixies, trolls, awfulness Format: ebook Rating: the "Booo!" speech from the hag in Princess Buttercup's dream in the Princess Bride.  ...

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Books I read this week: Vol 16. April 29

Written in Red GoodreadsAuthor: Anne Bishop Series: The Others #1 Tags: Urban Fantasy, Alternate World, werewolves, vampires, crow shifters, bear shifters, coyote shifter, elementals, elemental ponies! Format: Audiobook Rating: Yay!   I am in love with this...

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Books I read this week 4/22/2017

Austenland Author: Shannon Hale Series: Austenland #1 Tags: Contemporary, Austen, Regency, humor, Stick-in-the-Mud Format: Audiobook Rating: Yay!   Funnier than I expected it to be!   I've seen the movie with Keri Russell, which was kind of meh. I wasn't...

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Books I read this week 4/15/2017

Bound by Flames Author: Jeaniene Frost Series: Night Prince #3 Tags: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, pre-paired couple, Dracula, fire powers, electric powers, Baxter Format: Audiobook Rating: yay!   Ah, the adventures of Vlad and Leila. STILL RIDICULOUS....

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Side Rant: Men “Can’t Love”, Women Can’t Feel

Say, in your typical romance novel, both a male and female go through some sort of trauma that leaves them feeling unable to recover. Besides saying something weird about being broken, how else are they going to describe themselves?   9 times out of 10, the guy...

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Books I read this week 4/8/2017

Changeless Author: Gail Carriger Series: Parasol Protectorate #2 Tags: Paranormal Romance, steampunk, historical, Victorian, werewolves, vampires, dirigibleblebles, mummies, Highlanders!, pre-paired couple, managing female Format: audiobook Rating: Yay!   Aww!...

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Books I read this week 4/1/2017

Hero in the Highlands View it on GoodreadsAuthor: Suzanne Enoch Series: No Ordinary Hero #1 Tags: Highlanders! Dukes! Estate manager, ex-military, obscure entailment, Curse! Format: paper book! Rating: Yay!   I liked it, but I didn't like it as much as I just...

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Books I read this week 3/25/2017

I made a thing. Man, last week was sparse. Only 3 books! That was mostly because I spent a bunch of time making THIS:   Cocoa Belle Chocolates   I made a website! It's a pretty website. Do you want a pretty website? I will make you a pretty website for $$....

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Books I read this week, 3/18/17

Fire and Ice Author: Julie Garwood Series: Buchanan-Renard #7 Tags: Contemporary Romance, non-magical, cop, FBI, MURDER, reporter, super soldier project? Format: Audiobook Rating: Yay!   Hey, I liked this book! I was very skeptical. I approach new authors slowly,...

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Episode 01 of Getting Lit with Wendy and Ilana

PODCAST! My friend Ilana and I have decided to start our own podcast about... wait for it... Romance novels! Introducing.... Getting Lit with Wendy and Ilana Episode 01's page here.   It's a book club of sorts. We will be talking about a particular book while...

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Books I read this week 3/11/2017

Shadow Music Author: Julie Garwood Series: Highlands' Lairds #3 Tags: Highlanders! Murder! Treasure! Format: Audiobook Rating: Yay!   This has been a very Highlandery week!   I almost gave up on this book because of its lengthy setup....

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Getting Lit Ep 01: Shades of Milk and Honey

By Mary Robinette Kowel. Now with better-ish sound! Side rant: it's not creepy if he's sexy. A big blotch of Bronte in the middle of my Jane Austen.   Highlights: "Melody seems unbelievable in the way that she was such a bitch." "Respect the queue!" "I have this...

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