-This or That? Princesses Behaving Badly By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie-

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You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their majestic closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood. And Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield with her toddler strapped to her back.

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-Karen Moning on Book Pirating-

“Warning: rant ahead 🙂

I just got an email from a fan and, while I know she was trying to be complimentary, that made her email frustrate me even more, because she didn’t see anything wrong with it.

She wrote to tell me my books were so good—while she only downloads books she can’t wait to read on the day of release for ‘free’ from online sites—she liked some of mine so much that once she read the entire series, she ‘actually paid for hard copies of her three favorites.’

She went on to say the reason she never pays for books but downloads them for ‘free’ (sorry let’s be precise here, they’re not free, they’re pirated and kill our sales, which can lead to cancelled contracts) was because there were a lot of books she ended up not liking as much as she thought she would, and didn’t feel obligated to pay for a book she wouldn’t want to read a second time.

Can I please go eat a pizza but pay for it only if I like it? Can I get a haircut and highlights but pay only if I think it’s good enough that I’ll want to use that stylist again? Can I go to the doctor but if he doesn’t make me better, ignore the bill?

Writers make a small percentage of the (much larger) percentage the publisher takes, after the online retailers take their (again much larger) percentage of the list price. The books that sometimes take up to a year to write are our sole source of income.

Books at pirate sites aren’t free. They’re stolen. If money is tight, go to your local library. Support them. Keep them afloat (Yes, I know there’s often a waiting list and instant gratification is preferable to patience.) One day those libraries may no longer exist if books continue to get any more ‘free.’

To those of you that don’t pirate THANK YOU! You’re the reason I can continue getting my books published and that means the world to me. :)”


This was posted to Facebook. 99% of the comments were in agreeance with moning, including myself.

And then you had people like this: 

Just no.

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-Storm and Fury By Jennifer Armentrout-

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Received this b-e-a-utiful ARC of #stormandfury byJennifer L. Armentrout . 

SO- this is a spin-off of my favorite series of hers, The Dark Element Series (think hot gargoyles and a bad ass heroine.) If you haven’t read the first book in The Dark Element Series, White Hot Kiss, you need to.

📚What’s White Hot Kiss About?📚

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, and go out on a real date with the gorgeous Zayne, whom she’s crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is anything but normal. She’s half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne—and brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her. But as Layla discovers she’s the sole reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.
Amazonhttps://amzn.to/2OdQY15
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If you HAVE read White Hot Kiss, jump over to#goodreads and see what Storm & Fury is all about 🖤 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40291564
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Fingerless gloves are from Storiarts
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-Featured Book: Girls With Sharp Sticks By Suzanne Young-

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📚What’s It All About?📚

Girls with Sharp Sticks

Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this start to a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.

Some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.

The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardian, they receive a well-rounded education that promises to make them better. Obedient girls, free from arrogance or defiance. Free from troublesome opinions or individual interests.

But the girls’ carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back.

Bringing the trademark plot twists and high-octane drama that made The Program a bestselling and award-winning series, Suzanne Young launches a new series that confronts some of today’s most pressing ethical questions.

Amazonhttps://amzn.to/2UDFmH0

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-Do You Know Someone Suffering From Bangorrhea?-

Guilty.

And why does this sound like an STD?

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-If You Like These TV Shows/Movies, You’ll Love These Books-

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Buffy + Sixth Sense = The Archived 

Marvel + Dexter = Vicious & Vengeful 

Alias + Tokyo Ghoul = The Savage Song

Stranger Things + Ghost Hunters = City of Ghosts

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales + Serious Angst + Elemental Magic = The Near Witch 

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-AUTHOR PUBLICLY BASHES ANOTHER AUTHOR OVER A REVIEW- –

HERE IS THE ☕️. (I’ve always wanted to use this expression.)

A few weeks ago, an Angry Author found a TWO YEAR OLD review she did not like, that was written about one of her books.
The review was constructive, polite, and very well written. The review was written by a fellow author.

The Angry Author then decided to put the Author/Reviewer on blast.

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Crazy shit, right?

A big-hitter chimed in and commented on Angry Authors post: “This post is so unlike you. I don’t know if something personal is going on or not, because you know the reviews aren’t for authors, no matter who they come from or what our own personal opinions on reviewing other authors are, but you do owe this author an apology.”

Here’s where things went sour IMO.
1) Don’t call someone ugly.
2) Bad reviews come with the territory. Get over it.
3) The Angry Author then went and 1 starred all of the Author/Reviewers books. Bitch move.
4) Keep your crazy off the internet.

When I review, I do it constructively. If I don’t like a book, chances are, I won’t write an in depth review. And you’ll probably never see that book posted on this page. I’m in the business of lifting up books that I think others will love (and that sometimes means *I* don’t love the book myself.) Not every book is for me, but it may be for YOU.

Bottom line, don’t be an asshole.

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-Poison Study By Maria V. Snyder-

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What’s It All About? 

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear..

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-Birthday Month Reading Challenge-

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We picked a book for every month! Click here to see our list :).

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