Author: Jessica Pryde

Sparks and Tarts: F*** you, romance is awesome

I am a reader, and I am happy that there are so many of us out there. I am totally part of the You Do You category of reading, where I expect you to like what you like and leave the rest for the ones who like it. I know that there are people who don’t like love stories or stories with happy endings (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) and I will never try to force them to embrace my love of romance. But I still expect those people to respect and appreciate my love of romance and not shit all over my...

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Sparks and Tarts Review Edition: The Sumage Solution

The Sumage Solution (San Andreas Shifters #1) G.L. Carriger Gail Carriger, LLC July 18,2017 Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. Well folks, it’s happened. Gail Carriger wandered away from the Parasolverse, and the results are fantastic. This is not to say she is no longer writing books set in the Victorian Steampunk universe for which she is most famous. There are still plenty of those coming out, including the third Custard Protectorate book and several side stories. But she’s started a new series under the name G. L. Carriger, and...

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Something Terrible Happened: Roxane Gay’s Hunger

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Roxane Gay HarperCollins June 13, 2017 Content warning: rape. “There are so many things I hunger for.” Statistics say that 34.9 percent of Americans are obese and 68.6 percent of Americans are obese or overweight. Going into Hunger, and knowing what Gay looks like, you know that there will be references to food, weight, and hunger. But what you don’t know until you’re enmeshed in her life is how much the idea of obesity and other people makes an impact on her life. On her soul. “I know that to be frank about...

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Sparks and Tarts: With Romance, Your Mileage May Vary…and That’s Okay

Did you try a romance once and put it down, never to pick up another? Did you ever wonder why that was? Maybe the plot didn’t work for you or the writing was bad. Maybe it was just boring. Maybe the author wrote a piece of sexist, racist garbage. Maybe there were elements that hit your YKINMK (Your Kink Is Not My Kink) hard limits. Maybe there was too much sex. Maybe there wasn’t enough. You know the thing about romance? It’s fucking prolific. Romance may be a genre, but romance lives across categories and classifications. People of all...

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Sparks and Tarts: A Romance Primer

What constitutes a romance? When is something Capital R Romance vs. a story in another genre with romantic elements? When does the line fall so thin that Capital R Romance lovers don’t really care? There’s been a lot of talk on the bookish interwebs recently about the nature of romance—romance novels in particular. Essays have been written; Twitter threads have been shared. What spurred it? The HEA. For those unfamiliar with romance acronyms, HEA stands for Happily Ever After. It’s a necessity in romance that has been a familiar friend since the publishing boom in the nineteenth century. But...

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