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There was not an ice sculpture’s chance in Hades’s ballroom that he would have done so. “And as we both know,” he said, “I am not much given to following orders.” She sniffed. “The matter is beneath you. I need someone to glower and look ...more

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Hwarhath Stories by Eleanor Arnason
The woman Ahl went to visit was named Merhit. A witch, she lived by herself in a thatched hut by one of the marsh’s many slow-moving channels. This kind of behavior would not have been tolerated in any other kind of woman. But holy people make their own rules. If they want to live alone, they can.
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Courtship Rite by Donald Kingsbury
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Unmasking Miss Appleby by Emily Larkin
" Irene wrote: "Ok I have to read this."

I hope you enjoy it! I remember it fondly. :)
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Scoring off the Field by Naima Simone
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The Billionaire’s Wake-up-call Girl by Annika Martin
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“Wake up, you stupid motherfucker. People are waiting for whatever annoying bullshit you have in store for them today.” I’m trying not to smile. I kind of like that he’s listening. “Your hapless minions await whatever stupid bullshit flows from your meteoric mind.”
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The Billionaire’s Wake-up-call Girl by Annika Martin
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Annika Martin is such a fun writer. The first couple chapters of this were really enjoyable, laugh out loud funny for me. Then... I stopped reading. I'm not sure what happened. I think it felt like this just wasn't enough story.

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Trusting Miss Trentham by Emily Larkin
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Your heroine, Letty, is an heiress/spinster who, in spite of being fairly plain, is besieged by dudes claiming to be desperately in love with her. The only problem is that she has the ability to hear if someone is lying (and they're all always lying) ...more
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Team Player by Julianna Keyes
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3.5 rounded up for Keyes' excellent prose.

Julianna Keyes is one of my few auto-buy authors in contemporary romance, I tend to find her books well-written and her characters to feel pretty much like real people. I was excited to see that she was comi
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Team Player by Julianna Keyes
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“What the fuck?” he asked when Strip strolled in and grabbed a can of coconut water from the fridge. “I’m sitting again?” “Oh good, you can read.” Strip sipped the drink and grimaced. “I can’t believe you hawk this stuff. It tastes like spit.” “Coconut water is an excellent source of magnesium and potassium,” Ty said, because he was paid to. “It may help prevent diabetes, kidney stones, and heart disease.”
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3.5 rounded up for Keyes' excellent prose.

Julianna Keyes is one of my few auto-buy authors in contemporary romance, I tend to find her books well-written and her characters to feel pretty much like real people. I was excited to see that she was comi
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Namkhai Norbu
“All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals have. There does not exist, from an absolute point of view, any teaching which is more perfect or effective than another. A teaching's value lies solely in the inner awakening which an individual can arrive at through it. If a person benefits from a given teaching, for that person that teaching is the supreme path, because it is suited to his or her nature and capacities. There's no sense in trying to judge it as more or less elevated in relation to other paths to realization.”
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State

Cecilia Grant
“Even two people who are no more than friends by daylight can fell prey to the influence of a secret dark room.”
Cecilia Grant, A Woman Entangled

Sebastian Junger
“Humans don’t mind hardship, in fact they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary. Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary. It's time for that to end.”
Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Ursula K. Le Guin
“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Ted Chiang
“Think of cocaine. In its natural form, as coca leaves, it's appealing, but not to an extent that it usually becomes a problem. But refine it, purify it, and you get a compound that hits your pleasure receptors with an unnatural intensity. That's when it becomes addictive.

Beauty has undergone a similar process, thanks to advertisers. Evolution gave us a circuit that responds to good looks - call it the pleasure receptor for our visual cortex - and in our natural environment, it was useful to have. But take a person with one-in-a-million skin and bone structure, add professional makeup and retouching, and you're no longer looking at beauty in its natural form. You've got pharmaceutical-grade beauty, the cocaine of good looks.

Biologists call this "supernormal stimulus" [...] Our beauty receptors receive more stimulation than they were evolved to handle; we're seeing more beauty in one day than our ancestors did in a lifetime. And the result is that beauty is slowly ruining our lives.

How? The way any drug becomes a problem: by interfering with our relationships with other people. We become dissatisfied with the way ordinary people look because they can't compare to supermodels.”
Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

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