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A Booklist and a Battle with Time

I don't believe in linear time. One day I will write a time travel novel about this (critics will call it "a fun romp through the annals of history, in which two enemies find themselves becoming lovers on the edges of famous battlefields, in secret rooms of power, and behind the scenes of momentous occasions, while also working to stop each other from destroying the very fabric of existence," and it will draw the inevitable comparisons to Connie Willis, who of course did time travel better than I ever could, and I will tick yet another idea off my decades old, exceedingly long, list of dull story ideas ... or, you know, more than likely I actually won't, I'll merely write a blog post about it, or probably just a tweet.)

Linear time, however, believes in me. And lately it has been tormenting me in the most cruel fashion. Look at all these wonderful books ...

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord.

Pepper and Jack find themselves in a twitter war on behalf of their competing family restaurants. Their snarky memes go viral, they start to have more fun than enemies should. Will their online battle move to a real life romance neither of them expected? A YA romcom that sounds absolutely, gorgeously, hilarious.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle.

Although Naomi and Nicholas are preparing for a lavish wedding that's only three months away, they're sick of each other and miserable in their relationship. But the first one to back out has to pay for the wedding expenses. So they each begin a campaign to annoy the other so much they will call it quits. What follows is a battle of wits employing pranks, sabotage, all-out emotional warfare  ... and a whole lot of fun.

Well Met by Jen de Luca

Two sworn enemies find themselves flirting at a Renaissance Faire. This book sounds smart as well as swoony, and with a combination of enemies to lovers and Shakespeare, it's the perfect book for me. And look at that pretty cover!

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Completely different from the charming romcoms on this list, Nalini Singh's latest book is a dark murder mystery set on the west coast of New Zealand. What can I say? Put together one of my top ten authors, plus my own homeland, and you get a book that's irresistable to me even though I tend to prefer cheerful reading these days.

To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters.

In this historical romcom, Lady Violet intends to teach her estranged husband James a lesson by feigning to be desperately ill.  James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses—and a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. When I read the promotional blurb, I felt actually desperate to read this book. It ticks ALL my boxes.

... But not one of these books is available yet! They're all due for publication! I have to wait! Very well, linear time, my wicked nemesis. I surrender grudgingly, and achingly, to your reality.

ps, if you follow me on twitter and instagram you will see I'm making very slow steps towards my complete author rebranding. This has been both a personal and business decision for me, and although I know it will confuse some people, perhaps upset some people, I must follow my spirit. I'll keep you updated with new links as they become ready.

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