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Gateway Romance Drugs

As I’m ramping up for the release of my wonderful, wonderful book LOVE. SET. MATCH. on August 28, I thought I’d take this opportunity to offer recommendations for my friends who haven’t ventured into the wonderful realm of Romancelandia. There’s a dedicated page on this site, but I wanted to share what I’m calling the “Gateway Drugs” here. There’s a longer list of overall amazing books that I think everyone should read on the “My Recommendations” page. I’ll eventually add non-romance books, but for now, gotta stay on brand.

Also in the “Books” section—PREORDER LINKS for my pretty, pretty book!

Note: nonbinary/trans/genderqueer friends (and everyone else) pick which sounds best. Just broke it down by gender-identifiers to signify tone.

GATEWAY DRUGS

Sports Fan - Male

The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

Flirting with Fire by Kate Meader

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Sports Fan - Female

Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley

It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Playing to Win by Jaci Burton

Geeks - Male

Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

Night of Fire by Nico Rosso

Status Update by Annabeth Albert

Geeks - Female

A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Dark/Thriller/Suspense - Male

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Naked in Death by JD Robb

Dark/Thriller/Suspense - Female

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

The Collector by Nora Roberts

History Buff - Male

His Very Own Girl by Carrie Lofty

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

The Chief by Monica McCarty

History Buff - Female

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Other Entry Level Books

The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

Update to Master List of Predictions of Doom -- ***SPOILERS***

Okay. We’re at the halfway point in the final Game of Thrones season. The big battle is done. Now it is time for, as my girl River Song says, SPOILERS.

Bold and italics = Right

Italics = wrong.

Here’s where we stand on Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells the Story?

Lives:

Jon*

Dany*

Tyrion*

Arya*

Tormund

Gendry*

Podrick

All 3 Dragons - unfortunately wrong :( RIP Viserion.

Greyworm

Sam

Davos

Yara

 

Dies:

Jaime

Cersei

Brienne (in some grand sacrifice)

Sansa - at this point I’m going to call this one wrong. If she was going to go, it would have been this week

Bran (in a 3-eyed raven sort of way)

Gilly - this is another one where I’m going to call it wrong. She survived the Stark bone-zombies, so she should be good.

Messandei

Night King - Right. I knew that little drop move would come into play. Badass.

The Hound*

The Mountain*

Berric Dondareon* - Right!

Ser Jorah (defending Dany)* - Right, right down to the manner of death.

Qyburn

Grand Maester

Melissandre* - Right. I honestly forgot about her at this point in the season, but she redeemed herself in the end.

Varys*

Bronn

Theon - Right. A noble, noble death. Literally and metaphorically charging at death head on to redeem his poor battered soul.

Lyanna Mormont - I left her off the list, because I thought she was safe/forgot. Clearly not. But what a way to go.

Tay's Game of Thrones Predictions Master List of Doom

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Game Of Thrones Theories:

 

Well, I couldn’t help myself. I had to write down all the theories I have about Game of Thrones (GOT) ahead of Season 8. I’m not ready for the story to end, but I also want answers, damn it. These are a collection of things I’ve read, thought of, interpreted from the “text” of the show, because I’m an English major and that’s what I do. An * indicates the few I’m convinced of without a doubt. Everything else is just a guess and my opinion. 

 

As we make our way through the last six episodes, I’ll periodically come back to update/weigh in on if I’m proven right or wrong.

 

1.    The characters may somehow represent the “Seven”.

Father—Jon

Mother—Dany

Maiden—Sansa

Crone—Tyrion? Melissandre? Davos?

Warrior – Greyworm? Jorah? Brienne? Jaime?

Smith – Gendry

Stranger – Arya or Bran? 

2.    The lone wolf dies while the pack survives*

those with direwolves still living will survive. Caveat: I don’t WANT this to be true. But I also don’t trust the showrunners not to break our hearts (still no over the Red Wedding or the fact that Rickon didn’t zig-zag). And thus far, it’s been correct. 

3.    The dragon has three heads* 

Jon, Dany, and their child

4.    A song of Ice and Fire*

Jon is going to end up with the ice dragon—warging will probably be involved

5.    Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark 

someone in power helped manipulate it—Dayne family may come into it.

6.    Prince that was promised—>The Stallion that Mounts the World

Jon and Dany (medieval use of ‘prince’ is ruler, and they’re both going to rule Westeros) and Dany and Jon’s child. 

7.    Melisandre in Volantis is going to have meaning. Not sure what. Maybe bringing more priests and priestesses with her?

8.    Dany breaking the wheel may be tied to the White Walker symbols (one of which is a wheel).

9.    White Walkers were created by children of the forest from the First Men. Being the blood of the First Men may come into play when fighting the Night King 

10. Only death can pay for life—will pertain to White Walkers and Dany can conceive because Viserion “died” *

11. Weirwood trees/heart trees are going to influence the battle for the dawn.

12.Bran’s connection with the Night King—will warging be involved?

13.There must always be a Stark in Winterfell

Bran becoming one with the heart tree there?

14.Gendry will make Valyrian steel with the help of the dragons–maybe even forge Lightbringer.*

15.Jaime is the Valonqar and will kill Cersei—or Arya in his face will.*

16. Craster’s sons and the White Walkers—are White Walkers made or grown? Wights are dead people. Will little Sam’s connections to his brother/uncles do anything?

17. The Prophecy that says: ". . . three heads has the dragon . . . . . . three fires must you light . . . one for life and one for death and one to love . . . . . . three mounts must you ride . . . one to bed and one to dread and one to love . . . . . . three treasons will you know . . . once for blood and once for gold and once for love . . ."

Life, bed, and blood – Dragons’ birth/Drogo/Mirri Maz Dhor. Death and dread—  Viserion. Gold—Doreah and dude in Qarth. Love—Jon. Maybe he’ll sacrifice his life for hers (but not be dead-dead, only mostly dead). 

18. Someone is going to visit the Tower of Joy to find Dawn, Ser Arthur Dayne’s sword. Or it’s in the Winterfell crypts with Lyanna and/or Rhaegar (which would explain the teaser in the Crypts of Winterfell…just sayin’).  

19. Jaqen is going to be back as someone—probably impersonating a major character for a really long time.

20. Clegane Bowl is happening. Fire will obviously be involved. 

21. Maesters are the memories of those in the 7 Kingdoms. Bran can see the past, present, and future. Sam and Bran are gonna get up to some shenanigans while the others do the physical fighting. Gotta use the brains and the brawn. 

 Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells the Story? yes, a Hamilton reference was necessary. Don’t judge.

Lives:

Jon*

Dany*

Tyrion*

Arya*

Tormund

Gendry*

Podrick

All 3 Dragons

Greyworm

Sam

Davos

Yara

 

Dies:

Jaime

Cersei

Brienne (in some grand sacrifice)

Sansa

Bran (in a 3-eyed raven sort of way)

Gilly 

Messandei

Night King

The Hound*

The Mountain*

Berric Dondareon*

Ser Jorah (defending Dany)*

Qyburn

Grand Maester

Melissandre*

Varys*

Bronn

Theon