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The Invisible Woman by Rachel Stuhler

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The Invisible Woman by Rachel Stuhler The Invisible Woman by Rachel Stuhler
Series: Geek Actually #1.2
Published by Serial Box on June 14, 2017
Source: Publisher
Genres: Chic Lit, Episodic, Geek
Pages: 40
Format: eARC
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Meet your new best girlfriends. Michelle is a hard-nosed Science Fiction editor who is used to things going her way; Taneesha is a talented video game programmer who is used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break; Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan – of anything and everything that keeps are from “proper adulting.” Together they are Rebel Scum (at least in their shared group chat), and best friends through thick and thin. They might live far apart but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world side by side.

When Christina meets her new charge on set, Vivi, she’s pleasantly surprised at the definite spark between them. Taneesha’s attempt to speak up at her new job backfires in a big way. Michelle ventures out to a party, but is she really ready to move past Ted?

The women of Geek Actually are all going through tough times in Episode #2. The episode started with a bit of their group chat and to be honest I wasn’t a fan of that style. I was happy the author went back to a regular narration quickly.

Taneesha is still not being appreciated at her new company. I’m hoping she moves on soon. She is worth way more than they’re giving her credit for. We’re finally really meeting Christina and I’m not sure what to think of her yet. I think the new actress on set, Vivi, is definitely bad news for her, even if she’s fun for the time being. Michelle’s husband is officially out of the house, but she really is does spend too much of her energy on work and not enough on relationships.

This is the second episode with a bit of a steamy section. Even though they’re geeks, these women are pretty, smart and sexy. They may not always make the best decisions, but who does?

About Rachel Stuhler

Rachel Stuhler hails from Rochester, NY, the home of the hot dog and Kodak. Too poor to do anything but watch movies, she decided to stay poor and try to write them.
Rachel is best known for novel Absolutely True Lies and TV movies “Kristen’s Christmas Past” (Lifetime) and “Love Takes Wing” (Hallmark), but she’s also probably the writer of that TV movie you watched at 3am the last time you had insomnia.
She continues to work in TV and is busy plotting her next move in world domination, or writing about world domination, which is more fun and a lot less work.

WTF by Cathy Yardley

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WTF by Cathy Yardley WTF by Cathy Yardley
Series: Geek Actually #1.1
Published by Serial Box on June 7, 2017
Source: Publisher
Genres: Episodic, Chic Lit, Geek
Pages: 69
Format: eBook
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Meet your new best girlfriends. Michelle is a hard-nosed Science Fiction editor who is used to things going her way; Taneesha is a talented video game programmer who is used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break; Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan – of anything and everything that keeps are from “proper adulting.” Together they are Rebel Scum (at least in their shared group chat), and best friends through thick and thin. They might live far apart but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world side by side.

This is the 1st episode in the first season of Geek Actually, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode was written by Cathy Yardley.

Michelle and Aditi have been friends for ages, but with Michelle as Aditi’s editor for her debut fantasy novel, their relationship is under a bit of strain. Aditi needs to blow off some steam—a hot Tinder date does the trick (and then some). Meanwhile, Taneesha and Elli are both having some job trouble.

Amber and I were talking yesterday about what makes me a geek – because I’m obviously a geek. Just the fact that I write book reviews for fun probably qualifies me, but add in our weekly board game night and the fact that we literally had a 45 minute discussion on monster types the other day and there’s little doubt. But I don’t have any geeky female friends like the women of Geek Actually. I do wish I had a group of friends like them.

In this episode, we meet all the women and learn a bit about where they’re at in their lives. We see their jobs, husbands and lovers. It’s fun and sexy but it also touches on some heavier topics  like body image and sexism. I love the diverse cast of characters and people who I have something in common with (not that I ever go out of my way to swing by a PokeStop).

I have read serial fiction before and it’s a format I enjoy. I like the short episodes that flow together. I’m looking forward to spending more time with these characters. After this introduction I like them but don’t care about them yet; I am interested to see where their stories go.

About Cathy Yardley

Cathy Yardley writes fantasy, chick lit and romance. She loves J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts, Jim Butcher, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, Stephen King, Jennifer Crusie, Marian Keyes, J.K. Rowling, and a slew of other authors.

She calls herself a geekgirl. She loves the San Diego Comic-con. She’s a bit Sherlockian, but hasn’t gone full Whovian yet.

She loves being an author. Loves writing. Loves promoting. Loves everything about it.

Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer

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Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer
Published by Amazon Digital Services on November 5, 2014
Source: Purchased
Genres: Chic Lit, Short Story
Pages: 30
Format: eBook
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Francie excels at her job as a party planner, but can't say the same about love. When an obnoxious, but handsome, man approaches her in line at a Thanksgiving sale, she pushes him away like she always does. Can Francie put her fears aside and nab an early bird special, or is she destined to plan every wedding but her own?

I don’t go Black Friday shopping, or Thanksgiving Day shopping for that matter, but I thought reading this short story that starts off with Francie and her family in line in the cold waiting for the store to open on Thanksgiving would fit the day.

I know “Early Bird Special” is a short story, but at the end I was left with a “that’s it?” feeling. I like Francie. Her parents seem nice enough and her brother has the potential to be interesting, but there were too many things brought up and just left off. I would have enjoyed it more if Krimmer had had a bit more time to develop the characters and story. I wanted a romance and I ended up with a woman deciding she needs to give men, and one in particular, a chance, which is not the same thing.

I did enjoy it though. It was cute, it just didn’t have that complete feeling I’m looking for in a good short story. It felt more like an introduction to Francie and her world.

About Tracy Krimmer

Books have always been a part of Tracy Krimmer’s life. When she was a child, her Book It! pin was filled with stars and she won many personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Her writing passion began young, around fourth grade, when her class made a notebook of short stories. She still has that notebook to this day. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, napping, or eating popcorn.

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