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People Who Aren’t Evil Deserve An HEA

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Jess and Trisha discuss RITA judging past and future, Jess’s non-definitive list of who deserves an HEA, and depressing reminders that Twitter trolls are toxic and dangerous.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley, and Chica Chocolate.

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RITA judging has had some real problems, and RWA is working to address them.

You can check out the full 2018 Diversity Summit Report too.

Take a few minutes to read “Dear Suzanne Brockmann” essay by Nicki Salcedo that Jess mentioned.

The RWA definition of romance that we talked about is here.

You might recall that message from Scarlett Parish (via Petra Newman) that we mentioned.

And also that rather satisfying “Mind Your Business” romance response tweet we mentioned. (Well done, y’all.)

Books Discussed:

A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole

Otherwise, we tried to give your TBRs a rest this week, so just check out the Get Booked podcast Jess did with Jenn Northington for lots and lots of great recommendations.

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