Lacy Literacy

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From the title, I know what you’re thinking:

But Alexis, didn’t you plan cross country trips around visiting Indie bookstores?

But Alexis, didn’t you drive 260+ miles roundtrip with your co-blogger Eri solely to go to San Diego’s Mysterious Galaxy?

But Alexis, didn’t you avoid taking Thursday night classes so you could attend book club at The Ripped Bodice?

Well, yeah. I did all of those things. But that doesn’t mean my relationship with Indie Bookstores isn’t fraught with resentment. I know for a fact Eri feels the same. We’re here today to talk about why.

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Hey y’all! This is Sil from The Book Voyagers and I’m hacking Alexis’ blog, Lacy Literacy, today. No, I’m joking. We actually worked on a post together and are doing a collab which is amazing and I have wanted to do this for a while now. I think Alexis does the greatest posts in the world, so I highly recommend her blog.

Our post is so special and I absolutely adore it. Alexis came up with the idea of doing this sort of “What do you need to make a perfect wedding?” so we gathered all of these elements and made them tropes. We added the books we thought fit the tropes and ta da! This is the final product and we hope you all enjoy it.

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Time and time again I find myself in the same situation. Anytime I get a book that I’m anticipating, I end up avoiding it like the plague. And I’m talking about the type of books I cry about not being released yet on Twitter, add on ‘Most Anticipated Books of the year’ list, and ones I even stand in line 2 hours for to get ARCs of.

Why do I do this? It bubbles down to a strange insecurity.

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Title: Start Here
Edited by: Ronald S. Lim and Brigitte Bautista. Featuring short stories by: Agay Llanera, H. Bentham, Ella Banta, Danice Sison, Yeyet Soriano, Barbie Barbieto, Katt Briones, Bobbi Moran, Motzie Dapul, and Brigitte Bautista. 
Release Date: January 27, 2018
Book Cover Design: Dani Hernandez
Additional Photography: Alexandra Urrea & Chachic Fernandez


There’s a first time for everything. Gatecrashing a KPop concert with an oppa in a business suit. Taking shelter from the storm with the girl you’ve been meaning to shake off. That kiss that blurs the line between friendship and something more. A one-night stand (or, is it?) with your best friend from across the hallway.

Dive into these 10 stories of first encounters – unapologetically queer, happy endings required, with a smattering of that signature #romanceclass kilig. Whether you’re recalling your own firsts or out there looking for one, there’s a story in here for you.

So, go on.

Turn the page.

Start here.

This anthology contains M/M, F/F, F/NB romance stories with happy endings. Some stories have a high heat level.


You know those books that make you burst with so much love that you just about pass out. Yeah? Well, Start Here is one of those.

In this post, I’ll be reviewing and talking about the two stories from Start Here that were the most special to me along with sharing an aesthetic for one.

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Welcome to the Olympic Romance Master List!!! 🥌🏂🏊🏒🎿 Tamsen Parker commented that someone should make a comprehensive list of Olympic Romances. As I’m very much in the Olympic spirit and love making lists, I couldn’t resist.

This list includes Romances that take place during, immediately after, and leading up to the Winter AND Summer Olympics. The Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics are sectioned off, so you can find which setting better fits your mood. Under those sections are subsections for each sport featured. There are 80+ books on the list including New Adult and Adult Romances.

Here’s to the Olympics & the hope that VirtueMoir confirms that they’re secretly married 🥂⛸️. Enjoy~

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Hey friends!!! We are so excited to help out with the cover reveals for the cover rebranding of the Beyond series by Kit Rocha, a seriously awesome author duo. Since Alexis hasn’t read this series yet though, I’m here to pitch it to you all and tell you why you should pick it up asap with the gorgeous new covers. In case you did not know, the Beyond series is an erotica romance series aka do not read in public unless you do not embarrass easily with dystopian elements. Kit Rocha do a phenomenal job with worldbuilding and almost every character is hot and bi, so really, there’s no reason not to read them.

So without further do, here is the brand new cover of the very last Beyond series book and honestly, I’m in love.

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Today is a very special day on Lacy Literacy. Not only is it my first Author Interview, but I’m interviewing an author whose work I am absolutely obsessed with right now: Talia Hibbert. 

If you haven’t seen all of my Twitter updates, I completely died over Undone by the Ex-Con by Talia. At this point, I would read absolutely anything she writes. I adore her writing style, and her characters are impossible to not fall in love with. And she has an upcoming book featuring a fake engagement and royalty. Without further ado, let’s get into it~


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Hey friends, it’s Eri here and I’m super excited to help out with the cover reveal of Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne! Fair warning, the synopsis does spoil the climax of the first one so be wary ❤ but I cannot wait to read this book. Umbertouched is one of the books that I mentioned I would do unspeakable things for, so if you haven’t read Rosemarked, the first one, I would highly highly recommend it. Also, scroll all the way down to win three of Livia’s books, including Rosemarked, all signed!

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2018 is a year of great releases. I know preemptively it’s going to be hard to keep up with all the amazing content coming out each month. Also, we have already been blessed with several to die for books like The Cruel Prince. But there are still many more to come that we cannot help but dream about. And contemplate doing unspeakable things for…

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Trope Tuesdays are a meme originally created to discuss, define, and explain one trope that you feel any range of emotion for, and then give your verdict on the trope. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

In today’s edition of Trope Tuesday, I’m going to be talking about Tropes that are Deal Breakers for me which means 99.999999% of the time, you won’t catch me reading them. But, sometimes an author will come along that can do it right.

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