Month: January 2018

Ep. 12 Jennifer Armentrout: Moonlight Sins

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We’re joined in this episode by Jennifer Armentrout. Jen is the #1 international and #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books, including Wait for You, the Lux series, the Dark Elements series, and Til Death.
In our interview we cover everything from her writing process to her love of llamas to the life altering diagnosis she received in 2015 and how she’s handling the knowledge that she’s losing her sight. We also get the scoop on her latest book, Moonlight Sins, the start of a sexy and intriguing new series that follows the three notorious de Vincent brothers.

 

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Some of the highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her first intro to writing–poetry on her bedroom wall in permanent marker as an adolescent. She wrote her first book in 9th grade algebra.
  • First intro to romance was around age 11 or 12 with Johanna Lindsey and Brenda Joyce historical fiction that she picked up in the free books section of the library.
  • Her funny and interesting source of inspiration for her new de Vincent series–a house on The Dead Files TV show that had all kinds of awful things happening and they decided the land was cursed and nothing should have been built there. That concept combined with the idea of Kennedys of the South–a family who has everything in terms of wealth, power, and prestige…but ultimately have nothing–formed the basis of the series.
Moonlight Sins is out now! (Lucian’s book)
Moonlight Seduction out in June (Gabe’s book)
Moonlight Scandals out in January (Deb’s book)
  • Why writing sex between characters who don’t know each other well is challenging.
  • How Apollycon started as a way for her not to have to do a book signing alone.
  • The Origin event is starting November 3rd in Austin, Texas this year. There may be a few tickets left here.
  • How the expectations that come with a growing fan base can make writing harder and impact or influence your writing.
  • Why she rarely reads reviews of her work.
  • Why the moment you start believing your own hype is the moment the quality of your writing is going to go down.
  • The fact that James Patterson was #2 to her #1 on the NYT bestsellers list was what helped her husband to realize the magnitude of what she was doing with her work.
  • Her rocky road to publication–She received over 150 rejections before she got an agent–including one from the agent who ultimately signed her.
  • How she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa diagnosis in 2015. RP is a rare group of genetic disorders that means she’s eventually going to go blind.
  • What it’s like to be told that you’re going to lose your sight and there isn’t a treatment for it.
  • How we all take our senses for granted.
  • Why her writing output actually increased after her diagnosis rather than decreasing while she processed her new reality.
  • How people disregard silent disabilities.
  • Her writing process—7 days/week, she tries to finish a chapter per day.
  • What the mid book crisis looks like when you think the book sucks and you want the whole cast of characters to die. She jumps ahead and writes the ending of the book, which gives her motivation to finish and helps her not to rush the ending.
  • She writes with TV on in the background and has become known for subtle TV show references making their way into her books.
*Books mentioned in this episode:

Moonlight Sins by Jennifer Armentrout

Hearts Aflame by Johanna Lindsey

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

Books by Richie Coosick 

The Carpathian series by Christine Feehan

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

*By request, we have included Amazon links above for ease of ordering digital copies, but if you plan to read in print, please consider purchasing from The Ripped Bodice and supporting one of our favorite small businesses!

Special thanks to our Editor, Chris Willett.

If you’re lucky enough to be listening to this before February 9th, Jennifer is doing an awesome Swag Pack promo that you should jump on. The details are below and you can access and submit the form by clicking this LINK.

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Ep. 11 Christine Feehan: Judgment Road

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In this episode, we’re joined by #1 NYT Bestselling author Christine Feehan. We’re so excited to share it with you, but we need to acknowledge and apologize that this isn’t our normal audio quality. Technology can be wonderful, but this time the interweb overlords got the best of us. Please bear with us—it improves after a few minutes and Christine is by far one of the most fascinating people we’ve talked to—a kickass romance novel heroine in her own right! Her latest book, Judgment Road, is the first in a new series called Torpedo Ink.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

-How she managed to write while parenting her 11 children (there goes my every excuse!)

-Her background in martial arts–she’s a third degree black belt in Tang So Do Mu Duk Kwan and taught martial arts for 20 years.

-Her hilarious early mistakes in publishing–she hung up when they said they wanted to buy her book!

-Her advice for dealing with internet trolls after facing more than her fair share.

-Where the idea for Torpedo Ink came from and how she set up a brand new series.

-How the response to men who have been abused as children can be different from women and how that informed Reaper’s story.

-How her martial arts background impacts her writing.

-Where she thinks writer’s block originates–from the author inserting their own motivations and reactions into the story in place of the characters’ authentic reactions.

-How an extreme low point in her life led her to martial arts and how those experiences still influence her stories.

-All about her writing process–why she doesn’t outline, competitive “power hours” with her son, and how much she hates doing edits.

-Some of her unconventional yet awesome parenting practices.

-How ridiculously cool her steampunk writing den is.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

Bound Together by Christine Feehan

The Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan

*The above links will take you to The Ripped Bodice website where you have the option to purchase the print books from the only exclusively romance bookstore in the US. We love them–please consider showing your support to such a wonderful small business! If you’re in the LA area, definitely go and visit the store–it’s magical! In a few cases, the books weren’t available through the store, so we’ve linked directly to Amazon.

Special thanks to our Editor, Chris Willett!

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Ep. 10 Rose Lerner: Lively St. Lemeston and Hamilton’s Battalion

IMG_1105We’re joined by historical romance author Rose Lerner to talk about her Lively St. Lemeston Regency series and her collaboration on Hamilton’s Battalion. We discuss everything from the role of food to the role of religion in fiction, her writing process, and more!

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Some highlights from the conversation include:

-How her Hamilton’s Battalion story, Promised Land, came about.

-Exploring how characters practice Judaism in historical fiction.

-Amusing family stories.

-Beta heroes and how wonderful they can be.

-How food can be used to express love.

-Lots of mouth-watering discussions of food–historical recreations, use in fiction, and more!

-Her writing process and how it tends to come together.

-Some of the advantages of self publishing.

-How she started reading and writing romance.

-How fantasy casting her characters impacted her writing and heated up the sex scenes.

Books/websites mentioned in this episode:

Hamilton’s Battalion by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole

Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston Book 1) by Rose Lerner

True Pretenses (Lively St. Lemeston Book 2) by Rose Lerner

Listen to the Moon (Lively St. Lemeston Book 3) by Rose Lerner

A Lord for Miss Larkin by Carola Dunn

The works of Georgette Heyer

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pinterest Rose Lerner for fantasy casts

Historicfood.com

Colonial Williamsburg website

*The above links will take you to The Ripped Bodice website where you have the option to purchase the print books from the only exclusively romance bookstore in the US. We love them–please consider showing your support to such a wonderful small business! If you’re in the LA area, definitely go and visit the store–it’s magical! In a few cases, the books weren’t available through the store, so we’ve linked directly to Amazon.

Special thanks to our Editor, Chris Willett.

Ep. 9 Alyssa Cole: A Hope Divided and Hamilton’s Battalion

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We’re joined this week by Alyssa Cole, the award winning author of contemporary, historical, and sci fi/fantasy romance. She has two brilliant recent releases: A Hope Divided and Hamilton’s Battalion. We discuss how Hamilton’s Battalion came about, her powerful The Loyal League series, and her writing process–as well as why she no longer drinks martinis! We love her thoughts on why a Happily Ever After is important.

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The first book from her Reluctant Royals series, A Princess in Theory, sounds fantastic and comes out on 2/28! You can read an excerpt in Cosmopolitan.

You can follow Alyssa on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook–or check out her website.

*Books and sites mentioned in this episode:

Hamilton’s Battalion by Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, and Rose Lerner

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole

Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole

Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

Beauty Awakened by Anne Rice

Literotica.com (NSFW)

SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

*The above links will take you to The Ripped Bodice website where you have the option to purchase the print books from the only exclusively romance bookstore in the US. We love them–please consider showing your support to such a wonderful small business! If you’re in the LA area, definitely go and visit the store–it’s magical!

Special thanks to our Editor, Chris Willett.

Ep. 8 Jayne Ann Krentz: Promise Not to Tell

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Today’s guest is Jayne Ann Krentz who is the author of more than 50 New York Times bestsellers. She writes romantic suspense in three different worlds under three different names: Jayne  Ann Krentz for contemporary, Jayne Castle for futuristic/paranormal, and Amanda Quick for her historical novels. Her books have won numerous awards including the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America. There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.
I was excited to find out what drives Jayne to tell stories and learn as much as possible about the writing process of an author who has been so massively successful for so long—she’s clearly doing something right!

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Highlights from the episode include:

-The fabulous 82 day cruise she just got back from and what it was like to meet readers in Australia and New Zealand.

-The mysteries and challenges of the game of Bridge.

-Her riveting new book, Promise Not to Tell, which follows Virginia and Cabot as they try to uncover the truth about the alleged suicide of a woman from their past. Both spent their early childhood in a cult and were rescued from a horrific fire that was set by the leader of the cult, Quinton Zane, to eliminate his followers. Now they are trying to make sense of the final message, a mysterious painting, that was sent to Virginia before a woman burned her cabin down and jumped to her death. Is Zane still alive and out for revenge?

-The nuts and bolts of her writing process that has led to such a prolific and successful career.

-How she ended up with three pen names and why she doesn’t advise multiple names for aspiring authors.

-The fascinating world of late 1930’s California where her current Amanda Quick stories are set and what her research for historical settings looks like.

-Author’s block vs author’s boredom and what Jayne suggests you do to fix it.

-Jayne’s advice for aspiring authors who are trying to get a career started.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick (May 2018)

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