Month: February 2018

Ep. 16 Jenny Holiday: One and Only

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This week we’re joined by Jenny Holiday, a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical, gay and straight romance. We discuss her new release, One and Only, the epidemic of bridezillas, our theories on the romantic lives of Canadian ice dancers, and how she balances writing and motherhood.
You can find out more about Jenny and her books on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!

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Other highlights from our conversation include:
  • How she didn’t discover romance novels until she was in her 30’s–and once she did how Harlequin historicals changed her life.
  • How she then transitoned to writing romance.
  • Hilariously bad misconceptions she hears about romance–“Your publishers give you the ideas for the books, right?”
  • Theories about the love lives of Canadian ice dancers Virtue and Moir and our need for Jenny to write the romance novel version of it for us.
  • The madness of modern weddings and how that translates into her fun and sexy new series. The first book is One and Only.
  • What her querying process looked like.
  • Her experiences with indie publishing vs traditional publishing, and the reasons she hasn’t enjoyed indie publishing.
  • Her transition from historical to contemporary.
  • Her PhD in Urban Geography and why she took it all the way to that point and then chose a different career path.
  • How her first forays into fiction were Mulder/Scully fanfic.
  • How she handled the transition to motherhood and eventually learned how to carve out time for herself to write.
  • Her physical aversion to butterflies.

Books mentioned in this episode:

 One and Only by Jenny Holiday

 It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

Ep. 15 Cat Sebastian: It Takes Two to Tumble

catstwitterprofileWe’re joined in this episode by Cat Sebastian, who writes Regency romance featuring LGBTQ characters. We discuss her current release, It Takes Two to Tumble and her upcoming release, Unmasked by the Marquess. You can find Cat on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,or on her website.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • LGBTQ+ representation in historical romance
  • How HEAs should be written for non-neurotypical people and people with disabilities
  • How she’s approaching writing a non-binary character
  • Romance novels as a treatment for postpartum depression
  • Why surprise pregnancy plots are THE WORST
  • What her querying process looked like
  • Her membership in an amazing new group for writers and fans of historical romance
  • Why she calls herself ‘lazy’ despite being a successful author
  • How many times she’s taken the Pottermore sorting quiz

Books mentioned in this episode:

It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Books by KJ Charles

Books by Jordan Hawk

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian

The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian

Books by N.K. Jemison

The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

Books by Sherry Thomas

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Beyond Series by Kit Rocha

An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Links mentioned:

The League of Extraordinary Historical Romance Authors 

Embracing the HEA by Cat Sebastian (PPD Article)

Ep. 14 Sir Rucifer: Male Pro Dom

FullSizeRenderNeed a break from all the noise this Valentine’s Day? We give you, Sir Rucifer, a professional Dominant. He is a well respected BDSM lifestyle educator, performer, and private instructor. We were excited to get his insight into what it’s really like to be an Alpha male, what his clients come to him for, and how BDSM can be introduced to a relationship in a healthy way. We chat about Alpha males in romance and how BDSM is treated in fiction. We’ve stopped doing sexy passage reading, but couldn’t resist having him read some 50 Shades to us at the end!

A trigger warning for this episode: We discuss fantasies of nonconsent (using the word rape) and how BDSM can help with the healing process after sexual trauma.

You can follow Sir Rucifer on Twitter or Instagram–or find him at The Dominion.

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Other highlights from the conversation include:

-What it’s like to grow up with the guilt and shame of being a dominant male.

-Why consent is sexy.

-What’s behind the appeal of fantasies of nonconsent? Why are women so drawn to that fantasy?

-How BDSM can help people to recover from sexual trauma if handled correctly.

-Common requests that his clients are looking for.

-How to introduce kink to a relationship.

-Why it can be hard for men to assume the dominant role in a relationship.

-How to spice things up with sensation play.

-The importance of Aftercare.

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Ep. 13 Jasmine Guillory: The Wedding Date

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We’re joined in this episode by debut author, Jasmine Guillory, who is as adorable as her “sexy gem of a novel”, The Wedding Date. You can find Jasmine on Twitter or Instagram or on her website.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her Dad’s reaction to reading her romance novel.
  • Why she doesn’t want to write historicals despite having a history degree and loving to read them.
  • What her journey to publication looked like–querying, pitching to publishers, and ultimately seeing her book on shelves.
  • Why lawyers can make successful novelists.
  • The modern realities of dating and how those come into play in contemporary fiction: texting, social media, and the amusing intricacies of dealing with them.
  • How she chose to handle race in her book–as something that is present, but not a point of conflict between her characters.
  • The future of diversity in romance.
  • How food plays into her stories.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Books by Julie James

Books by Jill Shalvis

Books by Ruby Lang

Books by Jenny Holiday

On Writing by Stephen King

Bird by Bird Anne Lamott

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Books by Beverly Jenkins

Books by Alyssa Cole

Books by Alisha Rai

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Betsy Tacy books

*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! There may also still be some signed copies of The Wedding Date at the store.