Month: June 2018

Ep. 34 Olivia Boothe: Wicked Dance

While we love being able to interview some of our favorite hugely successful authors, it’s also fun to be able to introduce you to new voices who are just at the start of their career. This week, we’re joined by one such debut author, Olivia Boothe. She chats with us about her first novel, Wicked Dance, as well as her take on current events since her day job is in the field of child protective services.
You can find Olivia on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
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Books mentioned in this episode:

Wicked Danceby Olivia Boothe

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

The Fever Seriesby Karen Marie Moning

A Court of Thorns and Rosesby Sarah J. Maas

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Ep. 33 Sarah MacLean: Wicked and the Wallflower

We’re joined by bestselling author Sarah MacLean. Her latest novel, Wicked and the Wallflower, just came out, and it is amazing. We to her about historical lockpicking, her romance review column in the Washington Post, and the true nature of the Alpha in romance.

We also got an incredible list of romance recommendations. Our conversation was so good that we went far longer than normal, so you get a massive episode this week! Without further ado, here is our interview with Sarah MacLean.
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Be sure to check out Sarah’s list of romance recommendations on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!
Other highlights include:
  • Sarah’s favorite romance novel
  • Why she loves Lisa Kleypas
  • Why we like the idea of men who fight
  • All about Wicked and the Wallflower
  • How we think the concept of Alphas sometimes gets misunderstood
  • Why she loves an Alpha submissive
  • The unpickable Chubb
  • How she managed to use her research for her new book to crack her mom’s safe
  • Our heist team and the open positions if anyone would like to apply
  • Stair sex
  • Her column in the Washington Post including how the column came about, how she chooses what to include, and what kind of pitches she accepts
  • Her favorite tropes
  • Our Kresley Cole fan club
  • JenReadsRomance’s spreadsheet
  • The Santino Hassel  debacle
  • Book recommendations

Books mentioned in this episode:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Scoring Off the Field by Naima Simone

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warriorby Kresley Cole

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

The Player by Kresley Cole

The Masterby Kresley Cole

Longshot by Kennedy Ryan (starcrossed lovers NBA)

Vegas Top Gun series by Katie Porter

Loving the Secret Billionaireby Adriana Anders

Briarley by Aster Glenn Grey

Priest by Sierra Simone

American Queen by Sierra Simone

Sinner by Sierra Simone

Other media mentioned:

University of Warwick nude calendar

Thomas Crowne Affair (art thief movie)

Penny Dreadful (TV show with Josh Hartnett)

Eastern Promises (movie with Viggo Mortenson)

Ep. 32 Kevin Kneupper: #Cockygate

We’re joined by Kevin Kneupper, an author and retired patent attorney who is one of the key figures in the ongoing #Cockygate scandal. Kevin answers our questions about the case, his role in it, and what the next steps are.

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So what is Cockygate?
It all starts with Faleena Hopkins, the author of a 19-book series known as the “Cocker Brothers of Atlanta” or “Cocker Brothers, the Cocky Series.” On September 12, 2017. Hopkins filed for two trademarks of the word “cocky.” She then began sending cease and desist letters to several authors who also have the word “cocky” in their titles, and Amazon began removing those books.
This is scary, because it would set a precedent that any author can trademark a common word and prohibit other authors from using it. Duke, Billionaire, etc.
On May 7, 2018, Kevin filed to have the trademark cancelled, since a one-word trademark is vague and potentially damaging to other authors.
Then the shit really hit the fan.
Faleena sued Kevin, as well as author Tara Crescent, who also writes books with Cocky in the title, and Jennifer Watson, a publicist for a protest anthology called Cocktales. Faleena also began posting unusual things like a 2 hours Facebook live rant and a letter to herself, some of which directly contradicted her case.
There was a hearing, and Kevin was dropped from the suit, since the judge ruled there was no reason to sue him for challenging the trademark. His challenge is still ongoing, as is Faleena’s lawsuit against the others.
Helpful links:
Books mentioned in this episode (not including Faleena’s books):

They Who Fell by Kevin Kneupper

Argonautsby Kevin Kneupper

Restricted Fantasies by Kevin Kneupper

Cocktalesby Penny Reid et al

Her Cocky Doctors by Tara Crescent

Her Cocky Firefightersby Tara Crescent

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Hamlet by Shakespeare