Month: September 2018

Ep. 46 Alexa Martin: Intercepted

We’re joined by debut author, Alexa Martin and special guest cohost, Maureen Lee Lenker! Alexa chats with us about her book, Intercepted, what it was like being a real life NFL wife, her love of reality TV, and much more!

You can find Alexa on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! Maureen is on Twitter and Instagram!

Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

Highlights from our conversation:

  • How her husband felt about her writing in his football world
  • How becoming an author is her reclaiming her identity outside of being a wife and mother
  • How #pitchwars ultimately led to her becoming a published author
  • What her revision process looked like and how it led to her getting an agent and a book deal
  • How she hasn’t fully embraced her identity as an author yet and is still battling self doubt
  • Her gateway drug into romance–Fifty Shades!
  • Her relationship with football and how she struggles with the dangers of CTE, the risks to players, and the issues of domestic violence and culture around the sport
  • Some of the downsides of being a professional football player, especially being a football family
  • Her own adorable romance story with her husband
  • Her love of reality TV and how that trickles into her writing
  • What she’s working on next
  • How there can be a target on your back when your husband plays football

Books mentioned in this episode:

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Ep. 45 Kennedy Ryan: Block Shot

We’re joined by Kennedy Ryan, a Top 100 Amazon bestseller, to chat about her newest release, Block Shot. We also fan girl over our love of Long Shot and talk about her deeply involved research process for that book and what it taught her about survivors of domestic violence.
Ways to listen:
Listen on Google Play Music

To find out more about Kennedy, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Highlights from our conversation include:

      • What inspired her to write something as dark and powerful as Long Shot
      • How she spoke to numerous survivors of domestic violence in an attempt to make the story as authentic as possible
      • All about her newest release, Block Shot, which is a standalone in the same world as Long Shot–it’s enemies to lovers between two competing sports agents!
      • Her other series that includes Flow, Grip, and Still
      • How sometimes the story or ideas just come to her and flow out of her
      • Her efforts to raise autism awareness and her foundation to support families living with autism

Books mentioned in this episode:

Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Grip by Kennedy Ryan

Flow by Kennedy Ryan

Still by Kennedy Ryan

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Ep. 44 Helena Hunting: The Good Luck Charm

Our guest this week is New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting. We chat about her latest release, The Good Luck Charm, what makes second chance romances so compelling, why she loves hockey romances, and so much more!
Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

To find out more about Helena, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Highlights from our conversation include:

      • Her earliest exposure to romance (Sweet Valley followed by Flowers in the Attic)
      • How she thinks she’ll introduce her daughter to romance
      • Her experiences as a high school guidance counselor
      • How she started writing on maternity leave because her daughter wouldn’t sleep
      • Why taking a toddler to the grocery store is like shopping with a friend who’s on acid.
      • All about her newest book, The Good Luck Charm
      • Why hockey is awesome
      • Why she uses running to clear her head
      • Why Belle is kind of a bitch
      • What she’s writing next (finally!)
      • What she does for self care to get a break from her busy writing schedule

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Maar

Twilight by Stepheni Meyer

Pucked Love by Helena Hunting

Pucked by Helena Hunting

Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas