Month: October 2018

Ep. 52 Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter

We’re joined this week by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, bestselling authors of some of our favorite books–and real life besties!  We talk about their upcoming projects, their tortured heroes, kickass heroines, and their epic friendship. You’ll find out about who wants to wear the other one’s skin, the literal shrines they have to each other, and why this game of Fuck/Marry/Kill has a shockingly high body count!

Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

To find out more about Gena, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook,  Instagram. Or you can find Kresley on her website or follow her on Facebook or Instagram! Sign up for their newsletters!

Highlights and favorite quotes from the episode:

  • “Gena knows how to kill people REAL BAD!” -GS
  • All about Gena’s Gods of War series–spoiler alert, it contains lots of Alpha heroes!
  • How Gena is the heroine of all her books
  • Why Gena’s friends don’t piss her off
  • Why Gena’s new YA series called The Forest of Good and Evil is the hardest to write that she’s ever experienced
  • “I just want one fucking book to flow out of me!” -KC
  • “Let me inspire and excite you!” -GS
  • “It’s like going to war and battling for every word.” -KC
  • How the pressures of audience expectations impacts their writing and how they work past it
  • “When you’re writing, it’s like sanding wood and you can feel the grains that still need to be sanded.” -KC
  • How often there’s synchronisity between their separate projects
  • How their epic friendship began (“Can I lick your face?” “When is she going to lick my face?”)
  • “We are not a tasteful show!” -SH
  • Why writer jealousy is bullshit
  • “By God, you better fucking like your own product…or don’t sell it!” -KC
  • What it’s like writing a storyline that you know will disappoint fans
  • Kresley’s inspiration for the Arcana Chronicles and how she developed it
  • Their hilariously differing responses to killing characters
  • Gena and Kresley’s preferences when it comes to Kresley’s Gamemaker Trilogy
  • What’s coming next in the Immortal’s After Dark series!
  • “Twist our arm!”
  • The Gena shrine
  • “Can my game be Kill/Kill/Kill!?” -GS
  • “So it’s like a praying mantis situation?” -GS
  • “I want to incentivize them for good sex. Bring it or die!” -KC
  • “We emerge as the only survivors…with some very fond memories!”
  • That time they had too much to drink and got lost in Manhattan and ended up in a horse drawn carriage–with Cherry Adair.
  • “You’re my pilot fish ghost!?” -KC
  • “Don’t fuck it up, Cole.” -JN

Books mentioned in this episode:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey

Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter

The Master by Kresley Cole

The Player by Kresley Cole

The Professional by Kresley Cole

Books by P.C. Cast

Books by Jill Monroe

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Dating by Christina Lauren

Ep. 51 Maya Rodale: Duchess by Design

We’re joined by bestselling author, Maya Rodale! We discuss her outstanding new release, Duchess by Design…as well as how she started reading romance, some of the real historical inspiration for her books, why the Gilded Age is so awesome, feminism, and much more!

Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

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

Highlights from our conversation include:

  • Listen to Jenny fangirl over her love of Duchess by Design
  • The real historical people and places that inspired the book
  • How Maya was introduced to romance novels and how that led to her publishing a nonfiction book about romance: Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained
  • Why a dress with pockets can change the world
  • What’s coming next in the series
  • What makes the romance genre so powerful and endlessly fascinating
  • How she started writing romance
  • How her husband reads and provides feedback on her books
  • Her amazing fantasyland workspace

Books mentioned in this episode:

Ep. 50 Shayla Black and Lexi Blake: Masters of Menage

We’re joined by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake! They are two bestselling, prolific authors who talk all about their gloriously filthy stories, their writing process, and a slew of random topics!

Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

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

Highlights from our conversation include:

  • Their first experiences going to RWA.
  • How they met and starting working together as part of an accountability writing group and discovered that they were compatible.
  • How they accidentally predicted current events in their Perfect Gentleman series.
  • What their joint writing process looks like.
  • How the Masters of Menage series came about…tequila!
  • Why “traditional menage” felt limiting to them.
  • “Let’s take tropes and make them really dirty!”
  • “She starts a virgin, but it doesn’t last long.”
  • “We’ll just give you more cock. It’s fine.”
  • “He finally did give her his penis, in case you’re wondering…”
  • How their husbands are the backbones of their businesses.
  • How they juggle all their many writing projects.
  • How they deal with writer’s block when their schedule doesn’t have room for it.
  • How their Perfect Gentleman series came about and how they developed it.
  • “Those things can be slippery suckers!”
  • Pickles, clowns, and pranks!
  • Why they don’t want to survive the zombie apocalypse

Books mentioned:

Ep. 49 What We’re Reading #4 with Eva Moore

In this fourth edition of What We’re Reading, we’re joined by special guest Eva Moore! Eva is an author and admin of OSRBC (Old School Romance Book Club) on Facebook and one of the founders of a new book club on Instagram called Romanced by the Book.

How has everyone been? We’ve been rage baking and fantasizing about punching all the dicks. Seriously, guys. Group hug.

Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

Recs we’re looking for:

  • Anything that smashes the patriarchyF/F romance

Life updates:

Sarah has been cat sitting and has started writing a new book (a science fiction Gothic romance!). Jenny took a whirlwind trip to Scotland to see family. Z got her first two teeth!

Books mentioned in this episode:

You can find Eva on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

  • The Beyond Series by Kit Rocha
  • Gideon’s Riders by Kit Rocha
    • Sarah’s rage read/therapy
    • Sexy post apocalyptic series
    • All the characters are trauma survivors finding happiness, but the writing doesn’t linger on the trauma
  • Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner
  • Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey
    • Contemp cop romance
    • cute, funny, outside of Sarah’s normal reads, but she’s enjoying
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwaub
    • Not a romance–fantasy exploring villainy
    • X-Men-esque plot with two super genius characters who begin as friends and become arch enemies
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
    • Rumplestiltskin retelling
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • Jenny will discuss in next WWR episode
  • Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
  • The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne
    • Book one features a deeply tortured hero who escapes prison and assumes a dead boy’s name. The boy was not really dead. He’s found with amnesia and is the hero of this book
    • He wakes up in a mass grave with no memory of who he is
    • Feels like he doesn’t deserve the heroine who saves him and he fixates on her
  • Magic Harvest by Mary Karlik
  • Scoring the Player’s Baby by Naima Simone
    • 3rd book in the WAGs series
    • Heroine who wants nothing to do with football players after her asshole football player exhusband. Has a one night stand with the hero without knowing he’s a football player and ends up pregnant.
    • EVERYONE loves this book.
  • Cherish Me by Farrah Rochon
    • Set in Rome
    • Marriage redemption plot
    • “Loving, kind book”
  • Hold Me Down by Sarah Taylor Woods
    • BDSM romance
    • Other people have called it one of their best books of 2018
    • Sexy, hot hero,
    • Angsty
  • Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
  • A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand
    • Set in the south of France in perfume territory
    • Cousins trying to hold on to the family land, family grows flowers and produces perfume
    • Follows youngest cousin, Tristan, who does adventure sports and is dismissed by everyone but has a phenomenal nose
    • Falls for woman who comes for a line of traitors to his family
    • Only one who really sees him for who he is
  • A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (check out our interview with Alyssa!)
    • Silver fox Scottish swordsmith hero
    • Heroine with ADHD who underestimates herself
    • Super sexy consent
  • A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
    • Dark, heavy, but super powerful story that revolves around domestic violence
    • Empowering
    • Set in the world of the NBA
  • Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan
    • Enemies to lovers sports romance
    • Kennedy Ryan is a fucking goddess
    • There are writers who push me to be better. And then there are writers like Kennedy Ryan who make me want to stop writing because I will never be that good!”
    • Curvy heroine grappling with insecurity
  • Single Malt by Layla Rayne
    • Three book series that follows the same couple
    • Eva trusts her implicitly to pick her back up after she’s been dropped off the cliff
  • For Real by Alexis Hall
    • Seasoned sub who has just gotten out of a relationship with younger, brand new Dom
    • May/December M/M
  • A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe (check out our interview with Joanna!)
    • Gilded Age romance with a deaf hero
    • Jenny’s favorite of Shupe’s books!
  • For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell (check out our interview with Lenora!)
    • Lady Indy’s story
    • super strong feminist heroine who does not give a fuck
    • Enemies to lovers feel
    • James Bond meets Indiana Jones with a badass heroine
  • The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (check out our interview with Tessa!)
    • Jenny’s favorite Tessa Dare
    • funny, heartwarming, sexy, emotional, exsquisite
  • All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan (check out our interview with Sophie!)
    • Heroine is nurse volunteering at a prison where there’s a riot and they plan on harming the her. Hero gets himself beaten to get back into the infirmary to save her.
    • Sophie Jordan brand: batshit plot point (woman being auctioned as a wife in the town square, family curse, prison riot) as a meet cute that then forms into an authentic narrative.
    • Bonkers Alpha hero who fulfills the classic damsel in distress trope
  • Thirsty by Mia Hopkins
    • Ex con who gets out and is trying to live by the rules
    • Ends up living in garage of single mom heroine
  • Ransom by Julie Garwood

You can find Eva on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!