Month: January 2019

Ep. 67 Sierra Simone: Sinner, Priest, and New Camelot

We’re joined by Sierra Simone who discusses mixing Catholicism with kink, her transition from YA to erotic fiction, and her well earned title of Erotic Theologian. We’re kind of obsessed with her sexy writer brain and how she articulates her thoughts so beautifully.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Scent detecting heroes and JenReadsRomance
  • How Sierra is a reluctant heretic.
  • The layers of trust between author and readers.
  • Her deep insights on why we choose to create fiction or bring fiction to our lives.
  • Why she starts with setting, then characters, then plot comes last.
  • How writing Priest came from a desire to write about sex and faith.
  • What she’s working on next!
  • Squirting. Yes, that kind.
  • All about her New Camelot Trilogy–how it came about, how she approached writing the complex timeline, and some of the struggles she had in writing it.
  • Why Ash is such a controversial character.
  • What it takes to build an authentic and satisfying menage.
  • Why you need to be okay with people not being okay with your stories–and why she’d rather have something that doesn’t work for some readers than something forgettable.
  • The challenges of writing such intense books from home and how she tries to delineate spaces.
  • The joys of jazzercise.
  • How she transitioned from a traditionally published YA trilogy to Indie erotic fiction.
  • Her feelings on traditional vs indie publishing.
  • Why she thinks Priest caught on so dramatically.

Books mentioned:

Podcasts mentioned:

  • Heaving Bosoms: Jenny guest cohosted an episode with Melody during her maternity leave in which they wax poetic about Priest! The episode is a blow by blow of Priest (so definite spoilers) that explores how much and why we love it!
  • Fated Mates: Jenny and Sarah will both be on this fucking excellent podcast, but Sierra Fucking Simone will also be on–and rumor has it she’ll be talking about the older heroine/younger hero trope–so go subscribe so you don’t miss those!

The cover designer we mention is Hang Le!


You can find Sierra on her website, Instagram, or Facebook!

Ep. 66 Sierra Simone and C.D. Reiss live at The Ripped Bodice: Writing Erotic Romance

This episode was recorded at a live event at The Ripped Bodice called Writing Erotic Romance for the Modern Reader featuring C.D. Reiss and Sierra Simone discussing how they write such steamy books. Jenny moderated, so we recorded it to share with everyone who wasn’t able to attend!


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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How they approach writing erotic romance differently from a non erotic romance and what the differences between them are.
  • How they handle writing male POV in an erotic romance.
  • How deliberately they approach writing a high heat level
  • What they’ve found unexpectedly sexy while writing.
  • Their advice for newer writers on how to learn to trust your authentic voice.
  • How they deal with negativity.
  • How they manage reader expectations.
  • How many books they push themselves to write per year.
  • How they handle consent in their writing.

Books mentioned:

We mention the Fated Mates podcast during this episode, which you should definitely check out! We’ll have Sierra back on next week for a full interview, and she’ll also be on Fated Mates in the next few months, which we’re super excited about! If you can’t get enough Sierra Simone (we can’t!), check out the Priest episode of Heaving Bosoms that Jenny guest cohosted during Melody’s maternity leave. We wax poetic about Father Bell and Poppy! We’re also making plans to have Christine (CD Reiss) back on for a full interview, so keep an eye out for that!


You can find CD Reiss on her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

Sierra can also be found on her website, Instagram, or Facebook!

Ep. 65 Victoria Denault: Now or Never

Victoria Denault joins us to talk hockey romance and tell us all about the latest in her San Francisco Thunder series, Now or Never! She tells us the story of actor/comedian Paul Sheer live tweeting her book to make up for mocking the cover on social media–and what it was like to be caught in a public kerfuffle like that. We also chat about her recent move from LA to a small village in France (where we hope she’s enjoying her wine and cheese and French countryside and we’re not even a little bit jealous!).

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why she decided to move from LA to a small village in France–and what she plans to do once she’s there.
  • How she started reading romance.
  • How dissatisfied we are with how the Sweet Valley Series ended up.
  • How she ended up in a public kerfuffle with actor/comedian Paul Sheer and how it led to him live tweeting her book and then inviting her to one of his comedy shows.
  • All about her San Francisco Thunder series and why she writes hockey romance.
  • Our love of beards.
  • How Victoria met her husband.
  • Our thoughts on weddings.
  • What she’s working on next.

Books mentioned:



You can find out more about Victoria on her website or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Ep. 64 Darynda Jones: Charley Davidson Series

We’re joined by New York Times bestselling author, Darynda Jones! Darynda tells us all about her Charley Davidson series, which has just come to its conclusion with Summoned to Thirteenth Grave. She also talks about falling for her husband at the age of 10, discovering her son was deaf, her degree in Sign Language Interpreting, and her journey to becoming an author.



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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her first experience with romance.
  • What her path to becoming a writer looked like.
  • How the Golden Heart competition kickstarted her career.
  • How she fell for her husband at the age of 10–and they’re still happily married!
  • What it was like realizing her son was deaf, getting people to believe her, and how that changed her life.
  • Where the idea for Charley Davidson came from, what it’s been like saying goodbye to the series after this long, and how she originally pitched the idea.
  • Her writing process–spoiler alert, she’s a hardcore plotter and outliner!
  • How she got her degree in Sign Language Interpreting.
  • All about her hilarious experiences interpreting for her son when he was in high school.
  • What she’s learned about the deaf community and deaf culture through her experiences.

Books mentioned:


You can find out more about Darynda on her website or by following her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Ep. 63 Lindsay Emory: The Royal Runaway

We’re joined by author and fellow podcaster, Lindsay Emory to talk about her latest book, The Royal Runaway, why people are so fascinated by royals, and what her publishing journey has been like.