Author

About the Author
Jenny Nordbak earned a B.A in Interdisciplinary Archaeology from the University of Southern California. After graduating, she spent two years leading a double life, working in healthcare construction by day, while secretly working as a Dominatrix at a dungeon in LA by night. Her memoir, The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an LA Dungeon (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), is a candid look into that time in her life. Jenny is an advocate for sex positivity and female empowerment. She writes the Stocks and Bondage column for Penthouse and has been featured as a sex expert on The Doctors. She contributes to Men’s Health and has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. She is currently working on developing her memoir for TV and finishing her next book, a romance novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

Ep. 131 Karina Halle: The Forbidden Man

We’re taking a break from our Book Recs and Laughs series this week to share the very last interview we got to do in person before lockdown! Jenny got to chat with Karina Halle about her bonkers, immersive writing process, her adventures in Hollywood going to the Westworld premiere and the Golden Globes, and why travel is the best! She’s just released an escapist rom com that she wasn’t even working on when we talked, but then coronavirus happened and she needed to write something light, funny–which, don’t we all need that right now?

Lovewrecked is her latest release and it’s an escapist enemies-to-lovers rom com where a grumpy groomsman and the maid of honor end up shipwrecked on a remote island near Fiji. It’s hilarious and sexy and there’s a feral goat.

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You can find Karina on her website or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

Support for today’s episode comes from The Sinner by J.R. Ward!

Welcome to Romancelandia: Proud Citizen

By C. Mansfield

There is a world only a few clicks away if you know where to look. A world of desire, love, and friendship. A place where you can share your passion for romance with others. This place is called Romancelandia. And if you are reading this, congratulations! You’ve found us. Now, let us show you around…

Welcome to Romancelandia

Proud Citizen

When you first discover your love of romance, it’s easy to buy whatever books cross your path. If the blurb sounds good, you buy it. Over time, you become more discerning and purposeful in your purchases. You grow to find tropes and authors you love because they resonate with something inside of you.

When we feel a connection with an author’s work, it’s only natural to feel drawn to their voice and the way they see the world. We want more of the world and characters they create and will do anything to have them. That’s why reader support is so critical to an author’s success. It helps our favorite authors create the works that we love.

There are a number of things we as proud citizens of Romancelandia can do to support these authors.

  • Pre-order their books
    Pre-orders are critical to the success of a book launch. All pre-orders get added to the first week’s total of sales. Due to many changes in the way top lists rank books, this might be the only way a romance author can make the list. If it’s an author on your auto-buy list, consider clicking that pre-order button when available.
  • Review their books
    Ask yourself honestly, how do you decide if you are going to read a book? Or decide to purchase anything these days? The chances are your decision relies heavily on how the product is reviewed. If you truly love a book, a simple rating and one word review goes a long way. Even if there were parts of the book you didn’t like, it’s still helpful. Maybe someone else will see your review and realize the book isn’t for them. It saves the author from having a potentially bad review. All reviews help in their own way. It also might alert another reader to a trope or plotline they enjoy, and you’ve helped the author gain a new reader!
  • Support them through social media
    Most of your favorite authors have some form of social media presence. Maybe it’s just an instagram account or maybe they have an entire Facebook group where they interact with their readers. Find your authors, follow them and like them. Every little bit makes a difference.
  • Spread the word
    Now that you are following your favorite authors on social media, you can share their posts about upcoming releases and book reveals. Tell your friends about them. Recommend them in other groups. Shout your love to the rooftops.
  • Support them on Patreon
    Many authors have created Patreon accounts to share special content and give their fans a chance to participate in the creation of their content. Katee Robert (Episodes #68) let her Patreon subscribers decide which villain would be the anti-hero in her next Wicked Villains series. And Piper Drake (Episodes #71 and #117), shares practical advice on how she maintains her writing schedule while working a highly demanding day job and recipes from her adventures in the kitchen. (Psst! The Wicked Wafflowers Club has a Patreon, too. If you want to support your favorite podcast, visit the page here.)
  • Support the Community
    The more you interact with people within the community of Romancelandia, the more you see the other ways we support each other. There are numerous fundraisers and campaigns for the causes that are so near and dear to us, like Romance for RAICES which raised over $23,000 last year for The Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services or Romance for Literacy, which is currently raising money for ProLiteracy, an organization that promotes adult literacy.

Remember, you vote with your dollar. Be sure that the authors you support with your dollar are worthy of lt. The romance community is the most powerful community in publishing. With every dollar, you are shaping the future. Ask yourself if the books you’re reading reflect the world around you and the world you want to see? Does it reflect a world of diversity and empathy for those who are not like you? Does it elevate the voices of marginalized groups so that they may finally be heard? Consider the impact of the books you buy and the authors you support.

Next month, we will explore the people and places in Romancelandia we all long to see.

Ep. 130 Book Recs and Laughter #4

Sarah, Melody, Jenny, and Jen Prokop (I refuse to cut Jen out of a picture!)

We’ve started a new series of episodes to help us all through the isolation! It’s kind of a spin on What We’re Reading, but with funny stories and lots of old friends! We’re having past guests (and some exciting new voices) come on to share “a book rec and a laugh” with us. We’re basically crowd sourcing good books and joy for you from some of our favorite people!

This episode features Melody Carlisle who is a goddamn delight. She cohosts the Heaving Bosoms podcast, which you should definitely check out if you haven’t yet! I was about to suggest some favorite episodes and couldn’t even narrow it down–literally pick one that strikes your fancy and join the cult.

Our second guest is our beloved Sierra Simone. She shares the most on brand mortifying story ever!

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Stuff We Mention:


Support for today’s episode comes from The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren!



You can find Melody on Twitter! You can also find her podcast, Heaving Bosoms, on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

You can find Sierra Simone on Facebook or Instagram or head straight to her website and devour her books immediately!

Ep. 128 Too Hot to Handle with Andie J. Christopher and Naima Simone

Things have gone off the rails here in the Wicked Wallflowers Club. This episode (and the show we’re talking about) may or may not be kind of a disaster, but we hope it’s a hilarious, delightful disaster. Andie J. Christopher and Naima Simone are back to help us attempt to digest the train wreck that is Netflix’s new show, Too Hot to Handle! I have no idea how else to summarize this, so I’ve included some choice out of context quotes instead of show notes!

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Stuff We Mention:

  • “I have trust issues because everyone hates my Christmas tree dick.” -Sarah
  • “I just laughed so hard I poured coffee all over my bed!” -Sarah
  • “When I was in my early to mid twenties, I would’ve fucked both Harry and David.” -Andie
  • “It just looked like a tit explosion!” -Naima
  • “…they start using Lana as a sex toy.” -Jenny
  • “In my early thirties, I would’ve fucked Matthew.” -Andie
  • “You know Sharron does not eat pussy. He has never had a pussy near his face.” -Andie
  • “With Bryce…I had to look inside my soul and make sure I hadn’t actually fucked him.” -Andie
  • “Wait…you haven’t been hogtied?” -Jenny
  • “What kind of trash bag doesn’t even offer to reciprocate!?” -Naima
  • “He doesn’t deserve me kicking me in the balls.”
  • “I want to replace Jesus’s beanie with my thighs as earmuffs.” -Andie
  • “I’ve reached the level of chaotic horny.” -Andie
  • “My sweet little rodent faced fuckboi.” -Sarah

Support for today’s episode comes from The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren!

You can find Andie J. Christopher on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Follow Naima Simone on Facebook or Twitter!

Ep. 127 Book Recs and Laughter #2

We’ve started a new series of episodes to help us all through the isolation! It’s kind of a spin on What We’re Reading, but with funny stories and lots of old friends! We’re having past guests (and some exciting new voices) come on to share “a book rec and a laugh” with us. We’re basically crowd sourcing good books and joy for you from some of our favorite people! This episode features Tif Marcelo, Leigh Kramer, and Jen Prokop from Fated Mates!

If you’re looking for community, consider joining ours! Find our Wicked Wallflowers Coven HERE! Also…if you have a moment to leave us a rating on iTunes, we would be ever so grateful!


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Stuff We Mention:


Support for today’s episode comes from The Sinner by J.R. Ward!

You can find Tif Marcelo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Leigh Kramer’s Twitter and Instagram are most excellent! You MUST follow her blog if you want book recs–we go to Leigh when we want to figure out what to read!

Jen Prokop is on Twitter as JenReadsRomance! You should also check out her podcast, Fated Mates…because it’s glorious! JenReadsRomance.com is the perfect place to find direction if you’re newer to romance. You can also get the coolest buttons there!

Ep. 126 Book Recs and Laughter #1

We’ve started a new series of episodes to help us all through the isolation! It’s kind of a spin on What We’re Reading, but with funny stories and lots of old friends! We’re having past guests (and some exciting new voices) come on to share “a book rec and a laugh” with us. We’re basically crowd sourcing good books and joy for you from some of our favorite people! This first episode features Sarah and Jenny sharing their own recs and funny stories as well as a guest segment with Maureen Lee Lenker from Entertainment Weekly!

In addition to adding to your TBR, you can hear about Sarah’s adorable school girl shenanigans, Jenny’s Playboy audition fail, Maureen’s bus toilet incident, and more! Let us know what you think of the new idea and who you’d like to hear!

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Do you follow Maureen’s romance column in Entertainment Weekly? It’s always full of great recs! Check out her latest!

Support for today’s episode comes from The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren!

Ep. 124 Alyssa Palombo: The Borgia Confessions

Need a break from the modern world? Dive into the Italian Renaissance with us! We geek out with Alyssa Palombo about why it’s one of the most fascinating parts of history, why the Borgia family has captivated people for centuries, and how The Borgia Confessions is basically Cesare’s villain origin story.

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You can find Alyssa on her website or on Twitter or Instagram!

Support for today’s episode comes from The Sinner by J.R. Ward!

Welcome to Romancelandia

By C. Mansfield

There is a world only a few clicks away if you know where to look. A world of desire, love, and friendship. A place where you can share your passion for romance with others. This place is called Romancelandia. And if you are reading this, congratulations! You’ve found us. Now, let us show you around…

Welcome to Romancelandia

Your Traveler’s Guide to the World of Romance

Romancelandia has a reading problem. It’s true! We simply can’t stop ourselves. We want to read ALL THE TIME, because really, who needs sleep? We live on coffee and passion. And while that might sustain us, unfortunately, it doesn’t keep us in books. That, my friend, takes money. And sometimes money can be tight. We understand this, so we’ve prepared a guide to help you get the most out of your money while adding to that glorious TBR (To Be Read) pile. 

  • Our first stop is the library

This one is easy. Your local library is an excellent resource for books: both physical and electronic. Many libraries loan ebooks and audiobooks using apps like Overdrive, Libby, or Hoopla. Using these apps is as simple as finding your library system and entering your library card information. 

If your local library doesn’t yet have an ebook library, there are many public libraries that will issue you a non-resident library card for a yearly fee. 

Mecklenburg County Library

Brooklyn Public Library

Austin Public Library

Houston Public Library

Fairfax County Library

And if you commute for work, you may be eligible for a library card in the city you work.

  • Next we have used bookstores, thrift stores and more.

If you are lucky, you have a good used bookstore near you. But if you aren’t, you can still check out your local thrift stores or pop into that yard sale down the street. Even your local library is a good place to check for sales. Often they sell discontinued or donated books at a fraction of the suggested retail price. And if all that fails, there are many places online that sell used books, including Amazon. 

  • Try subscribing to Bookbub or Freebooksy.

Sites like Bookbub and Freebooksy are gaining popularity with readers and authors alike. It’s a great way to keep track of free and discounted books but also stay informed about your favorite authors. Bookbub will alert you with new releases or sales from the authors you follow. If you want to try an author, but you aren’t sure you want to pay full price for one of their books, follow the author and wait for a sale.

  •  Do you Review Books?

Did you know that you can get publishers to send you books for free? While terms may change per book and/or publisher, it generally only requires an honest review. Reviews are one the best things you can do to support an author you love. If you aren’t doing this already, consider posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads to tell everyone about the books you love. If you are interested in exploring this further, head over to Netgalley for more information. 

  • And our last stop: Amazon Loans.

If you have a romance reading buddy with a healthy ebook library, ask for some recommendations and see if the book can be loaned. Amazon loans last two weeks but as quick as we read, that should be plenty of time.

Every citizen of Romancelandia is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of romance! Don’t let a lack of funds stand in your way. There is never a shortage of books. You just have to know where to look.

This month we showed you how to save on books, next month we talk about all the ways you can put your money to good use supporting your community and the authors you love. 

What did we miss? What are your tips and tricks?

Ep. 121 Colleen Hoover: Regretting You

We’re joined by #1 NYT Bestselling author Colleen Hoover. We cover a whole bunch of different topics–from her writing journey, to her parenting advice, to travel. We chat about why women’s fiction written by authors who love and respect romance is amazing—and how that applies to her latest release, Regretting You.

Our merchandise store is finally live on Redbubble.com , if you want to get your hands on Wicked Wallflowers shirts, stickers, mugs, and all kinds of other fun stuff! We’ve been loving seeing pictures of it all out in the wild and can’t wait to wear ours to the next meet up.

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You can find Colleen on her website or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

Support for today’s episode comes from past Wicked Wallflowers guest Janna MacGregor!


Ep. 119 Maxym Martineau: Kingdom of Exiles

We’re joined by fantasy romance author Maxym Martineau who tells us about her debut novel, Kingdom of Exiles. We also chat about her amazing recipe for watermelon margaritas, how she’s been adjusting to having a newborn, and how her books come to her in dreams. Also butt flaps and a random dude who walks in while we’re talking about pubic hair and ejaculate!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Butt flaps.
  • How she gets book ideas from her dreams.
  • Why we demand more fae books.
  • Our mutual adoration of Alexa Martin and how we plan to kidnap her and force her to be our mom BFF.
  • Adventures in breastfeeding.
  • How she’s adapting to early motherhood.
  • Check out All The Kissing if you haven’t yet!
  • Enjoy the moment a random man walks into the room when we were discussing pubic hair and ejaculate.
  • Her writing process.
  • Why she creates maps for her books.
  • Why fantasy with female protagonists automatically gets characterized as YA.

Books mentioned:


You can find Maxym on her website or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!