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. 82 Christina Lauren: The Unhoneymooners

We’re joined once again by dynamic writing duo, Christina Lauren! We chat about all of their recent and upcoming releases, the latest movie news for Roomies, what it was like writing the screenplay, and how their careers have evolved.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • What it was like writing the screenplay for the movie adaptation for Roomies
  • What has changed between the book and the screenplay
  • How they’re now excited to attempt another screenplay
  • How screenwriting has made them better writers
  • How and why their writing has evolved, but will always at its core be romance
  • How they had some growing pains when some of their stories had less sex
  • All about their newest book, The Unhoneymooners and what’s coming next
  • The adventures of signing books for fans
  • How some books lend themselves better to being filthier

Books mentioned:


You can find Christina Lauren on their website, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

Ep. 75 Lora Haddock: Pleasure Tech Pioneer

We’re joined by entrepreneur, Lora Haddock, the founder of pleasure tech company Lora DiCarlo. Her sex toy, the Osé is coming out this fall and promises to deliver a blended orgasm. We talk about how she got into designing pleasure tech, bad sex toys we’ve had the misfortune to know, and why CES gave her team a robots award and then took it away (spoiler alert: they’re sexist dickheads).

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • All about their brand new sex toy, the Osé–what it does, why it’s different from anything we’ve seen in the past, and why we want one!
  • How it uses “biomimicry” to simulate the touch of a partner instead of vibrating.
  • How it’s revolutionary to have focused on female anatomy when designing a new product.
  • How she came up with the idea (hint: it may have been from a mind blowing orgasm…)
  • Some of our hilariously bad #sextoyfails from over the years
  • What their design and development process looks like
  • Why Sarah and Jenny would very much like to be beta testers for Lora DiCarlo.
  • “We’re creating a sex toy that destigmatizes the conversation around sex and masturbation.”
  • How they won a CES Award for innovation in robots–and then they took it back and wouldn’t let them exhibit at the trade show. Because reasons (misogyny, sexism, and idiocy…)
  • Her dog, Enzo’s Instagram account (@enzofuzz)

Books mentioned:


You can find Lora DiCarlo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

Ep. 73 Robin Covington: Never Love a Thief

We’re joined by Robin Covington to chat about her sizzling books, why we love controversial characters, and how hard it would be to pick a designated survivor of Romancelandia!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How California was not living up to her expectations in terms of people watching
  • Her into to romance when she was perhaps a little young for the content, but couldn’t get enough of it
  • Why the things we censor for children are a little inconsistent
  • Dr. Christmas Jones!
  • The joys and struggles of watching things with your parents or kids
  • Why she’d rather write a book that pisses some people off, but gets a strong reaction out of people, than write something forgettable that pleases everyone
  • Her upcoming series with some controversial characters
  • Why romance needs a designated survivor
  • How she writes in her closet–henceforth called her cloffice
  • Her love for Roni Loren

Books mentioned:


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

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Ep. 72 Adriana Herrera: American Dreamer

We’re joined by debut author Adriana Herrera to chat about American Dreamer, the details she included about Afro-Latinx cuisine that made us hungry when we were reading, and how romance could handle stories that include trauma better.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How she started reading romance
  • How her stories intersect the many pieces of her identity
  • Her day job working with refugees and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse– and how that impacts her writing
  • How domestic violence is not based on feelings but on beliefs…and is a choice
  • Why using domestic violence as a plot device without thoroughly exploring it or examining it with any authenticity is harmful
  • All about American Dreamer!
  • What’s coming next in the series
  • Some of the depictions of masculinity that bother us
  • Afro-Carribean food!!

Books mentioned:

We also mentioned Adriana’s episode on Fated Mates and the article she did with Jen for SBTB.


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

Ep. 71 Piper J. Drake: Fierce Justice

Piper J. Drake joins us to talk about her latest book, Fierce Justice, which not only features a sexy dude on the cover, but a gorgeous dog! We also chat about her fascinating day job, her many cool interests, and her extensive travels!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

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Books mentioned:

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

Ep. 70 Penny Reid and Maureen Lee Lenker on Toxic Masculinity

We’re joined by Penny Reid and Maureen Lee Lenker to have a conversation about toxic masculinity. We also delve into why Penny has in the past deliberately written characters who start their arc exhibiting these traits, how we’re much harder on our heroines, and some of our own experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Check out Penny’s latest incredibly timely book, Motion!

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Books mentioned:


You can find Penny on her website, ITwitter, or Facebook! You can find Maureen on Twitter or Instagram!

Support for The Wicked Wallflowers comes from Harlequin and their New Year, New Reads campaign. A resolution you can keep past February? Yes please! Harlequin and their blockbuster series authors have got you covered with many ways to start your #newyearnewreads binge reading. MIRA Books and HQN are home to many authors with an impressive list of series that are already out, as well as great upcoming books. What better way to keep a binge reading new years resolution than by diving into a series you can fall in love with from the very beginning? Head over to newyearnewreads.com to discover exciting series and upcoming titles by Christina Dodd, Lee Tobin McClain, B.J. Daniels, Heather Graham, Robyn Carr, Sherryl Woods, Sheila Roberts, Brenda Novak, Carla Neggers, Karen Robards and more.

Ep. 69 What We’re Reading #8 with Erin Galloway

In this 8th edition of What We’re Reading, we’re joined once again by our brilliant romance loving friend Erin Galloway who is the Deputy Director of Publicity for Berkley. We chat about all the great books we’ve read in the last month and what we’re looking forward to this year!

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Books Mentioned:

Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

  • Both Jenny and Sarah LOVED it!
  • Enemies to lovers
  • Rival sports agents
  • Morality chain

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey (out 6/11/19)

  • Self-aware Rom Com
  • Very white hero and heroine but aware of it
  • Very meta, heroine gets a job as PA on a movie
  • Parallels romance novels very closely in how meaningful they can be

Fumbled by Alexa Martin (out 4/23/19)

  • Jenny liked the first but loved the second
  • Confident, put together, funny single Mom heroine
  • Second chance, surprise baby
  • Sexy, sexy times
  • Takes on CTE in a football romance and does it well

Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik 

  • Space princess on the run, her dowry includes planets
  • Funny, competent heroine
  • Murdery-hot hero
  • Just really fun and sexy

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

  • Bait and switch hero, Erin was warned going in, she tore through all of them over the Holidays
  • Sarah loved hero from pg. 1
  • All are looking forward to the future books in the series

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (11/5/19)

  • Hero who has a stutter told by wife marriage is over
  • Heroine is pregnant with twins when he gets called up to major leagues
  • His friends start tell him to save his marriage he needs to be at a place and time and it’s a book club where they read romance to help save their relationships
  • Future books for guys in the book club

Act Like It by Lucy Parker

  • West End London Theater
  • Fake relationship to mend his reputation
  • Grumpy hero
  • Not too angsty, not dark, really satisfying read

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

  • Island where girls have been disappearing frequently
  • Trio of girls
  • Wasn’t terrifying horror, more exploring female strength and friendship
  • Lesbian relationship, Asexual character, lot of exploration of identity

Not the Girl You Marry – Andie J. Christoper 

  • Event planner heroine
  • She’s never chosen to do weddings even though that’s where the money is because she’s not very ‘romantic’
  • Hero wants to do serious news but is doing more Buzzfeed style news
  • Hero is assigned a ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ type article
  • Biracial woman who has dealt with a lot of prejudice
  • Lots of banter, great HEA
  • All of romancelandia ships Andie and Chris Evans and their official ship name is Andie J. Chris Evans

Escorted by Claire Kent

  • Talked about it on Fated Mates (if you aren’t listening, you should!)
  • Romance author who is a virgin, feels like a fraud
  • Hires a male escort
  • Elements of sex work representation was great
  • But there were pieces of the conclusion that didn’t work for Jenny

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

  • Guy abducts woman, keeps her in basement
  • Trains her as a submissive without all the consent and rules

Born Darkly by Trisha Wolfe

  • Psychologist talking to serial killer
  • They’re both psychopaths so obviously a dark romance
  • Fiction, which is different than serial killer romance with a real life hero

From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata

  • Enemies to lovers, Ice Skating romance
  • Grumpy hero
  • Slow burn – takes so long to get to the romance
  • Witty banter

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

  • Different from TKQ but you’ll still love this
  • Autistic hero doesn’t experience love and emotion the same way a non-autistic person would and his mom is very concerned
  • Mother goes to Vietnam and brings back a bride for him
  • Author was inspired by her mom’s experience

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

  • THRILLER out in December
  • Her answer to Scandinavian noir with a haunting landscape
  • Heroine comes back from London where she lived
  • Many women have gone missing while hiking in this region
  • Has to be a local who is doing the killing

Support for The Wicked Wallflowers comes from Harlequin and their New Year, New Reads campaign. A resolution you can keep past February? Yes please! Harlequin and their blockbuster series authors have got you covered with many ways to start your #newyearnewreads binge reading. MIRA Books and HQN are home to many authors with an impressive list of series that are already out, as well as great upcoming books. What better way to keep a binge reading new years resolution than by diving into a series you can fall in love with from the very beginning? Head over to newyearnewreads.com to discover exciting series and upcoming titles by Christina Dodd, Lee Tobin McClain, B.J. Daniels, Heather Graham, Robyn Carr, Sherryl Woods, Sheila Roberts, Brenda Novak, Carla Neggers, Karen Robards and more.

Special thanks to Melinda Utendorf for helping with the show notes on this episode! Melinda is a phenomenal freelance editor–you can check out her website HERE!

Ep. 68 Katee Robert: The Fearless King

Katee Robert joins us to talk about The Fearless King, juggling motherhood with writing, and her plans for a series inspired by classic villains!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her intro to romance sneaking her mom’s books.
  • How she became a mother extremely young and ended up in Germany with two kids and started writing.
  • How Kresley Cole inspires her.
  • Some of the books in her backlist and how they came about.
  • People who get angry enough about f-bombs to write strongly worded letters.
  • Her awesome relationship with her editor, Leah Hultenschmidt (you can hear Leah in our episode with Carolyn Brown!)
  • How much murder is too much murder?
  • That time she essentially joined a cult and learned that she’d probably get sucked in to one again.
  • Our love of villains and how she’s exploring them with a new series!
  • How she balances writing with motherhood and carving out her own identity and time.
  • How she’s modified her writing process to write in 15 minute sprints.

Books mentioned:

We also mention The Dream podcast, which is about Multi-Level Marketing.


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

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!