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. 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.

Ep. 58 Holiday Special with Tessa Dare, Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, and Sophie Jordan

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We’re joined this week by four incredible authors who’ve all been guests in the past: Tessa Dare, Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, and Sophie Jordan! They tell us about their stories from their holiday anthology, How the Dukes Stole Christmas, chat about some of their holiday traditions, and answer questions from our Great Holiday Debate 2018! If you want to weigh in on the debate, you can submit your votes here: WWC Great Holiday Debate 2018 Listener SurveyYou can check out How the Dukes Stole Christmas here! The audio book is now available as well! You can find their past episodes here: Thanks to everyone who has heeded our call from the Anniversary Episode and left us a review on iTunes (or wherever you listen!)—we appreciate it more than you know! Make sure you remember to shoot us an email (wickedwallflowersclub@gmail.com) to claim your reward(s)! If you haven’t done it yet, offer still stands!
  • A signed copy of Jenny’s book!
  • A custom limerick written about you by Sarah!
  • Name a character in Jenny’s column!
We’re also thrilled with our new Facebook group and loving being able to connect more with listeners, so if you haven’t joined yet, come be part of our Facebook club!Our first newletter will go out in December, so if you want to get it and haven’t signed up yet, you can do that HERE!
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About the Guests

Here are the links to each guest’s website where you can find info about their books, social media, and more!

Tessa Dare is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling American historical romance novelist. She has authored fifteen novels and novellas and created four different series. In 2012, she won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Regency Historical Romance for her book A Night to Surrender. Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical.Joanna’s first Gilded Age historical novel, Magnate, was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, and one of 2016′s top romances by The Washington Postand Kobo. The Washington Post named Joanna’s The Lady Hellion as one of 2015’s top five romance novels. New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances.


Ep. 57 Emma Barry: Free Fall

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We’re joined this week by author Emma Barry who chats with us about the latest book in her historical astronauts series, Free Fall as well as the fan favorite from that series, Earth Bound. We discuss how she went from never having read a romance novel to writing and teaching about them in less than seven years and we have fun assigning Hogwarts houses to her characters! Thanks to everyone who has heeded our call from the Anniversary Episode and left us a review on iTunes (or wherever you listen!)—we appreciate it more than you know! Make sure you remember to shoot us an email (wickedwallflowersclub@gmail.com) to claim your reward(s)! If you haven’t done it yet, offer still stands!

      • A signed copy of Jenny’s book!
      • A custom limerick written about you by Sarah!
      • Name a character in Jenny’s column!
We’re also thrilled with our new Facebook group and loving being able to connect more with listeners, so if you haven’t joined yet, come be part of our Facebook club! Our first newletter will go out in December, so if you want to get it and haven’t signed up yet, you can do that HERE!


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Some highlights from our conversation include:
  • How Emma started reading romance after her twins were born
  • She thought she would only read one romance and picked the first one on the All About Romance List
  • How her astronauts series came about
  • Why the 60’s space race makes for such a compelling setting
  • Why punishing kisses are terrible
  • How not wanting to write her dissertation helped her to write romance instead
  • How the idea for Free Fall came about
  • Our complicated feelings about the surprise pregnancy trope
  • How Earth Bound came about
  • What Hogwarts houses her characters would be in and our thoughts on different pairings
  • What it’s like writing novels set in a political world when real life politics are madness
Books mentioned: You can find more about Emma Barry on her website or follow her on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

Ep. 56 Priscilla Oliveras: Their Perfect Melody

We’re joined this week by award winning romance author Priscilla Oliveras to chat about how she got her start in romance, her experiences as an RWA board member (and some of the challenges the organization faces), and how her characters become like family to her. We also talk all about her Matched to Perfection series, the latest of which is Their Perfect Melody–featuring a victim’s advocate heroine and a hero who’s a Spanish guitar playing Chicago PD officer.

Thanks to everyone who has heeded our call from the Anniversary Episode and left us a review on iTunes (or wherever you listen!)—we appreciate it more than you know! Make sure you remember to shoot us an email (wickedwallflowersclub@gmail.com) to claim your reward(s)! If you haven’t done it yet, offer still stands!

  • A signed copy of Jenny’s book!
  • A custom limerick written about you by Sarah!
  • Name a character in Jenny’s column!

We’re also thrilled with our new Facebook group and loving being able to connect more with listeners, so if you haven’t joined yet, come be part of our Facebook club!

Our first newletter will go out in December, so if you want to get it and haven’t signed up yet, you can do that HERE!

Ways to listen:

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

Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How she got her first exposure to romance and how her career began
  • How writing gave her a piece of her identity that gave her something important outside of motherhood
  • How her daughters are now old enough that they come to support her the same way she has supported them their whole lives–and how wonderful that is!
  • Some of the challenges that the RWA board is facing right now, particularly when it comes to representation and the RITA awards
  • How RWA is trying to become a more inclusive space
  • Where she gets inspiration for her characters
  • How her brand is “contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor”
  • How she had to learn to write what was in her heart, which included writing the world that she knows and wasn’t seeing depicted
  • 4 Chicas Chat Facebook group
  • All about her Matched to Perfection series–where the characters came from and what each book is about
  • What it’s like starting a new series as an author when your readers have embraced the one you’ve just finished
  • Where she draws inspiration for the Latinx elements of her stories
  • Fiction From the Heart Facebook Group 

Books mentioned:

Their Perfect Melody by Priscilla Oliveras

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras

Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Ep. 55 Gail Carriger: The Omega Objection

We’re joined this week by the utterly charming Gail Garriger to talk about her fabulous books, her journey into romance, and her experiences as an archaeologist!

Thanks to everyone who has heeded our call from the Anniversary Episode and left us a review on iTunes (or wherever you listen!)—we appreciate it more than you know! Make sure you remember to shoot us an email (wickedwallflowersclub@gmail.com) to claim your reward(s)! If you haven’t done it yet, offer still stands!

  • A signed copy of Jenny’s book!
  • A custom limerick written about you by Sarah!
  • Name a character in Jenny’s column!

We’re also thrilled with our new Facebook group and loving being able to connect more with listeners, so if you haven’t joined yet, come be part of our Facebook club!

Ways to listen:

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

Some highlights from our conversation include:

      • How little YA there was when we were growing up and how much better it’s getting
      • What it means to be a whale reader
      • How Soulless came about
      • How she got her start in publishing without an agent
      • Why she crossed over into self publishing
      • Our theories about who ends up doing archaeology and why there are so many who cross over into writing
      • Why Gail loves Middle Kingdom Egypt so much
      • Her friend “Smelly Cat”
      • How she has shifted gears to write contemporary M/M romance
      • All about The Omega Objection, her latest in the San Andreas Shifter series
      • How she drives readers crazy by making them wait for beloved secondary characters to get their love stories
      • How she’s behind on her latest book because she had to sign 10,000 copies of her books at once
      • How frustrated she gets when people dismiss romance
      • “I am almost entirely composed of pet peeves!” -GC
      • “I read alot and I have strong opinions!” -GC

Books mentioned:

Arrow Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey

Judy Blume books

Sweet Valley High books

Paradox trilogy by Rachel Bach (Fortune’s Pawn is Book 1)

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Circe by Madeline Miller

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Omega Objection by Gail Carriger

Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

Books by Cat Sebastian

Books by KJ Charles

Books by R. Cooper

For Real by Alexis Hall

The Lightning Struck Heart by TJ Clune

Ep. 54 What We’re Reading: Anniversary Edition (#5)

It’s our one year anniversary, and we couldn’t be more honored that you’ve chosen to spend time with us and be part of this incredible journey! The show has grown into something much bigger than we could ever have hoped for a year ago!

We start this episode reflecting on the past year, sharing all the cool new Wicked Wallflowers stuff we’re working on, and then go into a discussion of the fabulous books we’ve been reading lately. Fair warning, wine was consumed during the recording of this episode!

We were overly ambitious when we recorded, and the website changes aren’t quite finished yet, but it should be all up, running, user friendly, and gorgeous by the end of this week, so keep an eye out!

Ways to listen:

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Wicked Wallflowers Club Updates!

  1. Join the Wicked Wallflowers Club Facebook Group!

We want to have a place where you guys can talk to each other and share the awesome stuff that you send us in messages, emails, and on Twitter right now! We’re terrified of Facebook, but are super excited to build a group where we can support each other and connect about books. In our group, you will probably be able to find anything from fantastic book recs to a beta reader. Click HERE!

2. We’ve rebranded!

Have you noticed our fancy new logo? We’re pretty excited about her! When we started out, we didn’t have a clear sense of our identity, but now we feel like it’s time that our logo feels a little more like our show. We’re also in the process of revamping the website, so keep an eye out in the next few days for those changes to be completed!

3. Sign up for our newsletter!

It’s taken us a year to get our shit together, but we’re finally ready to start sending out a monthly newsletter with all kinds of fun stuff! We’re planning on sharing updates, book recs, author spotlights, events, and more! Click HERE or go to our Contact page to sign up!

4. Please leave us a review on iTunes or the platform you use to listen! We have some hilarious rewards available if you shoot us an email at wickedwallflowersclub@gmail.com to let us know you did it! Options:

  • Signed copy of Jenny’s book, The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an L.A. Dungeon
  • Shout out on the podcast
  • Custom limmerick written by Sarah and shared on the podcast–seriously, please make her write so many of these!
  • Name a character in Jenny’s Penthouse column!

Life Updates

  • Sarah has finished another book and Jenny is Beta reading it! It’s a fantasy novel about a ruthless princess and Jenny is all about the lady rage so far!
  • Jenny spends alot of time at Petco. Like alot of time.

Books!

  • Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale
    • Historical that is incredibly timely and empowering
    • Both Jenny and Sarah absolutely adored it
    • Dresses with pockets, a Duke who is educated by the heroine about his privilege, marvelous sexual tension, and powerful feminism
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • YA fantasy heist story that lives up to the hype
    • Hero is a glove wearing, cane wielding, antihero named Kaz…and he’s marvelous
    • The whole cast of characters is brilliant with wonderfully ass kicking, competent female characters.
    • Not everyone is white and not everyone is straight…and that isn’t a thing, which was great.
  • For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell
    • James Bond meets female Indiana Jones on a quest to recover the Rosetta Stone
    • Lady Indy gives no fucks about the rules of society
    • Rochester is a spy pretending to be a drunken, useless Duke as part of his cover
    • Childhood friends to enemies to lovers with delightful pop culture references and witty banter
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
    • Final book in the Throne of Glass series
    • Epic world building and a fantastic conclusion to the series
    • Well done female friendships, love stories, and empowered female characters
  • Jane Doe by Victoria Stone
    • Feminist rage book of 2018
    • Sociopath named Jane plots the downfall of her only friend’s boyfriend who drove her to suicide
    • Psycho in the best way
  • Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
    • Gladiator meets Game of Thrones in which all the power players are female
    • Heroine survives a massacre of the entire royal family and finds her power and identity while hiding out with a gladiator troupe
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan
    • rock star romance with buttoned up, control freak hero
    • workaholic British band manager falls for sassy American social media manager
    • blistering sexual tension
    • “Spray that filth on the page and I’m gonna lap it up!” -SH
  • Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
    • Former MMA fighter tattoo artist falls for his brother’s widow
    • Lots of simmering sexual tension and smoking hot sex scenes
    • Heavy on the angst
  • Scoring With the Wrong Twin-Jenny has just started!
  • The British Knight by Louise Bay-Sarah is currently reading!
  • Burn Down the Night by Molly O’Keefe
    • Smoking hot story with a kickass proudly bisexual heroine
  • A Nordic King by Karina Halle
    • A widower, single father king of Denmark falls for the nanny
    • Navigates the power dynamics well
    • Sexytimes

Currently Reading:

Recs We’re Looking For:

  • Control freaks
  • Super sexy books (“explodey bangs”)
  • Paranormal romance

Ep. 53 Courtney Miller-Callihan: Literary Agent

We’re joined by literary agent extraordinaire, Courtney Miller-Callihan! She answers all of our burning questions about what it means to be a literary agent, how she became one, and why she loves it!

Ways to listen:

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You can find out more about Courtney (or query her!) on her website or follow her on Instagram or Twitter!

Highlights from our conversation include:

  • How she got her start in the publishing industry
  • How and why she founded Handspun Literary
  • Why agenting is the most telecommutable job in the world
  • What an agent actually does!
  • What made her want to be an agent of all the jobs in publishing she could have chosen
  • How the books she represents are hugely representative of her personality
  • Why she hates the term “gatekeeper” for agents–she prefers curator, which makes total sense!
  • How a new agent builds relationships and why those relationships matter
  • How she can get a read on editors based on what TV shows they watch
  • Some of the issues that the publishing industry is grappling with and what could help with them
  • Why she’s hybrid publishing friendly and how she handles clients who want to self publish
  • How she decides which clients to sign
  • A few agent horror stories
  • Job hazards of being an agent

Books mentioned:

One and Only by Jenny Holiday

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:

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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