Authors

Ep. 92 Sarah MacLean: Brazen and the Beast

We’re joined by Sarah MacLean who is not only a NYT Bestselling author, but is also a cohost of one of our favorite podcasts, Fated Mates. We chat about her latest book, Brazen and the Beast, how podcasting has impacted her writing, and the fabulously bananas books she’s been reading lately.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why Goodreads is brutal for authors
  • Sarah’s favorite bad review
  • Why Brazen and the Beast is Jenny’s new favorite of Sarah’s books!
  • Why getting a puppy is a terrible idea! 
  • How podcasting has made her think differently about her own writing
  • The bananas planet books she’s been reading

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You can find Sarah MacLean on her website, Twitter, or Facebook!

Ep 83 Tif Marcelo: The Key To Happily Ever After

We’re joined by the fabulous Tif Marcelo who talks to us about her latest release, The Key to Happily Ever After, what it was like being an army nurse, and more!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • The scandalous reading habits of a fourth grade Tif.
  • The joys and mishaps of parenting with Jenny and Tiff
  • What she learned about the strength of women as a labor and delivery nurse
  • How she went from nursing to the Army to writing
  • Why it’s kind of hot her husband made her do pushups
  • The sisterhood of military wives
  • Why we want more guaranteed HEAs outside of romance
  • How a promise to her father led to two weddings
  • Candyman and things that scare us

Books mentioned:

Movies mentioned:

  • Notting Hill
  • There’s Something About Mary
  • Dirty Dancing
  • How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
  • Candyman

You can find Tif Marcelo on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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. 81 What We’re Reading #9 with Eva Moore: The Tipsy Edition

In this Ninth Edition of What We’re Reading, we get a little tipsy on canned rose with Eva Moore! Join

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

Ep. 77 Sally Thorne: 99 Percent Mine

We’re joined by Sally Thorne! We were so excited to sit down with her when she was in the US because we’re massive fans. We chatted about how she came to be an author and what her writing process looks like, and she got real with us about the struggles of the second book. Also enjoy our discussion of this charming rabbit who was in her hotel room!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

Books mentioned:


You can find Sally on her website, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook! You can also join her Facebook group Sally Thorne’s Flamethrowers.

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

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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!