Podcast Episodes

Ep. 45 Kennedy Ryan: Block Shot

We’re joined by Kennedy Ryan, a Top 100 Amazon bestseller, to chat about her newest release, Block Shot. We also fan girl over our love of Long Shot and talk about her deeply involved research process for that book and what it taught her about survivors of domestic violence.
Ways to listen:
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To find out more about Kennedy, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Highlights from our conversation include:

      • What inspired her to write something as dark and powerful as Long Shot
      • How she spoke to numerous survivors of domestic violence in an attempt to make the story as authentic as possible
      • All about her newest release, Block Shot, which is a standalone in the same world as Long Shot–it’s enemies to lovers between two competing sports agents!
      • Her other series that includes Flow, Grip, and Still
      • How sometimes the story or ideas just come to her and flow out of her
      • Her efforts to raise autism awareness and her foundation to support families living with autism

Books mentioned in this episode:

Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Grip by Kennedy Ryan

Flow by Kennedy Ryan

Still by Kennedy Ryan

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Ep. 44 Helena Hunting: The Good Luck Charm

Our guest this week is New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting. We chat about her latest release, The Good Luck Charm, what makes second chance romances so compelling, why she loves hockey romances, and so much more!
Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

To find out more about Helena, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Highlights from our conversation include:

      • Her earliest exposure to romance (Sweet Valley followed by Flowers in the Attic)
      • How she thinks she’ll introduce her daughter to romance
      • Her experiences as a high school guidance counselor
      • How she started writing on maternity leave because her daughter wouldn’t sleep
      • Why taking a toddler to the grocery store is like shopping with a friend who’s on acid.
      • All about her newest book, The Good Luck Charm
      • Why hockey is awesome
      • Why she uses running to clear her head
      • Why Belle is kind of a bitch
      • What she’s writing next (finally!)
      • What she does for self care to get a break from her busy writing schedule

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Maar

Twilight by Stepheni Meyer

Pucked Love by Helena Hunting

Pucked by Helena Hunting

Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ep. 43 Tessa Dare: The Governess Game

Our guest this week is New York Times bestselling author, Tessa Dare, who writes fabulously witty and charming historical romances. We talk about her latest book, The Governess Game, historical lady scientists, and the mating practices of both lobsters and ducks!

Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

You can find Tessa on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Her brand new Facebook group is The Secret Society of Damsels Who Dare!

Highlights from our conversation include:

      • How we accidentally had Tessa play photographer for us without knowing it was her.
      • What it’s like to be readers’ “break in case of emergency author”
      • How authors who claim not to read reviews are lying.
      • Her marvelous new book, The Governess Game!
      • Awesome historical lady scientists.
      • Historical accuracy in historical romance and the concept of “historical rom coms”
      • How history is written by the Victors not the Victorias!
      • Her next book, The Wallflower Wager.
      • The backstory on her Girl Meets Duke series covers.
      • Her worst typo ever.
      • The specifics of lobster sex and why she felt it was the perfect fit for a romance.
      • Duck sex. More about duck sex and genitalia than you ever wanted to know.

Our favorite out of context quotes:

“I don’t know how to write a face eater!”

“Historical lube–how did we get here?”

“I want to tell a duck story that’s not about rape.”

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

Books by Brenna Aubrey (Tessa Dare’s office mate)

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare

A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ward

Ep. 42 What We’re Reading #3

Our third iteration of What We’re Reading, featuring Jen Prokop from JenReadsRomance!

We give a few life updates on Sarah’s new book and Jenny’s adventures in motherhood. Also, dicksoap. We have thoughts.

We forgot to take a picture together, so Jen gets to be the silhouette lady in the middle of this one.

Ways to listen:

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  • Books we discuss in this episode:

    A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

        • Gorgeous cover!
        • “Ghost Chef” meets handsome Italian man at a wedding
        • Snappy dialog, great banter.
        • Jen considers it “perfect”

    Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane

        • Angst vs stakes
        • high stakes low angst (external conflict)

    Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai

    Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

        • Historical in which hero is passing as white
        • High stakes/high angst, but the drama is driven by the internal conflict

    Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden

        • F/F surf romance
        • Friends to lovers with one heroine discovering her sexual identity

    My Lady’s Lover by Nicola Davidson

        • F/F historical novella
        • Lady’s maid falls for her employer
        • “spectacular”

    Vegas Top Guns Series by Katie Porter

        • Sexy kinks.
        • Exhibitionism at its finest
        • Bisexual showgirl and a photographer

    Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

        • Dark story of a woman escaping an abusive marriage
        • Incredibly powerful story of a woman surviving and fighting
        • Basketball romance

    Burn Down the Night by M. O’Keefe

        • Motorcycle club romance
        • AMAZING heroine who is not here for your bullshit

    Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

    Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

    Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean

    Radiance by Grace

    Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews

    Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

    Guardian Series by Meljean Brook

    Anita Blake Series by Laurel K. Hamilton

    Everything Ravaged. Everything Burned. (short story)

    Recs We’re Looking For:

    Angsty Books!

    Vikings!

    Tortured Control Freaks Who Like to Get a Little Kinky!

Ep. 41 Avery Flynn: Butterface

Our guest this week is USA Today bestselling romance author, Avery Flynn, who chats with us about her previous career as a crime reporter, her transition from writing romantic suspense to writing romantic comedy, and her newest book, Butterface!

You can find Avery Flynn on her website or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!
Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

Highlights from our conversation include:

      • How she got started reading romance.
      • Her experiences as a crime reporter.
      • How she embraced her sense of humor in her writing and started writing romantic comedy.
      • How Butterface explores embracing women exactly as they are and how powerful that is.
      • Our mutual obsession with enemies to lovers.
      • The story of the cat Sarah and Jenny had in college who liked to hide in the bathroom and attack men’s genitals.
      • Where her ideas come from.
      • How her career as a romance novelist began.
      • How she juggles motherhood with writing.
      • Why we love Scrivener!
      • How she deals with writer’s block.
      • How she’s grown as a writer and her craft has changed.

Books mentioned in this episode:

Butterface by Avery Flynn

Books by Johanna Lindsey

Books by Jackie Collins

The Charmer by Avery Flynn

Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer

Scoring the Player’s Baby by Naima Simone

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

Rock Chick by Kristin Ashley

Dangerous Kiss by Avery Flynn

In the Woods by Tana French

Books by Xio Axelrod

Books by Kimberly Kincaid

Books by Robin Covington

Ep. 40 Laurell K. Hamilton: Serpentine

IMG_1272 2.jpgWe’re joined by Laurell K. Hamilton who is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. We chat about her newest release, the 26th book in the Anita Blake series, Serpentine. We also chat about polyamory, what research into BDSM looked like in 1997, how she found out she’s allergic to mummies, and much more. She gives us an overview of the world of Anita Blake for readers who haven’t yet read any of the series.

Ways to listen:

Listen on Google Play Music

Highlights from our conversation:

  • How the world has changed in the 25 years she’s been writing the series in terms of feminism, representation, technology, and so much more–and how that has impacted her writing.
  • How social media has changed the world and our interactions with people whose views differ from ours.
  • Why her readers were so distressed when she broke two characters up in the aftermath of 9/11.
  • How she responds to negative fans and the criticism that her series has changed and now has too much sex.
  • Her experiences with polyamory and how it was through research for Anita that she learned about that world.
  • What her research into BDSM looked like in 1997 long before discussions of BDSM were mainstream.
  • Her hilarious first experience in a BDSM club when she knew absolutely nothing.
  • Why you’re safer at a BDSM event than at an average bar.
  • How she learned to balance motherhood with her own identity and her art.
  • Can you be happier?

Books mentioned in this episode:

Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures (First in the Anita Blake Series) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Different Loving by William and Gloria Brame

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben

What You Can Change and What You Can’t by Martin E.P. Singleman

To keep up with Laurell, you can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook–or on her website.

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Ep. 36 Robinne Lee: The Idea of You

robinneWe’re joined by Robinne Lee to discuss her powerful debut novel, The Idea of You. Robinne is a graduate of Columbia Law School and is also an accomplished actress. She has been in films like Hitch and Seven Pounds as well as Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. We discuss her experiences as a writer and actress and the big themes from her book like ageism, the invisibility of “older” women, the madness of fame, and more!

Ways to Listen:

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

 

Ep. 35 What We’re Reading #2

We share what we’ve been up to and what we’ve been reading with special guest, Maureen Lee Lenker. Bonus: hear all about our first kisses, both real life and on stage!

Ways to listen:

You can click the button or this link to download (and subscribe!) on iTunes!

Click this link to stream:
What We’re Reading #2

Or click the button above (below on mobile) to access the show on Google Play. It’s also available on Stitcher, Spotify, or most other podcast apps!
Life Updates:

  • Sarah got an agent!
  • Jenny is back from the wilderness!
  • Sarah is back from Guatamalan adventures!

Recs we’re looking for:

  • Sci fi/fantasy
  • Enemies to lovers (of the saucy variety)
  • Ancient or Renaissance historical fiction

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (listen to our episode with Helen!)

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwaub

  • Fantasy Maureen loved
  • pickpocket heroine from Victorian England

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean (listen to our episode with Sarah!)

  • Sexy hero named Devil who fights with a sword cane!
  • One of our favorite Sarah MacLean books!

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemison

American Queen by Sierra Simone

  • Only $.99 right now!
  • Camelot retold as a
  • Best portrayal of BDSM in fiction that Jenny has read

Priest by Sierra Simone

  • Hot Dom Priest
  • Sexy BDSM
  • Gloriously filthy and somehow spiritual at the same time

A Storied Life by Leigh Kramer

  • High on our TBR pile
  • “Weaving together grief and beauty, humor and romance…will make you rethink life, love, and loss.”

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

  • Gothic romance
  • sexy priest

The Forbidden Hearts Trilogy by Alisha Rai (listen to our episode with Alisha!)

  • Maureen loved the conclusion
  • sexy, satisfying family drama

Forbidden and Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

  • Historical Western series
  • Often based on real historical figures
  • Jenny is now binge reading all things Beverly Jenkins

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

  • Art history based erotica
  • Da Vinci Code erotica!

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

  • 39 year old heroine falls for 20 year old boy band member when she takes her preteen daughter to a meet and greet
  • gorgeous exploration of ageism, madness of fame, the invisibility of “older” women, art world, and love.
  • Does not have an HEA.
  • Rec from Michelle Jenkins!

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (listen to our episode with Julia!)

  • Maureen felt it was deeply authentic having experienced her own Oxford Year
  • found it breathtaking

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broca

  • High school sweetheart authors who got engaged at The Ripped Bodice
  • teenage girl who thinks she’s always The Girl Before
  • about her finding her self worth
  • lots of Shakespeare
  • sex positive teen heroine

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

  • YA with snarky, funny heroine
  • her sister is getting married to Crown Prince of Scotland and she has to live there for the summer and learn etiquette

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

Ep. 34 Olivia Boothe: Wicked Dance

While we love being able to interview some of our favorite hugely successful authors, it’s also fun to be able to introduce you to new voices who are just at the start of their career. This week, we’re joined by one such debut author, Olivia Boothe. She chats with us about her first novel, Wicked Dance, as well as her take on current events since her day job is in the field of child protective services.
You can find Olivia on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
Ways to listen:


You can click the button in the page banner or this link to download (and subscribe!) on iTunes!

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Olivia Boothe: Wicked Dance

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Books mentioned in this episode:

Wicked Danceby Olivia Boothe

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

The Fever Seriesby Karen Marie Moning

A Court of Thorns and Rosesby Sarah J. Maas

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Ep. 33 Sarah MacLean: Wicked and the Wallflower

We’re joined by bestselling author Sarah MacLean. Her latest novel, Wicked and the Wallflower, just came out, and it is amazing. We to her about historical lockpicking, her romance review column in the Washington Post, and the true nature of the Alpha in romance.

We also got an incredible list of romance recommendations. Our conversation was so good that we went far longer than normal, so you get a massive episode this week! Without further ado, here is our interview with Sarah MacLean.
Ways to listen:

You can click the button or this link to download (and subscribe!) on iTunes!

Or click the button above (below on mobile) to access the show on Google Play. It’s also available on Stitcher, Spotify, or most other podcast apps!

Be sure to check out Sarah’s list of romance recommendations on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!
Other highlights include:
  • Sarah’s favorite romance novel
  • Why she loves Lisa Kleypas
  • Why we like the idea of men who fight
  • All about Wicked and the Wallflower
  • How we think the concept of Alphas sometimes gets misunderstood
  • Why she loves an Alpha submissive
  • The unpickable Chubb
  • How she managed to use her research for her new book to crack her mom’s safe
  • Our heist team and the open positions if anyone would like to apply
  • Stair sex
  • Her column in the Washington Post including how the column came about, how she chooses what to include, and what kind of pitches she accepts
  • Her favorite tropes
  • Our Kresley Cole fan club
  • JenReadsRomance’s spreadsheet
  • The Santino Hassel  debacle
  • Book recommendations

Books mentioned in this episode:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Scoring Off the Field by Naima Simone

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warriorby Kresley Cole

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

The Player by Kresley Cole

The Masterby Kresley Cole

Longshot by Kennedy Ryan (starcrossed lovers NBA)

Vegas Top Gun series by Katie Porter

Loving the Secret Billionaireby Adriana Anders

Briarley by Aster Glenn Grey

Priest by Sierra Simone

American Queen by Sierra Simone

Sinner by Sierra Simone

Other media mentioned:

University of Warwick nude calendar

Thomas Crowne Affair (art thief movie)

Penny Dreadful (TV show with Josh Hartnett)

Eastern Promises (movie with Viggo Mortenson)