Podcast Episodes

Ep. 108 Penny Reid: Part 1 Featuring Joy Nash

We’re joined once again by New York Times Bestselling author Penny Reid, but this time she’s brought along actress and voice actress Joy Nash who narrates Penny’s audiobooks. You might recognize Joy from Dietland, Twin Peaks, or the Mindy Project. We chat about what it’s like for them working together as author and narrator, Penny’s latest books (and why it’s not her fault if she makes us cry), how Joy got her start narrating audiobooks, what they fangirl over, and much more! This is part one of two episodes with Penny Reid. Be sure you don’t miss part two, which will feature Penny Reid with Cathy Yardley!

In case you missed it, Penny was previously a guest on the show! Check it out here: Ep. 70 Penny Reid and Maureen Lee Lenker on Toxic Masculinity

You can also catch the Heaving Bosoms Podcast chatting about Beard Science!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why Penny didn’t really want to write the Winston Brother’s backstory, but she did it for her readers
  • Why Beard With Me was such an emotional book to write
  • What Penny’s research process looks like
  • Joy’s acting experiences and how she translated that into voice acting as an audiobook narrator
  • How Penny feels like Joy adds a dimension to the story that goes beyond simply reading the text
  • How Penny started writing with fan fiction
  • Our mutual obsession with Lore Olympus
  • How Penny approaches her books as a brand, but how that was a transition after initially thinking of writing as a hobby
  • The brand new Smartypants Romance universe (which we’ll discuss in more detail in part 2)

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You can find Penny on her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! To learn more about Joy, you can check out her website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! Be sure you don’t miss Part 2 with Cathy Yardley on 12/4!

Support for today’s episode comes from NYT Bestselling author Anna Zaires who has the first in a new, super steamy contemporary series out called Wall Street Titan

Ep. 105 Rom Coms with Andie J. Christopher #2

Andie J. Christopher is back to talk movies with us again! This time we talk about Speed (it’s totally a romance), This Means War, and My Best Friend’s Wedding. We also chat about that time in high school Andie wrote the varsity catcher an erotic thirst poem and read it aloud in creative writing class. (Tom was also in the class)…and that time Jenny got caught stalking her high school crush.

Can’t get enough of Andie? Definitely don’t miss Andie on Fated Mates talking about cinnamon roll heroes! Or check out our previous episodes with her! Episode 88: Rom Coms with Andie #1 and Episode 48: Andie J. Christopher featuring Jenny Holiday!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why Speed is a romance and why we love it!
  • Why This Means War should unquestionably be rewritten as a menage!
  • Why Julia Roberts is a little wacko in My Best Friend’s Wedding…but we’re here for it!
  • Shenanigans the three of us pulled when we were young and foolish

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

Ep. 104 A.J. Pine and Frannie Cassano: Libraries and Romance

We’re joined by USA Today Bestselling romance author (and librarian) A.J. Pine and 2018 RWA Librarian of the Year Frannie Cassano. We chat all about libraries–our love of them, why they’re important, and the challenges they’re facing. We also discuss cowboy romances and A.J.’s journey into writing them, as well as Frannie’s experiences as Librarian of the Year. Be sure to check out A.J.’s brand new Meadow Valley series and her Crossroads Ranch series that starts with Second Chance Cowboy!

If you love cowboy romances, don’t miss our interview with Carolyn Brown and her editor Leah Hultenschmidt!

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You can find A.J. on her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! The best place to find Frannie is on Twitter!

Ep. 103 Angelina M. Lopez: Lush Money

We could not be more excited to be joined by Angelina M. Lopez to talk about her outstanding debut, Lush Money! Angelina was one of our earliest listeners when she was still prepublished and now her first book is out in the world! We also chat about Fated Mates, her twenty year path to publication, the upcoming books in her series, and the state of publishing. This is one of Jenny’s favorite books of the year–go read it immediately!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why we love Fated Mates so much!
  • Why it’s so powerful the first time each of us discovers other romance lovers
  • How it took her 20 years to get published–and she did it!!
  • All about her idea for Lush Money and the next books in the series 
  • What her 20 year journey looked like and how much the industry changed in that time
  • The state of publishing today and her thoughts for other authors still early in their journey
  • Why 1k words/day just isn’t realistic for all writers and why it’s okay to write far less when you need to
  • Why we all need to channel a little more Rapinoe

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

Ep. 102 Leah Hultenschmidt: Editorial Director for Forever and Forever Yours at Grand Central Publishing

We’re joined once again by Leah Hultenschmidt who is the Editorial Director for Forever and Forever Yours at Grand Central Publishing. We chat about her recent trip to Scotland, the amazing books she has coming out, and her super cool hobby of hand making cards.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Leah’s recent trip to Scotland and why Scotland is so magical
  • Why we love reading fiction about the places we’re going to visit
  • The amazing books she has coming out
  • How she got started making cards and what it’s like having it as a hobby

Books mentioned:

  • The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester
  • Down Too Deep by J. Daniels
  • Rosalind James New Zealand Rugby Series
  • Photos of You by Tammy Robinson
  • The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez (check out our episode with Abby!)

You can find Leah on Twitter, or Instagram!

Ep. 101 Angela James: Editor Extraordinaire

We’re joined by editor Angela James! We discuss her departure from Harlequin, her work at Carina Press, her advice for writers, and her Before You Hit Send self editing workshop! She demonstrates how she does a Candid Cold Read to evaluate the first pages of Jenny’s manuscript, giving us a fascinating glimpse into the way an editor’s brain works.

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You can find Angela on her website, Twitter, or Facebook! If you’re a writer, be sure to check out the workshop we talked about–Before You Hit Send!

Ep. 100 Sierra Simone: Human Sacrifice and Ritual Sex

We’re joined once again by Sierra Fucking Simone. We chat human sacrifice, ritual sex, her newest series, and why she’s so fascinated by the idea of kingship.

If, like us, you’re obsessed with Sierra, be sure to check out our other two episodes with her:

67 – Sierra Simone: Sinner, Priest, and New Camelot and 66 – Sierra Simone and C.D. Reiss live from the Ripped Bodice discussing writing erotic romance.

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

Ep. 99 Maya Rodale and Tessa Woodward with guest cohost Maureen Lee Lenker

We forgot to take a picture with everyone, but here’s one with Tessa from our past episode with her!

We’re joined by an author editor duo for the first time! Historical romance author Maya Rodale and her editor at Avon, Tessa Woodward chat with us about what it’s been like working together for 10 years, why Tessa won’t let Maya make every cover pink, and why we’re determined to talk Tessa into historical lady pirates. Maya’s fantastic latest release is Some Like It Scandalous, and the first book in that series, Duchess by Design, was one of Jenny’s favorite books of 2018, so definitely start there if you haven’t read it yet. Be sure to also check out our past episodes with Tessa and Maya!

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You can find Maya on her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! Tessa can be found on Twitter or check out the Avon website. Maureen is on Twitter and Instagram!

Ep. 98 Jen DeLuca: Well Met

We’re joined by Jen DeLuca and special guest cohost Melody Carlisle from the Heaving Bosoms Podcast! Jen tells us all about her debut, Well Met, which is a delightful enemies-to-lovers romance set at a renaissance faire. We also chat about her experiences as a debut author, her writing journey, and Jenny shares some embarrassing renaissance faire stories from her youth. We particularly loved Maureen’s review of Well Met in Entertainment Weekly, so instead of us trying to babble about how much we loved it, we’re directing you to Maureen’s much more competent review–but we effing love this book! If you haven’t listened to Heaving Bosoms yet, check it out! Wondering where to start? Jenny recorded a guest episode waxing poetic about Priest by Sierra Simone with Melody, so that might be a good place to begin.

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Sarah, Jenny, and Baby Z at our local Renaissance Faire this year!

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

Ep. 96 J.R. Ward: The Black Dagger Brotherhood

We’re joined by #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, J.R. Ward. She’s chats with us about her rocky path to publishing success, why it’s her fault Jenny became a dominatrix, her advice for women, and her writing process. She’s everything we dreamed she would be…and more!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How she started reading romance with any Harlequin Presents she could get her hands on
  • How she first got published prior to the internet
  • Her first few attempts at publishing that didn’t go so well before she landed on The Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • “You don’t have to win by miles…winning is often an ugly process.”
  • Why it’s her fault Jenny became a dominatrix
  • “I don’t have a fuckin’ B Plan…The stories are what they are.”
  • Why she’s an outliner
  • “The bottom line is I write seven days a week, no excuses. Sit the fuck down and do your work.”
  • “No one has to give you permission to be a writer…You need to own that space in yourself.”
  • Why she encourages women to take up space.
  • Enjoy the moment Jenny asks about self care…
  • Her fascinating experience of writing and storytelling
  • Why Zsadist is one in a million
  • Why she decided to become an author when she was a successful lawyer
  • How The Black Dagger Brotherhood came to her

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You can find J.R. Ward on her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!