Podcast Episodes

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!

Ep. 95 Karelia Stetz-Waters: Out in Portland

We’re joined by lesbian romance author Karelia Stetz-Waters who chats with us about her Out in Portland series, why she’s on a quest to spread “cliteracy” across the country, and how she’s using her work as a romance writer to teach readers about female sexual anatomy, desire, and pleasure.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Full show notes to come when Jenny (finally) catches up!

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

Ep. 93 Abby Jimenez: The Friend Zone

We’re joined by USA Today Bestselling author, Abby Jimenez! Abby is also a Food Network champ who founded the Nadia Cakes bakery out of her home kitchen back in 2007. Nadia Cakes has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. We chat about her fascinating journey from one of the lowest points of her life to the wonderful successes she’s achieved and the risks it took to get there. We discuss her debut novel, The Friend Zone, her hilarious dogs, and so much more!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her day job running a bakery and how she transitioned from that to writing romance
  • How she got a literary agent and sold her first book
  • The dick joke she included in her query letter
  • All about The Friend Zone
  • Her dogs and why they have their own Instagrams–Stuntman Mike and Tess
  • What it was like when she lost her job during her third back to back pregnancy and how it resulted in her starting to sell cakes out of her house
  • The risks it took to start a bakery
  • Her experiences on Food Network shows (and that one time she met Tom Hiddleston)
  • Debut author review bingo

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

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

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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

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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:

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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)

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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

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

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