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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

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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!

Ep. 68 Katee Robert: The Fearless King

Katee Robert joins us to talk about The Fearless King, juggling motherhood with writing, and her plans for a series inspired by classic villains!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Her intro to romance sneaking her mom’s books.
  • How she became a mother extremely young and ended up in Germany with two kids and started writing.
  • How Kresley Cole inspires her.
  • Some of the books in her backlist and how they came about.
  • People who get angry enough about f-bombs to write strongly worded letters.
  • Her awesome relationship with her editor, Leah Hultenschmidt (you can hear Leah in our episode with Carolyn Brown!)
  • How much murder is too much murder?
  • That time she essentially joined a cult and learned that she’d probably get sucked in to one again.
  • Our love of villains and how she’s exploring them with a new series!
  • How she balances writing with motherhood and carving out her own identity and time.
  • How she’s modified her writing process to write in 15 minute sprints.

Books mentioned:

We also mention The Dream podcast, which is about Multi-Level Marketing.


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

Ep. 67 Sierra Simone: Sinner, Priest, and New Camelot

We’re joined by Sierra Simone who discusses mixing Catholicism with kink, her transition from YA to erotic fiction, and her well earned title of Erotic Theologian. We’re kind of obsessed with her sexy writer brain and how she articulates her thoughts so beautifully.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Scent detecting heroes and JenReadsRomance
  • How Sierra is a reluctant heretic.
  • The layers of trust between author and readers.
  • Her deep insights on why we choose to create fiction or bring fiction to our lives.
  • Why she starts with setting, then characters, then plot comes last.
  • How writing Priest came from a desire to write about sex and faith.
  • What she’s working on next!
  • Squirting. Yes, that kind.
  • All about her New Camelot Trilogy–how it came about, how she approached writing the complex timeline, and some of the struggles she had in writing it.
  • Why Ash is such a controversial character.
  • What it takes to build an authentic and satisfying menage.
  • Why you need to be okay with people not being okay with your stories–and why she’d rather have something that doesn’t work for some readers than something forgettable.
  • The challenges of writing such intense books from home and how she tries to delineate spaces.
  • The joys of jazzercise.
  • How she transitioned from a traditionally published YA trilogy to Indie erotic fiction.
  • Her feelings on traditional vs indie publishing.
  • Why she thinks Priest caught on so dramatically.

Books mentioned:

Podcasts mentioned:

  • Heaving Bosoms: Jenny guest cohosted an episode with Melody during her maternity leave in which they wax poetic about Priest! The episode is a blow by blow of Priest (so definite spoilers) that explores how much and why we love it!
  • Fated Mates: Jenny and Sarah will both be on this fucking excellent podcast, but Sierra Fucking Simone will also be on–and rumor has it she’ll be talking about the older heroine/younger hero trope–so go subscribe so you don’t miss those!

The cover designer we mention is Hang Le!


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

Ep. 66 Sierra Simone and C.D. Reiss live at The Ripped Bodice: Writing Erotic Romance

This episode was recorded at a live event at The Ripped Bodice called Writing Erotic Romance for the Modern Reader featuring C.D. Reiss and Sierra Simone discussing how they write such steamy books. Jenny moderated, so we recorded it to share with everyone who wasn’t able to attend!


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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How they approach writing erotic romance differently from a non erotic romance and what the differences between them are.
  • How they handle writing male POV in an erotic romance.
  • How deliberately they approach writing a high heat level
  • What they’ve found unexpectedly sexy while writing.
  • Their advice for newer writers on how to learn to trust your authentic voice.
  • How they deal with negativity.
  • How they manage reader expectations.
  • How many books they push themselves to write per year.
  • How they handle consent in their writing.

Books mentioned:

We mention the Fated Mates podcast during this episode, which you should definitely check out! We’ll have Sierra back on next week for a full interview, and she’ll also be on Fated Mates in the next few months, which we’re super excited about! If you can’t get enough Sierra Simone (we can’t!), check out the Priest episode of Heaving Bosoms that Jenny guest cohosted during Melody’s maternity leave. We wax poetic about Father Bell and Poppy! We’re also making plans to have Christine (CD Reiss) back on for a full interview, so keep an eye out for that!


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

Sierra can also be found on her website, Instagram, or Facebook!

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