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Ep. 124 Alyssa Palombo: The Borgia Confessions

Need a break from the modern world? Dive into the Italian Renaissance with us! We geek out with Alyssa Palombo about why it’s one of the most fascinating parts of history, why the Borgia family has captivated people for centuries, and how The Borgia Confessions is basically Cesare’s villain origin story.

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You can find Alyssa on her website or on Twitter or Instagram!

Support for today’s episode comes from The Sinner by J.R. Ward!

Ep. 121 Colleen Hoover: Regretting You

We’re joined by #1 NYT Bestselling author Colleen Hoover. We cover a whole bunch of different topics–from her writing journey, to her parenting advice, to travel. We chat about why women’s fiction written by authors who love and respect romance is amazing—and how that applies to her latest release, Regretting You.

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

Support for today’s episode comes from past Wicked Wallflowers guest Janna MacGregor!


Ep. 119 Maxym Martineau: Kingdom of Exiles

We’re joined by fantasy romance author Maxym Martineau who tells us about her debut novel, Kingdom of Exiles. We also chat about her amazing recipe for watermelon margaritas, how she’s been adjusting to having a newborn, and how her books come to her in dreams. Also butt flaps and a random dude who walks in while we’re talking about pubic hair and ejaculate!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Butt flaps.
  • How she gets book ideas from her dreams.
  • Why we demand more fae books.
  • Our mutual adoration of Alexa Martin and how we plan to kidnap her and force her to be our mom BFF.
  • Adventures in breastfeeding.
  • How she’s adapting to early motherhood.
  • Check out All The Kissing if you haven’t yet!
  • Enjoy the moment a random man walks into the room when we were discussing pubic hair and ejaculate.
  • Her writing process.
  • Why she creates maps for her books.
  • Why fantasy with female protagonists automatically gets characterized as YA.

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

Ep. 112 Nicole Fischer and Emma Brodie: How to Write a Romance

We’re joined by Avon Books editor Nicole Fischer (who is the editor of some of our favorites like Tessa Bailey, Talia Hibbert, and Vivienne Lorret). We’re also joined by Emma Brodie who is a senior editor for William Morrow. We talk about their How to Write a Romance book which Emma worked on with the Avon romance editing team. We also talk about how they got their start, what we can expect from Nicole’s authors in the near future, and why Jenny and Nicole agree that “thrust” is the best word to search a book for if you’re trying to find the steamy bits. 

Want to hear an interview with another Avon editor? Check out our conversation with Tessa Woodward and Maya Rodale! We’ve also got two episodes with Nicole’s author, Eva Leigh!

Want to hear some of Nicole’s authors on one of our sister podcasts? Tessa Bailey and Talia Hibbert have both been on Heaving Bosoms!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Where the idea came from for the How to Write a Romance guided journal
  • What the fun early brainstorming session over wine was like
  • Why character motivations are a fundamental base to any story
  • How they got started reading romance
  • Nicole’s amazing authors and books we should be excited about
  • Why we love illustrated covers
  • Why reading a racy cover in public is sometimes the worst
  • The Fischer Law now declares that if you’re listening to an audiobook or a podcast and it’s overheard in a public place, it will be during an inappropriate moment
  • Why the library is so amazing for audiobooks (and books in general!)
  • Bad words and why we love them
  • #overheardatavon
  • What Nicole is looking for in manuscripts

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You can find Nicole on her Twitter or the Avon Romance website! You can find Emma on Instagram or on her website!

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. 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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