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Ep. 132 What We’re Reading: Antiracist Books

We’re back from an unplanned break! In this “What We’re Reading” episode, we take a break from romance to highlight some of the antiracist books that have been most impactful to us recently. We discuss our own paths to becoming better allies and ways we can all be doing a better job of examining how racism shapes our lives. We discuss how important it is to be actively antiracist as opposed to being passively “not racist,” and how that work begins with deep self-reflection.

Please note, this conversation is primarily aimed at our white listeners and may be particularly triggering to our Black listeners. We don’t want to add to the burden of anyone who has already been dealing with the trauma of racism in their lives, but we think these conversations need to be happening more between white people. If we have said something problematic, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

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Books we discuss:

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi [Highly recommend the audiobook read by the author!]

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

Me and My White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Other books we highly recommend:

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi [Note from Jenny: I’m buying this for all the young kids in my life!]

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

White by Law: The Legal Construct of Race by Ian Haney López

We Live in the Shadow: Inner-City Kids Tell Their Stories through Photographs by Elaine Bell Kaplan [Note from Jenny: This was written by one of my professors at USC (the one I reference in the episode!). She does incredible work with inner-city kids in LA.

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Lama Rod Owens

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry [Note from Jenny: This book floored me. It’s so striking and powerful.]

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Time of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander [Note from Jenny: We should all be paying more attention to the way Blackness is criminalized and how our criminal justice system is weaponized to oppress Black people.]

Anything from this list that Ibram X. Kendi assembled for the New York Times!

Ep. 131 Karina Halle: The Forbidden Man

We’re taking a break from our Book Recs and Laughs series this week to share the very last interview we got to do in person before lockdown! Jenny got to chat with Karina Halle about her bonkers, immersive writing process, her adventures in Hollywood going to the Westworld premiere and the Golden Globes, and why travel is the best! She’s just released an escapist rom com that she wasn’t even working on when we talked, but then coronavirus happened and she needed to write something light, funny–which, don’t we all need that right now?

Lovewrecked is her latest release and it’s an escapist enemies-to-lovers rom com where a grumpy groomsman and the maid of honor end up shipwrecked on a remote island near Fiji. It’s hilarious and sexy and there’s a feral goat.

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

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

Ep. 130 Book Recs and Laughter #4

Sarah, Melody, Jenny, and Jen Prokop (I refuse to cut Jen out of a picture!)

We’ve started a new series of episodes to help us all through the isolation! It’s kind of a spin on What We’re Reading, but with funny stories and lots of old friends! We’re having past guests (and some exciting new voices) come on to share “a book rec and a laugh” with us. We’re basically crowd sourcing good books and joy for you from some of our favorite people!

This episode features Melody Carlisle who is a goddamn delight. She cohosts the Heaving Bosoms podcast, which you should definitely check out if you haven’t yet! I was about to suggest some favorite episodes and couldn’t even narrow it down–literally pick one that strikes your fancy and join the cult.

Our second guest is our beloved Sierra Simone. She shares the most on brand mortifying story ever!

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Stuff We Mention:


Support for today’s episode comes from The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren!



You can find Melody on Twitter! You can also find her podcast, Heaving Bosoms, on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

You can find Sierra Simone on Facebook or Instagram or head straight to her website and devour her books immediately!

Ep. 128 Too Hot to Handle with Andie J. Christopher and Naima Simone

Things have gone off the rails here in the Wicked Wallflowers Club. This episode (and the show we’re talking about) may or may not be kind of a disaster, but we hope it’s a hilarious, delightful disaster. Andie J. Christopher and Naima Simone are back to help us attempt to digest the train wreck that is Netflix’s new show, Too Hot to Handle! I have no idea how else to summarize this, so I’ve included some choice out of context quotes instead of show notes!

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Stuff We Mention:

  • “I have trust issues because everyone hates my Christmas tree dick.” -Sarah
  • “I just laughed so hard I poured coffee all over my bed!” -Sarah
  • “When I was in my early to mid twenties, I would’ve fucked both Harry and David.” -Andie
  • “It just looked like a tit explosion!” -Naima
  • “…they start using Lana as a sex toy.” -Jenny
  • “In my early thirties, I would’ve fucked Matthew.” -Andie
  • “You know Sharron does not eat pussy. He has never had a pussy near his face.” -Andie
  • “With Bryce…I had to look inside my soul and make sure I hadn’t actually fucked him.” -Andie
  • “Wait…you haven’t been hogtied?” -Jenny
  • “What kind of trash bag doesn’t even offer to reciprocate!?” -Naima
  • “He doesn’t deserve me kicking me in the balls.”
  • “I want to replace Jesus’s beanie with my thighs as earmuffs.” -Andie
  • “I’ve reached the level of chaotic horny.” -Andie
  • “My sweet little rodent faced fuckboi.” -Sarah

Support for today’s episode comes from The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren!

You can find Andie J. Christopher on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Follow Naima Simone on Facebook or Twitter!

Ep. 127 Book Recs and Laughter #2

We’ve started a new series of episodes to help us all through the isolation! It’s kind of a spin on What We’re Reading, but with funny stories and lots of old friends! We’re having past guests (and some exciting new voices) come on to share “a book rec and a laugh” with us. We’re basically crowd sourcing good books and joy for you from some of our favorite people! This episode features Tif Marcelo, Leigh Kramer, and Jen Prokop from Fated Mates!

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Stuff We Mention:


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

You can find Tif Marcelo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Leigh Kramer’s Twitter and Instagram are most excellent! You MUST follow her blog if you want book recs–we go to Leigh when we want to figure out what to read!

Jen Prokop is on Twitter as JenReadsRomance! You should also check out her podcast, Fated Mates…because it’s glorious! JenReadsRomance.com is the perfect place to find direction if you’re newer to romance. You can also get the coolest buttons there!

Ep. 126 Book Recs and Laughter #1

We’ve started a new series of episodes to help us all through the isolation! It’s kind of a spin on What We’re Reading, but with funny stories and lots of old friends! We’re having past guests (and some exciting new voices) come on to share “a book rec and a laugh” with us. We’re basically crowd sourcing good books and joy for you from some of our favorite people! This first episode features Sarah and Jenny sharing their own recs and funny stories as well as a guest segment with Maureen Lee Lenker from Entertainment Weekly!

In addition to adding to your TBR, you can hear about Sarah’s adorable school girl shenanigans, Jenny’s Playboy audition fail, Maureen’s bus toilet incident, and more! Let us know what you think of the new idea and who you’d like to hear!

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Books We Mention:


Do you follow Maureen’s romance column in Entertainment Weekly? It’s always full of great recs! Check out her latest!

Support for today’s episode comes from The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren!

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.

Our merchandise store is finally live on Redbubble.com , if you want to get your hands on Wicked Wallflowers shirts, stickers, mugs, and all kinds of other fun stuff! We’ve been loving seeing pictures of it all out in the wild and can’t wait to wear ours to the next meet up.

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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.

Books mentioned:


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

Books mentioned:


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