Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: Reviews, Interviews, and Discussion About All the Romance Novels You Love to Read

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Today my guest is Olivia Waite, author of The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows, and the new romance columnist for The New York Times. We take a deep and joyful nerdy deep dive into beekeeping, romance, and confronting bi-erasure in romance. It’s very fun - get ready. Thanks to Kate, Shana, Aarya, Claudia, and Leigh for questions! Looking for a podcast to listen to? Check out Jeff & Will and The Big Gay Fiction Podcast: … Music:
Sarah, Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and Redheadedgirl gather to talk about the book that made them romance readers, and the romance that changed their lives in some way. We of course start off with TMI discussions about pet farts, and ask really important questions like what would happen if Stephanie Plum was sent back in time, and what books are required for the zombie apocalypse? We also have some special guest callers telling us about the books that made them romance readers! I put out a request to the Patreon supporters to ask them to call our Google Voice number and leave a message answering all my nosy questions to make sure the voicemail audio would still work for the podcast. It does! So, thanks to the Patreon volunteers, we have some special guests mixed in with our discussion, plus I got Sassy Outwater on the phone, too, because she was doing the dishes and couldn’t get away from my calling her. We want to hear about the book that made you a romance reader! Just dial +1 201.371.3272, and leave a voicemail telling me about the book that made you a romance reader. And if you can’t call, just record an audio file and email it to me! A R This is a long episode, but hey, we’re celebrating. Come celebrate with us!
Sarah chats with Sarah Morgan about American weather, the Berlin Love Letter Convention, and the importance and delight of meeting romance readers. They also discuss finding community in small towns and in big cities, and explore Sarah Morgan’s new series, From Manhattan With Love.
Sarah interviews romance reader and information science student HeatherS, a longtime reader, bookseller, and student. She’s working on a degree with a goal for becoming a librarian, and we talk about her education goals, what she’s reading, and what she wishes for in the romance genre, including more Muslim romance, and more romance featuring characters who don’t wish to have children. We also talk about religion, as Heather converted as an adult to Islam, and how that’s affected her worldview.
Sarah and Carrie interview bestselling author Jim C. Hines about his upcoming book Revisionary, which is the end of his Libriomancer trilogy (which Carrie is VERY sad about). We also talk about fantasy, librarians, magic, ordering books for yourself from your school Scholastic book fair catalog, smoldering Tribble spiders, and fighting antagonists that are bigger than a god’s mom.
Sarah, Elyse, Amanda, Carrie and RedHeadedGirl have a supremely silly and NSFW discussion of sex in space, sex in hammocks, and pets who eat weird things. Then we get back to the actual topic of the podcast, the books we’re looking forward to that are coming out in 2016.
HELLO. THIS ONE IS NSFW! Get your headphones! Amanda had an idea for a podcast to talk about the differences between depictions of heroines with sexual agency and her own experiences of that same agency. We talk about Tinder, romance fiction, the distance between sexual goals and romantic goals, compartmentalizing sex and intimacy, and saying yes to new experiences. Plus, we question whether we do indeed want figgy pudding.
Last year around this time, Jennifer McQuiston did an interview with us after returning from Sierra Leone where she was working to combat ebola as part of her job with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year, she went back, so we sat down again to find out what’s happening with Sierra Leone’s recovery from the Ebola outbreak. Plus we talk about her new historical romance series, squeaky sand beaches, and more.
Sarah interviews Rebekah Weatherspoon about writing across multiple genres, starting out in fanfic, reader responses, working in television, and the challenges facing writers of color. We also talk about Rebekah’s latest books, including a May-December novella, and a trilogy about personal trainers in LA.
This week, Sarah chats with writer Kelly Faircloth from Jezebel, who has authored several kicking articles about the romance genre. They discuss writing about romance from a journalism perspective, the purposes of sexuality in romance, the shame visited upon romance readers, and the history of some of Kelly’s articles, as well as the cool research.
RedHeadedGirl and Sarah talk about Grey, Roman appetites, historical food and recipes, historical re-reads, Poldark, and books and tv shows that scare us.
Jen Lois, Professor of Sociology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, and Joanna Gregson, Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University, sit down with Sarah to discuss studying the community of romance from a sociological perspective. We talk about the sneers and the leers that romance writers and readers are subjected to, and the gender dynamics of the community. You’ll also hear Joanna’s cat purring near the end, which is totally excellent.
Just like it says on the tin! Jane and Sarah discuss the upcoming Romantic Times Book Lovers' Convention, what to do if you're a newbie who is attending on her own, and what we're looking forward to, including the Book Blogger Conference we're hosting. Plus, we talk about what Jane's been reading, and Sarah attempts to recommend a book...hesitantly.
Sarah answers listener mail about ballet dancing romance heroes, library history in the US, and how much of a send up of a genre might be too much. Then Sarah and RedHeadedGirl talk about movies in theatres currently, WWII television shows and romance novels, and more.
This week, Sarah and Jane attempt to answer two email messages, one from a reader looking for historical romances with mysterious moody loner dude heroes, and the other looking for romances similar to the conflict found in the CW’s Life Unexpected. Plus, we talk about Karina Bliss's book Rise, and what Jane's been reading.
This week, Sarah dives into the mailbag, or the inbox that she imagines looks like a mailbag, to answer listener email on topics ranging from novellas, clergy in romance, library behind the scenes information, and more.
Sarah was finally in the same place as Angela James, whom Jane and Sarah mention frequently in podcast episodes as "Angie," and they both had time for an interview. We talk about what she's reading currently, what she thinks of Scribd, the potential for menage wizard biscuits, and also about space opera.
Sarah interviews New York Times Bestselling author Courtney Milan in this episode. They talk about the lawsuit filed by Ellora's Cave against Jane Litte and Dear Author, about legal things in general, and why it's a bad idea to piss off lawyers and journalists. Plus, they have a really fascinating discussion thanks to some very smart questions asked by folks on Facebook.
This week, Sarah interviews Elyse and we discuss Many Many Things. We talk about why Elyse likes erotic dominant/submissive stories. We talk about the tropes she likes, alpha heroes, and power dynamics that appear in multiple sub-genres. We talk about manicures and Elyse's longtime love of time -travel romances. Remember when they were ALL time travel romances? ALL OF THEM? Plus, Elyse has a HaBO for us. Audio HaBO! IMPORTANT NOTE: From about 22:00 -27:00 we discuss a book wherein there is a rape scene, and Elyse goes into some detail about the context and how it fits in the larger story. If that's something that will upset you, I wanted you to be aware.
Carrie and Sarah discuss cons, and the magic of small and large communities of fans gathering in once place. We also talk about her research into women of the Victorian era, developments in science, technology and social issues, and the weird sense that history repeats itself.
This week, Sarah dives into the email inbox to share what you have been writing to us about. We touch on reading recommendations for romance readers and young readers, along with fandoms, international book borrowing options, and more.
In an interview recorded at RWA in San Diego, Sarah chats with author Sharon Kendrick, author of 100 books for Harlequin and Mills & Boon. We discuss the particular dynamics of Harlequin Presents, the essential absolute elements Harlequin Presents hero, and the unique connections between people, and between characters. Sharon reveals how she got started writing for Presents and how much she loves her job. (Spoiler: a lot!)
Sarah, Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, along with several of our pets, gather in sleepy, relaxed fashion to talk about Romantic Times, and give our advice for making your RT experience the best it can be. We start with Sarah giving a podcast recommendation, but then move quickly into giving first-timer advice, suggestions on what to wear and how to plan your agenda, and talk about what we’re doing at RT this year. We also talk about swag, what we’re looking forward to - and about our Reader Recommendation Party, which is a prize-a-palooza. And, as always, we talk a little about what we’re reading.
Sarah interviews author Lauren Dane about her Diablo Lake series. The newest book in the series, Diablo Lake: Protected, came out at the end of January. This is a rather indulgent episode - it’s a big treat to get to talk to the author of a book one really liked, and to take a nerdy deep dive into a world that one enjoyed. They talk about female friendships, world building in fantasy and paranormal romance, and about the ways people assume and approach roles of power and authority in literature and in real life. NOTE: There are mild spoilers for the Diablo Lake series, because there is some discussion about specific events in the books, but I’ve tried to keep the plot spoilers to a minimum. We talk a lot about the world, and the characters and interconnected groups within it, and my hope is that this makes you curious about the series.
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Aug 22nd, 2014
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Mar 27th, 2020
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