Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

33. Listener Mail: Your Questions, Our Answers

This episode is all about listener mail! We respond to email and voice mail messages and discuss humorous romance, romances with GLBT secondary characters, and recommendations for folks asking for ideas of what to read next.

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  1. 1
    OnomatopoeiaGargle25 says:


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    library addict says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention Shannon Stacey when you were discussing funny books. I know humor is subjective, but I think most agree the Kowalski books do fit the description.

    I also think Meg Banjamin Konigsburg series has a lot of humor, but they do have suspense as well (or are at least are supposed to, that element doesn’t always work as well as the humor does for me).

    Marcia Evanick’s Misty Harbor books fall into the light-hearted/humorous category as well.

    And Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments has a lot of humor.

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    Faellie says:

    Funny romances = Georgette Heyer.

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    Heather says:

    I think the Neighbor from Hell series from R.L. Mathewson are also very funny, and I second Shannon Stacey.

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    Molly O'Keefe says:

    Thinking of funny romances – Susan Donovan, her contemps were hot and funny. Victoria Dahl’s books, particularly the Tumble Creek series. Ruthie Knox’s loveswept e-books are pretty funny. So hard to think of historicals…Cecilia Grant’s first historical had some funny moments…

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    cleo says:

    Finally had a chance to listen this.  I have another suggestion for the question about a mainstream romance with a gay best friend who gets a sequel with a (m/m or f/f) romance and hea.  Meljean Brook is *going* to have one in the Iron Seas series – for Scarsdale, the gay friend from The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel.… – in the comments of this post, she talks about writing Scarsdale’s m/m story.  It sounds like it’s mostly written but doesn’t have a publisher yet.

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    Laura Xixi says:

    Thank you, DBSA podcast, for answering my question! I am preparing to raid my library for mainstream romances with sequels for non-heterosexual characters as I type…*evil cackle*

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    MaryK says:

    Darn paper TBR pile! My list of books says I have that Mayberry but I can’t find it anywhere.  Also, The Iron Duke has completely disappeared.  Definitely a drawback to paper books!

    I’m all caught up on the podcasts so you need to make more. :D Seriously though, I don’t get any book talk in real life so I love listening to y’all.

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