Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

83. An Interview with RedHeadedGirl

This week, RedHeadedGirl answers Sarah's questions, plus questions from readers on Twitter, which lead to…still more questions. We discuss her catnip, what fandoms she loves, and what she's reading.

Be ye warned! This podcast is a bit NSFW, not that any of the other podcasts, particularly the “chicken” ones, were all that suitable for broadcasting on your desktop speakers in the office, either.

We also mention RedHeadedGirl's original HaBO that brought her to Smart Bitches, which you can read if you'd like.

Here are the books and tv shows we discuss during this podcast:

Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Hannibal Book Kate & Leopold

Book The Spymaster's Lady - Joanna Bourne Book The Heiress Effect - Courtney Milan Book What a Rogue Desires - Caroline Linden

Book Seasons of the Sun by Catherine Coulter Book Midsummer Magic - Catherine Coulter Book Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase

Book A Lot Like Love  Julie James Book About That Night - Julie James Book Untamed - Anna Cowan

Book In Her Corner - Vicki Essex Book To Charm a Naughty Countess - Theresa Romain Book Season for Scandal - Theresa Romain

Book A Dance with Dragons - Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin Book The Wolf of Wall Street Book Sapphires are a Girls Best Friend - Shana Galen Book The Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott


Book The King Don’t miss J.R. Ward’s THE KING from New American Library—the highly anticipated new book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head.

As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?



Our music in each episode is provided by Sassy Outwater. This is a song called “Mackerel & Tatties” by Michael McGoldrick from his album, Aurora. You can find the album at Amazon or at iTunes.

Sassy says:

“Michael is one of, if not the most accomplished, pipe and flute players in the Celtic genre today. Michael plays for the legendary Scottish band Capercaillie while recording his own solo albums and playing for other artists. You can find him anywhere the web is and anywhere Scottish music is. He is one of the foremost flute and pipe players of our time.”

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  1. 1
    LML says:

    Thank goodness for Garlic Knitter, that’s all I can say.

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    Cat C says:

    I loved this podcast, as always! Nice to hear more from RedHeadedGirl, because her reviews of the crazysauce are wonderful.

    Books that are relevant to things discussed in this podcast:

    —descriptions may have MILD SPOILERS BEWARE—

    No Place Like a Dame by Connie Brockway has an anatomically-sensible method of a woman dressing up like a man. Pillows are involved, from what I recall.

    The Duchess War by Courtney Milan is one of my top three romances, due in part to its “that was supposed to be awesome, we must have done something wrong” scene

    Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt has my favorite gender flip—the hero is a virgin, very serious, associates physical intimacy with emotional intimacy; the heroine is the experienced one, enjoys flirting and having some sexual affairs (in her widowhood), and wants to feel none of the emotions because reasons.

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    Julie says:

    Where are the books that were discussed in this episode? I can’t seem to find them. Thanks.

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    Lassieisalassie says:

    Loved the podcast. I’m also a Fannibal and Sleepyhead, so it was nice to find out one of my favorite reviewers is as well. Redheadedgirl, are you a Hunter (supernatural fan) or Sherlocked as well?

    One of my first few romances was a Coulter was well, but my actual first was a crazy sauce bodice ripper called Bird of Paradise by Elizabeth Daniels. A couple years back I tracked down a used copy and shamefully purchased it and the sequel. It was still as crazy sauce the second time around, but the sexy time scenes weren’t as steamy as I remembered.

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    DesLivres says:

    I was really disappointed by In Her Corner. I thought the hero was awful, treated the heroine badly, and that she made the wrong decision at the end of the book. The book has stayed with me even though I read it weeks ago. I’ve been waiting for some reviews to go up on amazon so I can post mine – i actually wish vicki essex well, and don’t want the only review there to be a negative one!

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    james says:

    Hello Admin Cheers !!

    Excellent article :- with RedHeadedGirl -:

    I found one more romantic novel :-Chain Bound Book

    Really it’s too great :)

    Thanks for

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    Sarita says:

    What does it say about me that I like the swearing-heavy ones more?
    Anyhoo, I have a question for redheadedgirl:
    As a fantasy reader, do you know of any fantasy fiction primary online communities that have a supportive, sense-of-humor having vibe? I’ve been drawn here even though I feel like sort of a dilettante in the romance genre because the community is so neat. On the other hand, I’ve been reading fantasy forever, but I get this feeling (perhaps not entirely well researched, maybe I just had too many conversations with the wrong people) that fantasy fan communities often lean towards being hair-trigger critical and kind of pretentious. But I would love to be proven wrong, or at least find an exception.

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    @Sarita Have you taken a look at The Sword and Laser book club on Goodreads? I’m not a member, I only follow the podcasts (I’m not so good with reading assignments “oh you think I should read XYZ, do you? Please to watch me NOT do as you suggest!”) but I get a really positive vibe from them and the discussions are moderated. The idea is to try out stuff that you’ve missed out on or wouldn’t normally touch and sometimes there are gems, other times duds. YMMV. (OMG they’re so bad for my “that’s interesting, I should take a closer look” list.)(Also, it’s a Fantasy (sword) and Science Fiction (laser) book club. Just FYI.)

    (I was drawn in because they did an interview with Lois McMaster Bujold. Then I had to try Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire. Now…OMG there are so many interesting-sounding dragon books in existence! Want!)

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    RedHeadedGirl, I hope you’re aware that as of this moment, two Julie James ebooks are on sale for $2 (each)! I think you should start with SOMETHING ABOUT YOU. *nudge*

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    redheadedgirl says:

    @lassieisalassie: I have watched some Supernatural, but it didn’t grab me- I’m also not good with horror- some early episodes kept me awake because I was worried about ghosts or whatever.  I do watch and enjoy Sherlock, but generally steer clear of the fandom. 

    @Sarita: I don’t read as much fantasy as I used to, and I’m not aware of clubs or websites with the same vibe as here.  I’m sorry.  :(

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    Sarita says:

    @ms bookjunkie: Oh man, I love Lois McMaster Bujold so much! :D
    Thanks very much, I will definitely check them out.

    @redheadedgirl: No worries, and thanks for a nifty podcast :)
    I used to watch Supernatural with my husband (we may be giving up on it, the writing’s gone downhill). In the early seasons I would sometimes close my eyes and have him tell me when to look again. It’s funny, they have a terrible case of exponentially ramping up villain power levels over the seasons, and obviously the gore budget expands over time, but nothing was ever as legitimately scary as those season one ghosts.

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