Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

86. An Interview with Shauna Summers, Plus Listener Email

This week, Jane and Sarah chat with Shauna Summers, Executive Editor at Ballantine/Bantam/Dell. Shauna also taught a Romance Publishing course at NYU. We talk about her job, whether she does get to read books all the time, and how she evaluates a manuscript or story to look for something she wants to buy. We also discuss the tricky side of loving a book that you've worked on, and what books have rocked her world. Then, Sarah shares some listener email with recommendations from readers, and feedback on recent episodes.

Here are the books we discussed in this podcast:

Book The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie Book A Lady Undone Book The Goldfinch

Book Robin York - Deeper Book My Most Excellent Year by Steven Kluger, Book  Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley

Book Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters Book Mr Impossible Book shadowy horses

Book blades of the rose 1-4  - Zoe Archer


Book Once Upon a Billionaire

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    Erika says:

    Regarding books with a scholarly theme—What about A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare? I recall that the whole story was centered around the heroine’s need to get to a paleontology symposium and present her findings. That was a fun book. :)

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    library addict says:

    Birthright by Nora Roberts has an archaeologist heroine and is one of my favorites by her.

    Also Ravished by Amanda Quick. While the heroine isn’t an archaeologist, she has an interest in the field. It’s one of her early non-paranormal titles and another favorite of mine.

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    Elizabeth Peters’s Vicky Bliss series – she’s a historian in a museum, so it’s not quite an archaeologist, but she moves in those circles. There is at least one where they end up in Egypt. It has the fabulous over the top plots of the era where you could just walk up and buy and international plane ticket with cash and no luggage, they’d serve you drinks, and you’d arrive in a foreign destination, no questions asked. Some hit or miss, and occasionally dated, but light reading.

    I looooove Mr. Impossible. The classic he’s a large guy so he can’t be smart trope. The opening scenes seem to me to be the basis for The Mummy movie w/Brendan Fraser. (At least I’m assuming the book was written first, but I could be wrong).

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