Ready for a round up of all the podcasts that focus on romance fiction, so you can fill your ears with discussion and goodness?
Since my last podcast episode roundup in January when I mentioned the Wicked Wallflowers and Heaving Bosoms podcasts, I’ve found a few more. It seemed like a good idea to put all the romance podcasts that I can find in once place.
And – special fun bonus! – if you want to find this resource again, just go to RomancePodcasts.com, and you’ll find this entry. I’ll keep it as up-to-date as I can, and all you need to do is remember RomancePodcasts.com.
Let’s do this!
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books
First: I have a podcast. I know you know this, but I would feel quite dumb if I didn’t mention it.
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books has been going for a long, long time (Almost Ten Years WHAT THE EFF). We are almost at episode 300 (WAT?!) and I’m deeply proud of it. If you’ve never listened and aren’t sure where to start, I’ve updated our Podcast Page with some of our most popular episodes.
All the Kissing Podcast
The All the Kissing podcast is hosted by Alexa Martin and Shannon Caldwell and focuses on the writing of romance fiction. If you’re a reader who loves to learn about the craft and process of writing, or if you’re an aspiring writer of romance, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in this one.
Past episodes have covered querying, research, and setting writing goals.
Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast
Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast is both video and audio, and covers gay romance, YA, New Adult, and other books of interest. Spouses and hosts Jeff & Will talk about books every week in new episodes.
As their description states, their podcast “is for avid readers and passionate fans of gay romance fiction. Each week we bring you exclusive author interviews, book recommendations and explore the latest in gay pop culture.”
Plus! They had me as a guest in Episode 155 – thanks, y’all!
Bodice Tipplers Podcast
Bodice Tipplers is a podcast connected to the Collingswood Historical Society podcasts (both may come up when you search for this one). Hosts Sara and Courtney are taking a deep-dive into some very old-skool novels from authors such as Janelle Taylor and Victoria Holt.
On their site, they post which book they’re currently reading, and are very generous with content warnings with regards to consent and rape – something that, as we know, is all too common in some old-skool romances. You can find Bodice Tipplers on Stitcher, via iTunes, and on their website.
Book Thingo Podcast
Book Thingo is a romance blog from Australia run by Kat Mayo – it’s delightful. The Book Thingo Podcast features book discussion and interviews (I’m in an early episode duo with editor Kate Cuthbert) with Kat and Rudi Bremer, who also does audio production.
The description pretty much sums up everything you need to know: “lively discussions between readers, academics, and bestselling authors about romance books, culture, and Tim Tams.” Come for the romance, stay for the Tim Tam coverage, right?
The Fated Mates Podcast is a read-along of the entirety of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series hosted by Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop. In addition, there are interstitials with interviews and conversations with authors, and more.
You know I love the name of this podcast, and I also adore their logo. It makes me smile every time I see it. Heaving Bosoms is hosted by Erin and Melody.
In each episode, they do a deep breakdown of a particular romance novel. As they say in their description, they take themselves VERY seriously. (Not.)
They’ve taken a look at When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare, Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates, Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean, and more.
Not Now, I’m Reading
Not Now, I’m Reading is (a) a fantastic name for a podcast and (b) exactly what it says: a podcast about reading and fandom hosted by friends Kay and Chelsea.
Each episode reaches beyond romance fiction, but each and every one does include some discussion of romance fiction.
Not Your Mom’s Romance Bookclub
Not Your Mom’s Romance Book Club is a new podcast from “Ellen and Mom:” Imagine reading your favorite steamy romance novel… with your mom reading over your shoulder. Ellen and her mom set out to do just that with this book club and they want you to join in. It’s fun, it’s swoony, and it’s awkward.
One True Pairing Podcast
The One True Pairing podcast is from Macmillan publishers, and features two longtime romance professionals as hosts. Erica Martirano and Marissa Sangiacomo discuss “their favorite couples from across TV, movies, books, and pop culture. From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Ross and Rachel, this roller coaster of bad boys, break-ups, and HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) combines love, feminism, sex, and relationships with the gossip you love.
RomanceClass is the brainchild of Mina V. Esguerra, and is all about Filipino romance authors. The podcast is recorded performances of scenes and chapters from different romance novels by Filipino authors. No, that won’t be addictive at all, no way.
Romance Podden is mostly in Swedish, but there are a few episodes in English, including one wherein I’m interviewed (and speak Swedish terribly, ouch). Hosts Amanda, Julia, Elin, and Melody discuss all sorts of romance-related topics, and also interview folks like Courtney Milan, RedHeadedGirl, Julia Quinn, Alyssa Cole, and more – in English. So grab those if your Swedish, like mine, is terrible (again, I’m sorry Julia and Melody).
Romance Romp is a podcast from the Frederick (Maryland) News-Post (hi, neighbors!) hosted by Kini Allen from SmexyBooks. It features interviews with authors, bloggers, and offers “fun peek in to Romancelandia, ie all things romance- books, readers, authors and bloggers.” Recent episodes include conversations with Michelle Mills and Dani Collins.
Scandalicious: Scandal & the Nerd Herd
Scandal and the Nerd Herd is a Scandalicious Podcast, and is one of the shows that prompted this entry. I hadn’t realized Scandalicious had a podcast, but do they ever! Listed as a “weekly discussion of current events in the romance book world,” they’ve discussed specific books they’ve loved, and done a series of Fuck, Marry, Kill challenges for both heroes and heroines.
This is Love Podcast
This is Love is a new podcast from the creators of the Criminal podcast, and it’s all about, well, love. While not every episode is about romance fiction, many of them are, as they say, relevant to our interests.
Of particular note: Episode 3 – There’s Always Tomorrow, which features Brenda Jackson. Get tissues ready.
The Top to BOTM Podcast
The Top to BOTM Podcast is a m/m romance bookclub show. It “celebrates the M/M romance genre across books, yaoi, comics, video games, and more! At the Top of the month, we will discuss the various goings on of the genre and announce our Book Of The Month. At the BOTM, we will discuss our book pick at length.” I love podcasts that host regular book club discussions. They’re SO much fun.
Too Stupid To Live
Too Stupid to Live is a podcast that focuses on audio reviews of cheap romance novels that cost $5 or less. (BRILLIANT CONCEPT AHOY.) Host Becky Feldman and her guests have covered contemporary, erotic, historical, and fantasy romances so far. Thanks again to Kat Mayo for the tip on this one!
When In Romance Podcast
When in Romance is a new biweekly podcast from BookRiot hosted by Trisha Brown and Jessica Pryde that focuses on major issues in the genre, including consent and sexuality, while also looking at current events like the RT awards.
Whoa!Mance is a podcast about “bodice busters, feminism, satin sheets, beefy Scotsman, tender feelings and–most of all–romance novels.” They’ve got episodes that examine classics from Judith Ivory and books from Tessa Dare and Nora Roberts, too.
The Wicked Wallflowers Club
The Wicked Wallflowers Club, with Jenny Nordback and Sarah Hawley, which was recently featured in EW’s Must List — way to go!
They’ve got some terrific interviews, including this one with Alisha Rai, which happened because she was sitting behind them in The Ripped Bodice. Surprise!
Women With Books
Women With Books is a podcast hosted by Lindsay Emory and features a different author interview with each episode. She’s chatted with Alyssa Cole, Jasmine Guillory, Alexis Daria and more. The show is all about “genre fiction for, by, and about women.”
XOXO After Dark
XOXO After Dark is a podcast from Simon & Schuster which focuses on their romance line, and on all things romance. It’s a companion podcast to the XOXO After Dark website. Recent episodes have included an interview with Meredith Duran about faking your own death (!!). I was a guest on episode #6, too. Thanks to Kat Mayo from Book Thingo for the reminder about this one!
Special Episodes Which Focus on Romance
Sometimes cool podcasts talk about romance, which is even more cool! Here are some episodes that focused on our favorite genre:
I was a guest on this episode (Yes, my inner 13 year old still can’t believe it) with Linda Holmes, Petra Mayer, and Barrie Hardymon talking all about romance fiction. This episode was so much fun to record.
This is the podcast from my local library, the Montgomery County Public Library, and their February 2018 episode was all about romance recommendations. YAY! Find it on their site, on iTunes, or on Stitcher. (And thanks, y’all, for being truly excellent libraries!)
It’s Unladylike is a podcast from Australia about women and writing, hosted by librarian and educator Adele Walsh (whom I have met and who is most awesome) and writer and educator Kelly Gardiner. This episode features Tessa Dare, and was recorded at the RomanticTimes BookLovers Convention in Las Vegas.
Thanks to Kat Mayo for the heads up on this one – in Episode 20, Anna Campbell and Kylie Scott talk kissing, “spirited heroines, suspense, banter, intellectual equality, drama, subtext, laughter, sexual tension, feminism, tropes, and happy endings.”
From Kat Mayo: “From the Lighthouse, a podcast by the Department of English at Macquarie University, has done a few romance-related episodes (mainly related to Austen and Heyer).” AWESOME! In this episode, Dr Hsu-Ming Teo joins hosts Dr Stephanie Russo and Dr Michelle Hamadache to talk all things romance fiction.
In this episode, Stephanie and Cristina sit down with Sarah Wendell. Sarah is a writer, blogger and podcaster and chats to us about running her successful romance book blog and podcast. She delves into the workshops she runs on topics such as “Digital Promotion” and “How to Put a Review in Your Rearview Mirror” and, of course, we ask for her romance recommendations.
Writer and blogger Kat Mayo and author and academic Jodi McAlister talk all about romance fiction, and the roles it can play in readers’ lives.
“We’re not just book nerds, we’re Professional Book Nerds® (PBN) who work at OverDrive, the industry-leading app for eBooks and audiobooks through your local library and school.” Awesome! They have a number of archived episodes in their “romance” category, including interviews with authors, including Penny Reid and Deborah Harkness.
There’s often an overlap in YA reading and romance reading, and this podcast might be very much a romance reader’s catnip: “The podcast where grown women read children’s books and then argue about them! Every winner of the Newbery Medal, year by year and decade by decade. We promise that it’s your new favorite book club.”
Ok, what podcasts am I missing? Please drop any recommendations in the comments if you’ve listened to an excellent romance-focused podcast, or podcast episode!