Podcasts

Welcome to Smart Podcast, Trashy Books! Each Friday, I talk with authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians, or combinations thereof, and share the fun and mayhem with you. Frequent topics include romance fiction, the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers, along with a hefty side order of silliness. Plus, we always recommend some books we’re reading and really enjoying.

And speaking of recommendations, are you new to the podcast? Welcome!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, fear not: here are some of our most popular episodes – so far!

Episode 206. Proving Love: An Interview with Dr. Chuck Tingle

Episode 200. The Books That Made Us Romance Readers

Episode 198. Alpha Women, Heroine Friendships, and Paranormal Romance: An Interview with Shelly Laurenston

Episode 229. Romance, Dating, and Very Real Expectations: An Interview with Alisha Rai

And here are our latest episodes so you can join in the fun!

604. Dessert Projects, Romantasy, and Whimsy with Katee Robert

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Katee Robert joins me to talk about her many releases this year, about marketing through Kickstarter and direct-to-reader options like Patreon, and about the foundational books in fantasy and romance that got her started. We also talk about current issues, like Findaway Voices and Spotify’s changes to the terms of service for authors.

603. Romantic Times Rewind: April 2006 Ads and Features!

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We’re traveling back to April 2006 in this month’s RT Rewind! We discuss the evolving cover art for the Immortals After Dark series and style changes in illustrated covers. We also talk about Well water adventures Author photo? MUST be leaning A contest made of author prom photos Many predecessors to GoodReads A book from 1991, promoted in 2006, made into a movie in 2022. And a FULL PAGE of Mr. Romance. When I start … Continue reading 603. Romantic Times Rewind: April 2006 Ads and Features!

602. Foundations of Fantasy Romance with Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Jennifer L. Armentrout joins me to talk about the books she considers the foundation of her fantasy romance reading, and what classical historical romances she adores. Her newest book, Visions of Flesh and Blood is out next week, so we’re looking forward, and back – and way, way back in the past.  We talk about a series she’s paused, and why, and what it means to update a book that doesn’t ‘age well.’  What fantasy … Continue reading 602. Foundations of Fantasy Romance with Jennifer L. Armentrout

601. Romantic Times Rewind: April 2006 Reviews!

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We’re traveling back to April 2006 in this month’s RT Rewind! We take a look at the reviews in this issue and we’ve got some one-star reviews, and curiously paranormal is part of contemporary? It’s weird. Things I initially pronounce wrong: demesne TW/CW: mention of suicide in book reviews, plus snakes and rat infestations. Don’t miss the visual aids! Music: purple-planet.com

600. Life is Too Short to Have Sex You Don’t Like, with Emily Nagoski

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It’s our 600th episode!! Emily Nagoski is back to talk about her new book Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections. We talk about the genesis for this book, which is in part that writing a book is stressful and hard, and while writing Come As You Are, Emily noticed that her own interest in sex was missing. By diving headlong into all the research, she realized that people who sustain … Continue reading 600. Life is Too Short to Have Sex You Don’t Like, with Emily Nagoski

599. Romantic Times Rewind: December 2015 Ads and Features

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We’re traveling back to December 2015 in this month’s RT Rewind, and we’re taking a look at the ads and features in this issue! We’ve got LONG series from Elizabeth Hoyt, Kresley Cole, and Shannon Stacey, plus SWAT team shifters, Navy SEAL Highlanders, and some memories, some not so great, of the 2016 RT convention in Vegas…at the Rio. And then! We have a supplement that only appears in the digital editions of RT at … Continue reading 599. Romantic Times Rewind: December 2015 Ads and Features

598. Historical Romances for Horse Girls with Mimi Matthews

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 Mimi Matthews returns to the show to talk about her latest novel, The Lily of Ludgate Hill, which is the third book in her Belles of London series. Among the major themes of this book? PINING. SO MUCH PINING. Which I love. But this is also a book about grief: characters are pining for what was as much as other characters are pining for what could be. So we talk about grief, loss, hope, and … Continue reading 598. Historical Romances for Horse Girls with Mimi Matthews

597. Romantic Times Rewind: December 2015 Reviews

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We’re traveling back to December 2015 in this month’s RT Rewind! We take a look at the reviews in this issue and along the way talk about audiobook series, historical romance, Jesus by Volume, and the ever-so-small range of grades in each genre. We also take a side trip into JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. You can find the visual aids for this episode right here!

596. Books, Wishes, and Extremely Good (Bad) Jokes with Sneezy, Sandra, Jenna, Lisa, and Shana

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Our final holiday wishes episode – thank you to everyone who makes these episodes such a treat. It’s an honor to connect with all of you! This week, Sneezy, Sandra, Tiffany, Lisa and Shana share recommendations, wishes, and terrible jokes. CW: we start off and end with some talk about anxiety brain gremlins, so FYI. Thank you again for making these episodes so fun! Happy New Year! Music: purple-planet.com

594. Holiday Wishes and Recs from Verity, Elyse, Carrie, and Rich

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More holiday wishes, book recs, TV recs, and bad jokes, with you as my guests! This week, I’m joined by Verity, Elyse, Carrie, and Rich, aka Mr. Elyse, and we talk about So Much Entertainment! Verity and I chat about books, tv, and writing – so if you’re looking for some British tv shows, you’re in a lot of luck. We do start with some critique of the early 2000s language about women, bodies, body … Continue reading 594. Holiday Wishes and Recs from Verity, Elyse, Carrie, and Rich

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