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!

495. Fearless Knitting and Writing with Vanessa North

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I follow Vanessa North on Instagram and after she posted a picture of her first completed project of 2022, I had to talk to her about knitting. So of course we also talk about gender, crafting, raising fearless trans teenagers, photography, and writing romance. Plus book recs, as always. LPT: Always Buy Extra Buttons! … Music: purple-planet.com

494. Tubthumping with Anxiety, and More New Year’s Wishes!

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Amanda and I catch up on her “lots of things to look forward to” plan, which now includes things that were done! We talk about anxiety, therapy, angsty books, trimming your own bangs, and we have book and video game recs, plus new year’s wishes from Elyse, Pudding, and Jane B! Do you like angsty books? Are there books that help you feel things cathartically? … Music: purple-planet.com  

493. Sweet Dreams Romance Recap: Green Eyes by Suzanne Rand

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Time to deep dive into another classic YA Romance: Sweet Dreams #7, Green Eyes by Suzanne Rand. Julie has a problem with the green-eyed monster, and it lasts for a lot of pages. We’ve got: Insecure teenagers Swim team! Yet Another Teen Hangout with a Fun Name Just Talk to Each Other for Goodness’ Sake Join me as I struggle. Seriously, it’ll be fun. NB: I misread “Chip” as “Chuck” but they’re the same person. … Continue reading 493. Sweet Dreams Romance Recap: Green Eyes by Suzanne Rand

492. Squeeing About Fandoms and Feels with Olivia Dade

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My guest this week is Olivia Dade! We had such a good time talking about fan supercuts, watching shows through gifsets, Game of Thrones spoilers, writing characters with ADHD and learning disabilities. Highlight: we discover a vintage ship we have in common and we exclaim at each other. Thank you to Rachel, Alanna, and Kelly from the Patreon community! … Music: purple-planet.com

491. Book Recs, Wishes, and Jokes: Farewell to 2021, and Wishes for 2022

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Amanda and I are saying goodbye to 2021, and looking ahead to 2022! We talk about exciting things coming in January, including the 17th anniversary of Smart Bitches, plus we talk about books that got us through 2021. Super bonus: we’ve got messages from Tara, Catherine, Sneezy, and Martin who have book recs, wishes for the new year, and lots and lots of jokes. This episode is our New Year’s wish for you: stay safe … Continue reading 491. Book Recs, Wishes, and Jokes: Farewell to 2021, and Wishes for 2022

490. Sweet Dreams Romance Recap: California Girl by Janet Quin-Harkin

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It’s time to recap Sweet Dreams #6, California Girl by Janet Quin-Harkin, also known as Rhys Bowen! Jennie is a swimmer with her eyes on the Olympics, and Mark is a grumpy loner on crutches who sketches Jennie one day in the cafeteria. We’ve got: Overbearing sports parents Snark about Texas drivers Homesickness Lots and lots of swimming Learning to set boundaries Dreamy grumpy artist hero! Alas, CW/TW for ableist language and anti-fat bias in … Continue reading 490. Sweet Dreams Romance Recap: California Girl by Janet Quin-Harkin

489. Archangel’s Light with Nalini Singh

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My guest this week is Nalini Singh! I have reader questions from our Patreon community and publicist and past podcast guest Erin Galloway about Archangel’s Light, Nalini’s latest release. We cover writing multiple series at the same time. We also talk about fan art, which she absolutely loves, and about reading slumps – and how to escape them. Thank you to Ann, C, Varian, and Erin for the questions!

488. Sweet Dreams Recap: Little Sister by Yvonne Greene

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This week, we have lots to talk about! First, some of y’all wrote fantastic epilogues to the very unsatisfying ending of Princess Amy, recapped in episode 486, and I share my ideas, too. Then, it’s time for Sweet Dreams 5, Little Sister. We’ve got: Big Misunderstandings Plot Points that were in the cover copy so they’re not that dramatic Snarky sister fights Really loving and supportive, thoughtful parents And Drama Kids! Lots of ‘em! Thank … Continue reading 488. Sweet Dreams Recap: Little Sister by Yvonne Greene

487. The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton with Julia Quinn

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Julia Quinn joins me to talk about The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton, a new release collecting quotes about the different characters, plus new commentary from Lady Whistledown. We talk about picking up Lady W’s pen after 20 years, looking back on the original series, her most embarrassing moment from high school, and the joyful romance fans in Brazil. At about 42:00 in, we talk about her recent loss of her father and sister. Thank … Continue reading 487. The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton with Julia Quinn

486. Sweet Dreams Recap: Princess Amy by Melinda Pollowitz

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This is a weird one, y’all. We’re taking a trip back to the early 80s where fiction for teens and pre-teens came with some awful, upsetting messaging, but also some fantastic clothing choices, some excellent descriptions of weird children’s birthday parties, a cute boy and a very good dog. It’s Princess Amy by Melinda Pollowitz! I figured I’d probably have to issue some warnings at some point, re-reading vintage YA, so here we are. TW/CW: assault, jerkward rich … Continue reading 486. Sweet Dreams Recap: Princess Amy by Melinda Pollowitz

485. BONUS! Romance in Games at Talking Simulator

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Hey, y’all! A special treat bonus episode for your American holiday week needs. Yup, there will be a regularly-scheduled episode on Friday, but here’s an extra treat! I was a guest on Talking Simulator discussing…romance in video games. Isn’t it weird when a topic puts itself in front of you so many times? Here’s the description and transcript from host Jordan Webber. Enjoy! … Sarah Wendell is the co-founder of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, a website … Continue reading 485. BONUS! Romance in Games at Talking Simulator

484. The After Party with AC Arthur

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AC Arthur’s new book The After Party is out, and she joins me to talk about all things friendship, cocktails, murder, revenge, and more. Because it was inspired by the movie 9 to 5, we deep dive into revenge on bad bosses and movie nostalgia, too. … Music: purple-planet.com

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