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!

441. Bosoms and Bitches: A NSFW Discussion of Toxic Desire

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It’s a special, extended length episode: Amanda and I are joined by Melody and Erin from the incredibly delightful podcast Heaving Bosoms! I guested on their show and they joined us to return the favor. We read Toxic Desire by Robin Lovett, and we had a LOT to talk about. Spoilers abound! But with forked tongued aliens sporting aphrodisiac venom fangs and gold body armor crash landing on a toxic sex gas planet, that’s not … Continue reading 441. Bosoms and Bitches: A NSFW Discussion of Toxic Desire

440: Laziness Does Not Exist with Dr. Devon Price

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I have been so excited to share this interview. Devon Price is the author of Laziness Does Not Exist, which outlines the three main ways in which “the Laziness Lie” deceives us into denying ourselves rest and care. As I said in my review, this is a book with something for everyone: it addresses historical roots of laziness lie in colonialism and capitalism, and looks at productivity myths, diet culture, gender and sexuality, activism fatigue, … Continue reading 440: Laziness Does Not Exist with Dr. Devon Price

439. Later, 2020! With Shana, Claudia and Carrie

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Shana, Claudia, and Carrie, gather to talk books, re-reading, knitting, comfort reading, switching genres, books set in California, figuring out what books are five star reads, and the different ways to be kickass. Happy New Year, and thanks for listening!

438. Later, 2020! With Kiki and Amanda

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We are still gathering in groups across many time zones to say goodbye to 2020, and to look back at the books, shows, and other essentials that got us through 2020. Bad internet in South Africa got in the way of Lara joining us, but she sent a question for Amanda, Kiki, and me to answer. We talk about nonfiction that made us cry-laugh, audiobooks, TikTok, puzzles, and Cyberpunk clothing glitches. Side trips include depression, … Continue reading 438. Later, 2020! With Kiki and Amanda

437. Farewell 2020 With Catherine Heloise, Sneezy and Maya

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The SBTB team is still gathering in groups across many time zones to say goodbye to 2020, and to look back at the books, shows, and other essentials that got us through 2020. In this episode, Catherine Heloise joins us from Melbourne Australia, Sneezy is in Taiwan, and Maya is in California, and we’re going to cover books, movies, and manga we loved, our favorite tropes, a little bit of discussion on social anxiety, and … Continue reading 437. Farewell 2020 With Catherine Heloise, Sneezy and Maya

436. Saying Goodbye to 2020 With Ellen, Elyse, and Tara!

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The SBTB team is gathering in groups across many time zones to look back at the books, shows, and other essentials that got us through 2020, and to look ahead to 2021. Everyone brings a question to ask, so in this episode, Ellen, Elyse, Tara, and I talk books, Quarantimes, zoom exhaustion, and coping methods – and I stumble upon a potential new, unexplored fanfic. … Looking for a new podcast to try? May I … Continue reading 436. Saying Goodbye to 2020 With Ellen, Elyse, and Tara!

435. Fashion, History, and Romance with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

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We are talking fashion today! My guest today is Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, fashion historian, person behind the @WornOnThisDay Twitter account, and author of the new book The Way We Wed. In her book, she looks at the history of wedding fashion, and at the clothing history of the people surrounding marrying couple. We also talk about why some clothing and the fascination with clothing endures, and what changes the Quarantimes will create for fashion, clothing, and … Continue reading 435. Fashion, History, and Romance with Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

434. Fried Food, Family Drama (and Jazz): Sexy Small Towns with Reese Ryan

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My guest today is Reese Ryan, YouTube host and author of the new book, Second Chance on Cypress Lane. We talk about her book, the levels of food p0rn found inside, and about her career – she released four books in 2020! FOUR! Her books for Harlequin Desire have some gorgeous covers, and her stories have delicious themes across several genres. It’s a really fun conversation. … Music: purple-planet.com

433. Life, Death, Memory, and Immortality: A Conversation with VE Schwab

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Amanda and I are talking with VE Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, a book we both enjoyed tremendously. We talk about the 10-year process of writing it and the power of telling an immortality tale about a person who walks through history as a woman. We touch on queerness, achievement, erasure, representation, and also discuss death, loneliness, grief and immortality. About halfway through we take a deep dive into death rituals … Continue reading 433. Life, Death, Memory, and Immortality: A Conversation with VE Schwab

432. Saving Endangered Animals, Plus Romance: A Conversation with Michelle Hazen

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Michelle Hazen is a romance author and a wildlife tortoise biologist, a semi-nomadic career (the biologist part) (and also the author part) that informs much of her writing. We talk about saving baby animals, writing about trauma, life in the desert doing biologist work, and romance tropes that work really well in the desert. … Music: purple-planet.com … Looking for a podcast to try? Have you checked out Tea & Strumpets? Tea & Strumpets is … Continue reading 432. Saving Endangered Animals, Plus Romance: A Conversation with Michelle Hazen

431. Amanda and Sarah’s Q&A Part Deux: Silly Bugaloo

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We’re back with more questions from our Patreon community! We have questions about books, romance covers, and of course, food. Strong opinions? Yes! Silliness! Also yes! Thank you again to the Patreon community for providing the very silly, very much needed questions. … Music: purple-planet.com

430. A Very Silly Q&A with Amanda and Sarah

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With the help of the Podcast Patreon community, Amanda and I are answering silly questions to help get us all through Hellweek. If you’re like me, and a little stressed/overwhelmed/chin-deep-in-existential-dread, a little silliness goes a long way. So Amanda and I are bringing you a temporary respite with an extremely silly Q&A with half the Patreon’s incredible questions – the other half will be in a future episode. Think The Most Goofy AMA You’ve Ever … Continue reading 430. A Very Silly Q&A with Amanda and Sarah

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