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!

407. The Privileges of Being a Rakess with Scarlett Peckham

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Today, I’m talking rakes, rakesses, and historically ferocious women with Scarlett Peckham. We talk about what she calls her feminist primal scream book, The Rakess, about steely steadfast cinnamon roll heroes, and we deep dive into what we love about characters who destabilize and unpeel one another emotionally and, uh, literally. Also: a sneak peek into what’s next in her Sirens series and for the Charlotte Street series! TW/CW: talk about sexual harassment, the price … Continue reading 407. The Privileges of Being a Rakess with Scarlett Peckham

406. The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea: Gender, Pirates and More with Maggie Tokuda-Hall

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Today, Tara and I are speaking with Maggie Tokuda-Hall, author of the new book, The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea, which we loved. We talk about who and what inspired her to write this book, how she explored gender identity among pirates, and the stories that define us. NB: There are incidents of torture and violence in the book, and we mention them during the conversation off and on. … Music: https://www.purple-planet.com  

405. Behind the Scenes in Publicity, Plus Reading Recs with Estelle Hallick from Forever

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Curious about being a publicist for romance? And how publicity is working during the Quarantimes? Today I’m chatting with Estelle Hallick, publicist at Forever. We talk about all the things, and I ask a lot of questions! We also talk about the Hachette walkout, which happened in early March and seems like a year ago. We don’t go into the specifics of the memoir, but look more at what internally led to the walkout, what … Continue reading 405. Behind the Scenes in Publicity, Plus Reading Recs with Estelle Hallick from Forever

404. Cowboy Romcoms and Real Six Packs with Carly Bloom

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Today I’m chatting with author Carly Bloom about writing cowboy romcoms, small communities that include really annoying people, and the reality of ranch life. No one walks around with their shirt open and their abs hanging out. Can you believe that?? We also take a non-spoilery dive into her latest book, Cowboy Come Home, so if you’re looking for your next read, perhaps this will make you happy. We talk a fair bit about her … Continue reading 404. Cowboy Romcoms and Real Six Packs with Carly Bloom

403. Amanda’s Birthday Surprise Pajama Jammy Jam With Christina Lauren and Kristin Dwyer

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This is a silly episode about cake, desserts, and in the middle, a surprise party for Amanda. She thought she was logging in to talk about cake. I surprised her with a virtual pajama birthday party with Christina Lauren and Kristin Dwyer – and a lot of pictures of Adam Driver. Zeb is begging throughout the recording. We talk about cake and desserts. We discuss strange food combos. We’re very silly. We get a super-surprise … Continue reading 403. Amanda’s Birthday Surprise Pajama Jammy Jam With Christina Lauren and Kristin Dwyer

402. Girl Indeed Gone Viral, with Alisha Rai

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Alisha Rai wrote a tweet about cake pops on Valentine’s Day that went holy heckin’ viral. It was on every social media platform. It was on tv. Morning shows spent 3+ minutes debating it. Then jackwagon men’s rights activists on YouTube ranted about it. The cake pops are a metaphor, but the outcome of online virality and that level of exposure is very real, and very difficult. So we talk about what happened, why it … Continue reading 402. Girl Indeed Gone Viral, with Alisha Rai

401. Rewriting the Voice in Your Head: Creation and Inspiration with Dr. Nicole Peeler

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Dr. Nicole Peeler is an author of fantasy, and a professor of popular writing in the Seton Hill MFA in Popular Fiction Writing. We talk about SO MUCH and this is one of those episodes you might listen to a few times because it’s so inspiring and affirming. We discuss writing, confronting genre misconceptions, how one teaches popular writing and romance specifically, and writing your own catnip. Detours include vampires, sewing, hobbies, creativity that isn’t … Continue reading 401. Rewriting the Voice in Your Head: Creation and Inspiration with Dr. Nicole Peeler

400. A Four Podcast Crossover with Mayhem and Jokes

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Several members of the Frolic Podcast Network have gathered for group mayhem and silliness for your collective amusement! Laura von Holt from The Mermaid Podcast had the idea to do a group gathering of mayhem and merriment, so in this episode, we have me, Laura, Kelly from Boobies & Noobies, and Kelsey and Zoë from Tea & Strumpets. We get very silly and invite you to join us. We forget to introduce ourselves. We tell … Continue reading 400. A Four Podcast Crossover with Mayhem and Jokes

399. Bitches Assemble Part III: More Recommendations with Kiki, Catherine Heloise, and Shana

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We are back with Kiki, Catherine Heloise, and Shana from the SBTB team, with recs, good wishes, and…a CHEESE CONUNDRUM. We cover low-angst reads, scientific research, Let’s All Leave the Planet, SkypeSpeare, and CHEESE HULLABALOO. We’re sending you good thoughts and many good book wishes from a safe and acceptable social distance. … Music: https://www.purple-planet.com You can subscribe to Smart Podcast, Trashy Books via your favorite podcatcher app! You can also listen online at Stitcher … Continue reading 399. Bitches Assemble Part III: More Recommendations with Kiki, Catherine Heloise, and Shana

398. Bitches Assemble: Recommendations for Comfort with Sneezy, Ellen, Tara, Maya and Aarya

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Need a break? We are back with some of the SBTB team, who offer more comforting recommendations, and extend their good wishes into the world. This week, Sneezy, Ellen, Maya, Tara, and Aarya want to tell you about new books, old favorites, and some games that are bringing them comfort. We’re sending you good thoughts and many good book wishes from a safe and acceptable social distance. TW/CW: The stress of witnessing global racism during … Continue reading 398. Bitches Assemble: Recommendations for Comfort with Sneezy, Ellen, Tara, Maya and Aarya

397. Bitches Assemble: Recommendations for Comfort with Carrie, Elyse, Lara, Amanda & Sarah

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Need a break? I’m connecting with each of the Smart Bitches writing team from around the world to see how they’re doing, collect some comforting recommendations, and extend their good wishes into the world. Cozy up and join us for part one with Carrie in California, Elyse in Wisconsin, Lara from South Africa, and Amanda and I from Boston and Maryland. We have books to read and re-read, recommendations for resilience, and familiarity, and absolute … Continue reading 397. Bitches Assemble: Recommendations for Comfort with Carrie, Elyse, Lara, Amanda & Sarah

396. Red Lipsticks and Murderous Relations: A Conversation With Deanna Raybourn

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My guest today is Deanna Raybourn, author of the Veronica Speedwell series, described as “Miss Fisher meets Sherlock Holmes.” Yup. Story checks out. We’re talking about her latest book out this week, A Murderous Relation, and about Victorian sleuthing, connections to Schitt’s Creek, recognizing people when you first meet them, and the future of Stoker and Veronica – plus red lipstick and the power of being fully yourself. … Music: https://www.purple-planet.com You can subscribe to … Continue reading 396. Red Lipsticks and Murderous Relations: A Conversation With Deanna Raybourn

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