In the words of a spam comment, we have some nice and valuable content! Amanda and I are catching up. What are we talking about? Shoes we are trying to break in, video games we are playing, and all the books we’ve been reading this summer! Amanda’s into sci-fi mysteries, and I’ve read a whole bunch of different genres. Grab a beverage and come visit with us! What about you? What books have rocked your … Continue reading 523. Summer Reading (and Shoe) Recs with Amanda
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.
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Agatha Andrews is the host of the She Wore Black podcast which focuses on gothic and horror, and a former librarian. I was a guest on her show, and now she comes over to visit with me! Horror and romance need to hang out. So we did! We talk about readers advisory, all the ways to connect books to readers, and then we take a deep dive into the books that rocked her world as … Continue reading 522. Five Books that Rocked my World with Agatha Andrews from She Wore Black Podcast
Let’s talk historical heist romances! Erica Ridley joins me to talk about her newest book, Nobody’s Princess, the latest in her Winchester series, which she describes as putting “Umbrella Academy, Oceans 11, and Batman in a blender and pouring out romantic comedy,” or, “Heists that Bang.” Music: purple-planet.com
Julie Garwood’s latest book, Grace Under Fire, is out now, and I got to chat with her about her writing career, her process, and writing historicals and romantic suspense. Grab a snack and a beverage and come visit with one of the authors I admire most. (No, my inner 13 year old was not chill. Not even a little.) … Music: Purple-planet.com Thank you to Julie Garwood, and thank you to Stephanie Felty for setting … Continue reading 520. Telling Stories with Julie Garwood
Danielle Jackson’s new book, The Accidental Pinup, is out now, and I bet you’ve seen the cover in many, many places. It’s terrific. Danielle and I chat about her book, what happened when she saw the cover, and about every professional role she’s had within publishing. She’s been a publicist – she was my publicist for one of my books! She’s also a bookseller, and now she’s an author. So her perspective on the book … Continue reading 519. Publicist, Bookseller, and Author Danielle Jackson
Sonali Dev has some very big news! Her upcoming book, The Vibrant Years, is one of the debut titles of Mindy Kaling’s new imprint, Mindy’s Book Studio. So we talk and squee and talk some more about Kaling’s work, about The Vibrant Years, and what Mindy’s Book Studio means for her new book. Has she texted Mindy yet? I will ask! We also talk about her recent interview in Town & Country magazine, and what … Continue reading 518. Celebrating Big Happy News with Sonali Dev
Sutanya Dacres is a podcaster whose new memoir, Dinner for One: How Cooking in Paris Saved Me, just came out. Her memoir is the story behind her podcast, Dinner for One: she met and married a French man, moved to Paris…and then her marriage didn’t work out. It’s also the story of her staying in Paris, rebuilding her life, and learning to embrace her new home. Her show features Sutanya cooking dinner for one while … Continue reading 517. Rebuilding Your Life Over Dinner for One, with Sutanya Dacres
Dr. Perpetua Neo is a psychologist and author of the new book, This is What Matters: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Identifying Your Values, Priorities, and Path Forward after a Crisis. I’ve been reading and working through the journaling prompts, and wanted to interview her to talk about the origins of this workbook, and her practice working with people. This is What Matters is a series of questions and prompts to help people with post-traumatic growth … Continue reading 516. This is What Matters, with Dr. Perpetua Neo
ELissa Sussman joins me to talk about her book, Funny You Should Ask, and about: Writing a horny heroine’s POV Dual timelines Celebrity profiles Life as a celebrity and managing a fandom Things that do, and do not twitch Elissa is an extremely fluent fan of the romance genre, and we talk a lot about romance conventions we love and loathe, and what it means to subvert and undermine some very familiar dynamics, characters, and … Continue reading 515. Celebrity Romance and Juicy Narratives with Elissa Sussman
Denise Williams is a contemporary romance author with several books coming out this year including a series of audio-first novellas set in an airport, beginning with The Love Connection. She is also releasing her third novel, Do You Take This Man. Denise is also a wedding officiant! So we are going to talk about the process of uniting people in matrimony, what she loves most, and making the event meaningful for the people who are … Continue reading 514. Officiating the HEA with Denise Williams
Shana McDavis-Conway is a social change consultant, activist, and a reviewer at this here website! She recently published an article, “Self-conscious, unapologetic, and straight: fat protagonists in romantic fiction” in the journal Fat Studies, and she’s written about fat rep in romance for SBTB a few times, too. We talk about the evolution of fat characters in romance, what’s changing, and then Shana shares the romances that made her a romance reader – and the … Continue reading 513. Fat Representation and Recommendations with Shana McDavis-Conway
Laura Hankin is the author of Happy And You Know It, A Special Place for Women, and the upcoming book The Daydreams. The paperback of A Special Place for Women is out on May 24th, and as I learned is being adapted for film, too! We talk about the book-to-film adaptation process, and then we take a deep dive into secret societies, exclusive clubs, and how they work (or don’t). We also take a side … Continue reading 512. Secret Clubs and Exclusive Spaces with Laura Hankin