Today I’m talking with NYT bestselling author Renée Ahdieh about her latest series. The Beautiful is out, and The Damned will be out in a few months – I just received a bound galley and woo, is the cover gorgeous. We talk about writing vampire murder mystery, and writing what she refers to as an “Id book.” We also discuss the empowerment and feminism inherent in becoming consumed by something we love, like a book … Continue reading 393. All Consuming Books, and Vampire Murder Mystery With Renee Ahdieh
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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Happy Valentine’s Day! Amanda and I are chatting about everything from bookstores and trade romance to her Reylo fanfic. Our conversation is inspired by a question from Jasmine, who is part of our Patreon. She wanted to ask us about sci-fi and space romances, and ask for recommendations. Amanda’s much more fluent in space romance than I am, but we absolutely have recs, suggestions, theories about required elements, and potential reasons why space is SO … Continue reading 392. Earth is Garbage, Space is Horny: Sarah & Amanda Look at Space Romance
Welcome to part four and the final episode in my series on RWA: One Month Later. We’ve heard from C Chilove, Laurel Cremant, and Diana Neal, the officers of CIMRWA, from past RWA president HelenKay Dimon, and from Jessie Edwards, Marketing and PR Manager for RWA. Today, I’m speaking with Courtney Milan. There’s a lot to process, and this is a somewhat emotional interview wherein we talk about what happened, her reactions, and what’s next … Continue reading 391. RWA One Month Later, Part IV: A Conversation with Courtney Milan
Welcome to part three of my four-episode series, RWA: One Month Later. Today, we’re hearing from RWA. Jessie Edwards, Marketing and PR Manager for Romance Writers of America, joins me to answer questions about loss of trust, steps being taken to address member concerns, filling leadership positions, and what comes next for RWA, for the national conference, and for the membership. Check your podcast feed tomorrow, February 3, for the other episodes in this series, … Continue reading 390. RWA One Month Later, Part III: Jessie Edwards, Marketing and PR Manager, RWA
Welcome to part two of a special three episode series on RWA: One Month Later. We’ve heard from C Chilove, Laurel Cremant, and Diana Neal, the officers of CIMRWA, and today I’m speaking with RWA past president HelenKay Dimon. I interviewed HelenKay in late September 2019 about the end of her term as president. Now we’re looking back on the past month since the RWA decision against Courtney Milan was released. We cover a lot … Continue reading 389. RWA One Month Later, Part II: A Conversation with HelenKay Dimon
Welcome to episode 388, and the first of a four-episode special event: RWA: One Month Later. I recorded this episode on the 23 of January, one month to the date when a decision from Romance Writers of America was delivered to Courtney Milan informing her that due to an ethics complaint, she was being barred from leadership for her lifetime, and suspended from RWA for one year. If you were online, you might have seen … Continue reading 388. RWA One Month Later: C. Chilove, Laurel Cremant, Diana Neal, The Officers of CIMRWA
A new grandbaby, horrific winters with nine-plus feet of snow, and BOOKS! Recorded in late 2019, Jill Shalvis and I talk about new titles that were about to come out – which are totally out now, so you can grab whatever sounds like your reading catnip. We also talk about her career, beginning with writing category romances, writing single title and now women’s fiction – and how to define the combined elements of a genre. … Continue reading 387. Comfort Food Romantic Comedy: A Conversation with Jill Shalvis
Scarlett Cole and I talk every month or so, when it’s coffee time for me, and tea or G&T time for her, and this time, we recorded one of our conversations about looking back over the past 10 years, and looking ahead to the next ten. So in this episode, we’re talking about setting goals for the new year, the new decade, and “figuring out the cadence that works for you.” Where do you want … Continue reading 386. High Fives and Forget ‘Should:’ Talking Goals and Resolutions with Scarlett Cole
If you need a podcast episode to crack you up, here you go. Today I’m talking with author Tasha L. Harrison about writing in multiple genres, the power of supportive groups of friends and of being one yourself, and about finding the art and creative people around you. If you’re looking for a challenge for your writerly self, we also talk about the genesis of her 20k in 5 Days Challenge, and how she looks … Continue reading 385. Finding Art, And No Damn Bubble Baths: A Conversation with Tasha L. Harrison
Happy New Year! It’s the start of 2020, and the final edition of our look back at 2019’s favorite books. In this episode, Catherine stayed up very, very late at night to talk to me (thank you!) and shares what books were so good this year, she finished them and immediately started over from the beginning. And Claudia shares the books that made her year immeasurably better, and the backlist she’s been savoring. And I … Continue reading 384. Our Favorite Books of the Year, Part Four: Catherine, Claudia and Me
We’re recapping our favorite books that we read in 2019! Amanda and I talk about the loss of my coffee maker and about her favorites of 2019, including how glad she is that there’s more sci-fi romance for her to enjoy, and who is her new favorite historical romance sex puppy hero. Kiki talks about a book that transformed her way of holding her own body safely and gently, and her love of grumpy romances … Continue reading 383. Our Favorite Books of the Year, Part Three: Amanda, Kiki, Ellen & AJ
We’re looking back at our favorite books of the year with the SBTB team with reviewers from around the globe. Shana talks about the books she thought were perfection this year, the pop culture discoveries in romance fiction that she wishes were real, and our appreciation of sewing, embroidery, and other art forms that are often coded as feminine. Sneezy shares the books that she loved most this year, especially those that caused a high … Continue reading 382. Our Favorite Books of the Year, Part Two: Shana, Sneezy, and Aarya