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!

569. Romance in Libraries with Robin Bradford

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Librarian Robin Bradford has a new book: The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Romance! We talk about what reader’s advisory is, and how she teaches libraries to welcome readers looking for romance, and introduce romance to readers who aren’t aware it’s something they like. Robin talks a lot about book covers as marketing devices on Twitter, so of course we talk about the evolution of romance covers, too, plus summer book lists from schools and the … Continue reading 569. Romance in Libraries with Robin Bradford

568. Behind the Scenes at the Ballet, with Melanie Hamrick

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Melanie Hamrick is a former ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre and has just released her debut romance, First Position. So we are talking about ballet, and about balancing – both on your toes, and in career changes. We also cover how much writing and ballet have in common. We are talking about professional ballet, so there is some mention of disordered eating and extreme body consciousness. Music: purple-planet.com

567. Historical Research and Ill Mannered Ladies with Alison Goodman

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Alison Goodman’s new book, The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies is out this week, and you are definitely going to want to read this book – and listen to this episode! We talk about her book, of course, and about writing female-forward action scenes featuring “old maids.” We also talk about her recently completed doctorate, which was in historical fiction research methodology. So come for the Regency spinsters, and stay for the deep dive into … Continue reading 567. Historical Research and Ill Mannered Ladies with Alison Goodman

566. The Blessings of Comfort Reads with KJ Charles

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Recently KJ Charles tweeted about how absolutely devouring the Blessings series by Beverly Jenkins helped “save her sanity during the 2020 lockdown.” So I asked if she’d talk to me about it – and to my surprise this is a popular topic at the moment! She recently did a panel about comfort reading, and I’m really excited to take a look at what makes a comfort read, well, comfy. Plus, we learn what a HFY … Continue reading 566. The Blessings of Comfort Reads with KJ Charles

565. Once More with Feeling, with Elissa Sussman

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Elissa Sussman has a new book, Once More with Feeling, so of course I could not WAIT to have her back to talk about the story, the pop culture inspirations for this novel, and her research methods. We also talk about the way stardom and pop stardom specifically has changed since the early 2000s, and how we’re now examining the way we talked about young women and young people at that time. TW/CW: I want … Continue reading 565. Once More with Feeling, with Elissa Sussman

564. Bunny Aliens in Space: Cover Design with JL Logosz

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 In September of 2022, we snarked a cover, Planet Oster: Fertility Fusion. The cover designer, who is also one half of the writing team behind the series, reached out to me saying that they were unironically flattered that we’d snarked the cover, and asked if I’d like to talk about the process and the behind the scenes of the design work. Of course I said yes. Music: Purple-planet.com

563. A Bookish Random AMA with Amanda!

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You asked questions, and we have answers! We talk about paranormal worldbuilding mysteries, choosing recommendations to introduce folks to romance, and our origin stories – plus the enigma that is Amanda’s ability to remember book details. Thank you to Varian, Norette, Rachel, Elizabeth, Sandra, and Sol for the questions! … Music: purple-planet.com

562. Cover Snark Live: May Bunny Edition

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Amanda and I are back, trying to shock one another, and possibly you, with astonishing covers. We have Easter and bunnies and our latest guess as to what the next monster schtupping romance trend will be! For extra fun, try to imagine what the cover looks like based on our baffled descriptions, then have a look at the show notes to see the cover in question. How close are you to the stunning reality? Music: … Continue reading 562. Cover Snark Live: May Bunny Edition

561. Love and Money with Meredith Goldstein from the Love Letters Podcast

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Meredith Goldstein is the host of the Boston Globe’s Love Letters podcast, and she’s been writing their Love Letters advice column for years. The newest season of Love Letters has arrived, and this season is all about money. We talk about the stories from couples featured in this season, and what she’s learned about love and relationships writing an advice column for so long. And of course, we talk about books, too.  

560. Reading Conundrums & Habits with Amanda

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Amanda and I are answering listener questions about reading when you’re burnt out, saving the last book of a series, and mood reading. We also talk video games, cozy horror especially, and more. Thank you to Agatha, Malaraa, Clay, Ellen, and Abigail for the questions for this episode!  … Coupon! Control Body Odor ANYWHERE with @lumedeodorant and get over 40% off your starter pack with promo code SARAH30 at lumedeodorant.com/SARAH30! #lumepod Music: Purple-planet.com

559. Essentials of Accessibility with Jeff Adams

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Jeff Adams, who you may know as one half of The Big Gay Fiction Podcast, is also a credentialed expert in web accessibility, and he’s co-written a new book, Content for Everyone. This book is for creative people to help ensure that all your online content, from websites to social media posts, is accessible to everyone. We’re going to talk about the top four things you can do to make your web content accessible, and … Continue reading 559. Essentials of Accessibility with Jeff Adams

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