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!

582. COVID Bereavement and Activism with Lorelei King

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Lorelei King has been a guest on the show before, and you may recognize her name and her voice from her work in romance audiobook narration. This week, Lorelei joins me to talk about her role as a core participant in the official UK government COVID Inquiry, which begins its second phase on October 3. We also discuss her volunteer work on the COVID Memorial Wall in London. A content warning: We’re talking about COVID, … Continue reading 582. COVID Bereavement and Activism with Lorelei King

581. Death, Candy Corn, and Witches with Amanda and Maria Vale

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 Several years ago, Amanda had coffee with Maria Vale at a conference, and Maria mentioned a book she was working on that sounded really cool. And now, Molly Molloy and the Angel of Death is available to read! So we got together to talk about the book, what it’s like to write something that feels risky, different, and comes with warnings about HEA-expectations. This becomes a conversation about the HEA, how it works, and how … Continue reading 581. Death, Candy Corn, and Witches with Amanda and Maria Vale

580. Stop and Look at the Stars, with Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I had a whopping good time talking with Jennifer Armentrout about her new book, Fall of Ruin and Wrath, about ApollyCon – which is now almost 10 years old! We’re going to talk about the behind the scenes of ApollyCon, her launch title for the new Bramble imprint of fantasy romance, plus she takes questions from some of you about disability advocacy, living with a visual impairment, and what changes she’s seen in publishing. Music: … Continue reading 580. Stop and Look at the Stars, with Jennifer L. Armentrout

579. Punk Rock Writing with Chuck Tingle

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Dr. Chuck Tingle is back! My episode with Chuck Tingle from 2016 remains one of my most popular, and I was very excited to have Chuck back on the show while he was in the middle of his tour for Camp Damascus. We’re going to talk about eliciting joy, proving love, the three most maligned genres and why they’re denigrated, and Chuck’s ever-evolving trot as an artist and a person. Thank you to Caroline Perny … Continue reading 579. Punk Rock Writing with Chuck Tingle

578. Harlem After Midnight with Louise Hare

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Louise Hare is the author of the Canary Club mystery series, and book two, Harlem After Midnight is out this week! Louise joins me to talk about her main character, Lena Aldridge, and how Lena uses every asset at her disposal to navigate both a transatlantic cruise in book one, and Harlem in the 1930s in book two. We also talk about writing in dual timelines and the fun of writing family drama and murder, … Continue reading 578. Harlem After Midnight with Louise Hare

577. Killing Folks with Deanna Raybourn

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Deanna Raybourn is back, and we’re talking about some of the unusual methods used to kill folks in Killers of a Certain Age –and there are mild plot spoilers for that book, please be aware. We also talk about the images she receives from fans of her series, and the larger context of why there’s a sense of catharsis reading about terrible people meeting terrible ends. TW/CW: I mention lice when talking about networks of … Continue reading 577. Killing Folks with Deanna Raybourn

576. BookTok, Hockey Romance, and People as Products with Kayleigh Donaldson

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Pop culture critic and former book blogger Kayleigh Donaldson joins me to talk about BookTok, hockey romance, and the Seattle Kraken. We’re locating this conversation in a larger discussion about fandom, fanfiction about real people, and the ways celebrity culture, fan culture, and romance intersect. I want to mention that we do talk very briefly about Johnny Depp and fandom, and larger issues of misogyny and sexual harrassment. Music: purple-planet.com

575. Dragon Called: Part II of a Heaving Bosoms Crossover

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Time for another Heaving Bosoms Crossover! The first part of this recap of Dragon Called is up this week at Heaving Bosoms, and here for your listening pleasure is part II. I do a quick recap at the start, so no worries. This book, and episode, are both very NSFW though – heads up for that. Important coupon news! To celebrate 5 years of HEAs, Love’s Sweet Arrow is offering Smart Bitches listeners 20% off … Continue reading 575. Dragon Called: Part II of a Heaving Bosoms Crossover

574. Historical Romance with Mimi Matthews

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Mimi Matthews joins me to talk about her latest book, Appointment in Bath, about self publishing historical romance, and about being one of many lawyers who write romance. We also talk about chronic pain and recovery, disability, and the joys of re-reading. Plus, she shares some of her all time favorite historical romances. … Music: Purple-planet.com

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