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Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at SB-TB.com, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying. Learn more at SB-TB.com/Podcast.

Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: Reviews, Interviews, and Discussion About All the Romance Novels You Love to Read Sarah Wendell - Romance Novel Reviewer, Reader, and Author

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Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at SB-TB.com, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying. Learn more at SB-TB.com/Podcast.

    427. Mailboxes to Bonetown: Amanda and Sarah Talk Sex Ratings

    427. Mailboxes to Bonetown: Amanda and Sarah Talk Sex Ratings

    We received an email from Megan, who wanted to know about the possibility of building a rating system for sex in books. TL;DR, we don’t think it’s entirely feasible given how subjective heat levels can be for different readers, but the idea gives us a lot to talk about.

    We also talk about Prime Day this week, my younger child’s bar mitzvah, which was last weekend, virtually, from our backyard, and different levels of friendship.

    What about you? What would your sex rating system look like? What elements would you want to highlight? Think it’s doable? Email us! We love hearing from you.

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    Music: purple-planet.com

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    426. All About Murderbot with Martha Wells

    426. All About Murderbot with Martha Wells

    Today my guest is Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries, one of my absolutely favorite discoveries this year. My inner thirteen year old barely kept it together as we spoke about Murderbot, romance and science fiction, and what she’s currently obsessed with like I’m obsessed with Murderbot.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: we take a deep dive into the plot of the four novellas and Network Effect, so if you haven’t read the series, this may spoil some plot points. We talk about feelings, relationships, and other subjects Murderbot would absolutely hate. 

    Thank you to Pamala, Malia, CHoward, Hannah, Stacey, Angie, and others for the questions and excitement!



    Music: purple-planet.com

    • 55 min
    425. Villainy and Revenge: Deep Diving into Hench with Natalie Zina Walschots

    425. Villainy and Revenge: Deep Diving into Hench with Natalie Zina Walschots

    My guest this week is Natalie Zina Walschots and we are talking about her book, Hench, which you might have seen my review of - spoiler alert, I LOVED it.

    We talk about villainy, hench people, working for terrible people in real life and fantasy, humanizing collateral damage, and the utterly exhilarating catharsis of a satisfying revenge.

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    Music: purple-planet.com

    424. The Duke Who Didn’t: Courtney Milan Answers Your Questions

    424. The Duke Who Didn’t: Courtney Milan Answers Your Questions

    Courtney Milan’s new book The Duke Who Didn’t is out this week, and you had questions! In this conversation, we talk about narrative structure, writing, the impact of conflict, finding joy in the process of creating, and managing the emotional ups and downs of the current hellscape. Special commentary from Pele, and thanks to Amanda, Claudia, Malia, Olivia, Shana, Catherine, Rhode, and Emily for their questions!


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    Music: purple-planet.com

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    423. Vampires and Spicy Blood with Zoraida Córdova and Dhonielle Clayton

    423. Vampires and Spicy Blood with Zoraida Córdova and Dhonielle Clayton

    Today I’m talking with Zoraida Córdova and Dhonielle Clayton, authors, podcasters, and conversational ebullience personified. Zoraida co-edited a new anthology Vampires Never Get Old, and Dhonielle and Zoraida both have stories inside - so we discuss all things vampire. We talk about all the things they’re working on - and there are a LOT of things - and are very honest about business, ambition, needing sleep, podcasting, accountability, and the prospective titles of our autobiographies.

    What’s the title of your future autobiography? What’s your favorite vampire story?

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    Music: purple-planet.com

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    422. More Psychic Pining and Real Psychic Conversations with Amanda!

    422. More Psychic Pining and Real Psychic Conversations with Amanda!

    Amanda’s back with your recommendations for romances psychic pining, plus discussions of making graham crackers, macaroni and cheese and soup. Yes, I will share recipes. Basically we intersperse talking about book recs and talking about food and recipes, with a side trip to psychics having sex.

    Then, remember episode 417 from early August with psychic Carol Cotrell? Amanda made an appointment with her and shares what her experience was like. We talk a little bit about death, regrets, and there’s some crying, so grab a tissue. This part starts at about 22:30 in.

    Thanks to: Kelsey D, Jourdemayne, Katie and Morgan for the recommendations!

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    Looking. for a new podcast to try?

    Check out Not Your Mom's Romance Book Club! Imagine reading your favorite steamy romance novel... with your mom reading over your shoulder. Ellen and her mom set out to do just that with this book club and they want you to join in. It's fun, it's swoony, and it's awkward.

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    Music: Purple-planet.com

    • 58 min

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