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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
421. Love Will Get You Through: Reader Letters To Beverly Jenkins
Ms. Bev is back! Today my guest is the inestimable Beverly Jenkins, which is always a fun conversation. Recently she tweeted about reader letters and reader mail, and she was kind enough to pull some from her archives (of course she keeps all of them!) to read and share with us. There are some that are incredible, and some that are rather shocking. And some might make you a little sniffly, so get a tissue. If you need a warm hug of an episode, this ought to do it.
To quote Ms. Bev, “Romance is so amazing.”
Thanks to Tammy for this week's terrible joke!
420. When No One Is Watching, with Alyssa Cole
Alyssa Cole is back on the podcast, this time to talk about the release of When No One is Watching, which is out on September 1. We also talk about her speech at the Chicago North Spring Fling, and hosting online events for Date Night with Loyalty Books. Plus, you’ll hear roosters. Lots of roosters.
TW/CW: discussion of racist garbage people, and the awfulness of history for Indigenous and Black Americans.
419. Language, Art, and Contemporary Romance with Alexis Daria
Today my guest is award-winning author Alexis Daria. We talk about a little of everything, including graphic design, art, typography, languages, writing, planning, journaling, and of course, her new book, You Had Me at Hola. We also discuss how writing contemporary romance is changing given, well, the contemporary landscape.
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Appreciate the wide range of topics, including a number that I would never have considered. Plus the humor, and the terrible jokes. Thanks, sarah!