Quickie # 9: Tingle v. Rowling

A certain Jaded Karen has gotten herself into a Harry situation being awful on Twitter, and Chuck Tingle won’t let that stand! On this fourth wall-breaking episode, our hosts read and discuss Tingle’s new novel, “Trans Wizard Harriet Porber and the Bad Boy Parasaurolophus.” It’s got magic, motorcycles, and sex with a dinosaur! Everything you could possibly want from a Tingle novel. And once you’re done listening, go support trans people.


42. Magical Victorian London!

I saw you from across the society ball and I couldn’t help but fall under your spell. So I have to ask: Your manor home or mine? Pick up your petticoats and get out your grimoires, because today we’re doing Magical Victorian London!


For today’s titillating episode that will be the talk of the ton, we read “Firelight (Darkest London Book 1)” by Kristen Callihan and “The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies Book 1)” by K.J. Charles. Our bewitching hosts discuss the perks of seduction in the dark, errant tattoos, and why sometimes – SOMETIMES – you want a flashback.

Firelight (Darkest London Book 1) by Kristen Callihan

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck


The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies Book 1) by K.J. Charles

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

Quickie #8: Black Lives Matter!

On today’s Quickie, we felt the need to break our “No Current Events” rule to share our thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement and the murder of black people at the hands of police across the country. But we’re three white people, so listen to us if you want, but it’s more important to listen to and support black people right now. Below are the organizations and media recommended in this episode to support black lives and black voices.

Organizations:
The Okra Project – www.theokraproject.com/
BreakOUT! – www.youthbreakout.org/
Black Writers Collective – blackwriters.org/

Podcasts/Twitter:
Black Book Releases – twitter.com/blackbkreleases
1619 – NY Times
Minority Corner
2 Dope Queens
Yo, Is This Racist?

Books:
Go read books by black people! Demand it of the algorithms!


41. High School Bad Boys!

The dishes are done, the toys are put away, the kids are asleep….and now it’s time to meet me by your locker – we’re cutting class! Who cares if we get detention? Because today we’re doing high school bad boys! But, like, as a topic. Not actually. Today we read “Resisting the Rebel” by Lisa Brown Roberts, and “Collide” by J. R. Lenk. On this (after school) special episode, our spirited hosts discuss promposals, sex bracelets, and Neil discuss that he was, in fact, a high school bad boy.

Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck


Collide by J. R. Lenk

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

Quickie #7: Still in Quarantine!

We’re still sheltering in place here in the Bay Area, so our health-minded hosts recorded another quickie while we figure out the logistics of recording separately. Neil has an article to share, Claire brings some problematic nonsense from Twitter, and we play a new game! FMKocktail! Neil and Claire name a romance trope and they take turns deciding the perfect boozy beverage to pair with it.

Hope everyone is staying safe and staying healthy!


40. Male Nannies!

The dishes are done, the toys are put away, the kids are asleep….and now it’s time for OUR bedtime conspicuous wink We hope you have some healthy snacks handy, because today we’re reading about male nannies! In this episode we read “The Nanny” by Max Hudson, and “RAFE: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends Book 1)” by Rebekah Weatherspoon. In this nurturing episode, our hosts discuss the horrors of bathtime, what really happens in the locker room, and why even men made out of cardboard deserve better.

The Nanny by Max Hudson

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

RAFE: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends Book 1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

Quickie #6: Quarantine Romance!

Well, we’re sheltering in place and practicing social distancing for the common good, even though it’s very, very hard. Significant others are getting in plenty of quality time together (the quality of that time, according to the internets, is all over the place). But what about the single ladies? All the single ladies! In this episode, Neil and Claire talk about romance (and sex, of course) during the COVID pandemic.

Hope everyone is staying safe and staying healthy!


39. Space Operas!

I’ve come from across the stars to tell you how passionately I love you…. and this isn’t just a warp drive in my pocket! Get your galactic mileage plan ready because we’re doing space operas! Today we read “Reign: A Space Fantasy Romance (Strands of Starfire Book 1)” by May Sage, and “Safe Passage (Black Flag Book 1)” by Rachel Ford. In this epic episode, our hosts discuss: males and females; overprotective robots; and why you shouldn’t date nazis – especially space nazis.

Note: This episode was recorded before the shelter in place order in the Bay Area. So when Claire says go to Books Inc., don’t do that. That’s not what you should be doing. What you should be doing is ordering from them online!

Reign: A Space Fantasy Romance (Strands of Starfire Book 1) by May Sage

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

Safe Passage (Black Flag Book) by Rachel Ford

Claire:

Marry

Neil:

Fuck

LIVE! 2nd Anniversary Show!

Can you believe we’ve been doing this for two years! To celebrate, we did another live show at Books Inc.! On this episode, we have a little “year in review” action, and then we use the VAST knowledge we’ve learned from romance novels to answer your romance advice questions!

Claire’s 2019 Picks

  • An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League Book 1) by Alyssa Cole
  • Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books Book 1) by Gwen Hayes

Neil’s 2019 Picks:

  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • How to Talk to Nice English Girls: A Lesbian Historical Romance by Gretchen Evans

38. Werewolves!

Is that some fur on your tummy, or are you just happy to see me? Let’s get feral because today we’re doing werewolves! On this pheromone-inducing episode, we read “Wolf Signs: Northern Lights Edition (Granite Lake Wolves Book 1)” by Vivian Arend, and “The Midnight Hunt (Midnight Hunters Book 1)” by L.L. Rand. Today, our howling hosts discuss cheesecake, the tired old virgin trope, and how much money werewolves have to spend on pants.

Wolf Signs: Northern Lights Edition (Granite Lake Wolves Book 1) by Vivian Arend

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Heavy Petting on Second Base

The Midnight Hunt (Midnight Hunters Book 1) by L.L. Rand

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Heavy Petting on Second Base