37. American Ladies in England….In the ’20s!

Alright, ladies, it’s time to raise your skirts and bob your hair because we’re heading back to the ’20s! But we can stand this pesky prohibition thing, so we’ll hop across the pond and see if we can’t find some love. All of this to say that we’re doing American ladies in England in the ’20s! (Thanks, Claire). In this roaring episode, we read “How to Talk to Nice English Girls: a lesbian historical romance” by Gretchen Evans, and “Across the Formidable Sea (Laura Elliott-Stratford Book 1)” by Claire M. Laminen. This time our hotsy-totsy hosts discuss gay butlers, stepdads who are actually really nice, and Neil learns that he actually does like some love stories!

How to Talk to Nice English Girls: A Lesbian Historical Romance by Gretchen Evans

Claire:

Marry

Neil:

Heavy Petting on Second Base

Across the Formidable Sea (Laura Elliott-Stratford Book 1) by Claire M. Laminen

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

36. Romance How-To Authors!

Are you hungry for something sweet? Salty? Creamy? Well open up, because today we. They say that those who can’t do, teach. Well we say those who teach, can do, and do so all night long. And we’re putting that to the test, because today we’re discussing novels written by our how-to gurus from episode 35! This time we read “Falling Under (A Falling Under Novel Book 1)” by Gwen Hayes and “Hot Head” by Damon Suede. In this episode, our well-informed hosts discuss psychics in drag, kindhearted and very professional porn producers, and Claire learns something that definitely doesn’t work for her in bed. Quick note, we did record this episode before our RWA episode, because you know we would’ve talked about it had we known!

Falling Under (A Falling Under Novel Book 1) by Gwen Hayes

Claire:

Heavy Petting on Second Base

Neil:

Heavy Petting on Second Base


Hot Head by Damon Suede

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

Quickie #5: Breaking News at the RWA!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled episode to bring you breaking news from the Romance Writers of America! In this not so quick quickie, Claire updates us on the scandal that is rocking the romance world, and Neil discusses Chuck Tingle’s literary critic of the whole affair: “Not Pounded By Romance Wranglers Of America Because Their New Leadership Is From The Depths Of The Endless Cosmic Void” So strap in, because things are about to get crazy! (And, spoilers, a little racist).

Articles Cited:

Claire Ryan’s Timeline
Laura Vivanco’s write up on Corporate Buyer
Suzan Tisdale’s Video Response
“Fifty Shades of White” – The Guardian, April 2019
“What Happened?” – Vox, December 2019
“President and Executive Director Resign” – Publisher’s Weekly, January 2020
“The Leaders Have Resigned” – LitHub
Suzan Brokmann’s Acceptance Speech
Sue Grimshaw’s Award (Read the comments)


BONUS:
We didn’t talk about this in the podcast but it’s worth looking at.

“The Ten Most Bonker’s Moments from this Damon Suede Interview”


35. Romance How-To Guides!

Hello, lover. We’re going to teach you the ways of love……-driven novels. Because today we’re reading romance how-to guides! On this education episode, we read “Verbalize: bring stories to life & life to stories (live wire writer guides)” by Damon Suede and “Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books Book 1)” by Gwen Hayes. Our hosts discuss linguistics, the epic battle of Plotters vs. Pantsers, and Christine has a shocking revelation about Chuck Tingle!

Verbalize: Bring Stories to Life & Life to Stories by Damon Suede

Claire:

Marry

Neil:

Marry

Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books Book 1) by Gwen Hayes

Claire:

Marry

Neil:

Marry

LIVE SHOW! Interview with Casey McQuiston

That’s right, kids, a live show! This is the recording of our live show on 11/15/2019 at Books Inc. Laurel Heights in San Francisco with special guest co-host Meg Trowbridge of Vicious Cycle! We interviewed fabulous author Casey McQuiston about her book “Red, White, and Royal Blue.” It was a fantastic time and we’re so thankful to both Casey and Books, Inc. Sadly, the audio didn’t really pick up the audience questions, so those are summarized below:

1) What are some of the scenes that ended up being cut?
2) What was the research process like for researching Texas? (asked by a gay guy who was born in London and grew up in Texas, so obviously this book is about him)
3) This book is really inclusive in that it portrays characters of various ethnicities and sexualities. Was that a goal from the offset, or was it a product of the writing process?

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Neil:

Fuck
Marry

34. Chefs!

Are you hungry for something sweet? Salty? Creamy? Well open up, because today we’re doing chefs! On this sinfully delicious episode, we read “Dinner and Dessert” by K. Kretz and “Tasting His Omega: A Mapleville Celebrity Chef Novel: MM Non Shifter Alpha/Omega Mpreg (Mapleville Omegas Book 4)” by Lorelei M. Hart and Ophelia Heart. Today our hosts talk about wooing cookies, how easy it is to go from working at The Macaroni Grill to owning a 5-star restaurant, and Claire tells a story about shit lemons that will make you never want to eat out again.

Dinner and Dessert by K. Kretz

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

Tasting His Omega: A Mapleville Celebrity Chef Novel: MM Non Shifter Alpha/Omega Mpreg (Mapleville Omegas Book 4) by Lorelei M. Hart and Ophelia Heart

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Fuck

33. Drag Queens!

Are you hungry for something sweet? Salty? Creamy? Well open up, because today we. They say that those who can’t do, teach. Well we say those who teach, can do, Ok, queens, it’s time to zhuzh that wig, beat that face, and get out those sparkly fuck me pumps, because today we’re doing drag queens! For this fierce episode, we read “Painted Faces” by L.H. Cosway and “Freak (F-Word Book 2)” by E. Davies. For this little kiki, our hosts spill the tea about: how men can still be entitled assholes, even when they’re in panties; why it’s important to teach your ingenues self-defense; and Claire tries to help Neil with his FMK choices, but he only makes it worse.

Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

Freak (F-Word Book 2) by E. Davies

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

32. European Vacations!

Grab your passport because we’re going to bang in Berlin. We’re going for a romp in Rome. We’re going to get laid in London. We’re going on a European vacation! For our grand tour, we read “French Connection (Club Privé Book 1)” by M.S. Parker, and “Adrift (Cruising Book 1)” by L.A. Witt. On today’s episode, our jetsetting hosts talk about how refreshing it is when characters behave like rational adults, how the foundation for a lasting relationship is murder, and then they go rogue! There’s an extra FMK!!

French Connection (Club Privé Book 1) by M.S. Parker

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


Adrift (Cruising Book 1) by L.A. Witt

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

31. Wedding Planners!

Caterers? Check! Floral arrangement? Check! Getting in your pants? Double check! We’re back, and we’re doing wedding planners! Like, literally DOING wedding planners! On this highly coordinated episode, we read “Legally Wed” by Rick R. Reed and “Amalfi Coast: A Bad Boy International Romance (Entangle Me Book 2)”. Today, our hosts discuss fur babies, caramel-flavored labia, and Neil pitches an idea of Chuck Tingle.

Legally Wed by Rick R. Reed

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

Amalfi Coast: A Bad Boy International Romance (Entangle Me Book 2) by Maggie Way

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

30. Fairies!

Not all fairy tails have happy endings. But they sure are sexy! Which works out great for us, because today we’re doing Fairies! This time we read “The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air Book 1)” by Holly Black and “Poison Kiss (Earthside Book 1)” by Ana Mardoll. On this puckish episode, there is finally court intrigue we all deserve, our hosts give lots of keeeeesses, and we have an amazing Christine-related surprise!

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air Book 1) by Holly Black

Claire:

Marry

Neil:

Marry

Poison Kiss (Earthside Book 1) by Ana Mardoll

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Heavy Petting on Second Base