NaNoWriMo 2020: Part 1!

It’s that time of year again! It’s National Novel Writing Month! And to celebrate, Neil and Claire are both attempting to write romance novels! For this first check-in episode of the month, our new novelists check in about how things are going so far, answer some of Christine’s questions, and share passages from what they’ve written so far! Do these catty critics have the chops to write their own romances? Hopefully by the end of November we’ll find out!

If you’re interested in donating to NaNoWriMo or trying your hand at writing a novel (it’s not too late!) then check out their website: https://nanowrimo.org/


47. Haunted Houses

Is that a bump in the night, or are you just happy to see me? Whether it’s the blood oozing out of the walls or the screams of tortured souls trapped between this realm and the next, there’s nothing quite so sexy as a haunted house! Which is why we’re bringing you this extra special, extra spoopy BONUS episode! This time around we read “Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1)” by Karina Halle and “Restless Spirits” by Jordan L. Hawk. On today’s ectoplasmic episode, our haunted hosts discuss sexy seances, spoopy self-esteem issues, and the pros and cons of when the butler did it.

Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle

Neil:

Kill


Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

Neil:

Marry

46. Romance Book Clubs!

Here at FMK were all about opening up our…book covers, and gushing some…feelings. So today we’re doing Romance Book Clubs! To get our blood (and brains) going, we read “The Bromance Book Club” by Lyssa Kay Adams and “Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose Book 1)” by Jack Harmon. In this stimulating episode, our well-read hosts discuss: tearing down the (literal) walls of your relationship; why it’s important to actually tell people that you have a book club; and the sexiest literature of all – feminist manifestos.

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Claire:

Neil:

Marry


Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose Book 1) by Jack Harmon

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Heavy Petting on Second Base

Quickie #11: Election Special!

We try not to get political here at FMKlit, but we just couldn’t help ourselves! But, of course, we’re approaching politics through the most level-headed and straightforward medium: romance! For today’s special Quickie, we read “My Antifa Lover: A Riot of the Heart: Steamy Romance Against Fascism” by Jessica Stranger. Strap in, kids, because this book is as nuts as the current election cycle.


Quickie #10: Interview with a Romance Novel Editor!

Ok, to be fair she’s a former romance novel editor. But we’re still so excited to interview Kristy Lin Billuni, aka The Sexy Grammarian. Our intrepid interviewers probe Kristy about how she found romance, how she became an editor of romance novels, and just how helpful motorcycle enthusiasts are. And of course there’s some FMK! Kristy is now The Sexy Grammarian, a developmental editor/writing coach, whose specialties include helping new authors grow. So if that’s you, check out her website: sexygrammar.com

Book recommendations:

Fixer by Sally Vedros
Thriving in Sex Work series by Lola Davina
Brown by Nancy Johnson James & Constance Moore
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Polari – The Lost Language of Gay Men (Routledge Studies in Linguistics Book 1) by Paul Baker


45. Say Yes!

Wild adventure? Yes. Steamy sex? Yes! Love? YES! We hope you’re open to new experiences, Listener, because today we’re saying YES! Today we read “Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters Book 1)” by Talia Hibbert, and “Less: A Novel” by Andrew Sean Greer. On this diem-carpeing episode, we discuss getting your date off in public; what happens when a dog eats your suit; and, because it’s been a while, we have the thiccest “Hot and Bothered” ever. Also, we said Yes to a new recording platform (which we’re figuring out), so apologies for some sound quality issues.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters Book 1) by Talia Hibbert

Claire:

Neil:

Marry


Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer

Neil:

Marry

44. Celebrities!

Lights! Camera! Let’s get some action! Put on your designer duds to walk the red carpet of love because today we’re reading about celebrities! Today we read “Somewhere Only We Know” by Maureen Goo and “Something to Talk About” by Meryl Wilsner. On this star-studded episode, our hosts talk the magic of karaoke, romantic business trips to Canada, and why it’s important to know how to drive a scooter.

Somewhere Only We Know by Maureen Goo

Claire:

Marry

Neil:

Marry


Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Claire:

Neil:

Heavy Petting on Second Base