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Alisha Rai

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Episode 118: The Cupcake/Tattoo Problem - Hurts To Love You by Alisha Rai

Whoa!mance: Romance, Feminism, and Ourselves

Is he hot or is he just from the wrong side of the tracks? This week on Whoa!mance we answer "YES" to both while discussing HURTS TO LOVE YOU by ALISHA RAI.Fancy pants Evangeline has been secretly crushing cum app-enabled stalking flannel pants Gabe for years. And now at her family's wedding weekend *cough*regency house party*cough* she is ready to make a move.Is slow burn > sudden burn? How have we landed in the current tattoo vs. cupcake shop spectrum? Is the only difference between historicals and contemporaries how close to the sun we feel reading them? Whats that musty chemical smell in your luxury chalet?Better dye your shoes to match, we're fully committed to this one.Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast NetworkCheck out our website - https://www.whoamancepodcast.com/Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/mance_whoaPeep the 'Gram - https://www.instagram.com/whoamance/


8 Sep 2021

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2 - Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

What Did We Just Read?!

Welcome back to What Did We Just Read?! After last week's intense thriller, Maya and Justin were super excited to switch gears and read Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai. Girl Gone Viral is a sweet and steamy romance novel about a former model trying to keep her identity private after a failed meet cute goes viral. Lucky for our heroine, she's got a great support system, including the hot bodyguard whose eyebrows she wants to kiss. Join us as we ramble about the Do's and Don'ts of shipping real people (Don't), falling in love with dogs immediately (Do), and the best phrases to describe the birds and bees (dealer's choice).

1hr 53mins

25 May 2021

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First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

Buddy Read Podcast

Join your co-hosts, Kim and Nia as we review First Comes Like by Alisha Rai! Believe it or not, this isn't our first Alisha Rai book. But will it be our last? Tune in to hear all of our thoughts on this fake dating romance!  And as always, remember to follow us on Instagram, for all of our latest updates!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app


29 Apr 2021

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Ep. 182 - Band Baaja Baaraat with Alisha Rai!

Heaving Bosoms: A Romance Novel Podcast

Alisha Rai is here to usher us into a Bollywood obsession! Band Baaja Baaraat is the perfect first-timer's movie. Two college kids decide to start a wedding planning business together with one condition: don't fall in love! Countless amazing montages, songs, dance numbers, and slow-motion-walks later, IT'S A GORGEOUS HEA!!! Alisha also told us all about her newest release First Comes Like, which is the final book in her Modern Love series AND the exciting projects she's working on now! It's a must-listen.  Follow Alisha on all the socials Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok Subscribe! Rate! Review! Tell all your friends :) Get more content on PATREON MERCH! Teepublic, Chicaloo Kate, Redbubble And follow our socials:  Instagram: @heavingbosoms Twitter: @heaving_bosoms Facebook Patreon Shout Out:  Samantha D, you are Lampetia, an ancient Greek goddess who was the daughter of Helios and Neaera. You are the physical personification of light and positivity. You have a special soft spot for animals, and you were put in charge of guarding livestock. When Odysseus did some bullshit to your animals that we won't talk about, you threatened to take all the light to the underworld. And you know what? He didn't pull that shit again. But, hey girl, just between us, we've read some stuff about Hades, and taking a trip to the underworld might not be a bad idea just generally. 

1hr 33mins

29 Mar 2021

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4. First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

ARC Nemesis

The fourth episode of ARC Nemesis is a review of the 2021 Romance Novel by Alisha Rai, First Comes Like. Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Feb 2021

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Episode 252 How to Write a Post-Covid Romance with Alisha Rai


Alisha Rai writes fun, joyful contemporary romances about smart, mature people who still struggle to find love. And by mature, we don’t mean old—I mean, these characters make good choices and try to understand themselves and other people, but it’s still not easy.We talk about those character choices, but before we dig in, we discuss Alisha’s decision to set her current book, First Comes Like, in a post-Covid world with special attention to what it’s going to be like as we emerge from a period of loneliness and loss—and still write a funny, entertaining, diverting romance. #AmReadingKJ: First Comes Like by Alisha RaiSarina: Sweetheart by Sarah MayberryAlisha: Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha SnyderSecond First Impressions by Sally ThorneLove at First by Kate ClaybornFind Alisha:On Twitter: @AlishaRaiOn Instagram: @AlishaRaiWritesOn TikTok: @TheRealAlishaRaiWish you had someone to discuss settings and characters and possible post-Covid worlds with as you work on your current project? Or do you wish you could be that sounding board for other writers? Our sponsor, Author Accelerator, can help you find a book coach or become one. Find out more at authoraccelerator.com and bookcoaches.com/amwriting. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at amwriting.substack.com/subscribe


26 Feb 2021

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First Comes Like: Book By Alisha Rai - Book Review Podcast

GoBookMart Book Reviews

First Comes Like: Book By Alisha Rai The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes... website : https://gobookmart.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gobookmart-review/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gobookmart-review/support


22 Feb 2021

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Alisha Rai & "First Comes Like': Complicated Conversations Series

Pop Fiction Women

We welcome Alisha Rai to discuss the latest novel in her “Modern Love” series, FIRST COMES LIKE, which is a feel-good romance novel about a fauxmance turned relationship between a beauty influencer and a Bollywood star. ** Alisha tells us about the time she went viral after a tweet regarding a bad date and two cake pops! Thankfully Valentine’s Day has taken a turn for the positive for her these days! (01:43) ** Alisha’s social media presence is next level but that comes with a price sometimes. We were interested in how she strikes the balance and protects her mental health while still engaging with comments and followers. (05:26) ** We discuss Jia, the complicated heroine of First Comes Like, and how being “too much” and “alot” is exactly what she wanted to celebrate in her character.  (08:46) ** The fauxmance turned romance trope is one of our favorites and clearly it is for Alisha too. We discuss why she loves it and then discuss Bridgerton and whether this means we will get more romance novels adapted for the screen. (10:48) ** Alisha explains why happiness is subversive and how it is harder to write a happy ending than a tragic one. (13:53) ** We talk to a lot of lawyers turned authors and loved to hear how Alisha went from being an attorney to writing romance novels and why she intentionally keeps her toes in both pools. (15:53) ** The characters in First Comes Like subvert traditional gender roles and Alisha shares why it is so important to reflect how humans appear in the real world.  (18:08) ** Alisha tells us about her writing process and how the pandemic and falling in love has affected her writing experience. (20:31) ** Alisha is a true Gemini, demonstrating her duality at every turn, and we nerd out about astrology with her! (24:45) ** Alisha shares what she is loving right now in books and TV. She also shares news of her next book! (29:10) Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @popfictionwomen and on Twitter @pop_women. To do a full deep dive, check out our website at www.popfictionwomen.com. Stay Complicated! We’ve launched a platform at patreon.com/popfictionwomen to keep making the podcast you love -- and to make it even better. For a one time contribution to support this episode, use venmo @carinn-jade. Thank you for your support and enjoy the show!!


16 Feb 2021

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S03.08: Serving Pleasure by Alisha Rai: He didn't buy curtains, so frankly it's on him.

Fated Mates - A Romance Novel Podcast

This week, we’re talking about a book and author who has given both of us a whole lot of joy — Alisha Rai! We’re reading Serving Pleasure, which is the story of the most relatable of heroines and the outrageously hot painter who moves in next door! Voyeurism, sex positivity and family in romance are all on the table here. We love it. We’re putting read alongs on hold for a bit to spend the next five weeks hanging out with some of our favorite people and talking about books and tropes that give us joy, so we hope you’ll join us and keep a pen handy so you can add to your TBR list as needed!Also! We had our first Fated States phonebanking session with Indivisible.org on Saturday — it was great and we loved seeing so many of your amazing faces! Please join us, fellow Fated Maters, and special guests for Fated States Phonebanking Part 2 this Saturday, October 3rd at 3pm Eastern to call North Carolina! It’s easy, not scary, and there will be prizes!Thank you, as always, for listening! If you are up for leaving a rating or review for the podcast on your podcasting app, we would be very grateful!Fated States!Join us this Saturday, October 3rd at 3pm Eastern to call North Carolina on behalf of Biden/Harris and Cal Cunningham! It’s easy, not scary, and there will be prizes! Sign up at the link, watch the video, and come hang out!Remember: "Despair is not a strategy."Call Your Senators. Tell them you want "the McConnell Rule" enforced.Donate Donate Donate (if you can). We're thrilled to support "Get Mitch or Die Trying" via ActBlue -- donations to this are immediately split evenly between Senate candidates in electionsText bankPhone bankWrite postcardsVote early by mail if you are planning to vote by mail. Be sure to check that your ballot has all the correct information, and is returned accorting to the instructions (this goes double for people in NYCand Pennsylvania).Vote early in person if your state has early voting.Stay fired up!Show NotesIt was March of 2015 (a kinder, gentler time) when Jen first Sarah Wendell talking about Alisha Rai on NPR. Later that summer, Sarah put Serving Pleasure in her Washington Post romance column. It was the first self-published book ever reviewed in the Post.Just this week, Carole Bell wrote about why readers don't pay enough attention to indie and self-published romance for Shondaland.Pregnant people don't actually get the greatest treatment in the workplace, so thanks Akira.Birth order seems like a real thing, but is it?Is it all that great to be an artist's muse?Alisha Rai loves a cute purse.

1hr 9mins

30 Sep 2020

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Episode 137 - Fall Book Preview and Alisha Rai's Girl Gone Viral

Reading the End

The Jennys chat about the Fall 2020 books they're anticipating, then review another romance novel about a viral moment, Girl Gone Viral, by Alisha Rai.


23 Sep 2020