Rom-Coms, Shakespeare and Romances with Melonie Johnson
Wine, Women and Words
Author Melonie Johnson returns to the show and we dive into rom-coms, Shakespeare and romance novels while we discuss her newest book "Too Good to Be Real." *Beware: A non-main storyline spoiler may pop up in conversation.* Be sure to check out our shop on Bookshop.org to be able to help support independent bookstores and this podcast. You can find "Too Good to Be Real" under "Featured Books;" our book of the month, "The Nature of Witches" in our 'Book of the Month' shop.
Let’s Get Out of Here! Escapist Entertainment + Melonie Johnson Interview
The Fresh Fiction Podcast
Gwen has been going to bed at 10:30 consistently this week, and we want to know the secret to this sorcery. Danielle’s debut novel is about to head to copyediting and proofreading, she finished the first draft of her WIP, and she planned TWO parties for her daughter’s upcoming 7th birthday! ESCAPISM Is escapism more about a feeling? Maybe a sense of place? Or is it just watching rich people do a bunch of wild things? We’re not sure, but we do have opinions. Danielle’s Escapist Recs: TV: Bridgerton, Grey’s Anatomy (in particular, the infamous bomb episode) MOVIES: Wes Anderson Movies - The Royal Tenenbaums,The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom. Shout out to the The French Dispatch, which finally premiered at Cannes this year! BOOKS: THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon, PUMPKINHEADS by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce, Sarah MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series Gwen’s Escapist Recs: Opulence: Anything that revolves around insanely rich people, because it is sooo different from my life. I also love watching the pettiness and insecurity money brings to people -- again, not in real life. THE WHITE LOTUS, REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC, DR. DEATH, and FBOY ISLAND Travel/”City as a character”: NYC/LA/Paris as the backdrop for a person discovering themselves. BITTERSWEET, SWEET FILTHY BOY, and food travel shows like David Chang’s BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER Podcasts – WHO?Weekly and EVEN THE RICH Recs from Melonie Johnson Does anyone know why there are so many paintball scenes in rom-coms? (PS There’s one in Melonie’s book, too!!) Our favorrite rom-com movie and book recs! Melonie: When Harry Met Sally, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. Gwen: You’ve Got Mail (but also His Girl Friday and Bringing Up Baby), Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. Danielle: Clueless, The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa. Some things Melonie did early on in her publishing journey to learn about the business: NaNoWriMo, read the Smart Bitches Trashy Books website and listened to the podcast, attended the Chicago-North RWA Spring Fling Conference. Melonie is thrilled about the warm weather and being outside, and listening to audiobooks: GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN by Talia Hibbert and WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce. Look for TOO WRONG TO BE RIGHT, Kat’s book, coming soon! Go to Melonie’s website for more info, follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Reader Group, Instagram, and sign up for her newsletter. Goals/Comfort & Joy Danielle chose a baking project (puff pastry), but will wait to start until it’s not so hot out. She would like to get back into a regular writing routine this week. And she’s been making sun tea on her deck! Gwen has procured her air fryer, but has not found a fried chicken recipe... YET. She wants to keep her work email inbox clean and organized! And spying on her neighbors and seeing/hearing their exploits has brought her much joy this week. Find us on the Socials! Gwen Reyes Twitter Facebook Instagram Danielle Jackson Twitter Instagram Fresh Fiction Twitter Facebook Instagram EventBrite
#390 Author Interview: Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson
What to Read Next Podcast
Today’s author interview is contemporary romance author Melonie Johnson. In this interview, we chat about all things romance, romcom’s meet-cutes, and her latest release Too Good to Be Real. Tune in to hearing Melonie’s romance recommendations. BOOKS RECOMMENDED Johanna Lindsey Nancy Drew Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal Tessa Dare Evie Dunmore Laura Kinsale Lenora Bell Too Good To Be Real by Melonie Johnson Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert CONNECT WITH MELONIE JOHNSON The Writing Lush Instagram Instagram Website SUPPORT THE WHAT TO READ NEXT PODCAST! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Or you can subscribe to the show on Spotify. Spread the love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends FROLIC PODCAST NETWORK What to Read Next Podcast is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to subscribe to at Frolic.media/podcasts! CONNECT WITH LAURA YAMIN WhattoReadNextBlog.com
USA Today best-selling author Melonie Johnson, aka #thewritinglush, is this week’s guest! We talk about writing taboo topics, what it’s like to narrate your own books, and the impracticalities of having sex on a horse (or in a Papasan chair). Get your ears ready. This is a fun one! Find Melonie on the internet onWebsite: https://meloniejohnson.com/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18305208.Melonie_Johnson BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/melonie-johnson Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelonieWrites Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelonieJohnson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meloniejohnson/ And on Instagram as The Writing Lush: https://www.instagram.com/thewritinglush/And don't forget to grab a copy of her latest book, Too Good To Be Real!
Welcome to Romance Happy Hour! Hostesses Dawn Luedecke & Dylann Crush chat with romance authors Sonali Dev & Melonie Johnson. This episode was recorded on July 22, 2021. To find out more about Romance Happy Hour and sign up for our newsletter, visit our website at: https://www.romancehappyhour.com/. Or our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceHappyHour. To learn more about Dawn Luedecke: https://www.dawnluedeckebooks.com/ Dylann Crush: http://dylanncrush.com/ And to learn more about our featured authors: https://www.romancehappyhour.com/category/authors. Take us with you wherever you go by subscribing to the Romance Happy Hour podcast at your favorite podcast app! If you enjoyed the show, please consider leaving a review… we’d appreciate it! Thanks for joining us and we hope you’ll come back next time! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Season 5 Ep. 96 | Melonie Johnson | Mastering the Meet Cute | 7-14-21
FORward Radio program archives
Today we chat with author Melonie Johnson. She is the author of the “Sometimes in Love” romance series but her newest release which hit bookstores last week is a little bit of a departure; it is a romantic comedy called “Too Good To Be Real”. Melonie said she strived to write something light and fluffy that would take her and other people’s minds off the hard year that was 2020 and the pandemic. She wanted to make readers laugh. And as you will see as you listen, we laugh a lot in this interview. Before becoming a full-time writer, Melonie was a high school English teacher, a stay at home mom, and the founder of a children's theater company. But then she tried her hand at writing during NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month with a mom’s group in her area and enjoyed the process. Now she takes her love of romance novels that she has had since age 10 and funnels it into her novels and her romance facebook group, The Reading Lushes.Books Mentioned in this Episode:1- "Too Good to Be Real" by Melonie Johnson2- "Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less" by Leidy Klotz3- Various series by Johanna Lindsey4- Sunfire romance series5- "Austenland" by Shannon Hale6- "Leave the World Behind" by Rumaan Alam (audiobook)7- "Hang the Moon" by Alexandria Bellefleur8- "Flowers From the Storm" by Laura Kinsale9- "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride" by Cary Elwes (audiobook)10- "Daisy Jones & the Six" by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook)11- Sense and Sensbility: The Screenplay and Diaries by Emma ThompsonMovies mentioned--1- Austenland 2-Sleepless in Seattle3- 10 Things I Hate About You4- Set It Up5- The Princess Bride6- Star WarsPodcasts mentioned--1- Whoa!-mance
Season 5 Ep. 96 Mastering the Meet Cute with guest Melonie Johnson 7-14-21
The Perks Of Being A Book Lover Podcast
Today we chat with author Melonie Johnson. She is the author of the “Sometimes in Love” romance series but her newest release which hit bookstores last week is a little bit of a departure; it is a romantic comedy called Too Good To Be Real. Melonie said she strived to write something light and fluffy that would take her and other people’s minds off the hard year that was 2020 and the pandemic. She wanted to make readers laugh. And as you will see as you listen, we laugh a lot in this interview. Before becoming a full-time writer, Melonie was a high school English teacher, a stay at home mom, and the founder of a children's theater company. But then she tried her hand at writing during NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month with a mom’s group in her area and enjoyed the process. Now she takes her love of romance novels that she has had since age 10 and funnels it into her novels and her romance facebook group, The Reading Lushes. Books mentioned-- 1- Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson2- Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less by Leidy Klotz3- Sunfire romance series4- Austenland by Shannon Hale5- Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (audiobook)6- Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur7- Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale8- As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (audiobook)9- Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook)10- Sense and Sensbility: The Screenplay and Diaries by Emma Thompson Movies mentioned--1- Austenland 2- Sleepless in Seattle3- 10 Things I Hate About You4- Set It Up5- The Princess Bride6- Star Wars Podcasts mentioned-- Whoa!-mance
Books and Brews Podcast Episode #25: Melonie Johnson
Books and Brews Podcast
USA Today bestselling author Melonie Johnson―aka #thewritinglush―enjoys cheap wine, expensive beer, and sipping cocktails that start with the letter m. Declared a “writer to watch” by Kirkus and a “fizzy, engrossing new voice” by Entertainment Weekly, her smart funny contemporary romances include Too Good to Be Real and her award-winning Sometimes in Love debut series: Getting Hot with the Scot, Smitten by the Brit, and Once Upon a Bad Boy. A former high school English and Theatre teacher, she spends her days in her Star Wars office, dreaming up meet-cutes. She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, their two redhead daughters, and one very large dog. Meloniejohnson.com Melonie's Readings: Too Good to be Real – 13:52 Getting Hot with the Scot – 27:05 Smitten by the Brit – 44:44 Michael’s Beer Pairings: Sea Quench Ale, Dogfish Head Brewery (paired to Too Good to be Real) – 11:05 Old Chub, Oskar Blues Brewery (paired to Getting Hot with the Scot) – 24:53 Lager, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Beer Americano Cocktail (paired to Smitten by the Brit) – 39:23 Beer Americano Recipe 5 oz. Campari 5 oz. Sweet Vermouth 3 oz. Lager Beer Fill a collins glass with ice. Add the Campari and vermouth. Froth the beer using an Aerolatteor immersion blender and pour into the glass. Garnish with an orange peel. Interview Highlights: Easter Eggs vs Tropes – 21:20 Boozy Book Broads – 22:42 Winks & Nods – 36:34 The author in the characters – 52:54 COMING NEXT MONTH: Eugenia Fain, poet UPCOMING EVENTS: Gabriel's Horn is accepting submissions for its anthology. Our theme music is from www.bensound.com.
Re!mance: Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale FEATURING MELONIE JOHNSON!
Whoa!mance: Romance, Feminism, and Ourselves
Dusting off a classic discussion of a classic this week! Taking it all the way back when we shared a microphone with the author of "Getting Hot With The Scot" and the upcoming "Too Good To Be Real" Melonie Johnson***It’s a Whoa!mance double whammy this week y’all! Not only are Morgan and Isabeau joined by the brilliant and talented Melonie Johnson, but we’re getting a guided tour of Melonie’s all time favorite romance novel: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale. Imagine if Flowers for Algernon and A Beautiful Mind were study buddies with benefits, with the bulk of the sadness exchanged for more divide and multiply. Additional ingredients include: dukes, quakers, and at the lord’s behest, openings. Plus, we get the scoop on Melonie’s upcoming trio of novels from the source herself. Summer 2K19 can’t come soon enough.Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network