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Welcome to The Wicked Wallflowers Club! We are two authors who read, write, and love everything about the romance genre. We celebrate female empowerment and sex positivity. Entertainment Weekly featured us on their "Must List" as "a compelling reminder of why the oft-dismissed genre is a real force in cultural conversations".

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Welcome to The Wicked Wallflowers Club! We are two authors who read, write, and love everything about the romance genre. We celebrate female empowerment and sex positivity. Entertainment Weekly featured us on their "Must List" as "a compelling reminder of why the oft-dismissed genre is a real force in cultural conversations".

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By elisajay - Mar 12 2019
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This podcast is amazing. If you’re a fan of romance, it’s a must!

Cool show

By MarielleRR - Dec 21 2018
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New listener. Great podcast!

iTunes Ratings

148 Ratings
Average Ratings
142
3
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Love it!

By elisajay - Mar 12 2019
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This podcast is amazing. If you’re a fan of romance, it’s a must!

Cool show

By MarielleRR - Dec 21 2018
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New listener. Great podcast!
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The Wicked Wallflowers Club

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Welcome to The Wicked Wallflowers Club! We are two authors who read, write, and love everything about the romance genre. We celebrate female empowerment and sex positivity. Entertainment Weekly featured us on their "Must List" as "a compelling reminder of why the oft-dismissed genre is a real force in cultural conversations".

Rank #1: 52 - Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter

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We're joined this week by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, bestselling authors of some of our favorite books--and real life besties!  We talk about their upcoming projects, their tortured heroes, kickass heroines, and their epic friendship. You'll find out about who wants to wear the other one's skin, the literal shrines they have to each other, and why this game of Fuck/Marry/Kill has a shockingly high body count!

Ways to listen:

To find out more about Maya, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Highlights and favorite quotes from the episode:

  • "Gena knows how to kill people REAL BAD!" -GS
  • All about Gena's Gods of War series--spoiler alert, it contains lots of Alpha heroes!
  • How Gena is the heroine of all her books
  • Why Gena's friends don't piss her off
  • Why Gena's new YA series called The Forest of Good and Evil is the hardest to write that she's ever experienced
  • "I just want one fucking book to flow out of me!" -KC
  • "Let me inspire and excite you!" -GS
  • "It's like going to war and battling for every word." -KC
  • How the pressures of audience expectations impacts their writing and how they work past it
  • "When you're writing, it's like sanding wood and you can feel the grains that still need to be sanded." -KC
  • How often there's synchronisity between their separate projects
  • How their epic friendship began ("Can I lick your face?" "When is she going to lick my face?")
  • "We are not a tasteful show!" -SH
  • Why writer jealousy is bullshit
  • "By God, you better fucking like your own product...or don't sell it!" -KC
  • What it's like writing a storyline that you know will disappoint fans
  • Kresley's inspiration for the Arcana Chronicles and how she developed it
  • Their hilariously differing responses to killing characters
  • Gena and Kresley's preferences when it comes to Kresley's Gamemaker Trilogy
  • What's coming next in the Immortal's After Dark series!
  • "Twist our arm!"
  • The Gena shrine
  • "Can my game be Kill/Kill/Kill!?" -GS
  • "So it's like a praying mantis situation?" -GS
  • "I want to incentivize them for good sex. Bring it or die!" -KC
  • "We emerge as the only survivors...with some very fond memories!"
  • That time they had too much to drink and got lost in Manhattan and ended up in a horse drawn carriage--with Cherry Adair.
Books mentioned in this episode:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Warrior's Woman by Johanna Lindsey

Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter

The Master by Kresley Cole

The Player by Kresley Cole

The Professional by Kresley Cole

Books by P.C. Cast

Books by Jill Monroe

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Dating by Christina Lauren

Oct 31 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #2: 4 - Bea Koch: Owner of The Ripped Bodice

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We're joined this week by Bea Koch of The Ripped Bodice. The Ripped Bodice is the only exclusively romance bookstore in America and a truly wonderful place.

We talk about Bea's fascinating graduate degree in fashion history, her love of Early Modern British history, and passive aggressive embroidery. We discuss why romance is unquestionably feminist and some of the challenges she faces as the owner of a romance only bookstore.

Two of my favorite Bea quotes from this episode:

"Elizabeth I is the Beyonce of her time."

"Are you scared I'm going to cut your dick off? I would never do that, I don't like blood."

You can follow The Ripped Bodice on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. You can also follow Fitzwillian Waffles, the roguishly charming dog, on Instagram.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meridith Duran (passive aggressive embroidery)

Harlots the TV show on Hulu

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

*The above links will take you to The Ripped Bodice website where you have the option to purchase the print books from the only exclusively romance bookstore in the US. We love them--please consider showing your support to such a wonderful small business! If you're in the LA area, definitely go and visit the store--it's magical!

Special thanks to our Editor, Chris Willett.

Dec 06 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #3: 43 - Tessa Dare: The Governess Game

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Our guest this week is New York Times bestselling author, Tessa Dare, who writes fabulously witty and charming historical romances. We talk about her latest book, The Governess Game, historical lady scientists, and the mating practices of both lobsters and ducks! 

Highlights from our conversation include:

How we accidentally had Tessa play photographer for us without knowing it was her. 
What it's like to be readers' "break in case of emergency author"
How authors who claim not to read reviews are lying.
Her marvelous new book, The Governess Game!
Awesome historical lady scientists.
Historical accuracy in historical romance and the concept of "historical rom coms"
How history is written by the Victors not the Victorias!
Her next book, The Wallflower Wager.
The backstory on her Girl Meets Duke series covers.
Her worst typo ever.
The specifics of lobster sex and why she felt it was the perfect fit for a romance. 
Duck sex. More about duck sex and genitalia than you ever wanted to know. 
"I don't know how to write a face eater!"

"Historical lube--how did we get here?"

"I want to tell a duck story that's not about rape." 
Books mentioned in this episode:

Books by Brenna Aubry (Tessa Dare's office mate)

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare

A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare 

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ward

Aug 29 2018

1hr 34mins

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Rank #4: 5 - Courtney Milan: Hamilton's Battalion

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This week we're joined by Courtney Milan, an award-winning and bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. Her most recent release, Hamilton's Battalion is a trio of short romances set during the Revolutionary War written with Alyssa Cole and Rose Lerner. We chat about her fabulous story in Hamilton's Battalion and how she developed two such interesting characters. Other fun highlights from our wide ranging conversation include:

  • Her fascinating journey from math degree to theoretical physical chemistry to law school to law clerk to law professor to romance author (!).
    -She decided she was bad at writing when she started college, and was fascinated by math, so she majored in math. One of my favorite quotes from this episode: "I ended up not being able to disprove all of modern mathematics, but I did have a lot of fun!"
    -As a lawyer, she served as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, and others before becoming a law professor. The reactions from the law community to her writing romance ranged from heartwarming (Justice Kennedy!) to infuriating.
    -We dig in to her intriguing writing process, which she describes as chaotic, like building a snowflake from the outside edges in. Listen as Sarah and I start to twitch when she describes how she handwrites everything!
    -How her editor has to give instructions a specific way because Courtney can't be told what to do.
    -How she essentially trained herself to like olives--and how that strategy didn't work with dark beer.

After sitting across from Courtney for an hour, it was clear that she is brilliant, humble, and kind...but what we didn't learn until last week is just how brave she is. In the episode, she references a federal judge who forbid her from reading romance novels during her dinner break. Last week she came forward with five other women to expose Judge Alex Kozinski's sexual misconduct while she was working for him as a clerk. The Washington Post broke the story, but Courtney's own statement is powerful and worth a read. Standing up and exposing behavior like that takes incredible courage. Courtney has cemented herself as not only one of our favorite authors, but now one of our feminist heroines.

Regrettably, we didn't talk about Courtney's adorable dog, Pele, but if you follow her on Twitter, you can see all the pictures! She can also be found on her website or on Facebook.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

Hamilton's Battalion by Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, and Rose Lerner

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

Georgette Hayer Regency romances

Thunder and Roses by Mary Joe Putney

Serving Pleasure by Alisha Rai

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

*The above links will take you to The Ripped Bodice website where you have the option to purchase the print books from the only exclusively romance bookstore in the US. We love them--please consider showing your support to such a wonderful small business! If you're in the LA area, definitely go and visit the store--it's magical!

Special thanks to our Editor, Chris Willett!

Dec 13 2017

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Rank #5: 33 - Sarah MacLean: Wicked and the Wallflower

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We're joined by bestselling author Sarah MacLean. Her latest novel, Wicked and the Wallflower, just came out, and it is amazing. We talk about historical lockpicking, her romance review column in the Washington Post, and the true nature of the Alpha in romance.

We also got an incredible list of romance recommendations. Our conversation was so good that we went far longer than normal, so you get a massive episode this week!

Jun 20 2018

1hr 53mins

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Rank #6: 7 - Alisha Rai: Wrong to Need You

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Sarah and I were perusing a stack of books at The Ripped Bodice, discussing how much we love Alisha Rai when someone laughed and said, "You realize she's sitting right there, right?" Sure enough, there she was--and she was awesome enough to do an impromptu interview with us.

Alisha is the author of critically acclaimed contemporary and paranormal romance novels (and an attorney!). Her most recent book, Wrong to Need You, was just named one of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Romance Novels of 2017. We dig into her phenomenal Forbidden Hearts series and then talk writing, dating as a romance novelist, and how to approach racial issues in your writing. Alisha is lovely and full of wonderful wisdom!

*Books and authors we mentioned in this episode:

Nalini Singh

Cabin Fever by Alisha Rai

Hot as Hades by Alisha Rai

Night Whispers by Alisha Rai

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai (March 2018)

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Serving Pleasure by Alisha Rai (first Indie book on the Washington Post list of best books)

Shirley Busby

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

*The above links will take you to The Ripped Bodice website where you have the option to purchase the print books from the only exclusively romance bookstore in the US. We don't get anything from the purchase except the satisfaction of supporting a small business that we love! If you're in the LA area, definitely go and visit the store--it's magical!

Special thanks to our Editor, Chris Willett!

Dec 27 2017

59mins

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Rank #7: 96 - J.R. Ward: The Black Dagger Brotherhood

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We're joined by #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, J.R. Ward. She's chats with us about her rocky path to publishing success, why it's her fault Jenny became a dominatrix, her advice for women, and her writing process. She's everything we dreamed she would be...and more!

Aug 28 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #8: 88 - Andie J. Christopher: Stern Brunch Daddies and Rom Coms

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We're joined by author Andie J. Christopher to get her thoughts on Notting Hill, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and to explain to us just what a Stern Brunch Daddy is!

Jun 26 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #9: 92 - Sarah MacLean: Brazen and the Beast

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We're joined by Sarah MacLean who is not only a NYT Bestselling author, but is also a cohost of one of our favorite podcasts, Fated Mates. We chat about her latest book, Brazen and the Beast, how podcasting has impacted her writing, and the fabulously bananas books she's been reading lately.

Jul 31 2019

43mins

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Rank #10: 42 - What We're Reading #3

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Our third iteration of What We're Reading, featuring Jen Prokop from JenReadsRomance!

We give a few life updates on Sarah's new book and Jenny's adventures in motherhood. Also, dicksoap. We have thoughts.

Books we discuss in this episode:

A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake
Gorgeous cover!
"Ghost Chef" meets handsome Italian man at a wedding
Snappy dialog, great banter.
Jen considers it "perfect"

Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane
Angst vs stakes
high stakes low angst (external conflict)
Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
Historical in which hero is passing as white
High stakes/high angst, but the drama is driven by the internal conflict

Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Braeden
F/F surf romance
Friends to lovers with one heroine discovering her sexual identity

My Lady's Lover by Nicola Davidson
F/F historical novella
Lady's maid falls for her employer
"spectacular"

Vegas Top Guns Series by Katie Porter
Sexy kinks.
Exhibitionism at its finest
Bisexual showgirl and a photographer

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Dark story of a woman escaping an abusive marriage
Incredibly powerful story of a woman surviving and fighting
Basketball romance

Burn Down the Night by M. O'Keefe
Motorcycle club romance
AMAZING heroine who is not here for your bullshit

Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean

Radiance by Grace 

Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews 

Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

Guardian Series by Meljean Brook

Anita Blake Series by Laurel K. Hamilton

Recs We're Looking For:

Angsty Books!

Vikings! 

Aug 22 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #11: 81 - What We're Reading #9 with Eva Moore: The Tipsy Edition

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May 08 2019

1hr 43mins

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Rank #12: 61 - What We're Reading: 2018 Wrap Up (#7)

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We chat about what we've been reading recently and reflect on 2018.

Dec 26 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: 66 - Sierra Simone and C.D. Reiss from The Ripped Bodice: Writing Erotic Romance

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This episode was recorded at a live event at The Ripped Bodice called Writing Erotic Romance for the Modern Reader featuring C.D. Reiss and Sierra Simone discussing how they write high heat levels. Jenny moderated, so we recorded it to share with everyone who wasn't able to attend!

Jan 24 2019

47mins

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Rank #14: 70 - Penny Reid and Maureen Lee Lenker: Toxic Masculinity

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We're joined by Penny Reid and Maureen Lee Lenker to have a conversation about toxic masculinity. We also delve into why Penny has in the past deliberately written characters who start their arc exhibiting these traits, why she feels like we're much harder on our heroines, and some of our own experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Check out Penny's latest incredibly timely book, Motion!

Feb 20 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #15: 108 - Penny Reid Part 1 Featuring Audiobook Narrator Joy Nash

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We're joined once again by NYT Bestselling author Penny Reid, but this time she's brought along actress and voice actress Joy Nash who narrates Penny's audiobooks. You might recognize Joy from Dietland, Twin Peaks, or the Mindy Project. We chat about what it's like for them working together as author and narrator, Penny's latest books (and why it's not her fault if she makes us cry), how Joy got her start narrating audiobooks, what they fangirl over, and much more! This is part one of two episodes with Penny Reid. Be sure you don't miss part two, which will feature Penny Reid with Cathy Yardley!

Nov 20 2019

58mins

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Rank #16: 82 - Christina Lauren: The Unhoneymooners

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We're joined once again by dynamic writing duo, Christina Lauren! We chat about all of their recent and upcoming releases, the latest movie news for Roomies, what it was like writing the screenplay, and how their careers have evolved.

May 15 2019

55mins

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Rank #17: 41 - Avery Flynn: Butterface

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Our guest this week is Avery Flynn who chats with us about her previous career as a crime reporter, her transition from writing romantic suspense to writing romantic comedy, and her newest book, Butterface!

You can find Avery Flynn on her website or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Highlights from our conversation include:

How she got started reading romance.
Her experiences as a crime reporter.
How she embraced her sense of humor in her writing and started writing romantic comedy.
How Butterface explores embracing women exactly as they are and how powerful that is.
Our mutual obsession with enemies to lovers.
The story of the cat Sarah and Jenny had in college who liked to hide in the bathroom and attack men's genitals.
Where her ideas come from.
How her career as a romance novelist began.
How she juggles motherhood with writing.
Why we love Scrivener!
How she deals with writer's block.
How she's grown as a writer and her craft has changed.
Books mentioned in this episode:

Butterface by Avery Flynn

Books by Johanna Lindsey

Books by Jackie Collins

The Charmer by Avery Flynn

Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer

Scoring the Player's Baby by Naima Simone

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

Rock Chick by Kristin Ashley

Dangerous Kiss by Avery Flynn

In the Woods by Tana French

Aug 15 2018

46mins

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Rank #18: 59 - Naima Simone: Sin and Ink

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Dec 12 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #19: 58 - Holiday Special with Tessa Dare, Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, and Sophie Jordan

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We’re joined this week by four incredible authors who've all been guests in the past: Tessa Dare, Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, and Sophie Jordan! They tell us about their stories from their holiday anthology, How the Dukes Stole Christmas, chat about some of their holiday traditions, and answer questions from our Great Holiday Debate 2018! If you want to weigh in on the debate, you can submit your votes here:

WWC Great Holiday Debate 2018 Listener Survey

You can check out How the Dukes Stole Christmas here! The audio book is now available as well!

You can find their past episodes here:

Thanks to everyone who has heeded our call from the Anniversary Episode and left us a review on iTunes (or wherever you listen!)—we appreciate it more than you know! Make sure you remember to shoot us an email (wickedwallflowersclub@gmail.com) to claim your reward(s)! If you haven’t done it yet, offer still stands!
  • A signed copy of Jenny's book!
  • A custom limerick written about you by Sarah!
  • Name a character in Jenny's column!
We’re also thrilled with our new Facebook group and loving being able to connect more with listeners, so if you haven’t joined yet, come be part of our Facebook club!

Our first newletter will go out in December, so if you want to get it and haven't signed up yet, you can do that HERE!

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About the Guests

Here are the links to each guest's website where you can find info about their books, social media, and more!

Tessa Dare is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling American historical romance novelist. She has authored fifteen novels and novellas and created four different series. In 2012, she won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Regency Historical Romance for her book A Night to Surrender. Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical.

Joanna’s first Gilded Age historical novel, Magnate, was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, and one of 2016′s top romances by The Washington Postand Kobo. The Washington Post named Joanna’s The Lady Hellion as one of 2015’s top five romance novels.

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America. Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances.

Dec 07 2018

1hr 50mins

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Rank #20: 77 - Sally Thorne: 99 Percent Mine

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Apr 10 2019

54mins

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125 - What We're Watching with Andie J. Christopher: Satisfaction

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Join us as we chat about Australian TV show, Satisfaction. Satisfaction is set in a brothel, so we get into dating, sex work, emotional labor, dick pics, and our thoughts on full frontal male nudity. We don't give any major spoilers for the show if you haven't seen it yet and are worried! 

Apr 01 2020

1hr 17mins

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124 - Alyssa Palombo: The Borgia Confessions

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Need a break from the modern world? Dive into the Italian Renaissance with us! We geek out with Alyssa Palombo about why it's one of the most fascinating parts of history, why the Borgia family has captivated people for centuries, and how The Borgia Confessions is basically Cesare's villain origin story. 

Mar 25 2020

58mins

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123 - What We're Reading: Berkley Preview 2020!

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We're joined by Erin Galloway and Jess Brock from Berkley. We did a What We're Reading with Erin last year where she shared all the amazing stuff Berkley had coming down the pipeline, so we decided to repeat that again this year and get a preview of what exciting releases they have coming up in 2020. Because we need things to look forward to!

Mar 18 2020

1hr 9mins

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122 - Beyond Audiobooks: Romance as Radio Drama

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We're joined by Maya Rodale, Courtney Wetzel, and Meghan Jones to talk about the awesome audio excerpt they created from Maya's newest book, An Heiress to Remember. We discuss how they adapted the excerpt, how the sound editing creates a more immersive listening experience, and where we hope this leads for the genre. We play the excerpt in its entirety, so you get to experience it too!

Mar 04 2020

49mins

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121 - Colleen Hoover: Regretting You

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We’re joined by #1 NYT Bestselling author Colleen Hoover. We cover a whole bunch of different topics      from her writing journey, to her parenting advice, to travel. We chat about why women’s fiction written by authors who love and respect romance is amazing—and how that applies to her latest release, Regretting You. 


Before we jump into the episode, we’ve got a few quick updates. The first is that our merchandise store is finally live on Redbubble.com , if you want to get your hands on Wicked Wallflowers shirts, stickers, and all kinds of other fun stuff. We’ve been loving seeing pictures of it all out in the wild and can’t wait to wear ours to the next meet up. The second update is that we’ve finally started a Patreon. We’re hoping to help the podcast to keep growing and start doing stuff like transcripts for each episode to be more inclusive, so we appreciate any support you can give us to reach those goals. 


Speaking of support…this week’s episode is sponsored by past Wicked Wallflowers guest Janna MacGregor! Janna writes some of my absolute favorite historicals and her latest is called Wild, Wild Rake. 

Feb 26 2020

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120 - Mia Sosa: The Worst Best Man

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We're joined by the fabulous Mia Sosa! We chat about her fantastic newest release, The Worst Best Man as well as where the adorable cover came from, how she transitioned from lawyer to romance author, and much more!

Feb 20 2020

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119 - Maxym Martineau: Kingdom of Exiles

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We're joined by fantasy romance author Maxym Martineau who tells us about her debut novel, Kingdom of Exiles. We also chat about her amazing recipe for watermelon margaritas, how she's been adjusting to having a newborn, and how her books come to her in dreams. Also butt flaps and a random dude who walks in while we're talking about pubic hair and ejaculate!

Feb 12 2020

1hr 15mins

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118 - What We're Reading: BDSM Edition with Leigh Kramer!

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In this special edition of What We're Reading, we chat with reviewer and author Leigh Kramer about romances that feature BDSM!

Feb 05 2020

1hr 20mins

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117 - Piper J. Drake: Forever Strong

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Piper J. Drake is back to talk to us about Forever Strong--the last book in her True Heroes Series. We also talk about her gajillion other projects, food in romance novels, and the dogs who make appearances in her books! She also tells us why she's doing a workshop about how to be inclusive as you're writing characters for your books and how to write experiences that aren't your own.

Jan 29 2020

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116 - What We're Reading #11

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We're finally back with another What We're Reading episode chock full of book recs, shenanigans, and life updates! Books include Kennedy Ryan's latest, The Ladies Guide to Celestial Mechanics, Roughed In by Eva Moore, and much more!

Jan 22 2020

1hr 6mins

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115 - Tracey Suppo: Book + Main Bites

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We're joined by Tracey Suppo who is trying to create the perfect way for romance readers to find their next book. We talk about Book + Main Bites--how it works, why it's specially designed for romance readers, and where the idea came from. Sarah and Jenny try to corrupt the tool to use for their own filthy purposes ("Can I search for double vaginal penetration?"). We also cover Ice Planet Barbarians, fisting, and lots of great book recs!

Jan 16 2020

57mins

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114 - Jennifer Ryan and Laura Lee Gurhke: Wild Rose Ranch and Dear Lady Truelove

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This week we have a slightly different format than usual. Jenny got the chance to sit down with Jennifer Ryan and Laura Lee Gurhke during an event at the Huntington Beach Library, but since we were really tight on time they were much shorter individual interviews than normal—so we’ve combined them into one episode for your listening pleasure. We wouldn’t want to abandon you with a short episode in the middle of your commute or while you’re trying to put your laundry away. Jennifer Ryan is a NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of suspenseful contemporary romances. We chat about her brand new surprise grandbaby, her Wild Rose Ranch series, and why she’s drawn to stories with complicated family dynamics. Laura Lee Gurhke is a NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of historical romance. We chat about her latest book, Heiress Gone Wild, and the rest of the books in the Dear Lady Truelove series. We also discuss her writing process, her advice for aspiring authors, and why none of us should move to Idaho.

Jan 09 2020

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113 - Asa Maria Bradley: Loki Ascending

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We’re joined by author Asa Maria Bradley! We chat about her series which features immortal Vikings, why she fell for Norse mythology, how she juggles being a professor with her writing, and more!

Jan 02 2020

1hr 13mins

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112 - Nicole Fischer and Emma Brodie: How to Write a Romance

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We’re joined by Avon Books editor Nicole Fischer (who is the editor of some of our favorites like Tessa Bailey, Talia Hibbert, and Vivienne Lorret). We’re also joined by Emma Brodie who is an editor for William Morrow. We talk about their How to Write a Romance book which Emma worked on with the Avon romance editing team. We also talk about how they got their start, what we can expect from Nicole’s authors in the near future, and why Jenny and Nicole agree that “thrust” is the best word to search a book for if you’re trying to find the steamy bits. 
 

Dec 18 2019

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111 - Vanessa Zoltan: Hot and Bothered

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We're joined by Vanessa Zoltan who is the host of two awesome podcasts: Hot and Bothered (a romance podcast) and Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. We talk about how books can be sacred, female empowerment through romance and fan communities, and why women shouldn't need to justify the things that bring them joy.

Dec 11 2019

1hr 1min

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110 - Penny Reid Part 2 Featuring Cathy Yardley: Smartypants Romance

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We're back with part 2 of our interview with Penny Reid, this time with Cathy Yardley in the hot seat! We find out what Smartypants Romance is all about--what it means that authors are writing in Penny's universe, how the idea came about, and what we can expect going forward. We also chat about Cathy and Penny's publishing journeys, the state of indie publishing, and why it's so important for authors to support each other.

Dec 04 2019

56mins

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109 - Eva Leigh: My Fake Rake

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We're joined by historical romance author Eva Leigh who chats with us about her latest series (and how it has all of our favorite tropes!), why editing remains brutal no matter how many books you've written, and how we could all be incorporating mindfulness into our own writing process, and more!

Nov 27 2019

31mins

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108 - Penny Reid Part 1 Featuring Audiobook Narrator Joy Nash

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We're joined once again by NYT Bestselling author Penny Reid, but this time she's brought along actress and voice actress Joy Nash who narrates Penny's audiobooks. You might recognize Joy from Dietland, Twin Peaks, or the Mindy Project. We chat about what it's like for them working together as author and narrator, Penny's latest books (and why it's not her fault if she makes us cry), how Joy got her start narrating audiobooks, what they fangirl over, and much more! This is part one of two episodes with Penny Reid. Be sure you don't miss part two, which will feature Penny Reid with Cathy Yardley!

Nov 20 2019

58mins

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107 - Andie J. Christopher and Kristine Swartz: Not the Girl You Marry

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We're joined by fan favorite Andie J. Christopher and her editor at Berkley, the fabulous Kristine Swartz! We chat about Not the Girl You Marry, how their author/editor relationship came to be...and Jenny may or may not cry while talking about the book!

Nov 13 2019

51mins

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106 - TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY: What We're Reading and Reflections!

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It's our two year anniversary! We reflect on the past two years, share some stats and memories, and share the books we've been reading and loving lately!

Nov 06 2019

1hr 5mins

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Love it!

By elisajay - Mar 12 2019
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This podcast is amazing. If you’re a fan of romance, it’s a must!

Cool show

By MarielleRR - Dec 21 2018
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New listener. Great podcast!