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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

147 Ratings
Average Ratings
141
3
1
1
1

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

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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: 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 #3: 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 #4: 67 - Sierra Simone: Sinner, Priest, and New Camelot

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We're joined by Sierra Simone who discusses mixing Catholicism with kink, her transition from YA to erotic fiction, and her well earned title of Erotic Theologian.

Jan 30 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #5: 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

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Rank #6: 14 - Sir Rucifer: Pro Male Dominant

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Need a break from all the horseshit this Valentine's Day? We give you, Sir Rucifer, a professional Dominant. He is a well respected BDSM lifestyle educator, performer, and private instructor. We were excited to get his insight into what it's really like to be an Alpha male, what his clients come to him for, and how BDSM can be introduced to a relationship in a healthy way. We chat about Alpha males in romance and how BDSM is treated in fiction. We've stopped doing sexy passage reading, but couldn't resist having him read some 50 Shades to us at the end!

A trigger warning for this episode: We discuss fantasies of nonconsent (using the word rape) and how BDSM can help with the healing process after sexual trauma.

Download the episode (and subscribe!) on iTunes or click below to listen:

You can follow Sir Rucifer on Twitter or Instagram--or find him at The Dominion.

Other highlights from the conversation include:

-What it's like to grow up with the guilt and shame of being a dominant male.

-Why consent is sexy.

-What's behind the appeal of fantasies of nonconsent? Why are women so drawn to that fantasy?

-How BDSM can help people to recover from sexual trauma if handled correctly.

-Common requests that his clients are looking for.

-How to introduce kink to a relationship.

-Why it can be hard for men to assume the dominant role in a relationship.

-How to spice things up with sensation play.

-The importance of Aftercare.

Feb 14 2018

53mins

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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

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 69 - What We're Reading #8 with Erin Galloway

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In this 8th edition of What We're Reading, we're joined once again by our brilliant romance loving friend Erin Galloway who is the Deputy Director of Publicity for Berkley. We chat about all the great books we've read in the last month and what we're looking forward to this year!

Feb 13 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #10: 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

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Rank #11: 100 - Sierra Simone Returns!

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We're joined once again by Sierra Fucking Simone with special guest cohost Maureen Lee Lenker! Human sacrifice, ritual sex, ancient religions, and more!

Sep 25 2019

45mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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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Rank #14: 59 - Naima Simone: Sin and Ink

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Dec 12 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #15: 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

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Rank #16: 38 - Sophie Jordan: The Duke Buys a Bride

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We're joined by Sophie Jordan to talk about her newest release, The Duke Buys a Bride...as well as some of her other books, things she has enjoyed reading lately, and her theories about what the Gamemaker series can tell us about you as a reader.

Jul 25 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 25 - Joanna Shupe: A Scandalous Deal

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We're joined by historical romance author Joanna Shupe! Her newest release is A Scandalous Deal, the second book in her 400 Club series, which is set in Gilded Age New York. We also talk about fascinating historical women, her tattoo, and why the Gilded Age is such a compelling setting for romance.

Apr 25 2018

59mins

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Rank #19: 31 - Helen Hoang: The Kiss Quotient

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A conversation with Helen Hoang about her wonderful debut novel, what it’s like to be diagnosed on the spectrum as an adult, and how it impacted her writing. As always, we also chat romance, writing, and more!

Jun 06 2018

52mins

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Rank #20: 13 - Jasmine Guillory: The Wedding Date

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We're joined in this episode by debut author, Jasmine Guillory, who is as adorable as her "sexy gem of a novel", The Wedding Date. You can find Jasmine on Twitter or Instagram or on her website.

Some highlights from our conversation include:

Her Dad's reaction to reading her romance novel.
Why she doesn't want to write historicals despite having a history degree and loving to read them.
What her journey to publication looked like--querying, pitching to publishers, and ultimately seeing her book on shelves.
Why lawyers can make successful novelists.
The modern realities of dating and how those come into play in contemporary fiction: texting, social media, and the amusing intricacies of dealing with them.
How she chose to handle race in her book--as something that is present, but not a point of conflict between her characters.
The future of diversity in romance.
How food plays into her stories.

*Books mentioned in this episode:

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Books by Julie James

Books by Jill Shalvis

Books by Ruby Lang

Books by Jenny Holiday

On Writing by Stephen King

Bird by Bird Anne Lamott

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Books by Beverly Jenkins

Books by Alyssa Cole

Books by Alisha Rai

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Betsy Tacy books

Feb 07 2018

51mins

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