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Artful Lies: May Book Club

Artful Lies: May Book Club

May 29, 2020

The Novel:
Artful Lies (The Hunt Legacy Duology #1)

The Author:
Jodi Ellen Malpas 

The Not-so-Noobie: 
Becky Feldman (@beckles212)
Too Stupid to Live Podcast (@TSTLpodcast)

The Synopsis:
An irresistible connection, a desire that won't let go...

When aspiring antiques dealer Eleanor Cole is handed the chance of a lifetime to work for the Hunt Corporation, the renowned antiques dealers, she doesn't think twice. Only to discover she'll be working up close and personal with the notorious and insanely irresistible Becker Hunt. He is a man famous for getting what he wants, and Becker wants Eleanor.

But as Becker pulls her deeper into his world, she discovers there's more to him than meets the eye.

And falling for Becker goes from being foolish to dangerous...

Show Notes:
- Welcome to the Boobies & Noobies Book Club! 
- Be sure to check out our Bluewater Billionaires Book Club series from Fall 2019
- Introducing my co-host, Becky Feldman, host of Too Stupid to Live podcast
- What's coming up on Too Stupid to Live 
- Moving during times of quarantine... Yikes
- Special Thanks to Valentine PR & Literary Management (00:05:54)
- Introducing the May Book Club pick: Artful Lies (00:06:44)
- Duology talk and the craftsmanship of good pacing
- The sudden abundance of cliffhanger endings in romance
- Jodi Ellen Malpas on Boobies & Noobies 
- Join Valentine's Book Club and Party Room on Facebook for more author interviews! (00:11:53)
- A brief synopsis for Artful Lies (00:12:26)
- Spoiler-free summarized feedback from Becky & Kelly 
- What we love: flawed characters, raw emotions, over-the-top alpha males 
- Meet Becker Mother-F*cking Hunt
- Book Club Question #1: What are 3 words to describe Becker Hunt? (00:16:10)
-
 Book Club Question #2: Which actor would you pick to play Becker? (00:19:21)
- Henry Cavill has our vote... but, Hugh Dancy
- Jodi's books on screen: The Protector (Passionflix) and This Man (coming soon to Passionflix)
- Meet Eleanor Cole
- Book Club Question #3: What are 3 words to describe Eleanor Cole (00:28:31)
- Book Club Question #4: Which actor would you pick to play Eleanor? (00:29:31)
- Karen Gillan has our vote... but Florence Pugh could be a dark horse
- An unexpected discussion of the best Little Women adaptations
- Book Club Question #5: What are some of your favorite tropes? (00:33:58)
- High five for forced proximity, forbidden love, and fake dating! 
- Finding new romance before the time of book blogs and Twitter (00:38:06)
- Book Recs: The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts, Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein
- The seedy and sexy world of art and antiquities
- Book Club Question #6: If you had the financial means, what item (art, memorabilia, etc.) would you buy? (00:42:05)
- The importance of researching "the world" of a book 
- Our love for British slang and curse words 

*Promo for The Mermaid Podcast* (00:53:49)

- Let the Spoiler Talk begin...(00:54:38)
- A detailed discussion about spanking
- Our predictions for Wicked Truths (01:13:24)
- The treacherous waiting game for book two
- Book Club Question #7: How do you feel about cliffhanger endings? (01:25:00)
- 
A couple of steamy sexcerpts...
- Pre-order your copy of Wicked Truths (November 12th release) 
- Giveaway Winners 
- June Book Club announcement (01:42:42)

Giveaway Winners:
Leanne Hanney
Carly Woakes 

June Book Club:
The Girl in the Love Song (Lost Boys #1) by Emma Scott (book available June 7th)

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Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Jodi Ellen Malpas

Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Jodi Ellen Malpas

May 24, 2020

Summary:
Bestselling author, Jodi Ellen Malpas, joins Kelly to discuss her latest release, Artful Lies, the first book in the Hunt Legacy Duology. Other topics include Kelly and Jodi's shared passion for home goods, writing as an escape from reality, and the legacy of alpha-males Jodi has created in each of her books. Be sure to join us next week for our Book Club episode when we read and review Artful Lies!

Guest: 
Jodi Ellen Malpas 

Show Notes: 
- Boobies & Noobies Book Club May Book Pick: Artful Lies by Jodi Ellen Malpas
- Coping during times of quarantine... when you have a houseful of boys
- Learning to slow down (it's difficult for some of us) 
- Our shared love for Home Sense/Home Goods, interior decorating, and candles 
- Jodi's writing and reading journey (00:09:29)
- Horror as a gateway to Paranormal Romance (Shoutouts to J.R. Ward and Lara Adrian) 
- Growing up with "your mind somewhere else" 
- Writing for yourself and personal escapism: This Man
- Jodi and I are angry about people telling us how to feel 
- The complicated process of publishing (00:18:19) 
- Jodi's favorite tropes to read and write (check out her office romance, Perfect Chaos)
- Introducing Artful Lies, Book #1 in the Hunt Legacy Duology (00:26:38) 
- Shoutout to Bawdy Bookworms for introducing me to Jodi's work! 
- The process of adapting your book for the screen (Check out The Protector on Amazon and Passionflix - This Man is coming up next...)
- An inside peek at Wicked Truths, the next book in the series - SPOILERS (00:41:15)
- Jodi's dream project... it's building up piece by piece, starting with the male character
- The challenge of creating distinctly different alpha males 
- Writing yourself into your books 
- Some advice for "noobie" writers & readers: be a little bit selfish

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The Rakess & Heiress for Hire

The Rakess & Heiress for Hire

May 16, 2020

This episode is brought to you by Wind River Undercover, the final book in Lindsay McKenna's Wind River Valley series. Wind River Undercover is out now, and available wherever books are sold. 

The Novel:
The Rakess (Society of Sirens Book #1) by Scarlett Peckham
Heiress for Hire (A Duke's Heiress Romance Book #1) by Madeline Hunter 

The Authors: 
Scarlett Peckham
Madeline Hunter 

The Noobies: 
Erin Nickell 

The Rakess Synopsis:
She’s a Rakess on a quest for women’s rights…
Seraphina Arden’s passions include equality, amorous affairs, and wild, wine-soaked nights. To raise funds for her cause, she’s set to publish explosive memoirs exposing the powerful man who ruined her. Her ideals are her purpose, her friends are her family, and her paramours are forbidden to linger in the morning.

He’s not looking for a summer lover…
Adam Anderson is a wholesome, handsome, widowed Scottish architect, with two young children, a business to protect, and an aversion to scandal. He could never,¬†ever¬†afford to fall for Seraphina. But her indecent proposal‚ÄĒone month, no strings, no future‚ÄĒproves too tempting for a man who strains to keep his passions buried with the losses of his past.

But one night changes everything...
What began as a fling soon forces them to confront painful secrets‚ÄĒand yearnings they thought they‚Äôd never have again. But when Seraphina discovers Adam‚Äôs future depends on the man she‚Äôs about to destroy, she must decide what to protect‚Ķ¬†her desire for justice, or her heart.

Heiress for Hire Synopsis: 
Minerva Hepplewhite has learned the hard way how to take care of herself. When an intruder breaks into her home, she doesn‚Äôt swoon or simper. Instead she wallops the rogue over the head and ties him up‚ÄĒonly to realize he is Chase Radnor, the man who nearly got her convicted of her late husband‚Äôs murder. Now he‚Äôs insisting that Minerva has inherited a fortune from his uncle, a wealthy Duke. Only one thing could surprise her more: her sudden attraction to this exasperating man . . .

Chase can’t decide whether Minerva is a wronged woman or a femme fatale. Either way, he’s intrigued. Since the scandal surrounding her husband’s death, she has set up a discreet detective business to rival Chase’s own. She may be the perfect person to help him uncover the truth about his uncle’s demise. But as proximity gives way to mutual seduction, Chase realizes he craves a much deeper alliance . . .

Show Notes:
- Promo for Wind River Undercover by Lindsay McKenna 
- Meet Erin Nickell, a smart woman obsessed with reality television
- Erin schools Kelly in the differences between "Below Deck" and "Below Deck: Mediterranean"
- Other faves include "Dance Moms", "The Challenge", and "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" 
- Callback to "what you're trash for" from our Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Nana Malone
- Constructing our future reality TV romance novel...
- LISTENERS: Please share your reality TV/behind the scenes TV romance novel recs! 
- Intro to our show format for today (and the explanation behind it) 00:09:17
- "I'll show you mine if you show me yours"
- Thank you Patreon patrons!
- Be sure to check out (and join) the Boobies & Noobies Book Club - Artful Lies is our May pick!
- All it takes is the right book to get hooked on reading
- Erin recaps The Rakess (00:18:40) - Feminism, female friendships, and a widower architect with baggage... but not enough "fuckery" 
- A brief history of Mary Wollstonecraft and her ties to The Rakess 
- Kelly recaps Heiress for Hire (00:28:30): "Murder She Wrote" meets "Knives Out"
- Similarities (00:37:20): Sexual hang-ups/baggage, first book in a series, women challenging gender roles, fully-realized characters, men going down on women 
- A couple steamy sexcerpts - She takes him "into herself" several times
- One more mention of "Murder She Wrote"
- Heart, Heat, & Humor ratings for both books... These books are all about heart!
- We're in it to win it for the rest of the series 
- LISTENERS: Do you want to see more book comparisons?

Shoutouts:
Tea & Strumpets 
Heather Toth (*New Patron*)
Claire Kingsley & Lucy Score's Bootleg Springs series 

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Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Nana Malone

Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Nana Malone

May 8, 2020

This episode is brought to you by Island Affair, the first book in a brand new series from USA TODAY bestselling author, Priscilla Oliveras. Island Affair is out now, and available wherever books are sold. 

Summary:
In the first of two Steamy Spotlights for May (because double the trouble, double the fun!) Kelly interviews bestselling author, Nana Malone about her latest novel, Big Ben. Other discussion topics include finding solace in your second office during quarantine (in Nana's case, the car), writing/reading to your Id, and our shared obsession with all things Robin Hood. 

Guest: 
Nana Malone 

Show Notes: 
- Surviving the Covid-19 Quarantine 
- The struggles of writing at home with tiny humans around
- The "Covid 15" - Nana has a thing for Oreos 
- Not as young as we used to be... 
- Maintaining a normal(ish) work schedule during quarantine 
- Escaping the editing process by any means possible 
- A secret love affair with romance novels that began in Ghana...
- The "black market" for book exchanges
- Reading while writing, or no? (00:25:30)
- Praise for diversity in romance
- Shoutout to Brenda Jackson, Beverly Jenkins, and Sandra Kitt
- You're not going to be "everyone's cup of tea" and that's okay!
- Jennifer Lynn Barnes and the Psychology of Fiction: Writing to your Id (00:31:00)
- Nana and I both have a thing for Robin Hood
- Somewhere between Meli Raine and Julia Kent - it's funny, but people are gonna get shot at
 
*Promo for The Mermaid Podcast* (00:35:05)

- Introducing Big Ben - office romance meets The Skulls and Ocean's Eleven (00:36:03)
- We must talk about The Skulls (Shoutout to Rachel Van Dyken)
- Other Heist Stories to watch: Money Heist, Inside Man, Takers, The Italian Job, Widows
- Nana's "thing" for Clive Owen and Hayden Christenson 
- Praise for the Big Ben cover (and cover model): James Clippinger
- Big Ben's ties to Nana's Royals Series (Full Reading Order)
- Planting "Easter eggs" for the readers 
- Adventures living abroad in London - from Princess Diana to parties with models 
- Prince Harry swinging his bid d*ck up in here (00:49:21)
- Loving the royals for their traditions... and then writing royals to turn those traditions around
- The idea behind Big Ben and the See No Evil Trilogy (00:54:09)
- Shoutout to Sierra Simone - Making Your Id List (whatever "you're trash for")
- Raise your hand if you're an achiever... Creating strong female heroes 
- Nana's Id List: Robin Hood, tight banter, snarky/cocky heroes, superheroes, secret societies, strong ass female characters, a training montage (01:01:20)
- Shoutout to Mia Sosa for her latest release, The Worst Best Man 
- 
Nana has a fangirl moment for author Juno Rushdan
- Apologies in advance for the cliffhanger in Big Ben... 
- Look out for the next book in the series, The Benefactor (available June 9th) 
- The stories that Nana is dying to write... Alias fanfic and La Femme Nikita (01:11:04) 
- Back to heist stories with Covert Affairs and White Collar - Nana remembers college with Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer 
- Nana's advice to writers: BITCHOK "Butt in the Chair, Hands on Keyboard" (01:17:45)
- Nana's advice for Noobie romance readers: Make your own Id list! (01:22:42)
- "We're all in romance together. What's on your Kindle is YOUR business." - Nana Malone
- Understanding what you love about the books you read
- Connect with Nana Malone on social media and on her website! 

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Spell of the Highlander

Spell of the Highlander

April 24, 2020

The Novel:
Spell of the Highlander

The Author: 
Karen Marie Moning 

The Noobies: 
Abby Bokun

The Synopsis:
Powerful. Sensual. Seductive. He is all that is shamelessly erotic in a man. In her sexiest Highlander novel yet, New York Times bestselling author Karen Moning stirs up a sizzling brew of ancient mystery and modern passion as she brings together a devilishly handsome Celtic warrior trapped in time . . . and the woman who’s about to pay the ultimate price for freeing him. Age-old secrets haunt them. Deadly danger and irresistible desire shadow their every move. It’s a relationship for the ages. And all that separates them is a mere thirteen hundred years. . . .

Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the silvery glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering, insatiable alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, eleven centuries ago Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass, one of four coveted Unseelie Hallows, objects of unspeakable power. When the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it, destroying everything in his path‚Äďincluding the one woman who may just hold the key to breaking the ninth-century Highlander‚Äôs dark spell. For Jessi, the muscle-bound sex god in the mirror is not only tantalizingly real, he‚Äôs offering his protection‚Äďfrom exactly what, Jessi doesn‚Äôt know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed.

Yet even as Cian‚Äôs insatiable hunger begins to work its dark magic on Jessi, his ancient enemy is about to obtain the final and most dangerous of the Unseelie Hallows‚Äďand the ninth-century Highlander must stop him from getting it. Nothing less than the very fabric of the universe and two passionately entwined lives are at stake‚Äďas Cian and Jessi fight to claim the kind of love that comes along but once in an ice age. . . .

*TRIGGER WARNING* While there is no rape or sexual assault depicted in this book, there are several mentions/threats of such acts.

Show Notes: 
- Prepare your earbuds... this is a long (but HILARIOUS) discussion!
- Introducing the amazing Abby Bokun, from our Frisky Fanfiction Steamy Spotlight episode 
- Thanks to IG user bisexual_booknerd for recommending this book during the Frolic livestream
- Starting a series in the middle vs. in the beginning 
- Remember that problematic stalker-sign-scene from "Love Actually"?
- A not-so-brief synopsis for Spell of the Highlander (with commentary)
- His name is Cian (KEY-on), not Cian (See-an)
- Abby makes some Dungeons and Dragons connections
- The amount of early 2000's references - does anybody else remember "The 10th Kingdom"? 
- Plus some shoutouts to "Dirty Dancing" and Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series?!
- Some problematic elements, namely Cian's "power to influence" - This is the Voice!
- Call back to "danger boners" in our To Have and to Hoax episode with Sarah Wendell
- Sorry Cian, we might like your family better than you, bro
- Things We Like: A fantasy story that doesn't take itself too seriously, an adventurous, history-obsessed heroine with agency, a fun set of side characters (who, thankfully, have their own books in the series), a man in a mirror strapped to a chair
- Not Our Fave: The soulmates trope, but if you use it, use it to the full potential! Also, some lowkey "rapey" vibes, and the ending exposition that still has us puzzled...
- Abby's Scottish accent is EVERYTHING
- The author's use of italics for flashbacks threw us off 
- Why does she lose her power and talent as she falls in love? Love shouldn't make you stupid...
- Does anybody know what "the promise of sex" smells like?
- Ties to Tiger from Laurann Dohner's New Species series (check out Learning the Tropes' review of Fury, the first book in the series)
- If you want more Scottish reads, check out our review of Falling for the Highlander. 
- A couple of steamy sexcerpts
- Heart, Heat, & Humor Ratings  
- The Heat rating is a toss up, considering the not-so-consensual moments of dialogue
- Send your fantasy romance recs my way! 

Shoutouts
- Learning the Tropes Podcast
- Laurann Dohner
- Janet Evanovich
- The Frolic Podcast Network

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Bonus Episode: Frolic Podcast Network Mayhem

Bonus Episode: Frolic Podcast Network Mayhem

April 21, 2020

Summary:
When quarantine strikes, the Frolic Podcast Network bands together to share jokes, recipes, and our favorite Broadway musicals. In this unedited BONUS EPISODE, Kelly joins forces with some familiar podcasting faces to spread a little joy! From our homes to yours, the Frolic Fam wishes you well. Now, go waffle something up! 

This episode was recorded via Zoom Video. 

Featuring: 
Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches Trashy Books
Zoe Wernick & Kelsey Lubbe, Tea & Strumpets 
Laura Von Holt, The Mermaid Podcast 

Show Notes (kinda...):
- Hello's and Welcome's
- The amazing things you can do with a waffle iron 
- Jokes all around (Thank you for the inspiration, Robin Bielman)
- What we're reading, watching, and listening to
- How to cope during times of quarantine (dance your buns off with Mark Kanemura on IG) 
- Ranch dressing on pizza - Yay or Nay?
- Baking as a pick-me-up 
- Name that (hypothetical) quarantine romance novel
- What plant is this? 

Books Mentioned:
- Soulless by Gail Carriger
- Changeless by Gail Carriger
- Blameless by Gail Carriger
- Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily & Amelia Nagoski
- Ice Planet Barbarians Series by Ruby Dixen
- Pestilence by Laura Thalassa 

Music Mentioned: 
- Hamilton Soundtrack
- Les Miserables Soundtrack (Plus the British family who reimagined "One Day More") 
- More Les Miserables renditions (Thanks to the wonderful world of Broadway)
- Mary Poppins Soundtrack 
- Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa

Movies/Shows Mentioned: 
- Great British Bake Off
- Great Pottery Throw Down
- Junior Bake Off

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Website coming soon! 

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To Have and to Hoax

To Have and to Hoax

April 16, 2020

The Novel:
To Have and to Hoax

The Author: 
Martha Waters 

The Noobies: 
Sarah Wendell

The Synopsis:
In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention‚ÄĒand maybe just win each other back in the process.

Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely spoken since.

Their once-passionate love match has been reduced to one of cold, detached politeness. But when Violet receives a letter that James has been thrown from his horse and rendered unconscious at their country estate, she races to be by his side‚ÄĒonly to discover him alive and well at a tavern, and completely unaware of her concern. She‚Äôs outraged. He‚Äôs confused. And the distance between them has never been more apparent.

Wanting to teach her estranged husband a lesson, Violet decides to feign an illness of her own. James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses‚ÄĒand a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. Will the two be able to overcome four years of hurt or will they continue to deny the spark between them?

With charm, wit, and heart in spades, To Have and¬†to Hoax¬†is a fresh and eminently entertaining romantic comedy‚ÄĒperfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Julia Quinn.

Show Notes: 
- Introducing Sarah Wendell, writer, reader, & podcasting extraordinaire 
- 15+ amazing years of connecting romance readers from around the world on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
- Sarah's favorite and least favorite tropes (no "danger boners" please)
- Pass on the "Best Friend's Brother" trope - for a less traditional take on that trope, check out our review of The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister by Meghan Quinn
- Quarantine does not mean stress-free reading...
- A quick guide to painting your non-dominant hand
- Introducing To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters 
- Sarah's first foray into romance novels at the library 
- Kelly's introduction to romance novels with I'm in No Mood for Love by Rachel Gibson
- A brief synopsis for To Have and to Hoax 
- This is a romance novel written by someone who loves romance novels
- If you're looking for a contemporary romcom set during Regency Era...
- Things we love: female friendships, a perfect meet cute, and a commitment to consumption!
- The secret that just keeps on going... a difficult task to accomplish in a novel
- A little something extra for fans of Friends
- We're hooked on the female characters, but when it comes to the men... "Such dudes."
- How did we get to this point? What have you been doing for the last five years?
- More groveling, please! 
- This is a "cilantro" book - you will absolutely love it if you can get on board with the silliness 
- All the makings for a theatrical farce - Martha, we need the stage adaptation.
- Get ready for a SLOW burn...
- Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels and some wise words about writing sex scenes from Lisa Kleypas
- An ode to Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series
- Kelly shares a sexcerpt (or more like a kisscerpt)
- Heart, Heat, & Humor Ratings  
- What's drawing people in right now? Cozy, low-angst reads that make you laugh 
- Some quick recs: Jennifer Crusie, Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
- It's easy to root for nice, good humans  
- Where and how to find Sarah - she's here to help you with recs!

What Sarah's reading: 
The Cadfael Series, Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland, Witch Hat Atelier (Kindle Unlimited), Julia Quinn's Rokesby Series

What Kelly's reading: 
Carolina Reapers Series by Samantha Whiskey 

Shoutouts
Atria Books
Frolic Podcast Network 
Sonali Dev

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Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Martha Waters

Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Martha Waters

April 5, 2020

Summary:
In this month's Steamy Spotlight episode, Kelly interviews author Martha Waters about her debut novel, To Have and To Hoax (on sale April 7th, 2020), her favorite book-spirations, and of course, how she's surviving the long days of quarantine. 

Guest: 
Martha Waters 

Show Notes: 
- Surviving the Covid-19 Quarantine 
- Writing/reading romance at this time - hardship or escape?
- Coming together through isolation 
- Tips and tricks for surviving social-distancing (long Jane Austen-esque walks)
- A toast to "Future Martha" for reaching her deadline
- Martha's romance origin story: Georgette Heyer and Julia Quinn
- The Best of Regency Romance: Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, & Sarah MacLean
- A switch to the new "rom com" with The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
- Writing Children's and Young Adult (YA) vs. Writing Romance
- Separating your day job from your passion projects
- Martha's obsession with consumption, the "most romantic way to die"
- Anne of the Island Spoiler Alert! 
- Introducing To Have and To Hoax (which began as a NaNoWriMo project)
- Morning bird or night owl?
- Setting a timer for writing ala Lauren Graham
- Recommended: Anything Lucy Parker (even non-romance readers will love)
- If you missed it, I read Act Like It by Lucy Parker on an episode of Too Stupid to Live
- Recommended: Kate Clayborn - fantastic real, dreamy book boyfriends 
- To Have and To Hoax: Pride and Prejudice meets "First Wives Club" 
- So much more than a debut novel 
- A quick note on reviews... keep them positive or keep them to yourself
- A brief summary of To Have and To Hoax from Martha (it only took 35 minutes to get here)
- This one's for the Friends fans: "The One Where Everyone Finds Out" 
- A sneak peek at Martha's next book, To Love and To Loathe, out in 2021 
- Reimagining Friends in the Regency Era: "The One with the Regency Romance" 
- Martha's inspirations: sitcoms, Regency romance, and screwball comedies 
- What's up next for Martha? Lots of possibilities and ideas...
- Martha's take on why so many adults enjoy YA novels
- Advice to "noobies": read a subgenre that appeals to you!
- Kelly loves her military/Navy SEAL romances
- Who has the secret book of names for romance heroes?
- The beginning of a beautiful friendship :)

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The Two-Date Rule

The Two-Date Rule

March 21, 2020

This episode is brought to you by The Bachelor, the second of the Duke Dynasty Quartet by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sabrina Jeffries. The Bachelor is out now, and available wherever books are sold. 

The Novel:
The Two-Date Rule 

The Author: 
Tawna Fenske

The Noobies: 
Jake (@jakecessna)
Maddy (@madison.rane)

The Synopsis:
Willa Frank has one simple rule: never go on a date with anyone more than twice. Now that her business is providing the stability she’s always needed, she can’t afford distractions. Her two-date rule will protect her just fine…until she meets smokejumper Grady Billman.

After one date‚ÄĒone amazing, unforgettable date‚ÄĒGrady isn‚Äôt ready to call it quits, despite his own no-attachments policy, and he‚Äôs found a sneaky way around¬†both¬†their rules.

Throwing gutter balls with pitchers of beer? Not a real date. Everyone knows bowling doesn’t count.

Watching a band play at a local show? They just happen to have the same great taste in music. Definitely not a date.

Hiking? Nope. How can exercise be considered a date?

With every "non-date" Grady suggests, his reasoning gets more ridiculous, and Willa must admit she‚Äôs having fun playing along. But when their time together costs Willa two critical clients, it's clear she needs to focus on the only thing that matters‚ÄĒher future. And really, he should do the same.

But what is she supposed to do with a future that looks gray without Grady in it?

*Trigger Warnings for alcoholism, depression, and mental health*

Show Notes: 
- Introducing college sweethearts, Jake & Maddy
- Jake's Mom, Outlander, and binge-watching woes
- Love is Blind vs. 90 Day Fiance... Battle of the Trainwrecks
- YA Novels have come so far
- Why do people discount and discredit "fun" books?
- Plot Synopsis for The Two-Date Rule
- This book has a lot of heart! 
- Grady: the epitome of what a man should be. #ManGoals
- Emotionally darker than most romance novels
- The most uncomfortable game of Monopoly! ever played
- From strippers to knitting circles, there are a lot of funny moments
- If you ever wanted to learn about smoke jumping, Tanya did her research
- Where does one buy a beef jerky bouquet?
- A great "couples" book 
- Less heat, more dating 
- Maddy loves slow-burn... a girl after my own heart
- I love a girl who keeps condoms in the soap dish
- One thing we can agree on... we don't like "folds"
- We need sexier words for vagina
- Apparently, men are drawing dicks in bathrooms - why didn't I know this??
- Heart, Heat, & Humor
- Quality vs. Quantity when it comes to sex scenes
- Call for sexy pirate romance!

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Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Kandi Steiner

Steamy Spotlight: Interview with Kandi Steiner

March 16, 2020

Summary:
In this month's Steamy Spotlight episode, Kelly interviews bestselling author, Kandi Steiner about her writing origin story, her love for "emotional roller coaster" romances, and of course, the best whiskey recommendations. Old Fashioned, the fourth and final book in Kandi's Becker Brothers series is out March 19th.  

Guest: 
Kandi Steiner

Show Notes: 
- Kandi Steiner's whiskey recommendations: Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery 
- Do you want to blog and/or review with Social Butterfly PR?
- Wuthering Heights: Kandi's intro to the world of romance
- Reading vs. Rereading 
- A reader by nature & books as a "safety blanket" 
- Kandi's first novel... in 7th grade
- Thank You to all of the supportive moms out there
- Independently published authors ARE real authors
- Building a community of strong and supportive women
- She writes motivational non-fiction about mental health, too!
- Advice from Kandi: If your work challenges or intimidates you, you're doing something right
- Introducing the Becker Brothers, a series born from a tour of the Jack Daniel's Distillery 
- Ideas born from a pivotal emotional state 
- We like our men nerdy and dirty 
- Why do so many writers HATE their writing?
- Stories don't have to change the world to make them worth telling
- On the Way To You, a story about physical disabilities and mental health
- The Wrong Game, the rom-com for serial daters and sports fans
- Discussing Kandi's latest, Old Fashioned. 
- A Sneak Peek at Kandi's new novel plus her list of diverse authors to check out
- How to broaden your lens as a writer and reader, but also support OWN authors 
- Palm South University Book #5 and the sequel to The Wrong Game: Coming Soon!
- Snag a FREE copy of Rush, the first book in the PSU series by signing up for Kandi's newsletter
- Football fans, unite!
- What's up next? Kandi's motivational book!
- Advice for romance-reading Noobies - Shed the shame and read what you like
- Have you tried #BookTeaser on Instagram? It's a great way to find a new read
- What Kandi's reading: His Dark Materials series 

Shoutouts: 
Susan Stoker 
Social Butterfly PR
Schmexy Girl Book Blog

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