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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—one amazing, unforgettable date—Grady isn’t ready to call it quits, despite his own no-attachments policy, and he’s 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’s 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—her 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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Sex and Other Shiny Objects

Sex and Other Shiny Objects

March 9, 2020

The Novel:
Sex and Other Shiny Objects 

The Author: 
Lauren Blakely 

The Noobies: 
Ronny Pascale 

The Synopsis:
The second the test-the-sexy-scenes offer landed in my lap, I said yes.
After all, I've been damn curious about a few things I've read in romance novels. Do buttons truly go flying across the floor when you rip off a guy's shirt? Is staircase nookie hella hot or does it leave you with a big old bruise mark on your back? And don’t even get me started on all that panty shredding, and whether it even works.
Time to find out as I embark on Project Romance Novel Scenes Research, at the request of my hotshot book editor bestie.

All I need is a willing scene partner. Enter Tristan, my best guy friend. The witty, tell-it-like-it-is, bearded hottie volunteers for the experiment.

He's also the guy who gave me the most devastating, toe-curling kiss of my life ten years ago. But nothing has happened since then.
And nothing will come between my panties and our friendship now since we have a plan to keep it PG.

But once the buttons start flying, all bets are off...

S-E-X AND OTHER SHINY OBJECTS is a standalone romance in the BOYFRIEND MATERIAL series. The other titles are ASKING FOR A FRIEND and ONE NIGHT STAND-IN.

Show Notes: 
- Memories of Myspace Top 8 
- What do I do if my dog eats a tampon? Based on a true story
- Introducing Ronny Pascale and "Ronny 365": 365 Podcasts in 2020
- How to become verified or "famous enough"
- Twitter vs. Instagram
- What's not to love about game shows and cooking competitions? 
- Fifty Shades of Grey the Musical 
- 365 dni ("365 Days")
- Stuffed Breads & Anthony Bourdain
- Plot Synopsis for Sex and Other Shiny Objects 
- Apologies to anybody named Gage...
- Positive and non-toxic male relationships are so refreshing 

*Cue noisy apartment-dwelling children in background*

- Reenactment shows are our vice 
- Do New Yorkers really have bathtubs big enough for bath sex?
- New York notes: what is a bottega? 
- Some of our favorite (and least favorite) lines 
- Let's talk about badminton... 
- A couple more petty notes
- The voice of Tristan sounds like a chainsmoker (just in case you listen to the audiobook)
- The coming out story we all need and love
- The beauty/difficulty of 69-ing
- Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate 
- Heart, Heat, & Humor
- If you need a podcast guest, meet Ronny! 

Shoutouts: 
Talkward Podcast
Rockwell Table & Stage: Parody Musicals 
Fine & Raw Chocolate 

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Xeni: A Marriage of Inconvenience

Xeni: A Marriage of Inconvenience

March 1, 2020

This episode is brought to you by Owner of a Broken Heart, the first book in the Richardson Sisters series, by Cheris Hodges. Owner of a Broken Heart is out now, and available wherever books are sold. 

The Novel:
Xeni: A Marriage of Inconvenience (Loose Ends Book #2)

The Author: 
Rebekah Weatherspoon 

The Noobies: 
Charia Rose (IG: @charia)

The Synopsis:
FROM NEW YORK TIMES ACCLAIMED AUTHOR REBEKAH WEATHERSPOON, COMES THE SECOND INSTALLMENT IN A NEW SERIES THAT BRINGS TRUE HAPPILY EVER AFTERS TO SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS.

She just wanted to claim her inheritance. What she got was a husband…

Xeni Everly-Wilkins has ten days to clean out her recently departed aunt’s massive colonial in Upstate New York. With the feud between her mom and her sisters still raging even in death, she knows this will be no easy task, but when the will is read Xeni quickly discovers the decades old drama between the former R&B singers is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Secrets, lies, and a crap ton of cash spilled on her lawyer’s conference room table all come with terms and conditions. Xeni must marry before she can claim the estate that will set her up for life and her aunt has just the groom in mind. The ruggedly handsome and deliciously thicc Scotsman who showed up at her aunt’s memorial, bagpipes at the ready.

When his dear friend and mentor Sable Everly passed away, Mason McInroy knew she would leave a sizable hole in his heart. He never imagined she’d leave him more than enough money to settle the debt that’s keeping him from returning home to Scotland. He also never imagined that Sable would use her dying breaths to play match-maker, trapping Mason and her beautiful niece in a marriage scheme that comes with more complications than either of them need.

With no choice but to say I do, the unlikely pair try to make the best of a messy situation. They had no plans to actually fall in love.

**This is a stand alone romance that can be read along with RAFE: A Buff Male Nanny. It features a woman sick to death of her family's sh*t and a plus-size Scotsman who just wants to make sweet, sweet music. And love.**

Show Notes: 
- Sponsored promo for Owner of a Broken Heart by Cheris Hodges 
- The hidden talents you should put on your resume 
- Introducing Charia Rose and taking it back to our time in Chicago
- Status Update: "In Progress" 
- Have you followed us on Patreon? We've got Bonus Content coming your way this March.  
- We need more pegging in romance novels. Period.
- Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends Book #1)
- Creating strong black characters and thinking beyond Black History Month 
- The problems with "color blind" casting and our high school theatre woes 
- Plot synopsis for Xeni
- Why don't we have more plus size men in romance novels?
- Also, do people have a thing for big hands?
- Shoutout to the ladies - we're all witches and princesses. Look out, gents!
- Pegging, Fisting, and Sexcerpts, oh my! 
- Safe Oral Sex? Yes, please. No dirty dicks for us. 
- Heart, Heat, & Humor
- Should we start a Boobies & Noobies book club? We want to hear from you! 
- The Drunk Fanfiction Podcast Charia and I need.

Shoutouts: 
Tamara Lush on Wattpad - Shelf Love
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Abby Bokun, from our Frisky Fanfiction Steamy Spotlight episode
Suck My Fanfic

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Grand Theft N.Y.E.

Grand Theft N.Y.E.

February 21, 2020

This episode is brought to you by Kensington's newest title from Alexandra Ivy, The Intended Victim. You can find The Intended Victim wherever books are sold. Find out more at Kensingtonbooks.com. 

The Novella:
Grand Theft N.Y.E.

The Author: 
Katrina Jackson 

The Noobies: 
Chauncey Woods (IG: @chaunceeee_)
So She Slays (@sosheslays)

The Synopsis:
Cleo Wright is just a happy scammer on a mission to rob a rich man before his ex-wife or the federal government seize all of his money and possessions. She's not expecting to meet another rich man who makes her want to use her nimble fingers for other, not thieving, things. But Robert Shimizu is just that man.

The two share a night of fast cars, expensive champagne and the best sex of her life. But Cleo is who she is and when Robert wakes up the next morning, she's long gone... with his car and a few other very expensive possessions.

It takes him months to track down the woman who stole his favorite watch and his heart, but when he does, there's fireworks.

Content Warnings:
Mentions of parental illness and death

Show Notes: 
- Sponsored promo for The Intended Victim by Alexandra Ivy
- "What's your sign, girl?" Our take on astrology
- So She Slays: a community that's your friend, but also tells it like it is
- The next show for you to get hooked on: The Circle
- She's Into It, a podcast/webseries featuring Shan Berries
- Katrina Jackson on Shelf Love Podcast 
- Highlighting Black History Month - "It's not just for black people; it's for everyone."
- Romance vs. Erotica and Erotic Romance
- Why we need more interracial couples in romance that don't include white people 
- Book Synopsis & Analysis 
- Cleo: a female protagonist with BIG CLIT ENERGY
- Robert: a rich snack (Kelly's picturing Henry Golding with a beard)
- Why is everyone 28 years old in romance novels?
- Who doesn't love a good con-artist story? But also, we need more con-women. 
- Not a lot of complaints about this one!
- Katrina Jackson's breaking down all the racial stereotypes in romance
- Tara Janzen's Steele Street series
- The Renaissance of Kristen Stewart
- Heart, Heat, & Humor
- Could this be a modern take on dating? 
- We're reading to manifest our own romances by reading romance!

Shoutouts: 
Katrina Jackson on Shelf Love
So She Slays
She's Into It 
Shan Berries, co-host of She's Into It 
Joanne the Scammer

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Just One More

Just One More

February 17, 2020

This episode is sponsored by Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, published by Cleis Press. 

The Novella:
Just One More: a Valentine's Day Novella 

The Author: 
Jodie Slaughter 

The Noobies: 
Krystal (IG: @krystal_casey)
Cambria (IG: @camofclansquare)

The Synopsis:
Tattoo artist Whitney Harris loves Valentine’s Day.

The bright colors, giant hearts, and sugary sweet coating that seems to cover the world on February 14th make her feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy inside. She may be more festive than the average person, but her plans for her long weekend are pretty tame. As long as she gets to stay in her bed, marathon a ton of romantic movies, and eat at least three of her favorite pink heart cupcakes, she’ll count it as a win. The very last thing she expects is for a handsome stranger to completely upend all of that.

The only thing Victor Grant enjoys more than being a barber is Valentine’s Day.

For him, it’s all about the experience of romance and the possibility of forever. The man loves love and he’s determined to be apart of his own great love story someday. Even if that means taking a few losses along the way when things don’t work out. Just when he thinks his Valentine’s Day has turned into a total bust, a beautiful stranger crashes into his life and suddenly makes his long weekend a lot more interesting.

A near-disastrous first meeting brings them together, but with both chemistry and desire running high, one sexy night together doesn’t feel nearly enough like true satisfaction.

Details:
Sponsored promo for Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5
Pounce, the game of Competitive Solitaire: Who knew that was a thing?
Travel Collectibles 
Black History Month... but why is it the shortest month of the year? 
Joaquin Phoenix - You never know what to expect when the man opens his mouth
Valentine's Day Plans 
The Book
The "Straight" Man/Woman Character vs. Their Quirky Best Friends
Sandy is the Worst Character in Grease
First Person POV or no? Cambria Hates Holden Caulfield.
Heart, Heat, & Humor 
When it comes to the sex, Whitney + Vic = #SexGoals
If you had to choose between men and cupcakes...?
The future of romance for Krystal and Cambria...

Shoutouts: 
Alyssa Cole's The Reluctant Royals series 

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An Extraordinary Union

An Extraordinary Union

February 7, 2020

The Novel:
An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League Book 1)

The Author: 
Alyssa Cole 

The Noobies: 
MK McFadden (IG: @themkmcfadden)

The Synopsis:
As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past...

Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.

Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.

Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy's favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other...

Show Notes:
2019: The year romantic comedies made a comeback
The Oscar Noms + a brief rant about white people
Plea for better roles for actors of color - a romance with Gabrielle Union & John Cho?
Black History Month Romance Reviews
Historical romance is sexy, too
Romance novels on film - The Bridgertons, Virgin River on Netflix
Heart, Heat, & Humor 
RWA drama #TeamCourtney

Shoutouts: 
Norma Perez-Hernandez
Shelf Love Podcast
The Ripped Bodice 

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Hot Shot

Hot Shot

February 4, 2020

This episode is sponsored by Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, published by Cleis Press. 

The Novel:
Hot Shot

The Author: 
Robin Bielman 

The Noobies: 
Nathan Zachary Brown (IG: @na_zac)

The Synopsis:
He believes in fate…

Here’s my plan: Crash through the ceiling of my family’s business to become the best hotelier on the West Coast. Nothing rattles me when it comes to a challenge and hard work, but when I spot my almost one-night-stand in my lobby, I’m thrown totally off my game. Alejandra is my dream girl. The one I can’t forget who got away – literally. Which might explain why I blurt out to my meddlesome, matchmaking grandmother that Alejandra is my date for her fast approaching and highly choreographed eightieth birthday party.

She’s been on pause…

Some decisions are harder than others, but agreeing to a date with Drew isn’t one of them. He’s a charming and gorgeous curveball I didn’t see coming, but the more time we spend together, the harder it is to remember to play it safe. I’ve made a promise, and even though I’m now torn: I have to honor it in order to move on from the past. Drew feels like my future, but I’m about to put everything I want in jeopardy.

Show Notes:
Promo Spot for Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5
Nerdy Fandoms & Meddling Grandmas 
Thank You's to Robin Bielman - she put us in her book!?
Which feisty broad should play Rosemary in the miniseries?
Ranking the American Royalty books
Heart, Heat, & Humor 

Shoutouts: 
Robin Bielman
Tule Publishing
Emilio Garcia
The Society
Claire Kingsley

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Sexy Spotlight: 2020 Reads & Podcast Goals

Sexy Spotlight: 2020 Reads & Podcast Goals

January 24, 2020

This episode is sponsored by Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, published by Cleis Press. 

Summary:
In the THIRD season premiere, Kelly shares her goals for the season ahead, discusses a few alterations to the Boobies & Noobies show format, and offers up a sneak peek to the February reading schedule. Plus, can you guess our Top 5 Most-Anticipated Romance Reads for 2020? 

Show Notes:
Promo Spot for Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5
Quick Recap of Season Two Goals & Achievements
Season Three Goals 
Heart, Heat, & Humor
January Patreon Thank You's
Sneak Peek at February Reads - Black History Month
Have something you want us to read for the podcast? 

Top 5 Most Anticipated Romance Reads for 2020
1. Love According to Science (Dirty Martini Running Club Book #2) by Claire Kingsley: January 23rd 
2. Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenals Book #6) by Lisa Kleypas: February 18th 
3. Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams: March 10th  
4. Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson: May 19th 
5. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon: June 9th 

Shoutouts: 
My Worst Date Podcast
Quick & Dirty Romance Podcast 

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Baby, it’s Hot in Here (Boobsmas #12)

Baby, it’s Hot in Here (Boobsmas #12)

December 25, 2019

The Novella:
Baby, it's Hot in Here

The Author: 
Olivia T. Turner 

The Noobies: 
Katie Sullivan (IG: @katie_sullivan.19)

The Synopsis:
Sneak into my Christmas office party my friend said...
It won't be a big deal she said...

Well, now I have her hot CEO Trevor Benotti staring me down with his hungry eyes like Santa staring at a plate of cookies. It all started when I spotted him at the bar. I knew immediately that he was the true alpha male in the room. Power and authority flowed off him in waves and he had so much confidence, you'd swear he owned the entire world.

I didn't think I could ever be with a man like him. A big curvy girl like me would need a Christmas miracle for that to happen. Well, luckily there's always a little magic in the air at Christmas time. Because when Mr. Benotti sees me, all my dreams come true. I'm all he wants for Christmas. He's obsessed with unwrapping me to get to his new toys underneath my dress. And Mr. Benotti is the kind of dominant man who always gets what he wants. Looks like I'm going to have a very Merry Christmas...

Billionaire Mr. Benotti may be dressed like Santa but he's down to get Scrooged. One look at his full-figured curvy girl and this Over-The-Top possessive alpha is ready to pull out his candy cane and get put on the naughty list.

SAFE, no cheating, and a sweet Christmasy HEA that will make you wish that X-Mas was every day! Enjoy and Happy Holidays! - OTT

Giveaway Winner:
Amy Latas 

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