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".
We're joined by Lora Haddock who is the founder of pleasure tech company Lora DiCarlo. We chat a
We’re joined by Robin Covington to chat about her sizzling books, why we love controversial characters, and how hard it would be to pick a designated survivor of Romancelandia!
We're joined by debut author Adriana Herrera to chat about American Dreamer, the details she included about Afro-Latinx cuisine that made us hungry when we were reading, and how romance could handle stories that include trauma better.
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!
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!
Katee Robert joins us to talk about The Fearless King, juggling motherhood with writing, and her plans for a series inspired by classic villains!
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.
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!
Victoria Denault joins us to talk hockey romance and tell us all about the latest in her San Francisco Thunder series, Now or Never! She tells us the story of actor/comedian Paul Sheer live tweeting her book to make up for mocking the cover on social media--and what it was like to be caught in a public kerfuffle like that. We also chat about her recent move from LA to a small village in France (where we hope she's enjoying her wine and cheese and French countryside and we're not even a little bit jealous!).
We're joined by New York Times bestselling author, Darynda Jones! Darynda tells us all about her Charley Davidson series, which has just come to its conclusion with Summoned to Thirteenth Grave. She also talks about falling for her husband at the age of 10, discovering her son was deaf, her degree in Sign Language Interpreting, and her journey to becoming an author.
We're joined again by the fabulous Sophie Jordan to talk about her new YA release, The Me I Meant to Be, as well as our New Year's resolutions (or lack thereof), and books we're excited about in 2019!
We chat about what we've been reading recently and reflect on 2018.
We're joined by New York Times Bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt! She tells us about her new series that starts with Not the Duke's Darling, the secret society of women that it features, and where her often dark storylines come from.
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!
We’re joined this week by award winning romance author Priscilla Oliveras to chat about how she got her start in romance, her experiences as an RWA board member (and some of the challenges the organization faces), and how her characters become like family to her. We also talk all about her Matched to Perfection series, the latest of which is Their Perfect Melody--featuring a victim's advocate heroine and a hero who's a Spanish guitar playing Chicago PD officer.
We’re joined this week by the utterly charming Gail Garriger to talk about her fabulous books, her journey into romance, and her experiences as an archaeologist!
It's our one year anniversary, and we couldn't be more honored that you've chosen to spend time with us and be part of this incredible journey! The show has grown into something much bigger than we could ever have hoped for a year ago!
We start this episode reflecting on the past year, sharing all the cool new Wicked Wallflowers stuff we're working on, and then go into a discussion of the fabulous books we've been reading lately. Fair warning, wine was consumed during the recording of this episode!
We were overly ambitious when we recorded, and the website changes aren't quite finished yet, but it should be all up, running, user friendly, and gorgeous by the end of this week, so keep an eye out!
We're joined by literary agent extraordinaire, Courtney Miller-Callihan! She answers all of our burning questions about what it means to be a literary agent, how she became one, and why she loves it!
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!
We're joined by bestselling author, Maya Rodale! We discuss her outstanding new release, Duchess by Design...as well as how she started reading romance, some of the real historical inspiration for her books, why the Gilded Age is so awesome, feminism, and much more!
We're joined by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake! They are two bestselling, prolific authors who talk all about their gloriously filthy stories, their writing process, and a slew of random topics!
In this fourth edition of What We're Reading, we're joined by special guest Eva Moore! Eva is an author and admin of OSRBC (Old School Romance Book Club) on Facebook and one of the founders of a new book club on Instagram called Romanced by the Book.
We're joined by USA Today bestselling author And J. Christopher and special guest cohost Jenny Holiday. We chat about her upcoming release with Berkley, Not the Girl You Marry. We also discuss Andie's dating history, that time she flashed a priest, and what it was like for her growing up in Minnesota.
We managed to get an author and her editor in front of the mic at the same time! We’re joined by New York Times Bestselling author Carolyn Brown and her editor at Forever Romance, Leah Hultenschmidt. We chat about Carolyn’s latest releases, why people love cowboy romances, how they both came to romance, Carolyn’s personal romance with her husband, and much more!
We're joined by debut author, Alexa Martin and special guest cohost, Maureen Lee Lenker! Alexa chats with us about her book, Intercepted, what it was like being a real life NFL wife, her love of reality TV, and much more!
We're joined by Kennedy Ryan, a Top 100 Amazon bestseller, to chat about her newest release, Block Shot. We also fan girl over our love of Long Shot and talk about her deeply involved research process for that book and what it taught her about survivors of domestic violence.
Our guest this week is New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting. We chat about her latest release, The Good Luck Charm, what makes second chance romances so compelling, why she loves hockey romances, and so much more!
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!
Our third iteration of What We're Reading, featuring Jen Prokop from JenReadsRomance!
We chat about what we've been reading and give a few life updates on Sarah's new book and Jenny's adventures in motherhood. Also, dicksoap. We have thoughts.
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!
We're joined by Laurell K. Hamilton who is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series as well as the Merry Gentry series. We talk with her about her newest book, Serpentine, which is the 26th book in the Anita Blake series. We also chat about polyamory, what research into BDSM looked like in 1997, how she found out she’s allergic to mummies, and much more.
We’re joined by bestselling author Carolyn Mackler!
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.
We're joined by historical romance author, Valerie Bowman to talk about her new release, A Duke Like No Other, as well as favorite plays, and more!
We're joined by Robinne Lee to discuss her powerful debut novel, The Idea of You. Robinne is a graduate of Columbia Law School and is also an accomplished actress. She has been in films like Hitch and Seven Pounds as well as Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. We discuss her experiences as a writer and actress as well as the big themes from her book like ageism, the invisibility of "older" women, the madness of fame, and more!
We share what we've been up to and what we've been reading with special guest, Maureen Lee Lenker. Bonus: hear all about our first kisses, both real life and on stage!
We're joined by author Olivia Boothe. We talk about her debut novel, Wicked Dance, how she discovered romance, and how she balances writing with a difficult job in the field of child protective services.
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!
We're joined by Kevin Kneupper, an author and retired patent attorney who is one of the key figures in the ongoing #Cockygate scandal. Kevin answers our questions about the case, his role in it, and what the next steps are.
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!
A conversation with historical romance author Jess Michaels.
Erin Galloway, Associate Director of Publicity for Berkley, talks to us about book PR, favorite books, and upcoming releases she's excited about.
We're joined by Julia Whelan to discuss her debut novel, My Oxford Year, as well as her careers as an actress and audiobook narrator. We also learn what it means to be a Tea Master.
Janna MacGregor talks to us about The Bad Luck Bride, triplets, and travel.
Jenny and Sarah chat about the books they've been reading for the last few months (that aren't already the focus of another episode).
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.
This week our guest is Cathy Maxwell, a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. In this episode, we talk about her latest release, A Match Made in Bed, as well as her prolific writing career and her fascinating past as one of the first women in the Navy.
An episode talking all about fan fiction.
This week we’re joined by Lenora Bell. She is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances. In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for Best Historical.
In this episode we discuss her Mary Poppins-inspired historical romance What a Difference a Duke Makes and some of her other works. We also learn about her writing process, including the pop culture references she always includes and the rituals that help her stay focused and creative. She gets candid with us about some of the struggles of being a writer, including imposter syndrome and the difficulty of getting that second book out.
This week we’re joined by Eva Leigh, a historical romance novelist who also writes as Zoe Archer. Her latest release in her London Underground series is Counting on a Countess.
We discuss her four pen names, what it’s like to be married to another romance novelist, intersectional feminism, and historical orgies.
This week we’re joined by Jodi Ellen Malpas. She is the #1 NY Times and international bestselling author of the erotic This Man Trilogy and The One Night Trilogy, as well as several standalone novels.
In this episode we discuss what it was like to have This Man become an overnight success and her wild ride of a publishing journey from there. We also talk about adapting her novels for a Passionflix movie and TV series, the need for more full-frontal male nudity, and the casting process for her larger-than-life characters.
We're joined this week by Kelly Bowen who is the RITA award winning author of historical romance including her Lords of Worth series, A Season for Scandal series, and her new Devils of Dover series. We discuss her new release (A Duke in the Night), her background in agriculture, and which body part was most crucial in selecting the cover of her latest book.
This week we're joined by Grace Burrowes, a NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. We talk about her new book, A Rogue of Her Own, how her experience as a child welfare lawyer impacts her writing, and how writer's block isn't writer's block at all--but a key part of the process.
In this episode, we're joined by Jennifer Prokop, perhaps better known as @JenReadsRomance on Twitter. She's an avid romance reader and reviewer, and teaches middle school English, so she has a knack for breaking complex concepts down in a way that makes them easier to grasp. We discuss representation in romance, how to be better allies, and how uncomfortable but necessary these conversations are.
This week we’re joined by Jenny Holiday, a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical, gay and straight romance. We discuss her new release, One and Only, the epidemic of bridezillas, our theories on the romantic lives of Canadian ice dancers, and how she balances writing and motherhood.
In this episode we're joined by Cat Sebastian chatting about her latest book, It Takes Two to Tumble, and what we can expect from her next. We discuss everything from representation in romance novels to how they can help with Post Partum Depression.
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.
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.
We’re joined in this episode by Jennifer Armentrout. Jen is the #1 international and #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books, including Wait for You, the Lux series, the Dark Elements series, and Til Death.
In our interview we cover everything from her writing process to her love of llamas to the life altering diagnosis she received in 2015 and how she’s handling the knowledge that she’s losing her sight. We also get the scoop on her latest book, Moonlight Sins, the start of a sexy and intriguing new series that follows the three notorious de Vincent brothers.
In this episode, we’re joined by #1 NYT Bestselling author Christine Feehan. We’re so excited to share it with you, but we need to acknowledge and apologize that this isn’t our normal audio quality. Technology can be wonderful, but this time the interweb overlords got the best of us. Please bear with us—it improves after a few minutes and Christine is by far one of the most fascinating people we've talked to—a kickass romance novel heroine in her own right! Her latest book, Judgment Road, is the first in a new series called Torpedo Ink.
We're joined by historical romance author Rose Lerner to talk about her Lively St. Lemeston Regency series and her collaboration on Hamilton's Battalion. We discuss everything from the role of food to the role of religion in fiction, her writing process, and more!
We're joined this week by Alyssa Cole, the award winning author of contemporary, historical, and sci fi/fantasy romance. We discuss how Hamilton's Battalion came about, her powerful The Loyal League series, and her writing process--as well as why she no longer drinks martinis! We love her thoughts on why a Happily Ever After is important.
Today’s guest is Jayne Ann Krentz who is the author of more than 50 New York Times bestsellers. She writes romantic suspense in three different worlds under three different names: Jayne Ann Krentz for contemporary, Jayne Castle for futuristic/paranormal, and Amanda Quick for her historical novels. Her books have won numerous awards including the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America. There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.
I was excited to find out what drives Jayne to tell stories and learn as much as possible about the writing process of an author who has been so massively successful for so long—she’s clearly doing something right!
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!
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in September, and their latest is a contemporary romance, Roomies that just came out a few weeks ago. Their first Women’s Fiction, Love and Other Words in April.
In this episode we cover all kinds of topics from their writing process to how they were first introduced to romance—and eventually how they started writing it—with some funny reactions from the people in their lives. We also ask them about the comments Hillary Clinton recently made about romance novels to get their take on it.
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'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."
This week we interview Maureen Lee Lenker, writer of the monthly romance review column "Hot Stuff!" for Entertainment Weekly. We discuss our similar backgrounds, her relatively recent exposure to the genre, and what it's like to review romance novels for a living. We're looking forward to checking back in with Maureen next year to see how the column has grown!
Happy Wicked Wednesday, Wallflowers! We're back talking about our firsts and our favorites. Do you remember your first exposure to the genre? Sarah and I dig into our wildly different first encounters and then explore some of our favorites. We couldn't pick just one!
In this episode, we dig into (and dispel) some of the common misconceptions about romance and discuss how it has impacted our lives. We would love to hear from you too! What was your very first romance novel? Have you heard this nonsense before? Do you feel any shame or embarassment talking about what you read?