Jess and Trisha discuss RITA judging past and future, Jess’s non-definitive list of who deserves an HEA, and depressing reminders that Twitter trolls are toxic and dangerous.
Jess and Trisha discuss some excellent and important RWA speeches by Suzanne Brockmann and Sonali Dev; note the anti-climactic end of a certain trademark battle; and talk more about the romance (books) still to come in 2018.
Jess and Trisha discuss the biggest romance news, books, and authors in 2018 so far. Plus, Jess has the top score on the first ever “When In Romance Mid-Year Quiz.”
Jess and Trisha discuss the challenges in finding romance by AOC with queer characters, plan to get better acquainted with the Emma Award winners, and have some recommendations for anyone looking for romance with couples past the age of 40.
Jess and Trisha are joined by special guest co-host Sarah MacLean, and the three of them discuss what might be “taboo” in romance; what should definitely be off-limit in romance (spoiler alert: it is still Nazis and it will always be Nazis); and recommend some great romances with LGBTQA+ characters for Pride Month.
Jess and Trisha give some (non-lawyer) updates on #cockygate, talk about the role of fan-voted “best of” lists, offer a podcast high-five to Stacey Abrams, and start talking about their favorite books of 2018 so far.
Jess and Trisha offer some thoughts and updates on #cockygate; react to the news that the Romantic Times publication, convention, and awards are coming to an end; and talk about the books we’ve picked up at RT 2018 that have us excited.
Jess and Trisha delight in the winners of the (still odd) RT Awards, offer thoughts about preparing for RT and other book cons/festivals, and toss around a bunch of recs for the early days of May’s #RomBkLove challenge.
Please enjoy this bonus excerpt, courtesy of the Recommended podcast, featuring Alisha Rai recommending Sonali Dev's A Distant Heart.
Jess and Trisha discuss the implications of how race and class are represented in historical romance, have some VERY strong feelings about the denigration of the romance genre by those who profit from it, and delight in some romance that’s either new or soon to be coming your way.
Trisha and Jess discuss about Amazon changing the categories and rules for erotica, talk about why it matters that the RITA awards are failing hard at inclusion, and recommend some books that would win awards if they ran the bookish world.
Jess and Trisha talk about who’s losing with Audible’s romance subscription service, consider some of what makes romance unique in the world of self-publishing, deliver news about a couple of publishers, and – as always – recommend books.
Trisha and Jess wade into an author identity maelstrom, work to untangle the implications of The Ripped Bodice's Report on Diversity in Romance Publishing, and wrestle with the age old question of what to read next.
Jess and Trisha make an important clarification about who gets publishing deals in romance, discuss who is and is not - EVER - redeemable even in fiction, and play Calvinball with romance awards for books from 2017.
Trisha and Jess talk about how non-romance fans talk and write about romance in the Valentine’s Day season; discuss romance authors’ use of pseudonyms; and offer recommendations for readers featuring cranky dukes, dystopian settings, and two people partially brought together by a ferret (Jess swears it works).