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Jess and Trisha discuss some more RWA work, takeaways from a Juneteeth Book Fest panel on writing Black romance, the delight for all readers in reading queer romance, and offer some favorites for Pride Month.

This episode is sponsored by Hey YA, Book Riot’s own podcast about all things young adult lit; Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community; and TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations, Book Riot’s personalized reading recommendation service, which now has gifting!

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RWA is working to support Dreamspinner authors who are owed money.

Here’s a great longform piece from Vox on the racism in RWA and how a new board is trying to turn things around.

Learn about the Juneteenth Book Fest and then watch the “Black Love: Writing Black Romance” panel!

Books Discussed

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Just Like That by Cole McCade

That Could be Enough by Alyssa Cole

Lord of the Last Heartbeat by May Petersen

Two Rogues Make a Right and It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

The Craft of Love by EE Ottoman

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Every Dark Desire by Fiona Zedde

Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones (read it now for our book club discussion in the next episode!)

Let us know what you thoughts of the Juneteeth Book Fest romance panel and what thoughts and questions you have about Getting Schooled! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address ( You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).