Jess and Trisha are joined by the wonderful Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for a mid-year check in, and they discuss all things romance in 2019 so far – big news, breakout authors, and books we’ve loved and want everyone to read.
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Allow Courtney Milan to remind you about the #CopyPasteCris situation. (You can also revisit some of our episodes from the spring.)
Listen to Sarah’s interview with Kristy (CaffeinatedFae) and Claire Ryan, and visit the website for Claire’s software in progress that will help detect plagiarism.
The Bridgerton Series made some great casting announcements.
Here’s that Book Riot “Best of 2019 So Far” list we mentioned.
And here’s the episode of Smart Podcast, Trashy Books featuring Jess and Trisha.
Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell
Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell
Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell
These are the authors who are breaking out in 2019 (or who are about to!) along with where you can start with their books:
Linda Holmes – Evvie Drake Starts Over
Alisha Rai – The upcoming book is The Right Swipe
Anna Zabo – The Twisted Wishes series starts with Syncopation
We also talked about these books that we’ve loved so far this year:
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo
Kiss and Cry by Mina V. Esguerra
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole
The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau
A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole
Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Let us know what romance authors you think are having a big 2019 and what you’ve been reading and loving this year! Find Sarah online at smartbitchestrashybooks.com or (for the podcast) smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast; on Instagram and Twitter @smartbitches; OR you can email her at email@example.com! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the shiny new WIR email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can still catch us at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).