Want to find your next bingeable podcast? Don’t know where to start? Scared you’ve missed something? We have listed episodes from our amazing podcasters from the last week for you to check out!
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: 382. Our Favorite Books of the Year, Part Two: Shana, Sneezy, and Aarya
We’re looking back at our favorite books of the year with the SBTB team with reviewers from around the globe. Shana talks about the books she thought were perfection this year, the pop culture discoveries in romance fiction that she wishes were real, and our appreciation of sewing, embroidery, and other art forms that are often coded as feminine. Sneezy shares the books that she loved most this year, especially those that caused a high grade of catharsis and taught her how to human more. Aarya breaks down all the elements that worked for her inside a book coming out on the 31st (no spoilers!) and narrows her list of 22 books down to 5, all of which explore themes of family and identity.
The Mermaid Podcast: Mermaids in Latin America and the Caribbean
What do mermaids have to do with zombies, monsters and saints? Laura von Holt interviews Persephone Braham about the mermaid mythology of Latin America and the Caribbean. From the evolution of the word sirenas, to mermaid iconography in religious works and art, to the mermaid’s role in colonialism, this in-depth interview covers the vast and multi-faceted role of mermaids in history, religion, literature and art. Learn about the sirenas relationship to Spanish sirens, mistaken manatees, mother-figures, the Virgin Regla, and Afro-Latin water deities, particularly Yemaya and Mami Wata.
Tea & Strumpets: 015 – Eight Nights Anthology – A Highlander for Hanukkah
Now that we’ve celebrated Christmas, it’s time for the Festival of Lights! This year we’re spending it in Edinburgh and it looks like the gift of a hot, highland man just keeps on giving. Do ye get where I’m going with this lads and lassies? This is only one of two Hanukkah tales that take place in the regency. We know because we looked, hard. This one also included some cool history facts and Zoë gets to put her Hebrew skills to good use (like she learned it in Israel so it’s the real deal and Kelsey was only a bit impressed, but only a bit!). Let’s get into our next holiday novella, A Highlander for Hanukkah by Lori Ann Bailey. **Spoilers, Oy vey!**
You’re gonna have the Macca-BEST TIME listening to these two LA Jews discuss “Burning Bright” – an anthology of short love stories that all take place during Hanukkah. ($2.99) Writer Joshua Weiner joins Becky in a podcast episode that neither one them remembers recording.
Couples Talking Couples: Fifty Shades of Grey
Sign your NDA and summon your inner goddess because this week Ashley and Ryan celebrate their 50th episode by delving into “Fifty Shades of Grey!” This week they discuss potential sexy spinoffs, the pros and cons of love contracts, and who is to blame for this books success.
Learning the Tropes: The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
This week Erin and Clayton read The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston and talked about shirtless Hollister models, how the Crows need to work on their onboarding process, and whether or not this is even a Romance (!)
Funmi (romance reader, reviewer, aspiring writer), a fierce and passionate advocate for Black romance, shares her own story of becoming a romance reader, and we discuss who is worthy of a Happily Ever After. This week’s romance worth reading is Equivalent Exchange by Christina C. Jones. We discuss themes of therapy, health literacy, and what Black contemporary authors are doing to destigmatize mental health in their communities. We also talk about how books might not be for you…but why you should still read them.
Big Gay Fiction Podcast: Episode 219: Christmas Spirit with A E Ryecart
A E Ryecart joins Jeff and Will to talk about her holiday stories “A Christmas Wedding” and “The Boss of Christmas Present.” She also talks with the guys about her other series, how she got started in writing and what led her to gay romance as well as where she might be headed in 2020. The new segment Romance Revisited is unveiled. Reviews this week include “Mr. Right Now” by Annabeth Albert ,“He’s Behind You” “A Royal Christmas Cruise” by Max Walker and “The Christmas Dragon’s Mate” by Silvia Violet.
First Cup of Coffee with Jeffe Kennedy: December 13, 2019
Reminding you all that there’s nothing new under the sun and no one gets to own a genre or ideas, but that copyright IS important. Really, both things can be true. I also take photos of the sunrise.
First Cup of Coffee – December 16, 2019: On being a full-time author and the reality of finances if you don’t have a salaried & benefitted spouse – plus progress on revisions and how I organize my books.