When In Romance
By Book Riot
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When In Romance is a biweekly show dedicated to romance novel news, gushing, and book recommendations!
||ExplicitEp #29: They Keep Bumping Into Each Other||Jess and Trisha discuss the Ripped Bodice’s annual report on the state of racial diversity in romance publishing, talk through some of the romance sales issues brought to light by a high-profile plagiarism event, and recommend books that sit all along the emotional spectrum.||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp #28: Who is the Frankenstein in this situation?||Jess and Trisha try to sort out a romance plagiarism garbage fire, discuss all of things they appreciate about Thirsty for the WIR book club, and give you some romance recs so that you can Read Harder.||2/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #27: Easing People In||Jess and Trisha talk about the first ever romance in Reese Witherspoon’s book club, a new title by E L James, romances that are rare – or sometimes just older – and we announce our new WIR Book Club pick!||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #26: Either Saluting You or Calling You Out||Jess and Trisha celebrate their first pod-iversary, roll their eyes at people who aren’t inclusive readers, praise the many attributes of a good romance novella, and then recommend some of their favorites.||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #25: Hang-Ups From Growing Up In The Irish Mob||Jess and Trisha start the year off right by discussing all the things they’re going to do better in 2019, a few of the many books they’re excited about in 2019, and some of the romance they read while they were away.||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #24: All Of The Wet Shirts||Jess and Trisha discuss Pride by Ibi Zoboi as part of the Great Big Romance Read; offer quick takes on some of the best and strangest news of 2018; and help you decide exactly what holiday romance is right for your seasonal circumstances.||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #23: The Healing Power of Romance: Our Holiday Recommendations Show||Jess and Trisha offer romance recommendations for under the radar picks for 2018, books for the romance film-lover in your life, non-book gifts from romancelandia, and more.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp #22: Going Hard in the Paint With Random Objects||Jess and Trisha are joined by delightful and insightful author Rebekah Weatherspoon to follow up on romance covers, discuss what makes a romance “fluffy,” and recommend some of our favorite fluffy reads.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #21: Let’s Just Call Him “Not Calvin”||Jess and Trisha talk about sports and independent women in Intercepted, wonder whether you should be able to judge a book by its cover, and share a few thoughts on Goodreads Readers Choice romance picks.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #20: All Worked Up By Pockets||Jess and Trisha tease the next WIR book club discussion, come to terms with their 2018 romance resolution shortcomings, look ahead to 2019 releases, and recommend some books with friendly, non-surly heroes.||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFriendly and Smiley and Handing Out Coffee||Jess and Trisha take a deep dive into Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin for the When In Romance book club, talk about how and why romance authors are writing employer/employee romance, and suggest a cool way you can support your local romance booksellers. Join the book club conversation by commenting on the show notes for this episode or on Twitter or Instagram. This episode is sponsored by Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack and by TBR, Book Riot’s new subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #18: Completely Distracted By Things||Jess and Trisha preview their When In Romance book club discussion, chat about what they’re reading, and do quick takes on topics from bad takes on romance covers to this exciting time in romance film and TV development to when's the right time for Christmas cowboys (hint: not yet). This episode is sponsored by Vampires Like it Hot by Lynsay Sands and The Cost of Betrayal: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #17: Look How We Accidentally Recommended All the Strippers||Jess and Trisha discuss the plagiarism and Kindle Unlimited stuffing, announce the first read for the When In Romance book club, chat about what they’re reading, and update everyone on the success of the #wheninromance hashtag. This episode is sponsored by Love You by Stacy Finz. Also! Go take the Book Riot Fall Reader Survey. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #16: Miss Scarlet is More Interesting Than Hester Prynne||Jess and Trisha shout out romance bestsellers, talk about a whole bunch of romance series and what draws us in, discuss Trisha’s arbitrary list of rules for children in romance novels, and announce the short list for the WIR book club read. This episode is sponsored by It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Timeby Kylie Scott, Blood Bond by Helen Hardt, and Chica Chocolate. Also! Book Riot is giving away 16 of the books featured on our Recommended podcast! Go to bookriot.com/recommended3 before August 31 to enter. Vote on our book club books by emailing Trisha or Jess (or via Twitter/Instagram)!A Night To Surrender by Tessa DareGlitterland by Alexis HallButterfly Swords by Jeannie LinIntercepted by Alexa MartinSubscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #15: People Who Aren't Evil Deserve An HEA||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. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley, and Chica Chocolate. Also! Book Riot is giving away 16 of the books featured on our Recommended podcast! Go to bookriot.com/recommended3 before August 31 to enter. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #14: The Difference Between “You” and “We”||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. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s own Recommended Podcastand Ignite by Angel Payne. Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year's best YA fiction and nonfiction so far!Go to bookriot.com/500yagiveaway to enter before July 31 to enter. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #13: Our Diamond Shoes Are So Tight: A Romance Mid-Year Check In||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.” This episode is sponsored by Hot Response by Shannon Stacey. Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year's best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Go to bookriot.com/500yagiveaway to enter before June 31 to enter. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #12: The Farmer Might Be The Nudist||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. This episode is sponsored by The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty and One Small Thing by Erin Watt. Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year's best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Go to bookriot.com/500yagiveaway before July 31 to enter. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCan I Say That On This Podcast?||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. This episode is sponsored by Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez and Frolic Media. Plus! Book Riot is giving away a $500 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! Go to bookriot.com/bookstore500 before June 21 to enter. Also, you should probably grab a copy of Sarah’s new book Wicked and the Wallflower. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play! And find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #10: Adorable People With So Many Issues||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. Plus! Book Riot is giving away a $500 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! Go to bookriot.com/bookstore500 before June 21 to enter. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep #9: From The RT Convention: First, Last, and Everything||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. This episode is sponsored by Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June and Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein. Plus! Book Riot is giving away a $500 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! Go to bookriot.com/bookstore500 to enter. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #8: You Get To Experience Brainstorming Live||Jess and Trisha delight in the winners of the (still odd) RT Awards, offer thoughts about preparing for RT and other book cons, and toss around a bunch of recs for the early days of May’s #RomBkLove challenge. This episode is sponsored by Geekerella by Ashley Poston and The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor. Plus! Book Riot is giving away 15 of the best mysteries and thrillers of the year so far! Go to bookriot.com/mysterygiveaway to enter. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Alisha Rai Recommends||Please enjoy this bonus excerpt, courtesy of the Recommended podcast, featuring Alisha Rai recommending Sonali Dev's A Distant Heart.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ep #7: Tropetonite Bingo||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. This episode is sponsored by As She Fades by Abbi Glines and The Perfect Duchess byErica Taylor. Also! Book Riot is giving away 15 of the best mysteries and thrillers of the year so far. Go to bookriot.com/mysterygiveaway to enter! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp #6: Twenty Different Happy Ever Afters||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 Jess and Trisha ran the world. This episode is sponsored by Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras and My Lady’s Choosing by Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Literally, Don’t Judge the Book By Its Cover||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. This episode is sponsored by Raw Power by Jackie Ashenden and Falling Star by Terri Osburn. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Is Very Complicated||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. This episode is sponsored by The Sweet Spot by Heather Heyford, and Penguin Teen’s If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. Also! Book Riot is doing a giveaway for $500 of Penguin Clothbound classics over on our Instagram account but only until March 13! $500 WORTH OF BOOKS. Go to instagram.com/bookriot to enter (giveaway post is sticky at the top of the profile).||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Mountain of a Man Named Stone||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. This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio 2018. Bonus! Book Riot is doing a giveaway for $500 of Penguin Clothbound classics over on our Instagram account. $500 WORTH OF BOOKS. Go to instagram.com/bookriot to enter (giveaway post is sticky at the top of the profile). Also – at about the 9 min mark of this episode we mention that you might want to skip ahead if the content of the next discussion isn’t for you. We promised to give the tick-tock for when you should rejoin us, and the magic moment to pop back in to the conversation is at 24:40.||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen in Romance Ep. #2: Valentine’s Day and Adorable Ferrets||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 featuring cranky dukes, dystopian settings, and two people partially brought together by a ferret (Jess swears it works). This episode is sponsored by audiOMG!, offering listeners three free audiobooks Feb 14-17, and by Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout, also available from audiOMG!||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen In Romance Ep. #1: Bemusedly Wary||Jess and Trisha discuss consensual sex in romance, puzzle over the lack of movies based on romance novels, and shrug at an announcement from the New York Times. This episode is sponsored by Your One And Only by Adrianne Finlay and Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann.||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen in Romance Ep. #0: Welcome to Romancelandia||Jess and Trisha introduce When in Romance, Book Riot's new biweekly podcast about all things romance novels.||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Needs a Producer
I love what this show is talking about, but the conversations are so disorganized. I wish the team would figure out a way to plan ahead – I think that would tighten the podcast and make it sound more professional.
Really enjoying the podcast. After a long break from romance novels, you’ve renewed my enthusiasm for the genre. FYI - one of your recent episodes was sponsored by Maya Rodale’s book, “Duchess by Design.” It sounded interesting, so I went out and bought it. It does not disappoint. It’s witty and sweet. I love the comedic repetition of phrases and the call backs as the book progresses. Great balance between historical ambience and modern sensibilities. Maybe a little too much use of the One. Word. Sentence. But it’s easy to overlook, since the book is so much fun. I will definitely read more Mara Rodale books. So Sponsor Win! And thanks for your podcast.
The Podcast Romance Readers Deserve--Finally!
Two intelligent women talk intelligently about romance--what a breath of fresh air! I appreciate that the hosts discuss all kinds of topics related to romancelandia, including problematic issues. I've also learned about authors I should check out that I had never considered before. Keep it up, ladies!