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The Accidental Pinup is Here! + Interview with Danielle Jackson

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We took a break and feel great! But we’re so happy to be back!!

Danielle is attempting to go on vacation and release a book and work at the bookshop all at the same time. But she actually updated the News and Events sections of her website—go look at them!

Gwen got a NEW PUPPY (who is noisily chewing/playing with her bone throughout this episode)! That is both her vibe and her achievement this week, and we are here for it.

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What pop culture have we been consuming this summer?

We both HIGHLY recommend The Bear (FX on Hulu).

What Gwen is watching: Loot (Apple TV+), Barry (HBO Max)

What Danielle is watching: Heartstopper (Netflix), Ms. Marvel (Disney+) Queen Sugar (OWN/Hulu), Wimbledon

What Gwen is reading: Meet Me in The Bathroom by Lizzie Goodman

What Danielle is reading: Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley, Heartbreaker by Sara MacLean (August), Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng (October); re-reads: the entire Reluctant Royals Series by Alyssa Cole, all of Lore Olympus on Webtoons

What Gwen is listening to: Podcasts: You Must Remember This, Spectacle podcast, You’re Wrong About (Go Ask Alice); Music: Wet Leg, WILLOW, Beyonce, Bob Moses

What Danielle is listening to: Podcasts: Newcomers (MCU season), Wait is This a Date w/ Drew Gregory and Christina Tucker; Music: Harry’s House

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Interview with Danielle Jackson (we know her!)

THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP hits stores on July 19th!

For buy links and info to order personalized, signed copies from independent bookstores: https://daniellejacksonbooks.com/books

Website: https://daniellejacksonbooks.com/

https://twitter.com/DJacksonBooks

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https://www.goodreads.com/daniellejackson

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle didn’t really spend a ton of time outside like she wanted to (plans to make up for this in FL!)… This week, Danielle wants to focus on enjoying vacation and her book launch week!!!! She has found immense comfort in Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream Ice Cream and Pilot Acroball Fine Point ballpoint pens (Gwen recommends Pentel Energel RTX pens as well)

Gwen did cook for herself while her husband was on a business trip, but then her fridge died, so... This week, Gwen wants to potty train her new pup, Aria! Her comfort this week comes from La Colombe Coffee (found at our beloved Costco, natch)

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A Caribbean Heiress in Paris Book Club!

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We’re both doing our best to deal with the news, but Gwen has a very clean apartment after getting a new Dyson cordless vacuum, and Danielle has been reading a TON!

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Main Discussion

Welcome to the first FF Podcast Book Club! We read A CARIBBEAN HEIRESS IN PARIS by Adriana Herrera. We really loved it!

Gilded Age Recs: Mr. Selfridge, The Paradise, The Buccaneers, The Age of Innocence, Howards End, Ken Burns’s Gilded Age Documentary

PS—No one understood the Gilded Glamour assignment at this year’s Met Gala.

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle was supposed to work in her garden, but did not. This week, she would like to spend time outside every day.

Gwen did not organize her office (but has a deadline to do so in a couple of days!). This week, she wants to cook for herself instead of ordering food while her husband is away.

Danielle has been enjoying the graphic novels by Reina Telgemeier! Gwen loves her teak shower foot roller!

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Summer Host Check-In + Christina Lauren Interview

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Danielle has a cold but finished book 2!

Gwen is nervous and excited to go on a work retreat and outlining her schedule in her journal has helped with her mood!

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Host Check-In + Summer Rapid Fire

We are ready for summer! Some highlights from this rambling discussion:

Gwen enjoyed her vacations to Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania, but enjoyed being home most (to watch *Nsync videos and walk around with her BFF).

Danielle remembers going to San Francisco and really enjoying the touristy stuff!

Yogurt parfaits and Oreo ice cream cakes are IMPORTANT.

We like ice cream a lot, actually.

Danielle is going to publish a book this summer! Gwen is going to the beach!!

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Interview with {author name}

SOMETHING WILDER, now available!

https://christinalaurenbooks.com/

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Adventurous Movie Recs: Romancing the Stone, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Goonies, Fool’s Gold, Tangled, Speed, The Princess Bride.

What’s Bringing CLo joy: BTS and K-Pop! Jungkook’s Bad Guy lip-sync convinced Lauren to become a part of the BTS Army!

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle sort of kind of maybe started working on something new, and would like to give her garden some extra attention. Gwen organized her pantry, and needs to spend more time organizing everything else, especially her desk and what is behind her during video calls.

Danielle recommends Tony’s Chocoloney’s Chocolate Bars and Gwen is really into the oat milk mochas she gets from her new café!

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Page-to-Screen Adaptations + Abby Jimenez Interview

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Gwen is feeling cozy! Danielle is tired!

Gwen washed and put away all of her clothes after her big move; Danielle made her family pound cake for Easter.

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Main Discussion

Let’s face it—we love a book adaptation, whether it’s on TV or a movie!

Gwen:  You, Trainspotting, The Princess Diaries, Atonement, Virgin Suicides, Normal People

Danielle: Shakespeare remakes—Romeo & Juliet, Romeo + Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tragedy of Macbeth, 10 Things I Hate About You, O, Hamlet; Austen—Clueless, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta; TV Adaptations—Poldark, Station Eleven, My Brilliant Friend, Good Omens, “YA”: The Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Heartstopper

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Interview with ABBY JIMENEZ

PART OF YOUR WORLD, now available!

Nadia Cakes, Abby’s cupcake shop (she won Cupcake Wars!)

Movie Deal Announcement for The Happy Ever After Playlist

Abby’s Page-to-Screen recs: Warm Bodies, The Hating Game

Gwen’s Page-to-Screen recs: Clueless, My Brilliant Friend

Danielle’s Page-to-Screen recs: Trainspotting, Little Women

Connect with Abby:

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Last time, Gwen wanted to finish packing and move... and she did! Now she’d like to organize her pantry. Gwen is also really enjoying Julia on HBO Max.

Danielle tried to read a nonfiction book but did not. This week, she’d like to write something new, not related to what she’s working on right now. Related to writing, Danielle has found comfort in long-form journal writing, and Gwen suggested she consider doing The Artist’s Way!

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Pop Culture Weddings + Mia Sosa Interview

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It’s Spring Break and Danielle is in the thick of book 2 revisions! Also, everyone should check out ALL MY RAGE by Sabaa Tahir. Gwen is MOVING and by the time this episode airs, she will be in her new place!

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WEDDINGS!

Danielle got married at the height of Pinterest weddings and made all of her flowers out of paper and book pages. Gwen was 40 minutes late to her outdoor wedding in the hills of Virginia and it had a “movie” theme.

Memorable TV Weddings

Gwen: Kelly and Zack on Saved by the Bell, Luke and Laura on General Hospital, Jim and Pam on The Office, the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones

Danielle: Meredith and Derek on Grey’s Anatomy (the post-it note), All of Parks & Rec’s surprise weddings, David and Patrick on Schitt’s Creek, Ralph Angel and Darla on Queen Sugar

Wedding Movies

Gwen: All versions of Father of the Bride, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Bridesmaids, Sex and the City, The Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Danielle: Also Father of the Bride, Crazy Rich Asians, The Wedding Planner, Monsoon Wedding, About Time

Pop Culture Moments: Meghan and Harry, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Bisset

Books: Nora Robert’s The Bride Quartet, Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series by Jenny Holiday, D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins, Mia Sosa’s The Worst Best Man and The Wedding Crasher

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Interview with Mia Sosa

THE WEDDING CRASHER

THE WORST BEST MAN

Connect with Mia: Website | Newsletter | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Romance tropes that Mia loves: Friends-to-Lovers, Fake Dating, Grumpy-Sunshine

What’s making Mia happy: Love is Blind on Netflix

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle did not read a nonfiction book, but she wants to read You Got Anything Stronger by Gabrielle Union (she also finally cleaned her desk!). This week, Danielle wants to actually read a nonfiction book!

Gwen succeeded in packing up her kitchen stuff and needs to continue to pack because she is literally moving in 24 hours.

Danielle has been reading old school romances: Morning Glory by Lavyrle Spencer and Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas. Gwen went to her local cookie kiosk!

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SELF-CARE + KATE SPENCER INTERVIEW

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Gwen has been traveling and booked movers! Danielle has been going outside and started working on more book 2 revisions!

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Main Discussion

Self-care has changed so much and is incredibly personal. We’re discussing our own self-care practices and how we approach taking care of ourselves.

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Our interview with KATE SPENCER

IN A NEW YORK MINUTE

Kate’s Website

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Kate’s memoir: THE DEAD MOM’S CLUB

Forever35 Podcast

Book recs from Kate: the entire Ice Planet Barbarians series (and spinoffs!) by Ruby Dixon, PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry, ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Herron, A THOUSAND MILES by Bridget Morrissey (6/21), FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK by Elissa Sussman (4/12)

Kate has a new puppy! The Encanto soundtrack is giving her entire household life. And she recommends the folk singer Henry Jamison, especially for writing!

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle did not clean her desk (and probably won’t now that revisions have started) but would like to read a nonfiction book. Gwen did not start going through her closets but thinks packing up her kitchen might be a better place to start.

Danielle loves her Old Skool platform Vans.

Gwen is reading and loving Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Oscar Predictions + Kristy Woodson Harvey Interview

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It’s cold and dreary in both Washington and Illinois. Gwen has found a new apartment and Danielle hosted two events: a virtual event with Lauren Kate and a sold-out in-person event with Bob Odenkirk.

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Main Discussion

In just a few short weeks, this year’s Academy Awards will be handed out. Gwen and Danielle discuss if the Oscaras “matter” anymore, what goes into Oscar campaigns, and of course, our predictions for this year’s winners! We don’t over all the categories, but you can find a full list of nominees here: https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2022.

Danielle mentioned the podcast Fat Mascara, and in particular episodes with Cruella makeup artist Nadia Stacey and Gwen Stefani.

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Interview with Kristy Woodson Harvey

THE WEDDING VEIL will be in stores on March 29th! It is set at the legendary Biltmore Estate.

Kristy’s Peachtree Bluff series has been optioned to be adapted into a TV series! She told us about helping write the pilot and more exclusive details.

Reading is Kristy’s self-care! She recommends GILT by Jamie Brenner, REMINDERS OF HIM by Colleen Hoover, ONCE UPON A WARDROBE by Patty Callahan, THE HOMEWRECKERS by Mary Kay Andrews, and books by William Kent Kreuger.

Head to Kristy’s website, sign up for her newsletter, and find her on Instagram and Facebook. She’s also a part of the Friends & Fiction Facebook group!

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

We gave ourselves a break from goals last time! This week, Gwen wants to clean out her closet and Danielle needs to clean her desk! Danielle bought a huge tub of Stonefire Naan Dippers from Costco and has been enjoying them immensely. Gwen is loving the Salt & Straw Pot of Rainbows cereal-flavored ice cream.

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Quote-Unquote Cool Girls + Mia P. Manansala Interview

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It has been... a week, LOL!

Gwen is going to her first concert in a while—Eddie Vedder!

Danielle did a virtual event with friend of the pod Jessica P. Pryde with Books are Magic last week. Follow her on social media for the link the replay!

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Main Discussion

Some of the cool girls we discussed:

Gone Girl, and the Salon article

Everyone on Euphoria

Julia Gardner/Anna from Inventing Anna

Anne Hathaway/Rivka in We Crashed

Sarah Michelle Gellar/Katherine in Cruel Intentions

Mila Kunis/ Rachel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Megan Fox/Reagan from New Girl

Celebs: Glen Close, Olivia Coleman, Jennifer Lawrence, Zendaya, Billie Eilish, Betty White, Dionne Warwick

Books: Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake, Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

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Recs from Mia P. Manansala

Website: https://www.miapmanansala.com/ (sign up for her newsletter!)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MPMtheWriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MPMtheWriter/

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All the food!

Celebration/common Filipino dishes: Adobo, Lumpia, Pancit

Unheard of dishes: Ginataang Bilo-bilo

Good starter dish for the home cook: Sinigang

Mia’s website has a ton of recipes from and inspired by her book!

Cozy mystery series Mia and her mom enjoy: Joanna Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series, Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop Mysteries, Raquel V. Reyes’s Caribbean Mystery series

Mia LOVES candles. Bath & Body Works are among her favorites, but she also mentioned two small Filiapina-owned candle makers: Terra and Kilig

Mia is also a new romance reader and enjoys novels by Talia Hibbert, Alyssa Cole, and Sherry Thomas!

Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle has succeeded in making her lunch for work! Gwen hasn’t gotten around to exploring her neighborhood, but she has been taking Ronin (her dog!) on new walking routes.

And... we are taking a break from goals this week!

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Black Romance We Love + Interview with Jessica P. Pryde!

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Gwen is busy but making lists, and took the time to relax by going on a long drive to see the snow. Danielle is being lazy on purpose but did some major Valentine’s Day crafting with friends.

Black Romance in Media

MOVIES

Gwen: If Beale Street Could Talk, The Lovebirds, Poetic Justice, Malcolm and Marie, Southside with You, The Bodyguard, Beyond the Lights, Cinderella

Danielle: Love and Basketball, The Photograph, The Incredible Jessica James

TV

Gwen: Insecure, Harlem (also Run the World), Black-Ish, The Wonder Years (new version)

Danielle: Insecure, Queen Sugar, This is Us, Living Single, Girlfriends

CELEB COUPLES

Gwen: Berry Jenkins and Lulu Wang, Oprah and Stedman

Danielle: Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Barack and Michelle Obama, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky

BLACK ROMANCE AUTHORS TO CHECK OUT!

Beverly Jenkins, Brenda Jackson, Alyssa Cole, Tracey Livesay, Farrah Rochon, Vanessa Riley, Christina C. Jones, Rilzy Adams, Katrina Jackson, Tasha L. Harrison, Rebecca Weatherspoon, Chencia C. Higgins

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Recs from JESSICA P. PRYDE

BLACK LOVE MATTERS was in part, inspired by WELL-READ BLACK GIRL by Glory Edim, but with more romance!

Jess co-hosts a podcast called When In Romance, with Trish Brown.

Book recs: LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS by Anita Kelly, YOU MADE A FOOL OF DEATH WITH YOUR BEAUTY by Akwaeke Emezi (May 2022), TO CATCH A RAVEN by Beverly Jenkins (Aug 2022)

What’s bringing Jessica comfort: Star Trek: Discovery on Paramount+

Find Jess on Twitter and Instagram

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Last week, Danielle said she was going to deep clean, and whoo boy, she did NOT. This week, she wants to make her lunch at home to take to work. Gwen absolutely excelled at her daily yoga practice, and this week is going to explore a new part of her neighborhood!

Gwen is obsessed with water in all forms. Danielle highly recommends the Universal Standard Seine skinny jeans (and just about everything else on the site).

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IT’S A VIBE!: Host check-in & Early 2022 Media Recs

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D and G are both feeling Mercury in retrograde. Danielle hosted a small family get-together for her husband’s birthday and Gwen made dinner at home every day!

Host Check-In: Danielle has a new job at a local independent bookstore. Not to worry, the podcast will continue! Gwen is committed to doing more creative endeavors this year!

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Early 2022 Anticipated Media

JANUARY

TV: The Gilded Age, Abbott Elementary

Books: Violeta by Isabel Allende, D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins

Movies: Scream 5, The 355, The Tragedy of Macbeth

FEBRUARY

TV: Pam and Tommy, Inventing Anna

Books: Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

Movies: Dog, The Tinder Swindler, Marry Me, Book of Love

MARCH

TV: The Dropout, Atlanta Season 3, Bridgerton Season 2, Barry Season 3

Books: The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Meuller, Savvy Sheldon is Feeling Good as Hell by Tag McCoy

Movies: The Batman, TUrning Red, Downton Abbey: A New Era, The Lost City

APRIL

TV: More to come soon!  

Books: The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa, In the Face of the Sun by Denny S. Bryce

Movies: The Northman, X, Aline, The Bad Guys

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle sort of made a writing schedule for the first part of 2022, but now really needs to deep clean her house. Gwen did journal but didn’t exactly set up her entire week (it’s a work in progress). This week, Gwen would like to start a daily Yoga practice!

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