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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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Pop Culture, but Make It Fashion + Interview with Mimi Matthews

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Danielle and Gwen are both basking in the afterglow of taking time away over the holidays and disconnecting! Danielle has been taking care of her health and going to all the doctor’s appointments and Gwen has started eating more veggies at every meal.

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Main Discussion

Gwen’s Recs: Sex and the City (also And Just Like That), The Phantom Thread. Halston, FASHION CLIMBING by Bill Cunningham and The Times of Bill Cunningham (documentary film), GRACE by Grace Coddington

Danielle’s Recs: The Devil Wears Prada (with the most iconic fashion montage ever), The Mindy Project, Insecure, Project Runway, House of Gucci, IRIS APFEL: ACCIDENTAL ICON by Iris Apfel

We’re both obsessed with the anachronistic fashion found on Reign, The Great, Marie Antoinette, and Bridgerton

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Recs from Mimi Matthews

THE SIREN OF SUSSEX is now available!

Mimi wrote about Victorian Fashion in A VICTORIAN LADY’S GUIDE TO FASHION AND BEAUTY.

Mimi’s author and book recs: Lisa Kleypas, Evie Dunmore, Harper St. George, Suzanne Allain, JANE AND THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER by Stephanie Barron

Find Mimi on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and on her website, https://www.mimimatthews.com/.

Look for the second book in Mimi’s series, Belles of London, THE BELLE OF BELGRAVE SQUARE, in fall 2022!

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle has finished her book 2 revisions and will send it to her editor soon. Her new goal is to work on a writing schedule for the first half of 2022! She is also obsessed with Soap and Glory Hand Food hand cream.

Gwen definitely enjoyed traveling over the holidays. She would now like to take 30 minutes every Sunday and set up her journal/plan for the week. Gwen is also loving the Showtime show, Yellowjackets (and Danielle rec’d a recent episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour that does a deep dive on this show).

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Everything We Loved in 2021!

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Danielle and Gwen both can’t sleep and are very tired. No one at Fresh Fiction told Danielle about her book’s cover reveal and it went really well; the cover of THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP is now out in the world! Gwen made two new recipes ahead of the holidays: beef pot roast stew and apple cranberry sauce.

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Our Faves of 2021!

Danielle’s Faves

TV: Only Murders in the Building, Ted Lasso, Virgin River Season 3, Insecure, Dickinson

Movies: Raya and the Last Dragon, The Mitchells vs. The Machines, In the Heights, Passing (Danielle mentioned a Reddit thread and Salon article about the book Passing by Nella Larson, how it relates to The Great Gatsby, and how perhaps Gatsby was passing, too)

Books: Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson, The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams, Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola

Gwen’s Faves

TV: Tuca & Bertie season 2, Rick & Morty, Succession, Hacks, White Lotus, Insecure, Ghosts

Movies: King Richard, Tick, Tick, Boom; Malignant, Candyman, Barb and Star Go to Del Mar

Board Games: Fort, Abandon All Artichokes, Accension Realms Unraveled

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2021 “SENIOR SUPERLATIVES”

The Media that Saved You

Gwen: Podcasts and reality TV

Danielle: Graphic novels

Something That Made You LOL

Danielle: Nailed It! On Netflix; this clip of Prince Harry and Prince William doing obstacle courses set to Do You Remember 

Gwen: Noodle the Pug

Under the Radar

Gwen: Bo Burnham’s INSIDE

Danielle: We Are Lady Parts on Peacock (Premium)

Wild Card

Danielle: Romancelandia Stickers

Gwen: Alba Botanicals Natural Vegan Jelly

What We Want to See in 2022

What we hope to see in entertainment in 2022

Gwen: History, but not just what we’re already used to

Danielle: Diverse stories, more voices represented, and more HAPPY content.  

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

BIGGEST GOAL FLOP FROM 2021

Gwen: Drinking water

Danielle: Re-reading Austen

BIGGEST GOAL SUCCESS FROM 2021

Danielle: Anything writing related

Gwen: Uncrossing my legs at my desk

BIG GOAL or INTENTION for 2022

Gwen: Creating and finishing something

Danielle: ENJOY releasing a book! 

GOALS FROM LAST WEEK:

Danielle: Finish The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante by the end of the year—ALMOST DONE!

Gwen: Finish Christmas shopping—YES!

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Gwen’s New Goal: Enjoy the next two weeks of traveling

Danielle’s New Goal: Book 2 Revisions, round 1. 

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Holiday Entertainment + Roan Parrish Interview

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Gwen is on a mission to get her cart back! She has not gone to jail and this is a major achievement. Danielle feels accomplished, but is still busy. And she has addressed and stamped her Christmas cards!

Candle Recs from Gwen’s Bath and Body Works haul: Champagne Toast, Campfire S’mores, Apple Hot Toddy.

Candle + Tea rec from Danielle: Winter Wonderland (it’s LIMITED EDITION at Target) and Winter Wake Up Tea from Trader Joe’s

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Main Discussion

Old School Holiday Entertainment

Danielle

TV: Star Wars Holiday Special, Pee Wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special, Disney Christmas Parade

Movies: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, Home Alone 1 & 2

Books: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, Babysitters Club Christmas books

Gwen

TV Specials: The Spirit of Christmas

Movies: Muppets Christmas Carol, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.

Books: The Nutcracker

New School Holiday Entertainment

Danielle

TV: The OC/Chrismukkah, A Very Murray Christmas, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, Mariah Carey Magical Christmas Special & The Magic Continues

Movies: A Christmas Prince, The Princess Switch, 8-Bit Christmas

Books: Christmas Miracle in Jamaica by Ann McIntosh, What He Wants for Christmas by Brenda Jackson, Just for the Holidays by Adriana Herrera, OMG Christmas Tree by Stephanie J. Scott, A Princess for Christmas and Duke Actually by Jenny Holiday, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes. Also, there are a TON of sexy Santa romances.

Gwen

TV: The Office Christmas episodes!

Movies: A Castle from Christmas, a Clusterfunke Christmas

Books: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

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Recs from ROAN PARRISH

The Garnet Run Series: BETTER THAN PEOPLE, BEST LAID PLANS, THE LIGHTS ON KNOCKBRIDGE LANE

THE LIGHTS ON KNOCKBRIDGE LANE is the first Harlequin category romance to feature a same-sex main couple.

Smitten Kitchen “Craggy” Pumpkin Bread

Dear Romance Writer Podcast

Birding has brought Roan immense joy!

Coming soon: THE HOLIDAY TRAP (rom-com, house-swap, double romance; 9/6/22) and THE UNHAUNTING OF CASPER ROAD (final in the Garnet Run Series, Halloween romance, late September ‘22)

https://www.roanparrish.com/

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle has completed her Christmas shopping, overachieving on last episode’s goal of finalizing her lists. This week, she wants to finish The Story of the Last Child, the final book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series. Danielle’s comfort: the return of the podcast For Colored Nerds

Gwen wanted to get better sleep and she is working on it! This week, she’d like to finish her Christmas shopping.  Gwen’s comfort: Salt & Straw Ice Cream

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Thanksgiving + Listener Requests!

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Gwen is BOOSTED! And she is glad she has planned for Thanksgiving in advance.

Danielle is working through THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP’s pass pages and book 2 revisions, and had an awesome chat with Denise Williams on the 11/19 episode of the Boozy Book Broads.

Gwen is thankful for her move across the country, meeting silly dogs and pets in her neighborhood, and feel-good TV like Ted Lasso and Rick & Morty.

Danielle is thankful for the health of her family, her dream coming true of becoming an author, her pandemic hobby (watercolor painting), Harlequin Desire romance novels (we chatted with Naima Simone and Reese Ryan on the pod), and Ted Lasso.

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Main Discussion

Thank you to EVERYONE who sent in questions!

Best New-to-You Author

D: Edie Cay, Kaia Alderson, Bolu Babalola

G: Abby Collette, Olivia Dade, Preslaysa Williams

Holiday Book Recs

D: YA-Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant, Cookbook-Simply Julia by Julia Turshen, Historical-The Kat Holloway Mystery series by Jennifer Ashley or Bombshell by Sarah MacLean, Mystery/Suspense: The Final Hour series by Juno Rushdan

G: YA-a nice omnibus of a beloved YA classic series like The Hunger Games, Narnia, or Percy Jackson, Historical-anything by Lauren Willig, Mystery/Suspense: David Baldacci

Favorite thing about the podcast

G: having a creative outlet and building on our friendship

D: working with Gwen! And doing deep dives.

Holiday Shopping in 2021

D: we can actually go to stores, paring down on spending, and buying local as much as possible

G: more online shopping for me, and trying to be thoughtful about gifts

Movies We Are Looking Forward To

G: King Richard and Tick, Tick... Boom!

D: House of Gucci, Spider Man: No Way Home, The Hating Game, Downton Abbey: A New Era

Favorite holiday food and Tradition

D: Food-corn pudding. Tradition-Thanksgiving is the holiday we don’t go anywhwere!

G: Food-chunky mashed postates. Tradition-watching the dog show and the Macy’s parade

EBook Organization

G: Impossible. Although I do love folders, but I can’t ever find what I’m looking for again

D: I don’t! It’s chaos!!!

Guests on the Pod

D: dream guests-Beverly Jenkins, Brenda Jackson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips. We’ve been so lucky in our guests who have been so generous with their time, like Alyssa Cole, Talia Hibbert, Naima Simone, and Lauren Willig (and seriously, everyone else).

G: we’d love to interview industry professionals-editors, agents, cover designers, screenwriters, actors, more film & tv critics, etc.

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle watched a TON of TV (Succession, Dickinson, Call the Midwife, Only Murders in the Building, Howards End, Ted Lasso, Queen Sugar – goal achieved! This week she would like to finalize her holiday shopping lists.

Gwen started journaling daily because Danielle sent her a one line a day journal! Her new goal is to sleep 7-8 hours a night, and trying to go to bed by 10pm.

Danielle’s Comfort: Harlequin Holiday Romance Novels! Moonlight, Menorahs, and Mistletoe by Wendy Warren, Christmas at the Chateau by Rochelle Alers, What He Wants for Christmas by Brenda Jackson, Christmas Miracle in Jamaica by Ann McIntosh and breakup albums (Adele’s 30, Taylor’s Red, and Kacey Musgrave’s Star-Crossed)

Gwen’s Comfort: Cowboy Bebop, both the original anime and the new live action show.

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Pop Culture Pets + Lucy Gilmore Interview

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Gwen is leaning into Daylight saving. Danielle did a whole bunch of stuff but still feels like she didn’t “do” anything. Gwen learned the importance of cleaning out your fridge. Danielle read a bunch of books (MISS MORIARTY, I PRESUME? by Sherry Thomas, JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Adriana Herrera, THE BAD BOY EXPERIMENT by Reese Ryan, and YINKA WHERE IS YOUR HUZBAND? by Lizzia Damilola Blackburn) and her 8th wedding anniversary is this week!

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Pop Culture Pets

GWEN’S RECS: NOODLE THE PUG (tik tok), UP, SECRET LIFE OF PETS , All Disney movies with a journey, VIVO, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, THE CROWN, IT STARTED WITH A DOG by Julia London

DANIELLE’S RECS: Salem on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Heihei from MOANA, the guard horse from TANGLED, GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN by Talia Hibbert, TOO GOOD TO BE REAL by Melonie Johnson, HEARTS OF ALASKA series by Alanna Martin

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Recs from LUCY GILMORE

The dog show in Lucy’s novel is based on Westminster, but on a much smaller scale. As for beauty pageant research? Toddlers & Tiaras!

Lucy is enjoying watching Only Murders in the Building (on Hulu) and recently read Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat.

For self-care, Lucy loves taking her dogs on long walks!

Be sure to follow her on social media for info about her books and all the pet pics:

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle, and hopefully everyone else, enjoyed Halloween! This week she wants to watch more TV. Gwen did not do morning meditation, but she is going to start journaling every day (Danielle recommended her One Line A Day journal).

Danielle is finding joy in eating leftover Halloween candy, and loose leaf tea from her local tea shop, The Tea Tree. Gwen is enjoying the return of Starbucks’s red holiday cups.

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Special Halloween Episode + Suleikha Snyder Interview

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CALL TO ACTION: For our “listener request” show in November, send us a note at podcast@freshfiction.com and let us know what you want us to talk about: advice, book recommendation requests, gift-giving help, or any topic you wish!

Gwen’s had a busy week while her husband has been injured, but she feels like Mary Tyler Moore because she’s doing it all.

Danielle has been making the most of the gorgeous fall happening in Illinois, bonfires, hanging out with friends, and more!

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Paranormal Pop Culture Recommendations

TV

Danielle: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Lost Girl

Gwen: Ghosts on CBS (based on a British series of the same name), Childs Play TV series on SciFi, Bettlejuice animated series,

MOVIES

Danielle: The Addams Family, Casper, Ghostbusters; most of Tim Burton’s Oeuvre: Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow

Gwen: Interview with a Vampire (TV series coming soon!), Gaia on Hulu, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Into the Woods

BOOKS

Danielle: Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert, Shelley Laurenston, Ilona Andrews; Middle-Grade graphic novel: Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee, YA graphic novel: Sheets and Delicates by Brenna Thummler 

Gwen: Joe Hill's books combine horror and paranormal (also, he's Stephen King’s son)

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Recs from SULEIKHA SNYDER

BIG BAD WOLF

PRETTY LITTLE LION

Don’t sleep on how diverse and speculative Passions was...

The heroine of PRETTY LITTLE LION is an apsara with some added ablities!

Suleikha has been an entertainment writer for years! Some recs: General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Ted Lasso, Evil

Romance recs: KJ Charles, Holley Trent, Olivia Waite, Beverly Jenkins, Alyssa Cole, Courtney Milan, Melissa Blue, Charlotte Stien (basically just read every book by everyone)

Suleikha finds immense comfort in Ted Lasso, ice cream (specifically Hagen-Das Creamy Mango and anything by Jenni’s), soap operas, and her upcoming trip to NYC.

Recs from our Halloween Rapid Fire Round:

Suleikha wants to dress up like Taika Waititi in a pineapple romper, Gwen’s all about Jennifer Coolidge’s character on The White Lotus, and Danielle is feeling feline (because it’s easy).

Halloween Movie recs: the first that came to mind for Suleikha was Nightmare Before Christmas, Gwen loves Hocus Pocus, and Danielle enjoys how The Addams Family is weird and has no rules.

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle did prep for NaNoWriMo, but because of book 2 revisions, she probably won’t be doing it this year. Her new goal is to enjoy Halloween!

Danielle’s Comfort: E.L.F. Nourishing Night Cream ($12) and Uoma Drama Bomb Mascara ($20)

Gwen has been getting up early! Her new goal is to mediate for ten minutes every morning.

Gwen’s Comfort: Meditation Aromatherapy Roll-On from Pompeii Organics

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A Riches of Witches + Lana Harper!

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We want to hear from you! For our Thanksgiving episode, we want our listeners to tell us what to talk about! Email podcast@freshfiction.com with your ideas/requests/topics/questions and we’ll yammer on about it at the end of November.

 Gwen has made a ton of soup. She is really proud that she had a game night with some of their new friends, and played Abandon All Artichokes, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, and Clank. Danielle has a wild plan to finish her current WIP and maybe (possibly) write another book before the end of the year...

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Main Discussion

We both love witches and the broad scope they cover in entertainment. We both hold the 1996 film THE CRAFT close to our hearts. And we loved the trajectory of a character like the Wicked Witch of the West, who we grew up with in The Wizard of Oz, then saw the flip side of in WICKED by Gregory Macguire, and again with the musical.

Gwen’s recs: Hocus Pocus, The VVitch, Tara and Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fear Street 1666, Lore Podcast, American Horror Story (Coven and Apocalypse), and Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid 

Danielle’s recs: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Scarlett Witch from WandaVision, The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, Witch Please by Anne Aguirre, Big Witch Energy by Kelly Jamieson, Alexis Daria’s Audible original: What the Hex, Witches of Brooklyn series by Sophie Escabasse (middle grade), Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis (YA)

 

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Recs from LANA HARPER

Lana has written in different genres! Be sure to check out all of her books on her website: https://www.lanapopovicbooks.com/

Lana’s Favorite Pop Culture Witches: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Magicians, True Blood. Danielle mentioned the Wicked Witch of the West but also brought up Gregory McGuire’s WICKED and the Broadway Musical; Gwen brought up Hocus Pocus and American Horror Story: Coven. Then we all remembered Practical Magic and The Craft!!

Lana finds immense comfort in perfume! She’s also enjoying The L Word: Generation Q and For All Mankind.

Look for Lana’s next witchy romance, FROM BAD TO CURSED, in Spring 2022.

Follow Lana on Twitter, @LanaPopovicLit, and Instagram, @LanaLyte. For more info, go to her website: https://www.lanapopovicbooks.com/.

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Gwen made so much soup with the stock she made last week! This week she wants to wake up by 6:30am. And she finally got a cozy “shacket,” aka a Plush Shirt Jacket from Costco.

Danielle turned in her copyedits! This week she wants to start prepping for NaNoWriMo. And she made Double Chocolate Coffee Addict Cookies by Sweet & Simple Kitchen.

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Swoonworthy Second Chance Romance + Diana Biller

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D had a busy week dealing with her daughter’s cold, but she was able to see her new, grown-up friends! G’s mom is visiting her in WA and she got to show off some of her favorite places in her new home.

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SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE DISCUSSION

A great place to hear more about second chance romance is our interview with Reese Ryan, who wrote three second chance romances in 2020: Second Chance on Cypress Lane, Secret Heir Seduction, and A Reunion of Rivals

Gwen’s Recs:

Movies - Always Be My Maybe, The Philadelphia Story, heartbreaking version of Wuthering Heights from 2011

TV - Ross and Rachel, Lorelei and Christopher, Eleanor and Chidi from The Good Place

Books – Persuasion (The OG Second Chance Romance, in our opinion)

Pop Culture – Ben and Jen 3.0!

Danielle’s Recs:

Movies – Sweet Home Alabama, Love and Basketball, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, High Fidelity

TV – Mer-Der on Grey’s Anatomy (and most of the other major romance storylines on the show... is it nostalgia?), Jess and Nick on New Girl, but also, CeCe and Schmidt’s love story is possibly even more akin to a romance novel!

Books - Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole, Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev, A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria, One Week to Claim it All by Adriana Herrera (her new book, JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS will be out in October)

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Recs from DIANA BILLER

THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN PARIS hits stores on October 12. Pre-order now!

You can also read her debut, THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE, and a holiday novella, A CHRISTMAS SPARK.

Hot take! Diana doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she loves writing about them. Also, we all think we will make excellent ghosts one day.

Neuroscience as we know it was really coming into its own during this time (though it wasn’t called neuroscience just yet). Diana showed us her copy of Origins of Neuroscience, which looks fascinating... and very dense.

Discovering BTS has brought Diana so much joy (Same, girl!).

Also, she has the best pets! Shout out to Valentino and Giselle!!

We got the scoop on Diana’s future release, The Hotel of Secrets, set in Vienna, with a beautiful hotel owner and a reluctant spy. Look for it in early 2023. Please be aware that dates can change (such is publishing!), so sign up for Diana’s newsletter to get the latest info.

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Danielle is still scrolling at night, but she is also reading more! Reading a print book with short chapters and very lyrical writing, like the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante, has been a huge help. This week, she is VERY determined to finsih the copyedits on THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP. Her new Rothy’s Driver Loafers are making her immensely happy.

Gwen has been reconnecting with friends by sending them lovely little gifts and she will continue to work on this because it has been really satisfying. She now wants to focus on making stock because it’s soup season! Gwen has started using a Breville milk frother and is making her own lattes at him, which is very comforting.

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