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Danielle and Gwen’s Summer Check-in (Guests Roseann and Marissa from Love’s Sweet Arrow)

Posted on July 9th, 2021

On today's episode...

Danielle traveled and hung out with a bunch of kids!

Gwen survived the Seattle heatwave and didn’t murder her husband in the process!

Host Check-in!

Gwen has had an eventful 2021 so far, including moving across the country, bringing back the FF podcast, finding her perfect Costco in her new city, and starting a new event planning job.

Danielle has a pub date for her debut novel (but she can’t share it just yet). Get ready for Summer 2022!

What we’ve been READING

Danielle: Bombshell by Sarah MacLean (August 24), The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon (August 17); Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson (August 3), The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (September 14), and slowly reading Emma by Jane Austen and will follow it up with Northanger Abbey. (PS: Danielle is moderating a virtual panel on Friday August 6 with Alexis Daria, Melonie Johnson, Sarah MacLean, Scarlett Peckham, and Farrah Rochon, all about BFFs in Romance)

Gwen: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston, The Checklist by Addie Woolridge, and I just started To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne (You’ve Got Mail reimagining!)

What we’ve been WATCHING

Gwen: Below Deck Med and Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo) are back, baby! Kevin Can F Himself (AMC+), This is Pop (Netflix), Top Chef Portland season finale (Bravo), The Hustler (ABC), Starstruck (HBO Max), Hacks (HBO), Woolfgang (Disney+)

Danielle: The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Much Ado About Nothing (Amazon Prime), Shadow and Bone (per Gwen’s rec! On Netflix), In the Heights (HBO Max), We are Lady Parts (Peacock TV)

PS: Look at all the pretty people in Much Ado About Nothing!

What else we’ve been CONSUMING

Danielle: Podcast: Unladylike. All the Trader Joe’s snacks, specifically the Giant Peruvian Inca Corn Snacks and Philly Cheesesteak Bao Buns.

Gwen: Podcast: I Am All In with Scott Patterson. Carrie Underwood’s Calia brand athleisure. Millionaire Cheesecakes and Lemon curd Cheesecakes from Costco. Ellenos Yogurt (Whole Foods and other specialty shops nationwide)


More Summer Fun!

Gwen wants to see more friends and has some upcomiong visitors that will be very exciting! She and her husband are also trying to explore Western Washington more, and went to Mt. Rainier recently. She really wants to go to Forks, WA, and Danielle wholeheartedly supports this, even though neither of them got into Twilight AT ALL.

Danielle is taking a family trip to a smalltown in Michigan to live that lake life. Also, she had brunch with friends recently and now wants to do that more (safely and within reason).


Recs from Marissa and Roseann

Check out LSA’s surprise boxes and their YouTube channel!

Roseann loved the virtual event they hosted with Beverly Jenkins and Marissa has enjoyed the Boozy Book Broads, including Rosie Danan, Diana Biller, and Jackie Lau

All the recs from our rapid fire section! Comfort Reads: Anything Beverly Jenkins, Anything Barbara Delinksey, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, Born in Fire by Nora Roberts. Books we think should be adapted for TV/Film: The Worst Best Man  by Mia Sosa, Modern Love Series by Alisha Rai, Jemima J by Jane Green, You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria. Dream Author Guests for store events or the podcast: Beverly Jenkins (in person!), Alyssa Cole, Suzanne Brockmann, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts

Marissa is loving the warmer weather, Frappucinos, Skinny Pop Popcorn, and her dogs.

Roseann is finding joy in warmer weather and getting outside more.

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**After this interview was recorded in the springtime, Love’s Sweet Arrow and the Boozy Book Broads have put together a NEW Summer Sultry Box with handpicked items by the BBBs, LSA, and a special Novelly Yours Candle called Boozy Books on the Beach!**

Goals/Comfort & Joy

Gwen did not start un-crossing her legs while working, but it’s a work in progress. Gwen’s new goal is to find GP/doctors for her and her husband in WA and a vet/groomer for their dog. This week, she has found joy in having her brother and his partner visit soon!

Danielle successfully traveled across the country and didn’t spiral (too much). Danielle’s new goal is to survive family vacation! And this week, she wants to give a special shout out to Novelly Yours Candles. Some of her faves: Book Club, Tarot Reading, Rose All Day, Thriller, and The Muse.


Follow Up: The Worst Best Man [DD1]

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