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The Black Romance Podcast features weekly conversations with Black writers, editors, and scholars of historical and contemporary popular romance fiction. Julie Moody-Freeman and guests talk about a range of experiences: their difficulties trying to publish love stories with Black characters; their favorite books; writing and teaching about black romance fiction; traditional vs self-publishing; publishing queer romance fiction; and their recently released books.
 
Authors Love Readers, hosted by USAToday bestselling author Patricia McLinn, is a conversation between authors about how and why they create stories. With questions contributed by readers. Quite a few podcasts are out there for aspiring and established writers, both on the craft and the business. This podcast, though, is for readers. The goal is to have authors on the show who write in all sorts of fiction genres. As a reader, it doesn’t matter which path to publication an author takes – ind ...
 
History is sexier than you think. Salacious History is a podcast that explores moments in history that were shaped by sex, romance, and people who were generally down to clown. Using sex and related topics as a jumping-off point, Sarah Duncan presents a cheeky yet factual glimpse into historical moments and figures that may have been a little too racy for your high school history class.
 
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This week historical novelist Patricia Vaughn talks about her experiences writing and publishing her first two historical novels in the 1990’s. She discusses how her agent Vivian Stephens helped her to publish her first historical novel Murmur of Rain with Pocket Books in 1996 and talk about her second Shadows on the Bayou. Thanks to @cbddepaul and…
 
In today’s episode I talk with Frederick Smith and Chaz Lamar Cruz, co-authors of In Case You Forgot and their recent release Busy Ain’t The Half Of It. We discuss their co-authored books as well as many other topics, including: the importance of publishing love stories between Black queer characters; how Frederick Smith’s romance novels Right Side…
 
Best-selling writer Farrah Rochon and I talk about her new release The Dating Playbook and also deep dive into several topics: how she wrote and published her 2007 debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers Series; we talk about her New York Sabers Football Series; Bayou Dream Series; Moments in Maplesville Series; and The Boyfriend …
 
Barbara Keaton’s first romance novel, All I Ask, was published in 2000. Since then she has gone on to write thirteen romance novels, which celebrate black love. In this episode, we discuss: her experiences publishing with Genesis Press, working with Romance Slam Jam, the mentorship a community of Black writers have provided her, and we deep dive in…
 
Chilufiya Safaa is a romance novelist whose books put a fresh twist on African and African American love themes and allow readers to examine what they thought they knew about African and African American people. In this episode, we talk about Safaa’s first four novels, A Foreign Affair, Passionate Encounters, The Art of Love, and Stay the Night, wh…
 
Author and career coach Becca Syme writes mystery as R.L. Syme, including the cozy culinary series The Matchbaker Mysteries, and has written several genres of romance, including historical, contemporary, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She was nominated for a Genesis Award in Contemporary Romance and has won several writing contests in historica…
 
Nicole Burnham is the RITA award-winning author of more than 20 novels, including the popular Royal Scandals series. Her stories center on family and romance, whether they’re set in small-town America or centuries-old palaces, and are populated by characters who work to make the world a better place. As an army brat, Nicole grew up moving around th…
 
Veronica Mixon, my guest today, was an editor at Doubleday for fourteen years from 1974 to 1988. She was hired as assistant to an editor of Romance and Science fiction novels and then promoted to editor when her boss left the press. She recounts her experiences during these years: creating Doubleday’s Starlight Romances, working with many writers, …
 
Eboni Snoe is the best-selling author of seventeen books. In this episode, we discuss her experiences publishing her first romance novel A Shiek’s Spell with Odyssey Books in 1992 as well as her experiences publishing with Arabesque and Avon Book. We deep dive into her novels Beguiled, Tell Me I'm Dreamin’, her forthcoming autobiography The Altar, …
 
Celeste Norfleet, a best-selling writer of over twenty-five novels, joins me this week. We talk about her 2002 debut novel Priceless Gift and its curious ending, which became the inspiration for the novels in her well-loved Mama Lou Matchmaker Series. She recounts her experiences at the beginning of her career and the supportive environment of Roma…
 
Adriana Herrera, a USA Today bestselling author, joins me this episode to talk about a converging series of experiences and events that led her to write and publish romance: her experiences as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic; the dissonance she felt between her studies on Black Feminist Thought and the colonial images she read in romance; …
 
Today’s guest is Katrina Jackson, best-selling writer of over twenty novels. She joins me to discuss her prolific career. Katrina discusses some of her early reading practices, writing her first romance, a self-published book titled Encore, and why she publishes affirming images of Black women. She also recounts how her life as a pre and post tenur…
 
In late May, host Patricia McLinn was a guest on fellow independent author Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn podcast. Joanna writes nonfiction for authors and is an award-nominated, bestselling thriller author as J.F. Penn. She’s also an award-winning podcaster and creative entrepreneur. In the Creative Penn podcast “Discovery Writing And Sustaining …
 
Best-selling writer Piper Huguley joins Julie to talks about her experiences writing, publishing, and marketing historical novels with African American Christian characters. She talks about developing her online platform to self-publish her novels, including her first The Lawyer’s Luck and the books in her “Home to Millford College Series.” In addi…
 
Best-selling writer Kennedy Ryan joins Julie to talks about how she developed her writing craft, which led to the 2014 publication of her first book, When You Are Mine. She talks about her experiences self-publishing, starting a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, and she recounts her experiences at the 2019 RWA award ceremony w…
 
Best-selling writer LaQuette joins Julie to discuss her successful writing career, which began with the 2013 publication of her first book, My Beginning. They discuss how she came to write and publish romance, her role as the current President of the Romance Writers of America, her publishing company Brooklyn Girl Ink, and her books Jackson and Bed…
 
Best-selling writer Reese Ryan joins Julie to talk about her successful writing career, which began with the 2013 publication of her first book, Making the First Move. They discuss Ryan’s recent nomination for the Vivian Award in the Contemporary Romance Short area as well as her experiences writing and publishing romance. They also deep dive into …
 
Best-selling and award-winning novelist Shirley Hailstock joins Julie to talk about her successful writing career, and they deep dive into her novels Whispers of Love (Under the Sheets) and Love in Logan Beach. Shirley Hailstock is the author of over 40 novels and novellas. She writes contemporary romantic suspense, paranormal, historical romance, …
 
Best-selling writer Donna Hill joins Julie for the first episode of Season two of the Black Romance Podcast. They discuss Hill’s experiences writing and publishing romance, and they deep dive into three of her novels: Rooms of the Heart, Chances Are, and Confessions in B Flat. Donna Hill is a prolific writer who has published romance, women’s ficti…
 
In this episode, educators Lauren and Sara hook Savanna up with the deets on the love life of Cleopatra. From marrying a few brothers to posing as a goddess on Earth to the ultimate relationship rebound, this episode will have you seriously re-evaluating your own sibling rivalries. Content Warnings: Swearing, murder, suicide, sex with minors, war T…
 
In honor of Women’s History Month, we are revisiting one of our most popular episodes: Prostitution in the Wild West! Please see the original episode for a full list of sources: Ep20 – Prostitution in the Wild WestSarah Duncan による
 
Today we will be discussing one of the most controversial women in Chinese history: Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman to ever rule China. Historians have depicted her as a ruthless monster and an ineffective ruler, but was this really the case?Sarah Duncan による
 
In honor of Black History Month, we are taking a look back at some of the amazing African American groundbreakers we have covered on the podcast. We will also learn more about the origins of Black History Month!Sarah Duncan による
 
Juan and Eva Peron are some of Argentina's biggest cultural and political icons of the past century. Eva (AKA "Evita") captured the heart of the nation as a First Lady of the people and President Juan Peron brought prosperity to the working class. In this week's episode, we learn how this couple's love for each other and their country propelled the…
 
In this episode, educators Savanna and Sara hook Lauren up with the deets on the love life of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott. From a race to the South Pole to throuples to a solid appreciation of flirting, this episode will make you wish you had a sweetie to not really see all that often. Content Warnings: Swearing, death Theme music by Tip…
 
Apartheid was a system that legally separated the various racial groups in South Africa and kept the white minority in power. Learn how apartheid impacted sex and marriage in SA both during and after apartheid.Sarah Duncan による
 
No matter if you are pro-life or pro-choice, it’s important to understand the history of abortion rights and what events have shaped our current perceptions. How have different societies addressed abortion in the past, and why is it such a divisive issue in the modern era?Sarah Duncan による
 
Nell Donnelly (Reed) was a famous Kansas City resident and business owner who was taken for ransom during the Great Depression. Nell was a badass business woman, but she had a few scandalous secrets that came to light following her kidnapping. This episode is sponsored by: Suggested Episodes: Ep20 – Prostitution in the Wild West...…
 
In this episode, educators Savanna and Lauren hook Sara up with the deets on the mystical life of Grigori Rasputin. From superpowers to rumored affairs to religious orgies, this episode will make you nostalgic for Anastasia (1993). Content Warnings: Swearing, murder, infant mortality, castration, rape, violence, adultery, sexual assault Theme music…
 
Margo Hendricks who writes romance novels as Elysabeth Grace joins me to close out Season one of the Black Romance Podcast. We discuss her contemporary and paranormal romance novels as well as our forthcoming editorial collaboration on a special issue of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies, which will focus on Black Romance. This issue will incl…
 
Rochelle Alers and I talked about a number of topics: her experiences writing and publishing romance in the 1980’s; and we talked about books and characters from her Hideaway, Cavanaugh Island, and The Innkeepers series. She also discussed her work with Vivian Stephens on the Women Writers of Color group, her experiences with RWA, and with Black wo…
 
This week Gwendolyn Pough (writing as Gwyneth Bolton) and I discuss her popular romance fiction Make It Last Forever and Sweet Sensation. We also discuss whether her academic publications on Black feminism and Hip-Hop culture influence her romance fiction.Julie Moody-Freeman による
 
ACT UP was founded to fight for the rights of AIDS patients. They demanded better drug testing, they altered public perceptions of the illness and safe sex, and refused to back down until they won.If you missed Part I of our coverage of the AIDS Epidemic, I encourage you to go back and listen to that episode first. Click here to listen!…
 
A native Texan, USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett grew up reading and dreaming of writing books. Her stories and essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul, Georgia Magazine, The Writer and Romantic Times Book Review. She is the author of the High Society Lady Detective series, the Murder on Location series, the On the…
 
This week Alyssa Cole and I discuss how her precocious childhood reading habits may have influenced her current romance publications. Cole also reveals how her historical and contemporary romance like Let it Shine, An Extraordinary Union, An Unconditional Freedom, A Princess in Theory, and A Duke by Default work through, try to understand, and trou…
 
Between 1981 and 1987, over 40,000 people died of AIDS in the United States. But despite the obvious health crisis, no one in power was doing anything about it. The U.S. government did not care about AIDS for one simple reason: the majority of the early cases were among gay men, who the government deemed expendable.…
 
This week’s conversation with Vivian Stephens focuses on several topics: her work at Dell; her transition as editor from Dell to Harlequin; Harlequin’s release of her; her subsequent work with Black romance writers; marketing an all-Black line of Vivian Stephens romance; and her own publication Second Act.…
 
Around 1:20am on June 28, 1969, a small police force raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in NYC. Little did the officers or patrons known that this raid would spark a series of riots that would inspire people to fight for LGBTQ rights all over the world.Sarah Duncan による
 
In this conversation, Beverly Jenkins and I talk about her early experiences as a Black woman writing and trying to publish her historical romance featuring Black characters. We also discuss Night Song, her debut novel, Indigo, Jewel, and Forbidden, her historical novels set in the late 1800’s.Julie Moody-Freeman による
 
Welcome! If you love reading Black popular romance fiction, if you love writing and teaching Black Romance fiction, or if you are a budding romance writer wanting to find out how best selling Black writers got into romance writing and publishing, the Black Romance Podcast is for you.Julie Moody-Freeman による
 
Bayard Rustin was one of the 20th century’s most influential civil rights activists and organizers, and yet many of us have never heard of him. He was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington and a key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But despite all his accomplishments, his story has been pushed to the side for one simple reason: he was…
 
Best selling writer Sandra Kitt and I talk about publishing romance fiction in the 1980’s and the path she took to becoming one of the first published writer for Harlequin and for Kensington’s Arabesque series in 1994. We also talk about working with renown Black editors Vivian Stephens and Monica Harris, and Kitt provides a sneak peek into her upc…
 
This episode celebrates the life of trans icon Christine Jorgensen. Christine was one of the world’s first transgender celebrities, and the story of her 1952 transition sparked many important discussions about sexuality in the medical and scientific fields. Suggested Episodes: Ep23 – Transgender History Ep16 – History of Damsels in Distress Sources…
 
The Holocaust is one of the best-documented episodes of mass genocide in history, but for decades, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans victims of the Holocaust were left out of historical records. Why were LGBTQ individuals persecuted, and why were their stories left out of the Holocaust narrative for so long?…
 
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