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We interview your favorite romance authors! Join your co-hosts, Cara Lockwood, a bestselling author of more than 30 books whose first novel, I Do (But I Don't) was made into a Lifetime Original movie, and her co-host, husband, and real-life romantic hero, PJ as they get to know the writers behind your favorite Happily Ever Afters. We'll skip to the good parts - of new books, backstories, and inspirations. Join us and add a little more Happily Ever After to your day! For more on Cara's books, check out: https://caratanamachi.com/and https://caralockwood.com/!

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We dance the night away with the amazing writing duo Karelia and Faye Stetz-Waters!
Ambassadors of real-life happily-ever-after, Fay and Karelia Stetz-Waters have been together for twenty-three years.  Their writing process involves many afternoons spent at local coffee shops and brewpubs outlining scenes, going over drafts, and high fiving each other. The process works beautifully. They wrote Second-Night Stand, a book about one hook-up that turns into a seriously hilarious situationship in this vibrant and lively romantic comedy about taking chances . . . and breaking the rules. Second-Night Stand - out today, May 21! - is their first novel together but definitely not their last. Follow them: InstagramFacebook
36:23 5/21/24
USA Today bestselling author Xio Axelrod talks about writing, making music, and much more!
Xio Axelrod is the USA Today bestselling author of The Girl with Stars in her Eyes, Girls with Bad Reputations, and Love on the Byline, among many others. When she isn’t behind the keyboard, Xio can be found behind the mic in a studio, writing songs or performing as her fictional band, The Lillys.Find out more about Xio:https://xioaxelrod.com/InstagramFacebook
33:48 5/15/24
Bachelorette fan-favorite Hannah Brown talks about her new rom-com, Mistakes We Never Made
Hannah Brown is a television personality, lifestyle expert, podcast host and New York Times bestselling author of God Bless This Mess. After winning Miss Alabama USA in 2018, she went on to star on season 15 of ABC’s hit reality series The Bachelorette, win season 28 of Dancing with the Stars, and compete on FOX’s Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test, where she ended up being one of two women who completed the course and outlasted the other 16 contestants, most of whom were professional athletes. Brown’s authenticity and charismatic personality have captivated her millions of followers, and she continues to inspire and empower others by instilling beauty goes beyond just what’s on the surface, advocating for mental health awareness, and emphasizing the importance of self-love. Her rom-com, Mistakes We Never Made, is available wherever books are sold! 
34:57 5/7/24
Sonya Singh is "Sari, not Sari"!
Sonya Singh, a bestselling author, has ventured into the world of film and television writing after the success of her debut novel Sari, Not Sari.  Sonya has also secured a deal with Crown Media/Hallmark to create a South Asian Christmas Movie.Find out more about Sonya:https://sonyasinghbooks.com/Show note: This interview was originally recorded in 2023, and was delayed due to technical difficulties!  
45:10 4/23/24
Violet Marsh talks about writing (with a concussion!) and why Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man
Violet Marsh is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and a former lawyer who decided it was more fun to write witty banter than contractual terms. She writes historical romances filled with unconventional women – and the men strong enough to love them! Her new book, Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man is a combination of family secrets, a brother's best friend's romance, and a scandalous mystery. Perfect for fans of Evie Dunmore, Enola Holmes, and Netflix's Bridgerton!Find out more about Violet:https://www.violetmarshauthor.com/https://www.instagram.com/violetmarshauthor/https://www.facebook.com/violetmarshauthor
30:18 4/16/24
The Wartime Book Club and Sunday Times bestseller Kate Thompson Talks about Historical Fiction and Hero Librarians
Sunday Times bestseller Kate Thompson talks about her latest book, The Wartime Book Club, based on the true story of the occupation of the Isle of Jersey during World War II.  Nazis have ordered Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, to destroy books that threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, she wants to fight back. So she forms the Wartime Book Club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading.Thompson is an award-winning journalist, ghostwriter and novelist who has spent the past two decades in the UK mass market and book publishing industry.Buy The Wartime Book ClubFind out more about Kate Thompson: https://www.katethompsonmedia.co.uk/
38:44 4/9/24
Lizzie Damilola Blackburn talks about her acclaimed debut novel, Yinka, Where is Your Husband?
 Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is the best-selling author of Yinka, Where is Your Husband?  which follows the story an Oxford-educated British Nigerian woman with a good-paying job, wonderful friends, and a family who continually prays that she be delivered from her singledom.  Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?  is a fresh, uplifting story of an unconventional heroine who bravely asks the questions we all have about love. Wry, moving, irresistible, this is a love story that makes you smile but also makes you think--and explores what it means to find your way between two cultures, both of which are yours.“Beautifully observed, warm and deeply human, Yinka is a meditation on family and friendship, on love and self-love. Feel-good, funny and clever, it’s got smash-hit written all over it!”Josie Silver, New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December“So modern and fresh. Like Bridget Jones, Yinka is a lovable and relatable disaster—which is to say, she isn’t actually a disaster at all...I adore her.”Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on VacationRead more:www.lizziedamilolablackburn.comFollow  her on Instagram at:@lizziedamiblackburnMore at her Linktree
26:31 12/27/23
The Second Chance Year Author Melissa Wiesner About Writing Romance and Do-Overs
What would you do if you got to re-live the worst year of your life? Melissa Wiesner's new release, The Second Chance Year, answers this question in the most delightful of ways. In this unforgettable story full of charm, wit—and just a bit of magic—a woman down on her luck is given a second chance at fixing her life and trying one year all over again. Perfect for readers of Josie Silver and Rebecca Serle. Wiesner is  also the author of It All Comes Back to You,  His Secret Daughter,  and The Girl in the Picture. Along with her charming husband and two adorable children, Melissa splits her time between the big city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and rural West Virginia.Find out more at:MelissaWiesner.comTwitter @Melissa_WiesnerInstagram ​MelissaWiesnerAuthorFacebook.com/MelissaWiesnerAuthor
47:32 12/5/23
Salaam, with Love Author Sara Sharaf Beg Talks about writing YA and Much More!
Sara Sharaf Beg is a Pakistani-American Muslim author whose debut YA contemporary novel Salaam, with Love  was released in 2022. This heartfelt and humorous YA contemporary novel follows 17 year-old Dua Sheikh, who spends the month of Ramadan making unexpected discoveries about family, faith, and first love. To order your copy of Salaam, with Love, click here!Follow her on Instagram: @chutneybinasamosa Twitter:  @begssaCheck out her other links: https://linktr.ee/chutneybinasamosa
38:25 11/29/23
How to Change a Life and Wedding Girl Author Stacey Ballis talks about food, love, and being a child prodigy!
Stacey Ballis is the author of ten foodie novels, including Inappropriate Men, Sleeping Over, Room for Improvement, The Spinster Sisters, Good Enough to Eat, Off the Menu, Out to Lunch, Recipe for Disaster, Wedding Girl and How to Change a Life . Her first cookbook, Big Delicious Life, is out now in a digital edition. She is also a contributing author to the anthologies Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, and Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly. Her non-fiction cooking pieces can be read at ExtraCrispy.com and Bake From Scratch Magazine. 
68:28 11/22/23
Addie Woolridge talks about her latest, The Homecoming War, and why all's fair in love and HOCO!
Addie Woolridge is the author of The Checklist, The Bounceback, Anatomy of a Meet-Cute, and most recently, The Homecoming War.  She's super talented, hilarious, and her new YA romcom has it all: pranks (so many pranks), awesome supporting characters, and of course, a sizzling enemies-to-lovers romcom! 
44:31 11/1/23
Kiss and Spell Author Celestine Martin Brings the Whimsical Paranormal Romance - Just in Time For Halloween!
 New Jersey native Celestine Martin just released her second book in the Elemental Love series, Kiss and Spell, which brings us back to Freya Grove and the Caraway witch family! A follow-up to her amazing debut, Witchful Thinking, she brings us back for more everyday magic and sizzling romance.  You can find her on social media @jellybeanrae or check in on her at celestinemartin.com!Buy Kiss and Spell now!
42:17 10/25/23
Kristen Mei Chase: Talks about Parenthood, Women's Fiction, and Healing Relationships
Kristen Mei Chase, writer, blogger, marketer, podcaster, and publisher and CEO of  the Cool Mom Picks Network, which includes Cool Mom Tech and Cool Mom Eats. Chase reaches millions of parents a month. Chase’s writing on parenting culture and sex and relationships has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, The Kitchn, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Babycenter.com, and Alphamom.com.Her debut novel, A Thousand Miles to Graceland, tells story of a mother and daughter's road trip to Graceland. It's a sharply funny and achingly tender tale about mothers, daughters, and the surprising power of Elvis. Follow Kristen:https://kristenmeichase.com/FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn
47:13 4/26/23
Author Reading: Addie Woolridge Reads from Anatomy of a Meet Cute!
 Addie Woolridge, author of The Checklist, The Bounce Back, reads from her new release, Anatomy of a Meet Cute. You can follow her:website: https://addiewoolridge.com/Instagram: @addiewoolridge Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AddieWoolridgeAuthorNewsletter: https://subscribepage.io/AddieWoolridgeNewsletter
11:24 3/29/23
Addie Woolridge on: Writing Complex Characters, the Perfect Meet Cute, and Opera Singing
We're delighted to have Addie Woolridge, author of The Checklist, The Bounce Back, and most recently, Anatomy of a Meet Cute, join us on today's episode. She's a classically trained opera singer with a degree in music from the University of Southern California. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana University. Woolridge’s well-developed characters are a result of her love for diverse people, cultures, and experiences. You can follow her:website: https://addiewoolridge.com/Instagram: @addiewoolridge Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AddieWoolridgeAuthorNewsletter: https://subscribepage.io/AddieWoolridgeNewsletter
52:42 3/8/23
Nisha Sharma: On Writing Authentically and the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Romance
Nisha Sharma is the critically acclaimed author of YA and adult contemporary romances including My So-Called Bollywood Life, Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance, The Singh Family Trilogy and the If Shakespeare was an Auntie series.Her new YA, The Karma Map is out March 1.Her new contemporary romance, Tastes Like Shakkar, is out August 2023! Follow her on: InstagramTikTokTwitter
56:22 3/1/23
Author Reading: Karelia Stetz-Waters
Karelia Stetz-Waters reads from her hilarious new romcom, Behind the Scenes.A little about Behind the Scenes: Business consultant Rose Josten might not have officially reached “pug lady” middle age, but she’s already got the pugs—along with their little Gucci coats and trash-lovin’ appetites. Still, life is good, with her work, her sisters, and a secret hobby creating incredibly tactile (if surprisingly sexy) mindfulness videos. So why does it feel like it’s not quite enough? Which is exactly when Ash Stewart enters camera left, and Rose’s world suddenly goes full technicolor . . .Ash never looks at anyone. Not since her ex ripped her heart from her chest in Spielberg-esque style, crushing Ash’s reputation, dreams, and career in one brutal blow. But Rose is altogether different. She’s curvy, beautiful, and just so damn put together. And her business expertise might be Ash’s best bet for getting her last film—and her last chance—financed. Now if they can just keep their attraction under wraps, Ash’s lost dream could finally come true. But are they creating the perfect pitch . . . or setting the stage for disaster?Follow Karelia:InstagramFacebookhttps://www.kareliastetzwaters.com/
13:59 2/9/23
Author Reading: The Second You're Single by Cara Tanamachi
Cara Tanamachi, also known as Cara Lockwood, reads from The Second You're Single - out Jan 31!Buy the book:Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Mdj4qpB&N: https://bit.ly/3MdjhdbBooks-a-Million: https://bit.ly/3FEdHhsIndiebound: https://bit.ly/3FGYFb1Kindle: https://amzn.to/3yyKLG3Nook: https://bit.ly/39Y8YeUKobo: https://bit.ly/3FEltYNGoogle Play: https://bit.ly/3FDJ0JeFollow her:InstagramTikTokTwitterRead more:https://caratanamachi.com/
11:40 1/31/23
USA Today Bestselling Author Evie Dunmore: Talks Historical Romance, Feminism, and Much More!
Evie Dunmore is the USA TODAY bestselling author of Bringing Down the Duke. Her League of Extraordinary Women is inspired by her passion for romance, women pioneers, and all things Victorian. The third installment of the series, Portrait of a Scotsman, is out now, and the fourth installment, The Gentleman's Gambit, will be coming next fall. In her civilian life, she is a consultant with a M.Sc. in Diplomacy from Oxford.  Evie is a member of the British Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA). Find out more about her:http://eviedunmore.com/
37:49 1/25/23
Karelia Stetz-Waters: Talks about finding writing inspiration at her favorite sex toy shop in Portland, writing authentic romance, and much more!
Karelia Stetz-Waters writes happily-ever-afters for women who love women. She's the author of her new rom-com, Behind the Scenes, and Satisfaction Guaranteed, which was shortlisted for the Amazon Best Romances of June 2021. She’s a Lambda Award Finalist, and has made the Library Journal best romance novels list. She earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, which called her work "an enchanting must-read." She's also written the Out in Portland series, as well as the Young Adult novel about first love, Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before.Whether it’s romance or thriller, her characters get the epic wins they deserve and more. She lives her own happily-ever-after in Oregon with her wife of 20+ years. Find out more about her: https://www.kareliastetzwaters.com/Follow her on: FacebookInstagram
46:27 1/11/23
Lauren Kung Jessen: Talks about rom-coms, the Chinese Zodiac, publishing her first book, and culinary school
Lauren Kung Jessen's first novel, Lunar Love, is out January 10.  Jessen, a mixed-race Chinese-American writer, attended culinary school and worked in Big Tech.  She also has a food and film blog called, A Dash of Cinema, where she makes food inspired by movies and TV shows. Learn more about her at: https://laurenkungjessen.com/Follow Lauren on: InstagramTwitterSubscribe for the latest news:Newsletter
34:45 1/4/23
USA Today Bestseller KM/Kwana Jackson: on writing sizzling friends to lovers romances, knitting, and - of course! - how to marry Keanu Reeves
Kwana Jackson, who also writes under KM Jackson is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days and the Real Men Knit series.A former fashion designer, Kwana won the Golden Leaf for best novel with strong romance elements from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America for her novel, Bounce. She was also named Author of the Year by the New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America and has been tapped by Oprah Magazine, ShondaLand and NPR for their Best Romance lists.Find out more about her: https://kmjackson.com/
44:23 12/14/22
Jackie Ashenden Chats about New Zealand, Sheep Farmers, and Creating Addictively Compelling Series
The very talented Jackie Ashenden is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling and critically acclaimed author of over seventy books (and counting), including the Small Town Dream series, a spin-off of her Alaska Homecoming series. This librarian turned novelist also writes for Harlequin Presents, and she lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, two kids, one cat and one dog. Her new books, All Roads Leads to You and The Maid the Greek Married are out now! Find out more about her and her books: https://www.jackieashenden.com/
38:54 11/30/22
Annette Chavez Macias/Sabrina Sol: Talks about Her Love of Storytelling, the Influence of Family, and Tamales at Christmas!
The amazing Annette Chavez Macias (author of the critically acclaimed women's fiction novel,  Big Chicas Don't Cry) writes stories about love, family and following your dreams. She is proud of her Mexican-American heritage, culture and traditions. All of which can be found within the pages of her books. She writes romance under the name,  Sabrina Sol, and her latest release Second Chance at Rancho Lindo, is available November 29!Her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Pop Sugar and on Book Riot’s list of 100 Must Read Romantic Comedies.Find out more about her: https://www.sabrinasol.com/https://authorannette.com/
45:57 11/23/22
KD Casey Talks About Queer Jewish Romance, Baseball, and Bringing the Heat
Baseball season might be over, but KD Casey (they/she) keeps it alive with their sizzling queer baseball series, Unwritten Rules. Casey, a longtime baseball fan, co-hosts the Resting Pitch Face Podcast (as Syd) and writes for Baseball Prospectus, a popular baseball analysis website.KD primarily writes queer Jewish romance, and her debut novel, Unwritten Rules, was published in 2021 by Carina Press to much acclaim, and the second in that series, Fire Season, is now available. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram!
57:33 11/16/22
NYT Bestseller Francine Pascal talks: Sweet Valley High, the Wakefield Twins and much more
Francine Pascal, The New York Times bestselling creator of The Sweet Valley High series, revolutionized the Young Adult market. The Sweet Valley High series and its spinoffs included more than 180 books, and began in 1983 with the release of DOUBLE LOVE, which followed the lives of California twins, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield.The series also became a TV show from 1994 to 1998.Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
35:30 11/9/22
Lily Chu: Loving K-Pop Heroes, Making Perfume Magic, and Writing LOL Rom-Coms
Lily Chu writes romantic comedies set in Toronto with strong Asian characters.The Stand-In, her debut rom-com, spent multiple weeks at number one in Audible Top Plus Listens in the All and the Romance categories, and was named one of the Best of 2021 by Audible. In print, The Stand-In was named Target’s Book Club Pick for May as well as an Amazon Book of the Month and Apple Best Books of May.Her second book, The Comeback, is available as an Audible Original and will be in print in May 2023. Both books were performed by Phillipa Soo. Sign up for Lily's newsletter here: https://lilychuauthor.com/signupFollow her on Twitter: @lilychuauthor Instagram: @lilychuauthor
47:18 11/2/22
Rebecca Hunter: Spending Nights in Sweden, Writing Inspirations, and Dancing at the Harlequin Ball
Rebecca Hunter is an award-winning author of the Practically Perfect Nannies, Fantasy Island, Nordic Nights, and the Blackmore, Inc series. She writes witty, sexy stories about complex characters and intriguing destinations. Her books have won the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award (NERFA) and the HOLT Medallion contest, and her debut with the Harlequin Dare line earned a starred review from Library Journal. In 2021, she won Romance Writers of America's VIVIAN Award.Find out more about her: https://www.rebeccahunterwriter.com/   
48:58 10/25/22
NYT Bestseller Maisey Yates: Diving Deep into Characters, Processing Grief With Love, and Sharing the Holidays with Cowboys
Award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates joins the show. The Queen of Cowboys has written 153 books and counting, including the Copper Ridge Series, the Gold Valley series, and many more. Publisher's Weekly said of her summer release, Lost and Found Girl:  "Yates packs an emotional punch with this masterful, multilayered contemporary…pitch-perfect plotting and carefully crafted characters make for a story that’s sure to linger in readers’ minds.” —Publishers WeeklyHer latest, Merry Christmas Cowboy, the second in her Four Corners Ranch series, will be out October 25. Find out more about Maisey on her website: http://www.maiseyyates.com/book-list/Follow her on Instagram: @maiseyyatesOr Facebook. 
69:11 10/19/22
Engineer Turned Rom Com Author Jackie Lau Shares: Sweet Love Stories, Stand-Up Groomsmen, and Matcha Tiramisu Donuts
Jackie Lau has written more than twenty novels and is the critically acclaimed author of Donut Fall In Love.  The New York Times said, “Lau’s trope-forward contemporaries are as sugary and irresistible as the desserts her characters create."She’s also written the Cider Bar sisters series and Holidays with the Wongs series. Her new novel, The Stand-Up Groomsman is out October 25. Find out more about Jackie: https://jackielaubooks.com/
31:01 10/12/22