Learning The Tropes: A Podcast for Romance Novel Veterans and Virgins
I Give You My Body… by Diana Gabaldon, Episode 75

I Give You My Body… by Diana Gabaldon, Episode 75

July 28, 2020

(Warning: We go pretty deep into the list of euphemisms for private parts in this book, so this episode is filthier than normal!)

 

This week we read I Give You My Body...How I Write Sex Scenes by Diana Gabaldon and talked about the author's distaste for the Romance label, the one great nugget of advice in this book and euphemisms... so many euphemisms.

 

 

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Laurel Canyon (Epix)

 

 

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Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher (Spotify)

 

 

This episode is brought to you by Candlewick Press, publisher of The Mermaid The Witch and the Sea, the new YA fantasy novel by Maggie Tokuda Hall.

 

 

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Learning The Tropes And Fated Mates LIVE (On Zoom) June 25th, 2020

Learning The Tropes And Fated Mates LIVE (On Zoom) June 25th, 2020

July 21, 2020

Here it is, the full Learning The Tropes And Fated Mates LIVE Zoom broadcast from June 25th, 2020. We played games, answered questions and just had a good old time chatting about everything Romance. Enjoy!

 

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan, Episode 74

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan, Episode 74

July 14, 2020

(Warning: This episode touches upon rape and domestic abuse.)  

 

This week we read Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan and Clayton is (almost) at a loss for words.

 

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

 

Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence by Bryan Burrough

 

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I May Destroy You (HBO)

 

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Haus Of Hoodoo

 

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Justice by Laurann Dohner, Episode 73

Justice by Laurann Dohner, Episode 73

July 7, 2020

This week we read Justice by Laurann Dohner and talked about Justice's dye job, Jessie's head wound and how much we love Breeze!

 

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Justice, by Laurann Dohner

 

 

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Spaceship Earth (Hulu)

 

 

I'll Be Gone In The Dark (HBO)

 

 

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Interview: Lauren Ho (Last Tang Standing)

Interview: Lauren Ho (Last Tang Standing)

July 1, 2020

Erin interviews Lauren Ho, author of Last Tang Standing.

 

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REMINDER: Learning The Tropes & Fated Mates LIVE! (On Zoom) TONIGHT, June 25TH @8PM ET

REMINDER: Learning The Tropes & Fated Mates LIVE! (On Zoom) TONIGHT, June 25TH @8PM ET

June 25, 2020

Our live show with Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop from Fated Mates is tonight at 8PM ET! We'll be talking all things Romance, playing games and taking questions! Tickets are FREE on Eventbrite.

 

So come join us for Learning the Tropes & Fated Mates LIVE! (On Zoom)

 

Thursday, June 25th @ 8pm ET

 

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365 Days (2020) Movie Review

365 Days (2020) Movie Review

June 23, 2020

This week Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty tackled the Netflix sensation 365 Days! We talked about the art of the penis obstruction shot, the overabundance of music cues and attempted to cast the inevitable Hollywood remake.

 

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The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe, Episode 72

The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe, Episode 72

June 17, 2020

This week we read The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe and talked about revenge, whether Clayton was named after the character in this book and that closet scene. Yowza!

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The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe

 

 

Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean

 

 

Strange Love by Ann Aguirre

 

 

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Hearts On Hold by Charish Reid, Episode 71

Hearts On Hold by Charish Reid, Episode 71

June 10, 2020

This week we read Hearts On Hold by Charish Reid and talked about library sex, early 2000s fashion and overdue books.

 

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Hearts On Hold by Charish Reid

 

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

 

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Pluto TV

 

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Strange Love by Ann Aguirre, Episode 70

Strange Love by Ann Aguirre, Episode 70

June 2, 2020

This week we read Strange Love by Ann Aguirre and talked about some TRULY alien sex. Plus, Clayton falls for a beta! 

 

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Strange Love by Ann Aguirre

 

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snarls - Burst

 

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The 13th (Netflix)

 

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While You Were Sleeping (1995) Movie Review

While You Were Sleeping (1995) Movie Review

May 26, 2020

This week Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty watched While You Were Sleeping (1995), starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. Does this movie make the Learning The Tropes Rom-Com Canon? Listen to find out!

 

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Interview: Kwana Jackson (Author of Real Men Knit)

Interview: Kwana Jackson (Author of Real Men Knit)

May 22, 2020

As a special Friday bonus, here's an interview Erin did with Kwana Jackson, author of Real Men Knit! Enjoy!

 

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Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

 

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, Episode 69

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, Episode 69

May 20, 2020

This one was a doozy! This week we read The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams and had A LOT to say!

 

This week's episode was brought to you by Wind River Undercover by Lindsay McKenna.

Discover the true meaning of love and freedom in the American West with the Wind River Valley series written by New York Times bestselling author, US Navy Veteran, and genre pioneer Lindsay McKenna. With her signature military and law enforcement heroes in a Western romance setting, this distinguished author’s finest talents combine to bring this engrossing series to a close as two federal DEA agents go undercover in the ranching community to finally take down the cartel that has darkened their doorstep for good.

 

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Tycoon by Joanna Shupe, Episode 68

Tycoon by Joanna Shupe, Episode 68

May 13, 2020

This episode we read Tycoon by Joanna Shupe and talk about kissing skills, trains and Clayton drills down on his perfect hero!

 

This episode is brought to you by Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras.

USA Today bestselling author Priscilla Oliveras launches a new series set in Key West and filled with humor, Latinx culture, and fun family dynamics perfect for summer beach reading...

When her flaky boyfriend ditches on her family’s vacation, a social media influencer recruits a Cuban firefighter paramedic to play her fake fiancé so she can maintain the image of her picture perfect life.

 

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Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn, Episode 67

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn, Episode 67

May 5, 2020

(Warning: This episode is HEAVY on the New York City talk. You've been warned!)

 

This week we read Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn and talk about the joy of long walks, the pain of friend break ups and our love of New York City. We warned you!

 

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Bon Appétit Youtube Channel

 

Beastie Boys Story (Apple +)

 

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Open Book - Jessica Simpson

 

 

This episode is brought to you by In To Her by JA Huss, available now at Audible.com.

Hit men, AJ and Logan, are professional mobsters and spending a sexy night stranded with their mark, Yvette, wasn’t in the plan. But one night changes everything and they soon find themselves plotting a way out of the job AND the mob. In To Her is an angsty, MFM, page-turning read that will keep you guessing until the very last word.

 

This episode is also brought to you by BetterHelp

 

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Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Movie Review

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Movie Review

April 29, 2020

This week we watched Bridget Jones's Diary (2001). Did she end up with the right guy? Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty have some thoughts!

 

This episode is brought to you by In To Her by JA Huss, available now at Audible.com.

Hit men, AJ and Logan, are professional mobsters and spending a sexy night stranded with their mark, Yvette, wasn’t in the plan. But one night changes everything and they soon find themselves plotting a way out of the job AND the mob. In To Her is an angsty, MFM, page-turning read that will keep you guessing until the very last word.

 

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Episode 66

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Episode 66

April 22, 2020

This week we read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and talk about how tropey it is, whether Josh is an all-timer and Erin plays... The Clayton Game!

 

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Check out the newest podcast from Penguin Random House, Books Connect Us

As we stay indoors during uncertain times, we’re staying connected with each other and the stories and authors who inspire us. BOOKS CONNECT US brings you brand new conversations with some of your favorite authors.

The first episode features an interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six and a big Romance fan!

Books Connect Us is produced by our very own Producer Patty, hosted by Erin Leafe and edited by Clayton Gumbert. So the whole fam is involved! Please rate, review and subscribe.

 

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The Ruin Of A Rake by Cat Sebastian, Episode 65

The Ruin Of A Rake by Cat Sebastian, Episode 65

April 15, 2020

This week we read The Ruin Of A Rake by Cat Sebastian and talked about coveralls, reoccurring malaria and why is Goodreads issuing challenges?!?

 

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Self Made (Netflix)

 

Insecure (HBO)

 

Check out the newest podcast from Penguin Random House, Books Connect Us

As we stay indoors during uncertain times, we’re staying connected with each other and the stories and authors who inspire us. BOOKS CONNECT US brings you brand new conversations with some of your favorite authors.

The first episode features an interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six and a big Romance fan!

Books Connect Us is produced by our very own Producer Patty, hosted by Erin Leafe and edited by Clayton Gumbert. So the whole fam is involved! Please rate, review and subscribe.

 

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Fall by Kristen Callihan, Episode 64

Fall by Kristen Callihan, Episode 64

April 8, 2020

Because you voted for it, this week we read Fall by Kristen Callihan and talked about triple gonorrhea, bad band names and are all of Clayton's friends fake?

 

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Check out the newest podcast from Penguin Random House, Books Connect Us

As we stay indoors during uncertain times, we’re staying connected with each other and the stories and authors who inspire us. BOOKS CONNECT US brings you brand new conversations with some of your favorite authors.

The first episode features an interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six and a big Romance fan!

Books Connect Us is produced by our very own Producer Patty, hosted by Erin Leafe and edited by Clayton Gumbert. So the whole fam is involved! Please rate, review and subscribe.

 

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Valiant by Laurann Dohner, Episode 63

Valiant by Laurann Dohner, Episode 63

April 1, 2020

This week we get reacquainted with the New Species and read Valiant by Laurann Dohner. Is this the best one yet? YES!

 

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Valiant by Laurann Dohner

 

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Ben Gibbard: Live From Home (Youtube)

 

 

Sanditon (PBS)

 

Beechum House (PBS)

 

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Vow Of Silence by Melynda Price, Episode 62

Vow Of Silence by Melynda Price, Episode 62

March 25, 2020

This week we read Vow Of Silence by Melynda Price and talk (remotely) about our spotty knowledge of Amish culture, whether Josiah is a good detective and could either of us spot a rug made out of hair.

(Note: The audio on this episode is not up to our usual standards, but it will be fixed by the next episode. Thanks for sticking with us on our first remote outing!)

 

This episode is brought to you by The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries.

From one of the biggest names in historical romance, New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, comes the second in a sparkling series about an oft-widowed mother’s grown children, who blaze through society in their quest for the truth about their fathers. In the process, they may just find that love can conquer all...even for a headstrong young lady with a scandalous secret to hide.

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Vow Of Silence by Melynda Price

 

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Lovesick (Netflix)

 

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Scott Barkan - https://scottbarkan.bandcamp.com

 

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Star Champion by Susan Grant, Episode 61

Star Champion by Susan Grant, Episode 61

March 18, 2020

This week we read Star Champion by Susan Grant (aka The Champion of Baresh) and talked about hallucivapes, bajha and night slime. You know, the usual stuff!

 

(Note: This episode was recorded before the current health crisis, so we don't touch on it, but we hope our listeners stay safe and healthy. Look out for each other and help flatten the curve!)

 

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Star Champion by Susan Grant

 

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High Fidelity - S1 E8: Ballad of the Lonesome Loser (Hulu)

 

 

Gang of Youths - The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows (YouTube)

 

 

Gang of Youths - The Heart Is A Muscle (YouTube)

 

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Gang of Youths - Go Further In Lightness (Spotify) 

 

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Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Episode 60

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Episode 60

March 11, 2020

This week we read Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert and talked about chronic pain, whether Red was a good artist or just hot, and what would be on our "Get A Life" lists!

 

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Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

 

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Gentefied (Netflix)

 

It was NOT a Pepsi Commercial! It was Diet Coke:

 

Shirtless Construction Worker Commercial (1995) [Youtube]

 

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March Preview Episode

March Preview Episode

March 3, 2020

It's March and boy do we have some books for you!

 

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Star Champion (Star Series 4) by Susan Grant

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Vow of Silence by Melynda Price

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Act Like It by Lucy Parker, Episode 59

Act Like It by Lucy Parker, Episode 59

February 25, 2020

This week we read Act Like It by Lucy Parker and talked about stage acting, iPad mishaps and Clayton's face tattoo!

 

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Act Like It by Lucy Parker

 

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Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush, Black

 

Hard Travel Case for Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer& Styler

 

 

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To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix Movie Review), Episode 58

To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix Movie Review), Episode 58

February 19, 2020

(Spoiler Warning: If you haven't watched To All The Boys I've Loved Before or To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, watch them before listening!)

 

Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty talk about the big Netflix sequel, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You! Are we Team Peter or Team John Ambrose? Why can't Clayton pronounce Lara? Listen to find out!

 

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High Fidelity Series (Hulu)

 

No Reservations (Hulu)

 

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Earhugz

 

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Interview: Ruby Lang (Author of House Rules, Practice Perfect, Acute Reactions)

Interview: Ruby Lang (Author of House Rules, Practice Perfect, Acute Reactions)

February 13, 2020

It's Valentine's Day! And as a special gift, we're posting our interview with author Ruby Lang. We talk about her new book House Rules, why she prefers writing novellas and (most importantly) New York real estate! 

 

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Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein, Episode 57

Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein, Episode 57

February 12, 2020

This week we read Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein and wow... just wow.

 

 

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Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

 

 

Listen:

 

Yuck - Glow & Behold (Spotify)

 

 

Watch:

 

Shrill - Season 2 (Hulu)

 

 

This episode is brought to you by Kensington’s newest title from Cheris Hodges, OWNER OF A BROKEN HEART

Sportswriter Nina Richardson had the perfect life away from her family’s famous shadow. But a social media blowup and rejection by her boyfriend brought her back to their peaceful Charleston, South Carolina B&B to figure out what went wrong. So there’s no way she’s going to trust the crazy-hot sparks flying between her and handsome new employee Clinton Jefferson. It’s just reckless, rip-his-clothes-off, one-night-and-forget-it lust—right?

You can find OWNER OF A BROKEN HEART by Cheris Hodges wherever books are sold. Find out more at Kensingtonbooks.com.

 

 

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February Preview Episode

February Preview Episode

February 5, 2020

It's February and we're reading two books and watching a movie! 

 

Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

 

 

To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix)

 

 

Act Like It by Lucy Parker

 

 

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Love In The Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas, Episode 56

Love In The Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas, Episode 56

January 29, 2020

This week we read the LAST Hathaways Book, Love In The Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas. We say goodbye to the Hathaways and rank our top Kleypas heroes and heroines! It's a fun one!

 

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Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

 

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