Learning The Tropes: A Podcast for Romance Novel Veterans and Virgins
Interview: Lauren Hammersley (Charmaine from Virgin River)

Interview: Lauren Hammersley (Charmaine from Virgin River)

December 16, 2020

(Warning: We go deep on Virgin River Season 1 and 2 spoilers, so make sure to watch before you listen!)

 

Erin, Clayton and Pat had the privilege of sitting down with the incredibly talented actor Lauren Hammersley! 

 

Lauren talks about how she got the part of Charmaine, shares behind the scene stories and puts up with our ridiculous Virgin River fan theories. 

 

We were so excited to talk to Lauren and she couldn't have been funnier or more game. You guys are gonna love this interview!

 

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Virgin River on Netflix

 

Mr. D (Amazon Prime) - All 8 Seasons of Lauren's CBC show are now streaming in America! 

 

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! The next few weeks may be a little different…

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! The next few weeks may be a little different…

December 14, 2020

Don't panic! We're not going anywhere!

We're just taking a little vacation from reading new books, but we have a TON of great episodes coming in Late December and January!

We'll be back to reading books in February! Clayton still needs to find a Shifter book to fall in love with.

 

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On The Way To The Wedding (Bridgertons Book 8) by Julia Quinn, Episode 92

On The Way To The Wedding (Bridgertons Book 8) by Julia Quinn, Episode 92

December 8, 2020

This week we read On The Way To The Wedding by Julia Quinn, the 8th and final Bridgertons book. Is this Erin or Clayton's favorite of the series? Listen to find out!

 

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On The Way To The Wedding by Julia Quinn

 

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Dash & Lily (Netflix)

 

 

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War On Drugs - LIVE DRUGS (Spotify)

 

 

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Virgin River Season 2 (Episodes 6-10) Review

Virgin River Season 2 (Episodes 6-10) Review

December 3, 2020

WARNING: We spoil the heck outta this series, so watch it first before you listen!

 

Virgin River fanatics Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty are back to wrap up the back half of Season 2 and talk about Jack's teddy bear induced meltdown, the logistics of twin infants living in a house by themselves and Lizzie and Ricky's tepid CW grade love story.

 

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Virgin River Season 2 (Episodes 1-5) Review

Virgin River Season 2 (Episodes 1-5) Review

December 2, 2020

WARNING: We spoil the heck outta this series, so watch it first before you listen!

 

Virgin River is back, baybee! VR superfans Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty break down the first five episodes of Season 2 and talk about the entire town gaslighting Charmaine, Hope's teen boy energy and is Preacher serving human flesh at Jack's Bar?!? Plus, predictions for episodes 6-10! All this and much, much more!

 

Join us tomorrow for our review of Episodes 6 - 10!

 

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Re-Release: Virgin River Season 1 Review + Listener Questions

Re-Release: Virgin River Season 1 Review + Listener Questions

December 2, 2020

WARNING: We spoil the heck outta this series, so watch it first before you listen!

 

In honor of Season 2 of Virgin River on Netflix, we are re-releasing our Season 1 Review Episode! In this very special, tipsy edition of LTT we talk about Mel vs. Charmaine, how much Brady sucks and Jack's hair... his luscious, luscious hair.

Plus, Listener Questions! 

 

Keep your eye on this feed for our Season 2 (Episodes 1-5) Review dropping TODAY and our Season 2 (Episodes 6-10) Review dropping FRIDAY!

 

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It’s In His Kiss (Bridgertons Book 7) by Julia Quinn, Episode 91

It’s In His Kiss (Bridgertons Book 7) by Julia Quinn, Episode 91

December 1, 2020

This week we read It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn and talked about fancy hunts, historical heroines in men's clothing and which Bridgerton girls are ACTUALLY quiet and unusual.

 

Read-

 

It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn

 

 

Courting Trouble by Kerrigan Byrne 

 

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Run (Hulu) 

 

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When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons Book 6) by Julia Quinn, Episode 90

When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons Book 6) by Julia Quinn, Episode 90

November 25, 2020

This week we read When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn and talked about pining heroes, inaccurate Goodreads lists and stepping for brother.

 

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When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

 

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Bat For Lashes - Lost Girls (Bandcamp)

 

 

Double Love (Sweet Valley High Podcast)

 

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To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons Book 5) by Julia Quinn (w/Sarah MacLean), Episode 89

To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons Book 5) by Julia Quinn (w/Sarah MacLean), Episode 89

November 18, 2020

This week we're joined by romance writer, co-host of the podcast Fated Mates and friend of the show, Sarah MacLean to talk about To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn! We talked all things Julia, why this book is so impressive from a writing standpoint and what it takes for Clayton to receive guests.

 

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EVOLVED Nut Butter Cups

 

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The Crown (Season 4) (Netflix)

 

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

 

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Re-Release: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 4) by Julia Quinn, Episode 80

Re-Release: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 4) by Julia Quinn, Episode 80

November 16, 2020

(Note: This episode was recorded and released before we decided to do the whole series.) 

 

This week we read Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn and talked about secret identities, jealousy and Colin's (possible) tapeworm.

 

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Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

 

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Nation of Language - Introduction, Presence (Bandcamp)

 

 

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An Offer From A Gentleman (Bridgertons Book 3) by Julia Quinn, Episode 88

An Offer From A Gentleman (Bridgertons Book 3) by Julia Quinn, Episode 88

November 11, 2020

This week we read An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn and talk about fairy tale riffs, bratty men and George W. Bush's paintings.

 

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An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn

 

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

 

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Celebrity Book Club

 

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The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2) by Julia Quinn, Episode 87

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2) by Julia Quinn, Episode 87

November 4, 2020

Here we go! We kick off a month and a half of Bridgerton books with The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn. We talk about why we skipped the first book, which one of us is afraid of thunderstorms and Corgi butts.

 

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The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

 

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How To With John Wilson (HBO)

 

Barkskins (Hulu)

 

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Black Rose by Nora Roberts, Episode 86

Black Rose by Nora Roberts, Episode 86

October 28, 2020

(Warning: Clayton's TERRIFYING sock story starts at 9:16 and ends around 18:29 if you scare easily and want to skip it!)  

 

This week we read Black Rose by Nora Roberts and talked about Full Moon Zoom Parties, the joys of giving out candy and buying paintings out of spite.

 

This episode is sponsored by Christmas Kisses With My Cowboy from Kensington Publishing.

Fans of Jill Shalvis, Linda Lael Miller, and Maisey Yates won’t want to miss these delightful Christmas love stories filled with humor and heart. Plenty of cowboy kisses under the mistletoe are the perfect escape this holiday season!

 

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Black Rose by Nora Roberts

 

 

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Strand Book Store

 

 

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An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles, Episode 85

An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles, Episode 85

October 21, 2020

This week we read An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles and talked about London fog, hate shtuppin' and the con Clayton has been running on Erin this whole time!

 

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An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles

 

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Learning The Tropes and Whoa!mance Crossover Episode

Learning The Tropes and Whoa!mance Crossover Episode

October 16, 2020

In this very special bonus episode, Clayton and Erin talk with Isabeau (@ivdasho) and Morgan (@morganmaurhino), the hosts of the terrific Whoa!mance podcast!

We gab about our favorite heroes & heroines, the weirdest sex scenes we've ever read, ferrets, and much, much more!

 

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Practical Magic (1998) Movie Review

Practical Magic (1998) Movie Review

October 14, 2020

This week Erin, Clayton and Producer Patty watched Practical Magic (1998) and talked about how this was a seminal film for one of us, whether or not we ate paste as a kid and how this film was cursed by an actual witch! 

 

 

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The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller, Episode 84

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller, Episode 84

October 7, 2020

We kick off our month of SPOOKY books (and movies) with The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller! We talk about The Guilded Age, how to make ghosts leave you alone and why Clayton and Sam are oil and water.

 

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The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

 

 

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Saturday Night Live Season 12 - 19 (Peacock)

 

 

Phone Bank-

 

Indivisible.org

 

 

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The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson, Episode 83

The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson, Episode 83

September 29, 2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: If you hear a weird ad at the beginning of this episode, please just delete the episode and re-download. Podbean inserted an ad without our knowledge. The problem has been rectified! 

 

This week we read The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson and talked about the denigration of food trucks, sex on cooking surfaces and whether or not chefs have to be a-holes.

 

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The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson

 

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Fleet Foxes - Shore (Bandcamp)

 

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Lucky Scent

 

 

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How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks, Episode 82

How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks, Episode 82

September 22, 2020

This week we read How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks and talked about '90s nose jobs, dog shifters and Clayton tries to pronounce "colloquialism".

 

Also, Clayton recorded in a shed outside (long story, never mentioned on the pod) so occasionally there are birds noises. You aren't hearing things!

 

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Great British Baking Show (Netflix) (New Season Starts Friday, September 25th!)

 

 

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Rachel Syme's Penpalooza

 

 

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, Episode 81

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, Episode 81

September 15, 2020

This week we read The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai and talked about online dating, ghosting and a car trunk full of condoms.

 

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

 

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From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast (Audible)

 

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Yellowstone 

 

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The Lost Husband (2020) Netflix Movie Review

The Lost Husband (2020) Netflix Movie Review

September 8, 2020

This week we watched the Netflix movie The Lost Husband (2020) starring Leslie Bibb and Josh Duhamel.

 

How does this movie compare to Pauly Shore's Son In Law? Why does this "farm" consist of only a dozen goats? Why is Producer Patty shirtless?

 

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The Lost Husband (2020) (Netflix)

 

 

What If (2014) (Amazon Prime)

 

 

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 4) by Julia Quinn, Episode 80

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons Book 4) by Julia Quinn, Episode 80

September 1, 2020

This week we read Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn and talked about secret identities, jealousy and Colin's (possible) tapeworm.

 

Read-

 

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

 

Listen-

 

Nation of Language - Introduction, Presence (Bandcamp)

 

 

Cassandra Violet - Superbloom (Bandcamp)

 

 

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Interview: Bea Koch (Author of Mad And Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency and Co-owner of The Ripped Bodice)

Interview: Bea Koch (Author of Mad And Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency and Co-owner of The Ripped Bodice)

August 30, 2020

(Note: An earlier upload of this episode had an audio glitch around 21:00. It's fixed now!)

 

In this special bonus episode, we Zoom with Bea Koch, author of Mad And Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency and Co-Owner of The Ripped Bodice and talk about the wonders of Lisa Kleypas, accuracy in Historical Romance and the pleasures of snooping.

 

ALSO, we play a round of Romance or Nomance: Wolf Shifter Edition!

 

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Spellbound by Allie Therin, Episode 79

Spellbound by Allie Therin, Episode 79

August 25, 2020

This week we read Spellbound by Allie Therin and talked about New York City in the 1920s, Coney Island and who's taller: Erin or Clayton? 

 

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Spellbound by Allie Therin

 

 

Stereogum - The Number Ones (Website)

 

 

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Love On The Spectrum (Netflix)

 

 

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Fight or Flight by Samantha Young, Episode 78

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young, Episode 78

August 19, 2020

This week we read Fight or Flight, by Samantha Young and OH BOY!

 

Read- 

 

Fight or Flight, by Samantha Young

 

 

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

 

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Ted Lasso (Apple TV +)

 

 

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Bliss by Fiona Zedde, Episode 77

Bliss by Fiona Zedde, Episode 77

August 11, 2020

This week we read Bliss by Fiona Zedde and talked about Jamaica, surprise half sisters and food options at BDSM clubs.

 

Read-

 

Bliss by Fiona Zedde

 

 

Breath: The New Science of A Lost Art by James Nestor

 

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The Chicks - Gaslighter (Spotify)

 

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The Proposition by Judith Ivory, Episode 76

The Proposition by Judith Ivory, Episode 76

August 5, 2020

This week we read The Proposition by Judith Ivory and talked about reverse Pygmalions, leg men and ferrets.

 

This episode is brought to you by THE REBELLIOUS RANCHER (The Millers of Morgan Valley Series) by Kate Pearce

Attachment to the land, hard work, and community is what sets the folks of Morgantown apart from the everyday, and always brings them back to the ranch—where they might even find love. In bestselling author Kate Pearce’s third Millers of Morgan Valley romance, a rough-around-the-edges cowboy and a pampered actress on a camping adventure must find common ground in order to survive the elements in the wild...and each other.

 

Find THE REBELLIOUS RANCHER (The Millers of Morgan Valley Series) by Kate Pearce (and other great books) at https://www.kensingtonbooks.com

 

 

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Happy Endings Zoom Reunion (YouTube)

 

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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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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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