Monday, April 30, 2018

Four podcast recs, plus WANTED & WIRED out on audiobook


I’ve always been an audiophile -- music, theta-wave binaural beats, sound machines with weird nature noises, and... podcastery! A recent  request for recommendations with which to fill my ears met with oh so much goodness, I just gotta share. 

For what’s going on in romance...

The Wicked Wallflowers Club  – You know how folks always tell you to research what’s going on in your genre? Well, here you go: what’s going on in romance. Billed as “a podcast for empowered readers and writers of romance,” this show interviews hot authors, discusses new releases, and isn’t afraid to confront issues affecting the genre. Their recent episode about representation was timely.  Apple | Twitter @WckdWallflowers

Magi Romance is another romance-genre podcast, but it explores some of the less well-known nooks and sub-genres. I loved their recent interview with Veronica Scott, who discussed science fiction romance as well as more personal stuff like her process and her background working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.  Apple | Twitter @MagiRomance

For thirst (and inspiration)...

Thirst Aid Kit. Make sure you use headphones for this one. And maybe a closet, if you’re worried about folks seeing you blush. Each episode starts off with a [usually redacted] flash fic featuring whomever the hosts are thirsting after, and folks, it can get warm in here. Note that thirst in this context is defined as, “unabashed, guilt-free desire for a person” (per Buzzfeed). The Thirst Aid Kit podcast is a voyeur-in-your-ear ogle at all the, ahem, desirables, including Chris Evans, Mahershala Ali, Oscar Isaac, Tom Hiddleston, and on. Little something for all of us, right? (This is my new favorite podcast. Thank you, Julia Lee, for suggesting it.) Apple | Twitter @ThirstAidKit

For writing craft...

Writing Excuses has been my go-to craft podcast since before I had a phone that could even play podcasts. I’ve learned so much from these guys over the years and even go back sometimes and listen to old casts on specific topics. If you’re interested in writing craft, no matter which genre you prefer (side note: Season 11 breaks down elemental genres way better than book store shelf labels do), you need to check out Writing Excuses. Oh! And Season 10 is specifically a master class in writing a story, from idea generation to revision. So much to learn here. 

And finally, if all that isn’t enough to fill up your ear-holes...

My sci-fi romance thrill-ride 
Wanted and Wired came out in audio a couple weeks ago. It’s read by the lovely and talented Johanna Parker, who also voiced Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books and is generally, you know, awesome. 

Perfect Gravity coming June 5th.




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