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Articles / May 10, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 350. Rose Does the Research: History and Professional Wrestling With Rose Lerner has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →

Covers & Cocktails: Fools in Love
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Articles / May 10, 2019

When I saw Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors announced, I knew I had to do a cocktail post for it. I’ve done one for a previous Sonali Dev release and it was incredibly yummy. Dev’s books always seem to have delicious food elements, which serve as wonderful inspiration. A | BN | K | AB The cover is beautiful with its rich red and yellow color combo, and I wanted to mirror that in the drink’s look. Pomegranate juice adds a lovely tartness and the fruit is rather popular in Middle Eastern and South Asian foods. Carrie already mentioned that you shouldn’t read the book while hungry, but if you do, at least you’ll have a tasty drink recipe handy. If you’ve never read a Dev romance, you’re in for a treat. I wouldn’t necessarily call them “bubbly,” but her books often do a great job balancing tricky family dynamics with soft, light moments. The acidic flavors of lemon and pomegranate in this spritzer are tempered by a sweet white wine and the fizz of club soda. The name: Fools in Love. I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring Jane Austen into this because “we are all fools in love.”…

Star Puppy by Susan Grant
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Articles / May 10, 2019

B- Star Puppy by Susan Grant February 9, 2018 · FlyerDream Books NovellaRomanceScience Fiction/Fantasy Once I realized that author Susan Grant wrote a romance with an alien puppy in it, I knew it was my duty to review it. Star Puppy is a science fiction novella told from the points of view of Trysh, an Earther pilot, and Prince Rornn, the Vash exchange officer and fellow pilot. The Vash are a humanoid alien race. The story is also told from the point of view of Puppy, who is an alien creature that resembles a dog in appearance and behavior. The alien creature is called a Yipwag which is just too cutesy for me. Behold, as I write this review without ever using the yip word again as I refuse to accept that such a word exists. The setting is a space outpost. Most of the people on it are from Earth. Rornn is Vash. The Vash and the humans are allies against a third race (the Dragaar). This book represents a relatively peaceful interlude in the middle of several full-length novels about the interstellar conflict. It works fine as a stand alone – the exposition isn’t too lengthy, but there’s…

350. Rose Does the Research: History and Professional Wrestling With Rose Lerner
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Articles / May 10, 2019

What do Gothics and professional wrestling have in common? A lot – if you’re listening to Rose Lerner. Even if you’re not into professional wrestling, you’ll enjoy listening to her talk about it. A few things we talk about: Was Aaron Burr a troll, and can you fact check Hamilton shitposts on Tumblr? Is it time for a lesbian Jewish Regency Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre? Is there a lot to learn about storytelling inside professional wrestling? The answer to all of those is “Yes,” by the way. We also talk about having favorites of the books one has written, writing deliberate, cautious moments in sex scenes, and which sex scenes are among the favorites of Rose’s readership. We discuss learning to respect your writing progress, even when you don’t want to look too closely at how it works, and the powerful productivity of setting smaller goals, using mini-habits, and rewarding yourself with your own progress. And we talk a lot about professional wrestling, and how Heels and Faces and Feuds have built her romance writing skills. We also talk about Rose’s Patreon, and as a member of said Patreon, I want to tell you, it is a freaking joy…