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Articles / June 28, 2019

The transcript for Podcast 357. Aro and Ace Representation in Romance: An Interview with Amanda Jean 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: Ortega Key
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Articles / June 28, 2019

Last time I checked, it was supposed to be summer in the States. Admittedly, I hate summer, but I can also understand the frustration of wanting great sunny weather and it just raining the whole time. If you’re in an area where the weather can’t quite figure its shit out, this drink is for you! Regardless of the temps and conditions outside, hopefully this will make you feel like you’re sitting on a warm beach. June’s cocktail is inspired by Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau! I reviewed this new fantasy romance earlier this week and found it to be really fun. A good portion of the book is set in Ortega Key, a fictional beach town with a few islands off its coast. I loved it and I really wanted to replicate both the setting and the enjoyment I had while reading. A | BN | AB The Ortega Bay cocktail is essentially a boozy, tropical blue slush. Perfect for hot weather or just trying to engage in some wish fulfillment if the sun doesn’t want to cooperate. I ran into the author at Book Lover’s Con this year and picked her brain about her favorite alcohol. She’s…

357. Aro and Ace Representation in Romance: An Interview with Amanda Jean
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Articles / June 28, 2019

Today I’m speaking with editor, writer, and podcaster Amanda Jean about aro and ace-spectrum romance, and the expectations of romance from aro and ace-spectrum readers. She discusses acquiring titles for a romance press that foster and include good representation. And she discusses the structure of romance fiction, too: What does a romantic story and a happily ever after look like or feel like when representing aro- or ace-spectrum people? We also discuss: The challenges of reaching readers in print markets The importance of representation of varied sexual identities for readers And we also talk about the various ways we learn to recognize pieces of ourselves, and the powerful relief that comes with understanding who and how you are.Podcast And we have SO MANY RECOMMENDATIONS if you’re looking for aro/ace romance stories. OH, so many. I’m sorry in advance to your wallet and your TBR. Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: You can find Amanda Jean: On her website, AmandaJeanEdits.com On Twitter @AmandaHJean On her podcast, The Red Pen Podcast (On Twitter @RedPenPod) And her former podcast, The Hopeless Romantic And heads up for resources – Amanda Jean sent…