The ladies of XOXO discuss their introduction to Romance and the books that started it all. After much searching, we found Abby’s first romance, Surrender To Ecstasy but unfortunately it’s only in paperback. Look at those covers!
Read Lauren, from Christina Lauren’s Bustle piece “Romance Novels Are Primed To Make An Impact On Society, So Stop Calling Them “Trashy,” Ok?” and shop our Gems From the Vault in our shop and can even read select titles for free, yes free (!) in our Free Reads section. Enjoy!
Abby interviews blogger Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches,Trashy Books. The ladies discuss why Romance and why Smart Bitches? Plus, Kate asks Sarah for a real time “Help A Bitch Out!” (If you know the book Kate’s thinking of, tell us in the comments!)
Finally, the ladies wrap up with Game On – First Line Showdown!
Tell us in the comments which was your first Romance Novel!
This is a calm 2 Balls of Fire episode and remember–the best conversations happen after dark.
Lighting the FlamesSarah Wendell
Sarah does Jewish romance fans a mitzvah and writes a Hanukkah novella to keep you warm for eight full nights!
Beyond Heaving BosomsSarah Wendell
The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name... We do it in the dark. Under the sheets. With a penlight. We wear sunglasses and a baseball hat at the bookstore. We have a "special place" where we store them. Let's face it: Not many folks are willing to publicly admit they love romance novels. Meanwhile, romance continues to be the bestselling fiction genre. Ever. So what's with all the shame? Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan -- the creators of the wildly popular blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books -- have no shame!
Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance NovelsSarah Wendell
Take a dashing hero with a heart of gold and a mullet of awesome. Add a heroine with a bustle and the will to kick major butt. Then include enough contrivances to keep them fighting while getting them alone and possibly without key pieces of clothing, and what do you have? A romance novel. What else? Enough lessons about life, love, and everything in between to help you with your own happily-ever-after.
A Rose In WinterKathleen E. Woodiwiss
The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the enchanting, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. Charming, spirited and exquisitely lovely, she is beset on all sides by suitors, any one of whom would pay a king's fortune for a place in her heart. But Erienne has eyes for only one: the dashing and witty young Yankee, Christopher Seton.
Charlotte: Prowling for EnchantmentMima
In this Dare to Decide interactive novel, innocent Charlotte is ready to kick up her heels...on a paranormal singles cruise! Will she take a chance on the vampire or the werewolf? At the club or in the pool? You decide with a single click...
Gone With the WindMargaret Mitchell
Vixen, heroine, badass, schemer...Scarlett O'Hara is many things, but above all, she's an amazingly compelling protagonist in this sweeping Civil War classic. As God is our witness--you should read this book!
Abby's favorite romance! Bluestocking Harriet is the only young woman who doesn't believe that broody Lord Gideon deserves his reputation as the Beast of Blackthorne Hall...