Last year, my niece Jessen Judice asked me to cohost her new venture—a review podcast for fangirls of romance who love to talk about the books they love. With positive vibes, our can-do attitudes, and Jessen at the helm, we started recording episodes for Smart Women Read Romance. As a writer of romance, I thought this would be fun, to step back into romancelandia as a reader. What I didn’t expect was how much it would wholly affect me as a writer.
Ask any writer what fills his or her days, and it is likely broken down into chunks of plotting, writing, researching, editing, promoting, and/or avoiding any one of these by scrolling on social media. This was definitely me. What I wasn’t doing was scheduling enough time for reading in multiple romance subgenres to better my craft and storytelling. I also wasn’t dedicating enough time to just plain enjoying the genre I’d fallen in love with so many years ago, what had made me want to become a romance writer in the first place.
I’ve often told Jessen since we started the podcast and even our listeners how unbelievably happy I am that I jumped on board SWRR. It’s reconnected me to the romance genre as a fangirl, a lover of the love story, a stalker of amazing authors who inspire me, and made me feel part of the greater book community where I could step outside my role as author and be one of the gang. Not only has being co-host of SWRR allowed me to do this, but I’ve fallen in love with other podcasts that draw me into the wonderful world of romancelandia. If you’re looking for some fun and exciting romance podcasts to listen to, you should give some of my favorites a try: Learning the Tropes, Fated Mates, Heaving Bosoms, and Boobies & Noobies.
While social media is a wonderful and powerful outlet for romance enthusiasts to connect, the podcasting venue has quickly become my favorite. As a writer, it’s reminded me why I fell in love with romance. Not just for discovering the amazing HEAs out there in the book world, but also the people who make up that world. Romancelandia is a fabulous place to be.
Our mantra for SWRR sums it up quite nicely. “This goes out to all the fangirls. Life’s better with a little HEA.”
Archangel Uriel is hell bent on revenge on the demon prince Vladek. To get into the prince’s impenetrable fortress, he’ll have to fight in the pits of the underworld. And he’ll need the help of the last person he can trust –– the demon witch Nadya.
There is no way Nadya, who spends her days taking care of others, expected to find Uriel on her doorstep. He seems no happier about being there than she does. But helping him means evening the scales against her backstabbing sister, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that bitch pay.
Using the fight pit circuits in the demon underworld, Nadya helps Uriel combat his way to the arena at the castle in Russia. Only she isn’t what she seems. As a matter of fact, she may hold the key to his redemption…and to his heart.
Each book in the Dominion series is STANDALONE:
* The Deepest Well (prequel)
* Darkest Heart
* Hardest Fall
* Coldest Fire