Dotw: The Horniest Time of the Year

Dick of the Week episode 36: The Horniest Time of the Year

It is DECEMBER!!!! Which means a few things really. 1- NaNoWriMo is over! 2- It is getting cold out. And 3- CHRISTMAS ROMANCE MOVIE (and book) TIME! I am not even a little bit sorry for the caps.

Liz and Stephanie kick off this cheesy, loving, horny season with the new Netflix romcom The Knight Before Christmas. They do talk about a few other things as well but that’s the main focus this episode.

Authors/books in this ep:

Christina C Jones- the Inevitable series

Jacob Chance- The Boston Terriers series

Donna Alma- The Aussies Series

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DotW: Speaking of C*ck…

Dick of the Week Episode 35: Speaking of Cock

Y’ALL are you even READY for this!? This episode, Liz travels all the way up to Michigan to meet up with four (well, actually more than that but in this episode there are four) romance writers for a writers’ retreat in a cabin in the woods. Oh, and she had never met these people in real life ever before.

Sounds like the set up for a murder mystery instead of a weekend of romance writing, right?

Thankfully she survived with audio evidence of the shenanigans.

Special Guests-

Meika Usher: Website here, facebook reader group here

Christina Mitchell: Website here, facebook reader group here

Erin King: UnabashedlyErin on IG and Twitter (Stay up-to-date on writing and podcasting)

Victoria Solomon: Victoriamsoloman on IG (oh em gee so much beautiful art!)

DotW: Ponies Don’t Write: NaNoWriMo 2019

It is November dear friends. This means Liz and Stephanie, along with thousands of other writers around the world are participating in National Novel Writing Month- or NaNoWriMo.

In this episode we talk about how it is going ao far, what project(s) we are working on, and what we hope to accomplish this month and beyond.

Are you a NaNo-er? Hit us up on twitter @lnlsmutcast and tell us how it is going for you! Got any questions for us? Throw them our way!

Books/Series in this Episode:

The Smart Jock Series by Rebecca Jenshak

The Wedding Date Bargain by Mira Lyn Kelly

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DotW: Oops, We Broke the Rules

Dick of the Week episode 33: Oops, We Broke the Rules.

Stephanie and Liz did a thing. They got together and watched the movie After, based on the book by Anna Todd by the same name. And drank wine. And then recorded about it.

If you listen to us, you know pretty much the only rule is we don’t talk shit on other romance writers or their books (unless they did something absolutely horrible, see #cocktgate). We just don’t mention the books that we have read that disappointed us in one way or another and move on.

But friends.

We just couldn’t help ourselves on this one. But let it be clear that we are not trash talking Ms. Todd. We are sure she is a lovely human. But we sure has hell will be trash talking these characters and this horrible movie.

If you loved the book or the movie, maybe skip this episode and catch us next time? But otherwise buckle up, yo. This one gets wild.

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DotW: Gettin’ Some Tail

In this week Stephanie and Liz are excited to kick off Spooky Romance month by talking about all things were-creatures and shifters! That means werewolves, werebears, werelions… the list goes on!

Stephanie reads and writes in this genre but it was a new adventure for Liz. Come have a Howling good time with them!

Authors/Books/Series mentioned in this Episode:

Chelle Bliss- Flame, Men of Inked series

Tessa Bailey- Romancing the Clarksons series

Maria Luis- Love Me Tomorrow, Blades Hockey series

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DotW Presents: A Choosable Romance (Gold Digger Path part 2)

Dick of the Week Episode 31

Hello there listeners!

Today we embark once again on the romance adventure that is My Lady’s Choosing. This is part 2 of this particular timeline, so I suggest listening to part 1 first, if you haven’t. That being said, Liz does a recap of what happened there, so you should be fine either way.

Stephanie and Liz are joined behind the mic by the ever hilarious, utterly talented, local comedian (amongst other things) Amy Milton!

This time we get to decide if we are staying in London to help good ol Benny with his family drama or if we are saying, see ya later sucker! And jetting (or, well, boating) off to Egypt.

My Lady’s Choosing is written by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris.

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Dicklaration of Purpose

Dick of the Week Episode 30:

Hello there listeners! Stephanie and Liz had a totally different plan and topic for today’s episode… and then we got behind the mic and something totally different happened.

More or less our own little State of the Union… State of the Dick? Our… Dicklaration of Purpose? Yeah, let’s go with that!

Oops?

We’re not mad about it. This ended up just us chatting about the current state of our books (big news from both of us!) And other books we want to work on and what we are enjoying right now and how both of us are struggling with finding books to read right now.

Books/Authors Mentioned:

Pippa Grant

Fired Up by Riley Hart

DotW: Judging Books By Their Covers

Dick of the Week episode 29: Judging Books By Their Covers

Hey there listeners!

Today Stephanie and Liz have their very first male guest on the show (whaaaat!) Mr. Billy Fraizer to discuss what makes book covers important and what makes us like or dislike a cover, especially with the newer illustrated cover thrend. We also play a fun new game where we hand a romance novel to Billy and he has to guess the genre and what it is about.

Billy is a local St. Louis graphic designer, writer, and a cappella singer and can be found at his website here.

Dick of the Week is a proud member of the CalamityCast Network.

DotW: Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater

Dick of the Week episode 27

Hello! Stephanie and Liz are back to discuss what our breaking point is with books. What makes us give up, put it down, and walk away (most likely angrily)?

Poor writing skills? Unlikable heroes? Story arcs with no redemption? Sure all of that is part of it, but the big no-no is when partners cheat on each other.

Books and Authors Mentioned:

A Pizza My Heart by Teagan Hunter

Level Up by Cathy Yardley

Put a Ring On It series by Maria Luis

Dick of the Week is a proud member of the CalamityCast Network!

DotW Presents: A Choosable Romance Part 3

Hello listeners!

This week Stephanie and Liz are joined by Sarah Lashley, a local St. Louis improv comic, for the 3rd and final segment (of this batch at least) of My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris.

Things get wild, even beastly one might say, as we continue on our path for love and happiness. Listen now to see if we found true love or if our story ends with a sadder twist.

Dick of the Week was created by Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz and is proud to be part of the CalamityCast Network.

DotW: Get Hard, Go Punk

Dick of the Week Episode 25

Hey there listeners! This week Stephanie and Liz do their first ever Author Spotlight! We chat for awhile about Christina Mitchell, a Romance author from Michigan who just had her debut book drop. Her book “How to Stay” blew our minds, so we talk about it for awhile. We hope it convinces you to go buy it.

We also discuss our current solo writing projects and where we are with them and what still needs to occur. This leads to discussions of how being an Indie Author is not for the lazy. It is HARD work to be in charge of everything you’re doing.

And finally, we announce what season 2 of Love & Lust will be! YES!

Authors and Books Mentioned:

Heather Novak- Edie’s Automotive Guide Series

Christina Mitchell- How to Stay

DotW Presents: A Choosable Romance Adventure part 2

Dick of the Week episode 24: A Choosable Romance Adventure Part 2

Hey there listeners!

We are back to My Lady’s Choosing, the interactive romance novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris! Duchess is taking a bit of a hiatus from the show so with us this week is a fellow CalamityCast writer, Brittany Burke! Brittany is a co-writer of the forthcoming thriller audiodrama, Jane the Ripper.

In part 2 of this adventure we decide whether we want to stick with Mac, the handsome Scot with the heart of gold and a burned down orphanage or travel to Lord Craven, the mysteriously sexy man that everyone seems to fear. Things. Get. Wild.

Dick of the Week was created by Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz and is a proud member of the CalamityCast Network.

DotW: Alpha in the Sheets

Episode 23: Alpha in the Sheets

Stephanie and Liz are running solo this week, so they decided to put a hold on part 2 of the Choose Your Own Adventure. Instead, they are diving into the world of Book Boyfriends! What makes the male leads in books stand out? Do we like the same traits in books that we like in men in real life? How do you create an alpha character without crossing over into total D-bag territory? These things and more are discussed in this episode!

Books Mentioned:

Before I ever Met you by Karina Halle

Movie Star Memories by RElizabethM (Wattpad)

Dick of the Week was created by Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz, and is a proud member of the CalamityCast Network.

DotW: Billionaire Motorcycle Daddy

Episode 21: Billionaire Motorcycle Daddy

Reunited and it feels SO GOOD! Hello, friends! Stephanie is back from her podcast maternity leave, and your three favorite hosts are back at it, again! Buckle up, yo, we’re in for a wild ride since we haven’t seen each other in a hot minute. Sorry not sorry for the extra long episode!

In honor of our beloved Stephanie having baby Smasher, we are focusing on children within romance, especially the single Dad story line. Are kids a positive or a heck no to you in romance?

Books/Authors Mentioned

  • Going Down Easy by Erin Nicholas
  • Tell Me a Story (the Story series) by Tamara Lush
  • Diary of a Bad Boy by Meghan Quinn
  • Darker Water by Lauren Stewart
  • Sweatpants Season by Danielle Allen

DotW: If It’s Sexy I’ll Read It

Episode 20: If It’s Sexy I’ll Read It

Hello listeners! This week we have a special treat for you with our very first long distance guest! Liz sat down and chatted with Erin King, fellow podcaster, Romance reader and writer, and friend of the show. Together they discussed many important things, but they focused on a topic that several of you have asked us to cover.

That’s right, folks! FAN FICTION!

Whether you read it, or write it, or hate it, pull up a chair and hang with us while we chat and giggle our way through the episode.

Books in this Episode:

Make a Move by Meika Usher (on Radish)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Text me Baby One More Time by Teagan Hunter

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

 

Harry Potter Fanfic:

You Open Always (Petal by Petal) by Birds of Shore

You Can find Erin King @UnabashedlyErin on Twitter

DotW: Funny Thing Called Love

Episode 18: Funny Thing Called Love

Welcome to 2019!

Liz, Duchess, and Stephanie bring in the New Year by talking about one of our favorite things: comedy!

Do you like some jokes and levity with your happily ever afters? We sure do and we sat down to chat why comedy makes romance novels even more enjoyable.

Books/Series in this Episode:

Ready to Run by Meika Usher (on Radish)

Craving the Cowboy by Virna DePaul (on Radish)

The Scandalous Series by R. Linda

Chasing the Dream series by Elizabeth Briggs

My Big Fat Irish Life by Caitlin McKenna

 

Dick of the Week was created by Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz and is a proud member of the CalamityCast Network, available at www.calamitycast.com and anywhere else you find podcasts.

DotW: Hallmark Hotties & Holiday Lovin’

Episode 17: Hallmark Hotties & Holiday Lovin’

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Where the Smutsluts are sighing and heartbeats are flying

And when a hottie walks by we will leer!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

It’s the Hap-happiest season of all!

With those holiday books and Hallmark good Looks,

And in Love we all fall!

It’s the hap-happiest season of all.

 

In this week’s episode we talk about holiday romance novels and movies!!! Yaaayy!!! (Sorry not sorry, Duchess).

Holiday Books and Movies Mentioned:

One Winter Night by Isla Dean

Frost by Oli (@Thebiblicalsinner on Wattpad)

Winter Rescue by Tamara Morgan

Christmas Inheritance (available on Netflix)

The Holiday Calendar (available on Netflix)

Dear Santa (Available on Netflix. Stephanie and her husband’s favorite!)

Non-Holiday books mentioned

On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett

Ready to Run by Meika Usher (on Radish currently)

Craving the Cowboy by Virna DePaul

 

Dick of the Week was created by Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz and is brought to you by CalamityCast, found at Www.Calamitycast.com

 

 

 

 

DotW: Bumpin’ in the Night

Episode 15: Bumpin’ in the Night

It is officially the best time of the year: Autumn! Stephanie and Liz decided the best way to celebrate the crisp air is by talking about all those ghoulies and creatures that bump (and, hey probably also hump) in the night.

That’s right! We are talking about Paranormal Romance! Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, witches, and demons, my oh my! This is the first episode in a mini little series we will be doing between now and Halloween. In this episode we discuss what makes Paranormal romance so popular and how it is different from other romance genres.

Books/Authors mentioned:

The Lady Pursues by AbbyWheelerRomance on Wattpad

Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G

Eternally Yours series by Tara West

DotW: Dear Diary, So There’s This Boy…

Episode 14: Dear Diary, So There’s This Boy…

This week, on Dick of the Week, Stephanie and Liz (sadly no Duchess this time around) dive into the wonderful, adorable, drama-filled world of Young Adult Romance! Wheeee, YA! This is quite the different genre from what we normally discuss.

Stephanie and Liz both happened to watch To All The Boys I Loved Before and Sierra Burgess is a Loser on Netflix and needed to gush at each other about the cuteness, the awkwardness, and the over-all realness that these new YA movies had. Which of course lead to talking about YA books. Sometimes you just need some sweeter, cheesy, teenage angst.

Books and Stuff in this Ep:

To All the Boys I Loved Before (both a book by Jenny Han and a Netflix Original movie)

Sierra Burgess is a Loser (Netflix original movie)

Close by Laurelin Page

Confessions of a Bad Boy Gamer by Cathryn Fox

Temptation by J D Hawkins

The Wrong Bachelor by Alexandra Moody

Straight Up Irish by Magan Vernon

Touchdown by AJ Phoenix

Join these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, The Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

 

DotW: Hey Baby, You DTF?

Episode 11: Hey Baby, You DTF?

WE ARE BACK! Thanks for letting us have our mini little break for the 4th.

This week we decided to talk about technology within romance novels. In our audiodrama, Love & Lust, our characters use technology to keep their relationship going due to busy schedules (and to get their motors going, wink!). In lots of modern romance stories, and modern relationships in real life, technology is incredibly important. Despite sometime being awkward.

 

Books/Authors/Series mentioned in this Episode:

The Masters of Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair

Kayneinteruptedme on Wattpad

Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter

The Varlet and the Voyeur (Book 4 of the Ruby series) by L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Travesty series by Piper Lawson

Rachelle Mills

 

Join these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, The Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

 

DotW: Meet Cutes Not Cute Meats

Episode 10: Meet Cute Not Cute Meats

The ladies are so excited to reach TEN episodes! Thank you so much for being with us on this journey.

Speaking of journeys, every love journey has to start somewhere, right? RIGHT! This week, Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz are discussing meet cutes, or the first time the leading folks meet each other. Now, this isn’t always love at first sight. In fact, some of us prefer when things go badly when they meet instead of that dreaded instalove (but that’s just some of us. You do you, boo).

Books/Authors/Series mentioned in this episode:

Jay Crownover- Marked Men series

Jay Crownover- Getaway series

Play Me by Katie McCoy

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E Reichert

Amanda Usen- Sexy Chefs series

Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn

Join these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at Calamitycast.com

DotW: Royally Screwed

Episode 9: Royally Screwed

Princes and Dukes and Kings, oh YES (Or, you know, Princesses and Duchesses and Queens. We like them all)!

In honor of the Royal Wedding, the ladies of Dick of the Week sit down to chat about royalty in romance novels. Who doesn’t dream at one point or another of Prince Charming sweeping them off their feet? But…is it as good as it actually sounds? Take a listen as we discuss the good and the bad of the Royal trope in Romance.

 

Books and Authors Mentioned:

Sexy Bastard Series by Eve Jagger

The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle

Charmed by the Bartender Piper Rayne

Royal Heartbreakers by Renna Peak and Ember Casey

On Wattpad: @Kanyeinterruptedme

 

Join these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

DotW: Gimme that Beef!

Episode 8: Gimme that Beef!

Join Duchess, Liz, and Stephanie as they tackle a topic they’ve been excited for since the beginning of this podcast: Erotica and Erotic Romance! Bring on those hot, steamy moments!

Authors and Books mentioned in this week’s episode:

In the Line of Duty by Cathryn Fox

Bad Boy Confessions by Cathryn Fox

One Baby Daddy by Meghan Quinn

Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

Bossman by Vi Keeland

A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh

 

Thank you for joining these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, The Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

DotW: This Feels WEIRD: The Virgin Trope

Episode 7: This Feels WEIRD: The Virgin Trope

In this week’s episode Liz and Stephanie discuss (sadly without Duchess, womp womp) about the use of virgins in romance novels. We talk about the differences between virgins in historical romance versus contemporary and how (spoiler alert) it is totally lame to use virginity as a personality description of a character.

Bonus: Listen to Liz rant about the whole #cockygate thing going down in the romance world right now.

Books and authors we mention in this episode:

Something So Sweet, Book 1 of the Breakaway series by Meika Usher

Heart of the Duke Series by Christi Caldwell

Light Weight by Kristy McManus

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, Book 4 of the Rules Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean

Tess Oliver on Radish

Love Rush by @HTEllis on Wattpad

DotW: Burning Rage: Or Why We Hate “Trashy”

Episode 6: Burning Rage: Or Why We Hate “Trashy”

You know what angers us more than most other things regarding Romance Novels? How often and automatically folks use the term “trashy” to describe the genre.

Listen to us rant about this topic, while still cracking each other up, because we don’t know how to not laugh a lot.

Join these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, The Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

Mentioned Authors/Books:

Christi Caldwell- Sinful Bride series and Wicked Wallflower’s series

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Saddle Up: Somewhere Texas by Jodi Vaughn

Taken by SteamyHot (Wattpad and Inkitt)

DotW: Bare Chested Men; Hair Optional

Episode 5: Bare Chested Men; Hair Optional

In the 5th installment of Dick of the Week, the ladies discuss who their ideal hunky heroes are (spoilers: they all have beautiful hair and strong arms) before discussing the one aspect of a book everyone is quick to judge: the cover. Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz dive into what they find attractive in a book cover and what makes them say “no thanks” to a book among a genre that tends to rely on hard abs and seductive looks.

 

A special thanks to our listeners who contacted with us on social media regarding what you like or dislike regarding book covers! You all made prepping for this episode so much fun.

 

Books and Authors Mentioned:

Here’s to Yesterday by Teagan Hunter

Adios Pantalones by J Sterling

Norse Series by Gina Conkle

Loco, Texas Series by Codi Gary

Jodi Vaughn

 

Thank you for joining these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, The Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

DotW: Fighters, and Cowboys, and Babies, OH MY!

Episode 3: Fighters, and Cowboys, and Babies, OH MY!

Join Duchess, Liz, and Stephanie in this week’s episode of Dick of the Week where they discuss all of the romance novel tropes they love and hate (and the ones they should hate but love anyway, or love to hate and therefore sort of love? (whew, confused yet??))! Everyone knows that romance novels utilize tropes in their stories. Listen as the ladies break down some of the most common ones! 

Check out some of the authors, books, and series discussed in this week’s episode that fall into some of our favorite tropes:

Sexy Bastard series by Eve Jagger

Rugby series by L.H. Cosway

Killian by Brenda Rothert

Noah (5th Street Series) by Elizabeth Reyes

KayneInteruptedMe (Wattpad author)

Thank you for joining these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, The Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

DotW: The Faves: Real Dirty, Real Raunchy, Real Good

Episode 2: The Faves: Real Dirty, Real Raunchy, Real Good

In the second installment of Dick of the Week, Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz discuss all of their favorites within the Romance genre. Check out some of the best books, authors, and series that they highly recommend!

Just a few of the favorites mentioned:

  • Tessa Dare
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Jane Austen
  • JD Hawkins
  • Octavia Butler
  • Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
  • Plus so much more!

Join these three lady friends in this wild adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, The Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

DotW: Meet the Smutsluts: Uncut & Uncircumcised

Episode 1: Meet the Smutsluts: Uncut & Uncircumcised

In this first ever episode of Dick of the Week, CalamityCast’s sexiest new podcast, Stephanie, The Duchess, and Liz introduce themselves and explain what got them interested in creating a podcast dedicated to the vast and fantastic world of Romance novels. The ladies also explain what first interested them in reading and writing romance novels along with how each of them find and obtain new books.

Join these three lady friends in this wild and new adventure full of laughs, sassiness, and good times.

Dick of the Week was co-created by Stephanie Kazowz, The Duchess, and Liz Zerkel and is brought to you by CalamityCast, online at calmitycast.com.

DotW Season One Preview!

From the creative minds of Love & Lust, CalamityCast‘s upcoming Smutcast, comes Dick of the Week, our sexiest podcast yet! Join Stephanie, The Duchess, and Liz as they chat about all of their favorite, and not so favorite, aspects of the Romance genre. Each episode will dive into their own personal experiences with reading and writing within this genre, and why they think it’s time to no longer consider Romance just a guilty pleasure.Dick of the Week will post every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month starting on the ultimate day of love: Valentine’s Day. We invite you to pour a glass of wine or brew a cup of tea and snuggle up with us as we get down and dirty about romance!