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 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 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 Presents: A Choosable Romance Adventure Part 1

Dick of the Week episode 22

Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz sit down with a copy of “My Lady’s Choosing” an interactive romance novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris.

Will the Duchess of Dick (us) find her happily ever after with the dreamy and steamy Scotsman, the dark and dangerous Craven, the moody and sharp witted Benedict, or say screw it and go travel with her BFF Evangeline? We don’t even know the answer to this yet, but we are dying to find out!

Sit back, laugh at Liz’s horrible accents, and enjoy part one of our adventure to find love.

Book Mentioned and Read in this Episode:

My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

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: 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: I Had to Finish

Episode 16: I Had to Finish

Heeellllooo!

This week we are back together, once again, and it feels so good! It is November which means it is time for National Novel Writing Month! Stephanie and Liz are both partaking in NaNoWriMo so the three of us chat about it and our process of writing.

Books Mentioned:

A Different Kind of Love series by Liz Durano

Devil’s Reach series by J. L Drake

Can’t Text This by Teagan Hunter

PS. We totally meant to add an ad in this episode and even left a spot for it and chatted about it BUT we forgot to add it. Oops! So, make sure you go to CalamityCast.com to find all sorts of other amazing podcasts.

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: 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.