Ep 54: DOTW Reads a Book- Prince of Broadway

Hello lovers and listeners!

Occasionally, we will have special “book club” type episodes called “DOTW Reads a Book.” This is one of those episodes!

In this episode of Dick of the Week, Stephanie and Liz discuss (re gush) all about the historical romance novel “The Prince of Broadway” by Joanne Shupe. While this is the second book of her Uptown Girls series, you can easily read it on its own. We cannot tell you enough how much you should read this book- and well, the entire series. We stan Joanne.

The book takes place in 1891 New York City where a young socialite decides to proposition a mysterious casino owner to teach her everything she needs to know about opening her own casino for ladies only. This book has SPICE and we are HERE FOR IT. Obviously, this episode is full of spoilers about the book so be warned if that’s not your thing.

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Episode 53: Naughty Books

Hello friends and lovers! Stephanie and Liz are back with another episode of Dick of the Week. This week we discussed the 2020 documentary “Naughty Books” directed by Austen Rachlis. It is currently available on Hulu if you want to watch it, also. This documentary follows three successful high heat/erotic romance indie authors. It not only shows the high moments but also the stress and struggled that come with tasting success and trying to keep it.

Books We Talked About:

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Episode 52: Author Spotlight- Meika Usher

Stephanie and Liz are back with another episode of Dick of the Week. This week we decided to do something a little different. We picked an author we love and have read all of her books and decided to do a deep dive into them. We picked Meika Usher, a very funny contemporary romance author. If you love humor, snark, and sexiness, you will love her. We discuss her four books (The Breakaway series and the How You Get The Girl series) and how the familial relationships in her books are nearly as important as the romantic ones. We look at tropes like best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend and how that trope can be done in really fun and interesting ways.

Check out Meika Usher’s website for more information on her books and how to find her on social media.

Books Talked About:

  • Meika Usher’s Breakaway series (Something So Sweet, Goodnight & Go, Ready to Run) and How To Get The Girl series (Make A Move)
  • Strictly Professional by Kathryn Nolan
  • Her Halloween Candy (Men At Work series) by Tiffany Reisz
  • Daring and the Duke by Sarah Maclean
  • Too Far To Care by Jen Luerssen

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Celebrating Three Years of Dick of the Week!

Three years ago today, was not just any ordinary Valentine’s Day. It was instead the day that Dick of the Week launched it’s very first episode. We have grown as podcasters through the years and have enjoyed every moment and every episode we have been able to create for you.

Here are a few of our favorite episodes:

Any of the episodes we have read “My Lady’s Choosing” an interactive romance novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris: Episode 22, 24, and 26 is our first time through the book.

When we watched and discussed the documentary “Love Between the Covers” which takes a look into the world of romance writers and readers: Episode 39: Love Between The Covers.

When we had our first ever male guest on the show to discuss book covers and design: Episode 29: Judging Books By Their Covers.

When we saw Chuck Tingle live and were able to meet him after the show and then talked about our experiences about that night: Episode 42: Our Friend Chuck

This is just a small sample of some of the awesome moments that have occurred during the last three years, and we cannot wait to keep making more content for you. If there are any topics you’d love for us to dive into, please contact us on social media or email us at lnlsmutcast@gmail.com.

Here’s to many more!

Episode 51: I Burn For You

Stephanie is back for the first episode of 2021! She and Liz discuss what’s been going on with them recently, their writing plans for the year, and the ever popular Bridgerton. They talk about both the book and Julia Quinn’s first book in the series, The Duke and I.

CW/TW: talk about rape and lack of consent regarding that scene in Bridgerton/The Duke and I.

Books Mentioned:

Not the Marrying Kind by Kathryn Nolan

Crazy, Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn

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Episode 50: Let’s Read a Christmas Romance!

On this episode of Dick of the Week, Liz is joined by romance writer and freelance editor, Joanne Machin. Together they spend the first half of the show discussing books they’ve read and loved recently and some recent romancelandia DRAMA.

They spend the rest of the episode discussing a Christmas romance novel they both read, Gigolo All The Way by J N Welsh. This was Liz’s first Christmas romance that included s e x and Joanne’s first Christmas romance ever!

Books Mentioned:

Gigolo All the Way by J N Welsh

Prime Minister by Zoe York

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibert

Your Dad Will Do by Katee Robert

The HuffPost article we discuss can be found here.

Do you want to know more about Joanne Machin? Find her twitter here (@heyjomachin) and her website here!

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Episode 49: Happiest Season

On this episode of Dick of the Week, we discuss the new Hulu Christmas lesbian romantic comedy, Happiest Season. Liz has a special guest host, the lovely NYC comedian Hattie Hayes (find her on twitter here).

This episode includes many spoilers for this movie so if you haven’t watched yet and care about spoilers, please listen to this after you watch the movie. Full disclosure, both of us were disappointed with this movie for various reasons, but we did have some things we enjoyed (including the fantastic cast of actors in it). We would love to hear what you have to say so let us know at @lnlsmutcast on twitter.

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

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Episode 48: Vampires, Power Dynamics, & NaNoWriMo 2020

On this episode of Dick of the Week, Liz has a very special guest Morgan Spatola. She is also a podcaster and writer. Together they discuss how National Novel Writing Month is going during the never ending year of 2020. They discuss how this experience is different than 2019, what they need to have a successful writing session, and the importance of a writing community for support.

Morgan isn’t writing a romance, per say, this year but did last year so it was interesting to discuss how she is approaching her writing this time around.

You can find Morgan Spatola on Twitter here and learn more about her podcasts, including one that is all about NaNoWriMo called Wet Hot American Moon Juice.

Episode 47: Highway To Heck Part 2

Dick of the Week episode 47: Highway To Heck Part 2

Hello friends and lovers! This week Stephanie and Liz continue on the amazing journey that is Chuck Tingle’s choose your own timeline adventure, Highway to Heck! Once again we are joined by special guest, Jordan to help us find our way through the Tingleverse.

Check out this hilarious conclusion to our adventure with High Way To Heck.

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Episode 46: Highway To Heck Part 1

Hello friends and lovers! On this episode of Dick of the Week, Liz and Stephanie have a very special guest with us, Jordan Keesee. Jordan is an Improv Comedian and more importantly, Stephanie’s husband.

We decided to try another choose your own adventure style book. This time it is Highway To Heck: A Select Your Own Timeline Adventure by the one and only Chuck Tingle. Stephanie and Liz discuss Chuck on a previous episode of Dick of the Week from this summer, so it seemed fitting to try out his new Select Your Own Timeline book.

This is just part one of the adventure, so we can’t wait to see where else the book takes us!

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Episode 45.5: Dickin’ Around With Liz: Romance For All

Dick of the Week Episode 45.5–Dickin’ Around With Liz: Romance for All

Hello everyone! In this episode of Dick of the Week, Liz is flying solo, so you know what that means! Time for everyone’s favorite mini dick, Dickin’ Around With Liz! In this episode Liz answers some questions that listeners and fellow podcasters sent her, but the main topic she tackles is do men read romance and what books are good places for men to start with if they want to get into reading romance. 

Thank you to Ben Mooney of the Ring My Bell podcast for his question. A special thank you to Christina Mitchell, Meika Usher, and Erin King for their book recommendations for men wanting to get into the romance genre.

Books & Articles Mentioned:

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Real Fake Love by Pippa Grant

Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Ready to Run by Meika Usher

Men Reading Romance by Mason Sabre

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Episode 45: Fictional Reality (TV)

Episode 45: Fictional Reality (TV)

This week, Liz and Stephanie talk about one of their favorite, mindless pastimes: romance reality TV! Whether it is The Bachelor, Love is Blind, 90 Day Fiance, or The Single Wives, reality TV to find love is EVERYWHERE.

What is it about this genre of show attracts us, and many others, to it? How is that similar to our love of romance novels?

Books/Series/Articles Mentioned in this Episode:

Awkward Love series by Missy Johnson

Lovewrecked by Karina Halle

Virgin River by Robyn Carr (also a Netflix series)

Experts Explain Why We Love Reality Dating Shows Even Though We Know They’re Fake from GoodHouseKeeping.com

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Episode 44: Wonderful Women

Dick of the Week Episode 44, Wonderful Women

Liz and Stephanie realized in all the times we have discussed what we like in a male hero, we have never discussed what we love about the women main characters. So, we asked fellow writer friends what issues they’ve had with female leads they’ve loved with reader’s speaking out against them. We also asked what do you love to write for your women. We looked into our own likes and preferences.

Enjoy this episode of just female power. 💜

Books and authors mentioned:

Christina C Jones

When Harry Met Harry by Sydney Smyth

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Episode 43: Are You Lost Baby Girl?

Dick of the Week Episode 43: Are You Lost Baby Girl?

If you’ve been on the internet much at all the last few weeks then the title of this episode should give away what we are discussing this week. In case you’ve somehow missed it though, this is an incredibly creepy line from the… hit(?) Netflix movie, 365 Days.

Buckle up, friends. This is going to a wild and angry ride as Stephanie and Liz discuss whatever the hell that movie based on a Polish erotica romance novel was. Let us know if you’ve also watched the movie and what your thoughts on it are, because (spoilers) we did NOT like it at all.

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Cheesy on the Eyes by Teagan Hunter

Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones

Episode 42: Our Friend Chuck

Hello there dear friends! Liz and Stephanie are back with a full length episode of Dick of the Week! Stephanie shares some exciting life news before the two of us jump into a topic we have been wanting to do for awhile now: the man, the myth, the erotica writer- CHUCK TINGLE!

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Small Town Protector series by Piper Sullivan

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DotW: Dickin’ Around with Liz V 4: AMA

Hey there listeners, Liz is coming at you with another episode of our podcast within a podcast, Dickin’ Around With Liz! That’s right, it is time for another mini-dick or micropenis.

This week Liz asked social media to give her questions about really anything romance related (or not) for her to answer.

Thank you to everyone who posted a question for her. A special thank you to Ian McGowan who wrote the song that plays during the sex scene question. For those who are unaware, he wrote all the music for season 1 of Love & Lust and that song was a common sexy time song. You can find him on Twitter at Eazy_breezy_mac.

Books Mentioned:

Liar Liar Heart on Fire by Pippa Grant

Porn Star by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone

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DotW: Dickin’ Around With Liz V. 3: Quarantine Edition

Dick of the Week Episode 40.5

Hello dear friends! It has been a hot minute, and for that we are sorry. Things have been wild. We hope you are holding up.

In this mini episode Liz talks about how she has been handling social distancing and working from home and what that means in terms of creativity.

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Dotw: Eat A Toad, PK

Dick of the Week episode 40

Helllooo! Guess what? February 14 was our TWO YEAR anniversary! (Insert all thr cheers here!!)

Anyway, thank you for being on this wild ride whether you’ve been here since day 1 or are brand new.

This week, we discussed romance novels where the same couple spans the entire series and why we think this does or doesn’t work. Specifically, we focus on the To All The Boys books since PS I Still Love You recently came out on Netflix.

Books/Authors talked about:

Meghan Quinn (several of her books but mostly Getting Lucky series)

To All the Boys I Loved Before series by Jenny Han

DotW- Love Between the Covers

Hello listeners!

Stephanie and Liz decided to watch a documentary from 2015 called “Love Between the Covers” by Laurie Kahn-Leavitt. This film offers a glimpse into the world of romance readers and writers and what makes it so different from other book communities.

We had a lot of thoughts and feelings- especially viewing this movie through the lens of 2020 and everything that has been going on in the RWA (see two episodes ago on that)- about the documentary so buckle up, friends, this is a longer than normal episode.

Love Between the Covers is streaming on Amazon Prime and we definitely recommend it to folks who already love the romance genre and from those who want to learn more.

Books We Mention:

The Blue Beech Series by Charity Ferrell (Just a Fling is book 1)

Doughn’t Let Me Go (book 3 of the Slice series) by Teagan Hunter

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

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DotW Presents: A Choosable Romance: The Gold Digger Path Part 3

Well, dear listeners, today we bring you the 3rd and final installment of what we dubbed the Gold Diggers Path. Yes, that is right, it was time to pull out the fabulous My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris.

Joining Stephanie and Liz this time is a hilarious and wonderful improviser from St. Louis, Emily Tetrault.

Together the three of us journey on a wild- and sexy- adventure to dangerous, far away lands. Who do we end up with in the end? Well, listen to find out.

A big thanks as always to Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris for writing such a fun and silly book. We love it.

DotW: RWA- It’s Not Awesome

Okay team, the first half of this Dick of the Week is Liz and Stephanie playing catch up with each other and their lives and plans for 2020. The second half is us trying to tackle the big giant mess that is the RWA (Romance Writers of America).

As the holidays were upon us, a big mess of racism and unfair treatment to historical romance writer Courtney Milan. Race issues unfortunately is not a new problem in the organization but shit really hit the fan and still going on. We try to explain what happened in December until now. We are not experts in this matter but have been trying to keep up with each new occurence as information has been released to us.

Due to the matter of this episode, we did not give any romance novel recommendations, but that will be back in our next episode. ❤

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.

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DotW Presents: A Choosable Romance Adventure (Gold Digger Path part 1)

Whew, that title sure is a mouthful! Just like Lord Benedict’s…. well. We’ll leave the rest of that sentence to your imagination.

Anyway! Today Stephanie and Liz are joined by St. Louis funny lady, Ella Fritts. She is both a stand-up comedian and an improviser. The three of us tackle My Lady’s Choosing from the near beginning. We go back to that fateful choice of going with Lord Benny or going with the delicious Scottish Mac.

This is Lord Benedict’s time, and we are here for the drama.

My Lady’s Choosing is a romance Choosable adventure book by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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: Love’s the Only Rule

Episode 19: Love’s the Only Rule

Hello dear listeners! Welcome back for the newest episode of Dick of the Week. In Love’s the Only Rule, Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz discuss rules of writing romance. Some of these rules we think are incredibly dumb and choose to ignore them. Other rules we think are great and wonder why we don’t use them in our own writing lives. Some of these aren’t actually rules at all, but are just expectations in the genre. But really, when it comes down to it, the only actual rule of romance is that happily ever after in the end.

This episode focuses more on the craft of writing romance.

But as always, we have tons of book recommendations for you!

Books Mentioned:

A Nordic King by Karina Halle

Bad at Love by Karina Halle

Betting on the Bad Boy by Dylann Crush on Radish

On the Line by Kaye Anders on Wattpad

Strung by Carte_blanche_milady on Wattpad

Dick of the Week was created by Stephanie, Duchess, and Liz and is proud to be part of the CalamityCast Network. You can find this show and others at www.calamitycast.com

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

 

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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: Dickin’ Around with Liz Vol 2

Episode 15.5 Dickin’ Around with Liz Vol 2

Happy hump day, everyone! Did you survive election night? I hope so. Whew.

We weren’t able to get together, but we didn’t want to leave you hanging again, so Liz hung out in her basement with a glass of wine to chat with you. She has some book recs from all three ladies plus talks about the next few episodes we have planned (PS, she forgot to mention that next week is the last episode of Love & Lust season 1 so go check out that show!).

Liz also chats about her love of audiodramas and what makes a good narrator versus one that makes you want to stop listening. She also poses a very important question to you, the audience, and wants to hear your answer!

Books Mentioned:

Ready to Run by Meika Usher on Radish

Gay Bayou Shifter by Tabitha Austin

Summer Heat by Harper Bliss

Everything She Wanted by Liz Durano

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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: A Dick By Any Other Name

Episode 13: A Dick By Any Other Name

Guess who’s back?! ALL OF US! The gang is back together again, and we are here to get down and dirty once more. This week we discuss the sexy words, euphemisms, and metaphors that tend to be popular in romance novels. Because who can just say they stuck their P in the V? Or B. No judgement.  And a Dick by any other name would be his manhood. Or his staff. Or his member. Or his shaft. Or…

Books/Authors mentioned in this ep:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Bedding the Wrong Brother and Bedding the Bad Boy by Virna DePaul

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: Drunk in Love

Episode 12: Drunk in Love

In this week’s episode we mix things up with our very first guest! Unfortunately Stephanie and Duchess were not available to record, so Liz invited her friend Clare to join her. Clare is both an avid romance reader and an experienced local bartender, with a focus in Whisk(e)y.

The two gals sit back and discuss the use of alcohol in romance novels. Alcohol choices are vastly different depending on the time period and genre of romance. They then discuss how drink choice can be utilized to give greater insight into character traits.

Books and Authors Mentioned:

Steampunk London series by Bec McMaster

Laurell K Hamilton

Sinful Brides series Christi Caldwell (books and audiobooks available on Kindle Unlimited!)

Wild Dancer series Iris Johansen

You can find Clare on Instagram @adram_aday

Thank you for listening to this week’s episode! Dick of the Week was created by Stephanie Kazowz, Duchess, and Liz Zerkel. You can find this show and others at calamitycast.com

DotW: Dickin’ Around with Liz

Episode 11.5: Dickin’ Around with Liz

Hello there, Listeners! It is I, one of your lovely hosts, Liz! This is just a mini little episode I did by myself because unfortunately due to work and travel issues (Stephanie’s job took her to San Diego Comic Con, HOW COOL!!!) and dumb ol’ migraines, we were not able to get together to do a real full episode for this week. Instead, I sat by myself in my basement and awkwardly chatted to myself. It’s great, I promise.

A big thank you to everyone who came to the first ever CalamityCast Live show that occurred on July 21. Keep an eye on Good, Morning Spacemerica since the live show will be published there. This includes a live reading of Love & Lust!

Books, Author, and Articles Mentioned:

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Stephanie Kazowz on Wattpad (Start will Celeste. Liz is currently reading Sasha)

Hot Scots series by Donna Alam

Love Machine by Kendall Ryan

Yes, Bigfoot Erotica is Absolutely a Thing article

Join these three lady friends (or, well, in this case, just Liz…) 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