Today we're hanging out with Courtney Walsh and talking about her new release, Is it Any Wonder! This book is set in Nantucket (as her previous two books have been) and we'll talk about the setting, the title, forgiveness, second chances, just what a golden birthday is, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff. 

We had so much fun recording this episode, you definitely don't want to miss it!

Find all the details about the book and where to find it (and where to follow Courtney) on her website: http://courtneywalshwrites.com/

Join us as we talk with Lee Tobin McClain about books that feature Easter as an important part of their plot!

 

Books mentioned:

  • A Family for Easter by Lee Tobin McClain

  • Easter in Dry Creek by Janet Tronsted

  • A Stray Drop of Blood by Rosanna M. White

  • Hope for Freedom by Elizabeth Maddrey

  • A Match to Call Ours by Merrillee Whren

  • Dancing at Daybreak by Valerie Comer

    Find Lee at her website www.LeeTobinMcClain.com

Today we're talking with one of the queens of royalty romance herself, Carol Moncado! Why do we love royalty so much and why do princes, princesses, kings, and queens make such great romantic heroes?

Books/Series Mentioned

  • Along Came a Prince by Carol Moncado
  • Daughters of Peverell series by Hannah Currie (First book: Heart of a Royal)
  • The King and the Kindergarten Teacher by Shanae Johnson
  • Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck (also the movie) - plus the rest of the series
  • To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck
  • Royally Yours - Multi Author 
  • Julia Keanini - Princes of Valdoria series
  • Good Enough for a Princess by Carol Moncado
  • The Princess and the P.I. by Angela Ruth Strong
  • The Indentured Queen by Carol Moncado

Movies Mentioned

  • A Christmas Prince (Possibly The Christmas Prince - it's on Netflix)
  • The Princess Switch Movies
  • The King and I

Find Carol's books on Amazon (in KU), find her and interact in the Serenity Landing Bookclub Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerenityLandingBookClub

Today we're talking about all the lovely places that we can travel in books without ever leaving our comfy chairs.

Books Mentioned (and it's by no means a comprehensive list!):

The Riverbend Novellas by Valerie Comer
Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey
Luna Rosa by Elizabeth Maddrey
A Tuscan Legacy Series (multi-author)
The Callaghans & McFaddens Series by Kimberly Rae Jordan
Fostered by Love series by Kimberly Rae Jordan
Marion Ueckermann (pretty much anything by her), specifically: Poles Apart, Orphaned Hearts, Helsinki Sunrise, The Bloom Sisters
The Love in Store series by Autumn Macarthur - particularly Forget Paris
The Macleans Series by Autumn Macarthur
Juliette Duncan - books set in Australia
Close to You by Kara Isaac 
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
Organized Backup by Meredith Resce
A Season to Dance by Patricia Beale
Desert Willow by Patricia Beale
The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
Five Days in Skye, London Tides, Under Scottish Skies by Carla Laureano

Today we're talking tricky tropes in CCR - think secret baby, fake relationship, and love triangles!

Books/Series Mentioned

  • Claim My Heart by Mikal Dawn (in Once Upon a Christmas box set)
  • Marry Me For Real, Cowboy by Valerie Comer
  • Hope for Family by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh
  • Two Blue Doors Series by Hillary Manton Lodge (Book one is A Table by the Window)
  • The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
  • Poppy's Proposal by Tara Grace Ericson
  • The Cowboy's Reluctant Bride by Valerie Comer

TV/Movies Mentioned

  • Married at First Sight
  • Mulan
  • Green Card

Find Toni and all the places to get her books at ToniShiloh.com

Let's talk all things small town romance! Mandi Blake joins us to chat about why readers love small towns and what makes them great settings for CCR.

Books/Series Mentioned

  • Bloom Sisters Series by Tara Grace Ericson
  • Hope Springs Series by Valerie Bodden
  • Arcadia Valley Series by Valerie Comer, Elizabeth Maddrey, Lee Tobin McClain, Danica Favorite, Annalisa Daughety, and Mary Jane Hathaway
  • Freedom Lake by Toni Shiloh
  • Maple Run by Toni Shiloh
  • Faith and Love series and Small Town Billionaires by Hannah Jo Abbott
  • Remembering the Cowboy by Mandi Blake (Blackwater Ranch)
  • Peacock Hill series by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Freedom Ridge Colorado - Multiple Authors
  • New Hope Falls - Kimberly Rae Jordan

TV/Movies Mentioned

  • Reba (TV show)
  • Gillmore Girls
  • Sweet Magnolias

Find Mandi and all the ways to stalk her at www.MandiBlakeAuthor.com

Toni Shiloh joins us today as we talk proposals. Does a romance novel have to have one? Can the woman be the one who asks? Must there be a ring? And, for fun, we all share our personal proposal stories as well.

Books Mentioned
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson
The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur
The Trouble with Love by Toni Shiloh
Joint Venture by Elizabeth Maddrey
Not Until This Day by Valerie Bodden
Seaside Inn by Lucie Ulrich
An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh

TV/Movies
Ever After
While You Were Sleeping
The Proposal
Runaway Bride

You can find Toni and all of her books at ToniShiloh.com

We're talking about the grand gesture with Angela Ruth Strong today. How grand does the grand gesture need to be and what makes a grand gesture satisfying?

Books Mentioned
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
A Reason to Run by Christina Coryell
Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho by Angela Ruth Strong
Even If by Bethany Riehl
Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur
Her Best Friend by Hannah Jo Abbott
Promises of Love by Juliette Duncan
The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell

TV Shows/Movies
An Officer and a Gentleman
Arthur (remake with Russel Brand)
Never Been Kissed
50 First Dates
Pretty Woman
The Wedding Singer

You can find Angela and her books at AngelaRuthStrong.com

Valerie, Narelle, and Elizabeth talk about the annual Birthday Bash kicking off today at InspyRomance.com -- you won't want to miss all the fun books and prizes that we're giving away over the next month!

We're talking kissing today with Jaycee Weaver! First kisses vs the Almost Kiss. How hot is too hot? What makes a kiss swoon worthy? Which is better: book kisses or TV/movie kisses? And so much more!

Books Mentioned
For the Love of Joy by Janet Ferguson
My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
Star Rising by Janet Ferguson
Chautona Havig (all books)
Marry Me for Real, Cowboy by Valerie Comer
An Informal Introduction by Heather Gray
Back to You by Jess Mastorakos

TV Shows/Movies
Mad About You

You can find Jaycee and all about her books at: JayceeWeaver.com

January 29, 2021

Winter but Not Christmas

Do you love winter so much you just want romance novels that are set in this time? And are you okay without having Christmas in that winter setting? We're talking about that -- as well as Narnia influences in Christian romance (because winter but not Christmas demands it!)

Books discussed in this episode

  • Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac
  • Love Meant to Be by Sally Bayless
  • Sheltered Hearts by Lee Tobin McClain
  • Secretly Yours by Valerie Comer
  • Heroes of Freedom Ridge Series
  • The Alaskan Courage Series by Dani Pettrey
  • The Saturday Night Supper Club series by Carla Laureano

We're talking Alpha Males! Do they exist in CCR? Should they? What does a Christian alpha look like? And what are some books that have this sort of hero?

You can find more about Liwen at her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorliwenho

Books discussed in this episode:

  • A Splash of Substance by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Under Scottish Skies by Carla Laureano (and her whole CCR catalog)
  • The Cowyboy's Reluctant Bride by Valerie Comer
  • The Spark Brothers Series by Liwen Y. Ho
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Join us as we talk with special guest Deb Kastner. We're continuing our conversation about Christian contemporary romance novels that feature a new beginning as a major part of the plot and why we love them.

Find out more about Deb at her website! https://www.debkastnerbooks.com/

Books discussed in this episode:

  • “The Color of Love” by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • “Opening Her Heart” by Deb Kastner
  • “Remember Me” by Marion Ueckermann
  • “Falling on Main Street” by Tara Grace Ericson
  • “Hope for Tomorrow” by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • “Marry for Real, Cowboy” by Valerie Comer
  • “Then There Was You” by Kara Isaac

Join us as we talk with special guest Mandi Blake. We're featuring Christian contemporary romance novels that feature a new beginning as a major part of the plot and why we love them.

Learn more about Mandi by visiting her website: https://www.mandiblakeauthor.com/

Books discussed in this episode:

  • “Then There Was You” by Kara Isaac
  • “His Perfect Catch: A Sapphire Bay Novella” by Narelle Atkins
  • “Just As I Am” by Mandi Blake
  • “The Heroes of Freedom Ridge” multi-author series
  • “Not Until This Day” by Valerie M. Bodden
  • “Hope for Freedom” by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • “A Love So Real” by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • “The Secrets of Paper and Ink” by Lindsay Harrel
December 18, 2020

All things Christmas Romance!

We're talking Christmas romance! 

'Tis the season for Hallmark Christmas movies (and Netflix, and Lifetime, and...you name it, they're probably running Christmas romances) and delicious Christmas romance books.

We've got some recommendations of what we've been enjoying to add a little Christmas cheer - and we'd love to hear yours! (Stop by the Facebook page and let us know your faves!)

We won't be back for 2 weeks - so have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and be sure to come back January 8th for our next episode.

Books discussed in this episode:

  • “Once Upon A Silent Night” by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • “The Heroes of Freedom Ridge” multi-author series
  • “A Match Made at Christmas” by Courtney Walsh
  • “Seaside Christmas” by Narelle Atkins
  • “Pathway to Peace” by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • “Cadence of Cranberries” by Valerie Comer

Get to know a little about InspyRomance and our plans for the podcast going forward now that we're taking over the podcast. We're looking forward to everything that's ahead and hope you'll join us!

Jessica Kate and Hannah talk favorite books of 2020, some fun this or that, and what to look forward to in the future as StoryNerds transitions to StoryChats @ InspyRomance.

It's hard to overestimate the impact Francine Rivers has had on the Christian fiction industry - her 1991 novel Redeeming Love has sold 3 million copies, is still releasing new editions (last week!) and the movie comes out next year.

Hear Francine discuss everything from her experience writing the Redeeming Love screenplay to what she finds hardest about writing, what God's taught her through her books and the unexpected impact Redeeming Love has had on the world.

September 4, 2020

Wanda Erickson - Part 2

How did Lorraine Snelling land at a small-town library for a speaking gig? 
What are a librarian's top 5 books/authors of the last decade? 
What's on a librarian's TBR (to be read) pile right now?

These are all questions Wanda Erickson, a librarian at a library in Upsala, Minnesota, answers on part two of this special episode of StoryNerds!

 

 

Hannah and librarian Wanda Erickson talk about the books they read growing up, and how they've shaped them into who they are. 

This episode was sponsored by Carla Laureano's Under Scottish Stars.

This novel is the highly anticipated conclusion to the MacDonald Family Trilogy, which includes fan-favorites Five Days in Skye and London Tides. 

Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart focuses on her children to the exclusion of her career, her art, and her sanity. When her brothers ask her to oversee the family guest house on the Isle of Skye, it’s a chance to dust off her long-ignored business skills and make a new start. But her hopes for a smooth transition are dashed when the hotel manager, Malcolm Blake, turns out to be irritating, condescending . . . and incredibly attractive.

Malcolm Blake gave up everything—his home, his girlfriend, and his career—to return to Skye and raise his late sister’s teenage daughter. With few job opportunities available on the island, he signs on as the manager of the MacDonald family hotel, which he’s soon running successfully without interference from the owners. That is, until Serena shows up, challenging his authority and his conviction that there’s nothing missing from his new life on Skye.

Before long, Serena and Malcolm have to admit the spark between them is more than mere irritation. But as single parents, there’s more on the line than their own hearts. Will their commitment to family be the thing that draws them together or the only thing that could keep them apart?

Listeners can receive 20% off in the month of July. by visiting https://bit.ly/UnderScottishStars 

Who DOESN'T love this Sanda Bullock classic?!?!? We discuss all the laugh-snorts, the action and the Michael Caine one-liners with Sam and Shelby from The Rom Complex, while also casting a critical eye over any good and not-quite-good messages from this movie. 

You can hear our other crossover episode with The Rom Complex over on their podcast, where we discussed Legally Blonde (episode 37.)

This episode was sponsored by Carla Laureano's Under Scottish Stars.

This novel is the highly anticipated conclusion to the MacDonald Family Trilogy, which includes fan-favorites Five Days in Skye and London Tides. 

Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart focuses on her children to the exclusion of her career, her art, and her sanity. When her brothers ask her to oversee the family guest house on the Isle of Skye, it’s a chance to dust off her long-ignored business skills and make a new start. But her hopes for a smooth transition are dashed when the hotel manager, Malcolm Blake, turns out to be irritating, condescending . . . and incredibly attractive.

Malcolm Blake gave up everything—his home, his girlfriend, and his career—to return to Skye and raise his late sister’s teenage daughter. With few job opportunities available on the island, he signs on as the manager of the MacDonald family hotel, which he’s soon running successfully without interference from the owners. That is, until Serena shows up, challenging his authority and his conviction that there’s nothing missing from his new life on Skye.

Before long, Serena and Malcolm have to admit the spark between them is more than mere irritation. But as single parents, there’s more on the line than their own hearts. Will their commitment to family be the thing that draws them together or the only thing that could keep them apart?

Listeners can receive 20% off in the month of July. by visiting https://bit.ly/UnderScottishStars 

Beth Vogt joins the StoryNerds to discuss our favorite stories featuring sisters, and her new book "The Best We've Been."

Grace upon grace. That's what we ask of you in this conversation about racism and diversity in publishing, specifically in Christian fiction, with Joy Massenburge Christian Romance. Joy also talks about her newest release "A Heart Surrendered."
We realize we are only scratching the surface of what we have yet to learn and understand, but thank you, Joy, for joining us on this episode of StoryNerds and being an open book (all the pun intended) and so kind as we talk about a difficult subject.

Author Lindsay Harrel joins the StoryNerds (Hannah is back!) to talk about her favorite "forbidden love" story, and her new book, "The Joy of Falling." 

 

Hear Jess and romantic suspense author Natalie Walters discuss romantic suspense movies such as Mr and Mrs Smith and Romancing the Stone, plus Natalie's new books!

Alright, I confess - we cheated. Mesu Andrews and Jess cover their favorite ancient romances, including the Mark of the Lion series and the Prince of Persia - but they also get seriously distracted with which actor should play 'the Captain America of the California Gold Rush', Redeeming Love's Michael Hosea. Plus, hear the scoop on Mesu's new novel Isaiah's Legacy, and the depth of research that went into her portrayal of a character with autism.

A Few Good Men, John Grisham, Daredevil - we nerd out over our favorite legal suspense with author Cara Putman, and then chat about her awesome new book, Flight Risk!

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck joins Jess to discuss their favorite Aussie movies, including classics like The Man From Snowy River through to modern hits like The Sapphires and Kenny. Plus, hear the exciting, exclusive announcement about Jess and Rachel's new project together!!!

Battle of FRIENDS couples. With special guest Carol Moncado.

 

February 27, 2020

Musicals w/Brenda S. Anderson

While Jess is away, Hannah will play! And by play, we really mean talk about musicals! Author Brenda S. Anderson joins Hannah in a debate over La La Land vs. The Greatest Showman, and nerds out over fellow Minnesotan, the Tony-nominated Laura Osnes, in Bandstand. Hannah nerds out over new musical TV show Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, which connects with an element of Brenda's new book, Hands of Grace.

 

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