Swoony Boys Podcast

Anna-Marie McLemore starts us off with a brilliant elevator pitch for her latest title, Wild Beauty, and where the idea for the story came from.

We get some insight into how Anna-Marie works and how she develops what she's writing.

We find out what the publishing process has been like for Anna-Marie and why she's so thankful for her editor.

Anna-Marie tells us why celebrating the release of Wild Beauty will be unlike any other launch day she's had. Hint: You might be seeing her.

We chat about Fel and his swoony-ness, then Anna-Marie delves into why diversity in YA is so important to her, and it's one of the best answers in the history of ever.

Anna-Marie shares the most difficult thing about writing in this genre--and what the best part was, too.

We talk about Anna-Marie's favorite scenes in Wild Beauty.

Anna-Marie lets us know which of her characters she would love to introduce to any other character. It's fun!

Anna-Marie tells us two truths and a lie--and you're not going to believe the story she tells to go with it! We can't wait to see her at BEA or on tour!

Anna-Marie lets us know the two upcoming releases she's most excited about and about the books she loves to re-read and recommend to everyone.

We talk about Anna-Marie's favorite swoony boy and give her a little history lesson on our evolution of swoon.

We get serious as Anna-Marie lets us know what she would include in a letter to her 17-year-old self.

We wrap things up with a fun word association game and a big thanks to Anna-Marie McLemore for joining us on Swoony Boys Podcast.


Direct download: anna-marie-mclemore.mp3
Category:Author Talk -- posted at: 5:00am CST

Podcast Notes

  • We talk about our favorite books we've recently been reading:
  • The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
  • The Bride by Julie Garwood
  • The Broken Ones by Danielle L Jensen
  • Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  • The Eagle Elite Series by Rachel Van Dyken
  • Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
  • Fireworks by Katie Cotugno
  • In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
  • The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Rebel by Rebecca Yarros
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Roar by Cora Carmack
  • Ross by Winston Graham
  • Royally Series by Emma Chase
  • The Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean
  • Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
  • Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
  • Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
  • When It's Real by Erin Watt
  • Wild Beauty by Anna- Marie McLemore
  • The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • We also mentioned our previous Book Bangin' Episodes, which you can find on our Episodes Page or by the Book Banging tag.
  • And we painted this visual for you and didn't want to leave you hangin':

Aidan Turner Ross Poldark

  • You're welcome.


Direct download: 2017Crushes.mp3
Category:Bookish Talk -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Sarah Dessen shares her favorite scenes from Once and for All.

Sarah lets us know what book character she would love to introduce Louna to.

We talk a little about how Sarah has evolved as a writer over the years--this is her 13th book! And we find out about the publication process for her.

Sarah spills her secrets...or she tells us her favorite swoony boys and how she discovered Ambrose.

We find out what books she feels are underappreciated.

Sarah tells us what advice she'd give her 17-year-old self.

We're stumped again when Sarah tells us Two Truths and a Lie about herself and we try--incorrectly to guess which is which!

We wrap things up with a fun word association game.


Direct download: sbp_sarah-dessen.mp3
Category:Author Talk -- posted at: 5:00am CST

Emily Henry kicks us off with her elevator pitch for A Million Junes and tells us her inspiration for the book. Grab a tissue, pretties!

We find out what a typical writing day looks like in the world of Emily Henry and how she develops her writing.

Next, Emily shares how writing A Million Junes was different from anything else and why she would be leaving in handcuffs if the cops were to show up at her house.

Then Emily lets us know how about the publishing process for A Million Junes and how many adverbs she had to remove from her initial drafts.

We dish about Saul and his swoony-ness and what it was like to develop his relationship with June as well as about June's relationship with Hannah and how it does mirror some relationships in Emily's own life. #besties4lyfe

We talk about genre-bending and some of Emily's favorite scenes and parts of A Million Junes.

Emily tells us the character she'd most like to introduce June to.

We play two truths and a lie, which leads to an interesting discussion about the joys of cilantro and a hilarious mishap she had in her mom's car. *grin*

Emily tells us what she would write in a letter to her 17-year old self, and it's deep.

We shift gears and talk about what's on Emily's TBR pile and the books she wants to help spread the word about. Then she tells us who her favorite swoony boys are--we think you might be surprised when you find out a few of her picks!

We wrap things up with a fun word association game.

Direct download: Emily-Henry.mp3
Category:Author Talk -- posted at: 5:00am CST

  • We kick things off with Tricia Levenseller's elevator pitch for Daughter of the Pirate King.
  • Tricia shares where she got the idea for Daughter of the Pirate King and what a typical day in the life of Tricia looks like.
  • We find out what kind of writer Tricia is and what the (longgg) publishing process was like for her.
  • Tricia lets us know about some of her research for the series, including a very interesting Pirate story! And she gives us plenty of deets about her research trip to the bahamas:
  • We dish swoony AF Riden, the other characters, and the awesome banter in Daughter of the Pirate King.
  • Tricia shares her favorite scene from the book. Spoiler: It's one of our favorites, too!
  • We find out which character Tricia would love to introduce Alosa to, and we beg her to write fanfiction for this pairing!
  • We play Two Truths and a Lie with Tricia. Which makes us love her even more.
  • We find out what Tricia would include in a letter to her 17 year-old-self.
  • Tricia talks about some of her favorite characters from other people's books, some of her most-loved underappreciated books, and gives us a glimpse into her TBR. Things take a crazy turn, and we start contemplating being #teamjames. Or nah. Tricia also really tortures Meg with the number of times she slips the "W" word into this episode.
  • We wrap things up with a fun word association game.


Direct download: Tricia-Levenseller.mp3
Category:Author Talk -- posted at: 12:56am CST

  • Kasie West gives us her elevator pitch for By Your Side and lets us know where her idea for the book came from.
  • Kasie tells us about her writing environment and how she develops her writing.
  • Then she shares her publication process and how she celebrates new releases.
  • Kasie gives a heartfelt message about dealing with anxiety and how she wanted to portray her MC, Autumn.
  • We find out the three authors Kasie would like to be stuck in a library with.
  • Kasie shares how she writes swoony boys but doesn't give us any clues on where to find them in real life. :)
  • We talk about Kasie's favorite scenes in By Your Side and the ones she's glad she added in after the first draft.
  • Next we switch things up a bit and find out the characters that Kasie would like to introduce her characters too. If you know us, you know we're happy with her answer!
  • Kasie shares three fun things about herself with us and lets us know what she would write in a letter to her 17-year-old self.
  • We talk about Kasie's TBR and books she wants to help get the word out on. And we make fun of Jaime's reading schedule. As usual.
  • Kasie shares her favorite swoony boys and what she likes the most about them.
  • We play a fun word association game with Kasie to wrap things up. And it's hilarious!
Direct download: kasie-west.mp3
Category:Author Talk -- posted at: 1:46pm CST

Author Talk with Erin Summerill
  • Erin Summerill gives us her elevator pitch for the first book in the Clash of Kingdom series, Ever the Hunted and tells us where she got the idea for the series.
  • We get the 411 on Erin's writing environment--and what she likes to wear while she writes!
  • We find out about Erin's outlining process, her drafting time, and how she planned to celebrate the release of Ever the Hunted.
  • Erin dishes on the setting for the series and some of her favorite scenes.
  • We talk other characters, Kass and Erin take us on a journey about the awesomeness of Sarina Bowen's books.
  • Erin Summerill gives us two truths and a lie, and we have to figure out which are true!
  • Erin shares what she would include in a letter to her 17 year old self.
  • Then we talk about what's on Erin's TBR, some of her favorites, and a few books she feels are underappreciated.
  • Then everyone fusses at Jaime for reading too far ahead of schedule.
  • Erin tells us some of her favorite swoony boys.
  • We wrap things up by playing a fun word association game with Erin, and it's awesome!


Direct download: erin-summerill.mp3
Category:Author Talk -- posted at: 12:36am CST

2016 Fall & Winter Funcast

In this episode, we join our besties from Fiction Fare to talk about our favorite Fall 2016 Reads and our most anticipated Winter 2016 books. We cover contemporary romance, young adult, fantasy romance, historical romance, new adult, and many more genres.

We apologize again for the feedback and weird noises on this episode. We're working on improving the quality of the audio!

We want to know what made your lists! Be sure to leave us a comment let us know your most anticipated read this Fall! Ask Us a Question or Make Suggestions via our Handy Dandy Suggestion Form and tell us who's got you swooning here.


Thanks for listening, everyone!

Direct download: fall_winter_funcast.mp3
Category:Bookish Talk -- posted at: 2:00am CST

Podcast Notes


  • Charlotte Huang starts us off with her elevator pitch for Going Geek, where her idea for the book came from, and what a typical writing day looks like for her.
  • Next, we ask about how she develops her writing and characters and how long it took for Going Geek to hit shelves from when she first started drafting.
  • Charlotte shares some insight into Declan and Skylar's characters and what it takes to write a swoony boy.
  • We talk about some of Charlotte's experiences attending a boarding school and what her favorite scenes in Going Geek were.
  • We find out the characters from Charlotte's books that she'd most like to introduce.
  • We dish music and Charlotte gives some sage wisdom to her 17-year-old self (and teens everywhere).
  • We talk TBR piles, books that need more love, and the swooniest boys of all.
  • We play a fun word association game.
  • We wrap things up with Charlotte flipping the tables on us and asking us questions. :)
Direct download: SBP_AuthorTalk_Charlotte-Huang.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm CST

Author Talk ft Jessica Brody

Podcast Notes


  • We jump right in with Jessica Brody's elevator pitch for A Week of Mondays and how she initially got the original idea for the book.
  • We were totally inspired by Jessica's writing strategy. She shares some insight into how she structures her day, the way she develops her work, and gives a little glimpse into how important Evernote is for her.
  • She gives us some detail on her brand new book, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel!.
  • We talk about Jessica's book development process, how long it takes from first draft to your bookshelves, and how Jessica celebrates her book birthdays.
  • Next we shift to swoony boys, specifically Owen. Jessica talks to us about her approach with writing Owen was different from other boys she's written.
  • Then we discuss Ellie, a bit about the Unremembered Series, and how Jessica secretly lives out her villainous fantasies.
  • Jessica answers our all-important question: will we get more Owen and Ellie?, discusses her ideas for A Month of Tuesdays, and lets us know her favorite scenes from A Week of Mondays.
  • Jessica lets us know the characters from her books that she would like to introduce to each other, then she plays a little game of Two Truths and a Lie with us.
  • Jessica lets us know how much she Mondays.
  • We shift to other people's books, and Jessica tells us what's on her massive TBR, her latest reads, and the book she wants everyone to read. You're welcome.
  • We talk about four book boyfriends that Jessica thinks are swoony, then we wrap things up by playing a fun word association game.
Direct download: SBP_AuthorTalk_Jessica-Brody.mp3
Category:Author Talk -- posted at: 8:22pm CST