Fated Mates - A Romance Novel Podcast

Fated Mates - A Romance Novel Podcast

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A romance novel recommendation and read-along podcast.


S02.14: Indigo: Ride the Beverly Jenkins Train
Dec 11 • 72 min
Get ready for Hester, one of Sarah’s favorite heroines of all time — and Beverly Jenkins’s Indigo, which Jen just read for the first time! We’re talking historical romance, the way romances feel important, sex and intimacy, and all the reasons why…
S02.13: Best Romance Novels of 2019
Dec 4 • 77 min
The rest of the internet is obsessed with best of the year lists, so we’re doing it, too! Jen and Sarah have both chosen five of our favorite reads of the year — or of 13 months, if you’re really counting. Tell us what we’ve forgotten here, on Twitter, on…
S02.12: Lord of Scoundrels: Reel or be Reeled
Nov 27 • 95 min
It may be Thanksgiving week in the US, but that didn’t stop us from recording a monster episode about one of our (and all of Romance’s) favorite books of all time! It’s Lord of Scoundrels week! We’re talking gloves and fans and prologues and why Jessica…
S02.11: Romance Recommendations: Stump Jen and Sarah
Nov 20 • 72 min
It’s the first half of our recommendation podcast! We asked you to ask us for recommendations, and thought it would be fun to recommend on the fly—absolutely no preparation! Instead, we met up at Sarah’s apartment and read your questions sight-unseen…
S02.10: Amnesia Romance Interstitial
Nov 13 • 72 min
We’re talking about the most scientific of topics today — it’s Amnesia Week! Whether you love or hate it, or believe it simply doesn’t exist, you can’t deny the fact that amnesia has kept a battalion of romance readers in books for nigh on forty years.…
S02.9: Sierra Simone’s Midwest: Priest
Nov 6 • 83 min
It’s Priest week! Sarah put Sierra Simone’s Priest on her Books that Blooded Her list, and this episode is a ride! Jen’s reading first person narrative, we’re both escaped catholics, Sarah imprinted on The Thornbirds, we’ll get to the bottom of anal sex…
S02.8: Competence & Careers in Romance - Interstitial
Oct 30 • 66 min
Today, we’re talking jobs in romance novels—why we love them, when we hate them, what’s the proper work/smooch balance, and what we mean when we say “competence porn.” This is a far reaching, many-rec episode that involves discussion of billionaires, of…
S02.7: That’s Spelled J-E-H-N: Dark Lover
Oct 23 • 85 min
Woof, you guys. Woof. This week we’re talking a whole different kind of Vampires (not a single one chained to a radiator…we love u, Conrad) — with JR Ward’s Dark Lover — the first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series! We’re talking a LOT this week about…
S02.6: Cinnamon Roll Romance Heroes Interstitial with Andie Christopher
Oct 16 • 61 min
We heard you! You wanted to talk about Cinnamon Roll Heroes, so here we are, and we’re bringing in an expert on the topic (in real life and in fiction) — Andie Christopher. We’re talking about the evolution and popularization of the beta in the 90s, why…
S02.5: James Malory Gets Bangs: Gentle Rogue
Oct 9 • 71 min
Sarah picked this week’s read without having read it recently, and she shockingly doesn’t regret it! We’re talking Johanna Lindsey’s Gentle Rogue—arguably one of the most beloved texts of the genre, complete with a reformed pirate and a heroine who is…
S02.4: Novellas with Alyssa Cole - Interstitial
Oct 2 • 62 min
This week we’re talking about novellas with one of the best novella writers around—Alyssa Cole. Join us, along with Alyssa’s tree frogs, to talk about why she loves the novella format, the trick to writing a short romance, and her upcoming Audible…
S02.3: Lisa Kleypas Does Spectacles Better than F. Scott Fitzgerald: Dreaming of You
Sep 25 • 83 min
We begin the exploration of The Books That Blooded Us with the one that probably least surprised listeners—Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You! We tackle this fabulous, bonkers book warts and all (yes, we get to the bottom of the did-he-or-didn’t-he conundrum,…
S02.2 The Alpha in Romance Novels - Interstitial
Sep 18 • 67 min
As we lead into Season Two, and consider the fact that some of our faves are definitely going to be problematic, we’re talking about the alpha hero this week — we’re also tackling the beta hero and the cinnamon roll, and why these archetypes largely don’t…
S02.1 Welcome to Season Two
Sep 11 • 38 min
We’re Back! We promised you we’d be back with Season Two in September, and here we are in September, back with Season Two! We’ve said farewell to [Season One][1], but we’ll never fully be able to quit IAD, so Season Two will be **The Books That Blooded…
Fated Wallflowers/Wicked Mates Crossover Episode!
Sep 4 • 63 min
In July, at the Romance Writers of America annual conference, we had the extraordinarily good luck to record a crossover episode with Jenny Nordbak & Sarah Hawley of The Wicked Wallflowers podcast! We talked about our favorite books with a roomful of…
Nine Minutes with Jen
Aug 28 • 9 min
Yes, yes, we’re on hiatus. But we can’t stop, won’t stop! In this mini episode, Jen talks to her friend Elizabeth about what we can do when someone judges our romance reading.
Six Minutes with Sarah
Aug 21 • 5 min
We’re on hiatus until September, when we’ll start Season 2, but here is a quick hi from Sarah, with a story from her trip to the UK that only Fated Mates listeners will appreciate. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast in your favorite podcasting app so you…
19: I don’t know; she’s a witch: Wicked Abyss
Aug 14 • 70 min
The final book of IAD (so far) is here! We’re talking Sian, Lila, why horns are the BEST, and why the king of hell is the very best hell-monarch…except for his queen. Also, we talk Disney properties, complicated thoughts on how it is possible that Kresley…
18.5 : Antiheroes in Romance: Interstitial
Aug 7 • 58 min
It seems only right that our final Season One interstitial be about antiheroes because we’ve pretty much been a fancast for antiheroes since the start of this podcast! Let us talk to your earholes about wicked heroes and why we love them!
18: We Got to the Bag of Severed Heads! Shadow’s Claim and Shadow’s Seduction
Jul 31 • 70 min
We’re taking a turn into the world of the Dacians, and Jen and Sarah are having STRIFE because, as usual, Jen is wrong. We’re combining Shadow’s Claim and Shadow’s Seduction — talking about what it means to be a Kresley heroine, why writers tackle spin…
17.5: This isn’t a podcast; this is a Brazen and the Beast hype video
Jul 24 • 44 min
Sarah has a new book coming next week! Listen to Jen ask her all kinds of questions that she can’t answer…and also talk about why silent, grunting heroes are the best kinds. Preorder now, and get Brazen the second it is released into the world on Tuesday,…
17: Sexclamation Points! - The Player!
Jul 17 • 80 min
Our favorite person, Kate Clayborn, is back with us to wrap up the Game Makers series with THE PLAYER! Join us as Sarah explains all the ways that the damaged hero works for her (Spoiler: It’s Every Single Way), Kate digs deep on Kresley’s liberal use of…
16.5 : Royals Romance Interstitial with Nana Malone
Jul 10 • 64 min
This week we’re talking all things royal! Join us with the fabulously fun Nana Malone to talk about kings, queens, princes and princesses, royal weddings, royal gossip, why Nick Jonas married SO FAR ABOVE HIMSELF, and how we wish poor Kate Middleton could…
16: Was It as Good For You as it Was For Me? Sweet Ruin
Jul 3 • 116 min
IT’S HAPPENNNINNNGGGGG! Sweet Ruin, Sarah’s favorite book in the IAD series, is finally here and she is BEYOND EXCITED to talk about her favorite Kresley hero and the magnificent, perfect heroine who refuses to back down from their fated matehood. Listen…
15.5: Epistolary Romances
Jun 26 • 64 min
Love letters are the best because they’re personal and honest and raw and beautiful, and this week—by request—we’re talking about all the different ways romance tells epistolary love stories! Leave us your own version of a love note in comments!
15: How Is She Even Able To Walk? - The Master
Jun 19 • 68 min
We’re back with The Game Makers Series this week — talking with the wonderful Sophie Jordan about her favorite book in the series, The Master! Starring Maxim Sevastyan and the first-time escort who lays him flat (in all ways), This one has all the insane…
14.5: Space Romance Interstitial - There Are No Wallflowers in Space!
Jun 12 • 63 min
Well, it was destined to happen sometime—we’re taking the show intergalactic! This week we’re talking about space romance and why it’s totally. fricken. bananas. Discover the series that brought Jen and Sarah together, hear us talk about prison planets,…
14: Thronos Should Get the Hell Over Himself: Dark Skye
Jun 5 • 97 min
We are back from vacation and Torture Island is back — surprising no one more than us! It’s Dark Skye week, Lanthe & Thronos are doing some weird stuff with holey-sheets, y’all. We talk about religion and romance, the work this book does in the larger…
13.5: Freewheeling with Sarah and Jen: We’re Big Mad
May 22 • 86 min
Y’all asked for more rants, and boy do we have some for you this week! Alabama passed a terrible law, Georgia and Ohio are right there with them, and other states are following suit. Jen and Sarah are talking bodily autonomy — contraception, pregnancy,…
13: Can Eastern Promises Viggo Mortensen Get It? - The Professional (Game Makers)
May 15 • 76 min
The Game Makers Series! Kresley’s first foray into contemporary begins with The Professional, which is some kind of book, y’all. Originally released in three parts over six weeks, The Professional stars Natalie, an American Ph.D. who happens to be the…
12.5: Small Town Romance - Interstitial
May 8 • 59 min
Small towns! Jen (Chicago) and Sarah (NYC) do not understand them IRL, but we are talking about them in fiction this week! Listen to us talk about their genesis, what they represent, and why Romancelandia can’t get enough of them. Books by Sierra Simone,…
12: Do Not Let the Lykae into the Yankee Candle Store: MacRieve
May 1 • 84 min
MacRieve is here and so is friend of the pod, Sierra Simone! We’re so excited to talk about The Full Kresley, what makes erotic romance, The Simone Scale™ of taboo romance, why MacRieve is so tough to read, why Sarah thinks it might be Kresley’s best…
11.5: Sports Romance - Interstitial
Apr 24 • 53 min
Are you a sports ball fan?! Do we have romances for you! We’ve got the brilliant Jenny Nordbak from The Wicked Wallflowers podcast back for a sports romance interstitial! Listen to us chat about why we love sports books, the alpha, competence porn and…
Periods, Pizza, and Point of View: Another AMA with Jen & Sarah
Apr 17 • 48 min
Jen and Sarah were together in the same city in the same room and just couldn’t pass up the chance to do a real-deal AMA while looking at each other’s faces! You asked, we answered…but get ready. There are some weird things in here (mainly said by Jen).
11: Woof. Hope Your Headphones Didn’t Fall Out! - Lothaire
Apr 10 • 92 min
Lothaire is here! We’re so excited, we don’t know what to do with ourselves, but FYI, this is a longer episode than usual — so get ready! We’re talking morality chain romance, how Lothaire is a pure ass but incredibly funny, and how Ellie is pretty much…
10.5: Fake Engagement Romance - Interstitial
Apr 3 • 41 min
This one has to be a top-ten universal trope…were talking fake engagements! Listen to us chat about why ladies love a fantasy, the royal wedding, marriages of convenience, and books by Elle Kennedy, Talia Hibbert, Chelsea M. Cameron and Kate Clayborn!
10: Declan Chase is Kinda Trying: Dreams of a Dark Warrior
Mar 27 • 96 min
Mr. Vivisection is here, and it’s a whole lot! Regin the Radiant is on Torture Island, and just her luck, the guy running the whole show is a berserker reincarnate who she’s loved in five earlier lifetimes. Declan Chase is a highly controversial Kresley…
9.5: Food Romance Interstitial
Mar 20 • 42 min
This week, Adriana Herrera joins us again to talk food romances and Sarah is very excited. Adriana’s debut food romance, American Dreamer, is on shelves now. We talk about the book, the pull of the food romance novel, and why nourishment is sexy. Also,…
9: Torture Island!!! - Demon from the Dark
Mar 13 • 70 min
Torture Island is here and we could not be more excited! Demon from the Dark is Jen’s favorite book in the series, because she loves poor, broken Malkom, the vemon with a heart of gold, and his fated mate, Carrow, our second witch, whose powers come from…
8.5: Gateways to Romance - Interstitial
Mar 6 • 50 min
You’re new to romance, where should you begin?! This week, Jen and Sarah are talking about good gateway romances, and we’ve got four that we think work for readers who’ve never dipped a toe, but are open to things from dukes to magic, the America West to…
8: Triggering the Chastity Clause: Pleasure of a Dark Prince
Feb 27 • 92 min
We’re back with the werewolves this week, with one of our very favorite books in the series, Pleasures of a Dark Prince, featuring Garreth MacRieve and Lucia the Huntress, a Valkyrie who is burning it all down. This episode, we’re discussing the way this…
7.5: Scotland Historical Romances - Interstitial
Feb 20 • 50 min
It’s Scotland week, Lads and Lassies! We’re talking about the great green jewel to the north of England, where the ladies are bold and the lairds are brawn, and we’re all just wishing we could get wrapped in a plaid and cuddled through a cold Highland…
7: Ghost Pepper Town: Warlord Wants Forever & Untouchable
Feb 13 • 72 min
We’re tackling the novellas this week, and finishing up the Wroth Brother Quartet with The Warlord Wants Forever (Nikolai) & Untouchable (Murdoch), as well as their incredible Valkyrie mates. This episode, we’re talking about Myst’s weird chain, Danii’s…
6.5: Freewheeling with Joanna Shupe: Enemies to Lovers Romance
Feb 6 • 49 min
This week, we’re having a fun, far-reaching conversation with the wonderful Joanna Shupe—who loves Kiss of a Demon King a whole lot, immediately saw the echoes of one of the most famous old school romances inside it, and came to talk to us about enemies…
6: Reclaiming the Unlikeable Heroine: Kiss of a Demon King
Jan 30 • 73 min
One of the best loved books in the IAD universe, this week we’re talking about Kiss of A Demon King, the completion of the Demonarchy Duology, starring Rydstrom, the deposed King of Rothkalina, and his fated mate, Sabine, the Queen of Illusions, which is…
5.5: Road Trip Romances - Interstitial
Jan 23 • 50 min
We’ve got Doritos, a stack of Cosmo sex quizzes and an epic mixtape ready to go — Sarah and Jen are talking about road trips and the inevitable smooching that comes with them in romance!
5: That Vessel Business: Dark Desires After Dusk
Jan 16 • 76 min
DEMONS ARE HERE! We’re talking Dark Desires After Dusk, starring Cadeon Woede (Prince of the Rage Demonarchy) and Holly, his human fated mate (SPOILER SHE ISN’T HUMAN, WHAT!). This one is the first in what we will end up calling the Demonarchy Duology —…
4.5: Curvy Heroines in Romance - Interstitial
Jan 9 • 23 min
Happy New Year, Fated Matesers (This isn’t a great name for us. We need a better name—someone name us)! We’re back, it’s 2019, new year, new us, and we’re starting as we mean to go on with Curvy Heroines, because, in the words of Julie Murphy, Every Body…
4: A+, Would Risk Haunting: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
Jan 2 • 69 min
Book 4 is here and so are ghosts! We’re talking Dark Needs at Night’s Edge, starring Conrad (the most tortured of the Wroth vampire brothers) and Néomi (the ghost trapped in the house where he’s held hostage while he dries out). We’ll cover heroines with…
Horns, Claws, or Wolf Hologram: An AMA with Sarah & Jen
Dec 26, 2018 • 73 min
It’s the holidays, and whether you’re the type to hole up on the couch and read, or go for a long walk to escape, we’ve got you covered. Get ready; we’re talking about horns.
3.5: Holiday Romances: Interstitial
Dec 19, 2018 • 27 min
It’s the Holiday Season™️, which means it’s time to talk about Holiday romances! Get ready because there are A WHOLE LOT of books in this show. Also, get ready, because next week, on December 26th, instead of releasing our Dark Needs at Night’s Edge…
3: A Great Lay or All the Knowledge in the World: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
Dec 12, 2018 • 69 min
We’re three books into IAD this week, and it is happening! We’re joined by the brilliant Adriana Herrera to talk Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, starring Bowen (the werewolf trapped in a tunnel of fire) and Mariketa the Awaited (the witch who is going…
2.5: Best Friend’s Sibling Romances - Interstitial
Dec 5, 2018 • 41 min
Next week we’re going to get into Werewolves and Witches with Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, but this week, we’re so excited to talk best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend romances with one of our favorite people: Kate Clayborn!
2: The Best Led Zeppelin Song is by Pink Floyd: No Rest for the Wicked
Nov 28, 2018 • 75 min
We’re two books in this week, reading No Rest for the Wicked, starring Kaderin the Cold-hearted and Sebastian Wroth, participating in the Talisman Hie…Kresley’s version of The Amazing Race. Sarah & Jen cover everything from pop-culture in romance novels…
1.5: Escort Romances - Interstitial
Nov 21, 2018 • 22 min
We know you’re getting excited for No Rest for the Wicked, but before we talk about vampires and Valkyries, let’s talk about escort romances!
1: We’re Gonna Come Back to Biting - A Hunger Like No Other
Nov 14, 2018 • 66 min
Sarah & Jen talk A Hunger Like No Other, why reading Alphas in 2018 is a tricky situation, how Kresley instantly changed the game with Lachlain MacRieve, and why Emma’s bite sets the standard for the whole series.
.5: Rock Star Romance - Interstitial
Nov 7, 2018 • 20 min
While you’re reading A Hunger Like No Other, we’re bringing you off-week romance recommendations, on themes! Join us this week for Rock Star Romances.
Intro: A Wolf Without A Foot
Oct 23, 2018 • 42 min
Welcome to Fated Mates! Author Sarah MacLean and critic Jen Prokop launch their fan podcast about Kresley Cole’s Internationally bestselling paranormal romance series, Immortals After Dark. Sarah and Jen introduce themselves and the series, and talk about…