Smart Podcast, Trashy Books

Hosted BySarah Wendell

Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying.

All Episodes

610. Writing Super Fun Fantasy with Kimberly Lemming

609. Romantic Times Rewind: April 2005 Reviews

608. Women as Shields and Scapegoats: Talking Kate Middleton with Melissa Blue

Mel Blue wasmy guest when we discussedSpare– which has become one of my most listened-to episodes – so I asked her back to talk about the narratives of PR,...

607. RT Rewind: March 2016 Ads & Features

606. Behind the Scenes of Classic Cover Art: Shirley Green and Sharon Spiak

605. RT Rewind: March 2016 Reviews

604. Dessert Projects, Romantasy, and Whimsy with Katee Robert

603. Romantic Times Rewind: April 2006 Ads and Features!

“You can’t be in paranormal romance if you’re not in leather pants.”

602. Foundations of Fantasy Romance with Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I was reading Johanna Lindsey at 12 years old. I turned out fine.”

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