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On Hot and Bothered, we encourage people to write Romance novels as a sacred practice. Each episode, we follow the experience of one of Vanessa Zoltan's friends who is writing their very first romance novel. Vanessa is joined by Julia Quinn, her favorite Romance novelist, to discuss romance novel tropes and what it takes to write a Romance novel. Along the way, we find meaning in the mundane, treat the secular as a sacred, and build communities of supportive and creative friends.
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This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy fight over the appropriate unsolicited advice to give a Redditor who just discovered his girlfriend lied to him about her virginity. To make sense of their conflict, Vanessa turns to feminist and religious scholar Amy Hollywood. Together, they explore the religious history and origins of virginity, and the implications of how virginity is portrayed today.  Send us your own romance advice questions for future episodes on our website at https://www.hotandbotheredrompod.com/adviceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Helpful Scam

A Helpful Scam

2019-09-1000:48:083

Vanessa and her sister-in-law Suzanne agree: love-at-first-sight is questionable at best. Even still, Suzanne wants to explore a love-at-first-sight romance novel while anticipating the birth of her first child. This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Love at First Sight.” Suzanne considers how a parent’s “supposed” to feel upon first sight of their newborn child, and how love grows and evolves over time. Vanessa considers the limitations of love-at-first-sight stories in a world full of bad men. Along the way, Vanessa’s friend Sasha weighs-in with her own high-risk, high-reward experience with love at first sight, and we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com. Next week: More love advice and a conversation with feminist and religious scholar Amy Hollywood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
More time to get your writing on!!!This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy consider how to offer unsolicited advice to a Redditor struggling with parents who disapprove of his girlfriend’s ethnicity, personality, and basically all the things he loves about her.  Vanessa turns to her favorite romance novelist, the legendary Beverly Jenkins, to understand what we can learn from the portrayal of race in romance novels. Together, they discuss the power of representation in stories, the ministry of romance novels, and love and happily ever afters in the African-American experience.Send us your own romance advice questions for future episodes on our website at https://www.hotandbotheredrompod.com/advice Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Conundrum

The Conundrum

2019-08-2700:44:072

It’s no secret Olivia and Molly would love to have a baby. Vanessa thinks she might want a baby, but isn’t so sure. This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope of “Secret Baby.” Olivia and Molly have been patiently hoping and working to bring a baby into their life. In the meantime, they craft their own vicarious happy ending, baby and all. Vanessa considers her ambivalence about having a baby, and invites a chorus of loved ones to weigh the pros and cons of her bringing a child into the world.Additionally, we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com. Next week: More love advice and a conversation with one of Vanessa’s favorite novelists, romance superstar Beverly Jenkins.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Divorce Him: Emily Nagoski

Divorce Him: Emily Nagoski

2019-08-2000:30:411

That’s right! You work on your writing, we’ll work on other people’s love lives! This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy offer their support and unsolicited advice to an especially distraught Redditor wondering what to do with a husband who claims he’s no longer sexually attracted to her because of her past trauma. In addition to the obvious answer (divorce him!), Vanessa turns to sex educator and NYT best-selling author Emily Nagoski to better understand the nuances around attraction, sexual connection, and how to live confidently and joyfully in our bodies. Don’t forget to check out Emily’s new book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle https://www.amazon.com/Come-You-Are-Surprising-Transform/dp/1476762090 Send us your own romance advice questions for future episodes on our website at https://www.hotandbotheredrompod.com/adviceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We All Hate Kokomo

We All Hate Kokomo

2019-08-1300:49:451

Vanessa has been faithfully holding onto her old love letters. Her friend Sejal, however, has decided to burn her own memorabilia and never look back. Which one is right? This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Reunited Lovers.” Sejal has made peace with her past and seeks a vicarious happy ending for two fictional former flames. Vanessa, on the other hand, is forced to confront the reality of a former toxic lover and what it means to doctor the evidence of her romantic history.Along the way, Rev. Dr. Matthew Potts weighs-in on how much of forgiveness is forgetting, and we get our next writing assignment from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com. Next week: More love advice and a conversation with mind-blowing sex educator and NYT best-selling author, Emily Nagoski. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Join us on Patreon today for more of the content you love! Another week to work on your next writing assignment? You’re welcome! This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy offer more unsolicited advice to a romance-fraught Redditor caught between the love she has in her arms and the love she’s read about in books. Torn between fantasy and reality, Vanessa turns to librarian, pop culture expert, and America's Next Top Best Friend Margaret H. Willison to discuss the power of fantasy, and how imagining the love we *could* have helps us get the love we deserve. Send us your own romance advice questions for future episodes on our website at https://www.hotandbotheredrompod.com/adviceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Best Friend Lady Pirates

Best Friend Lady Pirates

2019-07-3000:46:532

Ariana Nedelman wants to write a romance novel, no matter how much it hurts. Vanessa Zoltan loves her friend Ariana, and doesn’t want her to do things that hurt!This week on Hot & Bothered, we explore the trope “Enemies to Lovers.” Ariana confronts her own enemy, writing, in hopes she may grow to love it again. Vanessa reckons with letting a toxic enemy near her dearest friend. Additionally, we get some guidance from Professor Stephanie Paulsell at Harvard Divinity School, and our next writing assignment from writer’s-block-busting, #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com. Next week: More love advice and a conversation with your new best friend and cultural critic Margaret H. Willison.Check out Care/Of vitamins, and use the code THEROMPOD at checkoutLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dump Him: Alyssa Cole

Dump Him: Alyssa Cole

2019-07-2300:29:332

Haven't finished the first writing assignment? No problem! We know writing takes time, so you'll have two weeks for each of Julia Quinn's assignments. In the meantime, Vanessa and her friend Julia Argy will buy you some time and turn to Reddit romance questions to offer their unsolicited (but solid) dating advice. This week’s advice? Dump Him. As Vanessa and Julia consider how power and money work negatively in real dating relationships, Vanessa turns to award-winning romance novelist Alyssa Cole to explore why it is she likes the power imbalances in Cole’s love stories - as well as feminism, bailing on dates, and the restorative pleasure of masseuses on planes.   Send us your own romance advice questions for future episodes on our website at https://www.hotandbotheredrompod.com/adviceLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Justice for Dragons

Justice for Dragons

2019-07-1600:49:253

Vanessa Zoltan thinks that happy endings are the best part of romance novels. Bryce Gilfillian is writing his first romance novel and refuses to write a happy ending. This week on Hot and Bothered, we explore the trope of “Updated Fairytale.” Bryce sets out to write the gay fairytale he never had growing up. Meanwhile, Vanessa wrestles with her own princes, witches, and dragons. Along the way we get a little help from Professor of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, Maria Tatar, and receive our first writing assignment from our own fairy godmother, #1 New York Times best-selling author, Julia Quinn.Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and send us your romance advice questions for future episodes to hotandbotheredrompod@gmail.com. Next week: Love advice and a conversation with award-winning romance novelist, Alyssa Cole.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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victor l

8

Sep 13th
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Amy3422

Vanessa continues to be funny and intelligent even outside of HP & the Sacred Text.

Sep 9th
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Andrew Permafide Greaves

"like.........like............like" this podcastis annoying, i thought they were going to teach how to write and im 7 mins in and its just relationship help

Sep 7th
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Richard Villegas

ehhhh

Sep 5th
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E J

"...... treat the secular as the sacred,..........". Wow. They are not even trying to hide it anymore..........

Sep 4th
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