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Welcome to episode 45 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Chandra Blumberg.Chandra Blumberg writes funny, heartwarming love stories about characters that feel real and relatable. Born and raised in Michigan, Chandra moved to the Chicago area after majoring in English at Michigan State University. When she's not writing, she enjoys lifting heavy barbells at the gym, making a mess of the kitchen while baking alongside her four kids, and traveling with her family. Her contemporary romance debut Digging Up Love came out earlier this year, and the second book in the series, Stirring Up Love, will be released in July.In this episode we discussed her debut DIGGING UP LOVE which came out January 1 of this year, her dinosaur research, her mom-oir, and writing unapologetically muscular women in romance.Links discussed:Denise Williams's The Fastest Way to FallSarah Hogle's  Twice Shy
Welcome to episode 44 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Sarah Smith.Sarah Smith is a copywriter-turned-author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie's stash of romance novels. She's been hooked ever since. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and adorable cat Salem.I’m so excited to have Sarah on the podcast today as part of the April 5 release day blitz. I have a book release today—KNOW YOU BY HEART which is a contemporary romance, and she’s one of my author friends who released a book at the same time I as did! Her new release is  called  THE CLOSE UP. In this episode, we discussed our shared love of San Francisco, all the places she’s written about, her pen names, the different publishers she’s writing for, how she manages her writing time, and the tropes she writes. Links discussed:Rosanna Leo's A RELUCTANT ATTRACTION*some links are affiliate links
Welcome to episode 43 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Annie Rains.USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains lives in a small, coastal North Carolina town, full of lovable folks, scenic downtown areas, and breathtaking nature—similar to the towns she writes about in her books. Annie’s love of reading and writing grabbed hold of her at a young age and never let go. Her first book was published in 2015, and she’s been writing heartfelt, page-turning stories ever since. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s reading from her never-ending TBR stack on her bedside table, taking long walks while plotting her characters’ happy endings, and living out her own happily ever after with her husband, three children, feisty rescue cat, and mischievous dog.I’m so excited to have Annie on the podcast today as part of the April 5 release day blitz. I have a book release today—KNOW YOU BY HEART which is a contemporary romance, and she’s one of my author friends who released a book at the same time I as did! Her new release is  called The Matchbreaker Summer. In this episode, we discussed our summer experiences, writing YA for the first time, and the difference between our childhood and our children's childhood, and how she manages writing with her day job. We also commiserate about TikTok!Links discussed:Kristin Rockaway MY EPIC SPRING BREAK(UP)Kelsey Hartwell 11 Paper Hearts
Welcome to episode 42 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Denise Williams.Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus who think they own the house. I’m so excited to have Denise on the podcast today as part of the April 5 release day blitz. I have a book release today—KNOW YOU BY HEART which is a contemporary romance, and she’s one of my author friends who released a book at the same time I as did! Her new release is  called The Love Connection. In this episode, we talk about her airport stories, her interesting publication schedule this year, and how she appreciated her commute to and from work. Links discussed:Rebekah Weatherspoon's A WALK IN THE PARKCara Bastogne’s SEATMATE*some of these links are affiliate links
Welcome to episode 41 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Mia Sosa.USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Mia Sosa writes funny, flirty, and moderately steamy contemporary romances that celebrate our multicultural world. Booklist called her “the new go-to author for fans of sassy and sexy contemporary romances,” and Entertainment Weekly described The Worst Best Man as “rom-com perfection.” A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School, Mia practiced First Amendment and media law before trading her suits for sweatpants. She lives in Maryland with her college sweetheart, their two daughters, and one dog that rules them all. To learn more about Mia, visit miasosa.com.I’m so excited to have my dearest friend Mia on the podcast today as part of the April 5 release day blitz. I have a book release today—KNOW YOU BY HEART which is a contemporary romance, and she’s one of my author friends who released a book at the same time I as did! Her new release is  called The Wedding Crasher. In this episode we discussed the  complementary characters in The Wedding Crasher, her book launch plans, and the vacation that refilled her well. Links discussedAmerican Royalty by Tracey Livesay*some links may be affiliate links
Welcome to episode 40 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Gwenda BondGwenda Bond is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the first official Stranger Things novel, Suspicious Minds. She also clearly escaped from a classic screwball romantic comedy. Not Your Average Hot Guy (out now!) and The Date from Hell (April 5, 2022) are her first romantic comedies, and will be followed in 2023 by Mr. & Mrs. Witch. She cofounded the charitable efforts Creators 4 Comics and the Lexington Writer’s Room, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and a veritable zoo of adorable doggos and queenly cats. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.I’m so excited to have Gwenda on the podcast today as part of the April 5 release day blitz. I have a book release today—KNOW YOU BY HEART with is a contemporary romance, and she’s one of my author friends who released a book at the same time I as did! Her new release is  called THE DATE FROM HELL. We popped on for us to let us know what The Date from Hell is all about, her author journey, and her book launch plans! Gwenda is just a joy, as you will get to hear! Links discussed:Tracy Banghart How to Love a Duke in Ten Days
Welcome to episode 39 of the Stories to Love podcast and here with me today is Elle Cruz. This intro is recorded on March 24, 2022Elle Cruz is an author of contemporary romance. She has a bachelor's degree in English and a doctoral degree in nursing. By day she works as a nurse practitioner, but at night she is writing swoon-worthy stories perfect for all the hopeless romantics out there. In addition to being an author, Elle is active in the writing community and loves to mentor and give advice to new authors. She has a wonderful, supportive husband, and is inspired every day by her two hard-working children. In this episode we talk about her debut book HOW TO SURVIVE A MODERN DAY FAIRY TALE , its gorgeous cover, her circular path to her author career, and her unicorn agent story. Links discussed:On LocationHooked by Les Edgerton*some links are affiliate links
Welcome to Episode 28 of the Stories to Love Podcast! Here with me today is Jessica Strawser.Jessica Strawser is editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest, where she was editorial director for nearly a decade. She is author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You; Not That I Could Tell (a Book of the Month bestseller); Forget You Know Me; and A Million Reasons Why, named to Most Anticipated lists from Goodreads, E! News & SheReads ahead of its March 2021 release—and now new in paperback! Her fifth novel, The Next Thing You Know, is coming from St. Martin’s Press on March 22. In this episode we talk about the circuitous way she came around to writing the Next thing You know and her research about end-of-life doulas. We also touch on the needs of our aging population, and how she managed the multiple points of view in her book.Links discussed:Ask a Death doula podcastAdriana Trigiani THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE*some of these links are affiliate links
Welcome to Episode 37 of the Stories to Love Podcast. Today's episode is with AC Arthur.  AC Arthur has worked as a paralegal in every field of law since high school, but her first love is and will always be writing romance. She’s written and won awards for her acclaimed Donovans and Shadow Shifters contemporary and paranormal romance series. Under her pen name, Lacey Baker, she created the quaint small town of Sweetland and wrote the novelization for the Original Hallmark Channel Movie, A Gingerbread Romance.After years of hosting reader appreciation events, AC created the One Love Reunion, an event designed to bring readers and authors together to celebrate their love of books.AC resides in Maryland with her family, where she’s currently working on her next book…or watching Criminal Minds.In this episode we discussed her most recent AC Arthur book The After Party and the freedom she felt in writing it, the magic of the first line, her four pen names, and the reader conference she founded called One Love Reunion.We also get to hear little snippets of Vader, AC’s sweet dog!Links discussed:Christmas in Rose BendNo Ordinary ChristmasChristmas Data BreachUnwrapped Romance PodcastAffiliate links are included with these links. 
Welcome to Episode 36 of the Stories to Love podcast! Cathy Yardley is an award-winning author of romance, chick lit, and urban fantasy, who has sold over 1.2 million copies of books for publishers like St. Martin's, Avon, and Harlequin. She writes fun, geeky, and diverse characters who believe that underdogs can make good and sometimes being a little wrong is just right.In this episode we discussed her most recent novel, Love, Comment, Subscribe and the research she did on her book, her long writing career, the subject of burn out, and Rock Your Writing, which is her author coaching and editing work. Links discussed:How to ManifestLights on Knockbridge Lane by Roan Parish
Welcome to Episode 35 of the Stories to Love Podcast. Here with me this week is Lily Chu, author of The Stand-In.In this episode we talked about so many things--I loved this conversation! Some points we touched on are the audio production of The Stand-In with narrator Philipa Soo. We also talked about the idea of taking up space as it intersects with social power and celebrity culture. Finally we spent a magnificent time talking about my favorite thing: planners and productivity.Books we discussed:The Season4000 weeks
Welcome to Episode 34 of the Stories to Love Podcast and here with me today is Jayne Allen, the author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted. In this episode, we chat about the catalyst of her book, in writing books about layered human experiences, the evolution of the title of her book Black Girls Must Die Exhausted, and her incredible position at Zibby Books. This was such a fun conversation, and perfect in the beginning of this new year, especially when she shares how she keeps her well refilled. Other links discussed:In Every Mirror She's Black by Lolá Ákínmádé ÅkerströmWhat Passes as Love by Trisha R. Thomas*Note that some of these links are affiliate links*
Welcome to episode 33 of the Stories to Love Podcast!Here with me on this episode is actress and author of The Lowcountry Bride, Preslaysa Williams We had such a fun conversation about the power of revisions, stories that continue to call to us, her life as an actor, and piecing cultural information as part of her book research. This conversation comes perfectly just before the turn of the new year because we talk a little bit about her vision board and how she manifests that things she wants. Also, I make a mention of the tornadoes in western Kentucky as well as the Typhoon Rai which plowed through the Philippines. If you are in a place to give this holiday season. Please consider giving locally or to efforts that benefit those struggling communities such as:https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYReliefhttps://www.aplos.com/aws/give/FoundationforPhilippineProgress/donateDiscussed in this episode (note that many of these links are affiliate links)HB90 quarterly planning classThe Mystery files of Shelby WooFigure it OutThe Convenient Groom by Denise HunterDeep work by Cal Newport
Welcome to episode 32 of The Stories to Love Podcast!Here with me today is Ralph Walker. Ralph Walker is an author of speculative fiction and thrillers. His books, stories and screenplays place broken characters in worlds just around the corner; taking on climate change, technology, and a world spinning faster than they can possibly catch up.In this episode, we talk about Ralph stepping up on becoming the facilitator of #5amwritersclub, marking our writing careers by our children, and starting a writer’s retreat. As you all may know I am an early bird and have checked into #5amwritersclub and I'm so glad to have him on!Links: Erin FletcherSA Cosby Razorblade TearsEmpire Pain by Patrick Kieth
Welcome to Episode 31 of the Stories to Love Podcast. Here with me is Lyn Liao ButlerLyn and I chat about launching her debut The Tiger Mom’s Tale during the pandemic, about how some of her experiences have made their way into her debut, and the idea of being in the "in between."Links discussed (many of these are affiliate links)Women's Fiction Writer's AssociationAlison Larkin: The People We KeepAbbi Jimenez : Life's Too ShortRebecca Hodge
Welcome to the second season of the Stories to Love Podcast!We have Nancy Naigle here to discuss The Shell Collector. It’s an inspirational fiction novel that deals with loss, grief and second chances. In this episode we discuss Nancy’s career as a romance, Hallmark, and fiction author, and her pivot from her career in banking. Tif also recaps last month's season and what she's up to these days. Host: Tif Marcelo*all links are affiliate links
This is episode 29 of the Stories to Love Podcast.  My guest this week is Teri Wilson. She is a USA Today Bestselling romance author and is best known for her books written under the Hallmark banner and Hallmark movie novelizations. She’s written quite a few books, and we’re going to discuss this journeyand the things she’s learned since then. This interview happened way back in February, so keep that in mind. Since then, Teri published ONCE UPON A ROYAL SUMMER last month. Though what a perfect podcast to edit in this season of change because we discussed her prolific career, the idea of a long career and the concept of bouncing back.***Affiliate links are used in this post. Contact tif at tifmarcelo.comPreorder goodies for IT TAKES HEART to tifmarcelogoodies@gmail.com
Here with me this week is Bel Canto Books founder and bookseller, Jhoanna Belfer. In this episode we discuss her journey from hospitality to bookseller and owner of Bel Canto Books, her passion for reading and books, and navigating her emerging bookstore during COVID. Links discussed: The Hundred Dollar Start UpAnn Patchett and Parnassus booksA Promised LandBecoming
Welcome to Episode 27 of the Stories to Love podcast.Here with me, this week is romance writer and registered nurse April Hunt. In this episode we discuss how it’s been* Being a nurse during the pandemic* The pivot from romantic suspense to romcom* We also talk about how we met, the differences in our books and different levels in steam in romanceLinks to books discussed:The Soulmate Equation by Christina LaurenThe Apology Project by Jeanette EscuderoAnnie Rains Reunited on Dragonfly LaneI  appreciate all who have subscribed! If you haven’t, please do, and leave a rating when you can. If you’d like to support this podcast, please grab one of my books for you and a friend on my website at tifmarcelo.com  
Welcome to Episode 26 of the Stories to Love Podcast! This week is just Tif on the 5 things she does during release week.Send questions and comments to tif.marcelo@gmail.comFind out more about Tif at TifMarcelo.com 
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