Episodes

Jan. 25, 2023

Shopping at Hustler Hollywood with Jess Everlee

Jess Everlee had rejection after rejection before she submitted for A Gentleman’s Book of Vices and got her first book deal. It’s a story of perseverance, not paying attention to market forces, and researching those naughty V...

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Jan. 11, 2023

Bookstagramming the naughty bits with Laura Nelson

New year, new episode! This week, I chat with book blogger Laura Nelson, also known as Tangents and Tissues. Laura and I dig into how she ended up as a book blogger and bookstagrammer, her fave tropes and heat levels, …

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Dec. 30, 2022

It's a Steam Scenes solocast! Here’s to a steam filled 2023

Happy New Year and good riddance 2022! This is a special Steam Scenes solocast where I get very, very real about 2022, share my word for 2023, and read a naughty bit from Free Falling , the fifth book in …

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Dec. 14, 2022

Short and steamy with Tarin Lex

Tarin Lex writes short-form steamy romance – think under 10,000 words. How do you get a full story told in such a compressed story? Tarin explains her process. Plus we talk about what makes forbidden romance so sexy and how …

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Nov. 30, 2022

Spicing up the holidays with Samantha Chase

The Queen of Christmas Romance Samantha Chase joins this very special holiday episode! This one is filled with a ton of laughs and we go there! How we both feel about aging in the TikTok era, writing naughty but not …

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Nov. 16, 2022

Vulnerable conversations with Harper Michaels

An unexpected conversation with author Carol Shaughnessy at DragonCon propelled Harper Michaels into finishing “ the damn thing.” She ended up releasing eight books (eight!) in a year! In this Steam Scenes episode, Harper and...

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Nov. 2, 2022

Chasing Pirates with Lisa Olech LIVE at Fall In Love New England

You are in for a treat this episode! I hosted Steam Scenes for the first time ever live at the Fall In Love New England conference and Lisa Olech was my guest. We’re talking pirate sex and sexy pirates, erotica …

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Oct. 19, 2022

Getting Uncomfortable with Bethany Bennett

Bethany Bennett has returned to the Steam Seat and I am HERE for it! Ever wonder why we have billionaires and dukes and all manner of wealthy men in our romance novels? Escapism and fun, sure, but our brains are …

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Sept. 28, 2022

Feeling all the feels with Jo Wilde

Jo Wilde is on the Steam Seat this week and I loved this conversation. We’re talking about writing a romance between married couples, keeping the romance alive in a long-term relationship, and how sexual tension is a big part...

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Sept. 14, 2022

Finding solace in romance with Michelle Major

Michelle Major wrote 40 books in 10 years. Forty books! Ten years! We dig into a lot of stuff in this episode, including how she was 30 when she read her first romance and she turned to the genre as …

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Aug. 31, 2022

Catching sparks with Jo McNally

Jo McNally is on the Steam Seat this week and we’re talking about her book When Sparks Fly , which is part of her Rendezvous Falls series. Jo and I discuss why it’s vital to write older characters finding love, …

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Aug. 17, 2022

Safe spaces with S.J. Tilly

We have S.J. Tilly’s day job to thank for her books. While she was on the road for work, she conjured stories in her head. By the time she wrote them all down, she had five books ready for rapid …

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Aug. 3, 2022

Delivering the goods with Cat Wynn

Cat Wynn joins me on the steam seat this week! We’re talking about achieving the perfect snack, what makes alpha males alpha (it’s not what you think!), and why Partner Track was the first book she ever finished. Come for …

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July 20, 2022

Naked Roomba with Jenni Bara

Jenni Bara’s day job as a paralegal in family law (“writing real life unhappily ever afters”) made her an avid romance reader turned writer. We talk about character compatibility, second chance romances, and how her job help...

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July 6, 2022

Up late with Charlie Beauvoir

Charlie Beauvoir is on this week’s Steam Seat and it’s another epic conversation. When Charlie considered writing romance, they wanted to write emotionally aware men and strong women as well as add to the queer romance canon....

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June 22, 2022

The Pleasure Principle with Evie Alexander

Would you consider having a male crime writer Beta read your steamy romance book? That’s exactly what Evie Alexander does! In this Steam Scenes episode, Evie shares the madness to her writing method, how her career as a filmm...

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June 8, 2022

Flogging with Mia Michele

Buckle up friends, this is one a wild ride! The brilliant Mia Michele is this week’s guest and this one is a doozy! Our totally 80s conversation spans soap opera tropes and Greek shipping tycoons and we both fangirl over …

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May 25, 2022

RomanticConn-ing with Kitty Berry

Contemporary romance author Kitty Berry manages to release three to four books a year even with a full time job, a family, and running RomanticConn, Connecticut’s premiere romance author signing event. Hear how 50 Shades turn...

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May 11, 2022

Vocalizing pleasure with Julie Hamilton

Julie Hamilton is on the Steam Seat this week! From plotting and pantsing, to fake dates and fake kissing, to the importance of reading women vocalize what gives them pleasure, Julie and I dig deep to mine the elements that …

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April 27, 2022

Writing love songs with Katy Oberle

I know just enough about music to be dangerous (and write rock star romances!). So I am super excited to branch out on the podcast with singer-songwriter Katy Oberle. Katy also worked as a couples therapist before transitioni...

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April 13, 2022

Reading filthy books with Sarah Burnard

Amish porn led Sarah Burnard to romancelandia and she hasn’t looked back. But, Amish porn aside, she struggled with writing the naughty bits. To get comfortable, she wrote a “dirty, sexy, filthy” book, which got her into Pitc...

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March 30, 2022

Sensuality vs Steam with Nan Reinhardt

Nan Reinhardt pivoted her career from copy editing and proofreading computer manuals (sexy, right?) to writing romance. Nan and I swoon over the beta hero, discuss how an industry pro told her romances with older MCs weren’t ...

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March 16, 2022

Rewriting Cinderella with Kelle Z. Riley

Kelle Z. Riley is in the Steam Seat! In this episode, we talk about how she’s a sucker for a Cinderella story, how her writing process includes interviewing her characters, and how she battles the beauty standards society set...

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March 2, 2022

Wine and sweet romance with Eliana West

Eliana West is in the Steam Seat! Eliana never imagined being a writer. Originally, she was in retail. But when the economic collapse in 2008 shuttered her clothing boutique, she decided to do NaNoWriMo to “feed her soul” and...

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