BONUS EP PRIDE WOLF

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This week Sarah Jean concludes our series of bonus Pride month episodes exploring Queer Romance and found family with special guest author Constanza Wolf

BONUS EP HOST

> SARAH JEAN (she/her) From the woods of Massachusetts, Sarah Jean has been reading queer romance for 12 years. She runs a queer book club called Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts (https://www.facebook.com/rainbowreadersmass/) that celebrates queer lives, joy, and empowerment through genre fiction. When not reading or listening to books Sarah is plotting her queer historical romances, cuddling with her cats, and planning her next adventure. Follow Sarah on Twitter @queer_reader

BONUS EP GUEST

CONSTANZA WOLF (she/her) Constanza Wolf is a British author of queer romances where people grapple with identinity and deserving whilst living in the leafy Midlands town of Royal Leamington Spa, a Regency town reputed to be the happiest place to live in the UK. It boasts two ice cream parlours, four tea rooms, a central library that used to be a Turkish Bath and one hundred percent no spas. You can find Constanza online at https://www.patreon.com/ConstanzaWolf and follow her on Twitter @StanzaWAuthor


BONUS EP DISCUSSION

NOTE: This episode was recorded in June during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic

> Constanza’s rugby project is Rugby Face, a Beauty and the Beast, team-mates to kink-partners to lovers inter-racial romance. Rugby Face is being released in serial form and all available chapters are currently public (free) on Constanza’s Patreon

Link: www.patreon.com/constanzawolf

> Title: Yes, Roya

Author: C. Spike Trotman

Relation to theme: Black author, Queer Black MC, Found Family

Representation: Black author, Black MC, queer MCs

Content Warnings: bdsm, mentions of racism, sexism, and homophobia 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30334051-yes-roya

> To learn more about C. Spike Trotman and her leadership in the comics business here are two great interviews

Link: https://blacknerdproblems.com/interview-with-spike-trotman/

Link: https://blackgirlnerds.com/speaking-spike-look-mastermind-behind-iron-circus-comics/

> Constanza mentions sharing Heartstopper by Alice Oseman with her oldest kid

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40495957-heartstopper

> Title: Our Dining Table

Author: Ori Mita

Relation to theme: Asian author, Queer Asian MC, Found Family

Representation: Asian author, Asian MCs, queer MCs

Content Warnings: death of parent in past, estranged relationship with parents, 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46157017-our-dining-table

> Constanza wishes for The Ripped Bodice in the UK

Link: https://www.therippedbodicela.com/

> And don’t forget Love’s Sweet Arrow outside Chicago

Link: http://lovessweetarrow.com/index.html

> Waterstones is the largest bookstore chain in the UK, while they claim their Piccadilly location is the largest bookstore in Europe

Link: https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/piccadilly

> W.H. Smith is the UK chain Constanza mentions where you can find some romance

Link: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/

> Title: The Black Flamingo

Author: Dean Atta

Relation to theme: Queer author of color, Greek-Cypriot & Jamaican MC, Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author of color, Greek-Cypriot & Jamaican MC, Queer MCs

Content Warnings: racism, homophobia, transphobia, physical abuse, absent father, drug use, bullying

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52187852-the-black-flamingo

> The cover artist for the U.S. edition of The Black Flamingo is Adriana Bellet aka. Jeez Vanilla

Link: https://www.jeezvanilla.com/about

> Sarah Jean praises the audiobook for the memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson which has also been optioned for TV adaptation

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53405868-all-boys-aren-t-blue

Link: https://deadline.com/2020/06/gabrielle-union-options-all-boys-arent-blue-memoir-tv-series-development-1202955815/

> Title: From Scratch (Welcome to Seaport #1)

Author: Katrina Jackson

Relation to theme: Queer Black author, Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer Black author, queer MCs of color 

Content Warnings: past physical child abuse, mention of spousal abuse, mention of abuse leading to death, mention of childhood sexual abuse (not experienced by MC), references to professors sexually exploiting students, mention of past sexual partner’s internalized queer hatred, including that partner physically assaulting and using queer hating language against MC in the past (not detailed), mention of parental addiction, mention of drug use and alcohol use, references to racism and microaggressions, references to enslavement and Reconstruction, newspaper publicly exposing triad’s relationship, triad experiences prejudice for their polyamory, and fight back against it

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/37560972-from-scratch

> Don’t miss Katrina Jackson’s excellent recent essay on queer Black love in romance

Link: https://lgbtqreads.com/2020/06/18/finding-queer-black-love-in-literature-a-guest-post-by-katrina-jackson/

> Title: Take Me Home

Author: Hudson Lin

Relation to theme: Asian author, Asian MC, Black MC, Queer MCs

Representation: Asian author, Asian MC, Black MC, queer MCs, seasoned MCs

Content Warnings: deceased spouse, references to queer youth homelessness

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43700805-take-me-home

> Title: Tea at the End of the World

Author: Atom Yang

Relation to theme: Queer Asian author, Queer Asian MC

Representation: Asian author, Asian MC, queer MCs

Content Warnings: tension around possible meteor strike ending civilization

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45164866-tea-at-the-end-of-the-world

> Title: Red Envelope

Author: Atom Yang

Relation to theme: Queer Asian author, Queer Asian MC, Found Family

Representation: Asian author, queer author, Asian MC, queer MCs

Content Warnings: toxic family

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42412988-red-envelope

> Sarah Jean mentions Jackie Lau’s romance A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48761687-a-fake-girlfriend-for-chinese-new-year

> Joyfully Jay’s interview between Heidi Cullinan and Atom Yang

Link: https://joyfullyjay.com/2019/06/interview-by-atom-yang/

> Title: His Cocky Cellist (Undue Arrogance #2)

Author: Cole McCade

Relation to theme: Queer Author of color, Morrocan MC, Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Queer author of color, Morrocan MC, queer MCs

Content Warnings: see inside cover of ebook for detailed list 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/42515043-his-cocky-cellist

> Title: The Pursuit Of…

Author: Courtney Milan

Relation to theme: Asian author, Black MC, Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Asian author, Black MC, queer MCs

Content Warnings: racism, war, abelism, violence, slavery 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/39962903-the-pursuit-of

> Title: That Could Be Enough

Author: Alyssa Cole

Relation to theme: Black author, Black MCs, Queer MCs, Found Family

Representation: Black author, Black MCs, queer MCs

Content Warnings: implied racism/sexism/queerphobia 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40524331-that-could-be-enough

> Sarah Jean’s TBR 

>> Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53133786-xeni

>> Idlewild by Jude Sierra, which Constanza recommends

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/29963556-idlewild

>> How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42371064-how-to-be-remy-cameron

> Constanza’s TBR

>> Title: Behind These Doors by Jude Lucens

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/40190173-behind-these-doors

>>> Constanza recommends Gutter Roses the prequel to Behind These Doors

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39314018-gutter-roses

>> Sarah Jean mentions Be Mine by Savannah J. Frierson

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43790271-be-mine

> Constanza’s correct Patreon and Twitter are listed in her bio at the top of these notes


> Which #QueerRomance favorites did we miss? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram @RomBkPod

Happy Reading!

BONUS EP MUSIC CREDIT

Music: “Lift Off” by Jahzzar

From the Free Music Archive

CC BY-SA 3.0

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