Ep #209


This week Ana hosts the podcast with special guest authors Bree and Donna of Kit Rocha as they discuss the unique role paranormal and urban fantasy romance can play in times of struggle


> ANA COQUI (she/her) A lifelong genre reader, Ana grew up reading fantasy, sci-fi & mystery novels in Puerto Rico, before finally wandering into the romance section of the library in search of HEA’s after bawling through one too many dystopian novels. When she is not reading, knitting, writing about romance for Love in Panels or running #RomBkLove on Twitter as @anacoqui, Ana is a school librarian


KIT ROCHA is the pseudonym for the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author duo Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. Their new Mercenary Librarians series follows a trio of women with superpowers as they attempt to build a post-apocalyptic library in 2080s Atlanta. They currently live three miles apart in Alabama and spend their non-writing time caring for a menagerie of animals and crafting handmade jewelry, all of which is chronicled on their various social media accounts. You can visit their website at www.kitrocha.com and follow them on Twitter @mostlybree and @totallydonna



NOTE: These notes include affiliate links to Bookshop.org and Amazon.com

NOTE: This interview was recorded in mid-October during the 2020 Covid pandemic, specifically right after the president was treated for Covid

> Ana mentions Kit Rocha’s Beyond series, and how Donna and Bree finished the final book the night of the 2016 election

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/87051-beyond

> Here’s a link to Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and their Buy a Contemporary, Save the World Promo from 2008

Link: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/co-tmpe-thing/

> Donna recommends the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews which follows sisters Nevada and Catalina Baylor as they navigate a world defined by magical power

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/122173-hidden-legacy

>> The Catalina books are Sapphire Flames and Emerald Blaze

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-ana-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/385O7TW (Sapphire Flames)

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3elKqdZ (Emerald Blaze)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42654250-sapphire-flames

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49002221-emerald-blaze

>> The Nevada books are Burn For Me, White Hot, and Wildfire

> In RBP season 1 we did a month-long examination of “unlikeable” heroines or female MCs including ep #125 which Ana hosted

Link: http://lustandfoundreads.com/rombkpod/ep-125/

> Ana mentions the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh which features psychics and shifters forming community and finding love

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/41454-psy-changeling

> Donna gets teased for having not yet read Alpha Night by Nalini Singh, the latest Psy-Changeling book

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49074639-alpha-night

> As Bree mentions, that the Psy-Changeling series is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2021 with Slave to Sensation having first been published in 2006

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40551683-slave-to-sensation

> Excited to hear our interview with Nalini Singh?! Stay tuned this week!

> Hi @Lillie_80!

> Title: Heart of Obsidian

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-ana-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/32bfDLR

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17796192-heart-of-obsidian

> Title: Shield of Winter

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-ana-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2TREkbO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18739142-shield-of-winter

> Title: Shards of Hope

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-ana-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2TQ73Ob

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23482092-shards-of-hope

> The infamous 2005 RWA poll that attempted to define an HEA as between a man and a woman? Here’s a blog post about the ordeal to catch you up to speed

Link: https://bit.ly/2U3a125

> Bree recommends the Ada Harper Whisper series, especially A Treason of Truths, for its unique grumpy sunshine dynamic

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/248429-whisper

> Title: Ivan (Gideon’s Riders #3)

Author: Kit Rocha

Relation to theme: mystical & supernatural elements

Representation: Queer authors, multi-cultural and queer-inclusive world

Content Warnings: post-war rebuilding, violence, assault, death (both on page and off)

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-ana-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3jPWZ25

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39397009-ivan

> The Gideon’s Riders series can be found here

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/181076-gideon-s-riders

> The Beyond series can be found here

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/87051-beyond

> Title: Deal With the Devil

Author: Kit Rocha

Relation to theme: Post-apocalyptic Atlanta

Representation: Queer authors, multi-cultural and queer-inclusive world

Content Warnings: post-apocalypse, violence, assault, death (both on page and off)

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-ana-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2U3yFj7

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45157148-deal-with-the-devil

>Title: The Angel’s Fire (Masters of Maria #8)

Author: Holley Trent

Relation to theme: A goddess and a fallen angel
Representation: Black author, queer inclusive world

Content Warnings: none identified

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3oVvM1K

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54403619-the-angel-s-fire

> Moira Rogers is Kit Rocha’s former pen name

Link: https://www.kitrocha.com/pennames/moira-rogers/

> Bree mentions that Holley Trent also writes SFF under the name H.E. Trent

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15907312.H_E_Trent

> Donna recommends Jessie Mihalik for SFF romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17023471.Jessie_Mihalik

> Ana recommends Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade for those who love fanfic

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-ana-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3jUbu5b

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53410266-spoiler-alert

>Title: Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha #1)

Author: Tasha Suri 

Relation to theme: Mughal India-inspired fantasy
Representation: South Asian author

Content Warnings: forced marriage, threatened rape or sexual assault, drugging, violence, abuse of power

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-ana-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3k3cV1n

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39714124-empire-of-sand

> We love you @ArdentlyAarya!

> The Tenant by Katrina Jackson is on Bree’s TBR

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2I5tnAz

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55585147-the-tenant

> Love Kit Rocha? Don’t miss Ana’s other podcast Beyond the Sectors!

Link: https://beyondthesectors.com/

> What are your #InclusiveRomance PNR/UF favorites? Share with us in the comments or tag us @RomBkPod


Music: “Lift Off” by Jahzzar

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