Ep #219


This week host Danielle continues the Sci-Fi & Fantasy romance theme with special guest author L. Penelope


> DANIELLE (she/her) is the voice behind LoveReadListen.com where she writes about her adventures in reading romance, YA, and audiobooks. Danie has a passion for promoting Black Romance and can’t wait to share her favorites with you. When she’s not reading, Danie enjoys anime, cartoons, and hip-hop. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @DanieReads


> L. PENELOPE (she/her) Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent. Equally left and right-brained, she studied Film at Howard University and minored in Computer Science. This led to a graduate degree in Multimedia and a career in website development. She’s also an award-winning independent filmmaker, co-founded a literary magazine, and sometimes dreams in HTML. Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. You can visit Leslye’s website at https://lpenelope.com/ and follow Leslye on Twitter and Instagram @leslyepenelope



NOTE: These notes include affiliate links to Bookshop.org and Amazon.com to support the RBP transcript project

NOTE: This episode was recorded in late January during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020-21

> Find Leslye’s podcast, My Imaginary Friends, here

Link: https://lpenelope.com/podcast/

> Title: Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1)

Author: L. Penelope

Relation to theme: Fantasy setting, MC with magic

Representation: Black author, Black MC

Content Warnings: tbd

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/39bb7Rp

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46156814-song-of-blood-stone

> Requiem of Silence, the fourth and final Earthsinger Chronicles book, is due for release in Aug 2021

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56210699-requiem-of-silence

> Find the entire Earthsinger Chronicles series here

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/142549-earthsinger-chronicles

> Danie mentions Leslye’s contemporary paranormal romances, Angelborn and Angelfall

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/177181-angelborn-cycle

> Danie highly recommends the Earthsinger Chronicles on audio, narrated by Allyson Johnson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36476364-song-of-blood-stone

> Danie mentions Leslye’s Earthsinger novellas, as well as her recent appearance in the holiday romance anthology, Under a Winter Sky

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56079175-under-a-winter-sky

> Danie mentions The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44028342-the-orchid-throne

> Danie mentions Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds, which is YA SFF with romantic elements

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50627089-early-departures

> Title: The Opposite of Always

Author: Justin A. Reynolds

Relation to theme: Time travel

Representation: Black author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: character death

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/36jI8cr

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35380157-opposite-of-always

> Danie mentions Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series, as well as her YA SFF

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/44705-sirantha-jax

> Title: Strange Love (Galactic Love #1)

Author: Ann Aguirre

Relation to theme: Alien MC

Representation: White author, bi rep

Content Warnings: deadly competitions, death (side character), sexual assault (side character)

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/hosts-meka-melinda-s-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3b1AQxk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48915429-strange-love

NOTE: This book was discussed in the RBP Best of 2020 episode

LISTEN NOW: http://lustandfoundreads.com/rombkpod/best-of-2020/

> Leslye also mentions Love Code (Galactic Love #2) by Ann Aguirre

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56038313-love-code

> Producer’s Note: At the time of recording, Danie hadn’t listened to the audio book for Strange Love, narrated by Sarah Puckett, but the producer has and highly enjoyed it

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53282541-strange-love

> Title: Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Relation to theme: Fantasy setting, MC with magic

Representation: White author, white MCs

Content Warnings: court intrigue, murder, death of family members, gladiator games

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/36rVl31

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37671985-kill-the-queen

NOTE: This book is primarily fantasy with romantic elements

> Do you have a series you started and loved but still need to finish?

> Title: The Blacksmith Queen (The Scarred Earth #1)

Author: G.A. Aiken

Relation to theme: Fantasy setting, paranormal elements

Representation: Black author

Content Warnings: court intrigue, casual fatphobia, implied past sexual assault

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3cuT4HX

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43129821-the-blacksmith-queen

NOTE: This book is primarily fantasy with romantic elements

> Title: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)

Author: Kristin Cashore

Relation to theme: Fantasy setting

Representation: White author, white MCs

Content Warnings: MC is gifted with the skill of killing

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/36AQ8WJ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10053149-graceling

> Danie highly recommends the audio book for Graceling which features a full cast

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7822778-graceling

> Title: Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)

Author: Melina Marchetta

Relation to theme: Fantasy setting

Representation: White author, white MCs

Content Warnings: murdered family (past), exile, imprisonment

Bookshop: unavailable

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8757361-finnikin-of-the-rock

> Leslye mentions Witchmark by C.L. Polk and the tendency to wedge SFF written by women into YA even though the MCs are adults

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36187110-witchmark

> Requiem of Silence, the fourth and final Earthsinger Chronicles book, is due for release in Aug 2021

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56210699-requiem-of-silence

> How do you feel about reading series out of order? Yay or nay?

> Danie mentions downloading The Queen’s Gambit by Jessie Mihalik

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40388109-the-queen-s-gambit

> Title: The Pleasure Hound trilogy

Author: Ines Johnson

Relation to theme: Futuristic setting

Representation: Black author

Content Warnings: kink

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2YDONd8

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28432052-the-pleasure-hound

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

Author: Tasha Suri

Relation to theme: Mughal Empire-inspired fantasy setting

Representation: South Asian, queer author, South Asian-inspired MCs

Content Warnings (from reader Leigh Kramer): 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

NOTE: Don’t miss our recent interview with Tasha Suri

LISTEN NOW: http://lustandfoundreads.com/rombkpod/ep-217/

> Title: Paladin’s Grace

Author: T. Kingfisher

Relation to theme: Fantasy setting

Representation: White author, white MCs

Content Warnings: death, murder, partner abuse

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3akfN72

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50702014-paladin-s-grace

> Leslye gives a blanket recommendation for Grace Draven’s fantasy romances

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2759153.Grace_Draven

> Leslye recommends Naomi Novik with the caveat that some of her fantasy romances are light on the romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8730.Naomi_Novik

> Which Sci-fi & Fantasy romance favorites did we miss? Tag us @RomBkPod or share with us in the comments

Happy Reading!


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