Ep #221


This week Ana hosts the podcast with special guest author Talia Hibbert as they introduce our February theme: Grumpy/Sunshine


> 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


> TALIA HIBBERT (she/he/they) Talia Hibbert is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. Talia writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes people of marginalised identities deserve honest and positive representation. You can visit Talia’s website at www.taliahibbert.com or follow Talia on Twitter and Instagram @TaliaHibbert 



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

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

> Ana mentions Talia’s Brown Sisters series

>> Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Brown Sisters #1)

Author: Talia Hibbert

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” MC with Fibromyalgia

Representation: Black, queer, autistic author, Black, disabled MC, white MC

Content Warnings: discussions of ableism

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3fINTG7

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43888874-get-a-life-chloe-brown

>> Title: Take a Hint, Dani Brown (Brown Sisters #2)

Author: Talia Hibbert

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” MC who sets strict boundaries

Representation: Black, queer, autistic author, Black, queer MC, Pakistani MC with PTSD

Content Warnings: PTSD, past death of parent and sibling, past emotional abuse

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3mwxCWl

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48568248-take-a-hint-dani-brown

>> Title: Act Your Age, Eve Brown (Brown Sisters #3)

Author: Talia Hibbert 

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” MC with Autism

Representation: Black, queer, autistic author, Black MC, white MC with Autism

Content Warnings: ableism

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3a0RHPx

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54241351-act-your-age-eve-brown

> Yay! More “proper romcoms” from Talia Hibbert

> Title: The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting

Author: KJ Charles

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” MC determined to protect his niece from fortune hunters

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings: references to childhood abuse and domestic, emotional, financial abuse

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/37SPu7D

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56393369-the-gentle-art-of-fortune-hunting

> Title: Ashwin (Gideon’s Riders #1)

Author: Kit Rocha

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” super-soldier MC

Representation: White authors, white MCs

Content Warnings: post-apocalyptic violence, spy games, genetic engineering

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

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33288300-ashwin

> Title: Harbor (Beards & Bondage #3)

Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” MC

Representation: Black, queer author, Black, queer MCs, polyamory rep

Content Warnings: infidelity, murder, stalking, grief

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

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54305666-harbor

NOTE: This book was previously discussed in ep #205 with author Rebekah Weatherspoon

LISTEN NOW: http://lustandfoundreads.com/rombkpod/ep-205/

> Title: Hot and Badgered (Honey Badger Chronicles #1)

Author: Shelly Laurenston

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” MC

Representation: Black author

Content Warnings: violence

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

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35534548-hot-and-badgered

NOTE: These books read as action-adventure women’s fiction with romantic elements

> Title: Nothing But Wolf in Me

Author: Nikki Clarke

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” reclusive MC

Representation: Black author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: attempted murder, fleeing abusive family

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3su0fF3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55927087-nothing-but-the-wolf-in-me

> Title: The Friend Contract

Author: Dria Andersen

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” MC

Representation: Black author, Black MCs

Content Warnings: mention of pregnancy loss

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3uzg3by

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53487494-the-friend-contract

NOTE: This book was previously discussed on RBP #211 with author Dria Andersen

> Title: The Duke Who Didn’t (Wedgeford Trials #1)

Author: Courtney Milan

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” type-A MC

Representation: Chinese-American author, Chinese-English MCs

Content Warnings: secret identity, racism

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3dOez7g

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55012301-the-duke-who-didn-t

> Title: Cemetery Boys

Author: Aiden Thomas

Relation to theme: “Grumpy” MC

Representation: Queer, trans, Latinx author, trans MC, queer MCs, Latinx MCs

Content Warnings: witchcraft, transphobia, attempted murder, serial killer

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

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3079iQt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52339313

NOTE: This book was also discussed in RB ep #206

LISTEN NOW: http://lustandfoundreads.com/rombkpod/ep-206/

> What are your Grumpy/Sunshine #InclusiveRomance favorites? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram @RomBkPod

Happy Reading!


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