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Whoa!mance: Romance, Feminism, and Ourselves
41 minutes | 3 days ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter Nine
This chapter hits way different during a global pandemic y’all. This week, Spring brings typhus to Lowood, Jane, in good health, is free to wander the grounds, and the harsh reality of Helen’s health comes into sharp focus. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
68 minutes | 7 days ago
Episode 96: Not All Cavemen - Transcendence by Shay Savage
Did you ever watch those Geico caveman commercials and think, “I bet that hoss can really lay some club?” This week, Morgan and Isabeau plow for answers in Transcendence, a prehistoric romp by Shay Savage. It opens with our heroine and unaccompanied minor, Beth, traveling tesseract-style through millennia to arrive in the welcoming and paternally minded arms of our hero, a Homo savage known only by the guttural proclamation of, “Ehd”. Beth, similarly truncated to just “Beh” for the ease of her new partner, must navigate a preverbal relationship, find footing in a vastly undeveloped world, and acquiesce to a blossoming love affair that only the threat of death can provide. Where would you journey to in a personal time machine? Does Beth being 15 make it weird? When you picture a prehistoric man, what do you see, and why is it a tan Brendan Fraiser? Tune in for questions and commentary guaranteed to make your bed rock. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
35 minutes | 10 days ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter Eight
Few things are worse than a poorly fact-checked public shaming. This week, Helen comforts our girl Jane in her post-Brocklehurst woes, Ms. Temple offers solace and a seed cake, and Jane finally gets to bask in the warm glow of absolution. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
32 minutes | 17 days ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter Seven
Who knew Christian charity could be so draconian? This week, Jane and her cohort at Lowood continue to suffer from a lack of nutrition and comforts, the chill in the air is met with the return of the dreaded Mr. Brocklehurst, and Ms. Temple proves herself once again to be an angel in disguise. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
62 minutes | 21 days ago
Episode 95: Fitting Together - The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
Spooky season may be over y’all, but it’s gonna take more than a new month to get yr girls out of Scotland. This week, Morgan and Isabeau embark on a historical romp through the Highlands in The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. Our titular character, Lord Ian, is shrouded in rumors and hearsay when he crosses paths with our heroine Beth, on the arm of her then fiance. As her fiance’s appetites wend beyond the scope of Beth, our heroine is thrown further into the orbit of the mysterious Lord. But as suspicions gather around Lord Ian’s potential role in a double homicide, our lovers are forced to question the very fiber of their beings. What helps ensure the successful portrayal of neuro non-typicality? How do we account for perceived limitations of accurate historical representation? Could this election finally be over? All this and more on your favorite pod sluicing app. This week’s episode of Whoa!mance is brought to you by If The Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Available now from Kensington Books. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
21 minutes | 24 days ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter Six
It’s day two at Lowood y’all, and things are looking bleak. This week, Jane wakes to frozen wash water, her new best-friend-in-the-making Helen Burns is publicly dragged by the repugnant Miss Scatcherd, and our heroine confides in Helen her desire to smash all those who treat her unfairly. We feel you girl. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
41 minutes | a month ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter Five
It’s Jane’s last morning at Gateshead, and despite the ever-present rain, things are looking up. This week, our heroine takes a slow coach to Lowood, meets the esteemed faculty, and maybe makes a friend. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
49 minutes | a month ago
Whoa!nus: The Monster Ball - Part 2
Yr girls are fresh from the cliffs and ready to slay some fey. This week, Morgan and Isabeau are back at the Ball with another selection from The Monster Ball Year 2; Assassin’s Match by Everly Frost. Our heroine Tanzanina (yikes) is a born-witch whose power and love have been stripped from her by an evil curse. But when her only hope of lifting the curse, a special spellbook, is stolen, our heroine must put herself in danger for a night of thrills and passion at the Monster Ball. Are magic-at birth-narratives ultimately trojan horses for eugenics? Is Paradise Lost just Bible fan fiction? How do we cope when our love is not reciprocated? All that, plus musings on birth order, gargoyles, and the perfect hot buttered rum. Happy spooky season y’all. This week’s episode is brought to you by Christmas Kisses with My Cowboy, an anthology of stories by Diana Palmer, Marina Adair, and Kate Pearce. Available now from Kensington Books. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
52 minutes | a month ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter Four
With an out from Gateshead on the horizon, the anxiety is palpable. This week, Jane squares off with purity wonk Mr. Brocklehurst, tells her aunt where to shove it, and finds a new candor in Bessie. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
57 minutes | a month ago
Episode 94: Modern Gothic - Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt
While the Ball rages on, yr girls have to refuel on angst and mood before another heavy bout of haunting. This week, Morgan and Isabeau journey to the edge of the Cornish cliffs in Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt, a nom de plume of Eleanor Hibbert. Our heroine Martha Leigh is past her seasons. In lieu of a husband, she becomes a governess to the daughter of gaunt widower and lesser of two heroes, Connan TreMellyn. But as Martha gets closer to her aloof employer, questions surrounding his wife’s death disrupt their nascent arousal. In a mansion of lavish decor and furnishings, something lies rotten. What remains in the absence of a loved one? How should we remember roads not taken? What’s it like to trust and be trusted by a horse? Saddle up and stay shook y’all. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
36 minutes | a month ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter Three
Whew! That was a close call y’all. This week, Jane recuperates from a frightful stay in the Red Room, learns of poverty’s harsh realities, and is once again dreaming of escape. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
96 minutes | 2 months ago
Whoa!mance on Learning The Tropes
Special surprise drop - but for real this time! Yr girls Morgan and Isabeau joined our friends Erin and Clayton over at Learning The Tropes to talk romance, sexiest parts, and life on and off the mic. Check out Learning The Tropes wherever you get your podcasts - rate, review, and spread the love. IG: @learningthetropes Twitter: @learningtropes Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Whoa!nus: The Monster Ball - Part 1
To keep this spooky train rolling, we’re chugging on up to Auld Reekie for the supernatural event of the season. This week, Morgan and Isabeau crash a party with a selection from The Monster Ball Year 2, an anthology of works imagining that self same soiree, titled “Turning The Tides” by Wendy Higgins. In this telling, a malevolent beast known as the Magpie is throwing the Ball, and this once who’s who of the otherworldly has taken a sinister turn. Our heroine is Ada, a selkie (for brevity: shapeshifting seal people of yore), who in order to return to the sea, must retrieve her pelt from among the patchwork monstrosity adorning the Magpie. But with a little help from a dryad and a conniving necromancer, Ada just might get her wish. What makes for a memorable party? Is good sex just attentive sex? How young is too young for necromancy? Dust off your best frocks y’all - it’s game time. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter Two
Can a girl just read about ducks? This week, the Red Room, its requisite terrors, and the pitfalls of childhood trauma. Is the Red Room the OG Chokey? Is that uncanny feeling just the lingering spirit of Jane’s beloved uncle? Tune in if you dare. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 93: Cleaning House - Angie and the Ghostbuster by Theresa Gladden
It’s officially spooky season y’all, and we’re jumping in with both feet. This week, Morgan and Isabeau explore the categorical and the supernatural in Angie and the Ghostbuster, by Theresa Gladden. When paranormal investigator Dr. Gabriel Richards is drawn to a mysterious home, what he finds there raises more than just his neck hair. There to greet him is the blonde and dream-eyed Angie, Gabriel’s highschool crush, who has been living alongside the very same ghostly presence he’s come to eradicate. But when passion overtakes profession, the otherworldly isn’t the only thing getting a little exercise. What’s a category romance? Are ghosts just unresolved trauma? Does anyone ever get their affairs in order? We’ll be putting a little ectoplasm in your feed all this month, so stay tuned and live deliciously. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
Jane Eyre Read Along - Chapter One
Friends we are beyond thrilled to be kicking off this new project, a podcast-within-a-podcast Jane Eyre Read Along! Each Sunday, yr girls Morgan and Isabeau will be taking turns reading Charlotte Brontë’s novel in its totality, one chapter at a time. This week, our eponymous heroine learns a bit about water fowl, Jane's cousin John Reed establishes himself as a real prick, and something called “the Red Room” raises growing concern. Get ready to climb this tentpole y’all. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
Whoa!nus: Jane Eyre Read Along
The dour, windswept moors. A precocious, homely child. The intellectual and implied sexual education of said child. But more importantly, a tentpole Romance of the highest order. We’re of course talking about Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel, Jane Eyre. And what better way to explore this mother root of the genre than by reading it cover to cover. This week, yr girls Morgan and Isabeau preview a new project, and break off a piece of chapter one with the aim of answering one of Romance’s ever-looming questions: Darcy, or Rochester? We'll be releasing chapters every Sunday beginning THIS SUNDAY (10/4) and beyond as seasonal depression and pending societal collapse allow. Tune in and get moody y'all. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 92: Discreet Bylines - Behind These Doors by Jude Lucens
Everyone experiences the agonies and ecstasies of expanding a circle of friends, but what about the trials and tribulations of expanding a circle of lovers?. This week, Morgan and Isabeau mix with the hoipolloi of Edwardian elite in Jude Lucens’ polyamorous historical Behind These Doors, Radical Proposals Book 1. When a gossip columnist stumbles on the harmonious throuple of a Lord and Lady, and an Earl’s second son, a delicate balance of lust and heart strings is shifted. But buttoned up cultural norms be damned as passion mounts, and all involved grapple with the implications of propriety and class. Is love a scarce commodity? How do we navigate an array of uncontrollable feelings? May we share in this wash basin? Live free and love wide y’all.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Whoa!nus: Romance True Crime
When we say Jude Deveraux, you probably think: lioness in her field, titan of titillation. Both are true. But that’s only part of the story. This week, yr girl Morgan walks yr girl Isabeau through a truly bananas true crime story starring none other than Jude Deveraux. We’re talking psychics, heartbreaks, movie stars, and war criminals. Buckle up for a true crime side quest that’ll have you hooking up your fax machine. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 91: Summa Cum Laude - Office Hours by Katrina Jackson
It’s no secret that Whoa!mance is a product of the university - a meeting of minds that began with the pursuit of knowledge and ended in a holocaust of emotions. But we digress. This week, Morgan and Isabeau audit a few classes with Katrina Jackson’s ivory tower romp, Office Hours. High-achieving and beleaguered Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Deja Evans is in a rut. With her 3-year track to tenure review looming, her separation between work and life has blurred into non-existence. But her desire for the tenured history professor and dressed-to-the-nines hunk of all things past, Dr. Alejandro Mendoza, is keeping her pilot light aflame. What’s a proper work/life balance? Can a romance novel test the depth of our allyship? Why does higher education make us feel so low? This one’s for all y’all left jilted by the educational-industrial-complex. Whoa!mance is a part of the Frolic Podcast Network. This week’s episode is brought to you by The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea by Kerrelyn Sparks, out now by Kensington Books.
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