XOXO After Darkcast

XOXO After Darkcast

Three book editors talk romance novels, sex, pop culture happenings, relationships, writing, and did we mention sex? By the ladies behind – because ‘the best conversations happen after dark’.

  • Wednesday, May 25th
  • Dating & Ghosting with Andi Dorfman

    The ladies chat about dating and mull over the idea of just sending the ghost emoji instead of ghosting. Abby interview ABC's The Bachelorette Andi Dorfman about her new book, IT'S NOT OKAY and the ladies wrap up with Would You Rather.
  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Quickie: I Know We Disagree On This...

    The ladies defend their favorite book to movie adaptations. Did anyone know Jaws was a book to movie adaptation? Can they all agree on the same one?
  • Wednesday, May 11th
  • LIVE AT RT, Pt. 2

    Abby talks to a host of bestselling authors at this year's Romantic Times convention--in Sin City! Feat. Christina Lauren, Larissa Ione, and Anna Todd.
  • Thursday, May 5th
  • LIVE AT RT, Pt. 1

    Abby talks to a host of bestselling authors at this year's Romantic Times convention--in Sin City! Feat. Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci, Sabrina Jeffries, Monica McCarty, Laura Griffin, and Amy E. Reichert.
  • Wednesday, April 27th
  • Here's looking at you kid

    Find out why WWII is the greatest generation... of love stories. Abby interviews international bestselling author Kristin Harmel about her upcoming novel set in WWII, When We Meet Again. The ladies wrap up with everyones favorite game Shag, Marry, Kill.
  • Wednesday, April 13th
  • We Ship You Not

    The ladies are feeling all the feelings this episode and go into their favorite or personal 'ships. Abby interviews Jenn Proffitt from blog Heroes & Heartbreakers and the ladies wrap up with the old classic, Mad Libs.
  • Wednesday, April 6th
  • I Understand Her Body Is Made For Sin...

    We've finally dedicated an entire episode to the sister of romance novels, rom-coms! Listen in as the ladies and our favorite authors discuss their favorite rom-coms.
  • Wednesday, March 30th
  • Enforced Togetherness aka Vacations

    Kate is off to Thailand, so in honor of her vacation and to quell our jealousy, the ladies chat about their favorite vacations.
  • Wednesday, March 23rd
  • The Ripped Bodice

    Although all bookstores are amazing, sometimes there's one in particular that is just your fav. The ladies interview Bea and Leah Koch, two lovely ladies who opened the a Romance only Bookstore, The Ripped Bodice. Finally they wrap up with Sophie's Choice. This is a 2 balls of fire episode.
  • Wednesday, March 16th
  • It's a Johanna Lindsey Off!

    Kate moderates as Lauren and Abby go head to head on which Johanna Lindsey Malory novel is better, Gentle Rogue or Tender Rebel. Listen as each pleads her case.
  • Wednesday, March 9th
  • Do You Know What's Under A Kilt?

    The ladies discuss who's sexier, guys from Ireland or guys from Scottland. Abby interviews USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins about her upcoming e-novella The Princess Wore Plaid and the ladies wrap up with Taboo.
  • Wednesday, February 24th
  • I've Never Been Touched That Way

    The ladies discuss new adult romance and their scandalous lives during college. Abby interviews book blogger Vilma and discuss the Austin Book Fest. Finally, the ladies wrap up with "guess that alma mater."
  • Wednesday, February 17th
  • Its our Podcastaversary!

    The ladies celebrate their 1 year podcastaversary by watching and discussing the book to movie How To Be Single. Adam Wilson, fellow editor at Gallery & Pocket Books speaks about what it is like to be a male romance editor. The ladies wrap up with Shag, Mary, Kill.
  • Wednesday, February 10th
  • There's Always Time for A Quickie on Valentine's Day

    The ladies celebrate Valentine's Day early, Kate explains why NYC is her boyfriend, Abby shares her anti-Valentine's Day burning party and Lauren tells us about her first VDay with her husband. And... did you know about Mistresses Day?
  • Wednesday, February 3rd
  • The Equestrian Team Was Tequila Based

    We're not exactly sure how we've gone this long without talking about cocktails, since they go so well with romance novels, so we're correcting that now!
  • Wednesday, January 27th
  • You Can Do Magic (sung aloud)

    The ladies discuss a fairly new romance concept, sexy magicians and slight of hand. Kate interviews author Nicole Camden about her Billionaire Tricksters of Boston series which follows three magician brothers.
  • Wednesday, January 20th
  • The airing of greivances

    Who say end of January is too early to air grievances? We missed festivus so now the ladies are airing their grievances and they have a lot to say... as per usual.
  • Wednesday, January 13th
  • I Love A Pirate... Historical

    The ladies discuss historical romances during the regency era, romantic horse rides through Hyde park and the licenses regency gives and doesn't give you. Abby interviews author Kate Noble about her upcoming historical novel The Lie and The Lady and the ladies face off in historical trivia.
  • Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
  • New Year, Nude You

    Get ready to ring in the New Year with the ladies of XOXO.
  • Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
  • My quest is a ten footer!

    The ladies chat about their holiday traditions new and old. Happy Holidays!
  • Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
  • Want to tell us a little bit about Dick ft. Molly Harper

    The ladies catch up right before the holidays on their last minute shopping and interview Molly Harper, author of her newest book, The Single Undead Mom's Club. This is a 3 balls of fire episode - the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
  • And then I threw up, Happy Holidays!

    Office holiday parties - too much fun or too much awkwardness? The ladies share their office party horror stories.
  • Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Let's talk some turkey! Whether you spend it with family or celebrate Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving is a holiday chalk full of traditions and wonderful food. The ladies share their holiday traditions and chat with Associate Director of Publicity, Kristin Dwyer! The ladies wrap up with a Thanksgiving version of Taboo. This is a 2 balls of fire episode, and remember, the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
  • Quickie: Drinking & Dating

    Dating in modern times can be tough, especially now that everything is done on-line. Which is why drinks are a must! The ladies discuss the perils and adventures of on-line dating. Lauren literally can't even fathom it and doesn't want to. This is definitely a five balls of fire, touchy subjects are being discussed!
  • Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
  • Keepin' It Fresh ft. Fresh Fiction

    The ladies of XOXO chat about all things fresh including what they're loving this week and how to circle back after an argument. Abby speaks with Gwen Reyes from the blog Fresh Fiction, did you know her mother started it? The ladies wrap up with would you rather. This is a modest 2 balls of fire and remember, the best conversations happen after dark!
  • Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
  • Quickie: Book Club

    We're back to the XOXO Book Club. This week the ladies read Jackie Collins's HOLLYWOOD HUSBANDS and discuss her amazing talent to name characters and why they loved this book. This is a four balls of fire episode, so plug in the headphones!
  • Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
  • Trick or Treat!

    The ladies of XOXO chat about Halloween, the sexy pizza rat costume and their most memorable costumes. Kate interviews NYT and USA Today bestselling author Emma Hart on her sexy Brooke Brother Series, how she came up with the phrase "panty melting romance," and her newest books DIRTY SECRET and DIRTY TRICKS. Finally, the ladies wrap up game on: Name That Scary Movie. This is a 3 balls of fire episode, and remember, the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Saturday, October 24th, 2015
  • XOXO Connects Quickie: Indie/Hybrid Authors Melody Anne and Ruth Cardello

    In this special episode of the XOXO After Darkcast, Abby interviews New York Times bestselling authors Melody Anne and Ruth Cardello. These two friends both became writing superstars by self-publishing their novels; Melody has gone on to publish with a traditional house, Pocket Books, while Ruth has stayed indie. They tell Abby how they manage their growing businesses, what they love best about writing, and the secret of their number one publishing rule.
  • Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
  • Quickie: Fighting Fair

    Whether you're a "keep-it-inside" fighter or a "let-it-go" fighter, you'll identify with Abby or Lauren. The ladies discuss how to both edit couple fights on the page and in real life. Finally, Kate schools the ladies on how confront with TWC and United!
  • Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
  • All the sports!

    The ladies of XOXO discuss all the sports: football, golf, beards... again and they attempt to understand fantasy sports. Lauren interviews NYT bestseller and Manwhore loving Katy Evans! The ladies wrap up by playing a sports version of Sophie's Choice which really just ends up being a discussion about food and money. Go us!
  • Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
  • Soldiers and Cops and Spies, Oh My!: Featuring Laura Griffin

    The ladies of XOXO wonder what it is about law enforcement types that make them such compelling romantic heroes--and talk about their own law-and-order fantasy boyfriends. Abby interviews New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin about her Tracers series of forensic romantic suspense novels, and the ladies end with a special "Hot Cop (and Spy and Soldier)" edition of Shag, Marry, Kill. This episode keeps it legal with 3 Balls of Fire, but we promise that even on the straight & narrow, the best conversations happen after dark!
  • Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
  • Quickie: Fall TV

    We've spent all summer catching up on TV shows and now we're super excited and ready for this fall's TV lineup! Listen as we catch up on The Walking Dead, Empire, Heroes and Downton Abbey.
  • Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
  • Quickie: Pumpkin Spice

    Everyone knows Pumpkin Spice signals the start of fall, but the ladies are not loving it. Lauren argues why Yankee candles don't really work and you should invest in a good fall candle and the ladies discuss how imbibing certain flavors can influence your bodily scent.
  • Thursday, September 17th, 2015
  • A Brief History of Time Travel: Ft. Kim Harrison

    The ladies of XOXO talk about Time Travel and a modern day couple who's choosing to live in Victorian times! Lauren interviews New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison and speak about her new novel: The Drafter, the first in The Peri Reeds Chronicles. The ladies wrap up by playing Would You Rather! This episode is a 3 Balls of Fire Episode. Remember, the best conversations happen after dark!
  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
  • Quickie: Beards, Bras and Tattoos!

    The ladies of XOXO discuss, you guessed it, beards, bras, and tattoos! Do beards ALWAYS feel like sandpaper? Are tattoos trendy or trampy? Lauren and Kate make an argument for why bras are a must almost all of the time - this isn't the 60s anymore ladies! This episode is a soft 4 balls of fire!
  • Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
  • Panties, Panties, Panties: Ft. Lisa Renee Jones

    The ladies of XOXO talk about how sex in real life can be wildly different from that on the page... but not always! Abby interviews New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones and speak about her multiple series: Inside Out, The Secret Life of Amy Bensen and the Careless Whispers series. The ladies wrap up by testing how well they know one another with Two Truths and a Lie! This episode is a 4 Balls of Fire Episode. Remember, the best conversations happen after dark!
  • Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
  • Quickie: Makeover Magic ft. Lindsay Jill Roth

    The ladies of XOXO are getting mini makeovers with author Lindsay Jill Roth at the Laura Mercier counter in Saks Fifth Avenue. Sarah, their trusty makeup artist gives them quick tips for summer and Lindsay talks about her new e-book What Pretty Girls Are Made Of.
  • Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
  • Dinner Party Deliciousness: Ft. Amy E. Reichert

    The ladies of XOXO talk dinner parties: our favorite foods, conversation points, and tips on throwing a successful dinner party when your dining room is also your living room (and kitchen, and sometimes bedroom…). Kate interviews Amy E. Reichert about her debut novel, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, described as a foodie “You’ve Got Mail.” They wrap up the party with Game On: Perfect Guest List. Today’s episode is a tasty 2 (maybe 2.5) balls of fire, suitable for all palates! So pull up a chair, grab a plate, and remember…the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
  • Quickie: Dog Days of Summer

    The ladies of XOXO discuss how to survive the beach with children, how romance lovers are everywhere and the dog days of summer!
  • Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
  • Doing What You Love: Ft. RWA

    The ladies of XOXO welcome two special guests today, fellow editors Adam and Micki to discuss the author editor romance and how it can be tricky to walk the fine line of friends and co-workers. Kate interviews many of our romance authors during RWA (a romance conference) here in NY and they wrap up with Game On: Shag, Marry, Kill.
  • Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
  • Quickie: We're Melting!

    The ladies of XOXO are melting in the office as the temperatures soar in NYC.
  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
  • Love Through the Ages

    The ladies of XOXO are talking historical romance this week—our favorite historical romance writers and novels, great romantic couples in history, and we talk to award-winning writer Meredith Duran, author of many historical romances including the upcoming Lady Be Good and Luck Be a Lady. We end it with Game On: Historical Taboo, and keep the conversation to a sedate Regency-era 2 balls of fire. But even when we’re behaving ourselves, the best conversations STILL happen after dark.
  • Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
  • Quickie: XOXO XXL

    The ladies of XOXO are fresh from watching Magic Mike XXL and they loved every second of it. Ladies, run, don't walk and bring dolla, dolla bills!
  • Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
  • Born On The Fourth of July

    The ladies of XOXO talk about all things Independence Day related, parties, barbeques and boats. Abby interviews romance authors at RT and the ladies play Game On: Sophie's Triplets XXL. This 3 to 4 balls of fire episode and remember - the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Friday, June 26th, 2015
  • Quickie: Here Comes The Bridezilla!

    The ladies of XOXO chat about their favorite wedding reality shows. Whether you love them or hate them, we've all got a favorite!
  • Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
  • I Thee Wed: Featuring Jennifer Probst

    The ladies of XOXO talk about weddings, the highs and lows of being a bridesmaids and their own proposal stories. Lauren interviews New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst and her new book Searching For Beautiful and Searching For Always. Finally, the ladies wrap up with Game On: Shag, Marry, Kill! This is a 3 Balls of Fire episode and remember--the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Monday, June 15th, 2015
  • Quickie: Romance Conventions

    The ladies of XOXO chat about romance conferences, their most recent experiences at RT15 in Dallas and the craziness that ensues when romance fans are thrown into a hotel for 5 days with half naked male cover models.
  • Friday, May 22nd, 2015
  • Men In Uniform: Featuring Cindy Gerard

    Helloooo Sailor! The ladies of XOXO talk Fleet Week and their favorite men in uniform hero-ed romances. Abby interviews New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard and her new book Running Blind. Finally, the ladies wrap up with Game On: Chain of Command! This is a mild 3 Balls of Fire episode and remember--the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Monday, May 11th, 2015
  • Call Your Mom: Featuring Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

    The ladies of XOXO talk mothers and daughters and explain why moms are the one thing we can't live without. Lauren interviews New York Times bestselling author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor and discuss her new book, Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic. Finally, the ladies wrap up with Game On: Name That Mom! This is a maternal 2 Balls of Fire episode and remember--the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
  • Romancing The Tome: Featuring Sarah Wendell

    The ladies of XOXO discuss their introduction to Romance and the books that started it all. Abby interviews blogger Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches,Trashy Books. Finally, the ladies wrap up with Game On - First Line Showdown! This is a calm 2 Balls of Fire episode and remember, the best conversations happen after dark.
  • Monday, April 13th, 2015
  • Welcome Back Game of Thrones: Featuring Lindsey Piper

    XOXO discusses the return of Game of Thrones and Mad Men. Will Don Draper make it to the end, how will Game of Thrones the show differ from the book, and how has Kate never seen the show? She is happily binge watching and has devoured 8 episodes in 3 days so don't worry! Lauren interviews critically acclaimed paranormal author Lindsey Piper about world building in CAGED WARRIOR and the fantasy novels that influenced her. Finally the ladies wrap up with a new game - Name That Film featuring Game of Thrones characters.
  • Monday, March 30th, 2015
  • Spring Break: Featuring Sarah Colonna

    XOXO discusses Spring Break: The ladies go way back (in some cases wayyyy back, just kidding) and discuss their craziest and foamiest spring break stories--and Abby confesses why she didn't do spring break. Hint, it includes the bus. Enough said! Plus, we discuss "neurotica" and "choreplay"--are they right for your relationship?
  • Monday, March 16th, 2015
  • Luck Of The Irish: Featuring Kate Meader

    XOXO discusses St. Patrick's Day in NYC: awesome city-wide party, or just a chance to watch amateurs vomit in the streets? Then we explore the classic historical romance, Bertrice Small's SKYE O'MALLEY, and talk about our new fave YouTube treat: Disney Princesses throwing down in an epic rap battle. Lauren interviews debut author Kate Meader and chats about her steamy Irish Chicago Firefighter romance FLIRTING WITH FIRE, the first in her HOT IN CHICAGO series. Finally, the ladies wrap up with an XOXO version of Taboo with an Irish twist. This is a solid 5 Balls of Fire Episode!
  • Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
  • The Short Things In Life Featuring: Christina Lauren

    XOXO discusses the short things in life: novellas and short stories, the not-short-enough Oscars, and classic novella The Awakening. Abby interviews the duo behind the #1 NYT bestselling author Christina Lauren. Game On: the Ladies wrap with a titillating round of Would You Rather.
  • Friday, February 13th, 2015
  • 50 Shades of XOXO: Featuring Kresley Cole

    XOXO plays Siskel & Ebert; Abby, Lauren, and Kate talk 50 Shades of Grey, the movie - yay or nay? Lauren interviews Kresley Cole, #1 NYT Bestselling author. Game On: the Ladies wrap with “Name that Hot Guy”.

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