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, November 30th
  • How Books Will Make You Empathetic

    The ladies discuss how reading is not only great escapism but helps increase empathy.
  • Wednesday, November 23rd
  • We're All In With Sabrina Jeffries

    Warning: Lauren will scream in your ear this episode*
    Winner winner, chicken dinner. Gambling can be fun, except when it involves matters of the heart. Abby interviews New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries about her new book The Danger of Desire, book three in her Sinful Suitors series. The ladies wrap up with gambling taboo.
  • Wednesday, November 16th
  • Thriller, Mystery & Suspense ft. J.T. Ellison

    The ladies discuss their favorite romantic suspense novels as well as try, but fail to eloquently describe the difference between Thriller, Mystery and Suspense. Luckily, Abby gets some answers from New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison and interviews her about her book No One Knows. Finally the ladies wrap up with Who's That Girl.
  • Wednesday, November 9th
  • Girl's Got Game ft. Sara Rider

    The ladies once again prove that they know nothing about sports balls but are equally excited about the amazing game that was the World Series. Lauren interviews Pocket Star author Sara Rider about her new e-books For The Win and Keeping Score as well as the double standard placed on women in sports. We're looking at you WMLS.
  • Wednesday, November 2nd
  • Book Clubs Are A Great Excuse To...

    The ladies announce their Whitney, My Love read along and discuss their favorite parts about being in and joining a book club. Its obviously for the drinking... we mean great books.
  • Wednesday, October 26th
  • Things That Go Bump In The Night

    The ladies welcome special guest, Gallery Books editor Ed to talk all things Halloween, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and The Walking Dead. Ed edits big bestselling authors like Stephen King, Nick Cutter, Ania Ahlborn and David Mack. Listen in as they discuss what draws readers into the horror genre. The ladies wrap up with a monster sized Shag, Marry, Kill.
  • Wednesday, October 19th
  • I Choose Me

    The ladies have a frank discussion about women and money, the stories women tell themselves about their own money and why women need to change their relationship with money.
  • Wednesday, October 12th
  • The Ladies Take You to School: ft. author Julia Kelly

    The ladies of the XOXO After Darkcast are ready to school you on that most famous of Regency careers for ladies, the governess. They talk about governess stories they love, from JANE EYRE to more modern romances, and also discuss their own teaching experiences! (You'll notice none of them are still teachers, which suggests what kind of teachers they were...) Then Kate interviews author Julia Kelly, who has a new trilogy of Regency romances: THE GOVERNESS WAS WICKED, THE GOVERNESS WAS WANTON, and THE GOVERNESS WAS WILD. You'll want to devour them all! Finally, don't miss a Kate-and-Lauren showdown of Regency slang, moderated by Abby. Are YOU a "wagtail" or an "amuser"?
  • Wednesday, October 5th
  • I've Just Hit Rock Bottom... Now What?

    Join the ladies as they discuss hitting rock bottom both in life and on the page and where to go from there.
  • Friday, September 30th
  • Love Is Dead

    The ladies discuss the rumors surrounding the break up of Brangelina.
  • Friday, September 23rd
  • Infestation Is A Strong Word

    USAToday bestselling author Lauren Layne joins the ladies as special guest to discuss apartment hunting in New York and her new series The Wedding Belles series. They wrap up playing Would You Rather.
  • Wednesday, September 14th
  • Everyone Remembers Their First

    The ladies are freshly back from summer and discuss what they're currently reading and what they loved this summer. FYI, Kate is just now reading Harry Potter!
  • Friday, September 9th
  • David is apparently a grower, not a show-er

    Join the ladies as they chat about drinking and eating their way through the setting of Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci's newest novel, Rome. Lauren interviews co-author of Roman Crazy, Nina Bocci about her inspiration for this charming roman holiday romance. Finally the ladies wrap up with Taboo.
  • Wednesday, August 24th
  • A Lady Has Secrets

    The ladies have been reading about and attending many a wedding and thus discuss their wedding guest routine and checklist.
  • Wednesday, August 17th
  • It's Not About The Art...

    The ladies reminisce about their favorite Saturday cartoons and the amazing evolution of modern adult cartoons like Bob's Burgers and Bo Jack Horseman.
  • Wednesday, August 10th
  • Leveling Up In Love

    The ladies are not playing games this week but rather discussing, the Summer Games and a newer genre in romance, gaming/Geeky Kink. Abby interviews author Elia Winters about her upcoming book EVEN ODDS. The ladies wrap up with shag, marry, kill with professional athletes.
  • Wednesday, August 3rd
  • I Found A Pikachu In My Bedroom

    Pokemon Go has taken over the world... and Abby and Diana. The ladies discuss how exactly it works and what other games that briefly took over our lives.
  • Wednesday, July 27th
  • I Did A Lot Of Time With The Beaver

    The ladies chat about a often unsettling genre, true crime, the OJ Simpson trial and Law & Order SVU. Lauren interviews New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter about her newest and 20th installment in her FBI Series, INSIDIOUS. Finally the ladies wrap up with the newly wed game.
  • Wednesday, July 20th
  • The IUD Will Set You Free

    The ladies chat about the facts and fiction of birth control.
  • Wednesday, July 13th
  • Party Like It's 1919

    The ladies take a trip down Vaudeville as they talk about the roaring 20's and interview New York Times bestselling author Juliette Fay and her new novel, THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS. The ladies wrap up with Cast Your Own Circus - listen to find out how to play!
  • Wednesday, July 6th
  • She Knows How To Hoe

    The ladies change topics a bit this week and chat about gardening; it's not just for your grandmas!
  • Wednesday, June 29th
  • I Had a Brief Flirtation with Christian Bale

    This week the ladies are describing their fantasy boyfriend tropes which eventually just leads into Lauren gushing about her husband. New York times bestselling author Alice Clayton joins the ladies in the studio to discuss her new book, Cream of the Crop, the second installment in the Hudson Valley series. Finally, the ladies wrap up with a game of balderdash.
  • Wednesday, June 22nd
  • Well then I don't really believe your fear

    The ladies discuss their deepest fears - scary movies, zombies, sharks in pools and the modern fear - global warming. Kate interviews New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger about her upcoming novel Ink and Bone. Finally, the ladies wrap up with a Phobia quiz.
  • Wednesday, June 15th
  • I am a Daddy's Girl

    The ladies reminisce about their fathers - the traits they passed down, their favorite memories and what they taught them.
  • Wednesday, June 8th
  • Adventures in Baby Sitting

    The ladies chat about their babysitting pasts, interview Pocket Star author Jane Hughes about her new book NANNYLAND. Finally the ladies wrap up with one of their favorite games.
  • Wednesday, June 1st
  • What we're XOing

    The ladies chat about what they're loving this week, from new podcasts, TV shows and a new make-up remover!
  • 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!

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