Love, Essie - The Podcast

Love, Essie - The Podcast

By Esther MV
Talking each week about romance novels, tropes, Nalini Singh and what I like and dislike about the genre!
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Ocean Light 🌊💛
This week, Ocean Light takes center stage! If you’ve been waiting for Bowen Knight’s book, it’s here😊 If you want to check out my Bookshop storefront you can here: https://bookshop.org/shop/loveessie and you can get amazing totes, throw cushions and more with dope designs at: https://readblackromance.threadless.com/
50:14
June 1, 2020
Silver Silence 🐻✨
This week I talk about Silver Silence the first book in the Trinity arc which has my favorite changeling alpha, Valentin!! The StoneWater bears are so much fun and his relationship with Silver is full of banter and so much love ❤️
51:10
May 25, 2020
Allegiance of Honor ✨💫✨ Book 15!
This week I talk about Allegiance of Honor which is a different romance novel than usual! Think season finale 😊 I also talk about paranormal romance and my love of shifter novels. Would love to see some owl 🦉 and pigeon shifters as well as penguins 🐧 and eagles 🦅 !!
1:08:36
May 18, 2020
Shards of Hope🖤🏹
This week we go back to the Psy Changeling series and I talk about Shards of Hope, book 14 in the series. Aden and Zaira are two Arrows who are leading the squad into a new future by being a wonderful example of what they can be with love! I also talk about a new release by Ann Aguirre, The War Priest which is book 5 in a 6 book series and has a bear shifter falling for a lynx shifter. 
1:07:56
May 11, 2020
Jackie Lau Stans please stand up!
This episode, it’s all about Jackie Lau and her wonderful books! Pregnant by the Playboy is out on May 26, so get your pre-orders on lol! If you like contemporary romance you need to read her books as she is bringing her A game! Listen to me fan girl over her books that have fake dating, one bed, pies, dumplings, durian and amigurumi!! Also check out the #RomBKLove on Twitter and Instagram for inclusive romance recommendations all month long💖
1:13:02
May 4, 2020
Shield of Winter ❄️ Empath and Arrow = 🖤🤍🖤🤍
This week I delve into Shield of Winter book 13 in the series, which has an Arrow and an Empath! Jackie Lau has a new book out May 26, Pregnant by the Playboy that you can preorder and Mr. Hotshot CEO is free.99 so go to her website: jackielaubooks.com Shelf Love Podcast has a list of 58 novellas “for a quick hit of hope”, check it out here: https://shelflovepodcast.com/blog/posts/romance-novellas-for-a-quick-hit-of-hope/ If you want to be my pen pal and get a notecard, DM your address on Twitter @molessie or Instagram @essiemv and I’ll send you a card via USPS 🤗
1:23:47
April 27, 2020
Author you NEED to read: TALIA HIBBERT💖💖💖💖
This week, life kicked my ass so I decided to read some Talia because her books bring me so much joy! Guarding Temptation is out April 22 and it’s got the friend’s younger sister trope as well as forced proximity with a tattooed mechanic 💗 You need to add her to your TBR!!! I also read Love Hard by Nalini which has a hot rugby playing single dad🤤 check out Talia’s gorgeous site: taliahibbert.com and if you have a library science degree, hit my DMs pretty please - Twitter @molessie and Instagram @essiemv
1:02:38
April 20, 2020
Heart of Obsidian 🖤
This episode we get to Kaleb Krychek’s book! He’s a pretty dark main character and his journey is fascinating. We’re now 12 books in to the series and only eight weeks away from the latest book in the series!! If you want to join Nalini’s newsletter go here: https://nalinisingh.com/ and scroll down to where it says newsletter. If you want to receive a card from me please DM me your name and mailing address on either Twitter or Instagram. Links here: https://linktr.ee/essiemv
1:18:38
April 13, 2020
Tangle of Need and Episode 15 😂 also don’t use unlikeable heroine around me!!
Hi! It’s episode 15 with Tangle of Need, book 11 in the Psy-Changeling series. I talk about this book, Adria Morgan who makes it so good, the crappy “Unlikeable Heroine” rag and how much I don’t like it. If you haven’t already read Aarya’s article on the subject, here it is: https://tinyurl.com/t8h48sg Please let me know your thoughts on Twitter @molessie and Instagram @essiemv Get four books from Rebekah Weatherspoon: https://payhip.com/b/Htub and get the first three Beyond books from duo Kit Rocha here: https://payhip.com/b/dxkA Both are pay what you can 🤗🤗🤗🤗 And if you still haven’t read Katrina Jackson (seriously, what are you waiting for?!?) she’s got three books here: https://payhip.com/b/MQ3g Ooooh in case y’all need more Holley Trent has some too: https://payhip.com/b/AwWG
1:07:50
April 6, 2020
Kiss of Snow ❄️ Book 10 😊
This week I talk about Kiss of Snow. Hawke and Sienna’s book is filled with a lot of action, two love stories 💓 and some wild moments. I do spoiler free first, then I spoil, tee hee😂 While trying to stay sane inside I’m reading some historical: Tessa Dare’s When a Scot ties the knot and Lisa Kleypas’ Scandal in Spring 🤗 Jayci Lee’s debut Temporary Wife Temptation was a fun quick Harlequin read! Coming out March 30, 2020 - Adriana Herrera’s American Sweethearts - second chance and a reformed fuckboi (which I think is today’s rake lol) Coming out April 24, 2020 - go preorder Katrina Jackson’s Office Hours - Black burnt-out sociology professor heroine + cinnamon roll hero who wears tailored suits and is Mexican American = an amazing read because this author is that good!!!!!
1:12:56
March 30, 2020
Play of Passion🐺
For this episode I talk about book 9 Play of Passion! It’s got two wolf changelings, younger man/older woman trope (kinda!) and Andrew Kincaid is a delightful main character. Reading has been tough but I’ve started re-reading Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens because the Fated Mates podcast had an episode about it. The novellas I mentioned that are set in the Psy/Changeling world are: Beat of Temptation - Tasmyn and Nathan from DarkRiver; Declaration of Courtship - Grace is a submissive being courted by a very dominant wolf - both can be found in Wild Invitation. In Wild Embrace you can find Partners in Persuasion which has Felix a submissive wolf tangling with Dezi, a dominant leopard soldier. Please share your thoughts on Twitter @molessie and Instagram @essiemv 😊
52:51
March 23, 2020
Bonds of Justice ⚖️ - Book 8
This episode I talk about book 8 in the Psy-Changeling universe with Max and Sophia who are a new pairing! I also talk about House Rules and Love Lettering — authors Ruby Lang and Kate Clayborn are so talented and you need both of these books in your lives. Please say hi on Twitter @molessie and on Instagram @essiemv 😊😊😊
1:05:26
March 16, 2020
Blaze of Memory 😭😭😭 My face!
This episode I bring y’all back to the Psy-Changeling universe! Book seven, Blaze of Memory is one of my favorite Nalini Singh books and it also destroys me emotionally, every. single. time. I read it! If you’re going to read it, have tissue ready 🧻 I love Katya and Devraj very much and there’s amnesia, forced proximity, and enemies to lovers tropes in this book. Thank you for listening and please share your thoughts with me on Twitter @molessie and Instagram @essiemv
1:05:50
March 9, 2020
Romance Convos 🤗
We’ve made it to episode 10! Did something different this week! I decided to pretend I was in the room with Andrea and Katrina in minisode Communication is Key - Polyamory + Financial Conversations and give you my thoughts. You should check out the episode here: https://tinyurl.com/uxppdyx I also had a wonderful conversation on Twitter with @weekendreader_ @DanieReads and @_AdeleBuck about why romance novels specifically get shat on across the board. Decided to share more of my thoughts here. Kelly Faircloth’s article, How Harlequin Became the Most Famous Name in Romance can be read here: https://tinyurl.com/sk98m9u Books to check out: Tempted at Twilight by Jamie Pope, Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn, The Merchants of Venus by Paul Grescoe, Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon by Joseph McAleer, A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon and Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid! Contact me here: https://linktr.ee/essiemv
1:12:14
March 2, 2020
Branded by Fire aka the Gateway 🔥🔥
This episode I focus on Branded by Fire which is book 6 in the series but also my FIRST Nalini Singh book. This book is where my love for Nalini started. This book was the gateway, my friends ☺️ So Mercy’s last name is Smith lol 😂 please hit me up on Twitter @molessie and Instagram @essiemv and check out my blog https://linktr.ee/essiemv Gracias 😁
1:06:39
February 24, 2020
Enemies to Lovers + Hostage to Pleasure 🐆👩🏾‍🦱👦🏾👱🏻‍♂️
This episode I talk about the enemies to lovers and my faves in that trope. Then I go into Nalini’s Hostage to Pleasure which is book five in the series. Because I mention a lot of books click on the linktree link to see the blog post with all of the wonderful books 🥰🥰🥰 https://linktr.ee/essiemv
1:17:01
February 17, 2020
Mine to Possess and Second Chances 🐆 👩🏻♥️
In this episode, I focus on book four, Mine to Possess which is Clay and Talin’s book. You can grab a copy here: https://nalinisingh.com/books/psychangeling-series/mine-to-possess/ To read Aarya Marsden’s post on unlikable heroines click here: https://tinyurl.com/t8h48sg Spoilers begin at 32:12 and end at 1:09:39 The second chance romances I mentioned are A Second Chance Road-trip by Jackie Lau https://tinyurl.com/rv7gkw9 Every New Year by Katrina Jackson https://tinyurl.com/uvuxczl House Rules by Ruby Lang (OUT TODAY !!) https://tinyurl.com/t6l9kfa You can reach me at https://linktr.ee/essiemv
1:27:29
February 10, 2020
Caressed by Ice - Book Three of the Psy/Changeling series ❄️🐺❄️
In this episode, book three of the series, Caressed by Ice is our focus. If spoilers make you ragey, pause at 24:49 and skip to 1:02:25 to listen to the rest of the episode. After listening to Shelf Love’s minisode on Secret Baby with Kini Allen ( https://shelflovepodcast.com/episodes/season-1/episode-21/episode-21/ ) I wanted to share with y’all one of my favorite secret baby books, Emma Darcy’s The Wrong Mirror and why it’s a trope that can sometimes work for me. I also figured out which Diana Palmer book I was talking about, it’s Merciless! To check out the excerpt of Ruby Lang’s newest book House Rules, check out my blog - https://essieslovecorner.wordpress.com/ Out today: Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid charishreid.com/books/ Black Authors to check out: Rebel Carter - www.rebelwrites.com/ Rebekah Weatherspoon - www.rebekahweatherspoon.com/ Farrah Rochon - www.farrahrochon.com/ DL White - www.booksbydlwhite.com/
1:24:09
February 3, 2020
Nalini’s Visions of Heat!
This episode I focus on the second book, Visions of Heat. The spoiler free section ends at 27:26. There are spoilers from 29:27 to 1:11:45 and you can get the book here: https://nalinisingh.com/books/psychangeling-series/visions-of-heat/ Re-reading this for the podcast was interesting because of the similarities I saw to real life. Also as I mentioned at the end, Piper J Drake’s latest book Forever Strong is out January 28th and if you like action, forced proximity and a K-9 dog get this book: http://piperjdrake.com/books/forever-strong/ To check out the excerpt from Ruby Lang’s House Rules next week go here: https://linktr.ee/essiemv and you can preorder Hearts on Hold here: https://charishreid.com/2020/01/19/196/
1:16:07
January 27, 2020
Authors of color you need in your library!
In this episode I talk briefly about the RWA debacle and then I recommend authors, social content creators and websites you should follow. The detailed breakdown of the links can be found here: https://linktr.ee/essiemv and if you need to 1-click right now: Katrina Jackson - https://tinyurl.com/t9obs36 Jackie Lau - https://tinyurl.com/remocml Talia Hibbert - https://www.taliahibbert.com/ Charish Reid - https://charishreid.com/books/ Zaida Polanco - https://tinyurl.com/qnvzqwz Mimi Grace - https://mimigracebooks.com/ RWA article - https://tinyurl.com/s7t8bah
1:12:34
January 20, 2020
Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation and Jackie Lau’s latest novella ♥️
In this episode I talk about book 1 in the Psy/Changeling series and why I love it so much!! I also talk about Jackie Lau’s holiday novella A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year. Spoilers are between the 15:48 and 48:22 mark. Get Jackie’s novella here, https://jackielaubooks.com/books/a-fake-girlfriend-for-chinese-new-year/ and check out Nalini’s website here, https://nalinisingh.com/ You can reach me at https://twitter.com/molessie and https://www.instagram.com/essiemv/ Thanks for listening!!!!!
58:00
January 13, 2020
Twitter Convos and a Katrina Jackson book you NEED!
It’s episode two! I’ll be talking about Black romance and a Twitter conversation that sparked so many great responses as well as Every New Year by Katrina Jackson which is a must read for y’all! You can follow her at https://twitter.com/katrinajax and find her books at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01GAF7X2Q
39:41
January 6, 2020
Welcome to Love, Essie - The Podcast
This is the intro episode to my romance podcast! Welcome and if you have any questions you can reach me by email at essie.v@outlook.com and on Twitter @molessie
20:27
December 30, 2019
Love, Essie
Join me, December 30th for a romance novel ride you won’t regret!
00:32
December 21, 2019