Beth Vogt joins the StoryNerds to discuss our favorite stories featuring sisters, and her new book "The Best We've Been."

Grace upon grace. That's what we ask of you in this conversation about racism and diversity in publishing, specifically in Christian fiction, with Joy Massenburge Christian Romance. Joy also talks about her newest release "A Heart Surrendered."
We realize we are only scratching the surface of what we have yet to learn and understand, but thank you, Joy, for joining us on this episode of StoryNerds and being an open book (all the pun intended) and so kind as we talk about a difficult subject.

Author Lindsay Harrel joins the StoryNerds (Hannah is back!) to talk about her favorite "forbidden love" story, and her new book, "The Joy of Falling." 


Hear Jess and romantic suspense author Natalie Walters discuss romantic suspense movies such as Mr and Mrs Smith and Romancing the Stone, plus Natalie's new books!

Alright, I confess - we cheated. Mesu Andrews and Jess cover their favorite ancient romances, including the Mark of the Lion series and the Prince of Persia - but they also get seriously distracted with which actor should play 'the Captain America of the California Gold Rush', Redeeming Love's Michael Hosea. Plus, hear the scoop on Mesu's new novel Isaiah's Legacy, and the depth of research that went into her portrayal of a character with autism.

A Few Good Men, John Grisham, Daredevil - we nerd out over our favorite legal suspense with author Cara Putman, and then chat about her awesome new book, Flight Risk!

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck joins Jess to discuss their favorite Aussie movies, including classics like The Man From Snowy River through to modern hits like The Sapphires and Kenny. Plus, hear the exciting, exclusive announcement about Jess and Rachel's new project together!!!

Battle of FRIENDS couples. With special guest Carol Moncado.


February 27, 2020

Musicals w/Brenda S. Anderson

While Jess is away, Hannah will play! And by play, we really mean talk about musicals! Author Brenda S. Anderson joins Hannah in a debate over La La Land vs. The Greatest Showman, and nerds out over fellow Minnesotan, the Tony-nominated Laura Osnes, in Bandstand. Hannah nerds out over new musical TV show Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, which connects with an element of Brenda's new book, Hands of Grace.


Which office romance is your favorite? Why are they so addictive? Is it even possible to narrow the list down to one? (Spoiler: at least for Jess, it's not!) We talk all this and more with romance author Carla Laureano, author of the new book (and office romance!) The Solid Grounds Coffee Company.

Jessica Kate's new romantic comedy A Girl's Guide to the Outback launched on Jan 28 and fellow rom com author Bethany Turner joined her for a special Facebook Live launch party to answer reader questions and talk about the behind the scenes details and inspiration behind the book!

A Girl's Guide to the Outback is available now at all good bookstores.

How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can't stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract-and that God has a sense of humor.

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he's still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can't shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds-or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

When Kimberly's ambitious plans for Sam's ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly's grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules's dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe-just maybe-Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could've ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster looms, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?

We give you a quick heads-up about what's coming up when StoryNerds officially returns (next week!) plus we share some bonus audio from our interview with Carla Laureano. Which accent is the sexiest in the world? Which accents do we want to see more in film and TV? We debate it all!

December 19, 2019


StoryNerds is now the official podcast of Reading is my Superpower! We're so excited to announce this new venture and we hope you join us as we head into 2020 with exciting new content for you! 
In this announcement episode, we talk with Reading is my Superpower creator Carrie Booth Schmidt about what this means for YOU - our listeners. (hint: It includes some FREE BOOKS and more awesome special guests!) 

The good news? If you're already listening to us, you won't have to change anything! We'll still be here nerding out over all things story (including "yummy" heroes and love-hate relationships).

However, definitely head over to the Reading is my Superhero facebook page and give it a like, and browse around the website to get all the amazing content! 

Thank you all for listening! We hope you've enjoyed hearing us and our guests as much as we've had fun making the podcast for you, and we can't wait to bring you more exciting content and fun giveaways in 2020.

StoryNerds teamed up with Reading is my Superpower creator and reader extraordinaire Carrie Booth Schmidt to talk favorite books of 2019 - and a special bonus round with the best books of the decade!

Who's your favorite women reporters in fiction? Rachel Scott McDaniel joins StoryNerds to discuss her upcoming romance Above the Fold, plus His Girl Friday, Lois Lane, The Newsroom and Regina Jennings' For the Record. Plus a little Ninja Turtles. :) 

What's your favorite family drama scenes in movies or books?

Romance author Janine Rosche joins StoryNerds to discuss all the comedy, dysfunction and love in family drama. Plus we get to gush about Paul Rudd in Admission and we find the inspiration for a 2020 #Hallmark Christmas movie!!! (Hint: It's Janine's upcoming novella, A Mistletoe Menagerie!)

With 40 movies in Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas offering, which should you watch first? Rom com author Melissa Ferguson is here to review the Countdown to Christmas trailers with Hannah and Jess, plus tell some hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her upcoming romance, The Dating Charade. 

Aussie author Sarah Williams joins the StoryNerds as a special guest to talk about her Brigadier Station series. The StoryNerds also nerd out over their favorite "rural romances." (Think "way out west.")

Jess and Hannah discuss young adult stories with Hannah Currie, author of the upcoming novel Heart of a Royal. We cover Kasie West, Jenny B Jones' Katie Parker series and The Princess Diaries!

Which are your favorite 'friends to lovers' stories? Christian romance author Tari Faris discusses her real-life love story, her debut novel 'You Belong With Me', plus we nerd out over Chandler and Monica, Dee Henderson books, and of course Jess finds an excuse to mention The X Files.

Southern women's fiction author Lindsey P Brackett joins Jess and Hannah to do a deep dive on Sweet Home Alabama - which filmed at her college!

Writer and photographer - and fellow FRIENDS fanatic (and "New Yorker") Jessica Mae Cortes joins the StoryNerds to nerd out over the best comedy to ever grace television and the moments and lines it delivered.

Jess nerds out over the first lines of books with Christian contemporary romance author Rebekah Millet! Shout outs to authors Pepper Basham, Janet Evanovich, Jenny B Jones, Becky Wade, Kerry Winfry, Karen M McManus, and more.

Follow Rebekah on Facebook @rebekahmilletauthor, Instagram @RebekahMillet or online at

Jessica Kate joins NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck and award winning romance authors Melissa Tagg and Rachel McMillan to celebrate the launch of Jessica's debut romantic comedy, Love and Other Mistakes!


Jessica Kate’s hilarious, romantic debut novel proves that love comes in God’s own time.

Natalie Groves once had big dreams. But soon after her fiancé, Jeremy Walters, inexplicably broke off their engagement and left town, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Now tasked with keeping her family afloat, Natalie’s grand plans have evaporated . . . and God feels very far away.

Fast-forward seven years, and Jeremy is back in Charlottesville with an infant son and years of regrets. When his niece, Lili, lands on his doorstep in need of a place to stay, Jeremy needs help—and fast.

An internship opening finally presents Natalie a chance at her dream job, but she needs a second income to work around it—and the only offer available is Jeremy’s. They could be the solutions to one another’s problems, provided they don’t kill each other in the process. When they join forces, sparks fly. But they both know there’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and that love will turn out to be the best decision—or the biggest mistake—of all. 

“A stunning debut . . . This tale of love and redemption will stay with you long after you've closed the book. A must-read.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress 

“Witty. Charming. Heartfelt. I could go on and on about Jessica Kate’s debut novel. From its highly relatable characters to its pitch-perfect dialogue, Love and Other Mistakes is a delightful, romantic read filled with just the right amount of sass. I lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud as I watched Natalie and Jem navigate their relationships, careers, and faith. Definitely one of the most enjoyable books I've read lately, and I can't wait to see what’s next from Jessica Kate!” —Melissa Tagg, Carol Award–winning author of Now and Then and Always and the Walker Family series

 “Love and Other Mistakes wraps a poignant and warm look at relationships within a smart, sly, and knowing comedic voice. Readers of Sally Thorne and Bethany Turner will be immediately at home with Natalie: an all-too-real heroine who balances whip-smart agency with an endearing vulnerability and whose intersection with long-lost Jeremy helps her forge a path to confidence and discover the woman she was always meant to be. Kate’s unputdownable debut recognizes that all human relationships—familial, friendship, romantic—are worth the keen eye and clever insight of her talented pen.” —Rachel McMillan, author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries 

“If you’re looking for a story with sass on top of style, or a fresh voice pumped full of fun, you need to read Love and Other Mistakes. Then after you’ve enjoyed this—and I’m confident you will—make a date with whatever this exciting new author writes next!” —David Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler

We talk a lot about the books we've read, the TV shows we've binged, and the movies we've watched. But there are so many that are coming out this year, we thought it'd be fun to talk about what we're most looking forward to! Carrie Booth Schmidt - the hero behind the Reading is my Superpower blog, co-owner of Just Read publicity tours, and the co-founder of the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat AND Hope by the Book magazine - joins us on this special episode! 

We're known for nerding out over stories, but in this episode we nerd out HARD over our favorite Nora Ephron movies with romantic comedy author Bethany Turner (Wooing Cadie McCaffrey). Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Julie and Julia, Tom Hanks' charm - we cover it all. 

StoryNerds nerd out with author Melissa Tagg about their favorite characters they'd want to hang out with. Melissa also gives us the scoop on her new book "Now and Then and Always," and some tidbits of new books to come!

What romantic suspense books have kept you reading till the early hours of the morning? 

We've got the inside scoop on bestselling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble's new book, her surprising favourite suspense novel and we surprise her with a romantic suspense series she's never heard of but can't wait to read!

Mesu Andrews joins the StoryNerds to discuss those books we read again and again! Mesu also shares about her recent release "Of Fire and Lions," and how she got started in writing historical Biblical fiction.

The StoryNerds sat down with Rissi from the Finding Wonderland blog about trends we'd like to see in fiction?  (hint: much of that includes comedy!)

What are the trends you'd like to see? Go to our facebook page to tell us! 

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