06.36: The Romance Matriarchy: Moms, Grandmothers, and Aunties

Published: May 15, 2024, 4 a.m.


We don\\u2019t often talk about secondary characters in romance, but this week, we\\u2019re talking about the women who provide wisdom, council and laughs in romance\\u2014moms, grandmothers and aunties! We talk about the shocking epidemic of orphaned main characters in romance, about how extended family provides nuance in the books, and about our very favorite mothers, grandmothers, aunties and adopted older ladies in books.

Thanks to all the women who provide care and sage advice out in the world. We appreciate you.

Our next read along is Joanna Shupe\\u2019s The Devil of Downtown, from her Uptown Girls trilogy. It\\u2019s Jen\\u2019s favorite in the series. Get it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple or your local indie.

Happy anniversary to our founding Patreon members \\u2014 May marks one year of our Patreon and our Discord! We love you a whole lot. Learn more about the Patreon and go join those cool people who love romance as much as we do at patreon.com/fatedmates.

Show Notes

Crush, the new apple ad is honestly so bleak, and the backlash was so extreme that they pulled the ad. Look how easily they could have made it cool, though.

The Matriarchy isn\\u2019t just a dream, as it turns out.

The Gaza Evacuation Fund Auction raised $160,000 and it\\u2019s not too late to donate to one of the funds of people trying to get to safety.