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What Romance Novels Teach Us About Feminism and Change—Featuring Guest Lyssa Kay Adams

What Romance Novels Teach Us About Feminism and Change—Featuring Guest Lyssa Kay Adams
We love surrounding ourselves with smart, funny women—especially in the recording booth. This episode, author Lyssa Kay Adams talks about changing careers and how being a romance novelist and feminist can exist in the same space. She's breaking the patriarchy and helping change the culture of romance, one chapter at a time.

If you want something different in life, change it—whether it's your career or the patriarchy. Or if you're our guest, author Lyssa Kay Adams, both.

The last couple of years were pretty major for Lyssa. She pitched a story on Twitter as a relatively unknown author, was signed with an agent within two days, received a three-book deal with a publisher, and–oh, yeah–actually wrote the first novel, "The Bromance Book Club." (Not to mention her second novel, "Undercover Bromance," which comes out March 10.) So, yeah—she's been pretty busy.

Lyssa isn't afraid of change. She left her career as a journalist to become published romance novelist, and the risk paid off. Her novel has received numerous accolades and was listed No. 1 on Amazon's "Best Romances of 2019." But how does one navigate so much change in so little time?

This episode, we sit down with Lyssa to discuss her latest novel, the creative process, dealing with major life changes, feminism in the romance genre, and—of course—her dog.

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Oranberry Mule

Oranberry Mule

Oranberry Mule
A unique blend of ginger, citrus and a bit of bitter cranberry juice, this isn't your everyday mule. The Oranberry Mule blends blood orange and cranberry flavors to bring a refreshing twist to a traditional winter drink. Whitley Neill blood orange vodka makes the combination extra special, combining Sicilian blood oranges with a mixture of spices. It's zesty, earthy and the perfect complement to a cozy night in with a good book.


  • 1 1/2 oz. Whitley Neill Blood orange vodka
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
  • A splash of orange juice
  • 2 oz. chilled ginger beer
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • An orange slice and cranberries, to garnish


  1. Stir together the simple syrup, cranberry juice and vodka in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Pour into a copper mug over ice and top with ginger beer. Add a splash of orange juice.
  3. Add a sprig of rosemary, an orange wedge and cranberries, to garnish.

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