Thank you so much, friends, for coming with us on this journey! We want to send all of our love to Donna and her family, please take a look at the novel collection available below and consider purchasing, if you can. Today Ana and Chelsea sit down to discuss the final three patreon shorts (for now!) and reflect on what the Beyond books and this project means to each of us.
This week Ana, Chelsea and Baby Outlaw laugh and gurgle their way through a few more of the Kit Rocha Beyond the HEA shorts. This week we focus on four stories set in Sector One after Ashwin.
6th Sense Ashwin and Kora wrestle with all the unknowns around their baby.
Makhai In this unsettling short, we get the POV of Samson, another Makhai who is watching over Ashwin and Kora and may or may not be as well calibrated as he thinks he is.
Diplomacy Sector Three Style: Gideon and Six share lemonade and discuss the weight of leadership and the power of loyalty. And we like Gideon just adore the kind of leader Six is growing up to be.
Zombies Laurel and Zeke, play a game together late at night and have a surprisingly emotional friendship breakthrough.
We will be back in two weeks to discuss High Priestess, Girls Night Out, and Gia.
We're back, friends, with our final full-length installment for a little bit. Ivan is the third novel in the Gideon's Riders books, and our last official novel for the moment. Stay tuned, though, because we've still got several short story episodes and an AMA with the author duo Bree and Donna all about the process of writing these books we've spent the last year diving in to!
This week, we dig into our most Regency-style romance to date, the forbidden romance between bodyguard Ivan and princess Maricela. We discuss found and biological families, the ways in which we talk about how to value life, and the importance and validity of love as a lasting legacy. As always, it was a blast, and we hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording!
We're back, friends! This week, we continue our Sector One adventures with Deacon (a book we all know should really have been called Ana!) We dig even deeper into last week's discussion of creating a theocratic community, as well as our love of Kit Rocha's reformed assassins and the alluring overlap between tattoo artists Del and Ace. It was a fantastic conversation, and we hope y'all listening to it as much as we did having it!
Just a heads up: Chelsea's new little at-home helper/intrepid Beyond the Sectors Infant Correspondant makes the occasional contribution, but this should be the last episode in which that's an issue (god willing and the creek don't rise)!
Welcome, friends, to the brand new(ish) world of Sector One! This week, we launch into the world of Gideon and his infamous Rider's, the soldiers and saviors of Sector One. We had such an amazing conversation this episode, we had a hard time keeping it around the hour mark!
We hit on our feelings about emotionally cold heroes, the role that religion plays in worldbuilding, and the deeply complicated man that is Gideon Rios. We see some familiar faces, and talk about what it feels like to be reading this book after the hugely climactic series end of the O'Kane books. We hope you have as much fun listening as we did talking.
Just a heads up: Chelsea's new little at-home helper/intrepid Beyond the Sectors Infant Correspondant makes a bit of noise in the first 15 minutes or so. It calms down after that, and we did the best we could to clean it up, but just as a heads up!
This is the second (and currently last) book in the O'Kane for Life novella series, and our final stop with all the favorites we'e gotten to know over the last dozen books. But never fear! We're moving on to Gideon and Sector One, an entirely new world of adventure.
But first Ana and Chelsea discuss our ultimate Lex and Dallas story, a novella composed of flashbacks covering the beginnings of a relationship between the people we now know as the reigning king and queen of Sector Four.
Chelsea and Ana talk through the joy of getting to know a well-loved character's backstory, the struggle to imagine what it would have been like reading the books knowing what we learn in this novella, and an incredibly poignant reminder that, occasionally, it's good to remember how our heroes can serve as other people's villains.
This is the first book in the O'Kane for Life novella series, and one of our last two Beyond episodes before we officially switch to the world of Gideon and Sector One! But not before Ana and Chelsea get to fawn all over their joint favorite novella to date. We watch as Six and Bren figure out how to walk new lines, lead a sector, and form a family - and an HEA - that is all their own.
Chelsea and Ana are given the chance to discuss PTSD, trauma, the power of literacy, the shifting lines couple continue to draw over the course of a sprawling series, and of course the vital theme of the importance of an individual happily ever after.
Ana and Chelsea continue to discuss the Beyond HEA vignettes Bree and Donna wrote for their Patrons. All these shorts take place before the Gideon Rider Books and discuss how Kit Rocha continues to expand the worldbuilding and relationships beyond the original HEAs. All the stories discussed in the episode are now available for free to all readers on Kit Rocha's website including Flash.
Efficient: Mia plots make Sector Eight a little less predictable and efficient and a little bit more like home.
Fierce Protector (6:30): A sweet little vignette where Hawk brings home a puppy for Jeni.
A Little Bit Bad (10:58): Zan and Tatiana's sexy and playful interlude is interrupted by a badly timed delivery.
Flash (16:25): This flashback is set after Beyond Pain, where Flash and Amira share some sweet baby time together and Flash thinks about what kind of father he wants to be.
After a brief break Ana and Chelsea are ready to dive back into the Sectors, reading the Beyond HEA vignettes Bree and Donna wrote for their Patrons. For the next two episodes Ana and Chelsea will focus on the shorts that take place before the Gideon Rider Books and discuss how Kit Rocha continues to expand the worldbuilding and relationships beyond the original HEAs. All the stories discussed in the episode are now available for free to all reader on Kit Rocha's website.
Creative Incentives is a short Ace/Cruz centric short where Cruz works to motivate Ace to work harder at his PT.
Cravings (8:40): Noelle and Jas, sweet cuddly interlude from a couple we typically don't see in a homey domestic environment as they prepare their suite for the new baby.
Dessert (13:10): Bree and Donna write a great post-war slice of life interlude for Jeni and Hawk as they enjoy some hot domestic bliss in their farmhouse.
Ravished (18:08): Trix and Finn attempt to get ready for Halloween party and get a little distracted by some sexy pirate roleplay in Trix's dressing room in the new Broken Circle.
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Hello, friends! Just a quick note to say that we won't be around this week - Chelsea is currently still on maternity leave, and Ana is finally recovering from her whirlwind trip to RWA! However, we will be back in two weeks to discuss the first five stories in the "Beyond Happily Ever" series that we haven't already discussed - which means we'll be reading "Creative Incentives", "Cravings", "Dessert", "Ravished", and "6th Sense", all of which are available online for free. So get reading and join us in two weeks for all our thoughts!