It’s been a long time coming … (questions answered)

I’ve been thinking a lot the past few weeks about brand awareness, engagement, and what it means to really connect with people about a topic we all love–in this case, books, specifically love stories.

It’s caused me to re-think some of the things I’m doing to connect with you, and it’s shown me that I may need to clarify some of the stuff surrounding my brand and well … me. Read on for answers to your two (three, really) biggest questions below.

TL;DR

1 and 2. Who are you, and what are you about?

I love writing love stories.😍🥰😘 I have since I was twelve. Some of them have an HEA (romance) and some of them don’t (WF). Writing is my passion, and I will probably always have an idea notebook or a story in progress. But it’s only been a few years since I decided to start my author career and publish said stories. And that’s where The Owen & Makayla Series came from.

As I continue this journey of putting my stuff out there, I realize there are a lot of paths, steps, and considerations I must figure out before I can get that “great American novel” to you. While I’ve been writing forrrevverrrr 😲, I’ve just decided to let people see what I’ve been writing, and I want you to see the best side of it possible. Right now, my debut novel manuscript is in a contest, and I’m waiting for the outcome. That outcome will determine how I put that book out, and how fast some of the next books come out afterwards.

During the time I’ve been waiting and writing,✏ I’ve also found other ways to put content out there and to talk about topics that I love with all of you that are also waiting for my next story to come out.💨 (Plus, I’m reading and enjoying other stories, and I want you to know about those, too!)

That is where all of the Nerdy Romantics “stuff” came from. 🧐

3 (okay and yes, 4). What’s Nerdy Romantics (#nerdyromantics), and what’s all this stuff with it?

Nerdy Romantics is what I’ve named my fan group.

If you’re a fan of my work, you’ll love: romance, romantic comedies for sure. In most of my stories, my characters also love nerd pop culture: Star Trek, superheroes and comics, Star Wars, fantasy. They may be gamers in their spare time or into 80s TV. They may even go gaga over a heist movie or the Terminator franchise. Think of them like the guys from The Big Bang Theory. All of them were big nerds who wanted love (even Sheldon after a while). And I’m like that, too.

I get why you may not really know that. Owen & Makayla are romance, pure and simple. They aren’t into anything “nerdy” and I didn’t set the story in a sci-fi or fantasy world. They do watch all 3 Matrix movies (more on that in my podcast), but they debate over it for a few minutes before they … well, lets just say they think about other things. So that’s why I’m changing my free book offer to a story that makes more sense to those just joining our awesome club! I am writing it right now and hope to have it out in November. Stay tuned.

And yes, if you’re a current newsletter subscriber you can get this story FREE, too.

Okay cool. So why all this other nerdy romantic stuff? Because I like talking to you! ❤💛❤💛❤I like providing content on the stuff we both love: romance novels, nerd pop culture, reading books. And I want you to feel comfortable engaging at whatever level you want to. HOWEVER, each Nerdy Romantics “thing” provides different content. So if you want it all you have to be there for all of it!

🎙🎤🎧NR Podcast--reviews, chats, commentary that will only be provided there.

NR Newsletter –3 things I’m nerding out over 🧨and most book giveaways that aren’t anywhere else. (Just because you follow my blog doesn’t mean you are a newsletter subscriber. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you get both. And you can do that here.)

Social mediaMy Instagram is mostly stories and posts you’ll only see there. 📷Many posts have bits of stories I’m working on. Twitter Fridays–not reposted anywhere else (at least not by me). 🤬🤪

Facebook Group (superfans)private group and not reposted. 😍😍😍😍Also the place where I ask a lot of questions while writing and bounce new podcast show ideas. (It’s where I came up with the name). 🤔My guest hosts for my book chats are Facebook Group members.

🎉🎊So there you have it. A life update in a nutshell. And if you didn’t read it, there’s a summary below. BOTTOM LINE: I love that you’re here; books are coming soon (oh so many books); and now you know what Nerdy Romantics means and why it’s “all over the place.” 📖

TL;DR
  • I love writing love stories
  • I am writing more of them as you read this
  • I’d love to hear your feedback on them when they come out
  • Nerdy Romantics is my fan group
  • Nerdy Romantics love romance and nerd pop culture. (Think Big Bang Theory)
  • I provide Nerdy Romantics fans with a lot of free content in a lot of places
  • And biggest news of all: I’m working on a new short story that will show the essence of what Nerdy Romantics is all about. And yes, it will be FREE to newsletter subscribers.

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I review the Matrix Resurrections Trailer!

On episode 9 of the Nerdy Romantics Podcast, author Y. M. Nelson talks impressions, points out Easter Eggs, and generally nerds out about the new Matrix movie, The Matrix Resurrections (Warner Brothers, 2021).  This is only from seeing the trailer, not reading or watching any commentary. Not even looking at the IMDB page for the movie.

Do you plan to see the movie? Tweet or post on Instagram using #nerdyromanticspodcast. You can also comment on my IG post about this episode.
Twitter: @ymnelson1
Instagram: @authorymnelson

To watch the trailer, check out the Warner Brothers YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/9ix7TUGVYIo

(*Nerdy Romantics Podcast is not knowingly affiliated with Warner Brothers or any of its affiliates)

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Why did I do this? (I read “Twenty-Four Hours of Freedom” out loud!)

On episode eight of the Nerdy Romantics Podcast, author Y. M. Nelson will read her first indie published short story, “Twenty-Four Hours of Freedom.” This is part 1 of the “Owen & Makayla Trilogy.”

In this episode:

  • I list the songs on the playlist for the story
  • I read the story (in its entirety)
  • I talk about how I came up with it
  • I address the most common feedback I get about the trilogy

Books Mentioned During the Episode

“Twenty-Four Hours of Freedom” is available for free at most eBook retailers. You can find them here.

“Forty-Eight Hours of Bliss” is available for free at https://ymnelson.com/subscribe

To learn more about the trilogy, read the description here (purchase links are available)

If you have read any of my stories:

Please leave a review on Goodreads and Amazon (or your eBookseller’s platform). Reviews help you by easily connecting you with books you may like, and they help the author be exposed to new readers.

Playlist for the Owen & Makayla Trilogy on Spotify

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Nerdy Romantics talk MORE Netflix’s Bridgerton (Part 2)

In part 2 of the Nerdy Romantics chat about Netflix’s Bridgerton, the group talks about the wonderful characters and the funny scenes they loved about the show. (In other words, some of what we really wanted to talk about!) Nerdy Romantic Marcie joins Staci and Dana (permanent guests of the L-5 Podcast on YouTube) in part 1 of this show chat.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The fascinating Fetheringtons and Marina Thompson (the houseguest)
  • The men of Bridgerton. Do guys like how they’re represented?
  • Funny scenes and hilarious characters

Bridgerton is based on the romance story series series by Julia Quinn (available now at most book stores). The first season is inspired by The Duke and I which you can purchase here. *

Neither Nerdy Romantics Podcast or its guests are affiliated with Netflix, or the show Bridgerton, or any of its affiliated companies.

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Friday Fun Review: “Painted” (Deluxe Edition) by Lucky Daye

No, you are not in an alternate universe, I am reviewing an album. I’m actually just flat out recommending it.

As an author and creative I make playlists for every novel, I have a general writing playlist, and I play music when I’m crafting (and usually singing along, but that’s another story for another day). So, I’m always looking for music that influences or provides certain moods. A lot of times I’ve found new music from movies or shows that have some of the same themes as I’m writing. Or just good stuff.

I realized I found 2 songs by one artist–Lucky Daye–and put them on the same novel playlist (my current WIP Book 2 in the Accidental Series). One from a TV show, one from a movie I watched several months later. I had to find out who Lucky Daye was. Painted (Deluxe Edition) has both of these songs on it. It’s his 2nd of 3 albums, the most recent being Table for Two.

Listening to Painted is like taking a trip through soulful R&B from the seventies to now. “Real Games” is that laidback 70s R&B, “Paint It” and “Try Your Fire” evokes that fun 80s R&B feeling, “Shoulda” is an awesome remix of a popular 90s hit, and “Floods” is 21st century R&B with a little Houston chopped “icing” for street cred. Daye even gives us Mingus-esque/”Love Jones” vibes on “Misunderstood”.

It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to buy a soul R&B album and just listen all the way through. And as much as I appreciate those overseas efforts to move “new” R&B to the forefront (where it should be), I have a feeling of ownership for soul R&B. (This my opinion, and as an opinion, it’s as valid as anyone else’s.) The most authentic version of true soulful R&B to me is American, Black, and swimming in emotional ups and downs. And Painted by Lucky Daye has that.

Check it out on Spotify. Then go buy it.

And while you’re on Spotify, check out the latest episode of Nerdy Romantics Podcast!

Nerdy Romantics talk Netflix’s Bridgerton

Episode 6.1 of the Nerdy Romantics Podcast chats with the panel–this time about the historical romance Netflix TV series Bridgerton! We discuss how we found the show and tackle two of the social media controversies about the show: the “historical accuracy” and the sex. Nerdy Romantic Marcie joins Staci and Dana (permanent guests of the L-5 Podcast on YouTube) in part 1 of this show chat.

Neither Nerdy Romantics Podcast or its guests are affiliated with Netflix or the show Bridgerton or any of its surrounding companies.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Representation
  • “Historical Accuracy” Controversy
  • Sex and THAT SCENE controversy
  • Rate the series

Bridgerton is based on the romance story series series by Julia Quinn (available now at most book stores). The first season is inspired by The Duke and I which you can purchase here. *

Other authors and books mentioned on this episode:

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Shadow and Act and The Grio (mentioned by Marcie) are digital news outlets for African-Americans. Shadow and Act is specific to entertainment news (film and TV).

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Crushing Hard on Star Trek: Picard–AGAIN

Episode 4.2 of the Nerdy Romantics Podcast is all about #StarTrekPicard. In Part 2, I talk about some of the many Easter Eggs she found poignant from Episode 7 of the newest series in the Star Trek franchise. (Part 2 of 2) (SPOILERS)

Included in the podcast, I nerd out about:

  • Deanna and Riker and their daughter
  • Lt. Commander Data and his ever-present persona throughout
  • Things that kind of bug me about Star Trek
    • Fire in space
    • Picard being inhabited
    • Is Data immortal?

Check out this podcast episode, and share your favorite Star Trek Picard Easter eggs in the comments!

You can find Star Trek Picard on CBS All Access (I’m not paid to endorse them or Star Trek: Picard. I just love the show).

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