Content warnings are provided to give readers agency when choosing books. In order to make information as specific as possible to help readers-- especially those with trauma-- choose reading material, SPOILERS are included. CWs for each book are hidden under a collapsing accordion box. The plus sign on each box expands it to display a list.
Backstage Romance Series:
The Stage Manager Content Warnings
- History of Sexual Assault: One of the core characters has a history of sexual assault and a child resulting from these attacks. The actual assault is in the past and is not described in detail in the book, though the character vaguely recounts it. This character's mother also was pregnant at sixteen by someone much older, and while in the State of Alabama this is the age of consent, for many it would still be considered statutory rape.
- Child Abuse: See above content warning.
- Addiction: Two characters in this novel are sober because their mother was a drug addict. One of these characters is addicted to cigarettes.
- Homophobia & Outing: This story takes place in a conservative county of Alabama. One of the characters being outed as bisexual becomes a professional liability. In addition to this, one of the characters was assaulted as a teenager, and her homosexuality was used as her attacker tried to rationalize the sexual abuse.
- PTSD/Depression: A character with PTSD goes through a dark patch and seeks help from her therapist.
The Understudy Content Warnings
- Emotional Abuse: Female protagonist's ex-husband is emotionally abusive. He employs gas-lighting, emotional manipulation, and control through comments about her body and career. He violates boundaries throughout the narrative.
- Statutory Rape: An exposé is written about a character pressuring underage girls into sexual contact with promises of career opportunities. It is discussed by characters, but all occurred off page in the past.
- Revenge Porn: Nude photos of characters in a sexual situation are released to the public without their consent.
- Slut Shaming: Rumors about a female character using sex to get ahead create emotional turmoil for her.
- Death of a Friend: A character's backstory includes the tragic sudden deaths of two close friends at a young age.
Some with arrows
- Slut Shaming: The Shakespeare play this novel is based on is a Renaissance Honor Tragedy, meaning the story centers around a "virtuous" woman who is slandered and through strength of character persists until her name is cleared. In Much Ado About Nothing, Hero is accused of infidelity on her wedding night by someone who is slandering her name to cause trouble for kicks. This rendition further explores how this private experience is complicated by celebrity, social media, and misogyny in online spaces and expands on how this experience leads Hero to advocate for sex positivity.
- Contemporary Political Figures: Although this story is set in an alternate universe where Trump never became President in 2016 and all of the active characters are fiction, several modern political figures are referenced throughout.
- Toxic Family Dynamics: Claudio's family dynamics include a father who is a serial cheater and a mother who pretends it isn't happening in order to not lose her husband. This informs his reaction to the suggestion that Hero is unfaithful.
- Alcohol Abuse: Claudio is encouraged to drink heavily so that his judgement is impaired the morning after by a severe hangover. He drinks until he is sick.
- Recreational Drug Use: Hero and Beatrice smoke pot in the back yard at Thanksgiving.
- Head Trauma: Hero falls and hits her head in church, giving her a traumatic brain injury that is a lasting repercussion of the drama that unfolds.
The Other Woman
- Bi-Phobia: Bisexuality of two main characters is used to start rumors and cast suspicion on them.
- Cheating: The story centers around a man who cheats on his wife and fiancé.
- Adoption/Abandonment: One of the main characters is estranged from her adopted family. She was found as an infant and adopted by toxic parents.
- Alcohol Abuse: Characters occasionally drink until they are hung over.
- Addiction and Recovery: A supporting character is an addict who is in recovery.
- Police: This story heavily features police and police investigators who have their own motives. They are not on the side of the heroes.
- Violence: This is a murder mystery. It features a man falling from a window, head trauma, and gun violence.