The Best in Mystery, Romance and Historicals https://thejoysofbingereading.com/ Irresistible book recommendations for binge readers Tue, 29 Nov 2022 07:27:47 +0000 en-NZ hourly 1 Blubrry PowerPress/9.7.3 Never be without something remarkable to read. We recommend the latest and best in mystery, suspense, romance and historical adventure, so you’ll never be without a book you can't put down. Interviews with successful series authors and their passionate readers, where readers and writers share the guilty pleasures of binge reading. Jenny Wheeler clean episodic Jenny Wheeler jennywheelj@gmail.com jennywheelj@gmail.com (Jenny Wheeler ) Irresistible book recommendations for readers of mystery, suspense and romance TV-G Auckland, New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Weekly Avanti Centrae – Cleopatra’s Vendetta https://thejoysofbingereading.com/avanti-centrae-cleopatras-vendetta/ Tue, 29 Nov 2022 06:50:29 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10531 Avanti Centrae is an international best-selling author who blends history, science and suspense into pulse pounding action thrillers. And she's here today talking about her latest book, Cleopatra’s Vendetta. ‘Born a goddess Cleopatra died a prisoner, but the cobra’s deadly kiss was just the beginning.’ Hi, I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today on binge reading, Avanti talks about how she melds ancient history with contemporary politics, how history is told by the winners and why she wants to restore Cleopatra's reputation as a world changing woman. Book Giveaway This Week But before we get to that, just let's talk about our giveaway for this week. Sadie's Vow Book One in the Home At Last series by myself, Jenny Wheeler, free this week. We're preparing for the launch of Susannah’s Secret, Book Two in the series, next month. This gives you a chance to read Book One before Book Two gets published. All the books can be read as standalone stories. The offer is limited to 50 copies. And it’s for a limited time, only for one week or until all the copies are taken up. GET SADIE'S VOW HERE You'll find all the links for this episode plus the links for the giveaway in the show notes for this episode on www.thejoysofbingereading.com and remember, if you enjoy what you hear, post a review of the show on your favorite podcast host so that others get to hear about us as well. Things you’ll hear about in the episode: How the story combines Cleopatra’s legacy with a contemporary thriller involving Think Tank Special Ops leader Timothy Stryker and his wife Angie during an Italian holiday. How Avanti was influenced by popular fiction heroes like James Rollins, Steve Berry, Dan Brown, and Clive Cussler. Books Avanti recommends for thriller readers. (think Steve Berry and Gregg Hurwitz among others.) The power of propaganda down the centuries The party Cleopatra threw for Mark Anthony Was Cleopatra particularly beautiful? How Avanti made the change from Silicon Valley IY expert to best-selling international author. Links in the episode Steve Berry:  The Columbus Affair, https://steveberry.org/books/the-columbus-affair/synopsis/ James Rollins: https://jamesrollins.com/ Clive Cussler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Cussler Dan Brown: https://danbrown.com/ Andy McDermott: http://www.andy-mcdermott.com/ Gregg Hurwitz: https://gregghurwitz.net/ JF Penn: https://jfpenn.com/ David Wood:  https://www.davidwoodweb.com/ Dan Brown: https://danbrown.com/ Octavian:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus Stacy Schiff: Clepatra, A Life; https://www.amazon.com/Cleopatra-Life-Stacy-Schiff/dp/0316001945 Deep Fake – Just how good is it?  https://www.creativebloq.com/features/deepfake-examples  Gal Gadot - May be doing a Cleopatra Bio pic; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal_Gadot Where to find Avanti Online Website: https://www.avanticentrae.com/ On Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Avanti-Centrae/e/B07TJVDLM4/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avanticentrae/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avanti.centrae.author/ Note: What follows is only a partial transcript... hear the full episode on your favorite podcast provider. Introducing thriller author Avanti Centrae Jenny Wheeler: But now here's Avanti. Hello there, Avanti, and welcome to the show. It's so good to have you with us. Avanti Centrae - international best selling thriller author Avanti Centrae: Hey Jenny, thank you so much for having me. I love your podcast and recently got to listen to one with Lee Goldberg and I just couldn't be happier to be here with you. Jenny Wheeler: Thank you so much. Look, you are a number one international best-selling author who blends history, science, and suspense into pulse pounding action thrillers, rather similar to what Lee does. But today we are talking about your latest work, which is Cleopatra’s Vendetta.

Avanti Centrae is an international best-selling author who blends history, science and suspense into pulse pounding action thrillers. And she’s here today talking about her latest book, Cleopatra’s Vendetta.

‘Born a goddess Cleopatra died a prisoner, but the cobra’s deadly kiss was just the beginning.’

Hi, I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today on binge reading, Avanti talks about how she melds ancient history with contemporary politics, how history is told by the winners and why she wants to restore Cleopatra’s reputation as a world changing woman.

Book Giveaway This Week

But before we get to that, just let’s talk about our giveaway for this week. Sadie’s Vow Book One in the Home At Last series by myself, Jenny Wheeler, free this week. We’re preparing for the launch of Susannah’s Secret, Book Two in the series, next month. This gives you a chance to read Book One before Book Two gets published.

All the books can be read as standalone stories. The offer is limited to 50 copies. And it’s for a limited time, only for one week or until all the copies are taken up.

GET SADIE’S VOW HERE

You’ll find all the links for this episode plus the links for the giveaway in the show notes for this episode on www.thejoysofbingereading.com and remember, if you enjoy what you hear, post a review of the show on your favorite podcast host so that others get to hear about us as well.

Things you’ll hear about in the episode:

How the story combines Cleopatra’s legacy with a contemporary thriller involving Think Tank Special Ops leader Timothy Stryker and his wife Angie during an Italian holiday.

How Avanti was influenced by popular fiction heroes like James Rollins, Steve Berry, Dan Brown, and Clive Cussler.

Books Avanti recommends for thriller readers. (think Steve Berry and Gregg Hurwitz among others.)

The power of propaganda down the centuries

The party Cleopatra threw for Mark Anthony

Was Cleopatra particularly beautiful?

How Avanti made the change from Silicon Valley IY expert to best-selling international author.

Links in the episode

Steve Berry:  The Columbus Affair, https://steveberry.org/books/the-columbus-affair/synopsis/

James Rollins: https://jamesrollins.com/

Clive Cussler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Cussler

Dan Brown: https://danbrown.com/

Andy McDermott: http://www.andy-mcdermott.com/

Gregg Hurwitz: https://gregghurwitz.net/

JF Penn: https://jfpenn.com/

David Wood:  https://www.davidwoodweb.com/

Dan Brown: https://danbrown.com/

Octavian:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus

Stacy Schiff: Clepatra, A Life; https://www.amazon.com/Cleopatra-Life-Stacy-Schiff/dp/0316001945

Deep Fake – Just how good is it?  https://www.creativebloq.com/features/deepfake-examples

 Gal Gadot – May be doing a Cleopatra Bio pic; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal_Gadot

Where to find Avanti Online

Website: https://www.avanticentrae.com/

On Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Avanti-Centrae/e/B07TJVDLM4/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avanticentrae/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avanti.centrae.author/

Note: What follows is only a partial transcript… hear the full episode on your favorite podcast provider.

Introducing thriller author Avanti Centrae

Jenny Wheeler: But now here’s Avanti. Hello there, Avanti, and welcome to the show. It’s so good to have you with us.

Avanti Centrae - international best selling thriller author
Avanti Centrae – international best selling thriller author

Avanti Centrae: Hey Jenny, thank you so much for having me. I love your podcast and recently got to listen to one with Lee Goldberg and I just couldn’t be happier to be here with you.

Jenny Wheeler: Thank you so much. Look, you are a number one international best-selling author who blends history, science, and suspense into pulse pounding action thrillers, rather similar to what Lee does.

But today we are talking about your latest work, which is Cleopatra’s Vendetta. It’s going to be released later this month in the US, so we are right on the knocker in terms of talking about it as it comes out.

It’s a far-reaching adventure which links the ancient Queen Cleopatra to very much up to date events that are happening in our own world right now.

And I wondered for a start, is Cleopatra a figure who has fascinated you? Because you’ve got a tremendous depth of understanding about the woman. You’ve done a lot of research on her.

Cleopatra – the image and the reality

Avanti Centrae: Oh, she’s absolutely fascinating. One of the most powerful people in history. There’s so much to be fascinated about her and I had such fun researching her. I can’t wait to dive in and tell you a little bit more about what I found out.

Jenny Wheeler: Fantastic. Your tagline for the book is Born a goddess, Cleopatra died a prisoner, but the cobra’s deadly kiss was just the beginning, which is a great tagline.

Your book does stretch from ancient times right through to the most UpToDate cyber stuff that’s going on. And I wondered, I noticed in other books too, you do that stretch of a thousand years from way, way back to very contemporary.

Do you like to see that clash of cultures?

Avanti Centrae: Oh, absolutely. That stretch of history, in this case about 2000 years, and I find that not only does history tend to repeat itself, but we can learn a lot from history. I tend to be a big picture person with a number of fascinations including things like psychology and spirituality and history and those things influence my writing.

History as told by the conquerors

The history that happened at the time between them is pretty fascinating. And it turned out that Octavian was able to defeat her because propaganda. He started distributing leaflets around town. He had statues of her and Mark Anthony. He made them their eyes bleed.

He was passing out posters saying that she was basically a whore and evil and from Hades. He basically waged a war of misinformation, making Cleopatra look bad. And because he and Mark Anthony were dueling, they had this civil war going on and so Octavian ended up getting, people to his side because he made Cleopatra look bad.

The historians think that’s why Octavian was able to defeat the two of them in the big naval battle. And then the next summer, actually in August, he went over and invaded Alexandria. And at that point, Cleopatra and Mark Anthony had no allies left. No recourse. And so they both ended up killing themselves. Fascinating. Fascinating people.

Was Cleopatra as beautiful as Liz Taylor?

Jenny Wheeler: Now tell me was she is beautiful as Elizabeth Taylor

Avanti Centrae: Historians think she might have actually had a big nose. They, so they think that her beauty was Perhaps not. Classic, in the sense of, drop dead gorgeous, classic beauty, but she had, her nose was a little bit big. Some of the coins that they have found show her with a hooked nose.

But it sounds like her personality was just big. She just had this big personality and was charming and witty and funny to work her way into the hearts of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. Probably through her wit and cunning and smarts just as much as how much she may have been beautiful.

Jenny Wheeler:  I was thinking about that as I was reading the story because. It’s almost like a sexist thing that she got the guys just cuz she was, sexy and it discounts all the other things about her, doesn’t it?

Avanti Centrae: It does, and I think that’s part of what Octavian did for the next 40 years. So he ruled after he defeated the two of them, he ruled for another 40 some years which is a really long time. So he had plenty of time to make her look bad, to denigrate her intelligence and make it sound like she was just a slutty horror that seduced these.

He tore down her statues. And I think that destroyed her past. We are at a little bit of a loss to know exactly what her influence was, at the time, because for 40 years to make her look bad.

If you enjoyed Avanti’s books you might also enjoy Lee Goldberg’s Eve Ronin mysteries…

Like Avanti? You might enjoy Lee Goldberg’s Eve Ronin mysteries

On Binge Reading next week

On Binge reading next week.

.Douglas Skeleton’s Where Demons Hide,  a Scottish thriller series with a supernatural edge, featuring crime reporter Rebecca Connolly.

Rebecca’s skepticism is challenged after a body is found on a lonely moor in the center of a pentagram. Did something scare a woman to death? Was she killed by supernatural means or is there a more down to earth explanation?

That’s next week on binge reading.

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Avanti Centrae is an international best-selling author who blends history, science and suspense into pulse pounding action thrillers. And she's here today talking about her latest book, Cleopatra’s Vendetta. Avanti Centrae is an international best-selling author who blends history, science and suspense into pulse pounding action thrillers. And she's here today talking about her latest book, Cleopatra’s Vendetta.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ‘Born a goddess Cleopatra died a prisoner, but the cobra’s deadly kiss was just the beginning.’<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi, I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today on binge reading, Avanti talks about how she melds ancient history with contemporary politics, how history is told by the winners and why she wants to restore Cleopatra's reputation as a world changing woman.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Book Giveaway This Week<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But before we get to that, just let's talk about our giveaway for this week. Sadie's Vow Book One in the Home At Last series by myself, Jenny Wheeler, free this week. We're preparing for the launch of Susannah’s Secret, Book Two in the series, next month. This gives you a chance to read Book One before Book Two gets published.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> All the books can be read as standalone stories. The offer is limited to 50 copies. And it’s for a limited time, only for one week or until all the copies are taken up.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET SADIE'S VOW HERE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You'll find all the links for this episode plus the links for the giveaway in the show notes for this episode on www.thejoysofbingereading.com and remember, if you enjoy what you hear, post a review of the show on your favorite podcast host so that others get to hear about us as well.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Things you’ll hear about in the episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How the story combines Cleopatra’s legacy with a contemporary thriller involving Think Tank Special Ops leader Timothy Stryker and his wife Angie during an Italian holiday.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How Avanti was influenced by popular fiction heroes like James Rollins, Steve Berry, Dan Brown, and Clive Cussler.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Books Avanti recommends for thriller readers. (think Steve Berry and Gregg Hurwitz among others.)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The power of propaganda down the centuries<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The party Cleopatra threw for Mark Anthony<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Was Cleopatra particularly beautiful?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How Avanti made the change from Silicon Valley IY expert to best-selling international author.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links in the episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Steve Berry:  The Columbus Affair, https://steveberry.org/books/the-columbus-affair/synopsis/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> James Rollins: https://jamesrollins.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Clive Cussler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Cussler<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dan Brown: https://danbrown.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Andy McDermott: http://www.andy-mcdermott.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gregg Hurwitz: https://gregghurwitz.net/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> JF Penn: https://jfpenn.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> David Wood:  https://www.davidwoodweb.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dan Brown: https://danbrown.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Octavian:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stacy Schiff: Clepatra, A Life; https://www.amazon.com/Cleopatra-Life-Stacy-Schiff/dp/0316001945<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Deep Fake – Just how good is it?  https://www.creativebloq.com/features/deepfake-examples<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  Gal Gadot - May be doing a Cleopatra Bio pic; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal_Gadot<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Avanti Online<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.avanticentrae.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> On Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Avanti-Centrae/e/B07TJVDLM4/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avanticentrae/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avanti. Jenny Wheeler 27:51
Jillian Cantor on Encore – Gatsby’s Women https://thejoysofbingereading.com/beautiful-little-fools/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 05:44:24 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10517 Welcome to Encore our binge reading episode, where we chat to previous guests of the show about their latest releases. And today we're talking to Jillian Cantor about Beautiful Little Fools her re-imagining of an American classic from the viewpoint of the female characters. Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. Jillian last appeared on the show in July, 2021, talking about Half Life the Marie Curie story, the fictionalized story of the famous physicist who won the Nobel Peace Prize twice. You can find that in our backlist at the link below. Today's book, Beautiful Little Fools is rather different. It takes F Scott Fitzgerald's jazz age classic, The Great Gatsby and tells of the critical events in that story through the eyes of the three main women characters, Catherine, Daisy and Jordan. Our free book offer this week is More Historical Mysteries: Top Up on Your Holiday Reading Historical mystery authors have joined together to offer you a great range of choices for free download. https://books.bookfunnel.com/historicalfictionfreebienovember2022/eitpht3ua8 DOWNLOAD FREE HISTORICAL MYSTERIES Links mentioned in this episode: Jillian Cantor on The Joys of Binge Reading, July 2021: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/jillian-cantor-marie-curie-re-imagined/ The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4671.The_Great_Gatsby Beautiful Little Fools: The Book Club Guide  https://tinyurl.com/eu4caf3e Cliff’s Notes for The Great Gatsby: https://tinyurl.com/mr3ah9p2 Gatsby Movies: Paul Rudd version: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0748620/ Leonardo Di Caprio Baz Luhrmann: version: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343092/ Daphne de Maurier: Rebecca https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/23/olivia-laing-on-daphne-du-mauriers-rebecca-80-years-on Where to find Jillian Cantor online: Website: www.jilliancantor.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jilliancantor/ Facebook: @authorjilliancantor Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1651861.Jillian_Cantor But let's allow Jillian to tell us all about it. Hello there, Jillian, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you back with us. Jillian Cantor: Hi, how are you? Introducing author Jillian Cantor Jenny Wheeler: I'm really good, thank you. Tell us, what's different about your book to the great classic Jillian Cantor: The original Great Gatsby takes place over one summer in this fictional part of Long Island and it's narrated by an outsider, Nick Carraway, who's distantly related to Daisy and becomes enamored with his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, over the summer. And my novel is narrated by the women who are in F Scott Fitzgerald's story, but don't really have much of a voice in it. So the things that Nick tells us about that summer often come up in my novel, but appear very differently from the women's points of view. And my novel also starts in 1917, about five years before the original Great Gatsby and then goes through the summer that The Great Gatsby takes place in. Jenny Wheeler: And by doing that, by adding those extra years, we also get a really clear idea of those women, Catherine, Daisy and Jordan, and how they might be interlinked and also how they are all in the net surrounding Gatsby himself. And that's a fun part of the story, to understand or to be given those interconnections. The women characters get their say Jillian Cantor: That was my fictionalizing, the story. In the original, the women are involved so much in the plot, the affairs and the murders and the parties and the glamor all revolves around the women, but in the original novel, they don't speak very much. We definitely don't know what they're thinking. My novel brings that all together and explores what that might have been. Jenny Wheeler: Run us through the process of how you got drawn into taking this on as your next book. What was the fascination for you in it?

Welcome to Encore our binge reading episode, where we chat to previous guests of the show about their latest releases. And today we’re talking to Jillian Cantor about Beautiful Little Fools her re-imagining of an American classic from the viewpoint of the female characters.

Hi there. I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler. Jillian last appeared on the show in July, 2021, talking about Half Life the Marie Curie story, the fictionalized story of the famous physicist who won the Nobel Peace Prize twice.

You can find that in our backlist at the link below.

Today’s book, Beautiful Little Fools is rather different. It takes F Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz age classic, The Great Gatsby and tells of the critical events in that story through the eyes of the three main women characters, Catherine, Daisy and Jordan.

Our free book offer this week is More Historical Mysteries: Top Up on Your Holiday Reading

Historical mystery authors have joined together to offer you a great range of choices for free download.

https://books.bookfunnel.com/historicalfictionfreebienovember2022/eitpht3ua8

Links mentioned in this episode:

Jillian Cantor on The Joys of Binge Reading, July 2021: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/jillian-cantor-marie-curie-re-imagined/

The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4671.The_Great_Gatsby

Beautiful Little Fools: The Book Club Guide  https://tinyurl.com/eu4caf3e

Cliff’s Notes for The Great Gatsby: https://tinyurl.com/mr3ah9p2

Gatsby Movies:

Paul Rudd version: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0748620/

Leonardo Di Caprio Baz Luhrmann: version: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343092/

Daphne de Maurier: Rebecca https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/23/olivia-laing-on-daphne-du-mauriers-rebecca-80-years-on

Where to find Jillian Cantor online:

Website: www.jilliancantor.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jilliancantor/

Facebook: @authorjilliancantor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1651861.Jillian_Cantor

But let’s allow Jillian to tell us all about it.

Hello there, Jillian, and welcome to the show. It’s great to have you back with us.

Jillian Cantor: Hi, how are you?

Introducing author Jillian Cantor

Jenny Wheeler: I’m really good, thank you. Tell us, what’s different about your book to the great classic

Jillian Cantor: The original Great Gatsby takes place over one summer in this fictional part of Long Island and it’s narrated by an outsider, Nick Carraway, who’s distantly related to Daisy and becomes enamored with his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, over the summer.

And my novel is narrated by the women who are in F Scott Fitzgerald’s story, but don’t really have much of a voice in it.

So the things that Nick tells us about that summer often come up in my novel, but appear very differently from the women’s points of view.

And my novel also starts in 1917, about five years before the original Great Gatsby and then goes through the summer that The Great Gatsby takes place in.

Jenny Wheeler: And by doing that, by adding those extra years, we also get a really clear idea of those women, Catherine, Daisy and Jordan, and how they might be interlinked and also how they are all in the net surrounding Gatsby himself. And that’s a fun part of the story, to understand or to be given those interconnections.

The women characters get their say

Jillian Cantor: That was my fictionalizing, the story. In the original, the women are involved so much in the plot, the affairs and the murders and the parties and the glamor all revolves around the women, but in the original novel, they don’t speak very much. We definitely don’t know what they’re thinking.

My novel brings that all together and explores what that might have been.

Jenny Wheeler: Run us through the process of how you got drawn into taking this on as your next book. What was the fascination for you in it?

Jillian Cantor: I’ve always loved The Great Gatsby. I read it, I think, in high school for the first time. And I loved it, as a reader and as a writer. The original is so short. It’s really not a very long novel at all, but it’s beautifully written, every sentence. And I was always fascinated with the characters.

I read it again in college and I actually kept my copy from college. I still have it and I would come back and reread it once a year or so, which is pretty rare for me. I don’t normally reread books, but The Great Gatsby was an exception.

I would always come back to it, reread it once a year, but I would always think about the women and I would just wish that I knew more about them.

I think writing this book was my way of knowing more about the women in this novel that I loved.

How time changes the story’s meaning

Jenny Wheeler: That’s really interesting because as you went through that process of reading it year after year, did your own view of the story change as you grew up yourself?

Jillian Cantor: That’s a really good question.  I think the first time I read it, I was probably 15 or 16 and I saw it as a love story. And then when I read it, when I was a little bit older, I realized it really wasn’t a love story at all. I. And, my view of Jay gets be changed a lot too. When I read it as a teenager, I thought that there was this great romance between Daisy and Jay.

And that’s what Nick believes and presents to us too. But as an adult, I read it and. I saw that Jay was a stalker.  They broke up and he moves across the Sound from her and watches her when she moves into this new house. As a woman, I felt uncomfortable for Daisy.

And I wondered if maybe Daisy felt differently about it than Nick has always presented to us.

Jenny Wheeler: Yes, it’s also interesting, isn’t it? A book like that in a different era, because we’ve become so sensitive about that kind of thing now. And I started to think there’s something wrong with this guy that he just can’t move on in life. I don’t remember thinking that the first time I read it.

Jillian Cantor: Definitely, when I was younger, I really saw it as this sort of like tragic love story. And I don’t think the book is really about love at all. When I look at it, from an older perspective.

Jenny Wheeler: What do you think it is about?

A love story? Or something more sinister?

Jillian Cantor: I think it’s a lot about class and, what it means to be a good person or a bad person. And I think it’s about these women, and what life was like for them.

Daisy Buchanan has all the money in the world and she has very little freedom or options. So just thinking about it that way.

Jenny Wheeler: I looked up the Cliff Notes commentary on the book to see what people had been discussing about it over the years. And I was struck by one thing. It had three particular themes that it mentioned, but one of them was displaced spirituality.

And I wondered if that ever came into your mind as you were looking at it all over and again

Jillian Cantor: I don’t think that was really something that I thought about. I was thinking about it mainly in terms of more of a feminist aspect, and thinking about what choices did these women have and what choices did they make? And even if we read it from our perspective and we see these women as bad people, Nick calls them careless people.

Were they really careless people or did they make the choices they had to make because of the circumstances that they were living in

A new character in Detective Frank

Jenny Wheeler: You do something else too. You introduce a totally new character who wasn’t in the original book. And that’s a detective Frank Charles, who is investigating Gatsby’s death. Why did you feel we needed this new character? And what does he bring to the story?

Jillian Cantor: For one thing, Beautiful Little Fools unfold as a murder mystery. In the prologue Jay Gatsby is murdered. We know that he’s murdered by a woman and then it unfolds as who did it, who killed Jay Gatsby. I felt I needed the detective as a plot device to move that along.

He’s investigating the murder and we visit with him every fifty pages or so, and see what progress he’s making in time.

But the other reason I wanted him is because I felt that Tom and Jay are just such awful men, I wanted to have a nice man to balance everything out.

Frank is extremely nice. He cares about his wife more than anything. He listens to his wife. and he really thinks through the case and in the end has to make a tough moral decision about what to do about it. I felt he would be a nice counterbalance to Tom who’s pretty awful. And Jay, who’s also pretty awful in my version.

All the women have a motive to kill

Jenny Wheeler: Yes, the quality of the relationship between Frank and his wife definitely produces a counterpoint to the other male female relationships in the story.

There’s a diamond hairpin that plays a significant part in your story too. And I honestly couldn’t remember if that was in the original or not.

It’s dropped in bushes at the murder scene and in your version. All three of those key women have had access to it at some stage or other and could have been in possession of it. And also, they all have motives to kill Gatsby. Is the hair clip there in the original?

Jillian Cantor: It’s not no.

Jenny Wheeler: I didn’t think it was.

Jillian Cantor: That was something that I made up. The pearl necklace that Tom gives Daisy on their wedding day was in the original. The diamond hairpin was my invention.

Jenny Wheeler: And that’s something that the detective is able to handle as a key clue. He’s trying to find out who owns the hair pin, who had possession of it. It’s definitely is an important part of the detective story.

A Beautiful Fools book club guide

Jillian Cantor: There is a lot from the original that’s in my book and there’s actually a book club guide on my website.

If you just go to Jilliancantor.com and then you can click on the book club tab, the one for Beautiful Little Fools, there’s one section that goes through chapter by chapter and shows you, what came from the original Great Gatsby, and which lines of dialogue were inspired by it.

If someone wants to go through and figure that out, they can check out my website.

https://tinyurl.com/eu4caf3e

Jenny Wheeler: Oh, that’s cool. I’m sorry. I didn’t notice that when I was looking around talking about dialogue.

You use a lot of direct quotes in the story and you direct readers particularly to take note of the scene near the end, the Plaza scene.

I think that you’ve used original dialogue, but you’ve managed to give it a rather different emphasis from how the original presented it.

Tell us about that.

Same dialogue, difference inferences

Jillian Cantor: There, there is some dialogue from the original book that makes an appearance in my book, but the context is different.

In the original, we’re seeing everything filtered through Nick. And so, when we hear the dialogue, we get Nick’s reaction to the dialogue. In my book, mostly it’s Daisy and Jordan narrating it.

So even in the same scene, I think some of the same dialogue takes on a little bit different meaning. There’s one notable line for me that really explains it. And it’s Jordan, talking about this man who fainted at Daisy’s wedding. And that’s in the original.

They’re talking about the Plaza scene and she says something like “he fainted, and we carried him to my house because I live two doors down. He stayed for three weeks and then Daddy kicked him out and then Daddy died the next day.”

And then they move on with their conversation. but in my book, you get to see the scene of what happened with this man, and why it was so influential in Jordan’s life and what it had to do with her father’s death.

I definitely used these little titbits and made them mean different things in my own story.
Getting to the story behind the story

Getting to the story behind the story

Jenny Wheeler: There’s a great comment somewhere, that Gatsby fanatics -people who really know the books – that you answer some of the questions that they’ve had since it was published in 1925.

And some of those are things like how Gatsby and Daisy first met, and how their relationship inevitably crumbled. We understand her motivations for marrying Tom.

And we also find out the real reason that Jordan was kicked off the golf circuit.

In your book, there’s a definite reason that’s hinted at there, which we won’t give away as a spoiler,

Jillian Cantor: Yes.

Jenny Wheeler: Without giving away any of those spoilers can you talk about that aspect of the plotting? Did you feel that there were some details that needed to be added into the original?

Jillian Cantor: Most of the plotting came from the original or the timeline of where the characters were, came from the original.

We do learn in the original that Daisy and Gatsby meet in 1917 in Louisville when he’s stationed there as a soldier. I took that titbit and expanded on it and, gave a reason for what happens and why they break up.

What really happened? The possibilities…

And we know that Jordan was on the professional golf circuit and that there was a rumor where she was cheating because she moved the ball.

And I thought what if there was more to it than that? And I expanded from there, but every little bit of their timeline I did take from the original, it’s just the thinking and the motivations and things you wouldn’t necessarily know if you weren’t in a person’s head are different in mind.

Jenny Wheeler: We were talking before we started recording and talking about the power that this book has continued to have to attract readers.

And you were explaining that actually at the time that F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive, it wasn’t particularly considered to be a success. Talk us through that.

Obviously, I assumed not knowing that much about it, that it’s always been a hit ever since it was published. Apparently not.

Jillian Cantor: No, initially it was not a critical or commercial success.

I think up through to when F Scott Fitzgerald died, he considered it a failure.

Gatsby considered a failure

And it took off later, I believe it had something to do with it being picked as a read for American troops, or I would have to look up to remember the exact details, but something happened where it suddenly came into the public consciousness in America and taken off since then.

I think now every high school student in America probably reads The Great Gatsby even still, but it was not like that when it first came.

Jenny Wheeler: And what do you think has attracted people to it?

Jillian Cantor: I think at this point it’s just really such a picture of life at this particular time. It was right after World War I, right after the flu pandemic. It was during prohibition, it was the roaring twenties. This book has all this glamor and parties and wealthy people doing horrible things to each other.

And it reads like a soap opera, but it also is this piece of history that you can’t really get from just reading about it in a history book.

Jenny Wheeler: It also gives us a bit of a slice of life of a class society where people who have money can get away with things that people who don’t have money or have perhaps new money can’t get away with.

A tale of rich people behaving badly

Jillian Cantor: Definitely.

Jenny Wheeler: There’ve been four Gatsby movies, I understand. And I guess you’ve probably watched at least a couple of them.

Have you got a favorite and why?

Jillian Cantor: I’ve watched all of them. And my favorite was actually one that I didn’t know existed until I started writing this book and I sought out all the Gatsby movies. I actually had to order it on DVD, it wasn’t streaming I to order it on DVD from a used bookstore online.

And Paul Rudd plays Nick and he just did a great job. Paul Rudd always does a great job, but he did a really great job with Nick. And I think that was my favorite version of it.

I don’t know that many people watched it.

Jenny Wheeler: When did that date from?

Jillian Cantor: Oh, my goodness. Early 2000’s, I think. It wasn’t streaming. I had to find a used DVD in order to watch it. And then I had to dust off my DVD player.

The pick of the Gatsby movies

Jenny Wheeler: So the two that are rather more famous, the Leonard DiCaprio one, for example, What’s your comments on that?

Jillian Cantor: I saw the one from the seventies, I think, I definitely saw that when I was younger. I rewatched that again later and that one, I like it, but I like the book better. I don’t know that it captures the essence of the book and the beauty of the language.

And then the one with Leonard DiCaprio?  That one is just visually stunning.

Jenny Wheeler: It was the Baz Luhrmann version?

Jillian Cantor: The Baz Luhrmann, yes. And everything that Baz Luhrmann does is visually stunning. I really appreciated it for that.

Jenny Wheeler: Yeah. I saw a comment that, that one presented the characters more Fitzgerald had. Would you agree with that?

Jillian Cantor: I think he certainly captured some of the like outlandish glamor of the situation.

What Jillian is working on now

Jenny Wheeler: Look, tell us what you’re working on now. Beautiful Little Fools has been out probably about nine months now. You’re probably already well engaged in your next project. Tell us a little about the last 18 months since we talked to you.

Jillian Cantor: My next book is called The Fiction Writer. And out September, 2023. So just about a year from now, it’ll be out. And it’s not a historical novel, so it’s a little bit different for me. It’s about a writer who gets hired by this handsome billionaire to tell a family story that’s connected to Daphne de Maier.

It’s a modern day Gothic mystery of its own. And it’s a lot about like writing and art and ownership and a handsome billionaire, which doesn’t hurt.

Jenny Wheeler: Sounds fun and especially the Daphne memorial connection. So is there just a little bit of that story in it somewhere too?

Jillian Cantor: Yes. There’s a little bit about Daphne and her real life in there also, but it’s not historical.

Jenny Wheeler: That’s great. Thank you so much, Jillian, for being with us, it’s been fascinating and I can really recommend Beautiful Little Fools, particularly to people who might have read The Great Gatsby in their teens, and perhaps didn’t even really like it that much.

They’d find this one a really interesting way to look at the whole setting.

Jillian Cantor: Thank you. I appreciate it.

If you enjoyed hearing about Beautiful Fools consider listening to Jillian on Marie Curie

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Welcome to Encore our binge reading episode, where we chat to previous guests of the show about their latest releases. And today we're talking to Jillian Cantor about Beautiful Little Fools her re-imagining of an American classic from the viewpoint of ... Welcome to Encore our binge reading episode, where we chat to previous guests of the show about their latest releases. And today we're talking to Jillian Cantor about Beautiful Little Fools her re-imagining of an American classic from the viewpoint of the female characters.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. Jillian last appeared on the show in July, 2021, talking about Half Life the Marie Curie story, the fictionalized story of the famous physicist who won the Nobel Peace Prize twice.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You can find that in our backlist at the link below.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Today's book, Beautiful Little Fools is rather different. It takes F Scott Fitzgerald's jazz age classic, The Great Gatsby and tells of the critical events in that story through the eyes of the three main women characters, Catherine, Daisy and Jordan.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our free book offer this week is More Historical Mysteries: Top Up on Your Holiday Reading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Historical mystery authors have joined together to offer you a great range of choices for free download.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://books.bookfunnel.com/historicalfictionfreebienovember2022/eitpht3ua8<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD FREE HISTORICAL MYSTERIES<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links mentioned in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jillian Cantor on The Joys of Binge Reading, July 2021: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/jillian-cantor-marie-curie-re-imagined/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4671.The_Great_Gatsby<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Beautiful Little Fools: The Book Club Guide  https://tinyurl.com/eu4caf3e<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Cliff’s Notes for The Great Gatsby: https://tinyurl.com/mr3ah9p2<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gatsby Movies:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Paul Rudd version: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0748620/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Leonardo Di Caprio Baz Luhrmann: version: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343092/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Daphne de Maurier: Rebecca https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/23/olivia-laing-on-daphne-du-mauriers-rebecca-80-years-on<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Jillian Cantor online: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: www.jilliancantor.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jilliancantor/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @authorjilliancantor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1651861.Jillian_Cantor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But let's allow Jillian to tell us all about it.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hello there, Jillian, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you back with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jillian Cantor: Hi, how are you?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Jillian Cantor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: I'm really good, thank you. Tell us, what's different about your book to the great classic<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jillian Cantor: The original Great Gatsby takes place over one summer in this fictional part of Long Island and it's narrated by an outsider, Nick Carraway, who's distantly related to Daisy and becomes enamored with his neighbor, Jay Gatsby, over the summer.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And my novel is narrated by the women who are in F Scott Fitzgerald's story, but don't really have much of a voice in it.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> So the things that Nick tells us about that summer often come up in my novel, but appear very differently from the women's points of view.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And my novel also starts in 1917, about five years before the original Great Gatsby and then goes through the summer that The Great Gatsby takes place in.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: And by doing that, by adding those extra years, we also get a really clear idea of those women, Catherine, Jenny Wheeler 19:18
Jane Green – Swinging Sixties Romance https://thejoysofbingereading.com/jane-green-swinging-60s-romance/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:05:26 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10490 Jane Green has eighteen New York Times best sellers and ten million in sales in the woman's fiction genre with several books picked up by film and TV. Her latest Sister Stardust is her first foray into biographical fiction, telling the story of international jet-setter Talitha Getty, wife of mega rich heir Paul Getty, and their rock and roll life in Marrakesh in the sixties. Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading today, Jane talks about her fascination for Talitha Getty, the woman who had everything and lost it all, and offers some fascinating insights into where she sees popular fiction going in the next few years. As usual, we've got great books to give away this week historical books featuring strong female leaders. I've got Sadie's bow in there. The first in my new trilogy home at last, DOWNLOAD STRONG FEMALE LEADS Why not download that and read it in time for the release of Susannah's Secret book two in the series before Christmas. You'll find all the details on the show notes for this episode. At the joys of binge reading dot. dot com  And remember, if you enjoy what you hear, add review of the show on your favorite podcast site so others can hear about us too. Links to things mentioned in the show: The Beach House, Jane Green: https://www.amazon.com/Beach-House-Jane-Green/dp/0452295386 Mary Jane: Jessica Anya Blau: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54870208-mary-jane Hippies: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1967/09/the-flowering-of-the-hippies/306619/ Summer of Love: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2007/may/27/escape Haight Ashbury: https://thehauntghosttours.com/blog/tips-for-visiting-haight-ashbury-neighborhood/ Sister Stardust Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Fmk66fV8bBaAtTDx2LzaJ?si=wQXWe4OfQhmpKvcnLzfFxA Straight Talking: Jane Green; https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Talking-Novel-Jane-Green/dp/0767915593 High Fidelity, Nick Hornby: https://www.amazon.com/High-Fidelity-Nick-Hornby/dp/1573225517 Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding: https://www.amazon.com/Bridget-Joness-Diary-Helen-Fielding/dp/014028009X Rainbow Girl, Jane Green story in podcast form: https://www.janegreen.com/2022/10/rainbow-girl-a-new-audio-drama-set-in-the-rock-star-world-of-1979-available-now/ Emerald Audio: https://emeraldaudio.net/podcasts/rainbow-girl/ Jane Green; The lifestyle brand: https://www.janegreen.com/figless-manor/ Good Assassins Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/6TUFsoI45qbWNEZF2Wb5pr Root of Evil podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pi39okDAFEW9h9d3iA9Z1 Jean Hanff Korelitz: The Plot; https://www.amazon.com/Plot-Jean-Hanff-Korelitz/dp/125079076X Jean Hanff Korelitz: The Latevomer; https://www.amazon.com/Latecomer-Jean-Hanff-Korelitz/dp/1250790794 A M Homes: The Unfolding; https://www.amazon.com/Unfolding-Novel-M-Homes/dp/0735225354 A M Homes: May We Be Forgiven: https://www.amazon.com/May-We-Be-Forgiven-Novel/dp/014750970X Where to find Jane online: Website: www.janegreen.com Facebook: facebook.com authorJane Green Instagram: @Janegreenauthor Podcasts: Emerald Audio: https://emeraldaudio.net/podcasts/rainbow-girl/ Introducing author Jane Green Jenny Wheeler: But now here's Jane. Hello there, Jane, and welcome to the show. It's wonderful to have you with us. Podcaster and women's fiction author Jane Green Jane Green: Hi, Jenny. It's great to be. here Jenny Wheeler: You're a top woman's fiction author. There's no disputing that you've got eighteen New York Times best sellers and 10 million books in print. But this latest book is just a slight change in direction for you. It's still very much women's fiction, but it is bio fiction. It's based on a real person and that person is Talitha Getty, one of the Paul Getty wives. And it's based in Marrakesh in the late sixties. Now, what attracted you to this story and to slightly change in your directi...

Jane Green has eighteen New York Times best sellers and ten million in sales in the woman’s fiction genre with several books picked up by film and TV. Her latest Sister Stardust is her first foray into biographical fiction, telling the story of international jet-setter Talitha Getty, wife of mega rich heir Paul Getty, and their rock and roll life in Marrakesh in the sixties.

Hi there. I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading today, Jane talks about her fascination for Talitha Getty, the woman who had everything and lost it all, and offers some fascinating insights into where she sees popular fiction going in the next few years.

As usual, we’ve got great books to give away this week historical books featuring strong female leaders. I’ve got Sadie’s bow in there. The first in my new trilogy home at last,

Why not download that and read it in time for the release of Susannah’s Secret book two in the series before Christmas.

You’ll find all the details on the show notes for this episode. At the joys of binge reading dot. dot com

 And remember, if you enjoy what you hear, add review of the show on your favorite podcast site so others can hear about us too.

Links to things mentioned in the show:

The Beach House, Jane Green: https://www.amazon.com/Beach-House-Jane-Green/dp/0452295386

Mary Jane: Jessica Anya Blau: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54870208-mary-jane

Hippies: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1967/09/the-flowering-of-the-hippies/306619/

Summer of Love: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2007/may/27/escape

Haight Ashbury: https://thehauntghosttours.com/blog/tips-for-visiting-haight-ashbury-neighborhood/

Sister Stardust Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Fmk66fV8bBaAtTDx2LzaJ?si=wQXWe4OfQhmpKvcnLzfFxA

Straight Talking: Jane Green; https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Talking-Novel-Jane-Green/dp/0767915593

High Fidelity, Nick Hornby: https://www.amazon.com/High-Fidelity-Nick-Hornby/dp/1573225517

Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding: https://www.amazon.com/Bridget-Joness-Diary-Helen-Fielding/dp/014028009X

Rainbow Girl, Jane Green story in podcast form: https://www.janegreen.com/2022/10/rainbow-girl-a-new-audio-drama-set-in-the-rock-star-world-of-1979-available-now/

Emerald Audio: https://emeraldaudio.net/podcasts/rainbow-girl/

Jane Green; The lifestyle brand: https://www.janegreen.com/figless-manor/

Good Assassins Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/6TUFsoI45qbWNEZF2Wb5pr

Root of Evil podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pi39okDAFEW9h9d3iA9Z1

Jean Hanff Korelitz: The Plot; https://www.amazon.com/Plot-Jean-Hanff-Korelitz/dp/125079076X

Jean Hanff Korelitz: The Latevomer; https://www.amazon.com/Latecomer-Jean-Hanff-Korelitz/dp/1250790794

A M Homes: The Unfolding; https://www.amazon.com/Unfolding-Novel-M-Homes/dp/0735225354

A M Homes: May We Be Forgiven: https://www.amazon.com/May-We-Be-Forgiven-Novel/dp/014750970X

Where to find Jane online:

Website: www.janegreen.com

Facebook: facebook.com authorJane Green

Instagram: @Janegreenauthor

Podcasts: Emerald Audio: https://emeraldaudio.net/podcasts/rainbow-girl/

Introducing author Jane Green

Jenny Wheeler: But now here’s Jane. Hello there, Jane, and welcome to the show. It’s wonderful to have you with us.

Podcaster and women's fiction author Jane Green
Podcaster and women’s fiction author Jane Green

Jane Green: Hi, Jenny. It’s great to be. here

Jenny Wheeler: You’re a top woman’s fiction author. There’s no disputing that you’ve got eighteen New York Times best sellers and 10 million books in print. But this latest book is just a slight change in direction for you. It’s still very much women’s fiction, but it is bio fiction. It’s based on a real person and that person is Talitha Getty, one of the Paul Getty wives.

And it’s based in Marrakesh in the late sixties. Now, what attracted you to this story and to slightly change in your direction?

Jane Green: Actually to slightly change in your direction?

 I joined a new publisher, Harper Collins, and I was all set to write a sequel to The Beach House, and then out of nowhere, my new editor suddenly said, Jane, have you ever thought of doing historical fiction? And I immediately thought of World War II books because I know a ton of authors who write World War II books.

But I have spent my whole life slightly obsessed with this woman Talitha Getty after seeing a photograph of her when I was a teenager. She was Incredibly beautiful and very glamorous. And she was crouching on a rooftop in Marrakesh, in this beautiful embroidered caftan. And I said to him historical fiction? Do the sixties count?

A historic story set in the Swinging Sixties

And because he’s 12 years old, he said yes. And so I thought I really would love to know more about this woman, because she was a muse of Yves St Laurent. She was married to the son of the richest man in the world. She was best friends with the Rolling Stones. And yet she died very tragically, very young of a heroin overdose.

And there’s very little written about her. So her whole life was something of a mystery. So this gave me the opportunity to do a deep dive and really find out about,

Jenny Wheeler: Yes. Now, as you say, historical fiction definitely does now start in the 1960s, which were some us who were in their teens in the 1960s seems a bit strange, but it does. And World War II books must almost be reaching their peak because they’ve been popular for so long now, and quite a number of people have chosen this niche of sixties and particularly music related fiction.

I’m thinking of people like Taylor Jenkins Read who did, I can’t even remember the book now, but the one

Jane Green: Yes, Daisy Jones and the Six. Taylor Jenkins Read and then Malibu Rising and Jessica Anya Blau did Mary Jane. There’ve been lots of books about the sixties, but interestingly, they’ve been very, Americans, so they’re very much Laurel Canyon or Malibu, obviously, as you can hear from my accent, I am not I am American.

One of the famous pictures taken of Talitha Getty in Marrakech - Credit: Photographer Patrick Lichfield for Conde Nast.
One of the famous pictures taken of Talitha Getty in Marrakech – Credit: Photographer Patrick Lichfield for Conde Nast.

The Sixties were different in Europe

I’m a naturalized American, but I was born and brought up in London and I was born in the sixties, but my. Vision of the sixties, my version of the sixties, the stories that I grew up hearing from my parents were all London based and so the European sixties was very different.

In America, it was all the hippies and Summer of Love and Woodstock and Haight Ashbury and San Francisco. Whereas in Europe it was much more, the influences came from India and Asia and North Africa particularly. So it was a very different kind of sixties, and of course you had London bursting into color and becoming the epicenter of the psychedelic sixties with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, who were the gods of that time?

Jenny Wheeler: Yes. Now as we’ve mentioned the Rolling Stones feature quite prominently in it, and I. wonder if you prepared a playlist for the book, as you’ve mentioned a lot of music in it. You obviously have done a lot of research into the music of the Rolling Stones and the sixties generally. Did you love that part of it?

Jane Green: Yeah, it was huge fun. Actually I made a soundtrack, which is in fact available on Spotify. So if you go onto Spotify and put in Sister Stardust under playlists, you’ll find the Sister Stardust playlist, which is actually all the music that I listened to while I was writing this to keep me in the mood.

A 60s and 70s playlist for the book

And it’s really music from 1966 to 1971, and it’s specifically the music that was in the charts in England and also music that I know that Talitha Getty was listening to at that time. She really liked Dolly Parton, I found that sort of fascinating and unexpected.

Jenny Wheeler: So how do you know that she was listening to that music? Did you manage to get hold of letters or diaries or some very personal reference point for knowing that?

Jane Green: I did speak to a couple of people who were very close with her, although most people didn’t want to revisit the past. It was really hard getting people to talk. I also think because she died so young and so tragically, and her husband was somehow culpable in her death. But I think the family closed ranks, which is why I think there is so little known about her.

So I had to come at it sideways, and I made lists and lists of anybody who might have come into contact with her, or anybody who was ever photographed with her or mentioned with her. And then I read everything about them, and it was really like searching for a needle in a haystack. And every now and then, I’d stumble upon a paragraph or a page and sometimes a few pages in somebody else’s book, and it was just glorious.

Talitha Getty’s tragic end

And it took almost a year. And by the end of that research I really felt that I had a very good sense of who she was.

Jenny Wheeler: Yes. Tell us a little bit about the circumstances of her death. She had been clean of the heroin, she claimed for quite a period of time, but then she went back to visit her husband and very suddenly died of an overdose. He basically fled out of the jurisdiction so he escaped really being questioned on it, didn’t he? Tell us a bit about that.

Jane Green: I there are a few accounts of her death her last couple of years, she had a baby in 1968, which brought thyroid problems that she was struggling with. She was struggling with terrible depression. Not that you’d ever know. because actually I think really, the thing with Talitha is she was brought up in the Dutch East Indies in the prison camps after the Japanese invaded and.

And it was terribly traumatic because the guards would torture the children. And I think she carried that trauma with her and her drug of choice was really people she couldn’t bear to be on her own. And she always surrounded herself with people and parties, so you wouldn’t necessarily have known.

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    The Getty family closed ranks

    But they separated she and her husband after she had the baby and he was living in Rome and she went back to their wonderful house in Chelsea, in, in London, in Cheyne Walk. And the story that I have heard that feels like it’s the most likely is that she was clean. Heroin was never a big problem for her anyway.

    It was really her husband, Paul, who was the heroin addict. Alcohol was much more her thing. She knew that she loved him, but I think she also knew that he would destroy her. She flew to Rome to serve him with divorce papers, but one version of the story is that she tried to seduce him and he rejected her. She then went into a bedroom in his apartment and took a huge heroin over.

    And at the time was so deep in his addiction that he didn’t know. And that’s the thing that he was an addict and he was struggling himself. There were people in and out the apartment all night long, and he kept looking in on her and thought she was sleeping, when in fact she was dying.

    And by the time they realized it, was too late. But yes, Italy at the time had a mandatory ten year sentence for possession of heroin, so he left and never returned, as far as I know.

    Opening closed doors on family life

    Jenny Wheeler: Very sad. The rest of your work very much deals with family issues, people struggling with life’s challenges, and I’m thinking of a recent one, The Sunshine Sisters, about a narcissistic mother who has alienated her three daughters.

    As she faces a serious illness at the end of her life, she has this urge to call on them for help and try and get the family all rallied together again. And it’s a wonderful way to start a story. And a lot of your stories have been those kinds of stories, haven’t they?

    Jane Green: Yeah I’m really in human nature and why we do the things we do. And I’m interested in the dark sides and also this whole concept of not knowing what goes on behind closed doors and that we so often think that other people have easier, better. I don’t know, more lavish or whatever it is, but better lives than we do.

    And actually we never know. So I quite like opening those closed doors taking a look at what’s really going on. And it’s often quite dark and quite difficult and traumatic. And I like helping my protagonists overcome adversity and overcome the challenges of their childhood to carve out some version of a peaceful life for themselves.

    Jane’s serendipitous author’s start

    Jenny Wheeler: Fantastic look 10 million books sold. New York Times best sellers. How did you get started on this road?

    Jane Green: I was a journalist and I was working for the Daily Express in the UK and a friend of mine out of nowhere wrote a book and suddenly phoned me up one night to say that she had a publishing deal.

    And I remember thinking hang on. She’s not even a writer, she’s not historian. I’m a writer.

    If she can do it, I can do it. And I just thought I’m gonna do this as well. And I, My first book was called Straight Talking, and at the time, I’d just read Nick Hornby’s book, High Fidelity, and it was a book that seemed to be the story of every single 30 something man I knew.

    And I thought no one’s doing this for women, so I’m going to do, I’m gonna write about my life and my girlfriends.

    Of course, little did I know that Helen Fielding was. sitting in a flat in Ladbroke Grove about mile up the road from me writing Bridget Jones’ diary. But I was very lucky because that book was such a huge success that my first book came out about three months later and the press seized upon this and said, Oh, this is new genre. This is Chicklit.

    Welcome to the world of ‘chick-lit’

    Jenny Wheeler: Yes. You knew which way the wind was blowing.

    Jane Green: Yeah. Exactly. I was very lucky. Wish I knew, well actually, I think I do know which way the wind is blowing. Which isn’t necessarily great for books, but storytelling will continue.

    Jenny Wheeler: Absolutely. Storytelling will, and that leads us back to your historical fiction. Do you think you’ll do any more historical fiction?

    Jane Green: I actually have, interestingly, a podcast coming out on October the 13th, which is a scripted fiction series and it’s set in 1979. And it’s a standalone, but you don’t have to have read Sister Stardust to enjoy this,. A rock star couple who featured in Sister Stardust.

    It’s about Eddie Albright and Lissy Hillary who now have a son and they live in Sleepy Hollow, New York and. It’s 1979, so it’s Studio 54 and disco. but it’s absolute chaos. And Lissy is diving into drugs and black magic and it all ends in a terrible tragedy. And that’s called Rainbow Girl.

    And actually that’s on amazon.com/rainbow Girl or wherever you listen to podcast. You can follow it.

    Rainbow Girl - a new audio drama and stand alone sequel to Sister Stardust
    Rainbow Girl – a new audio drama and stand alone sequel to Sister Stardust

    A Rainbow Girl sequel on podcast series

    Jenny Wheeler: Fantastic. And how many episodes?

    Jane Green: There are six half hour episodes and we have a full cast of actors. And it’s really exciting cuz it’s a new way of telling stories and I am passionate about podcasts, so thank you very much for inviting me to be on your show. And I think that we are all so busy now

    I find it much harder to set aside the time to watch TV show or read a book, whereas podcasts accompany me wherever I go and whatever I do, if I’m cleaning, if I’m walking, if I’m driving, if I’m ironing, I’m always listening to podcasts and we are bringing fiction to podcasts, female driven fiction to podcasts.

    Jenny Wheeler: When you say we, who? Who is doing it with you?

    Jane Green: Ah, so I have actually been brought in to partner on running a podcast network called Emerald Audio.

    Jenny Wheeler: Oh wow.

    Jane Green: I’ve taken my writers cap off for a while and I’m back in business and And finding and producing these fantastic fiction series, a bit like the old fashioned radio plays that we grew up with that serialized and it’s lovely and I’m having a blast.

    A lifestyle brand at the Mouse House

    Jenny Wheeler: Fantastic. That does actually morph beautifully into I was going to ask you about your lifestyle brand because I guess as your life moved on, you start with the chicklet, but now you’re very much a family person with a family and you’ve got a following as a lifestyle brand. In your own right with your cooking and your gardening, and you’ve got a wonderful entry in your on your website about your home, which you call Figless Manor and explain why it’s called Figless Manor.

    Tell us how all of that evolved.

    Jane Green: [00:16:00] Well, I think I’m just a natural nester. I’m really a homebody. I don’t like leaving my house, and that means that wherever I live, I have to create something that is not only very beautiful because I, I do a bit of. Bit of beauty around me, but also very warm and cozy. I’m all about the cozy and in fact, Fless Manor was a house that we built a few years ago, but now we are in the mouse house.

    All our homes have ridiculous names cuz they make me laugh. But the Mouse House is called The Mouse House because it’s just teeny tiny. We are in a teeny tiny little beach cottage. But because I don’t like leaving my home very much, what I do is I gather the people I love in my home and I feed them and I feed them the kinds of.

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      Natural home maker turned influencer

      Food that makes them feel nurtured and safe and loved. And honestly, I’m not trying to be an influencer, but over the years, I’ve posted all these pictures on Instagram and I’ve ended up with. I don’t know, a huge number of followers who like the way I live and I’m quite outspoken as well.

      I was born with the honesty gene. And so I’m quite I’m quite authentic and I’m not afraid to also discuss aging and the things that I’m going through that I’m thinking about and reading about and writing about, whether it’s like letting my gray hair come in, which I did two years ago.

      And also how I wrote a piece last week in the Daily Mail about how having gray hair is so fascinating. I expected to be invisible to men, but I didn’t expect to be invisible to women. And what’s happened during Covid is we’ve had this huge surge of young, I call them the yummy mummies, all the yummy mummies from New York City who are all kind of 29 to 31.

      Figless Manor kitchen - Jane Green the 'life style brand'
      Figless Manor kitchen – Jane Green the ‘life style brand’

      A new world of ‘yummy mummies’

      They’re babies really. And they’ve all moved to town and I feel like before I turned gray, I’d still get a once over in a restaurant. I’d still get a ‘Oh, she’s cool.’ Or ‘oh what’s she wearing?’ What are her boots? Now they don’t even see me. I may as well be wearing Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.

      So I wrote a piece about that last week because I’m just fascinated by all of.

      Jenny Wheeler: Do you? Do you mind?

      Jane Green: Sometimes I do, but I also absolutely adore getting older I’m 54 and this is my favorite decade yet. I’m loving my fifties because of the freedom it gives you . When I turned 50, I spent so much of my life feeling that I wasn’t good enough and trying very hard to fit in.

      And actually when I turned 50, I remember so clearly thinking, You’ve got to figure this out, Jane. Now you are 50.

      Figure out who the hell are you and what kind of life do you want to lead? And I realized that not only do I not fit in. I don’t want to fit in. Actually, I spent all those years like buying the clothes that everybody else wore and trying so hard and now I’m like, God, I love wearing my kind of funky flares and my ridiculous clothes, and I like standing out and I love the sixties and the seventies, and I’d much rather be in something vintage.

      Falling in love with Marrakesh

      And I’m passionate about Morocco and also I don’t feel the need to please anybody anymore, and I don’t really care. If you don’t like me, it’s fine. Go do your thing. So I find it very liberating. I’m really loving this decade.

      Jenny Wheeler: That’s wonderful. And just looking back to Marrakesh, and I was going to ask you if you went to Marrakesh to research Sister Stardust. I gather because you love Morocco. Perhaps you did. That was one of the exceptions you’re happy to make from getting away from home.

      Jane Green: Yes, we did, we went to Morocco. My parents actually are there, pretty much every winter and finally we managed to get out and go and see them. We just had the most wonderful time. I knew I was going to love it.

      I loved it long before I visited and I also understood as soon as I walked through the gates into the old city and the smells, and it’s like this feast for the senses, the smells and the sites and the spices and it’s very raw and it felt to me like the most alive place I’d ever been.

      What Jane is reading and listening to

      And so I really understood how the Gettys lived this incredibly hedonistic, exotic life in the late sixties, there. It just all made sense.

      Jenny Wheeler: That sounds great. Turning away from talking about the books a little bit and your life too, your taste in books, because this is the binge reading podcast.

      Are you a binge reader or have you been a binge reader? And when you get the time, what do you like to read now? And also I’d like to tell us some of the podcasts you listen to because it sounds like you are quite an aficionado of podcasts.

      Jane Green: Yes. What are some of my favorites? I listened to a fascinating one recently called Good Assassins, The Butcher of Latvia, which is based on a true story of a Nazi war criminal that was hiding in South America except he was an aviation war hero before the war.

      Good Assassins a favorite podcast

      And his narcissism, because his ego wouldn’t let him hide quietly, meant he ended up giving an interview to a South America magazine that he didn’t realize at the time was the most widely distributed magazine in South America,

      Of course it fell straight into the hands of the Mossad in Israel, who immediately dispatched an agent to go and assassinate him. And it’s the most fantastic story, really satisfying and brilliantly done.

      What else have I really enjoyed? There’s my favorite. I do love a bit of true crime. . And I really love this one called The Root of Evil, which was actually produced by Cadence 13.

      The people who founded Cadence 13 are my partners now. And it’s a very dark and twisted tale about one of Hollywood’s Most famous unsolved murders, they call it the Black Dahlia murder of a woman who was found cut in half in the 1940s.

      And it’s fascinating, very dark and twisted, but I loved it. And in terms of books, I have spent my whole life being a huge reader. I was a child who didn’t fit in. I became a writer because I was a reader. I would lose myself in books for hours and have done my whole life. But I will say throughout Covid I found my attention span is so much less and I was diving into TV shows instead,

      Books Jane Green adores

      And it’s still mortifyingly hard for me to get back. There are writers that I adore, Jean Hanff Korelitz is one who wrote The Plot last year, now has The Latecomer. A M Homes I absolutely adore.

      May We Be Forgiven is one of my favorites. She has a new book out called The Unfolding. But I’ve gotta be honest I’m finding it hard to read in the way that I used.

      Jenny Wheeler: Do you have any idea why that might be? Obviously it’s not just Covid,

      Jane Green: I think it’s our attention span. I think with, we spent all our lives on screens

      Jenny Wheeler: Yes.

      Jane Green: I find my days now that I’m running a podcast network. I’ve gone from being by myself all day for days and days, weeks on end. And I quite love being by myself. I’ve gone from that to being on back to back Zoom calls all day long.

      It’s just meetings, zoom meetings. And then you checking on email and then you are checking on social media and it’s this constant whirr of activity. And I think our brains are being rewired, and our attention spans are much shorter.

      The amazing growth in audio audience

      And it’s why I’m so interested in bringing stories to the podcast world because I think the future really is in audio. Sadly. I also look, publishing is so hard now. It’s so difficult. It is. When I first started, which was 27 years ago. My only job was to write the best book I could possibly write and then go out on tour and sell it in as best a way I could.

      Now my job is to write that book to sell it, still that. And also to be my own marketing director, to run all my own social media accounts, to be do my own publicity, to call in every contact I have, to set up my own book tours, to buy swag for Bookstagram influencers… In the run up just to the launch of Sister Stardust I was working 19, 20 hour days.

      I was exhausted. I was demoralized. I cried almost every day and I just thought how can you be creative when you are work? You can’t create when you are expected to do everything, and that’s what your life is. Now, perhaps it’s different for the millennials and for younger people.

      How publishing is changing

      When that’s all you know, perhaps that’s fine. But I come from a very different world and there was absolutely nothing fun about this. you go to your publisher and you say, Look, would you just pay for the, And they say, No, we’re already over budget. And you just go, Why am I doing this for 10, 15% of every book working the way I’m working?

      No way. There’s what’s the point? What’s the point?

      Jenny Wheeler: The model is broken, I think, isn’t it? The business model? Yeah.

      Jane Green: unless you are in the 1%. And you know what? I spent years in the 1% and it was glorious. And I am still I’m very fortunate in that I have this huge brand name, but my sales through a number of missteps that I have made primarily, changing agents and just being with wrong agents.

      But I’ve watched my numbers sink and it’s too hard. I’ve had the glory and I don’t see how I do it these days given how publishing is being run. So I’m delighted to have moved into the podcast world now. If I had another story that I was desperate to tell, would I write another book?

      The ‘wild west’ of podcasts

      Possibly. Look I have a novel right now that I adore. I think it’s one of the best novels I’ve ever written, but I wouldn’t give it to a publisher right now because I don’t believe that they publish it properly.

      Jenny Wheeler: Would you self publish? You obviously have considered that.

      Jane Green: I have but I think I think at this point I’d rather bring it out as some kind of an audio, maybe an audio book

      Jenny Wheeler: I was just going to ask you about audio books actually, because I find myself that I listen to a lot more audio these days. Partly it’s just very tiring to try and read at night as well. If you’ve had a busy day and you’re trying to read at night, you just fall asleep over the book, even if it’s a good one.

      Whereas with the audio, it seemed easier to just keep going with the story.

      Jane Green: Yeah. audio books are growing enormously and that’s the thing. We’re all moving to audio, whether it’s audio books, whether it’s podcast, but, that is where the world is moving. And I honestly think you don’t realize how demoralizing it is or how hard it is to have no support from a publisher.

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        The fun of working with a team again

        Cause you get used to it, after a while it becomes your new normal and you just think, this is the way it is now. But actually having made the jump into the podcast world, it’s like the wild west out there. But it’s so exciting cause nobody quite knows what they’re doing.

        And I’ve got a team, 22 people who come from Apple and Spotify who have very deep roots in the industry, are enormously experienced and they’re supportive. And so I can say, Look, I’ve got this brilliant idea for a story, for a series. And they go, Okay, outline it. And then suddenly it’s being made.

        And we’re attaching a script writer. And then I’ve got a marketing team and I have PR people and I have those teams of support that I used to have in publishing. I have, again in the podcast world.

        Jenny Wheeler: Yes. Fabulous. There’s one question I like to ask everyone, and it seems in the light of what we’ve just been discussing, that it’s particularly relevant, looking back down the tunnel of time. Is there one thing about your creative career that you change if you could, although it seems to me like your flow just might be just exactly natural and right for the time, but, Is there anything you’d change?

        Jane Green: Yeah, I am so happy with where I am right now. So in that sense, no, because everything needed to happen the way it did. It really, that door had to close in order for me to get out because they always paid me far too much money for me to leave. But actually I think the worst decision I made and the thing that I would change would be, what, 10 years ago?

        Different ways agents work in US and UK

        I’d had an agent in the UK who I’d had for, 20 years. I absolutely adored him, and we were a real partnership and there was complete transparency. If ever he had a phone call that I wasn’t in on, he’d phone me up afterwards and, Say, this is that, what do you think? And we’d figure it out together and I’d call him up with ideas for all kinds of other side hustles and he’d make it happen.

        10 years ago, I thought I’m now living in America. I am an American. I’m never moving back to the UK permanently. I really ought to have an American agent. And also, at that time I hadn’t had a movie and I thought I really wanted a movie. And somebody introduced me to one of the big Hollywood agencies and they wooed me with, Oh, we’re gonna, we’re gonna make so many movies and TV shows, and duh da.

        And I really didn’t want to leave my agent, but I thought, No, I, this is the right thing for my career. And actually, what I didn’t understand at the time, and I’ve now had a number of different agents, over the years in America. And they all share this in common. They agent very differently in America than they do in the UK.

        In the UK it’s a partnership. In America, you’re infantalized and you are handled. You are seen as the talent and you are handled and there’s this sort of terrible fear of transparency or bad news

        ‘Leave it to us’ the message

        And I also think they want to keep you out of the business side because otherwise I think they worry that they wouldn’t get their percentages.

        I went from having a partner and running my own career to being treated like a child and not being listened to at all. The last decade I’ve been quite powerless over my career. And that’s the thing that, that I would change.

        Because I love the business side of it. I really do. And that’s also part of the joy of running a network. It’s not just that I’m creating stories. I’m running a network and I’m back in business and I’m reminded, oh my God, I actually am quite good at this. For the last 10 years I thought I was terrible because that was the sort of messaging from the agent.

        You don’t know what you are doing, Jane. You are the talent. Leave it to us. And meanwhile, they’re doing nothing. And what’s also interesting, I’m now talking to agents who are representing talent and it is so clear to me how so often they, they screw it up. Then the person that ends up suffering is the author.

        Jane’s goals for next twelve months

        Jenny Wheeler: Yeah. It has been mentioned on your website that you’ve had a number of books that are under development for either TV or film. Have any of those come to fruition or look like coming to fruition?

        Jane Green: A few years ago I had three of them turned into movies for Lifetime. But I think that’s it for now. I think all the options are now are now out. So nothing right now.

        Jenny Wheeler: It’s been wonderful talking. I know that you’ve given us a very good idea about what your future 12 months are going to look like, but perhaps I could ask you, what would like to see achieved by the end of this next 12 month period.

        Jane Green: Oh goodness.

        Jenny Wheeler: Just in your career, where you are.

        Where to find Jane Green online

        Jane Green: I think that I would love to have at least one and hopefully three huge hit podcasts. And I would hope as well that within 12 months, I would hope to have made at least six major podcast series.

        And I would hope that some of them have been picked up for film and TV. That would be my dream.

        Jenny Wheeler: Wonderful. Do you enjoy interacting with your audience wherever they might be, and how can people find you?

        Jane Green: I absolutely love it. I’m not always great at it. I do try, I try very hard. I love my most favorite of all is live. I love events. I love meeting my readers live. I’m on facebook.com author, Jane Green, and II’m very active on Instagram and there I’m Jane Green author, and you can follow all my adventures with books, podcasts, gray Hair, Cats, cooking and decorating houses.

        Authors with Facebook book chats

        Jenny Wheeler: Now, you haven’t mentioned the Jane Green Book Club. Just tell us a little bit about that.

        Jane Green: That’s cuz I’m not very good. This is the problem with being quite mercurial is I often have great ideas and I start them and then I get distracted and forget about them. But yes, on Facebook there is the Jane Green Book Club, but I really these days I am not so active on that, but it was lovely when I first started it and I’d bring authors and have live chats with them.

        Now, I will say there are other people doing it brilliantly. Adrianna Trigiani is on Facebook and she does fantastic book chats. Wade Ross does fantastic book chats for women. Mary Kay Andrews, Patty Callahan. Kristen Harmel have Friends in Fiction on Facebook and they have tons of authors on.

        So there are lots and lots of people doing it. So I feel like I can happily pass the baton.

        Jenny Wheeler: Yes. And are you live anywhere then on Facebook?

        Appearing live always a joy

        Jane Green: Am I live? What do you mean?

        Jenny Wheeler: Do you have live meetings with your readers and listeners?

        Jane Green: I sometimes do Instagram lives, but you know what, I’m much better with a partner. I always find it a bit weird talking to camera by yourself, but, people often ask to interview me and do an Instagram live, which I’ll happily do. But it’s quite hard to, for me to just look at a screen and chat.

        Jenny Wheeler: Lovely, Jane. Look you’ve been a fantastic guest to have on the show. Wonderful. The way that you’ve shared your life, you have been transparent with us is just in the way that you’ve been talking about. Just wonderful to have you on the show. Thank you so much.

        Jane Green: Thank you so much, Jenny.

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        Jane Green has eighteen New York Times best sellers and ten million in sales in the woman's fiction genre with several books picked up by film and TV. Her latest Sister Stardust is her first foray into biographical fiction, Jane Green has eighteen New York Times best sellers and ten million in sales in the woman's fiction genre with several books picked up by film and TV. Her latest Sister Stardust is her first foray into biographical fiction, telling the story of international jet-setter Talitha Getty, wife of mega rich heir Paul Getty, and their rock and roll life in Marrakesh in the sixties.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading today, Jane talks about her fascination for Talitha Getty, the woman who had everything and lost it all, and offers some fascinating insights into where she sees popular fiction going in the next few years. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, we've got great books to give away this week historical books featuring strong female leaders. I've got Sadie's bow in there. The first in my new trilogy home at last,<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD STRONG FEMALE LEADS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Why not download that and read it in time for the release of Susannah's Secret book two in the series before Christmas.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You'll find all the details on the show notes for this episode. At the joys of binge reading dot. dot com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  And remember, if you enjoy what you hear, add review of the show on your favorite podcast site so others can hear about us too.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to things mentioned in the show:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Beach House, Jane Green: https://www.amazon.com/Beach-House-Jane-Green/dp/0452295386<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mary Jane: Jessica Anya Blau: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54870208-mary-jane<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hippies: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1967/09/the-flowering-of-the-hippies/306619/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Summer of Love: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2007/may/27/escape<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Haight Ashbury: https://thehauntghosttours.com/blog/tips-for-visiting-haight-ashbury-neighborhood/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sister Stardust Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Fmk66fV8bBaAtTDx2LzaJ?si=wQXWe4OfQhmpKvcnLzfFxA<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Straight Talking: Jane Green; https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Talking-Novel-Jane-Green/dp/0767915593<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> High Fidelity, Nick Hornby: https://www.amazon.com/High-Fidelity-Nick-Hornby/dp/1573225517<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding: https://www.amazon.com/Bridget-Joness-Diary-Helen-Fielding/dp/014028009X<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Rainbow Girl, Jane Green story in podcast form: https://www.janegreen.com/2022/10/rainbow-girl-a-new-audio-drama-set-in-the-rock-star-world-of-1979-available-now/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Emerald Audio: https://emeraldaudio.net/podcasts/rainbow-girl/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jane Green; The lifestyle brand: https://www.janegreen.com/figless-manor/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Good Assassins Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/6TUFsoI45qbWNEZF2Wb5pr<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Root of Evil podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pi39okDAFEW9h9d3iA9Z1<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jean Hanff Korelitz: The Plot; https://www.amazon.com/Plot-Jean-Hanff-Korelitz/dp/125079076X<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jean Hanff Korelitz: The Latevomer; https://www.amazon.com/Latecomer-Jean-Hanff-Korelitz/dp/1250790794<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> A M Homes: The Unfolding; https://www.amazon.com/Unfolding-Novel-M-Homes/dp/0735225354<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> A M Homes: May We Be Forgiven: https://www.amazon.com/May-We-Be-Forgiven-Novel/dp/014750970X<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Jane online:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: www.janegreen.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: facebook.com authorJane Green<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @Janegreenauthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Podcasts: Emerald Audio: https://emeraldaudio. Jenny Wheeler 36:45
        Peter Papathanasiou – Greek-Aussie Noir https://thejoysofbingereading.com/peter-papathanasiou-greek-aussie-noir/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 04:34:56 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10401 Greek Australian author Peter Papathanasiou follows up his first novel  -  the 2021 crime debut novel of the year  The Stoning - with another haunting story, The Invisible. A burnt out Detective Sergeant George Manolis travels to Greece to reconnect with his roots... Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Peter talks about combining a leading career as a medical geneticist with fiction, and the space allowing his creative spirit to blossom filled in his life. Our giveaway today is Free Series Starters in Mystery and Romance. My Book #1 Poisoned Legacy is in there along with a selection from a lot of other talented authors.  https://books.bookfunnel.com/freeseriesstarters/2u980x54h9 And a little bit of exciting book news – we’ve finished recording Poisoned Legacy in audio and it should be available to buy for Christmas! We’ll be announcing exact dates very soon! GET FREE MYSTERIES Episode links can be found here And remember – if you like what you hear leave us a review on your favorite podcast site...  It helps others find us and enjoy the show too.. Links to this show episode Peter Papathanasiou. Memoir, Little One:  https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/book/Peter-Papathanasiou-Little-One-9781760875596 Peter Temple: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Temple Jane Harper: https://janeharper.com.au/ Miles Franklin Award: https://www.perpetual.com.au/milesfranklin#: Outback Noir:  https://www.penguin.com.au/articles/3398-crime-novels-set-in-the-australian-outback#: Chris Hammer: https://chrishammerauthor.com/ Garry Disher: https://garrydisher.com/ Adrian Hyland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Hyland Florina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florina Wake In Fright – 1971 movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mh7qZq0f_w Wake In Fright Kenneth cook book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1533656.Wake_in_Fright Wake In Fright – new release movie:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbS4Yt4aBHU Where to find Peter Papanathasiou Online Website: https://www.hachette.com.au/peter-papathanasiou/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterPapathanasiouWriter Twitter: https://twitter.com/peteplastic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petepapathanasiou/ Introducing author Peter Papathanasiou Jenny Wheeler: Here we are with Peter. Welcome to the show, Peter. It's really great to have you with us. Peter Papathanasiou crime writer. Peter Papathanasiou: thanks Jenny. It's great to be here. Jenny Wheeler: Now you built a very successful career as an internationally recognized research geneticist before you began your writing. That's hard to even get your mouth around research geneticist. But you say that you've always had a passion for writing. What part did writing play on your life when you were doing your serious academic? It might not have even played a part. Just tell us about. Peter Papathanasiou: I used to write a lot as a kid, read and write. I eventually wanted to create my own stories. I was pretty good at school and I became more and more academic. And as I became more academic with science mathematics and these hardcore subjects, I started to leave the creativity behind. And for many years I, yeah, I didn't touch it at all. And I guess the way I was doing it was probably like writing letters and emails to friends and that's where I was telling them stories about what was happening in my life and things that had happened in the past as well. I did a law degree as well and I think that helped improve my writing. A lot of scientists do struggle to write and also help my writing generally, but for many years it was mainly just I look back at some of. Emails and they were like 20, 30 pages long Jenny Wheeler: Oh my gosh. Peter Papathanasiou: It was just a way of catching up and staying connected and when I look back on it, it was a form of creative writing.

        Greek Australian author Peter Papathanasiou follows up his first novel  –  the 2021 crime debut novel of the year  The Stoning – with another haunting story, The Invisible. A burnt out Detective Sergeant George Manolis travels to Greece to reconnect with his roots…

        Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Peter talks about combining a leading career as a medical geneticist with fiction, and the space allowing his creative spirit to blossom filled in his life.

        Our giveaway today is Free Series Starters in Mystery and Romance. My Book #1 Poisoned Legacy is in there along with a selection from a lot of other talented authors. 

        https://books.bookfunnel.com/freeseriesstarters/2u980x54h9

        And a little bit of exciting book news – we’ve finished recording Poisoned Legacy in audio and it should be available to buy for Christmas! We’ll be announcing exact dates very soon!

        Episode links can be found here

        And remember – if you like what you hear leave us a review on your favorite podcast site…  It helps others find us and enjoy the show too..

        Links to this show episode

        Peter Papathanasiou. Memoir, Little One:  https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/book/Peter-Papathanasiou-Little-One-9781760875596

        Peter Temple: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Temple

        Jane Harper: https://janeharper.com.au/

        Miles Franklin Award: https://www.perpetual.com.au/milesfranklin#:

        Outback Noir:  https://www.penguin.com.au/articles/3398-crime-novels-set-in-the-australian-outback#:

        Chris Hammer: https://chrishammerauthor.com/

        Garry Disher: https://garrydisher.com/

        Adrian Hyland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Hyland

        Florina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florina

        Wake In Fright – 1971 movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mh7qZq0f_w

        Wake In Fright Kenneth cook book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1533656.Wake_in_Fright

        Wake In Fright – new release movie:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbS4Yt4aBHU

        Where to find Peter Papanathasiou Online

        Website: https://www.hachette.com.au/peter-papathanasiou/

        Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterPapathanasiouWriter

        Twitter: https://twitter.com/peteplastic

        Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petepapathanasiou/

        Introducing author Peter Papathanasiou

        Jenny Wheeler: Here we are with Peter. Welcome to the show, Peter. It’s really great to have you with us.

        Peter Papathanasiou crime writer. on the Joys of Binge Reading podcast.
        Peter Papathanasiou crime writer.

        Peter Papathanasiou: thanks Jenny. It’s great to be here.

        Jenny Wheeler: Now you built a very successful career as an internationally recognized research geneticist before you began your writing. That’s hard to even get your mouth around research geneticist. But you say that you’ve always had a passion for writing. What part did writing play on your life when you were doing your serious academic?

        It might not have even played a part. Just tell us about.

        Peter Papathanasiou: I used to write a lot as a kid, read and write. I eventually wanted to create my own stories. I was pretty good at school and I became more and more academic. And as I became more academic with science mathematics and these hardcore subjects, I started to leave the creativity behind.

        And for many years I, yeah, I didn’t touch it at all. And I guess the way I was doing it was probably like writing letters and emails to friends and that’s where I was telling them stories about what was happening in my life and things that had happened in the past as well.

        I did a law degree as well and I think that helped improve my writing. A lot of scientists do struggle to write and also help my writing generally, but for many years it was mainly just I look back at some of. Emails and they were like 20, 30 pages long

        Jenny Wheeler: Oh my gosh.

        Peter Papathanasiou: It was just a way of catching up and staying connected and when I look back on it, it was a form of creative writing.

        The Stoning – Debut Crime Novel of 2021

        Jenny Wheeler: Yes, that’s right. Now the books, you’ve got two books out. Your first book, The Stoning was deemed 2021’s Australian Crime Debut Novel of the Year. A fantastic start. And the one that you’ve just published called The Invisible is a follow up on that. The same character inhabits both, although they’re slightly different books and we’ll get into that.

        How did you make that transition from serious academia to serious fiction writing that was of a level that you can be a debut novel of the year.

        Peter Papathanasiou: Yeah. I don’t know. I think I was probably just a bit burnt out on the serious academic stuff and I wanted to reconnect with something that was more fun and creative.

        We’re going back now to 2006, so back 15 years when I started to make that switch. I began writing my first book in 2008 and it was actually a memoir which came out before my two crime novels.

        It’s been a long journey and a lot of ups and downs, a lot of coursework and residencies that I’ve done along the way and drafts and ups and downs with agents and publish.

        Jenny Wheeler: That memoir, we’ll go into it in a little bit more detail because I think there are quite a lot of parallels between some of your character George Manolis in the crime books and your personal experiences, which we can delve into as we go. But I’d like to start with the stoning because it’s a pretty remarkable book.

        A story underwritten with black humour

        It’s a tragic crime story underwritten with black humor. And the black humor is very much front of mind. You send a Greek Australian cop named George Manolis to an outback town. He’s very much a metro guy. He’s a vegetarian, he’s a non-beer drinker, and you send him out to this dead end town where they pretty well don’t believe people exist who don’t drink beer.

        His off sider Sparrow, is a gay indigenous policeman. You’ve got a great set up for cultural conflict right at the beginning. And then you put internment camp there too, so that you’ve got another spike in the tension levels in the town. It’s an audacious setup and I wondered if it did have personal undertones view with this Greek Australian hero in particular.

        Peter Papathanasiou: Oh yeah. Hard to lie and say that it didn’t, I guess if I was always gonna write a character I was, they talk about the fact that debut novelists have one foot firmly in nonfiction. They’re inspired by their real lives. As I said, I studied law, and I specialized in criminal law.

        Why Peter finds crime compelling

        Crime stories are very compelling. Yeah. It’s also the idea of a puzzle, that people try to solve. So I thought if I was ever gonna do something like that, it would probably be a detective that was an extension of myself. I guess it’s based on myself and my brothers.

        And my brother is George. I think every Greek family has at least one George in it. And I, my overarching goal of the stoning was to tell a story about Australia and how the country appears today, as a multicultural country the history that we have. We also have a check in history with our indigenous peoples.

        And also, my parents came to Australia as migrants and were warmly received in the 1950s when Australia needed to populate or perish, which was the catch cry after the second World War. And I guess I feel we’ve lost our way a little bit in, in, in terms of immigration policies and and treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

        So it, it was that idea of having a small country town where you have these tensions that are existing between, the white folks and the indigenous populations. And then you have this third. Group of people who come in who are new arrivals, and this is something that takes place in Australia.What you’ll learn in this episode

        What you’ll learn in this episode

        • What Peter wishes he’d done with his writing career earlier
        • Books he admires
        • Father-son relationships in fiction
        • What he’s working on now
        • How crime writing has changed since Agatha Christie’s day

        Jenny Wheeler: Yeah. Look, that’s wonderful. We’ve come to the end of our time today, but it’s been fantastic to talk and you certainly are an author that’s keeping your readers guessing. We will put those links on the show notes for this episode so people can find them.

        Peter Papathanasiou: Great. Thanks for your time, Jenny. It’s great to be a

        Jenny Wheeler: That’s great.

        Jenny Wheeler: Bye.

        Peter Papathanasiou: Bye bye.

        If you enjoyed Peter you may also enjoy…

        Adrian Hyland’s Aussie Rural Noir in Canticle Creek: Whip Smart Crime at https://thejoysofbingereading.com/adrian-hyland-whip-smart-crime/

        Next week on The Joys of Binge Reading

        Next week on Binge Reading bestselling international author, Jane Green with Sister Starlight, a bio fiction work based on the real life  story of Talitha Getty wife of mega rich heir Paul Getty, and their Bohemian lifestyle in rock and roll Marrakech in the 1960’s.

        That’s next week on Binge Reading

        Remember once again if you enjoy what you hear and a review for the show on your favorite podcast host so others can hear about us too that’s it for today

        See you next week and happy reading!

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        Greek Australian author Peter Papathanasiou follows up his first novel  -  the 2021 crime debut novel of the year  The Stoning - with another haunting story, The Invisible. A burnt out Detective Sergeant George Manolis travels to Greece to reconnect wi... Greek Australian author Peter Papathanasiou follows up his first novel  -  the 2021 crime debut novel of the year  The Stoning - with another haunting story, The Invisible. A burnt out Detective Sergeant George Manolis travels to Greece to reconnect with his roots...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Peter talks about combining a leading career as a medical geneticist with fiction, and the space allowing his creative spirit to blossom filled in his life.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our giveaway today is Free Series Starters in Mystery and Romance. My Book #1 Poisoned Legacy is in there along with a selection from a lot of other talented authors.  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://books.bookfunnel.com/freeseriesstarters/2u980x54h9<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And a little bit of exciting book news – we’ve finished recording Poisoned Legacy in audio and it should be available to buy for Christmas! We’ll be announcing exact dates very soon!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET FREE MYSTERIES<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Episode links can be found here<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And remember – if you like what you hear leave us a review on your favorite podcast site...  It helps others find us and enjoy the show too..<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to this show episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Peter Papathanasiou. Memoir, Little One:  https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/book/Peter-Papathanasiou-Little-One-9781760875596<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Peter Temple: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Temple<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jane Harper: https://janeharper.com.au/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Miles Franklin Award: https://www.perpetual.com.au/milesfranklin#:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Outback Noir:  https://www.penguin.com.au/articles/3398-crime-novels-set-in-the-australian-outback#:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chris Hammer: https://chrishammerauthor.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Garry Disher: https://garrydisher.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Adrian Hyland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Hyland<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Florina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florina<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wake In Fright – 1971 movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mh7qZq0f_w<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wake In Fright Kenneth cook book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1533656.Wake_in_Fright<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wake In Fright – new release movie:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbS4Yt4aBHU<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Peter Papanathasiou Online<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.hachette.com.au/peter-papathanasiou/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterPapathanasiouWriter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: https://twitter.com/peteplastic<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petepapathanasiou/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Peter Papathanasiou<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Here we are with Peter. Welcome to the show, Peter. It's really great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Peter Papathanasiou crime writer.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Peter Papathanasiou: thanks Jenny. It's great to be here.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Now you built a very successful career as an internationally recognized research geneticist before you began your writing. That's hard to even get your mouth around research geneticist. But you say that you've always had a passion for writing. What part did writing play on your life when you were doing your serious academic?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It might not have even played a part. Just tell us about.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Peter Papathanasiou: I used to write a lot as a kid, read and write. I eventually wanted to create my own stories. I was pretty good at school and I became more and more academic. And as I became more academic with science mathematics and these ha... Jenny Wheeler 31:36
        Halle Bridgeman- Romantic Suspense https://thejoysofbingereading.com/halle-bridgeman-romantic-suspense/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:08:49 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10390 Hallee Bridgeman is a USA today best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and she's talking about her latest adventure series. Love and Honor. Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and in today's show Hallee introduces Honor's Refuge and the appeal of military and emergency rescue heroes. Special forces A team hero Phil Osborne returns home from the military missing a leg and feeling like half a man. Phil must overcome wounds both seen and unseen to find a strength long buried--and save the woman he loves. And for our free book offer this week, we've got a special treat. Coming up to Christmas,  a Fall In Love Sweet Romance Giveaway. https://books.bookfunnel.com/freesweethistoricalromance/k4ykv9h4rg FALL IN LOVE ROMANCE FREE I've got two free sweet historical novellas in it, Hope Redeemed, a Spanish novella that's #6 in the series and Captive Heart, a Hawaiian Christmas novella, #8 in the Of Gold & Blood series. If you find you enjoy them, you might like to take a look at books #5 and #7, which are the long mysteries that lead into them. And remember if you like what you hear, leave us a review on your favorite podcast site. It helps others find us and enjoy the show as well. Links to items mentioned in the episode, including what Hallee’s reading now. Love & Honor series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/love-and-honor-series/ Red Blood and Bluegrass Series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/red-blood-and-bluegrass-series/ Virtues and Valor World War II series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/virtues-and-valor-series/ Jewel Series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/the-jewel-series/ Hallee’s Brew Coffee: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/product-category/hallees-brew-coffee/ Reading Now: Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/51837-nero-wolfe Where to find Hallee Bridgeman online www.halleebridgeman.com Introducing inspirational romance author Hallee Bridgeman Jenny Wheeler: But now here's Hallee. Hello there, Hallee and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Hallee Bridgeman - Inspirational romantic suspense author Hallee Bridgeman: Thank you so much. I'm excited to be. Jenny Wheeler: You are the best-selling author of inspirational fiction with nearly a million copies sold. That's a point for congratulations and celebration for starters. And we are going to be talking today about one of your recent series, Love and Honor, but you've got six other series and also half a dozen or so standalone books. Give us an idea of where did you get started? Was it with the inspirational fiction, right at the beginning? Hallee Bridgeman: That's what published first, but I wrote years ago, I was originally a secular romance author, not a Christian romance author. I had 10 books written that were secular, typical, straight up romance. And then. I shelved them for a few years, I went through a divorce and I got remarried and I had babies and then one day I pulled them out and that was when I changed them to Christian fiction. Six of those original stories have been published, but I redeemed them. I went in and I made them Christian instead of just a romance story. What else you’ll hear in Hallee’s interview: Why she rewrote her first ten books How Hallee manages a fulltime job, home schooling two ten boys, and publishing 49 books as well How being a ‘military brat’ has influenced her writing. Why Hallee likes to focus on focus on ‘Type A’ strong men. and realistic characters who face real world problems. What she tells other writers in her seminars on writing red, hot, squeaky, clean romance. If you enjoyed Hallee you might also enjoy.... Lynette Eason's action packed page-turners: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/lynette-eason-romantic-suspense/ LISTEN TO LYNETTE Next week on Binge Reading On Binge Reading next week, Greek -Australian author,

        Hallee Bridgeman is a USA today best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and she’s talking about her latest adventure series. Love and Honor.

        Hi there. I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in today’s show Hallee introduces Honor’s Refuge and the appeal of military and emergency rescue heroes. Special forces A team hero Phil Osborne returns home from the military missing a leg and feeling like half a man. Phil must overcome wounds both seen and unseen to find a strength long buried–and save the woman he loves.

        And for our free book offer this week, we’ve got a special treat. Coming up to Christmas,  a Fall In Love Sweet Romance Giveaway.

        https://books.bookfunnel.com/freesweethistoricalromance/k4ykv9h4rg

        I’ve got two free sweet historical novellas in it, Hope Redeemed, a Spanish novella that’s #6 in the series and Captive Heart, a Hawaiian Christmas novella, #8 in the Of Gold & Blood series.

        If you find you enjoy them, you might like to take a look at books #5 and #7, which are the long mysteries that lead into them.

        And remember if you like what you hear, leave us a review on your favorite podcast site. It helps others find us and enjoy the show as well.

        Links to items mentioned in the episode, including what Hallee’s reading now.

        Love & Honor series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/love-and-honor-series/

        Red Blood and Bluegrass Series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/red-blood-and-bluegrass-series/

        Virtues and Valor World War II series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/virtues-and-valor-series/

        Jewel Series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/the-jewel-series/

        Hallee’s Brew Coffee: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/product-category/hallees-brew-coffee/

        Reading Now: Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/51837-nero-wolfe

        Where to find Hallee Bridgeman online

        www.halleebridgeman.com

        Introducing inspirational romance author Hallee Bridgeman

        Jenny Wheeler: But now here’s Hallee. Hello there, Hallee and welcome to the show. It’s great to have you with us.

        Hallee Bridgeman - Inspirational romantic suspense author on The Joys of Binge Reading podcast
        Hallee Bridgeman – Inspirational romantic suspense author

        Hallee Bridgeman: Thank you so much. I’m excited to be.

        Jenny Wheeler: You are the best-selling author of inspirational fiction with nearly a million copies sold. That’s a point for congratulations and celebration for starters. And we are going to be talking today about one of your recent series, Love and Honor, but you’ve got six other series and also half a dozen or so standalone books.

        Give us an idea of where did you get started? Was it with the inspirational fiction, right at the beginning?

        Hallee Bridgeman: That’s what published first, but I wrote years ago, I was originally a secular romance author, not a Christian romance author.

        I had 10 books written that were secular, typical, straight up romance. And then. I shelved them for a few years, I went through a divorce and I got remarried and I had babies and then one day I pulled them out and that was when I changed them to Christian fiction.

        Six of those original stories have been published, but I redeemed them. I went in and I made them Christian instead of just a romance story.

        What else you’ll hear in Hallee’s interview:

        Why she rewrote her first ten books

        How Hallee manages a fulltime job, home schooling two ten boys, and publishing 49 books as well

        How being a ‘military brat’ has influenced her writing.

        Why Hallee likes to focus on focus on ‘Type A’ strong men. and realistic characters who face real world problems.

        What she tells other writers in her seminars on writing red, hot, squeaky, clean romance.

        If you enjoyed Hallee you might also enjoy….

        Lynette Eason’s action packed page-turners: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/lynette-eason-romantic-suspense/

        Next week on Binge Reading

        On Binge Reading next week, Greek -Australian author, Peter Papanathsiou follows up The Stoning, his first novel the 2021 crime debut novel of the year with another haunting story, The Invisible. Burnt out Detective Sergeant George Manolis travels to Greece to reconnect with his roots and discovers hidden family secrets…. That’s on Binge Reading next week.

        Remember, if you enjoy what you hear at a review of the show so others will hear about us too. That’s it for today see you next week and happy reading-

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        Hallee Bridgeman is a USA today best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and she's talking about her latest adventure series. Love and Honor. Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and in today's show Hallee introduces Honor's Refuge an... Hallee Bridgeman is a USA today best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and she's talking about her latest adventure series. Love and Honor.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and in today's show Hallee introduces Honor's Refuge and the appeal of military and emergency rescue heroes. Special forces A team hero Phil Osborne returns home from the military missing a leg and feeling like half a man. Phil must overcome wounds both seen and unseen to find a strength long buried--and save the woman he loves.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And for our free book offer this week, we've got a special treat. Coming up to Christmas,  a Fall In Love Sweet Romance Giveaway. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://books.bookfunnel.com/freesweethistoricalromance/k4ykv9h4rg<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> FALL IN LOVE ROMANCE FREE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I've got two free sweet historical novellas in it, Hope Redeemed, a Spanish novella that's #6 in the series and Captive Heart, a Hawaiian Christmas novella, #8 in the Of Gold & Blood series.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you find you enjoy them, you might like to take a look at books #5 and #7, which are the long mysteries that lead into them.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And remember if you like what you hear, leave us a review on your favorite podcast site. It helps others find us and enjoy the show as well.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to items mentioned in the episode, including what Hallee’s reading now.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Love & Honor series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/love-and-honor-series/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Red Blood and Bluegrass Series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/red-blood-and-bluegrass-series/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Virtues and Valor World War II series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/virtues-and-valor-series/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jewel Series: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/the-jewel-series/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hallee’s Brew Coffee: https://www.halleebridgeman.com/product-category/hallees-brew-coffee/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Reading Now: Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/51837-nero-wolfe<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Hallee Bridgeman online<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> www.halleebridgeman.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing inspirational romance author Hallee Bridgeman<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: But now here's Hallee. Hello there, Hallee and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hallee Bridgeman - Inspirational romantic suspense author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hallee Bridgeman: Thank you so much. I'm excited to be.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You are the best-selling author of inspirational fiction with nearly a million copies sold. That's a point for congratulations and celebration for starters. And we are going to be talking today about one of your recent series, Love and Honor, but you've got six other series and also half a dozen or so standalone books.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Give us an idea of where did you get started? Was it with the inspirational fiction, right at the beginning?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hallee Bridgeman: That's what published first, but I wrote years ago, I was originally a secular romance author, not a Christian romance author.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I had 10 books written that were secular, typical, straight up romance. And then. I shelved them for a few years, I went through a divorce and I got remarried and I had babies and then one day I pulled them out and that was when I changed them to Christian fiction.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six of those original stories have been published, but I redeemed them. I went in and I made them Christian instead of just a romance story.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What else you’ll hear in Hallee’s interview:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Why she rewrote her first ten books<br /> Jenny Wheeler 33:56
        Kate Parker -WWII Aristocrats & Spies https://thejoysofbingereading.com/kate-parker-wwii-aristocrats-spies/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 21:09:34 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10427 Kate Parker's best selling 'Deadly' series follows intrepid lady sleuth, Olivia Redmond a society reporter for a London newspaper as she navigates the perils of World War II Europe while unmasking murderers and spies. Hi, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading this week, we've got Kate's latest book, Deadly Rescue, in her World War II spy mystery series. As usual we've got great book offers, including a Halloween sales promo of dark fantasy mystery and thriller books, including Unbridled Vengeance, Book #5 in the Of Gold & Blood Old California mystery series - 50% off as a Halloween special. halloween books sale We've also got another fabulous Booksweeps promotion, 50 plus books and a new E reader to be one in the Literary Historical and Book Club Fiction contest. Details for how to enter these book offers all on the website, in the show notes for this episode at www.thejoysofbingereading.com. And just before we get to Kate a reminder, if you enjoy the show, why don't you leave us a review on your favorite podcast site? Spread the word so others can join in the fun. enter Booksweeps giveaway Giveaway alert...If you haven’t read Book Bundle 2 - Poisoned Legacy and Tangled Destiny - Books #1 and #4 in the Of Gold & Blood series you can enter to win it on BookSweeps today — plus 50+exciting Literary, Historical & Book Club Fiction books from a great collection of authors AND a brand new eReader Links to the show discussion Books Kate recommends: Robert Barnard: Crime mysteries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Barnard Emma Lathen: Wall Street mystery series: (Double authors -  economic analyst Mary Jane Latsis (July 12, 1927 – October 29, 1997) and attrorney Martha Henissart (born 1929). The pseudonym is constructed from two authors' names: "M" of Mary and "Ma" of Martha, plus "Lat" of Latsis and "Hen" of Henissart. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Lathen#:~:text=Emma%20Lathen%20is%20the%20pen,and%20%22Hen%22%20of%20Henissart. (Note in the podcast Kate spells their name with an "A" when it is actually an "E") Where to find Kate Parker Website: www,kateparkerbooks .com Introducing mystery author Kate Parker Kate Parker mystery author Jenny Wheeler: Kate, you're a North Carolina USA based bestselling author, but most of your books, well, I think all of your books as far as I know, are set in the UK. So where did this love for the United Kingdom spring from? Kate Parker: My mother had the entire collection of Agatha Christie murder mysteries. I grew up on that. And what I wanted to do more than anything else, and still do, would be to go to Great Britain in the 1930s to experience that world that she wrote about. And since I cannot build a time machine in my backyard, I haven't figured it out yet,  I like to travel to Britain, but I also like to write. Jenny Wheeler: That's fantastic. And you've certainly done that. You've got 16 books to your credit in three different series. The one we are talking about today, the 17th is part of your Deadly series and it's called Deadly Rescue. It's Book nine in the series, and set in War Time Britain, but quite a lot of the rest are set in 19th century Britain, aren't they? Kate Parker: Yes. The first two series are set in the late Victorian era and the Edwardian era, so it's just the Deadly series that's set just before the war, and then now War Time Britain. Jenny Wheeler: You've had particular breakthrough success with the Deadly Series, haven't you? Kate Parker: Yes, it has been the, the biggest boost for me so far, Things you'll learn in this episode How a connection with Congo refugees in her local church sparked her interest in what happened to the World War II refugees fleeing Hitler's Germany - and helped lead to the Deadly seriesHow her Olivia character was inspired by a 1950s cartoon reporter named Brenda StarrKate wrote 18 books before she had one accepted by a...

        Kate Parker’s best selling ‘Deadly’ series follows intrepid lady sleuth, Olivia Redmond a society reporter for a London newspaper as she navigates the perils of World War II Europe while unmasking murderers and spies.

        Hi, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading this week, we’ve got Kate’s latest book, Deadly Rescue, in her World War II spy mystery series.

        As usual we’ve got great book offers, including a Halloween sales promo of dark fantasy mystery and thriller books, including Unbridled Vengeance, Book #5 in the Of Gold & Blood Old California mystery series – 50% off as a Halloween special.

        We’ve also got another fabulous Booksweeps promotion, 50 plus books and a new E reader to be one in the Literary Historical and Book Club Fiction contest. Details for how to enter these book offers all on the website, in the show notes for this episode at www.thejoysofbingereading.com.

        And just before we get to Kate a reminder, if you enjoy the show, why don’t you leave us a review on your favorite podcast site? Spread the word so others can join in the fun.

        Giveaway alert…If you haven’t read Book Bundle 2 – Poisoned Legacy and Tangled Destiny – Books #1 and #4 in the Of Gold & Blood series you can enter to win it on BookSweeps today — plus 50+exciting Literary, Historical & Book Club Fiction books from a great collection of authors AND a brand new eReader

        Links to the show discussion

        Books Kate recommends:

        Robert Barnard: Crime mysteries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Barnard

        Emma Lathen: Wall Street mystery series: (Double authors –  economic analyst Mary Jane Latsis (July 12, 1927 – October 29, 1997) and attrorney Martha Henissart (born 1929). The pseudonym is constructed from two authors’ names: “M” of Mary and “Ma” of Martha, plus “Lat” of Latsis and “Hen” of Henissart.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Lathen#:~:text=Emma%20Lathen%20is%20the%20pen,and%20%22Hen%22%20of%20Henissart.

        (Note in the podcast Kate spells their name with an “A” when it is actually an “E”)

        Where to find Kate Parker

        Website: www,kateparkerbooks .com

        Introducing mystery author Kate Parker

        Kate Parker mystery author

        Jenny Wheeler: Kate, you’re a North Carolina USA based bestselling author, but most of your books, well, I think all of your books as far as I know, are set in the UK. So where did this love for the United Kingdom spring from?

        Kate Parker: My mother had the entire collection of Agatha Christie murder mysteries. I grew up on that. And what I wanted to do more than anything else, and still do, would be to go to Great Britain in the 1930s to experience that world that she wrote about. And since I cannot build a time machine in my backyard, I haven’t figured it out yet,

         I like to travel to Britain, but I also like to write.

        Jenny Wheeler: That’s fantastic. And you’ve certainly done that. You’ve got 16 books to your credit in three different series. The one we are talking about today, the 17th is part of your Deadly series and it’s called Deadly Rescue. It’s Book nine in the series, and set in War Time Britain, but quite a lot of the rest are set in 19th century Britain, aren’t they?

        Kate Parker: Yes. The first two series are set in the late Victorian era and the Edwardian era, so it’s just the Deadly series that’s set just before the war, and then now War Time Britain.

        Jenny Wheeler: You’ve had particular breakthrough success with the Deadly Series, haven’t you?

        Kate Parker: Yes, it has been the, the biggest boost for me so far,

        Things you’ll learn in this episode

        • How a connection with Congo refugees in her local church sparked her interest in what happened to the World War II refugees fleeing Hitler’s Germany – and helped lead to the Deadly series
        • How her Olivia character was inspired by a 1950s cartoon reporter named Brenda Starr
        • Kate wrote 18 books before she had one accepted by a publisher
        • The thing she’d change about her writing career if she could
        • Why “total chaos” best describes her writing process
        • How a demure Victorian spinster, and quiet antiquarian book seller became a solver of murder mysteries. as a member secret investigative group called The Archivist Society in her Victorian bookshop mysteries..

        If you enjoyed Kate you might also like: Mark Ellis’ Blitz Thriller series

        Mark Ellis’s World War II London is a place where crime flourishes alongside the heroism of firefighters and fighter pilots  and his charismatic Detective Frank Merlin deals with rapists, and racketeers amidst the carnage of falling bombs..

        Next Week on Binge Reading

        Hallee Bridgeman is USA Today best selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and she’s talking about her latest adventure series, Love & Honor. Honor’s Refuge,

        Special Forces A Team hero Phil Osbourne, returned home from the military missing a leg and feeling like half a man must recover from wounds both seen and unseen to find a strength long buried–and save the woman he loves

        And remember – if you like what you hear leave us a review on your favorite podcast site…  It helps others find us and enjoy the show too…

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        Kate Parker's best selling 'Deadly' series follows intrepid lady sleuth, Olivia Redmond a society reporter for a London newspaper as she navigates the perils of World War II Europe while unmasking murderers and spies. Hi, Kate Parker's best selling 'Deadly' series follows intrepid lady sleuth, Olivia Redmond a society reporter for a London newspaper as she navigates the perils of World War II Europe while unmasking murderers and spies.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading this week, we've got Kate's latest book, Deadly Rescue, in her World War II spy mystery series. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual we've got great book offers, including a Halloween sales promo of dark fantasy mystery and thriller books, including Unbridled Vengeance, Book #5 in the Of Gold & Blood Old California mystery series - 50% off as a Halloween special.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> halloween books sale<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've also got another fabulous Booksweeps promotion, 50 plus books and a new E reader to be one in the Literary Historical and Book Club Fiction contest. Details for how to enter these book offers all on the website, in the show notes for this episode at www.thejoysofbingereading.com. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And just before we get to Kate a reminder, if you enjoy the show, why don't you leave us a review on your favorite podcast site? Spread the word so others can join in the fun.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> enter Booksweeps giveaway<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Giveaway alert...If you haven’t read Book Bundle 2 - Poisoned Legacy and Tangled Destiny - Books #1 and #4 in the Of Gold & Blood series you can enter to win it on BookSweeps today — plus 50+exciting Literary, Historical & Book Club Fiction books from a great collection of authors AND a brand new eReader<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to the show discussion<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Books Kate recommends:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Robert Barnard: Crime mysteries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Barnard<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Emma Lathen: Wall Street mystery series: (Double authors -  economic analyst Mary Jane Latsis (July 12, 1927 – October 29, 1997) and attrorney Martha Henissart (born 1929). The pseudonym is constructed from two authors' names: "M" of Mary and "Ma" of Martha, plus "Lat" of Latsis and "Hen" of Henissart.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Lathen#:~:text=Emma%20Lathen%20is%20the%20pen,and%20%22Hen%22%20of%20Henissart.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> (Note in the podcast Kate spells their name with an "A" when it is actually an "E")<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Kate Parker<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: www,kateparkerbooks .com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing mystery author Kate Parker<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Parker mystery author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Kate, you're a North Carolina USA based bestselling author, but most of your books, well, I think all of your books as far as I know, are set in the UK. So where did this love for the United Kingdom spring from?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Parker: My mother had the entire collection of Agatha Christie murder mysteries. I grew up on that. And what I wanted to do more than anything else, and still do, would be to go to Great Britain in the 1930s to experience that world that she wrote about. And since I cannot build a time machine in my backyard, I haven't figured it out yet,<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  I like to travel to Britain, but I also like to write.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: That's fantastic. And you've certainly done that. You've got 16 books to your credit in three different series. The one we are talking about today, the 17th is part of your Deadly series and it's called Deadly Rescue. It's Book nine in the series, and set in War Time Britain, but quite a lot of the rest are set in 19th century Britain, aren't they?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Parker: Yes. The first two series are set in the late Victorian era and the Edwardian era, Jenny Wheeler 29:22
        Encore – Julie McElwain – Time Travel Murders https://thejoysofbingereading.com/encore-julie-mcelwain-time-travel/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 22:46:49 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10398 Julie McElwain was first on The Joys of Binge Reading back in in 2018 with her first book in the Kendra Donovan time travel series Murder in Time about an FBI agent who travels back to Regency England. . She's back today with book # 5, Shadows In Time and a series that is going from strength to strength - now optioned for TV. Jenny Wheeler: We've got Julie here with us for Encore talking about her latest book, Shadows in Time, which is part of a time slip series. Welcome to the show, Julie. Julie McElwain: Thank you very much. I really appreciate you inviting me. Before we get to out chat, just a quick mention- we have a free book offer this week Searching for your next favorite story? Look no further! These bestselling authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for a limited time. DOWNLOAD FREE BOOKS Jenny Wheeler: The last time we talked it was December 2018 and you had two books in the series out at that stage, I think, and working on the third. Now you’re on to number five and I believe number one has been sold to TV, so congratulations on that for starters. Julie McElwain: Thank you. Meeting Julie McElwain again Jenny Wheeler: Tell us about the journey since we last talked. Number three you were working on, but now you're up to number five. Julie McElwain: Yes. It has been a wonderful adventure, I’ve got to say, not only creating the series but also having people all over the world reaching out to me and connecting with me about the series. It was so touching because I’ve had several people reach out and say that reading the series has helped them through the pandemic. That was unexpected and really nice to hear. It’s not only the first book, all the books have been option by Hollywood now. Prior to Covid a Hollywood producer reached out to me. We had a beautiful lunch in Beverly Hills about this, and then Covid happened and everything screeched to a halt. I think it's coming back on track. We’ve heard good things, so fingers crossed. Murder in Time still a hot item I was also very honored because Town and Country magazine recently selected A Murder in Time as its 35 best time travel books. That was an honor. Also I’ve got to say, I had people from New Zealand reach out and I'm going to credit you, because they said, you're getting quite a fan base here. I credit you, Jenny, for giving me a fan base in New Zealand, so thank you. Jenny Wheeler: That's very sweet of you. We were quite new when we started, so that's lovely. Your book is about a 21st century FBI detective, Kendra Donovan. She gets time slipped back to early 19th century London, not intentionally at all. She's actually engaged in trying to handle her life in the 21st century when she suddenly finds herself shooted back into 19th century London. Tell us a little bit about the background for how that happens to her. Julie McElwain: What happens in A Murder in Time is you see her in the 21st century. She's involved in tracking this terrorist. She's this brilliant FBI agent, and that mission goes seriously wrong. Half her team ends up killed, she herself is seriously injured. When she recovers, she finds out the mastermind behind it has actually been recruited by the CIA. He is now a CIA asset and untouchable, and she can't handle this. She wants justice, so she ends up going to England where he is located. She infiltrates a fancy ball where she has to pretend to be a ladies maid to get close to her target. What she doesn't realize is that he has double-crossed other people now as a CIA operative, so there’s an assassin sent after him. The assassin gets him before Kendra can, and Kendra has to flee the assassin. Never Miss out!Never miss out on the hottest new authors, regular FREE BOOK OFFERS and Most Popular podcasts.Yes please to FREE BOOKS and updates on popular booksWe won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time..

        Julie McElwain was first on The Joys of Binge Reading back in in 2018 with her first book in the Kendra Donovan time travel series Murder in Time about an FBI agent who travels back to Regency England. . She’s back today with book # 5, Shadows In Time and a series that is going from strength to strength – now optioned for TV.

        Jenny Wheeler: We’ve got Julie here with us for Encore talking about her latest book, Shadows in Time, which is part of a time slip series. Welcome to the show, Julie.

        Julie McElwain: Thank you very much. I really appreciate you inviting me.

        Before we get to out chat, just a quick mention- we have a free book offer this week

        Searching for your next favorite story?

        Look no further! These bestselling authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for a limited time.

        Jenny Wheeler: The last time we talked it was December 2018 and you had two books in the series out at that stage, I think, and working on the third. Now you’re on to number five and I believe number one has been sold to TV, so congratulations on that for starters.

        Julie McElwain: Thank you.

        Meeting Julie McElwain again

        Jenny Wheeler: Tell us about the journey since we last talked. Number three you were working on, but now you’re up to number five.

        Julie McElwain: Yes. It has been a wonderful adventure, I’ve got to say, not only creating the series but also having people all over the world reaching out to me and connecting with me about the series. It was so touching because I’ve had several people reach out and say that reading the series has helped them through the pandemic. That was unexpected and really nice to hear.

        It’s not only the first book, all the books have been option by Hollywood now. Prior to Covid a Hollywood producer reached out to me. We had a beautiful lunch in Beverly Hills about this, and then Covid happened and everything screeched to a halt. I think it’s coming back on track. We’ve heard good things, so fingers crossed.

        Murder in Time still a hot item

        I was also very honored because Town and Country magazine recently selected A Murder in Time as its 35 best time travel books. That was an honor. Also I’ve got to say, I had people from New Zealand reach out and I’m going to credit you, because they said, you’re getting quite a fan base here. I credit you, Jenny, for giving me a fan base in New Zealand, so thank you.

        Jenny Wheeler: That’s very sweet of you. We were quite new when we started, so that’s lovely. Your book is about a 21st century FBI detective, Kendra Donovan. She gets time slipped back to early 19th century London, not intentionally at all. She’s actually engaged in trying to handle her life in the 21st century when she suddenly finds herself shooted back into 19th century London. Tell us a little bit about the background for how that happens to her.

        Julie McElwain: What happens in A Murder in Time is you see her in the 21st century. She’s involved in tracking this terrorist. She’s this brilliant FBI agent, and that mission goes seriously wrong. Half her team ends up killed, she herself is seriously injured. When she recovers, she finds out the mastermind behind it has actually been recruited by the CIA.

        He is now a CIA asset and untouchable, and she can’t handle this. She wants justice, so she ends up going to England where he is located. She infiltrates a fancy ball where she has to pretend to be a ladies maid to get close to her target. What she doesn’t realize is that he has double-crossed other people now as a CIA operative, so there’s an assassin sent after him. The assassin gets him before Kendra can, and Kendra has to flee the assassin.

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        Never miss out on the hottest new authors, regular FREE BOOK OFFERS and Most Popular podcasts.

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          She goes back in time in a stairwell

          She ends up running into the stairwell. That’s when things go seriously wrong, through no fault of her own. She stumbles out again and it takes her a little bit, but she starts realizing she is no longer in the 21st century, and because she is dressed as a ladies maid, they mistake her as a ladies maid, so she has to deal with her change of circumstance, which is very strange to her. When she is dealing with it is for me a fun moment, because she is so brilliant and talented and efficient in the 21st century. In the early 19th century she is not, and she’s demoted for the first time in her entire life, and she ends up as a below stairs maid.

          During this time a young girl was found in the lake, murdered, and she, as an FBI agent knows that it’s the work of a serial killer. She has to convince people that there’s a serial killer. This is before anybody even knew about serial killers. She had to convince them that there’s a killer on the loose, and that she can find them. Basically, that’s the book. She’s trying to uncover this killer.

          How can she get back home?

          The series is, she wants to get home. She just doesn’t know how to get home. When it comes to all the books, she’s solving a murder in every book and she’s developing and growing as a person in that era. She does want to get home, but that’s not so easy.

          Jenny Wheeler: She doesn’t really understand how she can get home, does she, because she doesn’t quite understand how she even got there in the first place.

          Julie McElwain: Yes. To me, that’s one of the fun aspects of it. The duke who she gets to know, he’s what we would call back then a natural philosopher but now we’d call him a scientist. He is very enlightened. He’s very spiritual. He’s got a deep faith and Kendra just doesn’t. They both look at her circumstances there, and where he attributes it to maybe a higher power, she looks at it more as a science. To me, it’s interesting.

          Jenny Wheeler: She is semi adopted by this duke, so she’s in a protected environment. He describes her as his ward or his goddaughter, doesn’t he?

          Ambiguous status in a stratified society

          Julie McElwain: Yes. He took her on as his ward because basically she’s this beautiful young woman and even though the castle is quite large, if she’s not a servant, they don’t know where to put her. Back then you had to have a place. In A Murder in Time he understands where she’s from, so being his ward seems the best way to handle this situation, because as a single lady, she can’t just hang out in the castle.

          Jenny Wheeler: That’s right. And as a former FBI agent, of course, she’s got huge amounts of technology at her fingertips with which to solve crime, like being able to do fingertip printing and DNA testing. None of that is available to her in the 19th century, so she has to resort to old fashioned methods of sleuthing, doesn’t she, to get her results?

          Julie McElwain: She does. She tries to be as innovative as she can be, but it’s a source of frustration to her that she doesn’t have all this technology that she had in the modern era. Also, when she sees how things are done. One of the things when I did my research, if a crime is committed, they sometimes opened up the house for looky-loos. People could come in and look at the body or where the bodies were.

          It’s kind of fascinating, not having crime scenes, crime scene tape and everything, in procedure. She creates her own procedure which they don’t under really understand, that’s familiar to her. But she has to do everything the old fashioned way.

          A cutting edge Duke is her guardian

          Jenny Wheeler: One of the aspects of it that fascinated me was her guardian, the duke whose house she’s staying in, is very scientific and up with the cutting edge of science as understood in his time. But she’s very aware that she shouldn’t tell him about things that have been discovered since because she might change the whole path of history if she tells him about some of the discoveries that have been made in the late 19th century or early 20th century.

          That’s quite fascinating. Tell us a bit about how deeply you went into that and what kinds of things you became aware of.

          Julie McElwain: Oh, it’s so interesting. Honestly I did a lot of research into time travel itself – more than will ever end up in the books, because the time travel aspect is really a vehicle to get her to the early 19th century and to put her in this situation.

          Once I was at a library doing a book signing and I was speaking and all this stuff, and I got into the time travel thing, all the research I’ve done, and I could see people’s eyes glaze over. So I’m like, okay, I’ll go back. Obviously, she thinks about it from her standpoint. She has a lot of knowledge on this subject, so she can think about it.

          Various views of history – fixed or fluid?

          Growing up I’ve seen a lot of time travel shows or twilight zones or whatever. We have the theories like the butterfly effect or the chaos theory, that you can change history. There are certain people who have the theory that the giant things in history are fixed and nobody can go back and change them. Then there are the people that think even a tiny butterfly wing can create a hurricane in another part of the world.

          Kendra doesn’t know, and because she doesn’t know, she’s afraid. She doesn’t want to change history. In the beginning she doesn’t want to change history because she doesn’t want to get back to her own era and find everything changed. But now, even if she thinks she’s not going to get back, she does not want to be the one responsible because who knows what could happen. What dire thing could come from that?

          She’s also careful because there are certain things she does know about that era. She doesn’t want to give the duke a heads up because he might try to save somebody or Alec might try to save somebody. She is in this position where she has to keep a lot to herself and sometimes it’s an uncomfortable position.

          Kendra an outlier in contemporary life too

          Jenny Wheeler: There are just a couple of people in her world she has confided in about the fact that she is from the 21st century. One is the duke and the other is the man who becomes her romantic interest, and that’s Alec. Tell us about that developing romance between Alec and Kendra when they’ve got such a huge golf between them in some ways.

          Julie McElwain: It’s been fascinating because it’s taken me several books to realize how much they have in common. I didn’t really bring that out in the first book. To me there was a chemistry, attraction, whatever, but as I started to think about both of their histories, Kendra Donovan is an outlier in the modern area era as well.

          Her parents were two brilliant scientists who believe in positive eugenics. They believe that if two brilliant scientists get together, their offspring are going to be brilliant. That’s what they did with Kendra. They had a path for Kendra. She had a destiny that they had in mind for her and she needed to follow that destiny. There was a lot of loneliness in her childhood, a lot of living up to standards.

          Alec – her love interest – also a ‘misfit’

          Alec is in the same boat because he’s in the upper classes of England of that time, and that was a very rigid class system. The duke had a family, a wife and daughter, but they perished quite early on. He loved them so much, and he was like, I’m not going to remarry, so the dukedom would have fallen on Alec’s shoulders. He knew that was his destiny. His destiny was to get married, to have more children, to take care of that legacy, to take care of the lands. He was not supposed to deviate from that as well.

          His biological mother passed away. His father remarried, and then he passed away. The stepmom did not like Alec. She had a son she wanted to inherit everything, so there was a lot of resentment. I think he was an outlier. I look at these two individuals and I think it’s fascinating because they are separated by over 200 years and yet they have so much in common. On an emotional level they both had very lonely childhoods. They had so much expectation on them. I find it fascinating.

          It’s also interesting because obviously Kendra is from the modern world. She’s an independent woman. Alec will accept so much, but he’s used to taking care of people, so sometimes that rubs each other the wrong way. She feels she doesn’t need somebody to take care of her, although back then she needs it more than she ever had. I like their relationship.

          Kendra’s place in her own time

          Jenny Wheeler: As we’ve mentioned, she is very independent even by 21st century standards, and she finds some of the restraints of the 19th century difficult to live with, but is there anything about the 19th century that she’s beginning to prefer to her own time?

          Julie McElwain: This is so interesting because I honestly feel that in terms of the technology and everything around the 19th century, I think she would give it up in a heartbeat for the modern century. I mean, I would love to visit there, but no way would I want to live there. Women especially would be giving up so much and I don’t know if I could do that.

          But this is what’s interesting. What makes a place a home? What makes a house? You can have a beautiful house with all the appliances, all the technology, this most beautiful house. But isn’t it the people in it that make it a home? Maybe a shack, if you had filled it with people you loved, might be something you prefer than the beautiful big house with all the technology. Would you give up the lack of technology?

          A 21st century girl living in the 1800s

          She wants the modern conveniences, but if you asked her to give it up because of the people – that’s what is changing her. I think it’s a wonderful change because in the modern era Kendra was abandoned. Her parents had rigid expectations of her. She was brilliant. She has a photographic memory. She got to Princeton when she was 14 years old, and she wanted to explore more things. She was an outlier there as well. She wanted to explore more things and her parents were like, no, you’re on the path we put you on, and they kind of abandoned her when she wanted to deviate from that path.

          So she’s got abandonment issues. She was always very careful, especially in the 21st century. She didn’t need anybody. She can live her life completely with her work and only have her work. She could live and survive and that’s fine. I don’t think she looked at herself as lonely, but that was her life in the 21st century.

          Being forced in the 19th century, she really did need people to survive. I mean, there were no matches back then. She can’t even light a candle. She needs people to survive, and that opened her up and made her more vulnerable. That’s why she opened up to a father figure she never had, which is the duke, and to a deep love interest she never allowed herself. Even to a friend. She never had many friendships, so I think we forced her.

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            Kendra’s story is a discovery tour

            Jenny Wheeler: Have you got any sense of how this is all going to end?

            Julie McElwain: I don’t. As long as the readers are out there and are interested in it, and as long as Kendra’s story still speaks to me. As a writer, you have these voices in your head and these characters who have these voices. Right now Kendra’s voice and all the characters, they are pretty strong. I feel like there’s still a lot to learn and develop and explore. The day when I feel there’s nothing else to be said, then that’s the day it should be done.

            Jenny Wheeler: I seem to recall that the last time we talked, you were working in journalism in California. In fact, I think you were working around the TV area. Are you still doing that or have you become a full-time author?

            Julie McElwain: One of the things Covid did was it shuttered our magazine. When that happened I guess it’s like the old saying – when one door closes another opens. It really made me think what I wanted to do. Do I get another job and still do these two jobs?

            Moving back home from California

            The books were doing well enough. California is a very expensive place to live, so I don’t know if they were doing well enough for me to live in California. But I am originally from North Dakota and my family’s still back here, and Covid – especially when you’re shut down and can’t see people – was very difficult. So I decided, this is the time. This is the opportunity. I decided to move back to my very small town and become a full-time author. That’s what I’ve been doing.

            Jenny Wheeler: So you’ve gone back to your roots. That sounds rather nice.

            Julie McElwain: Yes, it’s been fun. At first I thought, well, maybe it will be for a little bit and then I’ll go to a larger city in North Dakota. But I’ve been having such a blast, so I’m going to be sticking around.

            Jenny Wheeler: Oh, great. Tell us a little bit about how that lifestyle has changed. Are you in a country town? Do you have pets and things that you couldn’t have in the city? What substantially has changed in the way you live?

            Julie McElwain: I’m in a very, very tiny town and it’s very rural, so even during Covid there was a lot more freedom to move around. Most of my family is here and they are in farming and construction. I help out and stuff like that, so there’s a lot of family oriented stuff that I’m very busy with. I just got on the library board of our small town, so I’ll be doing that.

            A change of pace for Julie McElwain

            I was in California for almost 30 years, and I loved it. I love my friends and a lot of things, but it’s like everything’s fresh and new now. The way I grew up, I remember it, but it’s all new to me now again, so it’s been very fun.

            Jenny Wheeler: That’s lovely. Tell us a bit about your workload over the next 12 months. Is there another Kendra book in the works, and have you got any other series that you’re thinking about?

            Julie McElwain: Yes, actually. I wrapped up book six for Kendra and it’s with my agent. The last nine months I worked on and I just finished a modern day mystery which has a kind of a connection to Kendra. In the last book I wrote with Kendra that’s with my agent, there is a missing diamond that comes up with the murder. There’s a famous diamond.

            In the new book I have this disgraced lawyer who works for her father who is a PI. She’s a PI that was a disgraced lawyer. The diamond shows up in that book and then there’s a murder. What I like too is that they’re based in Washington DC, and there are some familiar characters that will pop up. One character that popped up in this particular book is Dean Cooper who came in at the very end of A Murder in Time.

            Where the Kendra story is going

            He’s the director of intelligence who was saying we’re going to get Kendra Donovan wherever she is, because they don’t know what happened to her. As far as they know, she killed the CIA asset and disappeared. So they’re after her. He pops up in this book. You don’t have to have read the In Time series to appreciate this book or the new mystery, but there are four people who have read that. There are kind of their lines. They will see where Kendra is mentioned and they’re looking at the same diamond.

            I have a friend reading this now, before I send it to my agent, but now I’m plotting and researching my next Kendra Donovan mystery.

            Jenny Wheeler: That sounds really fun. I love that idea of now having a series back in Kendra’s own time where she figures there in the background a bit. You can see all sorts of ways that might end up coming in a complete circle. It’s a fantastic idea, Julie.

            Julie McElwain: Thank you so much. It’s been fun.

            Jenny Wheeler: We have come to the end of our time because this is a little bit shorter than the main episode we do. Thank you so much. It’s been fun to catch up, and we’ll continue to watch your work with interest. Maybe when that new one finally gets published, we’ll get together and talk about that one.

            Julie McElwain: I would love that. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.

            Jenny Wheeler: Okay, bye now.

            Julie McElwain: Bye.

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            Julie McElwain was first on The Joys of Binge Reading back in in 2018 with her first book in the Kendra Donovan time travel series Murder in Time about an FBI agent who travels back to Regency England. . She's back today with book # 5, Julie McElwain was first on The Joys of Binge Reading back in in 2018 with her first book in the Kendra Donovan time travel series Murder in Time about an FBI agent who travels back to Regency England. . She's back today with book # 5, Shadows In Time and a series that is going from strength to strength - now optioned for TV.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: We've got Julie here with us for Encore talking about her latest book, Shadows in Time, which is part of a time slip series. Welcome to the show, Julie.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Julie McElwain: Thank you very much. I really appreciate you inviting me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Before we get to out chat, just a quick mention- we have a free book offer this week <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Searching for your next favorite story?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Look no further! These bestselling authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for a limited time.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD FREE BOOKS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: The last time we talked it was December 2018 and you had two books in the series out at that stage, I think, and working on the third. Now you’re on to number five and I believe number one has been sold to TV, so congratulations on that for starters.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Julie McElwain: Thank you.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Meeting Julie McElwain again<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Tell us about the journey since we last talked. Number three you were working on, but now you're up to number five.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Julie McElwain: Yes. It has been a wonderful adventure, I’ve got to say, not only creating the series but also having people all over the world reaching out to me and connecting with me about the series. It was so touching because I’ve had several people reach out and say that reading the series has helped them through the pandemic. That was unexpected and really nice to hear.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It’s not only the first book, all the books have been option by Hollywood now. Prior to Covid a Hollywood producer reached out to me. We had a beautiful lunch in Beverly Hills about this, and then Covid happened and everything screeched to a halt. I think it's coming back on track. We’ve heard good things, so fingers crossed.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Murder in Time still a hot item<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I was also very honored because Town and Country magazine recently selected A Murder in Time as its 35 best time travel books. That was an honor. Also I’ve got to say, I had people from New Zealand reach out and I'm going to credit you, because they said, you're getting quite a fan base here. I credit you, Jenny, for giving me a fan base in New Zealand, so thank you.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: That's very sweet of you. We were quite new when we started, so that's lovely. Your book is about a 21st century FBI detective, Kendra Donovan. She gets time slipped back to early 19th century London, not intentionally at all. She's actually engaged in trying to handle her life in the 21st century when she suddenly finds herself shooted back into 19th century London. Tell us a little bit about the background for how that happens to her.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Julie McElwain: What happens in A Murder in Time is you see her in the 21st century. She's involved in tracking this terrorist. She's this brilliant FBI agent, and that mission goes seriously wrong. Half her team ends up killed, she herself is seriously injured. When she recovers, she finds out the mastermind behind it has actually been recruited by the CIA.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> He is now a CIA asset and untouchable, and she can't handle this. She wants justice, so she ends up going to England where he is located. She infiltrates a fancy ball where she has to pretend to be a ladies maid to get close to her target. Jenny Wheeler 23:14
            Whitney Scharer – Rapturous Bio-Fiction https://thejoysofbingereading.com/whitney-scharer-rapturous-bio-fiction/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 01:00:54 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10305 Whitney Scharer’s historical novel The Age of Light takes us from the glamor of Paris in the 1920s to the horror of World War II battlefields in a startlingly modern love story based on the true life of fashion model and gifted photographer. Lee Miller. Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today we have a treat. Whitney Scharer’s debut novel. I know we usually do series, but this is a little bit special. It's a great mesmerizing portrait of a true woman, Lee Miller as she transforms from muse to artist. She's the girl who in her twenties, the former Vogue cover girl, who said, ‘I'd rather take a photograph than be in one.’ Author Paula McLain called it "rapturous and razor sharp." As usual we've got free book treats for you. this week it's historical freebies, which we can down load here: DOWNLOAD HISTORIC FREEBIES And don't forget, you can encourage my endeavors on the show. We reaching nearly 250 episodes now, and it does cost time and money for me to put these on every week. By becoming a Patreon supporter for less than a cup of coffee a month, you'll receive exclusive bonus content like here in Whitney, answer the, getting to know you. Five quickfire questions. That's. Part of the exclusive content on Patrion that's P a T R E O n.com. Forward slash the joys have been dreading. If you can't see your way there to doing that, then how about just supporting one episode@buymeacoffee.com/jennywheel/X BUY ME A COFFEE Links to points discussed in the show: The Age of Light: https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/whitney-scharer/the-age-of-light/9780316524094/ Lee Miller: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Miller Man Ray: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Ray Lee Miller’s famous picture of herself in Hitler’s bathtub: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK1KUYTluTU Man Ray, Solarization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QITcY3W0mto The Lee Miller Archive:  https://www.leemiller.co.uk/ Anthony Penrose:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Penrose# Lee Miller's cookbook: https://www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk/product/lee-miller-a-life-with-food-friends-recipes-2/ Books Whitney is reading: Emily St John  Mandel, Sea Of Tranquility:      https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Tranquility-Emily-John-Mandel/dp/0593321448 Jennifer Egan, The Candy House:  https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Candy-House/Jennifer-Egan/9781476716763 Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad: https://www.amazon.com/Visit-Goon-Squad-Jennifer-Egan/dp/0307477479 Ann Leary, The Foundling; https://annleary.com/ Where to find Whitney online: Where to find Whitney Scharer online: Website: http://www.whitneyscharer.com Twitter: @wscharer Instagram: @wscharer Facebook: facebook.com/whitneyscharerwriter/ Things you will learn in Whitney and The Age of Light How and why Whitney came to write the book How Lee Miller and May Ray met. Their innovative photographic collaboration in Paris The love affair that turned toxic Lee Miller’s wartime career. Parisian art world of the 20s and 30s What historical fiction authors choose to leave in or leave out of their story Lee Miller’s son’s work in maintaining her artistic legacy Lee Miller’s later role as the ‘Julia Child of Southern England' If you like Whitney you might also like... Gill Paul on Lady Eve Herbert and the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb.. another bio- fictional story where truth was almost stranger than fiction... https://thejoysofbingereading.com/gill-paul-on-encore/ LISTEN TO GILL ON ENCORE Next Week: Encore On Binge Reading

            Whitney Scharer’s historical novel The Age of Light takes us from the glamor of Paris in the 1920s to the horror of World War II battlefields in a startlingly modern love story based on the true life of fashion model and gifted photographer. Lee Miller.

            Hi there. I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today we have a treat. Whitney Scharer’s debut novel. I know we usually do series, but this is a little bit special. It’s a great mesmerizing portrait of a true woman, Lee Miller as she transforms from muse to artist. She’s the girl who in her twenties, the former Vogue cover girl, who said, ‘I’d rather take a photograph than be in one.’

            Author Paula McLain called it “rapturous and razor sharp.”

            As usual we’ve got free book treats for you. this week it’s historical freebies, which we can down load here:

            And don’t forget, you can encourage my endeavors on the show. We reaching nearly 250 episodes now, and it does cost time and money for me to put these on every week.

            By becoming a Patreon supporter for less than a cup of coffee a month, you’ll receive exclusive bonus content like here in Whitney, answer the, getting to know you. Five quickfire questions. That’s. Part of the exclusive content on Patrion that’s P a T R E O n.com. Forward slash the joys have been dreading. If you can’t see your way there to doing that, then how about just supporting one episode@buymeacoffee.com/jennywheel/X

            Links to points discussed in the show:

            The Age of Light: https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/whitney-scharer/the-age-of-light/9780316524094/

            Lee Miller: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Miller

            Man Ray: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Ray

            Lee Miller’s famous picture of herself in Hitler’s bathtub:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK1KUYTluTU

            Man Ray, Solarization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QITcY3W0mto

            The Lee Miller Archive:  https://www.leemiller.co.uk/

            Anthony Penrose:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Penrose#

            Lee Miller’s cookbook: https://www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk/product/lee-miller-a-life-with-food-friends-recipes-2/

            Books Whitney is reading:

            Emily St John  Mandel, Sea Of Tranquility:      https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Tranquility-Emily-John-Mandel/dp/0593321448

            Jennifer Egan, The Candy House:  https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Candy-House/Jennifer-Egan/9781476716763

            Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad: https://www.amazon.com/Visit-Goon-Squad-Jennifer-Egan/dp/0307477479

            Ann Leary, The Foundling; https://annleary.com/

            Where to find Whitney online:

            Where to find Whitney Scharer online:

            Website: http://www.whitneyscharer.com

            Twitter: @wscharer

            Instagram: @wscharer

            Facebook: facebook.com/whitneyscharerwriter/

            Things you will learn in Whitney and The Age of Light

            How and why Whitney came to write the book

            How Lee Miller and May Ray met.

            Their innovative photographic collaboration in Paris

            The love affair that turned toxic

            Lee Miller’s wartime career.

            Parisian art world of the 20s and 30s

            What historical fiction authors choose to leave in or leave out of their story

            Lee Miller’s son’s work in maintaining her artistic legacy

            Lee Miller’s later role as the ‘Julia Child of Southern England’

            If you like Whitney you might also like…

            Gill Paul on Lady Eve Herbert and the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb.. another bio- fictional story where truth was almost stranger than fiction… https://thejoysofbingereading.com/gill-paul-on-encore/

            Next Week: Encore On Binge Reading

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            Whitney Scharer’s historical novel The Age of Light takes us from the glamor of Paris in the 1920s to the horror of World War II battlefields in a startlingly modern love story based on the true life of fashion model and gifted photographer. Whitney Scharer’s historical novel The Age of Light takes us from the glamor of Paris in the 1920s to the horror of World War II battlefields in a startlingly modern love story based on the true life of fashion model and gifted photographer. Lee Miller.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today we have a treat. Whitney Scharer’s debut novel. I know we usually do series, but this is a little bit special. It's a great mesmerizing portrait of a true woman, Lee Miller as she transforms from muse to artist. She's the girl who in her twenties, the former Vogue cover girl, who said, ‘I'd rather take a photograph than be in one.’<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Author Paula McLain called it "rapturous and razor sharp."<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual we've got free book treats for you. this week it's historical freebies, which we can down load here:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD HISTORIC FREEBIES<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don't forget, you can encourage my endeavors on the show. We reaching nearly 250 episodes now, and it does cost time and money for me to put these on every week.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> By becoming a Patreon supporter for less than a cup of coffee a month, you'll receive exclusive bonus content like here in Whitney, answer the, getting to know you. Five quickfire questions. That's. Part of the exclusive content on Patrion that's P a T R E O n.com. Forward slash the joys have been dreading. If you can't see your way there to doing that, then how about just supporting one episode@buymeacoffee.com/jennywheel/X<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BUY ME A COFFEE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to points discussed in the show:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Age of Light: https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/whitney-scharer/the-age-of-light/9780316524094/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lee Miller: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Miller<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Man Ray: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Ray<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lee Miller’s famous picture of herself in Hitler’s bathtub:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK1KUYTluTU<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Man Ray, Solarization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QITcY3W0mto<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Lee Miller Archive:  https://www.leemiller.co.uk/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Anthony Penrose:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Penrose#<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lee Miller's cookbook: https://www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk/product/lee-miller-a-life-with-food-friends-recipes-2/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Books Whitney is reading:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Emily St John  Mandel, Sea Of Tranquility:      https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Tranquility-Emily-John-Mandel/dp/0593321448<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jennifer Egan, The Candy House:  https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Candy-House/Jennifer-Egan/9781476716763<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad: https://www.amazon.com/Visit-Goon-Squad-Jennifer-Egan/dp/0307477479<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ann Leary, The Foundling; https://annleary.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Whitney online:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Whitney Scharer online:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: http://www.whitneyscharer.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @wscharer<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @wscharer<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: facebook.com/whitneyscharerwriter/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Things you will learn in Whitney and The Age of Light<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How and why Whitney came to write the book<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How Lee Miller and May Ray met.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Their innovative photographic collaboration in Paris<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The love affair that turned toxic<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lee Miller’s wartime career.<br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 27:44
            Fiona Leitch – Cornish Murder Mysteries https://thejoysofbingereading.com/fiona-leitch-cornish-murder-mysteries/ Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:21:56 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10338 On Binge Reading this week Kiwi-based mystery author Fiona Leitch and her Nosey Parker Cornish Murder mystery series, A Recipe For Murder. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading this week Fiona talks about her police officer sleuth who switches careers from metropolitan London and retreats to a small English village to reinvent herself as a chef – but she can’t seem to avoid solving crime. In this latest addition to the series, Jodie is persuaded to enter a Great Bake Off show, and murder interferes with the TV schedule. We’ve got our usual giveaway mystery reads, and I have my Book #5 Unbridled Vengeance in there. https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/5IUS2S8nKHKhF44uzCPc DOWNLOAD FREE BOOKS Fiona is on Binge Reading on Patreon’s Five Quickfire Questions. Support the show on Patreon for as little as a cup of coffee a month, or if you particularly enjoy this episode buy me a cup of coffee on www.buymeacoffee/jennywheelX.com. Links to this episode: Richard Osman: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2201645/richard-osman/ Janice Hallett: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Janice-Hallett/185128688 Jane Harper: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27824826-the-dry Where to find Fiona online: Website: https://www.fionaleitch.com https://www.facebook.com/fionakleitch twitter.comfkleitch https://www.instagram.com/leitchfiona/ What we discuss on the show The new format covers which are proving very popular The Christmas book - Book Four - sold especially well The Cornish mysteries summed up0: Cornwall, cooking, handsome detectives, and a Pomeranian named Germaine. I’m sure all the dog lovers are going to love that. An introduction to Jodie and her world. Food an important component in the story - every book has a recipe The Bella Tyson series, which is about “the misadventures of 40-something award-winning crime writer, Bella Tyson”. Children in books and being a MUM Importance of humor What Fiona is reading: Jane Harper, (The Dry) What she'd change if she could The advice she gives young writers If you like Fiona you might also like Lorrie Holmgren's Emily Swift cozy travel mysteries set in the English heartland LISTEN TO lORRIE HERE Next Week on Binge Reading Whitney Scharer's highly praised story of adventurer, Vogue model and photographer Lee Miller's amazing life. The Joys of Binge Reading podcast is put together with wonderful technical help from Dan Cotton at DC Audio Services. Dan is an experienced sound and video engineer who’s ready and available to help you with your next project… Seek him out at dcaudioservices@gmail.com or Phone + 64 – 21979539. He’s fast, takes pride in getting it right, and lovely to work with. Our voice overs are done by Abe Raffills, and Abe’s another gem. He got 20 years of experience on both sides of the camera/microphone as a cameraman/director and also voice artist and television presenter. Abe’s vocal delivery is both light hearted and warm and he is super easy to work with no matter the job. You’ll find him at abe@pointandshoot.co.nz

            On Binge Reading this week Kiwi-based mystery author Fiona Leitch and her Nosey Parker Cornish Murder mystery series, A Recipe For Murder.

            Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading this week Fiona talks about her police officer sleuth who switches careers from metropolitan London and retreats to a small English village to reinvent herself as a chef – but she can’t seem to avoid solving crime.

            In this latest addition to the series, Jodie is persuaded to enter a Great Bake Off show, and murder interferes with the TV schedule.

            We’ve got our usual giveaway mystery reads, and I have my Book #5 Unbridled Vengeance in there.

            https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/5IUS2S8nKHKhF44uzCPc

            Fiona is on Binge Reading on Patreon’s Five Quickfire Questions. Support the show on Patreon for as little as a cup of coffee a month, or if you particularly enjoy this episode buy me a cup of coffee on www.buymeacoffee/jennywheelX.com.

            Links to this episode:

            Richard Osman: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2201645/richard-osman/

            Janice Hallett: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Janice-Hallett/185128688

            Jane Harper: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27824826-the-dry

            Where to find Fiona online:

            Website:

            https://www.fionaleitch.com

            https://www.facebook.com/fionakleitch

            twitter.comfkleitch

            https://www.instagram.com/leitchfiona/

            What we discuss on the show

            The new format covers which are proving very popular

            The Christmas book – Book Four – sold especially well

            The Cornish mysteries summed up0: Cornwall, cooking, handsome detectives, and a Pomeranian named Germaine. I’m sure all the dog lovers are going to love that.

            An introduction to Jodie and her world.

            Food an important component in the story – every book has a recipe

            The Bella Tyson series, which is about “the misadventures of 40-something award-winning crime writer, Bella Tyson”.

            Children in books and being a MUM

            Importance of humor

            What Fiona is reading: Jane Harper, (The Dry)

            What she’d change if she could

            The advice she gives young writers

            If you like Fiona you might also like

            Lorrie Holmgren’s Emily Swift cozy travel mysteries set in the English heartland

            Next Week on Binge Reading

            Whitney Scharer’s highly praised story of adventurer, Vogue model and photographer Lee Miller’s amazing life.

            The Joys of Binge Reading podcast is put together with wonderful technical help from Dan Cotton at DC Audio Services. Dan is an experienced sound and video engineer who’s ready and available to help you with your next project… Seek him out at dcaudioservices@gmail.com or Phone + 64 – 21979539. He’s fast, takes pride in getting it right, and lovely to work with.

            Our voice overs are done by Abe Raffills, and Abe’s another gem. He got 20 years of experience on both sides of the camera/microphone as a cameraman/director and also voice artist and television presenter. Abe’s vocal delivery is both light hearted and warm and he is super easy to work with no matter the job. You’ll find him at abe@pointandshoot.co.nz

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            On Binge Reading this week Kiwi-based mystery author Fiona Leitch and her Nosey Parker Cornish Murder mystery series, A Recipe For Murder. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading this week Fiona talks about her police officer sle... On Binge Reading this week Kiwi-based mystery author Fiona Leitch and her Nosey Parker Cornish Murder mystery series, A Recipe For Murder.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading this week Fiona talks about her police officer sleuth who switches careers from metropolitan London and retreats to a small English village to reinvent herself as a chef – but she can’t seem to avoid solving crime.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> In this latest addition to the series, Jodie is persuaded to enter a Great Bake Off show, and murder interferes with the TV schedule.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got our usual giveaway mystery reads, and I have my Book #5 Unbridled Vengeance in there.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/5IUS2S8nKHKhF44uzCPc<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD FREE BOOKS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Fiona is on Binge Reading on Patreon’s Five Quickfire Questions. Support the show on Patreon for as little as a cup of coffee a month, or if you particularly enjoy this episode buy me a cup of coffee on www.buymeacoffee/jennywheelX.com.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Richard Osman: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2201645/richard-osman/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Janice Hallett: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Janice-Hallett/185128688<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jane Harper: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27824826-the-dry<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Fiona online:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.fionaleitch.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.facebook.com/fionakleitch<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> twitter.comfkleitch<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.instagram.com/leitchfiona/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What we discuss on the show<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The new format covers which are proving very popular<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Christmas book - Book Four - sold especially well<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Cornish mysteries summed up0: Cornwall, cooking, handsome detectives, and a Pomeranian named Germaine. I’m sure all the dog lovers are going to love that. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> An introduction to Jodie and her world.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Food an important component in the story - every book has a recipe<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Bella Tyson series, which is about “the misadventures of 40-something award-winning crime writer, Bella Tyson”. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Children in books and being a MUM<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Importance of humor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What Fiona is reading: Jane Harper, (The Dry) <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What she'd change if she could<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The advice she gives young writers<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you like Fiona you might also like<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lorrie Holmgren's Emily Swift cozy travel mysteries set in the English heartland<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> LISTEN TO lORRIE HERE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Next Week on Binge Reading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Whitney Scharer's highly praised story of adventurer, Vogue model and photographer Lee Miller's amazing life. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Joys of Binge Reading podcast is put together with wonderful technical help from Dan Cotton at DC Audio Services. Dan is an experienced sound and video engineer who’s ready and available to help you with your next project… Seek him out at dcaudioservices@gmail.com or Phone + 64 – 21979539. He’s fast, takes pride in getting it right, and lovely to work with.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our voice overs are done by Abe Raffills, and Abe’s another gem. He got 20 years of experience on both sides of the camera/microphone as a cameraman/director and also voice artist and television presenter. Jenny Wheeler 36:51
            J F Penn – Arkane Thrillers https://thejoysofbingereading.com/j-f-penn-arkane-thrillers/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 03:00:39 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10239 J F Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers, dark fantasy, and crime. We are talking about Tomb Of Relics, her twelfth book in her best-selling Arkane series. The series has been likened to Dan Brown’s thrillers and it’s got all the popular themes: relics of power, international locations, and adventure with an edge of the supernatural. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading J F – Joanna – talks about her attraction to dark mystery and being a successful author in the 21st century. Of course as usual we have a free book giveaway - this week is Out of Time Mysteries and Thriller Giveaway: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/2pNOBFed21srn5v1aNfU DOWNLOAD FREE MYsTERIES AND THRILLERS If you'd like enjoy the show and would like to thank us for all our work, support us by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX BUY ME A COFFEE - AND THANK YOU! Links mentioned in this episode: Dan Brown and Da Vinci Code: https://danbrown.com/ Anne Rice: http://annerice.com/ Sandra Bullock movie like Romancing the Stone: The Lost City: https://screenrant.com/lost-city-romancing-stone-similar-different/ Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/ Daniel Silva: Portrait of An Unknown Woman: https://danielsilvabooks.com/ John Connolly: Charlie Parker series: https://www.johnconnollybooks.com/ Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/ Pilgimrage St Cuthbert’s Way: https://www.stcuthbertsway.info/ Camino Way: https://caminoways.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Camino-de-Santiago.jpg Where to find J F Penn: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Thriller AuthorPodcaster. Speaker. Award-winning Entrepreneur. Get your FREE Successful Author Blueprint: www.TheCreativePenn.com Podcast: www.TheCreativePenn.com/podcasts/ Twitter: joanna@TheCreativePenn.comwww.twitter.com/thecreativepenn  Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TheCreativePenn Instagram: www.instagram.com/jfpennauthor Love Books and Travel? www.BooksAndTravel.page What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Joanna. Introducing thriller author JF Penn Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Joanna, and welcome to the show. It's fabulous to have you with us Thriller author JF Penn J F Penn: Thanks so much, Jenny. I'm thrilled to be here. Jenny Wheeler: You are really well known for your work in the non-fiction area with your podcast, The Creative Penn, but today we are talking about the other 50% of your career, maybe even 60%, your fiction writing, which doesn't often get quite so much attention. You are an award nominated New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. You combine genres, multi genre books, which are thrillers, dark fantasy and crime – something that sometimes the trad publishers aren't quite so keen on because they don't know where to put them on the shelf, but you have just published your 12th book in your Arkane series, Tomb of Relics. When you started out, did you appreciate that you were tackling this as a multi-genre and that it might get a little bit complicated as you went along? J F Penn: I think when you start writing a story, you write the story you are interested in. My Arkane series was sort of shaped by the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code era, back in the day. It seems a long time now, but essentially I love the Da Vinci Code and I have a degree in Theology and I love thrillers. I was working in Australia at the time, miserable in my day job, and I would read these religious and historical Arkane-type thrillers back then, and that's what I decided to write. Action thriller with a supernatural edge The Arkane series is action, adventure, thriller, but has this supernatural edge and is based on religious history and religious myth,

            J F Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers, dark fantasy, and crime. We are talking about Tomb Of Relics, her twelfth book in her best-selling Arkane series. The series has been likened to Dan Brown’s thrillers and it’s got all the popular themes: relics of power, international locations, and adventure with an edge of the supernatural.

            Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading J F – Joanna – talks about her attraction to dark mystery and being a successful author in the 21st century.

            Of course as usual we have a free book giveaway – this week is Out of Time Mysteries and Thriller Giveaway: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/2pNOBFed21srn5v1aNfU

            If you’d like enjoy the show and would like to thank us for all our work, support us by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX

            Links mentioned in this episode:

            Dan Brown and Da Vinci Code: https://danbrown.com/

            Anne Rice: http://annerice.com/

            Sandra Bullock movie like Romancing the Stone: The Lost City: https://screenrant.com/lost-city-romancing-stone-similar-different/

            Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/

            Daniel Silva: Portrait of An Unknown Woman: https://danielsilvabooks.com/

            John Connolly: Charlie Parker series: https://www.johnconnollybooks.com/

            Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/

            Pilgimrage

            St Cuthbert’s Way: https://www.stcuthbertsway.info/

            Camino Way: https://caminoways.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Camino-de-Santiago.jpg

            Where to find J F Penn:

            New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author
            Podcaster. Speaker. Award-winning Entrepreneur.

            Get your FREE Successful Author Blueprint: www.TheCreativePenn.com

            Podcast: www.TheCreativePenn.com/podcasts/

            Twitter: joanna@TheCreativePenn.com
            www.twitter.com/thecreativepenn 

            Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TheCreativePenn

            Instagram: www.instagram.com/jfpennauthor

            Love Books and Travel? www.BooksAndTravel.page

            What follows is a “near as” transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.
            But now, here’s Joanna.

            Introducing thriller author JF Penn

            Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Joanna, and welcome to the show. It’s fabulous to have you with us

            Thriller author JF Penn

            J F Penn: Thanks so much, Jenny. I’m thrilled to be here.

            Jenny Wheeler: You are really well known for your work in the non-fiction area with your podcast, The Creative Penn, but today we are talking about the other 50% of your career, maybe even 60%, your fiction writing, which doesn’t often get quite so much attention.

            You are an award nominated New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. You combine genres, multi genre books, which are thrillers, dark fantasy and crime – something that sometimes the trad publishers aren’t quite so keen on because they don’t know where to put them on the shelf, but you have just published your 12th book in your Arkane series, Tomb of Relics.

            When you started out, did you appreciate that you were tackling this as a multi-genre and that it might get a little bit complicated as you went along?

            J F Penn: I think when you start writing a story, you write the story you are interested in. My Arkane series was sort of shaped by the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code era, back in the day. It seems a long time now, but essentially I love the Da Vinci Code and I have a degree in Theology and I love thrillers. I was working in Australia at the time, miserable in my day job, and I would read these religious and historical Arkane-type thrillers back then, and that’s what I decided to write.

            Action thriller with a supernatural edge

            The Arkane series is action, adventure, thriller, but has this supernatural edge and is based on religious history and religious myth, but it’s set in the modern day, so it is all the things I love in one action adventure series. I also love explosion movies. I’ve always loved James Bond and Lara Croft and adventures like that, so I wanted to put everything I loved into one series.

            It’s funny though, those of us who write action adventure, especially with a female protagonist, have been told so many times that action adventure is a dead genre. But recently there was a movie with Sandra Bullock that came out, a bit like Romancing the Stone. Do you remember that movie?

            Jenny Wheeler: Yes, yes.

            J F Penn: I actually think it might be coming round again. I heard Anne Rice say this, Anne Rice the vampire writer, who’s dead now, but she would say that every genre comes around again. It’s all cyclical in that people love what they love and then the mainstream rediscovers it. It has been 15 years since Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, so I’m going to be well ready for when that comes around again.

            Jenny Wheeler: That’s terrific. Tomb of Relics features a supernatural relic, a thousand year old conspiracy, and a man who turns death into art. It’s quite creepy in parts. You have talked quite freely on the podcast. You mentioned that you are quite drawn to the darker side of life. You love to haunt cemeteries and that kind of thing. I wondered if you found it a bit of a struggle sometimes not to get too dark and morbid and how you struck the balance there.

            Desecration – a darker crime trilogy

            J F Penn: My crime series Desecration is the first of that one. That is a darker crime trilogy at the moment, although it will probably turn into a longer series, and I do tackle much darker subjects in there. There might be a serial killer, it does go into that kind of thing, but it’s so funny because I do read a lot of horror. I never watch horror. I don’t like it visually, but I read a lot of horror and I love that genre mainly because it’s not about the monsters. It’s about the people who fight the monsters and in the end it’s good triumphing over evil.

            That is a theme that runs through all my fiction. What I always come back to is things can be really dark but good will triumph in the end, and if it doesn’t, it’s not the end. Especially in the last few years with the pandemic, we all have difficult times and it’s nice to write about triumphing over difficult times, whatever they may be.

            I’ve always been fascinated with demons and the supernatural. Not ghosts. You mentioned graveyards. I don’t haunt graveyards at night. I tend to go around them in the daytime with my camera. I love art and architecture and I love the peace of cemeteries and the old stone architecture. Especially here in the UK, we’ve got some beautiful graveyards and cemeteries.

            I don’t feel like it is overwhelming darkness, but that I’m writing about the light in the darkness. That’s how I end all my books. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that good wins in my fiction.

            Good always wins in the end

            Jenny Wheeler: No, it’s probably an encouragement to people. It’s a bit like the HEA in romance, isn’t it? The Happy Ever After.

            J F Penn: Yes, exactly. That’s what people come back to things for, isn’t it? As I say, I like to read the darker books. We all have our favorites, and I don’t read, I don’t write graphic violence. It’s more that things make you think deeper about death for example, like desecration is about, what is the meaning of our physical bodies after death?

            When you go into a medical museum and there are body parts in jars, and I went to one of these medical museums and I was like, that’s just weird because when I’m dead I think that my physical body shouldn’t go in a jar. But why would I worry, because I’m dead.

            It was this questioning of, why do we care so much about what happens to this physical self after death? That was where I started, and then I wrote a murder mystery around the history of medical anatomy, but it was a modern day detective story. So yes, I get my ideas from darker things but, as I said, good triumphs.

            Jenny Wheeler: Your key protagonist is a woman called Dr. Morgan Sierra. She’s a clinical psychologist but she’s got a kick ass aspect as well, because she trained with the Israeli Defence Force at one stage, so she’s perfectly capable of looking after herself.

            How is the author similar to her hero?

            You have mentioned a couple of times that Morgan is quite similar to yourself in some ways. I perhaps wouldn’t go quite so far as to say she’s an alter ego, but she also has this fascination with the space between science and theology that you share.

            Can you give us a little bit of a wrap up? What kinds of ways do you think you are similar to Morgan, and what ways would you say you’re really quite different?

            J F Penn: In terms of the difference, you mentioned the IDF, the Israeli Defence Force, and I clearly have no military background. She does kill people. She is like a secret agent with the Arkane Agency, and I haven’t done that. She’s also really good at Krav Maga, which is this Israeli marshal art.

            When I started to write her, I was like, I should become a Krav Maga expert. You can go along to these classes, so I went along to a class and essentially I came home after that lying on my couch, crying in pain. I said to my husband, I am never doing that again. I love watching, I watch these YouTube videos when I write my fight scenes, and there are some brilliant female Krav Maga fighters, and so I choreograph my fight scenes. But I can’t do that.

            So I definitely don’t have the physical skill she does, or that experience, obviously. But she has my mind in terms of, a lot of the things she thinks are the things I think about religion. She questions. I’m not a Christian. I call myself a seeker or someone who’s interested in spiritual things, but I’m not religious in any way. My interest in religion comes through in the books, and my interest in the supernatural.

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              The magic pull of religious relics

              I’m just questioning, what more is in the world that we can’t see? How does that happen in the world, and also how these spiritual places have some kind of resonance. So, Tomb of Relics, and Crypt of Bone particularly is also about religious relics. I love religious relics, again body parts of saints that people think have magical powers. This is a so-called mainstream religion that has an arm bone in a jar or a vial of blood or whatever. It is quite creepy when you think about it in that way.

              So, yes, Morgan’s questions about religion, about why historical places have such resonance. Also, a lot of her travels are based on my travels, which is why I’ve struggled quite a lot with the pandemic. All those books are based on places I’ve been, and I ran out of places to write about. Tomb of Relics opens in Canterbury where I visited during the pandemic, but I had to write about places like Cologne, where I haven’t been, so I did a lot of research online.

              It feels like I need to get out there in the world again so I can write more Morgan stories. The Desecration, Delirium and Deviance, my crime thrillers, are based in the UK, so that’s fine. Then Map of Shadows, that is a fantasy series, opens in Bath where I live, but it’s set in this alternate world as well. So I write based on where I travel, but also things I make up as well.

              Inspired by locations JF Penn likes to visit

              Jenny Wheeler: Location is a real key for you, isn’t it? It’s an inspiration. The first book in this series opens along the Ganges with the funeral pyres. You said you felt so inspired by going there that you wanted to use a scene in a book from that particular place and that particular atmosphere that was there.

              J F Penn: I’ve been to India several times. When I was there, I think it was 2006, I went to Varanasi, which is a holy city. If you die in Varanasi, you can escape the cycle of reincarnation. That’s why a lot of people go there to die. They have these burning ghats where they burn the bodies on these pyres. The way death is treated in that city is so alien to British people, and New Zealanders I think as well. We don’t burn bodies on open pyres. We just don’t do that.

              Jenny Wheeler: No, definitely not.

              J F Penn: It’s absolutely fascinating. Obviously you can feel like it’s some kind of scene from hell with all the smoke billowing and the fire at night. I went out on a boat and sat off shore, because it’s a holy place too. It’s a very spiritual place, but equally it’s very physical. There are bodies being burned and flames and smoke, and it smells. So it’s this incredibly human place and also an incredibly spiritual place. That’s what I like to write about in my books – this combination of places that are both physical and spiritual in some way, and that dichotomy.

              Stories set in Europe have strong appeal

              Depending on the way you look at things can make a real difference in a place. I am definitely inspired by places. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I had to move back from Australia and New Zealand. I lived over there for 11 years, and I found all the stories I wanted to write were mainly set in Europe because I wanted that historical background.

              Varanasi is thousands and thousands of years old, and I write a lot about Israel, I write a lot about European places, ancient places that have had humans doing things in them for millennia. And the cathedrals and things we have here. It’s interesting. I go to places and then I find stories. That’s how it works.

              Jenny Wheeler: How are you progressing with the pandemic? Are you getting to the point where you can resume travel pretty much freely as you did two years ago?

              J F Penn: The main issue is of course, as I mentioned to you before we started recording, my husband is a New Zealander, so obviously the first thing we had to do was come to New Zealand, which is what we did as soon as we could, and then ended up in quarantine and a lot of the restrictions.

              Jenny Wheeler: I know. That was pretty awful.

              Pandemic trip was ‘pretty awful’

              J F Penn: It was pretty awful. Also, as you know, it’s a pretty expensive trip from the UK at the moment, and my husband’s just come back again, so that’s been our main travel. My whole family is very international so we’ve all been traveling to see family, but I hope to get back into the traveling for research. I’m walking the Camino de Santiago, the Portuguese route, in September 2022, so depending on when this goes out.

              Jenny Wheeler: I think it will be September.

              J F Penn: Oh, there we go. I might be walking. My pictures will be on Instagram at J F Penn Author if people are interested. Stone of Fire, interestingly, Santiago de Compostela because it’s based around the relics of the apostles and some stones they may or may not have had. And of course the relics of St. James are at Santiago de Compostela, so I wrote about that cathedral way back then. That book came out in 2011 and now I’m actually going to be going there, so I’m pretty excited about that.

              Jenny Wheeler: I did want to mention the book you co-wrote with J. Thorn that has got a very strong New Zealand component called Risen Gods. It’s a contemporary New Zealand story but it’s got a tsunami that awakens ancient and deadly powers, quite a Maori presence in it. Tell us about that one. I think it was written on a train if I remember rightly because I was listening to your podcast at the time.

              J F Penn: No, that was a different one. That was Authors on a Train.

              Jenny Wheeler: Oh, sorry. Yes.

              A volcanic eruption on the Pacific rim?

              J F Penn: I’m sure you remember 2011, the Christchurch earthquake that pretty much destroyed a lot of Christchurch there in the South Island. Some very dear friends to whom the book is dedicated, their house was destroyed, they lost everything and ended up moving to Tauranga in the end.

              At the time I remember I was in Australia and I saw the news and it was just devastating. Living in New Zealand, and I lived there for six or seven years, you’re very aware of the volcanic Pacific rim of fire and Tongariro. You feel the presence of volcanoes. Also, I’ve always been very interested in Maori mythology and the stories, and so the premise was, what if that earthquake and the resulting tsunami and then volcanic eruptions are basically the Maori gods arising and they’re like, humans are not looking after this country. We’re going to take it back.

              These friends, Ben and Lucy – Ben is a young Maori man and Lucy a young Pakeha woman. They get separated and have to find each other again and stop the stop the risen gods. Can they prove that they can look after the country, but they have to fight a lot of mythical creatures along the way.

              I co-wrote that with J. Thorn. It’s urban fantasy/edge of horror, I guess. I did have a Maori man read it as what we call now a sensitivity reader to make sure that it was acceptable to the culture. But I’m really glad I wrote that. We have a map in the front of the book which is basically, as they travel the country it’s got all the different creatures from Maori myth that come out and attack them. It’s just a fun, dark fantasy adventure, but based on my love of New Zealand and some of the wonderful places that there are.

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                Jenny Wheeler: That’s fantastic. For people who are interested in that international and travel aspect of your fiction, I’d like to mention your podcast that you’ve started in recent times called Books and Travel. That focuses on traveling, places you’ve been and how they link in with your fiction, doesn’t it?

                J F Penn: Yes. The timing was pretty bad. I started Books and Travel a little bit before the pandemic, but actually it’s always wonderful to talk to other writers about the places that inspire their books as well. I do talk to a lot of travel writers and it’s been a bit of vicarious travel for me, but also it gives me ideas for places.

                The people who listen to that Books and Travel podcast all have a bit of wanderlust in their soul, so I do that as a sort of passion project, I guess. Recently I’ve been talking to people who’ve walked that pilgrimage, the Camino, so it’s sort of research too.

                Jenny Wheeler: That’s great. Switching back to the Arkane series for a moment, tell us the direction that it’s going in now. Morgan is taking a little bit of a break, is she, or was that just for one book? What’s happening with Morgan?

                End of Days is an ‘apocalyptic’ book

                J F Penn: She was going to take a break a while back, I think at the end of End of Days. The thing is, I’ve written 12 and obviously people get injured along the way. At the end of End of Days she got injured. End of Days is a sort of apocalyptic book, and she got injured so she was resting at the beginning of Valley of Dry Bones, which was book 10, and Jake heads off to America.

                But then she has to come back. I couldn’t leave her alone for too long. At the end of Tomb of Relics the hook is into Vienna. I won’t go too much into it, but I’ve committed to Vienna as an opening for the next book, but I really want to go to Vienna before I write that book. I’m not a plotter or a planner. I’m what they call a discovery writer, and what happens is, if I go to Vienna, I will find a story.

                That’s how it works for me. I can’t sit down and go, right, what is the story? In fact, Lee Child with Jack Reacher talked about this, when Lee Child used to write Jack Reacher. His brother writes now, but he would sit down and the story would start and then it would just carry on and that’s what happened.

                I’m the same. I need to sit down and then write and that’s what happens. I can’t plan it in advance, it just kind of happens. So, Morgan and Jake will be going to Vienna and there will be something there. That’s part of the reason we write, for the fun of discovery. I don’t think I could do it if I wasn’t interested in what might happen.

                Jenny Wheeler: Turning to your wider career, one question I like to ask everyone, is there one thing you’ve done in your writing career, more than any other, that you see as the secret of your success?

                Steady does it – full time writing since 2011

                J F Penn: I was at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival last week and we were talking about this. So many people we see come into writing and then disappear. I’ve been a full-time writer since 2011, so over a decade as we record this. I started writing in 2006, seriously, for publication, so 15 years now doing this and I think that’s the secret. I’ve never had a breakout success. I’ve never had a huge payday. It’s just all been a career, I guess what they call a mid-list career, which is not a blazing star, but a lot of those blazing stars blaze out.

                I think persistence and putting enough pressure on yourself to continue writing, but not putting so much pressure that you give up because it’s too hard. I see a lot of writers go both ways. It’s kind of ironic. Some of the people who have the greatest success with their first book disappear because that never happens again. Those of us who start at a lower level can be consistent for years because there are up days, there are down days, but we love the writing.

                The secret for a long term career is to keep going and write what you love. I started writing because I hated my job and so I never want to get to that point with what I do. If I hate my job, then I should go and get another job, but I’m still happy in this one.

                What is JF Penn reading now?

                Jenny Wheeler: Turning to Joanna as reader, because it is the Binge Reading podcast, and I like to get suggestions for our listeners for other things they might like to try out. Are you a binge reader, and in terms of your leisure reading, what do you like to read?

                J F Penn: I read all the time. I read every day and in fact, talking of binge reading, I have just done a typical binge. There’s a series on Apple TV right now called Slow Horses.

                Jenny Wheeler: Oh, yes, Mick Herron. I haven’t seen it.

                J F Penn: Mick Herron, right. I was like, that doesn’t look like my thing, but I will watch it. So we watched this series and I was like, I love it, and so I went to Mick Herron’s Slow Horses series and I basically binged the whole lot. I finished book eight the other day. I read them all in the last month, and at the Harrogate Festival, I got a selfie with him and I got a signed book, because I’d never even really heard of him before.

                Jenny Wheeler: How cool.

                J F Penn: Now I’m like, oh my gosh, I love this series. It’s funny because it’s not what I normally would have picked up, but I absolutely loved it. It’s very voicey. His writing is not politically correct at all. It’s brilliant.

                Mick Herron, Daniel Silva, John Connolly

                The other book I just read is Portrait of an Unknown Women by Daniel Silva. Daniel Silva is again one of the authors who shaped me. He writes an Israeli secret agent who is also a restorer of ancient paintings. I just read his latest in that series, I think it’s book 22 or something.

                John Connolly’s books – his latest one, The Furies, is coming out soon. It’s the books I pre-order. The Charlie Parker series is a supernatural detective series that’s on book 20. I have these authors who I am a long term fan of, and I have those books on pre-order.

                I know as a writer how annoying it is to have a reader who binges the whole series and then says, where’s the next one? With Mick, it’s taken him quite a long time to write eight books in that series, and I’m like, where’s the next one? Of course we read so much faster than writers can write. You know this, you are a writer. Anyway, those are some of the authors I really like.

                Jenny Wheeler: That’s great. This is partly why I called the show The Joys of Binge Reading, because I remember in my student days, you accepted that you were going to have to wait at least another year for your favorite author to do something. Now we can go online and buy the next book, if they’ve got a back list, at midnight and finish it by midnight the next day. It’s a completely different environment, isn’t it?

                J F Penn: It is, and that’s where I’ve seen a lot of authors flame out. They try and keep up with readers and you literally cannot keep up with readers.

                Jenny Wheeler: Circling around and looking back down the tunnel of time, if you could have the ability to change anything about your career and the way things have gone, what would it be?

                What do JF Penn’s next 12 months look like?

                J F Penn: I’m never one for regrets, to be honest. I take opportunity as it comes. I write the things I want to write and I do the things I want to do. Obviously I work hard, but no, there’s nothing I would change. I’m not someone who ever thinks that way.

                Jenny Wheeler: What do the next 12 months look like for you as a writer? What have you got on your desk for the next little while?

                J F Penn: In terms of my writing, I’m doing this Camino walk in September and that is going to be a memoir, because it’s a trilogy of pilgrimages. This is my third pilgrimage. I did the Pilgrims Way, the St Cuthbert’s Way, and this is the Camino de Santiago. You understand, being a woman in her midlife and going for really long walks.

                This is a memoir, so I’m writing a midlife, pilgrimage memoir. Pilgrimage, given that I’m not religious, is an interesting angle and it does in a way tie into my fiction because the question of religion and faith and all of that will come into it. I think people who are interested in religion and that kind of thing, might be interested in that.

                But then, as I said, I definitely want to get to Vienna this winter. Vienna is amazing in the winter, apparently, so I’m planning to get there to start researching the next Arkane novel. I’ve also got these two other books that I’m toying with at the moment, that are standalone, so I’m at this point I want to commit to a fiction project, but I don’t know which one to commit to.

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                  The memoir is number one on the list

                  Of course, we all want to write all the books, but as you know, it’s about the time to do this. I’m still wrestling with which one I want to commit to, because I can’t write multiple books at the same time. I don’t know about you, but I need to choose and commit to that one, because you do a lot of research as well, don’t you?

                  Jenny Wheeler: Yes I do, but I try to do it as I write, not spend months beforehand because you don’t quite know what you need until you start writing. In a sense, that’s my discovery journey. I’m just starting this new book. I did quite a bit of plotting, I think I probably do a bit more outlining than you do, but because I’ve put it on the side for the last couple of weeks with being overwhelmed by the podcast, I’ve lost my way with it a little bit.

                  I got back into it yesterday and started thinking about how I was going to start it, and I immediately wanted to get the location really clear in my head. This is San Francisco in 1870. Where are the most important buildings and that sort of thing? I sat here with a 3d map, plotting exactly where these events would take place and what the major building would be up the street and that kind of thing.

                  I don’t want to do that in advance until I know this is a scene I need to write. What do I want to have in it? A bit like you in a way, except not going so easily to the places.

                  Memoir writing a new experience

                  Have you written any of those memoirs yet, or are you going to do the three of them? You will have taken masses of notes, but have you sat down and started writing that at all?

                  J F Penn: I’ve got about 35,000 words, and I understand the themes of what I want to write so I’ve got a lot of it. But what tends to happen on a pilgrimage is you learn something every time, and the gifts of pilgrimage come later. So I’m expecting to have this draft ready, and then go and do my final Camino and then for everything to change, depending on what happens on that trip.

                  I’ve not written a memoir before, so it’s quite interesting. It’s funny because if people read my Arkane thrillers, Morgan’s thoughts and a lot of my experiences are in her history, so some of these will come up again within a memoir in a different form, as it actually happened to me. I have put a lot of my experiences into my fiction. I often feel that my fiction is very honest, the truth behind the fiction, kind of thing.

                  Well, all memoirs are trying to be honest about a particular stage of life or particular journey, so it’s very interesting to write something so different. I’m trying to use the idea of a story, obviously in a journey, as a pilgrimage is. It has a beginning and a middle and an end, so yes, it’s an interesting project, but I want to get that done and finished because it’s a promise.

                  Where to find JF Penn online

                  When I had COVID really badly, I was lying in bed going, if I die, I will really regret not walking the Camino de Santiago, and so I booked it. I was like, right, I’m going to do it. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for decades. And so I was like, right, I’m going to book it, I’m going to go and fulfill that promise to myself because we never know, do we, when it’s the end.

                  Jenny Wheeler: That’s right, and I suspect there’s going to be another non-fiction book, the art of writing memoir, somewhere there too.

                  J F Penn: I’m not sure about that. I think you have to write quite a lot of books before you can write a book. I mean, I just wrote how to write a novel and I’ve written 17 novels. I don’t think I’ve got 17 memoirs in me.

                  Jenny Wheeler: Do you enjoy hearing from your readers? I know you do because you get lots of feedback on your podcast. It’s lovely. Where can they find you online?

                  J F Penn: For my fiction, I’m at www.jfpenn.com. Jo Francis Penn is my name. For writers, www.thecreativepenn.com. My books are available in all the usual places. The best place on social media is Twitter @The Creative Penn. As I mentioned, I put my travel photos on Instagram @ JF Penn Author, and all those links are on the websites.

                  Jenny Wheeler: Fantastic. We’ll have all the links in the show notes as well. It has been fantastic talking today, Joanna. Thank you so much, and when we publish this we’ll be thinking of you on that trail.

                  J F Penn: Thanks so much for having me, Jenny. That was great.

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                  J F Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers, dark fantasy, and crime. We are talking about Tomb Of Relics, her twelfth book in her best-selling Arkane series. The series has been likened to Dan Brown’s thrillers and it’s ... J F Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers, dark fantasy, and crime. We are talking about Tomb Of Relics, her twelfth book in her best-selling Arkane series. The series has been likened to Dan Brown’s thrillers and it’s got all the popular themes: relics of power, international locations, and adventure with an edge of the supernatural.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading J F – Joanna – talks about her attraction to dark mystery and being a successful author in the 21st century.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Of course as usual we have a free book giveaway - this week is Out of Time Mysteries and Thriller Giveaway: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/2pNOBFed21srn5v1aNfU<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD FREE MYsTERIES AND THRILLERS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you'd like enjoy the show and would like to thank us for all our work, support us by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BUY ME A COFFEE - AND THANK YOU!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links mentioned in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dan Brown and Da Vinci Code: https://danbrown.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Anne Rice: http://annerice.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sandra Bullock movie like Romancing the Stone: The Lost City: https://screenrant.com/lost-city-romancing-stone-similar-different/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Daniel Silva: Portrait of An Unknown Woman: https://danielsilvabooks.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> John Connolly: Charlie Parker series: https://www.johnconnollybooks.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Pilgimrage<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> St Cuthbert’s Way: https://www.stcuthbertsway.info/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Camino Way: https://caminoways.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Camino-de-Santiago.jpg<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find J F Penn:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Thriller AuthorPodcaster. Speaker. Award-winning Entrepreneur.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Get your FREE Successful Author Blueprint: www.TheCreativePenn.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Podcast: www.TheCreativePenn.com/podcasts/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: joanna@TheCreativePenn.comwww.twitter.com/thecreativepenn <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TheCreativePenn<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: www.instagram.com/jfpennauthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Love Books and Travel? www.BooksAndTravel.page<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Joanna.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing thriller author JF Penn<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Joanna, and welcome to the show. It's fabulous to have you with us<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Thriller author JF Penn<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> J F Penn: Thanks so much, Jenny. I'm thrilled to be here.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You are really well known for your work in the non-fiction area with your podcast, The Creative Penn, but today we are talking about the other 50% of your career, maybe even 60%, your fiction writing, which doesn't often get quite so much attention.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You are an award nominated New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. You combine genres, multi genre books, which are thrillers, dark fantasy and crime – something that sometimes the trad publishers aren't quite so keen on because they don't know where to put them on the shelf, but you have just published your 12th book in your Arkane series, Jenny Wheeler 35:03
                  Cate Quinn – Chiller Thrillers https://thejoysofbingereading.com/cate-quinn-chiller-thrillers/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 01:19:37 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10237 You’d die for your best friend. But would you kill for her? That’s the question contemporary thriller author Cate Quinn poses in her latest book, Blood Sisters, an outback adventure that turns to nightmare for two American back packers when they are accused of a bizarre murder in Dead Tree Creek. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and our guest today on The Joys of Binge Reading is Cate Quinn. Cate is a UK-based bestselling author whose books are published in fifteen countries. She writes contemporary thrillers as Cate Quinn, and historical thrillers as C. S Quinn. Our new feature, Encore, where each month we talk to authors who have already been on the show about their latest book, goes live this week with former diplomatic correspondent and international mystery author Martin Walker talking about his new Bruno the French police chief mystery, To Kill a Troubadour. LISTEN TO MARTIN ON ENCORE And our mystery giveaway – nearly 50 books from popular authors to choose from, with Hope Redeemed, A Spanish novella, book Six in my Of Gold & Blood series – on offer for the duration of the giveaway. Link here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/freehistoricalfiction/mbroyl78yn Hope Redeemed - Book Six in the Of Gold & Blood series - is a Spanish novella - set in northern California ranchero territory - more romance and slightly less mystery than usual with the series... Ideal holiday reading... And there are 50 other authors to take a look at as well!! HISTORICAL MYSTERIES TO DOWNLOAD HERE Cate is on Binge Reading on Patreon’s Five Quickfire Questions. Support the show on Patreon for as little as a cup of coffee a month, at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading or if you particularly enjoy this episode buy me a cup of coffee on www.buymeacoffee/jennywheelX.com. buy me a coffee! thank you! The show notes for this episode contain all the links you’ll need to find out more, or you can join our weekly newsletter which updates you each week on new podcast guests. Links in this Episode: Blood Sisters: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59490850-blood-sisters Black Widows: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52658299-black-widows C. S, Quinn Historicals: https://www.amazon.com/C.S.-Quinn/e/B00LNOAK5M Gytha Lodge: https://www.amazon.com/Gytha-Lodge/e/B00699BG6I%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Ruth Ware: https://ruthware.com/ Mark Edwards: https://www.markedwardsauthor.com/ Where to find Cate online: Website: https://www.catherinequinn.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catecsquinnauthor/ Food blog:   www.thefoodexplorer.co.uk. What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Cate. Introducing thriller author Cate Quinn Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Cate, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Cate Quinn: Hi, Jenny. Thanks so much for having me. Cate Quinn - Thriller author Jenny Wheeler: You write contemporary thrillers and historical thrillers. The historicals are under a slightly different name, C S Quinn, and we'll touch on those towards the end of our show, but today we are focusing on two high concept, domestic thrillers that you've recently published – Blood Sisters and Black Widows – both with highly original concepts. Blood Sisters, which I think is the most recent, is set in an Australian Outback town. Two tourists, two backpackers, turn up in this little town, which is a scratch in the desert, Dead Tree Creek. More or less simultaneous with their arrival somebody is gruesomely murdered and the town turns their suspicion to these two girls and thinks they must be responsible. The town came through really strongly, and first of all I wondered, have you had personal experience of Outback towns? Cate Quinn: Yes, You’d die for your best friend. But would you kill for her? That’s the question contemporary thriller author Cate Quinn poses in her latest book, Blood Sisters, an outback adventure that turns to nightmare for two American back packers when they are ac... You’d die for your best friend. But would you kill for her? That’s the question contemporary thriller author Cate Quinn poses in her latest book, Blood Sisters, an outback adventure that turns to nightmare for two American back packers when they are accused of a bizarre murder in Dead Tree Creek.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and our guest today on The Joys of Binge Reading is Cate Quinn. Cate is a UK-based bestselling author whose books are published in fifteen countries. She writes contemporary thrillers as Cate Quinn, and historical thrillers as C. S Quinn.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our new feature, Encore, where each month we talk to authors who have already been on the show about their latest book, goes live this week with former diplomatic correspondent and international mystery author Martin Walker talking about his new Bruno the French police chief mystery, To Kill a Troubadour.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> LISTEN TO MARTIN ON ENCORE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And our mystery giveaway – nearly 50 books from popular authors to choose from, with Hope Redeemed, A Spanish novella, book Six in my Of Gold & Blood series – on offer for the duration of the giveaway.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Link here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/freehistoricalfiction/mbroyl78yn<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hope Redeemed - Book Six in the Of Gold & Blood series - is a Spanish novella - set in northern California ranchero territory - more romance and slightly less mystery than usual with the series... Ideal holiday reading... And there are 50 other authors to take a look at as well!!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> HISTORICAL MYSTERIES TO DOWNLOAD HERE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Cate is on Binge Reading on Patreon’s Five Quickfire Questions. Support the show on Patreon for as little as a cup of coffee a month, at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading or if you particularly enjoy this episode buy me a cup of coffee on www.buymeacoffee/jennywheelX.com.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> buy me a coffee! thank you!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The show notes for this episode contain all the links you’ll need to find out more, or you can join our weekly newsletter which updates you each week on new podcast guests.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links in this Episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Blood Sisters: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59490850-blood-sisters<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Black Widows: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52658299-black-widows<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> C. S, Quinn Historicals: https://www.amazon.com/C.S.-Quinn/e/B00LNOAK5M<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gytha Lodge: https://www.amazon.com/Gytha-Lodge/e/B00699BG6I%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ruth Ware: https://ruthware.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mark Edwards: https://www.markedwardsauthor.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Cate online:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.catherinequinn.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catecsquinnauthor/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Food blog:   www.thefoodexplorer.co.uk.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Cate.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing thriller author Cate Quinn<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Cate, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Cate Quinn: Hi, Jenny. Thanks so much for having me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Cate Quinn - Thriller author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You write contemporary thrillers and historical thrillers. The historicals are under a slightly different name, C S Quinn, Jenny Wheeler 34:56 Martin Walker https://thejoysofbingereading.com/martin-walker/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 23:49:58 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10256 Martin Walker is one of the most listened to shows on Binge Reading of all times, so we are delighted to have him back discussing his latest book, To Kill a Troubadour. It’s number 15 in the Bruno Perigord police chief series, highly popular all over the place, particularly in Germany. When a musician’s new song hits a political nerve, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Spanish Nationalists’ ire, and it's up to Bruno to track down the extremists who seem to be ready to take deadly measures. Another delightful installment of the internationally acclaimed series featuring Bruno, Chief of Police. But now, here’s Martin. Jenny Wheeler: Welcome back, Martin. It's so good to have you on the show again. Martin Walker: It's good to be back with you, Jenny. Jenny Wheeler: We’re talking about To Kill a Troubador, which is number 15 in your Perigord Bruno the Police Chief series. I particularly loved this one because you have such an interesting mix of things going on in the story. It's a combination of the French provincial life that's so popular with your readers, but there is also that edge of both history and contemporary politics in it. We’ve got Russian cyber-attacks, we've got some of the French medieval history coming into it, and I wondered with the cyber-attack part of it in particular, we know from your earlier podcast interview with us that you have had a very illustrious career as a diplomatic correspondent for top newspapers. Did those diplomatic contacts and the people you met over that period of your life help with your research on the cyber-attack aspects of this book? Martin Walker: Yes, very much so. I have various old contacts who are with offices like GCHQ in Britain and the NSA in America. I even gave a lecture at the NSA at one point on international politics, and so I keep in touch with old chums. I try and keep in touch with my old friends in Moscow, some of whom have now left because of opposition to the war in Ukraine. But yes, most of my life I was in journalism, and you meet an awful lot of interesting characters around the world through journalism. The other thing is the old Fleet Street motto holds good – expert knowledge is just a phone call away. Jenny Wheeler: That's great. The rise of right wing extremism is an inherent part of this story, but also there is the medieval aspect with the Occitan culture being promoted by various interest groups. One of the key characters in that right wing extremism is this woman, Africa, who appears right through the story, a mysterious figure. We've had a little bit of a conversation off camera because the edition I read of your book didn't have an author acknowledgement section, and I was very curious as to whether Africa was a real person or entirely made up. We have just had a little chat about that off air and you've explained that she is definitely a real person. Tell us about her role in the story and also what she actually achieved in real life. Martin Walker: Well, there was a woman called África de las Heras who was a Spanish communist during the Spanish Civil War, born to quite a wealthy, prosperous family. At the end of the war when the Republican left wing side was defeated and Franco took over, she was steered back to Moscow by the NKVD figure there, which is the modern KGB, if you like. She became a full-time KGB official and had an extraordinary career. She was used by the Red Army in World War II to coordinate partisan activity around the Blue Division, which was the Spanish division of volunteers that Franco sent to the Eastern front to fight on the side of the Nazis. She had a distinguished career with that. She got several medals for it. She then went off to South America where she was the person who warned the Russians that the Bay of Pigs invasion was to be launched in 1961. She was told to marry the head of the KGB in South America, based in Argentina. He was a Yugoslav, Martin Walker is one of the most listened to shows on Binge Reading of all times, so we are delighted to have him back discussing his latest book, To Kill a Troubadour. It’s number 15 in the Bruno Perigord police chief series, Martin Walker is one of the most listened to shows on Binge Reading of all times, so we are delighted to have him back discussing his latest book, To Kill a Troubadour. It’s number 15 in the Bruno Perigord police chief series, highly popular all over the place, particularly in Germany.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> When a musician’s new song hits a political nerve, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Spanish Nationalists’ ire, and it's up to Bruno to track down the extremists who seem to be ready to take deadly measures.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Another delightful installment of the internationally acclaimed series featuring Bruno, Chief of Police.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Martin.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Welcome back, Martin. It's so good to have you on the show again.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Martin Walker: It's good to be back with you, Jenny.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: We’re talking about To Kill a Troubador, which is number 15 in your Perigord Bruno the Police Chief series. I particularly loved this one because you have such an interesting mix of things going on in the story. It's a combination of the French provincial life that's so popular with your readers, but there is also that edge of both history and contemporary politics in it.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got Russian cyber-attacks, we've got some of the French medieval history coming into it, and I wondered with the cyber-attack part of it in particular, we know from your earlier podcast interview with us that you have had a very illustrious career as a diplomatic correspondent for top newspapers. Did those diplomatic contacts and the people you met over that period of your life help with your research on the cyber-attack aspects of this book?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Martin Walker: Yes, very much so. I have various old contacts who are with offices like GCHQ in Britain and the NSA in America. I even gave a lecture at the NSA at one point on international politics, and so I keep in touch with old chums. I try and keep in touch with my old friends in Moscow, some of whom have now left because of opposition to the war in Ukraine.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But yes, most of my life I was in journalism, and you meet an awful lot of interesting characters around the world through journalism. The other thing is the old Fleet Street motto holds good – expert knowledge is just a phone call away.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: That's great. The rise of right wing extremism is an inherent part of this story, but also there is the medieval aspect with the Occitan culture being promoted by various interest groups. One of the key characters in that right wing extremism is this woman, Africa, who appears right through the story, a mysterious figure.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've had a little bit of a conversation off camera because the edition I read of your book didn't have an author acknowledgement section, and I was very curious as to whether Africa was a real person or entirely made up. We have just had a little chat about that off air and you've explained that she is definitely a real person. Tell us about her role in the story and also what she actually achieved in real life.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Martin Walker: Well, there was a woman called África de las Heras who was a Spanish communist during the Spanish Civil War, born to quite a wealthy, prosperous family. At the end of the war when the Republican left wing side was defeated and Franco took over, she was steered back to Moscow by the NKVD figure there, which is the modern KGB, if you like.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> She became a full-time KGB official and had an extraordinary career. She was used by the Red Army in World War II to coordinate partisan activity around the Blue Division, which was the Spanish division of volunteers that Franco sent to the Eastern front to fight on the side of the Nazis. Jenny Wheeler 23:03 Sophie Green – Second Chances https://thejoysofbingereading.com/sophie-green-second-chances/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 23:21:49 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10233 Sophie Green’s stories of fresh beginnings, unexpected friendships and the power of love in small country communities are Top 10 Best sellers, and they’re all built around Sophie’s personal passions for, among other things, music, yoga and swimming. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Sophie talks about her varied career as a country music podcaster and aficionado, how she came to write two Home and Away spin offs, and why she thinks writers can learn a lot from musicians. The giveaway this week is Sadie's Vow, Book #1 in my new Home At Last series... Book #2 Susannah's Secret will be published late October, or early November. An unconventional woman. A handsome European. Together, they plunge into dirty mob dealings and certain danger. Limited Time Offer - Five Days Only. free download sadie's vow Martin Walker's Encore episode on his latest book To Kill A Troubadour goes live to general audience today. listen to martin walker on encore If you'd like to support the show, why not Buy Me A Cup of Coffee at buymeacoffee/jennywheelX buy me a coffee and show you enjoyed the show Links to the episode: Bellbird Country Choir playlist:  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPpYyaC9JNGvmSsJeT3nwXHi5MQm1TGii Home and Away: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_and_Away Michael Connolly: https://www.michaelconnelly.com/ Richard Osman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Osman Kayte Nunn: https://kaytenunn.com/ Kayte Nunn on JOBR: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/kayte-nunn-desire-revenge-courage/ Kazuo Ishiguro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Ishiguro The Cowra Breakout: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0135848/ Tamworth Country Music Festival: https://www.tcmf.com.au/ Singer Jenny Mitchell and Sophie Green interview on Sunburnt Country podcast: https://sunburntcountrymusic.com/2022/08/14/jenny-mitchell-on-her-sublime-new-album-tug-of-war/ The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club. https://www.amazon.com/Inaugural-Meeting-Fairvale-Ladies-Book/dp/073363656X Cover designs by Christa Moffit: https://abda.com.au/tag/christa-moffitt/ Links: Where to find Sophie Green: Website: https://www.hachette.com.au/sophie-green/ Instagram: @sophiegreenbooks Facebook: @SophieGreenAuthor Twitter: @sophiegreenauth Tik Tok: @Sophie Green Books What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Sophie. Introducing author Sophie Green Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Sophie, and welcome to the show. It's so good to have you with us. Sophie Green - Small town, second chance women's fiction Sophie Green: Hello, Jenny. Thank you very much for having me. Jenny Wheeler: You have made this area of small communities a real winner for yourself. The books you've written about small communities have been Top 10 bestsellers, practically all of them, and the most recent one is The Bellbird River Country Choir. It’s about a group of people drawn from disparate backgrounds and places who all meet in this small country town and join a choir. What is it that attracts you to small towns? Sophie Green: I think partly it's because we all form our own small communities within larger communities. I'm Sydney born and bred, but I live not far from where I grew up and I have friends that I've met in the same area and met in other small communities, like working in a book shop. I think we do tend to find our little communities within the larger, and also from a storytelling point of view, small communities are good to work with because I don't have to think about a whole massive cast of characters. I can focus on one particular place and the people who live there. Jenny Wheeler: That's interesting because the book does give a real sense of you understanding ... Sophie Green’s stories of fresh beginnings, unexpected friendships and the power of love in small country communities are Top 10 Best sellers, and they’re all built around Sophie’s personal passions for, among other things, music, Sophie Green’s stories of fresh beginnings, unexpected friendships and the power of love in small country communities are Top 10 Best sellers, and they’re all built around Sophie’s personal passions for, among other things, music, yoga and swimming.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Sophie talks about her varied career as a country music podcaster and aficionado, how she came to write two Home and Away spin offs, and why she thinks writers can learn a lot from musicians.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The giveaway this week is Sadie's Vow, Book #1 in my new Home At Last series... <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Book #2 Susannah's Secret will be published late October, or early November.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> An unconventional woman. A handsome European. Together, they plunge into dirty mob dealings and certain danger.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Limited Time Offer - Five Days Only.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> free download sadie's vow<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Martin Walker's Encore episode on his latest book To Kill A Troubadour goes live to general audience today. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> listen to martin walker on encore<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you'd like to support the show, why not Buy Me A Cup of Coffee at buymeacoffee/jennywheelX<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> buy me a coffee and show you enjoyed the show<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to the episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bellbird Country Choir playlist:  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPpYyaC9JNGvmSsJeT3nwXHi5MQm1TGii<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Home and Away: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_and_Away<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Michael Connolly: https://www.michaelconnelly.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Richard Osman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Osman<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kayte Nunn: https://kaytenunn.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kayte Nunn on JOBR: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/kayte-nunn-desire-revenge-courage/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kazuo Ishiguro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Ishiguro<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Cowra Breakout: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0135848/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Tamworth Country Music Festival: https://www.tcmf.com.au/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Singer Jenny Mitchell and Sophie Green interview on Sunburnt Country podcast: https://sunburntcountrymusic.com/2022/08/14/jenny-mitchell-on-her-sublime-new-album-tug-of-war/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club. https://www.amazon.com/Inaugural-Meeting-Fairvale-Ladies-Book/dp/073363656X<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Cover designs by Christa Moffit: https://abda.com.au/tag/christa-moffitt/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Sophie Green:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.hachette.com.au/sophie-green/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @sophiegreenbooks<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @SophieGreenAuthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @sophiegreenauth<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Tik Tok: @Sophie Green Books<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Sophie.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Sophie Green<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Sophie, and welcome to the show. It's so good to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sophie Green - Small town, second chance women's fiction<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sophie Green: Hello, Jenny. Thank you very much for having me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You have made this area of small communities a real winner for yourself. The books you've written about small communities have... Jenny Wheeler 31:42 Michael Bennett – Dark Kiwi Thriller https://thejoysofbingereading.com/michael-bennett-dark-kiwi-thriller/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 01:33:19 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10258 Michael Bennett is acclaimed New Zealand screen writer and director who’s debut novel Better The Blood has already sold for translation rights in six countries. It’s a nail biting crime thriller that is also a Trojan horse for complex, difficult themes. Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading this week Michael talks about his debut novel, a serial killer investigation led by a tenacious Maori detective Hana Westerman which reveals a darker side to Kiwi paradise and highlights the truth that the past never truly stays buried. Our free book giveaway is appropriately Crime Mystery and Suspense for September. You’ll find the details of how to enter, plus the shownotes for this episode on the joys of binge reading.com. MYSTERY GIVEAWAY DOWNLOAD Michael is on Binge Reading on Patreon Getting To Know you Five Quickfire questions so if you want to know some of his little secrets, become a supporter of the show for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month Our monthly new feature Encore is live for Patreon supporters this week – a chat with best selling author Martin Walker about the latest book is his international mystery series starring French police chief Bruno To Kill a Troubadour.  Martin on Encore will be preview on Patreon for two weeks before being posted  general release. binge reading on patreon If you particularly enjoy this episode, but can’t commit to on going sponsorship, why not show me the love by  and support the show by buying me a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX buy me a coffee Links in the episode Investigator Tim McKinnel: http://www.zavest.co.nz/aboutus/directors.asp Bishop  Frederick Augustus Bennett: https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3b29/bennett-frederick-augustus Teina Pora:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teina_Pora In Dark Places: (the non fiction book about the Pora case: https://www.womensbookshop.co.nz/p/true-crime-in-dark-places-the-confessions-of-teina-pora-and-an-ex-cop-s-fight-for-justice--2#: In Dark Places, the documentary film: https://www.facebook.com/TVOneNZ/videos/1880106578748247/ Matariki film: https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/films/matariki Paula Penfold: https://www.penguin.co.nz/authors/michael-bennett Eugene Bingham: https://www.stuff.co.nz/authors/eugene-bingham Leon Narby: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0621274/ Whina the movie: https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/films/whina Taika Waititi: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0169806/ Quentin Tarantino: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000233/ ImagiNATIVE: https://imaginenative.org/ Script to screen:  https://script-to-screen.co.nz/ S.A. Cosby: Blacktop Wasteland   https://www.amazon.com/Blacktop-Wasteland-Novel-Shawn-Cosby/dp/1250252687 Razorblade Tears: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250252708/razorbladetears Val McDermid: https://www.valmcdermid.com/ David Heska Wanbli Weiden: Winter Counts:  amazon.com/Winter-Counts-David-Wanbli-Weiden/dp/0062968947#: Where to find Michael online: https://www.nzonscreen.com/profile/michael-bennett https://www.penguin.co.nz/authors/michael-bennett That’s it for the house keeping Introducing Michael Bennett thriller author Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Michael, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Michael Bennett, Kiwi thriller author Michael Bennett: Tena koe, Jenny, thank you very much for having me. I'm very pleased to be here. Jenny Wheeler: It's fun to have another Kiwi author on the show, and one with such a fascinating book. This is your debut novel, and often we don't take debut novels because we say we are The Joys of Binge Reading, so we like to have multiple books so if people like the author then they can go and read their back list. We have made an exception here today, or I have, because number one, it's a fascinating book, but also you are an experienced screenplay writer and you have also written a highly prais... Michael Bennett is acclaimed New Zealand screen writer and director who’s debut novel Better The Blood has already sold for translation rights in six countries. It’s a nail biting crime thriller that is also a Trojan horse for complex, Michael Bennett is acclaimed New Zealand screen writer and director who’s debut novel Better The Blood has already sold for translation rights in six countries. It’s a nail biting crime thriller that is also a Trojan horse for complex, difficult themes.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading this week Michael talks about his debut novel, a serial killer investigation led by a tenacious Maori detective Hana Westerman which reveals a darker side to Kiwi paradise and highlights the truth that the past never truly stays buried.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our free book giveaway is appropriately Crime Mystery and Suspense for September. You’ll find the details of how to enter, plus the shownotes for this episode on the joys of binge reading.com.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> MYSTERY GIVEAWAY DOWNLOAD<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Michael is on Binge Reading on Patreon Getting To Know you Five Quickfire questions so if you want to know some of his little secrets, become a supporter of the show for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our monthly new feature Encore is live for Patreon supporters this week – a chat with best selling author Martin Walker about the latest book is his international mystery series starring French police chief Bruno To Kill a Troubadour.  Martin on Encore will be preview on Patreon for two weeks before being posted  general release.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> binge reading on patreon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you particularly enjoy this episode, but can’t commit to on going sponsorship, why not show me the love by  and support the show by buying me a cup of coffee at<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> buy me a coffee<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links in the episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Investigator Tim McKinnel: http://www.zavest.co.nz/aboutus/directors.asp<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bishop  Frederick Augustus Bennett: https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3b29/bennett-frederick-augustus<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Teina Pora:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teina_Pora<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> In Dark Places: (the non fiction book about the Pora case: https://www.womensbookshop.co.nz/p/true-crime-in-dark-places-the-confessions-of-teina-pora-and-an-ex-cop-s-fight-for-justice--2#:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> In Dark Places, the documentary film: https://www.facebook.com/TVOneNZ/videos/1880106578748247/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Matariki film: https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/films/matariki<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Paula Penfold: https://www.penguin.co.nz/authors/michael-bennett<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Eugene Bingham: https://www.stuff.co.nz/authors/eugene-bingham<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Leon Narby: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0621274/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Whina the movie: https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/films/whina<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Taika Waititi: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0169806/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Quentin Tarantino: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000233/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ImagiNATIVE: https://imaginenative.org/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Script to screen:  https://script-to-screen.co.nz/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> S.A. Cosby: Blacktop Wasteland   https://www.amazon.com/Blacktop-Wasteland-Novel-Shawn-Cosby/dp/1250252687<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Razorblade Tears: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250252708/razorbladetears<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Val McDermid: https://www.valmcdermid.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> David Heska Wanbli Weiden: Winter Counts:  amazon.com/Winter-Counts-David-Wanbli-Weiden/dp/0062968947#:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Michael online:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.nzonscreen.com/profile/michael-bennett<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.penguin.co. Jenny Wheeler 40:59 Santa Montefiore – Beach Blockbusters https://thejoysofbingereading.com/santa-montefiore-beach-blockbusters/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 22:40:39 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10226 Santa Montefiore is the women’s fiction queen, selling six million copies internationally of her heart-warming emotional sagas set in exotic places that have been described as “beach read blockbusters.” Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on The Joys of Binge Reading we’ve got a delightful treat – Santa Montefiore. She has published a book a year since 2001, and we’re talking about two of her latest on the show today – An Italian Girl in Brooklyn, a World War II story of loss and restoration, and the latest in her hugely popular Irish historical series the Deverills, The Distant Shores. But before we get to that, some of our usual housekeeping. We’ve got our usual book giveaway this week – Justice Served – a historical and mystery groups giveaway. Details in the show notes for this episode on the website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com. DOWNLOAD FREE THRILLERS And Wine and Dine Booksweeps  Closing very soon win 45+books plus e-reader https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/august-2022/win-a-bundle-of-literary-fiction/ Santa is on the Patreon only bonus content feature Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions. Become a supporter to listen in and help support the show at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading, or if you particularly like this episode, shout me a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX  BUY ME A COFFEE! Links to topics mentioned in show: Deverill family series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/152817-deverill-chronicles Giorgio Bassani: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis   https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/31655/giorgio-bassani The Garden of the Finzi-Continis:  https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/57509/the-garden-of-the-finzi-continis-by-giorgio-bassani-trans--jamie-mckendrick/9780141188362 An Italian Girl in Brooklyn:  https://santamontefiore.co.uk/books/an-italian-girl-in-brooklyn/  The Distant Shores: https://santamontefiore.co.uk/books/the-distant-shores/ Love in the Time of Cholera: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9712.Love_in_the_Time_of_Cholera Gabriel García Márquez:    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13450.Gabriel_Garc_a_M_rquez Deverill Chronicles  in order: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/santa-montefiore/deverill-chronicles/ Secrets of the Lighthouse:  https://santamontefiore.co.uk/books/secrets-of-the-lighthouse/ The Bridges of Madison County: https://www.amazon.com/Bridges-Madison-County-Robert-Waller/dp/1455554286 Theo Fennell Jewelry: https://www.theofennell.com/ Ralph Lauren:  https://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/   Howard Shore Lord Of The Rings Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4B1LwNM5DA Penny Vincenzi:  https://www.pennyvincenzi.com/ Sarah Waters: https://www.sarahwaters.com/ Daphne du Maurier: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18869978-hungry-hill Isabelle Allende: http://isabelallende.com/en/books Edith Wharton: https://www.edithwharton.org/discover/published-works/ Elizabeth Von Armin: The Enchanted April; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3077.The_Enchanted_April Fingersmith: https://www.sarahwaters.com/titles/sarah-waters/fingersmith/9781860498831/ JoJo Moyes, The Giver Of Stars: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43925876-the-giver-of-stars Joseph O’Connor, Star Of The Sea;  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/147848.Star_of_the_Sea The Royal Rabbits series (written with her husband Simon Montefiore):  https://santamontefiore.co.uk/books/the-royal-rabbits-of-london/ Where to find Santa Montefiore: Website: www.santamontefiore.co.uk Twitter: @SantaMontefiore Instagram: @santamontefioreofficial Facebook: @SantaMontefiorebooks What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Santa. Introducing author Santa Montefiore Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Santa, Santa Montefiore is the women’s fiction queen, selling six million copies internationally of her heart-warming emotional sagas set in exotic places that have been described as “beach read blockbusters.” Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, Santa Montefiore is the women’s fiction queen, selling six million copies internationally of her heart-warming emotional sagas set in exotic places that have been described as “beach read blockbusters.”<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on The Joys of Binge Reading we’ve got a delightful treat – Santa Montefiore. She has published a book a year since 2001, and we’re talking about two of her latest on the show today – An Italian Girl in Brooklyn, a World War II story of loss and restoration, and the latest in her hugely popular Irish historical series the Deverills, The Distant Shores.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But before we get to that, some of our usual housekeeping. We’ve got our usual book giveaway this week – Justice Served – a historical and mystery groups giveaway. Details in the show notes for this episode on the website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD FREE THRILLERS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And Wine and Dine Booksweeps  Closing very soon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> win 45+books plus e-reader<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/august-2022/win-a-bundle-of-literary-fiction/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Santa is on the Patreon only bonus content feature Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions. Become a supporter to listen in and help support the show at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading, or if you particularly like this episode, shout me a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BUY ME A COFFEE!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to topics mentioned in show:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Deverill family series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/152817-deverill-chronicles<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Giorgio Bassani: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis   https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/31655/giorgio-bassani<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Garden of the Finzi-Continis:  https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/57509/the-garden-of-the-finzi-continis-by-giorgio-bassani-trans--jamie-mckendrick/9780141188362<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> An Italian Girl in Brooklyn:  https://santamontefiore.co.uk/books/an-italian-girl-in-brooklyn/  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Distant Shores: https://santamontefiore.co.uk/books/the-distant-shores/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Love in the Time of Cholera: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9712.Love_in_the_Time_of_Cholera<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gabriel García Márquez:    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13450.Gabriel_Garc_a_M_rquez<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Deverill Chronicles  in order: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/santa-montefiore/deverill-chronicles/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Secrets of the Lighthouse:  https://santamontefiore.co.uk/books/secrets-of-the-lighthouse/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Bridges of Madison County: https://www.amazon.com/Bridges-Madison-County-Robert-Waller/dp/1455554286<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Theo Fennell Jewelry: https://www.theofennell.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ralph Lauren:  https://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Howard Shore Lord Of The Rings Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4B1LwNM5DA<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Penny Vincenzi:  https://www.pennyvincenzi.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sarah Waters: https://www.sarahwaters.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Daphne du Maurier: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18869978-hungry-hill<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Isabelle Allende: http://isabelallende.com/en/books<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Edith Wharton: https://www.edithwharton.org/discover/published-works/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Elizabeth Von Armin: The Enchanted April; https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3077.The_Enchanted_April<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Fingersmith: https://www.sarahwaters.com/titles/sarah-waters/fingersmith/9781860498831/<br /> Jenny Wheeler 37:31 Anita Abriel – WWII -Spies & Stolen Art https://thejoysofbingereading.com/anita-abriel-wwii-spies-stolen-art/ Tue, 23 Aug 2022 01:20:36 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10206 Anita Abriel is well known to many readers because of her international hit The Light After The War.  Now she returns with another World War II story – part thriller, part romance, The Italian Girl. (In the US it’s called A Girl During the War ) Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading this week Anita talks about The Italian Girl, a coming of age story of stolen art and romance in a famous villa in Florence peopled with real life historical figures. International best selling author Kirsten Harmel calls it “A fast-paced and engaging read.” We’ve got a mystery and thriller book giveaway this week – Justice Served – and also a Booksweeps promo for Literary and Book Club fans -  Details on out website The Joys of Binge Reading.com in the shownotes for this episode... This week's book giveaways Justice Served: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/NaQfNAeDejxUJ0vC7uv4 Best selling authors band together to offer you best giveaways - be in - only offered for a limited time... Of Gold & Blood Book Bundle #2 - with Books #1 and #4 - Poisoned Legacy and Tangled Destiny - is included... DOWNLOAD FREE MYSTERIES Booksweeps Wine and Dine, Historical, Literary and Book Club Fiction Go to: https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/august-2022/win-a-bundle-of-literary-fiction/ Win a prize pack of literary, historical and book club fiction you will love - 45+ books and and you also get a new e-Reader - $500 value prize. My Book Bundle - with Books 1 and 4 in the Of Gold & Blood series - is included... ENTER BOOKSWEEPS DRAW Anita is on Five Quickfire Questions on Patreon Exclusive bonus content at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading,  and if you particularly enjoy this episode you can shout me a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX BUY ME A CUP OF COFFEE! Links to topics mentioned in the show: Pam Jenoff: https://pamjenoff.com/ Kristen Harmel: https://kristinharmel.com/ The Light Ater the War: https://www.amazon.com/Light-After-War-Novel/dp/1982122978 Bernard Berenson: https://itatti.harvard.edu/bernard-berenson Gerhard Wolf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Wolf I Tatti: https://itatti.harvard.edu/bernard-berenson Belle da Costa Greene: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_da_Costa_Greene The Ponte Vecchio: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/10/16/the-ponte-vecchio-the-only-bridge-in-florence-that-survived-ww2-because-hitler-liked-it/ Anita Hughes: https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/anita-abriel/# Nita Prose: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55196813-the-maid Sally Hepworth: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46251368-the-mother-in-law Where to find Anita Abriel: Website: www.anitaabriel.com and www.anitahughesbooks.com.  Instagram: @anitahughesabriel Twitter: @abrielanita Facebook: @anitahughesauthor What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.Jenny Wheeler; But now, here’s Anita. Hello there Anita, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Anita Abriel: Thank you so much for having me, Jenny. I'm just delighted to be here. Introducing author Anita Abriel Anita Abriel - Historical fiction author Jenny Wheeler: You are fast making a reputation for yourself as one of the go-to authors for wartime women's fiction. Your last book, The Light After the War, got rave reviews from fellow authors like Pam Jenoff and Kristin Harmel. Now we are talking about the new one which here in our part of the world is called The Italian Girl, but I think in the U S it's got the name of A Girl During the War. Is that right? Anita Abriel: That's correct, yes. Jenny Wheeler: It follows on from The Light After the War, so I guess they're hoping readers will make the connection with your other book. Anita Abriel: Correct. I guess so. Anita Abriel is well known to many readers because of her international hit The Light After The War.  Now she returns with another World War II story – part thriller, part romance, The Italian Girl. (In the US it’s called A Girl During the War ) Anita Abriel is well known to many readers because of her international hit The Light After The War.  Now she returns with another World War II story – part thriller, part romance, The Italian Girl. (In the US it’s called A Girl During the War )<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading this week Anita talks about The Italian Girl, a coming of age story of stolen art and romance in a famous villa in Florence peopled with real life historical figures.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> International best selling author Kirsten Harmel calls it “A fast-paced and engaging read.”<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got a mystery and thriller book giveaway this week – Justice Served – and also a Booksweeps promo for Literary and Book Club fans -  Details on out website The Joys of Binge Reading.com in the shownotes for this episode...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This week's book giveaways<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Justice Served: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/NaQfNAeDejxUJ0vC7uv4<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Best selling authors band together to offer you best giveaways - be in - only offered for a limited time... Of Gold & Blood Book Bundle #2 - with Books #1 and #4 - Poisoned Legacy and Tangled Destiny - is included...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD FREE MYSTERIES<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Booksweeps Wine and Dine, Historical, Literary and Book Club Fiction<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Go to: https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/august-2022/win-a-bundle-of-literary-fiction/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Win a prize pack of literary, historical and book club fiction you will love - 45+ books and and you also get a new e-Reader - $500 value prize. My Book Bundle - with Books 1 and 4 in the Of Gold & Blood series - is included...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER BOOKSWEEPS DRAW <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Anita is on Five Quickfire Questions on Patreon Exclusive bonus content at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading,  and if you particularly enjoy this episode you can shout me a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jennywheelX<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BUY ME A CUP OF COFFEE!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to topics mentioned in the show:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Pam Jenoff: https://pamjenoff.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kristen Harmel: https://kristinharmel.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Light Ater the War: https://www.amazon.com/Light-After-War-Novel/dp/1982122978<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bernard Berenson: https://itatti.harvard.edu/bernard-berenson<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gerhard Wolf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Wolf<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I Tatti: https://itatti.harvard.edu/bernard-berenson<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Belle da Costa Greene: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_da_Costa_Greene <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Ponte Vecchio: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/10/16/the-ponte-vecchio-the-only-bridge-in-florence-that-survived-ww2-because-hitler-liked-it/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Anita Hughes: https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/anita-abriel/#<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Nita Prose: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55196813-the-maid<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sally Hepworth: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46251368-the-mother-in-law<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Anita Abriel:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: www.anitaabriel.com and www.anitahughesbooks.com. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @anitahughesabriel<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @abrielanita<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @anitahughesauthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.Jenny Wheeler; But now, here’s Anita. Hello there Anita, and welcome to the show. Jenny Wheeler 28:14 Pamela Aares- Eco Adventure Romance https://thejoysofbingereading.com/pamela-aares-eco-adventure-romance/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 02:29:35 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10177 Pamela Aares. USA Today bestselling author and award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, talking about Book 11 in the Tavonesi series, Love Thief. Robin Hood never had it so rough. A museum security expert by day and a thief with a hidden mission to right wrongs by night, Hunter Sterling is no stranger to deception. But when he teams up with a secretive heiress to recover a priceless statue, he finds himself caught in a web of life-changing secrets and falling for a woman he’s not sure he can trust. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today in The Joys of Binge Reading …. We’ve got the usual free books on offer – this week historical crime mysteries. GET FREE HISTORICAL CRIME THRILLERS Links for the draw and all the other fascinating topics we discuss can be found on the website, www.thejoysofbingereading .com  If you’d like to ensure you don’t miss out on any episode subscribe to our weekly newsletter for all the relevant links. And don’t forget, you can get exclusive bonus content including hearing Pamela answer the Getting To Know You Five Quickfire Questions by supporting us on Binge Reading on Patreon.  For as little as a cup of coffee a month you get the Five Quickfire questions and a preview of the new monthly Encore series featuring authors who’ve already been on the show talking about their latest book.  In this month’s Encore, author Chuck Greaves talks about his latest Jack MacTaggart book The Chimera Club, goes free to air broadcast this week after being in preview on Patreon, so look out for that bonus episode. HEAR CHUCK ON ENCORE Links for this Episode: The Tavonesi series: https://www.pamelaaares.com/available-books/#the-tavonesi-series Thrown By Love (Book #2 in the Tavonesi series: https://www.amazon.com/Thrown-Love-Contemporary-Romance-Tavonesi-ebook/dp/B00IU37NO0/r Joanna Bourne:  https://www.joannabourne.com/ Susanna Kearsley: https://susannakearsley.com/ NPR radio programs including New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination. PBS documentary, Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon The Centre for the Story of the Universe:  https://storyoftheuniverse.org/about/ The Universe Story:  https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Story-Primordial-Era-Celebration/dp/0062508350 Marine Mammal Center:  https://www.marinemammalcenter.org Here’s a link for some information about the universe that we worked on:  http://storyoftheuniverse.org Jane Austen and the Archangel:  https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Austen-Archangel-Pamela-Aares/dp/1478148136 The Road From Raqqa by Jordan Conn www.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZN5D1ZZ/ Where to find Pamela Aares: Website: www.pamelaaares.com Facebook: https://wwwlfacebook.com/PamelaAares  Twitter: @PamelaAares Pinterest: @pamelaaares Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pamelaaares/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Pamela. Introducing author Pamela Aares Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Pamela, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Pamela Aares - Romance author Pamela Aares: Thank you, Jenny. It's great to be with you. Jenny Wheeler: I have been a fan for a long time and we've been talking about doing this for ages, so it's great to finally get together. You write contemporary romance, romantic suspense and woman's fiction, and now historical romance as well. Your most recent one and your biggest series is the Tavonesi series. The book is Love Thief and its book 11. It combines all of the elements that make the series so popular – heavy hitters in baseball and other cultural darlings doing exciting things. There's a very strong sense of environmental concern too. Tell us first of all, Pamela Aares. USA Today bestselling author and award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, talking about Book 11 in the Tavonesi series, Love Thief. Robin Hood never had it so rough. A museum security expert by day and a thief with... Pamela Aares. USA Today bestselling author and award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, talking about Book 11 in the Tavonesi series, Love Thief. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Robin Hood never had it so rough. A museum security expert by day and a thief with a hidden mission to right wrongs by night, Hunter Sterling is no stranger to deception. But when he teams up with a secretive heiress to recover a priceless statue, he finds himself caught in a web of life-changing secrets and falling for a woman he’s not sure he can trust.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today in The Joys of Binge Reading ….<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got the usual free books on offer – this week historical crime mysteries.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET FREE HISTORICAL CRIME THRILLERS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for the draw and all the other fascinating topics we discuss can be found on the website, www.thejoysofbingereading .com  If you’d like to ensure you don’t miss out on any episode subscribe to our weekly newsletter for all the relevant links.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget, you can get exclusive bonus content including hearing Pamela answer the Getting To Know You Five Quickfire Questions by supporting us on Binge Reading on Patreon. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> For as little as a cup of coffee a month you get the Five Quickfire questions and a preview of the new monthly Encore series featuring authors who’ve already been on the show talking about their latest book. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> In this month’s Encore, author Chuck Greaves talks about his latest Jack MacTaggart book The Chimera Club, goes free to air broadcast this week after being in preview on Patreon, so look out for that bonus episode.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> HEAR CHUCK ON ENCORE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for this Episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Tavonesi series: https://www.pamelaaares.com/available-books/#the-tavonesi-series<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Thrown By Love (Book #2 in the Tavonesi series: https://www.amazon.com/Thrown-Love-Contemporary-Romance-Tavonesi-ebook/dp/B00IU37NO0/r<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Joanna Bourne:  https://www.joannabourne.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susanna Kearsley: https://susannakearsley.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NPR radio programs including New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> PBS documentary, Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Centre for the Story of the Universe:  https://storyoftheuniverse.org/about/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Universe Story:  https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Story-Primordial-Era-Celebration/dp/0062508350<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Marine Mammal Center:  https://www.marinemammalcenter.org<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Here’s a link for some information about the universe that we worked on:  http://storyoftheuniverse.org<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jane Austen and the Archangel:  https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Austen-Archangel-Pamela-Aares/dp/1478148136<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Road From Raqqa by Jordan Conn<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> www.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZN5D1ZZ/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Pamela Aares:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: www.pamelaaares.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://wwwlfacebook.com/PamelaAares <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @PamelaAares<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Pinterest: @pamelaaares<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pamelaaares/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Pamela.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 32:47 Chuck Greaves – Jack MacTaggart Returns https://thejoysofbingereading.com/chuck-greaves-jack-mactaggart-returns/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 01:14:47 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10181 Chuck Greaves was last on the Binge Reading Podcast in May, 2020. Now he returns to talk about his fourth book in the Jack MacTaggart series. The Chimera Club. It's a fast moving behind the scenes look at LA nightlife with a wonderful twist. As well as giving us an update on his other activities since he was last on the show Chuck’s going to talk about a recent adventure, a Grand Canyon canoe trip with an unexpected ending.... But before we get there, if you haven't heard the original interview with Chuck it can be found here:  www,thejoysofbingereading.com/chuckgreaves/eco-thriller-la-law Jenny: Before we get into talking about Jack MacTaggart, you've been having some adventures of your own Chuck haven't. You just recently you went away on holiday and something happened. Tell us about that. Chuck Greaves' holiday misadventure Chuck: Well, I was rafting down the Grand Canyon. I was supposed to be on a 14 day trip, and at about day eight, I was helicopter rescued and taken to the hospital with a nasty case of COVID. Jenny: Terrible. I mean they reckon that when you're out in the wild, with all this fresh air. that you pretty much protected, but it seems not. Chuck: Well, it was a group of 28 people and we were in pretty close proximity to one another. And as soon as somebody introduces the disease to the group it spreads like wildfire, that's exactly what happened to us. Jenny: Yes. Were you having stops on the banks? Were you in contact with other people or did you all set off together and stay in an isolated group for the whole time? Chuck: Yeah, we were in a pretty insular, isolated group. So it, there was a couple who traveled from Europe to join the group. And I suspect that was how it was introduced and then it kind of made its way around. Jenny: Well, we're glad that you're back on deck and, hopefully not feeling too many long term consequences. So we are talking about Jack MacTagggart, the fourth book, as you know, I was a great fan of the first three. A classic set up for an brain twister plot This time Jack gets tangled up in a case, and it's a very interesting twisty beginning because the man who's being accused of murder is actually physically in Hong Kong at the time that the death takes place, but the police are still very confident they're going to make the charges stick. Tell us about that. It’s a really fizzy opening. Chuck: The basic setup for the book, is what if DNA evidence pointed to only one possible suspect of the crime, but that suspect had the perfect alibi.? So the way the case sets up, there's the murder of an amorous Hollywood producer, a sort of a Harvey Weinstein type character, who's found naked and tied to the bed posts in a luxury hotel in Los Angeles, stabbed. Then they recovered DNA evidence from the sink in the hotel bathroom. There are two different blood types in the sink, the victim’s and another person’s. And when they run that DNA through the state data bank, it identifies one person who could only be the assailant. The problem is that assailant is 7,000 miles away in Hong Kong on the night of the murder. So that's the scenario. Jenny: And where on earth did that come from, in your head first up, was there anything that sparked that kind of scenario. Chuck: Not a real case, but I did want to set up a situation that would be a puzzle to unravel. Let's put it like that. Different book in terms of writing process Jenny: And when you're writing a book like that, it's extremely intricate in the way that the plot weaves in and out with different revelations. Did you work it all out ahead of time, or was there a certain section where you just let things flow and the answers came. Chuck: Yeah. This book for me was completely different, in terms of process from the previous three books, because I'm not an outliner, I'm not the kind of writer who starts with a detailed outline and follows it from beginning to end. Chuck Greaves was last on the Binge Reading Podcast in May, 2020. Now he returns to talk about his fourth book in the Jack MacTaggart series. The Chimera Club. It's a fast moving behind the scenes look at LA nightlife with a wonderful twist. Chuck Greaves was last on the Binge Reading Podcast in May, 2020. Now he returns to talk about his fourth book in the Jack MacTaggart series. The Chimera Club.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It's a fast moving behind the scenes look at LA nightlife with a wonderful twist.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As well as giving us an update on his other activities since he was last on the show Chuck’s going to talk about a recent adventure, a Grand Canyon canoe trip with an unexpected ending....<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But before we get there, if you haven't heard the original interview with Chuck it can be found here: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> www,thejoysofbingereading.com/chuckgreaves/eco-thriller-la-law<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: Before we get into talking about Jack MacTaggart, you've been having some adventures of your own Chuck haven't. You just recently you went away on holiday and something happened. Tell us about that.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chuck Greaves' holiday misadventure<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chuck: Well, I was rafting down the Grand Canyon. I was supposed to be on a 14 day trip, and at about day eight, I was helicopter rescued and taken to the hospital with a nasty case of COVID.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: Terrible. I mean they reckon that when you're out in the wild, with all this fresh air. that you pretty much protected, but it seems not.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chuck: Well, it was a group of 28 people and we were in pretty close proximity to one another. And as soon as somebody introduces the disease to the group it spreads like wildfire, that's exactly what happened to us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: Yes. Were you having stops on the banks? Were you in contact with other people or did you all set off together and stay in an isolated group for the whole time?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chuck: Yeah, we were in a pretty insular, isolated group. So it, there was a couple who traveled from Europe to join the group. And I suspect that was how it was introduced and then it kind of made its way around.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: Well, we're glad that you're back on deck and, hopefully not feeling too many long term consequences. So we are talking about Jack MacTagggart, the fourth book, as you know, I was a great fan of the first three.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> A classic set up for an brain twister plot<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This time Jack gets tangled up in a case, and it's a very interesting twisty beginning because the man who's being accused of murder is actually physically in Hong Kong at the time that the death takes place, but the police are still very confident they're going to make the charges stick. Tell us about that. It’s a really fizzy opening.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chuck: The basic setup for the book, is what if DNA evidence pointed to only one possible suspect of the crime, but that suspect had the perfect alibi.?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> So the way the case sets up, there's the murder of an amorous Hollywood producer, a sort of a Harvey Weinstein type character, who's found naked and tied to the bed posts in a luxury hotel in Los Angeles, stabbed.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Then they recovered DNA evidence from the sink in the hotel bathroom. There are two different blood types in the sink, the victim’s and another person’s. And when they run that DNA through the state data bank, it identifies one person who could only be the assailant. The problem is that assailant is 7,000 miles away in Hong Kong on the night of the murder.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> So that's the scenario.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: And where on earth did that come from, in your head first up, was there anything that sparked that kind of scenario.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chuck: Not a real case, but I did want to set up a situation that would be a puzzle to unravel. Let's put it like that.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Different book in terms of writing process<br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 18:47 Lee Goldberg – Eve Ronin Mysteries https://thejoysofbingereading.com/lee-goldberg-eve-ronin-mysteries/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 05:30:44 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10159 Lee Goldberg is a #1 New York Times best selling author whose had a remarkably durable career as author and TV producer. His latest book is Movieland, the fourth book in the Eve Ronin series. Eve is the youngest female homicide detective in the scandal plagued Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in a series which is already optioned for TV. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Lee talks about his ambition to develop Eve into the legendary status of fictional detectives like Harry Bosch (in Michael Connelly’s the Lincoln Lawyer series) and John Rebus, (in Sir Ian Rankin’s Rebus detective series) We’ve got our usual free book giveaways = this week August mystery and suspense books, an another Booksweeps draw for a library of 50 books valued at over $500 and a new E-reader. THRILLER GIVEAWAY DOWNLOAD FREE BOOKS NOW JOIN THRILLERS GIVEAWAY TO WIN 50 BOOKS Links for the draw and all the other fascinating topics we discuss can be found in the show notes for this episode on the website, the joys of binge reading .com.  If you’d like to ensure you don’t miss out on any episode subscribe to our weekly newsletter for all the relevant links. SIGNUP FOR JOBR NEWS And don’t forget, you can get exclusive bonus content including hearing Lee answer the Getting To Know You Five Quickfire Questions by supporting us on Binge Reading on Patreon.  For as little as a cup of coffee a month you get the Five Quickfire questions, a Behind the Scenes newsletter featuring up coming books and authors, and a preview of the new monthly Encore series featuring authors who’ve already been on the show talking about their latest book.Chuck Greaves, talking about the new Jack MacTaggart The Chimera Club is the Encore author for August. Check it out on patreon.com/thejoysof bingereading. Links in this episode: Lee Goldberg, Monk Series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/60433-mr-monk Calabasas:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabasas,_California Malibu Creek State Park:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614 Ralph Dennis, the Hardman classics:  https://crimereads.com/ralph-dennis-the-lost-hardman-classics/ Lee’s publishing venture - Brash Books:  https://www.brash-books.com/ Ian Ludlow series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/218857-ian-ludlow-thrillers Garry Disher on JOBR:  https://thejoysofbingereading.com/garry-disher-gold-standard-crime/ Garry Disher:  https://garrydisher.com/ Chris Pavone:  https://www.chrispavone.com/ Anthony Doerr:  https://www.anthonydoerr.com/ Jane Harper:  https://janeharper.com.au/ Michael Connelly:  https://www.michaelconnelly.com/ John Rebus:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rebus Harry Bosch:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Haller Max Allan Collins:  http://maxallancollins.com/blog/ Road To Perdition series:  https://www.amazon.com/Road-Perdition-Max-Allan-Collins/dp/0743442245 Andy Breckman:  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0106563/ Calico:  https://www.amazon.com.au/Treasure-Painted-Hills-California-1882-1907/dp/0313308365 Larry McMurtry: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Larry-McMurtry/547 Jonathan Evison: https://www.penguin.co.nz/authors/jonathan-evison Where to find Lee Goldberg: Website: www.leegoldberg.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeeGoldberg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leegoldberg007/ Twitter: @leegoldberg What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.And now, here’s Lee. Introducing author Lee Goldberg Jenny Wheeler: Welcome to the show, Lee. It's great to have you with us. Lee Goldberg - multi-talented mystery author Lee Goldberg: It's great to be here. I wish I was there in person. I love New Zealand. Jenny Wheeler: Have you been here? Lee Goldberg: I have. Lee Goldberg is a #1 New York Times best selling author whose had a remarkably durable career as author and TV producer. His latest book is Movieland, the fourth book in the Eve Ronin series. Eve is the youngest female homicide detective in the scanda... Lee Goldberg is a #1 New York Times best selling author whose had a remarkably durable career as author and TV producer. His latest book is Movieland, the fourth book in the Eve Ronin series. Eve is the youngest female homicide detective in the scandal plagued Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in a series which is already optioned for TV.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Lee talks about his ambition to develop Eve into the legendary status of fictional detectives like Harry Bosch (in Michael Connelly’s the Lincoln Lawyer series) and John Rebus, (in Sir Ian Rankin’s Rebus detective series)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got our usual free book giveaways = this week August mystery and suspense books, an another Booksweeps draw for a library of 50 books valued at over $500 and a new E-reader.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> THRILLER GIVEAWAY DOWNLOAD FREE BOOKS NOW<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> JOIN THRILLERS GIVEAWAY TO WIN 50 BOOKS <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for the draw and all the other fascinating topics we discuss can be found in the show notes for this episode on the website, the joys of binge reading .com.  If you’d like to ensure you don’t miss out on any episode subscribe to our weekly newsletter for all the relevant links.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SIGNUP FOR JOBR NEWS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget, you can get exclusive bonus content including hearing Lee answer the Getting To Know You Five Quickfire Questions by supporting us on Binge Reading on Patreon.  For as little as a cup of coffee a month you get the Five Quickfire questions, a Behind the Scenes newsletter featuring up coming books and authors, and a preview of the new monthly Encore series featuring authors who’ve already been on the show talking about their latest book.Chuck Greaves, talking about the new Jack MacTaggart The Chimera Club is the Encore author for August.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Check it out on patreon.com/thejoysof bingereading.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lee Goldberg, Monk Series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/60433-mr-monk<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Calabasas:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabasas,_California<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Malibu Creek State Park:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ralph Dennis, the Hardman classics:  https://crimereads.com/ralph-dennis-the-lost-hardman-classics/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lee’s publishing venture - Brash Books:  https://www.brash-books.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ian Ludlow series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/218857-ian-ludlow-thrillers<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Garry Disher on JOBR:  https://thejoysofbingereading.com/garry-disher-gold-standard-crime/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Garry Disher:  https://garrydisher.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chris Pavone:  https://www.chrispavone.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Anthony Doerr:  https://www.anthonydoerr.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jane Harper:  https://janeharper.com.au/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Michael Connelly:  https://www.michaelconnelly.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> John Rebus:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rebus<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Harry Bosch:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Haller<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Max Allan Collins:  http://maxallancollins.com/blog/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Road To Perdition series:  https://www.amazon.com/Road-Perdition-Max-Allan-Collins/dp/0743442245<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Andy Breckman:  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0106563/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Calico:  https://www.amazon.com.au/Treasure-Painted-Hills-California-1882-1907/dp/0313308365<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Larry McMurtry: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Larry-McMurtry/547<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 33:37 Brenda Janowitz – A Hollywood Twist https://thejoysofbingereading.com/brenda-janowitz-a-hollywood-twist/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 21:09:11 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10142 “The Liz Taylor Ring is a gorgeously written multigenerational novel, tracing the path of a diamond ring across decades, through the ups and down in the lives of one family. Brenda Janowitz beautifully weaves stories of love, of motherhood, and of the unbreakable bonds between siblings. I absolutely devoured this dazzling book!” - Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools Picked as one of the “must read” picks for 2022 by everyone from Town and Country magazine to Katie Couric Media, Brenda’s latest amusing romp is part love story, part family saga. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Brenda talks about building a mystery and a family story across generations, built around a famous memento like the ring Richard Burton bought Elizabeth Taylor, or Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. Beach Reads Books Giveaway  We’ve got our usual book giveaway. This week it’s Best Beach Reads. You can find the link to download those on the show notes for this episode at www.thejoysofbingereading.com. OR HERE https://books.bookfunnel.com/pka-beach-read-mysteries/17c2mks8na DOWNLOAD BEST BEACH READS If you’d like to get a weekly prompt when episodes are posted, you can join our weekly newsletter and have all the links in one place. Links in this episode: The Elizabeth Taylor Ring (formerly known as the Krupp Diamond):  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Taylor_Diamond Princess Margaret and Elizabeth Taylor:  https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/02/princess-margaret-elizabeth-taylor-hollywood Elizabeth Taylor’s double eyelashes:  https://www.news18.com/news/india/elizabeth-taylor-born-with-two-sets-of-eyelashes-364781.html Lesson in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58065033-lessons-in-chemistry The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58532615-the-summer-place Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close:  https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/58537243-marrying-the-ketchups Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy:  https://www.amazon.com/Mustique-Island-Novel-Sarah-McCoy/dp/0063252201 Where to find Brenda Janowitz: Website:  www.brendajanowitz.comFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BrendaJanowitz/Email:  brendajanowitz@gmail.comInstagram:  @brendajanowitzwriter What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. Introducing author Brenda Janowitz Jenny Wheeler: Welcome to the show, Brenda. It's fantastic to have you with us. Author Brenda Janowitz Brenda Janowitz: Thank you so much for having me. I'm thrilled to be here. Jenny Wheeler: Your latest book, The Liz Taylor Ring, has got a wonderful title for starters, but it's your seventh novel and it's received a great series of accolades. It's been welcomed by many publications people would listen to. It was one of Town and Country’s best books for February, the Katie Couric people thought it was one of the best books of 2022 and Pop Sugar’s most anticipated reads of 2022. Did that give you a bit of a lift to start? Brenda Janowitz: My goodness yes. It was so incredibly exciting. Certainly by book seven, you think you'd be used to it and everything would be old hat, but it feels like with every book you're starting fresh and you're starting over, so it's always a miracle when anyone likes your book. It feels like, okay, it’s not terrible. We've got something here. Jenny Wheeler: I know you've had a lot of success in the past, but would you consider that this was almost a breakthrough book for you? Is it that good? Brenda Janowitz: I do think each book is reaching a little higher for me. The Grace Kelly Dress was a breakout for me because I was on one path and The Grace Kelly Dress put me out there a little more. Certainly with the follow up being The Liz Taylor Ring, “The Liz Taylor Ring is a gorgeously written multigenerational novel, tracing the path of a diamond ring across decades, through the ups and down in the lives of one family. Brenda Janowitz beautifully weaves stories of love, of motherhood, “The Liz Taylor Ring is a gorgeously written multigenerational novel, tracing the path of a diamond ring across decades, through the ups and down in the lives of one family. Brenda Janowitz beautifully weaves stories of love, of motherhood, and of the unbreakable bonds between siblings. I absolutely devoured this dazzling book!” - Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Picked as one of the “must read” picks for 2022 by everyone from Town and Country magazine to Katie Couric Media, Brenda’s latest amusing romp is part love story, part family saga. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Brenda talks about building a mystery and a family story across generations, built around a famous memento like the ring Richard Burton bought Elizabeth Taylor, or Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Beach Reads Books Giveaway<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  We’ve got our usual book giveaway. This week it’s Best Beach Reads. You can find the link to download those on the show notes for this episode at www.thejoysofbingereading.com. OR HERE https://books.bookfunnel.com/pka-beach-read-mysteries/17c2mks8na<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD BEST BEACH READS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you’d like to get a weekly prompt when episodes are posted, you can join our weekly newsletter and have all the links in one place.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Elizabeth Taylor Ring (formerly known as the Krupp Diamond):  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Taylor_Diamond<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Princess Margaret and Elizabeth Taylor:  https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/02/princess-margaret-elizabeth-taylor-hollywood<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Elizabeth Taylor’s double eyelashes:  https://www.news18.com/news/india/elizabeth-taylor-born-with-two-sets-of-eyelashes-364781.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lesson in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58065033-lessons-in-chemistry<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58532615-the-summer-place<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close:  https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/58537243-marrying-the-ketchups<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy:  https://www.amazon.com/Mustique-Island-Novel-Sarah-McCoy/dp/0063252201<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Brenda Janowitz:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  www.brendajanowitz.comFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BrendaJanowitz/Email:  brendajanowitz@gmail.comInstagram:  @brendajanowitzwriter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Brenda Janowitz<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Welcome to the show, Brenda. It's fantastic to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Author Brenda Janowitz<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Brenda Janowitz: Thank you so much for having me. I'm thrilled to be here.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Your latest book, The Liz Taylor Ring, has got a wonderful title for starters, but it's your seventh novel and it's received a great series of accolades. It's been welcomed by many publications people would listen to. It was one of Town and Country’s best books for February, the Katie Couric people thought it was one of the best books of 2022 and Pop Sugar’s most anticipated reads of 2022. Did that give you a bit of a lift to start?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Brenda Janowitz: My goodness yes. It was so incredibly exciting. Certainly by book seven, you think you'd be used to it and everything would be old hat, Jenny Wheeler 37:12 Liese Sherwood-Fabre – Young Sherlock https://thejoysofbingereading.com/liese-sherwood-fabre-young-sherlock/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 09:00:59 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10100 Liese Sherwood-Fabre has a fresh angle on Sherlock Holmes, featuring Holmes as a wily adolescent saving his family from disaster, acclaimed by critics for its deep understanding of Holmes' life and times. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading we hear about what happened before Sherlock Holmes became the world’s greatest consulting detective, when scandal rocked the Holmes family.  We’ve got a group promo of mysteries that are perfect to relax with on the beach or in front of the fire... Today's free MYSTERY book offer Readsey deals – free books plus the chance to win chocolate and gift card… GET FREE BOOKS ENTER FOR CHOCS AND GIFT CARD https://books.bookfunnel.com/books-to-read-mystery-giveaway-promotion/hwemo1h1y6 All the links to books and topics discussed in this episode can be found in the show notes on The Joys of Binge Reading website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com. Links In This Episode: Early Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_(1939_film_series) Arthur Conan-Doyle, The Captain of the Polestar:  https://www.amazon.com/Captain-Polestar-other-stories/dp/B09B1TYK9X Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes:  https://arthurconandoyle.co.uk/character/mycroft-holmes# Murder She Wrote TV show:  https://arthurconandoyle.co.uk/character/mycroft-holmes# Saving Hope, Liese Sherwood-Fabre: https://www.amazon.com/Saving-Hope-Liese-Anne-Sherwood-Fabre/dp/0998411213 The Daughters of Yalta:  https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780008299736/the-daughters-of-yalta-the-churchills-roosevelts-and-harrimans-a-story-of-love-and-war/ The Bombay Prince, Perveen Mistry series:  https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/popular-fiction/The-Bombay-Prince-Sujata-Massey-9781761065248 Where to find Liese Sherwood-Fabre:  Website:  www.liesesherwoodfabre.com Email:  liese@liesesherwoodfabre.com Facebook: @liese.sherwoodfabre What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Liese. Introducing Liese Sherwood-Fabre Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Liese, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Liese Sherwood-Fabre: Sherlock Holmes mysteries Liese Sherwood: Thank you so much. I'm so honored to be on your podcast. I don't know what time people will be watching this, but for me it's late afternoon and for you it's early morning, so I’m very pleased that we were able to get together. Jenny Wheeler: That’s right, and we're on almost opposite sides of the globe. You're in Virginia, are you? Liese Sherwood: No, I'm in Dallas, Texas. Jenny Wheeler: I'm in Auckland, New Zealand, so it's the miracle of modern technology. Liese Sherwood-Fabre: Isn't it? I do hope someday to make it there. I understand it's an incredible place to visit. Jenny Wheeler: People say so. We love it. Liese, you've delved into Sherlock Holmes’ world in a great deal of detail with three highly praised non-fiction books about his life and times and now four mysteries about Sherlock when he's a young man, before he gets into his stride as a detective, before fame struck. Where did this fascination with Victorian life and Sherlock Holmes begin? Liese Sherwood-Fabre: That's a good question. People ask me and the first thing I would say is that I recall Sherlock Holmes and knowing about Sherlock Holmes since I was little. When I was growing up there was a show on in the afternoons after school that was called Dialing for Dollars. They would show old movies. They would also make random phone calls to people, and if you could give the count and the amount – they never asked me, although I always knew it – you could win money. Hooked on Sherlock watching old movies I would watch the show and they had on a lot of the old Basil Rathbone movies. Liese Sherwood-Fabre has a fresh angle on Sherlock Holmes, featuring Holmes as a wily adolescent saving his family from disaster, acclaimed by critics for its deep understanding of Holmes' life and times. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, Liese Sherwood-Fabre has a fresh angle on Sherlock Holmes, featuring Holmes as a wily adolescent saving his family from disaster, acclaimed by critics for its deep understanding of Holmes' life and times.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading we hear about what happened before Sherlock Holmes became the world’s greatest consulting detective, when scandal rocked the Holmes family. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got a group promo of mysteries that are perfect to relax with on the beach or in front of the fire...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Today's free MYSTERY book offer<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Readsey deals – free books plus the chance to win chocolate and gift card…<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET FREE BOOKS <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER FOR CHOCS AND GIFT CARD<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://books.bookfunnel.com/books-to-read-mystery-giveaway-promotion/hwemo1h1y6<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> All the links to books and topics discussed in this episode can be found in the show notes on The Joys of Binge Reading website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links In This Episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Early Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_(1939_film_series)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Arthur Conan-Doyle, The Captain of the Polestar:  https://www.amazon.com/Captain-Polestar-other-stories/dp/B09B1TYK9X<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes:  https://arthurconandoyle.co.uk/character/mycroft-holmes#<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Murder She Wrote TV show:  https://arthurconandoyle.co.uk/character/mycroft-holmes#<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Saving Hope, Liese Sherwood-Fabre: https://www.amazon.com/Saving-Hope-Liese-Anne-Sherwood-Fabre/dp/0998411213<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Daughters of Yalta:  https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780008299736/the-daughters-of-yalta-the-churchills-roosevelts-and-harrimans-a-story-of-love-and-war/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Bombay Prince, Perveen Mistry series:  https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/popular-fiction/The-Bombay-Prince-Sujata-Massey-9781761065248<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Liese Sherwood-Fabre: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  www.liesesherwoodfabre.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Email:  liese@liesesherwoodfabre.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @liese.sherwoodfabre<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Liese.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing Liese Sherwood-Fabre<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Liese, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Liese Sherwood-Fabre: Sherlock Holmes mysteries<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Liese Sherwood: Thank you so much. I'm so honored to be on your podcast. I don't know what time people will be watching this, but for me it's late afternoon and for you it's early morning, so I’m very pleased that we were able to get together.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: That’s right, and we're on almost opposite sides of the globe. You're in Virginia, are you?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Liese Sherwood: No, I'm in Dallas, Texas.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: I'm in Auckland, New Zealand, so it's the miracle of modern technology.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Liese Sherwood-Fabre: Isn't it? I do hope someday to make it there. I understand it's an incredible place to visit.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: People say so. We love it. Liese, you've delved into Sherlock Holmes’ world in a great deal of detail with three highly praised non-fiction books about his life and times and now four mysteries about Sherlock when he's a ... Jenny Wheeler 34:21 Gill Paul on Encore https://thejoysofbingereading.com/gill-paul-on-encore/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 03:55:44 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10067 Bestselling author Gill Paul returns with a brilliant novel about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the woman who took the very first step into the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, and who lived in the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and the long after-effects of the Curse of Pharaohs. Jenny: We're in our second episode of Encore, the new show for Binge Reading On Patreon supporters, talking to favorite authors, people who've already been on the podcast, about their latest release. And today we've got international best seller Gill Paul who's already been on the podcast twice before talking about her latest book, The Collector's Daughter, Gill Paul: The Collector's Daughter Gill’s previous JOBR shows: Gill Paul’s Famous Fabulous Lives, from November 2019: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/gill-paul-famous-fabulous-lives/ And: Love and Betrayal from September 2020: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/jackie-kennedy/ I love the way Gill makes historical events come alive in her fiction, and this book is no exception. The Collector's Daughter is a dual timeline novel moving between the 1920s and the 1970s telling the story of Lady Evelyn Herbert, the English aristocrat who was involved with the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920s, and went on to live through the long-term after-effects of the supposed Curse of the Pharaohs She's also got the claim to fame of having grown up in the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, where the popular TV series was filmed. Gill, It's great to have you with us again. Jenny: So welcome to the show Gill, and tell us about Pharaoh's tomb and Lady Eve part in it all. Gill: Thanks so much for inviting me on the journey. It's lovely to talk to you.  Evelyn was there with her father, the Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter when the tomb was discovered and opened in 1922. And all the evidence is that they sneaked in by night without the Egyptian authorities watching over them Lady Eve first to enter tomb And the Eve was the first one to crawl in and she was a young lady from the English aristocracy. And  I thought ‘Gosh’, what would it have been like for her, I'd always been interested in Egyptian stories from school days, but it only really came home to me in 2011 when I visited Egypt. And I went to the Valley of the Kings. We went down that long corridor that Eve and her father and Howard Carter would have gone down in 1922 and saw where his tomb had been and then went up to Cairo and saw all the artefacts in the Egyptian museum. And that was staggering. I mean the enormous wealth of all the gold tombs and the funeral masks and the jewelry, and then little personal details like Tutankhamun’s had sandals that pictures of Nubians on the soles, the  Nubians were the enemies of the Egyptians so every time he walked, he was walking on his enemies. I loved all the little personal touches I saw in the tomb. That’s what really brought it to life for me. Jenny: It's amazing. Now, one of the themes of the story is penetrates the whole story really is the long-term belief that there was some sort of curse involved in opening the tomb and Lady Evelyn did actually suffer quite a lot of personal misfortune in her life, including being involved in a massive car accident, which resulted in a series of small TIA’s, as they're called and later more serious strokes. And part of the story is her as an older lady in the 1970s, when her memory is impaired with memory loss and things, that's an interesting part of it because quite a significant part of the story is told by this older character who's impaired. That was obviously something you deliberately chose to handle that way. Two photographs bookmarked life Gill: My inspiration for this novel when I decided to write about Lady Eve's part and this huge historical event or two photographs that kind of bookmarked her life. Lady Eve at tomb entrance with her father and Howard Carter Bestselling author Gill Paul returns with a brilliant novel about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the woman who took the very first step into the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, and who lived in the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, Bestselling author Gill Paul returns with a brilliant novel about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the woman who took the very first step into the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, and who lived in the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and the long after-effects of the Curse of Pharaohs.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: We're in our second episode of Encore, the new show for Binge Reading On Patreon supporters, talking to favorite authors, people who've already been on the podcast, about their latest release.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And today we've got international best seller Gill Paul who's already been on the podcast twice before talking about her latest book, The Collector's Daughter,<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gill Paul: The Collector's Daughter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gill’s previous JOBR shows:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gill Paul’s Famous Fabulous Lives, from November 2019: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/gill-paul-famous-fabulous-lives/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And: Love and Betrayal from September 2020: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/jackie-kennedy/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I love the way Gill makes historical events come alive in her fiction, and this book is no exception.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Collector's Daughter is a dual timeline novel moving between the 1920s and the 1970s telling the story of Lady Evelyn Herbert, the English aristocrat who was involved with the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920s, and went on to live through the long-term after-effects of the supposed Curse of the Pharaohs<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> She's also got the claim to fame of having grown up in the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, where the popular TV series was filmed.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gill, It's great to have you with us again.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: So welcome to the show Gill, and tell us about Pharaoh's tomb and Lady Eve part in it all.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gill: Thanks so much for inviting me on the journey. It's lovely to talk to you.  Evelyn was there with her father, the Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter when the tomb was discovered and opened in 1922. And all the evidence is that they sneaked in by night without the Egyptian authorities watching over them<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lady Eve first to enter tomb<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And the Eve was the first one to crawl in and she was a young lady from the English aristocracy. And  I thought ‘Gosh’, what would it have been like for her, I'd always been interested in Egyptian stories from school days, but it only really came home to me in 2011 when I visited Egypt. And I went to the Valley of the Kings.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We went down that long corridor that Eve and her father and Howard Carter would have gone down in 1922 and saw where his tomb had been and then went up to Cairo and saw all the artefacts in the Egyptian museum.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And that was staggering. I mean the enormous wealth of all the gold tombs and the funeral masks and the jewelry, and then little personal details like Tutankhamun’s had sandals that pictures of Nubians on the soles, the  Nubians were the enemies of the Egyptians so every time he walked, he was walking on his enemies.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I loved all the little personal touches I saw in the tomb. That’s what really brought it to life for me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: It's amazing. Now, one of the themes of the story is penetrates the whole story really is the long-term belief that there was some sort of curse involved in opening the tomb and Lady Evelyn did actually suffer quite a lot of personal misfortune in her life, including being involved in a massive car accident, which resulted in a series of small TIA’s, as they're called and later more serious strokes.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And part of the story is her as an older lady in the 1970s, Jenny Wheeler 20:10 Adrian Hyland – Whip Smart Crime https://thejoysofbingereading.com/adrian-hyland-whip-smart-crime/ Tue, 19 Jul 2022 05:23:11 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10078 Adrian Hyland is an award-winning Australian author of twisty crime stories that are perfect for the fans of Jane Harper, The Dry and Chris Hammer’s Scrublands. Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading today, we've got author who was a delightful discovery for me. Adrian Hyland's latest book, Canticle Creek combines complex and engaging characters, heart racing plot lines, and whip smart writing that captures the spirit and natural landscape of the Australian Heartland. Our free book offer is a great selection of historical romances - a big contrast to Adrian's work. You'll find the links for that in the show notes for this episode on our website for joys of binge reading.com, or you can take the easy route, join in our newsletter and have the links sent to you every week so that you can get in and enter for these books straight away. This week's book Giveaways BOOKSWEEPS SWEET ROMANCE BOOKSWEEPS sweet ROMANCE - $500 VALUE HISTORICAL ROMANCE GIVEAWAY A range of romances from a group of popular fiction authors.... DOWNLOAD FREE HISTORIC ROMANCE You'll also find out what's coming up next. Don't forget to check out. Binge reading on Patreon for exclusive bonus content for less than a cup of coffee a month. Links to this episode Tanami Desert, Northern Territory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanami_Desert Walpiri people: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warlpiri_people Kinglake-350: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/12146952-kinglake-350 Walter Savage Landor:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Savage_Landor The Black Summer: https://theconversation.com/australias-black-summer-of-fire-was-not-normal-and-we-can-prove-it-172506 Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/ Herron's Slow Horses TV series, starring Gary Oldman: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5875444/ Ali Smith, Scottish novelist: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/21919/ali-smith David Mitchell: https://www.davidmitchellbooks.com/ John Kinsella, poet: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/john-kinsella Where to find Adrian online Text Publishing: https://www.textpublishing.com.au/ LaTrobe University, Melbourne: A.Hyland@latrobe.edu.au · Introducing crime novelist Adrian Hyland But now here's Adrian. Hello there, Adrian. And welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us Adrian Hyland, writing crime that is popular fiction with a literary edge. Adrian Hyland: Good morning, Jenny. Thanks for asking me. Jenny Wheeler: We're going to be focusing first on Canticle Creek, which is your most recent page turning mystery. I loved it. I must say it was quite a discovery for me. It's a page turner, as I emphasize, a really strongly, motivated narrative mystery, but it's got the sense also of an awareness of landscape and the creative process, which is sometimes more credited to literary fiction. In short, it does an excellent job of being a great page turner with a literary edge. And I wondered, is that a tension that you consciously feel as you're writing or is it just more something that comes to you naturally? Adrian Hyland: Hmm. I'd say it's one of the demands of the craft. I mean, for me, it what I like most about language, the thing that I appreciate is it’s beauty. And if something isn't well written, so it comes across as a cliche or flat? Well, the book loses me, so yes, I try and balance both of those things, I think. Whether I succeed in either, as I was saying, I'm somewhere between the popular and the literary, I think, and maybe I fall between those two stools. But try to honor both of them, I think. I mean, I love both. I like reading, I love reading poetry and all sorts of things, but I also love reading. You know, all sorts of crime novelists, that they're all important to me. One of Australia's best writers is a crime novelist Jenny Wheeler: Australia's been particularly strong in crime novelists over the last couple of ... Adrian Hyland is an award-winning Australian author of twisty crime stories that are perfect for the fans of Jane Harper, The Dry and Chris Hammer’s Scrublands. Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading today, Adrian Hyland is an award-winning Australian author of twisty crime stories that are perfect for the fans of Jane Harper, The Dry and Chris Hammer’s Scrublands.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading today, we've got author who was a delightful discovery for me. Adrian Hyland's latest book, Canticle Creek combines complex and engaging characters, heart racing plot lines, and whip smart writing that captures the spirit and natural landscape of the Australian Heartland.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our free book offer is a great selection of historical romances - a big contrast to Adrian's work. You'll find the links for that in the show notes for this episode on our website for joys of binge reading.com, or you can take the easy route, join in our newsletter and have the links sent to you every week so that you can get in and enter for these books straight away.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This week's book Giveaways<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BOOKSWEEPS SWEET ROMANCE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BOOKSWEEPS sweet ROMANCE - $500 VALUE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> HISTORICAL ROMANCE GIVEAWAY<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> A range of romances from a group of popular fiction authors....<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD FREE HISTORIC ROMANCE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You'll also find out what's coming up next. Don't forget to check out. Binge reading on Patreon for exclusive bonus content for less than a cup of coffee a month.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to this episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Tanami Desert, Northern Territory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanami_Desert<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Walpiri people: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warlpiri_people<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kinglake-350: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/12146952-kinglake-350<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Walter Savage Landor:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Savage_Landor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Black Summer: https://theconversation.com/australias-black-summer-of-fire-was-not-normal-and-we-can-prove-it-172506<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Herron's Slow Horses TV series, starring Gary Oldman: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5875444/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ali Smith, Scottish novelist: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/21919/ali-smith<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> David Mitchell: https://www.davidmitchellbooks.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> John Kinsella, poet: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/john-kinsella<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Adrian online<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Text Publishing: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.textpublishing.com.au/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> LaTrobe University, Melbourne:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> A.Hyland@latrobe.edu.au ·<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing crime novelist Adrian Hyland<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now here's Adrian. Hello there, Adrian. And welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Adrian Hyland, writing crime that is popular fiction with a literary edge. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Adrian Hyland: Good morning, Jenny. Thanks for asking me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: We're going to be focusing first on Canticle Creek, which is your most recent page turning mystery. I loved it. I must say it was quite a discovery for me. It's a page turner, as I emphasize, a really strongly, motivated narrative mystery, but it's got the sense also of an awareness of landscape and the creative process, which is sometimes more credited to literary fiction.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> In short, it does an excellent job of being a great page turner with a literary edge. And I wondered, is that a tension that you consciously feel as you're writing or is it just more something that comes to you naturally?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Adrian Hyland: Hmm. Jenny Wheeler 32:37 Lise McClendon – French Mysteries https://thejoysofbingereading.com/lise-mclendon-french-mysteries/ Tue, 12 Jul 2022 03:33:21 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10056 Lise McClendon’s Bennett Sisters Mysteries are for anyone wanting to lose themselves in the magic of France with heart-warming family stories involving – like Jane Austen’s Bennetts – five daughters. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Lise talks about the latest book in the series, Château Des Corbeaux, or in English, Castle of Ravens. Pascal’s dreams of owning his own vineyard come crashing down with a murder very close to home. We’ve got some exciting FREE books offers - a Booksweeps Historic Romance Giveaway - enter the draw for a library and a n E-Reader - and a Mystery in July author promotion with mysteries free for download. Both are limited time offers so get in now! ENTER BOOKSWEEPS HISTORIC ROMANCE GIVEAWAY YES PLEASE TO JULY MYSTERIES Links for these books and all the details for other subjects discussed in this episode can be found on our website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com. Join our weekly newsletter so that you've got a prompt every week on what's newly posted and what's coming next. And don’t forget to check out Binge Reading on Patreon for exclusive bonus content for less than a cup of coffee a month at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading. Links for this episode: Lise McClendon Books in Order:https://www.fictiondb.com/author/lise-mcclendon~21845.htm The Bennett Sisters Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Bennett-Sisters-French-Cookbook-Mysteries/dp/1792884850 Thalia Press: https://lisemcclendon.com/the-books/thalia-press/ Alice Hoffman: https://alicehoffman.com/ James Lee Burke: https://www.jamesleeburke.com/ Ellen McGarrahan: Tow Truths and a Lie: www.Amazon.com/Two-Truths-Lie-Ellen-McGarrahan/dp/0812998669  William Deverell:Arthur Beauchamp legal thrillers: Stung:   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55407906-stung Martin Walker: To Kill A Troubadour: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/58467284-to-kill-a-troubadour Where to find Lise McClendon: Web site:  https://lisemcclendon.com/ Facebook:  @LiseMcClendon Author Twitter:  @LiseMcClendon:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lise-mcclendon What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. But now, here’s Lise. Introducing mystery author Lise McLendon Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lise, and welcome to the show. It’s great to have you with us. Lise McClendon - popular mystery author Lise McClendon: Thank you for having me, Jenny. Jenny Wheeler: You have written a wonderfully lively series of French mysteries. We are talking about the latest one today, which is Château des Corbeaux, Castle of Ravens, which is just out. Theoretically, it's number 17 in the series, but we'll talk a little bit about some of the slight complications within that 17. At the beginning, you had five strong-willed sisters who are all lawyers as their father and grandfathers were before them. When you started out, did you have any idea of how long these five sisters were going to be running? Lise McClendon: Absolutely not. I envisioned five books, one featuring each sister. I wrote the first one, a New York publisher gave me some money to write it, and then he decided he didn't like it, so I ended up going independent, but that took a little while. Then it seemed like it was just a standalone because Blackbird Fly, the first book, is more of a women's fiction than a mystery. It’s a lot of self-discovery, a lot of reinventing yourself after a tragedy. In that way it stands alone, or it could stand alone, and it did for about five years. Then I decided to go back and revisit the characters again. After I did a walking tour in France, in Burgundy, with a group of women, I decided I would have the sisters going on a walking tour together. That's how it got started again. Merle's shock of sudden widowhood Lise McClendon’s Bennett Sisters Mysteries are for anyone wanting to lose themselves in the magic of France with heart-warming family stories involving – like Jane Austen’s Bennetts – five daughters. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, Lise McClendon’s Bennett Sisters Mysteries are for anyone wanting to lose themselves in the magic of France with heart-warming family stories involving – like Jane Austen’s Bennetts – five daughters.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Lise talks about the latest book in the series, Château Des Corbeaux, or in English, Castle of Ravens. Pascal’s dreams of owning his own vineyard come crashing down with a murder very close to home.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got some exciting FREE books offers - a Booksweeps Historic Romance Giveaway - enter the draw for a library and a n E-Reader - and a Mystery in July author promotion with mysteries free for download. Both are limited time offers so get in now!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER BOOKSWEEPS HISTORIC ROMANCE GIVEAWAY<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> YES PLEASE TO JULY MYSTERIES<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for these books and all the details for other subjects discussed in this episode can be found on our website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com. Join our weekly newsletter so that you've got a prompt every week on what's newly posted and what's coming next.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget to check out Binge Reading on Patreon for exclusive bonus content for less than a cup of coffee a month at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lise McClendon Books in Order:https://www.fictiondb.com/author/lise-mcclendon~21845.htm<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Bennett Sisters Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Bennett-Sisters-French-Cookbook-Mysteries/dp/1792884850<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Thalia Press: https://lisemcclendon.com/the-books/thalia-press/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Alice Hoffman: https://alicehoffman.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> James Lee Burke: https://www.jamesleeburke.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ellen McGarrahan: Tow Truths and a Lie: www.Amazon.com/Two-Truths-Lie-Ellen-McGarrahan/dp/0812998669 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> William Deverell:Arthur Beauchamp legal thrillers: Stung:   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55407906-stung<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Martin Walker: To Kill A Troubadour: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/58467284-to-kill-a-troubadour<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Lise McClendon:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Web site:  https://lisemcclendon.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook:  @LiseMcClendon Author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter:  @LiseMcClendon:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lise-mcclendon <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Lise.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing mystery author Lise McLendon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lise, and welcome to the show. It’s great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lise McClendon - popular mystery author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lise McClendon: Thank you for having me, Jenny.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You have written a wonderfully lively series of French mysteries. We are talking about the latest one today, which is Château des Corbeaux, Castle of Ravens, which is just out. Theoretically, it's number 17 in the series, but we'll talk a little bit about some of the slight complications within that 17.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> At the beginning, you had five strong-willed sisters who are all lawyers as their father and grandfathers were before them. When you started out, did you have any idea of how long these five sisters were going to be running?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lise McClendon: Absolutely not. I envisioned five books, Jenny Wheeler 28:24 Carol Wallace- Gilded Age Rivals https://thejoysofbingereading.com/carol-wallace-gilded-age-rivals/ Tue, 05 Jul 2022 02:29:08 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10041 Carol Wallace has written more than 20 books, including the New York Times bestseller, To Marry an English Lord, which was an inspiration for the Downton Abbey TV series. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Carol talks about her latest historical fiction, Our Kind of People. It’s set in the Gilded Age New York and brings the class wars of Downton Abbey to Manhattan. We've got our usual free book giveaway this week. Another joint author promotion of whodunnit mysteries on The Joys of Binge Reading free giveaway. Links for these books and all the details for other subjects discussed in this episode can be found on our website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com. GET FREE WHODUNNITS Join our weekly newsletter so that you've got a prompt every week on what's newly posted and what's coming next. JOBR WEEKLY NEWS HERE! Links in this episode: Gilded Age New York: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilded_Age New York’s Elevated Railway – the “El” https://ny.curbed.com/2018/6/27/17507424/new-york-city-elevated-train-history-transportation Gilded Age Society – the 400: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Hundred_(Gilded_Age) To Marry An English Lord:   https://www.amazon.com/Marry-English-Lord-Marriage-Snobbery/dp/0761171959ery Julian Fellowes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Fellowes The Gilded Age TV series:  https://www.hbo.com/the-gilded-age Consuelo Vanderbilt: https://www.christies.com/features/the-story-of-consuelo-vanderbilts-marriage-to-the-duke-of-marlborough-7745-1.aspx Carol Wallace: Ben Hur: The Tale of the Christ. Lew Wallace: (Carol’s great-great-grandfather): https://www.ben-hur.com/meet-lew-wallace/ Robert G Ingersoll: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_G._Ingersoll Lew Wallace and Battler of Shiloh:   https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=stu_res_jour How the scapegoat of Shiloh became America's best-selling novelist: (from Slate) http://www.slate.com/articles/life/history/2013/03/ben_hur_and_lew_wallace_how_the_scapegoat_of_shiloh_became_one_of_the_best.html Leaving Van Gogh: https://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Van-Gogh-Carol-Wallace/dp/1400068797/ Vincent Van Gogh’s doctor: https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/artworks/le-docteur-paul-gachet-751 Susan Hill: Simon Serrailler series https://www.goodreads.com/series/44884-simon-serrailler Lee Child latest: Better Off Dead https://www.amazon.com/Better-Off-Dead-Reacher-Novel-ebook/dp/B08SBMCSQQ Angela Thirkell:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/142160.Angela_Thirkell Where to find Carol: Website: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/123212/carol-wallace/ Our Kind Of People:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/604363/our-kind-of-people-by-carol-wallace/ Facebook: @carolwallacebooks   What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. Introducing historical author Carol Wallace Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Carol, and welcome to the show. It's so good to have you with us. Carol Wallace - Best selling historical author Carol Wallace: Jenny, it is such a pleasure to be speaking to you from New York City. It is almost amazing to think that we can get to each other across our computers. Jenny Wheeler: That’s absolutely right. We both know but I’d like to mention that I found you through a New York podcast called The Gilded Gentleman in which you spoke very entertainingly about your deep understanding of New York history. We are going to be talking about your latest book today, which is Our Kind of People, which is a historical fiction related to the Gilded Age and the transition of the generations from the old money and the rather staid old New York to the new money. Tell us a bit about Our Kind of People. Carol Wallace: First of all, Carol Wallace has written more than 20 books, including the New York Times bestseller, To Marry an English Lord, which was an inspiration for the Downton Abbey TV series. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, Carol Wallace has written more than 20 books, including the New York Times bestseller, To Marry an English Lord, which was an inspiration for the Downton Abbey TV series.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Carol talks about her latest historical fiction, Our Kind of People. It’s set in the Gilded Age New York and brings the class wars of Downton Abbey to Manhattan.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've got our usual free book giveaway this week. Another joint author promotion of whodunnit mysteries on The Joys of Binge Reading free giveaway. Links for these books and all the details for other subjects discussed in this episode can be found on our website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET FREE WHODUNNITS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Join our weekly newsletter so that you've got a prompt every week on what's newly posted and what's coming next.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> JOBR WEEKLY NEWS HERE!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gilded Age New York: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilded_Age<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> New York’s Elevated Railway – the “El”<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://ny.curbed.com/2018/6/27/17507424/new-york-city-elevated-train-history-transportation<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gilded Age Society – the 400: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Hundred_(Gilded_Age)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> To Marry An English Lord:   https://www.amazon.com/Marry-English-Lord-Marriage-Snobbery/dp/0761171959ery<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Julian Fellowes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Fellowes<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Gilded Age TV series:  https://www.hbo.com/the-gilded-age<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Consuelo Vanderbilt: https://www.christies.com/features/the-story-of-consuelo-vanderbilts-marriage-to-the-duke-of-marlborough-7745-1.aspx<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Carol Wallace: Ben Hur: The Tale of the Christ.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lew Wallace: (Carol’s great-great-grandfather): https://www.ben-hur.com/meet-lew-wallace/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Robert G Ingersoll: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_G._Ingersoll<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lew Wallace and Battler of Shiloh:   https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=stu_res_jour<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How the scapegoat of Shiloh became America's best-selling novelist: (from Slate)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.slate.com/articles/life/history/2013/03/ben_hur_and_lew_wallace_how_the_scapegoat_of_shiloh_became_one_of_the_best.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Leaving Van Gogh: https://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Van-Gogh-Carol-Wallace/dp/1400068797/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Vincent Van Gogh’s doctor: https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/artworks/le-docteur-paul-gachet-751<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan Hill: Simon Serrailler series<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.goodreads.com/series/44884-simon-serrailler<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lee Child latest: Better Off Dead https://www.amazon.com/Better-Off-Dead-Reacher-Novel-ebook/dp/B08SBMCSQQ<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Angela Thirkell:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/142160.Angela_Thirkell<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Carol:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/123212/carol-wallace/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our Kind Of People:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/604363/our-kind-of-people-by-carol-wallace/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @carolwallacebooks  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing historical author Carol Wallace<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Carol, and welcome to the show. Jenny Wheeler 33:42 Laura Frantz – Colonial Romance https://thejoysofbingereading.com/laura-frantz-colonial-romance/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 03:06:43 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=10023 Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and best-selling author of more than a dozen historical novels, with a special affection for 18th century America. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Laura talks about her latest romance called A Heart Adrift, an American historical about a Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain who collide again after a failed love affair a decade before. We've got our usual free book offer, this time a joint author promo called Relax and Read, a selection of all genres for you to choose from. You'll find the links for how to access these books plus any other information about this episode in the show notes on www.thejoysofbingereading.com. RELAX AND READ FREE BOOKS A wide range of genres to choose from, including Books 1 and 4 of Jenny Wheeler's Of Gold & Blood Old California mystery series. There's an easy way to make sure you don't miss out. Join our newsletter so you get a weekly reminder of when the show is posted and what's coming next, with links all in one place. Links to this episode: George Hume and Wedderburn Castle:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedderburn_CastleDaniel Boone daughter:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_and_rescue_of_Jemima_BooneAn Uncommon Woman:  https://laurafrantz.net/books/an-uncommon-womanA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34066798-a-gentleman-in-moscowRun Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson: https://www.amazon.com/Run-Rose-Novel-James-Patterson/dp/075955434XLiz Curtis Higgs:  https://www.lizcurtishiggs.comKristen Heitzmann:  http://kristenheitzmannbooks.com Where to find Laura Frantz: Website: https://laurafrantz.netInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurafrantzauthor/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraFrantzAuthor/Twitter: @LFrantzauthorPinterest: @laurafrantz What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. Introducing romance author Laura Frantz But now, here's Laura. Laura Frantz - best selling inspirational fiction Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Laura, and welcome to the show. It's so good to have you with us. Laura Frantz: I’m so delighted to be here. I'm a fan and I'm always enjoy talking books. Thank you. Jenny Wheeler: You are a bestselling author and an award-winning one with thirteen historical novels to your credit. The most recent one, and the one we'll be focusing on for part of our time today, is A Heart Adrift. It’s set in 1755 when the prospect of war with France is looming over colonial Virginia. You have said that you are a real fan of the 18th century. What draws you to that time period? Laura Frantz: Oh my, I could probably spend the whole show talking about that, but in a nutshell, the 18th century was a complete historical rollercoaster ride. There was so much going on in that century. You have, as you already mentioned, the French and Indian war, also two revolutions, both French and American, the flintlock musket and Indian warfare came to the forefront during that very tumultuous era. On a more personal note, the bedbug epidemic was out of control and personal hygiene was at a low. On every level of the 18th century, it’s kind of a hot, roiling, historical mess. But there were good things that came out of that too. People began reading for pleasure. Books became more accessible. One of the things I have included in some of my novels is another invention by Ben Franklin – the Franklin stove. People began to warm up in a century that had been quite cold. A love of the eighteenth century You have a lot to draw from when you write in the 18th century, not only the United States but overseas. Your own history in your own country was quite tumultuous too if I understand it. Jenny Wheeler: We hardly existed in the 18th century. Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and best-selling author of more than a dozen historical novels, with a special affection for 18th century America. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Laura talks about her latest ... Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and best-selling author of more than a dozen historical novels, with a special affection for 18th century America.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Laura talks about her latest romance called A Heart Adrift, an American historical about a Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain who collide again after a failed love affair a decade before.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've got our usual free book offer, this time a joint author promo called Relax and Read, a selection of all genres for you to choose from. You'll find the links for how to access these books plus any other information about this episode in the show notes on www.thejoysofbingereading.com.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> RELAX AND READ FREE BOOKS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> A wide range of genres to choose from, including Books 1 and 4 of Jenny Wheeler's Of Gold & Blood Old California mystery series.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> There's an easy way to make sure you don't miss out. Join our newsletter so you get a weekly reminder of when the show is posted and what's coming next, with links all in one place.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> George Hume and Wedderburn Castle:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedderburn_CastleDaniel Boone daughter:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_and_rescue_of_Jemima_BooneAn Uncommon Woman:  https://laurafrantz.net/books/an-uncommon-womanA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34066798-a-gentleman-in-moscowRun Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson: https://www.amazon.com/Run-Rose-Novel-James-Patterson/dp/075955434XLiz Curtis Higgs:  https://www.lizcurtishiggs.comKristen Heitzmann:  http://kristenheitzmannbooks.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Laura Frantz:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://laurafrantz.netInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurafrantzauthor/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraFrantzAuthor/Twitter: @LFrantzauthorPinterest: @laurafrantz<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing romance author Laura Frantz<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here's Laura.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Laura Frantz - best selling inspirational fiction<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Laura, and welcome to the show. It's so good to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Laura Frantz: I’m so delighted to be here. I'm a fan and I'm always enjoy talking books. Thank you.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You are a bestselling author and an award-winning one with thirteen historical novels to your credit. The most recent one, and the one we'll be focusing on for part of our time today, is A Heart Adrift. It’s set in 1755 when the prospect of war with France is looming over colonial Virginia. You have said that you are a real fan of the 18th century. What draws you to that time period?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Laura Frantz: Oh my, I could probably spend the whole show talking about that, but in a nutshell, the 18th century was a complete historical rollercoaster ride. There was so much going on in that century. You have, as you already mentioned, the French and Indian war, also two revolutions, both French and American, the flintlock musket and Indian warfare came to the forefront during that very tumultuous era. On a more personal note, the bedbug epidemic was out of control and personal hygiene was at a low. On every level of the 18th century, it’s kind of a hot, roiling, historical mess.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But there were good things that came out of that too. People began reading for pleasure. Books became more accessible. Jenny Wheeler 34:33 Deborah Challinor on Encore https://thejoysofbingereading.com/deborah-challinor-on-encore/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:10:25 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9990 Introducing Encore - a new monthly feature on Binge Reading - and Deborah Challinor, a top selling New Zealand historical fiction author and her latest book The Leonard Sisters, This is where we talk to authors who have already been on the show about their latest book... Nurse Rowie Leonard is pro war. Her younger sister, Jo is a protestor and they're both in Vietnam. Rowie is serving a 12 month tour of duty supporting the troops, serving overseas. Jo is a folk singer and a fervent anti-war protestor who falls in love with a soldier and goes to Vietnam with a rock band, entertaining troops. As the sisters grapple with love. loss, and the stresses and sorrows of war, each will be forced to confront and question everything they've believed in. The Leonard Sisters is the fourth book and concluding book in the popular The Restless Years series, a story about two sisters and the Vietnam war years of the late sixties. The Binge Reading interview with Deborah on Book #3 in the series, The Jacaranda Tree, can be found here: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/deborah-challinor-best-selling-sagas/ LISTEN TO DEBORAH ON BINGE READING EPISODE This Encore episode was first published on Binge Reading on Patreon as exclusive bonus content for Patreon supporters and is then made available to everyone two weeks later. You can help support the show and get early release Encore episodes by supporting us for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a month on Binge Reading on Patreon. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Introducing The Leonard Sisters Jenny Wheeler: Welcome to the show. Deborah. It's fantastic to have you with us. Tell us a bit about your interest in the Vietnam war, because you did also do a PhD thesis on it quite a few years ago didn't you? How did you get into it initially? Deborah Challinor: I did my Ph.D in the nineties, and I've been interested in Vietnam since I went to university and I've first went to uni in the seventies. I won’t say I tailored my studies towards Vietnam, but I did start thinking about doing some research towards Vietnam when I saw a documentary while I was at uni called Hearts and Minds, which was American, and it looked at all sorts of aspects of Vietnam from an American point of view and a Vietnamese point of view. And it really started me thinking about the New Zealand contribution. And when I got to my master's, I wanted to do some research on the New Zealand contribution, but I got put off doing that and I put that aside until I got to my PhD. But there was really not much at all, in terms of research, done in New Zealand and that just spurred me on to do some original research of my own. And that's how I got into it. Academic research that sparked novel Jenny Wheeler: Yes. Obviously, a history thesis is a very different proposition from a novel, and this is a very engrossing family story of the way that the war impacted on individuals and their emotional responses to it. Jo, one of the sisters is an anti-war protestor who actually at the beginning has quite a black and white idea about right and wrong and almost villainizes as the soldiers who are going there. She blames them, for being willing to take part in a conflict, even if they're professional soldiers, because in New Zealand, only volunteers went, nobody was actually drafted there. Rowie was a military nurse. Who is about to take up a year-long post in a military hospital there. So they're very much on opposite sides of the fence aren't they? It must have been interesting for you to set up those two opposite poles, right at the start of the story. Deborah Challinor: It was, and I did that deliberately, so readers could have that contrast. And also against that, there are two other reasonably central characters who are soldiers, that’s Eddie and Sam, and they are cousins. They're in Victor 4 company and they're connected in a way to Rowie and Jo. Introducing Encore - a new monthly feature on Binge Reading - and Deborah Challinor, a top selling New Zealand historical fiction author and her latest book The Leonard Sisters, This is where we talk to authors who have already been on the show abo... Introducing Encore - a new monthly feature on Binge Reading - and Deborah Challinor, a top selling New Zealand historical fiction author and her latest book The Leonard Sisters, <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This is where we talk to authors who have already been on the show about their latest book...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Nurse Rowie Leonard is pro war. Her younger sister, Jo is a protestor and they're both in Vietnam. Rowie is serving a 12 month tour of duty supporting the troops, serving overseas.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jo is a folk singer and a fervent anti-war protestor who falls in love with a soldier and goes to Vietnam with a rock band, entertaining troops. As the sisters grapple with love. loss, and the stresses and sorrows of war, each will be forced to confront and question everything they've believed in.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Leonard Sisters is the fourth book and concluding book in the popular The Restless Years series, a story about two sisters and the Vietnam war years of the late sixties.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Binge Reading interview with Deborah on Book #3 in the series, The Jacaranda Tree, can be found here: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/deborah-challinor-best-selling-sagas/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> LISTEN TO DEBORAH ON BINGE READING EPISODE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This Encore episode was first published on Binge Reading on Patreon as exclusive bonus content for Patreon supporters and is then made available to everyone two weeks later. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You can help support the show and get early release Encore episodes by supporting us for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a month on Binge Reading on Patreon.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing The Leonard Sisters<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Welcome to the show. Deborah. It's fantastic to have you with us. Tell us a bit about your interest in the Vietnam war, because you did also do a PhD thesis on it quite a few years ago didn't you? How did you get into it initially?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Deborah Challinor: I did my Ph.D in the nineties, and I've been interested in Vietnam since I went to university and I've first went to uni in the seventies.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I won’t say I tailored my studies towards Vietnam, but I did start thinking about doing some research towards Vietnam when I saw a documentary while I was at uni called Hearts and Minds, which was American, and it looked at all sorts of aspects of Vietnam from an American point of view and a Vietnamese point of view.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And it really started me thinking about the New Zealand contribution. And when I got to my master's, I wanted to do some research on the New Zealand contribution, but I got put off doing that and I put that aside until I got to my PhD.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But there was really not much at all, in terms of research, done in New Zealand and that just spurred me on to do some original research of my own. And that's how I got into it.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Academic research that sparked novel<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Yes. Obviously, a history thesis is a very different proposition from a novel, and this is a very engrossing family story of the way that the war impacted on individuals and their emotional responses to it.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jo, one of the sisters is an anti-war protestor who actually at the beginning has quite a black and white idea about right and wrong and almost villainizes as the soldiers who are going there.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> She blames them, for being willing to take part in a conflict, even if they're professional soldiers, because in New Zealand, only volunteers went, nobody was actually drafted there.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Rowie was a military nurse. Who is about to take up a year-long post in a ... Jenny Wheeler 19:21 Katherine Howe – Vanderbilt Legacy https://thejoysofbingereading.com/katherine-howe-vanderbilt-legacy/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 02:11:28 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9992 Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling historian and novelist and together with American journalist and author Anderson Cooper she co-authored Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty. She talks about the project, how it came together, and her own bestselling fiction on this week’s Joys of Binge Reading. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Katherine Howe talks about working with Anderson to write one of the Washington Post's Notable Works of Nonfiction for 2021. We’ve got our usual free books offer. This week it’s a group of authors offering clean and wholesome holiday romance. You can check it out on The Joys of Binge Reading website for the links or subscribe to our newsletter so it lands in your mailbox with the links there ready for you to click. Don’t forget exclusive bonus content on Binge Reading on Patreon, including the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire questions from Katherine on www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading. Where to find Katherine Howe: Website: http://www.katherinehowe.com Twitter: @katherinebhowe Instagram: @katherinebhowe Links for this episode: Alva Vanderbilt /Belmont/Vanderbilt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alva_BelmontSalem Witch trials: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-the-salem-witch-trials-175162489/Edith Wharton: https://www.edithwharton.org/discover/edith-wharton/Edith Wharton novels:The Age of Innocence: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53835.The_Age_of_InnocenceThe House of Mirth: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17728.The_House_of_MirthEthan Frome: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5246.Ethan_Frome As usual all our links for this episode can be found on the website the Joys of Binge Reading.com What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. But now here's Katherine. Introducing author Katherine Howe Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Katherine, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Katherine Howe - historian and novelist Katherine Howe: Thank you so much for having me, Jenny. I'm delighted to join you. Jenny Wheeler: You are a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction in your own right, but recently you've also co-authored one of the prominent books of the year and that's Anderson Cooper's family story, Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty. Is this your first co-authoring project? Katherine Howe: It is. I did a little bit of co-authoring of a screenplay with another friend, and I've taught writing for many years, so I was accustomed to a collaborative approach to writing, but this is the first time it's actually come to the world in book form. It was a really exciting project to do. Jenny Wheeler: How did it come about that you got enlisted for the project? Katherine Howe: We knew that Anderson was going to be working on a book and it was going to be a history book. Of course, he is a celebrated author in his own right. For your audience in New Zealand who might not know him as well as we do in the US, he is a broadcast journalist on CNN, which is one of our big cable news networks. He also does many other things. He does the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square and things like that. He is a prominent person, and he had written a couple of memoirs. He did a memoir of his own, and he did a co-author project with his mother. Collaborating with Anderson Cooper His mother was Gloria Vanderbilt. So, he knew he wanted to do a history book, but I think he was looking for someone who had more experience writing history, because writing history is a little bit different from writing memoir. We were fortunate that our various representative put us in touch with each other. It was very exciting because we found in the course of preparatory conversations that we had ... Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling historian and novelist and together with American journalist and author Anderson Cooper she co-authored Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty. She talks about the project, Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling historian and novelist and together with American journalist and author Anderson Cooper she co-authored Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty. She talks about the project, how it came together, and her own bestselling fiction on this week’s Joys of Binge Reading.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Katherine Howe talks about working with Anderson to write one of the Washington Post's Notable Works of Nonfiction for 2021.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got our usual free books offer. This week it’s a group of authors offering clean and wholesome holiday romance. You can check it out on The Joys of Binge Reading website for the links or subscribe to our newsletter so it lands in your mailbox with the links there ready for you to click. Don’t forget exclusive bonus content on Binge Reading on Patreon, including the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire questions from Katherine on www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Katherine Howe:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: http://www.katherinehowe.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @katherinebhowe<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @katherinebhowe<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Alva Vanderbilt /Belmont/Vanderbilt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alva_BelmontSalem Witch trials: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-the-salem-witch-trials-175162489/Edith Wharton: https://www.edithwharton.org/discover/edith-wharton/Edith Wharton novels:The Age of Innocence: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53835.The_Age_of_InnocenceThe House of Mirth: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17728.The_House_of_MirthEthan Frome: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5246.Ethan_Frome<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual all our links for this episode can be found on the website the Joys of Binge Reading.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now here's Katherine.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Katherine Howe<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Katherine, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Katherine Howe - historian and novelist<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Katherine Howe: Thank you so much for having me, Jenny. I'm delighted to join you.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You are a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction in your own right, but recently you've also co-authored one of the prominent books of the year and that's Anderson Cooper's family story, Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty. Is this your first co-authoring project?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Katherine Howe: It is. I did a little bit of co-authoring of a screenplay with another friend, and I've taught writing for many years, so I was accustomed to a collaborative approach to writing, but this is the first time it's actually come to the world in book form. It was a really exciting project to do.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: How did it come about that you got enlisted for the project?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Katherine Howe: We knew that Anderson was going to be working on a book and it was going to be a history book. Of course, he is a celebrated author in his own right. For your audience in New Zealand who might not know him as well as we do in the US, he is a broadcast journalist on CNN, which is one of our big cable news networks.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> He also does many other things. He does the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square and things like that. He is a prominent person, and he had written a couple of memoirs. He did a memoir of his own, Jenny Wheeler 37:25 Erika Robuck – WWII Spy Thriller https://thejoysofbingereading.com/erika-robuck-wwii-spy-thriller/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 00:46:04 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9973 Erika Robuck’s heart-stopping new World War II drama, Sisters of Night and Fog, was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by BuzzFeed, BookBub, Book Trib and more! It tells the story of two very different women with a common cause. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today, international bestselling author Erika Robuck talks about her spell binding historical fiction, based on the extraordinary true stories of an American socialite and a British secret agent whose stunning acts of courage collide in the darkest hours of World War II. We’ve got free books to give away, this week Mary Crawford’s Until The Stars Fall From the Sky – a clean and wholesome romance with a fiery heroine and an unlikely hero that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Books and an E reader to be won get free romance Plus win a bundle of Cozy Mysteries 50+ books (including Poisoned Legacy, #1 in the Of Gold & Blood series) and a brand new E-Reader - Total Value $550 ENTER BOOKSWEEPS TO WIN And don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Erika’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. We’ve got a new feature starting on Patreon this month – Encore – shorter interviews with favorite authors, people who have already been on the podcast talking about their latest book. Encore will be previewed for Patreon supporters and then released on the free to air broadcast feed two weeks later. We will do these monthly and see how we go. Encore on Binge Reading - This month Deborah Challinor talks about The Leonard Girls support binge reading on patreon First up is Kiwi bestselling historical fiction author Deborah Challinor who talks about her new book The Leonard Girls, a story about two sisters and the Vietnam war years of the late sixties. Nurse Rowie Leonard is pro war. Her younger sister Jo is a protestor and they're both in Vietnam.  As the sisters grapple with love, loss and the stresses and sorrows of war, each will be forced to confront and question everything they've believed in.  As usual all the links to things mentioned in the podcast are available in the show notes for this episode on the website www.thejoysofbingereading.com. Links for this episode Nacht Und Nebel: https://wordhistories.net/2020/12/09/nacht-und-nebel/ Virginia d’Albert Lake: https://francetoday.com/culture/remembrance/an-american-heroine/ Violet Szabo:  https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/behind-enemy-lines-with-violette-szabo-1896571/ Erika Robuck book links: Hemingway’s Girl: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/13485500-hemingway-s-girlThe Invisible Woman: http://www.erikarobuck.com/The-Invisible-Woman.htmlCarve Her Name with Pride (1958 movie about Violet Szabo) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carve_Her_Name_with_PrideSpecial Operations Executive (SOE): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_ExecutivePaula McLain:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/290189.Paula_McLain What Erika’s Reading: The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/55711683-the-forest-of-vanishing-stars The Last Checkmate by Gabriella Saab https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/56922702-the-last-checkmate That Summer in Berlin by Lecia Cornwall: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/634184/that-summer-in-berlin-by-lecia-cornwall/ A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/677123/a-dress-of-violet-taffeta-by-tessa-arlen/ Where to find Erika Website: http://www.erikarobuck.com/ Email: info@erikarobuck.com Instagram: @erobuckauthor Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erika-robuck-78906211/ You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/erobuck Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErikaRobuck What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, Erika Robuck’s heart-stopping new World War II drama, Sisters of Night and Fog, was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by BuzzFeed, BookBub, Book Trib and more! It tells the story of two very different women with a common cause. Hi there, Erika Robuck’s heart-stopping new World War II drama, Sisters of Night and Fog, was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by BuzzFeed, BookBub, Book Trib and more! It tells the story of two very different women with a common cause.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today, international bestselling author Erika Robuck talks about her spell binding historical fiction, based on the extraordinary true stories of an American socialite and a British secret agent whose stunning acts of courage collide in the darkest hours of World War II.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got free books to give away, this week Mary Crawford’s Until The Stars Fall From the Sky – a clean and wholesome romance with a fiery heroine and an unlikely hero that will keep you on the edge of your seat.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Books and an E reader to be won<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> get free romance<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Plus win a bundle of Cozy Mysteries 50+ books (including Poisoned Legacy, #1 in the Of Gold & Blood series) and a brand new E-Reader - Total Value $550<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER BOOKSWEEPS TO WIN<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Erika’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got a new feature starting on Patreon this month – Encore – shorter interviews with favorite authors, people who have already been on the podcast talking about their latest book. Encore will be previewed for Patreon supporters and then released on the free to air broadcast feed two weeks later. We will do these monthly and see how we go.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Encore on Binge Reading - This month Deborah Challinor talks about The Leonard Girls<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> support binge reading on patreon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> First up is Kiwi bestselling historical fiction author Deborah Challinor who talks about her new book The Leonard Girls, a story about two sisters and the Vietnam war years of the late sixties. Nurse Rowie Leonard is pro war. Her younger sister Jo is a protestor and they're both in Vietnam.  As the sisters grapple with love, loss and the stresses and sorrows of war, each will be forced to confront and question everything they've believed in. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual all the links to things mentioned in the podcast are available in the show notes for this episode on the website www.thejoysofbingereading.com.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for this episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Nacht Und Nebel: https://wordhistories.net/2020/12/09/nacht-und-nebel/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Virginia d’Albert Lake: https://francetoday.com/culture/remembrance/an-american-heroine/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Violet Szabo:  https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/behind-enemy-lines-with-violette-szabo-1896571/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Erika Robuck book links:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hemingway’s Girl: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/13485500-hemingway-s-girlThe Invisible Woman: http://www.erikarobuck.com/The-Invisible-Woman.htmlCarve Her Name with Pride (1958 movie about Violet Szabo)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carve_Her_Name_with_PrideSpecial Operations Executive (SOE): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_ExecutivePaula McLain:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/290189.Paula_McLain<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What Erika’s Reading:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/55711683-the-forest-of-vanishing-stars<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Last Checkmate by Gabriella Saab https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/56922702-the-last-checkmate<br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 30:03 Elissa Sussman – Delicious Romcom https://thejoysofbingereading.com/elissa-sussman-delicious-romcom/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 02:48:31 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9961 Elissa Sussman’s hilarious break out rom com, Funny You Should Ask, is a witty romance built around the whole question and dynamic of celebrity journalism. Ten years ago, Chani interviewed Hollywood star Gabe. He was at that time the next James Bond, and the story she wrote about him then has haunted her career ever since.  Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Elissa talks about setting up her James Bond character in Funny You Should Ask, the particular challenges faced by women pursuing careers in Hollywood, and her own remarkable experiences managing big film animation projects including The Croods, Hotel Transylvania and Tangled for some of the top studios. In our free giveaway a group of author friends have got together for another historical romance book offer. Take your pick from a wide choice in historical romance for summer. GET FREE HISTORIC ROMANCE Links in the Binge Reading show notes for this episode, as for all of the other content of this episode. And don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Elissa’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. We’ve got a new feature starting on Patreon this month, Encore, once a month short chats with authors who’ve already been on the show, talking about their latest exciting release.  support binge reading on patreon First up in the second week of June is popular international author Gill Paul talking about The Collector’s Daughter, her new dual timeline novel about the fascinating life of Lady Evelyn Herbert. She was the English aristocrat who made history by being part of the first ever global media sensation – the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb – as well as enjoying the cachet having grown up at Highclere, the majestic manor house that is the location for the Downton Abbey TV series. (Editor note: - Sorry Gill will be next month – next week it’s Deborah Challinor with The Leonard Sisters – a 1960 Vietnam War story about two sisters who both go to Vietnam  - one of them a war protestor, the other a military nurse on active duty.) Links for this episode Kate Spencer: In A New York Minute:  https://www.katespencerwrites.com/Julie Ann Long: Historical romance author: http://julieannelong.com/Bird of California by Katie Cotugno: https://www.amazon.com/Birds-California-Novel-Katie-Cotugno-ebook/dp/B09G6RJKH4Alisha Rai: http://www.alisharai.com/ Where to find Elissa Sussman: Website: https://elissasussman.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/elissa_sussman/What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here's Elissa. Introducing author Elissa Sussman Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Elissa, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us today. Elissa Sussman: Thank you so much. I'm happy to be here. Jenny Wheeler: You wrote three teen novels, but then you got into what they are calling your breakout hit, your first adult novel, Funny You Should Ask. It's a witty romance built around the whole dynamic of celebrity journalism. How did you make that leap from the earlier teen novels to this adult novel that's being so widely acclaimed? Elissa Sussman: Thank you. It’s funny because it feels like a very natural progression. In some ways I'm like, why did it take me so long to write a romance and an adult romance at that? I grew up reading romance, loving romance. Since middle school, I was a huge romance reader, getting books from the library constantly. Then during a lull in work, when I was writing YA fiction, I got an opportunity to ghost write adult romance books, and it reminded me of how much fun I had reading it as a teenager and how much I missed it. It was like getting paid to go to romance writing boot camp.... Elissa Sussman’s hilarious break out rom com, Funny You Should Ask, is a witty romance built around the whole question and dynamic of celebrity journalism. Ten years ago, Chani interviewed Hollywood star Gabe. He was at that time the next James Bond, Elissa Sussman’s hilarious break out rom com, Funny You Should Ask, is a witty romance built around the whole question and dynamic of celebrity journalism. Ten years ago, Chani interviewed Hollywood star Gabe. He was at that time the next James Bond, and the story she wrote about him then has haunted her career ever since. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Elissa talks about setting up her James Bond character in Funny You Should Ask, the particular challenges faced by women pursuing careers in Hollywood, and her own remarkable experiences managing big film animation projects including The Croods, Hotel Transylvania and Tangled for some of the top studios.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> In our free giveaway a group of author friends have got together for another historical romance book offer. Take your pick from a wide choice in historical romance for summer. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET FREE HISTORIC ROMANCE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links in the Binge Reading show notes for this episode, as for all of the other content of this episode.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Elissa’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. We’ve got a new feature starting on Patreon this month, Encore, once a month short chats with authors who’ve already been on the show, talking about their latest exciting release. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> support binge reading on patreon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> First up in the second week of June is popular international author Gill Paul talking about The Collector’s Daughter, her new dual timeline novel about the fascinating life of Lady Evelyn Herbert. She was the English aristocrat who made history by being part of the first ever global media sensation – the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb – as well as enjoying the cachet having grown up at Highclere, the majestic manor house that is the location for the Downton Abbey TV series.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> (Editor note: - Sorry Gill will be next month – next week it’s Deborah Challinor with The Leonard Sisters – a 1960 Vietnam War story about two sisters who both go to Vietnam  - one of them a war protestor, the other a military nurse on active duty.)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for this episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Spencer: In A New York Minute:  https://www.katespencerwrites.com/Julie Ann Long: Historical romance author: http://julieannelong.com/Bird of California by Katie Cotugno: https://www.amazon.com/Birds-California-Novel-Katie-Cotugno-ebook/dp/B09G6RJKH4Alisha Rai: http://www.alisharai.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Elissa Sussman:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://elissasussman.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/elissa_sussman/What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here's Elissa.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Elissa Sussman<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Elissa, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us today.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Elissa Sussman: Thank you so much. I'm happy to be here.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You wrote three teen novels, but then you got into what they are calling your breakout hit, your first adult novel, Funny You Should Ask. It's a witty romance built around the whole dynamic of celebrity journalism. How did you make that leap from the earlier teen novels to this adult novel that's being so widely acclaimed?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Elissa Sussman: Thank you. It’s funny because it feels like a very natural progression. In some ways I'm like, Jenny Wheeler clean 31:47 Ella Carey – WWI Heartbreaker https://thejoysofbingereading.com/ella-carey-wwii-heartbreaker/ Tue, 31 May 2022 03:35:59 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9933 Ella Carey and her epic heartbreaking World War I story, The Girl From Paris, kick off the show this week, taking us from war-torn Paris of the First World War to the fabulous fashion scene of 1920s New York. Seamstress Vianne believes she's lost her sister in the war. She sees the rubble surrounding her and has the evidence of her own eyes, but when she gets to New York she's forced to face a new reality. Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Ella talks about the remarkable couturier scene in 1920s New York, her Daughters of New York series, and her lifelong passion for all things French. We've got another free giveaway. As you know, we do this every week. This week it’s the Chocolate Magic Mystery Box series, seven cozy mysteries by author Olivia Swift. YES TO CHOCOLATE BOX MYSTERIES Create your own magical moment. Grab a coffee and some chocolate while you dive into seven cozy mysteries. Yes to Chocolate Box Mysteries And don't forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Ella’s answers to the five quickfire questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. We've got a new feature starting on Patreon this month, Encore, a monthly chat with authors who have already been on the show, talking about their latest exciting release. It's shorter than a normal episode, 15-20 minutes. First up in the second week of June is popular international author Gill Paul talking about The Collector’s Daughter, her new dual timeline novel about the English aristocrat Lady Eve Herbert – famous not only because she was born and grew up in Highclere, the manor house that features in Downton Abbey, but she was also part of the first ever global media sensation, the uncovering of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt in the 1920s. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON As usual, the links to everything we've talked about in this show can be found on the Binge Reading website. Links to this episode: Ella Carey Books:Paris Time Capsule: https://www.ellacarey.com/library/paris-time-capsule/House From The Lake: https://www.ellacarey.com/library/the-house-by-the-lake/From A Paris Balcony:  https://www.ellacarey.com/library/from-a-paris-balcony/ Daughters of New York series: https://www.ellacarey.com/library/a-new-york-secret/https://www.ellacarey.com/library/the-lost-girl-of-berlin/https://www.ellacarey.com/library/the-girl-from-paris/https://www.ellacarey.com/library/the-lost-sister-of-fifth-avenue/Maid by Nita Prose  https://www.amazon.com/Maid-Novel-Nita-Prose/dp/0593356152Belle Epoch artist Giovanni Boldini  https://www.wikiart.org/en/giovanni-boldiniBelle Epoch courtesan: Marthe de Florian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marthe_de_FlorianThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman: https://www.amazon.com/A-Thursday-Murder-Club-Mystery-3-book-series/dp/B08RDVHNTBAlexander McCall Smith: https://www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/Rhys Bowen:  https://rhysbowen.com/(Enduring Storyteller - Rhys on Joys of Binge Reading)https://thejoysofbingereading.com/rhys-bowen-2/AND A (Royal) Wedding and Four Funerals:https://thejoysofbingereading.com/rhys-bowen/Fiona Valpy: https://www.fionavalpy.com/(French For Always- Fiona on Joys of Binge Reading) https://thejoysofbingereading.com/fiona-valpy-ww-ii-drama/ Encore over the next few weeks: The Collector's Daughter: from Gill Paul and The Leonard Girls: from Deborah Challinor Where to find Ella Carey Website: https://www.ellacarey.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellacareyauthor/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ella_CareyPinterest: @ellacarey54Bookouture: https://www.bookouture.com/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. But that's enough of the housekeeping. Here's Ella. Ella Carey and her epic heartbreaking World War I story, The Girl From Paris, kick off the show this week, taking us from war-torn Paris of the First World War to the fabulous fashion scene of 1920s New York. Ella Carey and her epic heartbreaking World War I story, The Girl From Paris, kick off the show this week, taking us from war-torn Paris of the First World War to the fabulous fashion scene of 1920s New York.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Seamstress Vianne believes she's lost her sister in the war. She sees the rubble surrounding her and has the evidence of her own eyes, but when she gets to New York she's forced to face a new reality.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Ella talks about the remarkable couturier scene in 1920s New York, her Daughters of New York series, and her lifelong passion for all things French.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've got another free giveaway. As you know, we do this every week. This week it’s the Chocolate Magic Mystery Box series, seven cozy mysteries by author Olivia Swift. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> YES TO CHOCOLATE BOX MYSTERIES<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Create your own magical moment. Grab a coffee and some chocolate while you dive into seven cozy mysteries.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Yes to Chocolate Box Mysteries<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don't forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Ella’s answers to the five quickfire questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've got a new feature starting on Patreon this month, Encore, a monthly chat with authors who have already been on the show, talking about their latest exciting release.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It's shorter than a normal episode, 15-20 minutes. First up in the second week of June is popular international author Gill Paul talking about The Collector’s Daughter, her new dual timeline novel about the English aristocrat Lady Eve Herbert – famous not only because she was born and grew up in Highclere, the manor house that features in Downton Abbey, but she was also part of the first ever global media sensation, the uncovering of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt in the 1920s.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, the links to everything we've talked about in this show can be found on the Binge Reading website.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ella Carey Books:Paris Time Capsule: https://www.ellacarey.com/library/paris-time-capsule/House From The Lake: https://www.ellacarey.com/library/the-house-by-the-lake/From A Paris Balcony:  https://www.ellacarey.com/library/from-a-paris-balcony/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Daughters of New York series: https://www.ellacarey.com/library/a-new-york-secret/https://www.ellacarey.com/library/the-lost-girl-of-berlin/https://www.ellacarey.com/library/the-girl-from-paris/https://www.ellacarey.com/library/the-lost-sister-of-fifth-avenue/Maid by Nita Prose  https://www.amazon.com/Maid-Novel-Nita-Prose/dp/0593356152Belle Epoch artist Giovanni Boldini  https://www.wikiart.org/en/giovanni-boldiniBelle Epoch courtesan: Marthe de Florian https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marthe_de_FlorianThe Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman: https://www.amazon.com/A-Thursday-Murder-Club-Mystery-3-book-series/dp/B08RDVHNTBAlexander McCall Smith: https://www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/Rhys Bowen:  https://rhysbowen.com/(Enduring Storyteller - Rhys on Joys of Binge Reading)https://thejoysofbingereading.com/rhys-bowen-2/AND A (Royal) Wedding and Four Funerals:https://thejoysofbingereading.com/rhys-bowen/Fiona Valpy: https://www.fionavalpy.com/(French For Always- Fiona on Joys of Binge Reading) https://thejoysofbingereading.com/fiona-valpy-ww-ii-drama/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Encore over the next few weeks:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Collector's Daughter: from Gill Paul and The Leonard Girls: from Deborah Challinor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 41:53 Lynn Hightower – Spooky Suspense https://thejoysofbingereading.com/lynn-hightower-spooky-suspense/ Tue, 24 May 2022 02:08:37 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9784 Lynn Hightower is a New York Times best-selling author whose latest thriller has been described by Lee Child as a spooky suspenseful masterpiece that's super recommended. Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and Lynn’s long awaited new supernatural thriller, The Enlightenment Project, combines cutting-edge science with demonic possession. Noah Archer is a renowned neurosurgeon with an impressive success record and a dark secret. It's a not-to-be-missed read. As usual, we've got a free book to give away. One of Sylvia Price’s cozy mysteries, set in Canada's picturesque Cape Breton Island, it’s perfect for those who enjoy new beginnings and countryside landscapes. Details are in the show notes for this episode on www.thejoysofbingereading.com. DOWNLOAD BOOK Link at: Download here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/xrhpw7zcpq And don't forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Lynn’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. We've got a new feature starting on Patreon in June. Encore is a once a month short chat with authors who've already been on the show, talking about their latest book. First up in June is popular historical fiction author Deborah Challinor, talking about The Leonard Girls a story of two sisters going off to the Vietnam War in the late 60s. One is a nurse, one a protestor....And the experiences they have there will change heir perspective forever. Details at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.   SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Links mentioned in this episode: Deborah Challinor: The Leonard Girls; https://www.harpercollins.co.nz/9781775541813/the-leonard-girls/ M Scott Peck: The Road Less Travelled: http://www.mscottpeck.com/https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3061.M_Scott_PeckThe Exorcist: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070047/Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: https://psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsmStanford Medical Center: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/ Santeria: https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/santeria/beliefs/orishas.shtmlThe God Helmet: (Persinger Helmet) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_helmetMichael Persinger Professor of Psychology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_PersingerTony Hillerman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_HillermanJonathan Kellerman: https://www.jonathankellerman.com/Wendell Berry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_BerryGeorgette Heyer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgette_HeyerRachel Ingalls, Binstead Safari: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/1055079Robert Goddard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Goddard_(novelist)PD James:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._D._JamesAnne Tyler:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_TylerDiane Johnson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_JohnsonBrianne Moore:  https://www.briannemooreauthor.com/Reginald Hill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_HillMartin Cruz Smith:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Cruz_SmithJohn Le Carre, Silverview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58133677-silverviewCarlos Ruiz Zafron:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Ruiz_Zaf%C3%B3n#Novelshttps://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/Lena Padget series:  https://www.lynnhightower.com/lynn-hightower-books/lena-padget-series/Satan’s Lamb’s: Lena Padget Book OneSonora Blair series: https://www.lynnhightower.com/lynn-hightower-books/sonora-blair-series/Flashpoint: Sonora Blair Book One:  https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/268486 David Silver Elaki series: https://www.lynnhightower.com/lynn-hightower-books/david-silver-elaki-series/ Where to find Lynn Hightower: Website: https://www.lynnhightower.com/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/156659.Lynn_Hightower What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading. Lynn Hightower is a New York Times best-selling author whose latest thriller has been described by Lee Child as a spooky suspenseful masterpiece that's super recommended. Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, Lynn Hightower is a New York Times best-selling author whose latest thriller has been described by Lee Child as a spooky suspenseful masterpiece that's super recommended.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and Lynn’s long awaited new supernatural thriller, The Enlightenment Project, combines cutting-edge science with demonic possession. Noah Archer is a renowned neurosurgeon with an impressive success record and a dark secret. It's a not-to-be-missed read.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, we've got a free book to give away. One of Sylvia Price’s cozy mysteries, set in Canada's picturesque Cape Breton Island, it’s perfect for those who enjoy new beginnings and countryside landscapes. Details are in the show notes for this episode on www.thejoysofbingereading.com. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD BOOK<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Link at: Download here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/xrhpw7zcpq<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don't forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Lynn’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've got a new feature starting on Patreon in June. Encore is a once a month short chat with authors who've already been on the show, talking about their latest book. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> First up in June is popular historical fiction author Deborah Challinor, talking about The Leonard Girls a story of two sisters going off to the Vietnam War in the late 60s. One is a nurse, one a protestor....And the experiences they have there will change heir perspective forever. Details at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links mentioned in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Deborah Challinor: The Leonard Girls; https://www.harpercollins.co.nz/9781775541813/the-leonard-girls/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> M Scott Peck: The Road Less Travelled: http://www.mscottpeck.com/https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3061.M_Scott_PeckThe Exorcist: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070047/Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: https://psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsmStanford Medical Center: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Santeria: https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/santeria/beliefs/orishas.shtmlThe God Helmet: (Persinger Helmet) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_helmetMichael Persinger Professor of Psychology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_PersingerTony Hillerman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_HillermanJonathan Kellerman: https://www.jonathankellerman.com/Wendell Berry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_BerryGeorgette Heyer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgette_HeyerRachel Ingalls, Binstead Safari: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/1055079Robert Goddard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Goddard_(novelist)PD James:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._D._JamesAnne Tyler:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_TylerDiane Johnson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_JohnsonBrianne Moore:  https://www.briannemooreauthor.com/Reginald Hill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_HillMartin Cruz Smith:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Cruz_SmithJohn Le Carre, Silverview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58133677-silverviewCarlos Ruiz Zafron:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Ruiz_Zaf%C3%B3n#Novelshttps://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/Lena Padget series:  https://www.lynnhightower.com/lynn-hightower-books/lena-padget-series/Satan’s Lamb’s: Lena Padget Book OneSonora Blair series: https://www.lynnhightower.com/lynn-hightower-books/sonora-blair-series/Flashpoint: Sonora Blair Book One:  https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/268486 David Silver Elaki series: https://www.lynnhightower. Jenny Wheeler 41:40 Stephanie Laurens – Romance Queen https://thejoysofbingereading.com/stephanie-laurens-romance-queen/ Mon, 16 May 2022 23:48:34 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9747 Regency romance queen Stephanie Laurens has been in the top 100 Romance of the Year lists many times over. She is one of the most successful and popular romance novelists of all time, with over 80 works of historical romance, including 40 New York Times bestsellers. Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Stephanie talks about switching from cancer research to romance and the changing tastes of romance readers. As usual, we've got free books to give away. This week it’s a range of historic adventures. Check them out here: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/GBTyjjv9LFfGQ1X5JI9vA GET FREE BOOKS And don't forget, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Stephanie's answers to the Getting To Know You, Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get special bonus content, including a new one starting next month, Encore, where authors who have already been on the podcast talk about their latest book. It's a shorter episode, quick to get through and exclusive to Patreon. support binge reading on patreon Links for this episode:  The Legend of Nimway Hall: http://www.stephanielaurens.com/series/the-legend-of-nimway-hall/ Devon Monk: https://www.devonmonk.com/ Sam Quinn series: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/k/seana-kelly/sam-quinn/ Faith Hunter:  http://www.faithhunter.net/wp/ CS Harris:  Sebastian St Cyr series  https://csharris.net/sebastian.php Where to find Stephanie Laurens: Website: http://www.stephanielaurens.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStephanieLaurens Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9241.Stephanie_Laurens Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stephanie-laurens What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. But now, here’s Stephanie. Introducing Stephanie Laurens Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Stephanie and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Stephanie Laurens Romance Bestseller Stephanie Laurens: Thank you. It's lovely to be here. Jenny Wheeler: I am in awe or of having the chance to talk to you because you are one of the legends of romance publishing. You have been working since the early 90’s, you’ve got more than 80 books now published and many accolades including landing in the top 100 Romance of the Year many times. You have an international army of fans, so tell me about how you got into this career. Give us a little bit of a helicopter view of all of those years. Stephanie Laurens: Okay. I got into writing romances because I literally ran out of Regency romances to read. At that time, back in the late 80’s, it was 1989, I used to read Regency romances because I was working as a scientist and writing scientific grants and reviewing scientific grants and papers and stuff like that. It was all very, very dry as you can imagine, so I liked to be able to read at night. After I put the kids to sleep, I would read. At that time in Australia there were only two Regency romances brought in a month by Mills & Boon and that was nowhere near enough. I had already gone through a lot of the libraries and what Regency romances they stocked, and so in order to keep myself occupied I started writing one. I assumed that I would never get to the end because you know how you start projects. I always have projects lying around for literally years, incomplete. A hard beginning in Regency romance But, lo and behold, I found that because I wanted to find out what happened I got to the end of the book, so I actually wrote a book. I read it over again and I thought, this is not bad, and so I started to write around, to find out where to send it. It was my mother who told me, send it here. Regency romance queen Stephanie Laurens has been in the top 100 Romance of the Year lists many times over. She is one of the most successful and popular romance novelists of all time, with over 80 works of historical romance, Regency romance queen Stephanie Laurens has been in the top 100 Romance of the Year lists many times over. She is one of the most successful and popular romance novelists of all time, with over 80 works of historical romance, including 40 New York Times bestsellers.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Stephanie talks about switching from cancer research to romance and the changing tastes of romance readers.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, we've got free books to give away. This week it’s a range of historic adventures. Check them out here: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/GBTyjjv9LFfGQ1X5JI9vA<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET FREE BOOKS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don't forget, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Stephanie's answers to the Getting To Know You, Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get special bonus content, including a new one starting next month, Encore, where authors who have already been on the podcast talk about their latest book. It's a shorter episode, quick to get through and exclusive to Patreon.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> support binge reading on patreon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for this episode: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Legend of Nimway Hall:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.stephanielaurens.com/series/the-legend-of-nimway-hall/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Devon Monk: https://www.devonmonk.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sam Quinn series: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/k/seana-kelly/sam-quinn/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Faith Hunter:  http://www.faithhunter.net/wp/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> CS Harris:  Sebastian St Cyr series  https://csharris.net/sebastian.php<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Stephanie Laurens:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: http://www.stephanielaurens.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStephanieLaurens<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9241.Stephanie_Laurens<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stephanie-laurens<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Stephanie.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing Stephanie Laurens<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Stephanie and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stephanie Laurens Romance Bestseller<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stephanie Laurens: Thank you. It's lovely to be here.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: I am in awe or of having the chance to talk to you because you are one of the legends of romance publishing. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You have been working since the early 90’s, you’ve got more than 80 books now published and many accolades including landing in the top 100 Romance of the Year many times. You have an international army of fans, so tell me about how you got into this career. Give us a little bit of a helicopter view of all of those years.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stephanie Laurens: Okay. I got into writing romances because I literally ran out of Regency romances to read. At that time, back in the late 80’s, it was 1989, I used to read Regency romances because I was working as a scientist and writing scientific grants and reviewing scientific grants and papers and stuff like that. It was all very, very dry as you can imagine, so I liked to be able to read at night. After I put the kids to sleep, I would read.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> At that time in Australia there were only two Regency romances brought in a month by Mills & Boon and that was nowhere near ... Jenny Wheeler 41:20 Catherine Lea – Kiwi Crime Series https://thejoysofbingereading.com/catherine-lea-kiwi-crime-series/ Tue, 10 May 2022 03:17:42 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9662 Catherine Lea is a thriller writer whose latest book, The Water’s Dead, is New Zealand's answer to Vera Stanhope. It's the first in a new Kiwi crime series, a thriller with surprising twists. Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Catherine talks about her new character, Detective Inspector Nyree Bradshaw and her race against time to solve a murder where everyone has something to hide and no one is telling the truth. If she fails, it's likely a child dies. It's the first in a new series. We've got our usual free book offer for listeners... this week its historical fiction you can check out here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/freehistoricalfiction/7c9k9s2u28 GET FREE HISTORICAL FICTION Or on our Binge Reading Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JennyAtBingeReading) And don't forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Catherine's answers to the five quick five questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. It would be great to have a few more people on board supporting the show with the weekly costs. support binge reading on patreon Links to information mentioned in the show: Ann Cleeves: https://www.anncleeves.com/ Ruth Rendell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Rendell Ngaire Dawn Porter: https://www.nzonscreen.com/profile/nyree-dawn-porter/biography Elizabeth McClaine Mystery series: https://www.authorcatherinelea.com/books The Dry by Jane Harper: https://janeharper.com.au/books/the-dry Ed McBain: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21318.Ed_McBain Chris Hammer: Scrublands, https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/crime-mystery/Scrublands-Chris-Hammer-9781760632984 Where to find Catherine Lea:  Website: https://www.authorcatherinelea.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Catherine-Lea-1138506476177298/Twitter: @CatherineLeaNZBookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/catherine-lea What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now, here’s Catherine. Introducing thriller author Catherine Lea Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Catherine and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Catherine Lea: Thank you so much for having me. It's great to be there with you. Catherine Lea - Page-turning thriller writer Jenny Wheeler: It's wonderful, almost a novelty to have a fellow New Zealander. I don't deliberately choose or not choose Kiwis. I choose people who fit the books we're doing, but it's lovely to have somebody who's writing those books in New Zealand.  Catherine Lea: Thank you. That's why I decided to write the books in New Zealand. I've got some set in the States. When I started writing – I put my first book out in 2013 – somebody said, don't set them in New Zealand for goodness sake, nobody will ever read them. Set them in the States. So that's what I did. And of course, then the process began. I decided to set a politically based thriller and boy, their politics are quite different to ours. It was such a lot of research. I thought, you know what? I know far more about New Zealand. We have got such an amazing country, such diverse cultures, so much flavor, so much brilliance and the country is so beautiful. Why not set them here? Jenny Wheeler: To backtrack a bit, you write thrillers with heart, as your website says, and you have done several international page-turners. We will get to those a little later on because they are worth talking about, but your latest book, the one we're focusing on because it has just come out, is called The Water’s Dead. It's a police procedural set in the far north of New Zealand where you live. Writing a police procedural a new game That is a bit of a change for you, and it’s good to get in right at the beginning and talk a little bit about why you it made that. Catherine Lea is a thriller writer whose latest book, The Water’s Dead, is New Zealand's answer to Vera Stanhope. It's the first in a new Kiwi crime series, a thriller with surprising twists. Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, Catherine Lea is a thriller writer whose latest book, The Water’s Dead, is New Zealand's answer to Vera Stanhope. It's the first in a new Kiwi crime series, a thriller with surprising twists.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Catherine talks about her new character, Detective Inspector Nyree Bradshaw and her race against time to solve a murder where everyone has something to hide and no one is telling the truth. If she fails, it's likely a child dies. It's the first in a new series.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've got our usual free book offer for listeners... this week its historical fiction you can check out here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/freehistoricalfiction/7c9k9s2u28<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET FREE HISTORICAL FICTION<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Or on our Binge Reading Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JennyAtBingeReading)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don't forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Catherine's answers to the five quick five questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It would be great to have a few more people on board supporting the show with the weekly costs.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> support binge reading on patreon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to information mentioned in the show:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ann Cleeves: https://www.anncleeves.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ruth Rendell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Rendell<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ngaire Dawn Porter: https://www.nzonscreen.com/profile/nyree-dawn-porter/biography<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Elizabeth McClaine Mystery series: https://www.authorcatherinelea.com/books<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Dry by Jane Harper: https://janeharper.com.au/books/the-dry<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ed McBain: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21318.Ed_McBain<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chris Hammer: Scrublands, https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/crime-mystery/Scrublands-Chris-Hammer-9781760632984<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Catherine Lea: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.authorcatherinelea.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Catherine-Lea-1138506476177298/Twitter: @CatherineLeaNZBookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/catherine-lea<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Catherine.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing thriller author Catherine Lea<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Catherine and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Catherine Lea: Thank you so much for having me. It's great to be there with you.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Catherine Lea - Page-turning thriller writer<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: It's wonderful, almost a novelty to have a fellow New Zealander. I don't deliberately choose or not choose Kiwis. I choose people who fit the books we're doing, but it's lovely to have somebody who's writing those books in New Zealand. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Catherine Lea: Thank you. That's why I decided to write the books in New Zealand. I've got some set in the States. When I started writing – I put my first book out in 2013 – somebody said, don't set them in New Zealand for goodness sake, nobody will ever read them. Set them in the States. So that's what I did. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And of course, then the process began. I decided to set a politically based thriller and boy, their politics are quite different to ours. It was such a lot of research. I thought, you know what? I know far more about New Zealand. We have got such an amazing country, such diverse cultures, Jenny Wheeler 30:55 Meg Waite Clayton – WWII Best Seller https://thejoysofbingereading.com/meg-waite-clayton-wwii-best-seller/ Tue, 03 May 2022 00:08:08 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9621 Today on The Joys of Binge Reading Meg Waite Clayton, international bestselling author of The Last Train to London, returns with another haunting wartime story–The Postmistress of Paris. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and on Binge Reading this week, Meg talks about her latest acclaimed wartime story set in the early days of the Nazi Occupation of France. It’s a haunting love story of high stakes danger and incomparable courage, based on the true story of a young American heiress who helped artists hunted by the Nazis escape war torn France. Download Free Books As usual, we’ve got free books for you–a selection of historical romance - a group promo from 50 top authors, plus a four-book French mystery box set from Lise McLendon–Books 1–4 in her popular Bennett sisters series HISTORIC ROMANCE FOR FREE Download free books here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/freehistoricalromancemay/2drvxuczu And Lise McLendon four-book French mystery box set from Lise McLendon–Books 1–4 in her popular Bennett sisters series here: https://amzn.to/383Egji free french mysteries And don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Meg’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Links for this episode can be found at: Links to this episode can be found at: Mary Jayne Gold: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-evanston-heiress-inspires-novel-tt-1130-20211130-n36mbdjpnvbqhd27acvs253aka-story.html Mary Jayne Gold:  Oral History interview at the Holocaust memorial Museum site.:  https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn513492 Crossroads Marseilles, 1940: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1245926.Crossroads_Marseilles_1940 Varian Fry: https://www.ushmm.org/collections/bibliography/varian-fry The Last Train To London: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/books/the-last-train-to-london/ The Writer’s Lab: https://thewriterslab.nyc/ Thrifty Umrigar Honor: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/56271394 Karen Joy Fowler: Booth https://www.karenjoyfowler.com/ Purchasing Meg’s books in Australia and New Zealand: And elsewhere: Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1102395.Meg_Waite_Clayton Where to find Meg Waite Clayton: Website: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/Email: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/contact/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/novelistmegTwitter:  https://twitter.com/MegWClayton What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Meg,  Introducing author Meg Waite Clayton Best selling international author of historic fiction Meg Waite Clayton Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Meg, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Meg Waite Clayton: Jenny, it’s so delightful to be here. Thank you for sharing your time with me. Jenny Wheeler: This latest book you've recently published, The Postmistress of Paris, has received the most amazing reception. You've got a whole host of international reviewers who are all eagerly anticipating it and hyping it up before it even hits the stands. That's a wonderful place to be in, but you did have quite a good apprenticeship to get there, didn't you? Meg Waite Clayton: I did. This is novel number eight. Here in the United States, it’s the first one that's been reviewed by the New York Times, so that's my long apprenticeship. But I wouldn't have it any other way. It's been a lovely run and a lovely career and I feel like it keeps growing in a lovely way. Jenny Wheeler: That’s wonderful. The central character of the Postmistress is Nanée. She is a wealthy American who stays on in France after war is declared in 1939, Today on The Joys of Binge Reading Meg Waite Clayton, international bestselling author of The Last Train to London, returns with another haunting wartime story–The Postmistress of Paris. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and on Binge Reading thi... Today on The Joys of Binge Reading Meg Waite Clayton, international bestselling author of The Last Train to London, returns with another haunting wartime story–The Postmistress of Paris.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and on Binge Reading this week, Meg talks about her latest acclaimed wartime story set in the early days of the Nazi Occupation of France. It’s a haunting love story of high stakes danger and incomparable courage, based on the true story of a young American heiress who helped artists hunted by the Nazis escape war torn France.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Download Free Books<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, we’ve got free books for you–a selection of historical romance - a group promo from 50 top authors, plus a four-book French mystery box set from Lise McLendon–Books 1–4 in her popular Bennett sisters series<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> HISTORIC ROMANCE FOR FREE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Download free books here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/freehistoricalromancemay/2drvxuczu<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And Lise McLendon four-book French mystery box set from Lise McLendon–Books 1–4 in her popular Bennett sisters series here: https://amzn.to/383Egji<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> free french mysteries<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Meg’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for this episode can be found at:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to this episode can be found at:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mary Jayne Gold: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-evanston-heiress-inspires-novel-tt-1130-20211130-n36mbdjpnvbqhd27acvs253aka-story.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mary Jayne Gold:  Oral History interview at the Holocaust memorial Museum site.:  https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn513492<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Crossroads Marseilles, 1940: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1245926.Crossroads_Marseilles_1940<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Varian Fry: https://www.ushmm.org/collections/bibliography/varian-fry<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Last Train To London: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/books/the-last-train-to-london/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Writer’s Lab: https://thewriterslab.nyc/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Thrifty Umrigar Honor: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/56271394<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Karen Joy Fowler: Booth https://www.karenjoyfowler.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Purchasing Meg’s books in Australia and New Zealand:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And elsewhere: Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1102395.Meg_Waite_Clayton<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Meg Waite Clayton:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/Email: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/contact/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/novelistmegTwitter:  https://twitter.com/MegWClayton<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Meg, <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Meg Waite Clayton<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Best selling international author of historic fiction Meg Waite Clayton<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Meg, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Meg Waite Clayton: Jenny, it’s so delightful to be here. Thank you for sharing your time with me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: This latest book you've recently published, Jenny Wheeler 32:46 Lynette Eason – Romantic Suspense https://thejoysofbingereading.com/lynette-eason-romantic-suspense/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 04:44:00 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9575 Bestselling and award-winning master of romantic suspense Lynette Eason talks about her new book, Life Flight, the first in the high-octane adventure series Extreme Measures. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading this week Lynette talks about the secret of putting her military and emergency first responder heroes in the worst possible situations and seeing them beat the odds. Free Books Giveaway As usual, we’ve got free books to give away, this time a selection of books from a group of authors with the theme of Wartime Romance and a Gothic Victorian whimsy. You can access the Wartime Romances offer here: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/JTQcSCG FREE WARTIME ROMANCE Magic exists where we cannot see....... Kenneth A. Baldwin's Gothic Victorian whimsy The Crimson Inkwell: Critics say: "A magical fanfare of a woman who knows her mind and sparkling romance, The Crimson Inkwell is a modern, gothic Victorian delight." -Charlotte Zang, Reedsy Download the free offer here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/5gfrnef7dw?tid=nss3358dge DOWNLOAD FREE BOOK And don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Lynette’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading support binge reading on patreon Links mentioned in this episode Links to websites mentioned in this episode: Terri Blackstock: http://terriblackstock.com/ Colleen Coble: https://colleencoble.com/ Dee Henderson: http://www.deehenderson.com/ and Danger In The Shadows: https://www.amazon.com/Danger-Shadows-Prequel-OMalley-Henderson/dp/1414310552 Jaime Wright: https://www.jaimewrightbooks.com/ Natalie Walters: https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/   Carrie Stuart Parks: http://www.carriestuartparks.com/  James Patterson: https://www.jamespatterson.com/ Deborah Raney: https://deborahraney.com/ Karen Kingsbury: https://www.karenkingsbury.com/ Where to find Lynette Eason: Website: https://lynetteeason.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lynette.eason Twitter: http://twitter.com/lynetteeason What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. But now, here’s Lynette. Introducing author Lynette Eason Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lynette, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Lynette Eason: Thank you. I'm glad to be here. Lynette Eason: Best selling romantic suspense author Jenny Wheeler: You are a bestselling and award-winning author with more than fifty books to your credit, which is fantastic. You work with several different series and different publishers, so you’ve got your hands full. The series are generally adventure with suspense and romance built into them, and a lot of formerly military heroes or people who are in the helping professions, the rescue professions. When you started out with your first books, was this how you started or did that gradually develop as you went along? Lynette Eason: I started with a romantic suspense genre and then stuck with it ever since. That was what I was interested in writing, and I didn't see any reason to write anything else. Jenny Wheeler: How did you get started? Was there a kind of epiphany moment when you thought, I've just got to get that book written? Was it something you'd always wanted to do or was it something you fell into? Lynette Eason: There was an epiphany moment. When I was growing up, I always loved to read suspense like the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie. I loved all of that stuff. As far as trying to write, I tried to write a book when I was in the eighth grade and gave up because it was too hard. Bestselling and award-winning master of romantic suspense Lynette Eason talks about her new book, Life Flight, the first in the high-octane adventure series Extreme Measures. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, Bestselling and award-winning master of romantic suspense Lynette Eason talks about her new book, Life Flight, the first in the high-octane adventure series Extreme Measures.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading this week Lynette talks about the secret of putting her military and emergency first responder heroes in the worst possible situations and seeing them beat the odds.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Free Books Giveaway <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, we’ve got free books to give away, this time a selection of books from a group of authors with the theme of Wartime Romance and a Gothic Victorian whimsy. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You can access the Wartime Romances offer here:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://storyoriginapp.com/to/JTQcSCG<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> FREE WARTIME ROMANCE<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Magic exists where we cannot see.......<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kenneth A. Baldwin's Gothic Victorian whimsy The Crimson Inkwell: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Critics say: "A magical fanfare of a woman who knows her mind and sparkling romance, The Crimson Inkwell is a modern, gothic Victorian delight." -Charlotte Zang, Reedsy<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Download the free offer here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/5gfrnef7dw?tid=nss3358dge<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DOWNLOAD FREE BOOK<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Lynette’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> support binge reading on patreon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links mentioned in this episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to websites mentioned in this episode: Terri Blackstock: http://terriblackstock.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Colleen Coble: https://colleencoble.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dee Henderson: http://www.deehenderson.com/ and Danger In The Shadows: https://www.amazon.com/Danger-Shadows-Prequel-OMalley-Henderson/dp/1414310552<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jaime Wright: https://www.jaimewrightbooks.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Natalie Walters: https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />   Carrie Stuart Parks: http://www.carriestuartparks.com/ <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> James Patterson: https://www.jamespatterson.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Deborah Raney: https://deborahraney.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Karen Kingsbury: https://www.karenkingsbury.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Lynette Eason:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://lynetteeason.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lynette.eason<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: http://twitter.com/lynetteeason<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Lynette.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Lynette Eason<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lynette, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lynette Eason: Thank you. I'm glad to be here.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lynette Eason: Best selling romantic suspense author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You are a bestselling and award-winning author with more than fifty books to your credit, which is fantastic. You work with several different series and different publishers, so you’ve got your hands full.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The series are generally adventure with suspense and romance built into them, and a lot of formerly military heroes or people who are in the helping p... Jenny Wheeler 32:27 Heather Webber – Magic Mystery https://thejoysofbingereading.com/heather-webber-magic-mystery/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 05:25:29 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9532 Heather Webber is drawn to the magic side of life, with mysteries that reflect southern charm, food, family, and a very light dusting of the supernatural. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Heather talks about her magical mysteries, including one called Midnight at the Blackbird Café, inspired by a Beatles hit song. I bet you can’t guess which one. As usual, we’ve got a great free book giveaway offer, more than sixty historical fiction books called Escape Into History. It’s a great selection to choose from, with a very wide range of time periods and locations. Links for accessing this offer can be found in the show notes for this episode on The Joys of Binge Reading website. It closes April 26. Get Clean Historicals here:  https://books.bookfunnel.com/free-historical-romance-books/8coh49x3h5 Download Clean Historical Free Books Here:  https://books.bookfunnel.com/free-historical-romance-books/8coh49x3h5 And more romance here... Download Escape To History Romance: https://books.bookfunnel.com/escape_into_history/1lcyxeuzfl Don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Heather’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. Details of that in our episode show notes as well, at Support Binge Reading on Patreon: www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.com. Links to information in this episode The Lights of Sugarberry Cove: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-lights-of-sugarberry-cove.html Midnight At The Blackbird Café: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/womens-fiction.html South of the Buttonwood Tree: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/south-of-buttonwood-tree.html Wetumpka: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetumpka,_Alabama Heather Blake: https://cozy-mystery.com/heather-blake.html Roald Dahl quote about magic: https://www.roalddahl.com/blog/2018/may/the-stories-behind-roald-dahls-quotes-magic Beatles Song Blackbird: https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/blackbird-story-behind-song-beatles/ The Lucy Valentine Series: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-lucy-valentine-novels.html The Nina Quinn series: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-nina-quinn-mysteries.html Quincy M.E. Tv series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincy,_M.E. Severn House Publishing: https://severnhouse.com/ Love and Saffron by Kim Fay:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/679108/love-and-saffron-by-kim-fay/ The Beatles Lyric Book: https://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Lyrics-Stories-Including-Handwritten/dp/0316247170 The Mandalorian: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8111088/ Where to Find Heather Webber Website: https://www.heatherwebber.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherWebberBooks/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/509706.Heather_Webber Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksbyheather/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.nz/booksbyheather/_saved/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksbyHeather Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/heather-webber What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Jenny Wheeler: But now here's Heather. Hello there, Heather. And welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Introducing author Heather Webber What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Heather. Heather Webber, mystery author Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Heather and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Heather Webber: Hi, thank you so much for inviting me. I'm so happy to be here. Jenny Wheeler: You have a terrific history of publishing. You've got more than 30 books published and several Agatha award nominations for excell... Heather Webber is drawn to the magic side of life, with mysteries that reflect southern charm, food, family, and a very light dusting of the supernatural. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Heather talks about her magi... Heather Webber is drawn to the magic side of life, with mysteries that reflect southern charm, food, family, and a very light dusting of the supernatural.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Heather talks about her magical mysteries, including one called Midnight at the Blackbird Café, inspired by a Beatles hit song. I bet you can’t guess which one.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, we’ve got a great free book giveaway offer, more than sixty historical fiction books called Escape Into History. It’s a great selection to choose from, with a very wide range of time periods and locations. Links for accessing this offer can be found in the show notes for this episode on The Joys of Binge Reading website. It closes April 26. Get Clean Historicals here:  https://books.bookfunnel.com/free-historical-romance-books/8coh49x3h5<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Download Clean Historical Free Books Here:  https://books.bookfunnel.com/free-historical-romance-books/8coh49x3h5<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And more romance here...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Download Escape To History Romance: https://books.bookfunnel.com/escape_into_history/1lcyxeuzfl<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Heather’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. Details of that in our episode show notes as well, at <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Support Binge Reading on Patreon: www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.com.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to information in this episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Lights of Sugarberry Cove: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-lights-of-sugarberry-cove.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Midnight At The Blackbird Café: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/womens-fiction.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> South of the Buttonwood Tree: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/south-of-buttonwood-tree.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wetumpka: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetumpka,_Alabama<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Heather Blake: https://cozy-mystery.com/heather-blake.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Roald Dahl quote about magic: https://www.roalddahl.com/blog/2018/may/the-stories-behind-roald-dahls-quotes-magic<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Beatles Song Blackbird: https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/blackbird-story-behind-song-beatles/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Lucy Valentine Series: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-lucy-valentine-novels.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Nina Quinn series: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-nina-quinn-mysteries.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Quincy M.E. Tv series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincy,_M.E.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Severn House Publishing: https://severnhouse.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Love and Saffron by Kim Fay:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/679108/love-and-saffron-by-kim-fay/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Beatles Lyric Book: https://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Lyrics-Stories-Including-Handwritten/dp/0316247170<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Mandalorian: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8111088/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to Find Heather Webber<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.heatherwebber.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherWebberBooks/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/509706.Heather_Webber<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksbyheather/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.nz/booksbyheather/_saved/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksbyHeather<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/heather-webber<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, Jenny Wheeler 29:36 Andy Straka – Murder Sees Double https://thejoysofbingereading.com/andy-straka-murder-sees-double/ Tue, 12 Apr 2022 04:17:04 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9515 Andy Straka is an award-winning mystery author whose latest book, Split City, features identical twins who are also former pro bowling champions. When one of them is called upon by the small Midwest town sheriff to identify the other’s body in the morgue, as you can imagine, all hell breaks loose.Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today in Binge Reading Andy talks about the similarities between his own life and the characters in his story. He too is an identical twin who spent a lot of his youth in the local bowling alley. As usual, we have a great giveaway of free books to offer you–this time a selection of clean and uplifting historical romance. Details of where to download them are in the show notes or on the Binge Reading Facebook page at www.thejoysof binge reading.com or https://www.facebook.com/JennyAtBingeReading https://books.bookfunnel.com/escape_into_history/1lcyxeuzfl Don’t forget exclusive bonus content on the Binge Reading on Patreon page – like hearing Andy’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions. You can hear those by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. We would love to have you as a supporter. It takes a lot of work to put this together every week and although my time is not paid, it would be great to get a little extra benefit for supporting our sound crew, the people who transcribe the page, and our podcast hosts. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading Links to be found in this episode The Weird World of Extreme Ironing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_Alone Twin Cities: ttps://www.amazon.com/New-Hampshire-Vs-Vermont-Sibling/dp/0965250202) Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_Alone Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2052.The_Big_Sleep Falconry: https://www.n-a-f-a.com/page/What_is_Falconry Dashiel Hammett: The Maltese Falcon: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29999.The_Maltese_Falcon Jeffrey Deaver: https://www.jefferydeaver.com/ Mary Kay Andrews: https://marykayandrews.com/ Brian Freeman: The Deep Deep Snow, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52282213-the-deep-deep-snow Claire Huffacker: The Cowboy and The Cossack, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/220812. Lee Goldberg, Gated Prey http://leegoldberg.com/books/ Leif Enger Virgil Wander https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39027388-virgil-wander AND Peace Like A River: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/227571.Peace_Like_a_River Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1229277604 William Gibson: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/10003/william-gibson/ James Lee Burke: https://www.jamesleeburke.com/ Dave Robicheaux: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Robicheaux Anthony Doerr: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Cloud-Cuckoo-Land/Anthony-Doerr/9781982168438 C.J. Box: https://www.cjbox.net/ Amazon's new Jack Reacher series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSycMV-_Csw Where to find Andy Straka Website: https://www.andystraka.com/Email: andy@andystraka.com What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now, here’s Andy. Introducing mystery author Andy Straka Mystery Author - and falconer -Andy Straka with one of his birds Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Andy, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Andy Straka: Thanks Jenny. I appreciate you having me on. Jenny Wheeler: You are an award-winning and bestselling author whose latest book, Split City, is book one in a new series called Jesus Spares. It’s about identical twin brothers who have both been professional bowlers. I understand there is a big injection of personal biography into that backstory. Tell us about that. Andy Straka: I grew up in upstate New York, Andy Straka is an award-winning mystery author whose latest book, Split City, features identical twins who are also former pro bowling champions. When one of them is called upon by the small Midwest town sheriff to identify the other’s body in the morg... Andy Straka is an award-winning mystery author whose latest book, Split City, features identical twins who are also former pro bowling champions. When one of them is called upon by the small Midwest town sheriff to identify the other’s body in the morgue, as you can imagine, all hell breaks loose.Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today in Binge Reading Andy talks about the similarities between his own life and the characters in his story. He too is an identical twin who spent a lot of his youth in the local bowling alley.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, we have a great giveaway of free books to offer you–this time a selection of clean and uplifting historical romance. Details of where to download them are in the show notes or on the Binge Reading Facebook page at www.thejoysof binge reading.com or https://www.facebook.com/JennyAtBingeReading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://books.bookfunnel.com/escape_into_history/1lcyxeuzfl<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don’t forget exclusive bonus content on the Binge Reading on Patreon page – like hearing Andy’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions. You can hear those by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We would love to have you as a supporter. It takes a lot of work to put this together every week and although my time is not paid, it would be great to get a little extra benefit for supporting our sound crew, the people who transcribe the page, and our podcast hosts. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to be found in this episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Weird World of Extreme Ironing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_Alone<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twin Cities: ttps://www.amazon.com/New-Hampshire-Vs-Vermont-Sibling/dp/0965250202)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_Alone<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2052.The_Big_Sleep<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Falconry: https://www.n-a-f-a.com/page/What_is_Falconry<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dashiel Hammett: The Maltese Falcon: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29999.The_Maltese_Falcon<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jeffrey Deaver: https://www.jefferydeaver.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mary Kay Andrews: https://marykayandrews.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Brian Freeman: The Deep Deep Snow, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52282213-the-deep-deep-snow<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Claire Huffacker: The Cowboy and The Cossack, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/220812.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lee Goldberg, Gated Prey http://leegoldberg.com/books/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Leif Enger Virgil Wander https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39027388-virgil-wander<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> AND Peace Like A River: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/227571.Peace_Like_a_River<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1229277604<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> William Gibson: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/10003/william-gibson/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> James Lee Burke: https://www.jamesleeburke.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dave Robicheaux: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Robicheaux<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Anthony Doerr: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Cloud-Cuckoo-Land/Anthony-Doerr/9781982168438<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> C.J. Box: https://www.cjbox.net/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Amazon's new Jack Reacher series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSycMV-_Csw<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Andy Straka<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.andystraka.com/Email: andy@andystraka.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, Jenny Wheeler 38:02 Kate Quinn – Deadliest Female Sniper https://thejoysofbingereading.com/kate-quinn-deadliest-female-sniper/ Tue, 05 Apr 2022 02:12:12 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9386 Kate Quinn is an international bestselling author of World War II stories like The Alice Network and The Rose Code. Now she’s back with her latest, The Diamond Eye, based on a true story of a mother who became a reluctant soldier and then deadliest female sniper, in a place where she changed history. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Kate talks about the romance at the heart of her World War II story about a lethal female sniper, and about having a book overtaken by current events in the Ukraine. As usual, we’ve got a free giveaway. Load up with free mystery and crime stories from multiple authors in the Story Origin giveaway this week, plus enter a BOOKSWEEPS DRAW FOR A FREE ROMANCE LIBRARY and E-READER. Load up with Free Crime and Mystery stories here: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/bbhuG9N The Crime Mystery offer closes May 1. PLUS: ROMANCE LIBRARY SWEEPSTAKES AND FREE E-READER Enter the draw for a Romance Library of 50+ books plus a New E-Book Reader here: https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/april-2022/first-in-series-hist-romance/ NOTE: OFFER CLOSES APRIL 13 SO BE IN NOW Don’t forget about our exclusive bonus content – like hearing Kate’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading. Links to be found in this episode: Lyudmila Pavlichenko: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyudmila_Pavlichenko Sevastopol: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sevastopol Bletchley Park: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_Park Eva Ibbotson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Ibbotson James S. A. Corey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expanse_(novel_series) Janie Chan; https://www.amazon.com/Janie-Chang/e/B00D4FL4DU%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Kate’s Books: Her books: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/book-table/ The Rose Code: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/books/the-rose-code/ The Huntress: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/books/the-huntress/ The Alice Network: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/books/the-alice-network/ The Empress of Rome Saga: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/series/the-empress-of-rome-saga/The Borgia Chronicles: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/series/borgia-chronicles/ Where to find Kate Quinn: Website: www.katequinnauthor.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katequinn5975/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateQuinnAuthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/KateQuinnAuthor Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2974095.Kate_Quinn What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. Introducing Kate Quinn, popular historic fiction author But now, here’s Kate. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Kate, and welcome to the show. It's so good to have you with us. Kate Quinn - Internationally popular for her historical fiction Kate Quinn: It's lovely to be here. Thank you for having me. Jenny Wheeler: Kate, you are a New York Times bestselling author with a string of historical hits to your credit, including The Alice Network and The Rose Code, but the one we are focusing on today is your latest book, The Diamond Eye. It is about a remarkable woman, the Second World War’s most lethal female sniper, and in fact the most lethal female sniper of all time that we know of. This was another story that has been buried, even though she has a pretty remarkable claim to fame. Very few people had heard of Mila, so how did you come across the story? Kate Quinn: It’s the classic case of when you are researching one book, your research drops the idea for a new book in your lap unasked for, which is a wonderful thing. This came about when I was researching one of my last books just before The Rose Code called The Huntre... Kate Quinn is an international bestselling author of World War II stories like The Alice Network and The Rose Code. Now she’s back with her latest, The Diamond Eye, based on a true story of a mother who became a reluctant soldier and then deadliest fem... Kate Quinn is an international bestselling author of World War II stories like The Alice Network and The Rose Code. Now she’s back with her latest, The Diamond Eye, based on a true story of a mother who became a reluctant soldier and then deadliest female sniper, in a place where she changed history.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Kate talks about the romance at the heart of her World War II story about a lethal female sniper, and about having a book overtaken by current events in the Ukraine.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As usual, we’ve got a free giveaway. Load up with free mystery and crime stories from multiple authors in the Story Origin giveaway this week, plus enter a BOOKSWEEPS DRAW FOR A FREE ROMANCE LIBRARY and E-READER. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Load up with Free Crime and Mystery stories here: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/bbhuG9N<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Crime Mystery offer closes May 1.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> PLUS: ROMANCE LIBRARY SWEEPSTAKES AND FREE E-READER<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Enter the draw for a Romance Library of 50+ books plus a New E-Book Reader here:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/april-2022/first-in-series-hist-romance/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NOTE: OFFER CLOSES APRIL 13 SO BE IN NOW<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don’t forget about our exclusive bonus content – like hearing Kate’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to be found in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lyudmila Pavlichenko: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyudmila_Pavlichenko<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sevastopol: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sevastopol<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bletchley Park: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_Park<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Eva Ibbotson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Ibbotson<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> James S. A. Corey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expanse_(novel_series)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Janie Chan; https://www.amazon.com/Janie-Chang/e/B00D4FL4DU%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate’s Books:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Her books: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/book-table/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Rose Code: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/books/the-rose-code/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Huntress: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/books/the-huntress/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Alice Network: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/books/the-alice-network/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Empress of Rome Saga: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/series/the-empress-of-rome-saga/The Borgia Chronicles: https://www.katequinnauthor.com/series/borgia-chronicles/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Kate Quinn:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: www.katequinnauthor.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katequinn5975/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateQuinnAuthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: https://twitter.com/KateQuinnAuthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2974095.Kate_Quinn<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing Kate Quinn, popular historic fiction author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Kate.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Kate, and welcome to the show. It's so good to have you with us. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Quinn - Internationally popular for her historical fiction<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Quinn: It's lovely to be here. Jenny Wheeler 37:08 Reyna Marder Gentin – Crime Fighter to Writer https://thejoysofbingereading.com/reyna-marder-gentin-crime-fighter-to-writer/ Mon, 28 Mar 2022 18:33:33 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9368 Reyna Marder Genten had nearly 20 years in the public defender's office as an appellate attorney, before she decided to trade in her legal robes for a keyboard and launched herself into a second career as a writer of legal thrillers and women's fiction.  Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today Reyna talks about her latest book, Both Are True. presenting the inside story of a woman at the height of her career as a family court judge, who's faced with temptation when career and personal life collide.  Our free giveaway this week is from historical mystery author, Michelle Cox, a Cinderella story, and a 1920s Chicago take on Downton Abbey. If you loved Downton Abbey and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, you'll love Henrietta and Inspector Howard!  Set in Chicago in the 1930's, this fun romantic mystery series has won over 60 international awards!   FREE DOWNLOAD A GIRL LIKE YOU And don't forget, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Reyna's answers to the Getting To Know You Five Quick Fire questions by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month.  SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Links to information in this episode: Joyce Carol Oates: We Were The Mulvaneys: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5204.We_Were_the_Mulvaneys Patti Smith Memoir: Just Kids: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/341879.Just_Kids Chuck Greaves, another lawyer turned author at: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/chuck-greaves-eco-thriller-la-law/ Where to Find Reyna Marder Gentin: Website: reynamardergentin.comFacebook: @reynamardergentin  Twitter: @reynagentin Instagram: @reynamardergentin Introducing women's fiction author Reyna Marder Gentin What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Reyna. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Reyna, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Reyna Marder Gentin: Thank you so much for inviting me. Jenny Wheeler: You are a former criminal attorney with the Public Defender's office who has turned into a crime writer. What made you decide to get into fiction, and how did it come about? Reyna Marder Gentin: I always felt like there were stories lurking behind the cases I had. As an appellate attorney, you're stuck with a closed record. I knew what had happened right before the crime and at the time of the crime and maybe a little bit afterwards, but I never got to see the backstory. I never really understood who these people were because I didn't have a chance to meet with them. We didn't meet our clients. We would exchange letters, but very much pertaining to the case. Those questions you have that might explain why a person does what they do, what their family was like, what their education was like, what their love life was like, all of those things were off limits. When I did end up leaving the job – and I was there for almost 18 years – I felt like I had put in my dues, but I had had enough. I felt like I was hitting up against a wall on the storytelling. I couldn't bring myself honestly anymore to try to tell the story of these people when I knew so little. Understanding 'the story behind the story' That was the impetus when I left – trying to figure out what else could I do with my time that might be related but would allow me to explore things about the defendants, about the judges, about the prosecutors, about the defense attorneys, things I couldn't do in real life, but I would be able to do in fiction. That is the genesis of how it started to happen. The actual way it happened was that I quit my job. I had no idea what I was going to do next, and a friend told me she was taking a writing class and invited me to come along. I went with her, and it all sprang from there. Reyna Marder Genten had nearly 20 years in the public defender's office as an appellate attorney, before she decided to trade in her legal robes for a keyboard and launched herself into a second career as a writer of legal thrillers and women's fiction... Reyna Marder Genten had nearly 20 years in the public defender's office as an appellate attorney, before she decided to trade in her legal robes for a keyboard and launched herself into a second career as a writer of legal thrillers and women's fiction.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />  Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today Reyna talks about her latest book, Both Are True. presenting the inside story of a woman at the height of her career as a family court judge, who's faced with temptation when career and personal life collide. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Our free giveaway this week is from historical mystery author, Michelle Cox, a Cinderella story, and a 1920s Chicago take on Downton Abbey. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you loved Downton Abbey and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, you'll love Henrietta and Inspector Howard!  Set in Chicago in the 1930's, this fun romantic mystery series has won over 60 international awards!  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> FREE DOWNLOAD A GIRL LIKE YOU<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don't forget, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Reyna's answers to the Getting To Know You Five Quick Fire questions by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to information in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Joyce Carol Oates: We Were The Mulvaneys: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5204.We_Were_the_Mulvaneys<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Patti Smith Memoir: Just Kids: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/341879.Just_Kids<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Chuck Greaves, another lawyer turned author at: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/chuck-greaves-eco-thriller-la-law/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to Find Reyna Marder Gentin:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: reynamardergentin.comFacebook: @reynamardergentin <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @reynagentin<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @reynamardergentin<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing women's fiction author Reyna Marder Gentin<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Reyna.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Reyna, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Reyna Marder Gentin: Thank you so much for inviting me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You are a former criminal attorney with the Public Defender's office who has turned into a crime writer. What made you decide to get into fiction, and how did it come about?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Reyna Marder Gentin: I always felt like there were stories lurking behind the cases I had. As an appellate attorney, you're stuck with a closed record. I knew what had happened right before the crime and at the time of the crime and maybe a little bit afterwards, but I never got to see the backstory. I never really understood who these people were because I didn't have a chance to meet with them.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We didn't meet our clients. We would exchange letters, but very much pertaining to the case. Those questions you have that might explain why a person does what they do, what their family was like, what their education was like, what their love life was like, all of those things were off limits. When I did end up leaving the job – and I was there for almost 18 years – I felt like I had put in my dues, but I had had enough. I felt like I was hitting up against a wall on the storytelling. I couldn't bring myself honestly anymore to try to tell the story of these people when I knew so little.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Understanding 'the story behind the story'<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 31:02 Kaira Rouda – Domestic Thrillers https://thejoysofbingereading.com/kaira-roudas-domestic-thrillers/ Tue, 22 Mar 2022 00:37:15 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9344 Kaira Rouda is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author who was a highly successful marketing entrepreneur before she took to writing suspenseful psychological thrillers which dig beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Kaira talks about her latest spine-tingling story, Somebody’s Home. Julie Jones has left her suffocating marriage. With her teenage daughter, Jess, she’s starting over. Their new house in Oceanside is the first step towards a new life. But in a heartbeat, everything can change… We’ve got ten copies of my latest book just published, Dangerous Desires, Book #10 in the Of Gold and Blood old California mystery series, to give away to ten lucky readers. Enter the draw on the website or on our Binge Reading Facebook page. Offer closes March 28, 2022. Dangerous Desires, Book #10 in Jenny Wheeler's Of Gold & Blood mystery series ENTER DRAW FOR DANGEROUS DESIRES Just a reminder, the show notes for this episode can be found on The Joys of Binge Reading website www.thejoysofbingereading.com And don’t forget, you can also get exclusive bonus content–like hearing Kaira’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions–by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can enjoy exclusive bonus content and have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to keep the show alive. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Links for this episode: Kaira's Best-Selling Entrepreneurial book: https://www.amazon.com/Real-You-Incorporated-Essentials-Entrepreneurs-ebook/dp/B004I6DD7Y Here, Home, Hope: https://kairarouda.com/here-home-hope Somebody's Home: https://kairarouda.com/somebodys-home/ The Favorite Daughter: https://kairarouda.com/the-favorite-daughter/ The Next Wife: https://kairarouda.com/the-next-wife/ Jane Porter, Romance novelist: https://janeporter.com/ In The Mirror: https://kairarouda.com/in-the-mirror/ Best Day Ever: https://kairarouda.com/best-day-ever/ Kaira's contemporary romance: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/24981728-the-billionaire-s-bid And Indigo Island Series: series/135275-indigo-island Stanley Steemer: www.stanleysteemer.com Real Living and Warren Buffet sale: https://therealdeal.com/2018/05/08/warren-buffet-pays-130m-to-buy-brookfield-out-of-brokerage/ Susan Isaacs: https://www.susanisaacs.com/ Nancy Drew: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Drew Sue Grafton: https://www.suegrafton.com/ Shirley Jackson The Lottery: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6219656-the-lottery https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1948/06/26/the-lottery Where to find Kaira Rouda:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kairarouda/ Facebook: https://twitter.com/KairaRouda Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/KairaRoudaBooks/ Website: https://kairarouda.com/ The Killer Author Blub on Facebook and YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=784340975878871 What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. But now, here’s Kaira.  Introducing domestic thriller author Kaira Rouda Jenny Wheeler: Hello Kaira, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Kaira Rouda - Best-selling thriller author Kaira Rouda: Thank you. It's great to be here. Jenny Wheeler: You are a USA Today, Amazon and international bestselling author. You've got eight novels to your credit, but before you started writing you had an amazing life. You are the mother of four children, and you had a highly successful career as an entrepreneur. You wrote an advice book for women entrepreneurs. You would almost think that you had done it all before you even started writing. What made you feel as if there was something lef... Kaira Rouda is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author who was a highly successful marketing entrepreneur before she took to writing suspenseful psychological thrillers which dig beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Hi there, Kaira Rouda is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author who was a highly successful marketing entrepreneur before she took to writing suspenseful psychological thrillers which dig beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Kaira talks about her latest spine-tingling story, Somebody’s Home. Julie Jones has left her suffocating marriage. With her teenage daughter, Jess, she’s starting over. Their new house in Oceanside is the first step towards a new life. But in a heartbeat, everything can change…<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got ten copies of my latest book just published, Dangerous Desires, Book #10 in the Of Gold and Blood old California mystery series, to give away to ten lucky readers. Enter the draw on the website or on our Binge Reading Facebook page. Offer closes March 28, 2022.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dangerous Desires, Book #10 in Jenny Wheeler's Of Gold & Blood mystery series<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER DRAW FOR DANGEROUS DESIRES<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Just a reminder, the show notes for this episode can be found on The Joys of Binge Reading website www.thejoysofbingereading.com And don’t forget, you can also get exclusive bonus content–like hearing Kaira’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions–by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can enjoy exclusive bonus content and have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to keep the show alive. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links for this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kaira's Best-Selling Entrepreneurial book: https://www.amazon.com/Real-You-Incorporated-Essentials-Entrepreneurs-ebook/dp/B004I6DD7Y<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Here, Home, Hope: https://kairarouda.com/here-home-hope<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Somebody's Home: https://kairarouda.com/somebodys-home/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Favorite Daughter: https://kairarouda.com/the-favorite-daughter/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Next Wife: https://kairarouda.com/the-next-wife/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jane Porter, Romance novelist: https://janeporter.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> In The Mirror: https://kairarouda.com/in-the-mirror/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Best Day Ever: https://kairarouda.com/best-day-ever/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kaira's contemporary romance: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/24981728-the-billionaire-s-bid<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And Indigo Island Series: series/135275-indigo-island<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stanley Steemer: www.stanleysteemer.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Real Living and Warren Buffet sale: https://therealdeal.com/2018/05/08/warren-buffet-pays-130m-to-buy-brookfield-out-of-brokerage/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan Isaacs: https://www.susanisaacs.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Nancy Drew: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Drew<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sue Grafton: https://www.suegrafton.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Shirley Jackson The Lottery: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6219656-the-lottery<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1948/06/26/the-lottery<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Kaira Rouda: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kairarouda/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://twitter.com/KairaRouda<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/KairaRoudaBooks/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://kairarouda.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Killer Author Blub on Facebook and YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=784340975878871<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, Jenny Wheeler 35:44 Christian White – Psychological Thrillers https://thejoysofbingereading.com/christian-white-psychological-thrillers/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 04:09:38 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9328 Christian White is an Australian author, screenwriter, and producer whose award-winning first novel, the nail-biting suspense story, The Nowhere Child, has already attracted a major screen deal. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Christian White talks about his latest psychological thriller, Wild Place, which raises the question as old as time itself – why do good people do bad things? He also talks about his screen writing, including co-writing the hit Netflix show Clickbait, which went to No 1 in 41 countries. Links to this episode: Clickbait Netflix trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwVLObz0MGs Wild Place: https://www.christian-white.com/wild-place Director P.T. (Paul Thomas) Anderson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000759/ Pentecostal snake handling: https://www.ranker.com/list/history-of-pentecostal-snake-handling/quinn-armstrong West Memphis 3: https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/west-memphis-three-3039/ The Nowhere Child: https://www.christian-white.com/the-nowhere-child The Wife And The Widow: https://www.christian-white.com/the-wife-and-the-widow Relic the movie: https://www.christian-white.com/relic-1 J.P.Pomare: https://www.jppomare.com/ Anna Downes:  https://anna-downes.com/ Stephen King; https://stephenking.com/ Gillian Flynn: https://www.gillian-flynn.com/ Harlan Coben: https://www.harlancoben.com/ Alex Garland: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5684.Alex_Garland The Beach by Alex Garland  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/607639.The_Beach Haruki Murakami: https://www.harukimurakami.com/ Don Winslow: https://www.donwinslow.com/ Where to find Christian White:  Website: https://www.christian-white.com/ Email Direct: on his website form Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6872386.Christian_White Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Christian-White/e/B07FZZNLPZ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content–like hearing Christian’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions–by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.com . SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. But now, here’s Christian. Introducing thriller author and screen writer Christian White Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Christian, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Christian White: Hello. Thanks for having me. It's exciting.  Christian White - thriller author and screen writer Jenny Wheeler: You’re in Melbourne, aren't you? We will just establish that for our listeners. Christian White: Yes, I'm in Melbourne. It is extraordinarily hot today, so it's good that this doesn’t have video because you'd see sweat stains and a sweaty forehead and I've got the air con blasting, but yes, I'm in Melbourne.  Jenny Wheeler: Your first novel, The Nowhere Child, is a nail-biter and you had already attracted a major screen deal for that one. Now you've got to your third book, Wild Place, which is the one we're going to be talking about today. That is just as hard to put down as the first one. You are also the co-creator of a Netflix series called Clickbait which went straight to number one in 40 countries. You have obviously got a highly developed love of suspense. How did that develop, and where did you get it from, do you think? Christian White: It took me a long time to figure out that's what I wanted to write, strangely. I was trying to get paid as a writer for about 15 years before I could actually do it for a living. When I first started out, Christian White is an Australian author, screenwriter, and producer whose award-winning first novel, the nail-biting suspense story, The Nowhere Child, has already attracted a major screen deal. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, Christian White is an Australian author, screenwriter, and producer whose award-winning first novel, the nail-biting suspense story, The Nowhere Child, has already attracted a major screen deal.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Christian White talks about his latest psychological thriller, Wild Place, which raises the question as old as time itself – why do good people do bad things? He also talks about his screen writing, including co-writing the hit Netflix show Clickbait, which went to No 1 in 41 countries.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links to this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Clickbait Netflix trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwVLObz0MGs<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wild Place: https://www.christian-white.com/wild-place<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Director P.T. (Paul Thomas) Anderson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000759/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Pentecostal snake handling: https://www.ranker.com/list/history-of-pentecostal-snake-handling/quinn-armstrong<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> West Memphis 3: https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/west-memphis-three-3039/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Nowhere Child: https://www.christian-white.com/the-nowhere-child<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Wife And The Widow: https://www.christian-white.com/the-wife-and-the-widow<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Relic the movie: https://www.christian-white.com/relic-1<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> J.P.Pomare: https://www.jppomare.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Anna Downes:  https://anna-downes.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Stephen King; https://stephenking.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gillian Flynn: https://www.gillian-flynn.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Harlan Coben: https://www.harlancoben.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Alex Garland: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5684.Alex_Garland<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Beach by Alex Garland  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/607639.The_Beach<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Haruki Murakami: https://www.harukimurakami.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don Winslow: https://www.donwinslow.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Christian White: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.christian-white.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Email Direct: on his website form<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6872386.Christian_White<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Christian-White/e/B07FZZNLPZ<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content–like hearing Christian’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions–by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.com .<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Christian.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing thriller author and screen writer Christian White<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Christian, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Christian White: Hello. Thanks for having me. It's exciting. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Christian White - thriller author and screen writer<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You’re in Melbourne, aren't you? We will just establish that for our listeners.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Christian White: Yes, I'm in Melbourne. It is extraordinarily hot today, so it's good that this doesn’t have video because you'd see sweat stains and a sweat... Jenny Wheeler 41:35 Susan Kiernan-Lewis – French Mysteries https://thejoysofbingereading.com/susan-kiernan-lewis-french-mysteries/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 22:12:51 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9313 Susan Kiernan-Lewis is a USA Today bestselling author with multiple mystery series set in France and a dystopian futurist series set in Ireland. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on The Joys of Binge Reading Susan talks about her passion for all things French, her fascination with the idea of a post-apocalyptic world, and the challenges of living with face blindness – a condition which makes it difficult to recognize other people’s faces. And don’t forget, you can also get exclusive bonus content associated with the show, like hearing Susan’s answers on the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. It costs no more than a cup of coffee a month, and you get a lot of exclusive bonus content. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Where to find links to things discussed in this episode An American in Paris Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/mysteries/an-american-in-paris-mysteries/   Maggie Newberry Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/mysteries/the-maggie-newberry-mystery-series/ Cozy French Village Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/mysteries/a-cozy-french-village-mystery/ Mia Kazmaroff Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/mysteries/burton-kazmaroff-mysteries/ Irish End Game Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/irish-end-games/ Peter Heller: The Dog Stars: Charlie Fletcher: A Boy and His Dog At The End of the World: Where to find Susan Kiernan-Lewis:  Susan Kiernan-Lewis - USA TODAY Bestselling Author Reach her at: suekier27@me.comWebsite: http://susankiernanlewis.com/ Facebook Group: Maggie on Facebook! What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions. Introducing mystery author Susan Kiernan-Lewis Susan Kiernan-Lewis in French lavender field - A USA Today Best selling mystery author But now, here's Susan. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Susan, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Susan Kiernan-Lewis: Hi, Jenny. Thank you for having me on the podcast. Jenny Wheeler: You are a USA Today bestselling author with multiple mystery series, including contemporary mysteries set in France and a dystopian futurist series set in Ireland. What got you started on this big adventure of writing fiction? Susan Kiernan-Lewis: I have always written stories. I think a lot of writers have written stories since they were kids, and I'm no exception to that. At this particular time, I had written the first three books in the Maggie Newberry mystery series, which is probably my most popular series. I wasn't finding a publisher, mostly because I tend to twist the genre. It's not purely cozy. It doesn't adhere strictly to the tropes that are expected in certain cozies. As a result, I was having trouble getting them published. This literally happened about 10 years ago. I had just gotten laid off from a soul-sucking healthcare corporation where I was living in Atlanta. My son, who was 13 at the time, happened to mention that he had put a book of mine I had on a floppy disc up on Amazon. He found it one day when he was bored. He said, did you notice that it's selling? I looked at him and said, show me what you did, and I'd made about $2,000 off this book in a month. I made him sit down and show me exactly how he published it and, since I had three other books in the series, I quickly put those up and I have been at it ever since. Hitting the ground running with her first book Jenny Wheeler: That's fantastic. Without any marketing at all? Susan Kiernan-Lewis: Yeah, none. None at all. Jenny Wheeler: You make this specialty of being a little bit cross genre. Susan Kiernan-Lewis is a USA Today bestselling author with multiple mystery series set in France and a dystopian futurist series set in Ireland. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on The Joys of Binge Reading Susan talks about her pass... Susan Kiernan-Lewis is a USA Today bestselling author with multiple mystery series set in France and a dystopian futurist series set in Ireland.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on The Joys of Binge Reading Susan talks about her passion for all things French, her fascination with the idea of a post-apocalyptic world, and the challenges of living with face blindness – a condition which makes it difficult to recognize other people’s faces.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget, you can also get exclusive bonus content associated with the show, like hearing Susan’s answers on the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. It costs no more than a cup of coffee a month, and you get a lot of exclusive bonus content. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find links to things discussed in this episode<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> An American in Paris Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/mysteries/an-american-in-paris-mysteries/  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Maggie Newberry Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/mysteries/the-maggie-newberry-mystery-series/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Cozy French Village Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/mysteries/a-cozy-french-village-mystery/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mia Kazmaroff Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/mysteries/burton-kazmaroff-mysteries/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Irish End Game Mysteries: https://susankiernanlewis.com/exclusive-content/irish-end-games/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Peter Heller: The Dog Stars:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Charlie Fletcher: A Boy and His Dog At The End of the World:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Susan Kiernan-Lewis: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan Kiernan-Lewis - USA TODAY Bestselling Author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Reach her at: suekier27@me.comWebsite: http://susankiernanlewis.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook Group: Maggie on Facebook!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing mystery author Susan Kiernan-Lewis<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan Kiernan-Lewis in French lavender field - A USA Today Best selling mystery author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here's Susan. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Susan, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan Kiernan-Lewis: Hi, Jenny. Thank you for having me on the podcast.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You are a USA Today bestselling author with multiple mystery series, including contemporary mysteries set in France and a dystopian futurist series set in Ireland. What got you started on this big adventure of writing fiction?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan Kiernan-Lewis: I have always written stories. I think a lot of writers have written stories since they were kids, and I'm no exception to that. At this particular time, I had written the first three books in the Maggie Newberry mystery series, which is probably my most popular series. I wasn't finding a publisher, mostly because I tend to twist the genre. It's not purely cozy. It doesn't adhere strictly to the tropes that are expected in certain cozies. As a result, I was having trouble getting them published.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This literally happened about 10 years ago. I had just gotten laid off from a soul-sucking healthcare corporation where I was living in Atlanta. My son, who was 13 at the time, happened to mention that he had put a book of mine I had on a floppy disc up on Amazon. Jenny Wheeler 39:15 Isabella Maldonado – Crime Fighter To Crime Writer https://thejoysofbingereading.com/isabella-maldonado-crime-fighter-to-crime-writer/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 00:32:00 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9293 Award-winning author Isabella Maldonado wore a gun and a badge for two decades in real life before turning her talents to writing about crime, rather than chasing criminals. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Isabella talks about how The Cipher, the first book in her series featuring FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera, is currently in development with Netflix starring Jennifer Lopez. She talks about how she came to crack the thriller suspense market. We’ve got a free book giveaway, the Historic Spring Fiction book offer, 30 authors getting together, all offering free books. Check the show notes for this episode for the link to that offer. That’s where you will also find links to Isabella’s books and website. HISTORIC SPRING FICTION Don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content–like hearing Isabella’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions—by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. The only way you can hear those questions is by getting access to the exclusive bonus content. It will cost less than a cup of coffee a month and there's a lot of great extra information there for you to access. Details at https://www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Links in this episode: Nina Guerrera Series: https://isabellamaldonado.com/fbi-special-agent-guerrera-series/ J Lo Production Company: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuyorican_ProductionsBrad Thor: https://bradthor.com/Greg Hurwitz: https://gregghurwitz.net/Orphan X series: https://us.macmillan.com/series/orphanxJA Jance: (On Binge Reading) https://thejoysofbingereading.com/in-the-cross-hairs-j-a-jance/JA Jance: https://www.jajance.com/ Susan Kiernan-Lewis: Next week on Binge Reading: https://susankiernanlewis.com/ Where to find Isabella Maldonado:Website: https://isabellamaldonado.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorisabella/Facebook: @authorisabellaTwitter: https://twitter.com/authorbella1Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabella-maldonado-b8474b150/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436742.Isabella_MaldonadoAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Isabella-Maldonado/e/B06Y5LYNQRBookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/isabella-maldonado?list=about Introducing crime writer and thriller author Isabella Maldonado Isabella Maldonado - crime fighter to crime writer But now, here’s Isabella.Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Isabella, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.Isabella Maldonado: It's my pleasure to be here.Jenny Wheeler: You are a former police officer. You had over two decades in the Force, and you're also a graduate of the FBI National Agency at Quantico. It seems that background has enabled you to move seamlessly into writing novels that are attracting wide attention. You're very much regarded as a writer to watch, and you've had awards for your work, and now you have got some exciting news about a movie project. What's happening there?Isabella Maldonado: Yes, it is very exciting. What happened is that right after The Cipher came out, which is the first book in the Nina Guerrera series, Hollywood called. It’s a good way to put it. Actually, there was interest from several different studios and different people in Hollywood. I have a literary agent out of New York, and I then had to get a Hollywood agent and brokered a deal. What ended up happening is, Jennifer Lopez has her own production company, Nuyorican Productions, and she teamed up with Netflix and they came in with the strongest deal. They did a great job and so we went with that. It’s very exciting. It is going to be wonderful to see my book come to life in that way. Jenny Wheeler: Yes. I can believe why she would be attracted to the story. I don't know if she'll be playing the main role as well, Award-winning author Isabella Maldonado wore a gun and a badge for two decades in real life before turning her talents to writing about crime, rather than chasing criminals. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, Award-winning author Isabella Maldonado wore a gun and a badge for two decades in real life before turning her talents to writing about crime, rather than chasing criminals.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Isabella talks about how The Cipher, the first book in her series featuring FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera, is currently in development with Netflix starring Jennifer Lopez. She talks about how she came to crack the thriller suspense market.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got a free book giveaway, the Historic Spring Fiction book offer, 30 authors getting together, all offering free books. Check the show notes for this episode for the link to that offer. That’s where you will also find links to Isabella’s books and website.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> HISTORIC SPRING FICTION<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content–like hearing Isabella’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions—by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. The only way you can hear those questions is by getting access to the exclusive bonus content. It will cost less than a cup of coffee a month and there's a lot of great extra information there for you to access. Details at https://www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links in this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Nina Guerrera Series: https://isabellamaldonado.com/fbi-special-agent-guerrera-series/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> J Lo Production Company: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuyorican_ProductionsBrad Thor: https://bradthor.com/Greg Hurwitz: https://gregghurwitz.net/Orphan X series: https://us.macmillan.com/series/orphanxJA Jance: (On Binge Reading) https://thejoysofbingereading.com/in-the-cross-hairs-j-a-jance/JA Jance: https://www.jajance.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan Kiernan-Lewis: Next week on Binge Reading: https://susankiernanlewis.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Isabella Maldonado:Website: https://isabellamaldonado.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorisabella/Facebook: @authorisabellaTwitter: https://twitter.com/authorbella1Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabella-maldonado-b8474b150/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436742.Isabella_MaldonadoAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Isabella-Maldonado/e/B06Y5LYNQRBookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/isabella-maldonado?list=about<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing crime writer and thriller author Isabella Maldonado<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Isabella Maldonado - crime fighter to crime writer<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Isabella.Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Isabella, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.Isabella Maldonado: It's my pleasure to be here.Jenny Wheeler: You are a former police officer. You had over two decades in the Force, and you're also a graduate of the FBI National Agency at Quantico. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It seems that background has enabled you to move seamlessly into writing novels that are attracting wide attention. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You're very much regarded as a writer to watch, and you've had awards for your work, and now you have got some exciting news about a movie project. What's happening there?Isabella Maldonado: Yes, it is very exciting. What happened is that right after The Cipher came out, which is the first book in the Nina Guerrera series, Hollywood called. It’s a good way to put it. Actually, there was interest from several different studios and different people in Hollywood. I have a literary agent out of New York, and I then had to get a Hollywood agent and brokered a deal.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 31:28 Susan May Warren – Inspirational Romance https://thejoysofbingereading.com/susan-may-warren-inspirational-romance/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 02:06:16 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9267 Susan May Warren is a RITA and Christy award winning inspirational suspense author with over 100 contemporary and historical romances published in more than 20 languages. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Susan May talks about the adventure suspense she writes that takes her characters all over the world. She tells how she got started with her writing isolated in a Russian winter, and about her passion for mentoring beginner writers. Don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Susan’s answers to the five quickfire questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. BECOME A BINGE READING ON PATREON SUPPORTER These are the links for this episode: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone (With James L Rubart and David James Warren - a new time travel series. https://www.amazon.com/The-True-Lies-of-Rembrandt-Stone-6-book-series/ Sky King Ranch Series https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58301634-sunrise Deep Haven Collection : https://www.susanmaywarren.com/series/deep-haven-collection/ Tricia Goyer, with her Big Sky Montana series. Lynette Eason Elite Guardians Series hal edrod Rachel Hauck Heart's Bend Series Hal Elrod Miracle Morning: https://halelrod.com/ Tari Faris - Christian romance Ronie Kendig: https://www.christianbook.com/page/fiction/fiction-authors/ronie-kendig Melissa Tagg: https://www.melissatagg.com/books Lisa Jordan: Love Inspired series https://lisajordanbooks.com/ Lori Benton: Historicals: https://loribenton.com/ James Hannibal: https://jamesrhannibal.com/ Natalie Walters: https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/ Where to find Susan May Warren:  Website: https://www.susanmaywarren.com/ Email: susan@susanmaywarren.com Instagram: @susanmaywarren Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanMayWarrenFiction Twitter: http://twitter.com/susanmaywarren YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NorthShoreSuz What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Susan. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Susan and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Susan May Warren: I'm so happy to be here. Thanks for having me. Introducing inspirational romance author Susan May Warren Susan May Warren - Inspirational romance author Jenny Wheeler: You have got a remarkable backlist, over 100 published books reaching across 20 different series, and that doesn't include the standalones and the non-fiction, and a range of different publishers as well. That is a tremendous span of a career. Tell us how all of this got started. Susan May Warren: That's a good question. Standing here today, I would have never, ever dreamed that I would be here from where I started. As a writer, everybody has this bug to write. I was always a writer. I wrote my first novel when I was 14 years old, but I never thought I would be a novelist. I was actually called into missions. I was a missionary for about 10 years with my husband and our four kids. We lived in far east Russia, which is otherwise known as Siberia. It was a very challenging time, but a good time. During that time, I felt like I was supposed to be writing. I started by writing newsletters and communicating with our supporters back home but eventually stories started to enter into my mind and my heart, and I started to look into writing novels.   I was a graduate of English at the University of Minnesota, so it wasn't like that was a far leap for me, but I did need to learn how to write a novel. Susan May Warren got started on her writing in a Russian winter I started writing novels and I started with a historical tome of Russia. It started in 1938 and went to 1985 or something like that. Susan May Warren is a RITA and Christy award winning inspirational suspense author with over 100 contemporary and historical romances published in more than 20 languages. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, Susan May Warren is a RITA and Christy award winning inspirational suspense author with over 100 contemporary and historical romances published in more than 20 languages.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Susan May talks about the adventure suspense she writes that takes her characters all over the world. She tells how she got started with her writing isolated in a Russian winter, and about her passion for mentoring beginner writers.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Susan’s answers to the five quickfire questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BECOME A BINGE READING ON PATREON SUPPORTER<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> These are the links for this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone (With James L Rubart and David James Warren - a new time travel series.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> https://www.amazon.com/The-True-Lies-of-Rembrandt-Stone-6-book-series/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sky King Ranch Series https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58301634-sunrise<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Deep Haven Collection : https://www.susanmaywarren.com/series/deep-haven-collection/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Tricia Goyer, with her Big Sky Montana series. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lynette Eason Elite Guardians Series hal edrod<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Rachel Hauck Heart's Bend Series<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hal Elrod Miracle Morning: https://halelrod.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Tari Faris - Christian romance<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ronie Kendig: https://www.christianbook.com/page/fiction/fiction-authors/ronie-kendig<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Melissa Tagg: https://www.melissatagg.com/books<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lisa Jordan: Love Inspired series https://lisajordanbooks.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lori Benton: Historicals: https://loribenton.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> James Hannibal: https://jamesrhannibal.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Natalie Walters: https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Susan May Warren: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.susanmaywarren.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Email: susan@susanmaywarren.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @susanmaywarren<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SusanMayWarrenFiction<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: http://twitter.com/susanmaywarren<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NorthShoreSuz<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Susan.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Susan and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan May Warren: I'm so happy to be here. Thanks for having me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing inspirational romance author Susan May Warren<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan May Warren - Inspirational romance author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You have got a remarkable backlist, over 100 published books reaching across 20 different series, and that doesn't include the standalones and the non-fiction, and a range of different publishers as well. That is a tremendous span of a career. Tell us how all of this got started.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Susan May Warren: That's a good question. Standing here today, I would have never, ever dreamed that I would be here from where I started. As a writer, everybody has this bug to write. I was always a writer. I wrote my first novel when I was 14 years old, but I never thought I would be a novelist.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I was actually called into missions. Jenny Wheeler 36:54 Barbara Freethy – Chart-topping Romance https://thejoysofbingereading.com/barbara-freethy-chart-topping-romance/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 01:10:57 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9246 Contemporary romance author Barbara Freethy is an Amazon KDP Bestselling Author of All Time with a total now of 12 million books sold in multiple languages. She’s a master of thrilling mysteries, romantic suspense and heart-warming romance. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today in The Joys of Binge Reading Barbara talks about the enjoyment she gets from being able to switch between the more chilling thrillers she writes to her charming love stories, and she also talks about the advantage of having a good head for business in today’s publishing environment – perhaps more important today than it ever has been in the past for an author to be able to understand the business of publishing. We’ve got a free book giveaway to mark St Valentine’s Day: author Ashley Emma, an award-winning USA Today bestselling author of over 15 hugely popular Amish romances. She's got four of them to give away on her website - so check them out today. GET AMISH ROMANCE BOOKS Don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Barbara’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You five quickfire questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you’ll get bonus content including regular Behind the Scenes news and indications of the authors we’ll be talking to in coming months if you want to read their work ahead of the show. If you’d like to support the show, check it out at Binge Reading On Patreon, www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading  Links from this episode: http://www.barbarafreethy.com/books/#whisperlake http://www.barbarafreethy.com/books/#Offthegrid http://www.barbarafreethy.com/risky-bargain/  http://www.barbarafreethy.com/if-we-never-met/ Where to find Barbara Freethy:  Website: www.barbarafreethy.com Email: barbarafreethybooks@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraFreethyBooks/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/barbarafreethy Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/136075.Barbara_Freethy You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPS4MXqFNGqddWdJfWUUJpg Introducing Barbara Freethy, best-selling romance author What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.And now, here’s Barbara. Barbara Freethy - Top selling romance author Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Barbara and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Barbara Freethy: Thanks so much for having me. Jenny Wheeler: You started out with a very sound career in trad publishing, but in the early days of the indie revolution you were one of the ones who jumped ship, and your success has been remarkable. Within a few years you had sold 5 million eBooks and become an Amazon KDP bestselling author of all time. That was a few years ago. Have you got any idea how many books you've sold now? Barbara Freethy: I think adding them all up, because I was traditionally published before I went indie, I probably have about 12 million books sold worldwide, and in many different languages now too, so that's very exciting for me. Jenny Wheeler: That is fantastic. It goes without saying that you write highly entertaining and addictive books, but even so, how do you account for that brilliant success? Barbara Freethy: It's really hard to account for the success. There are a lot of factors that have gone into it. Publishing on a regular basis, being consistent with what I write, and meeting the reader's expectations has been helpful for me. There are a lot of different factors. I put a lot of time in, but then a lot of authors put a lot of time in, so I don't do anything that much differently. I've got a good head for business, the business of publishing as well as for the writing, and that's been helpful in my pursuit of an indie career. Contemporary romance author Barbara Freethy is an Amazon KDP Bestselling Author of All Time with a total now of 12 million books sold in multiple languages. She’s a master of thrilling mysteries, romantic suspense and heart-warming romance. Contemporary romance author Barbara Freethy is an Amazon KDP Bestselling Author of All Time with a total now of 12 million books sold in multiple languages. She’s a master of thrilling mysteries, romantic suspense and heart-warming romance.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today in The Joys of Binge Reading Barbara talks about the enjoyment she gets from being able to switch between the more chilling thrillers she writes to her charming love stories, and she also talks about the advantage of having a good head for business in today’s publishing environment – perhaps more important today than it ever has been in the past for an author to be able to understand the business of publishing.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got a free book giveaway to mark St Valentine’s Day: author Ashley Emma, an award-winning USA Today bestselling author of over 15 hugely popular Amish romances. She's got four of them to give away on her website - so check them out today. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET AMISH ROMANCE BOOKS<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Barbara’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You five quickfire questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you’ll get bonus content including regular Behind the Scenes news and indications of the authors we’ll be talking to in coming months if you want to read their work ahead of the show.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you’d like to support the show, check it out at Binge Reading On Patreon, www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Links from this episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.barbarafreethy.com/books/#whisperlake<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.barbarafreethy.com/books/#Offthegrid<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.barbarafreethy.com/risky-bargain/  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.barbarafreethy.com/if-we-never-met/ <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Barbara Freethy: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: www.barbarafreethy.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Email: barbarafreethybooks@gmail.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraFreethyBooks/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: https://twitter.com/barbarafreethy<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/136075.Barbara_Freethy<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPS4MXqFNGqddWdJfWUUJpg<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing Barbara Freethy, best-selling romance author<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.And now, here’s Barbara.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Barbara Freethy - Top selling romance author <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Barbara and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Barbara Freethy: Thanks so much for having me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You started out with a very sound career in trad publishing, but in the early days of the indie revolution you were one of the ones who jumped ship, and your success has been remarkable. Within a few years you had sold 5 million eBooks and become an Amazon KDP bestselling author of all time. That was a few years ago. Have you got any idea how many books you've sold now?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Barbara Freethy: I think adding them all up, because I was traditionally published before I went indie, I probably have about 12 million books sold worldwide, and in many different languages now too, so that's very exciting for me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: That is fantastic. It goes without saying that you write highly entertaining and addictive books, but even so, Jenny Wheeler 32:01 Jayne Ann Krentz – International Best Selling Mysteries https://thejoysofbingereading.com/jayne-ann-krentz-international-best-selling-mysteries/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 03:05:30 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9220 Jayne Ann Krentz is a master of historical romance and paranormal mysteries, with 35 million copies of her books sold internationally, so she's a perfect author to feature for this month of St Valentine.   Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Jayne Ann talks about creating her interlinked JayneVerse - that's interlinking of her characters across all of her three series. She gets on to talking about her latest books in her Fogg Lake contemporary paranormals, her Burning Cove historicals and her futuristic Guild Boss series. We’ve got a special St Valentines Day book offer,  ten copies of romance author Leeanna Morgan’s Sweet Small Town Romance Coming Home, the first book in her Montana Promises series. Leanna is a good friend of the Binge Reading show, with her work featuring in the 2021 Top Ten as well as in the Top Ten for The Best of All Time. For fans of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, Leanna Morgan's Montana Promise series is an addictive read that will have you going back for more! TEN Copies to be claimed - be in first. You will need to enter the Coupon Code WS22V to redeem your free copy. Offer closes February 15 or when all ten are claimed. FIRST TEN GET THE BOOK Details on the Binge Reading website and on our Facebook Binge Reading page. Links to the show can be found on the Binge Reading website, and don't forget, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Jayne's answers to the five quickfire questions by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can help support the show. Your contributions will ensure we continued by paying for hosting, sound editing and transcription costs while my time in putting it all together still remains free. If you'd like to support the show, check it out on www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: Why writing is something Jayne Ann can't stop doingHow a successful career took a long time to get launchedThe linking of her stories into one JayneverseThe attraction of the psychic dimensionThe writers she admires mostWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Jayne Ann Krentz:  Website:  www.jayneannekretnz.com Instagram: @JayneAnnKrentzAuthor Facebook: @JayneAnnKrentzAuthor Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2387.Jayne_Ann_Krentz What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Introducing best-selling romantic suspense author Jayne Ann Krentz Jayne Ann Krentz - 35 Million books sold Jenny Wheeler: Thank you for being here, Jayne. It’s wonderful to have you on the show. Welcome to all our listeners. Jayne Ann Krentz: Thank you so much for inviting me. I'm excited. Jenny Wheeler: That's great. I have known of your work for many years. I was an Amanda Quick fan years ago with the Arcane Society, but when I looked you up, I saw that you've sold 35 million copies of your books. That was something I hadn't realized – how huge your following is. You are a best-selling author with an international reputation, but it wasn't that easy getting started, was it? Jayne Ann Krentz: No. Back in the day, this is how old I am – I am going to have to stop doing this part of interviews because it ages me – but seriously, back when I started, there was no self-publishing option. That was not something you could do, so that meant you had to get past the gatekeepers at the publishers and that took me six years. Jenny Wheeler: And you were writing for yourself and just the joy of it for that whole six years. Jayne Ann Krentz: I wouldn't call it the joy of it. I always say that if you're doomed to write you don't have any option. It really is a kind of an addiction. It's a compulsion. If you can quit writing, Jayne Ann Krentz is a master of historical romance and paranormal mysteries, with 35 million copies of her books sold internationally, so she's a perfect author to feature for this month of St Valentine.   Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, Jayne Ann Krentz is a master of historical romance and paranormal mysteries, with 35 million copies of her books sold internationally, so she's a perfect author to feature for this month of St Valentine.  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Jayne Ann talks about creating her interlinked JayneVerse - that's interlinking of her characters across all of her three series. She gets on to talking about her latest books in her Fogg Lake contemporary paranormals, her Burning Cove historicals and her futuristic Guild Boss series.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got a special St Valentines Day book offer,  ten copies of romance author Leeanna Morgan’s Sweet Small Town Romance Coming Home, the first book in her Montana Promises series. Leanna is a good friend of the Binge Reading show, with her work featuring in the 2021 Top Ten as well as in the Top Ten for The Best of All Time. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> For fans of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, Leanna Morgan's Montana Promise series is an addictive read that will have you going back for more! <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> TEN Copies to be claimed - be in first. You will need to enter the Coupon Code WS22V to redeem your free copy.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Offer closes February 15 or when all ten are claimed.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> FIRST TEN GET THE BOOK<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Details on the Binge Reading website and on our Facebook Binge Reading page. Links to the show can be found on the Binge Reading website, and don't forget, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Jayne's answers to the five quickfire questions by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can help support the show. Your contributions will ensure we continued by paying for hosting, sound editing and transcription costs while my time in putting it all together still remains free. If you'd like to support the show, check it out on www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Why writing is something Jayne Ann can't stop doingHow a successful career took a long time to get launchedThe linking of her stories into one JayneverseThe attraction of the psychic dimensionThe writers she admires mostWhat she'd do differently second time around<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Jayne Ann Krentz: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  www.jayneannekretnz.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @JayneAnnKrentzAuthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @JayneAnnKrentzAuthor <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2387.Jayne_Ann_Krentz<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing best-selling romantic suspense author Jayne Ann Krentz<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jayne Ann Krentz - 35 Million books sold<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Thank you for being here, Jayne. It’s wonderful to have you on the show. Welcome to all our listeners.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jayne Ann Krentz: Thank you so much for inviting me. I'm excited.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: That's great. I have known of your work for many years. I was an Amanda Quick fan years ago with the Arcane Society, but when I looked you up, I saw that you've sold 35 million copies of your books. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> That was something I hadn't realized – how huge your following is. You are a best-selling author with an international reputation, but it wasn't that easy getting started, was it?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jayne Ann Krentz: No. Jenny Wheeler 39:12 Kate Langbroek – Ciao Bella! https://thejoysofbingereading.com/kate-langbroek-ciao-bella/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 00:39:15 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9168 Kate Langbroek’s joyous, brave book Ciao Bella! about taking her family of six to Italy for a year, offers the perfect start to 2022 because it’s an optimistic ‘can do’ tale of overcoming challenge – including ending up home schooling in a Bologna lockdown! Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today we’ve got something a little different – our first non-fiction book by popular demand!  Kate and her husband Pete were looking for a “circuit breaker” in family life after years of facing some unusually tough challenges. Their story of a colorful, food-filled stay in Italy is more than a travel memoir.  It offers an incorrigible message of hope. We’ve got one paperback copy of Ciao Bella! to give away to one lucky reader.  Enter the draw on The Joys of Binge Reading website or on our Facebook page. Offer closes February 10 so be in to win. ENTER DRAW FOR KATE PAPERBACK And don’t forget – you can become a supporter of the show on Binge Reading on Patreon for as little as a cup of coffee a month. You’ll get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Kate’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions, and your contributions can help ensure the show continues by paying for hosting, sound editing and transcription costs, while my time in putting it all together is still completely free. If you’d like to support the show, check it out at Binge Reading on Patreon at wwww.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading. BECOME A BINGE READING ON PATREON SUPPORTER Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: Why taking a 'circuit breaker' doesn't need to be expensiveHow Kate never planned to write a bookFinding the right city for her family's needsMaking new friends to deepen the experienceThe differences between Australia and ItalyHome schooling in Italy in lockdown Where to find Kate Langbroek:  Website:  https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Ciao-Bella!/Kate-Langbroek/9781760857547 Twitter: @katelangbroek Instagram: @katelangbroek What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now, here’s Kate. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Kate and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Kate Langbroek: Thanks Jenny. I'm very happy to be here. I'm very happy to be on this side of promoting a book rather than writing a book. Introducing broadcaster and author Kate Langbroek Jenny Wheeler: That’s right. This is unusual for our show because you are the first person who's been on with a non-fiction book. We have always done popular fiction up till now, but when I saw Ciao Bella! which is your personal memoir about taking your family to Italy for a year – just the look of it, you even, you communicated adventurousness, out there – I thought, this is what we need for the new year, someone who can inspire us to get out there and do new things after this rotten year we've all had in 2021. Kate Langbroek - a vibrant memoir of a family's Italian stay I did poll my listeners on it and it was 100%. They wanted to hear about it. So that was really lovely. Kate Langbroek: Oh. What if it was only 99%, Jenny? What would you have done? Jenny Wheeler: I still would have done it because I wanted to do it. Before we get into the book, quite a few of our listeners won't be aware of your work in Australia. You're a national star in your own land, in Melbourne, but for those who aren't quite so familiar about your background and where you were placed when you started thinking about doing this adventure, tell us a bit about that. A show biz background for new author Kate Langbroek Kate Langbroek: I have worked broadly in showbiz for over 20 years. A little bit of television, a little bit of writing, columns for newspapers and panel shows or improv shows. Comedically based stuff mainly. But the main bulk of my work has been on the radio. Kate Langbroek’s joyous, brave book Ciao Bella! about taking her family of six to Italy for a year, offers the perfect start to 2022 because it’s an optimistic ‘can do’ tale of overcoming challenge – including ending up home schooling in a Bologna lock... Kate Langbroek’s joyous, brave book Ciao Bella! about taking her family of six to Italy for a year, offers the perfect start to 2022 because it’s an optimistic ‘can do’ tale of overcoming challenge – including ending up home schooling in a Bologna lockdown!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today we’ve got something a little different – our first non-fiction book by popular demand!  Kate and her husband Pete were looking for a “circuit breaker” in family life after years of facing some unusually tough challenges. Their story of a colorful, food-filled stay in Italy is more than a travel memoir.  It offers an incorrigible message of hope.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got one paperback copy of Ciao Bella! to give away to one lucky reader.  Enter the draw on The Joys of Binge Reading website or on our Facebook page. Offer closes February 10 so be in to win.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER DRAW FOR KATE PAPERBACK<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And don’t forget – you can become a supporter of the show on Binge Reading on Patreon for as little as a cup of coffee a month. You’ll get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Kate’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions, and your contributions can help ensure the show continues by paying for hosting, sound editing and transcription costs, while my time in putting it all together is still completely free.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you’d like to support the show, check it out at Binge Reading on Patreon at wwww.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> BECOME A BINGE READING ON PATREON SUPPORTER<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Why taking a 'circuit breaker' doesn't need to be expensiveHow Kate never planned to write a bookFinding the right city for her family's needsMaking new friends to deepen the experienceThe differences between Australia and ItalyHome schooling in Italy in lockdown<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Kate Langbroek: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Ciao-Bella!/Kate-Langbroek/9781760857547<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @katelangbroek <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @katelangbroek <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Kate.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Kate and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Langbroek: Thanks Jenny. I'm very happy to be here. I'm very happy to be on this side of promoting a book rather than writing a book.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing broadcaster and author Kate Langbroek<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: That’s right. This is unusual for our show because you are the first person who's been on with a non-fiction book. We have always done popular fiction up till now, but when I saw Ciao Bella! which is your personal memoir about taking your family to Italy for a year – just the look of it, you even, you communicated adventurousness, out there – I thought, this is what we need for the new year, someone who can inspire us to get out there and do new things after this rotten year we've all had in 2021.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Langbroek - a vibrant memoir of a family's Italian stay<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I did poll my listeners on it and it was 100%. They wanted to hear about it. So that was really lovely.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kate Langbroek: Oh. What if it was only 99%, Jenny? What would you have done?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: I still would have done it because I wanted to do it. Before we get into the book, quite a few of our listeners won't be aware of your work in Australia. <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler 36:13 Binge Reading – Best of All Time https://thejoysofbingereading.com/binge-reading-best-of-all-time/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 07:02:51 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=8672 Binge Reading Giveaway for January 2022 Before we get to the Top Ten–we’ve got a Giveaway draw for January–three E book copies every week of my Three Holiday Novellas Book Bundle–A mix of mystery and Christmas romance set in historic New York, Hawaii and California, Books #4 #6 and #8 in the Of Gold & Blood historic mystery series. Enter the draw on our website, the joys of binge reading.com and be in to one of three copies going to lucky readers every week in January. Offer closes January 31. Be in the draw to win one of three E Book copies of Three Holiday Novellas - Offer closes January 31. ENTER HOLIDAY NOVELLA DRAW Martin Walker's - Bruno The Perigord Police Chief Introducing the Best of All Time - The top rating Ten Most Popular Episodes out of the first 200 Martin Walker’s Bruno, the French police chief at the heart of his best-selling Perigord mystery series, is everyone’s ideal cop – as well as the town’s most eligible bachelor and a talented host with an international award-winning cookbook in his name . . . . But before he turned to fiction, Martin had a stellar career in journalism, haunting the world's corridors of power reporting from Moscow during Perestroika and President Bill Clinton's Washington for top newspapers. He's hugely popular in Germany, where a German TV series about Bruno is in production and where he regularly pre pandemic - went on book tours. Here he is talking about his international audience: Martin: Well, I've got this absolutely stupendously good German publisher Diogenes, and when they first decided that they would take on my novels, I was invited to dinner with the founder of the company, an old man called Daniel Keel. His son Phillip has now taken over, and Daniel at dinner said, well, Martin, we're going to be behind you, but you have to be behind us. And that means I'd like you to promise me this evening, you will do at least two weeks book tour every year in Germany. And I said, well, okay, but why is that so important? He said, because in Germany, they don't just want to read, they want to see, they want to smell it and want to really feel what an author is like. And it turns out that in Germany, there is this huge tradition of author’s readings. And partly because they have fixed prices on all book sales, every small town in Germany has its own bookstore, and it acts like a kind of a cultural settlement. Bruno the French policeman popular in Germany It brings in authors on a regular basis for readings. And so this last tour I did in October, I actually did my 500th reading in German language countries, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and we've worked out something like over 40,000 people have actually attended these live events and that an extraordinary kind of loyalty base. I rather enjoy it, partly because I believe we should all have fun. So sometimes I will sing and so on and try and make a bit of a show of it for them. I mean, whenever there's a song taking place in the book, I will sing the song. Jenny: I asked Martin if he was comfortable in the German language. My German is a lot better than it was. I always start off giving a talk in German and then there’ll always be a German actor to do the German bits. I will read in English. Then we'll do Q and A in German. I've learned more about Germany, thanks to Bruno, in these last few years, and indeed I've seen more Germany than most Germans. Jenny: I was surprised and moved by Martin's answer when I asked him the classic question I ask most authors - looking back over your writing life at the stage of your career, if you were doing it all again, is there anything that you would change? And if so, what? What Martin would change if he could... Martin: Well, I'd endeavor to meet my wife earlier and have been married to her for longer, I guess. Other than that, no, not really. I just think that like so many people of my generation who were born in World War II, Binge Reading Giveaway for January 2022 Before we get to the Top Ten–we’ve got a Giveaway draw for January–three E book copies every week of my Three Holiday Novellas Book Bundle–A mix of mystery and Christmas romance set in historic New York, Binge Reading Giveaway for January 2022<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Before we get to the Top Ten–we’ve got a Giveaway draw for January–three E book copies every week of my Three Holiday Novellas Book Bundle–A mix of mystery and Christmas romance set in historic New York, Hawaii and California, Books #4 #6 and #8 in the Of Gold & Blood historic mystery series. Enter the draw on our website, the joys of binge reading.com and be in to one of three copies going to lucky readers every week in January. Offer closes January 31.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Be in the draw to win one of three E Book copies of Three Holiday Novellas - Offer closes January 31.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER HOLIDAY NOVELLA DRAW<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Martin Walker's - Bruno The Perigord Police Chief<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing the Best of All Time - The top rating Ten Most Popular Episodes out of the first 200<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Martin Walker’s Bruno, the French police chief at the heart of his best-selling Perigord mystery series, is everyone’s ideal cop – as well as the town’s most eligible bachelor and a talented host with an international award-winning cookbook in his name . . . .<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But before he turned to fiction, Martin had a stellar career in journalism, haunting the world's corridors of power reporting from Moscow during Perestroika and President Bill Clinton's Washington for top newspapers.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> He's hugely popular in Germany, where a German TV series about Bruno is in production and where he regularly pre pandemic - went on book tours. Here he is talking about his international audience:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Martin: Well, I've got this absolutely stupendously good German publisher Diogenes, and when they first decided that they would take on my novels, I was invited to dinner with the founder of the company, an old man called Daniel Keel. His son Phillip has now taken over, and Daniel at dinner said, well, Martin, we're going to be behind you, but you have to be behind us. And that means I'd like you to promise me this evening, you will do at least two weeks book tour every year in Germany. And I said, well, okay, but why is that so important?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> He said, because in Germany, they don't just want to read, they want to see, they want to smell it and want to really feel what an author is like. And it turns out that in Germany, there is this huge tradition of author’s readings. And partly because they have fixed prices on all book sales, every small town in Germany has its own bookstore, and it acts like a kind of a cultural settlement.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bruno the French policeman popular in Germany<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It brings in authors on a regular basis for readings. And so this last tour I did in October, I actually did my 500th reading in German language countries, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and we've worked out something like over 40,000 people have actually attended these live events and that an extraordinary kind of loyalty base.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I rather enjoy it, partly because I believe we should all have fun. So sometimes I will sing and so on and try and make a bit of a show of it for them. I mean, whenever there's a song taking place in the book, I will sing the song.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: I asked Martin if he was comfortable in the German language.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> My German is a lot better than it was. I always start off giving a talk in German and then there’ll always be a German actor to do the German bits. I will read in English. Then we'll do Q and A in German. I've learned more about Germany, thanks to Bruno, in these last few years, and indeed I've seen more Germany than most Germans.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny: I was surprised and moved by Martin's answer when I asked him the classic question I ask most authors - looking ba... Jenny Wheeler 56:24 Binge Reading – Best of 2021 – Top Ten https://thejoysofbingereading.com/binge-reading-best-of-2021-top-ten/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 03:42:04 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=8660 Welcome to the Best Of The Joys of Binge Reading podcast 2021 - The Top Ten most listened to episodes of the year! I hope you had a happy Christmas and that 2022 will be rather less turbulent than the one we are leaving behind us! I know I said last year that New Zealand tended to "go to the beach" over this period, but this year it's a little different because of - dare I mention the word - the pandemic we've all been battling our way through. I'm taking a nice restful "Staycation" at home, delaying having any beach time until later in the summer. I'm looking forward to pottering in my garden and thinking and planning for the new season. One big highlight of this year was posting our 200th episode in mid December with Patti Callahan. Thanks to all our marvellous guests, the show has gone from strength to strength, with top international authors included in our mix of popular fiction for binge reading. Before we get to the Top Ten – we’ve got a Giveaway draw for January – three E book copies every week on my Three Holiday Novellas Book Bundle – A mix of mystery and Christmas romance set in historic New York,  Hawaii and California, Books #4 #6 and #8 in the Of Gold & Blood historic mystery series.  Enter the draw on our website, the joys of binge reading.com and be in to one of three copies going to lucky readers every week in January. Offer closes January 31. Three Holiday Novellas - January Giveaway on The Joys of Binge Reading Podcast. ENTER HOLIDAY NOVELLAS DRAW Binge Reading on Patreon - We'll be featuring four new episodes of Getting To Know You -- Five Quickfire Questions - one very week in January from featured authors Karen White, Belinda Alexandra, William Kent Krueger and Sara Penner - plus the Behind The Scenes monthly news: exclusive bonus content for Binge Reading on Patreon supporters for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Your support helps pay for the hosting, sound editing and production costs but the researching and organizing the show is all unpaid. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON How we made the selection - it's all about the ones you listened to.... The Top Ten for this year is actually a "Top Eleven" because three authors scored exactly the same number of downloads - would you believe it? And once again, we see a wonderful mix of genres and nationalities - from Australia to the US, from the UK to New Zealand. From JA Jance's crime series, to Craig Johnson and William Kent Krueger's regional mysteries; from Sarah Penner's standout thriller about a murderous apothecary to Leeanna Morgan and Roselle Lim's heart-warming and magical romance, from engrossing historicals from Allison Pataki and Karen White's engrossing historicals to wide-ranging women's fiction from Di Morrissey, Jan Moran and Belinda Alexandra. And as I've explained in previous years, I'm not picking my favourites because I value every author we have on the show, so as usual, our selection is based on the episodes you chose to listen to - and the number of downloads each one received - so you - our listeners - have picked the list, and the choice is from December 1, 2020 to December, 2021 - so we have time to put it all together for a January release... Launching the Top Ten Most Popular Binge Reading Shows for 2021 So instead of having just one voice on the show, you’ll be hearing from ten or more. And as usual, if any of these snippets spark your interest and they are a show you missed out on, there will be links in the show notes to make it easy for you to find them and tune in – so there’ll be plenty of new people to keep you going over the break.  The show notes for this episode can be found on the Joys of Binge Reading .com, or you can find us on the Binge Reading Facebook page. This episode will run for the first two weeks of January, and in the second half of the month we'll run the Best of All Time - the Pick of the First 200 episodes - with a different list/ Only... Welcome to the Best Of The Joys of Binge Reading podcast 2021 - The Top Ten most listened to episodes of the year! I hope you had a happy Christmas and that 2022 will be rather less turbulent than the one we are leaving behind us! Welcome to the Best Of The Joys of Binge Reading podcast 2021 - The Top Ten most listened to episodes of the year! I hope you had a happy Christmas and that 2022 will be rather less turbulent than the one we are leaving behind us!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I know I said last year that New Zealand tended to "go to the beach" over this period, but this year it's a little different because of - dare I mention the word - the pandemic we've all been battling our way through. I'm taking a nice restful "Staycation" at home, delaying having any beach time until later in the summer. I'm looking forward to pottering in my garden and thinking and planning for the new season. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> One big highlight of this year was posting our 200th episode in mid December with Patti Callahan. Thanks to all our marvellous guests, the show has gone from strength to strength, with top international authors included in our mix of popular fiction for binge reading. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Before we get to the Top Ten – we’ve got a Giveaway draw for January – three E book copies every week on my Three Holiday Novellas Book Bundle – A mix of mystery and Christmas romance set in historic New York,  Hawaii and California, Books #4 #6 and #8 in the Of Gold & Blood historic mystery series.  Enter the draw on our website, the joys of binge reading.com and be in to one of three copies going to lucky readers every week in January. Offer closes January 31.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Three Holiday Novellas - January Giveaway on The Joys of Binge Reading Podcast.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER HOLIDAY NOVELLAS DRAW<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Binge Reading on Patreon - We'll be featuring four new episodes of Getting To Know You -- Five Quickfire Questions - one very week in January from featured authors Karen White, Belinda Alexandra, William Kent Krueger and Sara Penner - plus the Behind The Scenes monthly news: exclusive bonus content for Binge Reading on Patreon supporters for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Your support helps pay for the hosting, sound editing and production costs but the researching and organizing the show is all unpaid.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How we made the selection - it's all about the ones you listened to....<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Top Ten for this year is actually a "Top Eleven" because three authors scored exactly the same number of downloads - would you believe it? And once again, we see a wonderful mix of genres and nationalities - from Australia to the US, from the UK to New Zealand. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> From JA Jance's crime series, to Craig Johnson and William Kent Krueger's regional mysteries; from Sarah Penner's standout thriller about a murderous apothecary to Leeanna Morgan and Roselle Lim's heart-warming and magical romance, from engrossing historicals from Allison Pataki and Karen White's engrossing historicals to wide-ranging women's fiction from Di Morrissey, Jan Moran and Belinda Alexandra.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And as I've explained in previous years, I'm not picking my favourites because I value every author we have on the show, so as usual, our selection is based on the episodes you chose to listen to - and the number of downloads each one received - so you - our listeners - have picked the list, and the choice is from December 1, 2020 to December, 2021 - so we have time to put it all together for a January release...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Launching the Top Ten Most Popular Binge Reading Shows for 2021<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> So instead of having just one voice on the show, you’ll be hearing from ten or more. And as usual, if any of these snippets spark your interest and they are a show you missed out on, there will be links in the show notes to make it easy for you to find them and tune in – so there’ll be plenty of new people to keep you going over the br... Jenny Wheeler 44:44 Karen Swan – Twisty Holiday Romance https://thejoysofbingereading.com/karen-swan-twisty-holiday-romance/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 02:38:15 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=9007 A publishing disaster led romance author Karen Swan into the schedule that’s made her an international bestseller, with two books a year – a summer one and a wintry snow-bound Christmas one that regularly make the UK top popular fiction lists. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Karen talks about Midnight in the Snow, her latest Christmas blockbuster, set in a ritzy Austrian ski resort, as well as her new five-book historical fiction series, launching in 2022. We’ve got three eBook copies of Midnight in the Snow to give away to three lucky readers. Make sure your name is there in the draw and be in to win, either by entering on our website www.thejoysofbingereading.com/giveaway or on our Binge Reading Facebook page. ENTER DRAW FOR KAREN BOOK As many of you already know, we have recently introduced Binge Reading on Patreon where we are offering fun and exclusive bonus content in return for a small contribution to the cost of producing the show. I’m delighted to welcome on board a new Patreon supporter, Lonneka. It means a huge amount to me, Lonneke to know you enjoy the show enough to ensure that we can continue. Your contributions pay for sound engineering, transcribing, and production costs, while my time in researching and hosting the show is all still for free. If you would like to join Lonneka and other supporters we’ve got and get exclusive bonus content, like Karen’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You five quickfire questions, then become a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter today for as little as the cost of a cup of coffee a month. SUBSCRIBE TO BINGE READING ON PATREON Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The 'disaster' that became a breakthroughHow Karen found her 'sweet spot' in fictionHer fascination with the Outer HebridesThe Italian writer she can't get enough ofHow Lance Armstrong inspired her latest bookThe international appetite for snowy Christmas stories Where to find Karen Swan:  Website:  https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/karen-swan/6006 Instagram: @swannywrites Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1112862.Karen_Swan What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now, here’s Karen. Introducing women's fiction author Karen Swan Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Karen, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Karen Swan - twisty romances with family secrets and deep mysteries Karen Swan: Hi Jenny. Thank you for having me today. Jenny Wheeler: You have got a lovely program that you're following, a very particular publishing program. You've got 20 books that are international best sellers, highly successful, but you do two books a year, one in the summer and one at Christmas. Tell us how that evolved. Did you start out with that right from the beginning? Karen Swan: No, definitely not. It all came about from a disaster. I had written my third book. I’d had a two-book deal for my first two books and I came up with an idea for my third book for my new contract. I was very nervous about it because it was slightly different from my first two books, but I felt strongly that for the first two books I'd been slightly copying other people in terms of what did I think was going to sell well to the market rather than telling the stories I wanted to tell. Karen Swan on finding the sweet spot - books she really wanted to write When it came to my new deal I had this story idea that was slightly different to the first two books, but I felt I had to go for it because I felt I couldn't sustain a career writing books that I didn't really want to write but felt I should. So, I took a punt and presented them with this book idea. That book became Christmas at Tiffany's and it was my first best seller. It did incredibly well, not just in the UK but across the world. A publishing disaster led romance author Karen Swan into the schedule that’s made her an international bestseller, with two books a year – a summer one and a wintry snow-bound Christmas one that regularly make the UK top popular fiction lists. A publishing disaster led romance author Karen Swan into the schedule that’s made her an international bestseller, with two books a year – a summer one and a wintry snow-bound Christmas one that regularly make the UK top popular fiction lists.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Karen talks about Midnight in the Snow, her latest Christmas blockbuster, set in a ritzy Austrian ski resort, as well as her new five-book historical fiction series, launching in 2022.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got three eBook copies of Midnight in the Snow to give away to three lucky readers. Make sure your name is there in the draw and be in to win, either by entering on our website www.thejoysofbingereading.com/giveaway or on our Binge Reading Facebook page.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER DRAW FOR KAREN BOOK<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As many of you already know, we have recently introduced Binge Reading on Patreon where we are offering fun and exclusive bonus content in return for a small contribution to the cost of producing the show. I’m delighted to welcome on board a new Patreon supporter, Lonneka. It means a huge amount to me, Lonneke to know you enjoy the show enough to ensure that we can continue.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Your contributions pay for sound engineering, transcribing, and production costs, while my time in researching and hosting the show is all still for free. If you would like to join Lonneka and other supporters we’ve got and get exclusive bonus content, like Karen’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You five quickfire questions, then become a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter today for as little as the cost of a cup of coffee a month.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUBSCRIBE TO BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The 'disaster' that became a breakthroughHow Karen found her 'sweet spot' in fictionHer fascination with the Outer HebridesThe Italian writer she can't get enough ofHow Lance Armstrong inspired her latest bookThe international appetite for snowy Christmas stories<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Karen Swan: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/karen-swan/6006<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @swannywrites<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1112862.Karen_Swan<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Karen.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing women's fiction author Karen Swan<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Karen, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Karen Swan - twisty romances with family secrets and deep mysteries<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Karen Swan: Hi Jenny. Thank you for having me today.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You have got a lovely program that you're following, a very particular publishing program. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> You've got 20 books that are international best sellers, highly successful, but you do two books a year, one in the summer and one at Christmas. Tell us how that evolved. Did you start out with that right from the beginning?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Karen Swan: No, definitely not. It all came about from a disaster. I had written my third book. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I’d had a two-book deal for my first two books and I came up with an idea for my third book for my new contract. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I was very nervous about it because it was slightly different from my first two books, but I felt strongly that for the first two books I'd been slightly copying other people in terms of what did I think was going to sell well to the market ... Jenny Wheeler 47:37 Patti Callahan – Narnia Magic https://thejoysofbingereading.com/patti-callahan-narnia-magic/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 07:38:53 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=8954 Patti Callahan is our guest on The Joys of Binge Reading today – the 200th episode of the show which we started four years ago with the goal to simply reach 50 episodes. I am delighted to share it with an author who has devoted the last seven years of her life to researching the remarkable relationship between C S Lewis and his American wife, Joy Davidman. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler. Patti has produced two best-selling books from this work she’s carried out so lovingly. The first, Becoming Mrs Lewis, tells the story of the precious years of love and marriage the two authors shared before they were separated by Joy’s early death. The second, Once Upon a Wardrobe, just published, delves into the inspiration behind the magical Narnia children’s series. I couldn’t think of a more uplifting story to feature on our 200th episode or a better Christmas book to talk about. If you’re anything like me, you will find that Once Upon a Wardrobe makes you laugh and cry, sometimes even at the same time. Patti Callahan guest for 200th episode of Joys of Binge Reading The other thing Patti covers in this 200th episode is telling us how the American divorcee won the heart of a confirmed Christian bachelor and how she came to the inspiration to frame her Narnia story through the eyes of a very ill 8-year-old boy. We’ve got three eBook copies of Once Upon a Wardrobe to give away to three lucky readers. Enter the draw on our website www.thejoysofbingereading.com or on the Binge Reading Facebook page. ENTER THE DRAW FOR PATTI E-BOOK If you want to hear Patti tell us what she dreamed of being when she was a little girl, that’s in the Getting-to-Know-You five quickfire questions. Become a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter, help support the show, and as well you will get some fun bonus content. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The fascination that led Patti into seven years of researchJoy Davidman - loved or reviled in equal measureA C. S. Lewis-Joy Davidman podcastSeeing Narnia through the eyes of an 8-year-old boyJoy Davidman the poetThe unrecognised impact a divorcee had on Lewis' work Where to find Patti Callahan  The Podcast - Behind The Scenes of Becoming Mrs Lewis Website:  https://www.patticallahanhenry.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pattichenry/ Facebook: @AuthorPattiCallahanHenry Twitter: https://twitter.com/pcalhenry Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/patti-callahan Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.nz/patticalhenry/_saved/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Patti-Callahan-Henry/e/B001H6W4AA/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now, here’s Patti. Introducing historical fiction author Patti Callahan Patti Callahan - Best selling fiction about the life of C.S. Lewis Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Patti, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Patti Callahan: Jenny, thank you so much for having me. I'm so honored, especially for your 200th episode. Congratulations. Jenny Wheeler: Thank you. We have got two wonderful books to talk about with you today, both relating to the life of the Christian apologist and children's author C S Lewis. Your very latest book, Once Upon a Wardrobe, is a fictional exploration of the inspiration behind the Narnia series, which I'm sure are known all over the world. The previous book, published a couple of years ago, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, is about the romance C S Lewis had with American author Joy Davidman that resulted in his one and only marriage. You have spent about six years of your life overall devoted to researching Lewis’s life for these two books. Give us a parachute overview of what those last years have been like for you. Patti Callahan: Diving into the work of C S Lewis, Patti Callahan is our guest on The Joys of Binge Reading today – the 200th episode of the show which we started four years ago with the goal to simply reach 50 episodes. I am delighted to share it with an author who has devoted the last seven years of ... Patti Callahan is our guest on The Joys of Binge Reading today – the 200th episode of the show which we started four years ago with the goal to simply reach 50 episodes. I am delighted to share it with an author who has devoted the last seven years of her life to researching the remarkable relationship between C S Lewis and his American wife, Joy Davidman.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler. Patti has produced two best-selling books from this work she’s carried out so lovingly. The first, Becoming Mrs Lewis, tells the story of the precious years of love and marriage the two authors shared before they were separated by Joy’s early death.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The second, Once Upon a Wardrobe, just published, delves into the inspiration behind the magical Narnia children’s series. I couldn’t think of a more uplifting story to feature on our 200th episode or a better Christmas book to talk about. If you’re anything like me, you will find that Once Upon a Wardrobe makes you laugh and cry, sometimes even at the same time.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Patti Callahan guest for 200th episode of Joys of Binge Reading<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The other thing Patti covers in this 200th episode is telling us how the American divorcee won the heart of a confirmed Christian bachelor and how she came to the inspiration to frame her Narnia story through the eyes of a very ill 8-year-old boy.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got three eBook copies of Once Upon a Wardrobe to give away to three lucky readers. Enter the draw on our website www.thejoysofbingereading.com or on the Binge Reading Facebook page. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER THE DRAW FOR PATTI E-BOOK<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you want to hear Patti tell us what she dreamed of being when she was a little girl, that’s in the Getting-to-Know-You five quickfire questions. Become a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter, help support the show, and as well you will get some fun bonus content. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The fascination that led Patti into seven years of researchJoy Davidman - loved or reviled in equal measureA C. S. Lewis-Joy Davidman podcastSeeing Narnia through the eyes of an 8-year-old boyJoy Davidman the poetThe unrecognised impact a divorcee had on Lewis' work<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Patti Callahan <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Podcast - Behind The Scenes of Becoming Mrs Lewis<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  https://www.patticallahanhenry.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pattichenry/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @AuthorPattiCallahanHenry<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: https://twitter.com/pcalhenry<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/patti-callahan<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.nz/patticalhenry/_saved/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Patti-Callahan-Henry/e/B001H6W4AA/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Patti.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing historical fiction author Patti Callahan<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Patti Callahan - Best selling fiction about the life of C.S. Lewis<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Patti, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Patti Callahan: Jenny, thank you so much for having me. I'm so honored, especially for your 200th episode. Congratulations.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Thank you. We have got two wonderful books to talk about with you today, Jenny Wheeler 39:31 Lulu Taylor – Deep Romance https://thejoysofbingereading.com/lulu-taylor-deep-romance/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 03:37:22 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=8870 Lulu Taylor hit the Sunday Times bestseller lists with a winter-themed escapist story with hidden depths – and found she had a winning formula for holiday reads that are perfect for curling up on the sofa with cup of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine. The latest, A Winter Memory, is an absorbing family drama set on the edge of a Scottish loch in an ancient manor house. It’s a perfect setting for revelations of love, obsession and betrayal. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Lulu talks about the international fascination with snowy mysteries, what keeps Christmas stories high on the best seller lists, and her opportunity to interview Sarah, Duchess of York about her recently published Mills & Boon romance. This is the 199th episode in The Joys of Binge Reading, so next week we celebrate 200 shows with a very special guest – more of that at the end. We've got three E book copies of Lulu's Christmas book, A Winter Memory, to give away to three lucky readers. Enter the draw on our website or on the Joys of Binge Reading Facebook page. ENTER TO WIN LULU'S BOOK Before we get to Lulu, just a reminder that you can support the podcast for the equivalent of a cup of coffee a month and get exclusive bonus content while you do – access to Behind-the-Scenes stories, tips on who is coming up in future episodes so you can read the books beforehand, and insights into our featured authors – like Lulu - in the Getting to Know You quickfire questions… GET BONUS CONTENT BY SUPPORTING BINGE READING ON PATREON Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: How Lulu got started writing Judith Krantz style 'blockbusters'Publishing disaster turned to opportunityThe magic of Christmas storiesLockdown dislocation interrupted this year's outputThe many writers she admires Background work as an editor proves useful Where to find Lulu Taylor:  Website: http://lulutaylor.co.uk/ Facebook: @lulutaylorbooks Twitter: @MissLuluTaylor Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2737506.Lulu_Taylor What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now, here’s Lulu. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lulu and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Introducing romance mystery author Lulu Taylor Lulu Taylor: Hi, Jenny. Thanks so much. It's lovely to be with you. Lulu Taylor - romance under laid by mystery and deep family secrets Jenny Wheeler: You have created a real niche for yourself with these last eight books, many of which have been London Sunday Times bestsellers. They are winter themed stories. On every one of the covers are these gorgeous snowy settings with ancient houses and wrought iron gates, which immediately sets up a certain kind of story. This has become a bit of a sweet spot for part of your work, hasn't it? Tell us about it. Lulu Taylor: It’s quite funny because that happened by accident. My first book in this genre was called The Winter Folly, and it was called that despite the fact that quite a lot of the book is set in the middle of summer. But there was this building, the folly, and the moment it features in the story is in winter, so I thought, The Winter Folly sounds really resonant. They said, that's lucky because we've decided to publish you in early December. At the time I thought, I guess that's an alright slot, but generally people said to me, that's not a great place to be published. All the big autumn and winter books come out much earlier. No one's buying books at that time of the year. This is actually a bit disastrous for you. So, I was a little bit apprehensive. How a disaster turned into a wonderful opportunity Lulu Taylor's first 'winter book' The Winter Folly - a great success. But that turned out to be incredibly lucky. Because they had these winter titles, because the art department at Macmillan came up... Lulu Taylor hit the Sunday Times bestseller lists with a winter-themed escapist story with hidden depths – and found she had a winning formula for holiday reads that are perfect for curling up on the sofa with cup of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled ... Lulu Taylor hit the Sunday Times bestseller lists with a winter-themed escapist story with hidden depths – and found she had a winning formula for holiday reads that are perfect for curling up on the sofa with cup of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The latest, A Winter Memory, is an absorbing family drama set on the edge of a Scottish loch in an ancient manor house. It’s a perfect setting for revelations of love, obsession and betrayal.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today Lulu talks about the international fascination with snowy mysteries, what keeps Christmas stories high on the best seller lists, and her opportunity to interview Sarah, Duchess of York about her recently published Mills & Boon romance.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This is the 199th episode in The Joys of Binge Reading, so next week we celebrate 200 shows with a very special guest – more of that at the end.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We've got three E book copies of Lulu's Christmas book, A Winter Memory, to give away to three lucky readers. Enter the draw on our website or on the Joys of Binge Reading Facebook page.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER TO WIN LULU'S BOOK<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Before we get to Lulu, just a reminder that you can support the podcast for the equivalent of a cup of coffee a month and get exclusive bonus content while you do – access to Behind-the-Scenes stories, tips on who is coming up in future episodes so you can read the books beforehand, and insights into our featured authors – like Lulu - in the Getting to Know You quickfire questions…<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> GET BONUS CONTENT BY SUPPORTING BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How Lulu got started writing Judith Krantz style 'blockbusters'Publishing disaster turned to opportunityThe magic of Christmas storiesLockdown dislocation interrupted this year's outputThe many writers she admires Background work as an editor proves useful<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Lulu Taylor: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: http://lulutaylor.co.uk/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @lulutaylorbooks<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @MissLuluTaylor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2737506.Lulu_Taylor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Lulu.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lulu and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing romance mystery author Lulu Taylor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lulu Taylor: Hi, Jenny. Thanks so much. It's lovely to be with you.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lulu Taylor - romance under laid by mystery and deep family secrets<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: You have created a real niche for yourself with these last eight books, many of which have been London Sunday Times bestsellers. They are winter themed stories. On every one of the covers are these gorgeous snowy settings with ancient houses and wrought iron gates, which immediately sets up a certain kind of story. This has become a bit of a sweet spot for part of your work, hasn't it? Tell us about it.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lulu Taylor: It’s quite funny because that happened by accident. My first book in this genre was called The Winter Folly, and it was called that despite the fact that quite a lot of the book is set in the middle of summer. But there was this building, the folly, and the moment it features in the story is in winter, so I thought, The Winter Folly sounds really resonant.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> They said, that's lucky because we've decided to publish you in early December. Jenny Wheeler 38:38 Sandy Barker – Perfect Escapist Romcom https://thejoysofbingereading.com/sandy-barker-perfect-escapist-romcom/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:15:11 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=8854 Sandy Barker turned an adventurous travelling life into fiction and half a dozen books later she’s still going strong, with her latest, The Dating Game, described as the perfect escapist romcom for the holiday season. Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in today’s Joys of Binge Reading episode Sandy talks about how a meeting with her husband in Greece launched her career as an author, and how a fascination with reality TV inspired The Dating Game… We’ve got three E book copies of The Dating Game to give away to three lucky readers, so enter the draw for the new festive promo Joy to the world on our web site the Joys of Binge Reading.com or on the Bring Reading Facebook page. Before we get to Sandy just a reminder you can support the podcast for the equivalent of a cup of coffee a month and get exclusive bonus content while you do including access to Behind the Scenes stories, tips on who is coming up in future episodes so you can read the books beforehand, and insights into our featured authors – like Sandy - in the Getting to Know you quickfire questions ENTER GIVEAWAY But now, here’s Sandy, Hello There Sandy and welcome to the show, it’s great to have you with us. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: Why writing what you know can produce a winnerTurning a traveler's life into escapist romcomsAn educator's heart turns to author needsHow Covid curtailed more adventuresHer passion for TV dating shows.Co-writing a darker crime novel Where to find Sandy Barker:  Website:  https://sandybarker.com/ Facebook: @SandyBarkerauthor Twitter: @SandyBarker Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17595844.Sandy_Barker What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Introducing Romcom author Sandy Barker But now, here’s Sandy. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Sandy, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Sandy Barker - escapist rom coms Sandy Barker: Thank you so much for the invitation, Jenny. I'm really thrilled to be here. Jenny Wheeler: Your latest book is called The Dating Game, so we'll get right into it and talk about this book. It's based on a reality TV show with eerie similarities to things like Married at First Sight or The Bachelor. It’s an unusual and creative take on things. I wondered how you got inspired to do it. Are you a fan of those sorts of reality shows for a start? Sandy Barker: I do like a good competition reality show. Last year when we were in deep lockdown – because I'm based in Melbourne, Australia – my colleagues said, how about we watch The Bachelor and have a sweep stake of who wins. It was a little bit of a bright spark in our working week, so we all put our hands up for that. We were watching along, catching up with each other the next morning in a chat thread. After the first one, I was inspired to write a recap of the episode, just for entertainment purposes. I posted it to our team chat and it went off. They loved it. They were like, this is hysterical. It's so funny. Please keep doing these. It was timely because it became the Love in Lockdown series of The Bachelor here in Australia. We went into lockdown in the middle of filming, so they were having all these video dates, which were really uncomfortable. Writing humorous recaps for girlfriends lead to The Dating Game The recaps kept going and I mentioned them to a friend of mine who writes World War II fiction but she's always got these great ideas for chicklit romcoms. I mentioned the recaps and she said, send me one. I sent it to her and she said, you need to write this as a book. I was, what? A series of The Bachelor? She goes, no. You create a show like The Bachelor and you send her on there undercover, but she's the one who writes the recaps. I was like, oh, that's really cool. I pitched the idea to my agent. Sandy Barker turned an adventurous travelling life into fiction and half a dozen books later she’s still going strong, with her latest, The Dating Game, described as the perfect escapist romcom for the holiday season. Sandy Barker turned an adventurous travelling life into fiction and half a dozen books later she’s still going strong, with her latest, The Dating Game, described as the perfect escapist romcom for the holiday season.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in today’s Joys of Binge Reading episode Sandy talks about how a meeting with her husband in Greece launched her career as an author, and how a fascination with reality TV inspired The Dating Game…<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got three E book copies of The Dating Game to give away to three lucky readers, so enter the draw for the new festive promo Joy to the world on our web site the Joys of Binge Reading.com or on the Bring Reading Facebook page.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Before we get to Sandy just a reminder you can support the podcast for the equivalent of a cup of coffee a month and get exclusive bonus content while you do including access to Behind the Scenes stories, tips on who is coming up in future episodes so you can read the books beforehand, and insights into our featured authors – like Sandy - in the Getting to Know you quickfire questions<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER GIVEAWAY<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Sandy, Hello There Sandy and welcome to the show, it’s great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Why writing what you know can produce a winnerTurning a traveler's life into escapist romcomsAn educator's heart turns to author needsHow Covid curtailed more adventuresHer passion for TV dating shows.Co-writing a darker crime novel<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Sandy Barker: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  https://sandybarker.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @SandyBarkerauthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @SandyBarker<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17595844.Sandy_Barker<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing Romcom author Sandy Barker<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Sandy.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Sandy, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sandy Barker - escapist rom coms<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sandy Barker: Thank you so much for the invitation, Jenny. I'm really thrilled to be here.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Your latest book is called The Dating Game, so we'll get right into it and talk about this book. It's based on a reality TV show with eerie similarities to things like Married at First Sight or The Bachelor. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It’s an unusual and creative take on things. I wondered how you got inspired to do it. Are you a fan of those sorts of reality shows for a start?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sandy Barker: I do like a good competition reality show. Last year when we were in deep lockdown – because I'm based in Melbourne, Australia – my colleagues said, how about we watch The Bachelor and have a sweep stake of who wins. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> It was a little bit of a bright spark in our working week, so we all put our hands up for that.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We were watching along, catching up with each other the next morning in a chat thread. After the first one, I was inspired to write a recap of the episode, just for entertainment purposes. I posted it to our team chat and it went off. They loved it. They were like, this is hysterical. It's so funny. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Please keep doing these. It was timely because it became the Love in Lockdown series of The Bachelor here in Australia. We went into lockdown in the middle of filming, so they were having all these video dates, which were really uncomfortable. Jenny Wheeler 38:47 Alli Sinclair – Aussie Codebreakers of WWII https://thejoysofbingereading.com/alli-sinclair-aussie-codebreakers-of-wwii/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:39:29 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=8768 Alli Sinclair’s books are recommended for readers of Kate Quinn and Judy Nunn and that tells you a lot about the sort of stories they are – dual timeline family stories unravelling long buried secrets.  Her latest book, The Codebreakers, takes that scenario one step further. It deals with national as well as personal secrets and tells the story of the cypher-breaking Australian women who staffed Central Bureau Intelligence – the equivalent of Bletchley Park in London. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Alli talks about her passion for stories about strong women defying society’s expectations, and her exciting new film projects with an LA based collaborator. We’ve got three eBook copies of The Codebreakers to give away to three lucky readers in our Loving You romance promo. Enter the draw on our website www.thejoysofbingereading.com or on our Facebook Binge Reading page. Enter the draw to win a copy of The Codebreakers. ENTER THE DRAW Don’t forget to check out Alli’s answers to the five quickfire questions in our Patreon exclusive content on the Binge Reading on Patreon page. As regular listeners will know, we very recently launched Binge Reading on Patreon for those of you who like to hear exclusive fun content about our authors and the show, for a small contribution to costs – as little as a cup of coffee a month. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Your contribution to Patreon helps defray my costs in hosting and producing the show, but the time I devote to researching and recording the podcasts is still all free. Check it out on www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading and join in the Behind-The-Scenes fun. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The long road Alli had to her first publicationAlli's collaboration with a Los Angeles film makerHow the pandemic spoiled a wonderful writer's programmeA Romeo and Juliet story in Queensland cane fieldsThe book at the top of her list for years nowWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Alli Sinclair:  Website:  https://allisinclairauthor.wordpress.com/ Facebook: @allisinclairauthor Instagram: @alli_sinclair What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now, here’s Alli. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Alli, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Alli Sinclair: Hi Jenny. Thank you so much for having me along. Introducing author Alli Sinclair Author Alli Sinclair - Dual time line stories with lots of secrets Jenny Wheeler: The Codebreakers, which is your latest novel, is like an Australian version of the Bletchley Park story. It's the story of the work of the women who worked in the so-called Central Bureau in Australia during the Second World War. I had never even realized that this bureau existed. How did you come across the story? Alli Sinclair: I had written a book called Burning Fields which came out in 2018, and I had my main character working for the Australian Women's Army service in Brisbane. I didn't really touch much on that because the story was set post-war, but I liked the idea of exploring what it was like for women working for the war effort in Australia. I jumped on the old Google and put in Women World War Two, Australian Women's Army Service Australia, and this very tiny article popped up about Central Bureau. It mentioned that it was Australia’s elite signals intelligence organization and had been kept a secret for decades. I had never heard of this. The research went crazy and it took me quite a while to uncover the information, but as soon as I discovered this story, there was no way I was letting go. Jenny Wheeler: That's absolutely right. The researching of it must have been pretty difficult because we're coming to the point where although there could be written memoirs, Alli Sinclair’s books are recommended for readers of Kate Quinn and Judy Nunn and that tells you a lot about the sort of stories they are – dual timeline family stories unravelling long buried secrets.  Her latest book, The Codebreakers, Alli Sinclair’s books are recommended for readers of Kate Quinn and Judy Nunn and that tells you a lot about the sort of stories they are – dual timeline family stories unravelling long buried secrets. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Her latest book, The Codebreakers, takes that scenario one step further. It deals with national as well as personal secrets and tells the story of the cypher-breaking Australian women who staffed Central Bureau Intelligence – the equivalent of Bletchley Park in London.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Alli talks about her passion for stories about strong women defying society’s expectations, and her exciting new film projects with an LA based collaborator.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got three eBook copies of The Codebreakers to give away to three lucky readers in our Loving You romance promo. Enter the draw on our website www.thejoysofbingereading.com or on our Facebook Binge Reading page.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Enter the draw to win a copy of The Codebreakers.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER THE DRAW<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Don’t forget to check out Alli’s answers to the five quickfire questions in our Patreon exclusive content on the Binge Reading on Patreon page. As regular listeners will know, we very recently launched Binge Reading on Patreon for those of you who like to hear exclusive fun content about our authors and the show, for a small contribution to costs – as little as a cup of coffee a month.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Your contribution to Patreon helps defray my costs in hosting and producing the show, but the time I devote to researching and recording the podcasts is still all free. Check it out on www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading and join in the Behind-The-Scenes fun.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The long road Alli had to her first publicationAlli's collaboration with a Los Angeles film makerHow the pandemic spoiled a wonderful writer's programmeA Romeo and Juliet story in Queensland cane fieldsThe book at the top of her list for years nowWhat she'd do differently second time around<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Alli Sinclair: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  https://allisinclairauthor.wordpress.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @allisinclairauthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Instagram: @alli_sinclair<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Alli.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Alli, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Alli Sinclair: Hi Jenny. Thank you so much for having me along.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing author Alli Sinclair<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Author Alli Sinclair - Dual time line stories with lots of secrets<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: The Codebreakers, which is your latest novel, is like an Australian version of the Bletchley Park story. It's the story of the work of the women who worked in the so-called Central Bureau in Australia during the Second World War. I had never even realized that this bureau existed. How did you come across the story?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Alli Sinclair: I had written a book called Burning Fields which came out in 2018, and I had my main character working for the Australian Women's Army service in Brisbane. I didn't really touch much on that because the story was set post-war, but I liked the idea of exploring what it was like for women working for the war effort in Australia.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I jumped on the old Google and put in Women World War Two, Australian Women's Army Service Australia, Jenny Wheeler 35:15 Lucy Coleman – Christmas Treats https://thejoysofbingereading.com/lucy-coleman-christmas-treats/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 01:46:49 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=8766 Lucy Coleman writes feel good, uplifting stories, set in beautiful locations. Her most recent book, Summer in Andalucía, is about a Jamie Oliver style celebrity cook fronting a TV program that sounds a lot like MasterChef. Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Lucy talks about her remarkable work ethic – she’s like a book-producing machine – the special appeal of Christmas stories, and her contemporary romance under the pen name Linn B Halton. As a celebration of the season, we've got three eBook copies of Lucy's book, A Christmas Wedding in the Cotswolds, to give away to three lucky readers. Enter the romance giveaway draw on the website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com or on our Binge Reading Facebook page. You’ll find links to Lucy’s books and other information mentioned in the podcast on the Joys of Binge Reading website as well. ENTER DRAW FOR LUCY COLEMAN BOOK As regular listeners know, we’ve recently launched Binge Reading on Patreon for those of you who’d like to hear more exclusive fun content about our authors and the show for a small contribution to costs – as little as a cup of coffee a month. I’d like to give a warm shout out to Margaret Jones, our most recent subscriber to join Binge Reading on Patreon. Every week I’m posting the Getting-To-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions from our authors - like Lucy, she will be here the same week this show goes out – and also other regular Behind the Scene news about what is happening with the podcast. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Your contribution helps defray my costs in hosting and producing the show, but the time I devote to researching and recording the podcasts is still all free. So thanks to Margaret and the other staunch readers who’ve got in there and got our backs to keep things going. Check it out on www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.com and join in the behind-the-scenes fun. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: How Lucy relies on intuition to get her throughLucy's three careers in one lifetimeA well-timed research trip that helped avoid lockdown restrictions How she came to have two pen namesWhy she's a genuine 'Christmas-aholic'Some of the many authors she loves to read Where to find author Lucy Coleman:  Website:  https://linnbhalton.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyColemanAuthor Twitter: @lucycolemanauthor Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17584891.Lucy_Coleman Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=lucy+coleman+kindle+books&crid=3VE4UQ37E7EDI What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now, here’s Lucy. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lucy, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us. Introducing holiday romance author Lucy Coleman Lucy Coleman: Hi Jenny. Thank you so much. I’ve really been looking forward to this chat, especially as it very surreal, isn't it, when you're in two different countries so far apart. Author Lucy Coleman - great holiday reads you won't want to put down Jenny Wheeler: That's absolutely right. You were saying before we went on that you're in the Welsh Valleys. Lucy Coleman: That's right. I was born in Bristol, which is in mainstream England and it’s literally across the bridge that brings us into Wales. When we were young, Wales was a favorite jaunt for us with our two sons. We spent lots of holidays over here. It was either over in Wales or down in Cornwall unless you were going abroad. We always knew we would end up living here because my husband and I are inveterate movers. We married very young and I think this is our 16th house, so we've moved around a lot and enjoyed every single house we've lived in. Jenny Wheeler: You have made a specialty of uplifting family stories. One of your tags is heart-warming books in beautiful locations. Lucy Coleman writes feel good, uplifting stories, set in beautiful locations. Her most recent book, Summer in Andalucía, is about a Jamie Oliver style celebrity cook fronting a TV program that sounds a lot like MasterChef. Hi there, Lucy Coleman writes feel good, uplifting stories, set in beautiful locations. Her most recent book, Summer in Andalucía, is about a Jamie Oliver style celebrity cook fronting a TV program that sounds a lot like MasterChef.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Lucy talks about her remarkable work ethic – she’s like a book-producing machine – the special appeal of Christmas stories, and her contemporary romance under the pen name Linn B Halton.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As a celebration of the season, we've got three eBook copies of Lucy's book, A Christmas Wedding in the Cotswolds, to give away to three lucky readers. Enter the romance giveaway draw on the website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com or on our Binge Reading Facebook page. You’ll find links to Lucy’s books and other information mentioned in the podcast on the Joys of Binge Reading website as well.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER DRAW FOR LUCY COLEMAN BOOK<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> As regular listeners know, we’ve recently launched Binge Reading on Patreon for those of you who’d like to hear more exclusive fun content about our authors and the show for a small contribution to costs – as little as a cup of coffee a month.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> I’d like to give a warm shout out to Margaret Jones, our most recent subscriber to join Binge Reading on Patreon. Every week I’m posting the Getting-To-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions from our authors - like Lucy, she will be here the same week this show goes out – and also other regular Behind the Scene news about what is happening with the podcast.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Your contribution helps defray my costs in hosting and producing the show, but the time I devote to researching and recording the podcasts is still all free. So thanks to Margaret and the other staunch readers who’ve got in there and got our backs to keep things going. Check it out on www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.com and join in the behind-the-scenes fun.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How Lucy relies on intuition to get her throughLucy's three careers in one lifetimeA well-timed research trip that helped avoid lockdown restrictions How she came to have two pen namesWhy she's a genuine 'Christmas-aholic'Some of the many authors she loves to read<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find author Lucy Coleman: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website:  https://linnbhalton.co.uk/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyColemanAuthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @lucycolemanauthor<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17584891.Lucy_Coleman<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=lucy+coleman+kindle+books&crid=3VE4UQ37E7EDI<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now, here’s Lucy.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lucy, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing holiday romance author Lucy Coleman<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lucy Coleman: Hi Jenny. Thank you so much. I’ve really been looking forward to this chat, especially as it very surreal, isn't it, when you're in two different countries so far apart.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Author Lucy Coleman - great holiday reads you won't want to put down<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: That's absolutely right. You were saying before we went on that you're in the Welsh Valleys.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Lucy Coleman: That's right. I was born in Bristol, which is in mainstream England and it’s literally across the bridge that ... Jenny Wheeler 49:42 Dinah Jefferies – Epic New WWII Series https://thejoysofbingereading.com/dinah-jefferies-epic-new-wwii-series/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 22:24:57 +0000 https://thejoysofbingereading.com/?p=8700 Top international best selling author Dinah Jefferies is back with a stunning World War II epic, the first book in a new series that went straight to the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Daughters of War is a tale of three sisters, secrets, and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France. Hi there, I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Dinah talks about growing up in Malaysia, the book that helped her break through as an international author and why she enjoys books that are rooted in community stories. We’ve got three eBook copies of Daughters of War to give away to three lucky readers. You can enter the draw on the website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com or on our Binge Reading Facebook page. ENTER THE DRAW If you are interested in seeing exclusive bonus content – like Dinah’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You five quickfire questions – then consider supporting the podcast on Patreon. For as little as a cup of coffee a month, you would be helping fund the show and you would also share in some entertaining Behind the Scenes news. SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: Why the theme of separation resonates in Dinah's storiesHer path from Asian set books to World War IIThe breakthrough book that made her an international bestsellerThe origins of The Tuscan ContessaThe writers she's reading right nowWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Dinah Jefferies:  Website: https://www.dinahjefferies.com/ Facebook: @dinahjefferiesbooks Twitter: @dinahjefferies Pinterest: @DinahJefferies Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/dinah-jefferies What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. But now here’s Dinah. Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Dinah and welcome to the show. It’s good to have you with us. Dinah Jefferies: Thank you for having me. Introducing international bestselling author Dinah Jefferies Dinah Jefferies - international best selling author. Jenny Wheeler: You are an international bestselling author of historical fiction. Normally you've tackled Asian settings but the last two books, Daughters of War – which is the one we're talking about today – and the one before that, The Tuscan Contessa, are both set in Europe in the Second World War. Why did you make that change? Dinah Jefferies: I had done six books set in the East. I was born in Malaysia and lived there as a child, so it was familiar to me although they were all different countries – Burma or rather Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, those kinds of countries. But there came a point when I needed something new. I needed a new challenge. I didn't know what that new challenge was, but the most obvious thing to begin with was a change of location. That’s really all it was, and Tuscany was the first choice because I was staying there on a family holiday. I hadn't thought of it as a World War II book, or even a book set in Tuscany, but I fell headfirst down some steps, twisted my foot, and had to spend most of the holiday with my foot up covered in ice. I read a lot of books about what had happened in Northern Tuscany in the mountains during the Second World War, and it was so intriguing I thought, that's what I'm going to do. It’s gone from there. Setting the scene for the new World War II series I thought, after Tuscany, if I do another World War II book, where would I like to set that? That is when I hit on the idea of a rural village in the Dordogne, and that’s all the change was about. And as well as wanting to do a different kind of book or a book set in a different location, I'd had enough of all the long-haul flights, because I always go to the places I set my books and Europe is a lot easier from here. Jenny Wheeler: That’s right. To digress for a moment, Top international best selling author Dinah Jefferies is back with a stunning World War II epic, the first book in a new series that went straight to the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Daughters of War is a tale of three sisters, secrets, Top international best selling author Dinah Jefferies is back with a stunning World War II epic, the first book in a new series that went straight to the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Daughters of War is a tale of three sisters, secrets, and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hi there, I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Dinah talks about growing up in Malaysia, the book that helped her break through as an international author and why she enjoys books that are rooted in community stories. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> We’ve got three eBook copies of Daughters of War to give away to three lucky readers. You can enter the draw on the website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com or on our Binge Reading Facebook page.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ENTER THE DRAW<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> If you are interested in seeing exclusive bonus content – like Dinah’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You five quickfire questions – then consider supporting the podcast on Patreon. For as little as a cup of coffee a month, you would be helping fund the show and you would also share in some entertaining Behind the Scenes news.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUPPORT BINGE READING ON PATREON<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Why the theme of separation resonates in Dinah's storiesHer path from Asian set books to World War IIThe breakthrough book that made her an international bestsellerThe origins of The Tuscan ContessaThe writers she's reading right nowWhat she'd do differently second time around<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Where to find Dinah Jefferies: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Website: https://www.dinahjefferies.com/<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Facebook: @dinahjefferiesbooks<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Twitter: @dinahjefferies<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Pinterest: @DinahJefferies<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/dinah-jefferies<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> But now here’s Dinah. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Dinah and welcome to the show. It’s good to have you with us.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dinah Jefferies: Thank you for having me.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Introducing international bestselling author Dinah Jefferies<br