Raising the Dead with Laurell K. Hamilton

“Inside Chat” edition in which we are joined by Laurell K. Hamilton! We discuss her stunning new book Sucker Punch, how she always really wanted an ocelot, the difference between serial killers and sociopaths, the trouble with researching too much true crime, relating to Jay & Silent Bob, the origins of werewolves, and how she’s not as goth as you think. 

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Ep. 87 Where The Bodies Are Buried With Shari Lapena

We’re joined by author Shari Lapena and we discuss her new book The End of Her, her staunch refusal to outline, why she loves torturing parents, and how she can take a horrific news story and turn it into a crackling good thriller. We recommend: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken.  Audiobook of the week is Creepers by David Morrell narrated by Patrick G. Lawlor. Plus – Dave’s UPS guy chastises him, Laura says goodbye to her car by recalling all three times it was totaled, and Andrew buys a house in the town made famous by Killdozer.

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Manipulating the Atom and Catching Liars With Brian Nelson

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Brian Nelson for a fun conversation about his novel The Last Sword Maker, the truth about nanobots, the radioactivity of bananas, facial microexpressions, and how he’s tricked his kids into playing Dungeons & Dragons with him. Plus – Dave commits voter fraud!!

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Ep 86 Andrew Five-0

We recommend: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey CatesA Dangerous Breed by Glen Eric Hamilton and The Watcher by Saxon Andrew.  Audiobook of the week is Shiner by Amy Jo Burns narrated by Catherine Taber. Plus – Dave waits hours for a piece of cake, Andrew’s “surprise” 50th birthday party, and Laura is preparing for a metaphorical hurricane.

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Ep. 85 Having a Good Cry With Bianca Marais

We are joined by author Bianca Marais and we discuss her new book If You Want to Make God Laugh, the women that inspired her story, making her readers cry, Colin Firth, and what makes a damned fine toasted cheese sandwich. We also recommend: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-GarciaThe Elementals by Malcom McDowell and The Wizard’s Butler by Nathan Lowell.  Audiobook of the week is The Gender Game by Bella Forrest narrated by Rebecca Solar and Zachary Webber. Plus Dave plays Risk and loses to Patton (aka his daughter), Andrew shatters his rear windshield with his kids on board and his wife navigating, and Laura wears her trifocals on a hike. Not a good match.

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How To Be A TikTok Star with Hank Green

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Hank Green for a fun conversation about his new novel A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, the incredulity of thumbing your literal nose at mask wearing, writing this book because he just didn’t get to the end of his first book, the power and danger of social media platforms, and his mighty and embarrassing early screen name.

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Ep. 84 Getting Rabid With Paul Tremblay

We are joined by Paul Tremblay! We discuss his new book Survivor Song, being inspired by panic, finding a new twist on zombies, rabies books, and Honeycomb cereal. We also recommend: Forward: Stories of Tomorrow edited by Blake Crouch and Adrift by Greg Curtis.  Audiobook of the week is Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich. Plus- Dave, Andrew, and Laura share their 4th of July stories replete with cops and backyard fireworks mishaps.

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Meeting Your Muse with Debra Jo Immergut

“Inside Chat” edition in which we talk to Debra Jo Immergut all about her new book You Again, visions, meditation, Antifa, being that “Arts & Crafts” kid at camp, and how to meet your muse.

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Ep. 83 Glowing in the Dark with Riley Sager

We are joined by the one and only Riley Sager! We discuss his new book Home Before Dark, Ouija Board psychology, his obsession with The Sound of Music, and how his least favorite part of writing is writing. We also recommend: If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell, Corporate Gunslinger by Doug Engstrom and Jane Bond by V.R. Tapscott. Audiobook of the week is Dark August by Katie Tallo narrated by Piper Goodeve. Plus- Dave and Andrew spend a weekend in the world’s smallest hotel room, and Laura mistakenly gives her 14-year-old daughter a beer.

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Swearing at People with Lucie Britsch

This week on an “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Lucie Britsch!  We have a fun chat about her debut novel Sad Janet, embracing the sadness of life, the absurdity of being human, and how she gets in trouble for swearing at people.

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Ep 82- Nectarine Pie with Jasmine Guillory

We are joined by the delightful Jasmine Guillory.  We discuss her new book Party of Two, media stereotypes of black women, and baking. Especially pies. And cake. And icing. We also recommend: The Distant Dead by Heather Young, The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent and Nyxe by Jedaiah Ramnarine. Audiobook of the week is The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella. Plus- Dave is annoyed by the Cripple Creek Train, Laura’s dog is scared of his new water bowl, and Andrew tries to fit in in Aspen.

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Wanted: Dead or Alive – with J. Todd Scott

“Inside Chat” edition in which we talk to the engaging J Todd Scott all about his new novel Lost River, seeing the origins of the opioid crisis firsthand, embarrassing his kids, and the part of his book that had his mother furiously phoning him.

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Ep 81- Weathering the Storm with Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton joins us for a chat about her new book The Last Train to Key West, hurricanes, WWI vets turned railroad workers living in camps, her Cuban heritage, and conch fritters. We also recommend: Vanishing in the Haight by Max TomlinsonThe Lost Starship by Vaughn Hepner, and Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon. Audiobook of the week is The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Plus – Dave has an accident while taking a teacher certification exam, Laura can’t keep her hands off all the gleaming faucets, and Andrew takes his reluctant kids fishing.

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Two Truths & One Lie with Elizabeth Kay

On this week’s “Inside Chat” Edition of the podcast, we talk Elizabeth Kay  about her thrilling debut novel Seven Lies, sinister female friendships, giving herself pep talks, and the influence of Gone Girl.  We also play a rousing edition of two truths and a lie.

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Ep. 80 Down the Rabbit Hole with Emily Temple

Author Emily Temple joins us for a chat about her debut novel The Lightness, growing up in a Buddhist household, and embracing Wikipedia rabbit holes. We also recommend: Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith and Gravity Dreams by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.  Audiobook of the week is Joe by Larry Brown narrated by Tom Stechschulte.  Plus – Dave protests, Laura is perplexed by a sleepover, and Andrew’s garden is blowin’ in the wind.

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Ice Cream & Chardonnay with Kristan Higgins

Author Kristan Higgins joins us for a fun chat about her new book Always the Last to Know, the fine and fun art of changing people, being isolated from her family for six weeks, and eating too much chocolate and ice cream!

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Ep. 79 Author David Pepper

Author David Pepper joins us for a fun chat about his new book The Voter File, election meddling, and casually chatting with Bill Clinton. We also recommend: Another Brooklyn by Jaqueline Woodson, The Great American Deception by Scott Stein and The Threshold Child by Callie Kanno.  Audiobook of the week is Line of Sight by James Queally narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.  Plus – Dave’s posterior battles a cactus, Laura finds out why you don’t feed the dogs salmon, and Andrew drives halfway across the country to Branson, MO to get his kids in a summer camp.

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Ep. 78 JFK & Rock and Roll with Max Allan Collins

Author Max Allan Collins joins us for a fun chat about his new book Girl Can’t Help It, how he got his start writing the Dick Tracy comic strip, his Zeligesque character Nate Heller,  and JFK. We also recommend: In the Dark by Loreth Anne White, Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon and Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton.  Audiobook of the week is The Split by Sharon Bolton narrated by Katie Scarfe.  Plus – Dave has a golf ball incident, Laura is shocked by surly people unmasked, and Andrew’s dog has figured out how to open up the backyard gate.

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Joining Cults with Jeffery Deaver

An “Inside Chat” edition with author Jeffery Deaver! We chat about speed walking, his excellent new book The Goodbye Man, the Deaver formula, and that time his hot date turned out to be a cult recruiter.

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Ep. 77 Laura Hankin is Haunted by The Wheels On The Bus

Author Laura Hankin joins us for a fun chat about her new book Happy and You Know It, Mommy blogs, unboxing crying, and auditioning to read her own book.  We recommend: Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin, Rain Will Come by Thomas Holgate and Body Suit by Suzanne Hagelin.  Audiobook of the week is We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry narrated by Isabel Keating.  Also, Dave is cursed by a cursed sledgehammer, Laura is ready for a cakewalk, and Andrew eats a “special” cookie and thinks he has Covid.

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Murder Down Under with Susan Allott

An “Inside Chat” edition with author Susan Allott who talks with us about her debut novel The Silence, Australia’s stolen generation, overcoming self-consciousness while writing, and her disdain for both magic and junk food.

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Ep. 76 – Blowing Raspberries with John Marrs

Bestselling author John Marrs joins us for a chat about his new book What Lies Between Us, cliffhangers, compact discs, refusing to borrow books, and putting on sunglasses to fool his 8-month-old.  We recommend: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, Coyote Rage by Owl Goingback, and Colony One by T. L. Ford.  Audiobook of the week is The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix narrated by Bahni Turner.  Dave is a self-proclaimed hero, Laura is convinced she has Covid-19, and Andrew thinks Bit-O-Honey is a fine candy. Bram Stoker drops by as well.

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Visions of Bloody Ghosts with Christopher Moore

An “Inside Chat” edition with bestselling author Christopher Moore who talks with us about his fantastic new novel Shakespeare for Squirrels, thees and thous, watching old British sitcoms to master “Britspeak,” and Dave is taught a lesson on how to give lessons.

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Ep. 75 – Shopping Bolivia’s Witch Market with Jennifer Steil

Author Jennifer Steil joins us for a chat about her new book Exile Music, living the high life in La Paz, miniature houses, and her special relationship with pancakes.  We recommend: Exile Music by Jennifer Steil, Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison, and Scholar by L.E. Modesitt, Jr..  Audiobook of the week is Deadwood by Pete Dexter narrated by J. Rodney Turner.  Dave takes a bike ride and sees monsters, Laura hears talk of cadaver autopsies, and Andrew battles a mariachi band.

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Ep. 74 Kimberly McCreight and Rikers Island Restrooms

New York Times Bestselling author Kimberly McCreight joins us for a chat about her new thriller A Good Marriage, the terror of not outlining, laptop stickers, and getting to the bottom of the whole marriage thing.  We recommend: Voices in the Snow by Darcy Coates, The Line That Held Us by David Joy, and Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr..  Audiobook of the week is The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson Hernandez narrated by Glenn Davis and Ron Butler.  Dave is sickened by a mask stain, Laura is stopped in traffic by people in the street, and Andrew’s getting a pool.

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Ep. 73 C Pam Zhang

Author C Pam Zhang joins us for a chat about her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold, creating her own mythology, otherness, moving a lot as a kid, and why The Lion King > Tiger King.  We recommend: A Brazen Curiousity by Lynn Messina, Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik, and Not Alone by Craig A. Falconer.  Audiobook of the week is The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel narrated by the fabulous Lisa Flanagan.  Dave is a destroyer of jumper cables, Laura finds no relief from her yakking mechanics, and Andrew reminisces on a shirtless Amish hunk.

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Episode 72 – Seeking Vengeance with Jack Carr

Author and former Navy SEAL Jack Carr joins us for a chat about his new novel Savage Son, writing torture scenes, action missions in Iraq, and writing the book he wanted to write since 6th Grade.  We recommend: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau, Do No Harm by Max Allan Collins, and Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.  Audiobook of the week is Broken by Don Winslow narrated by the fantastic Ray Porter.  Dave is tired of people sidling up next to him, Laura details the worst purchase she made this year, and Andrew goes to war against pine trees.

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Ep. 71 – Of Genes & Monsters with Danielle Trussoni

Author Danielle Trussoni joins us for a chat about her fanstastic novel The Ancestor, DNA tests gone wrong, Austrian castles, and how being bored in church led to a fascination with the supernatural. We recommend: The Straw Men by Michael Marshall, The Worst is Yet to Come by S. P. Miskowski, and Transcendence and Rebellion by Michael G. Manning.  Audiobook of the week is Deacon King Kong by James McBride narrated by the brilliant Dominic Hoffman.  Dave is distance teaching and his students are “right at home”, Laura is wobbly, and Andrew is disturbed by a crackling Oreo.

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Raising Hell with James Rollins

An “Inside Chat” with Author James Rollins who talks with us about his fantastic new novel The Last Odyssey, a lice laden tarantula, playing with mythology, and the Jessica Fletcher Syndrome. Plus – candy thermometers and blasting music.

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Tax Breaks and Uppercuts with Mindy Mejia

An “Inside Chat” with Author Mindy Mejia who talks with us about her excellent new novel Strike Me Down, helping writers with their taxes, leaning into punches, and where her plot twists come from. Plus – we howl at the moon.

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Ep. 70 – Nicknames, Cigarettes & Nuns with Author William Boyle

Author William Boyle joins us for a chat about his brilliant novel City of Margins, chance and coincidence, the interconnectedness of his characters, noir, movies, and how smoking cigarettes are sometimes just damn cool. We recommend: The Bear by Andrew Krivak, The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee, and Effie by C.J. Williams.  Audiobook of the week is A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle narrated by the fantastic Barrie Kreinik.  Dave takes up candle making, Laura wants to sing Kumbaya and hold hands with the world, and Andrew’s kittens are being manhandled.

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The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence with Author Max Barry

“Inside Chat” edition today as are joined by author Max Barry who talks to us about his brilliant new novel Providence, how he’s suited for isolation, characters he can believe in, classic sci-fi, AI, perception vs reality, and where the hell that exxtra x went to.

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Ep. 69 Why You Should Never Hike Alone with Author Rachel Harrison

Author Rachel Harrison joins us for a chat about her fantastic debut novel The Return, friendship, hotel interiors, and Wegman’s Ice Cream.  We recommend: The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd, Double Wide by Leo W. Banks, and The Choice of Magic by Michael G. Manning.  Audiobook of the week is The Bone House by Brian Freeman narrated by the incomparable Joe Barrett.  Dave compares people who won’t stay home to his students, Laura comfort eats, and Andrew makes his son write a lot of sentences.

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In Search of… with Author John Vercher

We are joined by author John Vercher, who talks to us about his intense and moving new novel Three-Fifths, the search for identity, race discussions, and Wolverine. Plus-  Denver Librarian Amy Delpo is back with books about racial identity.  

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Ep. 68 What It’s Like to Swim With Great White Sharks with Author Stephanie Wrobel

Author Stephanie Wrobel joins us for a chat about her page-turning debut novel Darling Rose Gold, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, vans, and swimming with the sharks.  We recommend: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, City of Margins by William Boyle, and Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  Audiobook of the week is Woman on the Edge by Samantha Bailey narrated by the dynamic Katherine Fenton.  Dave is shocked by a stranger’s confession, Laura tries to escape a hand-shaker, and Andrew rues getting restaurant pickup.

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Lost & Found Identities with Author Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

We are joined by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung who talks to us about her thrilling new psychological thriller The Eighth Girl, dissociative identity disorder, her favorite librarian, and leather chairs with velvet pillows. Plus- we have social distancing observations and Dave shares his top ten books about running!

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Dave’s Top Ten Running Books:

  1. Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country Team by Chris Lear
  2. Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn    
  3. Way of the Runner by Adharanand Finn     
  4. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  5. The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb
  6. Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels
  7. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  8. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Allan Sillitoe
  9. Once a Runner by John L Parker Jr.
  10. Rabbit, Run by John Updike         

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Ep. 67 – Top 10 Pandemic Novels & Baseball Books, and Author Abi Dare Joins us with a Beautiful Voice

Author Abi Dare joins us for a chat about her fantastic debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice, using humor to show the resilience of the Nigerian people, and her love for telling stories.

Laura’s Top 10 Fictional Books About Pandemics

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. The Troop by Nick Cutter
  3. The Angels are the Reapers by Alden Bell
  4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  5. The Line Between by Tosca Lee
  6. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgesheg Rice 
  7. I Am Legend by Richard Mathesen
  8. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  9. The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  10. The Stand by Stephen King

And a special shout out to Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

Dave’s Top 10 Books about Baseball:

  1. Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
  2. The Natural by Bernard Malamud
  3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  4. The Brothers K by David James Duncan 
  5. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella
  6. Ball Four by Jim Bouton
  7. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
  8. The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter
  9. The Great American Novel by Philip Roth
  10. The Fan by Peter Abrahams

 

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Conspiracy Theories and the Titanic with Author Alma Katsu

Today we are joined by our favorite author Alma Katsu!  She talks to us about her latest book The Deep, the Titanic, her badass research skills, and why she’s keeping her fingers crossed the CIA lets her spy novel through. Great conversation!

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Ep. 66 How to Craft the Perfect Murder with Author Peter Swanson

Author Peter Swanson joins us for a chat about his latest novel Eight Perfect Murders, the inspiration of Walden Pond, bookstores, and how poison can be fun and cold-blooded. We recommend: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare, The Reddening by Adam L.G. Nevill, and The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette.  Audiobook of the week is Blood Standard by Laird Barron narrated by William DeMerritt.  Dave decides on a career change after viewing the options in a Walmart cereal aisle, Laura hears a suspicious beeping noise, and Andrew’s dog is needy.

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An Inside Chat: Author Julia Kelly!

Today we are joined by author Julia Kelly!  She talks to us about her latest book The Whispers of War, internment camps in Britain, writing for women, and endless loops of epilogues. Great conversation!

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Ep. 65 Author C.J. Box and More!

Author C.J. Box joins us for a chat about his latest novel Long Range, getting pressured by his daughters to hunt elk, writing a series of books in real time, and the Denver Nuggets. We recommend: Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton, Three-Fifths by John Vercher, and Written in Red by Anne Bishop.  Audiobook of the week is Naked Came the Florida Man by Tim Dorsey narrated by Oliver Wyman.  Dave realizes that skiing has changed, Laura is in panic mode, and Andrew is deploying software and waiting for the code red.

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An Inside Chat: Author Lori Rader Day!

Today we are joined by award-winning mystery writer Lori Rader Day!  She talks to us about her latest book The Lucky One, a terrifying true story, being inspired by a neighbor, and how she had to be told she was a mystery writer. Great conversation!

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Ep. 64 Author Kathleen West and More!

Author Kathleen West joins us for a chat about her debut novel Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes, teacher personas, parent Facebook groups gone wrong, and what the hell is meant by a grow and a glow. We recommend: The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley, Cold Quiet Country by Clayton Lindemuth, and Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.  Audiobook of the week is The Fisherman by John Langan narrated by Danny Campbell. YA Shout Out is Adorkable by Cookie Gorman.  Dave is flummoxed by breathing exercises at work, Laura is spooked at a creepy construction site blasting 50’s music, and Andrew’s kids are writing themselves checks he can’t cash.

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An Inside Chat: Author Clare Pooley!

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Today we are joined by author Clare Pooley!  She talks to us all about her book The Authenticity Project, sobriety, apologizing to your characters, and the siren’s call of Butterscotch Angel Delight. Great conversation!

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Ep. 63 Author Alena Dillon and More!

Author Alena Dillon joins us for a chat about her debut novel Mercy House, being inspired by nuns she worked with, getting blurbed by Amy Schumer and having her father delete her work in 5th Grade. We recommend: Mercy House by Alena Dillon, The Third to Die by Allison Brennan, and Cape Grace by Nathan Lowell.  Audiobook of the week is Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin narrated by Candace Thaxton. YA Shout Out is Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen.  Dave once again is accident prone, Laura visits a high school and Andrew discusses future boyfriends with Mary Kate.  

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An Inside Chat: Author Tosca Lee!

Today we are joined by author Tosca Lee!  She talks to us all about her book A Single Light, cults, seeds, how her father paid her to write her first novel, how her mom became a writer overnight, and why watching TV shows on your phone in bed can be hazardous to your health. Fun conversation!

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Ep. 62 Author Scott Carson (Michael Koryta) and More!

Author Scott Carson (aka Michael Koryta) joins us for a chat about his new book The Chill, his research on aging dams in our country, working as a P.I., and the careful selection of his pseudonym. We recommend: The Kill Club by Wendy Heard, Good Girl Bad Girl by Michael Robotham, and A Pale Light in the Black by K.B. Wagers.  Audiobook of the week is Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz narrated by a full cast. Dave is befuddled by some curtain stitcher-uppers, Laura reluctantly sits for a photographer, and Andrew has an update on his rat problem.  

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An Inside Chat: Author Joseph Finder!

We introduce our new mid-week spinoff called “The Inside Chat.” For our inaugural episode, we are joined by author Joseph Finder, who talks to us all about his new book House on Fire, getting Nick Heller fired up, giving his author friends shout-outs in his books, and hourglasses.

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Ep. 61 Author Sophie Hannah and More!

Author Sophie Hannah joins us for a chat about her new book Perfect Little Children, always asking “what if”, holding grudges, and writing murder mystery musicals. We recommend: Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah, The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins, and Moon Palace by Paul Auster.  Audiobook of the week is American Predator by Maureen Callahan narrated by Amy Landon. YA Shout out is Ariel by Sylvia Plath. Dave feels awkward in a waiting room, Laura unpacks Sylvia’s lunchbox and finds a huge cheese grater, and Andrew’s kid can’t decide whether to be a DJ or a Doctor.

 

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Ep. 60 Author Lisa Gardner and More!

Author Lisa Gardner joins us for a chat about her latest book When You See Me, visiting body farms, and talking to the FBI. We recommend: The Chill by Scott Carson (aka Michael Koryta), Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha, and April by Mackey Chandler.  Audiobook of the week is The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson narrated by John Lee.  Dave has a student teacher to impress, Laura is a getaway driver, and Andrew has a rat problem. 

 

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