Inside Chat: Imaginary Friends with Evie Green

Today we are joined by Evie Green (Emily Barr) for a fun conversation about her fantastic new book We Hear Voices, the trouble with writing a book set in the future, being on Team Spider, how she’s jealous of people with imaginary friends, writing a pandemic themed book, strong female characters, how she becomes a different person when she slides into her pseudonym, and harmonizing Sinatra with her husband during the lockdown. Plus – Dave and Laura discuss small Texas towns with tornadoes, friendly bombings, and Satanic Panics.

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Inside Chat: Death by Cameo with Bernard Cornwell

We’re joined today by the inimitable Bernard Cornwell for a conversation about his new book War Lord, giving names to swords, why it’s time to let go of Uhtred, never having a plan for his books, the effects of alcohol in battle, and getting murdered by his hero during his cameo on The Last Kingdom.

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Inside Chat: Con Games and Femme Fatales with Halley Sutton

We have a fun chat with Halley Sutton about her riveting new thriller The Lady Upstairs, her love of noir, running cons, her obsession with Body Heat, what her tells are, her involvement in Pitch Wars, and how she would write letters to the characters in the books she was reading growing up.

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Inside Chat: Breaking Up Relationships with Lori Nelson Spielman

We’re joined by Lori Nelson Spielman for a fun conversation about her new novel The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, finding inspiration from her time as a high school guidance counselor, mango juice, her superstitions, and the time her book caused a reader to break up with her boyfriend.

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Inside Chat: Art Heists & Budweiser with Craig Johnson

We’re joined by the incomparable Craig Johnson for a fun chat about his gripping new Longmire mystery Next To Last Stand, the dramatic history behind the painting Custer’s Last Fight, consulting his wife for the artistic aspects of the book, Buffalo Bill Cody’s (missing?) dead body, the sheer genius of The Magnificent Seven, and why he orders Thai food from the joint right around the corner from our studio.

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Ep. 101 Filling Silences through Comfort Food with Bryan Washington

Today we’re joined by  Bryan Washington for a conversation about his new novel Memorial, allowing no answers for his characters, using physical space on the page, shared silences, putting his own photos in his book, and why he cooks the meals mentioned in the book several times while writing. We also recommend: The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne, Lone Jack Trail by Owen Laukkanen, and The Hidden Tower by James E. Wisher. Audiobook of the week is Malorie by Josh Malerman.  Plus – Dave wrestles with dog walking, Laura has a clog mishap at work, and Andrew stockpiles boats in a landlocked state.

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Ep. 100 Getting out of Jail Free with Nicci French

Today we’re joined by the delightful duo Nicci Gerrard and Julian French who write under the pseudonym Nicci French for a conversation about their new thriller House of Correction, the desolation and claustrophobia of prisons, James Cagney, smashing genre conventions, how they don’t write at the same time, and what it’s like to finally watch The Sopranos. We also recommend: Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton, The Listener by Robert McCammon, and Oath Bringer by Brandon Sanderson. Audiobook of the week is The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle.  Plus – stories from our Halloween!

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Ep. 99 How to Impersonate a Canadian with Stephanie Perkins

Today we’re joined by the charming Stephanie Perkins for a fun conversation about the 10th anniversary collector’s edition of her delightful novel Anna and the French Kiss, the beauty of the Key Lime La Croix, Canadian flag patches, why YA fiction is great for ALL ages, her love of horror, the impossibility of writing jump scares, and being mistaken for a vegetarian left-hander. We also recommend: The Patient by Jasper DeWitt, These Women by Ivy Pochoda, and Finwell Bay by Nathan Lowell. Audiobook of the week is The Cold Millions by Jess Walter.  Plus – Dave encounters a rattlesnake, Laura recaps the worst candies of all time, and Andrew is evacuated due to the Colorado fires.

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Inside Chat: Surviving Grizzlies with Alice Henderson

We’re joined by the delightful Alice Henderson for a fun conversation about her new thriller A Solitude of Wolverines, her obsession with the movie The Thing, creating Macguyveresque characters, practicing Jeet Kune Do, being a wildlife researcher, finding creepy settings while doing bat surveys, and why she was filled with joy during a close encounter with a Grizzly Bear in the wild.

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Ep. 98 How To Spy On People With Simone St. James

Today we’re joined by Simone St. James for a fun conversation about her amazing book The Sun Down Motel, writing the book she wants to read, the sheer ‘70sness of Burt Reynolds, the lost art of microfiche, yellow edged pages on books, and karaoke go-tos. We also recommend: Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper, In the Valley by Ron Rash, and Hella by David Gerrold. Audiobook of the week is Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy.  Plus – Dave goes back to school for one day only, Laura has a rat list, and Andrew creates a haunted house.

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Inside Chat: Concealed Weapons with LS Hawker

We’re joined by the fabulous LS Hawker for a fun conversation about her books, opening up a pub during a pandemic, creating fitness videos in the 90s where the babies are the weights, working as a Kmart portrait photographer, writing with her daughter, basement exorcisms, the power of acupuncture, and the knife she keeps in her bra.

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Ep. 97 Art & Murder With Stephanie Kane

We’re joined by Stephanie Kane for an excellent conversation about her fantastic new book Automat, the disturbing aspects of Hopper paintings and his women, how the real Hopper was not a nice man, promoting art through improvisation, the lone dog Hopper painted, and the tragedy behind his wife of 40 years. We also recommend: Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon, When These Mountains Burn by David Joy, and To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. Audiobook of the week is Payback by Lorenzo Carcaterra.  Plus – Dave turns the tables on his Principal, Laura is flummoxed by people on scooters, and Andrew goes on a bear hunt.

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Inside Chat: Gothic Isolation with C. J. Cooke

We’re joined by C. J. Cooke for a fun conversation about her dark and delicious new Gothic thriller The Nesting, the isolation of Norway and the dark early stages of motherhood, freaking herself out while writing, replacing “save the planet” with “save us,” and her affinity for cultural Hall of Famers “Tiger King” & “Ice Ice Baby.” Plus – Laura hears attic knockings, Patrick Wilson befuddles us in The Conjuring 2, and Dave runs through bugs.

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Ep. 96 Living Parallel Lives with Matt Haig

We’re joined by Matt Haig for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book The Midnight Library, why he’s recently felt more pale than ever before, the multiverse, being known as “Mr. Depression”, writing like a DJ, learning to play piano during the pandemic, and a keen desire to compete in a rap battle with Neil Gaiman. We also recommend: The Killings at Kingfisher Hall by Sophie Hannah, Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger, and Heaven’s River by Dennis E. Taylor. Audiobook of the week is The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker.  Plus – Dave’s parents commandeer his class, Laura has another harrowing incident with the dog, and Andrew’s taste in candy is horrific.

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How To Embezzle Millions With Emily Gray Tedrowe

An “Inside Chat” edition! We’re joined by Emily Gray Tedrowe for a fun conversation about her gripping new novel The Talented Miss Farwell, running, how to make a $50 million embezzler relatable, and the siren song of a Redneck Woman.

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Ep. 95 Planning Murders with Richard Osman

We’re joined by Richard Osman for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book The Thursday Murder Club, the perks of writing for septuagenarian characters, how his career in TV helped him as a writer, British politeness, why he can’t perform his favorite karaoke song anymore,  and when it’s okay to root against quiz show contestants as the host. We also recommend: Nine Lives by Wendy Corsi Staub, East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman, and Ballistic Kiss by Richard Kadrey. Audiobook of the week is To Tell You the Truth by Gilly MacMillan.   Plus- Dave’s sordid dogwalking encounter, Laura wants off the Covid roller coaster, and Andrew faces the hazards of reading with a face shield.

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Creating Mayhem With The Villainous Natalie Zina Walschots

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Natalie Zina Walschots for a fun conversation about her hilarious and semi-autobiographical novel Hench, how she always rooted for the villains, using math to calculate the disastrous damage wreaked by superheroes, cloaks, her gleeful affinity for body horror, her “terrible” musical theatre background, and her screaming territorial cat.

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Mile High Burro Racing With Heather Mateus Sappenfield

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Heather Mateus Sappenfield for a fun conversation about her new collection of short stories Lyrics for Rock Stars, the influence Colorado has on her writing, being inspired by a visit to the Molly Brown house, how stories arrive in her head fully formed, and how her father raced burros (a true ultra endurance sport).

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Ep. 94 Stuff We Don’t Know (But Should) with Fredrik Backman

We’re joined by Fredrik Backman for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book Anxious People, the perils of helping to coach his girl’s soccer team, all the stuff you’re simply expected to know as an adult, being inspired by World War Z, Kevin Costner baseball movies, Andre Agassi and Donna Tartt commonalities, and the sublime ideality of a hamburger. We also recommend: The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea, Girl Gone Missing by Marcie Rendon, and Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Audiobook of the week is Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson.   Plus- Dave gets busted by his Principal, Laura just says no to the Ritz Carlton, and Andrew’s mustache makes him look like an NFL coach from the 70s.

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Ep. 93 Losing at Golf With Danny Gardner

We’re joined by Danny Gardner for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book Ace Boon Coon, getting into it with Mike Tyson, turning 50’s Chicago into his own Westeros,  where the term red lining comes from, the plethora of Black Newspapers out of Chicago in the 30s, and how losing a golf tournament forced his writing hand. We also recommend: The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant, From the Grave by David Housewright, and Expeditionary Force, Book 1: Columbus Day by Craig Alanson. Audiobook of the week is My Lies, Your Lies by Susan Lewis.   Plus- Dave is busted kicking a kid out of his virtual class as a joke, Laura is tired of pedestrians telling her what to do while driving, and Andrew’s dancing Homer Simpson .

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Ep. 92- Pugilism & Poetry with Joshua Bennett

We’re joined by Dr. Joshua Bennett for a fantastic and lively conversation about his amazing new collection of poetry Owed, how his father was his first hero, improvising 40 minute sermons as a four-year-old, the search for the average bear, and how boxing brings him peace. We also recommend: Kindred by Octavia Butler, Mountain Rampage by Scott Graham, and Legend of the Arch Magus by Michael Sisa. Audiobook of the week is Bye Bye Baby by Max Allan Collins.   Plus- Dave’s students have a nickname for him, Laura spies on her daughter’s virtual classroom, and Andrew’s kids are at each other’s throats.

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Pop Stars and Fame With Elissa R. Sloan

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Elissa R Sloan for a fun conversation about her new book The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes, how she was inspired by America’s Next Top Model, the impossible standards women face, *NSYNC’s rotating cube, and how she held off getting therapy until after the book was finished.

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Ep. 91 Stepping On Cats With Wendy Corsi Staub

We’re joined by Wendy Corsi Staub for a conversation about her fantastic book The Butcher’s Daughter, investigative genealogy, crying while writing, spending more time researching than writing, her clumsiness, and listening to audiobooks while swimming. We also recommend: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, Dead West by Matt Goldman, and The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly. Audiobook of the week is Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden.   Plus- Dave is surprised at every turn as he starts teaching virtually, Laura details the misadventures of hybrid learning, and Andrew gets a mail order bride bike.

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Episode 90- POWs & American Girl Dolls with Jessica Pearce Rotondi

We’re joined by Jessica Pearce Rotondi for a conversation about her riveting book What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family’s Search for Answers, her family’s 36 year search for her Uncle Jack, finding a CIA source at her book club, her memorable trip to Laos, and her adolescent obsession with learning history from American Girl doll books. We also recommend: Broken Genius by Drew Murray, The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz, and Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. Audiobook of the week is Black Bottom Saints by Alice Randall.  Plus – Dave is a virtual NBA fan, Laura is weirded out while back to school shopping and Andrew made the Sunday Denver Post.

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Twinning for the Win with Sharon Harrigan

We are joined by Sharon Harrigan for a fun conversation about her new novel Half, the communicative powers of twins, how she wrote the book as if it were a poem, evolving it from a short story, and the power of Irish accents.

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Ep. 89 Witch Hunting with Alexis Henderson

We’re joined by Alexis Henderson for a fun conversation about her bewitching novel The Year of the Witching, being home schooled and her experience with Right-wing Christianity, her favorite witches of all time, The Phantom of the Opera, and struggling to remember which scenes ended up in the finished version of her book. We also recommend All the Broken People by Leah Konen and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Our audiobook of the week is Calibre by Ken Bruen read by Gerard Doyle. Plus – Dave can’t stop leaving home projects half finished, Laura starts a grease fire in a rental house, and Andrew has rattlesnakes in the backyard.

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Flying Off The Handle With Joseph Reid

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Joseph Reid for a fun conversation about his thrilling new book Departure, having a plan for an evolving main character from the very beginning of the Seth Walker series, frequent flyer tips, how he’s not as high tech as you think, and what it’s like to experience four missed landings on one flight.

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Ep. 88 Buried Treasure with Kirsty Manning

We are joined by Kirsty Manning for a fun conversation about her new book The Lost Jewels, American optimism vs. Australian sarcasm,  the Cheapside Hoard, the craftsmanship of jewelry,  the timelessness of the human spirit, and how her novel was borne of  procrastination. We also recommend Before You Go by Tommy Butler, Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, and Gideon the 9th by Tamsyn Muir. Our audiobook of the week is Soul Circus by George Pelecanos. Plus – Dave goes to the DMV for the screaming, Laura is stressed out at a photo shoot, and Andrew goes horse riding and gets a biter. 

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The Life of Zombies with Daniel Kraus

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Daniel Kraus for a fun conversation about his epic new book The Living Dead, his lifelong obsession with George Romero, sympathetic zombies, creating morally murky characters, and how he had to use the Internet’s Wayback Machine to get the truth about zombies from Romero.

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Jason Bourne & Maple Candies with Brian Freeman

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Brian Freeman for a fun conversation about his novel The Bourne Evolution, being tapped to continue the Bourne franchise, Big Tech, how his writing schedule is panic driven, and those little maple candies. Plus – Dave is flummoxed by peaches and Laura calls him on it.

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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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Andrew and Dave in Telluride.

 

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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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