Inside Chat: Throwin’ It Down With Chris Herring

On the show today a conversation with Chris Herring all about his new book Blood In The Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks, rough and tumble old school basketball, and the madness and genius that was Pat Riley. Plus – Laura finds herself in the middle of a real life missing cat mystery.

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Ep. 153 When Books Become Trays With Elizabeth George

Today we talk to Elizabeth George all about her new Inspector Lynley novel Something To Hide, teaching the craft of writing, what happens to her books when screenwriters get hold of them, her adoration of Idris Elba, and that time her husband used her book as a tray. We also recommend: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre, and The Eve of Snows by L. James Rice. Audiobook of the Week is Steel Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann. Plus – Dave is publicly shamed while skiing, Laura takes a drugged dog to the vet, and Andrew’s hawking girl scout cookies.

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Ep. 152 Buttered Popcorn & Stale Raisinets With Stephen Hunter

We’re joined once again by one of our favorite guests – Stephen Hunter. We chat all about his new book Targeted, his favorite Christmas snack, his aversion to new things, being a terrible short story writer, getting the names of his own characters wrong, and why he prefers old Raisinets. We also recommend: The Dry by Jane Harper, The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade, Date Night on Union Station by E.M. Foner. Audiobook of the Week is The Treatment by Mo Hader. Plus – we discuss our personal COVID outbreaks and supermarket strikes.

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Ep. 150 How Not To Read A Book With Darby Kane

Today Darby Kane joins us for a fun chat all about her new book The Replacement Wife, the voices in her head, why she switched genres, her experiences as a divorce lawyer, and her deep dark secret when it comes to reading a book. We also recommend: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, The Guide by Peter Heller, and The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Audiobook of the week is I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Plus- Dave feels ripped off at his yearly physical, Laura is freakishly paranoid, and Andrew has a hard time feeding his dogs.

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Ep. 149 The Fine Art Of The “Yes And” With Chip Brewer

We’re joined by Chip Brewer for a fun chat about his debut novel Questions of Iron and Blood, fracturing his foot while running the Boston Marathon, thrillers based in reality, performing improv professionally, and the curse of having to finish reading a book no matter how bad it may be. We also recommend: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green, Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay, and The Night Ranger by A. C. Cobble. Plus – Dave gives his colleagues a piece of his mind at a holiday function, Laura puts into motion Operation Snowday, and Andrew hits it big with his sports wager.  Like really really big.

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Ep. 148 Crushing Keboards And Minibars With Jeffery Deaver

We chat with Jeffery Deaver about his new novel The Midnight Lock, the joys of being back on a live book tour, the food in Italy, minibars, getting locked out of his house, scary dolls, his unique writing process, his attempt at picking a lock, and why he needs to keep buying new computers. We also recommend: Bewilderment by Richard Powers, Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky,The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens, Audiobook of the Week is The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig. Plus – Dave is a competitive band parent, Laura has a cat tale, and Andrew’s dog is really really really strong.

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Ep. 147 Writing Really Fast With Jodi Picoult

A fun chat with Jodi Picoult about her new novel Wish You Were Here, why it was the book she never intended to write, not seeing her son for two years, the effect of COVID on the medical profession, the secret bond she learned from interviewing COVID patients with near death experiences, and that time she forgot to take the wrapper off her Reese’s cup. We also recommend The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin, Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby, and A Learning Experience by Chris Nuttall.  Audiobook of the Week is Chouette by Claire Oshetsky. Plus – Dave forgets the name of his student at a parent teacher conference, Andrew has another bad Uber experience, & Laura’s dog is a drama queen.

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Inside Chat: Amazon Book Editors’ Best Books Of 2021

We chat with Erin Kodicek from Amazon Book Editors all about their list of the best books of 2021! Plus – Dave rails against an incompetent doctor.

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Ep. 146 Sherry Thomas Is The Unobservant Author

A fun conversation with Sherry Thomas about her new Lady Sherlock book Miss Moriarty, I Presume?, not using the character of Moriarty as an antagonist, what makes a good villain, and writing for Holmes despite not being very observant in real life. We also recommend: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, Shoot The Moonlight Out by William Boyle, and Rocket Repo by CP James.  Audiobook of the week is Black River by SM Hulse. Plus – Dave brings a knife to class, Laura is force fed Christmas music, and Andrew attempts surgery on himself and fails.

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Ep. 145 Camping With Rabbits With Alice Henderson

A fun chat with Alice Henderson about her new novel A Blizzard of Polar Bears, how she selects the species to write about for her books, how climate change is affecting polar bears, writing fight scenes, the best ways to fight climate change, learning Polish, and what its like living in a camper with a pet rabbit. We also recommend: Paranoia by Joseph Finder, Every Last Secret by A. R. Torre and Battleship Leviathan by Craig Martelle. Plus – Dave gets scolded by one of his students’ parents, Laura doesn’t like being called “young lady,” and Andrew hands out gifts!

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Inside Chat: Social Commentary With Wanda M. Morris

We chat with Wanda M. Morris all about her new book All Her Little Secrets, incorporating social commentary without being preachy, why her book has been nearly two decades in the making, finding time to write, and what it was like being the youngest of seven kids. Plus – Dave has a run in with the Denver Fire Department.

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Ep. 144 Silly Questions With Jeffrey Archer

We have a very funny chat with the great Jeffrey Archer all about his new book Over My Dead Body, his love for and bafflement of Americans, being passed by a letter box while running a marathon, why it’s important to write what you know, how his favorite sports teams can’t win, his writing routine, the founding fathers, and what he said to Jack Lemmon that made him cry. We also recommend The Collective by Alison Gaylin, Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, and Fair Trade by Mackey Chandler. Plus – Dave’s theater students take their pants off while performing for elementary students, Laura is forced to join a marching band, and Andrew shops for clarinets.

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Ep. 143 Check and Mate With Gabriella Saab

We chat with Gabriella Saab all about her debut novel The Last Checkmate, the Polish resistance, chess, traveling for writing, and the PTSD that concentration camp survivors experience. We also recommend: The Locked Door by Freida McFadden, They Never Learn by Layne Fargo,  and Backyard Starship by J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert.  Audiobook of the week is A Line To Kill  by Anthony Horowitz. Plus – Dave’s students hide his keys, Laura takes delight at grown men falling down, and Andrew can’t hit golf balls any more without needing a deep tissue massage.

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Ep. 142 Drunken Pool Diving With Josh Malerman

We chat with Josh Malerman all about his new novel Pearl, having to write with his keyboard at an angle, how he maintains tension in his books, outdoing himself, and why he drunkenly jumped in a pool with his clothes on. We also recommend: The Handyman by Bentley Little, The Quiet Ones by Brandon Massey, and Suited for Life by Daniel Schinhofen.  Audiobook of the week is The Prestige by Christopher Priest. Plus – Dave’s students create a fan Instagram page for him, Laura sprints while marching with the band, and Andrew gets an anonymous letter complaining about the plethora of animatronics in his yard.

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Ep. 141 Metabolizing Darkness With Lisa Unger

We chat with Lisa Unger all about her new novel Last Girl Ghosted, the differences between social media and real life, how technology changes the way we relate to each other, online dating, her Rilke and Jung obsession, waiting to hear her characters’ voices, and how she uses writing to metabolize darkness. We also recommend: Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar, No Exit by Taylor Adams, and Od Magic by Patricia McKillup.  Our audiobook of the week is Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons. Plus – Dave gets a vampire stake through the sole, Laura semi accidentally eats old gray yogurt, and Andrew’s kid snores at the movies.

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Ep. 140 The Witching Hour Is Upon Us With C. J. Cooke

We’re joined by C. J. Cooke for a chat about her new novel The Lighthouse Witches, the lost history of the forgotten Scottish Witch Trials, the beauty (and horror) of lighthouses, the friendliness of basking sharks, and getting a Tarot card reading from her daughter. We also recommend The Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton, The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish, and Arrival by Jasper T. Scott.  Audiobook of the week is Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So. Plus – Dave can’t sit criss cross applesauce, Laura’s clients are breaking into their own house, and Andrew gets hit hard by hotel tax.

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Inside Chat: Reading The Cards With Ruth Hogan

Today we’re joined by bestselling author Ruth Hogan for a fun conversation about her novel The Moon, The Stars, and Madame Burova, how reading Tarot cards turned into more than just research for her, why it’s important to hook the reader early on, and how she uses dogs in her books to inform the characters.

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Inside Chat: The Trouble With Sawzalls With Robert Dugoni

Today we’re joined by bestselling author Robert Dugoni for a chat about his new novel The World Played Chess, his theater background, performing his own audiobook, Vietnam, the dangers of the Sawzall, and being a big baseball fan.

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Ep. 139 Writing Ain’t Romantic With Kimberly McCreight

We’re joined by Kimberly McCreight for a chat about her new novel Friends Like These, how her psychology degree comes in handy, the unromantic grind of writing, listening to a single song on repeat, and what happens to her pulse rate while writing. We also recommend A Novel Way To Die by Tamra Baumann, The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams, and Foresight by M. R. Forbes. Audiobook of the week is Vortex by Catherine Coulter. Plus – Dave is locked out of his school while on a run, Laura makes a box of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls disappear, and Andrew takes umbrage with 5 Guys.

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Inside Chat: Hushing Librarians With Freya Sampson

Big show with two big guests! First, author Freya Sampson joins us for a conversation about her novel The Last Chance Library, the strange things you find in library books, crappy first drafts, and the song she wanted to walk down the aisle to but was talked out of. Then, Denver public librarian Amy Delpo hops on for a fun chat about the power of libraries. Plus – Dave can’t believe what his students are saying.

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Ep. 138 Falling Down In Libraries With Lemony Snicket

We’re joined by the hilarious Lemony Snicket for a fun chat about his new book Poison For Breakfast, stealing ideas from kids, the reality of being on set for filming, the reason he doesn’t want to narrate his books anymore, his hatred of PB&J sammies, the real reason he took up the accordion, creating first drafts that fill him with despair, and the rude, falling down encounter he had in a public library. We also recommend: Verity by Colleen Hoover, One Got Away by S. A. Lelchuk and Lord Mouse by Mason Thomas.  Our audiobook of the week is The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor.

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Inside Chat: The Future’s Not So Futuristic With Matthew Fitzsimmons

Today we chat with Matthew Fitzsimmons about his new novel Constance, putting a spin on familiar tropes, middle of the night revelations, the closeness of cloning, the fun way he approaches research, whether or not he would clone himself, binging the Coen Brothers, and why the answer is always bacon.

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Ep. 137 Writing In Coffee Shops With William Kent Krueger

We’re joined by New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger about his new novel Lightning Strike, why he burned through editors early in his career, his four paper routes growing up, the Ojibwe people, writing in coffee shops, and his memories of the time he spent in the Boy Scouts.

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Inside Chat: Writing and Crying With Emily Spurr

Today we chat with Emily Spurr about her novel A Million Things, her struggles with mental health, finding the small things that bring joy, and how running can be both a boon and a hindrance to one’s writing. Plus – Dave starts at a new school and finds it incredibly hectic.

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Ep. 135 The Glamorous Art of Cigarette Smoking With Megan Abbott

We’re joined by Megan Abbott for a fun conversation about her new novel The Turnout, why she bought a pair of used ballet shoes from eBay, glamorous cigarette smoking, the exhaustive nature of showrunning, what it was like writing for The Deuce, and her multifaceted superstitions that affect the way she writes. We also recommend New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan, A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams, and Lost Contact by Nathan Hystad. The audiobook of the week is The Houseguest by Emilie Richards. Plus – Dave breaks down what it’s like to climb a 14er, Laura opens up the crawl space, and Andrew’s cats get locked in the bathroom and exact their revenge.

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Ep. 134 Stoop Sittin’ with Kate Reed Petty

We’re joined by Kate Reed Petty for a chat about her debut novel True Story, stoop sittin’, the off kilter structure of her book, how storytelling affects trauma, and why she’s gifting her mother a visit from a pet psychic. We also recommend Goldenrod: Poems by Maggie Smith, Palm Beach by Mary Adkins, and Phoenix Dawn by Dietmar Arthur Wehr. Audiobook of the week is Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas. Plus – Dave is a poor painter, Laura tells a story of a jagged piece of broken granite and a slashed throat, and Andrew talks toilets.

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Inside Chat: Hell Of A Chat With Jason Mott

Today we chat with Jason Mott sans sport coat about his new book Hell of a Book, the genius of Nicolas Cage, why he felt obligated to write this book, the insane fan at a book signing who fixated on his teeth, the story behind the title, and the surprising background noise he puts on while writing.

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Inside Chat: Into The Alaskan Triangle With Connor Sullivan

Today we chat with Connor Sullivan all about his new book Sleeping Bear, the mysterious Alaskan Triangle, Russian sharaskas, why he didn’t get any help from his father the novelist, and how his competitive skiing career helped him with his writing. Plus – small town parade tomfoolery in Forks, WA.

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Inside Chat: Eavesdropping and Snooping With David Bell

Today we chat with David Bell all about his new thriller Kill All Your Darlings, the power imbalance between students and professors, why it’s just easier for him to over expound, the trouble with book readings, when it’s okay to eavesdrop, and the problem with students who compliment his writing. Plus – We discover why people lick banana slugs in Forks, WA. liness

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Inside Chat: Uncovering Secret Love Affairs With Stephanie Dray

Today we chat with Stephanie Dray all about her new book The Women of Chateau Lafayette, the trouble with writing three separate timelines, America’s favorite fighting Frenchman the Marquis de Lafayette, discovering an old secret love affair while doing research and having to break it to the family, and much more! Plus – Dave hits the road with the cat.

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Inside Chat: How To Write Two Books At Once With Christine Feehan

Today we chat with Christine Feehan all about her new book Murder At Sunrise Lake, trash talking her grandson, wearing a red Power Ranger onesie, writing two books at the same time, how she would force her siblings to tell her her stories were good growing up, teaching martial arts, and how she spent her first book signing in the bathroom throwing up.

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Inside Chat: The Best Books of 2021 So Far With Amazon’s Sarah Gelman

Today we chat with Sarah Gelman from Amazon Books about the best books of 2021 thus far, the fights that go down amongst the editors to get their picks on the list, and the real reason she loves cookbooks. Check out the full list here – https://www.amazon.com/Best-Books-of-the-Year-So-Far/b?ie=UTF8&node=3003015011

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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