112 – Reading Challenges

October 3, 2017 0

We check in for exciting news from former guest Debbie Goelz and her new audiobook, then find out about the upcoming project, The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide. And on to our topic of the week!

Chia, George, Chris and Cath need your help! We kick off two reading challenges in the interest of expanding our literary boundaries. First, a Secret Santa challenge in which we each select a book for someone else to read. Second, we each pick a genre we’re unfamiliar with and ask you, fair readers, for recommendations. What is the book that will make Chris a fan of cozy mysteries? Which military hard sci-fi novel will make a convert of Chia? Who has a great historical or contemporary romance for George? (No Outlander or Jane Austen, please!) Finally, Cath needs a recommendation for a men’s action title. Send us your suggestions! You never know what a successful recommendation will yield…

111- Author Spotlight: Jaye Wells

September 25, 2017 0

un_wellsThe inimitable Jaye Wells joins us as she releases the fourth book in her Prospero’s War series, Volatile Bonds. We chat with her about going indie, writing and teaching (check out Jaye’s Office Hours!), her grad school experience, Sabina Kane, and what’s in store for the future.

110 – Recent Picks

September 18, 2017 0

un_picksWe won’t call it Pick of the Week, since it’s been months and months since the last round. Nevertheless, we offer a few recommendations from our current pile of distractions, including Mjolnir, Black Sails, Your Name, Lakeview Cabin, Pantheon, Finding Florida, Popplet, Stardew Valley and more. So much more.

108 – Author Spotlight: Lois McMaster Bujold

September 4, 2017 0

un_bujoldCongrats to author Lois McMaster Bujold and her Vorkosigan Saga for winning the first Best Series Hugo. (We totally planned the timing.) Lois requires no introduction from us, and we were thrilled to chat with her about the pleasures and challenges of writing extended series, changes in the industry and within fandom, and what’s in the pipeline for her beloved characters.

107 – Author Spotlight: Kea Wilson

August 29, 2017 0

un_wilson We Eat Our Own tells a fictionalized account of the shooting of a horror film inspired by the infamous Cannibal Holocaust. Author Kea Wilson joins us to discuss her novel, the true story of the controversial film at the heart of the idea, her influences and her experiences. Put down that ham sandwich and have a listen.

105 – Writing Excuses Cruise 2017 (BaltiXtravaganza Part I)

August 17, 2017 1

un_wxs2k17The great 2017 BaltiXtravaganza begins with the 2017 Writing Excuses Cruise! Cath and Chris board the MSC Fantasia for writing advice and excursions to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn and St. Petersburgh. We welcome fellow cruisers Sean Arthur and Ninette and Niklas Bahne to talk about their own experiences. Next time, it’s on to Helsinki for Worldcon!

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