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Author: Cristopher DeRose

Publisher: BearManor Media

ISBN: 9781629333182

As a book reviewer and author interviewer, I always enjoy picking the brains of authors to find out what makes them tick. When Cristopher DeRose's The Complete Scribes of Speculative Fiction: A Collection of Interviews came to my attention, I could not resist requesting a copy.

AUTHOR: Rhys Bowen


ISBN: 978-042528352

I’ve been half in love with Lady Georgiana Rannoch since the first book in the series about ten years ago. She is part of the British royal family in the 1930s. In the first book, I believe she was number 31 in succession to the throne. By this 12th novel in the series, she’s number 35. She is sufficiently unimportant in the royal scheme of things that through the book series, she’s been a penniless house guest at a variety of homes of friends and relatives. She often has to try to work for a living. When you are raised as a royal aristocrat but do not inherit money and haven’t yet married, you don’t have much in the way of job skills, so working is difficult.

Author:Paul Levine

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 978-1503951716

If you enjoy reading offbeat legal thrillers, Paul Levine's latest tome Bum Deal is likely to be your cup of tea. Once again Levine's principal characters comprise a second-string professional football player, Jake Lassiter who was hit in the head once too often and his two colleagues Steve Solomon and his fiancée,Victoria Lord.

Authors: Bill Clinton & James Patterson

Audible Audiobook

Version: Unabridged

Publisher: Hachette Audio

ISBN: 978-1780898407(soft cover)

On so many levels, the powerhouse collaboration between best-selling novelist James Patterson and former President William Jefferson Clinton has ignited nearly every kind of possible critical response. Some readers nearly gush with effusive praise; other reviewers are far less kind, and not always for political reasons.

Author: Astrid Brown

Publisher: A Thorned Rose Publication

ISBN: 9781719218481 welcomes as our guest Jesse McKinnell, author of Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood.

Jesse grew up in Massachusetts but has lived peacefully in Maine for many years. On July 4, 2015, he had a dream about a dentist with a passion for writing sitcoms. Somehow, DEAD CATS And Other Reflections on Parenthood was the result. It is his first novel.

Author: Jesse McKinnell

Publisher: Shine Box Publishing

ISBN: 9780692101858

Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood is a first novel by short-story writer Jesse McKinnell. As McKinnell states in the Acknowledgements, love of music and a sick sense of humor drives most of the narrative of the book which he thanks his dad for passing this onto him.

AUTHOR: Donna Andrews

PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250115478

Author: MargaretMizushima
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
ISBN: 978-168331-778-4

Burning Ridge is Margaret Mizushima's fourth Timber Creek K-9 mystery and the first I've read. It's a police procedural with an interesting cop—Sheriff's Deputy Mattie Cobb and her German shepherd K-9 partner Robo who work out of small Colorado town. Mattie is romantically involved with the widowed local veterinarian Cole Walker, and the narrative shifts from Mattie to Cole and back, sometimes in the same chapte

Author: Andy Zach

Publisher: Jule Inc.; 1edition (May 5, 2018)
ASIN: B07CJP8FYP welcomes as our guest, composer, author of books and articles, librettist, playwright, and gastronome, Norman Mathews. Norman's work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, on radio, and at theatres and concert venues around the world. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, foundation grants, and commissions.

Norman has recently written his autobiography, The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in Music Theater that will shortly be published.

Author:Fiona Davis

Publisher: Dutton

ISBN: 9781524742010 (trade paperback)

Author: Wesley Hyatt

Publisher: BearManor Media (December 15, 2017)

ISBN-10: 1629332178

ISBN-13: 978-1629332178

Author: Cara Black
Publisher: Soho Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-61695-678-3

I would like to write about Cara Black's Murder on the Quai in such a way that it does not discourage mystery readers from picking up the book, which is a creditable effort, but also explains why I have difficulties with certain mysteries.

Author: D. B. Moffatt

Publisher: BeachHouse Books (March 25, 2018)

 ISBN-13: 978-1596301030

Unexpected beginnings become fatal endings in a young man’s life as Chester White is forced into marrying Shirley with not choice for a reprieve. This one act sets off a chain of events that creates friction, discord and will later hinder the life of an 11-year-old girl. With a father only interested in expanding his business ventures and a mother whose selfish needs preclude that of caring for her child, the night out with the girls will set off Chester White on a quest to take it all away from Shirley in a violent and abusive act that will shatter his daughter’s life. Violence, lust, hate, murder, deceptions and deceit plague their marriage but this is where it begins but far from where it will end.

Author:Michael Carlon

Publisher: Michael Carlon

ISBN: 978-0-692-76075-8 welcomes as our guest Ronny Herman de Jong author of Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy. Ronny was born in Surabaya on the Island of Java in the Dutch East Indies, and is a survivor of Japanese concentration camps on Java with her mother and little sister during WWII in the Pacific. She has written two other books on the eyewitness account of living conditions and brutal treatment by the Japanese in her mother's journal smuggled through the camps and individual interviews with WWII survivors

Author:Ronny Herman de Jong

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2015)

ISBN-10: 1519299583: ISBN-13: 978-1519299581

Ronny Herman de Jong's Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy blends historical fact with a vivid personal journal that was given to the author in 1985 by her mother, Jeannette (Netty) Louwerse after her grandparents had died in 1985. The narrative is set during World War II in Java, which at the time was a part of the Dutch East Indies.


Author: Andrew Wichland

Publisher: CreateSpaceIndependent Publishing Platform (June 29, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1720625689
ISBN-13: 978-1720625681

As I rarely intentionally spend time with YA novels,  I haven’t really thought about what elements characterize such books. Now that I’ve read the first volume of Andrew Wichland’s Wild Hearts,  I’m pretty sure one feature of his fiction is likely typical in sci-fi or fantasy books crafted for young readers. Wish fulfillment.

Author: CherylPallant
Publisher: Big Table Publishing Co.
ISBN: 978-1-945917-14-1

In 2007 Cheryl Pallant accepted an offer as Visiting Lecturer at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. She had "no images of its landscape and architecture, no familiarity with its language, people, history, or culture" other than that American soldiers fought against communism there in the 1950s. Pallant, in the middle of a divorce after a 15-year marriage, was moving from Richmond, Virginia, population 223,000 to Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people in south-central Korea. Ginseng Tango is a memoir of her year there.

Author: Edward Sheehy
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, 2018

Author:Gordon Marino, PhD
Publisher: HarperOne

It sounds like an interesting and practical book: The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age. The author, Gordon Marino, PhD, "is a professor of philosophy and the director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College" in Minnesota. He's written and edited a number of books about Kierkegaard and is also "an award-winning boxing writer for The Wall Street Journal and other outlets." 

Author: Abbott GeorgeBurke

Publisher: Light of the Spirit Press

ISBN: 9780998599854

This book is not just a question and answer book meant for the sincere seeker. It is a colossal statement of faith by the author on the nature of Reality and how one might navigate its precarious waters. It also documents the author's deep conviction that Jesus was schooled in India where he learnt the tenets of Sanatana Dharma as laid out in the ancient Indian scriptures, personalized them through diligent practice and then disseminated them to the Western world. After his crucifixion, he arose from the dead and came to India where he lived out the rest of his life

Author:  MagdalenaTulli
Publisher: Archipelago Books
ISBN: 978-1-935744-08-5

Because Bill Johnston led the workshop I attended at the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, I bought his translation of In Red by Magdalena Tulli. Johnston has published over thirty book-length translations from the Polish, including poetry, prose, and drama. He teaches literary translation at Indiana University.

Magdalena Tulli is a Polish novelist and translator and is one of Poland's leading writers. She's won the Gdynia Literary Prize and been short-listed five times for the Nike Award, Poland's most prominent literary prize. While her own novels have been translated into a number of languages, she has translated Proust, Calvino, and Fleur Jaeggy into Polish.

Author:Yoav Limor: Photo Journalist, Ziv Koren

Publisher: Gefin Publishing House

ISBN: 972-2-538-0247

What exactly is the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)?

Author:Rafe Martin

Publisher: Wisdom Publications

ISBN: 978-1-61429-354-5

Somewhat akin to the role played by the Parables in the Christian tradition, jataka tales exemplify the key values implicit in the Buddhist religion. However, unlike the former stories and analogies, these tales all center on the experiences of the Bodhisattva, with each focused on one of the various forms that Shakyamuni Buddha assumed in his various lives that he spent on Earth before becoming fully awakened to becoming the Buddha. Reaching the highest plane of existence known as Nirvana, where suffering, desire, and sense of self and subject all end, is the final goal of Buddhism. The jatakas show, each in their own small, yet significant, way, how to get there. welcomes as our guest Kathryn Berla. Kathryn enjoys writing in a variety of genres including light fantasy, contemporary literary fiction, and even horror. She writes for all ages: children, middle grade, young adult, and adult.

She’s the author of the young adult novels: 12 HOURS IN PARADISE, DREAM ME, THE HOUSE AT 758, an  GOING PLACES, which received VOYA Magazine’s Perfect Ten rating.

A JOURNEY OF ORDINARY PROPORTIONS  is her middle grade novel for adults. And although ORANGE DOG, a children’s picture book, exists only in her heart, it holds a special place there.

THE KITTY COMMITTEE is her first novel written strictly for adult readers. welcomes as our guest, Roger Johns. Roger is a 2018 Georgia Author of Year for his debut mystery, Dark River Rising. He is a former corporate lawyer and retired college professor  with law degrees from Louisiana State University and Boston University.

During his nearly two decades as a professor, he served on the editorial staffs of several academic publications and he won numerous awards and recognitions for his teaching and his scholarly writing. Roger is the author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries, Dark River Rising (August 2017) and River of Secrets (August 2018) from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books.

Author: Rowan HisayoBuchanan
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 978-1-324-00074-7

Author: Ben Rhodes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 978-0-525-50935-6

Author:Ehud Diskin


ISBN: 978-1-626634-516-4

Ehud Diskin, author of Lone Wolf in Jerusalem, uses the voice of David Gabinsky, a Jewish resistance fighter during World War II, to narrate his well-researched, 370-page novel.

Author: Victor del  Arbol

Publisher: Other Press

ISBN: 978-1590518458

Whew, what a read!

There is a saying “Truth is stranger than fiction.” This book, based on a true story, exemplifies the above adage.The text, spread out over three generations is a powerhouse of emotion, documenting the extreme physical and mental hardship experienced by the principal characters because of their basic will to survive in the steppes of Siberia during the early thirties. The narrative is mesmerizing, to say the least. One gets carried away by it, one lives with them as they play out their thoughts and feelings according to their interests, instincts and values.

Author:Kelly Bargabos

Publisher: Boulay Press

ISBN: 978-0-9994234-0-0

Author: Edward Johns

Publisher: EdwardJohns
ISBN Number: 13: 978-1999907402

Author:Debbie Augenthaler

Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 978-1-7320233-0-7

Author:Whitney Bowe, M.D.

Publisher:Little Brown
ISBN: 978-0-316-50982-4

Author: KathleenKaska

Publisher: Black Opal Books
ISBN: 978-1-62694-627-9

The main character, a woman of course, is named Kate and she has recently come back from a major elephant project in Africa. Her husband was a major league baseball player who retired to accompany her on this journey. His name is Jack. They land at her best friend and god-daughters home in Wimberly, Texas to take some time to develop the next steps in their life.

Author:Hanne Orstavik

Publisher: Archipelago Books

ISBN: 978-0-914671-94-7

Hanne Orstavik, author of Love, is Norwegian. (2018, insert) She wrote her first book at the tender age of 16. (Cut, published in 1994) She has penned a number or novels that have been translated into sixteen (16) languages. Orstavik won the Doblong Prize, an annual contest for fiction writers hosted by the Swedish Academy for authors who hail from Norway and/or Sweden. Martin Aitken translated this book. welcomes as our guest Kristen Wolf, author of The Way that was hailed by O, The Oprah Magazine as “A Title to Pick Up Now!”

Her second novel, ESCAPEMENT, won a 2018 IndieReader Discovery Award and received this praise: “Wolf is a masterful storyteller who has written an enchanting novel... it will resonate with anyone who has ever felt passion.”–IndieReader,

As a graduate of Georgetown University she was nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and holds an M.A. in creative writing from Hollins University. She is currently working on several innovative ventures.

Author:Kristen Wolf

Publisher: Pixeltry

ISBN: 978-0-9996103-0-5


With her most recent richly textured and emotionally absorbing novel, Escapement Kristen Wolf illustrates her awesome ability to impart a distinctive voice to each of her women characters leading readers to an understanding of the dilemmas and ambiguities of their respective relationships through their complex psychological, sexual and philosophical mazes. Along with intense characters, Wolf intertwines music as an important theme of the narrative, which is no small undertaking, particularly when you strive, as she has masterly done, to accurately convey the emotions music conjures and the powerful persistent impact it has pertaining to her characters' lives. welcomes as our guest, artist, actor and now author of his memoirs, I saw A Molten White Light, Peter Mark Richman.

Peter Mark is known as Hollywood's most notorious on screen bad guy and holds the record for deaths on screen: shot, stabbed, hung, poisoned, eaten, boiled, crushed, burned, beheaded and more.

Peter Mark has appeared in over 500 guest star television roles. He has had numerous reoccurring roles in both daytime and prime time such as Santa Barbara, Dynasty, and many more.  Some of the leading ladies that Peter Mark has acted with include Florence Henderson, Sophia Loren, Cloris Leachman, Anne Baxter, Tippi Hedren, Janet Leigh, Joan Collins, Eva Marie Saint, June Allyson, Janis Page, Jane Wyman and many more. many more.

Author: DannySchuman
Publisher: Cortado Press
ISBN: 978-0-692068-526

It's certainly a provocative title: The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur. It also stretches plausibility. The worst in the entire world? Worse than one that leads to divorce, prison, suicide? One like Bernard L. Madoff  Investment Securities, LLC?

Author: Kitty Foth-Regner
Publisher: Faith HappeningsPublisher
ISBN: 978-1-941555354

This three-hundred-and-ninety-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy books about accepting God is in control as it relates to aging. With a couple of slang words, topics of death, afterlife, and possible abuse may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s biography, acknowledgments, and information regarding the publisher. welcomes as our guest, Michael Doyle. Michael is a journalist and author born in Wales. His words have appeared in such publications as Fangoria, Rue Morgue and Scream, affording him the opportunity to interview many celebrated filmmakers including William Friedkin, John Carpenter, Philip Kaufman, David Cronenberg, Roger Corman, Guillermo Del Toro, Ivan Reitman, Joe Dante, Paul Verhoeven, John Landis and Wes Craven.

His first book, Larry Cohen: The Stuff of Gods and Monsters, was published by BearManor Media in 2015 to critical acclaim. It traces the life and works of the independent filmmaker Larry Cohen, the man responsible for such cerebral “schlockers” as It's Alive, God Told Me To, Q – The Winged Serpent and The Stuff.

BearManor Media has just released Doyle's latest book, Hancock on Hancock, which is a candid exploration of the tumultuous career of the Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Hancock, whose films include Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Bang the Drum Slowly, Weeds, Prancer and The Looking Glass welcomes as our guest Dr. Bob Rich, who is the author of 20,000 books, but who has informed me that so far he’s only had time to have 17 published, because he has other things to do. His page describes him as an Australian writer, mudsmith, psychologist, and several other things that are none of your business. He writes in many genres, is a professional editor, and his writing has won several awards. He is also a Professional Grandfather. His aim in life is to convert our culture into one of compassion and cooperation instead of greed and conflict, because he loves so many children.

Author: Marvin Tyson

Publisher: Defiance Press &Publishing

ISBN-13: 978-1948035064

Author: Scott Moses

Publisher: Laughing Warrior Publishing (June 14, 2018)

Publication Date: June 14, 2018

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Author: Doug Brendel

Publisher: Doug Brendel; Dragonhead Press

ISBN: 978-1984923844

Author: Tarra JudsonStariell

Publisher: Ranch House Press

ISBN: 978-0-9992955-0-2

ISBN: 978-0-9992955-1-9 (ePub)

ISBN: 978-0-9992955-2-6 (mobi)

Author:Michael Carlon

Publisher: Michael Carlon

ISBN: 978-0-9979839-5-1

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