A. Wrighton‘s epic fantasy “Defiance: Dragonics & Runics Part I” combines her love of history with her love of fantasy-sci fi. Those against the Council’s oppressive reign have long since been cast out to the fringes of society, their numbers and determination dwindling. Now there may be new hope for the Rogue Dragonics…. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
In Eric Thomas’s novel “DRT” an overnight traffic reporter blames himself for a horrible fatal accident - and is then visited by the ghost of the driver. Or is he? Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
As Christopher Ryan‘s hardboiled mystery-thriller “City of Woe” unfolds, how long can two detectives stick to strict police procedure when confronted with increasingly bizarre events that suggest the serial killer they’re after may be a .. demon? “City of Woe” is the first recipient of The Bookcast’s “Book of Exceptional Quality” distincton. Hear the complete...
bScott Bartlett‘s novel “Royal Flush” asks, can a man who throws his dates in a dungeon find a girlfriend? It’s the humorous tale of a man known only as The King. As his Kingdom careens toward catastrophe, he cruises seedy taverns looking for likely maidens. The King’s incompetence and weakness for beautiful women drag him deeper and deeper into trouble. He is even portrayed as a...
Harvey Helms kept a diary for a number of years,the story of a young gay man who accidentally ends up as one of the very first male beauty advisors selling behind a department store cosmetic counter in the south. Now in his memoir called “blush: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie,” Harvey introduces us to she-dragons, man drama, lipstick, Tammy Faye Baker, Senator Jesse Helms,...
Legend has it that the Minotaur was confined to the Labyrinth and slain by Theseus. But as David Gelber tells in his historical fantasy “Minotaur Revisited” the truth is far different. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
It’s a tale of revenge, redemption, and the world’s most beautiful crime. Adam Mansbach‘s novel “Rage is Back” introduces us to Dondi Vance, son of two famous — or infamous — graffiti artists from New York City’s “golden era” of subway bombing. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
From 2005 - RIP Jack Klugman, who died this week at age 90. My conversation with him seven years ago stays with me. And a nicer guy you’ll never meet. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books Classic.
Is “historical fantasy” a contradiction in terms? It may be. but that’s how indie author Amre Cortadino describes her novel “Valley of the Shadows.” Based very broadly on the Old Testament’s Psalm 23, this book is the first in a series. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Shame is very powerful. Useful in the moment, destructive when it lingers, shame is a burden all of us carry. Unless we learn how to free ourselves of that burden. Now Hollye Dexter and Amy Ferris, along with 25 other women they reached out to share their stories of the burdens of shame they carried. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
When she was growing up Karen Fisher-Alaniz had little interest in her father’s experiences in World War II. But one day, many years later, Murray Fisher gave his daughter over 400 pages of letters he had written to his parents during the war. From that moment on, Karen knew she could not leave questions unanswered any longer. And what she discovered, about her own father, amazed,...
Teen heroine Alex must locate the pirate spy known as The Horseman, in “Tangled Omens” by Joni Parker. In her new role as a Tracker, the fifteen-year-old Alex is on the trail of The Horseman who is in cahoots with the pirates to steal Elfin gold. And Alex is experiencing new aspects of her own gifts bestowed on her by her Titan ancestors. Hear the complete interview at The...
In “A Working Theory of Love,” the debut novel by Scott Hutchins, 30-something Neill Bassett has signed on to help develop an artificial intelligence that is based on his late father’s five-thousand-page journal. Thus Neill’s day is filled “talking” with his father’s journal, in an effort to make a computer sound more human. But can a computer - in his...
When a sudden illness strikes her husband Elliot and then all too swiftly claims his life, newspaper reporter and mother Leslie Brody finds herself a stunned and unprepared widow. But her book “The Last Kiss” does not dwell on Elliot’s death, or her loss. Instead she shows how they resolutely made the most of the time they had left together. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
British expatriate Kerry Dwyer leads her trusting French husband Bertrand on a walking tour of Ireland. In her memoir “Ramblings in Ireland” Dwyer writes of exploring the west of Ireland as a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Youngest-of-eight Kate Kaiser started writing letters to her late mother - then realized who they were really for. Her new memoir is “Letters to My Mother (But Really For My Father)”. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
America is an imperial country - Oliver Stone’s new Showtime doc series premieres Monday. In a companion book he explains why we need to acknowledge the huge mistakes the U.S. has made. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
How great it would be to hear your own song on the radio! Longtime radio and music marketing professional Jim Raposa shares insights and strategies to help you, the new or established musician, get that airplay. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Bet you didn’t know Christopher Columbus may have been Jewish. Steve Berry’s new thriller “The Columbus Affair” starts with that, layers on lots of history, a little creative speculation, and a modern-day story overlaid on it all, to create a hurricane-of-history that will blow apart anything you thought you knew about Christopher Columbus. Hear the complete interview at...
One mom discovers not only a way to keep a van full of girls entertained for a couple of hours, but a way to write an engaging children’s fantasy novel. Listen to indie author Jen Barton talk about her book “Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell.” Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
David David Katzman
It’s been called “a psychedelic fairytale for the modern age.” Indie author David David Katzman‘s second novel “A Greater Monster” is a darkly poetic tale that takes you on a trip – oh, yes, a trip – into a radically twisted alternate reality, which reflects civilization like a funhouse mirror. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
A reporter must find the serial killer she has uncovered, before she becomes his next victim, in indie author Rachel Howzell’s mystery “No One Knows You’re Here.” Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast. menu
Is December 21, 2012 going to be the apocalypse some people fear? Or were the Mayans victims of something that we had not imagined? Dustin Thomason’s new thriller “12.21” imagines… Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
Damon Ferrell Marbut
Damon Ferrell Marbut’s debut novel “Awake in the Mad World” follows a frustrated young newspaper journalist caught up in the uncertainty of the post-graduate “real world.” Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
When journalist/author Tanner Colby realized one day that he had no black friends, he was forced to think about why, half a century after Dr. King revealed his dream for America, he was still in an all-white circle? His book is called “Some of My Best Friends Are Black.” Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
A. J. Knauss
Real-life ER doc A.J. Knauss pens a darkly funny story of two men in an emergency room at Christmas - one’s dead, the other’s comatose, but their discourse is lively, indeed. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
New York-based indie author Candy Korman loves to turn classic horror on its head, often with comic results. Here she talks about her just-published “Bram Stoker’s Summer Sublet.” Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
One reviewer said, put Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin, and Hunter S. Thompson in a blender and you’ll get indie author Jack Barrow. His new book is an occult-horror / humor novel, “The Hidden Masters and the Unspeakable Evil” … Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Indie author Emily Casey loves fairy tales, but in her new YA book “The Fairy Tale Trap,” teenage military brat Ivy Thorn is zapped into “Beauty and the Beast” - for real - and must call on all of resources to get back to the real world, and live - happily ever after. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
After a huge earthquake devastates Afghanistan, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Parson is dispatched, to help distribute aid, and to assist U.S. and Afghan forces in their task, in the new Tom Young thriller “The Renegades.” Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
Indie author Mitzi Szereto delivers a ‘grizzly’ story of a bear - who also happens to ba a photojournalist - who is accused in a series of murders in Norfolk, England, while on assignment. She talks about her book “Normal for Norfolk.” Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
A woman’s life may be saved by her future “past life” in Roz Morris’s novel “My Memories of a Future Life.” Her main character, a professional musician struggling with a potentially career-ending affliction, undergoes hypnosis to connect with .. well, other versions of herself. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly charges that Barack Obama has been leading a war on religion, as president. In her book “No Higher Power” Schlafly catalogs the ways she says the Obama administration has marginalized Judeo-Christian values, sparing only Islam from his effort to end all public acknowledgement of religion. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
Jonathan D. Allen
Saved by an angel! Or is she? Indie author Jonathan D. Allen’s “The Corridors of the Dead” follows a young woman who is thrust into a breathtaking new destiny - if she lives long enough. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
As a professional Hollywood tour guide, Stephen Schochet has collected thousands of “inside Hollywood” anecdotes. Now he shares some of the best of them, in his book “Hollywood Stories.” Jack Benny, the Three Stooges, Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey and John Belushi are among the cast of thousands. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
The little-known story of the only assassination of a sitting U.S. Governor is told, in fiction, in Howard McEwen’s book “Wrath.” Even in his home state of Kentucky, the story of the mean, corrupt William Goebel has nearly been lost. McEwen imagines what Goebel’s life - and death - were like. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Rebecca Burke is still in touch with her 14-year-old self, and channels her for a hilarious YA novel called “What If The Hokey Pokey Really Is What It’s All About?” Teen angst mingles with teen snark in Piccolo Poggioli’s diary, which Rebecca lays out for us to read - and enjoy. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
While most diet books are about, well, what you can and cannot eat, Maureen Whitehouse takes a more holistic approach. In her book “Food: A Love Story” she explains how to achieve more “soul-full” eating. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Inspired by the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, debut novelist Patrice Fitzgerald imagines a presidential race that not only includes a woman, but .. TWO women. And one has a hugely damaging secret to keep. Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Kelvin Christopher James
Trinidadian-American Kelvin Christopher James has produced a mesmerizing tale of a young African man abducted by slavers, who then escapes those captors - only to be taken captive anew by natives of the Caribbean island upon which he lands. It’s in James’ new novel “Web of Freedom.” Hear the complete interview at The Bookcast.
Would it surprise you to find out how little medical science knows about the human breast? Science journalist Florence Williams learned how little science knows, when she researched her new book, “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.” Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
From 2011- Officially, at least, Area 51 doesn’t exist. But investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen cut through all of the conspiracy hokum to find the truth. This week is the 65th anniversary of the disclosure of a “flying saucer” in Roswell, New Mexico. But in her book “Area 51,” Jacobsen reveals terrfying details of what that object - which did exist - really was. ...
From 2010- Television journalist Rita Cosby discovered her greatest story right at home - the story of her father, Richard Cosby, a member of the Polish resistance in World War II. Encouraging him to finally reveal, as he never had before, his role in the war brought Rita and Richard closer together than ever. Her 2010 book, “Quiet Hero,” is a biography-history that is also a...
Mary R. Morgan
Losing a sibling is traumatic; losing a twin, acutely so. Psychotherapist Mary R. Morgan helps twinless twins find healing and peace. In 1961, she lost her twin brother, Michael Rockefeller, who disappeared off the remote coast of southern New Guinea. Mary and her father, then-New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, traveled to New Guinea in a fruitless search for Michael. Hear the complete...
John Lanchester’s novel “Capital” brings the 2008 financial crisis down to the personal level, as we meet a cast of London characters who never see it coming. But ultimately the question Lanchester poses is, what kind of capital is really the most valuable? Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
Is there no institution we can actually trust anymore? Congress? Wall Street? The media? Major League Baseball? Nope, nope, nope, nope. Christopher Hayes, Editor at Large of The Nation and MSNBC talk show host, says for the last decade or more our institutions have let us down, in a big way. And it’s getting worse. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
It started as a simple desire to learn the Yiddish her late mother spoke. But for journalist Ellen Cassedy a journey back to her family’s homeland in Lithuania soon morphed into something much more challenging, more troubling, and more fascinating and ultimately rewarding than she had imagined. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
Emily Jeanne Miller
Emily Jeanne Miller’s debut novel is told by one Logan Pyle, a young man who’s going through a pretty rough patch. His grad school career is languishing. His father has died. His four-year-old son seems to be regressing to babyhood. Then he catches his wife with another man. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.
How many times a day do you lie, cheat, or steal? If you’re like most people, you might say, with some pride, you never lie, cheat or steal. That’s a lie. Psychology and behavioral economics professor Dan Ariely says we all do it. Thing is, we almost all do it just a little, not enough to ruin our self-image of being a good, honest person. Hear the complete interview at Eye on...
New Yorkers know the name Barry Farber well. For decades he’s been a talk radio fixture, but as he shows in his new memoir-in-anecdotes “Cocktails With Molotov,” he’s a lot more than just a radio talk show host. Hear the complete interview at Eye on Books.