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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader in possession of a good book, must be in want of another... Does that describe you? Then come along with me as I explore my bookshelves, read you stories, and talk to authors, as we search for your next great read!

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In today's episode, I play part 2 of my interview with authors Jessica Thompson and J. R. Lancaster. We talk about Jane Austen, our experiences reading her books, and favorite adaptations. I also share some of my favorite Jane Austen memes that came up out of the Super Bowl, we discuss other favorite mystery writers, and more! Thanks for joining us on this hilarious discussion about one of the greatest authors to put pen to paper! Pre-Order: The Luck of the Irish: Jessica Thompson: http...
Welcome to the first part of a two part conversation I have with mystery authors J. R. Lancaster and Jessica Thompson. Today, we're talking Murders, mysteries, and St. Patrick's Day... along with some "meet cute" stories!These authors are here to talk about their new St. Patrick's Day-Themed Cozy Mystery Anthology, edited by Jessica Thompson and Kate Darroch. We also talk about St. Patrick's Day traditions, and of course we will give you a big list of Irish themed mysteries to read! And then ...
My guest today is the author Boo Trundle, who has written one of the most interesting and captivating novels I've ever read. "The Daughter Ship", a very personal novel that tells of one woman's journey to find healing. The story focuses on Katherine, a wife and mother who is struggling on the brink of despair. Helping to tell her story are "Truitt, Star, and Smooshed Bug—her inner children, each with their particular strategy for coping with Katherine’s past at the hands of a hopeless mother ...
My guest today is Margarita Barresi, author of "A Delicate Marriage". Her novel is a personal one, a novel that "celebrates Puerto Rican culture while delving into themes of class, oppression, and the effects of colonialism through the lens of a marriage."In our conversation, Margarita tells stories of her family that inspired her story, we talk about the importance of knowing your people's history, and of course there will be plenty of book recommendations and some writing advice! I found "A...
In today's episode, I have author Jessica Thompson back on the podcast. We talk about her new book coming out just in time for Valentines Day: A Caterer's Guide to Valentines and Violence. Then we get down to discussing one of our favorite mystery writers: Agatha Christie, the Grand Master of detective fiction! We chat about our history with reading Christie, some of our favorite novels, movie version, actors, and more! Find Jessica Thompson Online here: https://jessicathompsonauthor.com/&nbs...
My guest today is cozy mystery author Anne Seidel. She has a new book in a new series out called "Bullet Through the Art: A Sam Gordon Cozy Mystery."In today's episode we talk about her writing journey from screenplays to mystery novels; We talk about her reading life and our mutual love for audio books; and she offers up a ton of writing tips that will be an inspiration to any writer - no matter where you are on your own journey. So take a listen today and find out more about Anne's journey ...
Welcome to our Christmas episode! Today I talk to author Amey Zeigler. She's just written a new Christmas book called "The Christmas Mug" - It's book two in the Helping of Hope Series! In the interview we talk about our favorite reads and authors (Brandon Sanderson is a must; Calvin & Hobbes is essential reading... ). Then we explore her writing journey and the power of "just keep going!" Then, we end our discussion talking about her tips for new writers. It's some excellent, must-listen ...
My guest is cozy mystery writer Shannon Symonds. She's just published the first book in the brand new Balefire Bay Cozy Mystery Series! In this interview we get distracted talking about all the books we've enjoyed reading lately, but then dig into her story and talk about her writing journey. She also talks about her Christmas mystery "The Seaside Murder Before Christmas". Then we take some time to share Christmas memories, and more! This episode is absolutely stuffed full of book recommendat...
Join us on The Bookshelf Odyssey Podcast as we embark on a captivating journey with acclaimed author Lynne Golodner. In this episode, Lynne shares her journey behind her novel, "Woman of Valor." This novel delves into the intricate layers of identity, infidelity, true love, and the liberating process of shedding the need to please others. In our interview, Lynne shares with me the joys of being a voracious reader, the victories and challenges of writing, and offers some helpful tips for ...
In today's episode, I talk to author Jessica Thompson. She has a new book out called "Shoot Shovel & Shut Up". We talk about her new book and discuss some writing tips. Jessica Thompson's website: https://jessicathompsonauthor.com/____________ There are 4 ways you can help support the channel! -Like and subscribe!-I'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! https://bookshop.org/shop/bookshelfodyssey -Buy me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/boo...
Hello! In today's episode I interview new author Katie Lumsden - she is a booktuber and we share a love of Victorian literature in general and Dickens in particular. We talk about her new book The Secrets of Hartwood Hall, her reading journey into Victorian literature, and discuss why it's important to read the classics, even if they can at times be problematic. Find Katie on youtube at: @katiejlumsden Book: The Secrets of Hartwood Hall (bookshop.org affiliate link) Books mentioned:...
In today's episode I get the privilege to sit down with J. R. Lancaster and talk about her new mystery, "Someone's Always Watching". We talk about some great books we've read lately, her writing journey, writing tips, and more! Find J. R. Lancaster online - website, newsletter, and more: https://linktr.ee/jrlancaster Books Mentioned: Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty Book Lovers by Emily Henry The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffne...
My guest today is an absolute inspiration - a young author who didn't wait to follow her dreams to become a writer! Shanti Hershenson is the author of The Bane of Angelfall Academy and the Biome Lock Saga - and many more, all at the age of 15 years old. My hope is the young people, and people young at heart!, will find inspiration from Shanti's journey and will follow their own dreams and tell your stories. Find Shanti online:https://www.shantihershenson.com/ https://www.tiktok.com/@shantiwho...
In today's episode, I sit down with children's author Tonya Duncan Ellis to delve into the world of literature that tells interesting stories but also educates. We talk about her immensely popular YA book series, Sophie Washington, and her journey to publication. We'll also get a sneak peak at her upcoming children's picture book, "They Built Me for Freedom," which explores the significance of Juneteenth. From heartfelt discussions about Juneteenth to the exploration of racism in literature, ...
As school is out for the summer now, I'm going to have a couple of episodes that encourages teens - or anyone really - to pick up that pen or sit down in front of the computer, and write a story. So today, my guest is author Raquel Drosos. I was inspired by her recent blog post "7 Tips for Teenage Writers" and found it to be good advice for kids of all ages. And Raquel has some experience in this as she was first published when she was a teenager. So in today's episode Raquel and I talk about...
In today's episode, I go to "the land down under" to speak with author Melanie Notaras. She wrote the children's book "The Art Show that Came to Life" and it stars Your School! Find out all about this custom made book can help your local school put the "FUN" in FUNdraising! Melanie and I also share some tips about how to encourage kids to read, especially during the summer break. And stay tuned, because coming up in a few days, I'll have a two part episode where I'll talk about how to encoura...
Have you ever wondered why food blogs and online recipes always seem to attach a lengthy story to their recipes? It turns out, there's a good reason for that...My guest today is cozy mystery author Wendy Sand Eckel. She is the author of the "farm-to-table" Rosalie Hart Mystery Series. In today's episode we talk about her journey to publication, and how food tells a story. We give some book recommendations, talk about the writing craft, and what Wendy loves most about writing stories. We even ...
My guest today is Douglas Robbins. He's the author of "Naricon: The Cloaked Deception", "Love in a Dying Town", and more. He's also the host of the podcast "Den of Discussion"! Today we talk about his writing journey, why he chose the self-publishing route, and why that might just be the route for you to take too! And of course, we have some writing tips and book recommendations. https://douglasrobbinsauthor.com/ Books Mentioned:“The Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson“The Breakt...
In today's episode I interviewed author Michelle Rene DeBellis, the author of the book "The Music We Make." We talk about her book, her writing journey, and how love, music, and family can guide us through pain. "She is proud to be the recipient of the following awards and nominations: Literary Titan's Book Award, The Kirkus Star/as well as being included in their "Best Indie Books of 2022", a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the Pen/Hemingway debut novel award." "...
In today's episode I get the privilege to sit down and talk with screenwriter, novelist, (and playwright!) Matt Witten. He's had an Emmy nomination for his work on the TV-show "House" starring the brilliant Hugh Laurie, and has many television credits to his name. Our conversation covers topics like what it's like to write for television and how that differs from writing a novel, we discuss his newest book Killer Story, and he offers up some wonderful writing tips and encourages us to n...
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