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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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 My guest today is author and podcaster Wendy Kok. Her new book, An Awakening, is out now: "Brooke Larken's year has not gone as planned. Her neighbor was killed, her boyfriend is missing, and her town of Neelsville is slowly...changing. She just wants things to get back to normal. But a cryptic visit from a dangerous acquaintance makes her realize that things may never be the same again." Wendy is also the host of the Juicy Pear Podcast - a podcast that explores topics ranging from mental health to the paranormal. Today she talks about writing, the paranormal, and books. Wendy Kok online: __________ Books Mentioned: Verity by Colleen Hoover Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry 11/22/63 by Stephen King, It by Stephen King The Stand by Stephen King Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan ____________ There are 4 ways you can help support the channel! -Like and subscribe!-I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! -Buy me a coffee: - My Amazon Wishlist: Find Me Online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast #booktube #podcast #authorinterview 
 My guest today is blogger Cathy Jean-Francois. She currently writes the blog "Cathy's Cross: a Depressive's Positive Perspective". She has written several other blogs in the past and is currently looking to get her first novel published. Cathy is early in her writing journey, but she's no stranger to the struggle with depression. In our conversation we talk about depression, teaching ELA to middle-schoolers, and writing - even while depressed. I personally was very encouraged by my conversation with Cathy, and what I appreciate about her is that she is not letting her depression keep her from pursuing her dream and creating stories. You will find Cathy's journey an encouraging one. If you are currently struggling with depression, I hope this encourages you to talk about it openly and honestly with someone you trust, and that you will find a way to over come. Cathy and I both know that the journey is different for everyone, but the destination is worth it. Cathy's Blog: Instagram: Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! #podcast #booktube #blogger 
 In today's episode I talk with author Stephanie Cotsirilos about her novella "My Xanthi" and about what she calls a new hero: the elder migrant woman. We also talk about our family histories and how their stories affect us even today. We talk a lot about immigration, our forebears, and the power of story and loving across cultures. This is one of the most beautiful interviews I've experienced, and I can't wait for you to hear from the gentle wisdom of my guest today! Stephanie's website: Stephanie's Books: Book Recommended: Night of the Living Rez: I got a few details mixed up on my Great Uncle's story (mostly ages and when he moved to America), but if you want to read more about him, check out the links below. Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! 
 Hello and Merry Christmas! Today's episode is all about Christmas. I talk to Brian Earl, the host of the popular "Christmas Past" podcast. He stopped by to talk about his new book "Christmas Past: The Fascinating Stories Behind Our Favorite Holiday's Traditions". So join us today as we chat about the book, Christmas traditions, and what the future might hold for Christmas. Brian Earl:  Get "Christmas Past", it's on sale now!:  Time Stamps: 00:00 Introduction and What is a Christmas Podcast?03:20 All About the book Christmas Past and Christmas chat 41:00 What have you been reading lately 42:24 Advice for new writers Find Me online:Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodysseyTwitter: @odyssey_podcastInstagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! #christmas #podcast #booktube 
 Hello! My Guest today is Kirsten Weiss, she writes cozy mysteries. She has a new one out called "Gingerbread Dead" and it's been published just in time for the Christmas season. On today's episode we talk about her journey to becoming an author, the joys of writing in the cozy mystery genre, and some encouraging and helpful tips for new authors. Plus lots of bookish chat! I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! Timestamps: 02:00 What’s Your Favorite Book - 03:12 What Kirsten writes 09:53 Kirsten’s Writing Journey 17:41 What has been the best moment in your writer life? 22:31 Advice and encouragement for new writers 29:51 What Do you Enjoy Most about Reading/Writing Cozy Mysteries Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast #podcast #booktube #cozymysteries 
 Today I welcome author Teri M. Brown to my Bookshelf Odyssey. We discuss many topics including marketing yourself, reading recommendations for all ages, and how riding across the United States on a tandem bicycle changed her life and her perspective on the country while it was going through some of the darkest moments of it's recent history. Find out how that epic bike ride of 3,102 miles inspired her to write! This is an interview that I found to be personally encouraging in the pursuit of my own endeavors, and I cannot wait to share it with you all!  Teri's Websites: Time Stamps 00:00 Introduction - Author Teri Brown 02:40 Marketing yourself 05:15 Recent Reading Recommendations for all ages! 07:30 Joy of Reading and Teaching Reading 13:38 How did you become a writer? 17:00 Riding a Tandem Bike Across the United States 29:14 Writing Tips Books Mentioned A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman Brit-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman Trixie Belden series Nancy Drew series, Mrs Piggle Wiggles Farm by Betty MacDonald Over in the Meadow, by Olive A. Wadsworth Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! 
In today's episode I sit down with Juno Jakob and talk about his writing journey. We talk about mental health, the necessity to talk openly and compassionately about it, and how his diagnosis of Schizophrenia 15 years ago has led him to write a fictionalized account of it in "Atticus", his new book that is coming out this week. Juno's story is a very personal and heartfelt one, and I know you will find his real life journey just as amazing. Near the end of the episode he will also share with us some writing tips and encouragement. Order Atticus: Books Mentioned: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, by Joanne Greenberg The Halloween Book by Juno Jakob The Madman's Tale by John Katzenbach A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction and announcements 02:15 The journey to Atticus - Juno’s battle with schizophrenia, inspirations for his novel, and discussing schizophrenia and mental health 40:15 Writing Tips Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: 
 In today's episode of the Bookshelf Odyssey, I speak with fantasy writer J. V. Hilliard about his work, The Warminster series, and we talk about some of the authors and books that inspire his imagination. There's a lot of discussion about JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy - and also vampires! If you're a fan of well written fantasy, strong world building, and compelling characters, this is a series for you. Find out more about it at: Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction and Inspirations 07:15 Tolkien Talk! LOTR, Rings of Power, Adaptations, Characters, and more 19:15 The Warminster series 30:23 Favorite books, Dracula and vampires Books Mentioned: The Last Keeper by J. V. Hilliard The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien The Dark Elf Trilogy by R. A. Salvatore Dracula by Bram Stoker Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! #booktube #bookreviews #authorinterview #podcast 
 On today's podcast I interview author Shannon Lawrence. She has written a ton of short stories in the horror genre. I talk about her writing journey, about why she writes horror, and lots of book and movie recommendations. If you are in the mood for a Halloween treat this weekend, this episode won't disappoint! Find Shannon online:  Timestamps 01:30 what am I reading 03:30 getting into horror 07:30 the podcast - Mysteries, Monsters and Mayhem; local legends 13:13 What was your journey to becoming an author 18:30 The Business of Short Stories 22:20 Happy Ghoulidays discussion and movies 28:15 Advice for Writers Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! #halloween #podcast #booktube 
 In today's episode I interview author Tracee Garner who wrote the book "Disability: An Anecdotal Field Guide for the Rest of Us". In the interview we talk about her love of reading, her writing journey, and her life in a wheel chair. None of the challenges life threw at her stopped her from achieving incredible things - Find out more about her on today's episode! This is one of the most encouraging conversations I've had with an author, and I know you will enjoy what Tracee has to say. Below you will find a link for this book and one of her romances, free for a limited time. As a special gift to podcast listeners and in celebration of National Disability Awareness Month, enjoy reading Tracee's book free right now until November 12, 2022. Get your copy and leave a review for Tracee at Disability Field Guide, here: You can also get her fiction book, the first in the Jameson Family Series, Whatever May Come FREE First In Series FREE Via Book Funnel Until December 23, 2022 Tracee Garner is an incredibly talented author, and she "writes about diverse characters who face adversity but through everything, learn to move past barriers, hurdles and villains both real and imagined." She believes "that in a few years her generation of people with disabilities will be the most gainfully employed group than ever before. She believes that more persons with disabilities could be employed and productive if employers would simply let go of the dilapidated thinking, personal bias, and limiting thoughts that cause them to focus on the person’s disability rather than their Ability. She is working hard to change that." From her website: / Timestamps 00:00 intro 01:05 What’s your favorite book 07:00 Tracee’s writing journey 14:20 life with disabilities and the importance of being an ally 26:06 book discussion 33:45 Tips for living with disability 42:10 Free books! Check out my Christmas podcast: Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! #booktube #podcast #disabilityawareness 
In today's episode I talk with booktuber CJ from  @CJ Reads and owner/operator of the new mobile bookstore, Sunny's Book Truck! We talk about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur, the joys and challenges of owning your own bookstore on wheels, and of course there's plenty of book talk! It's like a modern day "Parnassus on Wheels"! (Which if you haven't read it yet, check out the book by Christopher Morley!) Sunny's Book Truck Website: Sunny's Book Truck page: Books Mentioned: Death by Landscape by Elvia Wilk Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 02:50 Favorite Reads/Book Recommendations 04:40 The Story of CJ and Sunny’s Book Truck 15:00 Customer requests and the Surprise Book Boxes 16:20 Potential challenges 18:15 Advice for New Entrepreneurs 19:25 Sunny’s Book Club #booktube #podcast #bookstore 
 On today's episode of The Bookshelf Odyssey, I am exploring the fantasy section of my bookshelves. My guest today is fantasy author Danielle Orsino, and she is the author of the Birth of the Fae series. She's also an expert cosplayer, martial artist, a nurse, AND is featured modeling on the covers of the novels she writes. She's also a comic book fan, and an incredibly talented writer. Take a listen to today's episode as we talk comic books, writing, and Danielle's incredible journey to becoming a published author.  Danielle's Website: Books in the Birth of the Fae series: Locked Out of Heaven, Thine Eyes of Mercy, From the Ashes, Kingdom Come, A Fae is Done (Just published in September!)  Time Stamps: 00:00 Introduction 02:00 Favorite Books 03:40 Wonder Woman and Comic Book Discussion 11:10 How did you become a writer? 22:10 Cosplay 27:30 The direction of the series 31:48 Oh yeah, she’s also a martial arts expert 33:53 How to get into cosplay 37:30 Advice for Writers Books Mentioned: Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess And more comic book recommendations than you can keep track of! Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! 
 In my interview today, I speak with lawyer turned author Reyna Gentin. We talk about her journey to becoming an author, as well as her YA book called My Name is Layla. It's a story that deals with the trials of being an 8th grade girl with dyslexia. Reyna and I also talk about dyslexia and the impact it has on so many people. We'd love for you to be apart of this conversation! If you or someone you know has dyslexia, we'd love to hear your voice added to the discussion. Make sure to comment below! We also give some book recommendations and Reyna shares some writing tips. Enjoy! Reyna Gentin online:  Books Mentioned: By Reyna: Both are True My Name is Layla Unreasonable Doubts The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal Timestamps: 01:30 What’s Your Favorite Book/Currently Reading 04:19 Reyna’s career as a lawyer 08:10 How did Reyna become a writer 11:30 “My Name is Layla” spoiler free discussion, dyslexia conversation 22:30 the story behind the title - claiming your identity 27:23 future projects 28:53 any writing advice for new authors Find Me online: Podcast: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! #booktube #podcast #authorinterview #authorinterviews 
In today's podcast I interview Liz Alterman, who is the author of several books including the wonderful thriller "The Perfect Neighborhood". She joins me today to talk about coffee, books, the writing life - and how she took one of the most difficult moments in her life - unexpected layoffs - and turned it into an opportunity. We also share some book recommendations and so much more! Whether you like memoirs that make you laugh/cry or mysteries that keep you on the edge of your seat, you'll enjoy Liz's work! Connect with Liz Online: Find her books here!  Instagram:  Twitter:  Find Me online: Podcast:  Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord:  Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey  Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Email: Video version:   #booktube #podcast #authortube 
 In today's episode, I talk to the author of the Regency mystery, Murder in Westminster Vanessa Riley. We talk about her new mystery book, diversity during the time of Jane Austen and the importance of reading diversely... and of course plenty of talk about the genius of Jane Austen. Vanessa Riley: Books mentioned: Something Like Love by Beverly Jenkins Walter Mosely's Easy Rawlins series The Rose Code by Kate Quinn Wild Woman and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce ... and a whole lot more! Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! 
 Season 2 begins! And we kick off with a great guest talking with me about one of the best books I've read all year: The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb. Brendan stops by to chat with me about his book, comic books, music, and so much more. He's a man of many talents, and I can't wait for you to hear what he has to say. Please note a portion of our interview does contain spoilers for the book but it is well-marked when we begin the spoiler discussions. See the time stamps to help navigate. In today's episode I also review the poetry book "It Rained Warm Bread" by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Hope Anita Smith. It tells the story of holocaust survivor Moishe Moskowitz in poetry. It was one of the recommended books by our recent guest Nancy Churnin. You can see my interview with her here: Timestamps:00:00 Introduction 02:39 Book Recommendation - It Rained Warm Bread 09:26 Interview with Brendan Slocumb - introductions, what’s your favorite book, and comic book discussions 15:19 The Violin Conspiracy book discussion - NON SPOILERS 27:42 Discussion about the power of music 35:17 SPOILER DISCUSSION!!! DANGER! 38:11 What are your future plans 40:00 What Have You Read Lately? 43:45 Any advice for a new writer? 45:46 When did you learn that words have power? Books Mentioned: The Epic of Gilgamesh Karma by Michael Albee A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! #booktube #podcast #reading 
 Hello everyone! as we continue our celebration of Jane Austen July I'm excited to bring you this interview with author Tirzah Price. She is the author of Pride and Premeditation - a Pride and Prejudice retelling that's part mystery, part lawyer drama, part Regency romance. Tirzah and I talk about her novel and share our love of Jane Austen. We also talk about adaptations, modernizations, and basically gush over how wonderful Jane Austen is. Enjoy! Timestamps: 00:00 Intro and Meet Tirzah Price 03:15 What’s Your Favorite Book? 05:00 Our Experiences reading Jane Austen, first time experiences 08:04 Tirzah’s favorite Jane Austen 10:00 More thoughts on Persuasion 2022… and Austen adaptations 18:24 the story of Pride and Premeditation 26:28 What have you been reading lately  33:10 Any Advice for New Writers 35:13 When Did you discover that words and stories have power and a rabbit trail talking about Libraries Books mentioned: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta More Than You’ll ever know by Katie Gutierrez Five Total Strangers by Natalie D Richards Jane and I a Tale of Austen Addiction by Susannah Fullerton Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! #janeausten #booktube #authortube #janeaustenjuly #podcast #interview 
 Nancy Churnin is my guest today - she has just published the award winning children's book "Dear Mr. Dickens". Beautifully illustrated, It tells the powerful story of Eliza Davis, a Jewish woman who wrote letters to Charles Dickens asking him to change how he wrote Jewish characters in his novel. We talk about her book and the importance of using your voice and the power that words can have. Eliza may not be as well known as Dickens, but they both had the same tools - paper, a pen, and something to say! This interview is longer than my usual ones go, but I think it will be worth the time. Nancy Churnin has so much to say about the issues of representation, the power our words can have, and encouraging everyone to speak up. And of course, we talk at great lengths about our love for Dickens' stories. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did in recording it. Nancy Churnin website: Dear Mr. Dickens: (affiliate link:) Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 05:00 What is your current favorite book? 10:50 Discussion on Eliza Davis and "Dear Mr Dickens" 45:45 When did you realize words have power? 48:53 Advice for new writers? 52:08 Reading Recommendations Books Mentioned: The Last Battle by CS Lewis It Rained Warm Bread by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet The Artful Dickens by John Mullan And of course, we talked about all of Charles Dickens' wonderful books and stories! Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! 
 Hello! We're back to the mystery genre on my bookshelves today. I'm joined by culinary cozy mystery writer Jessica Thompson. She is the author of the Caterer's Guide to Crime series. We talk about the first book in the series, "A Caterer's Guide to Love and Murder." Jessica is a fun person to talk to and I know you will enjoy this interview! Along with the usual questions about the power of stories, reading recommendations and writing advice, Jessica talks to me about how she became a writer and all about her wonderful cozy books. Books Mentioned: The River Cottage Meat Book The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith The Beacon Bakeshop Mystery Series, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie 02:30 What is Your Favorite Book? 05:11 How did you become a writer? 08:38 Food Science Geek 09:45 A Caterer's Guide to Love and Murder 14:41 General bookish chat 22:00 When did you discover that words have power? 22:50 Reading Recommendations 26:00 Advice for Aspiring Writers! Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord: Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube: Email: I'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! or - 
The dramatic moments are high in these latest chapters of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. In the video I discuss chapters 47-50 and a lot of plot points and questions I had earlier in the novel get answered. Find out what happens as Pip finds out about Estella's history, Miss Havisham's history, Magwitch's history... pretty much everyone's backstory. So buckle up and get ready, this one is a roller coaster ride! Find Me online:Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey   Discord:   Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodysseyTwitter: @odyssey_podcastInstagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcastYoutube: bookshelfodysseypodcast@gmail.comI'm now a affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! Reading Schedule: May 23: Chapters 51-54 May 30: Chapters 55-59
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