Episode 22: L.L. McNeil

 

This week I read the first chapter from L.L. McNeil’s Moroda, Book I of a forthcoming fantasy epic. Check it out!

As always, this reading does not come from an official audiobook, and is presented here with the author’s permission.

You can find L.L. McNeil here at her website, and also here at her Amazon Author Page. She’s also part of the Garage Fiction project and podcast!

Lastly, here’s today’s poem. Thanks, and see you next Friday!

 

“Beloved be Your Name”

Now, when my eyes grow full of my death,
I smile, if a little sadly, knowing that you,
My son, will hold these words within
Yourself long after I have fled. My son,

Who is on earth, beloved be your name.
Take love to every face, to every burning
Hate and every dull flame of apathy; take
Passion and charity and play to the darkest

Wells of our eyes, the coldest songs of our
Appetites. Break walls with the spirit of
Your voice. Shine light into the ditches and
The lee of every stone, find caterpillars with

The fingers of your mind, coax them into
Divine beings, watch in wonder as they fly.
And lead our suffering to redemption, as it
Is in Heaven, as it is in the quiet of the mind.

Episode 21: Boyd Craven III

 

Today I had the genuine pleasure of sitting down to chat with post-apocalyptic author Boyd Craven III for just the second interview in the show’s history. And he had lots of great things to say! You’ll hear about how he plans his day as a full-time writer, how his other interests intersect with his work, how crossing and mixing genre has worked for him, and about one time he frustrated his fans, and what to learn from it. Have a listen, and then stick around to hear my reading of the first chapter from his novel, One Man’s Opus.

You’ll also hear a very special shout-out to one of my own favorite podcasts, the Sell More Books Show.

As always, my reading does not come from an official audiobook, and was performed and presented here with the author’s non-exclusive permission.

You can find Boyd here at his blog, and also here at his Amazon Author page. Come back next week for a fantasy reading!

Episode 20: Jonathan Paul Isaacs

 

Three for the charm–today I read from another WWII historical fiction novel, The Hazards of War by Jonathan Paul Isaacs. Jonathan also writes sarcasm and thrillers, and his military science fiction series will be available this fall!

You can find Jonathan Paul Isaacs here at his website, and also here at his Amazon Author Page.

This reading does not come from an official audiobook. It was performed, recorded, and presented here with the author’s permission.

Question this week: what do you do / where are you when you listen to the show? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cantankerousben

Thanks and see you next week!

Episode 19: David Spiller

 

This week I’m featuring another WWII Historical Fiction author, David Spiller, as part of the Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Book Sale!

This reading does not come from an official audiobook, and is presented here with the author’s permission.

You can find Girl at Dunkirk here on Amazon, and you can find David Spiller here on Facebook.

You can also find the Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Book Sale here–check out these 99cent historical fiction titles! Here is a link to their trailer.

Today’s poem:

 

“Trochaic Pentameter”

Someone told me I should be a poet
or a painter so I bought a bucket
and a book of poems and I painted
over every single page of nonsense.

 

And, lastly, here is a link to sign up for my author newsletter and receive your free copy of ‘The Trials of Io,’ a Starship Fairfax prequel story.

Thanks everyone, and see you next week!

Episode 18: Roberta Kagan

*EDITED: I misspoke in the show and said that the Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Book Sale runs 7/21-7/28; in reality, it runs 7/21-7/27.

Today I read from Roberta Kagan’s All My Love, Detrick: A Historical Novel of Love and Survival During the Holocaust. This week and next I’m reading from WWII Historical Fiction in support of the Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Book Sale, which will feature 40 titles for 99cents each! You can find a landing page for the sale at this link.

You can also find Roberta Kagan here at her Amazon Author Page and here at her own website.

This reading does not come from an official audiobook, and was performed and recorded to be presented here with the author’s permission.

A special thank you to Roberta, who was generous and lovely in her communications with me, and to Alexa Kang, friend of the show, who reached out to have the promo featured. Thanks, and good luck!

Now go read a book 🙂

Episode 17: J.R. Nichols

 

This week we’re talking short stories and audio–have a listen and feel free to leave your thoughts on both in the comments! And enjoy a reading of J.R. Nichols’ story “Outlook Good,” performed and recorded by the author herself.

You can find J.R. Nichols here at her own website, and also here at her Amazon Author Page.

Lastly, here’s a link to this past week’s episode of the Sell More Books Show, which I refer to a bit, and which includes a more in-depth discussion of the study I reference RE: ebook length.

Come back next week for some WWII historical fiction!

Episode 16: Alan Petersen

 

This reading does not come from an official audiobook, and was performed and recorded with the author’s permission.

You can find Alan here at his website, and also here at his Amazon Author Page.

Alan also hosts the popular Meet the Thriller Podcast!

Thanks for listening–see you next week, everyone 🙂