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Can You Help The Bookcast?

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:35:53 +0000

Hello, friends of The Bookcast! “Where have you been, Bill?” is a question I hear a lot lately. I have not closed down The Bookcast, and my absence has not been by choice. Last December there was a fire in our condominium building in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. Fortunately no one was injured, but smoke damage to the premises was considerable. In January my wife, cat, and I were forced to relocate to a hotel while workers completely gut our unit and replace our walls and ceilings. They tell us we may be able to return in May. I was unable to bring my home recording studio to the hotel, and thus I cannot record fresh interviews for The Bookcast. I plan to resume when we go home again — hopefully in May. We have also incurred a number of unexpected — and not insignicant — expenses, not all of which are covered by insurance. One casualty of this predicament was our internet service. Comcast ended our service because we were unable to continue paying for it. (They were unmoved when we pointed out that we haven’t even been able to use the service in months.) Given The Bookcast’s obvious reliance […]

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The Note Said, Your Mother Is My Mother

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:30:19 +0000

Fed up with being tied down by twenty-five years of domestic bliss and everyone else’s expectations, Abbie Palmer, struggling to find her creative self and asserting some independence from her husband, moves into the Tiki Palms. But as Abbie finds, in Gay Degani‘s debut suspense novel “What Came Before.” breaking away isn’t so easy. Especially when it involves cops, Molotov cocktails, Hollywood starlets, lost memories – and maybe an unknown half-sister… A note left on her door states cryptically, “Your mother is my mother.” At first, Abbie won’t consider it, not because the woman is African-American, but because Abbie has a set idea about her parents’ idealized marriage. But she also can’t let it go. She tracks down the woman, only to arrive at a murder scene – the victim is the woman who left the note. The police come to believe Abbie is the last person to see the woman alive. As Abbie searches for the truth about her own mother’s past, she instead finds a murderer. More below the media player. Listen to Gay Degani The Indie Author Life Why do you write what you do? That simple question on a recent blog tour inspired the following response […]

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Public Life, Private Love

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:04 +0000

Television producer Charlie Trager knows he’s lucky to have a successful career and good friends and family who support him. The man he loves, however, is not so lucky. In Laurie Boris‘s novel “Playing Charlie Cool”, Joshua Goldberg suffers the spite of an ex-wife gunning to keep him from their two children, and maybe from Charlie. Determined not to let Joshua go, Charlie crafts a scheme that could remove the obstacles to their relationship – or destroy their love forever. More below the media player. Listen to Laurie Boris The Indie Author Life Does an author have the right to write from a point of view that is different from who they are? That sounds pretty elementary. But as Laurie Boris wrote in a recent guest post at, it’s a question she has had to field in writing about the characters in “Playing Charlie Cool”: I wasn’t writing “a gay man.” I was writing Charlie. To me, that’s a huge difference. I’ve had writing teachers who shook fingers at me and said it was inauthentic, wrong, and in one case, actually a criminal abomination for a writer to get into the head of anyone outside of his or her […]

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A Love Vertigo

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:30:52 +0000

Ruby Lambert is the eldest daughter in the eccentric Lambert family of Hingham, Massachusetts. Angus Aleshire is a charming, smart and athletic boy who the Lamberts try to help, and who shares Ruby’s unconventional bent and love of the piano. And, in Amanda Holmes‘s novel “I Know Where I Am When I’m Falling” Ruby and Angus fall in love. But Angus has a dark side. His boyish charms start to wear thin, costing him family and friends. And when his clever schemes and misbehavior get him in trouble, culminating in a spectacular art heist, Angus tries even Ruby’s love for him. Holmes’s story poses uncomfortable questions about why love is sometimes not enough, and why we sometimes fail to see what’s right before our eyes. More below the media player. Listen to Amanda Holmes The Indie Author Life Does Amanda Holmes believe in hauntings? In a recent blog post, excerpted here, she recounts the following: I wrote the novel with thoughts about a man I once loved – and the story is largely about him – although some of it is imagined. For instance, at the end of the novel – I imagined how the character of Angus might have […]

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A Side of Humor With Your Cozy

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:30:46 +0000

What do Santa’s Sidekick, a dead lawyer and a geriatric vampire have in common? Well, let’s open Lizz Lund‘s cozy “Christmas Bizarre” and find out…. Meet Mina Kitchen, a forty-something single who finds trouble quicker than she can whip up a batch of breakfast breads. Plural. Her “catering disorder” runs neck-and-neck with her weird luck, and her cat’s weirder tendency toward gnawing elf gear. Okay, and getting kidnapped a couple of times in one week is a little strange, too. Mina’s next door neighbor Vito’s past as ex-leader of the Moils, the Jewish-Polish Family from Bumville, New Jersey, comes to light and throws a dollop of dilemmas into an already simmering plot. Top it all off with a counterfeiting ring, a county-wide dearth of holiday wrapping tape, and a mass of pets running loose at the local mall, and what do you have? A recipe for disaster that Mina whips to a froth. More below the media player. Listen to Lizz Lund The Indie Author Life Mina Kitchen’s recipes are an essential part of Lizz Lund’s books. But sometimes her neighbor Vito wants to help, and Mina — and Lizz — get creative, as she explained in a recent blog […]

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