Shelf Pleasure Radio – Archived Shows
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The inaugural guest lineup included Book Lust TV literary critic and famed librarian Nancy Pearl and internationally bestselling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford. Bradford is the author of 29 published “family saga” books that have sold more than 88 million copies in over 40 languages. Her 1979 novel, A Woman of Substance, ranks among the all-time top ten bestselling fiction books.
Let’s talk New Adult! First we interviewed fashion designer turned novelist Katie Delahanty about her fun Los Angeles rock star debut In Bloom. Then Katie’s editor at Entangled Publishing, Karen Grove, joined us all for a discussion about the in & outs of New Adult, the genre readers can’t get enough of even if they don’t know exactly what it is. Karen has been an editor for 28 years, working with authors at Harcourt and then Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, concentrating on young adult fiction.
This week was Edgar Award Week and we all know what that means: everything mystery! We talked to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanne Fluke about her latest cozy mystery, Blackberry Pie Murder. A fun fact: Joanne Fluke has baked over 500,000 chocolate chip cookies for fans of her Hannah Swensen mysteries since the series debuted thirteen years ago, not to mention countless pies, cakes, muffins and other sweets. And then Sarah Weinman, crime connoisseur, news editor for Publishers Marketplace, and author of the anthology Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, chatted with us on happenings in the crime fiction world. If you liked Gone Girl, just wait until you hear the recommendations Sarah has for you.
Now this was a fun ride! Jackie Collins is one of the world’s top-selling novelists. Jackie joined us to talk about Confessions of a Wild Child, starring Lucky Santangelo (Jackie’s most popular and beloved heroine) and The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook. As relayed to Jackie, Lucky likes to shake it up in the kitchen—from traditional Italian dishes to sumptuous desserts, and crazy cocktails—and shares the recipes with readers! And then Sarah Wendall, co-founder of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and author of Everything I Know About Love, I Learned From Romance Novels discussed her experiences as a romance novel expert and shared her top 2014 picks for best illicit reads.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster is known for her contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her Have No Shame was also the inaugural selection of our re-launched book club. In honor of Children’s Book Week, we also chatted with Daniel Errico, a multimedia children’s author who focuses on traditional storytelling. His works are published through various sites, collections, mobile apps, and best-selling ebooks as part of several multimedia collaborations for children’s literature. His traditional publications include The Journey of the Noble Gnarble and The Journey of the Marmabill.
John Corey Whaley’s first novel, Where Things Come Back, was the winner of the 2012 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature and the 2012 William C. Morris Debut Fiction Award. Whaley was named a Spring 2011 Flying Start Author by Publishers Weekly as well as a Top Ten New Voice for Teens by the ABC Children’s Group at ALA and a Spring 2011 Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Where Things Come Back has also been nominated for the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012. He was recently selected by the National Book Foundation as a Top 5 Under 35 author, making him the first YA author to be awarded the honor. We’ll be talking to John about his latest novel, Noggin, as well as how he balances being an “author and friend” on social media.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton has written twenty-one novels and three novellas. She’s been intrigued by investigative work and the people who do it since Virginia, her home state, was stung by a string of serial killings that spanned more than twenty years. She is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy, and has attended Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program and the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina. We’ll talk to Mary about her latest release, You’re Not Safe, and the world of romantic suspense in general. And then Harlequin senior editor Patience Bloom will join us to talk about the world of editing romance. Patience focuses specifically on Harlequin Romantic Suspense, which gives her full license to indulge in her love of the thriller genre and all things suspense, though she works on many different ines from Christian and historical romances. In addition to editing, her real-life story of editing romance and marrying her high school’s popular class clown, Romance is My Day Job, is available now from Dutton Books.
We’ll be talking to Dana Melton and Jessica Alexander, who write Young Adult dystopian / sci-fi lite under the name Kirby Howell. The final novel in their Autumn series, Autumn in the City of Lights, is soon to release. Kirby Howell was just named a finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. And then we’ll chat with Diana Gill, Executive Editor, Ace and Roc Books, Berkley / NAL. An accomplished editor, Gill started in science and text books at W. H. Freeman, then moved to Morrow in 1998, where she ran the U.S. branch of Harper Voyager, HarperCollins’s global science fiction and fantasy imprint, for twelve years. Fantasy is one genre we as readers don’t know too much about, so we were very excited to have two expert teachers for this episode
This week we shared great reads for Father’s Day! Every dad needs Greg Pembroke’s new book, Reasons My Kid Is Crying, released in April. This glimpse into the tribulations of parenting is part documentary, part therapy, and completely hilarious. And then we talked to Nico Rosso about life as a male romance author. Nico was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer, brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He created the sci-fi romance Limit War series, and set off the apocalypse in The Last Night. Slam Dance with the Devil, a rock star demon love story, is out now.
Join us for a steamy chat with two authors known for super hot reads. Award winning author Roz Lee has penned over a dozen erotic romances. Following her love of baseball, she turned her attention to sexy athletes in tight pants, writing the critically acclaimed Mustangs Baseball series. Spring Training, the latest in that series, is available now. Dee J. Adams is known for contemporary romantic suspense with kick-ass heroines. Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (longhand) pages later, she had her first novel. Check out her latest action packed romantic suspense title, Against the Wall.
We talked to bestselling author Kate Carlisle about her latest mystery, The Book Stops Here. A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. And in our ‘Under the Covers’ segment, Karen Sandler joined us for a discussion of the the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign. In the late 1990s, Karen wrote numerous romance novels for adults, then switched gears to write Tankborn, Awakening and Rebellion, a diverse young adult science fiction trilogy from multi-cultural publisher Lee & Low. Thrilled to be part of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign team, she lives in California’s Gold Country with her husband of 30+ years.
As we gear up for a patriotic 4th of July, we’re talking all things military…romance! And who better to kick off the discussion than Marliss Melton? She’s the author of a dozen counterterrorist/romantic suspense stories, including a 7-book Navy SEALs series, a counterterrorist Taskforce Trilogy, two novellas and two short stories. She relies on her experience as a military spouse and on her many contacts in the Spec Ops and Intelligence communities to pen realistic and heartfelt stories about America’s elite warriors and fearless agency heroes. And then New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jen McLaughlin joins us to talk about her steamy New Adult military romance books for the young and young at heart. Jen also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.