Sunday, February 23, 2020

WORD PLAY PODCAST - WEEKLY TOP TEN - 02/16 - 02/23
















These are the most listened-to episodes of the week. Did your favorite make the list?

1)   Julie Lence
2)   Debra Parmley
3)  
Victoria Gilbert
4)   Linda Poitevin
5)   Jason Peters
6)   Cherime MacFarlane
7)   TwinsieTalk Book Reviews
8)   Tracy A. Ball
9)   Book + Main
10) Melanie Jayne


*stats compiled from Podcast.co - these do not include numbers from ArtistFirst Radio Network

Saturday, February 22, 2020

15 - or 93 Dog -Years of Writing: An Author's Evolution ~by Renee George

February 2005, I submitted a novella to several publishers. I was collecting rejections at that point, and I fully expected to add more, nice but perfunctory thanks, but no thanks, letters to my collection. Two weeks later, I was offered my first book contract. That was fifteen years ago (that's ninety-three in dog years, which is how I count these days). I was thirty-six, working full time as a nurse while getting a second degree in English, my son had just turned ten, and I was caring for my dying father-in-law (he died in April 2005 when my first book was published), we moved from our home to take care of my mother-in-law, and then my own father died the next year in April, almost an exact year to the date. I was depressed and feeling like I had yoked myself.

In many ways, my writing in my thirties reflected my need to escape the stress of work, classes, and my first taste of being part of the sandwich generation (taking care of both a young child and an elderly parent). It was tantamount to domestic life escapism for me. I wrote about men and women with very few ties to family or community (because often I felt overwhelmed by the amount of responsibility I had to both, and it was a relief to leave them behind for a while, if only in story). The books were plot driven and heavy on the paranormal. Most of my characters were young, in their twenties, damaged but still hopeful, and still trying to figure out who they were--journeys of self-discovery.

In my forties, my stories were mostly about heroines in their thirties, usually going through some transition. They were a little more jaded, but still hopeful. They knew what they want and had a plan to get there. I also started migrating from romance into mysteries. In my personal life, for the first half of my forties, my son was graduating from high school, I gained a bit of weight, my mother-in-law's health was on a steady decline, and I was trying (but failing) to strike a balance between the all-consuming personal vs professional life. By my late forties, I had developed really strong female friendships, and they really played a part in advancing my heroine's growth. I can't tell you how many times I have felt rescued, uplifted, and supported by my BFFs. I also fell in love with animals again. I have two dogs, a beagle and pit bull, and two cats, a gray female and orange and white male, who I obsess over! Just check out my Instagram for proof that I stalk my animals. So, the dogs and cats started making it into my stories as well.

Now, I'm fifty-one. This past year I had a total hysterectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy (basically I had uterus, tubes, and ovaries removed) in October 2019 (only three months ago!!), my mother-in-law passed away in December, and my son turned twenty-five years old. A quarter of a century! Writing it down makes me feel old. *laugh* But actually, I am emotionally in a good place. Something clicked after I turned fifty, and I am no longer searching for an identity. Even when a new crisis pops up, I'm calm, collected, and logical about how it should be handled. And once again, my writing is evolving into something that mirrors my life. 

I am currently writing the first book in a new cozy mystery series, the Nora Black Midlife Psychic Mysteries, with a heroine who is fifty-one years old, who recently moved back to her hometown, lost her mother to brain cancer, and has just recovered from a hysterectomy. She is starting a new business and a new life, and she's really comfortable with herself. But when her best friend's abusive ex is found dead at the scene of a fire, her BFF is the main suspect, and Nora, who has developed an interesting psychic side effect from dying during surgery, has to figure out who the killer is. Friendship is centric in this cozy psychic mystery, as it is in my real life.

And there you have my author evolution from 2005 to 2020 as a wife, a mother, a care giver, and finally, a woman over fifty but feeling like she is getting a second chance at another beginning (thank heavens for hormone replacement therapy. *laugh*).


Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author, Renee George writes paranormal mysteries and romances because she loves all things whodunit, Otherworldly, and weird. Also, she wishes her pittie, the adorable Kona, could talk. Or at least be more like Scooby-Doo and help her unmask villains at the haunted house up the street.

When she’s not writing about mystery-solving werecougars or the adventures of a hapless psychic living among shapeshifters, she dons her superhero cape and rescues kittens. Okay, the kitten totally showed up one day and suddenly she’s got a new pet named Simon.

She lives in Missouri with her husband of 30 years and spends her non-writing time doing really cool stuff…like watching TV and cleaning up dog poop.

Check out Renee's books on her website and be sure to follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Bookbub.  You can also 'like' her page on Facebook and join her Reader Group, and to stay up on what's new, be sure to sign up for her Newsletter.



Listen to Renee George's podcast episode here.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Episode 140 - Guest Julie Lence



Julie Lence – author of the Weston Family series, the Jackson Creek series, and the Revolving Point, TX series.

Website
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-1-guest-cj-baty/id1440408142?i=1000422706395 https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93b3JkcGxheXdpdGhrcmlzdGluZXJheW1vbmQucG9kYmVhbi5jb20vZmVlZC54bWw%3D&episode=d29yZHBsYXl3aXRoa3Jpc3RpbmVyYXltb25kLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL2VwaXNvZGUtMS1ndWVzdC1jai1iYXR5LTIyNzJlM2NiNjVjNGY0MzZmZWUxNTg3OWZiOGM3NmVi
https://pod.co/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-1/episode-137-guest-linda-poitevin
https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-Word-Play-with-Kristine-Ra-30291630/episode/episode-1-guest-cj-baty-30291659/ https://castbox.fm/episode/Episode-1-Guest-CJ-Baty-id1468564-id98148417

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ucizXASBESaXOJgPZ6el6 https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/word-play-with-kristine-raymond/e/57041059 https://radiopublic.com/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-G7q0Kp/ep/s1!5b32f https://tunein.com/podcasts/Arts--Culture-Podcasts/Word-Play-with-Kristine-Raymond-p1175571/?topicId=126632441 https://overcast.fm/+PRiXphDb0

http://media.artistfirst.com/ArtistFirst_Kristine_Raymond_2019-10-02.mp3

Episode 139 - Guest Debra Parmley


Debra Parmley – author of the Desperate, Dangerous, & Deadly collection, the SEAL Protectors series, and The Hunger Roads trilogy.

Website
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-1-guest-cj-baty/id1440408142?i=1000422706395 https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93b3JkcGxheXdpdGhrcmlzdGluZXJheW1vbmQucG9kYmVhbi5jb20vZmVlZC54bWw%3D&episode=d29yZHBsYXl3aXRoa3Jpc3RpbmVyYXltb25kLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL2VwaXNvZGUtMS1ndWVzdC1jai1iYXR5LTIyNzJlM2NiNjVjNGY0MzZmZWUxNTg3OWZiOGM3NmVi
https://pod.co/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-1/episode-137-guest-linda-poitevin
https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-Word-Play-with-Kristine-Ra-30291630/episode/episode-1-guest-cj-baty-30291659/ https://castbox.fm/episode/Episode-1-Guest-CJ-Baty-id1468564-id98148417

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ucizXASBESaXOJgPZ6el6 https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/word-play-with-kristine-raymond/e/57041059 https://radiopublic.com/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-G7q0Kp/ep/s1!5b32f https://tunein.com/podcasts/Arts--Culture-Podcasts/Word-Play-with-Kristine-Raymond-p1175571/?topicId=126632441 https://overcast.fm/+PRiXphDb0

http://media.artistfirst.com/ArtistFirst_Kristine_Raymond_2019-10-02.mp3

Sunday, February 16, 2020

WORD PLAY PODCAST - WEEKLY TOP TEN - 02/09 - 02/15
















These are the most listened-to episodes of the week. Did your favorite make the list?

1)   Victoria Gilbert
2)   Linda Poitevin
3)  
Jason Peters
4)   Ashton Macauley
5)   Rich Amooi
6)   Kindlepreneur
7)   Fern Ronay
8)   Jamie White
9)   Samantha Lind
10) Sandra Brown


*stats compiled from Podcast.co - these do not include numbers from ArtistFirst Radio Network

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Interviews with the Bullet Books Speed Reads authors ~ by Manning Wolfe and Bill Rodgers



Today's guest bloggers are Manning Wolfe and Bill Rodgers, co-authors of Bullet Books Speed Reads. What follows is a faux interview by the series’ common character, Ernest Anguish, addressing a little fun and a lot of crime.





Find the first twelve Bullet Books here: www.bulletbooksspeedreads.com
 


Good Afternoon. This is Ernest Anguish, with the National News Network, reporting from an undisclosed location. I want to introduce you to the thirteen crime fiction authors from the first wave of Bullet Books Speed Reads.

As you’re about to see, putting thirteen crime fiction authors into one room might be a little like trying to drive a herd of bookworms. These authors are a curious lot. Or paranoid maybe. Before I could get everyone seated, they thoroughly checked the room. I’m not sure if they were looking for weapons, recording devices, dead bodies, or escape routes. One of them even frisked me.

The leader of this pack is Manning Wolfe, and the others each co-authored a book in the series. I’ll first ask her what brought this series about and why it’s different. Then, I’ll begin a series of rapid-fire questions for each author. I’ll ask one question of each author in the order of their book’s appearance in the series.

Ernest: Manning, why Bullet Books Speed Reads? What are they? What makes them different?


          Manning Wolfe: Thank you, Ernest. Bullet Books are speed reads for the busy traveler, commuter, and beach-goer. All are new 
          original crime fiction stories that can be read in two to three hours. On a plane … on a train … faster than a speeding bullet!

Ernest: Excellent! Next up is Bill Rodgers, co-author of Bullet Book #1, Killer Set: Drop the Mic. What is in the trunk of your car right now?

          Bill Rodgers: Well, Ernest, it’s a long story. My best friend called and said he needed help getting rid of a body.


Ernest: Very funny, I hope. Now here’s Billy Kring, co-author of Bullet Book #2, Iron 13. Your Ex is out for blood. Literally. Where do you hide?

          Billy Kring: In the gun closet.

Ernest: Sounds a bit cramped. Make sure all the safeties are on! Now we come to Helen Currie Foster, co-author of Bullet Book #3, Bloody Bead. Complete this sentence please: I couldn't think of anything but …

          Helen Currie Foster: … why it had been a mistake not to pack a hammer in the front seat console.

Ernest: Good thought! You never know when you might need to do some emergency carpentry. Next, we have Mark Pryor, co-author of Bullet Book #4, The Hot Seat. Do you hide secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

           Mark Pryor: Actually, yes. And obviously I can’t explain further.

Ernest: I didn’t mean to pry. Next up is Kathy Waller, co-author of Bullet Book #5, Stabbed. What is the best murder weapon?

          Kathy Waller: Probably Brujeria, the evil eye, a spell cast by a bruja, something like that. It wouldn’t leave much physical evidence.

Ernest: Quite bewitching. Now, we come to Jay Brandon, co-author of Bullet Book #6, Man in The Client Chair. If you had a super power, what would it be?

          Jay Brandon: Super speed. I don’t have much patience anyway.

Ernest: That’s very … where did Jay go? He was just here. Well, next up is Kay Kendall, co-author of Bullet Book #7, Only A Pawn in Their Game. What is the best murder weapon?

          Kay Kendall: In my teens, I was known to walk into a room, spy a heavy candlestick and exclaim “that would make a great murder 

          weapon.” I have not changed my opinion since. By the way, my friends always backed up and stared when I said that.

Ernest: Much like the other authors are doing right now. I’m walking over to Suzanne Waltz, co-author of Bullet Book #8, Dangerous Practice. Complete this sentence please: The last time I had butterflies in my stomach was …

           Suzanne Waltz: … the last time I ate butterflies. Duh.

Ernest: Sounds quite colorful. And crunchy. Now, we come to Scott Montgomery, co-author of Bullet Book #9, Two Bodies One Grave. A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

           Scott Montgomery: “I’ve been tracking you for five years.” I think we all know it was over a woman.

Ernest: I guess penguins really do take that mate-for-life thing very seriously. And now for Laura Oles, co-author of Bullet Book #10, Last Call. Your biggest fan is coming to your house for dinner. What are you serving?

           Laura Oles: We’re a family that loves grilling so we’d put some steaks on, cook some shrimp from our favorite shrimp boat in 

          Port Aransas (she’s named the Polly Anna), with roasted potatoes and vegetables. Maybe a bottle of Malbec and some Shiner Blonde.

Ernest: You had me at steaks. May I be your biggest fan? Next up is V.P. Chandler, co-author of Bullet Book #11, The Last Straw. Your best friend calls at 3am and needs help getting rid of a body. Where do you take them?


           V.P. Chandler: I’m not telling! I don’t want the cops at my door. But I live in the country, so I know of a lot of empty places.

Ernest: Location, location, location. And lastly, Elizabeth A. Garcia, co-author of Bullet Book #12, The Neon Palm. Please complete the following sentence: A stranger would never believe that I …

           Elizabeth A. Garcia:
… once (LONG ago) helped a man escape from prison.


 

Ernest: I think I may have reported on that story! Well, that’s the latest news in crime fiction. Do you think we will ever know if these professional crime authors are writing from experience, or if everything they say is a product of their wild imaginations? Either way, the Bullet Books Speed Reads series is good news for readers.

www.bulletbooksspeedreads.com
www.starpathbooks.com





Manning Wolfe, an award-winning author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, fast-paced crime fiction. Her legal thriller series features Austin Lawyer, Merit Bridges. Manning is co-author of the popular Bullet Books Speed Reads, a series of crime fiction books for readers on the go.  As a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front-row seat to watch the good people who stand against them. To find out more, visit her website.

In addition to publishing short-form humor, Bill Rodgers writes action-filled thrillers with an element of mystery. His initial foray into crime fiction, Killer Set: Drop the Mic, a Bullet Book, debuted in Fall 2019. Bill has written for Jay Leno for over twenty years, and his material has been used in Jay’s monologues and comedy routines around the world. Bill’s writing has taken many other forms, including sitcom scripts, stage plays, and action-comedy screenplays. To find out more, visit his website.




Listen to Bullet Books Speed Reads Part One episode here.

Listen to Bullet Books Speed Reads Part Two episode here.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Episode 138 - Guest Victoria Gilbert


Victoria Gilbert – author of the Mirror of Immortality series, The Blue Ridge Library Mysteries, and A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery series

Website
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-1-guest-cj-baty/id1440408142?i=1000422706395 https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93b3JkcGxheXdpdGhrcmlzdGluZXJheW1vbmQucG9kYmVhbi5jb20vZmVlZC54bWw%3D&episode=d29yZHBsYXl3aXRoa3Jpc3RpbmVyYXltb25kLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL2VwaXNvZGUtMS1ndWVzdC1jai1iYXR5LTIyNzJlM2NiNjVjNGY0MzZmZWUxNTg3OWZiOGM3NmVi
https://pod.co/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-1/episode-137-guest-linda-poitevin
https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-Word-Play-with-Kristine-Ra-30291630/episode/episode-1-guest-cj-baty-30291659/ https://castbox.fm/episode/Episode-1-Guest-CJ-Baty-id1468564-id98148417

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ucizXASBESaXOJgPZ6el6 https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/word-play-with-kristine-raymond/e/57041059 https://radiopublic.com/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-G7q0Kp/ep/s1!5b32f https://tunein.com/podcasts/Arts--Culture-Podcasts/Word-Play-with-Kristine-Raymond-p1175571/?topicId=126632441 https://overcast.fm/+PRiXphDb0

http://media.artistfirst.com/ArtistFirst_Kristine_Raymond_2019-10-02.mp3

Episode 137 - Guest Linda Poitevin



Linda Poitevin – author of the Grigori Legacy series, the Dexter Law Women series, and the Ever After series

Website
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-1-guest-cj-baty/id1440408142?i=1000422706395 https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93b3JkcGxheXdpdGhrcmlzdGluZXJheW1vbmQucG9kYmVhbi5jb20vZmVlZC54bWw%3D&episode=d29yZHBsYXl3aXRoa3Jpc3RpbmVyYXltb25kLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL2VwaXNvZGUtMS1ndWVzdC1jai1iYXR5LTIyNzJlM2NiNjVjNGY0MzZmZWUxNTg3OWZiOGM3NmVi
https://pod.co/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-1/episode-137-guest-linda-poitevin
https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-Word-Play-with-Kristine-Ra-30291630/episode/episode-1-guest-cj-baty-30291659/ https://castbox.fm/episode/Episode-1-Guest-CJ-Baty-id1468564-id98148417

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ucizXASBESaXOJgPZ6el6 https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/word-play-with-kristine-raymond/e/57041059 https://radiopublic.com/word-play-with-kristine-raymond-G7q0Kp/ep/s1!5b32f https://tunein.com/podcasts/Arts--Culture-Podcasts/Word-Play-with-Kristine-Raymond-p1175571/?topicId=126632441 https://overcast.fm/+PRiXphDb0

http://media.artistfirst.com/ArtistFirst_Kristine_Raymond_2019-10-02.mp3