Reading in BedApr 26, 2023
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 17
In this episode, Andy and Amanda are joined by Linda Downs. The three of them read fiction and poetry about unicorns, ex-partners, and speed-dating with jelly babies.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 16
Back with the 16th episode of Storytime, Andy and Amanda read out a selection of poems and stories covering topics on global warming, what if cats ruled the world, wrongful arrest, women trapped in songs and rubbish comedians.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 15
Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest, Jay Rose Ana. The three of them take turns in sharing a mixed bag of poetry.
Reading in Bed Anthology Special: Nobody Left Behind
To mark the launch of the charity anthology "Nobody Left Behind" Amanda Nicholson presents a special episode featuring poetry from the anthology.
Amanda, Elaine Savage, Ruth O'Reilly, and Rosemary Moore read out their work from the book.
All profits go to the charity, Mustard Tree. Copies can be purchased at the following links.
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Nobody-Left-Behind-Amanda-Nicholson/9798215677896
As an eBook:
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/nobody-left-behind-2 Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940166762160
Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id6444777688 SCRIBD: https://www.scribd.com/book/610881927
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 14
In this episode, Andy and Amanda are joined by Clive Oseman and Nick Lovell. The four of them share a selection of poetry and prose, covering important topics like what happens if you wear too much deodorant, and providing the answers to some of the most important questions in life.
Reading in Bed: Christmas Special 2022
In this 2022 Christmas Special, Andy and Amanda review their final books before taking an extended break, hand out virtual awards and share some Christmas poetry and prose.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 13
In this episode of Storytime, Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest, Michael Burton.
Reading in Bed: Episode 59 (Part B)
Andy N and Amanda Nicholson review the following books:
1) Menna Van Praag - Night of Demons and Saints
2) Amy Liptrot - The Instant
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 12
Andy and Amanda are joined by special guests, Jeff Dawson and Tracy Walker for a mixture of poetry and fiction.
Reading in Bed: Episode 59 (Part A)
In this episode, Andy and Amanda talk about Dracula's Child by J.S Barnes.
Reading in Bed: Episode 58 (Part B)
In part B of this month's episode, Andy and Amanda review poetry and fiction.
Reading in Bed: Episode 58 (Part A)
In this James Patterson special, Andy and Amanda review completely two different books co-written by James Patterson.
Reading in Bed: Episode 57 (Part B)
In this episode, Andy and Amanda talk poetry and horror.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 11
In this episode, Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest, Peter Humphreys who reads out extracts of his novel (Hong Kong Rocks) and his work-in-progress.
Reading in Bed: Episode 57 (Part A)
In this episode, Andy and Amanda review poetry, young adult paranormal and a thriller.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 10
Andy and Amanda are back reading out a selection of poetry, extracts from novels and the return of more nonsense from Edward Lear.
Reading in Bed: Episode 56
In this episode, Andy and Amanda review a selection of books including an experimental novel on mental illness, and several which ask the question 'what would you do if...'
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 9
In this episode, Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest, Quigley CB.
Reading in Bed: Episode 55
In this month's episode, Andy and Amanda review fiction and non-fiction, including a book co-written by Dolly Parton.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 8
In this episode, Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest, Mike Booth. The three of them read out a selection of their work.
Reading in Bed: Episode 54
Back with their 54th Episode, Andy N and Amanda Nicholson review the following books:
1) Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children
2) Elizabeth Lee - Cunning Women
3) Charles Veley - The Wilhelm Conspiracy (Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Book 2)
4) Sarah James - Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 7
In this episode, Andy and Amanda are joined by two guests - Alta Mabin and Chuck Haffner.
The four of them read a selection of their work.
Reading in Bed: Episode 53
In this episode, Andy and Amanda review a selection of fiction and poetry books about space, neurodiversity, and much more.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 6
In this episode, Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest Regi.
The three of them read a selection of poetry, flash fiction, and a monologue about zombies.
Reading in Bed: Episode 52
In this episode, Andy and Amanda review poetry and fiction books.
WARNING: Some of the books reviewed and discussed later in this episode contain subjects which may not be suitable for everyone. This is adult only content.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 5
In this episode, Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest, Ray Douglas. They read poetry and stories featuring an annoying parrot, an angry ghost, pies, and much more.
Reading in Bed: Episode 51
In this episode Andy and Amanda review the following books:
- Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift
- Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- Her Perfect Twin by Sarah Bonner
- Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 4
Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest, Steve Mingle, to read poetry and stories (many with a valentine or anti-valentine theme).
Reading in Bed: Episode 50
In this episode, Andy and Amanda review books about witches, being stranded with a tiger, and everything in between.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 3
Andy N and Amanda Nicholson read out a selection of their own poetry, prose, flash fiction and a well placed cover of a classic comedy poem by Edward Lear.
Reading in Bed: Episode 49
In this episode, Andy and Amanda review the following books:
- Nell Pattison - Hide
- Gabby Hutchinson Crouch - Darkwood
- Keith A Pearson - Beyond Broadhall (86 Fix 2)
- Daniel Sloss - Everyone you hate is going to die
- Jon Moxley - Mox
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 2
Andy and Amanda are joined by special guest, Rich Davenport, to share a mix of funny and dark stories and poetry.
Reading in Bed: Christmas Special 2021
In this year's Christmas Special, Andy and Amanda review Christmas books, discuss their best and worst books of the year, and share some Christmas themed spoken word.
Storytime with Andy and Amanda: Episode 1
In this new spin-off from Reading in Bed, Andy and Amanda read some of their own poetry and prose, exploring winter, and Remembrance Sunday themes.
Reading in Bed: Episode 47
In this episode, Andy and Amanda review:
1) Teresa Driscoll - Her Perfect Family
2) F.D. Lee - The Fairy's Tale
3) Marius Gabriel - The Girls in the Attic
Reading in Bed: Episode 46
In this month's (shorter than usual) episode Amanda and Andy discuss their news and review 4 books.
Reading in Bed Extracts: Asya Grengauz
The Green by Asya Grengauz
Welcome to a world filled with magic...and smog. But mostly smog. That is a big problem and it won't be left by the wayside if the witches have anything to say about it. A magical world it may be, but with some real-life problems that are all too familiar to anyone who inhabits planet Earth.
Can be purchased from Amazon:
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Reading in Bed Extracts: J.P. Choquette
In this episode, Amanda reads an extract of See No Evil (Tayt Waters Series Book 1) by J.P. Choquette.
Tayt Waters is a vigilante. A business owner. And a woman on a mission.
Helping people who've been failed by the legal system get their just rewards...one way or another. And then Tayt's estranged father shows up: the key suspect in a murder case involving a young, local woman.
As she races to find answers that prove her father's innocence, Tayt realizes that murder isn't the only criminal act he's accused of. And the further she digs the more danger she finds herself in. Just how far is too far when your life is at stake? Tayt is about to find out.
You can buy the book on Amazon.
Reading in Bed Extracts: Zoe Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe
In this episode, Amanda reads two poems from Pocket Full of Stones by Zoe Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe.
Zoë is a Poet and Mum from Dukinfield. She has an MA in Poetry from Bath Spa University.
Her first pamphlet 'Love is the way bark grows' came out with Half Moon Books in June 2019 and her second 'I have grown two hearts' with Hedgehog Press in Autumn 2020. Her First Collection 'Pocket Full Of Stones' came out with Indigo Dreams in July 2021.
Her work has appeared in Anthologies and Journals including For the Silent, Atrium, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Picaroon, Algebra of Owls, Bonnie's Crew and Here Comes Everyone.
The book can be purchased from her website:
Reading in Bed: Episode 45
In this episode Andy and Amanda review books on Dating, Clones and Immortality.
Reading in Bed Extracts: Ray Douglas
In this episode, Amanda reads three poems from the collection, Lucy the Tooth Fairy’s Last Chance and Some Pretty, Witty Ditties by Ray Douglas
Lucy the Tooth Fairy’s Last Chance and Some Pretty, Witty Ditties is an illustrated children's book containing oodles of rhymes and poems about all kinds of things. Great for all ages with more than enough to get kids thinking, smiling, laughing and, ultimately interested in and entertained by rhymes and poems.
You can buy the book from Amazon.
Reading in Bed Extracts: Jackson Arthur
In this episode, Amanda reads an extract of Cellar Door by Jackson Arthur
The voice of a strange man forces two young women into a fight for their very survival. Who is Dr. Brant? And what is the silent invasion?
Darryl Rashad can't sleep. Terrorized by dreams of a flesh-eating creature, he returns to his childhood home in search of answers and peace. During his search, he must face not only his past but the monsters that hide there.
Joseph Keppt has a good life. He has a successful career, a beautiful daughter, and a loving wife. But when he wakes up in a strange room, in a strange bed, he is not sure if he has awoken into a nightmare or if reality is not how he remembers it.
What terrifying tales lie beyond the cellar door? What creatures await to devour you? Will you open it? Are you brave enough?
Buy it on Amazon
Reading in Bed Extracts: From the Shadows Special
In this episode, Amanda reads poems and short story extracts from the forthcoming anthology "From the Shadows".
In this Printed Words anthology, the lines merge between crime and horror, fiction and poetry. So, you’ll be kept guessing whether the villain is human or monster. Sometimes, the worst monsters are those who pass as human.
Thanks to the authors:
Jack Horner, Rosie Cullen, Amanda-Jane Bayliss, Yaqub Abdullahi, Jennifer Crow, Chloe Allen, Richard Harries, Michael Thame, Roz Ottery, Maria Byrne, Andrew Scott, Charles Robertson, Dorinda MacDowell, Amanda Steel, Nigel Astell, Stephen Oliver, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Christy Vincent, John Grey, John Ward, Kara Blackwood, Gary S. Watkins, Lynn White, Lena Ng, Andy N, Tony Domaille, Daragh Kennedy, Miriam H. Harrison, Harry Hawke, LaVern Spencer McCarthy, Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe.
Some of the ways to buy a copy:
Paperback UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B098WBJ7XH
Paperback US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098WBJ7XH
Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B098MVL3J5
Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098MVL3J5
Other eBook platforms: https://books2read.com/u/bQJ0XZ
If the paperback is out of stock at Amazon, you can use this link to see where it is available:
Reading in Bed Extracts: Richard Harries
In this episode of Reading in Bed Extracts, Amanda reads three poems from Awakening by Richard Harries.
After a decade of performing sharply focused observational, protest and war poetry Richard has gathered together a collection of his best-known work which is as fresh on the page as it is on the stage.
Awakening can be purchased from Stairwell Books
Reading in Bed: Episode 44
In this month's episode, Andy and Amanda review a bad zombie book, and you might recognise some of the authors' names whose books they review.
Reading in Bed: Episode 43
In this shorter than usual episode, Andy and Amanda review three books between them; covering hauntings, serial killers and music.
Reading in Bed: Episode 42
Andy and Amanda review a selection of books; from crime to non-fiction. They also discuss some of their own news and projects, including a novella which will be published on Medium instead of as an eBook, and a Haiku collection with one Haiku for each year of life.
Reading Bed Extracts: Sydnie Beaupre
Such Exquisite Calamity by Sydnie Beaupre
Spencer and Cayden have always known that they were different from each of their parents, but when Spencer saves Cayden from a stab wound using only her tears and sheer willpower, they find out exactly what they are: the only two of their kind, born under a prophecy. Not Caster, not Familiar, but an impossible combination of both known as The Two, or The Lovers.
Stumbling through the new world of Casters, Familiars and Demigods together proves dangerous for the pair, and unwanted enemies arise as emotions between them become more and more complicated.
Will Cayden and Spencer be able to find themselves amidst the chaos? Or will they succumb to the power of those trying to stop them?
The book can be purchased from Amazon
Reading in Bed Extracts: Hope and Magic (Bonus Episode)
Hope and Magic by Amanda Steel is out on 10th May.
Previously published as three novellas, Hope and Magic includes all three parts of the story.
Hope doesn't know anything about magic when she decides to leave Dublin and head to London to pursue her dreams. Her boyfriend, Steven is unable to let her go. He seeks the help of a witch, resulting in Hope becoming his unwilling captive. Can she break free and discover her own power? And what does the witch really want from Hope?
Reading in Bed: Episode 41
Andy and Amanda review a varied collection of books; with subjects including travel, near death experiences, horror and near future sci-fi.