Rebecca and Rebecca: Reading, Writing, Reviewing
By Rebecca Reed
As readers, we’ll review a book every other month, giving our own special ratings, talking about characters, settings, and more.
As writers, we’ll go more in-depth about the writing. Looking for a comp title? Discover if this book could be it! But that’s not all! The following month, we’ll interview the author of the book to learn more about them and their work.
If you love books, this is the place to be. Let's have some fun!
Rebecca and Rebecca: Reading, Writing, ReviewingNov 30, 2023
Ep. 24: Interview with Lisa Jordan
Join the Rebeccas as we interview the wonderful Lisa Jordan and discuss research, rodeos, and mutton busting, as well as series inspiration, writing schedules, and how not to let the child steal the plot. See what the fun is all about today!
Ep. 24: Interview with Lisa Jordan - inspirational romance author
Join the Rebeccas as they interview the wonderful Lisa Jordan and discuss research, rodeo, and mutton busting as well as series inspiration, writing schedules, and how not to let the child steal the plot.
Ep. 23: Review of Redeeming the Cowboy by Lisa Jordan
Join the Rebeccas as they review the second book in the Love Inspired romance series Stone Creek Ranch. Set in lovely Colorado, this second chance, redeemed cowboy story has a lot to offer in terms of depth. Listen in to discover more.
Ep. 22: The Rebeccas' interview with Linda Sammaritan, author of Reaching into Silence.
Are/Have you been part of a military family? Wonder what it would be like to grow up with a deaf sibling? Listen in as the Rebeccas chat with the author about her own childhood and the truth behind the fiction.
Review of Reaching into Silence, a debut novel by Linda Sammaritan and the first book in the World Without Sound series written for middle and teen readers, but enjoyed by all
The Rebeccas delve into the plot, characters - Debbie, the older daughter in an Air Force family, and Krista, her newborn sister - and relevance of this story for today's families. The focus on family values and familial love make this a heart-warming story that will touch the hearts of young, old, and everyone in between. Authors who want to learn about fictionalized memoirs should listen to this episode as well as readers who are looking for a story they can share with the entire family or any family with a child who requires special attention for any reason.
Episode 1 Video: Review of Out of the Water by Ann Marie Stewart
Don't miss the Rebeccas' review of a sweeping historical fiction/time-slip novel that spans 5 generations and 3 continents.
Interview with Elizabeth Goddard, author of many award-winning romantic suspense novels including Cold Light of Day.
The Rebeccas discover more about Elizabeth Goddard, her inspiration for her latest series, how her hobbies make their way into her stories, and why Alaska for the setting of Cold Light of Day. Authors will enjoy Elizabeth's commentary on the creation of the book's hero and heroine and readers will discover many hidden gems folded into the book's plot as well as a sneak preview of the next book in the series.
Review of Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard, a romantic suspense set in small town Alaska
The Rebecca's delve into the setting and characters of Cold Light of Day, discussing the plot (no spoilers) and the best and worst of the novel. What might you enjoy as a reader or learn as a writer? Check out this episode today!
Interview with Gabrielle Meyer, author of In This Moment, a time-crossing historical romance.
The Rebeccas chat with Gabrielle about writing schedules, plotting novels with complicated threads - this one has 3 separate settings/times the heroine navigates - and of course, the characters and details of the book, In This Moment, and the whole Timeless series. Fantastic episode for authors wanting to study dual or split time novel creation and for readers who want insights into an author's day-to-day routine.
Review: In This Moment by Gabrielle Meyer - a Time-Crossing Historical Romance - book 2 in the Timeless series
Not sure about a time travel novel, but like historicals or romances? Listen to the Rebeccas chat about the characters, the settings (yes, settings, plural), and the themes of In This Moment and see if it should be the next book on your TBR pile.
Interview with Becca Kinzer, award-winning, debut author of Dear Henry, Love Edith
Becca Kinzer talks about her sweet romantic comedy with endearing small-town charm, You've Got Mail vibes, and quirkily hilarious characters. The Rebeccas chat about Becca's inspiration, her surprise ending, and other insider information about this novel that takes the reader on a deep dive within the characters and leaves them sighing with satisfaction.
Review of Dear Henry, Love Edith a mistaken identity Romantic Comedy by debut author, Becca Kinzer
If you like characters with depth and witty banter OR you like witty banter in a comedy of errors OR you like mistaken identities along with your banter and deep characters, Dear Henry, Love Edith may be the novel for you. Still not sure? Listen in as Rebecca and Rebecca review the finer points of this debut romantic comedy and judge for yourself. There's info waiting for both readers and writers in this episode. If you love books, this is the place for you!
Author Interview with Lisa Phillips, romantic suspense with working dogs
Want to know what it takes to write consistently and a publish exciting stories with working dogs? Tune in to this insightful interview with Lisa Phillips, author of Wilderness Hunt as well as numerous other romantic suspense titles. Lisa speaks to productivity and tools for writers as well as what readers want. A British ex-pat, Lisa didn't know she was a writer until someone told her. Hear the rest of the story on this podcast. Join us as we chat about books!
A review of Wilderness Hunt, a Love Inspired Suspense K-9 Search and Rescue novel by Lisa Phillips
Listen in to discover the Rebeccas' thoughts on the latest K-9 SAR book by ex-pat Britisher Lisa Phillips. Whether you're familiar with Love Inspired Suspense or have never read one, the content in this one may surprise you. We'll talk about the characters, plot, and setting as well as writing techniques authors, or aspiring authors, might find intriguing. No spoilers, though. Your reading experience is safe with us. We include discussion of both the print and audio versions of this title. Join us if you love books because so do we!
Interview with Pepper Basham, author of the Christmas Historical Romance, The Mistletoe Countess.
The funny and talented Pepper chats with the Rebeccas about life, writing, and Grace, the hilariously sweet, bookish sleuth and heroine of The Mistletoe Countess.
The Rebeccas' Review: The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham - Witty Historical Romance with a little mystery on the English moors thrown in!
Grace is the second daughter of a prosperous American businessman. Frederick is the second son of a cash poor English aristocrat. Neither counted on bearing the responsibility for upholding their family's honor, but the best laid plans and all that. Listen to see what shenanigans happen when sassy American bookworm meets disgraced British count, then try to stay alive as they deal with a series of "accidents" that may add up to murder if they're unable to work together. Holiday fun and mayhem with a Dickensian twist.
Interview with steampunk/fantasy/sci-fi writer Morgan L. Busse.
Discussing the world and characters of her Skyworld series, and the ideas that birthed a world where the population is forced above a deadly mist onto mountaintops. When the population grows too large, purges force the lowest down into the spores which change them into Turned, soulless zombie like creatures.
Also included is a wealth of writing advice from Morgan about her process and habits.
Review of Morgan L. Busse's Secrets in the Mist, steampunk YA
Not a fantasy or steampunk fan? Don't discount this novel with its unique twists on treasure hunting and zombies. The characters are universal and appealing to any reader who wants connection or writer wanting to study opening scenes. Get the low-down on this intriguing story as we chat about what we found compelling and useful as well as the bits we weren't quite as excited about - if any...
Interview with Kate Angelo, Author of Driving Force, an inspirational romantic suspense continuing Lynette Eason's Elite Guardians series
Rebecca and Rebecca chat with Kate about characters, inspiration, and background for Driving Force. Sunrise Publishing and the audition process, mentoring model of publication, and working with collaborating authors is also a highlight of this interview. If you enjoy vivid characters, hunky heroes (who happen to be in a wheelchair) and working canines, this episode is for you!
Episode 7: Review of Driving Force by Lynette Eason and Kate Angelo
If you've read any of the Elite Guardians series by Lynette Eason, you'll want to listen to this interview of book 1 in Sunrise Publishing's new Elite Guardians Collection, Driving Force. Lynette mentors debut author, Kate Angelo in this story about a wheelchair-bound, ex-Air Force hero and his Sniffer dog and the guardian who comes to love them. Action and romance await. But does this series hit the high standard set by the first? Listen and see.
Interview with Betsy St. Amant
The Rebeccas chat about writing, food trucks, and humor with charming and witty Betsy St. Amant, author of recent romcom Tacos for Two and many other novels.
Episode 5: Review of Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant
Not sure if Romcoms are for you? This title combines humor, romance, Texas heat, and food trucks with the deeper issues of family legacy, and loyalty. See what readers will adore and writers can learn in this episode as Rebecca and Rebecca talk books.
Episode 4 Rebecca and Rebecca: Interview with Erica Vetsch - author of The Debutante's Code, a regency mystery - talking writing process, and inspiration among other things...
Meet the author and learn about her processes, get a feel for the characters and quirks of book one of her latest series combining the genres of regency historical romance and mystery. Get clued in to Erica's career path and see whether this novel should be the next on your TBR pile.
Rebecca and Rebecca: Review of The Debutante's Code by Erica Vetsch
Do you like regency romance? Are you a fan of mysteries? If you say, "yes" to both, then you're in luck. The Debutante's Code by Erica Vetsch is a lot of both – a clean regency with a touch of romance and hints of much more to come AND a mystery, complete with clues, spies, thefts, and a handsome young investigator with a lot to prove. Listen while Rebecca Yauger and Rebecca Reed discuss the book from both a reader's and writer's viewpoint and see if this first book in a series would be a good fit for you. We also discuss the audiobook, so if you prefer to consume your novels by ear, we'll let you know if the narrator is a help or hindrance to the telling of the story.
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Episode 2 Interview with Ann Marie Stewart
Rebecca and Rebecca interview Christy Award-winning author, Ann Marie Stewart to find out her writing inspiration, motivation, and methods. We discover how her research on Out of the Water came together in interesting twists and get insights on what's coming next. Check it out if you've read the book or not. No spoilers! But if you enjoy historical fiction, you should give this novel a try. Listen to find out why.
Episode 1: Review of: Out of the Water by Ann Marie Stewart
Rebecca Reed and Rebecca Yauger review Ann Marie Stewart's historical fiction novel, Out of the Water. With elements of time slip and family saga, this sweeping novel encompasses five generations, three continents, and heart-wrenching choices with far-reaching consequences.
We'll discuss our impressions as readers: character, setting, lasting impact
We'll discuss our impressions as writers: plot structure, character arcs, storyworld, conflict and tension
We'll rate the book for family friendliness using movie ratings and discuss possible triggering content
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