By Theresa Bakken
DesideratumFeb 18, 2022
Cheap Land Colorado with Ted Conover
This is a real life story set in a vast land, the San Luis Valley of Colorado. It’s a huge flat prairie flanked by mountains, and it's far off the beaten path. Author Ted Conover takes us there in this Desideratum.
A desideratum is an essential thing and this story got me thinking about lots of essential things - like wide open spaces, what to do with a rattlesnake, the peace you find in silence, and the need for connection.
Ted Conover is perhaps best known for spending a year as a prison guard at the maximum security prison Sing Sing in New York. The book he wrote about that experience was called Newjack and it earned a National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and made Ted a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. His work expands and deepens what we think of as Journalism. He submerges himself in often uncomfortable situations and then takes readers along with him.
Today we’re talking about his latest immersive experience and book called Cheap Land Colorado. In his observation of small details side by side with his big picture perspectives, he paints a very complete picture with his own voice as narrator in your ear.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Ted Conover as much as I have. I want to thank The Colorado Sun for shining their light on Ted’s work. I listen to the Sun's podcast called The Daily Sun-Up, and every Sunday I check out their SunLit feature for author spotlights. Sunlit editor Kevin Simpson often talks to authors on The Daily Sun-ups Friday podcast. Check it out at coloradosun.com or wherever you're listening to this podcast.
Ted will be in Denver for the Colorado Sun’s SunFest ideas conference. Here's a link for tickets: https://coloradosun.com/sunfest/
And here's a link to the La Puente organization Ted volunteers with so you find out more about the good work they do. https://lapuentehome.org/
One more big thank you to the audio publisher Random House Audio for the excerpt from Cheap Land Colorado. And, as always, thank you for listening.
A Light in the Forest with Melissa Payne
This is a story about a young woman running away and finding her home. It begins with the moment she decides to run, when she faces a painful truth about her boyfriend.
We’re talking about A LIGHT IN THE FOREST - a Colorado Book Award Finalist - on this Desideratum.
A Desideratum is an essential thing. I’m audiobook narrator Theresa Bakken and I think this story is full of essential things. This week we’re talking about being a work in progress with author Melissa Payne whose new novel A Light in the Forest got us talking about small towns, and pigs, and intuition.
I want to thank the Colorado Sun for shining their light on Melissa, I listen to the Sun's podcast called The Daily Sun-Up.. It's a great way to start your day if you’re curious about Colorado culture, history, news of all kinds delivered to your ears. Then every Sunday I check out the SunLit feature at coloradosun.com for author spotlights and local independent bookstore recommendations. SunLit editor Kevin Simpson often talks to authors on The Daily Sun-up's Friday podcasts. Check it out at coloradosun.com or wherever your'e listening to this podcast.
Also - a big thank you to the author Melissa Payne, the talented and authentic voice of narrator Kay Eluvian, the audiobook publisher Brilliance audio, and the audiobook production team at Deyan audio Devon Hammond and Yanni Caldas for their work on A Light in the Forest. And, as always thank you for listening.
author Melissa Payne's website link
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a Link to the Colorado Sun website's SunLit page
Leigh Howard, the Ghosts, and Shawn Warner
Have you heard the story about the author who was in a grocery store, set up with a little table and a folding chair, selling his books one book at a time... when something life changing happened.
We’re talking about the crazy experience author Shawn Warner is having with his debut novel Leigh Howard and the Ghosts of Simmons Pierce Manor - how a small act of kindness from a stranger set off a ripple effect of good will for Shawn. You’re going to hear about his YA book featuring a girl and some ghosts who solve a murder mystery. You’ll hear some of his favorite scenes from the audiobook (read by me for Black Rose Writing and Podium Audio). And, Shawn talks openly and honestly about ADD, his military service, and his greatest adventure (his family!) on this Desideratum.
A historical and timely story, Linda Rosen's The Emerald Necklace
From Black Rose Writing, with the audiobook published by Tantor Audio, we're talking about The Emerald Necklace. You'll hear a scene from narrator Traci Odom who's narrated more than 300 audiobooks and whose narration style was described by AudioFile Magazine as "...one of high-quality invisibility. Her technique is sort of like air.. a crucial thing."
I want to thank Grace Sammon for introducing me to Linda. Grace is the host of The Storytellers Radio Show and Podcast. She focuses on individuals who choose to leave their mark on the world through the art of story. I highly recommend you search for The Storytellers Podcast wherever you consume your pods. As always thanks for listening.
Camelot & Vine, slipping through time with Petrea Burchard
This is a story about a woman who slips through time..
It's the day before Casey's 40th birthday, and her acting career and personal life are a disaster. Frantic to escape her own emptiness, she hops a plane to England and heads to the countryside to hide.
That’s when a lightning strike, a skidding car and a horse that might be magical send her through a gap in time to the Dark Ages.
We’re talking to author and narrator Petrea Burchard about her historical fantasy Camelot & Vine.
A big thank you to this episode’s sponsor Pozotron. I use Pozotron in my audiobook prep and proofing process to save time and ensure accuracy.. Their AI powered software suite cuts hours from the audiobook, voiceover and any scripted audio production process. You can sign up for a free demo of all they offer at pozotron.com.
Before her audiobook narration work won her an Earphones Award, Petrea had a diverse acting career in film, television and theater. She is best known for voicing the powerful and hilarious space pirate Ryoko Hakubi in the english language version of the 90's Japanese anime series “Tenchi Muyo!”. You can find all her current projects in the audiobook world and other fun facts at Petreaburchard.com
I hope you enjoyed spending some time with Petrea Burchard as much as I did. I hope you’ll listen to the rest of her audiobook Camelot & Vine. If you follow the affiliate link to Libro.fm when you purchase the audiobook you are also supporting this podcast.
The Writing Retreat with Julia Bartz
This is a story about a struggling writer who gets invited to a writing retreat. She's thrilled because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity with a famous horror novelist. The retreat takes place at a remote estate, where even the house has a dark and storied past. We’re talking about the NY Times bestseller The Writing Retreat, with author, therapist and creative coach Julia Bartz.
Thanks to Simon and Schuster Audio for providing the foreboding moments from the audiobook narrated by the wonderful and award winning Gail Shalan. https://www.gailshalan.com/
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And finally, here's a link to connect to Julia's latest news. https://www.juliabartz.com/
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What Remains with Wendy Walker
This is a story about a detective, a cold case forensics expert named Elise. But this isn’t just a cold case, crime solving detective story. This story begins with our detective caught in the middle of an active crime scene. She fires her weapon for the first time. She takes a man’s life to save another man. Then, the saved man disappears from the scene, and Elise is drawn to him looking for answers. What she finds when this man enters her life is a very dangerous game. We’re talking about Wendy Walker’s new thriller What Remains. You’ll hear how excited Wendy gets talking about the science of memory and the psychology of trauma recovery. I love how she balances the characters' back stories and psychology with the urgent, nail biting suspense of the plot. We also talk about how her narrators Gabra Zackman and Peter Ganim dramatically and subtly delivered the clues in the audiobook for What Remains. Supporting this episode with Wendy walker is BlackStone publishing. Blackstone is providing a discount code to listeners for 50% off the audiobook for What Remains. Another big thank you to Pozotron. They are a subscription service for audio storytellers like me. I use their audiobook prep and proofing tools, and their features for collaboration - which make working together on a project seamless, efficient and fun. You can sign up for a free demo of their system at https://www.pozotron.com/ Here is the code from Blackstone Publishing for a discounted listen. Go to https://www.downpour.com/ select the audiobook What Remains by Wendy Walker, click 'buy now' and apply the promo code BLACKSTONE50 for fifty percent off the audiobook. Thanks again to Blackstone, Pozotron and Wendy Walker for making this episode possible. I’m Theresa Bakken. Thank you for listening
Madness at the Movies with Golden Voice Narrator Grover Gardner
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Everything the Darkness Eats by Eric LaRocca with narrator Andrè Santana
This is a scary story. A classic horror story - with a haunted house, a monster, and unflinching violence. But, there’s something else here too… we’re talking about Everything the Darkness Eats by Eric LaRocca with narrator Andrè Santana. This episode is sponsored by Dreamscape Media, an independent award-winning audiobook publisher. Dreamscape produces a wide range of titles from motivational self help to mysteries, thrillers and happily ever afters. This title is in the horror genre, but Andrè and I take good care of the listener in our conversation and we stay away from spoilers and triggers. I am excited for you to hear some of Andrè's narration - it's chilling. And, I loved hearing about his storytelling process and how he ended up in a box talking into a microphone. His exceptional narration work earned him a 2023 Audie Finalist. He is easy to connect with on social media and on his website Andreonthemic.com Please look for his work in many genres including the book we featured, Everything the Darkness Eats written by Eric LaRocca (a Bram Stoker Award nominated and Splatterpunk Award-winning Author). You can find more of Eric's scary stories on his website. Thanks again to Dreamscape and thank you for listening.
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Kantika by Elizabeth Graver, narrated by Gail Shalan
The Good Time Girls, Wild-Willed Women of The West by KT Blakemore
This is a story set in the Wild West in the early 1900’s. The story centers around a woman named Ruby who is living a mostly quiet and mostly lawful life… when out of the blue her past comes hustling into town and takes her and us on a journey filled with missteps and mayhem. We’re talking about KT Blakemore’s Wild-Willed Women of the West series - book one is called The Good Time Girls. I hope you get on the road with The Good Time Girls and have as much fun as I did with dire circumstances, a mule named Theodore, and a bouquet of doubt named Verna. You can find them and all the other characters KT creates on her website. You might also know KT as Kim Taylor Blakemore. You can find all her storytelling at Kimtaylorblakemore.com A special thanks to our episode sponsor Dreamscape Media. Dreamscape audio productions are riveting and beautiful. They create accessible entertainment in a wide variety of genres. Please visit their website and connect to their newsletter for audiobook news and giveaways. And as always, thank you for listening. https://www.kimtaylorblakemore.com/ https://www.dreamscapepublishing.com/
The Confidante, The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America, by Christopher C. Gorham
We’re talking about the first biography written about the incredible Anna Marie Rosenberg (appropriately titled The Confidante) by teacher and debut author Christopher C. Gorham on this Desideratum.
Narrator Ann Richardson shines in non-fiction work like this. She’s won several Audiofile Earphone awards for her work.
I hope you enjoyed hearing Christopher talk about Anna Marie as much as I did.
You can hear the rest of the audiobook, narrated by Ann Richardson at Libro.fm . Following the Libro.fm affiliate link supports this podcast.
You can also use the podcast’s discount code DP20 to save 20 percent off your whole purchase on the publisher's website. I always learn something new from Kensington authors. Thanks to Ann Pryor at Kensington for connecting me to Christopher. Thanks to Tantor Audio for the moments from the audiobook. And, a special thank you to Pozotron for sponsoring this episode. Please reach out to me or visit the Pozotron website for more about how they help audio storytellers.
As always, thank you for listening.
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In the Time of Our History by Susanne Pari narrated by Mozhan Marnò
This is a story about a family. It is a close up look at a father and daughter, at two sisters, at a husband and wife. But, it’s also this huge story about tradition and patriarchy and freedom. It felt like poetry to me at times.. and this conversation about it was so rich. We’re talking about In the Time of our History with author Susanne Pari on this Desideratum.
The narrator Mozhan Marnò is an Iranian-American film and television actress and a playwright. She speaks English, French, German, Farsi, and Spanish. She is known for her roles in The Blacklist, House of Cards, and Fleishman is in Trouble. She is also the voice of Mirabelle and Namira in the video game Elder Scrolls- Skyrim. This audiobook scene you'll hear is from the beginning of In The Time of Our History, written by Susanne Pari, and produced by Highbridge, a division of Recorded Books.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Susanne Pari as much as I did. You can hear the rest of the audiobook and support this podcast and a local book store of your choice by following this affiliate link to Libro.fm You can also use the podcast’s discount code DP20 on the publisher's website kensingtonbooks.com to save 20 percent on this book and the whole Kensington library. I always find entertaining and enlightening reads at Kensington, and I like that going into their 5th decade of publishing, they are still a multigenerational family led business. Thanks to Ann Pryor at Kensington for connecting me to Susanne, and thank you for listening.
Marriage : From the Feminine Perspective, Ten Classic Stories curated, annotated, and narrated by Christine Mascott
This is a collection of 10 classic short stories written over a hundred years ago, brought together in a carefully curated anthology. Each story gives a feminine perspective on marriage - its role in society and the personal beauty and pain that can be found within its bonds. We’re talking about Marriage from the Feminine Perspective annotated, published and narrated by Christine Mascott. The anthology earned Christine an Audiofile Earphones Award and a coveted Audie Finalist in the Short Stories and Collections category. Listen to what led her to these public domain, royalty free, stories from the past in the first place and find out why she thinks they still have something to say today.
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The View From Half Dome by Jill Caugherty narrated by Theresa Bakken
This is a story about a girl growing up in San Francisco in the 1930’s - her family suffers one tragedy after another and she decides to escape the city and head to Yosemite…
Where she crosses paths with a real person in history - a Park Ranger named Enid Michael.
We’re talking about the historical fiction, The View From Half Dome, with author Jill Caugherty.
Jill shares how her storyline and characters evolved. It always fascinates me to hear how one idea built up from the last - how one thing leads to another. I also really liked hearing Jill explain contrast and its importance to this story.
The scene you’ll hear from the audiobook is young Izzy’s first real hike in Yosemite. She’s with Enid and Ansel and Virginia Adams. Thanks to the publisher Black Rose Writing for giving me the joy of narrating this story. And, thank you for listening. Remember when you enjoy a book in any format, please leave a review - reviews actively help with marketing and improve visibility and sales - plus it’s just nice.
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Red Clay Suzie by Jeffrey Dale Lofton narrated by Pete Cross
This is a story about a young boy named Philbet. He’s growing up in the deep south in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. He loves cars and his grandaddy’s garden and an older boy named Knox. In this story, you see how Philbet hides himself and then finds himself. We’re talking about Red Clay Suzie, a fictionalized memoir written by Jeffrey Dale Lofton. Lofton is a natural storyteller and not just on the page. His voice has a timbre and a rhythm and accent that draws you in, and I felt like instead of asking questions, I just kept saying some version of 'tell me a story' and he would. We begin with him telling the story behind the story of his debut novel. Another great voice connected to Red Clay Suzie is the audiobook narrator Pete Cross - who Jeffrey was a big fan of and was so excited when he auditioned. Pete’s work has been recognized with a SOVAS, an Odyssey Award and an Audie. He’s a talented storyteller and I’m so grateful to Blackstone Publishing for sharing this scene with us. I hope you enjoyed getting to know Jeffrey as much as I did. Thanks again to the sponsor for this episode - Pozotron - and of course thank you for being here thanks for listening. Sponsor: https://www.pozotron.com/ Narrator: https://petecrossvo.com/ Author: https://www.jeffreydlofton.com/
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The Perfect Neighborhood with Liz Alterman
This is a story set in what looks like a perfect neighborhood - rocking chairs on covered porches, manicured lawns and families looking out for each other. But in this story, the illusion of perfect families and close friendships fractures when a child goes missing. We’re talking about the novel The Perfect Neighborhood with author Liz Alterman. Liz made me laugh and think deeply. I loved her perspectives on rejection and serendipity. The scene you will hear from the audiobook is from one of my favorite narrators - Gail Shalan. The novel's suspense unfolds through five key perspectives, and the audiobook features five fantastic narrators. The audiobook was produced by Dreamscape.
I want to thank Dreamscape for sponsoring this episode. They are an independent, award winning audiobook publisher that produces a wide range of titles, including everything from motivational self-help to suspenseful mysteries like The Perfect Neighborhood. Their goal is to provide the best and most high-quality audiobooks to listeners everywhere. They would love to connect, so please visit them at dreamscapepublishing.com, where you can sign up for their weekly newsletter that has audiobook news, deals, and updates on their regular audiobook giveaways. You can also visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Find more of Liz Alterman's storytelling here: https://www.lizalterman.com/ And, for more from the audiobook publisher Dreamscape visit: Website: https://dreamscapepublishing.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DreamscapeAudio Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dreamscapeaudio Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dreamscape_media/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dreamscape_media
Death by a Honeybee to Death by Greed, the Josiah Reynolds Series with author Abigail Keam
This is a story set firmly in Kentucky bluegrass - a story swirling around a retired history professor who finds herself in one murder mystery after another. We’re talking with the author of the Josiah Reynolds cozy mystery series Abigail Keam, and we begin our conversation with something she has in common with her main character… beekeeping.
While Death By Greed (Book 18 in the series) just released, you are going to hear the very beginning, the very first scene. We’re going back to book 1 page 1 - and there will be bees in this reading from Death by a Honeybee.
I hope you enjoy getting to know Abigail - hearing about her bees and her characters. You can find her active on all social media platforms as @abigailkeamauthor. I first met her through @wellreadmagazine. Thanks to Mandy Haynes for shining her light on new-to-me authors. And, as always, thank YOU for listening.
Code Gray narrated by Champ Westwood
This is a story about a string of murders - assassinations - of media pundits. They were extreme peddlers of their party's agendas, and their murders feel politically motivated. Assigned to the case is a group of grizzled and green FBI detectives. We're talking about the crime novel Code Gray with narrator Champ Westwood on this Desideratum.
Listen as Champ reveals what he appreciates about author Benny Sims intent. He loves how Sims grain of sand becomes a pearl as the story unfolds. Champ also explains his controversial process for prepping his audiobooks. And, you'll hear how his background in musical theater shapes his approach to the very intimate performance of audiobook narration.
I hope you have as much fun as I did getting to know Champ (he also narrates under the name Mike Eberhardt). Here's his website with all his narration and VO projects listed. https://www.superfunstudios.com/
As always, thanks for listening
Narrator by Landon Beach performed by Scott Brick
Narrator by Landon Beach is a mystery thriller that will have you asking - what just happened and whodunnit?! Listen as Landon describes how he got inside the head of this hot mess of a main character - an audiobook narrator. And, find out how Landon first met his real life narrator the legendary award winning Scott Brick. Congratulations to Scott on being an Audie 2023 Finalist for Best Male Narrator for this project. Visit www.landonbeachbooks.com for all his books and his newsletter.
Gradle Bird by J.C. Sasser
(00:00) Introduction with scratchy recording from a lone singer who inspired the novel Gradle Bird by JC Sasser
(02:52) Oral storytelling and walking around with a tape recorder gathering stories
(04:18) Setting in small town feels timeless
(05:35) Rooted in reality to distill the truth looking back on life experiences using fiction
(07:00) Abandoned structures sparked imagination starting in childhood with her father who was paralyzed taking her to a pig slaughterhouse
(09:34) Audiobook introduction of scene with a confrontation
(10:17) Audiobook excerpt from Gradle Bird by JC Sasser
(20:38) Human cruelty themes balanced with themes of love
(22:18) Siamese fighting fish as a betting game in the story the beauty of frailty and fierceness
(24:39) Moonflowers thrive in darkness but only live one day and they are deadly toxic to people which is a key to the story
(26:45) Ghost in the novel and from Sasser's childhood she loves to be haunted
(29:30) Musician in the novel based on a real person who struggled with mental illness who befriended the author when she was a young girl
(33:42) He was a real true friend who was taunted and ridiculed and harassed and she imagined in this fiction dire consequences that could have come from his mistreatment
(35:55) There's a quote from Corinthians scripture that underpins the whole novels message and how it looks at guilt and forgiveness
(39:20) Conclusion what is essential for JC Sasser
This is a story that begins with a lone singer recording original songs on cassette tapes for the author a long time ago. She remembers listening using the tape deck in her mama’s white Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme out at the edge of town where abandoned things and the music made her wonder. We’re talking with author J.C. Sasser (Jana) about her novel Gradle Bird on this Desideratum. Jana's southern tale has an incredible cast of characters .The title character is a 16 year old girl named Gradle being raised by her Grandpa. Then, there's a teenage boy named Sonny Joe who is a Siamese Fighting Fish aficionado. And there's Delvis Miles, a professional dumpster diver and a genius musician, whose mental health makes him both fragile and fierce. But we start our conversation with Jana herself, because she’s as intriguing as any of her characters. Throughout this novel there are three characters who commit serious crimes with dire consequences that haunt them. You’re going to hear a scene near the beginning of the book, that starts in a grocery store with a confrontation and gives you some history for one of the characters. Thank you to Jana for sharing her recording of the real Evans Miles singing When the Whippoorwills Holler at Night for this episode. Thank you to the Pat Conroy Literary Center for shining a light on Sasser's storytelling. And, as always, thank you for listening. Here are links to learn more about J.C. Sasser https://www.jcsasser.com/ and the Pat Conroy Literary Center https://patconroyliterarycenter.org/
Such A Pretty Girl with T. Greenwood
(00:00) Introduction this is Such A Pretty Girl by T Greenwood
(02:15) Words are powerful and 1970's advertising cringe
(04:52) Me too movement lens and two time lines give characters a reason to revisit their past
(06:42) Child narrator storytelling give out of the mouth of babes moments
(08:27) Desire for something right out of reach and key to all stories is
(10:51) Settings with danger children always need to be kept safe
(12:57) Anxiety and panic language and what soothes these feelings
(15:13) Photographers and taking or making an image
(17:12) Art has context and changes over time and characters with grounded moral compass are critical to this story
(18:15) Audiobook excerpt introduction about Mara Wilson
(19:15) Audiobook excerpt narrated by Mara Wilson
(24:44) Predatory paparazzi thievery of image is allegory for losing agency over our bodies
(27:04) Book is about complicity and women and betrayal
(29:52) Mother Daughter relationships
(31:43) French connection
(32:39) Westbeth artists residence in NYC and historical fiction research serendipity and magic
(38:09) Conclusion what is essential to Tammy Greenwood
This is a story set in NYC. It centers on a controversial photo taken of a young girl in 1977. Author Tammy (T) Greenwood tells the story through the eyes of this child model and actress who’s all grown up today with a daughter of her own. There is a striking generational mother daughter story here too, so that’s where we begin talking about the novel Such a Pretty Girl.
You'll hear an excerpt from the audiobook set in the Westbeth artist community in NY (which was a real place we’ll talk more about). In the section of the audiobook we are featuring, you’re with the main character Ryan when she’s a child. And, your guide is narrator Mara Wilson - who herself is known for film acting rolls from her childhood. She was Natalie in Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993, and she played the lead role in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda in 1996. Today she is a stage actress, a voice artist, a writer, and a playwright.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Tammy and talking about the '70's and motherhood and art as much as I did. I hope you got lost in Mara Wilson’s narration - that hearing a few minutes of the audiobook for Such a Pretty Girl produced by Tantor left you wanting more.
Thanks to Kensington Press for making this episode possible.
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You can find more about T. Greenwood’s other novels on her website: https://www.tgreenwood.com/
As always, thank you for listening.
Folly Park by Heidi Hackford E66
Folly Park is a story about history, race, identity, and friendship. At its heart is a woman named Temple Preston and her old, crumbling, ancestral plantation in Virginia. With the discovery of long hidden, disturbing family secrets, Temple gets wrapped up in exposing these family secrets as a way to save the ancestral home, until she begins to question whether it's really worth saving.
Author Heidi Hackford talks about the character she eventually grew to like, about the power of semantics, and about how her work at Monticello - and how people responded to it - helped shape this story.
My thanks to Folly Park’s publisher She Writes Press and author Heidi Hackford for sharing Temple and Vee and this story full of history and surprises with me. I would love to hear what you think about Folly Park, reach out anytime on social media or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, thanks for being here.. And thanks for listening.
Beasts of the Earth by James Wade E65
This is a story about a quiet, thoughtful man named Harlan Leblanc. The story is about how and why Leblanc gets tangled up in a murder investigation. You'll hear from author James Wade about the action and the allegory he created, and about the ways he tried to mirror and balance the darkness and hope in this gritty tale. We talk about the humor he found in indecision and inflammation. And, how his young daughter is shifting his perspectives. You'll feel narrator Roger Clark walking in the shoes and looking out through the eyes of the characters in an excerpt from the audiobook. Roger has performed about a 100 audiobooks, worked in theater and film, and is best known for portraying Arthur Morgan in Rock Star games Red Dead Redemption. James thinks his reverence and grit are spot on for this story.
I want to thank Lauren Maturo at Blackstone Publishing for connecting me with James and his work. If you would like to hear more of Roger Clark performing Beasts of the Earth please check out Libro.fm. When you use my affiliate link to Libro.fm you support this podcast and with Libro.Fm you can choose a local book store in your neighborhood to support as well.
As always, thank you for being here and thanks for listening.
Double Exposure with Jeannée Sacken and Nicole Swanson - E64
We’re talking about the thrilling fiction created by author Jeannée Sacken called Double Exposure and we're doubly lucky because the narrator for this series is also joining us. Nicole Swanson describes how she prepared to be the voice of Annie. But first, we hear how Nicole's other profession feeds her acting skills and her humanity.
If you would like to hear more of Nicole's performance of Double Exposure's audiobook, please look for the title on Libro.fm . When you use this affiliate link to Libro.fm you support this podcast and when you purchase your audiobooks on Libro.fm you can also choose a local book store in your neighborhood to support. Special thanks to Jeannée’s publisher Ten 16, and to producer Craig Hart at the audiobook publisher Northern Lake Audio for connecting me to Nicole and providing the extended and excellent audiobook excerpt for this episode.
As always, thank you for being here and thanks for listening.
Improbably Yours by Kerry Anne King
Kerry's new novel IMPROBABLY YOURS is her 13th, and it does have some spooky elements. But, it's also an adventure complete with a real treasure map. It begins with a memory, a young girl sitting with her grandmother who speaks in fortune teller fashion about a prediction for the little girl's future. You'll hear that scene from the audiobook. And, you'll hear how Kerry plays with the idea of hidden treasure and what's hidden below the surface.
Brilliance audio produced IMPROBABLY YOURS in a dual narrator format. So, when you hear about Blythe it’s audiobook actress Terri Clark Linden - an earphones award winning narrator who’s performed some of Kerry’s other books. And, when you hear about the other main character - Flynn the Viking - the narrator is Aaron Shedlock who is a rising star in the world of audiobooks.
Thanks to Kerry for her openness and good humor. And to her publisher Lake Union and the audiobook publisher Brilliance Audio for the excerpt you hear in this episode.
Find out what other books these narrators perform (Teri Clark Linden , Aaron Shedlock ). And, check out the fun Kerry creates for her readers on her website. I’d love to know what you think about Improbably Yours. Reach out anytime!
Thanks for listening.
9 Days - A Dee Rommel Mystery by Jule Selbo
Her new crime mystery 9 Days got us talking about tarot card readings and wondering if how the stars aligned at the time of our birth could shape or guide us... That's because author Jule Selbo's new murder mystery 9 Days opens with a world famous astrologist confessing to murder. When the astrologist's 12 year old son doesn't believe his mother is guilty, he hires Private Investigator Dee Rommel to find the truth in just 9 Days. Listen as Jule explains why being underestimated can be a good thing, where a family heirloom of hers turned up in the book, and how a fascination with superheroes worked its way into this story.
Desideratum Podcast listeners save 15% on the Dee Rommel mystery series with the code DP15 on Pandamoon.com.
The Deception by Kim Taylor Blakemore
The Deception is about life and death and the delicate veil between the two. The story spirals around an Illusionist running from her past, and a Medium whose past fame and spirit guide have abandoned her. The pliable Maud (the Medium known as the Maid of Light) and the clever Clementine (a master of tricks and illusions) join forces to find fame and fortune, but at what cost… does the end justify the means?
Listen as author Kim Taylor Blakemore shares how she scoured history to find her own muses for this tale of authenticity and duplicity. We talk about how she delivers readers to an 1870’s New England that was romanced by spiritualism. We discuss her seductive and charming characters and rainy rainy setting with shades of gray ethics that will seep into your very bones.
Thanks to Kim’s publisher Lake Union Publishing and the audiobook publisher Brilliance Audio. You can find other hauntingly beautiful books by Kim Taylor Blakemore on her website here. You can find other stories narrated by Gail Shalen and Hope Newhouse on their websites. As always, thanks for being here - thanks for listening.
Slade by Robert Grindstaff, Ep60
Listen to the advice Robb got from music legend Art Garfunkel and find out how it made it into the story. And, hear narrator Timothy G Little’s big voice. His performance as SLADE is mesmerizing. And, he matches Robb in the fun facts category. Between his corporate jobs and his literary life Timothy has lived in Turkey, Greece, Costa Rica, Spain, and Italy. He’s narrated about 50 titles with his resonant tone.
You can find every novel Robb’s written on his website. Thanks to Robb and his publisher Evolved publishing, and as always thank you for listening.
The Lost Girls of Willowbrook - Ellen Marie Wiseman, Ep59
Ellen Marie Wiseman is drawn to the dark corners of history, where rumors and mystery shroud the truth. It's where she finds and develops characters who shine. Listen as she shares how her own history led her to write about hidden truths and social injustices. We're talking about her new novel, The Lost Girls of Willowbrook, which is set in a real state run institution exposed back in 1972 for its atrocious abuses. Ellen opens the novel with quotes from a real doctor who was there in 1972. Dr. William Bronston's physician activism helped bring an end to the institution. He is joining Ellen for some of her book launch events. You'll hear him describe how Ellen's storytelling takes him back in time, and you'll listen to a few minutes from the chapter of the audiobook that Dr. Bronston says affected him most profoundly.
Thanks to Vida at Kensington Books for connecting me to Ellen and Dr. Bronston. Kensington generously provides Desideratum listeners the discount code DP20 to save 20 percent across their incredible library. You just enter DP20 at checkout at Kensingtonbooks.com
Check out Libro.fm to find The Lost Girls of Willowbrook audiobook narrated by Morgan Hallett. Using the affiliate link to Libro.fm supports this podcast and a local book store of your choice.
You can find more about the heartbreak and hope in all of Ellen’s fictions on her website. https://ellenmariewiseman.com/
You can get a copy of Dr. William Bronston’s book Public Hostage Public Ransom on his website. https://www.publichostagepublicransom.org/
Orchid Blooming with Carol Van Den Hende - Episode 58
Author Carol Van Den Hende sought solace in writing and then committed to sharing what she learned about resilience with her readers. Her novels Goodbye Orchid and Orchid Blooming are about love, personal growth, and trauma recovery. Listen to how she drew inspiration from combat wounded veterans. Find out why her own personal love story (how she met her husband) influenced her characters' brushes with kismet. Hear an excerpt of Carol narrating Goodbye Orchid, and find out how she used her first novel's backstory to create her 2nd novel - Orchid Blooming - which launches this month.
Here's Carol's LinkTree which connects you to her book events, newsletter, social media presence, and website.
A special thank you to Kathy L. Murphy who shined her light on Carol so I could find her. Goodbye Orchid is the Pulpwood Queen's May 2022 Bonus Book of the Month.
As always, thank you for listening.
Hannah and Ariela by Johnnie Bernhard Ep57
With a cast of many characters, telling the story from more than a dozen vantage points - Johnnie Bernhard takes readers on a journey with a widow and a sojourner in her new novel Hannah and Ariela. Johnnie's connection to the land, the people, and the history of Texas shine through, but listen to how writing from all these different points of view challenged her and made her "put her ego in her back pocket". We talk about the layers of miracle and faith and we dig deeper into the real life tragedy of human trafficking at the heart of this harrowing fiction.
You can find Johnnie's other award-winning literary fiction novels and more about her - on her website - HERE. I’ve had the absolute honor of narrating her novels: Sisters of the Undertow, How We Came to Be, and A Good Girl.
Finally, you should know, a portion of the proceeds from Hannah and Ariela book sales will go to the aid of victims of human trafficking.
A special thank you to TCU Press, and as always, thank you for listening.
Brand Chaser by Randi Samuelson Brown, Ep56
She comes from a long line of resilient, resourceful, and quirky Colorado women, and she loves finding obscure historical facts to write about. But, while Randi Samuelson Brown's new novel is rooted in the past, it's action and suspense are current and contemporary. We're talking about book one in her new series featuring a Brand Inspector in Colorado cattle country. It's called Brand Chaser and it's layered with history, mystery, danger, suspense and even a little romance. We begin with what made Randi jump from writing about Colorado's colorful past to this modern take on the wild west.
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree Ep55
A Child Lost by Michelle Cox Ep54
Thanks to Brooke Warner at She Writes Press for connecting me to Michelle. If you’d like to hear more - please look for the audiobook of A child Lost on Libro.fm - I found all 5 of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard books in Libro.fm’s library - as well as more than 80 books narrated by Jayne Entwistle. Using this affiliate link supports the podcast and a local book store of your choice. Book 6 in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series will be out this fall.
Check out Michelle's blog Novel Notes and Local Lore on her website.
Thanks for listening!
The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare by Kimberly Brock, Ep53
Congratulations to Kimberly on The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare making the Southern Indie Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Bestseller List. You can select a local bookstore to support - and support this podcast - when you follow our affiliate link to Libro.fm to purchase the audiobook. Thank you to Margaret Kercher at Harper Muse Books for connecting me to Kimberly, and thank you for listening. #southernfiction #desideratumpodcast #harpermuse #librofm #audiobook
The River Between Hearts by Heather Mateus Sappenfield, Ep52
When was the last time you read a middle grade fiction? This week's featured author Heather Mateus Sappenfield will convince you it's time with her new novel The River Between Hearts. It’s an adventure with an almost-11 year old girl named Rill. It’s a story about friendship and compassion - and loss and longing. You'll spend a few minutes with her main character Rill and her friend Perla in a reading that hints at the loss they both are struggling with. We also chat about why Heather creates characters with dyslexia and we find out how a former student's real life experiences informed the character Perla.
Thanks to Heather’s publicist Jackie Karneth at BooksForward - a JKS Communications Company, and Heather's publisher Janie Royal at Fitzroy Books - an imprint of Regal House Publishing. You can find all of Heather's books on her website and learn more about having her visit you at your school or favorite book store. As always, thank you for listening.
No Names To Be Given with Julia Brewer Daily, Ep51
I want to thank The Kathy L. Murphy for introducing me to Julia when she chose No Names to be Given as one of her Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club’s ‘Book of the Month’. Also a special thank you to Julia’s publisher Lara Bernhardt at Admission Press. Julia’s sophomore book called The 5th Daughter of Thorn Ranch will be out this August. You can find the trailer for Julia's new podcast Author’s Over 50 on her website. If you’d like to hear the rest of No Names to be Given’s audiobook narrated by Reagan Boggs, please use our affiliate link to Libro.fm When you purchase your audiobooks through the Desideratum Podcast Libro.fm partner link you support the podcast, and you can pick a local bookstore to support as well.
Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker Ep50
Welcome to Episode 50! We’re talking to author Elayne Audrey Becker about her novel Forestborn - a fantasy story about human frailty, self doubt, and the dangers of othering - all examined through a magical lens. We begin with Elayne sharing why she made her main character Rora a shapeshifter.
You will hear a scene from Chapter 1 when Rora is working as a spy for the king - tracking cases of a deadly disease. The scene takes place in a forest where you can hear the vivid nature Elayne creates. You’ll also hear the skill of the narrator - Sofia Zervudachi - who Audiofile Magazine says "strikes just the right tone as Rora - introspective but self assured".
I want to thank Drew Kilman at Macmillan Audio and Giselle Gonzalez at TorTeen for connecting me with Elayne and making this Desideratum Podcast episode on Forestborn possible. You can find more about Elayne - and get a sneak peak at Book 2’s cover and blurb on her website here. Book 2 is called Wildborn and will be released this August. If you want to hear the rest of the Forestborn audiobook - use this Libro.fm affiliate link to support the podcast and choose a local bookstore you want to benefit from every audiobook you buy. As always, thank you for listening!
The Emancipation of Evan Walls, Jeffrey Blount Ep49
In our conversation with Jeffrey Blount, we talk about foundations, race relations, thunderstorms, banana seat bicycles, and parenting. His novel The Emancipation of Evan Walls centers on the childhood of a boy in the late 1960’s who decides he wants to be somebody. Jeffrey's characters frustrate, illuminate, foster empathy and inspire. The novel is not an audiobook yet, so I asked my friend and fellow narrator Earl Sewell to read for us. Earl is an author, narrator, and audio drama podcaster - and as he does with every project - he brought a lot of heart to this reading.
Enjoy and thanks for listening!
River Sing Out with James Wade Ep48
James Wade’s writing washed over me. I felt and heard the rhythm and tone he gave his novel River Sing Out. You’re going to hear some of the audiobook from his narrator Roger Clark - who has voiced about a hundred audiobooks, worked in theater and film, and is perhaps best known for portraying Arthur Morgan in Rock Star Games’ Red Dead Redemption. But first, listen to James explain why his characters have vivid dreams - why it’s so hard for him to give his characters names - and why he began this story with the origin of the Neches River.
I want to thank Lauren Maturo at Blackstone Publishing and Isabella Nugent at Blackstone Audio for connecting me with James and his work.
Here is a link to RIVER SING OUT on Blackstone Publishing's website book’s product page
And, a link to James' website - where you can find out about his next release BEASTS OF THE EARTH - coming out with Blackstone this fall.
This has been Episode 48 – As always - thanks for listening.
Bonus Behind the Scenes with James Wade and River Sing Out
James tells a tale steeped in nature and human nature - with violence and addiction creating a ripple effect in his character's lives. It is hard for me to articulate just how poetic his prose and his writing style is - how he conjures something musical in his writing. In this outtake we talk about the cycles where he found his rhythm and truth. Listen to the full episode this Friday. #desideratumpodcast #riversingout #cycleofviolence #texasfiction #blackstonepublishing #JamesWade
Red Burning Sky by Tom Young Ep47
Tom Young's novel Red Burning Sky is told through characters with a lot of heart. They don't accept impossible. This little known WWII story based on the daring Operation Halyard will have you holding your breath and hearing the music of the slipstream.
Tom's answer to the question 'what's most essential to you?' was one of my favorites. The excerpt you'll hear from the Red Burning Sky audiobook was produced by Recorded Books, and is performed by Pete Bradbury - an actor of stage and screen and an accomplished narrator.
Thanks to Ann Pryor at Kensington for introducing me to Tom. Kensington Books generously provides the discount code DP20 to Desideratum Listeners to save 20 percent across their incredible library - just enter DP20 at checkout at Kensingtonbooks
Also, please look for the Red Burning Sky audiobook on Libro.fm . Using this affiliate link supports the podcast and a local book store of your choice.
You can find more of Tom Young's exciting work on his website.
As always, thank you for listening.
Bonus Behind the Scenes with Tom Young - Red Burning Sky
What it feels like to be there - that's what Tom Young delivers in his historical fiction Red Burning Sky. It is a thrilling aviation rescue story - and so much more. In this sneak peak at this week's Desideratum Podcast episode, Tom shares how a scholar of Russian Literature worked his way into this story. Hear more about the impossible that became possible in the secretive and dangerous WWII mission called Operation Halyard. #redburningsky #DesideratumPodcast #WWII #OperationHalyard #RecordedBooks #audiobooks #aviationrescue
Blue Fire, The Victoria Emerson Thriller Series With John Gilstrap, Episode 46
Listen as thriller writer John Gilstrap tells us why his new heart pounding book Blue Fire has so much heart and why his storytelling often includes teenage characters. You'll hear a few minutes of the first chapter of Blue Fire's audiobook produced by Recorded Books and read by narrator Kate Forbes.
We begin with Blue Fire's real life jumping off point - the truth that there was a secure government location where our leaders would go if our country was ever in imminent danger.
Thanks to Ann at Kensington Books for introducing me to John. Kensington generously provides Desideratum listeners the discount code DP20 to save 20 percent across their incredible library - just enter DP20 at checkout at Kensingtonbooks.com
Also, please look for the audiobook on Libro.fm for Blue Fire - which is book 2 in John's Victoria Emerson Thriller series. You will also find John’s other successful novels - his first was Nathan’s Run - and of course his Jonathon Graves Series is in audiobook format too. Using this affiliate link to Libro.fm supports the podcast and a local book store of your choice. Find out about all the books John has written and more on his website. http://www.johngilstrap.com/
Bonus Behind the Scenes with John Gilstrap Victoria Emerson Series, Book 2 - Blue Fire
This week’s peak Behind the Scenes vodcast of the #DesideratumPodcast is ready…
John Gilstrap ‘s #BlueFire really got my heart racing! He puts his characters in imminent danger in a post nuclear war world he creates with gritty detail. But you should also know that this 2nd book in his #VictoriaEmersonThriller series is a story about how humanity needs civilization, community, and leadership focused on the common good.
Episode 46 is coming soon with more about the skills his characters need, the reason all his storytelling includes teenagers, and a heart pounding excerpt from the audiobook with narrator Kate Forbes Recorded Books Kensington Publishing Corp. #audiobooks #thrillerseries #podcastrecommendations
The Saints of Swallow Hill by Donna Everhart Ep45
Episode 45 of the #DesideratumPodcast features Donna Everhart and her new novel #TheSaintsOfSwallowHill The story takes us somewhere I'd never heard of - a Turpentine Camp. Donna's characters suffer - but that's the way she likes it - struggle provides a path to perseverance and growth. Listen as Donna shares how steeped in reality this story's suffering really is. The audiobook was produced by Tantor Audio a division of Recorded Books and narrated by Amy Melissa Bentley who has performed over 200 audiobooks. She has an Audiofile Earphones Award, and she has a real gift for dialects from Russian to New Yorker to the Southern American you hear in this performance.
Thanks to Vida at Kensington Books for connecting me to Donna. For Desideratum listeners, Kensington generously provides the discount code DP20 to save 20 percent across their incredible library.
Also, please look for The Saints of Swallow Hill on Libro.fm Using this affiliate link supports the podcast and a local book store of your choice at Libro.fm. As always, Thank you for listening.
Bonus Behind the Scenes for Donna Everhart - The Saints of Swallow Hill
Listen and look behind the scenes of this weeks Desideratum Podcast Episode with Donna Everhart. We are talking about her new novel #TheSaintsOfSwallowHill - set in the Depression Era with all its suffering and hardship. Donna’s main characters try to escape their troubles - but they end up going from the frying pan into the fire. There are some near death experiences that shape them. In this Bonus Behind the Scenes Donna shares a very personal moment from her own life that she drew on for this story of loss, suffering, love and safety. Kensington Publishing Corp. #southernfiction #northcarolinaauthor #audiobook #depressionerafiction
The Cicada Tree with Robert Gwaltney Ep44
This week's featured story is The Cicada Tree by Robert Gwaltney. It's a story about secrets and obsessions set in an oppressive southern summer. Our conversation with Robert touches on his fascination with (not fear of) the cicada emergence that inspired the title. And, we explore his love of music, fashion, architecture, and that mixture of joy and fright he's found experiencing firsts in the middle.
Below is a link to his website, the book trailer and the cocktail recipe inspired by the novel and created by his brilliant brother Chris. The book launches February 22, 2022.
Thanks to the Pulpwood Queen Kathy Murphy for first introducing me to Robert, thanks to Robert and Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC, for the Advanced Reader Copy of The Cicada Tree, and as always thank you for listening!
Bonus - Behind the Scenes with Robert Gwaltney and his debut novel The Cicada Tree
Behind the scenes of this week’s episode with Robert Gwaltney talking about the way his childhood reaction to Cicadas made its way into his debut novel - The Cicada Tree - would you be afraid or fascinated? Oh - and we talk about secrets, self discovery, obsessions and disillusionment too - Hear his complete audio conversation and an excerpt from the book In the Desideratum Podcast Episode 44 #southerngothic #podcastrecommendation #thecicadatree #audiobook #AtlantaAuthor #LiteraryFiction