Eye on Books BOOKCAST
Interviews with authors of new, bestselling books.
9/17/2014 | Download File (7.44 MB) - right click to download
September 1953… Minor league baseball pitcher Dancer Stonemason is three days from his major league debut. And with his wife and son cheering him on, he pitches the greatest game of his life. And then loses everything. Dancer never gets his shot at the big leagues, settling instead for a blue collar job that pays the bills. Told against the backdrop of America’s postwar challenges — from Little Rock to the Bay of Pigs to Viet Nam — Len Joy‘s novel “American Past Time” is the story of what happens to a man and his family after the cheering stops. More below the media player. Listen to Len Joy The Indie Author Life In the talented hands of a writer like Len Joy, even the mundane banality of jury duty takes on a dramatic tone. In a July 2014 blog post titled “Jury Duty” we meet Len Joy, Prospective Juror: The judge asks me what kind of work I do. I tell him I’m a writer. I figure this is not the time to share my angst over whether I should call myself a writer or say that I’m TRYING to be a writer. He asks me what I write […] Similar Posts: Have You Met Any Indie Authors Recently? Is This Why Readers Don’t Finish Books? Authors, What’s Up With Your Websites? Solving a 40-Year-Old Murder Case Might Prove Deadly A Good Story Well Told The post A Family, a Bygone Era – And Baseball appeared first on The Bookcast.
9/16/2014 | Download File (7.36 MB) - right click to download
Once upon a time, there was civil war in Faerie. But that was a long time ago – so long ago that even the few Fayborn who know who they are can’t be sure what really happened. Still, many Fayborn believe in the Restoration, the hope of returning to an unbroken Faerie, a Faerie made new. Petra Goodfellow – descendent of Robin Goodfellow, legendary Advisor and Royal Jester to Oberon, the Fairy-King – is the key. If James Oberon, Faerie’s true-blooded heir, can persuade her to bow the knee, he can use her to forge a spell restoring his kingdom. In J. Aleksandr Wootton‘s book “Her Unwelcome Inheritance” there’s just one catch: if she does, she becomes James Oberon’s sworn servant. Forever. Petra doesn’t know any of this. She doesn’t want to know. And no matter who tries to warn her about it – her aunt, her godfather, her university professor – all she wants is to have a good start to her four years at Lightfoot College. Sure, her family’s been harassed, and she’s been the object of increasingly uncanny abduction attempts, but she’s convinced those are not as extraordinary as they seem. James Oberon and his right-hand man […] Similar Posts: She’s Trying, Very Hard, to Live – Happily Ever… A Teen’s Life – College, Family .. Shapeshifting Paranoia, Revenge, Murder – Let’s Get Poed Is This Why Readers Don’t Finish Books? Love, Hatred and Jealousy. But Also Regret. The post Denying Her Fairy Heritage Could Be Dangerous appeared first on The Bookcast.
9/15/2014 | Download File (7.17 MB) - right click to download
A few years ago, Nathan Gauer and his mother set out on a six-week road trip just hours before his high school graduation. With nothing but open country before them, like a song, Nathan is unsure if he is running from something or toward something. After tracking down an old family friend to repay a debt his mother refers to only as “the favor,” they accept an invitation to attend a Lakota Sundance in the Black Hills, the first in over a century. It proves to be an encounter with the unsettled debts of America’s past that will forever shape Nathan’s relationship with its future. More below the media player. Listen to Nathan Gauer The Indie Author Life The title of this post is borrowed from one of the many laudatory reviews of Nathan Gauer’s book. Writer Meredith Muncy says: “SONGS TO MAKE THE DESERT BEAR FRUIT is a gratifying read and a fine debut by the American writer, Nathan Gauer, whose lyrical memoir, though sobering and cautionary, testifies to the possibility of redemption against the forces of hardship and temptation as faced by the last graduating high school class of the twentieth century. Written with generosity and piercing introspection, […] Similar Posts: Why I Don’t Charge Authors to be Interviewed An Appetite for Adventure Will It Take a Miracle To Restore This Friendship? The Unique Courage of One Mother Dear Mom (And Dear Dad) The post A Boy With No Future Becomes a Man appeared first on The Bookcast.
9/12/2014 | Download File (6.77 MB) - right click to download
Catharine Chase’s entire life is built on a secret. In 1972, at age sixteen, she got pregnant. An embarrassment to her parents, Catharine was exiled to a maternity home to carry out her pregnancy far away from the watchful eyes of their tight-knit community. But what no one told her was that she wouldn’t be allowed to keep her baby. With her daughter’s screams still echoing in her ears, the medical staff told Catharine she’d move on with her life and have more children. They promised she’d forget. But they were wrong. Catharine never forgot Emily. In the novel “Empty Arms” by Erika Liodice, it is now 1996 and Catharine and her husband, Paul, want a family. But when they learn that they can’t have children, Catharine risks her job, her marriage, and her family’s reputation in a desperate attempt to find the daughter she never wanted to give away, and reclaim her only chance to be a mother. More below the media player. Listen to Erika Liodice The Indie Author Life Erika Liodice has written a very powerful story that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book or put down your Kindle. But if you need […] Similar Posts: 10 Totally Easy Ways for Readers to Support Indie Authors Fall Preview, Part One A Good Story Well Told How To Tell If Your Kid is Spoiled – And What To Do… Two People, Looking For Something More… The post A Woman’s Desperate Search for The Baby They Made Her Give Up appeared first on The Bookcast.
9/10/2014 | Download File (7.21 MB) - right click to download
It takes an award-winning international travel writer to tell us a story of an epic journey to find the truth, the shrouded story about where she came from, what the Old World was like, and what remains of the places so many of our ancestors left behind when they came to America. Judith Fein’s book “The Spoon from Minkowitz” is captivating readers who call it “one of the best memoirs” they’ve ever read, and “a powerful mix of personal story, history, and travel journey.” With heart and humor, Fein takes us along as she treks through graveyards, has a private audience with the Gypsy Baron of Moldova, meets the last Jew standing, communes with the dead, quaffs cognac with Russians, wanders among ruins, and hears the call of the ancestors, driving her on. Then the veil of modernity lifts, and Fein discovers what she calls “emotional genealogy,” the way our ancestors continue to impact our lives, loves, choices and behaviors, even if we don’t know who they were. Cracking the mystery of who we are, why we love, and where we came from can be the greatest mystery of all. More below the media player. Listen to Judith Fein The […] Similar Posts: A Good Story Well Told A Troubled Teen Discovers His Hidden Power She Wanted to Kill Him – But Fell in Love Instead Memoirs of a Top 40 Radio Legend Does He Really Want to Know The Family Secrets? The post The Mystery of Who We Are appeared first on The Bookcast.