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Podcast Episode 10: interview with author Laurell K. Hamilton!

Episode 10 features author Laurell K. Hamilton, and it is one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever had. We talk about her newest Anita Blake Book, SERPENTINE, which hits shelves on August 7, 2018.

And we go deep: we muse on characters steering the book, address real relationship problems within the realm of her characters, examine emotional intimacy, discuss sexual preferences and how to have healthy sexual relationships, the impact your art can have on the lives of people in ways you never imagined, having the hard talks, what’s coming up in her writing life, and much more!

Plus, we’re giving away a copy of the new book SERPENTINE, scroll to the giveaway below!

BUT BEFORE YOU LISTEN…

There are some mild spoilers in the podcast, nothing huge, but I can’t say we don’t discuss a few conversations that happen. If that bothers you, read first and then come back and listen. Also, this is a sex-heavy discussion, so if that makes you uncomfortable you may want to pass.

If it doesn’t bother you, OR, if you know nothing about the Anita Blake books but want to listen, here’s the minimum you need to know so you know what we are talking about:

  • Anita Blake is our main character. Vampire Hunter and helps cops solve supernatural crimes.
  • Edward is her best friend, and an assassin. Anita never thought he’d let himself fall in love enough to get married. They have never slept together, more like brother and sister, though rumors have spread from co-workers jealous of their talents.
  • Anita is ‘dating’ lots of men, but there are three main ones:
    • Micah and Nathaniel, the three of them share a house and are a unit
    • Jean-Claude, a vampire she also loves and they all sort of share with.
      • They are going to do a ceremony so the four of them can be married.
  • Nathaniel feels like Micah (who runs a group for lycanthropes called furry coalition) and Anita are working too much and their sex life is suffering for it, which really worries him. He brings it up in Florida even though there’s lots of other shit going on (like murders and freakish lycanthropy victims). Also, Nathaniel wants a baby, which Anita doesn’t really want, and she’s struggling with the fact that he may go to someone else to be able to have one.

  • Damian is a vampire tied to Anita.

  • Richard is a werewolf Anita dated that is also still tied to her. He is afraid to face what he is and has some serious emotional issues.

We reference a few fun things in the podcast, below are the links:

Click here for the Merry Gentry series. 

Click here for the Anita Blake books.

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Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud below.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter.

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GIVEAWAY:

We are giving away one copy of SERPENTINE!

US entries only.

Giveaway is open until 11:59 EST on August 14th.

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Podcast Episode 9: interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

Episode 9 of the podcast features the lovely, multi-talented, and award-winning Mary Robinette Kowal!

Mary splits her time between multiple creative endeavors, and on this episode she digs into what it’s like to be an audiobook narrator as well as an author. Go behind the scenes to learn what it’s really like to record an audio book, and enjoy Mary’s insight and humor as she accounts her experiences. We also talk about her newest book, THE CALCULATING STARS, which hit shelves on July 3, 2018.

We reference a few fun things in the podcast, below are the links:

Mary’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/maryrobinette/memberships

Mary’s Drip: https://d.rip/maryrobinette/tiers

Plus, click here for The Lady Astronaut club!

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Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud below.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter.

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Podcast Episode 8: interview with Susan Dennard, plus THREE BOOK giveaway!

Episode 8 of the podcast features amazing author Susan Dennard! We talk about her newest book SIGHTWITCH, along with the creative process, what’s coming up in the next book, hot kisses, and more!

PLUS we’re excited to share an amazing giveaway: all three of the Witchlands books that I’m giving away to one lucky winner. Scroll down for your chance to enter!

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter.

itunes link

GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is open to North America only.

Enter by 12:00 am EST on March 15th, 2018.

Good luck!

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Podcast Episode 7: Throwback interview with Christopher Paolini and Rachel Hartman and INTERNATIONAL giveaway!

In this throwback interview from San Diego 2012 I sit down with co-host Mike Macauley (from our old site lytherus.com and the awesome Christopher Paolini fan site Shurtugal.com) to interview Christopher Paolini and Rachel Hartman on her then-recently released book, Seraphina. I’m featuring this old interview to celebrate the release of Hartman’s newest book, Tess of the Road, which hits stores on Tuesday February 27, 2018.

Also, I’m doing my first INTERNATIONAL giveaway! I have an ARC of Tess of the Road that I’m giving away to one lucky winner. Scroll down for your chance to enter!

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter. I have tons of stuff in the works, including interviews with some heavy hitters in the YA field, and a lot of giveaways — but I’ll only be doing those if I get some more followers (especially on Instagram)!

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GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is open to anywhere! I don’t do international giveaways often, so don’t miss out!

Enter by 11:59 pm EST on March 6, 2018.

Good luck!

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Podcast episode 6: Bookstagram 101 with Sara from Novel Novice!

Today’s guest is the lovely Sara Gundell, master blogger babe and creator of the amazing book blog Novel Novice. She has been killing it in the bookstagram game this past year, and, as a newbie in that area, I am frequently inspired by Sara’s awesome images. Like these:

Gorgeous, right?

I wanted to pick her brain on how she got into bookstagramming, and get some tips on how she makes her lovely spreads and how she stays organized!

This is a great podcast to listen to if you’re wanting to get into promoting books on Instagram, and also if you’re wanting some insight from someone who is doing it successfully.

Be sure to follow Sara on her Instagram too, so you don’t miss any future images!

And here’s the link to an instagram page that collects monthly photo challenges, if you want to get some good ideas!

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagramfacebook, and twitter. I have tons of stuff in the works, including interviews with some heavy hitters in the YA field, and a lot of giveaways — but I’ll only be doing those if I get some more followers (especially on Instagram)!

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Podcast Episode 5: Throwback interview with James Dashner and GIVEAWAY!

In episode 5 I throwback to a chat from San Diego Comic Con 2013with James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner series. We talk about the series, the first movie coming out, and his then-upcoming new book, The Eye of Minds.

Also, I’m doing my first giveaway! I have a set of movie tie-in covers for the entire Maze Runner trilogy, as well as a prequel book, The Fever Code. Scroll down for your chance to enter!

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter. I have tons of stuff in the works, including interviews with some heavy hitters in the YA field, and a lot of giveaways — but I’ll only be doing those if I get some more followers (especially on Instagram)!

itunes link

GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is open to US and Canada only, sorry!

Enter by 11:59 pm EST on February 5, 2018.

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Podcast episode 4: Our January 2018 recommended reads with Mel from University book store, Seattle!

In this episode Mel Barnes from University book store in Seattle chats with me about her must-read pics for January! Here’s a quick summary of the books we discuss, at a glance:

Iron Gold, Book 4 of the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown**

Judgment Road, Book 1 of Torpedo Ink by Christine Feehan

Binti: The Night Masquerade, Book 3 of Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor

Shroud of Eternity: Sisters of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles, Volume 2 by Terry Goodkind

Beneath the Sugar Sky, Book 3 of Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

The Lost Plot, Book 4: Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

** If you call the bookstore up to the morning of Friday January 19, 2018, you can place an order for a signed and/or personalized copy of Iron Gold by Pierce Brown! Shipping free in the contiguous US. Phone number below. 

Here are some things mentioned in the episode:

-University Book Store  number: (206) 634-3400

Enjoy the episode, and let us know if you’re read any of these books already, and what you enjoyed!

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter. I have tons of stuff in the works, including interviews with some heavy hitters in the YA field, and a lot of giveaways — but I’ll only be doing those if I get some more followers (especially on Instagram)!

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Podcast episode 3: Interview with Alex Kahler, author of RUNEBINDER

In episode 3 I chat with Alex Kahler, author of RUNEBINDER. We talk about the creation of the world and the awesome element-based magic system, what’s up for the series, and what it’s like writing gay YA in the fantasy genre.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud.

Enjoy the episode, and let us know if you’re read this book already and what you enjoyed!

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter. I have tons of stuff in the works, including interviews with some heavy hitters in the YA field, and a lot of giveaways — but I’ll only be doing those if I get some more followers (especially on Instagram)!

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Podcast episode 2: Must-reads for December and holiday suggestions with Mel from University book store, Seattle!

In this episode Mel Barnes from University book store in Seattle chats with me about her must-read pics for December, as well as some other wonderful series, all which will make excellent holiday gifts!

Listen to the podcast on iTunes, or if you don’t have iTunes, I’ve also posted a link to SoundCloud.

Here are some things mentioned in the episode:

-UBS number: (206) 634-3400

-Novelnovice.com re-read of His Dark Materials

Enjoy the episode, and let us know if you’re read any of these books already, and what you enjoyed!

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, facebook, and twitter. I have tons of stuff in the works, including interviews with some heavy hitters in the YA field, and a lot of giveaways — but I’ll only be doing those if I get some more followers (especially on Instagram)!

itunes link

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Ink Feather Podcast Throwback: Interview with Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer!

images-2-300x196I’m excited to kick off my Ink Feather Podcast, something I have literally wanted to do for almost 3 years now. I have a lot of cool interviews in the works, but I wanted to get it off the ground, so I’m starting by re-visiting one of my all-time favorite interviews!

Leigh Bardugo. Marissa Meyer. What more is there to say? Two powerhouses of YA fantasy right now! They are incredible storytellers, both of them, and it was really fun to interview them back in 2013 when their first series were still in the creation stages (at the time of the interview, Leigh had her second Grisha book out, and Marissa had her second Lunar Chronicles book out).

Here’s a link to the throwback episode, and scroll further down if you want to read my original post that went with the interview.

 

Enjoy!

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In the past year or two there have been a few book series that have really stood out in YA fantasy. Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles (‘Cinder,’ ‘Scarlet’ and upcoming ‘Cress’) and Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Series (‘Shadow and Bone’ and ‘Siege and Storm’) were at the top of that list.

We have been fortunate enough to feature both ladies on Lytherus previously (Click here and here for Leigh, and here for Marissa). However, we wanted more from these amazing New York Times bestselling authors, so we arranged a dual audio interview at San Diego Comic Con. The theme of the interview was similarities between their series, including older fables and fantasy influencing their worlds, strong female characters, and of course rakish boys! And, not surprisingly, they are fans of each other’s series, so they both enjoyed singing the praises of the other.