Audio Literary Salon
56. Bookable Space with Sandra Coffey40:37Joining host Yvonne Battle-Felton, this episode of Bookable Space features Sandra Coffey reading Breaking into the Media: The Journalist's Guide to Publicity.About the bookA journalist's inside look on what it takes to get publicity. About the author: Sandra Coffey is a former senior journalist and editor who now works as a PR Manager covering Ireland and the UK. She has gained coverage for clients in publications such as Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Independent, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Sandra also helps beginner PR professionals start out in their careers and provides a lot of advice and tips from her 10+ years as a journalist. Sandra's book titled "Breaking Into The Media - A Journalist's Guide To Publicity" was shortlisted for A Wishing Shelf Book Award. These awards are judged by readers. Sandra tweets at @SandraCoffey
55. Bookable Space with Bobbie Jean Huff19:23Joining host Yvonne Battle-Felton, this episode of Bookable Space features Bobbie Jean Huff reading The Ones We Keep.About the bookWhat would you do if you discovered that one of your children had drowned—but now which one? Would you try to discover which child you had lost? Or would you make a different choice? The Ones We Keep follows the splintered lives of four family members in the years following an unspeakable tragedy, and the choices they make to find their wasy back to each other. Bio - Bobbie Jean Huff Canadian-American Bobbie Jean Huff has published short stories, poems, and essays. Her debut novel, The Ones We Keep, took three years to write, and was a finalist (as The Children's Corner) in the 2019 Dzanc Prize for Fiction She moved down from Ottawa six years ago, and lives in Pennington, New Jersey.
54. Bookable Space with Steven Mayfield25:58Steven Mayfield joins host Yvonne Battle-Felton in this episode of Bookable Space. Steven will be reading from Delphic Oracle, U.S.A.About the bookIt is 1925 when a love affair between enchantress Maggie Westinghouse and con man July Pennybaker upends the small town of Miagrammesto Station, tumbles it about, and sets it back down as Delphic Oracle, Nebraska. Will their love fulfill its destiny? The narrator of this wry, entertaining novel, Father Peter Goodfellow, weaves back and forth in time to answer that question. Along the way, he introduces the Goodfellows, the Penrods, and the Thorntons—families whose members include a perpetual runaway, a man with religion but no faith, a man with faith but no religion, a boy known as Samson the Methodist, a know-it-all librarian who seems to actually know everything, a quartet of confused midsummer lovers, and a skeleton unearthed in a vacant lot. Funny, poignant, and occasionally tragic, their histories are part of how a place at the confluence of the Platte, Loup, and Missouri River Valleys became home to the long-lost Oracle of Delphi. Author the author:Steven Mayfield was the 2021 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medalist for his novel, Treasure of the Blue Whale. A former neonatologist, he lives and writes in Oregon and can order beer or wine in four languages. His wife can say, “Pay no attention to this man,” in five.
53. Bookable Space with Susan Cole23:30Susan Cole joins host Yvonne Battle-Felton in this episode of Bookable Space. Susan will be reading from Holding Fast: A Memoir of Sailing, Love, and Loss.About the book HOLDING FAST is Susan Cole’s story of leaving everything behind to follow her husband's lifelong dream of sailing away. Susan’s journey took her from the glitzy world of Madison Avenue advertising to riding out Hurricane Mitch, the largest hurricane on record at the time, on a sailboat in Guatemala. She hadn’t wanted to go in the first place, but ended up on a life-changing odyssey. “Riveting true story about the author’s life on a sailboat with her young family. Sensitive, brave, inspiring, funny, and beautifully written.”About the authorSusan Cole has lived on or around sailboats for over thirty years. Between sails, she earned a B.A. at Barnard College, an M.A. at Columbia University, and ran a market research firm in New York. Holding Fast is her first book. She currently lives in New Orleans.
52. Bookable Space with Arnie Bernstein48:40Love being read to? In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Arnie Bernstein reading from Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing and two other pieces.Arnie Bernstein bio: Arnie Bernstein delves into the forgotten corners of history through narrative nonfiction. His explorations of American Nazis, Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund, has earned world-wide acclaim, including The NY Times, Publishers Weekly, and media in Poland, Germany, England, Israel, and more. Arnie is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, International Federation of Journalists, and Society of Midland Authors. He is a competitive runner, can recite all dialog from The Godfather by heart, and is a lifelong fan of the Chicago White Sox, which means he doesn’t have to read the Book of Job. Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing is the horrifying true story of the deadliest school killing in American history. On May 18, 1927, in the small town of Bath, Michigan, the local school blew up, killing 38 children and four adults. The madman behind this crime burned down his home, killed his wife, and blew himself up in front of the devastated school grounds. Bath Massacre resonates powerfully for modern readers and reminds us that domestic terrorism and mass murder are sadly not just a product of our times. To purchase signed books or for more information: https://www.arniebernstein.com
51. Bookable Space with Laura Pashby15:38Love being read to? Hosted by writer, Yvonne Battle-Felton, inthis episode of Bookable Space we're joined by Laura Pashby reading from Little Stories of Your Life.About the book:It’s easy to feel that our own lives are not enough, but real lives are not defined by bright, exciting events: we don’t need a grand narrative arc. It’s the stretches of time in between that matter, the tiny moments and the daily choices that make us who we are. Little Stories of Your Life shows you how to use words and photographs to capture precious little moments and how to share these in order to connect with others.Each chapter explores the different ways you can tell your own stories, considers why you might choose to tell them and helps you to create a patchwork of tiny tales about your life, however small they might be. Throughout the book, Laura shares her own personal stories and research that shows you how to tune out of the bigger picture and focus on the everyday. There are exercises to gently guide you through how to journal and harness your inner creativity, as well as tips on improving your photography, photo challenges and writing prompts to get you started.Laura Pashby is a writer and photographer from the Cotswolds. Her first book, a creativity guide called Little Stories of Your Life: Find your voice, share your world and tell your story, is published by Quadrille. She loves walking in the woods, particularly on a foggy morning.
50. Bookable Space with AA Abbott19:25Love being read to? Joining host Yvonne Battle-Felton, this episode of Bookable Space features AA Abbott reading Lies at Her Door.About the book: She forgot about her childhood friend… until his body is found under her garden. Can she prove she didn’t commit the decades-old murder? Lucy Freeman struggles to find satisfaction in life. Trapped in the shadow of her rock star brother, the thirty-two-year-old craves more than her days at home caring for her terminally ill mother. But her routine takes a turn for the horrifying when a giant sinkhole collapses the earth outside their house and reveals a skeleton.Shocked to discover the bones belong to a former member of her sibling’s band, Lucy’s worst nightmare comes alive when police suspect her of the killing. And as she turns to her dying parent’s diaries in a desperate search for vindication, she’s entangled in a dark and complicated truth. Will unearthing long-buried wrongs prove lethal?Lies at Her Door is a heavy-hitting psychological thriller novel. If you like strong character growth, overcoming dysfunctional relationships, and revealing unexpected secrets, then you’ll love AA Abbott’s chilling whodunnit. Buy Lies at Her Door to excavate the facts from the rubble today!About the author:British crime thriller writer A.A. Abbott (also known as Helen Blenkinsop) enjoys escaping with an exciting and emotional read, and that’s what she aims to write, too. Based in Bristol, her latest psychological thriller is set in the city’s swanky Clifton district. Here, gracious Georgian houses overlook the dramatic Avon Gorge. While it’s a place of beauty, nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. ‘Lies at Her Door’ is Helen’s ninth book. She’s had help from beta readers on subjects as varied as police procedure, philosophy and Parkinson’s disease. They’ve made huge improvements to the story, as has Helen’s editor, Katharine D’Souza. Like 10% of us, many of Helen’s family are dyslexic. While she is not, she wants her books to be enjoyed by readers with dyslexia and visual impairment too. She publishes her thrillers in a large print dyslexia-friendly edition as well as standard paperback and ebook versions. (You can also adjust the font on your electronic device to suit your needs.) Helen likes speaking to book groups, business networks and social circles. She also has fun reading thrillers and short stories at live fiction events and on Zoom. If you're a book blogger, litfest organiser, reviewer or simply adore books, she’d love to hear from you. Helen is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Bristol Fiction Writers' Group, and Birmingham's New Street Authors. Find out more, check out notes for book clubs and get a free e-book of short stories at https://aaabbott.co.uk
49. Bookable Space with Debbie Burke30:33Love being read to? In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Debbie Burke reading Until Proven Guilty.About the book: A guilty rapist freed on a technicality. A father wrongfully convicted of molesting his daughter. An unknown son from the past with a dark secret. Investigator Tawny Lindholm and attorney Tillman Rosenbaum struggle to resolve three baffling cases where DNA doesn’t lead to the truth. Instead, it lays bare lies, deception, and betrayal, threatening Tawny and Tillman’s new marriage and endangering their family. About the author: Debbie Burke is a suspense novelist, award-winning journalist, and blogger at The Kill Zone website. Her Tawny Lindholm Thrillers with Passion series plunges crime-solver Tawny Lindholm into fast-paced twisty plots with quirky characters and snappy dialogue, set against the rugged scenery of Montana.Website: https://debbieburkewriter.com Twitter: burke_writer Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B075NNWMNH Email: email@example.com
48. Bookable Space with Trudy Krisher18:53Love being read to? Joining host Yvonne Battle-Felton, this episode of Bookable Space features Trudy Krisher reading from On the March: A Novel of the Women's March on Washington.About the author: Trudy Krisher an award-winning author of a number of historical novels with social justice themes (SPITE FENCES, KINSHIP, UNCOMMON FAITH, FALLOUT). She has a reputation as a trailblazer in writing and speaking out about sensitive issues surrounding self-identity, race, and gender through her fictional works. You can read more about her at her website: www.trudykrisher.com. ON THE MARCH is available as ebook, paperback, and hardcover from both Amazon and Ingram. About the book: The lives of three strangers collide when they travel together to the national Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. Henrietta Oldham is an elderly woman who runs a failing antique store; Birdie Jackson is a shy African-American teenager who is marching at the insistence of her feminist aunt; Emily Messer is a recent college graduate who needs more in her life than her job as a barista. Although Henrietta, Birdie, and Emily appear to have little in common as they begin their ride from Kansas to Washington, D.C., they find common bonds in shared experiences of sexual harassment, pay inequity, self-sabotage, and even bra-stuffing. As the women begin to know and trust each other, they each start to discover their voice and cultivate the courage to share their secrets. Inspiring and appealing to women of all ages, On the March is a warm, and often funny, novel of the zeitgeist and the renewed feminist spirit of our times. It would make a terrific read for book clubs