Episode 555-With Mur Lafferty

On September 20, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Mur Lafferty, author of STATION ETERNITY. About STATION ETERNITY: Amateur detective Mallory Viridian’s talent for solving murders ruined her life on Earth and drove her to live on an alien space station, but her problems still follow her in this witty, self-aware novel that puts a speculative spin on […]

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Episode 554-With Alix E. Harrow

On September 13, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Alix E. Harrow, author of A Mirror Mended. About A Mirror Mended: Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you’ve rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you’ve gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one […]

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Episode 553-With Valerie Valdes

On August 30, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Valerie Valdes, author of FAULT TOLERANCE. About FAULT TOLERANCE: Nothing wrecks Captain Eva Innocente’s vacation plans quite like an anonymous threat to vaporize billions of people. Hundreds of monoliths have suddenly materialized in space, broadcasting the same looped message: surrender or be exterminated. Is the universe being epically spammed? […]

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Episode 552-With Rena Mason and Vince Liaguno

On August 23, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Rena Mason and Vince Liaguno, co-editors of Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology. About Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology: Offering new stories from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the hottest up-and-coming talents, Other Terrors will provide the ultimate reading experience for horror fans […]

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Episode 551-With R.A. Salvatore

On August 16, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome R.A. Salvatore, author of Glacier’s Edge: A Novel (The Way of the Drow, 2). About Glacier’s Edge: A Novel (The Way of the Drow, 2): There’s a lot that Jarlaxle doesn’t know: is he the lone survivor of the raid on the slaad fortress, can he even find a […]

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Episode 550-With Randee Dawn

On August 9, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Randee Dawn, author of TUNE IN TOMORROW. About TUNE IN TOMORROW: She’s just a small town girl, with mythic-sized dreams. Starr Weatherby came to New York to become… well, a star. But after ten years and no luck, she’s offered a big role – on a show no one […]

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Episode 549-With Lynne Marie Thomas from Uncanny Magazine

On August 2, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome nine-time Hugo Award winner Lynne Marie Thomas, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Uncanny Magazine, Year 9: To Fifty … and Beyond!. About Uncanny Magazine, Year 9: To Fifty … and Beyond!: Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas have run Kickstarters for the five-time Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine Years One, Two, Three, […]

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Episode 548-With Ryan Van Loan

On July 26, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Ryan Van Loan, author of THE MEMORY IN THE BLOOD. About THE MEMORY IN THE BLOOD: When her quest to destroy the Gods began, Buc was a child of the streets. Now she is a woman of steel, shaped by gaining and losing power, tempered by love and betrayal, […]

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Episode 547-With Blake Crouch

On July 19, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Blake Crouch, author of UPGRADE. About UPGRADE: At first, Logan Ramsay isn’t sure if anything’s different. He just feels a little… sharper. Better able to concentrate. Better at multitasking. Reading a bit faster, memorizing better, needing less sleep. But before long, he can’t deny it: Something’s happening to his […]

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Episode 546-With Ava Reid

On July 12, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Ava Reid, author of Juniper & Thorn. About Juniper & Thorn: A gruesome curse. A city in upheaval. A monster with unquenchable appetites. Marlinchen and her two sisters live with their wizard father in a city shifting from magic to industry. As Oblya’s last true witches, she and her […]

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Episode 545-With Laura J. Mixon

On July 5, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Laura J. Mixon, author of UP AGAINST IT. About UP AGAINST IT: Jane Navio is the resource manager of Phoecea, an asteroid colony poised on the knife-edge of a hard vacuum of unforgiving space. A mishap has dumped megatons of water and methane out the colony’s air lock, putting […]

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Episode 544-With Ian Brazee-Cannon

On June 28, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Ian Brazee-Cannon, author of The Courtship of Georgie and Armand: A M/M fantasy gay shifter romance. About The Courtship of Georgie and Armand: A M/M fantasy gay shifter romance: This is the story of how Georgie and Armand, the shape-shifting, master mage dragons who run an interdimensional hotel, met, […]

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Episode 543-With Boyd and Beth Morrison

On June 21, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Boyd and Beth Morrison, co-authors of THE LAWLESS LAND. About THE LAWLESS LAND: Canterbury, 1351. Ex-communicated knight Gerard Fox is a battle-hardened warrior whose ancestral home was unjustly taken from him. Now, he roams across the known world of Europe looking for work as a man-at-arms. Equipped with only […]

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Episode 542-Just Us and Tracy’s 100th Episode

On June 14, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy are celebrating Tracy’s 100th episode with questions and comments from Patrons, anecdotes, stories and more. You can also check out Tracy’s 1st episode! No picks this week, but we’ll be back with not one, but TWO guests next week…! Links: Tracy Townsend on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional […]

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Episode 541-With Elaine Isaak aka E. C. Ambrose

On June 7, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Elaine Isaak aka E. C. Ambrose, author of DRAKEMASTER. About DRAKEMASTER: What connects an ancient map carved in a cane, a disgraced descendant of Chinggis Khan, and a secret Chinese society? 1257 AD, Kaifeng, China: Dailus, a European bronzecaster taken as a slave by the Mongols, builds mighty siege […]

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Episode 540-With Ren Hutchings

On May 24, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Ren Hutchings, author of UNDER FORTUNATE STARS. About UNDER FORTUNATE STARS: Two Ships. One Chance To Save The Future. Fleeing the final days of the generations-long war with the alien Felen, smuggler Jereth Keeven’s freighter the Jonah breaks down in a strange rift in deep space, with little chance […]

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Episode 539-With Kate Heartfield

On May 17, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Kate Heartfield, author of THE EMBROIDERED BOOK. About THE EMBROIDERED BOOK: 1768. Charlotte, daughter of the Habsburg Empress, arrives in Naples to marry a man she has never met. Her sister Antoine is sent to France, and in the mirrored corridors of Versailles they rename her Marie Antoinette. The […]

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Episode 538-With Malcolm Devlin

On May 10, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Malcolm Devlin, author of AND THEN I WOKE UP. About AND THEN I WOKE UP: In a world reeling from an unusual plague, monsters lurk in the streets while terrified survivors arm themselves and roam the countryside in packs. Or perhaps something very different is happening. When a disease […]

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Episode 537-With Beyond The Trope

On May 3, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome the folks from the Beyond the Trope podcast, Giles Hash and Michelle Graham. About Beyond the Trope: “Nerds and geeks unite! BEYOND THE TROPE was a writing podcast before we expanded into general nerdiness. The original co-hosts got tired of snobs telling us that pop culture was rubbish, and […]

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Episode 536-With Mary Roach

On April 26, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Mary Roach, author of PACKING FOR MARS: FOR KIDS. About PACKING FOR MARS: FOR KIDS: What is it like to float weightlessly in the air? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? How do astronauts go to the bathroom? Is it true that they don’t […]

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Episode 535-With John Scalzi

On April 19, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome John Scalzi, author of The Kaiju Preservation Society. About The Kaiju Preservation Society: When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he […]

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Episode 534-With Andrea Hairston

On April 12, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Andrea Hairston, author of REDWOOD AND WILDFIRE. About REDWOOD AND WILDFIRE: At the turn of the 20th century, minstrel shows transform into vaudeville, which slides into moving pictures. Hunkering together in dark theatres, diverse audiences marvel at flickering images. Redwood, an African American woman, and Aidan, a Seminole Irish […]

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