Listen in to a great return visit from favorite authors of Young Adult fantasy, Diana Bastine and Debra Killeen, as they talk with us about their current publications and projects.
Diana Bastine, one of many Fairy CatMothers, is the author of the Young Adult fantasy novels The Source, Shapeshifter and Selkie. Her current writing projects include the fourth novel in her fantasy series, Gabriel’s Secret, and a steampunk adaptation of the life of labor activist Mary “Mother” Jones. She is also co-editing a forthcoming steampunk anthology.
When Kathleen Flynn’s partner, Anna, mysteriously vanishes while swimming along the Irish coast one day, friends of her brother Niall and niece Caitlin from the underground world of Hamelyn and the world of Faerie join them to find the reason for her disappearance, a reason that may be more sinister than they expect.
Debra Killeen is the author of the 5-volume award-winning fantasy series, The Myrridian Cycle, consisting of An Unlikely Duke, A Prince in Need, Legacy of the Archbishop, Priestess Awakening and Kingdom in the Balance. Her current writing project is the Unholy War trilogy, and she has plans for a few short stories and a paranormal mystery series.
Late breaking news since the broadcast: Double Dragon eBooks has accepted the first volume of the ”Unholy War” trilogy for publication in 2014. Congratulations Debra!
About the Myrridian series
“Killeen thrills readers again with all the adventure and intrigue they have come to expect from her writing. Old friends return and new villains are introduced. Lies, betrayal, deceit, murder, violence, love, and romance fill the pages. A visit to Myrridia is never dull, and Killeen’s ability to create a fictional world that completely makes the reader forget the real one is matched by few fantasy writers.”—Readersden.com
Persimmon Wilson and his story will stay with you long past the first reading. An amazing tale, Nancy Peacock brings us nothing less than an American saga carrying love and cruelty and passion and an enduring will to survive that knows no bounds. Filled with personalities that come alive on the pages, we are bound to Persimmon the day he, a nine year old slave, carries a picnic basket for a lady attending the hanging of a slave who killed his overseer, and are with him when, across the showroom as they wait to go on the auction block, he first sees the woman he will always love. We are there when he joins a regiment of Union soldiers, when he becomes a member of the Comanche Nation, and when he comes, at last, to the end of his telling. Here a thread is woven into the fabric of American history that will enrich your comprehension and appreciation of the whole cloth.
“This extraordinary novel, part Cold Mountain, part Dances With Wolves, is a love story, a thriller, an epic adventure tale, and impossible to put own.” Henry Wiencek
Focus on North Carolina Poetry, guest-hosted by Sara Claytor, is enlivened by the readings and story telling of Jo Barbara Taylor, a Raleigh poet with numerous publications to her credit. Jo’s chapbooks include One or Two Feathers – with much color and sensuality, nature is always at the center of these poems, Jake and Jill The Story of a Marriage – full of fun and good humor and the perfect size for mailing instead of a conventional anniversary card, Cameo Roles – thoughtful poems about the different roles women play throughout their lives, and High Ground – how Alpha Marines in battle and those waiting for them to come home address the daily acceptance of death.
Jo gives us the low down on the new poetry series at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh she is coordinating and talks as well about getting published as a poet. You can find out more about Jo Barbara Taylor and how to contact her by listening in and/or by Googling Jo Barbara Taylor poet.
Forbidden Harvest by Peter Rizzolo (broadcast 10-14-2013) The protagonist of this tale of medical intrigue has developed a method to extend the viability of donated human organs for transplant by a complex freezing process (a method that is today actually in the experimental stage). When the hospital cancels his research he faces the choice of stopping his life’s work or continuing in his struggle to save lives. Retired UNC Profesor of Family Medicine, Peter Rizzolo has written a novel that raises the questions of medical ethics concerning life and death, of behind the scenes intrigue that crosses continents, and of love in its many permutations.
Lee Smith writes: “Peter Rizzolo brings his immense medical knowledge and deep compassion to this thoughtful and movingnovel. Skillfully written and deeply engaging throughout, his real and complex characters come to life on the page, giving his readers a deeper understanding of these timely issues that touch all our lives.”
Go to www.peterrizzolo.com to learn more and to take a lok at the book trailer for Forbidden Harvest.
Pull Down the Night by Nathan Kotecki (broadcast 10-7-2013) Written as the second of a series of Young Adult fantasy novels, Pull Down the Night offers the kind of storytelling that will keep engrossed any reader with an appreciation of taut writing combined with intricate imagination. The teen age protagonists and their concerns about life will be easy to identify with for any person currently in that age group or who ever has been. Combining the normal high school setting with intriguingly curious paranormal happenings that leave you wondering where and what the line is between good and evil, Kotecki also brings in an underscore of art, literature and alternative music. You can even access the playlist that the series compiles by going to Spotify and looking for Suburban Strange, the title of the first of the series. Find out more at www.thesuburbanstrange.com
You Can Love Food, Love Yourself,and Love Life by Jane McClaren (broadcast 9-30-2013) In this engaging and even therapeutic book about our relarionship with food, Jane shares what enabled her to merge her love of food with a healthy attitude and body. She shares her hard-won insights about “good foods that tell the truth” and “bad foods that lie”, celebrating simple, delicious food and artistry in the kitchen. Along the way she invites us to consider the four W’s of the way we eat-what, when, where, and why to help counteract the pitfalls of automatic eating and begin to know our bodies. Find out more at www.janemcclaren.com
Paul and Audrey discuss The Devil’s Tabernacle-The Pagan Oracles in Early Modern Thought
The Devil’s Tabernacle by Anthony Ossa-Richardson (broadcast 9-23-2013) Paul and Audrey discuss Ossa-Richardson’s work dealing with the influence of pagan oracles, most specifically the Oracle at Delphi, on early modern thought. Find out more about this work at Princeton Press.
Sixty Minute Poet by Forrest W. Heaton (broadcast 9-16-2013) This program is the inauguration of Carolina Book Beat’s “Focus on North Carolina Poetry”, guest-hosted by Sara Claytor, well-known NC poet. ( find out more about Sara here.) The third Monday of every month Sara will introduce listeners to a poet and poetry from the wealth of talent that we are so fortunate to have surrounding us.
The NC poet and song writer, Forrest W. Heaton, is the perfect guest to start with as he encourages everyone to find and nurture their inner poet. Forrest’s promise is: “You give me sixty-minutes of focused, timed, uninterrupted reading/writing and you will be well on your way to a lifetime of writing poetry, having fun with it, perhaps even getting really good at it.” He states that there is an inherent freedom in poetry, poets are completely free to choose how they express themselves without restrictions from the reader, there are no rules. Not many things you can say that about.
Why write poetry? For the pleasure and experience of distilling the essence of thought and emotion onto paper, thereby making it more real and honest, to be shared or not, as desired. Listen in, write your own four line poem to start, and join in as we conclude the hour in song backed by Forrest’s guitar and most excellent singing voice. Find out more at Sixty Minute Poet.
North Carolina Musicians: Photographs and Conversations by Daniel Coston plus There Was a Time: Rock and Roll in the 1960s in Charlotte, and North Carolina by Daniel Coston and Jacob Berger (broadcast 9-9-2013)
Listen in to this double header as we talk with Daniel about his two books that have been published within months of each other. The foreword by Meg Freeman Whalen to Photographs and Conversations is appropriate for both of these books that are a boon to all those who have received so much enjoyment from our most excellent homegrown musical talent.
“A showcase of photographs and stories by Charlotte photographer Daniel Coston, (these books bring) together music makers of many genres and generations. Using seeing, rather than musical style, as the basis for its structure, the book(s) present a cross-section of Carolina musicians traveling the road, relaxing at home, recording in studios, and performing in festivals, theaters, and clubs In these pages, up-and-comers – Chatham County Line, the Avert Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops – find space among their revered elders – Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Nappy Brown, Maurice Williams. Rock bands jam with shout bands, fiddlers with bluesmen.
With his photographs, Daniel joins a quest that began in North Carolina more than 80 years ago: to give recognition and respect to our homegrown musicians and the sounds they create. (These book are not just documentaries; they are a salute)” Find out more at danielcostonphotography.com
The Queen of Eyes by Rachel Pollack,(broadcast 9-2-2013) Rachel brings us some excellently imaginative reading with Jack Shade as the principal character in a series of novellas described as shamanic noir. Jack is a present day private eye occultist shaman who deals with the supernatural, traveling to other dimensions for people who hire him. Tough, smart and sophisticated, nevertheless as in the classic noir stories, he is likely to be scammed by his clients who have their own agendas. “Queen of Eyes”, second in the series that started with “Forest of Souls”, is featured in the September-October 2013 edition of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The title character is a woman who holds all the world’s oracular power within her body. She’s missing, and Jack is on the hunt. Along the way he introduces us to The Nude Owl, a Knowledge elemental who is dressed in so many layers of clothing that his/her sex is indeterminate, takes us along to a homeless shelter in New York for exiled angels, demons and others of that ilk and embarks on a wild journey that begins in a magical dollhouse in the world’s most famous toy store. Reading just one of the Jack Shade stories
will have you waiting for more like the rest of us. Find out more at Fantasy and Science Fiction.