The Picky Bookworm
By The Picky Bookworm
My life doesn't always revolve around books, even when I wish it could. I love the bookish lifestyle, and I love talking to my friends about books. Each episode will have either a guest, or some book reviews, or some other fun stuff.
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You can also find me at thepickybookworm.com, where I post book and movie reviews!
Be sure to subscribe, so you don't miss a thing!
You can also find me at thepickybookworm.com, where I post book and movie reviews!
Buddy Book Chat: White Trash Warlock with Gabe Hargrave
Gabe is back, my friends! He has wanted to do this buddy chat for a while now, and we had such wonderful things to say! White Trash Warlock by David Slayton is such a fun read! Visit my website (address to come soon!) to leave a comment with your thoughts, or check out the series! Until next time, friends!
December 03, 2022
Neal and I had such a great time today! We talk about so many different things, including his book Site Alpha. Check it out soon on the show notes, available 11/20/22 at thepickybookworm.com/neal
November 19, 2022
GGBC: The Fires of Treason
The Golden Girls are back with a new indie book! We discuss The Fires of Treason, by Michele Quirke. Lacey recommended the book to us because her series is going under a rebranding, so we couldn't discuss her book. I was thrilled that we were able to discuss this one, and look forward to sharing Lacey's full series after its re-release. Check out thepickybookworm.com/podcast/golden-girls-book-club for links to the girls' Twitter, and to purchase any of the books we've discussed. Until next time, friends!
November 16, 2022
Keira and I had such a blast today! She talks about her two websites, and tells the story of her first book pitch! I loved hearing more about her website autimagintion! Visit the shownotes on my website at thepickybookworm.com/Keira to read more and find links to Keira's books. Until next time, friends!
November 12, 2022
87: R.T. Slaywood
Well, I'm sorry to break it to KP, but not much nonsense in this episode. R.T. was a joy to speak with, and we talk about everything from writing badly to our love of the indie community, and how important it is to have a great cover. Check out thepickybookworm.com/podcast/slaywood to leave a comment for R.T. and let us know what you thought of the episode! You'll also find links to his books on Kindle and Kindle Vella over there. Thanks for visiting! Until next time, friends!
October 29, 2022
GGBC Oct 2022: Seven Roses by L.L. Tremblay
Golden Girls Book Club is back for a spooky new indie book! Seven Roses is a "light" ghost story, with some events based on the author's own life. Opinions abound but we all agree: if you like ghost stories that aren't too scary, you'll enjoy Seven Roses. Visit Caroline's YouTube channel for an interview with the author! https://youtu.be/iQmFcz7nYjE See you next month with a new indie book discussion! Until Next Time, Friends!
October 19, 2022
S.Z. Atwell (Sabrina)
Hello new friends and old! Welcome back to The Picky Bookworm! I have my good friend Sabrina on the show today and we talk about book marketing. Sabrina has tons of amazing tips for you guys, based on her own experience, and she is super fun to chat with! Enjoy! I will have show notes up on my website very soon, but for now visit Sabrina on Twitter @szattwellauthor to chat with her and check out her books. Until next time, friends!
October 15, 2022
The author of The Gifted and The Cursed Trilogy joins me on the podcast today, and I'm so happy! Marcus and I have been Twitter friends for a while, and I'm thrilled he was able to come chat. We also got to talk about his new Trilogy, and I cannot wait for them to publish so you can read it too! Find Marcus on Twitter and Facebook at MarcusLeeBooks, as well as on Amazon. His books are available on Kindle and Kindle unlimited, so check them out! Until next time, friends!
October 08, 2022
Joel Flanagan Granneman
Joel and I had such a great time today! We talked about everything from the weather to finding inspiration in the most unique of places. Visit thepickybookworm.com/podcast to find out how you can support the podcast and leave a comment with your thoughts on the show. I'll have full show notes up soon, so watch for those! Until Next Time, Friends!
October 01, 2022
Connor is a fairly new friend of mine from Twitter, and he was so awesome to come visit with me today! Have a great time listening to our chat about writing advice, Connor's history with screenplays, and our mutual love of the Jak and Daxter video games! Books recommended: Shadowless by Randall McNally, and A Drowned Kingdom by P.L. Stuart.
September 24, 2022
GGBC Ep 11: Love in Different Shades
The ladies are back with another indie book! This month, we are discussing Love in Different Shades by A. Blachernae. We dicuss this book of short stories using a number system, so we don't spoil for you! Head over to thepickybookworm.com/podcast/golden-girls-book-club and let us know which number was your favorite story and which one made you cry. You can also find an affiliate link to purchase, as well as a future transcript. I'm working on getting them done as quickly as I can. Until next time, Friends!
September 21, 2022
The Forever King author is live on the podcast you guys! If you read my review of this book, you'll know how much I loved it, and hopefully you'll understand how much I enjoyed having Ben on the show. He talks about his favorite qualities in a hero, his favorite qualities in a villain, and we talk about how he wrote his empowered main character, Mithrid. Enjoy! When you're done listening, head over to thepickybookworm.com/ben-galley to leave a comment! I love them so much, and respond to each one! Until next time, friends!
September 17, 2022
Gabe Hargrave v. 2.0
Gabe is back on the podcast and we have a blast as usual! I had some scheduling difficulties with my guest today and Gabe was able to come on the spur of the moment. I will have today's regular guest on very soon, but I didn't want to have to cancel. So please enjoy as Gabe and I chat about books, life, blogging and our favorite subject: supporting indie authors. You can find Gabe on Twitter @GHargraveWrites so go say hi and join his Patreon! You can find the link in his bio. Until next time, friends!
September 10, 2022
Nikki is a bi-racial woman, and she joined me on the show to talk about her identity as bi-racial being the inspiration for her book, "on which side of the fence do I fall?" In one of her stories, she tells of another student calling her The N Word, which she says in a deliberate choice to take some of the stigma away. She is such a powerful, positive woman, and I loved our chat and hope you do too! Until next time, friends!
September 03, 2022
GGBC Ep 10: Darling, There are Wolves in The Woods
The Golden Girls are back with another book club episode! This month, we discuss Darling There are Wolves in The Woods, by L.V. Russell. We all loved the flowery descriptions, and for sure want to visit Laphaniel's house. Visit thepickybookworm.com/podcast/golden-girls-book-club to leave a comment and meet the girls. Until next time, friends!
August 24, 2022
Laurie and I had such a fun chat today! We talk about research for books, why words have power, and what happens when we dislike books vs dislike movies. You can find Laurie on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and her author page on Amazon. Until next time, friends!
August 20, 2022
TW: we do discuss anorexia and bulimia along with body dysmorphia. If you are triggered by these things, please listen carefully, or don't listen at all. I want my space to be safe for you, and don't want to cause anyone problems. We had a wonderful chat, and I look forward to your thoughts. Come visit on thepickybookworm.com and visit Peter on his socials: Instagram @peterrosch, Facebook @PeterRoschAuthor, Twitter @PeterRosch, and his website peterrosch.com. Thanks for listening. Until next time, friends!
August 13, 2022
Mike and I had such a great chat! We talked about our adhd experiences, and how reading can help you take better tests. His book, The Traitors We Are, is available on Kindle and a couple other places. Check out his website www.michaelroberti.com and hang with him on Twitter @mikesroberti. Until next time, friends!
August 06, 2022
I have been waiting for months to have Dianna on the show, and after a couple scheduling mishaps and some technology issues, she's here to talk! From writing to bad tips, our chat is full of laughs and fun. Check out Dianna's book, Moonshadow's Guardian, wherever books are sold.
July 30, 2022
Bennett and I had such a fun chat today! We talked about the funny way we met, her love for paranormal romance, and why proofreaders are important. Enjoy our chat, and come visit! You can find Pamela at thepickybookworm.com, and Bennett at booksbybennett.com. Visit Bennett on Twitter and Instagram @aebennettwrites. Our community keeps growing by leaps and bounds and I'm so thrilled to have another author join the family. Until next time, friends!
July 23, 2022
GGBC 9 - This Eternity of Masks and Shadows
Well, our episode got cut off a little quicker than normal, but we loved bringing another indie book to your attention. This month, we discussed This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight. It doesn't happen often, but we were divided in opinions, which made for some interesting discussions. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you check out this book! Until next time, friends! P.S. here's Katie's final recommenation: My conclusion, if you want a quick, easy read but don't mind the hand-holding, read it.
July 22, 2022
William "Roh" Seymour
Roh is a fairly new friend from Twitter, and was so kind to come talk on the show! We talk video game stories, our favorite types of books, and Roh's new podcast! So excited to introduce him to the community! Until next time, friends!
July 16, 2022
Leia and I had such a fun chat today! I got to gush about her books, Falling through the Weaving, and Dragons in the Weaving. Her fantasy duology is so much fun, and I loved hearing about her inspiration for the story. You can find book one on Amazon, and book two releases later this year. I hope you will support her, because I know you won't regret it. She was so fun and such a joy to speak with! Until next time, friends!
July 02, 2022
Tim Baughman Jr.
Tim and I talked about a lot of stuff today! His book, Kotov Syndrome, was a finalist in The Picky Bookworm awards, as well as sounding like a super good story. I'm looking forward to checking the series out, and I hope you'll do so as well. Other books we discussed: The Goners Vol 1 by Kenyon Gagne, Infernal by Mark Jager, The Assassin by Jacob Crawford, Bloody Spade by B.M. Willows, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. You can find Tim on Twitter, @TBaughmanauthor, and his podcast on major podcast directories, as well as anchor.com/incorrect-music-theories. Until next time, friends!
June 25, 2022
Jamie and I had such a fun chat today! I got to gush about her book series, and we enjoyed climbing on our soap boxes about Amazon's return policy. I hope you enjoy!
June 18, 2022
GGBC Ep 8: Between The Birches by KP Roberson
The collection is complete! Golden Girl Katie was on the podcast last week for my regular show, and now we've had her book on the Golden Girls podcast! So happy to have had everyone, and I hope you enjoy our spoiler free discussion of Between The Birches! Until next time, friends!
June 17, 2022
Katie is on the show finally! So excited to have her today, as we talk about her book, Between The Birches, and how she got started writing using stardew valley fan fiction. Enjoy the show and come say hi on Twitter @KPWritesFantasy and @PickyBookworm! Until next time, friends!
June 11, 2022
EM and I had a wonderful chat today, and based on our chat, first drafts will forever be called vomit drafts! If you have one of your very own, come visit thepickybookworm.com/podcast and tell me about it!
June 04, 2022
Ben and I had such a fun chat! Listen to which accents we will never be able to imitate, the books we love to read, and why "writing what you know" is not a hard and fast rule. Find Ben over on Twitter @BenCross_author and say hi! Visit thepickybookworm.com/podcast to comment on today's show and find out how you can support the show. Until next time, friends!
May 28, 2022
100: Avoiding Cliches in writing with JD Sanderson
JD and I had a fantastic talk today! He talks about avoiding cliches and typical tropes in his own writing, and his process as a pantser. We also talk about why writing or reading often is important, but why it's just as important to know when to take a break. You can find JD on Twitter @AScifiWriter! Until next time, friends!
May 21, 2022
GGBC Ep 7: Keepers and Destinies by Carl Brothers
The Golden Girls are back with another book club chat! We discuss Keepers and Destinies by Carl Brothers, and we are not short on opinions purchase the book if you like, before listening, but we are always careful to keep our chats spoiler free. Until next time, friends!
May 18, 2022
99: Finding Inspiration with Carmen Loup
Carmen and I discuss so much today on finding inspiration and what inspires our writing. She advises authors to work on one or two works at a time, so they don't get overwhelmed. Find Carmen and their social/book links on carmenloup.com. until next time, friends!
May 14, 2022
98: Tina Hagmann, New friend to the indie community
Tina is new to the author community, and she is so cool! I knew I needed to have her on the show. She's from Austria, so English is not her first language, and we had such a fun chat! I absolutely loved talking to her, and the hour absolutely flew by! Enjoy our talk about the writing process, marketing, and some awesome book recommendations!
May 07, 2022
97: Skeletal Structure of Writing with Lauren Sefchik
Lauren is on the show today to talk about her book, The Key of Arcandus, and also share some insight into her writing process.
April 30, 2022
96: Vicky Ball
Thanks for listening! Every week, I highlight an author from the indie community, and I'm so grateful to meet all these wonderful people! Visit thepickybookworm.com/Vicky to leave a comment or question for the author!
April 23, 2022
95: Writing and Reading Romance with Nicola Lowe
April 16, 2022
GGBC Ep. 6: Fear and Fury by Jamie Jackson
Golden Girls are back with another book club chat! Tonight we discuss Fear and Fury by Jamie Jackson. Visit thepickybookworm.com/Fear for show notes, a chance to leave a comment, and links to purchase. Until next time, bookworms!
April 13, 2022
94: Eliza Stopps: Writer, Reader, Blogger
I met Eliza when she needed a rush editing job, and she has become a close friend and fellow blogger. Today she's on the show to talk about her Kindle Vella experience, she has a couple great book recommendations, and I for sure had to let her know about my favorite social scheduling tool! We also discuss controversial opinions, social bullies, and why we'll block someone on Twitter. You can find the show notes and links to Eliza and her books at thepickybookworm.com/eliza
April 09, 2022
93: Sci-fi books that make us question our existence with Chris Farnell
Chris Farnell joined me on the show today to talk about his book, Fermi's Progress, a series of novellas written in the style of a procedural. As we chat, Chris described his favorite type of book as "one that makes me wrong in some way." As we chatted, I realized I love those types of books too! When a book makes us question our existence, or place in the universe, such as Children of Time or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we get to change our views on certain things, and discover the importance of others. Chris's books: Fermi's progress 1, Dyson's Fear Fermi's Progress 2, Descartesmageddon Fermi's Progress 3, Planet of the Apiaries Fermi's Progress 4, The Phone Job. You can find Chris on his website, chrisfarnell.com, or on Twitter, @thebrainofchris Find Chris's books here: Fermi's Progress - Season Pass by Chris Farnell - Special Edition Ebook (scarletferret.com) and read all 4 books for the price of 3, with tons of extras! Until next time, bookworms!
April 02, 2022
92: Horror books and more with Ashlei Johnson
Ashlei (aka Beautiful Battle Kitten) is a horror author and more. She has 12 books (TWELVE!!!) Coming out periodically, and she got to come talk about them a little bit! Between Ashlei and I, we give listeners some really great book recommendations, so grab a pen and paper, because you'll for sure want to write them down! Until next time, bookworms!
March 26, 2022
91: Paranormal Fantasy with John Notlad
John and I talk about his books, Lost in The Waking Well, and Astral Cuts, as well as many other books, our love for indie community, and how to market your books, even when you hate talking about yourself. Check out John's books here: Astral Cuts Lost in The Waking Well Until next time, Bookworms!
March 19, 2022
GGBC Ep 5: Not Right Now by Krys Thomas
This month, the Golden Girls talk about Not Right Now, by K. Thomas! Lots of strong opinions, and some book one spoilers! Enjoy!
March 16, 2022
!!BONUS!! Buddy Read: Hidden Magic by Elana McDougall
Gabe Hargrave and I get together for a special buddy read episode, to chat about Hidden Magic by Elana McDougall. We really enjoyed it and hope you'll get a chance to listen and definitely go buy the book! Check out Gabe's interview here: https://gabrielhargravewrites.wordpress.com/2021/10/30/author-interview-elana-mcdougall/#more-337 visit my website here: thepickybookworm.com for info about the podcast, and interviews with Elana! Until next time, bookworms!
March 14, 2022
90: Bixby Jones
Bixby and I had such a great chat! We talk books, movies, and autism representation in media! I can't wait to share with you!
March 12, 2022
89: No Choice with Jimmy Pete
Jimmy visits all the way from New Zealand to talk about his new book, No Choice. I had the honor of working on this book as a proofreader, and I found the characters delightfully detestable. We talk about his books, his writing process, and some advice for new authors. Enjoy!
March 05, 2022
88: Bailey Gee - Poet, deep thinker, mental health advocate
Bailey and I have been friends on twitter for a while now. She wrote two poetry books about her struggle and recovery with mental health. If you struggle with mental health, there is no guilt in asking for help. Please know you are not alone. If you're interested in purchasing Bailey's books, and supporting her journey, you can find them here: http://amzn.com/B08KGG4H9Q and http://amzn.com/B09HFSMG4S
February 26, 2022
87: The Broken Binding Bookshop
I had such a good time talking with the owner of the broken Binding Bookshop! As many things did, Broken Binding started during the pandemic, and has become an awesome online shop catering to book collectors of all kinds. Visit thebrokenbinding.co.uk for more information. Today's book sponsor is Nexus Point by K Piminella, so head over to amazon and support this author, as she supports this podcast. Until next time, bookworms!
February 21, 2022
86: Ellie Lieberman
Ellie and I talk books....from recommending her mom's books to books from the indie community, Ellie and I talk about books that have had an impact on us and our lives, as well as the fun we've had creating items for book gift sets. You can find more info here: acorntops.etsy.com, greentigergifts.etsy.com, thepickybookworm.com.
February 12, 2022
GGBC Ep 4: Time to Wake by Krys Thomas
Golden girls are back with another fun book club chat! Time to Wake by K Thomas is a super fun paranormal romance with tons of cool characters. Enjoy our chat!
February 09, 2022
85: Jenny of JenJenReviews
Thanks for joining for today's episode! Jenny of JenJenReviews is on today, and we talked books and blogs! Blogs discussed: thebookdutchesses.com, elspells.home.blog, and readtoramble.com. Jenny's Blog: jenjenreviews.wordpress.com
February 05, 2022
84: Derek McFadden
We had such a good chat today! Derek and I discussed disability representation, the writing process, and free copies of his book! Head over to thepickybookworm.com to subscribe, and you might win a free copy of What Death taught Terrance. We also discussed Comeback by Chris Limb, the Diary of Anne Frank, The Mayfair Bookshop, and Every Man a Hero by Ray Lambert. Enjoy our chat!
January 30, 2022
!!BONUS!! Ask the Publisher with Jay, owner of Papillon du Pere Publishing
Ask the publisher is an episode that Jay and I put out for authors who are wanting to know more about queries, the publishing process, contracts, and so forth. We hope we answered your questions, we hope we gave you some good info! Cheers!
January 26, 2022
83: Fanny Crispin
We had SUCH a good time chatting on the podcast today! Gave some great book recs, and some tips on self care for authors! Cheers!
January 22, 2022
GGBC Ep 3: Destiny and Other Dilemmas by Caroline Fleur
Our very own Caroline has written a book, and we get to talk about it! Enjoy our discussion of Destiny and Other Dilemmas!
January 19, 2022
82: Rachelle Raeta
Rachelle, author of the book Everlong (you might have heard about it) and we had such a great chat! The hour flew, as we discussed intentional closure, or lack thereof, in books and movies. Enjoy!
January 15, 2022
81: Daniel Paice
Daniel and I had a great time today, talking about getting our minds right for 2022! Enjoy this first episode of the new year!
January 08, 2022
80: Bradley Harper - Bells of Christmas
Bradley came on the show today to talk about The Bells of Christmas 2, a book of short, Christmas themed stories. I had such a good time raving about the book, and I had a super fun surprise for Bradley! Keep listening to find out what it was! Until Next Time, Bookworms!
December 20, 2021
GGBC Ep 2: Everlong by R. Raeta
Katie, Lacey, Caroline and I are back for another Golden Girls Book Club Episode, this time reading Everlong by R. Raeta. We absolutely LOVED the book, and can't wait to tell you about it! We managed to do this book chat spoiler free, so you can listen, even if you've not read the book yet! When you're done listening, head over to my blog, thepickybookworm.com/podcast, and let us know what you thought of this episode! Until next time, bookworms!
December 15, 2021
79: Andrew Slinde
Andrew and I had such a good talk today! We definitely got on our soap boxes about empowerment in Hollywood, and I definitely had some things to say about making books into movies!
December 11, 2021
78: Joe Moya
Joe and I had such a great chat! His book The Lost, will be a movie, coming out next year on Amazon Prime, so totally looking forward to that! You can find Joe on Twitter @The_Wr1te_Stuff and his production company (tba). Until next time, bookworms!
December 04, 2021
77: Gabriel Hargrave
Gabe and I are huge nerds and had a huge, laughter-filled episode about what huge nerds we are. We connected over Alias, and our love of Rambaldi.
November 27, 2021
76: Jae Glass
Jae wrote a super fun book named Undergrounder that I had the honor of working on a couple months ago. We discuss her book, as well as the importance of consent in intimate situations. You'll be able to preorder Undergrounder soon, so head over and follow Jae on twitter @Jae_E_Glass for more info! Until next time, bookworms!
November 21, 2021
GGBC Ep 1: The 13th Zodiac by L. Krauch
Language warning: apparently I was the one to break my language rules on the podcast. Please be careful listening around children. Lacey Krauch, Katie Roberson, Caroline Fleur and I started this bonus episode as a way to discuss our favorite indie books! This month, we discussed Lacey's book, The 13th zodiac, and had a blast!
November 17, 2021
068: Roslyn Reid
Roslyn was kind enough to come talk to me about her books The Spiricom and Scandal at Crystaline. I enjoyed our talk very much, and look forward to checking out her books! Visit my website, thepickybookworm.com for links to her books, as well as a place to leave a comment! Until next time, bookworms!
November 13, 2021
067: BONUS: ASK THE PUBLISHER
Ask the Publisher is a bonus episode where listeners can submit questions, and Jay and I get to answer them as best we can. We had a great time with today's episode, so if you enjoyed it, please submit your own questions to email@example.com, and they could end up on a future episode. Until next time, bookworms!
November 07, 2021
066: Tanja: Once Upon My Little Tribe
Trigger Warning: Some of our conversation is about our respective miscarriages, and what it means to feel alone through the emotional trauma. If miscarriage, abortion or stillbirth triggers you, please give this episode a pass. I'm not looking to hurt anyone. You will see me call a friend of mine "Twinnie" on Twitter a LOT. That twin is none other than Tanja, my guest for today! We get into some deep conversations about the meaning of poetry, how to get into reading poetry if it isn't your thing (or mine), and we touch on how much it means to us to have the deep conversations. Neither of us enjoy small talk, so we go deep. Sponsors: Krys Thomas, author of Time to Wake: https://www.amzn.com/B08WLYGY7V and Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and Other Dilemmas https://www.amzn.com/1736644742
November 03, 2021
065: Elliott Motl
Elliott is the author of Dark Blue, the book that I am doing a giveaway for, over on my website, thepickybookworm.com. I'll be announcing the winner at 6pm CST, for all my subscribers, so hurry over and get involved, then tag someone on Twitter that you think would like this book as well! Until next time, bookworms!
October 30, 2021
064: Bared Magic by Sara Cleveland
Bared Magic is the first in a new series by Sara Cleveland. You can find information on how to order, and where to order, at www.sara-cleveland.com. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to share with your friends! Until next week, bookworms!
October 29, 2021
063: Tegon Maus
Tegon was kind enough to come visit on the show today, and tell us all about his books! I can't wait to check out his book, BOB. It's about a Russian anti-hero, who tends to get himself into quite a bit of trouble. Tegon's other books will be listed soon, as well as his publisher. I hope you enjoyed today's episode, and I'll be back next week with a brand new guest! Head over to my website, thepickybookworm.com, to leave me a comment about today's show, or the podcast in general. Have a great week!
October 23, 2021
062: Vampire Emily
Loved this reading today! Vampire Emily reads like it'll be a super interesting vampire story! I'm looking forward to having the time to check it out! In the meantime, head over to my website, thepickybookworm.com, and leave me a comment on my podcast page, letting me know what you think of the podcast! You can also purchase Vampire Emily here: http://amzn.com/B09FS54VQY
October 23, 2021
061: BONUS: Caroline, Lacey and Katie
Caroline, Lacey, Katie and I have been friends on Twitter for what seems like forever. We each connected separately over commonalities, and connected overall through our love of books. We are thrilled to share that friendship with you guys, and hope you are able to find your own special friendships.
October 16, 2021
060: The Goners, by Kenyon Gagne
Enjoy this reading of an excerpt from The Goners by Kenyon Gagne! I hope you enjoy, then head over to Amazon to purchase this book and support this amazing author! Until next time, bookworms! http://amzn.com/B07DFRXBYS
October 15, 2021
059: Grant Cole
Grant Cole came to visit today about his trilogy, Somali Blood. He's currently querying, so his books aren't published yet. I am looking forward to them, because they sound like an awesome series! We also discussed other books, such as Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy, Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove, 1901 by Robert Conroy, and In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Harry Turtledove. I hope you enjoy this episode, just as I did! Until next week, bookworms! Sponsors: Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and Other Dilemmas, available on Kindle and Paperback, as well as a new sponsor today, Eliza Stopps, whose Page Parker series is available on Kindle Vella. Thank you so much!
October 09, 2021
058: The Pact, by Brandon Reeder
Brandon has been a huge supporter of mine for a long time, so I'm really excited to be able to bring this reading of his debut book to you. You can purchase below, or head over to my website for more information, and a chance to leave a comment with your thoughts! Until next week, bookworms! http://amzn.com/B085S7KZ8J
October 08, 2021
057: Jay - Owner of Papillon du Pere Publishing
Jay was such a delight to talk to! We discuss the difference between vanity presses and traditional presses, and Jay offers a ton of advice for authors looking to publish their book. Enjoy this chat, because I sure did! When you're done, head over to my website, thepickybookworm.com, to leave a comment or ask a question!
October 02, 2021
FCF - The Warriors of Bhrea
Thanks for listening to another episode of First Chapter Friday! I hope you enjoyed listening as much as I enjoyed reading. As you can probably tell, I'm definitely getting better at reading out loud for you guys! Please visit my website, thepickybookworm.com, for more information on purchasing, as well as a place where you can leave questions or comments for the author. Until next time, bookworms!
October 02, 2021
FCF - The Curse
Taken from Amazon's blurb: Cain Slays Abel! The truth behind that simple story is vastly more complicated than anyone could imagine. It is a life-altering headline, at least for me it was. Twice a simple tale of murder turned my life upside down. I am Richard St. Martin, Lord of all Vampires, but before my story can be told, you need to learn the story of the first Lord of all Vampires, Cain. My stepchildren call him Father Cain because he was the first. To ferret out the truth behind the tale, I had to recruit two talented mortals: Dr. Jeremiah Banks, Archaeologist, and Professor Juan Di Vargas, Theologian and Religious Scholar. Together they found the secret origin of the vampires. The Curse by Kethric Wilcox takes another vampire myth/trope and turns it on its head. I hope you enjoyed today's reading, and I hope you'll purchase this book to support the author. Please head over to my website, thepickybookworm.com/podcast, for more info on how to purchase, and to leave me a comment on what you thought of today's episode! Until next time, bookworms!
September 24, 2021
35: Dr. David Rae
David is one of my favorite dark fantasy authors! We got to talk today about his book, Crowman, and his process of writing relatable characters. Links below to the first two books in his trilogy, Crowman and Crow Tower. I'm excited to go purchase them myself, but in the meantime, head over to my website and check out my review! Links below! Books David recommended: Poor Things by Alister Gray, Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe, and The Crucible of the Red Lion by Elizabeth Eckstein. Links are provided on my blog, https://thepickybookworm.wpcomstaging.com/podcast/
September 18, 2021
FCF - In Good Conscience
First Chapter Friday is BACK with another awesome book! Janice Berliner has created awesome suspense in her book, In Good Conscience, and I'm excited to get the book and read it! First chapter Friday has never been good for my TBR, but to be honest, I'm not even mad. You can purchase Janice's book here: https://www.amzn.com/B09DMTT1CC
September 17, 2021
34: Esther aka Cozy with Books
My bookish friend Esther and I got together and chatted about books! We got to talk about our recent reads, the love we have for signed author copies, and why we love book blogging! Our book talks include: Shadowless by Randall McNally Kerwall Town by SD Reed Red Hail by Jamie Killen.... ....and so many more! Enjoy! You can find Esther on Twitter @bookscozy, and on her blog at cozywithbooks.wordpress.com
September 11, 2021
33: Dustin Archibald
Dustin and I talked about his book, Asha Anderson: The Dragon today, as well as a bunch of other books, as part of September's self published fantasy celebration! Check out my website, thepickybookworm.com, for links to as many of the books that we discussed as I remember.
September 11, 2021
!!BONUS!! Celebration of Self Published Fantasy Month
Y'all know how much I love self published books. So as a celebration of this, I get to talk about 6 of my favorite self pub fantasy books. I hope you enjoy this episode, and I hope you head over to Amazon (or wherever you buy your books) and support these amazing writers!
September 04, 2021
FCF - Mythical Investigations by Eliza Stopps
Eliza has become a super fun friend through my proofreading business, so I'm more than happy to help her out and support her as an author as well. Enjoy this first chapter reading her her book, Mythical Investigations, then head over to Amazon, and support her by purchasing her book! Purchase Mythical Investigations
September 03, 2021
32: Caroline Fleur
Caroline and I have been friends for quite a while, so it was an honor to have her on the show! She talks about her Book, Destiny and Other Dilemmas, as well as being an advocate for people with food allergies through writing articles and hosting interviews on her YouTube channel.
August 28, 2021
FCF - The Deep Space Between by Cassandra Stirling
Welcome to another episode of The Picky Bookworm Podcast! I'm the Picky Bookworm, and I love bringing recognition to indie and self published authors through proofreading, book reviews, and podcasting! Today's episode is a reading of The Deep Space Between, by Cassandra Stirling. I read the prologue and Chapter One for you, and I'm definitely curious about where the story will go, and how the book fits in with the prologue. I hope you will consider purchasing this book, and supporting this amazing person! The link to purchase is below: The Deep Space Between
August 28, 2021
31: Lacey Krauch
Such a fun episode today! Lacey and I have been friends for a while, ever since she asked me to proofread her book, The 13th Zodiac. I had such a good time with her book, and wanted her to come on the show to talk about it. Talk we did, and had such a good time doing it. I get to gush about the book for a while, and tell everyone I think they should read it. Enjoy this talk today, you guys! Lacey's book: http://amzn.com/B09B5SFP72 My sponsor for today's episode is Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and other Dilemmas: http://amzn.com/1736644742
August 21, 2021
FCF - Everlong by R. Raeta
Welcome to The Picky Bookworm podcast! I love helping indie authors through proofreading, book reviews and podcasting! Every Friday, I read the first chapter of a book, and link to discussion questions on my blog. Today, I'm reading the first chapter of Everlong, by R. Raeta. I think this story has potential to be really sweet, and I can't wait to have time to read it! You can get involved with the discussion on my blog, thepickybookwormblog.blogspot.com/podcast, where I have posted a couple discussion questions to get you started. Hope to see you there! Purchase Everlong here: http://amzn.com/B08ZBJFXWW
August 20, 2021
30: Joan Wendland of B and C Games
Joan and I had such a fun chat today! She talks about being a game designer, and an author, and an engineer, and you even get to learn how to build a time machine from socks and some dry ice! Enjoy! Visit thepickybookworm.com/043 for links to Joan's games and today's sponsors! Until next time bookworms! Sponsor: Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and other Dilemmas
August 14, 2021
FCF - Destiny and Other Dilemmas by Caroline Fleur
Welcome to First Chapter Friday! Every week, I read the first chapter of an indie or self published book, and give you, my wonderful listeners, a chance to support an author, as well as add a book to your TBR. I'll include a link where you can purchase, and support this fabulous person!http://amzn.com/B08WLYGY7V
August 13, 2021
FCF - Toxic Rage by AJ Flick
First Chapter Friday is a chance for you to hear about new books, and get a more in depth look at the stories. Each book is a chance to do some damage to your TBR, so I hope you enjoy the reading, and consider supporting the author. You can find Toxic Rage here: http://amzn.com/B08DCHDFW6
August 07, 2021
29: U.L. Harper
UL and I talk a lot about reviews, and why we don't enjoy star ratings. We get to hear many different things about his book, and even some of the inspiration behind it. I hope you guys enjoy the show today!
August 07, 2021
28: Krys Thomas
Krys and I had such a good time chatting today! We actually only just got off that, as we had so many things to say that we couldn't fit in the show. I'm so happy to have her today, and I hope you enjoy our discussions of book movie and book to tv show adaptations. Psst...I even have a message for Stephen King himself. Sponsor: Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and other Dilemmas, http://amzn.com/B093KCQCMV purchase Krys's book here: http://amzn.com/B08WLYGY7V
July 31, 2021
FCF - The 13th Zodiac by L. Krauch
So excited for this one, you guys! I got to work with this author, and I really think you'll enjoy listening to my reading of a sample of her book. Preorders are available now, at http://amzn.com/B09B5SFP72, and I have put up a blog post for you to let me know what you think of today's episode! You can find that here. Until next time, bookworms!
July 30, 2021
27: Deborah Klee
Deborah, an author in her own right, and host of the podcast Castaway Books, joined me today! She was so fun, and had lots of things to say! We talked about books, and how she got started podcasting, and what she would say to people who review books. I loved talking with her, and hope you enjoy the conversation! Please visit my website, and leave a comment letting me know what you thought of today's episode, and any topics you may enjoy listening about in future episodes. While you're there, I'd love for you to subscribe, so you never miss a future update! Deborah's book: http://amzn.com/B08BWL74YV Deborah's podcast: Castaway Books. Search your favorite podcast directory to find! Sponsor: Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and Other Dilemmas: http://amzn.com/B093KCQCMV.
July 24, 2021
FCF - Chosen By a Killer
I swear, one of these days, my TBR will forgive me! But that day isn't today, because this first chapter Friday is AMAZING. I need this book asap, and lemme tell ya, it's a good one! You can purchase a copy here, and support the author: http://amzn.com/B093ZHCDSK
July 24, 2021
26: Kenyon Gagne
Kenyon and I have a great talk today about the "classics," and why he thinks he enjoys them so much. I rant a bit about book to movie adaptations, and we discuss our favorites. I get to actually hear the history behind his book, and where he got the idea! Sponsor: Caroline Fleur, Author of Destiny and other Dilemmas
July 17, 2021
FCF - The Grimy and The Greedy
Welcome back to another First Chapter Friday Episode! I'm so glad you're here! Once you're done listening, head over to thepickybookworm.com and leave me a comment letting me know what you thought! I'm so curious how this book is going to turn out, so maybe you'll join me in supporting the author by buying her book. You can find it here: http://amzn.com/B08P5FK4FM
July 16, 2021
25: Janice Berliner
Janice and I talk SO MUCH about her job as a genetic counselor, and it was all super interesting! I'm excited to get her book, Brooke's Promise, on sale at Amazon. I'll have links below to the books we talked about today, so be on the lookout!
July 10, 2021
FCF - The Perilous Road To Her
This book by NL Blandford is one more book I need to add to my TBR. I hope you enjoy this reading, and please let me know on Twitter (@PickyBookworm) what you thought! I'll include a link to purchase very soon, so watch for it! Cheers!
July 02, 2021
24: Rowan Widuson
I had such a fun chat with Rowan today! We talked about books, life, and everything in between! Please be sure to check out today's sponsors, and support them the way they support this podcast! They help keep it going, and deserve all the support I can give them! Books mentioned: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik Pacific Northwest Foraging by Douglas Deur Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera The Goners by Kenyon Gagne The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta Sponsors: Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and Other Dilemmas Rachel Raeta, author of Everlong
June 26, 2021
FCF - A Donkey, A Stablehand, and An Empire
Hey bookworms! So glad you're here for another First Chapter Friday! I'm excited to be back in it after my Air Conditioning adventure last week. Today's reading is A Donkey, A Stablehand, and An Empire. It's a super cute story about a boy named Carson, who starts working in the palace stables. Enjoy! I'd love for you to subscribe, so you don't ever miss an episode, and check out my website below! Don't forget to subscribe there, too, as I'm working on making it a central hub for all things Picky Bookworm! Later, bookworms! My website: thepickybookworm.com
June 25, 2021
23: Common Tongue Magazine
Today's show is super fun, bookworms! Kade from Common Tongue Magazine is on the show today, and we talk about his magazine, how you can submit, where you can buy, and all that fun stuff! And of COURSE, we talk about books! You can find the magazine here: commontonguezine.com You can submit a story here: commontonguezine.com/submissions SPONSORS: Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and Other Dilemmas: http://amzn.com/1736644742 James Huck, author of A Sick Teacher's Cookbook: http://amzn.com/B08DJD4T6T
June 19, 2021
22: Her Bookish Obsession
Haadiya and I had such a good time talking books today! We mention our favorite series, and discuss what we love about book blogging, and the twitter book community! Enjoy! SPONSOR: Krys Thomas, author of Time to Wake: https://www.amzn.com/B08WLYGY7V
June 12, 2021
FCF - Remarkable Women of Brokenheart Lane
Thanks for listening to today's First Chapter Friday! I'm so happy you're here! This is a longer first chapter than I'm used to, so I had to pause a couple times to clear my throat and get a drink of water. I hope you don't notice too much! I hope you enjoy today's reading of The Remarkable Women of Brokenheart Lane! Purchase here: http://amzn.com/B08WX7WT67
June 11, 2021
21: Ben Cass
Ben Cass and I talk a LOT about books, today. We have our favorite series, and our favorite book to tv/movie adaptations. I hope you enjoy all the recommendations! Sponsors: Caroline Fleur, author of Destiny and Other Dilemmas https://www.amzn.com/1736644742 Krys Thomas, author of Time to Wake: https://www.amzn.com/B08WLYGY7V
June 05, 2021
FCF - Children of the Night by Zan Safra
I'm so lucky to know so many talented authors, you guys! Today's book sounds so good, and I can't wait to grab the full book so I can read the rest! I will have to get a purchase link from Zan, as I can't seem to find one on my own. Rest assured, I'll have it here asap. Thanks everyone!
June 04, 2021
FCF - Roswell Chronicles by Frank Nemecek
Today's First Chapter Friday actually contains a bonus chapter! Frank Nemecek, the author, sent me the first 2 chapters. Based on those two chapters, I think this book needs to be on my TBR. Not that I can really afford to add another book, but I just think it needs to be there. Check below for a link to purchase your own copy, if this reading has intrigued you as much as me! http://amzn.com/B07D6VMLNT
May 28, 2021
20: Quies: The Crow and the Fox
Quies is an author from Italy, who currently lives in the UK. She writes non fiction books, and reads books from all over the map. We had a great talk about our favorite books, favorite authors, and anything in between! My cat even made an appearance! Enjoy guys! Books by Licia Troisi that Quies mentioned: 3 Trilogies Chronicles of the Emerged World: Nihal from the Land of Wind, Sennar's Mission, and the Talisman of Power Wars of the Emerged World: The Guild of Assassins, The Two Warriors, and A New Kingdom The Legends of the Emerged World: Adhara's Destiny, Daughter of The Blood, and The Last Heroes Let me know if you check them out! I certainly will! Today's Sponsors: Gabrielle Olexa, author of Jenny from Lebanon, http://amzn.com/B07T93W2PN Charlie Hudson, author of Shades of Truth, http://amzn.com/B004EHZX3Y
May 22, 2021
FCF - Nox by Cym Aros
Today's reading is from book 3 of The Trail Markers Series by Cym Aros. If you enjoy today's book, check out the other books in the series here: http://amzn.com/B09581B2TM
May 21, 2021
19: J.C. Van
Van is a friend of mine on Twitter, and so kindly agreed to come visit with me today! He has tons of advice for new authors who are looking to publish with small presses, so keep listening and enjoy! Today's sponsor: Charlie Hudson, author of Shades of Truth: http://amzn.com/1598000934
May 15, 2021
FCF - Hidden Magic, the Eldritch of Hallows by Elana McDougall
This book has been sitting in my kindle library for a while, and I know now I need to get it on my TBR for this year. Based on this first chapter, I know this is a book I will enjoy. I'm looking forward to reading more, and getting a review to you! I hope you enjoy! P.S. I won't ever make a good audiobook narrator, as I can't seem to read a book out loud without a couple mistakes. I hope you forgive me.
May 14, 2021
18: Rachel Pfennig Hales
Rachel and I talk about everything under the sun today! She kindly stepped in when I lost my other guest, and I'm so grateful to her for doing that! Sponsor Links: Charlie Hudson, Shades of Truth: http://amzn.com/B004EHZX3Y Gabrielle Olexa, Jenny of Lebanon: http://amzn.com/B07T93W2PN
May 08, 2021
FCF - Orcish Dreams by Bradley Simpson
In this episode, you'll hear The Picky Bookworm read the first chapter of Orcish Dreams, written by Bradley Simpson. This episode is the first in a new series that I will have every Friday. You'll likely hear me mess up a few times, but I definitely have a good time! Visit thepickybookworm.com/019 for more information about Bradley, and how to purchase his book!
May 07, 2021
017: R. Ramey Guerrero
Ramey and I had such a great time talking tonight! I think I did most of it, but we talked about proofreading, and how it's so important to get those last, objective eyes on your book before publishing. I got to recommend some indie books for her TBR, and also added a couple to my own!
May 01, 2021
16: Mark Rosendorf
Mark and I had such a good time chatting today about books, television and magic! Mark even treated me to a quick little card trick! Visit my website, thepickybookworm.com for information on Mark's books, and be sure to leave a comment!
April 24, 2021
15: Charlie King
Charlie and I talked about a LOT today! We talked about the books Charlie is reading, the books he loved as a kid, and books he hopes others will read and enjoy. Please visit my website thepickybookworm.com for links to Charlie's Books!
April 17, 2021
14: Carl Brothers
Carl is brand new to podcasting, and was kind enough to come be with me on the show! We talk about all sorts of things, including his book and travelling. I'm looking forward to sharing this talk with you guys, so keep listening!
April 10, 2021
13: Poli Bee
Poli is an author from Slovenia that I had the greatest honor to speak with for today's episode. She has some great insights into what it means to be an author in today's climate, and was able to share a bunch of stuff about her country and culture. I absolutely fell in love with Slovenia, so will be visiting as soon as I can! Enjoy my talk with Poli Bee!
April 03, 2021
12: Tim Cagle
I had such a good time talking with Tim today! He is such an interesting man, who has led a very interesting life. He tells stories about his younger days, and the books he's written, and it's all super fun! Enjoy this episode with Tim Cagle!
March 27, 2021
11: S. D. Reed...Again
The Author of Kerwall Town is back! As you know, Seb was kind enough to be my second guest on the show, and he's back with some really great bookish news! Keep listening, because you won't be disappointed!
March 20, 2021
10: Jon Hartless
Jon Hartless is the author of 3 books currently, Full Throttle, Rise of the Petrol Queen, and Fall of the Petrol Queen. These three are steampunk books, and have 2 more coming out within the next year or 2. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for those! If you enjoy this podcast, be sure to share with your friends, and I would love it if you subscribe! Until next time, bookworms!
March 13, 2021
09: Mark Simmons
Mark is an author from Northeast England and he sits down with us at The Picky Bookworm to talk about life, his move from London, and of course, books! We discuss our favorites, and he even mentions a book he bought that I recommended. That always makes me so happy! So grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy my discussion with Mark Simmons!
March 06, 2021
08: JL Rothstein
Jenn and I get to talk today about our experiences in the book community, and how much we love indie books! She shares her experiences with helping new authors, and gives some advice for learning to promote your author brand. I had such a good time chatting with her!
February 27, 2021
07: T.B. Wayne
T.B. is an author who is in the middle of writing his debut series. The first book, A Foreshadowing of Darkness, is currently available on Amazon! Other books we've mentioned: Ascension of the Phoenix by Jessica Piro, Shadowless by Randall McNally, The Witches of Vegas by Mark Rosendorf, and Unexpected Enemy by Tim Cagle. Grab a cup of your favorite tea and enjoy our discussion of books and life, and of course our book community on Twitter!
February 20, 2021
06: Cassandra Thompson
Cass is an author, poet, mom, editor, publisher, and all sorts of other things. We get to chat about how she does it all, what's going on in the world of books, and why we both love the book community on Twitter! You can find Cass's books here: quillandcrowpublishinghouse.com
February 13, 2021
05: Jared Conti
One of the few episodes not centered around indie books. The Dark Tower by Stephen King is an amazing series of books, and getting to geek out about them with a fellow fan was so much fun! Jared and I visit today about the Dark Tower series, our favorite Stephen King books, and what being a purist looks like. Grab a cup of tea, and enjoy!
February 06, 2021
04: Fantasy Book Nerd
Mark from fantasybooknerd.com joins me today to talk about our favorite books, what it means to be a book blogger, and why we started our book review hobbies. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy our conversation!
January 30, 2021
03: Elana McDougall
Elana and I had so much fun on this episode! When I mentioned we had been talking an hour, we were both surprised! We talk about diversity in writing and reading, the books we are currently enjoying and adding books to our ever-growing TBRs. Enjoy! Visit thepickybookworm.com/003 to leave a comment or ask a question!
January 16, 2021
02: Jethro Weyman
I hope everyone had a great holiday and a wonderful New Year! I'm back to the podcast with some awesome new guests, so hit that subscribe button, because you don't want to miss a thing! Jethro and I have been friends on Twitter for a while now, so I knew I needed to have him on the podcast. We had such a good time talking about books, and life and all sorts of other things! Enjoy my conversation with Jethro! Jethro's book: Bang to Begin, http://amzn.com/B089335PCV Other Books: Shadowless, by Randall McNally, http://amzn.com/B077YZHDDX
January 09, 2021
02: S.D. Reed, Author of Kerwall Town
My friend Seb from Ireland joined the Podcast today to talk books, movies and life with me. We discuss his book Kerwall Town, available now, and an upcoming release for next Spring! Enjoy unfiltered chats with the best people the indie world has to offer! Merry Christmas! Visit thepickybookworm.com/episode2 for show notes and links to Seb's books!
December 17, 2020