Off the Shelf: Detective Novelist Geraldine Evans

In this episode Kghia and Simeon interview Geraldine Evans, a popular and established mystery author with nearly twenty published works. She has recently embraced electronic publish with enthusiasm, abandoning her print publisher. Simeon and Kghia ask her why and find out what her plans are to cater to those of her readers who don’t like ebooks.

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Author Website | Author Blog | Amazon Author Page
This show’s music: “Beautifully Stoned” by Firehead Jerry on the album Nothing Seems Right, available on
Additional book plug: Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton and Dead Iron by Devon Monk

Geraldine Evans is author of two popular detective series, Rafferty & Llewellyn (15 books in the series so far) and Casey & Catt. She also wrote a historical novel about the younger sister of Henry VIII and talks about researching the Tudor period.

Notes on e-publishing from Evans include

  • A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing by JA Konrath – the site inspired her e-publish her first four books, which had gone out of print.
  • Evans does the copy editing, but she has the e-formatting and the covers done professionally
  • She self-publicizes her work, just as she did when being traditionally published. She is also getting more creative, using her blog, an online blog tour and a monthly enewsletter to promote her work. She is also on Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads, the Red Room, and numerous other online locations.
  • Also check out her advice to new writers
  • She has done some experiments with e-book pricing as well.

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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf


Upcoming Cozy Mystery Discussions

The Cozy Mystery Discussions have returned, and our host, Lludmila Mirrikh, has some great books lined up. All discussions take place at The Pub on Awen.

The Killings at Badger’s Drift
by Caroline Graham

Monday, October 17 – 11 am
Tuesday, October 18 – 6 pm

Badger’s Drift is an ideal English village, complete with vicar, bumbling local doctor, and kindly spinster with a nice line in homemade cookies. But when the spinster dies suddenly, her best friend kicks up an unseemly fuss, loud enough to attract the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby. And when Barnaby and his eager-beaver deputy start poking around, they uncover a swamp of ugly scandals and long-suppressed resentments seething below the picture-postcard prettiness. In the grand tradition of the quietly intelligent copper, Barnaby has both an irresistibly dry sense of humor and a keen insight into what makes people tick.

The False Inspector Dew
by Peter Lovesey

Monday, November 14 – 11 am
Tuesday, November 15 – 6 pm

The year is 1921. A passionate affair between a romantic woman and her dentist has led to his wife’s murder. The lovers take flight aboard the Mauretania and the dentist takes the name of Inspector Dew, the detective who arrested the notorious Dr. Crippen. But, in a disquieting twist, when a murder occurs aboard ship the captain invites “Inspector Dew” to investigate. This ingeniously plotted mystery won Lovesey the CWA Gold Dagger

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Bookstacks News


Off the Shelf: Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant

Seanan McGuire is a talented urban fantasy author who draws heavily on her background as a folklorist to create rich, contemporary fantasy worlds. And she doesn’t stop there. She also writes science fiction under the name Mira Grant. Her first Mira Grant book was nominated for a Hugo Award this year, which she came darn close to winning!

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Show Notes

Author website: Seanan McGuire | Mira Grant
This show’s music: “Evil Laugh” by Seanan McGuire on the album Stars Fall Home (no longer “in print”)
Additional book plug: That Day in September by Artie Van Why

We start the interview talking about Seanan’s October Daye series, which is urban fantasy with a touch of other genres – noir, closed door mysteries, etc. Seanan talks about the challenges of modernizing folklore while remaining respectful of their origins. She pulls primarily from British Isles folklore with Oberon, Mab, and Titania at the core. She includes numerous other mythologies, but they must work within the Fae world established in Toby’s world.

One of Seanan’s primary references is KM Briggs – Briggs Encyclopedia of Fairy, and she recently acquired Briggs’ four volume Folk Tales and Folk Legends of Britain. Simeon mentions Briggs children’s book Hobberdy Dick as an example of the author’s writing ability.

Seanan writes a monthly short fiction series for the website Edge of Propinquity. Sparrow Hill Road explores American folklore.

Seanan won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, which is presented at the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon).

Authors in the genre whom Seanan reads includes Kelley ArmstrongJeri Smith Ready and Lucy Snyder.

Seanan’s new book, One Salt Sea, is on September 6, 2011.

Seanan publishes science fiction under the name Mira Grant. Her first book from the Newsflesh series earned her a Hugo Award nomination.

The author discusses why she publishers her science fiction under a pseudonym, and the advantages it provides, particularly in the areas of branding her very different series and in setting expectations for readers.

During the interview, we discussed the cover art on both series. The October Daye covers are designed by Christian McGrath, who also designs covers for The Dresden Files series. The Newsfeed covers are designed by Lauren Panepinto of Orbit.

Additional authors Seanan/Mira mentions include James Tiptree, Anne McCaffrey, Diana Wynne Jones and Ian McDonald. Seanan recently read Snow by Ronald Malfi, and puts it in the same category as Harry [Adam] Knight, author of Carnosaur and The Fungus.

The third book in the Newsfeed series is due out in May 2012, and it strongly features the letter “E.”

Additionally, Seanan has a new series coming out in March 2012. InCryptid features a family of cryptozooligists and is described as a combination of Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter and Van Helsing.

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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in off the shelf


The new Off the Shelf Schedule on Radio Riel

Radio Riel is featuring Off the Shelf more often and on more of its stations. This means you have even more opportunities to hear the show!

  • First Sunday of the month – Main: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • The following Thursday – Reverie: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • The second following Monday – Dieselpunk: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • The second following Friday – Steampunk: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

A new Off the Shelf episode releases on the third Sunday of the month, and it will run on the same dates and times in the same pattern as the first episode of the month.

Read more about the schedule on the Radio Riel website.

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Bookstacks News


Voices of the American Civil War Discussion Series begins Wednesday

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and it is a historical marker that still paints the way American’s view themselves and their country. Behind the politics are the people who lived through the events. Voices of the American Civil War is an exploration of their  writings in an attempt to gain insight and understanding. I hope you will join us on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Caledon Library (slurl) for this discussion series.

The first discussion takes place Wednesday, August 24 at 4 pm PDT/SLT

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Posted by on August 21, 2011 in book discussion


Share your feedback on Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf is on hiatus, but we are busily planning our next season. We would like to get your feedback to help us improve the show. Please take a few minutes to fill out our online survey. Enter your email address to be included in a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift certificate and a month in one of the cottages on Awen.

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in off the shelf


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5 questions with Emerian Rich

This time we called on our friend, author and podcaster, Emerian Rich who also writes teen romance under the name Emmy Z Madrigal. We bribed her with a promise of a link to her site from our prestigious organ and then put her to the questions.

The Questions

What was the last book you read and who was it by?

It was actually something silly. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. I did enjoy it though! I like to alternate between YA books and horror. It tends to make me less bored of what I am reading. The adult one I am reading that is fabulous (but I haven’t finished it yet) is the 3rd book of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies titled Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith.

What is a favorite book from childhood?

My first love of books started when I came across the S. E. Hinton series. The Outsiders; Rumblefish; That Was Then, This Is Now, etc… Ponyboy and Sodapop were my heroes! I also loved how S. E. Hinton weaved her stories into one another. Characters from one book might make an appearance in the other, much like my college-age favorite, Anne Rice. I love it when an author does that!

What book do you absolutely hate but were forced to read?

Some will say I am sacrilegious, but the true answer is, the Bible. I am not against Christianity, but growing up a minister’s child, the Bible was always a mandatory item. As a child I hated always having to memorize passages!

Are you a book collector, avid library patron, or do you use the revolving door at the used book store?

All of the above. I love reading and I love books. Actually, I’m packing up my home library now and am finding it hard to let some go.

What book would you recommend to others?

Besides my own? Hehhee.
New – The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies books, the two written by Steve Hockensmith (not the 1st one).
Old – Anything Jane Austen or Anne Rice
YA- The Blue Bloods vampire series by Melissa De La Cruz

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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in 5 questions, Bookstacks News


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