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Add some Black to your stacks with Between the Reads! Entertaining, humorous and always insightful interviews with Black Indie and traditionally published authors. Come along with me on bookish journeys into the worlds they create, learn about characters you'll love -- or love to hate -- and get a sneak peek at what really goes on in the minds of your soon-to-be favorite authors. Between the Reads podcast. THE voice for Black Indie authors.
 
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Asha The Princess of Matana is a beautiful story about a magical kingdom in Africa and a young princess who must choose between marrying who her parents think she should marry or the young boy who just might be her true prince and help her save the kingdom from a curse. And Disney stole it. Yup. Lenny and I dish the dirt in this episode! * Learn mo…
 
B.D. Hendrix and I discuss her novel, Heaven Can Wait and the three women who need to figure out what they want from men and life before they push the men who love them away. Extramarital affairs, toxic attachment, and murder. It's all in this episode! *** Grab Bria's book here: https://amzn.to/3GfuI40 Supporting Between the Reads is as easy as: A …
 
Happy Halloween! It's the last day of Blacktober Reads and that means you getting this episode a day early! WOOT! Author Candace Nola and I discuss werebears, wendigos, and murder, which are all in this spooky, heartstopping novella, Bishop. This book is the perfect way to wrap up October! * To learn more about Candace, visit her website at https:/…
 
It's Tuesday! Blacktober Reads continues with horror author Shea McGee. We talk about Voices on the Air, the first book in her Makaela Williams series. We get into vampire tropes, writing non-Black characters and...phone sex?? *** To learn more about Shea, visit her here: https://slmcgeeauthor.wordpress.com/ *** To buy her books visit her Amazon pa…
 
Happy Tuesday! Latrell and I discuss her character, Nova, a deadly supernatural Black woman who's doing Karma's bidding. She sees what's done in the dark. If you cross paths with Nova, hang it up. *** Learn more about Latrell and grab her books at https://latrellrmorris.com/ Supporting Between the Reads is as easy as: A one-time donation at https:/…
 
It's Tuesday! This book I'm discussing today has witches who are burlesque dancers on the side. There's also a dead witch, ghosts, and lots of magic. It's the perfect amount of spook, suspense, and sleuthing. And magic. Did I mention magic? *** Get Amanda's book, In The House of Transcendence at https://www.melaninlibrary.com/full-library/In_the_Ho…
 
It's Tuesday! In today's episode, I speak with author Seanathan Polidore about his work The Anatomy of a Book. We discuss the importance of those extra items in the books a lot of people skip over, how to be an engaged reader, and book violence! Just marking up them pages as we read y'all! *** https://amzn.to/3B535WY *** If you enjoy this content, …
 
Happy Tuesday! Fantasy fiction with Black girls who aren't nice? Yes, please. Chelsea and I discuss her debut novel, We Are The Origin. We talk about the intricacies of the domains she created, why she created her own gods for the book, the power behind making dark-skinned people the standard of beauty, and being unapologetic about creating Black g…
 
I'm back after a short hiatus due to surgery and I've got a great episode for you today! Anissa is a life coach who decided to buck the tradition of writing a traditional self-help book and instead uses stories to help people become the best versions of themselves. Her novel, Invisible Lives, takes you through the lives of Olivia and Trey, who mana…
 
Olivia Thompson has an anime series with Black female protagonists. We discuss what anime is (don't judge, I didn't really know!), writing Black female action characters, Japanese folklore, and more! Check it out! *** If you enjoy this content, please support me by becoming a Patreon monthly contributor at https://www.patreon.com/betweenthereads. D…
 
It's Tuesday! I love it when I get to post an episode on the day a book releases! A Killing Rain, Faye Snowden's second book in her Noir Mystery Killing series, releases today! I had the honor of receiving an advanced copy to read. Faye and I got into all the details that gave this book texture and made it come alive. We also talked about the impor…
 
It's Tuesday! This week's episode comes packin' all the drama as I speak with author Shelly Ellis about her thriller novel, The Three Mrs. Greys. What would you do if you found out your husband was married to two other women?? Shelly and I talk about Cyrus Grey, the character you love to hate, and the three women he kept stuck on oblivious. *** For…
 
Oh, you thought I was done?? Nope! Your girl has TWO interviews for you. This next one is with Isis Asare, owner of Sistah SciFi Book Boutique. This bookstore is exclusively online, but she has lots of in-person events like Book Clubs and Bookish Tea Tours. Get yourself an empty mug and let Isis pour you some tea. *** Visit her book boutique at htt…
 
It's Tuesday! In this special episode of Between the Reads I get to share in the release-day celebration of By Her Own Design by author and professor Piper Huguley! Piper spills ALL the historical tea about Black fashion designer Ann Lowe, who designed Jackie Kennedy's wedding gown! Yup. You read that right. *** To watch Ann Lowe's interview on the…
 
It's Tuesday! Settle in wherever you are and get your ear hustle on as Gracia and I discuss her thriller, Handkerchief. She don't care 'bout killin' off these the characters, y'all! She did what she did. Get ready to laugh. That's all I can say 'bout dat. *** If you enjoy this content, please consider becoming a monthly contributor at https://www.p…
 
It's Tuesday! Author Montrez is giving us all the fantasy with her debut novel, Errant. Not only is she committed to writing Black girls into fantasy novels, she also shows that the ones we underestimate always take us by surprise. *** If you enjoy this content, please head over to https://www.patreon.com/betweenthereads and become a monthly suppor…
 
Happy Tuesday! I'm bringing you unashamed and unapologetic steamy romance with plot twists, drama, AND murder! Lend me your ears as author Mo Flames and I have too good of a time talking about her book, One Ain't Enough! *** If you enjoy this content, please support me by becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/betweenthereads or by making a o…
 
Frederick Douglass once said, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Author Kiara Gaton understands the assignment! We talk about her beautiful children's book, Loving Me ABCs, and she shares the importance of giving Black and brown children a strong foundation so they have the power to be who THEY want to be and not who…
 
It's Tuesday! Today I'm talking with the multitalented author/podcaster/filmmaker Leslye Penelope about her book Savage City. We get into some of the details of the world-building in this fantasy romance novel. We also talk about her career as a hybrid author, her next TWO books coming out, her podcast, and how she manages to do it all! Oh, and my …
 
It's Tuesday! Jessyca and I talk has it up about her tenth novel, Right As Reign. We talk about those shade-throwing toxic "friends" we all have; those bustas we've all regretfully dated at one point or another, generational coping mechanisms, and the beauty of being a Black Indie author. *** If you like this content, please consider making a one-t…
 
Join me this week as I speak with children's book author and bookstore owner Cetonia Weston-Roy about her series, The Misadventures of Toni Macaroni. But that's not all! Cetonia is opening a bookstore that has a very unique and innovative beginning. Watch to find out more! *** If you enjoy this content, please support this channel by becoming a pat…
 
In this episode, I speak with author and licensed clinical social worker, Janay Harden, about her debut novel Hey, Brown Girl. Janay writes stories that feature melanated characters navigating through life, love, and relationships and I am here for it! These are the stories I would have loved to see when I was a teen. We dig deep on teen peer press…
 
What would you do if you were raised to believe you were one thing and then told as a young adult that you were something completely different? Tune in as Dr. Naeema Olatunji shares her journey from Barbara to Naeema. *** To learn more about Dr. Naeema, visit her at https://www.raisedasalie.com *** Support my professional podcast studio fundraiser …
 
Author Janee' Thompson returns to talk about No Ordinary Vengeance, the second book in what I'll call the 'Beyond Ordinary' trilogy. If you heard the first interview, you know Janee' and I had lots of laughs as we virtually boxed about her book. This episode is no different! Check it out! Supporting Between the Reads is as easy as: A one-time donat…
 
Author D.L. White is back on Between the Reads and she brings all the swoon and sizzle with her latest novel, The Never List. Stay tuned as we chat it up about Trey and Esme, why her stories have regular-ass Black people with regular problems, the power of being an Indie author, and have a lil' fun talking about Black romance movies. *** Learn more…
 
Here's the scenario: you've been dating a guy for two years and have known each other since you were kids. Your families are friends. He proposes, but you know deep down that he isn't THE ONE. Do you accept his proposal? This week, I speak with author A.E. Valdez about her debut romance novel, All I've Wanted, I've Needed and the choices her charac…
 
In this episode, we talk Porsha's novel, Intoxic, which is a drama-filled rollercoaster ride of a story. Poly relationships, infidelity, betrayal of the worst kind, and murder. Yup. It's all in there! Once you start reading Intoxic, you can't stop! You're just in too deep and have to see how it ends! Supporting Between the Reads is as easy as: A on…
 
In this episode, Tracie Angela Greene tells us about her science fantasy book, Enisi: The Bleu Realm. Bountiful is the Bleu's family home and the land has been in the family for generations. But it isn't just ordinary land! Only greensouls and gifted greensouls are welcome. Enisi, the living tree who is centuries old, makes sure of that! Supporting…
 
In this episode, Audra speaks with author Talia Clay about her debut novel, White Minority. She calls it Afrofuturism meets dystopia and that couldn't be a better description. We talk about the futuristic world she built where Black people reign supreme, the insidiousness of white supremacy, how media is propaganda used to keep the elite few in pow…
 
Whitney Hill is making huge waves in the self-published world with her contemporary fantasy series, Shadows of Otherside. We talk about the history of the lore used in her book; the complex and magical characters she's created; the importance of Black characters in fantasy; and how she has published eleven books since hitting the scene only two yea…
 
In this episode, author Valjeanne Jeffers and I chat about her afrofuturistic series, Immortal. We talk about her characters, the importance of the Afrofuturism genre, why all the good Black TV shows keep getting canceled and making a statement about the human condition. We also let folks know that Black people are here to stay! Supporting Between …
 
In this episode, I speak with author and publisher Vishnue Morris whose pen name is China. We talk about her novel Mammie Dearest and get into its controversial cover, a little-known secret about those "raggedy" dolls featured in the story, the Hemings curse, and the importance of the symbolism in this creepy time travel tale of family secrets. ***…
 
In this episode, I speak with author Kellye Garrett about her novel Hollywood Homicide. We talk about her inspiration for the novel, how she creates her characters, her journey into being a hybrid author, and the joys of cursing. *** Kellye Garrett is the acclaimed author of the upcoming Like A Sister (Mulholland Books) suspense novel in which no o…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author and leader Terrance Lee. Terrance Lee, AKA The Introvert Leader had always avoided taking on leadership roles in his life. At the age of 13, an experience occurred which caused him to doubt his ability to speak in front of people, and caused him to shy away from the spotlight. This worked for Terrance until he event…
 
Audra Russell speaks with horror authors Sylvester Barzey, Michelle Lane & Steven Van Patten. There's a misconception that Black horror authors only recently came on the scene after Jordan Peele's debut horror film. But Black people have been on the horror scene along. We have a great time discussing Black authors in the horror space, expectations …
 
Audra Russell chats with author Sylvester Barzey. Sylvester Barzey is a best-selling horror and fantasy author who grew up in Bronx, NY, and was later transplanted to Lawrence, GA. A military veteran with an addiction to all things horror, Sylvester’s goal is to shine a spotlight on BIPOC characters within the horror/fantasy genre. We creep between…
 
Felix Dimaro and I sneak in between the pages of his novella, Viral Lives, and talk about his character Simon, who has no moral compass, the importance of writing characters relatable to any culture, and taking up space in the horror genre. Supporting Between the Reads is as easy as: A one-time donation at https://ko-fi.com/betweenthereadspodcast A…
 
Brenda and I get deep between the pages of her mystery and suspense novel, Heartless, and talk about her road from self-published to traditionally published and back again. We get into what it's like to write from a man's perspective, the world of the futanari, writing erotica, and share a lot of laughs -- and heartfelt moments -- along the way. Su…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author Liela Fuller. Liela Marie Fuller is an Author, Speaker, Blogger, and Entrepreneur. Liela is a transparent author – unashamed to put her life in print. In Life’s Reflection, her first poetry book, she invited us deep into her world, gripping us with passionate pieces like “Black Rose,” “Is Love What You Call It,” and…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author Jacqueline Stewart. Author Jacqueline Stewart resides in the state of Louisiana. She’s a military spouse and mother of two children. She graduated from Northwestern State University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Her roots in writing began with play productions. Jacqueline has written sev…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author Cerece Rennie Murphy. National bestselling and award-winning author Cerece Rennie Murphy has published ten novels, children’s books, and short stories, including her latest release Between Two Seas. In addition, Mrs. Murphy and her son are also working on completing Ellis and The Cloud Kingdom, the 3rd book in the E…
 
Audra Russell speaks with horror author and Writer's Atelier owner Racquel Henry. Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer, editor, and writing coach with an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She spent six years as an English Professor and currently owns the writing studio, Writer’s Atelier, in Maitland, FL. In 2010, Racquel co-founded Black Fo…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author Darbrielle Thomas. Darbrielle is a Black Queer author hailing from Long Beach, California. "The goal has always been love" Darbrielle bares the heart on her sleeve in debut memoir, "Love 'Oirs." The 31-year-old relishes the opportunity to become the best version of herself, and the beginning of her journey starts he…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author and entrepreneur Charles Ford. Charles Ford is an author who wrote about his experience as an employee of Con Edison. He is also a songwriter and music video producer and podcaster under the artistic name of Chas Bronxson. He can be heard on Chuck D of Public Enemy's Anthem Tongue Radio on the RapStation Network hos…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author A.J. Ross. A.J. Ross is a Detroit-born and bred English teacher turned author. Writing since childhood, Ross thrived on the idea of creating her own worlds beyond the confines of the society she was born into. That desire led her to the world of Science-fiction, Superheroes, and Fantasy; mostly because these were th…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author Samone Johnson. California native Samone Johnson is a self-published storyteller, real estate investor, occasional blogger, mentor, and Thriftbooks junkie. Many of her writing projects have been inspired by her life experiences. She has served as a mentor for incarcerated youth for over ten years. In 2012, she self-…
 
Audra Russell chats with author M Shelly Conner. Chicago native M Shelly Conner spent her summers bouncing between her grandmother in Memphis and relatives in Los Angeles, reveling in the sprawl of the Great Migration. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A multigenre writer, she is the creator of the Quare Life web seri…
 
Audra Russell speaks with horror authors Queen Aishah and Eboni Caldwell. Hailing from Newar, New Jersey, Queen Aishah is a comedienne, actress, producer, media personality, and humanitarian. Her authenticity and unique comedic timing make it easy for her to connect with diverse audiences of all ages. For more than 20 years she has been spreading h…
 
Audra Russell talks with author Carlos Patterson. Carlos Patterson is a North Carolina-born, Brooklyn-raised author, father, endurance athlete, Health and Life Coach, mentor, prosperous entrepreneur, and Real Estate investor. He has earned degrees in Biology and Mathematics. Carlos is a student and coach of self-improvement and professional develop…
 
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