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Some readers just want to enjoy a good story. There are lots of talented authors out there with great books who aren't getting the exposure they deserve. Join Audra Russell as she chats with recently published authors who have written page-turning books that are sure to spice up your TBR (to be read) list. Tired of being disappointed by trending books that don't live up to the hype? Looking for a good book recommendation? Between the Reads biweekly podcast has just what you need!
 
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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…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Rita Williams-Garcia. Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor Book, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The two sequels, P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Ala…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author and poet Ludy Wooten. Ludy Wooten is a creative thinker and writer. Her passion for writing began at an early age. She was born in Haiti and moved to the United States at the age of 6. Her love for writing stemmed from having to learn English as a second language. She would spend hours enamored with the English lang…
 
Audra Russell speaks with horror author Yanatha Desouvre. Desouvre is a modern-day renaissance man, full-time faculty member of Entrepreneurship at Miami Dade College, # 1 best-selling Amazon.com author, filmmaker, and public speaker. In addition to various publications and audiobooks, Desouvre wrote a well-received textbook titled, Essential Guide…
 
Audra Russell chats with authors and poets Chyrel Jackson and Lyris Wallace. Chyrel J. Jackson and Lyris D. Wallace are avid lovers, readers and writers of African American Literature. They grew up in a Southern Suburb of Chicago, IL. Country Club Hills. As young girls they read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Judy Blume novels. College was the real sc…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author and poet Katchouscia Apollon. Katchouscia was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. During her birth the doctor accidentally damaged the nerves on the side of her face resulting in her having a speech impediment. Katchouscia moved permanently to the United States, Brooklyn, NY, to be exact, at the age of 3 yrs old. She spe…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author Crystal Ann Mitchell. With her love of helping people, Crystal Ann Mitchell works as a nurse aide. She believes everyone is born with a gift. While working for others, she was also certain to pursue her own goals and dreams. From childhood, Mitchell dreamed of being a writer. She has always loved to write. She also …
 
Audra Russell chats with author and poet Nubia the Doorway. Nubia's life work revolves around the hands-on study and application of the principles of Education, Spirituality, Psychology, and Creative Expression as applied to identity, human behavior, social systems, and relationships. She has over twenty years of experience working in these respect…
 
Audra Russell speaks with Christian mystery author Gomer Joseph. Gomer Joseph, a native of Spring Valley, New York, earned his Business degree at Bob Jones University. Gomer says he writes stories “to glorify God, to minister, and to relate to my readers.” Reviewers commend his God-centered stories. He is the author of Never Gonna Be the Same, What…
 
Audra Russell talks with sci-fi author Chase Bolling. This segment of 'Anything Goes' talks about Black authors in sci-fi. We've been in these spaces since BEFORE the genre began, with the first book dating back to 1859...even before Jules Verne and his Journey to the Center of the Earth. I speak with author Chase Bolling about Blacks in speculativ…
 
Audra Russell chats with author and professor Dr. Regina Bradley. Dr. Bradley is the author of Chronicling Stankonia: the Rise of the Hip-Hop South. Chronicling Stankonia explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences the culture of the Black American South in the long shadow of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Bradley is also the editor of …
 
Audra Russell speaks with poet and author Calvin Ockletree. Calvin Jamal Ockletree is from Indianapolis, IN by way of Nashville, TN. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is currently in his last semester of completing his Master’s in Criminal Justice. His passion to write poetry began when he sta…
 
Audra Russell chats with author LaKase Cousino. LaKase Cousino is an author of fantasy, a musician, and Medieval History obsessive from the Midwest. Her debut novel, Across the Broken Tide, is forthcoming from Written in Melanin Publishing. When not writing, LaKase can be found reading about the 10th century or playing fetch with the family dog Ife…
 
Audra Russell speaks with Demetrius Frazier, co-founder of Black Men Read. Mr. Frazier currently serves as the President of Black Men Read, a non-profit organization he founded with the current Vice President, Lance Adams. As part of Black Men Read, a community-based organization focused on improving literacy outcomes of Black males, he has been ac…
 
Audra Russell speaks with horror author Justin Q. Young. When it comes to Justin "Q" Young, you might see the author of several best-selling titles on the surface, but there is so much more than meets the eye. Young arrived on the literary scene in 2014 with the debut novel, Move Dat Doe. He took his career to new heights when he tapped into his er…
 
Audra Russell speaks with Christian fiction author D.A. Bourne. D.A. Bourne is the author of The Phat Five series and DON'T PUSH ME. His goal as a writer is to bring integrity and faith through urban fiction. D.A's latest release, DON'T PUSH ME, was inspired by the social justice movement of 2020. It was a Sunday following the George Floyd tragedy …
 
Audra Russell speaks with author Roland Taylor. Roland Taylor was born, raised, nurtured, and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of two children's books: The Hip Hop Chess Master and I Know I Can, which he wrote to teach Black youths the power of perseverance, love, and empowerment. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in manag…
 
Audra Russell speaks with author and poet Tommy Gates. Tommy Gates, also known as The Realist Writer" is an author/poet from Savanah, Georgia who took his life story and experiences and made them vividly come to life all the while creating an undeniable storm to be reckoned with through social media by selling thousands of copies of his work around…
 
Audra Russell speaks with poet and author Kishawna Peck. Kishawna is a Canadian creative who infuses her island roots of Jamaica into her art. She began writing and singing from a very young age and has rediscovered art as a way to express the process of unbecoming who she never was. She finds inspiration in the small rhythms of life best exemplifi…
 
Audra Russell speaks with Dr. Joy'El Ballard. Dr. Joy’El Ballard is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who encourages women to take a proactive approach to their health. She is deeply passionate about educating and empowering women to initiate and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is a best-selling author of Loving Me, Myself and “Her”: Th…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Briana Cole. Briana Cole is an acclaimed author, motivational speaker, sex educator and actress. Her novels are known for exploring unconventional relationships and making readers question all expectations about love, lust, and monogamy. An Atlanta native, she graduated cum laude from Georgia Southern University and …
 
Audra Russell chats with author Untamed. Author and poet, Untamed brings about enlightenment and amusement through real-life, everyday stories with resonating characters. This Cum Laude graduate of UMUC attributes her passion for the literary arts to her magnet school educational background. Her unique style of writing landed her awards such as Coc…
 
Audra Russell welcomes author Tiff Bella back to Between the Reads. Tiff Bella is the content creator and founder of The Bella Bunch. She is also a storyteller and author of over a dozen novels. Her best-selling series, Outside the Box, pushes the boundaries of imagination through its passion-filled pages. Tiff writes her stories about women becaus…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Edwina Martin-Arnold. Edwina Martin-Arnold is the author of several romance books. She is a hopeless romantic, and a true believer in happily ever after. However, Edwina knows that the path to real love is rarely straight forward. To the contrary, it’s often paved with many turns and a peril or two, in real life and …
 
Audra Russell speaks on literary blackface in the publishing industry. Anything Goes is a new monthly segment of Between the Reads. Sometimes fun, sometimes serious, but always informative, these episodes will talk about issues related to Black Indie authors. So sit back, relax, and enjoy! And if this made you uncomfortable... GOOD! Support the sho…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Sharita Britten. SHARITA BRITTEN from Philadelphia Pennsylvania is the author of the urban novel, Bottom Black Beauty. She published her debut coming-of-age novel in October 2020 through her publishing company, Black Beauty Publishing LLC, and it has received rave reviews. Her other works include a compilation of poe…
 
Daneal Brown has been creative all of his life, but he didn’t start focusing his creativity on writing until he began attending high school in Atlanta, GA. His writing started out as poetry, which later became raps. Being a huge rap music fan, Daneal tried his hands at many rap styles, but storytelling became his signature style. One day Daneal was…
 
Audra Russell chats with author and entrepreneur J. Cerrone of Paper-Chase Publications. J. Cerrone Smith is a native of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with roots in the south side of Chicago, Illinois, and Harlem, New York City. He specializes in urban literature that doesn’t glorify street life, but rather cautions against it. In 2013, h…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Barbara Joe Williams. Barbara Joe Williams is a bestselling author, indie publisher, publishing consultant, proofreader, and editor living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. She has published over thirty titles including romance, …
 
Audra Russell speaks with author & entrepreneur Trish Ahjel Roberts. Trish Ahjel Roberts is a blogger, self-actualization coach, yoga and meditation instructor, reiki practitioner, retreat organizer, and founder of Black Vegan Life (TM) and HoneyButterflyz Wellness & Transformation. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and attended Stuyvesant Hi…
 
Audra Russell speaks with horror author Aminah Iman. Aminah Iman left her job to write in 2005 and is the author of 18 books, all published under Red Ink Publications (of which she is CEO). She clearly loves what she does and has a big heart for helping other authors find success. She took newcomers Jaqueline Stone, Nefertiti and Omega in to rally …
 
Audra Russell chats with award-winning author Steven Van Patten. Brooklyn native Steven Van Patten is the author of the critically acclaimed Brookwater’s Curse trilogy, about an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes law enforcement within the vampire community. Steven's short fiction includes contributions to nearly a dozen horror anthologies,…
 
Audra Russell chats with author JeanNicole Rivers. Jean Nicole is a National Black Book Festival award-winner and author of two psychological horror novels, Black Water Tales: The Unwanted and Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers. She has also garnered awards for her screenplay, If I Die, from multiple film festivals including the Shivers Internat…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Aryka Nicole Moore. Aryka N. Moore, Esq. is an Illinois native who received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She then went on to attend Georgia State University’s College of Law to receive her Juris Doctorate. Ms. Moore is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Georgia. She…
 
Audra Russell chats with author & entrepreneur Leslie Crawford. Leslie Crawford is a rising literary mogul in her own right. She is successfully navigating the pages of her own story right before our eyes. With over 10 years of experience, she has self-published four books of her own while also guiding other authors. Leslie began Exposed Books Publ…
 
Audra Russell chats with author B. Reads. Brittany, better known by her Pen Name— B. Reads, is a Self-Published Author, new to the literary scene. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, B. Reads has always had a love for reading and writing. With creative expression as her God-given gift, pen & paper were never too far from her reach. She's read coun…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Tasheea Nicholson about her book, Camping Noire: The Black Girls Guide to Surviving a Weekend Unplugged. We have a great time laughing and talking about Black women camping! Fair warning: you are gonna laugh at some of the stories we have to tell. So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy! Support the show …
 
Audra Russell chats with author Black Rose. Born in Linwood, California and raised on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, Sonya McNair a.k.a Black Rose is a writer with a goal of focusing on real subjects and issues that are both entertaining but bring healing and understanding to her audience. Starting off her career writing plays and skits for he…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Janae Marie. Janae Marie was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received her first college degree in Media Arts and Studies from Wayne State University. Later, she relocated to California, where she pursued and received her second degree in Broadcast Journalism. Janae published her first book, Flirting with Temptations a…
 
Audra Russell chats with Christian fiction author D.A. Bourne. D.A. Bourne is the author of THE PHAT FIVE series, an urban Christian tale of five friends who go through personal drama during a spiritual journey. Originally, the first two books (That Crazy Weekend, Part 1 and 2) were written as one book called Crazy Drama in 2007. He then followed u…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Michelle Richards-Graham. While her dream of becoming an author had been sparked when she was 6 years old, Michelle Richards-Graham had no idea that her worst nightmare would become the inspiration behind her very first book. She wrote the first draft of her novel It Could Never Happen to Me when she was 14 years old…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Peter Dowdy. Thirty-three-year-old Peter Roshan Dowdy from Houston, Texas, has geared his life to be a prime example in his community as the ultimate entrepreneur, and at his age, he's just getting started. As an Architecture graduate from the well-known HBCU, The Prairie View A&M University, he's taken his journey t…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Keith Kareem Williams. Keith Kareem Williams is the author of over 20 books and 7 screenplays. He still resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where he delicately balances his time between his responsibilities as a single father and the challenges of being a full-time author. In interviews, one of the most di…
 
Audra Russell chats with author and poet Tiffany Richardson. Tiffany Richardson is author of “The Colored Line” & “Whispers of Africa”. She is co-founder of Big Black Chapters, a forum dedicated to showcasing the literary contributions of Black writers, especially indie authors of color. Tiffany has been published in Publisher’s Weekly and is a poe…
 
Audra Russell chats with author Chase Bolling. Chase Bolling is an indie author from Bridgeport, Connecticut. He's a soldier of the struggle, who has been about that life and is now patiently awaiting the revolution. To pass the time, he crafts rhymes, write books, studies military field manuals, Talhoffer, and other historical martial arts... whil…
 
Audra Russell chats with author and entrepreneur N.D. Brennan. In 1998, a successful young entrepreneur, technology innovator, and writer, N.D. Brennan, attempted to purchase a Mercedes Benz from a local dealership in Atlanta, Georgia. It was after he had been credit approved, that this young radical, cornrowed professional African American man was…
 
Audra Russell chats with author, publisher, and fellow podcaster Chelsea Lockhart of Written in Melanin Publishing. Chelsea is a twenty-something writer of romance who dibbles and dabbles in fantasy and dystopian – the genre can change as long as she is exploring relationships and what it means to have a connection with other people. She has been w…
 
Audra Russell chats with author and poet Joel Atterberry. One of Harlem’s own, born, bred, and raised on the west side of town, Joel Atterberry absorbed everything that Harlem was around him socially, culturally, and artistically, including everything from the characters that paraded the blocks before, presently and after him from their hustling sp…
 
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