Between the Reads

Between the Reads

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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January 31, 2023 80 min

It's Tuesday and it's also the end of the month so that means it's time for a new series called Rants and Rambles. BTR will close out each month with Chelsea Lockhart and we'll talk about whatever Black bookish things our hearts desire. 
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Every Black parent has to have "the talk" with their children about how to conduct themselves when dealing with the police. But there aren't any books out there that could be good conversation starters...until now. Brian Buckmire and I talk about his book geared for grades 7-9, Come Home Safe, about two young biracial children navigating their encounters with the police. 
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January 24, 2023 66 min

Welcome to season four of Between the Reads! Our first show of the season highlights the work of author A.E. Rooks. We talk about The Black Joke, the most famous member of the British Royal Navy's anti-slavery squadron, and the complexities and politics behind putting an end to the slave trade (which is not to be confused with the end of slavery!). 
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Two cousins who have never met in person decided to write some children's books to pass down the stories their grandfather told. In this episode, I speak with Akindele and Nadine about how they met, the history of their ancestors, and how Sierra Leon Folktales came to be. 
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    Supporting Black-owned bookstores is important. Today I'm speaking with Tia Hamilton, owner of Urban Reads bookstore in Baltimore. But she's so much more than just a bookstore owner. Give this episode a listen to see how she's making real change in her community. 
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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!
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    November 15, 2022 43 min

    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!
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    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!
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    October 25, 2022 41 min

    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??
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    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.
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    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? 
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    Get Amanda's book, In The House of Transcendence at https://www.melaninlibrary.com/full-library/In_the_House_of_Transcendence.
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    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!
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    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 girls who are NOT nice. 
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    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 manage to wade through the hip-deep drama and trauma of their pasts to come out o...

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    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!
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     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 importance of Black female detective characters and I learned some new things lik...

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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     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.
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