Day Drinking With Authors

Day Drinking With Authors

Bestselling author Molly Fader/O'Keefe sits down with the best genre authors writing today. They discuss new releases, inspirations and what's happening next in publishing. And they do it all while having a cocktail. Or three.


December 14, 2022 34 min

The Book: Once Upon A December
The drink: Mulled wine but really a third cup of coffee
Favorite Line: Christmas wasn't a place or a season or a time. Christmas was a state of mind. 

Amy writes what I call modern, midwestern folk lore.  The combination of her Milwaukee setting, earnest and good people, delicious food and magic is absolute catnip!  This is a fabulous, timeless Holiday Romance.  She's also one of those people wh...

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The book: The Christmas  Clash
The drink: Holiday Mules
Favorite Line: Chloe can't stand Peter Li and his smug, perfect face

Well, despite not having a holiday mule (for reasons I get into during my chat with Suzanne) I confess to some very embarrassing mall activities. (Clowning? What?)  But The Christmas Clash is a fantastic YA Holiday romance that has some Romeo and Juliet vibes. Suzanne has done a lot of stand-up Comedy and we...

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Daphne stops by with a glass of Posset (which is  essentially boiled milk and wine with spices)  to discuss her swashbuckling new release The Pirate's Wife, about the life and times of Sarah Kidd. Sarah was the beloved wife of notorious pirate - Captain Kidd. This is a fascinating book that brings to life a woman that's largely been forgotten to history and overshadowed by the mythology that surrounds her husband.  Daphne d...

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The Book: Miss Del Rio
The Drink: Pisco Sours - with a bonus recipe demonstration from Bárbara.

Miss Del Rio is a fascinating historical novel about a fascinating woman. For readers looking for a setting that isn't World War II Europe, I think you will find this one highly satisfying.  Bárbara pulls off a neat magic trick using the POV of a fictional character to tell the story of a real person and to create a deeper, richer sens...

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The Book: The Witches of Moonshyne Manor
The Drink: Gin Martini
My favorite line:  Why were we taught to fear witches and not the men who burned them?

A reviewer called this a Golden Girls meets Practical Magic - and they are not wrong. The sisterhood who live in Moonshyne Manor are funny, wise, slightly diabolical, passionate and more than a few of them are keeping some secrets. The pages turn themselves. Bianca's writing is much...

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The Book: The Witch and The Tsar
The drink: Kvass (a drink made with fermented rye bread, we didn't actually drink this, though Olesya says it's delicious)
Best line:  He will be the greatest ruler that Russia has ever seen. Or he will tear her apart.

Combining Russian folklore and history - Olesya's DEBUT novel is a a stunner. That's right - it's a debut!  A feminist retelling of Baba Yaga - turning the witch int...

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The book: The Thread Collectors
The author: Shaunna J Edwards and Alyson Richman
The drink: New Orlean's own Sazerac  This is the recipe I used and it's spicy and delicious and packs a serious punch. 
Best line in the book: "As everyone around her knew, there were so many ways to not be free.”

This is a very original story and beautifully told. And like any good historical novel - I learned a lot. Let's not get into bo...

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The book: Killers of A Certain Age
The author: Deanna Raybourn
Best line from the book: "It's a bad week for clowns..."
Drink: If I had my act together it would have been Killer Bee's - the top secret rum punch from Sunshine's In Nevis.  Here's a recipe that we didn't make. Because I didn't have my act to together...

Welcome back to Day Drinking. I couldn't have asked for a better book to get back in...

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July 4, 2022 49 min

Brighton Walsh stops by with a Screaming Orgasm (which is a drink that needs to come with a warning) to talk about her fantastic new contemporary romance DEFIANT HEART.  We talk about building amazing sexual tension, goat yoga and the tricky balance of the friends to lovers. BUT for all you indie authors out there - Brighton gets REAL about how TikTok has changed her business and her writing.  She gives us her top three programs fo...

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My first 3x guest!! I love Hannah's twisty and emotional complex, surprisingly funny  thrillers. This time we're talking about Never Coming Home - told entirely in the POV of a man who has had his wife murdered so he can inherit her money.  We talk about the threading impossible needles, dark web research and the inherent dangers but irresistible thrill of looking at reviews. 

Check out Hannah's webseries - First Chapter...

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June 22, 2022 40 min

By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley is one of the best books I've read this year because of the unstoppable and fascinating voice Piper created for fashion designer Ann Lowe. We get into the nitty gritty of bringing Ann's fascinating and overlooked story to the world. This is one you don't want to miss. 

The incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose above personal struggles a...

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May 30, 2022 39 min

It's a 1970's classic cocktail - Grasshoppers and a beautiful 1970's set novel - Lady Sunshine.  Amy Mason Doan stops by to chat about musical influences, creating those razor sharp, right on the edge of disaster female teenage friendships and one of my all time favorite writer in lockdown with her family stories. Amy did some ingenious problem solving.  Grab yourself a cocktail and grab this beautiful day dream of a bo...

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April 30, 2022 41 min

Cut your rum drink with a little vodka and don't forget the lime (for health) and join me as I chat with Brooke Lea Foster about her fabulous new book ON GIN LANE.  This is the second book Brooke has set amongst the fabulous and wealthy vacationers of the 1950's - and this glamorous, glitzy world, rife with struggles is a world I will cheerfully go back to. We discuss how the setting of the Hamptons is near and dear to her ...

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Fresh starts! New Pen Names! Houses that feel emotions! Chocolate Martinis! Ellis Leigh stops by to talk about all of it.  When Ellis first told me about this Paracozy mystery about a house that cries, I was all in.  We discuss the challenges of writing a book that has to hit the sweet spot of so many genres - paranormal, mystery and romance.  Ellis is also very honest and extremely open about starting new pen names and new series....

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April 11, 2022 45 min

Elena stops by to talk about her illuminating novel A Train To Moscow. This is easily the most fascinating interview I've ever had. Elena's beautiful book takes place in Russia after the second world war and reveals a society that not only grinds it's citizen up but also leads directly to what we're seeing in the world right now.  This is a beautiful coming-of-age story and a nail biting and heartbreaking thriller. ...

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April 6, 2022 31 min

Kosoko stops by to talk about his fabulous Black, Queer Adult Rom Com  I'm So (NOT) Over You. We talk about the stupid shit we did in our twenties, subverting romance tropes (sometimes on accident). He shows off his amazing book pitching skills - seriously, authors take note. and the surprising way this book changed over the course of writing it. 

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March 25, 2022 38 min

Simone stops by to discuss her brand new New York Times Bestseller - THE BOOK OF COLD CASES!  We discuss what she learned from this problem child book. We also talk about what makes a scary scene scary and how she ramps up the fear factor in her books. 

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March 17, 2022 38 min

Farah stops by with a Starry Fuzzy Fizz (that includes a spiced simple syrup you're going to want to drink with everything) to discuss her new rom com - KAMILA KNOWS BEST. An Emma retelling with absolutely tons of bittersweet energy - and a dog prom. So, it covers all the bases. We talk about what she's learned on this her fourth published novel and how she manages several plot threads with HUGE pay offs. 

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March 4, 2022 39 min

Kianna Alexander stops by to talk about CAROLINA BUILT - a historical novel about the life of Josephine Leary. Jo Leary was a woman born into slavery who became a North Carolina Real Estate Mogul. Her story has been untold for years and Kianna talks about researching this woman's remarkable life. She also talks about her choices in telling Josephine's story,  focusing on love and family, rather than fear and racism.  Kianna...

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February 25, 2022 59 min

Zoe York stops by  - Gin and Tonic in hand - to discuss the third book in her fabulous non-fiction series - Romance Your Goals.  If you are a writer of any kind; trad, indie, romance, sci-fi - you name it, there is something in this series that will change how you think about your work and the business of writing. We talk about self-awareness as writers, and how to get it. When  and how to pivot. We also lose the thread on a couple...

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