For the Love of Books Podcast

For the Love of Books Podcast

Indie and small press authors talk about the writing craft and their support for each other’s work.


March 17, 2023 25 min

Her two gangster novels earned her Top Notable Indie Book awards. Author Betty Passick shared her passion for writing historical fiction in a very candid down-to-earth interview. Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of The Black Bag of Dr. Wiltse, Murder on the Prairie.

"Research comes first," she said. "If you don't like doing research, historical fiction is not for you."

Unlike most authors of historical fiction, Passick ...

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Discover the full author line-up under the umbrella of Great Lakes Writers in this podcast, and at the Expo.

Find your next favorite read by Michigan authors at the West Michigan Women's Expo this weekend starting on Friday at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

Seventeen Michigan authors will be grouped under the umbrella of Great Lakes Writers, and they will be located in booths 110-118.

I have one free ticket left to the show for the ...

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In her 'A Tryst of Fate' author Diana Kathryn Plopa takes on one of the most desired genres - romance. It is the story of a newspaper reporter Thomas and Gillian who restores art for a museum.

"Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him." 

                                                                                  - Groucho Marx         

Her past is blurred, and her heart is lost to a child she ...

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Happy Valentine's!

Hot off the presses for Valentine's week is the brand-new anthology Shades of Love with Tana Jenkin's romance novella Love Rescued.

Everyone needs a lifeline now and then. Captain Kirk's life takes a turn the day he pulls Selena Reyes from the water. He fancies himself a hero, but is the actress really a damsel in distress? Or is he the one...

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In her novel, Deadly Undertaking, author J.Q. Rose presents a handsome detective, a shadow man, and a murder victim who kill protagonist Lauren's plan for a simple life.


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In her series Let's talk! psychology professor Lisa Jacovski draws on her real-life experience in applied behavior analysis, mainly in autism.

"I decided to write this series to show families and children the beauty in being different and having autism. I wanted to show families that having the diagnosis was not limiting and their child can do anything too. I wanted to inspire children to ask questions about other children who may ...

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Beat those winter doldrums and get to the 23rd Annual Mid-Michigan Women's Expo in Lansing from Feb. 10 through Feb. 12. Stock up on books and check out the show that will inspire personal health, home, and style, giving women something to feel good about.

Listen in to the special episode with author Jean Davis and podcast host author Emma Palova sharing insights about the upcoming Expo at the Lansing Center for a chance to win on...

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In her Porcupine series book 2, kindergarten teacher Donna Neumann transforms her daughter Annie into a snarky porcupine who feels bad that she doesn't have a birthday party.

"Books should be mirrors and windows for children to see into other people's lives and to see their own life reflected in the stories," Neumann said.

Neumann who has been teaching virtual kindergarten for 20 years based the series on her own real-life experie...

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In her Detroit Revealed: A Different View of the Motor City, author-photographer Leslie Cieplechowicz highlights the obscure and amazing hidden gems of the city which is sometimes portrayed as unapproachable. The imagery highlights places only seen by local people who have created a rich culture and scenery that is veiled from the public eye.

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Michigan Reads is a functional gateway for Michigan independent authors which started out with authors Ingar Rudholm and Andrew Allen Smith. The site was tested and more authors were added.

"The purpose is to centralize Michigan authors in a single place," said Smith. "I will be offering it to all authors in February or March."

Eventually, more features were added such as electronic billboards. In the works are streaming and TV. T...

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The author of the Traveling Circus series, Ingar Rudholm, talks about selling and marketing your books in an increasingly complex market flooded with social media algorithms. Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Traveling Circus and the Secret Talent Scroll. The episode was sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger.

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Author Diana Kathryn Plopa, founder of Pages Promotions talks about the upcoming Virtual Book Festival in February with author Emma Palova, host and producer of For the Love of Books Podcast. Listen in for a chance to win free registration and Plopa's book A Duck Quacks.

In support of Indie and small press author all over the world, Plopa is hosting the Virtual B...

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In her memoir and historical mystery Unto the Daughters, author & former journalist Karen Tintori unveils a family secret set in turn-of-the-century Detroit. The inciting incident to break the silence was an obliterated passport, and then a wedding photo.

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Merry Christmas from host Emma Palova and all of my awesome author guests


The Wizard's Stone


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Ann Dallman has lifelong roots in Michigan’s UP. She started out as a newspaper reporter/photographer and returned to journalism after retiring from teaching.  In Cady and the Birchbark Box, Cady Whirlwind Thunder solves the mystery behind a weathered journal found inside a very old birchbark box. Why was the box buried behind a deserted garage?   This is the question her friend and “crush,” John Ray Chicaug, asks her after t...
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Janet Vormittag of West Michigan calls herself 'A Crazy Cat Lady,' and thus the name of her book series with the newest book out just in time for the holidays. Cat Women of West Michigan tells 30 compelling stories of passionate women who do cat rescue in many different forms from the actual rescue to Happy Cat Cafe in Grand Rapids.

Vormittag became the self-proclaimed  'A Crazy Cat Lady' in the mid-80s with the rescue of an injur...

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In his debut book, author Steve Boughton uses Detroit as the main setting for his Francisco Takes Flight.

"I fell in love with the city," he said. "I wanted to showcase the beauty of the city."

His Chilean flamenco gets to fly all over the city. At first, Boughton only intended the book for his friends and family. But the project grew with the help of collaborators, editor and wife Beth Boughton, and a childhood friend illustrator...

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This historical fiction novel was inspired by the biggest natural disaster in Michigan-the fire of 1881. Author Carol Nickles kept the idea for the story along with notes in a box for close to 20 years.

Then she decided either she was going to write the story or burn the box, and that's how Thumb Fire Desire was born with the help of a developmental editor.

"I've always wanted to tell this story," she said.

Listen to this inspirin...

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So, you've worked hard writing every day in November in NaNoWriMo, and you won. Listen in to the winners in this year's NaNoWriMo, authors Jean Davis, Vera West, and Emma Palova.

"I wish I had this advice many years ago," Palova said.

The key to winning is consistency, prioritizing, and never giving up.

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NaNoWriMo authors Jean Davis, Vera West, and host of For the Love of Books Podcast Emma Palova take you through the first half of the 50K writing challenge in this special episode. Their combined total log-in was just under 80,000 words.

Find out what they did to reach their writing goals on their journeys to publishing new books in 2023. Keep on writing past the challenge, and make it a daily habit, these experts say.

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