GSMC Book Review Podcast

GSMC Book Review Podcast

Golden State Media Concepts’ Book Review Podcast is for bookworms of all kinds. We talk about books for all ages, from children to young adults to teens to adults. We cover genres from mystery to memoirs, romance to comedy, fantasy to sci fi. If you love to read then this is the podcast for you.

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November 23, 2021 61 min
Sarah speaks with Katherine Dean Mazerov about her debut novel, Summer Club: "Normally, politics and parent drama, drunken soirees and sex-capades reign at Lydia Phillips’s swim and tennis club. Now, a strange car following the club manager, a break-in at Lydia’s home, and a shocking discovery on the club grounds have this stay-at-home mom dusting off her newspaper-reporting skills to unravel the mystery. Then, a body surfaces...
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Sarah talks about books to read for Thanksgiving, and one book to read in November that is NOT about Thanksgiving. If you enjoyed this episode, follow and subscribe to the show: you can find us on iTunes or on any app that carries podcasts as well as on YouTube. Please remember to subscribe and give us a nice review. This way you will always be among the first to get the latest GSMC Book Review Podcasts. We would like to thank our...
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Sarah speaks with Mark Sullivan about his WWII Historical Fiction novel, The Last Green Valley: "In late March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves—murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans? The Martels are one of...
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Sarah speaks with JP McLean about her new book, Blood Mark: "What if your lifelong curse is the only thing keeping you alive? Abandoned at birth, life has always been a battle for Jane Walker. She and her best friend, Sadie, spent years fighting to survive Vancouver’s cutthroat underbelly. That would have been tough enough without Jane’s mysterious afflictions: an intricate pattern of blood-red birthmarks that snake around her ...
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Sarah speaks with Amanda Kabak about her novel Upended: "Maddie has everything the way she likes it. Her start-up, Mindful Management, is the work of her heart, and her business partner, Joe, the ideal complement to her talents. Of course she’d like to see her younger brother move past his barista stage and get serious, but brotherly obligation means she can work on him during their weekly diner dates. She doesn’t like to think...
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Sarah speaks with Mary Keliikoa about Denied, the second book in her Kelly Pruett series: "A high-risk pregnancy. A dangerous secret. When her case turns deadly, can this investigator avoid racking up a fatal debt? Despite herinjuries, PI Kelly Pruett is eager to get back to work. So when a mommy-to-behires her to locate her estranged dad, Kelly is thankful for the straightforward missing-persons case. But as she rummages thr...
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Sarah speaks with Reese Hirsch about his second Lisa Tanchik novel, Dark Tomorrow: "FBI special agent Lisa Tanchik is skilled at handling cyber threats, having recently taken down a Dark Web black market worth billions. But ruthless hacker NatalyaX always seems to be a step ahead. The government calls on Tanchik’s expertise when an email attachment causes a fatal seizure at US Cyber Command. But before she can get her feet und...
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Sarah speaks with Tracy Clark about the 4th book in her Chicago Mystery series, Runner: "Chicago in the dead of winter can be brutal, especially when you’re scouring the frigid streets for a missing girl. Fifteen-year-old Ramona Titus has run away from her foster home. Her biological mother, Leesa Evans, is a recovering addict who admits she failed Ramona often in the past. But now she’s clean. And she’s determined to make up f...
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Sarah talks about Halloween! From the origins of the holiday to children's books to cozy mysteries to paranormal romance, this episode has a little bit of a lot (not everything, but a lot). If you enjoyed this episode, follow and subscribe to the show: you can find us on iTunes or on any app that carries podcasts as well as on YouTube. Please remember to subscribe and give us a nice review. This way you will always be among t...
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Sarah speaks with Stephanie LaVigne about her cozy mystery, Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies: "Family secrets. A handsome crime reporter. Can a single mom solve the case before her feel-good column gets killed? Piper Harrington’s life is a blur. Between raising two kids alone and scrambling to keep up at work, she craves a chance to prove her own dreams are still valid. When she’s given her lucky break to take over a feature col...
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Sarah speaks with Kevin D. Miller about his award winning historical fiction novel, White Skies, Black Mingo: "In Ohio Country, 1854, twelve-year-old Margaret flees a terrible epidemic devastating her Ohio Seneca clan. Mentored in the ancient arts of medicine and healing at a young age, she travels to Wheeling, Virginia, in search of a new life with her mother and Shaman grandmother. When Margaret finds herself suddenly orphane...
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Sarah speaks to Sadie Hoagland about her debut novel, Strange Children: "In a polygamist commune in the desert, a fourteen-year-old boy and a twelve-year-old girl fall in love and consummate that love, breaking religious law. They are caught, and a year later, she gives birth to his father’s child while the boy commits murder four hundred miles away—a crime that will slowly unravel the community. Told by eight adolescent narra...
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Sarah speaks with Kathleen Shoop about her historical fiction novel, The Magician: "Donora 2019, Ninety-two year old Patryk Rusek is on the run, bath-towel flying off, with nothing but his new Nikes to carry him to freedom. His plan to escape from Blue Horizon Retirement Community is in motion. Except his great-grandson Owen isn’t at the pickup point. Resigned to his fate, Patryk returns to his room and reads from his incredibl...
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Sarah speaks with Clare Whitfield about her debut novel, People of Abandoned Character: "Marry in haste... Murder at leisure? London, 1888: Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. After a passionate honeymoon, she returns home with her new husband wrapped around her little finger. But then everything changes. Thomas's behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and violent. He stays out all night, returnin...
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Sarah speaks with Gale Massey about Rising and Other Stories: "In story after story in her diverse new collection, Rising and Other Stories, Gale Massey illustrates the moments that shape and alter destiny. Bringing each to life through interconnected themes of moving water and a sense of loss, Massey shares with us an unvarnished narrative of a world that objectifies women and the strength and resourcefulness required to attem...
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Sarah speaks with D. Hale Rambo about her high fantasy debut novel, Tools of a Thief: "How do you stop being a thief? Zizy assumed quitting her job, stealing from her boss, and flitting magically across the continent was one way to give it a go. Getting in and out of sticky situations is her specialty. A little spellwork here, a little deception there and she's home free. But even a quick-fingered, fast-talking, charming g...
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Sarah speaks with Susan K. Hamilton about her paranormal romance, The Devil Inside: "Mara Dullahan is a devil with a knack for sniffing out corrupt souls. Taunted for centuries about her lack of devilish wings, Mara has something to prove―and she’s determined to become Hell’s top Sales & Acquisitions devil. But her biggest rival, Kemm, will stop at nothing to steal the coveted top spot, including uncovering her darkest sec...
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Sarah talks to Richard Paolinelli about his book Galen's Way: A Starquest 4th Age Adventure: "Millions of years in the future, humanity has been driven out of the Milky Way and now calls the Andromeda Galaxy home. Lost in their murky past are the tales of great knights that held the line against the invasion of a dark force until the rest of humanity could escape their doom. The last and greatest of these knights was Galen ...
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Sarah speaks with Jodi S. Rosenfeld about her debut novel, Closer to Fine: "the story of Rachel Levine, a young, Jewish, bisexual woman finding her adult footing in a world full of uncertainties. Rachel has many teachers along the way―a stubborn grandfather, a progressive rabbi, a worldly girlfriend, a wise supervisor, and an insightful therapist―but in the end, it is her own anxiety that is the best teacher of all. As Rachel l...
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Sarah speaks with Seth Mullins about the first book in his Edge of the Known series, The Authors of This Dream: "Brandon Chane's life is spinning out of control. After an altercation outside a performance venue nearly proves fatal, he's feeling at the mercy of dark forces threatening to tear his life apart. Even as a gifted poet and musician, his efforts to channel pain, frustration, and thwarted love into his music may...
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