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Desideratum and Libro.fm

Desideratum is partnering with Libro.fm to help bookstores thrive! Visit Libro.fm to find the audiobooks you hear on the Desideratum Podcast. Every time you purchase your audiobooks from Libro.fm following this link you support a bookstore of your choice and the Desideratum Podcast! Find your next favorite storyteller, gift your favorite story to a friend, or sign up for a monthly subscription with Libro.fm. When you do, you will help a bookstore you love AND you will help me continue to create the Desideratum Podcast with my author, artist and wordsmith friends!

Dundurn Press Discount

Dundurn Press publishes books that reflect the world, satisfy curiosity, enlighten and entertain. They amplify and elevate exceptional Canadian voices to the world, particularly those who have been previously underrepresented in trade publishing. I reached out to them when I featured Eddy Boudel Tan’s work. And they generously responded with a discount code for their entire library of storytellers. Visit https://www.dundurn.com/ and use the Desideratum code DP15 for 15% off your purchase at checkout. Thank you Dundurn Press.

The Rebellious Tide

This week’s featured story is The Rebellious Tide by Eddy Boudel Tan. In our conversation with Eddy, we talk about: how a ship untethered from land became the perfect setting for this story, why he paid homage to Greek mythology’s Achilles and Patroclus in the story, and what his main character Sebastian’s reasons were for stalking instead of confronting his father. I hope you’re curious about Eddy’s essential thing, and that you will want to take advantage of the discount code his publisher is offering to Desideratum listeners. Dundurn Press says they publish books that reflect the world, satisfy curiosity, enlighten and entertain. They amplify and elevate exceptional Canadian voices to the world, particularly those who have been previously underrepresented in trade publishing. Visit https://www.dundurn.com/ and use the Desideratum code DP15 for 15% off your purchase at checkout.
You can connect with Eddy through his website: https://www.eddyboudeltan.com/
Thank you for listening.

15% off books from Pandamoon

 A special for Desideratum Podcast listeners –  Pandamoon Publishing is offering a 15% off discount code to purchase the ebook and print editions, including the hardback of Jule Selbo’s 10 Days featured in Episode 31.  Just enter the discount code DP15 at checkout on the Pandamoon Publishing website. https://pandamoonpub.com/ to save 15% on 10 Days. Thank you to Allen and Zara Kramer at Pandamoon for their generosity and support.  Here’s Jule Selbo’s website to stay in touch with her and get the latest on her exciting new crime series that begins with 10 Days.  https://www.juleselbo.com/

2 for 1 Audiobooks

Get two audiobooks for the price of one from the Desideratum Podcast. I am excited to partner with and share the benefits of buying your audiobooks from Libro.fm – where every purchase supports a local bookstore. You chose which bookstore shares the profit when you buy an audiobook from Libro.fm. You can also gift audiobooks, or gift a monthly subscription. Now that is a simple, meaningful, celebration-of-story gift for all those bibliofiles on your list. The two for one code is DP241 Happy listening! Thank you Libro.fm !

10 Days – an exciting crime mystery countdown from author Jule Selbo

10 Days : Dee Rommel Mystery #1 is just the beginning for novelist Jule Selbo.  Her plans for Dee Rommel – the justice seeking cop who was injured on the job – include a countdown style series starting with 10 Days, then 9 Days, then 8 Days… each book’s action set in that specific time frame.  Jule has worn several career hats preparing her for this work – playwright, screenwriter, and professor. She shares WHY the mystery and crime genre was something she always wanted to write, and tells us HOW a middle school experience in Fargo North Dakota was the first step in her journey to Hollywood screenwriter.  Her essential thing will take you to ‘plot and beyond’.  And, as a bonus for Desideratum Podcast listeners,  Pandamoon Publishing is offering a special 15% off discount code to purchase the ebook and print editions, including hardback.  Just enter the discount code DP15 at checkout on the Pandamoon Publishing website. https://pandamoonpub.com/ to save 15% on 10 Days. Thank you to Allen and Zara Kramer at Pandamoon for their generosity and support.  Here’s Jule Selbo’s website to stay in touch with her and get the latest on her exciting new crime series. https://www.juleselbo.com/

Thanks for listening.

Of the Stars

Her main character tugged at her imagination, following her through life for twenty years.  This tenacious character, Astra Davies, eventually became A Bright Young Thing and launched as a novel and audiobook this month.  Astra (the name means of the stars) solves family mysteries, dodges innuendo and lies and creates financial independence with plucky charm and wit.   In our chat with author Brianne Moore, she explains why she set her bright young heroine in the early 1930’s, and shares why she is grateful for PBS, family gardens and a teacher’s instrumental vote of confidence.  Oh, and her narrator Shiromi Arserio delivers a dazzling Astra! Episode 30 is bright, shiny, entertaining, and fun!

Island Queen- Vanessa Riley weaves an intricate tale

Holding up a box full of fabric swatches – Vanessa shows how she captures her exquisite sensory writing style. This weeks featured story is from author Vanessa Riley. Her novel Island Queen is an intricately woven tale of an 18th century woman’s rise from slavery to autonomy. You will hear how narrator Adjoa Andoh’s performance matches and elevates the rich tapestry of Vanessa’s storytelling. In our conversation with Vanessa, she shares how her technical background gives her perspective and allows her to examine the historical record with an intense level of detail. She also tells us the fascinating story behind her discovery of the real Dorothy Kirwan Thomas hiding in history. Dorothy’s story from slavery to wealth and power is riveting and inspiring in Vanessa’s skillful hands.
Thanks to Danielle Bartlett at Harper Collins and Harper Audio and William Morrow.
Thanks to Angela Anderson who first sang the praises of Island Queen to me.
Thanks for listening.
https://vanessariley.com/

Follow your heart- Behind the Lens, Ep27 Jeannee Sacken

Our featured story comes from freelance photographer and writer Jeannee Sacken.  In her debut novel, Behind the Lens, Sacken honors strong women. She champions their education and freedom to follow their hearts and passions.  Her characters are courageous and complicated.  She takes us to a war zone with a photographer who focuses on truth and witnesses cruelty, love, cultural beauty and betrayal. It’s a riveting, multifaceted story set in Afghanistan. You will hear a scene from the novel and find out why Sacken’s own life trajectory changed – why she followed her heart and started sharing women’s stories.  You can find out more about Jeannee Sacken, connect with her on social media and buy her book in the links below.  She has also shared the names of charities helping refugees from Afghanistan right now. Thanks for listening. 

Links to Jeannee Sacken’s work: 

https://www.jeanneesacken.com

https://www.facebook.com/jeanneesacken

https://instagram/authorjeanneesacken

Link to Amazon to purchase Behind the Lens:  https://amzn.to/3gNzfOo

Organizations accepting donations of new clothing, shoes, supplies, and money: Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, Lutheran Social Services, International Institute of Wisconsin, Jewish Social Services (based in Madison)

Volunteering assistance: info@cclse.org (Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse), teamrubiconusa.org/resettlementcclse.org/afghanistan-refugee-assistance