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Never be without something remarkable to read. We recommend the latest and best in mystery, suspense, romance and historical adventure, so you’ll never be without a book you can't put down. Interviews with successful series authors and their passionate readers, where readers and writers share the guilty pleasures of binge reading.

The Best in Mystery, Romance and Historicals Jenny Wheeler

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Never be without something remarkable to read. We recommend the latest and best in mystery, suspense, romance and historical adventure, so you’ll never be without a book you can't put down. Interviews with successful series authors and their passionate readers, where readers and writers share the guilty pleasures of binge reading.

    Lynn Hightower – Spooky Suspense

    Lynn Hightower – Spooky Suspense

    Lynn Hightower is a New York Times best-selling author whose latest thriller has been described by Lee Child as a spooky suspenseful masterpiece that's super recommended.







    Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and Lynn’s long awaited new supernatural thriller, The Enlightenment Project, combines cutting-edge science with demonic possession. Noah Archer is a renowned neurosurgeon with an impressive success record and a dark secret. It's a not-to-be-missed read.







    As usual, we've got a free book to give away. One of Sylvia Price’s cozy mysteries, set in Canada's picturesque Cape Breton Island, it’s perfect for those who enjoy new beginnings and countryside landscapes. Details are in the show notes for this episode on www.thejoysofbingereading.com.

















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    And don't forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Lynn’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter.







    We've got a new feature starting on Patreon in June. Encore is a once a month short chat with authors who've already been on the show, talking about their latest book.







    First up in June is popular historical fiction author Deborah Challinor, talking about The Leonard Girls a story of two sisters going off to the Vietnam War in the late 60s. One is a nurse, one a protestor....And the experiences they have there will change heir perspective forever. Details at patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.  









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    Links mentioned in this episode:







    Deborah Challinor: The Leonard Girls; https://www.harpercollins.co.nz/9781775541813/the-leonard-girls/







    M Scott Peck: The Road Less Travelled: http://www.mscottpeck.com/https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3061.M_Scott_PeckThe Exorcist: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070047/Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: https://psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsmStanford Medical Center: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/







    Santeria: https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/santeria/beliefs/orishas.shtmlThe God Helmet: (Persinger Helmet) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_helmetMichael Persinger Professor of Psychology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_PersingerTony Hillerman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_HillermanJonathan Kellerman: https://www.jonathankellerman.com/Wendell Berry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_BerryGeorgette Heyer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgette_HeyerRachel Ingalls, Binstead Safari: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/1055079Robert Goddard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Goddard_(novelist)PD James:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._D._JamesAnne Tyler:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_TylerDiane Johnson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_JohnsonBrianne Moore:  https://www.briannemooreauthor.com/Reginald Hill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_HillMartin Cruz Smith:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Cruz_SmithJohn Le Carre, Silverview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58133677-silverviewCarlos Ruiz Zafron:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Ruiz_Zaf%C3%B3n#Novelshttps://www.carlosruizzafon.co.uk/Lena Padget series:  https://www.lynnhightower.com/lynn-hightower-books/lena-padget-series/Satan’s Lamb’s: Lena Padget Book OneSonora Blair series: https://www.lynnhightower.com/lynn-hightower-books/sonora-blair-series/Flashpoint: Sonora Blair Book One:  https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/268486 David Silver Elaki series: https://www.lynnhightower.

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    Stephanie Laurens – Romance Queen

    Stephanie Laurens – Romance Queen

    Regency romance queen Stephanie Laurens has been in the top 100 Romance of the Year lists many times over. She is one of the most successful and popular romance novelists of all time, with over 80 works of historical romance, including 40 New York Times bestsellers.







    Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Stephanie talks about switching from cancer research to romance and the changing tastes of romance readers.







    As usual, we've got free books to give away. This week it’s a range of historic adventures. Check them out here: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/GBTyjjv9LFfGQ1X5JI9vA

















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    And don't forget, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Stephanie's answers to the Getting To Know You, Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. For the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get special bonus content, including a new one starting next month, Encore, where authors who have already been on the podcast talk about their latest book. It's a shorter episode, quick to get through and exclusive to Patreon.









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    Links for this episode: 







    The Legend of Nimway Hall:







    http://www.stephanielaurens.com/series/the-legend-of-nimway-hall/







    Devon Monk: https://www.devonmonk.com/







    Sam Quinn series: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/k/seana-kelly/sam-quinn/







    Faith Hunter:  http://www.faithhunter.net/wp/







    CS Harris:  Sebastian St Cyr series  https://csharris.net/sebastian.php







    Where to find Stephanie Laurens:







    Website: http://www.stephanielaurens.com/







    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStephanieLaurens







    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9241.Stephanie_Laurens







    Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stephanie-laurens







    What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.







    But now, here’s Stephanie.







    Introducing Stephanie Laurens







    Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Stephanie and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.







    Stephanie Laurens Romance Bestseller







    Stephanie Laurens: Thank you. It's lovely to be here.







    Jenny Wheeler: I am in awe or of having the chance to talk to you because you are one of the legends of romance publishing.







    You have been working since the early 90’s, you’ve got more than 80 books now published and many accolades including landing in the top 100 Romance of the Year many times. You have an international army of fans, so tell me about how you got into this career. Give us a little bit of a helicopter view of all of those years.







    Stephanie Laurens: Okay. I got into writing romances because I literally ran out of Regency romances to read. At that time, back in the late 80’s, it was 1989, I used to read Regency romances because I was working as a scientist and writing scientific grants and reviewing scientific grants and papers and stuff like that. It was all very, very dry as you can imagine, so I liked to be able to read at night. After I put the kids to sleep, I would read.







    At that time in Australia there were only two Regency romances brought in a month by Mills & Boon and that was nowhere near ...

    • 41 min
    Catherine Lea – Kiwi Crime Series

    Catherine Lea – Kiwi Crime Series

    Catherine Lea is a thriller writer whose latest book, The Water’s Dead, is New Zealand's answer to Vera Stanhope. It's the first in a new Kiwi crime series, a thriller with surprising twists.







    Hi there, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Catherine talks about her new character, Detective Inspector Nyree Bradshaw and her race against time to solve a murder where everyone has something to hide and no one is telling the truth. If she fails, it's likely a child dies. It's the first in a new series.







    We've got our usual free book offer for listeners... this week its historical fiction you can check out here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/freehistoricalfiction/7c9k9s2u28

















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    Or on our Binge Reading Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JennyAtBingeReading)







    And don't forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Catherine's answers to the five quick five questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter.







    It would be great to have a few more people on board supporting the show with the weekly costs.









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    Links to information mentioned in the show:







    Ann Cleeves: https://www.anncleeves.com/







    Ruth Rendell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Rendell







    Ngaire Dawn Porter: https://www.nzonscreen.com/profile/nyree-dawn-porter/biography







    Elizabeth McClaine Mystery series: https://www.authorcatherinelea.com/books







    The Dry by Jane Harper: https://janeharper.com.au/books/the-dry







    Ed McBain: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21318.Ed_McBain







    Chris Hammer: Scrublands, https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/crime-mystery/Scrublands-Chris-Hammer-9781760632984







    Where to find Catherine Lea: 







    Website: https://www.authorcatherinelea.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Catherine-Lea-1138506476177298/Twitter: @CatherineLeaNZBookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/catherine-lea







    What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.







    But now, here’s Catherine.







    Introducing thriller author Catherine Lea







    Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Catherine and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.







    Catherine Lea: Thank you so much for having me. It's great to be there with you.







    Catherine Lea - Page-turning thriller writer







    Jenny Wheeler: It's wonderful, almost a novelty to have a fellow New Zealander. I don't deliberately choose or not choose Kiwis. I choose people who fit the books we're doing, but it's lovely to have somebody who's writing those books in New Zealand. 







    Catherine Lea: Thank you. That's why I decided to write the books in New Zealand. I've got some set in the States. When I started writing – I put my first book out in 2013 – somebody said, don't set them in New Zealand for goodness sake, nobody will ever read them. Set them in the States. So that's what I did.







    And of course, then the process began. I decided to set a politically based thriller and boy, their politics are quite different to ours. It was such a lot of research. I thought, you know what? I know far more about New Zealand. We have got such an amazing country, such diverse cultures,

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    Meg Waite Clayton – WWII Best Seller

    Meg Waite Clayton – WWII Best Seller

    Today on The Joys of Binge Reading Meg Waite Clayton, international bestselling author of The Last Train to London, returns with another haunting wartime story–The Postmistress of Paris.







    Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and on Binge Reading this week, Meg talks about her latest acclaimed wartime story set in the early days of the Nazi Occupation of France. It’s a haunting love story of high stakes danger and incomparable courage, based on the true story of a young American heiress who helped artists hunted by the Nazis escape war torn France.







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    As usual, we’ve got free books for you–a selection of historical romance - a group promo from 50 top authors, plus a four-book French mystery box set from Lise McLendon–Books 1–4 in her popular Bennett sisters series

















    HISTORIC ROMANCE FOR FREE









    Download free books here: https://books.bookfunnel.com/freehistoricalromancemay/2drvxuczu















    And Lise McLendon four-book French mystery box set from Lise McLendon–Books 1–4 in her popular Bennett sisters series here: https://amzn.to/383Egji









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    And don’t forget you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Meg’s answers to the Getting-to-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading









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    Links for this episode can be found at:







    Links to this episode can be found at:







    Mary Jayne Gold: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-evanston-heiress-inspires-novel-tt-1130-20211130-n36mbdjpnvbqhd27acvs253aka-story.html







    Mary Jayne Gold:  Oral History interview at the Holocaust memorial Museum site.:  https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn513492







    Crossroads Marseilles, 1940: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1245926.Crossroads_Marseilles_1940







    Varian Fry: https://www.ushmm.org/collections/bibliography/varian-fry







    The Last Train To London: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/books/the-last-train-to-london/







    The Writer’s Lab: https://thewriterslab.nyc/







    Thrifty Umrigar Honor: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/56271394







    Karen Joy Fowler: Booth https://www.karenjoyfowler.com/







    Purchasing Meg’s books in Australia and New Zealand:







    And elsewhere: Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1102395.Meg_Waite_Clayton







    Where to find Meg Waite Clayton:







    Website: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/Email: https://www.megwaiteclayton.com/contact/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/novelistmegTwitter:  https://twitter.com/MegWClayton







    What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Meg, 







    Introducing author Meg Waite Clayton







    Best selling international author of historic fiction Meg Waite Clayton







    Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Meg, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.







    Meg Waite Clayton: Jenny, it’s so delightful to be here. Thank you for sharing your time with me.







    Jenny Wheeler: This latest book you've recently published,

    • 32 min
    Lynette Eason – Romantic Suspense

    Lynette Eason – Romantic Suspense

    Bestselling and award-winning master of romantic suspense Lynette Eason talks about her new book, Life Flight, the first in the high-octane adventure series Extreme Measures.







    Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading this week Lynette talks about the secret of putting her military and emergency first responder heroes in the worst possible situations and seeing them beat the odds.







    Free Books Giveaway







    As usual, we’ve got free books to give away, this time a selection of books from a group of authors with the theme of Wartime Romance and a Gothic Victorian whimsy.







    You can access the Wartime Romances offer here:







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    Magic exists where we cannot see.......







    Kenneth A. Baldwin's Gothic Victorian whimsy The Crimson Inkwell:







    Critics say: "A magical fanfare of a woman who knows her mind and sparkling romance, The Crimson Inkwell is a modern, gothic Victorian delight." -Charlotte Zang, Reedsy







    Download the free offer here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/5gfrnef7dw?tid=nss3358dge

















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    And don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month you can get exclusive bonus content – like hearing Lynette’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions – by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. Details at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading









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    Links mentioned in this episode







    Links to websites mentioned in this episode: Terri Blackstock: http://terriblackstock.com/







    Colleen Coble: https://colleencoble.com/







    Dee Henderson: http://www.deehenderson.com/ and Danger In The Shadows: https://www.amazon.com/Danger-Shadows-Prequel-OMalley-Henderson/dp/1414310552







    Jaime Wright: https://www.jaimewrightbooks.com/







    Natalie Walters: https://www.nataliewalterswriter.com/







      Carrie Stuart Parks: http://www.carriestuartparks.com/ 







    James Patterson: https://www.jamespatterson.com/







    Deborah Raney: https://deborahraney.com/







    Karen Kingsbury: https://www.karenkingsbury.com/







    Where to find Lynette Eason:







    Website: https://lynetteeason.com/







    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lynette.eason







    Twitter: http://twitter.com/lynetteeason







    What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.







    But now, here’s Lynette.







    Introducing author Lynette Eason







    Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lynette, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.







    Lynette Eason: Thank you. I'm glad to be here.







    Lynette Eason: Best selling romantic suspense author







    Jenny Wheeler: You are a bestselling and award-winning author with more than fifty books to your credit, which is fantastic. You work with several different series and different publishers, so you’ve got your hands full.







    The series are generally adventure with suspense and romance built into them, and a lot of formerly military heroes or people who are in the helping p...

    • 32 min
    Heather Webber – Magic Mystery

    Heather Webber – Magic Mystery

    Heather Webber is drawn to the magic side of life, with mysteries that reflect southern charm, food, family, and a very light dusting of the supernatural.







    Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and on Binge Reading today Heather talks about her magical mysteries, including one called Midnight at the Blackbird Café, inspired by a Beatles hit song. I bet you can’t guess which one.







    As usual, we’ve got a great free book giveaway offer, more than sixty historical fiction books called Escape Into History. It’s a great selection to choose from, with a very wide range of time periods and locations. Links for accessing this offer can be found in the show notes for this episode on The Joys of Binge Reading website. It closes April 26. Get Clean Historicals here:  https://books.bookfunnel.com/free-historical-romance-books/8coh49x3h5















    Download Clean Historical Free Books Here:  https://books.bookfunnel.com/free-historical-romance-books/8coh49x3h5







    And more romance here...















    Download Escape To History Romance: https://books.bookfunnel.com/escape_into_history/1lcyxeuzfl







    Don’t forget, for the cost of less than a cup of coffee a month, you can get exclusive bonus content, like hearing Heather’s answers to the Five Quickfire Questions, by becoming a Binge Reading on Patreon supporter. Details of that in our episode show notes as well, at







    Support Binge Reading on Patreon: www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.com.







    Links to information in this episode







    The Lights of Sugarberry Cove: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-lights-of-sugarberry-cove.html







    Midnight At The Blackbird Café: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/womens-fiction.html







    South of the Buttonwood Tree: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/south-of-buttonwood-tree.html







    Wetumpka: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetumpka,_Alabama







    Heather Blake: https://cozy-mystery.com/heather-blake.html







    Roald Dahl quote about magic: https://www.roalddahl.com/blog/2018/may/the-stories-behind-roald-dahls-quotes-magic







    Beatles Song Blackbird: https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/blackbird-story-behind-song-beatles/







    The Lucy Valentine Series: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-lucy-valentine-novels.html







    The Nina Quinn series: https://www.heatherwebber.com/p/the-nina-quinn-mysteries.html







    Quincy M.E. Tv series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincy,_M.E.







    Severn House Publishing: https://severnhouse.com/







    Love and Saffron by Kim Fay:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/679108/love-and-saffron-by-kim-fay/







    The Beatles Lyric Book: https://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Lyrics-Stories-Including-Handwritten/dp/0316247170







    The Mandalorian: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8111088/







    Where to Find Heather Webber







    Website: https://www.heatherwebber.com/







    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherWebberBooks/







    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/509706.Heather_Webber







    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksbyheather/







    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.nz/booksbyheather/_saved/







    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksbyHeather







    Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/heather-webber







    What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation,

    • 29 min

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