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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 Joys of Binge Reading 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.

    Emma St Clair – Sassy Romcoms

    Emma St Clair – Sassy Romcoms

    Jenny Wheeler: USA Today bestselling romcom author Emma St Clair loves sassy heroines, witty banter, and love stories with heart and humor. Her books have sizzling chemistry while keeping the bedroom door firmly closed.







    Jenny Wheeler: Hi, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on the Binge Reading podcast, Emma talks about her crazy writing process - her favorite place to write is tapping on her phone while on the elliptical machine, believe it or not. And how she discovered she's probably ADHD - something she only realized when she was researching a story.







    Free St Valentine’s Romances







    Our Giveaway this week is Free Historical Romance, for St Valentine's Day, - or St Valentine's month actually. Sadie’s Vow, #1 in my Home At Last trilogy is included.







    Books of mine you'll find in each offering listed below with the links to get the offer!







    There's lots of other free or sale books there as well.





















































    FREE HISTORICAL ROMANCE







    kobo sale







    free sweet romance









    Before we get to Emma, a reminder. You can help defray the cost of the production by buying me a cup of coffee on www.buymeacoffee.com/jenny wheelx. Just a coffee a month will help!















    And if you enjoy the show, leave us a review so others will find us too. Word of mouth is still the best way for others to discover the show and great books they will love to read.







    Links for Things Mentioned in the Show







    Leah Brunner. Clean and sweet  Ice hockey novella: https://leahbrunner.com/







    Courtney Walsh: Clean and sweet ice hockey:







    https://www.amazon.com/My-Phony-Valentine-Holidays-Hart-ebook/dp/B0BTB3LPYK







    Books Emma recommends:







    Hello Stranger from Katherine Center.







    https://katherinecenter.com/hello-stranger







    Mary E. Pearson







    https://www.marypearson.com/







    Tana French  The Likeness







    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5941114-the-likeness







    Where to find Emma Online







    Website: https://emmastclair.com/







    Facebook: Emma St Clair’s Epic Reader Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/emmastclair







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







    Podcast: (Retired but website still up and episodes available on YouTube)







    www.createifwriting.com







    Introducing Romcom author Emma St Clair







    Emma St Clair - sweet and sassy 'closed door' romcoms







    Emma St Clair: Thank you. I'm so excited to be here. It's really nice and I appreciate you reaching out.







    Jenny Wheeler: Fantastic. Emma, you are a master of the sweet, sassy, funny rom-com, and you've written a lot of them. Tell me, how did you get started in this particular genre and what do you like about it?







    Emma St Clair: Well, it's funny. I got my master's degree in fiction, which is typically more literary. And I never thought I would write romance.







    In fact, I didn't read romance. I was one of those people who poo-pooed romance, My attitude was, oh, you know, those romance books. Like that was just not my thing, and after I got my master's, I was writing more like literary young adult fiction.

    • 39 min
    Rochelle B. Weinstein – Bitter Sweet Romance

    Rochelle B. Weinstein – Bitter Sweet Romance

     Rochelle Weinstein loves bitter sweet women's stories about finding identity through love and loss and her latest, What You Do To Me introduces pioneer female Rolling Stone magazine, journalist Cecilia, who obsessively pursues the story while – unacknowledged - her closest relationship crashes and burns around her,







    Hi, I'm your host Jenny Wheeler, and in today's Binge Reading episode, Rochelle, a former music industry exec, talks about how popular music forms a soundtrack to our lives and why she finds sweet stories of women's lives so alluring.







    Our Giveaway This Week















    Our Giveaway this week is an action and adventure giveaway, fiction in all genres, free downloads of mystery, romance or crime, including Unbridled Vengeance. Book #5 in the Of Gold & Blood series, a historical mystery with a romantic sub plot,







    When Californian rancher Caleb is falsely accused of a vicious murder, his French immigrant neighbor, Madeleine has evidence that will save him from the gallows.. Will she risk her own life to save his?















    You'll find the link to download a wide range of books in the show notes for this episode on the website, the joys of binge reading com.









    DOWNLOAD FREE BOOKS









    Now just another housekeeping matter before we get to Rochelle. A reminder you can help defray the costs of production of the show by buying me a cup of coffee on buy me a coffee.com/jennywheelx.







    Thank you Nick, for buying me a coffee last week.









    buy me a coffee









    And remember, if you enjoy the show, leave us a review so others will find us too. Word of mouth is still the best way for others to discover the show and great books they will love to read.







    Links to things mentioned in the episode







    Hey There Delilah – Plain White Ts:







    https://www.teenvogue.com/story/heres-the-actual-story-behind-hey-there-delilah







    Spotify Playlists for What You Do to Me:









    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2GhwfbTm3xzs2Z9jRje2zW?si=aW2qeHSDT-GALkCAV8zKnw&pi=u-TC_ooXsRR7yC











    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4kKq1hJpvGEJD7G3T5EOZm?si=qbhlIZioT56PHPd7L88gNw&pi=u-F7QVF5cESmmb









    Books Rochelle loves:







    A Little Life, Hanya Yangihara https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22822858-a-little-life







    Lisa Barr, The Goddess of Warsaw, https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-goddess-of-warsaw-lisa-barr?variant=41099496980514







    Annabel Monaghan, https://annabelmonaghan.com/







    (Annabel on The Joys of Binge Reading -https://thejoysofbingereading.com/annabel-monoghan-evocative-romcoms/ )







    The Stationery Shop, Marjan Kamali, https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/42201995







    Patti Callahan Henry, The Secret Book of Flora Lee, https://www.patticallahanhenry.com/the-secret-book-of-flora-lea







    (Patti Callahan Henry on The Joys of Binge Reading,







    https://thejoysofbingereading.com/patti-callahan-narnia-magic/)







    Barbara Davis, the Keeper of Happy Endings, Echo of Old Books, https://barbaradavis-author.com/







    Sam Woodruff, https://www.samanthawoodruff.com/







    Alison Wynne-Ryder,  https://www.thequirkymedium.com/home/about-alison







    Taylor Jenkins Reid, https://taylorjenkinsreid.com/







    Lynne Golodner author and writing coach:  https://lynnego...

    • 27 min
    Best of Binge Reading 2023 Part II

    Best of Binge Reading 2023 Part II

    Welcome to The Best of Binge Reading 2023, Part Two, the second and final of our shows featuring the most listened to episodes on our popular fiction podcast, chosen solely on the basis of the number of times you, our audience, listened to them. It goes without saying they’re all best sellers, authors at the top of their game.







    There’s something for everyone here, nerve wrenching contemporary thrillers from Ireland, to a French love story from a well loved TV actress; a World War II spy mystery by an Australian - set in the House of Dior in Paris, and a riveting journey into the world of the famous Mitford sisters, once acclaimed as London society beauties and then reviled as rotten traitors.







    We present brief excerpts from each show, with links for where to find them if you’d like to hear more... As in previous years, we’ve selected shows that aired between Dec 1, 2022 and Dec 1, 2023.







    So here they are – excerpts from the top six shows of 2023 on The Joys of Binge Reading.







    Twisty Thrillers - Catherine Ryan Howard















    Irish thriller author Catherine Ryan Howard with her latest nerve shredding suspense Runtime.







    Catherine Ryan Howard - Thriller author







    It’s a book that was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book Of The Year, and is a Top 10 Kindle Best Seller.







    She been dubbed the Queen of High Concept thrillers for her intricate plotting which require a special excel spreadsheet...







    First up I asked her about her revelation that Runtime was inspired by her actor brother, John Ryan Howard.







    Jenny Wheeler: You've said that the original idea was inspired by your brother. Can you tell us about that connection? 







    Catherine Ryan Howard:  Yeah, he loves when I do interviews about this book because he gets a mention. So, he is an actor, and a few years ago he was in an independent Irish horror movie called Beyond the Woods. 







    Of course, he was telling me all about the experience of being on set and one of the things he said, and in Beyond The Woods - if you read Runtime will sound very familiar because it was filmed in this house out in the middle of nowhere in the Cork countryside, in the dead of winter overnight.







    They were shooting everything at night, and he said one of the first things they did is the director had to go to the local police station and say, look, if someone calls you at four in the morning to say, ‘I hear screens, I think someone's getting murdered.’ They're not.







    It's just us filming.







    And of course, being a crime writer, I immediately thought, what if it's someone getting murdered?







    That's a great cover story. You're giving yourself a bit of a bit of time to get away a head start.







    When I sat down to write the book, that idea went away and it turned into something else.







    Movie making is murder







    But that's the initial seed, and I loved the idea of there being a script for horror movie that when the actors go to film it, the same things that are happening in the script start to happen on the set, because of course your first question I think would be, is this really happening or is my director secretly filming me or something?







    It’s hard to know what's real and what's not, and I think that's at the core of the novel.







    Jenny Wheeler: Yes, exactly. You do open with a scene where the director and an assistant go and knock on someone's door and say, ‘if you hear any screaming, don't worry.’ And I immediately thought, oh,

    • 32 min
    Best of Binge Reading 2023 – Part I

    Best of Binge Reading 2023 – Part I

    Welcome to The Best of Binge Reading 2023, Part One, the first of two shows featuring the most listened to episodes on our popular fiction podcast, chosen solely on the basis of the number of times you, our audience, listened to them.







    They include an intriguing range of genres, from a contemporary thriller, to a French story in equal parts about food and love, a World War II spy mystery, a NZ historical family saga pre-dating European settlement, and two romances, one a fresh and funny romcom, the other a tender second chance tale of loss, regret, and the influence family has on life changing decisions.....







    And like our audience, our authors reflect our international reach, with two Australians, a Kiwi, one French American, and one each from New York and Massachusetts.







    We present brief excerpts from each show, with links for where to find them if you’d like to hear more... As in previous years, we’ve selected shows that aired between Dec 1, 2022 and Dec 1, 2023.







    The second part of The Best Of The Joys of Binge Reading will air on January 16.







    Kelly Rimmer: Spies – Lies - Betrayal















    But now, here’s the first of this week’s guest authors, Kelly Rimmer.  Her sweeping World War II suspense has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide and made international best seller lists, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.







    Her latest book, The Paris Agent, a fascinating dual timeline mystery with multiple romance lines moving from England and World War Two to the 1970s with the daughter of one of those people that was involved in the war. It’s a powerful story of two otherwise ordinary women who become spies dropped into Nazi occupied France.







    I asked Kelly to tell us of the story’s genesis.







    Kelly Rimmer - Best-selling World War II fiction







    Kelly Rimmer: My daughter's name is Violette. It's a family name from my husband's side.







    And when I was pregnant with her, and we were talking about names, you do the Googling thing, trying to think about famous people with this name.







    Or what the meaning of the name is. And I stumbled upon Violette Szabo, who was an SOE agent, in the F section of the SOE.







    Her story was so inspiring and had stuck with me. I loved the idea that we were naming my daughter after someone so incredible.







    And I had always intended, always hoped that I would come up with the right premise to write a book that was inspired by her.







    And, maybe two or three years ago, I heard a podcast about Diana Rowden, who is another SOE agent, who I had never heard of, even though I'd done a little bit of reading about the SOE.







    And I've also found her to be just such an incredible woman. The idea for this book came out of their stories, their real-life stories.







    It's fiction. I've taken a few liberties here and there with their stories. And they weren't actually close friends, but in my book, my characters inspired by them are friends.







    But for the most part, where I could, I followed the real history.







    Traitors operating within the SOE







    Jenny Wheeler: Part of its foundation is the understanding that's emerged since the war that the Special Operations Executive, the branch of the British Secret Service that handled all of the dispensing of agents over France.







    The ones that were so tremendously brave as to jump out of planes into enemy territory and work to support the Resistance...

    • 26 min
    Lucy Burdette Culinary Cozies

    Lucy Burdette Culinary Cozies

    Lucy Burdette’s Key West cozies feature a magazine food critic called Hayley Snow, her husband's nosy dog, Ziggy, and an indomitable sidekick, Miss Gloria, who's rapidly becoming a reader’s favorite, all that set in page-turning beautiful action in Florida's laid back tropical archipelago.







    Hi. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And today on Binge Reading, Lucy talks about the joy of combining two of her loves in life, food and Key West, in an award-winning best-selling small town mystery series.







    Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Giveaway







    Our Giveaway this week as a selection from a group of authors, Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Giveaway, including Sadie's Vow, Book #1  in my own Home At Last trilogy.















    It’s San Francisco, 1872. Sadie McGillicuddy’s word is her bond. Swearing to her dying mother to always protect her wilful sister, she’s soon tested when her beautiful younger sibling runs off into the night.















    You'll find a link to download these books in the show notes for this episode on the website, the joys of binge reading.com. That's a Free Download Give away for holiday reading.









    DOWNLOAD FREE MYSTERIES









    And remember if you enjoy the show, leave us a review, so others will find us too. Word of mouth is still the best form of recommendation and it will help people find a show that recommends books they'd love to discover and read.







    Links to items mentioned in the show







    The Bobbsey Twins, Laura Lee Hope:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/DMJ/the-bobbsey-twins/







    Nancy Drew. Carolyn Keene: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/NAD/nancy-drew/







    Frank Bruni, Born Round: https://www.amazon.com/Born-Round-Family-Ferocious-Appetite/dp/014311767X#







    Ruth Reichl:  http://ruthreichl.com/about/







    Dr Laurie Santos: Yale class on happiness:  https://www.drlauriesantos.com/science-well-being







    Dr Laurie Santos: Happiness Lab podcast:







    https://www.pushkin.fm/podcasts/the-happiness-lab-with-dr-laurie-santos







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







    Rhys Bowen, Lady Georgiana Royal Spyness series: The Proof in the Pudding, www.rhysbowen.com







    Love Marriage by Monica Ali, https://www.amazon.com.au/Love-Marriage-Monica-Ali/dp/1982181478







    Ragnar Jonasson, Reykjavík, https://www.amazon.com/Reykjav%C3%ADk-Crime-Story-Ragnar-J%C3%B3nasson/dp/1250907330#







    Where To Find Lucy Burdette Online







    Website: https://lucyburdette.com/







    Facebook: @Lucyburdetteauthor







    Instagram: @Lucyburdette







    Jungle Red Writers Blog: https://www.jungleredwriters.com/







    Introducing mystery author Lucy Burdette







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







    Lucy Burdette - Her latest book in the Key West food critic series made the USA Today bestseller list







    Lucy Burdette: I am so happy to be here and I really appreciate being invited.







    Jenny Wheeler: It's lovely. the wonders of technology to think that you are in Key West, Florida and I'm in New Zealand. It's great, isn't it?







    Lucy Burdette: Crazy, Yes. Two islands.







    Jenny Wheeler: That's right. Lucy, you've got a flourishing career writing these Key West food critic mysteries.

    • 30 min
    Jo Thomas Countdown To Christmas

    Jo Thomas Countdown To Christmas

    Jo Thomas writes funny and sunny best-sellers about food, love and family. Books that wrap their arms around you and give you a “great big hug.”







    And her latest release Countdown to Christmas is billed as “the most uplifting and feel good romance of Christmas 2023.”







    Hi, I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler and on Binge Reading today Jo talks about her own love for books that take you somewhere else, and her ambition to leave readers with hope and a smile on their faces.







    This week's Giveaway







    Our Giveaway this week is a Deck The Halls BookSweeps bundle of historic holiday romances. Enter the drawer for a library of 20 plus historical romances, including Tangled Destiny, a New York Christmas novella, which is the prequel to my own Of Gold & Blood historical mystery series.















    The BookSweeps draw is valued at $250 and includes a new E reader.







    Enter the draw here: https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/dec23-historical-holiday-romance/









    ENTER BOOKSWEEPS DRAW









    Now do remember you can support the production costs of the show by buying me a cup of coffee at buymeacoffee.com/Jennywheelx.







    And if you enjoy the show, don't forget, leave us a review, so others will find us too. Word of mouth is still the best form of recommendation for people to hear about the show and great books they will love to read.







    Items mentioned in this episode







    Books Jo is reading







    Katie Fforde: https://katiefforde.com/,







    Jill Mansell: https://jillmansell.co.uk/







    Milly Johnson: https://millyjohnson.co.uk/







    Jilly Cooper: https://www.jillycooper.co.uk/







    Galway Bay: https://www.galwaytourism.ie/galway-bay/







    Pulia:  https://www.traveldepartment.com/travel-blog/10-reasons-to-visit-puglia-region-in-italy







    Where to find Jo Thomas online







    Website: JoThomasauthor.com







    Instagram: @jothomasauthor







    Twitter: @jo_thomas01







    But that's enough of the housekeeping, as you can probably tell, I've got a real frog in my throat, so I won't keep talking. I'll introduce Jo.







    Introducing romance author Jo Thomas







    Jo Thomas Best selling author of feel-good fiction featuring food, love and family...







    Hello there Jo, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.







    Jo Thomas: Jenny, great to be here.







    Jenny Wheeler: You say up front that the sorts of books you write are about food, love, family, and fun. You like to have happy endings. And they are for people who like sunny and funny. Is that's how you started out your writing?







    Jo Thomas: It's really yes, because they were the books that I loved to read. And I would read authors like Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson.







    I wanted books that would take me to somewhere different where you felt that you would join in old friends?







    Like in the evenings, I can remember reading a Jilly Cooper and getting into bed at night and thinking, ‘I'm going to visit old friends down the pub.’







    And it's a nice place to be. I want people to feel that they care about the characters in my books and that they're with them through adversity and that they leave with hope and a smile on their face.







    When you start writing, people say, oh, write about what you know, and I thought,

    • 30 min

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