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I'm Melissa Banczak, author of the June Nash Mysteries, and co-author of the Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series with Lisa Mahoney. When I'm not writing, I'm reading. I started this show to rave about new discoveries, chat with indie and small publishing house authors, and occasionally share from my works in progress. This is Books Cubed: Interviews, Raves, & Reads.

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I'm Melissa Banczak, author of the June Nash Mysteries, and co-author of the Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series with Lisa Mahoney. When I'm not writing, I'm reading. I started this show to rave about new discoveries, chat with indie and small publishing house authors, and occasionally share from my works in progress. This is Books Cubed: Interviews, Raves, & Reads.

    Romance with Mary Waterford A.K.A. Susan McEwan

    Romance with Mary Waterford A.K.A. Susan McEwan

    Good Adventures,

    Yes, I do realized that it's May the 5th. Ah well. 

    Thanks for joining me today. I thoroughly enjoyed this chat with Romance author Susan McEwan. 

    Comment over on the youtube channel. 

    Links:

    https://www.marywaterford.com

    Blessed Inlet Series is available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GBHC5YR?searchxofy=true&binding=kindle_edition

    Mel@melissabanczak.com

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    What do I write? Thanks for asking. I write a fantasy serial called Amy of Earth as Kelli Wieland. A lost human, a childlike shapeshifter, an angry cuegle, a crazed myrmidon, and a wine guzzling thicket. As Melissa Banczak And I write cozy mysteries. How to Sex Your Snake is the first in my June Nash Series. 4 Bullets and a Ghost is the first in my Jack You're Dead Series. With Lisa Mahoney, I write the Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series. You’ll find them all here - https://linktr.ee/melissabanczak

    Until next time, go read a good book,

    Melissa

    • 25 min
    Author Nikolai Wisekal and his Galaxy Waffles, a weirdly wonderful serial on Kindle Vella

    Author Nikolai Wisekal and his Galaxy Waffles, a weirdly wonderful serial on Kindle Vella

    Good Adventures,

    This week, I’m chatting with author Nikolai Wisekal about his weirdly wonderful serial Galaxy Waffles. It's waffle house in the sky but with robots, sushi thieves and politics. It's a must read that will keep you laughing. 

    Links:

    Galaxy Waffles - https://www.amazon.com/Galaxy-Waffles/dp/B097K7DBW2

    Divine Counseling - https://www.amazon.com/Divine-Counseling/dp/B094N8HSWN/

    Galaxy Waffles Merch Link -

    https://www.redbubble.com/people/WritingMerch305/shop

    Anthology Link for paperback -

    https://balance-of-seven.square.site/product/dragons-within-embracing-her-fire/149?cs=true&cst=custom

    Anthology Link for E-book -

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09KYJ4V95

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    What do I write? Thanks for asking. I write a fantasy serial called Amy of Earth as Kelli Wieland. A lost human, a childlike shapeshifter, an angry cuegle, a crazed myrmidon, and a wine guzzling thicket. As Melissa Banczak And I write cozy mysteries. How to Sex Your Snake is the first in my June Nash Series. 4 Bullets and a Ghost is the first in my Jack You're Dead Series. With Lisa Mahoney, I write the Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series. You’ll find them all here - https://linktr.ee/melissabanczak

    Until next time, go read a good book,

    Melissa

    • 39 min
    All Things Tudor with Historian and USA Today Best Selling Author Deb Hunter

    All Things Tudor with Historian and USA Today Best Selling Author Deb Hunter

    Good Adventures, 

    Today, I'm chatting with USA Today Best Selling author about her podcast All Things Tudor and her work as a historical fiction author. 

    Links: 

    All Things Tudor - https://allthingstudor.com

    All Things Tudor, the Magazine - https://www.amazon.com/All-Things-Tudor-Deb-Hunter-ebook/dp/B09V8Z25KW/

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    What do I write? Thanks for asking. https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Banczak/e/B01N7UG4ZW/

    Contact Melissa with future show ideas at mel@melissabanczak.com

    See you next time - Go read a good book,

    Melissa

    • 28 min
    Why You Must Edit Your Book with Developmental Editor Kit Gulick

    Why You Must Edit Your Book with Developmental Editor Kit Gulick

    Good Adventures,

    I'm chatting with developmental editor Kit Gulick today and we talk - editing, and of course, Kindle Vella. 

    Links: 

    https://www.kittygulick.com/about

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

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kittygulick

    Strunk and White Elements of Style - https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/dp/020530902X

    Vellas: 

    Amy of Earth, a children's book author falls through a portal to a world where human's don't exist - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09H3JXPRP

    4 Bullets and a Ghost - A PI's mentor rejoins the firm 3 days after his death - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B095FS1W3K

    The Explorers, a man creates an app that lures adventurers to their doom -

    https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B097W9TZCL

    The Genesis Machine -UFO's and time travel - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B092RMW9Z4

    Mia's Journey - What's an astronaut to do if they can't go do space, https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09JMDWK2T

    Revenge Honeymoon- a jilted bride takes the cruise with her maid of honor and laughter ensues - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09JN5VQ6T

    The Reluctant Whistleblower - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09CN14KF8

    Chew - Allison was a zombie. Now she's cured. And that's the just the beginning of her problems https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B098KPHB79

    Last Sunrise - A woman hunts down the men who turned her and her brother into vampires - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B093YLG7VC

    White Moon - Eden and her partner are exposed but only he turns into a werewolf - https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09CTCHHX9

    And there are many more that are worth your time. On the desktop or kindle phone apps in the US for now. More countries to come. Go check out Vella today. https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/ 

    And that's it. Thanks for joining us today. Go read a good book. 

    Melissa

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Writing Prompts on Tiktok Live with Kindle Vella Authors

    Writing Prompts on Tiktok Live with Kindle Vella Authors

    Good Adventures,

    Lisa and I were joined recently on tiktok live by authors Collings MacCrae and EA Blackwell. We rolled dice, wrote, and had a blast. 


    Links:

    Collings MacCrae - Collings MacCrae | Linktree

    Author EA Blackwell - https://www.eablackwell.com

    Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series -  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FBHY82Q

     

    Go Read a Good Book!

    Melissa

     

    • 32 min
    Favorite Kindle Vellas, paperbacks and audiobooks of 2021 with Kitty Gulick

    Favorite Kindle Vellas, paperbacks and audiobooks of 2021 with Kitty Gulick

    Good Adventures,


    Kitty Gulick joins me for a wrap up of our favorite reads of 2021. Comment over on the youtube channel. 


    Kitty's list of Vellas: 


    The Selfie of Cala Ivory by Mae MacCallum (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09KWHBJTF)


    Millicent Miggles, the Yuletide Witch by Azrielle Lawless (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09MBLVSQY)


    Chew by Naomi Ault (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B098KPHB79)


    The Fox Argall Mysteries by Collings MacCrae. (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0976NYFMQ)


    Briardark by SA Harian (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0982G53XG)



    Club X: Vampire in the Closet by Somtow Sucharitkul (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B094496RK3)


    Space Slave by vella Kayla Knue (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09NB9BZV7)


    Under My Umbrella: A Mill Creek Romance by Erica Him (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09BW3443M)


    Ellie Sandoval’s Carnal Sanctuary Universe (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B099XVDSXR)


    Dinos of the Old West (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0973RN7MZ) by Jonathon Mast and Nathaniel J


    Peters Kingdom of Links by Sarah Shipley (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09B6RBNKZ)


    The Last Sunrise by Martin Shannon (https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B093YLG7VC)


    The Selfie of Carla Ivory by Mae MacCallum


    https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09KWHBJTF


    And Kitty's Vella https://www.amazon.com/The-Explorers/dp/B097W9TZCL/


     


    Melissa's list of paperback/audio:


    5000 Words per hour by Chris Fox https://www.amazon.com/5000-Words-Per-Hour-Chris-Fox-audiobook/dp/B01BP96IW8/


    Newsletter Ninja 2 - by Tammy Labrecque https://www.amazon.com/Newsletter-Ninja-Supercharge-Mailing-Perfect-ebook/dp/B09L9KPKY9/


    Fast-Draft Your Memoir by Rachael Herron https://www.amazon.com/Fast-Draft-Your-Memoir-Write-Story/dp/B07B3PTCM6/


    The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood https://www.amazon.com/The-Love-Hypothesis/dp/B08V4NYQ9D/


    Smoke and Magic Series by AE McKenna https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MVMXPZK


    Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MHLR8NT


    Rusted Wasteland Series by Cameron Coral https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FCTWQXG


    Post Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors by https://www.amazon.com/Post-Apocalyptic-Nomadic-Warriors/dp/B07FJP26VC/


    Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield https://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-River-Diane-Setterfield-audiobook/dp/B07FKSTRCJ/


    Melissa's Vellas:


    Amy of Earth https://www.amazon.com/Amy-of-Earth/dp/B09H3JXPRP/


    4 Bullets and a Ghost https://www.amazon.com/4-Bullets-Ghost-Season-One/dp/B095FS1W3K/


    And that's it! See you next time.


    Go read a good book!


    Melissa

    • 1 hr 15 min

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