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Season 3

Dec. 5, 2022

Sierra Leone Folktales with Akindele Decker & Nadine Decker

Two cousins who have never met in person decided to write some children's books to pass down the stories their grandfather told. In this episode, I speak with Akindele and Nadine about how they met, the history of their ances...

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Dec. 5, 2022

Baltimore's Best: Tia Hamilton, Entrepreneur & Owner, Urban Reads Boo…

Supporting Black-owned bookstores is important. Today I'm speaking with Tia Hamilton, owner of Urban Reads bookstore in Baltimore. But she's so much more than just a bookstore owner. Give this episode a listen to see how she'...

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Nov. 15, 2022

The Story Disney Stole with Author Lenny Willilams

Asha The Princess of Matana is a beautiful story about a magical kingdom in Africa and a young princess who must choose between marrying who her parents think she should marry or the young boy who just might be her …

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Nov. 15, 2022

Heaven Can Wait with Author B.D. Hendrix

B.D. Hendrix and I discuss her novel, Heaven Can Wait and the three women who need to figure out what they want from men and life before they push the men who love them away. Extramarital affairs, toxic attachment, and …

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Oct. 31, 2022

Werebears and wendigos with Horror Author Candace Nola

Happy Halloween! It's the last day of Blacktober Reads and that means you getting this episode a day early! WOOT! Author Candace Nola and I discuss werebears, wendigos, and murder, which are all in this spooky, heartstopping ...

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Oct. 25, 2022

Voices on the Air with Shea McGee

It's Tuesday! Blacktober Reads continues with horror author Shea McGee. We talk about Voices on the Air, the first book in her Makaela Williams series. We get into vampire tropes, writing non-Black characters and...phone sex?...

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Oct. 18, 2022

Nova: The Executioner of Justice with Author Latrell R. Morris

Happy Tuesday! Latrell and I discuss her character, Nova, a deadly supernatural Black woman who's doing Karma's bidding. She sees what's done in the dark. If you cross paths with Nova, hang it up. *** Learn more about Latrell...

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Oct. 4, 2022

In The House of Transcendence with Amanda Ross

It's Tuesday! This book I'm discussing today has witches who are burlesque dancers on the side. There's also a dead witch, ghosts, and lots of magic. It's the perfect amount of spook, suspense, and sleuthing. And magic. Did I...

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Sept. 13, 2022

The Anatomy of a Book with Author Seanathan Polidore

It's Tuesday! In today's episode, I speak with author Seanathan Polidore about his work The Anatomy of a Book. We discuss the importance of those extra items in the books a lot of people skip over, how to be an …

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Aug. 16, 2022

Invisible Lives with Author Anissa Blair

I'm back after a short hiatus due to surgery and I've got a great episode for you today! Anissa is a life coach who decided to buck the tradition of writing a traditional self-help book and instead uses stories to …

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June 27, 2022

Anime-inspired Historical Fiction with Author Olivia Thompson

Olivia Thompson has an anime series with Black female protagonists. We discuss what anime is (don't judge, I didn't really know!), writing Black female action characters, Japanese folklore, and more! Check it out! *** If you ...

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June 21, 2022

Between the Reads Interviews Noir Mystery Author Faye Snowden

It's Tuesday! I love it when I get to post an episode on the day a book releases! A Killing Rain, Faye Snowden's second book in her Noir Mystery Killing series, releases today! I had the honor of receiving an …

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June 14, 2022

The Three Mrs. Greys with Author Shelly Ellis

It's Tuesday! This week's episode comes packin' all the drama as I speak with author Shelly Ellis about her thriller novel, The Three Mrs. Greys. What would you do if you found out your husband was married to two other …

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June 7, 2022

Sistah SciFi Book Boutique with Owner Isis Asare

Oh, you thought I was done?? Nope! Your girl has TWO interviews for you. This next one is with Isis Asare, owner of Sistah SciFi Book Boutique. This bookstore is exclusively online, but she has lots of in-person events like …

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June 7, 2022

By Her Own Design: Spilling the Historical Tea with Author & Professo…

It's Tuesday! In this special episode of Between the Reads I get to share in the release-day celebration of By Her Own Design by author and professor Piper Huguley! Piper spills ALL the historical tea about Black fashion desi...

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May 31, 2022

Thrills, Murder & Suspense with Author Gracia Collins-Rich

It's Tuesday! Settle in wherever you are and get your ear hustle on as Gracia and I discuss her thriller, Handkerchief. She don't care 'bout killin' off these the characters, y'all! She did what she did. Get ready to laugh. …

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May 24, 2022

Errant with Author Montrez

It's Tuesday! Author Montrez is giving us all the fantasy with her debut novel, Errant. Not only is she committed to writing Black girls into fantasy novels, she also shows that the ones we underestimate always take us by sur...

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May 17, 2022

Mo Bettah Romance with Author Mo Flames

Happy Tuesday! I'm bringing you unashamed and unapologetic steamy romance with plot twists, drama, AND murder! Lend me your ears as author Mo Flames and I have too good of a time talking about her book, One Ain't Enough! *** …

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May 10, 2022

Building Strong Children with Author Kiara Gaton

Frederick Douglass once said, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Author Kiara Gaton understands the assignment! We talk about her beautiful children's book, Loving Me ABCs, and she shares the i...

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May 3, 2022

Fantasy & Romance with Author L. Penelope

It's Tuesday! Today I'm talking with the multitalented author/podcaster/filmmaker Leslye Penelope about her book Savage City. We get into some of the details of the world-building in this fantasy romance novel. We also talk a...

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April 26, 2022

Right As Reign with Author J.B. Vample

It's Tuesday! Jessyca and I hash it up about her tenth novel, Right As Reign. We talk about shade-throwing toxic "friends" we all have; bustas we've all regretfully dated, generational coping mechanisms, and the beauty of bei...

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April 19, 2022

Finding Her Niche with Author Cetonia Weston-Roy

Join me this week as I speak with children's book author and bookstore owner Cetonia Weston-Roy about her series, The Misadventures of Toni Macaroni. But that's not all! Cetonia is opening a bookstore that has a very unique a...

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April 12, 2022

The Melanin Chronicles with Author Janay Harden

In this episode, I speak with author and licensed clinical social worker, Janay Harden, about her debut novel Hey, Brown Girl. Janay writes stories that feature melanated characters navigating through life, love, and relation...

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April 5, 2022

Living Out Loud with Dr. Naeema Olatunji

What would you do if you were raised to believe you were one thing and then told as a young adult that you were something completely different? Tune in as Dr. Naeema Olatunji shares her journey from Barbara to Naeema. …

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March 29, 2022

So This is What We Doing with Author Janee' Thompson

Author Janee' Thompson returns to talk about No Ordinary Vengeance, the second book in what I'll call the 'Beyond Ordinary' trilogy. If you heard the first interview, you know Janee' and I had lots of laughs as we virtually b...

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March 22, 2022

Never Have I Ever with Author D.L. White

Author D.L. White is back on Between the Reads and she brings all the swoon and sizzle with her latest novel, The Never List. Stay tuned as we chat it up about Trey and Esme, why her stories have regular-ass …

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March 15, 2022

Crazy Love with A.E. Valdez

Here's the scenario: you've been dating a guy for two years and have known each other since you were kids. Your families are friends. He proposes, but you know deep down that he isn't THE ONE. Do you accept his …

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March 8, 2022

Science Fantasy & Saga with Tracie Angela Greene

In this episode, Tracie Angela Greene tells us about her science fantasy book, Enisi: The Bleu Realm. Bountiful is the Bleu's family home and the land has been in the family for generations. But it isn't just ordinary land! O...

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March 8, 2022

In Too Deep with Porsha Deun

In this episode, we talk Porsha's novel, Intoxic, which is a drama-filled rollercoaster ride of a story. Poly relationships, infidelity, betrayal of the worst kind, and murder. Yup. It's all in there! Once you start reading I...

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March 1, 2022

White Minority with Author Talia Clay

In this episode, Audra speaks with author Talia Clay about her debut novel, White Minority. She calls it Afrofuturism meets dystopia and that couldn't be a better description. We talk about the futuristic world she built wher...

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Feb. 22, 2022

Sizzle & Soul: Contemporary Fantasy with Whitney Hill

Whitney Hill is making huge waves in the self-published world with her contemporary fantasy series, Shadows of Otherside. We talk about the history of the lore used in her book; the complex and magical characters she's create...

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Feb. 15, 2022

Immortal with Valjeanne Jeffers

In this episode, author Valjeanne Jeffers and I chat about her afrofuturistic series, Immortal. We talk about the characters, the importance of the Afrofuturism genre, why all the good Black TV shows keep getting canceled and...

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Feb. 8, 2022

A Comb of Wishes

In this episode, we speak with author Lisa Stringfellow about her debut novel A Comb of Wishes. A little girl who wants her mother back. A comb she finds in a cave. A seawoman who will stop at nothing to …

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Jan. 25, 2022

Mammie Dearest with China the Writer

In this episode, I speak with author and publisher Vishnue Morris whose pen name is China. We talk about her novel Mammie Dearest and get into its controversial cover, a little-known secret about those "raggedy" dolls feature...

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Jan. 18, 2022

Crime Writers of Color Kellye Garrett

In this episode, I speak with author Kellye Garrett about her novel Hollywood Homicide. We talk about her inspiration for the novel, being a crime writer of color, how she creates her characters, her journey into being a hybr...

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