Books Cubed: Interviews, Raves, & Reads

Each week I chat with Authors you should be reading.

July 23rd, 2020    

Professional Bookbinder Lisa Van Pelt

Good Adventures,

 

This week, I'm chatting with professional bookbinder, Lisa Van Pelt. Check out her work on Instagram and Pinterest

 

Also, the Library of Congress is looking for volunteers to transcribe documents written in cursive. 

 

Comment over on our Youtube channel. 

What do I write? Thanks for asking

 

That's it for this week. Go read a good book.

Melissa

 

July 16th, 2020    

Love on the Edge of Danger - A Romance anthology to raise money for first responders

Good Adventures,

This week, I'm chatting with romance authors, Doug J. McLeod, TK Lawyer, and Tamalyn E. Scott. Three of the four writers in the anthology, Love on the Edge of Danger. Money from the sale of the books goes to First Responders Children's Foundation so click on those links below and pick up a copy.  

You can comment on today's show over on our YouTube channel. 

Links:

Amazon (Kindle): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089CZBYZD
Amazon (paperback): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B35X5BS
Universal Book Link (Kobo, Nook, Apple, etc.): https://books2read.com/u/3RNqZx

Money from the sale of each book goes to First Responders Children's Foundation: 1strcf.org

Doug's website: https://www.tonanookpublishing.com

TK Lawyer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tklawyerauthor

https://tklawyerauthor.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/tklawyerauthor

Tamalyns Website: www.tamalynsbooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tamalynsbooks

Authors Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00755ERYS

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The winner of the ecopy of Steel Guardians, from Ep 68, goes to Becky. See everyone next time. Go read a good book.

Melissa

 

 

July 9th, 2020    

Screams, Hedgehogs, and Oxygen tanks! It’s writing prompt time again.

Good Adventures,

I'm joined this week by my co-author Lisa Mahoney and our guest, Will Pepper, for another writing prompt show. Will picked the genre mashup edition of our Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series. Don't worry, I cut out the actual writing so it's just the good stuff. You'll find the prompt options we rolled for today down below. 

Comment over on our Youtube channel. 

Links:

https://melissabanczak.com/roll-a-prompt-writing-journal-series/

Will Pepper:

You can follow Will on Twitter @WAPepperWrites, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WillPepperWrites,  and his (and his wife’s) company Hustle Valley Press, LLC (or, as we call it, The Hustle) at https://www.facebook.com/hustlevalleypress/. Please follow them for the details about their upcoming short where all the author’s profits go to charity!

Listen for a chance to win an ecopy of Steel Guardians.

Prompts used today:

Will had: 

Romance Novel Writer

Oxygen tank

Screams Echo Through a Ship

Lisa had: 

Tree Trimmer

Stuffed Hedgehog

Called for Jury Duty

Melissa had:

Ambassador

Romance Novel Writer

Screams Echo Through a Ship

 

And that's it for this week. Go read a good book. 

Melissa

June 25th, 2020    

Robots, A.I., and Post Apoc with author Cameron Coral

Good Adventures,

We're talking robots this week! Do you love them as much as me? I knew it! You're really gonna love this week's show. Post Apoc author Cameron Coral is on talking about her latest series, Rusted Wasteland and the first novel, Steel Guardians. 

And you could win an ecopy of the book. Listen to the show for details. 

Comment over on our YouTube channel. 

Links:

https://cameroncoral.com 

https://thecareerauthor.com

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What do I write? Thanks for asking. I have a cozy mystery series, June Nash Mysteries. You can get the prequel, How to Bungle Your Jungle free here. and I co-write the Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series with Lisa Mahoney. You'll find them here

Now, go read a good book!

Melissa

 

June 18th, 2020    

Persuade Don’t Preach - Restoring Civility Across the Political Divide with Karen Tibbals

Good Adventures,

This week we're going to prep you for that family member, or maybe friend, who you just don't know how to talk to when it comes to beliefs that are the complete opposite of yours. 

Comment over on our YouTube channel. 

Links:

https://persuadedontpreach.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCElHWWL4fFiuSmzmPXxORVg?vi

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What do I write? Thanks for asking! 

You'll find my June Nash Mysteries, and The Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series I co-author with Lisa Mahoney on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Banczak/e/B01N7UG4ZW

See you next time. Go read a good book. 

Melissa

June 11th, 2020    

The Culture of Hair, Pandemics, and Sisterhood with author Michele Berger

Good Adventures,

This week I'm talking science fiction with Michele Berger. The culture of hair, pandemics, and sisterhood that make up her novella Reenu-You.

Comment over on our YouTube channel. 

Links: Blog (The Practice of Creativity)

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest  

Instagram:  

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What do I write? Thanks for asking! You'll find my June Nash Mysteries, and The Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Series I co-author with Lisa Mahoney on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.  See you next time. Go read a good book. Melissa

May 28th, 2020    

Romantic Suspense with Nicolette Pierce

Good Adventures,

This week is a fun one with Nicolette Pierce. We talk Cozies in Las Vegas and camel poop. You can comment over on our YouTube channel. 

Links:

https://www.nicolettepierce.com

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What do I write? Thanks for asking! How to Square Your Grouper is my latest June Nash Mystery. 

See you next time. Go read a good book. 

Melissa

May 21st, 2020    

Reader expectations - YA, Fantasy, Thriller, and Cozy. 4 author roundtable

(Yes! The Shining took place during the winter. I do know that!)

Good Adventures,

This week, I'm joined by fantasy author JR Pearse Nelson, YA author Terri M Collica, and soon to be published thriller author Dr. Will Pepper. (the other doctor pepper) We talk reader expectations. How we handle what's expected versus what we want to write.

Comment over on our YouTube channel.

Links:

JR Pearse Nelson:

J.R.'s website: jrpearsenelson.com

J.R. Pearse Nelson @ Books2Read.com

Instagram @jrpearsenelson

Terri M Collica:

http://www.terrimcollica.com

https://www.amazon.com/Fuzzy-Visions-Sunny-McBain-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00OTQV6LI/

Will Pepper:

https://www.facebook.com/betterthanfreellc/

http://theotherdrpepper.com/

http://twitter.com/drwpepper

Books Cubed is on Instagram 

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What do I write? Thanks for asking. My latest book, How to Square Your Grouper is out. You'll find the series on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and kobo

See you next time. Go read a good book.

Melissa

 

May 14th, 2020    

3 Authors roll dice for a prompt, then cut and come back to read the short stories they wrote.

Good Adventures,

This week we're playing in the Roll-A-Prompt series again. This time, I'm joined by my co-author Lisa and our friend Kristina. I picked a random set of elements from the Genre Mashup Edition, we cut to write (so you don't have to be bored while no one is talking) then come back and read. It was lots of fun. If you'd like to play along, the prompt is below. Grab some dice, roll for your elements, and write. Want to share? Comment on our YouTube channel. 

The prompt we use today is from our Roll-A-Prompt Writing Journal Genre Mashup Edition

Character

Roll 1 number 

Even = MC is alone

Odd = Roll again for a companion 

  1. Stand-up comedian
  2. Delivery driver
  3. First officer
  4. Masked horse rider
  5. Phoenix
  6. Welder

IF the MC is alone, add an object

Roll 1 Number

  1. Roll of pennies
  2. Embroidered slippers
  3. Drone
  4. Wedding ring
  5. Bag of dirt
  6. Syringe

Scenario

Roll 1 number 

  1. Getting fit for a spacesuit
  2. Boss dies in the middle of a job interview
  3. Car stalls in the fast food drive-thru
  4. Light never turns off
  5. Probe is discovered drifting in space
  6. Is there a troll under that bridge?

Now write and have fun! If you want to share. Comment here

See you next time. Good a good book. 

Melissa

PS My latest is How to Square Your Grouper. 

May 7th, 2020    

Ghosts, a Serial Killer, The Dead Man’s Detective - Lori Drake Reads from Ghost Magnet

Good Adventures,

Ghosts, a grisly murder, a serial killer and the dead man’s detective. 

Lori Drake reads from her new novel, Ghost Magnet, a between the books standalone in her Grant Wolves Series. 

Comment over on our YouTube channel. 

Links: 

Ghost Magnet

Grant Wolves Series

Undead Tales: 15 Thrilling Zombie Stories

Lori's other appearances on Books Cubed

Ep 11 Grant Wolves https://youtu.be/vzPjMDgA0H4

Ep 23 Zombies 

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What do I write? Thanks for asking. You'll find my books on Amazon including my latest, How to Square Your Grouper.

See you next time. Go read a good book,

Melissa

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