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Since we've never been ones to keep interesting new books to ourselves, we're kicking off a series of conversations with Book of the Month authors about God only knows what. Recorded at Book of the Month headquarters on West 27th St. in front of a live audience of raucous employees! Give us your ears and we'll give you a look into the minds of writers we admire and a treasure trove of anecdotes, wisdom, and fun. Suggestions or ideas? Email us at virtualbooktour@bookofthemonth.com

Episode Date
Jillian Medoff asks strangers for help.
0:23:35

Powerful corporate executive by day and successful novelist by night. Jillian Medoff really does do it all. In this episode, Jillian shares how talking to random strangers on the train and sitting in on courtroom trials helped her write her fifth novel, When We Were Bright and Beautiful. 

When We Were Bright and Beautiful tells the story of the Quinns—a wealthy but dysfunctional family living in Manhattan's glittering Upper East Side. When Cassie Quinn’s brother Billy is arrested for sexual assault, she wants to do everything in her power to protect him, even if that means exposing her own deep, dark secrets to the world.  

Get When We Were Bright and Beautiful at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com

Aug 16, 2022
Taylor Hahn wants you to start swinging.
0:26:34

It’s not everyday that authors go from being top-notch lawyers to writing novels about swingers. But Taylor Hahn is not your average author. On today’s episode Taylor discusses her debut novel, The Lifestyle, which is already sparking some spicy conversations all over the internet. Taylor talks about how difficult it was to write the perfect sex scene, why you shouldn’t have just one fake ID, and how pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones can lead to some really great stories.  

The Lifestyle is about Georgina Wagman, a woman who seemingly has it all—a wonderful marriage, a job that she loves, and great friends. But when she walks in on her husband Nathan cheating on her with a junior associate, Georgina has a moment of crisis. To help save her marriage, she decides that she and Nathan are going to become swingers. Can this new lifestyle help Georgina and Nathan reconnect on an even deeper level?

Get The Lifestyle at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com 

Aug 09, 2022
Jennifer Hillier thinks we could all be killers.
0:23:02

If you're a thriller author researching how to get away with murder, what kind of targeted ads start popping up? Our next guest, Jennifer Hillier, is here to answer that question and more as we discuss her newest thriller novel, Things We Do in the Dark. She talks about how her writing process is…unique, how true crime series are her comfort shows, and how everyone is capable of murder. 

Things We Do in the Dark opens with Paris Peralta standing over her celebrity husband’s dead body while holding the murder weapon. Yet she claims she didn’t do it. While trying to prove her innocence, Paris finally confronts her dark past and the harsh glow of the paparazzi. So what really happened? And how does the infamous Canadian murderer Ruby Reyes fit into all of this? 

Get Things We Do in the Dark at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com

Aug 02, 2022
VBT Brief 2: The Psychic // Take 3: Miss Fortune
0:15:54

Written by Book of the Month author Elyssa Friedland.

Author website: http://www.elyssafriedland.com/

New members can get Elyssa Friedland’s novel, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, at bookofthemonth.com for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout.

Here’s the brief:

No one wanted to see the psychic. Not initially. But it was a bachelorette party. How could we say no to the bride? Everyone played along at first, cracking jokes and taking sips of champagne. But as soon as the psychic entered our hotel suite, everyone at the party felt the energy shift. Suddenly, we couldn't wait to hear what the psychic would say. Of course, none of us realized that the words she was about to utter would change lives forever.

 

Jul 25, 2022
VBT Brief 2: The Psychic // Take 2: Keep an Eye Out for Daisies
0:13:13

Written by Book of the Month author Hannah Orenstein. 

Author website: http://hannahorenstein.com/ 

New members can get Hannah Orenstein’s novel, Head Over Heels, at bookofthemonth.com for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout.

Here’s the brief:

No one wanted to see the psychic. Not initially. But it was a bachelorette party. How could we say no to the bride? Everyone played along at first, cracking jokes and taking sips of champagne. But as soon as the psychic entered our hotel suite, everyone at the party felt the energy shift. Suddenly, we couldn't wait to hear what the psychic would say. Of course, none of us realized that the words she was about to utter would change lives forever.

 

Jul 25, 2022
VBT Brief 2: The Psychic // Take 1: What’s Your Name?
0:13:02

Written by Book of the Month author Chloe Gong. 

Author website: https://thechloegong.com/ 

New members can get Chloe Gong’s novel, These Violent Delights, at bookofthemonth.com for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout.

Here’s the brief:

No one wanted to see the psychic. Not initially. But it was a bachelorette party. How could we say no to the bride? Everyone played along at first, cracking jokes and taking sips of champagne. But as soon as the psychic entered our hotel suite, everyone at the party felt the energy shift. Suddenly, we couldn't wait to hear what the psychic would say. Of course, none of us realized that the words she was about to utter would change lives forever.

 

Jul 25, 2022
Katherine Center feasts on romance novels.
0:29:02

She is an expert in all things adorable, a BOTM 3peat author, and can give you the inside scoop on what makes a great kiss. In this episode, Katherine Center talks about her newest novel, The Bodyguard. She also speaks to how the pandemic drove her to write her lightest novel yet, how really good fiction novels trick us into believing they’re real, and what it means to “eat” a book. 

The Bodyguard is about Hannah, an Executive Protection Agent hired to protect the very famous actor Jack Stapleton from a stalker. But when Jack’s mom gets sick and he comes home to Texas, he wants to keep his stalker—and need for a bodyguard—a secret from his family. So, Hannah enters into the role of fake girlfriend of Jack. In this witty romance the real question is whose heart needs protecting?

Get The Bodyguard at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com 

Jul 19, 2022
Blake Crouch has seen the future.
0:22:55

After listening to today’s episode, Blake Crouch will have you questioning everything. Are the biggest global corporations run solely by AI? Could gene modification make it so we can all run a 4-minute mile? Is Blake really writing fiction, or are his books actually just futures that haven’t become realities…yet? Our 3peat author is here today to blow our minds and talk about his new novel Upgrade. 

Upgrade tells the story of Logan Ramsey, the son of an ambitious geneticist whose goal of improving upon nature instead killed hundreds of millions in the Great Starvation. This novel explores the pros and cons of gene editing and shows readers that sometimes evolution can be a real downgrade if you’re not careful. 

Get Upgrade at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com

Jul 12, 2022
Gabrielle Zevin will never stop playing
0:23:44

If you could live in any video game, what would it be? Or are we actually living in one giant simulation already? We’re here to answer these questions and more with author Gabrielle Zevin. She talks about her above-average Mario Kart skills, her constant fight against reviews that describe her book as “lovely” and “charming,” and how we all need a little more play time in our lives. 

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a moving story of friendship and art-making that will make you nostalgic for your favorite childhood video games. It follows two characters, Sam and Sadie, who bonded while playing video games together as young kids. When they meet again as university students, they start building a video game together, which becomes incredibly successful and wrenches them into a life of unexpected fame. This book will make you feel all the feels, guaranteed.

Get Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com

Jul 05, 2022
VBT Brief 1: The Reunion // Take 3: The Not-So-Perfect Landing
0:09:43

Written by Jocelyn Kender.

Browse great reads at bookofthemonth.com and new members can get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout.

Here’s the brief:

“The date had been on their respective calendars for months–travel booked, conferences declined, childcare arranged. And now that they were all gathered back on campus, together for the first time in over a decade, it was almost impossible to believe this was what was happening. They sat uncomfortably in the small room, eyes darting around as if no one could decide who was good, who was bad, and, most importantly, who had done the thing.”

Jun 29, 2022
VBT Brief 1: The Reunion // Take 2: The Thing About Brad
0:10:31

Written by Danica Lo. Author website: https://www.danicalo.com

Browse great reads at bookofthemonth.com and new members can get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Here’s the brief:

“The date had been on their respective calendars for months--travel booked, conferences declined, childcare arranged. And now that they were all gathered back on campus, together for the first time in over a decade, it was almost impossible to believe this was what was happening. They sat uncomfortably in the small room, eyes darting around as if no one could decide who was good, who was bad, and, most importantly, who had done the thing.”

Jun 28, 2022
VBT Brief 1: The Reunion // Take 1: Desdemona and the Family Business
0:09:37

We’re kicking off our new VBT Briefs series with Book of the Month 3peat author Helen Hoang. New members can get Helen Hoang’s most recent work, The Heart Principle, at bookofthemonth.com for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. Please note this episode contains adult topics and might not be appropriate for all listeners.

Here’s the brief:

“The date had been on their respective calendars for months–travel booked, conferences declined, childcare arranged. And now that they were all gathered back on campus, together for the first time in over a decade, it was almost impossible to believe this was what was happening. They sat uncomfortably in the small room, eyes darting around as if no one could decide who was good, who was bad, and, most importantly, who had done the thing.”

Jun 27, 2022
Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a 2-time dropout
0:24:36

What happens when you take tea leaf reading, family secrets, and powerful premonitions and blend them into an epic Western novel? You get Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s Woman of Light. On today’s episode, we talk about her deep Denver roots and the family stories that inspired her newest novel. 

Woman of Light is an epic yet intimate story that shows three generations of women trying to make a life in the perilous ’30s American West. This novel follows Luz “Little Light” Lopez, a tea leaf reader and laundress, who is left with her aunt to make ends meet after her older brother is run out of town by a violent white mob.

Get Woman of Light at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com

Jun 21, 2022
Chelsea Abdullah wants a bag of infinite space
0:19:21

How can one little lamp cause so much trouble? And how do video game characters fit all of their potions, weapons, and maps into their pockets? On today’s episode, we answer these questions and more with Chelsea Abdullah, author of The Stardust Thief. 

The Stardust Thief is a novel that will grant your wish for a perfect fantasy with dark magic and a dangerous quest. When Loulie saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land. 

Get The Stardust Thief  at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout. 

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com 

Jun 14, 2022
Julie Clark is really paranoid
0:21:13

How can you fit conniving con artists, edge-of-your-seat endings, and shifty scammers all into one podcast episode? Listen to find out! Repeat BOTM author Julie Clark sits down with Editorial Director Brianna Goodman and Editorial Associate Jerrod MacFarlane to talk about how paranoia and a little bit of fear are the perfect recipe for a nail-biting thriller.

The Lies I Tell tells the story of Meg Williams, a woman who is expertly reinventing herself again and again as she moves from place to place, doing whatever it takes to get what she wants. Meanwhile, ambitious journalist Kat Roberts has been tracking Meg for years, committed to exposing her as the criminal she is. This twisty cat and mouse story will have you ripping through the pages to find out who the true con woman is.

Get your copy of The Lies I Tell at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT.

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com 

Jun 10, 2022
Isabel Cañas is a self-proclaimed "wuss"
0:30:55

How does an author go from writing Lord of the Rings fanfic to a spine-chilling tale about the supernatural? Author Isabel Cañas sits down with Editorial Director Brianna Goodman and Editorial Associate Jerrod MacFarlane to talk about how someone who is afraid of the dark (but really, who isn’t?) and a self-proclaimed “wuss” when it comes to horror, wrote The Hacienda, a spooky novel that will make you want to sleep with all of the lights on. Isabel talks about influences for the book, including the creepy basements in her childhood homes, the gothic literature she read as a moody, introspective teen, and the history lesson about Mexico that school never taught us. 

In The Hacienda,  Beatriz moves onto her new husband’s estate and things start to take a turn for the haunted: visions of bloody clothes, unexplainable noises, and rumors of what might really have happened to her husband’s first wife. For those who want to wander around a creepy haunted house, The Hacienda is the book for you. 

Get The Hacienda at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout.



Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com

May 30, 2022
Kellye Garrett doesn't love writing
0:28:33

Have you ever been so petty that you left your glass right next to the coaster, knowing that it might drive your own mother to murder? Well, our next guest wrote this exact scene for a character in her newest crime novel, Like a Sister. Author Kellye Garrett sits down with Editorial Director Brianna Goodman and Editorial Associate Jerrod MacFarlane to talk about how losing her job pushed her into a career writing books. Kellye talks about why she doesn’t love the process of writing, how her single person tendencies sometimes lead to some awkward Zoom interactions, and how a Hollywood billboard gave her the idea for her first book. Listen to all of this and more on this episode of Virtual Book Tour! The only question we have left is…what is Kellye’s Finsta account username?  

Like a Sister tells the story of Lena Scott, a NYC native who is determined to solve the mystery behind her sister's death. When her estranged sister dies under weird circumstances, Lena gets on the case. This book is perfect for someone who wants a tense, twisty whodunit novel, with a touch of pettiness and sarcasm. 

Get Like a Sister at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout.



Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com 

May 24, 2022
Adriana Trigiani manifested this
0:25:34

Every conversation with Adriana Trigiani is one to remember. According to Adriana, this one was years of manifestation in the making! Editorial Director Brianna Goodman and Editorial Associate Jerrod MacFarlane sit down with Adriana to talk about how stories are everywhere, especially in your own family tree. Adriana talks about her crazy Uncle (cousin?) Ralph who was thrown into a water tower by the U.S. Navy to learn how to swim. Get ready to laugh when you listen to this episode of Virtual Book Tour. After all, it’s not every day that an author makes someone who reads books for a living rethink how they view an entire genre. 

The Good Left Undone is a historical fiction spanning four generations of Italian women as they navigate love, identity, and family legacy.. If you love art, romance, and WWII history, then this is the book for you! 

Get The Good Left Undone at bookofthemonth.com. New members get their first book for just $9.99 with code VBT at checkout.

Learn more about Virtual Book Tour at virtualbooktour.com.

May 17, 2022
Introducing Virtual Book Tour
0:00:45

Since we've never been ones to keep interesting new books to ourselves, we're kicking off a series of conversations with Book of the Month authors about God only knows what. Recorded at Book of the Month headquarters on West 27th St. in front of a live audience of raucous employees! Give us your ears and we'll give you a look into the minds of writers we admire and a treasure trove of anecdotes, wisdom, and fun.

Check out our first episode with author Adriana Trigiani on May 17th.

May 10, 2022