Episode 31: I’m a Beginner, with Debra Salonen

Former award-winning journalist Debra Salonen is a national bestselling author with more than 40 published novels. She was received Romantic Times Reviewer’s Series Storyteller of the Year career achievement award in 2006 and followed that with Romantic Times’ Best Superromance of 2010. Debra’s six-book Big Sky Mavericks series is set in Montana and her 10-book Black Hills Rendezvous collection, which marked her debut as an independent publisher, takes place in her native South Dakota. This year, she published her seventh West Coast Happily Ever After romance and upped the ante in her newest, Prince Charming Undercover, with a Betting on Love sequel scheduled for August. Host Patricia McLinn talks with Debra about her various series across genres and the process of starting a new idea.

In Debra’s words: “I’m a beginner … I love the new sense of possibility and I’m always sure that this one is going to write itself. … I don’t really know the characters completely yet, so that finding-out process is part of the fun … it’s still that open beginning. (27:55)

You can find Debra on:

*Her website

*Facebook and


Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

Episode 30: Wearing Many Hats, with Lou Aronica

Before becoming an author, Lou Aronica was a publishing executive for Bantam Books, Berkley Publishing and Avon Books, specializing in science fiction and fantasy but working in several genres. He co-edited the Full Spectrum anthologies with Shawna McCarthy and has worked with publishing pioneer Ian Ballantine, authors such as Ray Bradbury and the writers at Lucasfilm. His first novel, The Forever Year, came out in 2004 (originally under the pen name Ronald Anthony), and was followed by a nonfiction book, A Million Thanks, co-authored with Shauna Fleming. He’s added nearly 30 books since then, including the New York Times bestsellers The Element and Finding Your Element (both with Ken Robinson) and national bestsellers Blue (fantasy), When You Went Away, The Journey Home and Anything (romance) and Leaves (women’s fiction). HostPatricia McLinn talks with Lou about working on both sides of the desk and how he overcomes the hurdles of being a male romance novelist. 

In Lou’s words (on becoming an author): “It was really easy for me to say ‘yeah, some other time’… [But] if I don’t do it now… if I just go and get another job, then it’s never going to happen. So that’s really why I just decided to do it then.” (8:58)

You can find Lou on:

*His website

*Facebook and


Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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Episode 29: What to Do When You’re Stuck, with Eve Gaddy

Eve Gaddy is an award-winning, national bestselling author of more than 25 novels and novellas. Some of her latest releases include A Texas Christmas Reunion, The Redfish Chronicles, The Cowboy and the Doctor, Love Me, Cowgirl and Last ShotHost Patricia McLinn talks with Eve about staying focused on the task at hand and what she does when she has trouble writing a scene.

In Eve’s words: “You know, anything can spark an idea.” (44:38)

You can find Eve on:

*Her website

*Facebook and


Thanks to DialogMusik for the instrumentals that accompany this podcast.

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Episode 28: Author World News, with Patricia McLinn

Host Patricia McLinn reports from Author World with a discussion on trademark issues, why her books aren’t on Kindle Unlimited and book scammers. Next week, Authors Love Readers will resume its regular format with a guest interview.

–Trademark issues (a k a Cockygate)

First post: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaMcLinn/posts/1949856518357767

An update: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaMcLinn/posts/1967888346554584

A court hearing (probably not the last): https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaMcLinn/posts/1974884215854997

–Why Patricia McLinn books aren’t in Kindle Unlimited


–Scammers on Kindle Unlimited


— Want to fork over $2,500? Scammers selling instructions on how to scam in Kindle Unlimited


— Tips to help you spot scam books before you spend your time or money on them. (Scroll down to “Warning signs that should put you on alert”.)


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