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2009: Somehow I’ve booked an interview with LPGA Golf Hall of Famer Amy Alcott to talk about her new book, "The Leaderboard"—but it turns out the book is a collection of interviews she conducted. Has the whole world gone crazy? On the other hand, this could be my lucky break. I don’t know a damn thing about golf, so maybe it’s a good thing—we can talk about something I do know about. Thank goodness I don’t have to talk about birdies and bogeys—about which I know nothing.
From 2009: Jon Rosenberg, you had me at the gray-skinned alien who said, “On our planet, people worship pancakes.” That’s the point—it was page three, I believe—that I realized that "Goats: Infinite Typewriters" was spinning out of control and I loved it. Rosenberg’s whack-a-doodle webcomic is my kind of strip. It’s got aliens, a chicken named Diablo, monkeys as assistant editors, bikers, alternate universes, good Hitler, a character coincidentally named Jon, and yes, even a goat.
2011: Kate Snow is a veteran of “Dateline NBC” who jumped ship to guide rookie newsmagazine host Brian Williams through these early days of “Rock Center.” Okay, that may not be how anyone will officially explain the situation at NBC News, but who you gonna believe? Them or Mr. Media?
From 2012: David Giuntoli isn’t a household name in every American household… so far. But the star of NBC’s fairytale-derived horror story, “Grimm,” is recognized in just enough A.C. Nielsen monitored homes to make his show this season’s quiet breakthrough. As a Portland, Oregon, detective named Nick Burkhardt, Giuntoli plays the latest in a long line of supernatural detectives policing the strange creatures in his town.
Dule Hill has led a pretty charmed career as an actor. Today he co-stars in the wonderfully wacky dramedy, “Psych,” now in its third year on USA Network. But before that, he spent seven seasons as Charlie Young, assistant to the President of the United States, on The West Wing. Reaching further back, he debuted on Broadway opposite Savion Glover and Jeffrey Wright in “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. " He also worked with Gregory Hines. And your kid probably knows him from his role in the movie adaptation of “Holes.” Dule Hill Twitter • Facebook • IMDB • Wikipedia • Instagram • Tumblr • Order Psych: The Complete Series from
Bret Carr made a movie. Lots of people make movies these days. Every idiot with a digital camcorder thinks he is Scorsese, Tarantino, or Apatow, but Carr approached his first feature film, RevoLOUtion, a little differently. He landed Quinn Redeker, the man behind The Deer Hunter, to write his screenplay. Rocky composer Bill Conti created the title song. Paul Michael Glaser, best known as Detective Starsky from the classic TV series “Starsky & Hutch,” is a producer. Carr even convinced Burt Young, who played Sylvester Stallone’s brother-in-law in the Rocky films, to be himself in RevoLOUtion. But who to play Lou Benedetti, the stuttering, somewhat brain-damaged, yet ultimately inspirational star of the film? That would be Carr himself, who also produced and directed RevoLOUtion. And wait until you hear about his unusual ideas about marketing. Bret Carr IMDB
From 2012: In the beautiful new book Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was, animation fans will be delighted to discover an entire missing chapter in the artist's catalog: "Crawford," a would be cartoon and comic strip character that never quite hit its mark. Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay, working with the Jones family, have reconstructed the animator's life in the 1960s and '70s along with a trove of finished and raw Chuck Jones comic strip art and sketches that tells the "Crawford" story.
From 2009: Nobody asked, but here are a couple of the movies that changed my life: The Out-of-Towners with Jack Lemmon. Superman with Christopher Reeves. Serpico with Al Pacino. Star Wars. And the first time I saw p0rno in a movie theater. Good thing I saw that show; the police thereafter confiscated our print. So that brings us to my guest today, Variety magazine senior editor Robert Hofler, who is author of a fun new book called "Variety’s The Movie That Changed My Life."
I’m a believer in the wonders of SyFy’s new series, “Warehouse 13.” Oh, I won’t lie to you: there were a few moments in the early episodes where my wife, my daughter and I weren’t sure how much longer we’d stick with it. The show took a little time to get its bearings, convincing itself and the rest of us what kind of treasures awaited the patient. But over the course of its last four or five weeks, “Warehouse 13"—the place where America’s greatest secrets are housed, its mysteries answered, its riddles questioned—has captured our loyalty and respect. EDDIE McCLINTOCK podcast excerpt: "Any show needs to find out what it is. Until the actors can get to know who their characters are and who they are to one another, it takes a little while. Take any good show—go back and watch Frasier, Friends, Cheers, Seinfeld—it takes a little while."  One of the big reasons for this—according to the women in my house—is the appeal of Eddie McClintock as Pete Latimer, one half of the Warehouse 13 investigative team. McClintock’s character is part Mulder from “The X-Files,” a dash of Captain Jonathan Archer from “Star Trek Enterprise,” and a measure of the lighter, boyish side of George Clooney in the Oceans movie series. If you haven’t stepped into the Warehouse yet, take advantage of and catch up. The first season finale airs tonight, Thursday, September 22 at 9 p.m., and I know it will be a blast. Eddie McClintock Website • Twitter • Facebook • IMDB • Wikipedia 
Kinsey Schofield charmed an awful lot of Mr. Media viewers the first time she appeared on the show in 2010 on one of our first video interviews. That interview was quite popular, so when the opportunity to have the Fox News Redeye social media expert back to talk about her new position with msnNOW, I, of course, said yes. Guys love Kinsey. And what’s not to love? She’s cute, she flirts without meaning to and she’s smart as a whip. KINSEY SCHOFIELD audio excerpt: "On Tumblr, I'm inspired by design, pictures and fashion... What I love about Pinterest is it sources whatever I'm interested in with a link. It's not two hours on a search engine that I'm not going to get back."  Oh, and if all that fails her, she knows all the best Will Smith lines and rhymes from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Kinsey is here today in her new role as spokesperson for msnNOW, which seems to be a news and entertainment portal in which stories are ranked based upon Bing searches and social media updates. I had never heard of msnNOW before this, so like everything connected with Microsoft’s efforts to gain a digital toehold in an Apple and Google-dominated digital world, she’s got her work cut out for her. Kinsey Schofield Website • Twitter • Facebook • Tumblr • YouTube • LinkedIn • Blog • Flickr • Google+ • Instagram • Pinterest
When the news reached me today than legendary jazz pianist and longtime National Public Radio host Marian McPartland has passed away, I was reminded of my time with one of many great artists who tolerated a young music writer early in my career. On October 8, 1983, I interviewed Mrs. McPartland as a preview for an upcoming appearance she would be making in Clearwater, Florida, with her husband, Jimmy McPartland, and her old friend and frequent onstage partner, George Shearing. MARIAN McPARTLAND podcast excerpt: "If everybody is playing well together — bass, drums, piano —I swear there is some kind of sexual thing that is set up. In the music! Of course, it could go to the other thing, too! I won't say it couldn't." It was one of many interviews I conducted that are like fingernails on a blackboard to me today, but that helped shape my approach to the job. Mostly, however, it was an unrehearsed moment with a jazz great, as she responds to a problem with the phone connection – “Oh, sh*t!” – and compares a great combo on a great night as akin to sex. Fortunately, the audio cassette containing this interview survived the years. I’ve sweetened the audio to the best of my ability; if you’re a fan of Marian McPartland, I hope you can get past my simplistic questions and enjoy the lady herself. MARIAN McPARTLAND Piano Jazz radio show website • Facebook • Twitter • YouTube • New York Times obituary of Marian McPartland FRANK ZAPPA Listen to his 1978 interview with college student Bob Andelman
Eddie McClintock was one of those guys who showed up on a lot of TV shows over the years without finding a permanent place to nest and spread his wings—that is, until SyFy chose him to star opposite Joanne Kelly in its signature series, Warehouse 13. The show debuted last summer to high expectations and it quickly delivered, giving the channel’s new spelling of its name a boost and launching a growing fan base for Warehouse 13’s leads, McClintock and Kelly. Tonight, Warehouse 13 returns at 9 p.m. for the opening salvo of its second season on SyFy. But enough about the show. Let’s talk about Eddie McClintock, professional tweeter or twittererererr… This is a man who appreciates the turn his life has taken and isn’t afraid to blurt it out. EDDIE McCLINTOCK podcast excerpt: "Boundaries have never been my strong suit." To wit: “Just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has helped make #WAREHOUSE13 a dream come true for me. now...LET'S KICK SOME ASS!! –Eddie” (8 AM Jul 6th) This is also where we can learn what song Eddie is whistling—yesterday, it was “Killer Queen”—or that the cast and crew saw the season two premiere in a real theater, which made us all envious! Eddie McClintock Website • Twitter • Facebook • IMDB • Wikipedia  EDDIE McCLINTOCK: "I want the show to succeed so badly that I act as my own PR person in that regard. I know I come off as, 'Look at me, look at me.' But I've got two sons at home who I need to take care of. I've kicked around Hollywood long enough; I don't want to go out and look for another job. I love my job. I'm desirous of hanging on to it and hanging on to Warehouse 13. That's why I do what I do. And... I have OCD and it's fun." 
From 2011: Manmeet – as played by Sacha Dhawan – is simply too gentle and sweet a character to keep clobbering with the same one-note joke. As the series developed, the writers have found much better uses for his talents. Of all the crazy characters on “Outsourced” – which airs Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. after “30 Rock” – Manmeet is the most grounded, the most Indian “Average Joe” on the show. He is its Jim Halpert (“The Office”) or Jeff Winger (“Community”), providing laughs at Mi
How many guys can write an autobiography that is part Andy Warhol Diaries, part Zelig and part Forrest Gump? Even if you’ve never read a lick of Bruce Jay Friedman’s voluminous career output, or seen one of his movies or Broadway productions, I guarantee you’ll find his new memoir, Lucky Bruce, delightful. BRUCE JAY FRIEDMAN audio excerpt: "In the beginning I didn't think I knew enough to fill up a whole book. Now, with the clock ticking, I don't have enough time to fill out all the ideas I have." Why delightful? Because it’s not the story of a guy standing on his mother’s step begging you to notice him and pay attention. His substantial collection of life stories and career anecdotes weave a history of a guy who, by his own telling, wandered in and out of history. The Accidental Success, you might call it. Or American Splendor, Manhattan Edition. There is Friedman, who fell into a top editing job at Magazine Management Company, run by Martin Goodman (who also created Marvel Comics, which employed his nephew, Stan Lee). While there, Friedman hired and befriended a guy named Mario Puzo. Along the way to Lucky, Friedman declines the top editing job at Playboy, gets into a street fight with Norman Mailer, parties with Crazy Joe Gallo, takes a leak next to Muhammad Ali, writes the screenplays for Splash and Stir Crazy, and… well, frankly, I dog-eared so many pages of note that my dog ears have dog ears. (I should note that this wonderful opportunity to interview Bruce came about as a result of my friendship with his son, famed caricaturist and illustrator Old Jewish Comedians, Drew Friedman. Drew has been a guest here and it was he who suggested a conversation with his dad and open that door. Thanks, Drew!)
This must be an exciting and, at the same time, nail-biting time to be screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. They are the creative minds behind what is widely anticipated as one of this summer’s great animated thrill rides, Despicable Me. It’s a 3D film that turns the supervillain concept on its ear, first by making the bad guy the star of the movie, and then by making him sympathetic—sort of. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, Despicable Me screenwriters CINCO PAUL audio excerpt: "What Ken and I do is talk about the next 30-page chunk. We divide up the scenes, write on our own, bring them together and read them. The goal is: can you make the other guy laugh? It is crucial to try to outdo the other guy." Despicable Me has a great many connections to greatness, starting with Steve Carrell as the despicable one himself, Gru. He’s just the icing on a aural cake, however, leading a cast that includes Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews, Mindy Kaling and Jack McBrayer. That’s the exciting part. Scene from Despicable Me, written by Ken Dario and Cinco Paul The nail-biting part? That would be following on the heels of Toy Story 3, which was released a month ahead of Despicable Me and won both critical raves and box office gold. Will audiences excited by the story and technical achievements of Woody and Buzz be tempted to come back for something in the same vein but different? If you were going to take a chance in this genre, putting your money on Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio is probably a good bet. Their last film was Horton Hears a Who! Based on the beloved children’s story. It grossed a reported $300 million, worldwide. And they’re already at work on adapting another Dr. Seuss tale, The Lorax. Despicable Me Website • Twitter • Facebook • Order Despicable Me from Cinco Paul Twitter • Rotten Tomatoes • Wikipedia • IMDB Ken Daurio Facebook • Twitter • Rotten Tomatoes • Wikipedia • IMDB
When we hear a new band, I think most of us instinctively go to the “sounds like…” tab in our brains. So when I first heard New Jersey’s Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why, here are the acts I immediately thought of: Jimmy Buffett. Michael Franks. The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Yours results may vary, of course. QUINCY MUMFORD podcast excerpt: "I wrote 'When You Get Back' for my wife, but also for myself. She cried (the first time she heard it). There was definitely a lot of emotion involved. Every lyric is factual and real to both of us. It was a very emotional moment." It’s an eclectic collection of references, but there is an awful lot going on in the songs on the band’s fifth album, It’s Only Change. The good news? It’s all good. Joining me today to fill in the gaps of his musical influences – what does the New Jersey Turnpike sound like to a musician? – his New Jersey upbringing – exit what? – and to play a couple of songs, is the leader-in-chief of Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why. To see the band in person this fall, visit their website for a complete list of tour dates. Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why Website • Facebook • Twitter • Tumblr • YouTube • Order It's Only Change from
I may be the worst writer in the world to be interviewing someone who has written a book with the subtitle “A Complete Guide to Style, Grammar, and Usage at Work.” Honestly, I haven’t paid strict attention to the rules of grammar since high school. SANDRA E. LAMB podcast excerpt: "I think even Hillary Clinton has conceded that it's very important that you know the office e-mail rules and follow the rules. Meticulously. That is going to put you in better stead with your employer." Some time in college, I figured out that if I focused on style and telling a coherent story, no one paid as much attention to my grammatical sins. Oh, and it helps to be a pretty good speller, too. SANDRA E. LAMB podcast excerpt: "There are special requirements for the business writers, those people who have to write at work. Since the advent of the Internet -- and since business is done almost entirely by e-mail -- there is good news and bad news. The good news is that we have the immediacy of being able to communicate with people in an instant. Sometimes, in fact, I feel like I get an answer before I've asked the question! That also has a dark side. Senior executives who supervise a lot of people say that, within the workplace, e-mail is being rampantly fractured by people who are not using it properly." But that’s just me. Most people in business need to pay more attention to the technical details of what they write – alongside producing good content. In an instantaneous, electronic era where your audience of executives, managers or co-workers can receive documents from you in the blink of an eye – and no takebacks! – getting it right the first time is the only shot you get.  Key interview moments: • 2:05 There are right ways and wrong ways to write for work and too many people are doing it wrong; • 9:58 Hillary Clinton's ongoing issues with classified e-mails and a private server should remind everyone in an office that there is knowing the rules, following te rules -- and disregarding the rules; • 22:34 Caution: Yield to grammar usage--or not! Sandra E. Lamb Website • Facebook • Twitter • LinkedIn
Barbara Corcoran has spunk. I, unlike Lou Grant, like spunk. Okay, is that TV reference too old for you? Let’s try one that’s more recent: Barbara Corcoran, a former Manhattan real estate magnate who once beat Donald Trump at his own game, is one of the stars of ABC’s business reality show, “Shark Tank,” airing Fridays this spring at 8 p.m. She’s the girl in the band, but this chick shakes a lot more than a tambourine. In any given episode, sweet, flirty Barbara is as prepared to elbow out a competitor on Shark Tank as any of the boys. BARBARA CORCORAN podcast excerpt: "There is nothing reckless about Mark Cuban. He's very calculating. He's a phenomenal negotiator. And more than anything else, he's a great strategist. I learned that within 20 minutes of being on the panel with him. I frankly hated him within a half hour of meeting him. But he's probably the best advocate of any entrepreneur there." Everyone on the show has a unique entrepreneurial story to tell and Barbara Corcoran is no different. Down on her luck, she got a boyfriend to give her $1,000 to launch a real estate business. And when she broke up with him later, well, I’ll let her tell the rest of the story. Or you could read it in Shark Tales, an update of her bestselling memoir, If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails. This is the Shark Tank star’s second appearance on Mr. Media, putting her even with my other favorite shark, FUBU apparel founder Daymond John. Barbara Corcoran Website • Twitter • Facebook • LinkedIn • Instagram • Wikipedia • Order Shark Tales from LISTEN! Barbara Corcoran's first podcast interview with Mr. Media (2010) LISTEN! Shark Tank's Daymond John's first appearance on Mr. Media (2009) LISTEN! Daymond John returns! (2010)
From 2008: I hate it when people confuse actors with the characters they play. For example, just because 11-year-old Joey Luthman appears on the Showtime sitcom “Weeds” doesn’t mean he’s a pothead. At least I hope not! And just because he has a role in the new movie An American Carol alongside Kelsey Grammer, Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hoppe and James Woods doesn’t mean he’s a conservative right-winger. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.
There is a rogue, American-trained sniper tearing up the Mexican countryside – and, more importantly, the country’s political landscape – in Scott McEwen and Thomas Koloniar’s latest Sniper Elite novel, Ghost Sniper. On the surface – hell, the cover illustration is a close-up of an enhanced sniper rifle – you might expect this will be a story that glorifies horrific gun violence. And while the violence is brutal, it isn’t celebrated at all. The fast-moving story is one of good vs. evil and many shades of dirty grey, all of them leading back to the CIA. SCOTT McEWEN podcast excerpt: "One of my most vivid memories of Chris Kyle is just how humble a guy he really was. And how much he loved to joke around and shoot the breeze with people. He was just a normal guy; a very intense warrior, but one of the funnest guys I ever drank with in my life." If you like tales of international espionage and psychological warfare, it’s hard to beat the power of Ghost Sniper. As for Scott McEwen, who is joining me today, he is a San Diego trial attorney who made his name in books as the late Chris Kyle’s co-author on the #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. (You may have seen the film version of American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle, and directed by Clint Eastwood.) Incidentally, a feature film based on Sniper Elite is currently in the works. SCOTT McEWEN podcast excerpt: "Gil Shannon is going through a crossroads in his life. At the beginning of the 'Sniper Elite' series, he's with his wife. And now, he's lost his way... Men go through these things. His wife said to him, 'Look, when you're ready to stop chasing bad guys all over the world, then I'm ready to be with you. But until you're ready, I can't live this life anymore, waiting for the telephone call, not knowing if you're going to live or die.'" Key interview moments: • 14:17 Ghost Sniper novelist Scott McEwen talks about the future of his anti-hero, Gil Shannon; • 26:00 A progress report on the first 'Sniper Elite' film, coming from Sony; • 33:00 McEwen remembers his friend, Chris Kyle, with whom he co-authored the bestselling memoir, American Sniper. Scott McEwen Website • Facebook • Twitter • Goodreads
In the words of the forgotten musical group Max Demian: Rah-rah-ree, kick ‘em in the knee! Rah-rah-ras, kick ‘em in the… other knee! That’s the only cheer I ever learned, so excuse me if the world of cheerleading is a little outside of my comfort zone. To help me out, I’m going to be joined momentarily by Kate Torgovnick, author of Cheer! Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. Kate Torgovnick Website • Blog • Facebook • Twitter • The Kate-Book • Order Cheer! from
Kristin Harmel’s new novel, her fourth, in fact, is titled The Art of French Kissing. It’s a sweet, surprisingly gentle story of a young boy-band publicist, who’s a woman from Orlando, whose life there collapses, and she goes to Paris to escape and maybe find herself again. It’s chick-lit for sure, but I enjoyed it. It also made me think more fondly of Paris than I had since the one time that my wife and I visited there back in ’88. Maybe we’ll get into that later. KRISTIN HARMEL audio excerpt: "the novels I write are very connected to sort of my own life, and I would say sort of the experiences that myself and my friends are going through right now. I’m 28, almost 29. I’m still sort of going through the struggles that you do sort of in your twenties and thirties of finding yourself and of sort of finding where you fit in the world and among others, the funny, little adventures that I get to go on and like I said, the bad dates."  Kristin Harmel Website • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Order The Art of French Kissing from
Today's Guest: Mike Edison, author, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers-An American Tale of Sex and Wonder Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Lenny Bruce, Bob Guccione Sr. and Al Goldstein fans – you see where this is going, yet?… in the NEW new media capital of the world, St. Petersburg, Florida!   Hugh Hefner and Playboy. Bob Guccione and Penthouse. Al Goldstein and Screw. Larry Flynt and Hustler. Order Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers-An American Tale of Sex and Wonder by clicking the book cover above! Those are just a few of the topics I’ll be discussing today with my guest, Mike Edison, author of a glorious romp through the modern history of sex magazine publishing, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers. MIKE EDISON podcast excerpt: "People who try to claim the moral high ground, why is it they're the first ones wearing silver cufflinks and being hauled off to the hoosegow? Why is it that the guys that scream loudest about morality... Look at Newt Gingrich! Hypocrisy is the default position of the Republican Party." Order 'I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World' by clicking on the book cover above! I’m telling you this up front so that those of you with sensitive moral constitutions – or if you’re simply under the age of 18 – will have plenty of time to watch and/or listen to something else. You might even hear a word or two about Lenny Bruce or George Carlin, Linda Lovelace or Harry Reems. For those who remain, I think you’ll find this conversation at times provocation, maybe a little shocking and rarely dull. This is Mike Edison’s second visit to Mr. Media – the first was to discuss I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, America -- and he talks the way he writes: rat-a-tat-tat, take-no-prisoners, waste no words, leave the reader no choice but to keep turning the pages and the listener no choice but to stay tuned. Edison is a long-time magazine writer, formerly the grand inhaler at High Times magazine, editor at Screw and a prolific staff letter writer at Penthouse. (You know, the kind that begin: “Dear Penthouse, I never thought it would ever happen to me, but…”). Personally, I think much of his style comes from his other obsession: he’s a rock ‘n’ roll drummer and there’s always a rhythm to his presentation, whether he’s talking with his lips or his hands. Mike Edison Website • Facebook • Twitter • YouTube • Mike Edison's first Mr. Media interview • Book Excerpt • Order Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! "Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great" by Albert J. Dunlap with Bob Andelman, available in print, e-book or digital audio. Order your copy now by clicking on the book cover above!     The Party Authority in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland!
(2008) There are only two places that I will sing out loud: number one, if I’m alone; and number two, if I’m driving somewhere with my son. I’ve been singing out loud to him since the first day I drove him alone in the car and AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” came on the radio. Last year, we even started singing a song together, Bruce Springsteen’s “Radio Nowhere.” God bless him, he doesn’t judge me; or if he does, I’m blissfully unaware of it. So I’m not the likeliest guy to host a show featuring a guy whose life was changed by karaoke. I can guarantee you that will not ever happen to me. But I have a good sense of fun and the ridiculous, so I invited Brian Raftery, author of Don’t Stop Believin’: How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life, to join me on Mr. Media tonight. And I’m counting on my audience to step up. Because in addition to talking to Brian about his book, I’m inviting listeners to call in and sing to us. You can sing along to your iPod, Zune, the radio, whatever. I just don’t want to hear your accompaniment. Just you, okay? Brian Raftery Website • Facebook • Tumblr • Twitter • • Order Don't Stop Believin' from
I would love to poke around inside the mind of Tamara Lush and listen directly to whatever her inner narrator whispers to her during the course of a day. In the last two years, the veteran Associated Press news reporter has carved out a new media landscape for her off-duty hours as a hot contemporary romance writer with an erotic voice that will leave many readers gasping for air. TAMARA LUSH podcast excerpt: "The billionaire trope has always been huge in the romance novel. I don't see that going away (under a President Trump). There have been recent trends with more blue-collar heroes--farmers, mechanics. And I have written about rich journalists, which is about the biggest fantasy you can get." In her third full-length novel, Tell Me A Story – it’s actually five stories, depending upon how you consume it, which I’ll let her explain – Lush expands upon the promise found in her first novel, Hot Shade. The story, plot and characters have greater depth and the sex is even more intimate and moving. Women, I think, will find in Lush a young woman’s voice that speaks to them. And guys, if you’re willing to take a flyer on erotica other than Penthouse “Letters” or 60-second YouPorn clips, you will be surprised how quickly and all-consuming Tell Me A Story is. This is the author’s second appearance on Mr. Media. TAMARA LUSH podcast excerpt: "'Tell Me A Story' is book candy for the phone. It's for people who just want to read a short, sexy story with a little bit of suspense, a little bit of humor. I call it 'erotic chick-lit.'" Key interview moments: • 3:05 Contemporary romance novelist Tamara Lush explains how Tell Me A Story grew from novella to 500-page book; • 19:50 Will a President Trump affect the future of the romance novel?; Tamara Lush Website • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Instagram • Associated Press • Muck Rack • Goodreads • YouTube • LinkedIn • Vine • Google+
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