Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

18. Coltish! A visit with our listener email.

We are back with a new podcast! AND I have a new microphone that KICKS IN OMG about 4 minutes in, but after that I sound a lot better. Which is funny because I was coming down with the flu at the time we recorded. Heh.

This week we are all about Listener Mail. We're discussing our werewolf best-of, pack dynamics, happy drunks,  books that make you cry, coltish legs, and the discomfort zone.

We've also got More Peatbog!

The music this week was provided by Sassy Outwater, who heard my plea, and your pleas, for MORE PEATBOG. This week's music is called “Room 215″ and it's by the Peatbog Faeries from their new CD Dust. You can find them at their website, or at iTunes.

And here's the list of books we talk about in this episode:

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    I bought the entire “Dust” album the second the first podcast featuring the Peatbog Faeries ended. I was actually mad when the podcast ended because I’d been enjoying the music so much.

    It is GREAT housecleaning music! And writing music. And driving music. It’s just wicked good.

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    SB Sarah says:

    I really like it, too. It’s very happy music!

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    Sam says:

    Personally, for me, a yurt in Yellowknife with wolves is probably the best life I could possibly imagine. :D (Without the parental death, of course.)

    Also, seeing historical fiction as fantasy and the idea that the fantasy genre as a whole is somehow inherently less emotionally believable than anything else, simply because it’s fantasy are SO weird to me…. But then I can’t stand historical inaccuracy, and I usually read straight-up historical fiction often based on the lives of real people, and I grew up on fantasy and never had more trouble identifying with its characters any more than I have the characters of any other genre.

    But for me the setting has little to nothing to do with emotional resonance. People are people no matter when or where they live(d); if one can’t identify with a character I think it’s more the failing of the author, or simple incompatibility between book and reader…. I just don’t get blaming it on the setting. YMMV, of course.

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    Ladyroy says:

    Goodness, I started listening the podcast with this one because I couldn’t wait to hear a rant about coltishness, and I just kept listening! What a great way to help me through some very tedious work this afternoon. Delightful.

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    Amber says:

    I love peatbog! I got to hear some of the band members play when I took a trip to Scotland last year, it was sublime.

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    Susinok says:

    OK Shifter or werewolf series:

    Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. Kitty starts out as an abused werewolf and slowly grows into her alpha powers over the series. Good stories. More urban fantasy than romance, but there are romantic elements in the series.

    Skinwalker, first book of the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. She’s a cougar shifter Native American. She’s still discovering why/how she shares conciousness with a cougar.

    Stormwalker by Jennifer Ashley writing as Allyson James. Dragon shifter boyfriend. Favorite line: “I knew this would be a night without safewords.” Three books so far, all good.

    Christine Feehan’s Leapord series. Burning Wild was amazing. One of the most agressive, dominant, damaged hereos EVER. OMG!

    Pride Mates, first in the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley. The werewolf/shifter culture in here is really fascinating. The weres have their own segragated neighborhoods, and they are very much an abused minority in the US. Fascinating back drop to the stories. They are PNR, so there’s a different couple in each book. Great culture and worldbuilding.

    I also love the Mercy Thompson books. Alpha/Omega not as much, but they are still good. Same with Elena and Clay in the Kelly Armstrong books. Bitten was amazing. The Men of the Otherworld has Clay’s story, which is excellent.

    This should give you guys something to try out. I agree that the Psy/Changeling books are not really about the changelings as they are about the over all world culture. Great stories, though.

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    LaurieF says:

    Love the podcasts.

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    wickedcruel says:

    Hey guys,
    I think a great tear jerking historical romance would have to be Hannah Howell? I think that Highland Bride actually made me cry….. not just sniffle!

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