Cover to Cover #454: Bradley Beaulieu

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with Brad Beaulieu about his new novel, The Winds of Khalakovo, an epic fantasy series from Night Shade Books in the same vein as George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire".   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #452: Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine about their new collaborative novel, Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, sort of a steampunk flavored adventure in the fashion of "The Avengers" or "The X-Files".

Tee and Pip talk about opening up their universe to other authors to create stories for, as well as their own collaborative writing and editing process working on this novel and the sequel.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #451: Listener Feedback

It's an all voicemail episode! Hopefully everyone who's had questions or comments will have them answered here.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #450: William F. Nolan

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with legendary SF author William F. Nolan (Logan's Run) about his latest collection of novellas, Kincaid: A Paranormal Casebook. The stories are a blend of mystery and paranormal horror that are certain to entertain fans of both genres.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #449: Alex Bledsoe

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with Alex Bledsoe about his new book, Dark Jenny from Tor Books. While it's the third book set in this universe featuring many of the same characters, it's not a "trilogy" by the standard sense of the word.

He talks about his roots in reading pulp mysteries, and how that influenced his decision to create a fantasy novel in that same style, where the characters are having new adventures, but where readers don't need to read all of the stories in order to be able to follow what's going on.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #448: Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Interview: Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert join us this week in the middle of their book tour to talk about Hellhole, their most recent collaboration and the first in a trilogy set in a new original universe.

They talk about their collaborative process, the future of the Dune series, listening to (or not listening to) critics, and why not to buy Christmas presents before December 21, 2012.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #447: Justin Gustainis

Interview: This week, Justin Gustainis joins Mike and Mike to discuss his new projects, including the recently released Those Who Fight Monsters, an occult detectives anthology he edited for EDGE SF. Justin talks about why he put together this anthology, who he had contacted to contribute, what he expected and what he didn't expect during the creation of this book.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #446: Patricia Briggs

Interview: This week, Patricia Briggs joins the guys to talk about her newest book, River Marked, the 6th and newest book in her Mercy Thompson series. In this story, she not only explores Mercy's Native American heritage, but also delves into a true monster tale.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #445: Jon F. Merz

Interview: This week, our guest is Jon F. Merz, and the latest book in his Lawson Vampire series is The Kensei. Lawson is fixer in the vampire world, and his primary mission is to protect the secrecy of their existence.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #444: Electronic Sales and More

Voicemail: Web Genii mentions a blog post that talks about measuring the numbers of book torrent downloads, and wants to know if electronic book sales currently count towards the New York Times Best Sellers Lists; she also asks what might be the sense is behind regional restrictions of electronic books.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #443: Alan Dean Foster

Interview: This week, our guest is Alan Dean Foster, and his latest SF novel is The Human Blend, and his newest book is a memoir, Predators I Have Known (coming out as a first print digital edition).

In The Human Blend, he explores a world where genetic engineering and body modifications are widely in use, including as punishments for criminals. It's the first book in his new "The Tipping Point" trilogy.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #442: Angela James, Carina Press

Interview: This week, Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press, joins us to talk about the digital book marketplace, and some of the changing trends in reading habits, reading formats, and options for a wider range of authors, and more.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #441: Mercedes Lackey

Interview: This week's guest is Mercedes Lackey, whose newest anthology Trio of Sorcery from Tor Books is a collection of two stories featuring her popular urban fantasy heroines, Diana Tregarde and Jennifer Talldeer, plus a new story with a new heroine, technoshaman Ellen McBridge.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #439A: Gadgets and Getting Started in Electronic Publishing

Voicemail: Trampas finds irony in Summer reading the description of a book featuring characters named Sunshine and Rayne; Mike in Germany asks if there's a "dummies" level guide that can help authors get started in the electronic publishing realm; Trampas finds irony in eating chicken nuggets while listening to Tracy Hickman talking about cannibalism   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #438A: Of Books and Bookstores

Mike and Mike recap some publishing news, the big one being that Borders has been delaying payments to creditors, including publishers, because of liquidity issues.

Will some of these issues, combined with the increase in ebook sales, mean that local and indie bookstores will have a chance to recover some of their lost marketshares?   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #437A: Listener Voicemail

Mike Mennega discovered that there's a backlog of voicemail that collected over the holidays, so Mike Stackpole and Summer help him navigate the extra commentary.

Listener Review: Web Genii brings us a review of Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn.   [Read more...]