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November 16, 2015 / Rev

Conversations at the Bar with Ann Aptaker

We shared a delightful time with author Ann Aptaker chatting about Cantor Gold and her new adventure. We also have a great discussion of genre fiction. Give a listen and then check out Ann’s work.

You can download a sample or purchase Tarnished Gold by clicking here.

November 10, 2015 / Rev

Conversations at the Bar featuring Ellis Avery

We were thrilled to have author Ellis Avery join us to chat for a few minutes about her new series of essays, collectively titled, The Family Tooth. You can pick up selected essays individually as Kindle Singles or in a compiled zine format available through Etsy:

Ellis wanted to share some information about the arthritis drug that she mentions but we got carried away with other stuff and time got away from us. We’re including it below for all who are interested.

As for the arthritis drug I mentioned? I was on Humira, a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker like Enbrel or Remicade. You can find a 2009 FDA warning online that shows an increase in leiomyosarcoma–which is the rare uterine cancer with which I was diagnosed after three years on Humira– and other cancers, among juvenile and adolescent patients taking TNF blockers. Radiation and chemo have not been shown to prolong the lives of patients with leiomyosarcoma, nor have they been shown to prevent recurrence: at the time of the cancer diagnosis, I was given a 26% chance of five year survival.

However, since having gone off Humira just before the cancer surgery in 2012, my scans have actually shown no evidence of disease. That is, I went off the Humira and the cancer went away. Neither my rheumatologist nor my oncologist would ever say that Humira had given me leiomyosarcoma, but once I was diagnosed, both insisted I stop taking it.

Of course, not everyone who takes Humira gets cancer, but I do want people to hear my story, because TNF blockers are among the most profitable drugs in the history of medicine, and the companies who manufacture them have a lot of money to spend on advertising.

You can check out all of Ms. Avery’s work by clicking right here.

October 10, 2015 / Rev

Episode 105 – Fletcher DeLancey and Without a Front – The Producer’s Challenge

It’s been a long wait but well worth it. The next book in the Chronicles of Alsea is available and we’ve got author Fletcher DeLancey here to talk with us. We hope you have as much fun watching as we did live. And a big thank you to everyone who submitted comments and questions during the event.

If you didn’t get the chance to catch the live broadcast, you can still be a part of the conversation by leaving your questions and comments here and I’m certain Fletcher will stop by to reply.

If you’re interested in winning a bundle of Without a Front 1 & 2, leave a comment with your suggestion for a non-human character name. Fletcher needs our help! All comments posted on or before November 6th will be eligible to win.

You can read a sample or purchase an ebook copy of Without a Front – The Producer’s Challenge from Ylva’s online shop by clicking here. It will also be available soon at all the standard book-buying establishments. No matter where you get it, make sure you do. It’s another hit for Fletcher.

September 19, 2015 / Rev

Episode 104: Susan X. Meagher and The Right Time

coverAndy and I have been waiting a long time for this conversation. Well, we’ve been waiting a long time for Susan X. Meagher to publish the revised version of her great online story, The Right Thing. With the publication date set for October 2015, you won’t have much of a wait. As is standard with SXM, we’re very pleased to have her join us for a live video show.

If you like what you hear or are just a die-hard SXM fan, you can pre-order The Right Time by clicking here. You can also buy direct from Brisk Press ( and tell Susan Cocktail Hour sent you! If you want your paperback personalized and you’re ordering from Brisk, all you have to do is ask.

If you’d like to be entered for a chance to win a signed paperback, leave a comment below after you watch or listen to the show. Comments posted on or before 10/9 will be eligible to win.

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