Author Lori Hudson pens Ghost on Beale Street

Ghost on Beale Street is Lori Hudson’s fifth book in the Beale Street mystery series inspired by a small town in Illinois where Hudson’s grandfather was the mayor.

A little boy has gone missing, and the town of Burtonville is on high alert. Then Marianne Reed and her friend, Ashley, notice strange lights and something moving around in the old Abbott house. Is it possible a ghost has taken up residence? 

Listen in for a chance to win a free copy of Ghost on Beale Street.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger


100th Episode of For the Love of Books Podcast

I am ecstatic about reaching the 100th episode of my podcast show with publisher author Matt Lubbers-Moore about preserving the heritage of outstanding post-Stonewall, pre-2010 LGBTQ fiction.

Special thanks to sponsors Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, and Modern History Press because together we’ve been bringing you stories for more than 120 years.

I am grateful to the founding authors who helped me start the show in the spring of 2021. Among them was author Diana Kathryn Plopa of Pages Promotions, LLC, author Darla Jean Davis, author Andrew Allen Smith, and many others. Listen to the episodes to celebrate the anniversary with us.

Join the magic of the show with all the other guest authors, special episodes, and organizations which compose the unique Indie literature community. Contact Emma at for more info.

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ReQueered Tales preserves literary heritage of LGBTQ fiction

The interview with publisher author Matt Lubbers-Moore of ReQueered Tales and host author Emma Palova marks the 100th episode anniversary of For the Love of Books Podcast show. I am grateful to the entire literary community for making the show a success and to the sponsors Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger.

ReQueered Tales is striving to preserve the literary heritage of the LGBTQ community by publishing out-of-print titles or publishing new works of older series.

According to Lubbers-Moore, the project started out as a joke with his business partners.

“Books from the 1990s, 80s, and 70s were hard to find and expensive,” said Lubbers-Moore. “Are we actually going to do this?”

And they started with a core of five gay mystery authors in 2018 as they grew to cover all the genres of LGBTQ fiction.

“Now we’re competing with the big boys,” Lubbers-Moore laughed as he referred to the big publishing houses. “Other publishers are doing this now.”

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Murder and Mayhem bibliography. Be a part of the excitement and magic.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger.

Expo Moments 2023

The things we do when inspiration hits home. Join Michigan Authors on their tours this season. Check their websites. Listen to For the Love of Books Podcast to stay in the loop.

Don’t miss out on a chance to get a signed book by a live author before the humanity becomes extinct like the dinosaurs.

Enter different worlds whenever you open a book.

Don’t let history repeat itself.

To be continued….

Author Emma Palova with T-Rex aka author Darla Jean Davis

Award-winning author pens gangster novels set in her hometown

Her two gangster novels earned her Top Notable Indie Book awards. Author Betty Passick shared her passion for writing historical fiction in a very candid down-to-earth interview. Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of The Black Bag of Dr. Wiltse.

“Research comes first,” she said. “If you don’t like doing research, historical fiction is not for you.”

Unlike most authors of historical fiction, Passick does not change the names of people or places in her historical crime novels. She has always been fascinated by the story of the Italian American “mystery man” who first came to her Iowa hometown in the early 1920s, and the rest is history. No pun intended.

Now, it’s up to us to find out what was in The Black Bag of Dr. Wiltse, Murder on the Prairie her second historical crime novel that earned her the second Top Notable Indie Book Award in 2021 after Gangster in our Midst in 2019.

“This crime mystery novel captures its audience’s attention with the delicious historical detail from this time period in early America’s burgeoning settlements… Who knew there was such a criminal element lurking on our prairies?”


Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger




Michigan authors at West Michigan Women’s Expo on March 17 through March 19

Discover the full author line-up under the umbrella of Great Lakes Writers in this podcast, and at the Expo.

Find your next favorite read by Michigan authors at the West Michigan Women’s Expo this weekend starting on Friday at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

Seventeen Michigan authors will be grouped under the umbrella of Great Lakes Writers, and they will be located in booths 110-118.

I have one free ticket left to the show for the lucky winner. Listen in to the podcast for details of the giveaway, as well as the author line-up and instructions for participating authors.

Come, bring a friend and have fun with us. We’re going to have a blast together.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

West Michigan Women’s Expo in GR 2023

Stop by the West Michigan Women’s Expo in DeVos Place this weekend starting Friday through Sunday, March 17 through 19 to pick up your next favorite read at Great Lakes Writers located in booths 110-118. See attached floor plan below.

The authors from all over Michigan represent different genres, and they will be available to chat about their books.

I have one free ticket left to the show for the lucky winner who listens to this podcast and emails me at

2023 West Michigan Women’s Expo

Great Lakes Writers (17)

Andrew Allen Smith

Ingar Rudholm

Jean Davis

Tina Lonski

Melanie Hooyenga

Wendy Thomson

Janet Vormittag

Emma Palova

Susan Maciak

Rhonda Accardo

Jules Nelson

Joan Young

Sue Merrell

Brenda Hasse

Sabrina Wagner

J Arens

Norma Lewis

Nicole Wilson

Attached is a floor plan for the expo and a handbook that has a ton of information including details on parking.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Each author (there are 17) gets half of an 8-foot table and a chair. The table will be covered and skirted, but you can put your own decor on top of the tablecloth. (Sherry gets a whole table.)

2. Our booth numbers are 110-118. If you want to share a table with someone let me know. If I don’t hear anything, you’ll be randomly paired with someone.

3. I ordered badges for everyone. They’ll say “Great Lakes Writers.” If you come Thursday to set up, you pick up your badge at a booth somewhere on the floor that says Exhibitors. If you come early Friday to setup, go to the main entrance and look for the Exhibitors’ doors to the hall where there will be a table with people handing out badges. You’re with Great Lakes Writers.

I ordered a few extra badges so if you have a helper to load in or out they can come through the exhibitors’ entrance and ask for a badge. Ask them not to keep the badge—they need to return it when they leave.

4. In the handbook it mentions the need for insurance. I bought a policy that covers us all under the umbrella of Great Lakes Writers.

5. The load-in information in the handbook only pertains to those who want to use the loading dock. I usually park underneath the hall (entrance on Michigan Street by the river) and take the freight elevator up—it has an operator. The underground parking is a huge maze—here’s a hint: as soon as you pull in from Michigan Street and turn left—you’ll see people unloading and using the elevator. Park and follow someone.

The freight elevator should be operational Thursday afternoon and Friday before the show and Sunday after the show.

You can park anywhere downtown and carry your stuff in.

6. I’ll be there Thursday around 2 to make sure everything is set up.

7. When the show closes on Sunday they have people at the exits ensuring vendors don’t leave early. They won’t let you carry anything out early. Again, the load-out schedule is only if you are using the loading dock. Once it’s 4 p.m. on Sunday you can leave, if you’re not using the loading dock.

8. I did not order Internet—it’s usually extremely expensive. Hopefully, you have service on your own phone, tablet or laptop.

If you have any questions, please email or call. 

Again, let me know you received this.



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March guest authors

I am pleased to announce the March guest lineup that features a variety of genres and authors. If you would like to be a sponsor or a guest author, comment below or email Emma. I am now scheduling May and June.


 Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy in the podcast book giveaway. and on, major podcasting apps

March Schedule 2023

Matt Lubbers-Moore, ReQueered Tales, March 10

GR Expo special March 14

Betty Passick, The Black Bag of Dr. Wiltse, Murder on the Prairie, March 17

Lori Hudson, Ghost on Beale Street, March 24

Preethi Saravanakumar,  March 31

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

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In Paradise

Feb. 28, 2023 Tuesday

It’s the last day of February and the best one yet. I am in Paradise aka Venice. The day started on the beach to the sound of waves and ended on the beach to the sound of crashing waves. Their relaxing rhythm soothes nerves like nothing else.

In the morning it was yoga with the sound of bongs, followed by a walk through the historic downtown Venice, topped with a cappuccino at Venice Wine & Coffee Co.

I love the core of this tropical town in southwest Florida with amazing architecture untouched by chains and corporate structures.

Then we shopped with mom Ella the souvenir shops on Venice Ave. I found what I was looking for twice today. The first time at Green Parrot and the second time at Nest on Miami Ave.

We changed for a farewell lunch on the town- the coveted Bromdon Mediterranean restaurant on Miami Ave. My parents had classic gyros and I had a salmon gyro.

I found this community located on an island very diverse with a strong Italian influence. It wasn’t unusual on any given day to hear people speak Russian, French or Spanish.

The social time in Venice was also a time to test our @Moravia Sons Distillery cocktails made with our apple brandy.

Where else would you want to pilot this delicious refreshing cocktail than in Paradise?

Jack Rose made with apple brandy.

I still managed to pop in to the Great Reveal Party by Pages Promotions. Who did the deed and why? Find out on the replays posted on Facebook.

To be continued..,,

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