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February authors and events

I am really excited about the month of February as I am scheduling my podcast author guests, and the snow is drifting outside. They represent different genres, but romance will definitely be in the lead.

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS PODCAST with host EMMA PALOVA

 Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy in the podcast book giveaway.

http://emmapalova123.podbean.com and on https://anchor.fm/emma-palova, major podcasting apps

February Schedule

Donna Neumann, I Want a Birthday Party, Feb. 3

Jean Davis, Lansing Women’s Expo, Feb. 8

Lisa Jacovski, Let’s Talk, Learning to Bowl, Feb. 9

Janet Glaser, Feb. 10

Tana Jenkins, Love Rescued, Feb. 14

Diana Kathryn Plopa, A Tryst of Fate, Feb. 17

Sponsored by Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, Modern History Press

Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival

Several things will be happening all at once: Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival will kick off the month with the Mystery of the Missing Manuscript. You really don’t want to miss out on any of the evenings with authors, suspects, and detectives. Register on Zoom by 6:30 p.m.

Go to:

https://www.pagespromotions.com/2023-winter-virtual-festival.html#/

Michigan Reads

Michigan Reads, a new platform for Indie authors, will open its doors to most authors in mid-February, only limited criteria will apply.

https://michiganreads.com/

In-person authors’ events

February also kicks off in-person authors’ events with Women’s Expos in Lansing and in Grand Rapids in March.

https://www.kohlerexpo.com/mm-womens-expo

I will write separate stories about Michigan Reads and the Women’s Expo in Lansing set for Feb. 10-12.

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2022 December holiday episodes

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to find your next favorite read

SCHEDULE OF GUESTS for December 2022

Join us for a full month of holiday episodes in December.


 FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS PODCAST with host EMMA PALOVA

 Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy in the podcast book giveaway.

http://emmapalova123.podbean.com and on https://anchor.fm/emma-palova, major podcasting apps

December Schedule

Special episode NaNoWriMo grand finale with Jean Davis, Vera West and Emma Palova, Dec 7

Steve Boughton, Francesco Takes Flight, Dec. 9

Carol Nickles, Thumbfire Desire, Dec. 9

Janet Vormittag, Cat Women of West Michigan, Dec. 16

Ann Dalmann, Cady and the Birchbark Box, Dec. 16

Herman Hunter, The Wizard’s Stone, Dec. 23

Karen Tintori, Unto the Daughters, Dec. 30

Sponsored by Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, Modern History Press

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OCTOBER GUEST AUTHORS

Welcome these Indie and small press authors to For the Love of Books Podcast. They represent fascinating genres.


 FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS PODCAST with host EMMA PALOVA

 Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy in the podcast book giveaway with a personalized message by Indie and small press authors.

http://emmapalova123.podbean.com and on https://anchor.fm/emma-palova, major podcasting apps

October Schedule

T.J. London, Man of War, Oct. 7

Joanna Walitalo, Woodburnings, Oct. 19

Kathryn Den Houter, Prison Shadows, Oct. 27

Chris Stark, Carnival Lights, Oct. 28

Sponsored by Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, Modern History Press

If you would like to be a guest on For the Love of Books Podcast, please fill out the form. If you would like to be a sponsor please contact Emma in the comment box below.

There will not be any new episodes. However, watch for reruns. If no one has claimed yet the coveted price, you get a second chance at it.

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Author Mikel Classen on For the Love of Books Podcast

Mikel B. Classen has been writing and photographing northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the life and culture of Michigan’s north country. A journalist, historian, photographer, and author with a fascination of the world around him, he enjoys researching and writing about lost stories from the past.

Currently, he is the managing editor of the U.P. Reader and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. In 2020, Mikel won the Historical Society of Michigan’s, George Follo Award for Upper Peninsula History. Classen makes his home in the oldest city in Michigan, historic Sault Ste. Marie. He is also a collector of out-of-print history books and historical photographs and prints of Upper Michigan. At Northern Michigan University, he studied English, history, journalism, and photography.

His book, Au Sable Point Lighthouse, Beacon on Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast; was published in 2014 and his book, Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial; was published in 2015. Both by the History Press. He has a book of fiction called Lake Superior Tales published by Modern History Press, which won the 2020 U.P. Notable Book Award. His newest release is Points North a non-fiction travel book published in 2019 by Modern History Press. Points North has received the Historical Society of Michigan’s, “Outstanding Michigan History Publication,” along with the 2021 U.P. Notable Book Award.

True Tales

True Tales

True Tales – The Forgotten History of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Stories of piracy, lost gold mines, the origin of the Copper Boom, profiles of people of note, Starvation on Isle Royale, and one of the darkest periods of Michigan history, all True Tales of the early days of the Upper Peninsula Frontier. Penned by U.P. historian, Mikel B. Classen, years of research are culminated in a book that reveals history on the verge of being lost to time. The book collects stories from across the northern peninsula making this an essential book for any Michigan history enthusiast.

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Great Lakes Writers at West Michigan Women’s Expo 2022

Visit with 17 Michigan authors this weekend to find your next favorite read at the West Michigan Women’s Expo in Grand Rapids through Sunday, March 20 inside DeVos Place at 303 Monroe Ave, NW. Most genres will be represented. The Great Lakes Writers are located inside booth 111 close to the Main Stage and restrooms.

The participating authors are Jean Davis, Janet Vormittag, Tracy Brogan, Norma Lewis, Sherry A. Burton, Melanie Hooyenga, Wendy Sara Thompson, Bob Muladore, Andrew Smith, Angela Rodgers, and Tina Derusha.

The Expo is back after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19.
The West Michigan Women’s Expo features hundreds of exhibits, seminars, shopping, and fun that aim to provide a weekend of entertainment, education, and enjoyment tailored to women and their families.

The hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unfortunately, I missed out on this event due to sickness, but I am recovering. Watch “For the Love of Books Podcast” episodes with authors Mikel Classen, Michael Carrier, Sharon Kennedy, Robin Marvel, Chris Stark, Phil Bellfy, Deborah Frontiera, and Joanna Walitalo as we move into spring.

I am excited to have these fine authors, many of them from the Upper Peninsula, on the podcast.

Make sure you find us at our different events scattered throughout the state of Michigan and beyond.

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It’s time to fly

One of my favorite songs is “Time for me to Fly” by REO Speedwagon.

I like the lyrics and everything about the song. But I really feel that now is the time to fly with everything we have started in the previous years.

Leaving icy Grand Rapids behind, I am headed into paradise with beaches, sun, shells, dolphins and cocktails. After 90 minutes in air the clouds have cleared and I see a green patchwork of fields and forests below. We’re making a sharp turn right, and the sun is shining on the left wing and flooding the cabin with warmth.

For me that means getting my newest book in the Shifting Sands series on the summer market starting with the Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon at the end of June.

Our Moravian Sons Distilling is a go after many years of dreaming, planning and finally realization and production. I don’t think I need to hold my breath anymore. It has been a huge team effort across two continents.

I am stoked with my podcast show “For the Love of Books” which is approaching it’s one-year anniversary fast with 50 episodes in March as I’ve expanded it to include Motown Writers and UP Authors in 2022. YAY!

Inspired by author Diana Ploppa’s Pages Promotions virtual festivals, I launched the podcast show featuring Indie and small press authors and their events on March 17, 2021.

With the support of authors Ploppa, Jean Davis, Ingar Rudholm, Andrew Smith and many others in the pilot first season, the show flew into its second season in the fall.

We always have a blast while sharing our insights from the writing world, publishing industry and our author experiences along with the presentation of our newest books.

Not only do you gain from the knowledge of all the authors but you also have a chance to win a signed copy of authors’ books. I call the content “edutainment” combining both entertainment with publishing tips.

I added special episodes prior to multi-author events such as Expos, art fairs and festivals. Right from the get go, the podcast has been a win win situation for all of us.

I am grateful for all the positive responses I have received from guest authors and listeners, as I continue my search for sponsors. Currently, the major sponsor Doc Chavent makes this show possible. Her incredible philanthropy pays for the podbean fees where the podcast episodes live.

From the podbean hub, the episodes are distributed to major podcasting apps such as iHeart, Stitcher, Google and Apple podcasts, Spotify and many more for your enjoyment.

My upcoming author line-up:

Virginia Johnson Feb. 18

Caroline Topperman Feb. 25

Norma Lewis March 2

GR Expo special March 3

Michael Carrier March 1o

Open March 24

Mikel Classen March 31

Bob Tarte April TBA

If you would like to be a guest or a sponsor email Emma at emmapalova123@gmail.com or comment below. If you would like to be on the production team contact me as well.

The recordings are on Thursdays at 5 pm on Zoom. All recordings are organic with limited editing. The episodes go live within two weeks on podbean and major podcasting apps.

First fill out the jot form on For The Love of Books page on this website, and you’re on your way to fly with us.

I am looking forward to chatting with you on the show or working with you as a sponsor or partner.

Indie authors

Happy Valentine’s Day from romance authors

February is the month of love, red roses, chocolates, fiery garnets, and champagne.

This month, I am featuring romance authors of different subgenres on “For the Love of Books Podcast.”

Today, I will be chatting with author Melinda Clark. Stay tuned for the upcoming episode on

http://emmapalova123.podbean.com

….and wherever you get your podcasts.

Melinda Clark is a licensed veterinary technician by day, fantasy and paranormal romance writer by night. She loves singing, reading, outdoor activities, and relaxing in the hot tub.

About Love and Bloodlust: The Sacred Objects

Avery Langdon is a self-taught demon hunter with a vendetta. Talon is a 300-year-old, blood-bag-drinking vampire with a fascination for her, and clearly death itself, as he persists in following the slayer on every hunt and pestering her with his advances. Despite their differences, and regardless of Avery nearly putting a stake in his heart, the two will find themselves joining forces to try and stop an ancient evil from awakening and wreaking havoc: the first vampire, Cain. Avery is adamant, despite Talon’s pursuit of her, that this collaboration remains geared toward accomplishing the greater good only. But as the two grow closer to each other, will she be able to resist the temptation he presents her with? Will Avery be able to do what’s right in the end, despite her newly developed feelings?

Coming soon podcast episode with romance author Virginia Johnson.

Check out the podcast episode with romance author Sylvia Hubbard.

If you would like to purchase the garnets or order desserts click on the images of the cake and garnets.

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Romancing February

Rosette Nebula aka NGC 2237 with the Unicorn Constellation.

Starting strong in February

It’s 5:59 am. It’s Groundhog Day and National Wear Red Day aka Heart Health Day for Women. We’re supposed to wear red and post all sorts of numbers like blood pressure and cholesterol.

Well, I have yet to wash my only red sweater that I wear in December for podcasting, and my blood sometimes boils. I don’t like red. I prefer the earth colors. My cholesterol should be good because I deprive myself of steaks, eggs and cheese on regular basis. I don’t eat pasta because of A1C, but I know it’s under 7, and I don’t take Trulicity or Ozempic. I eat plenty of broccoli and salads even in winter.

I walked to the gauges by our French door this morning. The temperature outside was exactly zero. Yesterday, I finally got out, and it was like walking into an ice cube, after breaking the door in the garage open. Everything was frozen to the bone. The only thing warm at the Hong Kong Buffet were the koi fish swimming in the lovely pool. So, I threw them a penny that I didn’t have in my pocket and had to borrow from my husband.

After streamlining my podcast show “For the Love of Books Podcast,” the stats are booming, the episodes are exploding with fun, and laughter is ringing in my writing studio. I love my colleague fellow authors who are my featured guests on the weekly podcast show because I have a passion for the indie writing business. We put our hearts into what we do best on daily basis with its ups and downs.

I’ve been privileged to meet some of the amazing authors in person at festivals and art shows. And that season is coming up starting in February with the Women’s Expo in Lansing.

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So take a listen as they pour out their hearts with passions of their own.

Listen in to authors and poets from all around the world as they share their personal stories and insights from the publishing industry.

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Czech Christmas Traditions II

The live carp in a bathtub

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – Among the age-old Czech Christmas traditions that I consider as the most bizarre and “fishy” was the purchase of a live carp on Christmas Eve or the day before for Christmas Eve dinner at the Czech open-air holiday markets.

The carp were transported in barrels with fresh water from the carp ponds in Southern Bohemia such as Trebon. The carp ponds were started in medieval times in the Rozmberk area. Annually in the autumn, the ponds are drained and the carp are netted and kept in large vats before they hit the holiday markets on city squares.

We had to stand in lines for fresh carp at the open markets and the no. 1 tip was not to forget your crochet net bag so the carp could breathe in it before you got the poor fish home, that had already been fighting for oxygen with hundreds of carp in the barrels and vats since November.

If you were lucky to get the carp home live, you had to release it into the bathtub. The next day the men in the household butchered it and it was served for Christmas Eve dinner. Sometimes the head was used for fish soup. We have always used the mushroom soup alternative.

The next hurdle you had to overcome was not to get a bone stuck in your throat. The fried carp always had plenty of bones, fat, and smelled of mud from the ponds, if it was big enough. Yet, it was the fish of choice for the festive dinner accompanied by potato salad, and soup.

If you had something different like fish fillets or fried schnitzel, it was looked down upon.

Fishy tradition modified

This fishy tradition I have modified accordingly since there is no live carp sold on American open holiday markets. At least not that I know of. For years I bought fish at the local grocer’s fish counter, until 2020, the year of Covid.

As I frequented farmer’s markets in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, I discovered fishmonger Dan Sodini from Middleville. He brings fresh and frozen fish from the cold waters of Lake Huron to the markets in West Michigan. Last year, he started the annual winter “fish drop” and I rejoiced.

I knew the Great Lakes Fish annual fish drop was as close as I could get to the Czech live carp tradition. During the first winter fish drop on Jan. 16th at the Ada market, I bought our Christmas fish: lake trout, whitefish, and salmon. And yes, I had to stand in a line. Thank you, Dan, for keeping our “fishy” tradition alive.

Some Czech families feeling sorry for the carp let it loose the next day, which was not recommended.

Back to Christmas Eve; those who fasted all day before dinner got to see the golden pig, signifying prosperity. Also if you put a scale from the carp under your plate or in your wallet, you will enjoy prosperity.

Creative Czechs have been inspired by the live carp tradition for generations; it has made its way into movies, folk tales, legends, poems, new blog posts, and radio talk.

If you see a star made from apple seeds by cutting an apple in half, the whole family will enjoy health for the entire year or there will be a birth in the family. On the other hand, if you see a cross from the apple seeds or the center is rotted, there will be a death in the family.

Single girls threw a shoe behind them at the doorstep, if the tip pointed to the door, the girl would get married next year. If it pointed inward, the girl would stay single for at least the next year.

Sometimes, we each floated a nut shell with a candle resembling little sailboats in a pot; the sailboats that traveled away from the edge, meant travel for their owners, the ones that stayed by the edge, meant staying home.

A major difference between Czech and American Christmas is that gifts are found underneath the tree right after dinner. “Jezisek” brings them while we eat.

This was preceded by a long period of hiding gifts, and hunting for them; finding gifts in unusual places and boxes marked with something else than the content. I picked up this tradition from my dad, Vaclav Konecny. Once in Africa, he put my doll in a box from a train. I remember the tears of disappointment, that didn’t last too long.

Mom Ella found her golden bracelets hanging like ornaments on the Christmas tree. Thanks, dad for this fun tradition.

Then, we play traditional Czech carols on the piano and the trumpet. We usually go for the Christmas mass the next day on Dec. 25th. Now, almost exclusively to St. Pat’s in Parnell.

In the Czech Republic, the day after Christmas Day was known as the Feast of St. Stephen, which we all celebrated by visiting with family and going to church.

Since we have been sharing our favorite Christmas traditions on my “For the Love of Books Podcast,” I would be remiss if I didn’t share my own.

Here we go:

Favorite holiday tradition

After a long day of working in the kitchen, my favorite moment was finally sitting down at the festive dinner table, lighting the candles, and seeing all the hungry faces ready to eat after the prayer led by the head of the family.

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Merry Christmas

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