PREVIEW: Books & Braun (Recorded LIVE at World Fantasy 2009)

Here’s a little pre-Thanksgiving treat for your listening enjoyment…

Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine, two of the best podcast novelists you’re likely to hear, have been collaborating on a novel for many moons now. They gave the world a sneak peak at the project, titled Books & Braun, with a reading at the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California a few weeks ago.

For those who might not be familiar with their work, Tee is the author of the Morevi series of print and podcast novels, the Billibub Baddings Mysteries series, several non-fiction titles, including two Podcasting For Dummies books and two recently-released books about Twitter. His print and podcast novel The Case of the Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery won a Parsec Award in 2008. He has hosted the wildly popular writing podcast The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy for the last four years and is now ending its run with a four-part final episode.

Pip is one of New Zealand’s two great contributions to popular culture (film director Peter Jackson being the other.) She is the author of the print and podcast novels Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, and the award-nominated Digital Magic; she launched the podcast of Digital Magic two weeks ago. Earlier this year, Pip signed a contract with Ace Books; Ace will release her next novel, Geist, in the fall of 2010.

Besides being extremely talented, entertaining, and hard-working, both of these folks are among the most generous people I’ve ever met. Give a listen to this excerpt, and if you feel so inclined, leave comments on their Web sites (here and here.) I know they’d love to hear from you.

To all my U.S. listeners, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. To the rest of you, just enjoy the day!

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