Beyond the Briar by Shelley Chappell

Shelley Chappell – Beyond the Briar

Shelley Chappell is a writer of fantasy fiction and fairy tale retellings for children and young adults. She is the author of Beyond the Briar: A Collection of Romantic Fairy Tales (nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award) and a variety of short stories. Shelley wrote a doctoral thesis on fantastic metamorphosis in children’s and young adult fantasy literature, titled Werewolves, wings, and other weird transformations. Her academic work includes articles on fantasy motifs as metaphors and werewolves as a metaphor for racial difference.

To find out more about Shelley and her writing, visit her website,, or make a connection with Shelley by following her posts on Facebook, Goodreads, or Pinterest. Her book: Beyond The Briar: Fall in love with four new versions of your favourite fairy tales in this magical collection of romantic novelettes for young adult readers.

Shelley had the honor of being the first guest on Jessie’s Coffee Shop under it’s new name and on our new station KLRNRadio

Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr

Assaph Mehr – Murder in Absentia

Assaph Mehr grew up in Israel, where wherever you dig you’ll find historical relics from the dawn of civilization. His favorite spot was the port of Jaffa, where layers of cultures could be dug down to the ancient Egyptians, and the many citadels remaining from the crusades and Ottomans. He now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife Julia, four kids and two cats. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he’s writing – he seems to do his best writing after midnight.

Assaph joined us to talk about his first novel, Murder in Absentia, and what trials he faced in becoming a self-published author. You can find out more about Assaph and his various project at