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Book Banter EP 87: Sagit Schwartz Interview

Hello My Happy People,

In today's episode, I get to chat with the incredible Sagit Schwartz. Sagit is a writer, producer, and licensed psychotherapist. Her work has been featured in Medium, Slate, The Atlantic, Reddit NoSleep, and Lifetime Television. She resides with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog in a Southern California beach town.

Her debut thriller, Since She's Been Gone is on presale now wherever books are sold and is set for a February 2024 release. This book has been described as an emotionally charged dual-timeline suspense. The story follows one woman as her life is upended in a race against the clock to discover the truth about her own past and find out what really happened to her mother all those years ago. Since She's Been Gone has been compared to Laura Dave’s The Last Thing He Told Me and Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive. Sagit shares how this book is in fact a love letter to her own mother and was a deeply personal project. Keep watching social media for more updates on Sagit as she makes the rounds publicizing her new novel, which seems to be on track to be an instant bestseller. Listen now to find out more about Sagit and Since She's Been Gone.

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Halloween is coming, time for some specter-cular jokes ...

Q: What did the ghost ask his on a date on Valentine's Day?

A. Will you be my ghoul-friend?

Q: Why don't ghosts like dance parties?

A: Because they have no body to dance with.

Q: What is the best position for a ghost to play in soccer?

A: The ghoul-keeper!

Q: Why are demons and ghouls always hanging out together?

A: Because demons are a ghoul's best friend!

Q: Why did the ghost drop out of his university?

A: Because he was too ghoul for school.

Q: What room do ghosts never use in their house?

A: The living room.

Q: Why did the ghost starch his sheet?

A: Because he wanted to scare everyone stiff.

Q: Why are ghosts great cheerleaders?

A: Because they always have a lot of spirit!

And last but not least ...

Q: What kind of horse do ghouls ride?

A: A night-mare!


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The seventh and final installment of the Into the West Saga Serial, Into the West: Family Ties. The eBook is on sale now on Amazon for only 99¢. Don't wait, click here to order your copy today. Price goes up to $2.99 October 1st.

Book Banter Magazine is Now Available!

Out launch went off without too many hitches and came out as planned on Oct. 1st. Our premier issues has loads of non-fiction and fiction including mystery, thrillers, scifi, horror, and anything that goes bump in the night kind of books for young readers, young adults, and adults, all to celebrate our favorite holiday, Halloween! Plus, we have a crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of our authors and their Books. We even have a cookbook author with tasty Halloween recipes. Check it out by clicking HERE.

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Support Our Book Banter Buddies (2023 Guest Interviews):

Sagit Schwartz, Suspense Thriller Author (EP 87: Oct. 11th)

Otto Schafer, Young Adult Fantasy Author (EP 88: Oct. 18th)

Lynne Golodner, Author, Coach, Marketing Entrepreneur & Podcaster (EP 89: Oct. 25th)

Debbie Weiss, Memoir Author & Entrepreneur (EP 90: Nov. 1st)

Michele Di Pietro, SOUPified Cookbook Author (EP 91: Nov. 8th)

Mary Carroll Moore, Women's Fiction Author (EP 92: Nov. 15th)

Leah Ann Brown, YA Fantasy Author (EP 93: Nov. 22nd)

Faith Kramer, Jewish Global Kitchen Cookbook Author (EP 94: Nov. 29th)

Brian Kaufman, Textbook and Fiction Author (EP 95: Dec. 6th)

Michelle Glogovac, THE Podcast Matchmaker™ & Publicist (EP 96: Dec. 13th)

Season Two Ender - Holiday Special (EP 97: Dec. 20th)

Season 2 Past Guest Interviews (2023):

LM Wilson, author of The Last of the Spirit Drakes (EP 51: Feb. 1)

LeRoy A Peters, author of The Edge of the World Series (EP 52: Feb. 8)

C. D'Angelo, Author of The Difference and The Visitor (EP 53: Feb. 15th)

Val Collins, author of the Aoife Walsh Books (EP 54: Feb. 22)

Kirstie Page, Visual Storyteller/Artist (EP 55: March 1st)

Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen, Author of Diamonds in the Sky Series

(EPs 56/57: March 8th/15th)

David Gibson, PhD FRSB, Author of Planting Clues: How Plants Solve Crimes.

(EP 58: March 22nd)

Linaya DiNoto, Science Fiction Author of Lithaflora: The Chrysalis: The Forever After Series (EP 59: March 29)

Kelly Florence, Screenwriter/Podcaster and Co-Author of 5 books in The Science of Series

(EP 60: April 5)

Stephanie LaVigne, Cozy Mystery Author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

(EPs 61/62: April 12/19)

Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall), horror author/actor/musician (EP 66 & 67: May 17 & 24)

Benecia Ponder, author coach and bestselling author (EP 68: May 31)

Diann Floyd Boehm, Children's Book Author/Educator/Podcaster (EP 69: June 7th)

Angela R. Hughes, Historical Epic Fantasy Author (EP 70: June 14)

Donna Edman, Photographer/Visual Storyteller/Author (EP 71: June 21)

Wendy Jo Cerna, Inspirational Author (EP 72: June 28)

Sabrina Hammonds, Kingdom Connections Podcast and Media Agency (EP 73: July 5)

Ann Charles, Mixed Genre Mystery Author (EP 74: July 12)

Natacha Deen, YA, Adult, and Non-Fiction Author (EP 75: June 21)

Kammy Wood, The Modern Wordist, Creative Writing Consultant (EP 76: June 26)

Francesca Maria, Horror and Comic Book Author (EP 77: August 2nd)

Reenita M. Hora, Author, Creative, Entrepreneur (EP 78 & 79: August 9th & 16th)

Christopher (Chris) Denmead, Comic Book Author/Podcaster (EP 80: August 23rd)

Carole T. Beers, Contemporary Western Mystery Author (EP 81: August 6th)

J.C. Fuller, Mystery Author and TikTok Queen (EP 82: September 6th)

Meliza Farndell, Author, Coach, Speaker (EP 83: September 13th)

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Dianne Burckhardt, Historical Fiction, Crime Thrillers, & more (EP 84: Sept. 20th)

Mikel Melwasul, Epic Military Fantasy Author (EP 85: Sept. 27th)

Liz Shipton, Part-Time Author, Full-Time Pirate (EP 86: Oct. 4th)


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