Monday, January 28, 2019

Podcasts – My favorite new research tool!

With: Julie Rowe

Congratulations to "Joyce M.", the winner in Julie's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize.

I write romantic thrillers featuring bioterrorism, so I get a lot of weird looks (okay, okay — horrified looks) and some variation on this question: How do you do the research? Often this is accompanied by the questioner backing up a step or two, as if I’ve got a pathogen in my pocket. Nope.

First, I’m a lab tech and I’ve worked in microbiology, so I’m familiar with bacteria, the good, the bad, and the very ugly.

Second, I’ve discovered a whole community of scientists, researchers, and investigative experts who love to share what they know about science, crime solving, and yes…pathogens in various podcast series. I find listening to an hour long podcast with the experts talking in an interview setting to be much more interesting and engaging than reading about it from a research paper.

Podcasts have personality.

They’re funny, often weird, and always informative. They keep me entertained while driving and I never fail to learn something new.

Check out my list of favorite podcast series and download an episode or two (most are free):

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Podcast series -  

·      This series is specific to infectious diseases. The two hosts are hilarious!

Criminal Mischief: The Art & Science of Crime Fiction -

Criminal: A true crime podcast -

Casefile: Fact is scarier than fiction -

The Naked Scientists: Science podcasts and radio shows -
·      Every topic under the science umbrella from volcanoes to colonizing Mars.

USF Health ID Podcasts: The University of South Florida and USF Health’s Division of Infectious Disease’s educational podcasts -
·      Another infectious disease specific series.

·      Covers a broad range of medical topics.

To celebrate the release of SLEIGHT OF HAND book 3 of my Outbreak Task Force series I’m giving away an ecopy of one of my books, the winner’s choice!

In SLEIGHT OF HAND CDC nurse Joy Oshiro is stressed to the breaking point. College students are dying and no one knows why. And her new partner Dr. Gunner Anderson is frustratingly annoying—and sexy, but mainly just plain annoying—and proving difficult to avoid. He spent three years with Doctors Without Borders, and disillusioned is just the tip of his issues.

They’ll need to learn to trust each other if they have a chance at figuring out who is behind the attacks. She makes him laugh, makes him forget—for a little while. But each new clue keeps them one step behind the terrorists, with buildings and evidence being destroyed just as they near.

Now they’re in a race against time to not only find a cure, but also to avoid becoming the next targets themselves.

Purchase SLEIGHT OF HAND here:

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “Fiction has to be believable”. Julie writes romantic suspense and romantic thrillers. Her most recent titles include SMOKE & MIRRORS book #2 and SLEIGHT OF HAND book #3 of the Outbreak Taskforce series. You can find her at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST January 28th. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. 


  1. Many of us have no idea how vulnerable we all are to a biological attack. I am sure you have many tales to tell based on both your experience and research. The podcasts you listed sound quite interesting. Hopefully, I will get time to listen to at least a few of them soon, once I figure out how to do it. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Patricia B. (google sign-in issues)


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