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over the weeks, I’ve had guest calling parked at the side of the road, guest calling from up in the mountains or on a trail through the wilds. I’ve had guests from Canada and England, however today my show with Courtney J Webb was something different. Courtney is in Australia, and with the aid of a bottle of Prune Juice (that could cause some issues later on) joined the show at 2am in the morning her time.

Of course the fact that we are both from England even though thousands of miles a part meant we had lots to talk and laugh about.

I was using a new phone and it does seem to have a bit of an echo on it, so that needs to be sorted out, but I’m sure you can still enjoy the fun and laughter as I talk to Courtney about her and her book “Immaculate Deception

Immaculate Deception is a rollicking look at sex, religion, crime and relationships in one delicious read. The novel follows the exploits of Craig Connery, a sexy ex-con whose split-second decision to take another man’s identity puts him in the most unlikely position: that of impersonating a priest.

Now, this decidedly nonreligious man must make it as a man of God. His first mission? Running a nursing home in regional Australia.

What follows is a high-stakes farce of biblical proportions as Craig dissembles his way through a life he knows nothing about. Along the why, he’ll glimpse a world whose secrets rival his own—and discover the shocking truth about the church, the elderly, and himself.

So why not listen to this fun thirty minutes as we discuss items from Marmite to Religion, listen and find out all about Courtney J Webb and her writing as she is today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/31/A-Book-and-a-Chat-Courtney-J-Webb

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Shares in Sat-Nav device companies crashed earlier this week when Google unveiled it’s “FREE” live satalight navigation system for mobiles. Us Firm Garmin‘s shares fell 185 in one day, while Tom Tom dropped 13% when the markets opened on Wednesday.

The Google application promises “free real time, turn-by-turn directions” for people to follow on their phones.

The “Motorola Droid” will be the first mobile phone equipped with this system.

This news came only days after Google announced it was entering the “online music market” with a new service for finding and buying music. Their “One Box” is an alliance with music sites Lala and MySpace owned iLike.

According to Google, the words “music” and “lyrics” are amongst the top 10 search terms of all time.

So what next for Google… a phone that reminds you that you have locked your keys in the car or perhaps an option to make you a cup of tea while you drive?

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Fan denies sex-for-tickets gambit“, is one of the headlines that I spotted today. With the baseball “World Series” starting… yesterday and NO— I still have not worked out how it can be a “World Series” where only American teams and a token Canadian team take part.

According to the news… A mother-of-two has been charged with offering to trade sex for tickets to see her favourite sports team play.

It seems 43 year old Susan Finkelstein from Philadelphia so desperate to see the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team compete in the World Series against the New York Yankees she offered herself for sale. The problem was it was to an undercover cop who arrested her on Tuesday after meeting her while responding to her ad on Craigslist.

Describing herself as “gorgeous, tall, buxom, blonde diehard Phillies fan” it seems she hinted more than just the price of the tickets to the undercover cop.

Her lawyer stated… “She wanted to get tickets to take her husband to the game” (Phillie’s won 6-1). “She never explicitly offered sex” (now where have we heard that before… the White House?). He added… “She was merely a nice lady overcome by Phillie’s fever”.

While this was going on in the USA in Somalia hundreds of people attended a wedding between a man who says he is 112 years old, and his teenage wife.

Ahmed Muhamed Dore – who already has 13 children by five wives – said he would like to have more with his new wife, Safia Abdulleh, who is 17 years old.
“I didn’t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love; and then we agreed to marry,” the groom said.

It must run in the family, as Mr Dore has a a grand total of 101 grandchildren. His oldest son is 80 years old and three of his wives have died.

He says he hopes his new bride will give him more children.

Perhaps the secret of why this improbable marriage is able to take place is mentioned in a medical news snippet that appeared this week. In the past “curcumin” which is an extract found in the bright yellow curry spice turmeric has long thought to have “healing powers” now a team at the Cork Cancer Research Center have found it can also destroy gullet cancer cells.

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Joe Vojt is a life long Connecticut resident who began writing at an early age in spite of the many obstacles that challenged his writing processes. He joined the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era. His background includes serving four years in the United States Air Force with three years SAC experience. “There is nothing that can replace our freedom.” After his time in the service, he selected a career in manufacturing and got involved by putting his heart and soul into learning. This required determination and persistence. Working hard to become successful required having an educational background. Joe served as a board member for Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) and was the editor for the CAPA newsletter, The Authority. This included being a guest speaker at one of the CAPA meetings. Joe had the opportunity to be on a local radio talk show and a half hour TV program that covered his writing. He is also a member of the Connecticut Muse Literary Society. Joe has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who as an Honored Member.

He has published Threshold of Consciousness (second edition), Enduring Prophesy and Wings of Air (Outskirts Press). In addition, he has a vast collection of short stories.

So why not listen to this interesting thirty minutes and find out all about Joe Vojt and his writing as he is today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/28/A-Book-and-a-Chat-Joe-Vojt

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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The nights are drawing in, it is just a few days from the night of the dead, when spirits roam the earth and the kids “trick or treating” cost you the earth. So my special guest tonight fits right in with the time of year.

Elizabeth Eagan-Cox grow from being a school librarian and writing dozens of corporate histories for some of America’s most prestigious companies, as well as writing for the Old California Gazette. To writing what she now calls “Cozy” historical/paranormal series of books “The Shannon Delaney” series of books.

The show is a fun and entertaining thirty minutes as we learn about Elizabeth, her books, and even how a song by “Procol Harum”was an inspiration for her second book “A Ghost from the Shadows”

So why not listen to this thirty minutes and find out all about Elizabeth Eagan-Cox and her writing as she is today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/27/A-Book-and-a-Chat-Elizabeth-Eagan-Cox

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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It’s been a while since I passed on any news about my book, perhaps you thought there hasn’t been any?

REVIEWS:

My total on Amazon is now numbering “103

Since the last time I wrote about reaching the magic “100” I have received a five star and two four star reviews. Here are a few snippets of what the reviews say…

“…a cute love story. Highly recommended for teens.”

“Ahhh, young love! This book reminded me of what it was like to fall in love. The young characters were so sweet, I wanted to meet them. This is an easy read and definitely worth your time.”

“This is a great read for tweens and teens – and the rest of us who still love YA fiction. There is romance, adventure, misunderstandings and even a big bully you can watch get his comeuppance! Fred comes from England and stays with Brit and her family in America while his parents go to Australia. While he’s there, he and Brit fall in love.

Brit and Fred are funny and endearing. I admit it took me a few pages to really get into the story, but when I did, I couldn’t stop reading! It’s also fun to watch Fred work out all the differences between the languages of the two countries. All in all, Across the Pond is an enchanting story of first love.”

RADIO NEWS:

While my own “Book and Chat” radio shows are going from strength to strength I have appeared as a guest recently on these shows.

Literary Pizzazz

Red River Writers

Author Buzz

BOOK SALES:

I managed to sell over twenty copies of my book in the couple of days I was at the Big E, not a huge amount, but more than I expected. I am also working with Barnes and Noble and Borders to have copies on the shelves, though you can already order it for them, it now being distributed by Ingrams.

An E-Book PDF file of the book is now available check out the book web site for more details

http://across-t-pond.com

I have also been asked to a couple of events to talk or be on authors panels.

So that’s some of the latest news I thought I would share with you.

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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One of the things I have really missed since being in the US, is a “Real English Breakfast”. Of course once in England one of the locations I headed for was one where I could purchase a real “English Breakfast”.


My English Breakfast

Americans seems to find it “interesting” to have bake beans for breakfast, but then this is a country that has “puffed up cakes” or muffins for their morning meal.

In England we are taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after sleeping and not eaten for many hours. This being the case we have a “Full English Breakfast” which sees you though the day until your evening meal… except of course for a snack and a couple of beers at lunch time.

Baked Beans are part of the staple diet of people in the UK. Be it with a fry up breakfast, a “Bangers and Mash” lunch or on toast for tea. The old UK TV advert states…
“A million housewives every day, pick up a tin of beans and say..Beanz Meanz Heinz.”

And basically that is what is does. While most of the supermarkets have their own brand of Baked Beans, Heinz is still the number one. For those colonials who do not know the difference, Heinz beans are closest to the Vegetarian beans in the US.

The Heinz company markets their product in the UK under the name “Heinz Beanz” (before July 2008 as “Heinz Baked Beans”), in reference to a 1960s advertisement campaign which used the slogan “Beanz Meanz Heinz”.

There are substantial differences between the Heinz baked beans sold in the UK and the nearest equivalent US product (Heinz Premium Vegetarian Beans). The US beans contain brown sugar where the British beans do not, and the US product contains 14g of sugar per tin compared to 7g for the British version (equating to 140 vs 90 calories). The US beans have a mushier texture and are darker in color than their UK counterpart. For several years, the UK Heinz Baked Beans have been available in the US, either in different sized cans than those sold in the UK or in a 385 gram can (the same can as the 415 gram can in the UK) with an “export” label with American English spelling and the word “baked” dropped from the title on the label. These are sold in many US specialty stores.

In New England baked beans usually are sweetened with maple syrup, and are traditionally cooked with salt pork in a beanpot in a brick oven for a full day.

In southern states along the eastern seaboard of the US, the beans become tangier usually due to the addition of yellow mustard. Ground beef also becomes common alongside bacon in these beans. They take on a flavor similar to Cowboy Beans, a similar popular dish.

In Poland, with addition of bacon these are known as Breton Beans (fasolka po bretońsku).

Many unusual dishes are made with baked beans including the baked bean sandwich. These are slices of bread topped with beans and other additions, such as melted cheese.

In 2002 the British Dietetic Association allowed manufacturers of canned baked beans to advertise the product as contributing to the recommended daily consumption of five-six vegetables per person. This concession was criticized by heart specialists who pointed to the high levels of sugar and salt in the product. Some manufacturers produce a “healthy option” version of the product with lower levels of sugar and salt.

BE WARNED….Baked beans are known on occasion to cause a considerable increase in flatulence following consumption. (Don’t we know it)

Their low price (The supermarket own brand or discount beans can cost as little and 30cents) and wide availability has led to baked beans becoming a staple food in the United Kingdom, especially popular among students and those on a tight budget.

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Fridays show had it’s technical difficulties with mobile phones and signals that came and went, today’s book and a chat was delayed when my internet connection disappeared five minutes before the show.

Still my guest “Morgan Mandel” kindly waited as I waffled through the first few minutes of the show until I managed to get the internet working again.

Once I was able to talk to Morgan the show blossomed into one of information and enjoyment, as we learned about Morgan and her writing, her wonderful blogging help links and even her dog.

Born in Chicago, her reading developed from a children’s magazines, through Cinderella, then Gothics, Harlequins, Dick Francis, Mary Higgins Clark, Katherine Stone and Sidney Sheldon. She was badly bitten by the writing bug when she saw a library presentation by Chicago-North Romance Writers of America. She joined the chapter. With much support, she learned what it takes to make a novel.

Her latest Killer Career is proving a very popular book for those who enjoy thrillers with a touch of romance.

So why not listen to this thirty minutes and find out all about Morgan Mandel and her writing as she is today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/24/A-Book-and-a-Chat-Morgan-Mandell

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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After some technical difficulties with mobile phones and signals that came and went, tonight’s show settled down to be one not to miss. Tonight it is “A Book and a Chat with MJ Allaire”

From joining the navy at a young age, then meeting and marrying her husband at Pearl Harbor, before settling down to the sometimes lonely live of a sub-mariner. MJ has come a long way, a divorce and having to raise three children, has been all part of the build up to the fascinating books written by “MJ Allaire”.

From the start of her extremely popular science fantasy series “Denicalis Dragon Chronicles” to her book titled “My Blissful Life As a Submariner’s Wife” the author has trodden a varied literary path.

The show starts off with a sound issue but when MJ dials back in, we learn all about this fantastic writer. So listen to this enjoyable radio show and find out more about MJ(Mo) Allaire

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/23/A-Book-and-a-Chat-MJ-Allaire

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

So why not stop by and listen to this enjoyable thirty minutes of entertainment as I chat with MJ Allaire on today’s “A BOOK AND A CHAT

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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So I’m back from my trip across the pond, as promised this will be a blog about my travels.

The journey to JFK airport in NY was not without issue and I arrived just about ten minutes before the gate was due to be opened to board the plane. Once again I was surprised about how the security checks when leaving the US have relaxed since my departures a couple of years ago.

As normal I flew Virgin Airways, I can’t recommend them enough from service to food, from entertainment to flights always they seem one step ahead of other airlines. There was as normal a choice of about 50 films to check out during the flight as well as TV, radio and music shows.

The flight which normally takes around 7hrs was quicker this time as we hit the jet stream with a tail wind of about 150mph which reduced the flight time to around six hours, only issue was we had a few bumps along the way.

Unfortunately about a hour from reaching England a passenger was taken sick, and with the flight crew looking after them and the reduction in flight time, we never got around to purchasing “duty free”. No biggy for me, but a pain for the family members who had asked me to pick up cigarettes for them on the flight.

Once through UK customs I picked up my rental car, a diesel powered Peugeot, which was doing about 52 mpg throughout my trip. That was a good thing with petrol (gas) costing about $7.5 a gallon.

I traveled about half way to my destination and stopped to catch some sleep before heading out to meet my youngest sister and her family.

After a good night’s sleep I carried on the rest of my journey to East Sussex, stopped just outside Hailsham for some real English breakfast.

The rest of the day was getting ready for the shopping, a new Tesco’s (The number one supermarket chain in England)supermarket had opened in the town. One nice thing they have done is keep in line with the town. Hailsham has a history of rope making, so they incorporated this into the fence that surrounds the car park finishing in a statue of a man hauling in the ropes.

In the store as normal I just walked around wishing such a store was available in the USA. There is so much more variety, the prices generally for food are much cheaper than in the US. I wanted another 3 suitcases to bring home half the stuff I wanted to buy. Loaded up with fresh supplies to bring back to the US, I then completed the shopping trip.

The rest of the day was spent getting ready for my eldest sons wedding, taking dresses to where the bride was staying.

I made sure I stopped and snapped a couple of pictures on such a mild autumn day, with the sea as smooth as a babies bum.

Later that Friday night I went out with a couple of old friends and shared a few beers with them.

Saturday morning was sorting out the reception tables, cake etc. As for the wedding itself? All went well, and everybody enjoyed themselves.

The next day after stopping off for another breakfast, followed by a look around a “car boot sale”… Car boot sales are a mainly British form of market in which private individuals come together to sell household and garden goods. The term refers to the selling of items from a car’s boot (U.K.) (or trunk in the U.S.). Although a small proportion of sellers are professional traders selling new goods or seconds, the goods on sale are often used but no longer wanted personal possessions. Car boot sales are a way of focusing a large group of people in one place to recycle still useful but unwanted domestic items that previously would have been thrown away. Car boot sales generally take place within the summer months, however a growing trend of indoor boot sales and all year hard-standing outdoor boot sales are now appearing in some parts of the UK.

The rest of Sunday and Monday I spent with my parents, before heading back to the USA.

I had a good time, enjoyed myself, ate and drank well, had many laughs, met most of my family, even sold six “Across the Pond” books by me “Storyheart”.

ENGLAND

The music is “ENGLAND” by Ralph McTell, perhaps more well known for his song “Streets of London” it is to me though a song that means so much. The pictures are of England, my own location and some sites that others would know.



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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