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Archive for February, 2010

Over the last year and 120 shows I’ve had guests both authors and bloggers discussing all kinds of subjects and genres. Sometimes from the information you glean about the guest that day you just know that the show will be fun, not that they all aren’t its just sometimes you get that feeling that a large amount of laughter will fill the show. Today was one of those shows.

My special guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” was writer, actress, lifeguard, ballroom dance instructor and much more, Kristin Walker author of “A Match Made in High School”.

Making her creative way through short stories and picture books, this is Kristin’s first published book (launched February 4th 2010), and one that has been much looked forward to my the YA readers.

“A Match Made in High School” is a story full of sweetness tempered with sarcasm, the book is the perfect teen romance. Laugh-out-loud funny, unpredictable, and fresh, one you won’t want to miss.

The show as expected proved a great chat filled with knowledge, cometary and laughter. We learned much about Kristin and her book, even to what to do with a dirty sock. How she was obsessed with the “Little House on the Prairie”, or being part of Edwardian England in the vain of Mary Poppins, or “Up Stairs Down Stairs”. How as a Tenner and a former Deb has been one of the most rewarding things by far, providing her the opportunity to become friends with so many incredibly talented authors.

The show as expected was a entertaining forty-five minutes, so why not tune in now or download the file to listen to another time, to “A Book and a Chat with Kristin Walker

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Kristin Walker

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Kristin Walker

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Kristin Walker – A Match Made in High School

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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If like myself you like the type of adventure novels written by Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy then my guest on tonight,s show has a book for you. Frank F. Fiore is a best selling author of over 50,000 copies of his non-fiction books. Now Frank has turned his talents to action-adventure novel “CyberKill“.

Frank shared with us during the show that the actual writing and editing of the book has taken around ten years as Frank has honed his writing skill to produce this “must read” finished article.

Indeed as Frank explained, some of the items which might have been a bit hard to believe as possible ten years ago, are now actually available and used in warfare and espionage.

Frank explained his writing process and how his transition from non-fiction writer to fiction author has taken place. How from the book being a POD (print on demand) book, has now been picked up by TrapDoor Books, where not only are they using modern networking skills, but also have the book out as free-to-play Flash Game where it has just hit 50,000 players, with an 18% click through rate. (http://www.flashpromo.com/games/cyberkill)

Frank went on to let us know the three book series he is currently working on “The Chronicle’s of Jeremy Nash” as well as the the book he stills wants to produce.

The show proved to be both interesting and entertaining, so why not tune in now or download the file to listen to another time, to “A Book and a Chat with Frank F Fiore

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Frank F. Fiore

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Frank F Fiore

To find out more information about Frank Fiore and his new book CyberKill:
Frank F Fiore -CyberKill

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Without planning this weeks guests have been people who in one way or another by their writing are providing helpful information and reading for young readers, today’s guest Sedrick Muhammad follows this same path.

Sedrick Muhammad in a co-founder and Co of Models for Success, LLC, whose mission s to assist youth and young adults in discovering, developing, and maximizing their potential. This includes helping them to acquire the necessary skills, such as communication, goal-setting and entrepreneurship, which will enable them to thrive as young professionals.

As we discovered during the show one of the items that Sedric has now provided to aid the learning and education of children is a set of books “The Young Professional“.

This is a set of ten books which provides career exploration for 3rd and 4th grade students and up. They are written in a format that children will find themselves drawn to the characters indeed they can perhaps see themselves in the roles and the careers that are shown in the books.

Sedrick explained during the show that this, one of the most popular searched for books on Amazon, not only explains about careers, but also covers character education as well as academic support.

The show proved to be both interesting and entertaining, as well as of course educational.

This set of books I am sure will soon find there way into many junior school library’s, so why not tune in now or download the file to listen to another time, to “A Book and a Chat with Sedrick Muhammad

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Sedrick Muhammad – The Young Professional

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Sedrick Muhammad

To find out more information about The Young Professional visit the web site at:
The Young Professional

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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My guest on today’s special one hour “A Book and a Chat” was author “Jennifer R. Hubbard” whose long awaited debut novel “The Secret Year” came out in January.

There has been much expectation amongst the YA community regarding “The Secret Year” and it has not disappointed, with great reviews wherever you look.

While the book is only 192 words in length each word is carefully picked each one aiding to what is a fantastic journey though your emotions. From the numbness that came over Colt, then the spark he felt when Kirby came along, to the pain with the realization that he may never fully get over Julia’s death. It’s a book that will put Jennifer up among the must reads of YA literature.

During the show Jennifer discussed with us how she developed as a author from writing and illustrating her own picture books at a very early age (I’d love there to be a few of those around), through successful short stories to this, her first, and by no means her last novel.

Sharing with us many of the stages through the creation of “The Secret Year” we were able to get an interesting inside to Jennifer Hubbard, the author.

Some enlightening questions posed by the listeners in the chat room, helped make the show one that all writers and readers and those who just enjoy listening to a good radio show will enjoy.

So why not listen online or down load the mp3 and enjoy A Book and a Chat with “Jennifer R. Hubbard”

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Jennifer R. Hubbard

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Jennifer R. Hubbard

To find out more information about Jennifer R. Hubbard and her work visit his web site at:
All About Jennifer R. Hubbard

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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After twenty years of teaching, Annette Fuson, has shared her knowledge in “Straight Talk for Teenage Girls“. This is a book that provides straight-forward and useful advice, ideas and solutions for dealing with real world situations that all girls need as they mature.

A book has recently been accepted by two companies that are widely used by school libraries, namely Perma Bound and Follett. Annette hopes that Straight Talk will become an essential addition to middle school and high school libraries around the country.

During the show Annette explained how the book is not a “do this… don’t do that’ sort of book, but one where she provides information, allowing the person to make their own choice, from an educated stand point.

Straight Talk For Teenage Girls” touches on a variety of issues that teens are confronted with on a daily basis, such as gaining self-esteem, managing emotions, building friendships, coping with problems and learning how to avoid serious mistakes. As well as touching on controversial of subjects, discussing ways to recognize controlling behavior from a boyfriend or girlfriend and how to handle drug and alcohol abuse, promiscuity and teen pregnancy.

The self-tests, case studies at each chapter and the 50 questions from real girls, make the book not only ideal for teenagers, but also for adults who work with teens use the book for discussions. Already used in many schools and groups, this book is a must for all teenage girls.

So check out today’s show as we find out about Annette Fuson, and her book “Straight Talk for Teenage Girls” in what was a really interesting and entertaining show.

Barry

Direct Link:

A Book and a Chat with Annette Fuson

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Annette Fuson

To find out more information about Annette Fuson and her work visit his web site at:

All About Annette Fuson

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_t631HKKe2Dw/S4APKhtdPFI/AAAAAAAAA_8/V5pzjO7-9N4/s1600-h/akay.jpg”>Kay Marshal Strom is my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”. Normally I’d state what sort of writer etc my guest is for the blog, however with today’s guest where do I start?

Kay is an author of thirty-six published books, ranging from children,s books, to historical, to writer help and on the list goes. You name the genera it seems Kay has written about it.
Add to the mix numerous magazine articles, short stories, curriculum, two prize-winning screenplays, and booklets for writers and you’ll get some idea of the just what a prolific writer and talented person Kay Strom is.

Kay speaks at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country, she even is a guest speaker on cruise ships! This has lead to her traveling to many interesting places which have only gone to fire her imagination and in many cases lead to a fresh outburst of writing.

During the show Kay shared with us about her books, how some came to be as well as her traveling, including her trilogy The Call of Zulina and her latest book, “The Second Half Adventure“.

So check out today’s show as we find out about Kay Strom, and her writing in what was a really interesting and entertaining show.

Barry

Direct Link:

A Book and a Chat with Kay Strom

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

Kay Strom

To find out more information about Kay Strom and his work visit his web site at:

All About Kay Strom

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is author T.P. Jones or Tom as he allowed me to call him, and know not “that” Tom Jones.

Tom knew he was destined to write from an early age, his life long interest in writing was ignited, when in sixth grade, given the assignment of writing a one-page story, he started writing and did not stop eventually turning that one page wrote essay into a thirty seven page story.

Though many of life events have sidetracked Tom along the way, he has, with his trilogy “The Loss of Certainty” followed that childhood dream into adult reality.

Tom’s detailed investigation for his trilogy lead him to becoming part of the town Dubuque, Iowa. Here with the blessing of the City Officials (as long as he did not use the towns name) Tom was able to not only able to work with local groups ranging from the police to garbage collectors. He also spent time in the local meat packing plant, something that has a major role in “Jackson” the first book of the trilogy. The second book of which “The Gamble” comes out next month with the final book following later this year.

So check out tonight’s show as we find out about T.P Jones, and his “The Loss of Certainty” in what was a really interesting and entertaining show.

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with T.P.Jones

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T.P.Jones

To find out more information about T.P.Jones and his work visit his web site at:

The Loss of Certainty

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Julie Hoffenberg and Sarah Woodward, founders of The Healing Patch Raw Cuisine, are two gals with vastly different backgrounds. Their differences create a perfect balance to help people along their way to a healthier lifestyle. The two ladies were my guests on today’s on “A Book and a Chat” where they shared thoughts and information about a healthier lifestyle by healthier eating.

Julie is a “health nut” full of information about food, nutrition and natural health. Sarah is a survivor of ovarian cancer, whose unique approach to healing, combined with raw foods has turned her life around, she is a living proof that balancing the emotional and physical aspects of life.

During the show we learned how when the cost of perhaps opening a “healthier eating establishment” proved way to costly in this current climate,lead to them pouring all their experience, helpful tips, and healthy eating guides into their book… “The Healing Patch Cookbook“. A book that helps the reader through a gentle transition from cooked to raw food and much more.

We learned about different types of food that are really good for you as well as some of the basic standbys that can help you to a better and more healthy diet as well as life style.

So why not listen to show and learn from Julie and Sarah and “The Healing Patch Cook Book.

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A Book and a Chat with The Healing Patch

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Julie and Sarah

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The Healing Patch Cook Book

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My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is poet, author, therapist, multi-linguist and human rights activist Maria J Andrade.

From Ecuador to New York and California, Maria has seen a whole spectrum of different cultures, religions and races. Through this she has been able to follow her two passions “writing” and “psychology”.

During the show Maria explain about her love of poetry which lead to her first book “Singing My Self Home“, poetry about dreams, spirits and the challenges of life.

Her childrens book “Youngen Finds Her Song” as we discovered during the show has become a very popular books for all ages at schools. The added bonus of an audio version for younger scholars who perhaps can not read, is shared by senior school readers who find so many interesting and education parts of this great story.

Maria’s is currently on a virtual book tour with the “Pump Up Your Book Promotion” group with her book “Heart Magic:Keeping Love Alive and Well

Marai gave us an incite into the book and the way it can help form the foundation of a healthy, loving, relationship.

Even to the eight step approach, how many of these are expressed in your partnership?

Two People – who love and respect themselves and each other
Prioritize – your relationship. Don’t let everything else come before it.
Attention – Listen with kindness and empathy.
Honesty – Be truthful and congruent.
Trust – Resolve problems in fair ways so both partner’s are honored.
Timing – Choose your communication time wisely.
Laughter & Play – Necessary for a good relationship and quality of life.
Dedication & Affection – Express your dream daily to love and be loved.

The show proved to be a very interesting and entertaining thirty minutes, so why not listen now to “A Book and a Chat with Maria J Andrade”

A Book and a Chat with Maria J Andrade

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Maria J Andrade

To find out more about Maria visit his web site at:

Heart Magic

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Throughout history the caricature has been part of the artists armory. My guest today on “A Book and a Chat” is Victor Pross professional caricaturist and illustrator, known for his “extreme caricaturing”, whose book “Icons & Idols” has been recently released.

with over 100,000 faces estimated to have been drawn by Victor, he has an extensive experience in caricature art, comic art, editorials, game boards, character design, CD covers, print advertisements, to name but a few.

During the show Victor shared with us some of the origins of both his art and how he came to create his new book “Icons & Idols

Along the way some of his favorite moments have been creating a caricaturing actor Fred Ward when he appeared in Toronto for some on location shooting. Being commissioned to paint Ron Howard’s caricature portrait as a gift for the famous director. Let alone his own moments as a teacher or appearing in radio and TV.

In his book Victor shares some of the “extreme caricaturing” creations he has created, from Jack Nicholson to Einstein. A sample of these drawings can be found on Victors website, though I would suggest purchasing a copy of his book would really show you the artistic talents of Victor Pross. During the show Victor even offered to add a caricature for the person purchasing a copy of his book.

So why not stop by and listen to today’s very entertaining forty-five minute show “A Book and a Chat with Victor Pross”

A Book and a Chat with Victor Pross

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Victor Pross

To find out more about Victor visit his web site at:

Icons & Idols

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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