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Today’s “A Book and a Chat” was show number 200 and I was proud to have one of the Class of 2K10 the one and only Bonnie Doerr as my guest.

When she realized at the age of 6, she could not be a cowboy, or as we found during the program, a horse, nor was there going to be some prince to drag her off to a cozy home on acres and acres of land, she decided to become a teacher. From the early days of doing homework on a chalkboard in her basement to teaching all grades in seven different states, Bonnie has mixed teaching and reading with her love of nature.

This eventually lead to a children’s book “Kenzie’s Key” which was recommended by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for environmental education and is also included in Milkweed Editions literary guides.
Kenzie’s Key was also the grounding of Bonnie debut YA novel “ISLAND STING”.

Published by “Leap Books” and already on its second printing, this book has become one of the successes of 2010.

During what was a wonderful 200th show Bonnie shared with us many items and details about the book, her love of nature and the area of the Florida Keys as well as some insight into the characters win the novel.

ISLAND STING:

What better way to hook readers into a book, than to have your main character almost drown as she rescues what she takes to be a dog, but later finds out is an endangered Key Deer? The fact that she is rescued by a very cute looking guy just adds to the opening pages of this great book.

Mix with that a mystery, poachers, the desire to clean up the litter environment all set in the beauty of the Florida Keys and you have a book that will appeal to all ages.

From science and art teachers, to green teens, or just those who enjoy a good mystery, this book is one that I’m sure will find it way into libraries and peoples must reads for 2010. Bonnie’s second book “STAKEOUT”, a book about turtles already in the final stages of editing, before being released early next year the name Bonnie Doerr is one to look out for.

For my two hundereth show, Bonnie proved a delightful and entertaining and informative a guest as her book “Island” is to read. So sit back and listen to today’s “A Book and a Chat with Bonnie Doerr

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Bonnie Doerr”

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You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Bonnie Doerr – Island Sting”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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From Babe, Watership Down and Animal Farm to Aristacats, Lady and the Tramp and Charlottes Webb animals have been popular in both books and films. My guest today has produced a book and created a character that I’m sure will join that group of much loved literary heroes.

Author Jacque Heebner is a Los Angeles socialite, designer, animal rights activist and former Daily News journalist who has taken her love of cats and I might add dogs, and shaped it into long awaited celebrity-endorsed murder mystery novel… “First Person Cat”.

Set in the surreal world of Beverly Hills power, money and celebrity, the book is written from the point of view of Tiffany, a humanesque diva-feline brought up on caviar, Perrier, mansions and an acute appreciation of diamonds.

Tiffany or “Tiff to her close friends, a regal Tortoise-shell Persian, is a witnesses to the murder of her owner-mother, a Cher-like rock star with two hot daughters, at her home in Beverly Hills. Tiffany seems to smell the murderer’s thoughts and hear human words. By what creative methods can she expose the person who murdered her human mother and reveal this to investigators?”
You’ll need to read the book for that answer…

During the show Jacque not only shared the origins of the book and how it developed into the success it is today, but also many enjoyable stories and anecdotes mixed into what was a really enjoyable and much too short thirty minute show.

Jacque proved a delightful and entertaining a guest as her book “First Person Cat” is to read. So sit back and listen to today’s “A Book and a Chat with Jacque Heebner”

Barry

Direct link to the show
“A Book and a Chat with Jacque Heebner”

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Jacque Heebner”

You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Jacque Heebner – First Person Cat”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

Funny, Weird Or Just Interesting News From Around the World – Laugh I Thought My Trousers Would Never dry

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I was thrilled to have on “A Book and a Chat” today another of the debut authors from the class if 2k10, that wonderful group of YA and Middle Grade authors who have their debut books coming out in 2010.

Rhonda Hayter is today’s guest chatting about her debut middle grade book “The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams

Peanut butter cup ice-cream loving Rhonda, has gone from being an actress to a mother who is writing a series of books about a young witch who keeps encountering historical figures!

It has been a long “trek” to publication for Rhonda as she told us, from her early acting days to finial taking the critique hat of and letting her own creative juices flow. Even then the path to publication has been full of its own potholes.

With her children the age group she was writing for characters and information were never too far away, in what I’m sure will be a book many will love reading. She even shared with us, the fact the book has now been picked up at Scholastic, which will mean it will be available in many a school library I am sure.

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams:

Abbie is a regular eleven-year old girl with normal problems, like a really strict fifth-grade teacher. (Meet Miss Linegar. Rhymes with vinegar.) She’s chronically behind in homework, struggling to remember all her lines in the drama club play, and tormented by having to keep a big secret from her very best friend. And on top of all these problems, she’s also a witch and has to deal with outsized crises, like her little brother morphing into a werewolf and trying to eat his first-grade teacher. Not to mention helping a young genius, magically transported to the 21st Century, find a way to return to his own time.

In a show where all kinds of subjects were, we were also joined by Bonnie Doerr who will be my guest on next Saturdays “200” show.

Rhonda proved a delightful and entertaining a guest as her book “The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams” is to read. So sit back and listen to today’s “A Book and a Chat with Rhonda Hayter”

Barry

Direct link to the show
“A Book and a Chat with Rhonda Hayter”

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Rhonda Hayter”

You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Rhonda Hayter – The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

Funny, Weird Or Just Interesting News From Around the World – Laugh I Thought My Trousers Would Never dry

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