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My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is award winning author Mike Faricy .  His novels are an addictive
combination of mystery and suspense woven together with a rich strain of
humor and a bit of romance.

Always into books from an early age Mike entertaining and engrossing tales are filled with the sort of quirky, oddball characters many would like to know more about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. Many of the characters serve, not so much as examples of real people, but more as warnings to the rest of us of the darker side of humanity. Readers will not find characters who are saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies, or coups to topple the government. Rather, they are part of our world, living just below the surface of polite society. The difficulties the characters find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then, bad decisions make for interesting tales.

From Mike’s first book “Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick” his crime novel which now number 14 include seven in the marvelous series which introduces us to the bizarrely devilish Devlin Haskell as a PI with a foot on both sides of the law. From the first book in the series “Russian Roulette” through others such as “Mr. Softee “ and “Bite Me” to his latest release the “Ting-a-ling”.

About “Ting-A-Ling”

Continuing the Dev Haskell – Private Investigator Series with Case 7

After answering Danielle’s middle of the night phone call, private investigator Dev Haskell offers to help. It’s a simple task. All he has to do is deliver a message to her former business partner. The next thing he knows, Dev is involved in a missing person case and he can’t find his client or her business partner. That turns out to be the least of his problems when he finds himself on the hook for murder and all the evidence points toward him.

Meanwhile, an incident from his childhood continues to haunt Dev. With his very freedom hanging in the balance everything seems to be beyond his control. He’ll need all his skill and a good deal of luck to save himself. In a tale fraught with danger, Mike Faricy, Master of the Bizarre lays one twist on top of another until a murder rap becomes the least of Dev’s problems.

So listen now and share an interesting and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Mike Faricy

Barry

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Following the recent list of thriller, mystery writers who have appeared on “A Book and a Chat” comes today’s guest Veronica Faye.

An avid fan of Agatha Christie’s British tea-cozy mysteries and the hard-boiled novels about detective Easy Rawlins by Walter Mosley since she was a teenager, Veronica recently published “My Past Came Knocking: The Savannah Wooten Case” the first in the Gemini Jones series which I’m sure will become a must set of novels for those who love mystery thrillers.

Veronica started writing the book in 2006 when she was going through her own trials and tribulations undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

About Gemini Jones – My Past Came Knocking: The Savannah Wooten Case: (taken from PRNews)

Veronica Faye pens a murder mystery that follows two women who find the strength to overcome their painful past. The novel’s lead character, Gemini Jones, is a successful African-American attorney who manages a high-profile career while keeping her bipolar disorder in check. Her newest case revolves around the murder of David Ban, a politician widely beloved in the city’s black community.


The client who brings the case to her is a woman she knows all too well: Savannah Wooten. Both women share a painful past together; Gemini and Savannah were able to overcome their traumatizing ordeals to arrive as successful, accomplished women. Yet the murder of Ban, the politician, will force them to relive the past and deal with secrets they long considered lost to time. To proceed with the legal case, both women will have to reveal painful secrets and uncover the real David Ban that the public never knew.


Full of sharp-witted humor and heart-breaking tragedy, “Gemini Jones” is an engrossing read. In the personality of power lawyer Gemini, author Faye has crafted a character that will be a role model for African-American women and an inspiration to anyone who has ever had to manage bipolar disorder while holding down a professional career. A story of pain, tragedy, endurance and success, the novel sends a powerful message of hope as told through the compelling story of two strong black women.

“Gemini Jones: ‘My Past Came Knocking’ – The Savannah Wooten Case” is a mystery that will lure readers with its message of overcoming adversity, its witty, tough characters and a plot that will get readers quickly turning pages.

With the second in the series already underway, Veronica explained that she wants wants Gemini to be a role model for African-American women as well as an inspiration to those who manage bipolar disorder while holding down a professional career.

So listen now and share an interesting and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Veronica Faye

Barry

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When it comes down to it some of my favorite reading is with authors like Steve Berry, adventure type books, with a bit of history perhaps thrown in, something to get your teeth into so to speak. My guest today is another such author screen writer and New York Times bestselling novelist Raymond Khoury.

Raymond went from a career as an architect to becoming one of the most popular historical action adventure authors as well as a screen play writer of note.

As we learned from the show, Raymond’s trip through the literary jungle was not without mishap… He actually thought he’d made it big as a screen play writer before his success as a novelist when his adaptation of Melvin Bragg’s novel The Maid of Buttermere was picked up by none other than Robert De Niro who announced in the Variety that he would be producing the movie and playing the lead role. Unfortunately nothing more came of that screen play however it did lead to the production “The Last Templar” originally written as a screen play, Raymond was persuaded to adapt it into a novel.

The rest as they say is history. It soon became a New York Times Bestseller, spending 11 weeks on the hardcover fiction list, and a Number 1 bestseller overseas. It has been translated into thirty-eight languages and published in over forty countries. It was also the book where we first met FBI agent Sean Reilly.

This success was soon followed by “The Sanctuary” and “The Sign” before Sean Reilly re-appeared in “The Templar Salvation, a sequel to The Last Templar and “The Devil’s Elixir”.  Now Sean Reilly returns in what will surely another smash hit novel “Rasputin’s Shadow”.

About Rasputin’s Shadow”: (taken from authors web site)

On a cold, bleak day in 1916, a mining pit in Siberia turns into a bloodbath when its miners attack each other, savagely and ferociously. Minutes later, two men – a horrified scientist and Grigory Rasputin, trusted confidant of the tsar – hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage.


In the present day, FBI agent Sean Reilly is tasked with a new, disturbing case. A Russian embassy attaché seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window in Queens. The apartment’s owners, a retired high school teacher and his wife, have gone missing, while a faceless killer is roaming New York City, leaving a trail of death in his wake.


Joined by Russian FSB agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva, Reilly’s investigation into the old man’s identity will uncover a deadly search for a mysterious device whose origins reach back in time to the darkest days of the Cold War and to Imperial Russia and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world.

As the Library Journal described the book…

“History, mystery, suspense, and action—Khoury knows the recipe for a good read.” —Library Journal.

With further books already in the pipeline the name Raymond Khoury will continue to be must read and be found on book shelves everywhere.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Raymond Khoury

Barry

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It is a big welcome back to the show  for screenwriter, journalist, novelist and film director Heywood Gould. Haywood’s screenplays read like a who’s who of  film masterpieces including “Boys from Brazil”, “Fort Apache, The Bronx“, “Cocktail“, “Double Bang” and “Rolling Thunder”. He has also directed films such as One Good Cop, Trial by Jury, Mistrial and Double Bang.

When last on the show we chatted about his novelsLeading Lady,” which was a finalist for the 2008 Dashiell Hammett and Foreword Magazine awards for literary excellence in crime writing and a bronze medal winner for the Independent Book Publisher’s Award, and his then latest novel “The Serial Killer’s Daughter.

 Now Heywood is back with a new character, and new book and the promise of a new series.


“Green Light for Murder” is described as a thriller in which we are introduced to Detective Tommy Veasy, and is the first in a planned series.  It is however that and so much more a “witty thriller is filled with his inside knowledge of the backstabbing, cutthroat, libidinous one-upmanship of the film industry“.

As one reviewer described It… “It’s the most deliciously biting and wickedly inspired Hollywood satire to come around the pike since Budd Schulberg.


About Green Light for Murder: (taken from “The Big Thrill” blog)


Having been suspended for beating up a suspect in a 10-year-old girl’s murder, Veasy is back on the force, much to the displeasure of police chief George Jonas. In between solving cases, Veasy ad-libs bad poetry and smokes weed. Meanwhile, washed-up director Jay Braffner (aka the Madman) is devising inventive ways of murdering various producers who have stolen his ideas and derailed his career, and he’s also directing an imaginary, and admiring, film crew while he does it.

As stated “Green Light for Murder” is the first in the Detective Tommy Veasy Mystery series, with book two all ready underway and several more being planned I can see Veasy becoming a series many will enjoy and “Green Light for Murder” another hit for today’s guest “Heywood Gould”.

So listen to an interesting and hugely entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing “A Book and a Chat with Heywood Gould “

Barry

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My guest on tonight’s “A Book and a Chat” was meant to be on a previous show, however owing to traffic issues on the way home from work, I had to cancel the show at the last minute. Thankfully I managed to find another slot and I am pleased to say Claire Glowen was able to be the guest on today’s show.

Claire is one of the three authors of “Death and Rising Through Human Flesh” a Christian Thriller/mystery.

Started by Walt March and the completed by Antony Sturdee and Clair the book was eight years in the making, but the end results have been well worth the wait.

In many ways this book reminds by of John Bunyan’s “A Pilgrims Progress” being  a mystic writing send their hero on a difficult mission: investigate the cruel double slayings and correct the mistakes made during his last years.

The book takes the reader along the mystery and thriller-esque path with frequent stops at the 173 poems (a couple of which Claire read on the program) that fill the pages along with pictures that tie the book and the feelings of the characters into a thought provoking novel.

Like “The Pilgrims Progress” the book is a good against evil that takes the reader deep within themselves and encourages them to look at their own life and how you should live it.

One paragraph that I read in a review stands out to me…

“Don’t believe everything you hear – even if it comes from you personally. All the barriers and hurdles we face in our lives live inside of us. Break them down Your soul – your inner powers – are ageless. While alive you can always improve. Don’t wait for better times; the best time is NOW”

About “Death and Rising Through Human Flesh”: (taken from Amazon)

The authors of this mystic writing send their hero on a difficult mission: investigate the cruel double slayings and correct the mistakes made during his last years.


He shares his past, present, and future views of the world as he experiences the criminal investigation. Some may find the hero’s perspective cruel, but the truth can’t always be sweet.


For harmonization, the narration is supplemented with 173 poems and fourteen professional illustrations, which enhance the readers’ sensations.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Claire Glowen

Barry

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Stephen John Beccia when previously on “A Book and a Chat” shared with us about his book “The Treelanders – Journey to the Giants” which was an award winner of iUniverse’s Publishers Choice, and Editor’s Choice. A musician for most his life, he started writing stories when he was ten, the first one being his version of Dr. Jekyll.

Stephen as well as his children’s books also produces adult short stories, his list of novels and stories include Winter Chill, Seed of the Werewolf, White Room, Flying with Frank and Warning Sign.

Since last appearing on the show Stephen has produced a kindle version of “The Treelanders – Journey to the Giants”, and now a new novel entitled “The Hawk Squad”.

About “The Hawk Squad”: (taken from authors web site)

During
the summer of 1977 while playing a friendly game of baseball, Dustin
Baker gets himself into quite a pickle—a quandary involving his misfit
friends, a brilliant hawk, and a distress note written by a girl they
have never met. Throw some bad guys and bullies into the mix, and that’s
one big fat pickle! 

 

 

 

The
Willabee kidnapping is the biggest crime Dustin’s town has ever
experienced, and he stands in the heart of the beast. Unknowingly,
Dustin and the Hawk Squad are about to play the greatest game of
baseball ever played, both on and off the field. 

 

 



The
Hawk Squad is a fast paced story about a coming of age adolescent geek
who finds the inner strength to triumph over one of life’s biggest
challenges: being bullied. Unified with his group of misfit friends,
Dustin Baker realizes he is not alone in his struggle against criminals
at large. Despite taking his share of punches, jeers, and humility, a
hero emerges to confront the biggest battle of his life.

As we heard through the program Stephen already has another four of the “Treelander” series on the way, with book two due out hopefully later this year.

So sit back and listen to today’s interesting and entertaining show as I host “A Book and a Chat with Stephen Beccia“.

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Barry

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Dan Mauruer is my  guest on today’s show in a way went from the dark side to the bright side some might say as he went from in the publishing trade to being one of those using the publishing trade.

Dan spent seven years working in trade book publishing, including stints in the editorial departments of both Doubleday and Houghton Mifflin. While supporting Doubleday’s Editorial Director and Houghton Mifflin’s Editor-in-Chief, Dan helped shepherd many notable book projects through the production process; among them John Grisham’s The Firm, Richard Price’s Clockers, and Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger’s Lost Moon, which became the film Apollo 13.

From that start he transitioned to a career in digital marketing, creating marketing strategies for brands as varied as Curious George, Peterson Field Guides, and The Polar Express.

Now full circle Dan has written a book of his own in the form of his thriller/suspense/horror novella, “Snow Day”.

About “Snow Day”: (taken from I’m Shelf-ish blog)

It happens each winter, and has for over 35 years. Every time the snow starts to fall late in the evening before a school day, the dreams begin again for Billy Stone. They are always the same – there’s a dark tunnel, and there’s blood, lots of blood, and someone is screaming. In this chilling childhood tale, Billy, recounts the events of one unforgettable day in 1975. On that day, he and his friends played carefree in the snow, until an adventure gone awry left him far from home, staring death in the face, and running from a killer bent on keeping a horrible secret.


Set in a time before Amber Alerts, when horror stories were told around camp fires instead of on the nightly news, Snow Day is a blend of nostalgia and nightmare that makes us question if the good old days were really as good as we remember. From a new voice in dark fiction comes a thriller about an idyllic childhood turned horrifying; a cautionary tale about how losing sight of the difference between feeling safe and being safe can lead to deadly consequences.

As one reviewer put it…

“So convincingly real, it leaves you reeling… [Snow Day is] very well written, chillingly horrific and believably supernatural. This one makes a great diversion with which to indulge yourself.”

As we learned from the show Dan is already well underway with a follow up novel ”How Does Your Garden Grow” so I’m sure the name Dan Maurer will be one to follow.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Dan Maurer

Barry

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