Archive for April, 2009

Puss in Books, library cat and a blog chat with Diane Tegarden

Today’s fun BBC link, will appeal to all writers…

Puss in Books, library cat…



Tonight’s radio show was a “BOOK AND A CHAT with Diane Tegarden”… it was very interesting as well as great fun.

Listen to the program and hear all about her writing from A self help divorce book to her latest Science Fiction novel, and how walking over fire help her life.

You can check this interesting show three ways:

You can download the information from


Or it’s available at my blog spot


or where tonight’s show was at



Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond

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Wednesday’s Radio Show Guest is Diane Tegarden

“A BOOK AND A CHAT with Diane Tegarden” – Wednesday 6:30pm (est):

Diane Tegarden has written books the range from Divorce Self Help through poetry to her latest offering “Anti-Vigilante and The Rips in Time”, a bang up sci-fi adventure novel set in the far, far future>

Tune in to “A BOOK AND A CHAT” on Wednesday Evening to hear about this multi-talented lady and how a five hour seminar which included walking on fire changed her life.

“Book and Chat” Saturday May 2nd 11:00am (est)guest will be Lanaia Lee

Today’s BBC Weird News Snippet.

Bullet bounces off US woman’s bra


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond

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Anybody who has listened to my radio/tv broadcasts or read some of my previous blogs will know that I am a great fan of what I call the “small bloggers”, that is small is followers not in stature or content.

These diligent readers are the ones who know, purchase and review teen/ya books. Like me, many authors I have interviewed on my blog radio program “A Book and a Chat” have nothing but praise for this great and ever increasing group of people. Their news and views might be followed by a few as a ten people while other sites the readers are into the hundreds. No matter how large a following they have the information they share day after day can do nothing but encourage young and young at heart readers to pick up a book and read.

Now one site is holding a “PEOPLE’S CHOICE YA BOOK BLOG AWARDS”.

“Hey, Teenager of the Year” web site has almost 80 entries, in true Hollywood tradition, broken down into various sections.

Best Reviewer Award:
Best Newcomer Award
Best Interviewer Award
Golden Blog Award

Such events can only be good for both bloggers and writers, spreading the word about what this great bunch of literary blog writers produce.

Check out the nominees and vote on this fun event at:


Across the Pond Latest Review:

I received this today, and once again am just grateful for the people who take time to review my book.

Across the Pond is a sweet tale of young love and discovery. I honestly could not put this down! I opened the book and was drawn into this story like never before! The book is intended for young adult readers but I was amazed to find myself completely devouring this novel in less than a day! Amazing book and talented writer! Please please do yourself a favor and read this and pass it along to your friends!

Today’s BBC Weird News Snippet.

A runway bull causes havoc in an Irish Supermarket



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Storyheart’s Sunday UK Blog – Who was St George?

During the week I have been blogging about St George’s day (April 23rd) back home across the pond. But who was St George?

The image of Saint George, renowned for his defense of all in need, is among the most well-recognized of Christian martyrdom figures. Primarily famous for being the Patron Saint of England (replacing the former patron, Edward the Confessor), George is also known as “Victory Bringer” and “The Quick to Hear.” Of the man himself, very little can be considered a certainty, save that he lived during the Fourth Century and was executed by decapitation in Lydda, Palestine. He was most probably born in Cappadocia of noble, Christian parents and, upon the death of his father, accompanied his mother to Palestine, her country of origin, where she owned land and where George may have been expected to oversee the estate but instead, chose the life of a military man.

The earliest mention of St George is in 322 A.D when Eusebius of Caesarea mentions a
“noble-born soldier of high rank the Roman army, being thrown into prison for vehemently disagreeing with Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians and, despite being tortured, refused to recant his beliefs. The following day, April 23, 303, he was dragged through the streets of Nicomedia and beheaded. The Emperor’s wife, Alexandria, was so impressed at the soldier’s courage, that she converted immediately to the Christian faith and was also put to death.”

He was adopted as the Patron Saint of soldiers after he was said to have appeared to the crusading armies during the Battle of Antioch in 1098. Many such similar stories were transmitted to the West by Crusaders who heard them from Byzantine troops. The tales were circulated even further by the troubadours. When Richard I (also known as “The Lionheart”) was campaigning in Palestine during 1191 and 1192, he put his army under the direct protection of Saint George.

In addition to being the Patron Saint of England, George is the Patron Saint of Aragon, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece. He is the Patron Saint of Catalonia, where legend has it that, after killing the dragon, he gave the princess a red rose and, as a result, on April 23 (especially in the City of Barcelona), it is traditional for men to give their sweethearts or wives a red rose and the lady in question reciprocates the gesture with the gift of a book. He is also the Patron Saint of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (where he is second only to Saint Mark), as well as being the Patron Saint of the State of Georgia. He is the patron of soldiers, cavalry and chivalry; of farmers and field workers; of Boy Scouts and of butchers; of horses, riders and saddlers; and of sufferers from leprosy, plague and syphilis.

He is particularly the Patron Saint of archers, which gives a special meaning to these famous lines from William Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” Act 3, Scene 1:

I see you Stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the Start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit; and, upon this charge
Cry “God for Harry, England and St. George!”

This is even more interesting as William Shakespeare’s was born and died on St George’s Day.

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond



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A BOOK AND A CHAT with J.W.Nickluas Short Story writer and wordsmith par excelance Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:00am (EST) http://ping.fm/y4UfQ

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Why Do You Write? and Happy St George’s Day

Today is St Georges day. St George is not only the Patron Saint England but also of Aragon, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece as well as being the patron Saint of Scouting. I will write all about this him in detail in my Sunday UK blog, see keep your eyes open.

Yesterday a very interesting article was written on about why people write.

All writers perhaps dream that they will be the next J.K. Rolling or be discovered by one of Oprah’s book agents. But the honest truth is that is for 99% of authors that just does not happen. So why write? On the hope that 1% and make your fame of fortune? Read the article and the comments and find out.

Today’s BBC Weird News Snippet.

Are Champagne Corks on the way out?



Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond

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Saturdays Podcast with award winning author Jo Ann Hernandez
We had a little echo and not a brilliant line to start with… but Jo Ann and I had a great interview, several people have contacted me saying how much they enjoyed the show.

Multi Award winning writer, blogger, and so much more Jo Ann Hernandez is one fascinating lady!

You can listen to it at



or can download the mp3 file from


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