Archive for June, 2009

On tonight’s “Book and a Chat” my very special guest “Ally” YA blogger extraordinaire

Listen and enjoy thirty minutes of entertaining chat as Storyheart and Alley discuss about her blog “Sarcastic Humour and Chewed Pen Caps” (yes the English way of spelling humor), YA writing, authors, having 15 seconds of fame, strange pets and anything else we got round to discussing.


It is a really enjoyable and interview that I’m sure will be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Ally’s Blog Sites are:




Any Authors who would like to contact her for book reviews etc can do so at


You can listen to the show at.



One of the things that came up was my family’s new pet (arrives Sunday)
A lot of Americans do not understand what a hedgehog is, though many might have seen one if they have read Beatrix Potter. As there they would meet Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. In fact there is even famous hedgehog hospital names that in England.

Any way as promised, here is our (still to be named)new pet

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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As anybody who has read me reviews interviews or heard my comments on either my own radio program or where I have been a guest, you will know I am a great believer in what I call the “Small Blogger”. These are the people who read, write and live books are “The ‘sham wow’ of Teen/YA literature”.

Name: Atiqah / Tiqa Khairi,

NAME OF BLOG: Good Girls Read Books,

Location of blog goodgirlsreadbooks.blogspot.com

How long have you been blogging?

I have my personal blog which has been going on for a year and my book review blog which I just started this year.

What books do you read?

I read mostly Young Adult Fiction but I like to broaden myself to other genres too.

What is your favorite book and author of 2009?

Ooh. This is a tough one. If I had to choose, I’d say Courtney Summers. She’s really brave in what she writes especially considering she’s a debut author.

What is your favorite author/book of all time?

Gail Carson Levine. She is most probably the only fantasy author that I love. Seriously. I’m not keen on fantasies but her works are amazing. Ella Enchanted is an all-time fav.

How many books do you have in your library?

I hate this question! I feel like such a loser because I don’t have that much books. Erh, around 40-50 books, I guess? I know right! So little.

How many books do you read a week?

Well, that depends. I don’t usually get to read a book a day (although I’d love to do that) so its most probably 3 books a week? Considering I do have a book that week.

Not counting yours, what is your favorite blog to follow?

I follow too many blogs its hard to list out but the one that stands out are most likely Em’s Bookshelf(www.emsbookshelf.blogspot.com) She’s the first blog that I really follow. The Story Siren(www.thestorysiren.com) is one hell-of-a blog and I loveee Addicted To Books (www.addictedtobooks1993.blogspot.com) Amy *thats the writer of the blog* writes great reviews, I’m always up for her opinion.

When is your favorite time/location to read?

I don’t have specific time/ location. It’s not like I love to read when it rains and refuses to read if its sunny or something like that. But when I read, I’d prefer peace and quiet.

If you could be a character in any book who would that be and why?

This is good! But so hard. Erm, gosh. I don’t know because every character has some sort of dilemma and I can’t see myself in the dilemmas they’re in so I really have no idea.

Have you ever thought about or actually written a book yourself?

It has crossed my mind. I even had a lame attempt on it (and just in case you ask : No you can’t read it. Its completely mortifying! ) but my mind is pretty much set on just reviewing. Words just don’t love me as much as I love them! Cruel creatures!!

“Know that feeling”

If you had a chance to advertise your blog in any way you could, what would you chose and why?

Ooh. Maybe a billboard at New York City. Now wouldn’t that be awesome!

If you had a chance to interview any one author who would that be and why?

I’m happy to interview any author I can. Really. Hit me up with ’em.

What is one thing about you that readers might not know?

Mmmm, I am very clueless when it comes to fashion. If you ever see me look good or mildly decent, its thanks to an hour of nagging from either my sister or my father (they don’t like me to embarrass them in public)

If people are interested in being a guest on your blog or sending a book to you and your blog what is the best way to contact you?

Finally! An easy question. Only I don’t think you have to think for this one since its just asking for your contact info. Anyway, you can directly email me to : the_rulez@hotmail.com (before u ask what’s with the e-mail let me just say I was 11 and I had no idea what I’m doing)

I guess that wraps it up. Thanks Barry. I’m excited!!

Thank you so much for being a guest on my blog Tiqa, I hope you get lots of follow up and authros asking you for interviews and reviews.


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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So what to write about this week? The weather… well anybody who has seen any of Wimbledon Tennis this week will see the UK is having the sun that the east coast of the USA isn’t getting.
Or perhaps about Sport?
Running Marathons (as in the picture). The fact that in the USA Soccer finally hit the head of the sports pages as the US Team not only beat Italy but then went on to beat the current world champions Spain to reach a final game against Brazil. The fact that the British and Irish Lions Rugby tourists lost the second game (of three) against South Africa, in a brutal match that ended up with 5 of the Lions players needing hospital treatment, and that loss to the very last kick of the game.

Instead it has been pointed out to me that I have been a little lax in blogging about more of the old English Phrases and origins of them. So that will be today’s blog.


After sailors had crossed the Atlantic to the West Indies, they would take the native women on board the ship and have their way with them in between the cannons. Some of the women the sailors left behind would have boys, who were called sons between the guns.


After the Patten shoe which the young women wore in the buttery. When the cream spilled on their shoes, the fat would tend to make the leather shiny.


Ale was served at local taverns out of a “tankard” … you were charged by the angle of your elbow … half-way up… you drank a pint, all the way up… you drank a quart. Since the Quart cost so much more than the Pint, you were warned to “Mind your Ps & Qs”

It has also be related to a short hand way of saying… “Mind your please and thank you’s”


Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used to blow the whistle to get some service.


Medieval physicians believed that the secretions of a frog could cure a cough if they were coated on the throat of the patient. The frog was placed in the mouth of the sufferer and remained there until the physician decided that the treatment was complete.


An old English law declared that a man could not beat his wife with a stick any larger than the diameter of his thumb.

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond




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Today has really be a “Literary Saturday”

It all started with Kim Smith being my special guest on “A Book and a Chat” talking about her new book “A Will to Love“, amongst many other things

Actually it started before that, when for the first time many weeks we actually had a sunny day on the east coast instead of rain.

Any way as normal my chat with Kim was interesting as well as fun, and you can hear the program at.


During the afternoon I went to Borders and met the guest I had for my Tuesday blog radio spot Nantucket novelist Nancy Thayer.
Nancy is the author of nineteen novels, including Moon Shell Beach, The Hot Flash Series (Hot Flash Holidays, The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again), Custody, Between Husbands and Friends, An Act of Love, Belonging, Three Women at the Water’s Edge, and Everlasting.

You can also hear my chat with Nancy at

Not only was Nancy there but her daughter “Samantha Wilde” as well.

Samantha’s book “THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME” was also released this week. This book is a must being described as a “Laugh Until You Pee Your Pants” books.

I managed to not only have Nancy sign my book, but also to purchase a signed copy of Samantha’s book.

As I said at the beginning, a very literary day.

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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As promised in yesterdays blog, here is the first chapter of my new book, well up to now it is…


Fred sat staring at the newspaper the airhostess had given him, the picture of Chipper Evans holding the baseball.

Above it was the headline.


A friend across the pond, that’s what Chipper, had called him. Now here he was flying back across that same pond.

His mind flipped through the last couple of weeks and how much his life had changed. Faces and events like on one of those old time black and white movies flashed across his memory. The friends he had made, the adventures he’d had, even his fight with Steve Harris. And above all Brit and what she had become to him.

Love at first site, he’d never believed in, perhaps not at first site, but what there had been and grown into something special and the pain he felt when Brit had turned to go, told him it was for real.

The unhappiness and anger that he had felt in having to go to America in the first place had been replaced by an even deeper sadness at leaving the USA.

Trying to drag himself out of his melancholy, Fred pulled out the envelope from his jacket pocket. A check for a thousand dollars and two return first class tickets. Phil and Julie had also promised that Brit would be coming over to England for Christmas.

His thoughts were interrupted by a message over the planes intercom.

“Will Fred Squire please make himself known to a member of the cabin crew.”

Fred Squire? That’s me! Now what?

He looked round, but the only members of the cabin crew he could see were busy elsewhere.

Make himself known; did that mean he had to go somewhere, stand up or what?

A “ping pong” sound from further down the cabin brought realization and he hurriedly looked the “call attendant” button in his arm rest.

To his surprise it was Mandy the attendant who had looked after him when he’d arrived in the US that made her way towards him.

“Errr, there was an announcement” he said “I’m Fred Squire”

“Yes” Mandy said, “I thought I recognized the name, Fred not Frederick isn’t it.”

Fred was surprised she remembered him.

“Well young man”, Mandy continued. “It seems you are a bit of a celebrity. We’ve had a radio message from New York. Central control, have told us that you are to be upgraded to the first class cabin.”

She handed the openmouthed Fred a piece of paper, slowly he read the typed words.

“Please upgrade passenger Fred Squire to first class. And tell him it is from the New York Mets, even though we lost, as a thank you to a true sportsman.”

First Chipper and now the team his five hundredth run had helped beat.

“Is this all a dream?” he asked Mandy.

“No dream hero. You’re now a first class passenger. Do you have any hand luggage?”

Fred pointed out his bag in the overhead compartment. He then slowly followed Mandy and his luggage towards the front of the plane, feeling like everybody every passenger was staring at him.

There were only a couple of people in the first class area and both of those were deeply engrossed in tapping away on their laptops. It was another world in first class the seats looked like armchairs. One of which Mandy escorted him to.

Sensing Fred’s confusion Mandy explained how the seat could be altered until it was almost a bed.

As the announced to get ready for take off came over the intercom, and the plane started to taxi towards the runway. Fred Squire his emotions in total turmoil, did up his seat belt prepared to leave America.

In a car heading back North towards Connecticut, A very pale and quiet Brit sat in the back of the car. Her eyes pricked with tears and her lip was red as she bit it trying to control her feelings.

I am not going to cry! I am not going to give in! I will toughen up and never be that weepy teenager again.

Julie looked around at her daughter as if sensing the turmoil she was going through. She was just about to say something when she felt Phil hand on hers. She looked at her husband, seeing concern on his face, matching that on hers. Phil gave a slight shake of his head and mouthed the word “no” before squeezing his wives hand.

Time, it would take time.

She looked out the car window, noticing a plane slowly climbing into the darkening skies.

For all of them!

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Across the Pond and Back Again” is the title of my next book.

I have booked a few days vacation, the principle idea being to try and do some writing done on this new book. Of course with Terror 1 and Terror 2 at home plus every other kids from near by seemingly living in our house, doing any form of creative writing in my house is almost impossible.

All parents know only too well, the “don’t do that” and “he/she took my ball”, “can I go” etc that punctuates the air about every five minutes.

I was planning to get away, like one hears about in writers groups, some for of reclose like log cabin, though perhaps a Hemingway bar like location would be better. I was thinking… perhaps to the somewhere by the sea like Mystic. However, with my eldest son now getting married back home in England this October wedding costs and plane tickets have put a complete kibosh on any thoughts of that.

So it’s spending time writing in the library, nice and cool/dry the only issue I have is while there are nice comfy chairs and computer access tables, to use my own lap top at a table, where I can with a little cable stretching reach a power supply I sit on solid wood chairs.

(I guess they don’t want people to sit there for long) Unfortunately this is not the most comfortable thing when still recovering from back surgery.

Still I have created four chapters yesterday before having to retire to the bar for a recovery beer.

I will share chapter one with you all in tomorrows blog…


Guest for the next few weeks on my Radio Show are:

June 27th Kim Smith
June 30th Alley – Humor and Pencaps (blogger)


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“Across the Pond” my YA book had a fresh Press Release today as it moved from POD to being printed and available in Ingrams and thus book stores. As part of this a couple of companies have been sending out fresh news about my press release. The result of this is a huge influx in my mail of reviewers and bloggers asking for copies of the book to review. I know it all costs, but to me as I have stated many times a review from these bloggers. The folk you know by now I call the “SHAM WOW” of YA literature (they soak up everything) means a lot to me.

At the same time I am trying to sort out my book requirements, new book marks and cards etc for my appearance at “Sub-Fest – Groton” at the Submarine Base, New London, CT. Where I my book will be over the four days and I will be appearing, in person on JULY 4th. After all as I said when I had a choice of days, what have I got to celebrate on July 4th, it was the one battle we lost *grin*. Interesting I had to contact NCIS to be included it being a navel base, but no it wasn’t Gibbs or any of his team.


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Hummingbirds ‘faster than jets’

Zambia leader hit by ‘press leak’ (Monkey pee’s on President)

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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