Archive for July, 2009

So what have I got to offer you in this weeks “Views, Reviews and Weird, well perhaps not so weird News?

Some fresh reviews at various blogs, a radio appearance or two and history coming back to life


It was interesting to hear this week, that Amazon are charging over $2000 for a video book trailer. Just look around people there are many many many people and companies out there that will create your book video for a tenth of that. Not only that but they will “splat” (tech term lol) your video on other sites such as google, facebook and yahoo as well as Amazon for that price. Again this is just another one of the “big boys” catching unsuspecting authors and charging them up the kazoo.

I have also this week had some lovely feed back from my radio shows, with an ever increasing list of people who want to be on the shows. one thing to remember I WILL ALWAYS FIND A SPACE FOR A SHOW WITH A BLOGGER!!

So any blogger out there contact me and I’ll book you either for a written blog interview of for a radio show.


It has been a great week for reviews of every kinds, these are two new ones on Amazon:

4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Memories, July 28, 2009
By Mick (Wisconsin)

Across the Pond is well written and any teenager would enjoy this book,especially the girls.

Fred comes over to America from England (across the pond) to stay with an American family. The family has a daughter, aged 14 and named “Brit” who takes a fond likeing to him. He really likes her, too. He protects her, listens to her fears and they plain like each other.

I sympathize with Fred once being a teenage boy myself as he has to ‘take care of’ a bully named Steve Harris. He put Brit in a horrendous spot before he got to America. Fred wants his revenge on him. If you are an adult this book will bring back a lot of memories by taking you back to your teen years.

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Love, July 28, 2009
By Cassie Mae (USA
I really enjoyed this book as I like to see the differences of America through the eyes of someone from another country. Across the Pond shows the comparison of words and things with the US and England. I did not know we had so many words that were interestingly different.

Fred comes to stay with the American family who has a daughter his age. The teen romance that ensues is cute and innocent. You hope for them and anyone that tries to get in between them you disagree with.

The baseball game that Fred sees for the first time at the stadium is exciting for him as well as the American family.

This is a great read for a mother and daughter and/or female teenagers to read through the emotions these teens go through. Anyone that has been in young love will relate to this book.


Not weird just something I thought I’d share. A few weeks ago, the eldest man in England died and I blogged about him on my Sunday UK Blog. Remembering WWI etc.

This last Sunday the last British survivor of the World War I trenches, Harry Patch, has died at the age of 111. This just leaves one remaining soldier who fought in WWI
The sole British survivor of the war is former seaman Claude Choules, who is aged 108 and lives in Perth, Australia.

It is hard for many who know only perhaps modern war fair to understand the millions of deaths that happened over several years for a few miles forward and backwards on the trenches. The use of gas, tanks barbwire and machine guns meant the daily going “over the top” was almost suicide.


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

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As I sometimes introduce my blog radio show “A Book and Chat” which by the way is becoming so popular I am now taking bookings for November. I am not really a writer, I always class myself as a Story Teller. However what I love doing is having fun, something I think we all should try and have in our lives.

So today’s blog I’ll give you a heads up (where did that saying come from?) about some up and coming events. Some interviews from this last week and a couple of jokes that I hope will bring a smile to your face.


This week has been good for appearances and interviews

I was firstly one of the guests on ROBIN FALLS KIDS STORY TIME
Reading from my book and answering a couple of questions


I have also been appearing on several pages at Best Seller World




Just a couple of small jokes I’ve heard this week that i hope might bring a smale to your faces.

I was walking around a school on open day and came upon a boy sitting by himself in a classroom. I asked him why he was joining in all the fun with the rest of the school.
“I was caught stealing apples sir”
That’s not fair I though missing everything just for stealing a few apples.
At that moment a teacher came past.
“Jones” he said “tell the gentleman the whole truth, it was not just apples was it?”

“No sir” the boy replied “It was Apples, Dells, Compacts and HP’s”


I was in the pub yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately
needed to pas gas. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my
gas passing with the beat.

After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my
pint and noticed that everybody was staring at me..

Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod.


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/RedRiverWritersLive – August 5th 1pm EST

THE FUNKY WRITERS SHOW – Thursday Aug. 6th at 8:30PM


“THE BIG E” – Mass – In the Connecticut Tent:


Thurs Sept 24, 1-4pm
Thurs Sept 24, 4-7pm –
Fri Sept 25, 10am-1pm,
Fri Sept 25, 1-4pm –
Fri Sept 25, 4-7pm –
Wed Sept 30, 4pm-7pm, –
Thurs Oct 1, 10am-1pm,

Barry Eva (Storyheart)
Author of “Across the Pond”

Book Site:http://across-t-pond.com
Follow my daily blog at: http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com
Follow my Blog Talk Radio Show at :http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond
Amazon Reviews: http://tinyurl.com/o7sokp

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Across the Pond is a YA, teen, romance or what ever you like to call it book for the young and young at heart.

Over the past few weeks I have been lucky enough to have interviews and reviews posted at all sorts of blogs and locations, about myself and my book “Across the Pond”. Many of these I have shared with you on one blog or another. This week is no exception with several blog write-ups as well as some fresh reviews on amazon (those I’ll share tomorrow).

Today though I received notification from a previous guest from my “Book and a Chat” blog radio show… Cherie Burbach. Cherie and I had a really enjoyable show.


So today I received notification that Cherie had posted an interview that I had with her, nice enough. Then I went to her site Working Writers and read her introduction.

I first talked to Barry Eva a few months ago, when I was a guest on his show A Book and a Chat. He made me feel immediately comfortable and as a result, the interview was one of the most fun I’ve ever done. Barry has a natural ability to put someone at ease and talk about the things that people are really interested in.

As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also an accomplished author! His book, Across the Pond, gets rave reviews on Amazon and shows just how much Barry’s fans appreciate him.

I know you’re going to love this interview.

Talk about a build up!!!

Any way here is the link, I hope like Cherie kindly states you will “love this interview


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

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On tonight’s “BOOK AND A CHAT” I had a really fun and enjoyable radio program chatting to Pat McDermott author of the historical/time travel book “A Band of Roses”

A Band of Roses is an alternate history adventure set in modern day Ireland. The “what if” premise of the story supposes that Irish High King Brian Boru survived the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 A.D. and founded a dynasty that rules Ireland to this day.

Check out more about her and her book at:


So listen and enjoy tonight’s fun show at


or on my blog at


So take a small break and share this fun radio program, listen and enjoy.

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”, soaking up everything they can read. Today’s guest is fairly new to blogging, and this interview I hope will encourage her and show others how much bloggers are appreciated by us authors.

Name, (name that you blog under) Mariah

Blog spot name, A Reader’s Adventure

Blog address:http://mariah-readingadventure.blogspot.com/

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for about 2 months

What books do you read?

Mostly YA books but sometimes Middle Grade books as well

What is your favorite book and author of 2009?

So far I would say Eyes like Stars by Lisa Mantchev probably because I just read it and I loved it.

What is your favorite author/book of all time?

Beauty by Robin Mckinley

How many books do you have in your library?

About 200 (I use the library and buy the ones I really like)

How many books do you read a week?

About 7

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

The Story Siren http://www.thestorysiren.com

When is your favorite time/location to read?

Late at night when I should be asleep Location- in my bed

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

Right now probably either Katsa from Graceling or Katniss from The Hunger Games because I really like both of those books but it would be really scary and I don’t think I would be as brave!

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

I am attempting to write a book right now.

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

Having a bookstore support/advertise me because I love bookstores and what better way to connect with readers?

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

A really famous author like Judy Blume

If you had a chance what period of history would you live in

Probably the Elizabethan Era because I am fascinated with it even though it is not as great as it sometimes sounds what with no indoor plumbing!

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

I am very shy and quiet in real life!

What would you like to change about you if you could?

I wish I was less introverted but it gives me more time to read!

Have you ever heard of a “Tree Kangaroo?”

Yes, and they are adorable

If people are interested in being a guest on your blog or sending a book to you and your

Through my email silverbookgirl@yahoo.com

Thank you so much for being my guest I always want to help YA bloggers, specially ones perhaps just starting out on the blogging trail.
Good luck to your future blogs as well as that book your writing.

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

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Yesterday I was hunting around for a copy of a song I heard a while ago thinking to replace the opening music for my “Book and a Chat” radio shows which currently is set to “Tea for Two”. The reason being, the show is aimed to be a friendly chat between two friends over a cup a tea/coffee. The guests I have had so far and the show has been running since February with over forty shows so far and a waiting list for guests going into November.

Anyway I was looking for a song called “Tickety-Boo” by one of my favorite singers Ralph McTell, who sang the song along with Billy Connolly with the launch in October 18th 1999, Tickety-Boo is tea. The sales of this tea in eighteen months after the launch, Tickety-Boo had already raised over £50,000 to help children in India, China, Romania and Tibet.

The song not only starts with a whistling kettle coming to the boil but has such wonderful lines as…

“A little cup and saucery is magic in the morning.”

“Tickety-Boo, isn’t that nice? The only cup of tea that makes you feel good twice. “

Needless to say I could not find my copy (old cassette) nor find a place on line to purchase or down load the music.

Today I did find the old cassette, and also why I had not played the music as the cassette due I would guess to little fingers was broken.

So while I hunt the internet for another copy I though I’d check up on the meaning of

This is the best I have found…

There are a number of theories regarding the origin of the expression “tickety-boo” (also sometimes spelt “ticketty-boo”, tiggity-boo”) meaning “all in order, satisfactory, as it should be.” or ” Everything is going fine”.”Things are proceeding smoothly or quickly”.
It appeared in the early 1920s, well before World War II, and was in general use by the 1940s. It is still used in UK by people of “a certain age” and therefore has become rather old fashioned.
There is the theory that it is a relic of the British colonial presence in India and it may have originated in the British military. One of the most accepted and common theories about “tickety-boo” connects it to the Hindi expression “tikai babu” or “tickee babu” meaning “Everything’s alright, sir”.

So this week when people ask how you are feeling,just tell them.

“I’m tickety-boo”

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond




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On today’s “Book and a Chat” my very special guest is… “Jill Jepson.

Today on my blog radio show “A Book and a Chat” my special guest is traveler, professor, and transformational life coach, and the author of three books Jill Jepson.

Listen to the show an hear from Jill about traveling the world and finding that that writing and spirituality are closely tied, that writing is actually a form of spirituality. Her thoughts and inspirations are shared in her book. “Writing as a Sacred Path” Follow her as she explains that this wonderful book is a guide and help for writers of all kinds from poets to master writers, from those just starting out on the literary trail to help in just writing a school essay.

Join Barry (Storyheart) and Jill for thirty minutes as they discuss her life and her book.

You can listen to the show (as I am now) at


or at


“Writing as a Sacred Path” is a must read for all would be writers.

Thank you
Barry (Storyheart)

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

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