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Fridays show had it’s technical difficulties with mobile phones and signals that came and went, today’s book and a chat was delayed when my internet connection disappeared five minutes before the show.

Still my guest “Morgan Mandel” kindly waited as I waffled through the first few minutes of the show until I managed to get the internet working again.

Once I was able to talk to Morgan the show blossomed into one of information and enjoyment, as we learned about Morgan and her writing, her wonderful blogging help links and even her dog.

Born in Chicago, her reading developed from a children’s magazines, through Cinderella, then Gothics, Harlequins, Dick Francis, Mary Higgins Clark, Katherine Stone and Sidney Sheldon. She was badly bitten by the writing bug when she saw a library presentation by Chicago-North Romance Writers of America. She joined the chapter. With much support, she learned what it takes to make a novel.

Her latest Killer Career is proving a very popular book for those who enjoy thrillers with a touch of romance.

So why not listen to this thirty minutes and find out all about Morgan Mandel and her writing as she is today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/24/A-Book-and-a-Chat-Morgan-Mandell

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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After some technical difficulties with mobile phones and signals that came and went, tonight’s show settled down to be one not to miss. Tonight it is “A Book and a Chat with MJ Allaire”

From joining the navy at a young age, then meeting and marrying her husband at Pearl Harbor, before settling down to the sometimes lonely live of a sub-mariner. MJ has come a long way, a divorce and having to raise three children, has been all part of the build up to the fascinating books written by “MJ Allaire”.

From the start of her extremely popular science fantasy series “Denicalis Dragon Chronicles” to her book titled “My Blissful Life As a Submariner’s Wife” the author has trodden a varied literary path.

The show starts off with a sound issue but when MJ dials back in, we learn all about this fantastic writer. So listen to this enjoyable radio show and find out more about MJ(Mo) Allaire

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/23/A-Book-and-a-Chat-MJ-Allaire

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

So why not stop by and listen to this enjoyable thirty minutes of entertainment as I chat with MJ Allaire on today’s “A BOOK AND A CHAT

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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So I’m back from my trip across the pond, as promised this will be a blog about my travels.

The journey to JFK airport in NY was not without issue and I arrived just about ten minutes before the gate was due to be opened to board the plane. Once again I was surprised about how the security checks when leaving the US have relaxed since my departures a couple of years ago.

As normal I flew Virgin Airways, I can’t recommend them enough from service to food, from entertainment to flights always they seem one step ahead of other airlines. There was as normal a choice of about 50 films to check out during the flight as well as TV, radio and music shows.

The flight which normally takes around 7hrs was quicker this time as we hit the jet stream with a tail wind of about 150mph which reduced the flight time to around six hours, only issue was we had a few bumps along the way.

Unfortunately about a hour from reaching England a passenger was taken sick, and with the flight crew looking after them and the reduction in flight time, we never got around to purchasing “duty free”. No biggy for me, but a pain for the family members who had asked me to pick up cigarettes for them on the flight.

Once through UK customs I picked up my rental car, a diesel powered Peugeot, which was doing about 52 mpg throughout my trip. That was a good thing with petrol (gas) costing about $7.5 a gallon.

I traveled about half way to my destination and stopped to catch some sleep before heading out to meet my youngest sister and her family.

After a good night’s sleep I carried on the rest of my journey to East Sussex, stopped just outside Hailsham for some real English breakfast.

The rest of the day was getting ready for the shopping, a new Tesco’s (The number one supermarket chain in England)supermarket had opened in the town. One nice thing they have done is keep in line with the town. Hailsham has a history of rope making, so they incorporated this into the fence that surrounds the car park finishing in a statue of a man hauling in the ropes.

In the store as normal I just walked around wishing such a store was available in the USA. There is so much more variety, the prices generally for food are much cheaper than in the US. I wanted another 3 suitcases to bring home half the stuff I wanted to buy. Loaded up with fresh supplies to bring back to the US, I then completed the shopping trip.

The rest of the day was spent getting ready for my eldest sons wedding, taking dresses to where the bride was staying.

I made sure I stopped and snapped a couple of pictures on such a mild autumn day, with the sea as smooth as a babies bum.

Later that Friday night I went out with a couple of old friends and shared a few beers with them.

Saturday morning was sorting out the reception tables, cake etc. As for the wedding itself? All went well, and everybody enjoyed themselves.

The next day after stopping off for another breakfast, followed by a look around a “car boot sale”… Car boot sales are a mainly British form of market in which private individuals come together to sell household and garden goods. The term refers to the selling of items from a car’s boot (U.K.) (or trunk in the U.S.). Although a small proportion of sellers are professional traders selling new goods or seconds, the goods on sale are often used but no longer wanted personal possessions. Car boot sales are a way of focusing a large group of people in one place to recycle still useful but unwanted domestic items that previously would have been thrown away. Car boot sales generally take place within the summer months, however a growing trend of indoor boot sales and all year hard-standing outdoor boot sales are now appearing in some parts of the UK.

The rest of Sunday and Monday I spent with my parents, before heading back to the USA.

I had a good time, enjoyed myself, ate and drank well, had many laughs, met most of my family, even sold six “Across the Pond” books by me “Storyheart”.

ENGLAND

The music is “ENGLAND” by Ralph McTell, perhaps more well known for his song “Streets of London” it is to me though a song that means so much. The pictures are of England, my own location and some sites that others would know.



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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I’m back from my trip “Across the Pond” and will be sharing some items of news and interest and even a laugh or two over the next few days on this blog. For today however I’m back with my radio show. Tonight it is “A Book and a Chat with Melissa Crandall”

At the tender age of six, Melissa Crandall wrote, illustrated, and published her first book, “The Dog and the Fox.” In 1992 Melissa collaborated on her first professional endeavor and she hasn’t looked back since.

From writing Fanzene version of Star Trek and Quantom Leap to her latest smash hit book of short stories “Darling Wendy and Other Stories”, Melissa continues to write novels and short stories, dabble a bit in poetry, and doesn’t expect things to change until they haul her away, kicking and screaming.

You can listen to this enjoyable radio show and find out more about Melissa and her writings at

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/21/A-Book-and-a-Chat-Melissa-Crandall

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

So why not stop by and listen to this enjoyable thirty minutes of entertainment as I chat with Melissa Crandall on today’s “A BOOK AND A CHAT

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Despite living now for almost ten years in the USA, England will always be my home.


In scouting terms this is the tracking term for “Gone Home”

Today I am flying back “Across the Pond” to the land of my birth, this time for the wedding of my eldest son… Kevin

I will be sure to take pictures of course, to share upon my return.

There will be no blog updates for a week, so here’s a little of my country to share with you until I return.

ENGLAND

The music is “ENGLAND” by Ralph McTell, perhaps more well known for his song “Streets of London” it is to me though a song that means so much. The pictures are of England, my own location and some sites that others would know.



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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On todays “Book and a Chat” I was lucky enough to have Anjuelle Floyd as my guest. Wife of twenty-seven years, mother of three, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work. Anjuelle is writer of “Keeper of Secrets: Translations of an Incident” and coming out next month her new book “The House“.

You can listen to this enjoyable radio show and find out more about Anjuelle and her writings at

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/10/13/A-Book-and-a-Chat-with-Anjuelle-Floyd

or on my blog spot at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

So why not stop by and listen to this enjoyable thirty minutes of entertainment as I chat with Anjuelle Floyd on today’s “A BOOK AND A CHAT

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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So how much is history worth?

The only surviving union jack from the Battle of Trafalgar could fetch £15,000 at auction after it was found in a drawer, auctioneers say.

The flag was flown from one of Nelson’s warships, HMS Spartiate, in the naval battle off the Spanish coast in 1805. The Spartiate was the last ship in Nelson’s column during the momentous battle — his warships all sailed in a line to engage the French fleet.

It was presented by the 540-strong crew to Fife-born Lieutenant James Clephan after the conflict, a high honour bestowed upon an officer by his men.

The flag is being sold by one of his descendants living in Australia.

Clephan, who later went on to command his own ship, was one of the few men to have risen through the ranks and was greatly admired by his crew.

The flag, measuring 7ft 4in x 11ft 7in, is made of 31 panels sewn together by the crew on board the ship.

It bears a number of “battle scars” – holes caused by shot and shell splinter damage sustained during the conflict.

The union jack will go under the hammer later this month after being put up for sale by one of Clephan’s descendants.

“I think it’s hard to overstate the historical importance of this flag” stated the flag owner Charles Miller

It was treasured by his family, who kept it in a drawer to preserve it.

Auctioneers expect the flag to fetch £10,000 to £15,000.

Charles Miller, through his own auction house, is selling the piece in London on 21 October, Trafalgar Day.

He said the flag was the only known surviving union jack from the battle.

“I think it’s hard to overstate the historical importance of this flag,” he said.

“This was the greatest naval action ever fought.

“The great thing about the flag is it’s one of the most emblematic items you can get from Trafalgar.

“This is a bit of naval hardware that has actually served in the action.”

Clephan, from Scoonie in Fife, spent his early years as an apprentice weaver and went on to join the Merchant Navy.

He retired in 1840 with the rank of captain and lived in Edinburgh for 11 years until his death at the age of 83.

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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