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I was really pleased to have C. W. Gortner as the guest on tonight’s a book and a chat.

His book “The Last Queen“, has been written about and discussed throughout the blogosphere, and his new book “The Confessions of Catherine de Medici” looks to spread the name and fame of this author even further.

At a young age C.W. and his family moved to Malaga in southern Spain and there I began my life-long fascination with history. His mom gave him my first historical novel when he was nine (it was ‘Murder Most Royal’ by Jean Plaidy) and after that he was hooked.

After 13 years of rejections followed by a brief stint with an independent micro-publisher, he decided to self publish. It ended up being a wonderful and informative experience; he helped set up a company with a group of like-minded friends and they published thier books, as well as a few others.

Of the four original partners, three of writers including C.W. went on to secure commercial publishing contracts with established houses.

The Last Queen:

Daughter of Isabel and Ferdinand of Spain,Juana la Loca, is one of history’s most enigmatic and forgotten queens, “The Last Queen” tells the story of her tumultuous life. From the somber majesty of Spain to the glittering and lethal courts of Flanders, France, and Tudor England, The Last Queen brings to life all the grandeur and drama of an incomparable era and the singular humanity of a courageous, passionate princess whose fight to claim her birthright captivated the world.

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici:

At the age of fourteen, Catherine de Medici, last legitimate descendant of the Medici blood, finds herself betrothed to the King Francois I’s son, Henri. Sent from her native Florence to France, humiliated and overshadowed by her husband’s life-long devotion to his mistress, when tragedy strikes her family Catherine rises from obscurity to become one of 16th century Europe’s most powerful women. From the splendors of the Loire palaces to the blood-soaked battles of the Wars of Religion and haunted halls of the Louvre, this is the story of Catherine’s dramatic life, told by the queen herself.

Add to this the new start of a new mystery series, “The Tudor Secret”, the first book in his new Tudor suspense series ”The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.” As well as the work he now has underway on “The Princess Isabella”, C.W. Gortner is a name that you will soon find on many bookshelves.

So sit back and listen to a truly entertaining thirty minutes as we talk about subjects from books to Tudor dancing on today’s “A Book and a Chat with C.W.Gortner”

Barry

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You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“C.W. Gortner – The Confessions of Catherine de Medici”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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There are some shows that you really look forward to presenting, be it the person or the subject. Others provide a pleasant surprise at the enjoyment they bring. Not that I don’t enjoy chatting to all my guests.

Today was one of those shows that I have been looking forward to, partly because in this case I have actually meat the author, secondly that I know she loves the English accent *grin*, finally that her book is one a lot of people have read and enjoyed.

A Book and a Chat with my guest Kitty Keswick lived up to all my expectations, as we chatted about her and her “romance with a bite” debut YA book “FREAKSVILLE”.

About Kitty Keswick:

We chatted about how she has been a writer from her earliest days when a four line story lead to her winning a prize and several other awards at the age of eight, to jotting down stories in exercise books still stored under her bead. From voices in your head that tell you the story or lead the writer down whatever path they chose, many issues were discussed.

About Freaksville:

As one blogger so birlliantly put it…

“Freaksville is a laugh-out-loud chronicle of Kasey Maxwell’s venture into ghost hunting, all things paranormal, and her first real boyfriend. Written as a series of blog entries, complete with comments, Ms. Keswick not only moves the young adult novel into the modern era, but also hooks the readers with her fun, flowing style and irrepressible sense of humor. From her witty chapter headings to the mystery surrounding the ghosts inhabiting the school’s theater to all the yet-unmentioned surprises lurking within, the author will capture your attention and hold it hostage until you’ve reached the end. A highly enjoyable read that left me anxious for the sequel. (aurorareviews.blogspot.com)”

Well folks you won’t have to wait long, as Kitty shared the second book of this trilogy is going through the editing stage, it is “a little hairier” (Kitty’s Joke not mine) and is one that I for one am certainly looking forward to reading and I hope having Kitty back on the show to chat about.

The show covered every part of the book and the author and many other matters as well and proved to be a very enjoyable sixty minutes. So listen and enjoy this hugely entertaining author, on todays “A Book and a Chat with Kitty Keswick”

Barry

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You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Kitty Keswick – Freaksville”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Today on “A Book and a Chat” I was talking with the multi award winning author Saundra Mitchell about her life and her debut book “Shadowed Summer”.

Saundra shared with us some of her early experiences, from writing a play on fourth grade where the hero kept getting punched, to her time in the armed forces and what lead to her leaving them.

During a thoroughly enjoyable sixty minute program, we covered all the aspects of not on writing, but editing and promoting as well, items that were enjoyed by the numerous guests we had in the chat room.

So what about Saundra, I can do nothing better than add what she herself says about her work…

Saundra Mitchell is a longtime screenwriter and author. Random House’s Delacorte Press published her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, on February 10th, 2009. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s will publish her next novel, The Vespertine.

For almost ten years, she was the sole screenwriter for the Book of Stories, On the Road, Fresh Films and Girls in the Director’s Chair short film series. In 2008, she headed and instructed the first Fresh Films Emerging Screenwriters program, and became the Head Writer and an Executive Producer for the film series.

Shadowed Summer is the 2010 winner of The Society of Midland Authors Book Award for Children’s Fiction, and a 2010 Edgar® Award Nominee. It was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALAN Pick in 2009. Her short story “Ready to Wear” was nominated for a 2007 Pushcart Prize after appearing in Vestal Review Issue 27. In July, 2007, her essay, “Rapid Cycling,” appeared in Common Ties.

Her short story, “Management” appeared in Zen Film’s anthology “Love & Sacrifice” in February, 2007, and another short, “Kissing the Dog-Faced Boy” appeared in The Summerset Review’s Spring Issue, 2007. She has also published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Edgar Literary Magazine, and The Parnassus.

Other screenwriting accomplishments include scripting Scholastic’s “Get Active with Widget” webisode “Treasure Hunt” and the 2006 Girls in the Director’s Chair image campaign (the foundation for a national PSA in association with Women in Film.) In 2005, she concept-designed and scripted the Metro Chicago United Way’s Leadership Campaign. Her first feature film, Revenge Ends, will debut on the festival circuit in 2008.

Her films have been selected for competition at many national and international film festivals, including the juried Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2006, “Goodbye, Howard” and “Last Time We Met” were selected as part of the inaugural Chicago International New Filmmakers Festival. “Goodbye, Howard” was also selected as one of the Top 4 Best of Fest at the Gen Art Film Festival in 2006.

“No. 72” and “The Super Dupers” were selected to premiere at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. These festivals are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as Academy AwardTM qualifying events. Also in 2006, the 10th annual Webby Awards named Fresh Films an official honoree.
In other arenas, Ms. Mitchell was interviewed by the New York Times and the BBC for her part in exposing the Kaycee Nicole hoax, and she’s been tapped by morning radio shows all over the United States as a guest expert on Urban Legends & Folklore.

All this however does not show the humor of her chat nor the sharing of her work that Saundra produced during the show. From the 1140 rejections before “Shadowed Summer” got an agent and latterly a publisher, to the pure joy in her voice when she talks about her new book The Vespertine.

So listen and learn about this fabulous author, on todays “A Book and a Chat with Saundra Mitchell

Barry

Direct link to the show
“A Book and a Chat with Saundra Mitchell “

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Saundra Mitchell”

You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Saundra Mitchell – Shadowed Summer”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

Funny, Weird Or Just Interesting News From Around the World – Laugh I Thought My Trousers Would Never dry

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