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I was due to have today’s guest on my show previously but it had to be cancelled at the last moment, so I was very pleased to be able to have Jame Richards back as a guest on my show today. We were not let down, and learned much about my guest and her debut book “Three Rivers Rising”.

Jame was the winner of the PEN New England Children’s Book Caucus 2008 Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award and nominated for the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011 list.

It seems others knew Jame was destined to be a writer before she herself did, as growing up she was the one always chosen to do the narration. Her early artistic endeavors were aimed more towards visual arts, until adults told her there was no market for pencil-on-paper drawings, and even less for crayon-on-coloring-book pages, though she would have been a dab hand at designing pajamas. If not that in another little tidbit that Jame shared with us, naming nail varnish or lipstick colors.

Her book “Three Rivers Rising” she has described in these ten words…

Cross-class romance, disowning, power, accountability, action, disaster, change, rebuilding

But it is a whole lot more.

The book written in a lyrical sometimes poetic format that floats the reader along through a story you never stop wanting to read.

So what about “Three Rivers Rising” ?

It is set in the late 1800s when railroads were connecting disparate regions of the U.S. and demand for steel was high.

Sixteen-year-old Celestia spends every summer with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh, a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an earthen dam. Tired of the society crowd, Celestia prefers to swim and fish with Peter, the hotel’s hired boy. It’s a friendship she must keep secret, and when companionship turns to romance, it’s a love that could get Celestia disowned. These affairs of the heart become all the more wrenching on a single, tragic day in May, 1889.

After days of heavy rain, the dam fails, unleashing 20 million tons of water onto Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the valley below. The town where Peter lives with his father. The town where Celestia has just arrived to join him.

This searing novel in poems explores a cross-class romance—and a tragic event in U.S. history where over 2000 people lost their lives.

The show was full of interest and advice, as well as a brief insite into what Jame is currently writing.

So sit back and enjoy today’s “A Book and a Chat with Jame Richards

Barry

Direct link to the show
“A Book and a Chat with Jame Richards”

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Jame Richards”

You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Jame Richards – Three Rivers Rising”

Don’t Forget November is MALE YA MONTH

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Half way through today’s show I checked my emails and there were already two messages from listeners saying how much they were enjoying the broadcast. This it what makes it all worthwhile, knowing that others are enjoying the show. Mind you, whenever today’s guest appears on the show it is always a fun and entraining event, “A Book and a Chat with Kathi (Easy Writer) Macias” was no exception.

With over thirty books already under her belt Kathi seems to be able to produce three to four books a year, be fiction or nonfiction.

Today the main topic of conversation was her recent novel “Valeria’s Cross” which was co-written with “Susan Wales

The name Susan Wales is a writer well known amongst the book world, wife of film producer Ken Wales (Amazing Grace), she co-wrote the popular political thriller series The Chase, The Replacement, and The Candidate, but is perhaps best known for her Match Made in Heaven series of compiled true stories. With two etiquette books, Social Graces and Social Graces for Your Wedding, plus the entertaining The Pleasure of Your Company to name but a few.

When you add this level of writing to Kathi’s thirty plus books you know that the outcome will be a book well worth reading.

Valeria’s Cross:

In the 3rd century, pampered Roman princess Valeria falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion. She sends him off to battle, where he suffers under the schemes of a notorious pagan general with an ambition for power and a lust for Valeria. In a scene based on true events, the evil Galerius kills Mauritius and his entire legion for their Christian faith. And in a shocking turn of events, the grieving Valeria is forced to become Galerius’ wife against her will. Never has a marriage been set up for such failure. Valeria loathes her new husband, but he seems to undergo a change of heart, adopting a child for her and giving her power and authority, and even love. She struggles with the commitment she knows she must keep, and the love she knows she will never find again.

Kathi also shared with us her latest release in the “Extreme Devotion Fiction Series“,
No Greater Love” set in South Africa, was followed by “More Than Conquers” set in Mexico, next month the third book in the series “Red Ink” set in China, will be followed by “People of the Book” set in Saudi Arabia, which will come out April next year.

A lady who never seems to rest for a moment, Kathi shared with us much about not only her writing, but also how she developed into the wonderful speaker an writer she is today.

So sit back and enjoy today’s “A Book and a Chat with Kathi Macias

Barry

Direct link to the show
“A Book and a Chat with Kathi Macias”

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Kathi Macias”

You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Kathi Macias – Valeria’s Cross”

Don’t Forget November is MALE YA MONTH

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

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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