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My guest today called in from Italy, which at this moment in time is in full swing with a national party after the Italian soccer team beat Germany in the semi-finals of the European Cup. As Barbara Conelli my guest said the country has gone totally mad, they are like Spain who they now play in the finals “soccer mad” The streets are full of people cars are driving around sounding their horns as Barbra well knows that no shops or even post offices will be open in the morning after tonight’s celebrations.
Barbra for those who can remember her previous visit to the show was a bestselling author at the age of four when her book she’d written became a big hit in local kindergartens. She turned into an overnight success that lasted for twelve exciting hours. Since then, she has never separated from her writing endeavors. Barb writes even in her sleep and she can often be seen sitting on her bed at three a.m. with a flashlight frantically processing her somnambulant ideas.
A born nomad and adventurer, she’s been there, she’s done it, and she’s not afraid to write about it.
Her travel books have become a huge hit sharing her love for all things Italian with the secrets and interest that will keep the reader turning the page.
Her previous book “Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita” which we discussed on a previous show has now been followed by “Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore”.
About “Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore”: (taken from Amazon)
Fascinating, enthralling and seductive travel and life tales about unexpected encounters with the capricious, unpredictable and extravagant city of Milan, its glamorous feminine secrets, the everyday magic of its dreamy streets, the passionate romance of its elegant hideaways, and the sweet Italian art of delightfully falling in love with your life wherever you go.
The book has already received further rave reviews keeping Barbara on her best selling path.
Now Barbara is back in Italy, at the moment  in Rome where she is not only blogging about her travels, but also bringing together the details for her next book, this will then be followed by a spell in Venice preparing book four in the “narrative travel nonfiction” or rather travel stories range. A further trip to Sicily will I’m sure always divulge that countries secrets that will help become yet another bestselling book.
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Barbara Conelli
Barry
Direct link to the show A Book and a Chat with Barbara Conelli
or you can download the mp3 file of the show from “Barbara Conelli”
You can find out more about my guest and their books at: “Barbara Conelli – Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore”
Barry Eva (Storyheart)
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Throughout history or what we perceive as history there are many questions for which there are numerous answers, depending to who you speak. These questions and the fact that we never stop learning or even discovering the past is what has us all at one time of another watching the History channel on TV. Indeed it was one such program that set today’s guest Robert Bonville on a discovery of his own.
Robert was destined to travel, being the son of a coast guard that was in his veins and his own forte into Coast Guard service enable him to be part of “Operation Deepfreeze 62″ aboard an ice breaker in the Antarctic. This allowed Robert to visit numerous islands in the South Pacific both going, and on his return voyage. While visiting these islands, the “Spirit of Aloha” returned to his senses, staying with him, and being reinforced when he visited Maui and Kaua’i in the late 90’s.
It was though after watching a program on the History Channel entitled “Who Really Discovered America?”, that the idea for his book “Voyages of Malolo” came to him
The belief is that the Polynesians had visited places in South America and the west coast of the US, long before Columbus visited our hemisphere in 1492.
These intrepid and heroic peoples of the South Seas, spread their migrations eastward and northward from their origins in Asia, allowed them to discover and populate most of the 20,000 islands considered to be one of the last and final frontiers of habitable earth.
After almost two years of research, the story began to take shape and a year later Voyages of Malolo: “The Secret of the Rongo” was released.
About “Voyages of Malolo: “The Secret of the Rongo” (Taken from “The Range”) When young Auka’i discovers a piece of driftwood from the east containing mysterious hieroglyphics, the “Rongo”, he and his people believe it is a message from the gods directing them to discover its meaning and the secret it contains. The young adventurer and his crew of uniquely skilled men build a large, double-hulled deep sea sailing canoe and sail east across the Pacific to the coast of Ecuador, more than 8,000 kilometers (5000 miles) from their island home.
Their nearly 3-year voyage of exploration, which ranges up to Mexico and California before heading west to Hawaii, finds them facing many hardships and dangers before returning for a final surprising conflict at home.
This captivating book transports the reader to the South Seas nearly 1000 years ago, as one reviewer put it…
Voyages of Malolo is exciting, fun to read, and teaches the reader about primitive Polynesian culture its language and customs. I couldn’t put it down, and feel as though I now personally know the characters of the island Taea, and particularly the crew of Malalo!
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Robert Bonville
Barry
Direct link to the show A Book and a Chat with Robert Bonville
or you can download the mp3 file of the show from “Robert Bonville”
You can find out more about my guest and their books at: “Robert Bonville – Voyages of Malolo: “The Secret of the Rongo””
Barry Eva (Storyheart)STARTING JUNE 4th I AM ON MY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR. PLEASE STOP BY AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ME AND MY NEW BOOK
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“If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor”  is the debut book of Barbara Ehrentreu my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”.
After years of teaching Barbara took a workshop as a requirement for my Master Degree at Manhattan Ville College with the late Paula Danziger. Required for that workshop was to write three chapters of a children’s book. So, taking her youngest daughters experiences Barbara with help and encouragement from Paula and later from her own critique group Barbara after many edits and rewrites produced her debut book “If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor”.
About “If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor”: (Taken from MuseItUp Publishing)
Carolyn Samuels is obsessed with the idea of being popular. She is convinced that the only thing keeping her from happiness is her too heavy for fashion body and not being a cheerleader. Hyperventilating when she gets nervous doesn’t help. When she is paired for a Math project with the girl who tormented her in middle school, Jennifer Taylor, she is sure it is going to be another year of pain. With Carolyn’s crush on Jennifer’s hunky Junior quarterback Brad her freshman year in high school looks like a rerun of middle school.
After Jennifer’s the only student who knows why she fell in gym class, Carolyn is blackmailed into doing her math homework in return for Jennifer’s silence. Jennifer takes on Carolyn as a pity project since she can’t be seen with someone who dresses in jeans and sweatshirts. When Jennifer invites Carolyn to sleep over to make her over and teach her to tumble, Carolyn learns Jennifer’s secret and lies to her own friends to cover it up. Will Carolyn become a cheerleader and become popular? Does she continue to keep Jennifer’s secret? Or will she be a target of this mean girl again?
If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor is a book that covers many aspects of teen life, and perhaps not just teen, with many reader relating to Carolyn others to Jennifer and  though written for girls ages 10 -14, it has also been enjoyed by older women, boys and men.
It is a book for all and one that already has quite a following
As one reviewer put it…
I pretty much only give 4-5 star reviews. If a story doesn’t grab me opening chapters, with limited time, I set it aside. This debut novel hooked me opening page and didn’t let go. I felt like I was completely immersed in Carolyn’s world. Without an excess of drama or unrealistic focus on getting a boyfriend, clothes and makeup, this 14 year old told her story from the viewpoint of an honest kid who genuinely respected and cared for her parents. So refreshing! Her relationship, especially with her mom, was lovely in the fact Carolyn showed wonderful character growth by the last page, and the author didn’t need to have abusive parents or hateful teenager to do so.
The hard topics of bullying, self-centeredness, serious health issues some young girls deal with, and so forth was all told so well I could go on and on, but I don’t want to give away spoilers. The story left me smiling, certain more teenagers are actually like Carolyn, Jennifer and the rest, capable of doing the right thing, and because of that this novel is on my treasure and re-read pile. In all honesty, If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor is one of the best novels about teenagers I’ve read.
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Barbara Ehrentreu
Barry
Direct link to the show A Book and a Chat with Barbara Ehrentreu
or you can download the mp3 file of the show from “Barbara Ehrentreu”
You can find out more about my guest and their books at: “Barbara Ehrentreu – If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor”
Barry Eva (Storyheart)STARTING JUNE 4th I AM ON MY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR. PLEASE STOP BY AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ME AND MY NEW BOOK
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How does a playground peace maker, who went on to become a Correctional Officer use her communication, and conflict resolution experience to help children?

Charmaine Hammond’s first career was as a Correctional Officer, after which she pursued her passion for conflict management, specializing as a dispute resolution expert

Now as the President of Hammond International Inc., Charmaine helps individuals, teams, businesses, government departments, and corporations improve resilience, and inspired performance.

When she and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever who proved to be a holy terror, little did she know what Toby would also bring and how he would take Charmaine almost full circle and lead her down a literary path that would become almost a cult following.

About “On Toby’s Terms: (Taken from Amazon)

When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, they figured he might need some adjusting time, but they certainly didn’t count on what he’d do in the meantime. Soon after he entered their lives and home, Toby proved to be a holy terror who routinely opened and emptied the hall closet, turned on water taps, pulled and ate things from the bookshelves, sat for hours on end in the sink, and spent his days rampaging through the house.

Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then pushing the lid of the toilet off the tank, smashing it to pieces. After a particularly disastrous encounter with the knife- block in the kitchen-and when the couple discovered Toby’s bloody paw prints on the phone-they decided Toby needed professional help. Little did they know what they would discover about this dog.
On Toby’s Terms is an endearing story of a beguiling creature who teaches his owners that, despite their trying to teach him how to be the dog they want, he is the one to lay out the terms of being the dog he needs to be. This insight would change their lives forever.

This book became an Amazon number one best seller and will soon be made into a major motion picture. It also enable Charmaine to raise a large amount for charity.

As ‘Jen Panteluk Director of Development Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta wrote…

On Toby’s Terms is a wonderful book and Charmaine Hammond has done an amazing job sharing their story of Toby. I completely admire what they have done with Toby – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll walk away with some great life lessons. I highly recommend this read!’

Charmaine did not stop writing for her other job and has produced several help books as well as a follow up to “On Toby’s Terms”. “Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends”. This second Toby book beautifully illustrated by a lifelong friend of Charmaine’s, follows Toby the service dog for a day, and see how he makes friends with the children, helps make them happy and forget that they are sick and away from home.

With a new Toby book about bullying on the way and further TV and radio follow up the name of Charmaine Hammond will continue to be to follow, showing how lessons learned in the business world can also relate to the lives of children.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Charmaine Hammond

Barry

Direct link to the show
A Book and a Chat with Charmaine Hammond

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Charmaine Hammond”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:
“Charmaine Hammond – On Toby’s Terms”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

STARTING JUNE 4th I AM ON MY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR.
PLEASE STOP BY AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ME AND MY NEW BOOK

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Speaking from experience it is hard for a parent to understand just how fast their children specially daughters grow up these days, more than that with all the pressure children and teens have on them from school, TV and the internet it is even harder for a parent to understand just what their child is going through.

My guest today Maria C Furlough knows exactly the sort of issues one comes up against, not just from her own experiences growing up but also with the young woman she meets and helps at her ministry.

Though she started writing when young and knew that her chosen path would lead her to share her thoughts and believes with others, it was not until after the birth of her first child that she finally decided she had to put all these feelings and thoughts onto paper.

Four years and two more children later her book “Your Daughter Needs a Hero” is out and proving to be a source of enlightenment and understanding not only to your girl but more importantly to their parents as well.

About “Your Daughter Needs a Hero” (Taken from Pump Up Your Book Promotions)

What drives teenage girls? What tempts them? What causes their insecurities? More importantly, what can parents do to make a difference in their lives? Author Maria Furlough battled self-image and self-esteem issues as a teenager, and in Your Daughter Needs a Hero she uses a mix of personal stories and years of experience counseling teenage girls in youth ministry to show parents what their teenage daughters are going through and how best to help them.

Furlough explains how things such as fad diets, the media, and pornography influence a teen girl’s body image, and she guides parents on how to counteract the constant pressures and influences that affect teen girls every day. This book will show parents how to effectively build their daughter’s self-esteem, self-image, and, most importantly, their faith in God and in their parents. If you have a daughter, Your Daughter Needs a Hero is a must read!

As one reviewer put it…

This insightful and inspiring book is a must for parents raising tween and teenage daughters. Maria touches your heart with her personal experiences which motivated her to write this book. Having raised girls myself, I am sorry I didn’t have this book to help me be a better parent and to help instill the self worth that is so necessary and important for children to face the world as we know it today. God bless you Maria, for your vulnerability and courage in writing this wonderful primer for parents.

I totally agree with the part at the end stating that this is a must read, and I would add for mothers, fathers and daughters, in fact anybody.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Maria C Furlough

Barry

Direct link to the show
A Book and a Chat with Maria C Furlough

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Maria C Furlough”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:
” Maria C Furlough – Your Daughter Needs A Hero”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

STARTING JUNE 4th I AM ON MY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR.
PLEASE STOP BY AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ME AND MY NEW BOOK

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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STARTING JUNE 4th I AM ON MY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR. PLEASE STOP BY AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ME AND MY NEW BOOK

My virtual toour stop today was an interview at Books Books and More Books

Not only that but also a review…

“…These stories are charming.  Little snippets of love… love found, love lost, love lasting, and love fleeting, all the ways of love.  Barry Eva brings together a wonderful collection of snapshots of love in all its forms.  However, as the Lays potato chip ad says, “bet you can’t eat just one” or in this case read just one.”

Thank you so much Mindy

 

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My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” was due to be on the show a couple of weeks ago when I was unfortunately suck, so as I always try and do I added an extra show to have Kim Purcell back as my guest today.
Kim started out on the road to becoming a writer in fifth grade when her teacher Mrs. Aalto picked Kim for an enrichment class, in which the very proud Kim wrote her first book “The Mystery of the Poison Ivy”. While it was not a brilliant novel it did open the door to Kim’s imagination.
Her life after that first taste of literature followed numerous paths in many countries, with writing in some form and various languages being part of her life, being teaching, broadcasting or writing.
Kim’s love of teaching foreign students and basically chatting to people from around the world lead her to hear the story of Svetlana, a legal immigrant from Uzbekistan.  We also heard during the show about Kim’s investigation trip to Moldova and what she experiences there.
Svetlana’s story, Kim’s experience and her own imagination have produced her fascinating YA novel called “TRAFFICKED”.
About TRAFFICKED: (taken from “wherethewriterscometowrite” blog) When Hannah, a teenager from Moldova, is offered what seems to be the chance of a lifetime- the chance to go and work in America as a nanny, getting a huge wage every week and being able to study night classes and eventually become a doctor, she takes the plunge; after all, there’s nothing keeping her in her home country, not since her parents died.
But, though her employee’s seem nice at first, soon a much more dark side comes through and nothing is as it seemed. She’s threatened with a terrible life and no future at all…
Now Hannah must fight for everything she holds dear, the most important thing threatened? Her life.
While the story of Hanah is fictional the problem, as we’ve learned in the pas from authors such as Kathi Macias, is very real with over two million people are victims of human trafficking every year.
The story has strong themes filled with reality including some sexual scenes, but it should be read, these are real goings on in your own neighborhood.
It is a book I highly recommend.
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Kim Purcell
Barry
Direct link to the show A Book and a Chat with Kim Purcell
or you can download the mp3 file of the show from “Kim Purcell”
You can find out more about my guest and their books at: “Kim Purcell – TRAFFICKED”
Barry Eva (Storyheart)STARTING JUNE 4th I AM ON MY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR. PLEASE STOP BY AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ME AND MY NEW BOOK
My Blogs:
Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond
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