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About a year ago, my guest on today’s show Sandy Armstrong came along to share with us a book that was just right for the Christmas time of year.

I hate to upset some people, and it might not be PC, even call me old-fashioned, but at this time of year I say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Christmas”, I wish those of the Jewish faith “Happy Chanukah” but I have no idea how Kwanzaa came along, except that is was some bodies idea in 1966. I think people should have the right to celebrate how they want to, without the so called PC people stating they can’t sing carol’s or hold children’s nativity services without if being “politically correct”.

So saying I am very pleased to have back on the show Sandy, one of the co author of a book, which celebrates part of the Christmas story, but from a slightly different viewpoint.

Sandy Armstrong is one of the co-authors of the wonderful little book “My Journey to Bethlehem”, with fellow author Mona Brown Ketner, she produced this book over ten years ago, and like the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem (about 70 miles) it took a little time complete.

The result is a book, well worth waiting for, the illustrations by Amy Tiller, matching the charming story and the way each page being shared by a verse from the bible as well as the actual story have, as Sandy shared during the show, has been extremely well received by readers.

About My Journey to Bethlehem:

Travel to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus with Mary and Joseph as the journey is told from the donkey s perspective.

Extra special treats for breakfast, new blanket, everyone packing their bags. What is going on? Who is Caesar Augustus and what are taxes?

The donkey learns that he has the honor of ensuring a smooth ride for Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Sharing with other animals in the stable, where there is warmth, fresh straw for the donkey to eat, a soft bed for the baby. The donkeys blanket is even used to swaddle baby Jesus.

An angel appears to the shepherds keeping watch over the sheep to announce the birth of the Savior.

As we heard there is a new book due out next year about the donkeys grandson, which is written in the same format sharing the story, with pictures and texts from the bible. During the show we even came up with an idea for a third book…

My Journey to Bethlehem” is a book rightly stated for people of all ages, and I can see many a child sitting on their grandmother’s lap as they share this wonderful story together.

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 Sandy Armstrong

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Sandy Armstrong

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You can find out more about my guest and their books at:

“Sandy Armstrong – My Journey to Bethlehem”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Along my 550 shows I have got to know many authors, some
I have even met. However today’s guest Tine Field Howe I have not only met, but
joined in her audio show narrating some of the characters during an “open to
the public” sample of her award winning audio book taken from the “The Tellings of Xunar-kun Series!”.
I first came across this multi-creative lady with her children
book “Snails-worth” which both my children loved. It was interesting to hear
during the show that this book has now also been made into an audio, with several
of the cast from the “The Tellings of Xunar-kun Series!”, taking roles
in the Snails-worth audio.
From Snails-worth I was captivated by the
first in the Xunar-kun “Alysa of the Fields”  which received many rave reviews and awards
and was soon followed by book two “The TrailFolk of Xunar-ku” which
again won the multi-talented Tina many awards an plaudits.
Book three of the series we learned is now in
the design stage, having taken somewhat of a back seat as Tina has moved into
Screen writing again creating several items ranging from a Romantic/Thriller to
a horror movie score.
It would seem no matter what this talented
lady turns her hand to, success is never far away.
About Alysa of the Fields (Also and award
winning audio book)
Hidden deep in the mountains of planet Xunar-kun, the
Field Folk clan believed themselves to be the only remaining people, other than
the distant Trailmen, to inhabit their warn-torn world. They were wrong. In
coming to realize her individuality, Alysa—a young woman of the Folk—risks all
to save her people from certain peril. As a result, long-hidden truths are
revealed, age-old hatreds are healed, and Alysa leads her people to a new way
of life
.
About The
TrailFolk of Xunar-ku
It is four cycles later. The Folk and Trailmen have
accepted that they are part of something greater than themselves. They have
come together as “the Seekers”. Their purpose: to find the true Parents of the
Orphans. But they find something much more insidious and more lethal than any
threat they have faced before.
As one reviewer wrote about the audio book…
Alysa of the Fields, by
Tina Field Howe, has already been hailed as a magical fantasy masterpiece. Now
the author has taken her story to a new level, creating a mesmerizing
innovation that will have an enlightening impact on the world of audio books.
Well now that Tina is hitting the big screen trail, who
knows what other masterpieces we will be able to enjoy from Tina Field Howe.

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 Tina Field Howe

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Tina Field Howe

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“Tina Field Howe”

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“Tina Field Howe”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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On today’s “A Book and a Chat” I talk with Jack L Brody
author of the suspense thriller, “The Moroni Deception”.
Jack is x-military, and an avid traveler who dabbled with
screen plays during his army days and afterwards went to film school to learn
the screen writing craft. These screen plays might have made him famous, but
you’ll have to listen to the show to find out just why.
Always fascinated by history, politics and architecture,  Jack used this love to not only write “The
Moroni Deception”,
but also on another two books he has underway.
About “The Moroni Deception”: (Taken from Blogcritics)

The presidential election is just around the corner and it looks as though
charismatic Republican candidate and Utah senator Brockston Ratchford is going
to win. The fact that his wife has been brutally murdered and his daughter
kidnapped has only gained him public sympathy.

However, his wife isn’t the only one whose throat has been cut from ear to
ear and whose forehead has been marked with strange symbols. A retired history
professor by the name of Martin Koplanski has suffered the same fate, and the
fact that he’s the author of a book that apparently doesn’t sit well with the
powers that be in the Mormon Church doesn’t look like a coincidence. 

New York Times journalist Chenault begins working on the story.
With the help of Rachel Potter, a fledgling reporter for the The Salt Lake
Tribune, he sets out to investigate the murders. Soon, a dark grim history
begins to emerge, one of ancient artifacts, secret societies, and a mysterious
prophecy that points to none other than Senator Ratchford.

Who, in fact, is The Prophet? Who is meant to be The Great Restorer? As the
clock ticks and the presidential election approaches, the bodies pile up.

The book is a fast moving page-turner in the tradition of The DaVinci
Code
, one that will be relished by fans of suspense thrillers.

As one reviewer put it…

This is a page-turner political thriller that will keep you wanting more! If
you like Dan Brown’s novels then you will certainly love this book! The Dan
Brown comparisons are inevitable; however this book has been well researched
and presents facts about the Mormon religion that I did not know. 

This book is very relevant to our political times particularly now and I
think that anyone would find it a very interesting, exciting, and enlightening
novel. Definitely one of the better books that I have read recently! I hope
that the author has another book that I can 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 Jack L Brody

Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Jack L Brody

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Jack L Brody”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:

“Jack L Brody – The Moroni Deception”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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When Chris Redding was ten years old she wrote a short story for a school assignment
about an old lady who kept cats for which she not only received an “A” but also
read to her class mates. As she read the story to the silent class, the
previously geeky, four-eyed know it all realized that via this story she suddenly
had the respect of her class mates, and that being a writer was going to be her
way forward.

While she studied journalism and actually got a job on a newspaper her actual
creative flame, like so many others was dimmed by life and every day requirements.
It was not until years later that she finally started along the author path.

Chris’s first book “The Drinking Game” while not an overnight success
schooled her through the work of writing and producing a novel, this was
followed by “Corpse Whisperer” a paranormal “who done it” that has you guessing
from the first page. The book received several good reviews some mentioning the
humor, which mixed with her snappy and sometime humorous dialog. The humor was
for front in her next offering “A View to a Kilt”.

One reviewer wrote about “A View to a Kilt”….

Chris Redding writes a murder mystery filled with twists and turns designed
to keep you on the edge of your seat, regardless of whether you’re wearing a
kilt or not. Political interference, a fiesty and funny heroine and cops with
their own agendas all make this story a fast and fun ride. I enjoyed the book
and will not hesitate to read this author again.

Now Chris has returned to the murder mystery style with her latest two
books, “Incendiary” and he latest novel “Blonde Demolition”.

About “Blond Demolition”: (Taken from Amazon)

You just can’t hide the past…
Mallory Sage lives in a small,
idyllic town where nothing ever happens. Just the kind of life she has always
wanted. No one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about her
past life as an agent for Homeland Security.
Former partner and lover, Trey McCrane, comes back into Mallory’s life. He
believes they made a great team once, and that they can do so again. Besides,
they don’t have much choice. Paul Stanley, a twisted killer and their old
nemesis, is back.

Framed for a bombing and drawn together by necessity, Mallory and Trey go on
the run and must learn to trust each other again–if they hope to survive. But
Mallory has been hiding another secret, one that could destroy their
relationship. And time is running out.

Reviewers have said about “Blonde
Demolition”…
“An explosive thriller as taut as a tripwire.” –Scott Nicholson,
author of Liquid Fear

“A tapestry of intrigue, love, and adventure.” –Bri Clark, author of
Glazier

“An old flame, a new danger, and just the right number of twists pull you
thru to the end.” –Linda J. Parisi, author of Noble Heart.

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 Chris Redding

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Chris Redding

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Chris Redding”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:

“Chris Redding – “

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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“Truly Unique. I’ve never read anything like this
before!”
is one comment made about Morrie Richfield’s debut novel “Mr
Breeze”
. But as we heard during today’s “A Book and a Chat” it is so much more
than that. 
Phrases like “Imperfect, controversial and sure to ruffle some feathers (did
mine) but a brilliant piece of writing
” and “
I have never read anyhting like this before”

litter the reviews gained by “Mr Breeze”.

Morrie Richfiled has wanted to
publish a book since the age of fourteen however with a background of limited
education this never really happened until when his world was at a very low
level he decided this was the moment to let his thought take over and the novel
be created.
A year later and “Mr Breeze” was
created. Not your normal style of book, there are no chapters it is one
continual text, written in a simple and direct style, but this short book holds
a powerful, perhaps even controversial message.
About “Mr Breeze” (Taken from
Gather.com)
Mr. Breeze is a story that
challenges beliefs: About God, religion and human behavior. Author Morrie Richfield’s
first novel provides a view of the world through the eyes of a photojournalist
and a man who is doing incredible deeds across the United States. In the book,
Richfield reveals the frailty of humankind as well as the responsibility we all
have to each other.
Michael Ryan is a freelance photojournalist with twenty years of
experience in his field who has decided to stop chasing negative stories. His
new focus is to report on stories of people helping each other. As Michael and
his researchers track incidents from across the country, a common thread
arises: One man has been a participant in helping several people in miraculous
ways. After interviewing journalists who admitted off the record that the
stories they filed did not include the man bringing a child back to life or
saving and healing a bus load of elderly passengers after a bus accident,
Michael decides that this is the story he must follow. The man has not been
identified. All pictures that have been taken of him somehow failed to record his
image. Michael decides to find the mysterious good Samaritan. As it turns out,
the man who calls himself Mr. Breeze chooses Michael to write his story.
Once Michael makes contact with Mr. Breeze, he joins him in a
journey that involves making major medical discoveries and providing invaluable
assistance to law enforcement. As he travels with Mr. Breeze, Michael struggles
with understanding who his companion is and how he is able to do so many
amazing things.
Already optioned for a movie and with a follow up in the work,
this book will be a must read for many people.
It is as one reviewer put it…
Honestly, when I
finished this book, I just sat there for a bit….thinking….gathering my
thoughts. I went back to the beginning of the book and read the first few pages
again. This book is really nothing like anything I have ever read…
I had to remind myself
that this book is fiction. But, could it be true????

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 Morrie Richfield

Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Morrie Richfield

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Morrie Richfield”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:

“Morrie Richfield – Mr Breeze”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat” is murder mystery
writer Catherine Astolfo, who is the author of the Emily Taylor Mystery series.
Like Saturdays guest Rosemary McCracken, Catherine heralds
from Canada and that is just one of many links with my last shows guest.
Catherine is a Past President of Crime Writers of Canada and
is a member of Sisters in Crime (Toronto). She is co-owner of Scribes Digest,
an ezine for “lovers of the written word” (www.scribesdigest.com.
The writing bug hit her at a very early age and she well
remembers writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. The fruition
of this need to write however waited until she retired from education that she
started actually finish her up until then just dabbled with novels.
Of course Catherine’s education background became par t of
her work as the “Emily Taylor Mystery” series centers around an elementary
school principal who becomes a reluctant sleuth through various circumstances.
Catherine’s first book “The Bridgeman”, was honored with a
Brampton Arts Award, receiving such rave reviews that the debut book was
quickly followed by “Victim”, “Legacy” and “Seventh Fire” which finally
revealed Emily’s dark past.
The novels have now been purchased and re-launched by “Imajin
Books” adding to the list of those who have read and enjoyed the “Emily Taylor
Mystery’s”.
Don Graves said about the series and Catherine’s writing:
“When I reviewed your novel, Victim (An Emily Taylor
mystery) I told my readers that I had discovered an exciting writer with a
poignant capacity to tell a story full of energy and passion. Description,
dialogue, plotting, all developed with the skill of a seasoned mystery writer.
Victim made my top 10 books for 2007. I recently read Legacy. It solidified my
feeling that you are a writer in for the long haul and should mature into a
mystery author of the top rank in Canada.”
Catherine who has also won several awards for her short
stories, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Crime
Story in 2012 for her short story “What Kelly Did“, is currently working
on several new novels including two children’s mysteries and a darker mystery
novel.

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 Catherine Astolfo

Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Catherine Astolfo

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Catherine Astolfo”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:

“Catherine Astolfo – Emily Taylor Mystery series”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Rosemary McCracken
is today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat” she is the author of the thriller novel
Safe Harbor” or is it “Safe Harbour” (You’ll have to listen to the show to
understand that comment).
Rosemary is now a freelance journalist who specializes in
personal finance and the financial services industry though her background has been
working in newspapers across Canada as
a reporter, arts reviewer, editorial writer and editor.
While literature has
always been part of her life it was only in the latter years that she finally
has produced her own literary works. Firstly with short stories and now finally
with her debut novel “Safe Harbor.”
The book was not
without its teething problems, her original attempt seemingly not being wanted,
it was only after sharing her work with v
eteran Canadian crime writer
Gail Bowen who told Rosemary that “This book needs to be written in the first
person…
”, (it was written in the third person), that ”Safe Harbor” became what
it is now.
Rosemary entered the rewrite in the 2010 Debut Dagger
competition, sponsored by the British Crime Writers Association, where it was shortlisted.
The success lead to it being published and Rosemary already has a follow up
under way.
About “Safe Harbor”: (taken from “Morgan Bailey’s Writing
Blog”)
Safe Harbor opens
when a frightened woman barges into financial planner Pat Tierney’s office with
a shocking request: “Look after my boy; he’s your late husband’s son.” The next
day the woman is murdered and police say the seven-year-old may be the killer’s
next target. In a desperate race to protect Tommy, Pat’s searches for the truth
and uncovers a deadly scheme involving illegal immigrants, trafficking in human
body parts and money laundering.
The book has received many great reviews, as one person
wrote.
“The title of Rosemary McCracken’s debut novel, Safe
Harbor, resonates on many levels. Safe Harbor, a house that offers refugees
with questionable legal status a home, is a central player in the novel’s
fast-paced and involving plot. But the words “safe harbor” also reflect
the life financial adviser Pat Tierney has chosen to live after her husband
Michael’s sudden death. In the opening pages of the novel, Pat is ripped from
her safe harbor by a dark secret from her husband’s past. She is forced to meet
challenges she could never imagine, but her courageous refusal to turn from
danger makes her a very compelling protagonist. This novel will stay with you
long after you’ve turned the final page.”

So listen now and share an interesting,and entertaining thirty minutes with my guest Rosemary McCracken.

(If you have enjoyed the blog or the radio show, why not become a follower of the show?)

Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Rosemary McCracken

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“Rosemary McCracken”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:“Rosemary McCracken – Safe Harbor”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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