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Archive for December, 2012

Tonight’s scheduled guest had to cancel, so I took the
chance to share with the listeners about a group I have been working with and sharing
with that offer a chance for authors and readers to help those recovering from
the tragic happenings in Newtown/Sand Hook here in Connecticut.
The group is “Words Heal” and hope  this blog and the show will pass on their
message.

Many people have been wondering how they can
help the school, children, and families of those affected by the
shooting in Newtown and many groups have been collecting teddy bears and
school supplies. Here is another option for you.

Several CT
children’s book and YA authors are in preliminary discussions with the
Newtown school district to bring healing all affected by the horrific
event. We are working in conjunction
with grief counselors and a school psychologist to teach students how to
journal through their emotions. We are hoping that through writing
these children find hope and a way of expressing their thoughts and
emotions. We are asking for people to donate journals and inscribe their
own encouraging words to the student recipient on the inside cover. If
you feel moved to donate to Words Heal, please send your inscribed
journals to:

Words Heal
c/o Knee High Academy
43 Hall Avenue
Wallingford, CT 06492

All donations should be received by January 31st and please know we
will send all journals directly to the Newtown school guidance
department. We will keep you posted as to our progress.

Instructions:
1. All journals donated should be inscribed by the donor with a positive message.
(preferably, no spiral notebooks)
2. Lined journals for student 3rd grade and up.
3. Primary journals for younger students (half lined half blank for illustration)
4. Journals must be received by January 31st
So listen now and share  A Book and a Chat about “Words Heal”

Barry

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A Book and a Chat about “Words Heal”

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“Words Heal”

You can find out more about Words Heal at:

“About Words Heal”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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One of the wonderful things about hosting a radio show is
that you never stop learning from the shows. Today’s show with Missy Wolfe is
one that I learned many new things about America and its history.
Missy’s book “Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of
Life and Loss In Earliest America, 1610-1665
, not only educates one into subjects that many in America will never
even have heard of but tells a true story that would put many a soap opera to
shame.
The book took seven years of
research during which time Missy turned up much unknown or forgotten pieces of
American history, from the fact that Greenwich was the border between New
England and New Holland to a forgotten Indian tribe whose name seems to have
skipped the history books.
The book is a true story of Elizabeth
Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett, one of the first settlers in 17th Century
America, and niece, then daughter-in-law, of Puritan leader John Winthrop,
whose band of English immigrants started the Massachusetts Bay Colony in
1630. 
About Insubordinate Spirit: (taken from Missy web
site)
Elizabeth’s first husband died his first
day in America and her second went insane. Denied permission to marry her third,
she lived with him regardless and faced a death sentence for it. Leaving the
safety of Boston’s Bay Colony, she settled on the untamed border between New
England and New Netherland that is now Connecticut near Manhattan. She faced
threats here as well from soldiers defending Dutch jurisdiction and angry
Munsees who detested her European presence.
An imperfect new American, she watched as the Dutch launched what  may
have been the largest massacre of the Indians in the northeast from her West
India Company property in Old Greenwich. Moving more deeply into New Netherland
to save herself from Indian retaliation and her own still-threatening English,
she became part of New Netherland’s Dutch society and did pay the price of
continued Indian anger. Surviving the turmoil of three colliding cultures, she
sought a better engagement with God, if not man, and successfully championed a
transformative new religion. Punished for this too, she embodied an emerging
new American persona, one that rejected an unworkable past and embraced a
future that nurtured the spirit of her intrepid life.

There is way to much to explain about in
this blog, it is one of the most fascinating true stories I have had on my 500
plus radio shows and one I highly recommend. Listen to the show and see what
you think.

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 Missy Wolfe
Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Missy Wolfe

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Missy Wolfe”

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

“Missy Wolfe – Insubordinate Spirit”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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It is funny how shows seem to run into each other in themes,
even though shows are booked months ahead and with no planning themes just seem
to happen. At the moment it seems we are having a of shows about life and
business, sort of self help authors. Following Charmaine Hammond’s  appearance on the Tuesday’s show, my guest
today is Linda Ballesteros.
Linda Ballesteros inspires and
empowers others to pursue their dreams and accomplish their goals. A modern renaissance
woman, Linda is a motivational speaker, business woman, a coach and leader for
women in business, author and radio show host.
A successful business woman,
banker, Linda went to a meeting about networking and found she just did not
understand what was being said or described. Taking matters into her own hands
thinking there might be other people who had heard of networking but like
herself had not the starting point, Linda set up her own business women’s
networking group, Wine, Women and Wealth.  The organization grew to more
than 300 members during it’s first year and recently merged with a nationwide
organization where she served as the Texas Regional Director.
Using this background Linda has
now not only become a much sort after speaker but has also shared he knowledge
in her book 
“Your Pot of Gold is a Handshake Away : A step by step
plan to quickly grow your business through referrals”
About “Your Pot of Gold is a Handshake Away”:
Transformation is the goal of this book which can take time
and intention. To make the concept easy, Linda designed the book to include: –
A quote from someone famous that you may respect. – An expansion of the quote’s
concept as it relates to business by referral. – Exercises that can cause specific
actions that will embed the concept on deeper level into your lifestyle. If you
follow these steps is no doubt in my mind that your goal of transformation will
be achieved. You will earn more money and attain sure confidence that your
business will continue to expand.
The book is a simple read, easy to follow and has been very
well received.
As one reviewer put it…
Linda absolutely puts in plain English and logic; the
importance and value of referrals. There are other books that will talk about
this subject but YOUR POT OF GOLD is the only resource that completes the study
and application of how to increase business through the referral system. It’s
not a boring encyclopedia type book–it’s a handy, use-it-now book that will
create growth immediately.
Linda shares her knowledge not only through her book and
inspirational speaking, but also through her own radio show “Power Talk with
Linda Ballesteros”.

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 Linda Ballesteros

Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Linda Ballesteros

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Linda Ballesteros”

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

“Linda Ballesteros”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Charmaine Hammond makes a welcome return to the show today,
to chat to us about not only her new book but also the ongoing success for
herself and her previous books.

Charmaine is an international transformational speaker, she is also a #1
international best selling and award winning author of dog book “On Toby’s Terms” and “Toby The Pet
Therapy Dog & His Hospital Friends
”, and now the co-author of wildly
popular new book, “GPS Your Best Life-charting your destination and getting
there in style.”

Since she was last on the show Charmaine has been the winner of the 2012
Business Matchmaker of the Year award, an international award
(eWomenNetwork)and has also been nominated for the 2012 RBC Woman Entrepreneur
of the Year Award.

On Toby’s Terms”, has won a GOLD in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards,  is a book about Charmaine’s dog, is in
development to be a motion picture with Impact Motion Pictures. She is also
author of a children’s series of books, Toby The Pet Therapy Dog & His
Hospital Friends
, the next in the series, Be a Buddy Not a Bully as well as
Toby and His Forever Family will be released early 2013.

Her new book “GPS Your Best Life-charting your destination and getting there
in style
” co-written with Debra Kasowski has already brought in rave reviews from
many people around the world , and making Amazon international best seller
status.

Shawne Duperon, Six-Time Emmy-Award said about the book…”An exciting journey
of discovery that has you expertly navigate hidden fears and procrastination to
embrace passion and adventure in creating your best life.”

 

About “GPS Your Best Life”:

Obstacles and roadblocks can detour us on the way to
success, or even prevent us from getting there at all. GPS Your Best Life helps
you determine where you are now, and, through practical strategies and
assessments, helps you clarify what you want in your personal and career life,
and shows you how to expertly navigate through hidden fears and procrastination
so as to get on the road to success now!
The book is written in a very easy to understand and follow
format which many have already remarked on.
As one reviewer put it…
This book is quick and easy to read, easy to understand and
simple to follow. And best of all it really works! It helps you to focus on
what you do want. If you want to be clear about your priorities and know what
is important to you, read this book! This book is easy to read, easy to
understand and simple to follow. And best of all it really works! If you want
to be clear about your priorities and know what is important to you, this book
is a must 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 Charmaine Hammond

Barry

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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
– “

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Every so often I come across a book on my show that I think
people should read, not just for enjoyment but in many ways for education as
well. While I have only been in America for twelve years thanks to a lot of
knowledge picked up doing “A Book and a Chat” one could say I know more about
the country and in many cases the people than many born and bred people in the
USA.
Today’s guest award winning author Barbara Everett Heintz
and her book “Pinkhoneysuckle” are cases in point. The book has already one several
wards and shows life, being mostly a memoir in an area that many American’s
just do not know about.

Barbara takes her  life story to
describe the “Hidden People” of Appalachia, basically 3rd
world existence,

Where the poor whites and blacks discriminated against and
segregated to the poorest mountainous regions of the Bible Belt, their strength
and identity shaped by religious values and the virtue of living off the land.

Through her own upbringing she is able to provide a unique insight to the Appalachia
in the mid-20th century, the class struggles and poverty, the family dynamics
and rich cultural traditions.

The book takes the reader through the harshness of the Appalachian way of
life that included abuse and incest, Barbara is able to portray the misery that
she lived through.

As one reviewer put it…

The author brings us into her life in Appalachia in a time when most of
America barely even knew they existed. She does not spare the painful details,
yet comes to an understanding of the people she grew up with, family, friends
and neighbors alike. She selflessly loves all as she matures, and her
understanding of the human condition grows.

To my mind it is a must read book, perhaps a true masterpiece. It shares about
how a poor family that lives in the hill country of the rural South. Written in
unique style that it is a pleasure to read, and has the reader constantly what will
be revealed next.
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 Everett Heintz

Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Barbara Everett Heintz

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Barbara Everett Heintz”

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

“Barbara Everett Heintz – Pinkhoneysuckle”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Linda Kovic-Skow, French Illusions, Memoir, France, aupair,
learning French, romance, beautiful, captivating, Book and a Chat.
When Linda Kovic-Skow reached a form of mid-life crisis
after her youngest daughter went off to college she wrote out a form of bucket
list consisting of items like “learn to play the piano” and “travel to Africa
to see elephants” . While some of the items on her list were not available for
her to do one item on the list was something she was able to complete and that
was “write a book”.
Eventually she found an old diary she kept back in 1979,
which she used as the basis for her beautiful debut novel,   or rather memoir “French Illusions”.
About “French Illusions”: (Taken from “I am a Reader” blog):
In the summer of 1979, twenty-one-year-old Linda Kovic
contracts to become an au pair for a wealthy French family in the Loire Valley. 
To secure the position, she pretends to speak the language,
fully aware her deception will be discovered once she arrives at her
destination. 
Based on the author’s diary, French Illusions captures
Linda’s fascinating and often challenging real-life story inside and outside
the Château de Montclair. 
The over-bearing, Madame Dubois, her accommodating husband,
Monsieur Dubois, and their two children are highlighted as Linda struggles to
adapt to her new environment. Continually battling the language barrier, she
signs up and attends classes at the local university in the nearby town of
Tours, broadening her range of experiences. When she encounters, Adam, a
handsome young student, her life with the Dubois family becomes more
complicated, adding fuel to her internal battle for independence.
The book introduces you to the life in the  Loire
Valley, and reminded the reader what it was like to be young and adventurous. It
is beautifully written painting the picture for the reader in a story that will
stay with you long after you have finished reading the book.
 “French Illusions
will leave the reader wanting more, something that Linda is already working on
with a follow up 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 Linda Kovic-Skow

Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Linda Kovic-Skow

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Linda Kovic-Skow”

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

“Linda Kovic-Skow – French Illusions”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

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