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John Paul Jaramillo is my guest on today’s “A Book and a
Chat
”. He grew up being told stories by a crazy grandfather, something he has
always tried to keep up with. A failed poetry writer in his early years he went
on to creating as he says “failed stories” before he found his writing style
and voice.

Writing in a writing more minimalist style he began to create stories about
his younger days in Colorado.

Thus “House of Order” was created,
John Paul began getting down stories about the neighborhoods he grew up around
in southern Colorado. 
He found his inspiration in the old
house he’d grown up in and in the old folks of his family. 
John Paul has been trying to capture
their stories and re-imagine old family stories and myths since then. These
have now come together in his debut book “House of Order”

 

 

About “House of Order” : (Taken from
Amazon)
The House of Order, the first
collection of composite stories by John Paul Jaramillo, presents a stark vision
of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and Northern New
Mexico. Manito Ortiz sorts family truth from legend as broken as the steel
industry and the rusting vehicles that line Spruce Street. The only access to
his lost family’s story is his uncle, the unreliable Neto Ortiz.
The book has already received many
great reviews
Jaramillo
creates vivid and engaging characters you can’t help but either outright
dislike or feel for as their story unfolds before your eyes. I found the
dynamic between the father and uncle the most interesting; one trying to teach
his children the value of working hard, while the other teaches them how to
gamble at the track. Despite the father’s (or, the Jefe, as they call him)
faults, he does have that good quality about him. He wants his children to do
the right things and work hard for what they get in life.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes character-driven
stories and are not  put off by bad
language and mild adult situations.

The more you read “House of Order” the more you get drawn into the characters
and their situations. With another book underway we will I’m sure hear a lot
more of John Paul Jaramillo

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 John Paul Jaramillo

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with John Paul Jaramillo

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“>”John Paul Jaramillo – House of Order”

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My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is historical romance writer “Holly
Bush

Holly was raised in a house full of books she is a voracious reader of a
wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and has been writing all her life.

Life delayed her blossoming into the writer that she has become, in fact she
actually wrote two of her books while watching her daughter playing softball.

In 2011 however she produced her first historical romance book “Romancing Olive
set as are her other books in the late 1800’s.

This first book firmly put the name Holly Bush on the historical romance
ladder, receiving many praise worthy reviews about her novels and story lines.

This early success was soon followed by a second and equally successful book “Train
Station Brid
e”.

Again set in the late 1800’s and with more travel by train (there is a book
coming soon with travel by a boat instead of a train…honest). The again
received a very warm response with such comments as

“”Train Station Bride is a beautiful tale of love, family and
redemption . . . I could smell the bread baking in the oven and hear the corn
stalks rustling in the field. Train Station Bride is the perfect historical
romance.”

Now Holly has produced a new historical romance novel “Reconstructing
Jackson

About “Reconstructing Jackson” : (taken from Amazon)

1867 . . . Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran, Reed Jackson, returns to
his family’s plantation in a wheelchair. His father deems him unfit, and deeds
the Jackson holdings, including his intended bride, to a younger brother. Angry
and bitter, Reed moves west to Fenton, Missouri, home to a cousin with a
successful business, intending to start over.

Belle Richards, a dirt poor farm girl aching to learn how to read, cleans,
cooks and holds together her family’s meager property. A violent brother and a
drunken father plot to marry her off, and gain a new horse in the bargain. But
Belle’s got other plans, and risks her life to reach them.

Reed is captivated by Belle from their first meeting, but wheelchair bound, is
unable to protect her from violence. Bleak times will challenge Reed and
Belle’s courage and dreams as they forge a new beginning from the ashes of war
and ignorance.

The book contains enough language and love scenes to make it believable and
has received reviews such as…

I felt like I was transported through time…it has romance, history, villains and heroes…wonderful. One of the things I like most about Holly’s
novels is that they are so realistic. The love scenes are just enough…if
there is a bad guy…there is bad language (just enough…again believable).
You are outraged in parts…can understand why Jackson feels how he does and
even the hatred some of the other characters hold on to. I loved, loved, loved
this book.

With a new book “Cross the Ocean” (yes a boat not a train) coming soon, the
name Holly Bush is one that many historical readers will be looking for on the
book shelves.

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 Holly Bush

Barry

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sh”>A Book and a Chat with Holly Bush

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“Holly Bush – Reconstructing Jackson”

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Today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat” is one of my most popular and frequent visitors Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias.

Kathi has come a long way since her early days of writing teens and children’s religious/help books such as “Life Can Be Tough” and “Mummy Where Are You”.

 Her writing grow as did her following with the “Tony Mathews Mystery Series” before she found her calling both the literary market and in her life by spreading the word about issues and Christians around the world facing the ultimate test of faith.

Her book “No Greater Love” about forbidden romance, an unlikely martyr and an even more unlikely hero in South Africa, launched her “Extreme Devotion Series”. This was followed by “More Than Conquers” (Mexico), “Red Ink” (China) and “People of the Book” (Middle East). The series brought many awards and plaudits to Kathi spreading her name as she spread the knowledge of social injustice around the world.

Firmly now in the literary map, Kathi continued with her new “Freedom” series where “Deliver Me From Evil”, “Special Delivery” and “The Deliverer” which through powerful, heart retching words shared a story about human trafficking that brought a fresh influx of readers and awards.

After a break with the first of her Christmas books “A Christmas Journey Home” Kathi is back with another series that will touch people’s hearts as well as educate them, as well as a second Christmas story.

 “Unexpected Christmas Hero” is Kathi’s Christmas book for 2012 which not only has proved yet another huge success but has a story within itself. A powerful story of the homeless and how it can happen to anyone at any time it is a novel that can bring tears and smiles.

Willard Parker, the homeless man who appears on the cover of Unexpected Christmas Hero was recognized by a family member and has now been reunited with his daughter and grandchildren.

 “The Moses Quilt” is the first in a new “Quilt” three (for now) book series, which shares life and it’s issues.

 About “The Moses Quilt” (taken from Kathi’s web site)

 The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family’s past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother’s Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.

 As one reviewer described the book…

 

Kathi Macias is a master storyteller, weaving a tale within a tale, of factual acounts regarding the life of Harriet Tubman and the Gee’s Bend quilters. This book is incredibly well researched and accurate in detail. Family dynamics are beautifully presented through three generations of women and their relationships and importance to one another. 

The characters in this book are well developed and believable, unforgettable characters to love and cherish. “The Moses Quilt” affected me on many personal levels, as a quilter, as a grandparent to a biracial grandson, my personal freedom from prejudice in my own life, and on an emotional level that is unforgettable. I highly recommend this sensitive, poignant, well-written, authentic story within a story! I will read this book again and again.

The book and the series once again will have the awards and request for more knocking on Kathi’s door.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining one hour special as I chat with my guest today on A Book and a Chat with Kathi Macias

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Kathi Macias

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Linda Yoshida, aka Kaylin McFarren was previously on my show
chatting about her debut romance novel “Flaherty’s Cross”, today she returns to
talk about her latest series of books which have already won several awards.

Kaylin has writing in her blood, her great aunt “Bessie B.
Cordell”,  was an evangelistic missionary
during WWII,  and was instrumental in
opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China. She though, also wrote two published
novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, about her
dangerous, harrowing experiences.
Kaylin is now following down the same road to success with
her latest novel “Severed Threads” the first in the “Threads” series of romance
suspense/adventure novels.
When asked what was the hardest thing re writing a romance suspense
thriller, Kaylin replied…
“The most difficult task to writing a
suspense story is to keep the action moving while revealing character traits
and emotions along the way. Severed Threads contains an array of
characters and each serve their purpose in revealing a twisting and turning
plot that ultimately leads to a pleasant resolve. However, keeping the voices
of each person unique also proved to be a challenge.”
About “Severed Threads” (taken from the
authors web site)
Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving
accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position
at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her
former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese
merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating – until her brother is
kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control
over her own life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also
relive the circumstances that lead to her father’s death.
 

Using knowledge from her own travels
along with research in underwater treasure hunting Kaylin has penned a novel
that already has people asking for more, a wish that will soon be answered when
further books in the series “Buried Threads” and “Banished Threads” become
available.

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 Kaylin McFarren

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Kaylin McFarren

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“Kaylin McFarren”

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“Kaylin McFarren – Severed Threads”

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Each year a group of debut YA and mid-grade authors form a
group to help each other, over the last few years many of these authors have
not only appeared on “A Book and a Chat” but gone on to bigger and perhaps
better things. Today on the show is the first in this years “Class of 2K13″ Liz
Fichera
”.

While Liz is a debut “YA” author she has already two fiction
publications to her name.
Liz is one of the few authors that include Native American
people as main characters in her stories. Living in Phoenix, Arizona, she surrounded
by over 20 Native American communitiesLiz writes storie.

Her
first book “Captive Spirit” was set in the
sixteenth century in the area
now known as Phoenix, Arizona we follow the story of Aiyana, a young tribal
woman of the White Ant Clan.

This was followed by “Craving Perfect” described by one reviewer as…

A wonderful novel that takes you on a magical treadmill ride. Downtrodden
Grace isn’t happy with her lackluster life and yearns to be someone people pay
attention to. And then — after a spectacular treadmill fall — she suddenly
is. But is perfect really all she hoped for?


‘Craving Perfect’ has the perfect ingredients for a delicious summer read.

Liz writes about ordinary teens who do extraordinary
things. This is very true about her debut YA novel
Hooked“. 
About Hooked (taken from Lunas Little
Library):
When Native American Fredericka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to
become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an
opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one
in her family has done.
But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome —
especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked
off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the
killer swing and the boy with the killer smile.
Though this is her debut YA novel a companion novel “Player”
is already optioned to soon hit the book shelves and with several other books
in the pipeline we shall, I am sure, hear a lot more from Liz Fichera.
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 Liz Fichera

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Liz Fichera

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“Liz Fichera”

You can find out more about my guest at:

Liz Fichera – Hooked
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For over thirty years “preventionist” Deborah Dupre’ has
been fighting for  human rights, peace,
social justice and environmental activism and research.
Now in her book “Vampire of Macondo” she
shares the “ Life, Crimes, Curses in South Louisiana on the Gulf of Blood
That  Powerful Forces Do Not Want You to Know.”
While we are being told from the highest position in the land and with every
advert for South Louisiana,    that
the beaches and the food in that are safe…. But are they?
The book tells through over 400 pages and 1000 references the
untold story of psychopathic genocide of Americans by the petrochemical
military industrial complex, of how BP’s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe has
sickened and killed thousands of people on the Gulf of Mexico Coast and government
covered it up.
The book shares the heart-rending stories of the victims and
thoroughly documented evidence of crimes by Big Oil, the military, the seafood
and tourism industries, health care providers, and corrupt government leaders.
As one reviewer put it…

Author and human rights professional Deborah Dupré has
succeeded at documenting the truth about the shocking impact of the disaster on
the environment and on communities. Moreover, on 429 pages with over 1000
references, Deborah Dupré is conveying the full spectrum of the story. Dupré
succeeded at correlating the heartbreaking suffering of victims with names,
broken hopes and dreams, the faces behind a seemingly faceless big oil and
politics, the criminal race for global, full spectrum dominance of the United
States and the military industrial complex, and most importantly, she has done
her work meticulously enough to place responsibility where it belongs.

Vampire
of Macondo
is the shocking truth about a people who have become victims of
their government’s war against its own people and peoples´worldwide. It is not
only recommended reading for Americans. It is even more recommended reading and
a stern warning for anyone in nations like the Philippines, Vietnam, South
Korea, Laos, Myanmar, and people anywhere, where the U.S.A. is exporting its
particular brand of freedom, democracy, security and human rights.

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 Deborah Dupre’

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Deborah Dupre’

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“Deborah Dupre'”

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“Deborah Dupre’ – Vampire of Macondo”

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Throughout history
craft has always had it’s line of humor, from large falic symbols to ancient
cave paintings, there has always been something to laugh at, now we can read
about many such ideas.
My guest today
Brigitte Martin is a craft artist trained in gold jewelry making, also she is
the creator of “CRAFTHAUS” a site that is “PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT
ARTISTS” a group that has over two thousand participants now she is an award
winning author.
Her book “Humor in Craft” has been named an award-winning finalist
for the 2012 USA Best Book Awards.
The
book consists of over 250 contributing artists, 256 pages and over 460 color images and artist commentary so it is not a book to rest on your book shelf but
one that people would just enjoy browsing though.
Humor In Craft” covers a variety of traditional
craft media are shown, such as furniture, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, and
metal, as well as a number of unique, nontraditional techniques. Even we
learned during the show, a bus shelter in London gets a creative make-over with
pillows etc that is sure to make you smile to any passerby.
What
happens when professional craft artists are allowed to let loose, when they get
to explore their mischievous and irreverent sides? Find out in this
groundbreaking book, which, for the very first time, reveals an entirely
different side of serious craft. Hundreds of images and essays from all over
the world allow you to gain insight into the creative minds of contemporary
artists like never before.
The topics range from the playful to the serious, but the message is always
most enjoyable. Humor in Craft is a treasure trove for craft aficionados and
humor enthusiasts alike.

As
one reviewer put it…
“I
think the book is absolutely fantastic. I never expected it to be of such great
quality and size. This book will not go on a shelf like my other books, it will
sit on a pedestal for everyone to see. You really created an over the top piece
of work with this edition. Congratulations.”   

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 Brigitte Martin
Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Brigitte Martin

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“Brigitte Martin”

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“Brigitte Martin – Humor In Craft”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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