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My guest on today’s 599th “A Book and a Chat” is Chad Schimke the author of “Picker”,” Pieces”, “Walker” and “Weirder”, also Enter Uno, the first in the We are Wildewood series which includes digital art by Solis (heartofsolis.com).

Chad spent a lot of his early years growing up in Northwestern New Mexico and you mix that experience with his current location of San Francisco and you have two vibrant locations that can only enhance ones experiences and provide color for Chad’s work.

Chad pens character driven books that while being paranormal are also filled with a mix of crime, macabre, fantasy and sci-fi there’ even a little romance, all set in iconic settings.

“PICKER” was Chad’s first novel which met much success and reviews such as…

Chad Schimke is a new writer for me … (he) has the ability to pull us in and we become, in a sense, characters in the story. We find ourselves in the criminal underworld and sit on the edge of our chairs as things are sorted out.

His follow up book “PEICES” received equally glowing reviews such as…

Chad Schimke’s book ‘Pieces’ is a masterpiece of intrigue, suspense and magical spells…and walks you right into the everyday paranormal – and he shows how silently ubiquitous it can be at every turn. Based in the city I am from, San Francisco, reading this book took me back to this city rich in stories and history. The author knows San Francisco inside and out and so, combined with such well-developed characters, complete with a witch and much more, made for such compelling reading.. that I couldn’t put this book down.”

With a new book “SECRETS”  a thriller with elements of crime, horror, paranormal and romance soon to be available Chad I’m sure will continue to grow both his audience and his following

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 Chad Schimke

Barry

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Like many other authors today’s guest Halli Lilburn has always dabbled in writing poetry and short stories, perhaps as she says it was her own therapy for those teenage years. She carried on this love for writing in her later life having many article and short stories published before finally creating her debut YA sci-fi adventure novel “Shifters“.

 The idea for the book came to Halli one night in a dream, never really thinking herself however to be a Sci-Fi writer it was a surprise to her when the idea for “Shifters” came to her.

About “Shifters”: (taken from Leigh Covington blog)

 The book is YA speculative fiction about a girl, Lina and her friends who stumble upon a government conspiracy taking place right in their school.
The corrupt branch is called the Special Force and their purpose is to weed out students who they deem have corrupt DNA to create a superior race.

Students get expelled and go missing. Even more shocking, Lina finds out the Special Force is sending these teens to another reality.
Lina steals the power to shift into new realities and uses this power to escape the Special Force and attempt to rescue her friends. It’s very plot driven, like a video game.

 The book made it high up the list at Amazon and received reviews like…

I found this YA novel engrossing and immensely invigorating. There’s no wasted wordage, no dropped plot threads, just moment-to-moment excitement and adventure, with the romance, friendship, character integrity, and villainous “overlords” woven in intricately. Just as importantly, the story line is so very plausible: almost any contemporary society today is aware of how close it could come to a fascist “Big Brother” type society, without even realizing until too late. 

The characters in this book are at first selectively chosen students of a new University, selected presumably for their higher capabilities. Yet they don’t understand, amid all the rigid rules and strictures that their value is in their DNA. It is not until one of her former neighborhood playmates, a boy she has known for years, disappears from the University that Lina realizes something terrible is afoot, and she, Yussef, and Jan begin to explore what it is-and discover the concept of “Shifters”-those who can pass among alternate dimensions. 

With the second book in the now trilogy already underway, I can see the main shifting Halli will do is towards the top of the Amazon selling list.

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 Halli Lilburn

Barry

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Lee Tidball is an award winning screenplay writer some of which have now been produced as novelts, but his original calling was as a teacher.

He became a full time writer after many years as a middle-grades teacher where he was able to share with his pupils the first jottings of his now launched books.

His novels fascinate and entertain both his middle-grade/young adult/family audience as well as Hollywood agents and producers. These include his graphic novel series “Princess Reborn,” based on his screenplay of the same name, his television pilot/series concept “Midnight Princess,” based on his novel “Hidden Talents; Ginah’s Journal #2″ (a prequel to “Princess Reborn”), his Christmas fantasy screenplay “Sandi Claus”, and his historical young-adult fantasy novel “Windfork Secrets.

Finding the market for his screen plays somewhat a closed shop he is now producing them as graphic novels as with “Princess Reborn”, which received an Honorable Mention in the Writers’ Digest 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards, Middle-grade/Young Adult category (2007).

About Princess Reborn: (taken from Amazon)

Lari’s puzzled. What’s Mom’s secret? And could it have anything to do with Lari’s, secret? Lari’s family will never be the same again when an unspeakable evil is unleashed on the world. A dark nemesis from mom’s phantom past, bent on ruling and revenge. The world will stand helpless against it. The time for Heroes has come again. One must be born, though she has no idea who she is. And the other must, against all odds, be REBORN.

With a publisher now picking up and re-launching some of his earlier work and more from the Princess Reborn series we will find the name Lee Tidball not only on the books shelves but hopefully soon on the screen as well.

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 Lee Tidball

Barry

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On today’s “A Book and a Chat” it is a another welcome return to the show for a previous guest, this time in the form if matchmaker and I would add humorist Marla Martenson.  If you’re looking a read that will make you think as well provide a good laugh then her books are for you.

As we discovered on her previous visit from her early days when she wanted to be anything from a singer to a TV presenter, Marla had stardust in her eyes, which eventually lead her to Hollywood where her acting career included television commercials and print modeling, as well of course as the required stint waiting on tables.

Using this experience she has previously written  her previous books. Her first book “Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting” in which she combined her talent and wisdom with sure-fire techniques of the Law of Attraction to help you bring that special love into your life. This was closley followed by her second book “Good Date, Bad Date” a guide for single women who are tired of trying to figure out the secrets to successful dating. In her book “Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker” Marla takes her readers for a hilarious romp through her days in an exclusive L.A. matchmaking agency and her daily struggles to keep her self-esteem from imploding in a town where looks are everything and money talks.

This last book has now been followed by “Hearts on the Line” in which Marla continues her won story of sinking to some very low times when, as she shares… “if the 99 Cent Store didn’t carry it, she didn’t buy it.”

From these profound reflections of her life and struggles Marla weaves in  enough  himour to have the reader laughing out loud.

About “Hearts on the Line” (Taken from Amazon)



Marla in her second installment, is still firing Cupid darts at work, a
plush dating service she calls the “Double D”—which doesn’t stand for
dream date. She and her husband Adolfo work hard to achieve their goal
of leaving their small apartment behind and buying a home, but with a
boss who requires Marla to cross ethical lines, a tiny spark is all it
takes, and Marla goes from being vice-president of a multi-city
enterprise to unemployment. Adolfo’s passion switches to anger and then
resentment, Marla’s celebrity hob-knobbing, shopping in boutiques, and
pricey Botox habit all skid to a dead stop. 

Bills pile up. Determined,
Marla turns to Craig’s list, connecting with a series of flaky
employers, and if the 99 Cent Store doesn’t carry it, she doesn’t buy
it. Broke and depressed, however, she rarely finds time to write. When a
former client calls and asks if she’d work with him as a matchmaker
privately, she shifts into a whole new level. Amazing things start
happening. Not only does she help people find soul mates instead of
trophies and sugar-daddies, she finds the emotional space to heal
personal traumas in the past, ranging from the bullying she endured in
her youth, a near rape, a disastrous previous marriage, and her father’s
death—an unusual experience involving the ocean’s kiss. Marla writes as
never before. 

Adolfo is proud of her, but Marla still holds grudges as
they search for a new home. She decides to rekindle the flame in her
marriage and thinks she knows just the person to help: Chantal, a former
client who owns a spa specializing in Brazilian hot waxes. This proves
to be a hilarious blend of torture, comedy, and high hopes—a bit like
life itself. Along with her clients, Marla’s heart is on the line as she
discovers the powerful ways in which dreams are real.

So listen and enjoy about this fabulous author, on today’s “A Book and a Chat with Marla Martenson”

Barry

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“Marla Martenson – Hearts on the Line”

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Harriet Rossetto is the author of the fascinating memoir/autobiography
Sacred Housekeeping – A Spiritual Memoir”. The book tells of Harriet’s
life which had its own devils and lack of direction was , by a chance answering
of an “ad” put on the path that would not only lead to the saving and redemption
of many Jewish people, but also help her face and conquer her own issues.
Trained as a social worker with a strong Jewish identity,
Harriet answered a classified ad in the Los Angeles times which for her would
change her life forever. The ad read… “Looking for a person of a Jewish
background to help incarcerated Jewish offenders.”
Soon realizing that most of the Jew in jail had committed their
crimes owing to “addiction” or as Harriet puts it “the dis-ease” of
addiction”.
Frustrated by the lack of resources, she embraced the
unpopular cause, fighting the widespread denial that “nice Jewish men and
women” could be addicts and criminals in need of rehabilitation. A woman
of passion, vision, and action, this fight took on the form of “Beit T’Shuvah:
The House of Return.”
During the next 25 years not only has this lead to the
saving of many people of the Jewish faith but also lead to Harriet’s marriage
to the now “Rabbi Mark Borovitz”.
As one reviewer said of the book…
Ms. Rossetto has once again accomplished the impossible:
written a profoundly naked autobiography of searing truth and honesty which is simultaneously
on every page also a very clear no-punches-pulled road-map as to how to lead a
life worth living.
About Sacred Housekeeping – A
Spiritual Memoir
(taken from Harriets web site)
An honest autobiography of a
courageous woman and social worker, who took an interest in the unpopular
cause of helping incarcerated Jewish men re-enter society and made it her
life’s passion. From that passion was born Beit T’Shuvah, a once tiny halfway
house that has grown exponentially into a renowned treatment organization.
 
 Her voyage is remarkable and an inspiration
to all people. This is the personal story of the obstacles she surmounted and
the successes she encountered. This book also tells the unconventional love
story of Harriet Rossetto and her husband, Rabbi Mark Borovitz.

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 Harriet Rossetto

Barry

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Pamela Fagan Hutchins is my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” not
only a multi award winning author but lists herself as… “writer, mediocre
endurance athlete (triathlon, marathons), wife, mom of an ADHD & Asperger’s
son, five kids/step-kids, business owner, recovering employment attorney and
human resources executive, investigator, consultant, and musician”… wares me
out just saying all of the things she does.
Always a reader and would be writer she first embarked writing about
things she know in the nonfiction field, these book included  top Ghost Story in 2012 from the Houston
Writers Guild. She also won one top award and two finalist awards in the 2012
USA Best Book Awards, for “How to Screw Up Your Kids” (1st in
Parenting/Divorce/Family), Puppalicious and Beyond (Finalist in Nonfiction:
Narrative), and Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans (Women’s Health).
During this time and using her own knowledge of the location and even
knowledge of  the local ghost, she
finally started writing her fiction series “Katie and Annalise”, the first and
now award winning novel of the series being “Saving Grace”. 
About “Saving Grace”: (taken from Dark Phantom Blog)
If you’re at all inclined to be swept
away to the islands to fall in love with a rainforest jumbie house and a Texas
attorney who is as much a danger to herself as the island bad guys, then dive
headfirst with Katie Connell into Saving Grace. 

 

 

Katie escapes professional humiliation, a
broken heart, and her Bloody Mary-habit when she runs to the island of St.
Marcos to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents. But she trades one
set of problems for another when she is bewitched by the voodoo spirit Annalise
in an abandoned rainforest house and, as worlds collide, finds herself
reluctantly donning her lawyer clothes again to defend her new friend Ava, who
is accused of stabbing her very married Senator-boyfriend.
The book
has received world wide acclaim and the second of the series is already on the
way, the many readers clambering for more from this talented author will soon
be have their reading hunger satisfied.

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 Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Barry

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Yesterdays show was one of my one hour specials, as I welcomed another of the Class of 2K13 debut YA authors in the form of Justina Ireland.

Justina though doing the normal school writing did not really think about creating her first novel until recently. Far from following her love for historical events she created a YA novel more about dangerous girls than dangerous times. her debut book being called “Vengeance Bound”.

Justina says about the book

 “Vengeance Bound is really the product of two things: my time spent in the Army and being a light-skinned black girl and the expectations attached to both of those situations.”

Starting out she had her main character as a light-skinned black girl Justina found it a struggle to create the story, she then, as we learned during the show, changed her to the stereotypical dumb blonde and the story just flowed.

About “Vengeance Bound”: (taken Dark Faerie Tales blog)

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.


Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

The book is due to be launched in April and Justina already has a second book possibly being called “Promise of Shadows” scheduled for March next year.

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 Justina Ireland

Barry

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