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Bob Ferguson is my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”, chatting about his debut book the thriller “Buzzard Bay”. Bob grow up in a remote region of Canada without electricity or telephones, spending many an evening dreaming of faraway places listening to an old battery operated radio.

Later these once dreamed about places became reality as Bob traveled extensively. His trips to the Bahamas formed a basis for Buzzard Bay for the show Bob contacted us from Fiji, where Bob writes and his wife teaches.

Enjoyed by both men and woman, Buzzard Bay gives readers all the adventure and thrill they could ask for in this unputdownable read.

About Buzzard Bay: (taken from authors site)

Bob Green and his family get the opportunity of a lifetime by becoming involved in a new farming project in the Bahamas.  A plane crash confirms his suspicions as to why the farm has been operating at a loss.  The project is not what it seems on the outside. 

The discovery of drugs on the airplane put all their lives in jeopardy.  Instead of leaving well enough alone, Green decides to fight back. He becomes involved in a world of intrigue, sex, violence, and drugs.  In doing so, he finds out that there is a fine line between good and evil. An assassination attempt in Canada goes terribly wrong during a vicious snowstorm. 


When the sky clears and the bodies pile up, it becomes quite apparent that this was no hunting accident.  Two men escaped.  Bob Green was motivated by the love of his wife and family, Henekie by the death of his best friend and mentor, but mostly by greed.  Unwittingly, these two bitter enemies become embroiled in a bitter power struggle between a Columbian drug lord and the CIA in the Bahamas.

As one reviewer put it…

Buzzard Bay” in an original plot with twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages. A fantastic mystery that includes sex, violence, drugs and romance. I loved his characters as they were strong and independent. I do hope there is a sequel to this book, I want to know what happens! Highly recommended for all readers.

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 Bob Ferguson

Barry

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Back in the 70’s Kathryn Falk decided to write a reference book entitled LADIES
OF THE KNIGHT. While in the process of tracking down publishers, booksellers
and authors, and compiling profiles and information, she discovered there was
no way of knowing what books were coming out, when and where they would appear,
which ones were best, who the authors were or how to write them. As she
recalls, “Historical romances by Barbara Cartland, Rosemary Rogers and
Jennifer Wilde were selling million of copies, she knew there had to be
thousands of women, maybe more, who were curious about this type of reading. This
was the start of what has “RT Book reviews”.

Romantic Times are the
undisputed experts at reaching romance book lovers and creating a promotional
medium for publishers and authors for the sale of even more romances started in
the 70’s. Today RT BOOK REVIEWS Magazine reviews every romance published and
rates it but it also reviews over 100 books in various other genres.

Next week sees the literary
world headed to Kansas City for “The 30th RT Booklovers Convention” which will host
over 1000 readers and 400 Bestselling authors.

Today I was lucky enough
to have two of the authors who will be appearing at this wonderful event as
guest on “A Book and a Chat”, to chat about the convention and their own books.

Brenda Jackson is a
mutli award winning author, with a 100 books to her name several of which have
gone on to be made into films, next week will be her 15th RT
Convention. She is t
he first African-American romance author to
make USA Today’s Bestseller’s List and the New York Times Bestseller’s List for
the series romance genre. Her books have such a following she hosts her own
cruise for her “literary family”.

Writing several different series she is scheduled to
release almost a book a month this year with “A Brothers Honor” coming out in
June and three more of the Westmorland, romantic western series scheduled over
the summer months.

Guy Cote, will be attending his first RT Convention with
his debut thriller “Long Live The King” the first in his “Charlemagne Saga”.
Like Brenda he will not only be signing copies of his book and chatting to visitors
but also be on a few panels and guest speaker events. His book allows him to
share his love for history and travel mixed up with suspense, action, adventure…
definitely a name for the future!

While the event covers the days there is also plenty to
enjoy at night with balls, dances and fun events scheduled every evening
providing more time for readers and authors alike to rub shoulders and chat
about the wonderful world of “RT REVIEWS”.

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So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining
show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat about The
30th RT Convention with Brenda Jackson and Guy Cote

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat about The 30th RT Convention with Brenda Jackson and Guy Coten”

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“The 30th RT Convention”

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

“The 30th RT Convention”

“Brenda Jackson”

“Guy Cote”

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Fellow Connecticut author Mark Rubinstein is the guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”, with a background of medicine and psychiatry which includes several non-fiction books, Mark has now produced his debut fiction novel in the form of the wonderful suspenseful and riveting, “MAD DOG HOUSE”.

The book is a fast passed page turner, a provocative psychological thriller that will keep you as one reviewer stated… “kept reading faster and faster to find out the ending.”

About Mad Dog House:

The action revolves around three men who grew up together and never expected their pasts would come back to haunt them 30 years later. Throughout the novel, the author provokes readers to think about the unrelenting power of the past, and the demons lurking inside others, and perhaps themselves. Rubinstein, a psychiatrist, never lets us forget that no one is ever completely in control of their destiny. 


Roddy Dolan was a young man living in Brooklyn with an explosive temper and shady friends, which nearly landed him in prison at 17. If it weren’t for a compassionate judge and the Army, Roddy might have ended up going nowhere.  But that’s the past, gone for good. Or is it?


After escaping his hell on earth – a harrowing childhood in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn – Roddy now has a successful, fulfilling career as a surgeon, a beautiful family, and a lovely home in the suburbs of New York. Today, at age 45, he is a different man and worthy of the respect he has earned. Rage is no longer part of his life. Or, so Roddy thinks…until a friend from the past appears out of the blue and drags him back into the shadows of organized crime and re-evokes his long-buried “Mad Dog” alter ego.   

  

Reviews have been flooding in from many readers with words such as… “can’t put down,’ fast-paced, superbly written thriller” and “In Mark Rubinstein’s Mad Dog House, the characters–all well-developed and dripping with authenticity–propel the novel along with style and edge-of-your-seat excitement. Word of caution: be prepared for an all-night, page-turning read where you will emerge exhilarated and begging for more.”

Well reviewer your wish will be granted, as we discussed during the show, people are already asking for more and the standalone novel will soon have a follow up in the form of “Mad Dog Justice”.

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 Mark Rubinstein

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Mark Rubinstein”

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“Mark Rubinstein”

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

“Mark Rubinstein – Mad Dog House”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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It was another of our one hour specials as I introduce to the audience and chat with another member of the “Class of 2K13” in the form of author Liesl (like Weasel) Shirtliff.

Liesl grow up in Salt Lake City, Utah the fifth of eight children, a childhood filled with magic be it from her love of dancing, singing, playing the piano or reading, she read Grimm’s Fairy Tales so often she wore through the binding.

Like the Brady Bunch, plus two she remembers summer when her parents piled all the kids in a 12-passenger van, complete with a license plate that said 8SGREAT, and drove to California where she spent magical summers on mountains and lakes and beaches. The fact she later had to drive that same van to school somehow takes a little away from the story.

Her love of music continued and she received a degree from Brigham Young University in music, dance, and theater, thinking her life would involve belting out show songs, this  changed with the birth of her first child, Liesl settling to the slightly quieter art of writing.

Now Liesl drawing from her love of fairy tales shares her debut midgrade book “Rump”.

About “Rump” (taken from OneFor KidLit)


In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke.

Rump has never known his full name—his mother died before she could tell him. So all his life he’s been teased and bullied for his half-a-name. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. For Rump discovers he can spin straw into gold. Magical gold.


His best friend Red Riding Hood warns him that magic is dangerous—and she’s right! That gold is worth its weight in trouble. And with each thread he spins, Rump weaves himself deeper into a curse.


There’s only one way to break the spell: Rump must go on a quest to find his true name, along the way defending himself against pixies, trolls, poison apples, and one beautiful but vile-mannered queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—Rump just might triumph in the end.


As we heard during the show there were a few items that had to be changed along the way, such as the name of the donkey, however the resulting novel is a fairy tale master piece for all to read and enjoy.

As one reviewer put it…

I had never been a big fan of the fairy tale, Rumplestiltskin but this book changed my mind! Such a fun, humorous and clever take on the classic. I read it to my children ages 5 – 9 and they couldn’t wait for bedtime when they could listen to another chapter of this magical book full of trolls, fairies, bullies, magic and a surprising hero. One of the best children’s books I’ve read in a long time. I can’t wait for another book by Liesl Shurtliff.

As we learned there is another book based on Jack and the Beanstalk already on the horizon, and I for one can’t wait to read more from this talented author.

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 Liesl Shirtliff

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Liesl Shirtliff”

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“Liesl Shirtliff”

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

“Liesl Shirtliff – Rump”

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My guest today Chris Karslen is a native of Chicago, former police detective and now romantic suspense author she grew up with a love of history and books. Her parents loved traveling, a passion they passed on to her. Though her desire to write began in her teens, Chris spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies before she decided to pursue her dreams.

Now an internationally published author, Chris has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa satisfying her need to visit the places she read about.

Having spent a great deal of time in England and Turkey, she has used her love of both places as settings for her books. “Heroes Live Forever,” which is her debut book, is set in England as is the sequel, “Journey in Time.” Both are part of her “Knights in Time” series, and soon to be joined by a third novel.

Her third book, released in late 2011, “Golden Chariot,” started her on the romantic thriller path, set in Turkey as described by Night Owl Reviews as…

5-Star review- As with her other books, Chris Karlsen has impeccably researched her topic. Golden Chariot is engaging and full of information and insight. I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, well-written story and am looking forward to reading more from this author. Josie–Night Owl Reviews.

This has now been followed by a second in the series which is already looking to be another hit for Chris in the form of “Byzantine Gold”.

About Byzantine Gold: (taken from Examiner blog)

Charlotte and Atakan, the hero and heroine from Golden Chariot are archaeologists who are assigned to work the recovery of a Byzantine shipwreck off the coast of Cyprus. Atakan is an agent with the Turkish Ministry of Culture, the investigation of artifact smuggling is one of his duties.


Prior to leaving for Cyprus with Charlotte, Atakan is seriously wounded by an old enemy he had imprisoned and is now bent on revenge. Atakan is still to be present on the wreck site but Charlotte will have to partner with another diver.


The unusual hoard of gold the wreck carried as cargo has brought a lot of publicity. It has also caught the attention of a militant cell of the PKK, a terrorist organization operating near the southeastern border of Turkey. The leader of the cell has managed to infiltrate the recovery team. His group plan on attacking the team’s campsite and stealing the valuable relics to sell on the black market. Monies from the smuggling operation will buy more weapons for the cell. The terrorist becomes Charlotte’s dive partner.


Charlotte and Atakan know the old enemy of his will strike at him again. While watching and waiting for the next attempt, the infiltration of the terrorist is discovered. Atakan and a fellow agent of the Ministry must race the clock to prevent the attack on the camp.

A great sequel to Golden Chariot” described by one reviewer as…


…another action packed thriller rich with description of Turkey. The romance between Charolette and Atakan continue to enthrall as an old enemy closes in determined to finish them off for good. There are intense and vivid character portrayals of the villain Tischenko as well as the main characters and terrorists. Karlsen keeps you in suspense wondering what will happen next and how it will all end.

The review end…”Highly Recommended” which is exactly how I feel about this great author.

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 Karslen

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Chris Karsleni”

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“Chris Karslen”

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

“Chris Karslen – Byzantine Gold”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is author, speaker, coach, and seminar leader her aim is to help people to lead a more joyful and awakened spiritual life, Linda Ferguson.

With life as it is these days seemingly taking you from one crisis to another it is hard to “look on the bright side of life” as Monty Python would say. However with Linda’s books, weekly blogs, workshops and presentations she is able to teach you to do just that, walk the path of love rather than hate and negativity.

Linda is the author of two books, “The Path for Greatness – Work as Spiritual Service” which she wrote just over ten years ago in which Linda is able to help with the understanding of how to bring the spiritual side of our lives to the office on a daily basis. She shows, irrespective of one’s particular religious credo, how to tap that often neglected side of one’s persona and how to be a complete person.

Now using her experiences and what she has learned following the learning’s of personal spiritual practice includes daily prayer and meditation, Sufi Dances of Universal Peace, Integral Yoga, Native American Sweat Lodges and other Earth-based ceremonies. She has produced a new book “Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand

About “Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand”

Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand provides insightful stories and ideas to support your spiritual journey and help you answer your soul’s calling. Inside you’ll read how to step fully into who you are as an awakened soul being. You’ll read ways to apply spiritual principles for daily challenges and stresses of relationships, finances, work, or family. You’ll learn how to connect with the joy and beauty of who you are as a spiritual being through your various human experiences.

You’ll learn ways to shift how you experience your world using the affirmations, meditations, and visualizations provided in each chapter. A new process called Transformational Empowerment™ shows seven key steps for manifesting your heart’s desire and fulfilling your soul contracts.

You’ve already signed up to be an agent for spiritual transformation, in your own life and in the world. Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand is a spiritual guidebook to help you navigate through your daily stresses, spiritual tests, and challenging relationships. It also is a celebration of the joy you are here to experience as a conscious co-creator. Each chapter ends with concrete, meaningful exercises for you to use immediately!

No matter how dark the clouds are that cover your life, follow the simple steps in Linda’s book and the rays of hope and understanding will I’m sure brighten your life. in an east to read format with exercises after every chapter it is sure to help you to become “Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand”.

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 Ferguson

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Linda Ferguson

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“Linda Ferguson – Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand”

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Nadine Singel writing under “N.M Singel” is another author who I came across when hopping around “The Next Big Thing” blog sites. I was really impressed when reading about her book “The Wicked Passage“.

Nadine is an award winning author who studied at Warwick, one of the best universities in England. She has written two plays and several short stories as well as well as being the recipient of the Iren Ryan acting scholarship for her performance at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Taking her love for literature along with a passion for Star Wars and Star Trek, Nadine has been able to produce “The Wicked Passage” the first in what I believe will be a much read and loved series about “Blake Wyatt”

About “The Wicked Passage”: (taken from Amazon)

Thirteen year old Blake Wyatt dug his bloodied fingers into the splintered railing of the ancient ship, struggling for footing in the violent storm. He wants desperately to wake from this nightmare…but he isn’t sleeping. The mutiny is real and the great Christopher Columbus is about to be murdered-Dagonblud’s latest victim in his quest to erase the world’s history by stealing its past, with control of the future as his ultimate reward.

It’s up to Blake, the youngest in his family of sapphire travelers, to master his incredible new powers so he can sneak through time, find, and destroy the Tolucan leader. But Dagonblud has other plans.

Will Blake ever see his family again? or will Dagonblud eliminate the last sapphire traveler standing between him and world supremacy? Strap yourself in to see how a bizarre assignment from a substitute teacher quickly turns deadly in this epic thrill-ride through time. The only thing that is certain is that Blake’s life, and the world around him, will never be the same.

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The second book as we learned will have Blake meeting Albert Einstein and who know where else the travels of Blake Wyatt will take him. A great first book sure to be enjoyed by all ages.

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 N. M. Singel

Barry

Direct link to the show
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You can find out more about my guest and their books at:
“N. M. Singel – The Wicked Passage”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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