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My guest today is Mary Crockett, an award winning poet and one of the co-authors of a great new YA novel “Dream Boy”.

Mary wrote her first poem at the age of 8, an epic about impending nuclear holocaust being diverted by a plucky little eight-year-old girl and her legion of insect friends. Amy and the Ants” was written in rhyming couplets and went on for several pages. Sadly, it was never finished.

Though her first income was for being a hand model for a toilet seat. She continued to write award winning poetry.  Deciding to move on to writing novel Mary paired up with author Madelyn Rosenberg, the result of which is a debut and really entertaining YA novel “Dream Boy”.

About “Dream Boy”:


Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.


One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of déjà vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.

In other words this great book could be summed up as…

Girl dreams boy. Girl meets boy. Girl, boy, and friends save universe

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 Mary Crockett

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with “Mary Crockett” and all my other archived shows

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“Mary Crockett – Dream Boy”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

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Today’s “A Book and a Chat” has Sally Ember dropping by to make an appearance. Describing herself as “Author, Buddhist meditator, NPO manager, swimmer, musician, poet, dreamer” Sally did not disappoint in making the show one that all will have enjoyed.

You can listen to the show if you missed it at

“A Book and a Chat with “Sally Ember” and all my other archived shows

Sally has been passionate about writing since she was nine years old. She’s won prizes for her poetry, stories, songs and plays. She began  meditation in her teens. Now, Sally delights fans of paranormal and romance by blurring the lines between fact and fiction in a multiverse of multiple timelines, often including exciting elements of utopian science fiction and Buddhism.

Her “The Spanners Series” is classed as sci-fi/ romance/ speculative fiction/paranormal/ multiverse/ utopian ebooks for Adult/New and Young Adult audiences.

Currently consisting of two novels “”This Changes Everything” and “This Changes My Family and My Life Forever,” Sally has  a further eight books in the series already mapped out.

About “This Changes My Family and My Life Forever”

Dr. Clara Ackerman Branon, 58, begins having secret visits from holographic representations of beings from the Many Worlds Collective, a consortium of planet and star systems in the multiverse. When Earth is invited to join the Collective, the holos choose Clara as liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective to make the secret visits public and guide Earth’s new leaders.



While Earthers adjust their beliefs and ideas about life, religion, culture, identity and everything they think and are, rebellions and conflicts arise. The Collective works with Clara to create the Psi-Warriors who fight the leaders of the resistance, the Psi-Defiers. With multiple re-sets needed to revise the past and future to save lives, in which of the timelines in the multiverse does her love, Epifanio Dang, get to be with Clara? Over Clara’s thirty-year term as Chief Communicator, Earthers must undergo major transformations.



Are YOU ready for the changes?

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 Sally Ember

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with “Sally Ember” and all my other archived shows

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

“Sally Ember – This Changes Everything”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

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I am glad to have on “A Book and a Chat” the return of international best selling thriller writer Allan Topol to chat his tenth book the latest his Craig Page thriller “The Argentine Triangle“.

Hero Craig Page previously appeared on the trilogy , the third and final book in trilogy that includes “The Spanish Revenge”,The China Gambit”, “The Russian Endgame”.

Now Allan Toplol one of the best thriller writers of today is back with The Argentine Triangle” another must read for all lovers of thrillers.

A lawyer of some not, Allan has used his legal and military knowledge along with locations he has visited in his much traveled life to produce a stream of books that have readers eagerly awaiting his next page turning thriller.

Currently, plans are in the works to make three of the earlier novels “SPY DANCE”, “A WOMAN OF VALOR”, and “DARK AMBITION” to be made into movies. As we learned a screenwriter has already been hired by a producer to write a screenplay for SPY DANCE, and it is nearing completion.–

About “The Argentine Triangle”: (taken from Amazon)

After a fall from grace and drastic cosmetic surgery in Switzerland,
former CIA director Craig Page is enjoying a new, exhilarating life
racing cars across Europe. But when new dangers threaten America and an
old friend goes missing during a covert mission in Argentina, will Craig
be ready to step up to the plate?



Undercover in the glamorous world of
Buenos Aires’ wealthy elite, Page finds himself on the brink of a
terrible discovery. General Estrada and Colonel Schiller have plans for
Argentina, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. A world of brutality
hidden in the classified secrets of Argentina’s Dirty War comes to
light, painting an image of the cataclysmic future awaiting Estrada’s
South America. To expose Estrada and put an end to his plot, Page is
forced to implement every instinct, skill, and tool in his arsenal. But
when it comes time to close in for the kill, Page meets with unexpected
complications-love, lust, and a lethal game of cat and mouse.

Hard on
the heels of The Russian Endgame comes Allan Topol‘s next great
thriller.

Rife with the exotic backdrops and hairpin plot turns that
put Topol on the best-seller list, The Argentine Triangle is a
heart-stopping foray into human vice coupled with power accelerating
towards catastrophe.

As the review says…In a world fraught with global conspiracy, Craig Page is king. So check it out!

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 Allan Topol

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with “Allan Topol” and all my other archived shows

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

“Allan Topol – The Argentine Triangle”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

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THE ANNUAL RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION AND 700 AUTHORS BRING “THE BIG READ” TO THE BIG EASY! 

So reads the hand out about the 31st Romantic Times or as it’s now called RT Convention, one the the hundreds of guest authors and speakers at the event is today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat “Renne Bernard.”

What in the world is a retired Navy chaplain’s daughter doing writing
scorching hot historical romances? Renee Bernard is applying a great
education from traveling all over the world to story telling and doing
her best to keep her father proud. Truthfully, her father is her number
one fan, even though he has sworn never to read a single word of her
books (a vow he has kept to this day!) Nothing stops him from telling
everyone he knows that his daughter is now a USA Today Bestselling
author or from handing out bookmarks on the golf course. Love can make
even a minister do strange things!

Renee Bernard is a freelance
writer and a contributor to Romantic Times Bookclub magazine. A Lady’s
Pleasure (Pocket Books, November 2006) was her first novel and won an
award from RT for “Best First Historical Romance of 2006”. She also
wrote a story for the School of Heiresses anthology (Pocket Books,
January 2007), which made the USA Today Bestseller List. Madame’s
Deception, was nominated for “Best Sensual Historical of 2007” by RT and
A Rogue’s Game, the final installment in the Mistress Trilogy, received
4 ½ stars and a Top Pick from RT and is available now.

Her next
books, “The Jaded Gentlemen Series”, are available now. The first book
in the series, Revenge Wears Rubies (Berkley, March 2010) was nominated
for best Sensual Historical of 2010 by RT’s reviewers. Seduction Wears
Sapphires (Berkley, August 2010) is out now and Ecstasy Wears Emeralds
(Berkley, September 2011) will be available for pre-order soon!

About “Desire Wears Diamonds” (A Jaded Gentleman Novel)

WHEN BETRAYAL IS THE ONLY PATH OPEN AND PASSION IS THE ONLY ENEMY HE NEVER ANTICIPATED . . .

The
shy soldier and self-appointed guardian of the Jaded, Michael
Rutherford, is faced with the ultimate test of his loyalty and honor
when he meets the woman who is at once his perfect match and the worst
choice he could ever make. The final battle with the Jaded’s greatest
enemy will force him to choose between the brotherhood he has vowed to
protect and shielding the innocent lady he comes to love. For Michael,
it is a dance with the devil for a chance to taste the kisses of an
angel.

Grace Porter is no ordinary wallflower or shy spinster
hiding in the shadows of her brother’s London home. She is a quiet
rebel with secrets of her own and a woman who dreams of an independent
life, free to pursue her dreams as a writer. Her imagination holds the
key to her survival, but it fuels her retreat from the colorless world
around her. Until Michael Rutherford’s arrival upturns her every
fantasy and threatens her sanctuary with his lies. His embrace is
intoxicating to her senses but Grace isn’t the kind of woman to lose her
head—or her heart.

It’s a knuckle-biting race to the finish for
fans of the Jaded as fan favorite, Michael Rutherford, discovers the
identity of the Jackal and Michael learns that sometimes the price to
pay for justice is the sacrifice of hope and happiness. He will risk
everything as the Jaded call him out as a traitor and nothing is what it
seems.

Renee
currently lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in
Northern California. (Note an interesting proximity to great wineries!)
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 Renee Bernard

Barry

Direct link to this show and all my other arched shows.

“A Book and a Chat with Renee Bernard” and all my other archived shows

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

“Renee Bernard – Ecstasy Wears Emeralds”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

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On todays “A Book and a Chat” I have debut author Glenn Ogura.

In his book “Startup” Glenn  displays all the skills of a veteran storyteller. Using much of his own working experience Glenn has created in “Startup”  a roller-coaster ride of a book that finds the sweet spot between the legal suspense tales of John Grisham and the science-fiction thrillers of Michael Crichton.

Kirkus Reviews has hailed STARTUP as “a solid business thriller … reminiscent of John Grisham’s THE FIRM.”

About “Startup” :

Set in California’s Silicon Valley, “Startup” follows a young idealist/entrepreneur, Zack Penny, as he strives to achieve his dream of creating a new company that will launch an international revolution in technology through the creation of wallpaper-thin displays that will completely surround a viewer. Zack works for a highly successful company called Display Technik, run by CEO Allen Henley, whose vision is based on a success-at-all-costs philosophy. Zack sees Henley as a mentor, but Zack’s philosophy favors high morals and values over Henley’s ruthless, end-justifies-the-means model of doing business.


Zack’s dream takes root one morning when he discovers an important paper has been taken from his office. Someone has exposed Zack’s secret plan to break away from Display Technik and start his own company. Henley gives Zack another chance to pledge his loyalty to the firm, but Zack resigns instead, more determined than ever to realize his vision. 

Soon, the optimistic if naive Zack steps into his new facility with high hopes for success. Henley, however, has already launched a plan to destroy Zack, his company, and Zack’s relationship with Henley’s daughter, Mary Anne.
Asked to describe his book Glenn says… “STARTUP is a story about greed and corruption … it addresses the issue of morals and ethics in business (and in life) which are certainly controversial topics in the headlines

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 Glenn Ogura

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Glenn Ogura” and all my other archived shows

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

“Glenn Ogura – Startup”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

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Children’s author Ana Koza is todays guest on “A Book and a Chat”

Ana has recently released two books for kids aged 6-8, THE MAGIC WORDS and AROUND THE WORLD, both of which will be a great addition to both schools  and libraries, as well as a great book to share with young readers.

THE MAGIC WORDS tells the story of how Tommy learns to say “the magic words” that his mother explains to him, as he enjoys his days riding his bike, spending time at school, eating his favorite foods, playing in the park and doing all the kinds of stuff other boys his age do each day. Tommy comes to find from his loving and caring mom that learning to say PLEASE and THANK YOU opens up a world to him he never knew.

THE MAGIC WORDS are beautifully illustrated by Gisela Margarito

AROUND THE WORLD is seen through the eyes of 6-year old Ellie who shows other kids about the big, wide and wonderful world we live in. In the pages of AROUND THE WORLD, Ellie visits her friend Madhu in India who helps her mom make dishes like Paneer Tikka Masala (cheese with tangy tomato sauce), her soccer player pal Eric in Australia, Jessica in Mexico who loves Mariachi music to Abassi in Nigeria who reads before he goes to bed each night in Africa. Ellie also visits the animals that live in Antarctica too, like penguins and seals. ATW is a dazzlingly charming book that will certainly thrill many youngsters.

Being a full-time mom is hard work, but I do my best to manage my time to share my stories with you. I steadfastly believe in the importance of good manners, respecting others and empowerment through self-confidence, as I teach these virtues to my kids daily.  It is with great hope that my stories will trigger your child’s imagination!
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 Ana Koza

Barry

Direct link to this show and all my other arched shows.

“A Book and a Chat with Ana Koza” and all my other archived shows

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

“Ana Koza – Children’s Author”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

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Liz Czukas collects college degrees she doesn’t use, types too loud, and always has a song stuck in her head. She is also one of the YA debut authors in the Class of 2K14 and author of one of the best YA books of this year in the form of “Ask Again Later”.

Having Liz in today’s “A Book and a Chat” was something I had been looking forward to after reading about her and the reviews of this debut book, and the show was no disappointment.

From an early age Liz has always dabbled in writing, not thinking she could make a career of it. Instead she studied Anthropology (Indiana Jones inspired), History (because she loves all kinds of stories), Classics (more stories), then Nursing (because she needed a job), then Midwifery. Along the way she even learned Spanish though only the words that she might use with a woman giving birth.

Liz got serious again when her son was born, using nap times to create her novels. After a couple of false starts she wrote “Ask Again Later” which was snapped up by a publisher and has opened the flood gates for Liz’s creative writing.

About “Ask Again Later” :

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

With a second book “Top Ten Clues your Clueless” already on the way the name of Liz Czukas is one that will continue to delight all those lovers of YA literature.

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 Czukas

Barry

Direct link to this show and all my other arched shows.

“A Book and a Chat with Liz Czukas” and all my other archived shows

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

“Liz Czukas – Ask Again Later”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

All about Barry Eva his books and parodies and much more – Across the Pond LLC

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