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I first came across Nicole Cushing, today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat” back in early 2013 when there was an event around the blogosphere called “The Next Big Thing” where author’s blogged about their current master piece
being worked on or due to be released.

At that time I did a show jumping from one of these blogs to another sharing with the listeners various “next big
things” I found. Since that show I have shared shows with many of those authors whose blogs I stopped at.

Nicole’s “next big thing” is her stunning debut novella “Children of No One”.

When you read reviews that describe the book as… “Sadism, nihilism,
poverty, wealth, screams, whimpers, sanity and madness collide in
Nowhere, Indiana.” You know it is something different.

While a dark novel with many characters that one would normally just despise
and in fact cringe at in many places it is written in such a way that
you can’t but keep turning the page. The characters are so well
described you can from the words immediately picture them in your mind’s
eye.

Now Nicole brings us a brand new book in the form of “I Am the New God”. The book takes the reader on a tour through a couple disturbed minds that tends to
warp reality. it is a fairly brutal novella that is shocking not
only for its graphic nature at times but also for its unfiltered look at
what shapes reality and religion. Nicole is not afraid to shock the
reader and she pulls no punches in telling the story.

As with “Children
of No One
,” there are times in which the book is shocking and
disturbing and there are no apologies for this. The novella is a very
dark and frightening look at religion and how it can shape the world
even if it is not in the way that is easily recognizable. This story
delves to the darkest depths of the human psyche and illustrates the
fine line between creation and cruelty.

About  “I Am the New God” : (Taken from examiner.com)

Gregory Bryce has finally achieved a small level of freedom. Due to
his mental and emotional problems, he had always been sheltered by his
parents as they sought to keep him safe from the world. Now that he is
in college, he is on his own for the first time and experiencing a lot
of new things. Everything seemed to be going well for Greg. That all
changed when he received the first letter.


The letter is from a hierophant who believes the Gregory is destined
to become a god or a devil. It is up to the hierophant to guide Greg on
his road to godhood. The hierophant, a fallen minister, has received
the seven steps to godhood from John the Baptist and feels that it is
his destiny to lead Greg to godhood. As the process begins, however,
the hierophant becomes convinced that there is little difference between
a god and a devil and he is afraid that Greg could go astray. Greg
sets out on the path that the letters set forth and begins a slide into
his destiny. The outcome of this journey is very uncertain.

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 Nicole Cushing

Barry

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Sometimes a story just comes to you, almost as if the main character had been waiting there until you noticed them. Then once you do and open yourself up to their story it just flows from you. Such was the case with my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”.

Annie-Laurie Hunter heard the story from her main character Sarah and within five weeks had the story written.  As she explained during the show, it was like Sarah was sitting next to her, waiting patiently for Annie-Laurie to keep up with her narration as she told her story for all to read.

Annie-Laurie’s debut book “The Sarah Puzzle” is intended to for mature readers, it contains explicit sexual content and in many aspects it can be called disturbing, however as many reviewers have stated it is one that you just can’t put down.

About “The Sarah Puzzle” (Taken from Amazon) :

“Tony, we’ve got a kid up here.” So begins The Sarah Puzzle. Why is a tiny mute child sleeping in a condemned building in the Village? Where did she come from and how has she survived alone? As the community fits the puzzle pieces together a horrifying picture emerges of pedophilia, psychological abuse, and murder. Can Sarah integrate love, caring, and faith into her sense of self, which was formed in depravity? The Sarah Puzzle can only be solved by grownups who will not stand idly by in the face of evil. Are you willing to journey with Sarah to solve The Sarah Puzzle?

As one reviewer put it…

The Sarah Puzzle is an engaging primer for what the helping community can and should do for victims of sexual abuse. Sarah’s journey from nameless, voiceless victim to a young girl who is well on her way to recovery, is engrossing, horrifying and hopeful, all at once. Though at times difficult to read, given the subject matter, the book is well-written, and the characters are brought to life in a really human way. Annie-Laurie Hunter has created and carefully crafted a wonderful main character, as well as those on Sarah’s Team. It’s a great example of the healing that can take place when sensitivity, caring, thoughtful intervention and compassion are at the heart of the helping community. This book should be required reading for anyone who works with victims of sexual abuse!

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 Annie-Laurie Hunter

Barry

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There are so many mysteries in our world, or even one might say this world as many people, including Terrance Aym, my guest on todays “A Book and a Chat” believe we are just a small dot in the Multiverse.In his book “Mysteries Of The Multiverse: 25 True Stories From Time And Space” Terrance goes into some of the question and strange incidents of planet earth.
His book has been called “Eclectic, dramatic, exciting…” and includes amongst the twenty five stories items such as…The horror that drove a British sailor mad… The amazing truth about an American base on the Moon…The astonishing story of America’s war against a race of giants… How the genius Nikola Tesla almost destroyed the world…All about a deadly time vortex erupting in Antarctica…Why a Russian engineer claims he has a working time machine…Thomas Edison’s fantastic attempt to speak with ghosts…The evidence for terrifying, giant five foot spiders in the Congo… A Russian spy trawler’s eerie encounter with a deadly ghost ship…and 16 more otherworldly reports that truly are stranger than fiction!
Terrance has stated he rights for two reasons…the first is to entertain and inform his readers; the second, writing gives him personal pleasure.With “Mysteries Of The Multiverse: 25 True Stories From Time And Space” you can add “make you think” to that list.
As one reviewer put it…
This book presents sets of occurrences/encounters from each of four areas: Time, Space, Fiction and Science. The author tells tales of dinosaurs making modern day appearances, blood raining down from the sky, and a ghost making an appearance at a local airport (I read this last one right before going to bed. Not recommended!), among many others.
The author provides links and citations for each story, so that you can read further about the incidents presented if they interest you. In case you are thinking that the author is one of those people who believe every story they hear, the he also tells of myths/legends that have no proof of occurring, or have been debunked.
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 Terrance Aym
Barry
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Today is Mother Day, rather Mothering Sunday in many places around the world, this is a post I made last year which many have asked me to post again, to explain the origins and changes of this date withing the USA.

Happy Mothers Day, or rather… Happy Mothering Sunday.

Hang on the Americans are thinking.. Mothers Day is in May?

Well it is but that is because an American lady and Hallmark decided it would be better in May than in March.

Mothering Sunday, sometimes called Rose Day is a Christian festival celebrated throughout Europe. It is used as a celebration of motherhood, and is now more and more being called Mothers Day.

A religious festival celebrating motherhood has been existent in since approximately 250 BC when the Romans honored the mother goddess Cybele during mid-March. As the Roman Empire and Europe converted to Christianity, Mothering Sunday celebrations became part of the liturgial calendar as Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary and “mother church”.

The other names attributed to this festival include Simnel Sunday, Refreshment Sunday and Rose Sunday.

Simnel Sunday is named after the practice of baking Simnel cakes to celebrate the reuniting of families during the austerity of Lent. Because there is traditionally a lightening of Lenten vows on this particular Sunday in celebration of the fellowship of family and church, the lesser-used label Refreshment Sunday is also used, although rarely today.

Rose Sunday is sometimes used as an alternative title for Mothering Sunday as well, as is witnessed by the purple robes of Lent being replaced in some churches by rose-colored ones. This title refers to the tradition of posies of flowers being collected and distributed at the service originally to all the mothers, but latterly to all women in the congregation.

I can well remember going to church as a family on this day and being given a little bundle of flowers to give to my mother

Mother’s Day holiday, in the United States and Canada, celebrates motherhood generally and the positive contributions of mothers to society. It falls on the second Sunday of each May. It is the result of a campaign by Anna Marie Jarvis (1864–1948), who, following the death of her mother on May 9, 1905, devoted her life to establishing Mother’s Day as a national, and later an international, holiday.

The first observances of both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were held in the state of West Virginia.

Interestingly, by the 1920s, Anna Jarvis had become soured on the commercialization of the holiday. She incorporated herself as the Mother’s Day International Association, claimed copyright on the second Sunday of May, and was once arrested for disturbing the peace. She and her sister Ellsinore spent their family inheritance campaigning against the holiday. Both died in poverty.

Jarvis, says her New York Times obituary, became embittered because too many people sent their mothers a printed greetings card.

Heaven knows what she would think of how it has become with Fathers Day, Grandmothers Day and every down to second cousin twice removed day.As she said,

“A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment!”

So Happy Mothers Day – especially to those mothers “Across the Pond”

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Every so often some group or other reports that certain things are good for you, then a few days later another group replies that the same item is bad for you.

While it’s been noted for some time that a pint or two of beer per day is medically good for you, last week it was reported…

Drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third, a major study suggests.

The Spanish research involving more than 15,500 men and 26,000 women found large quantities of alcohol could be even more beneficial for men.

Female drinkers did not benefit to the same extent, the study in Heart found.

Experts are critical, warning heavy drinking can increase the risk of other diseases, with alcohol responsible for 1.8 million deaths globally per year.

The study was conducted in Spain, a country with relatively high rates of alcohol consumption and low rates of coronary heart disease.

The research involved men and women aged between 29 and 69, who were asked to document their lifetime drinking habits and followed for 10 years.

Crucially the research team claim to have eliminated the “sick abstainers” risk by differentiating between those who had never drunk and those whom ill-health had forced to quit. This has been used in the past to explain fewer heart-related deaths among drinkers on the basis that those who are unhealthy to start with are less likely to drink.

If that comment upset you, or has left you in a bad mood. Don’t worry because according to an Australian psychology expert, being in a bad mood could also be good for you.

In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.

While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, Professor Joe Forgas told Australian Science Magazine.

‘Eeyore days’

The University of New South Wales researcher says a grumpy person can cope with more demanding situations than a happy one because of the way the brain “promotes information processing strategies”.

He asked volunteers to watch different films and dwell on positive or negative events in their life, designed to put them in either a good or bad mood.

Next he asked them to take part in a series of tasks, including judging the truth of urban myths and providing eyewitness accounts of events.

Those in a bad mood outperformed those who were jolly – they made fewer mistakes and were better communicators.

Professor Forgas said: “Whereas positive mood seems to promote creativity, flexibility, co-operation and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world.”

The study also found that sad people were better at stating their case through written arguments, which Forgas said showed that a “mildly negative mood may actually promote a more concrete, accommodative and ultimately more successful communication style”.

His earlier work shows the weather has a similar impact on us – wet, dreary days sharpened memory, while bright sunny spells make people forgetful.

Finally something I’ve been saying for some time…

Dirt can be good for children, say scientists.Messy play should be encouraged, according to the hygiene hypothesis. Children should be allowed to get dirty, according to scientists who have found being too clean can impair the skin’s ability to heal.

Normal bacteria living on the skin trigger a pathway that helps prevent inflammation when we get hurt, the US team discovered. The bugs dampen down overactive immune responses that can cause cuts and grazes to swell, they say.

Their work is published in the online edition of Nature Medicine Experts said the findings provided an explanation for the “hygiene hypothesis”, which holds that exposure to germs during early childhood primes the body against allergies.

Many like myself believe our obsession with cleanliness is to blame for the recent boom in allergies in developed countries.

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Around the world Football or Soccer as it’s called in America, (don’t get me on about how grid iron can be called football when the foot is hardly used) is the most popular team sport. The let’s call is Soccer so American’s don’t get confused, the “Soccer World Cup” is the second most watched sporting event after the “Olympics“, with I might add the “Rugby World Cup” third in the list.

The qualifying rounds for the world cup finals which will take place next year in South Africa have been completed, and yes USA qualified, if your interested, managing to beat Honduras on the road, cruising through by virtue of an impressive home record.

However “The Beautiful Game” as it is sometimes called has it’s own problems right now.

While I was over in England, Liverpool lost against Sunderland in the Premier League because of a beach ball that had been thrown onto the pitch by a Liverpool fan. The winning goal came when Sunderland striker Darren Bent’s shot bounced off the inflatable ball and went in. The Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina was totally confused and tried to catch the beach ball instead of the real ball.

In Africa police quelled a riot in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, where thousands of angry Egyptian fans burned Algerian flags and set cars on fire near the Algerian embassy after Egypt’s defeat by Algeria in a World Cup qualifying match which secured Algeria the last African place for next year’s finals.

In the week in an the whole of Ireland were up in arms after a deliberate “hand ball” was missed by the officials allowing a goal to be scored by France which knocked Ireland out the the qualify stages. Even though the “culprit” French striker Thierry Henry admitted afterwords what he had done, which was plain for everybody except the referee and linesman to see. The football association refused to replay the game, leaving France to go through and Ireland to wait another four years.

This however was nothing compared to a disclosure this week that about 200 European football games are under investigation in a match-fixing inquiry, or so a German prosecutor reported. At least three of the games were in the Champions League and another 12 were in the Uefa Europa League. It has been called the biggest match-fixing scandal ever to hit Europe.

On Thursday police carried out about 50 raids in Germany, the UK, Switzerland and Austria, making 17 arrests and seizing cash and property. Fifteen of those arrested were in Germany and the other two in Switzerland.

Matches under investigation were played in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Hungary, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Austria.

However all this is put in place with one non “soccer related” item that I read about this week.

‘Fat for cosmetics’ murder suspects arrested in Peru

Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing dozens of people in order to sell their fat and tissue for cosmetic uses in Europe.

The gang allegedly targeted people on remote roads, luring them with fake job offers before killing them and extracting their fat. The liquidized product fetched $15,000 a liter and police suspect it was sold on to companies in Europe.

At least five other suspects, including two Italian nationals, remain at large. Police said the gang could be behind the disappearances of up to 60 people in Peru’s Huanuco and Pasco regions. One of those arrested told police the ringleader had been killing people for their fat for more than three decades.

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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While the US celebrates Veterans Day, around the world the day to remember those who gave up their lives for us is called “Remembrance Day”. Canada like the US holds this day on November 11th. While in the UK the national day of remembrance for those killed in both world wars and later conflicts, on the second Sunday of November

Remembrance Sunday is observed by a two-minute silence at the time of the signature of the armistice with Germany that ended World War I: 11:00 am, 11 November 1918 (although since 1956 the day of commemoration has been the Sunday). There are ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, and elsewhere. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during war. Since that time there has also been held a two minutes silence to remember those fallen hero’s.

‘Poppies’, symbolic of the blood shed, are sold in aid of war invalids and their defendants.

So why the Poppy?

The ‘Flanders poppies’ have become a cymbal for those who died defending their country originally from the World War I, as per the famous poem by John McCrae.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

John McCrae, 1915.

McCrae was a Canadian who enlisted to help the allies in the war. He was made Medical Officer upon landing in Europe. During a lull in the battle with the nub of a pencil he scratched on a page from his dispatch book. The poem found its way into the pages of Punch magazine. By 1918 the poem was well known throughout the allied world.

An American Moina Michael,adopted the custom of wearing a red poppy in memory of the sacrifices of war and also as a symbol of keeping the faith.

A French women, Madam Guerin, visiting the United States, learned of the custom and took it one step further. When she returned to France she decided to hand make the red poppies and sell them to raise money for the benefit of the orphaned and destitute women and children in war torn areas of France. This tradition spread to Canada, The United States and Australia and is still followed today. The money collected from the sale of poppies goes to fund various veterans programs.

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
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