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Melissa Landers my guest today, was one of the Class of 2K13 however her debut YA Sci-Fi romance novels publication was delayed so she is now my first member of the Class of 2K14 to appear on this year’s “A Book and a Chat” shows.

Not that she is a debut author over all writing under the name “Macy Beckett” she is the author of “The Sultry Springs” series and “The Dumont Bachelors” series of romance novels.

Her novel “Alientated” though the first book she ever wrote, has taken a few years to finally see the light of day, but believe me it is a book well worth waiting for, and from the number of pre read request on sites such as “Goodreads” it seems many others believe the same.

About “Alienated”: (taken from OneFourKidLit site)

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.


Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.


Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.


But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.


Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Alienated was finally released this month receiving great reviews many already asking for book 2 which is already written and will be released early 2015.

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 Melissa Landers

ientated
Barry

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My guest on today’s show is award winning author William Elliot Hazelgrove.  Born in Richmond, Virginia but has also lived in Baltimore and Chicago. He attended Western Illinois University where he received his Master of Arts in history. He settled in Chicago and began writing full time. His first novel, RIPPLES, was published in 1992 and awarded “Editor’s Choice” by the American Library Association.

He is also the author of TOBACCO STICKS. MICA HIGHWAYS, his third and his latest novel “ROCKET MAN” were written in the most novel of settings, the attic of the Hemingway Birthplace Home.

About Rocket Man: (taken from Amazon)

The Catcher in the Rye for the Great Recession, Rocket Man defines a new upside down American Dream. Dale Hammer is the every man who is trying to find himself.

Rocket Man is a very funny and poignant comment on our times, when an upside down middle class is barely hanging onto the American dream. Taking cues from the calamity of The Great Recession, we meet Dale Hammer, a man who is determined to find meaning in a landscape of suburban homogeneity, looking for the moment he had with his own father when they blasted off a rocket on a wintry evening. He feels his son slipping away as he tries to get around “the silent shame of fathers and sons.”


He becomes the Rocket Man for his sons scout troop and immediately his life implodes. Accused of cutting down the subdivision sign to his neighborhood, he becomes the lone rebel, going down in a flaming arc. When Rocket Day comes, Dale is determined to give his son more than his father gave him
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The book is one of those that will grab you and not let go and I am sure one that will resonate with many people. It has received comments like…

“ROCKET MAN manages to capture the transcendent, heart-wrenching and soul-rending quality of a man leading just this kind of life, a life that will be familiar to many entering or moving through mid-life.

In September William will be releasing  another  novel that looks a life and promises to be yet another hit in the form of “The Pitcher”…

“Sometimes a Dream is All You Have…The PItcher…A broken down World Series Pitcher coaches a Mexican boy to pitch for the highschool team”.

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 William Elliott Hazelgrove

Barry

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My guest today on another Male YA Book and a Chat special is author Allan Frewin Jones. His love for literature started when a teacher read the first few chapters of Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen to his class. And as Allan says… “The heavens opened and voice said, “WRITE!”.


His love of writing mixed with his love of music and art has inspired him to writer numerous books from the late 1980’s. Something that as we heard during a really interesting and entertaining program was aided by a mysteries chance meeting with an elderly gentleman on a train, which lead to his purchase of a collection of fantasy books, enhancing his already love for Fantasy.


Though Allan’s early works were produced at a time when fantasy was not the popular genre that it is today.

Popularity of series including “Stacy and Friends/Little Sister” and “Hunter and Moon” allowed Allan to write full time, developing him into a much loved author.

Other sets of books including “Dark Paths” and “Special Agents” kept his name on the literary shelves until with the increase of Fantasy books following the huge success of the Harry Potter books, Allan has brought his talents back to his first love.


Hugely popular series of books such as “Talisman”, “The Warrior Princess” and “The Faerie Path” have since flowed from the worlds of Allan Frewin Jones. Making him a much loved and appreciated author, that was suggested by many to appear on this month’s “Male YA Author” shows.

In a packed show that could have gone on for hours Alan shared with us much about his wiring as well as some of the works that are in the production pipeline including his new six part fantasy series “Sundered Lands” or as we heard during the show, being launched in the US under the titles “The Six Crowns”

So sit back and listen to an hugely entertaining sixty minutes as today I present “MYM A Book and a Chat with Allan Frewin Jones”
Barry

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“Alex – Warrior Princess, Faerie Path”

MALE YA AUTHOR MONTH GUESTS

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Nov 27th Allan Frewin Jones – Author of “The Faerie Path” and “The Warrior Princess” series – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 29th Estevan Vega – Author of “The Sacred Sin” and “Arson” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 30th Alan Gratz – Author of “Something Wicked”, “Something Rotten”, “The Brooklyn Nine” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

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My guest today, Shaun David Hutchinson wanted to be a superhero when he was young, but as he could not be one of those he began to tell stories instead. One day when his mother had been taken to hospital with some heart problems, he was thinking about how he was so far away from her and what would he do if anything happened (something I know about too well this year). How he would not be able to say goodbye, when the thought came to him, that there should be some form of system, so that people could prepare for their death. From this acorn of an idea, that was nurtured by the voice of his character Ollie, came the mighty oak of his debut novel “THE DEATHDAY LETTER

During a hugely entertaining show, as well as discussing how being a member of the ”tenners” debut author group had helped him, we chatted about not only the theme of the book, but the wonderful characters that bring the pages to life.

THE DEATHDAY LETTER:

The clock is ticking… Ollie can’t be bothered to care about anything but girls until he gets his Deathday Letter and learns he’s going to die in twenty-four hours. Bummer. Ollie does what he does best: nothing. Then his best friend convinces him to live a little, and go after Ronnie, the girl who recently trampled his about-to-expire heart. Ollie turns to carloads of pudding and over-the-top declarations, but even playing the death card doesn’t work. All he wants is to set things right with the girl of his dreams. It’s now or never.

What would you do if you found you only had 24hrs to live, something that happens to believable; loveable and so true to life Ollie in the book, the off and on relationship with Ronnie and his mate Shane, make sure that his last 24hrs are ones that are enjoyed. While the book could be deep about the meaning of life etc, it is not though obviously there are undertones. It’s a a book full of humor, rollercoaster relationships, dynamic characters and a great plot.

Of course being 15 year old boys, Ollie and Shane thoughts revolve around sex, food, sex, girls, antimony and sex. It will bring back memories of high school, educate some girls into the inner working of a teenage boys mind and relate to teenage boys in so many ways.

This debut book has pretty much got the teenage boy persona down perfectly. Hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time, no wonder THE DEATHDAY LETTER has become one of the YA hits of 2010.

So sit back and listen to an entertaining thrity minutes as today I present “MYM A Book and a Chat with Shaun David Hutchinson”.
Barry

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MALE YA AUTHOR MONTH GUESTS

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Nov 18th Shaun David Hutchinson – Author of “The Death Day Letter” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 20th Daniel Nayeri – Author “Another Faust”, “Another Pan”– Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 23rd Steve Brezenoff – Author of ” The Absolute Value of -1″, “Alley of Shadows” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 24th Alex – Author of “Alex reads books” blog – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 25th Estevan Vega – Author of “The Sacred Sin” and “Arson” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 27th Allan Frewin Jones – Author of “The Faerie Path” and “The Warrior Princess” series – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 30th Alan Gratz – Author of “Something Wicked”, “Something Rotten”, “The Brooklyn Nine” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

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A Book and a Chat – “MALE YA AUTHOR MONTH”


MALE YA MONTH (MYM)

November is MALE YA MONTH the results of a challenge made to me by one of my guest following my successful YA Month of shows in January.
Are there enough YA writers and readers of YA literature out there to fill a month of “A Book and a Chat” shows?

I took up the challenge… contacting various YA bloggers to send me a list of some of their favorite male YA authors. The response was overwhelming with nearly every person I contacted agreeing to be on the program. Add to that a sprinkling of Male bloggers and Novembers “A Book and a Chat Month Male YA Month” (MYM) is born.

GUESTS/SHOWS (These will all be for one hour)

Nov 2nd Heidi R. Kling interviews Barry (Storyheart) Eva – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 4th Andrew Auseon – Author of “Freak Magnet”, “Funny Little Monkey” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 6th Jay Asher – Author of “Th1rteen R3asons Why” – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 9th Daniel Waters – Author of “Generation Dead” series – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 10th David Macinnis Gill – Author of “Black Hole Sun” and ” Soul Enchilada” – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 11th William Kostakis – Author of “Loathing Lola” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 13th R.A.Nelson – Author of “Teach Me”, “Breath My Name” and “Days of Little Texas” – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 15th Jon Skovron – Author of “Struts & Frets” and “Misfit (2011)” – Mon 6:30pm EST

Nov 16th Barry Lyga – Author of “Fan Boy and Goth Girl”, “Boy Toy”, “Hero Type” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 17th James – Author of “Book Chic” blog – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 18th Shaun David Hutchinson – Author of “The Death Day Letter” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 20th Scott Westerfeld – Author of “Uglies”, “Pretties”, “Special”, and “Extras” – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 23rd Steve Brezenoff – Author of ” The Absolute Value of -1″, “Alley of Shadows” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 24th Alex – Author of “Alex reads books” blog – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 25th Estevan Vega – Author of “The Sacred Sin” and “Arson” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 27th Allan Frewin Jones – Author of “The Faerie Path” and “The Warrior Princess” series – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 30th Alan Gratz – Author of “Something Wicked”, “Something Rotten”, “The Brooklyn Nine” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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From Babe, Watership Down and Animal Farm to Aristacats, Lady and the Tramp and Charlottes Webb animals have been popular in both books and films. My guest today has produced a book and created a character that I’m sure will join that group of much loved literary heroes.

Author Jacque Heebner is a Los Angeles socialite, designer, animal rights activist and former Daily News journalist who has taken her love of cats and I might add dogs, and shaped it into long awaited celebrity-endorsed murder mystery novel… “First Person Cat”.

Set in the surreal world of Beverly Hills power, money and celebrity, the book is written from the point of view of Tiffany, a humanesque diva-feline brought up on caviar, Perrier, mansions and an acute appreciation of diamonds.

Tiffany or “Tiff to her close friends, a regal Tortoise-shell Persian, is a witnesses to the murder of her owner-mother, a Cher-like rock star with two hot daughters, at her home in Beverly Hills. Tiffany seems to smell the murderer’s thoughts and hear human words. By what creative methods can she expose the person who murdered her human mother and reveal this to investigators?”
You’ll need to read the book for that answer…

During the show Jacque not only shared the origins of the book and how it developed into the success it is today, but also many enjoyable stories and anecdotes mixed into what was a really enjoyable and much too short thirty minute show.

Jacque proved a delightful and entertaining a guest as her book “First Person Cat” is to read. So sit back and listen to today’s “A Book and a Chat with Jacque Heebner”

Barry

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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To quote a Yiddish proverb “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul”. I am a great believer in this, and so is my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat with Weston Locher.

Weston, had no chance with avoiding having literature as an important thing in his life. With a mother who was an English teacher, and a father who is a journalist, he was to a life of writing before he was able to consciously make the decision for himself. He chose to write humor because his parents made the mistake of telling him that he was funny. This is further proof he says of why you shouldn’t lie to your children. Mind you as Weston shared with us… “It’s handy having a mother whose and English teacher when it comes to having your work edited.”

Weston produced numerous short essays, including one “101 Ways To Hurt Yourself: A Children’s Guide To Recess” which was a semifinalist of “America’s Funniest Humor “ awards at humorpress.com. (You can find this essay at http://humorpress.com/Results/Essays-200910-200911/b-SemiFins/Essay-200910-200911-SemiFinalists.htm )

He launched the Musings on Minutiae humor blog in January of 2009 to collect his observations into one place where they could be enjoyed by everyone. Taking fifty of his blog essays, Weston merged them into his debut book “Musings on Minutiae”. These stories Includes his humorous and sometimes unbelievable childhood memories, tales of life in an urban apartment complex, the funny observations that come from living with felines, and much more.

During the show we found out more about Weston and his unique take on life, how he came to produce the book and what lessons he has not only learned with promoting this his first book, also how he has shared that knowledge on his blog for other new and would be authors. I myself love the way that he is sharing is book on Kindle for the small amount of only $0.99. As we discussed it’s not going to make him money but it will get his name out there, so when the 3rd, 4th or 5th books come out he will already have a following.

As Victor Borge once said “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” so why not release your chuckle bone and listen to an enjoyable thirty minutes on today’s A Book and a Chat with Weston Locher.”

Barry

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You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Weston Locher – Musings on Minutiae”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

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