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Fellow Connecticut author Dr Mark Rubinstein is the guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”.

From his background of medicine and psychiatry which includes several non-fiction books, Mark wrote his first debut fiction novel in the form of the wonderful suspenseful and riveting, “Mad Dog House” which he shared with us on his last visit. This book went on to be a “Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award”  (Thriller & Suspense), as well as receiving werll over a 150 glowing reviews on Amazon, and I might add one of the favorite books in my own household. This was followed with the  tense, moving, and wondrously bone-chilling novel. novel “Love Gone Bad”.

Now Mark has another hit on his hands in the form of his novella “The Foot Soldier”.

About “The Foot Soldier”

Right after college graduation, Costa, a lower-middle-class kid from
Buffalo, New York, is drafted into the US army and plunged into the
Vietnam War. The Foot Solder catapults the reader back to the conflict
that changed America.


This is a compelling novella of morality—right or wrong in a split
second in the hell of the jungle—when it really matters, regardless of
rank, military orders, or rule books. It asks how a soldier survives,
how he deals with dislocation, and how he reacts when given an order
that defies everything he’s ever believed about the human soul.

One reviewer wrote…

“I’m so grateful I was urged to read The Foot Soldier, despite its subject matter being
something I normally would have avoided. Many women are like me: we avoid war
stories. In this case, that would be a huge mistake. You will not be able to put this story
down–or forget it. The Foot Soldier is a must-read for everyone.”

Other news Mark shared is that while “Mad Dog House was originally planned standalone novel so many people have been wanting more of the characters he is bringing out a follow up in the form of “Mad Dog Justice” later this 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 Mark Rubinstein

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Today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat” is John-Manuel Andriote,  he is an author, journalist and speaker focused on cultural trends, politics, health and medicine, LGBT issues, specializing in reporting on HIV/AIDS.

John was working on his masters degree in journalism at university in 1985 when he learned two of his friends like John  in their twenties had died of AIDS.

While the news headlines went on about the growing  plague John himself chronicled the efforts of America’s gay community to care for those already sick and help others prevent becoming infected with HIV, at the same time battling for equality as American citizens.

For the next 20 years John wrote for many publications including working as senior editor for Family Health International HIV/AIDS technical assistance program.

John is now a noted historian of the AIDS epidemic with his own unique personal story.

His book “Victory Deferred” won the 2000Lambda Literary Awards “Editors’ Choice” award. It was named an “honored book” by the American Library Association and a finalist in its gay/lesbian nonfiction awards.

Mix with that, his book “Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco” and a history of Washington, DC’s “Metropolitan Club” and you can see what a talented author John-Manuel Andriote.

Now John is turning his talents to another area with his first children’s book, “Wilhelmina Goes Wandering”, which will be published in April of this year. Based on the true story  from my own neck of the woods her in Connecticut  about a runaway cow that became a cult hero and illustrated by Vermont-based artist Katie Runde.

About “Wilhelmina Goes Wandering”  (taken from book press release)

Journalist and author John-Manuel Andriote teams with artist, musician and dairy farmhand Katie Runde to re-imaging the true story of Wilhelmina, the Black Angus cow who decided one hot July day in 2011 to run away from her farm in Orange, Connecticut.

For five months, Wilhelmina hangs out and travels with a herd of deer. Daisy the doe becomes her best friend. They’re seen around Orange, Milford, and West Haven. For some reason, animal control officials believe Wilhelmina is a bull, and refer to her as Waldo. Until, that is, the first of their unsuccessful efforts to capture her.

When the humans appeal to her sweet tooth and finally succeed in tranquilizing the eight-hundred-pound bovine, they move her to an animal sanctuary twenty miles away in Oxford, Connecticut. They expect Wilhelmina will be happy there for the rest of her life.

It turns out that’s the only thing they were right about. Betty, the gentle farmer who adopts Wilhelmina, accepts her because the old Scottish lady shares Wilhelmina’s sense of adventure. As Wilhelmina comes to understand, acceptance and love can cure wanderlust and let you know you’re home at last.

With a follow up book about one of the other characters in the book already being planned the success of John-Manuel Andriote is set to continue.

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 John-Manuel Andriote

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Dr Florence Weinberg at the age of four shortly after she’d learned to read published her first poem in a children’s magazine and wrote her first ‘novel’ at age six, entitled “Ywain, King of All Cats”, not only wrote it but illustrated the ‘book’ herself as well.

After a childhood traveling extensively with her family, she followed her mother into a career in education, and though she produced four scholarly books it was not until she retired that the real creative juices had a chance to flow.

Florence has now produced ten novels, ranging from fantasy to historical romance and mystery.

Four are historical mysteries starring the 18th-century Jesuit missionary, Father Ignaz (Ygnacio) Pfefferkorn. Two of these are set in the Sonora Desert, the third in an ancient monastery in Spain, and the fourth, Unrest in Eden, follows Pfefferkorn’s fate after his release from Spanish prison.

Five of the historical novels have received a total of ten awards: Apache Lance, Franciscan Cross (three awards), about the founding of San Antonio, Seven Cities of Mud (one award), depicting the fate of the small Franciscan expedition up the Rio Grande in 1581-82, forty years after Coronado, Sonora Moonlight (one award), about Father Ygnacio’s confrontation with a Pima Indian medicine man and his search for the murderer of a local white rancher by beheading and crucifixion, Sonora Wind (three awards), about Father Ygnacio’s pursuit of the murderer of an army captain sent to inspect the mission’s books, together with a depiction of his arrest and expulsion along with all Jesuits from Spain and the colonies in 1767, The Storks of La Caridad (nominated for the 2011 Global e-Book Award), and Unrest in Eden (two awards).

Her latest novel “Anselm, a Metamorphosis” is a fantasy thriller has taken many years to see the light of day starting as a short story several years ago before now revealing itself as a full grown novel.

About “Anselm, a Metamorphosis” : (taken from authors web site)

Eric Behrens, a young, superficial, frivolous Assistant Professor of English literature, has an affair with an undergraduate, Diana Gregg, the daughter of the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Woodward State University in upstate New York. Her father discovers the affair and has Behrens fired.

Behrens blames the world and Diana, curses them and wishes he were someone, anyone, else. He trips, knocks himself out, and wakes up as a fat, middle-aged Benedictine monk named Anselm.

The book has already received many reviews and was Amazon’s Number one fantasy book for October.

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 Dr Florence Weinberg

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Fellow Connecticut author Dr Mark Rubinstein was due to be my guest on last weeks show however a flat tire and no mobile meant he could not make the show. Meanwhile my guest for this weeks show had to drop out as their book is not in print yet and they wanted to put off appearing until it was available. Therefore two wrongs ended up making a right and I am pleased to say that Dr Mark Rubinstein is the guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”.

From his background of medicine and psychiatry which includes several non-fiction books, Mark wrote his first debut fiction novel in the form of the wonderful suspenseful and riveting, “Mad Dog House” which he shared with us on his last visit. This book went on to be a “Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award”  (Thriller & Suspense), as well as receiving over a 150 glowing reviews on Amazon, and I might add one of the favorite books in my own household.

Now Mark is back with a brand new and and if anything even more “can’t stop reading and page turning” novel in the form of “Love Gone Bad” a wonderful tense, moving, and wondrously bone-chilling novel.

As the Library Journal described “Love Gone Bad”…

There’s nothing subtle or surprising about Rubinstein’s one-note tale of obsessive love and insanity, and that includes the characterization, plotting, and especially the writing.


He’s got a story to tell, so by God he tells it, without the slightest nod to artifice or art. Surgeon Adrian Davis, divorced and consumed by his job, meets gorgeous nurse Megan Haggarty in the lunchroom of the New England hospital where they both work, and before he can even touch his chicken soup, he’s madly in love and the feeling seems reciprocated. Megan’s a single mom, and she’s got a big secret. Her ex-husband, Conrad Wilson, “a brilliant madman,” has arrived from Colorado, and he’s determined to kill Megan,; their daughter, Marlee,; and Megan’s new boyfriend, Adrian. Adrian and Megan escape a number of attacks, until Conrad is finally caught and put in a hospital for the criminally insane.


There’s no question he’s going to escape, and in fact no questions at all as the story speeds to its inevitable conclusion.


A giant twist toward the end will leave most readers more amazed by how Rubinstein  laboriously manages it than by what it actually is.

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

Last time  Dr Rubinstein was on the show I used the comment from one reviewer who was wanting more after Mad Dog House…

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 the originally planned 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

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Stephen John Beccia when previously on “A Book and a Chat” shared with us about his book “The Treelanders – Journey to the Giants” which was an award winner of iUniverse’s Publishers Choice, and Editor’s Choice. A musician for most his life, he started writing stories when he was ten, the first one being his version of Dr. Jekyll.

Stephen as well as his children’s books also produces adult short stories, his list of novels and stories include Winter Chill, Seed of the Werewolf, White Room, Flying with Frank and Warning Sign.

Since last appearing on the show Stephen has produced a kindle version of “The Treelanders – Journey to the Giants”, and now a new novel entitled “The Hawk Squad”.

About “The Hawk Squad”: (taken from authors web site)

During
the summer of 1977 while playing a friendly game of baseball, Dustin
Baker gets himself into quite a pickle—a quandary involving his misfit
friends, a brilliant hawk, and a distress note written by a girl they
have never met. Throw some bad guys and bullies into the mix, and that’s
one big fat pickle! 

 

 

 

The
Willabee kidnapping is the biggest crime Dustin’s town has ever
experienced, and he stands in the heart of the beast. Unknowingly,
Dustin and the Hawk Squad are about to play the greatest game of
baseball ever played, both on and off the field. 

 

 



The
Hawk Squad is a fast paced story about a coming of age adolescent geek
who finds the inner strength to triumph over one of life’s biggest
challenges: being bullied. Unified with his group of misfit friends,
Dustin Baker realizes he is not alone in his struggle against criminals
at large. Despite taking his share of punches, jeers, and humility, a
hero emerges to confront the biggest battle of his life.

As we heard through the program Stephen already has another four of the “Treelander” series on the way, with book two due out hopefully later this year.

So sit back and listen to today’s interesting and entertaining show as I host “A Book and a Chat with Stephen Beccia“.

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My guest today Dora Machado, is one of the few Latinas writing fantasy these days. Dora is the multiple award winning author of the epic fantasy trilogy “Stonewiser” series. She has now released a new novel “The Curse Giver”, which promises to be equally successful.

Born in America Dora grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a fascination for writing and a taste for Meringue, before moving back to America where she now lives.

After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories, something she has written with huge success.

Her first novel in the Stonewiser series “The Heart of the Stone”, won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin award for best debut novel. The second in the series “The Call of the Stone”, won the 2010 Independent Publishers Book Award’s (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy book of the year. Both books were also finalists in ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Category. The third novel “The Lament of the Stones” has received equal success.

Her latest book is “The Curse Giver”, while meant to be standalone could well develop into another series with readers already clamoring for more about Lusielle.

About “The Curse Giver”: (taken from “Review from Here” blog)

Lusielle’s bleak but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when her husband betrays her and she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn’t commit. She’s on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames.


Brennus, Lord of Laonia is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark.


Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their ends
.

If you like fast-paced, plot-twisting fantasy, epic, dark, and yes—why not?—incredibly romantic fantasy, give The Curse Giver a try. I’m betting you might like it.

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 Dora Machado

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Award winning author Christine Amsden is my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”, she has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. In fact she remembers writing her first short story at the age of eight which involved cabbage patch dolls going to Mars.

Always wanting to be a writer, her career got put on hold for a few years when at age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that affects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but that has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Her first book “Touch of Fate” was released in 2007 about a girl that can predict the future but is powerless to alter its course. This was the book was soon followed by the award winning Sci-Fi/Dystopian Thriller “The Immortality Virus” a fast paced science fiction tale set in an alternative reality.

While taking a break from writing after the success of “The Immorality Virus” the  hero of her new series “Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective” arrived one day.

As Christine says in her own words…

“Cassie came to me in mid-February, as I played on the floor with me (then) 9-month-old daughter. I won’t go so far as to say she popped into my head fully formed, but it was close. I sat bolt upright, my eyes probably doing that cartoon bulge, as a light bulb appeared over my head.”

Not just the idea for his first book, but the whole series (four so far) has since been written.

About “Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective” : ( taken from “Review from Here” blog)

“Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.”

As already shared, this is the first book in a four book series, something Christine shared about on the same blog…

“This is the first novel in a four-part series. Each book is framed by a mystery (helping it come to a stopping point, if not exactly a conclusion). The series is about Cassie herself – about a girl stuck in the middle, not sure who she is or what she is. It’s going to take all four books for her to figure that out, and a lot is going to happen to her along the way. It’s a coming of age story. A romance. And a lesson in learning to be yourself, instead of who you think you should be.”

Already with many reviews praising this first book, I can see the series being a must read for people of 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 Christine Amsden

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