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Today is another one hour special as I chat with another member of the debut YA and Mid-grade authors from the class of 2K13. Polly Holyoke is my guest, and when you can write about many of the things you love around a subject you feel strongly about the outcome is bound to be a great book, and so it is with Polly’s debut novel “The Neptune Project”.

Polly has been imagining stories since she was in fifth grade and when she isn’t writing, she loves reading, camping, skiing, scuba diving and hiking in the desert, though she did once get herself bitten by a rattlesnake.

When it came to “The Neptune Project” it really helped that she had done quite a bit of scuba diving over the years. Those she has never lived by the sea, she has spent enough hours  under the waves to be able to describe some of the basics—like light, visibility and currents as well as hours and hours reading books on oceanography and articles by avid divers.

About “The Neptune Project” : (Taken from the authors web site)


With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the “Neptune Project” are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world.

But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren’t exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids … dead or alive. 


Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure. 

As one reviewer put it…
I loved this book! I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I would
recommend this book to children and adults. I bought a copy for the ten
year old boy that I nanny for, he read it in one day and immediately
asked if there was a sequel yet. He’s an avid reader and he loved it! I
bought another copy for my 11 year old niece, can’t wait to give it to
her! I will let you know what she thinks.


The characters were great, and the book is packed with adventure from start to finish. I can picture it all on the big screen!

The book is one of those that appeals to both girls and boys, young and old and I highly recommend it to all.

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 Polly Holyoke

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Polly Holyoke

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Polly Holyoke”

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

“Polly Holyoke – The Neptune Project”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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From an early love of reading Sherlock Holmes through a traveling sports reporter to working with police officers every day at the emergency 9-1-1 communications center it might seem obvious that  the debut novel for my guest Joseph Spencer might well have some form of detective base, and so it does with his paranormal crime thriller “Grim”.

His debut novel “Grim” is the first in the “Sons of Darkness” series which is soon to be followed by the second in the series “Wrage”.

Grim started with the idea for the Heath Grim character. This was inspired by Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in Dark Knight. Joseph wanted to develop a character which created chaos like the Joker character, but had more of a sympathetic story. Always loving gritty, edgy characters which are morally gray, he wanted to take his readers down a more chaotic path than what was explored in the Dark Knight.

About Grim: (taken from a review on Amazon)

Grim, by Joseph Spencer, covers a series of murders that have occurred. Heath Grim is a war veteran who has scars on his face and is rarely seen without a mask. Though Heath’s best friend has been dead for a couple of years, Heath has been known to still have conversations with him in his head! Adam White is a renowned police officer who is tasked to investigate the murders that have occurred. Adam is seen as a hero.


When new murders begin to happen that are similar to those before, Adam fights to solve them and put an end to it all. Especially since Adams wife is one of the people who fell victim to the awful crimes. Cyrus Black is a man who’s bad side you don’t want to be on. He’s a city thug who seems to have his hands in everything, as well as everyone within the city on his payroll, including the mayor. Cyrus takes a dislike to Adam, and therefore makes Adams life a living hell. The more you read, the more secrets you begin to uncover about each of the characters.

As one reviewer put it…

Good mix of characters, each with their own secrets and past. Keeps the reader turning the pages to see how it is all connected. Although not too graphic or gory, it is a story of the deepest and darkest of souls.

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 Joseph Spencer

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Joseph Spencer

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“Joseph Spencer”

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

“Joseph Spencer – Grim”

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On today’s “A Book and a Chat” I talk with Jack L Brody
author of the suspense thriller, “The Moroni Deception”.
Jack is x-military, and an avid traveler who dabbled with
screen plays during his army days and afterwards went to film school to learn
the screen writing craft. These screen plays might have made him famous, but
you’ll have to listen to the show to find out just why.
Always fascinated by history, politics and architecture,  Jack used this love to not only write “The
Moroni Deception”,
but also on another two books he has underway.
About “The Moroni Deception”: (Taken from Blogcritics)

The presidential election is just around the corner and it looks as though
charismatic Republican candidate and Utah senator Brockston Ratchford is going
to win. The fact that his wife has been brutally murdered and his daughter
kidnapped has only gained him public sympathy.

However, his wife isn’t the only one whose throat has been cut from ear to
ear and whose forehead has been marked with strange symbols. A retired history
professor by the name of Martin Koplanski has suffered the same fate, and the
fact that he’s the author of a book that apparently doesn’t sit well with the
powers that be in the Mormon Church doesn’t look like a coincidence. 

New York Times journalist Chenault begins working on the story.
With the help of Rachel Potter, a fledgling reporter for the The Salt Lake
Tribune, he sets out to investigate the murders. Soon, a dark grim history
begins to emerge, one of ancient artifacts, secret societies, and a mysterious
prophecy that points to none other than Senator Ratchford.

Who, in fact, is The Prophet? Who is meant to be The Great Restorer? As the
clock ticks and the presidential election approaches, the bodies pile up.

The book is a fast moving page-turner in the tradition of The DaVinci
Code
, one that will be relished by fans of suspense thrillers.

As one reviewer put it…

This is a page-turner political thriller that will keep you wanting more! If
you like Dan Brown’s novels then you will certainly love this book! The Dan
Brown comparisons are inevitable; however this book has been well researched
and presents facts about the Mormon religion that I did not know. 

This book is very relevant to our political times particularly now and I
think that anyone would find it a very interesting, exciting, and enlightening
novel. Definitely one of the better books that I have read recently! I hope
that the author has another book that I can read!

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 Jack L Brody

Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Jack L Brody

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Jack L Brody”

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

“Jack L Brody – The Moroni Deception”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

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My guest today is Luke Murphy one time ice hockey starlet
and now lighting the writing world as the author if adventure thriller “Dead Man’s
Hand”.
Born in a small rural community in Western Quebec his dream
growing up in a location where you learned to skate before you could walk was
to become and ice hockey star.
When his mother lost her battle with cancer he decided to
out his mind to his dream. The fact he was only 5’9” and weighing 160 pounds in
a time when ice hockey was looking for big bodies on the ice did not put him
off and he won many awards before using his one ice talent to get a hockey
scholarship to Rochester Institute of Technology where he gained Bachelor of
Science degree in Marketing with a Minor in Sociology.
He went on to get called upon by the Florida Panthers and
though he got to play only four games in the NHL he had a career all be terminated
early through injury, he had a carrier in the minors terminated by an serious
eye injury.
Knowing that dream had come to the end he returned to his
home town and not only started a career as coach but also writing for a local
paper, so began his drive to becoming an author.
Several years later and after first learning the craft of a
writer he has produced a wonderful murder suspense novel “Dead Man’s Hand”
About “Dead Man’s Hand” (taken from Imajin Books)

From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a
sadistic African-American Las Vegas
debt-collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas Police, finds him to be
the perfect fall-guy.

…and the cards don’t fall your
way?

When the brutal slaying of a prominent casino owner is followed by the
murder of a well-known bookie, Detective Dale Dayton is thrown into the middle
of a highly political case and leads the largest homicide investigation in
Vegas in the last twelve years.

The book has received many great reviews, several remarking that the book
which is in the style of James Patterson or Rick Mofina, does not have the feel
of a debut book.

As one reviewer put it…

I loved how the book kept me in the dark right till the very end! The author
made me sympathize with his protaganist Calvin Watters through excellent
character building, and I was definitely rooting for him! I believe the author
took some serious time doing research for this novel, it was educational AND
entertaining for me! A terrific debut! I look forward to more work from Luke
Murphy in the future.

Well another book is already underway reviewer, and as we discussed during
the show perhaps then a follow up on “duck duck goose”….
 

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 Luke Murphy

Barry
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A Book and a Chat with Luke Murphy

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Luke Murphy”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:
“Luke Murphy – Dead Mans Hand”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” was due to be on the show a couple of weeks ago when I was unfortunately suck, so as I always try and do I added an extra show to have Kim Purcell back as my guest today.
Kim started out on the road to becoming a writer in fifth grade when her teacher Mrs. Aalto picked Kim for an enrichment class, in which the very proud Kim wrote her first book “The Mystery of the Poison Ivy”. While it was not a brilliant novel it did open the door to Kim’s imagination.
Her life after that first taste of literature followed numerous paths in many countries, with writing in some form and various languages being part of her life, being teaching, broadcasting or writing.
Kim’s love of teaching foreign students and basically chatting to people from around the world lead her to hear the story of Svetlana, a legal immigrant from Uzbekistan.  We also heard during the show about Kim’s investigation trip to Moldova and what she experiences there.
Svetlana’s story, Kim’s experience and her own imagination have produced her fascinating YA novel called “TRAFFICKED”.
About TRAFFICKED: (taken from “wherethewriterscometowrite” blog) When Hannah, a teenager from Moldova, is offered what seems to be the chance of a lifetime- the chance to go and work in America as a nanny, getting a huge wage every week and being able to study night classes and eventually become a doctor, she takes the plunge; after all, there’s nothing keeping her in her home country, not since her parents died.
But, though her employee’s seem nice at first, soon a much more dark side comes through and nothing is as it seemed. She’s threatened with a terrible life and no future at all…
Now Hannah must fight for everything she holds dear, the most important thing threatened? Her life.
While the story of Hanah is fictional the problem, as we’ve learned in the pas from authors such as Kathi Macias, is very real with over two million people are victims of human trafficking every year.
The story has strong themes filled with reality including some sexual scenes, but it should be read, these are real goings on in your own neighborhood.
It is a book I highly recommend.
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 Kim Purcell
Barry
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You can find out more about my guest and their books at: “Kim Purcell – TRAFFICKED”
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