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My guest on today’s program is Heather McLaren is a Cherokee writer living in southern Illinois with her husband and four children. She began her life in an unfortunate situation, much like thousands of children in this country. She was born to a fifteen-year-old mother who could not take care of her.

From such a start heather was lucky to find her new parents both caring and able to help her realize her own potential. They told Heather the sky was the limit when it came to what she could accomplish in life.

Life though continued to have issues and abusive marriage and the loss of her first child before she was 21.

Then came the birth of Kimber Liliana—a child the doctors said could never survive the stroke she had suffered in the womb. Seven long months later Heather brought Kimber home to the amazement of the doctors. Though Kimber is still bedridden from spastic cerebral palsy, she celebrated her eleventh birthday last May—a joyous event Heather never takes for granted.

Life shad not finished with Heather and she was then herself diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but instead of giving in to her disease, she picked herself up, met and married her soul mate and began writing fantasy novels.

The result is “Mythos” the first book in “The Mer Chronicles” and what looks to me like being a truly wonderful YA Fantasy “must read” series.

About “Mythos” :

True love was the last thing David Cooley expected to find in the Bahamas, But the moment he laid eyes on Faren Sands, he knew he had found the girl of his dreams. How could he know she was a mermaid from the lost island of Atlantis?

Because of the strict laws regarding human contact, the couple flee the consequences of their forbidden passion, while at the same time they struggle to survive a conflict that has been brewing between the mermaids and sea demons for millennia.

Once the epic battle begins, fate forces David to make a decision that will forever affect his young life. Should he stick by the woman he loves, risking his mortality for a civilization that hates him?

Heather herself states how she wrote the book to inspire people…

She wanted to embrace her husband’s kind and and protective nature, thus bringing David Cooley’s character to life. (Her son) Bryce’s loyalty shines through as David’s best friend, and (her daughter) Charlie’s innocent and inquisitive nature and (her step daughter) Dakota’s playfulness triumph in future books. Heather’s youngest child’s bravery and determination to live despite her handicap was inspiration enough to immortalize her in black and white. By creating Cindel’s character (for Kimber), Heather hopes that readers will see people with special needs as having the same potential as every one else.

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 Heather McLaren

Barry

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Andre Phillip-Hautecoeur is not a writer, or that is how he defines himself, he is simply a person who had an urge to share something with an audience and write something about Paris. This he explains during today’s “A Book and a Chat”.

Paris is a city where romance, history, fantasy and enchantment meet, Andre’s novel “One Exquisite Night in Paris” is that and so much more.

Andre came to know and love Paris hanging onto the hem of his wife’s skirt. She’s Parisian, she’s everything French without constraint; she makes understanding all of Parisness a pleasure. An understanding which made him want to write this novel.

About “One Exquisite Night in Paris”: (taken from The Broken Bookshelf blog)

It’s a real story. A boy-meets-girl version of a girl-meets-boy story where she’s from Paris and doesn’t speak any English, while he’s from New York and speaks no French, and they only have one amazing thing in common. It’s a story for all who have yet to experience the most amazing night of their lives; a night impossible to live anywhere else but Paris…purposefully the most wonderfully enchanting city in the entire world. Enchantment, fantasy, luxury and fairytale all converge in only two places; once in our dreams and once when our dreams meet Paris. Everyone should live the perfect fantasy of “One Exquisite Night in Paris.”


It’s hard to give a genre to One Exquisite Night in Paris. The novel is an autobiography, telling the story of how Andre and his wife Eff meet. However, it is also a tour guide to the most amazing places in France and a lesson on France’s history and culture.


The novel alternates between Andre telling the story of him and his wife trying to start a life together, and his attempts to plan their ‘One Exquisite Night in Paris’. There are a few points in time where it may take a moment to realise that the story has switched from one tale to the other but it is generally a smooth read.


An unusual writing style is used in the novel, one which reminds me of something that was written in the late 1800s. Something about the style draws the reader in, especially since the writing matches the magical tone set in the novel when talking about Paris and romance.

“One Exquisite Night in Paris” is a novel is full of enchantment, fantasy, luxury and fairytale that converge in only two places; once in our dreams and once when our dreams meet Paris. The story distills into a perfect night; creating a memory which lasts forever.

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 Jay Roberts

Barry

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After over 700 shows one of the great pleasures I have is returning authors, in today’s case of C.S. Lakin one I have known and followed through the every growing success of not only her wonderful fairy tale fantasy series “The Gates of Heaven” but everything else she has shared with readers along the way.

C. S. Lakin is the author of twelve novels, including the seven-book fantasy series The Gates of Heaven. She also writes contemporary psychological mysteries, including her Zondervan contest winner, “Someone to Blame”. She works as a professional copy-editor and writing coach and loves to teach the craft of writing.

In all her books she seeks to journey to the heart of human motivation, to uncover unmet needs, and show the path to healing and grace.

C. S. Lakin latest book being released next week is  “The Sands of Ethryn” the book 6 in the must read “The Gates of Heaven” series, able to be read as a standalone book as are all the others in the series it all leads to what, as we learned during the show to the 7th and final book which is currently being worked on.

About “The Sands of Ethryn”:  (taken from Amazon)

The ancient and acclaimed land of Ethryn is dying from pervasive drought, and while the king searches to find water, a mighty tower is uncovered in the desert. King Kael hopes the scroll found near the altar will tell of water sources, but when he touches the gemstone set in the altar, he falls into a coma that transports him back five thousand years where he is a slave building the tower.

Sha’kath, the wizard who oversaw the building of the tower all those centuries ago, had cast a spell that brings sand bubbling up from the ground so the workers can make bricks and complete the tower’s construction.

In the past, the king, whose is a young villager named Lael, is pursued relentlessly by God, given visions and declarations that he has been chosen to be a deliverer and a prophet , but Lael keeps fleeing. Then, when the tower is completed, heaven appoints him as deliverer, and he and his companions escape and head to their villages. God directs Lael to the sacred site and makes him the Keeper, then reveals his great power as he brings down judgment upon the world, confusing languages and scattering all in rebellion and defiance. Lael is shown the beginnings of Ethryn—a fertile and prosperous land that will become a great kingdom—and then he returns home to his family, where he fully embraces his destiny and delivers those who will listen. God then destroys his village with fire, but Lael leads his contingent to the sacred site and a new beginning.

At the end of his life, Lael—who has watched Ethryn grow and prosper and who has been a gifted healer—returns to the tower to place his poem in the chest and put the gemstone on the altar. Before he takes his last breath, he turns and sees a girl—who is Ra’daf of the future—and when he dies, King Kael in the future wakes from his long sleep. Upon awakening he finds Ra’daf nearly dead by his bed—for the vizier had tried to stop her from waking the king with the amaranth in the vase. Lael heals her, and the vizier flees, unable to locate his secret chamber, but intent on discovering the locations of all seven sites and destroying them all. Kael, upon reviving, now knows where the site is buried under sand and takes his people there, where he again is set up as Keeper, and now, with heaven’s blessing, water erupts from the ground and ends the drought.

The author is also now working on a new YA fantasy series “Shadow World” of which “Time Sniffers” is the first novel available.

Books by C.S. Lakin

·    A Rip in the Redwood Curtain (Literary Fiction)

·    Innocent Little Crimes (Suspense/Mystery/Women’s Fiction)

·    A Thin Film of Lies (Suspense/Mystery/Thriller)

·    The Wolf Of Tebron (Fantasy) published 2010, AMG/Living Ink Publishers

·    The Map Across Time (Fantasy) published 2011, AMG/Living Ink Publishers

·    Someone to Blame (Contemporary Fiction) published 2010, Zondervan

·    The Land of Darkness (Fantasy) release date fall 2011, AMG/Living Ink Publishers

·    Time Sniffers (YA Sci-fi)

·    Conundrum (Contemporary Fiction/Mystery)

·    The Unravelling of Wentwater (Fantasy) release date spring 2012, AMG/Living Ink Publishers

·    Intended For Harm (Contemporary Fiction)

·    The Crystal Scepter (Fantasy) release date February 2013, AMG/Living Ink Publishers

·    The Sands of Ethryn (Fantasy) release date fall 2013, AMG/Living Ink Publishers

Whether C.S.Lakin  is exploring the depths of the human psyche and pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient magical curses, she is doing what she loves best – using her creativity and skills to inspire and affect her readers.

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 C.S. Lakin

Barry

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Despite a storm causing severe program interruptions during tonight’s show, my guest Dina von Lowenkraft managed to get through the show and towards the end without line interruption. Mind you, the fact that Dina is in Belgium and it was gone midnight there, alone was a challenge, but in the end the show was well worth getting through.

Dina was born in the US and has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry before producing her first but I’m sure not last novel. The ability to create her own worlds and share them with the reader is helped by her being a black belt in Karate and a keen horse rider. In her debut YA fantasy novel “Dragon Fire” Dina is able to paint with words the land and the characters that merge together to make a “must read” debut novel.

About “Dragon Fire “:  (taken from Amazon)

Some choices are hard to live with.
But some choices will kill you.


When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to his pulsing energy. Unaware that he is a shape-shifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.


Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.

The story is set in arctic Norway which enables Dina to share a unique world where humans and dragons and other mythical creatures are the norm. She is able to introduce intriguing secondary characters in the book, which can only lead to further books from this “one to follow” author.

As one reviewer put it…

I was so involved when reading this book that I found myself caught up in the drama and splendor of this mystical realm. The characters were interesting and well defined and the story was interesting, exciting and entertaining.

I’m looking forward to reading her next book!

Reviewer… me too!!!

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 Dina von Lowenkraft

Barry

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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

Barry

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Brandon Ellis could have had a career in sport being an All State Baseball and All League Basketball player, indeed he followed career involving sport obtaining his Therapeutic Massage License and becoming one of the most successful Sports Massage Therapists and teachers in the City of Portland.

All the time though his love of the written world was there in the background until one day he got an image in his mind that turned into an entire book series.

In Brandon’s own words…

It had been a long 10 hour work day. I’d just gotten home from work, dropped my keys off on the counter, then walked down the hallway toward my room. I was just entering my room, carrying my laptop, when I abruptly stopped. There, in my mind, came a single image—a tree in the darkness with snow all around. However, the snow wasn’t from clouds dropping flakes from above. It was from the tree itself, sprinkling snow from its branches and onto the ground. Then, like a movie, an entire story took place in my mind. I saw characters, action scenes, dialogue, and many other things. I quickly wrote down a synopsis of what I could remember, telling myself I’d get to it as soon as possible. When two years went by and I barely had anything, that’s when I started dreaming of the book. I saw ancient and sacred scrolls, more characters, more scenes, etc. I then wrote and wrote and wrote.

The result is the wonderful new YA fantasy series of which “The PureLights of Odm Totem” is the first book.

About The PureLights of Odm Totem” : (Taken from Authors web site)

Zoey and Coda are like everyone else in their small town of Gladstone, but that’s about to change–forever.Zoey has a dream, one that feels far more real than it should. A strange wolf with a beautiful violet crystal embedded in his forehead visits her. “Please help us,” the wolf implores. “Remember, Zoey, who you truly are.” Zoey wakes up, dismissing it as a silly dream. However, she soon realizes that it was far more real than she could have ever imagined.Coda is Zoey’s older brother. Like many boys his age, he has a craving for adventure and a loathing for his younger sister. He can’t stand it that she constantly gets in his way, joining in on all his fun and ruining it during the process. And the worst, according to Coda, is that Zoey gets all of the attention from their parents. A big drag in his mind.Then destiny arrives, one that Zoey and Coda must face together – if they want to survive.


Together, they journey to a place deep in the Cornell Forest, through a secret portal that leads them to an ancient world called Ohm Totem – to the place of the PureLights, the race beckoning for their help.
Caught between an age old war and finding their way back home, Zoey and Coda go on an amazing adventure, taking them beyond the veils, beyond everything they once knew and into the grasp of the unknown.

As one reviewer wrote…

Brandon Ellis creates a wonderful world and set of characters that both girls and boys (young and old) can relate to. It is so refreshing to finally read a fantasy book about the struggle between strength, love, compassion and forgiveness vs fear, rather than the overly used, simplistic good vs evil. As we journey along with the main characters on their magical adventures we can’t help but feel gently guided and loved in our own adventures in life. Oman Hart has given us a gift with this book, not only of fantastic entertainment, but of love and wisdom. I hope that this book finds its way into the hands and hearts of many young adults. My kids are reading it for sure. I think this book can actually make the world a better place.

With the second book due to hit the shelves in the next few months the name Brandon Ellis is one we will hear a lot more off. 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 Brandon Ellis

Barry

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Along my 550 shows I have got to know many authors, some
I have even met. However today’s guest Tine Field Howe I have not only met, but
joined in her audio show narrating some of the characters during an “open to
the public” sample of her award winning audio book taken from the “The Tellings of Xunar-kun Series!”.
I first came across this multi-creative lady with her children
book “Snails-worth” which both my children loved. It was interesting to hear
during the show that this book has now also been made into an audio, with several
of the cast from the “The Tellings of Xunar-kun Series!”, taking roles
in the Snails-worth audio.
From Snails-worth I was captivated by the
first in the Xunar-kun “Alysa of the Fields”  which received many rave reviews and awards
and was soon followed by book two “The TrailFolk of Xunar-ku” which
again won the multi-talented Tina many awards an plaudits.
Book three of the series we learned is now in
the design stage, having taken somewhat of a back seat as Tina has moved into
Screen writing again creating several items ranging from a Romantic/Thriller to
a horror movie score.
It would seem no matter what this talented
lady turns her hand to, success is never far away.
About Alysa of the Fields (Also and award
winning audio book)
Hidden deep in the mountains of planet Xunar-kun, the
Field Folk clan believed themselves to be the only remaining people, other than
the distant Trailmen, to inhabit their warn-torn world. They were wrong. In
coming to realize her individuality, Alysa—a young woman of the Folk—risks all
to save her people from certain peril. As a result, long-hidden truths are
revealed, age-old hatreds are healed, and Alysa leads her people to a new way
of life
.
About The
TrailFolk of Xunar-ku
It is four cycles later. The Folk and Trailmen have
accepted that they are part of something greater than themselves. They have
come together as “the Seekers”. Their purpose: to find the true Parents of the
Orphans. But they find something much more insidious and more lethal than any
threat they have faced before.
As one reviewer wrote about the audio book…
Alysa of the Fields, by
Tina Field Howe, has already been hailed as a magical fantasy masterpiece. Now
the author has taken her story to a new level, creating a mesmerizing
innovation that will have an enlightening impact on the world of audio books.
Well now that Tina is hitting the big screen trail, who
knows what other masterpieces we will be able to enjoy from Tina Field Howe.

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 Tina Field Howe

Barry

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