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When it comes down to it some of my favorite reading is with authors like Steve Berry, adventure type books, with a bit of history perhaps thrown in, something to get your teeth into so to speak. My guest today is another such author screen writer and New York Times bestselling novelist Raymond Khoury.

Raymond went from a career as an architect to becoming one of the most popular historical action adventure authors as well as a screen play writer of note.

As we learned from the show, Raymond’s trip through the literary jungle was not without mishap… He actually thought he’d made it big as a screen play writer before his success as a novelist when his adaptation of Melvin Bragg’s novel The Maid of Buttermere was picked up by none other than Robert De Niro who announced in the Variety that he would be producing the movie and playing the lead role. Unfortunately nothing more came of that screen play however it did lead to the production “The Last Templar” originally written as a screen play, Raymond was persuaded to adapt it into a novel.

The rest as they say is history. It soon became a New York Times Bestseller, spending 11 weeks on the hardcover fiction list, and a Number 1 bestseller overseas. It has been translated into thirty-eight languages and published in over forty countries. It was also the book where we first met FBI agent Sean Reilly.

This success was soon followed by “The Sanctuary” and “The Sign” before Sean Reilly re-appeared in “The Templar Salvation, a sequel to The Last Templar and “The Devil’s Elixir”.  Now Sean Reilly returns in what will surely another smash hit novel “Rasputin’s Shadow”.

About Rasputin’s Shadow”: (taken from authors web site)

On a cold, bleak day in 1916, a mining pit in Siberia turns into a bloodbath when its miners attack each other, savagely and ferociously. Minutes later, two men – a horrified scientist and Grigory Rasputin, trusted confidant of the tsar – hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage.


In the present day, FBI agent Sean Reilly is tasked with a new, disturbing case. A Russian embassy attaché seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window in Queens. The apartment’s owners, a retired high school teacher and his wife, have gone missing, while a faceless killer is roaming New York City, leaving a trail of death in his wake.


Joined by Russian FSB agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva, Reilly’s investigation into the old man’s identity will uncover a deadly search for a mysterious device whose origins reach back in time to the darkest days of the Cold War and to Imperial Russia and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world.

As the Library Journal described the book…

“History, mystery, suspense, and action—Khoury knows the recipe for a good read.” —Library Journal.

With further books already in the pipeline the name Raymond Khoury will continue to be must read and be found on book shelves everywhere.

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 Raymond Khoury

Barry

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A Book and a Chat with Raymond Khoury

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“Raymond Khoury”

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

“>”Raymond Khoury – Rasputin’s Shadow”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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One of the wonderful things about hosting a radio show is
that you never stop learning from the shows. Today’s show with Missy Wolfe is
one that I learned many new things about America and its history.
Missy’s book “Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of
Life and Loss In Earliest America, 1610-1665
, not only educates one into subjects that many in America will never
even have heard of but tells a true story that would put many a soap opera to
shame.
The book took seven years of
research during which time Missy turned up much unknown or forgotten pieces of
American history, from the fact that Greenwich was the border between New
England and New Holland to a forgotten Indian tribe whose name seems to have
skipped the history books.
The book is a true story of Elizabeth
Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett, one of the first settlers in 17th Century
America, and niece, then daughter-in-law, of Puritan leader John Winthrop,
whose band of English immigrants started the Massachusetts Bay Colony in
1630. 
About Insubordinate Spirit: (taken from Missy web
site)
Elizabeth’s first husband died his first
day in America and her second went insane. Denied permission to marry her third,
she lived with him regardless and faced a death sentence for it. Leaving the
safety of Boston’s Bay Colony, she settled on the untamed border between New
England and New Netherland that is now Connecticut near Manhattan. She faced
threats here as well from soldiers defending Dutch jurisdiction and angry
Munsees who detested her European presence.
An imperfect new American, she watched as the Dutch launched what  may
have been the largest massacre of the Indians in the northeast from her West
India Company property in Old Greenwich. Moving more deeply into New Netherland
to save herself from Indian retaliation and her own still-threatening English,
she became part of New Netherland’s Dutch society and did pay the price of
continued Indian anger. Surviving the turmoil of three colliding cultures, she
sought a better engagement with God, if not man, and successfully championed a
transformative new religion. Punished for this too, she embodied an emerging
new American persona, one that rejected an unworkable past and embraced a
future that nurtured the spirit of her intrepid life.

There is way to much to explain about in
this blog, it is one of the most fascinating true stories I have had on my 500
plus radio shows and one I highly recommend. Listen to the show and see what
you think.

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 Missy Wolfe
Barry

Direct link to the show

A Book and a Chat with Missy Wolfe

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from

“Missy Wolfe”

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

“Missy Wolfe – Insubordinate Spirit”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

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I was thrilled to have on “A Book and a Chat” today another of the debut authors from the class if 2k10, that wonderful group of YA and Middle Grade authors who have their debut books coming out in 2010.

Rhonda Hayter is today’s guest chatting about her debut middle grade book “The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams

Peanut butter cup ice-cream loving Rhonda, has gone from being an actress to a mother who is writing a series of books about a young witch who keeps encountering historical figures!

It has been a long “trek” to publication for Rhonda as she told us, from her early acting days to finial taking the critique hat of and letting her own creative juices flow. Even then the path to publication has been full of its own potholes.

With her children the age group she was writing for characters and information were never too far away, in what I’m sure will be a book many will love reading. She even shared with us, the fact the book has now been picked up at Scholastic, which will mean it will be available in many a school library I am sure.

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams:

Abbie is a regular eleven-year old girl with normal problems, like a really strict fifth-grade teacher. (Meet Miss Linegar. Rhymes with vinegar.) She’s chronically behind in homework, struggling to remember all her lines in the drama club play, and tormented by having to keep a big secret from her very best friend. And on top of all these problems, she’s also a witch and has to deal with outsized crises, like her little brother morphing into a werewolf and trying to eat his first-grade teacher. Not to mention helping a young genius, magically transported to the 21st Century, find a way to return to his own time.

In a show where all kinds of subjects were, we were also joined by Bonnie Doerr who will be my guest on next Saturdays “200” show.

Rhonda proved a delightful and entertaining a guest as her book “The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams” is to read. So sit back and listen to today’s “A Book and a Chat with Rhonda Hayter”

Barry

Direct link to the show
“A Book and a Chat with Rhonda Hayter”

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Rhonda Hayter”

You can find out more about my guest and their book at:
“Rhonda Hayter – The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

Funny, Weird Or Just Interesting News From Around the World – Laugh I Thought My Trousers Would Never dry

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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

It is amazing to think that November 11 2008 represents the 90th anniversary of the end of ‘the war to end all wars’. Britain lost almost a million men during this war. A million sons. Think about that for a second when you are having a bad day because the fax machine is jammed.
Sixty-four years after the end of the Second World War, still secrets and incidents are making headlines and news.

A few years ago, a man in Australia, weighed down by some harrowing psychological and emotional baggage finally divulged fragments of his life that he kept hidden for decades.

Revealing to friends and family, how he, at the age of five, he had been adopted by the SS and became a Nazi mascot.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6945847.stm

In April this year another secret was discovered, when builders found a bottle had been left in the cement of a bunker near the Auschwitz camp. The message, written in pencil and dated 9 September 1944, bears names, camp numbers and home towns of seven young inmates from Poland and France. When it investigated it was found that not only did three of the names on the paper live through the holocaust, one is still alive today and living in the south of France.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8022860.stm

On April the 21st a wail of sirens brought Israel to a standstill on Tuesday morning for a two-minute silence to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Six million Jews were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust during WWII. Yet there are an estimated 250,000 Holocaust survivors still alive and living in Israel, many however below the poverty line.

Now this month, Pope Benedict XVI has condemned those that deny the holocaust actually happened. He said the suffering of Holocaust victims must never be denied as he visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

I well remember back in 1973 when the British television (ITV) aired what was to be the first of 26 episodes of “THE WORLD AT WAR”. And how my parents wanted us to see the programs that did not glorify the war but showed it all as it happened, including the terrible scenes as the troops first entered the concentration camps and what they found.

World at War is actually rated in the top twenty British television programs of all time.

So I for one am glad that from time to time, news filters through from the past to keep us remembering about all that went on all those years ago.

As Laurence Binyon wrote in his poem “For the Fallen”

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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