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My guest today is Mary Crockett, an award winning poet and one of the co-authors of a great new YA novel “Dream Boy”.

Mary wrote her first poem at the age of 8, an epic about impending nuclear holocaust being diverted by a plucky little eight-year-old girl and her legion of insect friends. Amy and the Ants” was written in rhyming couplets and went on for several pages. Sadly, it was never finished.

Though her first income was for being a hand model for a toilet seat. She continued to write award winning poetry.  Deciding to move on to writing novel Mary paired up with author Madelyn Rosenberg, the result of which is a debut and really entertaining YA novel “Dream Boy”.

About “Dream Boy”:


Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.


One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of déjà vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.

In other words this great book could be summed up as…

Girl dreams boy. Girl meets boy. Girl, boy, and friends save universe

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 Mary Crockett

Barry

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From ancient Greece to the 21st century, poets have gazed at the heavens, trying to unlock the mystery and beauty of the cosmos in verse. In his charming new collection, DARKLIGHT, Leonard H. Roller, one of those poetic seekers, leavens his fascination with the cosmos and love of writing poetry with a gentle humor that will leave readers chuckling while they ponder the great celestial questions and What It All Means.

In the 77 poems in DARKLIGHT, Roller employs a range of poetic styles – from classical sonnets to free verse – to present his unique vision of such astronomical concepts as black holes, dark energy, the “Big Bang” theory, white dwarf stars , multiverses, the possible beginning and end of our universe and the existence of God.

Readers need not be well-versed in such subjects – or in poetry itself – to enjoy Roller’s poems. His writing is user-friendly and will appeal to those who love poetry, are intrigued by cosmology, as well as those looking for something different, a touch of profundity, but refreshingly free of pretense and confusing obscurity. Roller’s ideas and writing style go down easily. Simply put, the poems in DARKLIGHT are fun.

Roller holds advanced degrees in journalism and literature, is well-read in physics and astronomy. His love affair with the heavens began as a “star struck” boy peering into the night sky through a telescope given to him as a birthday gift. Though infatuated with poetry throughout his life, he began to take writing poetry seriously after reading a book by actor Stephen Fry titled “The Ode Less Traveled,” a manual on poetic style and form.

“I discovered that I really wanted to write poems,” Roller says. Astronomy and things celestial became natural subjects for him. In time, he started to send his work to literary magazines, where many of his poems were published.

Roller’s poetry reflects his darkly humorous view of the universe. “It has both a light side and a dark side. I don’t know what God had in mind, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that He made the world – and us — tongue-in-cheek, a cosmic cocktail of tears and laughter.”

The imagery of Roller’s poems is striking and amusing. A black hole is likened to a gobbling troll, a quasar to a wedding feast, the death of stars to the fading of a movie queen:

As time and celestial taste go by,
They are no longer stellar queens.
Whether with a shriek or a sigh,
They leave the screen.

Roller hopes his poems will encourage readers to think a little about where we came from and where we’re going, “…about what we’re doing here and why.”

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 Leonard Roller

Barry

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Today’s guest on a Book and a Chat is Joan Heartwell who under another name is the award winning author of several novels; she is also a freelance writer and editor.

She has now produced a “Hamster Island” a memoir in which she chronicles, her unremarkable life as a member of a very poor, super-dysfunctional family that includes a mostly absent father, a religious fanatic mother, a kleptomaniac grandmother, and two special needs siblings, all residing more or less in the middle of a parking lot. The story moves from Joan’s lively coming of age in the sixties to her role as caretaker for both siblings after her parents’ deaths, at which time she must resort to extraordinary measures to locate the midpoint between their needs and her own.

Readers will move from laughing to crying as Joan shares with us her life in the pages of “Hamster Island”.

When asked what she hoped people would get from reading this book she replied…


“I hope readers will laugh and cry as they read Hamster Island and find it really entertaining. I hope those who happen to be siblings of persons with special needs will come to feel that their conflicted feelings, especially those they had as children, are totally understandable and acceptable. I hope readers who have never given much thought to individuals with special needs will start thinking about them and feel more compassion for them. I hope I start a conversation. I have so many questions, philosophical questions that arise from the mysteries that I came across in my life; I hope readers will help me to answer them. I hope some high-profile politician—one of those guys/gals who on the one hand preaches that everyone must be pro-life, and on the other would love to see food stamps and Medicaid and other social services drastically cut or eradicated from state and fed budgets—will somehow come across my book and read it and have an epiphany and publicly renounce his/her previous convictions and begin to fight for social justice for one and all. That’s a lot to hope for, but then hope wouldn’t be hope if it wasn’t sweeping.”

The book is one that I believe all will enjoy with dark moments mixed with humor.

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 Joan Heartwell

Barry

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My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is radio host, cellist, music and video producer, spiritual teacher, aphorist and now author. He is also better known to his many radio fans on the west coast as “Mystic Pete”.

Pete has taught and organized events internationally connecting spirituality and the arts (music, dance, storytelling, and writing); he has also produced a really great musical CD to aid deep relaxation and meditation. He hosts a popular radio show, “In A Dream,” one of the only broadcast shows on the West Coast featuring the DJ community, on KXLU, 88.9 fm, Los Angeles, Saturday nights at midnight.

His debut book “Mystic Pete Chronicles – Book 1: Sex & Mysticism” is the first in a series of books in which he provides a fresh, innovative and often humorous “how-to manual” for acquiring advanced mystical power.

About “Mystic Pete Chronicles – Book 1: Sex & Mysticism” :

Presented in an engaging style, his ideas will make you stop, laugh, and think—the recipe for a great guidebook. Starting with an assessment of where we are now, Mystic Pete then takes us to a new reality that is sure to rearrange your view of who we are and where we’re going.

Some of the jewels of wisdom he drops on us: the two big lessons we have to learn, the most important secret to great sex, the purpose of the universe, the plan, and -a really interesting view of what spurred the construction of our civilization.


Using his own spiritual training method, the Five Powers- Self Protection, Healing, Raw Power, Manifestation, and Guidance- Mystic Pete guides the reader to wisdom, compassion, and dignity and provides a comprehensive foundation in mysticism.


In his future books “Mystic Pete” will provide much more details on each of the five powers along with the body, relationships, mystical sex techniques, the spiritual laws, and advanced matters.


The Mystic Pete Chronicles provide a breath of fresh air in the mystical power, health and well-being books, taking the reader from laughter to deep thought.



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 “Mystic” Pete Ludwig

Barry

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“There are good books, and there are great books, and then there are books with characters you’ll never forget”. So writes one reviewer about Lauren Roedy Vaughn’s book “OCD, The Dude, and Me”. I would like to add, it is a book that can be read and enjoyed by all. Making the fact that Lauren was the guest on tonight’s “A Book and a Chat” a show I had been looking forward to, and I wasn’t disappointed.

In a way Lauren is especially equipped, even picked out, to write Danielle’s story in “OCD, The Dude, and Me”. She has been a special education teacher and a writer for nearly 20 years. In 2005, she received the Walk of Hearts Teaching Award, and she serves on the Board of the International Dyslexia Association’s Los Angeles Branch.

The mentioned being picked out for that in a way is what seemed to happen to Lauren, the story just chose her to be the author, and a great job she did. As Lauren described…

“One day when I was teaching and thinking about how difficult it is to be a high school student, especially one with learning challenges or psychological issues. I have great respect and compassion for these students. They are warriors. I was moved to write about a fictional one of these high school students to illuminate the courage I see in so many of them”

The result is a story that is smart, funny, touching, and has a strong voiced main character, it is written in a format that employs various formats including emails, diary entries and school essays.

About “OCD, The Dude, and Me” (taken from Amazon):

With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and “unique learning profile,” Danielle Levine doesn’t fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class.


As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a “social skills” class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle’s resolve to keep everyone at arm’s length starts to crumble.

“OCD, The Dude, and Me” is one of those books I highly recommend 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 Lauren Roedy Vaughn

Barry

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On today’s “A Book and a Chat” I have half of author “Harris Gray” which is the pen name for Allan Harris and Jason Gray”.  Allan used to come into Jason’s Coffee house/Pub and bounce ideas off owner Jason, partnership soon blossomed and the two have been writing together for about seven years. Luckily the families also get on well together even to being able to put up with the two co authors who I am sure spend as much time laughing as they do creating novels.

The whole idea of writing about a vampire was partly due to the two families and their being into the new world of vampires; however their novel is far from the traditional vampire.

In “Vampire Vic” the hero Victor Thetherson (even the name sounds like an accountant) is a bald, middle-aged, fat, accounting manager whose life is far from the normal vampire experience.

About Vampire Vic: (taken from reviewfromhere blog)

Fat, balding accountant Victor Thetherson hoped becoming a vampire would turn his life around. But Victor can’t stomach confrontation and gets queasy at the sight of blood. Instead he gets it from the blood bank, diluted in bloody Bloody Marys. The result: a vampire who doesn’t bite, and a man who gets no respect.


Victor’s slacking staff mockingly calls him Vampire Vic. Victor’s boss amuses his wife by intimidating Victor on video. His ex makes him stay out late while she entertains boyfriends in the house she insists they continue to share. One night it finally boils over, and Victor bites someone. And then another…and very soon, he’s no longer visiting the blood bank.


Muscle replaces fat, and his comb-forward widow’s peak takes root. Victor basks in newfound attention and respect, at the office and at home. But real vampires get hunted, and as the transformation reaches the tipping point, Victor must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the power of the vampire.


The work of the two authors molds well into each other and you can only guess that much of the edited out parts will provide interesting reading.

As one reviewer put it…

I found Vampire Vic to be a very entertaining story about a not so typical vampire. I will try to avoid any spoilers but I think I can tell you that Vic didn’t choose to become a vampire and his daily life is miserable…until he starts biting people. Then everything starts to change and he has more questions than answers. The book takes you through this vampire’s daily life and how he and his vampirism evolves. I found it very funny and endearing and it was a great book to read while on vacation!

I myself think it is a great book to read at anytime, a book that will have you, as another reviewer put it… “like a cheerleader at the side lines really wanting this guy to win”.

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 Harris Gray

Barry

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Throughout history
craft has always had it’s line of humor, from large falic symbols to ancient
cave paintings, there has always been something to laugh at, now we can read
about many such ideas.
My guest today
Brigitte Martin is a craft artist trained in gold jewelry making, also she is
the creator of “CRAFTHAUS” a site that is “PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT
ARTISTS” a group that has over two thousand participants now she is an award
winning author.
Her book “Humor in Craft” has been named an award-winning finalist
for the 2012 USA Best Book Awards.
The
book consists of over 250 contributing artists, 256 pages and over 460 color images and artist commentary so it is not a book to rest on your book shelf but
one that people would just enjoy browsing though.
Humor In Craft” covers a variety of traditional
craft media are shown, such as furniture, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, and
metal, as well as a number of unique, nontraditional techniques. Even we
learned during the show, a bus shelter in London gets a creative make-over with
pillows etc that is sure to make you smile to any passerby.
What
happens when professional craft artists are allowed to let loose, when they get
to explore their mischievous and irreverent sides? Find out in this
groundbreaking book, which, for the very first time, reveals an entirely
different side of serious craft. Hundreds of images and essays from all over
the world allow you to gain insight into the creative minds of contemporary
artists like never before.
The topics range from the playful to the serious, but the message is always
most enjoyable. Humor in Craft is a treasure trove for craft aficionados and
humor enthusiasts alike.

As
one reviewer put it…
“I
think the book is absolutely fantastic. I never expected it to be of such great
quality and size. This book will not go on a shelf like my other books, it will
sit on a pedestal for everyone to see. You really created an over the top piece
of work with this edition. Congratulations.”   

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 Brigitte Martin
Barry

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