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Writing, Readers, Guests, Blog Radio, even problems in New Zealand all on “A Book and a Chat with Kim Smith today.

This morning at the last moment (owing to a guest no show) I was lucky enough to have writer, radio host and friend KIM SMITH as my guest on “A BOOK AND A CHAT”


Listen to my chat with Kim as we discuss, books, blog radio, guests, even troubles in New Zealand and a three year old who purchased a digger online.

As normal it is a fun listen with much fun, laughter as well as usefull information.

Listen to the show, join in the fun… You can find out all about Kim at….

Kim Smith
Avenging Angel, a Shannon Wallace Mystery (2008)
A Will to Love-coming June 11, 2009


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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It seems to have been another long week, yet still the same five days of work, funny how sometimes those five days turn into eight or so it feels.

So what is there heading my way this weekend?

Saturday is looking like a fun day.

At 11:00am (EST) at “A BOOK AND A CHAT” my very special guest is Sarah, better known at “GREENBEANTEENQUEEN” nominated for YA blog of the year, advid reader, tween and teen librarian and recently married. Should be a fun 30 minutes with more to cover than I have time for, but we’ll cram in what we can.


Saturday Evening I have my karaoke show, with all the madness that brings. Always a fun evening.

My Sunday UK blog this week will be about the Eurovision Song Contest which most people outside Europe might not know about, but it’s been a must for 56 years and brought you ABBA amongst others.

Sunday night at 11;30pm I am a guest on “Before bedtime” not sure about before it’s well after my bedtime, but should be fun.

Finally today’s weird news…

Polish priest publishes sex guide

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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As anybody who has read me reviews interviews or heard my comments on either my own radio program or where I have been a guest, you will know I am a great believer in what I call the “Small Blogger”. These are the people who read, write and live books are as one blogger brilliantly put it the other day… “The ‘sham wow’ of Teen/YA literature”.

Today I am interviewing Steph Bowe author of Hey Teenager of the Year blogspot, whom I recently mentioned in a blog was running a “People’s Choice YA Book Blog Awards”. Steph lives in Victoria, Australia

Hello Steph, how long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging since midway through ’08, but all those blogs are now in the bloggy graveyard. Hey, Teenager of the Year was started in March.

What Gave You the Idea of the People’s Choice YA Book Blog awards?

There are so many fantastic YA book blogs out there, and I thought it would be a bit of fun and help people discover great new blogs. I also work on the YA Blogosphere (http://yablogosphere.blogspot.com), and I have to say, the YA book blogging community is great fun to be a part of!

What was the response like?

Pretty good! We got about 25 different people nominating, and over 100 votes in each category so far.

What was the hardest/closest category to vote on?

It’s people’s choice, and I have to say, voting is still open (only for a couple more days), and it’s very, very close.

Have the winners been chosen yet?

Not yet! Check out my blog next weekend!

What books do you read?

I usually read contemporary YA fiction. I am open to all genres though, and read a lot of thrillers, memoirs and mysteries.

What is your favorite book and author of 2009 and favorite book and author of all time?

Of 2009, Pink by Lili Wilksinon. It comes out this August, and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC (I’ll be posting a review of Pink on my blog very soon). Of all time? At the moment, probably The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks, another book of ’09, but the best and funniest vampire book I’ve read.

When is your favorite time/location to read?

Usually at night, in bed, with the heater on.

If you could be a character in any book who would that be and why?

To tell the truth, I love who I am. And characters in books tend to be confronted with lots of problems and heartache. But if I absolutely had to? That’s incredibly tough. I would be Sarita in Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell. Her innocence is cute.

Have you ever thought about or actually written a book yourself.

I’ve written two books, and I’m in the process of writing a third. Book one, Gracie’s List, can be read on my blog. It’s very autobiographical and stupid. Book two I’m trying to find a publisher for at the moment, so fingers crossed.

If people are interested in being a guest or sending a book to you and your blog what is the best way to contact you?

Email me! stephbowe@ymail.com – I do a lot of interviews with authors and bloggers, and though I haven’t had any yet, I’d love some guest bloggers. I do accept books for review, but I’m in Australia, so postal costs can be an issue for internationals.

Thank you so much for being my guest Steph, good luck with your blog and finding that publisher for your book.

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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This is an blog of “odds and sods” of news snippets that you might have missed from the past weeks news… at least in the U.S anyway. Each news snippet has a link where you can go and read the story in detail.

Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his own ear but lost it in a fight with fellow artist Paul Gauguin in a row outside a brothel, it has been claimed.


US Plane crash lands on toilets
A US pilot was in luck when his falling aeroplane made a soft landing, thanks to a row of portable toilets.


Art Students vanishing car trick
A design student made a battered old Skoda “disappear” by painting it to merge with the surrounding car park.


Legal Row Over Krispy Kreme Recipe
An Australian biscuit company has threatened legal action against US chain Krispy Kreme if does not stop selling its Iced Dough-Vo doughnut.



Check out the great ” Book Marketing Buzz” review and more so the fantastic trailer for the book.

Can’t find a traditional publisher interested? Have a funeral…

“BOOK AND CHAT with Elizabeth Walker”

Hear about Elizabeth and her book book “The Tablet of my Heart”

Wednesday May 6th 6:30pm (est)


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond

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It has been six months since my book Across the Pond (by Storyheart) was published. So much has happened in that time, am I a published author?

Today while checking out I contest came across the ruling definition of what was classed as a published author.

“We are using Romance Writers of America guidelines to determine publishing status. Anyone who has either: “(1) earned at least $1,000 in the form of an advance on a single novel or novella published by a non-subsidy, non-vanity publisher; or (2) who has earned at least $1,000 in the form of royalties or a combination of advance plus royalties on a single published novel or novella published by a non-subsidy, non-vanity publisher” is considered a published author and is not eligible to enter the contest.”

So have I made $1000? No…
Did I get an advance of $1000? No…

So I guess I don’t class as a published author.

Perhaps if I was Barack Obama writing details of what went on behind the scenes on the campaign trail. Margaret Thatcher on her years with Dennis, or Secrets of the next Harry Potter file. Perhaps if I detailed how Hulk Hugan’s agent turned down the chance to promote the now “George Foreman” grill, choosing instead to put the Hulksters name to a now long forgotten food mixer. I might then be classed as an published author.

So what has happened in my 6 months?

Well I’ve won a couple of awards, I have coming up to a hundred reviews, over sixty on Amazon alone. I’ve chatted to people all over the world during a wonderful fun virtual book tour, made many new friends, been on radio and TV shows, visited schools and had lot’s of fun.

People of all ages have enjoyed “Across the Pond”, sharing their comments and encouragement through reviews, messages, blogs and emails. Even being compared with such great authors as Judy Blume.

So do I describe myself a published author?


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond

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