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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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THE ANNUAL RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION AND 700 AUTHORS BRING “THE BIG READ” TO THE BIG EASY! 

So
as we learned during yesterdays show reads the hand out about the 31st Romantic Times or as it’s now called
RT Convention. Today we have another of the hundreds of guest authors and speakers at the
event appearing on “A Book and a Chat” in the form of contemporary romance author Renee Flagler

Renee Daniel Flagler is an award-winning freelance writer,
award-nominated author, and a seasoned marketing professional. Under the
divisions of Aspicomm Media, Renee has married the things she enjoys
the most; writing, marketing, and events, into one fulfilling personal
career.

Renee treasured the art of writing since she was a young girl and in
2004 she took her love of creative writing seriously and self-published
her first novel, Mountain High, Valley Low. She later released
Miss-Guided, and the highly-anticipated sequel to her first book
entitled, In Her Mind. Renee’s latest novel is Raging Blue. She is
currently working on her next releases, Still Raging and The
Relationship Survival Guide
, her first non-fiction endeavor.

Renee is the founder of The Self-Publishing Symposium, a business
conference for self and independent publishers, The S’Indie Awards,
which honors the works and accomplishments of self and independent
publishers and the Divas of Literature Tour, a multi-city book tour.
Renee is also the founder of SheBiz.net (www.shebiz.net) a lifestyle blog for women pursuing their passions.

Renee is the recipient of an Excellence in Journalism award by the
New York Association of Black Journalists and also was honored by Black
Star News for her accomplishments in business for starting the
Self-Publishing Symposium, and the Unlock Your Dreams conference.

About “Raging Blue”:

Blue Holiday has decided to call foul and leave her
destructive marriage. But her cheating husband, Jaylin, decides he needs
her money to survive and insists on a rematch. Usually, Blue would be
game, but after discovering the depths of his depravity, she drops him
from her roster of eligible’s.
Unaccustomed to rejection, especially
from his wife, Jaylin decides to take what he feels is rightfully his.
Problem is, he forgot a woman in love will put up with a lot. But a
woman enraged, she’ll let you think you’re winning, just before she
snatches it all. 
As one review out it…
Raging Blue” by Renee Daniel Flagler is a gripping fast paced tale. From
the first page you enter Blue and Jay Mack’s world. You will find
yourself rooting for Blue’ survival and strength. You will be praying
for everyone that gets in Blue’s path as she fights to gain her own. You
will also meet Gavin. Who is a friend a real true friend. Or his he?
Along this pages we also meet Mia. Mia you either hate her or love her,
but she definitely keeps you going.

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 Renee Flagler

Barry

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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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Carla Neggers is a New York Times and US Today best selling bestselling author of coming up to 70 novels, which have been translations in 24 languages. However it all started high up in a sugar maple tree which was her escape location from the rest of her large family, and where she first started penning her own stories.

First published when in her early twenties, Carla has gone from producing romance stories, to western, detectives and adventure, along the way selling millions of copies of her work. Her Texas Rangers and U.S Marshall series have been followed by the FBI and Black Falls series.

Over the last few years two fresh series “ Sharpe & Donovan” and “Swift River Valley” have been flowing from this hugely talented author.

Now we have two new books in each of these series.

Cider Brook is book 3 in the Swift River Valley series, released January this year.

About “Cider Brook”:

Being rescued by a good-looking, bad-boy firefighter isn’t how Samantha Bennett expected to start her stay in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. Now she has everyone’s attention—especially that of Justin Sloan, her rescuer, who wants to know why she was camped out in an abandoned old New England cider mill.

Declan’s Cross which is book 3 in the Sharpe & Donovan soon to be followed by book 4 “Harbor Island

About “Declan’s Cross:

An escape to an idyllic Irish seaside village is about to turn deadly in this riveting new novel by master of romantic suspense Carla Neggers.

For marine biologist Julianne Maroney, two weeks in tiny Declan’s Cross on the south Irish coast is a chance to heal her broken heart. She doesn’t expect to attract the attention of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan-especially since a Donovan is the reason for her broken heart.

As well as the re-release the Texas Rangers series under the name “The Carriage House” sereis.

About “The Carriage House”:

Neggers delivers a colorful, well-spun story that shines with sincere emotion.” –Publishers Weekly
Fun and a little hard work. That’s all Tess Haviland had in mind when Ike Grantham paid her for her graphic design work with the run-down, 19th-century carriage house on Boston’s North Shore
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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 Carla Neggers

Barry

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Melissa Landers my guest today, was one of the Class of 2K13 however her debut YA Sci-Fi romance novels publication was delayed so she is now my first member of the Class of 2K14 to appear on this year’s “A Book and a Chat” shows.

Not that she is a debut author over all writing under the name “Macy Beckett” she is the author of “The Sultry Springs” series and “The Dumont Bachelors” series of romance novels.

Her novel “Alientated” though the first book she ever wrote, has taken a few years to finally see the light of day, but believe me it is a book well worth waiting for, and from the number of pre read request on sites such as “Goodreads” it seems many others believe the same.

About “Alienated”: (taken from OneFourKidLit site)

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.


Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.


Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.


But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.


Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Alienated was finally released this month receiving great reviews many already asking for book 2 which is already written and will be released early 2015.

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 Melissa Landers

ientated
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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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Today is the last “A Book and a Chat” for 2103 a year that for me has not been one o f the better 365 days, however along the way I’ve had some great guests on the show and for this final of 2013 I have another one in the form of romance writer Laura V Hilton.

Always a writer from a  very early age it was not until 2004 that she got her first book published in the form of the romance novel “Hot Chocolate”, this was followed by “Shadows of the Past”.

These early novel s were the stepping stones to the trilogies that have firmly put the name of Laura V Hilton on the romance writer map.

The first trilogy “The Amish of Seymour” which consists of “Patchwork Dreams”, “A Harvest of hearts” and “Promised to Another” made her a best seller, with many, many glowing reviews for her books. From this success a second trilogy “Amish of Webster County” was produced consisting of “Healing Love”, “Surrendered Love” and the just released “Awakened Love”.

About “Awakened Love”: (taken from Amazon)

A Bashful Baker–Twenty-one-year-old Katie Detweiler loves to bake. When she’s hired at a local bed-and-breakfast to do just that, she’s excited, especially because the owner promises the shy young woman that she won’t have to leave the kitchen. But when her boss’s husband requires round-the-clock care, Katie is forced to overcome her shyness and wait on customers, as well. Before long, a “customer” reveals himself to be a private investigator who informs Katie that she was adopted, and that her biological sister needs a bone marrow transplant. 


A Man on the Run–Twenty-two-year-old Abram Hilty has fled the drama of Shipshewana, Indiana, for Seymour, Missouri, where he’s staying with his cousin Micah Graber. His plan is to hide, from a girl he no longer cares about; and also from a cold-blooded killer. Uncomfortable sharing his past and afraid of the consequences, he buries his troubles deep inside. When he meets Katie Detweiler, he is immediately attracted, but his pursuit of her is complicated by the problems of his past. An Adventure Unfolds–As Katie wrestles with questions of identity, she also struggles to navigate her blossoming romance with Abram, in the face of opposition from a jealous friend. As their relationship becomes more serious, Abram can no longer conceal the truth about his past. 


But parts of that past rear their heads, barring the way for a marriage between them; at least for now. Through dangers and near-death experiences, Katie and Abram must find their way back to each other. But only the power of forgiveness can bring them together for good.

With a fresh trilogy “The Amish of Jamesport” due out next year along with a non Amish novel  “The Appalachian Ballad Quilt”, the writings of  Laura V Hilton will continue to be read and enjoyed by an ever increasing audience.

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 Laura V Hilton

Barry

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“Laura V Hilton – Awakened Love”

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