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We have another one hour special on today’s “A Book and a Chat” as K.A.Barson or Kelly, a member of the Class of 2K13 is my guest. When you read about her addiction to peppermint chapstick and the fact she changes the color of her hair every 5/6 weeks you know that Kelly would be a great guest for “A Book and a Chat”.

Always a avid reader and writer, Kelly never thought that she could actually do it for a living, after all, wasn’t work something that was meant to be hard and boring, not getting paid to do something you liked?

In 2001 Kelly wrote her first novel, ignorant of the writing craft, it was at least the first steps down her literary road. This ignited the creative spark and she went on to learn the craft through various classes and groups and now not only is a writer but also teaches about writing as well, along the way winning several awards.

Her debut book “45 Pounds (more or less)” took five years to write, but the result has been well worth waiting for.

About “45 Pounds (more or less)”: (Taken from Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library on Amazon)

Sixteen-year-old Ann has a big problem. She has just two months to get into a bridesmaid dress for her Aunt Jackie’s wedding. She needs to lose 45 pounds, which would be hard enough without the complications of a new job, a cute boy, a mean group of girls, and blended families that leave her caught in the middle-and left out. Her mother is obsessive about her own weight and as the summer wears on, Ann begins to see just how troubled her families are. 

Telling the story in Ann’s wry, realistic voice, this debut author effectively captures society’s preoccupation with size and the resulting alienation of an overweight teen. With a chain-smoking grandmother whose language is peppered with “fat-ass,” relatives and friends who are slyly disparaging about her weight, and a mother who constantly prods her about dieting, the message could be heavy-handed. But Barson lightens the tone with almost cinematic humor, ensuring that even the most painful scenes have a slapstick edge.
The ticking clock behind the wedding deadline gives the story real momentum, and while the ending is all nuptial jubilation, it is also a realistic summer’s end for Ann.

Already chosen as Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Teen Book of July, “45 Pounds (more or less) has been called “Deliciously relatable with a lot of laughter on the side.”  To me it is one of those “must reads” and I’m sure will be another large step down the literary road for K.A. Barson.

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 K. A. Barson


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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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On tonight’s “Book and a Chat” my very special guest Estevan Vega


As a young boy, Estevan Vega never really felt interested in the written word. Far more fascinating things like comic book superheroes and sketching fantastical beings caught his eye. But in the fifth grade, writing short essays for a standoffish teacher ignited a fire that is still burning. Using his imaginative father as a springboard for ideas, Vega set out to write a full manuscript. His dream to become a published author came forth when he was just 15 years old, releasing his first literary creation, Servant of the Realm,to the world, a story about a teenager who sees the future deaths of those he loves and tries to change it.

The Sacred Sin, his second book, was published when he was 18, and shows a darker edge and deeper intensity than his first effort. The Sacred Sin bleeds with honesty and emotion, and tells the story of Jude Foster, a cynical self-loathing detective,assigned to bring down a serial killer capable of stealing victim’s souls without ever touching them.

Listen and enjoy thirty minutes of enjoyable chat as Storyheart and Estevan talk about his writing, books anything else that could be fun.

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“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 “The ‘sham wow’ of Teen/YA literature”.

Today my special guest is Liv from Liv’s Book Reviews

Hi Liz, welcome to my Across the Pond tell me about yourself.

Name I write under – Liv

Blog spot name – Liv’s Book Reviews

Blog address – http://livsbookreviews.blogspot.com

How long have you been blogging?

Let’s see here…I think it’s been since February 2008 which seems like SO long ago. When I started, I never imagined that I’d keep it going this long. In that time, I’ve done over 300 posts and written over 100 reviews. What’s funny is that at first I exclusively posted reviews. No memes, no random posts, no features, no nothing. Now, I don’t post as many reviews as I should. I post waaay too many posts about nothing. Haha. I guess that’s the way it goes.

What books do you read?

I mainly read young adult fiction and within that, contemporary and urban fiction. It’s the stuff I relate to most. But lately, I’ve been adding more and more “adult” books to my pile. I’ve requested a bunch of Jodi Picoult’s books from Bookmooch as well as James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces and Seabiscuit. I’ve been branching out more.

What is your favorite book and author of 2009?

If I had to pick just one, I’d say Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers. That book was just so real and emotional and precise. As it was her debut novel, I’m excited to see what she has coming out next. This year I also read Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld which was released a while back but it has definitely become a favorite of mine. Those two books outshine every other book I’ve read so far this year, I think.

What is your favorite author/book of all time?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Hands down. I give the same answer every time. That book is phenomenal. It’s just got so much to offer to everyone. It can’t be classified as a “girl book” or a “boy book” or even a young adult book. I had my dad read it and he loved it. And that’s saying something because my dad normally sticks to his murder mystery books. I’m really excited to see what Catching Fire has in store for Peeta and Katniss.

How many books do you have in your library?

Maybe 120? I don’t buy a ton of books because they’re super expensive but I do make good use of Bookmooch. It’s kind of funny though because I’m super particular about how my books are shelved and organized. I have them all in alphabetical order by the author’s last name and I only shelve the books I’ve read and liked. If I haven’t read them they go under the bed in a pile. If I don’t like them, they go to Bookmooch.

How many books do you read a week?

About two, which is not enough in my opinion. I used to be able to read a lot more but now that I’m in high school, my education and my studies are my priorities, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for reading. I do try to sit down and read for a little bit each night though. It’s a nice little ritual. And it helps me to slowly and steadily get through my books.

Not counting yours, what is your favorite blog to follow?

Oh gosh. I don’t think I can pick just one but I’ll name a few…I love Reviewer X because Steph’s amazingly blunt and tells it like it is. Plus she gets tons of great ARCs so it’s nice to get an early opinion. I also really like Pop Culture Junkie because she posts about all sorts of book-related stuff, not only reviews. As for non-book-related blogs, I like Color Me Katie and Little Brown Pen.

When is your favorite time/location to read?

Late,late,late at night, laying on my bed. It makes me feel rebellious. Haha.

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

Maybe Diana Holland from the Luxe series. Which might sound strange because so far Diana’s been pretty unfortunate. I like her because she’s sassy and spunky. Plus, it would be fun to be a part of that whole drama-filled world. So either her or Katniss. Because Katniss is just bad-a**. And she gets Peeta.

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

Actually, no. I don’t think I’m that great of a writer. I’ve tried to write some short fiction pieces for school before and it was a disaster. All of my ideas are just ridiculous. I’m better at opinion writing. And I like that more too because it’s personal and direct. I have thought about going into the publishing industry in some other form though. Like as an editor or publicist or…something else. Writing’s just not for me.

If you had a chance to advertise your blog in any way you could, what would you chose and why?

Oh dear. I have a horror story about this. So last year, my cousin mentioned that I had a blog to the school librarian. Bad. Because the librarian told all of the teachers. So a bunch of the teachers that had had me as a student over the years were now aware of the fact that I was publishing my thoughts/opinions on the internet and that I was actually getting a little bit of attention for it. A few comments here and there. And then the principal caught wind of it and he thought it would be a great idea to give me some sort of honor in front of the whole school. I swear, I bawled for an hour. And, I know, I know, the internet is a public thing and it’s out there for everyone to read, but the odds are that none of those teachers would have ever known what I was doing. Which is the way I wanted it. For me, my blog’s a private thing that I’ve only told a few people about. It’s like an escape. So. If I was able to advertise my blog I don’t know if I would. I kind of like it the way it is. Although it would be quite cool to have an excerpt of a review of mine published in a book or two or something like that. I have a little blurb in John Green’s Paper Towns which makes me sooo happy.

If you had a chance to interview any one author who would that be and why?

John Green. But not just interview over the internet. I’d want to go sit at a coffee shop and video tape it all. Because while John Green is an awesome author, he’s also an awesome person, and to be able to sit and talk with him would be beyond cool.

What is one thing about you that readers might not know?

Ummm. I have no idea! Maybe my age? People are always surprised to learn that I’m just in my early teens. I’m no college student.

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

email. livsbookreviews@gmail.com I try to respond to all of the emails that I get.

Have you ever seen a tree kangaroo? (that is just for me, one of my fave weird animals)

No! But I’m going to google them right now. 🙂

Thank you so much for being my guest Liv, good luck with your blog and keep up the great work

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

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Tuesdays blog is normally the time I get to update people about up and coming radio show guests, some of the latest interviews and reviews and some weird news from Across the Pond.


I have started the last few weeks to make my Monday blog an interview with one of the young bloggers or as I now call them the “Sham Wow” of Teen/Ya fiction. After a wonderful, radio interview with “Greenbeanteenqueen” last Saturday Mondays blog guest was Zoe from “Zoe’s Book Reviews”. I already have several more bloggers signed up either for radio of blog interviews.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) on “A BOOK AND CHAT” I have Soap star turned author Luise Shaffer as my guest 6:30pm EST at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond

I have also just signed an option that will now allow my POD books to be sold with “bye back” which means they can now be available in “normal book stores” not just online.


A fresh review on Amazon taking my total there to 69.. even as I check to post the interview I find another fresh arrival taking my total up to 70!!!!!

“Across the Pond by the author Storyheart was an enjoyable book and I found it a pleasure to read. It was fun and entertaining to read. Fred had lots to learn about the different words and expressions in the American English language which was kind of funny to read. This is a perfect novel for the young adult and teen genres who will enjoy the book as much as I have as an adult reading the book. I look forward to reading more of Storyheart’s books.”

“This was a very pleasant book to read, I enjoyed the budding romance between the two characters and tip my hat to the author for keeping their romance sweet and touching and resisting the urge to make it too grownup.

Obviously the book is aimed at a junior high to high school audience, but I found my 30 year old self laughing and sighing at the two main characters as their feelings for each other developed.

The author does a great job of building a romance while maintaining a lighthearted vibe with plenty of laughs at the differences between us Americans and our cousins “across the pond.”

I would happily recommed this book to family and friends and encourage my local school’s library to add it to their shelves! “


This week there are two peices of news from China, both related and showing you just how quickly news can change.

Sunday last is was announced.

China is building what is billed as its first sex theme park, aimed at improving both the sex education and the sex life of its visitors.

Due to open in Chongqing in October, Love Land will include displays of giant genitalia, naked bodies and an exhibition on the history of sex…
Among the attractions is a giant rotating statue of the lower part of a nearly naked woman.


Then on Monday, the very next day new headlines…

China Sex Theme Park Demolished

China’s first sex theme park, aimed at improving both the sex education and the sex life of its visitors, has been torn down before it even opened.


Talk about ever changing news

That’s it for this week, more weird news next Tuesday

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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Tuesdays blog is normally the time I get to update people about up and coming radio show guests, some of the latest interviews and reviews and some weird news from Across the Pond.


Wednesday May 13th 6:30pm EST
I have TIM KELLIS who takes on what could be considered society’s biggest problem today, divorce, in his book “Equality – The Quest for a Happy Marriage”

Saturday May 16th 11:00am EST
Greenbeanteenqueen Teen and Tween Librarian, recently married and blogger extra-ordinare is my guest for what should be a fun show.

Wednesday May 20th 6:30pm EST
Louise Shaffer actress (best known for playing Rae Woodard in Ryans Hope), script writer, and author of several books including the Three Miss Margarets will be my guest to talk about her new book Serendipity.

I myself am a guest on Before Bedtime on Sunday at 11:30pm


I have received a couple of interviews this week both of which were kindly given a 5 star rating at Amazon, and are the type of feedback that keep authors going.

“This was a great book! It’s a fast, entertaining read that is great for both kids and adults alike! I especially liked all the comparisons between England and America and seeing all of the language differences. This had a bit of everything-humor, romance, excitement and brings you back to your teenage years. Looking forward to the next one!”

First, I purchased this book because I know the author through a mutual aquaintance. Second, I became interested in the story upon reading the reviews. So, I purchased the book last week and received it today. I have already finished it. From the first page, I could not put it down. It is meant for tweens/teens/young adults, but I’m in my mid-20’s and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It reminded me of my early teen years when I had an obsesssion with everything UK (LOL), but also of my own experiences as a teen. I would/will recommend this love story to everyone I know, young and old, as it either makes you swoon over the deep budding love or takes you back to your years as a teen. I very highly recommend this book to anyone, no matter the age. (Note to the author: Thank you Storyheart for a wonderful read. I can not wait for the story of Fred and Brit to continue. Please, please, please continue their story, and soon.)


Afghanistan’s only known pig is quarantined


American tourist returns chip from Colosseum in Rome 25 years ago later.

Belgium city to go vegetarian one day a week.

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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One of the advantages for modern day writers is the internet where one can share your book to people all around the world without leaving your desk. I have gone into the benefits of “virtual book tours” with companies like “pumpupyourbookpomotion.com”. And how the way forward for authors and books has to be by the use of the internet.

Today a further example of such world wide book sharing and blogging entered my mail box (that’s email box).

A few weeks ago I was in contact with a lady blogger from Malaysia who I asked if she would like a copy of my book so she could review it. She was very pleased to have a chance to check out “Across the Pond”.

Tiqa like so many of these “Young Adult/Teen bloggers” is a keen reader even if she is in a country where perhaps YA reading is not as available as in the USA. At her blog “Good Girls Read Books” she states states…

I created this blog based on the reason that I live for books. I can’t get enough of books and I figure rather than I bore my friends about books, why not share it with people who enjoys it as much, and sometimes even more than I do? I live in Malaysia where its not really wonderful, if you see it from the YA world. But I do my best, and read books that I can afford buying.

I would like to dedicate this blog to those YA authors who made our life much better to live by, and for Dona (who was the girl behind this blog’s name)

Today as well as blogging about my book, she sent me the email of the details, here is part of what she wrote…

Overall conclusion – For as long as I’ve been reading YA, I’ve only read 3 books from a male perspective. I also wasn’t a big fan of the ‘exploring a new country’ type so I didn’t know what to expect from Across The Pond. The only hope I had was that it will change my thoughts on the type. Boy, it sure did.

The first thing I noticed about the book is how easy the word flows out, allowing you to embark on the journey itself and finding yourself discovering new stuffs as well. Fred Squire is a great character. I adored his shyness and I had a great time reading about his experience in USA. Across The Pond is an original twist from your typical YA book.

What I enjoyed the most was discovering the differences of Britain and USA. I live in Malaysia (where we use British English) so in a way, Fred and I are just discovering new things. The dialog and jokes are exceptionally funny. The romance in this novel is a lovely, sweet one. Brit is a great character and the emotions in Across The Pond is mostly genuine. I love how Fred was brave enough and how his character builds up from just one journey. This is one of the books that you will see yourself picking up in the next 10 years. Particularly, I find this novel a fun, easy, out going book and I definitely recommend it to everyone whose looking for a fun good read.

As fellow J.W Nicklaus author of “The Light, The Dark and the Ember Between” stated about the review…

“Getting reviews like that is what makes me glad I decided to have a go at publishing. You’ve made a positive impact on someone’s life, if only for the duration of their read . . . and that’s enriching far beyond what money can provide.”

.. Such reviews are what keep us authors going!

Storyheart (Barry Eva)
Author of Young Adult Romance Novel
“Across the Pond”

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Puss in Books, library cat and a blog chat with Diane Tegarden

Today’s fun BBC link, will appeal to all writers…

Puss in Books, library cat…



Tonight’s radio show was a “BOOK AND A CHAT with Diane Tegarden”… it was very interesting as well as great fun.

Listen to the program and hear all about her writing from A self help divorce book to her latest Science Fiction novel, and how walking over fire help her life.

You can check this interesting show three ways:

You can download the information from


Or it’s available at my blog spot


or where tonight’s show was at



Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond

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Wednesday’s Radio Show Guest is Diane Tegarden

“A BOOK AND A CHAT with Diane Tegarden” – Wednesday 6:30pm (est):

Diane Tegarden has written books the range from Divorce Self Help through poetry to her latest offering “Anti-Vigilante and The Rips in Time”, a bang up sci-fi adventure novel set in the far, far future>

Tune in to “A BOOK AND A CHAT” on Wednesday Evening to hear about this multi-talented lady and how a five hour seminar which included walking on fire changed her life.

“Book and Chat” Saturday May 2nd 11:00am (est)guest will be Lanaia Lee

Today’s BBC Weird News Snippet.

Bullet bounces off US woman’s bra


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Across the Pond

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