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There are some guests that one has on a radio program that you just can’t get enough of, that you want to chat away for hours two, or as in the case of my special guest on “A Book and a Chat” you ask back for second or third appearances.

Today I am so please to have as my guest on the show “Julia Hoban“, author of the fantastic novel “WILLOW“, which wile produced as a YA novel has been enjoyed, as Julia explains during the show by readers of all ages, not just in the America’s but now all over the world.

As always Julia provided a fascinating incite not only to the latest news about her book, but in the art of writing, something that will be of interest and I hope help many inspiring authors.

Not only that, but Julia kindly set up a competition for me to run on my blog, details of which can be found towards the end of this blog..

Also during tonight’s entertaining show, we heard about the books success around the world from already being on its second print in Spain, to being launched in Germany, China and Taiwan. The book is also being launched in the UK this month though under a different name, becoming “SCARRED” a name which in many ways describes the book better than Willow”

As part of the pre-launch work in the UK Julia shared with us a wonderful article, she wrote for the The Daily Telegraph, one of the top newspapers in Britain.


The show was littered with interesting incites and anecdotes, which was enjoyed by all those who were listening or in the chat room, and is sure to be a much followed up show.


In Willow there are references to several books, all except one of these books actually exist, though some might be not that easy to find online.

QUESTION: What is the one book mentioned in Willow whose name Julia made up?

The contest will close this Friday March 12th, with the winning entry receiving a $25 Barnes and Noble voucher. Entries must be made in the blog comments area on my main site.


So listen to the show or down load the link for a very enjoyable forty-five minutes on “A Book and a Chat with Julia Hoban

Oh… and don’t forget to enter the contest!


Direct Link:
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or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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For this Sunday I’m going into not one but three saying that are used in every day English.


What is the meaning of the word “Gobsmacked”?

Unlike many of these sayings this caught on in the 1980’s it tends to have it’s origins in the Liverpool area, where “gob” was a term for mouth. “Shut your gob” was a term telling people to keep their mouth shut.

One of the main people that brought “gobsmack’ to the general public, was Liverpool singer and TV hosts Cilla Black. Who in her TV show “Surprise, Surprise” used the word frequently to describe a person who was lost for words. A little like a “a smack in the gob” (punch in the mouth) would leave a person struggling for words. The word is now a general part of the English language meaning “completely lost for words“.


Why are English policeman called “Bobbies”?

It is derived from Robert Peel (Bobby being the usual nickname for Robert) the founder of the Metropolitan Police and to the pay a police officer got in Peel’s day; ‘one bob a week’. (term for an old English shilling)

This is not now widely used in Britain, though it can occur with a mixture of affection and slight irony in the phrase “village bobby”, nowadays referring to the local community police officer. The term “Bobby on the beat” is often used in politics in reference to return to more community based policing including foot patrols by one local officer (bobby) of a his own small area (beat). In Britain, volunteer Auxiliary Constables are sometimes referred to as Hobby Bobbies.


Where does the term “to cost and arm and a leg” come from?”

To Cost and Arm and a Leg means that something is expensive – very expensive, not just expensive though, but excessively so.

There are several possible origins for this saying however the most common belief is from the 1800’s. When people commissioned portraits it would have been a lot cheaper to have a painting done of just your head and shoulders. To get your whole body painted would have been many times more expensive. Thus to cost an arm and a leg.
It is said this is why nearly every picture of George Washington for instance either has him standing behind a desk (no legs) or with one arm behind his back.

So there we are another few terms for you which I hope you enjoyed.

Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond



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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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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 my special guest is Zoe from Zoe’s Book Reviews

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

My name is Zoe and my blog is Zoe’s Book Reviews, which you can find at

How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging on October 6, 2008.

What books do you read?

I read mostly Young Adult books. Sometimes I read poetry and a bit of classic books.

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

The book I read in 2009 that I liked the most was probably FADE by Lisa McMann. I can’t really choose my favorite author 2009, because there are so many!

What is your favorite author/book of all time?

My all time favorite book is Paper Towns by John Green.

How many books do you have in your library?

Wow… I know I have a lot. I think I have around 500 or something.

How many books do you read a week?

I read about 7. Sometimes more and sometimes less.

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

Really? Umm, I don’t know. There are so many blogs. Every blogger is lovely, and so are there blogs. I think all the blogs I follow are tied for my favorite.

When is your favorite time/location to read?

I like to read late at night. As for location, I either read in bed or on a couch in my house that is under a window.

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

If I were to be any character in a book, once again, I don’t know who I would be. I have read a lot of books, and there were wonderful characters in those books. Which makes it impossible to choose.

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

I am actually in the middle of writing my second novel.

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

I wouldn’t choose to advertise my blog. I believe that people should find my blog by either word of mouth or them searching something and finding it on their own.

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

Some readers might not know, that, when I was younger, I didn’t really enjoy reading.

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?

They can e-mail me at zaser_jam AT yahoo DOT com

Well good luck with your writing and I hope that you manage to fins space for that ever increasing library of books. Thank you so much Zoe for being my guest on “Across the Pond”

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

Other News:

Last night I was a guest on “Before Bedtime” a fun interview, you can find out more by listening to


On Wednesday my guest on “A Book and a Chat” is former soap star and now writer Louise Shaffer (more about that in tomorrows blog)

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“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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The expression “Sweet Fanny Adams” refers to her and has come, through British naval slang “nothing at all”. Though the expression started to be used around 1867, it was not until 1919 in a book of WW1 soldier clang that we come across the first recorded the link between F.A. (meaning ‘f*** all’) and Fanny Adams.

So where did the term originate in the first place?

The term actually comes from a quite horrific murder of 8 year old Fanny Adams on 24th August 1867.


On 24 August 1867 at about 1.30 pm, Fanny’s mother, Harriet Adams, let Fanny and her friend Millie Warner (both 8 years old) and Fanny’s sister Lizzie (aged 7) go up Tanhouse Lane towards Flood Meadow. In the lane they met Frederick Baker, a 24-year-old solicitor’s clerk. Baker offered Millie and Lizzie three halfpence to go and spend and offered Fanny a halfpenny to accompany him towards Shalden, a couple of miles north of Alton. She took the coin but refused to go. He carried her into a hop field, out of sight of the other girls.

At about 5 pm, Millie and Lizzie returned home. Neighbor, Mrs Gardiner asked them where Fanny was, and they told her what had happened. Mrs Gardiner told Mrs Adams, and they went up the lane, where they came upon Baker coming back. They questioned him and he said he had given the girls money for sweets, but that was all. His respectability meant the women let him go on his way.

At about 7 pm Fanny was still missing, and neighbors went searching. They found Fanny’s body in the hop field, horribly butchered. Her head and legs had been severed and her eyes put out. Her torso had been emptied and her organs scattered. Her remains were taken to a nearby doctor’s surgery, where over several days the body was put back together. (The surgery is now a pub called the “Ye Olde Leathern Bottle” and is believed to be haunted by the little girl.)

Mrs Adams ran to tell her husband, what had happened. He went and got his shotgun from home and set off to find the perpetrator, but neighbors stopped him.
That Baker was arrested at his place of work (a solicitors). He was led through an angry mob to the police station. There was blood on his shirt and trousers, which he could not explain, but he protested his innocence. He was searched and found to have two small blood-stained knives on him.

Witnesses put Baker in the area, returning to his office at about 3 pm, then going out again. Baker’s workmate, fellow clerk Maurice Biddle, reported that, when drinking in the Swan that evening, Baker had said he might leave town. When Biddle replied that he might have trouble getting another job, Baker said, chillingly with hindsight, “I could go as a butcher”.

On 26 August, the police found Baker’s diary in his office. It contained a damning entry:

24th August, Saturday — killed a young girl. It was fine and hot.

At his trial on 5 December, the defense contested Millie Warner’s identification of Baker and claimed the knives found were too small for the crime anyway. They also argued insanity: Baker’s father had been violent, a cousin had been in asylums, his sister had died of a brain fever and he himself had attempted suicide after a love affair.

The judge invited the jury to consider a verdict of not responsible by reason of insanity, but they returned a guilty verdict after just fifteen minutes.

On Christmas Eve, Baker was hanged outside Winchester Jail. The crime had become notorious and a crowd of 5,000 attended the execution.


So how does this link to the current usage of the term?

In 1869 new rations of tinned mutton were introduced for British seamen. They were unimpressed by it, and decided it must be the butchered remains of Fanny Adams. The way her body had been strewn over a wide area presumably encouraged speculation that parts of her had been found at the Navy victualling yard in Deptford.

With typical grisly humor, they sailors came to use the expression “Sweet Fanny Adams” to refer to these unpleasant meat rations, meaning worthless, which changed to mean “nothing at all”

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)


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Storyheart’s Sunday UK Blog – Who was St George?

During the week I have been blogging about St George’s day (April 23rd) back home across the pond. But who was St George?

The image of Saint George, renowned for his defense of all in need, is among the most well-recognized of Christian martyrdom figures. Primarily famous for being the Patron Saint of England (replacing the former patron, Edward the Confessor), George is also known as “Victory Bringer” and “The Quick to Hear.” Of the man himself, very little can be considered a certainty, save that he lived during the Fourth Century and was executed by decapitation in Lydda, Palestine. He was most probably born in Cappadocia of noble, Christian parents and, upon the death of his father, accompanied his mother to Palestine, her country of origin, where she owned land and where George may have been expected to oversee the estate but instead, chose the life of a military man.

The earliest mention of St George is in 322 A.D when Eusebius of Caesarea mentions a
“noble-born soldier of high rank the Roman army, being thrown into prison for vehemently disagreeing with Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians and, despite being tortured, refused to recant his beliefs. The following day, April 23, 303, he was dragged through the streets of Nicomedia and beheaded. The Emperor’s wife, Alexandria, was so impressed at the soldier’s courage, that she converted immediately to the Christian faith and was also put to death.”

He was adopted as the Patron Saint of soldiers after he was said to have appeared to the crusading armies during the Battle of Antioch in 1098. Many such similar stories were transmitted to the West by Crusaders who heard them from Byzantine troops. The tales were circulated even further by the troubadours. When Richard I (also known as “The Lionheart”) was campaigning in Palestine during 1191 and 1192, he put his army under the direct protection of Saint George.

In addition to being the Patron Saint of England, George is the Patron Saint of Aragon, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece. He is the Patron Saint of Catalonia, where legend has it that, after killing the dragon, he gave the princess a red rose and, as a result, on April 23 (especially in the City of Barcelona), it is traditional for men to give their sweethearts or wives a red rose and the lady in question reciprocates the gesture with the gift of a book. He is also the Patron Saint of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (where he is second only to Saint Mark), as well as being the Patron Saint of the State of Georgia. He is the patron of soldiers, cavalry and chivalry; of farmers and field workers; of Boy Scouts and of butchers; of horses, riders and saddlers; and of sufferers from leprosy, plague and syphilis.

He is particularly the Patron Saint of archers, which gives a special meaning to these famous lines from William Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” Act 3, Scene 1:

I see you Stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the Start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit; and, upon this charge
Cry “God for Harry, England and St. George!”

This is even more interesting as William Shakespeare’s was born and died on St George’s Day.

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Across the Pond a
young adult romance book by Storyheart:

News, views and reviews of me Storyheart and my young adult
romance, romance or whatever you want to call it book Across the Pond.

Yesterdays aired radio interview I had several weeks ago
with Don McCauley on THE AUTHORS SHOW proved very popular. I forgot to post
yesterday the review that Don Gave me and my book

An excellent
story about teens, young love and what really happens “Across the Pond”.
When fifteen year old Fred crosses the Atlantic to visit the States he’s

astonished to find out that while people might not change very
much across international borders, the language and food are another story
altogether. Before long he’s struggling to figure out the

difference between a condom and an eraser (rubbers in both
languages), taking on a bully and

falling head over heels in love with Brit-a young woman with
her own battles to fight.

This book is a hilarious look at culture shock even when you
both speak the same language and a

fresh look at the ins and outs of teenage romance. Readers
will love laughing along with Fred as he finds out what it really means to be
an American.

I am
actively seeking more radio and where possible TV interviews as these I find
really enjoyable


Not counting the review from Don at Tbeauthorsshow I
received another at Amazon this now takes my Amazon total up to almost 50 with
at leat another 15 not poted no their but on blogs etc.

read for adults and teenagers alike, March
5, 2009


Laura Wheeler – See
all my reviews

This is a great book that I hope to pass on to my daughters
when they get old enough to read it. It’s a sweet, innocent love story of an
American girl and an English boy. It is well-written and engaging. At times,
especially at the beginning, there’s too much of an emphasis on the differences
between English and American life. Overall, though, this is a very good book
that is worth the read.

I did think it kind of funny the bit about the
American/English as this is one of the main themes that runs through the book
but at least Laura enjoyed the book.

Several more books have gone out for review and I am also
trying to book the first two months of my radio show to get that up and

Talking about Radio ShowI am now making bookings for my
weekly radio show A BOOK AND A CHAT with

To be on air every Saturday at 11am EST. I will if people
cant make the time also pre record a show or two to be played on the next
available date


Saturday March 7th A BOOK AND A CHAT with Kim Smith

Saturday March 14th A BOOK AND A CHAT with Dorothy Thompson

Saturday March21st I
am waiting on replies from some bloggers for this date

Saturday March28th I
am waiting on replies from some bloggers for this date

Is more a general chat over a cup of tea than a literary
show going into depths of books and writing styles. It is for enjoyment, a
couple of laughs and the latest news on the book you’ve written or read. Not
only will I have authors talking about their books, or their virtual tours, but
I want to get bloggers to come on and tell everybody about their blogs, what
they are reading or have just read, even what is in their book case.

I have visited quiet a few such blogs, many run by teenagers
which cover a huge variety of books and provide some wonderful incite from the
people these books were actually written for.

If you are interested in appearing on A BOOK AND A CHAT
please email me at



I start my radio
shows this Saturday my first one is with a fellow writer and radio host Kim

– 11:00 AM

A Book and a Chat with Kim Smith

A chat with author Kim Smith about her
new book, how she writes and how her resent tour went


Across the Pond by
Storyheart. Is a young adult fiction novel with believable characters,
exciting events, humor, first love, education and a little sport thrown in for
good measure, this is a book for all ages.

Storyheart (Barry Eva)


Dont Forget. Spread the word. You can follow my tour on
my blog at


Across the Pond



Barry Eva (Storyheart)Author of “Across the Pond” Book Site: http://ping.fm/iCjjP
Blog: http://ping.fm/QElfc

The author Storyheart shows his obvious background as a writer of
romance stories and does a masterful job of adapting the genre to a
juvenile audience. However, despite the target age group, I believe
that readers of all ages will be drawn to the characters in this book
and the strength that they show through a wide range of emotional

The compelling story created by the author will quickly separate across the pond from the pack.Amazon and Reviews: http://ping.fm/pDbZx

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