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A Book and a Chat with Daniel Nayeri


Daniel Nayeri
, my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” was due to be one of the guests during my Male YA Author Month, unfortunately at the time he fell foul of his own prescient for sampling any type of food. I am very pleased to say, that illness free he was able to join me on today’s show.

Daniel has always been into writing and books, though his other jobs along the way as he described through a very entertaining show, are something else. From working as a builder, where at least he was able to create book shelves, to a fairly unsuccessful bicycle currier, which at least aided him in becoming a stuntman… after all somebody has to cover the cyclist going over the top of the car during a police chase. Daniel has done plenty, including at one time being fairly high class pastry chef.

Then his sister Dina came up with the idea of a book roughly based on “Foust” an idea that soon became the thread for a trilogy. The first book, “Another Foust”, being written jointly by Dina and Daniel, and not without some rough waters along the way, was then joined by “Another Pan” and now as we heard on the show, the trilogy soon to be joined by “Another Jackal”.

Another Foust:

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish – only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange andelegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary “gifts.”

But as the students claw their way up – reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty – the side-effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins.

At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

Another Pan:

Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real—when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence: the underworld and all its evil is now seeping into Marlowe.

Of course Daniel is a writer in his own write, and he shared with us about his long titled book (marketing is going to love you Daniel) “Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow”. A book consisting of four novellas, each one written in a different genre.

So sit back and listen to today’s interesting and entertaining as I host today’s “A Book and a Chat with Daniel Nayeri

Barry

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My guest today on “A Book and a Chat” is not an author, nor a blogger; instead I am very proud to say that Natashya Wilson, senior editors at Harlequin Teen dropped by to chat this morning.

In August 2009, a month ahead of its original planned launch date, Harlequin launched its newest imprint “Harlequin Teen”. With the seismic sales of teen series such as Twilight, and the worldwide growth in the YA market, it was time for Harlequin to join the fast expanding YA market.

Far from being just a watered down version on the senior romance novel, the titles being offered by Harlequin Teen have proved so popular that they now have over one million books in print, with three titles produced in2009 they are set to publish sixteen in 2010.

During a hugely entertaining and enlightening show, Natashya shared with us how the giant oak is growing from the acorn of an idea.

The first two books published “Rachel Vincent’s – My Soul to Take” and “Gena Showalter’s – Intertwined” have lead to not only further books in those series but other “must read” YA novels such as “Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey” series (one close to Natashya’s heart) and now the “Marsha Warner’s – Greek” books based on the ABC TV show.

With a YA market set to grow by a whopping 30.6% by 2013, and YA science fiction sales anticipated to reach $861 million, the lure of escaping into a good YA book is undeniable.

Natashya shared with us much of her knowledge and enthusiasm for not just the Harlequin Teen books and authors, but for the whole YA fiction genre, from readers and bloggers to authors themselves. The way the readership crosses age groups, why people are reading more and more YA novels and what might be the next “super sellor”.

The chat ranged cross so many topics there is more than can be listed in this small blog. So sit back and enjoy today’s throughly enjoyable “A Book and a Chat with Natashya Wilson”.

Barry

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Don’t Forget November is MALE YA MONTH

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Alexandra Diaz was my special guest today on “A Book and a Chat“, and what a great show it was, with almost as much laughter as there was literary content.

Alexandra grew up in a bilingual Spanish/English-speaking family in various parts of the US, but has also lived in Puerto Rico, Austria, and Britain.

Of course knowing that my guest had spent toms time in England it was a topic discussed about during the show featuring the language issues and the aspects of some of her three years she spend at Bath University completing her MA in “Writing for Young People”. The issues with being a tourist guide in Bath, and how people wondered why the water was green, to how she appeared and did not appear in two films.

Along what was a thoroughly enjoyable forty-five minutes of chat, Alexandra lead us from her literary beginnings to the production of her debut novel…

“Of All the Stupid Things”.

“When a rumor starts circulating that Tara’s boyfriend has been with one of the guy cheerleaders, the innuendo doesn’t just hurt Tara. It marks the beginning of the end for three lifelong friends.

Tara’s training for a marathon, but also running from her fear of abandonment from her father.

Whitney Blaire seems to have everything, but an empty mansion and absentee parents leave her looking for her own value in the wrong places.

And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mama she’s never stopped missing.

Then the new girl arrives in school and Tara starts to feel things she’s never felt for before for a girl. Can the girls’ friendship survive when all the rules have changed?”

“Of All the Stupid Things”. paints a story of reality covering issues such as lesbian relationships, to the joys and clarity of the mind that can come with marathon running, with a freshness that all will enjoy.

The inspiration behind the book cover, simple, yet one that will catch your eye, the response received and the fact that some people forget it is fiction and think the book is really about Alaexandra all were discussed during the show

The story unfolds and the lives of the characters in the book merge in such an impressive way, that you know “Of All the Stupid Things”. will be the first of a long line of successful novels by today’s guest Alexandra Diaz.

The show is one you will not want to miss.

Barry

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“Alexandra Diaz – Of All The Stupid Things”

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My special guest was previosuly a guest on the show way back on June 6th 2009, she is YA Blogger, Ashley whose blog Books make great lovers” is actually 2 years old this very day.

During the show we discussed about blogging and how her blogs and reviews have developed through the the last two years. The fact she blogs basically every day and actually started doing reviews some months before her blog started shows you how much she has written and read during that time. To give you and idea, Ashley is currently taking part in the “100+ challenge of 2010” where the person is challenged to read over a hundred books in the year. Well Ashley before the end of March is on book 47.

Through the show we discussed about authors and books as well as other subjects such as what age group books might be for, something that Ashley has covered with her own brand of grade and ratings she uses for her book reviews.

Some of Ashley favorite books and authors were discussed as well and what is happening with her own writing.

One really great thing for her to share was that she has been asked to be a gust panelist at a book convention, something that just goes to show what I am often saying, that at last the “Sham Wows” of YA literature are beginning to be recognized by publishers, publicists and authors.

So check Ashley’s blog and her special contest to celebrate her second blog birthday.

The whole show was a fun, entertaining and interesting thirty minutes, so why not listen now or down load the mp3 file to share when ever you can, as my special guest today on “A Book and a Chat” was Ashley from “Books make great lovers – blog”

Barry

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You can find out more about Hope and his books at:
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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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I am really pleased tonight to have on my show one of my YA Sham Wows, the bloggers who help make YA literature the success it is, “Hope” from “Hopes Bookshelf“.

Hope has been blogging since February 2008, and during that time has developed into one of the popular blogs for YA authors and readers to visit, and share. From these early days “Hopes book Shelf” has turned not only into a great location to read about new books, but Hope has also developed her own TV reviews on Youtube.

During the show we not only found out about Hope and her reading and review habits, we also learned along the way, of her love for mountain dew, her favorite color, the use of sticky notes and what she loves and hates about certain books and series of books.

That and information on some of her favorite books, and authors made the show one of those must listen to’s. From favorite blogs to how music is part of her life, this is an interview for all to love and enjoy.

So sit back and listen to show or else download it’s mp3 file and listen later to “A Book and a Chat with Hope

Barry

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Over the last year and 120 shows I’ve had guests both authors and bloggers discussing all kinds of subjects and genres. Sometimes from the information you glean about the guest that day you just know that the show will be fun, not that they all aren’t its just sometimes you get that feeling that a large amount of laughter will fill the show. Today was one of those shows.

My special guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” was writer, actress, lifeguard, ballroom dance instructor and much more, Kristin Walker author of “A Match Made in High School”.

Making her creative way through short stories and picture books, this is Kristin’s first published book (launched February 4th 2010), and one that has been much looked forward to my the YA readers.

“A Match Made in High School” is a story full of sweetness tempered with sarcasm, the book is the perfect teen romance. Laugh-out-loud funny, unpredictable, and fresh, one you won’t want to miss.

The show as expected proved a great chat filled with knowledge, cometary and laughter. We learned much about Kristin and her book, even to what to do with a dirty sock. How she was obsessed with the “Little House on the Prairie”, or being part of Edwardian England in the vain of Mary Poppins, or “Up Stairs Down Stairs”. How as a Tenner and a former Deb has been one of the most rewarding things by far, providing her the opportunity to become friends with so many incredibly talented authors.

The show as expected was a entertaining forty-five minutes, so why not tune in now or download the file to listen to another time, to “A Book and a Chat with Kristin Walker

Barry

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My guest on today’s special one hour “A Book and a Chat” was author “Jennifer R. Hubbard” whose long awaited debut novel “The Secret Year” came out in January.

There has been much expectation amongst the YA community regarding “The Secret Year” and it has not disappointed, with great reviews wherever you look.

While the book is only 192 words in length each word is carefully picked each one aiding to what is a fantastic journey though your emotions. From the numbness that came over Colt, then the spark he felt when Kirby came along, to the pain with the realization that he may never fully get over Julia’s death. It’s a book that will put Jennifer up among the must reads of YA literature.

During the show Jennifer discussed with us how she developed as a author from writing and illustrating her own picture books at a very early age (I’d love there to be a few of those around), through successful short stories to this, her first, and by no means her last novel.

Sharing with us many of the stages through the creation of “The Secret Year” we were able to get an interesting inside to Jennifer Hubbard, the author.

Some enlightening questions posed by the listeners in the chat room, helped make the show one that all writers and readers and those who just enjoy listening to a good radio show will enjoy.

So why not listen online or down load the mp3 and enjoy A Book and a Chat with “Jennifer R. Hubbard”

Barry

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To find out more information about Jennifer R. Hubbard and her work visit his web site at:
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