Monday, March 31, 2014

The Stories for Children Show - Bringing Authors and Readers Together

The Stories for Children show is on the last Monday of every month. Each month we try and bring you some of the new, best-selling and award-winning authors of the children's and young adult writing world not only to share their work, but some of their favorite books in the genre as well.

This month hosts Virginis S Grenier, mom's choice and award-winning author, and Author, screenwriter,Marsha Casper Cook will be joined by book reviewers and bloggers to share their insight on what makes a good book, how to start your own summber book club and their favorite summer reading choices.

Their guests will be:
Margaret Fieland, an avivid reader and also author of poems and books from YA to Children's Lit. You may visit her website,; Brenda Priddy, book reviewer and blogger of Daily Mayo; and Barbara Bockman, book reviewer, blogger of Stories a la Mode and author.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The Paranormal Hour - Personal Experiences with the Supernatural

On this week's episode of The Paranormal Hour, hosts Willow Cross and Tracee Ford will be discussing their personal experiences as well as thoughts on various supernatural topics.  This is a unique opportunity for fans to call in, share their own stories, and ask questions.  Be sure to tune in at 10pm EST, 9pm Central, or 8pm PST!
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Monday, March 17, 2014

A Good Story Is A Good Story - Host Marsha Casper Cook

Please join Marsha on Tuesday March 18 at  6 PM PST 7 PM MT 8 PM CST 9 PM EST on A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY.

Her guests this week are Alicia Sparks, Dawn Robertson and Palessa, They are all authors with BEAU COUP PUBLISHING. It's going to be a great show.

Bethany Cross  will be opening up the chat room and phone lines . Callers are always welcome.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

The Paranormal Hour with Willow Cross and Tracee Ford

On this episode of The Paranormal Hour, Willow and Tracee welcome author Nathan Squires to the show to discuss his real life encounters with the supernatural.  Please tune in at 10EST, 9 CENTRAL, and 8 PST.  The chatroom and phone lines will be open for your calls and questions!
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Discussion With Host Fran Lewis

Join Fran Lewis on March 13 at 4 PMEST 3PM CST 2PM MT 1PM PST for a great discussion with her guest is Carla Neggers. She is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, with translations in 24 languages. Born and raised on the western edge of the beautiful Quabbin Reservoir in rural Massachusetts, Carla grew up with tales of her father’s life as a Dutch sailor and her mother’s childhood in northwest Florida.

At a young age, Carla began penning her own stories on a branch high up in her favorite sugar maple. Now she enjoys spending time at the family homestead (now a tree farm) with her six brothers and sisters and their families.

When she’s not writing, Carla loves to travel, hike, kayak, garden, and, of course, dive into a good book. She lives with her family in Vermont, near Quechee Gorge.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Beau Coup Authors - A Good Story Is A Good Story WOI-Host Marsha Casper Cook

Join Marsha on Tuesday at 6 PM PST  7 PM MT  8 PM CST  9 PM EST on A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY.  All new episodes with guests from all Genres. This year's Marsha will feature wonderful guests talking about Books, Screenplays , Marketing and Publishing.

Very Special Young Adult and Children's Beau Coup authors will be in the spotlight -Lyn Croft,  Loren Blake Reese, Aurora Zahni and Rebecca Lyndsey.
This is going to be a lot of fun and very informative - listen live or on demand right after the show is over .

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Monday, March 10, 2014

BTR Show: The Writing Mama with Special Guest Award-winning performer Doreen Taylor

Join Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Casper Cook on Monday March 11at 2PM EST 1 PM CSTfor a special World OF Ink show.

This week their special guest is Award-winning Performer Doreen Taylor, who was recently chosen by the National Parks Conseration to write a song for thier very prestigious Salute in Washington D.C.
With hits such as "Judgment Day" off her breakout, debut country solo album "Magic," Doreen's music has been touted as a "blend of the late 80s to early 90s slow pace country with a touch of the bad-ass girl music that is popular today" by All American Country Music! With a Masters in Opera Performance, Taylor has played numerous leading roles in various companies on and off Broadway and released three albums before taking the jump into country music. Doreen's music videos, "Last call (for Alcohol)," "Heartbeat" and "Summertime" landed on the 'Top 100 Country Official Music Videos of the Week' chart at the same time! A proud supporter of local charities, Doreen is committed to making a positive change in various communities.
She will be performing at the Salute to the prestigious Parks and Park Partners Gala in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, April 16th. 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

D.J. Wilson

Author Spotlight: D.J. Wilson

D.J.Wilson was raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. He graduated from Cumberland University, located in a small town in Kentucky quite a few years ago. We had the pleasure of chatting with D.J. about his book, Ride to Redemption.
AW: Tell us a little bit about your book.
D.J.: Righting another’s wrong landed D in the witness protection program and cost him family, friends, and everything of substance in his life. Loneliness is his constant companion until he meets Candi, the girl of his dreams. He and Candi embark on a three-week ride to redemption where they deal with mind-numbing deceit, perilous treachery, their overpowering lust for each other and their personal demons.
Nevertheless, new opportunities bring a chance to begin again. And, it doesn’t hurt that he’s got 200 pounds of illicit diamonds to use to ease the pain of those wronged. He will continue the redemption process by way of a well thought out plan involving a 5,000-mile adventure through the Western United States and Canada.
When D meets Candice, aka Candi, she captures his heart, mind and soul the instant she ‘inadvertently’ almost runs him down in the Starbucks drive-thru. Candi joins him on his three-week, two-wheeled ride to redemption, where they’re forced to face their personal demons, while dealing with wanton lust, mind-numbing deceit and perilous treachery.
Spectacular scenery and a cast of unforgettable characters they meet along the way makes the journey memorable, but nothing prepares them for the sacrifices they must eventually make midway in the ride.
“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” sadly, does not ring true for Candice and D throughout this first of a two part series. Lust and greed are forever game-changers, even for those who desperately seek redemption.
AW: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
D.J.: I wrote Ride to Redemption to appeal both to women and men, weaving a geographical adventure into a life altering, lust filled romance, between two very flawed people.
Life happens. Sometimes for the good, sometimes not. Regardless of circumstance, we choose how we embrace its next chapter, either building on the good as it comes or redeeming the bad, as it goes. In that is our hope, for those of us in the throes of life.How did you come up with the title for your book/series?
Redemption comes through second chances. The ride, via a motorcycle across the West and Canada, was used as an inconspicuous tool, to right a grievous wrong that affected thousands.
AW: Tell us a bit about your cover design? Who designed it and did you have a lot of input into the design?
D.J.: My cover projects the heart and soul of my novel, without a single word being spoken. The beautiful body conveys the girl of D’s dreams, while the diamonds convey power through restitution. I was fortunate to find the perfect picture, in less than than four hours and with the help of my publisher, create the cover from there.
AW: How long did it take to complete your novel?
D.J.: Forever it seems like, looking back. I spent the first three months, writing and rewriting the first half of the book and two months writing the second half.
AW: Did you ever experience writer’s block? If so, what did you do to get out of the funk?
D.J.: Writer’s block was never an issue, as much as, life constantly getting in my way. Long, solitary  walks each day, helped me more than anything, to see the beginning of the end.
AW: Tell us about the challenges of getting your first novel published? About how long did it take?
I was fortunate to have a friend and fellow author, who saw in me a work in progress. Through his inspiration and direction, we were able to e-publish Ride to Redemption in less than thirty days. The book goes to print mid March.
AW: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
D.J.: Great question, but not one I’m able to answer at this time. Once the sequel finishes up, I can probably tell you who my favorite will be. Remember, life happens, the book is living proof of that. It’s fluid, as are the characters in my daily circus, aka life.
AW: Who is your least favorite character and what makes them less appealing to you?
D.J.: That’s a question, I can answer. Joseph, Candi’s Ex, who happens to be an Ivy League lawyer with an outstanding pedigree, whose mission in life is to ruin other’s, while continually enhancing his own.
AW: If you could change only one thing about your novel, what would it be?
D.J.: Thank you for the question. I’ve second guessed myself many times regarding the steaminess of the book. Only our readers will answer that question for me. Stay tuned for the answer, via the reviews, which through today have been ’5 star’ kind.
AW: Give us an interesting or fun fact about your book/series.
D.J.: Easy, it’s sprinkled with truth, lot’s of it. It’s up to our audience to separate the facts from the fiction. To live with us in the moment or to embrace in aghast, our past.
AW: What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike? Did they inspire you?
D.J.: Books by John Grisham inspired me,  as well as the novels of John Sanford and James Patterson. None, however, wove a chance encounter love interest, so integrally into the read.
AW: What made you decide to become an author?
D.J.: Life happens, remember? We’ve a story to tell, even while it continues to be written. Successful, that’s me, catastrophic failure, that’s me too. We’ve been there, done that and have the life changing scars to prove it.
Our writings reflect real life through the throes of heartache and loss, as well as through the joys redemption brings.
“Life is not waiting for the Storms to Pass, It’s Learning to Dance in the Rain.”
AW: What is the toughest criticism that you have received as an author?
D.J.: Those closest to me, tell me I’m the World’s Worst Proofreader, to which I must confess, guilty as charged.
AW: What is the best compliment?
D.J.: I’m thankful you asked. Paying it forward is a personal choice that pays priceless dividends, regardless of the chaos in our own lives. Ride to Redemption conveys that message, without it wearing thin.
AW: Do you have another job or are you a full-time author?
D.J.: I’ve been blessed beyond measure to succeed in many wonderful things, and humbled by failing in a few. Currently our passion is writing and that’s what I’m  committed to do.
AW: What can we expect from you in the future? Do you have a new novel or project that you are working on?
D.J.: The sequel, “Ride to Restoration” is well underway. I hope to publish in late April or May 2014. Visit my to discover my next project, which will depend entirely on our readers and their nominations of the unsung hero’s in their lives.
AW: Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
D.J.: If you are passionate about something, share it, be it through the written word or music. There is someone waiting to hear what you have to say. It’s in that passion, you will rise above the crowds, your voice will be heard, the message you convey, will be received. Settle for nothing less than your very best. Because of self publishing, the World is your marketplace.
AW: How do you market your book?
D.J.: We’ve explored many avenues, all of which require quite a bit of time. Time away from writing. Thankfully, I’m working with some amazing people who are steering me in the right direction, offering to promote me, as little, or as much as I want, while allowing me to focus on our book.
I would be honored if you’d visit my website: and say hello. You can follow us on Twitter: @dhlakelover and find our blogs scattered about The Huffington Post.
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Blog Talk Radio March 6th: Book Discussion With Host Fran Lewis

Join Fran on March 6 at 4PM EST 3 PM CST 2 PM MT 1 PM PST when her special guest is Bruce DeSilva .Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island.  Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians—who are pretty much one and the same.

Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad. The youngest serial killer in history butchered five of his neighbors before he was old enough to drive. When he was caught eighteen years ago, Rhode Island's antiquated criminal statutes—never intended for someone like him—required that all juveniles, no matter their crimes, be released at age twenty-one. The killer is still behind bars, serving time for crimes supposedly committed on the inside. That these charges were fabricated is an open secret; but nearly everyone is fine with it—if the monster ever gets out more people will surely die. But Mason is not fine with it. If officials can get away with framing this killer they could do it to anybody. As Mason sets out to prove officials are perverting the  justice system, Mulligan searches frantically for some legal way to keep the monster behind bars. The dueling investigations pit the friends against each other in a high-stakes race.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Based On True Events on the What is Success Show at Blog Talk Radio

Join Virginia S. Grenier, Bennet Pomerantz and Justin Grenier once a month on the What is Success show.

This month's topic: What is the difference between based on a true story and inspired by a true story?

Many books, movies and TV mini-series use titles such as "Based on" or "Inspired by" to draw an audience, but what do these labels mean. In a world where fiction blurs the lines between fantasy/drama and reality do we really know when something is 100% true? Tonight our hosts will be answering this question and talking about movies, TV show and books that blur these lines.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Good Story is A Good Story with Marsha Casper Cook - Topic: Writing and Marketing

A Good Story Is a Good Story -RADIO SHOW - March 4 8pm CST 9pm EST

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Please join Marsha and her guests Uvi Poznansky and Brenda Perlin on March 4 at 9 PM EST 8 PM CST 7PM MT 6PM for a discussion on wriitng and marketing. These two women are terrific at marketing. They put out a lot of thought in their facebook notifications with great info and interesting photos.

Marsha is an Author, Screenwriter, Speaker Marketing Consultant and WGA Signatory Agent.
Brenda Perlin is an independent adult contemporary fiction author. Brenda evokes emotional responses in her readers by using a provocatively unique writing style. Her latest book in the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, captures the soul-wrenching conflicts of a personal struggle for emotional fulfillment.

Brenda’s first book, Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, was published with Master Koda Select Publishing.
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and practiced with an innovative Architectural firm. She received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, she earned her M.A. in Architecture.

Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. During the years she spent in advancing her career—first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices)—she wrote and painted constantly.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Political Thriller

Gil Snider, author of Brain Warp: A Political Medical Thriller

Author Bio:
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but I’ve done most of my medical training at the University of Michigan, including medical school and my neurology residency.  However, I did my internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in Greenwich Village which, along with Kiev, Ukraine, is the setting for my book.  For the past 30 years, I have been practicing neurology in Chesapeake, Virginia.  I live in Virginia Beach with my wife and best friend, Judy, and together we’ve raised two terrific boys, Jon and Nick. I love to travel, read, and enjoy cooking and eating all sorts of food.

Title: Brain Warp: A Medical Thriller
Author: Gil Snider
ISBN: 978-1-58348-472-2 (trade paperback); 978-0-595-88074-4 (hardcover)
Page count: 267 pp
Genre: Medical Thriller
Price: $17.95 paperback; $27.95 hardcover; $6.00 Kindle

Link to Amazon
Tell us about your book:
Brain Warp is a medical thriller, but I mixed in elements of a political thriller as well.  Neurologist Dr. Peter Branstead and his psychologist girlfriend, Megan Hutchins, inadvertently become involved in a plot to poison the President of Ukraine when Peter stumbles onto a secret research facility in Greenwich Village that is testing out the poison on local vagrants.  His investigations into the nature of the facility and the drug itself leads Peter on a secret mission to Kiev, where he must save the President and escape from the clutches of the Russian Mafia, while being hunted by a brutal Mafia hit man intent on killing him.
How long did it take to write the book?
I researched my book for four months, setting up a chapter summary, then took eight months to write the first draft.  However, I spent a year or two doing rewrites.
What inspired you to write the book?
Writing Brain Warp was something of a personal journey for me.  My father was from Ukraine, and although the choice of Ukraine as a setting for the book was plot-driven, it serendipitously gave me the opportunity to learn about my background.  I think that because of this, I made fathers play an important part in Brain Warp.  Almost every major character was impacted by the actions, or absence, of their father.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
Most of my research involved learning about the history, geography and culture of Ukraine, as well as the layout of Kiev.  Although I lived in New York City for many years, and in Greenwich Village for three years, writing about it as a literary setting required viewing it in a different perspective.
As a physician and, in particular, a neurologist writing the medical part was easy.  The hard part was taking complex medical terminology and science and writing in a way that the average reader would understand it, but that a medical professional wouldn’t find overly simplified and trite.
I also found it difficult finding the time to write, with my professional obligations and to still be available to my family, especially my two young boys.  This usually involved writing after the kid’s bedtime, or sitting at my laptop after I had driven them to various activities.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
A sense of edge-of-your-chair excitement, and a feeling of intimacy with the main characters.  I tried to make them as multi-dimensional as possible.  Every character had a history that molded him or her into the person they had become.

Wrap your brain around this thriller.
Peter Branstead, the intelligent neurology doctor at Saint Mark’s hospital, has stumbled into a medical mystery never before seen in the medical profession. Vagrants from the local area have flooded into the emergency room of Saint Mark’s. All of them with the same symptoms and all of them end with the same result – death. But what is causing these symptoms and why can’t the doctors save these patients?
As Peter investigate this mystery he discovers that everything is not as it seems. In fact it goes well beyond the simple virus or outbreak. Each patient did not simply die, they were murdered. Why? Little does Peter know but the closer he gets to the answer the closer he gets to extreme danger. There are people in the world who would do anything for power and Peter is about to meet them. “Brain Warp” is a medical mystery that travels across the globe and back again.
The deeper Peter digs the higher the stakes get. The individuals behind this horrible plan know of Peter, his fiancĂ© and their investigation. To stop their snooping they have called upon the Scorpion, the most ruthless individual known to the Ukrainian underworld. The mafia themselves fear this individual. What they don’t know is Peter has friends…but is it enough to stop these people and avoid the Scorpion?
From the first word, Gil Snider delivers a fast pace, mystery thriller that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. With each passing page, it is virtually impossible not to encourage Peter to keep digging but be careful and solve this crime. The more you read the more you feel the tension building as all the characters you care about find themselves in peril. 
The strength of “Brain Warp” lies in the story structure, crisp plot and believability. With medical terminology to support the plot it lends to the credibility of the story which adds depth in a real world scenario. The characters capture your attention quickly and never let go until the end. Author Gil Snider’s novel is a true medical mystery and thriller in every sense of the word. Think House but in the form of a book. I highly recommend “Brain Warp” for anyone who enjoys edge of your seat suspense, intrigue, crime and mystery. 
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Tim J. Myers is Back on The Writing Mama Show at Blog Talk Radio

Join host Virginia S Grenier on Mondays for The Writing Mama show at 2pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 12pm Noon Mountian - 11am Pacific as she chats with authors about their books, writing success and regrets, and how the publishing world is changing.

This week Tim J. Myers is back to talk about the writing process and the importance of reading.
Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and university lecturer in English for Santa Clara University. Tim spent 14 years as a classroom teacher in the States and overseas (Norway, London, Tokyo), has 20 years of university experience, and has been a professional storyteller for over 25 years. None of this, however, is nearly as noteworthy to most people as finding out that Tim is the oldest of eleven children.

Check out Tim’s TV interview on children’s lit!  Why is good children's literature so powerful, so magical?
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