Book Talk Radio Club Newsletter August 2018
Welcome New Members!
Keri De Deo, owner of Witty Owl Consulting and author of Nothing But a Song, lives in northern Arizona and works as a writing coach, editor, researcher, and instructional designer. Although born in Arizona, Keri traveled extensively across the United States, living in places such as Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wyoming. She ended up attending a different high school every year: Arizona, Sweden, and Nebraska. As an exchange student in Sweden during her junior year, she learned to value language, education, and diversity. These interests have carried her through her career as an English instructor for both native and non-native English speakers. Keri also values education and earned a BA from the University of Arizona, an MA from the University of Wyoming, and an MED from Western Governors University. She taught writing and English in Wyoming for nearly twenty years at the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Community College, and Sheridan College. Keri returned to Arizona in 2017 to live closer to her parents who live in Lake Havasu City. Keri works as an independent consultant with various publishing companies and universities who hire her for her myriad talents in writing, teaching, and using technology.
Sam Shuck is a husband, father and business professional. He lives in Tennessee and studied creative writing in college. He spends his free time riding and training his horses and dogs on what his wife calls their “gentlemen ranch” and credits his sanity (such as it is) to his faith as well as the influence of his wife and daughter.
Known by many as the teacher who dances on his desk, Eugene M. Gagliano (pronounced Galiano) is a retired elementary teacher whose author presentations are entertaining, informative and inspirational. He has presented at 165 schools, and at IRA, teacher, SCBWI, and library conferences, and for libraries and festivals in Wyoming, Colorado, Missouri, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Texas and Hawaii. Gene was the recipient of the IRA’s 2004 Wyoming State Celebrate Literacy Award and the 2001 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.
Gene’s book Dee and the Mammoth illustrated by Zachary Pullen, won the 2010-2011 Wyoming State Historical Society Award for Best Fiction. *Dee and the Mammoth represented the state of Wyoming at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C in 2011. His other books include C is for Cowboy, a Wyoming Alphabet; Four Wheels West, a Wyoming number Book (a former Western Writer’s Spur Award nominee); V is for Venus Flytrap, a Plant Alphabet; My Teacher Dances on the Desk (winner of the 2010 Delaware Diamonds Book List Children’s Choice Award); Secret of the Black Widow (a former Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award nominee); The Magic Box; Falling Stars; Inside the Clown; Booger; Little Wyoming, Angel’s Landing, Is It True (2017 children’s humorous poetry), and Wedge of Fear(2018).
Gene has written the words and music for his song, Wyoming, It’s My Home. He is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, is a member of Western Writers, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, International Literacy Association, Wyoming Writers, Wyoming
Poets, Johnson County Arts & Humanities Council and is on the Wyoming Arts Council Artists Roster. Gene is the Wyoming State Poet Laureate.
International author, Gene Stiles, a Michigan native, moved to Simi Valley, CA in 1963. His first publication was at age eleven when the Los Angles Daily News (then the Valley News and Green Sheet) and the L.A. Times both wrote articles on a young poet selling his work to buy a Mother’s Day present.
His interests include mythology, world religions, archeology, geology, paleontology, lost civilizations, science fiction and the 2012 phenomenon which are the basis for his Colony Series of novels, Colony - Atlantean, Colony – Neander, Colony – Bloodkin, Colony – Seeds of War and the upcoming ‘Colony - Nephilim.
Growing up an outcast in his family, he lived much of the story in his first novel, To Walk the Winding Road – A Story Of Abuse And Survival. At age seventeen, he started a three-state wide non-profit organization called Teens, Inc in the hopes of helping other troubled teens like himself. As an adult, he continued his devotion to kids by opening teen-oriented businesses including two arcades and three teen nightclubs - which are the sources for his book Phenomenon - The Xenon West Story. He is also a martial artist and major karaoke junkie.
He lives in Missouri on the land he and his late wife, Dianne, cleared together and in the house the two built alone and with their own two hands. She promoted him, believed in him and without whose inspiration none of his books would ever have been printed.
I will be announcing the nominations for Book Talk Radio Club 2018 Awards live on Sunday 09 September 2018 9.00pm (GMT) at Book Talk Radio Club's Facebook Group Authors Promoting Their Books. For local timings please see below
Categories are: Childrens Books Mysteries Thrillers Fantasy Romance Memoirs Parenting/Special Needs Science Fiction Self-Help/Inspirational Young Adult Crime Book of The Year
Times 9.00pm (GMT) 4.00pm (EST) 3.00pm (CST) 2.00pm (MST) 1.00pm (PST)
Winners of Book Talk Radio Club 2017 Awards
Book of The Year 2017 Scorpion: The Myriad Series It is said that when three powerful forces collide, the Heavens will be moved...The day began as any other for Avery, the disillusioned and beautiful daughter of one of New York's wealthiest and most powerful men, without even a hint that she was about to tumble into a bizarre and mysterious series of events which would forever change her destiny. Tired of New York City after a few weeks' visit, and craving to return to the Wu Dang mountain monastery and his lifelong teacher Monk Wao, martial arts expert Aiden Kane is thrust into a situation that will test his incredible skills to the utmost ... and his capacity for love. Using the dark power of a ten thousand year old spell, Master Zheng will stop at nothing to claim possession of what he desires - first the sacred stones, rumored to have been forged from the orange-red dust of a long past star, then the girl whose soul he craves to possess, and finally domination of the world's oldest secret society which has now permeated so many world organizations.
Best Cover Love Struggles: A Return To Self Have you ever experienced or do you currently experience unhealthy thoughts? Destructive thoughts that cause you to forget how wonderful and magnificent you are? Have these limiting thoughts been a result of insecurities or low self-esteem? Are you ready to experience the love and kindness you truly deserve?In this book, you will learn the value in emotional self-management. You will learn the importance of observing your train of thought and eliminating any baggage that doesn't belong to you. You will gain this awareness through various concepts, skills, and exercises including:• Turning off destructive or limiting voices• Defining what healing means to you and identifying its importance• Being accountable for meeting your needs
Best in Contemporary Fiction Target in The Sun A moving, high anxiety romance thriller, takes place on a perilous journey through the explosive dark underworld of organized drug trafficking and the complex, destructive human perils of use, abuse and the carnage it leaves in its unstoppable wake. Caught up in the onslaught is the powerfully engaging nurture of two lovers, Carlos and Mia, discovering and reaching out in a world that could ultimately tear them apart. An infant loses both his parents tragically and spends his youth and young adulthood in disconnected search and longing, surviving on the streets of coastal Mexico where the beauty and allure of his homeland mix with his relentless desire to belong. Anticipation builds as powerful human emotions span a search for love, acceptance and belonging to existence in a world wrought with escalating illicit drug trade from the depths of lush Mexican jungles across borders in a vast network of distribution throughout America. An expansive coalition of drug enforcement agencies on both sides of the border mount a fierce campaign of surveillance and seizure with swift and destructive assault on the drug lords their ultimate objective. All the while a young boy struggles with the heart-wrenching prospect of a life of loneliness, sadness, anger, and an unwavering resistance to commitment. Amidst the turmoil of surroundings and circumstance, a boy becomes a man in a search for belonging that leads a troubled soul on a dangerous romp from the sultry Mexican Riviera beaches to the heat of coastal nightclubs and salacious entanglements behind closed doors. As time passes, Mia's visits to Puerto Vallarta become more frequent and her relationship with Carlos becomes ever-clearer. At first mere carnal instinct, a conquest of pleasures, life events, and new acquaintance bring discovery, emotional attachment and a burning desire for enduring love as it was always meant to be. 'Target In The Sun' is an impassioned story of search and longing for the ultimate connection.
Best in Fantasy Empty Threat
Elana Black has the power to make herself fictional. But when she decides to start saving all the people in books and TV shows who die just for the sake of advancing the plot, she quickly learns that she's not the only one with her powers. All Elana wants to do is save people. But these others don't want the stories to change, and they'll do everything they can to stop her. If you had the power to change fate...to create a happy ending where there wasn't one before...would you do it if it meant risking your own?
Best in Memoirs
Cover Me Boys: I'm Going In
Growing up in the shadow of one of network affiliate television’s groundbreakers, Keith Hirshland was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. In this gripping new memoir, readers will follow Hirshland’s stories as he witnesses the creation of sports networks and works alongside the legends of broadcasting. With a career that spans more than thirty years, Hirshland has seen it all. From the meteoric rise of Tiger Woods to the Kelly Tilghman “lynching” controversy and countless stories from the incredibly successful SKINS GAME golf franchise, his amazing stories provide a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most revered industries in the world. Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat gives readers an informative, reflective, and often humorous look at live television from both in front of and behind the camera. Offering an insider’s look at the television industry as well as the creation of two sports networks, this gripping memoir’s stories include some of the most famous athletes and broadcasters in the world. With a behind-the-scenes look into sports television that few will ever experience, this exciting memoir gives readers a priceless glimpse into one of the nation’s most coveted industries. The first book to document the creation of the Golf Channel, Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In is a unique memoir that covers a number of fascinating industry moments. Covering the Golf Channel as well as the earliest days of ESPN2, these wonderful stories are packed with the larger-than-life personalities that made these sport networks successful. Inspired by his parents’ death, Hirshland wanted to document as much as possible about his professional life. After having led an interesting and unique life, he wanted to find a way to honor his parents while passing his stories down to his children. A mesmerizing read for anyone interested in sports, television, or “behind the scenes” stories in general, Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In is sure to hook readers from the very beginning. With its eclectic mix of playful, humorous, and dramatic stories, this excellent collection is truly the entertaining, informative, and enlightening book that readers have been waiting for.
Best in Paranormal Romance Forever & A Night
Nathan Davenport is being stalked by Isabella Ravini, the feral vampire who stole his human life over a hundred and sixty years ago. She made him her fledging, a slave for her dark, evil purposes—hunting humans. After a few years she released him, and Nathan reluctantly learned to accept the cursed life she’d foisted upon him. Over time he amassed a great fortune, which today has made him famous worldwide. Isabella decides she wants to be a part of this world of fame and fortune Nathan created for himself. She’s determined to marry him, and love has nothing to do with it. His money is her primary target, and the fame and prestige attached to being the wife of one of the richest men in the world wouldn’t be so bad either.
In an effort to evade her until he can figure out how to stop her, he hides at a safe house he owns in New Orleans. One Saturday evening in NOLA, he decides to have dinner in the city. He chooses a quiet little Italian bistro, never imagining this night will change his life forever. The human woman who delivers his order isn’t a server, but the restaurant’s sous chef, a beautiful ethnic woman possessing the most delicious blood scent he’s ever encountered....
Best in Psychological Drama
Andie is a sculptor by day, street artist by night. She keeps her midnight adventures a secret, but that's not the only thing she's hiding. Reeling from grief and guilt, she starts to fall down the rabbit hole. And it's at that dark moment, that three of her stone sculptures come alive to try and save her. But will she let them? In this fast-paced, twisting, turning story, Andie walks the line between reality and fantasy, never sure which side she's on.
Best in Science Fiction Children of The Moon The first book in the “Remember the Future” timetravel series. Katherine, Trevor and Chryseis, students at the Pemberton Academy, find a time portal and go on the journey of their lives. 12, 000 years ago, things must have been very different, right? They want to deliver a stunning quantum physics project never seen before and jump into a fascinating past world. However, instead of cavemen or a smoking volcano, they encounter an astonishing lost civilization, meet another time traveller and learn that they might change the future for the better; but should they really explore this strange world and who are these ‘Children of the Moon’? After a dangerous turn of events, the three time travellers wonder, if their trip wasn’t a big mistake after all.
Best in Self-Help/Inspirational It Feels Good To Feel Good
When is the last time you felt good? Take your life back today. What are you waiting for? Do you have muscle aches and pains, joint pain, swelling, puffiness, headaches, brain fog, swelling, constipation, asthma, skin problems like eczema and psoriasis, hives, rashes, acne? Do you have hay fever, or digestion issues? Do you have an issue with weight? My book can change your life. All of those symptoms are caused by inflammation. By eliminating all the toxins I could find in my life, I reversed much of my inflammation and eliminated most of my pain.
It is not a daunting task to eliminate the toxins. When you buy the book, I provide a workbook to use as you read the book. You print the pages of the workbook that corresponds to the chapter you are reading. Write down what you find is toxic in your life on the workbook pages. When you finish the chapter, put these pages into a binder. This way when you run out of the old toxic item, you have a new nontoxic item to buy and replace it with.
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