• 00:59

    Sweatpants & Novels Takes On Gone Girl

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    You've read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now, join the conversation as the Sweatpants & Coffee book club, hosted by Richard Simms, takes on the most buzzed about novel of the past few years. What is it about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl that elevated it from a decent thriller to a literary sensation. Why did the book’s ending upset so many readers? And did the book manage to make the leap to the big screen in tact? We’ll discuss all this and more during this week’s Sweatpants & Novels podcast. Join the conversation by calling in... and consider having a favorite quote/passage from the book to share with your fellow members!

  • 01:00

    Sweatpants & Novels: Murder On The Hoof

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    Sweatpants & Novels invites you to slip into something comfy, pour a cup of coffee (or someting stronger!) and join host Richard M. Simms as he chats with Kathryn O'Sullivan, author of this month's read, Murder On The Hoof. The author -- whose third book, Neighing With Fire is set to come out this spring -- will share with us how she comes up with her delightfully devilish plots, why she chose to set the series in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and exactly how she manages to find time to write inbetween teaching and working on her award-winning Web series, THURSTON! Got questions? Give us a call. Otherwise, sit back, saddle up and enjoy the ride!

  • 00:31

    Patricia K McCarthy and Her Crimson Series of Vampire Novels

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    Patricia K McCarthy is Ottawa’s fang queen. Her Crimson series of vampire novels tell the unconventional love story of Samuel and Magdalene Crimson, and are part-blood bath and part-bubble bath. Her writing teases readers to make it to the end of each chapter alive. Patricia was riding the vampire wave before there was one, which accounts for her flirtation with the dark art of satire. Read her Crimson series and you may never feel the same again as you walk the streets of Ottawa when the sun goes down.


    As an indie publisher, Patricia’s knowledge of the business has been honed over the past fifteen years. Her interest in writing showed itself at six years of age. She has attended workshops on the fundamentals of writing, editing, and promotion, as well as having published three collections of passionate erotic poetry. Her work has been published in the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. In the beginning, her poetry evolved to short vampire stories and these in turn inspired her to begin the Crimson vampire series, which represents the last decade of her writing accomplishments. In between writing novels, she crafts short stories and works in Ottawa. Her work has received extensive publicity in Ottawa and elsewhere; copies of her media interviews can be read online. (See her website for details.) 


    Patricia divides her time between writing and work, coaching new authors, making appearances at fantasy fairs and exhibitions as well as holding workshops on Writing Fantasy Fiction.


    Where to find Patricia K. McCarthy online: http://wwwpatriciaKmccarthy.com

  • 00:44

    NCTE on THE USE OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & A CONVERSATION ABOUT "BANNED BOOKS WEEK"

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    NCTE on THE USE OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & A CONVERSATION ABOUT "BANNED BOOKS WEEK"


    ST. Louis University Professor Jennifer Buehler and University of Central Florida's Jeff Kaplan are our guests


    www.ncte.org  @ncte


    Presented by The Great Books Foundation


    www.greatbooks.org @greatbooksfnd

  • HUMORIST DAVE BARRY

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    It’s sugar and spice and everything Dave Barry Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 3 pm ET when The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds welcomes the humorist to Halli’s table for a conversation that we promise you will bring you everything nice.


    Does Dave Barry really need an introduction? Dave Barry is the Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written more than 30 books, including novels and non-fiction, his most recent bestsellers include INSANE CITY and I’LL MATURE WHEN I’m DEAD. Two of Barry’s books became the basis for the CBS sitcom Dave’s World. 


    Dave Barry is the gift that keeps on giving. The humorist is out with yet another hysterically funny book, a gem that will keep you laughing uproariously: YOU CAN DATE BOYS WHEN YOU’RE FORTY, which he bills as Dave Barry on parenting and other topics he knows very little about. Oh, boy, here we go…


    Join us Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 3 pm ET for Dave Barry: A Conversation on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Funny Minds. For more information on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

  • Debut author, Nicole Murray, joins Kori on the Back Porch

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    Nicole Murray is a creative writer by passion, training, and profession. She is a Columbia College graduate with a degree in Fiction Writing and Marketing. Nicole’s dual Gemini personality helps her pursue creative writing as a personal profession.Nicole explores the creative landscape of the mind to craft fiction out of real emotion. She currently writes short stories, novels, poems, and screen plays. Autumn’s Child is her first novel.


    About The Book


    "I am hurting. Fractured in places stitches can't heal." Autumn’s Child tells the desperate story of Layla, as a young and naive twelve year-old girl. Over ten critical years, her life quickly changes like the colors of the trees in autumn. The accidental death of her parents forces her to abandon her religious, middle-class lifestyle. She moves to the inner city of Chicago with her grandmother and aunt, her only living relatives. Layla tries to approach her new life with optimism, but the perfections of her past life haunt her tormented journey. After coming to grips with the reality over the years that her only aunt despises her, Layla soon discovers that she may secretly hold the keys to helping her aunt’s diminishing health in her hands. Layla’s faith and sanity are continuously tested as she matures throughout each season of her life. She stumbles through her newfound reality while learning how to play the distinct set of cards she’s been dealt. Layla’s neighbor and best friend, Shay, helps guide her from adolescence into adulthood. Autumn’s Child chronicles a life on the opposite side of the coin; where friendships grow out of tragedy, and the pressure of a marginalized life weighs heavily on pure souls. Layla must make many compromising decisions, all while perpetually asking the reader, What would you do?

  • Charlene A. Wilson & Theresa A. Campbell!!!

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    Charlene is an author of paranormal tales that take you away to other dimensions. She weaves magic, lasting love, and intrigue to immerse you into the lives of her characters.

    She started writing in her youth when her vivid dreams stayed with her long after she had them. The people and worlds were so amazing and detailed it was like she knew them inside and out. You can meet them in her books. They're alive there now, learning, loving, and experiencing everything they deserve.

    A lover of quiet moments, Charlene currently lives in a small community in Arkansas. She's worked in a variety of settings, from bookkeeper to detention deputy. Wow, to all the different personalities she's met.

    She's the mother of two children and a very flirtatious cockatiel named Todder.


    Theresa A. Campbell is the author of the captivating novels, "Are You There, God?" and "God Has Spoken." She was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Baruch College, and a master's degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    Theresa has had a deep passion for reading since she was a child. It is her desire to inspire readers by writing stories from the heart to uplift their faith in God.

    Theresa would love to hear from her readers. You may contact her at:
    www.theresaacampbell.com
    https://www.facebook.com/theresaacampbell
    https://twitter.com/theresaacampbel
    http://theresaacampbell.blogspot.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/theresaacampb

  • Mondays at 8:00 - Authors Supporting Authors Presents Wesley Godfather Hunter

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    Times: 8:00 pm EST / 9:00 AST. Please check the time in your time zone.


    Welcome to our Mondays at 8:00: Authors Supporting Authors series, brought to you as a joint project by authors April Thomas and Etienne A. Gibbs. Each week we shall interview authors about their work and the disciple behind their writing. Call 646-721-9611 during the show with your questions or comments.


    This week's author: Wesley “Godfather” Hunter


    Born and raised in the streets of Los Angeles, Mr. Wesley “Godfather” Hunter began his journey of gang-banging and crime at a very youthful age. By age 10 he’d already experienced his first arrest and stay in a jail cell. By the age of 12 he’d begun a career of incarceration, which has kept him physically imprisoned for most of his life. Yet, even in this, life has not left him bitter and he continues to strive, finding the strength within himself to overcome against the odds.


    Now a 32 year-old aspiring author, currently incarcerated in the California Dept. of Corrections where he is serving out the remainder of a 20 year sentence for commercial armed robbery and 2 counts of attempted murder on sheriff’s deputies, Wesley has used his time wisley. Devoted to spreading the word of change/love and self-respect in his works and titles, he spends most of his time focused on positive writings, thoughts and goals geared towards improving himself, and giving something back to society in the form of insight, experience, and wisdom.


    Mr. Godfather has written several novels and an autobiography but has since established his own Urban Diamonds Publishing to release his latest titles. He has started a youth help organization, “The Raw Truth”, to bring forth through the inner city churches and other youth-related programs.


    Source: Wikipedia.com

  • YSO Radio w/Amani Jackson

    in Entertainment

    YSO Radio is back with Amani Jackson this week! You do not want to miss this!

  • 00:29

    SWAG Radio Presents: Authoress Miz T

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    This evening we will be talking with Authoress Miz T. 


    About the Author


    Teresa Mason Browning is a woman of true insight and a lively spirit.  She is the author of two bestselling novels, “Why I Kept My Past A Secret” and “Now That The Secrets Are Out” and has traveled many places as a motivational speaker. Her latest releases, “Living Free of the Secrets” and “A Black Man’s Pain”, are soon to become national best sellers as well.  Teresa was born in Oklahoma, but was raised in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. She now resides in South Carolina with her significant other that helps keep her the jovial woman she is today.


    From the Author


    What I enjoy most as a writer is the joy that others receive from reading my novels.


    I had to learn the business of becoming a writer from the ground up.  I have gone through some scrapes and bruises but found that if you keep God first you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. The words “No” or “Can't” have never been an option for me.


    I first discovered my passion for writing at the early age of 13.  I would sit alone and write for hours about my thoughts, dreams and the people around me.  I wrote in my private journal every day.  After many years had passed I decided to take my journals and put my thoughts in book form.


    As a self-published author, I actually didn't start putting my work together for a novel until my children were in there last few years of high school, so it was very easy to find time to capture my thoughts.  My children were very supportive in my goal of becoming a writer.


     


     


     

  • 00:31

    JCS, Graphic Novelist of Six Novels

    in Writing

    From living a nightmare, to building a dream. Graphic Novelist J.C.S. may only be 27 years old but she has come a long way. Abused as a child, and seemingly lost as a teen, she has turned her scraps into diamonds. So far, she has written six novels, has published five of those novels, and as also finished a trilogy known as Anguished Immortals.


    She will tell you, her goal was this: to publish and take care of her family. Her first attempt to write a novel came at the age of 15, and in between ten years, she tried and failed.


    Growing up in Denver, Colorado, it was realized (and said) countless times that opportunity in the workforce was greater and more stable than most states, especially for a woman. But having Systemic Lupus and two children only ten and a half months apart changed everything.


    Early 2012, inspiration came as J.C.S. decided to write her first romance novel. Even though it was a completed work, she saw that it wasn't yielding light on her talent. After doing a little research on the Archangel of Death and the Greek Goddess of War, Enyo, the makings of an Epic Fantasy trilogy had just begun.


    Taking her work to Authonomy and trying out the first two books, J.C.S. realized that sticking with something she loved, Epic Fantasy, did her better than trying to fit in.


    In 2013 J.C.S. wrote and published the first book to Bleeding Stars and Paper Hearts: Adrianna is Mine, following the same previewing and publishing path of her previous work. The audience from Authonomy helped her decide on publishing when not only had her book gone from #599 to #31 in a week, it stayed at #7 for three weeks and #1 for two.

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