Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Across the Pond by Storyheart: “Virtual Book Tour” February 27th Day 20TH


Across the Pond by Storyheart: “Virtual Book Tour” February 27th Day 20TH and last official day of my tour. Organized and made fun by pumpupyourbookpromosion.com

I really must thank Dorothy the organizer of my tour, it has been one fun ride with so many interesting having her help me every step of the way.

Over this month, the book Across the Pond by me Storyheart has become known throughout the world. So many reviews, interviews and just people letting me know how much they have enjoyed the book.

So Day 20 one final stop at Plug Your Book

Feb. 27 – Plug Your Book
http://plugyourbook.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/across_the_pond/

The last interview about me and the book even the first line of the story

Even though this is the last day of my virtual book tour I still have a few other stops lined up. For instance tomorrow

Feb. 28 – Green Bean Teen Queen – Interview
http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.blogspot.com/


REVIEWS

I’m glad to say not one but two great reviews at Amazon arrived today taking my total there up to 45 at Amazon alone. It is going to take me a while to build up the web pages to include all the virtual stops and links, but here are the two reviews from today.


A Perfect Read For All Ages!, February 27, 2009
By A. Pohren "http://cafeofdreams.blogspot.com/" (IA United States) - See all my reviews


Ok, so this may be dubbed as a "young adult" romance novel, but I, at 34, gobbled it up and loved it! I simply adored the characters of 15 year old English born Fred, Brittany, the daughter of the couple he is staying with while visiting in America, as well as the couple themselves, Phil and Julie. The author did a phenomenal job of bringing each and every one to life ,through descriptions, actions and dialog.

This is a delightful story of acceptance, standing up for what is right, selflessness and first love. I can honestly say that I cannot think of a single thing that I did not like about Across the Pond. As an extra added piece of fun (and education) Fred must work on a school project, while in America, listing some of the language differences he comes across in everyday conversation. I found this to be quite interesting. Though I have heard some of the terms, several were new to me and fun to learn.

Fred quickly becomes Brit's Knight, helping her work through emotions and bringing justice, for her, for a past trauma. Fred is a very kind, generous and admirable charater that the reader falls in love with, from the very beginning. There is never a lull in the story and at the end, I was left wanting more! Perhaps an additional story will come about with Brit visiting Fred in England?! *hint hint, Mr Eva, lol!

Though geared toward young adult, I honestly believe this is a marvelous story for any age. It is sure to bring a smile to the face and a warmth to the heart.
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A wonderful story of love and chivalry, February 27, 2009
By Cherie L. Klavitter "Cherie71" (Phoenix, AZ USA) - See all my reviews


This story was very beautifully written. The language is descriptive enough that you can imagine yourself in the midst of the story. Although at times it seems the author loses track of the time continuum, the story manages to maintain its integrity as a wonderful tale of young love. A teenage boy who is shipped "Across The Pond" against his will who finds that the whole experience is not so bad after all. He quickly discovers that Americans, even with their "odd" version of English, are a very fun and fun-loving people. It was nice to read a story about just two regular kids with regular every day and current "kid" problems. Thank you for allowing me to preview this book. I spent a wonderful hour and half immersed in the teenage world of American Tourism and young love.

I started working on my blog radio producing a practice blog today, the blog radio is now being called “Let’s Chat About It”. I need to practice a little more before becoming a stop for virtual tours.


What is my Book About?
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)

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Across the Pond by Storyheart: “Virtual Book Tour” February 26th

Across the Pond by Storyheart: “Virtual Book Tour” February 26th Day 19 of my tour.
Organized and made fun by pumpupyourbookpromosion.com

One more day to go though there are still some interviews and reviews happening after
My virtual tour completes.

I really must thank Dorothy the organizer of my tour, it has been one fun ride with so many interesting having her help me every step of the way.

Over this month, the book Across the Pond by me Storyheart has become known throughout the world. So many reviews, interviews and just people letting me know how much they have enjoyed the book.

So Day 19 and just one stop today as the tour winds down.

Stop One:
A Book Worm Reads

http://www.abookwormreads.blogspot.com/

My Guest Post at this site:

Guest Post
When is English, not English? … When it’s American by Barry Eva

Playwright George Bernard Shaw claimed that " England and America are two countries divided by a common language."

In England what is called crisps, in the US they are chips. What English call chips, Americans call fries. So how come what English call Fish and Chips in America is not fish with a pack of Pringles?

In my young adult fiction book “Across the Pond” the hero Fred Squire runs into more than his fair share of problems. Not only is he sent to friends in America but has to complete a boring English project about the language differences between the two countries as well.

Differences ranging from parts of a car through locations to various types of food soon have Fred scratching his head is disbelief. Quite common sayings in the English language have a total different meaning in the US and visor versa.

Add to that a young romance, a local bully, and a baseball worth a small fortune make Fred’s adventures “across the pond” and roller coaster adventure.

Though written for a young adult market, it is being enjoyed by all ages.

Check out Across the Pond by Storyheart at Amazon and see what other people say about the book.


REVIEWS

No reviews today, hey I can’t win everyday *grin* I have since the book came out on October nearly 60 reviews which to me seems a wonderful total

The Rest of This Week’s Stops:

Feb. 27 – Plug Your Book
http://plugyourbook.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/across_the_pond/
Feb. 28 – Green Bean Teen Queen – Interview
http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.blogspot.com/

As I’ve said many time on interviews I love doing radio and TV shows, this being the case I’m now looking into setting up my own blog. I plan to make it for writers and readers. There are so many small blogs out there where people read the books and write about them, I think it would be really nice to put the kettle on, make a cup of tea and chat with them what they think about a certain book. Or indeed what a writer says about their book. I aim to make it more fun and humorous than just a why did you write it, what’s it about type program. Keep a look out for further details

So what is my book tour about?
Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), is on his virtual book tour throughout February. Arrange with the help of pumpupyourbookpromosion.com

What is my Book About?
Across the Pond by Storyheart. 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)

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Across the Pond by Storyheart: Feb 25th


Across the Pond by Storyheart: Feb 25th day 18 of my “Virtual Book Tour” organized and made fun by pumpupyourbookpromosion.com

It does not seem that the month is almost over, it has gone by way to quickly for me, enjoying each stop for an interview, review, radio show or just to say hi to people along the way.

While it’s been about my book letting people all around the world about it, sharing the fun of it and generally putting knowledge of “Across the Pond” out there, I have also enjoyed it as a person, not a writer, more a person who got to meet many other readers and writers. Who has shared some laughs as well as some discussion about books, online tours and blogs. The main word in ENJOYED!

So Day 18 and one or is it two stops today?

It just shows you, it’s like one of those old cach tours around Erope… “See 20 countires in 15 days”… If it is Tuesday we must be in Greece sort of events.
I have been to so many locations so many sites and blogs I’m losing exactly where I should be today. Anyway let’s call it two stops today.

Stop One:
THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

http://thestorybehindthebook.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/across-the-pond-by-barry-eva-aka-storyheart-i-wanted-to-write-something-for-a-younger-audience-both-with-humor-and-with-romance/

This is an interview with me, why I wrote the book and where my ideas come from. So why not pop on over read and enjoy.

Stop Two:
THE BOOK STACKS

http://www.thebookstacks.com/guest-author-barry-eva-on-genre-and-language/

Another interview with me; Storyheart. I go into the bad habit that people have of pigeon holing books into Genres. What does it matter if it’s young adult or general romance, as long as people of all ages enjoy it why should it be classed into a genre?
Have a read see what you think.



REVIEWS

No reviews today, hey I can’t win everyday *grin* I have since the book came out on October nearly 60 reviews which to me seems a wonderful total

The Rest of This Week’s Stops:

Feb. 26 – A Bookworm Reads (guest post) www.abookwormreads.blogspot.com
Feb. 27 – Plug Your Book
http://plugyourbook.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/across_the_pond/
Feb. 28 – Green Bean Teen Queen – Interview
http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.blogspot.com/

As I’ve said many time on interviews I love doing radio and TV shows, this being the case I’m now looking into setting up my own blog. I plan to make it for writers and readers. There are so many small blogs out there where people read the books and write about them, I think it would be really nice to put the kettle on, make a cup of tea and chat with them what they think about a certain book. Or indeed what a writer says about their book. I aim to make it more fun and humorous than just a why did you write it, what’s it about type program. Keep a look out for further details

So what is my book tour about?
Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), is on his virtual book tour throughout February. Arrange with the help of pumpupyourbookpromosion.com

What is my Book About?
Across the Pond by Storyheart. 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)

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Across the Pond by Storyheart: Feb 24th day 17 of my “Virtual Book Tour”



Across the Pond by Storyheart: Feb 24th day 17 of my “Virtual Book Tour”

Two really good stops today with some really fun reading. Some up to date news, and interview or two and a fresh review of my young adult fiction book Across the Pond

Finally I had the 22 staples out of my back from the Op which took place almost 2 weeks ago, so I can sit slightly more comfortable while typing this blog. At least that is what it is in theory; in fact it’s bloody killing me!

February 24th Day 17 – Across the Pond by Storyheart

A couple of great stops today not the normal blog stops, you must visit these two sites and have a laugh as I did writing the blogs. I’m sure you will enjoy them.

Firstly a stop at today was “

A book trivia interview at As the Page Turn

http://asthepagesturn.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/book-trivia-interview-with-young-adult-romance-author-barry-eva-aka-storyheart/#comment-289

It was really fun having such interesting questions to answer and I hope they bring a smile to your face as they did mine.

Second Stop was back at “THE PLOT”

http://theplotline.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/interview-with-fred-squire-from-across-the-pond-by-barry-eva/#comment-621

This was something different; I had to interview one of the characters of the book and of course chose Fred. The great rapport we had between Fred and myself I hope came over in the interview. ;)

Third Stop was Shooting Star Magazine

http://shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com/2009/02/across-pond-review-q.html

The interview with Lauren proved so much fun she actually had to trim the interview down as it went on way too long. Please stop and pay a visit and enjoy our chat

Across the Pond is a short, fun read. I liked Fred's character for the most part and enjoyed the mishaps he found himself in due to the language "barriers." His project was fun and I really liked seeing the various words and their meanings between the U.S. and England. It was exciting to see that I knew most of them as well!!

REVIEWS”

I got a three star review at Amazon, my very first review under 4 stars, yet the person who did the review really liked the book…


Great mix of teenage love and baseball, February 24, 2009
By Roxanne Green - See all my reviews


Reading Across the Pond brought me back to my teenage years. Oh the feeling of young love. First love. This book has a great mix of romance, teen drama and baseball. It was interesting to see the differences between the languages separated by "the pond" as well. I can't wait to read the sequel on the other side of the pond. My teenage daughter will love to read this as well even though at times I wish the writer had gone more into depth and dragged the suspense out a little longer.

I wondered what reviews Roxanne had done before on Amazon, as one does to see if perhaps she normally gave three stars. The only other review was for

VEET Facial Wax Strips: 20 Count

Best Ever Wax Strips

For which she gave 5 stars. Lol

Whatever it seems she still enjoyed the book and I hope her teenage daughter will enjoy the book as well.

This Week’s Stops:
Feb. 25 – The Book Stacks (guest post) www.thebookstacks.com
Feb. 26 – A Bookworm Reads (guest post) www.abookwormreads.blogspot.com
Feb. 27 – Plug Your Book
http://plugyourbook.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/across_the_pond/
Feb. 28 – Green Bean Teen Queen – Interview
http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.blogspot.com/



So what is the book tour about?
Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), is on his virtual book tour throughout February. Arrange with the help of pumpupyourbookpromosion.com

What is the Book About?
Across the Pond by Storyheart. 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)

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Monday, February 23, 2009

Across the Pond by Storyheart : Feb 23rd day 16 of my “Virtual Book Tour”


Across the Pond by Storyheart : Feb 23rd day 16 of my “Virtual Book Tour”

New, Views and Reviews of my young adult fiction book Across the Pond

The last week of what has been a wonderful experience meeting so many interesting people, reviews and interviews along the way. Learning things myself, as well meeting some fascinating people along the way.

With more reviews and interviews for my book Across the Pond and me Storyheart happening every day this final week looks like another busy few days.

I discovered that Saturday and Sundays do not count as days on virtual tours, yet still events go on. So we’ll take it as February 22nd another day on my month long virtual book tour.


February 23rd day 16

Firstly a stop at The Plot for a Book Synopsis

http://theplotline.wordpress.com/

While it was nice having the synopsis is was basically the words I had written on the book site, so nothing new.

I have a character review at http://theplotline.wordpress.com/ later which I’m sure will provide more details.

The second stop was one I had forgotten about but which proved to be a really fun visit

Shooting Stars Magazine

http://shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com/2009/02/across-pond-review-q.html

The interview with Lauren proved so much fun she actually had to trim the interview down as it went on way too long. Please stop and pay a visit and enjoy our chat

Across the Pond is a short, fun read. I liked Fred's character for the most part and enjoyed the mishaps he found himself in due to the language "barriers." His project was fun and I really liked seeing the various words and their meanings between the U.S. and England. It was exciting to see that I knew most of them as well!!

REVIEWS”

The day started even better with yet ANOTHER two wonderful reviews at Amazon.

To me it is amazing that since the book came out in October I have over 50 reviews, all of which are GOOD reviews. At AMAZON ALONE I now have “43” wonderful reviews. That does not count special sites, awards etc.


Young romance, friends and baseball! What a great combination!, February 22, 2009
By B. Krecklow "Karen" (Kansas) - See all my reviews


When Fred is sent to America to stay with friends of his family he doesn't know what is in store for him. He meets a girl name Brittany, her friends, and also a few enemies along the way. He also finds out about American baseball. What could be better!

This is a wonderful book about youth, teenage romance, baseball, and so much more. It is a book geared to young adults but I really enjoyed reading it. Check it out for yourself, it's a great read!


A Heartfelt Summer Roamance, February 22, 2009
By T. L. Ward (Wisconsin) - See all my reviews


Across the Pond is a fun, heartfelt summer romance between English Fred and American Brittany.
The story is fast paced and the characters are well defined.
The story has a lot of substance and leaves ends open for more.
I especially liked the parts where Brit confided in Fred about her troubles with the bully Stefan, and the part about the baseball. Fred definitely knew the way to a girls heart and how to make a lasting impression.
I hope that Storyheart continues with more.

I am so so please that there are so many people enjoying the book it means so much to me.!

More events are happening all the time, so join me and my daily blog as I spread the word about “Across the Pond” a book by me Storyheart

This Week’s Stops:
Feb. 24 – The Plot (character interview) www.theplotline.wordpress.com
As the Pages Turn (book trivia) www.asthepagesturn.wordpress.com
Feb. 25 – The Book Stacks (guest post) www.thebookstacks.com
Feb. 26 – A Bookworm Reads (guest post) www.abookwormreads.blogspot.com
Feb. 27 – Plug Your Book
http://plugyourbook.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/across_the_pond/
Feb. 28 – Green Bean Teen Queen – Interview
http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.blogspot.com/



So what is the book tour about?
Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), is on his virtual book tour throughout February. Arrange with the help of pumpupyourbookpromosion.com

What is the Book About?
Across the Pond by Storyheart. 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)

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Across the Pond by Storyheart : Feb 22nd


Across the Pond by Storyheart : Feb 22nd a rest day in my “Virtual Book Tour”

Even though it’s a rest day, I am getting ready for the last 5 days of my tour. With various reviews and interview for my book Acorss the Pond and my Storyheart still to come.

I discovered that Saturday and Sundays do not count as days on virtual tours, yet still events go on. So we’ll take it as February 22nd another day on my month long virtual book tour.


February 22nd

Firstly a review by Lisa May at one of my favourite blogs “Look at that Book”

http://lookatthatbook.blogspot.com/2009/02/review-across-pond-by-storyheart.html
Review: Across The Pond by Storyheart
Across The Pond is a YA novel by Storyheart that sees the main character, Fred shipped 'across the pond' to stay with family friends while his parents go on holiday. While there, Fred falls for Brit, who he is staying with. Together they get up to lots of fun in the USA, all while Fred is dutifully noting the differences in culture and language between their two countries for a school project.

It was a sweet, fun read. The relationship between Fred and Brit seemed genuine and was lovely to read about. I found myself finishing each chapter with a big grin on my face!

After a while I began to find the constant pointing out of word differences a little tedious (maybe it's because I'm Australian!) but all in all I had a great time reading Across The Pond and look forward to future adventures with Fred and Brit!

(This interesting as Lisa is from Australia where many of the words are the same as in English unlike in the US where this comparison has proved very popular… Storyheart)

I rate Across The Pond 3.5/5 stars :) You can get it on amazon here and can also check out my interview with the author here. If you're looking to learn a bit about another culture, or just want a fun with read with a bit of romance, go check it out!








I then stopped off at Amazon and low and behold I have another TWO five star reviews.

Again different parts of the book were picked up and people of all ages enjoyed the story.

Great for Teenagers!, February 22, 2009
By Deana - See all my reviews

I am much older than the audience intented for this book but I do have three teenage boys. Although they are not interested in romance books, I did buy this book for my 16 year old niece. Teenage romance is such a sweet thing and the author did an amazing job capturing the innocence of what teenage love really is. I read this book as well and remembered back to memories of my teenage years. I recommend this book for all teenagers, pre-teens and parents as well.






Descriptive, draws you in, February 21, 2009
By Michael Conway "Harper of Oz" (Colorado) - See all my reviews


Storyheart really has a knack for description. From page 1, I found myself drawn into his world which is described lucidly, but without going into too much detail as to get boring. I have read many of those books that go overboard, but Storyheart got it just right.

I felt like I was right alongside Fred for his ride in America. Fred himself is a fun character, and quite observant, and brought England to America in his mind, especially for an American reader like me.

Across the Pond is fun, and I recommend it heartily.

More events are happening all the time, so join me and my daily blog as I spread the word about “Across the Pond” a book by me Storyheart

This Week’s Stops:

Feb. 23 – The Plot (book spotlight) www.theplotline.wordpress.com
As the Pages Turn (book trivia) www.asthepagesturn.wordpress.com
Feb. 24 – The Plot (character interview) www.theplotline.wordpress.com
Feb. 25 – The Book Stacks (guest post) www.thebookstacks.com
Feb. 26 – A Bookworm Reads (guest post) www.abookwormreads.blogspot.com
Feb. 27 – Plug Your Book
http://plugyourbook.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/across_the_pond/
Feb. 28 – Green Bean Teen Queen – Interview
http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.blogspot.com/

So what is the book tour about?
Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), is on his virtual book tour throughout February. Arrange with the help of pumpupyourbookpromosion.com

What is the Book About?
Across the Pond by Storyheart. 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)

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Across the Pond by Storyheart : Feb 21st



Across the Pond by Storyheart : Feb 21st A non counting day of my Virtual Book Tour

I discovered that Saturday and Sundays do not count as days on virtual tours, yet still events go on.. So we’ll take it as February 21st another day on my month long virtual book tour.

And what is the book tour about?
Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), is on his virtual book tour throughout February.

What is the Book About?
Across the Pond by Storyheart. 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.

February 21st

Being a Saturday, no stops, interviews etc… but the day was lit up by two further reviews at Amazon.

This one is sort I like where a book was purchased for a daughter, yet equally enjoyed by the mother.


Foreign Friends, February 20, 2009
By Kathy Gudenau (USA) - See all my reviews


If you are looking for something to do with your daughter, this is it. This was one of the most heartfelt books I have read in a long time. It took me back to my teenage years. My daughter would talk constantly about Btit and Fred as if they were her friends. Fred traveled here to stay with family friends while his parents were on vacation. These family friends had Brit. I now knew her intrigue. So,I had to read it myself. It is the perfect story of travel, love and friendship.

Again this review shows the versatility and age variance that people find within the book.

Something for everyone, February 21, 2009
By Timothy D. Webster (Marana, AZ) - See all my reviews


While I am quite a bit older than the target audience of this book, I still enjoy reading many books from my youth and I like to read books that I could recommend to either my pre-teen nephew or my teenage daughter. Across the Pond is a book that I could recommend to both. The characters are very "real" and the story grabs you. It doesn't seem to be geared to one gender over the other. I could see both my nephew and my daughter enjoying it equally.


More events are happening all the time, so join me and my daily blog as I spread the word about “Across the Pond” a book by me Storyheart


Storyheart (Barry Eva)

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Friday, February 20, 2009

Across the Pond – Storyheart : Feb 20th Day 15 of my Virtual Book Tour


Across the Pond – Storyheart : Feb 20th Day 15 of my Virtual Book Tour

Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), is on his virtual book tour throughout February. Today is day 15 the end of week three.

Across the Pond by Storyheart
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.

February 20th:
Today, three separate stops, with reviews and interviews.
BOOKREVIEW.COM
A book review by Rod Clerk, his verdict
Rating: Very Good!
http://www.bookreview.com/$spindb.query.listreview2.booknew.17719

TV and Book Addict (book review)
Another review full of some further incite, and some lovely comments. Over all the review states…
“ This book is pretty darn cute!”
…found it to be really adorable. I can see this as a very enjoyable movie to watch so I recommend reading it, especially if you're 10+. So read this 114 paged story full of cuteness, baseball, and love all wrapped into one little book. :)
http://tvandbookaddict.blogspot.com/2009/02/across-pond-by-storyheart.html
A review at Green Bean Teen Queen blogspot, some very good comments and some interesting incites that I will follow up in the next book.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Across the Pond reminded me of an old fashioned story. Even though it's marketed as a YA romance, it's really something any age could pick up and enjoy. It receieved 3 stars (3 star=A good read-give this one a shot.)
http://greenbeanteenqueen.blogspot.com/2009/02/across-pond-by-storyheart.html
So what about next week, my final week on my virtual tour… I know I have some reviews and interviews which should be fun
I would love some more radio and TV shows, for anybody who has heard any of my numerous appearances will know that having me as a just can bring joy and laughter to any program

More events are happening all the time, so join me and my daily blog as I spread the word about “Across the Pond” a book by me Storyheart


Storyheart (Barry Eva)

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Across the Pond – Storyheart : Feb 19th Day 14 of my Virtual Book Tour


Across the Pond – Storyheart : Feb 19th Day 14 of my Virtual Book Tour

Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), will be stopping off at The Writer’s Life!

With believable characters, exciting events, humor, first love, education and a little sport thrown in for good measure.

Across the Pond is read and enjoyed by people of all ages from the young to the young at heart. You can visit his website at www.across-t-pond.com.
Storyheart

Feb 19 - The Writer’s Life (interview) www.thewriterslife.blogspot.com
http://thewriterslife.blogspot.com/2009/02/interview-young-adult-romance-novelist.html
A fairly quiet day however the stop at Writer Life is the kind of interview that I hope will not only put a smile on the face of a reader, but also provide some help and encouragement as well.

The rest of the week has a few more stops already booked plus I hope a couple more reviews (love those reviews).

It was nice to receive a message from a fellow workmate who purchased a copy of my book for her daughter, and is thrilled with the enjoyment it has brought her.
So the next few days
Feb. 20 - BookReview.com (book review) http://www.bookreview.com/$spindb.query.listreview2.booknew.17719
TV and Book Addict (book review) www.tvandbookaddict.blogspot.com

I would love some more radio and TV shows, for anybody who has heard any of my numerous appearance will know that having me as a just can bring joy and laughter to any program

More events are happening all the time, so join me and my daily blog as I spread the word about “Across the Pond” a book by me Storyheart


Storyheart (Barry Eva)

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 18th Day 13 of my Virtual Book Tour


Across the Pond – Feb 18th Day 13 of my Virtual Book Tour - Storyheart

Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), will be stopping off at Tru Nerd and Blogger News Network!

With believable characters, exciting events, humor, first love, education and a little sport thrown in for good measure. Across the Pond is read and enjoyed by people of all ages from the young to the young at heart. You can visit his website at www.across-t-pond.com

Aross the Pond – Storyheart: A young adult romance novel for all ages.

Another day on my virtual book tour, a very kind review at the site of Tru Nerd

http://trunerd.blogspot.com/2009/01/across-pond-by-storyheart.html

and another interview at blogger news

http://www.bloggernews.net/119738

One thing I have noticed while doing this virtual tour is the number of people who have really interesting blogs. Any book that comers out so many people read it and review it, guests are invited questions asked and information given.

Though these blog sites might not have thousands of readers, each one is worth a stop, and a read. The future of creative journalism is in good hands.

The back surgery is starting to show the bruising a little more and the numbness is turning into more pain. I am just not sure which is worse.
I want to get better and push myself way to hard and then of course suffer.

It is interesting to see how the others who are on this month’s virtual book tour are faring. Like ships that pass in the night we visit the same sometime the same pages just on different days.

I hope for a fresh review in the next day from

Let Me Look at That Book www.lookatthatbook.blogspot.com, and am looking forward to reading what a person across an even larger pond (In Australia) thinks of the book.

Tomorrow I have an interview at The Writers Life
Feb 19 - The Writer’s Life (interview) www.thewriterslife.blogspot.com

Then to end of the week two more stops.
Feb. 20 - BookReview.com (book review) http://www.bookreview.com/$spindb.query.listreview2.booknew.17719
TV and Book Addict (book review) www.tvandbookaddict.blogspot.com

More events are happening all the time, so join me and my daily blog as I spread the word about “Across the Pond” a book by me Storyheart


Storyheart (Barry Eva)

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 17th Day 12 of my Virtual Book Tour


Across the Pond – Feb 17th Day 12 of my Virtual Book Tour

Barry Eva (aka Storyheart), author of the young adult romance novel, Across the Pond (Xlibris), will be stopping off at Let me Look at that Book and Ficitonary!

With believable characters, exciting events, humor, first love, education and a little sport thrown in for good measure. Across the Pond is read and enjoyed by people of all ages from the young to the young at heart. You can visit his website at www.across-t-pond.com.

Aross the Pond – Storyheart: A young adult romance novel for all ages.

Another great day on my virtual book tour, it all started of last night with a really entertaining thirty minute radio pod cast with Kim Smith. You can hear the show at…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kims/2009/02/17/chat-with-barry-eva-aka-storyheart

With myself recovering from back surgery and Kim thick with cold it was more like an episode from ER than a radio pod cast, but then ER could stand for Everybody Reads.

It was fun with both of us currently on our virtual book tours we had loads to talk about

Today, Tuesday is also one of those weird days being my birthday so add that to the equation.

I made two stops on my tour today both with interviews.
Let Me Look at That Book (interview) www.lookatthatbook.blogspot.com
Fictionary (guest post) www.fictionary.com
Both cover different aspects and I hope many visit and read the reports.
As well as that I see quite a few other locations including I might add USA Today have picked up past interviews and reports, all of which helps spread the word about “across the Pond” and me Storyheart.

Left this week I have several more stops, and I must add I am enjoying every one

Feb. 18 – Divine Caroline (interview) http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/49804/65097-interview-young-adult-romance-novelist
Feb 19 - The Writer’s Life (interview) www.thewriterslife.blogspot.com
Feb. 20 - BookReview.com (book review) http://www.bookreview.com/$spindb.query.listreview2.booknew.17719
TV and Book Addict (book review) www.tvandbookaddict.blogspot.com
More events are happening all the time, so join me and my daily blog as I spread the word about “Across the Pond” a book by me Storyheart


Storyheart (Barry Eva)

Don’t Forget…. Spread the word…. You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 15th Virtual Book Tour End of Week 2


Across the Pond – Feb 15th Virtual Book Tour End of Week 2

Across the Pond – Storyheart: A young adult romance novel for all ages.

Another week has gone by with a lot of stops, visits and issue both in my life and with the book and my virtual book tour. So much write about and share with my readers. So please spread the word, I’d love to have more followers.

Wednesday:

A guest post at the Book Marketing Buzz
www.bookmarketingbuzz.com

An appearance that seemed to be enjoyed by quite a few

Thursday:
A previous interview I’d had at Gotta Write Network http://www.gottawritenetwork.com/Barry.html

This is a fun group of people whom I worked with in my previous book release.

During this time however I went into hospital having an operation on my back. The actual op time was nearer 7hrs than the guessed 4/5hrs as they found more damage than at first expected. I came home on Friday 13th still however able to do my radio interview all be it in a slightly shaky voice

You can hear the radio interview on blogtalk radio at

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/AuthorsRead/va/2009/02/13/Barry-Eva-Across-The-Pond

It is a 12/14minute spot where an Author reads and extract from their own book. It is an enjoyable snipped of my book which I know several have already made a comment re their enjoyment of the radio show,

On the same day I appeared at “fictionscribe” with another really enjoyable interview.

http://www.fictionscribe.com/interview-with-author-barry-eva/

All in all despite the trip to the hospital and the being now in pain for the next few weeks everything has been going well.

Several smaller blogs have also added reviews and contests all of which is helping the word be shared.

Interestingly one review did mention the point that perhaps the females in the story.

“Angel and Brit both acted a lot alike, and not in a good way. Under emotional duress, they both fell apart and leaned on Fred and that really quite annoyed me. These girls were so NOT strong characters”

This is actually very good and helpful feedback, and points out the improvements I can try and make in the next book. Though the overall review at http://lainahastoomuchsparetime.blogspot.com/ did state:

Conclusion: It's a nice, short read, cute and worth reading

It all helps, and I’m very grateful for any feed back I receive.

Talking about feedback, I have received some more great reviews over the last couple of days at Amazon, and with the others at blogs sites and places like Flamingnet.

So Different, Yet So Similar, February 11, 2009
James L. Smoot (Tallmadge, OH)
In "Across the Pond" Storyheart brings us a story of young romance, new adventures, and cultural change.

When 14 year old Fred's parents win a trip for two to Australia, Fred has to choose between spending several weeks with his grandparents in Scotland, or spending the time with his parents friend Phil from "across the pond" in the United States. Although he's not happy with the choices, Fred decides to visit the States, and that starts a time of change and adventure with young Fred.

Soon after arriving in the U. S., Fred meets a young girl named Brittany, and that changes his attitude about the whole visit. He meets many new friends, and in the end has such a good time that he regrets having to return to England, and to leave his friends behind.

This was a fun book, and an easy read. Storyheart draws on many of his own experiences from when he moved from England to the United States, bringing firs hand knowledge of the cultural differences between the two countries. It was a good book, and well worth reading.

Sweet Teenage Romance, February 13, 2009
By Sophie S, - See all my reviews

I hesitate calling any book sweet, because that usually turns off potential readers, but I can't think of a better word for this great read. Whether it gets lumped up as a teenage romance, feel good story, or a coming of age book, it shines in each category.

What I liked about this read was the fact that I wasn't ever ahead of the author. Too often authors choose predictable plots or story lines and you can figure out what is going to happen before you turn the page. That wasn't the case here and I was continually surprised by the outcomes and dilemmas the author chose to put her characters through.

I will definitely be sharing this story with several young ladies I know who are always looking for good, wholesome reads.

So what of the week coming up, Virtual Book Tour days 11-15 ?

Feb. 16 – A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book (book review)
Blog Talk Radio with Kim Smith (podcast) www.blogtalkradio.com/kims 8:30pm EST
Feb. 17 ) (which is also my birthday)
– Let Me Look at That Book (book reviewwww.lookatthatbook.blogspot.com
Fictionary (guest post) www.fictionary.com

Feb. 18 – Divine Caroline (interview) http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/49804/65097-interview-young-adult-romance-novelist
Feb 19 - The Writer’s Life (interview) www.thewriterslife.blogspot.com
Feb. 20 - BookReview.com (book review) http://www.bookreview.com/$spindb.query.listreview2.booknew.17719
TV and Book Addict (book review) www.tvandbookaddict.blogspot.com
More events are happening all the time, so join me and my daily blog as I spread the word about “Across the Pond” a book by me Storyheart


Storyheart (Barry Eva)

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

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 11th Virtual Book Tour Day 8

Across the Pond – Feb 11th Virtual Book Tour Day 8


Across the Pond – Storyheart :

Okay it’s back to day seven, it seems the weekends don’t count as virtual tour days, so we have gone from day eight back one for today Tuesday to day seven.

One stops today for a guest review however the best news is that my book has received the FALMINGNET TOP CHOICE award at

http://www.flamingnet.com/bookreviews/newreviews/newbookreview.cfm?title=Across%20the%20Pond




The review I received was terrific:

Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer (MRhea_MCO)

Fred Squire is not expecting anything special to happen to him during his vacation to the states. He is staying with his parents’ old friends and their daughter, Brittany who is about 14; Fred’s age. His vacation soon grows more interesting as Fred and Brittany become fast friends and are inseparable. Fred soon encounters the problems of being a British boy in America. Struggling to tell the differences in the languages, he records each thing he learns for a school project. But when Fred continually has close calls with the local bully, Steve Harris, and Brit’s too-flirty friend Angel, he sinks deeper into the drama. Brit and Fred’s relationship blossoms regardless of what is happening around them and he soon thinks that nothing bigger can happen, but that’s before he catches a baseball worth thousands of dollars at a baseball game. Fred may be able to avoid flirty girls, fend off a heartless bully, and steer away from scammers out to get the baseball, but there is one thing he knows he cannot stop; having to travel back “across the pond” to his home.
Barry Storyheart did a fabulous job of describing every character and point of view. As soon as I began:”Across the Pond”, I couldn’t set it down. This love story is one of the best I’ve read and I savored every detail I learned about young couple, Fred and Brit. The author threw in details about the difference in American words and British words like a cart in America is a trolley in England. This made it interesting for me to learn about how really different our languages are. “Across the Pond” is a great read and I would recommend it to all young adult readers who like a sweet love story
"Across the Pond" contains some mild language and brief sexual comments.
Reviewer Age:12
Reviewer City, State and Country: Merino, Colorado U.S.A



Today’s Tour Stop:
Feb. 11 – Book Marketing Buzz (guest post) www.bookmarketingbuzz.com

Next Stops:
THURSDAY:
Feb. 12 - Gotta Write Network (interview) http://www.gottawritenetwork.com/Barry.html
The Writer’s Life (guest post) www.thewriterslife.blogspot.com
FRIDAY:
Feb. 13 – Blog Talk Radio (podcast) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread/2009/02/13/Barry-Eva-Across-the-Pond
Fiction Scribe (interview) www.fictionscribe.com
I am really looking forward to doing the Blog Talk radio, reading live a chapter of my book, I love all of that.

I have two more copies going out to fresh blogs for reviews as well as a couple of contests up and coming during the next week or two.

Storyheart (Barry Eva)

You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Across the Pond – Feb 10th Virtual Book Tour Day 7


Across the Pond – Feb 10th Virtual Book Tour Day 7

Across the Pond – Storyheart :

Okay it’s back to day seven, it seems the weekends don’t count as virtual tour days, so we have gone from day eight back one for today Tuesday to day seven.

Two stops today we another two great interviews

Today’s Tour Stop:

On TUESDAY:

Feb. 10 – Cindy’s Love of Books (book review)

http://cindysloveofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/02/across-pond-review.html

Cindy really liked the book and her end paragraph.

“There is so many great points to the book that I am dying to share with you but I don't want to give away too much of the book. It’s a really cute book that I suggest you go out and get.”

I hope has many people looking online and ordering the book

The Book Connection (book review)

http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2009/02/across-pond-by-storyheart-book-review.html

Another great review here called the book…

“A charming and entertaining story of a boy from England who falls in love with a girl from the United States.”

The verdict was…

Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed Across the Pond. A strong cast of characters, an interesting plot, some great baseball, and a deep secret all come together for an engaging and fun read.

Next Stops:

WEDNESDAY:

Feb. 11 – Book Marketing Buzz (guest post) www.bookmarketingbuzz.com

THURSDAY:

Feb. 12 - Gotta Write Network (interview) http://www.gottawritenetwork.com/Barry.html

The Writer’s Life (guest post) www.thewriterslife.blogspot.com

FRIDAY:

Feb. 13 – Blog Talk Radio (podcast) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread/2009/02/13/Barry-Eva-Across-the-Pond

Fiction Scribe (interview) www.fictionscribe.com

I am really looking forward to doing the Blog Talk radio, reading live a chapter of my book, I love all of that.

I have two more copies going out to fresh blogs for reviews as well as a couple of contests up and coming during the next week or two.

Storyheart (Barry Eva)

You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/

Storyheart

Across the Pond

http://across-t-pon

Monday, February 9, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 9th Virtual Book Tour Day 8


Across the Pond – Feb 9th Virtual Book Tour Day 8

Across the Pond – Storyheart :

First day of the week two of my virtual book tour for me Storyheart, and my young adult romance novel Across the Pond. And I’m ready to go.

Only one stop today and that has changed from my original tour dates, but I do have a fresh review to share with everybody

Today’s Tour Stop:

Feruary 9th:

Divine Caroline (interview) http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/49804/65097-interview-young-adult-romance-novelist

On TUESDAY:

Feb. 10 – Cindy’s Love of Books (book review) www.cindysloveofbooks.blogspot.com

The Book Connection (book review) www.thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com

WEDNESDAY:

Feb. 11 – Book Marketing Buzz (guest post) www.bookmarketingbuzz.com

THURSDAY:

Feb. 12 - Gotta Write Network (interview) http://www.gottawritenetwork.com/Barry.html

The Writer’s Life (guest post) www.thewriterslife.blogspot.com

FRIDAY:

Feb. 13 – Blog Talk Radio (podcast) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread/2009/02/13/Barry-Eva-Across-the-Pond

Fiction Scribe (interview) www.fictionscribe.com

I am really looking forward to doing the Blog Talk radio, reading live a chapter of my book, I love all of that.

I also had a fresh review today on Amazon, and yet another 5 star review

5.0 out of 5 starsA Great Read for Young Adults, February 9, 2009

Heather Shockney (Greensboro, PA USA

Fred is the boy any parent would love to find for their daughter. He does whatever he can to protect his new found love Brit. This story has lots of humor and romance, everything a young teen girl would enjoy. It is quite interesting to learn about the different word meanings too. I thoroughly enjoyed Across the Pond and can only hope for a boy with the same traits Fred has for my daughter someday. I hope there will be another part to this story with another trip to the United States for Fred, or maybe an overseas adventure for Brit.

Storyheart (Barry Eva)

You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/

Storyheart

Across the Pond

http://across-t-pond.com

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 8th Virtual Book Tour Day 7






Across the Pond – Feb 8th Virtual Book Tour Day 7

Across the Pond – Storyheart :

The end of the first week of my virtual book tour for me Storyheart, and my young adult romance novel Across the Pond.

Feed back from my first week on tour with several comments and questions asking about the book, how much people are enjoying it and when the next one will come out.

Today’s Tour Stop:

Feruary 8th: There isn’t a stop; it’s a day of catching up on last weeks journey and planning for the up and coming week.

What I have ahead of me is.

Feb. 9th – Divine Caroline (interview) http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/49804/65097-interview-young-adult-romance-novelist

Feb. 10 – Cindy’s Love of Books (book review) www.cindysloveofbooks.blogspot.com
The Book Connection (book review) www.thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com
Feb. 11 – Book Marketing Buzz (guest post) www.bookmarketingbuzz.com
Feb. 12 - Gotta Write Network (interview) http://www.gottawritenetwork.com/Barry.html
The Writer’s Life (guest post) www.thewriterslife.blogspot.com
I'd like you to write me a guest post about writing for the young adult genre. Give it a snappy name like "How to Write for the Young Adult Market." (need this)
Feb. 13 – Blog Talk Radio (podcast) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread/2009/02/13/Barry-Eva-Across-the-Pond
Fiction Scribe (interview) www.fictionscribe.com
I am really looking forward to doing the Blog Talk radio, reading live a chapter of my book, I love all of that.

I am also in contact with a few more blog sites for setting up interviews and reviews.

The count for reviews so far for Across the Pond is now over 40 with 34 at Amazon. I love the excitement of doing my daily check and seeing some fresh words of encouragement or comments about how much people have enjoyed the book.

Storyheart (Barry Eva)

You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 7th Virtual Book Tour Day 6


Across the Pond – Feb 7th Virtual Book Tour Day 6

Saturday virtual book tour day six, almost the end of the first week, for me Storyheart, and my young adult romance novel Across the Pond.


Lots of feed back from yesterdays review and jottings, with several people asking more questions about the book.

Today’s Tour Stop:

Feruary 7th:

I did a radio interview with Don McCauley at the Authors Radio Show, it will be available on the site at a later date and I’ll let you all know when that will be. It was an enjoyable interview and the char we had afterward went on longer than the interview itself.

http://www.theauthorsshow.com/

No actual fresh stop today, but a chance to look back and reflect on what has happened over the last five days.

This first week has been basically wonderful; I have enjoyed every stop along the tour, with so many people adding not only to the list of kind comments but some terrific reviews appearing on Amazon as well.

It all starts again next Monday with an interview at Blogcritics

http://blogcritics.org


You can follow my tour on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/

Storyheart (Barry Eva)

Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Friday, February 6, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 6th - Virtual Book Tour Day 5


Across the Pond – Feb 6th - Virtual Book Tour Day 5

Friday and the 5th day of the virtual book tour for me Storyheart, and my young adult romance novel Across the Pond.

Has a week gone by already? Phew I must have travelled miles, yet have not left my desk. It has, so far been an amazing trip around the internet for me and my book. And I am enjoying every moment.

Firstly I miss writing about one of yesterdays stop off spots.

I was at

The Writers Life blog spot yesterday

http://thewriterslife.blogspot.com/

Being interviewed and answering questions.


February 6th:

Today it is

Book Talk with J & J

http://booksbypickles.blogspot.com/

Where I have an interview a short passage from the book and am answering any questions people care to leave.


Tomorrow I have a radio interview at 10:00hrs (EST) with Don McCauley for The Authors Show on http://theauthorsshow.com

I am not sure if it is just a recording to go out at a later date or not. Whatever, as always I will I am sure have some fun.

You can keep up to date with me on my virtual book tour around the net at

http://virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/

Or on one of my daily blogs at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/


Please visit and enjoy


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 5th Virtual Book Tour Day 4

Across the Pond – Feb 5th Virtual Book Tour Day 4

Thursday virtual book tour day four for me Storyheart, and my young adult romance novel Across the Pond.

Lots of feed back from yesterdays review and jottings, with several people asking more questions about the book.

Today’s Tour Stop:

Feruary 5th:

American Chronicle (interview)

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/88202

This is one of my first interviews with Dorothy Thompson is CEO/Founder of Pump Up Your Book Promotion. It was a fun interview and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Please visit and enjoy

This first week has been wonderful, I have enjoyed every stop along the tour, with so many people adding not only to the list of kind comments but some terrific reviews appearing on Amazon as well.

I have finally started on the plot for the next book and for the first time can let it be known what the new title is.

Taking a leave from Frodo’s book it will be called

“Across the Pond and Back Again”

Storyheart (Barry Eva)

Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Across the Pond – Feb 4th Virtual Book Tour Day 3


Across the Pond – Feb 4th Virtual Book Tour Day 3

Wednesday and the third day of my virtual book tour for me Storyheart, and my young adult romance novel Across the Pond.

Another day of great reviews and some fun stops.



Today’s Tour Stop:

Feruary 4th:

Café of Dreams (guest post) http://www.cafeofdreams.blogspot.com

The Tony Kay Show (podcast) http://66.49.193.35/Tony_Kay_Show_2009-01-21_Storyheart.mp3

Blogging Authors (guest post) http://www.bloggingauthors.com

The radio blog as always is great fun with Tony; he is one of the best presenters I have chatted with. We always have a laugh or two, and cover so many different subjects. Though the show is about 50 minutes it just seems to fly by chatting when we chat.

Blogging Authors and Café of Dreams are both guest blog spots where I have written little pieces for the blog owners. As always there is a some humor as well as some information in both blogs I have written.

Please visit and enjoy

I also received another 5 star review yesterday this now takes my reviews since October to over “FORTY”, I am so chuffed (English word meaning pleased) for the kind things people are saying.


Chivalry is alive and well.........., February 3, 2009
By mary frantz (jacksonville, fl) -

At first, I thought this would be a difficult book for me to enjoy, however, I was quickly turned around. Fred and Brit were a joy to follow, and I am very much looking forward to the Christmas visit, and maybe even an update on Angel and Fred's friend. Learning of the differences in our language was entertaining and eye-opening as well, especially the whole "rubber" and "period" situation! The parents in this book, were great, responsible, let their kids be kids, while realizing that they are growing up.
While this book is about young love, it proves that chivalry is indeed still alive and well...... even if it is, "from across the pond", I enjoyed it thoroughly.


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Across the Pond - Review by Writers in the Sky - Feb 3rd


I normally add the reviews for my young adult romance book Across the Pond as part of a daily blog, however as this one is so special it has it's own blog entry.

Sarah Moore at Writers in the Sky - http://www.writersinthesky.com

Title of Document: Book Review
Book Title: across the pond
Author: Storyheart
ISBN Number: 978-1-4363-7176-6
Publisher: Xlibris Press
Genre and Target Market: young adult; romance; fiction
Publication Date: 2008
Book Length in Pages: 114
There have been a number of books that have been published over the past decade that are primarily geared towards teenagers but have come to enjoy great appeal with their parents as well. Both the Harry Potter and Twilight series of novels come to mind when I consider works that would fit into such a category. Mothers can claim they waited in long lines at the bookstore for the sake of their young daughters, but I know the truth is they could not wait to get their own hands on the next installment of these popular young adult novels. I think it is wonderful when reading a common book can create conversation and a shared interest between generations. Author Storyheart, who is already an accomplished writer of online romance stories and a previous book for adults, has just published a novel about teenagers that I believe will become one of those special books that can bridge age gaps in a home. Across the pond is an innocent love story that I thoroughly enjoyed even as a mother in her thirties. It reminded me of the young adult romances I used to swoon over when I was in junior high. A charming boy from a foreign land protects you from bullies, is adored by your friends but completely loyal to you, and meets complete parental approval after proving himself to be an upstanding young man? What could be better?
Storyheart is a native of England who left his country almost a decade ago to be with the woman who would become his wife. He uses his own upbringing to bring to life Fred Squire, the main character in across the pond. Fred is sent by his parents, who do not have room for him in their travel plans to Australia, to vacation with family friends in the United States. He is initially unhappy with being cast away to spend a couple of weeks with strangers, but his attitude quickly changes when he is introduced to the teenage daughter of the house, Brittany. The author of across the pond perfectly captures the overwhelming series of emotions that only occur during that first blush of young love. Every brush that a hand makes against your crush’s leg, the sideways glances that are given to see what your new boyfriend is doing, and the endless self-doubt over every word spoken are fundamentals of any young romance, and this book has them all. The two adolescents quickly become confidants and what then transpires is a touching, modern … and refreshingly age-appropriate … love story.

The author has a lot of fun throughout the novel playing up the unique cultural features on each side of the Atlantic. Most notable is his inclusion of Fred’s school project, in which the British student must keep a journal of how the Americans and the English use different words for the same object (nappy vs. diapers, trolley vs. cart, etc.). These shorts lists are posted throughout across the pond and should make for a fun point of discussion among readers. The author also creates an entire secondary plot around the sacred American pastime of baseball. After Fred catches the ball which marked the 500th run of a star player, the media and fan chaos that ensues proves utterly confusing for a young man who just minutes before had been discussing the rules of cricket. These storyline components, along with subtle comments made about the large portions of food that Americans eat and the mega malls with every store imaginable, provide interesting insight into how visitors to our country may view their surroundings. Across the pond takes the common tactic of introducing a charming stranger with a romantic accent and goes a step further by creating a smart integration of cultural awareness.
Across the pond is a new novel for young adults that celebrates the innocence and very real nature of first loves. 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 situations. This is the first effort by Storyheart to join the already crowded offering of teen romance novels that can be found at your neighborhood and online bookstores. The compelling story created by the author will quickly separate Across the pond from the pack. If Storyheart chooses to publish more novels that bring back sweet memories from my youth, he can know that I will be reading them.

Storyheart
http://across-t-pond
Across the pond

Across the Pond – Feb 3rd Virtual Book Tour Day 2

Across the Pond – Feb 3rd Virtual Book Tour Day 2

Tuesday and the second day of my virtual book tour for me Storyheart, and my young adult romance novel Across the Pond.

The day started off with a wonderful review from Writers in the Sky which I will post on a separate blog.

Today’s Tour Stop:

Feb. 3 – Today’s Author on Blog Talk Radio (podcast) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Circle-Of-Seven/2009/01/16/Todays-Author

Café of Dreams (book review) www.cafeofdreams.blogspot.com

The radio blog was good fun; I always enjoy chatting to people.
At Café of Dreams I received a wonderful review.

http://www.cafeofdreams.blogspot.com/

Ok, so this may be dubbed as a "young adult" romance novel, but I, at 34, gobbled it up and loved it! I simply adored the characters of 15 year old English born Fred, Brittany, the daughter of the couple he is staying with while visiting in America, as well as the couple themselves, Phil and Julie. The author did a phenomenal job of bringing each and every one to life, through descriptions, actions and dialog.

This is a delightful story of acceptance; standing up for what is right, selflessness and first love. I can honestly say that I cannot think of a single thing that I did not like about Across the Pond. As an extra added piece of fun (and education) Fred must work on a school project, while in America, listing some of the language differences he comes across in everyday conversation. I found this to be quite interesting. Though I have heard some of the terms, several were new to me and fun to learn.

Fred quickly becomes Brit's Knight, helping her work through emotions and bringing justice, for her, for a past trauma. Fred is a very kind, generous and admirable character that the reader falls in love with, from the very beginning. There is never a lull in the story and at the end, I was left wanting more! Perhaps an additional story will come about with Brit visiting Fred in England?! *hint hint, Mr Eva, lol!

Though geared toward young adult, I honestly believe this is a marvelous story for any age. It is sure to bring a smile to the face and a warmth to the heart.

*overall rating 4.5/5

I also received another 5 star review at Amazon:


***** Great Read, Fun Journey February 2 2009
Jenifer S (Ball Ground, GA, USA
This was such a fun book to read. The main character, Fred, has all kinds of adventures as he tries to fit into a new culture. His parents win a 2 week trip to Australia and Fred goes to stay with friends of theirs. He soon falls for a beautiful girl, Brit. Watching Fred maneuvers a new relationship and a new culture makes this book so interesting and amusing. If you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a foreign country, you will love this book. It has humor, romance and may even teach you a thing or too about the differences between England and America. This book will appeal to young adults and adults alike. I thoroughly enjoy reading about what happened "across the pond."

All in all another really good day for my Storyheart and my book Across the Pond


Storyheart
Across the Pond
http://across-t-pond.com