Friday, August 12, 2016

"Association Time At The Blue Ridge Women's Correctional Center" by Bunny Goodjohn

Bone Song, Bunny Goodjohn's first book of poetry was published in 2015. In this video the poem is read by actor Shane Stadium.

Bone Song is about scars, about how childhood leaves its mark on us forever. Some of those marks become silvery with time, more shadow than scar. Some remain livid. Others, like oysters building pearl around the irritation of sand, form layers of padding against future damage.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Meet Kimberley Kleczka - Creator Of Koolamundo 

Kimberley Kleczka is a cosmopolitan, multimedia powerhouse whose cool world - Koolamundo - is gaining worldwide fans with such speed that we wonder how she manages to maintain the production of books, music, and videos to keep up with the demand. 

Tonight she's my guest on Madame Perry's Salon, and if you're listening live you can call the studio at 646-716-9922 and talk with her. If you download the episode from BlogTalkRadio or iTunes you can still leave a comment or message for Kimberley and she will reply.

Kimberley grew-up as a third culture kid; born in the UK, and then living in Africa, America, New Zealand and several European countries.  She is on a journey to educate and entertain our children and youth about the Kool world we live in through her books, audio books, sing-a-long books and videos. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Wildly Unconventional 'Finding Tambri' Book Tour

The Wildly Unconventional 'Finding Tambri' Book Tour: The book, 'Finding Tambri,' tells the story of a woman who suffers the loss of her young son and the disintegration of her perfect marriage to her high school sweetheart.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sherry Meeks' Author Tip 1

Short and sweet tips weekly from author Sherry Meeks. Look for her novel Finding Tambri this month!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Another installment of Madame Perry's Salon featuring The Unusual Suspects. Tonight the TUS includes author and poet Collin Kelley, author and editor Rebecca McFarland Kyle, baron of Dreadnought Radio known on the airwaves at DJ DarkFang and keeper of the steam at Wild, Wild West Steampunk Con James Breen, America's number one chap hop artist Poplock Holmes, author and artist Robert Leland Taylor, author Mitzi Szereto & her sidekick author Teddy Tedaloo, and a couple of others who requested anonymity discussing the issues of the day, swapping lies and cracking wise.

If you really have nothing else to do with your time, why not listen?

DJ DarkFang aka James Breen

Friday, June 12, 2015

Veronique Chevalier And Jasper Bark Darken The Door Of Madame Perry's Salon!

Jasper Bark has written four novels: A Fistful of Strontium (Black Flame 2005 with Steve Lyons), Sniper Elite: Spear of Destiny (Abaddon 2006), Dawn Over Doomsday (Abaddon 2008) and Way of the Barefoot Zombie (Abaddon 2009). Bark's Battle Cries series of graphic novels are used in schools throughout the UK to improve literacy for 12 to 16 year olds. In 1993 he released an anthology of poetry and a spoken word album both called Bark Bites. In 1999 Bark was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Veronique Chevalier, The “Weird Val” of Dark Cabaret, aka The Original Mad Sonictist; Spooky Polkanista; Perv-ormance Artiste; MC-ess, Model & Authoress. A fan described her as simultaneously “Ooh La La!” AND “Laugh-out-loud hilarious!” While her fellow music artistes are obsessing with the “Punk” portion of the genre, MAD Veronique specializes in producing the “Steam”.

With art & direction by Disney’s Kyle A. Carrozza, this winsome bit of neo-retro cartooning elicits fits of mirth, with it’s witty lyrics, & beguiling sight gags. She and Kyle are currently co-creating a new animated video to her parody “Sprocky Spittoon”. She is also Creatrix of Steampunk Haiku & authoress of “My Cog Is Bigger Than Your Cog: SteamKu & Other Verstrocities“

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Author & TV Presenter MItzi Szereto And Her Celebrity Sidekick, Author Teddy Tedaloo

Two fascinating folks whom I met about five years ago on Twitter, Mitzi Szereto and Teddy Tedaloo, kept the party going in the podcast version of Madame Perry's Salon. Click on the link below to join us.

Author Mitzi Szereto And Celeb Sidekick Teddy Tedaloo In Madame Perry's Salon

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jennifer Perry On Getting Your Book To The World 01/13 by AuthorsontheAirbookstoo | Books Podcasts

Some of you have followed my radio show / podcast "Promote This! With Jennifer Perry" where I, and a guest author, share advice and tips on book promotion. On this week's show I had a writers' pajama party and several authors called in to ask for and share publicity ideas.

It was so much fun I wanted to share it with you.

My call-in guests were Kinia Colbert, Collin Kelley, Peg Brantley, Robert Leland Taylor, Louann Carroll, Jeff Crawford, Brent Robinson, Beth Rudetsky, and David Herrle. Please join the party.

Jennifer Perry On Getting Your Book To The World 01/13 by AuthorsontheAirbookstoo | Books Podcasts

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bette Lee Crosby - Author, Artist, And Clever Philosopher With An Aptitude For Finding Perfect Spots To Commit Murder!

Bette Lee Crosby
Darlings, you are in for another fabulous treat - Bette Lee Crosby!

Mme. Perry:  It was lovely to meet you at Book Expo America 2014 in New York and find we have a mutual friend in AuthorsOn The Air host Pam Stack.  Thank you for visiting here at my salon.

Bette Lee Crosby:  It’s a pleasure to be here. I enjoy connecting with readers and since I am a big fan of the 20’s and 30’s it is especially lovely to be invited to a Salon. I feel a bit like Owen Wilson in Midnight In Paris.

BLC: Indeed it does. You might think it gets to be old hat, but that’s not true. Every time I have a book that’s a finalist in a competition, I get butterflies in my stomach before the award ceremony even starts. This past weekend we attended the Royal Palm LiteraryAwards and I had two books in the finals. When they announced that Jubilee’s Journey was the First Place Winner for Mainstream Fiction I wanted to jump up and down. Since I was wearing high heel sandals, I controlled the impulse- but I did have a mile-wide smile on my face when I walked up to the podium. 

Any time anyone pays special recognition to your work, it is an honor. It rewards the time and effort you put into making that book the best it could be. The same is true whether it is a gold medal or a fan letter. It makes my day when I get a letter from one of my readers saying they cried or laughed out loud as they read one of my books. When a reader cares enough to plunk down good money to buy your book, that’s true recognition.

 MP: Spare Change, the first book of the Wyattsville Series, is fast paced and full of idiosyncratic and distinctive characters. Olivia Westerly’s life has been anything but conventional. She is disowned by her father as she leaves home in pursuit of a job he finds scandalous, marries at a much later age than most, and on her honeymoon she becomes, in short order, a widow and a full-time stepmother when the orphaned grandson of her deceased husband shows up on her doorstep. 

It is refreshing to find such an atypical premise for a novel, Bette. Did a situation like this actually happen to someone you knew?

BLC: Not really, but I do enjoy looking at the unexpected twists and turns of life. That’s a theme you’ll find in almost all of my novels. One of my favorite sayings is, “Life is all about how you handle plan B.”

I will however share what inspired me to write the story as I did. My husband and I were visiting friends on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and as we drove down this very long, very isolated strip of land I thought a murder could happen out here and no one would know it. That was the seed that gave Spare Change a start in my mind. 

MP: Ah, yes! I love that authentic author's mind, just riding along and envisioning a crime! And your Plan B philosophy? Brilliant!

The grandson, Ethan, is carrying the weight of dealing with some intense adult situations without the benefit of good, adult role models. You drew him in a manner that successfully helps to carry the story. Surely your readers must comment often on your understanding of human temperament in all its many facets and the unexpected as well as serendipitous nature of human interactions. 

BLC: I believe there is no such thing as an all good or all bad person and I try to show that in my characters. I have gotten a few comments criticizing the fact that Ethan Allen uses foul language, but that’s what is true to his nature. He grew up in that environment and it’s what he knew.  The story would not have the impact it has if in the face of adversity he said, “Oh shucks.”

I live with each and every one of my characters long before I start to actually write the book. I spend a lot of time thinking about how they feel and how they will react to any given situation. I don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about what they look like, because that’s not what is important. The truth of a person is always found on the inside, not the outside.

 MP: How many books have you written?

 BLC: If you count my earlier manuscripts, which I look back on as little more than a learning curve, it is fourteen or fifteen. Only eight are published, but the ninth novel is due out on January 14th.

Spare Change was the first book in the WyattsvilleSeries, Jubilee’s Journey was book 2 and Passing through Perfect will be book 3. Although they are tied together with a silken thread, any of these books are easily read as a standalone novel.

MP: I look at a lot of author websites, but yours is the first to feature Mid-Week Mixers. Whose fabulous idea was that? 

BLC: My favorite day of the month is the day our local book club meets. It’s not just about the book. It’s about the friendship, the socializing, the glass of wine and puff pastry we share. I wanted my blog to be something like those book club meetings.  Sure, there are books, but there’s also so much more.  When readers visit my blog, I hope they feel as if they are visiting me in my living room.

MP: It appears to me that you probably knew from a very early age that you were a writer. Do you remember the first authors of whom you were a fan, and why you loved their books?

BLC: I hope you are ready for a good laugh. I studied to be an artist. My first job was designing soft goods and pantyhose packaging. I was young and shy and when I’d tell the salesmen I need copy for the back of the package, they’d wave me off and say “make something up. Whatever you write is good enough. Once I started to write I discovered a true love of words. They were like a paintbrush in my hands and I had a million different colors to work with.

The person who truly inspired my love for storytelling was my mom. She grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and did not have a formal education. Although she never wrote anything more than a letter, she could tell stories more magical than you’d imagine possible.

MP: That was an unexpected answer and an extraordinary start to your superb career. Fantastic story! Thank you for visiting Madame Perry’s Salon. Please visit again, and I hope to see you next year in New York.

BLC: It has been delightful. I especially love the salon effect here on your blog. I shall certainly look for you at the next Book Expo.

You can enter Bette Lee Crosby's marvelous world of books, mid-week mixers and fun events at her website, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, goodreads, google+, Pinterest and instagram!