Friday, July 31, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Listen to No Clues No Shoes

Addison is feeling lonely because he has just moved into a new neighborhood, and then he meets Emelina. At first, they have nothing in common and didn't see eye to eye on anything.
 Addison likes to read and write stories inside, and Emelina likes to be outdoors, jogging, skating, and just about anything that keeps her active. 
She likes healthy food and Addison has a sweet tooth. A few weeks after they meet, they are surprised to find out that they both signed up for Jr.Detective School. They end up teaming up to solve their first case - a classmate's shoes have disappeared. With very little to go on, Emelina and Addison try to find the shoes. A friendship develops between the two of them when they solve the first of many cases.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Authors' Words: Author Debbie Roppolo

On The Authors' Words: JD Holiday talks with the author Debbie Roppolo.

Debbie is the author of many short stories including being 2011 Debbie published her first children's book, Amelia Frump and her Peanut Butter Loving, Overactive Imagination which she patterned the character "Amelia" after her own childhood. In 2013,
Amelia Cooking Up a Peanut Butter Storm won second place in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. Her book, He's My Brother focuses on how siblings sometimes feel alone after a diagnosis of autism.
published in Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover's Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul.  Klutzin’Around the Christmas Tree was the title for an anthology. In

After Debbie's son, Joseph was diagnosed with autism, she felt the need to raise awareness about the disorder and become an advocate through her writing. Doing research and conversations with her older son Jonathan, she discovered that siblings sometimes feel alone after a diagnosis of autism. There is little focus on their thoughts and emotions, and they are are forced to cope alone.

He's My Brother was written with the intent of bringing awareness to this situation in addition to supplying information about autism.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's Story Time with JD Holiday on the World Of Ink Network

It's Story Time: Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne & The Passover Surprise by Janet Ruth Heller.
Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog~
 Charlene the Star makes new friends in this exciting adventure. She wants to win a special award for jumpers. She must learn important things if she wants to reach her goal. Does she succeed? How does Hattie react when she sees the headline in The Gazette? Why is Cherish so afraid? Your child will be fascinated with the amusing adventures of Charlene and her friends. Children will be entertained and learn important life lessons.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne's Site:


The Passover Surprise ~
In The Passover Surprise, a young Jewish girl named Lisa gets very upset when her father Harvey plays favorites and gives a stamp album to her younger brother.  She feels strongly that she equally deserves the album.  Eventually, Lisa calmly talks to Harvey about her problem and they become closer.  The story, set around 1960, includes details about her father’s experiences as a soldier during World War II that are based on my own father’s years in the Army.

 Janet Ruth Heller's Site:


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Songwriting - Let's talk Music - Listen live or on demand!


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Let's talk Music. Please join Marsha on Thursday July 16th at 8PM CST 9 EST for a very special show with Songwriters,Kecia Burcham, Judy and Gil Snider and Brian Tedeschi. It's going to be so much fun and very different.

Kecia is originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and moved to Nashville to pursue music and songwriting. Kecia has performed since the age of 10 in talent shows, pageants, private parties, churches and nightclubs. She writes her original music on her antique upright Wurlitzer piano that she's had since childhood.

Although not a traditional country artist, Kecia has played most all of Nashville's Broadway honky tonks as well as the famous Printer's Alley. She has worked as a demo singer for songwriters such as Johnny Christopher ("Always on My Mind"), and has shared the stage with notable singers such as Lorrie Morgan and Joanne Cash Yates. Kecia plays regularly at most of Nashville's writer venues including the Bluebird Cafe and the Commodore Lounge. She is also a regular at both Nashville and Smoky Mountain Cowboy Church - sometimes giving the message in addition to singing.
Brian is a successful author and screenwriter who was recently invited to NSAI Nashville Song Writer's to play 2 original songs on June 29 at the Bluebird. Along with his wife Vicki they write novels and have written over ten screenplays, several have been optioned.

Gil Snider, MD, a neurologist at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, and his wife Judy suddenly found themselves writing lyrics for country songs. Now one of their songs has been released as a single.  Both Judy and Gil are very successful authors and are on their way to a new career of songwriting.  Billy Rae Stewart has teamed up with Judy & Gil Snider from Va. Beach to create a beautiful ballad, "If I Call A Name At Night"

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Please join Marsha when she welcomes Leigh Michaels on July 9 at 3 PM CST 4 PM EST 2PM MT 1PM.

Leigh Michaels is the author of more than 100 books, including contemporary romance novels,  historical romance novels, and non-fiction books. More than 35 million copies of her romance novels have been published. Six of her books have been finalists for Best Traditional Romance novel in the RITA contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America. She has received two Reviewer's Choice awards from Romantic Times (RT Book Reviews).

Marsha Casper Cook -  was born and raised in Chicago. She is a Partner of the World of Ink Network, Agent, Award-winning Script Writer, Novelist, Writing Coach, Media Release Specialist, Blog Talk Radio Host and Founder of Michigan Avenue Media. Marsha is also the author of 10 published books and 11 feature-length screenplays, a literary agent with 15 years of experience and the host of BTR's World of Ink Network shows: A Good Story Is a Good Story and special editions of The World of Ink Network

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Magic Mike Review - by Melissa Keir

Three years after the last movie, Mike’s made his dream come true of being a business owner. He has his own custom furniture shop but little else. The dream of a wife and kids is up in smoke. When he gets a mysterious phone call about the death of Dallas, he decides to visit the old gang. 

Magic Mike XXL is a trip down memory lane for Mike who’s buddies are also not really ready to grow up and let go of the lifestyle, the women or the money. So off they go on one last adventure to Myrtle Beach.

Having spent many a summer (nearly 20) at Myrtle Beach, I must have missed this whole part of town. Jada Pinkett Smith plays Rome-a former flame of Mikes who teaches the boys how to up their game with class. And pay close attention as she is instructing because you might miss Michael Strahan of morning TV and football fame as a sexy stripper. In fact, this movie has some surprising guest roles from Addie McDowell as the rich, southern mom and Elizabeth Banks as the venue coordinator (Isn’t she everywhere these days?)

Picture Not surprising, the boys rock it out and we have a bromance ending- hot chicks, money, and smiles! Really the only way I think to view this movie is with a bunch of your closest friends after a few too many cocktails or on your DVD player so you can watch those moves again and again. For this queen… I’ll take my King with a little more romance and intelligence.