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The Chatty winners have been announced!

I would like to thank all my remarkable guests in 2019,  authors, playwrights, actors, directors, artists, photographers and so many more, I am so grateful that you gave me a little of your time and allowed my wonderful audience to learn about a side of you they may have never known.

Ok, drum roll…It is my honor to announce that the winners of the 2019 Chatty Awards for downloads is a tie. The winners are all amazing, talented and generous people and I am so proud to have interviewed them several times.

Nathan Page
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So without further ado the winners are a tie; Nathan Page and the team of Steven L. Sears and Mary D Brooks! Congratulations!

 

 

 

Second place; Anthony J Sharpe and Dr. Colleen Darnell are also in a tie too this year! This is a first, we never had two ties in the same category before so I am very excited about it and so are they.

 

In third place is actor Brice Bexter on his first interview! Super exciting!

 

 

 

 

Honorable mention, (not eligible because I wrote it) is my radio play The Dowry from Sherri’s Playhouse!

 

 

The winner of live listens Adrienne Wilkinson!

 

 

Thank you all, I so appreciate you coming onto my show for our chat!!!

Tops on Blogtalk are Nathan Page and Shaene Siders this week!

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Sandra Shaw Homer on 1/16/20 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11648877

 

 

 

Next week; Chatting With Sherri welcomes back; Actor/Rock Photographer; Michael Strider on 1/14/20 at 7pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11645501

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award winning author; Lee Murray and I chatted about our plans for the year and all the good work she does as a mentor, and her new book!  http://tobtr.com/11639005

 

 

 

For our first show of the new year on Chatting With Sherri we welcome award-winning science fiction writer Shaene Siders we talked about her new animated shows, how hard it is to wait for the wonderful shows to come out and discipline of  writing for animation; http://tobtr.com/11627035

 

 

I was excited to go to my first ever film festival in Palm Springs.  I saw the new film; Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears, I will not give any spoilers but it is a really fun film, both fans of the tv shows and film festival attendees who have never seen it, loved it, it got a standing ovation the first night! Super! I went the second night it was fun, the movie was wonderful and Q and A after was both funny and full of information. Thank you everyone at Every Cloud for such a great movie and a special thank you to the talented stars of the film; Essie Davis and Nathan Page for making my first film festival and my first Miss Fisher event spectacular!

This season of Sherri’s Playhouse continues with the casting of Joe Kronus Two, I am super excited to see this come to life, it is a special radio play to me.  We still have some parts available if anyone is interested, please contact me! Rehearsals are set to start in a couple of weeks!

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A reprise of Sherri’s Playhouse and a very Happy New Year!

Happy New year, a bit early but it’s the thought that counts. It was an interesting year, I would like thank everyone who have read my blogs, listened to my shows, read my article and were just so supportive of me.  Thank you and have a safe and happy New Year.

Sherri’s Playhouse presents a reprise of the amazing Joe Kronus; a time travel radio play! Would you like to come along for the ride? See other times and stop those who would interfere with time; come along tonight at 7pm pt; tobtr.com/11608619  

My first show 2020; Chatting with Sherri welcomes back award-winning science fiction writer Shaene Siders on Jan 2, 2020 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11627035

 

I would like to thank everyone who was a guest on Chatting With Sherri, I had a  great year! The live The Chatty Award was given to Adrienne Wilkinson this year for live listens.
The Download Chatty Award is still open just download eps at; blogtalkradio.com/rithebard tomorrow is the last day to listen to the nominees.  I will announce the winner on Jan 6th!
Here are the nominees;

Nathan Page Picture by (c) Sam Mcadam-Cooper

 

Anthony J Sharpe

 

 

Dr. Colleen Darnell

Brice Bexter

Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears

Still time to check out the great books in the Holiday On-line Book Fair! Pick up a hard to gift for someone special; https://rithebard.wordpress.com/2019/12/25/holiday-on-line-book-fair/

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On-line Book Fair and Reprise of Joe Kronus!

This season of Chatting With Sherri  has ended.

This season ended with a wonderful author interview, and I will end Sherri’s Playhouse with a reprise of Joe Kronus.  I am very proud of that show, I wrote it and directed it, we had an amazing cast that I am very proud of.

 

I also would like to thank the playwrights, actors and editors who helped to make this year’s Sherri’s Playhouse Possible.  I would also like to thank the people who take part in my Patreon page who are vital to making my dreams and others dreams come true. Thank you. 

It was a very busy year, I had 118 shows this season, and wrote 4 radio play and three novels. Not bad.

I would like to thank everyone who was a guest on Chatting With Sherri, I had a  great year! The live The Chatty Award was given to Adrienne Wilkinson this year for live listens.  

And next year I will be announcing who won the download The Chatty.  I can’t wait to find out who will get it!

I’d like to thank Writer’s Of The Future for sponsoring Chatting With Sherri, you are a wonderful partner in helping to keep my show going. 

I hope everyone has a happy holiday season and a safe New Year!  My Blog will be silent for the next couple of weeks. I have the blog book fair, my books and next years shows to get ready so I will be focusing on that.  I will be back in January with more adventures though, and some really exciting guests and shows. (Including going to the Palm Springs Film Festival to see Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears, I can’t wait!!!  I will have a report on my sister blog Ri’s Movies and TV Blog. No spoilers for the movie though.) Thank you again!

 

8 Cozy Solstice Stories (Xena Fanfiction) by Xarah Dax it’s for free but Kindle only; amazon.com/dp/B082T14J9D/  I have two short stories in it. Tomorrow is the last day to buy it.

This is the fourth anniversary of the update of the New Edition of Fantasy Time Inc on December 18, 2015! This is what I wrote at the time; “I have been working hard for months on this new edition. It has a new cover by Anja Gruber, a new chapter. The forward is by Emmy Winning Screenwriter/Producer Brooks Wachtel. I have worked hard to correct any mistakes it may not be perfect but it is the work of love and I hope you enjoy it.”

Check out my Book Fair on Christmas day with trivia, free books and a great selection of titles!!! Keep your eye on this space for the link, check the banner for the times.

 

Sherri’s Playhouse presents a reprise of the amazing Joe Kronus; a time travel radio play!  Would you like to come along for the ride? See other times and stop those who would interfere with time; come along on 12/30/19 at 7pm pt; tobtr.com/11608619

ChattingWithSherri welcomed back author Wulf Moon, we talked about writing, helping others, our favorite novels and he talked about the mentors who helped him. tobtr.com/11603819

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The Download Chatty Award is still open!

 

 

One of the nominees for this years The Chatty is Mary D Brooks  & Steven L Sears, they chatted with me about a book Mary created for Xena; Warrior Princess big anniversary this year. By and for fans called; Xena; Their Courage Changed our World! tobtr.com/11366725

The Download Chatty Award is still open but only two weeks left for the to select the winner; You can still vote for best download just go to;  https://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard and listen to your favorite show. These nominees are not in order, I will not let you know who is the winner till January 6th.

Thank you to all my guests for coming on my show and all my listeners who take the time to check out the different shows. Thank you.

Here are the nominees;

Nathan Page (Picture by (c) sam mcadam-cooper )

 

 

 

 

Anthony Sharpe

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Darnell

 

 

 

Brice Bexter

 

 

 

 

Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears

 

 

 

 

Final deadline is today; so any authors who would like to take part in my Book Fair this year please send me a message to let me know. I will need pictures of your books and sell links as well a very short description of each book. No more then three books per author please.

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back John Alsedek, we talk about the original radio theater, John’s inspiration and the exciting season; http://tobtr.com/11603813

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award winning author Eileen Mueller, we talked dragons and how much she loves them.  The inspiration for her series and the latest book;    http://tobtr.com/11603817

 

 

 

Chatting with Sherri welcomes Lisa Russell about life in the Malibu Colony and Cary Grant! We had a great time chatting about Cary Grant how lovely he was to her and her life in the Malibu County, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11603823

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author and magician Diana Zimmerman, we talked about how she became a magician, how the wonderful Cary Grant helped her, (I was able to chat about Cary Grant with two people who knew him and were friends with him, how cool is that?) And her new books and how she is creating a tv series! http://tobtr.com/11603827

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author Wulf Moon on 12/17/19 at 1pm pt;  http://tobtr.com/11603819

 

 

 

 

 

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The Chatty Award and upcoming Book Fair!

The Chatty is back!

The Chatty Award 2019;
Live Listen winner this year is;
Adrienne Wilkinson! Thank you to all the listeners who takes the time out of their day to listen to us. Thank you so much to all my guests for coming on my show live, for giving us the time and your wonderful stories!

Downloads top five nominations; You can still vote for best download just go to https://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard and listen to your favorite show. These nominees are not in order, I will not let you know who is the winner till January.

Thank you to all my guests for coming on my show and all my listeners who take the time to check out the different shows. Thank you.

With out further ado, here are the nominees;

Nathan Page (Picture by (c) sam mcadam-cooper )

 

 

 

 

Anthony Sharpe

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Darnell

 

 

 

Brice Bexter

 

 

 

 

Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears

 

 

 

 

POPULAR IN ENTERTAINMENT on #Blogtalk!
#NathanPage made the top of the list!

 

Last time;

Chatting With Sherri we welcome Hugo nominated editor; Bryan Thomas Schmidt, we chatted about books, inspiration and the process of writing; tobtr.com/11544389

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back talented author; Nicholas Diak, we had a fun time talking about pop culture, movies and his latest endeavors;  http://tobtr.com/11557773

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes award winning author; David Farland, we chatted about helping other writers reach their potential, a very interesting chat; http://tobtr.com/11562717

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author Judith Marshall, this was all about the beginning writer and how you get your little toe in the door;  http://tobtr.com/11562721

 

 

 

Next time;

Chatting With Sherri Welcomes back author; Mitzi Szereto on 11/12/2019  at 1:00 PM PT; http://tobtr.com/11577213

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Kiel C. Barnekov on 11/14/2019  at 1:00 PM PT; http://tobtr.com/11577217

 

 

 

Authors who would like to take part in my Book Fair this year please send me a message to let me know. I will need pictures of your books and sell links as well a very short description of each book. No more then three books per author please. Thanks 🙂

I love the show; My Life is Murder https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/06/my-life-is-murder/ I have been a fan of Lucy Lawless since the Xena days following her career, going to cons and going to singing performances, she is such a talented lady! I really hope this show is renewed!

Five Complete Miss Marple Novels: The Mirror Crack’d, A Caribbean Mystery, Nemesis, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!, The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Well, I had read all the Miss Marple books in this volume before, but the first thing that struck me was that the order of the books made no sense. The Mirror Crack’d first, makes no sense at all, since the volume includes The Body in the Library which came first. What Mrs. McGillicudy Saw was also set and written before the first book. I am not sure what the publishers were thinking.

The stories are all brilliant and I enjoyed re-reading the books. I always enjoy Miss Marple and reading these books I found I forgotten parts or replaced them in my mind with adaptions in TV or movies.

The one I enjoyed a lot and forgotten the most was Nemesis. I think I had read the book once or twice but I had completely replaced it in my mind with the adaptions which all have a nephew accompanying her but in the book she went alone. And the Professor was far more involved in the story then in the adaptions.

I know that one stop shops are not really that popular because of the order the books are placed but it is also a way to have several of one of your favorite authors at your fingertips. So I do recommend it.

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The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

Authors who would like to take part in my Book Fair this year please send me a message to let me know. I will need pictures of your books and sell links as well a very short description of each book. No more then three books per author please. Thanks 🙂

Chatting With Sherri is in the top four in popular in entertainment on Blogtalk😊💞

The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

Live listens nominations;

Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears 
Steven L Sears
T J Scott
Anthony SharpeJohn Alsedek of Suspense
Sherri’s Playhouse presents; Never Again  

Sherri’s Playhouse presents Mabel of the Anzacs by Mary D. Brooks

Nathan Page   
Tom Konkle
Robert Trebor
Adrienne Wilkinson

Downloads nominations;

Nathan Page

John Alsedek  of Suspense

Anthony Sharpe

Dr. Colleen Darnell

Brice Bexter

Elizabeth Gracen

Tom Konkle

Brooks Wachtel

Eric Paul Erickson

 

Last time;

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author; Wulf Moon, we had a great time, talking about writing, inspiration and helping other writers on their way to being published;  http://tobtr.com/11509969

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes actor/writer/director;Eric Paul Erickson, we had a super fun time talking about writing, acting and directing his first film, his first film child.  We talked about how he got into show business, his inspirations and other fun things, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11512967

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Brad R Torgersen, we chatted about writing and how he started writing and how this book came about; http://tobtr.com/11515703

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Award-winning Japanese-American filmmaker, Anita Sugimura Holsapple who was a military brat, who decided to do a documentary to show what PTSD does to our veterans and their families, we talked about her important and very touching film.  Please listen to this important chat; http://tobtr.com/11528223

Chatting With Sherri we welcome back award nominated author and playwright; Robin Alexander, we talked about the new direction she was going into in her writing and the radio play she created for Sherri’s Playhouse; tobtr.com/11528227

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back podcaster;  Jennifer Aldrich; author, performer, and fan of all things in the Phryne Fisher-verse, she has a new podcast about the fans of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and what they do and how they really feel about the show, and how it creates friendships. We also talk about her trip to Melbourne to take part in the filming of the movie, how she feels about the Ms Fisher Modern Mysteries and the movie that is due out next year; http://tobtr.com/11537413

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Rachel Anne Cox and I had so much fun, talking about books, and writing and Miss Fisher, (We are both fans) we chatted about her new book and what inspired it; http://tobtr.com/11541745
Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Brian Trent we had a great chat about writing, his new book and writing; http://tobtr.com/11541475

 

 

Next Time…

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Hugo nominated editor; Bryan Thomas Schmidt  on 10/22/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11544389

 

 

Movie Review;

Downtown Abbey movie https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/downtown-abbey-movie/   

Fan Fiction; 

Generations by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries; https://archiveofourown.org/works/20606039 Chapter 4,Countess Fisher, Guy and Isabelle arrive.

Book Reviews; 

Out on a LimbOut on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine
It’s funny, I have read this book so many times that my copy is dogeared, not by folding down the edge ( I was taught never to do that,) but by being read over and over. I still find it fascinating. I had no idea that some of the people were composites, I always wondered what happened to David. He sort of disappeared in the mountains in the end. I just hoped he made it home alright, I found out later that he was actually several people, so I guess he did.

I know the focus of the book was Shirley and Gerry, (I later found out who he was too, and it was two different men. (at different times.) ) but I found the interaction with Bella Abzug and David much more compelling. And because I was very interested in my own spiritual search when I was in my early twenties, it was my go to book about trance channeling, and other pursuit of spiritual understanding. I was actually in college at the time and my adviser found me reading it a bit worrying, but since I was completely devoted to my education, she put it down to youthful pursuits. Hehehehe.

Well it has been years and I found the romance part a bit difficult to get through. I would have to push myself to read it. Not because of any judgmental feelings but I just wasn’t that interested in that part. (I have had my own life experiences now, so I am not as transfixed as I was when I was a much more innocent 23 year old.) I found some the theories still hold up. And others do not. I still find both David and Bella much more important relationships for Shirley and something that I still learn from. I think that my need to read the book was because of what she had in those friendships and how they were guides (David) and supportive (Bella) to her pursuits and needs. And that is why I gave the book 5 stars. It is the most beautiful part and the part that stands the test of time.

Southern Attraction- The College YearsSouthern Attraction- The College Years by Tracy Kauffman
Southern Attraction-The College Years continues the journey with Heather Brandon and her amazing boyfriend Jake as they go off to college. Heather struggles with insecurities of her past while trying to find a peaceful life. She had dealt with enough heartache to last a lifetime, including losing her parents, and surviving a tornado that ripped apart her new home. She wants Jake to settle down so they can enjoy their life together. Now all she wants to do is live a life of happiness and not worry about the man she loves.

I received the book from the author for an honest review.

The story is very good, the relationship between Jake and Heather showed that you can overcome the obstacles when you believe in each other. PTSD is very real, important and the sufferer’s torment about past happenings, very traumatic. It is also an honest portrayal. It is with knowledge about both the people who suffer from it and those who live with the people who suffer from it and what they go through. It is an important issue that needs to be understood by the public.

I do have to admit that this was a hard book for me to read, the characters were so distant. I know that angst is compelling but there should be some relief, some comic moments. Humor is always a good way for people to survive torment. It is why there is always humor in a thriller, the audience can only take so much. It would make so much easier for the reader.

I do recommend the book, it is a well done depiction of people who love each other, finding their way.

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New shows for the 7th season!!!

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author and playwright, Mary D. Brooks on 2/2/19 at 6pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/03/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-with-author-and-playwright-mary-d-brooks

 

 

We welcome back the amazing Emmy Winning Producer/Writer/Author Brooks Wachtel on 2/5/19 at 1pm; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/05/we-welcome-back-the-amazing-emmy-winning-producerwriterauthor-brooks-wachtel

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back TV director TJ Scott on 2/8/19 at 6pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/09/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-tv-director-tj-scott

 

 I had a such a great time chatting with Australia actress/presenter; Kate Lister!  We just chatted away about what she had been up to and about my move to a new flat; http://tobtr.com/11156965

 

 

 

 

Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; The trap is about to be sprung and never in a prettier setting, and some unexpected romance. https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/41442197 Just the epilogue to go!

 

A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have always loved Miss Marple, her sweetness and kindness radiates from her, but her intelligence and need to find the truth drives her. Have you ever wished that a detective was real, sometimes when there is a horrible crime I hope for a little old lady who really knows what makes the world tick.

This story takes place in a small village that is full of retired people and young relatives and workers staying there too. In the local rag an announcement send all the neighbors running agog to see if what is announced, is true. A murder.

So read about the small village and how Miss Marple and Inspector Craddock solve this baffling who done it.

Agatha Christie as always so many layers that it is like trying to figure out how to re-weave a sweater. Give a go!

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New shows of Chatting With Sherri’s new 7th Season!

Ri by Anja Gruber

 A long, long time ago I wrote a fan fiction story for Star Trek and I created a character called Ri Ratan,  I sent the story to my friend Anja and asked her to do some pictures for it and for Ri she drew me.  Ri became my pen name and the rest is history. (Above is the original sketch.) 

Tomorrow on Chatting With Sherri Welcomes back Australian Actress; Kate Lister  at 6pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11156965

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back multi-talented; Steven L Sears, we had so much fun chatting about his work, writing and new projects he has coming up.  It was a lot of fun, listen in;    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/01/10/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-multi- 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri chatted with award-winning writer; Wulf Moon, we had a great talk about his journey of writing and finally winning his award from The Writers of The Future.  It is a very touching interview;

 Chatting With Sherri welcomed back part of an amazing writing team; Vicky Wood Knerly, we had so much fun talking about her writing, books and how they work together.  And some of the great stuff that is coming up, tune in;
Update on Time Passes;  The Major is brought into family party and gets a surprise of his own;   https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/41081156

Come, Tell Me How You LiveCome, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a fun book, I read it quickly. I love learning how the archaeology worked back then and the way they explored Syria and how much fun and adventure they had.

Now to start with the tough stuff; If you read books written long ago, one thing you have to learn is to accept that they will be filled with prejudices of the time. I don’t think that Agatha was really prejudiced, she truly loved Syria and the people there, but her way of expressing herself was of that time. If you read her novels you see how they change, they become more understanding, the way she describes people becomes more modern and less prejudiced. I believe that was because of her travels and her love of learning about new people and new things. It is a lesson I learned from traveling with my parents and then on my own, if you travel open-hearted with a sense of adventure, you learn about other people and cultures and you become a more rounded person.

I see a lot of evidence of it in Agatha Christie’s writings. And I really enjoyed seeing the way Syria was way back then before the “IS” got a hold of it, and destroyed it. (which breaks my heart, I kept looking up the sites that Max was working on, to see if they were still there, most had been destroyed or mostly destroyed. His life’s work and the work of four generations of archaeologists destroyed. History does not just belong to one culture, it belongs to everyone, it is part of the historical record of the human species. To destroy it is just utterly heartless. A crime against humanity.

Now to the fun part; I loved her humor, how she made fun of herself and everyone else. The glimpse of the marriage between her and Max. The beauty of the places she went to, the marigolds, the wonderful clothes of the Kurd women, the sweetness of the people, the crazy scrapes the workers got into. The great descriptions of the archaeology at the time. (I have a lesser degree in archaeology and it was one of the reasons I really, really wanted to read this book, that plus my love of Agatha and my curiosity about Max.) The way the finds were split between the expositions and the people of the country they were in. Pretty fair really. (Not like the old days in the 1800’s where people just took stuff for their universities and museums without the permission of the country or the people. ) It is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it.

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I would like to thank all my remarkable guests, amazing playwrights and extraordinary actors.

Thank you to all of you wonderful listeners of my shows Chatting With Sherri and Sherri’s Playhouse.  It has been a remarkable year, with remarkable guests and exciting plays with extraordinary actors. We had such an amazing amount of downloads that it blew all our minds. Thank you all!There are co-winners of The Chatty this year, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries producers Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger and Mary D Brooks! Chris York , Julie Sharpe & Anthony J Sharpe, Gregg Oppenheimer & Steven L Sears did extraordinarily well;

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back multi-talented; Steven L Sears on 1/10/19 at 1pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/01/10/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-multi-talented-steven-l-sears

 

 

A story of a little girl’s adventure; https://www.flapperpress.com/blog/hiding

 

 

 

 

The Ghost Girls; A story of such brave women, though they were dying they fought for the safety of others;   

Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries;  Phryne and Jack finds something important in the storage locker, and Prudence is called in to help out.  https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/40707221

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Last Shows of the Season and The Chatty!!!

The winner of the live listens; for The Chatty is;

Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to them both, I had a great time chatting with authors Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts! We talked about their books and collaboration, about their great play; The Thief’s Tale and how they felt listening to it come to life and so much more, listen in;  http://tobtr.com/10973931

 

 

 

Top Downloads that are coming up! But its up to you, I am giving you a bit more time I am going to give the award in January! So download your favorites and check in next month to see who wins!!!

Chris York

 

 

 Anthony and Julie Sharpe 

 

 

 

Steven L Sears  

 

Mary Brooks  
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Miss Fisher producers

Today I chatted with author; Eve Wing about her writing and how she came about writing her novel, we had a great time.  It was the last show of the year, and I announced  The Live Listen Chatty Award!!!  http://tobtr.com/11103381

I’d like to thank everyone who listened live to our season finale of Sherri’s Playhouse; Mabel of the Anzacs! You can still listen here to the archive;

Two new 4 star ratings for my novel Murder Inc.!

 

 

 

 

New Review;

Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot, #20)

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s funny how despite the fact you have read a novel before, if you have seen an adaption on TV it overrides the memory of the written word. This is not the first time that my memory of the series has wiped out my memory of the book.

Though I loved the adaption with David Suchet, I love the novel more. It’s richer, has more characters and they are all quite different then the people in the adaption. (I do recommend the TV adaption though it is exquisitely done and perfect for this time of year, despite the murder.)

The characters of David and Hilda were taken out of the show completely which is really sad because I really like them a lot. They are really interesting and there is a lot there that to adds to the tension and the plot.

Also I love that the romance that lights up again between Alfred and Lydia, so sweet.

I knew who the murderer was of course from my first read and the adaption but it was done in such a way that I questioned my memory till Poirot revealed it.

Superb novel, love Dame Agatha as always.

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Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie by Gillian Gill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this very much, an interesting thoughtful portrait of a very complex lady who wanted no one, to really know what was going on inside her mind. Can’t blame her really.

I found the insights very striking and unlike some of the reviews I did not at all find it at all boring. It was very interesting, indeed.

I thought how she used the Mary Westmacott novels to explain the inner working of Agatha’s mind quite well though out and it was not the first time, Agatha’s own daughter said if you really wanted to understand her mother, you need to read the Mary Westmacott novels.

While I didn’t at mind that the author Gillian Gill, gave the plot-lines and outcomes in those stories since I have not read them and don’t mind spoilers, I was stunned that she gave way not only the plot-lines but the murderers in Agatha’s mysteries. I am a huge Christie fan, which is why I read this and yet I have to admit I have not read all her books, and for her to give away the killer, not in one book, but in several books was shocking, and quite disappointing.

Otherwise an excellent biography.

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I saw a show about the women who painted the glow in the dark dials for watches in WW1 and suffered in the hands of corporation who wanted to hide the truth of the product.  It was also the inspiration of my favorite episodes Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries;  The Ghost Girls; https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/19/the-ghost-girls/ 

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