Writestream: Shatter the Narrative on February 10

10273414_1488207624754603_2676597245357386743_nAs promised a few months ago, Shatter the Narrative will be a regular monthly feature on Writestream Tuesday in 2015. As culture warriors, one of the best ways we can create positive change is to take on the pervasive, destructive myths deliberately foisted upon our society by the left, with the intention of dismantling and destroying everything good, decent, and unique about American life. If you missed the inaugural broadcast, click here.

On Tuesday, February 10, CLFA members Jack July, James L. Young, Declan Finn, Marina Fontaine and Ms. Always Right will participate in a panel discussion eviscerating the following narratives:

  • Existence of the “Moderate Muslim”
  • Gun Control Laws Stop Gun Violence
  • Republican = Conservative
  • “Southerners are Stupid”
  • The only way to achieve “racial equality” is through the State

During the live show, we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your presence in the chat room. Please be advised that during this particular episode, we’re focused exclusively on the topics above, so if you do call in, keep it relevant to the conversation. Unfortunately, there’s an endless supply of narratives in need of shattering, which is why “Shatter the Narrative” is now a regular, monthly feature. If you have a suggestion for a topic for an upcoming panel, please contact me here.

To listen online, click on this link to Blog Talk Radio Writestream Tuesday: “Shatter the Narrative”. Or to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246. We look forward to seeing you there!




Resounding Books founder Kirsten Lombard talks ‘Common Ground on Common Core’ on Writestream, February 3

EssayCover_v9My second nonfiction interview of the year centers on a hot topic and an important civil rights issue: Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI).

What is the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)?

CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to cover “literacy” in other subjects such as science, history/social studies, and technical subjects). Currently, two consortia of states have accepted hundreds of millions in federal money to create national tests to align with the Standards.

Politically engaged listeners are undoubtedly well aware of the dangers and problems posed by these controversial “educational standards” which have accomplished a rare feat in contemporary American life: the uniting of right, left and center in solid opposition. Enter the new publishing company Resounding Books, founded by political activist Kirsten Lombard, whom I featured in an interview for American Journal in July of 2014 in preparation for the company’s first release, Common Ground on Common Core: Voices from Across the Political Spectrum Expose the

Resounding Books founder Kirsten Lombard.

Resounding Books founder Kirsten Lombard.

Realities of the Common Core Standards.

Prior to its availability in the marketplace, Common Ground on Common Core received a huge boost when former United States congressman Dr. Ron Paul wrote the forward:

When an ideologically diverse array of the nation’s top education activists and experts comes together to speak out against the Common Core State Standards and related initiatives, the magnitude of the issue couldn’t be more clear. Each of the contributors to this book’s 18 essays sheds light on a different crucial aspect of the controversial reform package that encompasses Common Core. The collection offers a highly informed and troubling picture of the dangers that false education reform poses to all of us. It also demonstrates that real dialogue and cooperation across political lines is not only possible but, in fact, crucial if we are to establish pathways for true education that honor students, parents, and teachers alike.

To purchase the book, click here.

Given the success of the launch and an ensuing hectic schedule, I am honored and delighted that Kirsten will be joining me on Writestream Tuesday to discuss Common Ground and all things Common Core on February 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday: Common Ground on Common Core, or to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246.

Don’t miss this important show with the intelligent, knowledgeable, and indefatigable Kirsten Lombard, founder of Resounding Books!


Writestream Tuesday welcomes author Leila Lacey on January 27

Romantic fiction author Leila Lacey.

Romantic fiction author Leila Lacey.

Please tune in to Writestream on Tuesday, January 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I welcome prolific Michigan-based romance author Leila Lacey to the program. Among others, Leila is the creative mind behind the The Curvy Goddess Series and the The Legacy Series, with a focus on innovative fiction centering on women with curves:

Love comes in many shapes and sizes. Rising Michigan Author Leila Lacey writes from the heart about the trials and tribulations of love and romance from a curvy woman’s perspective. With over 12 popular books on Amazon to date, she’s steadily claiming her space as a new romantic fiction author to keep an eye on.
Bow down to the curves. That’s the philosophy that’s motivated romantic fiction author Leila Lacey as she’s wrote over a dozen popular books taking a hot and exciting look at love and adventure from a strong, curvy woman’s viewpoint. The books have been received with enthusiasm, and it’s clear the best is yet to come.

“I think it’s important to present strong, beautiful, curvy women that have amazing female to female relationships,” commented Leila, on what motivates her. “If we don’t provide alternative role models for people, they could fall into the trap of not loving who is looking them back in the mirror. Romantic fiction should entertain, but it should also help build confidence and a great self-image. I’m trying to cover all these things and more in my books.”

According to the author, Lacey had a quite unexpected entry into writing. Although always interested in being a writer she never explored her skills fully until being convinced to join a writing contest. Within 30 days she had finished her first novel, won the contest, and never looked back. An example of a woman with confidence proving to herself, and the world, what can be accomplished when dreams are pursued actively.
Some of her most popular books include: Phoenix Rising; A Very Curvy Christmas; Dr. Black’s Patient; Love’s Legacy; Shelby’s Awakening; and many, many more.

Readers have responded to her work with enthusiasm.

A.C., recently said about Phoenix Rising in a five star Amazon review, “Wow this book was an emotional roll coaster, but I loved each every twist and turn. I don’t wait to give too much away because people haven’t read it yet. Phoenix is a sexy plus size women who is smart, strong, and loving. I can’t wait to read more about these guys. I give this book five stars and a must read! Keep up the wonderful work Leila!”

Leila is available for interviews and media appearances.

During the live show, we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the live chat room. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with Leila Lacey at 1 p.m. Eastern on January 27. Or to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246. If you want to speak to Leila on the air, be sure to press “1” to be placed in the queue.

Visit Leila Lacey Romance.com for more information about the author and her books. You can also follow her on twitter @LeilaLacey1 and like her Facebook Page, Leila Lacey Books. Looking forward to chatting with this incredibly talented and creative romance author on January 27!



Writestream Tuesday with author Chris Bostic, January 20 – UPDATED with Archive

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Author Chris Bostic.

Author Chris Bostic.

Continuing with my series of interviews with Young Adult novelists, Chris Bostic joins me for Writestream Tuesday on January 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern to discuss his books.

Chris Bostic is an author of young adult adventure novels. He was born in the suburbs of Chicago. While not completely set against the urban lifestyle, the lure of the country was much stronger. After college in central and southern Illinois, he ended up in the suburbs of St. Louis, where he gets away to rural Missouri as often as he can.  An avid outdoorsman, Chris uses his experiences to write all-too-realistic, gripping action/adventure, wilderness survival books that appeal to young and old alike.
Chris shares his outdoors passion with his wife, three wonderful children, and a Boy Scout troop. Chris’ teenage son is an Eagle Scout. His red-headed middle child has a passion for reading (and is a budding young author). His youngest child is a very smart preschooler who’s growing up too fast while keeping him young at heart.
Somehow, between a full time job and a busy family, Chris finds time to write.
Visit Chris Bostic’s website. Like his Facebook Page, Chris Bostic, Author. Follow him on twitter @CBostic_Author. To listen to the interview by phone, call (347) 945-7246. If you would like to ask Chris a question, press “1” to get into the queue. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with author Chris Bostic. You can also participate in the live chat room during the broadcast. Look forward to seeing you there!


Author Franco Antonetti joins Writestream Tuesday on January 13 – UPDATED with Archive

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Antonetti1Looking for a little inspiration to get your year off to a fabulous start? Tune in to Writestream Tuesday on January 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I welcome author Franco Antonetti to the show to talk about his memoir, I Wouldn’t Die:

This unusual autobiography begins with me looking back on my early life and wondering how it is possible that I lived to see my first birthday.This is my life lived to the fullest,and for some reason I simply wouldn’t die.From the first sentence to the last you will wonder just as I,how and why miracle occur.My story and life experiences is about miracles.

I was born during war torn Rome,and believe me,my near death experiences were not from me attempting daring events, just unusual circumstances that for some reason,I was allowed to live through them. As reviews have stated repeatedly,”A must read for many.”

A few years ago, I interviewed Franco’s equally inspiring daughter Amilya Antonetti for the Parasol Power Chat. If you missed it, click below to listen.

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It’s easy to see where Amilya gets her work ethic, positivity, and drive. From what I’ve read about her father, Franco Antonetti, our Writestream interview will be one you won’t want to miss. Questions or comments during the live show? Call in at (347) 945-7246. You can also use that number to listen by phone. Or to listen via your computer, just click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with Franco Antonetti at 1 p.m. Eastern on January 13. To purchase Franco Antonetti’s memoir I Wouldn’t Die, click on his Amazon page.


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