Category Archives: Books

Fifty Shades of Wine with NorthWest Prime

Fans of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey will have to wait until August 2014 for its upcoming film adaptation, but can enjoy the books in a different, more unconventional medium when two wines based on the series hit shelves in November. NorthWest Prime‘s Lori Ness reviews the wine with Fifty Shades fandom blogger Crissy.

Author E. L. James actually had a hand in creating the wine, rather than simply licensing it, and Lori herself is a trained sommelier. Of the “White Silk” white blend, the hosts note its high alcohol content and sweetness, comparing it to a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. They recommend drinking it with spicy food.

Of the “Red Satin” red blend, they find notes of cherry and clove, finding it full-bodied and smooth and recommending a pairing with lamb and strong cheeses.

Listen to the full episode here.

Captain Phillips Movie Executive Producer Dana Brunetti talks to North West Prime on BlogTalkRadio

Lori Ness and her guest cohost, book blogger Michelle, talk to Dana Brunetti, executive producer of the new movie Captain Phillips and the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey.

The movie, out this month, stars Tom Hanks and is based on the 2009 seizure of an American ship by Somali pirates.

Also a producer of Netflix’s Emmy-winning original series House of Cards, Brunetti talks about his belief that Netflix’s move toward original content is helping to change the way that people consume television.

Brunetti also talks about some of his upcoming projects, including Fifty Shades of Grey and a film adaptation of the video game Gran Turismo and the appeal of adapting games for the screen. 

Listen to the full show here.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Gabrielle UnionThe Stupid Cancer Show welcomes award-winning actress Gabrielle Union, who shares the work she is doing to support the fight against breast cancer. Tune in here.

Jackie CollinsNew York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins stops by Conversations LIVE to talk with host Cyrus Webb about her journey and her new book The Power Trip. Tune in here.

DIonne WarwickHost Barry Farber welcomes five-time Grammy Award winning music legend Dionne Warwick as she celebrates her 50 anniversary. Tune in here.

Black FrancisOn Storytellers, we welcome alt rock demigod Black Francis AKA Frank Black of the landmark group The Pixies. Tune in here.

Ricky Paull GoldinRicky Paull Goldin is an actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his roles in daytime dramas such as Guiding Light and All My Children. He chats with Take 2 Radio about his new HGTV show, Spontaneous Construction which premieres on February 15.  Tune in here.

Robert David HallRobert David Hall has played the chief medical examiner on CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for 13 seasons, which is seen in over 130 countries. Tune in here.

Tate DonovanHost Robin Milling welcomes Tate Donovan, who is currently starring in the Oscar nominated Argo and Deception on NBC. Tune in here.

Tanya BiankJoy Keys chats with Author Tanya Biank, whose book inspired the Lifetime series Army Wives.  She shares about her new book Undaunted: The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Military. Tune in here.

Hunter TylorHunter Tylo joins On-Air with Doug & Rob to chat about The Bold & the Beautiful, plus a look back at 25 years of daytime soap. Hunter shares what lies ahead for her character. Tune in here.

Walt FrazierTwo-time NBA champion and one of the greatest Knicks player of all time, Walt Frazier, will join The Knicks Blog show. Tune in here.

Walking DeadTune in to a one of a kind interview with the 3 most prominent stars of The Walking Dead: Michael Rooker, Steven Yeun, and Irone Singleton. Tune in here.

Robert HassReal Sisters welcomes former United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Robert Hass to the show to discuss how he has progressed as a poet. Tune in here.

What’s New on BlogTalkRadio’s Featured Stations

Healthy Vision with Dr. Val JonesWhat do carrots and kale have in common? They are both amazing super foods that deliver nutrients for your health and have essential vitamins that can strengthen the health of your eyes. A new episode of Healthy Vision™ with Dr. Val Jones dives into the conversation around nutrition and its impact on vision and eye health, providing information on the foods we eat, nutritional supplements and how much to insert into daily diets. Listen now.

Frank Fontana of The Down and Dirty

On Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana, meet multi-talented Beth Melewski, formerly of Cash Cab Chicago and now doing shows at Second City. Find out about what she’s got coming up next! During the Craftsmanship segment, we’ll be chatting with Matt Tullis from Audojo. He and his partner Mark Vinton currently have a Kickstarter campaign for their “iPad Case for Games” — a real analog joystick and trigger button system that transforms your iPad into the ultimate gaming machine. Tune in here.

Join Book Club Girl on the Authors on Air station as she welcomes award-winning bestselling author Jennifer Haigh to discuss her new book, News from Heaven. In News from Heaven, Jennifer Haigh—bestselling author of Faith and The Condition—returns to the territory of her acclaimed novel Baker Towers with a collection of short stories set in and around the fictionalized coal-mining town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania. Janet Maslin of the New York Times has called Haigh’s Bakerton stories “utterly, entrancingly alive on the page,” comparable to Richard Russo’s Empire Falls. Tune in here.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

Jennifer NettlesCatch a very special Where Is My Guru broadcast as they welcome rockstar yogini, Jennifer Nettles.  Nettles is the lead singer of Sugarland and will be joined by her yoga instructor Mary Bruce. Tune in here.

 

Susan HeinAuthor Susan Heim shares 101 newlywed stories of love, laughter, and family from her newly released Chicken Soup for the Soul, Here Comes the Bride, on FMMK Talk Radio. Tune in here.

Justin WilczynskiListen to an interview with Justin Wilczynski from Nick at Nite’s new primetime drama, Hollywood Heights.  Justin is also the lead singer of Bonnie Dune (with Cory Monteith “Finn” from Glee).  Their single, “The Lost EP” now out on iTunes. Tune in here.

FocusMusic has been the focal point of Grammy-award winning producer Focus since his childhood. Focus has produced artists such has Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Marsha Ambrosius, Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Lopez, The Game and more. Tune in here.

Alan RuckStar of the hit TV show Spin City and hit films such as Speed, Twister and maybe most famously known as Mathew Broderick’s best friend, Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Alan Ruck is interviewed about what he’s up to these days.  Tune in here.

Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons philanthropist, business mogul and rap music pioneer, who is the Co-Founder of Def Jam Music, creator of Def Comedy and Def Poetry Jam and Founder/CEO of Phat Farm Apparel Line, discusses his global mission with “The Peace Keepers.”  Tune in here.

Denise BrosseauIt’s one thing to be an expert in your field; it’s even better, though, to be recognized as your sector’s undisputed thought leader. The White House has named Denise Brosseau a “Champion of Change”, and she has been a featured speaker at Intuit, Intel, and KPMG events. Tune in here.

Jim KellyFrom a Hall of Fame football career to battling Krabbe disease, a disorder killing children every year, Jim Kelly is still competing at Super Bowl levels. Jim & Jill Kelly join Scott McCausey on Christian Devotions Speak UP to discuss all this and more! Tune in here.

Gloria MayfieldCatch  multi-millionaire strategist, Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks on air. Gloria has shared her secrets of success on CNN,CNBC, ABC-TV, and has appeared in Fortune, Black Enterprise, Glamour and Working Woman. She will share her advice live on air. Tune in here.

What squandered riches are in the whopping 102 tons of garbage each American produces in a lifetime? Find out with Pulitzer prize-winning author of Garbology, Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, Edward Humes. Tune in here.

The World According to Guy: Stop Pimping and Start Growing Your G+ Circles

Best-selling author Guy Kawasaki believes Google+ will ultimately win the social networking game. “This is Google, after all,” he said on BlogTalkRadio University earlier this week, noting that we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the No. 1 search engine.

Guy shared ready-to-apply tips from his book with the BTR community. Select the image above to listen to the podcast.

Guy’s chat with us was not only informative — he answered a bunch of BTR listener and host questions — but also super entertaining. At one point, he likened himself to the Pope! Listen to the full interview for a fun breakdown of this important social networking tool.

OUR BURNING GOOGLE+ QUESTIONS

Besides buying his new book (on Amazon as both softcover and ebook versions, in the iBooks store, at Barnes & Noble as both Nook and softcover versions), we asked Guy the best way our BTR community can get started on G+.

Q: Should our hosts create a personal page or a branded page?

Guy: Branded pages have limitations because the person has to follow you before you can follow that person back. Your hosts are people first, brands second. If you’re representing Boeing or Porsche or Procter & Gamble, then yes, create a brand page. But for most solo practitioners, create a personal page.

Q: What sets Google+ apart from Twitter and Facebook?

Guy: Twitter is about gaining perspective, such as how long the line is at Starbucks, there’s an earthquake in Peru, etc. And Facebook is for pre-existing friends — people you know enough to care about their baby, their cat rolling over, etc. — you’re connected by blood or history. Google+ is about passions. For instance, very few of my Facebook friends share my passion for photography, so I can share those posts on Google+, which is for finding people you don’t know yet who share a common interest with you.

Listen to Google+ Expert Guy Kawasaki Share Google Plus Tips on BlogTalkRadio

 

 

 

Q: Can you talk about the power of Google behind G+?

Guy: No one knows search like Google. Let’s say you’re interested in SXSW but can’t go this year, so during it, you want to know what’s happening. If type SXSW into Google, you’ll see standard coverage by the New York Times, Mashable, CNet, etc. All the journalistic entities. But if you type the same keyword into Google+, you’ll see posts by people you know — insider posts that are remarkably different from, say, the Christian Science Monitor‘s posts on it. Google+ gives you more personalized results.

Q: Since many of our BTR hosts have shows on topics they’re passionate about, what’s the simplest way to grow their audience on G+?

[Guy’s answer to this one was short and smart. Listen to the interview online to find out this simple-yet-powerful tip.]

Google+ is one of the most powerful ways BTR hosts can grow their listening audience.

Q: What’s the best way to use G+ for self-promotion?

Guy: I use what I call The NPR Model: NPR provides good content 365 days a year. Every so often, they run the telethons to fundraise. We tolerate them because we feel a sense of obligation. So what you should do is become a sector expert and promote good content all the time, so that when you want to promote your stuff, people won’t be offended. The community doesn’t tolerate pimping all the time.

[Listen to the full interview for a real-life example on how to market your local business.]

Q: How often should we post?

Guy: I post 10 times a day, 365 days a year. But that’s what works for me. 10 times a day is only too much if you post crap. I don’t post crap. I post between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, the prime time for posting. I use tools for scheduling posts. [To find out which ones, listen in.]

Q: Should we make all our posts public?

Guy: 100% of my posts are completely public. I understand the utility of posting to a specific circle, but I’m trying to post to my followers. Every post goes to my closest 2.8 million friends.

Listen to Google+ Expert Guy Kawasaki Share Tips on BlogTalkRadio

Installing Guy-approved tools will optimize your G+ experience. Listen to our interview to find out which ones.

GUY’S TOP 3 G+ TOOLS

There are 3 tools Guy considers indispensable for optimizing your G+ experience. Listen to the complete interview to find out which ones are Guy-approved.

TALKBACK

Are you on Google+? If so, comment below with your profile so we can add you to our Circles!

And feel free to share some of your favorite G+ tips!

Visit Guy’s G+ profile and add him to your Circles.

 

Curious About Google Plus? Submit Questions for Tomorrow’s Show with Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki's new book, What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us

For newbies and advanced users, with tools to optimize G+

Show of hands: How many of you started your G+ profile but couldn’t get the hang of it or find the energy for another social network?

Tech entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki will change all that.

On Tuesday 8/28 at 1PM EST, Guy will answer questions from the BTR community and turn doubters into believers.

The best-selling author of What The Plus, Google+ For The Rest of Us, Guy calls G+ the “better social network,” for anyone looking to meet others who share their interests, because it’s simpler to use.

Best-Selling Author and Google Plus Expert Guy Kawasaki Shares G+ Tips on BlogTalkRadio

G+ expert Guy Kawasaki will answer your questions on Tues., 8/28, at 1PM ET on BTR.

 

Ask Guy Your Google+ Questions!

5 ways to send us your questions:

Online: Listen live and join the chatroom.

Twitter: Follow hashtag #GuyKOnBTR during the show or visit our twebevent.

Facebook: Ask questions and chat.

G+: Use hashtag #GuyKOnBTR or add your question or comment here.

Phone: Call in, ask a question and listen to the show at 323-843-6062.

To Review: You. Guy. Tomorrow. Tuesday. 1PM ET. Ready your questions for this special show!

 

 

Our Go-to Guy: Guy Kawasaki to Share His Google+ Know-How

Best-Selling Author Guy Kawasaki to Guest on BTR

Guy Kawasaki shares G+ tips on BTR on Tue., 8/28, at 1 PM ET.

Isn’t it cool to live in a world where tech industry superstars can enjoy a fan base comparable to those on the red carpet?

Original Apple employee, thought leader and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki has 2.8 million followers on Google+, 1.1 million Twitter followers and a combined 300K Facebook likes. Next week, he’ll tell BlogTalkRadio University why Google+ outperforms all other social networks. Hint: It’s not just a numbers game.

To Guy, Google+ — or G+ to the initiated — is as special as Macintosh. The author of 10 books (including Enchantment, The Art of the Start, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy and The Macintosh Way), Guy felt compelled to write his latest go-to guide, What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us, because he considers G+ the better social network. With simpler tools and built-in search capabilities, G+ makes it incredibly easy to connect with others based on shared interests.

On Aug. 28, Guy will talk tips with the BTR community, so we all can learn how to get the most out of this rapidly growing social network.

Guy Kawasaki's new book, What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us

Guy’s new book is loaded with tips for G+ newbies.

Get in the Conversation, Get on G+

If you haven’t taken a dip in the G+ swimming pool yet, mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 28, at 1 p.m. ET, when you can test the waters and get simple, ready-to-apply tips from Guy.

Tune in to learn valuable G+ tips like:

•  How to circle (follow) people

•  How to perfect your profile

•  How to craft effective posts

•  How to respond to comments

•  How to share photos

BTR hosts: Learn about a powerful marketing platform for growing your show’s followers.

BTR listeners: Find out how much fun can be had expanding your circle of friends.

QUEUE UP YOUR G+ QUESTIONS

Submit Your Google+ Questions for Guy Kawasaki on BTR's Social Media PagesIf you listen live, you can submit questions in the BTR chatroom or call-in at 323-843-6062 to ask a question and listen! Or you can submit your questions ahead of time on social media: Use hashtag #GuyKOnBTR to submit your question on Google+ or on Twitter, or post one on our Facebook page. Or, you can comment below!

Remember, Guy’s book is aimed at newbies, so no question is too small.

This value-packed show begins at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Get informed and get in the G+ inner circle!